Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump went to church in Iowa again on Sunday and momentarily mistook the Holy Communion plate being passed around with sacraments as an invitation to give money.
On the last day before voters choose their nominee in caucuses Monday, Trump attended the nondenominational First Christian Orchard Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he, his wife Melania and two staffers took communion according to WHDH.
Prior to taking the sacrament however, Trump briefly mistook the silver communion plates for the offering plate and took a number of bills from his pocket for a donation. more >>
Dr. George Sweeting, Chancellor of Moody Bible Institute once said, "The Christian life is not a matter of following a list of 'dos' or observing a longer list of 'don'ts.' The Christian life is a pledge of allegiance to Jesus Christ. It is becoming so preoccupied with Him that the values of the world have little attraction."
The biblical teaching for avoiding worldliness, something old-timer Christians used to call "separation," is no longer prominent in churches today. Perhaps because some took matters to an extreme creating that long list of 'dos' and 'don'ts' that Sweeting mentioned. Still, just because some distorted the teaching doesn't mean it should be discounted all together. Although Christians are still a part of the world, they are to live separate from its values.
In his first epistle, the apostle John warns believers against worldliness and urges them to shun that system of thought and morality which is opposed to God and his way. more >>
In the days leading up to the pivotal Iowa caucuses, a group of Iowa pastors and a number of prominent national Christian leaders have endorsed Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president, which contrasts the notion that evangelical leaders are coalescing around Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Rubio has repeatedly touted his faith in recent weeks in commercials, during campaign stops and at presidential debates, in a concerted effort to attract the support of the pivotal Iowa evangelical voting bloc, a group that both Cruz and frontrunner Donald Trump have also courted heavily.
In a press release issued Saturday, the Rubio campaign announced a "growing" list of at least 26 Iowa pastors, who represent various Christian denominations and will be supporting Rubio at Monday's Iowa caucuses. more >>
More than four decades ago, the Watergate scandal rocked the nation, eventually moving Charles Colson, then known as Nixon's "dirty tricks" man, to step down from the White House. In that dark personal hour, a friend showed him that the apparent end of his political career was in fact a window opening up to a new life — one defined by the grace of the Gospel message.
After becoming a Christian, Colson pled guilty to obstruction of justice and spent 7 months behind bars. In 1976 he founded Prison Fellowship, which today is the nation's largest ministry to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families.
In 2014 Congress honored Colson, who spent the second half of his life promoting biblical values in the public square, by putting his name on a bipartisan, 9-member task force charged with making recommendations to improve outcomes in the federal prison system. I have had the privilege of sitting on the task force, and I believe Colson would be pleased by the spirit of its work. more >>
The latest U.S. presidential poll 2016 by Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics shows that Donald Trump is ahead of Ted Cruz in Iowa, while Hillary Clinton is statistically tied with Bernie Sanders.
The U.S. presidential poll 2016 conducted by Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics ahead of the Iowa caucuses shows that Republican candidate Donald Trump has gained 28 percent of the support of likely caucus-goers, while Ted Cruz got 23 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson both got 10 percent, according to NBC News.
Democratic presidential runner Clinton, on the other hand, has a three-point lead over Sanders 45 versus 42 percent. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley only got 3 percent, the report details. more >>
On February 1, the first ever actual voting during the U.S. Presidential elections will be happening in the state of Iowa. As with previous elections, the presidential nominees for each party, the Republicans and the Democrats, are working hard to draw supporters in the state through their campaign rallies. According to a report in The Guardian, a recent poll of the Des Moines Register shows that Donald Trump is leading by five points over his closest contender, Texan senator Ted Cruz, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a small three-point lead over Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.
The Guardian report also cited that the nominees are pulling out all the stops in their Iowa campaign, hoping that a strong showing of support on the ground would translate to more votes during the caucus. Among the last to hold such a rally is Bernie Sanders, who was reported to have hosted a rally with a huge number last Saturday, which ended with the crowd singing "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie. On the Republican side, despite his weak performance against Trump, Ted Cruz still continued on his campaign trail, with the help of Glenn Beck, a well-known speaker.
Cruz's campaign however was not without its controversy when local officials in Iowa complained that the senator's campaign distributed mailers saying the residents would be committing a "potential voting violation" if they do not go out and vote on Monday. On his heels is Florida senator Marco Rubio, who was also able to draw in big crowds in the hopes that this will improve his third-place ranking in the recent polls. more >>