A church in Iowa that lost its century-old building to flooding broke ground recently on a new $2 million facility.
Salem United Methodist Church of Cedar Rapids, which lost the building in 2008, held a groundbreaking for its new building Sunday between worship services.
The $2 million project will include space for a sanctuary, classrooms, nursery, offices, and library, church officials said. From June 2008, to November 2010, Salem members worshiped at three sites before landing at the 33rd Avenue location. more >>
Survivors of a powerful tornado that killed 24 people, injured nearly 400 others and caused more than $2 billion in damages share how their faith in God helped them to make sense of their harrowing experiences and devastating losses in the new documentary, Where Was God? Stories of Hope After the Storm.
On May 20, 2013, a powerful tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, and barreled 17 miles through the state's seventh largest city for a gut-wrenching 39 minutes. An entire elementary school was destroyed, several children from another elementary school were killed, and more than a dozen homes were either flattened or swept away by the storm.
Oklahoma, a tornado-prone state, was hit again in late April when a storm barreled through its borders and those of several other states, leaving at least 35 people dead and countless homes destroyed. But the tornado experienced by Moore residents and those in near-by towns in 2013 was one of the 10 most powerful twisters to ever hit Oklahoma, having inflicted EF5, or 200-plus mph wind damage. more >>
An employee of a Christian ministry and two of his daughters were among the dozens killed in a series of tornadoes that ravaged the South and parts of the Midwest earlier this week.
Rob Tittle, who worked at the Little Rock, Arkansas-based FamilyLife, was killed Sunday night along with two his daughters, Tori, 20, and Rebekah, 14.
Tittle, 48, left behind his wife, Kerry, and seven of the couple's other children. According to a statement from FamilyLife, Rob was in the process of leading his children to a stairwell when the tornado descended on their house. The Tittle's home was completely destroyed, only leaving behind a "grim grey slab of concrete." more >>
Astronomical events have been making headlines lately. On April 8, the orbits of Mars, Earth, and the sun fell into a straight line in a rare cosmic alignment called an opposition. Precisely one week later, we will see the first of four extremely unusual total lunar eclipses.
Is there any significance to these extraordinary celestial events? Could it be that God is using the sun, moon, and stars to communicate with us and to announce things to come? The answer is yes!
The Bible is clear that the sun, moon, and stars are connected to Israel and biblical prophecy. Throughout history God has used the science of astronomy (never astrology!) in connection with historical events to write prophetic messages in the heavens. more >>
An Oklahoma pastor has suggested that his anti-drought prayers inadvertently caused massive flooding in the Midwest.
John Benefiel, who founded and pastors Church on the Rock with his wife, Judith, explains that he used a "divorce decree" to remove a demonic hold that had kept rain from Texas and Oklahoma in 2007.
"There was no rain in sight, no rain forecast at all," Benefiel said on the Christian Internet broadcast Generals International on Monday. more >>
A massive storm – being described as "catastrophic, crippling and paralyzing" – slammed the Atlanta, Ga., area Wednesday morning, bringing freezing rain and sleet. At least 45,000 were left without power and close to 3,000 flights across the country were grounded.
"The message I really want to share is, as of midnight tonight, wherever you are, you need to plan on staying there for a while," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Tuesday night. "The bottom line is that all of the information that we have right now suggests that we are facing an icing event that is very unusual for the metropolitan region and the state of Georgia."