Before people can help a loved one who's coping with a terminal illness, they must first face their own fears about death, says Saddleback Church Senior Pastor Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Sunday, Warren, who's the author of the best-selling book, The Purpose-Driven Life, quoted Psalm 89:48: "No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave."
"Before you can help anybody who is facing death, you've got to deal with the fears you have related to death," stated Warren. "Death exposes our hidden fears. When we feel exposed, we typically hide. We've been hiding from our fears since Adam and Eve hid from God because of their nakedness." more >>
At a young age, Sean McElwee knew he wanted to be a star. So when his face appeared on a billboard at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevard in Los Angeles this year, he was reeling with excitement over his newfound fame.
"My mom took me to see my billboard. Thank you Jesus," he proclaimed on Facebook last week, posing with outstretched arms and a huge smile before the large sign bearing his likeness.
Sean is a star on the hit A&E reality series "Born This Way," which is back for a second season and takes an unscripted look at the lives of seven adults living with Down syndrome as each finds their own independence — sometimes falling, sometimes soaring — and it's quickly developing a cult following. more >>
Harvest Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Greg Laurie and his wife, Cathe, reflected on the loss of their son, Christopher, who died eight years ago in a car accident on his way to church, and expressed their gratitude to those who supported them without making "oversimplified theological statements."
Greg shared on Sunday a message from Cathe on Facebook, marking eight years since Christopher's death.
"Thank you to the ones who stayed. To you who listened. Who watched me cry awkward tears. To you who let me do most of the talking. Who didn't tell me I should look on the bright side by saying, 'Well at least you have his children still.' Who sat with me in church. Who held my hand. Who didn't leave me to stand alone in a crowd who walked by my side and ran interference," the message read. more >>
Meagan Good is sharing scriptures with countless people as a person protesting in the Black Lives Matter movement and daughter of a police officer who supports law enforcement.
"My Father was LAPD for over 20 yrs, acknowledging the lives of young black men & women being carelessly killed like garbage does not negate the fact that we are devastated by the loss of life of public servants – some whom in fact do actually serve and protect daily," Good wrote in an Instagram post. "The ones who risk their lives and the pain of their own families as well. Nor does it negate the fact that we don't want to see anybody of any gender or nationality lose their life senselessly either!"
In the month of July, racial tensions have heightened after the fatal shootings of black men Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota at the hands of police officers that resulted in Black Lives Matter protests. What followed was the killing of eight police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas at the hands of ex-military black men. more >>
Jon B, the singer-songwriter best known for '90s hits like "Someone to Love," has found inspiration in the church of gospel music producer Warryn Campbell and his famed singer wife, Erica.
The 41-year-old musician who was born Jonathan Buck took to Instagram last week to sing the praises of the Campbells who lead the California Worship Center.
"Pastor @warryncampbell and first lady @imericacampbell were so on point today focused and recharged for the week. #godsincontrol #neverstopbelieving #itallstartsathomefirst," Jon B wrote. more >>
While it was hard for Steph Curry to hide his disappointment when his Golden State Warriors lost the NBA Finals championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers last month, his wife, Ayesha, says it's their faith in Jesus Christ that has enabled them to accept it and move on.
"My faith is a foundation of everything that I do. It's what keeps our family strong and it's what keeps us going on a daily basis," Ayesha told Haute Living in the July issue of the magazine. "It's what makes the losses OK. Nothing is ever really that bad."
The budding chef and food entrepreneur admitted that she doesn't have many words for her husband about his loss, but insists "there is a bigger picture." more >>