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Ten stories from this week

Here are a ten news stories, that caught my attention, this past week.

Prophetic word about draft, fulfilled in the very last pick in 2021 NFL draft

Grant Stuard was an all-conference linebacker while playing for the University of Houston. His dad was in prison several times and his drug-addict mother worked strip clubs to feed her habit, leaving Grant to raise his four siblings. There had been hints he would be drafted in the 2021 NFL draft, and a friend even gave a prophetic word, that this would happen. But Grant was losing hope by the time the seventh and final round of the draft started. But Grant was picked by the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the very last pick of the draft. READ: NFL’s Last Draft Pick Sees His Blessing

Movie director encourages Chris Pratt to ‘keep standing for Jesus’

Andrew Erwin, who has directed films such as American Underdog and Moms’ Night Out, took to Instagram to support Hollywood actor, Chris Pratt, after he was criticized for sharing that his faith was based on his relationship with God and not man-made religion. Erwin encouraged Pratt for ‘standing for Jesus” adding, that he admired Pratt who “Uses his platform to point people to a very real God, not religion. I think criticism on either side, a lot of times, is the sign you are doing something right, not wrong.” Pratt attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles. READ: Christian director Andy Erwin encourages Chris Pratt to ‘keep standing for Jesus’

Church of England has no idea what a woman is

Apparently, the Church of England (COE) has no idea what a woman is. The issue was raised when a member of the church’s legislative assembly, Adam Kendry, asked “What is the Church of England’s definition of a woman?” The COE’s European Bishop, Dr. Robert Innes, replied with this written response, “There is no official definition, which reflects the fact that until fairly recently definitions of this kind were thought to be self-evident, as reflected in the marriage liturgy.” READ: Church of England Won’t Give a Definition of a ‘Woman’, Blames ‘Complexities’ of Gender Identity

The death of a prayer warrior

Beni Johnson, the wife of Bill Johnson the senior leader of Bethel, a US megachurch based in Redding, California, died on Thursday, July 14, 2022 after a battle with cancer. Bill and Beni have pastored the church since 1996. In a post on its website, the church described Beni as a prayer warrior, writing that “She has led the charge in a passionate pursuit of prayer for our movement, and has taught us to intercede with joy and confidence … She has consistently made herself known in the spirit as a warrior, a fighter, and a woman of love and truth. For decades, she has contended for us, and for the global Church, in prayer.” READ: Beni Johnson of Bethel Church dies aged 67

Over 3,400 saved at outreach in England

Premier Christian News reports that an Evangelical outreach at Wythenshawe Park in Manchester, England resulted in over 3,400 commitments to Christ. The weekend event called Festival Manchester featured, music, extreme sports, a family play area, water zorbs (walking on water inside a Human Hamster Ball) and even a World War II flyover. Over 65,000 people attended this year’s event. READ: Over 3,000 people give their life to Christ at UK Christian festival

The sermon that brought down a Prime Minister

Boris Johnson was forced to resign as Britain’s Prime Minster after his Health secretary, Sajid Javid, resigned citing a lack of confidence in Johnson’s leadership. Javid’s resignation resulted in 60 other government resignations. Javid later stated that his resignation was sparked by a sermon by Rev Les Isaac at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, where Isaac talked about God’s authority and power and the need for integrity in all aspects of a person’s life. READ: Pastor Les Isaac reminded of God’s power and authority after his sermon triggered mass government resignations

The song that brought an AGT judge to tears

Gospel singer, Ben Waites, 34, brought a judge to tears during his performance of “True Colors”, on America’s Got Talent. Waites struggles with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenital (AMC) a disease that attacks the joints and left him dependent on a wheelchair. His performance not only left Judge Sophia Vergara in tears but resulted in a standing ovation from the judges and audience. READ: Gospel singer brings ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge to tears with touching performance

First depictions of two Old Testament female heroines discovered

The University of North Carolina announced that it has discovered the first-ever depictions of two female heroines of the Old Testament, Jael and Deborah. The two were part of a mosaic uncovered at a 1,600-year-old synagogue in the Jewish Village of Huqoq, Israel. Deborah was the judge who along with Barak led Israel to victory over the Canaanites and Jael was the woman who drove a spike into the head of Sisera, the Canaanite general (Judges 4). There are no other known depictions of female heroines from the Bible, but archaeologists speculate these images were included because the synagogue was located near where these two Old Testament events took place. READ: Excavations by UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist reveal first known depictions of two biblical heroines, episode in ancient Jewish art

Pro-abortion politicians tell Google to censor searches for Crisis Pregnancy centers

CBN reports that New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) sent a letter to Google, on June 28, 2022, asking it to manipulate searches so that those seeking abortion services can’t find crisis pregnancy centers. Several Democrat Senators also sent a letter on June 17, 2022, pushing for the search giant to censor pro-life clinics, so they don’t appear in “Google search results, ads, and Maps. READ: ‘An All Out Attack’: Pro-Abortion Politicians Tell Google to Block Women from Finding Crisis Pregnancy Centers

The unhappiest people in America

According to a recent report by the Institute of Family Studies (IFS), the unhappiest people in America are under the age of 35, single and nonreligious. The IFS came to this conclusion after analyzing the statistics from General Social Survey (GSS) which has been measuring people’s levels of happiness in America annually since 1972. The study of GSS stats from 2021, found that while every group’s level of happiness had dropped, the under 35s who were single and nonreligious, had the largest percentage, 30%, who stated that they were ‘not too happy.’ READ: Single, non-religious young adults are most unhappy Americans post-COVID-19: report

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