With the much-anticipating "Man of Steel" film hitting theaters this past weekend, Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Church in Southern California used the opportunity to share how men can be a different kind of a "superman," who is called dad.
You can trace almost every social ill in America today to the breakdown of family, and specifically to the absence of masculine leadership, Laurie said as he began his sermon, "Needed Superheroes," on Father's Day.
"At the beginning of the 21st century, American men are choosing to disconnect from family life on a massive scale... In 1960, fewer than 6 million children lived in single parent families; today that number is 22 million," he added. more >>
John MacArthur, influential author, pastor and seminary president, has organized what has already proven to be a controversial conference, as he and several other evangelical Christian ministers will gather in October at his Sun Valley, Calif., church to take a corrective stance against what he describes as "strange fire" practices in the charismatic movement.
"There is a dramatic account of God's judgment in Leviticus 9 and 10. The people had been ready to worship. They now had priests. They had standards by which they were to come before God and offer Him their worship," explains MacArthur in one of many promotional videos highlighting areas the conference will touch on. "In the ninth chapter, they came according to God's law, a sacrifice was offered, and God sent down miraculous fire and consumed the sacrifice. In chapter 10 (verses 1-3), however, another sacrifice was offered, and God consumed the offerers because they violated His standard and offered strange fire."
MacArthur adds, "But it's in the context of Leviticus 9 and 10 that I want to direct your attention toward strange fire that's being offered to God today, and it could well bring His judgment. more >>
A U.S. House committee is investigating whether Internal Revenue Service agents improperly seized private medical records. The IRS is already being sued for the seizure of 60 million medical records, which is alleged to be a violation of the Fourth Amendment's Search and Seizure Clause.
In March 2011, IRS agents used a search warrant to seize the medical records from an unnamed California health care provider in its pursuit of a tax violation by a former employee of the company, according to Courthouse News Service. The suit, filed March 11, 2013, claims that the search warrant did not authorize the seizure of medical records of those who were not suspects in the case. More than 60 million medical records of more than 10 million Americans were seized, according to the complaint.
The complaint states that the records "contained intimate and private information" such as "psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, [and] sexual or drug treatment." more >>
Divorce might be common in America, but if you are Christian and willing to deal with threats our marriages face, you can divorce-proof your marriage, Pastor Greg Laurie shared with his congregation at Harvest Church in Riverside, Calif., this past weekend.
When a man and a woman walk down the aisle, saying "I do," there's a lot more to do, Laurie told the congregation, as he began his sermon, part of the series "Happily Even After."
"You can't neglect the maintenance of your marriage. Marriage needs work. If you see a strong and vibrant marriage … that did not happen by accident," the pastor said, warning that if you do not work on your marriage, over time it can potentially fall apart. more >>
Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries has offered a prayer for Michael Jackson's daughter after it was reported that 15-year-old Paris Jackson may have attempted suicide by swallowing 20 Motrin pills and cutting her wrist with a kitchen knife.
"I pray that Paris Jackson will hear the Good News that Jesus loves her. And I pray that whatever pain she is facing, she would know that though her earthly father is gone, she has a Father in heaven who wants to give her life meaning and purpose," Laurie wrote on Facebook. "Don't take your life, but rather dedicate your life to Jesus Christ. If you do that, you will find the happiness you desire and also have the hope of Heaven."
It was reported Wednesday that Jackson had been taken from her family's Calabasas, Calif., home on a stretcher in the early morning hours and transported to a nearby hospital, where the purportedly deeply depressed girl was later said to be "safe and doing fine," according to relatives. She has been undergoing psychiatric evaluation. more >>
As the Crystal Cathedral Ministries congregation, once under the leadership of founder Robert H. Schuller, prepares to transition from the iconic glass sanctuary that it has known as home for more than 30 years to a new location, church members have mixed feelings.
A ministry representative says members are elated at the new possibilities ahead of them but also remorseful about leaving behind the groundbreaking California structure commissioned under Schuller.
"Our new church home will be known as Shepherd's Grove," John Charles, president and CEO of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, told The Christian Post. "As you can well imagine, the congregation does have some sadness in leaving this beautiful facility but realizes that the church is more that just a building. We are a community of believers and committed to bringing the message of hope and healing to the world." more >>