But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Courage is indispensable for both spreading and preserving the truth of Christ. Jesus promised that spreading the gospel would meet resistance: "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name" (Matthew 24:9). And Paul warned that, even in the church, faithfulness to the truth would be embattled: "I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them" (Acts 20:29-30; see also 2 Timothy 4:3-4).
* Travis Mills WINNER 2020
Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author and an advocate for veterans and amputees. Travis’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Tough as They Come, is currently available on sale in bookstores everywhere. Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED while on active duty in Afghanistan, Travis continues to overcome life’s challenges, breaking physical barriers and defying odds. Travis lives by his motto: “Never give up. Never quit.”
On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. ( read more) https://www.travismills.org
* Antonio Sabato Jr.
When asked to describe what a hope opera is, the seasoned actor responded: "[Hope is] Jesus Christ, hope is God, hope is family values, hope is spending time with your loved ones and resolving problems together in the family, faith morals, and a great heart. That's what the show is about. It's about a family coming to a halt in a crisis situation and finding a way to come together through the word of God and through the help of God, and they're able to do it. That's why they called it a hope opera, because, relatively speaking, nowadays we don't have that much hope."
"Hilton Head Island" refrains from using coarse language or displaying sex and violence on screen while maintaining the quality of a mainstream TV series. This show, which centers around the fictional Trisk family, focuses on the power of family, loyalty and faith. It's second season began on Oct. 9. (read more)
* Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt, action hero and rising Hollywood star, is unique among his peers—among all of us, in fact. He lives out his sincerely held Christian faith in his daily life, doing the best he can to represent and glorify God in all he does. He strives to be an example of what Christianity has the potential to be.
Pratt met with divine destiny about four weeks before he was discovered as an actor. In an interview with Esquire, Pratt describes a chance meeting outside a Safeway, where he came face to face with a man of faith. The man asked him, “What are you doing tonight…drugs and drinking?” Chris replied with, “I hope so.” ( read more)
* Jack Phillips
Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, who first gained notoriety in 2012, when he refused to bake a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple, is now facing a third lawsuit alleging discrimination after he refused to bake an unspecified cake for the same person who sued the Denver baker in August of last year.
Autumn Scardina, a transgender attorney, previously filed a lawsuit against Phillips when he declined to design a cake celebrating her gender transition. Last Thursday, he refused to fill an order from Scardina for a birthday cake, according to KCNC-TV.
In this latest iteration against Phillips, Scardina — via her lawyers, Paula Greisen and John McHugh — claims the Christian baker used deceptive and unfair trade practices against her. ( read more) https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/june/masterpiece-cakeshop-rsquo-s-jack-phillips-sued-again-by-trans-activist
* Dr. Ben Carlson
Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home with dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper, and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream until his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered and today is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over 29 years. He became the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in May 2008. He is now the Emeritus Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery, having retired on June 30, 2013. (read more) https://carsonscholars.org
* Dave Roever
Dave Roever grew up in a loving, committed family in South Texas. The last thing on his mind was going to war. At the height of the Vietnam War, he received his draft notice. Having no desire to serve in the infantry, he joined the Navy and served as a river boat gunner in the elite Brown Water Black Beret in Vietnam.
Eight months into his tour of duty in Vietnam, Dave was burned beyond recognition when a phosphorous grenade he was poised to throw exploded in his hand. The ordeal left him hospitalized for fourteen months, where he underwent numerous major surgeries. His survival and life are miraculous.
Today, with his humorous style, Dave Roever is enthusiastically received both nationally and internationally as a public speaker. He is a gifted communicator and speaks in a variety of settings including public schools, military installations, business, men' s and youth conventions, etc. Dave is a frequent guest on national television talk shows. He established compassionate, ongoing missions work in Vietnam and is involved in other nations. ( read more)
* Henry Allen
When I found those State Troopers, I never faced that much mean and hatred before,” says Henry. “Then I began to see the real true hatred that would come out of a man. They were gonna take my life.”
Born and raised in Selma, Alabama, Henry Allen grew up in a neighborhood where diversity was not only normal, it was welcomed. “I'm living in a white neighborhood and we're all poor. And we're sharing a lot of things together and there were never fights, there were never no hatred going on within us. We never saw any color because we just enjoyed each other.” (read more)