Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner says she’s witnessed “literal miracles” and is on a “divine assignment” from the Lord to tell others what she has seen and heard.
Faulkner was born into a Christian home in October of 1965, where, at a very young age, her mother knew she had more than just a knack for talking — she had a gift — and it has served her for as long as she can remember, even leading her to think at one point she had a future in litigation.
“My parents were very strong in their faith,” Faulkner said. “[M]y father was at war more than once; he was a combat pilot in Vietnam, two tours. It was my mom and me for a while when I was little. And as young as I can remember — probably about two, maybe three — mom taught me how to pray.”
Faulkner’s mom instilled in her young daughter a deep-seated gratitude, teaching her to praise God “over anything that gives you sustenance, whether it’s your food, the people in your life who love you and support you” and to do so “without ceasing,” as the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
At around six years old, Faulkner knew she had the “gift of gab” and needed to figure out two things: How to use it, and how to make sure she constantly thanked God for it.
“According to my mom, I never stopped talking,” Faulkner said cheekily. “[My mother] would tell me specifically — even more than my father — ‘there’s something about the way that you speak that’s tied to God’s gift. I don’t know what it is, but, when you speak, people listen, even at your little age.’”
Faulkner reflected on it, too, noting she noticed in herself an “ability” to tell stories “in a really compelling way.”
“Many people thought as I got older, ‘You’re gonna make a great attorney,’ so I took the LSAT and I thought that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. “But it wasn’t. They talk a lot, too. But what [my gift] was tied to was giving a voice to people who didn’t think they were being heard. And it’s ironic now with all the politics going on, I feel like there’s even a bigger calling to do that.”
Over the years, Faulkner has noticed a shift in culture — a turn away from faith in God. Survey after survey shows the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian is dropping precipitously, and the number of people who say they don’t believe in anything is increasing.
That cultural repositioning fits right into what Faulkner sees as her “divine assignment.”
“My divine assignment that I talk to young people about — when you’re falling in and out of that faith zone with God — just remember, try to remember if you can, that we each have a divine purpose, a divine assignment from the Lord, and stick to it,” she said. “You may be the only person in a room at times that can do what you do, whatever it is that you do.”
“I’m called to be a witness,” the news anchor continued. “I was not called to proselytize and lead a flock— I follow in that sense — but I am a leader in the field of communication. The idea that, over the years, I’ve collected all these testimonies and the lightbulb just comes on after a while. … I have been called to witness. People may wonder, ‘Well, how does a news anchor get into talking about her faith? Do those two things go together?’ Well, in this instance, they do, because I’ve witnessed literal miracles through people’s testimonies. I can pass that on.”
That passion served as the motivation for Faulkner’s new book, “Faith Still Moves Mountains: Miraculous Stories of the Healing Power of Prayer,” published Nov. 15 by Fox News Books. In the book, the Fox News host revisits some of the most powerful, faith-based stories from her career in journalism, retelling them with prayer at the center.
One of the most poignant stories in the book centers on a mother who survived the 2012 mass shooting inside a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Amid the hail of bullets, Faulkner said, the mom in her book knew her job was singular: “to pray.”
“It came to her, what to pray,” she explained. “She said it was almost like she transcended those moments and they [she and her daughter] somehow got out of there and ended up in the parking lot, and not everyone made it out.”
Out of that horrific hour, Faulkner said, the mother told her she learned “you cannot teach faith.”
“My children watched me in those moments, and learned more about what I did than anything I ever said about prayer,” Faulkner recalled her saying. “[The mom added], ‘I chose God above all of the fear, over everything. I chose Him in that moment to rescue us.’ I love that story.”
Do Christians Really Donate More? Bible’s Stunning Impact on Charitable Giving Revealed in Fascinating New Study
As the debate over the impact of Christianity on charitable behavior forges on, a new study reveals Scripturally-engaged Americans are “far more likely than others to donate to charity.”
In fact, the majority of these individuals — people who interact consistently with Scripture and allow it to shape their lives and relationships — report giving to such causes, according to the eighth chapter of “The State of the Bible” report.
“Americans who are engaged with the Bible gave $145 billion to charitable causes in 2021,” a statement from the American Bible Society read. “And … Practicing Christians, those who are actively living out their faith, are much more likely to give.”
The results are pretty stunning when comparing people engaged in the Bible with those who are disengaged as well as the so-called Moveable Middle, a group falling between those dynamics.
Bible-engaged Americans gave a total of $145 billion to charities in 2021, amounting to about $2,907 per household. The same figure for the Bible disengaged was just $924.
To underscore the monumental nature of that giving, consider that Scripturally engaged Americans account for just 19% of adults yet give 44% of every dollar donated.
The finer details point to the fascinating nature of this group’s generosity.
“People who are Scripture-engaged gave six-times as much to churches as those in the Movable Middle and 13-times as much as those who are Bible-disengaged,” a statement explained. “When it comes to non-church giving, Scripture-engaged Americans gave 9% more than the Bible-disengaged and 165% more than the Movable Middle.”
Giving among active believers is, thus, much higher than for other cohorts.
Dr. John Farquhar Plake, director of ministry intelligence for the American Bible Society, said his organization’s research continues to show “a strong correlation between charitable giving and human flourishing.” This is particularly relevant among Christians surveyed in the annual report.
“Engaging with the Bible and actively living out our faith doesn’t simply mean reading the words in the pages of Scripture — rather, it is a transformation of the heart that inspires us to love and live well,” Plake said.
The results for this chapter of the “State of the Bible” were collected from 2,598 phone and online responses from American adults in January 2022.
Atheists will often decry the Bible and its contents, yet study after study shows the strong benefits faith offers individuals and, in turn, the culture at large.
As Faithwire reported, an earlier chapter from the “State of the Bible” report showed “Americans who consistently read and apply the Bible report greater levels of hope and resilience.” Read more about the Bible’s significant impact on the faithful here.
PASTOR JACOB MATHEW – 57 MEMORIAL SERVICE 12/02/2022
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel,and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We walk by faith, and not by sight! Pastor Jacob Mathew (57 ) has been promoted to his eternal home and went to be with Jesus on 11/24/2022 . He served as the assistant Pastor of the Mizpah Church of God. Pullad. He lived a life that exampled Jesus Christ, a life of servitude,faith,and love. He will be missed by his family, his wife Shiney,daughter Jesna Jacob and son Joel Jacob.
We kindly request for prayers at this time for the family. He is Survived by his mother, Thankamma Mathew, sister Mary Mathew, and brother Paul Mathew and family.
Christian Organization Wins Legal Battle, Will Be Allowed to Hire Christians
Just two months after the Wyoming Rescue Mission filed its federal lawsuit against state and federal agencies for threatening to punish the Christian nonprofit for hiring employees who share the ministry’s religious beliefs, attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) announced they reached a favorable settlement in the case.
As part of the settlement, state officials acknowledged that the rescue mission, as a religious organization, is free to hire like-minded employees who share the ministry’s religious beliefs and mission to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through its homeless shelter, clothing voucher service, faith-based recovery programs, and life-rebuilding assistance to Casper residents.
“The First Amendment protects Wyoming Rescue Mission’s freedom to hire those who share its beliefs without being threatened and investigated by the government,” said ADF Legal Counsel Jacob Reed. “We’re pleased to favorably settle this case for the rescue mission so it can continue its critical work of serving some of Casper’s most vulnerable citizens and spreading the Gospel.”
On behalf of the faith-based organization, ADF attorneys filed the lawsuit, Wyoming Rescue Mission v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in the US District Court for the District of Wyoming.
According to court documents, the mission requires all employees to agree with its religious beliefs. Before being forced to remove it, the mission’s “Career Opportunities” webpage explicitly stated that “Employees are expected to commit to the precepts in our Statement of Faith, and to help the Mission fulfill its mission statement, vision statement, and ends statement.”
And the Mission’s employment application says: “The Mission considers every position one of ministry and a vital and valued part of our team. Therefore, it is essential that all employees of the Mission have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and subscribe to our Statement of Faith and Ministry Principles. Employees must be willing to lead and/or participate in Bible study, prayer, devotions, and sharing the Gospel.”
As CBN News reported, in 2020, the mission decided not to hire a self-proclaimed non-Christian for one of its Rescued Treasures Thrift Store associate positions. Included with this job is the responsibility of teaching the mission’s Discipleship Recovery Program guests how to spread the gospel and model Jesus Christ.
The lawsuit explains that the mission advised the applicant during the pre-screen interview that it is a Christian ministry and that all employees must agree with the Mission’s statement of faith and demonstrate Christian principles in their life and work as a condition of employment. The applicant responded that she did not have any faith.
The non-Christian applicant then filed a discrimination charge against the mission with Wyoming’s Department of Workforce Services and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to Decision Magazine.
State officials conducted a 16-month-long investigation to determine if the mission engaged in discrimination as prohibited by law.
The officials determined the mission likely violated the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act of 1965 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for refusing to hire the non-Christian applicant, ignoring the fact that neither of those laws applies to faith-based organizations’ religiously based employment decisions.
After ADF attorneys filed suit, the government capitulated and agreed the mission can hire only “those individuals who agree with and live out the mission’s religious beliefs and practices.”
“Like-minded employees who share the mission’s purpose to spread the Gospel and uplift the Casper community by providing free meals, shelter, recovery programs, and job training are essential for the Wyoming Rescue Mission to continue its important work,” said ADF Senior Counsel Ryan Tucker, director of the ADF Center for Christian Ministries. “Wyoming officials have rightly recognized that both state and federal laws protect religious organizations’ ability to hire those who share their beliefs.”
As part of the settlement in Wyoming Rescue Mission v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) agreed to pay the rescue mission’s attorneys’ fees. In light of the settlement, the court dismissed the EEOC from the case and signed a consent decree settling the case with the state.
A press release from the ADF revealed that in 2021, the mission served 60,862 free meals to the public; provided 41,037 beds for men, women, and children; enrolled 92 Discipleship Recovery Program participants; offered 5,597 case management sessions, and gave 1,208 thrift store vouchers worth $39,649.92 that provided free clothing and essentials to families and guests in need.
John G. Knepper, one of more than 4,600 attorneys in the ADF Attorney Network, served as local counsel for the Wyoming Rescue Mission.
Sources:BREAKING CHRISTIAN NEWS
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