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. CAROLINA JOURNAL: First early voting weekend sees turnout uptick over 2020 primary

“The first Saturday of early voting for North Carolina’s 2024 primary elections saw a slight increase in turnout over the 2020 primaries, with more unaffiliated voters opting to take Republican ballots over Democrat, according to NCSBE data collected by carolinaelections.com. Early voting kicked off this past Thursday, Feb. 15 and will continue until March 2. There are 360 early voting sites across the state’s 100 counties.”

Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/first-early-voting-weekend-sees-turnout-uptick-over-2020-primary/

There is only about one week left of early voting! Will you go out TODAY and vote for conservative candidates who reflect your pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom values? To access your voter guide and view which candidates share your values, click here.

Also, if you haven’t already, would you consider watching the Lt. Governor Candidate Forum we held the other week to learn more about your Lt. Governor primary candidates. Carolina Journal also recently wrote this great article about it.

2. N&O: Wake school board backs LGBTQ, diverse books grants. But the vote comes after a fight.

“A split Wake County school board approved grant proposals this week allowing teachers to apply for money for LGBTQ projects and to purchase diverse books for their schools. The Wake school board generally approves without discussion the grants that the district and individual schools can apply for. But the board’s two Republican members pushed this week for public discussion about a pair of grants — leading to accusations at the board table about agendas being pushed.”

Read more: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article285733156.html

3. DAILY SIGNAL: Alabama Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Embryonic Human Life

“In a landmark decision, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of protecting embryonic human life from wrongful death.

Embryos are created routinely through in vitro fertilization, a process by which ova are fertilized with sperm in a laboratory rather than in a woman’s body.

The process of creating and cryopreserving embryos can be dangerous for embryonic children, who often are destroyed intentionally or through neglect.”

Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2024/02/20/alabama-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-embryonic-human-life/

4. SBA PROLIFE AMERICA: Release of updated online directory of life-affirming medical, social, and material support providers

“Her PLAN just announced the official release of their refreshed custom, online directory of life-affirming medical, social and material support providers that are empowering moms and babies with support as an alternative to abortion.

With over 3,200 vetted listings in 25 states across the country, the Her PLAN directory is a comprehensive online resource designed to help the life-affirming providers who are serving moms and babies each day. The directory software makes it simple to search for and filter local providers that span seven categories of care. You can also sign up to access additional features such as saving searches, quizzes, and lists.”

Read more: https://herplan.org

5. DAILY SIGNAL: How Many More Female Athletes Will Be Injured by Trans Players Before Biden Gives Up Trying to Rewrite Title IX?

“An injury on a high school girls basketball team is another reminder of why Title IX exists and why the definition of ‘sex’ is not up for interpretation. A high school girls basketball team decided to forfeit a game earlier this month after a male athlete playing for the other team injured one of the young women.”

Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2024/02/22/another-female-athlete-injured-man-how-many-more-until-biden-gives-up-rewriting-title-ix/


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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