Mark Driscoll, who resigned last October as the lead pastor of the Seattle-based Mars Hill megachurch due to a controversy surrounding his leadership style, delivered a sermon at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek near downtown Seattle on Sunday.
"Such a powerful message by Mark Driscoll to kick off our Repurpose series. Thanks Mark!" the Gold Creek church wrote on its Facebook page, and quoted him as saying in the sermon, "God doesn't need you to impress Him, he needs you to trust Him."
Before the sermon, pastor Dan Kellogg of Gold Creek introduced Driscoll by telling the congregation that he's qualified to speak on repurposing of life as he's in the middle of it, and that he had been "unfairly treated by former staff and the media." more >>
In hopes of encouraging fellow Christians to stay in Pakistan in light of religious tensions, a Christian businessman in the country's largest city is building a giant 14-story cross outside the entrance to the largest Christian cemetery in Karachi.
Parvez Henry Gill, a devout christian who lives in Karachi, recently told The Washington Post that God came to him in a dream one night four years ago and challenged him with the divine task of finding a way to relieve Pakistani Christians from the constant fear of persecution and abuse frequently perpetrated by Pakistan's radical Muslim community.
"I want you to do something different," Gill remembers God telling him. more >>
Grammy Award-winning Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae shared his faith and belief that all of humankind is "the public manifestation of God's glory" when he took the stage at Passion City Church's first-ever Passion 2015 event earlier this year.
In a recently-released video from the Atlanta conference, Lecrae is seen opening up his talk with a story about Muhammad Ali before delving in to what God's glory actually means.
"We are not supernatural people, we are not superheroes, we do not have super powers, but we're here to reflect the one superhero," the 36-year-old rapper emphasized before the gathering of 18-25-year-olds. "We're here to let the world know how awesome He is, not how awesome we are." more >>
Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz wants Christians to "occupy all streets" with the light of the Gospel like Jesus did. "There should be no campus, there should be no prison, there should be no back alley, no ghetto, no village that has not heard the goodness of our God," he says.
Speaking at the debut of Passion Conference 2015 "a gathering of 18-25 year olds and their leaders," hosted by Passion City Church in January, Lentz urged the young believers of the Gospel to take the Word of God to the streets like Jesus did in a recording of the event released this week via Air1.
"Jesus has done the work, He saved our lives, and we have a pretty clear call, which is to shine," said Lentz in the video. "I've called this message here this afternoon: occupy all streets." more >>
Christian leaders in the Pakistani city of Lahore are saying that they've received death threats over the past few months because of their involvement in the building of churches in the area.
In a Monday interview with AsiaNews, Javed David, a Pakistani Christian activist, explained that he and at least three of his Christian associates have been threatened by an unidentified group of Muslims in the midst of outrage stemming from the construction of Christian churches.
David, who is the president of Hope for the Light Ministries, and his associates have been helping poor Christian communities in Pakistan build places of worship since 2013. more >>
We often hide our pain. But, is that really going to help? In order to fix a problem, we must first admit we have the problem. Then from there, we can ask the Lord to help us and guide us in the direction we need to be in.
We hide our hurts for many reasons. Whether it's because of pride, shame, or even fear, the result is the same: that pain eats away at us unless we bring it to the Lord. We must bring it to light and our hidden hurts will be healed. There is no painful experience that God can't touch and use for his glory. The Bible gives us guidance and reasons why it is important to bring these hurts to the Lord.
Below are 6 reasons and Bible verses stressing the importance of bringing your problems to God: more >>