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Kayla Koslosky

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ABC News’ chief legal correspondent Dan Abrams is launching a new streaming service which will live stream Christian sermons. 

According to a report from an online outlet called The Hill, Ambo TV will be launching in November and its goal is to broadcast “Christian sermons with an in-studio discussion.”

According to a statement from Abram’s new company Mediaite, Ambo TV, which also means Pulpit TV, is expected to feature continuous and simultaneous sermons on Saturdays and Sundays, along with added commentary throughout the day.

CBN News reports that Ambo TV has already secured partnerships with Victory Church in Tulsa and the multi-site Fresh Light Church, in Montana who will be streaming their sermons on Ambo TV.

“The network will be hosted out of the newly built Abrams Media studios in Herald Square in New York City, and viewers will be able to engage with other viewers in a live-chat feature through the programs,” the company’s statement reads.

Yale Divinity School graduate Brooke Girley is set to lead the streaming network which she described as an “inspirational network for younger Christians” that is “long overdue.”

“Ambo TV will allow viewers to watch compelling sermons, in real time, from pastors of my generation and discuss them with other viewers from around the world,” she said. “This is the type of network many of us have been waiting for, and I’m thrilled to be a part of creating it.”

Abrams’ long-term goal is for Ambo TV to expand broadcast past the weekend and to have sermons play throughout the week.

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The Hills Church revealed on Sunday that Patrick Garcia would be their new lead pastor, despite his controversial firing from the Crossroads Christian Church in Indiana two months ago.

The Hills Church, which according to The Christian Post, was created by former Crossroads leaders and members, announced Garcia’s arrival as he walked out onto the church stage to a standing ovation.

"Thank you so much. It is such an honor to be here,” Garcia said as he walked to center stage. 

“It is an honor to be a part of this family. And it doesn't go without saying that we stand on the shoulders of so many of you including Rick and Dave and Darryl who took steps of faith early on to start this thing and so we've got to give credit where credit is due. And so thank you for stepping out in faith guys," Garcia, 31, said.

In August, Garcia was fired from the Crossroads Christian Church after elders accused him of being inexperienced and power-hungry and wanting "complete control."

According to The Christian Post, Garcia told them in an interview on Monday, that he had philosophical differences with the elders about leadership and purpose, noting, “When you get down to the heart of it that's what it was.”

Garcia continued, "Am I an inexperienced leader? To a degree. Yeah. I mean I'm 31 years old. I was working with guys on the Crossroads board who had been elder longer than I've been alive. So sure that statement is true but for leaders to get better, leaders have to be learners.”

"I have never claimed to be a perfect leader. I have made mistakes and I have flaws but I am somebody who is determined to learn from my mistakes and to be self-aware and to surround myself with a team that is smarter than me and has a different set of skillset than I do and that was one thing that really attracted me to The Hills because this is a team that I not only know and I have worked with but we complement each other fairly well and this is a team with a lot of integrity, loyalty; we've got each other's backs," he said.

At The Hills Church, Garcia has reunited with former Crossroads pastor Rick Kyle, who like Garcia was fired from the church, and pastors, Darryl Marin and David Bowersox, who resigned in protest.

Photo courtesy: Keagan Henman/Unsplash

Video courtesy: The Hills Church

A group of people, who used to identify as LGBTQ+, are preparing to take to the Los Angeles streets to declare the transformative power of Jesus’ love.

On November 4, the group will host a Freedom March that, according to CBN News, will feature worship, praise, and testimonials from former homosexual, bisexual, and transgender individuals. 

The group hosted their first march in May of this year in Washington D.C. 

At the D.C. march, the group welcomed two survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, who shared testimonies of how they left their LGBT lifestyles behind after the attack.

"Going through old pictures of the night of Pulse, I remember my struggles of perversion, heavy drinking to drown out everything and having promiscuous sex that led to HIV," Luis Ruiz told CBN News

"It wasn't a gay to straight thing. It was a lost to a saved thing. Someone encountered me and told me how much God would change me if I stopped doing it on my own strength. If I fall in love with Christ, he would do everything else," he continued.

The founder and CEO of the Freedom March, Jeffrey McCall, who was a former prostitute who lived as a transwoman named Scarlet, told CBN News that he wants to create a space where former LGBTQ+ people can be heard.  The outlet said, McCall “wants the world to know that you can change your lifestyle, no matter who you are.”

McCall said, "I wanted to have a march where everyone who came out of homosexual or transgender lives could come together, to have an event to hear each other's stories and also to have an event to speak on the freedoms we found through Jesus Christ.”

Several of the participants in the Freedom March was recently followed by filmmaker MJ Nixon, who created a documentary called Here’s My Heart: A Documentary of Surrendering to FreedomIn the documentary, MJ spotlights 12 former LGBTQ+ individuals, including herself, and shares each person’s transformation in Christ.

Photo courtesy: David Whittaker/Pexels

Video courtesy: Here's My Heart