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 >>
Celebrity pastor Chad Veach is not letting life's circumstances keep him down. In his new book, Unreasonable Hope, the young minister uses his hardest life battle to encourage others to keep trusting God.
Veach and his wife, Julia, had their whole lives change in the course of a day when their 4-months-old daughter, Georgia, was diagnosed with lissencephaly, a rare, gene-linked brain malformation, also known as "smooth brain."
Since then, Georgia's seizure management has been the biggest struggle, at one point she was having 50 seizures a day. Although that's no longer the case, the couple still are facing a lot and are vowing to remain constant in their faith, ministry and family life. more >>
In Russell Moore's compelling book, Tempted & Tried, a chapter entitled, "Why You're on the Verge of Wrecking Your Life (Especially If You Don't Know It)," caught my attention.
Moore writes quoting a scientist who studied cattle behavior, "A slaughterhouse, in order to keep the cattle relaxed, should remove anything from the sight of the animals that isn't completely familiar. The real problem is novelty ... Workers shouldn't yell at the cows, she said, and they should never ever use cattle prods, because they are counterproductive and unneeded. If you just keep the cows contented and comfortable, they'll go wherever they're led. Don't surprise them, don't unnerve them, and above all, don't hurt them …."
Apparently, scientists devised new technology that revolutionized death in the large slaughter-houses. more >>
In the wake of two large-scale prayer gatherings this past weekend where tens of thousands joined together with faith — AzusaNow in Los Angeles and UnitedCry DC16 in Washington, DC — questions arise about long-term impact. What changed? How is the world different?
Life stories and experiences reveal some outcomes, in time; others may never be known. One woman's journey illuminates how a massive prayer meeting propelled her into pro-life ministry, where she is now educating and helping women in one of America's most difficult areas: The Bronx in New York City.
Monique Ortega recently shared how she is studying to become a counselor — to help women and save innocent lives in the womb. "Abortion keeps women in darkness — in a lot of shame, guilt and depression with no place to go for hope," she stated, speaking from own experience suffering from multiple abortions. more >>
A few weeks back I was writing on the patio of my favorite coffee shop when one of the baristas popped out for a quick smoke break. He noticed a book lying by my computer with "GOD" written in huge letters on the cover and asked about it, which led to a short chitchat about religion and politics — the two things my dad taught me never to talk about with people I barely know (didn't listen, as usual)!
He told me he has studied a wide variety of religions and they all, more or less, teach the same thing.
"But yeah, dude," he continued, "I'm a Christian, too. I ain't gonna hate on anyone who chooses differently, but for me, Jesus is the ultimate role model — strong, resilient, and fearless — and I want to follow in his footsteps and make something of my life." more >>