Pastor Rick Warren and members of Saddleback Church have undergone life-changing weight-loss experiences after collectively realizing three years ago that many of them needed to shed their extra weight. About half of the megachurch loyally participated in the challenge, resulting in a collective weight loss of more than 250,000 pounds after the first year. Now, Warren aims to go beyond his own congregation and spread the word about living healthy with his new book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.
Warren, who said he had an epiphany to lose weight while he lowered hundreds of people into the water during a baptism ceremony years ago, embarked on his journey to be fit along with his members who like him, were dealing with additional weight gain while others dealt with health complications. In his new book released this week, he explains how readers can become fit using the combination of faith, fitness, food, focus, and friends.
"There's a verse in the Bible that says Jesus went into every village preaching, teaching, and healing. I say that preaching is evangelism; teaching is education; and healing is health care," said Warren, during an interview with Parade Magazine. "Jesus didn't only care about getting people into heaven. He cared about spirit, mind, and body. To me, health care isn't simply helping the sick get well, but helping the well not get sick." more >>
Watch this amazing news report that shows the miraculous rescue of a woman trapped in her SUV as it was sinking into 10 feet of flood waters. With no way to escape, God created an exit and allowed a Good Samaritan to reach down and save her life in the most inexplicable way.
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Jaime Hindman is a former stripper who reaches out to women in the sex industry as part of her mission work to bring them the hope that she wishes she would have found while she was oftentimes raped and sexually assaulted during her years as an exotic dancer.
Hindman's Divine Ministry is composed of women that hail from her same background of abuse and brokenness and who have made a life changing decision to commit their lives to God. With their help, Hindman visits strip clubs throughout Orange County, Calif., to spread the Gospel through a simple gesture of giving strippers gift bags filled with makeup and candy along with Christian tracts.
The author of the newly released "Happiness Bible" decided to do something different this Black Friday. Instead of shopping like most people, he chose to give away his personal items for absolutely no charge; approximately 200 people showed up and, to their disbelief, realized that everything truly was free.
"We had to get rid of a bunch of stuff and instead of just donating it to Salvation Army, all those places, they sell it, so we thought we would meet the people directly that need it," author Brian Bagnall told CBS.
However, it was not Bagnall's idea to go to such extremes for those in need. Instead, his girlfriend, Tiffany, made the suggestion that benefited a great deal of people this holiday season. more >>
Magician Stuart Edge spent his Thanksgiving holiday in the hospital with sick children bringing them cheer by performing tricks and magic.
"This has probably been one of the most challenging videos I've done, but definitely very rewarding. I am so used to performing in front of adults and have formed my performance around that. It was really fun to see if I could pull the same thing off with kids. When I was invited to do this, I never knew it would turn out so well," the video description read.more >>
In a great show of humanity and compassion, an entire flight of passengers got off a plane in support of a blind man who had been kicked off because his seeing eye dog would not stay put.
See this amazing story below, and think about what you would have done.more >>