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 >>
U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini is reportedly receiving death threats from ISIS jihadists at the Iranian prison where he is being held.
The militants have said that they will kill him because of his Christian faith, the American Center for Law and Justice reported in a press release. Abedini, who is being held at Rajai Shahr prison, spoke of the death threats with family members earlier this week.
While the ISIS militants are apparently being held in a separate section of the prison ward, they have managed on several occasions to make their way to the pastor's section on their way back from the prison yard, forcing Abedini to hide. more >>
The founder and lead pastor of Planetshakers, one of the most influential church movements in Australia, learned to embrace the concept of honor before his prominent ministry took off and became an international Christian brand.
Russell Evans writes about the process he underwent in his new book, The Honor Key: Unlock a Limitless Life, when he started honoring God in obedience which in turn caused a ripple effect of success in his calling and every other aspect of his life.
"People view honor as a hierarchical concept and that's true but sometimes we use that an excuse to get people to do what we want instead of understanding the whole scope of how honor really works," Evans told The Christian Post. "I want people to access heaven on earth and I believe the kingdom operates in an atmosphere of culture … if I want the kingdom of God on earth, then I have to find what the key is to release that." more >>