While God calls all Christians to practice forgiveness, there is a clear distinction between forgiving and trusting again, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Devotional this week that while forgiveness does not need to be earned, a restoration of trust does, and therefore it does not happen instantly but over time.
"Forgiveness does not mean the instant restoration of trust. Forgiveness is instant. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Forgiveness is based on grace. Trust is built on works. You earn trust. You don't earn forgiveness," the pastor emphasizes, pointing to Romans 12:19 (NIV) which reads: "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord." more >>
Every time Niecy Nash steps foot on set, the actress says she's praying for a way to serve God.
From the critically acclaimed film "Selma" to the comedic thriller series "Scream Queens," Nash told The Huffington Post that she speaks to God about His plan for her in every situation.
"Every time I've gone on a set, my prayer is that I could be of service. My job is one thing ... that's my due," she said. "But being of service is my 'who.' So showing up to say, 'OK, God, how would you use me on that set?" more >>
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the biggest action stars in Hollywood, but the one thing that inspires him to forge ahead every day despite all of life's challenges, he says, is his relationship with God.
After watching Johnson's summer blockbuster movie "Central Intelligence," gospel singer Fred Hammond took to Twitter to give the new movie rave reviews. Johnson then replied by telling Hammond that he derives inspiration from his gospel music.
A property management company in Sacramento is asking controversial Pastor Roger Jimenez and Verity Baptist Church to move out of its building after Jimenez told his congregation last week that it was a "tragedy" that more gay clubgoers didn't die in the Orlando massacre.
Harsch Investment Properties, which owns the business park where Verity Baptist is located, has informed the church that the company will not be renewing its lease because it can't tolerate "tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives."
Since the company cannot legally force the church to move until its lease is up on March 31, 2017, ABC 10 reports that company officials announced in a press release that they have simply asked church leaders to move out. more >>
Forgiveness is a lifestyle we need to practice every day, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who heads Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, said in his Daily Hope devotional that there are three main reasons why we as Christians need to forgive: because God forgives us, because forgiveness benefits our personal health, and because we need forgiveness every day.
The first reason to practice forgiveness is because God forgave us of our sins when he sent his only son to die on the cross and be resurrected. more >>
Passed by the California state Senate and now pending in the Assembly, Senate Bill 1146 is a flawed measure that denies faith-based universities in California the ability to function based on religious beliefs and constitutional principles.
Although this may not be the intention of Sen. Ricardo Lara and his colleagues, the bill is discriminatory and violates the First Amendment and freedom of religion.
The overall assumption of SB 1146 is that it protects gay, lesbian and transgender students against discrimination at private Christian universities. However, this overlooks the devastating impact on constitutional freedoms. Tens of thousands of students in California, many of them first-generation and people of various nationalities, will potentially have their college choice limited. more >>