Australian megachurch Hillsong has influenced Christian worship far and wide, with its songs like "Mighty to Save" and "Awesome God" routinely belted out in churches around the world. The Pentecostal church's music ministry has proven so pivotal to modern Christian worship that its United brand is the subject of a new documentary and, along with Hillsong's other mainstays (UNITED and Young & Free), has racked up this year 10 GMA Dove Award nominations.
But what is behind 31-year-old Hillsong Church's singing success?
According to Autumn Hardman, whose role is Worship Oversight for Hillsong Church's Australian campuses, the secret of Hillsong's success is simple — keeping Jesus front and center. more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Evangelist Greg Laurie told a crowd at Angel Stadium of more than 28,000 people and an online webcast audience of thousands more watching the opening night on Friday of the 3-day SoCal Harvest, that despite sins committed, no one is beyond the reach of God.
After interviewing former mobster Michael Franzese, who became a committed Christian while in solitary confinement inside prison, he said:
"If God can forgive and change a man such as Michael Franzese or Paul of Tarsus (from the Bible) then God can change even you.. God can forgive you of every sin you have ever committed because the Bible says that with God all things are possible." more >>
Franklin Graham will bring together thousands of people in Pittsburgh this weekend for a three-day evangelistic festival that will gather over 500 churches from 50 denominations to partake in a worship experience that will feature a lineup of well-known Christian artists and Graham's message of hope.
The event is part of Graham's annual seven-city festival tour and it will be the first time Pittsburg reportedly hosts a Christian gathering of its magnitude since Graham's father Billy Graham hosted a crusade in the city in 1993.
"We have a great opportunity to reach this city with the gospel of Jesus Christ … the world is in trouble, there's a great spiritual need and the world seems to be coming apart at the seams, who can save us? I've got the answer so I hope you'll join us," said Graham in an online video invitation. more >>
Hillsong's Pastor Brian Houston was unsure why Hollywood producers were interested in making a movie about their "little church" when they approached him with the idea, he admits in a new blog post.
Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. will release the film "Hillsong – Let Hope Rise" in April 2015 about their megachurch's humble beginnings and their famous worship band but Houston says a lot of thought, preparation and prayer was involved before allowing their cameras to roll.
"We aren't naive enough to believe that it's all going to be a 'walk in the park', but we have faith to believe that opening up our lives and portraying the journey with authenticity may just point people to the One we live for and long to glorify – Jesus," said Houston. more >>
Hillsong Music is celebrating an astonishing 10 Dove Award nominations received this week, including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.
The numerous awards were announced at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Today, the group is celebrating the recognition by honoring God.
"We are honored to receive these nominations for Dove Awards and are humbled that people listen to our music," the Hillsong Music Team said in a statement. "We pray that it always points them to Jesus. To God be the Glory!" more >>
Pastor Maria Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York bared her soul at last week's "Misfit the Conference" event in New York City and discussed horrifying past experiences that did not stop her from embracing her destiny.
The conference took place in Salvation Army Centennial Theater which is just two blocks away from where she grew up in Manhattan. She admitted to passing the building totally "stoned" as a youngster and discussed her addiction to drugs and drinking and God's deliverance from it.
"Twenty-five years of crazy immediately gone," said Durso when explaining how long her life had taken a turn for the worst and how easily God was able to heal that part of her. more >>