While God calls all Christians to practice forgiveness, there is a clear distinction between forgiving and trusting again, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Devotional this week that while forgiveness does not need to be earned, a restoration of trust does, and therefore it does not happen instantly but over time.
"Forgiveness does not mean the instant restoration of trust. Forgiveness is instant. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Forgiveness is based on grace. Trust is built on works. You earn trust. You don't earn forgiveness," the pastor emphasizes, pointing to Romans 12:19 (NIV) which reads: "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord." more >>
Christian rock band NEEDTOBREATHE is set to release H A R D L O V E on July 15 and the band opened up about their new sound and the road that helped them to get there.
The Grammy-nominated band is not only a household name in the Christian world but their mainstream success has opened the door for them to be the opening act for one of the highest grossing pop artist, Taylor Swift, on her world tour.
Complacency can be dangerous to any relationship, whether it's dating or in a marriage, say Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke, authors of the book, 31 Creative Ways to Love and Encourage Him and Her.
The evangelical couple share their advice in a video posted on their YouTube channel, saying that while there are several negative things that can ruin a relationship, including lying, cheating, and contempt, one of the lesser-known relationship dangers is complacency, or becoming lazy in your connection with your spouse or partner.
Jefferson, who frequently publishes "Monday Messages" and dating videos on his YouTube channel, explains that when he and Alyssa feel most in touch in their relationship is when they are taking a proactive approach toward each other, instead of treating each other like roommates or "ships passing in the night" due to their busy parenting and work schedules. more >>
American pastor Saeed Abedini is criticizing women's rights activists who are refusing to speak up for his friend Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, a Christian woman who's being held in an Iranian prison for her faith.
"So many people (who fought for me) left us in this battle with Nasim alone and never mention her name," Abedini wrote on Facebook Thursday.
He added that some of those people often talk about women's rights and issues of abuse, but left a Christian woman "in prison and sicknesses behind." more >>
It's not often Christian films take on romance in a comical way, but the first look at the new trailer for "In-Lawfully Yours" shows that a group of millennials at Regent University teamed up with Home Theater Films to do just that.
Set to arrive on DVD and Digital HD on Sept. 6, "In-Lawfully Yours" features an all-star cast including Chelsey Crisp ("Fresh off the Boat"), Marilu Henner ("Taxi," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine") and Corbin Bernsen ("LA Law," "Psych," "Major League") along with Philip Boyd ("Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots") and Joe Williamson ("Grey's Anatomy").
The new flick, produced by the creators of Christian Mingle, seeks to get viewers to discover the joys of falling in love in unexpected places in the style of an enchanting romantic comedy. more >>
As part of a sermon commemorating the lives of the nine people who were killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year, Pastor Steven Furtick said Christians must continue the conversation about "hatred, race, and the decisions we make every day."
In a message posted to the Elevation Church website on Monday, Furtick, senior pastor of the Charlotte, North Carolina, megachurch is seen standing in front of Emanuel AME Church on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that took place on June 17, 2015, when gunman Dylann Roof entered the church and killed worshipers who had gathered together for a Bible study because he said he wanted to start a race war.
Furtick said he chose to stand in front of the church and deliver a message about race, hatred and fear, and the choices Christians make to either live in the heart of God or the heart of hatred. more >>