For most of her life, former stripper and prostitute Annie Lobert sought a man to swoop into her life and rescue her from the hardships of growing up in a broken home, just like in the fairy tales. Now the founder of Hookers for Jesus, a ministry for sex workers, Lobert says too many women are placing their hopes for love and security in the wrong place.
Jesus Christ, she said, is the ultimate knight in shining armor, able to rescue them from a life of sin and transforming lives and relationships.
"What us women need to understand [is] if a man can't do what you ideally think he should do, [it is because] God is the only one who can do that for you. Jesus Christ is the only one who can ultimately be your ultimate romantic interest and I'm not talking about sexually. I'm talking about that intimate love bond that we have that heals all wounds, that heals all insecurities, that heals all the things that we think our husbands should do and be," she told The Christian Post. more >>
Texas pastor Matt Chandler, of The Village Church, says the way singles date these days is "goofy" and that he plans to teach his three children to go the "traditional dating" route.
The Mingling of Souls author told The Christian Post, "The way I define it in the book and the way I'm hopefully going to impart to my children, the way we want to do it as the Chandler family is that I think that dating is that period of time of where you're working through and seeing … is this person for me, is the reputation there, is the character there, can I see myself spending my life with them."
The Chandler family way is a return to "traditional dating," where the father of three – two girls and one boy – described as, "You go out in a group, you're getting to know one another, it's not this kind of intense, so do you want to have kids over coffee – that's not dating." more >>
A Virginia church is using the buzz over the wildly popular Fifty Shades of Grey book and movie to create a message that combats some of the themes found in the film.
Richmond Community Church in Glen Allen will address topics of adultery, divorce, co-habitation, pornography and gay marriage with a new sermon series titled "5 Shades of Grey" which will start the Sunday after Valentine's Day.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" premieres on Friday, Feb. 13, and two Christian authors have offered an alternative with their own book Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy and the Longings of a Woman's Heart.
The book, Pulling Back the Shades, was written by Dr. Juli Slattery and Dannah Gresh, and is meant to encourage Christian women to look for a deeper, "spiritual" sexual fulfillment by turning to the Bible. The book sold out in its first release on Amazon, and the authors have said that any woman who wants to receive a free copy of their guide can mail them their copy of Fifty Shades.
"The 'Fifty Shades' phenomenon has done for women what internet port did for men: fuel its use and normalize it," Slattery told Daily Mail. "It's time to add the Bible's view on sex and intimacy and the spiritual road into meeting a woman's deepest human needs and wants." more >>
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker directing the "Four Blood Moons" docu-drama has said he was drawn to the project because of his fondness for "Jews and the House of Israel." The film is based on the bestselling book of the same name written by Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee.
Keith Merrill, who won an Oscar for his 1973 documentary "The Great American Cowboy," made the remark in a statement emailed by Lovell-Fairchild Communications publicist Michael Conrad to The Christian Post.
He explained that he had "several" reasons for wanting to work on the "Four Blood Moons" movie project. more >>
Christian publishing company Zondervan is offering readers a distinctive look at Scripture in the new book, Believe, NIV so that they may become more like Jesus this year.
Believe, NIV is an ultimate 30-chapter guide that features an easy-to-follow topical abridgement of the Bible complete with key beliefs, practices and virtues of the Christian faith.
Furthermore, the follow-up to The Story, Believe offers a spiritual experience that Randy Frazee, general editor and senior minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, says will help countless Christians lead a more Christ-like life. more >>