Congratulations to Focus on the Family celebrating their 40th Anniversary!

Congratulations to the ministry Focus on the Family, which celebrated it’s 40th anniversary this past weekend with a celebratory gathering at it’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO.

The ministry, founded in 1977 by Dr. James Dobson, has long been one of the nation’s leading voices for biblical family values. It’s radio program, which goes by the same name and can be heard Monday through Friday on WBYN-FM, is heard on over 3,000 radio facilities in North America and in 27 languages in over 160 countries. The program was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008, and was honored as the 2012 Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters.

Of Focus on the Family’s most influential stances may be it’s strong, biblical anti-abortion position. The ministry has financed ultrasound machine installations in hundreds of pregnancy clinics around the country in an effort to dissuade pregnant women from having an abortion. A 2010 initiative by the ministry has saved the lives of an estimated more than 382,000 preborn babies since it’s inception, by awarding 720 grants.

Of special note during Friday’s 40th anniversary celebration was the presence of a special guest: Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence, a born-again evangelical Christian and strong proponent of traditional marriage and religious freedom, became the first vice president or president to address a gathering at the ministry. He spoke at length about defending the unborn, while telling the crowd that President Donald Trump kept his promise on matters ranging from the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the president’s plans to cut off Planned Parenthood from funding, an organization which is the largest single provider of abortion in the United States.

Pence’s presence apparently came as a pleasant surprise to at least some at Focus on the Family. When asked about the vice president’s accepting the invitation, Paul Batura, the ministry’s vice president of communications, said, “We, frankly, weren’t expecting him to say yes.”

The event did not come without it’s opposition from Satan, however, the adversary of God and His people. The homosexual advocacy group GLAAD protested outside the ministry headquarters during the event, and even took to Facebook, accusing Focus on the Family of fostering “an environment of hostility towards the Colorado Springs LGBTQ community for decades, not to mention its promotion of strict ‘traditional’ gender roles, creationism in public schools, school prayer, and abstinence-only sex education.”

Could it ever be more truly said that we are living in the times spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, who said, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20, ESV)

Boyertown School District Sued Over Locker Room Policy


PHILADELPHIA – A Boyertown Area High School student and his parents have sued the school district for intentionally violating his right to bodily privacy after he was exposed involuntarily to an undressed student of the opposite sex while changing in his school’s locker room. Without any notice to students or parents, the school district secretly opened its schools’ sex-specific restrooms and locker rooms to students of the opposite sex. The male student brought a complaint to school officials, who told him that they now allow students who identify themselves as the opposite sex to choose whichever locker room they wish to use. The male student asked officials to protect his privacy, but they instead told him twice that he must “tolerate” it and make changing with students of the opposite sex as “natural” as he can. Independence Law Center Chief Counsel Randall Wenger is representing the student and his family. The lawsuit claims sexual harassment under Title IX, a federal law; violation of the fundamental right to bodily privacy under the U.S. Constitution; and violation of a state privacy law. You can read the lawsuit by CLICKING HERE.

National Prayer Service in Washington DC over the weekend

Pastor Greg Laurie participated in the National Prayer Service in Washington DC over the weekend. The event took place on the 21st, the day after President Trumps inauguration. Prior to the Prayer service Pastor Laurie posted: I view this honor as a sacred responsibility. This service alone demonstrates that the United States remains a country ‘under God’ and a country that prioritizes prayer.

Dr. David Jeremiah was selected to read scripture at the Inaugural Prayer Service over the weekend. Dr. Jeremiah posted:

Please pray God’s Word will have an impact on all who watch and attend.

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Inspirational

Man Walking Ten Hours for Work Receives a Sweet Surprise

Getting to work was not so difficult for Ruby Tuesday’s cook Kevan Finley. That is, until the restaurant he worked in, which was just one mile from his home, shut down. Kevan wasn’t able to find another job near his home, so he continued in his role at another Ruby Tuesday’s branch nine miles away. However, since Kevan did not have a car, he had to walk ten miles a day for a roundtrip 18-mile journey, six days a week.

Additionally, Kevan’s new co-workers at the restaurant in Mentor, Ohio, did not find out about his grueling trek until about three months after he had started working there. Kevan never complained about his circumstances, so the staff decided to secretly plot behind the scenes on his behalf. His co-workers started driving him home, while secretly raising money to buy the 30-year old cook a car. In just 17 days, the restaurant raised over $8,000 for the dedicated man.

Kevan has passed the state driving exam, but he still needs to take the road test to get his license. Then, he plans to buy a truck for his own transportation.

Is there someone around you today that has a special need that you can help meet? It takes us getting outside of ourselves and our own lives, and getting involved in the lives of others, to hear about their struggles. If you ask God to make you a blessing today, that is a prayer He will surely answer.

And what about Kevan? He never complained. He did not feel sorry for himself. He simply did whatever he had to do to get his job done. Sometimes we want special treatment for “going the extra mile,” as we sometimes see it. But Jesus sees things very differently:

“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'” (Luke 17:7-10, ESV)


Local

Feeding Homeless Students in Berks County

Believe it or not, there are multitudes of homeless school students right in Berks County.

“In Berks County, we have more than 1,600 homeless students,” said Kristen Hoffa, the Regional Coordination for Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness.

The National non-profit, Feed the Children, partnered with Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness and dropped off food, 1,000 backpacks and 3,000 books at the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

The 90-day faith-based program Family Promise, in Reading, helps families get back on their feet. Other agencies in Berks, York and Philadelphia counties picked up supplies with the help of Reading School District students. The backpacks supplied were filled with school supplies and hygiene products. RSD students went through boxes, organized books and helped load cars.

“I feel nice. I like helping people,” said 10-grade volunteer, Marques Adamson.

It’s more than giving out books; it’s giving hope.

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It was a doubles exhibition tennis match of world champions, but that didn’t stop Rafael Nadal from putting the brakes on when he saw a distressed mother in the crowd.

Nadal was about to serve in to Carlos Moya and John McEnroe during their game in Manacor, Mallorca when he saw a crying woman gesturing to a steward up in the stands.

When heads started to turn, the arena realized that she was a mother looking for her lost child who had wandered away during the match.

The audience searched the seats until they found little Clara crying a ways away from her mother.

When the woman scooped up her weeping daughter, the crowd rose to tumultuous applause and play resumed.

Rafael Nadal stops match against John McEnroe so …

The clay-court legend was playing an exhibition match against the American on his home island of Majorca when he showed his softer side Rafael Nadal dramatically …

Jesus told a parable in Luke 15:1-7 to judgmental scribes and Pharisees about a man who has one hundred sheep, yet is willing to leave ninety-nine of them to pursue the one that leaves the fold. Just as Rafael Nadal stopped play and the whole crowd turned it’s interest away from the match to help find a missing girl, God and all of heaven has is more concerned with the salvation of sinners. The Lord and His angels find more joy in one of His creation coming to repentance and saving faith in Him than in anyone who already knows Him.

Are there any lost sheep around you today that the Lord might want to use you to help bring back into the fold, just as He once did with you?

Local

Police say they responded to an overnight shooting in Allentown on Saturday, October 1st. They say a 17-year old was shot in the lower leg at an underage drinking party at a vacant residence. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the victim told them a fight broke out at the party, and he was shot, but doesn’t know who shot him.

According to police, when officers arrived at the scene, teenagers were running everywhere. Officers tried to stop and question them, but they all said they knew nothing.

Anyone with information should contact the Allentown Police Department at 610-437-7721.

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