Fresh off the successful evacuation of 149 Iraqi Christian refugees to Slovakia last week, faith leader Johnnie Moore addressed Saddleback Church Sunday with a message that put the enormity of the Middle East refugee crisis into perspective for American churches, and explained the extent to which terrorists have destroyed the cradle of Christianity.
"The world we're living in is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since WWII," Moore told the congregation of Saddleback Church. "Sixty million refugees are displaced people in our world right now — 12 million alone affected by the Syrian crisis."
Moore explained that, unlike refugees of other countries, Syrian refugees had a lot in common with Americans. "Syria was not unlike our own country. It was a middle class country. … These people were like us, they weren't poor people. … They were middle class people, they were people like you and I. … Their kids were in college, they had cars ... they had two-story houses, they had regular, every day normal lives like we have." more >>
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren has shared a "hard message" with followers, telling them that many Christians do not love the church.
"Too many Christians use the church, but don't love it. This is a hard message for many of us to hear," Warren said Wednesday on his Facebook page.
"We've been deeply hurt by members of the church, we've been disappointed, we can be discouraged. But the Church is the bride of Christ. It's the hope of the world, the vessel through which God works out his plan. We have to learn to love the church," he continued. more >>
It's a message you've likely heard during some point in your childhood. Probably more times than you can remember, you've been told to "say thank you," or to "be grateful."
As an adult, you know that having an attitude of gratitude and thanks is a good thing, but how do you take it beyond a simple platitude and make it a daily way of life? Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren spells it all out in a sermon he delivered last week entitled: "Living Life as a Thank You Gift to God."
"If you live your entire life as a thanksgiving gift or a thank you gift back to God — for all the things he's done for you — it's going to increase your happiness in life," Warren says. more >>
Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, T.D. Jakes' Potter's House and Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church have topped Newsmax's list of "Top 50 Megachurches in America."
The list, released Wednesday, was compiled by The Christian Post's contributing editor Johnnie Moore, who wrote that the rankings were not based on church size but rather on the notoriety of the church's leaders, the ratings of their television and radio programs, and the reach of their books, public opinion and overall influence.
"Megachurches are the spiritual phenomenon of the 21st century; there are more churches with 5,000 people attending weekly services than at any other time in history," Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University, wrote. "So much for those who claim ad nauseam that faith is declining in our country." more >>
Evangelical leaders such as Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and Christian speaker Francis Chan are joining forces for a conference aimed at reaching out to the last remaining 3,000 groups of people who have never heard the Gospel.
"As part of the 'H' Initiative for Daring Faith we are 'Helping take the Good News of the Gospel to the last 3,000 unreached, unengaged people groups!' Unreached, unengaged people groups are those around the world with NO Bible, NO Believer, and NO Body of Christ," Warren wrote in a Facebook message, previewing the conference scheduled at Saddleback Church for Dec. 2-4.
"We are inviting pastors and churches to come listen to world-class speakers Francis Chan, Paul Eshleman, and others (including myself!) about helping churches choose the 3 P's; a People group, a Partner (an in-country church or outreach organization) and a Plan to reach their people group by the end of the decade," he added. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren, one of the leading advocates for removing the stigma inside the church community attached with mental illness, gave advice to Jordin Sparks in the early morning hours Tuesday after she sent out a plea for help over Twitter in experiencing anxiety.
Sparks, an evangelical Christian, tweeted, "I'm having such bad anxiety. I can't sleep. If there's any prayer warriors out there, can you please send up a prayer for me?"
To which Warren responded publically through his Twitter account: "@JordinSparks Praying for u Jordin! False Evidence Appearing Real (Fear) is worse than the reality Don't resist it REFOCUS elsewhere." more >>