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Posted 8/30/15 at 7:10 PM | Alex Murashko

Crowd of 45,000 at Harvest So Cal Saturday Includes Family Tailgating For Jesus

(Photo: Harvest Events)

Thirty members of the Canizalez family arrived early to Angel Stadium to BBQ hamburgers under a pop-up tent, enjoy each other’s company, and later settle-in to listen to the worship music and message by Greg Laurie at SoCal Harvest.

Sergio said he felt led by the Holy Spirit to invite his family. They carpooled from Chula Vista, just north of the Mexico border. Prior to the event, his excitement built as he prayed for those in his family that have not yet accepted Jesus.

Sergio, who attends Calvary Chapel San Diego, said he is excited to share the Lord with people and knows that time is short.

After a Facebook posting by Harvest of the story, a friend commented that one of the young family members recommitted his life to Jesus that night. This "good news" is just one of many from the 3-day Harvest So Cal event that ends Sunday evening.

Greg Laurie posted on social media about Saturday:

Tonight was one of the largest responses to an invitation in the history of our ministry.We had 45,000 people in attendance and we saw 4,670 people respond to the invitation to commit or recommit their lives to Jesus Christ.
Wow!
What can I say, but to God be the Glory!
‪#‎HarvestSoCal‬

On the web: harvest.org

Posted 8/20/15 at 1:28 PM | Alex Murashko

Megachurch Equips Leaders, Core Volunteers at First Ever Rockbridge Seminary Conference

Photo: Rockbridge Seminary
Tom Holladay speaks during Rockbridge Conference themed "Equipping Your Calling" held at Saddleback Church Irvine South on Aug. 15, 2015.

IRVINE, Calif. – Organizers of the first Rockbridge Seminary Conference say they hope other megachurches will see the benefit of hosting an event such as the one held last Saturday (August 15) aimed at equipping its core volunteers to advance into trained leadership positions. The conference featured plenary sessions and workshops which helped attendees find training to meet their specific interests.

Rockbridge Seminary partnered with Saddleback’s Irvine South location to raise awareness about the online accredited, degree-granting institution, explain the benefits of seminary education and to help show the steps towards developing servant leaders for Christian ministry. The advantage of the online seminary is that students can have learning experiences that allow them to study and practice without leaving their ministry field, according to the seminary. FULL POST

Posted 6/26/15 at 11:04 AM | Alex Murashko

US Supreme Court Redefines Marriage; BREAKING NEWS: REACTION

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

Charleston Rising: The Family That Love Built

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

‘Limbless Evangelist’ Nick Vujicic’s West Coast ‘Stand Strong’ Tour Makes Orange County Stop

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 Talks: When Love Comes To a Motel Carport Church

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

Rick Warren to Congregation: ‘This is the Most Unselfish Giving Church on the Planet Earth;' Saddleback Members Give $70,000,000 to 'Daring Faith'

(PHOTO: Saddleback.com screengrab

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

NY City Fest-Harlem To Feature Top Gospel, Christian Artists

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

Biola University Launches Ambitious Fundraising Campaign; Receives Largest Donation in its 107-Year History

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

Historic Restoration Contractor’s Vision Includes One Recovery Home for Every Church in America

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

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