Continuing his message series on the Book of Revelation, Pastor Greg Laurie of California's Harvest Fellowship Church explained in a sermon this week what heaven is like, answering common questions and breaking myths.
One day, we are going to be in heaven, but not everyone has that hope, Pastor Laurie said in his message entitled "What is Heaven Like," based on Revelation 4.
Christians have that hope, and "It's gonna be through death or through Rapture," Laurie said, adding, "I think the next event on the prophetic calendar is the Rapture of the Church, and following that would be the emergence of the anti-Christ, the rebuilding of the temple, the Great Tribulation and so on." more >>
An evangelical professor and former president of Fuller Theological Seminary has argued that Mormons are possibly becoming more in line with Orthodox Christian belief.
Richard J. Mouw, a scholar and author who served as Fuller president for 20 years before retiring in 2013, wrote an essay for the publication First Things slated to be published in May.
During a preaching series on revival, Pastor Saeed Abedini explained that God's grace cannot be earned through good works or church attendance, but only through an awakening of hearts.
"Revival is not measured by how many hours of service we give to our church or ministry. Revival is measured by the movement of God's Spirit and the outpouring of His grace," Abedini wrote in a Facebook message as part of a series on the topic of Revival that he has been posting throughout the week.
"Many people seek to cover their inner guilt through good works, which never resolve the reason for their separation from God. Some serve out of pride or evil motives," he added. more >>
Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of famous evangelist Billy Graham, has warned that God might be purposefully hiding himself from America in preparation for a coming judgment on the nation.
"Our nation is in a mess. Why? Could it be because America is losing God's blessing? His favor. Could our sin be provoking His judgment? Judgment that is not necessarily in the form of a nuclear dirty bomb, or another ISIS attack, or an economic collapse. But a Romans 1 judgment as God backs out of our national life and turns us over to ourselves," Lotz wrote on her website Wednesday.
She recalled the story in the Old Testament where God punishes the nation of Judah, which continued to become more disobedient and more "wicked," choosing immorality and idolatry, provoking God's anger and leading to Judah's destruction. more >>
The Ark Encounter theme park, set to open in Kentucky this summer, will answer the most asked questions people have about the story of Noah in the Bible, says Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham.
Describing the coming attraction as "an awe-inspiring massive exhibit," Ham said people have been amazed by the ongoing construction of the life-sized Noah's Ark project.
"Sadly, many people (even in the church) have been exposed to the childish 'bathtub arks' we see in kids' books and on the walls of Sunday school classes and so on that make Noah's Ark seem like nothing more than a cute fairy tale. But once people see the enormity of this Ark structure, they will begin to realize it was a real ship," he wrote in a post on the Answers in Genesis website Monday. more >>
Iraqi Christian militia fighters who have been battling the Islamic State terror group, have said that although Jesus called on people to turn the other cheek, he also suggested buying a sword when the time calls for it.
The Babylon Brigade, as the Christian fighters are called, have been fighting IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) throughout the past year, as the terror group continues its push to establish a global Caliphate, but so far its stronghold are in Iraq and Syria. IS has specifically targeted Christians, along with other religious minorities, carrying out routine executions, including mass beheadings, and forcing followers of Christ to choose between their faith and their lives.
IS has captured large groups of Christians on numerous occasions, including 230 believers from the Syrian city of al-Qaryatain last year. At least 21 of those Christians were later executed by the group, with three women among them. more >>