Famed New York church The Brooklyn Tabernacle presents "The Rescue," a powerful production about the lives of five people who in their deepest time of despair were rescued, on major TV networks and on DVD this month.
"The Rescue" tells the true stories of five people from different walks of life who all find themselves in hopeless situations. Viewers are walked through each of the individual's feelings of pain and despair as they struggle to find a way out of the harmful situations they are in. "The Rescue" aspires to encourage viewers all over the world with the hopeful and redemptive message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The testimonies serve as relatable real-life stories of universal struggles that many in this day-and-age face. In the hour-long film, a Wall Street broker, a party girl, a religious extremist, a drug addict, and a hardened thug are highlighted as they describe their journey from darkness into light. more >>
The world nowadays has been described as a "global village" thanks to technological advances that have knit first-world urban dwellers to third-world villagers through mobile phones and the internet. Finishing the Great Commission and bringing the Gospel to unreached people groups through Bible translations in their heart language is occurring more rapidly than ever in history.
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, wrote in a 2014 article in Christian Post that a unqiue software program called ParaText has radically increased the speed of Bible translation and that "someone who is alive in the world today will translate the last Bible for the last unreached people."
"We're at a pivotal point in history where this generation could see the end of a centuries-old effort to make the Bible available in every language that needs it. This is the fastest pace of Bible translation the church has ever seen, and technological advancements have played a critical role in getting us here. We praise God that today there are nearly 2,200 Bible translation projects underway in some of the most remote places on earth, representing 1.9 billion people being reached with the gospel in a language they can clearly understand." more >>
Is an eating disorder considered a sin? Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers, including a response that Satan's oppression and idolatry can sometimes be culprits.
In a video message posted to his website Monday in response to a female viewer's question about whether anorexia nervosa is sinful, Pastor Mark Driscoll opened up a larger discussion about the societal pressures on physical appearance many women and men face. Those pressures are often exacerbated by celebrity and social media. Driscoll offered suggestions on how to combat the viewer's challenge.
According to WomensHealth.gov, per the National Eating Disorders Association, the average American woman is 5'4'' and weighs 140 lbs., while the average American model is 5'11'' and weighs 117 pounds. "All too often, society associates being 'thin' with 'hard-working, beautiful, strong and self-disciplined,'" the report said. In contrast, being "fat" is associated with being "lazy, ugly, weak and lacking will-power." more >>
Actor Kirk Cameron revealed the backlash he first received when he overzealously tried to convert his Hollywood peers by using apologetics, in a recent YouTube video posted by Living Waters.
In the video titled, "Balancing Apologetics and Evangelism," the outspoken Christian shared his testimony of going from an atheist, whose intellect fought against the idea of God, to an unashamed Christian evangelist.
During the 48-minute teaching, he opened up about the early days after he was first saved when he tried to be an apologist to Hollywood. more >>
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 >>