A California man accused of robbing a church might have sealed his fate after leaving behind a phone with a picture of himself.
Chula Vista police say that Adam Howe, 26, robbed the Hilltop Tabernacle Church in San Diego on Monday, breaking into a church building and nearby RV, and taking $10,000 worth of cash, a laptop computer, and several purses and watches.
But despite the fact that Howe managed to make off with his large haul, police said the suspect left his phone at the scene of the crime. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren encouraged hundreds of local Southern California pastors and ministry leaders attending a pre-release screening of "Son of God" at Saddleback Church Tuesday to use a six-week study the best-selling author created using scenes from the movie.
The "Son of God – The Life of Jesus in You" series (LifeWay publishers) will launch at Saddleback to coincide with the movie's release. Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who were at the special screening, had asked Warren to create the book study with their movie as a tool.
"This is an incredible opportunity to double the size and number of your small [Bible/book study] groups," said Warren after the screening. He explained that the first time he used a movie to launch a series to be used in small groups was with "The Passion of the Christ." Warren said he offered content that was not available anywhere else, and while members of small groups were first attracted to attend by the nature of the content, they stayed in the study groups because of the formed relationships. more >>
People have the ultimate power to change their own thoughts, but in order to so do, one must "feed, focus, and free their minds on a moment by moment basis," preached Rick Warren, founding pastor at Saddleback Church based in Lake Forest, Calif., during last weekend's worship services.
"Satan can't control your thoughts, only you can, and God can't control your thoughts," said Warren during Sunday's sermon. "If you're having bad, scary, guiltily, lonely, depressed and discouraged thoughts, it doesn't help to say, 'God change my thoughts.' God is going to say, 'it's your mind, you do it.'"
Blockbusters like the "Man of Steel," "Iron Man 3" and "Frozen" are among the list of 2013's most faith- and values-friendly films being celebrated at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards Friday night in Los Angeles.
Movieguide founder Ted Baehr said in a press release that 2013 was a big year for faith and family values in the entertainment industry.
"2013 was also the year that explicit sex and nudity did not sell – again," Baehr added. "2013 was also the year that foul language did not sell – again. However, it WAS the year that the Good, the True, and the Beautiful reached new heights at the box office and in the TV ratings." more >>
A California pastor has been accused of keeping two teenage runaways in his San Ramon church and having an unlawful sexual relationship with one of them.
Hyo Bin Im, 33, who is listed as the English ministry pastor at Contra Costa Korean Presbyterian Church on the church's website, was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse and child concealment.
Authorities claim that Im kept two teenage females in his church and home in San Ramon and that he met at least one of them through the Salvation Army Korean Corps in San Francisco. According to San Ramon Police Lt. Tom LaRocque, the two girls had been missing from San Mateo County since the beginning of January. more >>
A Chula Vista, Calif., firefighter got himself arrested Tuesday night because he refused an order from a California Highway Patrol officer to stop administering aid to a crash victim on a local freeway to move a fire engine strategically parked in the fast lane to protect the scene.
A video of the incident made public by CBS News 8 has prompted public outcry with some calling for the unidentified officer to be fired, while fire and police officials are working to tamp down heightened emotions over what they say is an "isolated incident."
They maintain that is does not reflect the usual complementary working relationship that exists between the lifesaving agencies. The video shows the unidentified CHP officer handcuffing firefighter Jacob Gregoire, 36, at the scene of the accident while other fire crews and officers continue helping the victims of the rollover accident involving a white Honda Civic. more >>