Christina Grimmie was killed during an autograph session after a performance in Florida this past Friday.
Christina, a YouTube sensation who went on to success as a Top 3 contestant on The Voice, described herself as a “full-on Christian who loves Jesus” and loved the Bible.
Several outlets are reporting that the motive behind her murder may have been her outspoken faith in Christ.
The Santa Monica Observer shared what T.J. Wilkins, another Voice competitor, wrote: “What I’ll remember most about you is our conversation about faith and the love of Christ.”
Christina wasn’t shy about sharing her faith, or tweeting it:
A GoFundMe page was set up to help Christina’s family with final expenses. To date it has surpassed the goal of $4000, raising over $123,000 – a testament to the love so many people had for her.
Our prayers, thoughts and love are with Christina’s family and close friends.<3
Did you know that whatever trials you’re facing or difficult circumstances you’re walking through, they represent a promise fulfilled?
“…In this world, YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE. But TAKE HEART, I have OVERCOME…”
– Jesus (John 16:33)
Jesus told us flat out, we will have troubles.
These things shouldn’t take us by surprise! They’re going to happen.
There will be people who let us down.
There will be things that happen to us that are completely unfair.
There will be times that make no sense.
There will be hurts that are unimaginable.
There will be mountains that seem unclimbable.
There will be circumstances that seem impossible.
There will be days we feel we can’t go on.
There is a God who has overcome.
A God who is faithful.
A God who is just.
A God who is fearless.
A God who is a healer.
A God who is higher.
A God who is greater.
A God of the impossible.
A God who loves us, and is for us and will carry us to the other side!
More than we can know!
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How patient has God been with us?
How many times have we betrayed him with our words, our actions, our disobedience, our broken promises, our lack of trust.
If you read the book of Hosea, you’ll see the story of a man who loves his wife despite her unfaithfulness that broke his heart. In many ways it’s a picture of what what we do to God.
He considers our rejection to be spiritual adultery. It grieves God.
Yet, like Hosea, He continues to love us. With an unfailing love.
As Dr. Henry Blackaby puts it in his book, Being Still With God Every Day, “When we stray from Him, He lovingly and relentlessly pursues us. How marvelous to know that even though we may turn our back on God, He never gives up on us.”
Today’s SOTD by The Afters sings of a love like that. One that doesn’t give up. A love like that demonstrated by the father in Luke 15, who waits with open arms….
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Dr. Henry Blackaby
Next year will mark ten years since Hillsong United first released this song. In the intervening decade, From The Inside Out has been sung hundreds of thousands of times, in churches all over the world and is still being played on radio stations across the globe.
Our Song of the Day is a new take on this modern classic from one of today’s biggest Contemporary Christian artists, For King & Country.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
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When we’re empty and desperate, when things seem hopeless, sometimes the best thing to do is pause and remember what God’s already done in our hearts. To delight in His glory, to remember, and tap into the power He’s already shown us.
The same power that raised Jesus from the grave.
May our song of the day be your prayer today!