PODCAST: Luis Palau’s Son Leads Evangelistic Crusade Before Father’s Death (UCNN 3.17.21)

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According to Christianity Daily, The son of evangelist Luis Palau led an evangelistic festival in Florida, turning more than 2,000 people to Christ prior to the minister’s passing. A few days before the passing of the late evangelist, Andrew Palau spearheaded the Space Coast CityFest throughout Brevard County on March 6-7. The event took off after more than two years of preparation. Detailed in the Luis Palau Association website, the event was preceded by a “festival week” that held multiple outreaches and gatherings in the county, including prison outreaches, a couple of gatherings for women, first responder breakfast and luncheon for civic and business leaders. The festival featured a number of artists such as Casting Crowns, Zach Williams, Mac Powell, Mandisa, Social Club Misfits and Andy Mineo. It also presented shows like stunt demos from professional skaters, BMX and FMX athletes, as well as presentations of the Gospel.

According to the Washington Times, The Louisiana State University Lady Tigers have won 25 national championships in track and field, and Alanna Smith dreams of contributing to another someday. She just doesn’t think she should have to beat guys to get there. “When I didn’t have to run against biological males, I felt I had a chance,” said Alanna, 17. “Whether I came in first or fifth place, I knew that was the spot I deserved. Now it’s dispiriting to know who is going to win.” She is now a junior at Danbury High School in Connecticut. As a freshman, she took the New England crown in the 400 meters. The sprinter also focuses on two other races: the 100- and 200-meter. But Alanna finds herself racing in a mixed-up, jumbled-up, shaken-up world. Transgender athletes are asserting a right to compete as they identify their gender to be. Runners who weren’t even at Alanna’s indoor or outdoor meets in junior high school because they were boys are now in the blocks in the next lane. She is a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit filed in February 2020 that seeks to bar people who were born male from competing in girls’ and women’s sports. Her attorneys are with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian group. They are on the front line in a fight over the interpretation of Title IX, which was originally designed to increase girls’ participation in school sports. “My coach and my teammates all support what I’m doing, but we don’t really talk about it much,” she said. “The backlash comes mostly on social media from people I don’t even know.” If she had her way, Alanna would not be battling the powers that be in government, technology and most of the media. She would rather simply train, run and study, preferably with a minimum of math. But with high school graduation growing closer, her dreams of returning to her birth state and running for glory at LSU seem imperiled by factors over which she has no control. “I just want fairness to be made in all women’s sports,” she said. “This isn’t fair, and I only have a few seasons.”

According to CNN, A mother and daughter in Pensacola, Florida, have been accused of rigging a high school homecoming court election by accessing accounts without authorization, authorities said Monday. Laura Rose Carroll, 50, was arrested Monday and booked into the Escambia County Jail with a bond of $8,500, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a news release. Her 17-year-old daughter was taken into custody and transferred to the Escambia Regional Juvenile Detention Center, it said. When reached by CNN, a man identifying himself as Carroll’s husband, said, “We have no comment right now. Our lawyers told us not to speak and we will have our day in court.” The FDLE said it was contacted in November 2020 by the Escambia County School District over allegations of unauthorized access to hundreds of student accounts. The release says investigators found Carroll, an assistant principal at Bellview Elementary, and her daughter, a student at Tate High used Carroll’s district-level access to enter accounts, where hundreds of fraudulent votes were cast for the Taft homecoming court. The votes were flagged as fraudulent when 117 votes allegedly originated from the same IP address within a short period of time. Authorities reported that FDLE agents found evidence of unauthorized access linked to Carroll’s cellphone as well as home computers. Investigators said they found almost 250 fraudulently cast votes for the homecoming court.

According to FOX 35 Orlando, The three children who died were a five-month-old baby boy and five and four-year-old girls. The two women who were killed were 30-years-old and 25-years-old. The children’s grandfather, Pastor Anthony Oliver, talked to FOX 35 News and was completely heartbroken over losing his grandbabies and his two daughters. “Just imagining that final impact and what my kids were going through and what my grandchildren were saying and I couldn’t be there to protect them,” Oliver said through tears. “Because anytime anything happens they’re always calling for me, ‘Papa, Papa.’ And I could imagine them calling my name. That’s what hurts. That I wasn’t there.” Oliver says his wife is also battling Stage 4 cancer. She is in the hospital and has no idea about the crash.

According to Reuters, Children as young as 11 are being beheaded in Mozambique, UK-based aid group Save the Children said on Tuesday, as part of an Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands and forced many magnitudes more from their homes. Save the Children said it had spoken to displaced families who described “horrifying scenes” of murder, including mothers whose young sons were killed. In one case, the woman hid, helpless, with her three other children as her 12-year-old was murdered nearby. “We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him,” the 28-year-old, who Save the Children called Elsa, is quoted as saying. “We couldn’t do anything because we would be killed too.” Another mother, a 29-year-old Save the Children calls Amelia, said her son was just 11 when he was killed by armed men. Reuters could not immediately reach Mozambique police or government spokespeople for comment. Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado has since 2017 been home to a festering insurgency, linked to Islamic State, that has escalated dramatically in the past year. Altogether almost 2,700 people on all sides have died in the violence, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, a consultancy that tracks political violence. Almost 670,000 people have been displaced, Save the Children said.

According to Reuters, A video of some of the students kidnapped from a college in northwest Nigeria emerged on Saturday, showing them cowering on a forest floor as armed captors hit them with sticks. Thirty nine students are missing after gunmen stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna state overnight on Thursday, the fourth school abduction in northern Nigeria since December. Video footage shared on social media showed roughly two dozen students begging for help in English and Hausa. One says the captors want a 500 million naira ($1.31 million) ransom. Earlier on Saturday, Kaduna state security commissioner Samuel Aruwan said nine more students were missing than previously thought – 23 females and 16 males. The armed gang broke into the school, located on the outskirts of Kaduna city near a military academy, at around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. Aruwan said a further 180 students and staff members who were staying at the school were rescued early on Friday. Attacks by gangs of armed men, known as bandits, have intensified for several years, and military and police attempts to tackle the gangs have had little success. Many worry that state authorities worsen the situation by letting kidnappers go unpunished, paying them off or providing incentives.

According to PEOPLE magazine, Former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson’s oldest daughter, Maia, has died. She was 25. Johnson made the announcement on social media on Monday, writing: “It is with incredible sadness that I have to share the news about the passing of my beautiful Daughter Maia. Maia, as my first born child, has been the joy of my, and her Mother Shikiri’s, life.” He continued, “She came into our lives just as we were both coming of age as adults and has been a constant beloved presence for both of us. We are heartbroken and devastated by her loss. Shikiri, Maia’s siblings, our family and me appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.” The cause of Maia’s death was not immediately known.

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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.”

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