Rafael Ramos was one of the two NYPD officers murdered on Saturday, and he's remembered for his commitment to his church as well as his passion for ministry.
Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, were executed by a lone gunman who later took his own life. Ramos, 40, dreamed of being a chaplain and was hours away from graduating from the New York State Chaplain Task Force when he was killed. The pastor of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York, where Ramos was a member, issued a statement remembering the fallen officer's service.
"Ralph Ramos was a long-standing member of 14 years at Christ Tabernacle. When he was not working, he was highly involved in our church. He served as an usher, was part of our marriage ministry and life group ministry. He and his family are well loved throughout the congregation," said Rev. Adam Durso who serves as executive pastor at Christ Tabernacle Church. more >>
Christmas is the saddest time of the year in which to feel lonely. We can feel alone in a crowded room, when we feel no one really knows or understands us. We can feel alone because we literally have no one around us. There are so many reasons today why people are estranged from their families. Christmas loneliness may be one of the great-unsung stories of our time.
How to overcome this loneliness?
The way "out" is "through." We don't overcome loneliness by denying it or avoiding it. We overcome it, by facing it for what it is: a fact. Not the only fact, not a permanent fact, not the most important fact. But in this moment, I acknowledge it as a fact, that I am lonely. more >>
The daughter of Eric Garner, who was killed by New York Police, showed her support for the NYPD and called for change after the assassinations of two policemen on Saturday.
Emerald Snipes-Garner, 22, visited a makeshift memorial in Brooklyn on Monday and told the crowd that she stood by the police and the families of the fallen officers.
"I just had to come out and let their family know that we stand with them, and I'm going to send my prayers and condolences to all the families who are suffering through this tragedy," she told ABC News. "I was never anti-police. Like I said before, I have family that's in the NYPD that I've grown up around, family reunions and everything, so my family you know, we're not anti-police." more >>
Jinger Duggar celebrated a milestone birthday on Sunday, turning 21, and celebrating in Duggar fashion rather than going to any bars.
"Today, December 21st is Jinger's 21st birthday," the Duggar family posted to Facebook. "We are so thankful for her love for Jesus and her sweet personality. She is precious to us in every way! Cute little Jinger! Can't believe she's all grown up … Today we're celebrating her 21st birthday! Such a beautiful young lady – inside and out!"
The rest of Jinger's family took time out of their schedules to wish their sibling a happy, memorable birthday. more >>
Pastor Ron Edmondson of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, has a confession to make — he shops with his wife. To that end, he recently decided that in an effort to improve and strengthen marriages, he would write down seven tips for wives to get their husbands to shop with them.
"I shop with my wife," Edmondson writes in his blog. "There. I said it. I'm sorry guys. Do I lose my man card?"
Edmondson states that he often gets criticized by other men who say he's put pressure on them to live up to his standard with their own wives. He apologizes and then explains that "a shopping mall is not necessarily my preferred place to be on a Saturday, but I love my wife and I love spending time with her." more >>
The television station that will air the reality TV program featuring a family with 19 children has been honored by a conservative entertainment watchdog group.
UP TV, which will carry the program "Bringing Up Bates" next month, has a history of being honored by the Parents Television Council for its station's content.