Willie Myrick, 10, is celebrating being let go by a kidnapper, who apparently became frustrated because the child wouldn't stop singing a popular gospel song. Myrick was let go unharmed after singing Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" for three straight hours late last month.
Willie Myrick was in his driveway in Atlanta, Ga. March 31 playing with his pet Chihuahua when a stranger drove up and lured him to his car with the offer of money. When the 10-year-old got close enough, the kidnapper grabbed him, pulled him inside and drove off, police said.
"He was cursing at me telling me to shut up and didn't want to hear a word from me," Myrick told WSB-TV. "He said if I told anyone, he would hurt me, like in a bad way." more >>
Martha Williamson, the executive producer and creative visionary behind "Touched By an Angel," is making her return to television with a new series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" this Sunday, April 20.
The new series will make its worldwide premiere on the Hallmark Channel, bringing quality entertainment to households everywhere. Since "Touched By An Angel" ended its historic nine-year run, its 25-million weekly viewers have missed Williamson's voice. Now, her fans can enjoy her storytelling once more with "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."
"I am so excited, we are having so much fun doing the show," Williamson told The Christian Post just days before the television series premiere. "It's been 10 years since 'Touched By An Angel,' I was executive producer of that, and I'm the executive producer of this show, and I get to write inspiring, positive, motivating, uplifting family television again." more >>
Miracles are being performed by a an 8-year-old Brazilian girl in the favelas of San Gonzalo, according to reports. Alani Santos channels the power of Jesus Christ to cure HIV, cancer and arthritis, the parishioners in her father's church claim.
Alani Santos' healing miracles take place at the church of her father, Pastor Aduato Santos, who was a former car thief. He has dubbed her missionarinha, or "little missionary," for her preaching and commitment to healing the sick.
"To see God working through people and their lives, that is very pleasing," she told Vocativ. "A lot of the time I touch people, sometimes I just pray and worship and the person is cured." more >>
Law enforcement in Akron, Ohio, is on the defensive after receiving criticism for "fake arresting" three local pastors during their Sunday sermons as part of a marketing promotion for an upcoming drama at the city's civic center.
Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry released a statement this week that the arrests made last weekend at three different churches were part of a community outreach effort called "Defending the Faith," where participating pastors are "fake arrested" during their Sunday sermons and escorted out of the church. The "fake arrests" serve as a lead up to the upcoming drama "Defending the Faith," being held at the Akron Civic Center. During the drama, the pastors will undergo a mock trial, during which they must defend their Christian faith. The purpose of the drama is to show pastors and all Christians must constantly work to defend their faith when it is challenged by evil.
"I want to clarify that none of the arrests were real. It was all part of a skit that went along with the pastors' sermons that day," Barry said in his statement. "I knew it was being filmed, but I thought it was only going to be shown to the congregation. Once it got out there on the Web, people were commenting about how disgusting we were to interrupt church services to effect an arrest." more >>
Ash Wednesday arrived on March 5, marking the first day of Lent when millions of Christians receive ashen crosses on their foreheads.
The Lenten season begins 46 days before Easter- 40 if not counting Sundays- and follows a tradition of self-denial and reflection. Ash Wednesday arrives one day after Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and in some places, National Pancake Day, when many Christians prepare for the fasting season of Lent with a feast.
Marking the first day of Lent, Christians everywhere are receiving a cross made of ash on their foreheads today. The tradition of applying ashes comes from the Bible, as ashes are repeatedly cited in times of mourning and repentance. The ashes themselves come the previous years' palms used during Palm Sunday. more >>
National Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday, arrives just ahead of Lent this week, and people across the world are celebrating with their favorite breakfast dish.
Shrove Tuesday, which is the last day before the beginning of Lent, is also related to the celebration of Mardi Grad, meaning "Fat Tuesday" in French. However, in modern times, Shrove Tuesday celebrations are commonly known as Pancake Day, and it marks a day of feasting.
In the U.S., National Pancake Day sees people preparing for the Lent season of self-denial by making pancakes. The doughy breakfast favorite are perfect for the celebration because of their rich ingredients: flour, milk, sugar and eggs, which one should abstain from during the ritual of Lent. more >>