Celebrity pastor Chad Veach is not letting life's circumstances keep him down. In his new book, Unreasonable Hope, the young minister uses his hardest life battle to encourage others to keep trusting God.
Veach and his wife, Julia, had their whole lives change in the course of a day when their 4-months-old daughter, Georgia, was diagnosed with lissencephaly, a rare, gene-linked brain malformation, also known as "smooth brain."
Since then, Georgia's seizure management has been the biggest struggle, at one point she was having 50 seizures a day. Although that's no longer the case, the couple still are facing a lot and are vowing to remain constant in their faith, ministry and family life. more >>
As Christian persecution across the globe reaches levels never before seen, churches throughout the U.S. will devote time during Sunday worship services to pray for victims by taking part in "Stand With the Persecuted Sunday."
Eight prominent religious liberty organizations — Open Doors USA, the Institute on Religion & Democracy, The Voice of the Martyrs, In Defense of Christians, Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA, International Christian Concern, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and the Family Research Council — are calling on over 40,000 American churches to designate a small portion of their services this weekend to pray for those around the globe that have been persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
Besides prayer, the initiative also calls on churches to show a brief video highlighting the plight of Christians across the world, distribute a special bulletin insert, participate in practical ministries and promote policy and legislation designed to protect the persecuted. more >>
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill Wednesday that removes the names and titles of county clerks from marriage licenses, giving legal "finality" to the religious accommodation that Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was looking for.
Davis, who made headlines when she spent over five days in jail last September for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses with her name and title on them because of her Christian beliefs, had called on the state's then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to create a religious accommodation allowing her to drop her name and title from marriage certificates that her office issued.
The accommodation, however, was not provided until Bevin, the new Republican governor, issued an order in late December allowing Davis and other religious clerks to omit their names on marriage license forms. more >>
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 >>
On this Sunday's third episode of "The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman, the actor takes on the topic, "Who Is God?" and visits Pastor Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church to get some answers.
"I believe God is our Father, the Creator, Somebody that gives us purpose and destiny," Osteen, who pastors one of the largest churches in America, responds. "Sometimes it's hard for people to say 'how can I believe in something I can't see?' But it's what you choose to believe, through faith."
A wide-eyed Freeman resistantly listens as Osteen speaks. more >>
NEW YORK — Popular television host Kathie Lee Gifford talked about her recent trip to the Holy Land and the effect it had on many of her "eclectic" non-Christian friends who accompanied her, during a Q&A taping for the upcoming film, "I Hope You Dance."
Gifford has been traveling to Israel for 45 years and says it's her "favorite place in the world because that's the land and the story, and it all happened there."
A very animated Gifford sat down to host a panel for the film "I Hope You Can Dance," which included motivational speaker Tim Storey and actress Shari Rigby. "I Hope you Dance" is a film based off of country singer Lee Ann Womack's mega hit song of the same title that reach No. 1 in several countries. The documentary will highlight how one extraordinary song has changed the lives of many people. more >>