WASHINGTON — Gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin hit the stage early in the morning Saturday at Together 2016, the millennial-focused prayer and worship gathering held at the National Mall, and led with a prayer that reached to the core of those in attendance.
In his prayer, Franklin spoke about the significance of family, and urged women to get their self-worth from God and not what rappers such as yeezy, Jay Z, or Drake say. He then rebuked the temptations that lead couples to divorce and encouraged parents to fight for their marriages. And he ended the prayer by asking God to make a change in him, so that he would be willing to die for his family, to die for the white man, and ultimately to die for every man.
During the free event various artists and ministers addressed the vast crowd, commissioning the next generation to unite under the banner of Jesus. more >>
After a serious push from anti-pornography groups, coffeehouse chain Starbucks and fast food giant McDonald's have agreed to block porn from their Wi-Fi networks.
Enough Is Enough, a national bi-partisan nonprofit organization that has led the fight to make the internet safer for children and families since 1994, revealed in a statement last Wednesday that McDonald's began implementing a new filtered Wi-Fi policy in its corporate-owned restaurants throughout the U.S. earlier this year. The company also made the filtering service available to their franchisees.
"Parents can have peace of mind that, when they or their children go to McDonald's, they will have a safer and more friendly Wi-Fi experience, filtered from pornography, from child porn and from potential sexual exploitation and predation," EIE President Donna Hughes said. "McDonald's deserves widespread praise for this act of corporate responsibility and commitment to children and family safety." more >>
Over the past few years the United States of America has become embroiled in controversy over the issue of racially-charged police brutality.
A series of well publicized shootings of unarmed African-Americans by law enforcement, done with apparent legal impunity, have prompted protests across the nation.
Entities like the Black Lives Matter movement have argued that race-based police brutality is a pervasive problem throughout American law enforcement. more >>
WASHINGTON – Christian apologist Josh McDowell gave his testimony of surviving years of sexual abuse as a child, including wanting to die at 11-years-old because of the ordeal, to tens of thousands of millennials at the Together 2016 event on the National Mall on Saturday.
"As I share, you need to realize you meet people every day just like me," McDowell said, noting that he knows based on national statistics that in a crowd this large many must have also experienced sexual abuse.
The 76-year-old evangelist and bestselling author shared in an emotionally-charged testimony that between the ages of 6 and 13, he was raped on a weekly basis by a man his mother had hired as a housekeeper. Every time his mom went out of town for the weekend she would demand that he obey this man and threatened him with harsh punishment if he did not comply. more >>
WASHINGTON — In a YouTube video greeting to all of the millennials gathered at the National Mall for Together 2016 on Saturday, Pope Francis spoke about the "restlessness in their hearts," and encouraged them to channel that energy to pursue Jesus.
Even though theological differences abound among the Christian denominations that came together for Together 2016, at the heart of the millennial-focused prayer and worship gathering was one common theme: Jesus changes everything, and only He can reset our differences.
Speaking in Spanish, his native language, the pontiff said in his message: "I know there is something in your heart that moves you, and that makes you restless, because a young person who is not restless is an old person. And you have youthfulness and youthfulness breeds restlessness." more >>
WASHINGTON – Passion Movement founder Pastor Louie Giglio kneeled down on stage to lead tens of thousands of millennials to lift up a moving prayer in which at one point he said, "God's mercy is only 20 inches from us," at the Together 2016 event at the National Mall.
Noting that so many look to the power centers of the world for hope instead of God, Giglio said it is 227 miles to Wall Street, 2675 miles to Hollywood, 1500 steps to the Capitol, 800 steps to the White House, 372 miles to Cleveland (site of the Republican National Convention next week), 134 miles to Philadelphia (site of the Democratic National Convention the following week), and 482 miles to Bernie Sanders' House. But the most important journey everyone must take is the 20-inch journey from your knee to the ground, and that is where the mercy of God is found.
After inviting the massive crowd to kneel in silence for 30 seconds, Giglio prayed: more >>