Clinton’s Benghazi Testimony
The exchanges were sometimes heated as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before two different congressional committees yesterday regarding the September 11 terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She claimed responsibility, then spent the bulk of both hearings deflecting criticisms of her actions.
Debt Crisis Bill
The debt crisis is postponed. The House passed a bill to do that Wednesday. The bill avoids the debt crisis by allowing us to borrow more money. It keeps the debt crisis at bay for four more months. It also buys more time to talk about the deficit, spending and taxes. The White House says President Obama will sign the measure.
Cold Weather Continues
Did you see the video of firefighters in Chicago dousing a burning building with water that quickly encased the building in ice? The frigid weather across the northern portions of Family Life Nation continues with single digits throughout Michigan and below zero temps in Wisconsin. At least four deaths are blamed on the cold snap, so far. Now the weather service says the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic could see icy conditions by tomorrow.
Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta yesterday announced his plan to lift the ban on women serving in combat. Arizona Senator and Vietnam Veteran John McCain said, “I respect and support Secretary Panetta’s decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat. The fact is that American women are already serving in harm’s way today all over the world and in every branch of our armed forces.” The ban has been in place since 1994.
How “Bible-Minded” is your city? If you live in the Phoenix area of Family Life Nation then your community is among the LEAST Bible-minded cities in America, ranking number 89 out of 96. According to the American Bible Society and the Barna Group our listeners in Chattanooga live in the third MOST Bible-minded city in America. Knoxville, Tennessee is number one, while Providence, Rhode Island comes in last. See the whole list right here.
California’s Prop eight is in front of the US Supreme Court. The proposition was approved by voters in 2008. It backs the biblical definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. Alliance Defending Freedom’s Austin Nimocks says it has been in courts ever since. "Marriage between a man and woman is a universal good that diverse cultures and faiths have honored throughout the history of our society. Marriage isn’t a matter of personal preference. How we treat it has societal consequences. The wisest course is for the Supreme Court to resist demands to prematurely end the national debate we are having over marriage. Californians have now voted to uphold marriage twice. The Supreme Court should respect the people’s freedom to affirm society’s most fundamental institution." Please pray the biblical definition of marriage is upheld.
How do you deal with stress? Doctor Rita Hancock prescribes how to get to the root of the problem."I suggest people become aware of their current emotions. Let’s say you’re a person who’d overeat or go buy a new Coach purse when you’re under stress. Stop and ask yourself, What’s the name of the emotion I feel right now. Give a one word description. Let’s say the word is fear or anger. Ask yourself what’s the first time you felt that way. Maybe God will reveal to you why you’re triggered to fall into that kind of behavior. Click here for more of her insight.
Church Around the World
Attack on Nigerian Christians
As we freely talk about our Lord on the radio today, please remember to pray for the persecuted church around the world. The BBC reports the Islamist military group, Boko Haram, is believed to be responsible for another attack in Northern Nigeria that took the lives of 18 Christians. Boko Haram has a stated goal of imposing Sharia law on northern Nigeria.
U.S. Pastor Shut Out of Iranian Trial, Unable to Address Charges
An American Christian pastor being tried in Iran for his religious beliefs was shut out of his own trial Tuesday, according to the American Center for Law and Justice. Tuesday was the only day for Saeed Abedini to present a defense, but both he and his Iranian attorney were barred from the courtroom as Iranian prosecutors brought testimony against him before Iran's infamous "hanging judge." Abedini’s wife believes the moves are proof that Iran has no plans to release her husband any time soon.