One year after his son's suicide, Rick Warren, author of the Purpose Driven Life and pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California, said that his sermons during worship services beginning this Thursday evening, will be about how the message of Easter provides the answer to life's most devastating trials.
"Do you ever find yourself discouraged, or depressed or defeated, or even devastated by the circumstances in your life? If so, let me take a minute to encourage you about the pathway to hope and change and transformation that I've found in the Easter story of the resurrection of Jesus," said Warren during a video he released earlier this week (see video below).
"Five days after Easter last year, my 27-year-old son ended his own life. He battled mental illness since a child and despite the best doctors and meds and therapy, and prayers and love, he lost his battle for hope and our family was devastated." more >>
A display of the Ten Commandments on private property may be in violation of the Highway Beautification Transportation Code of the Lone Star State.
In Sabine County, Texas, a pastor who placed a Ten Commandments sign on her property near a highway might have to remove the display or pay for a permit to maintain its present location.
Jeanette Golden, pastor at Word of Truth Family Church in Hemphill, was told by the Texas Department of Transportation that she would have to pay for a permit for the sign. more >>
A reproduction of a handwritten, seven-volume Bible reminiscent of those created during the Medieval Times has found its home at a worship and retreat center in Phoenix, Ariz., which will be showcasing the intricate work, as well as using it at masses during the Easter season.
The Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley has purchased the seven-volume reproduction of a handwritten Bible created by the Benedictine St. John's University in Minnesota as part of their millennium project. The creation includes handwritten text and hand-painted images recording all of the books found in the Catholic Bible, and can be illuminated from behind. The original manuscript remains on display at the university.
The original handwritten project was taken on by the Benedictine St. John's University 15 years ago. The university has now teamed with a Roswell Bookbinding, a Phoenix-based book binding company, to produce 299 replicas known as the Heritage Edition. The replicas will be sold to churches all over the world so they may be displayed for viewing. more >>
Astronomical events have been making headlines lately. On April 8, the orbits of Mars, Earth, and the sun fell into a straight line in a rare cosmic alignment called an opposition. Precisely one week later, we will see the first of four extremely unusual total lunar eclipses.
Is there any significance to these extraordinary celestial events? Could it be that God is using the sun, moon, and stars to communicate with us and to announce things to come? The answer is yes!
The Bible is clear that the sun, moon, and stars are connected to Israel and biblical prophecy. Throughout history God has used the science of astronomy (never astrology!) in connection with historical events to write prophetic messages in the heavens. more >>
Noah and God's Not Dead dropped out of the top five for the first time since the films were released in a weekend that saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier take first place for the second consecutive week.
In its third week of release, Noah fell to sixth place, dropping 56 percent off its previous week's total haul and bringing in only $7.5 million. Two weeks after its opening weekend first place finish, the film has made a total of $84.8 million domestically, (and $162 million worldwide,) leading Box Office Mojo, which had previously suggested that the film would undoubtedly pass $100 million, to now argue that if it continued "on this trajectory, it could fall short" of the milestone.
The low-budget Christian film God's Not Dead dropped from last weekend's fourth place finish to seventh. After three consecutive weeks in the top five, the film's profits fell 30 percent and the film made $4.5 million this weekend. During its month-long run the independent film has grossed $40.7 million. more >>
Susannah Birch had a traumatic experience when she was just a little girl, but is just now revealing what happened all those years ago. Her mother, suffering from bipolar disorder, decided to sacrifice her daughter, following the Old Testament story of Abraham sacrificing his only son, Isaac.
Susannah was only two years old and the only daughter of John and Linda Andrew, who were practicing Seventh Day Adventists in Queensland, Australia.
Comparisons have been made between the biblical sacrifice of Isaac, Abraham's only son, and Susannah's story. Yet John had no idea that Linda would actually try to do something so horrific to their daughter. more >>