Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of Oklahoma megachurch Life.Church, warned listeners about misusing a popular verse from the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 29:11 reads "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
Groeschel recently told those listening in person and watching online that the often quoted Jeremiah verse needs to be put into context. more >>
Dolores "Dodie" Osteen, widow of Lakewood church founder John Osteen, and mother of famous megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen, said during an interview that healing miracles are real, pointing to her own miraculous recovery from cancer.
"I could have died when I was 48," Osteen said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, referring to her metastatic liver cancer.
"Now I'm 82, and I'm working for Him. I want people to know that God is a good god. He does want to answer prayers. All we have to do is have faith and hope. Sometimes life is hard, but God helps us get through," she added. more >>
In his message, Pastor Robert Morris, senior pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas, told his congregation that God has asked us to give our tithes and offerings not because He needs money to support His work, but because it gives Him an opportunity to bless us.
Malachi 3 has been misunderstood for years, "even by me," Morris said in a recent message, titled "Don't Rob God."
We don't need to read it in the "old, legalistic way," he told the congregation, clarifying that he is not saying we rob God of money when we don't give the tithe to God, to whom it belongs. more >>
Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress argued Thursday that conservatives who criticize Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for saying that women should be punished for aborting their children are being "hypocritical."
After Trump suggested during the MSNBC town hall earlier this that women should receive some form of punishment for getting an abortion if it becomes illegal, he immediately received stark criticism from many conservative and pro life leaders, who denounced the thought that women should be punished for getting abortions.
Jeffress, the senior pastor at the 12,000-member First Baptist Dallas, defended Trump in a tweet saying conservatives who are critical of Trump's comments must not "believe abortion is murder." more >>
I thank God for the wonderful work that many large ministries have done over the years, but there is a very troubling trend in the evangelical church as a whole. And I believe that the pulpit is partly to blame.
Pastor Joel Osteen has been very clear many times that he doesn't talk about hell, sin, or damnation, or anything that is hard to hear.
He recently said this in a special Easter edition of CBS Sunday Morning, "... most people are beaten down enough by life. They already feel guilty enough. They're not doing what they should, raising their kids — we can all find reasons. So I want them to come to Lakewood or our meetings and be lifted up, to say, 'You know what? I may not be perfect, but I'm moving forward. I'm doing better.' And I think that motivates you to do better." more >>
Sharing an excerpt from his latest book, Pastor Perry Noble reflects on the most important lessons in leadership he learned from his late mother, whom he said coped with a diagnosis of an advanced stage of cancer by not blaming God, but glorifying God's goodness.
Noble, who leads NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, shared an excerpt from his new book, The Most Excellent Way to Lead, in a blog post Monday, writing that while he's had the "privilege of meeting some of the greatest leaders in the world — men and women who are having a profound impact on the lives of thousands of people," he believes his mother, Helen, is the best leader he has ever known.
Noble goes on to discuss his mother's loving leadership, as demonstrated when she found out she had an advanced stage of cancer when the megachurch pastor was still a child. more >>