Los Angeles — With minimum promotion, a grassroots movement comprised of mostly Christian youth groups throughout the U.S. generated more than 115,000 online registrations for people to attend Azusa Now, a prayer and worship event at the L.A. Coliseum Saturday.
Drawing from the historic Azusa Street Revival held in 1906, organizers say what made the event special was that it "mirrored the reality of the formation of the church in Acts 2."
"Firstly, there was a multi-ethnic gathering of unity in Christ, (Acts 2:1-11). Secondly, the miraculous, attesting ministry of the Holy Spirit was enjoyed in a unique way, (Acts 2:2-4). Finally, there was a clear presentation of the Gospel leading many to salvation, (Acts 2:37-41)," they stated. "This outpouring of Heaven descended on the poor districts of Los Angeles during an incredibly dangerous, volatile and prejudiced period of American history. God used an African-American named William Seymour to launch this modern Acts 2 movement. Black, white, Asian and Hispanic came together in bonds of love, unity and prayer. It came to be said, 'the color line was washed away' at Azusa." more >>
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is prepping for the arrival of his first baby and he has recently shared details of his wife's baby shower that featured themes from "Game of Thrones."
In an interview with People, Carter said he and his wife love the hit show, planning the party's activities and themes was all thanks to his wife, Lauren Kitt Carter. "She pretty much handles everything here, as far as these events. She's got the taste," Carter said.
The shower was held last Saturday, April 2, at the couple's home in Hidden Hills, California and all the details were kept from the public until Carter shared some photos on social media on Friday. more >>
Late last week, reports emerged that Charlie Sheen is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and just recently, two major celebrity news outlets have been involved in the case.
According to Reuters, RadarOnline.com and The National Enquirer became targets in the LAPD's search for an audio clip that could possibly help in the investigation. The outlets reportedly refused to hand over the material that carried the evidence against Sheen.
The two gossip publications reported earlier this year that Sheen's threats to a former fiancée has been recorded in an audio. In the said clip, he is allegedly heard saying he wants to see the ex-fiancée's "head kicked in." more >>
"American Idol" wrapped up its very last season and show Thursday night in an action-packed, star-studded finale that included memorable performances from a array of talent, including Christian artists Colton Dixon and Danny Gokey.
Contestant Trent Harmon was crowned the 15th and final "Idol" winner, besting runner-up La'Porsha Renae. Leading up to those last few tense moments between the two fellow Mississippians before the winner was announced, "Idol" put on a finale to remember with thrilling performances by the show's alumni, including its very first winner, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, David Cook, Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks, and fan favorites like Kimberley Locke, David Cook, Joshua Ledet, George Huff, Colton Dixon and Danny Gokey.
Sporting a blonde Mohawk, Dixon performed his touching Christian hit "Through All of It," as he played the piano. The song's poignant lyrics, which brilliantly captured the moment for the night's two anxious finalists and the show as a whole, include: "I have won and I have lost, I got it right sometimes, but sometimes I did not. Life's been a journey. I've seen joy, I've seen regret. Oh and You have been my God through all of it." more >>
A pastor who made the first half-court shot to win a new car from Folsom Lake Ford/Folsom Lake Kia at a Sacramento Kings game in California this season says he thinks angels carried the ball through the net.
Senior pastor at the Center of Praise Ministries in Sacramento, Joseph Sissac told church volunteer Jonno Strickling in a reaction video that he was overjoyed at making the shot but believes he had some divine help.
"I feel great. I'm overjoyed. I'm so excited and just blessed. Thankful for the opportunity and thankful that the ball went through the net," Sissac said with a laugh as he recalled how flawlessly the ball went through the hoop touching nothing else "but net." more >>
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the Christian cross on the Los Angeles County Seal in California is unconstitutional.
The cross on top of a depiction of the San Gabriel Mission, which appears on the seal among other symbols of county history was reinstated by a divided Board of Supervisors by a vote in 2014, according to the L.A. Times.
The supervisors were sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders and scholars, who argued that the cross on the seal unconstitutionally favored Christianity over other religions. more >>