As Benjamin Watson mourns the recent death of his grandmother, he's sharing some of the spiritual lessons the family matriarch instilled in him.
The 35-year-old recovering Baltimore Ravens tight end wrote a heartfelt message to over 350,000 Facebook fans about his grandmother who died on Oct. 29. While reflecting on his love for her, Watson recalled some wise words his grandmother told him concerning his faith.
"'What God has for you is for you.' In other words, Benjamin, YOU fight the good fight, YOU finish the course, YOU keep the faith and YOU trust God to give you what He wants and lead you where He desires you to go," Watson shared. "No one can alter, add or subtract from God's plans for you. Only He is omniscient and omnipotent. Rest in His sovereignty." more >>
A Christian homeless shelter in Pennsylvania is no longer accepting food donations from the federal government because of new regulations that prohibits them from praying before meals.
The Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which is a missionary arm of the local church that has served the homeless community for 102 years, is objecting to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's revised rules on food distributions, which state that the mission cannot conduct religious activities while distributing the USDA-donated food.
"Well, we pray before meals, so if there's a meal being served — and we serve 3,000 meals a week — if there's a meal being served with USDA food somewhere in it, then we would be prohibited from praying," the mission's Executive Director Chuck Wingate told CNS News. "We just said 'nope' that's too onerous for us and we're not going to continue to accept the food if that's a condition of receiving it." more >>
A person doesn't need to forget in order to forgive, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Tuesday morning on Rick Warren's Daily Hope, The Purpose Driven Life author addressed the common cliché "forgive and forget."
"You've heard this phrase over and over: 'Forgive and forget.' There's only one problem with it: You can't do it. It's impossible! You really can't forget a hurt in your life," wrote Warren. more >>
President Barack Obama is reportedly prepared to veto the critically important and wide-ranging defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2017 if the final version of the bill includes a long-standing religious exemption for faith-based contractors and religious institutions.
According to Roll Call, senior Obama administration officials said during a White House meeting on Monday that the National Defense Authorization Act, which is passed annually and lays out the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense, could be vetoed if it lands on the president's desk with the Russell Amendment included.
The amendment, proposed by Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., provides faith-based contractors and service providers with a decades-old religious exemption from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The exemption makes it so that the faith-based providers can't be denied federal contracts or grants due to the fact that their employment policies align with their religious convictions. more >>
A Christian nursing home run by the Salvation Army in Switzerland has been told that it must either allow assisted suicide despite its religious beliefs, or lose its charitable status.
The nursing home mounted a legal challenge against the country's new assisted suicide rules which require charities taking care of the sick or elderly and to offer assisted suicide when a patient asks for it, Catholic Herald reports. But a Swiss court ruled against the nursing home earlier this month.
Other Christian charities across Europe, including a separate case in Diest, Belgium, have also been fined and punished for refusing to allow euthanasia on their grounds. more >>
Comedian Michael Jr. travels the world entertaining people with his brand of stand-up comedy, but he also uses his God-given talents and resources to help others who are facing desperate circumstances.
Using his ingenuity and a little star power, Michael Jr. was recently able to garner enough support to help a struggling foster family in need.
Tim and Keri Richardson, a couple who has fostered more than 70 children over the years, currently has a blended household of 12 children that includes five biological and seven foster children. The family recently hit hard times and were struggling to make ends meet. Adding insult to injury, one of their vehicles was stolen which left them with only one means of transportation. The family had previously ran a Go Fund Me campaign seeking to raise $10,000, but only received $390 in contributions. more >>