When we attended the 10-year anniversary celebration of Mercy Multiplied in the St. Louis, Missouri area, one of the young ladies who graduated from the program shared an eye-opening testimony. She said that her father committed suicide when she was a teenager and the pain of that situation led her to start drinking and taking drugs. When she realized her life was falling apart, she went to Mercy Multiplied for help.
The thing that really struck me was when she shared that as she went through the program, she came to realize that her problem started at the time her father committed suicide because it made her angry that he took his life and left their family. She couldn't get well and overcome her addiction to drugs and alcohol until she got over being angry with him.
Many times we have issues in our lives because we're angry about something but we don't know it. I believe that for many people, the root of their problem is due to the fact that they are angry at God because their lives haven't turned out right, or they are angry with someone who has hurt them. They may even be angry at themselves for some reason. more >>
When 7000 people attended a recent event in Dallas, none of them expected to suffer burn injuries on their feet. And yet that is exactly what happened to dozens of folks. It occurred at the "Unleash Your Power Within" seminar put on by motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
Attendees walked barefoot across a bed of hot coals in hopes of overcoming their fears. Robbins explains the coal-walking exercise this way: "The point is not to walk on fire .... Instead, the firewalk is an experience in personal power and a metaphor for possibilities, an opportunity for people to produce results they previously had thought impossible."
The point may not be to "walk on fire," but that is exactly what some of the attendees ended up doing. And it didn't end well for them. more >>
"We have forgotten God, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own" (Abraham Lincoln).
Over the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the removal of God's Word in several areas, and the aborting of millions of babies. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are becoming today. Many gave their lives in order that we would be "one nation under God," not above God.
A Fifth Division graveyard sign in Iwo Jima, Japan, states it well: "When you go home, tell them for us and say, 'For your tomorrows we gave our today.'" more >>
Academy-Award-winning actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson has teamed up with Lionsgate for an inspirational film about a World War II soldier, Desmond Doss, who proves that the only weapon needed on the battlefield is prayer.
"Hacksaw Ridge" is the extraordinary true story of WWII medic Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider Man"), who in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII miraculously saves 75 men in a matter of hours without firing or carrying a gun.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war. more >>
Fans of Big Daddy Weave were shocked to learn that bassist Jason Weaver had to have both of his feet amputated after suffering from a life threatening infection earlier this month. His brother and lead singer of the band, Mike Weaver, is now opening up about the recovery process and the challenges ahead.
"Jay is getting better daily," Weaver told The Christian Post in an exclusive interview. "He is in good spirits, followed by inner minute frustration during having to really learn how to do a lot of things all over again. It's so good that he's at home now."
Jason was in the hospital for a month undergoing multiple surgery procedures and daily treatments to keep the infection in his legs from spreading. more >>
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds . . ." – James 1:2
At first glance, James seems a little out of touch with reality. Who in their right mind would advise people to get giddy in the face of suffering? Trials are negative in nature, always bringing some affliction or pain into the life of the one they try. There is nothing pleasant about illness, relational brokenness, persecution, ongoing patterns of temptation, or the million and one other ways Christians can suffer. Yet James tells believers to count it all joy — why?
" . . . for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." – James 1:3-4 more >>