ANAHEIM, Calif. – Evangelist Greg Laurie told a crowd at Angel Stadium of more than 28,000 people and an online webcast audience of thousands more watching the opening night on Friday of the 3-day SoCal Harvest, that despite sins committed, no one is beyond the reach of God.
After interviewing former mobster Michael Franzese, who became a committed Christian while in solitary confinement inside prison, he said:
"If God can forgive and change a man such as Michael Franzese or Paul of Tarsus (from the Bible) then God can change even you.. God can forgive you of every sin you have ever committed because the Bible says that with God all things are possible." more >>
Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old, black teenager was recently shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Celebrating 25 consecutive years of evangelistic outreach by way of Southern California Harvest Crusades, the 2014 SoCal Harvest opens Friday night with Greg Laurie interviewing former mobster Michael Franzese.
The planned interview with Franzese is part of the three-night event through Sunday that includes performances by well-known worship music artists and Laurie's "trademark, straight-forward message of hope." Laurie's message on Friday is titled "The God Who Loves and Forgives."
Franzese, who has been described in the past by media as the "Prince of the Mafia," will share how he put his faith in Christ while serving time in federal prison, and how Laurie's radio program, "A New Beginning," helped him to build that faith. more >>
God's message is one of turning things 180 degrees: the blind shall see; the lame, walk.
Once upon a time this man weighed 455 lbs. yet now leads a fitness ministry dedicated to encouraging others on their journey to spiritual, emotional and physical health.
If anyone would have told me four years ago that my life's greatest weakness would become the focal point of my ministry, I would have believed that impossible. At that time, the life I lead today would have been unconceivable. more >>
Pastor Maria Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York bared her soul at last week's "Misfit the Conference" event in New York City and discussed horrifying past experiences that did not stop her from embracing her destiny.
The conference took place in Salvation Army Centennial Theater which is just two blocks away from where she grew up in Manhattan. She admitted to passing the building totally "stoned" as a youngster and discussed her addiction to drugs and drinking and God's deliverance from it.
"Twenty-five years of crazy immediately gone," said Durso when explaining how long her life had taken a turn for the worst and how easily God was able to heal that part of her. more >>
Churches would win a case against the Internal Revenue Service if the government agency revokes their tax-exempt statuses for political speech, National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson predicted amid news that the IRS has agreed to investigate churches that engage in political talk.
"Let's just say theoretically that the IRS does revoke the 501(c)(3) status of some church because of political speech, let's just say that happens. I'm just certain that the church would, I hope, challenge that in the courts and it would go all the way to the Supreme Court," Johnson, who is a pastor and also heads an organization representing many non-profit media groups, told The Christian Post.
"I think right now it would be a 5-4 decision," added Johnson regarding a Supreme Court decision. "It's impossible to predict, but when you look at how this court, let's say in the Hobby Lobby case, when you look at how this court treats religious liberties and these kinds of issues, you got a count, a 5-4 decision. So right now the IRS would lose," he predicted. more >>