Jill Duggar is pregnant with her first child, and the Duggar family could not be happier; they recently shared their reaction to the news.
"We got pregnant a little less than two weeks after we got married," Jill explained. "We may not get a few years alone together, but God doesn't just pop babies out. You have nine months. Derick and I want to leave up to God how many children we would have, whether that is two or 20."
"There is a lot of joy," mom Michelle Duggar said. "I have said to Jill, 'When you feel sick and so tired, remember you are growing another person inside of you and this is a good reason to be sick. For me, I would try to sit down and rest whenever I was sick while pregnant. You have to do what you have to do. The end result is so worth it," she told People. more >>
Atheist intellectual and author Richard Dawkins has issued an apology following the controversy over his recent remarks claiming that Down syndrome children should be aborted.
Dawkins had responded on Twitter to a woman's comment about what she should do if she were pregnant with a Down syndrome baby.
"Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice," tweeted Dawkins in response. more >>
News about court cases that involve same-sex marriages usually travels fast. But when a judge in Tennessee recently upheld that state's constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, it went almost unnoticed.
The case involved a same-sex couple married in Iowa that sought a divorce in Tennessee. Because Tennessee does not recognize same-sex relationships as marriages, it was unable to divorce the couple.
Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr., cited the Supreme Court's decision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act case, U.S. v. Windsor as support that Tennessee has the right to define marriage for itself. "The Windsor case is concerned with the definition of marriage, only as it applies to federal laws, and does not give an opinion concerning whether one State must accept as valid a same-sex marriage allowed in another State," he wrote. more >>
Sin never stands still—it either grows or withers. So, how do you win the battle within?
Dan Delzell, in a riveting blog entitled, Google Executive's Tragic Death Sends Somber Warning, wrote the following: "How do you go from being a devoted father of five and a successful Silicon Valley executive, into a 51-year-old man convulsing from a fatal dose of heroin on your 50-foot yacht, with a prostitute walking over your dying body to take a final sip of wine before leaving you to die?" He then presented the question, "How do tragedies like this take place?"
The enemy rarely pushes us off the cliff, so to speak. We're often led down one step at a time, one compromise at a time, one wrong choice at a time. For example, the enemy doesn't show a couple the pain and anguish and the years of regret that adultery brings; he deceives them with the temporary enjoyment of sex and a false sense of freedom from responsibility. If the full story was known beforehand, no doubt different choices might have been made. We're often not shown the pain that sin brings, we're enticed by the temporary pleasure. more >>
While Anyabwile's fear for his son remains constant, he says moving out of Southeast Washington or staying in the Caribbean would mean that he would be living for himself and his family, not for God, his calling or those he is meant to serve through his ministry."Greater than any fears must be our love for people who need Christ and mercy," Anyabwile told CP. "And if we're African-Americans going into African-American neighborhoods, we should pray we love our people more than we fear them. We've found the people of Southeast to be welcoming and our neighbors have been wonderful."As Anyabwile and his family continue to settle in their neighborhood, he can only hope and pray that Titus comes to love America despite the challenges he is possibly bound to face as an African-American child."I hope Titus grows to be a faithful, humble, loving, joyful, generous man of God in this country, whether it's because of this country or despite it," Anyabwile said. "I hope he loves the country as I do, and I hope he contributes positively and significantly to the future of America. ... I hope he sees and experiences the further removal of racism from America and the promotion of a just and whole society. ... I hope he abides in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, full of faith and refusing bitterness."In the meantime, he says any parent who shares his same concerns should know that although there is limited hope to be placed in government authority, they should still "hope and expect our public officials to do what is right."In addition, if parents who are non-believers feel that same way he does, they should begin to embrace faith that God will take care of justice, he explained."Men may miss the opportunity to do what is right, but God never will. In His judgment, everything true and right will be established. No evil will go unpunished. Righteousness will prevail. We ought not want anyone to fall into God's eternal judgment; His judgment is terrible. But we can be assured that His judgment will be right and no one escapes His holy sight," Anyabwile said.Anyabwile is assistant pastor for church planting at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and a council member with The Gospel Coalition. more >>
Dr. Kent Brantly was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia earlier today, after battling Ebola for several weeks. Before leaving, Brantly offered thanks and words of inspiration about his faith in God and his healing.
"Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family," Brantly began. "Through the care of the Samaritan's Purse and SIM missionary team in Liberia, the use of an experimental drug, and the expertise and resources of the health care team at Emory University Hospital, God saved my life – a direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers."
Brantly attended the press conference with his wife Amber and the doctors and nurses that helped take care of him while he received state-of-the-art medical treatment for Ebola. He was monitored constantly and given fluids and medication to battle the virus; throughout the ordeal, he was kept in an isolated unit and only allowed to visit Amber through glass. more >>