During this holiday season, it's natural to think about giving. Multitudes of churches and ministries wisely seize the moment. "It's the most wonderful time of the year …" so it's an opportune time to encourage people to be generous with end-of-year giving.
I include myself in this group asking people to remember me with their financial gifts. Losing financial backing from my church as I addressed hot button topics in the culture, I now have the wonderful opportunity to truly live by faith, trusting God for our provision through financial partners and friends.
I just received a letter with a picture of a "man of God" who told me "my hands are burning as I type this letter, Larry" (my name was used 12 times in the letter) asking me for a "seed of $320" based on Eph. 3:20. "God told me that I was to send to them the necktie that I had when supernatural miracle favor was poured out upon me with extreme power." This would bring a "release of money and prosperity" after I placed my hand upon the handprint on the page. more >>
Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, has said before a committee on racial discrimination that American states need to stop limiting low-income minority children from better educational opportunities.
"As a product of Catholic schools, I can personally attest to the life-changing academic and formative opportunities that they offered to me — opportunities that, without equal access to public education funding — are not available to most low-income families today," Gregory said on Tuesday at a meeting with members of the Geneva, Switzerland-based United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The Archbishop pointed a finger at the so-called Blaine amendments to state constitutions, which he said are getting in the way of low- and middle-income African-American and Latino families securing better educational opportunities. more >>
Leading up to and since the release of his new album Purpose, Justin Bieber has become quite the unlikely evangelist. The A-List star has been sharing his spiritual journey with the world and exposing the mainstream media to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In a recent L.A. Times review, the headline of Bieber's new tour read, "How Justin Bieber turned Staples Center into a megachurch."
The reviewer described his experience at the Justin Bieber: Purpose World Tour as a pop concert - movie premiere - skateboarding demonstration and a church service. He said the multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles was transformed as the 21-year-old singer sung through some of his older and newer hits.
To some it was probably no surprise because God has been the center of Bieber's conversations lately, but the journalist did not expect to hear about the singers deep love for Jesus at the sold-out venue. "Between the skateboarding and the singing, though, Bieber sat on a stool next to Judah Smith, the man described as his pastor, and more or less preached," L.A. Times reporter Mikael Wood wrote. more >>
Presidential Thanksgiving proclamations and speeches have been popular throughout American history. Within the federal government, the tradition pre-dates the U.S. Constitution adopted in 1789, and was observed by the Continental Congress.
President George Washington issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation but that was not officially observed as a concurrent tradition by every president until Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be observed on Thursday, November 26, 1863.
Before Lincoln, Thanksgiving was generally promoted in government at the state level. more >>
This Thanksgiving holiday, Bishop T.D. Jakes remembers the dying words of his mother in a touching op-ed for FoxNews published Tuesday. The 600-word piece opens with the death of his mother, Odith Jakes, whom the pastor "cradles" in his arms as she draws her final breaths. But, as mothers often use every chance they can to give their children helpful advice, she spends her last moments admonishing Jakes and his brother and sister to "stick together."
And that message has indeed stuck with Jakes throughout the years, as he writes in the op-ed, "That gentle reproof has always underscored my intuitive understanding of family."
Since Jakes' father, Ernest Jakes, Sr., had already passed, his mother's death meant the pastor and his siblings had become orphans. In the touching tribute, Jakes expresses his thankfulness for family as he writes, "I am thankful for the gift of family that pays itself forward with each generation. As I have freely received love, I am able to give freely." more >>
It's that time of year again. Pumpkin pies, autumn leaves, cooler temperatures, football on the television, and reunions with extended kinfolk.
Thanksgiving is a time of feasting and family, with blessings counted and calories ignored. Tens of millions of Americans travel every year to be with family over this holiday.
Here are a few points of trivia about that one special Thursday in November that precedes the Christmas season and all its pageantry. more >>