This the Urban Christian News podcast. My name is Danae Whyte. Here are the top stories you need to know about right now.
According to USA Today, First lady Melania Trump called the opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis in American history” in a rare speech Wednesday at a “town hall” on addiction that featured participants as varied as ex-Fox News star Eric Bolling, Demi Lovato’s actress/author mother Dianna Hart and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. But in addition to the serious subject matter of her speech, Trump also disclosed a few rarely shared personal details of her life as first lady. Trump lamented how the opioid crisis has “truly taken hold of our country,” and how much it has affected the lives of so many people. She called for lifting the “stigma of shame” from addiction and for more public discussion about it so more people can get help.
According to the Associated Press, Defying President Trump, senators sent a strong signal Wednesday they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate voted 63 to 37 to move forward with legislation calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The vote was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but to the Trump administration, which has been clear it does not want to torpedo the long-standing U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia over the killing.
According to Fox News, The town of Smithville, Texas is rallying around an elementary school teacher who received backlash after she posted a video of her first-grade class reciting a Bible verse. Susan Schobel’s now-deleted Facebook video posted on Nov. 1 showed the children at Brown Primary School quoting from a passage of Scripture in the New Testament book of Romans. The majority-Christian community of 4,200 people showed their support with t-shirts that had the hashtag #IStandwithSusan and the Bible verse – Romans 12:9-10 – on them.
According to The Hill, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree on Wednesday, marking the holiday season with the annual tradition outside the White House. The president briefly appeared on stage at the event, where he wished attendees a merry Christmas. The official lighting was sandwiched between an array of musical performances, mostly of classic holiday songs.
According to the Associated Press, A body found in North Carolina has been preliminarily identified as a 13-year-old girl kidnapped outside her home, ending a three-week search involving hundreds of investigators. Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill told reporters at a news conference that state crime lab tests indicate the body found late Tuesday is Hania Aguilar. While a final determination will be made with dental records, investigators believe the body is hers. He pledged to bring whoever is responsible to justice. Investigators said they don’t currently have a suspect or person of interest.
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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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