PODCAST: Cape Cod lobster diver survives being swallowed by whale (UCNN 06.15.21)

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According to CBN, In a story with biblical overtones, a lobster diver says a whale tried to swallow him, but he was able to get out alive. The Cape Cod Times reports 56-year-old Michael Packard says he was underwater when he felt a shove. Then things went completely black, and he realized a whale was in the process of swallowing him. “I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth,” he said. At first, Packard thought his attacker was a great white shark, but he hadn’t suffered any serious wounds that a shark’s razor sharp teeth would cause. That’s when he realized he was in a whale’s mouth. “I was completely inside; it was completely black,” Packard told the newspaper. “I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead.’ All I could think of was my boys — they’re 12 and 15 years old. Then all of a sudden he went up to the surface and just erupted and started shaking his head. I just got thrown in the air and landed in the water,” Packard told WBZ-TV. “I was free and I just floated there. I couldn’t believe. . . I’m here to tell it.” Social media was abuzz with Packard’s whale of a story on Friday with many including references to the Bible’s story of Jonah.

According to CBN, Tim Keller, Founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and City to City, has been battling pancreatic cancer for about a year and just gave a hopeful update on his fight over the weekend. “Cancer Update: I had a scan in May that was extremely encouraging, showing no cancer growth under less aggressive chemotherapy. A surgery at the end of May removed several nodules that had remained unchanged for 9 months,” he wrote. He went on to cite Hebrews 12:1-2 while indicating he’s praying for the remaining cancer to shrink or be kept at bay. “At this point the only visible cancer is the primary tumor on the pancreas,” Keller wrote. “We are praying that it will decrease to the point of invisibility or remain unchanged. In any event, we want to glorify God by “running the race set before us with perseverance.” (Hebrews 12:1-2). All while we know that he is always loving, wise, and good. Meanwhile I am very well, writing, speaking (via zoom) and enjoying my grandchildren. Thanks so much for continuing to pray!”

According to Religion News Service, As the delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting gathered on Monday (June 14) in Nashville, Tennessee, for the next day’s opening gavel, the denomination’s Executive Committee rejected a request to broaden an inquiry into its handling of sexual abuse allegations to include all the entities of the SBC. Committee member Jared Wellman made the motion calling for the committee to allow the messengers, as delegates to the meeting are known, to expand the scope of an independent review by Guidepost Solutions of Executive Committee activities to all paid, elected and appointed leaders or staff of the denomination and its entities. The inquiry had been announced by Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd on Friday (June 11). Wellman, a pastor of an Arlington, Texas, church, said, “There should be no limit to who can be interviewed.” Another committee member, Joe Knott, argued against Wellman’s request. After a show of hands, Executive Committee Chairman Rolland Slade ruled that there was not a two-thirds vote in favor of Wellman’s request. A supermajority of the voting members was required because the agenda for the meeting had already been set.

According to FOX2, It was a little more than three years ago that Brennan Walker was nearly killed asking for directions to high school. “It doesn’t mentally impact me as much as it used to, but I think about the events every day,” he said. Brennan will walk Saturday as a graduate he enters young adulthood – and he admitted he’s a little nervous about it. Those nerves are a far cry compared to what he experienced when he was 14 years old. That was when Jeff Zeigler, who is white, fired at him with a shotgun, assuming he was a burglar. The case made national news. Zeigler was sentenced to four to 10 years in prison. His stepdad Steven and mom Lisa could not be more proud of his accomplishments. “Student council president, vice president, being accepted to 11 different colleges,” Lisa said. “Having a choice of colleges, and I was a young mom. When I was 17 and carrying him, I had no clue who he would be today. “To know that something happened to him and he still persevered gives me the confidence to know that whatever happens in Florida I am not going to be worried because I know he has the mindset and the skills to put it together. And he’ll be okay.” Brennan Walker is considering majoring in biology in college.

According to the Associated Press, “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds” will be released November 2nd. Its author Huma Abedin, former close aide to Hillary Clinton will tell in its pages “her inspiring story, coming of age as an American Muslim, the daughter of Indian and Pakistani scholars who split their time between Saudi Arabia, the United States, and the UK.” According to Scribner, its publisher, Abedin “grapples with family, legacy, identity, faith, marriage, and motherhood.” She shares her “personal accounts as a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton during Mrs. Clinton’s years as First Lady, U.S. Senator, a presidential candidate, Secretary of State, and Democratic Presidential Nominee, and a candid and moving reckoning of Ms. Abedin’s marriage to former Congressman Anthony Weiner.” Abedin says her memoir will allow her to define herself. “Writing this book gave me the opportunity to reflect on my own life . . . It is a life I am — more than anything — enormously grateful for and a story I look forward to sharing.”

According to the ABC News, A cashier is dead and two people were wounded after a shooting broke out following an argument inside a Georgia store over its COVID-19 mask policy, authorities said. The incident took place Monday near Candler Road in DeKalb County at a Big Bear grocery store around 1:10 p.m. when Victor Lee Tucker Jr., 30, of Palmetto, Georgia, entered the store, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. The cashier was identified Tuesday as 41-year-old Laquitta Willis, according to the DeKalb County Police Department. Tucker, who was also wounded in the incident, is still in the hospital Tuesday and is expected to survive, police said. He faces charges of murder and two counts of aggravated assault, according to authorities.

According to the Daily Mail, Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was “gone” before he was resuscitated after suffering a cardiac arrest, the team’s doctor, Morten Boesen, said in a news conference Sunday. Eriksen, 29, is in a stable condition after he was taken to a hospital in Copenhagen on Saturday after he collapsed on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland. “He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation. It was a cardiac arrest,” Boesen said. “How close were we [to losing Eriksen]? I don’t know. “We got him back after one defibrillator, so that’s quite fast. I’m not a cardiologist, so the details I will leave to the experts at the hospital.” The game between Denmark and Finland was halted in the 43rd minute following the incident and was resumed later Saturday, resulting in a 1-0 victory for the Fins with Eriksen being named star of the match.

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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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