While U.S. officials say Islamic State, or ISIS, has been demoralized by losses it has suffered in Iraq and Syria due to ongoing American airstrikes, reports suggest that its militants are turning Christian churches into torture chambers and selling priceless artifacts in the black market.
"It [ISIS] was presenting itself as an unstoppable movement," The Guardian quotes an anonymous U.S. official as saying.
"That kind of unstoppable momentum has been blunted, to say the least. We have killed over 1,000 of their fighters, particularly in Kobani [city in Syria], and that gets to Raqqa [also in Syria] because they wanted to take Kobani and had been making the biggest flag they had ever made and they were going to put it up there because to them this is a war of flags." more >>
(There is always an attempt to de-emphasize the true, spiritual significance of Christian holidays and place emphasis on Santa, toys, bunnies, baskets, and candy. That is a sincere cause for concern. This article assumes that is understood. I respect those who may disagree and who may have a valid pause for concern.)
Every Christmas season, I receive emails such as: "I'm sorry, but every time I tried to watch the sermon the decorated Christmas trees in the background were disturbing to my spirit. I turned it off. I am discouraged and disappointed because of the trees."
Her statement begs the question, "Can we redeem holidays?" Redeem means to recover the ownership of something. Can we, in good faith, redeem Halloween, Christmas, and Easter with their roots saturated in paganism, superstitions, and the occult? more >>
One month after "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" hit theaters across the U.S., two experts added their own viewpoints on how the yuletide season's traditions came to be what they are today.
Cameron's latest film offered moviegoers unique explanations for traditions such as the Christmas tree, the nativity, and even the significance of the 25th of December.; firmly rejecting theories that Christmas was influenced by from paganism. Following the "Fireproof" star's findings, The Christian Post caught up with two additional sources who could further identify the exact origins and meanings for the season.
First, biblical scholar and author of "Does It Really Say That in the Bible" Katie Hoyt McNabb pointed out that the first Christmas celebration occurred over 50 years after the events in Scripture. Consequently, Christmas and its traditions, including feasts, décor, and songs, are commonly debated, even within Christian communities. more >>
Billy Graham is still focused on spreading the good news found in the Bible, says his daughter Anne Graham Lotz. "He is 96, he has not yet lost his focus on the gospel, reaching people for Christ," she described in a recent interview.
Reflecting on his ministry as a world famous evangelist and pastor to presidents, Lotz said there were many temptations that could have diverted Graham's attention from his ministry. Instead, he remained faithful to his Bible calling.
The secret to Graham's continued focus, Lotz explained, is his humility. more >>
When we are dealing with troubling times we allow it to influence our minds. Influencing us with fears, doubts and anxieties even though we know that God is the one in control.
The key is to make the intentional effort of focusing our minds on the truths of God's word. By doing this, we allow our minds to relax at the most critical times. Having peace and confidence even in the middle of great difficulty. We must TRUST in the Lord and know that his intentions are nothing short of the best for us. It's a lifetime practice that we will never grow out of especially if we choose to be people of great faith.
Below are 7 Bible verses to help ease our minds at all times: more >>
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 >>