PHILADELPHIA – More than 17,500 filled Wells Fargo Center to hear a stellar lineup of musical artists and evangelist Greg Laurie give a Gospel message Saturday in which he challenged the wisdom of pursuing only happiness. By start-time, more than 2,000 host locations, including large and small venues such as churches and homes, were registered to watch Harvest America live as well. Total online viewership of the webcast is yet to be tabulated.
Laurie began his message on the first of two evenings planned for the event by saying that he recently saw the cover of Time magazine featuring the cover, Can Google Solve Death?
"Get ready for the answer," Laurie said. "No. Only Jesus holds the key of life and death. God has control, no one else." more >>
Final preparations for the Harvest America event with evangelist Greg Laurie originating from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and broadcast and simulcast to thousands of venues this Saturday and Sunday, include hope and prayer for revival.
"We are praying for a great outpouring of God's Spirit in Philadelphia and across our nation through Harvest America," Laurie told The Christian Post on Thursday.
Those participating in the two-day event include churches, homes and community centers, where multiple churches from throughout a city partnered together to bring the Chrisian outreach to their town. more >>
Mainstream media has misinterpreted Pope Francis' recent remarks on abortion and homosexual behavior to mean the Catholic Church is changing its stance on the issues, say experts on Roman Catholicism.
In response to a recently published in-depth interview the Jesuit Pontiff gave, several new organizations may have missed the main points of his remarks, Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, told The Christian Post.
"Some mass media articles make it sound as if Pope Francis is saying abortion, homosexual behavior, etc. are okay. When they make that sort of claim, they really miss Francis' point," said Sheeran. "Before anything else, the Church, and every Christian, must take as their model the loving, forgiving, Jesus. We must preach the love of Christ in season and out. That's the Good News." more >>
The wife of an imprisoned Iranian-American pastor has stated that her husband has been bringing fellow inmates to Christ and that his time in an Iranian prison is "not in vain."
Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, told those gathered at Liberty University on Monday that though imprisoned in the infamous Evin Prison, her husband continues to evangelize. "He's been asked and tortured to deny his Christian faith and return to Islam and he has not," said Abedini, who said around 30 inmates have converted to Christianity due to Abedini's witness. "For me to know that so many of them now know Christ, it makes it worth it. I know his imprisonment is not in vain."
Abedini also told the students gathered that Saeed's torturers have often told him that he could go free should he return to Islam, but that he refuses to do so. "The kids and I desperately want him back but we're proud that over us he's chosen Christ, even over coming back to us, he's chosen to stand up for his faith," said Abedini. more >>
Noted televangelist and host of the long-running program "The 700 Club" Rev. Pat Robertson has recently compared faith-healing to Santa Clause.
During a "Bring it on" segment that aired Monday, a viewer identified as "Clark" wrote in asking about whether or not the faith healing done on the show could be done off of the air.
"When we're praying together the word of knowledge the Lord just shows us what He is doing at some point of time, not what we're doing," said Robertson, who cited 1 Corinthians as justification. more >>
Focus on the Family will be cutting additional staff this year, keeping with a recent trend found with the Colorado-based pro-family organization.
Monica Schleicher, director of public relations for the Colorado Springs ministry, told The Christian Post that part of the cuts were due to a new business partnership.
"We've…decided to partner with the Ambassador Advertising Agency to syndicate and distribute Focus radio products. This impacts our in-house agency, Briargate Media, and as of Oct. 1, 2013, Briargate will no longer distribute Focus radio products," said Schleicher. more >>