David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Ministries and pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in California, is returning to New York City for another celebration, following a 2013 event that drew thousands to the city.
"One of the things we found out last year — we were at the Theater at Madison Square Garden last year, and it was a very special night for us because we introduced a brand new study Bible that we had worked on for so many years. It was a night of celebration," Jeremiah told The Christian Post.
"But what we learned is that many of the friends of our ministry, many of the people who live in that greater New York area love coming to the city, and especially if there's a spiritual event there at the center of it. So we decided to do it again this year at a smaller venue," he added. more >>
In a new Tuesday video series promoting Matt Chandler's upcoming book Mingling of the Soul: God's Design for Love, Marriage, Sex and Redemption, the Texas pastor and his wife Lauren told husbands and wives that God's big plan for them is to have children.
Examining God's command to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, Matt Chandler urged married couples, "You've been designed by God physically, emotionally to have children. … God's big plan is for a man and woman to marry … and have children unless they're called to singleness."
Couples questioning God's design in their lives should consider their motives, he said. "I think the question I'd like to ask back [is] I want to know why you wouldn't want to have children. I think more often than not what gets revealed is a selfishness of heart or some kind of fear that's either rooted in an experience or not rooted in reality at all." more >>
MTV reality star Diem Brown was laid to rest in a sacred funeral on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in New York City.
Father Peter Fink of the Church of St. Francis Xavier and Pastor Kane Keatinge from Hillsong Church presided over the service, which was attended by family, friends, and former co-stars, who all spoke about the 32-year-old's deep faith in God, which lasted until she passed away.
"Diem was the happiest person I know," E! News correspondent Alicia Quarles said. "Till her last breath, she never gave up. I can't even explain to you her divinity. She talked about her faith in God, her love of family. Diem is laughing at me right now," she added when she began a reading too soon. "We all know Diem forgives everyone, so she forgives me for that!" more >>
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and megachurch pastor Rick Warren, both speaking at a Vatican conference Tuesday, warned that Christians should not succumb to the current sexual revolution or waver on the Biblical truth about sexuality and marriage.
"Western culture now celebrates casual sexuality, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, family redefinition, and abortion rights as parts of a sexual revolution that can tear down old patriarchal systems," said Moore in a prepared statement given during the "Complementarity of Man and Woman" colloquium convened by Pope Francis.
"The Sexual Revolution is not liberation at all, but simply the imposition of a different sort of patriarchy," he continued. "The Sexual Revolution empowers men to pursue a Darwinian fantasy of the predatory alpha-male, rooted in the values of power, prestige, and personal pleasure … We see the wreckage of sexuality as self-expression all around us, and we will see more yet. And the stakes are not merely social or cultural but profoundly spiritual." more >>
With a jury of more than 1,300 Jews who claim Abraham as their father watching, two of New York City's most prominent Jewish attorneys went head-to-head in a mock trial of the biblical patriarch for the attempted murder of his son, Isaac, on Sunday, and the verdict at the end of the intellectual dust-up was unsurprising.
The trial, which lasted about an hour at Manhattan synagogue Temple Emanu-El, according to The New York Post, was prosecuted by disgraced former governor and attorney general of New York Eliot Spitzer, while Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor more popularly known for defending O. J. Simpson, served as Abraham's defense. more >>
In the book, Sacred Thirst, the author writes, "The bride and groom are standing in front of everyone, looking better than they are ever going to look again, getting so much attention and affirmation. Everybody even stands when they walk in so it's easy to think this marriage, at least, is about them. It's not. Just look at the worn-out parents sitting in the first pew—they understand this. The only reason these parents are still married is because long ago they learned how to handle the hurt they caused each other. They know that the last thing you ever want to do with hurt is to let it define you."
This last statement offers one of the most profound points that I've read on brokenness. Those who do not allow hurt to entrap them can turn brokenness into an unbreakable force, but those shackled by past pain are truly imprisoned by it. The walls we build to protect may eventually imprison.
How can we undo the emotional pain that we experience from failed relationships? First, we must understand that our mind is where battles are won or lost. Those who do not forgive or release bitterness, anger, and hurt, never experience freedom, happiness, or 'true' restoration. It all starts here. more >>