I stood before them and broke the rules.
I asked overly self-conscious Orange County, California men and women to stand in the middle of a church service if they had never heard the words "I love you" or "I am proud of you" from their father.
A good ten seconds passed before one brave man stood and then several more women and men joined him. The keyboard player began to play some comforting chords which infused this moment of freedom and healing with a gentle and safe spirit. Like a breaker rolling onto the Laguna Beach shoreline, it came from the back to the front. A wave of people began to rise up out of their seats. Some were weeping, some were holding their spouse's hand, and others stood alone. more >>
American Atheists President David Silverman has said that his group's holiday billboards this year, with a message to "skip church" this Christmas, are aimed at atheists who are living with theists in mixed families and are under pressure to participate in religious activities.
"That little girl on the billboard symbolizes the atheists who go along to get along, attending and possibly tithing a church that preaches a religion in which they don't believe, for no other reason than habit or familial pressure," Silverman told The Christian Post in an email on Thursday.
"We are using these billboards to spur intra-family communication, because we believe the communication is desperately needed," he asserted. more >>
A living nativity display in Utah has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest nativity in the world, with 1,039 people taking part in the display that was presented to the city of Provo Monday evening. Volunteers and YouTube stars played roles like Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and numerous angels.
"Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels, shepherds ... and A LOT of angels, really," Austin Craig, one of the organizers of the record making living nativity scene, told KUTV. "It's a great way to bring focus to Christ and we wanted to spread that message as widely as possible."
In addition to the 1,039 human participants, there was also a camel and a donkey added to the scene, which was held at Rock Canyon Park from 2 to 8 p.m. MST. more >>
The author of the best-selling book "The Christmas Shoes," and the subsequent hit TV movie, Donna VanLiere is returning to television this holiday season with "The Christmas Secret."
Based on VanLiere's novel of the same title, the film offers a similar message of hope, faith, and perseverance as "The Christmas Shoes," which held audiences spellbound in 2002. In fact, "The Christmas Shoes" spawned an entire franchise including sequels and additional TV movies. Discussing the latest addition to the "Christmas" franchise, VanLiere said "The Christmas Secret" will harken the holiday spirit when it airs on Hallmark's Movies & Mysteries Channel on Dec. 7.
"The same rang true for this book that has been for the other books," the New York Times best-selling author told CP. "It's the sense that there are difficulties and challenges and there is great pain, because none of us get through life without bumps and bruises along the way, but by that last page I always want the reader to know that hope is alive." more >>
A father and his daughter team up for a dynamic unforgettable version of "Jingle Bells." This one is a Christian version of the song that celebrates the birth of Jesus.
This beautiful baby, Summer Noel, and her dad create a memorable duet. He wanted to make sure she knew the true reason for the season. It's quite possibly the cutest version of "Jingle Bells" you will ever hear. You will smile and sing along constantly!
Watch as this man puts new words to an old classic to tell the Birth of Jesus below: more >>
A Christian couple has decided to cancel the traditional Christmas practice of exchanging gifts for their children in order to teach them the joy of giving to others.
Lisa Henderson, a popular family blogger, came under fire for her most recent post, "Why My Husband and I Cancelled Christmas!" which details how she and her husband John came to the decision to do so. Instead of focusing on the materialistic aspect of the Christmas season, Lisa and John wanted to show their children how to prioritize others' needs.
"John and I feel like we are fighting a very hard uphill battle with our kids when it comes to entitlement. Our kids have been acting so ungrateful lately. They expect so much even when their behavior is extremely disrespectful. We gave them good warning, either it was time for their behavior to change or there would be consequences. We patiently worked with them for several months and guess what, very little changed. One day after a particularly bad display of entitlement, John said, 'we should just cancel Christmas.' And, so that's what we did." more >>