A person should use their money to invest in efforts to build up and encourage God's family, says Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In an entry of the online devotional "Rick Warren's Daily Hope" published Saturday, Warren stated that God "wants you to learn to love and invest in other people in God's family."
Warren referred to this process of investing in other believers as the "Mutual Fund," which involved "using some of your money to encourage fellowship, to build relationships, and to demonstrate love." more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, believes people will not be given a second chance to choose Heaven after they die, and insists that those that go to Hell send themselves there.
"We need to think very seriously about this, because once we die and enter the afterlife, we can't change our destination. You can decide right now where you will spend eternity. But once you die, there are no more chances," Laurie wrote in a message shared on his Facebook page on Saturday.
The pastor, who often talks about the topics of Heaven and Hell, said that he is not approaching the subject "from an ivory tower of theory," since a number of members of his family have died. more >>
Atheists continue to be among the most hated groups in the United States, as negative opinions of atheists and the non-religious remain prevalent among Americans mainly due to moral concerns and cultural values, a new research conducted by University of Minnesota sociologists has found.
Asked which "group does not at all agree with my vision of American society," 41.9 percent said "Atheists," although the survey sample contained about 33 percent of respondents who fall into a broad "religious nones" category, according to the study, which looked at perceptions of minority faith and racial groups, using data from a nationally representative survey.
A decade ago, 39.6 percent of respondents identified atheists as the group that "does not at all agree" with their vision of American society. more >>
A debate is stirring over revisions made to the final translation of the English Standard Version Bible regarding gender, with one biblical scholars saying the changes are "potentially dangerous."
The Crossway Board of Directors and the ESV Translation Oversight Committee said in a statement that the 52 words revised in 29 verses were "the culmination of more than 17 years of comprehensive work by the committee, as authorized and initiated by the Crossway Board in 1998."
Crossway added that the 2016 edition is a "Permanent text of the ESV Bible [and will remain] unchanged throughout the life of the copyright." more >>
World-renowned ministry Hillsong released their highly anticipated feature film "Let Hope Rise" this weekend, and Hillsong UNITED member Jad Gillies says the Pure Flix film will highlight how a mighty God used a group of ordinary devoted people to impact the world for Him.
In the film, Senior Pastor Brian Houston explains that the success of Hillsong is not about themselves but instead it's all about God. "Let Hope Rise" features various clips of the band in their highest and lowest points – praying, touring, with their family, writing songs and more.
Hillsong has grown from a single church in suburban Sydney Australia to an international ministry that now extends to cities on five continents, including London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, and Phoenix. In America, Hillsong is recognized for their thriving congregations in New York and Los Angeles. Combined, the ministry reaches over 100,000 people weekly. more >>
The Christian owners of an Oregon bakery who were fined over $135,000 by a state government agency for declining to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding are continuing to fight for their First Amendment rights.
After Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa were fined by the state's Bureau of Labor and Industries $135,000 last year for declining to bake a cake for the wedding of Rachel Bowman-Cryer and Laurel Bowman-Cryer in 2013 on the grounds that it would have violated their religious convictions, the Kleins paid their fine last December and filed an appeal with the Oregon Court of Appeals in April in hopes the court would rule that the government agency violated their religious freedom rights.
In response to a brief defending the government's actions against the Kleins filed to the Oregon Court of Appeals last month by state lawyers, the Kleins filed a reply brief to the court earlier this month. more >>