It's Oct. 1, 1992. The Milwaukee Brewers are playing the Seattle Mariners. The Brewers were two games out of first place with only four games left in the season. My dad steps up to the pitcher's mound and pitches 10 innings. In those 10 innings, he gave up only two runs on just four hits. For those who know baseball, you know this is extremely difficult to do. My dad got the 7-2 win over the Mariners that night, and in doing so, kept the Brewers in the pennant race.
My dad had made it to the "top." He had achieved what most boys dream about achieving. When he was little, he told me that he used to sleep in his uniform the night before a game; he was that excited and that dedicated to America's pastime. If that tells you anything, making it to the Major Leagues was his dream and would have made his life complete. Or at least that's what he thought.
One day, my dad was standing on the mound with thousands of fans cheering his name, and it hits him. Something was still missing. How could that be possible? He had gained everything that the world tells us is important: riches, fame, the whole nine yards. But he still wasn't satisfied. Then, he met his Savior Jesus Christ. Someone had the courage to tell my dad that he was a sinner and that without knowing the forgiveness and love of his Father, he would continue to be miserable—no matter what kind of baseball season he had or how much money he made. That night, my dad decided that being in a relationship with his Creator was much sweeter and more fulfilling than any accolade or worldly accomplishment. Upon meeting his Father, the void was instantly filled. My dad played 10 years in the Majors, and when he finally retired, what did he do? He did what every retired ball player does: he became a pastor. more >>
A primetime television series based on events recorded in the book of Acts experienced a major ratings low for its finale episode Sunday, continuing a series-long downward trend since April.
"A.D. The Bible Continues," a follow-up series to the hit program "The Bible," scored a 0.7 rating among the 18-49 demographic, which translates to approximately 3.56 million viewers.
This rating was well below the series premiere of ABC's "Battlebots," which ran in the same hour as "A.D." and scored a 1.9 rating with approximately 5.44 million viewers. more >>
Throughout life many of us go through several relationships, which often leads to heartbreak. Sadness and disappointment can consume thoughts and feelings and can sometimes leave you feeling hopeless. We look to the Bible to soothe and mend our broken hearts.
Jesus reminds us that no matter what happens, He is always right by our side. Christ reassures us that He will heal the heartbreak that we can't seem to get beyond. He has the power to mend broken hearts if we seek Him and give our heartbreak to Him. Getting over it may be a process, but as long as we have faith, we will be OK. Jesus longs to comfort us.
Below are Bible verses to remind us that Jesus can heal the broken hearted: more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to the shooting last week that killed nine people at a Charleston church Bible study by claiming that the Bible teaches humans are one race, and there is no such thing as black or white people.
"Answers in Genesis has a great short animated video that explains that there is only one race, and there are no black people or white people — we are all varying shades of the same basic color (a pigment called melanin)," Ham said on his Facebook page, linking to the video.
"This brief animated feature explains all of this in an easy to understand way, showing observational science confirms the Bible's history that we are all one race, all descendants of Adam. It was the event of the Tower of Babel that resulted in different people groups (NOT races) and the minor exterior differences we see in the human race today." more >>
The Rev. Norvel Goff Sr., who has been appointed to lead the Charleston church days after its pastor and eight members were killed in a shooting incident, led the first service since Wednesday's massacre. Other AME churches in the country preached forgiveness.
"The doors of the church are open. No evildoer, no demon in hell or on Earth can close the doors of God's church," Goff, a presiding elder of the 7th District AME Church in South Carolina, told the congregation, according to CNN.
Among the nine who were shot dead during a Bible study of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was the church's pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a Democratic member of the state senate. more >>
In most cases when we see a 19-year-old girl get on stage, we think she will be singing a popular pop song. But not today. Deanna Johnson goes up on stage to sing a Gospel classic and the crowd goes wild!
On this episode of "The Voice," Deanna pushed aside her fear and decided to sing "Down to The River to Pray." It was a very bold move that impressed the judges the moment she began singing. It is refreshing to see contestants express their faith on live television. Even though these songs may not be as popular as pop songs, they are powerful and deliver an important message. Be sure to SHARE Deanna's performance with your friends and family!
Check out her live audition below: more >>