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Nov. 18, 2019: Tony Evans study Bible; Awana's new Sunday School curriculum; Kanye goes to prison

Nov. 18, 2019: Tony Evans study Bible; Awana's new Sunday School curriculum; Kanye goes to prison

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Millions flocking to spirit-empowered Christianity for personal encounter with God

When the Empowered21 Global Congress convenes in Jerusalem, Israel, in spring 2020, one of the main items on the agenda will be how to get every person on the planet to have an authentic experience with the Holy Spirit.

In the last 113 years, explained Ashley Wilson, assistant director of Empowered21, spirited-empowered Christians have grown from zero in 1906 to 650 million today.

And he believes a big part of that growth is due to a hunger among people around the world for a personal encounter with God.

For the Empowered21 Global Congress in Jerusalem next spring, Wilson said they plan to celebrate and strategize with Spirit-empowered people from around the world to introduce to having an authentic experience with God.

AME Church’s first female bishop seeks to empower women

The first woman to be consecrated a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church will be hosting an event aimed at empowering women leaders.

The Selah Leadership Encounter for Women will be hosted by Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie at the Omni Hotel in Frisco, Texas, Nov. 21-23 and is expected to draw an estimated 250 attendees.

The theme for this year’s Encounter event is “Own It,” which involves women owning their “spiritual gifts,” “past,” and “purpose.”

“Our goal is to help women to take a look at where they have been, understand the lessons learned, all the mistakes, all the successes, and then try to recalibrate, if necessary, where you need to go into the coming year,” said McKenzie.

Pastor Tony Evans becomes first African American to publish study Bible, commentary

Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, has become the first African American to publish both a study Bible and a full-Bible commentary. 

Evans, who has been preaching and teaching the Gospel for more than 50 years, this month released The Tony Evans Study Bible and commentary in partnership with LifeWay. 

“The Tony Evans Study Bible includes extensive study notes and other ancillary resources to assist in both men’s and women’s Bible study that are carefully crafted and curated by Tony Evans as general editor and adapted from his sermons, teachings, and writings,” reads the book's description.

Evangelical youth ministry leader Awana to release first-ever Sunday school curriculum

Awana, one of the world’s leading youth ministry and child evangelism nonprofits, will soon publish its first-ever digital weekend curriculum that will be made available to Sunday school classes nationwide in July 2020. 

The new curriculum follows two research studies sponsored by Awana that found that between 50 to 60 percent of churches in the U.S. do not have midweek discipleship and evangelism opportunity for families. 

Awana’s aim with the new curriculum is to raise a generation of “resilient disciples” through engaging content that not only teaches children and teens about the Bible but also provides them with apologetics education to prepare them for times when their faith will be tested in life.

Kanye West performs Sunday Service concert for Harris County Jail inmates

Ahead of Kanye West’s Sunday Service concert at Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church on Sunday, he and members of the gospel choir performed at two Harris County jails.

West performed songs from his Jesus is King album for more than 200 men at the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas, Friday before walking through an underground tunnel system to perform another show for a smaller group of female inmates at the Baker Street Jail.

"This is a mission, not a show," West told the inmates in a video released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

During the performance’s finale, many of the male inmates wearing orange scrubs knelt down in prayer together. Several of the women inmates cried as they were moved by the lyrics sung by West and the gospel choir.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott posted a message on Twitter Saturday saying, “What Kanye West does to inspire the incarcerated is transformative. Saving one soul at a time. Inmates who turn to God may get released earlier because of good behavior and may be less likely to commit future crimes. It would be great if other artists followed Kanye’s lead.”

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