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: Supreme Court rejects pro-life challenge to Biden FDA’s abortion pill scheme

“The Supreme Court unanimously ruled against pro-life doctors and others who challenged the Biden FDA’s decision to loosen restrictions on abortion pills, saying the pro-lifers lacked standing, in a decision written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh.”

Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-supreme-court-rejects-pro-life-challenge-to-biden-fdas-abortion-pill-scheme

For our response to this story, check out this press release.

2. YOU’RE INVITED: Take Back Title IX Summer 2024 Bus Tour

Giving women’s opportunities to men undermines Title IX. Our Bodies Our Sports has partnered with athletes like Riley Gaines and Payton McNabb for a bus tour that will be traveling to cities and towns across the country, including Chapel Hill on June 20th (Thursday of next week). Their goal is to activate supporters to stand up for women’s sports and take back Title IX. We wanted to invite you to join us at their North Carolina stop to show support for saving women’s sports.

Read more: https://ourbodiesoursports.com


3. AFA NEWS: Will state be ‘stuck’ sending kids mixed message for next decade?

“An ambassador of Christian values says North Carolina has changed its sex education rules in a way that encourages children to be more sexually active. Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, explains that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is charged with writing new standards about every 10 years. That is not curriculum, but a guideline of what to teach children after they have been taught curriculum.”

Read more: https://afn.net/education/2024/06/12/will-state-be-stuck-sending-kids-mixed-message-for-next-decade/

4. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Morrow, Green are deadlocked in poll of NC voters

“Despite facing a barrage of criticism from Democrats and the media, Republican candidate for superintendent of public instruction Michelle Morrow is holding her own in a poll of registered North Carolina voters. Green’s lead is within the margin of error at 3% ahead of Morrow — 43% to 40% — with 16% of voters undecided, according to the poll from Carolina Partnership for Reform.”

Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/morrow-green-are-deadlocked-in-poll-of-nc-voters/

For more about State Superintendent Candidate Michelle Morrow, check out this interview she did with Carolina Journal.

5. USA TODAY: Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas loses legal challenge in CAS ruling

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed a challenge from transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who had asked the Swiss-based court to reject a policy that would prevent her from competing in women’s races at elite competitions. In its ruling, which was published Wednesday, the panel of arbitrators determined that Thomas did not have standing to challenge the policy created by swimming’s international federation, World Aquatics. The CAS panel found that ‘for the time being’ she is not eligible to compete in elite competitions through World Aquatics or USA Swimming, so the policy does not apply to her.”

Read more: https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/transgender-swimmer-lia-thomas-loses-163220668.html


Weekly Prayer: Family

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family. 

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. You made us to desire the intimacy of relationships, and it is here where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 

LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession—as individuals and as members of larger communities—over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human—being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over educating one’s children. 

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:12-17)



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