Moms bless us 365 days a year. Why not go out of
your way to make your mom feel special this Mother’s Day. Here are some unique,
inexpensive and easy ways to reflect God’s love to your mother this season.
Goody Basket Make mom a goody basket. Fill the basket with small items you know your mother will love.
De-stress-her Treat mom to a massage at a classy spa or a nice relaxing night at a hotel in town. read more
The church is more technologically advanced than you might think. Here are five ways believers are paving the way with their innovation. Below are video demonstrations of some of inventions by Christians.
For years statistics have shown that Christian marriages are just as likely to end in divorce as non-Christian ones. Adding to the bleak snapshot of the American church is the fact that clergy divorce rates are lock step with their congregations. But pastor Isaac Pitre and his wife, Denisha, (pictured above) who helm Christ Nations Church in Texarkana, Texas, say God wants to restore all marriages-even if couples have already divorced. Charisma recently spoke with the pair, who remarried each other six years after their 2003 divorce. You can hear the entire interview below.
British journalist Peter Hitchens believes faith is reasonable, and that's no small feat. The brother of popular God Is Not Great author Christopher Hitchens embraced atheism as a teenager and burned his Bible when he was 15. But at age 30, he began to drift slowly back toward Christianity. Now part of the Church of England, Hitchens says there is "a good, firm, reasonable case for belief in God," which he explains in his newly released memoir The Rage Against God. Recently he talked with Charisma about his book, his journey to faith and the future of Christianity in Britain.
Do you see others in your generation returning to faith? I think my generation is particularly hostile to faith in Britain. There's something about the way they were brought up, the circumstances they were brought up in. It's one of the big differences between not just Britain and the United States, but Europe and the United States. The huge damage which the early part of the 20th century did to religious faith in general, particularly the First World War, it just went very deep. And we caught a sort of rather large after shock of that, I think. When I go to church now, there are people there who are older than me and there are people there who are younger than me, but very few are the same age. Mine is just a particularly secular generation. And it's one that's been very lucky so therefore not as most generations in human existence have been compelled to confront the sort of things, which make people think about the broader, deeper subjects which lead you toward faith. We just haven't needed to. Now that we're all approaching the grave, it might become more urgent, but I think most people would say I don't practice. I don't think it will really come to it. You've got an awful lot of British people who don't know what it means declaring that they're atheist these days, of my generation. It's a matter of pride and something that distinguishes them in some way. read more
During my years of ministry, I have been asked many questions
about heaven and hell—and about who will be going to each place. Some of the
questions asked most often relate to people who have died without ever hearing
the gospel story about Christ. This section includes six of these questions,
each of which is complicated and must be answered from a scriptural point of
"I lost a child whom
I love dearly at an early age. She was like an angel to me. I am hoping that in
heaven she will be the same age (age five) that she was on Earth. Is this
possible, or will she be a grown woman when I see her? Will she know I was her
mother? It greatly burdens me that she will not know who I am!"
Answer: First, consider that we are all a tripartite
creation—a body, soul, and spirit. It is the spirit of a person that, if it
stepped out of the body where you could see it, you would recognize as that
person. This was the case with the rich man who recognized Lazarus (Luke
16:19-31) and with Moses and Elijah, who were recognized by Christ and by Peter
at the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:3-4). Thus, the spirit and soul have
the same appearance as the physical body. This is why we will be known in
heaven as we were known on Earth (1 Cor. 13:12). read more
Millions of children worldwide make their homes on hard sidewalks and in cold alleys and urban garbage dumps. Who will tell them about Jesus?
Jesus stands high over Rio de Janeiro, His arms spread wide. His famous statue atop Corcovado mountain could be welcoming the thousands of tourists who travel to the “Marvelous City” from around the world for her beaches, nightlife and renowned Carnival.
Or He might be celebrating the growth of His church, hailing the thousands who have become Christians in the last decade or recognizing how the revival that has swept through South America has changed the spiritual landscape of Brazil. read more
AIDS kills more than 6,000 people a day in sub-Saharan Africa, leaving hopelessness and havoc in its wake. But pastors and intercessors are coming together to break this curse and bring healing.
Rose Mukantaganda lies on a makeshift bed in a tiny, borrowed room, waiting for her day to die. The 28-year-old learned she has AIDS nine months ago and has since sent her child, who also has AIDS, to die with her husband’s relatives. read more
A young woman is checking IDs on a Saturday night outside the Kitchen Club in Miami. In the glow of moonlight, her wan face radiates against the coal black of her lips, eyeliner, hair and clothing. Darkly accented patrons drift by her to be frisked before vanishing into this Goth club situated along a main street of the tropical city.
Everywhere inside the cave-like club there is black—on the floors, the walls, the ceilings. Jet black clothing shrouds hundreds of Gothic allies of the night who are here after midnight. They are adorned in capes, hoods, wings, spikes and chains or veiled with leather, lace, wool, fishnet, vinyl and velvet. read more
The lynching of black Americans has been an ugly, forgotten secret in our nation’s past. Now, a historic photo exhibit has exposed the magnitude of a horror we can no longer ignore.
Photos from the book Without Sanctuary courtesy of Twin Palms Publishing.
As morning dew settled on the almost unidentifiable remains of a Negro whose tragic fate had been sealed at the hands of an angry white mob, black undertaker J.B. Stone removed the ravaged body left hanging from a tree and prepared it for burial. read more