Former Nickelodeon teen star Kel Mitchell says his rekindled relationship with Christ has saved him from a life of suicidal depression and drug abuse after his time in the television spotlight came to a crashing halt.
Although Mitchell and "Saturday Night Live" star Kenan Thompson arrived on the Nickelodeon scene at the same time and co-starred in a few hit productions in the mid to late 1990s, such as "Kenan & Kel," "All That" and the movie "Good Burger," Mitchell's post-Nickelodeon career had struggled to gain traction or attention.
After the "Kenan & Kel" series came to a close in 2000, both Thompson and Mitchell tried out for SNL in 2003. Although Thompson was hired on as an SNL cast member, Mitchell's audition did not go well and he was not chosen to star in the NBC weekend sketch program. more >>
Evangelical leaders such as Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and Christian speaker Francis Chan are joining forces for a conference aimed at reaching out to the last remaining 3,000 groups of people who have never heard the Gospel.
"As part of the 'H' Initiative for Daring Faith we are 'Helping take the Good News of the Gospel to the last 3,000 unreached, unengaged people groups!' Unreached, unengaged people groups are those around the world with NO Bible, NO Believer, and NO Body of Christ," Warren wrote in a Facebook message, previewing the conference scheduled at Saddleback Church for Dec. 2-4.
"We are inviting pastors and churches to come listen to world-class speakers Francis Chan, Paul Eshleman, and others (including myself!) about helping churches choose the 3 P's; a People group, a Partner (an in-country church or outreach organization) and a Plan to reach their people group by the end of the decade," he added. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America's churches: "Prepare for persecution." The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.
In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this "immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual."
"As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries," wrote Graham. more >>
It's that time of year once again. With the cavity-inducing observance of Halloween now behind us, the next big day is Thanksgiving.
Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November, the holiday features families coming together and giving thanks for the bounty of their blessings.
During a time of counting blessings and ceremonial feasting, the holiday would not be complete without thanking the Giver of All Things. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie on Sunday shared with the congregation of his California megachurch the significance of Jesus' last words, the seven statements from the cross, which reflected His love for the lost and the accomplishment of His purpose.
Apple founder Steve Jobs said in one of his last speeches, "Death is very likely the best single invention of life," but he was wrong because death is actually an enemy, not a friend, said Pastor Laurie of Harvest Church in his sermon, "Famous Last Words," the last in a series, "God Came Near," which took a chronological look at the life of Jesus.
Death is the last enemy to be destroyed, Laurie said, referring to 1 Corinthians 16:26. It was never God's will that we would die, but it became a part of life due to Adam and Eve's sin, he explained. "But death died when Christ rose." more >>
Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Taryn Terrell says she's finally saved and is now beginning her personal walk with Jesus after living through a world of temptation in the WWE.
In a video Terrell posted to YouTube in late September, she admitted that sin surrounded her during her days on the road with the WWE.
The 29-year-old, commonly known by her WWE ring name "Tiffany," made her in-ring debut for the world's largest wrestling promotion in 2010. However, her stint with the WWE was cut short after she was released from her contract following a domestic altercation with ex-husband and fellow wrestler Drew McIntyre, which led to her arrest. more >>