The new season of "Home Free" stars former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who says the show highlights the biblical principle that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
The second season is different from season 1 in that it encourages every competitor to win a home for a hero in their life as well as a grand prize sum of $100,000 for themselves. Each contestant must make it down Homefree Blvd., building one by one an entire neighborhood for their heroes, with the grand prize resulting in a dream home.
Contrary to his partner home improvement expert Mike Holmes, Tebow has a softer approach to lead the contestants. His role is to encourage them and give them the will to make it to the end. more >>
"I don't want you take this personally, pastor, but we are leaving the church."
The church member might as well have stabbed the pastor with a knife while noting it was not personal. more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress, leader of the influential 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, said every Christian and pastor must get involved in politics, and that "whenever there was a need for a great change it was pastors who led the way" in America.
"Many people think that pastor should not get involved in politics, that their responsibility is only to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ," said Jeffress on his program, "Pathway to Victory," after telling the viewers that many people have ask him why he is getting so involved in politics, especially in this political cycle.
"When you look at American history, whenever there was a need for a great change, it was pastors who led the way," he said. "It was pastors who led the way with the American Revolution, the Black Robe Regiment. It was pastors who led the way for the abolition of slavery. And it was pastors who were at the forefront of the civil rights movement." more >>
While God calls all Christians to practice forgiveness, there is a clear distinction between forgiving and trusting again, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Devotional this week that while forgiveness does not need to be earned, a restoration of trust does, and therefore it does not happen instantly but over time.
"Forgiveness does not mean the instant restoration of trust. Forgiveness is instant. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Forgiveness is based on grace. Trust is built on works. You earn trust. You don't earn forgiveness," the pastor emphasizes, pointing to Romans 12:19 (NIV) which reads: "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord." more >>
Donald Trump's meeting with over 900 evangelical leaders Tuesday morning helped move the conservative evangelical needle in his direction, however, some prominent evangelicals are not ready to fully back the real estate mogul.
The 70-year-old Trump met with evangelical pastors and leaders in New York City for a "conversation" at the Marriott Marquis that was designed to allow the evangelical community to get to know the billionaire better, while allowing Trump to get to know the concerns of evangelicals better.
Ultimately, Trump participated in three different meetings with evangelical leaders Tuesday morning. First, Trump met with a small group of selected evangelical leaders at Trump Tower around 8 a.m. Then, he met with another small group of select leaders at the Marriott Marquis before he addressed the 900 other evangelical leaders in attendance for the large-group meeting at the hotel. more >>
American pastor Saeed Abedini is criticizing women's rights activists who are refusing to speak up for his friend Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, a Christian woman who's being held in an Iranian prison for her faith.
"So many people (who fought for me) left us in this battle with Nasim alone and never mention her name," Abedini wrote on Facebook Thursday.
He added that some of those people often talk about women's rights and issues of abuse, but left a Christian woman "in prison and sicknesses behind." more >>