Carman Licciardello, popular Christian recording artist and actor, has shared in an online post how he believes God's grace helped him endure the painful journey of cancer treatment, to eventually find himself "cancer-free."
The singer, who goes professionally by just Carman, captioned the below double-photo with the phrase "The Difference One Year Can Make" on Tuesday. The image on the left is of Carman "deep in chemo," while the one on the right is of him "nine months later before walking on stage."
He went on to share with his 383,000-plus Facebook followers: "I remember so well washing my hair after the 3rd week of chemotherapy and seeing it all come off in my hands in clumps. I remember the agony of that giant needle in my sternum to draw out stem cells. The ports they planted in my chest to daily inject drugs. The mind numbing pain of my bones expanding to produce stem cells." more >>
New Jersey's Superior Court will soon hear arguments regarding two motions in a lawsuit leveled against a Jewish group that offers therapy to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.
Two motions were filed on behalf of JONAH International in its legal battle against the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which is known for labeling faith-based organizatons as "hate groups" due to their opposition to homosexuality and pro-gay agendas.
The SPLC also filed parallel motions against JONAH on behalf of its clients, which Arthur Goldberg, co-director of JONAH, described as "misguided motions [that] are based on the false assumption that homosexuality is a 'normal variant of human sexuality' and that sexual orientation cannot 'change.'" more >>
An intense dashcam recording released by the Bridgeton Police Department in New Jersey on Tuesday, shows the fatal shooting of Jerame Reid, 36, by officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley, when it appears that Reid had his hands in front of him.
A copy of the video, which lasts just over five minutes, shows the officers warning Reid during what began as a routine traffic stop, not to move before the now deceased man appears to push the passenger side door open and alight from the vehicle declaring "I'm getting out" with what appears to be his arms in front of him.
Almost instantly, the officer identified as Braheme, who is black, fires several shots at Reid while officer Worley, who is white, is seen in the video firing a single round. more >>
A Baptist pastor from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, who says he once punched a teenager in the chest for "not taking the Lord seriously" and it led to his salvation, is now apologizing for his actions after the video of his confession went viral.
The clip of the confession posted to YouTube about three weeks ago features Dammann, pastor of at Bible Baptist Church, talking about the teenager called "Ben."
"There was a young man in Calgary, his name was Ben … he was a nice kid, but was one of those kids who was always just, he's a real smart alec. He was a bright kid which made him more dangerous," said Dammann in the clip. more >>
A New Jersey school district broke the law when it fired a substitute teacher after he gave a curious middle school student a Bible for academic purposes, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in a mid-December decision released to the public this week.
The federal agency ruled it was an act of discrimination for Phillipsburg School District to fire substitute teacher Walt Tutka in 2013 after he gave a Bible to an interested student who had approached him privately and asked to be shown where in the Bible the saying "the first will be last and the last will be first" is written.
Tutka, who spoke with Fox News, said that the incident started during in October of 2012 when he held the door open for the line of students exiting his classroom on their way to lunch. As the last student walked out the door, Tutka told the student, "just remember, the first will be last and the last will be first." more >>
A baby Jesus statue was stolen from a Nativity at a New Jersey church for the fourth time in the last five years on Saturday.
The baby was taken from Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church in Sayreville, New Jersey, and was captured on video. It occurred around 8:20 p.m. Saturday night, according to the video which the church hopes to use to catch the vandals and have the prop which costs around $100 returned.
"Our Nativity is very close to the road and we actually had video surveillance that we had installed because of the multiple times [the baby Jesus] has been stolen and it looks like it's a prank," said Deacon David Mikolai, who serves at Saint Stanislaus, to The Christian Post. "It looks like there's two guys that just for the novelty they're [stealing] it, I have no idea why." more >>