YouTube channel GiveBackFilms posted a video where they randomly paid for people's gas at the station.
"We're always pleasantly surprised by the wonderful people we get to meet while making these videos. Everyone has a unique and interesting story -- we hope you guys enjoy hearing them as much as we do," the description of the video reads.
With high gas prices, many are testifying that this small gesture goes a long way in helping people through a tough financial time. more >>
One person or several anonymous Christians in the U.S. are partaking in an Instagram campaign called "Tips for Jesus" in which they post photos of receipts from restaurants across the country showing the generous tip they have left for servers or bartenders, often times averaging in the $5,000 range. This campaign follows a series of media stories that have painted Christians and others as inadequate tippers.
It remains unknown who is behind the Instagram account TipsforJesus, although servers who have received the tips believe they are being left by a network of men who travel across the country to attend college football games, as often times the tips are left in sports bars in college towns on the night of a big game. The TipsforJesus Instagram page shows dozens of photos of generous tips being left on restaurant bills, with some including shots of the elated waiter, waitress or bartender holding up his lucky receipt. The receipts are labeled with the Instagram account handle "@TipsforJesus," and the description on the group's Instagram account reads: "Doing the Lord's work, one tip at a time."
The receipts on the Instagram count are estimated to be a total of $54,000 in tips left over the past few months, beginning in August. The tips range from $500 to $10,000 and span over several U.S. establishments, including San Francisco, Hollywood, Chicago, Michigan and Indiana. One photo even shows two golf caddies at the Sunset Ridge Country Club in Illinois holding $300 cash each with the caption: "Caddies are cash only." more >>
Disney's new musical, "Frozen," may have done well at the box office, but it failed to convince all Christian reviewers. While some hailed the film as a masterpiece of sacrificial love, others attacked it as a lower quality cartoon.
"Frozen is not only a funny, entertaining movie with incredible animation – its highly redemptive, moral premise shows that true love is sacrifice," declared the Christian film review site, Movieguide. But in an email statement to The Christian Post, Alex Wainer, associate professor of communication and media studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, wrote, "Of the two Disney animated fairy tales with past-tense single verb titles, this is no Tangled."
In the film, Elsa and Anna are sisters, princesses in the Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa, the oldest, also has a double-edged gift – the ability to freeze anything and shoot ice out of her hands. But Elsa can't control it, and nearly gets Anna killed. Forever withdrawn, the older sister flees from all company to protect those she loves. more >>
Inside the introduction written by theologian John Piper to Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent, a book of devotionals designed especially for Advent 2013 by Desiring God, a ministry he founded, the pastor answers the question, "What does Jesus want for Christmas?"
With readings beginning Sunday, Dec. 1, and going through Christmas Day, this book of Advent devotionals "aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season," states Desiring God. The short meditations are excerpted from the ministry of Piper and correspond to the daily readings in Desiring God's free devotional app, Solid Joys (available in iTunes and Google Play), as well as online.
Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minn., before retiring from that position earlier this year. He is the author of more than 50 books including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. John and his wife, Noël, have five children and twelve grandchildren. more >>
After a boat capsized off the coast of Nigeria earlier this year, authorities feared that all 12 of those on board had perished. Three days after the incident, divers found Harrison Okene, the ship's cook, alive and living off of the oxygen in an air bubble.
While the wreck happened in May, new footage of the rescue shows divers coming upon Okene, offering him fresh water and bringing him to the surface.
Okene credited the Bible and prayer for giving him the strength to survive the wreck. more >>
Antoinette Tuff has been showered with praise from everyone from the U.S. president to her Georgia congressman for her compassion and bravery in helping to prevent a 20-year-old gunman from harming elementary school students, their teachers and himself in a riveting confrontation partly captured on tape. Now, the Christian mother is sharing her story of hope and resilience, and her conviction that God had prepared her for a "moment of divine purpose."
Prepared for a Purpose: An Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage, and Compassion in Crisis, available for purchase beginning Jan. 21, 2014, recounts how Tuff convinced gunman Michael Brandon Hill to stay with her in the front office at McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., where she worked as the school's bookkeeper. Hill, who revealed during the exchange that he was suicidal, had entered the grade school on Aug. 20 armed with an AK-47 and about 500 rounds of ammunition. He barricaded himself in Tuff's office for nearly an hour, at one point shooting on police outside the school and discharging a single bullet inside the office. Tuff eventually convinced Hill to surrender, and no one was hurt in the ordeal.
"As the nation faced yet another Sandy Hook story of tragedy, one woman rewrote the ending," reads a description of Prepared for a Purpose from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. "Yet the story doesn't start with those first steps Michael Hill took into that Atlanta elementary school. It starts with Antoinette Tuff, a woman who faced her own pain, hurt, and rejection, yet held onto grace, faith, and hope. A hope that anchored her in the most high-stakes moments, a grace that allowed her to empathize with a hurting young man, and a faith that gave her the courage to love him back from the brink." more >>