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One Day After Package Thieves Snatched His Kids’ Gifts, Florida Man is Blown Away By Church Family’s Generosity

A group of men, whom Rivera identifies only as his “church family”, arrived at his doorstep to drop off several large packages.

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Noel Rivera of Riverview, Florida became one of many recent victims of so-called “porch pirates,” thieves who steal packages from their neighbors’ doorsteps. This time of year, many of these stolen packages are meant to be Christmas gifts, making their loss especially heartbreaking. A heartwarming turn in Rivera’s story, though, reminds us that the best things in life, even at Christmastime, aren’t things.

Rivera recounted the theft with shock, and a healthy dose of sarcasm, on his Facebook page in a post which has since gone viral.

In all, the thieves stole five packages full of gifts Rivera had bought for his children.

The brief video clip shows two women rapidly approaching the porch, grabbing the boxes, and happily realizing that they were boxes of “kids stuff”.

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“The video shows how excited they were when they realized it was kids clothes,” Rivera said in his post. “Hope they fit their kids because seems they may not have for Christmas. If they would have just asked I would have bought their kids even more than they stole.”

In just one day, though, God moved in the situation in a small, simple, and beautiful way. A group of men, whom Rivera identifies only as his “church family”, arrived at his doorstep to drop off several large packages.
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“Hey, listen,” one of the men says into Rivera’s security camera. “I hope your packages come back, but we just wanted to help you guys out.”

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“25hrs [sic] exactly after 2 ladies thought it would be ok to steal Christmas presents from my front door, my church family shows up at my front door unannounced showing Christ’s love,” Rivera said of the incredible act of kindness.
It should also be noted that the thieves, identified as Briella Johnson, 20, and Kellie Larkee, 38, aren’t far from reaping the consequences of their actions. Johnson, according to WTSP, was arrested on charges of grand and petit theft. Larkee isn’t far behind, as Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies are getting a warrant for her arrest as well.
“Christ is the reason for the season,” Rivera concluded in his follow-up post. “These are the things that need to be remembered during this time and always.”
How right he is! Neither Rivera nor the two thieves truly need things to be satisfied this Christmas season. Rivera, however, was humbled and reminded through the love of his church family that Jesus is the greatest gift of all.

 

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Christian Satire Site Strikes Back Against Snopes ‘Smear.’ Here’s How Snopes’ Responded.

Snopes just got put in their place. Good on you, Babylon Bee!

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Hilariously funny Christian satire site, the Babylon Bee, decided they had enough shenanigans from Snopes, the self-described “fact checking” site and the ongoing smear they launched against them, so they lawyered up, and boy, it didn’t take long for Snopes to change their tune. This just goes to show that we as conservatives and Christians shouldn’t be taking the attacks left-wing media launch at us lying down. The more we fight back, the more they surrender. via Daily Wire: “Last week, Snopes fact-checked us again,” the Bee told its readers Monday (h/t Ed Morrissey). “We’re pretty used to that. But this time, instead of merely rating the article ‘false,’ they questioned whether our work qualifies as satire, and even went so far as to suggest that we were deliberately deceiving our readers. Basically, they treated us as a source of intentionally misleading fake news, rather than as the legitimate, well-known satire publication that we are. This is a big deal.” The reason it’s a “big deal,” the site goes on to explain, is that Snopes has been given significant power over how platforms — particularly Facebook, for which Snopes has served as one of its “fake news” monitors — handle posts: As you know, fake news—which is distinguished from satire by its intent to mislead—was widely considered a serious issue in the last election cycle. As a result, social media networks like Facebook began partnering with fact-checkers to try and limit the distribution of fake news on their platforms. Snopes was one of them. At one point, a piece of ours was rated “false” by Snopes, prompting Facebook to threaten us with limitations and demonetization. We made a stink about this, and after some media attention shed light on the problem, Facebook apologized for their handling of the matter and…

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Argentine Photographer Captures INCREDIBLE Image of Christ-Like Cloud

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It cannot be denied that our world is in the midst of turmoil unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. From Birmingham to Beijing, we are seeing unprecedented poverty, crime, hate, violence, war, famine….you name it.  Combine these issues with a mainstream media who is salivating at the chance to rile us up for ratings and money, and the world becomes a downright scary place. Where do we turn when the world seems to shun us?  For some, the answers lie in the bottom of a bottle.  For others, it’s self-harm or outward violence. For many, however, their faith is their rock.  They turn to the religious world for answers to the questions that plague us today, and, often, they discover signs of encouragement. Such is the case today in Argentina. Monica Aramayo was in San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina when she noticed the holy figure shining through the thick clouds Social media user Mariela Romano said: “The Lord will soon come for us all and we should be ready. While another said: “Thanks for the image that allows us to keep on our path and have a better hope for tomorrow.” The photo has to be seen to be believed. https://twitter.com/faithdefender/status/1128809009153097728 The pose and grand scale of the image has reminded many observers of the famous Christ The Redeemer statue in Brazil. https://twitter.com/OtravelAI/status/1082513665700507648 And while the cloud formation certainly isn’t going to change the minds of the unfaithful, it does provide us all with a reminder that we are loved, and we must remain harmonious with one another on this turbulent little space rock.

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