ALL CHILDREN ARE A BLESSING
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Q: My daughter gave birth to a child with Down’s syndrome. We have sorrow about the life ahead, but my daughter has joy in taking care of this little one. Why does God permit this to happen? — D.S.
Through Great Grief Can Come Great Joy…Read more…
Wishing you and yours a blessed Chanukah as you celebrate the God of miracles, victory and light.
May your holiday be filled with the love and joy of Yeshua (Jesus) – the Light of the World.
Yeshua spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows Me will no longer walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ―John 8:1
Giving Thanks For God’s Beautiful Earth
Imagine if you were the creator of the Earth, with all of its breathtaking beauty, and gave each living creature the gift of life. Read more…
25 BIBLE VERSES PERFECT FOR THANKSGIVING
The Word of God is full of verses that are perfect for giving thanks as we do at Thanksgiving. Whether it’s telling a loved one how much we appreciate their presence in our life or writing a greeting card for those far away, we hope you can use these thankful bible verses to better express your gratitude. You can write down these Scriptures to remind yourself throughout the day to live a life of thanks and you can also use these on Thanksgiving Day as you pray over a meal shared with family and friends.
Discover the best bible verses for Thanksgiving in this collection of grateful scripture quotes! Click here…
Choose to observe Halloween and you choose to worship the Prince of Darkness. You will reap the whirlwind by doing so. Read more…
Former Lee Student Wins ‘America’s Got Talent’
Former Lee University student and close-up magician Shin Lim has won Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent” and $1 million. Read more…
Why do Movies Take God’s Name in Vain?
“Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and the ones who love of it will eat its fruit” – Proverbs 18:21 (NASB)
When was the first time you heard an expletive? If you think back, it’s likely that your answer stems from something you heard on the radio, saw on TV or maybe even a parent or friend…read more
What Church Leaders Should Learn from the Bill Hybels Scandal
Once again, a well-known pastor is making headlines across the country. And, as is too often the case, the story is about sexual misconduct and even sexual abuse. Bill Hybels, the founder of Chicago’s Willow Creek megachurch, was accused by former church employee Pat Baranowski of inappropriate sexual conduct and abuse during the 1980s. Read more…
This 90’s R&B Singer Gave Up Fame for Faith
Let’s take a time machine, shall we? We’re back in the 1990’s where parachute pants and boom boxes ruled. Chances are you might’ve been jamming to a popular song 1995 hit, “This Is How We Do It,” by Montell Jordan. Read more…
Many Christians have a preferred musical expression. Perhaps it is CCM (Contemporary Christian Music), hymns, songs in Spanish, Gospel, acapella, or even rap. Many of us grew up in a denomination that only sang one of these types of music, and that is what we’re used to, what we’re comfortable with, and what we prefer. Read more…
THE SPARROW – By Jake Edgeman
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)
When reading this, Humans miss the mark. Read more…
Have you ever been there? Has the silence of God in your life ever been eerily strong?
Imagine you had been faithfully serving… God is using you… you are in constant communication with Him… and then suddenly… everything is quiet. You have to wait. Read more…
The Incredible Reality of Who We Are Now Because of Jesus
One of the incredible results of Jesus’ resurrection is that God makes believers into completely brand new creations. Read more…
Someone Will Sin Against You Today, Are You Ready?
_If Jesus seems distant to you, you are not alone. For many, Jesus is abstract. He is like that piece of modern art you just don’t get and have trouble relating to. But this is not the Jesus in the gospels nor of early church tradition. Jesus is right here, right now—and that idea will renew your life. Read more…
Stay On The Path With God To Find True Peace, Rest
For many years, I’ve enjoyed running and hiking many of the pristine trails in the Cascades, Coast Range and west slope of the Rockies. Read more…
10 Surprising Teachings from Song of Solomon
With so many biblical scholars disagreeing on interpretation, is it any wonder many find Song of Solomon confusing? Some say it’s a drama or musical, and elaborate that there are two or three main characters. It’s often called Song of Songs, and even the Canticle of Canticles. Most agree it that shows a beautiful picture of God’s design for love and the marriage relationship. Read more…
Mart Green, Hobby Lobby board chairman and keynote speaker, tells of leaving a legacy during the 40th Chattanooga Area Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Tuesday.
– By Ben Kayser – 5-1-18
Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff – 4-13-18
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Texas Church Pays Off over $10 Million Medical Debt in Easter Gift to Local Families 2018. Read more…
CHRISTIAN NEWS AND INFORMATION
Vice President Mike Pence’s Historic Knesset Speech – 1-22-18
Vice President Mike Pence made a historic speech at the Knesset this morning. Speaking to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel’s lawmakers, the Vice President honored Israel’s upcoming 70th anniversary and 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
This was the first time in 10 years that a senior US Administration official addressed the Knesset since President George W. Bush spoke there to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary in 2008. The Vice President boldly spoke of the spiritual and political ties between Israel and the United States, and the common bond between our two countries created by people who treasured freedom and the faith of Abraham. He left no daylight between Israel and the United States, a marked change from the speeches we have heard from US officials during the last administration.
We were excited to hear President Donald Trump’s speech in December when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital, and announced that the administration would begin making plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Today, the Vice President reaffirmed the decision of the United States to recognize Jerusalem, and he announced that the Embassy would complete its move by the end of 2019.
The Vice President spoke of his hope that we have entered a new era of the peace process, and said the President believes it is possible to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel with the help of Arab leaders. Instead of chastising Israel for the lack of peace, as the previous President and his administration did many times, Vice President Pence affirmed Israel’s efforts to achieve peace and provide freedom for people of all faiths.
In addition, the Vice President strongly condemned the disastrous Iran Deal and stated that President Trump has decided that he will no longer certify this bad deal. Vice President Pence stated that, unless the deal is fixed, the US will withdraw and resume sanctions against the regime in Tehran. He promised that the US will not allow Iran to attain a nuclear weapon, under any circumstances. And he offered the hand of friendship to Iran’s people, telling them the US is not their enemy, and that when the day comes that the people of Iran throw off the oppression of their regime the United States will stand with them.
This historic speech by Vice President Pence marks a dramatic new day in American foreign policy. It also shows that CUFI has a perfect opportunity to seize the moment and work with Congress and the Trump Administration to achieve political victories that will protect Israel for decades to come.
CRAIG’S PHOTO GALLERY
Jim Ricketts Memorial-Awana Benefit – 3-26-17
WHEN FAITH IS LOST TO SCIENCE
Her loss of faith is a familiar story. As writer Margaret Wheeler Johnson explains it, the personal integrity that religion instilled in her “made it impossible to maintain faith” in religion. A while back, Columbia University professor Mark Lilla made a similar disclosure; namely, the truth that led him to faith was the very thing that led him “out of faith.” Read more…
THE TRUTH ABOUT MOVIE RATINGS
What is the purpose of the rating system?
Movie ratings provide parents with advance information about the content of films to help them determine what movies are appropriate for their young children and at what age. Ratings are assigned by a Board of parents who consider factors such as violence, sex, language, drug use and other adult activities and assign a rating they believe the majority of American parents would give a film. Read more…
HEAVEN’S HIGHWAY TO HAPPINESS
Multitudes are seeking happiness. But for many it is elusive and temporary at best. Is that because they are searching in the wrong places? Real, lasting happiness cannot be found in earthly riches or in abundant possessions. It is not found in prestige, popularity, or positions of power. Worldly entertainments and sinful pleasures do not truly satisfy but result in emptiness, turmoil, and remorse. Read more….
Seven Unbiblical Worldviews Too Many Christians Are Accepting
The Barna Group, in association with Summit Ministries, conducted a survey of practicing Christians to determine if Christians are influenced by false worldviews that oppose a biblical worldview. The results are shocking, and worrisome. Read more….
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO DARRELL WYKE – By David Cook
For too long, the Howard School’s football field has been nearly unplayable. “A dust bowl,” said coach John Starr. “We were playing football and dust was flying up.” Not anymore. Read more
You’re probably familiar with The Lord’s Prayer. It’s a passage of Scripture many believers (and even non-believers) know and recognize. But there’s a key part I think many people don’t understand. Let’s go through the prayer together, beginning in Matthew 6:9 (KJV) …Read more
TODAY – By Gary Miller
Today is unique. There is no other day more special than today. Sure, we enjoy the precious memories of days gone by, and as we grow older, we may even become a bit nostalgic about our childhood memories. But we have only today to do the deeds that will make memories tomorrow.
If we are visionaries….Read more
Let’s thank God for the wonderful rain!
God’s Power in Creation – By Lester Burkholder – click here
The 2016 election has revealed afresh a deep fissure—and a great opportunity. By Mark Galli/ November 10, 2016
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USE GOD-GIVEN GIFT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD – By Billy Graham – 9-13-16
Q: I heard a sermon the other day about how we ought to be using our God-given abilities to help others, but I don’t think I have any particular talents. I’m just an ordinary church member, and besides that I’m getting older and my health isn’t very good. — Mrs. E.M.
A: Don’t think that you’re useless in God’s eyes — because you’re not. Even if you aren’t aware of it, God has given you at least one spiritual gift or ability — just as he has every other believer.
And God wants you to discover your gift and use it for his glory. No, yours may not be as public as someone else’s gift; not everyone (for example) is called to become a preacher or teacher (although some are). But that doesn’t mean your gift is any less important in God’s eyes — because it isn’t. Some people, for example, have a God-given gift for encouraging others, or being kind or merciful, or giving wise advice to those who need it. The Bible says we “do not all have the same function. … We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” (Romans 12:4,6).
I can’t help but think, for example, of the men and women I’ve known over the years to whom God had given a special gift of prayer. We’re all called to pray, of course — but some people have been given a special anointing by God to pray. Many I’ve known were older or even disabled — but our ministry would have been impossible without them.
Ask God to show you what gift he’s given you. Then commit it (and your whole life) to Jesus Christ, and seek to use it to help others. The Bible says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
CHURCH PROVIDES AID FOR FLOOD VICTIMS – The Associated Press – 8-22-16
WALKER, La. — Outside the small town of Walker, Louisiana, a rural Baptist church has become an oasis for flood victims.
As waters rose amid torrential rains earlier this month, National Guard rescue crews dropped people off at South Walker Baptist Church because it sits on a ridge of relatively high ground in Livingston Parish near Baton Rouge. Even as flooding has receded in recent days, the church — like many other places across hardhit south Louisiana — has continued providing sustenance for the body and soul.
It sheltered 96 people in the days after the storm, and Pastor Mark Carroll said the sanctuary is still a dormitory for more than 20 who lost their homes, including a man who had been living in his car until Saturday. It is also housing volunteers who have come to help people rebuild.
With a congregation of about 100 and with help from the community, the church is offering hot meals, running a pantry stocked by donations from around the U.S. and conducting prayer services.
“It’s been this entire community,” Carroll said by phone Sunday. “We couldn’t have done anything without everyone, and I mean just about everyone, pitching in.”
Obedience. It can be difficult and it can be unpopular, but it is undoubtedly the best way of life for believers. When we obey God, we demonstrate our love for Him and invite His blessings into our lives. Obedience is doing what God says, how He says it, and when He says to do it. Anything less is rebellion. Obedience or rebellion—with God there is no middle ground.
God has the power to turn evil into good – by Kevin Adams
Wanted: A body was found buried in the Egyptian sand. The murderer has fled to Midian and is on the loose. He is armed with a rod and can be considered armed and dangerous.
Wanted: A gang leader of the group known as “Thirty Mighty Men” is wanted for multiple charges…Read more
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