Pastor Andy Stanley's North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, has successfully raised nearly $5 million through its annual "Be Rich" campaign, an accomplishment the campaign's leader describes as both "inspiring and humbling."
The annual campaign seeks to give back to the local community's nonprofit organizations through the three themes of give, serve, and love. One hundred and fifty nonprofit organizations and 28 churches participated in the month-long campaign, which began in early November and wrapped up just before Thanksgiving.
Each week was dedicated to one of the three themes of the Be Rich campaign. For the first week, church members were encouraged to give financially, with Stanley calling on Christians to give just $39.95 to help the church's nonprofit partners. The second week, congregants were encouraged to serve by offering their time to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations in the area. more >>
The Urbana '15 triennial student missions conference, the largest of its kind in the world, held its second evening session Monday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, where keynote speaker Pastor Francis Chan urged a crowd of more than 16,000 attendees to live under the authority of Jesus Christ, and to go beyond just talking about winning souls for the Kingdom.
Chan, a best-selling author and founder of the church-planting organization Radius International, said people often resist authority, and used Adam and Eve as primary examples. He stressed, however, that "authority can be a great thing," saying that following Christ and being under His authority — the One who has power over the wind, waves, demons, sickness and death — is "good news."
The pastor went on to say that, when it comes to the Bible, believers sometimes "talk it to death" instead of taking action. more >>
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While many American teenagers hold a positive opinion of the Bible, most don't regularly read it, according to survery results released by the American Bible Society.
"Sixty-nine percent of teens believe the Bible contains everything one needs to know to live a meaningful life; 89 percent of teens believe the Bible is a sacred text; and 44 percent of teens believe the Bible has too little influence in society," Andrew Hood, director of communications at the American Bible Society, told The Christian Post.
"On the other hand, teens are not very engaged with the Bible. Only 64 percent of teens read the Bible three or four times a year or less; 71 percent of teens said they are too busy. When teens do read the Bible, 76 percent said they are influenced 'a lot' by it." more >>
Money can be a touchy subject — how much you earn, how much you save, how much you give. While you may consider yourself to be a generous person, your habits might tell a different story. So how do you truly know whether you are generous or greedy? North Carolina-based Summit Church pastor J.D. Greear offers these three questions to determine who is really Lord of your money.
1. What Does God Want You to Do?
This question should guide every decision that Christians make, says Greear. Believers should seek God not only for matters of family and career, but also when it comes to money. Christians should ask God what He wants for their money and should be careful to do exactly what He instructs. more >>
Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who is preparing to position himself as a viable alternative to frontrunner Donald Trump, will meet about 300 pastors and faith leaders Monday at a ranch owned by conservative billionaire Farris Wilks near Dallas.
The meeting in Cisco, a tiny city about two hours west of Dallas, is being organized by Keep the Promise PAC, one of four main super PACs supporting Cruz, who is second to real estate magnate Trump nationally and is the frontrunner in the latest poll in Iowa, according to The Texas Tribune.
The meeting is "designed as an open dialogue with Sen. Cruz and an opportunity to listen to and learn from one another," Laura Barnett, a spokeswoman for Keep the Promise PAC, was quoted as saying. more >>