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Prosperity pastor Kong Hee & partners in crime get reduced sentences

Megachurch pastor Kong Hee of Singapore and his five cohorts who were found guilty in 2015 of conspiring to misappropriate (steal) $50 million from City Harvest Church have had their sentences reduced. A three-judge appellate court panel handed down the reduced sentences on Friday, April 7, approximately 7 months after the defendants presented arguments in September… Continue reading Prosperity pastor Kong Hee & partners in crime get reduced sentences

Christianity · church · clergy · hypocrisy · law · religion

Prosperity televangelist Ernest Angley ordered to pay wages swindled from workers

Televangelist Ernest Angley, 95, has been ordered by a federal court in Ohio to pay back wages to employees of his Cathedral Buffet. U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson finally handed down a $388,000 judgment against Angley for damages & unpaid wages on Wednesday, March 29 months after a trial that took place in October and… Continue reading Prosperity televangelist Ernest Angley ordered to pay wages swindled from workers

Africa · Christianity · church · clergy · crime · government

Thieves die after stealing from dead church leader: curse or coincidence?

In September 2016, Charles Chiriseri and his wife, Petunia, were on their way to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, when they were in a horrific accident that took his life and severely injured his wife. Mr. Chiriseri was a well-known "apostle." While his body lay at the crash scene with people and first responders gathered around, the unthinkable… Continue reading Thieves die after stealing from dead church leader: curse or coincidence?

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Approaching ministry full blast with confidence

I'm thankful to the Lord every day for his word and for the saints whose actions are recorded in it, setting the example for me in how I should conduct myself. Although I'm not even close to being in the same class as the apostle Paul, it's something I strive toward. I admire how he… Continue reading Approaching ministry full blast with confidence

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When God calls you from the shallow end to dive deeper

When I learned how to swim ages ago, I can remember that after several lessons of learning the basics how the instructor expected everyone in my swimming class to leave the shallow end and dive off the deep end to swim the whole length of the pool. I was hesitant about doing that because diving… Continue reading When God calls you from the shallow end to dive deeper

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Jihadist church robbers in Germany get prison time

A trial that began in Cologne, Germany, in October 2015 has finally ended with prison time for a gang of eight Muslim men, aged 35 to 37, who executed a series of church robberies for their jihad. At the center of the gang was a Moroccan man who was featured in a YouTube video calling… Continue reading Jihadist church robbers in Germany get prison time

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Are the end times a scary topic for church leaders?

Author & minister Diane Hoffmann says she has noticed something about a lot of churches. A large number of church leaders avoid discussing the end times with churchgoers or the unchurched despite the fact many have questions about it. Among the reasons given for avoidance of the topic are: Church leaders believe the Bible should… Continue reading Are the end times a scary topic for church leaders?

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Teen girl’s gut feeling saves man from house fire

"I kind of think that it was God speaking through me and that he needed help, and so I guess, God was working through me to help this man, and is very fortunate that me and my dad could be there or it would have been a lot worse." That's according to high school senior… Continue reading Teen girl’s gut feeling saves man from house fire

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Australian church is stripped of its charitable status over its politics

A well-known charismatic pastor in Australia, Danny Nalliah, who is originally from Sri Lanka, has had his church's charitable status revoked in light of his outspoken political dealings in the last several years. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission took issue with Catch the Fire Ministries when Nalliah asked his congregants to make political donations… Continue reading Australian church is stripped of its charitable status over its politics

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Oh Zion, put on thy strength

Several days ago, a study was released stating that Christians, once again, are the most persecuted group throughout the world. On the one hand, this is definitely cause for concern. But on the other hand, this is what the Lord warned us would happen in the last days and persecution has the benefit of strengthening… Continue reading Oh Zion, put on thy strength