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Dan Cathy, son of Chick-fil-A’s founder, states the popular fast food restaurant exists to ‘glorify God’

For the eighth year in a row, Chick-fil-A was rated as America’s most popular food chain by the American Customer Satisfaction Index in 2022. Yet despite this, the fast-food chain has outraged left-wing politicians. When the corporation opened its third restaurant in New York City in 2016, then mayor Bill de Blasio along with several members of the council called for a boycott of the restaurant. This is because the Truett family, who owns the restaurant chain, have never been shy about expressing their faith in Christ and support of the traditional family. And in a recent interview with Chief Executive, Dan Cathy, who serves as Chick-fil-A’s chairman of the board, explained that the purpose of the company is to glorify God, CBN reports. “At Chick-fil-A, we are very grounded on our corporate purpose, to be a purpose-driven organization,” Dan said in the interview. “That purpose is defined in the statement that we’re here to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that’s entrusted to us and have a positive influence on all …

Fighting recidivism with faith

“I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25:36 ESV) Recidivism is a term used to describe inmates who have been incarcerated for a crime, released and then end up back in prison a second time having fallen back into a life of crime. It is a major problem. In an article for CBS article entitled “Once a Criminal, Always a Criminal”, Stephanie Slifer wrote about a 2005 study conducted by the National Institute of Justice of 495,000 inmates in 30 states which found: Just punishing a person for their crime is not sufficient, a transformation needs to take place in their heart. Consequently, when the new Decatur County Detention Center in Greensburg, Indiana was being constructed, then Sheriff Dave Durant pushed to ensure there was enough room to focus on rehabilitating prisoners to end this relentless cycle. This included making room and providing funding for both faith and non-faith based programs, the Greensburg Daily Signal reported in 2019. …

God knows your name

Having someone mention your name indicates a level of familiarity, perhaps even friendship. And we understand from Scripture, that God not only knows us, but he knows our name. Perhaps the most famous involved the Apostle Paul, who while in his previous life was persecuting Christians, God called him by name as he was on the road to Damascus to arrest more Christians: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4 NASV) Many have this perception, that God is indifferent to what is happening to us, but that is not true. God is personally interested in what is going on in your life. And Jo Hargreaves shared how similar to Paul, God called her by name, transforming her life. Hargreaves’ mother had divorced twice and this included a second marriage to a church vicar, that left a bad taste in Hargreaves mouth about Christianity. By the time she arrived at university, Hargreaves had abandoned any semblance of a Christian faith and started dabbling in paganism and even signed up with classes that pushed those …

After brutal media attacks, Provorov’s jersey sells out at NHL online store

There has been a subtle shift in culture where a person can no longer remain neutral on certain issues, but must actively support them, or risk being called some type of ‘phobe’. Ivan Provorov, a defenceman for the Philadelphia Flyers, recently found himself being lambasted by the woke media and on social media for not donning a pride-themed jersey during warm-up prior to a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, Fox News reports The Russian-born player sat out the warm-up stating that he didn’t feel comfortable doing it, choosing instead to stand with his convictions and religious beliefs. In an interview after the game, Provorov told reporters: “I respect everybody and I respect everybody’s choices. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion. That’s all I’m going to say.” Provorov, who attends the Russian Orthodox Church, wasn’t being critical, he just couldn’t support it. But it seems a person can no longer remain neutral on these issues but must be seen actively supporting them or face the wrath of the woke …

Buffalo Bill QB, Josh Allen says ‘God is Real’ after Damar Hamlin’s collapse and recovery

After Buffalo Bill’s safety Damar Hamlin experienced a cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan 2, Bill’s quarterback, Josh Allen says the incident sparked a spiritual awakening among some team players, The Blaze reports. In an appearance on an NFL Network podcast hosted by Kyle Brandt, Allen spoke of the spiritual spinoffs from Hamlin’s recovery. “I said this in my press conference the other day,” Allen said, “[There was] just kind of a spiritual awakening really for me and … for a lot of other people that maybe didn’t have the strongest belief or wasn’t one of the biggest, strongest Christian followers.” “I’ll be the first to admit, like, I haven’t been the most devoted Christ follower in my life,” Allen added. “I’ve had my different beliefs and thoughts and ideas and stuff like that, but something got a hold of me there, and it was extremely powerful that, you know, I couldn’t deny it.” “It’s been really cool to see how guys have been moved and touched by this whole …

Prayer makes the difference

On the heels of Buffalo Bills receiver, Damar Hamlin, nearly dying during a game with the Cincinnati Bengals, former NFL running back, Peyton Hillis, 36, was also on his deathbed after saving his children from drowning on a Florida beach. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition but is now on the road to recovery. In an Instagram Post, Hamlin’s girlfriend, Angela Cole asked for people to continue praying for Hamlin because he still has a long way to go, The Blaze reports. Cole continued that prayer, “truly makes all the difference.” But she wasn’t the only one to credit, prayer for making a difference, so did Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III. “There is POWER in prayer!” Griffin tweeted. “Peyton Hillis is off the ventilator and doing much better in his recovery. Awesome job by the medical professionals caring for him.” And of course, we know of the prayers that went up Hamlin after he collapsed to the ground after tackling a Bengal receiver, requiring CPR to restart his heart. This …

Former Pussycat Dolls pop star, Kaya Jones, shares her journey to forgiveness

In an interview with Christine Yeargin, as part of Students for Life podcasts, former Pussycat Dolls pop star, Kaya Jones, 38, shared her journey to Christ that included leaving the popular girl’s group in 2004, CBN reports. At times, Jones felt like a prostitute, as a member of the popular girl band, because she had sold herself to a dream and popularity. She felt manipulated, controlled and at times as little more than an ‘owned commodity.’ Her journey included three abortions. The first took place when she was 16 and the second as a member of the band, when she was told to get an abortion. The third happened after she was raped at the age of 30. But it was a moment during one of her concerts that really spoke to her. Jones, who was in the process of having the second abortion, saw two young girls in the audience. “When you are doing things that are really incorrect and your body is up for grabs, this is where we have to take a …

Three unusual pop-culture stories, with a Christian twist

In an article for Relevant Magazine, Jesse Carey shared eight of what she considers to be unusual pop culture stories, with a Christian emphasis. In this article, I want to share two of Carey’s examples that caught my attention, as well as one I came across while waiting for a physiotherapist appointment. Turning The Beatles into a Christian band? The first story involves John Lennon, a member of The Beatles, perhaps the most famous rock band of the 20th century. Lennon, along with Paul McCartney, co-wrote many of The Beatle’s greatest hits. Lennon was brutally murdered by Mark David Chapman in 1980. Though Lennon became involved in new age philosophy towards the end of his life, in a 1969 interview with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Lennon said that he was hoping that at some point, The Beatles would turn into a Christian Band. Of course, Lennon is also known for stating that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus, a statement that he claimed was misunderstood. He was stating this was the reality of what was happening, …

Taking risks: ESPN analyst prays for critically sick Buffalo Bills player while cameras are rolling

Buffalo Bill’s safety, Damar Hamlin, has awakened from sedation and was able to use pen and paper to ask doctors a question, the NY Post reports. The question he asked is “Did we win?” Dr. Timothy Pritts, with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center answered, “The answer is yes, Damar, you won. You’ve won the game of life.” Damar, 24, collapsed in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals shortly after tackling Bengals’ receiver Tee Higgins. His heart stopped beating, shortly after the Bill’s staff arrived forcing them to perform CPR while on the field. Damar was then rushed to hospital in critical condition. The game was subsequently cancelled. While still in critical condition, with a recent positive neurological scan, doctors are now predicting a full recovery and his turnaround has been described as nothing short of miraculous. And in the title of its article, Prayers answered as Damar Hamlin wakes up with a chance to make a full recovery, the NY Post acknowledges the efficacy of the prayers that have gone up for the player. …

Word of knowledge reveals the name of a woman’s unknown birth father

The word of knowledge is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit that is distributed to believers mentioned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; (1 Corinthians 12:8 NASV) It is defined as receiving revelatory information about a person or situation, either past or present, that a person would have otherwise not known about. And in a story on God TV, Deanna Shrodes shared the remarkable story of how God revealed the name of her birth father, through a word of knowledge. Deanna works in the ministry with her husband Larry where they pastor a church outside of Tampa, Florida. She had been adopted as an infant and never knew her birth parents When she was 27 years old, Deanna was finally able to track down her biological mother. Though they developed a relationship over the next 20 years before her mother died of cancer in 2019, she …

The Wonder Years’ actress, Danica McKellar, shares her journey to Christ

American actress Danica McKellar, who starred in The Wonder Years playing the role of Winnie Cooper, recently shared her journey to Christ in an interview with Candace Bure on her podcast, CBN reports. McKellar, 47, also shared the important role that Bure played in McKellar’s decision to become a Christian, which included the gift of a small Bible that McKellar said she started reading every day. In April of this year, McKellar shared on an Instagram that she had been skeptical about Christianity but then had reached out to Bure: “It all started one evening when I was struggling with the idea of forgiveness and DM’d my good friend @candacecbure about a passage from the Bible she had read on her instastories, and then she sent me a Bible, and invited me to church.” McKellar summed up the changes taking place in her life with these words: “I can tell you I’m experiencing a relationship with God and Jesus that I’ve never had before, and it feels miraculous” READ: ‘Wonder Years’ Actress Closes 2022 Grateful …

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How a Christmas Shoebox turned into a marriage proposal 14 years later

When Tyrel Wolfe, 7, sent a Christmas shoebox to an unknown person in the Philippines, he had no idea that 14 years later, he would end up marrying the girl who received it God Reports writes. When he prepared his shoebox in 2000 at church as part of Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child, Tyrel included a photo of him dressed in cowboy gear, and his address. After Joana Marchan received the gift she sent a letter to Tyrel, but it was never delivered. But in 2011, Joana remembered his name and found a person with the same name on Facebook and sent a friend request. It ended up being the same Tyrel, but because he had no idea who she was he refused the request. But a couple of years later, Joana sent another request, but this time Tyrel, who was still in high school, sent a message asking how she knew him. Over the next couple of years, they continued to share messages and found out they were also both Christians. In fact, Joana …

‘The Voice’ contestant stuns judges by singing worship song ‘Gratitude’

Bodie Kuljian’s recent performance of a worship song on The Voice, left judges speechless and others in tears according to several reports. Bodie, 29, is from Orange County, California. He is a worship leader at his local church and teaches songwriting and coaches a musical group at Vanguard University. During the first night of this season’s two-part finale, Bodie sang “Gratitude” written by Christian recording artist Brandon Lake. Though Bodie placed second in the competition behind Bryce Leatherwood, his performance impacted the judges. “I’m choking on my tears over here,” said judge Gwen Stefani. “You have a superpower behind you; it’s a truth. I think it comes from your pure faith that you have. … I can’t even speak right now. That was so beautiful.” Stefani’s husband, Blake Shelton who also served as Bodie’s coach during the competition described the performance as “one of the most moving performances I’ve seen in a long time on this show.” Brandon Lake, who is associated with Bethel Music, recorded his experience of watching Bodie perform “Gratitude “on Instagram. …

Lost at sea: man credits God for sustaining him during 20-hour ordeal

James Grimes, 28, had joined 18 members of his family on a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico over the American Thanksgiving weekend. He had just won an air guitar contest, and around 11 pm told his sister he was going to use the washroom, CBN reports. Grimes, who is from Lafayette, Alabama, has no idea what happened next because all he remembers is waking up in the ocean with no cruise ship in sight. His family reported him missing the next day at around noon. The Coast Guard was contacted and started to search a 7,000-mile area. After spending nearly 20 hours in the Gulf, his rescue has been described as nothing short of a miracle. The man who pulled Grimes from the water said he was in such rough shape, he would not have lasted another few minutes. But the next morning as Grimes watched the sun rise stranded in the middle of the ocean, he wasn’t alone as the Lord was with him. “When I came to, regained consciousness, I …

A weird answer to prayer for Bukayo Saka?

Have you ever had a thought pop into your mind that you should pray for someone? I did recently, and it was kind of weird. My daughter and I were watching the World Cup soccer match in Qatar between Britain and France over the weekend. It was a quarter-final game, with the winner going on to the semifinals. France would win the game 2.-1. France was leading 1-0, and a British player was dribbling the ball down the right wing, when I felt the Holy Spirit impress me to pray for him, which I quickly did. At that point, I didn’t even know who the player was. I can’t remember exactly how I prayed, but it was something along the lines that God would help him, and bless him. After I uttered this brief prayer, the player continued down the right side and then turned sharply towards the goal and was fouled after he entered the penalty box, sending him tumbling to the ground. This led to a penalty kick, that was taken by another …

Man’s rescue involved ‘a bit of divine intervention’

There was an amazing story of how a man out kayaking on Lake George, a long narrow lake located on the Southern edge of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State was rescued by several missionaries after his kayak overturned. The lake drains into Lake Champlain through the rapidly flowing La Chute River which drops over 200 feet (ca. 61 m) and has several waterfalls and rapids. This has resulted in the formation of strong currents on the narrow lake. In September, Jimmy McDonald, a former drug addict, was out kayaking with his family when he unknowingly drifted into a section of the lake with a strong current while taking photos and videos with his new cellphone, God TV reports. After realizing what was happening, McDonald tried to paddle back but was unable to because it was too strong. Then McDonald’s kayak flipped, and he found himself in the water. His lifejacket, which didn’t fit properly, was now being pushed over his head. McDonald was unable to right the kayak, and sitting in the cold …

How a misfiring gun, turned a gang member to Christ

In 2016, Javier Torres was a member of a Mexican gang in Northern California, until God intervened in an unusual way, causing him to become a believer in Jesus. According to AG News, he and members of his gang were involved in a confrontation with a member of another gang. Torres pulled his gun and unloaded his pistol, a .357 magnum revolver, on the man. However, instead of shots ringing out, there were only six clicks as the gun didn’t fire. Stunned, Torres and his gang fled. Once back at their home base, another gang member checked Torres’ gun. When he noticed that the bullets had not misfired, he told Torres that it must have been God who stopped the pistol from firing. Shook by the experience, for the next three months Torres turned to cocaine. But one day, when he was unable to get cocaine for his daily fix, Torres turned to God in prayer. “God, if this is you helping me get me out of this pain and hurt, I want a new …

Iranian-born MMA fighter tells his people there is freedom in Jesus

UFC fighter, Beneil Dariush, 33, who was born in Iran but now lives in the US recently testified of Jesus after his eighth consecutive MMA win, CBN reports. After the fight held on Oct 22, 2022, a reporter asked Dariush about his victory. Instead of talking about himself, he directed his comments to the Iranian people fighting for freedom in the tyrannical Islamic regime. Dairush told the Iranians that there is only freedom in Jesus. CBN reports: “I need to dedicate this fight to: My people in Iran. I know you’re struggling,” he said. “I know you’re fighting for freedom. I know it’s a tough struggle. I want you guys to know we’re praying for you, and we love you.” “Let me tell you one more thing. This might be the most important thing you’ll ever hear: there is true freedom, a freedom that no one can take from you in the name of Jesus Christ, the son of God,” he said. “Don’t ever forget that. If you remember one thing I say, remember that.” …

Study: Religion helped young people’s mental health

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV) A study conducted by Springside Research Institute (SRI), based in Winona, MN, has concluded that there is a positive relationship between religion/spirituality and good mental health, the Christian Post reports. The study entitled The State of Religion & Young People 2022: Mental Health–What Faith Leaders Need to Know came to the conclusion after surveying nearly 10,000 people between the ages of 13 and 25, also known as Generation Z. The study which focussed on the pandemic and related lockdowns found that during this period over half (53%) of those surveyed said they struggled with mental health issues during the pandemic years. The survey then questioned the remaining 47% who didn’t have mental health issues to find out why they didn’t struggle. The survey found of those who described themselves as …

How Anne Wilson’s gospel hit, ‘My Jesus’, helped a woman contemplating suicide

Popular Gospel singer Anne Wilson recently told the story of how her hit song, My Jesus, helped a suicidal fan. Raised in a Christian home, Anne rose to fame after she posted a YouTube video of a song that she sang at her brother’s funeral entitled, “What a Beautiful Name.” Her brother, 23, died in a car accident in 2017. This song caught the attention of a Nashville music producer and in April 2021, Anne released her first single, My Jesus, that went on to become a gospel hit. It reached the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs that year, and is currently in the running for the song of the year in the contemporary pop category at this year’s Dove Awards. But in an interview with Christian Headlines, Anne shared the remarkable story of how God used ‘My Jesus‘ to save a woman who was contemplating suicide. Anne told Christian Headlines: “There is a lady that came up to me at the show the other week, she was struggling with cancer and …

‘Jesus was not crucified on a Gucci cross’

Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure recently shared a video with her nearly six million Instagram followers of a young Nigerian girl, Cherry Paul Ede, reciting a poem by African poet Fragile Dogubo, Christian Post report. Bure’s post quickly went viral, as the poem was in some ways, a criticism of today’s Christian celebrity culture: “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but Jesus was not crucified on a Gucci cross. He didn’t have on a crown of Versace thorns or Nike shoes on his feet when the nails pierced through. There was nothing bougie about Calvary.” “That old raggedy wooden cross wasn’t even befitting to hold the carpenter’s son, but there our God hung, held on by His love for us, by His love for all. “I thought the crucifixion was like the Grammys, an award show only for a self-righteous view. But the Bible didn’t mention an ovation — only wrongful accusation, hate speech and boos from fools. The King of Glory came through.” READ: ‘Jesus wasn’t crucified on a Gucci cross’: Candace …

Poll: Teens more open to Christ than many realize

A recent poll conducted by the Barna Group discovered that a significant percentage of teens around the world have a favorable impression of Jesus, Premier Christian News reports. Barna, a national American-based research group, conducted the survey of 25,000, 13 to 17 years olds in 26 countries, on behalf of several Christian groups, including Alpha, Biblical and World Vision. It was a surprising result considering that only 22% of those surveyed expressed having made a personal commitment to Christ. This meant that though 78% may not have been Christians, many still looked upon Christ positively: Based on these survey results, it’s obvious that Jesus needs to be front a center in all our ministry activities. “Our data suggests that although this generation may not deeply engage with Jesus,” David Kinnaman, CEO of Barna Group said. “They are open to him, and when they do engage, they experience positive effects. It is our goal to offer a picture of the rising generation to the Global Church so that we may support and engage teens in relevant, …

Can dreams be a form of evangelism? The conversion of an ex-Muslim suggests they can

A Christian man, who had converted to Islam, turned back to Christ after people prayed for God to send a dream of Jesus, CBN reports. Raised in a Christian home, Mike Westerfield considered himself a religious man. He had attended a Bible college and occasionally preached at his local church, but his faith was challenged when he started visiting some Muslims at a local prison in Florida. In particular, this group challenged Westerfield about his belief in the Trinity and began to give him Islamic literature. This eventually led to Westerfield becoming a Muslim. This was not a shallow conversion. Over the next 12 years, Westerfield actually attended an Islamic university with the intention of becoming an Imam. But despite his conversion, Westerfield would eventually start questioning some of the things that he was discovering in Islam, which he described as “deception and lies” in an interview with IfoundtheTruth.com. This led to him reexamining Jesus. He turned to several apologetic groups, such as Lee Strobel, and Abdu Murray, an ex-Muslim, who had become a Christian …

When were you called?

The 700 Club recently shared the testimony of how a homeless drug addict came to Christ after Jesus appeared to him. And what struck me as much as anything were the words that Christ spoke to this man. Joseph grew up in a dysfunctional home. Both his mom and dad were drunks and drug addicts and continually fought. His dad was also physically abusive. By the time he was five, his mother’s memory was starting to fail, and it finally reached the point, she could no longer remember who Joseph was, and he ended up being raised by his violent father. As he grew older, Joseph turned to drugs and became addicted to meth and cocaine. He then turned to selling drugs, which proved quite profitable. But after nearly being killed at the age of 28 in a robbery, Joseph sold everything he had and turned to living on the streets. A few months later, in an act of desperation, Joseph cried out to God asking why his life turned out the way it did. …

God’s light shining in dark places

While the world seems to be getting darker, God’s light is breaking through in unusual places. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association announced an unusual move of God in Mongolia, a small nation wedged between Russia on its Northern border, and Communist China to the south. With a population of 3.3 million, it functioned as a satellite state of the old Soviet Union until its collapse in 1991. At that point, Mongolia embraced a market economy and democracy. Today, over 51% of the people are Buddhist and as a holdover from its atheistic days under Marx-Leninism, just over 40% have no religion. Christianity makes up over 2% of the population. The two days of meetings featured, Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham at meetings in Mongolia’s capital city Ulaanbaatar, which were sponsored by nearly 250 of the country’s churches. Christian Post reports that over 17,000 people attended the meetings held in the city’s main arena and on the last night, over 2,000 Mongolians came forward to receive Christ. Organizers were even surprised by the number …

Deion Sanders shares how he called out to God during a medical crisis

Former NFL star, Deion Sanders, shared how he called out to God for help, which included speaking in tongues, during a serious medical crisis in 2021, the Christian Post reports. Saunders, 55, who is now the head coach of the Jackson State University football team, had to go to the hospital last year after experiencing blood clots in his legs that resulted in the amputation of two toes. Fearing the loss of his leg and possibly his life, Deion shared his experience in an interviewed with Chris Neely of “Thee Pregame Show,. In her article for the Christian Post, Jeannie Ortega Law provides more details: “It was a blessing. Because I could have lost my life very easily. It was there. It was a thought process of losing my leg from the knee down. It was almost there,” the legendary cornerback continued. “So when I look up and say thank you, Jesus, it’s because I know the quiet cries at night that were in that hospital.” […] “I know all the speaking in tongues, and the …

Has Shia LeBeouf found God?

I have enjoyed Shia LeBeouf as an actor, from his early days as a child actor in “Even Stevens’ to his role in the “Transformers”. But there are now reports that LeBeouf has become a Catholic during his preparation for the movie on the life of a controversial Catholic Priest, Saint Pius of Pietrelcinathat, also known as Padre Pio, CBN reports. In the movie to be released in September, LeBeouf, 36, plays Padre Pio, who died in 1968 and was proclaimed a saint in 2002 after gaining notoriety when his body displayed the signs of the ‘stigmata’ (signs of the crucifixion) on his body. In preparation for his role, LeBeouf visited a monastery to acclimatize himself to the life of a Franciscan friar and in an interview with Los Angeles Bishop Robert Barron on his show “Word on Fire”, LeBeouf spoke of his conversion to Catholicism. He described his stay at the monastery turning into “something beyond all that” and found himself being drawn to the Bible. “It was seeing other people who have sinned …

‘China’s Taylor Swift’ displays her faith in the midst of communism

You may never have heard of G.E.M. (Gloria Tang Sze-wing), 31, but in Communist China she is known as “China’s Taylor Swift.” Deng, who was born in Hong Kong, skyrocketed to fame after entering a singing competition on mainland China in 2014 called “I am a singer 2” where she placed second. She became the first Chinese singer to surpass 200 million views on YouTube, and the first female artist in that country to have four exceeding 100 million views, making her one of the country’s top pop singers. And in a country run by the atheistic Chinese Communist Party desperate to stamp out Christianity, she is a believer in Jesus. Throughout her music and videos, we see references to her Christian faith, such as Israel’s Red Sea crossing in her latest video, Gloria, based on the English name given by her father. As she prays in the video below, the sea parts and Deng encounters a bright light. Deng told Christianity Today, that Gloria was inspired by an incident in her own life when …

When the Holy Spirit falls upon people: Ex-gay Hollywood designer explains how this helped lead him to Jesus

We read throughout the Bible of times that the Holy Spirit fell upon people and each time something unusual happened as there were outward manifestations: As we move into the New Testament, there is a shift because of Christ’s perfect redemption the Holy Spirit is now able to permanently reside inside us (1 Corinthians 6:19). But there were still instances of the Holy Spirit falling upon people, as took place on the Day of Pentecost. The same thing happened to a group of gentiles at the home of Cornelius as Peter was preaching. The Holy Spirit also fell on them, and they began speaking in tongues: 15 As I [Peter] began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. (Acts 11:15 ESV). When the Holy Spirit falls upon people, something invariably happens, and a similar event laid the groundwork for Becket Cook, a Hollywood designer, to become a Christian, Faithwire reports. Becket was an influential designer in Hollywood, and had worked for major stars such as Oprah, Paris Hilton …

How God impacted Jim Wahlberg, the brother of actors Jim and Donnie Wahlberg

While Mark Wahlberg and his brother Donnie gained fame during the mid-80s as part of the popular boy band, New Kids on the Block, their brother Jim was going down a different road, Caleb Woods writes in his article for CBN. Having grown up in poverty, Jim began to steal when his family moved into a middle-class neighborhood, and he realized how poor they actually were. The first time police arrested Jim, he was only 10 years old and as he moved into his teen years, drugs, alcohol, and crime followed. At the age of 17, Jim was arrested for armed robbery and spent the next five years in jail. After his release, he began binging on alcohol and drugs and then remembered waking up in a jail cell, covered in blood, and after breaking into the home of a police officer. He was charged with home invasion, which can potentially come with a life sentence. But after the officer of the home Jim broke into pleaded for leniency, the court sentenced Jim to six …

Justin Bieber prays and worships God during a recent concert

After being forced to cancel concerts earlier this year due to Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which resulted in temporary paralysis of his face, mega popstar Justin Bieber is back on tour. Justin recently posted a video of a concert on Instagram, where he openly prayed, inviting the Holy Spirit into the concert and worshipped God in front of the thousands of people in attendance. Charisma News writes: With his head bowed and eyes closed, he declared, “God I pray right now for every fear, every insecurity, every bad thought we have about ourselves or someone else we just release that right now in the name of Jesus.” He was able to share with those at the concert who God is and why we need Jesus in our life, through his bold prayers. In a time when depression is higher than ever, Bieber prayed over the crowd, ushering in the presence of God, “We thank You God, that You are here…I pray against any tormenting thought, any insecure thought, we just give it to You, in Jesus name.” …

Britain paid off its slavery debt in 2015?

Because of a campaign led by an Evangelical Christian politician, William Wilberforce, who believed all men were created equal under God, the British Government finally banned slavery in most of its empire in 1834. Ironically, it was a year after Wilberforce died. But here is a little-known fact, as part of this banning, the British government freed all the slaves by buying them off their slave owners, paying the equivalent of 17 billion pounds in today’s dollars. To do this, it had to borrow money and the last of that debt, plus interest, was paid off in 2015. USA News provides more details: “In 1833, Britain used 40% of its national budget to buy freedom for all slaves in the Empire. Britain borrowed such a large sum of money for the Slavery Abolition Act that it wasn’t paid off until 2015,” a graphic posted by the political activist Raheem Kassam reads. “This means that living British citizens helped pay for the end of the slave trade with their taxes,” the graphic continues. The post has been …

Reality star Kat Von D announces major changes stating ‘There is a spiritual battle taking place’

I am not exactly sure what it all means, but reality star Kat Von D, whose real name is Katherine von Drachenberg, recently announced on Instagram that she is making some major changes in her life, the Daily Wire reports. Over the years, Kat Von D has gained fame as a model, author, tattoo artist who starred in the reality shows LA Ink and Miami Ink, recording artist, and entrepreneur who developed her own goth look beauty line. But there may be significant changes coming, as Kat announced that she is ending her association with the occult and will no longer be selling items associated with the occult or tarot cards. Explaining her decision, Kat added, “it’s never been more clear to me that there is a spiritual battle taking place, and I want to surround myself and my family with love and light,” The Daily Wire provides more details from Kat’s Instagram post: “I don’t know if any of you have been going through changes in your lives right now, but in the last …

‘Without an excuse’: How God’s creation created doubts in atheists, causing them to become Christians

While we watch atheists becoming emboldened in recent years in their attacks on Christianity, it can cause us to question our faith. But a verse in Romans has always puzzled me: 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 ESV) People can have all the excuses they want on judgement day on why they didn’t believe in God, but in the end, the Apostle Paul states that everyone will be without excuse because of God’s creation. But I think this verse is suggesting more than just that, because it also means that the Holy Spirit uses creation to create secret doubts in the minds of those who claim to be atheists. And along this line, God Reports had testimonies on how two atheists became Christians because of their study of science. Mariah Jones confronted by God in second-year science classes The first story involves Mariah Jones, a …