JERUSALEM — George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church (USA) and chairman of the World AG Fellowship, considered the world's largest Pentecostal denomination with more than 67 million adherents, said Wednesday that young people are leaving traditional churches that have "abandoned a belief in the authority of Scripture."
Wood, who also serves as global co-chair of the Empowered21 global Spirit-empowered movement along with William Wilson, president of Oral Roberts University, made his comments during a press conference at the Empowered21 Global Congress that officially opened in spiritual fanfare in Jerusalem, Israel, on Wednesday.
Responding to a question asking how the Empowered21 movement is doing among young people, considering reports that many are moving away from the church in general, Wood explained that it's not the case for Empowered21. more >>
This young girl gets on stage and immediately you can tell that her emotions had been getting the best of her. Emma Jones is terribly nervous during her audition, but knows she has to fight it and sing at her best. What happens next will absolutely blow you away!
It is hard to tell if Emma will ever sing or not after the music start, but after she takes a few deep breaths, she unleashes an angelic voice that no one in the audience was expecting. God has given her a beautiful talent, and on this day she is showing the world that she can sing. Anyone who has heard a cover of this song before is used to getting the chills when it comes on. It's a very powerful song.
Not only does she make the crowd happy, she receives a standing ovation from all the judges! more >>
18-year-old Madeline Stuart, has down syndrome and is proving everyone wrong who didn't believe in her. When she was younger she struggled with her weight, like most down syndrome people do. Now, she is a model and her image is inspiring girls everywhere!
Down syndrome is a genetic disorder which causes development and cognitive delays. Although she is slow, she still gets everything done, just at a slower pace. Doctors told her mother she would never achieve anything. They were SO wrong! Maddy changed her daily routine and set out to prove all the people who doubted her wrong. She changed her eating habits, started dancing, and even played sports. Maddy lost about 40 pounds and is ready to take the runway!
Madeline wants to change how the world sees people with Down syndrome. They are all beautiful and can achieve anything they set their minds too. It may take longer than usual, but that's because they work at their own pace. more >>
JERUSALEM — Two million people once showed up at a worship service to hear her sing live, but for popular Brazilian worship leader Ana Paula Valadao and the global coalition of worship leaders at the Empowered21 Global Congress in Jerusalem this week, nothing behind their magnetic music will be about them. It's always about Jesus, they say, always.
They are perhaps some of the most popular worship leaders you have never heard of, primarily because for a number of them their following comes from Christian believers outside of the United States.
At a practice session for the worship leaders a day before their first public outing together on Wednesday night at the Spirit-empowered event billed "From The Ends Of The Earth" inside the Jerusalem Pais arena, the unassuming Valadao says she's hoping God ruins their plan. more >>
The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye has defended his 2014 debate with The Creation Museum's Ken Ham, by stating that it allowed him the platform to tell millions of viewers why the idea that creationism is a possible theory for life on Earth is a "disastrous" thing to teach the young generation.
"In lots of states, kids are taught that evolution is just one possible theory that explains how life came about, and that creationism is another," Nye told VOX in an interview published on Tuesday.
"We need these kids to be part of the future. We need them to innovate and change the world. But if you raise a generation of students who don't believe in the most fundamental idea in biology, it's a formula for disaster. This is against our national interest, and if you raise a generation like this, they're victims," he added. more >>
WASHINGTON — In The Dadly Virtues: Adventures From the Worst Job You'll Ever Love, a collection of opinion writers and humorists use their day job (writing) to reminisce about their most important job (being a dad).
"The primary effect of children," the book's editor, Jonathan Last, explains in the introduction, "is that they take things from you.
"It begins with sleep, time, and dignity and then expands over the years to include sanity, serenity and a great deal of money." more >>