The mosquito-born Chikungunya virus has reportedly infected over 1 million people and killed 155 since beginning its spread throughout the Americas a year ago. There is no known treatment or vaccine for the disease, with cases being reported in Florida and Texas as well.
CNN reported on Thursday that every country in Central America has now reported cases of the virus, while the U.S. has noted of 11 confirmed cases this year in Florida. Confirmed cases reported in Texas have been with those who've traveled to the Caribbean and areas where the virus is more common.
"It wasn't until 2013 that unfortunately a traveler resulted in local transmission of Chikungunya," said Erin Staples of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referring to people infected in the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. more >>
When we are dealing with troubling times we allow it to influence our minds. Influencing us with fears, doubts and anxieties even though we know that God is the one in control.
The key is to make the intentional effort of focusing our minds on the truths of God's word. By doing this, we allow our minds to relax at the most critical times. Having peace and confidence even in the middle of great difficulty. We must TRUST in the Lord and know that his intentions are nothing short of the best for us. It's a lifetime practice that we will never grow out of especially if we choose to be people of great faith.
Below are 7 Bible verses to help ease our minds at all times: more >>
Many argue one's faith should be separate from the public square; Christians, in particular, should not be involved in politics, inaccurately arguing it's unconstitutional.
Yet, faith, family, and freedom are—the Axis Mundi of life—that which is the center of everything.
Everyone believes in something or someone, even if their faith is in themselves. What differentiates between an opinion and justified belief, however, depends in what or whom such faith rests. more >>
Men who use pornography are less likely to get married, according to a study published last month that shows the easy accessability of porn on the Internet has become a substitute for seeking a marriage partner among men ages 18 to 35.
Authored by Michael Malcolm of the University of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and George Naufal of Timberlake Consultants, the paper, which was published by The Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, found that "Substitutes for marital sexual gratification may impact the decision to marry."
"We investigate the effect of Internet usage, and of pornography consumption specifically, on the marital status of young men," reads the abstract. "We show that increased Internet usage is negatively associated with marriage formation. Pornography consumption specifically has an even stronger effect. Instrumental variables and a number of robustness checks suggest that the effect is causal." more >>
Bill Cosby will not be indicted on charges of sexually assaulting a minor 40 years ago.
Los Angeles prosecutors made the announcement Tuesday, over one week after Judy Huth came forward to allege that Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was only 16 years old in 1974. Initially, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said his detectives would investigate no matter the timeframe that had passed.
"We don't turn people away because things are out of statute. You come to us, especially with a sexual allegation, we will work with you," Beck said in a Los Angeles Times report last week. "We address these things seriously, and it's not just because it's Mr. Cosby." more >>
Why do I take the stands that I take? What motivates me to swim against the tide of cultural decline?
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, a concerned mother from Massachusetts called my radio show. Her son, a freshman in high school, came home from school and informed her that all the students had been required to attend an assembly, one that had not been announced in advance.
The assembly was sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance and it had one goal only, namely, promoting homosexuality as perfectly normal and acceptable, even for Christians and people of faith. The mother, who always taught her son to be kind to others and not to bully, was shocked at the news and asked me what to do. more >>