Melissa and Aaron Klein, the Christian couple from Oregon who are being fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, are standing by their faith and pushing for laws that protect Christian business owners in the United States.
In 2013, the Kleins of Grasham, Oregon, were named in a civil rights complaint filed by Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman who were turned away at Sweet Cakes by Melissa on grounds of the bakery owners' religious views of same-sex marriage. On Friday, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries issued a 110-page proposed order recommending that the owners of the now-closed bakery pay $135,000 to Cryer and Bowman for "emotional, mental and physical suffering." Just days later, Aaron Klein spoke to The Christian Post about the case, starting with his own message for Americans.
"I would say, on a personal note, don't be afraid to stand up for the Bible, for God's truth, for the sake of Jesus Christ ... that is something that is near and dear to my heart," Klein began. "From a political standpoint, I would say this: every American should be free to live and work by their faith without being afraid that the government will punish them for doing so." more >>
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered by experts to be a "swing vote" in the gay marriage case that's expected to split the justices in a five to four decision, made statements both for and against same-sex marriage during Tuesday's oral arguments.
"The word that keeps coming back to me is 'millennia,'" Kennedy told Mary Bonauto, a lawyer for the same-sex couples challenging state laws that prohibit same-sex marriages. "This definition has been with us for millennia. It's very difficult for the court to say, 'Oh well, we know better.'"
Later in the day, however, Kennedy said that same-sex couples were seeking the same "dignity" and "ennoblement" as heterosexual couples. more >>
While on her way to work, Nicole Mayhew got a strong feeling that she needed to return home for something. Without hesitation, she did, and she was able to save her husband from a tragic accident.
It just so happens that Nicole's gut feeling was God using her for a miracle. When she returned home after getting this strange feeling she found her husband trapped under his car with no room to escape. She arrived in the nick of time to save her husband's life. God sends us signs often, but we may not always react to them the same way. In this case, Nicole knew God had sent her a strong sign to go with her intuition.
"While you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus." - Acts 4:30 more >>
If you have turned on a radio before or had any interest in rock music, then you have heard the band U2. Most people have no idea that the lead singer, Bono, is a Christian. Hearing what he has to say about Jesus will warm your heart!
Bono admits that he has no problem with miracles and believes Jesus made promises that will come true. He believes that he himself is a miracle of Jesus. He grew up in a household that believed in God and prayed very often. Hearing what he says will really bring light to your day. Bono is very honest in this interview about his beliefs. He looks to the scriptures for poetic truth, and prays to know the will of God.
When he is asked "Who is Jesus?" his answer sheds light on the topic and his honesty is very inspiring. more >>
During Sunday's episode of "A.D. The Bible Continues," it was clear that Pontius Pilate and the Holy Spirit were both at work but in completely different ways, and left me wondering whether both were actually full of nothing more than hot air.
Pilate began his crusade against the Jewish people in retaliation for the murder of a Roman guard. He kept the ashes of the fallen guard on his desk and frequently opened it in order to "see" his employee. At one point, he poured out the ashes and made them into a stick figure, telling his wife that that was all that was left of the man who served his country, and he would soon be building a mountain of ashes of the Jews. At that point, even his wife looked appalled and worried about his mental state.
Pilate has officially become consumed with revenge, having 10 Jews crucified every day until the Roman guard's murderer is brought to justice, but little does he know that the killer has escaped. How many more Jews will have to die to satisfy Pilate's desperate need for blood? The actor who plays Pilate, Vincent Regan, does a great job of showing Pilate's descent into near madness, especially at the end of the episode where he forces Caiaphas to eat the ashes of the dead Jews and Roman soldier. more >>
New York Times bestselling author of the "Angels Walking" series Karen Kingsbury is making a Scriptural argument for the existence of angels on the heels of releasing her latest book.
Released earlier this month, "Chasing Sunsets" is the second book in the popular "Angels Walking" series, which features angels at work in desperate matters of the heart. While Kingsbury supports the existence of angels, the author acknowledged the controversy caused in some Christian communities over the topic during an interview with The Christian Post this week. Furthermore, Kingsbury rejected the idea that angels are deceased loved ones or that they deserve our prayers, citing Scripture.
"The Bible is pretty clear on angels in that they come from God His army, He is the one we worship, He is the one to be prayed to - not the angels," Kingsbury explained. "Angels can't be our dead mom or dad. We can hope our dead loved ones can see us from heaven and that they're praying for us, I think you could make a Scriptural argument for that, but they're not angels." more >>