Pastor Scott Crenshaw said he felt like a rock star when he was senior pastor of the multicampus New River Fellowship Church based in Weatherford, Texas. After helping Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston grow its young adults worship ministry, Crenshaw went onto become New River's senior pastor and helped expand the congregation from one campus to three and from about members to over 2, But that all came to a crashing halt in when his departure from the church for "viewing inappropriate images" on his church computer made national headlines. A little over two years removed from his fall from grace, Crenshaw is now serving full-time as an interim pastor at Lake Country Church in Fort Worth, Texas, a role he began about six weeks ago. Crenshaw's return to full-time ministry follows the nearly two-year journey that he and his wife, Renee, have been on in their quest to liberate Crenshaw from the grips of sexual addiction and heal the emotional harm that Crenshaw's addiction has caused to his wife of 31 years.
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I continue to receive letters from readers. I hope you enjoy them! Instead we need to be regularly hearing that we need to learn to live out of who we already are in Christ—the only one who could live worthy of the Gospel and who did so for us, because we could never do so—both prior to being a Christian and after becoming a Christian. We only are able to do so out of our union with Christ and receiving from His life, His Spirit indwelling us, the fruit of His Spirit. The church needs a healthy understanding of Gal , a fuller and richer Gospel that truly glorifies Christ and His work for us and in us. I think in these current times we need to shift the our thinking and living towards His life in us. This is a lightning-rod issue if there ever was one.
Lakewood Church leader and best-selling author Joel Osteen has encouraged Christians to be careful of what they watch for entertainment, as negative images and violence will "depress" their spirit and prevent them from entering fully into God's rest. In a recent blog post , Osteen, 53, wrote that the apostle Paul encourages Christians to "enter into the rest of God" in the New Testament book of Hebrews. However, it's not always easy to maintain internal peace when every day brings new temptations and challenges. Instead of giving up, Christians have to fight daily to maintain their peace, not allowing "peace stealers" to cause them a life of stress, worry and grief: "There will always be people and circumstances trying to pull you out of peace. If you're going to live in peace, you have to put up some boundaries," he writes. For example, one should not watch the news 24 hours a day and expect to stay at rest, he argues. Do yourself a favor; turn it off. Be careful what you meditate on. The megachurch pastor uses an example from his own life in which he went to see a movie with his wife, Victoria, but the movie was so violent that he left the theater "on edge.