With the recent release of the Bible App 5 that has already been installed, beginning with the original application, on 136 million devices, it's clear that its maker, YouVersion, remains on track to engage more people with the Bible than ever before. The updated app lets people share Scripture with friends in an online community.
"For the last five and a half years the features we've had inside the app have been primarily to help someone individually connect with the Bible," Bobby Gruenewald, innovation pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, told The Christian Post recently. "This new release, the Bible App 5, actually introduces a new set of features that allow you to form relationships with people that you know and trust, and then have conversation about Scripture and the activity that you are doing with the Bible with those people.
"It really moves it from being just an individual experience to giving people the opportunity to experience it with others. We think it is a really important step forward in engagement and understanding of Scripture," Gruenewald said. more >>
NEW YORK — Evangelist Nick Vujicic recently was in New York City to mark the release of his new book, Stand Strong with a hugging campaign in Times Square. Admirers from as far away as Chile and Australia lined up last week to hug and take photos with Vujicic, who has inspired millions around the globe with his story of overcoming physical limitations (without limbs) and bullying.
The 31-year-old married father released last week Stand Strong: You Can Overcome Bullying (and Other Stuff That Keeps You Down), in which he advises teens how to overcome bullying by embracing their self-worth and developing strong values, among other things.
Vujicic, born with no arms and no legs, travels worldwide to share how he overcame the nightmare of bullying as a youth, an attempted suicide at age 10, and how faith in God affects his outlook on life, and eternity. more >>
In the 1980s and early 90s the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase was one of the most charismatic heels to ever step foot into a WWF ring.
His microphone skills, coupled with his in-ring abilities made him the perfect villain to pit against legendary baby faces such as the Macho Man Randy Savage, The Immortal Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. DiBiase had everything he thought he ever wanted, and by the beginning of the '90s, the fame and the traveling that professional wrestlers are required to do was starting to take a toll on him and his family. Infidelity almost ended his marriage and things seemed to start spinning out of control. DiBiase saw only one option for fixing the mess he created at that point, which was to turn to Jesus Christ.
A new documentary titled The Price of Fame discusses DiBiase's journey more in depth through the eyes of his sons and fellow wrestlers who were around when he made the transformation that eventually lead to his evangelism ministry. more >>
NEW YORK — Nick Vujicic, a Christian evangelist born without limbs who has inspired millions around the globe with his story of faith and perseverance, is using his new book, Standing Strong, to speak to the 3.2 million U.S. teens, and countless others around the globe, who say they have been bullied.
"This is written specifically to teenagers sort of in their language. I'm very passionate about the standing strong against bullying message," Vujicic told The Christian Post.
Vujicic's passion for the subject stems from his own experiences with being bullied as a child due to being born with no arms and no legs, a condition called tetra-amelia syndrome. more >>
From the orthodox to the charismatic, from small chapels to megachurches, from brick and mortar to digital, pastors nationwide are leading believers and seekers in Easter worship services with the central Christian message – Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son, died on the cross and rose on the third day for the salvation of those who believe in Him.
Lee Strobel, teaching pastor and author of The Case For Easter and many other books, told The Christian Post, "My focus will be on 1 Cor 15:17 – 'And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.' I'll be talking about the historical evidence that convinced me as an atheist that Jesus did rise from the dead and thus back up his claim to being the Son of God. The resurrection is the linchpin of the Christian faith – no resurrection, no Christianity."
Strobel, who is also a professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University, will be preaching during eight Easter services within 24 hours at Mission Community Church in Gilbert, Ariz. His message is one that pastors hope will help bring those attending church or watching online during Easter into a relationship with Jesus. more >>
Easter has always meant a lot to me, and in the life of our church, Easter Sundays have been historic times of outreach, growth and opportunity. However, the resurrection of Jesus has never meant more to me than it does right now.
The grave is brutal, merciless and uncaring. It swallows everything it touches and it is never satisfied. It will not stop until every last person has been consumed. It seems as though every time you turn on the news or get a breaking news alert on your phone there is a new tragedy. Planes that disappear, celebrities who accidentally overdose, young people who despair and take their lives, public places turned to terror through shooting – sometimes it's too much to handle.
The good news is that death has been devoured by the power of God and it can't fight back. Jesus' tomb is empty and because of that fact, we don't have to be terrified by the grave anymore. Death's power has been undone. Those who fall asleep in Christ become greater after death than they were before and they can never be touched by it again. Paul said, "For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (II Corinthians 5:1) more >>