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News Of The Day – September 14th

Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy Defends The Unborn

Former NFL coach turned sports announcer, Tony Dungy is a well known Christian. Last week he took to Twitter to question President Biden’s position on abortion, arguing the Bible clearly sides with the unborn. Dungy’s tweet was sparked by a New York Post story that said Biden had changed his position and no longer believes life begins at conception. Biden, who is Catholic, previously said he accepted the church’s teaching on the issue. Dungy, like many are confused by Biden’s sudden turn around, and ignoring of church doctrine. Read more of Dungy’s tweets here.

 

“Let Us Worship” Draws Thousand To National Mall In D.C. 

Evangelical Christian musician and activist Sean Feucht held a two-day concert event in the nation’s capital over the weekend, which featured an address from former president Donald Trump. The concert was part of his ongoing “Let Us Worship” tour. The series of performances, which began last year is a protest against pandemic restrictions on churches. Feucht and his team led prayer at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Lincoln Memorial and White House with the goal of filling the nation’s capital with worship and prayer. The D.C. event kicked off 21 days of prayer for the nation. Read more about the concert here.

 

Christian singer Victory Boyd, who has openly shared her refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine due to her faith, said she could not perform the national anthem at an NFL game last week because of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Boyd said she is in prayer to make sure that the Lord guides her into the right decision about the vaccine. “If I want to take the vaccine, the decision will be between myself, my doctor, and my God. At this point, the Spirit of God is leading me to take a stand for freedom of choice.” Read more about the singer and her decision here.
Giant Sunflower Field Planted To Read The Word Hope
A Scots farmer has created an optimistic message of hope the size of nearly four football fields to try and raise a little smile from visitors as well as raising much-needed funds for charity. The incredible ‘Field of Hope’ maze was created by Claire Pollock at her Ardross Farm in Fife, with the word ‘Hope’ cut into a huge field of striking yellow sunflowers. A project inspired by Church of Scotland minister Douglas Creighton with Claire, who runs the farm with her mother Fiona and older sisters. The goal was to give people a sense of hope for the future. The field consists of over 100,000 sunflowers. Read about this inspirational project here.

News Of The Day – September 9th

Max Lucado Diagnosed With Ascending Aortic Aneurysm

Pastor of Oak Hills church in San Antonio Texas, and Christian author Max Lucado, announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with a serious cardiovascular condition and asked for prayer. The 66-year-old said his doctors found a bulge in the large blood vessel closest to his heart, called an ascending aortic aneurysm. Lucado shared a short video about his health this week and requested followers join him in praying. “I am under the care of an outstanding medical team, and most of all, I am in the hands of a good God,” he said. Read more about his diagnosis here.

 

Trump And His Religious Advisors Launch New National Faith Advisory Board

In another sign Donald Trump is eyeing a run to regain the White House, the former president and his religious advisers announced the launch of a national faith advisory board aimed at reinvigorating his conservative Christian base. Trump, a former Presbyterian who converted to nondenominational Christianity near the end of his time in office, was asked during the announcement about his belief in God. “It’s all based around God, it’s so important,” he replied. “God is so important to the success of what we’re doing. Because without God, we have nothing.” Read more about the advisory board here.

 

Satanic Temple Claims Texas heartbeat Bill Infringes On Their Religious Freedom

Salem based, The Satanic Temple, is arguing that the new Texas heartbeat law, the law that bans most abortions in Texas after six weeks’ gestation, infringes on the group’s religious freedom. The group claims the Texas law imposes an “undue burden” on its “satanic abortion ritual.” Adding its members should have access to abortion pills as part of its faith-based right. The temple’s legal counsel have filed a letter with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more about their objections here.

 

Indians Boys Pay Respect At Military Funeral

In a wonderful display of respect, two boys in a southwestern Indiana city showed respect when they saw a funeral for an Army veteran last week. They hopped off their bicycles and stood quietly while “Taps” was being played. The funeral was for serviceman, Charles Everett Yorn, who died Aug. 29, according to his obituary. He was 89 and was born May 25, 1932, in Greenburg, Indiana. He was a longtime resident of Batesville. After the gun salute, the boys got back on their bokes and rode away. Read more about their inspiring act here.

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September 7th – News Of The Day

Grace Community Church To Receive $800,000 In Covid Settlement

Last year, when far-reaching government restrictions were put in place, Grace Community Church continued holding indoor worship services despite bans on such gatherings. The pastor, John MacArthur, also refused to enforce mask and social distancing guidelines for congregants. He argued at the time that such mandates violated constitutionally protected religious liberties. So the church sued the state. And now Los Angeles County and the state of California have agreed to pay $800,000 in attorney’s fees to John MacArthur’s church after the congregation prevailed in multiple courts over the issue of COVID-19 restrictions. Read more about the win here.

 

New Documentary Set to Celebrate God And His Creation

“The Riot and the Dance” is following in the footsteps of “The Chosen” by inviting viewers to invest in bringing to life a nature series that shows creation was intentionally designed by a divine Creator. The series, which celebrates how mankind and nature can live in harmony, was created by N.D. Wilson. “The name ‘The Riot and the Dance’ came from Dr. Gordon Wilson’s biology textbook. The show has also garnered the support of numerous celebrities, including Kirk Cameron, Kanye West, and “The Chosen” creator Dallas Jenkins. Read more about the series here.

 

Some Texas Churches Are Opposing Heartbeat Bill

Some Texas churches, alarmed that the new “Heartbeat Bill” goes too far, are taking on the issue of abortion. A coalition of 25 churches is opposing the state’s law and are promoting the continued legalization of abortion in what pro-life activist Albert Mohler calls a “tragic intersection of liberal religion and abortion politics.” Some clergy say the law will violate their First Amendment rights, because it is restricting their ability to provide reproductive counseling, which is fundamental to their faith, violating their religious freedom. Read more about the coalition here.

 

New Research Shows Smiling Can Repair Relationships

A certain type of smile can help to restore trust in relationships after someone has been uncooperative or untrustworthy, according to new research by Queen’s University Belfast. Co-author of the research, Dr Stephanie Carpenter from University of Michigan, USA, says: “Smiling at another person does not always lead to trust and cooperation. Subtle differences in a smile can have a real impact on whether people trust each other and choose to cooperate. In fact, the way you smile in a good or bad situation can impact whether people trust you.” Read more about the different type of smiles here.

News Of The Day – September 2nd

Supreme Court Upholds Texas Abortion Law

In a win for prolife supporters, and unborn babies in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court late Wednesday night refused to block a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The Texas heartbeat Act, prohibits an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, allowing exceptions for medical emergencies. The law took effect as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments this fall in a major case involving a Mississippi pro-life law that bans abortion after the 15th week of a woman’s term. Read more about the court’s decision here.

 

Christians Being Compared To Taliban

Many in Hollywood and the left leaning media, are comparing Christians to the barbaric terrorist group, the Taliban. Twice in one week, senior pundits at MSNBC have compared Christians to the Taliban. And filmmaker Michael Moore about Christianity and the Taliban tweeted, “They said they are going to operate under Islamic law. That’s exactly how a lot of Southern Baptists want it to be here too.” Christians and conservatives were quick to push back against the comparison as hyperbolic. Read more about these ridiculous comparisons here.

 

At least 3,000 medical Professionals Sue Biden Administration Over Transgender Mandate

Over 3,000 pediatricians have filed suit against the Biden administration for a health care mandate that would require medical professionals to provide gender-related services despite medical objections. Under Biden’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, objections to treating children with gender-related therapies would be considered discrimination. Dr. Jeanie Dassow of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the American College of Pediatricians and the Catholic Medical Association filed the suit last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Read more about the suit here.

 

Brave Teen Rushes To Save People In Burning Building

Lily Swanson had been walking the family’s Rottweiler close to their home when a strong burning smell in Hough Lane, England made her stop in her tracks. She looked around for the cause and spotted black smoke spilling out of a window above a clothes shop. Lily ran home to wake her dad and called emergency services. Lily’s dad Mike Swanson, 42, grabbed his ladders and ran to the scene to help those trapped inside. Minutes later, the flat was ablaze. Firefighters thanked Lily for her quick thinking and heroic actions. Read more about her story here.

 

 

News Of The Day – August 31st

A South Carolina Pastor Quit And His Church Revolts

For years Pastor Todd Elliot and the elders of Beach Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina have been fighting over who holds ultimate power in the church. With no solution in sight, Elliott resigned and received a year’s severance. But church members weren’t going to let their beloved pastor go without a fight. And so they organized on a Facebook page called, Beach Church Together, to defend Elliott. Within days, the Beach Church elders had resigned, the locks on the church had been changed and the doors opened for Elliott’s return. Read more about the revolt here.

 

Nazarene Fund Says State department Stopping Humanitarian Flights

Glenn Beck, whose Nazarene Fund raised over $28 million for rescue operations in Afghanistan, is blaming the U.S. State Department for standing in the way of such missions. He revealed that several neighboring countries to Afghanistan had already stepped up to take in Afghan refugees. However, the U.S. Department told these governments to stop taking in the Afghan refugees. “The State Department has blocked us every step of the way. We have to send people into even greater danger to try to smuggle these Christians out who are marked not just for death, but to be set on fire alive because they are converted Christians.” beck reported. Read more about his mission here.

 

Taliban Killing Christians With Bible App On Their Phone

Taliban militants are even pulling people off public transport and killing them on the spot if they’re Christians or considered ethnically “unpure”.  “We’re hearing from reliable sources that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately,” reports Dr. Rex Rogers, who is president of the Christian media group SAT-7 North America. Afghanistan has been rated as the second-most dangerous country in the world for Christians even before the Taliban took control. Read more about the continued danger for Afghanistan  Christians here.

 

Rescue Efforts Under Way For Louisiana Residents Trapped By Hurricane Ida

More than 1 million homes and businesses remained without power in and around New Orleans. At least two people are known to have been killed: a motorist who drowned in New Orleans and a person hit by a falling tree outside Baton Rouge. The state’s governor, John Bel Edwards, and Joe Biden said they expected the death toll to rise. Now rescues are underway for scores of coastal Louisiana residents trapped by floodwaters. Dozens of US coast guard helicopters and high-water vehicles had been deployed along with state and local resources. Read more about the rescues here.

 

News Of The Day – August 26th

Glen beck Raises $30 Million To Rescue Afghan Christians

Popular Syndicated radio host Glenn Beck raised $30 million in less than a week for the Nazarene Fund, which works to rescue Christians and other religious minorities from persecution and slavery in the Middle East and around the world. As the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan last week, Beck urged listeners to “give until it hurts” to rescue some 5,000 Christians, mainly women and children, trapped in the country. “Keep your prayers coming,” Beck said. “Keep your thoughts, contributions moving. It’s working.” Learn where you can donate here.

 

More Evangelicals Are getting Vaccinated 

An August poll by NBC News shows that 59 percent of white evangelicals say they already have received the vaccine. A poll conducted in June by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the Interfaith Youth Core showed that 56 percent of white evangelicals either had received the vaccine or planned on getting it. In March, 45 percent of white evangelicals in a PRRI poll answered that way. Together, the polls suggest that white evangelicals are gradually embracing the vaccine as the Delta variant spreads across the United States. Read about the poll here.

 

Chinese Authorities Are Offer Cash To Citizens To Spy On Christian Neighbors

In the latest persecutions of Christians in China, a new reward system is being used in as a way to crack down on Christians who engage in “illegal religious activities.” Earlier this month, the Meilisi Daur District in Heilongjiang Province’s Qiqihar city released “The Reward System For Reporting Illegal Religious Activities Offenses,” saying informants could be eligible to receive 1,000 yuan ($150). This is just the latest step taken by the Chinese Communist Party in an effort to assure that all its citizens comply with the edicts and beliefs of the state. Read more about the persecution here.

 

The U.S. EPA Banning Pesticide Harmful To Children

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it is banning a common pesticide, widely used since 1965 on fruits and vegetables, from use on food crops because it has been linked to neurological damage in children. The EPA said it would publish a regulation to block the use of chlorpyrifos on food. Environmental organizations, health advocates and groups representing farm workers have long sought to stop the use of the chlorpyrifos, after studies showed exposure to the pesticide was linked to lower birth weights, reduced I.Q.s and other developmental problems in children. Read more about the pesticide here.

 

 

 

News Of the Day – August 24th

The Chosen Expands To 90 Languages

The runaway hit, “The Chosen”, is a multi-season series about Jesus and the people of 1st Century Galilee. The beloved show, tells the story of Jesus through the lives of his followers and others in His ministry. No longer simply a streaming hit, two years after it first launched, The Chosen is now a worldwide streaming ministry. Season one, which premiered in 2019, now includes subtitles in more than 90 languages, including seven languages (Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, among them) in audio dubbing. Read more about this exciting series here. 

 

Oregon Megachurch Pastor Steps Down

Ben Courson, founder of Hope Generation and pastor of Applegate Christian Fellowship, is also a regular on The Hallmark Channel, ABC Family, TBN and can seen on more than 400 TV Stations. But now Courson has taken a leave of absence from the ministry following recent allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse. The pastor is accused by three female former church members of initiating sexual relationships with them. Two elders from Applegate have also resigned, claiming that the megachurch refused to discipline Courson and took action only after the allegations went public. Read more about the scandal here. 

 

Danny Gokey Releases New Album

Milwaukee native, “American Idol” finalist and three-time Grammy nominee Danny Gokey prayed over his new full-length album, “Jesus People,” which was released Aug. 20. Gokey describes it as the type of album where people can “get their soul fed” while rocking out. “There’s so much going on in our world, there’s so much division, it just feels like we’re being pitted against each other that there’s not a lot of unity, there’s not a lot of love,” Gokey said. The songs on the album speak to those themes. Read more about the new album here.

 

 

$140 Million Dollar Star Sapphire Discovered

A boulder containing a cluster of 2.5 million carats in star sapphires was unearthed by workmen digging a well on the island of Sri Lanka. Colored pale blue, the find has been given the name the ‘Serendipity Sapphire’, and could be worth $140 million on the international market, pending inspections and certification by world experts. The island nation, no bigger than West Virginia, is the world’s leading exporter of sapphires and other precious stones, which generated half a billion in revenue last year as one of the five biggest gem producers. Read more about the discovery here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Of the Day – August 19th

Well Known Bible Prophecy Teacher Dies From Covid-19

Bible prophecy teacher, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung Sr., passed away early Sunday morning, according to his wife Judy from Covid-19 complications.  Dr. DeYoung hosted a daily radio program, “Prophecy Today”, that was heard on several hundred radio stations including WDYN, the station he signed on the air in 1968.  Dr. DeYoung traveled the world teaching Bible Prophecy. His lessons are heard on the Bible Broadcasting Network, Moody Radio Network and VCY America among others. He was also a credentialed journalist.  He reported from Israel for 23 years. Read more about Dr. DeYoung here.

 

Huge Fire Just Outside Of Israel Contained

Israel asked allies for help as the country battled a wildfire outside of Jerusalem that started over the weekend. Initially, Israel’s Fire and Rescue Service was able to gain control of the fire, but it then spread to burn about 5,000 acres of forested area near west Jerusalem. 10,000 people were evacuated, and at least 10 firefighting planes and several hundred firefighters were deployed to the area, working to form defensive lines around the enormous blaze. The fire was caused by people, but it is unknown whether it was deliberate arson or negligence. Read more about the fire here.

 

Pope Francis Calls For Peace In Afghanistan

Pope Francis called for an end to the conflict in Israel and Gaza, saying the deaths of so many innocent people in recent days, including children, was unacceptable. From a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, the pope asked for prayers “so that the clamor of weapons may cease and solutions may be found at the negotiating table.” He added that “only in this way, may the battered population of the country return to their homes and live in peace and safety, with full mutual respect.” The Taliban entered Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul on Sunday. Read more about the Pope’s plea here.

 

Olympic Silver Medalist Auctions Off Medal For A Great Cause

In true Olympic spirit, Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk put her silver medal up for auction to help save an infant’s life. Miłoszek Małysa, an 8-month-old boy who needs to travel from Poland to Stanford University in California to have life-saving heart surgery was the recipient of her good will. She didn’t know Małysa, but she knew his cause was the right choice  While she cherishes her Olympic accomplishment, she decided that putting the medal up for auction was of more value than keeping it herself. A Polish convenience store chain called Zabka made the winning bid who in turn retuned the medal to Maria. Read more about this generous athlete here. 

 

News Of The Day – August 17th

Hamas Congratulates Taliban For Afghanistan Takeover

The extremist terror group Hamas, which have long called for the eradication of Israel, are celebrating the turmoil in Afghanistan. In response to the Taliban re-conquest, Hamas congratulated the Afghan people for “defeating” the US. “We congratulate the Muslim Afghan people for the defeat of the American occupation on all Afghan lands, and we congratulate the Taliban movement and its brave leadership on this victory, which culminated its long struggle over the past 20 years,” Hamas said in a statement.  Read more about the conflict here.

 

Devastating earthquake Hits Haiti

Over the weekend, Haiti was hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that crumbled homes and buildings, including churches. Every church seen by reporters from The New York Times in a 15-mile drive in and around Les Cayes was completely destroyed or severely damaged. The cathedral in the city of Jeremie, an architectural landmark built more than a century ago, was left in ruins. On Monday, as heavy rains threatened floods and mudslides in the region, civil defense officials raised the death toll to more than 1,400 and said nearly 7,000 people had been injured. Read more about the devastation here.

 

Hobby Lobby Loses Transgender Bathroom Case

Hobby Lobby violated an Illinois anti-discrimination law when it prohibited a biological male employee who identifies as female from using the women’s restroom, an appeals court ruled Friday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge state appeals court panel upheld a ruling by the state’s Human Rights Commission, which had fined Hobby Lobby $220,000 and ruled the company violated the Illinois Human Rights Act when its store prohibited Meggan Sommerville, a transgender woman, from using the women’s restroom. The store instead allowed her to use a unisex restroom. Read more about the 11 year old fight here.

 

British Boy Raises Funds For Hospice By Camping

As Max Woosey and his parents helped to care for a dying neighbor, the man gave Max his tent. Max camped in his backyard for 500 nights to raise funds for hospice care. He raised more than $750,000. Told to “go have an adventure”, Max started camping in his backyard through the cold and rain hoping to raise a couple hundred bucks for North Devon Hospice, which took care of his friend. After 500 consecutive nights, Max has raised more than $750,000. With his plush stuffed animals to keep him cozy, he posted updates on his fundraising page. Read more about this remarkable young man here.

 

 

 

News Of The Day – August 12th

Marvel Comics Says Batman Sidekick Robin Is Bisexual

In the latest example of conforming to the demands of the LGBTQ community, DC Comics superhero Robin will come out as bisexual in the new Batman comic. In the new issue of “Batman: Urban Legends,” Robin’s alter ego, Tim Drake, recently reunites with his old friend Bernard and asks him out on a date. Comic writer Meghan Fitzmartin tweeted that she is happy her writing room trusted her vision of Drake/Robin’s character development for the comic. Robin coming out follows an ongoing trend where iconic characters have been rewritten to push LGBTQ representation. Read more about the comic’s decision here.

 

Foo Fighters Troll Westboro Church Protestors 

The Foo Fighters’ disco alter ego, The Dee Gees, trolled a protest by Westboro Baptist Church. The group was picketing a Foo Fighters show in Kansas City when the band decided to take to a flatbed truck in all-white disco attire and drown out the protests with a rendition of Bee Gees classic You Should Be Dancing. The Westboro Baptist Church have picketed several Foo Fighters shows in the past. The band’s latest retaliation comes almost exactly 10 years after their last memorable counter-protest, also in Kansas City. Read more about the protest and response here.

 

Street Preacher Vindicated After Hate Speech case Tossed Out

Hazel Lewis was arrested while preaching outside Finsbury Park Tube station in north London  2020. She was falsely accused of homophobia and racism. Passers-by said she had called for gays and non-believers to be stabbed. Officers decided she had not, in fact, used homophobic or racist language, but she was still charged with a public-order offence. Now, following an 18-month court battle, Lewis has finally been vindicate after a judge threw out the case against her. Hazel Lewis, 49, said she now plans to sue the Metropolitan Police. Read more about the arrest here.

 

Olympic Gold Medalist Using Earnings To Buy Mom A Food Truck

A few weeks ago, Mensah-Stock made history as the first Black American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. Now, she’s taking her tax-free $37,500 in prize money to help make her mother’s dream come true by buying her a food truck. Mensah-Stock said she vowed to take care of her mom whenever she got the chance. “I made a promise to her, and she loves cooking. It’s just one of her passions. Growing up, we’d be like, ‘Ooh, mommy; you put your back into this food. Like you literally put your foot in it,” she recalled. Read more about this inspiring athlete here.