ANAHEIM, Calif. — A steady stream of stories from those who made decisions to commit their lives to Jesus Christ at a Harvest Crusade with Greg Laurie over the last three decades include dramatic transformations that have led to Christian leadership and ministry.
At an annual pastors and leaders' luncheon held earlier this year to announce the 2016 SoCal Harvest lineup of worship bands and plans for the three nights of outreach at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Friday through Sunday, several in attendance shared how they began their journey at Harvest.
"When I came to the Harvest crusade it was the last place you would expect me to be, but obviously God had an appointment for me there," said Thomas, who now serves as a ministry leader for a team at his church that engages new believers with follow-up. "I came to the Harvest in 2008. That's where I received Christ. I was 43 years old. Up until that point, I had been a methamphetamine addict for over 20 years." more >>
When Jesus said people shouldn't judge, he wasn't telling them not to denounce wrong behavior, says world renowned evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham.
Recently, Graham was asked why Jesus told people not to judge, such as in Luke 6:37, where He said: "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned."
"I don't think it's up to us to judge who is religious and who isn't. I have my own beliefs, and I get upset when someone tries to question me about them or make me believe the same way they do. Didn't Jesus say somewhere that we shouldn't judge others?" the person asked in a Q&A submitted to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says Target doesn't need to spend $20 million to add unisex bathrooms to 300 of its stores nationwide to get its customers back, instead it needs to drop its transgender bathroom policy altogether.
Target recently announced that to end the American Family Association's boycott of the retail giant, it would install a single-use bathrooom in each of its stores that don't already have one. However, men who identify as female would still be allowed to go into women's bathrooms and changing rooms.
In a Facebook post from Wednesday, Graham said Target's "refusal to drop its transgender bathroom policy is going to cost the company — and the shareholders — big bucks!" more >>
The United Methodist Church's highest court will be deciding whether or not the denomination's first openly gay bishop will be allowed to serve.
In July, delegates of the UMC Western Jurisdiction unanimously elected the Rev. Karen Oliveto to be bishop of the UMC Mountain Sky Area, even though Church rules state that "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" cannot be ordained.
Next spring, the United Methodist Judicial Council will consider a petition centered on whether or not Oliveto can serve given that she is a married lesbian. more >>
Conservative author and radio personality Glenn Beck will speak at the multi-day American Gospel Celebration headed by Pastor John Hagee in Louisville, Kentucky, next month.
Beck's involvement in the three-day event was announced on Monday, with Hagee commending Beck for his widely syndicated social commentary.
"Beck stands on the front lines of key issues facing America today and speaks boldly about the value of faith and freedom," said Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. "I can think of no one more fitting to join us as we celebrate these two foundational pillars of our nation at the American Gospel Celebration and as we honor those who have sacrificed for us." 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 >>