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."
A Tennessee pastor and his son rescued three boys between the ages of 12 and 14 who had fallen through the ice on a lake on Saturday.
Neil and Hunter Crass used their boat to reach the boys who were clinging to a buoy in the middle of Watts Bar Lake in Roane County.
The Crass' arrived on scene to an anxious crowd, many of them from a birthday party that the boys had been attending. more >>
An Alabama Chick-fil-A owner responded to Tuesday's snowstorm by handing out sandwiches to stranded drivers.
After fast food chain owner Mark Meadows got stuck in traffic while delivering food to a customer, he decided that his time was better spent handing out dinner to other stranded drivers.
A New Hampshire pastor spent each night last week in a tent in front of his church in an attempt to encourage his congregation to be more compassionate toward the area's homeless.
"It's to help other people think about what homeless people are going through," the Rev. Steve Gehlert, 64, who pastors Congregational Church in Lyme, told NECN.
An experienced backpacker, Gehlert made it through a week where temperatures fell as low as -9 with a tent and two outdoor sleeping bags. more >>
A destructive wildfire raging above foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles for two days has damaged at least 20 structures, including five homes, even as California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency saying it is perhaps the state's worst dry spell in a century.
Firefighters were beginning to tame the fire that was burning near Glendora and Azusa in southern California Friday, but some residents who were forced to evacuate their homes had little relief. About 2,800 residents were allowed to return to their homes Friday only to find smoldering piles of rubble, Reuters reported.
Crews reported progress in containing the blaze as winds remained calm, according to Los Angeles Times. more >>