Do you ever get offended? Has someone ever hurt your feelings, opening the door for strife, anger or a damaged relationship?
Every day, we are presented with multiple opportunities to get offended. It can be as minor as someone cutting us off in traffic or stealing our parking spot. Other times we can feel deeply hurt by a friend's rude or harsh comment.
What many people don't know is that offense is one of Satan's greatest tools to steal our peace and rob us of God's blessings. more >>
Former FlyLeaf frontwoman Lacey Sturm announces her upcoming deeply personal memoir, The Mystery: Finding True Love in a World of Broken Lovers, set to release in October that will touch on the topics of love, relationships, divorce, depression and suicide, inspired by Sturm's own experiences.
Set to release on October 4 by Baker Books, Sturm once again will pour out her heart in the upcoming book after her widely received 2014 debut book, The Reason.
According to a statement shared with The Christian Post, in The Mystery, Sturm guides readers through her own journey and struggles, "from childhood through her current marriage –providing personal insight into love and relationships. Reaching out to those who have learned to define love through their own wrecked relationships, shattered romances and dysfunctional families, Sturm offers new, healthy ways to think about and pursue love." more >>
LOS ANGELES – The highly-anticipated remake of "Ben-Hur" hits theaters this weekend and actor Toby Kebbell reveals the miracle he witnessed while filming the Paramount Pictures/MGM action-packed movie.
"Ben-Hur" is the epic telling of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his own adopted brother Messala (Kebbell), who is a Roman army officer. Ben-Hur was removed from his position and was separated from his family and Esther (Nazanin Boniadi), the woman he loves, as he was exiled to become a slave.
But after years of traveling on sea and a sudden shipwreck, Ben-Hur encounters Ilderim (Morgan Freeman), who later on becomes his mentor. He tells Ben-Hur to take revenge against his brother through a chariot race instead of killing him directly. He then prepares him for the deadly monumental race. The overarching theme of the film, however, is forgiveness, as throughout his journey Ben-Hur encounters Jesus and is changed by his example. more >>
I don't know if there is a subtler foe of the gospel-oriented life than unholy discontentment. I throw in that "unholy" qualifier because there are times when God stirs up discontentment in our hearts. I know people like to think God is a gentleman who won't interfere with our personal decision-making, but the truth is that sometimes he graciously pesters us about a specific issue until we respond in obedience.
He may want us to pursue a different vocation for the sake of the Kingdom, pull back from a toxic relationship that is hindering our growth and usefulness, or leave the comfort of our first world culture and go live amongst an unreached people group. There are times when the Holy Spirit creates restlessness in our souls, gently (but persistently) nudging us to hop aboard the will-of-God train. I have experienced this kind of holy discontentment on a few occasions in my journey with Jesus.
However, what I experience more often is a fleshly, distracting, mission-abating kind of discontentment. You know, the kind that entails you moping around and obsessing about all the things or experiences you don't have but so desperately desire. It seems like every six months or so, I begin to feel like my life is lacking and that I need to implement some circumstantial change or newness into it in order to be fulfilled. more >>
"Mom Says/Dad Says," an exclusive Christian parental advice column by Gregory Slayton, former U.S. Ambassador to Bermuda and author of the best-selling book Be a Better Dad Today: Ten Tools Every Father Needs, and his wife, Marina Slayton, author of the new book Be The Best Mom You Can Be. The Slaytons have been featured on Fox and Friends, Focus on the Family Radio and numerous other media outlets. They donate 100% of their royalties from parenting books to fatherhood and family nonprofits.
Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, Governors Jeb Bush and Sam Brownback and Pastors Tim Keller and Luis Palau, among others, have endorsed the Slaytons. In their exclusive series for The Christian Post, both Marina and Gregory will answer thoughtful Christian parents seeking to raise their children up in the goodness of the Gospel and the Glory of God. If you would like to have Marina and Gregory answer your questions, please contact them via email@example.com.
Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren urges Christians to guard against falling prey to Satan's trap of procrastination and discouragement, which only leads to people delaying or giving up on their mission in life.
In his daily devotional on Thursday, the author of The Purpose-Driven Life encouraged believers not to give up in a message based on Galatians 6:9.