A California mother says the police officer who saved her drowning 4-year-old daughter from death is an "angel of God."
Sara Villasenor of Costa Mesa, Calif., was reportedly watching her 4-year-old daughter Nina and her 6-year-old son Rikki swim in their grandfather's pool when she hopped inside to quickly use the restroom. When Sara was away from the pool, Nina apparently slipped out of her arm floaties and began drowning and sinking toward the bottom of the pool. Sara and her father then heard Nikki screaming from outside after Nina slipped underwater.
Sara was able to retrieve her daughter, who was not breathing and had turned blue, from the pool before she frantically dialed 911. The first responder to arrive on the scene was Police Officer Matt Olin, who performed CPR on the child and quickly got her breathing again. more >>
Rick Santorum, the Chairman and CEO of EchoLight Studios, said that faith-based movies are an opportunity to reach people who do not go to church, and announced the premiere of the film "Hoovey" at the THRIVE Conference in Granite Bay, Calif., where he is one of the featured speakers.
"I am excited and honored to attend THRIVE and have the chance to interact with some of our nation's top faith leaders," Santorum said in a press release on Thursday. "The popularity of faith-based films offers churches an opportunity to reach individuals outside of the walls of the church. Through EchoLight Cinemas, we are developing a powerful tool for pastors and leaders to use in their ministries by offering the opportunity to premiere great films with inspiring stories and positive messaging inside their own buildings."
Santorum announced that the studio will show "Hoovey," which stars Patrick Warburton, Lauren Holly, Cody Linley and Alyson Stoner, during the THRIVE conference on May 1-3. The movie is described as "the remarkable story of how one family triumphs in the face of adversity when their son is diagnosed with a brain tumor." more >>
Two law firms have recently announced that they will offer free legal aid to anyone who is being threatened with the loss of their job for supporting California's 2008 referendum defining marriage as being between only one man and one woman.
The Alliance Defending Freedom and the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund have come together to offer legal support for those whose livelihood may be threatened for supporting Proposition 8.
Rob Bell, described as a pastor, author and spiritual leader, has invited supporters to attend the first tapings of his new show picked up by OWN, or The Oprah Winfrey Network.
"May 14th we're taping the first two episodes of my new television show and I'd love for you to be there," Bell shared last week with his 281,000 Twitter and Facebook followers and fans.
The taping announcement for "The Rob Bell Show" requests that participants be in Los Angeles and available from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. more >>
The soul, the only aspect of a human being the Bible says is eternal, is like a car, according to megachurch pastor and award-winning author John Ortberg. "If you want to care for your car, you kind of have to know what the parts do, what the carburetor does, what the fan belt does — somebody's gotta know that if they want to care for it."
And the car — that is, the soul — has nine needs that must be met in order to function at optimal efficiency, or in this case, to experience God's shalom, Ortberg suggests in his new book Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You.
"The soul is a little like the king on a chessboard," he explains in Soul Keeping. "The king is the most limited of chess pieces; it can only move one square at a time. But if you lose the king, game over. Your soul is vulnerable because it is needy. If you meet those needs with the wrong things, game over. Or at least game not going well." more >>
The Supreme Court is being asked to review California's ban on sexual orientation change efforts for LGBT youth. A non-profit legal group defending religious freedom argues that it violates free speech and the rights of minors.
"Our Constitution was established to protect the people from renegade lawmakers," Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, said Wednesday. "This law is a prime example of legislators who care more about politically correct speech than free speech, and more about perks from special interest groups than the rights of children."
The law group is representing a psychiatrist, a licensed therapist who also oversees a church counseling ministry, and an individual dealing with same-sex attraction who claims to have benefited from such therapy before it was banned. more >>