There is a new addition to the Duggar family household as Jessa's fiancé Ben Seewald has moved into the guesthouse on the Duggar's property.
"He moved up here a few weeks ago," Jim Bob Duggar told People. "It has been really good. He has been able to spend a lot more time with Jessa and our family. We have a guesthouse in front of our house, with a shower and everything, separate from the main house."
Jessa and Ben got engaged earlier this month after courting for almost one year. The entire Duggar family participates in the practice of courting rather than dating. They relied on God and wisdom from their parents to continue their relationship, all the while abstaining from physical contact. It is part of courtship for the Duggar family and a practice that has led to two successful marriages. Ben's move was actually Jim Bob's idea. more >>
The mother of Steven Sotloff, a U.S. journalist being held by ISIS, released a video appeal for her son's release on Arabian television Wednesday, Aug. 27.
"My son is in your hands," Shirley Sotloff said. "As a mother I ask Your Justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life. Steven is a loyal and generous son, brother and grandson. He's an honorable man and he's always tried to help the weak."
Steven's mother addressed her message to the reported leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurashi al-Hussein. She noted that since her son had been taken captive, she had studied Islam and learned that "no individual should be held responsible for the sins of others." In the video released by ISIS last week, the man who beheaded fellow reporter James Foley explained that Foley and Steven would be killed because of the United States' actions against the state. more >>
Nearly two-thirds of American men watch pornography monthly and Christian men are paying nearly equal attention to the lustful practice, according to a study conducted by the Barna Group for Proven Men.
The study, which also highlighted the porn viewing habits of women, said Christian men were also watching pornography at work at the same rate as secular men. It further pointed out that 33 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 30 are either addicted to pornography or unsure if they are. Overall, 18 percent of American men, approximately 21 million, think they are either addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to porn.Table 1.1 Frequency of pornography viewing by menPornography Viewing 18-30 31-49 50-68 over 68several times a day 9% 10% 2% 0%at least once daily 20% 11% 6% 0%several times a week 34% 17% 17% 4%several times a month 12% 21% 13% 13%at least once a month 4% 8% 11% 11%a few times a year 3% 10% 16% 16%less often 12% 20% 24% 54%never 7% 3% 2% 3% Table 1.2 Frequency of pornography viewing by self-identified Christian menPornography Viewing Christian Non-Christianseveral times a day 7% 3%at least once daily 12% 10%several times a week 18% 29%several times a month 15% 14%at least once a month 12% 9%a few times a year 9% 17%less often 25% 12%never 3% 6%
According to the study, only two in 10 women watch pornography at least monthly, and Christian women watch porn at half that rate. more >>
People like the idea of marriage without realizing that it is not about what a person can take from it but rather what they can give, says Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church.
Furtick's message was the first sermon in his series "Meant to Be" that kicked off on Sunday. Taking from the biblical verses found in 1 Corinthians 7, which speak about sexual relations within marriage, he focused on the issues that most people seem to ignore.
"A lot of you are in love with the picture of marriage. If you're going to get married, you better be ready to go to work and do a job then come home and do another job because it takes work … Paul says (in 1 Corinthians 7), come into marriage not for what you can get emotionally or sexually but what you can give," said Furtick. more >>
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, issued a Facebook post inviting famed atheist activist Richard Dawkins to come meet her six-year-old son, Trig, who has Down syndrome after Dawkins tweeted last week that he felt it was "immoral" not to "abort and try again" when an unborn baby has been diagnosed with Down's.
While most people did not respond kindly through social media to Dawkins' initial tweet, which was a response to a woman who asked his advice about the moral dilemma of what to do when pregnant with a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome, Palin did not criticize Dawkins for what he tweeted. Instead, she seemed to acknowledged his point of view and extended an invitation for Dawkins to come meet her son in hopes that he would see the "beauty" that lies beneath the diagnosis.
Palin's Facebook post, which included 11 pictures of Trig, reads as follows: more >>
Dating website ChristianMingle.com is the backdrop for a romantic comedy that will be released in select theaters throughout the U.S. this fall.
"When Corbin Bernsen approached us with the idea of using ChristianMingle's name and likeness for the movie, we were honored and thrilled to allow him to do so," James Green, general manager for ChristianMingle.com told The Christian Post about the film that will be in theaters in October.
"It has been a fun and exciting process to see the Christian Mingle movie come to fruition, and we hope the film has a profound impact by highlighting the importance of accepting Christ and even inspiring singles to find God's match for them," Green added. more >>