What should Christians be doing while they await Jesus Christ's return?
Believers should take advantage of the opportunities that God has afforded them and use them for His glory. That's the message conveyed in a blog posted by Harvest Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Greg Laurie on Wednesday.
Laurie explains that in ancient times when a wealthy man left his home to go on a journey, he would often leave his highly trusted servants with the authority to run his household and to oversee his finances. more >>
A Christian megachurch pastor from China's northern Shanxi province was reportedly released after spending seven years in prison for protesting against the demolition of a house church, and is believed to be showing physical signs of mistreatment.
China Aid, which reports on persecution stories from the world's most populous nation, said that Pastor Yang Rongli and her husband Wang Xiaoguang were arrested back in 2009 following a protest against the Communist Party's crackdown on underground house churches.
The couple were convicted of "gathering a mob to disturb public order" for holding a prayer rally in November of that year, with Yang sentenced to seven years in prison, while Wang was punished for three years. more >>
The thought of God working though demons to carry out His will, on the face of it, doesn't seem to make much sense. In his latest blog, Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll says that believers often mistake the relationship between harm and evil, and says all harm isn't evil, but can actually be helpful.
Driscoll backs up his point by citing an example from 1 Samuel 16:14–23 when God used a "harmful spirit" to work His will.
"Saul's attendants said to him, 'See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better" (1 Samuel 16: 15–16). more >>
A Florida youth pastor has been arrested and charged with forcing four teenage boys into prostitution by telling them that they could make money modeling and threatening them if they didn't agree to have sex with male clients he met on the internet.
According to a Miami police report, Ron Cooper, who goes by the nickname "Romeo," sex trafficked four boys aged 16 to 18, who were forced to have sex for money at three different Miami-Dade County hotels and at an adult bookstore in Miami.
International superstar Justin Bieber was baptized in 2014, and in a recent sit down with Oprah, Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz details the eventful experience and says Justin Bieber is the perfect example of a serious Christian.
On her show "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah says she marvels at the fact that Bieber, despite being a young star, has not fallen apart. She equated his resiliency to being friends with Lentz and then asked about the time the New York pastor performed Bieber's baptism.
Lentz said he met Bieber after his friend, fellow pastor Judah Smith, contacted him and said he was "working" with Bieber and wanted the two of them to connect. more >>
Evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem has again thrown his support to Republican nominee Donald Trump, stating that he supports the candidate's policies rather than the man himself.
Grudem recently garnered headlines twice. First, for claiming that Trump was a "morally good choice" (here and here), and second, for his decision to withdraw his support over the nominee's behavior and comments towards women.
In a column published Wednesday on the conservative site Townhall.com, Grudem took a third stab at explaining his presidential vote choice, writing that he believed the election came down to only two viable options, voting for Trump or allowing Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton to win. more >>