Wednesday, April 30

Megachurch Pastor Bob Coy Committed Adultery, Viewed Child Materials

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 Sexual adventurism and a penchant for porn is what toppled charismatic Pastor Bob Coy from the leadership of Calvary Chapel, the Fort Lauderdale megachurch he founded nearly 30 years ago, according to another pastor.
"Our former pastor was caught in sin," Outreach Pastor Chet Lowe told a congregation in a 78-minute service earlier this month. "Our pastor, he committed adultery with more than one woman. Our pastor, he committed sexual immorality, habitually, through pornography.
"Rest assured, God will not be mocked."
 Coy, 58, resigned April 3 from the 20,000-member church he and his wife Diane founded in 1985. In announcing his departure, the church would only say Coy was guilty of a "moral failing."
But during an April 16 sermon titled "The Fear of God," Lowe discussed Coy's resignation.
"Your pastors have wept," Lowe said. "We have never felt a grief like this."
It was God, he said, who brought Coy's hidden guilt to light. "Your sins will find you out," Lowe said. "Jesus, because he loved him, exposed him publicly."

John Vaughan, director of the Megachurch Research Center in Springfield, Mo., said he too was shocked to hear of Coy's infidelity. "I was really surprised," he said. "I always had a high regard for Bob and his church."
Vaughan said despite a public perception to the contrary, ministers rarely get caught up in sex scandals. "It's not nearly as epidemic as people think it is," he said. "When it happens, it's big news and people extrapolate."
Still, church leaders are as prone as any powerful man to temptation. "There are a lot of beautiful Christian women," Vaughan said. "A pastor, as a man, would have the same kind of temptation as a man anywhere else would."
Neither Coy nor church spokesmen returned calls for comment.
In the past, Coy has openly spoken about using cocaine while in the music business in Detroit and later in Las Vegas, where he worked in a casino with exotic dancers. "I was into sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," he has said.
Coy has reportedly left the Coral Springs home he shared with his wife and two teenage children.
In his sermon, Lowe preached compassion for Coy. "We love and forgive our former pastor," he said to a cheering audience. "It's now our time to move forward."
Vaughan said despite his flock's forgiveness, it's unlikely Coy will return to the helm of his old church.
"Bob will have a new life," he said, "but it won't be leading Calvary Chapel."
rnolin@tribune.com or 954-356-4525

Joseph Prince Ministries - Grace Your Security And Stability In Times Of Shaking

Joseph Prince Daily Devotional

You can remain safe, secure and stable in these troubling times of shaking! In this revelatory message, Joseph Prince expounds on the importance of building our lives on the firm, unshakable foundation of grace and the finished work of Jesus. When we count totally on the Lord's grace, instead of things man-made, for every facet of our lives, we will enjoy true security and stability because what's built on His grace cannot be lost! If you want a Rock-solid family life, career or ministry, then listen to His voice of grace today!

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Steven Furtick - The Force of Grace



When we think of grace, we often see it as a gentle, forgiving aspect to our salvation. It waits idly for us to make a mistake so it can go into action. But there is another side to grace that we often don't see. Grace is an infinite force. 

It is central to our existence. Because of grace, we have hope in our future. 
 This past Easter, our Creative team made a short film to help us visualize the scope and magnitude of grace. From the smallest molecule to the grandest galaxy, grace exists in our everyday lives and in creation all around us. 
Because of God's great love, this enormous force we call grace was made for us.

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Tuesday, April 29

Billy Graham Devotional - The Miracle of Life



There is a language in nature that speaks of the existence of God. It is the language of order, beauty, perfection, and intelligence. 
Reflect on the miracle of life with today's Billy Graham devotion:

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Group rallies behind pastor who plans to officiate same-sex wedding


DALLAS -- A Christian group announced its plan to deliver a petition Tuesday urging the North Texas United Methodist Church not to punish pastors for officiating same-sex marriages.  
In a media release, Faithful America claimed to have gathered more than 19,000 signatures "urging no more church trials."
The group says UMC Bishop Michael McKee is considering a formal complaint against Rev. Bill McElvaney for officiating the wedding of two men.
Rev. McElvaney is a retired pastor at Northhaven United Methodist Church in Dallas. Northhaven has welcomed gays for years and in January, McElvaney announced that he would officiate the wedding of two long-time members.
Faithful America plans to deliver the petition to Bishop McKee on Tuesday

Ex-pastor Barry Minkow sentenced for defrauding local church out of $3M


SAN DIEGO - A convicted felon who masterminded a massive Ponzi scheme nearly three decades ago, then became a fraud investigator and pastor after getting out of prison, was sentenced Monday to five years behind bars for defrauding a San Diego church and its congregation out of more than $3 million.

Barry Minkow, who's currently in custody following his conviction in Florida on unrelated securities fraud charges, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud for stealing from the San Diego Community Bible Church.
"Over the course of, it appears 10 years, from 2001 to about 2011, Barry Minkow systematically defrauded both the institution of San Diego Community Bible Church and its congregation by opening fraudulent bank accounts in his name, not the church's name, and taking additional loans from existing loans that the Community Bible Church had, but also from doing things as run-of-the-mill as effectively stealing money from the Sunday collection plate," Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Pletcher said outside court.
Minkow, 47, admitted to a litany of improper conduct that continued for more than a decade, including opening unauthorized bank accounts on behalf of the San Diego church, forging signatures on church checks, using funds drawn on legitimate church accounts for his personal benefit, and charging unauthorized personal expenses on church credit cards.

In addition, Minkow confessed to diverting SDCBC member donations for his own benefit and embezzling money intended as church donations.

The former Reseda business whiz was convicted in December 1988 of swindling investors out of more than $26 million through ZZZZ Best Co., a carpet-cleaning enterprise he started when he was 16.

The fast-talking, charismatic young salesman convinced investors -- and many in the mainstream media -- that ZZZZ Best was making $43 million a year restoring buildings that had been damaged by fire or flood.

Before its collapse in 1987, the company's stock value soared to $200 million and Minkow was hailed as a business genius. He began sending money to Israel, buying fast cars and living the high life, which was soon to come to an end.

In prison, Minkow became a born-again Christian and began evangelizing. He also cooperated in a class-action lawsuit in which ZZZZ Best shareholders recovered about 95 percent of their losses.

He was paroled in late 1994, after serving less than a third of a 25-year sentence in which he was also ordered to pay nearly $26 million in restitution, and went to work at a church in Chatsworth.

In 1997, Minkow became the pastor at SDCBC and founded the Fraud Discovery Institute, a for-profit entity which was billed as being aimed at the detection and prevention of fraudulent business practices.

Through the work of FDI, Minkow garnered national media attention as a fraud detection expert, and his turn-around story was profiled by CBS' "60 Minutes" in 2006.

Hank and Brenda Kunneman - Days of Miracles



Genesis 21:1-2 – After 24 long years of waiting since God first appeared to Abram (Abraham) at age 75, revealing to him that he would become a great nation (Genesis 12:2), his wife Sarah finally gave birth to their son Isaac in their old age. 

Sometimes the walk of faith for the miraculous things of God to occur can be a process and take time. 

Don’t be discouraged in the process. Keep trusting that God will bring you into His miraculous destiny for your life!

Pastor Joel Osteen - Word for Today



You may be facing difficulties that look too hard to overcome, dreams that look hopeless, but know this: when the God of the breakthrough releases His power, nothing can stop it. 

Hebrews 1:9 says, “God has anointed you with the oil of gladness.” You can’t let anyone’s bad attitude ruin your good one. Instead, infect them with a smile.


The Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “…He will always provide a way of escape.” God could be providing the way out, giving you insight, trying to keep you from harm. Don’t ignore those promptings.

There are times you will be given intuition, you just know something, and you can’t explain it. Don’t override it. Don’t talk yourself out of it. That’s the Creator giving you inside information.

God speaks to us in a still small voice. He’s not going to boom down lightning to get your attention. It’s going to be subtle. If you’re going to hear a whisper you’ve got to get close, it’s got to be a priority.

Albert Mohler - Word for Today


"The important thing about heresies is the fact that they are not just permissible variations, options, or choices, but by their very nature so undermine Christian faith that they may well render salvation unattainable for the one who makes the mistake of embracing them.


Christ has been raised from the dead and that’s the good news not only of the festival of the resurrection, but of every Christian, every day, every second, every moment, and that is the ground of our hope

The church has often failed people with same-sex attractions. But we must not fail them now by abandoning Scripture and the Gospel.

Monday, April 28

United Church of Christ Files Lawsuit in Support of Marriage Equality


This morning in Charlotte, North Carolina, the United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. This suit argues that the current law in North Carolina, as it pertains to marriage, violates religious freedom by prohibiting UCC ministers, and other clergy, from officiating at same-sex marriages.
After the passage of Amendment One in 2012, it became illegal for a member of the clergy to officiate at a wedding where a marriage license is not present. And, of course, in North Carolina, it is impossible for a same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license. That means that any member of the clergy who officiates at a same-sex marriage in the state may be sentenced to "120 days in jail and/or probation and community service."
In other words, the state of North Carolina is telling clergy that it is illegal to pray in the manner in which they see fit.
For those of us who are people of faith, marriage is more than just a civil ceremony. It is also a religious one. And under the current law, even if a member of the clergy is only intending to perform a religious ritual, and not to legally marry a same-sex couple, they could be arrested.
The United Church of Christ, along with several other Christian denominations as well as other religious traditions, has long advocated for equal marriage. In 2005, the denomination passed a resolution which affirmed, "equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender and declares that government should not interfere with couples regardless of gender who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of legally recognized marriage."
That means that for the 1 million plus members of the UCC, and especially the members of over 150 UCC churches in North Carolina, state law is requiring them to choose between what is religiously permissible in their denomination and what is legally permissible in their state. In other words, North Carolina state law is making it a crime for some Christians to freely exercise their religion.
We often hear that religious liberty is under attack in our country. Often the fact that same-sex couples are allowed to marry is cited as evidence of this attack. But, as this law makes clear, the religious liberty of same-sex couples and their officiating clergy is what is truly being blatantly attacked. This should outrage anyone who claims to believe in religious freedom.
There are couples in North Carolina who are waiting to be able to legally and religiously marry. There are many clergy who are standing by ready to officiate at their weddings. And there is a law that is stopping them.
Today, the United Church of Christ, along with plaintiffs which include three UCC ministers, two Unitarian Universalist clergy, one Lutheran pastor, one Baptist minister, and one rabbi, as well as the eight extraordinarily courageous and faithful couples they seek to marry, are taking a stand for religious freedom in North Carolina. They are standing up for true religious liberty. And they are saying it is no longer acceptable to oppress the religious rights of all in the name of the religious preferences of the few.
May God bless them, and may God bless North Carolina with true religious freedom.
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Stormie Omartian - The Power of Your Word



God says our words have power. If “death and life are in the power of the tongue,” then we must choose our words carefully (Proverbs 18:21). 

Pray that God will help you and your spouse speak words to each other that are kind, loving, good, uplifting, encouraging, and life-giving.

Ask God to be in charge of your marriage. Tell Him you’ll do whatever it takes to see that it becomes all it was intended to be. ‪#‎MarriageMonday‬

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Max Lucado Devotional - Jesus Takes Away the Sin


Some people feel so saved they never serve.  
Some serve at the hope of being saved. Does one of these sentences describe you? 
Do you feel so saved that you never serve? 
So content in what God has done that you do nothing? The fact is, we’re here to glorify God in our service.

Or is your tendency the opposite? 
Perhaps you always serve for fear of not being saved. You’re worried there is a secret card that exists with your score written on it; and your score is not enough. Is that you? If so, know this: The blood of Jesus is enough to save you.  

John 1:29 announces that Jesus is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”
The blood of Christ doesn’t cover your sins, conceal your sins, postpone or diminish your sins.  It takes away your sins, once and for all! So…since youare saved, you can serve!

26 Ways a Christian Man Should Treat a Woman


Let’s set the record straight from the get-go: This is not an exhaustive list. Space would not allow for the other 500 or more tips that exist out there in “How to Treat a Girl" land. Further, be sure as you read that you remember this list is aimed at teenage guys.
Young men, listed below are varieties of thoughts on how to treat a girl. Most of us think this beautiful gift God gave to the guy called girl is the greatest thing since sliced bread. But first things first, because she is not a thing. She is a person to be cherished and cared for and treated with respect.
After a few years of learning and still doing so today, please note my sage advice. It may sound old-fashioned, but how about a little A to Z?
A. When walking on the street: Walk on the street side.
B. When you are with two girls: Never sandwich yourself between the two of them, whether walking or sitting. If you position yourself on one side, you can talk to one or both. If not, you have to turn away from one to talk to another. That ticks them off. Then if the two girls happen to be big buddies, they will try to talk around you if you are in the middle. In that case, you feel like a tennis ball going back and forth.
C. When to offer your arm: Men rarely offer their arm to a female in the daytime unless she is elderly. At night, however, if she is wearing heels or is going down stairs or a slope, it is advisable to offer your arm. Hopefully she will be smart enough to take it rather than risk stumbling.
D. How not to offer your arm: Don’t grab a girl by the arm or the elbow and shove her along. You lose brownie points doing this.
E. Leading through a crowd: It is OK to take a girl’s hand and precede her through a crowd to make a way for her.
F. Guy or girl first: In most circumstances, indoors or out, when a couple walks together, the girl precedes the guy. However, if traveling outside and over rough ground, he goes first and offers his hand if she needs assistance.
G. Car doors: The guy steps ahead of the girl to open a car door for her when she enters. He gets out first and holds the door for her when they arrive, unless she does not want to wait. He stands behind the car door when opening the door so as to not gawk at her legs as they swing out. In addition, he should keep his eyes up so that she knows she is able to get out of the car without you looking down her shirt or up her dress. I know the temptation, but pay attention to this guide and not up the legs and down the dress or shirt.

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    Update on The Obamacare Lawsuit by Dr. James Dobson


    Update on The Obamacare Lawsuit

    10 days ago a remarkable victory occurred when Family Talk won the lawsuit against the Obama Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services! It is a time for celebration, reflection, and preparation for what may come next. 

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    BENNY HINN - THE PROPHETICAL BOOK OF DANIEL

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    Nearly four decades ago Marilyn Hickey responded to God’s call on her life to “cover the earth with His Word” (Isaiah 11:9). 
    Since then, she has seen doors of ministry opportunity open around the world. The Colorado-based minister, pastor, and television broadcaster is well known for her in-depth teaching of God’s Word. 

    Now, during this very special series, Pastor Benny Hinn welcomes his long-time friend Marilyn to share from the Book of Daniel, rightly called “The Apocalypse of the Old Testament.” During one of the darkest times in Israel’s history, Daniel shines as God’s prophet to both the Gentiles and Jews. 

    You will want to invite your friends and family to watch each anointed telecast this week!
    Click the link to watch http://www.bennyhinn.org/bhm-weekly-listings/

    Sunday, April 27

    Pastor Arrested for Alleged Rape


    Mississippi pastor, Lenell McGee, is seen in his booking photo after surrendering to authorities on charges he raped a high school student while working as a janitor on campus.

    A Mississippi man working as a Baptist preacher has been arrested for the rape of a Jackson high school student, authorities said.
    Lenell McGee resigned last month as a janitor for the Forest Hill High School after a student accused him of taking her to a motel room and sexually assaulting her, reported WAPT-TV.
    He was arraigned Friday and released after posting $50,000 bail.
    He surrendered Thursday to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department. He had been serving as a Baptist pastor.
    There were conflicting local reports on the name of his church.

    Bishop T.D Jakes - The Victory is Yours

     
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    If the conversation is redundantly saying the problem rather than strategizing a solution, keep quiet until you are more solution oriented.

    To allow a critic to diminish one’s self-confidence is to say that their unconstructive criticism is accurate. We’ve all made mistakes, but we’re still here. You’ve seen some things, been in some battles and endured conflict. You are a survivor — you can still achieve your goal.

    You have the Victory..

    Even before you see the Victory. You have been promised victory in every areas of your life. You can defeat the enemy and overcome any obstacles because of the all-surpassing goodness of your Heavenly Father. 

    The battle belongs to the Lord. If you're at a crossroads, remember that God has already provided the victory!

    Joyce Meyer Devotional - How to Be Perfect

     
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    The Bible tells us to be perfect (Matt 5:48). How is this possible? 
    Find out more here: http://jmm.co/1hDjFj4

    Best Moments from the Canonization of 2 Popes


    Pope Francis performed a double canonization ceremony for his two predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, who on Sunday were declared saints before a crowd of some 500,000 people in St. Peter's Square and nearby streets.

    Benedict and Francis Embrace
    The event was momentous because it was the first time two popes had celebrated at a public mass together. Pope Francis and his emeritus Pope Benedict XVI were on very friendly terms, embracing briefly during the ceremony to celebrate their predecessors.

    Bishops Snap Selfies
    Among those in attendance, 150 cardinals and 700 bishops were also there, and they have the selfies to prove it.

    Francis Looks at Watch
    Following the service, Francis jumped on his popemobile and rode from the square to the Tiber River, to wave and greet those who had not had the chance to see him.

    Thousands of Catholics Attend
    The event attracted thousands of Catholics from around the world, including royalty, heads of states, bishops and cardinals and priests and nuns, some of whom dances and sang on the streets leading up to the mass.

    Some watched on screens
    An estimated 800,000 people watched the Mass in Rome, according to the Vatican press office. Those who did not make it to glimpse the ceremony in St. Peter's Square - or squeeze into the narrow streets surrounding it - watched on TV screens that had been set up in piazzas around the city.

    Strangers Sleep Together Under the Stars
    More than one million gathered in the Vatican to witness the historic event, many crowding on the streets the night before, sleeping under the stars with strangers, to secure their spot before the big day. Others participated in all-night prayer vigils held at churches in downtown Rome.

    Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world…
    Celebrations were also held in other parts of the world, including among a predominantly Catholic community in the Philippines. Local celebrations included a parade in Manila of children dressed up in papal robes.

    Marriage Today with Jimmy Evans - Stress is a Sex and Health Killer


    Stress is a sex killer for relationships. Men need to help their wives around the home in order to experience better sex. Stress is also the number one reason for doctor visits and prescription drugs.

    In what ways do you reduce stress in your spouse’s life?


    Are Visits to Heaven for Real?


    A pastor’s book recounting his son’s visit to heaven rose to the top of the bestseller list and became a major motion picture. 

    Christians were quick to spread the word, but could such visits be for real?
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