GLENDALE, Calif. – Working as a phone call screener and talk show host for one of the most listened to rock 'n' roll stations in Southern California for more than 20 years, Frank Sontag confesses that as a "new ager" and someone who had not yet accepted Jesus Christ he didn't really want to hear what Christians, who called into the station to talk about the Gospel, had to say – he hung up on them.
"They would start reading Scripture and I could not hang up on them fast enough," said Sontag, talking to The Christian Post inside the Glendale, Calif., studio of Christian radio station KKLA 99.5 during a break of his new show. "I would hide under the guise that this isn't a religious show and if I allowed you to preach from your book, anybody can call with their book and preach, and that wouldn't be good."
Sontag's is talking about his 21 years as a talk show host of the thought-provoking, highly-rated "Impact" program on the top-rated classic rock FM station KLOS in Los Angeles. more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols took a timeout Tuesday afternoon from preparing for a significant moment in his illustrious career – facing his old teammates with the St. Louis Cardinals – to talk about what he considers his top priority.
"I feel the most important thing in my life is to share my testimony with everybody," Pujols, who won three most-valuable-player awards and two World Series titles with the Cardinals, told reporters attending a press conference at Angel Stadium about his "I Am Second" video.
"[The short film] is a great opportunity to now see what I do off the field and who I represent – and what is the most important thing in my life and that is my relationship with Jesus Christ," he explained. more >>
IRVINE, Calif. – A gripping film featuring Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, and Nick Vujicic discussing a time in their lives of unfathomable loss and emotional pain resulted in more than two dozen viewers making professions of faith in Jesus during a special first-time screening at Harvest Orange County Church Sunday evening.
"Hope For Hurting Hearts" details the experience of the Lauries, whose eldest son died in a car accident in 2008. Since then, the couple has been sharing their story of hope in God and eternal life in heaven. The film also features Camp, a Dove Award-winning Christian musician who tragically lost his first wife to cancer, and who wrote the hit song, "I Still Believe." Also in the movie, Vujicic, president and CEO of Life Without Limbs, is dedicated to sharing his life-changing message of hope found in Christ, and has been welcomed to speak in countries around the world, including those with strict restrictions against religious speech.
Near the end of the film, Laurie is seen giving an invitation to pray along with him for viewers to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. The evangelist, perhaps best known for his Christian outreach events held at stadiums called Harvest, was present at the screening at his church in Irvine and after the movie ended, asked those who prayed to come forward to receive a Bible. About 30 people came up from their seats. more >>
Ten days ahead of its world premiere screening, "Hope for Hurting Hearts," a movie that tells the story of how Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, Nick Vujicic, and their families dealt with times of trial, will be shown at Harvest churches in Riverside and Orange County. Pastor Laurie and evangelist Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, are scheduled to attend the special viewing on Sunday.
Laurie and Harvest Ministries, well-known for evangelistic stadium events held primarily in Southern California, are no strangers to moviemaking. "Lost Boy: The Next Chapter," a story about Laurie's life, is the winner of eight international film festival awards. "Hope for Hurting Hearts" is about how the families dealt with the loss of loved ones, and in Vujicic's case, how he overcame his severe handicap. The movie is about "how they stood at a 'spiritual crossroades' marked by challenging and painful circumstances, and how they chose the road of trusting, following, and glorifying God," states Harvest Ministries.
"Everyone has to deal with crises in life, including Christians. And sometimes, the reality of life can seem unbearable. But we can rest in the knowledge that God loves us, He weeps in our times of pain, and He can be glorified through suffering," the filmmakers said. "You will be encouraged by these intimate accounts, which give a glimpse into God's perspective on suffering, and declare that there truly is Hope for Hurting Hearts." more >>
In an effort to sign up even more than the 2,400 churches and other venues that hosted an Internet streaming or satellite broadcast of the first Harvest America with Greg Laurie last year, a mobile theater inside a huge truck trailer is touring the U.S., showing video that describes this year's event planned for Philadelphia.
Harvest Ministries associate pastor and senior event director Michael Brazeal recently gave The Christian Post a tour of the Harvest America Mobile Theater while it was parked at the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston earlier this month.
"This mobile theater is a way for us to message what we are doing [for] any pastors in any church, in any city, and in any state," said Brazeal of the 27-seat theater with a small lobby inside. more >>
Televangelist and host of the long running program "The 700 Club" Pat Robertson recently stated that his military training was not that demanding in part because he was male.
Robertson made his remarks Tuesday after news came that all four women in the U.S. Marines Corps' officers training course in Quantico, Va., failed to complete the program.
"I was trained at Quantico. I didn't think it was all that demanding, but I'm not a lady. The SEAL team training is ungodly difficult," said Robertson. more >>