What does it mean to "throw away your life?" It means to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, says Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California.
Citing Mark 8:35, Warren explains in his daily devotional that to "throw away your life," is to "submit yourself to God for his purposes."
"Only those who throw away their lives for My sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live," the verses read, in part. more >>
Meagan Good wants people to focus on more than just the possibility of being famous and remember that they have a divine destiny to follow.
As an upcoming special guest on the Fearless Discussions talk show, the 34-year-old actress will be joining host Arian Simone to discuss fame for a special program event called "Is It All for the Fame?"
In an Instagram post about the event, Good describes it as a "fearless discussion on the extremes that people will go through to see their name in lights. We have to get to a place in today's fame seeking society where we are pursuing purpose over popularity!" more >>
A California senate bill proposes that only colleges and universities that are controlled by a religious organization to train ministers be allowed policies consistent with a conservative view of gender and sexuality, and that all faith-based institutions that have the exemption disclose the basis for it.
"Faith-based institutions in California would no longer be able to require a profession of faith of their students … to integrate faith throughout the teaching curriculum … to require chapel attendance for students, an integral part of the learning experience at faith-based universities … to require core units of Bible courses, nor offer students spiritual direction or pastoral care," says Biola University, of the likely effects of the bill, SB 1146.
"Athletic teams would no longer be able to lead faith-based community service programs." more >>
A day after USA Swimming banned former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, 20, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman and sentenced to six months in jail and probation, a group of witches dissatisfied with the sentence gathered online for a mass "hexing" of the swimmer on Tuesday.
"Brock Turner's membership with USA Swimming expired at the end of the calendar year 2014," USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said in an email to USA Today Sports. "He was not a member at the time of his crime or since then. USA Swimming doesn't have any jurisdiction over non-members.
"Brock Turner is not a member of USA Swimming and, should he apply, he would not be eligible for membership. ... Had he been a member, he would be subject to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct. USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate our Code of Conduct," he added. more >>
When budding chef Ayesha Curry hears naysayers speak negatively about her or the family that she shares with husband and Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, it's hard for her to keep quiet.
In a new ESPNW report, she is revealing why.
"It's weird because I feel like I'm still spending time fighting off the naysayers who think I only have these opportunities because of Stephen," Ayesha said. "While I'm clearly aware that he has helped me get through the door, I have to walk through that door and I feel like I have the talent to be here. So it has been fun to prove people wrong." more >>
Christians often feel stressed because they have not fully surrendered their life to God, says Pastor Rick Warren, who urges people to read Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."
Warren, senior pastor of the popular Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explained in his daily devotional on Thursday that there are moments in life when believers struggle to fully surrender to God, whether it be financially or in personal relationships. And this unwillingness to surrender leads to more stress.
"Some of you have not surrendered your relationships to God. 'I know I should forgive that person who hurt me, but I'm not about to forgive them.' That's why you're under stress," the evangelical pastor explains. more >>