A Florida church is now offering drive-thru prayer service for its community as a way to fulfill busy commuter's spiritual needs on the go.
Motorists along U.S. highway 41 in Southwest Florida can pull over once they spot a member of Estero United Methodist Church, carrying large signs that read "Need prayer? Turn here," where close to a dozen volunteers are waiting in the church parking lot to offer prayer.
"You'd be surprised by the tears of joy from people when they come through, because they know God's there for them and He is listening to their concerns. It's really neat," Pam Sebby, drive-thru prayer leader at EUMC, told The Christian Post. more >>
Members of the Spanish Christian Church leveled by a gas explosion that has so far resulted in the death of eight people, including five from their 60-member church, celebrated Saturday when firefighters discovered a symbol of hope beneath the rubble: a decades-old Bible.
After finding corpse after corpse, since the deadly blast on Wednesday, the discovery of the Bible, which the church has reportedly used since its founding 80 years ago, became a symbol of hope for the faithful who displayed it at a celebratory procession in the street, according to the NY Daily News.
The discovery was so overwhelming for the church's 83-year-old pastor, the Rev. Thomas Perez, he started having heart palpitations and had to be taken to a local hospital by ambulance. more >>
A new autobiography tells the conversion story of a Western Muslim who risked everything to become a born-again Christian. The book reads like a murder-mystery novel, in which a committed follower of Muhammad researches the historic facts of Islam and Christianity to find the truth about Jesus Christ.
"It is no understatement to say that Muslims often risk everything to embrace the cross," writes Nabeel Qureshi in his new book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity.
Those who leave Islam for Christianity are cut off from their families and friends, may face death (the hadith, second only to the Quran in determining Muslim law, orders Muslims to kill apostates), and risk eternal damnation for the "only one unforgivable sin, shirk, the belief that someone other than Allah is God." more >>
Approaching the 1-year anniversary of the death of her son, Matthew, Kay Warren recently shared her strong feelings about the perhaps well-meaning, but often insensitive comments she's received during the grieving process. Her husband, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, says her post, which has since gone viral, resonates with many who have faced a similar situation.
"It struck a nerve with every grieving person who faces well-meaning but clueless reactions from others," posted Rick Warren on his Facebook page on Friday. "In 24 hours, her post has been read by over 1.5 million people, re-posted nearly 9,000 time, and thousands have left affirming 'I get it' comments."
In just the few days since its original posting, Kay Warren's "Don't Tell Grievers to 'Move On'" piece has been re-posted nearly 17,000 times and readership has climbed well over the initial 1.5 million. Pastor Warren urged the readers of his post to "Like" her Facebook page in support then pass her article on to others. more >>
Often, when I fly over the country, I'll look down over some of the great rivers below like the Missouri or the Mississippi. I've noticed a curious formation in several places – an "oxbow" in the river. These are found along the path of a river where you can see how clearly, over time, the river used to bend at an extreme angle. But now the river is running in a different channel. The main flow is cut off from the oxbow. The oxbow is a bend in the river where the river has passed it by. That cutoff bend forms a stagnant lake, which over time, continues to fill into a boggy swamp.
So my question for you is this: "Is your organization in danger of becoming an oxbow?"
All along a river's path, dead river oxbows that have fully filled in can be helpful for agriculture as their fertile planting soil is wonderful for growing. However your organization is not a farm, and there's no reward for you becoming extinct! more >>
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" —John 14:6
"The Bible teaches that God is actually three Persons. This is a mystery that we will never be able to understand. The Bible does not teach that there are three Gods—but that there is one God. This one God, however, is expressed in three Persons … God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
"The Second Person of this Trinity is God's Son, Jesus Christ. He is co-equal with God the Father. He was not a Son of God but the Son of God. He is the Eternal Son of God—the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, God manifested in the flesh, the living Savior. more >>