Pastor Greg Laurie on Sunday shared with the congregation of his California megachurch the significance of Jesus' last words, the seven statements from the cross, which reflected His love for the lost and the accomplishment of His purpose.
Apple founder Steve Jobs said in one of his last speeches, "Death is very likely the best single invention of life," but he was wrong because death is actually an enemy, not a friend, said Pastor Laurie of Harvest Church in his sermon, "Famous Last Words," the last in a series, "God Came Near," which took a chronological look at the life of Jesus.
Death is the last enemy to be destroyed, Laurie said, referring to 1 Corinthians 16:26. It was never God's will that we would die, but it became a part of life due to Adam and Eve's sin, he explained. "But death died when Christ rose." more >>
Australian megachurch pastor Phil Pringle is encouraging Singapore's City Harvest Church congregation to draw near to God amid the controversy of Pastor Kong Hee's recent guilty verdict.
The Gospel Herald reported on Monday that Pringle has been ministering to the congregation and released a number of messages following October's verdict, in which Judge See Kee Oon found Kong and five other CHC leaders guilty of funneling more than $35.5 million in church donations to a management company called Xtron.
The money was allegedly aimed at funding the popstar career of Kong's wife and fellow CHC pastor Sun Ho. more >>
City Harvest Church founder Sun Ho was officially ordained as a pastor at the church only days before her husband, Pastor Kong Hee, and five other CHC leaders were found guilty of funneling millions into her popstar career.
Yahoo News Singapore posted pictures and a video shared by Kong of the ordination, which apparently took place on Oct. 19.
"The 2-minute clip shows Ho being ordained by someone who appears to be Michael Scales from New York's Christian College, as well as her husband Kong, who was one of the six church leaders declared guilty for misappropriating church funds to finance Ho's singing career," the article states. more >>
City Harvest Church-affiliated website City News has published a video showing congregants of the Singaporean megachurch voicing their support for Pastor Kong Hee despite the recent guilty verdict.
"Of course I am very saddened by the news because my heart cries out for all of them very much, but most important I believe now is to come together as a family, and be supportive of everything that is happening. We are in prayer, and we are praying for miracles as well. I am most excited today because after seeing the Church coming together and believing in the new management and the boards and the pastors," says Elim Chew, founder of streetwear brand 77th Street.
Pastor Kong Hee appeared before his congregation at Singapore's City Harvest Church on Sunday, following his guilty verdict of misusing millions of church funds into his popstar wife's career, and said that he is sorry for the suffering they faced during the trial.
"I am saddened with the outcome of the trial. But this I do want to say: You have suffered much over the past few years because of your commitment to City Harvest Church and your commitment to me," Kong told his followers, according to Today Online.
The message was delivered to roughly 4,500 congregants, with a number of church members reportedly seen crying and embracing each other. more >>
A professional Internet troll under the pseudonym "Joel Oldsteen" pretended to be the famed pastor on Joel Osteen's Facebook ministry page, bragging about his wealth while taunting those of limited financial means.
The parody page titled "Joel Oldsteen," now deleted, migrated over to Osteen's page and commented on updates or words of encouragement from the internationally-known pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
According to the Houston Chronicle, posts are still visible on the Facebook page of comedian Bill Palmer, who is the "inspiration behind Joel Oldsteen Ministries." His page shows plenty of evidence of other adriot trolling of popular pages within entertainment culture. more >>