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Oregon Church Facing $2.3 Million Lawsuit for Refusing to Host LGBT Event on Their Property

We certainly live in chilling times.

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Just months after Christian couple in Oregon lost their bakery over their refusal to bake a cake for a gay wedding, a Catholic church is facing a hefty lawsuit for refusing to host an LGBT event on their property.

Holy Rosary Church of Portland, Oregon, is being sued by Ambridge Event Center, who claims their business was damaged by Holy Rosary’s rule against hosting LGBT groups.

Ambridge, who would rent out property owned by Holy Rosary for events, had to refuse service to the PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, an African-American LGBT support group.

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They say the move cost them business and damaged their reputation.

“Even businesses and government entities that had previously scheduled events with Ambridge who were not affiliated with the LGBTQ community but had equity-driven internal policies, refused to work with Ambridge after reading or hearing about the discriminatory policy involved in its employment relationship with the church,” the lawsuit claims.

“Ambridge also took issue with the church’s decision to end their contract deal,” The Christian Post explains, “after the company hired an openly gay events coordinator as part of their efforts to ‘restore its image with its clientele and its relationship with the LGBTO community.'”

The lawsuit, filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon, alleges that Ambridge was harmed by the church’s rules and their effect on business. They are seeking $2.3 million in damages.

In December, also in Oregon, a judged ruled against Aaron and Melissa Klein, the former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, who had been sued for $135,000 for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake.

They had appealed for an exemption on the basis of their faith, but the judge saw this as an effort to get “a special license for discrimination.”

“The Kleins seek an exemption based on their sincere religious opposition to same-sex marriage; but those with sincere religious objections to marriage between people of different races, ethnicities, or faiths could just as readily demand the same exemption,” argued the appellate court.

Just south of the Oregon border sits California, a state which will soon decide whether or not to ban faith-based counseling with the purpose of overcoming same-sex attraction.

We certainly live in chilling times.

 

 

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This Man’s Truck Went Up In Flames, But What Happened Next Has Him Praising God

Even in our worst circumstances, God has an incredible way of showing up and making himself, and his care for us, known.

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Even in our worst circumstances, God has an incredible way of showing up and making himself, and his care for us, known.

This is just what happened to Steven Gaut, an Oklahoma man who could very easily have lost everything had God not clearly had his hand on the situation.

As a single dad to five precious children, life certainly isn’t easy on Gaut, but he gets by and he praises Jesus for what he has.

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Just two weeks before Christmas, Gaut says he went to a local grocery store for dog food while his dad stayed at home with the kids. After returning home from the errand, Gaut took a few moments while the kids were occupied to stash away Christmas presents in the garage.

It’s then that Gaut said he heard a car horn blasting just moments before his oldest son burst into the garage with the urgent message that his truck, his only means of transportation for work, was on fire.

Gaut rushed out to the driveway to discover that his truck, parked just a couple of feet from the family’s home, was completely engulfed in flames. He immediately phoned for help and the Vinita Fire Department arrived within minutes to battle the blaze.

According to Gaut, the fire department surmised that the most likely cause of the fire was a fellow shopper at the grocery store carelessly tossing a cigarette into the truck.

“God sent! If the horn never went off the whole truck and the house would be gone,” Gaut said in a Facebook post sharing security footage of the inferno. “Thank you Jesus…”

Although it most likely wasn’t the first thing on his mind as he stood watching his truck be destroyed, a small, unlikely miracle reminded Gaut that God was still in control: his Bible was totally unharmed by the raging fire.

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The case that contained Gaut’s Bible was utterly destroyed by the fire, but the Bible itself was totally unharmed.

“Heal our broken hearts and the fear that is in the kids’ eyes,” Gaut said in another Facebook post, noting that his family has been deeply shaken up by this close call. “Please help us find an eight-passenger car as soon as possible. Thank you for making sure that we were safe, and saving my Bible. Love you forever, in Jesus’s name, Amen.”

Since his story first went viral, Gaut humbly says he hopes it points more people to Jesus.

When we have eyes to see even God’s smallest miracles in our lives and we focus on him and what he’s done, our fears just melt away.

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FedEx Worker’s Video Goes Viral After She Shares Stunning Reason Why She Made Unexpected Stop on Delivery Route

You truly never know where He may call you to minister to others and share His love with the world.

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I’ve always wondered just what it must be like to be a postman or delivery driver. Visiting so many houses every day, seeing into people’s lives through a collection of short moments, and seeing what they order online, of course.

But for one faithful FedEx driver, one short visit with a stranger led to an incredible experience that answered her constant prayer for God to use her on her route.

Fox News reports that Amanda Riggan, a South Carolina FedEx driver and founder of “Hungry Heroes,” a charity for veterans and first responders, tearfully shared a profound encounter with a customer in a video Facebook video, which ultimately led to a stunning 11 million views.

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After bringing a package to a woman who explained her husband had cancer, Riggans found herself unable to think of anything else as she continued on with her deliveries.

“I drove off, my heart’s pounding. I do probably 20 more stops, and I have to go back,” Riggan shared in a video on Facebook after pulling to the side of the road. “I stopped what I was doing. I went back to that neighborhood. I rang her doorbell…and when she came down the stairs she had tears in eyes. When she saw it was me, she smiled.”

“She came out on the front porch and squeezed me so tight, this lady I’ve never met,” Riggan said, “and I prayed for her and her family — for her husband.”

Riggan used the heartfelt moment as a chance to share about following God.

“I pray every day for the Lord to use me,” Riggan said through tears. “When you feel those tugs on your heartstrings, and you feel like you need to do this, stop and do it.”

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The Bible calls us to serve the Lord in all we do. You truly never know where He may call you to minister to others and share His love with the world.

Riggan was not only able to pray for and comfort this woman, but she was able to share the inspiring experience with 11 million people.

Don’t hide that light of yours under a basket folks, let it shine!

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