THE CHURCH


God’s Call To Love Our City: Babylon, Nineveh, or New Jerusalem

When you think about creation and God’s original intent for mankind, what do you envision? Does your mind immediately fill with images of wide open spaces filled with beautiful creatures living in perfect harmony and free from the busyness, noise, and clutter that comes with urban living? BY TOMMY LEE RESOURCE GLOBAL It is easy to think of the Garden of Eden as the ideal dwelling place, but it is just as...

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When a Church Skips Sunday Service To Help a Cause

I couldn’t believe we decided to cancel our Sunday service. BY ANDREW ALESSO On July 1st at Thrive LA we asked our entire congregation to skip church and go participate in a fundraiser hosted by a local small business on behalf of families separated and detained at the border. It wasn’t even a Christian event. The event raised over $15,000 for free legal aid for those families, helped us form amazing relationships...

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America, Fireworks and Jesus

I grew up during the Cold War. Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were high as each side vied for the upper hand around the globe. In a frantic effort to keep the other side from ‘winning,’ conflicts and wars would begin to stem the tide of Communism or to stop Democracy in its tracks. Threats were made, shoes were pounded, and missiles were placed. A...

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‘Dangerous Good’ Challenges Men  to Aggressively Live Out Their Faith

Kenny Luck throws down the gauntlet to a generation of men who have become comfortable with a culturally safe Christian faith in his new book, Dangerous Good: The Coming Revolution of Men Who Care (July 3, 2018, NavPress, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-63146-890-2). NEWS RELEASE – A. LARRY ROSS COMMUNICATION “Too often men suffer from a malaise that leads them to settle for mediocrity, play it safe and blend into our broken culture,”...

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WORLD IMPACT: A Tapestry of Cultures

In an attempt to promote racial harmony and unity my brother Kyle and I got this crazy idea to merge our churches. You see, I come from a Baptist faith tradition and Kyle is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church. There are a lot of differences between the two faith traditions, but to succeed we were willing to work through them together. Not to mention his church was predominately...

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Stadia: Every Child To Experience Love of Jesus Through a Local Church

Stadia, a national church planting organization that places children as a priority, is working on its tenth collaborative church plant in the Los Angeles area, said executive Nathan Hawkins. “I get to visit a lot of great cities and there’s something unique about Los Angeles,” said Hawkins during a recent Together LA Facebook Live video stream (below). “I do believe it’s an epicenter of culture. It’s a place where people...

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What Does The Bible Teach About Church and Politics?

The church’s involvement with politics and culture has always been a subject of debate. Some believe that the church should totally refrain from politics, practicing faith quietly and being a gospel influence in predominantly social circles. Others believe that the church should infiltrate politics and culture in an attempt to “Christianize” the society as much as possible. BY STEVE CHA ONE IN A SERIES: HOW WOULD JESUS VOTE? In an attempt to answer...

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Mexico Wins! In LA, A Little Piece of Heaven

Mexico won its opening FIFA World Cup match against Germany (the defending World Cup Champions) and the earth felt it—literally. BY JON GARCIA Shortly after Hirving Lozano scored the game’s single goal, a small artificial earthquake was detected in Mexico City. The Institute for Geological and Atmospherical Investigations (a non-government agency located in Mexico) tweeted about seismographic readings they detected that were probably due to “massive jumps” of celebration. But it wasn’t...

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Southern Baptist Convention Passes Resolutions in Response to #MeToo

The Southern Baptist Convention officially acknowledged its come-to-Jesus moment by passing resolutions at its annual meeting on Tuesday (6/12). All this coming as leaders of America’s largest Protestant denomination aim for better responses to sexism and abuse. The #MeToo movement’s spotlight on sexism and abuse, which began as revelations in the entertainment industry, now includes a sharp focus on the Christian community as a whole. Among the 16 resolutions passed by...

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Texas-Sized Gospel Party Includes Call For Another Jesus Revolution

It may have been a “Texas-sized Gospel party” as CBN News called it but it was also a plea to God for revival at Crossover Harvest America in Arlington, Texas on Sunday (6/10/18). GREG LAURIE GIVES UPDATE We have more complete numbers for @harvestamerica now. We had 35,000 in Stadium attendance and 254,000 Unique Online viewers. 6,630 Host Sites.Another 97,000 attended a Host Site in person, and best of all. ....

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