On Sunday the 37th annual Lincoln Memorial Easter Sunrise Service, hosted by Capital Church, gathered a record-breaking crowd. Service organizers reported an estimated 8,900 people awoke "dark-thirty" to travel into downtown Washington DC to participate in the Easter Sun Rise service and worship celebration. Millennials represented an overwhelming portion of the participants huddled among the plastic chairs, ground and steps surrounding the Lincoln Memorial.
Selfies snapping galore, Millennials alongside a wide-range of folks joined in worship lead by Michael Tait, lead singer of the band Newsboy's and a DC native. It was a touching moment as nearly 8,900 people stood in solidarity of praise within the heart of our nation's capital and belted out "Amazing Grace" and "We Believe," a melodic adaptation of the Apostles' Creed.
"The tomb in Jerusalem is empty!" professed Pastor Amos Dodge during the morning sermon. "Dictators and tyrants have said over the years we are going to bury Christianity in one generation…They're dead. They're gone. But I have met the man from Galilee, Jesus of Nazareth, the sinless Son of God. more >>
Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher celebrated Easter over the weekend with a verse from Scripture.
The couple, who just recently welcomed their first child, both shared a verse taken from John 11:25-26 on social media on Easter Sunday. Fisher, who initially shared a photo with a cross as well as Scripture, added "Happy Easter" in the caption.
"Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life," Fisher's quote from the Bible read. "He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me… will never die." more >>
Saddleback Community Church pastor Rick Warren received an outpouring of support from Christians around the world on Easter Sunday, which marked the second anniversary of his youngest son's death.
Believers took to social networking sites last week to share heartfelt messages of love and hope for Warren, who requested prayer on April 1 via his Facebook page as he prepared to preach at Easter services for four days straight. The post garnered more than 39,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
Warren's son, Matthew, who was 27 when he died, took his own life on April 5, 2013, after a long battle with depression. In an emotional prayer request to his 1 million Facebook followers, the Purpose Driven Life author recalled his son's passing as being "the worst day of my life." more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham said in an Easter Sunday message that Christians around the world continue facing higher levels of persecution and violence, and warned that "ugly, anti-Christian bias and intolerance" is changing America.
"Today, untold millions of Christians around the world are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And millions in many countries risk their freedom and — their very lives — to worship Him and claim His Name. Even under the threat of imprisonment, they faithfully follow, like pastor Saeed Abidini and scores of others," Graham said, referring to the imprisoned Christian pastor and U.S. citizen in Iran.
"Despite the ever extending reach of the murderous hand of Islamist terror groups like ISIS, they continue to gather to pray as we saw in Kenya this week with 148 brutally killed in cold blood," Graham's message continued. more >>
President Barack Obama and his family attended the prominent Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, on Easter Sunday. The pastor, Rev. Howard-John Wesley, touched on a number of social issues in his sermon, including same-sex marriage, healthcare, and the resurrection of Christ.
"Today in our political landscape, a line in the sand is drawn forcing you to make a decision on where you stand," Wesley told the congregation at the 212 year old church, according to The Washington Post.
"Where do you stand with rights for same-sex couples … where do you stand on gun reform, where do you stand with police body cameras?" he asked. "Where do you stand on affordable health care? Life has a way of making you make a decision. Where you stand on the resurrection of Jesus Christ: You either believe it or you reject it." more >>
Easter Sunday is sort of like the Super Bowl for preachers.
It's all but guaranteed the pews will be packed and that presented a challenge to Roderick Richardson, the pastor of The Word Center Church in Jackson, Miss.
The non-denominational church has a membership of about 1,200 people – but only 275 can fit in the sanctuary. And the preacher estimated they could have as many as 1,500 people show up for Easter Sunday. more >>