Presidential Thanksgiving proclamations and speeches have been popular throughout American history. Within the federal government, the tradition pre-dates the U.S. Constitution adopted in 1789, and was observed by the Continental Congress.
President George Washington issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation but that was not officially observed as a concurrent tradition by every president until Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be observed on Thursday, November 26, 1863.
Before Lincoln, Thanksgiving was generally promoted in government at the state level. more >>
A Christian student organization has been reinstated by a California academic institute as a recognized student group after being barred for wanting to have religious requirements for their leadership.
Chi Alpha was reinstated last week as an official student group at California State University, following a compromise over its standards for club leadership.
"Lord teach us to pray." It was the grand request of the disciples of Jesus Christ, asking Him how to communicate with God.
Prayer is the most important conversation a believer can have, as it involves talking with the Almighty, who made Heaven and Earth.
The Son of God taught His disciples how to pray, and He demonstrated how to pray, both in word and deed. Below, in no particular order, are five Bible passages showing how Jesus prayed and what He said. more >>
Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham responded to a recent story of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby doubting God's presence in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, by stating that the Bible warns that things will only get worse.
"There have been many times that I've asked God why. But the Bible clearly warns that as we draw to the end of this present age, things are going to get worse. There are going to be wars and rumors of wars, famines, disease, earthquakes, pestilence, and these are just the beginnings," Graham said in a Facebook message on Monday.
A once struggling, predominantly white church in Florida has experienced amazing growth since merging with a predominantly black megachurch.
In January, Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park announced that they were merging with Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, has admitted that the terror attacks in Paris earlier in November that killed 130 people have made him doubt the presence of God.
The leader of the Anglican Communion told BBC's program "Songs of Praise" that his first reaction to the terror attack was "shock and horror and then a profound sadness," noting that he and his wife had once lived in Paris.
"Saturday morning, I was out and as I was walking, I was praying and saying: 'God, why — why is this happening? Where are you in all this?'" he said. more >>