When you're feeling angry and discouraged, read these five Bible verses to bring peace and tranquility into your life.
All scriptures are from the New International Version Bible translation.
1) James 1:20 more >>
Being a true disciple of Christ means learning from God and putting His Word into action, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
Graham, a 97-year-old Baptist minister who founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, explains in a My Answers Q&A that to be a disciple of Christ means to be someone who "believes in Jesus and seeks to follow Him in his or her daily life."
While in the Bible disciples actually knew Jesus in person, today a disciple is considered to be anyone who has committed themselves to Jesus. more >>
China Aid has reported in its 2015 Annual Report of Religious and Human Rights Persecution in China that as many as 20,000 people suffered religious persecution by the Communist Party throughout the year. Despite imcreasing persecution, however, the number of Christians in the country continues to grow.
"In 2015, China Aid documented 634 cases of persecution in which 19,426 religious practitioners were persecuted, representing an 8.62 percent increase from 2014's 17,884 religious practitioners persecuted," the report stated.
"A number of factors led to the increases, including a widespread, barbaric round up of China's human rights legal professionals, activists and family members in July 2015," it added. more >>
The world nowadays has been described as a "global village" thanks to technological advances that have knit first-world urban dwellers to third-world villagers through mobile phones and the internet. Finishing the Great Commission and bringing the Gospel to unreached people groups through Bible translations in their heart language is occurring more rapidly than ever in history.
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, wrote in a 2014 article in Christian Post that a unqiue software program called ParaText has radically increased the speed of Bible translation and that "someone who is alive in the world today will translate the last Bible for the last unreached people."
"We're at a pivotal point in history where this generation could see the end of a centuries-old effort to make the Bible available in every language that needs it. This is the fastest pace of Bible translation the church has ever seen, and technological advancements have played a critical role in getting us here. We praise God that today there are nearly 2,200 Bible translation projects underway in some of the most remote places on earth, representing 1.9 billion people being reached with the gospel in a language they can clearly understand." more >>
Believing that there is only one perfect marriage match for each person in the world, and that a marriage can survive solely on love, are two major misconceptions prevalent among Christians today, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of the 25,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, said in his "Daily Hope" bog post on Thursday that one of the most common misconceptions about marriage is that there is only one person for every person in the entire world.
Not only is this belief unbiblical, it's also purely illogical, Warren explains: "If there were only one right person for everybody in the world, it would only take one person to make a wrong decision and break the chain for everybody else." more >>
Pope Francis decried greedy business practices and prosperity gospel preachers during a mass at the Vatican Thursday morning.
During his homily at Casa Santa Maria, one of the Vatican's chapels, the pontiff excoriated business owners who don't provide healthcare coverage for their employees because they don't want to deal with the extra expense.
Specifically, Francis pointed to employers who seek to profit off of their employees without offering any benefits in return, such as pension plans or healthcare. more >>