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Mike Westerfield was in crisis mode. Raised as a "religious Christian," Mike was involved in his church and even preached on occasion.
But when he had no answers for the Muslim inmates who were giving him Islamic literature at a Florida prison, he did the unthinkable. He converted to Islam.
Mike just wasn't sure about the Trinity or how to defend it, and the Muslim prisoners whom he visited each day sensed a weakness.
A woman from Las Vegas, Nevada, has garnered more than 3 million followers on social media for showing what she can do with a microchip implanted in the back of her hand.
Burgundy Waller has called her husband a "tech genius." She had a chip implanted in her hand a little more than two years ago. It serves as a key to the couple's mansion, The Daily Mail reports. Her husband programmed the chip for her.
Waller is known as "The Chip Girl" in her TikTok videos. She shares what the chip can do, like unlocking doors, drawers, closets and other storage areas throughout their lavish home just by touching them.
A sad chapter for Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida, has come to an end for now.
The defamation lawsuit was filed by former pastors Stovall and Kerri Weems, who founded the church in 1998.
Last week, Florida Circuit Judge Marianne Lloyd Aho dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that courts do not rule in ecclesiastical matters.
The city of Orlando may not be on the Florida coast, but it was directly in the path of Hurricane Ian, enduring flooding and powerful winds. As the city begins to clean up from the storm, a local pastor is encouraging those who are facing life's storms.
The winds have been howling and the rain has been pounding away for more than a day here. The former eye of the hurricane has passed but waves of hard wind and rain still come and go, a sign that the storm is finally on its way out. Ian's devastation is far from over as it's now headed toward the mid-Atlantic.
Here in Orlando, the biggest concerns are now tornado watches and flash flood advisories, both of which are still a possibility for the next 24 hours as the storm exits this area.
American Airlines flight 146 touched down at Israel's Ben Gurion airport on time, arriving from New York's JFK airport as one of the dozens of flights that arrive in Israel from the US daily. While a regularly scheduled flight, among the passengers there were five whose arrival in Israel made it one of the most celebrated and certainly unique flights in Israeli history.
What was special about the flight is that it had five unique passengers, traveling in the cargo section. It was the first time in nearly 2,000 years that Israel has been blessed with the presence of not just one red heifer, but five, all arriving together. People who read their Bibles know that red heifers are mentioned in Numbers 19, but their significance has been shrouded for nearly 2,000 years since the destruction of the Second Temple.
Jews read the verses longingly, praying for the opportunity to be able to rebuild the temple and, with it, the ritual purification from the ashes of a red heifer needed to resume the temple services. But for two millennia, the whole idea was simply a fantasy, until last year when these five red heifers were born in Texas, and now, their arrival in Israel.
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