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Dec. 6, 2019: Kanye joins Joel Osteen; 2019's most-read Bible verse; Disney+ alternative

Dec. 6, 2019: Kanye joins Joel Osteen; 2019's most-read Bible verse; Disney+ alternative

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

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

— Kanye West to join Joel Osteen for Night of Hope at NYC’s Yankee Stadium

Rapper Kanye West is making good on his promise to evangelize America’s youth with music as he plans to teams up again with megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria, for their Night of Hope event next year at New York City’s Yankee Stadium that seats 54,000 people.

The details are still being worked out but the Night of Hope format is expected to be similar to West’s appearance at Lakewood Church last month where Osteen preached first and then West and his Sunday Service choir followed in a second session with music.

While the Lakewood Church event was free, tickets for the  May 2nd Night of Hope event are expected to be sold for around $15 each.

— YouVersion  reveals most read Bible verse of 2019

The popular Bible app YouVersion, which is used by over 400 million people worldwide, has revealed the most read Bible verse in 2019. The app’s “2019 Verse of the Year” is Philippians 4:6, which was bookmarked, highlighted, and shared the most this year. Philippians 4:6 says: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

YouVersion also announced that use of its Bible app increased this year in Poland and India.

— New Christian platform Minno offers parents faith-based alternative to Disney+ 

A Nashville-based children’s digital media company called Minno is offering parents a faith-based alternative to Disney+. 

The subscription-based digital platform features the largest collection of classic Christian TV shows including “Veggie Tales,” “3-2-1 Penguins,” and “Owlegories.” The ad-free service also includes a collection of children’s books and a parenting blog with expert resources and voices for Christian parents.

Minno’s standard subscription rate is $6.99 a month and includes unlimited streaming of more than 127 shows and 25 episodes of "Veggie Tales."

— Hungary, Brazil and US talk declining birth rates, abortion at Capitol Hill conference

Government officials from Hungary, Brazil, Poland and the Trump administration gathered with social conservative activists on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday to discuss policies that promote the growth of families and childbirth as fertility rates flounder below replacement level. The Second International Conference on Family Policy was held in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and hosted by the Hungarian Embassy in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Joe Grogan, the director of the family policy council for the Trump administration, praised the Hungarian government for supporting families and implementing policies to support and strengthen families. He also said that Trump is the “first president to include a paid family leave program in his budget,” and that the administration has doubled the child tax credit to $2,000.

— House passes bipartisan prison reform bill on early release for older offenders

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill Tuesday that would enable prisoners age 60 and older to be released to home confinement if they meet certain qualifications. In a voice vote, the House unanimously passed H.R. 4018, which would amend the bipartisan First Step Act signed into law by President Trump last year. The bill would clarify how much time a federal prisoner must serve before being eligible for placement in home detention. 

H.R. 4018 would give the Bureau of Prisons authority to transfer eligible, elderly offenders from a BOP facility into home confinement when they reach age 60, as long as they have served two-thirds of their sentence.

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