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2. Ohio Gov. Kasich signs Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act
"An early Christmas present for Ohio children prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome.
On December 22, following overwhelming approval in the state House, Gov. John Kasich signed the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which prohibits abortion for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis."
3. Nearly 450,000 People Fled These 3 Deep Blue States in 2017
Thanks to our NC legislators, NC is gaining population, jobs, & record-breaking economic growth. Now those are NC Values for families!
4. Federal agent accused of taking photos in college women's restroom
The mainstream news says these things don’t happen...
"University of Wisconsin police say they've arrested a federal agent for taking photos in a women's restroom at a residence hall.
Authorities say the 27-year-old man went into the bathroom at Witte Hall on Friday and put his cell phone under an occupied stall and took pictures. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has confirmed the man is an employee."
5. I'm a Pediatrician. Here's What I Did When a Little Boy Patient Said He Was a Girl.
"Biological sex is not assigned. Sex is determined at conception by our DNA and is stamped into every cell of our bodies. Human sexuality is binary. You either have a normal Y chromosome, and develop into a male, or you don’t, and you will develop into a female. There are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women. Hormones and surgery cannot change this."
WEEKLY PRAYER: 2018
LORD, you are the Judge of the nations. You are Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. You are sovereign over all.
LORD, may we find assurance and comfort in the reality that you are the LORD God. In spite of the political events that are unfolding in our country and around the world, we remind ourselves that you are in control. That the Church is within the protection of your providence. That Jesus is our Prince of Peace, and that one day every knee shall bow and declare His Lordship.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower our petitions: We thank you for being with Gov. Kasich as he stands for the unborn. Be with our state of North Carolina this coming year as we try to be a welcoming destination for those that love you. Be with Governor Cooper and Lt. Governor Forest. Give them good health, and God-fearing hearts. Be with all the physicians that every day are faced with the growing pressure to acquiesce to society's sinful understanding of our nature. This new year to come we dedicate to you LORD and ask for new beginnings.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:18-19)
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
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