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1. NC VALUES: We endorse Ted Budd for US Senate

Today we're excited to announce that we are endorsing Ted Budd for U.S. Senate.

Ted Budd is an incredible leader on pro-life, pro-family issues and we wholeheartedly endorse him for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. The GOP primary is now a two-man race, and the choice is between a Republican who barely tolerates pro-life, pro-family evangelicals and Catholics in the conservative movement because he needs their votes, and a Republican who has attended seminary and believes in and actively advocates for policies that back the pro-life, pro-family biblical worldview of Christians. That makes our decision to endorse Ted Budd an easy one. We encourage all Christians to get out and vote for Ted Budd.

Latest polling from our organization, Civitas, and Emerson College, show Budd continuing to expand his lead over the pack.

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2. FOX NEWS: California city to give universal income to transgender, nonbinary residents

"A California city is planning to give universal basic income (UBI) to transgender and nonbinary residents regardless of their earnings level. Transgender residents in Palm Springs, California are eligible to receive a UBI of up to $900 per month solely for identifying as transgender or nonbinary — no strings attached. The new pilot program will have $200,000 set aside for allocation after a unanimous vote by the Palm Springs City Council last week."

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3. DAILY SIGNAL: Biden Doubles Down on Radical ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ for Kids

"With such distracting news and video, you might have missed a related White House announcement. It plans to make trouble for states that protect kids from ghoulish interventions based on the myth that they are 'born in the wrong body.' OK, that’s putting it bluntly. More precisely, President Joe Biden’s Justice Department has sent a letter to all state attorneys general warning that they could be violating civil rights laws if they keep minors from receiving 'gender-affirming care.' Biden released a video message reinforcing the point. 'To parents of transgender children'” he insisted, 'affirming your child’s identity is one of the most powerful things you can do to keep them safe and healthy.'"

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4. FOX NEWS: Senate confirms Biden nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

“The Senate Thursday confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and fulfilled President Biden's campaign promise to appoint the first Black woman to the high court. The vote was bipartisan, 53-47, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah voting for Jackson. The Republican senators previously announced their support for the history-making confirmation saying she is well-qualified. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the confirmation vote Thursday afternoon.”

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5. FOX NEWS: Waukesha school board election: GOP-backed candidates take 3 seats after critical race theory controversy

“The Waukesha, Milwaukee, school board election has come to an end, with all three Republican-backed candidates taking the three open seats on the board, following recent controversy around teaching of critical race theory (CRT).”

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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, you 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! LORD, may we not take this blessing for granted. We pray that this great responsibility and dignity may motivate us to love You, our neighbors, and our families more.

LORD, may we as a culture truly see and believe that children are a blessing from the LORD—born or unborn; able or disabled. All children should have an opportunity to experience the liberty of life. LORD, make us your vehicle to change our culture into one that cherishes and protects life. Keep at the forefront of our minds our responsibilities to respect, cherish, and serve the youngest and oldest in our society.

Finally, LORD, we pray even further for our children. Across our state, country, and world, an entire generation of youth have seen their lives and education ruptured by the pandemic and its closing of schools. Father, as a result so many of these children are not only wounded by the quality of their education, but by a likely onslaught of mental illness brought about by social isolation. LORD, bring them hope and healing as only You can.

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.'" (Matthew 18:1-6)

Amen

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