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If cutness is a requirement for marketing a new record, Jordan Feliz is off to a great start. He posted a picture of his young daughter sporting a onesie promoting her daddies new CD. It said "My Daddies Alum is Out" and featured a picture of the album.

Chris August is giving new meaning to the phrase What Would Jesus Do. Chris posted a picture with his wood working tools along with the text: WWJD?

“Eye of the Storm,” the latest single by Ryan Stevenson, is the fastest rising single of Stevenson’s career. The song is from his 2015 release, Fresh Start. Stevenson shared: “After spending years working as a paramedic, I have been awakened to the truth that the one thing uniting people is the fact that we all experience storms in life,” He says. “I wanted to write a song that would help to speak Hope in the midst of the storms.

We are Messengers Darren Mulligan was featured in an article this week in Shuttered Magazine. The Irishman was a self-taught guitarist, receiving his first guitar from his parents at age 13. But after touring the country with a rock band, Mulligan became a Christian, sold all of his guitars, and resolved to live a different way. How did he get from that point to leading an Irish worship band called We Are Messengers? Read the entire story by clicking on the link at

Out of the 11 songs on his new album The River, Jordan Feliz says the song Satisfied is probably the most personal on the project. Jordan talked this week with the Christian Post. He says "I wrote it right after my wife and I lost our first baby and it was me going through this learning phase," Feliz shared. "In my life I've never really gone through a whole lot of hardships. I think that (losing the baby) was probably the first thing that's ever happened that really rocked me and the first time I probably ever been angry with God." In his time of despair Feliz said a lady from his previous church sent him a Facebook message that really helped him navigate through the pain. "She said the Lord came to her and said, 'The one person that you've been mad at, me, is the only satisfaction that can fill the void of loss,'" He explained. "The one person that I was angry at was the solution to my wife and my loss. That's where "Satisfied" came out of and He is that satisfaction for us."

Kutless is introducing a brand new evangelistic ministry. Front man Jon Micah Sumrall says EOTA Ministries will hold a launch event June 5 in Southern Oregon. He says End of the Age Ministries plans to utilize large-scale evangelistic events and mobile technology to provide an opportunity for young people to respond to the Gospel. They intend to utilize the Kutless technology platform to connect young people with other believers and aid them in discipleship and continued spiritual growth.

Building 429 is working on a special surprise. They announced this week: We've been hard at work and are excited to share it this Friday! Head over to their twitter page to check it out!

Third Day's Mac Powell this week announced another Mac And Tug Show. In the latest edition of the show, Mac welcome USA Today writer George Schroeder to discuss his weekend on the road with Mac and Third Day. Mac also shares the songs that each person on the tour bus picked to play if they had to choose one song to convince an alien army not to destroy planet Earth. Mac and Tug wrap things up with a really funny version of the Yes or No game! Check it out by clicking on the link at

Kutless member James Mead was showing off his new tattoo this week. He posted: this hummingbird represents my son Jacob, who has Aspergers syndrome and ADHD. He's such an awesome little boy, curious and kind, happy and humble. I love him. I'm proud of him. He flits back and forth like a little hummingbird, and he often hums to drown out noises that are bothering him.

Casting Crowns Jaun Devevo wants to teach you to play Casting Crowns songs. He is part of an organization called Pro Lessons. Jaun says he promises to try not to confuse people.

Wes Willis this week announced a new venture. The member of Rush of Fools says the band is still rocking and rolling but his side venture is titled Alabama Sweet Tea. Check out more at

We Are Messengers are making it as easy as possible for you to play their songs on your local church. The band has released chord charts for each of the songs on their new project. The self titled album, We Are Messengers, came out earlier this month

Selah is working on new Christmas music. The members of the trio posted this week: Recording for our Rose Of Bethlehem Deluxe album. They said four new songs are in the works including a Jamaican version of Little Drummer Boy.

The audio for Amy Grant's remake of her 1991 hit Baby, Baby is now available online. On the 25th anniversary of the song, Amy Friday re-released the song with help from 23 year old Grammy nominee Tori Kelly, who wasn't even born when the song first hit the charts. The inspiration for the song Baby, Baby came about when Grant was trying to write a song about her daughter Millie, now 26. Read the entire story and listen to the song by clicking on the link at

Lauren Daigle wants your help in shooting her Trust In You Video. During the Empires tour with Hillsong United Lauren's team will chose two fans in each city to record Lauren performing Trust in You. The footage will be featured in the upcoming video. To enter, just fill out the form at Lauren's web site.

We Are Messengers front man Darren recently sat down with his wife Heidi to talk about their incredible journey. From Darren running away to America and joining a rock band to God bringing both of them to him, the story is an amazing testimony of God's grace in their lives. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

7eventh Time Down front man Mikey has put together an instructional video for the bands latest release "God Is On The Move". Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Did you miss the Casting Crowns live performance of "No Not One"? Check out the live music video by clicking on the link at

Steven Curtis Chapman this week released a lyric video for his new song One True God. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The official lyric video the re-release of Amy Grant's Baby, Baby is now available. Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of the hit song by recording it again, this time with 23-year old artist Tori Kelly. Check out the lyric video by clicking on the link at

Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman seem to be going through a second childhood. They shared video as they tried their hand at sock sliding. Mary Beth nearly wiped out but fortunately stuck the landing. Check out her performance by clicking on the link at

Josh Wilson is finally ready to go back on tour. Several weeks ago he returned home from his tour with Jason Gray and posted that he had one goal-to spend time holding his young son. This week Josh posted a picture as he held Asher. He added: Filled up my tank with this. Now headed back out for shows in Texas, Arkansas, and California!

Two long time groups are touring together and it's catching a lot of peoples attention. Third Day and Steven Curtis Chapman are on tour together but they are taking it a step further, actually combining into one group. Third Day joins Steven as his band during Stevens set and then Steven join Third Day as a member of the band during their songs. A recent article about the joint venture is posted on Third Day's web site. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Building 429 frontman Jason Roy met one of the bands biggest fans this week. He posted a picture with the young lady at her 26th Building 429 show. Jason posted: How amazing. Thank you so much. Can't wait to see you again at 27!

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Chip Ingram was joined by Small Groups Pastor Jim Blazin. Together they addressed the "How to Recruit and Train Small Group Leaders." Hundreds of leaders from around the U.S. participated in the session. The webinar covered how to recruit and train small group leaders, launch and promote them and evaluate their success. The session also included an open Q&A session. However, if you missed the training, the archived video is now available. Check it out by clicking on the link at

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Six Traits to Look for in a Spouse from Alistair Begg on Focus on the Family
For women, here’s his advice for what to look for in a husband:
He’s committed to having a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
He should be an individual of obvious integrity.
He should be able to lead boldly.
He should display the ability to love sacrificially.
He should be able to laugh heartily.
He should model genuine humility.
For men, here’s Alistair’s advice for what to look for in a wife:
Like her husband, a wife should having a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
She should possess an inner beauty that goes deeper than her skin.
She should be an initiative taker with an attitude of submission.
She should build her husband’s confidence.
She should display kindness that touches others.
She should have a sense of humor that braves adversity.

A homeless man known for toting his "God Bless You" sign around the Indianapolis area received a welcomed surprise this month when the local police force partnered to provide him with a new pair of sneakers. According to the Christian Post, Members of the Lawrence Police Department announced in a recent Facebook post that they were able to convince the Indiana Pacers NBA team to donate a pair of size 17 shoes to a local homeless man, who exceeds seven feet in height. The donated a pair of size 17 shoes that were made for a former player. In addition to the shoes, the officer also obtained some other donated items, such as socks and other essential items

A Dutch carpenter has built a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark and now plans to take it on a journey from the Brazilian city of Fortaleza to Rio de Janeiro, as well as parts of North America. According to Christian Headlines, Johan Huibers originally got the idea for building the ark in a dream. The ship weighs around 2,500 tons, is 95 feet wide, 75.5 feet high, 410 feet long, and can accommodate 5,000 people. Huibers built it according to the guidelines in Genesis 6. The ark has been on display since 2012, when Huiber finished it, but this summer it will be embarking on its first voyage.

Turkey's constitution will retain the principle of secularism. According to Christian Headlines, the countries Prime Minister made the statement following public uproar after a top politician called for a Muslim constitution. In a speech to members of his ruling AK Party, he said the government would guarantee religious freedom and seek a "liberal interpretation" of secularism, rather than an "authoritarian" one. The Prime Minister said "In the new constitution which we are preparing, the principle of secularism will be included as one guaranteeing individuals' freedom of religion and faith, and the state's equal distance to all faith groups", noting that Turkey's secular and democratic character was "not up for debate".

A grassroots initiative has been launched in Poland in an attempt to ban abortion without exceptions. According to Christian Headlines, the catalyst for the initiative was the horror of a botched abortion in which the 24-week-old child, diagnosed with Down Syndrome, was left unattended to die. Currently, abortion is legal in Poland only in instances of rape, if the life of the mother is in danger, or if the baby has been diagnosed with a handicap or abnormality up to 25 weeks gestation. The initiative to ban abortion entirely is being spearheaded by a group called Pro Foundation which is seeking to collect 100,000 signatures so that the ban will be considered by Poland’s legislature.

Conservative Anglicans reiterated their frustration with the U.K.-based Anglican Communion over the growing divide on same-sex marriage. According to Christian Headlines, Six primates with the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), an organization representing archbishops and their provinces around the world, met April 18-21 in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the group’s future and its ongoing response to the January meeting of Anglican bishops in Canterbury, England. During the Canterbury meeting, the Anglican Communion voted to sanction The Episcopal Church for violations of institutional protocol instead of a lapse in scriptural fidelity. The conservative members of the communion wanted to see stronger actions that would bring the U.S. church back to “the plain teaching of Scripture” in relation to marriage.

A pastor and his wife have been doused in petrol during an attack on their church in India. According to, Two men posing as Christians in need of prayer turned up at the church in the central Chattisgarh State and forced the pastor to let them in. He and his wife were doused with petrol in an attempt to force them to convert to Hinduism. The church was also badly vandalized. Bibles, furniture, the public address system, the pulpit and church offerings of fruits were among the damaged items. It is believed the two men belonged to a Hindu fundamentalist group from outside the village.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome will be dyed red today, April 29, “in recognition of all Christians who even today give their life for the faith.” According to a recent article, The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has organized the event to “call attention to the drama of anti-Christian persecution.” In a statement posted on their website, there are 150 million persecuted Christians throughout the world. The organizers added that “the systematic violation of the right to religious freedom, especially that of Christians, must become the central issue of the public debate.”

Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse. According to Christianity Today, Those are among the findings of a new telephone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors. About a third (36%) of Protestant senior pastors believe in the kind of pretribulation rapture familiar to pop culture. 1 in 4 say the rapture is not literal.

Living closer to nature is better for your health, new research suggests — and may even extend your life. According to the Washington Post, a study just published found that people who live in “greener” areas, with more vegetation around, have a lower risk of mortality. The research relied on data from a vast long-term Harvard study funded by the National Institutes of Health called the Nurses’ Health Study, which has collected health information biennially on more than 100,000 female registered nurses in the U.S. since 1976. The researchers found that people living in the greenest places — that is, people who had the most vegetation within 800 feet of their homes — had a 12 percent lower rate of mortality from any non-accidental cause than people living in the least green places.

15 year old Irish schoolgirl Emily Duffy has created a high-tech sleeping bag for the homeless. Even better, according to ABC News, the bags are now being made by homeless men in Dublin, in a workshop designed to help them get back into the workforce. It all started Jan. 9, 2015, when Duffy entered the Irish “BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.” There, she presented a waterproof, fireproof sleeping bag and was noticed by the Mendicity Institution, a homeless charity in Dublin. Mendicity manager Charles Richards offered her a deal: They would set up a workshop where service users would learn how to make their own sleeping bags and get paid for it. The sleeping bags, now called Duffily Bags, are being distributed at the Merchants Quay Night Café in Dublin and several were sent for migrants and refugees in Calais, northern France.

SpaceX plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars as soon as 2018 with the help of NASA, an extraordinary collaboration between the public and private sectors in an effort to eventually get humans to the Red Planet. According to the Washington Post, SpaceX made the announcement on Twitter this, laying out an ambitious timeline for an incredibly difficult mission. The partnership between SpaceX and NASA has the goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s

Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as America’s largest living generation, aided by an influx of young immigrants. According to Time, the analysis of Census Bureau data, conducted by Pew Research Center, defined millennials as people aged 18 to 34 in 2015 and Baby Boomers as people aged 51 to 69. There are 75.4 million millennials compared to 74.9 million Baby Boomers, according to the report. The total number of Baby Boomers has begun to decline. The Boomer population is expected to decline to 16.6 million by 2050.

Charles Eugster is a bodybuilder and sprinter. He is also 96 years old. According to, Eugster is considered basically the fittest 96-year-old on the planet and has multiple records for his age group. While nutrition and exercise are certainly integral in his tips for healthy living for the aging population, there is one other factor above all. The resident of Zurich, Switzerland says "Retirement is one of the worst things that you can do to yourself." Eugster says "We must do everything in our power to see that older people are healthy and productive". "We should have retraining facilities for older people. You are throwing away the skills and expertise of people at 65, and that is absolutely ridiculous.

This past Sunday was especially special for worship leader Kristian Stanfill. He posted: as a parent and a lover of Jesus this is the moment you pray for when you first find out you'll be having kids. I had the amazing opportunity to baptize my two oldest today. Isaac and Norah both have put their faith in Jesus and are ALIVE in Him forever. they were both so excited to broadcast to their friends and family today that Jesus is their savior. a day we'll never forget.

The members of Phillips, Craig, and Dean want to hear your story. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band this year and asked this week: How has Phillips, Craig, and Dean music touched your life? Share your story online.

Paul Baloche has purchased his first watch in 10 years. It was made by Vitae London. Each watch purchased supports a child through education for one year. Paul described the organization as: excellent watches with a worship vision.

CCM magazine has released their list of the top 1 word song titles ever. The magazine posted the list earlier this month. Coming in at number one is Friends by Michael W. Smith. See the entire list by clicking on the link at

Jeremy Camp is featured in the latest podcast on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada web site. As part of the 12 minute interview, Jeremy talks about the faithfulness of God that he experienced when he lost his first wife to cancer. Listen to the interview by clicking on the link at

Show Hope is getting close. The ministry formed by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman to work with orphans and help fund adoptions is seeking to raise enough month to bring 20 children home this month. With four days left in the month, Show hope announced that they had raised 86% of the funds needed. Want to help? Click on the link at

Danny Gokey has been recording some special versions of his songs in Spanish. He says he can't wait to share the video. Be on the look out for Danny Gokey music in Spanish coming soon.

Phillips, Craig and Dean say work on album #14 is completed. They announced this week that they had finished work on their next release, a CD featuring their favorite hymns of the faith.

The group We Are Messengershas released the audio for their new song Giants Fall. Check it out online by clicking on the link at

The band About A Mile has released the lyric video for their new song "Born To Live". Check it out by clicking on the link at

Citizenway is out with the music video for their song When I'm With You. You can check out the brand new video and also download the song this week only by clicking on the link at

Building 429 filmed a video featuring their song Unashamed during a stop with Tobymac's Hits Deep Tour in Seattle. Now you can check out their performance of the song by clicking on the link at

Colton Dixon was recently on the red carpet preparing for the release of the movie This Is Winter Jam. Colton talked about his time on American Idol, watching the movie War Room, and showing love to others. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Another Lighten upvideo from Ken Davis. This time the subject is Water Weight. It's a classic video clip is from many years ago before he found the discipline to keep off the pounds. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips is well known for is facial expressions while drumming. Even he admits that his various looks can be quite expressive. In fact, Duncan posted this week as he left the stage in Rockford, Illinois: I think I'm turning into a real life emoji!

The Sidewalk Prophets had some entertainment of their own this week. The band was on tour with Love and the Outcome as part of the Bible tour and they said Milo, the young son of Chris and Jodi, was the life of the party in our greenroom! They added: thanks for bringing him along to make the days brighter!

Love and the Outcome is currently on the Bible Tour with the Sidewalk Prophets, Aaron Shust, and Blanca. However, they are already gearing up for their next run. Chris and Jodi announced this week that they would be part of the Live Original tour this fall. The tour will also feature Sadie Robertson and Family Force 5.

Worship Leader Lincoln Brewster will be part of the Thrive Leadership Conference this week. The 3-day conference for pastors, ministry leaders, and business leaders, is put on each spring by Lincoln's church and this year it will be streamed online for free. It will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 28-30. You can tune in and watch as thousands of pastors and leaders gather to be encouraged and refreshed in ministry and business. In addition to general sessions, the three day event will also include a concert by Lincoln and a Q&A time. Sign up for the free stream by clicking on the link at

Winter Jam was quite a production. Tour officials this week released a picture of all the artists and tour staff surrounded by trailers, semis, and busses in every direction.

Pastor and Author Greg Laurie this week shared some thoughts on the death of musical icon, Prince. The speaker on a new beginning shared some thoughts on the well known artist and also used it as a spring board to talk about life after death. Laurie wrapped up his comments with this thought: I don’t know where Prince or Bowie went. Only God does. But I do know where I am going when I die. I’m going up. Which way are you going?

Joni and Friends got some help from the delivery giant FedEx this week. They posted: Thanks FedEx for transporting donated wheelchairs for South Bay Chair Corps volunteers to our Restoration Center!

Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth is recording new Revive Our Hearts programs at the First Baptist church in Jonesboro, Georgia this week and you can join in without every leaving your own home. The radio teaching will be broadcast live online on Thursday, April 28, from 9:00am to 1:00pm on the Revive Our Hearts web site. Click on the link at to access the free broadcast.

Lighten Up Speaker Ken Davis is recovering from a bike accident this week. The 70 year old comedian shared a picture of his bloody knee and arm and added: Tumble on my bike. Part of elbow, knee, leg, shoulder and back still on highway. Nothin broken. Thank you Lord.

5 things I learned from writing down every dollar I spent
1. Fee-free ATMs are abundant.
2. Being thrifty doesn’t mean you can’t have a social life.
3. Take a lap before making big purchases.
4. Cut yourself budgetary slack.
5. Money diaries work.

Here are 5 things healthy couples do when they fight from Relevant Magazine:
1. Take a Minute-All the bad stuff happens when you get too upset.
2. Recognize Context
3. Assume the Best
4. Swallow the Bitter Pill when you’re the one who messes up
5. Look Past the Surface and Address the Deeper Issue

Archaeologists believe they have found the remains of a 16th century cross that was erected in the US by a Spanish conquistador. According to, Hernando de Soto, who made a fortune from his conquest of the Inca empire, is believed to have erected the cross in a village of the Casqui tribe in Arkansas. Archaeologists found the ancient fragments of wood at the Cross County site that is believed to be the mound where de Soto placed the cross with the help of Casqui people who he had baptised.

The 'World's strongest pastor' has broken his 25th world record. According to, 53-year-old Lutheran minister Rev Kevin Fast joined Andrew Younghusband, a Canadian TV personality, to set the record for 'heaviest vehicle pulled over 100 ft by a pair'. The three fire trucks that, together, weighed 82 metric tonnes. Fast has been a pastor for more than two decades, and leads St Paul's Lutheran Church in Coburg. He also regularly competes in Highland-style games.

A birdwatcher in northern Israel has found a beautifully preserved Egyptian scarab near the northern port city of Haifa. According to CBN News, professors said the scarab belonged to an Egyptian official who likely enjoyed a similar position to the biblical Joseph. The 3,500-year-old artifact, she said, belonged to a senior official of the dynasty that ruled Egypt during the 18th and 17th centuries B.C. Excavations at the site will resume in July, which is open to volunteers who would like to take part in a dig in Israel.

Some craft brewers in Jerusalem claim to have just made a beer that is exactly the same as the kind that was consumed by beer drinkers in Jesus’ day. Herzl Brewery used a wheat strain that Tel Aviv University geneticists say was used to make beer 2,000 years ago in the area. As for the taste, the paper says there is “a hint of honey and berries,” despite only using the grains in the brewing process. However, there’s some bad news for beer fans looking for their own taste of New Testament brew: The brewery only made one batch, and it’s already almost gone.

Jameel McGee spent four years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. According to Relevant Magazein, in 2005, he was approached by a police officer named Andrew Collins and was arrested for dealing drugs—a charge that was completely fabricated. Years later, Collins was caught falsifying reports and went to prison himself, and the innocent man he’d put away was exonerated. That’s when an unlikely friendship blossomed. Both of the men ended up working at a Christian-based store and cafe called Mosaic, where Collins asked for forgiveness. McGee accepted the apology, and today, they’re close friends. McGee said that the act of forgiveness is an example of Christ’s love which he hopes will inspire others.

Tens of thousands of Armenian Christians gathered in California and Idaho early this week, calling for justice, on the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide. According to the Christian Post, Some in the crowd of about 60,000 that rallied at the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon chanted "Get your hands off our land!" while others shouted, "Eastern Turkey is western Armenia!" April 24, 1915, marked the beginning of the mass killings and forced relocations. Armenians want the world to recognize it as genocide.

Tim Peake – the first bona fide British astronaut to visit the International Space Station – just became the second person to run a marathon in space. And according to the Washington Post, his record-breaking time makes him the fastest extraterrestrial marathon runner ever. The first ISS marathon was completed by U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams in 2007. Peake, who was tuning in live to the London Marathon, managed a time of three hours, 35 minutes and 21 seconds.

Colleges are using FitDesk bikes help students pedal their way to health. According to NBC News, the FitDesk Bike is a stationary bike and ergonomically friendly laptop station that colleges are embracing for health and academic benefits alike. Clemson University in South Carolina was one of the first to install about 12 of these machines in their library, where all students are invited to use them. Officials say that "preliminary data shows that pedaling while studying has a positive effect,". They add: "We are also seeing that the FitDesk users seem to be a little happier — not jump up and down joy, but more positive."

Married couples have about a week to take advantage of a lucrative Social Security strategy that will be gone by the end of the month. According to the Washington Post, The filing strategy, known as file-and-suspend, could increase lifetime retirement benefits for some high-earning couples by as much as $60,000. The approach allows one spouse — typically the higher earner — to file for benefits and then suspend the payments. That makes it possible for their husband or wife to begin receiving spousal benefits while waiting for their own Social Security benefits to grow as much as possible. To qualify, one spouse needs to be at least 66 years old in order to file and suspend retirement benefits by April 29.

The bell of London’s Big Ben will temporarily toll for no more while the iconic clock undergoes repairs. According to Time, officials announced Tuesday that the $42 million renovation on the clock will begin in 2017 and is expected to last three years. A spokeswoman for the House of Commons said the chimes will stop for “several months” during maintenance on the clock but there will still be some striking and tolling of the bell on special occasions. The project will repair the clock face, cracks in the tower’s masonry and corrosion in the roof. The clocks bells rang for the first time in 1859.

Tristan Jacobson’s lemonade stand was an overwhelming success. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, hundreds of people have come by to support the 9-year-old’s entrepreneurial enterprise in Springfield, Missouri. They were there to help Tristan achieve his goal: To raise enough money for his own adoption. The boy’s legal guardian, Donnie Davis, has been caring for Tristan since he was just a baby. For years, Davis has wanted to officially adopt Tristan — but the cost of the legal fees, about $10,000, were too high. Tristan decided to lend a hand so he set up a lemonade stand in the hopes of raising a few extra bucks for his family. After word of his cause spread across the country via news reports and social media, hundreds of strangers flocked to his aid. At last report Tristan’s lemonade stand had raised more than $7,000; and another $15,000 had been raised via a fundraiser.

An Asda Living store in Manchester, England will soon be turning off their loudspeakers, escalators, in-store music and display TVs for one hour a day and it's not to save a little money on their electricity bill. According to Relevant magazine, The British store is designating an hour a day as "quiet hour" where shoppers with autism can peruse their shelves without anxiety. According to the National Autistic Society, people with autism can be sensitive to loud noises, and can have trouble cutting out background noise, causing severe stress. When store manager Simon Lea saw an autistic boy struggling to cope with in-store noise, she decided their store should do something about it. The result was the stores plans for a quite hour.

Being a touring Christian artist means more than just standing on stage night after night. It also includes a number of other jobs including guitar tech. Members of Mercyme posted pictures over the weekend as they did an emergency guitar rebuild using duct tape, glue, and wood clamps.

Kutless member James Mead is also a student but he was struggling with that roll over the weekend. James posted a selfie and said: This is the face of a guy who DOES NOT want to do his math homework anymore.

Matthew West was celebrating over the weekend. He was presented with a plaque in honor of his latest number 1 song, Grace Wins!

Moriah Peters is doing what she can to help fight human trafficking. She posted a picture as she modeled jewelry from the company Bracha. Proceeds from the companies jewelry goes to help fund abolishment of human trafficking. Moriah said it's another way to fight injustice.

Encouragement this week from Manny of Group 1 Crew. He posted: You ever have those days when you feel like this is it? This is the day I quit. But then you dig deep and scrounge up the smallest measure of faith and pray that God fan that flame before it goes out. If that day is today for you, I hope by the time you see this that grace found you still believing. If not let this post spark the reality that God isn't done with you yet. Keep going!

Jimmy Needham is out with a new article on memorizing God's Word. The article is featured on the web site Desiring God. It features five suggestions from Jimmy for hiding God's word in your heart. Check out the article by clicking on the link at

Building 429 was featured in the new movie Wildflower. This month band members Jason Roy and Jesse Garcia recorded several videos talking about what drew the band to Wildflower and why they decided to take on a movie score for the first time in their careers. Wildflower released on DVD on April 5. Check out the five part interview by clicking on the link at
Wildflower Jason and Jesse Part I
Behind the Musical Score - Part II
Behind the Musical Score - Part III
Wildflower Jason and Jesse Part IV
Wildflower Jason and Jesse Part V

The new project from the Irish worship band We Are Messengers is off to a good start. The band released their self titled debut album late last week and it immediately jumped to #3 in the USA and #1 in Ireland. Also coming out Friday were albums by Jordan Feliz and Phil Wickham. Together the three projects ranked at the top three iTunes Christian music albums over the weekend.

The web site Freeccm is giving away a free download of Phil Wickham's song "Children Of God." It's the title cut from Phil's latest album. Access the free download by clicking on the link at

Jaci Velasquez is back. The Christian Artist and actress announced on Instagram that she is officially recording a new English record for the first time in four years. In addition, Jaci says she will also soon debut a special fashion project.

Jamie Grace has released a new cover video. It's a mashup of the theme songs from A Different world and Facts of Life. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Another behind the scenes video from MSG Entertainment. The feature this time is Colton Dixon as he prepares for his show at the Forum in LA. Check out the Before The Show video by clicking on the link at

"Baby Baby," Amy Grant's hit song from 1991, is getting a 25th anniversary makeover. According to, Grant has teamed up with Tori Kelly to release a new rendition of the song. The two recently sat down to talk about the makeover of Grant's hit song. Click on the link at to find out more.

Jamie Grace recently took to facebook for a live chat with her fans. As part of the video Jamie does a cover of Nuthin by Lecrae and says her upcoming new album will include something new; Jamie says she will rap on her next project. Check out the video and hear some of Jamie's new music by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace and her sister, Morgan Harper Nichols, have recorded a new video focused on their Good Music Camps. The sisters recently held their first singer and songwriter camp in Las Vegas and say they plan to hold more camps across the country. Check out more by clicking on the link at

A reminder from Shane and Shane: Always make sure to pack that extra toilet paper roll. They shared a picture of a hotel that advertised "Free Toilet Paper with Each Room".

Want to control the weather, now you can. Bob Smiley posted: If you stay in room 338 you get to control the weather! Attached was a picture of the switch in his room. Rather than the normal on and off, the switch offered the choices of summer or winter.

Josh Wilson will play a series of living room shows this week. Josh announced the shows this week, taking place May 6 through 8. Each will be begin at 7:00pm CT and will be available online for a donation amount of your choice. The shows will feature unreleased songs from 2003 to 2007 on May 6th, Radio hits from 2008 to 2016 on May 7th, and cover songs from artists Josh toured with on May 8th. Access the three shows by clicking on the link at

Third Day's Mark Lee says touring with long time Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman feels like a dream. He posted a picture as he shared a mic with Steven and added: one of those moments where I'm fully expecting my mom's about to wake me up and tell me it's time to get ready for school.

Aaron Shust received a good reminder this week to, in his words, be careful what you say. He posted: During "The God I Know" by Love and the Outcome, I was walking behind the Stage Manager, talking about this being the song stuck in my head all day long...when I realized I was loudly talking Right into my boom mic. Basically: in the middle of their performance, Chris and Jodi heard me screaming in their ears. Thankfully, I was being nice. LESSON: be careful what you say! Let your words be dripping with grace.

If you're in the Atlanta area this week you are invited to join Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth for Revive Our Hearts Live. Nancy will conduct two half-day teaching sessions April 26 and 28 which will form the basis for new Revive Our Hearts programs. As part of the teaching, you will be able to join Nancy as she opens the biblical text and be the first to experience these brand new teachings.

Family Life Today is moving. The ministry announced over the weekend that, starting this week, Family Life Today will be at a new twitter account. Rather than the twitter address of @FamilyLifeOrg, their twitter address is now @FamilyLifetoday. Access the new site for the latest marriage tips, help, resources, and more!

How to increase mental toughness: 4 secrets from Navy SEALs
1) Talk Positively To Yourself
2) Setting Goals
3) Practice Visualization
4) Use Simulations

Questions that were asked at Apple job interviews
“Explain to an 8 year old what a modem/router is and its functions.”
“Who is your best friend?”
“If you have 2 eggs, and you want to figure out what’s the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it?
“Describe yourself, what excites you?”
“A man calls in and has an older computer that is essentially a brick. What do you do?”
“Are you smart?”
“What are your failures, and how have you learned from them?”
“Have you ever disagreed with a manager’s decision, and how did you approach the disagreement?

Controversy over a Ten Commandments monument removed from the grounds of the state Capitol in October continues with an effort to reinstate the monument. According to Christian Headlines, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 65-7 on Thursday in favor of a statewide vote to determine whether to remove an article of the state constitution which prohibits the use of state funds to support religion. Oklahoma voters will now have the opportunity in November to vote on whether the constitutional section prohibiting the use of state funds for religion should be removed. If the voters decide to abolish the constitutional mandate, it will pave the way for the Ten Commandments monument to be reinstated on the grounds of the Capitol.

Hundreds of Hindus who were fiercely antagonistic toward Christianity have been turning to Christ. According to a report in Christian Headlines, after the 2008 murder of a Hindu leader in eastern India, Radical Hindus spread the rumor that Christians were responsible. The Hindu radicals went on a rampage, destroying 300 churches and 6,000 homes, and displacing at least 50,000 people for months. Recently, however, there are reports that those very jungles where many Christians died are becoming places where many Hindus are encountering the Lord. Thousands are gathering in the jungle camps in Kandhamal District to hear the living Word of God.

In the 80s we had the mood ring, now we have the mood map. According to Time, a multinational team of researchers has sought to map the American mood by compiling a state-by-state ratings of personality and temperament. According to the map, the central part of the country is more friendly and conventional while the western states are relaxed and creative and the northeastern states are tempermental.

Scientists have discovered another galaxy, located 4 billion light years from earth. According to Yahoo News, the hidden dwarf dark galaxy was discovered by astrophysicists at Stanford. Researched used a technique called gravitational lensing to discover the new galaxy. They say the process could help researchers also learn about other hidden parts of the universe.

On the 400th anniversary of his death, Shakespeare is more popular abroad than in Britain. Those finding are according to a survey published last week. The British Council, which commissioned the survey of 18,000 people from 15 countries, show Shakespeare is more popular in non-English speaking countries such as China, Turkey and Mexico than in countries using the tongue he helped to develop, such as Britain, Australia and the United States. Officials say the results also showed that internationally Shakespeare is widely known, liked and understood.

A new study on the long-term risks of playing football found more than 40 percent of retired National Football League players examined showed signs of traumatic brain injury, which is often a precursor to the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy. According to the Huffington Post, the study found that the rate of TBI found in the retired football players is “significantly higher” than that of the general population. It also found that the longer a subject played in the NFL, the higher his risk for TBI — though there was no relationship between the actual number of concussions and TBI.

A Michigan couple faces more than three months in jail and hundreds of dollars in penalties for two overdue library books. According to the Huffington Post, Catherine and Melvin Duren were arraigned last week in Lenawee County Court on a misdemeanor charge of failure to return rental property. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 93 days in jail and fined $500 for a Dr. Seuss title that’s missing and for a novel that they returned late. The county prosecutor said the case is necessary to protect taxpayers’ money. The Durens said they’re being unfairly harassed over a small mistake.

A new LinkedIn App is easing stress for college students. According to CBN News, the popular social account for business has released a new app is called LinkedIn Student. The app allows graduating job seekers to tap into the database of the social giant's 400 million professionals. Linkedin Student provides information on companies that hire from a student's school, recent alumni connected to job postings, and job listing in student majors.

Just a few years ago the name Lauren Daigle wouldn't have turned any heads in Christian music. But after winning three dove awards and garnering a Grammy nomination that has all changed. Lauren recently sat down with Parade Magazine to talk about her breaking into the music business and the changes over the past several years. Read the interview by clicking on the link at

The members of Stars go Dim are doing more than providing great music. They are also reaching out to those in need. One of those is Dominic, an 8 year old boy in Kansas City dealing with brain cancer. Stars Go Dim member Michael Cleveland recently was part of making a dream come true for Dominic. Dominic got to take cooking lessons from his favorite Kansas City chef. Check out the story, as shared by Michael, by clicking on the link at

More shows are now available from Third Day's Mac Powell. Three more editions of the Mac and Tug show have been added to the soundcloud site for a total of 6 shows. Join Mac and Tug as they talk about everything from music to sports to faith. Click on the link at

Jamie Grace has her own "look", pictures she can use when she needs to convey as specific emotion. She recently shared a picture that she says is perfect for when someone asks you to name your favorite song but you have like at least 10. It's also good for when it's almost 9:30 and you just remembered you have to wash 3 loads of clothes. Check out the photograph by clicking on the link at

Blanca is giving you the chance to hang out with her at one of her upcoming shows. Right now you can enter for the chance to hang out with the former member of Group 1 Crew. Enter the drawing for a special VIP Experience by clicking on the link at

Lauren Daigle this week continued her weekly series on her remake CD How Can It Be Deluxe Edition. Lauren this week released video number four in the series. Additional videos about the upcoming album will be available each Tuesday. Check out video number four right now by clicking on the link at

Danny Gokey is growing his own backup dancers. He recently posted a video taken by his wife. It shows his two young children on the side of the stage, dancing their hearts out, as their daddy performed on stage. Danny posted: When I'm singing my kids like to do this!

A brand new music video for Phil Wickham's song "Your Love Awakens Me" is now available online. Phil describes the song as a celebration of the amazing, unfailing love of God that calls us out of darkness and into light. Out of the grave and into a life full of purpose, joy, victory, freedom, and hope. Phil says he made the video to add to that celebration. Check it out by clicking on the link at

A lyric video for Phil Wickham's song Doxology/Amen is now available online. The premier of the video took place earlier this week on the Worship Leader web site. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Another story behind the song video is now available from Citizenway. This week the band released a video telling the story behind the song When I'm With You. They say: He's always with us especially when we need Him most. Hear the entire story by clicking on the link at

Lauren Daigle is out with a new music video for her song How Can It Be. The video features a live rendition of the song. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The artist Prince passed away this week at the age of 57. The long time artist had a major impact on artists from all genre but did you know that he even once wrote a gospel song? The song titled The Cross was later covered by Kevin Max and DC Talk. You can check out Kevin's rendition of the song by clicking on the link at

Charles Stanley was recently getting a head start on the ministries 2017 Calendar. Every year In Touch releases a calendar full of Dr. Stanley's pictures and work is already underway on next years edition.

11 tips for designing a logo that won't confuse your consumers
1. Get your team on board
2. Don't abstract or oversimplify on principle
3. Don't stress over it
4. Consider global perception
5. Keep it simple until you scale
6. Ask yourself whether a 5-year-old will remember it
7. Crowdsource your logo
8. Keep it simple, clean and professional
9. Ask yourself whether anyone would get it as a tattoo
10. Figure out how you're going to use your logo
11. Evolve but don't dramatically redesign it

Do you struggle with cynicism? Here are 3 steps to help you be more positive:
The first step is acknowledging where the real problem lies
Next, we should recognize and re-embrace some of the virtues that we often look down upon
Finally though, the clearest way to change an aspect of our character is to begin behaving differently.

Church leaders are uniting for a 15-state "moral revolution" in America, to champion the Christian values of love, justice and mercy in the country's politics. According to, The tour, called 'The Revival: Time for a moral revolution of values' will begin on Sunday April 4 and end in January next year. The tour, organized by Repairers of the Breach, Healing of the Nations Ministries, and Drum Major Institute, hopes to engage clergy and others to organize at state capitals and at key political events during the election.

A conservative Christian blogger is making a public plea to a woman who tweeted that she was planning to abort her baby, offering to give her child a loving home. According to CBN News, Matt Barber, who runs the website, stumbled upon a tweet from a woman named Queline who stated, "I will terminate a pregnancy soon". After the birth mother told him "We can't afford a baby, that's that, there are no other options unless you want to kick in 50K" Matt put his money where his mouth is by offering to adopt the baby and pay all the costs.

For the first time ever, a non-Muslim in Indonesia’s Banda Aceh province, has been subjected to punishment for breaking the region’s strict sharia law. Up to now, the laws only applied to Muslims. According to Relevant Magazine, This week, a 60-year-old Christian woman was publicly caned in front of a large crowd for breaking the religious law prohibiting the sale of alcohol. She was reportedly whipped 30 times while people in the crowd recorded the punishment with their phones.

The Islamic State terrorist organization has destroyed a 2,000-year-old structure known as the "Gate of God" near its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, according to a British research organization. According to the ChristianPost, The gate, which is also known as the "Mashqi Gate," was one of the many gates that guarded the biblical Assyrian city of Nineveh that dates back as far as the seventh century B.C. during the rule of Assyrian King Sennacherib. Local activists in Mosul confirmed that ISIS destroyed the gate, as the group continues its systematic destruction of cultural and religious antiquities in Iraq and Syria.

ISIS is reportedly seeing a steady decline in its support from younger Arab men and women in the past two years. According to Relevant News, A new poll shows that an overwhelming number of Arab teens and young adults oppose the terrorist group, with 80 percent ruling out any possibility of supporting the Islamic State even if it were to renounce its brutal tactics. The poll—which was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 3,500 respondents ages 18 to 24—revealed that young Arabs are increasingly fearful of the group while simultaneously less swayed by its propaganda. More than 50 percent the participants ranked the Islamic State as the forefront problem facing the Middle East.

The Titanic struck an iceberg late at night on April 14, 1912, and sank some 2 hours and 40 minutes later, early on the morning of April 15. Now, thanks to this animated recreation, you can watch the whole thing unfold in real time. According to the Huffington Post, the simulation includes the iceberg strike, the ship coasting to a halt in the North Atlantic about 20 minutes later, lifeboats being lowered into the water and even scenes of flooding in the interior corridors. Along with showing the ship sinking in real time, the simulation has captions describing what was happening aboard the ship at specific times, as well as anecdotes about some of her passengers.

Producers of HGTV’s hit reality show “Love It or List It” are facing a lawsuit from a North Carolina couple that claims the show’s renovations “irreparably damaged” their home. According to Yahoo News, the premise of the show gives homeowners the choice to love their newly renovated home or list it and move into a new one. But Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan of Chatham County say the show pulled the rug out from under them when they signed up to turn their rental property into a home for them and their foster teens. Murphy and Sullivan say they invested more than $140,000 with the production company, Big Coat TV, to upgrade their home, according to their lawsuit. But they’re now claiming, among other things, that Big Coat and the contractor hired to remodel their home, Aaron Fitz Construction, “irreparably damaged” their floors, painted some of their windows shut and used “low quality” and “inferior products” on their renovation, the lawsuit states.

African-American civil rights activist and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will become the new face of the $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson. According to ABC News, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced the change this week. The changes are part of an effort by the Obama administration to put a woman on paper currency and Lew said that along with Tubman becoming the face of the $20 bill, images of women and civil rights era leaders will also be added to other bills. He says: "We are putting a woman on the 20, the 10, and the 5 and we are going to move as quickly as we can get all of these bills out there." The new designs will start to go into effect in 2020, the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.

A baby daughter of a Washington state Congresswoman has been given a second chance at life after the baby’s father donated one of his kidneys to help her survive. According to a Christian Headlines report, Abigail, the daughter of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and her husband, Dan, was born with the usually fatal Potter’s Syndrome, a condition that prevents a child’s kidneys from developing properly. Both Jaime and Dan were matches for Abigail and thus possible donors, but Dan insisted he be the one to give up one of his kidneys for Abigail, especially since Jaime is now pregnant with their second child.

A new report details the effect of marijuana legalization on Colorado residents. According to ABC News, The number of patients arriving at Colorado hospitals and emergency rooms after marijuana exposure rose significantly after the drug was legalized and made available at retail shops. The report by the Colorado Department of Public Health details how the drug's legalization has affected state residents, including rates of usage, crime and effects on public health. Hospitalizations involving patients with possible marijuana exposures and diagnoses increased from approximately 803 per 100,000 between 2001 and 2009 to 2,413 per 100,000 after marijuana was legalized and sold at retail stores. Visits to emergency rooms also went up from an average of 739 per 100,000 patients between 2010 and 2013.

The Olympic flame kicked off a 15-week trip around the globe on Thursday, after it was lit in the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia Greece. A relay of torchbearers will pass the flame across Greece for the next six days. It will then be handed over to Brazilian officials in Athens on April 27. Spectators around the world can follow the torch's journey from Greece to Brazil, handoff by handoff on the @OlympicFlame Twitter account. The torch with pass through hundreds of hands before lighting the cauldron at the Maracanã Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on the evening of Aug. 5.

Worship leader Meredith Andrews was enjoying some down time with her three children this week. She posted a picture as they enjoyed the sand box and posted: After some action packed days of coming and going, I so enjoyed the afternoon outside with these 3!

Kutless front man Jon Micah Sumrall was enjoyed this last day of the skiing season this week. He posted: What a day! Closed out the ski season at Mt. Ashland Ski Area in the morning. Then when the snow got too heavy in the afternoon I made the short drive over to climb Pilot Rock. My legs are real tired now

Third Day's Mac Powell introduced something new this week, the Mac and Tug Show. As part of the very first show in the series, Mac And Tug Talk Nostalgia and 80's Movies, Mac Shares His Recent Experience At A Springsteen Show and Finally Mac Interviews the Other Members of Third Day! Check it out by clicking on the link at

An announcement from Kutless member James Mead this week. He posted on Instagram: I think I'm gonna try this whole fashion thing. I'm gonna make custom "one of a kind" items to sell. Follow me to keep up.

The J and J and JJ tour, featuring Jason Gray, Josh Wilson, and JJ Heller, is over and Josh Wilson says he just needs one thing. He posted a picture of his young son Asher fast asleep on his chest and said: this is all I need.

Hawk Nelson front man Jon Steingard this week shared a note recently received from a fan named Morgan. He added: We read every single note we receive and I'm so blown away by your kindness! Thanks for letting us be a part of your stories.

Mandisa now has at least one important part in place as she plans for her eventual marriage. She posted: I hope I get married one day...cuz I just heard the best wedding song ever. The song is titled: I Get To Love You. Mandisa added: Now I just need the husband.

Natalie Grant is serving at the guest blogger for Bethel music this month. Natalie shares the personal story behind her song Ever Be, telling how God spoke to her through the song and their voices raised in praise. Read the blog by clicking on the link at

Work has begun on the next album by worship leader Paul Baloche. He posted a picture this week of the official start of pre-production.

Phillips, Craig and Dean are back in the studio. The three pastors this week announced plans for a brand new hymns album.

After 20 months in the US, the first album from the Irish worship band We Are Messengers is finally ready for release. The self titled project will be available nationwide on Friday. Members of the band posted this week: We're excited to share God through these songs.

The latest song from Love and the Outcome is titled "The God I Know". Check out the audio for the song by clicking on the link at

Another new video is available from the Newsboys. Check out the video premiere of their song "Crazy". Click on the link at

Another video blog is now available from the band Kutless. Video blog 6 is titled He's So Competitive. Check out the video as the members of the band talk about their favorite songs on this years tour. Click on the link at

for King and Country has released a sneak-peek of "Priceless" the live music video featuring exclusive footage from our upcoming film Priceless The Movie. The movie is scheduled for release this fall. Check out the sneak peak of the music video by clicking on the link at

A new video is now available featuring a behind the scenes look at what it takes to prepare for a concert at the forum in LA. The featured artist is Tobymac and his This is Not A Test Tour. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

The latest Lighten Up video from Ken Davis is focused on dyslexia. Ken posted: I’ve lived with a low level of Dyslexia and ADHD most of my life. I often have to rewrite these posts several times to correct all the mixed up letters and sentences. That's why a song by his friend, Paul Aldrich – who also struggles with the problem – was especially funny. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips issues an apology this week following the bands concert in New York. Phillips said on social media: Just want to apologize to the killer sold out show tonight for my lack luster performance! This is the reason! I sliced my hand in the first song and it went a bit numb so I lost some feeling, but all is good! Paramedics cleared me and I'll be ready to rock next week! Leave it to the high energy drummer to downplay the injury. Duncan's drum tech posted a picture of his drums following the show and they looked more like a crime scene. They were covered with blood splatter from Duncans cut palm.

Kari Jobe says her baby boy is truly a tour baby. She posted a picture of Canyon Carnes looking cool with a stocking cap and a onsey that boasted: "I'm with the band".

The members of Among The Thirsty are resorting to replacement babies to keep them going until they can make it home and hug their own children. One of the band members posted this week: When we're gone for long periods of time, we miss our babies. A lot. So, tonight, I picked up someone else's baby. Thanks to Kendra Barton & her husband for letting me get in some baby snuggles. I can't wait to kiss my babies in a couple weeks.

The members of Kutless are gearing up for another visit to the Ukraine. Guitarist James Mead was in Waco, Texas this week to attend a fundraising event with Eastern European Missions and the band is encouraging all of their socials media followers to check out the organization. They also announced that another tour of Ukraine is in the works. They say a huge announce will be coming.

Chris Tomlin will bring his Worship Night in America to five cities this summer. As the dates approach, Chris this week requested prayer for those who will be speaking and singing at the events. They include Louie Giglio, Matt Redman, Matt Maher, and Phil Wickham.

Greg Laurie will be joining thousands of Pastors to Pray for our country on June 14. The speaker on A New Beginning will be part of the Tuesday evening session of the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention. The entire evening will be committed to praying for spiritual leaders, our churches, nation, and world.

Joni and Friends is celebrating 25 years of Family Retreats! The organization founded by Joni Tada this week released a video focused on the service the retreats provide. They say: Disability affects families 24/7. Relief is rarely available and daily hardships are made worse by isolation. But one week is different! For families affected by disability, the Family Retreat has, for 25 years, provided a week of acceptance, connection, and respite.

5 ways to help your child develop a growing relationship with Christ from Family Life:
#1 Prayer
#2 Bible study
#3 Church involvement
#4 Mission-mindedness
#5 Conferences attendance

7 ways to lose weight when you’re crazy busy
1. Order “coffee, black.”
2. Smelling fresh green apples, bananas and pears can curb appetite and make sugary desserts less appealing,
3. Dreaming about eating an entire packet of your favorite candy before indulging may cause you to eat less of it.
4. Schedule a workout with a friend.
5. Eat frozen veggies rather than canned.
6. So called stone fruits—like plums, peaches and nectarines—may help ward off belly fat, high cholesterol and insulin resistance.
7. Eat an apple or a broth-based soup prior to sitting down to a restaurant meal

Bereaved parents are demanding more compensation from China's government, blaming the now-defunct one-child policy for robbing them of the chance to have more kids. According to NBC News, a Beijing protest highlighting the issue on Tuesday. The anger of such parents has intensified since the government last year announced it was reforming the one-child policy and giving couples the option of having a second baby. For decades, such an offense brought serious punishment including jail time, fines, or forced sterilization.

A pastor's wife was killed after being buried while protesting the destruction of a church in China. According to a Christian Post report, China Aid said that Ding Cuimei suffocated to death when she and her husband, church leader Li Jiangong, stepped in front of a bulldozer in an attempt to stop the demolition on April 14. The bulldozer reportedly pushed the two into a pit, where they were covered in soil. Li was able to escape, but Ding was killed. The incident took place at Beitou Church in China's central Henan province.

The wife of a jailed Christian human rights activist has shared how she has relied on the powers of God during her darkest challenges. According to Christian Today, Speaking to LA Times, Vu Minh Khanh, wife of imprisoned Nguyen Van Dai, shared her reliance on God as she travels across America to advocate for her husband's release. Nguyen, a lawyer and blogger, was abused and imprisoned by the communist government in Hanoi after arranging to meet with European Union representatives to research human rights. Since his imprisonment four months ago, he has not been allowed contact with family and his requests for a lawyer have been declined. His wife is determined that Americans and others "outside our community... know his work, his cause".

The joint statement from five separate charities urged Christians to oppose the UK government plans to register and inspect out-of-school settings including church youth groups. According to Christian Today, The department of education announced the plans last year which would force institutions that teach under-19s for more than six hours a week to register. The move is part of the government's counter-extremism strategy and came after concerns children were exposed to extremist views in a small number of Muslim madrassas. However the charities warned that church youth groups could be inspected under the plans as they would force any institution that teaches children to register.

An Iraqi priest has been named a hero after he rescued thousands of 'priceless' ancient manuscripts as ISIS invaded his village. According to the Christian Post, Father Najeeb Michael fled 10 days before ISIS invaded, accompanied by as many people as could fit in his car and more than 1,000 manuscripts. The manuscripts, some of which were over 1,000 years old, related to astrology, theology and philosophy.

Nearly four in 10 Republican voters who identify themselves as "born again" or "evangelical" don't believe the Bible is the literal Word of God. According to the Christian Post, Pew Research published an analysis this month on the evangelical vote in the 2016 election season, using data accrued from the 20014 Religious Landscape Study. That data found that 39 percent of self-identified evangelical voters in the Republican Party do not believe the Bible is literal Word of God. Meanwhile, a recent Wall Street Journal poll which showed only 38 percent of Trump supporter attended worship on a weekly or more basis. By contrast, 56 percent of supporters of more socially conservative candidates like Sen. Ted Cruz attended weekly or more.

In Utah, porn will soon be just like smoking — a "public health crisis." According to NBC News, Gov. Gary Herbert is set to sign a resolution passed by the state legislature last month that calls for increased "education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level" to combat pornography. The resolution states: "Efforts to prevent pornography exposure and addiction, to educate individuals and families concerning its harms, and to develop recovery programs must be addressed systemically in ways that hold broader influences accountable."

The police have arrested children for not breaking up a fight at an elementary school. According to NBC News, five children, ages 8 to 13, were handcuffed at school after video showed them failing to stop a neighborhood fight involving even younger children. The fight was video taped by another child and, after seeing the video, police showed up at their school and arrested them, charging them with criminal responsibility for another.

A McDonalds franchise in St. Joseph, Missouri, is building a 6,500-square-foot restaurant that they say will be the first Golden Arches in the country to offer bottomless French fries for its customers. According to NBC News, the restaurant is slated to open in July. In addition to serving non-stop fries, this location will include ordering kiosks in place of a row of checkouts, plus comfy armchairs "in earthy tones," and table service. Customers will be able to create their own personalized burger, chicken sandwich, and dessert through an on-screen ordering system.

A 12-year-old Israeli girl has discovered an ancient Egyptian amulet dating back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs. According to Yahoo News, the girl and her family took part in the Temple Mount Sifting Project, an initiative to sort through earth discarded from the area of the biblical temples in Jerusalem. There she found a pendant-shaped amulet bearing the name of the Egyptian ruler Thutmose III. It was actually found four years ago but it's significance was just announced this month.

Scientists have long known that working out regularly can not only benefit your brain and brawn, but can also lift your mood. Now, according to Huffington Post, a new study published last week in the journal Cognition and Emotion suggests that a 30-minute run can help you to better regulate your emotions. For the study, 40 men and 40 women were asked to complete a questionnaire gauging their emotional mood. Researchers found that “People who reacted very strongly after watching the sad film clip could more readily regulate their emotions to bounce back from the sad mood if they had previously done 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.”

Don’t believe your baby carrots. According to Huffington Post, Despite their adorable name, baby carrots are actually whole, imperfect, carrots that are sliced into smaller pieces, sculpted into rounded sticks, washed and packaged for our snacking convenience. In fact, baby carrots were developed as a ploy to sell more carrots. Back in the ‘80s, supermarkets would only purchase the prettiest looking carrots, forcing farmers to turn the imperfect ones into carrot juice or animal feed. One farmer threw a few batches into an industrial green bean cutter that sliced them into uniform 2-inch pieces, then he ran them through a potato peeler to smooth them out. And thus the baby carrots were born

Jason Roy says the company you work with can make all the difference. The Building 429 front man was putting up outside lights at their home over the weekend and posted: I've never enjoyed doing a lighting install as much as I did yesterday with my son Avery.

Moriah Peters recently asked her fans, known as teamBRAVE, to encourage each other via Instagram. She posted: Ideas influence. They can help a culture grow or tear a person apart. Let's share true, noble & lovely thoughts with the rest of the group. Tag the person who comments above you with a word of kindness and keep the good going. Moriah followed up several days later. She says her team has taken up the challenge in a big way. She posted: 131 comments later and I'm a mess.

The movie Priceless is the first movie produced by a company formed by for King and Country members Joel and Luke and their family. It's scheduled to release later this summer. But it's already starting to get noticed. Joel and Luke announced over the weekend that the Priceless Movie will open the International Christian Film Festival in Orlando later this month.

Colton Dixon is helping debut Tobymac's new clothing line. Colton posted a picture in Instagram and said: Check out my dude Tobymac's new clothing line macblklbl. Colton described it as fashion forward and great quality.

Darlene Zschech says Psalm 91 has been her anchor psalm for the last 2 years as she dealt with cancer. She says that, in the Passion Translation, it is pure poetry and like the warmest embrace in my soul.

The latest song from the band We Are Messengers is titled Everything Comes Alive. Now they want to hear your story of how God has made everything come alive in your life. Simply go to their instagram page and share your story.

Jonny Diaz posted this week: This is how daddy cleans off the baby's high chair. Attached was a picture of his two dogs licking his daughters high chair clean. Jonny added: she's building immunities.

Love and the Outcome has released their latest song. The new single "The God I Know" will be featured on the duo's upcoming CD but the individual song released over the weekend.

It's Old McDonald like you have never heard it before. Jamie Grace shared a video this week as she and several of her friends joined together for their very unique rendition of Old MacDonald Had a Farm. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey is out with another tour thought. This time his topic is: “You don’t have to bleed, Christ bled for you”. Hear Mike's thoughts on cutting after a moving experience at one of their shows. Click on the link at

The newest song from Group 1 Crew is titled Power. The song is the title cut from their new album releasing on July 29. Check out the official music video for the song by clicking on the link at

Citizen Way has released a video telling the Story Behind The Album '2.0'. Check out the bands video talking about their latest project. Click on the link at

Phil Wickham is out with an official music video for his song Your Love Awakens Me. The video premiered over the weekend on the Relevant Magazine web site. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Plumb has released the official music video for her song Great is our God. The video features a live performance of the song. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The band Switchfoot was recently in Manila for a concert and a video shoot and now front man Jon Foreman is sharing his journal entry about the experience. He says that, in advance of the trip, the journey made little sense. But he added that, while sending at a busy intersection in the country, it all seemed to come together. He says the two days in Mania were "enough to begin a new era for me solidifying the purpose and meaning behind these songs, and why we sing." Jon added: "We sing because we’re alive, we sing because we’re looking for resolution, we sing because we’re thirsty for more, we sing because hope deserves an anthem."

The latest release from Citizenway is titled When I'm With You. And recently the members of the band sat down to talk about the song. It came from a very difficult time in one of the band members lives after loosing a son and then making a major move. The song talks about the encouragement of spending time with Jesus even when you don't know what to say. Hear the story behind the song by clicking on the link at

Another cover video from Jamie Grace and her sister Morgan Harper Nichols. Check out their cover of the White Boots. Click on the link at

Kutless member James Mead needs more work on his selfie technique. He posted: I tried to take a self-portrait...but I cut my head off.

A good question from comedian and motivational speaker Anita Renfroe. She posted a picture of an organically grown apple and asked: Do you think the glue on the stickers they use to let you know it's organic is, in fact, organic?

Blanca and Jodi from Love and the Outcome are more then just touring artists. They are also celebrating motherhood together on The Bible tour. Blanca posted on instagram: We are two happy mommas! We are so grateful to have our boys out with us on the Bible Tour 2016.

Francesca Battistelli and Lauren Daigle will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City this fall and you can join them. Right now a 240 voice choir is being put together to join with the two artists on Sunday, October 2. The 3 day choir experience will include rehearsal sessions, time to enjoy New York City tourism, up-close interactions with Francesca and Lauren and more.

When Mandisa toured with Brandon Heath they were known BranDisa. So it was only natural that, as Mandisa prepared for her tour with Jeremy Camp, she would look for a new nick name. Mandisa held an informal poll over the weekend asking for her fans thoughts on three possibilities: CampDisa, JeremIsa, or ManCamp. And the winner was CampDisa. The CampDisa tour begins this week and Mandisa says no tents are required.

10 Things You May Not Know About Laughter
1. Rats Laugh When They’re Tickled
2. You’re More Likely to Laugh Around Others – Not Because of Jokes
3. Your Brain Can Detect Fake Laughter
4. Laughter Is Contagious
5. Jokes Are Funnier if You Know the Comedian
6. Laughing Burns Calories
7. Laughing Is Good for Your Relationships
8. Laughter Requires Timing
9. Laughter Is Attractive
10. Some Things Can Make Virtually Everyone Laugh

5 Assignments God Gives to Men from Family Life

Christians say belief in God, forgiveness and honesty are the top "essentials" of what it means to be a Christian. The survey conducted by Pew Research asked participants about a series of 16 beliefs and behaviors. Accord to Relevant, among Christians, believing in God tops the list, with 86 percent saying belief in God is “essential” to their Christian identity. Around seven out of 10 Christians say being grateful for what they have, forgiving those who have wronged them and always being honest are also essential to being Christian. Surprisingly, only 35 percent said that attending religious services is essential.

Archaeologists have found new evidence about the time frame of the biblical texts, based on what's essentially a shopping list. According to Relevant Magazine, In an excavation of a fort in Arad, Israel, researchers found notes inscribed in ink on pottery asking for wine, flour and oil. An analysis of the handwriting by scholars from Tel Aviv University suggests that literacy may have been far more widespread in the Holy Land around 600 B.C. than previously known. One of the longstanding arguments for why the main body of biblical text wasn't written down as it appears in present form until after 586 B.C., is that before then there were not enough literate people or scribes to undertake such a huge literary project. But if the literacy rates in the Arad fortress were reflective of the entire kingdom of Judah there would have been hundreds of literate people.

The Chinese government has reportedly released from prison the Rev. Gu Yuese, the former leader of the largest government sanctioned church in the country, ahead of their President's scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama. According to ChristianPost, Gu was held in detention for close to three months for speaking out against the government's church crosses demolition campaign, which has been going on for almost two years now. The megachurch leader has been placed under "residential surveillance" following his release, which persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern warned means he is not entirely safe yet. President Obama and the Chinese leader are set for more high-profile meetings later in April, which will include discussions on climate change, nuclear security, world economy and other topics.

"God's Not Dead 2" had an impressive opening weekend despite going toe-to-toe with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." According to the Christian Post, In its opening weekend "God's Not Dead 2" earned an estimated $8 million taking the fourth spot at the box office. While it didn't match or surpass the $9.2 million opening weekend of its predecessor "God's Not Dead" released back in 2014, it still landed in the top five despite going toe-to-toe with major Hollywood heavy hitters.

A growing number of Americans believe that Christians complain too much about domestic persecution. According to a recent study conducted by LifeWay Research, while a growing number of Christians and non-Christians believe religious intolerance is on the rise in the U.S., many find that Christians excessively protest their treatment. The Christian Headlines story says that 71 percent of evangelicals and 70 percent of regular churchgoers agree that religious freedom is declining in the U.S. Forty-six percent of non-religious people believe religious liberty was on the decline, according to Christian Today. At the same time, Thirty-eight percent of Christians (over one-third) and 59 percent of non-Christians agreed that the religious community is too sensitive to persecution.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City is being restored. Recently, officials in Israel said that the ancient site could soon collapse if critical infrastructure issues weren’t addressed. According to Relevant, along with funding contributions from several major Christian denominations, Jordan’s King Abdullah has now offered to pay more than $3 million toward the project. Many Christians believe that it is the location of Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

The managers of Aaron’s Inc., an appliance and electronics company, just used their annual meeting to set a new Guinness World Record for world’s longest human mattress domino chain. According to Time, the group took over the Gaylord Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, Md., for the attempt. They lined up 1,200 participants and their mattresses in their bid to make history—and pulled it off in a mere 13 minutes and 38 seconds.

If you’ve ever wanted to explore one of the country’s majestic National Parks, this week is the time to do it. According to Relevant Magazine, in celebration of “National Parks Week,” more than 500 parks around America will have free admission from April 16-24. Several of the parks are even holding special events throughout the week. You can head over to to find the closest participating park in your area.

Tim Tebow does not have an NFL team to play for at the moment, but over 1,800 people are trying to change that in the form of a petition. According to Christian Post, in a petition addressed to Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, the team's general manager and media relations personnel, over 1,900 people have signed their support for Tebow's return to the Broncos. Tebow was the starting quarterback for the Broncos back in 2012. The petition states: The Denver Broncos have lost their two main quarterbacks from their epic 2016 Super Bowl Championship winning season. We need a proven winner to continue to move this team in the right direction.

A recent report from the State Department has revealed that in 2015 4,868 children from other countries were adopted by American families. By comparison, in 2004, that number was 22,884. In fact, it’s the lowest number of international adoptions in 35 years. According to Relevant magazine, hundreds of thousands of children still need permanent homes in other countries and there are countless families in America that want to adopt. So, what’s behind the startling fall? Governments around the world have cracked down on fraudulent activity and policies that inadvertently opened the door to the trafficking of children. And, many countries are now attempting to reform their own foster care and adoption systems to make it easier for kids to be adopted into families in their own countries. In response, officials believes the State Department will take new measures in an attempt to allow for more adoptions in the coming years.

An Indiana farmer has turned his farm into a nonprofit to Feed the Hungry. According to Relevant Magazine, Indiana farmer Jonathan Lawler decided to donate his entire harvest to people in need. The gesture will reportedly amount to 500,000 pounds of food in the first year. Lawler said he was one of those people who were unaware of the dire food situation in his community. But once he heard the facts, he realized he could turn his 32 acres into a resource for people in need. He has since created the nonprofit Brandywine Creek Farms and partnered with a number of local soup kitchens and food pantries, who will help distribute it.

Americans are generally happy with their home and work life, but are overwhelmingly angry with the federal government. According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly 8 in 10 Americans (78%) said they are dissatisfied or angry with the federal government. The report in Time says the poll also found that 84% of respondents said they are enthusiastic or satisfied with their personal relationships, and 77% said the same about their career. Sixty-four percent said they were satisfied with their financial situation.

Casting Crowns is featured in a 7-day devotional series on the YouVersion Bible platform. This devotional dives deeper in to some of the songs from our most recent album "A Live Worship Experience".

Jonny Diaz was featured on the cover of Chords Magazine this week. The article is titled Everything is Changing for Jonny Diaz. Everything is Changing is the titled of Jonny's latest EP. Check out the magazine by clicking on the link at

The band About A Mile is working on a new album and they are asking for your help. The band is raising funds on the Pledge music site and told their fans: We want you to be a part of it more than anything and this is the best place to do that. They are off to a good start. With 47 days still left in the fund raising effort they have already raised 18 percent of their goal.

Colton Dixon is cleaning out his closet and he's making many items available on line. This week Colton started an ebay site called Colton's closet. It features designer clothing he wore either on tour, on a variety of red carpets, or during photo shoots. And Colton says more items will be added to the auction down the road. Check out Colton's closet by clicking on the link at

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips has a bike that matches his drumming style. He posted a picture with his motorcycle, a Ducati, and said: It was just one of those days

Show Hope is moving back into Maria's Big House of Hope this week. The ministry started by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman says they are finally able to move back into their main facility in China this week after months of construction and updates.

The Newsboys this week shared a picture of front man Michael Tait hamming it up with drummer Duncan Phillips. They shared: One thing you should never take for granted is your best friend! We have the best time!

Citizenway wants to upgrade your device to 2.0. They are giving away an iPad, pre-loaded with their new album '2.0'. RSVP for a chance to win by clicking on the link at

The NeedToBreathe TOUR DE COMPADRES is back and the band is once again giving away a 6-track sampler to promo the show. The six songs feature the artists that will be touring with NeedToBreathe in 2016. Included are Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan, and more. Access the free songs by clicking on the link at

MIKESCHAIR frontman Mike Grayson and his wife Molly Reed, half of band City Harbor, have formed a new duo. According to New Release Today, Molly announced the news on Instagram last week. She added: so excited to start this next career chapter with MY HUSBAND, including the hash tag #dreamjob. The two have been in the studio recording new music over the past several weeks. No word yet on a debut album.

Hillsong United's Joel Houston and Taya Smith recently sat down to talk about the band's new song ‘Say The Word’. Find out more about the song and it's lyrics by clicking on the link at

The band Stars go Dim was giving back this week. The band was in their home town of Tulsa at Emerson elementary school and presented the entire school with you are loved t-shirts. The band shared: We are so excited to have the opportunity to partner with this incredible school and speak words of hope, faith, and love into these children's lives.

Kutless will be heading overseas this summer. The band this week announced plans to tour in Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic in August.

Kerrie Roberts was back on stage this week. She posted: Today is my first performance since I had my baby girl. Kerried added: I think it's fitting it's for His Caring Place's 30th Anniversary. They give hope to mothers and babies, saving 2 lives at a time.

Looking for a way to fuel a mentoring relationship? Revive Our Hearts has 100 questions to help. Asking one question at a time will help you to discover—and learn from—the gold in another woman's heart. Check out the questions at

Less than two months ago Greg Laurie's Harvest America was gearing up for his Harvest Amercia Conference. More than 82,000 people attended that conference in early March while thousands more viewed the crusade online. But less than two months later the speaker on A New Beginning is already gearing up for his next stadium event. Laurie announced this week that the Southern California Harvest festival is coming to Angel Stadium August 26-28!

1. Expression of regret
2. Explanation of what went wrong
3. Acknowledgement of responsibility
4. Declaration of repentance
5. Offer of repair
6. Request for forgiveness

5 ways to stay motivated and avoid burnout
1. Recognize the Race You Need to Run and set your pace accordingly.
2. Be an Energizer. People who energize others are higher performers themselves.
3. Know What Drains You and What Sustains You
4. Pace Yourself Like an Elite Performer
5. Stop fighting against your strengths and start using them,

How to Know if You’re Ready to Date or Court
1. Your authority figures give you the green light.
2. You’re ready for marriage.
3. You have pursued and served God wholeheartedly as a single, and now a godly guy is pursuing you that you think you could be even more effective in serving Christ with as a team.

More Christian couples are choosing to cohabit before marriage. According to a report in, nearly seven in 10 teens, and almost half of teens with a religious background, support living with their significant other before marriage. Houston pastor and marriage author Gary Thomas says "I will meet with a couple actively engaged in Bible studies, regularly attending our services, and living together, and they don’t feel convicted about it.” Christian couples that live together say they can live together without sex and often choose to live together because of finances and convenience.

Last year, the Bible Societies translated the Bible into 50 different languages. According to a Christian Headlines story, those languages account for nearly 160 million people. Along with the translations, 11 communities received their very first full Bible and six received the New Testament. At the end of 2015, in total, the full Bible was available in 563 languages spoken by nearly 5.1 billion people. It is estimated that there are 281 million people with only some parts of the Bible and another nearly 500 million with no Bible translation whatsoever.

Country singer and “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton is taking a break from mainstream country music and focusing instead on Gospel songs on his new album titled “If I’m Honest.” According to the story in ChristianHeadlines, One of the songs on the album is titled “Savior’s Shadow,” and it is a very personal song of faith for Shelton. Shelton told his Twitter followers that the idea for the song came to him in a dream: "I dreamed the song last summer," he wrote. "I woke up and wrote down everything I could remember."

By using handwriting analysis technology, Israeli scholars from a number of fields have concluded that certain ancient biblical texts are older than originally thought. According to a Christian Headlines report, a Tel Aviv University team of doctoral students used technology similar to that used by intelligence agencies and banks in analyzing signatures in order to examine the ancient handwriting. Scholars have long debated over whether certain biblical texts--from the book of Joshua through the book of Second Kings--first began to be compiled before or after the Israeli exile to Babylon in 586 B.C. It was originally thought that the texts were written after the exile, when the people of Israel had time to reflect on what had happened to them. The findings from the handwriting analysis, however, suggest that the texts were written before the exile to Babylon.

Texas is facing a statewide crisis. According to Mission Network news, an increase in the number of children Child Protective Services has removed from homes has forced some children to spend at least two nights in Child Protective Services offices in the last month. CPS removed 481 more children in January 2016 compared to the same month last year. According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, there are not enough foster families for the state to place these children in. As a result, young people have slept in state offices in the past month. Buckner Children and Family Services said the need for foster families is critical.

Eight-year-old Heidi VanSumeren lost all of her books in March, when a house fire destroyed all of their belongings. According to, children's author and illustrator Bob Shea stepped in to help, sending out on twitter a request to authors and illustrators to "Send Heidi Books". So far, more than 500 books — and counting — have arrived at the school for Heidi.

Facebook hopes to kill the username and password. According to Yahoo, At its F8 developer conference, Facebook announced Account Kit, a new way for app developers to let users sign up for services with an email or phone number, no username or password required. Account Kit is designed for developers who want an easy way for users to create accounts without having to sign in using Facebook.

Days after her third birthday, Paige Mason and her mom are still opening the thousands of cards and presents they received from all around the world. According to, Both Paige and her mom suffer from a rare condition that makes their bones fragile and break easily. All Paige wanted as a present was birthday cards — so her mom Stacy Mason posted a request on social media asking for just that. The girl's birthday wish has come true in a big way! Mason told TODAY her daughter probably got between 8,000 and 9,000 cards, from all 50 states and 22 countries.

Reaching another star with a human-built spacecraft has for decades seemed like an impossible challenge. But now new technology utilizing small unmanned spacecrafts directed by lasers could offer a path forward in the coming decades. According to Time, one Astrophysicist is developing wafer-thin crafts that will be guided through space by lasers that push the device close to the speed of light. The total travel time to Mars could be just a few days. The scientist says recent advances make the project feasible and he’s attracting the capital to test it. A Russian billionaire just committed $100 million to help build a proof of concept.

Someone paid a lot of money to have what will presumably be this year’s most authentic Han Solo Halloween costume. According to Yahoo Movie's, the leather bomber jacket worn by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was recently auctioned off via the charity-focused site IfOnly. The final selling price for the item, which was donated and autographed by Ford: $191,000.

A new type of label might just clear up the calerie confusion. At least that’s part of the thinking behind a British initiative from the Royal Society for Public Health that proposes adding “active equivalent” values onto packaging. Essentially, the labels will translate that somewhat unclear calorie count into minutes of exercise you’ll have to do to burn it off. That helping of Lay’s potato chips becomes walking at a brisk pace for 38 minutes instead of just 160 calories.

Some very cool things happened at a recent Tigers baseball game thanks to a fan in the stands. 39-year-old Bill Dugan was on fire in the foul ball department. Catching one foul ball is exciting; but according to WJR Radio, Dugan caught five. The best part, he gave them all away to kids in the stands.

Jimmy Needham is coming clean. Earlier this week he released a video as his daughter was continually knocked down by a spinning bar at a carnival game. Following the first post Jimmy admitted: I'm am AT LEAST as bad as my daughter. He posted a second video, this time showing himself as he struggled with the same game.

Worship Leader Lincoln Brewster is one of several features speakers at the Thrive Conference, a 3-day leadership conference designed to recharge your ministry and refresh your soul. This week Lincoln announced that those who can't attend the conference will be allowed to view it for free via their livestream. Sign up in advance and find out more by clicking on the link at

Third Day's Mac Powell talked this week about discovering the Father heart of God. In an interview with, Mac answered questions like How did you know you were called to serve God in music? and What advice would you give someone feeling called into music ministry? Read the interview by clicking on the link at

Jenny Simmons says pregnancy is working out well for both she and her daughter. Jenny is 14 weeks pregnant and shared a picture as she and Annie enjoyed an ice cream cone. Annie doesn't seem to mind being her mom's sidekick when it involves ice cream.

Aaron Shust posted an insight into his personality this week. He said: Apparently I'm 51% introverted, which I guess means I can handle a conversation with a stranger with some semblance of function, but when I need to recharge, being by myself is actually helpful. I decided to hang out in Chicago for a couple freezing, windy, underdressed hours. A 30-minute ride on the Blue Line, lunch at Bongiorno's Restaurant and a coffee at Intelligentsia Coffee was just what the doctor ordered. And a selfie..."to remember me for to by".

Several Christian artists were at the Theater Tuesday night for the Premiere of the movie This Is Winter Jam. Members of For King and Country and Colton Dixon each posted pictures online as they prepared for the first viewing. The movie will officially be in theaters nationwide for one night, on April 19.

Casting Crowns Jaun Devevo says keeping the fire alive in a relationship takes on an interesting dynamic after you are married. He posted a series of pictures this week.
The first was of planters. Jaun said: When you're married you send pictures of planters to your wife because you were getting wood screws and she wants to see what they have. Hashtag: the magic is still alive.
Picture number 2 featured Patio furniture cushions. Jaun added: WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T KEEP THE FIRE ALIVE?
From there it got really risque. After a picture of pillows Jaun said: I'm almost embarrassed to post these now, it's getting so flirty!

Phil Wickham's brand new album Children Of God will release on April 22. Recently Phil recorded a video talking about the new album. He says it was born at a time when he thought he might not be able to ever sing again and the peace God gave him during that time. Hear more about the new project by clicking on the link at

The free Song of the Week from We Are Worship is "God Is In Control" by Covenant Worship. Access the mp3 and a chord chart by clicking on the link at

Phil Wickham has released a new video talking about the story behind his song "You Love Awakens Me". Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace has released episode 28 of the Jamie Grace show. This weeks show features a compilation of her interview at a local radio station. After the interview Jamie says she barely had any voice left so she put together the compilation video rather than using her voice more. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The newest video from the Newsboys new CD Love Riot is now available. The song it titled Hero. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Third Day is out with a video of their song Your Words as featured in the movie Miracles from Heaven. Check out the video, complete with scenes from the movie, by clicking on the link at

The new Citizenway CD is titled 2.0. And now you can go behind the scenes an find out more about the bands latest project. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

USA today is out with an article on the upcoming Steven Curtis Chapman/Third Day tour. According to the Article, it doesn’t matter who has top billing: Third Day will be Chapman’s backup band, and Chapman will function as a member of Third Day. Chapman joked “Maybe it’s the start of something new, who knows?” Third Day guitarist Mark Lee added “It’s gonna be like the peanut butter and chocolate thing,” “It just works.” Read the entire article by clicking on the link at

Dan Bremnes is home. Dan is in British Columbia this week, making five stops in the area where he grew up.

Last month, the outreach called HARVEST AMERICA was the largest one-day U.S. evangelistic event ever! This week on the program A New Beginning, Pastor Greg Laurie brought us a report on how God moved inside the stadium in Texas and in thousands of host sites across the country. Hear what is being accomplished in the aftermath of this major event. Click on the link at

Pastor and Author Chip Ingram will hold free, one-hour live web event for church leaders at 2:00pm CT on Wednesday, April 20. The web cast will specifically address proven strategies for recruiting and training small group leaders and will includes a live Q&A session with Chip and Venture Christian Church Pastor of Discipleship Jim Blazin. While the event is free, advance registration is required. Find out more by clicking on the link at

4 Great Questions from Breakpoint:
Where did I come from?
What’s wrong with the world?
Is there a solution?
What is my purpose?

9 Creepiest Things We Do With Our Phone from Family Talk
1. We trust them with our bank accounts.
2. We share pictures of our kids on them.
3. We allow them to not only know, but often tell us, where we go.
4. When we go to bed at night it's often our last kiss.
5. When we wake up in the morning, we caress and spend time with it before anything or anyone else.
6. They babysit our kids.
7. They accompany us to the toilet.
8. We allow them to interrupt us when we’re with people we love.
9. We have a panic attack when we can’t find them.

Thousands of churches in the US have been asked to set aside time in their services April 17 in order to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. The Voice of the Martyrs is one of the ministries behind this effort, called “Stand With the Persecuted Sunday.” What is challenging is that they are not asking us to pray that they will be released from their suffering or that persecution will end; instead they ask us to pray that they will be FAITHFUL TO CHRIST in spite of what it costs them.

The Diboll, Texas Police Department is hoping to place a Bible verse on their shoulder patches. According to Law, below the outline of texas and the silver star is a reference to the Gospel of Matthew 5:7 which is the Sermon on the Mount. Diboll Police Chief Steve Baker designed the patch and it was the violence against law enforcement that motivated him in the design.

The Bible is now one of the most objected to books at US schools and libraries. According to, The Bible is featured for the first time on the American Library Association's annual list of the top 10 most challenged books. The list also includes books like Fifty Shades of Grey. The ALA defines a challenge as a "formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness." The Bible finished sixth on the list in 2015.

Since September 2015, two of Sweden's largest Muslim and Christian congregations – Katarina Church and the Stockholm Mosque – have been working together to serve those fleeing war and persecution. According to the UN's refugee agency, the church and mosque have provided beds for a third of all refugees who come through Stockholm on their way to other countries. The report in says they are fed and washed at the mosque, and then sleep in the church.

Ten million people are in severe need of food in Ethiopia, as the country faces its worst drought in 50 years. According to the Tearfund, that number is likely to rise to 15 million people in a few months time. The Christian Today report says The situation has been developing since October 2015. Aid agencies and the nation's government have come up with a plan, but they have only managed to get five per cent of the funding needed to implement it.

A U.K. employment court has ruled against an occupational therapist who was suspended for nine months after her Muslim co-worker claimed that she was trying to convert her to Christianity. According to CBN, Victoria Wasteney had developed a friendship with her colleague Enya Nawaz as they worked at the St. John Howard Center in London. The two discussed Islam and Christianity, and Wasteney had talked to Nawaz about her church's efforts to fight human trafficking. Nawaz filed a complaint with her employer shortly after that, alleging that Wasteney was trying to convert her.

The Voice of the Martyrs is sponsoring a new movement called "I Am N" aimed at raising awareness of persecuted Christians. According to CBN, The campaign, which kicked off last month, comes at a time when persecution of believers is on the rise around the world. According to Open Doors USA, each month more than 300 Christians are killed for their faith, more than 200 churches or Christian properties are destroyed, and almost 800 acts of violence are committed against Christians.

In-flight Wi-Fi is often so slow that you're better off sticking to the in-flight magazine. However, according to NBC News, New satellite-based Wi-Fi services promise to change that. U.S.-based Viasat is launching two new high-powered satellites that it says will significantly improve broadband speeds next year. Several other companies are also working on their own satellite based services. Officials say the next 24 months will be crazy but the results should be faster Internet speeds while flying.

Applications to Teach for America fell by 16 percent in 2016, marking the third consecutive year in which the organization — which places college graduates in some of the nation’s toughest classrooms — has seen its applicant pool shrink. According to the Washington Post, TFA received 37,000 applications in 2016, down from 57,000 in 2013 — a 35 percent dive in three years. The declining interest means that TFA is providing fewer corps members to school districts each year.

A new study has found that Millennials are reading more books than older generations. Accordint to Relevant Magazine, the Pew Research survey of more than 6,000 Americans found that 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30. At the same time, the study found that young American readers' relationship with public libraries is changing, with younger readers less likely to see public libraries as essential in their communities. The study found that, overall, Americans are buying more books than they are borrowing.

The number of previously unknown software flaws used by hackers more than doubled last year, in another sign of the increasing sophistication of cybercrime and online espionage. According to NBC News, In 2015, 54 such holes came to light and were deployed by hackers. That is up dramatically from 24 the year before and 23 the year before that.

The FBI has offered up to $25,000 as a reward for information on seven Andy Warhol paintings stolen from a Missouri art museum last week. According to NBC News, The FBI on April 11, 2016, offered up to a $25,000 reward for information on seven "Campbell's Soup" Warhol screen prints stolen from the Springfield Art Museum. The "Campbell's Soup" paintings, part of a set of 10 worth $500,000, were taken from the Springfield Art Museum.

Driving at night is one of the most dangerous activities you can do in a car. Accoridng to the Washington Post, That's why some car makers are trying to get their driverless vehicles to operate completely in the dark. In a recent test, Ford's engineers turned off the headlights, donned some night-vision goggles and sent their prototype Fusion sedan on a drive through the company's test track in Arizona. The cars use computerized laser sensors so don't need ambient light to see well.

Worship leader Christy Nockels shared a warm family moment over the weekend. She posted a picture of her young daughter dressed in Indian garb and shared: When your big sister dresses you up like a doll and makes you the star of her iMovie. Oh how I love my beautiful, creative daughters! And it's so much more fun around here when they get along!

Need some help with your spring wardrobe. Moriah Peters is coming to the rescue. She is out with her favorite Spring Fling fashion tips. They include:
•Sheer tops - this weather has me feeling flowy & free.
•Chokers - a sweet way to add a feminine touch to any look.
•Skirts - if you're still cold like me, try pairing them with thigh high boots to avoid goosebumps.
•Pastels - my gothic closet could use some subtle color this time of year.

Aaron Shust says one of his favorite Bible verses is John 16:33. He posted: When I was 3, I sang my first solo in church. The second verse says, "He never said you would only see sunshine. He never said there'd be no rain. He only promised a heart full of singing about the very things that once brought pain".

Chad Sowards is a very busy individual. The bass player and vocalist for Citizenway is also in his final year at Judson University. However, there's more. Chad also is the lead singer for a group called Mass Anthem. The group released a new song, titled To Get To Me, in early April

Kristian Stanfill says 14 kids and 8 adults equals a crazy good time. He posted a picture from Spring Break 2016. It featured Kristian and three other guys buried to their necks in the sand. Kristian said: had a great week with with these guys and their families.

Selah member Todd Smith is celebrating this week. He posted: Today we thank God that my dad Jim had his last chemo session after 9 months of treatment!

Danny Gokey is not above admitting his own short comings. He posted a picture from the American Idol final broadcast this past Thursday and said: I only had ONE job on the American Idol Finale and I failed miserably. The photo showed a line of guys that include Danny doing motions to a song. Danny clearly had a different choreographer than the rest of the guys.

Mercyme drummer Robby Shaffer was enjoying the advantages of technology over the weekend. He posted: Thank you Apple for creating technology that allows me to watch my sons baseball game in Texas while I'm in Minnesota.

Skillet released a short clip of their upcoming record this week. They posted: New record coming out this year! Here's a sample of what's to come. Wear a helmet while listening!

Jeremy Camp is out with a brand new music video. The music video is for Jeremy's new song “Christ In Me”. Check it out by clicking on the link at

A new music video is now available from for King and Country. The band has released a live music video of their song "It’s Not Over Yet!" The video was recorded live in Nashville. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Another cover video from Jamie Grace and her sister Morgan. Check out their one take, live cover of Storyteller. Click on the link at

Mercyme's Bart Millard posted: Some days there just not enough coffee. Attached was a selfie of Bart holding an oversized cup.

Meredith Andrews took advantage of her location this week. While on tour she took a break, walking two blocks from the church to a local beach. Meredith posted: This is so good for my heart right now.

Planning to attend Passion 2017 at the Georgia Dome? Passion officials say hotels will begin offering the special Passion 2017 rates this week. The rates for the early January event for college students will be available on April 12!

Life for Love and the Outcome isn't easy but it is good. Chris and Jodi posted a picture this week as Chris entered their latest concert venue pushing a stroller with one hand while carrying a guitar with the other. The couple is currently on the Bible Tour 2016 and posted: Can't believe we get to do this as a family, It's the hardest and the best thing ever! Their baby boy Milo was born in mid February.

Something new for Jamie Grace. She posted a picture this weekend of the group that attended their very first Good Music Camp. It was conducted by Jamie and and her sister Morgan in Los Vegas. Jamie says: last night was so much fun and I can't wait to take this camp to more cities. where should we go next?

Natalie Grant was part of a special evening for the Museum of the Bible over the weekend. The Museum is under construction in Washington DC. It's scheduled to open in 2017.

Moriah Peters has found a great way to calm her nerves before her concerts. She posted: Joel takes me for a twirl and my band makes me laugh.

The members of Tobymac's Hit's Deep Tour were back on the basketball court over the weekend. Tobymac posted: Tour hoops today courtesy of Marquette University.

Several members of The Bible Tour took advantage of an afternoon off to go to the ballpark. Members of the Sidewalk Prophets joined Matthew West for a Colorado Rockies game Sunday afternoon in Denver.

Trans Word Radio is expanding doctor Erwin Lutzer’s radio ministry -- Running to Win -- into Spanish speaking countries. According to Mission Network news, The translated program will air over the Americas, Europe, and more. Officials say “There’s an entire generation of Spanish listeners, who have not had the Gospel presented to them. Who have not had the discipleship materials.”

The Harvest services were webcast to Kumulani Chapel in Maui on Sunday so Greg Laurie made them feel right at home. He played the Ukulele as part of the service.

How do we get caught in addictive sin patterns? Here are 9 reasons from Revive Our Hearts:
We don’t recognize the reality of spiritual warfare.
We love our sin.
No one’s taught us how to overcome sin.
We prefer hiddenness over confession.
We have no one to talk to.
We assume we’re the only one dealing with this sin.
We pull away from believers.
We convince ourselves that our sin “isn’t so bad.”
We’ve lost hope of breaking the pattern.

SOAR International is looking for interns to work with kids who are aging out of orphanages in Russia. According to Mission Network News, "Kids coming out of the orphanage system were very ill-equipped to live a normal life. They didn’t know how to cook, they didn’t know how to clean. They always had everything taken care of for them.” In response, SOAR is helping with the transition. Officials say: "We had a student do an internship with us with these orphans, teaching them everything from Bible to agriculture to cooking and sewing. Just all sorts of different life skills.”

Jordan Perkins says a prayer with his children every day before he begins work at the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina. Last week, his wife, Kelsie Perkins, snapped a picture of him in prayer as their 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son sat on his lap — their eyes closed and hands clasped in prayer — inside the front seat of his patrol car. When Kelsie posted it to her Facebook page. It has since been shared several thousand more times. Kelsie said she and her deputy husband, who has been with the force for the last year and a half, emphasize the importance of prayer in their family. She told Today: "The kids don't know the dangers of his job, but it's something we do, for God to help him with the decisions that he has to make, to have compassion on the people that he's going to help, whenever he goes into work."

The Nepali government has removed Christmas as a national holiday, which has prompted protests from the country’s Christian population. According to, Nepal first recognized Christmas as a national holiday eight years ago when the country became a secular state. Now, however, Nepal has removed Christmas Day as a national holiday because the Nepali calendar is already too filled with the holidays of other religions. Although the Nepali government says the decision to remove Christmas from the country’s list of national holidays is not meant as a slight to Christians, many are viewing it that way. The government told Christians that those who work for the government will still be given Christmas Day off as a holiday. However, Nepali Christians say that this doesn’t take into account all the Christians who work in the private sector.

There is growing concern that Islamic extremists are posing as "seekers" of Jesus in order to expose those who believe. According to Mission Network News, pressure has been increasing steadily for over a year in Bangladesh. Although the constitution includes freedom of religion, and there aren’t blasphemy laws or an anti-conversion bill on the books, in practice, there is a deep-seated feeling of dislike toward Christians in the country. Pressure to recant the Christian faith is being exerted by family, friends, and neighbors. That’s doubly true of a Muslim-Background Believer. Extremists are hunting down the so-called “apostates” and punishing them for leaving Islam for Christianity, regardless of how long ago it happened.

An Indiana state trooper has been fired for evangelizing while on the job. According to a report, Senior State Trooper Brian L. Hamilton allegedly used a traffic stop to share his faith with a citizen. The trooper reportedly stopped the Fayette County woman for speeding, but after issuing her a warning, Hamilton proceeded to ask her what church she attended and if she was saved. The ACLU filed a claim on behalf of Pyle, claiming her constitutional rights were violated by the trooper’s failure to separate his faith from his job. This was the second time a complaint was filed against Hamilton in the past 18 months, charging him with evangelizing while on official duty.

A North Dakota woman was able to hear her late son's heart beat again after meeting with the man who received her son's heart in an organ donation. According to ABC News, Lisa Swanson met Terry Hooper more than three years after Hooper received the heart from Swanson's late son Levi Schulz. Swanson told ABC News that meeting with Hooper and hearing her son's heart beat in his chest was "surreal." She added: "It saved Terry’s life, so, to hear it beating so loud and so strong in him ... it was a great experience,"

Mailing a letter will cost you just a little bit less starting this week. According to ABC News, The U.S. Postal Service announced late last week that a first-class stamp for a 1-ounce letter will cost two cents less, down to 47 cents. Postcard stamps will also be 1 cent cheaper, at 34 cents, while international stamps will drop 5 cents to $1.15. The reason for the change is that a temporary rate increase the Postal Service was allowed to put in place in January 2014 is now going away.

About 17 million Netflix customers are about to pay more for the streaming service. According to ABC News, Starting in May, customers who currently pay $7.99 for high-definition streaming will have to pay an additional $2 per month for the same service. Netflix first announced the price change in May 2014, and said customers at the time were grandfathered into their pricing plan for two years. Netflix raised prices last October on its most popular streaming plan that allows customers to watch media on two screens at the same time.

A California man’s proposal didn't go quite the way he had planned. According to Time, Michael Banks literally ended up stranded on a ledge about 80 feet off the ground on Morro Rock in California. Banks had climbed the rock to pop the question over FaceTime. She said yes, but then he got stuck, and rescuers were called in via helicopter. City of Morro Bay officials said on their facebook page “The gentleman will be billed for the chopper ride and other related costs.”

Three men were rescued from a remote Pacific Island after they spelled "help" in the sand using palm fronds. According to ABC News, The mariners had been stranded on the uninhabited island for three days. Officials at Sector Guam received notification on Tuesday morning about a ship that was missing on its way to the island of Weno in Micronesia. A US Navy crew from Japan was conducting a search when they spotted the men holding lifejackets and with the makeshift sign Thursday morning.

Love cuddling furry animals and traveling? Then Tasmania's tourism group has just the job for you. According to ABC News, Tourism Tasmania has organized a competition to win the coveted "Chief Wombat Cuddler" position. Interested applicants have to fill out a form and describe in 25 words or less "why you’re the best person to fill the role of Chief Wombat Cuddler." According to the competitions web site, "you and a friend be flown from your nearest Australian capital city to Tasmania’s Flinders Island to smother our little friend with affection. You’ll also get to spend three nights exploring Derek’s island home." However, there is some bad news. The contest organizers said the competition is only open to Australian residents who are 18 and older.

Francesca Battistelli is helping some friends raise money to adopt a child from India. She announced this week that her friends are holding a silent auction on Instagram through April 12. Up for auction is a Francesca Battistelli Watercolor lyric print and a signed If We're Honest Francesca Battistelli CD.

Josh Wilson's basement features an effective torture device, perfectly fitted for tall people. According to Jason Gray, who is much taller than Josh, there is a pointed corner in Josh's basement that bites his head every single time.

Show Hope says their 20/20 Campaign is off to a good start. The adoption and orphan care organization founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman hopes to help 20 children come home by funding Adoption Aid grants for 20 families, all in 1 month. They posted on Thursday: In 6 days, you have funded FOUR Adoption Aid grants! That is amazing!

Meredith Andrews hopes to put an end to people thinking that her son is a girl. She posted a before and after picture this week and said: This kid underwent quite the transformation today. No more, "she's so cute!" Meredith added: 3 years and 2 months of hair gone bye bye.

Worship leader Paul Baloche welcomed a couple of friends to his new home in New York this week. He showed a picture of two guitars and said: My old Gibsons finally made it from Texas to New York City. These old timers still have plenty of new songs inside of them. Welcome home.

Casting Crowns Jaun Devevo is hand writing scripture. He posted this week: Recently felt challenged when I heard Melanie Hall was writing out Scripture. Today's passage is about law righteousness vs faith righteousness. One is ours and is manufactured, the other is from God and is the only way to be found in Christ.

Earlier this week Building 429 announced that the movie Wildflower s now available on DVD. Tonight members of the band will hold a Facebook Live Event to talk about the movie and the part they played in it. The facebook live discussion will take place at 6PM CT.

Michael W. Smith shared the stage with a couple of well known members of Tennessee history while recently promoting The American Red Cross. Michael posted a picture with former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer and one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, Peyton Manning.

Moriah Peters this week posted her mom's response to a picture of Moriah posted of her cat Adelina after she was left home alone.
Moriah's mom: Moriah, I just saw the tweet of Adelina crying. I'm tearing up. You can't leave her alone. I am so sadden by her crying for you.
Moriah: Haha, it's so funny!!
Moriah's mom: No, it is not funny! I wonder how long she cries for when you and Joel are gone. I feel so sad!
Moriah: Haha!! Mom, it's sooo funny!! Our neighbors come and check in on her when we're gone.

In celebration of American Idols final night, YahooMusic this week listed their 50 Coolest American Idol Finalists:
40. Chris Sligh (Season 6, 10th place) He went on the show to make David Hasselhoff cry, and he ended up making America laugh. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.
30. Colton Dixon (Season 11, seventh place) The skunk-haired CCM singer combined rock 'n’ roll theatricality with his evangelical message in bold performances

Meredith Andrews says counseling and faith helped heal her marriage. The worship leader recently talked with Guideposts magazine. She said her latest album, Deeper, was written while in the trenches of one of the most difficult seasons of her eight-year marriage to husband Jacob Sooter. The pair, who have three children, found themselves at a crossroads in their relationship just one year ago. Stress from adding two babies to their family, moving from their home base of Chicago to Nashville and the demands of Andrews’ music career had the couple questioning whether they would actually be able to make “happily ever after” work. The healing began a few days before Valentines day of 2015 with a proposition by Jacob – a weekend getaway to reconnect as a family. Meredith says that was turning point. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at

Manny from Group 1 Crew is sharing Demos Never Die. Manny says: For the next 9 days I’ll be releasing 1 free song on Soundcloud that just missed making my next record Power. Be sure to check back every day leading up to the release of the title track, music video and next single “Power” April 15th!

Love and the Outcome are turning by time. Their record company posted this week: Be on the lookout for your very own Lowe and the Outcome cassette coming soon! It will feature their song The God I Know.

Lauren Daigle has released the first video in her new weekly series on her remake CD How Can It Be Deluxe Edition. Lauren kicked off the series by talking about the entire album. She says it includes many of the songs from her original project How Can It Be but she says the songs have been remade. She says they have been given a new sound with new, fun vocal patterns. More videos about the upcoming album will be available each Tuesday. Check out video number one right now by clicking on the link at

For King and Country helped Candace Cameron Bure celebrate her 40th birthday with a very special performance this week. The band was performing on the program The View on Wednesday and surprised Candace by having her daughter Natasha join them in singing their new song Priceless. Watch the video of their performance, including Candace's stunned response, by clicking on the link at

Another Jamie Grace Show video, this time on Easter as a Preachers kid. Watch video number 24 by clicking on the link at

"This Is Winter Jam", a documentary about the major concert event, will be playing in theaters across the country as a one night event on April 19, 2016. Leading up to the showing, members of winterjam have released a clip from the documentary. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

CitizenWay has released a new lyric video for their song "Bulletproof." The song can be found on Citizen Way's album 2.0. The band is also doing a special iPad giveaway on their site in celebration of their recent album release. Check out the video and the giveaway by clicking on the link at

Chris Tomlin is heading to camp this summer and he wants you to be there to. Chris posted this week: Can't wait to be a part of Passion Camp this July! There's still a little bit of room for you to join us…don’t miss out!

Third Day and Steven Curtis Chapman are asking for your help. The two will be touring together soon but they have a problem. The long time bands have a combined 80 number 1 Singles. That means a lot of their well known songs won't get played. So Third Day and Steven Curtis are asking for your input. They want you to help them choose which songs to play on the road. Simply share your thoughts on their instagram page.

Tobymac's tour is well named, even on their days off. The members of the Hits Deep Tour headed to the golf driving range in Oklahoma City on their day off.

Do you feel like you more married to your cell phone than with your spouse? Try these 3 "house rules" from Family Life:
1. No devices at the dinner table.
2. No phones at the restaurant.
3. No texting or talking about really important personal issues over the phone.

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5 hacks for making vegetables WAY more delicious from YahooFood:
1. Fries Aren’t Just For Potatoes. Try baked-and-breaded strips, instead. You can pull this off with zucchini, sweet potatoes, or even avocados.
2. Don’t Throw Away Flavor. Save celery leaves, mushroom stems, onion peels, and more in a baggie in the freezer.
3. Dip It. You can blend whatever veggies you’ve got on hand right into a creamy dip.
4. Eat The Stems after cooking the head.
5. Change Their Texture. The easiest way to do that is with a big bowl of pureed soup

A pastor in Hong Kong has been prosecuted in mainland China for printing Christian books and raising money. According to, Rev Ng Wah disappeared in July and was arrested on the mainland. The pastor is believed to have faced a fraud trial over funds totaling more than 100 million yuan. Ng Wah's colleague Rev Phillip Woo was told to stop preaching in mainland China by officials who accused him of violating the country's religious laws. He had posted messages on social media calling on Chinese Christians to come to Hong Kong for training. They are the latest in a series of imprisonments evidently illustrating China's harder line toward Christians.

Two evangelical films ranked the top five for box office receipts last weekend. According to, “God’s Not Dead 2” came in fourth. The opening weekend earnings of “God’s Not Dead 2” were $8.1 million from April 1-3. Meanwhile, “Miracles from Heaven,” starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah, came in fifth and added $7.6 million to its three-week run that now totals $46.8 million.

After 10 months of urban conflict in Turkey’s war-torn southeast, the government has expropriated huge sections of property, apparently to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the region’s largest city. According to Christian Headlines, the property includes all its Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches. Unlike the state-funded mosques, Turkey’s ancient church buildings – some of which pre-date Islam – have been managed, historically, by church foundations. The new decision has effectively made the churches, ranging from 13 to 1,700 years old, state property of Turkey, an Islamic country of 75 million.

Construction workers in the Gaza Strip have discovered what Palestinian tourism officials say they believe to be a Christian religious site, dating back to the sixth century. According to, workers uncovered the site while working on construction of a shopping center. The discovery of the ancient church included remnants of marble Corinthian pillars and a foundation stone over 35 inches long bearing a Greek symbol for Christ. 15 pieces of the ancient site have been uncovered with excavations continuing.

Oxford theology students in their second and third years will no longer be required to study Christianity. According to, the college has decided to restructure their theology curriculum based on the changing events of the world and the more diversified student body. While the study of Christianity is still mandatory in the first year of theology study, second and third year students will now be able to choose to study other subjects such as “feminist approaches to religion and theology” or “Buddhism in space and time.”

A High school baseball team has been giving naming rights for their coach's baby after winning 14 games. According to, Palm Bay, Florida, coach Rob Querry promised the Heritage High School Panthers they could name his unborn child if they won 14 games. And win 14 games they did. The Panthers were a long shot to achieve their goal. When Querry proposed the deal, they hadn't won a single game. But the desire to name a human child is a powerful one, and the Panthers pulled through with the first winning season in team history. The name they picked is "Benny Smalls" named after Scotty Smalls and Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez from the baseball movie The Sandlot. Benny is due in September.

Pediatric Dentistry of Northbrook, Illinois has found a way to help young patients relax and even enjoy teeth cleanings. Their secret: a 6-year-old golden retriever named JoJo. According to, As a trained comfort dog, JoJo calms patients in the hot seat. She sits on their laps, tenderly rests her face on their bodies, and patiently distracts them from anything unpleasant happening in their mouths.

A new painting has been created using software to mimic the style of a master. According to, The painting, titled "The Next Rembrandt", is the result of a team of developers who, with the technical support of Microsoft and backing from Dutch bank ING, sought to create an original new work "by Rembrandt" using data from his existing paintings. Developers created a facial recognition algorithm that identified the most common patterns used by the artist. They studied 346 paintings from 1632 to 1642 to come up with the patterns and then created the painting using a special 3-D printer.

Although visiting a mountain in the summer months isn't ideal for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, you'll still be able to careen down the mountain at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada, thanks to a newly added mountain coaster. According to, The single rail personal coaster allows the rider to control their overall speed, allowing for a calm ride down or something a little more adrenaline-inducing. The ride drops 915-feet vertically over 4,600-feet at a top speed 26 mph.

Famed NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced recently that he will donate his brain to science so that researchers could study the long-term effects of concussions on the race track. He becomes the latest notable athlete to pledge their brain for research after their death. According to ABC News, Concerns over head injuries and their relationship to the progressive degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, have put increased scrutiny on contact sports, and activities in which head injuries are common. Earnhardt is one of multiple athletes who will allow examination of their brain following their death.

One of the biggest black holes ever found is forcing scientists to rethink their ideas about black holes. According to NBC News, Astronomers have spotted a supermassive black hole containing 17 billion times the mass of the sun at the center of the galaxy NGC 1600. That's a surprise, because NGC 1600, which lies 200 million light-years from Earth, belongs to an average-size galaxy group. Other monster black holes discovered to date tend to be found in dense clusters of galaxies.

Chris August shared a picture this week of his just completed, regulation NBA basketball goal. The picture was of is first shot on the goal, a fade away jumper. However, it might not be a picture he'll keep. Chris says it was a brick.

Third Day's Mac Powell was celebrating with his friends Barry Bales Chris Stapleton this week. They won the song of the year award this week at the ACM awards. The duo also helped Mac write one of the songs on his country CD. It's titled Sittin' Here Talking With You. Check out the song by clicking on the link at

It was a day that Mercyme's Bart Millard and Mike Scheuchzer had been anticipating for months. The two shared pictures as they watched the first Rangers game of the season. Bart was wearing a well worn hat that he said has seen many, many opening days. And it seems to have helped. The Rangers came away with only one hit in their opening day game but still won the game 3 to 2.

A bitter sweet time for the Sidewalk Prophets. The bands final Winterjam show also marked the end of drummer Justin's nine year run with the band. Guitarist Ben McDonald posted: A new chapter begins...and from this blank page unfolds the story of a lifetime. Thank you Justin.

It looks like an animated version of Andrew Peterson's The Wingfeather Saga is going to be a reality. Peterson used a kickstarter fund raiser in an attempt to raise the money needed for the project and the effort was successful. The Kickstarter wrapped up this week, raising a total of 265,881 dollars. Andrew posted: We'll take a few days to regroup and reconnect to some kind of normalcy, then we'll start planning how to make this film as awesome as we can make it.

Mercyme's Bart Millard downloaded an app for his 5 yr old to play with this week. Does he like it? We may never know. Bart admitted that his 5 year old hadn't gotten to play with it yet because Bart was having to much fun with it.

Sidewalk Prophets members Dave Frey and Ben McDonald are celebrating the return of baseball. They posted this week: Baseball season is here. Let’s go Cubs! Game 1 of 162. Day 1 of our World Series run.

Baseball is back in Arizona. The members of Audio Adrenaline were celebrating as the Arizona Diamondbacks took the field on opening day and they had a good reason to cheer. The Audio Adrenaline song Kings and Queens was one of the songs played as the team took the field.

Good news from Chonda Pierce. She announced this week that her new show on the Dove Channel will be available to EVERYONE through Dove's online streaming service. The show is called Stand Up For Families. the Show premiered on Tuesday, April 5.

The Movie Wildflower is now available on DVD. Members of Building 429 announced the movies DVD release this week, adding that they were honored and humbled to have a part in the film. Their song Be With Us Now (Emmanuel) is part of the newly released movie.

2016 has been a busy year for the Newsboys and the first quarter is barely even over. According to a recently Billboard article, the veteran Christian band appears in a pivotal scene in the new film God's Not Dead 2, which hit theaters April 1. Meanwhile, their latest album, Love Riot, reached No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart, No. 2 on the Top Christian Albums list and No. 14 on the all-genre 200. According to the article, Love Riot represents a new chapter for the band. Drummer Duncan Phillips told Billboard "In many ways, I just feel we are getting started."


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