Forty to 50 percent of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, according to research by the American Psychological Association. To help married couples avoid becoming a divorce statistic, Harvest Christian Fellowship church Pastor Greg Laurie is offering up some sage advice.
In Sunday's sermon titled How to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage, part of his sermon series Home Sweet Home, Laurie shared biblical principles and life experiences based on his 42-year marriage to wife, Cathe, in a straight-talking conversation on marriage.
"After we say, 'I do,' there's a lot more to be done, and if you think you're done, you're finished," Laurie told Harvest congregants. The pastor likened marriages to gardens, saying that as a garden that is neglected becomes overgrown with weeds, so too neglected marriages suffer a similar fate. " … When we see marriages start to unravel, it isn't usually overnight, it's over a period of time when there is neglect … if you neglect your marriage, it will slowly but surely die." more >>
A book by the notable Hispanic evangelical leader the Reverend Samuel Rodriguez is calling upon Christians to become light in a messy, dark world.
Released earlier this month, Rev. Rodriguez's latest book is Be Light: Shining God's Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Rodriguez explained that he decided to write the book because he wanted the Church to "stand up and make a difference." more >>
Theologian John Piper is weighing in on Target's controversial bathroom policy that allows customers to use restrooms and fitting rooms based on their gender identity rather than birth sex, saying he would avoid using a gender-open restroom even if it were marked for men.
In a podcast posted Monday on his website DesiringGod.org, the pastor elaborated on his position, saying he would avoid gender neutral restrooms, if he could.
"If I were there and if I had to [use a gender-open restroom], I would — just like I would stop on the highway if I had to," Piper said. "But I wouldn't if I didn't have to." The Bible scholar explained that he wouldn't use such a restroom in order to maintain a clear conscience, and to acknowledge God. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson is throwing his support behind presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for reasons other than politics.
"The issue in America, in my opinion, is much larger than presidents, prime ministers, kings," the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch said in an appearance on FOX News' "Hannity" this week. "The issue before us, in my opinion, is a spiritual one. I don't think it's a political fix. Politicians can help."
Robertson explained that he had supported Texas Senator Ted Cruz because he was a "Jesus man" and a "strict constitutionalist," saying he felt that Cruz would vet his decisions using the Bible. Although Trump was Robertson's second choice, he has said he would "enthusiastically" support him. The Duck Commander founder is believing that God will be the source of Trump's common sense. Asked if man's common sense comes from God, Robertson said of Trump, "I hope so in his case. I really do." more >>
Christian supporters of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are "abandoning the gospel of love" and justifying the doubts of Trump critics, former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes argued in support of leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore Thursday.
Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission who has encouraged evangelicals to vote third party rather than vote for Trump, has received much backlash after implying on Sunday that the Trump campaign is nothing more than "reality television moral sewage."
While the billionaire real estate mogul took to Twitter on Monday morning to call Moore "truly a terrible representative of evangelicals" and a "nasty guy," prominent evangelical Trump supporters have also lashed out at Moore for his comments. more >>
Funerals are scary occasions for many individuals, including for Francis Chan. Although the evangelical preacher and author is "deeply disturbed" at such memorials, he feels they are as necessary for the living as the dead — but not in the way that one may presume.
In an article posted this month for DesiringGod.org, a website focused on glorifying God, Chan urged Christians to " … keep the brevity of life on the forefront of our minds" in order to live prepared for Judgment Day.
"Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom," Chan wrote, quoting Psalms 90:12. The preacher said that pondering death is for the wise and that only fools ignore its inevitability. more >>