Cheryl grew up around a household of alcoholics. This led to a life surrounded by alcoholism, loneliness, abuse, addiction and adultery. In her first marriage the abuse was so bad she had to leave. After finding the man she truly loved and going through many struggles, God had spoke to Cheryl and turned her world around. Through all the dark times, Cheryl was guided by the light.
When you come from a household that had such a negative impact on your life, you can end up repeating some of these acts. It hurts to be involved, but a lot of the times, it may not fully be that person's fault. We all make mistakes and we must learn to forgive ourselves. In this case, Cheryl had been through a failed marriage, and was on the verge of another one.
Finally she cried out to God. more >>
The Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia, has issued letters to businesses that publicly support gay marriage, expressing "grave concern" over their stance and accusing them of "overstepping their purpose."
These businesses recently participated in an open letter posted on the website of the advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality that supports the legalization of gay marriage in the country.
The Catholic Church stated its concern in a letter to Steve Walsh, chairman of the law firm Maurice Blackburn, who signed the open letter to support gay marriage on behalf of his company. more >>
A third-grade teacher and an assistant principal at a North Carolina elementary school have resigned after facing strong backlash over the teacher's decision to read a book about two gay princes falling in love and getting married aloud to his class without first seeking parental consent.
In April, Omar Currie read the book King & King, a tale about two princes who get married, to his third grade class at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School after one of his students told him about how he was insulted by other kids in the class who called him gay.
As the country awaits the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on whether the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex couples to marry, anxiety escalates among many religious believers, especially conservative Christians. Just last week, South Baptist Convention (SBC) president Ronnie Floyd and 15 other past SBC presidents issued a letter urging all pastors, educators, and other church leaders "to openly reject any mandated legal definition of marriage" that violates biblical standards. Yet a call for civil disobedience is not necessary. The Court will decide what the Constitution requires states to do–not what church leaders must do.
Religious leaders will still have the ability to choose the couples they marry. For example, some ministers currently refuse to marry couples who have not completed premarital counseling, while others opt only to marry couples who are members of their congregations. Even if the Supreme Court requires states to legally permit same-sex couples to wed, religious leaders will retain the right to determine which ceremonies they perform. The Constitution requires the government to be agnostic on such things; the Court's ruling will not change how churches function.
What might change, though, is how marriage operates as a legal and civil institution. In states that permit same-sex unions, homosexual couples enjoy the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities of heterosexual couples. They can adopt and raise children together, jointly own property, receive special tax and pension benefits reserved for spouses and families, and make medical decisions for one another in times of crisis. The government bestows these benefits–not churches. more >>
Throughout life many of us go through several relationships, which often leads to heartbreak. Sadness and disappointment can consume thoughts and feelings and can sometimes leave you feeling hopeless. We look to the Bible to soothe and mend our broken hearts.
Jesus reminds us that no matter what happens, He is always right by our side. Christ reassures us that He will heal the heartbreak that we can't seem to get beyond. He has the power to mend broken hearts if we seek Him and give our heartbreak to Him. Getting over it may be a process, but as long as we have faith, we will be OK. Jesus longs to comfort us.
Below are Bible verses to remind us that Jesus can heal the broken hearted: more >>
A board I serve on in Washington, D.C. was fortunate to meet with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last week. Scalia is a famous jurist, admired by many for his intellect and convictions and despised by liberals for his steadfast willingness to act on them.
Antonin Scalia, the justice most hated by the left, was unanimously confirmed (98-0) by the Senate in 1986. Imagine how he would fare today with the politics of personal destruction running rampant.
With the same-sex marriage decision by the Supreme Court due soon, it was interesting to talk with someone tasked with making an important decision for gays (historically the role of the Tony Awards committee). The Court will determine if defining same-sex marriage is a state's right or whether marriage remains traditionally defined only as the union of two resentful and entrapped people who eventually end up wearing sweatpants to watch Wheel of Fortune every night. more >>