Jonathan Byler Dann was able to count his blessings after he and his family emerged from his tornado shelter alive and safe. But when he stood amid the rubble of his home in Washington, Illinois he realized he was still missing a loved family member - their beloved dog Maggie, who was nowhere to be found.
Maggie had refused to leave her kennel as the EF4 Tornado barreled through their neighborhood Sunday. Mr. Dann posted a picture after the tornado revealing his grief, reporting that they had lost their dog.
However, miraculously, after 30 hours of digging through the remains of the house there was some good news for Mr. Dann, Rebecca and their four children; they heard a slight bark from under the rubble, and after frantically digging deeper, they found Maggie buried, but very much alive. more >>
It is reported that only 30 people attended the funeral of legendary author C.S. Lewis. His death occurred on the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago today, Nov. 22, 1963. The media, including in Britain, flooded the news with coverage of the U.S. president's death and that meant that Lewis' passing was not announced until after his funeral, according to Mike Stranks of the C.S. Lewis Jubilee Festival committee in Britain.
Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day, the authors of a website dedicated to Lewis state. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.
Lewis wrote more than 30 books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. C. S. Lewis's most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics in The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies, according to CSLewis.com, and have been adapted into three major motion pictures. more >>
In the first plane crash in 2003, his mother, brother and sister died. He and his father survived. Eight years later in 2011, Austin Hatch, 18, was sitting right next to his pilot father when their plane went down again. This time he was the only survivor.
Hatch's father died along with his stepmother, wiping out the last of his immediate family.
On Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time since the 2011 crash, Hatch concluded that God must have a plan for his life. more >>
A group of young Christian women have decided to take on "No Makeup November," a nationwide campaign dubbed as a call to arms in order to embrace their natural beauty by abstaining from wearing makeup for the entire month.
Rave Ministries is behind the initiative for its second year and has about 4,000 participants in 37 states and seven countries. The idea came about when Becca Daniel, leader of the organization, took a cue from a Florida-based girl who posted videos during her 40-day no makeup journey in 2012.
"This campaign in no way is an anti-makeup campaign, because let it be known that it is not the makeup that we are battling. Instead, it is a culture that we are trying to fight. A culture that tells our young girls, mothers, and yes, even grandmothers that they are not close to being good enough," says the organization through their website. more >>
Three generations of "Duck Dynasty" men – Phil, Jep and Reed – share their stories of overcoming frightfully reckless behaviors of infidelity, drug use, rebellion and suicidal ideation in their 30-minute "I Am Second" film debut.
Most "Duck Dynasty" fans are familiar with Phil Robertson's testimony, but for their "I Am Second" debut, Miss Kay joins in to share her perspective of the family patriarch's transformation once he was saved, baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior.
The revealing testimonies that will be new to most "Duck Dynasty" viewers are those of Jep, the youngest son of Phil and Miss Kay, and their grandson, Reed, who is Jase and Missy's eldest son. more >>
A political candidate endorsed by a member of the "Duck Dynasty" family has upset his establishment opponent in a special election held in Louisiana.
Vance McAllister, a businessman who received an endorsement from Willie Robertson not long before the vote, was victorious against La. State Senator Neil Riser this past weekend.
In the special runoff election held for the vacated Fifth Congressional District seat of Louisiana, McAllister defeated Riser with 59.7 percent of the vote versus Riser's 40.3 percent, reported Politico. more >>