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. NC VALUES: Elections have consequences. Here's our summary of the midterms.
This election may possibly change that direction."
2. WRAL: NC Supreme Court "Republican" candidate Anglin's campaign to divide Republican votes was largely funded by Democrats
"Controversial state Supreme Court candidate Chris Anglin's campaign finance report is finally public, and his top funders by far were major players in local Democratic politics.
Anglin's campaign also appears to have violated state campaign finance law by filing its report by mail, instead of electronically, which is required of statewide campaigns that raise more than $5,000.
As a result, voters went to the polls Tuesday without knowing who funded Anglin's campaign, which raised more than $17,000. Most of that money came from one couple: Dean and Sesha Debnam, significant donors to Democratic candidates."
3. FOX NEWS: Accusations fly over Broward County ballot shenanigans: Mystery truck deliveries, slow counting and more
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has highlighted a range of possible problems in the county—including a suspected mystery truck delivery of ballots—and has criticized local officials for their molasses-like process of counting ballots in the Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
Scott, Florida’s outgoing Republican governor, warned of possibly “rampant fraud,” and filed lawsuits late Thursday against the top election officials in two heavily Democratic counties as they continue to report new votes."
"'Mark and I had a spirited race, and although we disagreed on many issues, I never doubted Mark's commitment to our country and his love for our country,' McCready said, his wife and their children at his side.
Earlier Wednesday, Harris said Tuesday's results showed a "clear win" for him. Harris lost to Rep. Robert Pittenger in the 2016 GOP primary by 134 votes. Harris beat Pittenger in this year's primary in the 9th, which has been represented by a Republican for over 50 years."
5. LIFENEWS: President Trump issues new rule to protect Americans from funding abortions under Obamacare
"The Trump administration today issued a new rule designed to protect Americans from being forced to pay for abortions under Obamacare.
Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule directing insurers selling Obamacare plans that cover elective abortion to collect a separate payment from enrollees for that coverage, as required by law. Under the Obama administration, insurers were allowed to collect these payments together in violation of clear statutory language."
WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE
LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility!
We pray LORD that we would not take this for granted. We pray that both this great responsibility, and this great dignity, may motivate us to love you more, love our neighbor more, and love ourselves more.
We pray that such a great dignity--to be made in your image--may sober our minds and hands. LORD, let us work and love towards respecting and protecting the dignity of your human creation. Be with us as we champion this dignity in public by calling for the protection of human life in the womb; a life that you tell us you knit and know. Be with the efforts of the pro-life movement in abolishing the inhuman savagery of terminating human life in the womb. Be with our families, churches, and ministries as they work through pregnancy centers or adoption and fostering to care for the orphans and needy. Be with us in loving mothers and caring for widows.
"Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court." (Ps 127:3-5)
North Carolina Values Coalition