Search

BCNN1 WP

Black Christian News Network | Wordpress Edition

Category

Entertainment

LISTEN: Harvard and Yale Graduate Courtney B. Vance Realized he Needed the Lord (Gospel Light Minute #219 with Daniel Whyte III)


He is an actor who is respected amongst his colleagues and praised as one of the best in the entertainment industry. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts and later attended Yale School of Drama to earn his Master of Fine Arts. He is notable for his roles in the feature films “Hamburger Hill” and “The Hunt for Red October,” the television series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” in which he played Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver, and “The People v. O. J. Simpson,” in which he played Johnnie Cochran. For the latter, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He guest starred on the TNT series “The Closer as Chief Tommy Delk” from 2010–11. In 2013, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in “Lucky Guy.”

Along with being an actor, he is a dedicated husband to actress Angela Bassett; a father to twins, son Slater Josiah Vance and daughter Bronwyn Golden Vance; and a contributor to society. Faith plays a big role in his life. When he was cast as Reverend Henry Biggs in “The Preacher’s Wife,” he felt an overwhelming need to get in touch with his faith. He said: “I knew I wasn’t going to get into that role without coming to the Lord. I had been trying to do that my whole life. My family was raised in the church and then we stopped going to church when I was about nine or ten – so I was on that search. I didn’t really understand how much I needed my faith until I got married. Two become one – it’s a mystery and I needed help and to know how to do it.” Through counseling, service, and scripture, he gave his life to the Lord and got baptized at a historic Harlem, New York, church.

When asked how faith played a role in his acting journey, he said: “The difficult thing is viewing things from God’s eyes. From his perspective a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. So I have learned to look at the pauses in between, God is working something out and for me not to worry about it and for me to continue work. Just like a farmer is not standing over his seedlings waiting for them to grow. He is busy getting things done, preparing for that time when it’s time to harvest because when it’s time to harvest and you’re not prepared then you’re in trouble. It’s all about preparation and perceived blessings. I’m just trying to be prepared.”

To excel in having a relationship with God, he said: “[God] is asking us to let Him in and if we let Him in, He will give us the desires of our heart and ‘open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing we don’t have room enough to receive.’ That’s ours; that’s the promise.”

His name is Courtney B. Vance.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Courtney B. Vance gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!

Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films Sued by Family of Man Depicted By Denzel Washington In “The Great Debaters”

Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films has been sued by the family of Melvin B. Tolson, who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2007 film “The Great Debaters.”

Continue reading “Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films Sued by Family of Man Depicted By Denzel Washington In “The Great Debaters””

4 Reasons You Should Watch the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards With Co-Hosts Erica Campbell, Anthony Brown

(PHOTO: STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS INSTAGRAM)
Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, and Jekalyn Carr to perform at the 32nd annual Stellar Awards show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 25, 2017.

For over three decades the Stellar Awards have served as the premier gospel music event that honors those who’ve made an impact on the industry each year. Along with the awards given to the best in gospel entertainment come performances from notable voices in the industry. Continue reading “4 Reasons You Should Watch the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards With Co-Hosts Erica Campbell, Anthony Brown”

Kierra Sheard Gets Transparent: Gospel Singer Opens Up About Unhealthy Relationships, Plastic Surgery, and Allowing Emotions to Rule Over Wisdom

(PHOTO: BET NETWORKS)
Kierra Sheard is appearing on Centric TV’s “Being” March 25, 2017.

Gospel singer Kierra Sheard comes from generations of renowned worshipers, but that doesn’t mean she’s afraid of exposing the dirty details of her personal life that might help save souls when the music stops. Continue reading “Kierra Sheard Gets Transparent: Gospel Singer Opens Up About Unhealthy Relationships, Plastic Surgery, and Allowing Emotions to Rule Over Wisdom”

Chris Brown To Guest Star on “Black-ish”

Chris Brown will appear on next week’s new episode of the hit ABC sitcom Black-ish. Entertainment Weekly reported this week that Brown will guest star as a “popular rapper” named Rich Youngsta, who lands an advertising campaign with Dre (Anthony Anderson). Here’s an early peek from the set:

Continue reading “Chris Brown To Guest Star on “Black-ish””

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Attend Funeral for his Cousin’s 1-Year-Old Son, Avery

Image via Getty

Kanye and Kim were photographed in Los Angeles attending the funeral for the rapper’s cousin’s 1-year-old son. The couple appeared somber as they made their way into the church dressed in all black.

Continue reading “Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Attend Funeral for his Cousin’s 1-Year-Old Son, Avery”

Forest Whitaker to Help Create Angela Davis Biopic

Angela Davis’ upcoming biopic has added another producer. Continue reading “Forest Whitaker to Help Create Angela Davis Biopic”

Tamela Mann, Travis Greene, Shirley Caesar and Others Lead 2017 Stellar Music Awards Nominees

Travis Greene performs at Rialto Center for the Arts on Jan. 14, 2017 in Atlanta. (Erika Goldring/WireImage)

For more than 30 years the Stellar Gospel Music Awards have built a reputation as the premier gospel event of the year. By spotlighting both the traditional artists who laid the genre’s foundation and the newcomers who have shepherded its growth, the program, helmed by founder Don Jackson, has bolstered the careers of gospel’s most talented acts. The 32nd annual awards, set for March 25 at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena (and airing April 9 at 6 p.m. ET on TV One) will continue to serve that legacy, with the following 10 artists earning the most nominations this year. Continue reading “Tamela Mann, Travis Greene, Shirley Caesar and Others Lead 2017 Stellar Music Awards Nominees”

Christian Faith of “Dancing With the Stars” Contestants Simone Biles and Rashad Jennings Shines

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars returned for its 24th season this week and athletes Simone Biles and Rashad Jennings finished at the top of the leader board. Continue reading “Christian Faith of “Dancing With the Stars” Contestants Simone Biles and Rashad Jennings Shines”

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑