LOS ANGELES – Executive producers of the 2016 remake of "Ben-Hur," Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, shared their heart for forgiveness and reconciliation as more information is released on the Orlando massacre – the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
"There's things clearly happening in the world and we put this film together to impact culture with the message of love and forgiveness and reconciliation and that's needed now more than ever," Roma Downey, former "Touched By An Angel" star, said at a Los Angeles screening of "Ben-Hur" about the Orlando shooting.
When asked how she and her husband, Mark Burnett, hope to spread the message of forgiveness in these dark times, she maintained she plans to do so by one act of kindness at a time. more >>
There is no justice without Jesus.
If you could truly stop human trafficking, eradicate every trace of poverty and solve all of the the economic injustices that plague the system, apart from Jesus, there'd still be a dark abyss of hopelessness in the soul of every person who was rescued. As Jesus said in Matthew 16:26 what good is it if a person gains the whole world yet loses their soul?
The answer is not much. more >>
Hillary Scott of the band Lady Antebellum reveals the heartbreaking tragedy behind her latest single "Thy Will" ahead of the release of her new album Love Remains.
During an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer revealed "Last fall, I went through a miscarriage."
Addressing society's general silence about the aftermath of a miscarriage, the 30-year-old singer said, "I feel like there's this pressure that you're just supposed to be able to snap your fingers and continue to walk through life like it never happened. more >>
One of my super cool Christian friends recently offered me some ministry advice: "I think you need to be a little more edgy in the way you communicate. I mean you want to reach our generation, don't you? Your current writing style is not going to get you very far. I kind of stopped reading your stuff a while back because . . . well it's boring, Matt. It's just Bible, Bible, Bible. What if you just loosened it up a bit by throwing in a cuss word here and there?"
I wasn't shocked. She wasn't the first cool millennial to encourage me to be a bit more spunky in the way I write about the gospel, and she won't be the last. I've been told my writing ministry would be so much more effective if I would quit being so serious and inject more of my personality and humor into my articles.
Maybe I'm just in denial (like really, I might be) but I don't think my writing style is all that stiff or void of my personality. Is my tone often on the serious side? Sure. My conscience won't let me write flippantly about the weightiest realities in the Universe! But that doesn't mean I totally check my personality at the door. I may not crack a joke in every paragraph or slip in curse words between Bible verses, but I try to tastefully incorporate my humor into almost everything I write. Sometimes I'm even criticized for being too informal! more >>
It's wonderful to know that, as believers in Christ, we can live in close fellowship with God. Jesus said in John 16:7 (AMP), "I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor — Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you]."
When Jesus walked the earth, He could be in one place at a time and He could be with the disciples. But the Holy Spirit can be everywhere, all the time, and He lives IN those who have accepted Christ as their Savior. Being with Jesus is good, but having the Holy Spirit in us is even better. We don't have to go looking for God because He's as close as close can get!
See, when we receive Christ and we're born again, it literally means that God — through the power of the Holy Spirit — comes to live inside us. He makes us new on the inside, and as He works in us, the fruit of what He's doing is seen in the way we live and does some good for the people in the world around us. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21; John 14:17, 26; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23.) more >>
Since the beginning of the year, I keep finding myself in unexpected places — doing things I never intended to do. These things were not in my plans, nor on my lists. It's like I keep trying to get back to my old life.
Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever had the Lord unexpectedly usher you right off the road you were on and onto another path that is scary and unfamiliar at best, painful at worst, only to keep trying to navigate yourself back to "your road"?
Recently, in my attempt to reroute my detour back to familiar territory, the Lord posed the question, "What if this detour is really the road I want you to take?" more >>