Don and Mary Kay Beard walked into my life one Sunday morning in 1984 like a mother and father goose trailed by a brood of scrungy ducklings.
They made their way down to the front pews, and sat under my nose as I stood in the pulpit of the somewhat pretentious sanctuary of the Birmingham church where I was pastor. It was as if Mary Magdalene and Levi the swindling tax collector had married and brought forth children after their kind.
I and the congregation might have been truly aghast if we had known these visitors were a convicted embezzler and notorious bank robber-expert safecracker whose lovely face had once been featured on an FBI Ten Most Wanted poster. Their brood of ducklings consisted of more jailbirds and social misfits and castaways. more >>
In theaters for one day only, the movie "This Is Winter Jam" gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into the world's largest Christian concert tour and reveals why it's a massive success at winning over the hearts of thousands for Jesus.
Filmed over two years, moviegoers will get an exclusive look at Winter Jam, founded and hosted by Newsong, which has provided a powerful platform for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in major arenas nationwide since 1995.
The idea behind Winter Jam first came about when the band made a bold step of faith to venture outside of the church to reach more people. more >>
Even though worry permeates everyone's life, it is important for Christians to trust in God's plan to overcome everyday anxieties.
1) Matthew 6:25-27
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life." more >>
A radical Islamic jihadi-turned-Christian evangelist says he accepted Christ as his Savior after Jesus foiled his plot to kill the daughter of a Christian pastor by bringing his hand down from Heaven to give her blood.
Al-Rashid, a former commander of a radical terrorist group in the Middle East, recently told Assist News Service all about how he went from being the leader of a Christian-hunting militant outfit to becoming a full-fledged Christian evangelist.
As reports of numerous Muslim conversions to Christianity enraged Rashid over the years, he explained that he was inspired to form a special terrorist task force designed to hunt down Christian leaders who are converting Muslims away from Islam. more >>
Jameel McGee, 35, an innocent black man from Benton Harbor, Michigan, who was imprisoned for four years after a police officer framed him as a drug dealer is calling the now former officer a friend after his Christian faith helped him forgive.
McGee told CBS News that he was minding his own business one day in 2005 when then officer Andrew Collins accused him of dealing drugs and then arrested him.
"It was all made up," said McGee. And Collins agreed. more >>
Have you ever felt completely at a loss spiritually, only to be renewed and lifted up by a time of fellowship with the Lord? It is difficult for us to fully appreciate the discouragement the disciples felt after the crucifixion of Christ.
For one thing, they were distraught over their own personal failings. When the officials came to arrest Jesus, "all his disciples deserted Him and ran away." (Mark 14:50)
And after Christ was killed, the disciples were scared and in a state of complete confusion. John describes how the disciples huddled together "with the doors locked for fear of the Jews." (John 20:19) more >>