Two time Grammy Award-winner Lecrae wowed both the secular and Christian world in 2014 with his critically acclaimed studio album, Anomaly and now his upcoming book, Unashamed, is revealing some of the things he's had to put up with while on his journey to success.
The Reach Records founder took to Facebook on Wednesday to share an excerpt from Unashamed, which is set to release in May. The lone paragraph the rapper shared features his internal dialogue as he's being introduced by an industry executive:
"'I want you to meet Lecrae. He's a Christian rapper.' 'I know who you are,' they would respond with a patronizing smile. 'I'm familiar with your music.' The awkwardness would grow, and I could almost hear their thoughts: Can I cuss around him? He is about to preach at me, or judge me if I drink this whole bottle of Cristal and stumble out of here? Maybe they don't know if they can be fully themselves around me. Or perhaps they don't think they would like the content of my music or the assumptions behind my music or the worldview I hold. Regardless, they don't want to know more. From that point on, it felt awkward. It was like I was marked." more >>
Daughter of Grammy Award-winning producer Rodney Jerkins and actress Joy Enriquez, Heavenly Joy, is using her talent and charm to win over Christians' hearts and minds in her single "War."
"You can't have my family, my joy, my peace, my health, my worth and definitely not my Jesus! This means #WAR! My friends and I of all ages are ready for battle! Are you!?" the caption for the new Heavenly Joy video reads.
The new single "War" features pastor and musician Charles Jenkins. Throughout the tune Heavenly Joy can be heard passionately pleading the blood of Jesus to cover every lie of Satan. more >>
If you are someone with a lot of junk (like me!) who is trying to follow Jesus faithfully, you probably spend a lot of time focusing on self-discipline, putting sin to death, and training your heart to hate what God hates. And that's good!
I hear well-meaning people advise others to just focus on Jesus and not worry themselves over their sin. And while I appreciate part of what these folks are getting at — not obsessing over sin, but obsessing over Jesus — I don't think essentially ignoring sin is what Jesus wants his followers to do. He said things like, "Cut off your hand if it causes you to sin; pluck out your eye if it causes you to stumble." And Paul, full of the Holy Spirit, said things like, "I discipline my body and keep it under control."
It doesn't seem that God wants us to sit back passively and just wait on holiness to mystically happen. He commands us to cut, pluck, discipline — to do all that we must to "present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship," Romans 12:1. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to be at continual and aggressive war with our sinful desires. But I think it's important for people like you and me, who have lots of sin-killing work to do, to make sure we keep our eyes on the real prize as we wage this war. more >>
A nationwide charity drive that corresponds with America's most watched professional football game will bring together thousands of churches and other volunteers to help the needy.
Known as the Souper Bowl of Caring, the annual event which puts an emphasis on youth volunteerism has been taking place around the time of the Super Bowl since 1990.
Melissa Daigneault, national community relations manager for the Souper Bowl of Caring, told The Christian Post about the growth the charity endeavor has had over the years. more >>
BET hosted an #AllVotesMatter livestream at the end of January that featured Louisiana rapper Dee-1 on the stage alongside GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson for a unique discussion on Carson's policies, faith, family and education.
Christian rapper Dee-1 made several appearances on hip-hop mainstream platforms last year with the release of his album 3's Up. BET then chose the outspoken New Orleans native to be a voice for the people during the #AllVotesMatter livestream event. Joining Carson and Dee-1 for the discussion was Chris Prudhome, president of Vote America Now.
While Dee-1 agreed with Carson on many of the points discussed throughout the unconventional sit-down, what they were at odds about was how someone can work toward financial independence. more >>
Looks like somebody is placing strong in the best dad ever contest. And nothing says awesome like having a treehouse inside one's bedroom.
One father from Vermont decided that for a Christmas present to his daughter he would take normal bland generic beds and turn them into a sleeping adventure.
The Vermont father filmed his endeavor, which spanned the course of about two to three days, in a time lapsed video about 10 minutes long. more >>