Many Christians have lost their edge — their radical, burning fire for Christ, says preacher and author Francis Chan, a firm believer that while family is important, the mission of the Kingdom of God should come first.
In a video message recently shared by ChurchLeaders.com, Chan says that after many Christians get married they place Christ's mission on the back burner, spending their days in the bubble of relationships, children and the comfort of security. The preacher challenges married Christians to stoke the flames of their passion for Christ and his work, and to step out of their comfort zones to take more risks to further His Kingdom.
Chan, who's been married to his wife, Lisa, for over 20 years and has seven children, asks, "Could I be an example of someone who's married and has kids and is still thinking 'Kingdom first?'" He adds, "Your mission with the Lord doesn't end when you get married," giving examples of how when people date, or get married, or have children their focus tends to shift from standing on the frontlines for Christ to pouring the majority of their time and energy into nurturing and protecting their relationship, family and security. more >>
Messianic Jewish soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces are growing bolder and more open about their faith in Christ with their fellow soldiers and officers, a survey has found, despite daily challenges of living 24/7 around unbelievers and trials resisting the "pleasures of the world."
The survey, released on March 1, was conducted by Kehila News Israel in cooperation with several local ministries that organize soldier conferences and Bible studies for the hundreds of Messianic soldiers currently serving in the IDF.
The results, based on the responses of 69 active duty IDF soldiers from a total population of several hundred Messianic soldiers, found that there is a clear openness about Yeshua (Jesus) in the army – as much as 96 percent said that their fellow soldiers know about their faith, in addition to 78 percent of their commanders and officers. more >>
Popular Christian entertainer Carman Licciardello, mononymously known as Carman, recently overcame an intense battle with cancer but his fight is not over yet. The singer is currently in the hospital and is asking fans to pray for him as his body is under attack yet again.
The artist was rushed to the hospital Sunday after a concert because he was suffering from chronic chest pain. It is not the first time he ended up in the hospital because of chest pain, but on Memorial Day of 2015, the New Jersey native spent some time in the hospital after suffering multiple heart attacks. In a detailed Facebook message Carman revealed this time around he landed in the ER because of stress.
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Leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore is calling on Christians to stop "bashing" the millennial generation as lazy, entitled and self-obsessed, arguing that millennials are actually "far more committed" to sharing the Gospel with people outside of Christian subcultures.
Moore, who is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, wrote an op-ed titled "Are Millennials Selfish and Entitled?" that was posted to his blog last week and to the Baptist Press Monday.
The piece argues that although the millennial generation gets a bad rap from older generations, millennials are not lazier or more selfish than previous generations. more >>
The television ratings for Tyler Perry's "The Passion," a semi-live musical that put a contemporary spin on the centuries-old story of Christ's last days on Earth, were modest compared to another musical that aired on Fox earlier this year.
With a star-studded cast that included Trisha Yearwood as the Virgin Mary, Chris Daughtry as Judas, and Seal portraying Pontius Pilate, the Palm Sunday broadcast held the attention of 6.6 million viewers — a modest showing that was nearly half the audience of Fox's other musical, "Grease: Live," which netted 12.2 million viewers in late January, according to TVLine. "The Passion" earned a 1.6 demo rating among viewers ages 18 to 49.
All things considered, Perry's musical was up against stiff competition with a new episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and the new NBC variety show "Little Big Shots." more >>
While promoting the release of his latest DVD for the film "God's Club," actor Stephen Baldwin talked about the steady decline of morality in America and says sticking to God's moral code is the only way that can help.
"When they created the law that is a separation of church and state it was never intended that that become a separation from God," Baldwin said in the film "God's Club."
"God's Club" addresses current difficulties Christians are faced with in America, such as prayer in school and the right to have Christian clubs on school campuses. Baldwin plays a teacher who stands up for a Christian club in school with students who want to attend. more >>