LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Grief coming as the result of devastating tragedies such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States is not something anyone can simply process alone, said Orange County megachurch pastor Rick Warren during special weekend services.
The five "Hope & Freedom" services at Saddleback Church led by Warren paid tribute to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 and the wars that followed. Also, given tribute were the U.S. military members serving in Iraq or Afghanistan in the last 10 years, and the first responders at the scene of the 9/11 attacks.
Warren told the more than 3,000 people at each service at the church's main campus and those watching the webcast at Saddleback.com that there were lessons to be learned from tragedy. more >>
Evangelical leaders reached out to millions on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with gripping narratives and heart-touching teaching during the nationwide broadcast “A Wake-Up Call for God’s People.”
The daughter of American evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, and New York Times bestselling author Joel Rosenberg, spoke with passion as they urged Christians to repent and start a fresh revival in the church.
“What has lulled you to sleep in your personal lives and in the church?” Lotz asked the audience. more >>
Bells tolled, wreaths were laid, memories ran deep, and a roll call of the dead was read out loud today as America paused in grim dignity and quiet grief ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Ceremonies from the formal and grand to the intimate were held in honor of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, but also to remember the spark that ignited a nation ten years ago and that once again woke “the sleeping giant.”
Houses of worship tolled their bells today while President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush arrived at ground zero in New York this morning. more >>
On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) appeared separately on “Fox News Sunday” to warn that the United States needs to stay active in the Middle East in order to fight the War on Terror.
McCain said that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were correct, but also talked about mistakes that were made.
“I don't think we should ever forget that those [Sept. 11, 2001] attacks originated in Afghanistan. I think we did the right thing there, but I also think we've learned a lot of lessons,” McCain said. more >>
LOS ANGELES – Holding his first Harvest Crusades outreach event in the media hub nicknamed "City of Angels," Greg Laurie brought his message of hope in Jesus Christ to an estimated 50,000 people at Dodger Stadium Saturday evening.
On the eve of the nation’s 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies, Laurie said he came to Los Angeles to "influence the influencers." He also said that even though prayer by clergy was not allowed at the memorial ceremony at ground zero Sunday “we will be praying in Los Angeles tonight.”
Founding Calvary Chapel Pastor Chuck Smith, who mentored Laurie even before he became a church and evangelist leader, led the crowd in prayer for the families who lost loved ones during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Many in attendance raised their smart phones toward the sky with browsers set to a “virtual candle” app, an image made available by the Harvest tech team. more >>
Americans came together on Sunday to reflect on what President Obama has called a "difficult decade" following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Amid the tears and moments of silences for the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that day, the overwhelming feeling in observances throughout the country was that "America is stronger."more >>