"American Idol" wrapped up its very last season and show Thursday night in an action-packed, star-studded finale that included memorable performances from a array of talent, including Christian artists Colton Dixon and Danny Gokey.
Contestant Trent Harmon was crowned the 15th and final "Idol" winner, besting runner-up La'Porsha Renae. Leading up to those last few tense moments between the two fellow Mississippians before the winner was announced, "Idol" put on a finale to remember with thrilling performances by the show's alumni, including its very first winner, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, David Cook, Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks, and fan favorites like Kimberley Locke, David Cook, Joshua Ledet, George Huff, Colton Dixon and Danny Gokey.
Sporting a blonde Mohawk, Dixon performed his touching Christian hit "Through All of It," as he played the piano. The song's poignant lyrics, which brilliantly captured the moment for the night's two anxious finalists and the show as a whole, include: "I have won and I have lost, I got it right sometimes, but sometimes I did not. Life's been a journey. I've seen joy, I've seen regret. Oh and You have been my God through all of it." more >>
Candace Cameron Bure has been on full celebration mode for her 40th birthday, and in a live taping of "The View" was consumed with tears as her favorite band, for King & Country, brought her daughter on stage for a surprise concert.
Two-time Grammy Award winners for King & Country debuted their new song, "Priceless," from their forthcoming movie of the same name, live on the popular talk show Wednesday morning. The performance was in honor Bure, but also marked the first time the group performed the song on national television.
Midway through the song as the Australian duo sang about the value of women, Bure's 17-year-old daughter, Natasha, joined the band on stage to sing the second half of "Priceless." more >>
The Romanian Pentecostal parents of five children who were seized by Norwegian child services last November due to spanking allegations have finally regained custody of their infant son following a court ruling, the family's spokesman announced.
The five children of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were removed from the family's home in Naustdal by the Barnevernet (Norwegian child services) on Nov. 16, 2015, and were placed in three separate foster homes after one of their daughters told her school principal about how her parents spank her and her siblings as a form of discipline, which is illegal under Norwegian law.
After months of limited visitation rights with their children, the family's spokesman, Pastor Cristian Ionescu, a Chicago-based pastor and vice president of the Romanian Pentecostal Union in the United States and Canada, announced this week that a Norwegian judge has ruled that the parents are to be reunited with their yongest son, Ezekiel. more >>
RONKS, Pennsylvania – During a recent tour and screening of the new theatrical performance of "Samson" at the historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania theater, Sight & Sound, lead actor Michael Niederer (Samson) emphasized the power of the elaborate production's overarching theme – grace.
"It's amazing because I've been able to use the gifts He gave me for His glory and for His benefit," Niederer told The Christian Post.
Born and raised in a Christian home and doing theater since he was 7-years-old, the talented actor is grateful that he is able to use his gifts full time for God. Niederer talked about his character Samson and what he felt was a popular miconception about the famous Bible figure's strength. more >>
With the release of his latest album "Purpose," pop star Justin Bieber has been trying to turn his bad boy image around by talking more about his Christian faith.
In an Instagram post Tueday night, Bieber encouraged his fans with Psalm 46:10, which reads: "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
"Remember there's a God that loves you and is for you. Be still in his presence. He will give you true rest," the "What Do You Mean" singer wrote. more >>
While some Christian children "lose their faith" and turn away from God and the church, they must realize their faith needs time and effort to grow, the Rev. Billy Graham said Tuesday.
In response to a question regarding lost faith in The Kansas City Star, the 97-year-old evangelical leader says that while there are many reasons why a young Christian might turn away from God, one of the main causes is they don't realize their relationship with Him needs to grow.
"Like the seed in one of Jesus' parables, a plant with no roots eventually withers and dies — and the same is true of faith," Graham writes. more >>