Brenda Schmitz, a wife and mother of four, died of ovarian cancer in September 2011. But last Friday, a local radio station read and granted her final requests for her family on air, and the video of her husband's stunned amazement has gone viral.
"We've been doing the Christmas wish program for 20-plus years, we've never received a wish like this – ever," Des Moines radio station KSTZ "Star" 102.5 FM Host Ken Auge said. "There wasn't a dry eye in the room, it really inspired us to do something for her."
In a letter delivered by an anonymous friend, Brenda, praised the station's "Christmas Wish" program as "a tremendous and thoughtful deal" that "truly exemplifies what Christmas is all about." more >>
Texas megachurch pastor and author Joel Osteen suggested that Christians may be overreacting to the "war on Christmas" while speaking with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.
Osteen, who also discussed his new book, Breaking Out, admitted that although the holiday may not be celebrated the way it was 50 years ago, it was not something he was overly concerned about.
"I think there is always things coming against faith, and I don't think that's going to stop people of faith," Osteen, who pastors the 45,000-strong Lakewood Church, said. "I do think the society is changing. It's not like it was when I was growing up. So in one sense maybe there is, but those kind of things it doesn't stop my faith, it doesn't discourage me. Even the Scripture says it's going to get darker in the world, but it'll get brighter for the church or for believers. So it's just another way to let our life shine brightly." more >>
The birth of Jesus Christ holds great significance for billions of people worldwide, especially regarding spiritual matters.
Jesus' birth also holds a chronological significance, as western nations based their present form of time-keeping off of the estimated date of the event.
Every time someone speaks of the war of 1812, or the blizzard of 1996, or the 2008 presidential election they are referencing how many years it's been since Jesus was born. more >>
Every holiday has a past. Christmas is no different. The day now known for manger scenes, Santa Claus, and gift-giving during the peak of winter was not always celebrated in said manner.
Many of the traditions connected to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ have non-Christian origins. Items like the Yule log, the Christmas tree, and the very placement of the observance during the darkest time in the calendar year stem from pre-Christian religious observances.
Bruce Forbes, professor of religious studies at Sioux City, Iowa-based Morningside College explained to The Christian Post in an earlier interview that many current Christmas rituals emerged during the difficult winters pagans often encountered. more >>
Award-winning gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp's latest CD, a feel-good album titled Christmas Card, reminds listeners of the reason for the season and includes a "thank you" from the Sapp kids to all who have supported them since their mother's passing. Sapp recently spoke with The Christian Post about his new LP, celebrating the holidays without his late wife, and how he manages being a single dad, pastor, and recording artist.
Sapp's Christmas Card, opening with the track "Feels Real Good," a bouncy, bass-heavy cut, and closing with the doo-wop track "Don't Get It Twisted" that calls for keeping Christ in Christmas, also offers two traditional tracks, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Joseph's Song."
The family- and dance-friendly album is Sapp's first-ever Christmas-themed LP, which is just one of a few recent firsts for the Michigan artist and minister. more >>
In today's age, many people care more about their cell phones than sitting down and reading a Bible. There are so many different apps and activities the cell phone can be used for. In this video, a single phone is shown time lapsing through multiple pictures on Instagram to tell the wonderful story of Jesus' birth! The hash tag being used to promote this awesome video is "#COMELETUSADOREHIM."
Feel free to share this video with all and use the hash tag to spread the joy of Christmas to everyone's cell phone!