Month: September 2022

News Of the Day – September 6th

Kansas Teacher Receives $95,000 Payout After Refusing To Use Transgender Pronouns

A Kansas school district has agreed to pay $95,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former teacher who refused to use a student’s preferred name and pronouns. Pamela Ricard, a former math teacher at Fort Riley Middle School, sued the district in March, alleging she was reprimanded and suspended for three days in April 2021 for addressing a student by their “legal and enrolled last name” instead of their preferred one. Alliance Defending Freedom represented Ricard. Attorneys for Ricard called the settlement with Geary County Schools “a victory for free speech at public schools.” Read more about the lawsuit here.

 

Former Prison Chaplain Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Inmate

A  former prison chaplain with the Federal Bureau of Prisons was sentenced to seven years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a female inmate and then denying the abuse when questioned by federal agents. 50-year-old James Theodore Highhouse, also received a consecutive sentence of five years of supervised release following the completion of his prison sentence. Highhouse was a chaplain at a federal prison for female inmates. In his role, he provided spiritual counseling and oversaw worship services and religious study. In May of 2018, Highhouse began abusing a female inmate. The abuse lasted until February 2019. Read more about the charges here.

 

Christian Prayer And Meditation App Celebrating Reaching 100 Million Prayer Mark

Christian prayer and meditation app Hallow has just celebrated the milestone achievement of facilitating over 100 million prayers. Hallow, created by 29-year-old Alex Jones, has been downloaded over 3.75 million times from users in around 150 countries since it launched in 2018. The app also has prayers, meditations and reflections from prominent Christian celebrities like actor Mark Wahlberg, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre and Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. Hallow is an app that gives the tools for people to slow down and put God in their daily lives, and learn what real prayer is, being in the presence of God, listening and talking with Him. Read more about the app here.

83 year Old Kidnapped Nun Released After 5 Months In Captivity

Sister Suellen Tennyson, a missionary nun from Louisianna, of the Marianites of Holy Cross, was abducted by armed radicals in the west African country Burkina Faso on April 4. According to the BBC, Tennyson was taken from a local parish in the middle of the night, leaving behind her glasses, shoes and blood pressure medication. Nearly five months later, Tennyson has been released. t is unclear what group may have abducted the nun, but several militant groups allied to al-Qaeda and Islamic State operate in the region. “We are grateful to God for the safety of Sr Suellen,” Archbishop Gregory Aymond said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. Read more about the kidnapping and release here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 6th – Psalm 2:5

Psalm 2:5

When we think about countries that persecute Christians, America isn’t usually the first to pop up in your mind. And while it’s far from the worst, the mistreatment of believers is getting progressively worse. Whether we are slandered, mocked, or “canceled”, intolerance for followers of Christ is wearing thin. Yet we needn’t fear those who can kill the body but not our souls. (Matt. 10:28) Because God has an a appointed day when He will deal with all the peoples of the earth who reject Him, His Son, and His children. They will taste God’s anger, and be terrified of His wrath poured out through the return of Christ. Jesus is the mighty eternal King of all creation, against whom no ruler or army can stand. He will break the nations with a “rod of iron”, (Ps. 2:9) and will reign forever. So stand strong, and be courageous. Because the Lord will have His day of reckoning. (Is. 2:12) And that day is coming quickly.

September 5th – Proverbs 8:13

Proverbs 8:13

What if I told you that fear is a sin? How? Because at the root of fear is pride, and we know what God thinks about pride. Pride submits to no one, grasping at control, and thinking we ourselves know best. And it’s the same with fear. When we let fear dictate our actions, we’re telling God we trust more in our own feelings than in His promises. But through humility and faith, we can knock fear off the throne in our lives. Humility is never an easy pill to swallow. Because admitting we are wrong, being vulnerable, and submitting is hard. But when we come to God with a truly humble heart, He doesn’t say, “I told you so.” Instead He welcomes us with open arms, inviting us to draw near to Him. To safely shelter in His impenetrable tower of power, mercy, and wisdom. And when we put our faith in His perfect love and promises, we have no room to be afraid. For, as 1 John 4:18 tells us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear.

September 4th – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

2 Thessalonians 3:3

Bible prophecy is being fulfilled at record speed before our very eyes. And many Bible scholars believe we are indeed living in the last days. Everyone can feel a shift happening. Christians are keeping their eyes on the skies, for they know their redemption draws near. Believers who may have put God on the back burner are now seeking Him with renewed interest. Even the secular world has become fascinated with what the Bible says about Armageddon. And as the return of the Lord grows closer, times will grow more evil. The fiery darts of the Enemy will fly fast and furious. For Satan knows he is living on borrowed time, and wants to inflict as much damage as he can. But like Paul, no matter how dark the world grows before the glorious dawn, we needn’t fear. Because the Lord is faithful. And until the time He calls us home, He will protect, provide, and bring good from bad.

September 3rd – 1 Peter 5:7

1 Peter 5:7

I didn’t grow up in a safe and loving environment. As a result, trust and surrender were very foreign to me. And the idea of handing over control of my life was petrifying. But that’s just what God commands us to do. He calls us to trust in Him, and His love. To believe that He only wants the very best for us, and has the ability to take care of our every need. I used to be so very tired. Tired from carrying all of my burdens, worries, and fear. Tired of feeling helpless, defeated, and wounded. But through Jesus’ redemptive love I can find peace and joy. And the freedom that comes from laying down my pain, fear, and worries at the feet of our Savior, swells my heart to the point of bursting. Although it’s a constant fight, each day I strive to trust in and walk closer with God. And He’s never failed me yet. So with peace and conviction, I can pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

September 2nd – 1 Chronicles 22:19

1 Chronicles 22:19

Have you ever felt afraid and abandoned by God? Known the pain of being forgotten and ignored by the One you need the most? I know I have. But the truth is, during those times I found that God wasn’t forgetting me, I was forgetting God. It used to be that I only searched for God when it was convenient for me, and usually when I needed something. When times were good, my relationship with the Lord took the back burner. I would go happily on my way until the next crisis hit. But the Bible tells us we are to constantly search after God. To truly seek Him in good times and bad. To seek God literally means to seek His face, or His presence. And to truly seek Him means having a passion and a hunger burning so deep in your heart and soul that you want to feel His presence not only during times of trouble, but in every minute of every day! A passion that leads to being committed to not merely seeking Him, but in finding Him!

 

September 1st – Jeremiah 1:17

Jeremiah 1:17

Jeremiah faithfully served God for over forty years. But when he first heard the Lord’s call, Jeremiah did like many of us do, he questioned God. After all there was no way such a young man could go out and be the voice of the Lord! So fearfully Jeremiah cried out, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak.” (Jeremiah 1:6) And to himself Jeremiah thought, “There must be some mistake. I can’t do this.” But there was no mistake. God knew exactly what He was doing. For in His perfect plan, He created Jeremiah just for this time and this purpose. Before we are born, during creation, God sets each of us apart for the purpose that is uniquely ours. And no matter the calling, whether it be as simple as helping a friend in need, or as hard as delivering a message of doom to a nation, we needn’t fear. We can fulfill the purpose before us knowing if God sees us to it, He’ll see us through it!