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. LIFE SITE NEWS: House Republicans elect pro-life, anti-woke Mike Johnson as new speaker
“Mike Johnson of Louisiana, once described as a ‘stalwart conservative and pro-family champion,’ succeeds Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the U.S. House after Republicans were unable to rally behind several prominent candidates.”
Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-house-republicans-elect-pro-life-anti-woke-mike-johnson-as-new-speaker/
2. CAROLINA JOURNAL: New state House, Senate, and congressional maps finalized
“The North Carolina General Assembly has passed three maps for the state House, state Senate, and US Congress, respectively. Redistricting is not subject to a veto from the governor, so the newly passed maps are now law. The maps will be used for the 2024 elections. If they do not get thrown out in court, they will be used through the 2030 elections until the next decade’s census is complete.”
Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/new-state-house-senate-and-congressional-maps-finalized/
3. FOX NEWS: Detransitioner sues American Academy of Pediatrics, accuses it of pressuring gender change on youths
4. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Mark Walker exits governor’s race to seek new Triad-area congressional seat
“With new congressional districts having just been approved by the North Carolina General Assembly, former US representative Mark Walker will drop his bid to become the GOP nominee for governor and instead seek to reclaim his 6th District Congressional seat.”
Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/opinion/mark-walker-exits-governors-race-to-seek-new-triad-area-congressional-seat/
Also check out this other article by Carolina Journal about Democrat Jeff Jackson announcing his bid for NC Attorney General.
5. DAILY SIGNAL: Snowboarding Coach Speaks Out After Being Fired for ‘Speaking Biological Fact’
“Snowboarding coach David Bloch was fired after acknowledging biological differences exist between men and women. Bloch worked as a coach at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vermont, for 12 years and says he loved being in the snow and watching the kids he coached grow.”
Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/10/26/snowboarding-coach-speaks-after-fired-speaking-biological-fact/
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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