Before Mike Piazza gave an emotional speech at his Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, the former New York Mets catcher received a special blessing during a 7:30 a.m. mass.
The 47-year-old retired MLB star attended St. Mary's Our Lady of the Catholic Church in Cooperstown, New York, where he was blessed on the church steps by Father John Rosson. During Piazza's tearful acceptance speech to the Hall of Fame, he highlighted the importance of his Catholic faith.
According to Piazza, his mother, Veronica, instilled that faith in him. more >>
Before people can help a loved one who's coping with a terminal illness, they must first face their own fears about death, says Saddleback Church Senior Pastor Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Sunday, Warren, who's the author of the best-selling book, The Purpose-Driven Life, quoted Psalm 89:48: "No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave."
"Before you can help anybody who is facing death, you've got to deal with the fears you have related to death," stated Warren. "Death exposes our hidden fears. When we feel exposed, we typically hide. We've been hiding from our fears since Adam and Eve hid from God because of their nakedness." more >>
When a little boy in a wheelchair wanted to play with other children during a special event at a Georgia Chick-fil-A and was rejected, a restaurant employee sprang into action and saved the day.
A restaurant location in Columbus, Georgia, periodically hosts an event called "Galaxy Night," which is free for customers and features a space sword station, hero training, face painting, dessert bar, and a community group called Bricks 4 Kidz who helped the children build objects using LEGO bricks.
While many customers enjoyed the event, one young boy in a wheelchair who wanted to sword fight with other boys in a group was turned down by the children, restaurant owner Alex Vann told The Christian Post on Monday. That's when one of his employees sprang into action. more >>
Big Daddy Weave is gearing up to head back out on tour just one month after a life-threatening infection led to bassist Jason Weaver having an emergency double amputation.
The band had quite the scare when Jason had to undergo surgery to remove both of his feet last month. Through it all the band stayed hopeful and now that Jason is home recovering, the guys have decided to head back out on the road for the fourth edition of their Beautiful Offerings Tour.
Hitting venues across the country, the tour is set to kick off Aug. 18 in Watertown, South Dakota, featuring Plumb and breakout artist We Are Messengers. The 50-city tour, sponsored by World Vision, will conclude Nov. 20 in Charlotte, North Carolina. more >>
Harvest Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Greg Laurie and his wife, Cathe, reflected on the loss of their son, Christopher, who died eight years ago in a car accident on his way to church, and expressed their gratitude to those who supported them without making "oversimplified theological statements."
Greg shared on Sunday a message from Cathe on Facebook, marking eight years since Christopher's death.
"Thank you to the ones who stayed. To you who listened. Who watched me cry awkward tears. To you who let me do most of the talking. Who didn't tell me I should look on the bright side by saying, 'Well at least you have his children still.' Who sat with me in church. Who held my hand. Who didn't leave me to stand alone in a crowd who walked by my side and ran interference," the message read. more >>
Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren says that believers need to place God first when managing their finances.
In a devotional published last Thursday, the author of The Purpose-Driven Life explained that whatever area "you want God to bless in your life, you put Him first in that area."