There are 250 million Christians in America today, but most seem to be oblivious of the fact that they and their religion are under steady attack from those who apparently hate Christianity, or at least want to expunge Christianity from any public place or mention. That hatred seems to extend to all sorts of evidences of Christianity in our society, such as Christmas, which is a federal holiday.
The Butler Elementary School in Belmont, Massachusetts, for years has had a tradition of allowing kids to take a December field trip to see a performance of the Nutcracker ballet. The anti-Christian zealots in its Parent Teachers Association developed a secret plan to cancel this outing because the ballet features a Christmas tree on the stage, which they called "questionable content."
When news of the secret plan leaked out, parents forced the issue to be confronted at a PTA meeting, but parents were accused of being discriminatory if they supported the trip to see the Nutcracker ballet. The good news is that common sense prevailed and parents won the Nutcracker battle, but many believe it will come up again next year and in other schools, too. more >>
Christmas is the saddest time of the year in which to feel lonely. We can feel alone in a crowded room, when we feel no one really knows or understands us. We can feel alone because we literally have no one around us. There are so many reasons today why people are estranged from their families. Christmas loneliness may be one of the great-unsung stories of our time.
How to overcome this loneliness?
The way "out" is "through." We don't overcome loneliness by denying it or avoiding it. We overcome it, by facing it for what it is: a fact. Not the only fact, not a permanent fact, not the most important fact. But in this moment, I acknowledge it as a fact, that I am lonely. more >>
Not long ago a youth pastor of our church asked me if I could host a large group of students at our house that evening. I said yes. Great. And mentally I began to draft a to-do list for a busy day.
You know the saying, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." That morning the washing machine overflowed, and I had to call a repairman. As the repairman came into the house, the dogs bolted, heading down the street with me behind them.
But the washing machine and the dogs were merely prelude. Just before the kids were to show up, I realized I had no snacks. And snacks are essential given that teenagers move through a kitchen like locusts. more >>
It is Advent and it has been 136 days since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot six times and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
In those first hours after Brown went down, blocks from the spot where he lay dead in the tightknit Canfield neighborhood of Ferguson, Mo., protestors filled West Florissant Avenue, where Brown had been only minutes before his death. They were met by the local police force decked out in camouflage and body armor, armed to the gills with military-grade weapons, and rolling around in armored cars. Many commented that the streets of Ferguson looked like Fallujah.
It was both shocking and clarifying at once. more >>
WOW, who ever knew Christmas could be so easy! It is a joyful time, that is filled with many times of stress, due to shopping and traveling. Also, things like wrapping gifts can sometime be a pain. Well, that is until you see this awesome life hacks video.
After watching this video, you may want to try to get all of them in your own household. Each and every one of these can be useful for anyone who is doing things around Christmas time. It covers the main ideas during the Christmas holiday. It is almost guaranteed you will be willing to try at least one of these awesome tricks. Be sure to SHARE this with all of your friends as a gift.
Check out the Christmas hacks video below: more >>
What seemed to be a few Christmas carolers at the front door of this families house, actually turned out to be something way more. And it was AWESOME!
With Christmas right around the corner and the feeling of joy becoming even greater, this is a perfect surprise for a family to witness. A thoughtful Christmas carol involving a small group, turned into a whole Flashmob of Santa's. elf's, orchestra, and dancers. One this family will definitely NEVER forget about. It will put a smile on your face for sure and may even spark feelings in you to make this Christmas a magical one.
Thank you to all those involved in this amazing Christmas Flashmob! more >>