Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.

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1. NC VALUES: We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

We wanted to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. We are so very grateful for all of you. May you find much rest and gratitude these days with your friends and family.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:8-9)

2. CAROLINA JOURNAL: The Old North State celebrated its 234th birthday this week!

“On Nov. 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution and the only state with two ratification conventions. In 1729, the state started as a royal colony and was one of the original 13 colonies. The state was named in honor of King Charles I of England, who formed the English colony, as Carolus is Latin for ‘Charles.’ North Carolina adopted the Halifax Resolves resolution on Apr. 12, 1776, becoming the first colony to permit their delegates to vote in favor of independence from Great Britain. The slogan, ‘First in Freedom,’ was coined and can be seen on license plates across the state.”

We’re thankful for our beautiful state.

Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/the-old-north-state-celebrates-its-234th-birthday-today/

3. WFAE: CMS superintendent reverses course, removes controversial book from school libraries

“Superintendent Crystal Hill has reversed a CMS media review panel’s decision and ordered the young adult novel ‘Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)’ removed from all Charlotte-Mecklenburg school libraries. Her decision was based on a new policy created in response to North Carolina’s Parents Bill of Rights.”

Read more: https://www.wfae.org/education/2023-11-21/cms-superintendent-reverses-course-removes-controversial-book-from-school-libraries

4. DAILY SIGNAL: Sens. Vance, Rubio Oppose Census Bureau Funding to Push Sexual Orientation-Gender Identity Agenda

“The Census Bureau is asking Congress for $10 million to figure out how best to promote the fiction that sex is assigned at birth, rather than the scientific fact that it is present at conception. It is part of a new set of questions on sexual orientation and gender identity that the bureau wants to ask residents, even as young as 15.”

Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/11/20/even-census-bureau-is-pushing-radical-gender-ideology/

5. LIFE SITE NEWS: French leftists and Texas conservatives agree: Kids must be protected from online pornography

“In a victory for the forces of sanity and innocence, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted in favor of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday, November 15 in his bid to protect a law requiring age verification on porn websites.”

North Carolina made significant steps earlier this year to protect minors from pornography and other obscene material with passage of HB 8 (the “Pornography Age Verification Enforcement Act”), and SB 579 (“Prevent Harm to Children” bill).

Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/french-leftists-and-texas-conservatives-agree-kids-must-be-protected-from-online-pornography/


Weekly Prayer: NC Officials

LORD, you also have instructed us to pray for our governing officials, and we come to you in the spirit of this petition. We pray for our state government and its executive, legislative, and judicial servants. May they indeed be servants unto the people, and govern in a manner that protects liberty and virtue. In the same spirit, we pray for public servants across our local governments. May they all heed your mandate in Romans 13:4 to be in positions of authority as “God’s servant” and for the “good” of the public. They govern in what we confess are difficult times. May they plead with you to give them wisdom, and may your grace to govern wisely be poured out on them.

Protect us from the oppression and loss of freedoms that other countries have experienced, and help us to value and preserve freedom, which we know comes only from You.

“I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt.  I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free.” Acts 7:34



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