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 >>
Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria's Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused.
On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of hostages on March 1.
A released hostage going by the name of "Robert" told AINA that he was abducted from his village of Tel Goran, which is on the south bank of the Khabur River, along with 16 other men and four women. He recalls the militants storming into his village at around 5 a.m., knocking on all the doors and waking everybody up. more >>
Christian comedian Tim Hawkins gives awesome advice when it comes to how you worship. When you hear what he has to say about raising your hands in church you will laugh hysterically.
Tim Hawkins is known for his funny Christian comedy. It is almost impossible to watch him and not crack up. When he speaks about funny stuff that goes on in the church, it is something hilarious that you have to share with your friends and family. In this stand-up, he talks about "hand raising" in the church. He goes through all the different types of hand raising that occurs. Get ready to laugh out loud!
Check out Tim Hawkins' act on hand raising below: more >>