Lakewood Church's one-day Go Conference for Men was a pit stop where men could refuel, recharge and renew their inspiration in order to get back on track.
In a rare and candid chat hosted by pastor and author Phil Munsey on Friday, Lakewood Church senior pastor Joel Osteen and Life.Church senior pastor Craig Groeschel gave audience members a glimpse into more intimate aspects of their lives, opening up about managing their personal relationships, balancing church and family, and how they got where they are today.
On his relationship with his wife of 29 years, Victoria, Osteen shared that she has helped him become the man he is today, saying, "I wouldn't be who I am were it not for Victoria." He explained that 10 years before the death of his father, the late Rev. John Osteen, Victoria began telling him that he would one day preach. Osteen said that after his father passed, he felt empowered to preach because Victoria had been telling him for so long that he could do it. "We're better together," he told the gathering of men. more >>
In a message tailored to leaders within the local church, North Point Community Church senior pastor Andy Stanley cautioned attendees of Catalyst Cincinnati against putting theology above ministry, encouraging them to keep people first and to be good neighbors in their communities, loving enemies in order to "be the generation to awaken the culture to the wonder of God."
Seeking to help church leaders leverage their ministries, Stanley explained that rigid ministry systems and "lines in the sand" on cultural issues often "bump" people out rather than win them over. "There are no one-size-fits-all ministry rules," he said at the inaugural Cincinnatti event on Friday.
Stanley reminded the audience of 2,500 of how Jesus Christ disregarded status and appearances when he walked among the people, instead putting their needs first. "If Jesus was worried about guilt by association, he would've stayed in Heaven," Stanley said. The pastor added that the Church can have greater impact when it follows Christ's example of putting the needs of the people first. more >>
WASHINGTON — America is drifting away from God, prominent Christian leaders have been warning, and there are consequences that the country may face as a result.
The Christian Post recently caught up with some Christian leaders at the UnitedCry DC16 event to discuss the spiritual state of the nation, and what could happen if Americans don't make a spiritual U-turn.
Pastor Doug Stringer believes that if America doesn't wake up and heed God's warnings, He may remove His protective hedge. more >>
Christian relief groups are sending teams to help with the immediate needs of the victims of the earthquake disaster in Ecuador, which has killed at least 570 people so far, and are urging fellow believers to pray and consider helping with funds.
"Christians anywhere can pray. Sometimes we forget that prayer is a believer's greatest and most powerful weapon. Prayer makes such a difference and we can all pray that people will be rescued from the collapsed buildings, families will be reunited, God will supply the physical help victims need and many will come to believe in Christ from this tragedy," said Rosa Contreras Hart, Latin American Area Director for Christian Aid Mission, in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is calling out North Korean media for reporting a false claim that world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham once said that former communist leader Kim Il Sung "might be a God."
According to NKNews.org, North Korea's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun celebrated Kim's 104th birth anniversary by proclaiming last Friday that even foreign religious leaders believe Kim was like a God.
As the 97-year-old Graham visited the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in 1992 and 1994, Rodong Sinmun quoted Graham as saying that he met the "greatest of all human beings" who is "the saint of saints." more >>
Boris Vujicic, the father of famous evangelist Nick Vujicic who was born without arms and legs, has admitted in an interview with his son that he never thought he would get married one day and have children.
Nick Vujicic, who leads inspirational speeches and talks about the importance of trusting in God throughout the difficulties of life, interviewed his father in a video ahead of the release of Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child: Facing the Challenges with Strength, Courage, and Hope.
Boris, who wrote the book, explained that he hopes it can encourage people who might be struggling with different things in life, and shares with them that the pain they are going through is only temporary. more >>