Iraqi Christians who are joining Muslims in fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as a sign of peace and solidarity are facing rebuke from other believers.
"In this way we just wanted to propose a Christian gesture: as Christians, we are confident that fasting and prayer, also shared with others, can work miracles, while weapons and military interventions only kill," Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I told Fides News Agency.
The Patriarch explained that other Christians, though he did not identify who, have taken issue with Christians and Muslims worshiping together in such a way. more >>
Joel Osteen, senior pastor of the 40,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, says people should stop worrying about problems that have yet to occur.
"Jesus put it this way [in Matthew 6:34]: 'Don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will have enough worries of its own,'" Osteen says in his Friday blog post, warning Christians that angst and worry can fester, causing turmoil that leads to precious time being wasted.
"Instead, live in today, enjoy the blessings of today, love people today, and don't try to solve problems that haven't even happened yet!" Osteen says. more >>
Muslim villagers in a Pakistani community are helping to build a church for their Christian neighbors, seeking to show peace and solidarity in a country deeply troubled by religious persecution of minorities.
"After local riots we are trying to bring people together even more," villager Ijaz Farooq told BBC News in an interview posted on Monday, referring to 2009 riots in the nearby city of Gojra against Christian homes, which left 10 people dead.
"We have increased our activity so we don't have to face something like that. By building this church we want to show that we are united as a community," he added. more >>
As Christians, seeking and maintaining peace plays an important role in our overall happiness. Here are five Bible verses to remind you of the importance of peace in your life.
All are taken from the New International Version Bible.
1) Matthew 5:9 more >>
The world nowadays has been described as a "global village" thanks to technological advances that have knit first-world urban dwellers to third-world villagers through mobile phones and the internet. Finishing the Great Commission and bringing the Gospel to unreached people groups through Bible translations in their heart language is occurring more rapidly than ever in history.
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, wrote in a 2014 article in Christian Post that a unqiue software program called ParaText has radically increased the speed of Bible translation and that "someone who is alive in the world today will translate the last Bible for the last unreached people."
"We're at a pivotal point in history where this generation could see the end of a centuries-old effort to make the Bible available in every language that needs it. This is the fastest pace of Bible translation the church has ever seen, and technological advancements have played a critical role in getting us here. We praise God that today there are nearly 2,200 Bible translation projects underway in some of the most remote places on earth, representing 1.9 billion people being reached with the gospel in a language they can clearly understand." more >>
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that religion is a vital part of foreign policy and understanding how the world works, pointing out that some extremes can push people into war and genocide, while others use religion to search for peace.
"We cannot understand the world if we fail to comprehend and honor the central role that religion plays in the lives of billions of people," Kerry said at Rice University in Texas on Tuesday, Voice of America News reported.
Kerry, a Roman Catholic, noted that religion impacts the world in fundamental ways, and can act as a positive or destructive force. more >>