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Dec. 24, 2019: CP's top 10 news stories; Metaxas Christmas special; Sudan removed from list of worst religious freedom violators

Dec. 24, 2019: CP's top 10 news stories; Metaxas Christmas special; Sudan removed from list of worst religious freedom violators

Daily Radio Script - Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

The Christian Post's top 10 news stories of 2019

The Christian Post's published its annual top 10 news stories of the year. The no. 1 story was "Public figures leaving the faith highlights discipleship problems in the Church in America," followed by "Late term abortion and babies born alive debates" at no. 2, and "China's human rights abuses and the Hong Kong protests" at no. 3. 

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Eric Metaxas helps viewers experience the splendor of ‘Christmas in New York’ in new TV show on TBN

New York Times bestselling author, radio host and cultural commentator, Eric Metaxas has teamed up with popular Christian Network TBN to host “Christmas In New York.” 

“Christmas In New York” premieres on December 23rd at 8 PM ET/11 PM PT, runs December 24th at 5 PM, and December 25th at 3 AM and 10 AM. The 1970s style variety hour, shot in front of a live studio audience, mimics “Saturday Night Live.” It’s comprised of comedy sketches featuring cameos from popular comedians, musical performances and celebrity guests.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback says 'the Lord' is No. 1 and keeps him humble 

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson says the Lord keeps him humble despite all of his recent success.

When asked what keeps him humble, Jackson said, “The Lord.”

“I give Him all His praise. The glory, the honor. I could have been doing anything, you know? It’s crazy. I’ve been talking to Him about it, just saying ‘I appreciate you. I thank you.'”

Sudan removed from State Dept. list of worst religious freedom violators after dictator ousted

The U.S. State Department removed Sudan from its list of governments that are engaging in or tolerating systemic and ongoing religious freedom violations. 

Sudan had been listed as a CPC for years. But it is no longer given that designation as dictator Omar al-Bashir was removed from power earlier this year and a transitional government has finalized a new constitutional declaration and has vowed to improve liberty and human rights.

Instead, Sudan has been placed on the State Department’s “special watch list” of countries that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom” but are not quite at the level to be labeled as CPCs.

Bethel planning memorial service for 2-year-old girl, defends praying for her resurrection

After praying fervently for a week for her to be resurrected, plans at Bethel Church in Redding, California are underway for a memorial service for Olive Heiligenthal, the 2-year-old daughter of Bethel Music songwriter Kalley Heiligenthal.

In a Saturday statement, the church noted that praying for a miracle of this kind is outside the norm but that God is both God of the reasonable and possible and the unreasonable and impossible. 

"When you are a friend of God and know that He is your heavenly Father, you trust Him and ask for big, outlandish miracles. As a church, we have been contending for, singing about, and witnessing God’s power to save, heal, and deliver for over fifty years. It is normal for us to ask for things, trust Him, and then glorify His name regardless of the outcome. This is what life with the King is all about," the statement read.

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