Nikolas Toocheck is a boy on a mission. The 9-year-old, who hails from West Chester, Penn., has made the altruistic commitment to run a marathon in each of the seven continents on behalf of his "Running the World for Children" campaign, which raises money for Operation Warm, a nonprofit organization which provides new winter coats for underprivileged children throughout the U.S.
Toocheck completed his first full marathon in December 2012 in Lewes, Del., and will be running again come Feb. 25, 2013 in the 26.2-mile White Continent Marathon & Half in Antarctica.
Throughout his world adventures, Toocheck hopes to raise $1 million for Operation Warm, which was founded by his grandfather, Richard Sanford, over a decade ago and successfully provided 200,000 children in 40 U.S. states with new winter coats in 2012-2013. more >>
Cora Coleman, oldest daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, is opening up about her battle with infertility and her decision to become a foster mother.
Coleman, married for almost two years, has documented her journey of infertility on her blog "Fertility Faith" since January 2012.
"I am glad that you are joining me. This is my journey of life and infertility. I decided to share it with you guys so that you may be able to not feel so lonely. I pray this is a safe place where you too can share your struggles with infertility, and life issues. You are not alone. I am holding your hand and so is God," she wrote in her Jan. 14 entry. more >>
Hollywood film executive DeVon Franklin and actress wife Meagan Good said their decision to remain celibate during their 10-month dating period prior to their marriage was not easy, but the Christian couple also said neither one was willing to get in the way of God's purpose in their lives.
Franklin and Good were guests of Pastor Touré Roberts at One Church International in Los Angeles Wednesday evening, the night before Valentine's Day, to discuss their relationship in terms of a "Kingdom Love," one based on wanting to honor God first.
"During the moments I felt weak," said Good in her discussion about sexual temptation while dating Franklin. "I loved him enough not to put him in that situation. I loved him and I loved God enough to not put someone as a man of God that says a certain something that what he is saying could be potentially not true to what he means. It was so much bigger than the moment or the temptation that I was feeling. It was more about he needs to be what God told him to be and I need to not be the person that messes that up. I couldn't live with myself." more >>
Mandy Hale, who is affectionately known as "The Single Woman," chatted with The Christian Post on the eve of Valentine's Day about using singlehood as an advantage during the holiday traditionally celebrated in romantic ways by couples. Hale is one of several speakers featured at a Christian-based event for single women in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday hosted by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Hale suggests that singles having a hard time with the celebration of romance on this day can cherish other types of love in their life, including relationships with parents, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
For singles, the holiday should not be "this horrible day that you need to 'cope with' or 'survive,'" she writes in her interview with CP via email. more >>
Mary J. Blige has revealed that the tragic death of Whitney Houston made her realize it was time to face her demon of alcohol addiction.
The proud born-again Christian revealed her decade-long battle with alcohol addiction to LA Confidential, sharing that she began focusing on her relationship with God instead of alcohol during the battle. The 42-year-old confessed that her alcohol addiction became worse after trying to cut back and only drink socially.
"I chose to learn how to drink socially and it didn't work," she said. "The test comes when you have to decide whether you're drinking to be social or drinking to cover up something again. To cover up depression, to cover up guilt. Shame. Abandonment… Once I realized, 'There you go again,' I had to stop." more >>
BET network founder Robert Johnson has partnered with Tracey Edmonds, CEO of Edmonds Entertainment, to launch a faith-friendly YouTube channel called "Alright TV."
"Alright TV will offer first rate buzz-worthy content in the areas of comedy, reality, self-help, music, and talk that promises to empower and entertain family audiences of all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds," Edmonds said in a statement.
The faith-based YouTube channel, to be headed by Tracey Edmonds, will feature inspirational and empowering programming geared towards family related issues. more >>