Being stubborn can be a destructive character trait, says the Rev. Billy Graham, in response to a man who's not sure he wants to go to Heaven because he doesn't want to lose his freedom by having God tell him what to do.
In a recently published advice column, a person queried Graham about the concern he had about being a "control freak" and not wanting to give up his freedom.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California addressed racism in his sermon in the wake of the deadly ambush of police officers following the shooting deaths of African Americans, describing seven attitudes to racism and identifying the one which Christians should have.
"Our nation is desperate for healing… and the Church cannot be silent," Warren told the congregation in a recent sermon he delivered after a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana left three police officers dead. The megachurch pastor quoted Titus 2:11: "God has revealed his grace to save the whole human race."
God has never made a person He doesn't love, Warren stressed. "Race was God's idea," he said. "Racial reconciliation is at the heart of the Gospel." more >>
Before people can help a loved one who's coping with a terminal illness, they must first face their own fears about death, says Saddleback Church Senior Pastor Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Sunday, Warren, who's the author of the best-selling book, The Purpose-Driven Life, quoted Psalm 89:48: "No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave."
"Before you can help anybody who is facing death, you've got to deal with the fears you have related to death," stated Warren. "Death exposes our hidden fears. When we feel exposed, we typically hide. We've been hiding from our fears since Adam and Eve hid from God because of their nakedness." more >>
Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren says that believers need to place God first when managing their finances.
In a devotional published last Thursday, the author of The Purpose-Driven Life explained that whatever area "you want God to bless in your life, you put Him first in that area."
Does God get mad at Christians who stop tithing to their church due to a job loss or because they're struggling financially?
A woman recently asked the Rev. Billy Graham if she and her husband were still expected to give money to their church after he was laid off and only able to find part-time work.
Graham responded that even a small amount of giving is acceptable, because tithing and charity should not be viewed as "a way to make God happy with us." more >>
To have a life that is overflowing with blessing, a person needs to give Jesus total control of one's life, including their career, according to Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Monday, Warren focused his attention on Luke 5:3, which reads as follows: "Jesus got into one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, and asked him to push off a little from the land. Then Jesus sat down and continued to teach the people from the boat."
Warren used this verse to illustrate that a person should "give Jesus complete control of your life, including your career." more >>