"Don't get swept away by things God never said," reads a warning tied to the promo of a new four-part sermon series by LifeChurch.tv founder and senior pastor Craig Groeschel. The megachurch pastor warns that some "words of wisdom" offered in popular culture, and sometimes co-opted by Christians, will lead to wrong ideas about God.
"We're gonna talk about four different cultural belief systems that people have for years attributed to God. But the reality is, God never said these things," explains Groeschel in a video of part one of the series.
Some of these misquotes are, according to Groeschel: "God will never give you more than you can handle; It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you don't hurt anyone; It doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere." more >>
Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel staged a hilarious hoax one night. He had parents present their kids beautifully wrapped junk—a dirty sponge, an old rag, a vegetable, which no kids wants. Each gift was met with tears and angry outbursts; not one child could say: "Thanks." Acceptance was out of the question.
For too many people today, marriage is approached much the same way. We don't accept our spouses for whom they are, and as a result, they can sometimes seem like bad gifts. One look at the high divorce rate in this country tells us that many continue to try and return or exchange their spouses much like unwanted Christmas gifts.
To have a successful marriage, we must act in the opposite way. Instead of looking for the return receipt, we should instead be seeking out ways to discover the value of our spouses. This begins with acceptance. Acceptance can heal an ailing marriage because it invites you and your spouse to be yourself—your best self. more >>
In response to the cinematic debut of the "50 Shades of Grey" movie, one Virginia pastor will look to respond via a sermon series meant to address various matters regarding sexual ethics, including pornography and gay marriage.
Rick McDaniel, pastor of Richmond Community Church, will be preaching a sermon series starting on Sunday meant to add a Christian moral perspective on controversial topics pertaining to sexual behavior. Known as the "5 Shades of Grey," the series will include issues like pornography, divorce, gay marriage, cohabitation, and adultery.
In an interview with The Christian Post, McDaniel explained that "God just sort of dropped an idea in my head" to do the series in response to the popularity of "50 Shades of Grey." more >>
A North Carolina woman with four children says that the first person to get a cut of her $188 million Powerball lottery win will be the Lord "because I wouldn't have none of it if it wasn't for God."
Marie Holmes, a resident of Shallotte, claims she is among the three people who were lucky enough to buy a winning Powerball ticket. The actual jackpot total is $564 million, so Holmes' piece of the pie rounds out to about $188 million, according to WECT-TV in Wilmington.
The 26-year-old single woman has four children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. WECT-TV reports that Holmes previously worked at McDonald's and Wal-Mart but had to be at home full time in order to take care of her children. more >>
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization known for labeling organizations opposed to same-sex marriage as "hate groups," announced Wednesday that they're finally removing Dr. Ben Carson from their "extremist files" list.
In the online statement, the SPLC offered an apology for having Carson on a list that also includes white supremacists, Neo-Confederates, and anti-Semites.
"This week, as we've come under intense criticism for doing so, we've reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we have taken it down and apologize to Dr. Carson for having posted it," stated SPLC. more >>
Answers in Genesis President and CEO Ken Ham has said the news that Iceland is building its first temple to the Norse gods since the Vikings era is proof that Europe is now in a "post-Christian" state. He added that the United States is following the same path.
"This sad story shows the continuing spiritual decline in Europe. Despite its strong Christian heritage in the past, Europe is now certainly post-Christian and America is quickly going in the same direction," Ham wrote for his AiG blog on Thursday.
"Instead of acknowledging the truth of God's Word and the salvation that is available through Jesus Christ, people are choosing to embrace ancient Norse paganism! How sad!" more >>