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 >>
Evangelical Christianity has its warts and weaknesses. But if there is anything we've got going for us, it's that we strive to keep our collective conscience alive to the urgency and importance of the Great Commission. "Relational Evangelism" is the name of the game in Evangelical Christian circles. We wholeheartedly believe that one of the primary purposes of every believer's life is to share the gospel and make disciples. God could have teleported us to Heaven the very moment we trusted in Jesus. But he has instead stamped Agent of Reconciliation on every one of our adopted souls, designating us as the means by which he will draw more people into his blood-bought family. We are all divinely appointed evangelists whose primary role within our relationships with unbelievers is to be a tangible manifestation of the gospel. Above every good thing we desire and do for our friends, we should desire their redemption and co-labor with the Holy Spirit toward that end.
However, there's some pushback against that idea. I sometimes hear well-meaning Christians say things like, "It is disingenuous to love lost people mainly because you want them to convert to Christianity. Real love doesn't have an agenda. People shouldn't be treated like projects!" I don't wholly dismiss this pushback. I actually think there is some merit for it. There's no doubt that some Christians appear to evangelize unbelievers simply because they want to be noticed and praised for their evangelistic successes, and that is disingenuous. Also, refusing to talk with our lost friends about anything besides Jesus and trying to turn every single conversation into a gospel conversation probably indicates that we have less-than-charitable intentions. Love doesn't dominate conversations. However, it is terribly wrong to pit genuine love and a desire to see people know Jesus against each other. Sincere friendship and evangelism are not at odds!
Let's ask ourselves a question: What is the greatest dilemma our lost friends are facing in life? Is it their dysfunctional relationships or job problems or parenting frustrations? Is it their physical ailments or depression or loneliness? I don't want to make light of these kinds of issues — they are real problems that we, as true friends, should help those we care for walk through in every way we are able. However, these troubles are incomparable with the blood-curdling reality that our friends are living in rebellion against an all-powerful God who will one day obliterate his enemies. As great as they can be in so many ways, our unbelieving friends are ultimately traitors against God in need of urgent rescue from the penalty and power of their sin. more >>
Do you ever get offended? Has someone ever hurt your feelings, opening the door for strife, anger or a damaged relationship?
Every day, we are presented with multiple opportunities to get offended. It can be as minor as someone cutting us off in traffic or stealing our parking spot. Other times we can feel deeply hurt by a friend's rude or harsh comment.
What many people don't know is that offense is one of Satan's greatest tools to steal our peace and rob us of God's blessings. more >>