Alabama Putting God Back in Schools with Ten Commandments, ‘In God We Trust’ Displays

Alabama public schools are hoping to bring God back into their schools by displaying the US motto “In God We Trust” on school buildings.

In February, the Alabama legislature approved a new law allowing such displays on public property, and now is giving schools the right to exhibit the motto as well.

The national motto, approved by Congress in 1956, is already displayed in 17 public venues in Alabama, and the Blount County school board plans to be the first to implement the motto in its schools.

Officials say the legislation is not a mandate, like what was approved by Tennessee lawmakers this spring requiring the motto to be on display inside all public schools.

Republican state Rep. David Standridge, who sponsored the original legislation that took effect July 1, said it seemed like a better approach to make it permissive rather than a mandate.

Superintendent Rodney Green said the board is working on a policy on the issue that could be drafted within the next month.

“We’re a diverse society and state and I just thought the local entities needed input,” Standridge said. “They are kind of wanting to be the model, if you will, for any system that wants to go down this path.” reports Alabama voters will also decide in November whether the state’s 117-year-old constitution should be changed to allow public schools to display the Ten Commandments.

“My hope is they have the Ten Commandments in the schools all over the state of Alabama as well as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the historical documents that go with this country,” said Dean Young, chairman of the Ten Commandments Political Action Committee. “That way, children will be able to see and ask, ‘What are these documents’ and a teacher can say, ‘Those are the Ten Commandments and they come from God and this is what they say.'”

Other states have failed in their efforts to display the Ten Commandments. A Pennsylvania high school had to remove a 6-foot Ten Commandments monument last year after the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit.

Young said several Christian legal groups are prepared for a legal battle with any schools that are sued over the issue.

Arkansas, Minnesota, Florida and Tennessee are other states that have similar laws regarding “In God We Trust” displays.

Source: CBN

Justin Bieber Spotted Carrying Christian Marriage Book That Teaches Abstinence, Biblical Principles

Justin Bieber was spotted In New York City on Wednesday carrying a copy of The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God.

When asked about the book, the recently engaged pop star told TMZ it was for the “bad days” of marriage.

“You got good days and you got bad days. It’s not real if it doesn’t have any bad days,” he said.

One of those bad days seemed to occur earlier that week, when Bieber and his fiancée Hailey Baldwin were spotted crying together during a bike ride in New York.

The Meaning of Marriage, written by best-selling author Timothy Keller, is a guide to “what marriage should be according to the Bible.”

It teaches couples the importance of honoring God in their marriage through practicing abstinence, staying faithful, and appointing the husband as the spiritual leader of the family.

Bieber and Baldwin are both outspoken Christians. When the singer announced his engagement to Baldwin on Instagram, he expressed his desire to make Jesus the center of their marriage.

“I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make,” he wrote.

Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!

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Bieber added that “this is a year of favor” and quoted Proverbs 18:22: “He who find a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!”

The couple has been tight-lipped about their wedding plans.

According to US Weekly, they are planning “a very small wedding” that will be “private, intimate.”

Source: CBN

Iran Sentences a Man, His Wife and Every Member of Their Church to Prison for Practicing Christianity

Iran’s Islamic regime has sentenced an Iranian couple to prison for practicing Christianity and also sentenced every member of their church to one year in prison.

The Jerusalem Post  reports Article 18, an organization that supports Iranian Christians tweeted on Thursday that “A Christian couple have reported that a court in Boushehr has just sentenced them & 10 other Iranian Christians to one year in prison each for ‘Propagating against the Islamic Republic in favor of Christianity.’ This group of Christian converts was arrested on April 7, 2015.”

The Christian website Mohabat News reported last week that the Iranian couple was charged with “orientation toward the land of Christianity.”

Jeff King, the president of International Christian Concern, confirmed to the newspaper on Friday that each member of the congregation was also sentenced to a year in prison.

“Getting information on the arrests of Christians is incredibly challenging given the heavily censored nature of Iran,” King said. “But based on the cases we have been tracking, this is the first time this year that we’ve seen a jail sentence being given based on the charge of ‘inclination to the land of Christianity.’ This could be interpreted as a reference to Israel, the birthplace of Christianity and also a country that Iran has adopted a very aggressive stance towards.”

Christianity is a legally recognized religion in the Islamic Republic of Iran.  According to the Iran 2017 International Religious Freedom Report prepared by the US State Department, the Iranian constitution allows Zoroastrians, Jews, and Christians (excluding converts from Islam) as the only recognized religious minorities permitted to worship and form religious societies “within the limits of the law.”

However, the report also notes “the penal code specifies the death sentence for proselytizing and attempts by non-Muslims to convert Muslims, as well as for moharebeh (“enmity against God”) and sabb al-nabi (“insulting the prophet”).”

The state department report also adds “the government continued to harass, interrogate, and arrest Bahais, Christians (particularly converts), Sunni Muslims, and other religious minorities and regulated Christian religious practices closely to enforce a prohibition on proselytizing.”

According to Open Doors USA, there are 800,000 Christians currently living in the Islamic Republic.  The Iranian government claims a smaller number of both churches and believers — 600 churches and 300,000 to 370,000 Christians.  Iran’s total population is more than 80 million people.

The Islamic Republic is listed as number 10 on Open Doors USA’s list of the Top 50 Countries of Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus.

“Iran does not discriminate against or persecute any recognized religious minority,” Alireza Miryousefi, head of press for the Iranian Mission to the UN told the Post.  “Including the large Christian community inside Iran, who are free to worship in the many churches that can be found across Iran.”

“In fact, as is the case with Iranian Jews, Iranian Christians are constitutionally guaranteed parliamentary representation,” he continued. “Major cities such as Tehran and Isfahan are home to large Christian communities with centuries-old churches.”

Source: CBN

‘The Power of the Gospel’: NC Church on Track to Reach Ambitious Goal of 1,000 Church Plants

DURHAM, N.C. – The Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) new president wants the denomination to re-focus on evangelism and church-planting. And Pastor J.D. Greear knows what he’s talking about.

Greear’s megachurch, The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, is on track to plant 1,000 churches in 50 years.

The church’s growth stems back to its emphasis on “sending.”  It’s a word the church uses often to help members understand what it believes is their personal responsibility for evangelism.

40 Church Plants and Growing

“Being called by God means taking what God has given you and leveraging it for the purpose of the Great Commission,” Greear told CBN News during an interview prior to his nomination during the SBC’s annual meeting in Dallas in June 2018.

Greear has been leveraging his church for 17 years and the results are off-the-charts. The 10,000 member congregation has birthed more than 40 church plants in the US and more than 200 overseas.

Church Plant in Greensboro Fastest Growing in N.C.

One of its “baby churches,” Mercy Hill in Greensboro, started in 2012 and is now the fastest-growing church in the state and the 11th fastest growing church in the country according to Outreach 100, a collaboration between Outreach magazine and LifeWay Research. It started with a core group of 30 that came from the Summit and today has more than 2,000 attending its three campuses.  It has baptized 800 people.

Pastor Andrew Hopper explained, “We came here and yes, it’s a small team of 30 people – but when they’re all incredibly bought in to one vision of what we want to see – of a church that grows, that reproduces, that sends, that multiplies – I mean we had this vision very much.  It’s not the exact same thing as the Summit but we’re an apple from that tree.”

Covenant Parents Rearing Covenant Children Who Fill ‘Great Commission’

That one vision is the Great Commission. The Summit calls it “sending” and it starts when parents dedicate their children. Greear says, “We have them covenant as part of this parent commission that they’re going to raise them for purposes of the Great Commission and when God calls their son or daughter perhaps to Afghanistan or Southeast Asia to take the Gospel, they covenant as parents that they’re not going to stand in the way.”

The Summit has designed its children’s area to look like an airport with wall murals filled with planes and gate numbers in place of room numbers. The idea is to plant the thought that even kids are “sent” each week to share Jesus with their friends.

Kids Director Jacob Orr says, “We want them to feel like they’re part of the mission – they’re part of the work – that they get to go and tell their friends.”

By middle school, the Summit wants its young students to have experienced a short-term missions trip with their family. In high school, that grows to three weeks overseas with Summit missionaries.  And in college, it encourages a summer of missions work along with a “big ask.” The Summit wants its college graduates to pursue their first job near one of its church plants.

“When we plant churches we just kind of throw this out,” says Greear, “Hey, when you graduate, you’ve got to move somewhere – why not move with one of our church plants?'”

‘Your Life Is Your Mission Field’

High school student Sam Nieman has followed the track and now emphatically says, “I want to be a missionary. I believe that God has called us to go anywhere. It’s not a question of when. It’s where and how.”

She plans to study Chinese at UNC-Chapel Hill and see where the Lord leads her.

Dominique Williams is graduating from college and raising support to go on staff with Mercy Hill full-time.  He has participated in a variety of missions experiences through Mercy Hill’s college ministry and says he’d like to pursue ministry as a full-time vocation. “The whole idea is you’re a missionary with your life,” he told CBN News. “You don’t have to go overseas. You don’t have to do anything special. Your life is your mission field.”

The Summit’s focus on youth and college mobilization has helped to pave the way for its incredible success with church planting.  The week that CBN News visited Mercy Hill the Summit plant was sending out its 7th church plant team to Philadelphia. The group included several college graduates, young families and retirees.  Tapping into older church members is another Summit strategy.  It asks those headed for retirement to tithe their first two years and give their time to a plant.

Greear admits that while missions and church planting have been a life-long passion, his goal of one-thousand churches came almost as an afterthought.  “I came up with it in the middle of the sermon. It felt right and I just said it ‘we’re going to plant 1,000 churches in 50 years’ – and I walked off the stage and one of our pastors said, ‘Did you say 1,000 churches in 50 years?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, we’re going to have to figure out how to do that.'”

He acknowledges that while the Summit is well on its way to accomplishing that goal, the process is often painful. Each year, he tasks several new staff pastors with the order to “head-hunt” – picking the best from Summit’s congregation to start new plants. “Every year 100 of them stand on stage and I’m looking at them and I’m like, ‘Those are very talented people who serve in our ministry. Some of them are big givers. How are we going to do without them?'”

Greear wants to push the Southern Baptist denomination to cultivate these same priorities of evangelism and church planting. He’s also committed to raising up more people of color as church leaders. This timely decision comes in an era of declining Southern Baptist membership and racial discord.

“The SBC should be the most diverse group in the country because we ought to be able to show that what our culture is not able to do,” he said, “we can accomplish that through the power of the Gospel in church.”

‘God Save Me!’ More Than 250 Accept Christ at Greeneville Awakening Tent Revival Entering 13th Week

CBN News interviewed evangelist D.R. Harrison about the #GreenevilleAwakening, a spiritual revival where hundreds have accepted Christ. He also shared his personal testimony and the testimony of his wife. Watch above.

As the #GreenevilleAwakening spiritual revival enters its 13th week in Northeastern Tennessee, more than 250 people have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the evangelist leading the services told CBN News.

Evangelist D.R. Harrison said people from 10 states have made their way to the big tent near Greeneville, Tennessee.

“Tonight an entire family from Ohio got saved!! PTL!” Harrison exclaimed Saturday in a text to CBN News.

Organizers held a “Youth Explosion Rally” Saturday, with young people ranging in age from 9 to 22, coming to the altar to receive salvation through Jesus Christ, Sheldon Livesay, a freelance writer reporting on the revival, shared with CBN News.

Livesay spoke with local residents who have attended the revival every night so far.

“We should be tired, but we’re not,” one local attendee told him. “We are more excited now than ever before due to the miracles we are seeing and prayers being answered.”

The freelance writer reported that young people, middle-aged and older adults are giving their hearts to Jesus.

“In today’s society, churches see youth come to Christ in their teens, but national statistics suggest rarely do adults, especially older adult(s) make decisions for Christ,” Livesay wrote to CBN News.

“Yet, that is what this revival is producing, people in their 40’s up to their 80’s are attending and making decisions they have neglected all their lives,” he continued.

Livesay shared powerful testimonies from the event.

“Nick Bailey, another organizing pastor leads music every night,” he wrote. “Saturday Nick wept and shouted for joy as his dad walked the sawdust aisle accepting Christ.”

The journalist also told CBN News about a miraculous story involving a man named Rex, whose wife faithfully prayed for him for more than 40 years.

“Rex, a stately looking man, 80-years-old with (a) white long beard was known by local residents as ‘Mountain Man,'” Livesay wrote. “Rex came four nights raising his hand (that) he had never made a decision to accept Christ.”

“One night after an extended invitation, Rex pushed through his aisle towards the front crying, ‘I can’t take it anymore – God save me!'” Livesay continued.

SOULS ARE WORTH IT!!!!!!!! 10 weeks ago, a 40 year prayer was answered! Now, Rex is singing in the choir and telling…

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Harrison said he originally was scheduled to preach a one-week revival beginning April 15 at the Greystone Freewill Baptist Church. He said in week three, the crowds increased to standing room only.

Harrison said he and the pastor began to pray because they were running out of room at the church, and God provided a large tent through a North Carolina man.

The evangelist told CBN News the #GreenevilleAwakening is a multi-denominational revival.

“That’s our prayer that revival would just spread across America,” he shared.

Harrison said this revival in Tennessee reminds him of the Burlington, North Carolina Revival of 2016, where both he and his wife accepted Christ.

He said Jesus set him free of alcoholism and pornography addiction and rescued his wife from a life of being a stripper.

“When God came on the scene, he took it all away, and we give God all the glory for what he’s done in our lives,” Harrison said.

“And I can’t praise him enough – I wish I could shout it to the entire world that if Jesus can save a drunk like me, and if Jesus can save a stripper if you will, like my wife was – if he can change our lives, he can change anybody’s life!” he exclaimed.

And now, he told CBN News, lives are being changed supernaturally at the #GreenevilleAwakening as well.

“Just how God has just moved and how he’s speaking to hearts and how he’s putting marriages back together and changing lives, and no man can make that happen,” he explained.

“No man can work hard enough to make that happen,” Harrison continued. “It’s just a God-thing from the start to the finish. It’s all God.”

Revival services are held Monday through Friday, starting at 7 pm, at the big tent located at 1005 Quaker Knob Road, Chuckey, Tennessee.

Source: CBN

‘This is Not Mythology’: Archaeologists Dig Up the Bible at Ancient City of Shiloh

JERUSALEM, Israel – Driving along the route known as the Way of the Patriarchs in Samaria, the heart of biblical Israel, you’ll come to ancient Shiloh.

Aerial view of ancient Shiloh, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff

The Bible says this is the place where Joshua parceled out the Promised Land to the 12 tribes of Israel. It’s also where the Tabernacle of the Lord stood for more than 300 years.

Dr. Scott Stripling directs the excavations at Shiloh. Along with dozens of volunteers, he and his crew are digging into history.

Excavation Director Dr. Scott Stripling, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff

“Welcome to ancient Shiloh,” Stripling greeted us. “This is the first capital of ancient Israel and it’s a sacred spot because the Mishkan was here, the Tabernacle, where people came to connect with God.”

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“We’re dealing with real people, real places, real events,” he continued. “This is not mythology. The coins that we excavated today – we’re talking about coins of Herod the Great, Pontius Pilate, Thestos, Felix, Agrippa the First, Agrippa the Second. The Bible talks about these people. We’ve got the image right here.”

That ‘image’ includes a fortified wall built by the Canaanites. The team finds a treasure trove of artifacts there, which includes ancient coins and some 2,000 pieces of pottery a day.

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“Now, this one was from yesterday,” he said. “It’s been washed already so you see the same form right out of the ground in yesterday and those are those handles from the stone vessels. Remember, Jesus’ first miracle in Cana? There were stone jars full of water. That’s that ritual purity culture of the first century.”

An archaeologist like Dr. Stripling looks at these shards as a fine time piece.

“Just like your great grandmother’s pottery is different from your pottery that you’re using today…once we learn the pottery, then we can use it as our primary means of dating.”

Unearthing ancient pottery, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff

Stripling says literally digging into the Bible can change your life.”

“You can read the Bible, you can walk the Bible, but the ultimate is to dig the Bible,” he said. “You know, when we actually get into the swill, like these students from Lea University. They’re literally – it’s under their fingernails and in their nose and in their mouth and their ears and they’re exposing this ancient culture. It becomes one with you. It’s sort of like we came out of the soil and as we dig into the soil, we connect with God and with each other, I think, in a very important way,” he said.

Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff

Abigail Leavitt, a student at the University of Pikesville, serves as object registrar.
“I love getting my hands dirty. I love digging in the dirt. It’s my favorite thing,” she told CBN News.

While people of all age volunteer at the dig, the main drivers are students like Abigail.

“It’s tiring and exhausting, but it’s really rewarding,” she said. “It’s exciting to find ancient things – things that have been just waiting for us for thousands of years.”

Abigail Leavitt, Photo, CBN News, Jonathan Goff

Leavitt says the Bible comes alive in the dirt.

“I read the Bible totally differently than I did before I came here, and I can see when I read the Bible I know the places, I know what’s going on. I understand it more deeply, especially where previous archaeologists have claimed the archaeology disproves the Bible. But when we dig here, we find that everything matches. You read it in the Bible. You dig in the dirt and there it is,” she said.

Stripling said, “Archaeology doesn’t set out to prove or disprove the Bible. What we want to do is to illuminate the biblical text, the background of the text, so to set it in a real world culture to what we call verisimilitude,” he explained.

“So, we get an ancient literary description. Now, we have a material culture that matches that,” he continued. “Chris, you’re sitting where Samuel and Eli and Hannah and these people that we have read about, they came just like us, needing answers, needing to connect with God, needing forgiveness.”

Stripling says they dig into the past and find lessons for the present.

“One of the faith lessons for us is that God is the potter and we are the clay. And even if our lives are broken like these vessels are, God told Jeremiah after He had told him to go to Shiloh and see what He had done, He told him to go to the potter’s house and look at a flawed vessel and see how the potter puts it back on the wheel and works out the imperfections. So my faith lesson is this: Yes we’re imperfect, but if we will allow God, He wants to put us [on] His potter’s wheel and make us a vessel of honor.”

Stripling often cites Psalm 102.

O Zion, your servants take delight in its stones and favor its dust.” (Ps. 102:14)

“For me this is sacred soil. This is where the Mishkan was that answers the most basic of all human questions: ‘How do I connect with God?’ And I think that’s their most basic question,” he said.

“I know I messed up. I know that God is holy. How do I bridge that gap when I sin against other people, when I sin against God. Ultimately, Chris, if the Bible is true, then the God of the Bible has a moral claim on our lives. And as we establish the veracity of the biblical text, I hope that everyone watching would just think about that – that God loves us and He has a moral claim on our lives.”

Source: CBN

World Cup Outreach Teams Detained by Russian Authorities, Outreach Still Expected to Reach Up to 3 Million People

Despite Russian authorities detaining three outreach teams, the ministry known as Mission Eurasia, reports nearly a half million people have been affected by the group’s month-long World Cup 2018 outreach.

The organization reported in a news release that authorities in Moscow, Kaliningrad and Ekaterinburg detained the teams for talking with people and passing out Christian literature in public places.

Mission Eurasia’s Russia director Pavel Tokarchuk said law enforcement released them without filing charges but did keep their literature, and it’s not known if they’ll face further repercussions.

However, despite those incidents, Mission Eurasia said participants in the evangelistic outreach handed out around 500,000 pieces of literature, including a special-edition Gospel of John.

In addition, approximately 400 churches hosted World Cup viewing parties and soccer competitions in 50 cities around Russia.

The ministry expects record turnout at upcoming live screenings of the final soccer games.

Tokarchuk said Russians are more willing these days to discuss spiritual issues because of national pride in hosting the World Cup and the success of the national team in the tournament.

“People are excited, and that has provided a real opportunity for sharing the Gospel,” he said.

One example of outreach involved a man by the name of Arsen, a shoe-seller in Omsk, Russia. While chatting with Mission Eurasia volunteers, he expressed frustration with the Russian soccer team’s coach.

“We then told him about a team that could change the entire course of humanity, because they have the best coach: Jesus,” said the local coordinator of Mission Eurasia’s School Without Walls (SWW) leadership training ministry.

The coordinator said after Arsen received a copy of the Gospel of John, he “asked several questions about what he was reading in God’s Word, because he wanted to make sure he understood everything correctly.”

According to the news release, Mission Eurasia’s outreach is viewed as an innovative way to share the Gospel despite Russia’s restrictions, considered “part of a crackdown on religious freedom in the country.”

“Many Christians have found a new courage and boldness for sharing their faith,” Tokarchuk said. “We are praying they will continue to be encouraged to spread the good news.”

He also said by passing out scriptures and Christian literature, participants show that they believe Russia’s Constitution supports their right to share their faith even though legislation passed two years ago puts limits on evangelism for officially recognized churches.

Ultimately, Mission Eurasia believes the World Cup ministry will reach up to 3 million people. Leaders have in the works thorough follow-up programs, anticipating 1,800 home Bible study groups, as well as sports and day camps for up to 15,000 children.

Technology has played a part in the World Cup outreach. Participants distributed Russian-language scriptures, including a New Testament that contained a QR code link to more discipleship resources and information on how to get to a local church.

Source: CBN

CRISIS OVER: All 12 Boys and Coach Now Rescued from Flooded Thai Cave, ‘Thank You to God’

The final rescue mission is now complete in Thailand as all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been extracted from a flooded cave in a drama that has riveted their nation and the world. More ambulances with flashing lights were seen leaving the site of the flooded Thai cave Tuesday as the last of the boys were rescued.

Health officials say all the boys, ages 12 to 16, have now been brought out over the last three days, and they’re in “high spirits” and generally healthy.

Those rescued are now in the hospital, quarantined for at least seven days away from germs and infections. Their lungs and hearts will be evaluated, and they’ll be given vaccinations and antibiotics to be safe.

Jesada Chokdumrongsuk, deputy director-general of the Thai Public Health Ministry, said Tuesday that the first group of four boys rescued are generally healthy and now able to eat normal food. But infections are a serious concern since they were trapped in unsanitary conditions, exposed to human waste for weeks during their ordeal, and two of the boys reportedly may have a lung infection.

If medical tests show no danger, parents will be able to enter the isolation area to see their children for the first time since the boys became trapped in the cave two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, it turns out one of the boys was being sponsored as a beneficiary of Compassion, attending one of their child development centers. The ministry’s motto is, “Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.”

“Thank you so much for all prayers and all the encouragement. Thank you to God. I’m really thankful that they found my son and all 13 are alive,” the boy’s mother tells Compassion in an interview seen below. “I’m so happy and so thankful to see my son again. Thank you so much to everyone that has been praying for us and the boys and helping us; thank you.”

The 12 boys and their soccer coach became trapped by flooding due to heavy rains after entering that cave. The dangerous conditions of the flooding made rescue attempts impossible for days, leading to the death of a highly trained navy SEAL diver.

The final leg of the mission involved 19 divers with oxygen tanks for the victims, and a rope line to guide them through murky waters, occasional fast currents, and completely flooded sections of the cave complex.

Source: CBN

Justin Bieber Engaged to Hailey Baldwin: Here’s What She Says About Knowing God

Fresh reports today that Justin Bieber has gotten engaged to American model Hailey Baldwin.

TMZ first reported the news that Justin popped the big question while the couple was in the Bahamas.

Bieber announced their engagement on his Instagram Monday afternoon and said it was all in God’s perfect timing.

“I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make,” he wrote. “Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT!”

Bieber ended the post by quoting Proverbs 18:22.

“‘He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord! This is the year of favor!!!!” he said.

Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!

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Bieber’s dad Jeremy took to Instagram to post his congratulations to Justin, saying, “@justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!”

@justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!

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Bieber’s mom Pattie Mallette simply posted a celebration of “Love Love Love Love Love Love Love.”

So who is Hailey Baldwin? She’s a bit of a star in the modeling world, and she’s been a TV host for music awards shows and the TBS program “Drop the Mic.”

Hailey was raised as an evangelical Christian, and her father Stephen Baldwin is an actor who is very outspoken about his born-again faith.

She’s not ashamed of her faith either. In a 2016 interview in Teen Vogue, Hailey said, “I was raised in church. I was brought up in that life, and I think that it’s very important for everybody to be in touch with their spirituality and to have a relationship with God.”

“I think that God kind of put me in the place in my life to not be quiet about it, not be quiet about him, but to reach people and to inspire people,” she said.

Along those lines, here’s an inspiring retweet she posted of an awesome video of medical staff praying in a hospital a week ago.

“I don’t look at it as a religion,” Hailey also told the magazine. “I look at it as your own personal relationship with God because, what I believe, it doesn’t say in the Bible that it’s a set religion and a set standard of rules. It’s your own personal relationship with God between you and him, and the Bible is a tool for you to be able to live that out day by day. Church is a tool for you to fellowship with other people that believe in what you believe in.”

Meanwhile, her social media posts indicate Hailey’s had a good relationship with her father Stephen through the years. She posted sweet pictures of them together recently on his birthday, and here’s a flashback photo of a much younger Hailey with her dad, posted by the 21-year-old on Father’s Day.

Happy Fathers Day

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Meanwhile, Justin appears to be as intent as ever about following his deepening faith in Christ. His main Instagram photo shows him and his mentor, Pastor Judah Smith.

And his Instagram bio currently includes just one thing – a link to a powerful Hillsong worship song called “I Surrender.” Here’s that video:

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‘God’s Design Is for a Family Unit’: This Ex-Pastor Senator Wants White House to Keep Immigrant Families Together

Republican lawmakers are speaking out against the immigration policy that separates parents from their children at the border.

“I am asking the White House to keep families together as much as we can,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), a former pastor, told a constituent on Thursday.

Lankford told Oklahoma news station KOCO News 5 that he thinks the families should remain together.

“My preference is parents and kids stay together as much as we possibly can,” said Lankford. “The difficulty is when you have an individual, whether it’s an American citizen or someone who’s not in the country legally that has committed a felony, it gets much tougher.”

“If you have an American citizen that has committed a felony and they have a child with them at that time, they get separated as well,” clarified Lankford. “Just crossing the border the first time is a misdemeanor.  But multiple crossings or what’s unknown, that’s the harder part. So it’s been difficult but that’s been policy for a long time.”

Lankford says he was surprised to see Sarah Huckabee Sanders quote the Bible when defending the policy in Thursday’s press briefing.

“I was a little surprised to see the Biblical argument come out on that as well, clearly, God’s design is for a family unit and that is the basis of our culture and our society,” said Lankford.

But he says this is happening because of a policy enacted from a court ruling a while ago that’s been under great dispute and has had a lot of complications.
In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department will criminally prosecute those crossing into the US illegally.

However, it’s the administration’s “no tolerance” stance toward first-time offenders and people with children that has some crying foul.

“If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you, and that child may be separated from you as required by law,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally,” he continued.

The policy was in place during the Obama administration, but according to the Migration Policy Institute, Obama’s team rarely prosecuted people with children or first-time offenders.

Offenders face up to six months in prison.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters Thursday he’s also uncomfortable with what’s happening with families at the border and he thinks a legislative fix is necessary to address the policy.

“We believe it should be addressed in immigration legislation,” said Ryan.

Ryan plans to bring two different immigration bills to the House floor for a vote next week.

Source: CBN