Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California delved into questions on social media about whether loved ones watch people's actions from Heaven, and rejected some "extreme" suggestions by those who believe heavenly residents undergo a "lobotomy" of sorts.
"Are our loved ones watching us in Heaven? How much are they aware of what's going on in our lives?" Laurie asked in a Facebook post on Wednesday, and pointed to Revelation 6:10 in the Bible, which talks about martyred believers asking God to avenge them on Earth.
"They are aware that the injustice they experienced has not been avenged. They are aware of the fact that time is passing. They are asking the Lord to intervene," Laurie observed. more >>
One North Carolina pastor is gaining national attention for appearing on comedian Steve Harvey's "Family Feud" game show looking strikingly similar to the host.
Pastor Olden Thornton of Raleigh International Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, insists that he loves his job but joked about getting compensated by Steve Harvey.
"Every single day of my life people come up to me and call me Steve Harvey," he told the "Family Feud" host in an Aug 31 clip that has gone viral this week. "And I don't even have your money! I think I should get compensated or something." more >>
Fans of Tyrese Gibson are used to reading his spiritual insights on social media from time-to-time. And two days ago the singer and action movie star rebuked spirits before millions of his followers.
In a lengthy Instagram post about turning to God during lonely times, the 37-year-old "Fast & Furious" star tackled the spirit of suicide.
"Because you're alone doesn't mean you're 'lonely.' Don't be like most and allow your horny or lonely or the spirit of 'familiarity' make you run back into something or to someone, or remain IN business with someone that you should of never been in with in the first place," he wrote. ... "I rebuke the spirit or quitting, surrendering, suicide or dropping OUT of school." more >>
Trey Pearson, the lead singer of alternative rock band Everyday Sunday and a formerly married father who came out to the world as gay in May, was axed from the lineup of a major Christian festival after several members of the event's production crew threatened a walk out if he was included.
The festival, called Joshua Fest, is an annual three-day event in Northern California described as a nonprofit "family friendly Christian music festival" that ministers to "young families and teens."
"We have something for everyone. From music that ranges from worship to hard core, to heartfelt workshops and open forum discussions about faith, pain, and hope. To workshops designed to strengthen your marriage," it explains. more >>
Christians should be part of a "church family" and not try to live spiritually on their own, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In his Daily Hope devotional on Monday, the megachurch pastor stressed that being part of a church family is essential to fulfilling God's purposes for one's life.
"You cannot fulfill the five purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism) on your own. Life is not a solo act. You were created for community," wrote Warren. more >>
As Americans paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed 15 years ago during the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, actor Kirk Cameron encouraged parents to teach their children the Pledge of Allegiance and talk to them about the freedoms the diverse nation thrives on.
Standing in the middle of the flag memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, that represents the 2,977 people who died at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the former "Growing Pains" star encouraged his Facebook fans on Sunday to honor the nation "that our Founding Fathers gave us."
"At a beautiful display of all of these flags remembering all of the people who died in the vicious attacks of our country 15 years ago, I just wanted to say that I still pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands," Cameron says in the video that has been watched more than 454,000 times. more >>