Monica Hawkins is the author of A Shattered Heart: A Journey of Hope, Trust, and Healing, which details her experience after losing her son to gun violence. Hawkins spoke with The Christian Post about the role faith played in her healing and how she hopes to help others dealing with a similar loss.
"My faith is the core of my healing and without my relationship with God, the grief would have caused me to be angry, hopeless and depressed. But God came to heal my broken heart," Hawkins explained. "Even when I questioned, 'Where are you God?' He was right there and He continues to comfort me and heal my heart."
Hawkins' son Donte was murdered in May 2012 and attended Clarion University, working towards a degree in criminal justice. After his murder, Hawkins was left devastated and confused about what had happened and why it had happened to his family. She now has a ministry in speaking to other families about overcoming tragedy. more >>
A respiratory virus is sweeping through the Midwest and other areas of the United States, sending an unprecedented number of school children to the emergency room.
Enterovirus 68, also known as EV-D68, is a respiratory virus that has afflicted over 475 children in Missouri and more than 1,000 throughout the U.S. Ten states have reached out to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help investigate clusters of the virus, including Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky.
Virologist for the CDC Mark Pallansch says it could just be the beginning of the epidemic. "This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," Pallansch told CNN in an interview. "We're in the middle of looking into this, we don't have all the answers yet." more >>
Justin Kintzel, worship pastor for Liberty University's Campus Band, has been nominated for a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association.
A release from the university said he was nominated for his original songs "Love Displayed" and "Death is Overcome," both of which are featured on Vital Worship's "Songs For The Living King," which was nominated in the "special event album of the year" category.
Kintzel explained that the nomination shocked him because it was the first time his music had been distributed nationally. more >>
This is a great video of "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know!" to start sharing the foundation of Jesus with your children. The video will have them entertained as the words of this beautiful song sink into your children's minds and heart.
They will be singing to their friends "Jesus Loves Me!" and spreading the word of God to all. It is important to let children know who Jesus is and how important he is in their lives forever.
Enjoy this beautiful video of "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know!" below: more >>
A study released last year by a pro-Common Core group predicted that under Common Core's stricter set of state education standards, six-year high school dropout rates will likely double for states adhering to the federally incentivized nationally-based testing.
The finding was not well publicized and was only recently picked up on by Common Core critics.
The report released by the Carnegie Corporation in collaboration with McKinsey & Company found that teachers will not "meet the demand" of Common Core's expected student achievement levels for those students already behind more than one grade level unless there is broader change in school designs. more >>
American Idol Season 11 Alum and pastor's daughter Candice Russell fulfilled the wish of a girl paralyzed by a serious neuromuscular disorder by making her the star of a video for the title track of her 2013 album So Much More.
Russell, who made it all the way to Hollywood week, recently teamed up with Make-A-Wish Oregon to help 7-year-old Baybeblue "Blue" Campobasso become part of the music videos she loves so much. Cyndy Ledoux says her daughter Baybeblue loves swaying to the rhythm of music videos on YouTube.
During the filming, the Christian singer said she was moved by Baybeblue and her family and hopes that viewers will also be inspired. "Just to look at Blue and her family even when they're faced with all these hard things in life, they have such a good attitude," she said. more >>