Biblical movies are quite popular right now, and the trend continues with the release of "Wayward: The Prodigal Son," due out on Nov. 7.
As may be expected, "Wayward" offers a modern telling of the story of the prodigal son, found in the gospel of Luke. The story centers on a young son who decides he wants to leave his family, takes his inheritance, and goes out into the world. He loses all that he has and returns home, hoping to be taken in as a servant. However, upon returning home, his father runs out to greet him and throws a celebratory party because the son that was lost has now been found.
"Wayward" focuses on the story of Tyler McMillan, played by Landon Henneman, who is the prodigal son of the film. McMillan is described as a "pampered rich kid" who already has everything, gets more, then loses it all. It's a story that all too many parents know but hope never to experience first-hand. more >>
WASHINGTON — Best-selling author and intellectual Eric Metaxas believes that happiness is not an emotional state Christians should pursue.
"I want to be the skunk of the garden party and say that I think the whole idea of happiness is stupid," Metaxas asserted at the American Enterprise Institute's Evangelical Leadership Summit on Wednesday.
As a scientist and psychiatrist, I believe the Bible has all the principles necessary for us not only to survive but also to thrive in this spiritual war. Decision-making science (psychology, biology and neuroscience) is a great tool to condense these awesome but often unwieldy principles of the Bible into bite-sized digestible nuggets for daily use.
Since the beginning of time, every culture has used alcohol or natural substances to alter thinking, mood and reality. Recreational use was often accepted, but impaired functioning or harmful behavior was not. In fact, the inability to stop using a substance despite consequences was viewed as psychological weakness or failure.
The 1950s brought the emergence of the 'disease model' that defined addiction as substance abuse —producing physiological dependence, withdrawal symptoms and the inability voluntarily to stop using despite consequences and danger. more >>
Nate and Ruth Reutter both share their love for Jesus by serving in missionaries in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. When Ruth was told he was pregnant with her first child, it was a time for celebration. This couple celebrated the chance to bring a child into the world and raise her in the mission field.
Already having a room ready to welcome their child into the world when Ruth went into labor, but there was a minor problem at first that occurred. She wouldn't dilate.
Doctors decided they would just deliver the baby in the morning using a C-section. But, Ruth knew something was wrong when the baby came out and did not cry. This couple heartbroken at their stillbirth, decided to continue their ministry and pray God will help them deliver a child into this world. more >>
After Deb VanSteenbergen lost her husband to cancer, she wanted to do something special to honor his memory. She went to several chemo sessions with him and got an idea that would bring people in this situation a sense of hope.
Deb started to make quilts for the patients going through chemo. What started as a good deed, has now turned into something even greater. Thanks to Deb and her caring heart. God bless all these angels!
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When baby Jamie was born 27 weeks early his mother and father knew his chances of life were very slim. The doctors in the room pronounced him dead and allowed the parents to hold him one more time.
The mother of the child, Kate Ogg, laid him on her chest and both parents said beautiful things to him. Jamie was cuddling up on his mother's skin when suddenly something miraculous happened. He started to show signs of life!
Jamie began to breathe and make noises on his mother. She continued to cuddle him and whisper prayers in his ear. Thanks to this mother's touch, this baby has miraculously come back to life! more >>