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For King and Country will be featured on the Public Television show Front and Center. In advance of the broadcast, you can watch a trailer for the episode and also see a video of their song Run Wild. The show Front and Center will feature a full hour of uninterrupted, commercial-free music by for King and Country. Check out the trailer by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline is out with a lyric video for their song Move. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Matthew West this week released brand new lyric video for a song from his CD Life Forever. This time the focus is the song Mended. Check it out by clicking on the link at

This week’s Behind The Song episode by Chris August features his song ‘I’m In Love With You’. Chris says: it's a fun, upbeat song for your loving little hearts. Watch the full Behind the Song video by clicking on the link at

Matt Redman is out with an acoustic recording of his song It Is Well With My Soul. The album was recorded live at Abbey Road in London and Matt says, while they were recording the live worship album, they also shot several acoustic videos. The video of It Is Well With My Soul is the first release from those videos. Watch it online by clicking on the link at

Another story behind the song video from Third Day. Mark Lee this week shared some thoughts on the band's song He Is Alive. Mark says it's especially appropriate because the truth that He Is Alive is the central message of Third Day. Watch the full story behind the song video by clicking on the link at

The Newsboys and Tenth Avenue North will be featured during the Jacksonville Festival of Hope this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Also featured during the three night festival will be a message of hope from Franklin Graham and more. And the Festival will be broadcast live online. You can watch online Friday and Saturday nights at 6:30pm ET and Sunday at 3:30pm ET. Find our more by clicking on the link at

The Bible has estimated annual sales of 100 million copies. However, according to the Joplin Globe, sales in some countries are much lower. Take Cuba, for instance. This Communist nation has barred Bible distribution openly since 1969. Recently, thought, the country decided to conduct an experimental program by allowing Bibles in. Since then David Isais, who works with the Bible Commission of Cuba, has completed four deliveries of more than 265,000 Bibles to Cuba. David continues to seek donations to meet request for another 1 million but he says time is of the essence because the open door can close of any time. Currently more than 1,200 Cuban churches are urgently seeking Bibles. Some churches have only one or two Bibles for their entire congregations.

Chinese believers could be the next missions sending force, following the Western and Korean Christians who've gone before them. They pray, give and go, sacrificing everything to bring the message of Jesus Christ to the nations.
But sacrifices come with costs. According to a Baptist Press report, Chinese cross-cultural Christian workers say they struggle with discouragement and loneliness. In response, officials are encouraging specific prayer and encouragement for Chinese believers who are going out.

A US Marine was convicted at a court-martial last year after she refused to remove a Bible verse from her computer work station, but now Liberty Institute, a religious liberty law firm, is appealing the decision. According to Christian, Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was prosecuted for displaying a slightly paraphrased version of Isaiah 54:17: "No weapons formed against me shall prosper" around her computer while she was stationed at Camp Lejune in North Carolina. It was announced this week that the Liberty Institute has appealed her case with the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the highest military court in the US.

Extreme hot temperatures in India have resulted in the deaths of more than 1100 people this week. According to Mission Network News, The heatwave has topped out at around 122F, mostly in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Searing temperatures wreaked havoc with melting roads, crop failures, and power outages.

4 Ways to Set Expectations for Your Children from iMom:
1. Take the Story Out a Little Further. Talk as much about what happens after college or professional training.
2. Don’t Worry About the Specifics.
3. Encourage the Child Who Can’t See It.
4. Point Out the Relationship between Today’s Work and Tomorrow’s Career.

Two things to remember in life from Rick Godwin:
-Take care of your thoughts when alone
-Take care of your words when with people

7 Key Elements to Building Financial Security from All Pro Dad
1. Get Professional Help.
2. Get Insured.
3. Create a Well-Funded Savings Account.
4. Reduce and Erase Debt.
5. Investing for Retirement.
6. Plan for your Children’s Needs.
7. Have a Will.

What are your strong points and what blind spots should you beware of due to those strengths? That the subject of a new quiz from the Crossway organization. You can take the 10 part, one page quiz by clicking on the link at

Dutch artists Lernert and Sander are out with an interest photo exhibit based on food. The artists cut raw food into 98 perfect 2.5cm cubes, creating a tantalizing geometric display. This viral photo was commissioned by a Dutch newspaper for their their food-themed documentary photography special. But it's not the two artists food art project together. They started collaborating on art-related projects in 2007, and their first film together explores different ways to melt a chocolate bunny.

Two sets of proud parents from opposite ends of the world met for the first time this weekend to cheer on a graduating senior who picked up a second family while studying abroad. According to the Good News Network, Molly DiLeonardi, who studied in Cameroon last spring. She then used a bonus from her first job to fund her host parents’ trip from Cameroon to Pennsylvania for graduation day at Dickinson college.

Robert Lee really, really hates to see food go to waste. According to the Good News Network, that’s why he left his finance job at J.P Morgan to rescue leftover food from various restaurants around New York City and deliver them to homeless shelters. Every day, Robert and a band of volunteers collect the bagels, deli items, and catered food, knowing they’ll be tossed in the trash. Over the past two years, the organization Rescuing Leftover Cuisine has delivered 100,000 pounds of food to those in need by partnering with 50 food providers citywide.

Mercyme's Barry Graul is riding in the 2015 Nashville Tour de Cure this weekend to help raise money to stop Diabetes. Barry shared online: I am committed to ride and raise money in this inspirational event not because 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because I personally know some of them, and I want to do something about it.

Matt Redman's live worship CD is now available for pre-order. The project is titled Unbroken Praise Live. It is scheduled for release in mid June but you can lock in your copy right now and download the first song from the project. Available right now is Matt's version of It Is Well With My Soul.

The Minnesota based Daily Globe recently shared the story behind Matthew West's song Day One. The song is based on a story sent to Matthew by Josh Shuskey, the general manager at a pizza restaurant. Shuskey spent 10 years in prison for selling methamphetamines, losing everything the process. But Josh also gained something. While in prison he gave his life to the Lord. With the Lord and the help of friends Josh has been able to restart his life and his story is now impacting others. It was one of only 13 stories selected out of more then 40,000 sent to Matthew West and now is being heard around the world; the song Day One.

An acoustic version of Third Day's song Soul on Fire is available online. The band performed the song live earlier this month and the video of that acoustic performance, from their new worship CD, is now available online. Click on the link at

Selah is out with a song honoring those who have given their lives for the faith. The song it titled People of the Cross. Check out a video of their live performance of the song. Click on the link at

Michael W. Smith this week released the music video for his song Sky Spills Over. Watch the video right now by clicking on the link at

The Islamic State released their newest ambition, and it’s something that creates fear in just about everyone who hears it. According to Mission Network News, Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaries International says ISIS, in their propaganda magazine called Debiq, is suggesting that they are expanding so rapidly that they will buy their first nuclear weapon within a year, and it will come from Pakistan. In fact, the article goes on to detail plans for smuggling the bomb into America while mingling with millions of other illegal aliens coming into America.

If you are ever in Abilene, Texas you might want to check out the world's largest Bible. It weighs more than 1,000 pounds and includes more than 8-thousand pages. The Bible is over 43 inches tall and, when laid open, has a width of 98 inches. The Bible was donated to Abilene Christian University in 1956. It was actually printed one letter at a time in Los Angeles in 1930 and took two years and over 87-hundred hours to complete.

As parents, we can encourage our children to model God’s heart for orphans! Here are 3 ideas:
1. Welcome Baskets
2. Donate Allowance
3. Pray Together

Looking for a different type of vacation this summer. There are some wild roads around the world will get your adrenaline pumping, or at least give you a view like no other. Some are hand carved and some disappear completely during certain hours of the day or months of the year. Check out 15 of the most interesting by clicking on the link at

Music lovers have the chance to own a strand of history. According to Time Magazine, Auctioneer Sotheby’s is selling a lock of hair from the head of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, resting in a gilt locket. They say that taking composers’ hair as keepsakes was common in the 18th and 19th centuries. The sale also includes a lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair and an invitation to his 1827 funeral

The graduating class at a New Hampshire high school is giving the money raised for its class trip to the school's principal, who has been diagnosed with cancer. According to Fox News, Courtney Vashaw, principal at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, said her school works hard teaching students compassion and caring for others, but she never thought that would directly affect her. The class had planned to spend four days at a ranch in upstate New York until Vashaw told them she had been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer. The class then unanimously voted to take the nearly $8,000 they had saved and give it to Vashaw instead for her medical care.

Just a few days remain to bid in concert experiences with several artists and help benefit orphans in Haiti through the Hands and Feet project. The Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercyme, Third Day, Hawk Nelson and Kari Jobe are all offering packages that include tickets and a variety of other items.

The Gospel Music Association talked this week with Jason Roy of Building 429. Jason told the organization that, while the group has been growing in prominence, he has taken some specific steps to build a strong family. Those included: limiting TV time, limiting gaming time, praying simple prayers over his children every night, ignoring the phone occasionally, eating together, and apologizing and forgiving often.

Paul Baloche has been working this week on a worship CD in Dutch. He says he has already finished four songs and is grateful for all the Dutch leaders, artists, and choir members who are part of the process. Paul shared just a clip of his song Above All in Dutch on Instagram. Check it out by clicking on the link at

A live version of the Kristian Stanfill song Even So Come is now available online. Check out the video of the live performance by clicking on the link at

A lyric video and chord chart for Matt Redman's new song It Is Well With My Soul is now available online. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Can something as common as coffee be able to reach people for Christ? It did for one church in Thailand. Pastor Diyee preaches to the Lahu people of mountainous northern Thailand. His family started a coffee plantation many years ago, but his crop were continually failing. But after securing a $330 loan from the organization FARMS International for fertilizer in 2012, his crop began to flourish. Later, seven other families in Pastor Diyee’s church received loans from FARMS. The church gained $3,400 in tithe from just these believers. That is one FARMS’ goals through the loan program: to help churches become financially stable so they can reach out to those around them.

World War II veteran Charles Benning is finally achieving a decades-long goal. According to ABC News, the 92-year-old finally has his high school diploma. Benning was just 17 when he was drafted to serve in World War II. He left his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio to serve abroad, and was stationed in several countries, including Germany and France. Recently Benning told his grandson, Sean Jenkins, that The only thing he regrets in life is he never had the opportunity to have be a graduate. Sean went to the school administrators and, after finding that Benning had passed all the prerequisites, they agreed to present him with an honorary diploma during their graduation this Spring.

5 Attitudes Designed to Help Your Family Live in Peace from All Pro Dad:
1. Joy.
2. Patience.
3. Kindness.
4. Generosity.
5. Faithfulness.

10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make:
Mistake #10: Worshipping our children.
Mistake #9: Believing our children are perfect.
Mistake #8: Living vicariously through our children.
Mistake #7: Wanting to be our child's BFF.
Mistake #6: Engaging in competitive parenting.
Mistake #5: Missing the wonder of childhood.
Mistake #4: Raising the child we want, not the child we have.
Mistake #3: Forgetting our actions speak louder than words.
Mistake #2: Judging other parents -- and their kids.
Mistake #1: Underestimating CHARACTER.

5 facts about Envy from Revive Our Hearts:
1. Envy craves glory for me, not God.
2. Envy is born from shame.
3. Envy chokes love.
4. Envy is ruined by thanksgiving.
5. The love of God is the death-knell of envy.

Could the job you do be filled by a computer? Panera Bread is one of several restaurants trying to find out. According to the Business Insider, Panera Bread is going to start using kiosks to input customer orders. Customers will also be able to order by phone. As a result, there will be one to two fewer cashiers in restaurants. Officials say the chance should help the accuracy of orders and customers will also be able to customize their food. McDonald's is also testing a tablet program that would let customers customize their burger toppings. Meanwhile, restaurants such as Applebee's and Buffalo Wild Wings are rolling out programs that let customers order and pay by tablet.

Seniors at a High School in Maryland recently released 72,000 ladybugs in the schools hallways. An ABC News report says five individuals wearing masks and hoodies forced open the school’s back door and spread the ladybugs before leaving. Officials say about 75 seniors pitched in $100 needed to help pay for the bugs. School officials say janitors from other local schools were called in, cleaning up the bugs with vacuums.

A group of high school students in Montana needs only a phone call to get out of their final exam this semester. However, that call needs to come from a superstar. If Taylor Swift gives world history teacher Colter Pierce a call, he'll cancel the final exam for his students. Students made the proposal as a joke but it was a approved by school officials. They posted a picture of the contract along with a request that Taylor Swift make the call. However, at last report, they were still waiting and hoping.

More than a decade after he was injured by a suicide bomb in Iraq, Todd King and his wife are rebuilding their marriage thanks to Samaritan Purse's Heal Our Patriots program. The Kings are featured in a new video about the healing program for veterans in Alaska. Todd was hit with 44 pieces of shrapnel in the bombing and lost one eye and much of his hearing. He says the bombing still affects him, more than 10 years after it took place. But he and his wife Laci say they are finding new hope through the Heal Our Patriots program.

American Idol finalist Danny Gokey sang the national anthem as the American flag was raised on Acuity's 400-foot flagpole Monday morning. The Sheboygan-based insurance company's flagpole is the country's tallest. Watch the video of his performance as the huge flag is unfurled for the first time. Click on the link at

Christy Nockels is out with a new live video for her song Let It Be Jesus. Check out the recording of the live performance by clicking on the link at

Trying to having a baby? You might want to hold off on alcohol -- even if you're not sure whether you're pregnant yet. According to the Huffing Post, new research on mice suggests that a mother's drinking -- even in the first three weeks of pregnancy -- may create changes in the genes of the embryo that can cause permanent damage. In light of the findings, the researchers suggest that women would be wise to cut back on drinking, or avoid alcohol altogether, as soon as they make the decision to get pregnant.

8 new Scripture recordings will give more people access to God’s Word in their own language! According to a Mission Network News report, these 8 languages are spoken by more than 2.6 million people. The translation recordings were spearheaded by the organization Faith Comes by Hearing.

Ways to make this a summer you will never forget:
Live a Reality Show
Master a Useless (But Impressive) Trick
Run an Adventure Race
Create a Startup
Be an Activist
Rent a Water Jet Pack
Start a Band
Host a Themed Netflix Marathon
Eat Insanely Exotic Meals
Play Trampoline Dodgeball
Read a Trilogy

What the Bible Really Says About Modesty
1. Modesty involves much more than how we dress.
2. The Bible does not contain explicit instructions for dressing modestly.
3. Personal choices about modesty affect our communities.
4. We are responsible for our attitudes and behaviors, no matter what anyone does.
5. True modesty comes from dressing in the spirit of Jesus.

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What Children Gain When You Love Their Mom from All Pro Dad
1. Two Indispensable Perspectives
2. A Model for Chivalry
3. A Sense of Security

Drinking coffee is good for you. Not only can a few cups a day lower your risk of a heart attack, even smelling coffee can make you less stressed out. And the type of coffee you drink? Well, that can actually say a lot about you. According to the Coffee Tasting Club
The Latte Drinker is a comfort seeker, laid back and reflective.
The Espresso Drinker: A hardworking leader. Always on the go.
The Cappuccino Drinker: Sociable, creative and optimistic.
The Black Coffee drinker: Quiet and moody, a purist and occasional extrovert.
The Artisan Coffee Drinker: fashionable, but outside the cultural mainstream.
The Frappuccino Drinker: Stylish and spontaneous, a trendsetter.

Technology is edging ever closer to the expectations for 2015 set by Back to the Future, and Catalin Alexandru Duru is helping us get there. The Canadian inventor recently set the Guinness World Record for the furthest flight on a hoverboard, hovering 16 feet over a lake as he flew his hoverboard prototype just over 900 feet forward.

A Hong Kong environmental group has turned to public shaming to end the city’s litter problem. According to Time, The Hong Kong Cleanup Initiative used DNA collected from discarded cigarette butts, gum and other items to create renderings of the faces of people who left their trash. The Face of Litter campaign, which launched on Earth Day, has created 27 facial composites of litterers and splashed them across billboards around the city. The samples came from a six-week challenge in which teams collected more than 4,000 tons of litter from streets.

The Huffington post says there are some things Home Items Worth Splurging On and some that aren't: Included in their list of items worth spending a little extra to insure quality are:
Fixtures and Appliances
A Good Sofa
Mattresses and Linens
Meaningful Objects
Desks and Dining Tables
Meanwhile, according to the report, it's okay to save a little on:
Window Treatments
Anything in Bold Colors
Throw Pillows
Children's Furniture

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. One thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Want to make a better hot dog this Memorial Day. Time magazine says cutting your hot dog in a spiral will help it to cook and taste better. And then top it with one of their three special toppings. Find out how to make Chicago-Style Salsa, Apricot Mostarda, Pickled Pepper Slaw. Click on the link at

Hillsong United was recently in New York for a meeting with the music organization Billboard Magazine. The magazine looked at the success of the band and focused on what members of the band are doing to bridge the gap between the church and young adults. The Hillsong church is based in Sydney, Australia but has more than 100,000 members across 11 countries. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Colton Dixon was the featured artist on this weekends edition of Beyond AD. Colton wrapped up the Sunday morning show by performing his song Through All of It.

Over the past several years, former Newsboys bass player Phil Joel has been developing a new worship band named Zealand. Now Joel says the band is nearly ready to release their first CD. Phil says Zealand has been operating off the grid for several years but they now feel it's time to release a worship CD titled Zealand Worship. Find out more about the band and check out the first few songs from the project by clicking on the link at

Another video is now available as the Christian music web site New Release Tuesday introduces you to the members of Audio Adrenaline 3.0. The band features all new members and the latest interview helps you get to know guitarist Brandon Bagby. Watch the video interview by clicking on the link at

Still want to sing with Steven Curtis Chapman this summer? You need to move quickly. Steven gave his social media followers one last chance to join him on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. June 12 through 15. Find out more by clicking on the link at

In a dramatic assessment of the domestic threat posed by the Islamic State, the FBI Director says there are "hundreds, maybe thousands" of people across the country who are receiving recruitment overtures from the terrorist group or directives to attack the U.S. According to USA Today, the Islamic State, is leveraging social media in unprecedented ways through Twitter and other platforms, directing messages to the smartphones of "disturbed people'' who could be pushed to launch assaults on U.S. targets.

Relief, rehabilitation, and rebuilding are the three Rs of Nepal’s national curriculum, post-earthquake. According a Mission Network News report, All three are in short supply. Also adding to the confusion: more quakes. Four days after Nepal was shaken by its second deadly significant earthquake in less than three weeks. That’s where groups like Asian Access come in. The team is currently distributing relief through a network of local churches. But they say a long term plan is also in development, from providing temporary housing to trauma counseling to those still be affected by the disaster.

A 140-foot bulletproof cross is towering over skyscrapers in the most unlikely of places: Pakistan. According to Mission Network NEws, Pervez Henry Gill, the donor and man who had the dream of building the monument in the first place, told the Washington Post he wanted it to be a beacon of hope for Christians, letting them know they have a brighter future.

Cyber-churches are helping one ministry's efforts to disciple former Muslims in remote areas of Middle Eastern countries. According to Christian Aid, villagers gathering for study or worship in homes would be conspicuous but the Internet is accessible in most remote areas of the region, allowing former Muslims to attend online "churches" in relative safety until circumstances allow face-to-face fellowship.

7 Ways to Honor Your Elderly Parent from In Touch Ministries
1. Express appreciation through a gratitude list
2. Give the gift of presence.
3. Seek to understand them.
4. Involve them in decisions regarding their future and their care
5. Help them financially, as you are able.
6. Sincerely ask them to forgive you for the lapses, inadequacies, and rebellions of your past
7. Forgive them.

Do you have a modest heart? Revive Our Hearts suggests you ask yourself these questions:
Do I have a humble view of myself and a high view of God?
Do I avoid promoting myself?
Am I grieved at the thought of causing someone else to sin?
Am I reserved in my speech?
Do I always have to be the center of attention?
Am I appropriate in my behavior?
Am I appropriately reserved in my dress?

9 reasons you're always hungry from Huffington Post
You're dehydrated
You're a restless sleeper
You load up on starchy carbs
You're a stress case
You need to eat more protein
You aren't eating enough fat
You skip meals
You inhale your food
You're on certain meds

How to Be Prince Charming and Romance Your Wife from All Pro Dad:
1. Date Your Wife.
2. Add a little courtesy.
3. Make her feel special.
4. Don’t be a slob.

When a medical emergency took place during a recent graduation, one student used the concern as a time to pray. According to the Christian News web site, Christian Crawford, the senior class president, approached the podium as he felt led to pray, not knowing what was taking place. He said “Everybody, can I have your attention real quick?” he said. “We don’t know what’s going on, but we will pray. We know that prayer is power, and that God is able.”

The Stillwater Concert Choir doesn't need a concert venue to provide great music. The group of high school students recently were staying at a hotel and, while swimming in the hotel pool, noticed that it had perfect acoustics. In response the members of the choir delivered a quick impromptu concert.

Ever wondered what it's like inside one of the worlds largest cargo plane. Now you can find out through a guided tour of a C-5 Transport plane. The video shows the huge cargo hold but also shows some little know features of the plane, including seating for 75 travelers, a lounge, and even beds for those taking a break while on long flights.

God’s power reigns in the most pagan of environments. Even in cultures where evil is worshipped, God is still working. According to Mission Network News, This was made clear to Alex while his group was showing the Jesus film in Zambia. A witch became angry when she found out the movie would be played in her village, so she took action, disrupting the event and terrified the audience. But Alex and his group prayed and then continued on, showing the movie again the next day. They saw over 600 people give their lives to Christ, including the witch.

Jamie Grace is giving you and your band the chance to open for their Big Summer Tour 2015. Jamie says she and her sister were blessed to have churches and church leaders support us and let us play for services because they saw our hearts. She says it was not because they thought we were gonna be "famous" or well known but simply because they believed in us. Jamie says that's something we want to give back. To audition to open for Jamie and Morgan visit

The adoption organization Show Hope is out with a list of eight songs about adoption. Included in the list is the song “When Love Takes You In” by the organization's founder Steven Curtis Chapman. The list also has music by Casting Crowns, Andrew Peterson, Mark Schultz, and more.

The latest release from the band Unspoken is titled Good Fight. Recently the music web site New Release Tuesday sat down with band front man Chad Mattson and talked further about the song. Check out what he had to say about the song and it's devotional aspect, taken from I Timothy 6:12 and 2 Timothy 4:7, by clicking on the link at

Third Day's Mac Powell continues to release short videos talking about the songs on their latest CD Lead Us Back. The latest focus is the song Our Deliverer. Mac says it is one of the most modern songs on the new project and really stretched the band, He says "Our Deliverer" shows the correlation of this whole album about the exodus - leading God’s people back to God.

Hillsong United debuted their brand new single Touch The Sky on The Morning Show in Australia. Check out their performance by clicking on the link at

Chris August is releasing videos each week telling the stories behind the songs on his latest album. The first is the song The Maker. Chris says it's his most personal work to date. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Four years after Muammar Gaddafi was toppled, Libya is a failed state. According to Mission Network News, Libya is engulfed in a power struggle resulting from the leadership vacuum. Emily Fuentes, a spokeswoman for Open Doors USA says it’s a really strategic geographical point for ISIS in that they are spreading beyond Iraq and Syria to other parts of the Middle East and Africa. In short, Libya is now the beachhead for ISIS to push into Africa.

A piece of a massive thigh bone discovered underwater shows that dinosaurs walked in what is now Washington state. According to Time Magazine, the bone was found in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Seattle. It has just been identified as a 17-inch fragment of the femur bone of a theropod. Theropods were a two-legged, mostly carnivorous group of dinosaurs. This makes Washington the 37th U.S. state with known dinosaur fossils.

Persecution in India is on the rise. And yet, God is at work. Mission Network News shared a report this week from the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based group Mission India. They say "We are in a time that is unprecedented in history for what the Holy Spirit is doing in India.” “The Gospel is doing so many amazing things, and many people are coming to know Jesus Christ.”

As governments talk, one group is rushing to the aid of Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia. According to Mission Network News, An estimated 6,000 to 20,000 refugies from Myanmar and Burma took to the sea months ago to escape severe ethnic persecution. Now, countries in Southeastern Asia refuse to let them in, and time is running out. In Jesus’ name, Partners Relief and Development is bringing food, water, and other relief supplies to refugees stranded at sea.

How to best take care of your skin at night
1. Start with a good cleansing to ensure you remove all makeup and build-up from the day.
2. Apply a soothing face mask to help your skin care products sink in more efficiently.
3. A topical retinoid will reduce clogged pores, even out skin tone and promote collagen-building, anti-aging effects.
4. Put on a thick layer of moisturizer all over the face and neck.
5. Gently tap on eye cream after putting on your night cream.

key questions you and your spouse should each ask and answer to evaluate your marriage:
How can I be a better spouse to you?
Have I seemed oblivious to anything important going on in the family?
What is one thing that you want or need from me?
What have I done recently that really encouraged you or made you feel loved?
Do I argue fairly?
What do you think about the way we spend time together? How could it be better?
What would be one thing you wish I would start doing? Stop doing?
What do you wish I would say to you more often? Stop saying to you?
In what areas of our marriage do you trust me most? The least?
On a scale of 1 to 10, am I a good listener? How well do I understand you?
Do you feel I support you with the kids? In front of the kids?
Do I compliment you enough? Do I criticize you too much?
Do you feel free to be yourself?
How do you know I love you?

4 Purposes of Godly Friendships:
1. Friends Help Us Fully Enjoy God
2. Friends Expose Sin That Keeps Us from God
3. Friends Encourage Us to Obey God
4. Friends Bring Us to God

Baby spiders appear to be raining down from the sky in Australia. According to Time, “Millions” of baby spiders have been pouring down in the Southern Tablelands region of Australia, blanketing the area in webs. Researchers told The Sydney Morning Herald that the area may be seeing a mass migration of baby spiders.

Earlier this month a video by a 10-year-old Iraqi refugee named Myriam forgiving ISIS went viral. Now the Christian satellite television ministry SAT-7 has reunited Myriam with her best friend Sandra. According to Mission Network News, The two were separated when Myriam’s family fled to Kurdistan and Sandra’s to Lebanon after ISIS took over their hometown last summer. Neither knew where the other was. SAT-7 heard about Myriam's story and was able to track down Sandra through their station in Lebanan. Through a video link the two girls were able to have a short visit after a year apart.

It’s not uncommon for wealthy couples to sail the Mediterranean in a yacht, but Chris and Regina Catrambone are cruising in a 130-foot ship outfitted especially to rescue migrants at sea. According to the Good News Network, The Catrambone's were moved last summer by the loss of life among thousands of people fleeing North Africa to find a better life in Europe. In response, the decided to buy a search-and-rescue ship. The American husband and his Italian wife founded the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and set out in their vessel – The Phoenix — along with a 20-person crew, and their daughter Maria Luisa, to save lives. In their first 60 days, the Catrambones and their crew saved 3,000 lives. The Phoenix redeployed just this month and has run the total up to 4,441.

A 1-year-old toucan is getting a new beak thanks to a fund raising campaign. The birds upper beak got hacked off by a group of miscreants who left the bird for dead. For the past four months, the half-beaked bird has been nursed back to health at Costa Rica’s Animal Rescue Bird Zoo. Thanks to the collective ingenuity of Costa Rica’s tech sector, and $10,000 in funding from an Indiegogo campaign, the injured bird is about to get equipped with a new 3D-printed prosthetic beak. The plastic beak, scheduled to be attached to Grecia’s stub in June, will be the first procedure of its kind in Latin America, and one of the first 3D-printed beaks attempted anywhere the world.

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips says it's time for meat pies. He tweeted that he enjoys the Australian dish from time to time and he just pulled the latest batch out of the oven. Duncan now makes home in the states but is a native Australian.

Kerrie Roberts says she was inspired by a speaking engagement last weekend and so now has expanded her talk into a little blog. Her topic is on being satisfied. For Kerrie that meant going from the desire to be a mega famous diva to accepting and even enjoying life as an independent artist.

Brandon Heath has found what should be his front doors. He shared a picture of the entry way to a local restaurant. Monogrammed on the windows in the doors are the letters BH. Of course, those are also Brandon Heath initials.

The band Selah is inviting you to join them for Family Life's Love Like You Mean it cruise coming up in February. The cruise will take place February 15 through 20 and will include stops in Miami, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman Island. To make it even better, Selah is offering a special discount if you use their code Selah @ Sea.

The Drop Box Documtary will be releasing on DVD soon. Focus on the Family helped produce the DVD and they are offering some extra resources for those who want to show the documentary at in their home church. Find out more by clicking on the link at

A number of artists are auctions off items ranging from guitars to concert tickets to help raise money for the Run for Love 2015 Celebrity Auction. Money raised through the auction with go to help the Hands and Feet project continue their work in Haiti. Items include concert experiences with the Newsboys, Mercyme, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, Tenth Avenue North and more. Also included in the auction are Evander Holyfield autographed boxing gloves and a signed Fender guitar.

Swtichfoot's Jon Foreman is giving away music. He has a five song EP available for free download on the Noisetrade web site. Jon says the EP, titled Old Seasons, New Day includes both some old songs and some new stuff. In fact, one of the songs on the free project is Terminal, taken from Sunlight, the first of four EPs Jon is scheduled to release in 2015. Access the free downloads by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline has released their latest tour video. The band is on tour with the Newsboys and are now out with episode four of their continuing tour saga. Watch the latest blog video by clicking on the link at

Another lyric video is now available from Hillsong United's new CD Empires. The feature this time is the song Heart Like Heaven. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Another lyric video and chord chart is now available from Christy Nockels. The focus is the song The Wondrous Cross. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

for King and Country has released a exclusive video recording of their song Shoulders. The video is premiering on It features for King and Country's live performance of the song at Nashville's RCA Studio. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

As we look toward Memorial Day on Monday, Michael W. Smith is encouraging everyone to check out the video Just a Common Soldier. The video features a reading of the poem by Lawrence Vaincourt and Michael says Nothing COMMON about this. He adds please watch and share. Access the video by clicking on the link at

Ken Davis is out with another Lightenup Video. This time he features a video that features one of his biggest pet peeves. Check out the latest video by clicking on the link at

A former Cartersville, Ga police officer says he was 'forced out of a job' for ministering to inmates at the Bartow County Jail. According to Fox News, David Bojczuk, a father of 8, says the Chief of the Cartersville Police Department called the act a 'conflict of interest' and ordered him and other officers to stop ministering at the jail. Bojczuk refused, and resigned, saying he was 'forced out' because of his ministry.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has already hired more than 92,000 veterans in the past two years. According to ABC News, As the two-year anniversary approaches of the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program the company launched on Memorial Day 2013, the retail giant announced Wednesday that it is expanding its original plan to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018 to hire a total of 250,000 recently discharged veterans by 2020.

Something is happening that you may not have noticed. According to the Baptist Press, It will affect you. It will affect your church. It will affect the whole nation. What's happening is a senior adult revolution. Two-thirds of all the men and women who have lived beyond the age of 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today." Officials note that life expectancy for Americans doubled in the relatively brief history of our nation, creating for the first time "a mass society of healthy, active elders." And they say the aging population will have a variety of effects on the Christian community, from further magnifying the worship gap to providing more workers for the church and other Christian organizations.

With Memorial Day less than a week away, WalletHub has conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees. They analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key metrics — ranging job opportunities for veterans to number of VA health facilities. According to the study the five best states for military retirees were Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Maine and Florida. On the other end of the scale were New York, Utah, The District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and Indiana.

How to Stay Alert When You're Exhausted at Work
Drink Something
Take a Walk
Step Outside
Just Breathe
Listen to Music
Chew Ice
Try a Snack

Greg Laurie's three Cs of life:

7 tips to become even better at public speaking:
Talk like a thought leader.
Tell personal stories.
Show more pictures and use less text.
Use an animated voice.
Pay attention to your body language.
Share the stage.
Practice a lot, lot more.

Revive Our Hearts (@ReviveOurHearts) tweeted at 7:11 PM on Mon, May 18, 2015:
Here are 13 signs that a friendship that has turned into an idol:
You experience frequent jealousy and possessiveness.
You prefer to spend time alone with this friend.
You lose interest in other friendships.
You are unwilling to make short- or long-range plans that do not include this friend.
You refer frequently to her in conversation.
You feel free to "speak for" her.
You use flattery and praise often.
You have nicknames for each other.
You frequently need her "help" by creating or exaggerating problems.
You exhibit physical intimacy with this friend.
You lack a measure of appropriate modesty with each other.
You make her feel guilty over unmet expectations
You undermine her other relationships.

Do you really need to wash new clothes before you wear them? The Today show asked the question and the verdict is yes. According to Donald Belsito, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, those clean-looking clothes aren't so clean after all. Belsito, who spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the risks, noted that dyes and formaldehyde resins can spark skin irritation in some or a full-blown allergic reaction in others. But those are far from the only risks. Belsito added: "I have seen cases of lice that were possibly transmitted from trying on in the store, and there are certain infectious diseases that can be passed on through clothing."

In front of a packed church, Pastor Lawrence Bishop II, climbed up on the back of a snorting, anxious bull named Bonecrusher. According to an ABC News Report, The animal was let loose, and Bishop hung on tight as he was bucked around the ring he built inside his Ohio church. He lasted about three seconds before being thrown off and trampled. Battered and bruised, the 48-year-old preacher then picked himself up, climbed to safety and began his sermon. All this happened during one Wednesday night service at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio. Bishop's church is easy to spot. It's the one with the 52-foot statue of Jesus facing I-75, nicknamed "Hug Me Jesus," because of his open arms. Bishop says Embracing new believers is why the ministry decided to bring bull riding inside the church's walls. He added: "the Bible said to compel them to come in, and so that's what we're doing,"

A miniature version of Y2K will take place on June 30. According to ABC News, an extra second will be added to the clock, creating the potential to wreak havoc on computer systems not equipped to handle the change. The extra second will be added at the end of June to account for a discrepancy between Earth's rotation and the atomic clock. Amazon Web Services said it plans to "implement alternative solutions to avoid the leap second. When the last leap second was added on June 30, 2012, it caused issues with a number of websites, including Qantas, LinkedIn and Yelp.

When Lizzie Valverde graduated from Columbia University on Monday, she had two special supporters in the crowd: her long-lost sister and their birth mother. According to ABC News, Valverde, 35, and Katy Olson, 34, met two and a half years ago, on the first day of a writing class at Columbia. Both women already had a lot in common: they were returning to college in their 30s and both wanted to pursue their passion of writing. But that day, the women discovered something more -- that they are sisters. Their Mom, Leslie Parker, was a teenager when she gave them up for adoption.

Brandon Heath is out with another update on plans to send 20 kids to camp. Just 24 hours after announcing that 11 kids had been sponsored, Brandon issued another update. Now he says that number is up to 18. It's been 20 years since Brandon committed his life to Christ at a Young Life camp. In response, this year he's attempting to raise $5,000 to allow 20 kids to have a camp experience of their own.

Kutless member James Mead this week showed off a vest he is putting together. In fact, James says: I sewed most of this together myself. James' wife added a patch from a Kutless t-shirt on the back. James says the denim vest best tells the tale of who he is.

In addition to comedy, Ken Davis also spends much of his time putting on Public Speaking seminars. Now, after months of planning and preparation, Ken is out with a new podcast. He says the podcast as an extension of the principals he teaches at the conferences. In each episode he covers a wide range of topics all related to the Art and Business of Public Speaking. Access the first episode by clicking on the link at

Tenth Avenue North's Mike Donehey this week shared a blog, but it wasn't his own work. Instead, the blog came from one of his favorite coffee shops, telling the story of where they acquire their milk. Check out the background on milk production by clicking on the link at

Lecrae is making inroads into venues not normally associated with Christian music or rap music. The Christian rap artist recently sat down with NPR to talk about his latest album Anomaly. As part of the interview Lecrae talked openly about his faith. The devout Christian said his lyrics deal with issues of faith, family and social justice. He added "I consider what I do soul music." "It is music that is concerned with the soul." He also talked about begin caught in the middle, between a church that often doesn't understand rap artists and a genre that often doesn't support Christian beliefs. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Dan Bremnes this week released the cover photo for his brand new album. The latest project is titled Where The Light Is. It releases on June 9.

Jamie Grace is hoping for your vote in an upcoming music awards show. In fact, she has even recorded a video asking for your vote, reworking the words to many of her songs to focus them on the fan voting in the competition. Jamie has been nominated for Female Artist of the year.

Christy Nockels this week released a video featuring a live performance of her song Let It Be Jesus. The song is the title cut from her latest worship CD and the video is of her live performance of the song the night she recorded the entire live project. Watch Let it Be Jesus by clicking on the link at

Nichole Nordeman is out with a lyric video for her new song The Unmaking. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Joel from For King and Country is speaking louder about respect in relationships. Joel recorded the video for Jeremy Camps Speaking Louder Ministries, calling men to speak louder by taking a stand and treating women as they should be treated.

Skillet front man John Cooper is speaking louder about bullying. John recorded a video for Jeremy Camp's Speaking Louder Ministries. John says this generation is very vocal about what they believe. He says we, in turn, also can't be silent. Instead, John says it's time to speak louder about what we stand for.

Google Plans to Eliminate Human Driving in 5 Years. According to an MSN report, Google’s self-driving car prototype has no steering wheel or pedals, so it’s up to the computer to do all the driving. It isn’t a huge technological step forward. The same software controls the Lexus and Toyota vehicles and has logged hundreds of thousands of autonomous miles. What’s important here is Google’s commitment to its all-or-nothing approach. It expects to have a finished product by 2020.

Gospel for Asia is closing all 20 of its children’s centers as risk runs high in Nepal. According to Missions Network News, “The Bridge of Hope Centers will not be reopened until they are able to be run without fear of any aftershocks, or things falling down on the kids. Officials say: “Our first concern is to make sure the kids are okay.” At 20 Bridge of Hope Centers in Nepal, GFA national staff and global sponsors pair up to provide educational support, a nutritious meal, medical care, and–most importantly–the love of Christ.

A Voice of the Martyrs worker named Joe is just back from the Middle East and is telling some amazing stories of the stand Christians are taking in that area. As part of a 30 minute broadcast, Joe tells the story of one Christian who, when threatened at gun point at an ISIS check point, told the fighters "Even if you take my life here in front of my wife...I will not deny Christ." Listen to the entire broadcast by clicking on the link at

Mark Driscoll has preached his first sermon since his resignation from Mars Hill. According to the Gospel Herald, Driscoll, who resigned amid controversy regarding his leadership style, was at the Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek where he delivered a sermon about trusting in the Lord. The Seattle PI reports that on Sunday, Driscoll was introduced to the Gold Creek congregation by Pastor Dan Kellog, who explained that the the former Mars Hill leader is in the midst of "re-purposing" his life.

25 Essential Pieces Of Advice For New Grads In 3 Words Or Less
1. Follow your heart/dreams.
2. See the world.
3. Think for yourself.
4. Network, network, network.
5. Save for retirement.
6. Be you!
7. Plan your future.
8. Engage your brain.
9. Be fiercely independent.
10. Move out.
11. Call your mother.
12. Find your passion.
13. Use sunscreen.
14. Be on time.
15. Pay attention.
16. Pay with cash.
17. Enjoy every day.
18. Never give up.
19. Live life authentically.
20. Avoid loans.
21. Save some money.
22. Rely on yourself.
23. Don't procrastinate.
24. Delay gratification.
25. Mind your health.

11 Reasons You Should Drink Coffee Every Day
Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than anything else.
Just smelling coffee could make you less stressed.
Coffee could lessen the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Coffee is great for your liver
Coffee can make you feel happier.
Coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of suicide.
Coffee could reduce your chances of getting skin cancer (if you're a woman).
Coffee can make you a better athlete.
Coffee could reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Drinking coffee could help keep your brain healthier for longer.
Coffee may make you more intelligent.

20 Easy Romantic Ideas from All Pro Dad
1. Call to see if you can pick up anything on the way home from work.
2. Send a dozen roses: 11 red roses and 1 white one. The note: “You’re the only one for me.”
3. On cold mornings warm up her car.
4. Trace “I love you” on a stick of butter or margarine.
5. When window shopping, secretly note what she likes, then return later to pick up that something special.
6. Put a new piece of jewelry in her jewelry box and wait for her to notice it.
7. Leave written clues that lead her to a restaurant where you are waiting for her.
8. Give her your jacket when she is chilly.
9. Always pull out her chair at dinner.
10. Get tickets for an event and keep it a secret until the day arrives.
11. Hide a greeting card under her pillow.
12. Slip a little love note into her wallet.
13. Serve breakfast in bed using your finest china and crystal.
14. While you are both out, have a friend deliver a gourmet dinner to your home.
15. Place a rose under the car’s windshield wiper.
16. Take a hot air balloon ride.
17. Plan a three-day weekend together.
18. Put a Starbucks gift card on the front seat of her car.
19. Mail her a greeting card when you are away on a business trip.
20. Plan an evening for watching your wedding video.

A middle school girl is making sure every kid gets the awesome birthday party they deserve. According to the Huffington Post, Mandi Simon, age 11, is the founder of Minnesota-based nonprofit Simon Says Give. The organization provides students in need with birthday celebrations and school supplies. Since the organization launched in 2011, it has thrown over 500 birthday parties for kids whose families are having difficulty making ends meet. Mandi told CBS Minnesota: “Well, I just kind of thought every kid at least deserves a couple hours or a day to celebrate themselves.”

We've all sent some text messages we wish we hadn't. Now a Phoenix man is making your mistakes disappear. According to a KTVK news report, Kevin Wooten has developed an app that can help you turn back the clock. It's called reTXT and Kevin says that, when you've sent a text you didn't really mean to send, it allows you delete them. He said he was inspired by autocorrect to create a messaging app with edit and delete functions. Though your text recipient will see you've made a change, Wooten insists once you hit delete, it's gone.

Car companies are always trying to develop the best ways to save on fuel. Well, Ethan Tucker and Pat Boone of Zero Pollution Motors, the U.S. licensee for Motor Development International, might have the next big thing…the AIRPod. The AIRPod runs on cold air compressed in tanks to 300 times atmospheric pressure. AIRPod says the car can be refilled from a compressed-air station in about three minutes for less than $3. With the car weighing in at just over 600 pounds, a top speed reaching about 50 mph and an 80-mile range, the AIRPod would seem to make for the perfect city car.

Oreos is making S'mores-flavored cookies just in time for campfire season. According to a press release, the flavor features the brand’s first-ever graham cracker cookie. The limited-edition Oreo, which is filled with a chocolate and marshmallow creme, hits stores May 22. The cookies are the latest dessert-flavored Oreo creation. Other available flavors include cookie dough, candy corn, root bear float, caramel apple, and even red velvet.

Interested in hosting Greg Laurie's Harvest America simulcast in March of 2016. The event will be broadcast from Dallas, Texas and will include music by Chris Tomlin. Harvest officials say they are now signing up churches across the country to simulcast the event.

Earlier this month Brandon Heath announced a goal of collecting $5,000 to send High School kids to Young Life camp. It was at a similar camp back in 1995 that Brandon committed his life to the Lord. He was only able to go because he was sponsored. Since it's been 20 years since he had his camp experience, Brandon is hoping to raise enough to send 20 teens to camp this year. And he is well on his way to reaching that goal. Brandon announced this week that enough has been raised to send 11 kids to camp. He says just nine more to go.

Third Day's Mark Lee is out with a post card from Canada. Third Day was recently on tour in the country and Mark shared some of the things he has learned. From ketchup potato chips to Tim Horton donuts to Poutine, consisting of french fries cover in gravy and cheese curds, Mark has been getting the full Canadian experience. But Mark says one of the biggest changes has been the lack of internet access available. And he says he likes it. In fact, Mark said: I even think that when I get back to the States, I’m going to use my phone a little less. He added: I have been forced to “wonder without Googling”, and while it was a little weird at first, I almost think I like that better.

You can now pre-order the movie The Drop Box on DVD on the Focus on the Family web site. The movie tells the story of a pastor in South Korea who is saving children that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. It will be released on June 1.

Matthew West has released another lyric video from his new CD Live Forever. The latest featured song from the new project is titled The List. Check out the words and the music by clicking on the link at

Bart Millard tweeted this week: Nothing better than a few days off. Take the ol' wig off and power down. Attached was a photo shopped picture of the front man from Mercyme without any hair.

Residents of Nigeria seeking refuge in Niger need your prayers. According to Mission Network News, more than a million people have fled Nigeria and the brutality of Boko Haram. Thousands of those sought refuge in the neighboring country of Niger. But now, Niger is deporting them back to the war zone that is their country. According to CNN, 6,000 refugees have already been sent back to Nigeria. In response, Voice of the Martyrs is doing what they can to help. In the name of Jesus, they’re offering refugees medical attention, temporary shelter, food, clean water, clothing, blankets, and more, to help meet their immediate needs.

NASA's New Horizons space probe sent its first color image of Pluto back to Earth after a nearly decade-long journey through space to reach the dwarf planet. According to ABC News, New Horizons is preparing for a July 14 rendezvous with Pluto. When it reaches its destination, NASA said it expects New Horizons will send back detailed color images showing surface features as close as a few miles across.

Pearl Harbor's 'unknown' dead are going to be identified through DNA evidence. According to Time Magazine, The Pentagon recently announced that the bodies of up to 388 troops killed during the Pearl Harbor attacks, who are buried in “unknown” graves in Hawaii, will be disinterred and identified using the latest DNA technology. The Pentagon is optimistic it can identify the dead with forensic evidence from DNA samples and medical or dental records furnished by relatives. It has already identified 41 servicemen postmortem.

6 Questions to Ask Ourselves in Conflict from Revive Our Hearts:
1. Am I trying to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to become angry?
2. Have I considered that I may have a log in my eye?
3. Am I doing this for the glory of God?
4. Am I trying to speak the truth in love?
5. Am I trusting God to convince this person?
6. Is there any middle ground or alternative solution we haven't considered?

10 Ways to Make Your Mother Feel Special:
1. Respect
2. Write your mom a handwritten note.
3. Put together a scrapbook of some of your favorite memories of her.
4. Projects And Chores
5. Donate To Moms In Need
6. Public Acknowledgement
7. Manners
8. Make Her Feel Needed
9. Loyalty
10. Flowers—Just Because

5 ways to create an evangelistic culture in your church, from Pastor Greg Laurie:
1. If you want to start a fire in the pews, begin with the pulpit.
2. If you want to see people come to Christ, you must articulate the gospel.
3. You must be clear in your invitation.
4. You must have a follow-up system in place.
5. You must start and maintain an evangelistic culture.

New Zealanders will have a say in their flag's updated design in 2016. According to Relevant Magazine, In March 2016, New Zealanders will decide if they want a new flag, and the government is giving people a say in what that flag might look like. They’re allowing New Zealand citizens to submit designs, and the suggestions are flowing in, with nearly 1,000 submitted in the last few weeks.

Looking to travel this Summer. A travel web site has compiled a list of the 5 best national parks outside the USA. The top 5 include the Northumberland National Park in England, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales, Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy, Pirin National Park in Bulgaria, and the Olympus National Park in Greece.

Keeping food out of sight could be a way to keep it out of your mouth. According to NPR News, Charles Emery, a psychologist at Ohio State University, put together a team to "look at every aspect of the home environment related to food." Starting in 2013, Emery and his colleagues went into the homes of 100 people, half of whom were medically obese. Researchers found that the people who were not obese were inclined to have less cold storage like refrigerator space and less food in the home. But they also found obese participants tended to keep more food visible in the places they spent the most time compared to non-obese people.

People confined to a wheelchair normally can’t go on the beach. However, In India, a tile and home decor company is changing that. H&R Johnson launched The Red Ramp Project. The goal of the company is to make India’s beaches accessible to everyone. To do that, they built a ramp out of red tiles that leads straight into the water.

Matthew West is featured on the cover of the latest edition of CCM Magazine. The magazine that focus' on Christian music says Matthew has already produced three CDs based on stories sent to him by his fans and he is committed to sticking with that focus. Also in this weeks edition of CCM Magazine is a report on NeedToBreathe going into the woods and worship leader Christy Nockels talking about women in worship. Access your free copy of the online magazine by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline's Brandon Bagby was celebrating the birth of his son this weekend. Brandon says they named him Bazar Knox Bagby. He is named after Brandon's father-in-law's mother, Grace Fletcher. Her maiden name was Bazar (pronounced Bay•zer). Brandon says: after learning more about my father-in-law's past, we chose this name to honor Grace for being strong and standing up for what she knew was right.

Jonny Diaz took to twitter to introduce his new daughter. Jonny says Charlie Grace Diaz came into the world a bit before midnight, weighing in at 6lb 8oz.

Phillips, Craig and Dean member Shawn Craig is out with a new blog on trusting God titled I Know It's Weird But Trust Me. As part of the blog, Shawn shared: God's ways don't always FEEL right. In fact, sometimes they are downright weird. But the question is, "Will you trust Him?" Read the entire blog from Shawn Craig by clicking on the link at

Jenny Simmons says your story matters and she would like to help you write it. Jenny recently shared: When I sat down fifteen months ago to write The Road to Becoming I had NO idea how to write a book—only that I needed to. As a singer, songwriter, wife and mom I felt completely inadequate in the book-writing process! The only thing I knew with certainty was that my own journey from brokenness to becoming was resonating with other people and I felt a deep desire to honor that story by endeavoring to write it down. Now, more than a year later, Jenny is hard at work on her second book. Tonight (May 18th) Jenny will be holding a free webinar to talk about her own writing process and what she wishes she would have known 15 months ago. Register for the tonight's free online webinar by clicking on the link at

Casting Crowns' Mark Hall sent out group text Sunday morning announcing the need for an extra guitar player at their church and it seems the response was a little more than expected. Marks shared a picture later in the day of a room packed full of guitar players.

Dan Bremnes is out with a video telling the story behind his song Where The Light Is. In the video Dan talks about the peace that can come in the midst of the storm. Check out Dan's thoughts on the project by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace and her sister Morgan put together a mash up of eight different songs from bands on The Rock and Worship Roadshow Tour earlier in 2015. Now an acoustic rendition of the mashup is available on line. Check out Jamie Grace and Morgan's compilation of songs by Mercyme, Crowder, Matt Maher, and more. Click on the link at

Third Day's Mac Powell says: We not only need to hear His word, but take that word and let it change us so that we can go and change the world. He says that is one of the reasons why Your Words is one if his favorite songs on the new Third Day Worship CD Lead us Back.

Tobymac and Louie Giglio were on the set of AD: The Bible Continues for the Beyond AD this weekend. The two well known Christians talked about the on going program and the issues that it brings to light. At the end of the show Tobymac also takes to the stage to perform his song Beyond Me. Check out the program Beyond AD and Tobymac's performance by clicking on the link at

Casting Crowns Mark Hall might want to work a little harder on his Daddy Daughter date ideas. Mark shared a short video clip on Instagram titled Daddy Date ideas #1. His first suggestion was heading to the gas station for some cola and some pork skins and then watch some football. Mark's daughter seemed less than impressed with his suggestion.

Sanctus Real was giving back over the weekend. They held a concert in Michigan in support of the University of Michigan's MOTT Children's Hospital. But it the members of the band who were saying thank you. Sanctus Real front man Matt Hammitt tweeted: I want to thank our friends at the University of Michigan's MOTT Children's Hospital for hosting us, and for the incredible work they're doing for kids with heart disease. Matt's son Bowen required several heart surgeries in his first year of life after being born with a serous heart defect.

Moriah Peters were on the baseball field over the weekend, playing a concert after the Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball game. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are a Double-A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring Friday at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City. According to AP News, Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred, if you could call it that, for just two short rounds before Romney threw in the towel. The two barely threw any punches and largely just danced around, occasionally lightly jabbing each other. The black-tie affair raised money for the Utah-based organization CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness. Organizers say they raised at least $1 million.

Faith Comes by Hearing's military BibleStick project started out as a goal to get 10,000 audio Bibles to troops in the United States military. But according to Mission Network News, since the beginning, the work has expanded in number and location beyond the United States. In fact, the Bible stick has now been distributed to over 500,000 U.S. troops in harm’s way. On top of the interest in audio Bibles at a national level, FCBH has begun to receive requests from military's around the world. It now has over 145 countries as members.

Public attention has turned to Stephen Curry thanks to the fact he won NBA MVP for 2015. However, according to the Gospel Herald, his actions both on and off the court, in addition to his outspoken Christian faith, have won him new fans too. According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, even fans from other teams have expressed their admiration for Curry.

A majority of Americans believe Washington spends too much on foreign aid, but the U.S. is actually far from the world's most giving nation. According to the Huffington Post, it doesn't even crack the top 10. The OECD's new data reports which of its 28 member countries gave the most to others in development aid last year, based off of each country's gross national income. Although the U.S. gave the most in total -- giving away $32.37 billion in development assistance -- that figure was only 0.19 percent of its GNI. Sweden -- which took the top spot -- gave away 1.1 percent of its GNI in 2014.

What Makes a Good Boss? According to All Pro Dad, A good boss….
Sees the Big Picture:

3 breakfast rules to follow to lose weight from
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Waiting is hard. Waiting makes us feel stuck. Waiting tests our patience. Here are 10 ways to wait well from Revive our Hearts:
1. Be Content
2. Love Your Own Family Well
3. Work Hard
4. Intercede for Others
5. Value God's Commands
6. Go to War Against Idols
7. Celebrate!
8. Keep Your Eyes on the Promised Land
9. Seek God
10. Enjoy the Journey

While nine public university presidents made more than $1 million, incoming University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves didn't want to be one of them. According to the Huffington Post, The school announced last month that Fenves would begin as UT-Austin's president in June with a base salary of $750,000 a year. What they did not mention was that UT-Austin proposed a $1 million base salary. Fenves wrote back to the university requesting a $750,000 base salary with a 10 percent bonus. He said "$1M is too high for a public university."

How much is art work really worth. According to the Huffington Post, A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso recently set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million. At the same auction a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million. Experts say the high sale prices were driven by artworks' investment value and by wealthy collectors seeking out the very best works.

Stuck at the desk all day? Time Magazine says sitting in a static positions all day can leave your neck, shoulders, back, and hips feeling tight and most likely out of their proper alignment. In light of that fact, they have a list of 5 stretches you can do every day, and anywhere, to combat these stubborn aches and pains. Check them out by clicking on the link at

The Gospel Music Association is out with a list of 10 things you didn't know about Hillsong United. The list is full of tidbits about the worship group. You will learn that the voice behind the song Oceans, Taya Smith, actually came to Australia for a secular singing job and became part of the Hillsong church as a volunteer, the group has toured six continents and more than 40 nations since 2006, and the cover of Empires was revealed from 95,000 feet in space. Check out all 10 by clicking on the link at

Focus on the Family is launching a new program in hopes of impacting thousands of marriages before they are in crisis. The Thriving Marriage Project is a massive new project by the Family Organization and President Jim Daly says the need to raise 1.85 million dollars to launch the initiative.

Barry Graul is riding to help find a cure for diabetes. The Mercyme member is raising money as he prepares to ride in the 2015 Nashville Tour De Cure. Barry had originally hoped to raise $500 but, according to his web site, he has already surpassed the goal. But he isn't stopping yet. He is continuing to ask for support has he bikes in the event to help raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

Francesca Battistelli is giving away a gift card from child clothing manufacturer Wildly Company. Over the next 24 hours will be Francesca will be taking entries in the contest. But don't wait to long. Francesca promises that a winner will be picked by the weekend. Register by clicking on the link at

Unspoken is giving you the chance to listen to their entire new CD a week early. Listen to all 10 new songs by clicking on the link at

Skillet frontman Jon Foreman says we all have an expiration date. He says his new project The Wonderlands starts the journey with the end in mind. Check out an acoustic rendition of the song Terminal. Click on the link at

Matthew West has recorded a new video from the cabin where he created his three story song albums. The focus of the video is the inspiration behind his new CD Live Forever. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Josh Wilson is out with a new video talking about his song That Was Then, This Is Now. The song talks about the freedom we have in Christ and the change that takes place when we come to Christ. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Blanca recently sat down to talk about her new season in life. As a new mother and a new solo artist, from writing her own music to putting her heart and soul into the recording, Blanca opens up about the entire process. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Jimmy Needham is out with a new lyric video for another song from his new CD Vice and Virtue. Hear the gospel in five minutes. Listen to the new song The Story by clicking on the link at

The latest live Passion video features Kristian Stanfill. This week Passion released the song Even So Come, recorded live at one of the Passion conferences this past January. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Third Day's Mac Powell recorded a video this week talking about the bands song Your Words. Mac said: "We not only need to hear His word, but we need to take that word and let it change us so that we can go and help change the world and encourage other people." Listen to the entire video as Mac shares more about the song. Click on the link at

Ken Davis is out with another lightenup video. This time he's talking getting crazy ideas involving fireworks. Watch online by clicking on the link at

The Bandial people in Senegal finally have God's Word in their heart language. According to a report in Mission Network News, Fourteen years ago in Senegal, Africa, a Bible translation project was started for the Bandial people group. Now, after much hard work, it’s coming to a satisfying close. According to Wycliffe, there are about 11,200 Bandial people in Senegal. Like many African languages, Bandial was only available in oral form. So the project not only gave them the Bible in their own language, it also helps them to maintain their language in the years to come

Samaritans still exist in the modern day middle east. According to the Huffington post, the people group numbers just 700 to 800 people now. While Samaritans and Jews are similar in some ways, Samaritans have their own Torah in ancient Hebrew, a separate religious calendar and some key differing beliefs. Mount Gerizim, not Jerusalem, is still their sacred place, just as it was when Christ met the woman at the well. The community says it has the oldest Torah in the world, closely guarded in a safe place due to fear of robbers who have stolen other Samaritan religious texts.

A new government survey finds that food stamp recipients are more likely to be obese than the general population. According to new research from the federal government, using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from 2007 through 2010, Americans on food stamps were more likely to be obese than other groups. The study also found that food stamp recipients consumed slightly fewer calories daily than the broader population. However, they also drank more soda, didn't eat as many fruits and vegetables, and in general had diets that scored slightly lower on a healthy eating index.

The Defense Department earlier this year unveiled a new smart bullet. According to World Magazine, the Research agency of the department conducted a successful test of a 50-caliber sniper round that can steer itself to its target by compensating for weather, wind—even target movement. The program combines specially designed ammunition, a real-time optical guidance system and a standard sniper rifle to allow longer shooter standoff distances as well as reductions in target engagement times.

17 Weight Loss Hacks That Have Nothing To Do With Diet Or Exercise
1. Surround yourself with positive people...
2. ...And the kind of people who have self control.
3. Skip the commercials.
4. Chew your food.
5. Get some sleep.
6. Sit down.
7. Eat some produce before food shopping.
8. Eat off of a plate, not out of the bag.
9. Make that plate a blue plate.
10. And a small plate.
11. And drink out of a tall, skinny glass.
12. Conceal your junk food.
13. And put your healthy food in plain sight.
14. Play Tetris or other visual based activity.
15. Stop wearing sweats.
16. Quit drinking soda.
17. Take the proverbial chill pill. Chronic stress can be a major cause of weight gain

How to Detox Your Marriage from iMom:
1. Detox your marriage by forgiving past offenses.
2. Detox your marriage by being honest with your spouse.
3. Detox your marriage by parenting like a team.

5 Things Parents Should Stop Doing from Family Minute:
1. Stop yelling at your kids in public.
2. Stop trying to be the “cool mom” or “cool dad.”
3. Stop allowing them to have or do things that are not age appropriate.
4. Stop shielding them from all the consequences of their mistakes or messes.
5. Stop living vicariously through them.

They’re everywhere you shop and now they could be where you live. According to Yahoo, the shipping pallet is making the jump from transporting construction materials to becoming a hot construction material itself. The wooden boards are definitely plentiful: there are reportedly about two billion of them in the U.S. alone. The majority are made with endlessly reusable and environmentally friendly wood, which is a big point in their favor. Opponents do note that not just any pallets should be used as many are reported to contain bugs and mold and treated with chemicals you may not want to expose yourself to daily. Still, more construction projects using shipping pallets are popping up around the country.

A 'Courage Wall' in Alexandria, Va. Gives Passers-By a Place to Name Fears and Move On. According to ABC News, the courage wall is "the most successful thing" Nancy Belmont has ever done. And Belmont says it only happened because she faced her fear and took that first step. The Courage Wall is an 8-feet tall by 20-feet wide chalkboard with one simple phrase I Wish I Had The Courage To... at the top and blank lines below for passers-by to fill in.

You Now Have a Shorter Attention Span Than a Goldfish. According to Time Magazine, The average attention span for the goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft Corp., people now generally lose concentration after eight seconds. They say the change highlights the affects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain. Researchers in Canada surveyed 2,000 participants and studied the brain activity of 112 others. Microsoft found that since the year 2000, or about when the mobile revolution began, the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds.

Good news for those of you who missed out on the Colton Dixon devotional on the Overflow web site. It is still available online. Access the devotional for Colton's song Through All of It at it's new location by clicking on the link at

Joni and Friends is reaching out to victims of the Afghan war. But they aren't the victims you hear about in the news. Joni's organization is hoping to impact the thousands of Afghan police officers who have been injured in the war and have been left destitute due to their injuries. Joni this week shared a video about their plight and encouraged prayer for those affected.

Has social media gone to far? A new app call periscope allows artists and others to share short live videos with their followers. This week Third Day's Mac Powell was on periscope, giving followers a chance to watch him has he got a hair cut. Check out the new hair cut by clicking on the link at

The band Unspoken has released a video of their performance of the song Broken Man. Check out the lyric video and live performance of the song from Unspoken's upcoming CD Unplugged by clicking on the link at

The Christian Music web site New Release Tuesday recently sat down with the members of Audio Adrenaline. The band has a new lineup and a new album. Now New Release Tuesday is out with a four part series to help you get to know the new band members. The first installment features drummer Jack Campbell. Check out the video interview by clicking on the link at

Matthew West recently sat down with the Blaze to talk about his latest album and the process he has gone through since vocal chord surgery six years ago. Tune in to hear what God taught Matthew through the process resulting in the three story CDs based on thousands of stories sent to him by those who follow him on social media. Access the interview by clicking on the link at

Jason Castro was recently joined by his siblings, forming Castro The Band. Their music video to the song Rock and Roll is off to a good start. It's been viewed more than 18-thousand times. Check it out by clicking on the link at

David Crowder is the latest worship leader added to the list of artists leading sessions at next week's National Worship Leader Conference in Washington DC next week. The DC Conference will take place May 19 through 21. Worship leader conferences are also scheduled this summer and fall in Kansas, California, and Texas.

In Touch Ministries is reaching out to a lot of people in China thanks to the help of one man. Officials from the ministry that features the preaching of Dr. Charles Stanley say a missionary to the country, who's name is withheld for security reasons, has seen a Chinese church hungry for resources. In response, he has helped deliver roughly 13,000 Messengers. The Messengers are handheld audio devices loaded with Scripture and more than 65 sermons from Dr. Stanley.

Pastor Mark Driscoll may soon return to the ministry in Phoenix, Arizona. According to the Gospel Herald, blogger Warren Throckmorton recently broke the news, the first move toward ministry since Driscoll announced his resignation from Mars Hill Church in October. In his blog Throckmorton reported: "In recent weeks, several individuals have contacted me with tips that Driscoll is preparing to plant a church in Phoenix, AZ. In recent days, the buzz has intensified from several independent sources which leads me to believe the information is credible.The moves appear to be at the exploratory stage at this point which means that a plant may not materialize."

The Women on 20s campaign, which is seeking to put a female face on the $20 bill, has announced a winner. According to NPR News, Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave whose ingenuity and courage led other captives to freedom, narrowly edged out Eleanor Roosevelt. According to Women on 20s, Tubman finished with 118,328 votes out of more than 600,000 cast over 10 weeks. A petition has now been sent to President Obama asking him "to order the Secretary of the Treasury to change the current portrait portrayed on the American $20 bank note.

6 Ways To Empower Leaders, Replace Yourself and Leave Things Better Than You Found Them
Give away authority.
Provide confidence.
Clearly define boundaries.
Remove yourself.
Keep accountability high.
Talk it out.

13 things no one tells you about owning a home from the Huffington Post
1.Your leisurely weekends will disappear in endless hours of housework.
2. You'll care what the neighbors think of you.
3. Real estate taxes will eat up your spending cash.
4. You have never cleaned so much in your life.
5. The sound of someone scraping their chair on the floor or banging into the wall will make you cringe.
6. You will wake up and realize that buying this home has turned you into your parents.
7. Cleaning the gutters is a very real thing.
8. You'll never stop looking at the real estate market.
9. Things will break. And they are really expensive to fix.
10. You will have to pay for water. And for someone to take away your garbage, too.
11. You won't be able to do everything at once.
12. The work is NEVER done.
13. You will be a slave to your property, but you'll be ever so grateful to be home.

Delegating 101 from iMom
We don’t delegate because:
1. We’re perfectionists.
2. We don’t want to argue.
3. We enjoy certain tasks.
Why we must delegate:
1. We’re robbing others of opportunity.
2. Your team needs to get stronger from top to bottom.
3. True success is measured in the long view, not the short view.
Areas where you can delegate:
1. Household chores.
2. Parenting duties.
3. Volunteer commitments.

Emil Knodell bought a chest at an estate sale for $100 but inside he discover something much more valuable. According to ABC news, as he was moving the chest to his vehicle he discovered a hidden drawer in the bottom. Knodell says it was full of rings, diamonds, gold and all kinds of other items. That's when Knodell says his sense of right and wrong kicked in. He said I didn’t buy those things. If I kept them, I would never feel right about it. Instead, Knodell returned the chest and all the items inside to the original owner.

6-year-old Madison is being called a hero after saving her mother's life. According to ABC News, Madison found her mother, Jovanna Nunez, unconscious Saturday morning in her Hemet, California, home. She called her grandparents for help and they told her to call 911. The Hemet Fire Department responded and found Nunez unresponsive but breathing. They say she apparently went into a diabetic coma. Nunez was hospitalized but was later released.

Researcher now say you can beat your cravings with these two words. According to Time Magazine, when deciding whether to eat something that isn’t necessarily nutritious, researcher say you should use the words “I don’t” instead of “I can’t.” What’s the difference? Researchers say that, “With ‘I don’t’ you are choosing words that signal empowerment and determination rather than ones that signal deprivation.” In four studies researchers found that when it came to deciding whether to eat certain foods, saying “I don’t” was nearly three times as effective as saying “no” and about eight times more effective than saying “I can’t.”

Alex really wants to help his mom, Eva, find love. So he spent a year secretly filming her and then sent it out via the internet. Did it work? Only time will tell. The video ends with the be continued.

The Lyrics from several Sidewalk Prophets songs provided the inspiration for one graduates cap decorations. Megan Hayes shared a picture of her lyric covered mortarboard along with the caption: Thank you for the inspiration! I was proud to display your lyrics at my graduation!

Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman are jumping on the invisible bracelet bandwagon. Their adoption organization Show Hope announced the release of invisible bracelets a couple of weeks ago and this week Steven and Mary Beth recorded a video showing off their own invisible bracelet. Or at least they were showing off Stevens wrist that was wearing the invisible bracelet that you can't see because, of course, it's invisible. 100% of money raised from the purchase of the invisible bracelets goes to feed orphans through the Show Hope organization.

Laura Story was recently celebrating a shard of glass embedded in her hand. No, she wasn't excited about the pain it caused. She was able to rejoice about the glass in her hand even though it wasn't pleasant because it meant the glass, found in her daughters room, would not be in her daughters foot. Read the entire article from Laura Story about a mothers love, and the example it provides of Christ's love, by clicking on the link at

Christy Nockels sat down with the web site Beliefnet to talk about her new Album. Through out the interview Nockels answers the question Why Jesus Is The First Name I Call In Times of Trouble. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman has announced plans for a four EP series in 2015. The first EP is the project, titled The Wonderlands: Sunlight, will be available on May 26. Officials say the project has been 10 years in the making and will feature 24 songs in total - one for each hour of the day. "Caroline," the first single from The Wonderlands: Sunlight, premiere this week. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The Christian music web site New Release Tuesday has just announced some brand new contests. Included are a Jimmy Needham Vice and Virtue Apple Watch Giveaway, A NeedToBreathe Merchandise Giveaway, and tickets giveaways for several festivals scheduled around the county this summer. Find out how you can enter by clicking on the link at

The lyric video for Audio Adrenaline's song Sound of the Saints is now available. The song is the titled cut from Audio Adrenaline's new CD, the first album released since the group was totally remade, continuing under the same name but with all new members of the band. Check out Sound of the Saints by clicking on the link at

A new video from Plumb is now available. Tiffany Lee sits down to talk about the song Lord I'm Ready Now. She says the song is her anthem and she hopes it will become an anthem for many more people as well. Find out more about the work God is doing in Plumb's life and the change he can make in your life. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

There seems to be a new rule in Christian music. The staff of Capital CMG, an organization that represents Christian artists, tweeted this week: if two Capitol artists are on stage together, one artist has to stand on top of the piano. They shared a picture of Matthew West playing his guitar on top of a piano being played by Colton Dixon.

Phased retirement is becoming the new job exit strategy. According to the Huffington Post, studies show that many older workers today plan on staying on the job beyond the traditional retirement age. With increasing life expectancy and worries about outliving their savings, many people are finding that a 20+ year retirement without work is practical, desirable or even affordable. A Merrill Lynch-Age Wave study found that 72 percent of pre-retirees over age 50 say their ideal retirement will include paid employment in some shape or form.

A different focus for Bible distribution is taking place in China. According to Mission Network News, Officials from Bibles for China are slightly shifting the way they do things. Representatives say “Bibles [are] very important–that’s our passion, that’s what we do. But [it’s also important] to be able to go back to the same place and start developing that strong and in-depth relationship spiritually.” They say that, previously, the focus was on covering as much ground as possible. Now, the focus is on relationships.

The U.S. Senate sent a strong message to Iran and the Obama Administration this week by unanimously voting in favor of a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to, in the words of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “use the tools it has in pursuit of what should be a bipartisan goal: securing the release of American citizens being held as hostages by the regime in Iran.” According to a report on the ACLJ web site, McConnell went on to say: One of those Americans, Saeed Abedini, has reportedly been held prisoner for what would appear to be the supposed ‘crime’ of attempting to build and operate an orphanage. No American should find this acceptable.

Another earth quake has hit the country of Nepal. According to the Baptist Press, the powerful new earthquake rattled Nepal on Tuesday, May 12, killing at least 36 people and sending thousands more rushing to the streets. The 7.3-magnitude quake came just 17 days after a massive earthquake killed more than 8 thousand people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. Tuesday’s tremor set off a series of landslides at the epicenter near Mount Everest. One local Nepali pastor asked for prayer as reports of two major landslides have caused havoc in the area on top of damage from the today’s earthquake.

3 Ways to Get to the Root of Anger from Family Minute:
1. Face it.
2. Find it.
3. Figure it out.

10 Tips For Great Communication With Your Kids from All Pro Dad:
1. Breaking Bread-Make a point of eating together at least two or three times per week.
2. On the Move-Don’t waste the time your family has in the car running around town.
3. Listen-go below the surface and connect with their cries of the heart.
4. Spend one-on-one time with each child.
5. Walk in Their Shoes
6. Texting-Keep it short and light.
7. The Right Approach-Personalities and needs are different.
8. Get off Their Back-Give them room to make mistakes and fail.
9. Open Your Book-Share your experiences, both good and bad
10. An Open Door-Be relaxed and open

A 21-year-old video game designer has created a video game in which players see through the eyes of someone with Alzheimer’s. According to Relevant Magazine, Alexander Tarvet presented his game as his final project at a digital art show put on by Abertay University in Scotland. Tarvet wants to use his game to raise awareness for the disease. The game puts the player in a foggy room, where they can examine the pictures and personal items around the room to try to make sense of where and who they are. In a press release, Tarvet said this gives players “an immediate sense of the confusion the character feels.”

Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have discovered treasure belonging to the notorious 17th-Century Scottish pirate William Kidd. According to a BBC News Report, the silver bar was brought to shore last week from what is thought to be the wreck of the Adventure Galley. The bar was presented to Madagascar's president at a special ceremony. US explorer Barry Clifford says he believes there are many more such bars still in the wreck. Capt Kidd was first appointed by the British authorities to tackle piracy but later became a ruthless criminal and was executed On May 23 in 1701.

Steven Johnson is out with a new book that he says finds “the more disorganized your brain is, the smarter you are”. According to Time Magazine, Johnson used the results of a neuroscience experiment by Robert Thatcher for his findings. Among his points, Johnson cites research showing that the volume of ideas bouncing about make large cities disproportionately more creative than smaller towns, having multiple hobbies allows your brain to subconsciously compare and contrast problems and solutions, forming new connections at the margins of each, and reading multiple books at the same time vs serially lets your brain combine new ideas and develop new connections.

A bit of trivia for numbers geeks and type A people who crave order. Every number from May 10 through May 19 is the same read forward and backwards. Starting with 5/10/15 and continuing through 5/19/15, each date is perfectly balanced.

The CEO of Chinese conglomerate Tiens Group booked an all-expenses paid vacation for 6,400 of his best salespeople in France. According to ABC News, Billionaire Li Jinyuan paid for the vacation for about half of his staff, which French media outlets estimated to have cost as much as $22.3 million. The trip commemorated the company's 20th anniversary.

Nancy Leigh Demoss, host of the program Revive Our Hearts, announced her engagement this week. Nancy recently told close friends of the ministry about her courtship over the past months with Robert Wolgemuth. She this week said that Robert asked her to marry him on May 2 and she said yes. Nancy added: We are planning to be married, Lord willing, on November 14, in the Chicago area. Watch a video of the announcement and read more by clicking on the link at

This summer marks 20 years since Brandon Heath went to a Young Life camp and started following Jesus. To celebrate, Brandon says he want to send 20 kids to camp so they can hear about Jesus too. His goal is to raise $5,000 that will then be passed along to Young Life leaders to help kids get to camp who can’t afford it, just like Brandon's leaders did for him. To help click on the link at

Jenny Simmons will be answering questions about writing during an author launch webinar on May 18th. She will be sharing more about her writing process at the special free event. Find out more by clicking on the link at

The latest release from Lincoln Brewster is titled There is Power. The song is also featured on the AD The Bible Continues Sound Track. Watch a video of Lincoln performing the song right now by clicking on the link at

Matthew West is out with the audio for his song Grace Wins. When releasing the song Matthew tweeted: I hope your head catches on to the melody, so your heart can grab onto the message. Listen to Grace Wins by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline was on One One 7 TV recently, talking about touring and their new record. Check out the interview on youtube by clicking on the link at

Britt Nicole wants to know which song is your favorite from her recent Remix CD. She has loaded all the songs from the project on Youtube. Check them out by clicking on the link at and then tell Britt which one is your favorite.

Jamie Grace and her sister Morgan celebrated their mothers birthday with a special concert kicking off their The Fighter Tour: The Storytellers Edition in Georgia last night. Jamie invited her fans to join her for the birthday party/tour kick off and she says the response was so overwhelming that they had to cut off rsvping early. Jamie says that, in lue of birthday gifts for her mom, you can donate to Mona's medical fund. The web site for donations is available at

NASA's latest out-of-this-world feat happened on planet Earth. According to Fox News, the space agency's technology was used to find four men trapped for days after the Nepal earthquake. The village of Chautara received two prototype FINDER devices four days after the disaster struck. The development of the handheld gadgets—whose name is an acronym for Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response—was actually spurred by technology intended for studying the possibility of alien life. They've been shown to work through 30 feet of rubble or 20 feet of solid concrete.

Evangelist Luis Palau, whose ministry is based in Portland, Oregon, has revealed that he and his wife will be moving temporarily to New York City. According to the Christian Post, the move comes as the evangelist prepares for this summers massive evangelistic and celebratory event taking place at the Big Apple's iconic Central Park. Palau says they decided to make the move after his team decided it would be best to respond to the invitations if he and his wife were living in the city, available at a moment's notice. The event will take place on July 11.

Franklin Graham Says Islam Should Not Be Mocked. According to the Christian Post, Franklin Graham, in a recent interview, said he was discouraged by the impetus behind the draw Muhammad event in Garland, Texas, which some claim sparked the attack from two Muslim gunmen. Graham said "What this event was doing in Texas was mocking Islam. I disagree with [them]." Graham said he wouldn't want anyone mocking Jesus Christ, and for this reason poking fun at Islam is off limits for him.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom reports Russia is now a country to watch. Mission Network News says that, According to the 232-page document, there are 17 nations listed at Tier 1 abusers of religious freedom. They include: Burma, Central African Republic, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. There are 10 on the Tier 2 list, including Russia. Officials say Russia being on the list is a big deal because “This is a first official announcement, or recognition, of the persecution from the U.S. government’s side.”

Some great pointers for sharing your faith online from yesHEiscom.
1) Re-tweet Other Evangelistic Tweets
2) Tweet Evangelistic Tweets When Something is Trending
3) Participate in the Twitter Blitz for Jesus
4) Use the Power of Blogging to Unleash the Gospel
5) Become a Guest Blogger on Other People’s Blogs
6) Create Videos to Reach the World

If your washing machine is smelling worse than your sweaty workout shirt, it's time to give it a good cleaning. Yes, even washing machines get dirty. According to the Today Show, Laundry soils, detergents and hard water minerals build up in the washer in areas you can't see and, over time, they develop an odor. Mold and mildew in the washer lid and the door are another cause of stink. Officials suggest cleaning every six months to avoid any issues.

Noah and Emma were the most popular baby names of 2014, followed by a few newcomers to the top 10 list, like James and Charlotte. According to Time Magazine, The Social Security Administration have released its annual list of the country’s ten most popular baby names for boys and girls. James, a popular choice in the 1940s and ’50s, returned to the top 10 after missing out for several years. And Charlotte, ranked #10, made it to the list of top names for the first time ever. However, the name is likely to stay there, thanks to the recent birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

It's the ultimate estimation game: How many pieces of paper would it take to print the entire Internet? According to ABC News, Two British scientists have arrived at the approximate number of pages they say it would take to create a hard copy of everything on the Internet. The answer: 136 billion standard 8 1/2 by 11-inch pieces of printer paper.

Did you know that Blanca was introduced to her husband by her hair dresser? The former member of Group 1 Crew shared in a video that the same lady who cuts her hair also cuts her husband's brothers hair. When she introduced the two they hit it off and started dating. But it wasn't until her future husband attended a Group 1 Crew concert and saw that thousands of cheering fans that he realized just how popular Blanca really was.

What's next for Passion? This summer they will be holding their first ever Passion Camp. Plan now to join Louie Giglio and Kristian Stanfill for summer camp. Check out a quick video and register your group. Click on the link at

The latest CD Jimmy Needham is titled Vice and Virtue. It released one week ago. Now you can also access the words to each song on the new project. Jimmy has posted all the lyrics to the songs on Vice and Virtue online. Check them out by clicking on the link at

The latest song from Jason Gray is titled Glow In The Dark. Jason told the web site Revived Music that the new song is a powerful message about the attempt to find Grace over our struggles. The song is the only new song on the upcoming Jason Gray EP, Post Script, which features eight songs from Gray’s Love Will Have The Final Word that are either remixes, over-cuts or demos. Post Script will be available online starting on June 9.

Chris August is out with a cover of the One Direction song Stockholm Syndrome. Check out Chris' rendition of the song by clicking on the link at

Christy Nockels latest new music is the titled cut from her new CD "Let It Be Jesus." Check out Christy's performance of the song by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace has released her latest music video. It features her song fighter and, in addition to being the artist in the video, Jamie is also the director. Jamie adds that all nine girl dancers in the FIGHTER music video were "discovered" on YouTube or Facebook. Check it out by clicking on the link at

While the tragedy in Nepal is fading from North American headlines the need in that country is growing. According to Mission Network News, recovery efforts from the quake that killed 7,000, injured 14,000, and damaged or destroyed 600,000 homes is just getting started. What’s more, the urgency is mounting as many of the water sources have been contaminated by bodies and sewage. Officials from Food for the Hungry say: We have to be strategic in helping these communities develop a plan that will take them two months, six months, and even two years into the future, because it takes a long time to rebuild from an earthquake of this devastation.

Every day, more women and children are being rescued from the Boko Haram in Nigeria but that is creating a new problem. According to a Mission Network News report, the rapid increase in displaced Children and their families is affecting refugee camps, which have become overcrowded, unsanitary, and under-supplied. They say: Not one person has enough to eat or drink. Indigenous missionaries supported by Christian Aid Mission are asking for food, medicine, Bibles, and clothes as they seek to meet the needs of those seeking safety in the camps, both physically and spiritually.

The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses. The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellphone and beeper use among more than two dozen resident physicians while they were pregnant. Researches say they found that, if you're a baby in-utero, or in the womb, and someone wakes you up every hour, you will not be a happy camper. The sound, and perhaps even vibrations, cause a 'startle reflex', which disturbs the normal sleep cycle." What isn't clear from this study is whether or not being repeatedly startled has any effect on fetal health or pregnancy outcomes.

Ways to get a better nights sleep from Charisma News
1. Use your bed only for sleep.
2. Avoid naps after 3:00 p.m.
3. Exercise before dinner.
4. Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening.
5. Avoid excessive fluids in the late evening.
6. Take a warm bath one to two hours before bedtime.
7. Keep the bedroom cool and well ventilated.
8. Purchase a comfortable mattress, pillow and linens.
9. Thirty minutes before going to bed, start to wind down.
10. Try to wake up at the same time each day.
11. Relax your mind and body before bedtime.
12. Remove computers, fax machines, paperwork and anything that reminds you of work from your bedroom.
13. Make sure your bedroom is completely dark.
14. Keep pets out of your bedroom.
15. Meditate on Scripture

10 Questions to Ask Kids about Their School Day from iMom:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing the most at school each day?
2. What is the worst thing about being in your current grade?
3. If you could pack your own lunch, what would you pack?
4. Who is someone at school who needs a friend?
5. What is the best thing about being in your current grade?
6. Who is the friendliest person in your class?
7. What does your teacher do really well?
8. What are you learning now?
9. What is your favorite part of the day?
10. Who did you sit by at lunch today?

3 Ways to Shut Down Gossip from Revive Our Hearts:
(1) Refuse it.
(2) Rebuke it.
(3) Redirect it.

5 tips for the best at-home manicures from Huffington Post:
1. Make sure you fully remove any existing polish.
2. Use Vaseline to help you stay in the lines.
3. Don't skip the base coat.
4. Swap your cuticle cutter with cuticle oil.
5. Invest in top coat.

One Michigan teen went a very non-traditional route when choosing his date for the prom. Danotiss Smith, an 18-year-old high school senior from Pontiac, Michigan, took his mom. Danotiss was inspired to invite his mom to the school dance after learning that she couldn’t attend her own prom 24 years ago. When Belinda was 11 years old, her mother died from leukemia, and she and her siblings moved in with her grandmother. Times were tough for the family, and when Belinda was in high school, she couldn’t afford a lot of extra expenses. Now, decades later, her wish finally came true.

Ben Lesser, a prominent voice among Holocaust survivors, recently met with grandson of the Nazi commander responsible for the deaths of Lesser's family members at Auschwitz. According to the Huffington Post, the two men developed an unlikely friendship when Lesser found that Rainer Höss was on a parallel mission to promote peace and understanding in the face of hatred. The 86-year-old says the two are partnering on a campaign against intolerance and hoping to garner six million signatures "for the six million souls who were silenced."

After shedding pounds by eating at McDonald's for breakfast, lunch and dinner, an Iowa science teacher now works for the fast food giant to share the story of his unlikely weight loss. According to ABC News, John Cisna grabbed headlines nationwide after he lost at total of nearly 60 pounds in six months during his diet that he started as an experiment for his science class. He says was able to lose weight and get healthy during the six months by walking 45 minutes every day and eating healthy options on the menu. Cisna started at 280 pounds, loosing 37 pounds in 90 days and dropping his cholesterol from 249 to 170. He said he ate about 100 items on the menu in various combinations during his experiment.

Amy Grant is featured in a recent edition of the new Christian magazine Simple Grace. In the article Amy opens her heart about caring for parents with dementia. She also shares more about her newest song Welcome Yourself, a song written to benefit cancer research.

Blanca is encouraging her social media followers to Be real, Be true, Be you. On her web site she has started the Real True You challenge by sharing a picture or video of the Real True You and then tagging your friends and asking them to join in. She is posting the pictures and thoughts on her web site under the caption Real True You. Check out the pictures already posted and add your own by clicking on the link at

The National Day of Prayer is over but Max Lucado is encouraging you to keep praying by taking part in his Before Amen prayer challenge. Max says the Before Amen Prayer Challenge is simple: spend 4 minutes praying every day, for 4 weeks, and it will change your life forever. Sign up right now and Max will give you the free ebook "Pocket Prayers: 40 Simple Prayers That Bring Peace and Rest"

David Crowder's story was featured recently in the Guidepost Magazine. The artist best known for his wiry beard and his combination of down home music and electronics just three years ago had his life turned upside down. His self titled band had broken up, he had moved from Texas to Atlanta, and he was searching for a new purpose. Crowder found that with his first ever solo album, Neon Steeple. Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link at

Did you know that you can listen to five Big Daddy Weave songs on demand at their web site. Included in the list of available music is Overwhelmed, the latest release from Big Daddy Weave. Also available at are Give My Life Away, Maker of the Wind, Save My Life, and The Only Name.

Kevin Max is giving you a taste of one of the new songs on the Deluxe Edition of his latest CD Broken Temples. The new song is titled Desperate Heart. Check it out before it's release by clicking on the link at

Matthew West's new CD Live Forever is off to a very good start. This week it was announced that Live Forever was the first ever Matthew West CD to debut on the Nielsen Soundscan Christian & Gospel Albums charts at number 1. The 11-track project also debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard Top Albums chart.

Plumb says her latest CD is not really a worship album. The new project, titled Exhale, came out this week. As part of a release week, Plumb shared more about her thoughts on the new project. She said It’s really just another album from me that’s more worshipful just because of what I’ve been through. The records I make are a reflection of where I am at the time. This is the first time I’ve been in a really thankful, worshipful place. But I didn’t want to confuse it with a worship album…it’s just more worshipful.

Just in time for Mother's Day, the We Are Worship USA web site is out with a blog titled 15 Worship Songs Our Mothers Love. For the next several days you can listen to the 15 of the songs. Included are songs by Paul Baloche, Newsong, Lincoln Brewster, and more. Access the free music by clicking on the link at

The latest song from Nichole Nordeman is titled The Unmaking. Check out the lyric video for the new song by clicking on the link at

A bit of trivia about for King and Country's recently released music video for the song Shoulders. Moriah Peters played Joel's wife. Of course, Moriah is his wife in real life as well. But in the video she was deceased. Check out that segment of the video by clicking on the link at

Rend Collective is finally continuing their series How To Speak Northern Irish. After a couple of years off, they are back with Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North. Check out part four of How To Speak Northern Irish. Click on the link at

New music from Audio Adrenaline. The official Lyric video for their song Miracles is now available. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Shane and Shane are out with video premier of their song Seas of Crimson. Check out the exclusive video performance by clicking on the link at

The Newsboys this week announced a new partnership with Haiti Made, an organization designed to create jobs for young adults transitioning out of long-term orphan care from the Hands and Feet Project in Haiti. As part of the partnership, the Newsboys are offering a special Newsboys and Haiti Made kit. It includes coffee, coffee cups, a poster, a t-shirt, and more. The items feature the Newsboys We Believe logo and many of the items are made by the members of the Haiti Made organization. But only 100 of the kits will be available. They are available for pre-order right now.

Steven Curtis Chapman will be traveling to Alaska next summer and he is inviting you to join him. He will join Max Lucado for an Alaskan Cruise June 25 through July 2.

Samaritan’s Purse has established a fund to help people in the United States who face financial distress and are punished for their sincerely held religious beliefs, convictions, and conscience. According to the NRB report, The recent announcement comes as Christians across the nation are experiencing increasing hardship, targeting, and persecution because of the stand they take for biblical principles.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is moving their national office on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin. The move this month is the eighth in InterVarsity’s 74-year history and is prompted once again by the growth of InterVarsity’s ministry. It now includes 949 chapters on 616 college and university campuses across the U.S. The InterVarsity National Service Center employs more than 150 people who provide a broad range of support services to InterVarsity’s approximately 1,200 field staff. is out with a new special titled “Fishers of Men”. In the current TV special, a woman, once incarcerated, shares how God reached her behind prison walls as she watched a message from Billy Graham through the My Hope program. Viewers will also meet a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain as he talks about his fear of going into a disaster-ravaged Haiti following the earthquake that devastated the country in 2010. You can watch the new special by clicking on the link at

Christians in the Ukraine continue to need your prayer. According to a Mission Network News report, One pastor shared: Last month, our House of Prayer was taken over by armed groups for the second time. They falsely accuse us of espionage, cooperation with Western secret services, and demanded from us our House of Prayer. While the building has since been returned, the pastor shared: the church is not a building! It is the people of God. We praise the Lord that in our church, we have 70 adults, 12 children, and 6 new believers who are getting ready to be baptized. Our task is to preach the Gospel.

3 Challenges for Fathers of Pre-Schoolers from All Pro Dad:

5 Things to Do When You’re in an “Emotional Fog from Family Minute:
1. Pull over. Get away for several days so you can clear your mind.
2. Patience. wait until the fog clears.
3. Ponder. Spend time reflecting upon your life.
4. Pray.
5. Persevere. Don’t give up. The fog will lift. Blue skies will prevail again.

5 Powerful Prayers From the Bible You Should Memorize:

From eating only grapefruits to ditching carbs, fad diets come and go with the seasons. But according to a US study, quick fix meal plans don't work with the vast majority of dieters piling all the weight back on. While UK research found that the secret to long-term slimming isn't cutting out but cutting back on sugary or fatty foods. The University of Pennsylvania's Centre for Weight and Eating Disorders found that 65 per cent of people who turn to a fad diet will regain the weight within three years - and only five per cent will keep the weight off. Meanwhile a UK-wide study by calorie counting app and website, Nutracheck, revealed that 86 per cent of dieters who have lost enough weight to improve their health did so while continuing to eat chocolate, crisps and other carbohydrates.

A Florida mother held hostage by her boyfriend used the Pizza Hut app to notify police she needed help. According to ABC News, Cheryl Treadway and her children were being held at knife point but Treadway was eventually able to persuade him to let her order a pizza using her Pizza Hut app. Along with her order of a small, classic pepperoni pizza, she wrote: "Please help. Get 911 to me." She also wrote: "911hostage help!" Pizza Hut employees notified the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, who then went to the woman's home.

The Chinese government continues to officially clean up their act. Thanks to a new mobile app–and government transparency– civilians now have the ability to view hourly updates of air and water pollution violations in their neighborhoods. That knowledge is being used to pressure polluting companies to make improvements. The app maker, environmentalist Ma Jun, had urged Chinese officials to make their pollution measurements public, and in a surprise move, the usually secretive government did just that. Ma was granted permission to use information on factory emissions to create a database, which led to a mobile app. Three million people have downloaded Ma’s “Blue Sky Map App,” which spurred local companies to watch their output and “emit” more responsibly.

A study of average ages world wide is now available. According to the Global Post, using data from the CIA Factbook, officials have been able to establish the median age of every country in the world. The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa. The world’s youngest country is Niger, with a median age of 15.1, and Uganda comes in at a close second at 15.5. On the flip side, Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. In North America median ages are 37.6 in the USA, 41.7 in Canada, and 27.3 in Mexico.

Hold on to your hamburger patties, because the Hamburglar is making a comeback. According to ABC News, McDonald's is officially bringing back its promotional Hamburglar character to network television for the first time since 2002. Officials from the chain say McDonald's new premium limited time offer, the Sirloin Third Pound Burger, happened to be just enticing enough to bring the Hamburglar back into the public eye. They say he has been lying low, living a quite life as a suburban dad. But that is all about to end.

Colton Dixon has released a devotional on my song Through All Of It. The devotional is available on the Overflow devotional section of the YouVersion Bible ap. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The Christian music web site Jesus Freak Hideout is asking for your help in selecting the Jesus Freak Hideout 2015 Award winner. Vote for your favorite artists by clicking on the link at

Kerrie Roberts is encouraging you to join the Red Thumb movement. She shared a site sponsored by Nissan that includes a pledge promising that you will put down your phone while you are driving. Kerrie says she has signed it and encourages everyone else to do the same.

In the days before Mother's Day, Dr. James Dobson is out with a free publication encouraging men to consider the emotional needs of their wives. In the Special Report, Dr. Dobson honestly shares his own experience with coming to terms with a mom’s common struggles with raising little ones. Come away encouraged and equipped to understand mom’s unique needs. Access the free download by clicking on the link at

Audrey Assad has taken to PledgeMusic to fund a brand new hymns project. Audrey says the project is something she has wanted to do for a long time and now she is moving forward with the help of her fans. And she says those who help will be part of the creative process as well, from helping select the album cover artwork to voting on what hymns make it on the record. So far the response has been good. The Pledge music drive is just days old and already the album is more than 95 percent funded.

New Release Tuesday is giving away free music. At the Christian music web site you can download free songs from Audio Adrenaline, Shane and Shane, Dan Bremnes, New Song, and more. Click on the link at

Third Day's Mac Powell recorded a video recently talking about the bands new song Soul on Fire. Mac said: "The song 'Soul On Fire' is definitely one of our favorites from the new album. It talks about when we’re walking in our faith and we’re wanting to be at that place when you first fell in love with the Lord." Watch the entire video by clicking on the link at

A first for the band for King and Country. Last week Luke and his wife Courtney shared the stage for the first time on the song Without You. The song was written while Luke was in the midst of a illness that sidelined the artist for several weeks and talked about the couples struggles as they dealt with the unknown. Courtney was featured on the CD version of the song but this was the first time the couple had performed it live on stage. Watch the video of the performance by clicking on the link at

Martin Smith is out with a new music video featuring his song Song of Solomon. Watch the video from Martin's Back to the Start Project. Click on the link at

Passion this week shared a video of Matt Redman leading the song Heart of Worship live at one of the 2015 Passion Conferences. Matt is joined on stage by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Christy Nockels, and more. Check it out by clicking on the link at

In late April Tenth Avenue North did an acoustic jam of the song "I Need You, I Love You, I Want You". Now the video is available on Youtube. Watch the video of the acoustic performance, featuring Leslie Jordan, by clicking on the link at

Fans of David Crowder have been having some fun placing his face in some unique locations. From Star Wars creatures to birds, photoshopped pictures of Crowder have been showing up on his facebook page. The latest is a rare photo of the elusive Texarkana Grizzly.

Want to learn guitar from Audio Adrenaline's Brandon Bagby? He announced this week that he will be teaching guitar clinics at camp electric this summer. He will be at the camp in Nashville from July 5th-9th & July 12th-16th.

The National Police in Italy have reportedly created a digital image of what they believe Jesus Christ looked like as a young child. According to Yahoo news, Detectives used the Shroud of Turin -- a famous relic believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus -- to generate a photo of Jesus' face. Police then put the generated image through a computer forensics reverse-aging process to see what Jesus may have looked like as a young boy, according to The Independent.

Two men quoted the Bible from memory to raise money for charity to benefit the earthquake recovery in the Asian nation of Nepal. According to the Christian Post, Tom Meyer and Jason Nightingale of Wordsowers International began their marathon memorized recitation of the Bible at noon Wednesday and concluded at the same time today (thursday). The event was held at Shasta Bible College in Redding, California, and was livestreamed by the academic institution. Meyer said "100 percent of the funds go to Nepal" and "donations can be made online at"

In Nigeria and neighboring countries, the number of children fleeing Boko Haram violence has nearly doubled in the last year. According to a Mission Network News report, Indigenous missionaries supported by Christian Aid Mission are asking for food, medicine, Bibles, and clothes for adults, and shoes and socks for children. The items will not only help people fleeing their homes. Officials say supplies are also needed to help the more than 700 women and girls who the Nigerian military have rescued from Boko Haram camps. Reports say more than 800,000 children are among the millions who have fled their homes because of the violence and terror of Boko Haram.

Here are 7 ways to make your meetings more effective from the web site lead bravely.
1. Tell stories, tell lots of stories about the people behind the numbers.
2. Make time your friend. Start and stop on time.
3. Lighten up the mood.
4. Be honest about what does not work.
5. Make people work together.
6. Listen to outsiders.
7. Remove distractions.

6 ways to INVEST in your marriage from Dr. Greg & Erin Smalley
1) Leaving & cleaving — leave behind family & friends, your single lifestyle & past baggage in order to unite with your spouse
2) Lifelong commitment — divorce is not an option; your marriage is designed to a lifelong adventure
3) Honoring each other — view each other as a priceless treasure
4) Spiritual intimacy — pursue an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ together
5) Physical intimacy — sex should never be a chore or obligation, but a way to celebrate your relationship by putting your spouse’s needs & desires ahead of your own
6) Positive communication — Spend every day in conversation to know each other better

Five Reasons Time is the Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids from All Pro Dad:
1. Time is not a renewable resource.
2. Time moves faster with age (seriously!).
3. Time is the great economic equalizer.
4. Time is the best and most stable investment.
5. Time tells the truth about our priorities.

When you think of farming towns, Milwaukee-proper might not be the first to come to mind. However, according to the Huffington Post, one resident there has been on a mission to make farming more accessible even within the city limits. Will Allen is a former professional athlete. As the founder of Growing Power, Allen oversees his urban farms and teaches people in urban Milwaukee how to grow not just food, but good food. The organization's sustainable farm features multiple greenhouses, indoor and outdoor gardens, crops and animals such as goats and chickens. Growing Power also hosts workshops and outreach programs, and distributes its produce, meats and products throughout the city, making a big impact the lives of many.

The oldest living World War II veteran will turn 109 years old Monday, but he already has a head start with celebrations. According to ABC News, Richard Overton's friends and family threw him a birthday bash Sunday in Austin, Texas. When asked for the secrets to his longevity, Overton, who has outlived two wives and has been single for about 30 years, said he has none. Overton did say: "That’s what God only knows. That’s God’s work. He’s the one who keeps me living."

High heels hurt. If you’ve worn them then you probably know this already. But are high heels also bad for you? According to Time Magazine, A 2014 survey from the American Podiatric Medical Association—composed of the nation’s top foot and lower-leg docs—found heels were far and away the most common cause of foot pain among women. The studies found that high heels can cause short term problems with your feet but the most significant risks of your high-heel habit may begin higher up your leg. According to research, lots of time spent walking in heels actually changes the structure of the muscles and tendons in your calves—and not for the better.

If you have kids listening who still watch Sesame Street you'll want to cover their ears. It was recently announced that Big Bird was almost a passenger on the doomed Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Caroll Spinney, who has played the Sesame Street character for 46 years, has a new documentary—I Am Big Bird—and he shared the tidbit while discussing the film with the Today show. Spinney say NASA thought that if Big Bird went into space, more kids would be interested in the space program. Although he had agreed to go up in the Challenger, ultimately, NASA decided Spinney "would not fit in the spacecraft" while wearing the bulky costume so plans for the flight were dropped. Spinney says he was replaced on the flight with teacher Christa McAuliffe.

Matt Redman announced a new outreach this week. He said they are launching one of the largest UK missions to young people in a generation. Planning for the Higher tour will begin on May 17 in Manchester, UK. Plans are for The Higher Tour to officially begin in 2016 and hit numerous cities over the next five years. The ultimate goal is to visit 60 high schools and then follow up the visits with large scale outreach events. The ultimate mission of the Higher tour is to raise up culture changing disciples of Jesus Christ - all inspired and empowered to live for something Higher!

A free copy of the Audio Adrenaline song Move is now available for download. The song is from the groups new CD Sound of the Saints. You can access the free download of Move by clicking on the link at

Francesca Battistelli is honoring moms with a special mother's day giveaway. She has joined with the organization fashionABLE to give away four of her favorite items from their their. They include a leather hand bag made in Kenya, bracelets from Ethiopia, a hand woven blanket from Ethiopia, and a scarf from Ethiopia. All the items are part of fashionABLE’s mission is to create sustainable business in Africa. Find out how to enter at Francesca's blog.

Building 429's new song Impossible is off to a good start. The song has been added on more radio stations then any other song in the history of their label. The song is the first release from their upcoming new CD, scheduled for release on September 25.

Audio Adrenaline joined CCM Magazine for Up Close and Unplugged, a live stream introducing their new CD Sound of the Saints. The acoustic event included music from the bands new CD and questions from the fans. And if you missed the live event you can now check out the 45 minute show on youtube. Watch Audio Adrenaline Up Close and Unplugged by clicking on the link at

Plumb released her latest CD this week. The new project is titled Exhale. On the same day Plumb released her latest album, she also came out with the official music video for the title cut for the project. Check out the music video for Exhale by clicking on the link at

Christy Nockels is out with another lyric video from her new live worship CD Let It Be Jesus. The focus is The Wondrous Cross. Check out the lyrics and chords by clicking on the link at

Duncan Phillips recently recorded a live broadcast on periscope, the new social media site geared toward live productions. He was answering questions as he drove and recorded his answers and filmed through the windshield. Check out the nine minute question and answer time by clicking on the link at

Josh Wilson latest release is titled That Was Then, This Is Now. Now you can check out a lyric video for the song by clicking on the link at

This Thursday is the National Day of Pray but it is the 35th birthday of American Pastor Saeed Abedini. Pastor Saeed—a U.S. citizen—will spend his third birthday imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith. Yet as that day approaches, he focused his efforts on encouraging the Christian Church in America to pray for this country. According to Charisma News, the open letter from Saeed said: I have been made aware that the National Day of Prayer (May 7) falls on my birthday this year! As an American and as a prisoner for Christ I have spent many hours praying and crying out to God for revival for this great nation. As Ezra cried out to God in repentance and the Israelites joined him in weeping bitterly and turning from their sin, I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival. Me from inside of these prison walls and you on the outside.

The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel's leading museum in an exhibit tracing civilization's most pivotal moments. According to CBS News, the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world's most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Israel and has only been shown in brief exhibits abroad. The manuscript is so brittle that it will only be on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for two weeks before it is returned to a secure, pitch-black, climate-controlled storage facility there.

India takes exception to a U.S. government panel report connecting the 2014 general election results to a spike in persecution of religious minorities. Mission Network News officials say that, according to the report, minority religious groups, such as Christians, have been subject to “numerous violent attacks and forced conversions by Hindu nationalist groups. However, Voice of the Martyrs officials say that claim was vigorously disputed by India’s External Affairs department. They say that the fact that India responded so aggressively to the report shows their desire to appear, within the international community, that they’re not persecuting Christians/

3 Ways for Raising Successful Kids from All Pro Dad:
1. Teach contentment.
2. Build confidence.
3. Develop work ethic.

10 Ways to Make Your Mother Feel Special from All Pro Dad
1. Respect
2. The Letter
3. Scrapbook
4. Projects And Chores
5. Donate To Moms In Need
6. Public Acknowledgement
7. Manners
8. Make Her Feel Needed
9. Loyalty
10. Flowers—Just Because

Be sure your kids know the importance of wise money management with these 7 tips for teaching your kids about money from Family Minute
1. “It’s not your money.”
2. It’s your responsibility.
3. Give Younger kids small amounts of money.
4. Give a commission.
5. Teach Common sense.
6. Involve in Big decisions.
7. Counter-influence from the culture.

An NFL player turned Prince Charming recently when he took a student battling cancer to her senior prom. According to ABC News, Jacksonville Jaguars player Sen’Derrick Marks accompanied Khameyea Jennings, an 18-year-old who has been battling cancer for two years. The local non-profit group Dreams Come True helped set up the dream date after finding out the girl didn't have one.

Country Singer Coffey was on stage recently when his 17 month old son decided to help his dad out. Coffey was in the middle of a song when Ethan decided to join is dad on stage for a hug. But it didn't end there. According to the web site Faith Reel, Ethan stayed on stage and stole the show, dancing and clapping along to his dad's singing. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace would like to write a letter of appreciation to the members of your family who are currently serving in the military. The young adults group that she leads at her home church in Georgia every Tuesday evening will be writing letters to those in the military during their gathering tonight. Jamie asked that you send your loved one's address in a direct message from the Retro Tuesday facebook page. Access the page by clicking on the link at

Christy Nockels wrote the song Wonderful Name with David Crowder but she says it wasn't their standard writing experience. Christy shared the story behind the song and says they wrote most of the song through texting back and forth between other events. Christy and Crowder are both part of the Passion organization.

The Sidewalk Prophets are asking for your help. They tweeted: We would be humbled to have your prayers as we finish our new record. Members of the band say they have poured every ounce of their creativity, life experiences, hope, and heart in to the album. Now they are hoping that at least 1,000 people will join them in prayer for the project as they get ready for it's release. You can join the prayer team by clicking on the link at

Natalie Grant wasn't sure she was going to make on stage at one recent event because she was having to much fun in the dressing room making ridiculous videos. One video gives a little taste of what Natalie would look like on a very, very bad allergy day. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Jeremy Camp's Speaking Louder Ministries will be in India this summer. He'll be part of a conference there during the month of August. This week Jeremy shared a video recorded during a scouting trip to the country. He added: We're so excited about what the Lord is going to do. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

When Britt Nicole was 18 and still living in North Carolina she went to a TobyMac concert with her youth group wearing an orange turtleneck and asked Toby if she could take a picture with him. Britt posted the picture this week and said that, when she took the pic she had no idea that several years later she would be going on tour with him. But that's exactly what is going to happen. Tobymac announced this week that Britt Nicole will be joining him this fall for his This is Not a Test Tour. In response Britt shared: I'm honored that I get to share the stage with you. I admire you as a person and an artist and I'm so excited for this fall.

Nepal Christians returned to worship one week after an earthquake turned Churches into tombs. According to Christianity Today, church members gathered for a noon prayer one week after the massive earthquake collapsed many of their buildings. Several of those in attendance had been pulled from the rubble only a week earlier and knew fellow worshipers who had been killed during the service. They shared stories of that day and said they would continue to spread God's love "even though earthquakes come."

Bible translation efforts in Nepal are continuing despite the massive devastation in the country. According to Mission Network News, Officials from Wycliffe Associates say that all of their staff and their Nepali partners have been accounted for and are uninjured. They say they are working to help with the relief efforts but the translation work is also moving forward. According to Wycliffe representatives, the translators "are so intent on progressing their translation that they don’t want this to distract them or delay them." They say “The real challenge for the Nepalese and for anyone on the ground there is to balance the immediate response–the compassionate response that’s called for in this kind of an urgent situation–against the long-term ministry needs and ministry impact that’s going to change things for the long haul.”

With Mothers Day less than a week away, the personal finance social network WalletHub has conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms. By using metrics including median women’s salary, female unemployment rate and day care quality rankings, the study found that the top five states for working moms are Vermont, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

10 things not to say to a pregnant woman, and one to say instead, from the Huffington Post
1. "Are you sure you're not having twins?"
2. "Wow, big baby for 7 months!"
3. "She's gained more weight already than both of her sisters gained during their entire pregnancy!"
4. "You look so tired! Haven't been getting much sleep?"
5. "It's okay to look like that, you're pregnant."
6. "It's okay, they say when you're having a girl you lose your looks."
7. "I think it's time to wear maternity clothes now."
8. "I knew you were pregnant! I even asked you! It was so obvious!"
9. "Oh gosh, I'll spare you the awful details of *insert anything pregnancy related.*"
10. And my all-time favorite: "Were you guys trying?"
Appropriate things to say to a pregnant person:
1. "You look great!"

6 Realities of Married Life from iMom:
1. I am responsible for my attitude.
2. My attitude affects my actions.
3. I cannot change others, but I can influence others.
4. My emotions do not control my actions.
5. When I admit my own imperfections, it doesn’t mean that I am a bad person.
6. Love is the most powerful weapon in the world for good.

Mother's day is this Sunday. Need some ideas. Lisa Jo Baker is a mother of a 10 year old and has put together a list of 100 Mother's Day gifts she would give her self. Ideas include:
1. A box of 52 of your favorite memories about your mom –one for her to read each week over the next year.
2. A now and then photo – one from when you were still a baby and she was a young mom and one of the two of you now.
3. A collection of favorite family recipes from all the generations. Bonus if it includes photos.
4. A list of all the things you wish you’d thanked her for before leaving home.
5. A handwritten letter via snail mail each week leading up to Mother’s Day.
Find the other 95 by clicking on the link at

Clothing company Elizabeth & Clarke is trying to totally eliminate the fear of wearing white by making "The Unstainable White Shirt." According to the Huffington Post, The company's Kickstarter campaign went live April 21, and has already raised roughly four times its monetary goal of $30,000 to put the shirts into production. According to the company, the shirt, which comes in blouse and T-shirt styles, works by using nanotechnology that fights off water-based or oil-based liquid spills, and even sweat! Elizabeth & Clarke says the washable fabric uses a proprietary garment finish that repels the liquids the same way "a flower repels morning dew."

Adrenaline-hungry base jumpers spent two weeks flying off of Dubai's tallest residential building, Princess Tower. According to the Huffington Post, About 600 base jumpers had the option of jumping off a platform hanging out from the 99th floor of the tower, or performing a Dream Jump. It's a style of base jumping in which those daring enough fly outward on a zip line before free falling downward. Check out a video of the event by clicking on the link at

Christy Nockels has just released a new worship album and she says she took a different approach when putting it together. Rather than producing another studio album, the long time worship leader this time brought the music to the Passion City Church in Atlanta, recording the project in front of a room full of family, friends, and volunteers. The result was Let It Be Jesus. In an interview, Christy sat down to talk about the new project, waiting on God, friendship and mentoring. Read the entire interview with Vital Magazine by clicking on the link at

Family Life Today's Bob Lepine is a proud grandpa. He shared a picture of his "handsome new grandson, Cedric Neil Walker".

The former lead singer of the group Sixpence None the Richer is going to her fans for help in creating a new CD. Leigh Nash wrote an open letter to fans early this month announcing her Pledge Music campaign. In the letter Leigh said that, over the past decade her son was born, her father died, and her marriage failed. She said Each of those events have helped to teach her: "how to be all kinds of great things I never thought I could." The result, according to Leigh Nash, is a collection of songs that she hopes to record for a new album.

Matthew West is giving you the chance to win one of his Limited Edition Story Trilogy Box Sets. The sets include all three of Matthews Story CDs, a pocket watch, a journal, books, DVDs, tickets to an upcoming concert, and more. To be entered simply share the lyric video for Matthew's latest CD Live Forever. Find out more by clicking on the link at

Last Wednesday was the 29th day of the 4th month of 2015. In celebration of 4/29, Building 429 released their new single Impossible. Now the official lyric video for the new song is available. Check out the song Impossible by Building 429. Click on the link at

Jimmy Needham is out with a unique music video for his new CD Vice and Virtue. The video released in advance of Jimmy's latest CD, also called Vice and Virtue, scheduled to come out tomorrow. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Sidewalk Prophet Dave Frey brought back Opera Dave to promote the finale of their Family Room Concert Series. The Family Room Series will wrap up May 7th in Nashville and all proceeds will go to Heaven Sent Adoption. Check out the video of Opera Dave by clicking on the link at

President Obama has threatened to veto an amendment that would require the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other American citizens held prisoners in Iran before any final nuclear deal agreement is reached. According to the Christian Post report, Press Secretary Josh Earnest made the comments when asked about amendments being debated by the U.S. Senate that would require Iran to release the imprisoned Americans before any sanctions are lifted. Earnest said "The President would certainly veto any amendment or any bill with an amendment that undermined the unanimous compromise that was reached in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee or that interfered with the ongoing negotiations." He added: "Certainly a provision, an amendment, that made this nuclear deal contingent on Iran's release of those three American citizens would fall into both categories."

A Nigerian military spokesman said late last week that they rescued a second large group of women and girls who had been abducted by the Boko Haram. According to Mission Network News, the girls recovered were not part of the group of 300 that were kidnapped in the large raid last year that received so much publicity. Instead, these girls and women were taken in smaller groups during raids that have been taking place several times a week. They say the number of kidnapped girls and women actually has reached the thousands. Officials say those rescued are currently undergoing trauma counseling.

The devastating Nepal earthquake has destroyed whole communities and iconic buildings, and the death toll has risen above 5,500 people and will continue to climb. But amid the tragedy, the work of rescuers pulling people from the rubble shows determination and compassion of those who are helping to find survivors. According to the Huffington Post, amazing stories of survival continued to emerge - including a boy of 15 who was pulled from the rubble five days after disaster struck. Check out their 31 stories of hope by clicking on the link at

If you can live stream movies, why not live stream medical care? According to NPR News, Insurance company United Health care will start covering visits to the doctor's office — via video chat. Patients and physicians talk live online — on smartphones, tablets or home computer — to get to a clinical diagnosis. United Health Care is the first major company to put its stamp of approval on a process that, until now, has been largely experimental. Three mobile-doc startups – Doctor on Demand, NowClinic and Amwell – are the initial providers.

5 Ways to Persevere in Your Marriage for Better or Worse from All Pro Dad
Remember your promise.
Remember the moments.
Have help.
Don’t accept anything less than a fulfilling marriage.
Depend on God.

Overcome by stress lately? See 8 ways from Charisma news to get it under control:
1. Trust.
2. Look at the big picture.
3. Focus on your breathing and nothing else for three minutes every three hours.
4. Exercise.
5. Talk to others.
6. Talk to God.
7. Laugh.
8. Listen to music.

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