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Casting Crowns Mark Hall says he has taken the liberty of creating your shopping list for the week. Mark shared a picture of all 13 of the bands CDs along with the text: Do You Have Them?

Casting Crowns Mark Hall has released a short kidney update video and apparently doctors want him to make a few changes in his diet. He said: The kidney that I still have isn't doing so hot so, apparently, to get it better, I need to stop eating meat, ketchup, and other things men eat. Mark had one kidney removed back in March after doctors found a cancerous mass. While the surgery was a success it sound like Mark is finding that the limitations of life with just one kidney are a little more limiting than he had hoped.

The members of Finding Favour shared a special painting over the weekend. It was a painting inspired by the band's song Cast My Cares. It was created by artist Heather Ivy

A close call for Colton Dixon. He shared online: When you accidentally turn your hair blue. The accompanying picture proved that he did indeed have bluish sliver hair. However, the news gets better. Colton says he was able to get it out, adding: Thanks Color Opps.

An emotional moment for Tenth Avenue North's Mike Donehey. He recently opened his journal after leaving on another flight and found that his daughter had left me two pages of drawings. Mike added: I cried most of the trip.

Tenth Avenue North is out with a new 30 minute documentary. The project titled Credit 2 - United Still looks at the bands latest tour. Watch the entire documentary by clicking on the link at

Worship leader Paul Baloche was in Manila over the weekend for a special worship leaders conference. During the event he shared a short click leading worship in front of those in attendance. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Josh Wilson is out with a guitar tutorial for his song That Was Then, This is Now. Learn to play the latest song from Josh by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace is out with a new video dedicated to all the fighters in her listening audience. Jamie called the video "what not to say to a sick person". It's based on her experiences as she deals with Tourette Syndrome. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Matthew West's song “Do Something” was the Theme Song For Glenn Beck’s Restoring Unity Event over the weekend. Matthew appeared in Birmingham, Alabama in front of thousands during the Restoring Unity event, performing his song “Do Something.” Restoring Unity is a two-day event led by Glenn in support of his non-profit organization, Mercury One. The event also included a march by a crowd estimated at more than 20,000 people, taking the historic civil rights route from Kelly Ingram Park to Birmingham City Hall. Check out Matthew's performance by clicking on the link at

for King and Country will be part of the Aloft Hotels 2015 Tour, joining four other artists in touring the country this fall. Hotel officials are billing the event as five artists, five cities, and 25 nights of incredible music taking place between in late September and early October.

Ellie Holcomb says it's not to early to begin preparing for Christmas. She and her husband Drew will bring their annual Christmas show to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville this December and tickets are now available. Ellie tweeted: It's Christmas in August guys! You can put on a scarf, pretend it's winter, and buy tickets for our Christmas show today!

The Southern California Harvest Crusade was held over the weekend and A New Beginning Speaker Greg Laurie is reporting a great response. Friday night alone 28,000 people attended the conference at Angels stadium in Anaheim and Greg says 2,294 people made professions of faith to follow Jesus Christ. Saturday the attendance nearly doubled, with 45,000 joining Greg at the crusade and 4,670 responding to the invitation to commit to Christ. But don't worry if you weren't able to attend live in Southern California or watch online. You can watch each night of the festival, including music by Third Day, Jeremy Camp, Lecrae, Phil Wickham, and more, by clicking on the link at Christian Artist

6 things the happiest families all have in common
1) They Create A Family Mission Statement
2) They Share Your Family History
3) They Hold Weekly Family Meetings
4) They learn How To Fight Right
5) They Have Family Dinner Together… Any Time Of The Day
6) They Try

The 10 most filling foods for weight loss
Baked potato
Bean soup
Greek yogurt
Wheat berries

5 Signs of a Bad Marriage from iMom:
1. You’re rude to each other.
2. You disrespect each other in front of your children.
3. You assume the worst about each other.
4. You don’t like spending time together.
5. You argue instead of discuss.

For many in Nepal, the earthquake isn’t over. According to Mission Network News, More than three million people are still living in temporary shelters in the midst of torrential monsoon rains. There are also frequent aftershocks. According to National Seismological Center, since the 7.8 magnitude quake hit on April 25th, there have been over 380 aftershocks above magnitude 4. The real problem is that only 8 out of 75 districts were badly affected by the quake. In the 18 weeks since the disaster struck, the government appears to have lost a sense of urgency.

An Egyptian Christian who was arrested in early August for handing out Bibles to Muslims at a mall is likely to remain jailed indefinitely after a judge extended his sentence and charged him with blasphemy right before he was scheduled to be released. According to, the 35-year-old Coptic Christian church custodian was taken into custody on August 7 after he was caught handing out Bibles to Muslims at the Mall of Arabia on October 6 of last year. He was initially detained by mall security and then handed over to national police, who accused the Christian man of evangelizing.

Studies by Barna Group Research and the Pew Forum seem to indicate that America is moving toward post-Christianity. In fact, in just two years, the percentage of Americans who are categorized as “post-Christian” accelerated from 37% in 2013 to 44% in 2015. In response, the organization Biblica is asking: how did we get here? According to a Mission Network News report, they say “Our research at Biblica Institute identified one glaring change in people’s Christian commitment, and that is in terms of Bible reading. The decline in Bible reading has been dramatic.” In fact, Biblica officials say that “If present trends continue, a two-thirds majority of America by 2030 will have virtually no knowledge of any Bible stories or biblical reference.”

A sunken Bronze Age village dating to perhaps 2,500 B.C. has been discovered by researchers diving off the coast of Greece. A team from the University of Geneva was undergoing diving training in 2014 at an area south of Athens rich in ancient settlements and artifacts. While training, they found evidence of an entire village hidden beneath the waves. They returned in force in 2015 to perform a serious inspection of the site. Several buildings are evident among the ruins, still prominent though of course extremely eroded by time.

Evan Rodriguez and his wife Olivia are in love with their baby girl and they haven't even met her yet. Unfortunately, their time with her will be very short. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer player and his wife found out early in the pregnancy that the little girl, already named Layla Sky, has anencephaly. Normally babies diagnosed with anencephaly do not survive more than a few days, or hours, after birth. However, the couple has decided to continue with the pregnancy despite the dignosis. Olivia says they prayed for the answer before the couple deciding to continue with the pregnancy. Evan added “We decided to continue with the process because we felt like who are we to determine a baby’s life. So, we are going to leave it in God’s hands.”

A recent study commissioned by JetBlue found that, in on Washington DC neighborhood, there’s just one age-appropriate book for sale for every 830 children. According to ABC News, JetBlue hopes to change that. As part of JetBlue’s “Soar With Reading” initiative, three book vending machines were placed at three different locations around the Anacostia neighborhood in July. The machines dispense kids' books for free. The program has donated 16,000 books in the community, and has committed to giving out 84,000 more.

When is a bottle of ketchup not a bottle of ketchup? Evidently, when it's in the promised land. According to an Israeli newspaper, Heinz Ketchup, arguably the most recognizable brand of ketchup in the world, must be labeled "tomato seasoning" in Israel because it doesn't contain enough tomato paste to earn the ketchup title.

Congratulations to Aaron Shust. His song My Savior, My God was certified as Gold. That means at least a half million copies of the song have been sold.

The magazine Southern Living recently caught up with Amy Grant. An article in the late summer feature on Grant talked about everything from this years garden to her latest project Be Still and Know...Hymns of Faith. Check out the article by clicking on the link at

Big Daddy Weave front man Mike Weaver sat down this week with to talk about the bands upcoming new CD Beautiful Offerings. Mike told the web site that, through the new project, they wanted to bring to light the fact that we’re not only redeemed from sin, and redeemed to something. That “something” is to allow our lives to be an offering to God. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at

The Christian Group City Harmonic has plans to unite the church in a MAJOR way. The band itself was formed when worship leaders from separate churches in Ontario, Canada came together in a show of unity. According to New Release Today, the group continues that focus by providing resources to churches, beginning with the creation of a documentary that details the story of the unity movement in their hometown. The piece includes interviews with local church and city leaders about the process and model they followed while also sharing the amazing transformations that occurred amidst a unified Christian response. The documentary is available for viewing at
In addition, the band hits the road this fall for "We Are" events that bring together local churches for a time of worship, prayer and fellowship as the band encourages churches to unite to serve their communities.

Citizenway member David Blascoe is asking for your vote, not for himself, but for his cat. David's cat Pepper has been selected to be in the 2016 Wisconsin Humane Society calendar and is one of 13 finalists to be on the cover. You can cast your vote by clicking on the link at

For a limited time you can get one chapter of Jenny Simmons' new book The Road to Becoming. Access your free chapter by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust's new CD Doxology is available for the first time today. But right now you can download a sample of latest worship CD from Shust. The web site We Are Worship is giving away a copy of Aaron's song How Majestic from the CD Doxology. In addition to an mp3 copy of Aaron singing the song, you can also download a free copy of the sheet music and chord chart. Access all three by clicking on the link at

Irish worship band Rend Collective's fifth studio album As Family We Go released one week ago and has already reached the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Christian albums chart in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The album also landed in the top ten albums overall chart in seven countries.

A free 23 song sampler is available on the Noise Trade web site. Featured is music from Ginny Owens, Jeff Deyo, Disciple, Remedy Drive and many more. Access the 23 free song download by clicking on the link at

The latest lyric video from Tobymac is now available. The video features Tobymac's song Move (Keep Walkin) from his new CD This Is Not a Test. Check out the lyric video by clicking on the link at

NEEDTOBREATHE this week released an acoustic version of their song Brother, featuring Gavin DeGraw. This version of the song was recorded earlier this summer in New York City. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Passion pastor Louie Giglio has released a book titled The Comeback. Recently Louie released a trailer detailing the background of the new book. Find out more about the new project from Louie by clicking on the link at

Colton Dixon has released an acoustic version of his song You Are with special help from his sister Schyler Dixon. Check out the acoustic version of the song taken from Colton's upcoming EP Calm. Click on the link at

A familiar worship song is part of a recent video focused on a new surgical technique. Doctors used lasers to diagnose abnormal tissue during an operation to remove a brain tumor for the first time in Europe. The surgery was conducted on 22 year old cancer patient Reuben Hill. During a video that was created detailing the innovative process Reuben is asked to sing. His song of choice is 10,000 Reasons, made popular by fellow UK resident and worship leader Matt Redman. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Finding Favour this week debuted a song on the web site Taste of Country. The song is the bands second foray into the field of country music. This time the focus is their song Tiny Town. It takes viewers on a wistful trip back to their own family roots. The song is from the contemporary Christian group’s full-length debut album, Reborn, and like “Slip on By,” from their previous EP, it has a strong country influence. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Comedian John Branyan shared a picture of a BLT without what he termed any of the non-essential items. The picture have 3 strips of bacon.

Comedian Bob Smiley just posted a new comedy clip about marriage and newlyweds. Check out the humorous video by clicking on the link at

Switchfoot released a video this week thanking everyone who joined them for this summers Bro-am event in San Diego. Members of the band say 15,000 people attended the beach event, raising 300,000-dollars for needy kids in San Diego. They say it features the areas largest community involvement and also the largest diversion of waste. But it doesn't stop here. As part of the video, Switchfoot said to mark your calendars for Bro-Am 2016, set for July 9 of 2016.

Turning Point speaker David Jeremiah is inviting you to join him on a trip to Israel in 2016. The Bible teacher and pastor will also be joined by Michael W Smith, who will be providing music during the tour April 6 through 16.

Looking for a six step guide to planning your worship leading?
1. Pastoral Direction
2. Prayer
3. Pliability
4. Planned Spontaneity
5. Prepare (Heart & Skill)
6. Power of The Holy Spirt

10 Ways to Lead Your Family from All Pro Dad
1. From the front:
2. In partnership with your wife:
3. Like a Servant:
4. From your knees:
5. With humility:
6. Morally:
7. Educationally:
8. Courageously:
9. With an open heart and mind:
10. Lead with the sure understanding that, if you don’t, someone else will:

5 Reasons Unity Is Worth Fighting For from Revive Our Hearts:
1. Jesus passionately prayed for unity.
2. Unity is fragile. Handle with care.
3. Unity is an evangelism tool.
4. Unity is a commandment.
5. Unity protects us.

The oldest surviving copy of the Bible is set to be displayed at the British Museum this October. According to Christian, The manuscript, known as Codex Sinaiticus, dates back to the fourth century AD, according to Christian Today. It will be displayed in the Museum as part of an exhibit that will showcase how the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths influenced Egypt after the reign of the Pharaohs. The Bible will be displayed alongside two other ancient texts which are important foundations of the Jewish and Muslim faiths, respectively.

A new Bible Project is in the works. Titled simply The Bible Project, the plan is to produce a series of animated videos that walk through the narrative of the Bible book-by-book and theme-by-theme. The videos will cover the narrative structure of each book with its own plot and themes and then show how those themes weave through the entire biblical narrative from Genesis to revelation. We trace those themes from beginning to end. The team is currently raising money to fund the production of the Deuteronomy video.

Hillsong Church's co-senior pastor Bobbie Houston has appealed to Christian women across the world to pray at the same time each day against the "theology of rape" that has resulted in thousands of women and children being brutally assaulted by ISIS. According to Charisma News, Houston, in a blog to hundreds of thousands of followers, referred to a recent New York Times article that outlined the atrocities committed against the Yazidi religious minority in northern Iraq. Houston said the lives of innocent people are in the balance, and that she believes "a handful of women with compassion in their hearts, empathy in their spirit and prayer in their mouth could change the world.

A team of intercessors in Washington D.C. is calling the nation to rally together in unity to keep the fires of prayer and worship on the alter, 24/7 in our nation's capital. According to Charisma News, "David's Tent DC" is set to run 424 days, providing 10,000 hours of continuous worship from Sept. 11, 2015, through Nov. 8, 2016. This unprecedented gathering of worship on the National Mall will be right beside the Washington Monument. David's Tent is inspired after King David's devotion to the Lord in Jerusalem 3,000 years ago. David hired 4,000 musicians and 288 singers to minister to God continuously around the ark in a tent in his capital city.

Chinese security forces have arrested at least nine Christians who opposed the ruling Communist party's campaign to remove crosses from churches. According to, The Christians have been detained in the eastern province of Zhejiang. Tensions have been growing in the region since late 2013 when authorities began demolishing churches. Christians have organized a series of protests in recent months against the campaign with one church organizing a month-long sit in. A wave of arrests began on Tuesday to try and quell dissent.

The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope nearly 500 years ago. According to the Huffington Post, A German Catholic priest and theologian, Luther was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation and sparked considerable controversy by challenging the authority of the Catholic Church. Luther was excommunicated in 1521, but now the Vatican’s views have changed. Next month a hilltop square in Rome is due to be named Piazza Martin Lutero, in memory of Luther’s achievements.

BEGINNING IN THE 2015-16 school year, fourth graders in the US and their families will be entitled to free admission to America’s national parks, federal lands and waters. Part of the White House’s “Every Kid in the Park” initiative, this program is made possible by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation. The objective is to introduce kids to outdoor recreation. Students just need to sign up online and they will then get a voucher that grants entrance to the student and a carload of passengers to federal recreation areas for one year.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking on his critics. According to an ABC news report, Trump this week decided to settle one issue once and for all. Donald Trump decided to prove he does not wear a toupee. After categorically denying any use of a toupee, Trump took things a step further by picking a woman from the audience to perform an ‘inspection’. The result? At least according to her unbiased, two second inspection, No, he does not:

Redditor, shareable and Hangry are among the latest words to join the Oxford English Dictionary, which keeps the definitive record of words that have permeated the English language. According to ABC NEws, Many of the words included in this weeks quarterly update were popularized on the Internet or are terms spawned from experiences with technology.

Belgium scientists have combined the same species of yeast found in bear with chocolate to create a 'super-chocolate' that they say is better than any sweet treat you've ever tasted. The team claims that the yeast can be used to improve the flavour of chocolate - and they say the flavour can even be tailored it to different preferences. Officials say the next step is commercial production of a range of tailor-made chocolates, using some of the novel yeasts.

A London magician had an especially romantic trick up his sleeve on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. According to Time Magazine, After appearing to swallow a piece of string and a wine glass full of alphabet soup, Neil Henry proposed to his girlfriend Charlie Gardner by pulling a string out of his mouth with letters that spelled out “MARRY ME.” Then he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring.

Another new song blog from Aaron Shust. His CD Doxology releases this Friday and his latest blog in focused on track 9, titled Triumphant Conqueror. Aaron said about the song: It pumps me up, to sing of the absolute strength of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tuesday was a milestone day for Chris and Jodi of Love and The Outcome. The couple tweeted: we got our 1st dishwasher. But to make it even more monumental, Chris and Jodi say the new dishwasher came with their new house. They posted a picture in front of their first house this week with the hash tag #allgrowdup

Casting Crowns Juan DeVevo tweeted this week: our lunches just swapped gender roles. Juan had a salmon topped salad while his wife, fellow Casting Crowns member Melodee Devevo, was enjoying ribs and onion rings.

Audio Adrenaline member Brandon Bagby is known for more than his music. He shared a picture of a painting titled Trees that he had been commissioned to paint. You can check out that project and several of Brandon's other projects by clicking on the link at

Tobymac sat down recently to talk with Billboard about his new album This is Not a Test and staying relevant at age 50. The Christian hip hop pioneer just released his sixth solo project but, in addition to talking about music, he was also asked about everything from his choice for President to the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Check out the interview by clicking on the link at

Jeremy Camp's wife Adrienne is speaking out. She shared an ACLJ petition in response to the videos about Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling baby parts and tweeted: We NEED to speak up about this! It's ridiculous!
Please sign this and share!

Filming for the for King and Country movie called Priceless is underway. Members of the band shared that filming is taking place this week in New Mexico. They released a movie poster that says it will be coming to theaters in 2016. It says For King and Country and Radiate Films present a Smallbone brothers film: Priceless, She's Worth Fighting For. Find out more at

Switchfoot has just finished a tour run with NeedToBreathe and front man Jon Foreman is in the process of releasing four solo EPs during 2015. But Switchfoot is showing no signs of slowing down. According to the Jesus Freak Hideout web site, Switchfoot will release their 10th Studio Album in 2016. Band members say they will meet at their studio in San Diego in early September to start discussing what the new album will look like.

Jeremy Camp is dispelling a rumor. He was on the tour bus with his manager and shared a portion of their conversation. As part of their discuss Jeremy was asked about the rumor that they were having another baby. Jeremy emphasized that there is no truth to the rumor. Watch the entire video by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust has released a performance video for his song To The Only God. The song is part of his new album Doxology that comes out this Friday, August 28. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace is out with a brand new Jamie Grace Show video recorded in what she called a brand new studio known as mom and dad's garage. The subject of this weeks Jamie Grace Show is titled How To Be A Third Wheel. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Matthew West is out with a new video telling the story behind Grace Wins. Watch the video and find out more about Matthew's latest song. Click on the link at

Winterjam this week announced plans for the west coast leg of their 2015 tour. The fall leg will run for only 10 days, kicking off in New Mexico on November 5 and continuing up the west coast before wrapping up in Washington state on November 15. Winterjam west will be headlined by Skillet and will also include for King and Country, Jamie Grace, Love and the Outcome, Lincoln Brewster, and more.

Not all is fair in love and war. Here are a few ways to fight fairly with your spouse:
This is a Team Effort
It Requires Your Full Attention
Cooler Heads Have to Prevail
There is No “Quit” in a Marriage
Compromise is Likely

12 Things You Should Do with Your Kids Every Year from All Pro Dad:
1. Go to a Science Museum.
2. Go to a Live Performance.
3. Volunteer with the Less Fortunate.
4. Experience an Outdoor Adventure.
5. Visit a College or University.
6. Take Them to a Sporting Event.
7. Visit a Memorial or Historic Site.
8. Go to a Zoo or Aquarium.
9. Road Trip with a Hotel Stay.
10. Visit a Government Institution.
11. Take Them to an Art Museum.
12. Let Them Shadow You for a Day.

Prayer is powerful. Check out the 3 reasons why you should fight your most important battle on your knees from Mark Merrill
1. Prayer is Powerful
2. Prayer is Purposeful
3. Prayer is Peaceful

Two South Sudanese pastors are back home in South Sudan after an eight-month ordeal of imprisonment and fabricated charges of capital crimes. According to Christian, Rev. Peter Yein Reith and the Rev. Yat Michael were acquitted of the crimes calling for the death penalty on Aug. 5 but were prevented from boarding a plane out of the country the next day. Attorneys for the two pastors have been working for their release since then, but it was not immediately clear why they were finally released. Michael and Reith were welcomed home with a thanksgiving service at a local church.

50,000-75,000 pro-life activists protested at Planned Parenthood clinics across America this past Saturday, calling for the defunding of the nation's largest abortion provider. According to Baptist Press, protestors in more than 350 cities across 47 states joined in what The Washington Post called "the largest-ever rally against" Planned Parenthood. Organized by a coalition of at least 60 pro-life groups known as ProtestPP, the demonstrations came in the wake of eight undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress allegedly showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of baby parts obtained through abortion.

Mississippi's Brandon High School marching band was ordered off the field Friday night because the Christian hymn "How Great Thou Art" was a part of their halftime show—in violation of a federal court order. In July, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves ruled the district had violated the agreement after a Christian minister delivered a prayer at an awards ceremony. Judge Reeves ordered the district to pay thousands of dollars in fines. He also warned the district that future violations would cost them $10,000. But that didn't stop the residents of the town from speaking out. During halftime of Friday night's game—a lone voice began to sing the forbidden song. An eye witness reported: one by one people started to stand. It started out as a hum but the sound got louder and louder. She said it was a "truly incredible" moment to watch hundreds of people singing together in the stadium.

Mount Everest is again open To Climbers For The First Time Since Deadly Earthquake earlier this year. According to NPR News, a Japanese man and a photographer will be the first to attempt the climb nearly four months after the quake triggered a massive avalanche that crashed through the Everest base camp and prematurely ended the spring climbing season. They hope to begin the ascent this week with hopes of reaching the summit in September.

Happy anniversary to Walter and Lisette Kimmel. According to USA Today, the pair married on Aug. 18, 1940 and both are 100 years old. The couple, who met when they were 22, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this week at Charlestown Retirement Community in Maryland.

Everybody hates passwords. Between coming up with them, remembering them, and finally resetting them when we sheepishly admit we can’t remember them, they’re a total pain. But according to Time Magazine, the need for passwords may be coming to an end. Technology known as biometrics is slowly but surely replacing memorized passwords. With biometrics, your smartphone, computer, or even ATM could scan your fingerprint, eyes or entire face to recognize you’re who you say you are, granting you password-free access to your devices or bank accounts.

Is your day off to a rough start? At least it’s probably not as bad as this 12-year-old boy’s, who, during a visit to an art exhibition in Taiwan, tripped and fell into a $1.5 million painting. According to Relevant Magazine, while trying to catch himself, the youngster ended up poking a large hole in the canvas. The whole unfortunate episode was, of course, captured on a security camera. Fortunately though, the young art fan won’t be held responsible for the accident. According to the Focus Taiwan News Channel, the exhibition’s organizers plan on requesting that an insurance company pay to have the paining restored.

Shawn Craig, of Phillips, Craig and Dean had these thoughts recently on the untouchables in the world around us. He said: Today you will meet people who are outcasts, not accepted by the in-crowd—the untouchables—sometimes because of fear or misunderstanding, sometimes because of grudges. Jesus is hoping that you will cross the line, open the door, walk across the room, send the text, write the note…touch them. Because today and now, you are His hands.

Christy Nockels has led worship for gatherings of Christians around the globe for two decades. A key leader for Passion Conferences, her new album, Let It Be Jesus, released this spring. Recently Today's Christian Woman met with Christy to hear more about her album and how she navigates the relationship between difficult emotions and heartfelt worship. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Plumb says the have written God's faithfulness on their hearts and now they are writing it on the walls of their home. They are in the process of building on to and renovating their home, affectionately called the Hope House and, before painting, the members of the family are writing notes telling of God's faithfulness on the walls.

Meredith Andrews says: sometimes you just gotta take a break from packing and moving and go catch some crawfish. She shared a picture as her husband and two boys did just that.

Jon Steingard was getting some new ink over the weekend. The Hawk Nelson shared a picture of his new tattoo in progress, covering much of his right arm from his elbow to his shoulder.

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips found a perfect way to try out having a tattoo He tweeted a picture sporting a temporary tattoo of a rose on his lower right arm with the words: So...what do you think?

Aaron Shust was showing off the addition to the Shust family over the weekend. He shared a picture of their brand new puppy.

Tobymac was on Fox and Friends and, as part of the broadcast, the artist who's real name is Kevin McKeehan, shared how he got the stage name Toby. He says that, before he was born, his older brother would ask when he was coming. His mom said he would be born in October so his brother started referring to him as Tober. The name stuck and now Kevin Michael McKeehan is known around the world as Toby Mac.

The Band Third Day wants to hear you. They want you to upload a video of you, your church, or your friends covering a song from their worship album "Lead Us Back." The members of Third Day will then select ONE to feature on their YouTube page and the person who submitted the video will receive a signed copy of the album! Post the link to your video by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust's new CD Doxology comes out at the end of this week and, leading up to the release, Aaron continue to talk about the music on the project. The latest feature is track 8, titled Nothing More. The song features special guest Lauren Daigle and talks about wanting nothing more than for Jesus to fill the place with his presence.

The Aaron Shust album Doxology will be available on August 28. But right now you can listen to the entire album for free. Check it out before it's release by clicking on the link at

The Irish Worship Band Rend Collective released their new CD As Family We Go late last week. Now the members of the band have also released a video sharing the heart and story behind the album. They say it's a message they've been carrying for more than a year and a half. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Mat Kearney has released a brand new music video. Check out the lyric video for his song Air I Breathe. Click on the link at

Fans of the movie Courageous will remember John Waller's song While I'm Waiting that was featured in the movie. A new movie from the Kendrick brothers comes out this week. It's called War Room and John Waller is once again part of the
release. The song featured in the latest movie is called Crazy Faith and, according to New Release Today, the song is also the first release and title cut from John's fourth studio project. You can check out a video of Crazy Faith by clicking on the link at

A new Lighten Up video is available from Ken Davis and it's a pertinent topic for parents. The video is titled solving Your Kid's Car Fights. Watch the humorous video by clicking on the link at

The Sidewalk Prophets had a unique backdrop for their concert over the weekend. The band was in Indiana and shared a picture of the view behind their outdoor stage. It featured corn fields as far as the eye could see.

The arena that will house one of the three Passion Conferences has changed but the conference will still be at the same location. The Gwinnett Arena was one of three sites hosting the 2016 conference. But last week officials from Gwinnett Arena announced a name change – it is now called Infinite Energy Arena! Passion officials say it could be a little confusing because it's the same place, but it has new name. This year the Passion conference for college students in early January will take place simultaneously at two locations in Atlanta and one in Houston.

The Guideposts magazine recently featured a report on Chris Tomlin's Worship Night in America. Tomlin told Guideposts “It takes a lot of unity” to pull off such an event. He admitted“You don’t just call people…. It takes years and years of friendships and relationships.” But, according to the article, the payoff was something the 20+ year music industry veteran couldn’t have imagined. He describes Worship Night in America as his “favorite night of playing music,” because he got to share the moment with his friends and with so many people who were reaching out to God simultaneously.

Insight for Living is expanding their outreach through Vision 195. The name encapsulates their commitment to following Jesus’ command to go and make disciples in all 195 countries of the world. Now the organization founded by Chuck Swindoll is out with a live map. You can see the impact being had around the world by Insight for Living at any time, day or night. Check out their live map by clicking on the link at

5 tips for meeting new people while traveling
1. Use names — theirs and yours. Using the other person’s name several times in conversation establishes an immediate bond.
2. Choose groups over individuals. It’s far easier to maintain an interesting conversation with three or more people than it is with two.
3. Don’t be the guy who already knows everything.
4. Avoid asking the obvious
5. Show people that they’ve taught you something

How to get people to like you: 7 tips from an FBI behavior expert
1) Seek someone else’s thoughts and opinions without judging them.
2) Suspend Your Ego
3) Be A Good Listener
4) As for Advice
5) Make Strangers Feel At Ease by not making them feel trapped
6) The Best Body Language For Building Rapport is smiling
7) When dealing with Someone You Don’t Trust Don’t be hostile but be direct

10 Things in Life That Don't Really Matter from All Pro Dad:
1. Sports Results
2. Living Up To Unrealistic Expectations
3. Television
4. Bitterness
5. Revenge
6. Vanity
7. Technology Obsession
8. Fear of Failure
9. Wealth
10. False Idols

There’s more to the Planned Parenthood scandal than meets the eye. Michele Shoun of Life Matters Worldwide says this is a social problem, it’s a political problem, but we also want people to know this is a spiritual problem. This week’s seventh undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) alleges an even more horrifying set of Planned Parenthood practices than previous accusations. According to the Mission Network News report, Shoun goes on to say: Sometimes, exposing darkness is the only way to eradicate it. As painful as it may be to hear facts uncovered during the Planned Parenthood scandal, it could be the first of many steps toward healing and freedom.

Mission trips and adoptions are opportunities to see God work in multiple ways. But often, expensive airfares can be a hurdle, keeping people from moving forward or even starting their journey. That’s why Adoption Airfare is working hard to book flights, making travel easier and less stressful. They work with major airlines like Delta and KLM to find discounts, cheap tickets, and special flights that allow extra baggage. The ministry is also able to provide humanitarian airfare and waive penalties if flights need to be changed. But their main purpose is to reflect the Love of God and share the Gospel.

Open Doors supporters have joined other interested parties–including members of Congress, human rights organizations, activists and religious leaders–in calling on President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. Although the President signed legislation creating the Special Envoy post over one year ago, he has not moved to fill the position. Earlier this summer Open Doors launched a Petition to President Obama asking that he appoint a Special Envoy. The petition received more than 10,000 signatures.

Jeff Fisher has been an NFL head coach for 20 seasons, leading teams to the playoffs and a Super Bowl. But despite wild success, Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams knew something was missing. However, he said “In my world, there’s never time to figure out what is, in fact, missing.” That was until a moment when he stopped his car on a bridge and pulled over. There, a friend asked him a question he couldn’t answer: Do you honestly believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and your savior. Watch the entire I Am Second broadcast, just released this month, with Head Coach Jeff Fisher.

A Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead, Minnesota is breaking the mold. Rather then serve the standard Dairy Queen fare, the location serves its own unique mix of items. Meal items include barbecue sandwiches and Polish sausages and dessert items like the Mr. Maltie, a chocolate malt on a stick; the Monkey Tail, a chocolate-covered frozen banana; and the Chipper Sandwich, a chocolate cookie, vanilla ice-cream sandwich dipped in chocolate. The unique setup is a by-product of a 66-year-old contract that allows the location to dish out treats long since removed from other DQ menus.

The Apple Watch has led to the biggest drop in U.S. watch sales in seven years. According to data from NPD Group, Retailers sold $375 million of watches during the month, 11 percent less than in June 2014. The report in Yahoo finance says the 14 percent decline in unit sales was the largest since 2008.

A lost wedding ring has been returned after 27 years. According to ABC news, Larry Matti lost the ring while a patient at the Meao Clinic. A plumber found the ring in a clogged pipe but the plumber wasn't able to find the owner, that is until earlier this month. That's when the plumbers wife met Larry's son at a wedding. The ring came up during their conversation and, based on the description inside the ring, it was finally returned to it's owner

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is helping end hunger. Dustin and is wife Cari recently announced announced a $25 million donation through their foundation Good Ventures. The gift went to GiveDirectly, an organization that helps the world's poorest people by giving them cash, no strings attached. The organization has already helped thousands of ultra-poor households in Kenya and Uganda. But now they will be able to help a lot more. The gift from Dustin and Cari is greater than GiveDirectly's entire 2014 budget.

Shane and Shane have a special deal for those who having tried out their new Worship web site Worship Initiative. They want you to try it for free. The Shanes say a free trial is now available. Check out more by clicking on the link at

Danny Gokey is getting to be quite a coffee barista. He shared a picture of his latest creation, complete with a flowered design. And Danny says it tastes even better than it looks.

Brandon Heath has found his own form of therapy. He says he enjoyed spending time coloring with his wife. Brandon said they now have coloring books specifically for adults and shared picture of the butterfly he was working on.

Natalie Grant described her attitude this week as: Busy. Crazy. Stressed. Overwhelmed. But Natalie says she also found the solution. She said she was leaning on Psalm 62:6: HE ONLY is my rock and my salvation. He is my Hightower; I shall not be moved. Natalie created a necklace that presented that thought to encourage many of you. But this week she shared: I'm wearing it & encouraging myself. Storms will always come. Winds will often blow. But my foundation is firm.

Hillsong Worship this week announced plans for a new album. The CD 'Open Heaven / River Wild' will be available worldwide October 16.

The Irish worship band Rend Collective released its fifth studio album, As Family We Go, today. The 11-track project is a following to The Art of Celebration. Right now you can sample one of the songs on the project. It's their song You Will Never Run (Neon Feather Remix) exclusively on Check it out by clicking on the link at

Building 429 has announced a release day for their next studio album. The CD Unashamed will release on September 25. It features 10 songs, included the bands first solo release, Impossible. Front man Jason Roy said about the new project: “We wanted to be more honest and transparent about our struggles with an audience that needs to hear it.”

Building 429 front man Jason Roy was recently in the back lounge of the bands bus to introduce another new song. Jason said the never before released song, named Closer, didn't make it onto the band upcoming new album, but he still wanted to share it. Jason added: Praying this reaches you right where you are!

Steven Curtis Chapman's song Warrior is featured in a new music video for the movie War Room. The song was written specifically for the latest movie from the Kendrick brothers and they say the song captures the spirit of the movie as well. The movie comes out next week but you can watch the music video, complete with scenes from the movie, right now. Click on the link at

Fox commentator Todd Starnes sat down this week to talk with Tobymac about diversity, the GOP, and taking selfies. Tobymac was in town to promote his new CD This is Not A Test. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Tobymac was on the stage at Fox News in New York City this week for a special performance. During the show for the Fox and Friends crowd Tobymac performed his new song Feel It. Watch his live performance by clicking on the link at

Fox commentator Elizabeth Hasselbeck joined Tobymac on stage this week for an After the Show Show. The two performed a duet version of the Tobymac song Where Would I Be Without You on the Fox Summer Concert stage. As part of the show, Tobymac also shared the title cut from his new CD This Is Not a Test. Check out the performance by clicking on the link at

Still want to watch NeedToBreathe in Concert. You can still check out their performance from earlier this month in Nashville. The broadcast of the concert is available on the Tidal web site. Sign up for a free trial and then stream the concert by clicking on the link at!

Natalie Grant is out with a new song called Be One. Right now you can check out the lyric video for the song online. Natalie says she praying that it inspires & motivates. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

A brand new Sanctus Real song is now available but it's a bittersweet song for lead singer Matt Hammitt. The song it titled Longer Than a Lifetime and it's one of Matt's last songs with the band. Matt has announced plans to step down at the end of 2015. Watch the lyric video for Longer Than a Lifetime, Matt's swan song, by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace was having problems recording this weeks Jamie Grace show so she instead decided record a cover song. Check out her performance of Reba's song Just Like Them Horses. Click on the link at

Plumb is out with another lyric video. Available right now is her song Resurrection. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The band Carrollton is out with an acoustic cover of the Francesca Battistelli song Holy Spirit. Check out the video of their performance by clicking on the link at

The band Finding Favour was on OneOne7 TV this week. As part of their appearance they performed their song Cast My Cares in an old church in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee. Check out their performance by clicking on the link at

Switchfoot's Jon Foreman says he and Drew Holcomb have a very specific face that they make at the end of a tour. The Tour de Compadres tour with NeedToBreathe, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and Colony House wrapped up this week and Jon says everyone saw that sad face as the bands finished their run and parted ways.

Chris Tomlin's worship night in America sparked a MAJOR response. According to New Release Today, more than 35,000 people attended one of the three events in New York Cities Madison Square Garden, Red Rocks in Colorado, and the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The inaugural events brought people together for a time of worship and prayer for the nation and featured special guests Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, Matt Redman, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Matt Maher, Phil Wickham and more. Media outlets covering the Madison Square Garden event called it "jaw-dropping" and said that it "captivated New York City."

In Touch speaker Charles Stanley is also quite a photographer. And now you can access his photos online. Dr. Stanley has his own Instagram page. Check out his new and favorite photos by clicking on the link at

Joni and Friends speaker Joni Tada was on Fox News this week to talk about her mission to end assisted suicide. The long time quadriplegic was on the Fox Program Spirited Debate talking about her own story and how it relates to the current assisted suicide discussion. Watch the broadcast by clicking on the link at

5 keys to unlocking your God-given creativity
1. Recognize where creativity comes from
2. Understand your creative role
3. Feed your inner artisan
4. Write it all down
5. Know your internal clock and find your most creative time of day.

Rebuilding Trust in a Relationship from Mark Merrill
1. You are who you say you are.
2. You will always speak the truth.
3. You will always do what you say you’ll do.

These three parenting rules will make your life easier from iMom:
1. Be nice and don’t hurt anyone.
2. Control your power, your anger, and your body.
3. Mother and father giveth and mother and father will take away.

20 Chaldean Christians who fled ISIS now face prolonged detention in California. The Iraqi Christians have already been held in a Californian detention centre for more than months. They are confined at Otay Detention Centre in San Diego after fleeing persecution at the hands of ISIS. They are being held by immigration officials after trying to cross the Mexico-USA border without proper documentation.

This Saturday, August 22, thousands of pro-life Americans in over 280 cities will be protesting Planned Parenthood's harvesting and selling of aborted baby parts. According to Breaking Christian News, the Family Research Council is one of over fifty co-sponsors of the nationwide protest. It's scheduled to run from 9:00 to 11:00a.m. local time at each location

A Smart Phone app that is transforming lives! Faith Comes By Hearing has received virtual recording help from people in 30 different countries to create an app that provides audio of portions of scripture in 1650 different languages. The app gives hundreds of thousands of illiterate people across the globe access to scripture even before the full Bible has been translated into their own language. It also allows people in even the most persecuted countries in the world access to the Gospel. Underground believers can literally have access to the Bible in their pocket.

About 350 people recently competed ing the Jackson County Triathlon. They swam, biked and ran to the finish line in the Midwest’s oldest triathlon. But according to Fox News, one woman did all three while pushing and pulling her 11-year-old daughter. Eleven-year-old Cecilia comes from a family of athletes and her mom, Debbie Niemann, makes sure cerebral palsy doesn’t keep her sidelined.

Burning the candle at both ends might impress your boss, but you could be sacrificing your health in the process. A study published in The Lancet on Wednesday finds a strong connection between people who work 55 or more hours per week and cardiovascular disease. Those who work such long hours were found to have a 33% increased risk of stroke and 13% greater chance of developing coronary heart disease compared to people who work the standard 35- to 40-hour work week.

Americans need to relax. Over 40% of people in the U.S. say they are not doing enough to manage their stress, and the consequences of that could lead to all sorts of health-related problems. A recent study published in the journal Neuron showed people who are stressed have more difficulty with self-control and are more likely to choose to eat unhealthy food. According to the Time report stress also affects your breathing, heart, liver, muscles, and stomach

After nine months of pregnancy — and its many discomforts — expectant moms are often willing to try anything to encourage their little ones to arrive. But few old wives’ tales can claim the success that one tasty dish being served down South does. According to Yahoo foods, Since 1980, Scalini’s Italian Restaurant in Cobb County, Georgia, has been cooking up a recipe for eggplant parmigiana that owners say brings on labor within 48 hours for hundreds of pregnant patrons per year. Myriad online testimonials, along with the photos of hundreds of babies hung inside of the restaurant’s dining room, contribute to the dish’s lore. In fact, Sometimes the action starts before customers even reach dessert. Now the restaurant is making the recipe available online. Check it out at

If you’ve ever wondered what a bullet looks like when it’s shot, wonder no more: Mythbusters has captured slow motion footage of a pistol firing a round, and it’s a testament to physics and technical capability. Using a camera that took 73,000 frames a second, the video shows the expulsion of a bullet traveling at 1,200 feet per second. The result? One of the most detailed films ever taken of a gunshot, complete with a mushroom cloud-like poof and mini flame spurts.

A web site named Fashion Meets God recently sat down with the 19 year-old fashion designer who created the dress worn by Moriah Peters in her music video for Brave. Brandie Ribeiro says the two actually met on Instagram after she used Moriah's song as background music in a video featuring the creation of her sisters wedding gown. She credited Morish for the song, Moriah heard about it and watched the video, and the rest is history. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman shared this week that his latest solo release, Caroline, has received two nominations for the San Diego Music Awards. Caroline was nominated in the “Best Music Video” an d "Song Of The Year" categories. You can vote for Jon by clicking on the link at

Tobymac recently sat down to talk with HLN TV to talk about his new CD and his thoughts on music and on being there for his family. As part of the interview Tobymac shares that, to the best of his ability, he is home at 6pm each evening so he can be with his family. He also says that he doesn't see his music as specifically Christian. Instead, he says it's about life and his walk with Christ is a very important part of his life so it comes through in his music. Watch the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Jonny Diaz will release a new EP next month. Jonny announced this week that the six song EP, titled "Everything Is Changing", will be available on September 18. However, you can pre-order it right now and download the first song, Breathe, immediately.

The latest edition of CCM Magazine is now available. The free online magazine features Tobymac on the cover and also includes articles about the Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, and POD. Access your free copy by clicking on the link at

This is Not A Test, the latest album from TobyMac, is off to a good start. According to a media release, the new CD debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200. It also came in at number 1 on the Christian Albums Chart and at number 3 on the Digital Albums Chart.

Jenny Simmons new book The Road To Becoming is now on sale on Amazon. The book officially won't be available until September 1 but Jenny says it is already shipping. It's an updated version of the book Jenny self published last year and is being re-released by Baker Books.

The winner of a challenge from a band named OBB received a big surprise earlier this month. Katy was the winner of the bands 7up contest this summer, winning a free acoustic concert at her home for her and her friends. But the band decided to surprise Katy by instead putting on a full concert right in her front yard. This week they released a video detailing a performance that included a full stage, complete sound system, co2 and confetti all in Katy's front yard. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust is out with an official performance video for his song To The Only God. The song is from his upcoming new CD Doxology. Check out his performance by clicking on the link at

The Rhett Walker Band was back in the studio this week working on their latest song, "Back At Me." They recorded a short video as they put together the guitar track for the song. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Jeremy Camp is giving you the chance to be a fly on the wall as he recorded his latest video. The video camera caught Jeremy as he talked with his band about everything from his own new music to a Christmas song written and recorded by his daughter to the number of books his children read each year. Watch the fly on the wall video by clicking on the link at

Ken Davis's latest Lighten Up video is titled Don't Get Angry, Get Even. The story comes from the night he spent in a hotel with some teenagers. Watch the video and laugh. Click on the link at

David Crowder is out with another deal of the day photo but this time it's an offer you definitely want to refuse. Past deals have includes sales of just one cent off and free food yesterday. But the photo this time is of a sign that offers Rabies for just 99-cents.

John Stonestreet has been appointed President of The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. In making the announcement this week, officials said Stonestreet has served as an integral part of the organization since 2010. He is the anchor for The Point and BreakPoint This Week radio broadcasts and, since the death of Chuck Colson in 2012, has also served as co-host with Eric Metaxas on Colson’s daily radio program, BreakPoint.

3 breakfast rules to follow to lose weight
Eat right away
Load up on protein
Add a banana

Here are 5 tools to help you get the most out of your time with God from Revive Our Hearts:
1. You have to open your Bible.
2. Prepare your heart.
3. Pick a book of the Bible, and finish it.
4. Grab a study guide.
5. Bring your journal and a pen.

AllProDad(All Pro Dad)
5 Natural Ways to Relieve Stress
1. Breathe
2. No Technology Walking
3. Get in the Dirt
4. Photo Hunting
5. Pray

If you are a worship leader you can probably relate to a list of eight things from the web site worship links that no one told you about worship. If not, maybe this list will give you a little more sympathy for the worship leaders in your church.
1) You will be told “It’s too loud” and “It’s too quiet” after the same set.
2) You will have to be a ninja, sneaking up onto the stage to prepare for leading the next song while the pastor prays.
3) Chris Tomlin has superpowers
4) Some old hymns are awesome
5) Some old hymns are just terrible
6) People will call modern songs “choruses”
7) You will be exhausted
8) It will reward you like nothing else

Missionaries native to Ukraine are risking their lives to bring life-saving aid to civilians as violations of a ceasefire add to the nearly 7,000 people who have perished. According to Mission Network News, The indigenous missionaries that Christian Aid Mission assists said they have the know-how and contacts to overcome the obstacles of war to get aid to people. The ministry has established mobile kitchens in tents where people are fed. Each day, up to 1,000 people receive food.

The so called "Jesus of Zimbabwe" has died after attempting Christ's 40-day desert fast. According to Charisma News, 73 year old Khulu Reinfirst Manyuka reportedly went into the African bush in mid-June in an attempt to duplicate Christ's 40-day fast.

The big crackdown against Christians and their churches in China may be getting worse. According to Charisma News, Government workers are forcibly removing more and more crosses from church buildings. This time, however, it's not underground churches experiencing this latest wave of persecution. The latest crackdown is against government-sanctioned churches and their crosses. Although the government insists there is religious freedom in China, Christians believe the tearing down of crosses—now more than 1,500, mostly in Zhejiang, China—proves otherwise. The latest church cross removals follow the arrest and interrogation last month of more than 200 human rights lawyers and advocates.

A priest kidnapped in Syria a month ago has been released but others are still missing. According to, Father Tony Boutros, 50, a Melkite-Catholic priest, was taken by unknown assailants on July 12 when he was being driven to Mass. His driver was also kidnapped. Still missing are an Italian Jesuit Father and two Orthodox Archbishops

Earlier this year, The Huffington Post's Religion section decided to conduct a little experiment. They asked readers to do something humans have been trying to do for centuries -- to define God. The catch? They had to encapsulate all of God in just one word. The online news source received more than 2,200 responses on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter varying from "fiction" to "faith." But despite their diverse religious backgrounds, the word came to mind most often when our readers thought about God was the word Love.

It turns out that the naysayers who dismissed the Ice Bucket Challenge as "hashtag activism" were wrong. According to Vice's Mike Pearl, the $100 million in funding the challenge generated has led to breakthroughs in our understanding of what causes ALS and how it can be treated. Researchers now report that ALS -- a fatal neurodegenerative disease that causes the muscles in the body to deteriorate -- is caused by a defective protein, and stem cell therapy has shown promising results in lab tests. Jonathan Ling, medical researcher at Johns Hopkins, stated funding from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been instrumental in helping scientists break new scientific ground.

Bad news for those of you who included "sleep more" on your list of resolutions for this year. The team behind sleep-analyzing app Sleep Cycle spent the past six months gathering real-time data from 235,616 American men and women between the ages of 18 and 55 who use the app. Their main discovery: We start strong in January with our sleep quantity, but it gets progressively worse with each month that passes. Both men and women experienced the best sleep quality in February, and went to bed earliest throughout March. June was the most sleep-deprived month measured but also ranked the highest for logged workouts for both men and women as the summer weather arrived.

At 85 years young, an Arizona great-grandmother has scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Anne Lorimore completed the climb with her niece and nephew despite contracting the flu on day four of the eight-day trip in Tanzania. Officials say "We are just waiting word from Guinness to make it official that she's the oldest woman to reach the summit."

The future is now. According to Relevant Magazine, The YouTube science guru Mrwhosetheboss has posted a video, showing how with just a few household items—a CD Case, tape, and graph paper—you can turn your smartphone into a hologram projector. Thanks to a few specially-created videos to play once your small pyramid is constructed, creating the hologram illusions is actually really easy.

A Middle School teacher in Arizona was bitten by a baby rattlesnake while trying to protect her students. Colin Williams from Rural Metro Fire Department says the teacher tried to “shoo-away” a baby rattlesnake on school campus. Authorities said “The teacher was very concerned with the presence of this rattlesnake with so many kids being around and in the process of trying to move the snake... got bit on the extremity.”

Mercyme's Mike Scheuchzer shared a picture of his kids all around the table hard at work on their homework. He added: So incredibly thankful for a wife who not only chose to take the hard road of home schooling our kiddos, but EXCELS at it and leads their hearts towards God in everything they learn.

Third Day's Mark Lee is out with a summer news letter and it's all about embracing the season, from playing for the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field to catching lightening bugs. Mark says he's learned that summers are a crazy time and he needs to ratchet down the expectations this time of the year and just have fun. If some work gets done, cool. If not, it will just have to wait until fall. Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at

Worship leader Lincoln Brewster says they have finally found a use for his song Levi's old baby clothes. He shared a picture of the families small dog all dressed up.

It may be summer but Citizenway's Josh Calhoun is thinking about Christmas. He shared several pictures of his daughter all dressed up in a Santa outfit. It looks we know what the family Christmas cards will feature this year.

The members of Building 429 say it's time to unite and boldly proclaim that we are Unashamed of Jesus. They are inviting you to join them in the effort. Simply shared your email address with Building 429 to receive exclusive content and also the chance to win a B429 experience.

The band for King and Country is featured in the latest edition of Backstage at the Ryman. As part of the video, for King & Country members talk about playing at the Ryman, their favorite songs and answer your Twitter questions. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Rend Collective recently premiered their video "You Will Never Run" on FoxNews. Band member Gareth Gilkeson talked with Fox News Channel’s Todd Starnes about the bands new CD, their latest single, playing with Chris Tomlin at Worship Night in America, and their new music video. The music video from the Irish folk band also made it's debut on the broadcast. Watch the interview and the video, which includes dancing pandas, by clicking on the link at

A new video is now available from JJ Heller. The video features her song "Let Down Your Guard" Check it out by clicking on the link at

Francesca Battistelli is out with an official music video for her song Holy Spirit. The video features Francesca performing the song live. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Big Daddy Weave recently shot a music video for their latest song My Story. Now they are out with a behind the scenes video based on the filming of the video and telling more about the song. Check out My Story-Behind the Scenes. Click on the link at

The Fox Network is describing Chris Tomlin's Worship Night in America stop at Madison Square Garden the New York City Shocker. The reason for their amazement? Because the venue was sold out for a night of worship. According to the story, Tomlin's call to the five boroughs of New York City met with excitement that only New Yorkers can show, with roughly 14,000 people uniting as one in worship and prayer.

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is launching a new web site. The organization that produces the programs Just Thinking and Let My People Think has just launched the Vital Signs web page. The page is described as a place to look for signs of life in today's culture. Founder Cameron McAllister says: my hope that this site provides a robust challenge to the prevailing narrative of cultural decline and defeat that underlies so much contemporary reflection. I’ve called it Vital Signs because, counter to popular sentiment, I think our culture is filled with signs of life, true beacons of hope that are worthy of our attention.

Last week, South Sudanese pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yen were finally released after the judge decided that although some charges held, they had served the sentence in the time they had already spent in jail. However, Open Doors USA says the battle isn’t quite finished. There’s still the travel ban to contend with. There is ban in place preventing the pastors from leaving the country. That means both pastors are being held in Sudan, prevented from returning home to their families and congregations in South Sudan.

One of the founding pastors of the Vineyard movement, John C. McClure, passed away recently due to complications of an ATV accident he suffered last month. He was 70 years old. According to Charisma News, McClure lost control of the ATV July 19 during an outing with his brothers and cousin in the mountains near Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He hit a tree, which resulted in fractures to his head, all his ribs on one side, and a small break in his lower spinal column.

5 Tips on Handling the Ups and Downs of Life from Ken Davis
Prepare for the Journey
Take Time to Enjoy the Journey
Know the Terrain
Pace Yourself when the Terrain is Steep
Be Careful Going Down Hill

iMom is out with 50 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter. They include:
1. Have a tea party.
2. Play dress-up.
3. Download a free eBook and read it together.
4. Decorate cupcakes
5. Do your hair.
Check out the other 45 by clicking on the link at

State fairs are continuing to push the limit when it comes to food choices. Yahoo foods is out with an article detailing some of the most interesting. Included on their list are:
The Burger Dog: featuring Hamburger, hot dog, bacon, cheese, and a dash of jalapeño blended together and molded and eaten as a traditional frankfurter.
Deep Fried Starbucks – Starbucks coffee infused with pastry dough, fried, covered in sugar, and served with whipped cream.
Chocolate Covered Scorpions – Scorpions are deep-fried and covered in chocolate.

A photographer documenting Hawaii’s homeless stumbled upon someone she never expected to see among them — her dad. Diana Kim’s father had owned a photography studio when she was a little girl, and she grew up with a deep interest in the art form. Her parents separated when she was five and her father grew more distant until she lost touch with him completely. Then one day in 2012, while documenting Honolulu's homeless, she spotted her father among the people she was photographing. It took more than a year for Diana to break through but she was finally able to enroll him in mental health care, getting him the help she needed.

A 249-foot slide will soon take it's place as the world's longest slide. A team of architects has finished the design for the slide, which will wrap around a massive sculpture, originally built for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Once it’s operational in 2016, riders will pay $8 for a ride that lasts nearly 40 seconds.

An Alabama state Senator has found a unique way to raise money for the state’s government. Sen. Paul Sanford has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the state’s government. The Sen wrote that the state “is experiencing tight financial times and needs your help.” Rather than have the Government come after your hard earned money you can now send an amount that fits your budget, even request where your money be used.”

Aaron Shust says the mole remover he purchased is failing to live up to it's billing. Aaron shared a picture of the offending item lying on top of a freshly dug pile of dirt left behind by the mole.

Kutless member James Mead was recently featured The Hub web site talking about the guitars he plays. Read more about selecting, customizing, and making your guitar your own. Click on the link at

The Gospel Music Association announced the 46th annual Dove Award nominees on Wednesday and rapper Lecrae leads with seven nominations, including artist of the year. According to the Christian Post, the Dove Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the Christian music industry. Also in the running for the artist of the year award is Kari Jobe, for King & Country, MercyMe and Francesca Battistelli. Winners are set to be announced on Tuesday, October 13. Access a complete list of nominees by clicking on the link at

Free music from Lincoln Brewster is now available. The We Are Worship web site is giving away an mp3 copy of the song There is Power. Also available is a free copy of the chord chart and sheet music for the song. Download your copy by clicking on the link at

The Jesus Freak web site is giving away a compilation CD featuring 53 songs from 53 different artists. Music from Kevin Max, Remedy Drive, Ellie Holcomb, and more is available as a free download. Access the 53 free songs for the first time today by clicking on the link at

The DC Talk albums Jesus Freak and Supernatural are now available for pre-order on vinyl. The albums are expected to be available in mid to late November. Access the pre-order form by clicking on the link at

The NeedToBreathe TOUR DE COMPADRES concert at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville is sold out but that doesn't mean you have to miss out. The concert will also be broadcast live online this Saturday. RSVP by clicking on the link at

Jason Gray is out with a lyric video for his song Glow in the Dark. Click on the link at

A leading US charity is building homes for the families of the 20 young Coptic Christians martyred by Islamic State earlier this year. According to Christianity Today, Focus on the Family has stepped in to help the relatives of the Egyptians, whose murders by beheading on a beach near Tripoli were videoed and posted on social media, stunning the world with the brutality. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, wrote: I'm thrilled to report that God has used the construction efforts to bring the community together. Our Focus team has been able to hire laborers from surrounding villages, giving them a source of income as well as a sense of pride in helping these families in need."

3 concerns for giving tween girls a smart phone from Revive our Hearts:
1. Phones present new temptations and dangers.
2. Phones greatly influence boy-girl relationships in middle school.
3. A phone can replace God and true friendships.

The clock is ticking down to the first day of school. But, don’t panic or let stress fill your remaining summer days and weeks. iMom is offering a countdown to back to school checklist that will keep the details in order so you can enjoy your kids and what’s left of the summer. Check it out by clicking on the link at

On August 15th, North Koreans will get to sleep a half an hour later. According to a report in the BBC, the North Korean government announced recently that it would be setting up its own time zone, which will be 30 minutes earlier than that which it currently uses. According to the report, the government made the decision to return to the time used in the Korean peninsula before Japan colonized it in 1910.

It sounds like fans of Netflix show Fuller House, the Full House re-boot, won't be disappointed. Candace Cameron Bure, who plays D.J. Tanner, was part of the tapeings of the first 2 shows and said the studio audience went crazy for both shows. The show picks up the life of DJ as a single mom. The show will also welcome back Jodie Sweeten as Stephanie Tanner and Andrea Barber as Kimmy Kibler. John Stammos and Bob Saget, playing their roles as Jesse and Danny Taner, are also expected to make some appearances.

Former “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert announced her candidacy for a Michigan congressional seat on Monday, saying “fresh voices” are needed to help improve the economy for people who have fallen behind.
The 51-year-old Democrat moved to Howell from California two years ago after marrying actor Timothy Busfield. She will run for the 8th District, which stretches from the northern Detroit suburbs to the state capital of Lansing and has been in GOP hands for 15 years.

It's been a busy summer for Rend Collective. The band is part of Chris Tomlin's Worship Night in America, wrapping up the first stop in New York City this past weekend. At the same time, they are also preparing for the release of their latest album, As Family We Go, on August 21. Recently group member Gareth Gilkeson sat down with the Digital Journal to talk about both events. Check out more by clicking on the link at

Chris Tomlin will be releasing another Christmas album this fall and this week he gave another taste of the project. He unveiled the cover of the CD, called Adore.

Mercyme's Bart Millard can check another item off his bucket list. He co-wrote one of the songs on Tobymac's new album. Bart shared this week that he had a part in creating the song Love Broke Thru. The song is from Tobymac's new CD This Is Not A Test.

Another devotional blog is now available from Aaron Shust. Aaron continued to share a behind the scenes look at his new project titled Doxology, this time looking at track 6; How Majestic. Aaron says it's based on the opening of Psalm 8, when King David sings “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.”

Josh Wilson is celebrating his highest street week debut in his nine year career. Josh recently released the CD That Was Then, This Is Now. The album landed in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and also gave Josh his first ever spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Tobymac has released another lyric video from his new album This is Not A Test. The latest song is the title cut from the project. It features the group Capital Kings. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Another episode of the Jamie Grace Show is now available. The new video looks at Jamie's appearance on the Kelly Clarkson Show, the time she road a motorcycle and her travels all over New York, all in seven days. Check it out by clicking on the link at

7eventh Time Down is out with the official lyric video for their song God Is On The Move. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust wants your help. He is looking for players and singers to join him as he travels the country this December. If you would be interested in being part of Aaron's show when he comes to your community check out the details by clicking on the link at

Amnesty International is voting on whether they should support legalizing prostitution worldwide. According to Mission Network News, the organization this week has been discussing voting on whether to support worldwide decriminalization of prostitution. If the proposal is approved, Amnesty will appeal to governments to eliminate most laws that prohibit sex work.

A Christian organization is helping turn a local pest into a tourist attraction in Bolivia. When Food for the Hungry’s Bolivia team heard about the problems the red-fronted macaw was causing in local crops, it sparked an idea. The organization first helped farmers devise ways to keep the birds away from their crops without killing them. It then helped area residents turn the birds into a source of income by helping create a tourist destination at their breeding grounds. The changes have increased the villagers incomes and opened their hearts to hearing about God's word.

A new study shows faith may be one of the best ways to fight cancer. According to Charisma News, Cancer patients who report more religiousness or spirituality may also experience fewer physical symptoms of cancer and treatment and more social connection. The new analyzes reviewed previous studies of spirituality involving more than 44,000 cancer patients altogether. It found that Cancer patients who reported higher meaning, purpose, and spiritual connection in life also reported better physical health.

One of the church's most effective outreach to kids may also offer an opportunity to minister to the elderly. According to a Christianity Today report, one church recently held a Bible school in a retirement home. For two hours between breakfast and lunch, they brought Bible lessons, snacks, and crafts to a 14-person crowd 80, 90, and even 100 years older than traditional VBS students. But sharing the old Bible stories in a simple way and making simple crafts met the residents current needs since many are hard of hearing, have poor vision, and operate with limited motor skills. The Vacation Bible School program also allowed for more interaction than when a local minister comes in to preach a weekly sermon.

4 Ways to Help Your Kids Make Good Friends from In Touch:
1. Pray for good friends for your child.
2. Build character that chooses good friends.
3. Teach them not to settle.
4. Do a friendship study by looking up verses from Proverbs together and talking about what makes a good friend.

Want to make a difference? All Pro Dad is out with a list of 100 Ways for Your Family do just that. Their list includes this ideas:
1. Babysit for a single mom
2. Teach compassion with a Family Giving Box
3. Write a Family Mission Statement
4. Bake cookies for your local fire dept.
5. Pick up trash at local park as a family field trip
Check out the other 95 here

10 dos and don'ts for newly weds
1. Don't threaten divorce
2. Don't compare your spouse (negatively) with either of their parents.
3. Don't say, 'You never ...', 'You always ...' or 'I told you so ...'
4. Don't refuse to ever talk about a topic.
5. Don't sleep in separate rooms
6. Don't be unkind or put each other down, especially in public
7. Don't discuss important or contentious issues on an empty stomach
8. Don't keep score
9. Don't try to get your children or your parents on your side in an argument.
10. Don't forget your anniversary or each other's birthday.

Armchair astronomers, get ready. One of the best meteor showers of the year is here. According to Time, The Perseid meteor shower will be lighting up the night sky starting tonight (Wednesday) and continuing through tomorrow night. According to NASA, the annual display could fill the sky with as many as 100 meteors per hour during its peak. This year the shower is peaking just before a new moon, so meteors will appear especially bright on the background of darkness. Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 are the ideal nights to catch the Perseids.

In China they have taken the claw machine to the next level. The Chinese have created a human version where using a harness that lowers kids wearing boxing gloves into a pit full of toys.

American astronauts at the International Space Station have dined on red romaine lettuce grown in space. According to ABC, It was the first time astronauts had sampled the produce from their space garden. The astronauts first tasted the lettuce plain before dressing it up with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The harvest comes from NASA's Veg-01 experiment, which is studying how plants grow in orbit -- potentially giving astronauts on future long-haul missions the ability to grow their own meals and enjoy fresh produce in space.

A back to school magic show was more than just entertainment for one little girl. Both of Addison Woodburns parents are actively serving in the U.S. Army and face long deployments away from each other and their daughter. But at a recently school assembly a magician made both of them re-appear. Julia and Brian Woodburn arranged the surprise homecoming during the schools opening day events.

Moriah Peters and for King and Country's Joel Smallbone might have some interesting looking babies. Moriah tweeted: I hope Joel likes little girls with big sideburns. She added: apparently I was Buddy Hackett Baby look alike. Attached was a picture of a very young Moriah and Buddy Hackett side by side.

Jonny Diaz isn't above using sad baby pictures to sell albums. This week Jonny shared a picture of his young daughter Charlie Grace crying her eyes out. He posted the caption: Told Charlie Grace that, even though I worked really hard on it, not everyone is going to buy my cd when it comes out.

David Crowder is out with another deal of the day. The Crowder front man has been posting pictures of signs for deals that definitely aren't as good as the seller tries to make them sound. His latest features a sign advertising free tacos. The catch; the sign says they were free yesterday.

Mikeschair front man Mike Grayson has been noticeably absent from social media for the past several months but he has a good excuse. He tweeted a picture of his nearly five month old daughter this week and said: Sorry for the lack of posts lately! This little girl has been taking most of the attention these past few months. Don't worry though, things will get back up and running soon!

Aaron Shust is out with another look at one of the songs on his upcoming new CD Doxology. The feature this time is track 5: Never Gonna Let Me Go. Aaron says the song is based on his absolute favorite confident-Jesus-quote found in John 10:27-29. It says “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

Another Behind the Song video is now available from Chris August. The focus this time is his song Posters. Christ says the song was inspired by my childhood dreams. Check out the story behind the song by clicking on the link at

TobyMac's new CD is titled This Is Not A Test and this week he released a video talking about the project some are calling schizophrenic pop. Tobymac says that, after his last project, he wanted to get back to soul music with this album. He said these are songs about life. They're songs about trying to pursue faith in God, and stay faithful in that pursuit in a crazy world. Watch the entire video by clicking on the link at

Blanca sat down recently for an interview with 100 Huntley Street. Check out the 10 minute interview about Blanca's self titled CD by clicking on the link at

The lineup has been announced for the 2016 edition of the Love Song Couples Getaway in the Bahamas. Artists participating include Mercyme, Michael Tait and Duncan Phillips of the Newsboys, Brandon Heath, Francesca Battistelli, and Adam Agee of Audio Adrenaline. The getaway for couples will take place May 8 through 14 of 2016.

After almost 20 years, Mission Network News producer and anchor Greg Yoder is stepping away from the MNN microphone to take on the role of executive director of Keys for Kids Ministries, formerly Children's Bible Hour. Greg began his stint with Mission Network News on September 11, 1995. Over the next 20 years he was part of communicating nearly 26,000 stories about God’s work around the world.

With the new limitations pressed on the church and anti-conversion laws being seriously discussed, the Nepalese church is desperately asking for prayer. According to Mission Network News, The preliminary draft of the new constitution outlaws converting from one religion to another. The goal of this article is to limit the freedom of Christians and promote a Hindu nationalistic nation. If Nepal once again becomes a Hindu nationalistic nation, there would be severe consequences for the local believers. Not only would evangelism be strictly forbidden, even worship churches would be outlawed.

Protestants and Catholics are uniting in China for what they call 'safe and legal non-violent disobedience.' According to a Christianity Today report, Several churches held a prayer service recently outside a government office , holding up crosses and banners that read, "Can't remove the cross in our hearts," The government has torn down hundreds of giant red crosses from church buildings over the past two years. Now Chinese Protestants and Catholics are joining together to put red crosses—albeit much smaller ones—back in the public eye. In an online campaign, church leaders in the eastern province of Zhejiang have called on Christians to craft hundreds of small wooden crosses, paint them red, and display them at home or on their cars.

Religion can help people deal with cancer, but only if it's the right kind of religion. According to Christianity Today, a new analyses in the US journal CANCER looked at the impact of religious belief on physical, mental and 'social' health and the patients' ability to maintain their social roles and relationships during their illness. It found that religious people had less pain, better mental health and were better able to carry on functioning than non-religious people. However, the study found that much depended on how someone actually experienced their religion, with those whose faith was emotionally satisfying and supportive faring better than those who believed in an angry and judgmental God.

The waters are rising fast in Myanmar. According to Mission Network News, 12 of Myanmar’s 14 regions have been hit hard. Residents were urged to find high ground. So far, the flooding and attendant landslides have affected more than 330,000 people across the nation, prompting a state of emergency. In response, World Mission is putting together $40 kits that can get families by for a week or two. Officials say the kits include just basic survival items like clothing, blankets rice, medicine, and clean water, and they say the kits are creating an amazing opportunity to share the Gospel.

How to Have a Better Marriage in 15 Minutes a Day from All Pro Dad:
1. Make time for it.
2. Guard your time like Ft. Knox.
3. Start talking.
4. Fight, if necessary.
5. Play and have fun.

5 reasons why the Church should embrace science:
Science and Faith are Not at Odds
Studying Science Can Deepen Your Relationship With God
Pursuing Science Will Lead You to Worship
It Doesn’t Have to be Confrontational
Science Needs Christians to approach the information from another direction.

5 Common Mistakes Men Make in Marriage from Mark Merrill:
1. Don’t think of the needs of their wife.
2. Don’t listen.
3. Don’t understand their wife.
4. Don’t know their wife.
5. Don’t confide in their wife.

McDonald's is rolling out self-service kiosks in restaurants across the US that allow customers to order and pay for their food without ever having to interact with a human. According to Yahoo, the touch-screen technology is meant to speed up the ordering process and give people more control over customizing their food, while reducing opportunities for human error.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- at least when it comes to booking airfare. According to ABC News, While most of us are planning for back-to-school or thinking about how to squeeze in one last vacation before Labor Day, the airlines have moved past summer and are pricing for the holidays. At least one travel search engine says the cheapest holiday fares are likely to come this week. An analysis by Skyscanner found that Thanksgiving week tickets booked during week 33 in 2014 garnered a nearly 5.5 percent savings, while Christmas-time flights saw close to 19 percent savings, and New Year’s Eve air travel purchased during this week saw close to 15 percent in savings as compared to travelers who purchased airfare at the last minute.

How you buy cell phones could be about to change forever. Until now, mobile carriers’ have had a longstanding practice of offering discounts on phones for customers who agree to a two-year contract. However, Verizon recently announced it’s abandoning contracts and subsidies for new customers beginning August 13. Verizon’s new plans will be priced based on the amount of wireless data customers want and the number of devices they need to connect. Meanwhile, customers will now have to buy their hardware entirely up-front or over the course of however many months it takes to foot the bill.

A 90-year-old man recently saved his 89-year-old, wheelchair-bound wife from a house fire, and credits God for his strength to do so. According to Christian Headline News, Arthur Schneider of Asheboro, North Carolina was in his bedroom taking care of his wife, Rosemary, when a bolt of lightning struck a transformer near their house and ignited a fire. Schneider wheeled his wife out the front door, but could not bring her wheelchair any farther because of the front porch steps. So, without his cane, Schneider ran to his neighbor’s house for help, about a football-field’s distance from his own home. With the help of their neighbor, both Rosemary and Arthur were able to get to safety before the firemen came. Schneider said "I guess God gives us a little strength when we need it."

Climbing mount McKinely in Alaska is becoming more and more popular. In fact, over 1,000 people attempt to climb North America's highest peak every summer, braving temperatures of 40 below, avalanches, frost bite, and dangerous crevices. However, only half who attempt the climb actually make it to the top. Instead, those not ready to take on Mount McKinely might want to attempt to summit Mount Sunflower! The highest point in the state of Kansas is located in the northwest corner of the state and, while it boasts a much easier assent, climbers still face dangers. During the climb one is threatened with wind whipped tumble weeds, cow pies, and even the occasional rattle snake.

Matt Redman is out with a devotional on why good things grow in difficult times. The devotional is featured on the We Are Worship web site and looks at his song It Is Well With My Soul. Read the entire devotional by clicking on the link at

BEC Recordings is out with a free song sampler titled Summer's Not Over. The 12 song sampler includes music by Kutless, 7eventh Time Down, All Things New, and more. But while it's free, those who download the project are encouraged to make a donation. BEC says the donations will go to support the organization Cure. Access the free download by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust tweeted over the weekend: Look what arrived today! He says he just received the pre-order copies of Doxology, hot off the press, and ready to be shipped. The official release date for Aaron Shust's latest album is August 28. Until then you can still pre-order your copy online.

Moriah Peters is out with the music video for her song Brave. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Tobymac's latest CD features the return of DC Talk, at least for one song. This is Not a Test released this month and includes the song This Is What Love Feels Like. The song features former DC Talk members Michael Tait and Kevin Max. Check out a lyric video for the DC Talk reunion by clicking on the link at

Ken Davis' latest lightenup video features infomercials. Check out the video by Daren Streblow by clicking on the link at

The history of Kenya is marked by pain, but with the help of Christian Resources International, it’s future could be brighter than ever. According to Mission Network News, this month, CRI is sending half a million dollars worth of Bibles and Christian books to Kenya. And CRI is sending the books in 20-foot sea containers that are reversible. Upon arrival they can be used as houses, classrooms, or distribution facilities.

Late last month Elisabeth Elliot passed away. A memorial service for the well known Christian was held at Wheaton College and a video of that memorial service is now available online. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Islamic State militants have captured dozens of Christian families after seizing a strategically located town in the central Syrian province of Homs. According to Charisma News, The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 230 people were kidnapped or detained, including dozens of Christians, some of whom were taken from a church. Among those seized were 45 women and 19 children, including 11 families.

17 Truths You Need to Know About Your Tears from Revive Our Hearts :
1. Your tears are seen by God. He doesn’t miss a single one.
2. God has been known to change His mind as a result of our tears and prayers.
3. God weeps, too.
4. There’s a difference between simply crying . . . and crying to God.
5. Praying and tears go together.
6. Serving the Lord and tears go together.
7. Loving others and tears go together.
8. We should cry over what breaks God’s heart.
9. Tears aren’t just for girls.
10. There will be seasons of nearly endless tears. But it’s just that. A season . . . that will turn into a new season.
11. Sometimes the most appropriate response we can have is to cry.
12. Sometimes God doesn’t want us to cry anymore.
13. Other people might be uncomfortable with your tears, but God is not.
14. God comforts those who are hurting.
15. There are two kinds of tears: godly tears and worldly tears.
16. It is possible to cry without actually repenting of your sin.
17. One day God Himself will wipe away the last of your tears.

12 mindless office habits that are secretly making you unhealthy
1. Skipping breakfast.
2. Leaning your face on your hand.
3. Eating a sad desk lunch.
4. Slouching in your chair.
5. Touching your eye.
6. Sitting all day.
7. Petting the office dog and returning to your keyboard.
8. Bringing your phone to the bathroom.
9. Not taking a sick day.
10. Crossing your legs.
11. Indulging in free office pizza.
12. Not unplugging once you get home.

How to Make Your Family Vacation a Family Vacation from Mark Merrill:
1. Go together. The most important thing is to plan a family vacation during a time when your whole family can be there together.
2. Go outdoors. There’s something about nature that bonds you together.
3. Go without electronics.
4. Go to bed late. Staying up late is all part of the fun of building memories together as a family.

McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, and Taco Bell have all admitted to having secret menus comprised of food items that you won't see on the menu board. Secret sandwiches include the Land, Air, and Sea burger at some McDonald's, composed of Chicken, a Fish Patty, and a hamburger. At Taco Bell, try the Incredible Hulk, which takes a beef burrito, and replaces the cheese with Guacamole giving it a green look. And KFC has the Zinger Stacker, composed of two zinger fillets, mixed with cheese, lettuce, a spicy sauce, and chili relish. But the most impressive, or scary, might just be the Suicide Burger from Burger King. It's made of four beef patties, four slices of cheese and four slices of bacon, all between two buns. It might just clog your artery just thinking about it.

Architects in Dubai are creating a skyscrapper that will be over 2300 feet, or just under a half mile, high. According to CNN, when completed the Skyscraper will break 5 world records. It will include the worlds largest indoor ski slope, the largest dancing fountain, the tallest residential tower, and the highest restaurant. The skyscrapper will also include a 300 meter sandy beach, a mall, and room for more than 78-thousand residents. However, at 711 meters tall, the building still won't be the worlds tallest artificial structure. That honor belongs to an 830 meter tall building also located in Dubai.

The Chicago Cubs recently signed a special player to the team. According to ABC News, A teen fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer came to a Cubs game thinking he would just be hanging out in the dugout. Instead, he got a whole lot more. The Cubs surprised him by signing him to the team as an official member for a day. Along with touring the club house and meeting some of his favorite players, the teen also was the clubs honorary bat boy for a game against the Giants.

After having their bikes stolen, engineering students in Chile took matters into their own hands by creating what they describe as the unstealable bike. The invention features a seat that detaches and converts into a lock around the basic pole, all in less than 30 seconds. While stealing the bike is still technically possible, engineers say thieves would have to saw through the bikes frame to remove it from the poll.

Phillips, Craig and Dean want you to join the on a trip to Israel. The three pastors will travel to Israel in March of 2016 and they say only a few spots are left.

Plumb isn't letting a family vacation get in the way of her effort to loose weight. Even though she is on vacation in Michigan, Plumb reported in on her progress so far. She admitted that she did stumble once, enjoying some soft serve ice cream with toppings. But Plumb said that was her first indulgence in three weeks. Plumb is posting her weight loss progress each week in hopes that others will join her in the effort.

Family Force 5 is launching a brand new video series based around a simple question: what can you do in 30 seconds? According to New Release Today, The first installment of the series, titled 30 Second Variety Hour, includes some suggestions on how to answer that question. You can watch the first episode by clicking on the link at

Matt Hammitt has released his latest Lead me Lifecast. As part of Episode 6 of the show, Matt is again joined by his wife Sarah to answer questions and share comments from the listeners. He also talks about the start of his solo shows and his son Lewis breaking his leg. Listen to Lead Me Lifecast by clicking on the link at

Danny Gokey says his daughter has said her first word but Danny seems to be struggling with her choice of words just a little. Danny shared a video as she said mama over and over. He posted "I'm so happy" followed by question marks and crying faces.

Worship leader Christy Nockels is creating another Worship Leaders group. She will be starting the next group in October to provide online coaching and community worldwide. Christy says she has just a few spots left.

Either the Sidewalk Prophets have a concert near Niagara falls or Ben McDonald has run a long way from Tennessee. He shared a selfie with Niagara Falls in the background and the text: I ran to Canada!

Tim Hawkins released a book this week titled Diary of a Jackwagon. At then end of the week he also announced the availability of an audio book read by Tim himself. Chapter six is available online for free. Check it out by clicking on the link at

7eventh Time Down has released a lyric video for their song Promises. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

TobyMac premiered the official music video for his new song Feel it on ESPN this week. The song is from his new CD This Is Not A Test which also is available nationwide for the first time today. Check out the video on the ESPN music site by clicking on the link at

Bob Smiley was in full ADHD mode this week. He shared a video that covered everything from olympics to morphine to phones. Click on the link at

Rush Of Fools member Wes Willis is hoping to add a new sponsor to their tours. He asked Ocean Spray to sponsor the band because he would like to see their Craisins Fruit Clusters in their dressing rooms before every show.

A new test for finding people at risk of strokes or a heart attack has been identified. According to Reuters, older people without dementia who experience fuzzy thinking and lack of self control may be showing signs of higher risk for heart attack or stroke. The new European study found that older people who scored badly on a test of decision making and problem-solving - so-called executive function skills - had nearly double the risk of heart attack and 50 percent higher risk of stroke compared to people who did better on the tests.

Facebook just got into the business of live streaming video. The social network added the feature to Facebook Mentions, the app launched in July 2014 that celebrities such as actors, musicians and athletes use to engage with their fans, who can leave comments. Live, as the feature is called, will show up in your News Feed if a celebrity you follow decides to live stream. You'll also get a notification about the broadcast if you have recently interacted with a celebrity's posts.

A new edition of the Bible Teaching series That The World May Know is now available. The Focus website boundless announced this week that Volume 13 of the series, titled Israel's Mission, has been released. The latest edition of the series looks at Israel becoming a kingdom of priests in a prodigal world.

In rural India, clean water is becoming a way to reach people for Christ. According to a Mission Network News story, Out of the 1.3 billion people in the country, 128 million lack safe water. The World Bank estimates that 21% of all communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe drinking water. In response, India Partners, an organization that works with indigenous Christian agencies, recently installed clean water wells in two rural villages. Officials say they’re providing clean water, as well as Living Water.

Check out these 3 full-proof ways to become a better public speaker:
1. Tap Your Audience to evaluate your presentation.
2. Video Yourself
3. Ask a Colleague

Top 5 reasons people are leaving the Church from Charisma News
The church was too judgmental.
The church bureaucracy was stifling.
They didn't like the lecture style of preaching.
The church was not where they encountered God.
The church took a social or political stance they disagreed with.

A new animation of Ceres makes you feel like you're actually flying over the craggy surface of the dwarf planet. Craters, a mountain and the mysterious bright spots of the world are on stark display in a newly-released video crafted using data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres. A new animation of Ceres makes you feel like you're actually flying over the craggy surface of the dwarf planet. Craters, a mountain and the mysterious bright spots of the world are on stark display in a newly-released video crafted using data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres.

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport landscaping team doesn't consist of a group of people using lawn mowers and other gardening tools. Rather, according to ABC News, it's a herd of hooved animals who love green vegetation. Over 40 grazers, including goats, sheep, llamas, burros and alpacas, graze hilly and rocky areas along creeks part of O'Hare's 8,000-acre property that would be difficult to maintain with traditional landscaping equipment.

Is your irritating smartphone alarm not enough to get you out of bed? Look no further. According to Huffington Post, Inventor and YouTube star Colin Furze has come up with the "high voltage ejector bed," which is exactly what it sounds like. It's a concept bed frame that "flips" sleepyheads onto their feet, with sirens and trumpets blaring at the same time. Users can also adjust the force from low to high, depending on how much they need to be yanked out of bed and how far they are willing to be thrown.

Men are so reluctant to ask for directions that they will clock up an unnecessary 900 miles – the distance from Land's End to John O'Groats – over a lifetime. Of the nearly 1,000 respondents to a recent study in the UK, 94 per cent said women were generally better at navigation even though men are often reluctant to admit it. The study estimated that wrong turns means that the average British man will needlessly travel an extra 1.5 miles per month before correcting his mistake, clocking-up an extra 18 miles per year.
Over 50 years, that adds up to 13,500 minutes, or 225 hours, wasted needlessly pounding the pavement.

Hawk Nelson's Micah Kuiper got married this past week. His wedding to Jamie James took place on Tuesday.

Ellie Holcomb was reminded this week of how young kids are when they learn to use technology. She found a picture on her phone taken by her young daughter. Ellie shared the picture, complete with the culprits feet showing in the bottom of the frame. She asked: how does she already know how to take a picture?

Plumb and her family are on vacation this week in Michigan and she says they are enjoying the best that Michigan has to offer. She shared a picture of a bowl of fruit and said: Excited that it is blueberry season and we are in Michigan. Plumb says they have the best blueberries!

A special accomplishment recently for Kutless front man Jon Micah Sumrall. He and his son summited Mt McLoughlin in Southern Oregon. Jon Micah said: It's been a long time since I've made this climb and it was much harder than I remembered, but it was really special seeing Caleb make it to the top of his first mountain. So proud of him!

Mercyme guitarist Mike Scheuchzer has taken on a big project this summer. For the past month he has been building a deck and Mike says the project has taught him a few things. He says it's taught him that he is absolutely not a carpenter and he now has an amazing respect for those that are. However, he's also learned that, if he puts his mind to it, he can actually build stuff. Lastly, Mike says he's learned how much he missed having a quiet place to drink coffee in the morning!

Chris and Jodi of Love and The Outcome will have an extra special valentines day next year. Jodi tweeted this week: Love and the Outcome has a whole new meaning on Feb 15! She added: can't wait to meet the newest member of our band. Attached was a picture of her growing baby bump, due the day after Valentines.

School is underway in the Camp household. Jeremy Camp's wife Adrienne shared pictures of the couples children hard at work on their art journals. She added the hash tag home school is cool.

For King and Country has released an alternate version of their song Fix My Eyes. They say the "spruced her up a bit".

Aaron Shust is continuing to share devotional thoughts based on the songs on his new CD Doxology. The latest focus is track four on the project, titled The Great Overcomer. Aaron says I own a house. It’s a good house, a strong house. But I did not build my house. In the same way, We, as believers, literally stand on what someone else has done. Jesus is described as a cornerstone, the most important stone in the foundation of a structure whose function is to hold it all together.

You still have a chance to win drum heads signed by members of the Newsboys. The drum heads are being given away by the Edge Factor Show. Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips this week reminded everyone to sign up to win online. Click on the link at

Over the past couple of months, Third Day has been releasing videos talking about each song from their new worship album Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship and why they wrote them. Band members say the response has been amazing. Now the entire “About the Song” series is available at one site. You can access all the videos by clicking on the link at

Danny Gokey is in the studio right now working in his first Christmas album. This week he decided to give his followers a preview of his rendition of 'Oh Holy Night'. Danny says: It's not done yet but I Hope you enjoy. Check it out by clicking on the link at

NeedtoBreathe will be at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater on August the 18th but you don't have to travel to Nashville to see the live show. The band will be streaming the concert live online that evening starting at 9:30pm CT. They says it will also be archived on the site after the show.

Switchfoot's Jon Foreman says the bands guitars were well guarded during this weeks stop in Wisconsin. He shared a picture of an elderly member of the local American Legion sitting in front of the bands guitars keeping watch in his full, ceremonial dress uniform, complete with his rifle.

A massive gate unearthed in Israel may have marked the entrance to a biblical city that, at its heyday, was the biggest metropolis in the region. The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. The Old Testament also describes Gath as the home of Goliath. The new findings reveal just how impressive the ancient Philistine city once was. Though archaeologists have been excavating at the site since 1899, it wasn't until the past few decades that they realized how massive the Iron Age remains really were.

Netflix is giving new parents on its payroll up to a year of paid leave in a move that could pressure other technology employers to improve their baby benefits as they vie for talent. The employee benefit announced this week on Netflix's blog is generous even by the high standards of Silicon Valley, where free meals and other perquisites supplement lavish salaries in the fiercely competitive battle for computer programmers and other technology workers.

Good news from South Sudan. According to Christianity Today, Two jailed South Sudanese pastors have been set free after a judge found them guilty, but ruled that they already served their sentences.
Yat Michael and Peter Yen were convicted respectively of breaching the peace and managing a criminal or terrorist organization. Michael and Yen together faced six charges, but were not convicted of four of them, including undermining the constitutional system and espionage—charges which carry punishments of the death penalty or life imprisonment.

Focus on the Family is building houses for the families of the 21 Egyptian martyrs killed earlier this year by ISIS terrorists. According to Jim Daly, the men, all in their twenties, had been in Libya in search of work. They were attempting to provide for their impoverished families living in Egypt when they were taken hostage and beheaded because of their Christian faith. Daly says Focus' Middle East outreach began building and repairing the families homes in Egypt. The Focus team has been able to hire laborers from surrounding villages, giving them a source of income, while also helping the families who lost loved ones.

5 unusual ways to stay cool
1. Go tropical: loose, lightweight cotton and linen clothing rules.
2. Cool that pulse point-Chill your pulse points by running cold water over your wrist for a minute or so each hour.
3. Don’t eat: Graze-Ever notice how you feel hot after a big meal?
4. Eat to sweat-eat spicy foods.
5. Stay cool under the covers-Fill a standard hot water bottle with ice water. Use it to cool your ankles and the back of your knees

10 Questions For Kids to Answer About School from All Pro Dad:
1. What should you do when school seems boring?
2. What subject or topic really excites you?
3. Does how you do in school really impact your future?
4. Are you trying to achieve for the right reasons?
5. Are you stressed at school?
6. How many hours have you slept for each of the last seven nights?
7. What are you doing to serve your school to make it a better place?
8. What can you do to show respect and dignity to all of your classmates, especially those who are most different from you?
9. Is there someone at your school – a teacher, counselor, coach, or administrator – whom you would feel comfortable talking to about struggles and challenges you may encounter?
10. If you could change one thing about school, what would it be?

God's Word and Decision Making from Revive Our Hearts
1. He calls us to pray.
2. He calls us to obey Him.
3. He calls us to glorify Him.
4. He calls us to delight in Him.
5. He calls us to seek godly wisdom.

Google Translate took on the song “La Bamba” and won. To test the translation app from the technology giant, staff members held up a series is signs printed with the words to the well known song. An app proceeded to translate the words printed on the sign. Watch the video and then test it yourself. Click on the link at

What if teachers were treated like athletes? Now you can find out. A new sports center parity is titled Teaching Center. It gives a tongue in cheek overview of teaching changes and acquisitions across the nation. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Have you ever wished that McDonald’s had a burger with pineapple, tortilla chips, a fried egg, sliced beetroot, and jalapeños all wrapped in lettuce? Well, you can now make that happen if you live down under. According to Time Magazine, McDonald’s is currently hosting a “Create Your Taste” contest in Australia. It offers customers the opportunity to customize their own burger using a list of 30 ingredients. They can enter their creation online for a chance to win one of 100,000 possible prizes.

A school project in Oregon is now making a difference in the local community around the school. Centennial High School business students spent the past year converting an old school bus into a mobile food bank. This week the bus went into action as the students distributed 1,000 pounds of vegetables, produce and bread to more than 40 families. The school is partnering with the Oregon Food Bank. The plan is to park the bus once or more a month in a location where there's a high need, staying within the limits of the Centennial District.

Audio Adrenaline's Brandon Bagby is mourning the loss of one of his paintings. He tweeted this weekend that his work "If Grace Were An Ocean" went missing at the end of May during its travel to the buyer. Brandon says the good news is UPS finally reimbursed him for the painting.

A new edition of CCM Magazine is now available online. The latest edition of the free magazine features Josh Wilson on the cover. It also includes articles about former Newsboys member Phil Joel and Margan Harper Nichols, the sister of Jamie Grace.

Switchfoot is giving you the chance to support a good cause and be entered in a drawing to join them for special weekend at the same time. Simply support Switchfoot's Bro-am outreach and you could win two days at the KAABOO music festival in Del Mar, California, music lessons from Switchfoot at their new studios, four nights in a hotel, the flight, and some spending money. Check out more by clicking on the link at

Jason Gray is out with a new EP titled Post Script. The nine song EP features several new songs and also includes remixed and demo versions of several other songs.

A 10 song Summer Sampler is still available on the Christian Concert Alerts web site. The free sampler includes music from Mercyme, Hawk Nelson, Phil Wickham, Audio Adrenaline and more. Access your free copy by clicking on the link at

The saga of the Hillsong United movie Let Hope Rise continues as the film is facing another release date delay. According to New Release Today, The movie, which documents the music and ministry of Australian megachurch Hillsong and the music which has impacted the world, is currently returned to a state of limbo. The film was originally slated for an Easter release but was dropped by Warner Bros following some difficulties in rights negotiation. Relativity Media acquired the project in March and announced a September 30 release date for the project. However, now Relativity had to drop the film as well due to impending bankruptcy. For now, the rights to the film have defaulted back to its producers.

The first music video from the Sidewalk Prophets new CD Something Different is now available. The band has released a music video for the song Prodigal. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Selah member Allan Hall celebrated his birthday by releasing a cover video of the Bette Midler song The Rose. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Josh Wilson is on his release show tour this week. Josh's new CD That Was Then, This is Now was released last week. Between now and Sunday Josh is making stops in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia promoting the new project.

The Central African Republic is back in the spotlight. According to Mission Network News, Following rebel attacks against UN workers and a state-owned radio station in July, headlines are once again highlighting the land-locked nation beleaguered by rebel violence. Ongoing violence is described as Christian-vs-Muslim, but Emily Fuentes with Open Doors USA says that doesn’t paint a complete picture. She said “People get labeled as Christians, but it’s more a cultural term rather than them practicing their faith. They have never claimed to be Christian themselves, in many of these cases.”

Michigan Baptists will not waver in their efforts to spread the Gospel throughout their state, even after The Satanic Temple (TST) has unveiled a bronze, 9-foot-tall statue of Baphomet in Detroit. Tim Patterson, a Baptist leader in the state, said "People have been worshipping Satan since Satan fell from heaven, I'm not worried about it." He added: "Our concern is what we've been called to do, and we've been called to proclaim the Gospel, to plant churches, and to make a difference for the kingdom. … Our job is to punch holes in the darkness, and that's what we're going to be about."

4 things you can do when you feel like you have nothing left to give to those you minister to from Revive Our Hearts
1. Read God's Word with new lenses.
2. Read freely.
3. Pray.
4. Rest.

8 A's of Effective Parenting from Mark Merrill:

10 Strategies to Help Solve Your Marriage Problems from All Pro Dad:
1. Pray for your spouse.
2. Surround yourselves with people in healthy relationships.
3. Choose to love.
4. Act as if your spouse’s happiness is more important than your own.
5. Put the relationship ahead of everything, including your children.
6. Start over from scratch.
7. Stop taking one-another for granted.
8. Get counseling.
9. Follow the counseling with an action plan.
10. Change the patterns.

Joni and Friends met an amazing teenager in Uganda during a recent Wheels for the World Wheel Chair delivery. Elliot carried his younger brother, who has cerebral palsy, on his back from their small village to the city where the distribution was taking place. He left at 2am in order to make it to the distribution center in time. When Elliot left that afternoon he was pushing his little brother in his new wheelchair, and with a new Bible on his brothers lap.

The Church of Latter Day Saints is seriously considering creating “its own international program for boys separate from the Boy Scouts of America.” According to Time Magazine, the Morman's began discussion an alternative program after the Scouts revoked their ban on openly gay scout leaders. The Mormon Church released a statement saying it was “deeply troubled” by the decision and was going to “re-evaluate” its relationship with the Boy Scouts.

"Star Trek" icon Nichelle Nichols will be involved in an upcoming NASA mission. According to ABC, she will be traveling on a NASA SOFIA flight in September. SOFIA stands for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Nichols will be part of the crew in the aircraft that will study Earth's atmosphere, among other things, from the sky. Nichelle will not actually fly into space. The Sofia program features a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible.

Tenth Avenue North's Mike Donehey was ministered to by swans this week. He was on vacation with his family and saw a family of swans every night that matched their family nearly perfectly. Mike said it was a good reminder that, although we have scars in this life, something better is coming. Check out the entire blog by clicking on the link at

Sanctus Real's Matt Hammitt says his son Lewis broke his leg. Matt tweeted a picture but noted that Lewis didn't seem to unhappy with the situation. The picture was of Lewis with his leg propped up, enjoying a grape popsicle, with a big smile on his face.

Josh Wilson has released another audio rendition of a song from his new album. The CD That was Then, This is Now came out last week. Right now you can check out the audio to This is The Day on Youtube. It's the second track on the latest project from Josh and is about living on purpose. Click on the link at

As the Planned Parenthood scandal continues, a league of more than 50 pro-life groups is calling U.S. citizens to action. ProtestPP is a coalition of pro-life groups calling for a National Day of Protest on August 22 at Planned Parenthood facilities throughout the U.S. Demonstrators aim to raise awareness of Planned Parenthood’s alleged illegal activities and rally support for federal defunding of the organization.

A team of architects is working to bring low-cost, durable homes to refugee camps in Jordan and other parts of the world by relying heavily on readily available materials like sand and soil. The innovative construction system uses natural materials in combination with scaffolding tubes to create easy-to-assemble and modular structures that can serve as homes, schools or clinics in a refugee camp or other emergency situation. The system has already been put to the test with the construction of two schools in Jordan.

The final hearing of South Sudanese pastors Yat Michael Rout and Peter Yein Reith will be on August 5. According to Mission Network News, The results could lead to the death penalty. Pastor Michael was invited to encourage the church to stand firm despite the persecution. But after giving a sermon on December 14, 2014, he was arrested and detained. Several weeks later, Pastor Reith was arrested for submitting a letter from leaders in the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church that asked about Michael’s whereabouts. The pastors have been charged with committing crimes with other churches, spying for outsiders, and collecting and leaking information of Sudanese national security. Two charges include the death sentence.

Here are 6 things to remember when navigating tough conversations:
Ask Good Questions
Don’t Take it Personally
Don’t Expect a Resolution or Change of Heart
Be Open to Change
Know When to Quit

The New York Times Advice for New Students From Those Who have already been there

11 Lies Moms Believe from iMom:
I must be cheerful for my family at all times.
I must never admit I’m having a hard day.
I must focus on my kids 24/7.
I am only as good as the size of my jeans.
I must make every meal healthy, tasty, and special.
I must make every day fun for my family.
I cannot go to bed until all of my “mom work” is done.
I must get everything “right” with my kids or they will be ruined.
I must keep my house pretty close to spotless.
I must say yes to every school or volunteer request.
I must berate myself when I fall short of these obligations.

An Oklahoma widow and her daughter who spent their first Father's Day without dad this year released balloons and a message at his grave site. According to NBC, The pair was stunned when — after leaving the cemetery, running a few errands, and driving 25 mile back home — the balloon's note showed up at their house. They were caught in the fence just a few hundred feet from the house and 25 miles from the grave site.

Need some help starting your morning right? How about an alarm clock that also makes coffee. This innovative gadget awakens the sleeper with the smell of coffee and the gentle rattle of stainless steel ball bearings as the water boils. There's also a special compartment for milk so the liquid stays fresh and cool until you're ready to use it in the morning. On the front, there's a drawer for sugar. The gadget also has an actual alarm that can be set to sound before or during the coffee making process.

The worlds largest airplane is set to take flight in 2016. According to Yahoo, the Stratolaunch is currently in production at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port. It will feature two fuselages, six Pratt & Whitney jet engines, 28 landing gear wheels, and a whopping 385 foot wingspan. It is being constructed using pieces of two Boeing 747s. However, although it will be the largest plane in the world, the real goal of the of the plane is to launch satellites into space.

Kutless members James Mead says his family got a new dog over the weekend. However, he says the young Golden Doodle puppy is too young to take home so they won't actually get to pick her up until September. In the mean time, James says they are taking name suggestions. Their options so far are Alaska, Luna and Remy. Check out the picture and then give James your suggestion on his Instagram page. James says he wants to have your vote. He said: I may not listen to you...but vote anyway.

Aaron Shust is out with another devotional blog, this time focusing on the song Oh Praise The Only One. The song is track three on his upcoming new CD Doxology. While the song is not Aaron's own, he says he fell in love it with it the morning after it was written. It was put together at a writers retreat attended by Aaron and is one of only two songs on the new project that he didn't write.

Colton Dixon says his sister Schyler has released her very first lyric video. The video features her song I'm Changed. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Josh Wilson's song Coming Home premiered on Christian Post TV over the weekend. The song is from Josh's just released CD That Was Than, This is Now. Check out the audio premier of the song Coming Home by clicking on the link at

Another video blog from Jeremy Camp. This time he was talking more about his surgery last week. Jeremy says he actually damaged the knee about six years ago but it wasn't until he was playing basketball recently that the injury got bad enough that surgery was required. Doctor's repaired his torn muniscus and also removed a bone spur and a bone cyst from his right kneee. However, the surgery didn't slow Jeremy down. He said it didn't feel to bad so he strapped on a knee brace and went out on stage for his regularly scheduled concert over the weekend.

Chris Tomlin is less than one week away from the start of his Worship Nights in America. The first of three nights of worship will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on August 8. Chris will also be at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado on August 13 before wrapping up series at the Sleep Train Arena in California on August 15. Others at the special nights of worship include Matt Redman, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Phil Wickham, Matt Maher, and pastor Louie Giglio.

Many say there is more religious freedom in China today than ever before. But according to Mission Network News, that freedom is creating problem. Officials with Bibles for China say there’s a need of a minimum of 100,000 Bibles just in the three areas they are going to. Meanwhile another organization says there’s a need for 300,000 Bibles in the area they reach. And that only covers the needs of Christians in some parts of the country.

Sam Schmidt is racing again. The former Indy Racing League driver was paralyzed from the neck down after crashing during testing in Orlando in 2000. But now, according to a Joni and Friends report, he's driving a race car again. The report says a company recently modified a Corvette loaded with sensors and cameras which allows Sam get out on the track again by turning his head to steer and ‘sipping’ on a straw to brake. It includes an infrared camera system, a sip and puff system, a computer system, GPS technology, and a safety system.

Recently released videos of Planned Parenthood executives horrified the nation. Multiple undercover recordings reveal top officials from the organization casually discussing the price of baby body parts over lunch. At the same time, Focus on the Family announced this week that more than 330,000 babies have been saved thanks to what God has done through the Option Ultrasound program. Option Ultrasound equips pregnancy medical centers with ultrasound machines, resources, and training that allow mothers, at risk for abortion, to see their babies.

10 Signs You Really Need a Vacation for your health from Yahoo.
Every little problem is turning into a big issue
Your coworkers keep asking if you’re feeling all right
You start making mistakes
You’re feeling pretty cynical
You start ‘borrowing’ the office supplies
Everything hurts
Your stomach basically hates you
And you can forget about getting a decent night’s sleep
When you get home, you reach for a glass of wine
You can’t remember why you wanted this job in the first place

6 Ways to Improve Communication with Your Children:
Avoid dead-end questions.
Extend conversation.
Share your thoughts.
Observe signs.
Reflect feelings.
Help clarify and relate experiences.

10 Common Mistakes Men Make in Life from All Pro Dad:
1. The belief that denial is an effective relationship tool:
2. Thinking of ourselves first and others as an after-thought:
3. The tendency to believe that, once we explain ourselves, women will automatically change their point of view:
4. Not really listening:
5. Not really paying attention:
6. “I don’t need any help”:
7. Wanting to “fix” problems rather than understand them:
8. “I can put this together without reading the directions”:
9. The irrational belief that hiding feelings and building a wall around emotions will make for a stronger, more attractive man:
10. Attempting to impress other people by trying to do stuff that sends us to the hospital:

For one Texas family, Disney World has a special meaning. According to the Huffington Post, The Cobb family reached the Florida theme park last month after walking 4,000 miles from Disneyland in California. The family made the trek to honor their daughter they lost to cancer. Julia Cobb, who was 8 years old when she died, loved visiting Disney World, so her family said the walk seemed like a proper tribute.

Adidas has rolled out Star Wars sneakers. According to Relevant magazine, with anticipation growing for Episode 7: The Force Awakens, Adidas unveiled a new collab with the the larger-than-life movie franchise. The result is a limited edition, customizable sneaker. Customers can create Adidas Originals' Superstar with Stormtrooper prints, Star Wars laces and C-3PO gold or R2-D2 silver shell-toes—and more.

James Tufts is three years old and he's running to become the youngest mayor of Dorset, Minnesota. According to NBC News, James is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Robert "Bobby" Tufts, age 6, who was 3 when elected. The mayor's job in the tiny town of Dorset — population 22 — is a ceremonial post and it costs one dollar to place a vote. All proceeds from the election go to the annual town fair.

It’s not always easy to convince yourself to exercise after a long day of work. But according to Time magazine's report, people who consistently manage to do it may be using a simple trick—whether they realize it or not. A new study published in the journal Health Psychology found that the most consistent exercisers were those who made exercise into a specific type of habit—one triggered by your own internal or environmental cue. Research say the only factor that predicted how often a person exercised over the long-term was the strength of their habit. They add that it also gets stronger over time.

Moriah Peters took to Instagram to thank her fans for their prayers this week. She shared online: "thank you" doesn't seem quite sufficient but I'm so happy to share that my daddy is recovering quickly to his monkeying around again. Moriah shared a picture of is father in a t-shirt featuring a monkey wearing a tie after his cancer surgery late last week.

Audio Adrenaline's Brandon Bagby shared something this week that you don't see in the grocery store. It was a picture of a variety of different colored and shaped eggs. Brandon said: these eggs came from different breeds of chickens. Can you guess which one actually came from a duck?

Jenny Simmons will re-release her book The Road To Becoming on September 1. But the new project is causing some confusion since Jenny also released a book called The Road to Becoming about a year ago. This week Jenny took to social media to clarify the issue. She said she wrote her first book after Kickstarter backers helped her finance the editing, lay-out and printing of the one and only run of copies. However, the book then got picked up by Baker Books. After a facelift and making some changes the book is now being released again.

Christian rock group, Pillar, is releasing their first album in six years. According to a press release, the new album, One Love Revolution, was made possible through the support of their fanbase. It is scheduled to release physically through Lifeway on August 18th with a digital release to follow on August 21st.

MercyMe is out with the cover art for their upcoming Christmas CD and it has some distinct similarities to their last Christmas project. A decade ago the band's first Christmas album featured the entire band, in a line, with all but their eyes covered by winter scarves. This time the band is in a similar line up but each member is holding several packages, still will all but their eye covered for the photograph. It's Christmas MercyMe will release on October 9.

Worship leader Matt Redman is joining with Taylor Guitars to giveaway guitars to a young worship leader in the USA. However, you can't win yourself. In celebration of the release of Matt's worship CD Unbroken Praise you can nominate a young worship leader to win a Taylor Guitar. Simply upload a youtube video performing one of the songs from the CD. Taylor Guitars will pick three and give guitars to those worship leaders.

Lecrae wants to bring the race discussion out into the open. He recorded a video this week discussing the response he has received when bringing up the race issue. While he says Christians have encouraged his discussions on issues like ISIS or abortion, he has sensed a reserve when discussing issues dealing with race. Lecrae emphasized that he isn't wanting to get into a debate about the issue. Instead, he says he just wants to understand more about the response he has received from the Christian community. Watch the video and share your thoughts by clicking on the link at

Yahoo! Music is debuting the lyric video for Tobymac's new song Feel It. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Sidewalk Prophets Ben McDonald was working on some landscaping with his wife Carie this week. But he took a break to film some great slow motion video of a hummingbird moth in their garden. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Show Hope has reached a milestone. According to a news release, the organization founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth 12 years ago have now helped 5,000 children find their forever home. Through sponsors, donors and partners, Show Hope has helped find homes for children from more than 50 countries. The 5,000th child to receive a grant is a young boy from Ethiopia who is in process to be adopted by Glenn and Wendy Drennen of Nashville, TN. The Drennen’s are full-time musicians in the Christian rock band Fireflight.

Joni Eareckson Tada this week shared her thoughts as she approaches the 48th anniversary of her diving accident. As she contemplated 48 years in a wheel chair, Joni wrote: knowing that I’m about to crest this strange anniversary of being paralyzed for so long a time, it’s clear that on one hand, my physical abilities and strength are diminishing; yet on the other hand, my spiritual strength is increasing. Joni added: Friend, you are supposed to be wasting away outwardly; but at the same time, God wants restore you and replenish you afresh each and every day. So don’t be discouraged – because you are heading in a wonderful direction. Keep your focus fixed on Jesus and keep it fixed on your home in heaven. The way God renews me every day it’s worth any amount of walking!

Last night marked the end of an era for Greg Laurie and his harvest ministry. The Speaker on the teaching program A New Beginning says they held their last service at the present Harvest Orange County facility. Harvest will transition onto their brand new campus in Irvine, California, with a special opening ceremony on August 9.

A whopping 30 million tourists from mainland China visit Hong Kong and Macau every year. According to Mission Network News, that visit is life changing for many of them. A partner of World Missionary Press has been been reaching out to tourists from mainland China, explaining the Gospel, what it means to be a believer, and who Jesus is. The ministry gives out 100,000 Gospel bags every month between their work in Hong Kong and Macau.

What’s the big deal about guarding our eyes? Here are 6 reasons it matters:
1. Porn makes us compare our bodies to an impossible standard.
2. Porn is addictive.
3. Porn messes with expectations.
4. Porn turns up the heat.
5. Porn is cheap, reducing sex to simply a physical act.
6. Porn leads to lust.

Men; here are 7 Things Your Wife Should Expect from You from Family Minute:
1. Trustworthy:
2. Faithful:
3. Provider:
4. Protector:
5. Leader:
6. Servant:
7. Sexually Intimate:

9 steps to help you and your spouse defeat isolation your marriage from Family Life
Step One: Learn about God's blueprints for marriage
Step Two: Reaffirm your commitment
Step Three: Deal with your selfishness
Step Four: Begin to pray with your spouse
Step Five: Develop your relational skills
Step Six: Spend focused time together
Step Seven: Attend a marriage conference
Step Eight: Start or attend a couples' study
Step Nine: Depend on God's power to build your marriage

Over 100,000 New Yorkers Are Picnicking in White. According to Yahoo, they recently got together got together for the world’s largest popup picnic at 24 designated locations revealed only at the last moment. Participants brought their own food, tables, chairs and even silverware and candles. They also had to clean up after themselves. The phenomenon started in Paris in 1988 and has expanded to 60 cities on five continents, but organizers say the one in New York was the biggest.

Did you know that more than half of Americans never ride a bike. A recently released report also found that nearly six percent of Americans don't even know how to ride a bike. The study of nearly 1,200 people nation wide found that, in the Northeast, 12 percent of Americans said they didn’t know how to ride a bike compared to just 3 percent in the Midwest. It also showed that young people are riding bikes less. 9 percent of those ages 18 to 34 said they couldn't ride a bike while just 3 percent of those 55 and over said they don't know how to ride.

3D printed clothing is a step closer to reality. A 27-year-old graduate from a College of Engineering and Design in Israel created her entire collection using a 3D printer. It took her nine months of research and 2,000 hours to print the five outfits. A portion of her time was spent experimenting with different materials to see which texture would work best to create pieces of clothing.

Do you have better rhythm that worship leader Paul Baloche? I played an online game this week called Got Rhythm and says he only scored 681 out of 1000 points. Now he's asking if you can do any better? Find out by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust is out with a blog talking about cut 2 on his new CD Doxology. Cut 2 is called It Is Finished and Aaron says the song focus' on the last word's of Christ. He wrote the song using those words to celebrate the finished work of Christ on the cross. Aaron says: It is finished is a pronouncement of completion; He was declaring a debt has being satisfied, His mission to take away the sins of the world was complete!

The band Switchfoot recently picked up gardening tools instead of guitars. According to, members of the band volunteered at the City Impact Center, a non-profit in Las Vegas. The worked with other volunteers to weed, beautify and replant several garden beds in the Center's Urban Garden. The purpose of the Urban Garden is to teach students how to plant, grow and harvest fruit & vegetables while also teaching economic skills.

Lincoln Brewster was on stage earlier this month leading worship but it wasn't with his guitar. Instead, he was sharing a message from Romans 8. As part of the message, Lincoln asked: Have you ever wanted to do great? I mean really succeed. With all your might you wanted to make the team, give the speech, sell the product, win the girl, score the winning point, finish on top, win the prize, etc. etc. etc. but instead of winning you failed. Have you ever blown it? Then you will want to listen to Lincoln Brewster's entire message. Click on the link at

The new Sidewalk Prophets new CD Something Different is described as an unashamed declaration that Jesus Christ is the way, truth, and the life. It will be available in late August but, right now, the band has several packages available for pre-order. In addition to the new CD, you can also purchase a fan poster, t-shirt, and even a skype serenade from Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey.

Another live acoustic video is now available from Josh Wilson. The acoustic session features Josh's song No More. Access the video by clicking on the link at

Kari Jobe will be making her periscope debut this week. She will be on the social media video site for the first time today at 5:00pm CT. Find out more about tuning in and also following Kari on periscope by clicking on the link at

This weeks Lighten Up with Ken Davis video features the threat of Visine. Join Ken as he shares his experience in an airport TSA line. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has announced plans to broadcast a couple of festivals in August live online. Franklin Graham will be joining with popular artists to spread the gospel message in Birmingham, Alabama August 14 through 16 and in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma August 22 and 23. If you can't attend in person you can tune in online. They'll both be aired at

Modern-day DNA research is confirming the biblical account of Adam and Eve, according to one genetics expert. According to Charisma News, Answers in Genesis' Georgia Purdom has recently released a documentary explaining her findings and the scientific support for the records presented in Genesis. She points to studies that show that, by focusing on the DNA, scientists have been able to evaluate that men and women can trace their roots back to a man and woman. The research also show that, if evolution were true and men and women had been roaming the planet for years, there would be more genetic diversity.

Six questions can help you assess whether your enthusiasm for God remains strong from In Touch Ministries.
1. Do you have joy in the Lord and a desire to serve Him, share the gospel, and help others in need?
2. Do you spend time in the Word daily?
3. Do you pray, knowing that God is listening and working in your life?
4. Do you faithfully attend church and tithe?
5. Do you experience joy, peace, contentment, and hope in Jesus?
6. Do you stand firm in your godly convictions?

9 Ways to Teach Your Children to not be Prejudiced from All Pro Dad:
1. Keep the Heart Pure From Hate
2. Embrace Uniqueness
3. Find The Beauty In Everyone
4. Mix It Up. Socialize with all types of people from all types of backgrounds.
5. Observe and Learn
6. Kindness and Consideration
7. Play By The Rules. Make it clear that teasing or excluding other children based on what color they are, gender they are, sound like or live will not be tolerated.
8. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
9. Do not have family or friends around that use bigoted language.

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10 Ways to Lead Your Family from All Pro Dad:
1. Be an example.
2. In partnership with your wife:
3. Like a Servant:
4. From your knees:
5. With humility:
6. Morally:
7. Educationally:
8. Courageously:
9. With an open heart and mind:
10. Lead with the sure understanding that, if you don’t, someone else will:

Ever find a jar of something at the back of your refrigerator or an unopened can on your shelf and wonder if it's still safe to eat? How about how long your shampoo lasts? Time magazine is out with a list of real life expiration dates for those hard to know items, both food and non-food, that you find around your house. From soy sauce to green olives, from shaving cream to perfume, check out the use-by list by clicking on the link at

The Windows 10 update is free and it's coming. In fact, Microsoft has already started limited upgrades. However, if you just can't wait to make the shift, you can actually get a jump on the Windows 10 download. According to the web site Mashable, it's as simple as entering an update now command in your computers command prompt. Find out more by clicking on the link at, but remember-proceed at your own risk.

The web site trip advisor is out with a list of some of the nicest natural swimming pools found around the world. The web site features pools located around the world, from Iceland to Ecuador. Check out their list of the top 12 natural pools worldwide by clicking on the link at

SanctusReal front man Matt Hammitt is out with another edition of his Lead Me Lifecast. Episode 5 features a conversation with Luke Smallbone from the band for King and Country. Check out the latest Lifecast by clicking on the link at

Juan DeVevo was on a quest this week. The member of Casting Crowns was sent to the grocery store for a specific list of items. However, she did grant him some leeway. She gave him the option of choosing whatever chocolate sauce he wanted.

The web site We Are Worship USA is giving away music. This week's FREE SONG comes from Gateway Worship. Access the free MP3 and Chord Chart by clicking on the link at

The Hillsong Church in Australia is expanding its outreach. This week Hillsong worship announced plans for a Spanish worship CD. According to New Release Today, the Spanish album is due out August 7. The live album includes songs like Oceans and At the Cross. You can also check out a lyric video for the song No Other Name from the new project by clicking on the link at

Kari Jobe has released the cover art for her upcoming new CD Majestic Revisited. The new project will be available on September 25.

Josh Wilson is less then one week away from the release of his latest album That Was Then, This is Now. In preparation for the release, Josh has been practicing his elevator pitch by sharing with others about his new project in the time it takes for the elevator to arrive at the correct floor. Josh says he is now ready. Watch a training video recorded by Josh by clicking on the link at

TobyMac has now released the third and final segment of his music video for the song Feel It. You can watch all three segments of the video at his web site and also sign up to win merchandise from the videos. Click on the link at

The members of for King and Country recently met a little girl named after one of their songs. They shared a picture of the band with a young lady named Hope. She was named after the for King and Country song Hope is What We Crave. They say they were quite moved to hear that her parents named her after their song.

There are over 400 different Sign Languages worldwide, but less than 1% have a complete translation of the Bible. Now the Deaf Bible Society is making a change to address the problem. They want to have translation projects for 75% of the Deaf population in place by 2025. Officials say that translating the Bible into 44 sign languages would allow them to do just that.

5 bad habits that are holding you back at work
Bad Behavior #1: You’re no social butterfly—and it shows.
Bad Behavior #2: You react poorly to sudden change.
Bad Behavior #3: You’re the office gossip.
Bad Behavior #4: You’re not shy about voicing your opinions.
Bad Behavior #5: You’re the office complainer.

10 Goals You Should Accomplish in 10 Years from All Pro Dad:
1. Marriage and Family Harmony
2. Proper Mindset and Balance
3. Commitment to Improved Physical Health
4. Career Passion and Personal Satisfaction
5. Discovering Your Softer Side
6. Financial Stability
7. Service and Social Responsibility
8. Stress-Busting Leisure Time
9. Continuing Education
10. Expanding and Growing Faith

5 Things Husbands Wish Wives Knew from Family Minute:
1. We desire Validation.
2. We desire Respect.
3. We desire Conciseness.
4. We desire Forgiveness.
5. We desire Support.

In light of back-to-school season, The online site WalletHub compared the quality of education in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia by analyzing 13 key metrics that range from student-teacher ratios to standardized-test scores to dropout rates. The study ranked the Massachusetts school system as the best in the nation. It was followed by Colorado, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Kentucky in the top 5. Colorado boasted the best School system quality ranking while Massachusetts came in at number one regarding school safety.

It's summer and that means ice cream. As with everything else, someone always wants to push the bar a little bit further and, this summer, ice cream is no exception. Yahoo food did some searching and found some of the most interesting ice cream flavors around the country. Meat seems to be popular with ice cream. They found ice cream flavored with bacon, ham and even lobster. Some other interesting combinations include Wasabi, Balsamic Strawberry, Chocolate Chipotle Orange, Garlic, and even grass. That's right, ice cream with bits of grass mixed right in.

YouTube Is About to Look Different on your cell phone. The video site has announced a redesign of its mobile app featuring a vertical video mode that will better display video content. In addition to improving video playback, the new app features a subscriptions tab that allows users to see a stream of new videos from channels they follow, as well as improved editing tools for shooting video directly within the app. The updated app is available now on Android and coming soon to iOS.

An architect in London has come up with an innovative solution to help the city's homeless population: Floating sleeping pods. James Furzer won an award for his plywood pods, which are designed to hang above head height from host buildings in the city. The temporary shelters, which could be used for an overnight stay or for some respite during the day, are constructed of untreated plywood and held up by a steel frame. Accessed by a ladder, the space comprises a bed with a mattress and a makeshift living area.

Building 429 front man Jason Roy was recently sharing his thoughts on Building the Kingdom of God. Jason says: as in everything in life, there are two different directions that a person can move: forward or backwards. Jason admits: I find myself wondering at times which one I’m doing. Read his entire blog by clicking on the link at

Natalie Grant is sharing more about her decision to be only the second Christian artist ever featured on the cover of the First for Women magazine. Natalie says her original response after learning it was the summer issue and she would be posing in a bathing suit was to say no. But after praying about it Natalie says she decided it was an opportunity she shouldn't pass up. Natalie said she came up with a specific list of parameters so, when the magazine agreed, she felt peace from God to move forward. Natalie's focus while sharing about how she lost 40 pounds was that treating her body right is Godly since her body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Natalie added that the photo used on the cover had to also be approved by both her husband and her father before going to press.

Audio Adrenaline's Brandon Bagby had a close encounter with wild life while on a visit to Crater Lake. Brandon shared a picture of a friendly chipmunk that he met while taking a break from touring.

Flyleaf's Kristen May has announced her plans to record and release a solo album. According to the New Release Today report, she plans to fund the project with a pledgemusic campaign. The title of the album is Conversations, and Kristen is already in pre-production. The pledgemusic campaign launches on August 4. Meanwhile, fans are invited to create t-shirt designs for the project for a chance at a mention in the pledgemusic project and a $100 prize.

The Christian music web site FreeCCM is giving away music from Citizenway. Their free song this week is Sing, Sing, Sing from their debut album Love Is The Evidence. Access the free download by clicking on the link at

JJ Heller is out with an acoustic version of her new song Fully Known. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Colton Dixon is continuing to share videos sent to him based on his song Through All of It. You can watch Colton's music video as well as the videos sent in by his fans and then you can send in your own video. Click on the link at

Jamie Grace said earlier that she would share a weekly video blog called the Jamie Grace Show and she's living up to that promise. The next edition of the Jamie Grace Show is now available. Click on the link at

Casting Crowns Juan DeVevo is waiting for a new oreo prototype to hit the shelves. He shared a picture of oreo cookies on the top and bottom of cream filling from 35 Oreo cookies. In reply, his wife Melodee tweeted: I think they already sell just the cream, dear, but it won't be on the shopping list.

Ken Davis is out with his latest lighten up video and this time teen aged girls are his topic of choice. Ken says: If you have a daughter who spends a lot more time on her appearance than on cleaning her room, you’ll be able to relate to this video. Watch Ken's video titled My Daughters’ Rooms by clicking on the link at

When it comes to picking a college, the quest for value has taken center stage. In response, Money Magazine is out with their annual Best Colleges rankings based on 21 measures of educational quality, affordability, and career earnings. Coming in at No. 1 this year is Stanford University. The rest of the top five include Babson College in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and the California Institute of Technology

While the amount of persecution against Christians continues to increase around the world, what are Christians in the United States saying about their future? Baptist Press reports Americans view Islam as a threat to their own nation’s religious liberty almost as strongly as they consider it a danger to religious freedom internationally. Although most persecution occurs overseas, 39% of American adults say Islam threatens religious freedom in the U.S. — almost as many as the 40% who see Islam as a global threat

Persecution remains a problem for India. According to Mission Network News, a recent global human rights report from the U.S. government says violence based on religion was one of India’s top challenges in 2014. There have been over 600 cases of religious violence since Prime Minister Modi took office, and Christians were targeted in a third of them.

5 Reasons Kids Shouldn't Sleep Near Their Devices
1. Kids may take longer to fall asleep if they use their phones right before bed.
2. They'll be more likely to lose out on hours of sleep time.
3. Sleeping near cell phones is considered worse for kids than sleeping in front of the TV.
4. Plus, keeping phones in the bedroom encourages kids to stay awake and text into the night.
5. Even if they're using their devices to read -- and not to socialize -- the glow of a tablet or phone can disrupt sleep.

5 Great Dates Under $25 from All Pro Dad
1. Give your local high school or community theatre a try instead of expensive movies.
2. The Full Moon Date. A blanket and soft music is all you need.
3. Whether it’s the beach, a lake, or a stroll around a city park surrounding water, hold her hand, talk, and laugh under the stars.
4. The Formal In-Home Date
5. The Reminisce Date. Gather old pictures, music, and various memories of your relationship; then take her to a spot that is considered special to you both.

10 Ways Your Kids Are Watching You from Family Minute:
Your language.
Your tone.
Your attitude.
Your manners.
Your confidence.
Your work ethic.
Your discipline.
Your forgiveness.
Your shelter.
Your love.

Throughout Scripture, Jesus told parables–stories. So how do you re-tell the stories of Jesus? Here are eight tips to remember:
Don’t change the Bible’s meaning:
Put the story in your heart:
Use common language:
Know the characters:
Act natural:
Be familiar with the story:
Tell just enough:

Gregg Godfrey shattered the world record on Friday for the longest semi-truck jump — a whopping 166 feet in the air. The record breaking jump took place at Evel Knievel Days, an extreme sports festival in Butte, Montana. Although the jump is impressive enough, Godfrey ended his stunt with the perfect parallel parking job.

Joke thieves beware: Twitter seems to be cracking down on plagiarism. In a freewheeling universe home to millions of spambots, fake celebrities and trolls, it's no surprise that many Twitter accounts habitually steal 140-character quips to rack up followers. But now the social network is erasing and hiding a number of tweets reported as stolen. Twitter has been working for months to smooth the site's rougher edges and make it more suitable for advertisers after facing a firestorm of criticism

The web site Your Amazing Places is out with another edition of the most beautiful and breathtaking places in the world. From sky walking in Canada to a river of flowers in Holland, the site is helping you to see some of the places you may never have the chance to visit in person. Check out the latest list of fabulous views by clicking on the link at

A 66-year-old Alabama resident who spent 10 days stranded on the floor of his home after a bad fall is now safe and sound in a Montgomery hospital—and he has his local mail carrier to thank. According to Time Magazine, The mail carrier, Cissy Cartwright of Hope Hull, Ala., rescued Tommy Hope from his secluded rural home last week when she noticed he hadn’t checked his mail in an uncharacteristically long time. After making her way up Hope’s long driveway and noticing that his front door was wide open, Cartwright found Hope, who has a history of back problems, lying dehydrated with broken broken bones.

Colton Dixon wants to know YOUR story. He wants you to share how God has been there Through All Of It. Just click on the link at to share your story

TobyMac has released part 2 in his Feel It video series. TobyMac is releasing the official music video for the latest song from his new CD This Is Not A Test in segments. To help release part three fans are being asked to continue sharing the first two parts of the music video. Also at the Tobymac web site fans can enter to win Feel It merchandize from the videos.

Hillsong UNITED recently performed their song “Touch the Sky” on WGN TV. Now you can watch their live performance online. Click on the link at

Josh Wilson is out with another acoustic video. Check out the latest acoustic session, this time featuring Josh's song No More, from his new CD That Was Then, This is Now. Click on the link at

Want to learn to play the latest Third Day Song “Soul on Fire”? Check out Mark Lee’s tutorial to find lyrics, a chord chart, and more. The song is from the recent Third Day worship CD "Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship". The video tutorial for Soul on Fire is available by clicking on the link at

Darlene Zschech recently shared her testimony of walking through the valley. At a worship leaders conference she shared about developing and walking through breast cancer over the past year and a half. Watch the video and hear Darlene's testimony.

Building 429 played at a Women of Faith event over the weekend and took time to perform an special version of Amazing Grace during a set change. While the stage crew was moving things around behind them, Building 429 enlisted Sandi Patty to help them with an accapella version of the well known hymn. Check out a clip of their performance by clicking on the link at

The Newsboys recently played at the Kingdom Bound festival but it wasn't just another performance. While there a crew from the Edge Factor Show shot footage for a Newsboys featured documentary. As a part of the fun the members of the band have also partnered with the company that provides Duncan Phillips drums to giveaway a snare drum signed by newsboys. Enter to win by clicking on the link at

When the Church responds to crises in love, even to those who despise, oppress or oppose, God opens doors. According to Mission Network News, one pastor in Nepal found that out after the countries recent earthquake. He said: “For fifteen years, since we started the church on this property, we have had opposition from the community.“ Yet, the earthquake and this church’s response, one of love and care for the community, has started a change. Immediately after the quake, no one wanted to be inside their block home with all of the after shocks, so the church offered what it had to the community: a safe open space. “We had over 70 families living in the church yard. We shared our food, and as we got access to relief supplies, gave them to the people living with us.” Now, the pastor says “We are starting to be accepted by our neighbors.“

Looking for a way to reach your community with the gospel? Harvest America is a FREE live simulcast produced by Pastor Greg Laurie from the program A New Beginning that you can host yourself. Harvest America is a live nationwide event, streamed from a single location to thousands of participating locations across the country—including churches, theaters, businesses, and even living rooms. The next event will be March 6, 2016.

Searching for a creative outlet? Some people are turning to sunburn art, the hottest bad idea for your health. Tagged Sun burn art has been popping up on social media this summer, showing people intricately burned by the sun with the help of a strategically placed pattern. While the practice is still limited, it’s warranted enough media attention that officials from the Skin Cancer Foundation recently released a statement on sunburn art. They stated: The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly advises the public to avoid sunburns at all costs. A sunburn is not only painful – it’s dangerous, and comes with consequences. Sunburns cause DNA damage to the skin, accelerate skin aging, and increase your lifetime skin cancer risk.

8 Warning Signs Your Child is Headed for Trouble from All Pro Dad
1. Excessive Mood Swings.
2. Social Withdrawal and Hopelessness.
3. Using Illegal Substances.
4. Bad Grades.
5. Taking Big Risks.
6. Destructive or Harmful Behavior.
7. Anger, Bullying, and Violence.
8. Sexual Promiscuity.

6 Ways to Engage Culture from Focus on the Family's Boundless Team
1. Engage culture prayerfully.
2. Engage culture carefully.
3. Engage culture biblically-theologically.
4. Engage culture redemptively.
5. Engage culture humbly.
6. Engage culture selectively.

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