Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Texas responded to a question about the negative tone in the U.S. presidential elections by encouraging people to "choose to be happy" and "overlooking things that are done wrong."
"Our general message speaks to staying in peace and being respectful and staying full of joy and staying positive," Osteen said during an interview, according to NorthJersey.com published Monday.
"I don't get specific about the politics, but our core message deals with [how] every day, you have to choose to be happy, you have to overlook things that are done wrong and things that are said." more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church says he's preparing for the most "important and life-changing" series he's ever taught, which will focus on God's mercy, as he reflects on the darkest day of his life nearly three years ago when his 27-year-old son took his own life.
"Easter has become particularly personal and poignant to me in the past three years, because five days after Easter three years ago, my 27-year-old son ended his own life," Warren said in a video posted on Facebook Sunday, talking about his son, Matthew.
"He had battled mental illness since childhood, and despite all the best doctors and the best medicine, therapy, and prayers, and love, he lost his battle for hope on Easter week. And Our family was devastated. The day Matthew gave into despair was the worst day of my life," the pastor added. more >>
While promoting their upcoming film "Miracles From Heaven," Bishop T.D. Jakes and DeVon Franklin, who serve as producers for the film slated for March 16, spoke about navigating through some of the crises seen in the movie.
Many people leave church because they get hurt. In "Miracles from Heaven," actress Jennifer Garner, who plays Christy Beam, has a season where she leaves her place of worship because of criticisms she encounter after her daughter becomes ill.
"I think people have to realize that they don't go to church for other people. Until they realize that, they will always get disappointed and leave because other people are just as flawed as you are," Bishop Jakes told The Christian Post when asked how he, as a man of the cloth, would handle that situation. more >>
DALLAS – While on the road promoting her upcoming film "Miracles From Heaven," popular actress Jennifer Garner ("Alias," "13 Going on 30," "Daredevil") said she hopes the inspirational film causes people to re-examine their faith and beliefs.
"I think we have to pour some positivity back into the world. I think it's so necessary to focus on what's wrong and how we can fix it but it's also so incredibly important to see the beauty that's around us all the time so that we can foster that," Garner told The Christian Post about the Sony Pictures Entertainment film. "We can raise and lift up the importance of the smallest miracles that happen around us everyday."
"Miracles From Heaven" recounts the real-life story of a 12-year-old girl name Anna (Kylie Rogers), who is the daughter of Christy Beam (Garner). Anna is suffering from a pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and is unable to eat, using feeding tubes for nutrition. One day, she has a near-death experience after falling from a tree and is subsequently cured of her disorder – a miracle that the Beam family credit to their Christian faith. more >>
Rob Bell, the best-selling author and former founder and pastor of Michigan-based Mars Hill Bible Church, who stirred controversy with his acceptance of gay marriage, is speaking out against pastors he accuses of exploiting sermons in order to "build bigger buildings."
Bell says since he's no longer pastoring a church, he has the "extraordinary" freedom to evangelize without the responsibilities of running a church getting "in the way."
At least 100,000 people gathered at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for Harvest America 2016 on Sunday evening, according to Pastor Greg Laurie, and thousands of them responded to the California pastor's invitation to pray to accept Jesus into their lives.
"I know a few things about you," Laurie, senior pastor of the Harvest Christian Fellowship megachurch in California, told the cheering crowd in his message titled, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," which was also livestreamed to thousands of host locations across the country .
You're empty, you're lonely, you feel guilty and you fear death, the pastor told the gathering, which according to The Dallas Morning News was "the largest evangelical outreach in North Texas since Billy Graham drew 255,000 people to Texas Stadium." more >>