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A New podcast is now available from the Worship Together web site. The latest podcast features Joel Houston from Hillsong United. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://apple.co/2qgrYZH

It's been a rough month for Family Force 5 fans, who said goodbye to Derek "Chapstique" Mount a few weeks ago following his departure from the band, and now seem to be saying the same to Nathan "Nadaddy" Currin. According to New Release Today, While no official announcement has been made by the band, they recently updated their Facebook profile picture and Twitter and Instagram bios, cropping out both Chapstique and Nadaddy and leaving fans to assume that the only remaining members are now Jacob "Crouton" Olds, Joshua "Fatty" Olds and Teddy "Hollywood" Boldt. Nathan Currin has also been absent from the stage through the past month of the band's shows.
http://nrt.cc/NadaddyDeparture

The Afters front man Josh Havens is looking for the perfect campgrounds. He posted: Had a blast scouting campsites for an upcoming retreat I'll be leading. I think we found the one...and eliminated the one that has lots of rattlesnakes!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUf7kNUDZxn/

Stars Go Dim says their songs are showing up in some unique places. Members of the band posted this week: Thank you to ADT Security for using our song in their new commercial! We believe, just like they do, You Are Loved wherever you are!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUf8CFphblD/

The members of Skillet want your opinion. They posted: What do you think, should John Cooper shave his beard for this weekend's awards show. Comment yes or no on the band's instagram page
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUfxP5rhV_e/

A good reminder from Danny Gokey: The best way to start the day is with Jesus. As a matter of fact, it's the only way to live throughout any day. He's described as the Good Shepherd in Psalms 23 who leads YOU into green pastures, who restores YOUR soul, and comforts YOU. I don't know what you're experiencing today, but I do know that no matter how bad it is, He's the answer.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUeW0-BlBvf/

Jamie Grace is taking the week off. She posted: "The Jamie Grace Show will be back next week! I am taking some much needed time off to celebrate the life of my sister's mother in law." However, Jamie hasn't left you with nothing to listen to. She added: in the meantime, THE PODCAST version of the show is back! In includes random rants, inspiring stories, movie reviews and more!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUdb7gfhgYl/

A word of Advice from Casting Crowns front man and Youth Pastor Mark Hall: Youth Pastors should always have plenty of helmets in their offices.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUdOIH5lAyW/

Red Nose Day is back. Several Christian artists posted a picture on social media wearing a red nose. The goal is to help kids in the USA and around the world. Artists included Colton Dixon, Natalie Grant, Building 429 and Skillet.
http://rednoseday.org

Mercyme guitarist Barry Graul was on the back of a bike this week and it wasn't a motorcycle. He posted a picture and he peddled along with a group of other riders. Barry says their ride covered 58 miles with 2000 feet of climbing.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUhnUo1DGDY/

From Danny Gokey: The biggest lie that the world still believes is that God can't be trusted. But those who hope and trust in the Lord will NEVER be put to shame. Trust Him because He's working things out for you that are way bigger than you can imagine.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUgEPlSFEO0/

New Christian artist and former beauty pagent contestant Jasmine Murray was teaching the wife of Citizenway member Ben Calhoun to strike a pagent pose. Just in time for this weekends awards show, Ben shared a picture of Jasmine and his wife Alison striking "the pose".
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUhlod9FrlL/

Advice from Matthew West: We must stop looking within ourselves and instead look to the One who made us.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUhfHZlgmjl/

Switchfoot is giving away five Taylor guitars. Jon Forman announced this week that the band is joining with Taylor guitars to give five people brand new guitars and two passes to an upcoming Switchfoot show. Register sometime this weekend by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLUVB0L8lUM

Sozo Playlists is partnering with Mandisa to allow you to stream every song from Mandisa's new album Out of the Dark. Right now the entire album is available on YouTube. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://found.ee/MandisaAlbum

Chris Tomlin has a definite opinion on the surprise song from Hillsong United. Chris posted: This is what I think of Hillsong United's new song Wonder. Attached was a picture of Chris giving the song a Thumb's up.
https://twitter.com/christomlin/status/867789213957279744/photo/1

Anberlin's frontman, Stephen Christian announces the release of his new solo album, Wildfires, set to release on July 28th. According to Merge Media Relations, With the disband of Anberlin in 2014 and working four part-time jobs, Christian began searching what was the next step for his future. During that challenging time, he was able to create this worship project that has special meaning to him.
https://t.e2ma.net/message/3jtrjc/fhz75d

The latest song from Hillsong Worship is titled Elohim. Now you can check out an acoustic performance of the song, from their latest album "Let There Be Light", recorded live at Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIf6j-WeyFw

The latest video from for King and Country features their song O God Forgive Us. The official music video also includes music by KB and includes appearances by the children of several members of the band. Check out the brand new music video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://youtu.be/tz4toSf-xQU

Hillsong United recorded an acoustic version of their new song Wonder at the Worship Together New Song Cafe. Now you can check out their performance of the title cut from their upcoming new album. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/VMimAr8_b-8

Casting Crowns will be touring Europe for the next two weeks. The band will play concerts in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. As Casting Crowns traveled out of the USA, member Megan Garrett posted: Leaving the country for a couple weeks. Please pray for safety for Crowns and for our families we are leaving behind. I already miss mine!
https://twitter.com/castingcrowns/status/867274092315115520/photo/1

Rend Collective is on a tour of Europe, but the Irish worship band is says it is more than a musical tour. They took a break from their concert tour to play tourists, exploring Norway during some time off.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUhh1iRBnAt/

Pastor and Author Greg Laurie recently talked with the Blaze about his new book, “Steve McQueen: the Salvation of an American Icon”. McQueen, dubbed “The King of Cool,” died in 1980, when he was only 50 years old. McQueen’s one regret, Laurie told The Blaze, is that he didn’t live to tell the world “what Christ had done for me.” With his new book Laurie is hoping to fulfill the Tinseltown legend’s dying wish.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/05/24/new-book-reveals-hollywood-icons-little-known-journey-to-christian-faith/

6 Radical Steps for a Dying Church to Find Life
1. A leader must rise and be willing to lead the church toward radical transformation regardless of the personal costs to him.
2. A significant group in the church must admit that they are desperate for help.
3. That same group must confess guilt.
4. The group must have an utter, desperate, and prayerful dependence on God.
5. The church must be willing to storm the community with love.
6. The church must relinquish control.
http://factsandtrends.net/2017/05/22/6-radical-steps-dying-church-find-life/

Terrorists linked to the Islamic State have swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of ISIS. The militants forced their way into the Marawi Cathedral and seized a Catholic priest, 10 worshippers and three church workers.
https://twitter.com/foxandfriends/status/867313986282201088/video/1

Nine Christian civilians have reportedly been shot dead after being forced off their truck and having their hands tied together by Islamist militants in Marawi city in the Philippines. According to local reports, members of the militant so-called Maute group murdered the group by a check-point after they were identified as Christian. Harrowing local television images show the Christians lying dead face-down in the grass, amid reports that villagers are afraid to move the bodies because terrorists are still in the area.
https://www.christiantoday.com/article/nine.christians.shot.dead.by.islam
ist.militants.in.philippines.as.chaos.descends.on.city.after.church.kidnappings/109475.htm

After a key meeting between President Trump and Turkish president Erdogan last week, Turkey's Protestant community fears that a jailed Christian pastor may be used by Turkey as a bargaining chip. American national Andrew Brunson has been detained in Turkey since October. He and his wife were arrested on immigration violation charges after running a small church in Izmir, Turkey. The charges have since escalated to accusations of terrorism, though no evidence has been produced for their claim. Last week President Donald Trump used a White House meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to urge the Turkish leader to expedite Brunson's release. Now though, Turkey's Protestant community fear Brunson may be used to pressure the US to extradite the Pennsylvania-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen.
https://www.christiantoday.com/article/justice.is.all.we.want.fig
ht.for.american.pastor.jailed.in.turkey.continues/109403.htm

Thousands of faithful Russian Orthodox Christians gathered in Moscow to venerate the relics of the revered Saint Nicholas – in a landmark moment for Orthodox-Catholic relations. To Russian Orthodox Christians the saint – who lies behind much Christmas tradition – is a celebrated figure. His relics were sent to Russia in a historic departure from their home in Italy. His remains traveled to Russia via plane on Sunday, and were installed for public display in Moscow's gold-domed Christ the Savour Cathedral. The relic-sharing was agreed during a momentous meeting between Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Roman Catholic Pope Francis last year.
https://www.christiantoday.com/article/thousands.of.russian.ortho
dox.faithful.revere.relics.of.st.nicholas.in.historic.display/109378.htm

The Christian former governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, will withdraw an appeal against his controversial two-year prison sentence over claims that he insulted Islam, saying that has decided to 'forgive and accept'. The decision by Purnama, who is better known as 'Ahok', was confirmed at an emotional press conference with his younger sister, Fify Letty Indra, who is also a member of his legal team, and his wife, Veronica Tan. It follows the jailing in May of Ahok, who was given a longer-than-expected term in a ruling that critics fear will embolden hard-line Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Muslim-majority Indonesia.
https://www.christiantoday.com/article/i.forgive.and.accept.christian.former.gover
nor.of.jakarta.withdraws.appeal.over.imprisonment.for.insulting.islam/109405.htm

A blind Indonesian girl who converted to Christianity thanks to the witness of a local missionary refused to renounce the name of Jesus Christ despite continued beatings and threats carried out by her Hindu family. Persecution watchdog Open Doors USA shares the story of Andria, a 26-year-old girl from Lombok, Indonesia. After discovering she had made friends with Christians and read the Bible, her family beat and threatened her. She said "I used to cry out of anger, but now I have changed. Even though he still beats me sometimes, I can show my respect and love as a daughter."
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70590/20170523/blind-indonesia-girl-refuses-renounce-christ-despite-beatings-hindu-family.htm

An Illinois school district is under fire for prohibiting an eighth grader from delivering a speech at graduation due to its religious content. Instead, Seth Clark, salutatorian at Akin Grade School in Southern Illinois, made his remarks in front of several dozen classmates and supporters on a neighbor's lawn across the street from the school. The controversy began earlier this month after Clark submitted his speech, which included Bible verses and a prayer, to administrators for review and was told he could not deliver it as written.
http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=21449

Thousands of Italians marched against abortion and euthanasia earlier this month at the nation's annual March for Life. Father Francesco Giordano, director of Human Life International's Rome office, said the Rome March for Life is "taking on a life of its own." The March ended with a rally at which abortion survivor Gianna Jessen urged pro-lifers to be "unashamed of Jesus"
http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=21448

The archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in Missouri is putting his foot down in defiance of a city ordinance that criminalizes "discrimination" against advocates of abortion. The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson stated the church and other entities affiliated with it will not abide by the ordinance. Carlson refers to the ordinance as a "vile bill" that shows how the city has welcomed "the culture of death."
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70647/20170525/mis
souri-archbishop-defies-city-ordinance-criminalizing-discrimination-against-abortion-advocates.htm

Kipenzi, a baby giraffe that captivated an Internet audience with its live birth at the Dallas Zoo a few months ago, has died. The calf was scampering around the giraffe habitat Tuesday evening when she ran into the perimeter and broke her neck. The zoo said Kipenzi died instantly. Back in April, the hourlong birth was captured by 10 cameras and streamed live by Animal Planet.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/28/us/dallas-giraffe-kipenzi-death/

Summer is a great time for children to be active outdoors. However, injuries and illnesses can put a damper on summer fun. Kansas State University associate professor Katie Heinrich, (hine-rick) says sunscreen is a must for any outdoor activity. However, applying it once isn’t enough. Whether using a spray, stick or lotion, Heinrich, (hine-rick) says reapplication, especially when sweat and water are involved, is going to be necessary. Hats, ultraviolet-protectant clothing and sunglasses also help protect children from sun damage.
http://bit.ly/2rPPbUj

Mason jars have been around seemingly forever, but that hasn't stopped their popularity. Mason jars are everywhere these days. Pinterest and Instagram overflow with photos of what you can make with the jars, from snow globes to sewing kits to herb gardens. Even TheKnot.com, a wedding site, has a section devoted to wedding ideas.
http://adweek.it/2pXOC9T

Lewis Miller, an event and floral designer based in New York City, has been focusing on a different sort of project recently, scouring the streets looking for opportunities to brighten people’s day. He accomplishes this goal by creating beautiful floral arrangements in the most unlikely of places: garbage cans. Miller and his staff consider the arrangements “labors of love,” of which Miller pays for out of his own pocket.
http://on.today.com/2qMOtsw

A wish comes true for a New Mexico Cavs fan fighting terminal cancer. Kyle Osborne and his family arrived in Cleveland on Saturday to cheering and handwritten signs at Cleveland Hopkins airport. The teenager was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year. That's when he told his dad that his wish was to meet Cavs superstar Lebron James. A local charity, A Special Wish Cleveland, got involved, bringing the family to Game three last Sunday night at the Q. Kyle even got to shake Lebron's hand.
http://bit.ly/2ry2BH7

Those science lessons from school may be more important than you think. When Wisconsin woman went to her daughter for help, the eighth grader knew exactly what was going on. Katie Murphy, 14, recognized what Christa Murphy, 45, was experiencing thanks to a memorable science lesson just two days earlier at St. John's Lutheran School in Lannon, Wisconsin. Remembering from the lesson that confused speech was a key indicator of a stroke, the teen was able to act quickly and call 911.
http://dailym.ai/2qTSdqA

Judy O’Connor has an MBA. For the past two years, Judy has attended every one of her son’s classes at Chapman University. Marty O’Connor, 29, has been paralyzed from the shoulders down for almost five years. His mother, a retired elementary school teacher, has been his official note-taker. So when Judy joined her son at Chapman University earlier this month for his MBA graduation college officials announced that Judy would receive an honorary MBA — a “thank you” from her son and the university.
http://bayareane.ws/2qSO4Fz

The global plastic bag pollution crisis could be solved by a simple waxworm. Researchers have described the tiny caterpillar’s ability to break down even the toughest plastics as “extremely exciting” and said the discovery could be engineered into an environmentally-friendly solution on an industrial scale. Around a trillion plastic bags are used around the world each year and are norotiously hard to break down. The waxworm, commonly harvested as fishing bait, can eat its way through polyethylene more than 1,400 times faster than other organisms.
http://bit.ly/2qMgujP

Three paraplegic cats have the hope of new homes. The three recently traveled by plane from Kansas to New Jersey. Two of the kitties have already found forever homes.
http://peoplem.ag/w4zGMZZ

Shaurn Thomas has been cleared of murder conviction after 24 years behind bars with help of an ex-cop. Thomas had claimed for 16 years that he didn’t kill a popular Philadelphia businessman in a street robbery. In 2009, he sent a letter to the newly formed Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and a lawyer named James Figorski happened to open it. Figorski had spent 25 years as a Philadelphia police officer and he sensed something wasn’t right. For the next eight years, Figorski volunteered countless hours investigating Thomas’s case and last year, presented with the evidence gathered, the prosecutors agreed: Thomas was almost certainly innocent. On Tuesday morning, prosecutors moved to vacate Thomas’s murder conviction, and he was released from prison Tuesday evening after nearly 24 years behind bars.
http://wapo.st/2qe5c5h

The Southern Poverty Law Center is using a novel legal argument in an attempt to address what it describes as gross inequities between public schools serving majority-white and majority-black populations in Mississippi. In a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday, the organization alleges that poor academic outcomes for black students in Mississippi are a direct result of the state’s failure to live up to the terms of its readmission to the Union following the Civil War. The complaint hinges on a 147-year-old law that Congress passed to allow Mississippi to rejoin the Union shortly after the state ratified a new constitution
http://wapo.st/2rMRojp

It cost the New York Yankees $100,000 to acquire Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox in 1919. In 2017, that’s not even enough to afford the piece of paper announcing the move. The document announcing Ruth’s trade from Boston to New York is up for auction at Lelands.com, and it’s expected to fetch a pretty penny. The last time it was available for purchase, Ruth’s contract sold for $996,000
https://yhoo.it/2rQlOAy

A new trend has some high school students getting their prom dates croissants (yes, the French pastry) to wear on their wrist instead of the traditional floral corsage. The first photo evidence of this hilarious movement dates back on social media to 2015. Julia Gorman got a croissant corsage last year for her senior prom. “I really don’t like corsages and I was talking to a friend about how I didn’t want one,” she told TODAY Style. “He suggested that, instead, I opt for a croissant.”
http://on.today.com/2qhb4ig

Most anyone who has encountered a flamingo has probably been impressed by its signature ability to balance on a single long, spindly leg for remarkably long periods of time. But actually, scientists have now shown that what appears to be a feat requires almost no muscle activity from the bird. In fact, they found even a dead flamingo's body will naturally fall into a stable one-leg balance if positioned vertically.
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/25/530046238/scientists-pinpoint-how-a-flamingo-balances-on-one-leg?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_cam
paign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170525

Good news, chocoholics! A study by Harvard University has found a link between eating more chocolate and reducing your risk of a fatal heart condition, called atrial fibrillation (AF). Eating two to six ounces of chocolate a week — the equivalent of the same number of mini, Halloween-size bars — can lower your risk of AF by 20 percent, according to researchers. The condition, characterized by an irregular and often rapid heart rate, has been linked to a higher risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.
https://yhoo.it/2rDzh2a

A NASA mission to Jupiter that reached the planet last year has changed the way scientists view the largest planet in the solar system, showing polar cyclones the size of Earth and a giant "lumpy" magnetic field.
The Juno mission, which reached Jupiter after a five-year trek, provides a new perspective on the fifth planet which scientists have struggled to study because of its cloud cover. Juno's advantage relies on an orbit that allows it to come within 3,100 miles (5,000 km) of the planet's cloud tops. Results will come as the Juno probe continues to complete orbits every 53 days.
http://ti.me/2rVO99m

The bombing in Manchester this week hit home for worship leader Matt Redman. He posted: My wife Beth Redman spent some great years in Manchester and we have many close friends there. Sickened and saddened by the attack. Praying. https://twitter.com/matt_redman/status/866899179083243520/photo/1

Think the life of a Christian artist is all fun and games? Think again. Jodi from Love and the Outcome posted: We've played 9 shows in 11 days traveling in a mini van across Canada and the US with a 15 month old, Milo, and a 7 month pregnant mom, me. Life on the road is always an adventure that causes us to rely on the Lord constantly. So thankful for what we get to do as a family and so thankful to be headed home.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUaIadQFpHM/

Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey was celebrating Christmas in May this week and that hopefully is good news for those of us love Christmas music. Mike posted a picture in front of a microphone singing his heart out.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUcPozbjAxq/

Natalie Grant says her music producer husband, Bernie Herms, went a little crazy when the Nashville Preditors won this week, punching their ticket for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Natalie posted: Bernie has lost all sense of decorum...my sweet Canadian, hockey loving husband is losing his mind...our Nashville Predators are going to the Stanley Cup. Natalie added: he's converted me in to a hockey fan. GO PREDS!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUa1s5NhUgL/

Jason Gray says a lack of sleep nearly turned costly this week. He says he forgot some of his equipment outside the door in the hotel hallway overnight, and then left his guitar at the airport gate. Fortunately, Jason says both were recovered. He added: But some weekends the cost of sleep debt is higher than others.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUcUEP9AM3E/

The web site Freeccm is giving away music from Phil Wickham. The site is giving away a free copy of Phil's song “Stand In Awe” off his album Children Of God.
http://smarturl.it/FreeCCMDownloads

Jimmy Needham was recording live performance videos for for the organization Desiring God this week. Jimmy posted: This ministry has meant so much for my joy in God. Honored to be partnering with them again.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUZaFo7gO9g/

The official lyric video for the song Whole Heart is live on Brandon Heath's web site. Head over to brandonheath.net and check it out. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.brandonheath.net

Matthew West was showing off his song writing skills in the class room this week. Matthew roasted a tardy student in an amazing improv song about the student, named Jared, showing up late for class with a melted popsicle. Check out the popsicle song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZR4VwiUg8Q

Natalie Grant and Jason Crabb are set to headline the second annual American Gospel Celebration June 8 and 9 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Celebrating faith and freedom, the event will be highlighted by messages from best-selling author and renowned pastor John Hagee and author and pastor Matt Hagee.
http://ht.ly/kZ2R30bOj7f

6 Questions Every Preacher Needs to Ask on Monday
1. Did My Tone Communicate Love?
2. Was the Text Used Contextually?
3. Did the Sermon Fulfill Its Promises?
4. Were My Ticks A Distraction?
5. Were My Illustrations Helpful and Interesting?
6. Were the Applications Obvious?
http://factsandtrends.net/2015/08/10/6-questions-every-preacher-needs-to-ask-on-monday/

@ReviveOurHearts: 10 practical ways to help you push past social anxiety:
1. Don’t hide behind your phone.
2. Know that your approval comes not from people but from God.
3. Don’t be afraid to be awkward.
4. Ask questions.
5. Listen well.
6. If you really want to go the extra mile, jot down notes after you talk to them while the conversation is still fresh in your mind.
7. Pray.
8. Practice.
9. Remember that others are insecure, too
10. Focus on becoming a “there you are” person.
http://buff.ly/2pQ5MKn

Hundreds of Christians can now read and translate God's word thanks to help from Wycliffe Associates. The missions organization shipped enough supplies to assemble hundreds of pairs of glasses for a recent gathering of believers in Brazil. They also sent out a team led by a certified optician to train local people how to perform vision exams. By the end of the conference, 434 attendees were tested and fitted with much-needed new glasses! Many of these indigenous leaders are key people who will be involved in future translation of the Scriptures into their heart languages.
http://blog.wycliffeassociates.org/clear-eyes-and-full-hearts-april2017

A sheriff in Montgomery County, Virginia has been ordered to remove decals from all police vehicles which read “Blessed are the peacemakers. The county’s board of supervisors decided to take the advice of their attorney and order the sheriff of Montgomery county to remove all the decals from police vehicles.
http://dlvr.it/PChsX9

An off-site Bible class has been cancelled in Michigan after a parent of a student issued a complaint. Fox News reports that about 100 of the 400 children at Daisy Brook Elementary School in Fremont, Michigan attended the Bible classes which were optional and required parental approval, and which were held during lunch hour.
http://dlvr.it/PCfPQD

Texas governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill that protects pastors from being prosecuted for the contents of their sermons. Gov. Abbott went to Grace Community Church in The Woodlands for the ceremonial signing of the "Sermon Safeguard Bill". The Sermon Safeguard Bill protects pastors from "from forced testimony" and "shields sermons from government subpoena power."
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70578/20170522/texas-governor-signs-sermon-safeguard-bill-law.htm

Authorities in India are forcing Christians to go back to Hinduism by imposing fines upon them and subjecting them to public humiliation. In one village attending services last Easter was declared illegal, and those who went to the services were fined $312, an amount equivalent to four or five months of wages.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70577/20170522/worshiping-jesus-crime-will-commit-day-indian-christians-defy-authorities.htm

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has told graduates at an historic Roman Catholic seminary that freedom of religion and freedom of speech are under threat in the United States. Alito made the remarks during Wednesday's graduation ceremony at the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary near Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He warned that the increasing impulse to ban speech some people might find offensive is challenging religious liberty.
http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=21418

A Baptist mother of two has filed religious discrimination and retaliation charges against a school system that threatened to fire her for privately telling a coworker she'd pray for him. The coworker, a fellow member of a Baptist church in Augusta, thanked her for her prayers. But Four days later, the school told Richardson in a coaching memorandum that "she could not use 'phrases that integrate public and private belief systems' while at school," and threatened her with discipline or termination.
http://ow.ly/7ClW30bY4y4

Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience. according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame. Thirty-eight percent of Americans say they avoid shame the most. Thirty-one percent say guilt, while 30 percent say fear.
http://factsandtrends.net/2017/05/23/in-internet-age-americans-most-worried-about-shame/

Significant differences exist in the importance Americans and Europeans place on certain freedoms, including the right to choose your own religion. According to research from YouGov, only in the United States do more than half (53 percent) choose the right to pursue a religion of their choice as one of the most important freedoms. The next highest nation is Finland with 37 percent. Support in all other European nations is below 30 percent. Outside of the U.S., the freedom of religion ranked below free education for children and free or low-cost health care.
http://factsandtrends.net/2017/05/19/deep-divides-between-u-s-and-europe-over-religious-freedom-other-rights/

Flower walls might have been the hottest thing to have at your wedding in 2014, but there's something just as beautiful — but way more delicious — blowing up right now. Meet the donut wall: They've been popping up in Instagram feeds over the last few months.
http://www.womansday.com/life/a59003/wedding-donut-walls/

Solar panels are not just for your roof anymore! SolarGaps' are sun tracking solar panels blinds for your windows. A single window covered by the photovoltaic solar panels can power up to 30 LED lightbulbs.
https://twitter.com/mashable/status/866823503709786113/video/1

At nearly 173,000 square miles, the country of Sweden is a little bit bigger than your average apartment or mountain house. But true innovation knows no physical or virtual boundaries, and the official tourism group Visit Sweden proved that point this week by listing the entirety of Scandinavia’s largest country on Airbnb. Curious globe-trotters with a penchant for fresh air can explore everything from the Smygehuk Headland at Sweden’s southern tip to the northernmost monuments of Three-Country Cairn, where Sweden meets its Norwegian and Finnish neighbors.
http://adweek.it/2rui2Aj

Dressed in cap and gown, 90-year-old Paula Marks-Bolton finally got the diploma she's waited so long for. The Holocaust survivor was recognized by Lake High School seniors with an honorary diploma in Ohio on Sunday. It was a gesture the class of 2017 felt was necessary after hearing her story of bravery and survival when they were only in the eighth grade.
http://bit.ly/2rMApwP

Keith Griffith, an Alabama teenager with Down syndrome, recently learned that he was accepted to college. Now his high school teacher has launched a fundraising effort to help him pay tuition. Last week, his mother learned that Keith didn't receive an O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund postsecondary enrichment grant for adults with Down syndrome to help pay his tuition. The goal is $5,300 - the cost of one semester of the two-year Passage USA program.
http://bit.ly/2q3MykH

Two generations are graduating together from William Paterson University. 63-year-old Haitian immigrant Duvinson Jeanty is earning his degree in finance after 10 years in college. He is graduating Friday with his 27-year-old son, Benjamin. Benjamin has been working full time with special needs kid while also going to school.
http://cbsloc.al/2q2NPs1

The Adulting School is really taking off. The school for adults in Portland, Maine was launched last year as a modern day "Home Economics" class for millennial's to learn how to become adults, and it's now evolving into live streaming lessons over social media as its founders prepare to launch an online version of the school. It's all centered on the very basic skills parents are supposed to teach their children, such as giving a good handshake, talking politely on the phone, balancing a checkbook, and other "old fashioned" skills.
http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=21401

A girl with cystic fibrosis has postponed a lung transplant in order to graduate. Last year, Blaire Strohn’s lung capacity declined to the point where she became eligible to be put on a waiting list to receive new lungs, but she decided to wait to list herself until she graduated from Fresno State. Friday afternoon she will graduate Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
http://bit.ly/2qLi6ZO

The days of scrounging food from trash cans are over for award-winning University of Arizona graduate Albert Alan. The formerly homeless man has collected three undergraduate degrees he earned against the odds. Now he starts classes at the UA medical school, where he hopes to become a physician who specializes in caring for Tucson’s street people. Alan, 24, was fresh from the streets when he started his studies in 2011. He says “The University of Arizona saved my life.”
http://bit.ly/2qJCoTa

Oreo just came out with a new limited-edition flavor for summer called Firework. Yes, a firework-flavored Oreo. It's essentially an Oreo with Pop Rocks in the creme — not official Pop Rocks, but a red and blue candy that the packaging describes as a "popping candy!"
http://wmdy.us/4gqigbr

McDonald's has been seriously stepping up its Fry game. With the addition of garlic fries, fries topped with guac, truffle-flavored fries, and even one location dedicated solely to fries, it seems like the chain is trying to prove something. Now McD's is coming out with curly fries that taste like crab. So far, they're only available in Singapore and the Philippines — along with a few other regional specialties like a salted egg yolk chicken burger, spicy McNuggets, and fried banana pies
http://wmdy.us/ktriszf

Female undergraduates at a top Chinese university can now use their face to open doors. The Beijing Normal University installed two facial recognition devices at entrances to the No. 13 female dorms in early May this year. The system — which has been on trial for nearly three weeks — is meant to deter intruders from entering the dorms through tailgating. If the system does not recognize a face, it will alert security.
http://on.mash.to/2rMIthT

After a total of 513 donations and giving 333 liters of blood, a Dutch man is retiring. Frans Hollander donated blood for the last time on Monday. At the age of 69, Hollander was forced to retire. According to Dutch rules, you can't be a donor after the age of 70. Hollander managed his high number of donations by donating both blood and plasma. You can only donate blood five times a year, but blood plasma can be donated every 14 days.
http://bit.ly/2rPIiSe

In 2014, Lisa and Chad Borodychuk founded the Olivia Kay Foundation in honor of their daughter, Olivia, who was diagnosed with Alexander disease, a rare and painful disorder of the nervous system, at the age of 2. The couple found that the hand-sewn pillow placed underneath their daughter’s back helped to alleive her pain. Since starting the foundation, the couple has made 4,250 pillows and counting. The foundation raises funds to find a cure for Alexander disease and to buy money for pillow fabric and stuffing.
http://peoplem.ag/SDHAaVG

A hospital in North Carolina is doing something unique to help family members cope with the death of a loved one. Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina is giving out a “heartbeat in a bottle,” the patient’s last EKG printed on a tiny strip of paper and placed in a small bottle.
http://peoplem.ag/HAB3UD5

Mercyme front man Bart Millard say things have changed a little since he was a boy. He posted a picture of his son Charlie warming up with major leaguer Mike Matheny. He added: When I was 11, I watched paint dry.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQmWmaAv7f/

Congratulations to Mercyme drummer Robby Shaffer. He took part in a charity event put on by major leaguer Mike Matheny over the weekend and said: Not sure how, but I won the celebrity event champion award. Apparently I scored well in the skeet shooting and golf. Who knew? He posted a picture of the belt buckle he received as a prize for winning but added: I need a belt for this buckle.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQsU2dAK_E/

Hollyn (hall'-lynn), who has a heart to reach her generation with the message of hope in Jesus Christ, is proving that she can extend her reach. Her new album, One-Way Conversations, is also being embraced by the mainstream community. The 20-year-old released her debut album One-Way Conversations under TobyMac's record label in February and it ranked at No. 2 on the iTunes Pop Albums chart. Blogger and TV personality Perez Hilton highlighted her radio single "Can't Live Without."
http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-singer-hollyn-breaks-boundaries-into-mainstream-music-interview-183305/#.WR3a2pXHhGI.twitter

Jason Gray on depression: Depression is like a dark room with black curtains that hang over every window in your heart, swallowing every bit of light until you wonder if light ever even existed. He made his statements upon hearing of the death of Chris Cornell and added: My heart goes out to Chris Cornell, his family, friends, and those touched by his music. But especially his children. Depression is a liar and a thief.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQsfMWgX7L/

Third day member Mark Lee says his hike this weekend on the Appalachian Trail was longer than expected. Mark posted: Good times got extended quite a bit when I realized I had lost my car keys at the trail head. Our 5 mile hike turned into a 14 mile hike! #itwillbeagreatstorysomeday
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUR41JcgSN9/

Jamie Grace will be co-hosting The Good Camp again this summer with her sister Morgan Harper-Nichols. The Good CAMP is a 4 day Creative Artist’s Mentorship Program for singers, songwriters, writers and bloggers ages 12-19. It will take place August 2 through 5 at the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Mission Viejo, California.
http://fb.me/5GyKW36rI

In a difficult season? Mandisa wants to help encourage you. After being stuck in a pit of depression for several years, Mandisa is back with new music and an even deeper relationship with Christ. Her devotional plan on Bible.com walks readers through select tracks from her album 'Out Of The Dark,' which is exactly where God brought her out of.
http://bit.ly/MandisaBiblePlan

Steven Curtis Chapman wants to do something to honor those who gave their lives serving this Memorial Day, and he needs your help. A little over a year ago he wrote a song called "We Remember" for Veteran’s Day inspired by his Grandpa Rubel Rudd, who received a Purple Heart medal for his service in World War II. This year Steven is creating a lyric video of the song to honor those who gave their lives for our country and to allow you an opportunity to say “thank you” and honor them. Steven says: If you have a family member who gave their life in service to our country, I'd love if you'd be willing to share a photo that I could put in a video montage. Photos can be sent to sccsalute@gmail.com through this Tuesday.
http://instagram.com/p/BUTAY01BVjn/

Moriah Peters says her mom is especially glad that Joel, from for King and Country, is now an American Citizen. Moriah is married to Joel and posted a note from her mom that said: Joel, I'm so proud of you becoming a citizen. I can be at peace now, knowing that you and Moriah won't get deported. Joel announced his American citizenship last week
https://twitter.com/MoriahPeters/status/865980681373052928/photo/1

The organization AWAKENING EVANGELISM has launched BASE, a 16-Week Online Evangelism Training Course. Founded by Evangelist and Former Lead Singer of Metal Band FOR TODAY, BASE is an interactive 16-week course created to help encourage and empower Christians from around the globe to share their faith in their own areas of influence.
http://ht.ly/fDiq30bOfSA

Worship leader Merideth Andrews is struggling. She posted a picture of her son over the weekend and added: This kid finished kindergarten yesterday. If you need me I'll be in the corner crying and thinking about first grade, long division, driver's ed, girls, graduation and him moving out of the house soon.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUVC2LBFtL0/

Britt Nicole was going for a different look over the weekend. She was on her way to Alaska and posted a picture with very purple hair. She added: the color is temporary will wash right out, at least I hope.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUSZElFD2nW/

Jeremy Camp was onstage for Franklin Graham's Decision America outreach over the weekend. He posted: So honored to get to be a part of these outreach events in Tennessee. #decisionamerica
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUSVyW-AsHx/

A milestone for Third day's Mac Powell over the weekend. He posted: My baby girl is graduating high school today. So many great memories and many more to be made. Scout Powell I'm so proud of you!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUU6KonlJCW/

Mandisa wants you to be a bone marrow donor. She posted: Will you join me? It takes 10 minutes to sign up to be a bone marrow donor with Be The Match Registry. Sign up by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUUiMjChbuI/

Good news from Carman. The long time Christian artist announced over the weekend: THE TUMOR IS BENIGN. Carmen was at the end of end of his estimated remission time when he discovered another tumor. He says he even got gray hair on his knuckles after needing surgery, the delays on the surgery day, and waiting for the results. But the results came back CANCER FREE! Carmen is currently raising funds for another record through a Go Fund Me campaign.
http://Gofundme.com/Carman2017

Francesca Battistelli say she got a little fired up in church this morning. She posted: God is more concerned with His eternal glory than our temporal comfort. If your pursuit of happiness is causing you to sin, turn away from it. This "God just wants me to be happy" mantra we throw around to justify our sin is a lie.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUXPQpFFPRc/

A somber anniversary for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family over the weekend. He posted: Today we gathered as we do every May 21st since Maria went to be with Jesus to remember. We still water the ground there with our tears, and find comfort in remembering that just like he did at the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus weeps with us. But we also find great comfort and hope in remembering that he put death to death once and for all...and because of that we keep Moving Forward knowing that Spring Is Coming!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUXiuEjh_0B/

A surprise announcement from Hillsong UNITED over the weekend. The Australian worship band announced the upcoming release of a new album titled Wonder. The full album will be available on June 9 but two songs, “Wonder” and “Splinters and Stones”, are available right now. Find out more about the new project through a facebook live broadcast. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://untd.me/wonder

The latest song from Matthew West is titled Broken Things. Now you can check out the audio for the song. Listen to Broken Things by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57q5h0oiMz0

Rend Collective have traveled a long way from their humble Northern Ireland roots, growing from a gathering of students eager to experience more of the presence of God, to becoming one of today’s most dynamic worship teams. Along the way, the critically acclaimed band crafted anthems that have become the soundtrack for a generation of worshippers. Now Rend Collective is out with a “mix tape” that captures 14 songs from their musical journey, drawing from Organic Family Hymnal, Homemade Worship By Handmade People and The Art Of Celebration.
https://www.amazon.com/Build-Your-Kingdom-Here-Collective/dp/B06ZXRJZ3X?tag=smarturl-20

Mandisa has been conducting an informal poll on her new album Out of the Dark. So far she's found that "I'm Still Here" is the favorite upbeat song on her latest project. Now Mandisa wants to know: What's your favorite ballad.
http://smarturl.it/OutoftheDark.all

Over the weekend Hillsong United announced the release date for their next album. Now you can check out the lyric video for two of the songs on the album. They included Wonder, the title song on the brand new album, and the song Splinters and Stones. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info to listen to the new songs.
https://youtu.be/haQ1earucJ0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOUPbufjVNg&feature=youtu.be

The band Anthem Lights recently recorded "The Doxology" with help from Selah. Check out the official video of the two bands performing together. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQUTvMtUhw4

Jason Gray is out with another cover video. The latest acoustic video is Jason's cover of Imagine Dragon's "Believer". Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMpQck1ScbU&feature=youtu.be

The video for David Dunn's song "Wanna Go Back" video has reached over 1 million views! If you haven't seen it, you can watch it right now. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/2eiUoPd

Chris Tomlin recently completed his Worship Night in America concert series. Now he is out with a look at all that goes into a tour like the one he and several other artists just completed. Some of the statistics include
173,310 worshippers reached
131,098 miles driven
10,455 cups of coffee consumed
8,160 meals eaten
7,296 hours for load in/load out
6,480 minutes of rehearsals
5,040 minutes of music played
2,040 bath towels used
672 songs sung
585 guitar strings
576 pounds of confetti
https://twitter.com/christomlin/status/865680954697949185/photo/1

Jeremy Camp was onstage for Franklin Graham's Decision America outreach over the weekend. He posted: So honored to get to be a part of these outreach events in Tennessee. #decisionamerica
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUSVyW-AsHx/

Mandisa was home over the weekend and some special guests guests joined her. The Christian artist was joined on stage in Sacramento by Brandon Heath. She says Jamie Grace and Melinda Watts were also among those in attendance.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUXWkuRBs0v/

Harvest America 2017 is just around the corner -- and Pastor Greg Laurie wants you to become a host. According to the Gospel Herald, The live nationwide free event, scheduled for June 11, 2017, will broadcast live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and will be simulcast to thousands of host locations across the country. Harvest America, which is thought to be the largest collaborative evangelistic outreach ever to take place in the region, will feature an inspiring message from Pastor Laurie and music from top name artists including NeedToBreathe, MercyMe, Trip Lee, and Phil Wickham. Churches, organizations and individuals can still host the Harvest America outreach in their community.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70523/20170518/harvest-america-2017-live-stream-host-upcoming-kgevangelistic-event.htm

Don't know how to balance your family budget? Family Life Today is out with a simple, free, downloadable worksheet to help you work through the process.
http://bit.ly/2qWbBpM

7 Things Our Wives Need Most from Us
1. Spending daily time to let my wife share her day with me.
2. Reinforcing my commitment to her.
3. Providing opportunities for her to rest and fellowship with other women.
4. Maintaining a financial plan–short-term and long-term.
5. Setting aside regular date nights or shared activities.
6. Touching her and loving her without any sexual-strings attached.
7. Praying with her and spending time together in God’s Word.
http://bit.ly/1XGTdrb

Apol Landsang was on her way to a Bible study when she nearly lost her life. The car driven by the 25-year-old nurse was literally ripped in two after a horrific collision on Santa Rosa, California's highway 1101. Miraculously, she only suffered bruises on her hip that should heal in the next few weeks. Lansang sees this accident as a defining moment in her life. She said "There's a reason I'm still alive. I need to use my life wisely and for helping others."
http://fw.to/AqJmQXI

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill May 12 that requires abortionists to evaluate unborn babies for their ability to live outside the womb after 20 weeks gestation. The new law bans abortions on unborn babies shown to be viable and requires medical opinions from two abortionists.
http://dlvr.it/PBnPXw

Wives of Chinese Torture Victims are begging Congress for Help. Six women testified before Congress on May 18. They are all wives of human rights lawyers and activists imprisoned by the Chinese government. The women, two of whom addressed lawmakers in a pre-recorded video, shared similarly distressing stories of their husbands’ arrests for human rights work, the torture they faced in prison, and the emotional and physical toll on their families. Together, the wives urged the Trump administration to raise their husbands' cases to Chinese President Xi Jinping and end the torture of political prisoners.
http://dlvr.it/PBXYXN

Christian celebrity and athlete Tim Tebow was recently a guest on The Tonight Show where he surprised a young woman with special needs with a prom dance. The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon asked Tebow about all the work he does with charity, and particularly the Tim Tebow Foundation. Every year, the Foundation sponsors Night to Shine, described as a prom night experience for people with special needs. One young woman, Judy Adams, who attended the Night to Shine prom in New York, had invited Tebow to the prom with her. He wasn’t able to attend the New York prom, but he had a special surprise for Judy on The Tonight Show. Judy got to dance with Tebow as if they were at the prom.
http://dlvr.it/PBTrDq

Al Shabaab militants are suspected in the killing of two people, at least one a Christian, in a May 12 gun attack in northeastern Kenya. Five suspected rebels from the Somali Islamic extremist group targeted non-Muslim quarry workers in El Wak, near the Somali border in Kenya’s North Eastern Province. Quarry worker Dalama Otieno, a member of an area East African Pentecostal Church congregation, died from gunshot wounds to the head.
http://dlvr.it/PBSn5K

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is urging believers from all denominations to take part in the “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer initiative which is set to take place later this month. Christian Today reports that hundreds of thousands of Christians are already committed to joining in the initiative. Some of the events being planned include prayer walks, candlelit services, and prayer tepees, as well as street parties and fireworks celebrations.
http://dlvr.it/PB16cg

A Pennsylvania high school has denied the request of some students who wanted to form a pro-life school group. The controversy began last fall when a group of students approached school officials about starting a Students for Life group. School officials told the students they needed to submit a club proposal and obtain an adviser, which the students did. Despite this, the application for the pro-life club was denied because it was deemed too “political” and “controversial.”
http://dlvr.it/P9zKFC

A pastor in Cuba was sentenced to one year in prison while his wife was ordered to stay under house arrest for a year because they chose to homeschool their children. The Cuban court handed down the sentence to pastor Ramon Rigal and his wife Adya in a trial late last month, during which authorities condemned "alternatives to state education," according to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70557/20170519/cuban-pastor-sentenced-one-year-prison-wife-put-under-house.htm

A collection of original art from Walt Disney Studios will soon be open for public auction. According to ABC News, The movie memorabilia auction, "An Important Animation Art Collection, The Property of a Gentleman" will be held in New York City on June 5. The sale will feature more than 290 original Disney animation drawings, storyboards, posters, concept art and celluloids.
http://abcn.ws/2rkcgks

Have you ever wondered how subway tunnels are made? A new video shows how the tunnels are constructed beneath a city without disrupting the commerce going on above.
https://twitter.com/thisisinsider/status/865288897114144769/video/1

The king of the Netherlands moonlights as a part-time commercial pilot. King Willem-Alexander has spent 21 years as a co-pilot for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, working in the cockpit twice a month — even after he acceded to the throne in 2013. It wasn't a secret that Willem-Alexander, who served in the Royal Netherlands Air Force, had a pilot's license. But no one knew how frequently he went incognito in the cockpit of regular commercial flights.
http://n.pr/2qCqzy3

There's great news for coffee lovers this week. A new study published in the journal Circulation found that regular coffee drinkers—people who drank less than five cups of coffee in a given day—have a lower risk of dying early from a number of different causes. The researchers found that those who drank coffee on a regular basis had a lower risk of dying during the study's 30 year follow up from problems such as heart diseases, diabetes, brain conditions and suicide.
http://ti.me/2qRHSOX

A California family has been reunited with their pet cat about two months after it went missing during a cross-country road trip. Penny, the 5-year-old cat, leapt out of Cherrell Bishop's RV while she and her family were traveling near the Oklahoma-Missouri border. Several weeks latter Penny wandered into Elizabeth Givens backyard in Yukon, Okla., 200 miles away from where she went missing and 1,500 miles away from her home in Sacramento.
http://bit.ly/2rDJQiX

Anyone who has dreamed of retiring from the rat race to run a grand estate hotel, rural farmhouse bed and breakfast, quaint inn or remote monastery spa could see their wish come true in this unprecedented giveaway from the Italian government. As part of its Strategic Tourist Plan, Italy is offering up 103 historic sites to those with the will and means to renovate them back into use for tourism purposes. And this is just the initial offering: 200 more are slated to be given away over the coming years.
http://bit.ly/2qIHEGQ

A Quebec man isn’t letting his visual impairment stop him from delivering meals to low-income seniors, thanks to a bicycle built for two. Andre Beaudoin, 66, supplies pedal power while his fellow Meals-on-Wheels volunteer Anick Bergeron steers their tandem delivery bike around Montreal. The retired computer programmer says the volunteer work is his way of giving back after he received help while growing up.
http://bit.ly/2qIp29K

Crime is drying up in Japan, leaving Japan's police to hunt for what to do. Japan has over 259,000 uniformed officers—15,000 more than a decade ago. At the same time, crime rates have been falling for 13 years. The murder rate of 0.3 per 100,000 people is among the lowest in the world;. Only one gun slaying was recorded in the entire country for all of 2015. This means plenty of attention for crimes that would be considered too petty to investigate elsewhere.
http://econ.st/2pVJ6bM

It started off as a hobby his wife enjoyed, and now Clayton Shelburne is making blankets on his own after her death. The 88-year-old Indiana man has already made several dozen blankets, supplying enough for one to go with every patrol car with the Zionsville Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Office. The Police use the blankets to keep people warm at accident scenes.
http://bit.ly/2qCSOiu

The Pay-what-you-can Soup Bar in Toronto serves meals made of food once destined for the dump. In a retrofitted shipping container, Chef Jagger Gordon is giving away free sandwiches and loaves of freshly baked bread. Gordon's lunches are pay-what-you-can using food that would have otherwise been thrown out by businesses. On Sunday, he expanded his offerings and started giving away four different types of soup, made from ingredients he's rescued from grocery stores and restaurants that otherwise would have sent the food to the landfill.
http://bit.ly/2rzKXju

Romania's parliament has approved legislation allowing direct financial support to Holocaust survivors in the former Nazi ally state during World War Two. Beneficiaries include those deported to ghettos or concentrations camps, survivors of the death trains and forced labor detachments, refugees and those imprisoned for ethnic reasons or forcefully removed from their homes. The law will set a monthly payment of up to 400 lei, or $97.98, per month for each year of deportation or detention.
http://reut.rs/2rzlkj1

Food wrappers, crisp packets, coffee cup lids. Plastic packaging is ubiquitous in modern life, but most of it is only used once before being thrown away, causing waste and polluting the environment. On Thursday, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched a $2 million prize to rethink how we use plastic packaging and stop it clogging the oceans. It’s asking people to redesign plastic packaging to make it easier to reuse or recycle, and to make more plastic materials recyclable.
http://bit.ly/2qFqARP

Twin sisters in Brazil will celebrate their 100th birthday later this month and to mark the momentous occasion, a photographer captured them in a whimsical photo shoot. Camila Lima told ABC News that she heard about Maria Pignaton Pontin and Paulina Pignaton Pandolfi after seeing a report on her local news. The photographer said she regularly takes photos of older couples "as a way to inspire young couples." She decided to reach out to the sisters hoping they'd participate in a photo shoot to mark their milestone birthdays. They immediately agreed.
http://abcn.ws/2qBna4L

A 105-year-old woman has realized her dream of becoming a high school graduate. Theresia Brandl put on her cap and gown Wednesday and received her diploma. Friends and family also threw her a graduation party. When she was younger, Theresia left school to help her mother with the house and her siblings.
http://cbsloc.al/2rz3jkA

Have you ever wondered "why do we worship?" The latest blog from Hillsong Worship answers that question. In fact, member Brad Kohring says our need to worship has never been greater. He posted: Our need to engage both heart and mind in passionate, faith-filled worship of Jesus is real today. Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://hillsong.com/collected/blog/2017/05/why-do-we-worship/#.WRx9GOvyvDc

Need Mac Powell this week? The Third Day frontman is in the Bahamas at the love song couples getaway and posted a picture of the beach. He said: If yall need me I'll be here all day.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUMtlPBFbb4/

The latest Conspiracy Thread: It may be just a coincidence but Casting Crowns Juan Devevo look suspiciously like the guy playing Aquaman in the Justice League movie.
https://twitter.com/6stringhero/status/864869575543971840/photo/1

Have a forgiven story? David Crowder wants to hear it. Crowder posted this week: I know personally the freedom that comes when you have been extended forgiveness by someone. Forgiveness activates in us freedom from our past wrongs and brings to us a generous grace for others. Your story of forgiveness holds power for yourself and others. This week I want to hear your Forgiven stories.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUNV19hFyKl/?taken-by=crowdermusic

Mandisa was able to tell her story in People magazine this week. According to the article: Mandisa recently weathered a dark depression. After losing her best friend to cancer, the Christian contemporary singer sequestered herself away, gaining 195 lbs. and even considering suicide rather than deal with her grief. But today, Mandisa, 40, is in a happy, healthy place — and with the release of her new album, Out of the Dark, she hopes to help others battling mental illness.
http://people.com/music/mandisa-suicidal-depression-weight-gain-after-friends-death/

The members of Mercyme, along with several of their kids, were on the St. Louis Cardinals field this week. Robby Shaffer and Bart Millard posted pictures and they and their kids took batting practice and snagged balls.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUNmI5Jgwoq/

Matthew West posted this week: Always knew someday I would hoist that trophy up. He shared a picture as he hoisted the Cubs World Series Trophy in front of their stadium.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BULD8Xtgsp6/

Concerned about the latest scandals in Washington DC? Brandon Heath says your worries are over. He posted a picture in front of the nations capital and added: We'll take it from here America! Actually Brandon is meeting with legislators in Washington representing the Global Fund and the 150 Account, two organizations serving the worlds poor.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUM5VR0gmrI/

Matthew West says his daughter Lulu may of taken the title of his new song a little too literally. The song it titled Broken Things and Matthew shared a picture of Lulu's leg in a cast from the toes to mid calf.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUNAI8gAUS6/

A good response from the crowd when Jason Gray announced from the stage during a show this week that he stuttered. One man yelled back: "that's OK, that means we get to hear you twice!"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUOIWtKgu98/

Mathew West was on a special stage this week. He posted: Had a fun time singing at my kids' school chapel service this morning. Hope I didn't embarrass Lulu and Delaney too much!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUPRuhfgflY/

Need an excuse to go visit Ireland? How about the chance to be in a Rend Collective music video? The Band posted: If you've ever wanted to be an extra in one of our music videos here's your chance! We're filming the evening of May 30th just outside Belfast, and need a few extras ages 21-40. If that's you email us at gabby@rendcollective.com.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUPCveTh_b2/

For King and Country member Joel Smallbone is now an citizen of the USA. The Australian native posted a picture with his wife, Maria Peters, this week. He said: Don't mind me, just on my way to become an American citizen! Joel says he also retained his Australian citizenship. The move comes two years after his brother and bandmate Luke also became a US citizen. In fact, he is the last member of his family to become an American. Joel posted a short video from the first building he ever stayed in while announcing his new citizenship.
https://www.facebook.com/forkingandcountry/videos/1438643442859971/

The car crash in Time Square hit especially close to home for Blanca. She posted: Praying for all those in New York City that were affected by the car incident in Time Square! To think we were there yesterday in that exact spot! Grateful we are home safe
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUP07DgFgE5/

Jeremy Camp was playing what he described as a roots song this week and he had the appropriate musical instrument to make it happen. He posted: when you play a roots song.. you play this guy. Nothing like a cigarbox guitar!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUPgxhdgrdL/

Mercyme's Bart Millard says the band's song Happy Dance is making his laugh for more than one reason. He posted a picture of one recent chart showing Happy Dance at number 10 and added: Makes me giggle that this song is randomly in the top ten. It was written for our kids to dance around the house to.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BULfSnJg56W/

Michael Tait and Peter Furler recently sat down with CCM Magazine to talk about their new collaboration on the Newsboys song ”The Cross Has The Final Word.” Furler is a founding member of the Newsboys, providing their lead vocals until he stepped away from touring 2009. Michael Tait stepped in the spot and has been leading the band ever since. Hear their interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://buff.ly/2ruJ87E

Jimmy Needham has released a video telling his families four year adoption story. Earlier this year Jimmy and his wife brought Ben home from India. This week Jimmy posted: Grab some tissues and check out our adoption video!
https://vimeo.com/217737782

Danny Gokey is opening up his tour bus. Danny recently gave the Digital Tour buss organization a tour of his bus and now the video tour is available. Check out BUS INVADERS Episode 1134 by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://digtb.us/2rsLO4O

Switchfoot was broadcasting live on facebook as they surprised a group of kids singing their song Float. The members of the band posted: We are hidden in a room at an elementary school about to surprise a bunch of kids. We're gonna join in, sing with them, and invite them to play BroAm with us! Check out the video and see what happens by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/switchfoot/videos/10156142918521679/

MercyMe will be on stage for the next nationwide Harvest broadcast. Greg Laurie posted: Mercyme will be with us on June 11 for Harvest America at the University of Phoenix stadium. Will you?
https://twitter.com/greglaurie/status/864672590773616640/photo/1

Milam Byers, guitarist of rock band Bleach, and his family have been trying to raise an overwhelming $40,000 in order to adopt a child into their family. With the Byers family being halfway to their goal, their friends in the music world are rallying together to help them out. According to the web site Jesus Freak Hideout, On Tuesday, May 23rd, Bleach will reunite to help raise money for the Byers family adoption. They will be joined by MercyMe, Plumb and Rhett Walker.
https://twitter.com/jfreakhideout/status/864711856484630529/photo/1

The members of for King and Country recently introduced Christian on their facebook page. The young man came to see for King and Country for his very first concert! That prompted Joel to ask: What was your first show? Mine was Stryper when I was 5!
https://twitter.com/4kingandcountry/status/864862235184836608/photo/1

Dan Bremness and Love and the Outcome are promoting the work of Gideons Canada when they tour Ontario this week. Dan posted: We’re going to be raising money to send Scripture to children and young adults all around the world — by participating, you could give someone their very first copy of God’s Word! Check out the short video below from The Gideons International In Canada and learn how important your gift is!
https://www.facebook.com/danbremnes/!

Exciting news from Chris Tomlin. He posted this week: Heading back to the iconic Red Rocks Colorado this September! Mark your calendars Worship At Red Rocks September 6.
https://twitter.com/christomlin/status/865235614412746752/photo/1

Family Life Today recently hosted a special Facebook Live with Lysa TerKeurst and Barbara Rainey about marriage, ministry & more. Access the broadcast by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/familylifeministry/videos/10154326702046249/

Greg Laurie's latest Nationwide Crusade will be held in Arizona on June 11. Leading up to the event, Greg is giving away a free e-book titled Is the Bible Reliable, Can we trust the Bible? Download the free e-book by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://hubs.ly/H07wyT60

Hollywood icon Steve McQueen, who accepted Christ months before he was diagnosed with fatal cancer, died clutching legendary evangelist Billy Graham's Bible. According to the Christian Post, that's just one of the stories in California pastor Greg Laurie's new book on the salvation of the "King of Cool". Laurie will release his new book, Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, on June 13. In an interview with The Christian Post this week, Laurie explained that the book will serve as the most in-depth account of McQueen's fairly unknown path to Christ in the last days of his life.
http://fb.me/6VrpKTVv4

5 Ways to Cope with Disappointment:
1. Fess up. Lay your true feelings before Him and trust Him with them.
2. Praise! Praise works like a jump-start to our hearts, reminding us that even if everything hasn’t gone right, God’s devotion to us certainly has.
3. Think about heaven.
4. Put it in a savings account. God will work this to your good, but the turnaround is usually slow.
5. Wait for it. True relief can only be won by waiting and refusing to settle for quick fixes.
http://buff.ly/2qRzlev

10 Things to Do While on Bed Rest from Joni Tada
1. Learn a new computer skill.
2. Learn a language.
3. Write letters.
4. Learn a craft.
5. Take an online class.
6. Draw or paint.
7. Read a book.
8. Watch educational TV.
9. Write a poem or a short story.
10. Listen to music or inspirational messages.
http://ow.ly/WFPs30bLYmo

Christian revival is sweeping across North Central Texas, specifically the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Through a movement called "reviveTX," more than 350 churches are involved in sharing the Gospel with people in the DFW Metroplex for 50 days -- from Easter to Pentecost. The nonprofit organization behind the revival, "Time to Revive," says since reviveTX began in mid-April, more than 1,600 people have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
http://fw.to/MqKZ1Fb

Violent attacks on Christians in India are increasing, according to a new report. The report from the All India Christian Council says that there is an anti-Christian attack every 40 hours as the governing Hindu nationalist party tries to create a “Hindu nation” in India. In 2016, attacks against Christians jumped by about 20 percent, while physical violence is up about 40 percent.
http://dlvr.it/P9y4qW

Some churches in Montreal, Canada, are falling foul of a loophole in tax law which means they are being charged an increasing amount. Churches in Montreal are except from paying council tax. However, it's reported that officials now say only rooms which are used for worship are exempt. That means other spaces are liable for tax – even if they're being used for good works in the community such as food banks.
http://bit.ly/2ru2hq0

A staff member at a school in Augusta, Maine was recently reprimanded for telling a co-worker that she would be praying for him. Fox News conservative commentator Todd Starnes reports on the conflict that occurred after Toni Richardson, who is employed with the Augusta School Department, said she would pray for a co-worker while he was going through a difficult time. Richardson was then sent a letter from the school district warning her that she was not allowed to use such religious-based language when speaking with a co-worker “even if that other person attends the same church as you.”
http://dlvr.it/P9f6xS

A new study found that most Americans believe the Bible is divinely inspired, but fewer than ever are taking its word literally. According to the study, 26 percent believe the Bible’s best description is that it is a “book of fables, legends, history and more precepts recorded by man.” Only 24 percent believe that the Bible is the “actual word of God” and is to be taken literally, “word for word.”
http://dlvr.it/P9Wcn8

A schoolteacher who was fired for giving a Bible to a student has been given back his job, according to The Christian Institute. Substitute teacher Walt Tutka, who taught at a Phillipsburg district school in New Jersey, was fired after the school board voted him out. First Liberty Institute took up Tutka’s case and filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging that Tutka had faced religious discrimination. The whole process took over three years, but Tutka will finally be able to return to teaching after a final decision in the case was reached this week.
http://dlvr.it/P9Rqh2

The wife of a Christian missionary who was tortured and killed says she forgave her husband’s murderers because Jesus told her to do so. Susanna Geske told The Christian Post that she felt “empty” after the death of her husband, Tilmann Geske. Geske, a German missionary, was killed along with two Turkish converts from Islam at a Bible publishing house in Turkey in 2007. In 2016, five Muslim men were later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
http://dlvr.it/P93mDc

Authorities in China's southern Guangdong province have upped persecution against an unregistered house church, pressuring their landlord to evict the congregation -- leaving them without a place to worship. According to a new report from persecution watchdog China Aid, officials have been harassing Guangfu Church for years because it refused to join the state-sanctioned Three-Self Church. Since 2015, police have coerced the church's successive landlords to terminate their contracts with the congregation.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70501/20170517/chinese-authorities-pressure-landlord-evicting-house-church-congregation.htm

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's famous 95 Theses, which helped spark the founding of the Reformation and the division of Christianity into Protestantism and Catholicism.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70495/20170517/reformation-s-500th-anniversary-rmembering-martin-luther-contribution-literacy.htm

Christianity has made a "comeback" in Europe, becoming a significant part of individual and national identity since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991. The Pew Research Center recently released the results of a survey regarding the religious landscape in Central and Eastern Europe. According to the results, there has been a sharp increase in the number of Orthodox Christians in the region, most notably among Russians. In 1991, only 37 percent of adults in Russia identified themselves as Orthodox, but in the recent survey, 71 percent identified themselves as Orthodox.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70477/20170516/comeback-christianity-europe-seen-decades-fall-iron-curtain.htm

A Colorado man who was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released was told by a judge Tuesday that he is a free man. According to CNN, Rene Lima-Marin was serving a 98-year prison term for robbing two video stores in 1998. He was released, improperly, in 2008, but was rearrested in 2014, when authorities realized the mistake. In the six years that Lima-Miran was free, he found a job, got married, started raising a family, and purchased a home.
http://cnn.it/2pKU6Zm

In 2015, 17% of all U.S. newlyweds had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, marking more than a fivefold increase since 1967, when 3% of newlyweds were intermarried. A new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data also found that one-in-ten married people in 2015 – not just those who recently married – had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity. The most dramatic increases in intermarriage have occurred among black newlyweds. Since 1980, the share who married someone of a different race or ethnicity has more than tripled from 5% to 18%.
http://pewrsr.ch/2qvMYPg

Results from the annual Harris Poll have been released, giving us a look at which brands are the most highly regarded across all sectors, from air travel to television networks. Burger restaurant is one of the categories covered by the Harris Poll, and Five Guys topped the list this year, upsetting the reigning champion of two years in a row: In-N-Out Burger.
http://on.mash.to/2rinYwk

Last May, Philadelphia photographer Richard Wah noticed a handful of recently graduated high school seniors on the bus. They were donning their caps and gowns, but no one was there to support them. The images stuck with Wah, so much so that he decided to make an offer: He would take free graduation photos for any Philadelphia high school student who couldn't afford them.
http://bit.ly/2pPccJK

This teen literally reached for the stars, and it looks like he made it. An 18-year-old from India built the world’s lightest satellite — and NASA’s going to send it into space. Rifath Shaarook created a 4-centimeter (1½-inch), 3D-printed cube that weighs 2¼ ounces, making it lighter than an iPhone.
http://nyp.st/2qz7sVD

A dog found wandering in a country lane has been reunited with its owner three years after it went missing. Dasha the greyhound disappeared in Derbyshire during the summer of 2014. Recently the dog was spotted by a farmer almost 100 miles away in Herefordshire and has since returned home.
http://bbc.in/2rsO0dq

More than a decade ago, Stockwell and his mom went to California in hopes of receiving a heart transplant. The donation didn’t come fast, but eventually Stockwell received a healthy heart from a seven-year-old boy named Carson Bosley, who died of a brain aneurysm. Last week the parents of Carson Bosley made their first trip to Alaska to see Stockwell graduate. In fact, Jamie and Kelly Bosley were allowed the opportunity to help hand Stockwell his diploma on stage in the Sullivan Arena.
http://bit.ly/2rsFo6l

Joe Biden now has his own ice cream flavor. The new flavor comes courtesy of the Cornell Dairy Processing Plant. The flavor, which is currently unnamed, is Biden's favorite — plain chocolate chip
http://on.mash.to/2pLwOml

The 22-year-old Brit who "accidentally" halted Friday's devastating global cyberattack says he plans to give his $10,000 (£7,700) reward to charity. "I don't do what I do for money or fame," he told Business Insider. "I'd rather give the money to people who need it."
http://read.bi/2rpZdLx

Mercyme front man Bart Millard is passing on the baton. Bart posted a picture on instagram this week and added: Somebody has convinced their oldest son to get in the studio. However, Bart says he isn't doing the recording. That task is being undertaken by Tim Timmons. Bart said: He has the gift of patience. I have the gift of laying on his sofa.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUGJKRfAeM_/

Show Hope began with a divine spark in the heart of an 11-year-old girl. Emily Chapman, the daughter of Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, was in Haiti, and for the first time in her life she met face-to-face with children living as orphans. Emily came home with a fire burning in her heart and knew she had to do something. That flame was the beginning of Show Hope. Now, many years later, Emily has stepped into a leading role in the very organization that effectively began as a result of her passion. Show Hope announced this week that Emily Chapman Richards is their new Vice President and Assistant Executive Director.
http://bit.ly/2qkeYnl

A new Blog post from Third Day's Mark Lee. The latest thoughts from the bands guitarist are titled: "The Superhero's Guide to Time Management". Read Mark's thoughts on redeeming the time by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://medium.com/@marklee3d/the-superheros-guide-to-time-management-d325907690ab

Congratulations to Tenth Avenue North member Mike Donehey. The band's front man posted a picture of his wife and three daughters on Instagram this week and added: I'm a blessed man....And we're pregnant.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUHTWmVD-pR/

A milestone this week for Tiffany Lee, known onstage as Plumb, and her husband. She posted a picture on Instagram and added: Five years ago today we held hands for the first time in six months and began relearning each other. Four years ago today we said "I do" all over again after that year of dating. I am so thankful for God's grace and forgiveness because it has helped us be more gracious and forgiving with one another. There is no perfect marriage…only a perfect God that lets you start over as many times as you need to and forgives you every time you ask
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUJ1amjhXp0/

It's May and Francesca Battistelli is already done touring for the year. In a new blog this week she posted: In April we played our last show of the year. I don't think I've ever played my last show of the year in the spring! It was so much fun gathering the band and team one last time before baby comes in September. We also found out a couple of weeks ago that we're having another BOY! School is almost out, which means pool time, beach time, popsicles every day, and just all the glorious things that come with no schedules! I haven't had a summer this free in years, and we plan to soak it up.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUKkOm2Fh4a/

Mandisa has released 5 lyric videos from her new album Out Of The Dark. Now all five are available in one place. Check out the lyric videos for Unfinished, Prove Me Wrong, What You're Worth, Bleed the Same, and I'm Still Here. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejycllx5iwA&list=PL55GCCz8DM0MllE1RP0HnCTvLlvPVhRVe

Another new music video is available from We Are Messengers. The official music video for the bands latest song, Point to You, released this week. It features Darren's little girl Emmanuelle. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/V1YLe2-tmKY

Hawk Nelson is helping to celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary this week. The band features several Canadian natives. They posted this week: Hawk Nelson has the honor of attending and performing at Canada's National Prayer Breakfast. It’s being held this Thursday, May 18th in our nation’s capital, Ottawa. We wanted to ask you if you’d join us in prayer for Canada, that God will move and use our music to reach people and point them to Jesus.
https://www.facebook.com/hawknelson/posts/10155004838933432:0

We are Messengers was on stage with Crowder this week singing the song My Victory. Daren posted: singing My Victory with Crowder last night will live long in my memory. Check out a clip of their performance by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUGF-YwAs0k/

Newsboys front man Michael Tait will be on stage at Carnegie Hall next month. Tait will join Alicia Williamson on stage for this special show.
http://bit.ly/TaitatCarnegie

Greg Laurie's Harvest America simulcast is less than a month away. The live nationwide free event will be broadcast live on June 11 from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, to thousands of host locations across the country—including churches, theaters, and living rooms. Leading up to the event, Greg is inviting everyone to join him in prayer every day at 3:20 that God will bless. (Eph.3:20) https://twitter.com/greglaurie/status/864113772448817152/photo/1

13 Truths About You That Obliterate "13 Reasons Why"
1. You were created by THE Creator.
2. You are the beloved of God.
3. You are the image of God.
4. There is no one else like you.
5. Your wounds are windows.
6. There is someone needing love from you.
7. You have a mission in life.
8. God wants glory from your life.
9. God wants to make you GREAT.
10. You are not a victim, you're a victor.
11. Your value is not determined by the acceptance of others.
12. You have hope
13. (Read 1-12 again)
https://www.facebook.com/taurenwellsofficial/posts/1360407230662923

Steps to help you break the habit of yelling at your kids:
Acknowledge your need to the God who loves you, even while you were lost in your sin
Memorize the powerful truth found in James 1:19–20:
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God (emphasis added).
Make a plan ahead of time for what you want to do differently next time you feel like raising your voice.
Be near your child.
Save yelling for times of immediate danger.
Stop yourself if you find yourself yelling. If you need to take five minutes in a separate room, do it.
If your child is disobedient, address it right away.
If your children are old enough to read, write down your instructions.
Confess to your children when you blow it.
Make sure you take time each day (preferably before your children wake up) to be alone with Jesus.
Be willing to seek accountability through a godly mentor
http://buff.ly/2oOZhDO

After 510 days in prison, Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Mr. Abdulmonem Abdumawla were released on May 11, 2017, on a presidential pardon. Rev. Abduraheem said he had no regrets about his time in prison because he could see the Lord’s purpose for him there. He was able to preach the gospel and encourage Christians in various prisons throughout Sudan, and his imprisonment also served to encourage and embolden the Sudanese church overall.
The pastor told Jasek that he has already forgiven those who interrogated and imprisoned him and that he feels no anger or bitterness.
http://bit.ly/2r9kuMA

An Australian company has pledged to continue creating jewelry from human embryos despite facing international backlash. Baby Bee Hummingbirds hand makes rings, necklaces, and earrings using baby hair, “loved ones ashes,” and discarded embryos created through in vitro fertilization
http://dlvr.it/P8vJsN

France has rejected a Third Gender Category. France’s highest court last week rejected the notion of a “neutral” gender. The ruling upheld a lower court’s decision denying a French citizen with a sex development disorder the right to use “neutral” as an official gender.
http://dlvr.it/P8gpWQ

Although Christianity is on the rise in countries such as China where Christians face intense persecution, research shows it is on decline in other countries, such as the UK. According to a study conducted by The Benedict XVI Center for Religion and Society, for every one person who converts to Christianity in the UK, 26 believers abandon their faith and becomes an atheist or agnostic.
http://dlvr.it/P8c6rs

International evangelist Nick Vujicic announced this week that his father, Pastor Boris Vujicic, "went to Heaven to be with our Almighty God today." Nick Vujicic, who was born without any limbs, shared the heartbreaking news on Twitter: "Thank you all for your love, prayers and support," he tweeted on Mother's Day. "Boris Vujicic went to Heaven to be with our Almighty God today. We love you all. -Nick."
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70478/20170516/limbless-evangelist-nick-vujicic-mourns-loss-pastor-father-went-heaven.htm

An Iraqi man who grew up believing all Christians were "liars" who sought to kill Muslims has embraced the religion he once feared after hearing the gospel and witnessing the love and compassion of believers firsthand. He was forced to flee his hometown after ISIS invaded and tortured him because he refused to support the terrorists' caliphate. Mahmoud's boat capsized and he was rescued by coastal authorities. He was connected with a local ministry director, who told him about Jesus.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70473/20170516/muslim-man-tortured-isis-embraces-christianity-hearing-gospel-first-time.htm

A defector from North Korea said Christianity is growing in the country despite the government's brutal efforts to suppress it. Kim Chung-seong, who spoke at the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians held on May 11 to 12 in Washington, D.C., said the government fears the spread of the gospel. "The one thing that the North Korean regime fears the most, and is afraid of, is the spreading of the Gospel," he said, according to the Catholic News Agency. "Because the Bible and the Gospel speaks the truth. Once the light shines in the dark room, there is light in the room."
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70471/20170516/north-korean-defector-christianity-grows-amid-extreme-persecution-cruelty.htm

A Maplewood woman whose wedding was recently called off turned the canceled nuptials into a charitable celebration benefitting sick children and their families. Jenna Yorkovich, 23, broke up with her fiancé seven weeks ago, and soon after, realized her payments for the venue and catering were non-refundable. On the night she was supposed to walk down the aisle at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, a crowded room of Ronald McDonald House volunteers became her guests of honor instead.
http://www.kare11.com/news/bride-turns-canceled-wedding-into-ronald-mcdonald-house-donation/439493474

Saturday’s Graduation ceremony at Texas Southern University will be remembered for one of its uninvited guests: a pet snake named Persia. Denzel Young brought his 3-year-old ball python to his big day. Defending his graduation guest, Young explained to KTRK, “I told everybody this is my graduation, so I’m going to do what I want to do.”
http://abcn.ws/2rc2NvC

Democrats and Republicans are widely divided in several of their views of the news media, a finding that is a sharp break from just a year ago. The most striking divide is on the role of criticism by news organizations: whether it is worthwhile because it mostly keeps political leaders from doing things they shouldn’t do, or it gets in the way of leaders’ ability to do their job. Overall, seven-in-ten Americans feel news media criticism keeps politicians in line, down just slightly from last year. But Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to hold this view.
http://pewrsr.ch/2qryQVF

A 101-year-old man has set a world record for oldest skydiver, according to the British company Skydive Buzz. Bryson William Verdun Hayes made a tandem jump at the age of 101 years and 38 days. Hayes is a D-Day veteran who was raising money for the Royal British Legion with his jump
http://n.pr/2rcta4I

Even in the wide world of restaurants, there are very few places like Chuck E. Cheese’s, where mobs of children come to play video games, crawl through Skytubes and scarf down pizza amid the midst of sensory overload. But all that noise and maham is a problem for kids with autism. In response, CEC Entertainment, the owner of the chain, has announced the national rollout of Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Held the first Sunday of each month, the events take place during a two-hour window before the restaurants open to the general public. During that time, staffers dim the lights, kill the music and unplug the famous animatronic stage show (that’s right: no Chuck) to achieve “an environment more suitable for children who face sensory challenges.”
http://adweek.it/2pA9uDX

Miracle twins Ben and Emma have marked their ninth birthday against the all odds. The two were born by emergency Caesarean at 23 weeks and six days in 2008 and their parents were told that the chance of the pair surviving were slim. Ben and Emma weighed just 770g and 660g when they were born in Dublin's Rotunda Hospital after mum Paula went into early labour at the beginning of her sixth month of pregnancy.
http://bit.ly/2qsjUGI

A pizza delivery man in Delaware got an order from an unusual address: a stalled Amtrak train from New York on its way to Washington. Leary, a driver for Dom's Pizza in Newport, told the Associated Press on Monday that he cut through a backyard, navigated a steep embankment and jumped over a water-filled ditch all while balancing the two pies in order to make the delivery. The 46-year-old Leary was rewarded with a cheering crowd of passengers and a total of $32 in tips for his effort.
http://lat.ms/2pGt9pI

Anthony Murray is about to make history. Almost 230 years since the landing of the First Fleet, Anthony is set to break into what is widely regarded as the toughest branch of the most exclusive profession. He will become Australia’s first indigenous orthopedic surgeon. In fact, only two fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons currently identify as being of Aboriginal descent. This is out of 4800 surgeons currently practicing in Australia.
http://bit.ly/2pG9UfV

A total solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S. on August 21, 2017. The eclipse will be visible in 14 states, as well as in parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. This will be the first solar eclipse visible in the U.S. in 26 years. Although, if you want to see it, you will have to be prepared, as it will only last a couple minutes. The path of totality – according to NASA – includes Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.
http://dlvr.it/P924mx

A man who was born disabled in central China has defied expectations by being admitted to the elite Harvard University in the United States. Ding Ding, aged 29, attributed his success in his academic studies as well as overcoming many of his physical handicaps to his mother’s persistence and endless devotion. Ding nearly suffocated during a birth complication in 1988, leaving him with cerebral palsy.
http://bit.ly/2rm6axp

When her older cousin fell ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma years ago, Vidhi Patel watched as he struggled to keep up with schoolwork while being treated for cancer. Now the 17-year-old Comprehensive High School senior is developing a charity, called Cancer Patient Succeed, to help children like her cousin keep up with their education while fighting illness.
http://bit.ly/2rkwc44

In a country where public schools are, more often than not, less than mediocre with unqualified teachers and little to no funding, education in Pakistan is in a sad state of affairs. When 12-year old Shireen was approached by a young girl at a traffic light, who instead of asking for money requested Shireen to teach her, she realised something needed to change. Shireen’s initial intention of a small session eventually turned into a full-scale school with multiple branches spread throughout the city, with the help of her elder brother, 15-year old Hasan. Together, this 12 and 15 year old sibling duo run their school six days a week from 4 – 6pm and teach the students multiple subjects, including English, math, and the local language.
http://bit.ly/2rj8ViW

If there's two things we know for sure, it's that traveling can be extremely stressful and adorable little animals brighten people's days. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport also realizes this, so they've enlisted the help of Seven Oaks Farm — a non-profit organization in southwest Ohio— to bring miniature therapy horses to the airport to cheer up travelers. Twice a month a few of the farm's 34 horses make their way to the airport to connect with children and relieve the airport stresses of adults.
http://on.mash.to/2pBKDmW

Natalie Grant is urging Christians to join the fight against human trafficking. According to the Gospel Herald, Grant made the plea while accepting an award on Tuesday from the Gospel Music Association for her work in the fight against human trafficking. Grant traveled to India, where she learned more about the devastating crime. In 2005 she founded an anti-trafficking organization named Abolition International.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70425/20170511/natalie-grant-urges-involvement-fight-against-sex-trafficking-will-silent.htm

Third Day guitarist Mark Lee says finding your calling could be as simple as typing four words. In a new blog titled “Typing These Four Words Can Help You Uncover Your Calling” Mark says simply logging into facebook or twitter and typing Ask Me A Question could help you find your calling.
https://medium.com/p/typing-these-four-words-can-help-you-uncover-your-calling-666f4af3fc8c

Love and the Outcome member Jodi King was recently featured in a "Mommy Musician" feature in the Live FashionABLE Magazine. Find out how Jodi balances life on the road as a touring musician with being a mom to one and soon to be two little rockstars and check out pictures of Jodi with her son Milo.
https://www.livefashionable.com/blogs/updates/mommy-musician-jodi-milo

For Kerrie Robert picking out a card for Mother's day turned into an emotional moment. She posted: We are a mess. If you see my sister and I crying together in Hallmark just ignore us. We're simply picking out a card for our mama.
http://fb.me/22ursBUqd

Hillsong United member Taya Smith had her best night in church ever last week. She posted: Going to bed so thankful tonight and with a heart so full. So thankful I got to be home for this moment, let alone allowed to be in the pool baptizing my sister.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT_iazMjrR6/

Chris Tomlin took his Worship Night in America tour to Phoenix last week and the city responded in a big way. Chris posted: Thank you to Mayor Greg Stanton, and the City of Phoenix, for naming May 12th "Chris Tomlin Day" in your city!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUA7Z7xAwGl/

Christian author and speaker Annie Downs uses her podcast to share some of her favorite things, including: new books, faith conversations, restaurants, travel stories, musicians not to miss, interviews with friends. Recently that list included long time artist Steven Curtis Chapman. Download Annie's interview with Steven by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT-eBrehv6h/

A moving moment over the weekend for Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey. He posted a picture with the Compassion child he and his family sponsor in the Dominican Republic and added: Can't quite put in to words what it was like to meet my sponsored child. Not only did I find out I was pronouncing her name wrong, but I think I realized I was viewing her wrong; Like she was a charity case, and I was her rescuer. Meeting Jade and her mother, I was struck by the reality I am simply a partner to help walk beside and encourage.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUCcJfID7Uv/

After being in remission from cancer over the past four years, singer Carman recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor on his shoulder. Now that the surgery is over, he's awaiting his biopsy results and is asking fans to help him move forward by supporting his upcoming project.
http://fb.me/6g4b5Isay

Danny Gokey picked an appropriate weekend to announce his new song The Comeback. Danny posted on instagram: Today is the 8th anniversary of me being voted off American Idol. There have been many highs and lows since the show. One of the major lows was being dropped by my record label 2 short years after signing with them. I think it's so cool how even in that moment God had a plan! Because God is always doing more than you can see in those moments! Faith and trust are the tools that keep you moving forward till you get to your "comeback".
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUDnXKBFphU/

Another acoustic performance video is now available from Selah. Over the weekend the band released a video featuring the acoustic version of their song "I Got Saved". Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://youtu.be/ppaTBbn_v7U?a

Most people don’t go to The Home Depot expecting to be exposed to a great new song they’ve never heard before, but that’s exactly what happened to Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman on a recent trip to the home improvement warehouse. The song was by his band’s summer tour mates Lifehouse. After hearing the song “Flight” Foreman had an idea. He produced his own acoustic version of the song. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://goo.gl/KKvLi7

Mandisa is out with a new lyric video. Bleed the Same features Tobymac and Kirk Franklin. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/UEzCQBwQkdA

Jordan Feliz recently stopped by Capitol Studios for a special 1 mic, 1 take performance of his song "Beloved!". Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://nrt.cc/JordanFeliz1Mic1Take

Worship Leader Paul Baloche released another 'Acoustic Sessions' video over the weekend. The feature this time is The Same Love. It was recorded for James Robison's LIFE Today program. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://youtu.be/qtjcITZrBy8

Colton Dixon recently talked with 100 Huntley Street about his new album Identity and his success in the music industry! Check out the interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://100huntley.com/watch?id=225536&title=-identity--colton-dixon

David Dunn is out with a new lyric video. The latest video features his song "Grace Will Lead Me Home" from the album "Yellow Balloons". Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/2ptxqww

Another lyric video is out from Blanca. Other the weekend the former member of Group 1 Crew released a lyric video for Different Drum. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEvkphhvYag

Another vlog from Jon Steingard: The latest vlog from the Hawk Nelson frontman is taken from his home Provence in Canada on the final weekend of their tour with Micah Tyler and Mercyme. Check out their final show tour shenanigans and more. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/vOR9KuGN0Ww

The Afters member Josh Havens may need a new fish. He posted a picture of his fish, name Figaro, and his mon's cat. Josh added: Cat-sitting for my mom....looks like Figaro made a new friend!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUCoFuqjOxC/

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is inviting singers, songwriters and worship leaders from all over the country to join them for their 2017 music conference. The conference will take place in late September. Check out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://fb.me/3draV09ra

Harvest Ministries has partnered with the Erwin Brothers to create a new feature film Steve McQueen: American Icon. Despite abounding biographies and articles on the acting legend's life, many people are unaware that Steve McQueen was a believer in Jesus Christ. Greg Laurie states, "That is the story I want to tell in this film—a story people have never seen before." This film will be a one-night, nationwide cinematic event in theaters this fall.
https://www.harvest.org/campaign/email-signup/mcqueenmovie

School tests do not measure:
creativity
vision
teamwork
integrity
grit
optimism
passion
empathy
endurance
humility
compassion
https://twitter.com/ValaAfshar/status/863498763666698241

Harvest America: We are all going to face the three C’s of life:
challenges,
choices
and consequences.
http://blog.greglaurie.com/?p=11193

A new study by Pew Research shows that, while the average college graduate is oftentimes less religious than non-degree holding Americans, Christians with a college degree are usually more committed to their faith than those with a high school education or less. Officials say the research study shows that colleges and universities aren’t destroying the Christian faith, but actually strengthening it.
https://goo.gl/5XzGOq

A Kentucky court has ruled that the government cannot force t-shirt printer Blaine Adamson to create gay-pride t-shirts in violation of his religious beliefs. The court sided with the rights of artists to choose what messages they would promote, without fear of government punishment. Adamson is the owner of Hands On Originals, a small print shop in Lexington, Kentucky. He only creates messages that align with his views, and has also declined to create t-shirts promoting strip clubs, violence, and sexually explicit videos.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/becketnewsite/Hands-on-Originals-ruling.pdf

Massive rallies are being held across Indonesia since the conviction and arrest of the governor of the capital Jakarta, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, who was convicted of "blasphemy." About 9,000 Indonesians have submitted their national identity cards to serve as the guarantor for the Christian official's bail. Candlelight vigils have been held across the city and those who live away from Jakarta are planning to hold 1,000 more candlelight vigils in various parts of the country and abroad.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/1000-candlelight-vigils-worldwide-jakarta-christian-governor-imprisoned-blasphemy-183464/

The Christian population in Jordan has been on a precipitous decline for nearly half a century. But there is good news to report. In addition to the established Christian neighborhoods that exist primarily in Jordan’s major cities, Open Doors recently shared the story of an evangelical pastor identified only as “Pastor Rashad,” who is spreading the message of Jesus Christ to rural communities around the country. Pastor Rashad says “there is a huge thirst” for the message and teachings of Jesus Christ. “Everywhere we go people ask for Bibles,” he said.
http://fw.to/uJfKJWm

While the U.S. held their March for Life back in January, Canada’s March for Life just took place last week. LifeNews.com reports that the March took place in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. It was the 20th anniversary of Canada’s March for Life, and organizers hoped to surpass last year’s record of 25,000 participants.
http://dlvr.it/P7Rx6P

Second-Century church father Tertullian is quoted as saying, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church,” which seems to being proved true in China. According to a report from The Christian Post, China is on track to have the largest Christian population in the world by 2030, despite the increased persecution Chinese Christians have been experiencing. But while the Church is growing in China and many Chinese people are turning to Christ, Chinese Christians are still in need of much prayer and support.
http://dlvr.it/P7R0Sb

Hank Hanegraaff, who is known as the “Bible Answer Man,” recently announced that he has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. In a nearly eight-minute-long video, Hanegraaff discusses his diagnosis, but most of all tells his followers that he remains confident in God’s perfect plan and is praying for God’s Will to be accomplished. Hanegraaff is battling mantle cell lymphoma.
http://dlvr.it/P7Q1Hn

U.S. officials at the U.S. Embassy in China recently helped a persecuted Chinese Christian family just before they were deported back to China. According to The Christian Post, Chen Quiqiu, the wife of Xie Yang who is in prison in China on trumped up charges of inciting subversion, along with her two daughters, were imprisoned in Bangkok, Thailand, and were about to be deported to China. That was when U.S. officials stepped in. The U.S. officials, with Chen and her daughters, reached the Bangkok airport before the Chinese officials caught up with them. They arrived in the U.S. on March 17.
http://dlvr.it/P7MKsN

Vice President Mike Pence said he and President Donald Trump support persecuted Christians around the world and pray for them. Pence’s comments come as part of his speech to 600 victims of persecution and advocates for the persecuted church at the World Summit In Defense of Persecuted Christians.
http://dlvr.it/P7J9Nt

A Christian Scientist has been Denied a Research Application on Basis of Faith. Dr. Andrew Snelling is an accomplished scientist and researcher. He is also a committed man of faith. Recently, Dr. Snelling, who works for Ken Ham’s Kentucky-based Answers in Genesis, submitted a request to Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) to collect and analyze soil and rock samples, but GCNP denied his request. In their denial, GCNP made note of Dr. Snelling’s faith.
http://dlvr.it/P6y0Yq

A Christian Ministry Hosted Events to Honor Single Moms on Mother's Day. Danette Crawford, founder and president of Danette Crawford Ministries, has has been a single mother for 19 years since her husband walked out on her and her 2-week old baby. Since the first event in 2001, Danette Crawford Ministries has blessed thousands of single moms and fatherless children from the community. At the free celebration, women are given the red-carpet treatment. They receive a 5-star meal with their children, a Mother’s Day gift, cards made by their children and words of encouragement
http://dlvr.it/P6wPQR

A 260-feet tall church building is being constructed in Changsha, China, the city where Mao Zedong was introduced to and embraced communist ideologies. Xingsha Church, inspired by Noah's Ark, looms over Xingsha Ecological Park, where a center for Bible studies is also found together with administrative offices and residential quarters. When finished, the Protestant church will be more than twice the size of Mao's biggest statue in China just a few miles away from the site
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70424/20170511/massive-church-being-built-city-where-mao-zedong-first-embraced.htm

Images found on an ancient tablet reveals that the Tower of Babel was not mere fiction but was an actual massive structure that stood in Babylon. The tablet, which dates back to sixth century B.C., was discovered in Babylon more than 100 years ago, but because it was privately owned, it did not have a chance to be closely examined until now. Dr. Andrew George interpreted the text and images on the tablet. He says "This is a very strong piece of evidence that the Tower of Babel story in the Bible was inspired by this real building."
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70414/20170510/ancient-tablet-points-existence-tower-babelis-biblical-mentioned-genesis.htm

Just how deep are the world's oceans. A new animated video puts the distance into perspective, showing a vast distance between the waves we see and the point called Challenger Deep.
https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/845253124474384384/video/1

A new crisis hotline caters to emergency workers who might need help processing situations they've responded to. One of the latest is in Bucks County, Pa., where Frank Farry, a state representative as well as a volunteer firefighter, created that hotline. Launched in January of this year, the Bucks County First Responder Peer Support is available 24/7 and is staffed by volunteers who are or were previously first responders.
http://n.pr/2rceaQG

We store the entirety of our digital lives on the devices we use the most like our phones and computers. Unfortunately, when many people trade in their old gadgets for newer, faster ones, they don’t delete that data. That’s a huge problem. If you’re not careful, a stranger can access not only your photos, but your emails and web history as well. In response, Yahoo finance is out with a new report on deleting your information from your Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices.
https://yhoo.it/2pUnQBE

A mom, who works as an operations manager at a charter school and has become a mother figure to the entire school, got an early Mother's Day surprise just before Mother's Day from "GMA" and chef Emeril Lagasse. Lea Siegel, an educator from Fort Worth, Texas, was nominated by her 19-year-old son Chris Pitts. Lagasse named Siegel the winner of his annual "Breakfast in Bed" search before leading her into the school's auditorium filled with students. Siegel was then presented with a check for $5,000 for all that she does for her school and family.
https://yhoo.it/2qeFHDj

Fifty-five years after Darlene Mullins enrolled in college, she's finally graduating. The mother of two dropped out of Tennessee State University in Nashville after meeting and falling in love with her husband. Darlene finally returned to Tennessee State University in her late 60s, graduating summa cum laude a week ago, at the age of 72, with a degree in interdisciplinary studies..
http://abcn.ws/2r4MeSu

A British researcher unexpectedly found and activated a "kill switch" to an "unprecedented" ransomware cyberattack that hit hundreds of thousands of computers around the globe at hospitals, government offices, transportation systems and major companies, including FedEx. However the threat is over. Yahoo reported lat least week that, even with the spread of the malicious software at least temporarily halted, researchers warned that another cyberattack could be imminent and the next one could target the United States.
https://yhoo.it/2r4BjZ1

Adidas is now making 3D-printed shoes. The shoe is called Futurecraft 4-D. It's printed using UV Light and Resin, creating a super flexable sole. 100,000 pairs will be made.
https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/855452074821079040/video/1

The oldest living World War II veteran turned 111 last week at his long-time Texas home. Richard Overton was born May 11, 1906 in Bastrop County. He served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945 as part of the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion. After the war, he returned to Austin, and he has lived in the same home ever since.
http://fxn.ws/2rdtiOw

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane made a soldier’s day by trading airline seats with him. Kane was sitting in first class. The soldier was in coach. American Airlines flight attendant Teri Truss told CBS Chicago that Kane came up to her and said, “There’s a soldier on this flight.” “And I said, 'Yeah, OK?’ And he said, ‘I would like for him to sit up front, and I would like to give him my first-class seat, and I’ll go to the back.’
http://bit.ly/2pu751A

An elderly woman has donated $20,000 to help repair an Anne Frank memorial that was vandalized. Boise police are continuing to investigate vandalism at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Police say at least three different areas on and near memorial were defaced with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti last week. Meanwhile, Dena Gray has donated the 20 grand needed to repare the memorial. She said, 'I'm a Christian woman and I'm going to stand up and recognize that this attack on Boise’s Jewish community and the community at large, this is not us."
http://bit.ly/2pqbdzs

During the Wings for Life World Run 2017 in Munich, runners got some unexpected competition when a herd of sheep decided to join in on the fun. The video from German TV showed the large herd of sheep joining the runners as they began the race. No word on if any of the sheep actually completed the entire 26.2 mile race.
http://on.mash.to/2ra4Sp7

A couple was married over the weekend after losing nearly 600 pounds together. Ronnie Brower weighed 675 pounds when he launched his four-year weight loss journey. He also gained a secret admirer at the gym. Andrea Masella was also waging a heroic battle of the bulge, and soon the pair hit it off. They were married on Saturday, May 13.
http://bit.ly/2r9Rtxb

Even in the 21st century, our maps can still get a major update. Using satellite imagery, a new study has found hidden forests all over the world—almost enough for a second Amazon. An international team of researchers performed the first global study using a new set of ultra–high-resolution Google Earth images—in which each pixel represents a patch of ground less than a meter wide, as opposed to tens of meters. Hundreds of scientists and students then combed through 210,000 images and found that the world’s drylands host 40% more forests than thought. That’s more than a 9% bump in total global forest coverage, or two-thirds the size of the Amazon.
http://bit.ly/2qcTXLf

A homeless man recently moved into his first house in 33 years. Rob Marriner enjoyed his first hot shower in more than a decade. Marriner said he stood underneath the water for one hour, until it ran cold. Then he went to sleep for nine hours - the longest he has been able to sleep in years. Marriner had been homeless since 1984. For 33 years he roamed the streets of West Auckland. But he moved into a two-bedroom one-bathroom house in Sunnyvale this week.
http://bit.ly/2prQJpX

Hillsong Worship this week kicked off their let there be light Devotional. Members of the band invite you to join them as they dive into God’s Word, focusing on some of the scriptures behind their songs. Start with devotional #1 by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/notes/hillsong-worship/treasure-of-the-cross-day-1/1741773342515958/

Dan Bremnes says he got everything he wanted for his birthday this year. He posted a picture of his family and added: I've got everything I want right here
https://twitter.com/danbremnes/status/862700361114669057/photo/1

Jason Gray recently asked fellow artist Andrew Peterson if he knew of a good carpenter. Andrew replied with a picture of Jesus.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT9VG2Dg8Qq/

A lot of changes for David Dunn. He recently posted that he got engaged and also got a new puppy. David shared a picture of his new Great Dane puppy on istagram and also shared a short video as he popped the question.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT0HjE9lznH/?taken-by=davidtdunn&hl=en

Mandisa has a suggestion for the creators of American Idol. The former contest on the show just found out that ABC Network is bringing back the show and suggested: I think they should have past contestants judge!
https://twitter.com/gma/status/861915961468649472

Kutless member James Mead recently explained why the band hasn't been out on the road as much as normal. James said there are two reasons: Touring is hard and right now they are focusing on our non-profit organization EOTA Ministries. However, James added that a new Kutless album is in the works and that will have them touring again soon. https://twitter.com/wickedtfkfan/status/862456731783241728

Mandisa is joining some friends for an online Bible study and she is inviting you to join as well. She posted this week: it deals with an issue I know a lot of us face. If like me, you battle with insecurity, shame, or depression, please check this out. Participation is absolutely free, but it's recommended that you buy the book. It starts June 12th and I can't wait!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT7WSXuFR0W/

Bart Millard is no stranger to the video screen but he says it is so strange to see his name featured in a page detailing an upcoming movie. The Mercyme front man shared the link for his new movie I Can Only Imagine. Bart lost his father to cancer, inspiring the bands mega-hit song, I Can Only Imagine. The movie I Can Only Imagine is scheduled for a 2018 release.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6450186/

Hillsong worship is out with a new Spanish album. The new project is titled El Eco De Su Voz is now available everywhere! Get your copy at http://smarturl.it/ElEcoDeSuVoz

The music company Centricity Worship is giving away music from Aaron Shust. Right now you can download a free copy of the song Belong from Aaron's new album Love Made a Way. A free chord chart is also available. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.jaysmusikblog.com/2017/05/free-song-from-aaron-shust.html

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman this week dedicated a song about unconditional love to all mom's. Check out his acoustic version of I Won't Let You Go. Clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info to watch a video of Jon performing the song and to download your own copy of the song.
http://bit.ly/2qsSmnz

Amy Grant is giving you and five of your friends the opportunity to join her for a picnic for six in her treehouse in Nashville. She's part of a fund raiser for St. Jude's Children's research hospital and all the money raised from the picnic will go to help the organization. Bid online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bidforstjude.com

Matthew West was live on facebook this week to celebrate the release of his new song Broken Things. Tune in for an acoustic rendition of the new song and hear more from Matthew about his latest projects. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT9pVoUgOIU/

Just in time for Mother's Day, Hollyn is out with the audio for a new song. The song is titled Hey Mama. Hollyn describes it as a thank you to the moms out there for the sacrifices and unconditional love you give on a daily basis. Listen to the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=htt
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The fitness team REFIT Revolution recently produced a toning workout to Mandisa's song Unfinished, and it has Mandisa's seal of approval. She posted: As you watch, I dare you to get up and do it with them! Every journey begins with one step. This could be that step for someone out there! Remember, we're all unfinished masterpieces in the making.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ox-FaMEiDk

Tenth Avenue North is out with a new video for their song I Have This Hope. The video features footage from Winter Jam and also includes some of the HOPE stories sent in by their fans. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGHEuaJ74Po&feature=youtu.be

Brandon Heath is out with a lyric video for his new song Whole Heart. Check out the video online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.brandonheath.net/thank-you

Your value is not determined by your body. That's the theme of Mandisa's new song with Britt Nicole called What You're Worth. Check out the story behind the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/xTHIg7cG5K0

Britt Nicole was having some fun this week while on tour. She says they found an old building, set up their equipment, and had some fun recording a video for her song Be The Hope. Check out the video clip by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://youtu.be/ukOI5-1qHRQ?a

A new version of the Jamie Grace show is now available online. Included in episode 81 is: How Girls Scroll Through Instagram, embarrassing childhood photos, Piper's Makeup Tutorial and "The Waiting" as a lullaby. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://youtu.be/NwUd6ryEuho

A mother's day video by Amy Perry of Selah is blowing up the internet. The parody of Little Big Town's Girl Crush was released earlier this week and, after just three days, had 4 million views on Facebook and 100,000 Views on Youtube. Amy posted: As a mom, I am constantly looking at social media and feeling inadequate when I compare myself to other moms. It's totally wrong. We need each other, because momming is HARD! Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/alSm_MfEL-w

Hawk Nelson front man Jon Steingard is friends with a giant. Jon released a vlog this week featuring fellow artist Zach Williams. Also included is a hack for beating the line at the LA DMV. Check out the vlog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/ZT1YxYzP5Ok

We've all been there. Jonny Diaz posted a picture of his young daughter after waking up from and nap and added: Wish I woke up from naps with this much energy! https://www.instagram.com/p/BT7KtD4A4IQ/

Third day frontman Mac Powell says he's not sure how to react. He posted a picture of the new Twinkie ice cream cones and added: I'm torn between being "disappointed in humanity" and perhaps buying a case of these. https://www.instagram.com/p/BT9DRPBleHJ/

Casting Crowns has just completed their "The Very Next Thing" tour. 80 major market dates. The tour traveled through 80 major markets and featured some of the most successful shows of the band’s career. The band reported multiple sold-out performances and an overall attendance topping 375,000, making it the most attended Crowns' tour since 2008. In addition, the tour united more than 11,000 children with sponsorships through Compassion International.
https://t.e2ma.net/share/inbound/t/riwfjc/fhz75d

A special guest recently joined Chris Tomlin for his Worship Night in America tour. Chris posted: Blessed to have my great friend Matt Redman come to the San Diego concert tonite. It was fun to surprise the people with him singing 10,000 Reasons!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT5x0RAA2Qz/

The 10 Myths of Motherhood
Mothering is natural, easy and instinctive
The way I mother is the right and only way
I am just a mom
Motherhood is all-consuming and all-fulfilling
A good mother can do it all, all at once
Motherhood is a rat race
Motherhood is luck of the draw
Everything depends on me
I have to do it all right or my child will turn out wrong
My child’s bad choice means I’m a bad mom
http://bit.ly/2pDcwHv

9 Easy Ideas for a Mother's Day Plan
1. Decoration Surprise.
2. Handmade and/or Handwritten Cards.
3. Let Her Sleep in.
4. Kid Video Interviews.
5. Flowers.
6. Breakfast in Bed.
7. Make Dinner or Take Her Out.
8. A Lazy Stroll.
9. Little Favors.
http://bit.ly/2q5H2wr

Christian missionaries are joining North Korean university despite grave risks. Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea, from which two professors were recently arrested by authorities, has drawn dozens of U.S. citizens and Christian missionaries. Kim Hak Song, the latest U.S. Christian imprisoned by the regime of dictator Kim Jong Un, was among those American citizens who chose to teach at PUST.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-missionaries-joining-north-korean-university-despite-grave-risks-183291/

Producer Roma Downey is behind a new film that documents the horrors faced by Christians in the Middle East. "Faithkeepers" gives the firsthand account of Christians in nations like Iraq, Syria, and Egypt, who are persecuted for their faith. The film will be shown in churches nationwide on May 23rd and will offer Christians in America three ways they can help persecuted believers.
http://fw.to/kaMDyPV

Some of those working in what’s long been called the faith-based film industry don’t want that title anymore. Producer Mark Joseph told Fox News recently that the term “faith-based” isn’t needed. He also said that the term could discourage people from seeing the movie.
http://dlvr.it/P6t5mg

Oklahoma’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution declaring abortion to be murder and calling on state officials to protect life at any state. According to The Christian Post, House Resolution 1004 states that “all human life is protected by God’s law and the highest laws of the land.”
http://dlvr.it/P6rsBN

A world summit for persecuted Christians is being held in Washington D.C. this week. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham spoke at the summit, giving a moving summary of the suffering faced by Christians around the world. Despite the intense persecution faced by so many Christ-followers, Graham also shared words of hope for those who are suffering: In the “midst of the Church’s darkest day,” said Graham, Christ’s promises remain true. "'I will build my church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it,' he said, quoting Matthew 16:18.
http://dlvr.it/P6pnT1

Research from the Barna group shows that people who identify themselves as Christians in the U.S. are “absorbing” non-biblical world views. The study, conducted with Summit Ministries, found that only 17 percent of Christians had a “biblical world view.” The study showed that four in 10 practicing Christians were sympathetic to some Muslim teachings, 61 percent agreed with New Spirituality ideas, 54 percent could agree with postmodernist views, 36 percent agreed with some Marxist ideas and 29 percent believed some secularist ideas.
http://dlvr.it/P6QwhP

A church in North Sudan was recently demolished by government officials while Christians were powerless to stop it. Two pastors, Paul Selah and Naji Abdullah, were arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Service and held for several hours after the Khartoum church was destroyed. Local pastor Rev. Elias Abdelrahim says: “We heard about the news of the demolition at 2pm," he said. “Members of the church and I arrived at the site in the afternoon and found the church levelled.”
http://dlvr.it/P6Pm9y

Kentucky is on its way to becoming the first state with no abortion clinics. There is only one abortion clinic left in the state and officials say that the clinic has not complied with basic safety standards. LifeNews.com reports that the administration of Kentucky’s conservative Christian Gov. Matt Bevin is working to end access to abortion in the state. Administration officials argue that EMW Women’s Clinic--the last clinic open for business--is in violation of regulations that mandate the clinic obtain ambulance and hospital admittance privileges from a local hospital.
http://dlvr.it/P60cHs

Josh and Jessaka Clark always planned to have a big family. On their first date, Josh told Jessaka that he wanted 10 kids. Years later, after the birth of their son Noah, the Clarks began the adoption process. Then, in March 2016, Josh got a call from adoption officials. Jessaka said: when he got off the phone, he said to me, 'What do you think about seven?" The children moved in back in August and, after 9 months of living together, the adoption finally became official this week.
http://fcnews.tv/2pD0EFm

A 70 year old man from India is referred to as Mr. Supersenior and he is living up to his name. The Cyclist is attempting to ride 17,000 kiloters, or over 10,000 miles, across three countries, in just 105 days.
http://bit.ly/2pBHlfq

Amazon announced this week that a new building it plans to construct in Seattle will feature a decidedly uncommon mix: its own high-tech offices, and a homeless shelter with space for 65 families. The company said it will donate more than 47,000 square feet of space, or about half of the new six-story building, to Mary's Place, which operates several family shelters.
http://n.pr/2q4WoS1

An Alabama college student is embarking on a road trip to help elderly veterans. Rodney Smith Jr., a college student in Huntsville, started the Raising Men Lawn Care Service to mow lawns at no charge. The organization gets kids ages 7-17 involved, challenging them to mow 50 lawns for others. To promote the program, Smith is going on a one-man "50 States 50 Lawns" road trip in May and June
http://bit.ly/2pASv4a

Every year for the past four years, Jean E. Gailun, a volunteer at Kensington International School, has raised money to send students to summer camp. Usually she raises enough money to send about 50 students to the YMCA's Camp Weber in West Springfield, but that just wasn't enough for her. This year, she raised about $40,000, making it possible for 115 students to attend the two-week day camp this summer.
http://bit.ly/2r2EfSN

The 150 member, Iowa based Old Capitol Quilters Guild makes quilts year-round to help the community. Between July 2015 and September 2016, members of the organization made almost 150 quilts to donate to domestic violence survivors, as well as organizations like the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Members also make burp cloths, bibs and totebags.
http://bit.ly/2qskeYX

Seth and Abby are biking across the country with a very special purpose The two say their mission is to collect trash along the way and inspire others to leave the environment better than they found it. The two have already cycled 475 Miles and collected 171 lbs of Trash.
http://bit.ly/2qq8hTJ

Audio Adrinaline member Adam Agee is now a resident of Tennessee. The band's lead singer posted: Thankful for amazing friends who helped us unload the truck tonight. It was a wonderful welcome to Tennessee!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT0K33Yj1Jo/

The 4th Annual GMA Honors & Hall of Fame Ceremony was held last night. The event took place at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. This year’s inductees included Steve Green; Gospel legend Yolanda Adams; and the Southern Gospel group Gold City Quartet. The event also honored individuals and organizations that are impacting Gospel music both past and present. This year’s honorees include Amy Grant for Helping Hands and Compassion International and Natalie Grant for Hope for Justice.
https://twitter.com/GMADoveAwards/status/861981594067902470/photo/1

Third Day's Mark Lee released a new blog this week titled: “You Can’t Sign Up For Football Then Whine When You Get Hit”. Mark posted: It’s not about whether or not you face adversity. That part is a given. It’s all about how you respond. He added: Take your hits and get back to practice. That’s what the pros do.
https://medium.com/personal-growth/you-cant-sign-up-for-football-then-whine-when-you-get-hit-f79cf029f107

A bucket list moment this past weekend for Building 429 front man Jason Roy. He posted: I played "Lord of the Dance" with Steven Curtis Chapman at The Ryman tonight. It was incredible!!! What an honor.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT0UVORjddp/

A bitter sweet moment this week for Citizenway. The band said goodbye to the old studio where they made their first record and then added: Here's to the new season in the new studio.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT1se0xF6kZ/

Advice for drummers from Newsboys member Duncan Phillips: As a drummer I find it's insanely important to cross train aerobically! Drumming is an intense aerobic workout for sure, but getting out in the summer heat, crucial to my heat fitness and stamina, which is imperative for playing summer festivals!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT4kRGXjdIT/

A brand new song from the Newsboys has hit iTunes -- with an unexpected added bonus. According to the web site Jesus Freak Hideout, the new song "The Cross Has The Final Word" features none other than original Newsboys member and longtime lead vocalist Peter Furler singing with Tait and the rest of the band.
http://dlvr.it/P55Np0

The web site Free CCM is giving away music this week from Sara Groves. You can download Signal from the album Floodplain right now by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://smarturl.it/FreeCCMDownloads

We Are Worship USA is giving away music from Australian worship leader Darlene Zschech this week. You can go to the web site and download the mp3 and a free chord chart for the song. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://smarturl.it/YouWillBePraised

Natalie Grant's Dare to Be Event movie that released in cinemas last spring is FINALLY available on DVD. Natalie posted this week: Experience the full live-event, including my songs King Of The World and Clean performed live, as well as tons of behind the scenes footage of life on the road, how to balance family and career, and stories of friendship.
http://www.ngbynataliegrant.com/dare-to-be-dvd.html

Jason Gray is out with a new acoustic video. Check out a new rendition of Jason's song I Will Rise. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT2EJ_EgP52/

Citizenway front man Ben Calhoun this week joined with his daughter Ava to share an acoustic rendition of a song they wrote together. Check out their duet of Just Cry. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/citizenway/videos/1383631018388610/

Just in time for Mother's Day, Selah member Amy Perry is out with a new song called Mom Crush. Amy posted: As a mom, I am constantly looking at social media and feeling inadequate when I compare myself to other moms. I was allowing other mom's successes to make me feel like a failure; not by anything they did to me, but because of my own insecurities. We all want to be perfect and we're all doing the best we can, and I hope this video shows a little of that. We need each other, because momming is HARD! Check out the lyric video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/selahmusic/videos/10154797565651713/

Crowder recently sat down to talk about his goals and dreams. He says his early goal was to be an insurance salesman. In fact, David says he was selling car insurance at age 11. Watch the entire video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/crowdermusicofficial/videos/10154887873128451/

A reminder that random social media posts can get you in unintended hot water. Casting Crowns Jaun Devevo posted a selfy on twitter as he picked up food for his family from the mall. But it sounds like he should have finished his drink first. His wife Melodee replied to the post: And what are you holding in your other hand?
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT2avxiFx4A/

The Newsboys were live on facebook as they wrapped up their Love Riot tour. The band broadcast a 12 minute segment of the tour's final night. You can watch the live broadcast by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTz2jyYltPN/

Casting Crowns has spent the last three months on a tour covering more than 40 cities. In two weeks the band will head across the Atlantic for their European tour. In between, don't expect to see much of group member Megan Garrett on social media. She posted: I just walked in the doors of my home. Y'all may not see much action on my social media for the next two weeks as I enjoy my time with my family. I'm learning how vital it is to be fully present during our time at home. Please pray for rest and for the Lord to fully refill my cup daily and give me the peace and energy to pour it all out into my kids and husband and church.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT37-uLj25p/

Rend Collective is going home. The Irish worship band is gearing up for their European tour and posted a picture as they prepared to fly across the Atlantic. They will be taking a little time off at their homes in Northern Ireland prior to the start of the shows.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT4_emzhCXK/

President Donald Trump may have broken protocol by taking a large group of evangelical leaders up to the second floor of the White House for a tour after they gathered for dinner last Wednesday. Evangelist Greg Laurie shared with the Christian Post about the tour and the gathering. The tour took place before the signing of an executive order on religious freedom the next morning. Greg Laurie joined evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Richard Land and other members of Trump's evangelical advisory board in dining with the president, vice president and his administration officials.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/greg-laurie-details-white-house-dinner-with-evangelicals-trump-breaking-protocol-182938/

Good parents aren’t perfect. And that’s okay. There’s no formula to follow, but there are ways you can grow every day. In response, Focus on the Family has released a 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment that gives parents an honest look at their unique strengths, plus some areas that could use a little help.
http://bit.ly/2pYRfJ4

3 Reasons Why Wives Feel Like Giving Up and What Husbands Need to do About It
3 Reasons Why Wives Feel Like Giving Up And What Husbands Need To Do About It
1. Your wife is simply worn out.
2. Your wife needs your spiritual encouragement.
3. Your wife needs some one-on-one time with you.
http://bit.ly/2oY7gSr

Joni and Friends: 7 Financial Steps to Take if You Have a Special Needs Child
Step 1: Find the right expert.
Step 2: Select the right planning vehicle.
Step 3: Carefully select a trustee.
Step 4: Review your life insurance policy.
Step 5: Decide how to split your estate.
Step 6: Write a letter of intent.
Step 7: Implement your plan ASAP.
http://ow.ly/Ta5m30b3GXo

Late last week, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un accused South Korea and the United States of conspiring to assassinate him. Then, over the weekend, North Korea’s main news outlet announced the country has arrested a U.S. citizen — the fourth one currently detained in North Korea. Kim Hak Song, a Korean-American who worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), was detained on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state.
https://goo.gl/Qha0yj

Soar International has reached their goal of having over 1,000 Baskets of Hope sponsored for kids in Russia! The baskets went to kids in orphanages around the country.
http://bit.ly/2pWE5OD

On the eve of Insrael's Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and Victims of Terrorism, a new $25 million national Hall of Remembrance dedicated to fallen soldiers was unveiled on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, where Israel’s national cemetery and other memorial and educational facilities are located. The hall features a 60-foot mountain of stones and a bell made of more than 6,000 steel bricks. The walls are covered with about 23,000 bricks, each engraved with the name of a fallen soldier, the date the soldier was killed, and a candle to be lit on the anniversary of the soldier’s death.
http://touchpointisrael.com/2017/05/09/national-hall-of-remembrance-opens-on-israeli-memorial-day/

A rebel minister consecrated a bishop in a breakaway move could face consequences, as the Church of England insisted no permission had been given. Rev Jonathan Pryke, senior minister at Jesmond Parish Church, was made a bishop last Tuesday in a surprise move that could signal the start of a major split. He is one of three to be consecrated without the permission of official CofE leaders to oversee conservative parishes concerned by what they see as the liberal drift in the Church.
https://www.christiantoday.com/article/church.of.england.issues.wa
rning.against.conservative.minister.consecrated.as.rebel.bishop/108719.htm

The eighth Coptic Christian shot and killed this year by Islamic extremists has been remembered as a "humble and peaceful" man who had a deep relationship with God. According to the Gospel Herald, World Watch Monitor reports that on May 6, Nabil Saber Ayoub Mansour, a married father of two young children, became the eighth Egyptian Coptic Christian to be murdered this year in the region in what appear to be linked killings.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70390/20170509/eighth-co
ptic-christian-murdered-islamic-extremists-peaceful-humble-man-who.htm

Christians remained the largest religious group in the world in 2015, making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people. However, according to a new Pew Research Center demographic analysis, the report also shows that the number of Christians in what many consider the religion’s heartland, the continent of Europe, is in decline. Christians had the most births and deaths of any religious group in recent years, according to our demographic models. Between 2010 and 2015, an estimated 223 million babies were born to Christian mothers and roughly 107 million Christians died – a natural increase of 116 million. But among Christians in Europe the reverse is true: Deaths outnumbered births by nearly 6 million during this brief period.
http://pewrsr.ch/2pvfqxF

More than one million children have become victims of the refugee crisis in South Sudan, according to a report from the United Nations. In addition to creating a refugee crisis, the conflict in South Sudan has made it impossible for more than three quarters of the country’s children to attend school, and more than 1,000 children have lost their lives in the conflict.
http://dlvr.it/P5Tt0t

Prestigious university Harvard is considering dropping a line from its ceremonial song because the line references the university’s Christian beginnings. According to Charisma News, the song “Fair Harvard” includes these ending lyrics:
"Let not moss-covered Error moor thee at its side,
As the world on Truth's current glides by,
Be the herald of Light, and the bearer of Love,
Till the stock of the Puritans die."
Now Harvard’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging wants to create a new ending to “Fair Harvard” because they say the reference to Puritans "suggests that the commitment to truth, and to being the bearer of its light, is the special province of those of Puritan stock,” which they say could be viewed as racist since the Puritans were of Anglo-Saxon descent.
http://dlvr.it/P5SqYf

Last week, Iowa’s governor signed a 20-week abortion ban bill into law. Now, the bill is being challenged, but it has been upheld in court thus far. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with Planned Parenthood, is arguing that such a restriction infringes on a woman’s rights. The organization filed a lawsuit in Polk County District Court. The judge in the case, District Judge Jeffrey Farrell, ruled in favor of the abortion ban.
http://dlvr.it/P5PwzX

After more than two years spent imprisoned in southern China on spying charges, American Sandy Phan-Gillis finally returned to U.S. soil on Friday, reuniting with her husband and family in Los Angeles. On April 25, a judge sentenced Phan-Gillis to three and a half years in prison, followed by deportation. Because Phan-Gillis had already served more than half her sentence—during which she was tortured and kept in solitary confinement—Chinese authorities gave her parole and deported her on April 28.
http://dlvr.it/P4NBMp

Just ahead of Mother's Day, Anne Graham-Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, has reflected on the faith and witness of her own mother, Ruth Graham. Graham-Lotz wrote of her mother, the daughter of a missionary surgeon, "Besides her sparkling wit, her commitment to world evangelism, her devotion to my Daddy, and her fierce loyalty to her children, the legacy that stands out above all else is the legacy of God's Word/"
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70389/20170509/mother
s-day-2017-anne-graham-lotz-reflects-faith-legacy-mother.htm

Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, has encouraged Christians to continue fighting for religious liberty, warning that there will always be those who attempt to take those freedoms away. Speaking to The Gospel Herald just after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty, Green, CEO of the Oklahoma-based Christian crafts store chain, asserted that "religious freedom is an issue for us to always stand for."
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70376/20170508/h
obby-lobby-ceo-steve-green-warns-of-future-challenges-to-religious-liberty-we-need-to-continue-to-stand.htm

Jeremy Lin has revealed he's "fasting" from social media in an effort to remove "some of the distracting voices" that compete for his attention with God. In an email sent to his digital prayer group, 28-year-old guard, who was signed to the Brooklyn Nets last year, asked his followers to pray for his prayer life.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70383/20170509/jeremy-lin-reveals-powerful-reason-hes-fasting-instagram-twitter.htm

While worshipping, dozens of Christians -- including children -- were detained by police officers who raided a house church meeting in China's southern Guangdong province. According to the Gospel Herald, more than 20 officers broke into Zhongfu Wanmin Church approximately a half hour into their evening service and detained 31 church members, reports persecution watchdog China Aid. The church members attempted to take pictures of the raid, but officers confiscated all cell phones, ID cards, and bank cards.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70375/20170508/chi
nese-police-detain-interrogate-dozens-worshippers-including-children.htm

Refugees in Germany who have converted to Christianity are still subject to violent physical and verbal attacks from Muslim refugees.
Reports revealed the attacks have increased since 2015, and even with lesser refugees recently being settled in the country, Christian converts still suffer from discrimination from Muslim asylum seekers, according to Deutsche Welle. In some cases, the death threats were actually carried out, like what happened to a 38-year-old Afghan mother who was stabbed to death by a "very religious" Afghan man.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70367/20170508/refuge
es-germany-who-convert-christianity-continue-face-violent-attacks.htm

About 40 house church pastors gathered for a "Unity in Christianity" event were locked in a room and questioned by authorities, who broke into the building and accused the pastors of "participating in illegal gatherings without government permission". The Gospel Herald reports that, According to persecution watchdog China Aid, 100 public security officers and special police, accompanied by several patrol cars, broke into the building, located in China's northeastern Liaoning province. At the time of the raid, dozens of pastors from house churches across China were gathered for an event hosted by Pastor Guo Pingxi from Kunming, Yunnan.
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70364/20170505/china-dozens-pa
stors-gathered-unity-christianity-event-arrested-interrogated-police.htm

Tim Tebow has announced he's releasing a new book for home schooling parents and their children: Know Who You Are, Live Like It Matters: A Homeschooler's Interactive Guide to Discovering Your True Identity. The Gospel Herald reports that, in his book, the NFL star-turned-outfielder for the New York Mets affiliate team the Columbia Fireflies will "guide you through thirty-six weeks of lessons, each based on a key Scripture, to discover who you are-by learning more about whose you are."
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/70361/20170
505/tim-tebow-release-new-book-homeschooling-parents-children.htm

General News & Trending Stories

It’s official. Carter Wilkerson’s call for a year’s supply of free nuggets from Wendys has become the Tweet heard around the world. With 3.42M Retweets, it has officially surpassed Ellen’s infamous selfie as the most Retweeted Tweet of all time. As a nod to his success, Wendys will provide Carter with a gift card for a year’s worth of free nuggets and a $100,000 donation in Carter’s name to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
https://twitter.com/Wendys/status/861938018806095872/photo/1

South Korea is making a big move into the self-driving car development space. According to Business Korea, The country's government will open K-City, an 88-acre urban complex constructed specifically to test autonomous vehicles, later this October. .
http://on.mash.to/2qYRDro

Going into labor didn't stop a 2nd-grade teacher from finishing her lesson plans. According to Today.com, A photo of Jennifer Pope working on lesson plans for her second-grade class while in labor has gone viral, after her friend and photographer Andrea McDonald shared the image on Facebook. The photo showed the Texas teacher and mother of four working on her lesson plans in her hospital bed so her husband could drop pass them on to her sub in the parking lot.
http://on.today.com/2pw0Vtw

A Boy Who Sent 3,500 Comic Books to Soldiers is Rewarded With Best Day Ever. When he arrived at the base to deliver some of the comic books Carl was greeted with a hero’s welcome. Several high-ranking officers were waiting to give him a VIP tour of the base. Carl was allowed to try on military gear and explore the inside of a plane and helicopter. Then, the officers awarded him 3 different medals of excellence in recognition of his kindness.
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/boy-sent-3500-comic-books-soldiers-rewarded-best-day-ever/

The oldest working nurse in the country turned 92 Monday. Florence Rigney graduated from Tacoma General Nursing School just after World War II. Seven decades later, she still works there. Rigney sets up operating rooms and helps patients prep for surgery. Rigney tried to retire once at age 67, but that only lasted six months.
http://kng5.tv/2qXM2RO

When a police officer responded to a heartbreaking call, he chose sympathy over punishment. Officer Milton responded to an incident about a shoplifter at a Family Dollar store. According to the Atlanta Police Department, store employees were holding a 12-year-old girl they had caught stealing. The girl told Officer Milton she tried to take a pair of $2 shoes for her 5-year-old sister. Rather than punish the 12-year-old, Officer Milton drove the girl to her home and met with her family.
http://bit.ly/2qUcqMG

As part of the reboot of DuckTales on Disney XD, Disney created a life-sized version of Scrooge’s legendary money bin. The bin, filled with 30,000 plastic gold coins, made its debut at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards and will also be at the D23 Expo 2017 on July 14 – 16 in Anaheim.
http://bit.ly/2qTqtCa

A devoted couple who have been married for 67 years have had their hospital beds moved side by side so they can spend wife Beatrice's final days together. Brave Beatrice Whitehead, 87, has been battling bone cancer for six years and recently decided to decline any further treatment for the disease. Just a few weeks later, her husband, Bert Whitehead, 90, fell ill and was also admitted. Now the childhood sweethearts have had their beds moved by hospital staff and are side by side so they can spend Beatrice's last moments together
http://ind.pn/2qh1awK

When Christopher and Christina Sanders became foster parents, they made a deal with one another: Regardless of how many children came into their home, they would do what they could to keep existing families together and not sentence children to lives of being shuffled between different households. They kept that promise last week when they officially welcomed six new children -- all blood siblings who wanted to remain together -- into their family. Caleb and his siblings Coby, Christian, Caylee, Carson and Chloe were adopted into the family that already includes the Sanders' five biological children.
http://bit.ly/2pUoJKC

A U.S. Air Force veteran has gone from being homeless himself to helping other veterans stay off the streets. Risheem Muhammad lost his wife to bone cancer in 2013. His life unraveled and he ended up loosing his home. Now Risheem owns his own tech company and he trains veterans to get in-demand tech jobs, helping them avoid the situation he found himself in just four years ago.
http://abc13.co/2pTVE24

Jonny Diaz shared some good reminders:
Smile More
Wake Up Early
Do meaningful work
Show more gratitude
Let go of negative habits
Unfollow negative people
Create beautiful memories
Appreciate the little things
https://twitter.com/jonnydiaz/status/856492610566983680/photo/1

In recognition of her significant contributions to Nashville and its musical heritage, six-time GRAMMY winner Amy Grant was recently inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place in Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park on April 27, 2017.
http://ht.ly/KD9X30bt51U

The latest edition of CCM Magazine is now available. The magazine features Mercyme on the cover and also includes articles on Steven Curtis Chapman and Selah. Check out the free online magazine by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/CCMmay1-2017

Steven Curtis Chapman has proclaimed God's name in a lot of places but he posted recently: To sing God's praise in an orphanage, a prison, Carnegie Hall or The White House...always humbled and grateful...always and only for His glory!

Congratulations to Dan Bremnes and his wife. He posted: Welcome to the world Eden Else Bremnes
https://twitter.com/danbremnes/status/860226337159696384/photo/1

Steven Curtis Chapman was at the White House last week. He was part of the National Day of Prayer Service in the rose garden, and he and his wife Mary Beth were also give a quick tour of the Oval Office by the White House Chief of Staff. During the trip to Washington DC Steven also played a special concert at a private dinner at the White House.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTrtbKeBm1d/

A good reminder from Kutless front man Jon Micah Sumrall. He posted: I'm always amazed by the extreme contrasts in my life. Last weekend I was climbing and skiing high above the tree line on a vast mountain. This weekend I find myself in the urban center of Minneapolis. I was reminded that beauty can be found almost anywhere if you are willing to take the time to look for it. This is true not only in the physical world around us, but also in the circumstances of our lives. Sometimes we can find immense beauty in the most unlikely places. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTwxbeuDCBw/

Even the grocery store checkout isle can be a place of ministry. One fan of Mandisa posted: Saturday morning grocery shopping in New York City and found this at the front counter. Attached was a picture of the new simple grace magazine featuring a story about Mandisa
https://twitter.com/AGuyWhoseSaved/status/860839125154451456/photo/1

The band NeedToBreathe was recently at another health center grand opening. The members of the band posted a video from Tola, Nicaragua introducing the latest health care center built by One World Heath using funds raised by NeedToBreathe and their fans.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLJccjDtI5Y

Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey is a married man. The band posted a picture of the happy couple over the weekend and added: We had such an incredible time celebrating his marriage this weekend!
https://twitter.com/swprophets/status/861296566979747842/photo/1

Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey had a rough start to his trip to the Dominican Republic. The day before leaving on the trip with Compassion International Mike tore his calf muscle while playing basketball. That means Mike will be making the trip on crutches.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTuTNYCjKha/

Something new from David Crowder. He posted over the weekend: I've read all the comments you've posted this week and there are some gold in them there comments. I've decided to start a new feature. Every Saturday I'll post my favorite comment of the week. The first comes from Ry Wal, who posted a picture of Crowder playing golf with the inscription: Crowder Woods
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTwgSI_F8hf/

Building 429 front man Jason Roy shared a new family picture over the weekend. He added: My favorite people in the world. Check out the picture by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTpwBlRjSLN/

We are Messengers have a new bus. About six weeks after a crash and fire that destroyed their bus and many of their personal belongings, the posted: Today is a wonderful day. We got our new bus. We have the most incredible supporters, friends and fans in the world. Thank you for believing in us and making this possible. Fans of the group raised more than $73,0000 to purchase the new bus and help the band replace the items lost in the crash.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BThD7MVAOS-/

Natalie Grant received some encouragement last weekend in the form of her six year old daughter Sadie. She posted: So today I woke up with a cloud of darkness over my head. No specific reason, just heavy sadness. But as I laid in my bunk on my bus and pressed in to the presence of God, as I began to speak HIS truth over my heart and mind, His gentle voice spoke the simplest truth over me, and He did it through the sweet voice of my 6 year old who came to me and said: "Momma, when I'm scared I tell myself that Jesus is with me. So if you're going through something that's not that good, I hope you go through it with Jesus." And then Sadie told me she thought she was supposed to tell the people in the audience today the same thing. So she did.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTcNzDMhuH3/

Congratulations to We are Messengers bass player Matthew Montgomery. The band posted a picture of Matthew in his cap and gown and added: So proud of Matthew graduating today. Summa Cum laude. The boy may be the prettiest bass player around but has brains to boot.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTwvxD4gw96/

David Crowder was part of a special golf event last week. He posted a picture with the rest of the golfers as he prepared for the Chick fil A Peach Bowl Golf Challenge.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTl-e_klx01/

A new song from Mandisa, titled What You're Worth, is now available. Mandisa posted: I wrote this song thinking about, and praying for survivors of human trafficking. Ultimately, it became an anthem for women, like me, who are choosing to no longer have our worth tied to our bodies.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTtabmzhShq/

The trio Phillips, Craig and Dean has released their first book. The three pastors announced that the book 25 for 25 is now available. They posted: Journey beyond the songs and read stories from Randy, Dan and Shawn.
https://www.facebook.com/pcdguys/photos/a.151508371
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Song writing runs in Ryan Stevenson's family. He shared a couple of songs on instagram written recently by his son Keegan. Check out disappeared-O and crocodile by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTZFwIPjKTt/

Something new is coming soon from the Newsboys. They posted: There's nothing stronger, nothing higher, Nothing greater, than the Name of Jesus. Attached was a picture with the words: The Cross Has The Final Word-Newsboys with special guest Peter Furler.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTy5nUBFvZW/

A new song from Mandisa, titled What You're Worth, is now available. Mandisa posted: I wrote this song thinking about, and praying for survivors of human trafficking. Ultimately, it became an anthem for women, like me, who are choosing to no longer have our worth tied to our bodies. Check out the lyric video for the song, featuring Britt Nicole, by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTtabmzhShq/https://youtu.be/TIPQMvVLATM

New music from Third Day is now available. Check out the lyric video for their song Revival. The song, written by Mac Powell, was inspired by “Revival Week,” an annual event held by Powell’s childhood church in central Alabama. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoIAcom2zAk

Zach Williams has just released a new music video for his song “Old Church Choir.” The video was filmed just outside of Nashville and is filled with extras who came from all across the country to be part of the video. Check out Old Church Choir by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://ht.ly/bDA130bt7wk

Ever wonder what makes Mercyme front man Bart Millard happy? He posted: Nothing makes me happier than guitarist Mike Scheuchzer's dance during "Happy Dance". Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTQffmcg6Tr/

Danny Gokey took a break from touring last week to promote his line of eye wear. He posted: Took a quick flight home from tour to talk to 2,000 optometrists about The Danny Gokey Eyewear Collection. Now back to my day job.
https://twitter.com/dannygokey/status/860622835710087171/photo/1

Lincoln Brewster was playing the National anthem on specially designed guitar in Los Vegas over the weekend. After the performance the guitar was auctioned to raise money for Motor cross rider Jessy Nelson's recovery.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTw9CApAQt2/

We Are Messengers recently shared a moving story from one of their shows. The band posted: a young lady who came to our show a few days ago wore a ring around her neck. She had been a victim of human trafficking and abused for many years. Her captors made her wear this and told her that they would hurt her if she ever took this off. We led this lady to Jesus and after the show she came to us and placed the ring in our hands. Sobbing with joy she said "I'm free".
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTpU0bTgD59/?taken-by=wearemessengersmusic

The stores are full of things to give Mom this Mother’s Day...but you know that what she really wants is to know that you care. That’s why Family Life Today has created a quick, simple, DIY book that lets you share memories and appreciation. Choose your pages, fill in your thoughts, download, and print! And it’s all completely free. Access the book by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://donate.familylife.com/t/2017-04/engagement/?cru_medium=EM1Mom&cru_campaign=2017AprilEngagement&spMailingID=109
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5 Tips to Help Moms Cope with Life
1. Reserve some time for yourself.
2. Don't struggle with things you can't change.
3. Don't deal with big problems late at night.
4. Try making a list.
5. Seek divine assistance.
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Here are 4 ways to avoid being a social media marriage casualty.
1. Keep everything in the open.
2. Say what you need to say … and say it to the right person.
3. Use social media to build each other up.
4. When you’re together, come together.
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The latest UNICEF report says over five million people – almost half of the South Sudanese population – will face severe food shortages, and over one million children will be acutely malnourished.
http://ift.tt/2pXmd6W

Professor Forbids Student From Reading Bible Before Class
http://fb.me/7RnUrvYsL

What do evangelical Christians think about Fake News? New study from Barna Group : https://www.christiantoday.com/article/christian.leaders.must.he
lp.the.fight.back.against.fake.news/108395.htm

China Releases American Accused of Spying
http://dlvr.it/P4NBMp

Religious Hate Crimes are on the Rise
http://dlvr.it/P4KcdB

Fines for Worship, Prison for Bible Study in China
http://dlvr.it/P4JkyS

Tim Tebow Wins Christian Book of the Year for ‘Shaken’
http://dlvr.it/P4FC7K

Christianity in Danger of Extinction in Iraq: 1.5 Million Christians Have Fled http://dlvr.it/P4D3rd

Georgia College Bans Student for Preaching Gospel in ‘Free Speech Zone’ http://dlvr.it/P4BqRl

New research has found that while evangelical millennials take more liberal views than older generations on some issues, they agree with older generations on others. The two biggest issues which the Pew Forum analyzed were gay rights and abortion. Research revealed that young evangelical Protestants were more accepting of gay marriage and gay rights than their parents, but shared with older generations conservative views on abortion.
http://dlvr.it/P49VRT

A gathering of Christian leaders to discuss a strategy for helping persecuted Christians around the world is scheduled to take place May 10-13 in Washington D.C. The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians is an invite-only gathering that includes over 600 Christians leaders from 130 countries.
http://dlvr.it/P3mdQl

Christian Bakery under Fire for again Refusing to Bake Cake for Gay Couple
http://dlvr.it/P2rJmc

Archbishop Recommends Severing Ties with Girl Scouts Because They are Linked to Planned Parenthood
http://dlvr.it/P2kwWv

Runner Eliud Kipchoge finishes marathon just short of record-breaking 2-hour mark
http://ti.me/2pRSJFd

See the new color Crayola is adding to its iconic box of crayons
http://nbcnews.to/2qDwKEL

Piston's coach adopts dog overlooked in shelter with special needs
http://fxn.ws/2pReVky

Surgeons transplant hep C-infected kidneys, then cure the virus
http://bit.ly/2pRNGGv

85-year-old man dies trying to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest http://nbcnews.to/2qDXpBn

Unknown sisters abandoned separately at birth in Va. reunited on camera 43 years later
http://bit.ly/2qMbd9T

Clemson football players offer hugs, puppies for finals “stress”
http://bit.ly/2q9GuXl

Officer buys car seats for children after traffic stop
http://bit.ly/2qKGjic

Quadriplegic Bride Weds High School Sweetheart in Wheelchair After Drunk Driver Hits Her
http://bit.ly/2pM8xLA

Triplets make medical history, thrive after surgery for rare birth defect http://on.today.com/2qGrts7

One-armed middle school catcher is incredible to watch
http://bcene.ws/2qEyV7c

Mandisa's new album is called Out of the Dark. Now she also has a memory board online related to the album. Mandisa posted over the weekend: Join me by sharing a photo and honoring a loved one that is in heaven. Honor their memory by telling us their story.
http://smarturl.it/MemoryBoard

Rend Collective member Chris Llewelly had an exciting weekend. He posted on instagram: What heights of glamorous excitement are you up to this weekend? Highlights of mine include fixing a vacuum cleaner so I'm setting the bar pretty high...
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTM17p9hbJJ

Mandisa was ambushed over the weekend. She posted a series of four pictures and added: When your record label snaps unsuspecting pictures of you being yourself during video shoot breaks. It was a long day, ok?
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTKrtX4h-Ff/

The web site Freeccm is giving away music from Ellie Holcomb. All this week you can access a FREE DOWNLOAD of Ellie Holcomb’s song “He Will” off her new album Red Sea Road. You also have a chance to WIN an Ellie Holcomb sweatshirt + a vinyl copy of Red Sea Road. Click
http://smarturl.it/FreeCCMDownloads

Casting Crowns Juan Devevo is promoting new music from his church; Eagle's Landing. He posted over the weekend: A TON of good music out right now but I have to start with my home church. The Eagle's Landing Music Vol. 1 album release party will be held April 30.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BTKZQNZFXP0/

Danny Gokey has recorded both Spanish and English versions of his music but now he has something new. He posted: There is a "Spanglish" version of Tell Your Heart To Beat Again on iTunes. https://twitter.com/missmyssie/status/855972966873608192

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