The health of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother who was jailed and sentenced to the death penalty in 2010 after being accused of blasphemy, is dwindling, as she now has trouble walking and is also throwing up blood inside of her prison cell, her family has said.
According to a report by The Global Dispatch, the 50-year-old Bibi's family was allowed to visit with her in May, after not being allowed to see her for over a month and noticed that Bibi is "so weak that she can hardly walk."
For Bibi, who is suffering from intestinal bleeding, her health problems are only getting worse and she's in dire need of medical attention, a family source said. more >>
A group of volunteers from a church in Charlotte, North Carolina gathered to serve the homeless breakfast before Sunday services. An unidentified homeless person attended this service and dropped off the most selfless offering.
This homeless man did not want to offend anyone with the amount that was put into the envelope. But, that was the complete opposite reaction they had to this offering. This person touched the heart of everyone who attended and did something that they will never forget. He did not want to offend anyone in the church so he humbly wrote on the envelope, "Please don't be mad, I don't have much, I'm homeless. God bless." He left the most heartfelt 18 cents you could ever imagine, and the envelope stood out from the others. People were so touched and felt the need to share with all those around the world.
The lesson you can take away from this heartwarming story is, it's really not how much you give, it's about giving to God with all of your heart! more >>
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., is urging the Department of Homeland Security to change the wording on naturalization tests and study materials to promote "freedom of religion" instead of "freedom of worship," stating that "freedom of religion" is the right to exercise beliefs, while "freedom of worship" confines acting on beliefs to location.
Lankford, co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus and former youth pastor, sent a Monday letter to secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, arguing that asking prospective citizens to identify "freedom of worship" rather than "freedom of religion" in question 51 of the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services civic test study materials contradicts the First Amendment, which James Madison introduced in his proposal of the Bill of Rights 226 years ago Monday.
"We are doing a great disservice to those seeking citizenship in this great country if we distort our history and fail to teach new citizens about the founding and constitutional principles of this nation," Lankford wrote in the letter. "How can your Department request that Congress create a new United States Citizenship Foundation when your own naturalization materials do not even accurately reflect the constitutional rights of American citizens?" more >>
Christians believe that Jesus Christ is coming back for His church. Pastor Greg Laurie of a California megachurch urged the congregation to take that promise of Jesus seriously, and shared what surrounds this great event and what they should do until then.
"Christ is going to come back. … He is returning to judge His enemies, set up His kingdom and rule over the Earth for a thousand years," Laurie, the pastor of Harvest Church, said, as he began his message on Sunday titled, "Till He Comes."
There are 300 passages in the Bible that deal with the return of Jesus, Laurie said, adding that Jesus also spoke of it at least 21 times. more >>
Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston said Sunday that Mark Driscoll, who resigned as the lead pastor of a U.S. megachurch last October due to a controversy surrounding his leadership style and statements he had made, is not attending their upcoming conferences.
"After personal interaction with Mark Driscoll today (Sunday), we have agreed that he will no longer be coming to Australia or the U.K. to attend Hillsong Conference," Houston said in a statement Sunday.
An online petition, saying Hillsong is "both endorsing and legitimizing" Driscoll's views about women by hosting him, gained more than 3,000 signatures. It mentioned Driscoll's alleged communications from 2000 written under a pseudonym, saying we are living in a "pussified nation" with "men being raised by bitter penis envying burned feministed single mothers." more >>
A New York City-based pastor was detained earlier this week at a military prison in Sudan while attempting to visit two Presbyterian pastors facing potential death sentences after they were charged with various trumped-up espionage and conspiracy charges by the government.
This week, the Rev. William Devlin, pastor of the Infinity Bible Church in South Bronx, visited Sudan for his eighth time in nine years.
After meeting with pastors from the Sudan Council of Churches, Devlin was invited to travel along with three other Sudanese pastors, including SCC General Secretary Kori Kuku, to the Omdurman Prison for Men on Wednesday in hopes of visiting with imprisoned pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yen Reith. more >>