Posted 6/26/15 at 11:04 AM | Alex Murashko
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday in Obergefell v. Hodges that prevents states from affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws:
“The Supreme Court has stripped all Americans of our freedom to debate and decide marriage policy through the democratic process,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell, director of the ADF Center for Marriage and Family. “The freedom to democratically address the most pressing social issues of the day is the heart of liberty. The court took that freedom from the people and overrode the considered judgment of tens of millions of Americans who recently reaffirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The court cast aside the understanding of marriage’s nature and purpose that diverse cultures and faiths across the globe have embraced for millennia.” FULL POST
Posted 6/19/15 at 9:10 PM | Alex Murashko
By KEITH GILES
After the horrific church shooting in Charleston, many are calling for Christians to start carrying weapons to church. One GOP Presidential candidate, pastor Mike Huckabee even said, “It sounds crass, but frankly the best way to stop a bad person with a gun is to have a good person with a weapon that is equal or superior to the one that he’s using.”
Editor's Note: Keith Giles is an author, blogger and freelance copywriter in Orange County, California. Giles writes on his blog: WHAT IS SUBVERSIVE? It’s a systematic overthrow of one system or power by those working from within. Jesus said the Kingdom of God was immediately accessible to all who follow Him. This is the Gospel message. This is subversive.
While we can applaud Huckabee’s conscience for admitting how crass his statement sounds, we must also point out how decidedly anti-Christian it is, too. FULL POST
Posted 6/12/15 at 3:12 PM | Alex Murashko
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. – “Limbless evangelist” Nick Vujicic continues giving the message he has already told millions of people throughout the world – that a life can be lived without limits despite the greatest of odds against you. He is scheduled to speak at Crossline Community Church on Saturday (June 13 at 6:30 pm).
“Think of all the people who need to hear this message,” said ministry leaders on livinglifewithoutlimbs.org. “The student who gets taunted and pushed around because he’s different. The teenager who writes a note about why she wants to end her life. The wounded veteran who struggles to pay rent as he searches for work. The single mom who feels like she has nothing left to give.”
Vujicic is coming to the end of his West Coast tour of “Stand Strong – Living Life Without Limits” in Orange County on Saturday and Newbury Park on Sunday. The events can be seen livestreamed on the web at lifewithoutlimbs.tv. FULL POST
Posted 6/9/15 at 3:30 PM | Alex Murashko
Ted is shown a little extra grace when his language becomes a bit too salty.
After all, the Vietnam vet shows up without fault every Sunday morning to help setup and participate in our ministry that cooks and serves breakfast and “does church” inside the carport of a low-rent motel.
Ministry leaders simply roll their eyes with an occasional and loving: “Now, Ted!”
It’s been two years since I’ve met Ted at the Santa Ana, California, motel that’s on the city’s police watch list for drug selling, prostitution, and theft. Ted sees a lot as a resident of the motel since 2001 and he’s not shy about sharing “what’s really going on.” He loves to talk.
There’s grace shown there, too.
I was surprised to learn one recent Sunday that when I asked Ted if I could interview him on camera, he not only whole heartedly agreed, but showed how serious he was about serving in the ministry. FULL POST
Posted 6/3/15 at 12:07 PM | Alex Murashko
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren ended his 11-week sermon series, “Daring Faith,” by announcing over the weekend that members of his Southern California-based megachurch had pledged $70 million towards a fundraising campaign by the same name.
“I have said this over and over, and you need to believe me,” said Warren during a Saturday evening worship service at the 20,000-member church in Lake Forest, California. “There is no more generous church than Saddleback Church. This is the most unselfish giving church on the planet earth. Nobody gives more to help the poor. Nobody gives more to care for the sick, to reach the lost than this church.”
The announcement was made by Warren as large “light cubes” representing $1 million each were stacked on top of each other to help illustrate the magnitude of the financial giving. FULL POST
Posted 5/26/15 at 10:51 PM | Alex Murashko
Free Festival To Feature Top Gospel And Christian Music & Provide Family Health Services
Evangelist Andrew Palau To Share The "Good News In The City"
HARLEM, NY – NY CityFest-Harlem will be hosting a free festival at Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mount Morris Park West) featuring top national Gospel and Christian music artists, a health and services fair for families, activities for children, and renowned evangelist Andrew Palau will be sharing his inspirational message of "good news in the city," this Saturday, May 30.
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The free event will begin at 1pm with the Health & Service Fair, followed by the main stage performances and testimonies at 2:45pm.
Performing at the festival on Saturday are Grammy-winning gospel superstar, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Grammy-nominated gospel singer-songwriter Vashawn Mitchell and Christian hip hop artist and producer Andy Mineo. FULL POST
Posted 5/8/15 at 4:50 PM | Alex Murashko
LA MIRADA, Calif. — Biola University will publicly launch the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history, titled “Campaign for Biola University: A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage” on Saturday.
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Just a few blocks away from where Biola was founded in 1908, the campaign will be launched at the historic Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Ace Hotel is home to one of Biola’s original 7-foot red neon “Jesus Saves” signs, shining brightly today as it did in 1935 when it was first installed atop Biola’s north dormitory. FULL POST
Posted 5/1/15 at 1:06 AM | Alex Murashko
Ray Adamyk’s face lights up when he talks about his restoration company’s completed projects that include the comeback stories of historic gems like the Catalina Casino on the small island off the coast of Los Angeles in Avalon, and Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel and El Capitan Theater.
Spectra is the largest construction company in the Western United States that focuses on historic restoration and preservation. Adamyk and his staff say they are “committed to the protection and preservation of our country’s most cherished architectural, historic and cultural landmarks.”
However, with that said, there are no projects more important to Adamyk than those undertaken by his recently started ministry – the restoration of people’s lives through Christ-centered recovery homes.
Although the 53-year-old follower of Jesus has already opened two facilities for men who have had problems with alcohol and drugs through Homes of Promise this year, his vision is much wider.
Adamyk would like to see each church in America sponsor a recovery home. FULL POST
Posted 4/23/15 at 11:45 AM | Alex Murashko
The challenge for Catalyst organizers this year under the new leadership of its executive director, Tyler Reagin, is staying above a tidal wave of Christian conferences, many of which have emulated the Atlanta-based movement once considered to hold “Ferrari” status, as a young pastor recently put it, since its start in 1999.
That year, it was conceived as a “Next Generation Leaders Conference” by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, John Maxwell, Lanny Donoho and several young leaders.
“Catalyst was created to meet the felt need that existed within the church leader space for a leadership event that was focused on a new generation of church leaders,” Catalyst says. “Everything within this space seemed built around a forty to sixty year old mindset and medium. This team was convinced that this needed to change.” FULL POST
Posted 4/16/15 at 1:08 AM | Alex Murashko
IRVINE, Calif. — More than 3,000 leaders who love the Church will gather on Thursday and Friday (April 16-17) for the 7th annual Catalyst West event — focusing on “unifying, equipping, and challenging this community of change makers to evoke lasting change within our culture and world,” organizers said.
This year’s event, held at Mariner’s Church Irvine, will bring a host of fresh voices and thought leaders, including a change maker panel featuring a conversation on how the Church is partnering with community agencies in LA to create holistic change. The schedule includes team collectives that will offer a time for intentional connection and reflection on session topics, as well as special musical guests and entertainers.
Catalyst will also showcase its new app for the first time for Catalyst West attendees. The Catalyst App includes interactive, informative and fun activities to enhance the live event experience as well as exclusive content and access to community 365 days of the year, Catalyst states. The Catalyst App is available for both iPhone and Catalyst is unique in its ability to reach across denominations and backgrounds in order to gather leaders around the call of being ambassadors of reconciliation in the world. FULL POST