I’m gonna show up and tithe more than 10% into this ministry
But after being told that the icon of Christ had been stolen from the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, the pop singer has handed it back.
Incredibly, the church bishop had seen the battered painting hanging from the wall of the singer’s home while watching a documentary on him on Dutch TV.
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Marie Exley of Colorado Springs is convinced that Armageddon, the end of the world as written of in the Bible, will come next year.
Her conviction is so strong that, though unemployed, she’s paid $1,200 to buy advertising space on 10 Springs bus benches through October to get the word out. The ad says, “Save the Date! Return of Christ: May 21, 2011, WeCanKnow.com.”
“I want to do all I can to get the message out,” Exley, 31, said.
Exley got the idea for the ads from listening to Family Radio, a Christian broadcast heard on 55 stations in the United States, including KFRY, 89.9 FM, in Pueblo. It’s hosted by controversial Christian leader Harold Camping.
Camping predicts Christ will return on the date in Exley’s advertisement. Listeners in other states have also purchased outdoor ad space to proclaim the date.
The ads are written and designed by the creators of WeCanKnow.com, an Ohio-based web site devoted to reminding people of Christ’s return.
“We hope it raises awareness and sends people to their Bible,” said Robert Dunham, spokesman for WeCanKnow.com. “Time is running out, but there is still time for salvation.”
Predicting Christ’s return and how the world would end is a controversial subject within Christianity.
Camping teaches that it will happen with Christ’s return, followed by Armageddon, in which nonbelievers are destroyed by fire, and the Rapture, in which believers are taken up to heaven.
Christian leaders have predicted the imminent end of the world since the founding of the faith. Some who base their ideas on the Mayan calendar say the world will end in 2012.
But others say the time of Christ’s return and world’s end can never be known.
“It’s just wrong,” said John Fuller, pastor of Harbor Lights Church in Colorado Springs. “Those who make predictions are just trying to get recognition for themselves.”
Exley has bittersweet feelings about Camping’s prediction.
“There are things I felt I always wanted to do — get married, have a kid, travel more,” she said. “But it’s not about what I want out of life. It’s about what God wants.”
After a seven-year hiatus Jennifer Knapp returns to the music scene with a new album entitled, “Letting Go” and reveals that she’s gay. Check out both articles from CNN and Christianity Today for an in depth look about the new record and her personal life.
This news will undoubtedly send shock waves to Christian music fans world wide. Admitting you’re gay in the Christian music industry and community is career suicide.
We stand by Jennifer Knapp and wish her massive success with the new album!
(AP) SAN FERNANDO, Philippines — Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to crosses Friday to remember Jesus Christ’s suffering and death – an annual rite rejected by church leaders in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.
At least 23 people were nailed to crosses in three villages in northern Pampanga province’s San Fernando city to mark Good Friday, with foreigners banned from taking part this year except as spectators, said Ching Pangilinan, a city tourism officer and one of the organizers.
She said the ban was imposed after some foreigners took part in previous years just to make a film or make fun of the rites.
“We don’t want them to just make a mockery out of the tradition of the people here,” Pangilinan said.
The event Friday drew more than 10,000 Philippine and foreign spectators, she said.
Many gathered at San Pedro Cutud, a farming village where devotees dressed in robes and tin crowns walked to a dusty mound carrying wooden crosses on their backs. At the mound, men nailed their hands and feet to the crosses.
Among the devotees was Ruben Enaje, a 49-year-old sign painter who was nailed to a cross for the 24th time as his way of thanking God for his survival after falling from a building.
Mary Jane Mamangon, a 34-year-old rice cake vendor, was the lone female devotee to be nailed to a cross this year in San Juan village. It was her 14th time.
She said she started when she was 18 and has taken part in the annual rites on and off to seek God’s help in saving her ill grandmother and now her younger sister, who is suffering from cancer.
“I do it because I have seen that it works,” she told The Associated Press. “I saw how my grandmother recovered from her illness.”
Mamangon said she has faith that God will take care of her and her family.
Similar rites took place in nearby Bulacan province, while in other parts of the country, half-dressed, barefooted flagellants walked the streets, whipping their bloody backs with pieces of wood dangling from ropes as a way to atone for sins.
Church leaders reject such practices. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said the real expression of Christian faith during Lent is through repentance and self-renewal, not flagellation or crucifixion.
Bishop Rolando Tirona of the Prelature of Infanta said flagellation and cross nailings are expressions of superstitious beliefs, and are usually done out of need for money or to encourage tourism, which make them wrong.
About 80 percent of the Philippine population of more than 90 million are Roman Catholic.
I came across this banner ad today on Facebook that read “Christian Debt Relief”. Curious, I clicked and it linked me to Believersdebtrelief.org. Jesus is in the the debt consolidation business!
Will Believers Debt Relief still help me if I don’t believe? I’m going to start Agnostic Debt Relief if they don’t.
Atheist Agenda, an atheist student group at the University of Texas, is making Fox News headlines with their “Smut for Smut” campaign. They have set up table at the university and are trading various holy books including the Bible, Koran and Mormon Bible for pornography.
Watch the video to find out why