Pastor John Piper told a young Christian wondering if her relationship with the Heavenly Father is healthy that God wants her to feel rest assured that she belongs to Him. Good deeds, he stressed, won't lead to acceptance from God.
Piper told young podcast listener Mara, "God wants you to be confident that you belong to Him. He doesn't want you Mara to worry about your relationship."
Quoting 1 John 5:13, he continued, "He wants us, He want you to enjoy confidence, enjoy assurance, He wants you to be sure that you're OK with God so when you go to bed at night, you don't have to be afraid of anything. You can have a real peaceful night's sleep and even if you died in the middle of the night, you'd be OK, you'd be safe with Jesus." more >>
A small village in Japan claims to be the final resting place of Jesus Christ, arguing that the founder of Christianity got married to a local and had children.
Shingo, a rural community of about 3,000, claims to be the sight of Christ's tomb, where local legends say that Jesus came there after He was crucified.
A recent article by inquisitr.com noted that this claim is in "regional apocryphal religious writings known as the Takenouchi Documents." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says Christians should never deny Jesus Christ in order to spare their lives from slaughter by terrorists, such as ISIS, and further asserts that doing so would be a betrayal against martyrs who stood strong for their faith, despite persecution.
"Christians have been martyred going all the way back to the Romans when they fed them to the lions. We would be betraying every person who stood for their faith, who stood for Jesus Christ, if we turn our back on Jesus Christ. … I think we take a stand for our faith," Graham said on Fox News' "The Kelly File" when host Megyn Kelly asked if Christians should lie in order to save their lives when confronted with death at the hands of Islamic terrorists.
Noting that Christians who live in countries where they're the religious minority are the most persecuted people in the world, Kelly commented on a story about four Iraqi Christian children who were beheaded by ISIS militants after they refused to convert to Islam, a story reported by The Christian Post earlier this month. more >>
As a child I could rarely put a book down. I frequently wondered who wrote the words that came alive in my imagination? Who could construct entire languages like Elvish, Dwarvish, and Black Speech? And who thought a wooden doll's nose could grow, or an elephant could fly, or a princess could escape from goblins using invisible string?
For some reason, I speculated that another story existed, behind each story I read. Similarly, G.K. Chesterton thought, "I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller."
The Bible answers this curiosity for children (mini adults) and parents (grown up children). more >>
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" is concluding its month-long run in theaters on Monday, leaving moviegoers with one last chance to see the film today.
On its last day in theaters, "Saving Christmas" is being featured in a special one-night-only final showing in many of its original theaters at 7:30 p.m. in most locations. These locations include over 200 of the original theaters, plus 30 additional theaters. To find out where the film is playing near you, visit the "Saving Christmas" website here.
The "Fireproof" star released "Saving Christmas" on Nov. 14 for an initial limited time of two weeks. However, after high demand for the film, it reached an additional 100 theaters and played for almost three more weeks. Cameron himself commented on the widespread support from fans who filled theaters in order to watch "Saving Christmas" before issuing a special Christmas prayer earlier this month. more >>
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" received mixed box office news over the weekend, earning $24.5 million in its debut and topping the U.S. box office, but failing to hit any industry heights. Christian group Faith Driven Consumer has meanwhile rated the Ridley Scott film 2.5 out of 5 stars, noting that it largely minimizes God's role in the Biblical story.
The Hollywood Reporter said that the film, starring Christian Bale, earned what industry insiders expected it to earn, but did not produce "the strongest of starts" for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment film. The film, which focuses on the story of Moses, cost $140 million to make, and will rely on strong earnings in the new few holiday weekends in order to deliver a decent return.
"Exodus" has received a number of negative reviews in the press, while Faith Driven Consumer, which routinely rates Bible-based movies both on their entertainment and faith-based value, gave the production a 2.5 out of 5 stars score. more >>