September 1, 2017
Hot Off The Christian News Wire: September 2017
By Kelly Wise Valdes
Actor Kelsey Grammer Shares How He Overcame Alcohol Addiction Through Jesus
Christian actor Kelsey Grammer recently shared how he overcame his alcohol addiction with God’s help. The actor has had a very tragic life in many ways. When he was 13, his father was killed during a home invasion. Later, his younger sister was raped and murdered. Still another tragedy occurred when Grammer’s two half-brothers were killed in a scuba diving accident.
Grammer shared that, without God, he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the pain of these tragic events. “It’s a pain that you can always stumble into again—it’s with you 24/7, especially in the case of tragic death, and there have been a few of those. It’s just part of life,” said Grammer in a Christian Broadcast News interview. “Maybe I learned a little earlier than most, but it’s just the way it goes.”
Grammer’s drug and alcohol addiction became so bad that he spent time in prison for driving drunk. It was during this dark time that he gave his life to Christ, and through Jesus’ power, turned his life around. “As a Christian, we always fail because we can’t become Christ,” the now 62-year-old said. “But I can try to at least emulate the best qualities, even if I may fall short.”
Faith-Based Film, I Can Only Imagine, Being Released In Theatres
Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman star in the Jon and Andrew Erwin-directed drama, along with Priscilla Shirer, Madeline Carroll and J. Michael Finley.
I Can Only Imagine follows the true story of Bart Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, and how he wrote what is now the most-played radio single in Christian music history.
The Erwin brothers are responsible for other faith-based fare, including Woodlawn.
I Can Only Imagine is set to be released in March 2018. Coming on the heels of the faith-based box-office hit The Shack, I Can Only Imagine is expected to draw a large audience nationwide. For more information, visit www.icanonlyimagine.com
Plane Crash Survivor Wows Crowd With Have A Little Faith In Me
Kechi Okwuchi brought the crowd to their feet the first time she auditioned for the judges on the popular television show, America’s Got Talent. Okwuchi has a very unique story: when she was 16 years old she survived a horrific plane crash that claimed the lives of 107 people. In fact, Okwuchi was one of only two survivors of the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 plane crash in Nigeria. Okwuchi and her family moved to Texas in 2007 for treatment at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston. She’s undergone more than 100 surgeries. She credits her faith in God for getting her through the tough times she has endured.
Now, Okwuchi is in her second round of auditions on America’s Got Talent stage where she was singing John Hiatt’s “Have a Little Faith in Me.” The emotion and intensity in her voice impressed the judges.
Okwuchi earned a standing ovation from Simon Cowell, Howie Mandell and much of the crowd. Many were in tears. Mandell called her “one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met in my life.”
“There’s more than even you know you’re capable of,” Cowell said. To follow her performances, visit her Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/OfficialKechi.