Friday Five: Bishop files in the 9th district, 26 candidates in the 3rd, and more

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.


1. DAN BISHOP FILES FOR CONGRESS: Conservative Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg) filed yesterday to run in the 9th Congressional District special election

“I’m running because the people of the 9th District deserve a Congressman who will defend our Constitution and tell them where he stands on the issues. That’s not Dan McCready. He’s the wrong Dan in this race. I support President Trump’s Wall, the Second Amendment, protecting the unborn, low taxes, sustainable government spending and the freedoms granted to every American by our Constitution’s First Amendment. Dan McCready’s Democratic Party has gone just plain crazy – they’re doing all they can to undermine the values and freedoms that made America great.”

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2. NCVC: North Carolina sued again over transgender rights

On March 11, a lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court by half a dozen state workers who are transgender or who have transgender children. They are all members of the State Health Plan and seek changes to the plan to cover costs related to gender transitioning—surgeries, hormone treatments, and plastic surgeries, that enable a person with gender dysphoria to change their physical appearance to be different from their physical sex.

North Carolina Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for transgender surgeries and hormone treatments through the State Health Plan.


3. THE GOSPEL COALITION: The Equality Act accelerates anti-Christian bias

"A piece of legislation known as the Equality Act is expected to be introduced soon by House Democrats. The bill’s provisions add the categories of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

As I wrote in 2015, when the Equality Act was first introduced, the bill represents the most invasive threat to religious liberty ever proposed in America. Given that it touches areas of education, public accommodation, employment, and federal funding, were it to pass, its sweeping effects on religious liberty, free speech, and freedom of conscience would be both historic and also chilling."


4. LONGLEAF POLITICS: Breaking down the 26 candidates who filed for the 3rd Congressional District special election

"More than two dozen candidates have thrown their hat in the ring to succeed U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, who passed away earlier this year after representing eastern North Carolina for more than two decades.

There are 26 to be exact, as of the end of the filing period on Friday. Here we attempt to break them down into the contenders, the long shots and the also-rans."



5. WBTV: Travel ban to NC starts uproar as NY swim team competing in NCAA must stay in Virginia

"New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking a social media beating over a state travel ban that will force New York student athletes to stay in Virginia during the upcoming NCAA Division III Swimming Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

'King Cuomo' -- as critics are calling him on Twitter -- is being accused of punishing his state’s student athletes in retaliation for N.C.’s repealed HB2 'bathroom bill,' which sought to keep transgender people out of the restroom of their sexual identity."

"On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) notched up the political rhetoric with a press release offering to cover hotel bills in Greensboro for the students, and accusing Cuomo of using the athletes as 'political pawns.'"





LORD, you are the giver of life and liberty. You are the One in whom we find true freedom. We pray with the deepest of gratitude, because you've broken our chains of depravity, and have gifted us a freedom born in love and service.

LORD, may we not take our liberties lightly. Even today, our brothers and sisters all across the globe experience physical, emotional, and social torture because they rightly cry out: "JESUS IS LORD!" Every day, our brethren across the globe experience persecution, and this has been a shared story of the church since its inception. Be with our brothers and sisters all across the world who suffer for crying out alongside us, "Jesus is LORD!" Grant them the fullness and power of your Spirit.

“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)





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