The author of the book When Divorce Is Right, Pastor J. Bruce Sofia, offered honest, practical remarks on divorce, including Scriptural reasons to end a marriage and what God thinks of the decision.
When Divorce Is Right is Sofia's latest book in the Hijacked Life – Rescue Your Dream series, in which the pastor lists three reasons found in the Bible as grounds for divorce: adultery, abandonment, and the hijacking of God's call. Explaining more about the three reasons for divorce, Sofia pointed out that both infidelity and abandonment cause disruption to an individual's calling and/or their walk with God.
"The Bible is the final authority on life, faith, and practice – bottom line, and when we address divorce, we look at reasons based on Scriptural grounds," Sofia explained to The Christian Post. "Hijacking of the call is also the cornerstone for the other two reasons – when abandonment or infidelity take place, how can you fulfill your call? Your whole life is poured into that spouse who is not faithful." more >>
Mike Huckabee was a Southern Baptist minister before entering the politics and running for president in 2008. Now, he is running again and clinging to his conservative values to help him win the coveted office. Here are six facts about his faith that readers should know.
1. He is a staunch defender of Christian values and traditional marriage.
"This is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue," Huckabee said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" in February 2015. "And as a biblical issue — unless I get a new version of the Scriptures, it's really not my place to say, 'OK, I'm just going to evolve.' It's like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don't want to do that — I mean, we're not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard. We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they've had for 2,000 years." more >>
It is always a welcoming and warm feeling to walk into your home or another person's home and see a Bible verse displayed. Especially when we are teaching our children the Bible, what better way than to hang them in your home. One memorable part of scripture that touches on this is, "And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates" (Deuteronomy 6:9).
Nothing is more satisfying then our children understanding the importance of God in their lives. In context the scripture shared above is talking about how we should teach them to our children. Hiding God's word in our heart helps us to remember what is pleasing to God so that we might not sin against Him (Ps 119:11). It is also a good way to discipline ourselves and refresh one another each and every time we visit. The key is not to be too overpowering, but display just enough of His word to capture the heart of people who enter your home.
Below are 7 inspiring Bible verses for the home: more >>
Sunday night's episode of "A.D. The Bible Continues" introduced the character of Saul, who brought about renewed persecution of Peter, John, and the earliest members of the church. The episode featured a great deal of drama as Saul stepped into his role as lead persecutor and Caiaphas faced a potential overthrow of his role as high priest.
When Saul first arrived on the scene, he merely spoke against Peter's faith in the resurrected Messiah, but no one seemed to take him seriously. It was hard to imagine that all Saul did initially was preach, given that he was known for persecuting the first Christians, and according to the book of Acts, Saul was known for his urge to kill the believers, not merely destroy their reputations or take away their followers. Indeed, the actor's performance was not credible in this sense, especially as he squared off against Peter.
This viewer expected a great deal more violence and emotion to be brought, given Saul's reputation. He proved to be almost comical in the way he handled himself and muttered threats that led nowhere. Saul seemed as normal as any other character, rather than the one who led persecution against Peter and his followers. It will be interesting to see exactly how Saul's transformation into the apostle Paul takes place, and when it will, given the slowness of the storyline. more >>
Denise Boutte was praying for a breakout film role after starring in a number of Tyler Perry productions, but she did not expect portraying a well known biblical character in "For the Love of Ruth" would impact more than just her acting career.
Boutte, the 33-year-old actress who has proven her comedic timing and acting abilities in screenwriter and producer Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" and "Why Did I Get Married" will debut on small screens as the biblical character Ruth in a modern retelling of the Old Testament story.
"In my professional career, I had been waiting and praying for a project that would allow me to show a different side of my acting. It wasn't about the hair or the makeup, it was about the heart," Boutte told The Christian Post. "So when this project was presented to me, I was like, this is the project I've been having on my dream board for some time now, waiting for that wonderful opportunity." more >>
Skulls, triangle-shaped hand signs sometimes depicting the all-seeing eye of Egyptian god Horus and other symbolic gestures which many conspiracy theorists interpret as occult imagery, have been showing up in the music videos and artwork of prominent Christian artists such as Toby Mac, Lecrae and Andy Mineo, and fans are concerned that they might be affiliated with a secret society popularly known as the Illuminati — a shadow group they believe runs the world behind closed doors.
Lecrae triggered a frenzy online among Christian fans last month when he posed the triangular hand sign in KB's "Sideways" music video that resembled Jay Z's infamous Roc gesture. Conspiracy theorists such as YouTube's The Vigilant Christian say this is a Freemason and occult hand signal and some fans say Lecrae has connections to the dark side.
"Why is Lecrae throwing that kinda symbolism???? @ 2:32. This is no coincidence anymore [because] he did the same thing in his album 'Anomaly,'" said Bax Storm in the YouTube comments section for "Sideways." "All these symbols are believed to be of satanism which they are. I'm not hating on Lecrae. I'm just concerned." more >>