By Jonathan Clark
Hope for Leah Sharibu, the Nigerian Christian kidnapped teen
Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports that Nigerian officials are working on freeing Leah Sharibu from the Islamic State.
Back in 2018, the Islamic State kidnapped Leah, along with 100 other schoolgirls. The Muslim militants released all the girls except Leah because she refused to renounce her Christian faith. The Islamists now hold her as a “slave for life.”
Please continue to pray for God’s comfort for Leah Sharibu, and for a quick release.
Psalm 37:28 says, “For the LORD loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.”
Omicron COVID variant reached its peak
The Omicron COVID variant is only a month-and-a-half old, but it may have already reached its peak.
Scientists think that cases in Britain may have peaked and that cases in the U.S. might be about to peak as well.
Meanwhile, a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study found that Omicron cases are 91% less likely to result in death compared with Delta variant cases. People with Omicron were also 74% less likely to go to the ICU and 53% less likely to be hospitalized.
Boston’s censorship of Christian flag
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case over Boston’s refusal to fly a Christian flag.
For 12 years, Boston has allowed people to fly flags for their causes, including sexually perverted lifestyles. But when Camp Constitution applied for a “Christian” flag for a ceremony on Constitution Day, Boston denied the request simply because it was Christian.
Proverbs 17:15 says, “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.”
New Virginia Governor ends Critical Race Theory, mask and COVID mandates
YOUNGKIN: “I, Glenn Youngkin, do solemnly swear to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia. And that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all of the duties incumbent upon me as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, according to the best of my ability. So help me God.” (applause)
Youngkin is Virginia’s 74th governor and the first Republican governor since 2014.
Youngkin began with a series of executive orders. To his credit, he ended school mask mandates, ended a COVID-shot mandate for state employees, and banned the Marxist and racist Critical Race Theory in public schools.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals keeps Texas Heartbeat Act
Yesterday, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to keep the Texas Heartbeat Act in place which protects the baby once a heartbeat is detected. The heartbeat is detectable around the sixth week of gestation.
The court sent the challenge against the law to the Texas State Supreme Court.
All eight judges on the state high court identify with the Republican Party.
Texas Right to Life officials told LifeNews, “The Texas Heartbeat Act has withstood another court decision and is continuing to save an estimated 100 preborn lives every day!”
America is shifting Republican
A new Gallup poll found that Americans’ political party preferences shifted from Democrat to Republican during 2021.
At the beginning of 2021, 49% of Americans identified or leaned Democrat, and 40% identified or leaned Republican. By the end of the year, 47% preferred the Republican Party, and 42% preferred the Democrat Party. Thanks President Biden!
Cocaine addict gets sober thanks to illegal in-person church services
And finally, a Canadian church is celebrating a new convert after continuing to worship illegally under COVID-19 lockdowns.
Jennifer Scott came to Christ out of a life of drugs and alcohol through the ministry of Trinity Bible Chapel in Ontario, Canada. The church incurred over $100,000 in fines for staying open, saying that “Jesus is worth it.”
Before her recent baptism, Scott said God used the church to save her life.
SCOTT: “Most recently, I was smoking and shooting seven grams of cocaine a day. And my son asked me to come to a prayer meeting at Trinity [Bible Chapel]. In my small group, I asked for prayer to help me stop. I left a comment on one of Pastor Jacob [Reaume’s] sermons on YouTube. Pastor Jacob took the time to find out who I was, and tracked me down and called me to pray for me, and to encourage me to keep coming to church. I did. I went down for prayer one morning and elders Dean and Harvey prayed for me.
“The next day, I got a phone call that there was an upcoming bed available at a sober living house in Cambridge. I kept coming to Trinity in the meantime.
“I’ve been clean and sober now for over seven months, moved into my own apartment, and the body of Christ here at Trinity has helped me with furniture and other blessings. None of these things would have happened if Trinity closed its doors and was solely online. I know for a fact that I’d be dead right now if God had not used this church in my life.”
Luke 15:7 says, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, January 19th, in the year of our Lord 2022. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.