After a historic victory against the Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney made sure to keep his focus on God during an inspirational interview that was praised widely.
"Dabo, there are few coaches in any sport who show more joy than you do," asked ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi. "How do you describe the joy of the moment?"
"Well that's been my word all year, and I tried to be intentional with that, for me personally, joy comes from focusing on Jesus, others and yourself," Swinney responded with a wide grin.
"There's so many great coaches that are so deserving of a moment like this that never get the chance to experience it, and to do it once and now to get to do it again," he added, "it's a blessing, and it's just simply the grace of the good Lord to let us experience something like this!
"All the credit, all the glory, goes to the good Lord!" Swinney exclaimed.
"Hey listen I hope you get a little hope from us a little inspiration that, hey, if we can do it, anybody can do it!" Swinney said.
"I said this two years ago, I mean, you can't write a Hollywood script like this, only God can do this! And that's a fact!" he continued. "And people may think I'm crazy or quacky whatever, only God can orchestrate this, no Hollywood producer can write it!"
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Reported by: ESPN News
Over the past few decades, secularists and leftists have mounted an aggressive effort to suppress Christianity’s historical and current importance in America, and place all religions — or no religion — on the same level.
A national survey taken in late November by Grinnell College indicates that they have been wildly successful. For example, city dwellers, young people and women are far more supportive of Muslims than of Christians. Sixty-eight percent of Democrats said employers should grant a request for prayer space by Muslims — but only 45 percent said employers should grant a similar request by Christians.
One area in which the cultural levelers haven’t had much success is suppressing Christmas. Evidence of the holiday abounds in airports, hotel lobbies, on radio and TV, in people’s yards and certainly in stores. Even non-Christians get into the spirit. The multicultural spoilsports can’t keep the festivities down, except in public schools, where they make sure children are not exposed to timeless Christmas carols that stir the heart.
Following public backlashes in California and Virginia over the introduction of Islamic concepts in public schools, defenders of the practice insisted that a well-rounded education include comparative religion. That’s not a bad idea, but it’s not the same as honestly teaching the importance of the Bible and Christianity to America’s history and government structure. You can’t really understand America without it.
The good news is that despite all their best efforts to snuff them out, the lights sparkling in commercial splendor and on front lawns all across America still point to a baby born 2,000 years ago who brought God’s love for humanity into startlingly bright focus.
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Reported by: Washington Times Opinion
TobyMac, a singer and songwriter, just released his new album called “The Elements” which he says is about combating the pressures and hardships of the world today.
While talking about the inspiration behind the album the musician said, “To me, it means waking up every morning and setting your mind on being the person you want to be, the friend you want to be, the spouse you want to be.”
He added, “You walk out the door and it feels like you're beat down on all those fronts all day ... you're sort of facing these elements — all of these things that this crazy world throws at us.”
TobyMac said making that conscious decision to live for God daily is an essential recommitment to make every morning.
The singer offered some advice to his fans noting the divisiveness of the world today saying, “I do think that there is a trend toward isolation rather than community.” He continues,
“When … tough times come, instead of stepping into community, now it feels like we're isolating ourselves.”
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ABC chief legal analyst and Mediaite and Law & Crime TV founder Dan Abrams launched a streaming network on Monday “dedicated to broadcasting Christian sermons with an in-studio discussion.”
Abrams, who has seen great success with his media properties in recent years under Abrams Media, launched Ambo, named for a historic synonym for a pulpit, from a studio in New York.
"The live programming rollout is scheduled for November with simultaneous back-to-back live sermons airing Saturdays and Sundays and featuring a lineup of high-profile partners such as Victory Church of Tulsa, OK and the multi-site Fresh Life Church, led by pastor and best-selling author, Levi Lusko,” according to an announcement from Ambo.
“From there, it will quickly expand to weekdays as well,” it continues. “The network will be hosted out of the newly built Abrams Media studios in Herald Square in New York City and viewers will be able engage with other viewers via a live-chat feature throughout the programs.”
Ambo will be led by Brooke Girley, who received a B.A. from New York University in religious studies, a law degree from Duke University School of Law and M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School, according to the network. Girley comes from a family of pastors.
“An inspirational network for younger Christians is long overdue,” said Girley. “Ambo TV will allow viewers to watch compelling sermons, in real time, from pastors of my generation and discuss them with other viewers from around the world. This is the type of network many of us have been waiting for, and I’m thrilled to be a part of creating it."
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Reported by: The Hill
Persecution watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) has revealed authorities have demolished crosses, burned Bibles, raided Christian homes to remove religious symbols, arrested church members and seized churches.
Chinese Communist Party crackdowns in Henan province escalated after the revised regulations on religious affairs were published last February.
Under new religious regulations introduced in February, churches have to be officially registered in the state and adhere to the rules set by Chinese authorities.
However, the ICC reported that even government-sanctioned churches in Henan could not escape being destroyed.
Henan province has one of the largest Christian populations in China, with several million living in the region, including approximately 300,000 Catholics.
In March footage emerged of Communist Party officials using a crane to rip a cross off an iconic Catholic church in Henan province.
Last month, police stormed a summer camp in the northern Gansu province where 80 children between the ages of 10-14 were staying.
Catholic news agency UCAN claimed the police accused the two summer camp organisers of holding an illegal Christian event.
Charity Open Doors said scores of Christians have been detained and sent to 're-education' camps in the first few months of 2018.
They were being taught to be loyal to communist ideology instead of religion.
Unofficial figures suggest there could be as many as 85,000 people detained in re-education camps.
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Reported by: Express News
Commitment to prayer, church attendance and religion is highest among Christians in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Pew Research Center said Aug. 22 in an analysis of data collected over the past 10 years.
In the U.S., Christians register comparatively high levels of religious commitment among the most developed countries, Pew said in its analysis of 84 countries with Christian populations deemed sizable. Here, 68 percent of Christians deemed religion "very important" and just as many said they pray daily. Weekly church attendance was registered among 47 percent of U.S. Christians.
In 35 of the countries studied, at least two-thirds of Christians said religion was "very important" in their lives. All but three of those 35 countries are in sub-Saharan Africa or Latin America, namely the U.S., Malaysia and the Philippines.
"These findings reflect the broader pattern of Christianity's 'march southward' from wealthy countries to developing ones," Pew said at pewresearch.org/fact-tank. "This phenomenon is particularly evident in sub-Saharan Africa, where Christianity is rapidly growing, largely due to high fertility."
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Reported by: Baptist Press