Pastor Rick Warren of Southern California's Saddleback Church shared this weekend a message on life's struggles, focusing on believers' struggle with God. It was his fourth weekend since he returned to the pulpit about three months after he lost his 27-year-old son.
Life is a three-way struggle: we struggle with other people, we struggle with ourselves and we struggle with God, Warren said as he began the message titled, "Struggle: When Life Makes No Sense," part three of a series of sermons called, "Getting Through What You're Going Through."
Saddleback announced on April 6 that Warren's youngest son, Matthew Warren, had committed suicide after suffering from mental illness for years. Warren returned to the pulpit on July 28 with the new series. more >>
Paul Tripp, a respected pastor, author and international speaker, spoke to the congregation of Mars Hill Church as a guest speaker, and explained the "huge difference" between amazement and faith based on a biblical incident recorded in the Gospel of Mark.
"If you are God's child, if you've been redeemed by His blood, if you have been forgiven by His grace, you haven't just been forgiven, you've been called to a band new way of living... to live by faith," said Tripp, the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization aimed at "connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life."
However, "faith isn't natural to us," he said, adding that worry, fear, doubt and jealousy are natural to us. more >>
Two groups of atheist activists on the national and local level are trying to stop a city council in California from starting its meetings with prayer.
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a legal memo to the city of Chico Thursday after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter demanding the city stop opening public meetings with a prayer. The city's policy allows various members of the community to offer the prayers. ADF attorneys are currently defending a New York town's similar prayer policy at the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Americans today should be as free as the Founders were to pray," said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. "The Founders prayed while drafting our Constitution's Bill of Rights, and the Supreme Court has ruled that public prayer is part of the 'history and tradition of this country.' The city of Chico, therefore, is on extremely firm ground to allow prayer before its public meetings." more >>
Gay marriages in California can continue ruled the state's Supreme Court on Wednesday. The brief ruling all but ended the bid by traditional marriage supporters to make a state majority vote of more than 7 million voters nearly 5 years ago to ban same-sex marriage stick.
The high court unanimously tossed out a legal challenge by supporters of Proposition 8, denying the petition to uphold the state's voter-approved marriage amendment.
Two pastors who were arrested in 2011 for reading bible verses in front of a DMV in Hemet, Calif. have been found "not guilty" of trespassing, a superior court judge ruled Tuesday.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer ruled that the prosecution's argument against the two pastors, Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey, had provided insufficient evidence for proving that the two church leaders had committed trespassing without a permit when they read bible verses in front of the local DMV in February 2011.
Following the five-day argument by the prosecution team, the pastors' defense team, Advocates for Faith & Freedom, requested that the judge grant a direct verdict, arguing that the prosecution had provided insufficient evidence. Judge Freer obliged, and a verdict was reached Tuesday evening. The ruling was made without a jury, at the defense's request. more >>
A growing number of Catholics have been flocking to the St. John's Cathedral in Fresno, Calif., to worship under a Crape Myrtle tree said to be weeping a miraculous healing liquid from God, but scientists say those "tears" are just a steady stream of bug poop.
Despite what the scientists say, however, the faithful maintain the liquid is a touch from God for believers.
"They can say it's this theory, that theory, the tree does this every year, it's odd when it happens when there is bunch of people praying. When you are asking the Holy Spirit to reveal itself and then it happens all of a sudden and it's still here," said Janine Esquivel-Oji told My Fox Philly. more >>