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California Church Mobilizes 10,000 Volunteers for ‘Weekend of Service’

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A church in California will be mobilizing an estimated 10,000 volunteers to perform over 400 charitable service projects over the course of 48 hours, estimated to be worth over $2 million in billable labor and material.

Known as the “Weekend of Service”, the multisite North Coast Church is doing a series of projects April 25-26 meant to benefit over 100 locations in six cities in North San Diego County.

Larry Osborne, pastor at North Coast Church, provided comments to The Christian Post in which he described some of the actions the volunteers will perform.

“We’ll be making improvements at 50+ public schools, ranging from elementary to high school … We’re serving a wide cross section of organizations both secular and faith-based,” said Osborne.

“The other roughly 60 locations include everything from resource centers to homeless shelters, community centers, a hospital, city parks, veteran and senior housing, and other non-profits that serve the community.”

Regarding the large number of volunteers gathered, Osborne explained to CP that North Coast “is built around small groups, which greatly helps us mobilize our congregation.”

“These small groups do service projects year round, with an average of 10 projects per week, so the concept of actively serving our community is already an important part of our church,” continued Osborne.

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“When it comes to a massive project like this, we do our best to make sure people know the magnitude of the need and God seems to always touch the hearts of our people to step up and get it done.”

This year’s number of volunteers is double the 5,000 gathered for North Coast’s first Weekend of Service back in 2007.

The labor for the volunteers is broken down into 10,000 4-hour work slots, which will include Sunday morning.

North Coast organizes a massive “Weekend of Service” once every two years, when the church shuts down the congregation’s normal worship services to allow members to go out and be the “hands and feets of Jesus,” according to the church’s press statement.

When asked by CP if such a move is placing works over faith, Pastor Osborne responded that he and his congregation are “not putting works over faith; we’re simply putting our faith to work.”

“The Bible says that faith without works is dead. This is one way we can put our faith to work and show our community the love of Jesus with no strings attached,” said Osborne.

“We’re always trying to help our congregation understand that church is not something we simply go to. It’s what we are. There’s no better way to do that than to have a ‘Weekend of Service.'”

@TripLee says the rappers need to stop promoting drug dealing @ ERLC Leadership Summit #PlatinumSouls.com

Rappers Need to Stop Reinforcing Drug Dealing Misogynistic Stereotypes, Trip Lee Says at ERLC’s Leadership Summit

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Rapper and pastor Trip Lee, who ministers under the name Trip Barefield at his Washington D.C. church, recently commented on pop culture and what role it plays in the perception of black men in America at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Leadership Summit that took place on Friday, March 27 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Barefield, who sat on a panel that featured pastor David Prince of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, worship singer Robbie Seay, and pastor Jason Cook of Iron City Church in Birmingham, Alabama, titled “Pop-Culture and Racial Reconciliation: Hip-Hop, Sports, And Everyday Life,” commented on hip-hop’s role in reflecting and shaping black culture.

Barefield explained how the music basically does a bit of everything including reflecting inner-city culture as well as shaping it in mostly negative ways. He also talked about rappers using their environment to justify the things they rap about. He also challenged the notion, however, by saying that a lot of these artists use their music to encourage people to continue in the negative things they see.

“Pop-culture mirrors culture and I think as a rapper, hip-hop in a lot of ways mirrors the things that are happening in urban neighborhoods,” Barefield said. “This is what rappers say all the time to defend the misogyny, glorifying drug dealing and gangster life in their music. [They say,] I’m just telling the stories about what’s happening in my neighborhood.”

Rapper and pastor Trip Lee speaks at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Leadership Summit on racial reconciliation in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, March 27, 2015. Lee serves as a pastoral assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. where he uses the name Trip Barefield.

“There’s also a sense in which, hip-hop, for example glorifies those things and teaches people to continue in those things — people who don’t live in those neighborhoods who it continues to be glorified to. And people who do, who maybe if there’s a rapper who’s approaching things more responsibly would for once see a different picture of a black man than all the drug dealers they [look up to] in their neighborhood. But instead, the artist is irresponsible to continue to reinforce those stereotypes.”

Barefield believes hip-hop music plays a role in the shaping of black culture, its reflection and the perception of black culture outside the community. And those engaged in the art form can do more harm than good by reinforcing the negatives of what they see around them to people outside of the culture.

“If you look at pop culture as the main picture you see of black men, all these kind of threatening pictures and I think those of us who are artists and who are in media have to think carefully about what those pictures are. And so there are realities that are mirrored, but there’s also the case that its reinforced and glorified and furthered through the way that people

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NBA Star Jeremy Lin Joins online Prayer Group

Jeremy Lin Begins Sharing Prayer Requests With Digital Prayer Group
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Jeremy Lin is officially sharing his prayers with fans, months after starting a prayer group.

Lin, the 26-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard, sent an official email to those subscribed to his prayer group titled, “Jeremy Lin’s Prayer Requests 7.” The NBA player shared specific prayers from his “upcoming prayer list” which includes learning to give thanks and praise.

Since Lin’s team are not making the playoffs, he also prayed for a specific mindset that would enable him to continue playing for God’s glory and surrender each game to God with humility.

Lin also called for prayer for his teammates and coaches, that their tough season may help them get saved.

“This season has had its fair share of discouragement, disappointment and brokenness,” Lin wrote. “Please pray that their vulnerability from a tough season would allow them to seek and see Christ, whether through joining chapel, Bible study, daily devotionals or a church.”

While Lin also praised God for a YouTube video that shed light on homelessness, he asked that people would pray that they also come to Christ and have their needs met.

“Prayer that these individuals would have open hearts to truly know Jesus Christ,” Lin wrote. “Also prayer that God would provide for their physical needs, whether it’s for housing, a job or stability in general.”

He went on to pray for a worldwide spiritual revival, and admitted that he shied away from big prayers at times.

“Often times, I’m afraid to pray big prayers because they seem so intangible or too unrealistic, but I have to remind myself that God is bigger than anything I will ever face or encounter and my biggest dreams are nothing compared to the power He possesses,” Lin said. “So prayer for global revival!”

Last year, Lin introduced the prayer group to fans which sends an email of prayers to those who subscribe on his website.

“The NBA star revealed that he would begin a prayer group that fans can be involved in.

“The journey I’ve been on has had its ups and downs and I appreciate all of your support throughout. Some of you have asked how to pray for me so I decided to start a prayer group where I can send out requests for those that want to pray and support,” Lin wrote on his website.”Please feel free to share with others you think would be interested. So much of what happens is out of our control, but prayer has been a place I have consistently found peace with God

Hillsong Church Joins Roma Downey, T.D. Jakes at Hollywood Talent Agency WME

 

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Hillsong is making history in Hollywood as the first church to sign with a major agency, William Morris Endeavor, where it joins ranks of Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and Pastor T.D. Jakes.

WME, which has offices in New York City, Nashville, Miami, and Los Angeles, officially began working on behalf of Hillsong earlier this month, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The agency will help Hillsong expand its website and television viewership. Moreover, WME will work to secure film and digital opportunities for the church, including a distribution deal for the documentary “Let Hope Rise,” based on Hillsong UNITED. The film was originally slated for release in April, but distribution with Warner Bros. fell through in January.

Although WME has already signed faith-focused clients that include the aforementioned Downey, Burnett, Jakes as well as Pastor Joel Osteen, Hillsong stands out as the first known collaboration between a major agency and a church. However, it comes as no surprise that “talent and literary” agency signed Hillsong, which is one of the most prominent megachurches in the world.

Founded by Brian and Bobbie Houston in 1983, Hillsong Church holds services in 11 different countries around the world today. According to the Australia-based megachurch, over 100,000 people attend Hillsong services each week. Moreover, Hillsong congregants include Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner, to name a few.

Hillsong Church also has a world-renowned music industry including bands such as Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong LIVE and Hillsong Young & Free. Well-known worship songs out of Hillsong Music include “Power of Your Love,” “Shout to the Lord” and the most recent Billboard number-one song, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).”

The Christian Post reached out to WME for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

New Album Review: P.U.N.C.S (Person Under New Construction)

FRONT ALBUM COVERP.U.N.C.S is an acronym that stands for Person Under New Construction.  There is definitely a new sound in the world of Christian Rap… This artist boast of the transformation that God has made in her life through Jesus Christ.  Each song is distinct and powerful.  As a female christian rap artist she does not need to take a backseat to her male counter parts like Lacrae, Bizzle and MouthPi3ce because her content and flow demands respect.  Her message of course is the focus of her artistry which invites the listener to experience the power of change through a committed life with Christ.  Songs like Queen and Lovely Unique addresses issues the women can relate to and are sure to inspire them.  Other songs such as Get Over, Be Holy, Religion and Live Long are universal anthems that most people can relate to.  The production quality of this album is potent and high quality.  I recommend this album to you if you are considering purchasing new music.

Below is the link to purchase the download on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/person-under-new-construction/id923453351

 

 

Music Review: Exodus Movement “6 Ways to Survive the Trap” #PlatinumSouls.Com

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Exodus Movement is a christian rap ministry blazing their path from the hard streets of Oklahoma City. Their latest project 6-Ways to Survive the Trap is destined to be classic. Each track is unique with an authentic street sounds but the message is undeniably Christ Centered. This team of christian rap lyricist unite once again to shed light on the deceptions about street life and revealing Jesus Christ as the true answer for spiritual freedom. These guys relate to the struggle of inner-city youth and their music makes all the necessary connections to draw the listeners in so they can receive the gospel. The production selection on this project is definitely grade-A trap beats mix with soulful samples and a little boom-bap. 6-Ways to Survive the Trap is definitely a must have project. It is scheduled to be released on December 16th 2014 on iTunes (copy link below).

Reviewed by: PlatinumSouls.Com

Music Review: Christian Rapper “Lachanda Nicole” by PlatinumSouls.Com

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Lachanda Nicole is passionate lyricist who is currently located in Temple Texas but originates from New Orleans Louisiana. God delivered Lachanda from the street life style of drugs and night clubs and transformed her into a minister for His glory. As a female christian rapper she brings a brand new perspective to music and ministry.

Lachanda’s music is hard hitting southern hip hop with a spirit filled message of hope and salvation. Her new single titled “Lay It Down” is powerful song filled with truthful insight into the struggles of her life and something most people can relate to. This song inspires the listeners be honest with God and acknowledge our weaknesses in humility so we can draw our strength from Christ.

“Lay it Down” is a call to action for the listeners to surrender all of their struggles to the Lord at the Altar. Lachanda Nicole is more than just a rapper, she is soul winner, taking the gospel message to the world with her music.

For more information on this artist please see links below:

http://www.reverbnation.com/lachandanicole
https://www.facebook.com/lachandanicole
Twitter: @LachandaNicole

Reviewed by: PlatinumSouls.Com

Great testimonies from the Women in Business & Ministry Conference

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The Women in Business and Ministry Conference is the vision of Apostle Veryl Howard accomplished music industry consultant, promoter, manager and much more. She is a women that wears many hats and has built strong relationships in the entertainment industry, known for here expertise, integrity and excellence in business she managed to gather top industry executives from around the country to assemble in Jacksonville Florida at the Aloft “W” Hotel for a power packed conference. The speakers share insight on breaking new artist in the industry, tips and tools to be successful in the music business. The event was not all business however, there was a mighty move of the Holy Spirit and Prophecy. People’s lives were transformed by the dynamic ministry of Apostle Veryl Howard and her guest, namely Prophet Haddon and others. For more information on how you can purchase a copy of the conference log onto: IamGodsWoman.Com

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