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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Skating Couple Defies Odds to Compete in Olympics to 'Glorify God' - KATIE YODER/NEWSBUSTERS

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Kneirim of the U.S. in action.
Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Kneirim of the U.S. in action. (REUTERS/John Sibley)
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Skating Couple Defies Odds to Compete in Olympics to 'Glorify God'

It doesn't matter if they get the gold: U.S. Olympic figure skating pair Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim say they're already winners—for making it onto the ice. And, according to People, they're crediting their Christian faith.
Over the weekend, the husband-and-wife team competed in the figure skating team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics held in South Korea. While they finished in fourth place in the free skate, their performance contributed to the U.S. earning bronze.
"Today wasn't a brilliant skate by any means, but we're just so happy to be here," 26-year-old Alexa admitted, but stressed to People Sunday that the couple had "already won by being able to step on the ice."
That's because, shortly before the two married in 2016, Alexa's life was threatened by a severe gastrointestinal condition. Alexa "started feeling very sick at a competition" which later led to three surgeries and withdrawing from all skating events for the first half of that year.
"I just had to relearn everything on the ice," Alexa said of after the surgeries. "The very first time I stepped back onto the ice after my surgeries, Chris had to hold me up because I was not capable of standing on my own because of how fragile and weak my body was."
At five feet, two inches, she weighed "just over 80 pounds before and after surgery."
After their free skate at the Olympics, the couple opened up about how their Christian faith played a role.
"In the moment, you know, I was so sick and didn't really know where things were going to go for me, whether it was skating or life in general," Alexa told reporters of trusting God. "So I finally just threw my hands up and said like, 'You lead the way,' and it's my testimony and I stay true to it."
"It's no longer about me," Alexa added. "I have fans out there who know that I am a true believer in the Lord, and I'm trying my best to shine His light and let people know that it's OK to promote Him and do things for Him, because in the Christian life that's kind of what we're supposed to."
According to Alexa, the Olympics is a chance to "glorify God, and my followers know that that's my purpose and it makes me happy."
And her husband couldn't agree more. "We both share the same thing," 30-year-old Chris said of their Christian faith. Together, the two pray before their competitions and also spend time with other Christian athletes in Colorado.
"So it's taken a big kind of role in my life and Chris' and I truly believe that's why we were able to get here," Alexa concluded.
In a Team USA video published last month, Alexa also stressed she relied on her faith.
While NBC Nightly News covered their emotional story Feb. 8, there was no mention of their religion.
At a time when the entertainment industry mocks Christianity, Alexa regularly post inspirational faith messages on social media. 
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

While the World Mocks God, FDR's Divine D-Day Prayer Still Rings True - SARAH STITES NEWSBUSTERS CHARISMA NEWS

D-Day veteran Joseph Cauch of Toronto wraps up an oyster shell he found on the beach at sunset after a Canadian-French ceremony at the Juno Beach Center in Courseulles sur Mer June 6, 2014. World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings.
D-Day veteran Joseph Cauch of Toronto wraps up an oyster shell he found on the beach at sunset after a Canadian-French ceremony at the Juno Beach Center in Courseulles sur Mer June 6, 2014. World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings. (REUTERS/Chris Helgren )

While the World Mocks God, FDR's Divine D-Day Prayer Still Rings True

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As one of the most iconic moments in American history, D-day always gets media commemoration. But here's something that many mainstream outlets don't highlight: former president and liberal darling Franklin Roosevelt firmly believed that God guided the U.S. in its dark hour in order to preserve "our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."
While American, British and Canadian troops were approaching the shores of Normandy, FDR took to the airwaves to urge the public to petition the Lord for His favor. "In this poignant hour," the president declared, "I ask you to join with me in prayer."
In a culture increasingly resistant to faith and the God of the Bible, FDR's eloquent words of supplication harken back to a time of reliance on Providence. Read them here:
"Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.
They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.
They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.
And for us at home—fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas—whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them—help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.
Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.
Give us strength, too—strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.
And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.
And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.
Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen."
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump Administration Rallies behind March for Life - CBN News Heather Sells

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Trump Administration Rallies behind March for Life
01-26-2017
CBN News Heather Sells
After years of hiding in the shadows, this year's March for Life is stepping into the spotlight, thanks to support from the President and a campaign aimed at stepping up media coverage.
Tens of thousands of women are expected to participate in Friday's march in Washington, D.C.  The annual event celebrates life and protests abortion and the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized it.
In a show of support from the administration, Vice President Mike Pence will address the thousands of pro-life at the march this Friday.  Pence's address is historic, as this is the first time a Vice President will ever speak at the March for Life event.
“Honored to meet with pro-life leaders tonight,” Pence tweeted Thursday. “I look forward to addressing National [March for Life] on Friday.”
Pence will be one of two Trump administration officials to address the crowd in the nation’s capital. Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway will speak at the March for Life and President Trump even promoted the event in a Wednesday interview with ABC's David Muir.  
The president turned the tables on the anchor, who asked the President if he could hear the voices from last Saturday's Women's March on Washington at the White House.  That march attracted hundreds of thousands of women but repulsed many pro-life women when it removed a pro-life group from its partner list and actively promoted its pro-abortion agenda.
The president told Muir that he didn't hear the women at the Saturday march but pointed Muir to the March for Life (which opposes abortion) saying "you're gonna have a large crowd on Friday too, which is mostly pro-life people."  Trump added "and they say the press doesn't cover them."
Muir looked unsure and responded  that he didn't want to compare crowd sizes.  "What they do say," Trump repeated, "is that the press doesn't cover them."
A new study shows that the president is right and that the mainstream media normally gives scant coverage to the March for Life, especially when contrasted with the coverage that it gave to the Women's March Jan. 21st.
Katie Yoder of NewsBusters reports that the ABC, NBC and CBS broadcast networks covered the Women's March 129 times more than they did the 2016 March for Life.
Yoder says the three networks spent a total of one hour, 15 minutes and 18 seconds on coverage of the Women's March.  However, they only gave 35 seconds to covering the 2016 March for Life.  In 2015, only CBS mentioned the March for Life, giving it just 15 seconds.
The Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues, a group of conservative and pro-life organizations, is calling on the media to cover pro-life issues.   In a statement released this week the alliance noted "this year, ABC, CBS and NBC have no excuse to silence these pro-life voices.  The networks heavily promoted the Women's March on Washington, helping boost its attendance."
The alliance may get its wish this year, given the high-level support from the Trump administration and growing public awareness of media bias.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

'Ben-Hur' Actors Reveal How 'Powerful' Crucifixion Scene Changed Them - KATIE YODER/NEWSBUSTERS CHARISMA NEWS


'Ben-Hur' Actors Reveal How 'Powerful' Crucifixion Scene Changed Them

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Acting can transform reality, according to the Ben-Hur actors.
In an interview published Tuesday, FlickDirect correspondant Judith Raymer interviewed Ben-Hur actors Jack Huston (who plays Judah Ben-Hur) and Rodrigo Santoro (as Jesus of Nazareth) about how the film changed them.
Taking place at the time of Jesus, the story follows Jewish prince Ben-Hur, who falls into slavery after his adopted brother, a Roman officer, accuses him of treason. When Ben-Hur later seeks revenge as a charioteer, he encounters redemption—and conversion to Christianity.
During the interview, Raymer brought up the movie scene of Jesus' crucifixion.
"There's that moment—the moment—there's no dialogue, and you're on the cross and—and your eyes, you just hold each other in your eyes," she said to Santoro, who plays Jesus. "When you're shooting that, what—what's going through your mind?"

That struck a chord with Huston, who interjected.
"We found each other, we actually did find each other. Very important," he said of him and Santoro during the scene. "I said, 'I'm here, man. I'm right here.' And whew, man that was powerful. No joking. When we were standing there, witnessing him up there and actually catching eyes and doing that."
That scene, he urged, will speak to all audiences.
"You don't have to be religious in any way to figure out how powerful that was," he said, "and it's been an incredible reaction to people watching that—it's been massive."
Santoro agreed. "Again, it's one of those moments that I will never be able to describe and be fair to what I felt," he said, before joking, "Besides cold."
Both Huston and Santoro found the scene "transcendent."
"The experience transcends, you know, given your craft as an artist—it goes much beyond that," Santoro added.
Earlier in the interview, Santoro heralded Jesus as a character that's "bigger than life."
"I have my own relationship with the figure of Jesus," he stressed, "I grew up hearing stories about Jesus."
To best portray Jesus, he researched films, literature, paintings and Gospels and found one similarity in their portrayal of Christ: "[A]ll the references were His heart—love."
To identify with Jesus, he went "within myself" to experience an "intimate, spiritual, transforming, inspiring journey."
"I'm not going to be Jesus. That's not happening," he admitted. "I just tried to do it with my heart. That was the most I could do." 
This article originally appeared on newsbusters.org.
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Olympic Gymnasts Reveal Biblical Prayers That Guided Their Routines - KATIE YODER/MRC NEWSBUSTERS CHARISMA NEWS


The current USA women's gymnastics team. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)

Olympic Gymnasts Reveal Biblical Prayers That Guided Their Routines

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Athletes at 2016 Rio Olympics are likely focusing on God to succeed, according to former Olympians.
On Tuesday, Good Morning America invited former U.S. Olympic gymnasts Dominique Dawes and McKayla Maroney on air to discuss the 2016 U.S. women's gymnastics team.
At one point in the interview, ABC co-anchor Lara Spencer asked the two athletes how this year's gymnastic team handles pressure while competing at the Olympics.
"What do you think they do in the moments before?" she asked. "How do you control your breathing when you're—when you're walking out there and you have to look totally composed and we did talk a little bit about game faces that we're seeing. How do you guys—how do they do it today?"
Instead of pointing to certain exercises or eating habits, the Olympians pointed to faith.
"I always relied on my faith," Dawes responded. "I always had a prayer in my head: 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' Many of those young girls may have that same mindset as well."
"Yep," Maroney interjected in agreement. "Amen."
Americans may not hear it from the media, but all five of the U.S. women gymnasts competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics have publicized their faith on Twitter.
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