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 >>
A San Diego megachurch this past Saturday gave away nearly 23,000 toys to underserved children in the Southern California city where 2014 data from the U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than 1 in 5 children live in poverty.
In its 19th year, the annual Toys for Joy Christmas event, organized by The Rock Church, gave away toys to some 20,000 locals who came to one of its four event locations: San Marcos High School, El Cajon Valley High School, Lincoln High School and Southwest High School, Mei Ling Nazar, public relations director at The Rock Church, told The Christian Post. The fun-filled event not only catered to kids, but to the whole family. Adults and children were able to enjoy lunch together, as well as receive clothing, groceries, haircuts, manicures and listen to live entertainment.
Founded by Miles McPherson, senior pastor of The Rock Church, Toys for Joy aims to positively impact the lives of San Diego-area children and families in an event that ministers to physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The Rock Church partners with other local churches, schools, community organizations and businesses to make the annual event possible. more >>
Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv, a multi-site evangelical church with over 20,000 members, gave a sermon on Sunday, acknowledging how difficult it is for Christians to wait for God to tackle a desperate situation in their lives, and assuring that if they wait, God could exceed their expectations.
Sometimes we start to wonder why God hasn't done something about our problem, be it a job situation, a financial challenge, or the need for healing in a relationship or health, Pastor Groeschel told the congregation Sunday in his message titled, "When God Seems Late," the second in the series, "When God Doesn't Make Sense."
"With God, a waiting season is never a wasted season," the pastor of the Edmond, Oklahoma-based church stated. more >>
Sarah Jakes Roberts is gearing up to deliver her first child with her husband, Pastor Touré Roberts, but she is not forgetting about the women who suffer great losses while pregnant.
"The moment a woman learns she's pregnant there are feelings so overwhelming it's difficult to fully put in words. From wondering if she can handle the responsibility to praying her body can withstand the process of development," Jakes Roberts wrote on Instagram. "The statistics of potential loss or miscarriage are never far from your mind. The potential for rare disease or deformities are all realities that one must consider as she awaits for tests and prays to feel her baby kick."
Jakes Roberts, the 27-year-old author, motivational speaker and daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, is in her last trimester of pregnancy. Her husband is the senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, California. Although the couple has expressed excitement about their upcoming bundle of joy, Jakes Roberts has also mourned with dozens of women who miscarried or lost their children. more >>
YouVersion Bible app has reached 200 million installs on smartphones worldwide, doubling the number it had back in July 2013.
The popular digital application boasts over 1,200 versions of the Good Book in approximately 900 languages, with more growth expected in the developing world.
Bobby Gruenewald, one of the creators of the Bible app and Innovation Pastor at Life Church, told The Christian Post that he and his peers "feel humble that we're able to be part of something like this that God's doing." more >>
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren has shared a "hard message" with followers, telling them that many Christians do not love the church.
"Too many Christians use the church, but don't love it. This is a hard message for many of us to hear," Warren said Wednesday on his Facebook page.
"We've been deeply hurt by members of the church, we've been disappointed, we can be discouraged. But the Church is the bride of Christ. It's the hope of the world, the vessel through which God works out his plan. We have to learn to love the church," he continued. more >>