Source: Charisma News
By: ERIC OGREN/BGEA
The tropical island of Cebu—and its namesake city—with its blue waters, beautiful coastline and balmy climate, has been called many things. "The Queen City of the South," the birthplace of Catholicism in the Philippines, the site of Ferdinand Magellan's landing, and—ultimately—his death at the hands of warrior chief Lapu Lapu.
Pastor Trifon Brady had another description. He called it a hard place, especially for someone like Will Graham.
"This is one of the hard places in the Philippines in terms of evangelism," he said. "They're religious in a sense that they're trying to follow religion, but they don't have a relationship with Christ.
Police reached out to a boy and his mother after a post on social media caught the attention of the local community
Source: Police One
ST. CLOUD, Fla. — Police and firefighters in Florida reached out to a boy and his mother after a post on social media caught the attention of the local community.
According to WKMG, 6-year-old Glenn Buratti, who is autistic, invited his entire class to his sixth birthday and no one showed up.
“From the minute he woke up that day he wanted to know how many minutes until his friends came. None of the kids’ parents RSVP’d, but I was still holding on to the hope that some of them would show up. It never crossed my mind that it would be zero,” his mother, Ashlee Buratti, told the Osceola News-Gazette.
Source: Christian Concern
A Wellington College student, who is proud to be a virgin at 18 and urges other young people not to rush into a sexual relationship, has received supportive letters and emails from all over the world since publishing his story in The Guardian.
Phin Lyman says those who support him have thanked him for his honesty.
“I’m certainly not the only one. When I researched my article I found a survey that showed that 27% of young men aged 15 to 24 have never had any form of sexual contact; and that's up from 2002 when the figure was 22%,” says Phin.
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Source: Christian Headlines
Author: Carrie Dedrick
A restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina offers a surprising deal: if patrons pray before their meal, they receive 15 percent off. Mary’s Gourmet Diner has been giving praying customers a break for four years, but the unpublicized discount is only just now gaining attention.
Jordan Smith visited the diner and was surprised to see $6.07 taken off her $40.50 bill. When she posted a photo of the receipt to Facebook, it piqued national interest.
“[We] prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, ‘Just so you know, we gave you a 15 percent discount for praying,’ which I’d never seen before,” Smith said.
Restaurant owner Mary Haglund said the discount is intended to be a kind gesture for people who take the time to give thanks. “For me, every plate of food is a gift. And I never take that for granted and when I see someone in a restaurant honoring their gratefulness at my table...it touches my heart,” she said.
Source: Blue Nation Review
Author: Kayode Kendall
Bullying in schools has become a major issue in this country in the last few years, and hearing stories of young teens so pressured by bullying that they resort to suicide is especially troubling. So it’s great when we see stories of teens who not only won’t stand for bullying, but will make sure whatever schemes the bullies may hatch to humiliate their peers don’t come succeed.
When a few high school students in Grand Prairie, Texas planned on pranking classmate Lillian Skinner by telling her that she had been nominated for homecoming court when she really hadn’t, Lillian’s friends, homecoming nominees Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez, decided to fight back. Both girls agreed, and cleared their idea with the school principal, that if either girl won, they would renounce their title to Lillian. When Anahi Alvarez won the title of homecoming queen, Lillian, who was taking pictures for the school yearbook, was presented with the homecoming crown in front of her entire class. As Grand Prairie High School Principal Lorimer Arendse stated:
“In all my time in school, this is probably the greatest moment I’ve ever experienced as a principal.”
The three girls have been friends since 7th grade, and Naomi and Anahi had nothing but nice things to say about Lillian, especially her belief that a person’s inner beauty and goodness is more important than their outward appearance. It’s clear that Lillian Skinner has inspired her friends with that message, and hopefully, they’ll inspire others with their gesture of kindness for one of their best friends.
BNR Contributor Kayode Kendall (@KenKRK) is a pop culture renegade (in his own mind), sure to know the names of every actor you can only describe as “Hey, it’s that guy from that thing!”
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