A family in West Virginia has adopted 29 children from around the world, including several with severe disabilities and illnesses.
Jeane and Paul Briggs already had five biological children when they decided to open their home to several children who desperately needed a home and people to love and care for them. At least one child is blind, another has Down syndrome, while yet another has a cleft palate. None of that has stopped the Briggs from going through with the adoptions from the United States and across the world.
Despite the circumstances, the family says that they are relying on God to provide for their family and cite their faith as the reason why they have taken in so many children. more >>
The "Bringing Up Bates" family is adding another member to its ranks; daughter Alyssa and her husband John Webster announced on Wednesday that they are expecting their first child.
The reality series, which features the larger-than-life Bates family of 19 kids and their parents, has been picked up by the UP network for a 13-episode arc, starting on Jan. 1, 2015. The family has traditional, Christian values that have led them to welcome 19 children. Now their children are having families of their own.
"We are overwhelmed with excitement to be expecting," Alyssa and John said in a statement. "We can't wait to welcome our precious little baby into the world. Our child is going to be spoiled with so many aunts and uncles." more >>
David and Shay Kemp decided to sell their possessions and move to the middle of nowhere in order to reconnect and get closer to God.
The parents of five wanted to get away from the craziness of everyday life in South Carolina and refocus their energy on their family and God. When TLC came along, offering them the opportunity of a lifetime, to participate in a reality series, "Risking It All," they prayed to seek God's will for their lives, if this was truly what God wanted for them and their family.
"We really felt like the Lord told us to do it," Shay told The Christian Post. "He was definitely all in—he had prayed about it but said that I needed to feel as convicted as he did. I felt that this is what I was called to do, to take this leap of faith and journey." more >>
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and megachurch pastor Rick Warren, both speaking at a Vatican conference Tuesday, warned that Christians should not succumb to the current sexual revolution or waver on the Biblical truth about sexuality and marriage.
"Western culture now celebrates casual sexuality, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, family redefinition, and abortion rights as parts of a sexual revolution that can tear down old patriarchal systems," said Moore in a prepared statement given during the "Complementarity of Man and Woman" colloquium convened by Pope Francis.
"The Sexual Revolution is not liberation at all, but simply the imposition of a different sort of patriarchy," he continued. "The Sexual Revolution empowers men to pursue a Darwinian fantasy of the predatory alpha-male, rooted in the values of power, prestige, and personal pleasure … We see the wreckage of sexuality as self-expression all around us, and we will see more yet. And the stakes are not merely social or cultural but profoundly spiritual." more >>
The parents of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an aide worker beheaded by ISIS, issued a statement on Monday calling for forgiveness and prayers for their family.
"Our hearts are battered, but they will mend. The world is broken, but it will be healed in the end," Paula Kassig, mother of Peter Abdul-Rahman Kassig, told the public in a press conference at her church in Indianapolis. "And good will prevail as the one God of many names will prevail."
The younger Kassig, 26, was captured by the terrorist organization in 2013 while on his way to Syria. During his captivity, he converted to Islam and took on the name Abdul-Rahman. He reportedly helped those in the area before being taken hostage. After leaving the army in 2007 due to medical reasons, he realized he wanted to do more. more >>
In the book, Sacred Thirst, the author writes, "The bride and groom are standing in front of everyone, looking better than they are ever going to look again, getting so much attention and affirmation. Everybody even stands when they walk in so it's easy to think this marriage, at least, is about them. It's not. Just look at the worn-out parents sitting in the first pew—they understand this. The only reason these parents are still married is because long ago they learned how to handle the hurt they caused each other. They know that the last thing you ever want to do with hurt is to let it define you."
This last statement offers one of the most profound points that I've read on brokenness. Those who do not allow hurt to entrap them can turn brokenness into an unbreakable force, but those shackled by past pain are truly imprisoned by it. The walls we build to protect may eventually imprison.
How can we undo the emotional pain that we experience from failed relationships? First, we must understand that our mind is where battles are won or lost. Those who do not forgive or release bitterness, anger, and hurt, never experience freedom, happiness, or 'true' restoration. It all starts here. more >>