Friday Five: Interviews, election results, and more


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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.

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1. NCVC: Abby Johnson Interview about NC Values Celebration Event

Check out this amazing interview with Abby Johnson as she joins Steve on his show with NC Values' Executive Director, Tami Fitzgerald, to talk about the impact of Unplanned on the pro-life movement as well as her upcoming appearance at the NC Values Coalition dinner on November 18th in Raleigh!

ūüéüÔłŹ¬†Did you know you can hear Abby Johnson's amazing story in person? Tickets are still available for the Celebration of Carolina Values event, but are selling fast. To RSVP and get your tickets visit:¬†https://www.ncvalues.org/celebration

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2. NATIONAL REVIEW: The So-Called Media’s War on Religious Freedom

"Not long after federal court in Manhattan blocked an HHS rule allowing doctors to refuse to perform abortions, assisted suicides, and other procedures for religious reasons, reporters began engaging in deft-defying acts of rhetorical deception.

It‚Äôs been long insinuated that concerns over religious freedom are merely elaborate schemes cooked up by bigots and misogynists. One of the ways journalists like to intimate bad faith is by placing quotation marks around perfectly factual phrases like ‚Äúreligious freedom‚ÄĚ or 'conscience.'"

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3. THE HILL: Second federal judge strikes down Trump 'conscience protection' rule for health care providers

"A federal judge in Washington State on Thursday struck down a Trump administration rule intended to allow health providers to refuse to provide care based on moral or religious reasons.

The latest ruling marks the second time in¬†as many days that¬†a judge has ruled against the administration's policy, and ‚Äúprovides an extra layer of protection against appeal‚ÄĚ by the Trump administration,¬†said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Washington was one of a number of states, cities and advocacy groups ‚ÄĒ including New York, California, San Francisco, the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood ‚ÄĒ that¬†had sued over the rule, which was scheduled to go into effect Nov. 22."

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4. FOX NEWS: Trump reverses Obama-era policy against faith-based adoption agencies

"Rolling back a last-minute regulation put in place under former President Obama, the President Trump administration is being praised by Christian conservatives for defending religious freedom with a newly proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would allow faith-based foster care and adoption services to receive federal funding even if they turn away couples because of their religious beliefs.

The new rule, proposed Thursday, reverses regulations under the Obama administration that required religious organizations to get a waiver in order to apply for an HHS grant, unless they include sexual orientation as a protected trait under anti-discrimination protections."

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5. NCSBE: NC Local Elections Results

Click here to check out the election results of your local elections. 

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WEEKLY PRAYER: LIBERTY

LORD, you have blessed us with a spiritual liberty that is so wonderful and beyond description, that it can only be understood through experiencing a life-giving relationship with Christ. However, we also recognize that in your grace, you have blessed our country with a political liberty that enables us to openly proclaim the experience of a life lived in the freedom of the Gospel.

In the past 100 years, we have continued to hear the cry of the martyr and believer whose lives are ravished in countries that rob them of this natural and fundamental right. We mourn with the brethren in China and other abusive countries when their churches are demolished by bulldozers, and their families are imprisoned for the Christ-focused profession of their lips.

LORD, as individuals and as a nation, may we never take the inalienable right of religious freedom for granted. Right now our country has faced a rapid increase in the number of attacks made against this cherished right. We have seen groups across our public arena increase in boldness and frequency their smears against religious liberty. They claim it is bigotry, when we know it is the security of the greatest of all possible loves.

Be with your people and our country as it continues to protect the constitutional right protected by our nation's Founders. Be with legislators and the Supreme Court, as they determine through their actions the protection of this particular and fundamental freedom. In particular, we lift up Tom Harris and his family owned funeral home, where the Court is deciding whether Tom and other employer across our country can exercise their religious freedom in their businesses.

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1)

"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." (Galatians 5:13)

"Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God." (1 Peter 2:16)


Amen

 

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