Abandoned at a young age, Rob Mitchell said growing up in an orphanage made him feel lonely and inferior, but as a Christian he knows that God sees and hears him.
"As a kid who spent 14 years in an orphanage, I understand being invisible," he said in a recent Focus on the Family broadcast. "The great message of Jesus Christ was God knows who you are. You are not invisible to God."
Now a celebrated financial consultant, motivational speaker and the author of Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home, Mitchell wants those facing adversity to know, "You are not invisible to God in your pain, in your sorrow, in your struggle with psychological, emotional affliction, in your struggle with someone you love who's got [multiple sclerosis] or [cerebral palsy] or cancer." more >>
NEW YORK — Trip Lee – rapper, author and preacher – is calling on young people to "carpe diem," or seize the day, instead of waiting until they're older to start taking life seriously. It's a message encapsulated in the 26-year-old MC's new album, Rise, and in an upcoming book by the same name.
Lee, a pastor-in-training in Washington, D.C., and an artist signed to Reach Records, also looks to position himself as a thought leader. His social networks boast at least half a million followers, most of whom likely helped his fifth studio album, Rise, peak at No. 1 on iTunes after its Oct. 27 midnight release.
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Former president George W. Bush addressed an estimated 200 civic and business leaders in Dallas at an event to raise awareness about the Museum of the Bible project in Washington, D.C. During the discussion, Bush emphasized how much the Bible was an integral part of his daily life as president.
"I read the Bible every day during my presidency," said Bush, who shared the stage with Hobby Lobby President and Museum of the Bible Chairman Steve Green.
"The easiest time to be faithful is during a time of crisis. The hardest time for faith is when all is well. Faith informed my principles and decisions, but not my tactics. It would give me strength, but I didn't use my faith to make decisions. Freedom is a faith informed principle," the former commander-in-chief said Sunday. more >>
His face has become a symbol for resistance against oppression, a marker for those who demand accountability and in the minds of some – anarchy. In the modern day, the Guy Fawkes mask has been a way for people to anonymously stand against an entity.
Guy Fawkes Day is observed Wednesday in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. Also known as Bonfire Night, the holiday has been given special attention with such cultural items as the famous "Remember, Remember the Fifth of November" poem and the film and graphic novel "V for Vendetta." The date marks the anniversary of when a group of Catholic Englishmen attempted to blow up Parliament in response to the Protestant-led body enacting anti-Catholic laws.
"Catholic dissident Guy Fawkes and 12 co-conspirators spent months planning to blow up King James I of England during the opening of Parliament on Nov. 5, 1605," noted Jesse Greenspan in an entry on the History Channel's website. more >>
Navy SEAL and author of The New York Times best seller, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, Dr. Howard Wasdin has released a new book, The Last Rescue, which details his struggle to assimilate back into civilian life.
Wasdin, with the help and support of his wife, Debbie, and his faith in Christ, was able to overcome the difficulty of the adjustment, but not without experiencing some harsh trials in the process.
"Imagine going from the tip of the spear [as a Navy SEAL], 100 miles an hour, life or death all the time, to going back to normal life — what you guys call civilian life — that's the hardest thing I ever did," Wasdin told The Christian Post. "After being shot three times, I'm telling you, I would rather get shot again than have to go through what I went through assimilating back into society." more >>
During the Constitutional Convention many feared that the proposed form of government granted too much power to the federal institution. Tepid supporters and critics, as well as Anti-Federalist opponents, believed the Constitution should have included a list of citizens' rights. Ardent supporters, like James Madison, believed an articulation of rights was a Pandora's box, fearing that every interest group and nincompoop could and would claim a right exclusive to them.
But the practical politicians they were, the founders, in order to get the Constitution ratified in the state conventions, promised a Bill of Rights. The first right is the right of religion. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," they wrote, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The right of conscience and belief is rightly preeminent because it secures all other rights. Without this first freedom there can be no freedom of speech or the press, no freedom to peacefully assembly or petition the government. Civil rights cannot exist without human rights. And human rights cannot exist without religious rights.
But today, religious rights are subject to increasing hostility. Sectarian violence throughout the world, the rise of militant Islam in the Middle East, Europe, and America, and the politicization of the Religious Right in the United States have left many wondering about the wisdom of our first freedom. Os Guinness put it well in The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity: "How do we live with our deepest differences, especially when those differences are religious and ideological, and especially when those differences concern matters of our common public life?" more >>