A church on the gulf coast of Florida has lost its tax-exempt status after authorities discovered that its building was being used to host nude parties with "the sexiext ladies on the beach" and served as an after-hours nightclub to avid college party-goers visiting the town while on spring break.
Beginning on Feb. 28, the Panama City Church Life Center: A Spiritual Community, run by pastor Markus Bishop, opened its doors to the Spring Break crowd by hosting a week-long event, which has been labeled as "Spring Break Amnesia: The Tabernacle."
According to a schedule for the tabernacle obtained by the Panama City News Herald, events hosted in the church included a "slumber" party with a dress code of pajamas and lingerie, an "anything but clothes" party, a "Mardi Gras" themed party where the schedule asks "what will you do for your beads?" The week-long event also included the "wet and wild" party, a rave-style event, and was capped off with an all-night-long party on Friday. more >>
Contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns' lead singer Mark Hall, had so many prayers going up to heaven for him as he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous kidney on Wednesday even the hospital staff were reportedly praying for him.
"Can't believe it, but so far every hospital staff person I've met so far has said they've been praying for us already. We came here prepared to love on them but they have been loving on us," said an update posted on the band's Facebook page Wednesday.
Mark revealed his battle with cancer last Thursday via the band's website and social media accounts and requested prayer. In a post on Tuesday, his wife Melanie asked fans and other well-wishers to pray for four specific things and the number one item on that list was for a smooth surgery and favor with the hospital staff. more >>
When Hurricane Katrina hit the south, this woman lost everything. Tonya Boyd-Cannon grew up singing in church and went on to share her gift with inmates in jail. She feels that although they made a mistake, we shouldn't write them off. Now she finally gets her chance to shine in front of everyone, and it's a must see!
From the early days of singing in the church to going out on her own and singing with those who don't get much company. She visits the inmates frequently, and puts a smile on their faces by singing with them. But, now she wanted to take her chance to shine.
Tonya is confident she will do well when she steps on the stage for "The Voice," and she most definitely was! Listening to her sing her soulful version of "Happy" will have you standing up and clapping along. She is awesome! more >>
Mark Hall, the lead singer for popular contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns, underwent surgery to remove a cancerous kidney Wednesday and "everything went really well," according to an update from the band.
"Mark is out of surgery. Everything went really well. Dr. says textbook operation. Just like we prayed for. I told the doctor that he might possibly be the most prayed for Dr. on the planet today. He will be in recovery for a while. Thank you so much for your prayers," noted an update on the band's Facebook page posted shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.
In an earlier post on Tuesday, Mark's wife, Melanie, said she was "humbled" by the outpouring of support her family has received since they went public with Mark's health issues last Thursday. more >>
As Mark Hall, lead singer for popular contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns, undergoes surgery Wednesday to remove a kidney containing a "solid mass" doctors are 90 percent certain is cancer, his wife, Melanie, is asking fans to pray for four specific things.
In a post on the band's Facebook page Tuesday, Melanie revealed that she was "humbled" by the outpouring of support her family has received since they went public with Mark's health troubles last Thursday.
"I'm completely humbled by the number of people that have expressed their love for us and are interceding in prayer. There are no words to express the gratitude in this wife's heart. Thank you for praying for us. We have had friends and strangers from all over the world tell us they are praying — an orphan school in Kenya, neighbors we just met, long lost high school friends, Christian music artists from their concerts, schools, offices, pastors in South Africa, chaplains in the Army, churches, radio DJs, fans, missionaries in Brazil, and countless others I couldn't begin to name. Thank you. Your prayers are felt," noted Melanie in the post. more >>
In a recent sermon, Texas megachurch pastor Matt Chandler proclaimed that showing favoritism and partiality toward the rich while turning a blind eye to the weak and poor is as much of a sin as murder or adultery.
Preaching on the first chapter of James on March 1, Chandler challenged his congregation at The Village Church in Flower Mound not to "cuddle" up with the rich and powerful just because they have elite status and are seen as relevant. He explained that Jesus called on his followers to help the poorest and weakest in society and it "dishonors God" for his followers to be more interested in cozying up to the wealthy.
"We hear about partiality, we hear about favoritism, and the unregenerate heart says, 'I didn't kill nobody. I didn't commit adultery. I didn't break any major law.' And James' point is, so what if you didn't murder or commit adultery, if you are showing impartiality, you have broken the law," Chandler asserted. "You discriminate; you broke the law. [If] you are a racist, accidentally or not, you have broken the law. If you avoid the poor, you have broken the royal law of love. You have sinned against God." more >>