Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers in an attempt to get them to "do more." Such badgering is not helpful, and can actually rob those weak in faith of the assurance of salvation. I suspect you have heard this passage used in such a way. But have you stopped to really think about not only what Jesus said, but what the hearers said to Christ? Or better yet, what they didn't say.
I just ran across Graham Moore's Oscar acceptance speech from last night, described by The Huffington Post to be the night's most moving speech.
Debates over same sex marriage and homosexuality were previously until fairly recently reserved for historically liberal Mainline Protestant denominations, who've had a 40 year conversation over Christian sexual ethics, having already liberalized theologically in the 1920s or earlier
My great-grandparents and my grandmother are all in Heaven now, but they would be thrilled to know that I will be returning to Huai'an next week, not just to visit the place of my grandmother's birth, but to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I recently embarked on a major research project for a new resource I will soon be offering. Part of my research included a long review of thousands of comments made on this site over the past few years. Though my research had another purpose, I became intrigued by the comments related to church traditions.
Do you need more confidence in your life? In the world, we often get the message that we need more self-confidence, but God tells us in His Word that being confident in ourselves is actually a dangerous way to live. Instead, we need to be confident in Him. And as born-again Christians, we have everything in us – through Christ – that we need so we can do everything we need to do.
Recently, I spent time with a church that is upgrading their children's wing. In the midst of those discussions, we talked about some of the common problems our Lawless Group consulting team sees in a children's ministry. Here are 15 of those problems:
For those who had any questions, Rob Bell has now made himself totally clear: He is willing to trash parts of the Bible as "letters from 2,000 years ago" when God's Word contradicts his views on same-sex "marriage."
Yesterday I ran across an article in The Christian Post where the infamous "hell-can't-be-real-because-love-wins" Rob Bell assured the even more infamous "I left Christianity because "I couldn't believe in a God that's jealous of me" Oprah Winfrey that the American Church is moments away from embracing gay marriage.
Does anyone else think it is strange that, at a time when our culture is finally starting to face up to the horrors of domestic and sexual abuse, the most anticipated Valentine's Day movie was about a man tying up a woman?
Millions of people strive for salvation, while finding no rest in their unending efforts. At the same time, millions of others rest in their salvation, while then earnestly living for the one who died and rose to save them. So what's the difference?
A church in Washington state is converting a former strip club into an evangelistic facility that's serving the community seven days a week. Bethany Community Church, a Seattle-based multi-site congregation founded in 1900, acquired the former strip club called "Sugars" and has turned it into a site for missions.
SC Judge Rejects Episcopal Church's Attempt to Take Over Breakaway Church's Properties Worth $500 Million
A South Carolina judge has denied a motion to reconsider a ruling made in a $500 million property dispute case in favor of a diocese that voted to leave the Episcopal Church due to the national denomination's increasing acceptance of homosexuality.
Alex McFarland's Apologetics Tour 'Stand Strong' Aims to Equip Young Christians With Biblical Wisdom to Defend Their Faith in Secular Culture
Author and noted Christian apologist Alex McFarland will be leading an apologetics tour across the United States meant to focus on keeping young people in the church.
The World Evangelical Alliance inaugurated its new secretary general, Filipino Bishop Efraim Tendero, at its International Leadership Forum this week in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, before evangelical leaders from over 40 countries.
Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Lee's Summit, Missouri, is offering free prom dresses for the 11th-consecutive year with over 3,000 gowns in its collection.
Presbyterian Church (USA) Battles Over Gay Marriage as Denomination Votes on Whether to Redefine Marriage to Include Same-Sex Couples
An amendment to the rules of the United States' largest Presbyterian denomination to recognize gay marriage has gained considerable support in its regional bodies, with 51 of 172 presbyteries already voting in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. The denomination's remaining presbyteries having until June to cast their votes to make the final decision.
The Episcopal Church Files Motion Against Breakaway South Carolina Diocese in Attempt to Take Over $500 Million Property
A "motion for reconsideration" has been filed on behalf of The Episcopal Church of South Carolina against a diocese that voted to break away from the denomination, and is seeking to take over the local church's properties that are estimated to be worth $500 million.
God Wants You to Be Happy? 'God Never Said That' Sermon Series Highlights 'Deceiving' Yet Popular Words of Wisdom
"Don't get swept away by things God never said," reads a warning tied to the promo of a new four-part sermon series by LifeChurch.tv founder and senior pastor Craig Groeschel. The megachurch pastor warns that some "words of wisdom" offered in popular culture, and sometimes co-opted by Christians, will lead to wrong ideas about God.
Why Singles Are 'Invisible' in Many Churches; Two Megachurches That Have Thriving Singles Ministries
"I have actually spoken with churches who are not sure they have any singles there mainly because they view singleness has a particular age-range vs. someone who isn't married from 18 to the grave."
In response to the cinematic debut of the "50 Shades of Grey" movie, one Virginia pastor will look to respond via a sermon series meant to address various matters regarding sexual ethics, including pornography and gay marriage.
Gang-Infested Portland School Revitalized by Church Program; Pastor Challenges America's 300,000 Churches to Help Nation's Troubled Public Schools
Thanks to the efforts of one Oregon suburban church, a public school in inner-city Portland that was once on a short list to be shut down due to frequent gang violence and had a reputation of being one of the most underperforming schools in the state, has been transformed and is now thriving at its highest academic level in years.
The evangelical humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse has exceeded its donation goal of 10 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2014 in its popular charity program, Operation Christmas Child.
Popular Brooklyn, New York megachurch pastor, A.R. Bernard is now grieving the loss off his firstborn son Alfonso R. Bernard Jr. who died last Wednesday after suffering an asthma attack. He was 39.
Pastor Says New Book 'Believe, NIV' Combats Bible Illiteracy And Paves the Way for a More Christ-Like Life
Christian publishing company Zondervan is offering readers a distinctive look at Scripture in the new book, "Believe, NIV" so that they may become more like Jesus this year.