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1. Remembering Billy Graham
"My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ." - Rev. Billy Graham
North Carolina's own Billy Graham passed away this Wednesday morning after 99 years of service to Jesus Christ. He was known as “America’s Pastor”, and is believed to have preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history. Let us celebrate his life and work as we remember his impact on this world.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has made a website for people to reflect and leave their condolences in wake of the passing of Billy Graham. Read and share his legacy.
2. Christian Parents Lose Custody of Child Because They Oppose Gender Transition Hormone Treatments
"A judge in Ohio has legally permitted a 17-year-old teen girl, who identifies as a boy, to undergo hormone therapy despite opposition from her Christian parents, sparking criticism from conservatives.
On Friday, Sylvia Hendon, a visiting Juvenile Court judge in Hamilton County, Ohio, issued a ruling granting legal custody to the teen's grandparents, who according to a prosecutor "accept their grandson for who he is" and support the teen's desire to transition in gender, CNN reports.
Hendon said hormone therapy can begin at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the grandparents can petition to change the child's name in probate court. The teen will now be covered by the grandparents' insurance, allowing them, rather than parents, to help make future medical decisions for the child."
3. Planned Parenthood suggests 'pooping' on partner for teen 'sexual exploration'
"Pro-life advocacy group Live Action released a second investigative video on July 15 showing what Planned Parenthood “counselors” teach minors in the name of “sex-ed”: sexual bondage and sadomasochism, and steering them to sex stores to “get educated.” In the latest video, a Colorado counselor told the Live Action investigator (posing as a minor) that “sexual exploration is normal” – and went so far as to suggest defecating and urinating on men as an option. Really. Only conservative media found the film worth reporting."
4. New York Attorney General's Office Runs Fake Facebook Profile to Spy on Pro-Life Advocates
"In startling courtroom admissions during cross examination by Thomas More Law Center attorney, Tyler Brooks, the New York Attorney General’s star witness admitted she created a fake Facebook page pretending she was a pro-life Christian to develop dossiers and entrap pro-life sidewalk counselors who appeared in front of the Choices Women’s Medical Center in New York City’s Jamaica neighborhood. She then passed on the information to the Attorney General’s Office, which was already well aware of her fraudulent activities."
*NC Values Coalition notes that Thomas More Law Center pro-life attorney Tyler Brooks lives in Raleigh, NC and has filed to run for House District 11 this year.
5. Stop Forced Abortion Promotion!
"The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing the NIFLA v State of California case on March 20th.
ADF and NIFLA will be holding an information webcast on March 1st at 9pm to help educate believers and the supporters of pregnancy centers across the nation.
The State of California is attempting to mandate pregnancy centers to promote and refer abortions to their clients or face financial penalties. This case will have impacts in Hawaii and Illinois which have similar laws mandating pregnancy center advertising and speech as California."
WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS
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: LORD, be with the Graham family as they mourn the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, allow them to celebrate his life and keep his legacy and love for you alive through the BGEA. Be with the parents of the child in Ohio who had custody taken away in court , give them the strength and resolve to somehow guide their child in this difficult situation. LORD be with the courts and judges around the nation as they face this issue more every day. Help them understand that a parent guiding a child to follow Your path is a good thing. Be with our nation's Supreme Court and Legislature so they can make moral and ethical decision that are in line with Your natural law as they hear the case NIFLA vs State of California on March 20th. We place that decision is Your hands. Soften the hearts of the Supreme Court Justices and have them see how precious the life of the unborn is to You oh LORD. We bring all these issues to Your feet and ask for Your will to be done.
"For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations." (Psalms 22:28)
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." (Romans 13:1)
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