I have been a follower of Christ for more than 30 years. During that time I have read innumerable books on Christian living, commentaries, study guides, Christian growth, and fiction. There is probably no category untouched. In addition to reading many books about the Christian life, I have poured over the Bible for both study and reading.
From all the books and commentaries I have used, though, if I were asked of a list of books followers of Jesus should read now to help them understand the Bible better, it would be these two:
Sarah was born with two birth defects that have made growing up and doing things very difficult. One of these defects is Spina Bifida - a condition that doesn't allow the spine to grow properly. The other is Hydrocephalus, which doesn't allow the fluid in her brain to dissolve by itself. At birth, she needed a pump placed in her head.
Sarah loves to dance and when she was younger, always believed that when she danced she was dancing just like everyone else. Until, one day she looked at herself in the mirror and saw how different she looked dancing. That incident resulted in her her giving up on all her dreams and as she fell into depression she came to believe that there was no God who loved her. She believed that she had no future. All she knew was sickness, pain and broken dreams.
However, as time went on, she realized that God had in fact helped her through all her struggles and had always loved her more than she had ever imagined or dreamed of. God healed her heart and made her believe DREAMS do come true! more >>
A boy with a rare type of cancer who had his health insurance plan canceled after the Affordable Care Act took effect in October is inspiring many to turn to God.
Hunter Alford is a 7-year-old boy from Gainesville, Texas, who was born with a deadly and rare type of cancer called Plexiform Hishocyne Neoplasm, and he began making headlines in late November when his family announced that he could not continue receiving his costly chemotherapy treatment after the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, took effect.
Along with technological difficulties, the Obamacare rollout in October also received criticism because it canceled millions of Americans' existing health insurance plans, even though President Barack Obama previously promised that those who liked their existing plan could keep it. President Obama then announced that he had worked out a series of loopholes to allow some Americans to keep their existing plans for another year, although insurance companies then responded by saying it would be impossible to reverse the cancellation of policies. more >>
Tim Tebow has a chance to play football again - this time in Italy. The quarterback has been offered a four-month contract by the Italian Federation for American Football League.
The contract offer came via the Milano Seamen and was sent by federation President Leoluca Orlando, who is hoping the football player decides to play in Italy and bring attention to the niche sport in the country.
"The offer has been made to his agent and now we're waiting for a response," Seamen president Marco Mutti told The Associated Press. "We would be more than happy to have him." more >>
The last month has been, on the surface, great for the Republican Party's electoral fortunes in 2014. President Obama's signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, has been a mess, and it remains persistently unpopular in polling. Obama's approval rating has been on a steady decline for months, and the recent events have driven it increasingly downward. During the government shutdown, the Democratic lead in the House generic ballot - a simple poll measuring whether voters would support the Democratic or Republican candidate in their local House race - spiked to the high single digits in polling averages. Now Republicans hold a small lead in this key metric. Conditions such as these on Election Day 2014 would suggest at least a small Republican addition to their House majority and quite possibly a Senate takeover.
This is the macro view of the 2014 election, which matters a lot; in the event of a wave, smaller-bore factors - like the candidates running and the campaigns themselves - can be overwhelmed. But the candidates and campaigns remain important: Just look at the Todd Akins and Richard Mourdock's of the world.
On the candidate front, the Republicans still have a lot of work to do, and they largely have not turned their positive polling into the recruitment of new candidates or the expansion of the congressional playing field. more >>
Victory Outreach International, a ministry organization with churches worldwide, is committed to community outreach programs throughout several cities including Oakland, Calif. where sex workers have made parts of the city a prostitution hub.
Each week, members of the ministry's church in Oakland take to the streets to talk women into leaving the sex industry as they pray for them and offer shelter. Their focus is International Boulevard, an area known as Oakland's sex strip where oftentimes outreach members are careful not to interfere with the prostitute's pimps.
"There are very few groups who are willing to do what Victory Outreach does, approach the young girls and the pimps and the johns without a badge," said Oakland council member Noel Gallo, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. more >>