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Christian Rapper Is Crunk For Christ

UPDATED: Monday, April 21, 2014 – 6:12pm
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If you met Jacksonville Native Stephen I. Crow Jr. today, you'd never guess where he came from. "I barely survived to be honest with you. There were times I looked death right in the face," said Crow. He said it all started when his parents split up. He was 12 years old, and he said he "got real rebellious and just seemed to be angry at the whole world." Crow went from a honor roll student, to someone who didn't care about school at all. "Divorce seems to be common these days, but it had a high affect on me, it really had a big impact on me in a bad way," said Crow.

Music had always been a huge part of Crow's life. "Around that time I was introduced to gangster-rap music. I could really relate to that drive they had in them, it was almost like an anger," said Crow. Because of the absence of his dad, he said rap music raised him. Crow said the music influenced the drugs, violence, and eventually, he ended up in jail.

However, in the darkness, he found the light. "Right at that moment when I was like this is over for me, you know, the guard came around the corner, he had a letter for me from my little sister it was all about Jesus and she told me Jesus wanted to give me another chance," said Crow. Since that day, his heart has been forever changed. He has been an ordained minister for three years, and says God encourages him to use music for ministry. "He said you love rap music, and you can take my word, and your story, your testimony, and share it through rap music," said Crow. The rapper now performs at churches, concerts, and Christian night clubs.

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China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years

By , Liushi, Zhejiang province
2:00PM BST 19 Apr 2014
The Telegraph

It is said to be China’s biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance – not to the Communist Party, but to the Cross.

The 5,000-capacity Liushi church, which boasts more than twice as many seats as Westminster Abbey and a 206ft crucifix that can be seen for miles around, opened last year with one theologian declaring it a “miracle that such a small town was able to build such a grand church”.

The £8 million building is also one of the most visible symbols of Communist China’s breakneck conversion as it evolves into one of the largest Christian congregations on earth.

“It is a wonderful thing to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It gives us great confidence,” beamed Jin Hongxin, a 40-year-old visitor who was admiring the golden cross above Liushi’s altar in the lead up to Holy Week.

“If everyone in China believed in Jesus then we would have no more need for police stations. There would be no more bad people and therefore no more crime,” she added.

Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied.

Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao’s death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world’s number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation.

“By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon,” said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.

“It is going to be less than a generation. Not many people are prepared for this dramatic change.”

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DJ Noble Interviews No Malice On Album

Interview on Urban 1:1 about No Malice's album, "Hear Ye Him." Mike Etheridge joined him on the set to talk his journey and inspiration that helped lead No Malice to Christ.

Local Rap Artist Spreads The 411 On Jesus

JACKSONVILLE — "I have seen things in my life that would make Dr. Phil crazy," Jacksonville native, ordained minister and aspiring rap artist Stephen I. Crow Jr. said with a laugh. "That's why I don't label my music specifically as "Christian rap" — yes, Christians who love rap can listen and hopefully be uplifted, but I truly want and am trying to bring the word and Jesus' message to people who may never have heard it or don't believe it's for them. People who are lost aren't Christians — I know, I was lost once, too, but I'm hear to tell them, yes, it is for you. God's love changed me, even after I lived a life that would make Dr. Phil crazy."

The 26-year-old, who raps under the moniker Stephen I, admits to a checkered past including drug use, abuse, jail time and even gang-related violence that left him in a coma for a short time.

"I was living the kind of life the rappers were rappin' about," he recalls. "I went from being a straight A student to the 'thug life' and yes, I ended up in jail. Those songs I let define who I was at the time left out a lot of details about the consequences of that kind of life.

"I was in jail long enough to realize I had burned every bridge, squandered every opportunity I'd had. I had no hope.

"But, as they say, the good Lord moves in mysterious ways," Crow continued, voice catching with emotion. "My little sister was attending church at the time and she had written me a letter, wanting to share all the good news she was learning about Jesus, and I guess I was ready to hear it because it really just clicked for me and I understood He was the only one who could help me out of the huge hole I'd dug for myself. I just felt filthy.

"I cried out. His love lifted me, healed me."

Crow remembers it wasn't long after that he began to feel compelled to write his rap lyrics down.

"I'd never done that before," he confessed. "I've always loved music and rap music, especially. I played around with writing songs before that, but I never committed anything to paper."

It was after his first rap performance at the New Jerusalem Church in Jacksonville that he finally knew where God was leading him.

"I'd been high (chemically) before then, but that night I was so high on the Holy Spirit I drove right past my own driveway," he joked. "It was awesome."

Flash forward to the present date, Crow has performed many concerts at area civic events, youth activities and local churches and is getting ready to release his first uplifting rap album, titled "Throne Room Music." Free music downloads are available at www.meeknessmusic.com.

"I've never stopped loving the rap music genre — I just have a much better message to share now," he said. "I want to use my gifts, the ones that God gave me, to reach out to people and let them know there is hope. If He can save me, he can save you."

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