Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard are celebrating their one-year "Skypivesary," which is when they had their first Skype session.
"Celebrating our 'Skypiversary.' One year ago today my husband and I Skyped for the first time!" Duggar captioned the new photo on Instagram.
She and Dillard began courting in August 2013 and had to rely on technology for their "dates," as Dillard was serving as a missionary in Nepal at the time. The Duggar and Dillard families are both Christian and follow very traditional rules of courtship. Jill and Derick were set up by her father, Jim Bob, who later took her to Nepal to formally "meet." By then, things were pretty much settled between them. more >>
A few days ago, I attended The Family Leadership Summit 2014 in Iowa. The privilege of addressing the crowd, and signing my newest book King Rules was superseded by the awesome honor of being among genuine Christians who are committed to humbling ourselves in prayer that God will heal our land.
I came away encouraged, bearing Bob Vander Plaats' new book If 7:14. I've been setting my clock at 7:14 (2 Chronicles 7:14) twice daily and crying out to God for our nation, for my family, and for myself. Oh, if only I could have stayed up on that mountaintop, where GOD's mighty presence enveloped us and gave us hope. Yet, like Moses, we must come down again, into a lost and dying world that needs the Light and Love of Christ.
As I left Iowa, I didn't know what was ahead of me. I came home to startling and somewhat saddening reports of the death of yet another young Black male, Michael Brown; Robin "Popeye" Williams death by suicide; and the escalating Iraq crisis. Added to these reports, are some personal "issues" that are requiring a double strong dose of faith and love to overcome in my own life. more >>
Jessa Duggar is officially engaged to boyfriend Ben Seewald; the couple has been together for 11 months and followed strict guidelines throughout their courtship.
Duggar and Seewald began courting 11 months ago and decided not to hold hands until they were actually engaged. They also decided to save their first kiss until their wedding day, as is Duggar family tradition. Older sister Jill recently married her boyfriend, and the couple also followed the conservative rules of courtship.
"We are so blessed to be engaged! God has written an amazing story through our courtship, and another chapter has just begun! We are thrilled to see what the future holds – especially the wedding bells!" the couple said in a statement. more >>
Two Amish girls kidnapped from their family's vegetable stand have been returned and are doing well, officials say.
The girls were abducted by two men, who took them to a home just 13 miles from their home in Oswegatchie, New York. Fannie, 12, and Delila Miller, 7, were taken from their family's vegetable stand on Wednesday and managed to escape from their captors. They then arrived at the home of Jeff Stinson, who returned them to their home.
"The children seemed to be healthy, a little wet and cold," St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain, told the press. "We have the sheriff's department and the FBI speaking with the young ladies," Raid added. "I can't wait until they arrest these people, if there's more than one, because I would love an opportunity to prosecute them." more >>
God's message is one of turning things 180 degrees: the blind shall see; the lame, walk.
Once upon a time this man weighed 455 lbs. yet now leads a fitness ministry dedicated to encouraging others on their journey to spiritual, emotional and physical health.
If anyone would have told me four years ago that my life's greatest weakness would become the focal point of my ministry, I would have believed that impossible. At that time, the life I lead today would have been unconceivable. more >>
The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson -- folks around Gainesville, Georgia don't take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children.
More than 200 people turned out in defiance of the self-described atheist group early Thursday morning for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle of the Chestatee High School football field.
The previous day, the atheists (acting on behalf of a single, unnamed citizen) sent a letter to school officials demanding that the football coaching staff stop participating in team prayers and that they remove all biblical references and religious messages from team documents. more >>