A Christian can't become a spiritually mature person or experience ongoing wellbeing without learning to forgive, says a pastor and author, whose recently released book The Four Laws of Forgiveness reflects the process he learned while experiencing the devastation of making wrong choices in his life.
Brad Johnson, pastor of Life Change Community Church in Agoura Hills, Calif., told The Christian Post that although learning to forgive may be a painful process, it is a necessary one to move forward in life.
"Forgiveness doesn't erase the past, but it also doesn't change the past. It does change the future," Johnson said. "You begin to move on and forward through the process of forgiveness." more >>
Stop believing the lie that you can earn salvation or your way to heaven, said the pastor of a Dallas, Ga., megachurch on Sunday.
Speaking to thousands at West Ridge Church, Brian Bloye stressed in his sermon that "nothing outside of Jesus will work" and that the only way to be truly forgiven and receive eternal life is to trust in Jesus Christ as your savior.
"Your salvation is not based on you" but rather on "what Jesus did," he told the congregation and those watching online. more >>
The season of Lent begins not only for millions of Catholics by having placed a sign of the cross on their foreheads with ash on Wednesday, but with many Christians in and outside of denominations vowing to mark the season with acts of faith.
Though Lent is often seen as part of the Catholic tradition of fasting for 40 days (calculated sometimes to exclude the weekends in the days leading to Easter), many Christians view this time as serving as a reminder to the importance of getting closer to God.
Christine Smith, founder of the online site Womens Bible Cafe, wrote on Tuesday, "Throughout biblical history we see 40 days of testing, waiting and drawing closer to God." more >>
Despite appeals from religious freedom groups, Chinese authorities continued their crackdown on a prominent house church, stopping hundreds of Christians from holding Easter services outdoors on Sunday.
Dozens from the 1,000-member Shouwang Church, one of Beijing's largest unregistered Protestant churches, were detained while at least 500 were confined to their homes, according to China Aid Association.
"We are deeply disappointed that the Chinese authorities chose to disrupt peaceful worshippers who were simply celebrating Easter today," said China Aid founder and president Pastor Bob Fu in a statement Sunday. more >>
Jesus told people to pray to him, to trust him, to follow him, to give money to his churches. He would have been the biggest liar ever if he died and never resurrected, said Pastor Mark Driscoll on Easter Sunday.
“Buddha never said he was god. Krishna never said he was god. Confucius never said he was god. Muhammad never said he was god. No other major religious founder has ever made this claim. Jesus stands alone,” said Driscoll, senior pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., to a crowd of over 17,500 gathered at the football stadium Qwest field in Seattle.
"If it is false then Jesus is the most damnable liar in the history of the world,” said Driscoll, known for his passion, strong theology, as well as strong language. “But if he tells the truth, then he is God! Jesus is Lord!” more >>
So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. -- Matthew 28:8
Mary Magdalene and Mary walked to Jesus' grave, expecting to find death. It's understandable. Images of violence filled their minds. Thoughts of their vulnerability and mortality deadened their spirits. Death had become the defining story of their lives.
Instead of death, the women met a resurrection messenger who said, "He is not here: for he has been raised, as he said." As they hurried to tell others, the risen Jesus met them. They were changed. Now resurrection, not death, would define their lives. more >>