AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Authorities say a package that exploded inside of an Austin home on Monday, killing a teenager and wounding a woman, is believed to be linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas’ capital city earlier this month.
Austin police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference that investigators believe the attacks are linked because in each case, the package bombs were left on the victims’ front doorsteps and not delivered by a mail service. He said the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t have a record of delivering a package to the Austin home where the explosion occurred Monday…. more
The new owner of the Music City Mall in Lewisville, Texas, says he will erect an 8-foot tall Ten Commandments monument inside to help shoppers find “peace and love.” The mall’s new owner has installed similar monuments in his other hotels, shopping centers, and restaurants.
Odessa businessman John Bushman recently purchased the Vista Ridge Mall. Along with the Ten Commandments monuments, Bushman is renaming the mall as Music City at Vista Ridge, the Dallas Morning News reported. He purchased the mall for $17.3 million in cash and will spend at least another $3 million in renovations.
Bushman intends to create an atmosphere that will draw shoppers by featuring local musicians, displaying a giant 30-by-60-foot American flag, and installing the Ten Commandment 800-pound tablets…. read more
Joe and Claryce Holcombe lost nine family members during Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, but, despite the unimaginable carnage, the couple are remaining firm and resolute in their Christian faith.
The extent of the impact that the event had on the Holcombe family is both staggering and unfathomable, as the elderly couple lost their son, Bryan Holcombe, and his wife, Karla, in addition to their grandson, Marc Daniel Holcombe, as well as his baby daughter — and their great-granddaughter — Noah.
They also lost Crystal Holcombe, the wife of their grandson, John Holcombe, three of their great-grandchildren — Emily, Megan and Greg — and the unborn baby Crystal was carrying, who was reportedly due to be born in April; John Holcombe and two additional children survived.
But despite that immensely painful situation, Joe Holcombe, 86, told Faithwire that he and his wife “are very close to God” and have not wavered in their faith as a result of Sunday’s traumatic events….. read more
The red, white and blue has flown outside LaPoynor High School in LaRue, Texas for as far back as anyone can remember.
But instead of 50 stars on a blue field, this flag bears a cross—a symbol of the Christian faith.
The Christian flag flies alongside the Texas flag and Old Glory.
And that’s a big problem for a bunch of out-of-town atheist agitators—a mighty big problem.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers, sent a letter to the local school district demanding the flag be removed…. read more
What do you do when life threatens to crush your very soul? All along the Texas Gulf Coast, people are dealing with the some of the most heart-wrenching pain imaginable….losing everything, unable to even go to work, losing loved ones in the hurricane and flooding. And Florida may be in for the same kind of heartache.
When devastation hits you it’s sometimes easy to turn from God – and that’s precisely the wrong place to be. I have no magic words or simple answers for what folks are going through, but these four things might be of help – be sure and read to number four:
#1. Remember God is good.
He created everything, and He created it good. Why? Because He is good.
Adam and Eve brought sin into the world, and that corrupted EVERYTHING. Even creation… read more
AUSTIN, Texas — A chain of abortion facilities in Texas has offered free abortions to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, it says, to “help” pregnant mothers who wanted to terminate their pregnancy but could not do so because of the storm.
Whole Woman’s Health, which has locations in Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio and McAllen, posted its offer to its website on Friday.
“To ensure our patients get the compassionate, quality abortion care they deserve, we’re providing no-cost abortions for those affected by Hurricane Harvey,” the organization wrote.
opinion: We wonder why these horrible storms are coming, why the northwest is on fire, why we are under judgment and more hurricanes are coming! WAKE UP church and speak UP! STOP MURDERING! Lord Jesus we repent for our wicked nation but we also pray they wake up. We are tired of them murdering our children Lord. Hear our cry O God, hear our hearts broken for killing innocent children for the sake of their sin, we all have sinned and Lord Jesus we thank you for coming and saving us from our sin. Please Lord Jesus cause them to STOP killing your children, In JESUS NAME AMEN!
Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Matthew 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Psalm 28:O Lord, I call to you. O my rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. If you remain silent, I will be like those who go into the pit. 2 Hear my prayer for mercy when I call to you for help, when I lift my hands toward your most holy place. 3 Do not drag me away with wicked people, with troublemakers who speak of peace with their neighbors but have evil in their hearts. 4 Pay them back for what they have done, for their evil deeds. Pay them back for what their hands have done, and give them what they deserve. 5 The Lord will tear them down and never build them up again, because they never consider what he has done or what his hands have made.
Vice President Mike Pence traveled to southeast Texas on Thursday to encourage storm victims and survey the damage caused by hurricane-turned-tropical depression Harvey.
Pence arrived in Corpus Christi on Air Force II with his wife, Karen, and several cabinet secretaries, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a former Texas governor.
The group was greeted on the ground by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his wife, Cecilia. During the visit, Abbott declared this Sunday, September 3 as a “Day of Prayer” for his storm-weary state… read more
Outside a heavily damaged church building in the battered Gulf Coast town of Rockport, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation declaring this Sunday a day of prayer in the state.
“As we gather today here at this church, it’s important that we remember that the greatest power that exists is the power of God and the way that God can touch and move all of our lives,” the governor said Thursday, nearing the end of a week in which his state suffered what many are calling the worst natural disaster in American history in terms of its scope.
Abbott was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, and Rev. Franklin Graham, whose relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is on the ground in Southeast Texas mobilizing volunteers…. read more
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.