Satanic groups in America are getting ready to perform Satanic ceremonies and rituals such as pouring blood over a Virgin Mary statue this Christmastime, a Catholic civil rights organization has warned.
"In a world where Christians are routinely being murdered and raped in the name of God, even non-believers must be curious about the rise of Satanism. Here at home we are also witnessing a surge in Satanic attacks," the Catholic League's Bill Donohue wrote in a press release this week.
Donohue pointed out that the Satanic Temple's chapter in Detroit is preparing for a "Satanic ceremony" at the grounds of Michigan's Capitol this weekend, aimed at countering a nativity scene. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, has shared a Christmas message with supporters, asking Christians not to judge others, but instead acknowledge and boast of their weaknesses.
"As the snow covers the dirt and everything appears white, sometimes we confuse the righteousness of Jesus that is covering us, as our own righteousness. Christianity becomes about how great we are and how much better we are than the 'sinners' and 'unbelievers.' We start judging others and before we know it the LOVE of Christ that once consumed us turns into fear, control and words that promote division and hate," Abedini wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday.
She reminded Christians of the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:30, where he says: more >>
It's almost Christmas and millions of Christians are preparing to celebrate what took place in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. Unfortunately, Brad Pitt isn't one of them. While Brad wholeheartedly invests his life as a husband, father, and world-renowned actor, Christianity has not been on his radar for quite some time.
Brad Pitt was raised as a Southern Baptist in Springfield, Missouri. In a recent interview with the UK's Telegraph, Brad said his early years included "all the Christian guilt about what you can and cannot, should and shouldn't do." He eventually decided to become an atheist rather than a follower of Christ.
Brad Pitt and I are the same age. My wife, Tammy, grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and was actively involved herself in a Southern Baptist church. As we prepare to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, we are both grateful for Christian parents who raised us in an atmosphere where the love and grace of Jesus was abundant. more >>
A Christian woman in Lincoln, Nebraska, is planning to protest the city's recent decision to remove a Nativity scene from the Capitol building so that an atheist group may erect its holiday scene in its place.
Sylvia Driskell of Auburn has invited fellow Christians to join her for a peaceful protest on Dec. 19, the day after the Nativity scene will be removed from the Capitol grounds to make way for the atheist holiday scene.
Driskell told KWBE-TV that now more than ever it is important to recognize religion in the United States. more >>
Each year during the Christmas season people may feel pressure to do things bigger and better than before — more gifts, more decorations, more parties — keeping them busy, overburdened and missing the true meaning of Christmas. This holiday season, Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren shares in a column posted on pastors.com three simple concepts to help Christians stay focused on what's really important. Below is a summary of the column.
1. Keep it Simple
You don't have to spend your holiday participating in grand, impersonal, events and activities in order to feel fulfilled. Rather, Pastor Warren encourages Christians to engage in activities that enable personal interaction and service, such as feeding the hungry, or providing support for needy single parents. Personal interaction has been key for Saddleback's 20,000 members. " … We've found that the larger we grow, the smaller we must become," says Warren. more >>
Perhaps one of the most beautiful Christmas carols if not songs ever written, "O Holy Night" is a powerful musical celebration of Jesus' birth.
Such a powerful song gets an excellent rendition courtesy of Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning singer Kari Jobe.
In a video posted to YouTube back in 2013 but still germane to this year's Christmas season, Jobe powerfully sings the classic manger-centered song at the K-Love Music City Christmas event. more >>