Pastor Levi Lusko of Fresh Life Church in Montana was the guest speaker at Pastor Ed Young's Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, on Sunday, and he shared four ways of dealing with suffering, just as he and his wife, Jennie, dealt with the death of their 5-year-old daughter, Lenya.
"Suffering in life is not an obstacle to being used by God, it's an opportunity to be used like never before," Lusko, the author of Through The Eyes of a Lion, told the congregation as he began his message, which was first of the three-part series, Influence, that Fellowship Church has started.
"The influence of Fellowship Church has reached far beyond our walls and stretched across the globe," the megachurch says about the series. "It is a picture of what God has in store for all of us when we tap into His plan and purpose for our lives." more >>
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson spoke at LifePoint Assembly of God in Osceola, Iowa, on Sunday, telling the congregation how he accepted Christ as he spent three hours locked in the bathroom as a teenager in Detroit.
Carson said he was full of anger when he was a teenager living in poverty in Detroit, and thought he would die young. But a turning point came in his life after he spent three hours locked in the bathroom one day and got to read Proverbs.
Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians who have fled the Islamic State terror group to neighboring countries such as Jordan have said they are stuck in limbo, with nowhere to go and limited ways to provide a living. Pope Francis has condemned the world's silence on the issue, while an Iraqi archbishop has said that Christians in the region are hated because they want to keep hold of their faith.
"The Church is unable to offer and guarantee the fundamental security that its members need to thrive. It is no secret that hatred of minorities has intensified in certain quarters over the past few years. It is difficult to understand this hate. We are hated because we persist in wanting to exist as Christians. In other words, we are hated because we persist in demanding a basic human right," His Exc. Mgr. Bashar Matti Warda, C.SS.R., Archbishop of Erbil, said in a statement to Fides News Agency.
The Associated Press reported on Sunday that close to 7,000 Christians from northern Iraq alone have fled to Jordan. They have not been granted permission to work and have not been resettled to the West as hoped, leaving them in a state of limbo. more >>
We understand that you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by recent events that threaten to marginalize you. We'd like to offer a bit of empathy, and if it is not too presumptuous, some valuable experience and tools as well. You see, we've been there before.
First came the recent Pew study entitled "America's Changing Religious Landscape." Pew demonstrates that more Christians continue to live in the US than any other country in the world. About seven out of 10 Americans call themselves Christian.
But it also found that the percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, while the percentage of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated — describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or "nothing in particular" — has jumped more than six points. Losses are severe among mainline Protestants and Catholics. Lots of Christians are understandably worried about this trend. more >>
A new book, which is landing in bookstores today, warns that we are headed for a new Dark Ages. "Persecution [is] coming to the church soon," the author warns. "It's going to happen as a result of conflicts over sex." He predicts that "the break in the wall is the tax exemption" churches now enjoy. If churches refuse to "marry" homosexual couples, they will lose their exemption.
Who is the author of these predictions? None other than Chuck Colson, who went home to the Lord more than three years ago. That's three years before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex "marriage" — something biologically impossible, by the way.
The book is titled My Final Word: Holding Tight to the Issues that Matter Most. It's a collection of never-before published memos that Chuck sent to his writing staff, reporters, even presidential candidates who wanted his advice. And as the examples I just cited illustrates, Chuck's writings are incredibly prophetic. more >>
A 72-year-old Louisiana pastor that lives in a multi-million dollar mansion is being charged for trying to hide $100,000 from the federal government to avoid paying taxes.
Pastor Jerry Wayne Cox, who leads a congregation at the Faith Tabernacle Church in Franklinton, Louisiana, allegedly withdrew $100,000 to avoid reporting it to the government and paying taxes. He is being charged by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans.
Cox attracted attention from federal authorities when he made seven withdrawals from Citizen Savings Bank and Resource Bank between Sept. 20 and Oct. 11, 2011 for close to $10,000 each. He allegedly kept the amounts just under the $10,000 mark to try to keep his actions under the radar. more >>