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NFL Star Ben Watson to Speak at 2017 March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson will speak at the 44th annual March for Life on January 27. Throughout his professional football career, Watson hasn't shied away from commenting on Planned Parenthood's racist agenda and the injustice of abortion - or posting on social media about his Christian faith. "If the spirit of God has prompted me to say something, I'm gonna trust in God," he says. "I do know that blacks kind of represent a large portion of the abortions, and I do know that honestly the whole idea with Planned Parenthood and Sanger in the past was to exterminate blacks," he said in August. "And it's kind of ironic that it's working."

Silence Leaves me almost Silent

ALBUQUERUQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - January 19, 2017) -- I first heard about the movie Silence from artist Makoto Fujimura. As a faithful Tweeter, Fujimura has let folks that follow him on Twitter know that the movie was forthcoming. I was interested in what Fujimura was posting. Knowing a little about Shusaku Endo's book, but not having read it, the Tweets were gentle reminders to do so.

Tim Tebow's Gigantic John 3:16 ‘Coincidence’…Not!

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- January 18, 2017) -- He is one of the most outspoken athletes in America about his Christian faith. During his college football career, he frequently wore references to biblical verses on his eye black and his signature stance kneeling and praying on the sidelines became a modern neologism known as 'Tebowing.'

Global Media Ministry's New Technology Initiative makes Visual Statement

WR MOTION Brings Video to Longtime Broadcaster’s Expanding Toolkit By Michael Ireland, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net) CARY, NC (ANS, Jan.11, 2017) – As internet video viewing soars, TWR is launching the groundbreaking ministry TWR MOTION to use visual media for sharing the gospel with unreached people.

5 Gospel Music Stars Who Are Supporting Kim Burrell Amid Celebrity Backlash

Gospel singer Kim Burrell was berated by a myriad of celebrities and LGBT activists last week for preaching on the "perverted homosexual spirit" during a sermon at her church ahead of the New Year. But now, a number of people in the gospel music industry are publicly defending and praying for the minister.

Jeremy Lin News: Injuries Are Godly Lessons About Gratitude, Humility

After suffering from two separate hamstring injuries that have kept him on the sidelines for much of the season, Jeremy Lin is choosing to focus on what God is teaching him from the setbacks. Lin, the 28-year-old guard who was signed to the Brooklyn Nets last year, hasn't had the opportunity to play up to his full potential after missing 17 games due to a hamstring injury he suffered on Nov. 2. Then, on Dec. 26, Lin was sidelined again after he injured his left hamstring.

Christian Singer Booted from ‘Ellen’ for Preaching against Homosexuality

HOUSTON, Texas, January 5, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Ellen Degeneres has cancelled a scheduled appearance on her talk show by Gospel singer Kim Burrell, after a video of the singer preaching against homosexuality last week was posted online, provoking a backlash. In the sermon, delivered at the Houston church Burrell founded, the singer warned against homosexual behavior. "Anybody in the room who is living with a homosexual spirit, beg God to free you. If you play with it in 2017, you'll die from it," Burrell stated. "If you play with it in 2017 in God's house, you'll die from it. Y'all came to hear about carnal, I came to tell you about sin."

Singer Lauren Daigle Honors God on 'Good Morning America' in Time Square

Christian singer Lauren Daigle made a special guest appearance in the middle of Time Square on ABC's "Good Morning America" this week to honor God by performing her single, "Trust in You." Fresh off her Christmas tour with for King and Country, a very excited Daigle led the "Good Morning America" co-hosts in worship Thursday morning with her hit single.

Inddia-Born Christian Author, Film-Maker and Former Model, Caryl Matrisciana, has Passed onto her Eternal Reward

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, USA (ANS - December 27, 2016) - India-born Christian author, film-maker and former model, Caryl Matrisciana, passed away on the evening of Friday, December 2, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was accompanied at her bedside by family and friends. A memorial service to celebrate her extraordinary life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Calvary Chapel Cypress, 5202 Lincoln Ave. Cypress, CA 90630, commencing at 12 noon PST. "We at Caryl Productions feel a great sense of loss for someone who served as a huge inspiration in our lives and in the lives of many others. We will miss her dearly," said a statement on her website.

Denzel Washington: 'I'm in the Service Business Now ... I'm Here to Serve God' (Watch)

In an interview with Bishop T.D. Jakes on his daytime talk show last week, Washington explained why, at this point in his career, he's focusing on serving others. "I'm in the service business now, I'm fine. I've done well," Washington said on the "TD Jakes Show." "I don't need any watches and all of that. So I'm here to serve God, here to serve my family."

How Mickey Rooney Provided the Incentive for the Launch of a Major Hollywood Christian Media Ministry

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS - December 8, 2016) - When Bob Rieth was studying at a Minneapolis seminary back in July, 1963, he and his wife, Marion, decided to take some time off and get some light relief by watching "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. But the show turned out being far from light relief, but it did change the lives of this couple, and brought some much-needed light to Hollywood. One of the guests that night was Mickey Rooney who, at the peak of his career between the ages of 15 and 25, made 43 films and co-starred alongside Judy Garland, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy, and Elizabeth Taylor. He was one of MGM's most consistently successful actors and a favorite of studio head Louis B. Mayer. And, in an interview I did some time ago with Bob Rieth, this Lutheran pastor recalled that Mickey Rooney's appearance on the show literally changed his life. "I was in seminary, and I would go to school in the morning, do my visitation in the afternoon, and then in the evenings, my wife Marion and I would take some time off for relaxation, and so I turned on the TV for 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson, and suddenly Mickey came on," he said.

On the Road with the Christian ‘Indiana Jones’

HENDERSON, NEVADA (ANS - December 4, 2016) -- It was the end of 2006 and I was nursing a broken heart. I needed a good diversion. Enter the real "Indiana Jones". Many years ago, I heard Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel talk about a man, like Indiana Jones, who was searching for Biblical Artifacts, and I learned he was scheduled to be a guest speaker at my church in Nevada, so I drove five hours early one Sunday morning to hear Bob Cornuke speak. After the riveting service, I met his wife, Terry, in the church foyer and asked her if he ever took anyone along on his adventures. She told me about his upcoming trip to Ethiopia and I signed up on the spot. I had no idea why I was going, but it sounded like an unforgettable escapade which is exactly what it turned out to be.

Christian HGTV Stars’ Pastor Speaks out on LGBT ‘Witch Hunt

December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper reality show, are coming under fire after Buzzfeed ran an article questioning their views on same-sex "marriage." The consequent barrage of criticism has been labeled a "witch hunt" by Jason and David Benham, whose own planned HGTV reality show was cancelled after a similar onslaught two years ago.

Media Expert, Dr. Ted Baehr, Says It's been a ‘Miraculous Year’ for Faith and Family Films

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS - November 29, 2016) - Christian media expert, Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder and Publisher of Movieguide®, says it has been a "miraculous year" for faith and family films. Ted Baehr with Dan Wooding at MFI useDuring an interview at the recent Media Fellowship International (MFI) 18th Annual Praise Breakfast at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, Baehr said, "It's been a miraculous year in terms of movies with faith and values, and it's getting better every month." Among the films he especially liked, were: "Risen," an American Biblical drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds; "God's Not Dead II," the latest courtroom drama from evangelical production company, Pure Flix; and "Young Messiah," which is about Jesus as a seven-year-old child, based on the book, "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt," written by Anne Rice, and directed by Iranian-born Christian director, Cyrus Nowrasteh.

Playing Second-fiddle and still making Beautiful Music

ALLEN, TX (ANS - November 18, 2016) -- I had the amazing opportunity to go to work for Billy Graham when I was straight out of college at the ripe old age of 24. I was young and impressionable and in the almost 20 years I served as a Crusade Organizer, I pretty much saw it all from the inside of the organization. None of my experiences were a letdown and I say with real humility what an extraordinary privilege it was to work alongside such an awesome group of individuals who sought to serve God in all they did. Many of my brothers and sisters in arms from my days in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) are now in heaven, but one of the most extraordinary leaders under whom I served was Cliff Barrows, who went home to be with the Lord in just the last few days at the age of 93.

Pro-life Musician’s ‘Fight for Your Marriage’ Video is a Hit with 571K Views and Climbing

NAPLES, Florida, November 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Pro-life Christian artist Joyce Im Bartholomew's latest video, "Fight For Our Marriage," has gone viral, with more than a half a million views on YouTube. The pro-marriage song is resonating with the public, with 571,520 views and counting. The song focuses on staying in a marriage through ups and downs. The video is a mini-synopsis of life, with challenges spouses face, including health issues, hurt feelings, and disharmony.

Croatia’s former First Lady: Without this man, I’d never be the woman I am today (it’s not who you think)

ZAGREB, Croatia, November 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - On the outside, 34-year-old Sanja Orešković appeared to have it all - beauty, money, social connections. She was married to a successful husband. Together they had adorable children. The couple were the envy of their neighbors when they moved from cold Canada to sunny Puerto Rico, where Sanja filled her life with every luxury the tropical paradise had to offer - pristine beaches, fine dining, and dazzling social gatherings.

Lacey Sturm on Finding Healing After Having Emotional Affair With Married Man (Interview)

Former FlyLeaf frontwoman Lacey Sturm recently released a deeply personal memoir, The Mystery: Finding True Love in a World of Broken Lovers, in which she opens up about her divorce, emotional affair with a married man, battle with suicide, and how she found healing from it all. "It was a really hard book for me to release because it was vulnerable but also because it felt like, 'Why are you telling people these stories? Why are you telling these people all of your business?'" Sturm said in an interview with The Christian Post about her book that was released last month.

Christmas Film 'Believe' Brings Families of All Races Together Through Faith (Trailer)

Upcoming family-friendly Christmas movie "Believe" is about a close-knit Virginia community whose hardships bring them together. "Believe" will be in select theaters nationwide on Dec. 2. The movie's synopsis reads, "For years, the fictional small town of Grundy, Virginia, has relied on the Peyton family to provide the highlight of the year - the annual Christmas pageant. When Matthew Peyton (Ryan O'Quinn) inherits the family business, the responsibility of the Christmas pageant also falls on his shoulders."

Lee Strobel's Best-Selling 'The Case for Christ' comes to Life on Film

By Michael Ireland, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net) ATLANTA, GA (ANS, Oct. 27, 2016) -- The Case for Christ, based on Lee Strobel's best-selling book about his own journey as an award-winning investigative journalist and resolute atheist who sets out to disprove Christianity, comes to life in its big screen debut.

A Marriage Made in Hollywood (and Waikiki Beach), was still Beset with Problems -- Until God Intervened

Now Bob and Yvonne Turnbull, will share the secrets of their long marriage at a unique Southern California marriage conference By Dan Wooding, Founder, ASSIST News Service LA MIRADA, CA (ANS - September 27, 2016) - One-time Hollywood film and TV actor, Bob Turnbull, who was featured in such shows as "Hawaii 5-0," "Petticoat Junction," "Ironside," and "My Three Sons," thought he had a glamorous marriage that was made in both Hollywood and Waikiki Beach.

Bobby Brown Leaning on God After Nick Gordon Verdict

Bobby Brown is leaning on God to sort through the emotions stemming from his late daughter's love interest, Nick Gordon, being found civilly liable for her untimely death. "All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter's death. Today's judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon," Brown, the 47-year-old R&B singer told PEOPLE magazine Friday. "Now I need to process all the emotions I have and lean on God to get me and my family through this."