PODCAST: Thousands Hear the Gospel in Cambodia (Whyte House Report 12.15.19)

According to Christian Headlines, More than 23,000 heard the Gospel and 1,396 made the decision to give their live to Christ during a two-day Franklin Graham Festival over the weekend in Cambodia, a nation that is 98 percent Buddhist. “Did you know that you have a soul?” Graham asked the crowd. “One day you will die, but your soul continues to live. Your soul will live in the presence of God, or it will be separated from God. The decision you make tonight will decide where your soul will spend eternity.” The “Love Phnom Penh Festival with Franklin Graham” was held Dec. 7-8 in the same country where Christianity was nearly eliminated during the Khmer Rouge – a genocide in the 1970s that sought to eliminate religion and develop a “master race” under the leadership of Pol Pot. It was the focus of the film The Killing Fields. An estimated 2 million people died, and only about 200 Christians survived the atrocities, according to a press release. Missionaries fled during the genocide. Local Christian leaders say the Festival had a major impact. It was the largest Christian outreach ever in the country, with 23,700 attending, Christian Newswire reports. Local churches will follow up with those who made decisions. “We pray this [Festival] will open the door for more of the Lord’s work in the future,” Graham said.

According to The New York Times, Tessa Majors came to New York City to make some music. Ms. Majors, an 18-year-old Barnard student whom everyone recognized by her green hair, grew up in Charlottesville, Va., and moved to New York City for college, spending her weekends singing and playing punk rock. She and her band had just released their first album this fall and had played their first New York City gig in October. But on Wednesday at 7 p.m., as Ms. Majors was walking through Morningside Park near her campus, she was fatally stabbed, the police said. The killing of a first-year college student in Morningside Heights rattled city residents. New Yorkers, now accustomed to low crime rates, were reminded of a time when few people, especially young women, would consider walking in a park at night. Police officials said they were still piecing together what took place on Wednesday night. Surveillance video has been recovered, which the police are reviewing, along with a knife, though police were unsure if it was connected to the killing. Investigators interviewed two teenagers initially considered to be persons of interest in the case, but later released them. “There is still a lot of work that needs to be done,” Rodney Harrison, the Police Department’s new chief of detectives, said, adding, “We are going to need the community to help us with the investigation.”

According to Daily Mail, The family of Juice Wrld have spoken out about the rapper’s recent death, saying they hope his legacy will help others battling addiction. The 21-year-old, whose real name was Jarad Higgins, died after suffering a seizure while Homeland Security agents working as part of an FBI task force confiscated a mountain of drugs (inset) and weapons in a separate raid on his plane on Sunday. Carmela Wallace (left with Juice Wrld), the rapper’s mother, said in a statement: ‘We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short. As he often addressed in his music and to his fans, Jarad battled with prescription drug dependency.’ His mother also voiced the family’s belief that the rapper’s story can help others who are also battling addiction. ‘We hope the conversations he started in his music and his legacy will help others win their battles as that is what he wanted more than anything,’ Wallace said in the statement. On Tuesday it was reported that police were on to the rapper for at least three weeks before his death and searched his private plane in November. He died on Sunday after ingesting drugs on board his private jet at a Chicago airfield.

According to ESPN, Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson set the most impressive record of his young NFL career on Thursday night, breaking Michael Vick’s single-season rushing mark by a quarterback. Jackson, the electric, dual-threat quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player front-runner, eclipsed his childhood idol in the first quarter against the heavy underdog New York Jets on a chilly night at M&T Bank Stadium. He entered the game needing 23 yards to surpass Vick’s mark of 1,039, set in 2006, and gained 27 on Baltimore’s opening drive, breaking the record on a 5-yard run after a fake to Mark Ingram. He got around the right corner before taking a hard hit that landed him on his back. The Fox broadcast later cut to a taped segment of Vick congratulating Jackson. “Lamar, I just want to say congratulations on making history,” Vick said. “One of many milestones that you will surpass in your career. Best of luck in everything that you do. You deserve it. Keep up the hard work, and I’ll always be rooting for you.” Jackson finished with eight carries for a team-high 86 yards in Baltimore’s 42-21 victory to run his season total to 1,103. He also completed 15 of 23 passes for 212 yards and increased his NFL-leading total of touchdown passes to 33, tying the franchise season record set by Vinny Testaverde in 1996. The win clinched the AFC North title for the Ravens (12-2), and they now set their sights on clinching the top spot in the conference.

According to The New York Times, Sanna Marin, 34, is set to become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister when she is sworn in this week in Finland, after being elected to the position by her party late Sunday. The country’s coalition government consists of five parties, four of which are led by women, with Ms. Marin now at the helm. Four of the women are under the age of 35, which Finnish political experts say is more significant, symbolic of the rise of a new generation of politicians in the Nordic nation, which has had strong female representation for decades. “The past week has been extraordinary,” she told reporters, according to Helsingin Sanomat, a leading Finnish newspaper. “Now is the time to look ahead. What is needed now is action beyond words to build trust from all government parties.” Formerly the country’s transportation minister, Ms. Marin was voted in by fellow lawmakers in her Social Democratic Party after a turbulent week in which Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigned over his handling of a postal workers strike. Although Mr. Rinne will continue as head of the party, Parliament is expected to confirm Ms. Marin as prime minister as soon as Tuesday, depending on how quickly the other coalition parties name their ministers. Once sworn in, she will be Finland’s youngest prime minister to date and its third female prime minister.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16 says, “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 on the cross for your sins, 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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