LISTEN: Marcelo Gleiser awarded the annual Templeton Prize (UCNN 3/19/19)

According to the AFP, Brazilian Physicist Marcelo Gleiser was awarded the annual Templeton Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to “affirming life’s spiritual dimension,” on Tuesday. As an agnostic, he doesn’t believe in God — but refuses to write off the possibility of God’s existence completely. In response to the question ‘what do you think of people who believe that the Earth was created in seven days?’ Gleiser said, “They position science as the enemy … because they have a very antiquated way of thinking about science and religion in which all scientists try to kill God. Science does not kill God.”

According to the Religion News Service, Dozens of Jews gathered outside the New Zealand embassy in Tel Aviv Sunday night for a somber candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of the (March 15) mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. “We are a small, bright light at the end of a dark tunnel,” Sheikh Abdallah Nimr Badr said of the event, which was organized by Tag Meir, an all-volunteer Jewish organization dedicated to ending extremist violence in Israel, in collaboration with local Muslim leaders and Israeli-Arab college students at Al-Qasemi Academy. “We must eradicate this sort of behavior if we are going to live in peace. I hope one day we will be able to walk in the streets feeling safe and free of fear,”

According to The Associated Press, Reigning world and Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Simone Biles started off 2019 the same way she ended 2018: atop the podium. Biles looked rusty in her first competition since winning world championships last fall but easily won her 2019 debut at the DTB Pokal World Cup on Sunday. The 22-year-old posted an all-around score of 58.800, more than 3.5 points clear of runner-up Ana Padurariu of Canada and third-place finisher Elisabeth Seitz of Germany.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Chance the Rapper is officially a married man! The musician once again took to Twitter to gush about his new life as a married man, presenting “The Bennetts” in a tweet featuring four photos from his March 9 wedding to longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley. While the pair married earlier in a civil ceremony in Cook County in December 2018, Saturday’s ceremony and reception at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California — as reported by E! — included vows recommitted in front of 150 family members and friends on a rotunda overlooking the ocean.

According to the CBS Sports, Bryce Harper may have made history by getting baseball’s biggest contract from the Philadelphia Phillies in February, but Mike Trout now has the biggest contract in all of professional sports. Weeks after Harper inked a then-record $330 million deal, his fellow star outfielder has taken the cake in terms of big-money deals, landing a 12-year extension with the Los Angeles Angels reportedly worth more than $430 million. The seven-time All-Star would have been an even more unprecedented free agent in 2020 than Harper and new San Diego Padres infielder Manny Machado were this past offseason, but now Trout is set to potentially finish his career in L.A.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!