When the seasons change and the summer rolls around, it seems like a lot of things change around us. People's attitudes change, people get into shape, and smiles are floating in the air. The hot weather and happiness just seem to go together. The Bible provides heartwarming verses that are perfect for the start of summer.
If we had to draw summer with crayons on a piece of paper, it would be very bright and make you smile when you look at it. That is what the Bible does as well. No matter what season, day, time, or hour, the Bible always provides a positive message. Jesus and this time of the year seem to have a lot of things in common, and we should read His word to create a positive attitude for the start of the summer season.
Take a look and consider these Bible verses: more >>
A U.S. Marine officer is now unemployed after she was found guilty at a court martial of disobeying the "lawful order" of her superior officer— who ordered her to remove biblical phrases that she had taped onto her computer and desk.
The Liberty Institute, a legal firm devoted to restoring religious liberty in America, has taken up the appeals case of former Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who was demoted to private and given a bad conduct discharge last year after she was convicted of a number of charges that stem from a May 2013 disagreement she had with her staff sergeant.
Hillsong UNITED's new album Empires released this week with a message for Christians to "be building, speaking and living for the unseen aspects of God's kingdom," according to frontman Joel Houston.
Empires is Hillsong UNITED's first album release since Zion, their fastest-selling album to date. Houston, who leads Hillsong's famed worship band as well as Hillsong NYC, told The Christian Post that the album addresses two worlds — the "image-obsessed" world we live in and the mysterious kingdom we cannot see.
"We are in this world and also we're of a different world as well, so it's playing on that sense of duality that exists," Houston explained. "It applies to everything. I'm in New York and I look at the buildings, I look at everything in front of me, every single person walking the street, at the thousands of people in city, [and] they are physical bodies and spiritual bodies — two things going on at once." more >>
Once again the internet has been abuzz with discussions of whether women should preach in the local church gathering. Whenever the issue is raised, those who oppose it are quick to explain that the role is not withheld from women because they are less valuable than men. And that "equal value" assertion always shifts my eyes from the pulpit to a more pressing concern. As some continue to debate the presence of women in the pulpit, we must not miss this immediate problem: the marked absence of women in areas of church leadership that are open to them.
The women e-mailing me regularly are not worried about winning the pulpit. They're still facing opposition over teaching the Bible to other women. They are fighting to be seen as necessary beyond children's ministry and women's ministry. They are fighting to contribute more than hospitality or a soft voice on the praise team. They are looking for leadership trajectories for women in the local church and finding virtually nothing. They watch their brothers receive advocacy and wonder who will invite them and equip them to lead well. If the contributions of women are equally valued in the church, shouldn't we see some indication in the way we staff? In who we groom for leadership, both lay and vocational?
Because we don't see that. Not even close. And we must not ignore this problem. more >>
Chris suffered from constant burning in the face due to a very rare disease. It was a sensitivity to light. Most people are unable to deal with it, and that's why it is labeled the "suicide disease." But Chris was healed by a very special prayer and her story is incredible!
Every day this woman would wake up and have a sensitive feeling toward many things including the light. This had become very painful and she knew she had to make a change or find something to heal her. At first, Chris did not believe in the power of prayer could heal anyone with a disease like this, including herself.
A woman at her church believed that if she prayed and allowed others to pray for her there would be a drastic change to her life. With one simple touch, the agony that Chris felt for 15 years disappeared! more >>
Debbie Lee, mother of the first Navy SEAL to give his life in Iraq, spoke at Ed Young Jr.'s Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, on Sunday, urging greater education on the meaning of Memorial Day and for congregants to reach out to Gold Star families.
Lee's son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first Navy SEAL killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom in August of 2006. Lee was killed in Ramadi while exposing himself to enemy fire as a medical team evacuated a wounded Navy SEAL. Lee was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart.
"I've been on a campaign for probably eight or nine years to try and educate people about Memorial Day," Lee declared. "Memorial Day is not Veterans Day. It is not Armed Forces Day. This is not the time we corporatlly or nationally recognize our veterans that served. more >>