According to Christian Post, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson says the Lord keeps him humble despite all of his recent success. Jackson was responding to questions during a press conference, Wednesday and while receiving praise for being one of 2019’s breakout NFL stars he was asked what keeps him humble. He responded directly, “The Lord.” “I give Him all His praise. The glory, the honor,” Jackson continued. “I could have been doing anything, you know? It’s crazy. I’ve been talking to Him about it, just saying ‘I appreciate You. I thank You.’” The athlete who is on heels of being selected for the Pro Bowl went on to say “when you feel like you’re bigger than the Lord? That’s when all that success dies. It goes away. You have to let Him know He’s the reason you’re having that much success. Just gotta keep going,” Jackson maintained. “And let the Lord know He’s number one.”
According to The Associated Press, The holidays came early for some Virginia families struggling to pay school lunch debt. Three Virginia pastors used more than $17,000 from their church’s budget to pay off meal debt at two local school systems. “It seemed like a good idea, (but) we didn’t know if there was a need because no one ever seems to talk about this,” said the Rev. Jerry Williams, a pastor at Mount Ararat Baptist Church. “So we called the school systems. And gosh, wow, was there a need.” Williams, the Rev. Brian Bennett and the Rev. Andrew Segre gave $10,500 to Stafford County Public Schools and close to $7,000 to Spotsylvania County Public Schools, which wiped out balances across the district, news outlets reported. Keana Butler, principal of Park Ridge Elementary School in Stafford, said she was skeptical when the pastors emailed her about students’ meal debt. She said usually parent-teacher groups and members of her own staff pay out of pocket to help reduce the debt. “I was overwhelmed by the generosity,” Butler said. “This is not a churchy thing,” Rev. Jerry Williams said. “This — helping children and families — this is a thing that anyone can do.”
According to Reuters, An Indonesian bus plunged over a hill and tumbled 150 meters into a ravine late on Monday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 13, media reported on Tuesday. The bus, with about 50 passengers on board, crashed on the way to Palembang from Bengkulu on the island of Sumatra in western Indonesia, media cited police as saying. Authorities were investigating the cause of the crash, highway police officer Riski told Indonesia’s TV One. Pictures showed a line of people trying to pull wreckage of the bus from the river. Traffic accidents are common in Indonesia, with roads often cutting through rough terrain and vehicles often poorly maintained.
According to Louisville Courier Journal, Six additional horses have been found shot and killed near a strip mining site in Eastern Kentucky, according to local animal rescue group Dumas Rescue. Dumas Rescue said the six horses appear to have been killed during the same shooting that killed at least 15 other horses along U.S. 23, WYMT reported. The other horses’ bodies were found early last week. Dumas Rescue posted on Facebook on Sunday evening about the six additional horses. At least one of the new horses found was just one year old, according to Dumas Rescue. Another horse was potentially pregnant. Authorities say it appears the horses were shot with a low-caliber rifle. Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told WYMT that it was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he has ever seen. The culprit of this violent act will likely face animal cruelty charges at a minimum, according to authorities. There is a $20,000 reward for information on the incident, with numerous animal rescue and welfare organizations along with individual donors contributing funds in hopes of finding answers.
According to Mission Network News, Deaf Missions is collaborating with Jesus Film to produce the Jesus Movie. Chad Entinger with Deaf Missions signs today is the first day people can watch the pilot scene. The pilot gives people a taste of what the full-length film will be like once completed. It is also the first step in producing a movie which offers Deaf the chance to encounter Jesus through their heart-language. Entinger signs the Jesus Movie has many ties to Bible translation, especially Bible translation for sign languages. There are still entire countries that have not had the opportunity to start Bible translations for their local sign languages. Entinger hopes the Jesus Movie will help connect people and give them a launching point for their translation efforts, too. “Then the Deaf community can get excited, and they’ll see the impact of the Jesus Movie in their own sign languages. And then, the people who were involved in making that movie in their own language will develop additional skills and confidence from that experience to then change to this Bible translation,” Entinger signs. Along with asking for financial gifts, Deaf Missions is also asking people to pray for this project. “Pray for people who will come and be involved with the production. It’s a really big project. And it’s going to require creativity, a lot of time, a lot of energy, to make this successful,” Entinger signs. Pray for the project’s funding, too. Ask God to meet the needs of this project. Finally, pray for God to use this project to reveal himself to the Deaf community on a larger scale, and to equip others in translation work.
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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16 says, “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 on the cross for your sins, 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.”
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