Mass murder is why Jesus came into the world the way he did. What kind of Savior do we need when our hearts are shredded by brutal loss?
We need a suffering Savior. We need a Savior who has tasted the cup of horror we are being forced to drink.
In memory of Jubilee, Caleb, and all the other infants who have been stillborn, we have embedded the audio version of Michelle's letter to Jubilee and a YouTube music video of a song that helped her cope with her miscarriage.
I thought since I have so much extra time after spraining my right knee, I'd write a quick blog post to update you guys on how I'm doing. As most of you know, I suffered a knee injury a little over a week ago. The first few days were frustrating, as I was stuck in bed icing for 9 hours a day. Right now, the swelling is almost gone so my rehab consists of exercises for my knee, lifting, conditioning and playing one on one. As proud as I am of our team's most recent wins, I can't wait to get on the court and help contribute as well.
In another church tragedy, Pastor Isaac Hunter-the son of the spiritual adviser to President Obama-has reportedly taken his own life. Hunter's death is making national headlines because of his megachurch father Pastor Joel Hunter's influence on the White House, his marriage troubles and an undated suicide note found last year, but his death is far from the only pastoral suicide in recent months. Why the sudden rash of pastors committing suicide? Suicide is not a new problem among clergy, but three known suicides in less than two months begs a deeper look at the issue.
Pornography at its most fundamental level has no basis in reality. It is nothing more than a fantasy that, in one form or another, negatively affects the lives of men. Porn influences how men think about, value, and ultimately treat women. It should come as no surprise, then, that men experience difficulty in their relationships and ability to interact with real women due to pornography use.
If you want to overcome sexual addiction, just as with any other addiction, you must be proactive about it. Resources abound everywhere offering help. Jesus, prayer, people in church, ministries like xxxchurch, etc..
What accounts for the difference? Queen Elizabeth, a woman of serious low-church piety, is said to prefer "happy" to "merry" because she dislikes "merry's" connotation of boisterousness, even slight intoxication. (Similarly, in Holland some of the more strictly reformed Dutch prefer Zalig Kerstfeest-"Blessed Christmas"-to Vrolijk Kerstmis-"Merry Christmas.")
For teens Facebook used to be the cool place to interact with their friends online. Well Facebook is becoming “uncool." Just last month Facebook acknowledged that they have been seeing a decrease in daily usage especially among younger teens. So if your teens aren’t hanging out on Facebook where are they hanging out online? Facebook’s recent attempt to buy Snapchat for $3 billion is a clue.
I'm still thinking about Ronnie Smith's death in Libya, followed by Christians and the mainstream media alike.
Two days before he died, my mind turned, at it so often does, to the reasons for suffering. This time the thoughts were triggered by the difference between suffering that refines in this life and suffering that leads to death.
I've been an officer in our church for several years, but I've decided to resign. Recently, I realized that my only reason for being an officer was so people would admire me, and I know that's not right. But how should I explain this?
"Nelson Mandela put behind him all the emotional baggage of the white racists' game to endorse rugby with open arms. For a man who suffered what he endured, notably on Robben Island, to have personally embraced the white South African players and have donned a Springbok cap at an ANC youth rally, asking everyone to support the team 'because they are our kind', confirmed the man's credentials for sainthood."
In 1972, an intrepid reporter named Geraldo Rivera (you really get the mustache when you see a 1972 picture of him), then a reporter for WABC-TV, conducted a series of investigations at Willowbrook State School, an institution for children with intellectual disabilities on Staten Island. The children he found there were described as "living in filth and dirt, their clothing in rags, in rooms less comfortable and cheerful than the cages in which we put animals in a zoo." The expose' won a Peabody Award for Rivera and more importantly