The process of becoming spiritually mature doesn't include shortcuts, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published on Monday, Warren focused on the issue of spiritual maturity, referencing Philippians 1:6: "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns," reads the verse.
Warren compared the path of spiritual maturity to that of physical maturity, noting that it can take time for a believer to surrender all of their life to Jesus. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has said that while it's probable the practice of polygamy, or individuals being married to multiple people, could be legalized in America within the next few decades, God's plan for people in the Bible speaks out against it.
Driscoll explored the Bible's position on polygamy in order to answer a reader's question on his weekly newsletter video, and said that although several people mentioned in the Bible take several wives, that does not mean the practice is part of God's original design.
The pastor, who faced controversy during his time as lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, before resigning in 2014, noted that there are some traditions in America, such as fragments of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which still do practice polygamy, even if it is more private and concealed. more >>
Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham says pastors who question the literal interpretation of Genesis when it comes to the account of Noah and the Ark are ultimately saying that it's not real history, which means that Jesus Christ must have lied.
"A Lutheran-ELCA pastor says the account of Noah is not history, but if that's true then Jesus, Peter, and the author of Hebrews lied. The pastor says Genesis is myth. Well, then the Gospel would also be, as it's preached in Genesis 3:15, 21," Ham wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
"If Noah is a myth, then so are all those listed in Hebrews 11, like Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, and others. Would the pastor rather have children be taught evolution as fact and creation as myth? Millstone warning in Mark 9:42! Genesis is history," he added. more >>
Some people have a more difficult time trusting in God than others, says the Rev. Billy Graham, citing examples in the Bible to illustrate what happens when people take their eyes off of God.
In the latest installment of his syndicated column published in the Kansas City Star, the famed evangelist says he believes that some individuals do seem to have a harder time trusting in God and believing that His way is always best.
"They may be sincere believers — and yet they still have a hard time taking their hands off their situation and living by faith," says Graham. more >>
A big-time threat to religious freedom in California has been somewhat mitigated — showing once again our prayers and efforts make a difference.
It can seem to us that each day brings news of yet another setback or some new ominous cultural development that's concerning to Christians, each one another straw on the back of an already overloaded camel. But as recent events in California demonstrate, these trends can be resisted and, if not reversed, at least held at bay.
In late June, Eric Metaxas told us about California's Senate Bill 1146. The bill, as its author, Senator Ricardo Lara, admitted, targeted Christian colleges and universities that adhered to traditional Christian teaching on human sexuality, including same-sex erotic relationships. more >>
Mainstream rapper DMX has never shied away from sharing about his Christian faith and now his dream of becoming a pastor are slowly becoming a reality. A recent video posted on Facebook shows the New York emcee behind a pulpit preaching about the miracle that is birthed from tragedy.
"If I wasn't a threat to the devil he wouldn't waste his time. If I wasn't special to God, how would I know what He's willing to do for me? We know what He's able to do. The word says, 'All things are possible through Christ who strengthens,' Amen!" DMX shouted. "So we know what He's able to do How can you know what He's willing to do until you've been placed in a situation where you need Him to do it for you? If you haven't been somewhere where you need God to get you out of the situation, you wouldn't know what He's willing to do for you. We know what he's able to do but we won't know what He's willing to do until we're there."
Those in attendance cheered as DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, passionately exhorted: more >>