Contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave performed at Minnesota's Sanford Center on Sunday while missing its recovering bassist, Jason Weaver.
Weaver suffered from a life-threatening diabetes-related foot infection in June, which called for at least seven surgeries where both feet were amputated.
"He had to have both of his feet amputated due to [an] infection — this wicked infection," Mike Weaver, Jason's brother and lead vocalist and guitar player, told The Bemidji Pioneer this week. "That sounds absolutely tragic and it is in that instant but he is somebody that really hopes in the Lord." more >>
God has a longstanding habit of calling those he loves into difficult situations. He called Abraham to leave his home and wander around in foreign lands among strangers who, as far as he knew, might kill him on sight. He called meek ole' Moses and his cowardly big brother to stand before the most powerful ruler in the known world and demand the release of the Hebrew people. He called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to defy the Babylonian King's idolatrous command and subsequently be thrown into a fiery furnace — just as Daniel was tossed into a den of lions after God called him to keep praying despite King Darius' decree.
The Scriptures are chock-full of stories about God's many suffering servants. But they all point beyond themselves to the beautiful, bloody story of the long foretold Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52). God's own Son stepped away from his eternal glory to live a perfectly righteous life in human form so that he could gift that righteousness to wicked sinners, and take the sins of those wicked men upon himself and allow God's wrath to crush him instead of them. Christ suffered more intensely than any person ever has or ever will — and he did all of this according to the will of his Father (Isaiah 53:10). God called Jesus to the ultimate discomfort so that we, the undeserving recipients of his mercy, could escape eternal discomfort.
So this means we're off the hook, right? The Lord led lots of Old Covenant folks into uncomfortable situations. But those of us who have received the pardoning benefits of the New Covenant in Christ's blood don't have to worry about him calling us to discomfort, do we? Jesus paid the price. His chastisement brought us peace. The ferocious, fatherly love of God has been irrevocably unleashed on us in the gospel. So it logically follows that life should be smooth sailing from here on out, doesn't it? more >>
The process of becoming spiritually mature doesn't include shortcuts, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published on Monday, Warren focused on the issue of spiritual maturity, referencing Philippians 1:6: "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns," reads the verse.
Warren compared the path of spiritual maturity to that of physical maturity, noting that it can take time for a believer to surrender all of their life to Jesus. more >>
Mainstream rapper DMX has never shied away from sharing about his Christian faith and now his dream of becoming a pastor are slowly becoming a reality. A recent video posted on Facebook shows the New York emcee behind a pulpit preaching about the miracle that is birthed from tragedy.
"If I wasn't a threat to the devil he wouldn't waste his time. If I wasn't special to God, how would I know what He's willing to do for me? We know what He's able to do. The word says, 'All things are possible through Christ who strengthens,' Amen!" DMX shouted. "So we know what He's able to do How can you know what He's willing to do until you've been placed in a situation where you need Him to do it for you? If you haven't been somewhere where you need God to get you out of the situation, you wouldn't know what He's willing to do for you. We know what he's able to do but we won't know what He's willing to do until we're there."
Those in attendance cheered as DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, passionately exhorted: more >>
Popular Christian entertainer Carman Licciardello, mononymously known as Carman, recently overcame an intense battle with cancer but his fight was not over as he suffered a string of heart attacks shortly after. Fortunately the entertainer has since recovered and is now gearing up to do his first 5k run in the next local cancer fundraiser.
The artist was rushed to the hospital in February of this year after a concert because he was suffering from chronic chest pain which was soon revealed as a heart attack. It is not the first time he ended up in the hospital because of chest pain; on Memorial Day of 2015, the New Jersey native also spent some time in the hospital after suffering multiple heart attacks which he detailed in a Facebook message.
Carman is now out of the woods as per doctor's evaluation, and in a recent social media post he included a photo of himself smiling in the mirror while in the hospital bathroom revealing that he will be running in a local 5k fundraiser. more >>
Tom Meyer, a member of Wordsower International Ministries and a professor at Shasta Bible College in California, was in a major car accident with his family in Minnesota on Sunday, but used the frightening incident as an opportunity to share the Gospel.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Meyer explained that despite the car being a "total loss," neither group of people from either car were harmed by the collision.
"We had just finished up our summer tour of speaking the Word of God from memory and were on our way back home to Shasta Bible College and had just prayed that our precious Lord would take our hand all the way home," explained Meyer. more >>