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Singer Rachael Lampa Thought She Was Done With Music – But God Had Other Plans



Singer Rachael Lampa shot to stardom in the early 2000s, releasing numerous hit songs and albums, but, at 20 years old, she decided to walk away from it all.

After years of remaining out of the spotlight and, at moments, taking on more minor roles as a background singer, Lampa now finds herself once again making music. She even landed a K-LOVE Fan Award earlier this year for her single “Perfectly Loved,” something she said was unexpected.

“If there’s a definition of ‘caught off guard,’ that was it,” she recently told CBN Digital of her win. “I just was so sure that it wasn’t going to happen … but insanely grateful.”

It’s a return Lampa never really thought would unfold — and one she didn’t intentionally orchestrate.

Lampa’s early experience in music
The singer reflected on the origins of her career at age 14, when she found herself on the road and in the studio, very literally growing up in the public eye. The process of being a well-known Christian singer while navigating the perils of being a teen wasn’t always easy.

“[I was] trying to make sense of growing up, getting to know who I am, but also like jumping on interviews and trying to pretend I know who I am,” Lampa said.

Now 38, Lampa said she has had a very different experience this time around, describing the entire process of being “sweet, and redeeming, and refreshing.”

“I just am able to show up in an honest way and in a way where I don’t have to put anything on,” she said. “I don’t have to feel like I have to … strive for like everyone’s acceptance and everyone’s love. And there’s much more peace.”

Of course, many people want to know why Lampa chose to walk away from a busy and successful music contract years ago. Those questions aren’t new, though; she said it’s something people openly questioned at the time, asking her if she was sure about her decision.

Why she walked away
“I was 20, 21ish, and it was the time when a lot of my friends from high school were just stepping into what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives,” Lampa said. “And, for me, I was stepping out of what I thought I would be doing for the rest of my life.”

At the time, she had no definitive plan of what came next, though she said she knew it wasn’t a hiatus or a sabbatical; it was something much deeper.

“It was just a straight-up, like, ‘I don’t have peace right now. I feel very anxious. I feel lots of pressure. I don’t know what my voices, what their voices are, what God’s voice is. I can’t tell any of it apart,’” Lampa said, expressing her confusion at the time. “So, when I stopped, I literally was like, ‘I don’t know what’s next.’”

She said her first job after music was to become a nanny, taking on the role to try something polar opposite to what she’

She said her first job after music was to become a nanny, taking on the role to try something polar opposite to what she’d been doing. In the following years, Lampa said “yes” to many random opportunities — and she credited the experience with teaching her multiple lessons along the way.

“One of the things that got restored a lot in that time was the gift of music,” she said. “I realized what I used to love, what used to give me peace when I was so young, so small — before I even realized that there are careers out there to sing for the Lord — I would just sing in my room … and I felt connected to God, like even as a young, young kid.”

Lampa said that love for music and its role in her connection to faith was restored during her decade-long break. She added, “[I realized] I can just sing and just enjoy music, just to spend time with God and not have this big pressure to go change the world with it, honestly.”

Beyond that, Lampa was also able to spend more time with family and friends, calling the entirety of the experience “peaceful.”

Helping the homeless and incarcerated
One of the other efforts Lampa has engaged in over recent years is her family’s ministry, People Loving Nashville, an effort to feed the homeless and minister to the incarcerated.

“My older brother, my little sister, my little brother, we all are part of this together, and my oldest brother started it,” she said. “It has grown like crazy, which is so funny, because, for the longest time, we were just like trying to just keep it grassroots.”

But what started as a simple operation scrounging together money to buy food for the homeless in downtown Nashville has turned into what she described as a “big block party” that serves the homeless and those in need every week.

“Anybody that gets in line … gets fed,” Lampa said. “It went from 10 people, to 100 people, to, I think, it’s about 500 a night now.”

The singer called her involvement in the effort “life-changing.” Lampa specifically noted the transformation she experienced ministering to women in prison as part of People Loving Nashville.

She shares the Gospel message and comes alongside them to meet them where they are.

“It was just this really beautiful, healing time of, like, just walking with people in what … they’re going through, whether they’re fighting for custody, whether they’re trying to get out, whether they’re trying to cope with the fact that they’re not going to get out,” Lampa said. “It’s just showing up for people.”

Why she wrote ‘Perfectly Loved’
As it turns out, the experience is why she wrote “Perfectly Loved,” a song that has deeply resonated and led to her K-LOVE Award Win.

“I was not planning on doing music ever again,” Lampa said.

But God had other plans. The roots of her return to music set while she was telling friends in her small group how powerful it was seeing incarcerated women hear about God’s love and instantaneously be moved by the message. They encouraged her to take her experience and create music around it.

“They’re like, ‘You gotta write that song! You gotta write that song!” she said.

Lampa did just that. The song became instantaneously popular, and she ended up back on stage — again, a place she never thought she’d be. It’s a testament to God moving in our lives when we let Him.


Christian Singer Mac Powell Tried Country, But Says He Knew He’d Come Back to Jesus Music



When Mac Powell left his role as the frontman for the Christian band Third Day, he tried his hand at country — an itch he’d been eager to scratch for years — but ultimately, he said, it left him unfulfilled.

The “Soul on Fire” singer-songwriter recently spoke with CBN Digital about how his career has evolved since Third Day — a Grammy-winning mainstay in the Christian rock genre — disbanded in 2018 after 25 years together.

When he first left Third Day, Powell did something he’d always wanted to do: he made a country album.

“That was like scratching an itch I had for a long time,” he explained. “Once Third Day was over, I finally had a chance to do that, but I always knew I was gonna be in Christian music. That’s where I feel comfortable. I love singing about Jesus and sharing my faith through my music.”

Powell released his first solo Christian album, “New Creation,” in 2021. The success of that record ultimately led the 50-year-old singer to launch a tour, and he’s been on the road since.

He is finishing up a fall tour and, after Thanksgiving week, will join K-LOVE’s “Celebrate Christmas” tour beginning Nov. 29. And, starting early next year, Powell will join fellow Christian artist TobyMac on his “Hits Deep” tour, featuring other singers like Jon Reddick, Cory Asbury, and Tasha Layton.

As for his new holiday music, Powell just released an EP, “Christmas.” The five-track album includes holiday mainstays as well as a couple new songs, like “Christmas Time Again My Friend,” which he cowrote with his daughter Scout and her husband, Alec, both of whom are currently traveling with him.

“Man, what a privilege to have my baby girl out on the road with me and my son-in-law,” Powell said of Scout, who plays bass, and Alec, who plays drums. “We’re having a blast.”

He later added, “I’m kind of reliving how I started out through them again. I’m getting that freshness again of getting to see the joy and excitement that they have. Not that it’s gotten old on my by any means; it’s still exciting to be able to do that. But now to be able to bring them in and experience it again with them for the first time, it’s a really special time.”

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‘Praise God!’: Miss Kay Gets Emotional After ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star’s Latest Project Stuns Hollywood



“Duck Dynasty” star Miss Kay Robertson recently became emotional while discussing the stunning success of “The Blind,” the feature film telling the real-life story of life with husband Phil Robertson.

Robertson spoke with CBN Digital on the heels of “The Blind” raking in more than $16.8 million to become the most successful film in Fathom Events history, expressing her joy at getting to share her personal story of God changing her husband’s heart.

The “Duck Dynasty” matriarch said she recently “teared up” while talking to her son, Willie Robertson, about the movie’s success, and often finds herself getting emotional pondering God’s goodness at how positive and incredible her story ended up.

“It’s just amazing,” she said. “I just can’t believe it. … I knew that if people could hear it, see it, learn the story, that we could help people, and so far you wouldn’t believe how many responses we’ve had about marriages that were broken, they’re going back together, they’re trying to make it work.”

Robertson added, “We’ve heard over, and over, and over good things that have come from it — people that have come to Jesus that never would [had they not] seen that movie.”

She also responded to reports of scores of baptisms among recovering addicts and those struggling with poverty after these individuals have watched “The Blind,” expressing her elation over how God has used the film.

“The Lord is just doing more things than I ever thought could happen through our movie,” Robertson said.

As CBN Digital previously reported, “The Blind” certainly pulls on viewers’ heartstrings. Long before their A&E glory days, the Robertsons struggled in their marriage, with Phil finding himself lost, aloof, disconnected from his wife and children, womanizing, and dependent on alcohol. The movie dives deep into these realities.

Phil’s journey of leaving the mess behind and embracing Jesus — and Kay’s quest to forgive — provide the heartbeat behind “The Blind.”

The matriarch told CBN Digital she remembers feeling “completely hopeless” before Phil found Jesus and turned his life around.

“Praise God, it all worked out and [my kids] wound up with a good dad and it did work out,” she said, encouraging fans to realize God operates “in His time.”

“[God] did do exactly what I wanted him to do but, it took 10 years and I know other people that have lived through it a lot longer than I have — longer than 10 years,” Robertson said. “I know He’s in control.”

As for why she and her family decided to candidly tell their story in “The Blind,” Robertson said she believes it’s important to be honest and truthful — even about life struggles.

“Once I take off and tell, it’s almost like you’ve been freed of something, like Satan wanted that hidden in you and you to be ashamed of it,” she said. “And all of a sudden, then the Lord said, ‘No, tell it, and help somebody else.’”

Robertson said sharing the story and helping others has made it feel as though she “won a victory.”

“The Blind” was released on digital Nov. 3 and will be released on Nov. 14 on DVD/Blu-ray.

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Deliverance ministers, wives share their view of women in ministry



NEW YORK — Deliverance ministers featured in the film “The Domino Revival” and their wives recently shared their views of women in ministry and leadership roles, saying they should be able to serve in whatever capacity God calls them to.

Jenny Weaver, who leads an online mentorship program with her husband, Stephen, called The Core Group that has about 18,000 members, has become a well-known preacher. She recently spoke with The Christian Post about some of the backlash she’s received for her ministry at the premiere of “The Domino Revival” which has an encore showing in select theaters on Nov. 13.

“In the Bible, we see women moving in ministry all the time. It’s very natural,” Jenny Weaver told CP at last month’s premiere of “The Domino Revival.” “Actually, it says that when Jesus was moving, it [the Bible] says, ‘the women came together and they took from their resources, and they poured into Jesus.’”

“Women literally supported that very first Jesus movement,” she added. Without all the women coming alongside Jesus and pushing and propelling Him and helping, we don’t know what would have happened. So I love that Jesus; He cared for women. He had women doing things, it was beautiful.

“To me, this is the Bible, and I don’t sit around and argue with people back and forth all over social media,” she said about debates over complementarianism and egalitarianism. “All I’m going to do is the assignment in front of me.”

Her husband, Stephen Weaver, added, “Our whole goal is to see people saved, set free, delivered. It takes a strong man to support his wife. She can do just the same thing as I can do, and she’s doing the will of the Lord, so that’s what it’s all about.”

While women can and do serve in a variety of roles within churches, one of the debates within and among denominations is whether women can serve in the office of pastor.

Complementarians believe that women are forbidden from holding certain offices in the Church. Egalitarians insist that Scripture does not warrant such restrictions.

The Christian apologetics site Got Questions says the question about whether women can serve as pastors is the most asked question they receive. The site explains that, according to the complementarian view, “God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions of spiritual teaching authority in the church. This does not imply men are better teachers or that women are inferior or less intelligent. It is simply the way God designed the church to function.”

Among the verses cited by Christians who oppose women serving as pastors comes from the book of Timothy, which it states:

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. (1 Timothy 2:11-14).

Got Questions further notes that the Bible details many accounts of women serving as leaders, just not as pastors:

In Romans 16:1, Phoebe is called a “deacon” (or “servant”) in the church and is highly commended by Paul. But, as with Priscilla, there is nothing in Scripture to indicate that Phoebe was a pastor or a teacher of men in the church.

Many women excel in gifts of hospitality, mercy, teaching, evangelism, and helping/serving. Much of the ministry of the local church depends on women. Women in the church are not restricted from public praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5), only from having spiritual teaching authority over men. The Bible nowhere restricts women from exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women, just as much as men, are called to minister to others, to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23), and to proclaim the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:18–20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).

There are several theologically conservative Protestant denominations that do allow women to hold the office of pastor and others that do not. To read short, non-comprehensive lists of those that do.

In their interview with CP last month, Greg Locke, senior pastor of Global Vision Bible Church and his wife, Taisha, did not specifically address the topic of female pastors, but said he and his wife champion women in ministry.

“Women in ministry is so important for revival because you see Kingdom marriages,” Taisha told CP. “That’s what revival is really about — revival is about your home, revival is about your marriage, it’s about your children. It’s about what happens when we leave the church on Sunday.

Taisha Locke added that it’s important for women to see role models serving in ministries and at churches. “To look at them and say, ‘I can serve the Lord and still be a good wife and still be a good mom,” she said. “For years we’ve seen people choose one or the other. When really you can do all of that.”

Ibelize Pagani, wife of Senior Pastor Alexander Pagani of Amazing Church in Bronx, New York, echoed Taisha Locke, adding, “Women need to see other women being impacted and moving in God, [because] normally you see more men.”

“The Domino Revival” documentary highlights Mike Signorelli’s journey into ministry and how revival has broken out in various ministries in recent years. Those featured in the film include Julie Signorelli, Isaiah Saldivar, Alexander Pagani, Vlad Savchuk, Greg and Taisha Locke, Stephen and Jenny Weaver, Ryan Lestrange, Jeremiah Johnson and Mark Driscoll, among others.
Sources:Christian Post

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