World-renowned ministry Hillsong released their highly anticipated feature film "Let Hope Rise" this weekend, and Hillsong UNITED member Jad Gillies says the Pure Flix film will highlight how a mighty God used a group of ordinary devoted people to impact the world for Him.
In the film, Senior Pastor Brian Houston explains that the success of Hillsong is not about themselves but instead it's all about God. "Let Hope Rise" features various clips of the band in their highest and lowest points – praying, touring, with their family, writing songs and more.
Hillsong has grown from a single church in suburban Sydney Australia to an international ministry that now extends to cities on five continents, including London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, and Phoenix. In America, Hillsong is recognized for their thriving congregations in New York and Los Angeles. Combined, the ministry reaches over 100,000 people weekly. more >>
You'll see a lot of footage of us from Hillsong UNITED on stage, and in the studio, in the new movie "Hillsong: Let Hope Rise." We are, after all, worship leaders, and the movie is what some are calling Hollywood's first-ever theatrical worship experience.
But for me, and I think I can speak for the rest of the United crew, too, nothing you'll see in cinemas captures the heart of Hillsong's mission more than the scene in which we visit an impoverished slum in the Philippines as part of the ministry work our church does with Compassion International.
Don't get me wrong: It is an honor and privilege to lead others into the presence of God through the incredible gift of music. I pinch myself that I get to be a part of UNITED; serving God and building His church is a dream that has been in my heart from a really young age. It's beyond humbling to see the reaction of the crowds we get to play for, no matter where in the world we are playing. God has given us a pretty big platform through our songs — and we do not take it for granted and pray we never will! more >>
The ever popular online radio service provider, Pandora, announced a new $5 service called "Pandora Plus". This service offers new features, more songs, and a whole lot more.
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The existing paid offering, Pandora One, would be replaced by the new Pandora Plus service. Pandora One had previously focused on removing ads, while Pandora Plus would be offering a lot more features for the same value. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church founder and Senior Pastor Kong Hee is back in court, pleading for his eight-year prison sentence for misappropriating $35 million of church funds to be overturned.
Kong's lawyer, Edwin Tong, argued on Thursday that the pastor should see all three of the criminal convictions against him overturned, Channel News Asia reported.
Tong said that the CHC founder put money forward to support the church's mission, which was supported by virtually the entire congregation, and that the church had not suffered any actual financial loss. more >>
Singer Mariah Carey endorsed Bishop T.D. Jakes' new show as he brings his pastoral advice to daytime television with the premiere of "The T.D. Jakes Show."
The hour-long syndicated talk show premiered on Monday, Sept. 12 in 70 affiliates in the U.S. markets and will air Sept. 19 on the OWN Network. The live-studio-audience talk show features real-life personal stories and conversations with celebrity and non-celebrity guests along with empowering advice from The Potter's House minister.
Rory Feek, one half of the country music duo Joey+Rory, gives fans an inside look into his late wife's Joey's experience with motherhood and battle against cancer in the upcoming documentary film, "To Joey With Love." The caring husband maintains that although Joey lost her battle with cancer she will continue spreading her light with all those who see her inspiring journey.
The couple captured the hearts of millions who read Rory's blog "This Life I Live," where he shared his family's strength and resilience during Joey's chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cervical cancer.
During their musical career, Joey+Rory recorded eight studio albums and charted three singles on Hot Country Songs. more >>