A 95-year-old librarian who died in 2014 has willed $1.6 million to her Hanover, Pennsylvania, church in the form of an endowment that will be distributed to the congregation through yearly payments.
Caroline John, who was a dedicated member of Hanover's Emanuel United Church of Christ, gave the church a gift that will hopefully last a lifetime when she decided to leave the congregation a $1.6 million endowment fund that was organized through the York County Community Foundation.
According to The Evening Sun, the church had become like a family to John after her husband, Adolf, died in 2009. In planning for her own death, John wanted to continue giving back to the church and community she loved. more >>
British Conservative Member of Parliament Andrea Leadsom is challenging Home Secretary Theresa May on the ballot to become the U.K.'s next Prime Minister, and has recently been receiving a good deal of attention about her political and personal life.
Here are six interesting facts about Leadsom, including her devout Christian faith in her own words.
1) Leadsom participates in a Bible study group at Parliament more >>
I think most of us know what obedience to God is supposed to look like, but what is it supposed to feel like in our hearts? We know God isn't down with mere lip service (Isaiah 29:13); he sees right through the pretense of people who outwardly portray themselves as "moral" but inwardly don't give a flip about him. God wants people to obey him from the heart. He wants our submission to be fueled by affection. But the problem is that every Christian has a set of affections that are opposed to God. We have cravings for God and also have cravings for sin; we want to know Jesus more deeply and also want to be spiritually lazy; we have sincere love for the Lord and also have tendencies to be apathetic about the Lord. Our desires are in constant conflict!
"For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do." – Galatians 5:17
So what are we to do? Should we only obey when we "feel like it," since God wants us to obey from the heart? Some Christians think that, in order for their obedience to be sincere, they must feel 100% like obeying. They believe, for their outward submission to a particular command to be legitimate, it must be preceded and accompanied by an emotional experience in which they wholly desire to obey God. They refuse to "white knuckle" their way through any temptation because they think refraining from sin when they really don't want to refrain is inauthentic obedience. These folks tend to remain enslaved for long periods of time with besetting sins because they're waiting on God to take away their desire to commit that sin. more >>
"The greatest gift you could give me is more time."
The statement was made half jokingly by a pastor. Of course, he didn't think I could create days with more than 24-hours. But he was busy, overcommitted, and worn out.
He is not alone. more >>
Thousands of people came together this weekend to celebrate the 240th year of America's Independence at Fellowship Church's "Freedom Experience" in Grapevine, Texas.
Every year Pastor Ed Young Jr.'s Fellowship Church hosts a series of events to celebrate the July 4th holiday and to honor fallen soldiers and their families' sacrifice.
"Our church has a deep appreciation for our nation, the freedom we have, and all those who fight to provide it," church spokesman Andy Boyd told The Christian Post on Tuesday. more >>
When the word "diet" comes to mind fast food chain Chick-fil-A might not sound like a viable path to weight loss success. But one Texas man says the chicken chain has been pivotal to his 140-pound weight loss.
By the age of 18, Alton Ward had tried many fad diets with no success. "I tried all the diets," he said, according to local news station ABC10. "Jenny Craig, Atkins, no carbs ... juice diets, the lose-10-pounds-in-five-days, all the different things, and none of it worked for me."
Weighing more than 350 pounds before heading off to college at Texas A&M University, the teenager knew he was at risk for a major health crisis if he didn't act soon. more >>