"Teen Mom" star Maci Bookout is pregnant with her second child, who she's named her "miracle" baby.
"We still can't believe it," the mother of one told InTouch Weekly on Monday. "It was such a huge shock but we are very excited."
Bookout is in a relationship her boyfriend, Taylor McKinney, and has one son, Bentley, with previous boyfriend, Ryan Edwards. She became famous when her story got picked up by MTV for its series "16 and Pregnant," then followed on the sequential series "Teen Mom." Bookout's ensuing relationships and the stress of going back to college was all captured on film, and a special follow-up entitled "Being Maci" showed viewers what progress the teenage mother had made. more >>
The No. 1 problem in America is MIA fathers. Actually, it's an epidemic.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 33 percent of children under age 18 live absent their biological father. Millions more do not know their father or their father is physically present but emotionally absent and/or abusive. And according to a 2012 U.S. Census report, nearly 58 percent (black), 31 percent (Hispanic) and 21 percent (white) of children live absent their biological fathers.
Social science research, best compiled by the National Center for Fathering and briefly explained in the documentary "Irreplaceable," evidence the reality that MIA fathers create broken homes, families, communities, and societies. Statistics repeatedly indicate that fatherless children commit the majority of crimes. more >>
There is a significant shift in the church today to avoid controversial truths, such as sin and repentance. God's Word says to confront, confess, and turn from sin, whereas many encourage us to ignore, overlook, and continue in it. Silence about sin minimizes the cross and makes it less offensive. Silence about sin is also a sign of a false teacher.
If a pastor avoids difficult truths they are not a pastor; they are a motivational speaker, or a false prophet offering false hope (cf. Jeremiah 23). The cross only makes sense in light of the consequences of sin. "To convince the world of the truth of Christianity, it must first be convinced of sin. It is only sin that renders Christ intelligible" (Andrew Murray; 1794-1866).
Many mistakenly believe that Jesus didn't mention sin—after all, He was "a friend of sinners." However, Scripture reveals quite the opposite. For example, in John 5:14 Jesus exhorted a man to sin no more or a worse thing would happen to him. He also told the woman caught in the act of adultery to "go and sin no more." In Luke 10:13-14, Jesus reprimanded cities that did not repent and turn from sin, and in the fifth chapter of Matthew He said to remove anything that causes us to sin. It's clear that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15). Why, then, is there a move within the church to avoid mentioning sin? John 12:43 may reveal the answer, "They loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God." more >>
"Teen Mom 2" star Leah Messer has had a tumultuous year but recently called it the best year of her life, "by the grace of God."
Messer has had a year filled with a custody battle with her ex-husband, accusations of infidelity, and taking care of three children, one with special needs. However, the fervent Christian has always trusted God to provide and meet her family's needs. She and husband Jeremy Calvert have managed to make it through a stressful year together, despite rumors and accusations of infidelity by both parties.
"I thought 2014 was going to turn out to be the worst year of my life, but after Dec. 8 it turned out to be the BEST," Messer posted on Christmas. "NOW, Bring on 2015!!" more >>
A disabled North Korean defector has established a rescue ministry that is currently helping defectors who are being abused in China find undetectable paths into the democratic haven of South Korea.
Ji Seong-ho, who founded the organization Now, Action, Unity, Human Rights (NAUH) in April of 2010, told The Christians Post in a Monday phone interview that his group consists mostly of prayer-sharing Christians who have already helped 76 North Korean defectors living as unrecognized refugees in China make their way through Underground Railroad-like excursions, spanning across several countries, so that they can ultimately resettle with the liberty offered in South Korea.
Ji, who claims to have once been tortured by North Korean police, said that defectors in China are still treated horribly even after successfully fleeing from the numerous atrocious human rights abuses carried out by the North Korean government. Many of the defected women, according to Ji, are sexually trafficked and abused in China, while defected men in China are forced to work for no wages. Defectors have no human rights in China, he stated. more >>
These days, I think the song "Jingle Bells" might start like this:
"Dashing through the snow with a high-def touchscreen display, all the fields we go, tweeting and texting all the way. Bells on smartphones ring, making bandwidth bright, what fun it is to stare and cling to a virtual world tonight..."
Silver bells, tinsel and mistletoe are being replaced with smartphones, tablets, computers and social media. Our youth are catching on to the technology-driven era at younger and younger ages. They pay more attention to screens than people. In fact, one toy maker is even rolling out a bouncy seat for infants with a built-in iPad holder. My co-worker told me his 2-year-old daughter toddled up to the TV to try and swipe it like an iPad. Another father in my office said his 18-month daughter knows how to unlock and navigate his smartphone. more >>