News Of The Day – June 14th

Franklin Graham Preaches To Almost 70,000 In Brazil

A crowd of of thousands  gathered to hear Franklin Graham preach a message of hope in Rio De Janeiro over the weekend. The event, billed as “Esperanca Rio,” meaning “Hope Rio,” came about through the work of over 4,000 churches. Graham, the President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, preached a simple Gospel message aimed at the hearts of the nearly 70,000 in attendance. Speaking about God’s love Graham said, “He loves each and every person, that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to this world to save us from our sins. Jesus Christ did not come to condemn but to save…This is the message I’ve come to preach.” Read more about his message here.

 

Christian Publisher Responds To Criticism Over Pride Month Reading List

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, an historic evangelical publisher, has responded to criticism regarding the company’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month reading list. The company had previously tweeted, “Wherever you stand or whatever you think you know, #PrideMonth is an important time to take a step back, listen to real stories, and seek to understand,” Also included was a link to the reading list, which was hosted on the company’s blog. After receiving backlash  the company responded by saying, “We do not think it is for us as a publisher to define doctrine for the church. Our role is to publish books, representing both settled and experimental positions, that serve the church in its ongoing deliberations.” Read more about the reading list here.

 

Pop Star Justin Bieber Is Asking For Prayers After Suffering Paralysis

Singer and teen idol, Justin Bieber, has postponed several scheduled concerts and appearances after he was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a medical condition that has left the right side of his face paralyzed. According to the Mayo Clinic, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused “when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears.” In addition to facial paralysis, the rare condition can cause “hearing loss in the affected ear.” Bieber recorded a video for fans and on it he says, “It’s gonna be okay, and I have hope. I trust God, and I trust that it’s all for a reason. I’m not sure what that is right now, but, in the meantime, I’m gonna rest. I love you guys, and keep me in your prayers,” Read more about the syndrome here.

 

High Schoolers Step In To Sign Yearbook Of Sixth Grader When Others Wouldn’t

Cassandra Ridder was heartbroken when her son Brody came home from school last week with only a handful of signatures in his yearbook, one of which was his own. She revealed that her son has struggled socially and has been repeatedly bullied over the past two years. After sharing hesr on’s plight on Facebook, three 11th graders stepped up. a group of older students filed into Brody’s sixth-grade classroom to sign his yearbook. Speaking of the incredible show of support from his seniors, Brody said that although he felt shy at first, “it made me feel better.” The youngster collected over 100 signatures and messages of support in his yearbook that day and also got some phone numbers and a gift bag. Read more of his heart warming story here.

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