The Islamic State terrorist group has released pictures and video purporting to show militants bulldozing a nearly 1,600-year-old Christian monastery, while a claim has been made that the jihadis have also dug up and desecrated the bones of a martyred Christian saint.
As Islamic State captured the Syrian town of al-Qaryatain in the Homs province and kidnapped over 230 Syriac Christians earlier this month in what was deemed ISIS' biggest military advance since it took over the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in May, it's believed that some of the kidnapped Christians were taken from the town's ancient Syriac Catholic Mar Elian Monastery.
This week, IS-affiliated social media accounts posted images and footage showing the destruction of the monastery, which was founded in the year 432 and was also the location where priest Jacques Mourad and a church volunteer was abducted in May. more >>
NEW YORK — Nearly three years after bursting onto the gospel music scene with her signature hit "Break Every Chain" from her Grace album, Grammy award-winning singer Tasha Cobbs is back with a brand new live album, One Place Live. The worship album features a raw and mature sound, both lyrically and vocally.
Back in May, the gospel music sensation debuted her lead single, "Jesus Saves," an uplifting worship song that quickly landed at No.1 on Billboard's Gospel Digital Songs chart. During an interview with The Christian Post, Cobbs explained that the track was inspired in part by her previous battle with depression.
"The song actually just brings me back to that place where Jesus saved me," said Cobbs, who battled depression on and off for three years. "And I think I talk about that a little, but throughout your life He saves you from different things that you may struggle with." more >>
We have all been attacked by the enemy before. Whether it was physically or mentally, it affects us in some negative way. Without God, it's like going into battle without armor. The Bible and the helmet of salvation can be our best defense against our enemies.
Evil comes in many shapes and forms, and in the Bible the Apostle John warned us to not believe every spirit we hear because they may be evil. The more we read the Bible the more we can discern the truth from error. It would be easier if we could see the foe all the time, but unfortunately we cannot. We must test or try the spirits to see if they are truly of God. Easier said than done, but it is always good to be aware.
Below are 7 Bible verses to help overcome attacks from the enemy: more >>
As former executive director of Family Research Council's lobbying arm Josh Duggar admitted Thursday that he cheated on his wife, Anna, and developed a secret addiction to pornography, FRC President Tony Perkins condemned Duggar's actions Thursday and labeled the former reality TV star's conduct as "deceitful behavior."
As the news broke Wednesday that the former family values activist paid nearly $1,000 for two subscriptions to the online marital affair coordination website Ashley Madison, Duggar, who is the oldest son on the now-canceled TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," took to the Duggar family website to come clean about his adulterous acts and ponagraphy use in a statement.
Duggar had politically advocated for traditional family values as the executive director of Family Research Council Action and resigned from his position in May following the revelation that he molested five girls when he was 14 and 15 years old. In his statement, Duggar admits to having used pornography and cheating on his wife while he promoted the importance of living by biblical values. more >>
A Nigerian Catholic priest who served at two Louisiana parishes for 11 years before returning to his home country was shot and killed by unknown assailants in an apparent road ambush in Southern Nigeria last weekend.
The Rev. Dennis Osuagwu, who was serving in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria's Imo state and worked at the General House of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was traveling in the town of Nekede last Saturday when he was ambushed and shot dead at point blank range.
The Nigerian news agency Pulse.ng reports that the bullet that killed the 57 year old, who was also on staff at Imo Polytechnic School, entered through the right side of his body and exited from the left side of his face. more >>
How sadly true it is that so much of the American Body of Christ runs on a "starvation diet of community," as Rosaria often phrases it. It's so easy in our busy culture for us to get stuck in the ruts of our life routines and neglect to conform those routines to the image the Bible has pictured for us.
We go to church, our Sunday school class, and maybe a mid-week small group (if our church offers that), and scribble three checkmarks onto our list of Christian must-do's for the week. This is how many of us have grown to view and practice community — oh but what a far cry it is from what God commands of us and wants for us. It may be feasible, though I doubt it, for married believers with families to get by on this starvation diet. But it's not feasible for the single people in our churches. In fact, it's spiritually lethal.
Last week at an Ethics and Religious Liberty conference on gay marriage (Equip Austin), Mike Goeke shared that in his decades of experience in sexual identity ministry, he's found that the majority of same sex attracted people who fall back into their former way of life are propelled in that direction by loneliness — not just mere romantic loneliness, but deep, comprehensive loneliness. more >>