In anticipation of a nationwide evangelism event this November to coincide with his 95th birthday, renowned preacher Billy Graham released a letter through his association this week in which he says that America needs a spiritual awakening more than ever before.
"If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now," writes Graham in the letter published on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. "We can and should pray for America as a whole, but remember that when God sets out to change a nation, He begins by changing people. It starts with individuals."
Graham said that there are a lot of things that his health and strength no longer permit him to do, but that there are still many things he can do, "and one of them is pray." He writes that he is praying fervently for "a fresh spiritual awakening in America." more >>
A Nashville-based Christian organization that equips orphans and impoverished aspiring musicians in the developing world with quality instruments says the gift of music alleviates "poverty of the soul."
The non-profit group, called Instruments of Joy, said it is bringing joy to the world with the gift of music in Jesus' name. Each donated instrument is prayed over before it is sent and the plan is for a card with John 3:16 to be attached.
"A lot of organizations fight physical poverty by giving water, food and clothing. At Instruments of Joy we are focused on alleviating poverty of the soul by giving the gift of music," said the group's founder, Joshua MacLeod. He is looking for sponsors to help fund the goal of distributing 2,000 quality instruments annually by the year 2015. more >>
The annual God Belongs in My City prayer walk founded in New York City in 2009 has now become a worldwide phenomenon, with Christians participating in it all over the globe.
"[Christians] in other cities across the country want to do prayer walks. [It is] really exciting to see that, really all over the world," said Daniel Sanabria, founder of the God Belongs in My City walk to the Christian Post. "Just two weeks ago Botswana, Africa just did their prayer walk."
Sanabria serves as the director of Crossover Youth Ministries at Park Slope Christian Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York. more >>
A popular BBQ restaurant in NYC has responded to claims that it chose to stop hosting a local Christian church's worship services due to sermons regarding homosexuality.
Hill Country Barbecue Market, an eatery located in New York City's lower west side, said in a recent statement on behalf of its public relations firm, Baltz & Company Inc., that it chose to discontinue its relationship with The Gallery Church, a local Christian ministry, due to an "unanticipated community response" from the local neighborhood.
"Our intention was to provide the Church with a place to congregate, which we thought we could do without implying a religious affiliation between our two organizations," Marc Glosserman, owner of Hill Country restaurant, told The Blaze in an email. more >>
A Satanist group will face legal action after performing a "Pink Mass" on the grave of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church's founder.
The New York-based Satanic Temple will likely be charged with trespassing after going to the burial place of Fred Phelps' mother in Meridian, Miss.
The location of the burial site was Magnolia Cemetery. Captain Dean Harper of the Meridian Police Department told local media on Saturday that they would look into it. more >>
Hillsong United swept through the U.S. during a three week 12-city tour named "Welcome Zion" where they played in front of more than 80,000 fans, their most ever.
They performed crowd favorites such as "From The Inside Out," "With Everything" as well as their latest studio album, Zion.
Hillsong United sold out shows in Phoenix (Grand Canyon University Arena), Dallas (Verizon Theatre) Denver (Red Rocks) and Chicago (Sears Centre Arena), where at least 7,000 people where in attendance every night. Their biggest performance was in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl where 15,000 fans came out. more >>