Lisa Whelchel is perhaps most well-known for her role as Blair on "The Facts of Life," but the mother of three has had an exciting and diverse career on TV and in ministry. Now Whelchel is featured in the new DVD "Lisa Whelchel's Everyday Workout for the Everyday Woman." She took time to speak with The Christian Post about the DVD, her appearance on "Survivor" and life now.
The Christian Post: After being on TV, competing on "Survivor" and being in the ministry, what made you decide to work on this particular project?
Whelchel: When Acacia first asked, my response was "no," because I don't enjoy working out. I had a best friend who was a personal trainer, and she was re-training me because I had been doing a lot of things wrong, pushing myself too hard. I rethought the offer and thought that if I could make a DVD for women like me, then I would reconsider. I wondered, "Is there anyone else like me, who doesn't care about the rock hard abs but still wants to lose a few pounds?" I went ahead to film it and actually had a great time filming the DVD because I was working with my friends. I was able to enjoy and follow the professional. more >>
An atheist group in Ellsworth, Maine, recently made a float to be shown in the town's annual Christmas parade this past weekend in an attempt to make local residents more aware of the atheist organization.
The local atheist group, known as the Downeast Humanists and Freethinkers, created a float consisting of a decorated Christmas tree to honor last Saturday's holiday parade theme, "Rock Around the Christmas Tree." The tree was reportedly decorated with natural ornaments, such as cranberries, popcorn and mussel shells. Members of the atheist group reportedly walked alongside their homemade float during the parade, passing out pamphlets that explained the Christmas tree has been used in Winter Solstice celebrations for thousands of years.
"For more than 5,000 years people have brought greenery into their homes to remind them of all the green plants that would grow again when longer days would return," the pamphlets read, according to the Bangor Daily News. "Long before the advent of Christianity, ancient Egyptians, Romans, Druids and many others had celebrations at the winter solstice." more >>
With Christmas fast approaching, this means we will be hearing Christmas carols and songs on the radio and at shopping areas all around. Hearing a good Christian Christmas song can help us remember why we celebrate the nativity and what the true meaning of 'Christmas' is. It seems that the words and the music that is played during Christmas time puts us in a mood like no other during the year. Here are five great Christian songs to listen to during this joyous season:
1. O Holy Night - Celine Dion
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A Madison, Wis., business that had hoped to bring healing to the world through "therapeutic cuddles" for $60 an hour was forced to close its doors just three weeks after it opened and is now offering its brand new furniture for free to church groups.
"This is an exciting opportunity to receive the benefits of TOUCH THERAPY in a non-sexual way, and feel 'connected' in a disconnected, digital world," The Snuggle House advertised in a description on its website.
"One session may be all you require, from time-to-time, or use 'Snuggling' as a staple to assist you in getting through a rough time. Our stuff [sic] will be attentitive [sic], courteous, polite, loving, and available to you within the boundaries of this profession," the description noted further. more >>
At one point in my life I attended a church that was extremely laid-back about the subject of giving. It wasn't talked about much at all. There was no offering of any kind and the issue of money came up extremely infrequently. It was downplayed to the point of being out of sight, out of mind. Whether this was in response to an overemphasis that had left a bad taste in the pastor's mouth or the desire to rely fully on the Lord's provision I am not sure. I certainly am not judging that ministry decision, but what I do know is that it wouldn't be until later on that I would discover the richness of all that the Bible has to say about the subject and it floored me.
Consequently, during that period I sporadically gave when I felt "led," which, if I'm honest, wasn't all that often. It was more like a "tip" for a good sermon, or when I felt extra generous. I might have called it a tithe but it wasn't, it was nowhere near a tenth of my earnings. Things certainly seemed to be humming along at the church though, and for all I knew the congregation was full of millionaires that gave so much that it really didn't matter if I contributed or not. Also, I made very little in my job at that time and so I felt justified in keeping almost all of what I earned for myself.
Looking back, I am horrified that I would enjoy teaching that I didn't support, be led in worship by a team using equipment that I did nothing to offset the cost of, and bring friends to church, taking for granted that a chair was there for them to sit in and hear about Jesus but not help cover the costs to make it all happen. At one point in my life I attended a church that was extremely laid-back about the subject of giving. It wasn't talked about much at all. There was no offering of any kind and the issue of money came up extremely infrequently. It was downplayed to the point of being out of sight, out of mind. Whether this was in response to an overemphasis that had left a bad taste in the pastor's mouth or the desire to rely fully on the Lord's provision I am not sure. I certainly am not judging that ministry decision, but what I do know is that it wouldn't be until later on that I would discover the richness of all that the Bible has to say about the subject and it floored me. more >>
Dwight Howard, Houston Rocket forward-center, visited Pastor Kerry Shook's Woodlands Church over the weekend to share his testimony of coming to faith in Jesus Christ, and how an encounter with what he believes was the voice of God solidified his course to the NBA.
Howard, a seven-time All-Star who joined the Houston Rockets in July of this year after a brief stint with the L.A. Lakers and eight years with the Orlando Magic, spoke with Pastor Shook on the issue of divine guidance and honoring God in every area of one's life.
"He's honoring God with his talents in a major way," Shook said while introducing the 28-year-old Atlanta native to those at the Houston-area megachurch and others watching via a live online stream. more >>