An Iowa daycare director praised God for allowing her to save the lives of seven children after the van she was driving burst into flames.
"I give all the credit to God," Tara Dekkers, 36, told KELO Land. "He was the one who was with me. He was the one who made it all possible for me to get them all out."
Dekkers had the seven children she was watching in her back seat and was on her way to pick up her own children from school on Dec. 6, when one of the children started complaining about the car's smell. more >>
The Canadian airline WestJet is offering more than holiday deals – within four hours, its employees compiled Christmas wishes from everyone on two flights, bought all the gifts, and presented them at baggage claim in Calgary. This generosity made the video go viral on YouTube.
The event gave WestJet "an opportunity to share some of the magic of the Christmas season, not only with the guests on the flight, but also with the video at well over a million views," Robert Palmer, the airline's manager of public relations, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. Palmer called gift-giving "the epitome of the Christmas spirit."
"Twas a night before Christmas, and all across the land, the good folks of WestJet had a miracle planned." The video, already with over 1.5 million views, continues in this poetic narrative, and then splits the screen to show two different airports where a visual Santa had been set up. more >>
With Christmas fast approaching, this means we will be hearing Christmas carols and songs on the radio and at shopping areas all around. Hearing a good Christian Christmas song can help us remember why we celebrate the nativity and what the true meaning of 'Christmas' is. It seems that the words and the music that is played during Christmas time puts us in a mood like no other during the year. Here are five great Christian songs to listen to during this joyous season:
1. O Holy Night - Celine Dion
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At one point in my life I attended a church that was extremely laid-back about the subject of giving. It wasn't talked about much at all. There was no offering of any kind and the issue of money came up extremely infrequently. It was downplayed to the point of being out of sight, out of mind. Whether this was in response to an overemphasis that had left a bad taste in the pastor's mouth or the desire to rely fully on the Lord's provision I am not sure. I certainly am not judging that ministry decision, but what I do know is that it wouldn't be until later on that I would discover the richness of all that the Bible has to say about the subject and it floored me.
Consequently, during that period I sporadically gave when I felt "led," which, if I'm honest, wasn't all that often. It was more like a "tip" for a good sermon, or when I felt extra generous. I might have called it a tithe but it wasn't, it was nowhere near a tenth of my earnings. Things certainly seemed to be humming along at the church though, and for all I knew the congregation was full of millionaires that gave so much that it really didn't matter if I contributed or not. Also, I made very little in my job at that time and so I felt justified in keeping almost all of what I earned for myself.
Looking back, I am horrified that I would enjoy teaching that I didn't support, be led in worship by a team using equipment that I did nothing to offset the cost of, and bring friends to church, taking for granted that a chair was there for them to sit in and hear about Jesus but not help cover the costs to make it all happen. At one point in my life I attended a church that was extremely laid-back about the subject of giving. It wasn't talked about much at all. There was no offering of any kind and the issue of money came up extremely infrequently. It was downplayed to the point of being out of sight, out of mind. Whether this was in response to an overemphasis that had left a bad taste in the pastor's mouth or the desire to rely fully on the Lord's provision I am not sure. I certainly am not judging that ministry decision, but what I do know is that it wouldn't be until later on that I would discover the richness of all that the Bible has to say about the subject and it floored me. more >>
Dwight Howard, Houston Rocket forward-center, visited Pastor Kerry Shook's Woodlands Church over the weekend to share his testimony of coming to faith in Jesus Christ, and how an encounter with what he believes was the voice of God solidified his course to the NBA.
Howard, a seven-time All-Star who joined the Houston Rockets in July of this year after a brief stint with the L.A. Lakers and eight years with the Orlando Magic, spoke with Pastor Shook on the issue of divine guidance and honoring God in every area of one's life.
"He's honoring God with his talents in a major way," Shook said while introducing the 28-year-old Atlanta native to those at the Houston-area megachurch and others watching via a live online stream. more >>
The Potter's House of Denver dedicated their Sunday services to Nelson Mandela's memory as members gathered to praise and worship while they heard an inspiring message on Mandela's legacy.
Led by Dr. Chris Hill, who is considered by many as Bishop T.D. Jake's protégé, the 7,000-member congregation is one of the largest churches in Colorado that brings together members of different multicultural backgrounds each Sunday. Hill preached his encouraging message, "Letters from Robben Island," in reference to Mandela's prison site and to make the point that any man can change a nation.
"We're losing the people that truly inspire…Still, the 11 o'clock hour on Sundays is the most segregated hour in the country so this church is living against that tide," said Hill, reports Denver's KDVR-TV. "To us, Nelson Mandela, his work with desegregation and his work with unifying a country has great significance." more >>