Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>
San Diego, California, is one of the top cities which will celebrate fourth of July with amazing fireworks displays and other interesting activities.
City rankings of celebrations
The city ranks fourth in terms of the magnitude of celebration for Independence Day, the San Diego Union Tribune said. Below are some of the top events with fireworks highlights happening in the locality on July 4, as listed by SanDiego.org. more >>
People's God-given gifts are meant to be shared with those around them, Pastor Rick Warren says.
The senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Daily Devotional on Thursday that the purpose of gifts is to share them, pointing to 1 Peter 4:10 which reads: "God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."
The megachurch pastor goes on to say that when Christians use their talents to help others, they are glorifying God. more >>
A fan of "Empire" actress Taraji P. Henson reached out to the star on Twitter last week to reveals that she inspired her to stop self-harming by cutting her body.
"You might not even know u saved me from myself," the fan wrote on Twitter. "I used to cut but u gave me the power to stop."
Instead of taking the credit, Henson shifted the focus to God. more >>
To show God's love to others, Christians must offer their acceptance, not necessarily their approval, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in his Daily Devotional on Wednesday that God calls on believers to accept people from all walks of life, but that does not mean he wants people to approve of everyone's actions.
"Do you understand the difference between acceptance and approval? You can accept someone without approving of everything that person does," Warren adds. more >>
Saddleback pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren says small congregations can play a significant role and should not be viewed as less valuable because of their size.
"There is no correlation between the size of a church and its significance," Warren said at the Purpose Driven Conference at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, according to Pastor Randy Craft of Saddleback Newport Mesa. "God is responsible for the quantity of your ministry; you are responsible for the quality."
This is the first Purpose Driven Conference to be held in the United States in 10 years, following the 2006 conference that was attened by more than 2,900 church leaders. more >>