Harvest America 2016 may draw up to 60,000 people between the main stage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the thousands of simulcast locations Sunday evening, but the massive evangelism event's founder Greg Laurie says that he will focus on an individual come time to step into the pulpit and preach.
"When I speak, I'm not so much addressing a crowd, I think of an individual," Laurie told The Christian Post earlier this week. "It's hard to wrap your mind around a crowd of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60 thousand people — in fact you can't. So what I do is I think about that person that is cynical that didn't even want to come in the first place ... Though I'm speaking to a crowd in reality, I direct my remarks as though we were having a conversation — me and that person that's in attendance."
Laurie, Harvest America's host and main speaker as well as California-based Harvest Christian Fellowship senior pastor, intends to deliver a message that he hopes will rekindle the faith of those who already believe, as well as bring non-believers into a relationship with Christ. He shared in an interview with CP that he feels a great responsiblity when he preaches at the massive event because he knows some people worked very hard to bring their non-believing friends to the event in hopes that they would hear the Word and commit their life to Christ. more >>
In a moving message shared with audiences Thursday at the Catalyst West conference held at California-based Mariners Church, Passion Movement founder Louie Giglio recounted his traumatic bout of depression and how he recovered by being still and trusting in God.
Giglio, whose annual Passion Conferences has hosted nearly a million university students since 1995, recalled his emergency room visit after he fell ill one night in the fall of 2008. His symptoms were baffling. "I'm 50 years old and I can't feel my face," he told an emergency room attendant. "My legs are convulsing, and I can't breathe!"
It was a dark period in the pastor's life and his symptoms went on for months. "[For] four months I was in a pit …," he told attendees of Catalyst West, a next-generation leadership conference. "I had these symptoms unlike I had experienced or ever heard about before." more >>
Former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson confirmed that his presidential campaign was ending, but that he was going to channel his time and energy to mobilize Christians to vote.
At a speech delivered Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Carson stunned the audience when he stated during his remarks that he was "leaving the campaign trail."
"Now that I am leaving the campaign trail," said Carson, before his sentence was interrupted by a long audience reaction that included expressions of sorrow and an applause with shouts of respect. more >>
We are only one U.S. Supreme Court justice away from having religious liberty abolished, Ted Cruz told a major gathering of political conservatives.
The Republican presidential hopeful and U.S. senator from Texas spoke on the Conservative Political Action Conference's main stage Friday about the importance of having a conservative filling the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Sen. Cruz warned the audience that a hypothetical liberal appointee to the high court would eliminate religious liberty protections, saying "this election is not about one branch of government, it's about two." more >>
A widely circulated photo meme on social media claims that Republican front runner and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump came out as an atheist back in 1989.
According to the meme, Trump told Phil Donahue on an episode of his program in 1989 that he was too smart to believe in God.
Pastor Andy Stanley issued an apology on social media for a recent sermon in which he said that people who go to a small church "are so stinkin' selfish."
The senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, one of the largest churches in the U.S., posted on Twitter on Thursday expressing remorse for his remarks last weekend.