Popular worship leader Israel Houghton has had quite the rough ride after announcing his divorce earlier this year. Despite all the controversy, he is giving marriage another shot and has asked his new girlfriend, Adrienne Bailon, to marry him.
Houghton took to Instagram on Saturday with a photo of Bailon's hand in front of the prestigious Eiffel Tower in Paris, sporting a massive engagement ring.
"I have seen and felt the essence of God's grace through the life, the kindness and the courage of this woman. I've seen her attacked, lied about, wrongfully accused, mocked, laughed at, and misunderstood. But, I've also seen the shining example of the eagle she is that rises above the cacophony of the noise of ignorants- I'm learning from her example. She loves Jesus. She loves her family. She loves people. Even the ones that don't love her back. I pray God give me that same grace in my life. I've taken a giant leap of faith in asking her to share life with me forever and to give me a shot at getting it right this time... She has graciously granted my request... She said yes. Thanks Be To God. Thank you @adriennebailon for graciously loving me," Houghton captioned the photo. more >>
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren has congratulated American swimmer Michael Phelps for his record 23rd gold medal at the Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, and said that God has a great future planned for the swimmer, who once contemplated suicide.
"Saw Michael Phelps, #PurposeDrivenSwimmer, win his 23rd gold! I've prayed for you each day in Rio. God has a great future for you," Warren wrote in a Facebook message on Sunday.
The 31-year-old athlete won his fifth gold at the Rio games along with teammates Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian in the men's 4x100 medley relay, beating out Britain and Australia, who came in second and third respectively. more >>
I just turned 60. This milestone causes me to think about the rest of my life and specifically what life is all about.
I've received numerous well-wishes and humorous comments, such as "The Senility Prayer: Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference."
Then there was this this inventive comment on Facebook, "Jerry, you should donate your body to science fiction." more >>
In Matthew 12:33, Jesus says, "A tree is recognized by its fruit" (NIV). The point He is making here is that you and I are known by the fruit in our lives. And if we develop the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), God will be honored and others will be drawn to Him through us.
Humility is a major fruit we need to develop to represent God well in this world and to be truly happy.
A humble person has the freedom to be wholly and completely who they are. They don't have to impress anybody. They don't feel pressured to be perfect or see themselves in competition with other people. They simply want to be the best version of them that they can be. more >>
You'd think things would have gone swimmingly for the all-time Olympic gold medal holder, Michael Phelps. But they didn't: until he found his purpose.
In the months and even years leading up to this year's Rio Olympics, much of the news about Michael Phelps was bad. In September of 2014, he was arrested for driving while under the influence in his hometown of Baltimore.
It seemed that Phelps' best days, both in and out of the pool, were behind him. more >>
I was just barely removed from a life drenched in substance abuse and all other kinds of depravities when scores of well-meaning Christians began to inform me that I was "destined for greatness." I was bombarded left and right with predictions about all the big and marvelous ways in which God was going to use me.
They said a guy with my kind of testimony and gifts was sure to follow in the footsteps of spiritual giants like C.S. Lewis. And it wasn't just me who was receiving these supposed words from the Lord. I was submerged in a Christian culture where anybody with a scandalous story and decent communication skills was labeled a future "world-changer."
Though it was masked by spiritual language, self-promotional ideology was abundantly present in the Christian circles I ran in. There was more talk about networking and platform-enlarging strategies than there was about Jesus and his gospel. more >>