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11 stories from 2017 that made us smile

Fri 29 Dec 2017
By Eno Adeogun

It was a difficult time to be a journalist in 2017 reporting news of war, mass-shootings, persecution and terror attacks.

However, over the year Premier was able to cover stories that made people hopeful, chuckle and even praise the Lord!

So here are our top stories of 2017 that made us smile:

1 WATCH: Praise party erupts outside London train station



A railway station in south London was transformed into a worship party after a crowd broke out into praise.

Christian toy store owner stands firm in closing shop on busiest day

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The Christian behind a leading toy store firm has refused to change his stance on closing his shop on Sundays, despite missing out on trading on 24th December - one of busiest days for sales in the calendar.

Justin Bieber praises God during Manchester concert 

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Justin Bieber ended his performance at the benefit concert held in the wake of the Manchester attack by praising God.

There is power in the name of Jesus: X-Factor hopeful wows Wembley 



A sixteen-year-old singer has battled through to the next round of the X-Factor by singing the gospel classic 'Break every chain'.

Christian organ transplant recipient 'amazed' after girl breaks donation record

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An organ donation campaigner and transplant recipient has paid tribute to a teenage girl who broke a UK record by saving eight lives through organ donation. 

Praise challenge goes viral with 60,000 live worshippers



More than 60,000 people worldwide have so far watched a one hour Instagram live video that begins daily at midnight for people to praise God.

Christian shopkeeper rubbishes supernatural claims

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A Christian shopkeeper from Norfolk has dismissed claims by supernatural enthusiasts that his premises are haunted; saying the only spiritual presence in his store is Jesus.

Comedian's Donald Trump church youth pastor video goes viral

A video of a Christian comedian impersonating Donald Trump as a church youth worker has reached 4.5 million views on Facebook

Marcus Mumford: 'I love Jesus and always will' 

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Marcus Mumford, the front man of multi-award winning British band Mumford and Sons has told an event for Christian leaders that he loves Jesus.

10 Matt Redman reveals fashion mishap

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Christian singer and songwriter Matt Redman has revealed a fashion mishap he made nearly 20 years ago, while promoting his debut album.

11 Christian fulfills his wife's dying wish

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A Christian from Norwich has fulfilled the dying wish of his late wife that every single member of the Houses of Parliament receives a hand-stitched prayer card.

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