People's God-given gifts are meant to be shared with those around them, Pastor Rick Warren says.
The senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Daily Devotional on Thursday that the purpose of gifts is to share them, pointing to 1 Peter 4:10 which reads: "God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."
The megachurch pastor goes on to say that when Christians use their talents to help others, they are glorifying God. more >>
God's invisibility does not prevent anyone from forming a close relationship with Him, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
In a column published in the Kansas City Star on Thursday, the world-renowned evangelical leader and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, explained that God does not have a physical identity because He is a spiritual being, but such a truth should not stop people from forming communicating with Him and depending on him for guidance.
"The Bible doesn't tell us what God looks like — because He is invisible. And the reason we can't see Him is because he is a spiritual being — that is, He has no body or face or other physical form. That doesn't mean He isn't real, because He is," the evangelical leader explains. more >>
The new studio album from world-renowned modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, Facing a Task Unfinished, debuted at No.4 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and at No.4 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel chart. This marks the Gettys' highest-ever debut on the Billboard chart.
In addition, Facing a Task Unfinished, which went on sale June 17, debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Retail Praise/Worship chart and No.1 on the UK's Official Chart Top 20 Christian & Gospel Albums.
The Irish couple has impacted the world with their powerful hymns and worship songs, and now for their first album since 2012, they teamed up with internationally renowned music artists Chris Tomlin, Fernando Ortega, John Patitucci, and popular South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. more >>
An Indiana pastor who was arrested in Kentucky earlier this month for allegedly seeking sex with a minor, killed himself one day before he was due in court for a second preliminary hearing, police say.
The body of 46-year-old David James Brown, the senior pastor at First Christian Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, was found in a storage unit in the suburbs of Atlanta on Monday.
According to Cobb County Police, Brown hanged himself inside the Attic Self Storage in Marietta, Georgia. His death is being investigated as a suicide by asphyxiation, as police have not found any evidence of foul play. more >>
Saddleback pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren says small congregations can play a significant role and should not be viewed as less valuable because of their size.
"There is no correlation between the size of a church and its significance," Warren said at the Purpose Driven Conference at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, according to Pastor Randy Craft of Saddleback Newport Mesa. "God is responsible for the quantity of your ministry; you are responsible for the quality."
This is the first Purpose Driven Conference to be held in the United States in 10 years, following the 2006 conference that was attened by more than 2,900 church leaders. more >>
A new Church of England-associated school has been forced to go on "lockdown" as it faces outrage from parents and students for removing a cross from its student-designed school logo.
According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, parents and students are furious with Oak CE Primary School in the Crosland Moor district of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire after school officials decided to redesign the school logo by scrubbing out a cross featured in the logo.
The primary institution, which is funded by the state and governed by both the Kirklees Council and the Church of England, opened on May 3 as a result of a merger between three preexisting schools. more >>