Pastor Saeed Abedini is calling on believers to pray for Christians who continue to be held in Iranian prison for their faith, including an underground female church leader who directly helped his ministry.
"No one is paying attention to those left behind in prison for almost three years now, even though they were part of Saeed Ministries," Abedini wrote on Facebook Wednesday, sharing the story of an imprisoned Christian in Iran named Nasim.
"Nasim was the first girl to became a Christian after my sisters, Zeebandeh Abedini and Elnaz Abedini. She was the first underground female leader and one of five leaders that helped us start churches before I became a pastor," he revealed. more >>
Pastor Rafael Cruz, the father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, vowed that, if elected, his son would not fund the United Nations while it supports anti-Semitism.
The elder Cruz, who has campaigned for his son's presidential run, said America needs to preserve its close ties with Israel, arguing that the very "foundation of America and the American Constitution was the Torah," during a speech at an event for Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, an organization "established to educate Christians about their biblical responsibility to stand with Israel."
Cruz also vowed that his son, a Texas Senator, will "not fund the United Nations until they stop supporting BDS and anti-Semitism," referring to a movement pushing for sanctions against Israel. more >>
Dave Janney, the popular pastor of Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia, is expected to make a full recovery after he was stabbed by his 19-year-old son, Jonathan, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and his church.
"We are happy to report that Pastor Dave Janney is continuing in stable condition and we are thanking God for the miracle that he is expected to make a full recovery. We recognize that the nature of the event is concerning and brings many questions. We cannot share more details at this time as the investigation is ongoing. We will provide more updates as we are able," wrote the church's elders and pastors in a statement Tuesday.
"It is our main focus to love and minister to him and his family in order to help bring full healing and recovery. We ask that you pray for them during this difficult time," they added. more >>
The number 7 appears throughout the Bible – 735 times to be exact and over 50 times just in the book of Revelation. But what significance does this number have and what should Christians take away from its use in the Bible?
Pastor Chris Hahn of the Kentucky megachurch Southland Christian Church, kicked off his new sermon series "Plus Seven" this past weekend, through which he will explain the meaning behind the number 7 in the Bible as it pertains to believers' time, relationship and money.
On Sunday for part one of the series, Hahn preached about the significance of "Seven Days," and explained he chose this sermon series topic because the number 7 "always represents completeness, wholeness, and perfection" in the Bible. more >>
The Chinese government has reportedly released from prison the Rev. Gu Yuese, the former leader of Hangzhou's Chongyi Church, the largest government sanctioned church in the country, ahead of President Xi Jinping's scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama.
Herald Malaysia Online reported that Gu, who was formally arrested on embezzlement charges, was held in detention for close to three months for speaking out against the government's church crosses demolition campaign, which has been going on for almost two years now.
The megachurch leader has been placed under "residential surveillance" following his release, which persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern warned means he is not entirely safe yet. more >>
Although Christians struggle with many different internal conflicts in their life, they must look to the story of Moses to find that often times "the conflict is the resolution," Pastor Jonathan Josephs of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, said during a sermon Sunday.
Josephs, who serves as a campus pastor at the church, which was listed as one of the largest evangelical churches in the United States by Outreach magazine, spoke on the topic of reconciling internal conflicts during his message titled "Conflict Resolution."
Every person struggles with their identity, Josephs says, because everyone plays different roles in their life: the role of a father, the role of a pastor, the role of an employee, the role of a husband, etc. more >>