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May 15

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Lydia Szabo is state champ x 3!

Sets Snowflake school record

Lydia Szabo finished first in the 200, 400 and 4 x 400 relay to win the Arizona State Championship in those events.  A new school record was set in the 4 x 400 relay with a time of 3:58:69.  Congratulations, Lydia, on your new personal best performance!

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Equality is a pervasive theme in our culture.  This PSA was recently aired during a sports broadcast.  Caution.  Content will be offensive to most viewers.  

Good news for pop music fans

How Iconic Music Artist Chynna Phillips Became a 'YouTube Queen for the King, Jesus‼️'

Image Source: YouTube Screenshot/Chynna Phillips Baldwin

Singer and actress Chynna Phillips has been sharing powerful and meaningful messages about salvation through Jesus Christ with thousands of people since launching her YouTube Channel, "California Preachin" a few years ago. 

The outspoken Christian calls herself a "YouTube queen for the King, Jesus‼️" and is using the channel to impart stories about her faith and the strength she has gained by having a relationship with the Lord.

In one video, Phillips pointed out that love is powerful and it can change the way we perceive and react toward something. She explained that putting our "love lenses" on, allows us to see things through the eyes of Jesus. 

"I'm going to put my love lenses on today to see things through the power of love - to see things through Christ," she said. "Everything can be seen through the eyes of love. The Bible said that God is love. If God is love then we should be able to see everything through the lenses of love."

Phillips explained how difficult it can be to give all the control to God but that we are called to be diligent servants who trust and obey the Lord.

"When we come to Christ, we are not sinless...of course, we are still sinners but we sin less," Phillips noted. "My fleshy self wants to refuse, reject, and rebel. I want to be my own king, master, and lord. I don't want anyone telling me what to do. That's just not what Christ calls us to do. Once we give our lives to Jesus, we have a new employer... we've got a Boss. We have to run everything past the Boss."

She recalled early on in her faith, asking God to "release" her of the "meaningless and empty life" she had, in an attempt to live more righteously.

"I just remember saying, God, what is this all about? Heal my life, make it matter. Make it mean something, make it holy. God is doing what I asked. He's releasing me of my meaningless and empty life."

During an interview with Becket Cook, Phillips discussed her initial dramatic conversion to Christianity while saying a salvation prayer when she was 12-years-old, and why it took so many years before she truly turned toward Christ.

"I felt like I was being cleansed, like a holy scan, was going down my body and every trauma, abuse, and heartache just went out of my body all the way down to my feet and then out," she said." It was so holy and I knew that it was the power of God and in that moment, I knew that Jesus Christ was God."

Phillips explained that she had to "compartmentalize" that moment after returning home to her broken family, because she had no one to disciple her and train her in the truth of Christ, but she never let it completely slip away.

"It was so beautiful and so sacred and I knew that it was a truth that was kind of mine that I held away in a safe little chamber. I always recalled it."

In the years following her spiritual encounter, Phillips had a rocky adolescence that led to drug and alcohol abuse. She sought guidance from psychics, tried Buddhism, and used tarot cards.

And she started believing that if God really loved her, He wouldn't have permitted all of the trauma she experienced.

"I think there was a part of me that felt like if God truly loved me, all of those horrible things wouldn't have happened to me," Phillips declared. "On some subconscious level I just said, I tried Jesus and that didn't work."

Then in her early 30's, Phillips truly felt the love of Jesus in her heart after her brother-in-law and his wife prayed over her.

"The Holy Spirit has a way of just immediately cracking your heart open," she said. "I don't remember what they prayed over me but then I stood straight up and said, it's Jesus from this day forward, only Jesus. I live for Him, He's my life, He's my purpose, He's my reason and I will live from this day forward to serve Him. He's my God."

Phillips began attending church and Bible study classes. 

Today, she is "walking with the J-Man" and encourages everyone to "detonate" their faith every day. Phillips explained that living for Jesus doesn't have to so hard if we believe that He is the way, the truth, and the life.

"The Bible says that whoever believes that Jesus is Christ has been born of God. Live in that. Stand in that. Breathe in that. We are worshipping an invisible God and that's not easy to do. I think that it can be as easy as our breath if we just try not to complicate it too much. Just tell Jesus that you love Him," she concluded.

Phillips is the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas band members, John and Michelle Phillips. She rose to fame on her own with the band Wilson Phillips with huge hits like "Hold On" and "You Won't See Me Cry". She has been married to actor Billy Baldwin for 25 years.

Good news for folk-rock fans

'I Got My Soul Back': Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall Reveals the Moment He 'Came to Christ Again'

Andrea Morris

Photo by Katie Darby/Invision/AP

Former Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall is staying busy with new projects since leaving the band a year ago. Now he says it's clearer to him that move was the "right decision," as painful as it was.

Marshall officially left the band in June of 2021 after taking a break from the group when he faced intense backlash from the left for tweeting that he enjoyed reading journalist Andy Ngo's book, "Unmasked," which explores the dark side of Antifa.

CBN's Faithwire reported at the time that the 34-year-old, "failed to foresee that my commenting on a book critical of the far-left could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent far-right."

Marshall apologized at first, then explained in a post on Medium that he was leaving the band in order to, "speak my mind without them suffering the consequences."

During a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Marshall revealed how much his life has changed since departing Mumford & Sons.

"I got my soul back. I felt I could sleep again," he told The Times. "It's amazing the effect that had on me. It has been completely liberating. I feel like it was the right decision."

Since then, he's been sharing his thoughts on cancel culture while interviewing artists on his podcast, Marshall Matters. He's also writing and focusing on censorship in a recent editorial called "When Artists Become the Censors" for writer Bari Weiss's Substack.

"Obviously artists have a right to boycott. The difference now is that it's 'silence him or I'm out'," he said. "This feels so bizarre, and I don't think it ends well. Musicians' careers are all about self-expression, so how can they think that's going to work if they're not up for people expressing themselves?"

He's also been sober from alcohol and drugs for three years, which he says has given him "clarity and energy."

"I don't miss fame. I don't think it was real," he told The Times. "I was seduced by it. I got pulled into it. Particularly through this recent experience, I've realized that a lot of my friends in that world weren't my real friends."

Marshall says leaving the band was an "incredibly difficult" move to make. "I imagined being in my sixties and still playing with the band," he said. "That's one reason it was so hard to leave. I thought we'd always be together."

In the end, he's found something even more valuable though.

The tumult in his life over the past few years pointed Marshall back toward his Christian faith. Ultimately, Marshall says it was when he and actress Dianna Agron divorced in 2020 after four years of marriage that he finally "came to Christ again." 

"If I can quote the great American theologian of all time, Kanye West, he said, 'Fear God and you will fear nothing else,'" Marshall told Premier Christian News. "And I love that because for me, I do fear God. And I think it's true. That if you fear God sincerely, then you won't fear worldly issues, worldly problems."