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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.

5 More Great Ways to Spend One-on-One Time with Your Kids from All Pro Dad
1. Take advantage of everyday stuff.
2. Get involved in their school.
3. Get into their world.
4. Find a hobby you both enjoy.
5. Take part in an annual event.

Scientists think they've figured out a way for people to feel happier, but applying it in real life might be a little weird: It involves getting a whiff of a happy person's armpits. According to a Fox News Report, It seems that we humans secrete chemicals in sweat that reflect our emotional states, and people who happen to get a sniff pick up on the vibes. In the experiment, Dutch researchers had men watch happy, scary, and neutral videos with absorbent pads on their armpits. Afterward, they had women sniff the pads, keeping a close eye on their facial movements. Sure enough, when they sniffed the "fear" pads, muscles associated expressions of fear were active. The same applied to the "happy" pads.

The only spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury ended its four-year tour with a crash landing Thursday. According to the Associated Press report, NASA's Messenger plunged from orbit as planned and slammed into the sun's closest planet at about 8,750 mph, creating a crater an estimated 52 feet across. Messenger became the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury in 2011. It circled the solar system's innermost planet 4,105 times and collected more than 277,000 images.

As you do your spring cleaning the Huffington post is out with a reminder about several germ havens that most people forget to clean. Their suggestions include your coffee maker, doorknobs and drawer pulls, the area behind your sink faucets, reusable storage containers and the top of your refrigerator door.
7 germ havens to clean this spring

The Baltimore Ravens are doing what they can to bring peace back to their city. Late last week 55 current or former Ravens players and 30 coaches and team employees traveled to the West Baltimore communities most affected by the week’s events following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died while in police custody. The Ravens broke into groups and visited several schools. They spoke to students and staff members, along with local residents, helped distribute food and tried to lift the spirits of a community that they said badly needed it.

Jonny Diaz tweeted this week: Baby girl will be here in about three weeks. I can't wait to meet her. Jonny then ended his post with an interesting thought. He said: I hope she likes pink rhinos. Attached was a picture of his unborn daughters room, complete with a pink rhino head mounted to the wall over her crib.

A new CCM Magazine is out today and magazine officials say Colton and Teresa Dixon are featured on the cover. Also inside the special Mother's Day edition are stories of Moms and Motherhood from Skillet, Laura Story and Fire Flight. Check out the free magazine this weekend by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace is continuing to reach out and ask for help as she walks with her parents through a very difficult time. Her mom suffers from an illness that causes chronic, intense pain and this week that she had to be hospitalized several times. After doctors could give them no answers Jamie took to social media to ask for help. She says she received nearly 200 emails of encouragement, love and support along with many personal recommendations. However, those avenues will require a significant amount of travel. In response, on Thursday Jamie shared her mom's personal blog and asked those that could to pray and help financially. Access the web site and keep Jamie Grace's family in your prayers. Click on the link at

Leading up to the release of the new Audio Adrenaline CD Sound of the Saints you can now listen to the entire album online. Access the entire project for free by clicking on the link at

Matthew West is out with the story behind the title cut on his new CD Live Forever. Matthew says he always writes one song that establishes the theme for the entire project. He says Live Forever is that song for his latest project. Matthew says the song is based around the question: Is anything you're doing going to matter once you step into eternity? Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Worship Leader Martin Smith has just released his brand new music video for the song titled 'Song of Solomon'. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Selah tweeted the following thought this week: Don't pray we'll be safe. Pray we stay true to the name of Jesus. That thought is the theme of their latest song People of the Cross. Check out Selah's live performance of the song by clicking on the link at

Hillsong United was recently in Hong Kong and Ben Fielding was there as well with another edition of his tour tales. Season two, episode four featured Ben and Luke Webb in the markets in Hong Kong. The guys even tried their hand at running their own booth but it didn't work out so well. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Christy Nockels has released a lyric video and chord chart for her song Everything Is Mine In You. The song was written with help from Ellie Holcomb. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The group Finding Favour will not be touring with the Newsboys this weekend. Representatives of the band made the announcement on Thursday, asking that the groups followers keep the group in prayer. They say the son of Finding Favour's bass player, Dustin Daniels, arrived in the world on Wednesday but had a really tough entrance. Details are scarce but officials say the family needs a miracle. They are calling out for every prayer warrior to pray for healing. Members of the band say they made the decision not to tour with the Newsboys this weekend because they cannot leave their brother in this time of need.

Hawk Nelson front man Jon Steingard was part of the ultimate photo bomb this week. A couple of girls were trying to take a selfie beside the stage in the middle of one of his songs so Jon, without missing a beat, decided to be part of the photo.

Hundreds of pro-life physicians are throwing their support behind the abortion pill reversal process that—to date—has saved the lives of 89 unborn children whose mothers took the abortion pill and then changed their minds. According to Christianity Today, using Progesterone as a reversal of mifepristone is identified as an off-label use of an FDA approved drug but advocates say it is completely legal. So far only one small study has been done testing how well the reversal works but officials say that, so far, it seems to be working and has very minimal side affects.

A new analysis of CDC data by the Urban Group shows that twenty something women in the U.S. are having kids at the “slowest pace of any generation of young women in U.S. history.” In 2012, there were just 948 births per 1,000 women in their twenties, a drop of more than 15 percent from 2007. Study officials some of the factors leading to the decline are the “Great Recession” and the fact that more women are putting off having children until their thirties.

NASA's chief scientist recently predicted that we'd find signs of life beyond Earth within a decade or so, but a new study by researchers at Penn State -- one of the most exhaustive of its type -- isn't very encouraging. According to Huffington Post, After surveying tens of thousands of galaxies surrounding our own Milky Way galaxy, the scientists turned up no sign of advanced alien civilizations.

Hawaii is poised to become the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 and experts say it might just be a game-changer. According to ABC News, the Hawaii bill prohibits the sale of tobacco products to people under 21 years old, and includes fines for underage smokers and even heftier fines for anyone who buys or sells tobacco products to an underage person. Officials say the bill has extreme importance because studies find that virtually no one who smokes started after the age of 21.

How to Make Your Wife Feel Beautiful from All Pro Dad:
1. Reflect Back the Truth About Her-You’re her most important mirror
2. Think of few affirming words or phrases – and say them.
3. Train yourself to say right away, whenever you think it!
4. Erase “Fine” from Your Response Options
5. Answer Her Real Question: “Do I still rock your world?”
6. Let Her Know You’re on Her Side
7. Don’t Take “No” for an Answer
8. Remember the Power of the Hammer. As her reflective mirror, you have the power to shatter her.
9. Porn Sends Her a Message. You shatter your ability to reflect beauty back to her.
10. Be Her Hero

5 Powerful Prayers From the Bible You Should Memorize from the Christian Post:

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Stand for What's Right from All Pro Dad:
1. They have to know what’s right:
2. Practice talking about values, ideals, and standards:
3. Practice right behavior as a family:
4. Pick them up gently when they fall:
5. Make sure your children learn to respect people with different values:

Instagram has made some changes. This week the photo sharing social media site released three new filter options for iOS and Android. Officials for the photo editing and sharing app also announced that the service will now support emojis in hashtags. To access the new features you'll just need to update your Instagram app.

There are some unique food trucks selling meals around the world. According to the Huffington Post, a Spam food truck recently hit the road for a three month-long trek to 12 cities across the country. The goal of the Spamerican Tour is bringing high-end Spam dishes to a city near you. Meanwhile, a food truck based in Amsterdam serves pigeon, parakeet and "pony burgers."

All Pro Dad has a suggestion for a Simple But Fun Scavenger Hunt for Dads and Kids this weekend. Give kids a camera phone or a paper and pencil and have them head outside. The goal is to find objects that start with each letter of the alphabet. To make it more interesting, require that they find the objects in order.

More than five years ago, art collector and author Forrest Fenn decided to hide a treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains. According to ABC News, The 84-year old millionaire, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, left clues in his book, “The Thrill of the Chase” -- but so far, no one has been successful in finding the illusive chest. Fenn told reporters that 30,000 people looked for the treasure last summer and that 50,000 may look for the treasure this summer. Fenn has never revealed the value of the treasure chest -- which measures 10 inches by 10 inches -- but the New Mexico Tourism Department estimates the value to be as much as $2 million.

Attention worship leaders. You now have a chance to learn and grow in your ability to lead worship in your local church while also seeing the world. Paul Baloche's Lead Worship organization will be holding a number of worship conferences in Europe during May. Events are scheduled in France, The Netherlands and Ireland.

Show Hope is introducing a revolutionary new product. The adoption organization created by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman is out with a new promotional video for a product they say allows 100% of the proceeds to go to feeding orphans with absolutely no overhead. It's the invisible bracelet. According to the video, it's water resistant, goes with any outfit and is hypoallergenic. And best of all, it costs nothing to produce so 100% of donations go to actually feeding orphans. Watch the Show Hope promotional video for the invisible bracelet by clicking on the link at

Building 429 celebrated the 29th day of April, which of course if 4/29, by releasing a new song. The single Impossible is now available on both iTunes and Amazon.

Christy Nockels' first ever live worship album Let It Be Jesus released this week. According to media reports, the project by the well known worship leader rapidly climbed the iTunes Christian and Gospel albums chart, peaking at No. 1. Let It Be Jesus was recorded live at Passion City Church in Atlanta. It captured a night full of heartfelt worship, featuring several brand new worship songs including a new recording of the title track, "Let It Be Jesus."

The band Sixteen Cities is giving you the chance to preview their entire new album online. Access all 11 songs on their CD The Depth of Your Love by clicking on the link at

The web site Rapzilla is the exclusively release site for the latest song from Blanca. Her song Get Up features Lecrae. You can hear the song from Blanca's upcoming new self titled album by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline is out with another lyric video. The feature this time is Miracles from their upcoming new CD Sound of the Saints. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Ken Davis's latest Lighten Up video looks back at a funny memory about dealing with customs. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Comedian Bob Smiley is out with another clip from his DVD Mullets on Fire. Check out the video as he talks about prayer and his most embarrassing moment.

A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted. According to the Huffington Post, the annual analysis of Twitter accounts shows nearly 57 million people are following Obama, up from 44 million last year. Pope Francis was next with 19.5 million followers on nine language accounts, up from 14 million in 2014. However Pope Francis' words were spread widest, with an average of 9,929 retweets per tweet.

Finally some good news in the fight against Boko Haram. According to an NPR report, Nigeria's military rescued 200 girls and 93 women in an operation against Boko Haram militants in the Sambisa Forest. The military said that troops captured and destroyed three Boko Haram camps and that those who were rescued were being screened and interviewed. The Islamist group has kidnapped thousands of girls, women and young men.

Baptist Global Response is doing what they can to help the more than 1.4 million people affected by the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. According to Mission Network News, Executive Director Jeff Palmer says the organization had just trained about ten national partner organizations in Nepal in late February/March in international disaster response. He says having these natives on the ground helps to give the organization a high degree of confidence that the money donated is going to be helping people in their immediate need, both physically and spiritually. Palmer says the BGR released an initial $50,000 to assist with the first-stage response.

How far would you go to feed the hungry? Would you risk your life? That’s what local missionaries supported by Christian Aid Mission are doing in Eastern Ukraine. According to Mission Network News, Indigenous missionaries with Christian Aid Mission are helping the hungry–and risking their lives in the process. Traveling through dangerous areas, they are bringing bread and water to families who have been deprived of supplies and are literally starving. They are restoring hope in the lives of many–both physically and spiritually, sharing the hope of Christ as they give food in His name.

5 Habits That Help You Win With People
1. Look people in the eye.
2. Make 3 phone calls a day.
3. Smile.
4. Remember dates. Small gestures have big return.
5. Learn to put them in the spotlight instead of yourself.

3 Ways To Get Results With People
1. Don’t impress people, impact them.
2. Invest in people others dismiss.
3. Add value instead of increasing volume.

5 things to do when you feel overwhelmed.
1. Spend Time in Prayer and Reflection
2. Get Organized
3. Invest in Yourself
4. Throw Out Insignificant Activities
5. Find Space to Unplug

Baseball standout Kirk Gibson, perhaps best known for his game-winning pinch-hit home run as a Los Angeles Dodger against the Oakland A's in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, announced Tuesday that he has Parkinson's disease. According to the Huffington Post, Fox Sports confirmed that Gibson has been "diagnosed with Parkinson's disease" after undergoing a series of tests.

A little girl with amputated feet has found a new friend and playmate -- a puppy missing a paw. According to the Huffington Post, Sapphyre Johnson, 3, was born with a condition that left her with missing fingers and required both of her feet to be amputated. Nine weeks ago, local German shepherd breeder Karen Riddle found that one of her new puppies was born without most of his right front paw. She contacted Shriners Hospital, thinking there might be a child who would be a good match for the pup. When Sapphyre saw the dog she said, 'That's my puppy. He's just like me,'"

As soon as drones were released on the market, Photographer Amos Chapple purchased one and started traveling the globe, photographing famous landmarks before such photography was made illegal. He used the 18 month period before the drones were outlawed to get some amazing photographs. Now 37 of his best views are available on line. Check them out by clicking on the link at

For one Texas woman, the best doctor in the world just might be Dr Pepper. According to the Huffington Post, Elizabeth Sullivan, who recently turned 104, says drinking three cans of the soda a day is one of the secrets to her remarkable longevity. For her 104th birthday, Sullivan was given a cake shaped like a can of of Dr Pepper and plenty of soda, along with a gift basket from Dr Pepper Snapple Group CEO Larry Young. The retired math teacher gets around with the help of a cane, but still lives in her Fort Worth home.

Jamie Grace had a special guest at her venue this week. A live duck waddled in while Jamie was in the middle of her sound check. She says he was even wearing a Jamie Grace Do Life Big t-shirt.

Francesca Battistelli's devotional for her song He Knows My Name is now available online. The devotional video is from this year's Winter Jam concert series. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Christy Nockels' first ever live worship album is now available. Let it Be Jesus released this week and Christy describes it as an offering to Jesus and to the world. In response to the CDs release the web site Praise Charts is giving away a copy of the chord chart for the Title Track from the album, Let it Be Jesus. At the site you can also access a free mp3 download of the song. Check it out by clicking on the link at

A free download from Shane and Shane's new album The Worship Initiative is now available. The download is of their song God of Ages Past. Check on the link at to access the free mp3.

The Audio Adrenaline song Move is providing the background for the latest WWE promotional video. Members of the band say the song is being used right now as the WWE Theme song. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Steven Curtis Chapman is out with another facebook video, this time recorded in the parking garage at one of his concert venues. Steven said he picked the parking garage simply because the acoustics were great. He shared a story about the impact his song Beautiful Offerings is having and then performed an acoustic version of the song right there in the parking garage. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Matthew West kicked off his album release day at Walmart, celebrating the release of his third story CD Live Forever. He performed 24 concerts in 24 hours on Tuesday, including a concert in Walmart to kick off the 24 shows. Other venues included everything from a Waffle house to a baseball game to the Ryman Auditorium. Check out the video of Matthew's very first performance in Walmart by clicking on the link at

Plumb this week released a lyric video for the song on her new CD that she says is her personal favorite. The video features the song Smoke from the new Plumb album Exhale. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular shattered attendance records. According to a press release, this years Winter Jam was the biggest tour ever with more than 600,000 people attending a total of 47 shows across the country. This years Winter Jam tour featured 38 sellouts. The 20th anniversary of the tour kicked off January 2, playing to a capacity audiences in St. Louis.

Big Daddy Weave is going to Alaska and they want you to come along. Big Daddy Weave will lead worship during a Lifeway Cruise July 11 through 18.

Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant are coming together for FIVE very special concerts this May. Each concert is a celebration of their biggest "faith" songs and will include a hymn-sing that will be unlike anything they've ever done together, in concert! This is not a tour, so don't miss these 5 dates!
Exclusive Dates:
- May 7 - MEMPHIS, TN (Cordova)
- May 10 - MURFREESBORO, TN (Nashville Area)
- May 14 - OMAHA, NE
- May 15 - PADUCAH, KY
Get Tickets & Details at

A woman is being praised for setting her son straight after seeing him participate in the rioting in the streets of Baltimore earlier this week. A local news crew shot video of the woman repeatedly slapping her son and yelling at him after seeing him throwing rocks at police. In response, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Watts said. “I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there tonight.”

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Four words are causing an uproar at a Shreveport middle school. Parents and students are planning to take a stand in effort to keep "In God we trust" on the school's marquee, where it had been posted for 15 years before its removal earlier this year. In March, principal Albert Hardison was accused of violating the First Amendment through his religious references. The school removed the reference but that didn't end the discussion. Recently Fellowship of Christian Athlete students passed out 500 shirts on campus as part of their iStand campaign against the removal of the phrase.

Persecution of Christians in China reached its highest level in more than a decade last year. According to a report in Morning Star News, The government cracked down on church growth perceived as a threat to Communist Party power. Texas-based China Aid Association (CAA) this week reported 572 cases of religious – mainly Christian – persecution last year, a 300 percent increase over the previous year’s 143 cases. The number of people affected in those cases jumped from 7,424 to 17,884 people. More than 1,592 were church leaders,

Encryption is a great way to keep your files safe -- but what if it's used against you? According to the Huffington Post, Ransomware encrypts your data without your approval, which prevents you from accessing it -- and the ransomware is a doozy to get rid of. But a new tool released Monday can help. Kaspersky Lab, a software security firm headquartered in Russia, released a "Ransomware Decryptor" to help people fight back against so-called "CoinVault" ransomware, which takes control of data on computers and demands payment to restore access.

Yahoo food is out with a series of steps to make tastier toast. Their suggestions include:
1. Skip the toaster, and use a toaster oven instead.
2. Butter your toast halfway through the toasting - not before and not after. .
3. Add Seasoning.
4. Slice your toast about 3/4 inch thick

5 surprising ways to be more productive at work
1. Add Some Life-Numerous studies have linked plants in the workplace to improved well-being
2. Adjust The Temp-typing errors decreased when the thermostat was set at 71 degrees or above.
3. Don't Mix Exercise With Work-physical activities while working may reduce your efficiency.
4. Dim The Lights and lose your noise-canceling headphones.
5. Consider investing in a curved desk

5 Things Real Romance is Made Of from iMom:
Romance Is Relationship
Romance Is a Joint Process
Romance Is a Surprise
Romance Is Consistency
Romance Is Attention

The list of the toughest animals on earth might surprise you. The list includes the Emperor penguin, which breeds in the winter and stands in temperatures way below zero for 65 days. Also making the list is wood frog, which freezes and thaws as temperature vary throughout the winter. The the winner in the toughest animal competition is the Tardigrade. It is a little longer than a grain of salt and can survive boiling water, extreme cold, radiation, the vacuum of space and pressures six times greater than that which is found in the deepest ocean.

A teenager in Bay County has been handing out Mana bags for the past three years. Catie Byrd says she started giving the bags to people she would meet as a way to spread her beliefs. The bags include fun, useful beach items like a water bottle, a frisbee, and lip balm and Catie says each item has a Bible verse on it. She added: This is a way that I like to show people, you're worthy of God's love. What originally started as a personal project is growing. Now 12 organizations from around the community donate to her cause. This year Catie plans to give out 500 of the bags.

Hours glued to TV screens and electronic devices and not enough time spent outdoors is creating an 'epidemic' of eye conditions among children and teenagers. According to the Daily Mail, The latest study published by Ulster University last week, found that the rate of short-sightedness among young people has doubled over the past 50 years. Twenty-three per cent of British 12 and 13-year-olds now suffer from myopia - the medical term for short-sightedness. In East Asian countries, it is worse - with up to 90 per cent of schoolchildren short-sighted. Now research shows that going outdoors even for short periods of time can make a huge difference. One Chinese study found going outside for an extra 40 minutes a day reduced short-sightedness in children.

How much time to you spend deciding what your are going to wear? Francesca Battistelli was discussing that topic in a recent blog. She shared about everything from deciding what to wear on stage to her wordrobe during the day when she is out of the public eyes. Check out her thoughts by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline front man Adam Agee will be headlining an FCA Golf Camp in Arizona from May 31 to June 4. The Camp will be held at the Desert Forest Golf Club.

Jeremy Camp is out with a seven day devotional journey based on his record I Will Follow. It's available on the Overflow App through the YouVersion Online Bible. Access the devotional by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline is giving you a taste of every song on their upcoming new album. They have made 30 second clips for every song on the project Sound of the Saints available on Youtube. Access the sample and then let the band know what you think.

A video of David Crowder's performance of the song How He Loves is now available online. The live performance was recorded during the Passion conferences back in January. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The latest music video from Hawk Nelson is now available. The members of the band released the lyric video for their song Sold Out this week. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Drone footage recorded over the Nepalese capital Katmandu and at other locations near the epicenter of this weekends earth quake are starting to come in. The drone photos shows the scale of destruction following a major earthquake.

The Jesus Film is bringing the Gospel to Iran. According to a Mission Network News report, the Jesus Film Media mobile app is being adapted for those who speak Farsi and it is having an amazing impact. The JESUS film itself is divided into 61 two-minute clips, perfect for a mobile ministry and engaging others in spiritual conversations. Ministry leaders say that, while large showings of the Jesus film are impossible in areas of the world that are hostile to Christianity, the use of cell phones and tablets have provided new ways to personally connect with others.

The First Wave of Jews coming to Jesus hit in the 1970s in America. The Second Wave were Russian Jews in the 1990s. And now – in what some observers call a Third Wave – Jews in Israel are coming to faith in increasing numbers. The chairman of the board for the Israel branch of Jews for Jesus says “We’re seeing a steady stream of Israelis who are coming to Jesus from all walks of life, though usually among the young. There seems to be a greater openness to spiritual input.

An insulin nasal spray has shown it can boost memory and other mental functions for people with Alzheimer’s. According to the report, Patients in the early stages of the disease who used the spray saw as much as a 25% improvement on tests of their mental manipulation and memory. Insulin, which became available for medical use 92 years ago this week, is essential for managing blood sugar in the body, but it also plays a key role in brain function — allowing receptors to process memory. The first study only looked at 60 patients over 21 days. The team is now looking for 250 patients from across the country for much longer trials in 29 centers across the country.

10 Things Moms Will Miss One Day from iMom:
1. Having someone constantly jumping on you, pulling on you or following you.
2. Having to spend an hour at bedtime lying with, reading to, and getting water for your children when you’re completely exhausted.
3. Toys left in the shower, on the kitchen floor, and on the stairs.
4. Driving a car that smells like old milk, ketchup and moldy Doritos.
5. Being a human paper towel used to wipe noses, chocolaty fingers and messy mouths.
6. Not being able to read a book, check your email or eat a meal because someone is climbing onto your lap.
7. Staying up late listening for the sound of the front door opening and teenaged feet walking into the house.
8. Adapting every recipe to leave out onions, chunky tomatoes or any ingredient with a questionable texture.
9. Getting to the checkout at the grocery store and finding seven packs of gum, three bags of chips and two half-eaten candy bars in the cart.
10.Unexpected hugs, homemade cards and having your children just one room away.

5 Common Areas Where Women Want Men to Take Initiative from All Pro Dad:
Paying Attention
Home Improvement

8 ways to create a morning routine that works
1. Keep your alarm away from your bed.
2. Turn all the lights on when you wake up.
3. Be grateful for something or someone.
4. Recite your goals.
5. Disconnect your media devices before bed.
6. Go to sleep earlier.
7. Do NOT go back to bed.

A new study by mobile communications company Swiftkey analyzed more than a billion pieces of data to get to understand the planet's love of emojis. The Report provides a revealing look into Android and iOS users' texting habits. All of the emojis -- there are more than 800 -- were organized into 60 categories and then ranked from most to least popular. The most popular was the happy faces. That was followed by sad faces, hearts, and hand gestures. Romantic emojis rounded out the top 5 most used emojis.

A rare monkey that had not been seen for nearly half a century and was thought to be extinct has been spotted in a Congo forest. According to the Good News Network, The expedition also yielded the first-ever photograph of the elusive Bouvier’s red colobus monkey. Guided by local people familiar with the area, the team found a group of red colobus in the swamp forests and confirmed that the species is not extinct.

Don't have more than a few days to explore a destination? Don't worry; when it comes to the tiniest countries and territories in the world, one day is plenty time for a visit. Huffington post has released a list of 5 travel-worthy micro-countries you'll want to explore:
1. Monaco, a country of less than one square mile in the south of France.
2. Isle of Man, An island alone in the Irish Sea.
3. Gibraltar, a literal rock hanging off the coast of southern Spain
4. San Marino, spread over 24 square miles in Italy's Apennine mountains.
5. Liechtenstein, a 16 mile long country between Switzerland and Austria

Natalie Grant is on the cover of HomeLife magazine this week. The Christian artist and mother of three sat down with the magazine recently to talk about infertility, her unexpected pregnancy, and the depression that came with it. Natalie says she found restoration but it was a lot of hard work. She says God used it to shape her character and allowed her to experience the depths of God's faithfulness in entirely new ways. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at

Mothers day is coming up soon and Francesca Battistelli would like to help you find the perfect gift for your mom. She wrote a blog recently titled a Mother's Day Gift Guide 2015. Some of Francesca's suggestions include a recipe box, a face skin stick, a cutting board, and a gold locket. Need some help finding something for your mom. Check out Francesca's full list by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline has released the audio for the title track from their upcoming new album Sound of the Saints. Check out the song Sound of the Saints and then share your thoughts. Click on the link at

Colton Dixon's latest release is Through All of It. Recently Colton Dixon released a video telling Through All of It Stories. During the video he had friends and family share those times when life seemed hopeless and how God had brought them through. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Blanca was on stage as part of Winter Jam earlier in 2015. Recently she released a video of her song Who I Am, recorded live during one of the Winter Jam events. Check out Blanca's live rendition of Who I Am by clicking on the link at

Google is helping to connect survivors with worried relatives after a catastrophic earthquake rocked Nepal Saturday morning. According to Time Magazine, the Person Finder tool, a missing persons database supplied with crowdsourced data, is intended to help people find those who were affected by the earthquake. Google Person Finder gathers information from responders and individuals, who can upload information for a missing person or someone who has been found, helping people locate each other. As of Saturday afternoon, about 1,700 records had been uploaded.

Google executive Daniel Fredinburg was among at least 17 people killed over the weekend in an avalanche on Mt. Everest that was triggered by a massive earthquake near the Nepal capital of Katmandu. According to the ABC News report, Fredinburg was in Nepal hiking Mount Everest. He and the other 16 people died in the avalanche that slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp. Another 61 people were injured.

Franklin Graham has been named as the top Christian leader in America by the media company Newsmax. According to Charisma News, the company set out to identify 100 people "who make a real impact on modern lives in 2015."
Billy Graham was listed in the No. 5 position. Also in the top 10: television producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. As president of two global ministries, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, Franklin Graham reaches millions of people with the hope of Jesus Christ.

7 Reminders When Sharing Your Faith with Your Family from Family Talk:
1. Pray and never give up.
2. Live what you believe.
3. Ask them to church or to an event.
4. Don’t be pushy.
5. Know that it takes time.
6. Remember that it’s a journey.
7. Know that it’s not all up to you.

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

5 healthy ways to eat more dark chocolate from Time Magazine
1. Blend it into a smoothie
2. Add it to cereal
3. Drizzle it
4. Fold it into nut butter
5. Add it to savory dishes

A California nursing home that shuttered last fall lost most of its staff, leaving its residents behind. News reports say about 16 residents were left at the facility after the nursing home closed, prompting two people — cook Maurice Rowland, and janitor Miguel Alvarez, to stay behind as well. Rowland and Alvarez spent several days without pay providing round-the-clock care for elderly patients, doling out medication, bathing, feeding, and looking after them. They stayed until the local fire department and sheriff took over Valley Springs Manor nursing home. But that wasn't the end of their story. Their actions eventually led to legislation in California known as the Residential Care for the Elderly Reform Act of 2014, which protects nursing home residents from being abandoned in the case of a shutdown.

Next time you lose your phone, a simple Google search may be able to find it. According to Time Magazine, Google recently announced a new phone-finding feature for Android users tied to its search engine. Simply type “find my phone” into the Google search bar, and the results will show a map with the last known location of your phone. You can also choose to ring the phone from this page to make it easier to find.

A photoshopped picture of Tim Tebow is having some fun with the quarterbacks Christian faith and the fact that he put Bible verses in his eye black while playing for the University of Florida. Tebow signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on April 19. Soon after a picture of Tebow with Phil, short for Philippians, on one side and the reference 4:19 on the other. It asked if Tim had prophesied his hiring. However, follow up reports admitted that the picture had been photoshopped by using one of Tebow's favorite verses, Philippians 4:13.

Audio Adrenaline front man Adam Agee recently sat down with the web site Decent Christian Talk. In the online interview, Adam talked about the groups new record, his move from Stellar Kart to Audio Adrenaline 3.0, and their current tour with the Newsboys. Access the entire interview by clicking on the link at

To kick off the release of his new CD Live Forever, Matthew West is staging quite a promotional event. West is planning to do 24 Shows in 24 Hours on the release date, April 28. At midnight he will embark on the non-stop special event, visiting 24 different spots in and around the Nashville area in 24 hours. Matthew West will be performing at such places as the historic Ryman Auditorium, Tri-Star Children's Hospital and Women's Center, Teen Challenge in Madison, and ASCAP on Music Row. He is also slated to sing the National Anthem at the Vanderbilt vs. Belmont baseball game. Nashville's local NBC affiliate will be filming part of the day's events and several of the concerts will go across the globe via Skype.

Phillips, Craig and Dean are giving away the resources you will need to play their song Throne of Praise in your local church. Right now free downloads of the Instrumental Track, the Lead Sheet, and the Devotional for Throne of Praise are available online. Access the free downloads by clicking on the link at

Earlier this week Mercyme released the official music video for their new song Flawless. The video involved a lot of paint, a lot of stories and a huge mess. And now the band is out with a video showing exactly how it all came together. Check out the making of video for flawless by clicking on the link at

Facebook users are a key part of how the company makes its money -- and the social network can put a price on how much revenue the average user helped generate over the past quarter by interacting with advertisements. An ABC News report found that, for the first quarter of 2015, the average Facebook user helped bring in $2.50 of revenue to the company. However, looking at it geographically, the average user in the United States and Canada contributed significantly more revenue, totaling $8.32. Facebook received $3.54 billion in revenue over the past quarter.

Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92. According to ABC News, Keefe died Tuesday in Simsbury, Connecticut, after a brief illness. Keefe grew up in Arlington, Vermont, where she met Rockwell — who lived in West Arlington — and posed for his painting when she was a 19-year-old telephone operator.

Wycliffe Associates is fighting violence in Africa with Bible translation. According to Mission Network News, the violence and fighting continue to escalate but translation efforts are also moving forward. According to Wycliffe, there are 776 languages in Africa alone that have become a priority for Scripture translation. At the same time, they say Bible translation teams end up being either directly attacked or indirectly impacted by that kind of violence. As a result, translators often have to move out of their home areas or begin translation from neighboring areas. In response, Wycliffe is using Bible Translation Acceleration Kits that including a portable laptop and communication devices with a solar panel, battery, and power supply to make moving from one place to another as simple as possible.

New research suggests that deprivation of an amino acid called arginine may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. According to Time Magazine, that finding could help usher in new treatment strategies for patients suffering from the debilitating illness. According to the story, a team at Duke University focusing on the immune system found that cells designed to protect the brain from infection will uncharacteristically consume arginine during the early stages of Alzheimer’s. They say further tests are needed find ways to better block the arginine consumption process.

5 Ways to Parent More Effectively from Jim Daly
1. Communication is key
2. Anticipate and Prepare
3. Recognize your spouse’s different style is a gift for the family
4. Be flexible and give in
5. Watch for the subtle social pressures to be a child-centered family

The 3 things that stop most people from achieving their goals
No. 1. Negative Considerations
No. 2. Fears
No. 3. Roadblocks

Five steps to digital hygiene by Seth Godin
1. Turn off mail and social media alerts
2. Don't read comments
3. De-escalate the anger in every email exchange
4. Put your phone in the glove compartment while driving
5. Spend the most creative hour of your day creating, not responding.

Ronnie Dickinson of Frankfort, Kentucky, turned himself in to authorities this week with an incredible story. According to an NBC News report, His name isn't Ronnie Dickinson, he's been a fugitive for nearly 39 years, and he wants to go back to prison for the health care. 66 year old Clarence David Moore escaped from the Henderson County, North Carolina, Prison Unit in the mid-1970s and has been on the lam for almost four decades. But this week he called the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and said he wanted to turn himself in. When deputies arrived, they found Moore — who'd been living in Frankfort since 2009 and had ID'd himself as Ronnie Dickinson — partially paralyzed and unable to walk because of a recent stroke. He was arrested and taken by ambulance to a hospital for examination before he was taken to the Franklin County Regional Jail.

What started as a search for a perfect match ended up as a family reunion. Erik de Vries and Josephine Egbert were separated during their parents’ divorce 16 years ago. Erik tried to search for his sister but wasn't able to track her down. In fact, the two didn't connect again until being reunited through the dating app Tinder. Erik says that, when they began to share about their past, they quickly discovered the missing connection. Josephine was also reunited with her other missing brother, Erik's twin Maarten. The three say they are planning more visits between Holland and Belgium to rekindle family ties.

Barbie is having a date with technology. According to Mattel, the long time doll icon is getting a significant upgrade. The newly announced Hello Barbie is wi-fi connected, allowing her to receive continuous updates. She can understand natural speech and respond to it, allowing her to carry on a conversation, play games and tell jokes and stories.

The members of Hawk Nelson are giving you a little insight into who they are. The band recently sat down with the Gospel Music Association to answer some all important questions like their favorite movie and their favorite on stage moment. Hawk Nelson also answers some unique questions about each song on their new project Diamonds, like whether their song Drops in the Ocean was just a subtle ploy to capitalize on the popularity of the Hillsong United song Oceans. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Matthew West is giving you the chance to be part of his CD release show later this month. Matthew will hold a 60 minute online acoustic concert on April 27, the day before the release of he new album Live Forever. He says the night will feature songs from the new CD, the stories that inspired the new songs, videos from the new album, and songs by request. Matthew will also answer your questions and a surprise guest or two may even show up. Find out more about the online concert next Monday at 7:00pm CT by clicking on the link at

What do Lecrae, Tobymac, Rend Collective and For King and Country all have in common? They are all featured on the latest ConGRADulations CD. Over the past decade more than 1.3 million ConGradulation packages have been given to high school and college graduates. This years package includes a CD with 20 songs and over one hour of video content including artists, speakers, greetings from fellow graduates, and advice.

The band Unspoken has announced plans for an acoustic CD. Band members say Unspoken Unplugged will release on May 19. The project will include acoustic versions of several of the bands best known songs. It will also include five new songs.

MercyMe’s latest music video flips our perspective upside down and shows us how God sees things. The official music video for the song flawless uses a lot of paint and a wide variety of people to better explain something powerful. Check out the music video for flawless by clicking on the link at

Hillsong United this week released the official lyric video for their song Prince of Peace. The song is the latest release from their album Empires. Check it out by clicking on the link at

For King and Country is out with a new video telling the story behind the official music video for the song shoulders. The video is the latest feature in Yahoo Music's behind the scenes series. Find out more about what Joel and Luke were trying to portray through the video and the song itself. Watch the behind the scenes video by clicking on the link at

Building 429 is putting in some long hours as they travel the country promoting their new song No Such Thing is Impossible. Front man Jason Roy went online to record a short video after a crazy day in Texas that covered more than 300 miles and included stops in four different towns. Jason says the band will make more stops in Texas and will also be in Nebraska and Minnesota before wrapping up the promotions tour later this week.

Christian publisher Zondervan announced this week that the influential evangelical's last published work is set to be released on Aug. 4. According to Christianity Today, the announcement was made on the third anniversary of the death of Chuck Colson. Zondervan officials say the book will engage with hot-topic issues such as the rise of Islam and same-sex marriage, among others. The book is called My Final Word: Holding Tight to the Issues that Matter Most. Anne Morse, a longtime Colson co-author, said that the selected writings are mostly from the last decade of Colson's life, and concern what he saw as 'key topics of ongoing importance for Christian cultural engagement.'

After a quarter of a century on the job, the Hubble Space telescope has returned some of the most extraordinary cosmic images ever captured. The telescope was launched on April 24, 1990. After a slow start due to lens issues the telescope finally started producing photos of outer space on January 13, 1994. And our view of space hasn't ben the same since. Now Time has produced what they call the 50 best images taken by Hubble Space Telescope over the last twenty five years. Check out the pictures by clicking on the link at

A ministry originating in northern Michigan is encouraging the body of Christ to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. More Jesus, based in Traverse City, Michigan, is a ministry that went viral a few years ago. Their goal was to use those two words “More Jesus” to encourage Christians to seek after Jesus more, while encouraging non-Christians to find Him. Eight weeks ago, God gave the group a conviction to gather the community to pray for Christians who are suffering simply for claiming Christ as their Savior. That started an 8-week prayer campaign. Now the organization is reaching out further, encouraging more churches to join them in meeting each Sunday to prayer for suffering Christians around the world.

If you are good with tools and like to travel Joni and Friends would like to talk. They are in need of Wheelchair mechanics in countries like Uganda, India, and Jordan. Find out more about joining the team by clicking on the link at

10 Ways to Set a Vision for Your Life from All Pro Dad:
1. Understand that it’s not all about you
2. Concentrate
3. Expose yourself to positive truth
4. Secure a true reference point
5. Have a Vision that stretches you
6. Know where you’re going…
7. Put yourself in the company of mentors
8. Open your eyes
9. Walk by faith, not by sight
10.Be willing to move out of our comfort zone.

4 ways to appreciate the little moments in life from Huffington Post
1) Set your intention at the start of the day
2) Now keep your appreciation antenna up as you move through your day.
3) When you come across something that makes you feel grateful stop and be still.
4) Record the moment in some way.

If you want to retire in the next 5 years, do these 9 things now from Time
Have a career Plan B.
Downsize the house.
Factor in better health.
Take some profits.
Don’t spend your retirement fund.
Put your assets in the right place.
Rethink your target.
Maximize Social Security.
Avoid taxes in retirement.

New Orleans got the presidential treatment this week when first lady Michelle Obama praised the city for being the first to end chronic veteran homelessness. According to the Huffington Post, Obama honored the Big Easy for getting every homeless veteran housed in December, a year ahead of the White House’s deadline. She also met with mayors and local leaders about how other cities can replicate New Orleans’ success. The mayor attributed its success to bringing together organizations and agencies that hadn’t previously worked together or shared data in the past.

A new ad by Pandora Jewelry is proof that there is a unique connection between mother and child. The add feature a social experiment that included six children who were blindfolded and then asked to find the mom that belongs to them. In every case the children were able to pick out their mother.

A man in a wheelchair was saved thanks to two quick thinking bystanders. According to NPR news, the man rolled off a subway platform and fell onto the tracks at a Washington, D.C., metro stop earlier this week. Thanks to two people who immediately jumped down to save him, had came away from the accident with only a bloody mouth. The entire scene was captured by a D.C. Metro Surveillance camera.

There is now a new way to keep from spreading germs. Inventor Joseph Apisa of New Jersey has just patented a sneeze catcher. The devise goes on your arm like a sleeve or an arm band and includes a mesh opening with an antibacterial pad that captures and destroys the bacteria you exhale during the sneeze.

Amy Grant will be hosting two Day Camps on her farm this summer. The Barefoot organization is a Christ-centered, multi-cultural camp ministry and last year one of Amy's daughters attended their camp. Officials say Amy caught the ministries vision and this summer has offered to host two new day camp sessions on her 400-acre family property. The camps will take place June 15-19 and June 22-26.

The final results are in and for King and Country is the big winner in the We Love Christian Music awards. In a recent news release, officials announced that for King and Country led all artists, winning five of its six nominated categories, including Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Colton Dixon took home the write-in powered Fan Impact Award. Officials say fans cast nearly 45,000 votes in the 3rd annual awards, honoring 18 different artists in 25 categories.

The members of Hawk Nelson recently stopped by the headquarters of CCM Magazine and, while there, recorded an acoustic version of their song Drops in the Ocean. The band is featured on the cover of the latest edition of CCM, a free magazine featuring a comprehensive look at Christian music. You can check out the video of Hawk Nelson performing Drops in the Ocean by clicking on the link at

Get a behind-the-scenes look at a typical day for Joel and Luke of for King and Country. They invite you to join them as they meet with fans, connect with family while on the road, make time for devotionals, and prepare for another night's performance. Click on the link at

Matthew West is out with a new story behind the song video. The focus this time is Matthew's song Grace Wins. He says the core of the song is that there is victory in Christ. It's written as an encouragement to the men and women in the Teen Challenge organization, reminding them that, even though they've been defeated, God still has a plan for them. Watch the story behind the song video by clicking on the link at

Shane and Shane this week released a lyric video for their song All The Poor and Powerless. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christian

Ken Davis recently shared some thoughts on Tennessee bugs. He said the spiders are so big that he fears for the lives of his dogs. Watch the entire Lighten Up video by clicking on the link at

Tim Hawkins this week released a special music video. He wrote the tribute song for Mark Hall of Casting Crowns as he recovers from losing one kidney to cancer surgery. Check out Tim's video titled One is the Loneliest Kidney by clicking on the link at

Tickets are now on sale for Steven Curtis Chapman's debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Steven will be joined by a Full orchestra and a 250 voice choir on June 14. You can also still join Steven on stage but, if sitting in the crowd is more your style you can lock in your tickets starting this week You can find out more by clicking on the link at

NeedToBreathe was at the construction of a brand new Amphitheater in Nashville to announce a concert at the venue in August. Band members say they were on site to make sure the stage was put in the right place and built to their specifications. NeedToBreathe will be one of the first bands to be on stage at the brand new Amphitheater

In January hundreds of radical Muslims in Niger, West Africa, destroyed dozens of churches and several Christian homes. Ten people lost their lives and hundreds were injured when Muslim mobs went on the deadly rampage. Now, three months later, Christians living there are moving forward, determined to still preach the Gospel despite the dangers. According to the follow up report in Charisma news, one pastor who lost his church said: "The Lord is training us; He's building us. There cannot be increase without hardships. If you want to go to the next level you have to go through hardship". He added that he has forgiven the men who committed the atrocities.

Roughly three in five adult Americans not maintaining a budget and 14% lacking a solid sense of their monthly spending habits. With that in mind, the financial organization WalletHub decided to conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Metro Areas with the Best and Worst Budgeters. According to the study, the upper midwest has some very budget conscious residents while the south might have some work to do. Eight of the 10 metro areas with the best budgeters were in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Meanwhile, the study found that all but one of the worst budgeting cities were in the south, specifically in Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi. The one town not in the south was Las Vegas, Nevada.

Once again, ISIS has orchestrated and filmed the dramatic mass killing of African Christians who refuse to deny their faith. According to a report in Christianity Today, this time, the approximately 28 men targeted by the Libya affiliate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State were Ethiopian Christians. Ethiopia is Africa's second most-populated country, and approximately two-thirds of its 90 million people are Christians. An Orthodox Church official believes the victims were likely migrants who were in Libya seeking work or a passage to Europe.

64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy. According to the NPR report, The Independence sits in water that's roughly a half-mile deep, off of California's Farallon Islands. NOAA says the carrier was part of a fleet of more than 90 ships that made up a "target fleet" for the atomic bomb tests. The discovery of the ship is part of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations mission to map an estimated 300 historic shipwrecks lying outside San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

9 Ways to Stop Worrying:
1. Face your worries and admit them when they occur.
2. Itemize your worries and anxieties on a sheet of paper.
3. Write down the reasons or causes for your worry.
4. Write down the amount of time you spend each day worrying.
5. Note the way worrying has increased the problem.
6. Try to eliminate any sources of irritation if you are nervous or jumpy.
7. Avoid any type of fatigue
8. When you start to worry, ask yourself: “Is this something for me to worry over?”
9. When a problem arises, face it and decide what you can do about it.

6 Reasons Why Getting Old is Awesome:
1. More Confident.
2. Deeper Relationships.
3. Stability.
4. Become the Mentor.
5. Family.
6. The Benefit of Experience.

Tips to help you sleep better tonight
Eat lean protein or foods high in magnesium.
Take a warm bath.
Ban your phone.
Sleep in a cold room.
Eliminate distracting noise.
Drink tea.
Avoid caffeine.
Turn off the TV.
Keep Fido out of the bed.

Need a touch of spring? You might want to check out a drone video of Dutch flower fields. According to the Huffington Post, for a month and a half ever year, millions of brightly colored blooms turn the landscape into a panorama of color. In the video the drone hovers above some epic flower fields in the Netherlands. The tulips, daffodils, and other flowers are a highly trafficked tourist destination in spring months and are in bloom from the end of March until the second week of May.

Philadelphia Eagles fans can already have a piece of Tim Tebow. According to the Huffington Post, the Philly Pretzel Factory announced a pretzel in his honor, a pretzel shaped like Tim's well known "Tebowing." Seventy of the twisted Tebows were sold in an hour and a company spokesman says the pretzel could become a regular item on Sundays if the demand is strong enough.

Blind and other visually impaired people are finally getting to enjoy some of the world’s greatest paintings in a first of it’s kind exhibition. “Touching the Prado” turned six great master works, including the Mona Lisa, into three-dimensional, textured pictures that people can touch and feel. The printing technique that turns high resolution photos of the paintings into layered textures, defining faces, clothing, plants and other subjects in the paintings into something the blind can touch and feel.

One of the world's largest flawless diamonds is about to hit the auction block.
According to CNN, Sotheby's New York will sell a 100-carat, emerald cut internally flawless diamond on April 21. It's the largest of its clarity and cut ever shown at auction. The auction house expects it to fetch up to $25 million. The uncut diamond weighed over 200 carats.

Matthew West is finally able to unveil what he has been working on to commemorate his third story record. This week he announced the release of the limited edition Story Trilogy Box Set. The set includes tickets to the show of your choice, an autographed copy of the new CD, a vintage Live Forever Pocket Watch, and DVDs, books, post cards, and more. It even includes in Into the Light Candle. But Matthew says only 250 copies of the Story Trilogy Box Set are available.

Mark Hamill, the actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker in several of the Star Wars movies was recently on stage for a Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. The Star Wars icon walked on stage to Skillet's song Hero at the special event over the weekend.

Francesca Battistelli, Danny Gokey and Brandon Heath are all together on the Bible Tour. And this week they shared a video as they together sang the Revelation Song. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Continuing a string of surprises in this NFL off season, the Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly sign quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract to play quarterback. Tebow, who is 27, hasn't played in the NFL since 2012. It would be the former Heisman winner's fourth stint with an NFL team. According to a NPR Report, Tebow will take part in the Eagles' upcoming off season workouts. He'll be the fifth quarterback on the team system, in a group that includes projected starter Sam Bradford and former Jet Mark Sanchez.

The team behind Australia's National Day of Prayer and Fasting is joining with other prayer leaders to call the nations of the world to prayer and fasting for seven days for USA. This period of prayer will take place from April 30 through May 6 of this year. April 30 is America's National Day of Repentance. May 7 is the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer. Officials in Australia say: We in Australia believe it is our turn to bless the nation of America and pray for healing for the USA through prayer and fasting.

The President of the International Justice Mission presented a TED talk during the month of April. Gary Haugen made a passionate plea to those in attendance, encouraging them to rethink poverty and move to make the violence stop. Watch his talk by clicking on the link at

Want to finish strong in ministry? Take care of yourself first by doing these four things:
1. Take a Sabbath
2. Exercise
3. Feed your spirit
4. Have fun

Interested in Foster Care? Check out this list of 5 practical ways to support foster families from Show Hope:
1. Gather Supplies
2. Organize Play Dates
3. Provide Respite Care
4. Bring a Meal
5. Pray

Anyone who has kids knows how much of a pain it is that they outgrow shoes as fast as you can buy them. Now imagine how hard it must be for poor children in underdeveloped countries. According to Yahoo News, One company has found a way to solve that problem. The Shoe That Grows is a one-size-fits-all shoe for children. Each shoe adjusts to five sizes and lasts five years. The company makes two shoes: one small and one large. Together, the company says a child have a pair of shoes that fit from kindergarten through 9th grade.

Enough about man caves - bring on the "She Sheds". The backyard sanctuaries for women are the latest rage. In response, the web site houzz has released their list of the top 11 she sheds. They say some are for pottery wheels, some are for potting, and some are simply for taking a mid afternoon nap. Check them out by clicking on the link at

An artist in Washington state is producing a unique kind of sidewalk art. Designed and produced by artist Peregrine Church, Rainworks is a special type of street art that appears on sidewalks only when they’re wet. The works include hopscotches, whimsical illustrations and uplifting messages. Church told The Huffington Post: “The purpose of Rainworks is to turn rainy days into something to look forward to.”

Packing peanuts are great at protecting valuables, but what do you do with them once they've done their job? A team of researchers at Purdue University came up with an ingenious idea: use the squishy peanuts to make a key component for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The researchers heated the packing peanuts to between 500 and 900 degrees Celsius, converting the two types of peanuts--some made from polystyrene and others from starch--into carbon nanoparticles and thin carbon sheets. The team was then able to use those materials to create battery parts that actually re-charge faster than conventional rechargable batteries.

Kutless front man Jon Micah Sumrall released his first solo project, called Faith and Family, earlier this year. And recently Jon sat down with Shattered Magazine to talk more about the project. In the interview Jon shared that songs on the new project range from love ballads written for his wife to in-depth looks into his faith journey. He said that this record is also different from the traditional Kutless sound, allowing experimentation with a number of other instruments and sounds.

Big Daddy Weave members Jay and Brian were showing off their new Auburn University jerseys over the weekend. Jay plays bass for the band and Brian is on drums. They said they bring thunder and lightening to the band so that is what they had printed in the name section on the back of the jerseys. Be looking for Thunder and Lightening on stage at the next Big Daddy Weave concert.

Francesca Battistelli is out with part two of her blog When a Tour Ends. The blog includes several more pictures of Francesca during the Winter Jam tour that just wrapped up. Francesca says: God moved in a mighty way all across the country, and its an honor to have been a small part of that. Check out the latest pictures by clicking on the link at christian

The staff at Insight for Living is celebrating the ministry of Chuck Swindoll. They are asking you to answer the question: Has God worked in your life in a significant way through Chuck Swindoll and the ministry of Insight for Living? You can tell them your story by clicking on the link at christian

Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman was working on designs for a t-shirt for his solo project. He attached one possible drawing to his post on Twitter. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Long time Christian artist Amy Grant was recently featured on the Kathie Lee and Company podcast. Kathie Lee talks with Amy about life, hubby Vince Gill and her new album "Be Still & Know." Check it out by clicking on the link at christian

A new lyric video from Chris August is now available. The video features his song Drop Your Stone. It's from Chris' new CD The Maker. Check it out by clicking on the link at

A new lyric video from Lauren Daigle is now available. The video features her song First. It's from Lauren's new album How Can It Be. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace was reaching out to a little girl named Mackenzie over the weekend. Jamie saw on facebook that no one was coming to Mackenzie's party and said, due to her health issues, she's experienced the same thing. So she recorded a version of her song Every Bit of Lovely just for Mackenzie in the back of her touring van. She also promised Mackenzie free tickets to one of her upcoming concerts. Check out Jamie's happy birthday video for Mackenzie by clicking on the link at christian

Hank Bentley, guitar player for Crowder, took an epic fall over the weekend. Hank was backing away from Crowder as they introed the song “I saw the light”. But Hank's feet couldn't quite keep up with his body and he wiped out side stage. David Crowder never missed a beat, continuing the song as Hank returned to the stage, none the worse after his unplanned side stage exit.

Fifteen Muslim migrants face charges of murder fueled by religious hatred after allegedly throwing a dozen Christian migrants overboard this week during a sea crossing from northern Africa to Italy. According to the Christianity Today report, Refugees who survived the crossing “burst into tears” as they described the violence to Italian police. Italy and other countries have welcomed more than 10,000 refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea in recent days.

Christians around the world are being urged to wear orange to show solidarity with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ martyred for their faith in the middle east. In February the media was flooded with pictures of Egyptian Christians, dressed in orange jump suits, kneeling on a beach in Egypt before being beheaded for their faith. Now groups of Christians are bringing attention to the atrocities by wearing orange clothing or ribbons.

A deck chair that was pulled from the wreckage of the Titanic more than a century ago has found a new home. According to Time, The chair was sold at an auction in England, fetching just over 100,000 pounds, or nearly $150,000. The chair was discovered floating on the surface of the ocean by a crew dispatched to recover bodies from the wreckage in 1912.

A milestone for Compassion International. The Christian relief organization tweeted over the weekend that they now represent 1.5 million children currently sponsored around world. Compassion started sponsoring children in the early 1950s with 35 sponsorships. They reached 500,000 in 2003 and 1-million in 2009.

7 simple ways to master the art of networking
1. Be yourself.
2. Don’t spread yourself too thin.
3. Be engaged.
4. Don’t be afraid to join in.
5. Ask great questions.
6. Treat people like friends.
7. Take notes.

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

These 9 tips will help you eliminate stress
1. Remind yourself how unimportant your worries are in the big scheme of things.
2. Automate as many things as you can.
3. Watch a video of a cute animal
4. Concentrate on the positive.
5. Deliberately plan your day so that stress is minimized.
6. Get a clear idea of what is expected of you.
7. Enjoy Art
8. Set aside a specific time during the day to do all your worrying.
9. Remember, no matter what happens, you will probably be fine.

A social media project is seeking to prove that everyone has a twin. The Twin Strangers campaign is an online media effort three friends started in an attempt to find their look alikes. One of the three has already found her look alike and they lived only an hour apart. They met for the first time earlier this month. The goal was for all three to find their most convincing “twin” within 30 days.

Your smartphone could save your life before disaster strikes. Researchers are turning smartphones and social media into early warning systems for earthquakes and floods. In two separate cases, researchers have found a way to use smartphone GPS sensors to detect earthquakes and Twitter to track major flooding in real-time. As part of one test, NASA helped scientists to crowdsource the GPS in smartphones and tablets to measure sudden shaking in the ground. The phones then sent warnings to other phones farther and farther away. The early warning reached people before the quake’s tremors got to them.

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. According to the Huffington Post, The revised formula will favor websites that Google defines as "mobile-friendly." Websites that don't fit the description will be demoted in Google's search results on smartphones while those meeting the criteria will be more likely to appear at the top of the rankings.

A new study finds that your pet says some interesting things about your personality. According to a Time magazine report, researchers found that:
Fish owners are happiest.
Dog owners are the most fun to be with.
Cat owners are the most dependable and emotionally sensitive.
and Reptile owners are the most independent.
Studies also found that Liberals want dogs that are gentle and relate to their owners as equals while conservatives want dogs that are loyal and obedient.

The latest CCM Magazine is now available. The free online magazine is focused on Christian music and this month includes articles about Lauren Daigle, Derek Johnson, and Mark Wagner. The cover article features Hawk Nelson. Access the free magazine by clicking on the link at

Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman tweeted this week: I'm fascinated by eyes- they often say more than the mouth does. And they have an easier time telling the truth. The eyes are the window of the soul- both in and out.

NeedToBreathe recorded a video this week talking about their first live video. It came out this week, on the one year anniversary of their CD Rivers in the Wasteland. The new live project is titled Live from the Woods.

For King and Country has released a live music video of their song Fix My Eyes. You can check it out by clicking on the link at

Hillsong United this week released an acoustic version of their song Touch The Sky. Check out the song by clicking on the link at

Matthew West is out with a new lyric video for his upcoming CD Live Forever. Check out the lyric video for the CDs title cut, Live Forever, by clicking on the link at

Plumb has released the official music video for her song Great is Our God. Check out the lyric video for the song from her upcoming new CD Exhale. Click on the link at

Judicial Watch reports the terrorist organization ISUS has landed in Mexico. According to Charisma News, Juarez is one of the deadliest cities in the world. It's home to drug cartels, rampant murder and now an Islamic State training ground. Mexican authorities have reportedly uncovered an Islamic State camp in the Mexican city—just 8 miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch. "Mexican intelligence sources report that ISIS intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM

You saw the movie drop box, now hear the story behind this film from director Brian Ivie. It's just one story in a new web site Restoring All Things. The web site tells Stories Of The Christian Life In A Post-Christian Culture and then find out how you can make a difference in your community. Check out that story and more by clicking on the link at

Think flying is getting worse? A pair of university researchers who track the airline business say it's a fact. According to Government Data, the ABC news report says more flights are late, more bags are getting lost, and customers are lodging more complaints about U.S. airlines. Researchers found that the percentage of flights that arrived on time fell to 76.2 percent last year from 78.4 percent in 2013. The rate of lost, stolen or delayed bags rose 13 percent in 2014. The rate of passengers getting bumped from flights rose 3 percent. And consumer complaints to the government jumped 22 percent in 2014.

8 new tricks to improve your memory
1 Closing your eyes
2 Gesture when taking in new information
3 Take a nap after you learn new things.
4 Looking at emotional photos
5 Be curious
6 Go for a walk.
7 Say things out loud
8 Expressive writing

The 8 tiny habits that will help you age well
1 Make Walking a Daily Ritual
2 Give Yourself Reasons to Smile
3 Establish Healthy Eating Habits
4 Find Fun Activities that Make You Move
5 Spend Time with Positive People
6 Forgive Yourself and Others
7 Spend Time in Nature
8 Learn to Laugh More

3 Steps to Dig out of Clutter from iMom:
1. Make a strong take-off every day.
2. Change habits one at a time.
3. Attack the mess

Newsflash: Most International Mission Board missionaries are NOT preachers. The Baptist Press notes this is probably one of the best-kept secrets about The IMB's work. The IMB released a list of what some of its missionaries are doing in order to share the Gospel. They include everything from teaching people basic hygiene and clean water techniques to scientists teaching creationism. IMB says their missionaries also include cheese makers, big game hunters, farmers, bakers and more. They say each use their lay jobs to develop contacts and teach those in the community where they serve, allowing them to then reach out with the gospel in those areas.

For many young celebrities, fame came along as soon as they were old enough to carry a tune, walk onto a stage or handle their own musical instrument. For Ann Turner Cook, stardom came much earlier -- when she was just 4 months old. You may not recognize that name, but you'll certainly recognize her face. Cook, now 88, is the original Gerber baby whose bright-eyed image has become iconic at grocery stores around the world and has lasted from generation to generation. Cook's foray into fame happened in 1928, when Gerber held a contest to find a face for their new advertising campaign. Yet, despite being one of the most recognizable children of all time, Cook hasn't paid much attention her long-standing modeling gig over the last nine decades.

The latest Jamie Grace podcast is now available. Episode five of the free podcast download features what Jamie terms her super intellectual Hawks verses Hornets commentary. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Danny Gokey may have a new fall back occupation. He tweeted this week: Today I learned how to be a barista and made my first latte. Danny did admite that his design needed a little practice but it sounds like he's off to a good start.

Jamie Grace was showing off a new talent this week. She was drawing, producing sketches of everything from zebras to the snowman from frozen. She was even dedicating them to some of her social media followers. Jamie tweeted: my parents saw drawing isn't my gift; obviously they're way wrong. Jamie even went as far as to share: no more singing; artist for life. You can check out a sample of her art work by clicking on the link at

Natalie Grant talked openly with Yahoo Parenting about infertility and postpartum depression. In a recent interview Natalie shared more about the fertility specialists who helped her conceive, the counselors who supported her as she battled postpartum depression, and the nanny she says is a part of her family. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at

Itickets is giving away msuic from Newsong. Their free song of the week is the titled cut from the Newsong album Faithful. Download your free copy by clicking on the link at

The Audio Adrenaline song Move is the new theme song for MLB Now. The front man Adam Agee tweeted a video as the song played on a promo for the program. You can see the clip by clicking on the link at

It was supposed to be a turning point in the bloody war against Boko Haram. The mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the Nigerian town of Chibok touched off a tsunami of global outrage. But according to an NBC news report, exactly one year after the likes of Michelle Obama, Rihanna and Ellen DeGeneres helped Bring Back Our Girls become an international rallying cry and call to arms, Hauwa Biu does not feel any safer. The woman's rights activist and professor in Nigeria says: While a few dozen of the Chibok girls have escaped Boko Haram captivity, more than 200 are still missing. To Biu, the international campaign to release the girls did little to bring them home — or stop countless others from being taken since.

Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save lives in third world companies with soap. According to the Huffington Post, it began about seven years ago as a tiny operation with a few friends and family in a single-car garage in Orlando, Florida, where they used meat grinders, potato peelers and cookers to recycle used soap into fresh bars. The nonprofit initiative, now called Clean the World, has since grown to include industrial recycling facilities in Las Vegas, Orlando and Hong Kong, cities where hotels are plentiful and used bars of soap can be gathered easily by the thousands.

If you’ve ever had the nagging suspicion that all of the four and five-star reviews on Amazon are too good to be true, well, you’d be right. And the Seattle-based retailer is finally doing something about it. Last week, Amazon filed a lawsuit in Seattle’s King County Superior Court, accusing several sites of posting phony favorable reviews in exchange for payment of $19 to $22 apiece. The suit accuses the sites of trademark infringement, false advertising and other violations

Better Stress Control:
If you often reach for the sweet stuff when you're under pressure, don't beat yourself up. A recent Swiss study found that dark chocolate may help suppress the production of stress hormones from the adrenal glands in anxiety-inducing situations. Consider this permission to keep a little dark chocolate stashed in your desk drawer.

10 habits you should abandon now to improve productivity
1. Checking email constantly
2. Scheduling weekly status meetings
3. Working long hours
4. Waiting on the big project
5. Having coffee for breakfast
6. Not getting eight hours of sleep
7. Eating lunch at your desk
8. Not taking breaks
9. Giving every task equal importance
10. Multi-tasking

Simple ways to pray for your spouse from the blog Build Your Marriage:
1. Keep it short and simple
2. Respond to promptings
3. Ask your spouse
4. Ask God
5. Check back

A group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said this week that they cooked up a Rice Krispies treat that shatters the Guinness World Record for the largest cereal treat by half a ton. According to NBC, The group set out on a goal to construct a 7½-ton version of the classic gooey cereal treat while raising money for charity along the way. The student volunteers started melting the butter and marshmallows Thursday morning and finished up Sunday with a Rice Krispies treat that was 11,327 pounds.

Now there’s a museum specifically designed for social media snapshots. According to Time, a new attraction in the Philippines uses 3D replicas of paintings to put visitors in the center of art’s most famous masterpieces. It has thus been dubbed the planet’s first-ever selfie museum. It allows you to step into van Gogh’s swirly sky, pose for a pic in King Tut’s Tomb, or play a hand with C. M. Coolidge’s poker-loving dogs.

In this constantly connected digital world, the chirping of a mobile phone beside the bed is rarely a pleasant way to be woken in the morning.
But the team behind a new app clearly feel that the tiny rendition of a rumba blaring from your mobile is not enough to drag you from beneath the covers.
Instead they have developed an alarm that will only turn off if you physically get out of bed and scan a bar code in another part of your house. The I’m Up mobile app alarm clock that is linked to a QR code that may be anywhere in your home, not in arms reach form bed, and the alarm does not go off until your scan the code

Natalie Grant says sometimes ballerinas from Nashville wear a different kind of slipper and her daughter is one of them. She tweeted a picture of her daughter coming out of dance class in a tutu and pink cowboy boots.

Bart Millard was having some fun making pancakes. The Mercyme frontman tweeted a picture of the pancakes he had just created spelling his name.

Mark Hall had a little set back this week. The Casting Crowns frontman tweeted that he was back in bed early this week but said he had some good company. He shared a picture as he was joined by his young daughter Hope. Mark is recovering from surgery to remove a kidney due to cancer.

Phil Wickham is now out with pictures. He tweeted: Allow me to introduce you to Lottie Elizabeth Wickham, born April 12th, at 12:17AM. Attached was a picture of his third daughter along with his wife.

Blanca's debut album as a solo artist is available for pre-order on iTunes. If you pre-order now, you will also get all the tracks from her Who I Am EP plus a new song called “Greater Is He”. Find out more by clicking on the link at

CCM Magazine is giving away copies of the Dan Bremnes song "Heart On Fire." At the web site you can download an mp3 of the song and also read Dan's devotional for the song. Access the free items by clicking on the link at

Living on the Edge is giving away copies of the DVD Why I Believe. You can receive a free copy of the DVD simply for committing to start a small group. The project answers questions like What happens when we die? Can miracles be explained? Is there really a God? Find our more by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline has released a video telling the story behind their latest song Love Was Stronger. Find out more about the new music from the newly reformed group by clicking on the link at

Ken Davis is out with another Lighten Up video. This time he talks about admitting to ourselves who we really are. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

The children's drawings show men with guns, a coffin, a car exploding. One picture has stick-like figures of eight siblings missed by their teenage sister.
According to the Huffington Post report, The disturbing images come from some of an estimated 800,000 children forced from the homes by Boko Haram extremists. It says the number of refugee children has doubled in the past year, making them about half of all the 1.5 million Nigerians made homeless in the Islamic uprising.

Breathtaking GoPro footage reveals what it’s like to spacewalk outside the International Space Station. According to the Huffington Post, In February, NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts completed a trip outside the ISS to reconfigure the exterior of a satellite. The astronauts took along a GoPro camera, which allowed them to capture the out-of-this-world experience -- and some inspiring shots of the Earth below. Check it out by clicking on the link at

With Tax Day just a day away, the personal finance website WalletHub released its Tax Day 2015 By The Numbers report. According to the figures, the average wait time for a call to the IRS is 28 minutes and it takes 16 hours to complete the average tax return. There are 4 million words in the U.S. Tax Code, 5 times the number of words in the Bible. And the government expects to loose 21-billion dollars due to tax fraud.

9 Ways the Pursuit of Money Can Mess Up Your Family from All Pro Dad:
1. Broken Promises.
2. The Parentless Child.
3. Missing the Small Things.
4. The Materialistic Child.
5. Disregard for Those in Need.
6. Loss of Sleep.
7. Stressed to the Max.
8. Justification.
9. The Company We Keep.

7 surprisingly simple ways to save money from ABC:
1.Shop Smartly
2.Plug electronics into Power Strips
4.Make Your Own & Do It Yourself
5.Get Paid to Recycle
6.Clean & Maintain Appliances

Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. The new analysis defined purpose in life as a sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worth living. Researchers found that a high sense of purpose is associated with a 23 percent reduction in death from all causes and a 19 percent reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, or the need for coronary artery bypass surgery or a cardiac stenting procedure.

A new app is helping teachers turn cell phone distraction into a solution. According to Time, the company Remind makes mobile software that lets teachers blast announcements and homework assignments to students and their parents via an app powered by the cloud. Teachers can send out reminders about an upcoming test, issue study guides to absent students and even conduct real-time quizzes using the app’s two-way messaging system. And because parents get their kids’ assignments as well, it helps them keep their children more accountable for their work.

The words "wedding," "surprise," and "prank" rarely -- if ever -- belong in the same sentence. But Huffing Post says, this one time, the three together worked out pretty well. Mario and Elaine of Jersey City have been together through thick and thin, including Elaine's battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She was diagnosed at age 30, shortly after the two got engaged, and medical bills forced them to postpone their wedding for six years. But with the right mix of sneaky inspiration and help from the web site, the couple finally tied the knot when Mario arranged a movie date for Elaine that began with a preview trailer telling the story of how they met -- then turned into to an on-the-spot wedding ceremony.

Looking for something to spice up your front yard? How about a new look for that straight, boring row of bushes. Yahoo news has released a look at some of the most interesting hedge creations. They range from the Beetles to a formula one race car, all done by sculpturing live bushes and plants. Check them out by clicking on the link at

A woman who spent her life caring for stray dogs received an unexpected -- and surprising -- tribute from the animals when she died. According to ABC News, at the funeral for Margarita Suárez in Mexico, there was a pack of stray dogs who came inside the funeral home to stand guard. Adding to the strangeness of the situation was the fact that these stray dogs were not even the same ones that the 71-year-oldhad helped during her lifetime. Suárez lived 830 miles from where her funeral service was held. Workers at the funeral home say they have never seen anything like it before.

Jamie Grace wrote an open letter to Taylor Swift over the weekend. The letter was written just hours after Taylor announced that her mom had been diagnosed with cancer. In the letter Jamie shares her own story of having a mom dealing with a major health issue and the struggle of having to cope night after night on stage while knowing that someone you love is suffering. Read the letter by clicking on the link at

Jim Daly was celebrating the stand being taken by thousands of students this coming Thursday. The President of Focus on the Family said an estimated 18,000 students will share a Christian perspective on sexuality at their high schools and colleges thanks to Day of Dialogue, a student-led free speech event. Daly says we should be encouraged by the stand these students are taking and keep them in our prayers.

Dr. James Dobson says it’s never too early to think about your legacy; the things you will be remembered for when you pass from this life. To help, he has released a free Special Report on the value and importance of legacy that will draw you to think about the things that truly matter, how you want to be remembered and what you will pass along to friends and family. Download the free pdf by clicking on the link at

NEEDTOBREATHE is heading out this spring and summer on the TOUR DE COMPADRES with some of their best friends, Ben Rector, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Colony House! And for a limited time on Noisetrade you can get this exclusive FREE compilation featuring two songs from their recently released Live From The Woods album as well as tracks from the other artists joining them on this tour. Click on the link at to download the compilation project.

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