If God chooses to answer the prayer of Pastor Donnie Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church in Texas, UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor will soon be struck down by a lightning bolt for calling himself god and saying he would knock out Jesus.
"I'm telling you what, I'm going to pray that God strikes this guy dead," Romero said in clip from a recent sermon posted to YouTube.
"Do you know why?" he asked. "Guy's name is Conor McGregor. He's the UFC featherweight champ or something like that, he's on this run of just knocking people out. But he got up and he said 'if Jesus Christ was in the ring with me, I'd knock him out.'" more >>
If you are someone with a lot of junk (like me!) who is trying to follow Jesus faithfully, you probably spend a lot of time focusing on self-discipline, putting sin to death, and training your heart to hate what God hates. And that's good!
I hear well-meaning people advise others to just focus on Jesus and not worry themselves over their sin. And while I appreciate part of what these folks are getting at — not obsessing over sin, but obsessing over Jesus — I don't think essentially ignoring sin is what Jesus wants his followers to do. He said things like, "Cut off your hand if it causes you to sin; pluck out your eye if it causes you to stumble." And Paul, full of the Holy Spirit, said things like, "I discipline my body and keep it under control."
It doesn't seem that God wants us to sit back passively and just wait on holiness to mystically happen. He commands us to cut, pluck, discipline — to do all that we must to "present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship," Romans 12:1. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to be at continual and aggressive war with our sinful desires. But I think it's important for people like you and me, who have lots of sin-killing work to do, to make sure we keep our eyes on the real prize as we wage this war. more >>
Hollywood producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast as keynote speakers Thursday, recalling how their faith in Jesus led them to build their careers on "family-friendly franchises," and how their friends "warned" them against making "The Bible" miniseries.
The Christian mega-couple, who are behind the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries, started their keynote address at the event in Washington, D.C. by talking about their "immigrant, blue-collar" roots.
Downey recalled moving to the United States from Northern Ireland as a teenager. Burnett, standing beside his wife, said, "It's very easy to divide people and it's very difficult to bring people together. We learned to become bridge builders. And bridge-building became our mission." more >>
All too often people speak pessimistically about themselves, and in doing so, unintentionally invite negativity into their lives. But a new book by Lakewood megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen reminds readers that words have power, and aims to help people kick the habit of speaking negatively and to invite good things through the power of the tongue.
"You have to invite the right things into your life," Osteen tells viewers during a segment on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Tuesday.
In his latest self-help title The Power of I Am, Osteen teaches readers how to create a narrative of positivity in their lives using the two words "I am," followed by positive affirmations. In the opening chapter, he writes, "What follows those two simple words will determine what kind of life you live." more >>
Christian organization Gospel for Asia and its supported missionaries have helped over 4,000 leprosy patients in India on World Leprosy Day as part of its ongoing ministry, and noted that social stigma and fear continue to block sufferers from getting the treatment they need.
While leprosy, a disease which has been known since biblical times, has been cured throughout much of the globe, the World Health Organization points out that small pockets of populations, especially in Asia, are still not getting the treatment they need.
There were close to 180,000 leprosy sufferers registered worldwide in the first quarter of 2014, and as many as 50 children a day are believed to be diagnosed with the disease. more >>
At least 10 new Bible translation projects will be launched in countries where Christians are highly persecuted, one of the world's leading Bible translation organizations has announced.
Wycliffe Associates, which partners with churches and Bible translators around the world to bring the Gospel into new languages, announced in a press release this week that at least 10 new translation projects will be launched within the next 30 days in a region of the world "where conversion to Christianity is punishable by death."
The Wycliffe Associates press release doesn't indicate what specific region in the world the the translation projects will take place — most likely due to security concerns. It further notes that nationals of the region will be doing the translation work since the organization can't send Westerners to the region for prolonged periods of time "because Christians are hunted down, and vigilantes can sweep into an area without notice." more >>