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Week of January 30, 2017


News From Around the Country

Christian Leaders Denounce Trump’s Plan to Favor Christian Refugees

President Trump has followed through on his campaign promise to rescue Christians who are suffering. The executive order he signed on Friday gives preference to refugees who belong to a religious minority in their country, and have been persecuted for their religion.  But if Mr. Trump had hoped for Christian leaders to break out in cheers, that is, for the most part, not what he has heard so far.  A broad array of clergy members has strongly denounced Mr. Trump’s order as discriminatory, misguided and inhumane. Outrage has also come from some of the evangelical, Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant leaders who represent the churches most active in trying to aid persecuted Christians.

Why this group of Christians comes to Sundance Film Festival every year
Pontius Pilate doesn’t normally come up in Sundance Film Festival panels.  But this wasn’t a normal Sundance panel. Instead of a theater, it was in a church, and instead of volunteers in yellow Sundance coats, it was led by a pastor. Murmurs of “Amen!” and “Preach it!” rippled through the audience. The panelists, however, were the directors and producers of the documentary “Whose Streets,” which premiered at Sundance this year, and they were answering questions about the making of the film, just as they did at other screenings and panels during the festival.

Sadie Robertson Talks Bold Christianity

Sadie Robertson is known for her "Duck" calling family, and her Christian faith. In a recent interview the teen opened up about the importance of Christians sharing their faith with the world. In an interview with The Christian Post, Robertson said, "I don't understand why we always say we're a Christian but we can still have fun with the world. And we try to prove ourselves to others that we can still be a Christian and do the things of the world. But in fact, what we should be doing is saying 'I am a Christian, why don't you come over here and join me?'"

This Week's Thought
By Brad Campbell

When we were kids, we enjoyed pretending to be someone else or somewhere else.  To pretend opened up new worlds and experiences!  Well, this morning I received notice from my particular social media profile that my account had been hacked.  Actually it said that someone had set up a fake account and was “pretending” to be me!  My first thought was, “How absurd!”  Why on earth would anybody pretend to be me, of all people?

Your Attitude Matters
By Ryan Kelly

This picture is of St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.  My family and I took a quick weekend trip to the city to see The Lion King at the Saenger Theatre and the Aquarium of the Americas.  The kids loved it!  I noticed something very apparent during our trip, though. The attitude of the people around us greatly affected our attitude at the time.  Here are some examples.

Leviticus 19:33
By Tracy Gilmer

This verse from Leviticus has been on my feed several times the past few days to show Christians that we are to help those strangers in our land.  "When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”  ‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭19:33-34‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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