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News Of The Day – January 4th

Online Hymnal Sites Have become Popular Due To Covid-19

Singing the old bible hymns is an important part of the church service. But now due to the closing of places of worship, and the banning of singing, Christian’s have found a new way to hear their favorite hymns. Hymnary.org, an online hymn and worship music database, says users of the online database has doubled nearing 40 million page views for 2020, its highest ever. Read more about the website here.

 

Thousand Take To The Streets In Argentina To Celebrate Abortion

In a sad display of celebration for killing the unborn, thousands to took to the streets in Argentina. Previously, abortion was legal only in cases of rape or if the mother’s health was in danger. But now a new law legalizes abortion through the 14th week of pregnancy. After the vote, President Fernández tweeted: “Today, we’re a better society, which widens women’s rights and guarantees public health.” Read more about the decision here.

 

Billy Graham Book Gets A Reprinting

In his 1981 book, Till Armageddon, Billy Graham examined the issue of suffering. Now in a year filled with its own suffering, loss, and tragedy, the late evangelist’s publishers thought this would be an especially appropriate time to reprint it, but with a new title, Who’s In Charge Of A World That Suffers? Graham’s son, Franklin is quoted as saying, “This book, I think, is just tailor-made for the problems that we are facing today.” Read more about the book and where you can get it here.

 

Teacher Laid Off After Twenty years Gets Winning Lottery Ticket

Joe Camp was a preschool teacher for 20 years in North Carolina before losing his job. Then a month later, his father died. Every Thursday, Camp buys two scratch off lottery tickets and this time his luck paid off. Camp was a winner of a 250,000 dollar jackpot. He took the lump sum payout of $176,876 after paying state and federal taxes. He plans to buy a new home for him and his daughter, as well as save for her education. Read more about his big win here.

November 17th – Psalm 30:12

Psalm 30:12

We all suffer heartbreak. And sometimes the sorrow is so deep and painful, we feel like we can’t take another step. It’s often during these times of trials that we wonder where God is. If He loves us, why does He let us suffer? King David knew these feelings well. He was God’s beloved, but he still faced many tribulations throughout his life. Yet David sings with gladness and thankfulness to the Lord. When we are hurting the last thing we want to do is give thanks. But God calls us to do just that. Not because it’s an ego boost for the Lord, but because it’s the best therapy for our pain. When our eyes and hearts are focused on God and all He does for us, our sorrow will be drowned out by His goodness. Our mourning will turn into dancing and our sorrow into rejoicing. God never lets us suffer anything without a purpose. So we can give thanks knowing all things are in His hands and all things are used for our good, even our greatest heartaches. (Romans 8:28)

October 25th – 1 Corinthians 13:12

1 Corinthians 13:12

There’s a reason that some mirrors come with warning labels. Because they produce limited and flawed reflections. Paul describes our knowledge of God like a mirror. While we are on the earth, we only have a partial or dim reflection of our glorious, heavenly Father. But one day everyone of us, believer or not, will stand before the Lord face to face. And all will be revealed.  Gone forever will be the foggy mirror, and we will fully know God as He fully knows us. Imagine that! Our great Creator knows us down to the number of hairs on our head. (Matthew 10:30) He knows our most private thoughts. God sees our hopes, dreams, greatest fears, and all we were created to be. And in His great love for us, His children, He wants us to know Him as intimately as He knows us. And how wonderful it will be spending an eternity by His side. Where we will be forever growing in knowledge and love for the One who created, redeems, and calls us His!

October 22nd – Mark 10:17

Mark 10:17

With Halloween soon approaching, the fascination with ghosts, vampires, and the undead is in full gear. And although we know those spooky things aren’t real, there is a way we can live forever. The Lord and  His disciples were headed to the area on the other side of the Jordan River from Judea. A young man who encountered the Lord, knelt before Him, asking how to obtain eternal life. But Jesus’ answer sends him away grieved. Because the Lord replied that the only way to live forever is to perfectly obey God’s commandments. But when the man says that he’s done that, Jesus says he’s still lacking one thing. To sell all of his worldly possessions, give them to the poor, and follow Him. But the man was unwilling. Was Jesus being unreasonable? Not at all! What He wanted the young man to see was that eternal life is not achieved by our own doing. It is a free gift of love that comes only from the mercy of God and the blood of Jesus Christ.