To fully know and love God, Christians need to shed their misconceptions and view Him as their father, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, the senior pastor of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Thursday devotional that while the Old Testament rarely describes God as being a father, this changes after Jesus is sent down from Heaven to save humanity.
After this event, God is described as a father much more frequently, and this designation "[explodes] all the stereotypes" about God. more >>
After Tamar Braxton announced that she was going off the social media grid amid reports that she had been fired from her co-hosting duties on "The Real," the singer and reality television star has decided to spend more time in church.
The singer appeared in an Instagram image with gospel singer Erica Campbell whose record producer husband, Pastor Warryn Campbell, leads the California Worship Center. Braxton attended the church's service with her husband, Vincent Herbert, and their 3-year-old son, Logan.
LOS ANGELES — At least two people were shot dead at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday, police and campus officials said, drawing a phalanx of police cruisers to the scene and prompting officials to lock down the campus.
Police had yet to report locating a suspect.
Los Angeles police spokesman Aareon Jefferson reported two fatalities from the shooting but could not confirm any details about the victims nor provide further information about the suspect. more >>
Planned Parenthood is pushing California lawmakers to pass a bill that would criminalize reporters and media outlets that publish undercover video and audio of abortion clinic practices by convicting them as felons.
The unconstitutional bill aimed at silencing the press, Assembly Bill 1671, would ban reporters from reporting on their own recorded conversations and video footage as well as publishing reports on undercover investigations conducted by pro-life advocacy groups.
AB 1671 was authored by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, who in 2015 was the recipient of Planned Parenthood's Champion of Choice Award. If passed and signed into law by the state's Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, reporters could be fined up to $10,000 and sentenced to two to three years in state prison. more >>
Being a "born again Christian" means you have been adopted into God's family, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who heads the popular Saddleback Church in Southern California, wrote in his daily devotional on Tuesday that there are two ways to enter into God's family: you can either be born into his family, or adopted into it through a "born again" conversion.
The megachurch pastor cites Roman law, which allowed parents to disown their biological children, but prevented them from disowning their adopted children. more >>
Having an attitude of gratitude shapes your relationships and your outlook on life, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who serves as senior pastor of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in his devotional on Friday, "The More Grateful You Are the Happier You Are," that Christians should follow the teaching of Paul in Philippians 1:3, when he says: "Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God," (NLT, second edition).
"This simple truth is the foundation of good relationships." more >>