Twenty-three years ago today, I was a young child sitting in church when my mom suddenly told me to call an usher. Here is what happened the day I almost lost my mom and brother… and how that traumatic experience still impacts my perspective and priorities.
My mom was 29 weeks pregnant, and I was a spunky six-year-old. It was a Sunday, so my mom and I were in the morning church service (typical). My dad was out of town on business (also typical). It was November 11, 1990.
The kind ushers had just taken up the offering, and that day I had emptied my piggy bank of all my coins. Just a few moments after the offering plate passed by, I looked down and my mom was sitting in a pool of blood… it was all over her, the pew and the floor. I was horrified. She calmly told me to call an usher, so I did. A nurse named Saundra Brett providentially happened to be at church, and provided direction and care in those critical moments. The next thing I knew, the paramedics arrived, put my mom on a stretcher, and hurriedly carried her out of the sanctuary balcony – all during the church service. more >>
Abortion has been a shadowy and divisive topic for decades, but that is changing. Americans are becoming increasingly pro-life, and this shift in sentiment has led to the closure of a record number of abortion clinics this year. The Baptist Press reported that as of mid-September-according to Operation Rescue-forty-four abortion clinics in America were no longer open for business. More women are choosing life, and more communities are rejecting the presence of unsafe and unregulated clinics.
I have learned over the years that I need to celebrate the small victories along life's path. Sometimes, we only look to the battles ahead and celebrate only when the entire war is won. But as we work together for the good of the nation, I want to celebrate some positive events with you before we press on to win the war.
While there are undoubtedly several reasons for this trend, most involve the growing amount of information available about how abortion is actually practiced in our country. While misinformation still abounds, we know a lot more about abortion than we did when Roe v. Wade passed in 1973. Drastically improved ultrasound technology has nullified the argument that an unborn child is a "blob of tissue." Information on how abortion is marketed and regulated, as well as evidence of unsafe clinics and testimonies from women who deeply regret their abortions have begun dispelling the myth that abortion is a harmless, morally neutral medical procedure. more >>
1. Mike Huckabee
Huckabee is the author of various bestselling books, a musician, public speaker and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. He is an American politician who served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas. Also, Huckabee was a candidate for the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries. Since April 2, 2012 he is the host of his own show "The Mike Huckabee Show" on the Fox Network.
"Pray a little more, work a little harder, save, wait, be patient and, most of all, live within our means. That's the American way. It's not spending ourselves into prosperity or taxing ourselves into prosperity." more >>
Billy Graham delivered what may be his last address to America last night in a short video entitled "The Cross," in which the world-recognized preacher asked America: "I know where I've come from, I know why I'm here, I know where I'm going, do you?"
Graham's message aired Thursday evening as the pastor celebrated his 95th birthday in Asheville, North Carolina with an estimated 900 attendees, including former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The 30-minute message was later made available for viewers to watch online on the My Hope with Billy Graham website, and will be made available in select broadcasting networks this weekend.
At age 95, Graham's most recent message has been dubbed as possibly being his last; the evangelical leader and former spiritual advisor to multiple U.S. presidents has suffered a series of medical ailments, including Parkinson's disease, in his old age. Graham's message in "The Cross" was one of both sadness and hope; the pastor lamented over how greatly America has distanced itself from God, and how he believes the nation is in "great need of a spiritual awakening." more >>
A Messianic Jewish organization that is scheduled to have former President George W. Bush speak at its annual banquet has removed references of such from their website, apparently due to the controversy it provoked from certain circles.
The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute of Dallas, Texas, was scheduled to have the former president as a featured speaker at their Rekindle event next week.
However, a search on Friday afternoon of the MJBI's webpage for the Rekindle event has shown an apparent absence of previous mentions of Bush and his speaking engagement. more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham's possible final message to America premiered last night on Fox News, while the global preacher hosted family and friends at his home in Asheville, N.C., to celebrate his 95th birthday. After its debut last night, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association made his "The Cross" message available for free viewing online.
The 30-minute program features a salvation message from Graham, who shares how his heart has been broken for America because he feels that the country is in need of a revival.
"Our country's in great need of a spiritual awakening," says Graham in "The Cross" video. "There have been times that I've wept as I've gone from city to city and I've seen how far people have wandered from God." more >>