Have you watched the news lately? Most of the recent stories cause me to feel frustrated, anxious, fearful, sometimes angry, and frankly, disturbed. Lately, our daily dose of bad news has included the IRS scandal, a poor economy, mandated insurance, horrific local crime and chaos, and reports of terror threats targeting the Olympics. As icing on the cake, the news from our own families and close friends can also be disturbing – illness, job loss, foreclosure, divorce, and crumbling friendships all feel overwhelming.
With all the bad news I sometimes wonder what the world is coming to!
Naturally one question continually comes to mind as we contemplate the news of the day – why? It's normal to ask why, but it is not reasonable to expect the answer to an unanswerable question. When we ask why, we really are wanting an explanation. Somehow, I doubt that the explanation would make sense to most of us this side of heaven. I've found that asking why keeps me stuck in a cycle of frustration, anger, and anxiety. more >>
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Faith, family values, and quality entertainment took center stage at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards on Friday evening. Celebrities and lesser-known movie, TV, and music industry people shared their appreciation for being able to celebrate the things in life they cherish most.
Joni Eareckson Tada, who was there to perform the title song from "Alone Yet Not Alone," told The Christian Post that although she was out of her element at the splashy event because she is primarily a Christian disabilities advocate, she said she was appreciative of Movieguide and its goals.
"I think we are at a point in our country where people are becoming weary, they're becoming tired of media messages, and movies that degrade the human spirit, that defame the human heart, that weigh people down, that reinforce hopelessness and despair, people are looking for a change from that," Tada explained while participating in the red carpet portion of the evening. "I think that the popularity of the song and its Oscar nomination has underscored that people are looking for a change. more >>
WASHINGTON – Hundreds of people from across the United States and an estimated 130 nations came to the Nation's Capital for a prayer service.
The 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast, organized by members of Congress from different political backgrounds, was held Thursday morning at the Washington Hilton near Dupont Circle.
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and members of both the House and Senate were in attendance, along with leaders and public figures from abroad. more >>
The Los Angeles Times featured an editorial cartoon illustrating the "David-versus-Goliath" confrontation that's taken place when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences first nominated "Alone Yet Not Alone" for best song then revoked its nomination two weeks later.
The Academy said that song creator Bruce Broughton improperly emailed "members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period."
Read stories about the controversy here: more >>
This group of students from Liberty University created a video encouraging Christians to stand up for their faith and what they believe in. But also, to never force others to believe in the same moralities if they choose not to do so. They themselves are dedicated to living out their lives for their savior Jesus Christ. Making it clear that God has given us all free will in life. It's is not our responsibilities as Christians to cram our faith down anyone's throat.
If you are claiming the Lord's name than people are always watching your life and how you live as a follower of Christ. The group makes it clear that we need to love everyone unconditionally as Jesus did. Also, to stop treating people like we are better than them. At the end of the day no one is perfect, we are all sinners.
It is crucial as Christians to love Christ and glorify His name. As true Christians, we are called to serve and love as Jesus loved. more >>
Protestant Churches in the United States and abroad have called for a "Day of Prayer for South Sudan" in response to the recent news of a ceasefire in the violence-ridden nascent nation.
Presbyterian Church (USA), The Episcopal Church, and the Reformed Church in America have issued calls to their members to pray for South Sudan on Sunday, February 16.
Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the PC (USA) General Assembly, said in a recently released statement that the Republic of South Sudan needs their prayers and support during this time. more >>