NEW YORK — On the red carpet of the premiere of "Hacksaw Ridge" at the Sheen Center on Wednesday, Academy Award-winning actor and director Mel Gibson talked about Christian World World II hero Desmond Doss, and the amazing example he set by sticking to his convictions and turning the other cheek.
"Hacksaw Ridge" is based on the extraordinary true story of Doss, played by Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider Man"), who served in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle in the Pacific and miraculously saved 75 men without firing a shot.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently, he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war. more >>
Picking up the pieces after the death of a spouse or a loved one can be a difficult process, and an individual in mourning may be overlooked by friends as time passes. Renowned evangelist Billy Graham encourages those individuals to find solace in Christ, and to show continued appreciation for friendships.
In his syndicated advice column published by the Kansas City Star on Sunday, Graham responds to an individual who recently lost a spouse and feels neglected by friends. Graham reminds readers that Scripture calls for Believers to "carry each other's burdens" (Galatians 6:2). If an individual forgets, however, to remember their friend's heartache and pain, or forgets to pay a visit, or forgets to call, or to pray for their friend — God never forgets their grief.
God knows the heart and He sees its empty, hurting places, says Graham. He will be the balm to heal its brokenness. He has promised to be there, and even when sadness or loneliness become overwhelming, He will be a comfort. more >>
A person doesn't need to forget in order to forgive, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Tuesday morning on Rick Warren's Daily Hope, The Purpose Driven Life author addressed the common cliché "forgive and forget."
"You've heard this phrase over and over: 'Forgive and forget.' There's only one problem with it: You can't do it. It's impossible! You really can't forget a hurt in your life," wrote Warren. more >>
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser . . . Abide in me, and I in you." – Jesus (John 15:1,4)
I can't tell you how many theologicalish books I have started and never finished (almost every one I own — don't judge). Recently, though, I got my hands on one I couldn't put down. Andrew Murray's Abide in Christ is a treasure chest full of spiritually-revitalizing wisdom.
If you are someone who knows you should abide in Jesus and wants to abide in Jesus but are kind of lost as to what it actually means and looks like to abide in Jesus, go order Abide in Christ today. more >>
For most Americans, the last day of October is a time of trick-or-treating, costumes, candy, and various spooky things from horror movies to haunted houses.
Halloween, the holiday most known for its playful scaring and bags of sweets, is most closely associated by mainstream culture with Oct. 31.
However, for hundreds of churches across the United States and many others throughout global Protestantism, Oct. 31 is a time to remember the birth of the Reformation. more >>
It's no surprise that the church, and our nation, desperately need to hear "the voice of one crying in the wilderness" to awaken, convict, and restore.
It was not so long ago that we were concerned about "the fall of America." America cannot fall because she has already fallen. We are now picking up the pieces of a broken nation. America's moral heartbeat ceases when we cut off the source of life — God. We need resuscitation, renewal, and revival.
"If the church today had as many agonizers as she has advisers, we would have a revival within a year" (Leonard Ravenhill). more >>