Sometimes you don't fulfill your dreams. And sometimes God gives you something better. Here's one rock-and-roller's story.
In Rock and Roll lore, February 3, 1959, is known as "The Day the Music Died." On that day, a small airplane carrying Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson, better known as the "Big Bopper," and Richie Valens of "La Bamba" fame crashed, killing all three of the men as well as the pilot.
Among the people who took the news hard was a teenager in Billings, Montana, named Chan Romero. Romero and Valens had some important things in common: They were both seventeen years old and they shared a Latino heritage. more >>
In early 2010, Jesus decided to annoy the mess out of me by getting his hands on one of my closest friends. One week she was partying and engaging in all kinds of godless banter with me, and the next she was shopping for Bibles and acting like Mother Teresa. The change in her behavior left me speechless (a rarity!) for some time.
But as we ate dinner together one evening, I finally asked her, "Did you get God-happy?" That was my snide way of asking if she had become a Christian.
She chuckled and said, "If that's what you want to call it, then yeah . . . I am God-happy." more >>
When feeling scared and vulnerable, here are Bible verses to look to for comfort and reassurance.
1) Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?"
2) 2 Timothy 1:7 "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." more >>
What would Jesus say to former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, whose promising career recently grinded to a halt amid multiple domestic abuse incidents and drug scandals, asked the pastor of one of the largest churches in America in a new sermon series called "What Would Jesus Say to ______."
Phil Print, senior pastor of Crossroads Church in Woodbury, Minnesota, asked this question in an April sermon, answering that Jesus would tell him to get some perspective and stop pride from controlling his life.
Print explained during his sermon that he chose to focus on 23-year-old Johnny Manziel, who was dropped by both the Cleveland Browns as well as his agent after multiple scandals and excessive partying, because he is an example of someone who seemingly won the "talent lottery" but "squandered it," making a "royal mess of their life." more >>
Everyone at one point or another will walk through the "darkest valley" of loneliness, and should look to these five Bible verses to remember that they are never alone — God is always by their side.
1. Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (NIV) more >>
WASHINGTON — Many of the nation's most influential pastors and spiritual leaders gathered at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday for UnitedCry DC16 to offer much-needed prayer for America.
The day's proceedings were called to order by the bellowing of a shofar, a horn used in ancient Jewish tradition to bring people together, as a diverse gathering of thousands of participants across denominations, ethnicities and generations braved wintry elements to act as intercessors seeking God's forgiveness and favor on behalf of the nation.
UnitedCry's emphasis on repentance, spiritual revival and empowerment called for reflection on the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and included a ceremonial foot washing for members of the King family to atone for America's past wrongs against King and the struggle for racial equality. more >>