Texas pastor Matt Chandler and his wife, Lauren, advised Christian singles in their weekly video series to be honest as they date and trust God to help find the balance between covering up the past and revealing too much, too soon.
The Village Church leader told singles it is a "good, right desire" to "guard your heart" in dating relationships, noting that the phrase comes from scripture. However he warned there is a fine line between taking it slow and being deceptive in order to win a person.
Chandler explained, "There's a legitimacy to guarding our hearts but I think we can guard too much and we can guard to the place where then we almost become used car salesmen … what I'm trying to say is all we want to do is point to the best things and we don't want to go, 'now this has been an issue historically, or this.' So we can guard our heart to the point where we're not known and we're not known in a way that increases intimacy and increases (one's ability to tell) is this moving towards marriage or is it not." more >>
One of the largest churches in America, Oklahoma-based LifeChurch.tv, is looking to possibly add another campus in Johnson County, Kansas to its multi-campus system.
Life Covenant Church, Inc. of Edmond, more commonly known by the name LifeChurch.tv, has recently purchased approximately 15 acres in Overland Park. The church purchased the property for an estimated $3.95 million but has not made a final decision as to the land's usage, according to Rob Roberts of the Kansas City Business Journal.
In a time of intense racial tension in the U.S., a megachurch congregation of predominately black members at a thriving Shiloh Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, is making a powerful statement by merging with a struggling predominately white church to launch a second church 22 miles away from its current downtown location.
Shiloh Baptist, led by Pastor H.B. Charles Jr., is merging with Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park, pastored by Michael Clifford. Charles told The Christian Post that it was in "the providence of God" that the merger took place during such a racially charged moment in the nation's history.
"Just a few weeks ago, we were wrestling with the fact that no one really knew what was taking place," Charles, 41, said. "In the providence of God, He's the kind of a God that knew that for us. We are excited that our actions are making their own independent statement for Christ in the midst of all of the racial tension that's in the news these days." more >>
A California Roman Catholic diocese that owns the property that once was the Crystal Cathedral has received a $20 million donation for its renovation work.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange announced that an anonymous donor gave $20 million to aid the estimated $113 million renovation of the former Crystal Cathedral.
Justin Bieber reportedly spent time with Pastor Carl Lentz' family around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Bieber, the 20-year-old Canadian crooner, has reportedly been focused on his spiritual progression recently. The singer shared an image of he and the Hillsong NYC pastor's daughter playing in the snow, according to Us Weekly reports.
"Made a snowman with this little cutie," Bieber captioned the image on Twitter. "Make memories with the ones you love! #HappyThanksgiving." more >>
Teen Mania Ministries founder and author of new book Resilient, Ron Luce, said the reason why so many people's faith falls apart after a crisis is because they aren't passionate followers of Christ.
Luce likened passionate Christians to fans of a beloved band in a recent interview with The Christian Post. "Someone might ask how do you follow Him? I don't see Him. How do you follow a band you never met personally? Well you know their songs, you google them, if you're a stalker you find out about their family, how they wrote songs? How they started as a band. Well what if we google Jesus? What if we stalked Jesus? What if we knew more of Jesus' lyrics than our favorite band's lyrics?"
The problem with most Christians, Luce said, is they are merely posing as passionate Jesus followers. more >>