A pastor from a cowboy church in Big Sandy, Texas has voluntarily decided to brave the cold for nearly two weeks in an effort to raise awareness for a food and toy drive that will benefit local families in need this holiday season.
Pastor Chad Lee from Sit'em Down Cowboy Church decided to sacrifice the comfort of his warm home to camp out in a tent on the side of his town's highway as a way to help others who have less than him.
"There are people who go through this every day and I'm just doing it for 13 days, said Lee to the Christian Post. "It's not about Chad Lee, it's about what the Lord can do when people allow Him in their lives and what He can do to change them, no matter what situation they're in." more >>
An elementary school in Texas has banned Christmas trees and the colors red and green at its upcoming "winter" party though a recently passed state law protects traditional holiday greetings and displays at public schools. The school's principal said in an email that she and the PTA chose to ban Christmas at the party to avoid "offending anyone."
The PTA group at Nichols Elementary School in Frisco, Texas, recently sent an email to parents regarding an upcoming "winter" party for students. The email listed three rules that each student had to abide by while attending the party: no references to Christmas or other religious holidays, no Christmas trees, no colors red or green, and no items that will stain the classroom carpet.
The rules listed in the email go against the "Merry Christmas Law" passed in the state in June. The law, co-authored by Republican Rep. Pat Fallon, who oversees the district where Nichols Elementary School is located, protects schools from having to censor religious references during the holiday season. 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 >>
A Texas-based non-profit organization hosted a baby shower for 52 teenage girls to honor them for embracing their pregnancies and their decision to not undergo abortion procedures.
Embrace Grace is the ministry behind the massive event that was held last month after the girls attended a series of classes led by organizers who provide emotional, practical and spiritual support for the young women during their unplanned pregnancies.
"Several of the girls in all of our classes are sometimes on the fence regarding abortion, but once they come to one of our classes and see the support that there is, that their immediate needs for the baby are covered and that they don't have to walk this road alone, they usually change their mind and keep their baby," said Amy Ford, founder of Embrace Grace, to the Christian Post. more >>
A historically Methodist, Texas university now offers a prayer room for its Muslim students.
Following a 2012 meeting betwen Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) president Frederick Slabach and Mohammed Khalid M. Alshafei, the head of the Saudi Students Club, the university designated a space in its gym for Muslim students to pray.
"The reasons for this (prayer room) are two-fold," Rev. Dr. Robert K. Flowers, the Wesleyan chaplain, told The Rambler, TWU's school newspaper. "One, to show hospitality to our foreign students and, two, our campus needs to be open and tolerant of other faith traditions whether it is Islam, Hindu, Jewish, or otherwise." more >>
A Texas megachurch recently gave more than 12,500 pounds of food and personal care items to a community food bank that was in desperate need of donations.
Robby Gordon, community pastor for local outreach at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas, told The Christian Post the church collects food each quarter for one of five different area food banks. Gordon says it was a "privilege" and "blessing" for the church to be able to provide in such a big way this fall.
"Bent Tree wants to be a church that isn't just in the city, but for the city, and that's something that we've tried to instill in the people that make up Bent Tree. It's been incredible to sit back and watch how Christ, working in and through them, has made such a tremendous impact at [Frisco Family Services]," said Gordon. more >>