Friday, February 22nd, in the year of our Lord 2019
By Jonathan Clark
Will Nigerian Christian Teen Leah Sharibu Ever Be Released?
February 19th marked a year of captivity for Leah Sharibu, the 15-year-old Nigerian Christian girl who was kidnapped along with over 100 other schoolgirls by Islamic militants. She alone remains captive for refusing to renounce her faith in Jesus.
The World View spoke to Nathan Johnson of International Christian Concern about any possibility of Leah’s release.
“There’s always a chance she could get released; it’s not likely in my opinion. She’s been gone now for over a year. They’ve made these statements that she is a slave for life. I don’t foresee her getting released anytime soon despite the fact that we’re hoping it will happen. Not only have they said she’s going to be a slave for life, but at this point, they have no real reason to give her up. They didn’t get the ransom that they wanted.”
Johnson said the Leah’s parents are asking people to remember her and other children in her situation in their prayers. The Leah Foundation was started to help those children and spread awareness for Leah’s story. To support them, go to the link in our transcript today at theworldview.com.
Hebrews 13:3 says, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”
Will Graham Continues Grandfather’s Legacy, Preaches in Philippines
Will Graham, the grandson of the late Dr. Billy Graham, continues his grandfather’s legacy of preaching the Gospel as he brought an evangelistic celebration to the Philippines this month just days before the first-year anniversary of Graham’s death.
Over 100,000 people came to hear the preaching in a country facing significant political unrest.
Will Graham said, “When those things take place, I think it’s even more imperative to preach the Gospel. The only thing that can change people’s lives is the Gospel.”
The New Faith-Affirming Government of Northeast Syria
In the midst of Syria’s civil war, a new government has been formed in the northeast part of the country based on equal rights and religious freedom.
Bassam Ishak, President of the Syrian Democratic Council, told CBN News, “I don’t think there’s ever been a political system in the Middle East to guarantee religious freedom. . . . We want all Syrians to be equal. We believe they were all created by God equal and to be free.”
Ishak said they found inspiration from Isaiah 19:23-25, “In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. . . . The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day, Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them.”
Trump’s Homosexual Ambassador: Decriminalize Sodomy in 71 Countries
The Trump administration is working to end the criminalization of homosexual behavior worldwide, specifically in 71 countries where it is a capital crime, reports NBC News.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, an openly homosexual official in the Trump administration, launched the campaign this week in Berlin during a meeting with 11 European homosexual and transgender activists.
Vatican Hosts “The Protection of Minors in the Church” Summit
The Vatican began a summit on Thursday called “The Protection of Minors in the Church” to address widespread sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Francis urged about 200 leaders gathered to fight “this evil afflicting the Church and humanity.”
1 Peter 4:17 says, “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
Evangelist, Who Preaches Outside Abortion Mill, Allowed to Continue
A Washington state judge has dismissed criminal charges brought against an evangelist who regularly preaches outside of a local Planned Parenthood abortion mill.
Eric Schonbachler was accused of violating the city of Kennewick’s noise ordinance with his preaching back in 2018. However, the Benton County District Court judge ruled the ordinance violates Schonbachler’s free speech.
Arizona House Committee Begrudgingly Votes Infanticide Down
On Wednesday, the Arizona House committee voted against legislation that would have allowed infanticide after much protest from hundreds of Arizonans.
House Bill 2696 would have repealed medical care requirements for babies born alive after attempts to kill the baby in the womb.
Sneak Peek: Christian Manhood Celebration to Launch 13-Year-Old
Coming up in the Generations Radio podcast today, listen for my interview with U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Bouren from Northern Virginia about the Manhood Celebration he put together for his 13-year-old son Brady this past December. Twenty different men came in from 9 states to impart Godly wisdom, a letter, and a symbolic gift about manhood.
Divorce Rate in First-Time Marriages only 25%
And finally, Harvard-trained researcher and marriage counselor Shaunti Feldhahn told CBN News recently that although many people think that the divorce rate in the U.S. is about 50 percent, the actual rate is much lower.
After years of research, Feldhahn revealed the rate of divorces in first-time marriages is probably between 20 and 25 percent in her new book The Good News About Marriage.
That number is even lower among churchgoers where the rate is under 20 percent.
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Friday, February 22nd in the year of our Lord 2019. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldView.com. I’m Adam McManus. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Seize the day for Jesus Christ.