Everyone deserves a moment in the spotlight and New Jersey-based Liquid Church intends to provide that shining moment for those with special needs during its participation in the upcoming Night to Shine prom event.
Liquid Church hosted the special prom for the first time this year and it was such a great experience that the church plans to expand host locations for the next prom on Feb. 12, 2016.
"We're totally excited about hosting it again [next] year — so much so that we're expanding it to five different locations on the same night to be able to invite [the] most guests across the state," said Liquid Church Online Pastor Kenny Jahng to The Christian Post last Thursday. Those five locations include Morristown, Mountainside, New Brunswick, Nutley and Somerville. more >>
On Sunday before Christmas, Pastor Greg Laurie of California's Harvest Christian Fellowship asked — and answered — the most important question for this Christmas season, why Jesus came on that first Christmas.
We often forget all about Christ as we go about celebrating Christmas, Laurie told the congregation in his message titled, "The Greatest Story Ever Told!"
"It's possible to lose Jesus at Christmas. … But He never forgets us," he said. more >>
Transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, prayed with Pastor Ed Young Sr. at a Christmas pageant at Houston's Second Baptist Church for a reality show. The pastor's son, Ed Young Jr., who leads Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, posted their photos and tweeted about it.
Jenner attended the church of Young Sr., who opposed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, for the reality series "I Am Cait."
"Dad has always taught me to love everyone. Here he is praying with @Caitlyn_Jenner at tonight's service," Pastor Young Jr. tweeted Thursday, followed by another tweet the following day, "Dad and @Caitlyn_Jenner had a great conversation and prayer after last night's service! #grace" more >>
A city council in Wisconsin has given the green light for a megachurch to relocate its central worship space to a former sporting goods store.
In a 5-3 vote taken Tuesday, the De Pere City Council approved the request of Life Church Green Bay to develop a former Sportsman Warehouse building.
Each year during the Christmas season people may feel pressure to do things bigger and better than before — more gifts, more decorations, more parties — keeping them busy, overburdened and missing the true meaning of Christmas. This holiday season, Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren shares in a column posted on pastors.com three simple concepts to help Christians stay focused on what's really important. Below is a summary of the column.
1. Keep it Simple
You don't have to spend your holiday participating in grand, impersonal, events and activities in order to feel fulfilled. Rather, Pastor Warren encourages Christians to engage in activities that enable personal interaction and service, such as feeding the hungry, or providing support for needy single parents. Personal interaction has been key for Saddleback's 20,000 members. " … We've found that the larger we grow, the smaller we must become," says Warren. more >>
Fresh off the successful evacuation of 149 Iraqi Christian refugees to Slovakia last week, faith leader Johnnie Moore addressed Saddleback Church Sunday with a message that put the enormity of the Middle East refugee crisis into perspective for American churches, and explained the extent to which terrorists have destroyed the cradle of Christianity.
"The world we're living in is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since WWII," Moore told the congregation of Saddleback Church. "Sixty million refugees are displaced people in our world right now — 12 million alone affected by the Syrian crisis."
Moore explained that, unlike refugees of other countries, Syrian refugees had a lot in common with Americans. "Syria was not unlike our own country. It was a middle class country. … These people were like us, they weren't poor people. … They were middle class people, they were people like you and I. … Their kids were in college, they had cars ... they had two-story houses, they had regular, every day normal lives like we have." more >>