"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Tamra Judge got emotional while recalling her baptism ceremony, which will air as part of the show's season finale next week.
The Bravo TV star accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior in a ceremony that took place earlier this year and viewers will get to witness the special occasion on Oct. 12, ahead of the reunion show. California's Mission Viejo Christian Church Senior Pastor Mike Maiolo performed the baptism and Judge's loved ones, including her husband, Eddie, and co-stars attended the celebration.
"Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, that He is the son of the living God, that He died on the cross and rose again for your sins?" Maiolo asks, to which Judge firmly replies "Yes." more >>
The daughter of an Oregon pastor survived the horrific shooting at Umpqua Community College last Thursday by pretending she was dead after being covered by the blood of a fellow student next to her who was shot and killed.
Lacey Scroggins, the 18-year-old daughter of Oregon Pastor Randy Scroggins, felt the body of her classmate, Trevin, on her as she pretended to be dead while 26-year-old shooter Chris Harper Mercer went on a killing spree that left 10 dead and seven injured.
"She said after [a] loud bang 'I felt Trevin's body. I felt the weight [of it]. It's almost like he had stopped breathing but he was on me and I looked under my left arm and all that blood from Trevin was coming under my arm.' And she said, 'I knew then that I was going to die,'" said Scroggins as he described his daughter's experience to CNN during an interview earlier this week. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has likened the influx of Syrian migrants into the U.S. to a coup, claiming that migrants "could be ISIS." However, in a recent open letter to Trump — who considers himself a Presbyterian — Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of the General Assembly, declared the church's compassion and support for displaced migrants.
"Presbyterians through decades of policy have demanded humane treatment of people of all nationalities and faiths who find themselves within our borders," wrote Parsons.
"We have challenged our government when it neglects to acknowledge the refugee status of those fleeing persecution. We have pushed for due process at the border and we continue to petition for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented persons." more >>
Pastor Perry Noble's NewSpring Church in South Carolina has put out a call to their multi-campus faith community to #FloodSCWithLove, after days of torrential rain has flooded entire towns and claimed many lives in their state.
"Our state has been hit with one of the worst natural disasters in its history. Flood waters are causing severe damage, and it's our desire to help with relief efforts. Please join our effort to make a difference in the lives of those affected and lets #FloodSCWithLove," reads the description on the new action-oriented campaign page launched by Noble's NewSpring Church, which has 19 campus locations throughout South Carolina.
While pop sensation Justin Bieber has developed a close relationship with Pastors Carl Lentz and Judah Smith, the 21-year-old admits he's often rejected his faith and communion with other Christians by going to church, where "weird" people go.
"Christians leave such a bad taste in people's mouths. I was like, 'I'm not gonna go to church.' I had these church friends and I was like, 'You guys are cool, I like you guys, but I'm not going to church,'" Bieber said during a Complex magazine interview published earlier this week.
"Then it was the same thing of, 'Just because you went to a weird church before doesn't mean that this is weird.' It doesn't make you a Christian just by going to church. ... " more >>
Christians need to question if they are growing or going backwards, as there's no other alternative, said Pastor Greg Laurie of megachurch Harvest Christian Center in his explanation of why believers and the Church need each other.
"If you're not growing as a Christian, if you're not advancing in your faith, that would begin the process of you going backwards," Laurie said as he began his message last week, as part of a series called, "What Every Growing Christian Needs to Know."
A believer doesn't backslide overnight; it's a slow, but sure, process, he said. Things of the world gradually start looking more appealing than things of God. more >>