The pastor of one of the fastest-growing churches in America told Christians that the Church hasn't done a good job ministering to singles and often wrongly insinuates that being married is "the pinnacle of being a Christ follower."
Transformation Church's Derwin Gray, a former NFL player turned founding pastor of the multi-ethnic, multi-generational church in South Carolina, preached in a recent sermon in his "Resurrect" series titled "Time to Resurrect Your Singleness" that it is important for the church to minister to single members as much as married couples, "as God wants all of His children to live a godly life regardless of their relationship status."
"If we're truly honest, in the Church we haven't done a good job with singles," Gray says, noting that for him, "singleness was always seen as a good thing until I became a Christian." more >>
Evangelical pastor Greg Laurie shared some thoughts on God's love this week, comparing it to the love people receive from their culture.
Laurie, who is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, wrote in a March 29 blog post that there is a great contrast between God's love and "the so-called 'love' of our culture."
"Our world loves you when you are young and beautiful; God loves you when you are old and not so attractive," Laurie writes. "Our world loves you when you are famous and a celebrity; God loves you when you are unknown and a complete nobody." more >>
Christians should be open with God about their feelings and ultimately trust in His plan for them, the Rev. Billy Graham advises in response to those who feel that God isn't solving their problems quickly enough.
The 97-year-old Baptist minister was responding to a question published in the Kansas City Star Wednesday that read, in part: "I'm kind of angry at God because he doesn't seem to be doing anything about my problems. What would happen to me if I told him?"
In his response, Graham encourages Christians to present their true feelings to God openly, saying that He already knows all of our thoughts and emotions anyway. more >>
Christians can accomplish more here on Earth when they work together, said Pastor Rick Warren who advises believers to follow God's plan found in the book of Ecclesiastes.
Warren, who heads Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in his Daily Hope blog post Tuesday that God intended for Christians to do their work as a team, not alone.
"God put us on Earth to do a certain work that only we can do. Ephesians says that God made us to do good works and that he planned in advance what we would spend our lives doing. However, he didn't plan for us to do that work alone. We need people to work with us," Warren explains, citing Ecclesiastes 4:9 that reads: "two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together." more >>
Conflicting news reports surrounding the fate of Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, a Catholic priest kidnapped by the Islamic State terror group and believed to have been crucified on Good Friday, have given hope that he might still be alive.
Although Austrian news reports said the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, claimed during Easter vigil mass that the 56-year-old priest has been killed, Bishop Paul Hinder of Southern Arabia announced earlier this week that he has "strong indications that Fr. Tom is still alive in the hands of the kidnappers."
Hinder reportedly told Catholic News Agency that his hopes remain high that Uzhunnalil has not been killed, though could not give any further information in order to protect the life of the priest. more >>
Christians must encourage each other to battle sin, Pastor Perry Noble wrote in a blog post this week.
The megachurch pastor, who oversees the 30,000-member NewSpring Church in South Carolina, wrote in a March 28 post that he was recently reading Hebrews 3:12-13, which inspired him to share the importance of Christians reaching out to their brothers and sisters to save them from sin.
Specifically, Perry points to verse 13 which reads: "But encourage one another daily [...] so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." more >>