Kanye West led a massive church service and what happened next will leave you in total shock

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Kanye West is not exactly known for espousing Christian or even relatively moral ideals.

But all of that changed after the artist claimed to have been born again.

West recently led a massive church service and what happened during the service will leave you in complete shock.

The famous rapper has made a very sudden and powerful conversion to Christianity and even released a Gospel album that is becoming a huge hit.

Now he is leading church services across the country and calling his fans to come to Christ.

In his latest church service, 1,000 people decided to dedicate their lives to Christ.

Breitbart reports:

Curvine Brewington, a pastor at Crossroads Church in Lafayette, praised Kanye West over the weekend for hosting his weekly Sunday Service, where the church leader said more than a 1,000 attendees dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ.

“Tonight, worship was lifted, the name of Christ was exalted, the Word of God was preached, a multitude prayed together, the Gospel was clearly proclaimed, and an opportunity to respond was given,” Pastor Brewington explained in an Instagram post. “In a crowd of 6,000, people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, I witnessed over 1,000 people respond to The Gospel by raising their hands to accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior!”

A livestream of the moving service was posted online and shows West, flanked by a choir, perform a set of spiritual hymns and a slew of songs from his new album Jesus Is King.

No one could have predicted that Kanye West would release a Gospel album and give his life to Christ.

West has always been a unique artist in the sense that he refuses to simply go along with whatever the mainstream media is telling artists to do.

When he gave Donald Trump his support, he certainly made it clear that he’s willing to defy pressure from the entertainment industry.

His decision to be so open about his faith has created a great deal of attention and appears to be bringing others to believe in Jesus.

It’s impossible to know if Kanye West will continue to profess his newfound faith given his history.

What do you think?

Should Christians give Kanye West a chance?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below

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  1. Chanting the names of God is a universal religious practice.

    Dr. Harvey Cox, a liberal Protestant theologian at the Harvard Divinity School, observes:

    “Almost every religion I know of has formulae, prayers, chants or hymns, in which the repetition of sound, is used for a devotional purpose… But I think that these criticisms of chanting or repetition of prayers as somehow mentally destructive are frankly some of the most uninformed and ignorant of the criticisms I’ve come across.

    “These sorts of criticisms cannot possibly by made by people who know anything about the history of religions, unless they want to come right out and say that they’re against all religion, or all devotional practices, all prayer — which I think many of them are. At least they ought to be honest and not conceal their personal bias under allegedly scientific language.”

    Every genuine religious tradition in the world teaches that God’s names are holy and meant to be glorified. The Bible contains numerous references to glorifying God and His holy name. (Exodus 15:3; Deuteronomy 32:2-3; I Chronicles 16:8-36; Psalms 29:2, 47:1, 86:11, 91:14, 96:1-3, 97:12, 98:4-6, 113:3, 116:1-17, 146:1, 148:1-5, 13)

    The Lord and His name are praised throughout the Psalms. “I will praise the name of God with a song,” says King David. (Psalm 69:30) In other places we read: “All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord: and shall glorify Thy name.” (Psalm 86:9)

    “O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His holy name.”

    (Psalm 105:1-4)

    “…Praise Him with the timbrel and the dance; praise Him upon the loud cymbals.”

    (Psalm 150:4-5)

    Israel Baal Shem Tov (1699-1761), the great Jewish mystic, founded Hasidism, a popular pietist movement within Judaism, in which members dance and chant in glorification of God. The Hasidism were especially influenced by verses in Psalms calling for the joyful worship of the Lord through song. (Psalms 100:1,2, 104:33)

    According to The Jewish Almanac: “In the Jewish tradition the name actually partakes of the essence of God. Thus, knowledge of the name is a vehicle to God, a conveyor of divine energy, an interface between the Infinite and the finite… It is curious that a tradition that places such a strong emphasis on the One God possesses such a large number of names for the divine. Each name, however, actually represents a different quality or aspect of God.”

    When teaching his disciples how to pray, Jesus Christ glorified God’s holy name: “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.” (Matthew 6:9) Jesus also approved of his disciples’ singing joyfully in praise of God. (Luke 19:36-40) Of his own name, Jesus said: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there with them.” (Matthew 18:20)

    The apostle Paul told his gentile followers to speak to one another in psalms and hymns, to sing heartily and make music to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19) He further taught them to instruct and admonish one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. (Colossians 3:16)

    Paul wrote to his gentile congregation in Rome: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) According to the historian Eusebius, there was “one common consent in chanting forth the praises of God,” in the early Christian churches.

    The Gregorian chants, popularized in the sixth century by Pope Gregory and later by works like Handel’s masterpiece the Messiah, with its resounding choruses of “hallelujah” (which means “praised be the name of God” in Hebrew), are still performed and appreciated all over the world.

    In addition to praising the Lord’s name and glories through music, song, and dance, there has also emerged the practice of meditating upon God by chanting upon beads of prayer.

    St. John Chrysostom recommended the “prayerful invocation of the name of God,” which he said should be “uninterrupted.”

    Reverend Norman Moorhouse of the Church of England writes:

    “The rosary is chiefly associated with Roman Catholics, but many members of the Church of England also use it. And there are many Russian orthodox Christians who chant the name of Jesus several hundred or thousand times every day…

    “In the Book of Psalms there are biddings to praise the name of the Lord and to sing…I remember that during the Second World War, I was in Greece for Easter, and it was a wonderful thing to hear all the people chanting and singing ‘Christos anesethe’—Christ is risen.”

    The repetition of the Jesus prayer (“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me”) became a regular practice among members of the Eastern Church. In The Way of a Pilgrim, a Russian monk describes this form of meditation:

    “The continuous interior prayer of Jesus is a constant, uninterrupted calling upon the divine name of Jesus with the lips, in the spirit, in the heart… One who accustoms himself to this appeal experiences… so deep a consolation and so great a need to offer the prayer always, that he can no longer live without it.”

    “Perhaps you’ve heard about Hesychasm, a technique of mantra meditation that was employed by Christians as far back as the third century after Christ,” says the Reverend Alvin Hart, an Episcopal priest in New York. “The method was the simple chanting of ‘the Jesus prayer,’ which runs like this: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.’ I personally have found great comfort in this mantra.”

    According to Reverend Hart, “Although it was recently popularized by the New Age movement…’the Jesus Prayer’ has a long and venerable tradition in the Philokalia, an important book on Christian mysticism. The word Philokalia literally means ‘the love of spiritual beauty,’ and I can say that the book definitely brings its readers to that level of appreciation…

    “The Philokalia also emphasizes the importance of accepting a spiritual master. The Greek words used are starets and geront, but they basically mean the same thing. The result of chanting under a proper master is theosis, or the ‘respiritualization of the personality.’”

    Reverend Hart says, “When we call on God — and we should learn how to do this at every moment, even in the midst of our day-to-day work — we should be conscious of Him, and then our prayer will have deeper effects, deeper meaning. This, I know, is the basic idea of Krishna Consciousness. In the Christian tradition, too, we are told to ALWAYS pray ceaselessly. This is a biblical command. (I Thessalonians 5:17)

    “In a sense, this could also be considered the heart of the Christian process as well. For instance, in the Latin Mass, before the Gospel is read, there is a prayer spoken by the priest: dominus sit in corde meo et in labiis meis, which means, ‘May the Lord be in my heart and on my lips.’ What better way is there to have God on one’s lips than by chanting the holy name? Therefore, the Psalms tell us that from ‘the rising of the sun to its setting’ the Lord’s name is to be praised. And Paul echoes this idea by telling us that ‘whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Romans 10:13)”

    Dr. Klaus Klostermaier notes that meditation and prayer are “important in the Christian tradition, at least for certain sects and monastic orders… In the Philokalia and in the path recommended by The Pilgrim, you find the…’Jesus Prayer,’ which may be unknown to most Christians today, but was very powerful in its time.

    “So people are aware of the potency of ‘the name’ and the importance of focusing on it as a mantra… But it must be done with devotion… The idea of logos, or ‘the Word,’ has elaborate theological meaning that is intimately tied to the nature of Jesus and, indeed, to the nature of God.”

    “All the basic principles of bhakti yoga are richly exemplified in Christianity,” writes Dr. Houston Smith in The Religions of Man. Dr. Smith is a Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His 1958 book is used as a standard text in major universities. Dr. Smith explains the fundamental principle of bhakti or devotion:

    “All we have to do in this yoga is to love God dearly — not just say we love Him but love Him in fact, love Him only (loving other things because of Him), and love Him for no ulterior reason (even from the desire for liberation) but for love’s sake alone…

    “…every strengthening of our affections toward God will weaken the world’s grip. The saint may, indeed will, love the world far more than the addict, but he will love it in a very different way, seeing in it the reflected glory of the God he adores.

    “How is this love of God to be developed?” asks Dr. Smith. “Japa is the practice of repeating the names of God. It finds a close Christian parallel in one of the classics of Russian Orthodoxy, The Way of a Pilgrim. This book is the story of an unnamed peasant whose first concern is to fulfill the biblical injunction to ‘Pray without ceasing.’

    “He wanders through Russia and Siberia with a knapsack of dried bread for food and the charity of men for shelter, consulting many authorities only to come away empty-hearted until… he meets a holy man who teaches him ‘a constant, uninterrupted calling upon the divine Name of Jesus with the lips, in the spirit, in the heart… at all times, in all places, even during sleep.’

    “The peasant’s teacher trains him until he can repeat the name of Jesus more than 12,000 times a day without strain. ‘This frequent service of the lips imperceptibly becomes a genuine appeal of the heart.’ The prayer becomes a constant warming presence within him… a ‘bubbling joy.’ ‘Keep the name of the Lord spinning in the midst of all your activities’ is the Hindu statement of the same point.”

    In Islam, the names of God are held sacred and meditated upon. According to tradition, there are ninety-nine names of Allah, found inscribed upon monuments such as the Taj Mahal and on the walls of mosques. These names are chanted on an Islamic rosary, which consists of three sets of thirty-three beads.

    The Sanskrit literatures of ancient India are diverse and cover a vast body of knowledge. The one hundred eight principle Upanishads tend to focus primarily on spiritual wisdom, while the eighteen Puranas contain historical narrations from the distant past, when humans were pious, civilizations were more enlightened and the miraculous was ordinary. The Kali-santarana Upanishad emphasizes chanting:

    “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
    Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
    Hare Rama, Hare Rama
    Rama Rama, Hare Hare”

    to counteract the ill effects of this present age of spiritual darkness, while the Brihan-naradiya Purana emphatically states thrice that there is no alternative for spiritual deliverance in this age other than chanting God’s holy names. Traditionally, the Lord is glorified congregationally, with drums, cymbals and dance, or He may be praised individually, in silent prayer, upon rosary beads.

    Dr. Guy Beck’s PhD thesis, Sonic Theology: Hinduism and the Soteriological Function of Sacred Sound examines the doctrine that the Word or divine sound can have a “salvific” effect. Examining the Vaishnava (worshippers of Lord Vishnu, or Krishna) practice of chanting God’s names upon beads of prayer, he observes: “…a work from the sixth century AD, entitled the Jayakhya-Samhita, contains… many early references to the practice of japa or silent prayer.

    “It says that there are three considerations in doing japa repetitions — employing the rosary (the akshamala), saying the words aloud (vachika) or repeating them in a low voice (upamshu). There are quite a few details in this text, garnered from early sources, and so a case can be made for a pre-Islamic, and even pre-Christian, use of beads or rosary in the Vaishnava tradition.”

    Because the Roman Catholics did not begin using rosary or japa beads until the era of St. Dominic, or the 12th century, Dr. Beck concludes, “the Vaishnavas were chanting japa from very early on.”

    Father Robert Stephens, a Catholic priest in Australia, considers Krishna “one of the many names of God.” He writes that he is “saddened at the narrowness and arrogance of many Christian fundamentalists;” “those who claim a monopoly on all truth or goodness;” “those who desperately cling only to external forms under the pretense of faith in God,” and “those who have turned their Sacred scriptures into mere weaponry against those who differ from themselves.”

    According to Father Stephens, we who engage in interreligious discussion “have firm support from the Catholic Church, especially the Second Vatican Council, and from such official bodies as the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Dialogue Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.”

    Father Stephens observes that “Because spiritual riches belong to all, dialogue and sharing are not an optional extra in a pluralistic society. We cannot live in a fortress of one-eyed people.” Father Gerald O’Collins SJ, similarly, is of the opinion that the Bible does not necessarily provide authoritative answers to new questions which arise in the life of the Church, and that the Bible is not that kind of “norm for every problem and every situation.”

    Father Bede Griffiths says of Bhagavad-gita, “For a Christian, this is a wonderful confirmation of God’s love contained in the Gospel.” Meister Eckhart wrote: “When we say God is ‘eternal,’ we mean God is eternally young.” This is Krishna Consciousness. God is an eternal youth.

    Matthew Fox’s statement that “God and God’s Son are ultimately attractive and alluring because of their beauty” is also consistent with Vaishnavaism. The name “Krishna” means “the all attractive one.”

    Dr. Harvey Cox, a liberal Protestant theologian at the Harvard Divinity School, favorably compares Krishna Consciousness with Christianity:

    “You can see the obvious similarities. Here you have the idea of a personal God who becomes incarnate… revealing what God is about and eliciting a form of participation in the life of God.

    “I think a Christian will have some natural sensitivity to Krishna devotion… devotion of the heart, that is, pietistic Christianity… We noted several surprising similarities between what you might call Appalachian folk religion and Krishna Consciousness. Both religions put a big emphasis on joy, the spiritual joy of praising God…

    “…both traditions emphasize puritanical values and practice certain forms of asceticism such as no drinking, no smoking, no non-marital sex and no gambling… Both seem to put more emphasis on a future life or another world.”

    According to Dr. Cox, “You have to remember that if you had been there at the early Methodist frontier revivals here in America… you would have seen some very ecstatic behavior… jumping up and down and singing. This sort of ecstatic religious behavior is, of course, associated with religious devotion from time immemorial in virtually every culture. We happen to be living in a culture which is very restricted, unimaginative, and narrow in this regard.”

    The Sikh religion is a blend of Hinduism and Islam. The Sikhs emphasize the name of God, calling Him “Nama,” or “the Name.” Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, prayed, “In the ambrosial hours of the morn I meditate on the grace of the true Name,” and says that he was instructed by God in a vision to “Go and repeat My Name, and cause others to do likewise.”

    Rosaries are used in Buddhism. Members of Japan’s largest Buddhist order, the Pure Land sect, practice repetition of the name of the compassionate Buddha (“namu amida butsu”). Founder, Shinran Shonin says, “The virtue of the Holy Name, the gift of him that is enlightened, is spread throughout the world.” Followers believe that through the name of Buddha a worshiper is liberated from repeated birth and death and joins the Buddha in the “Pure Land.”

    Religions all over the world teach that God’s names are holy and meant to be glorified. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s humble requests to the confused and alienated American youth of the late 1960s are especially relevant today:

    “…don’t commit suicide. Take to chanting this Hare Krishna mantra, and all real knowledge will be revealed… We are not charging anything… No. It is open for everyone. Please take it… That is our request. We are begging you — don’t spoil your life. Please take this mantra and chant it wherever you like… chant, and you’ll feel ecstasy.”

    “…and you can develop (love of God) so simply. You just hallow the name of the Lord. Jesus says, ‘hallowed be Thy name, my Father.’ And we are also hallowing the name of the Lord. We don’t even demand you say ‘Krishna.’ You can say ‘Jehovah.’ You can say ‘Yahweh.’ You can chant the names of God…”

    –Srimad Bhagavatam lecture, 1972

    “If one has become a lover of God, naturally he will be detached from material enjoyment. Love of God and love of the material world cannot go together. Lord Jesus Christ never advised going for economic development, for industrial development. He sacrificed everything for God. That is one test — ‘Here is a lover of God.’ Lord Jesus Christ was punished. He was ordered, ‘Stop this preaching.’ But he did not. So that is love of God. He sacrificed everything.

    “The idea is that Lord Jesus Christ and his followers must both be, at least to some extent, at that point. That is the test. So we say that you follow any religious path. Which one doesn’t matter. We want to see whether you are a lover of God. That is our propaganda…

    “But Jesus Christ never said that he is God. He said ‘son of God.’ We have no objection to chanting the holy name of Jesus Christ. We are preaching, ‘Chant the holy name of God.’ If you haven’t got any name of God, then you can chant our conception of the name of God, Krishna. But we don’t say only Krishna…

    “And it is such a simple thing. They don’t have to go to a church or temple. It doesn’t matter if they are in hell or heaven. In any condition they can chant the holy name of God… There is no charge, there is no fee, there is no loss. If there is some gain, why not try for it?…

    “So what more do you want? Therefore let us cooperate. Don’t think that it is against Christianity or that it is sectarian. Let us cooperate fully. Jointly let us preach all over the world, ‘Chant the holy names of God.’ Let us join together. That should be the real purpose of devotees of God. My students are preaching love of God. Why should others be envious of them? We don’t say that you must chant Hare Krishna. If you have a name of God, chant it.”

    —Room conversation, London, August 14, 1971

    As to Jesus’ words: “When you pray do not repeat and repeat as the pagans do,” some Bible translations appear to be attacking chanting or praying in “vain repetition.”

    Was Jesus attacking the *method* of prayer (chanting/repeating) as being pagan, or rather the *mentality* behind the prayer?

    Matthew 6:7 suggests Jesus was attacking chanting/repeating, or praying “in vain repetition” as a pagan practice.

    However, Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 6:31-32 (in the very same chapter!): “Do not, then, be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ For on all these things pagans center their interest, while your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”

    Jesus told his followers there is no need to pray to God for material blessings or even necessities. (Matthew 6:8, 31-33; Luke 12:29-30)

    The *pagans* concern themselves with these things.

    When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, he began by teaching them to hallow God’s name, and to pray to do God’s will on earth as it is in heaven — to be a servant of God. (Matthew 6:9-13)

    This is the Hare Krishna mantra, which can roughly be translated as, “O Lord, please engage me in Your service.”

    Repetition helps keep the mind focused on God, rather than on worldly distractions.

    “Haribol” (“praise Hari!”) is the Sanskrit equivalent to “Hallelujah” (which means “praised be the name of God” in Hebrew).

    George Harrison explained his putting the chanting of Hare Krishna in his 1970 hit song, “My Sweet Lord”:

    “Well, first of all, ‘Hallelujah’ is a glorious expression the Christians have, but Hare Krishna has a mystical side to it. It’s more than just glorifying God; it’s asking to become His servant…

    “Although Christ in my mind is an absolute yogi, I think many Christian teachers today are misrepresenting Christ. They’re supposed to be representing Jesus, but they’re not doing it very well. They’re letting him down very badly, and that’s a big turn off.”

    The late Reverend Janet Regina Hyland (1933 – 2007), raised Catholic, but went on to become an evangelical minister, a vegan, and author of God’s Covenant with Animals (it’s available through People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA), wrote me on July 21, 2007:

    “I also received your paper on Krishna Consciousness and Christianity (Points of Similarity). Being familiar with Christian monasticism, I always saw many similarities between the two. When Catholics say the rosary beads, they are repeating the same prayers, over and over…

    “When I was at the Assembly of God Seminary, we would attend revival meetings at local and rural churches… ecstatic behavior pretty much defined the services.”

    • One dollar and eighty-seven cents.
      That was all. She had put it aside, one cent and then another and then
      another, in her careful buying of meat and other food. Della counted
      it three times. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day
      would be Christmas.
      There was nothing to do but fall on the bed and cry. So Della did it.
      While the lady of the home is slowly growing quieter, we can
      look at the home. Furnished rooms at a cost of $8 a week. There is little more to say about it.
      In the hall below was a letter-box too small to hold a letter. There
      was an electric bell, but it could not make a sound. Also there was a
      name beside the door: “Mr. James Dillingham Young.”
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      When the name was placed there, Mr. James Dillingham Young
      was being paid $30 a week. Now, when he was being paid only $20 a
      week, the name seemed too long and important. It should perhaps have
      been “Mr. James D. Young.” But when Mr. James Dillingham Young
      entered the furnished rooms, his name became very short indeed. Mrs.
      James Dillingham Young put her arms warmly about him and called
      him “Jim.” You have already met her. She is Della.
      Della finished her crying and cleaned the marks of it from her face.
      She stood by the window and looked out with no interest. Tomorrow
      would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy
      Jim a gift. She had put aside as much as she could for months, with this
      result. Twenty dollars a week is not much. Everything had cost more
      than she had expected. It always happened like that.
      Only $ 1.87 to buy a gift for Jim. Her Jim. She had had many happy
      hours planning something nice for him. Something nearly good enough.
      Something almost worth the honor of belonging to Jim.
      There was a looking-glass between the windows of the room. Perhaps you have seen the kind of looking-glass that is placed in $8 furnished rooms. It was very narrow. A person could see only a little of
      himself at a time. However, if he was very thin and moved very quickly,
      he might be able to get a good view of himself. Della, being quite thin,
      had mastered this art.
      Suddenly she turned from the window and stood before the glass.
      Her eyes were shining brightly, but her face had lost its color. Quickly
      she pulled down her hair and let it fall to its complete length.
      The James Dillingham Youngs were very proud of two things which
      they owned. One thing was Jim’s gold watch. It had once belonged to
      his father. And, long ago, it had belonged to his father’s father. The
      other thing was Della’s hair.
      If a queen had lived in the rooms near theirs, Della would have
      washed and dried her hair where the queen could see it. Della knew
      her hair was more beautiful than any queen’s jewels and gifts.
      If a king had lived in the same house, with all his riches, Jim would
      have looked at his watch every time they met. Jim knew that no king
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      had anything so valuable.
      So now Della’s beautiful hair fell about her, shining like a falling
      stream of brown water. It reached below her knee. It almost made itself
      into a dress for her.
      And then she put it up on her head again, nervously and quickly.
      Once she stopped for a moment and stood still while a tear or two ran
      down her face.
      She put on her old brown coat. She put on her old brown hat.
      With the bright light still in her eyes, she moved quickly out the door
      and down to the street.
      Where she stopped, the sign said: “Mrs. Sofronie. Hair Articles
      of all Kinds.”
      Up to the second floor Della ran, and stopped to get her breath.
      Mrs. Sofronie, large, too white, cold-eyed, looked at her.
      “Will you buy my hair?” asked Della.
      “I buy hair,” said Mrs. Sofronie. “Take your hat off and let me look
      at it.”
      Down fell the brown waterfall.
      “Twenty dollars,” said Mrs. Sofronie, lifting the hair to feel its
      weight.
      “Give it to me quick,” said Della.
      Oh, and the next two hours seemed to fly. She was going from
      one shop to another, to find a gift for Jim.
      She found it at last. It surely had been made for Jim and no one
      else. There was no other like it in any of the shops, and she had looked
      in every shop in the city.
      It was a gold watch chain, very simply made. Its value was in its
      rich and pure material. Because it was so plain and simple, you knew
      that it was very valuable. All good things are like this.
      It was good enough for The Watch.
      As soon as she saw it, she knew that Jim must have it. It was like
      him. Quietness and value—Jim and the chain both had quietness and
      value. She paid twenty-one dollars for it. And she hurried home with
      the chain and eighty-seven cents.
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      With that chain on his watch, Jim could look at his watch and
      learn the time anywhere he might be. Though the watch was so fine,
      it had never had a fine chain. He sometimes took it out and looked at
      it only when no one could see him do it.
      When Della arrived home, her mind quieted a little. She began to
      think more reasonably. She started to try to cover the sad marks of what
      she had done. Love and large-hearted giving, when added together, can
      leave deep marks. It is never easy to cover these marks, dear friends—
      never easy.
      Within forty minutes her head looked a little better. With her
      short hair, she looked wonderfully like a schoolboy. She stood at the
      looking-glass for a long time.
      “If Jim doesn’t kill me,” she said to herself, “before he looks at me
      a second time, he’ll say I look like a girl who sings and dances for money.
      But what could I do—oh! What could I do with a dollar and eightyseven cents?”
      At seven, Jim’s dinner was ready for him.
      Jim was never late. Della held the watch chain in her hand and
      sat near the door where he always entered. Then she heard his step in
      the hall and her face lost color for a moment. She often said little prayers
      quietly, about simple everyday things. And now she said: “Please God,
      make him think I’m still pretty.”
      The door opened and Jim stepped in. He looked very thin and he
      was not smiling. Poor fellow, he was only twenty-two—and with a family to take care of! He needed a new coat and he had nothing to cover
      his cold hands.
      Jim stopped inside the door. He was as quiet as a hunting dog when
      it is near a bird. His eyes looked strangely at Della, and there was an
      expression in them that she could not understand. It filled her with fear.
      It was not anger, nor surprise, nor anything she had been ready for. He
      simply looked at her with that strange expression on his face.
      Della went to him.
      “Jim, dear,” she cried, “don’t look at me like that. I had my hair cut
      off and sold it. I couldn’t live through Christmas without giving you a
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      gift. My hair will grow again. You won’t care, will you? My hair grows
      very fast. It’s Christmas, Jim. Let’s be happy. You don’t know what a
      nice—what a beautiful nice gift I got for you.”
      “You’ve cut off your hair?” asked Jim slowly. He seemed to labor
      to understand what had happened. He seemed not to feel sure he
      knew.
      “Cut it off and sold it,” said Della. “Don’t you like me now? I’m
      me, Jim. I’m the same without my hair.”
      Jim looked around the room.
      “You say your hair is gone?” he said.
      “You don’t have to look for it,” said Della. “It’s sold, I tell you—
      sold and gone, too. It’s the night before Christmas, boy. Be good to me,
      because I sold it for you. Maybe the hairs of my head could be counted,”
      she said, “but no one could ever count my love for you. Shall we eat
      dinner, Jim?”
      Jim put his arms around his Della. For ten seconds let us look in
      another direction. Eight dollars a week or a million dollars a year—
      how different are they? Someone may give you an answer, but it will
      be wrong. The magi brought valuable gifts, but that was not among
      them. My meaning will be explained soon.
      From inside the coat, Jim took something tied in paper. He threw
      it upon the table.
      “I want you to understand me, Dell,” he said. “Nothing like a
      haircut could make me love you any less. But if you’ll open that, you
      may know what I felt when I came in.”
      White fingers pulled off the paper. And then a cry of joy; and
      then a change to tears.
      For there lay The Combs—the combs that Della had seen in a
      shop window and loved for a long time. Beautiful combs, with jewels,
      perfect for her beautiful hair. She had known they cost too much for
      her to buy them. She had looked at them without the least hope of
      owning them. And now they were hers, but her hair was gone.
      But she held them to her heart, and at last was able to look up
      and say: “My hair grows so fast, Jim!”
      5
      O . H e n r y
      And then she jumped up and cried, “Oh, oh!”
      Jim had not yet seen his beautiful gift. She held it out to him in
      her open hand. The gold seemed to shine softly as if with her own warm
      and loving spirit.
      “Isn’t it perfect, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You’ll have
      to look at your watch a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch.
      I want to see how they look together.”
      Jim sat down and smiled.
      “Della,” said he, “let’s put our Christmas gifts away and keep them
      a while. They’re too nice to use now. I sold the watch to get the money
      to buy the combs. And now I think we should have our dinner.”
      The magi, as you know, were wise men—wonderfully wise men—
      who brought gifts to the newborn Christ-child. They were the first to
      give Christmas gifts. Being wise, their gifts were doubtless wise ones.
      And here I have told you the story of two children who were not wise.
      Each sold the most valuable thing he owned in order to buy a gift for
      the other. But let me speak a last word to the wise of these days: Of all
      who give gifts, these two were the most wise. Of all who give and receive
      gifts, such as they are the most wise. Everywhere they are the wise ones.
      They are the magi.

      • You are the most inefficient speaker I have ever come across. Please try to state something briefly that implies all of the verbage that no one has time to read. You may have some good points, but people don’t want to be belabored to long so they will not read past the first few lines.

        • What does any of that have to do with the question asked. Apparently your only objective is to Confuse and divide.
          Kanye West is reaching young men and women who may not otherwise have listened or even heard the word. Who are we to question his commitment to God or how long he will share his faith with others. That is between Christ and kanye. I for one am excited to see him leading others to Christ and maybe change their coarse or help point them in a different direction.

    • I certainly hope that Kanye West’s conversion was genuine; but, he was also told what the Bible says about new converts and not only did he reject what he was told, he encouraged his followers to react in an extremely vicious manner.

      The Bible inatructs that new converts are supposed to spend time in Bible study, prayer and with a more seasoned Christian to help them learn about there new faith.

      I strongly suspect that these new converts are just fans of his and desire to get close to him. If Mr. West’s conversion was genuine, he will have tests, trials and tribulations. This is so for all Christians. The world hated Jesus when He walked upon this Earth and it hates all genuinely, godly converts.

      Since Mr. West REJECTED the advice he was given, he is already in defiance of godly instruction from senior Christians who reached out to him.

      True Christianity IS NOT health and wealth lifestyle that is preached by charlatans out to seperate the desperate from their money and live well at the cost of the innocent, naive and desperate. Those charlatans WILL RECEIVE their just reward.

      When trials come to Mr. West and come they will, how will he be able to cope when he rejected godly advice given to him by more senior Christians? The true Christian life is one of self denial and carrying the cross of Christ.

  2. It is very hard to exhibit my Christianity faith after having to scroll down to the bottom page to get past atheist and fraud Vasu’s propaganda, and leave my comment. But of course we all should give Mr. West a chance. Who are we to judge? His salvation is between himself, GOD and Jesus, and I find it hard to believe Mr. West is doing all this as a publicity stunt. I truly believe he has accepted Jesus into his heart and soul. And because of this, he is leading thousands to the right path of following Jesus for all eternity.. May GOD bless him always…..

    • I fully agree. Exalting Jesus cannot be wrong wherever one is. West is winning non-Christians to Christ. I wish all were doing this. The churches he will be in are certainly thankful for him being there.

    • I agree with you Linda, this is between JESUS and West. For Jesus knows your heart. JESUS gave us a chance by dieing on the cross. He didn’t judge us when he died. He gave us life. Therefore, as a Christian. We should do the same as Jesus did for us.

    • Correct Linda, who are we to judge Mr. West. Praying that he is sincere with his faith in Jesus and he’s preaching bringing people into churches that have stopped believing or never believed. Someone mentioned, he’s being backed by Democratic Party I doubt that very seriously he has stated and stood his ground on Dems as total fools and those who are black need to open their eyes to the wrong this party has done to tge black communities.

    • Agree=this should show EVERYONE, time is drawing nye=Jesus is soon coming in the air to receive His body, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.

  3. I wish Kanye and his family the best and hope God keeps them safe. We need God today more than we have ever needed him in our lives. Our country is going to hell and the people are becoming more sinful where a person’s life doesn’t matter. No more morals are practice .

  4. Linda: “scroll down” is a considerable understatement! “Wade through” is more like it.
    Why these interminable screeds get published here is both annoying and puzzling. Re: West;
    his salvation is indeed, his own business, and doesn’t need reams of references to make the point.
    Why doesn’t Vasu just put all his boring carrying-on in a book and leave us alone. I’m sure this site
    was not originally intended for relentless sermonizing – but that’s what it apparently has become.
    (Besides; if gabby ol’ Vasu could get paid by the word, he could be a millionaire!)

    • Robert: I truly believe he IS getting paid by the DNC to cut and paste his propaganda, that’s why he keeps doing this to us! When I was new leaving comments, I did read his drivel. Oh heavens, what a mistake!! Believe it or not, Vasu has published books. Who read them or bought them, I have no clue.. If you need a smile, just Google his name and read his bio. A legend in his own mind….
      Several of us have complained to Culture Watch about his” novels”. I humbly requested if they wouldn’t block him, at least limit his sermons. So far, they haven’t honored our requests. Oh well…
      How your kitties doing?

      • Bella has a bit of a skin problem but is responding to treatment.
        Minniemew disappeared for two days but is back now, demanding a lot of
        attention – as usual! Fur-ball Socksy doesn’t mind the cold very much.
        It’s getting colder now so I usually wake up with three kitties on the bed!
        Re; comment about the ludicrously long-winded Vasu. I will soon be bypassing
        this site if something isn’t done about his proselytizing. He’s worse than a
        TV evangelist!

      • Vasu is one of the evil minions of the Great Satan and George Soros, and is very likely get paid by the word by one of George Soros many organizations , Move on.org , et al. they desperately want to shut down site. If the site stops or edits his posts, they will point out that it is exercising censorship and his not really a Christian site, just a bunch of right wing nuts. Let him keep posting and e ill keep scrolling past his idiotic post and eventually they ill realize they are not getting any bang for their buck

    • This guy is pest in practice while he sees himself as an elightening apostle of some sort. Doesn’t he have any friends – if he did he probably bored them into extinction of the friendship.

      • Vasu is a Brahman – a member of a family of Brahmins – the highest Hindu Caste.
        He’s a degreed guy and has written several books.
        As evidenced by his boring, lengthy entries, he may not have constipation of the brain
        but certainly has diarrhea of the word!

        BTW: The story “Gift of the Magi” printed here, is a 1905 short story by O. Henry (William Sidney Porter)
        and is considered one of the best short stories of all time.
        (Our present, ill-educated students, have probably never heard of it.)

        • Robert Armistead: I see you checked out his bio. Well, all I can say is, in GOD’s eyes, his Caste status means nothing. He is still is a hypocrite and a cheerleader for the Democratic party(UGH).
          I stopped posting on the other two sites because there is way too many haters on them. It’s one thing to have a difference of opinions, but the Leftists really become almost rabid in their remarks. So please Robert reconsider your decision on stop posting here. Just sigh and wade through Vasu’s “novels” as the rest of us do…
          I really don’t know if Vasu is also posting under “nice book” or not. But I do remember the story. It just isn’t doesn’t belong on this site.

        • Remember, the word of God says, “profession themselves to be wise, they become fools”. So much for this degreed person, without the Wisdom of Jesus Christ, you are a sounding brass and tinkling symbol.

          • Don’t get so intense, Tom. I was merely showing more info on our wordy contributor, not
            in the least way excusing or praising him.
            I have seen several posts here asking about him so I was giving them some background
            on him.
            He’s a pain in the ass but he has the right to be so! The Constitution and the Bill of Rights
            apply to us all.

          • Tom: Not to butt in, but I did tell Mr. Armistead to check out Vasu’s bio, if he needed a smile. Vasu is certainly not a Christian. He is a Hindu that is very vain.He is a legend in his own mind. So please don’t be upset at Mr. Armistead, commenting on him.
            Thank you Tom.

  5. It is important for Christians or those wanting to know more about Christianity to read Kingdom of The Cults by Dr. Walter Martin. The book explains the necessity to scale the language barrier. While other belief systems use the same names and phrases as Christians do, the definitions are quite different. Also, as Christians we should not follow other belief systems that want to take us down endless paths that reveal their theology. There is only one question to discuss; who do you say God is. Mr. West may very well be on a Christian high at this time but we will have to see where the seed lands as described in the Parable of the Sower. On the other hand I might have to look a little bit closer in the mirror to focus on what I’m seeing instead of passing judgement on Mr. West.

  6. If Kanye truly accepted Jesus as his Savior, He will spend eternity in Heaven. Whether or not his faith is real is between him and God.

  7. DEMORATS ARE HEATHENS,against Christ..in the last days good will be seen as evil and evil seen as good..the time has come and all anti American ghouls will have to answer for their evil foolishness.

    • Sam, It is not for you to judge who is saved. Jesus knows our hearts and He knows who His people are. You remind me of Jonah not wanting the people of Nineveh to come to God.

  8. He lead 1000 people to Jesus – that is the important. I stand with him and his strength for proclaiming his faith despite the lefty looneys. God bless him and keep him on the right path and leading more souls to Christ!!

  9. This is how you win a nation over to RIGHTEOUSNESS! . . . One heart at a time to Christ. The proof of conversion is in the results. Thank you Kanye West. I believe the change is “in the air” for a Christian Revival. Keep Kanye in your prayers. Many won’t like this. One Grateful Patriot. Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (keep America Great Again).

  10. Kayne, I am happy for your new life within the gospel….the Father in heaven will never leave you…Keep the faith when things get hard…🤗

  11. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have given Kanye West the time of day and expected him to do something wrong. Today I can only say that I would be pleased call Mr. West a friend. It just goes to show us that the Lord works in strange and mysterious ways. Congratulations Mr. West you will live a better life.

  12. Any one seeking God these days should be honored and respected, whatever way they wish to do so as long as it helps people. Blessings and light to him in his quest and reaching out to others is singing joyously unto the Lord.

  13. Mr. West I really hope you are sincere and you continue to speak of Jesus and God the rest of your life, it will forever fulfill your soul with the goodness of hearts aching to be with you there is no reason you cannot rap about God and his one and only begotten son, in fact they hope you do for the rest of your life, and in the end for you will be the glorious return of your soul to meet my Grandfather at the pearly gate for my Grandfather wanted to have that job and trust me he was a world war 2 vet he deserved it all the way he gave his soul to Christ and made music whenever he could he would sing Gods songs to whoever would listen I really hope you do the same sir God Bless You and all that will follow you to the heavens!

  14. Finally, a rapper doing something besides tossing fans off the stage for not saying anything bad about Trump, or being involved in shootouts, drugs and a host of other bad things. West has found God and is now the happiest he has ever been. Using his music for Christ will save millions.

  15. Their bodies were warm in the bathhouse and she became moist and receptive. Bodily fluids were exchanged and half-breeds were bequeathed upon us. Peace be upon them and praise to Allah our father in heaven who brings us good things and smites our enemies Amen.

  16. Kanye West is a born again christian, praise God.
    I didn’t read any of the other comments and I’m sure there are many from both sides of the isle and more, but this is what I know. I once was lost but now I’m forgiven, I once was a wretch but now I’m forgiven, I’m not perfect, far from it but the one who forgives me is, and His righteousness He gives to me. I not worthy, I’m forgiven. If you truly search the depths of your heart you’ll see that no your not good, God even says it “there is no one good, no not one.” But Jesus is good and holy and righteous and perfect and much more. John 3:16-18 says “For God so loved the world that He gave is only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
    People say that’s narrow how can a God of love send someone to hell, He doesn’t. He sent His Son, God in flesh, the perfect unblemished lamb of God. The only one who could pay the penalty for sin. God paid the penalty for my sin and the sins of whoever believes in Him. You see the only way someone will end up in hell is by rejecting the one who gave His life and shed His blood for the sins of those who believe. So to get to hell you have to trample the broken body and the blood of Jesus Christ. The bible says that His body was so baldy beaten that he couldn’t be recognized and you know it also says “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of (our) faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
    FOR THE JOY, I SAY IT AGAIN, FOR THE JOY!!!
    What joy could Jesus be talking about, the joy of being beaten so badly that even his own mother wouldn’t recognize him, for the joy of getting nailed to a cross, (please take the time to look up what a person would have to endure as a result of being crucified, it’s horrific.)
    So Kanye West was used by God, to bring over a thousand people to repentance, PRAISE YOU LORD JESUS. Some pastors say that the joy set before Jesus was His obedience to God the Father but I think it could possibly be all sinners who are brought to repentance, who God opens our eyes to see our own wretchedness and then wonder why God would love someone like me, and you and all who believe in the only begotten of GOD, maybe that is the joy Jesus was talking about.
    Forgive me Lord Jesus for my sins.

  17. Good for Kanye. Now that he has children, it has probably made him more thankful to God.
    And he knows he needs to be a good example.
    Leilani

  18. Kanye West has been filled with the HOLY SPIRIT and is running with it. I am praying for him to continue to grow in Christ and to use his unique position to reach as many people as possible. As soon as I read an article about his feelings on his wife wearing ultra-revealing clothing out in public I knew GOD touched him through the miracle of Fatherhood and the sacred bond that is Marriage. I’ve never been a fan and actually was very angry with him when I watched his behavior at the infamous music awards where he ruined the moment for Taylor Swift. Now I’m actually very proud of him as a fellow man and Christian. “Heavenly Father, I pray that you continue to Bless Kanye West and the rest of his family. This I pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

  19. Even LIBERAL counselors say to keep your teens involved in sports and/or religious groups and they are more likely to turn out well.

  20. I think it is just wonderful!!! I have not been to church in a long while and believe in God and knows he watches over me, BUT after this I feel so good and want to return to church. Thank you Kanye West for turning your life around. I never liked your music but always thought you were a good human being. Now I like you and your Christian Music. Bless you.

  21. Notice how the conversation went from what happened at a church service to what Vasu had to say… again in his diatribe!!

    That’s how Satan works!
    I praised God for the people who heard the gospel and responded. Everyone should do the same.

  22. JESUS Lives, and if Kanye has Him in his heart and accepted his death on the cross, and ressurection as the penalty paid for all our sin, then Kanye is Born Again! Whom am I, or anyone else for that matter to judge or determine his CHRISTianity.

  23. Bless you, Kanye. I am so happy for you, for Kim, for your children, and for all the new believers you have been instrumental in drawing to God. Once the Holy Spirit captures our heart, it is for REAL. Our whole life changes because we are given a NEW MIND and a NEW HEART, and with His GRACE we are able to forever be free and live in a daily PEACE the World Cannot Give, a PEACE only JESUS can give to us. We don’t ever want to turn back once we have believed and received Jesus’ FREE GIFT of LIFE. Full force ahead. It is going to be very exciting to see how Jesus impacts your life as you develop all your gifts and grow in character. I am enjoying seeing your spirit come alive in your recent interviews! God is working a mighty thing in you now!!!

  24. I thank God for the day I found Christ and thank him again for Mr West. Welcome brother to a new life full of joy unspeakable and full of glory. May God’s grace rests upon you and may many other find Christ through your testimony!

  25. I don’t worship God to be saved……I worship God because I have seen his love, his mercy, his power in many souls. Christ is my savior….I shall not want.
    If West can lead one man/woman to Christ, who are we to judge motive.

  26. Kanye West’s radical conversion as a Christ Follower is just one example of how God has raised up the most unlikely people to accomplish His will and to reach lost people. He has the ability to reach and influence a demographic that many in the mainstream churches would never be able to reach. I applaud and pray for his continuing journey to know and share Christ.

  27. Any Christian who doesn’t give him a chance better check their own salvation. We are Christians and not judges of someone else’s faith or salvation. God is all powerful and will save anyone who is willing to give his life to Him. Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Kanye is a complete fake and he and Donald Trump deserve each other. My guess is that he is doing this to draw attention to his narcissistic self, just like he always does. I might believe it if I see him giving some of his miliions to humanitarian causes instead of just lining his pockets. Time will tell, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be on to something else to draw attention to himself before long.

    • It must be a great gift – being able to read Mr. West’s mind and to ignore all the things President Trump has
      done for the Country. Facts don’t matter to you, do they?
      In absolute terms, you are full of the stuff people try to not step in when in the corral.

    • How do you know he’s not doing things. What have you done and maybe you should start giving instead of accusing others of what your not doing. You sound just like a liberal take take instead of working for it . This next generation are just a bunch of snot nose whining liberals that are lazy and when the older generation is gone there won’t be anybody to take care of them.

  29. Sometimes people really surprise me to the point of laughing till blue in the face.
    Right now the democrats are insulting America any way they can.
    Kayne just proved there is something we all should be listening to.

  30. Praise Hashem and Yeshua. If Yeshua can come to me and accept me as his sister when I attended a Catholic school (the only private school where we lived) , Who fought everything the Catholic School taught then he can take a rap singer and bring him to himself. Kayne may just retire from the Music scene and become a preacher Just give him a chance. Hashem is still in the Miracles trade.

    Romans 1:16
    A Jew for Jesus

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