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Husband/wife duo Aaron & Amanda Crabb will be in Washington, D.C. tonight to perform at Family Research Council’s Faith Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball. The couple joins a lineup of performers, including comedian Chonda Pierce, at the black-tie gala set to follow the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on January 20.

Matthew West will release his new book "Hello My Name Is" on April 18. Matthew posted this week: Writing this book helped me rediscover my own identity as a child of the one true King. I am praying that it does the same for you!

Skillet front man John Forman sat down with recently to talk about art, tattoos and tenth studio album, ‘Unleashed’. During the interview, John shared: I love traditional tattoo art, but I also like realistic art as well. I like my tattoos to mean something to me and to make a statement of who I am. Read the entire article by clicking ont he link at

Congratulations to Danny Gokey. His manager informed him this week that his name is the #1 trending search on iTunes.

Colton Dixon was one of 14 well known individuals who recently talked with People Magazine about saving themselves for marriage. The article also included Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Track star Lolo Jones and singer Kevin Jonas. Colton told PEOPLE. “Anywhere we’ve traveled before, we’ve always gotten two hotel rooms. We wanted to remain pure in that area.”

Mark Schultz is finding history right in his own back yard. He posted a picture of a tree that would have seen the civil war here their neighborhood. Mark added: We even have civil war bullets and a belt buckle that were buried in our yard.

A reminder from Chris Tomlin: The Bible is not discreet about our relationship with God. It is clear. God is our Father; we are His children. In fact, God is identified as our Father 265 times in scripture. Most of those are found in the New Testament because through Christ, we have a new identity as an adopted child of God

Plumb says temptation can even come in the form of breakfast cereal. She posted a picture of Chocolate Cheerios and added one hash tag: #danger.

Mandisa says she was so convicted by her devotions today. She posted: I never thought about the fact that even though Caleb was faithful to God (Numbers 13), he was still forced to wander in the desert 40 years with those who were unfaithful. It wasn't until he was 85 that he got his reward (Joshua 14)! If it were me, I imagine I would've been discouraged, complaining, and questioning God about that. But I want to have the kind of faith Caleb had. As long as I'm still here, and there's still breath in my body, my story is still being written. May a read like a story of God's faithfulness!

In October Chris Tomlin released his first children's book, Good Good Father. Now Chris says they adapted the book with a whole new story specifically for your littlest ones. Also included are coloring sheets and scripture memorization flash cards. Find out more about Good Good Father for Little Ones by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace joined her family in paying tribute to her father this week as they celebrated his 51st birthday. Jamie posted: Happy 51st birthday! The guy who taught me how to wire a house, change a fuse in a car and play the drums - all before I was 13. Thank you for being the example of the kind of husband to wait for and never letting me get too old to lean on your shoulder. Thank you for leading me to Jesus and teaching me how to make omelets. We love you.

Kari Jobe is giving away a flyaway vacation to join her for her special album release night of worship in Nashville next month. To enter simply share the cover of Kari's new album, The Garden. The winner will receive a trip for two to the release party on February 19.

Big Daddy Weave has released a video recap of their recent Beautiful Offerings Tour. Throughout the video the members of the band talk about what they hoped to accomplish through the tour with We Are Messengers and Plumb and tell stories of the change that God has accomplished while they've been on the road. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

A recently video by We Are Messengers is off to a great start. Members of the band posted this week that over 1 million of the bands followers have watched the video for their latest song, Magnify. They say: it is a great privilege to see what God is doing with this song.

Casting Crowns Megan Garrett recently shared an encouraging word from 2 Corinthians 10:5. The video clip is part of the bands Weekend Word series. She said God has been using that verse to help her to align her feelings with what God sees. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Hillary Scott says music has always been a part of her life. The member of Lady Antabelam recently talked with CBS news as part of the Artist of Tomorrow series. Although she didn't officially start performing until age 14, Hillary grew up with musical parents so says music and performing has been a part of her life since day one. Her first experience on stage was as part of her families yearly Christmas show. She says her family was one of the few she knew that had a grammy award, won by her mom, Linda Davis, sitting on the microwave.

Ellie Holcomb is out with a new music video. The feature is her new song Find You Here. Check out the official music video by clicking on the link at

TobyMac this week released his new music video for Love Broke Thru. He told Billboard that the video explores the power of love and compassion in the face of adversity. The video debuted this week on billboard and tackles the subject of protest over police violence around the country. Tobymac says "When we started working on the concept for this video we were reminded daily about how divided our nation is." "We didn't want to make just another pretty music video."

The Christian music web site New Release Today was on live with Zach Williams this week. They spent more about 30 minutes talking to Zach, learning more about his music, and answering your questions. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Tenth Avenue North says that, since not everyone can make it to Winterjam, they brought Winterjam to you. The band was live on facebook during their set, giving you a behind-the-stage view of their performance. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Advice from Focus on the Family's John Fuller: Dad and Mom, if this is your home, YOU need to more actively manage the media. Don't replace it with iPads or phones. Give them the gift of your time...your attention. It's not always easy, but read a book, play a game, go out for ice cream, or (fill in the blank for whatever works best for you).

In conjunction with the 2017 March for Life, Focus on the Family and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention are hosting the second annual Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington, DC January 26-28. It’s a chance for concerned believers to be equipped and inspired by pro-life leaders from across the country. Speakers include Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, ERLC President Russell Moore, along with Eugene Cho, Matt Chandler, Albert Mohler, Kelly Rosati, Samuel Rodriguez and many more. However, since not everyone can make the trip to Washington, DC for the gathering, focus is also offering a free simulcast for churches, groups or just to view in your own home. Sign up online by clicking on the link at

The Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl hopes were dashed on Saturday when they were booted from the playoffs after losing 36-20 to the Atlanta Falcons — but it seems people are paying even more attention to what quarterback Russell Wilson did immediately following his team’s defeat than they are the loss itself. Rather than take to social media to express absolute despair, Wilson, 28, showed exactly where his priorities are, penning a touching Instagram note to his wife, Ciara, 31, expressing joy over their marriage as well as their recent announcement that she is expecting the couple’s first child together. “Jesus is an amazing God!” he wrote, sharing a photo of himself, Ciara and her son, Future.

A coalition of Christians from across denominational lines are uniting to pray for President-elect Donald Trump during his first 100 days in office. Their mission: "appealing to Heaven to change the spiritual climate in our nation."

A Muslim leader who once violently persecuted Christians embraced Christ after hearing the Gospel at his daughter's wedding. Now he has been martyred for his faith.

An aid group supporting local ministries overseas says the Holy Spirit is "stirring" in war-torn Syria and drawing "thousands" of Muslims to Christian missionaries who are working in the region.

An group of Christian families have chosen to stay in Aleppo to serve as a light for Christ in their destroyed city. While surrounded by the violence of civil war between rebel fighters and government forces, these believers represent the peace that passes all understanding. To help, the Voice of the Martyrs is sponsoring 40 Christian families this year who have chosen to remain in war-torn Aleppo. They are providing funds to help them rebuild their lives, educate their children and reestablish their church communities.

As the NFL playoffs come to a close, Sports Illustrated writer and editor Richard Deitsch asked a panel of journalists who cover the league various questions about the state of the sport. The first question he asked was their opinion on what subject doesn’t receive enough coverage in the NFL. Amrando Salguero, an NFL columnist at the Miami Herald, said the media heavily underreports the role of faith in the lives of NFL players. He talked about how much adversity comes during an NFL career, and how many turn to the Lord in these times of need. He further told of how many players and coaches “see themselves as Christians first and employees of “the NFL later.”

A Chinese church leader is scheduled to stand trial next week over allegations of "illegal business operations". Zhang Xiuhong, a deacon at the Guiyang Huoshi Church in Guizhou province, was responsible for the house church's financial affairs. Zhang faces charges of running an illegal business after she allegedly withdrew church funds from the cash register in her beauty shop.

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The most expensive home ever listed in the United States is now for sale and you can take a tour. Developer Bruce Makowsky unveiled the fully furnished, $250-million Bel Air mansion Wednesday. The newly built Los Angeles property features a 38,000-square-foot mansion with 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, and six bars. That's not including another 17,000 square-feet of entertainment decks.

Amy Craton will tell you it’s never too late to finish what you’ve started, even if it takes more than five decades to do it. The 94-year-old great-grandmother this week celebrated receiving her college degree, which she earned with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Craton had put her education on hold in 1962 to return to work and raise her four children following a divorce.

Five missing 9/11 memorial photos found in a Lee's Summit cave

Each year, more than 800,000 people are released from federal and state prisons, and an estimated 22% have visible tattoos. Often, these tattoos prevent previously incarcerated individuals from finding a job. That’s where San Francisco Bay Area based nonprofit Jails to Jobs comes in. The organization has created a training program to teach medical professionals, tattoo artists, and others how to create a free or low-cost tattoo removal program to serve the communities in which they operate.

Donald Trump pledged to "Make America Great Again" during his 2016 presidential campaign. And before he's even had a chance to make good on that promise, he's asked his lawyer to trademark future slogans. In an interview with the Washington Post published Wednesday, Trump said he wanted to trademark both "Keep America Great" and "Keep America Great!" for when he runs for re-election in 2020.

Authorities say the teen kidnapped as a newborn knew for more than a year. In the exclusive interview that also aired on “Good Morning America,” Alexis said that she acknowledged what Williams did was wrong but said she was a “great mother.”

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Fireman Mark Hadden Delivered Grace after responding to an emergency call. Two Days Later She's in His Arms Again, this time as his adopted daughter.

the NFL is always looking for new ways to engage younger audiences with unique and fresh content. For its latest effort, the league is partnering with AwesomenessTV to take a behind-the-scenes look at the NFL and the people who run it. The multi-part video series, "In the NFL," lifts the curtain on how the league functions.

The price of the popular "Forever" stamp is about to go up. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) first announced the change in October, though the change doesn't take effect until Sunday, Jan. 22. At that point it will cost you 49 cents, up from 47 cents, to mail a one-ounce first-class letter.

Several Christian artists took part in Martin Luther King Jr. events this week. Tobymac posted a picture with his wife as they joined together for a Martin Luther King day march in
Franklin, Tennessee. Meanwhile, Worship leader Christy Nockels posted pictures as she spent time worshiping with fellow believers at the First Missionary Baptist Church.

Third Day front man Mac Powell will be one of the artists featured this week on NRA TV. The series premier of Sessions will air this Thursday. It will feature the Veterans Day performance by Craig Morgan with special guests Mac Powell and Taya Kyle. The program will air at both 10:30am and 7:30pm CT.

Brandon Heath said goodbye to a friend this week. He posted: You guys might remember my post almost a year ago about my friend Gene Cernan. He is the last man to walk on the moon. I spent a weekend with him in New York City for the premier of his movie Last Man on the Moon. I learned a lot from him in our brief time together. He was a pioneer and a hero, but he was very much a regular guy with regular challenges which I appreciated knowing both sides. He slipped through the surly bonds of Earth, once again today. To heaven this time, hoping he got another glimpse of Earth on his way.

The latest edition of CCM Magazine is now available online. The January 15 edition of the free magazine features Danny Gokey on the cover and also includes articles about this month's Passion conference and Zach Williams.

Matthew West did his best to cheer the Kansas City Chief's on to victory Sunday night but it wasn't enough. Matthew posted a picture in a Kansas City t-shirt and hat while doing a tomahawk chop during this game. Kansas city kept the Pittsburg Steelers out of the end zone but allowed 6 field goals, losing the game 18 to 16.

Plumb was feeling like a girl this week but that wasn't necessarily a good thing. She posted a picture of a flat tire on their suburban this week and added: The Things That Happen To Me When My Husband Is Away. She added the hash tags I Need To Learn How To Change A Tire and I feel like such a girl right now.

Matthew West and Jordan Feliz spent a day together writing music at Matthew West's cabin. However, Matthew noticed a trend. He posted: We had a great time, but he kept insisting that we go down to the river to pray.

Music from Audio Adrenaline was featured in the latest Dude Perfect video. Listen to MOVE in the new Dude Perfect Extreme Marksman Edition Video

The Christian Post is giving you the chance to participate in Winter Jam. They released a video this week features Tenth Avenue North live form the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2017. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

David Dunn is out with a new live studio music video for his song I Wanna Go Back. Check out his live studio session by clicking on the link at

Being married to your bandmate has its advantages. Jodi of Love and the Outcome posted: Dreaming and rehearsing an exciting new set for 2017. When you're married you can do all this from home.

Dr James Dobson this week showed off the Aoudad Ram he brought down while hunting in Texas this weekend. The Speaker on the program Family Talk shot the Ram while taking part in an event for Patrick Henry College.

If you have experienced the difficulty of losing your way on the Christian journey Insight for Living Wants to help. Their new Christian Living page contains practical wisdom for living out daily what we say we believe.

Communication is one of the most important ingredients in a lasting marriage, and it’s also one of the toughest, especially if you’re not both ready to communicate at the same level. Now you can find your marriage communication level now with a quick, 6-question quiz, from Family Life Today.

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7 Things to Do for Your Spouse in the Next 7 Days from Family Minute.
1. Monday: Send an encouraging text to start your spouse’s week off right.
2. Tuesday: Cook the family dinner.
3. Wednesday: Write a quick handwritten note saying why you’re thankful for your spouse.
4. Thursday: Take an evening walk or bike ride together.
5. Friday: Plan a romantic date for you and your spouse.
6. Saturday: Let your spouse sleep in and cook them breakfast in bed.
7. Sunday: Take your spouse to church.

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In a victory for Child Evangelism Fellowship, its after-school Good News Club can now continue to distribute promotional flyers to K-5 students in the Cascade School District.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed two pro-life bills on Jan. 9 after they rocketed through the Republican-controlled House and Senate on Jan. 7. The state Senate approved the measure requiring an ultrasound before an abortion in a 32-5 vote, and the House voted 83-12 in favor of a 20-week abortion ban. While the bills passed overwhelmingly in the legislature, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) already had a legal challenge prepared, immediately filing suit against the ultrasound requirement.

More than 20 Catholic churches across Manchester will close in a radical shake up announced by Salford Diocese. Another 100 parishes are set to amalgamate under plans announced in churches throughout the area on Sunday. The strategy comes as the diocese is struggling to cope with dwindling congregations.

Hundreds of children from Manila's slums were baptized on Saturday during a mass ceremony as part of a Catholic outreach program. Many poor families are discouraged from taking part in religious rites because they can't afford to provide the feast that is expected afterwards. The Foundation, which is affiliated with the Catholic Church, therefore conducted its fifth mass baptism at Manila Cathedral on January 14, and all families that took part were given lunch afterwards.

Prosecutors in Egypt's Minya province have dropped a case against members of a Muslim mob who were accused of stripping naked and parading a 70-year-old Coptic woman in the streets. The mob had also allegedly attacked, ransacked and set on fire the homes of seven Christian families. Prosecutors cited lack of sufficient evidence as the reason for dropping the case. However, the lawyer was quoted as saying, "The preliminary investigation heard testimonies supporting her account from family members and policemen at the scene.

President-elect Donald Trump will swear on two different Bibles during his inauguration ceremony at the United States Capitol on Friday, one of which will be the same Bible used by Abraham Lincoln during his first inauguration. The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced on Tuesday that Trump, who will be sworn in as the 45th president, will also use his own Bible.

The United Kingdom defied the anti-Israel sentiment coursing through Sunday's "peace" summit in Paris by criticizing the conference as detrimental to Israel's interests and refusing to sign a joint statement issued after the summit which called for a two-state solution. In a statement released by the UK's Foreign Office, UK officials said they had had "particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them," referring to the lack of representatives from Israel or the Palestinian contingent.

A major Muslim organization is working to shut Franklin Graham out of the inauguration. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on President-elect Donald Trump to drop Franklin, describing him as a "notorious Islamophobe".

Donald Trump may have a point about paid protesters. According to the Washington Times, Job ads running in more than 20 cities offer $2,500 per month for agitators to demonstrate at this week’s presidential inauguration events. Demand Protest, a San Francisco company that bills itself as the “largest private grassroots support organization in the United States,” posted identical ads Jan. 12 in multiple cities on seeking “operatives.”

Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. According to Yahoo news, the report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights. It is the only entity which strives to count all abortions in the U.S. The total from 2014 represented a drop of 12.5 percent from Guttmacher's previous survey, which tallied 1.06 million abortions in 2011.

Jessa Duggar Seewald recently had a baby shower for her second child. Instead of keeping the gifts she was given, however, the star of the show “Jill and Jessa: Counting On” decided to donate them to a pro-life pregnancy center. Jessa and the 130 baby shower attendees put together gift packages for women at the Loving Choices Pregnancy Center. They also included Bibles in the gift packages.

On Friday, Donald Trump and Mike Pence will participate in a tradition that’s over 200 years old -- the presidential and vice-presidential inauguration. But the festivities for Trump and Pence are set to begin even before Inauguration Day. Here's what's planned:

Woman with brain cancer is set to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

A pendant similar to one owned by Holocaust victim Anne Frank has been unearthed at the site of the former German Nazi extermination camp, Sobibór, which was in occupied Poland. The pendant bears a date, the words "Mazal Tov" in Hebrew and the city "Frankfurt A.M.". It is similar to only one other known to exist that belonged to Anne Frank, whose diary of her time in hiding in Amsterdam is read the world over. It has been found along with jewelry and other items in a part of the camp where victims were forced to undress and have their heads shaved.

A new browser extension called Library Extension is now available. Install it on Google Chrome and it will pull up listings of where you can find the books you’re scoping out on Amazon at your local libraries.

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The D.B. Cooper case baffled investigators for decades. Now, scientists have a new theory.

Onion prices are expected to soar over the next few weeks. About 18 onion storage and packing facilities in southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon have collapsed over the past week from the weight of snow and ice, knocking out about 25 percent of the region’s total onion processing capacity.

Depression is probably much harder on your heart than we realized. It’s known as a mental disorder, but depression can also have an impact on your physical health, particularly your heart — according to a new study. According to the new research, which was published in the journal Atherosclerosis, the risk of fatal heart disease in men due to depression is almost the same as the risk from elevated cholesterol levels or obesity.

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The Secret to This Woman's 102-Pound Weight Loss? Walking

The Volvo FMX 18-ton construction truck bills itself as "built for the toughest working conditions on earth." Now they've proven the claim in a unique and effective way: by letting an adorable and fearless 4-year-old girl take it for a test drive. The film, "Look Who's Driving," puts Sophie at the proverbial wheel, driving the truck through a construction site using a remote control device. As Volvo's testers look on, Sophie excitedly pilots the vehicle through mini-explosions, a water-filled trench and other obstacles. At one point, the truck tumbles over a ravine before it safely turns right side up and keeps going. It then crashes through a house, again emerging unscathed.

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The long-lost print that changed the course of Ben Franklin’s life has resurfaced after 300 years

No matter where they stand on a $3.8 billion pipeline that would funnel oil through their state, North Dakota legislators have grown weary of a year of protests that have brought international scrutiny and a mounting police bill. So, according to the Washington Post, they’ve drafted legislation in direct response to what’s happening near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. One bill would make it illegal for adults to wear masks. Another would let the state sue the federal government for the cost of policing the pipeline protests. Now, a legislator wants to give motorists a pass if they happen to hit one of the protesters.

Videri Chocolate Factory found a unique way to celebrate 5 years in business. According to Ad Week, The Raleigh, N.C., chocolate maker created special posters, completely made of chocolate, celebrating its 5th anniversary. The posters weigh two pounds each, use 70 percent dark craft chocolate and were handcrafted by Videri co-CEO and chocolate maker Sam Ratto.

For years, people have touted a theory that all Pixar films are connected. Now, through a video posted on the official Toy Story Facebook page, Disney would like to let us know that theory is absolutely true. The video features short clips from every single Pixar movie to date and shows fans exactly where to find the Easter eggs that bring them full circle.

Aaron Shust was celebrating a miracle over the weekend. He says their son Michael turned 5 year old over the weekend. Aaron added: Our boy was born with a 1% survival rate. He was born with half of a heart and has had two open heart surgeries. X-rays showed he had no tooth buds, but they miraculously all came in. He was deaf, but was miraculously healed. We were told by doctors he would never talk or walk, but we can't keep him still or quiet. I give testimony to the Love and Power of the One True God.

Worship leader Darlene Zschech was showing off her new shoes. She described them as a tad ugly and a bit pricey but added that she hopes they will help her to recover her active lifestyle. Darlene posted: the part of my body to suffer most post chemo are my feet. Most days it's hard to walk for the first half an hour or so, and for one who loves and needs to exercise, let alone just live life to the full, this can be extremely frustrating. My brother put me onto these HOKA shoes from France. And I can feel the difference in my feet already. So.. hope this helps somebody. I don't like keeping good news to myself.

Passion pastor Louie Giglio spoke to the Atlanta Falcons before their big win on Saturday. Falcons Chaplain Daniel Gray posted: We had the honor of Louie Giglio speaking at Falcons chapel tonight. Hands down best chapel message I've ever heard. Now let's get this win! The team did just that, defeating the Seahawks 36 to 20.

Thanks to JJ Heller and her fans, a lot of children are being encouraged and ministered to. Each time someone buys JJ's "I Dream of You" lullaby album, she also donates one to a children's hospital. JJ Heller announced over the weekend: So far I've donated over 8,500 lullaby albums to hospitals.

Rend Collective is out with a new book. Campfire Devotional is now available for download. It features an interesting look at the Irish Worship band and the campfire stories shared with them by their fans.

2017 may just be the biggest year yet for Danny Gokey. According to People Magazine, in addition to the release of his new CD this month, Danny and his wife Leyicet are also expecting a new baby this year. Danny says Leyicet broke the news on New Years Eve. The couple’s third baby will join siblings Daniel Emanuel, 4 this month, and Victoria Isabella, 2.

Natalie Grant shared Colossians 3:23 on Sunday. She posted: Such a good verse of the day for today and every day. Love this definition of the word "willingly": cheerfully consenting or ready. Can you imagine what would happen if we approached EVERYTHING we do with a cheerfully consenting and ready attitude? Feeling the conviction. So when my expectations aren't met, things aren't going as planned, my dreams seem smashed - whatever it may be...attitude and perspective are everything, and set the tone not only for my own life but for all the lives around me.

Joel and Luke from For King and Country were wearing beanies from Love Your Melon over the weekend. The two said they were wearing them for every child battling cancer in America. Fifty percent of profit from the sale of the organizations products go to help work in the field of pediatric oncology, fund cancer research initiatives and provide immediate support for families of children battling cancer.

Passion will release their latest album in mid February. Kristian Stanfill announced over the weekend that Worthy Of Your Name will be available digitally on February 17. You will have to wait a little longer for the physical copies. They won't release until March 24. However, the first two songs from the new project are already available. They include This We Know featuring Kristian and Worthy of Your Name featuring Sean Curran.

Sometimes taking advice from your heroes doesn’t turn out like you hope. According to an interview in Billboard, after placing third on the eighth season of American Idol, Danny Gokey followed mentor Randy Travis’ counsel and began pursuing a career as a country artist. Though Travis told Gokey he’d find success bringing “soul” to the country format, it turns Christian music was the better fit. After his country debut didn’t exactly set the world on fire, Gokey made the transition to the faith-based music market with his second album in June 2014. Last Friday he continued along that career path with the release of his new album Rise.

Late in 2016 Mike Grayson of MIKESCHAIR and Molly Reed of City Harbor announced that they had joined forces to create a new group called Grayson Reed. Late last week the husband/wife duo released their first EP, titled Walk. It includes six songs.

Joel and Luke of For King and Country announced over the weekend that DVD copies of their movie Priceless will be available on Valentines Day, February 14. In the meantime, they have made a full 4 minute intro to the film available on their facebook page.

The latest music video from Stars Go Dim is now available. The feature is their rendition of The Doxology. Check out Doxology by Stars Go Dim by clicking on the link at

We are Messengers says Hope is their message. They have released a recap of their first headline tour. Watch the video recap by clicking on the link at

Mark Schultz posted a picture of his families groceries safely seatbelted into their van and ready for the trip home. He posted: When a bag of groceries costs this much, you treat it like part of the family.

Matthew West was part of an interesting photo shoot over the weekend. He posted a picture on instagram as he relaxed in a chair in front of a roaring fire...holding a stuffed chicken. Yes, you heard correctly, a stuffed chicken. No word from Matthew at this point regarding why he was holding the chicken and it seems to be a well kept secret. Even Matthew's wife Emily asked "why?" in the comments section of the picture.

Britt Nicole is an artist but she's also a mom. She posted: After the show is the after party and the after party equals us watching movies on iPad! Britt shared a picture as she watched a video with her daughter after a show in Florida.

Later this month Phil Wickham will be joining his brother to help begin the process of starting a church in San Diego. Phil posted late last week: on Jan 27th I'll be joining my brother, Worship leader Evan Wickham, and other friends for the first Seek Night in downtown San Diego. To be clear, this is not a concert. This will be a night of prayer as we move towards God's vision for His Church and the city. In the coming year Evan will be planting a church here in downtown San Diego and I couldn't be more excited about it! All who have a heart to see Gods Kingdom come to San Diego are welcome to join us. Exciting things on the horizon!

Switchfoot is in training as they prepare for their Canada tour in early February. The band posted a Canada tour training video over the weekend. Included in their rigorous training routine was snow shoveling, snow angels, and catching a hockey puck with their teeth. Front man John Foreman even spent some time in the penalty box after an especially vicious check into the board on the ice. Watch the video as Switchfoot trains for the Looking for Canada tour. Click on the link at

Josh Wilson and his family headed out on their first ever cruise over the weekend. Josh says they will be cruising the Caribbean this week but it won't be all fun and games. Josh is one of several artists featured on the cruise that set sail on Saturday and runs through much of this week.

3 Steps of Kindness That Can Transform Your Marriage from Focus on the Family
Recognizing and eliminating our own negativity.
Offering our positivity, affirmation, and praise to others.
Performing acts of kindness toward someone else.

Franklin Graham officially dedicated the Samaritan’s Purse emergency field hospital in Iraq late last week. The 50-bed trauma unit is located on the Plains of Nineveh and is designed to treat those injured in the battle between Iraqi and coalition forces and ISIS militants in Mosul. An estimated 3,000 people a day are now fleeing the city—a number of whom have sustained life-threatening injuries from the conflict.

More than 250 leaders with Christians United For Israel are in the nation's capital to speak up for Israel in light of the United Nation's recent controversial resolution.

Pope Francis has appealed for more care for child migrants on the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. In a hard-hitting Angelus message in St Peter's Square he told pilgrims and tourists migrant children are "our brothers and sisters" who are exposed to many dangers including being sold into sexual slavery. In a statement he referred to the world of Jesus, who said it would be better for those who cause little ones to sin to have a millstone tied around their necks and be thrown into the sea.

Researchers excavating the remains of one of the most notorious Nazi death camps have uncovered a pendant that appears identical to one belonging to Anne Frank

For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high. But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism. Thus, Asia increasingly merits concern alongside the Middle East, according to the 2017 World Watch List (WWL) released by Open Doors.

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A 4th century doctor is credited for creating the first hospital in Western society.

New Nigeria law requiring resignation after age 70 or 20 years in pulpit; affects 90% of evangelical pastors.

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Thousands Push Back against the UK’s Plan to Have Government Inspect Sunday Schools

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Missouri School District Bans Middle School Bible Studies

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Tennessee: Lawmaker Pushing to Have ‘In God We Trust’ on License Plates

MSU Settles Lawsuit With Student Who Refused to Counsel Gay Couples

After eight years, President Barack Obama and his family will move to a new home as his time in office comes to an end. But before it does, the First Family wanted to give the public one last tour of its home—but this time in virtual reality.
Felix and Paul Studios, working alongside Facebook's Oculus team and the Obama administration, has spent months shooting an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of the White House to give viewers a more detailed look at what it means to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The eight-minute version of the film, which debuted over the weekend, will be followed sometime next year with a longer 20-minute film.

How the White House staff welcomes a new First Family

Woman Kidnapped at Birth 18 Years Ago Is Found Alive

LGBT population has reached 10 million in America. Increases seen among millennials, women, minorities

Is running on a treadmill really the same as outdoor running?

Israel is building the world's largest solar tower

The United States Mint and Treasury have unveiled a new gold coin that portrays Lady Liberty as a woman of color for the first time in American history. In a press conference Thursday held in the Department of Treasury's "historic" Cash Room, the two departments introduced the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin, which celebrates 225 years of coins being minted in the U.S.

A 4-year-old Georgia girl's love of books has taken her all the way to the Library of Congress. Daliyah Marie Arana got to serve as "Librarian for the Day" at the Washington institution last week. The Gainesville Academy preschooler, who has been reading since she was about 2 years old, recently completed reading 1,000 books through the Georgia 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten Program. The program challenges children to read 1,000 books before their first day of kindergarten.

The new year marks the 150th celebration of Canadian Confederation, and to commemorate the country’s birthday, Parks Canada is offering free admission in 2017 to all national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas in 2017 to both Canadians and travelers alike.

How to get rid of unwanted, outdated electronics

One Utah family has decided to take winter fun in the backyard to an Olympic level. According to, Thomas Williams and many of his 15 children spent 10 hours a day over Christmas break building their annual ice luge run around the family's home in South Jordan. At 300 feet long, it's more than 20 seconds of joyriding winter bliss for the kids.

Private jets are reserved for the rich and famous, right? While that was once the case, specialized programs are making more exclusive aircraft readily available to the non-billionaire set looking for an A-list experience. According to, bow, one company is offering fares starting at just $29. No, that’s not a mistake. Starting Feb. 6, JetSuiteX will offer flights between Southern California's Santa Monica Airport and San Jose, Las Vegas and Carlsbad on luxuriously configured Embraer 135 aircraft starting at just $29 each way for a limited time.

Girl held at gunpoint refused to give up Chicken McNugget

At least five asylum-seekers have died as temperatures plummet this week across Europe.

We are messengers needs your help. In the fall the members of the band announced plans to purchase a bus so the family of front man Darren Mulligan could travel with him as they travers the country playing nearly 200 shows a year. The Go Fund Me campaign jumped out to a quick start, raising more than half of the money needed in just a couple of months. However, the donations have slowed with the band still more than $8,000 short of their $20,000 goal.

Micah Tyler may need some re-eduction on date nights. He recently posted a picture of he and his wife on a date night at the theater. However, he added that the kids had come along. Micah's plan: we'll just ignore them.

Good news from Chris August. He's currently constructing a studio in his home and says he got all the electrical and HVAC done this week without getting electrocuted. Chris added: Can't wait to make some music in here.

Hawk Nelson front man Jon Stiengard may be reconsidering his decision to keep his motorcycle with a baby on the way. He posted a picture of his brother in the ER with a badly scratched temple and forehead and added: For sale: 2012 triumph bonneville - with some "personality."

Aaron Shust already knows the winner of this years Super Bowl. His sons played a three hour paper football tournament over their winter break, culminating with the Double Length Super Bowl game. According to the Shust family results, the Packers will destroy the Patriots 42-0 this year. However, Aaron was quick to add: In reality we know the Steelers will take it all.

Joel from for King and Country is asking for your help in raising awareness about human trafficking. He posted a challenge this week: Take 30 seconds a day for 30 days to do simple acts of kindness showing love, honor and respect for another person and share your stories to help raise awareness of Human Trafficking. As an extra encouragement, the band is giving away a flyaway trip with 2 VIP Passes + Hotel to an upcoming concert. You are entered each time you share your priceless story.

Third Day's Mac Powell says the best home school classroom isn't found in the home. He posted a picture as his daughter worked on her homework and said the best classroom is actually at the Wafflehouse.

What is the key to life on the road? The members of Rend Collective say it's all about layers. They say less layers were required this week during their stop in California but they'll be putting them back on in February when they joing the Rock and Worship Roadshow.

Matthew West posted this week: Excited to launch a new series of Day One devotionals called “Mended.” Sign up at the link in my bio to receive weekly devotions right to your email.

Brandon Heath was sporting a large bandage on his thumb this week. He says he sliced his finger on a meat slicer

It may take Plumb a little longer than planned to clean out her closet. She posted a picture of her bedroom floor covered with clothes, shoes, and hats and said this is how far I got in cleaning my closet.

Chris August has released the official lyric video for "Pieces". Check out the latest new song from Chris by clicking on the link at

Stars Go Dim released a live video for their song Doxology Thursday night. In celebrating the release, the band also held a facebook live broadcast, performing the new song and others live online, taking questions, and sharing more about the new project. Check out the live broadcast at the bands facebook page

Colton Dixon is back this week with new music. He released a lyric video for the song “All That Matters” exclusively on the billboard web site. All That Matters is the first track from Colton’s third studio album Identity. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Greg Laurie's Harvest America posted a picture of University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona this week. They added: On June 11th this stadium will become a church as we gather thousands of people under one name: Jesus. Please pray for Harvest America 2017!

When pastor Charles Stanley launched "The Chapel Hour" in 1972 on Atlanta-area television stations, he probably never dreamed that 45 years later his ministry would become so expansive that it would cover most of the earth. According to the Baptist Press, "In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley" programs are now seen and heard around the world on more than 2,800 radio and televisions outlets. And, through the means of modern technology and communication, the former Southern Baptist Convention president's messages can be heard on every continent in 150 countries. His sermons have been translated into 114 different languages and counting. To date In Touch has also given out more than 750,000 solar-powered audio devices that hold up to 65 of Stanley's sermons as well as the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs in a variety of languages, valued at a total of more than $26 million.

This Sunday, January 15th as we celebrate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, it’s about the unborn, yes, but it’s also about so much more.

The TNT program places basic computer tablets loaded with Bible translation tools and other applications into the hands of mother-tongue Bible translators around the world, including those who live in areas where Christians are severely oppressed and persecuted.

New study shows power of Christianity to arouse passionate emotion.

A $60 million attraction with unprecedented technology will open on Independence Mall in fall 2018, highlighting how from past to present, the Bible has changed those who changed America

A Chinese megapastor has been arrested on charges of embezzling funds, according to persecution watchdog China Aid. The Texas-based charity reports that Gu 'Joseph' Yuese was formally arrested on January 7, after being detained by police before Christmas.

Open Doors UK has released a list of the 50 most dangerous countries in which to live as a Christian:

A Nigerian pastor whose church was burned down by Boko Haram says 'God works all things together for good'.

A judge in Algeria has reduced from five years to one year a prison sentence for a Christian convicted of offending Islam with cartoons on his Facebook page.

Dennis Quaid is slated to star in I Can Only Imagine, which is based on the multiplatinum, top-selling MercyMe song. The movie will be released in spring 2018.

Pope Francis is as popular as a rockstar, except with some Conservative Roman Catholics…

Christian Aid. The relief organisation says that refugees in Greece and Bulgaria are in a desperate situation. According to Christian Aid: "Earlier today it was reported that two Iraqi men have died in Bulgaria after walking through the snow for 48 hours without access to food or water. In Greece, where temperatures have reached -14°C, an Afghan refugee has also died."

The latest in shoes: changeable heels.

A Rochester, New York, man who found himself in the midst of the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday did something amazing that everyone should know about. He stepped in to protect a woman from gunfire.

Need motivation to get off the couch and get moving? Look no further than a study out of Canada published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, which revealed that those without the ‘apolipoprotein E’ genotype linked to dementia are at just as much risk if they aren’t active.

Candy bandit squirrel finally gets caught in the act

Pew Research Study: Majorities of police officers say that recent high-profile fatal encounters between black citizens and police officers have made their jobs riskier, aggravated tensions between police and blacks, and left many officers reluctant to fully carry out some of their duties.

2016 was a big year for Kickstarter. The crowdfunding platform took some time Wednesday to highlight the year in Kickstarter projects. In total, 3.5 million people supported Kickstarter projects last year.

Twitter is shutting down its business-focused Dashboard tool just six months after its launch.

After the tragic death of her newborn son, a mom found some peace by generously donating her breast milk to other babies.

Qatar Airways is in the middle of its Travel Festival sale, offering half off the price of international flights from the U.S. until Jan. 16. But they’ve upped the ante by sprinkling in flights to several world-class destinations for a mere $0 on their website. All you have to do is find the airfare, which is hidden on its site.

A pair of twins who were separated at birth in China, and then adopted by two different American families who lived hundreds of miles apart, were reunited for the first time in person this week

Young adults were among the earliest social media users, but older adults are increasingly using social media. Pew research Sociial Media Fact Sheet

Big changes are headed for Snapchat — again. The company is set to roll out a major redesign of its app in the coming days. The new look, which is being previewed to the company's beta testers on Android now, adds a search bar, new navigation and a global live story that will feature snaps from all over the world.

Switchfoot Lead singer Jon Foreman this week released what he called: "An Open Letter to the American Church". In the letter Jon, the son of a pastor, talks about his own struggles and encourages the church to return to their first love. He saws: I confess that we have grown cold. That we have lost sight of our True Love. And together we have forgotten the cross: the self-sacrificial love of the One who calls us to go and do likewise. Read the entire letter by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace has announced her goal for the new year. She posted: 2017 is the year I pursue acting. She said: I'm an agentless dreamer wondering if maybe, just maybe, acting is something I could do more often. My goals are to learn, work hard, grow from my weaknesses, become confident in my strengths but most of all - have fun. landing a role or two would simply be the icing on the cake.

Third Day's Mac Powell says his day started well but didn't end like he had hoped. Mac says he unexpectedly got the Delta upgrade on the way to Tampa for the College Football National Championship game and added: Lets hope it's a good sign for the rest of the day! Roll tide. However it wasn't to be. Clemson stormed back to defeated Mac's beloved Crimson tide in the final seconds of this weeks championship game.

Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey says: Next Stop-wedding day. He posted a picture with his fiancee while enjoying their wedding shower in Indiana.


Crowder says: The sky's the limit for your very own spinach party! That's right, thanks to the deal of the day, you can now have a spinach party. Crowder posted a picture of a sign at his local grocery store that advertised: Spinach for $1. Buy 10 and have a spinach party. No limit.

Join Stars Go Dim for a facebook live broadcast this Thursday evening. The band will be live online at 8:00pm CT to play some music, answer questions, and talk about their new song called Doxology

Danny Gokey was talking about his new album this week. He recorded a video talking about his new album scheduled for release on Friday and the video recorded for the project. Check out the "behind the scenes" clip by clicking on the link at

Kerrie Roberts: My last full length album was released in 2013. Today is the first day of mixing for my newest full length project due out in March!

Danny Gokey says he's been waiting all summer to be able to share his new video for the song Rise. Just days before the release of his album by the same name, Danny is now out with video for the title song. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Danny Gokey is giving you the chance to hear new music from his new album before it's release this weekend. Danny and his band were live on facebook last night (Tuesday) performing some of the songs from the the new project. Check out the broadcast at Danny's facebook page

Colton Dixon is giving you a preview of his upcoming lyric video for his new song “All That Matters”. Check out a clip from the video before it's official worldwide release by clicking on the link at

Tenth Avenue North was live on facebook this week for their first Tenth on the Tenth of 2017. The band talked about their new song I Have This Hope, the first weekend of Winter Jam, their new adult coloring book, and more. Access the facebook live video by clicking on the link at

Third Day guitarist Mark Lee tweeted this week: What are a redneck's last 2 words? Then he proceeded to do a front flip into a bean bag before sharing the two words; "That Hurts!"

Crowder was joined on stage by Carrie Underwood during his performance helping open Passion 2017 just over a week ago. Now you can check out two videos featuring David Crowder and Carrie Underwood. Click on the link at

Looking for a way to reach your community with the gospel? Greg Laurie's Harvest America is offering a free live simulcast that you can host yourself or through your local church. The 2017 Harvest America gathering will take place in Arizona on June 11 but officials say it's not to early to sign up for the live simulcast now.

Precept Ministries announced this week that Jack Arthur, husband of Kay Arther, passed away this week at the age of 91. Kay posted: This morning, Jack passed from this earthly body to the wonderful presence of our Lord. What he used to know by faith he now knows by sight! Jack and Kay had been married for 51 years.

The 2017 March for Life is taking place in Washington DC later this month. On January 27 the largest pro-life rally in the country will take place in the nations capital but, even if you can’t travel to Washington, the Colson Center is encouraging you to pray. They have developed a prayer guide as an aid you in doing that. Right now you can download the “21 Days of Prayer for Life” by clicking on the link at

Seven most common blogging mistakes.

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Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world.

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(Heartwarming) Single dad starts a workshop to help fathers learn how to braid their daughters hair and it...

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God allowed Trump to win to protect this nation, says evangelist Franklin Graham

This Pentecostal Denomination Just Made Massive History

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Queen goes to church in first public appearance of the year:

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A Coptic Christmas: 'We Are Ready to Die in Any Church that They Wish to Bomb'

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Trans Person Sues to Force Catholic Hospital to Perform Gender Surgeries

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Jewish Entrepreneur Helps Missionary Doctors Save Lives in Africa

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Star Asks for Prayers for Daughter Born 5 Months Premature

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Another 5,000 Jews quit France for Israel after targeted terror attacks:

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A Christian charity in the Middle East says thousands of Muslims are converting amid intense persecution:

Did you know 80 percent of those unreached with the Gospel live in a country where YouTube is the first or second

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Bob Rutherford has made more than 10,000 socks for shelters across Canada using his homemade knitting machine.

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UPS Deliveries May Now Arrive Via Electrically-Powered Bikes

Centuries-old Giant Sequoia tree in California that wowed visitors with tunnel in its massive trunk felled by storm.

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Pregnant woman stranded in storm saved by mystery snow plow driver just in time for baby’s delivery

The cost of raising a child jumps to $233,610

Scientists Predict Star Collision Visible To The Naked Eye In 2022

Influenza activity on the rise across the US, with 10 states reporting high levels of activity. Here's what to know:

VW plans for beloved microbus to be world's 1st electric multi-purpose vehicle with fully autonomous driving mode.

Dallas couple plans to build community for people with autism

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Smoking costs global economy $1T, soon to kill 8M annually, study says

This family's daily commute is about to become a test for Volvo's autonomous car

911 dispatcher in Texas is being praised for staying calm when her daughter called to report their house was on fire

It looks like Brandon Heath New Year's resolution may be in trouble. He posted a picture of a great-looking desert over the weekend and added: How's my New Years diet going you ask?

It sounds like MercyMe guitarist Mike Scheuchzer was excited to see snow. He posted a picture of the Tennessee snow covered ground and added: 100% chance of awesome today!!!

Britt Nicole on why she sings: "My ultimate goal in making music is to see broken people's hearts healed." She recently talked with LifeZette. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

The airport shooting in Fort Lauderdale hit especially close to home for Christian artist Kerrie Roberts: I've flown in and out of this airport hundreds of times. I'm praying for the victims' families. My heart is broken

The adoption and child care organization formed by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife is inviting you to join them on a trip to China. Representatives for Show Hope posted: if you're looking for a way to serve, learn more about our trips here. Click on the link at

Casting Crowns guitarist Josh Mix tried his hand at something called scrimshaw over the weekend. He posted a picture of a knife given to him by his wife and said: Scratched in the antler and then put ink on it. Josh added: Came with the image so I traced it on, I can't draw.

Mandisa's photo shoot was postponed over the weekend but she said she didn't mind at all. She posted a short video of the snow outside while she huddled under her blanket in front of the fire in her fireplace inside. She said: this California girl didn't mind the postponement at all.

Plumb was dealing with colon issues this week. She posted a picture of the Waffle house is week and said: It may be from an unusual number of visits to this yummy place the past month but if you're awake... so am I... but with my old faithful colon issues. I'm in more discomfort than usual... I welcome anyone's prayers that have a second.

A nice change of pace for Ryan Stevenson and his family. He posted: living the Aloha life in Kauai for the next week or so after being snowed in at home for the last week.

Mercyme front man Bart Millard is the feature of a movie in the works. He posted over the weekend: years ago I was approached about making a movie about my childhood and how it inspired the song "I Can Only Imagine". He says filming is now underway. Dennis Quaid is playing his dad and Madeline Carroll plays his wife.
This is Dennis Quaid, who plays my dad. CRAZY!!!!

Jason Gray did a special benefit concert with and for his parents over the weekend. Jason was raising money in Minnesota to help offset their medical expenses related to his stepdad's ongoing battle with cancer. Jason was joined on stage by his parents for what he described as a very special and personal evening.

Chris Tomlin says the church should primarily be about prayer, not politics. He added: through Worship Night In America I want to remind and encourage the country that our hope is not the government, it’s in the eternal God!

Something new from Tenth Avenue North. They posted over the weekend: excited to announce the OFFICIAL Tenth Avenue North Coloring Book! It's available on the bands web site.

Mat Kearney posted a picture of his newborn daughter over the weekend. He added: Meet Olive Sims Kearney. She took my heart out of my chest & is going to walk around the world with it for the rest of my life.

Be on the lookout for Third Day's Mac Powell in the stands when Alabama takes on Clemson in the NCAA College Football National Championship game tonight. He posted a picture of his tickets to them game over the weekend and added: CAN..NOT....WAIT! For tomorrow night! Roll tide Beat Clemson. Should be another great game!

Rend Collective members Chris and Gareth say the joy of the Lord is their strength, even in less than ideal circumstances. They posted a picture of their Antarctic Expedition, also known as going for a run in the snow and cold, while in New Jersey for that nights concert.

Jamie Grace took a quick picture in front of a cupcake shop over the weekend. But it wasn't just any cupcake shop. She posted: This is the cupcake shop where Rachel (me) worked in the movie Grace Unplugged and hung out with Grace. They're not open on Sundays but I hadda get a picture! make sure you get this movie on iTunes or on DVD!

Free CCM is giving away music from Audio Adrenaline. Right now you can get a free song download of the song Out of the Fire. Click on the link at

Kari Jobe is out with a brand new video. Check out her acoustic video of Heal Our Land. Click on the link at

Danny Gokey this week shared a picture summing up his goal for 2017. It said: My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I promised them in 2014 and planned in 2013.

55,000 18-25 year olds from 90 countries and all 50 states packed the Atlanta Georgia Dome for Passion 2017. According to the Media Collective, the annual conference brought young adults from around the globe together to proclaim the name of God. Returning to The Georgia Dome for the first time in four years, the three-day conference kicked off Monday, Jan. 2 and concluded Wednesday, Jan. 4. The conference has raised more than $17 million for various philanthropic efforts over the years. This year, students in attendance sponsored more than 7,000 children through Compassion International.

The staff at Revive Our Hearts is asking you to join them in prayer for Nancy's brother, Mark DeMoss. He was recently diagnosed with cancer. In a blog Mark recently announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 2 non-Hodgkin Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. Mark says doctors feel the cancer is very treatable and curable and late last week he began the first of six immunotherapy and chemotherapy treatments in 21-day intervals.

8 Ways to Change in 2017 from Revive Our Hearts:
I will worry less this year.
I will turn my problems over to God instead of trying to handle them on my own this year.
This year, I will believe God wants to forgive me.
I will do what it takes to overcome a sinful habit this year.
I will let go of the things in my past that are holding me back this year.
I will turn to God’s Word first when I need advice this year.
I will embrace a God-sized challenge this year.
I will accept responsibility for my actions this year.

Want to beat those winter blues? Here are 5 steps you can try to lift your spirits.
1. Cosy up, snuggle down, hunker in
2. Plan a holiday
3. Get out
4. Make some comfort food
5. Exercise your gratitude muscles

On Thursday, March 30, you will have the opportunity to see Samaritan’s Purse in action in the compelling new documentary, FACING DARKNESS. Playing in select theaters for only one night, the movie takes you into the fight against the Ebola pandemic in West Africa. This powerful film features Dr. Kent Brantly, Franklin Graham, Nancy Writebol, and other Samaritan’s Purse team members, who—with faith, determination, and prayer—witnessed God perform miracles! See FACING DARKNESS in theaters Thursday, March 30 only!

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Poirot star David Suchet is set to perform the entire Gospel of Mark in St Paul's Cathedral:

.@BGEA and @SamaritansPurse Among ‘Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016.’

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How the Philadelphia Eagles Are Forging A Bond Through Christ

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#ICYMI: #Alabama Supreme Court Affirms Rights of Unborn Children.

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China: Detained Christian Pastor Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

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Iowa Church Transformed and Revived by Outreach to Refugees

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Over 2,400 Faith Leaders Request Meeting with Trump to Discuss ‘Moral Agenda’

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Pakistan: Pastor Arrested for Allegedly Disrespecting the Quran

A rare experimental glass penny made during World War II auctions for $70,500

Thousands of little toy eggs have washed up on a German island's shore

Students in upstate New York who were stuck at school overnight because of heavy snowstorm return safely to homes.

These are the most popular baby names around the world

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The Best Cure for a Cough May Actually Be Chocolate

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Teenage refugee finds family through adoption.

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Kodak says it’s bringing back Ektachrome film, and photographers everywhere smile

Swing set brought to the White House in 2009 as surprise for first daughters donated to a local organization

Small and simple gesture of a cashier letting a boy scan groceries helped make the day of a boy with cerebral palsy.

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39% of Americans are very confident in their own ability to ID made-up news stories; 45% are somewhat confident

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Black & Hispanic adults 2X more likely than whites to have a smartphone but no home broadband

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A cat was rescued from high atop a power pole after it had been stuck there for two days in the snow

Casting Crowns Josh Mix shared a picture of his family at the table as he celebrated his anniversary this week. He posted: Three years ago I couldn't imagine waking up to this. It's messy in hear and far from perfect, but so are we. I see Gods grace and love in her everyday towards me and the boys. I'm so happy I get to see God reveal so much to me in this marriage and family.

NASA used the Hawk Nelson song Diamonds as their backdrop as they wrapped up the diamond anniversary year of the John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The 75 second video is a look back at the entire years celebration, sharing the best of the 2016 events.

Jason Gray says he's a sucker for restoration stories, even if those stories don't involve humans. He posted: I have a love affair with shoe repair businesses.

Milo Wolf, the son of Chris and Jodi from Love and the Outcome, was sporting some new wolf pajamas this week. Jodi said she commented that she liked Kari Job's son's wolf pants and Kari sent them to her.

Matthew West is encouraging support of an organization helping to encourage kids battling cancer. He posted: My friends at Love your Melon are doing some pretty cool things. Their mission is to put a hat on every child battling cancer in the United States, and 50% of the profit from each hat purchased helps to fight childhood cancer!

Tenth Avenue North is asking for your stories of Hope. They recently posted: We've been overwhelmed with the amazing stories of hope that have been shared with us and are so excited to begin to pass them along to you. Please keep sending them on, as we'll be featuring them more and more!

Natalie Grant this week announced the release of the 4th book in her Glimmer Girls series. Last year Natalie released three books in the series for tween girls ages 8 through 12. Each book follows twins Mia & Maddie, and their little sister Lou Lou on their adventures as they tour with their singing mom, Gloria Glimmer. Natalie says book number 4 will release on the final day of January. It's titled Light Up New York.

Hillary Scott and her husband found a unique way to celebrate 5 years since saying "I do!" The couple wore the same shirts they wore at their reception. And yes, they still fit.

Worship leader Robbie Seay was enjoying the fire in his fire place this week. He posted from his home in Houston and added: Working near the fire today because Houston may not give you another winter day.

What do you do when it snows in Tennessee? You cook hamburgers outside. Mercyme guitarist Mike Scheuchzer posted this week: who me? Just grilling burgers in the snow.

Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey is out with his first mini-book. He posted this week: My first mini-book is officially available, just in time for WinterJam. Mike describes the book titled "How to Be a Follower" as a song by song devotional.

The latest music from Kari Jobe will release in early February. But this week Kari released the full tracklist for the project, titled The Garden. The new album is scheduled for release on February 3.

Worship leader Darlene Zschech will release her latest album, Here I Am, Send Me, on March 4. In anticipate of the new project, Darlene posted this week: Cannot Believe this is even happening. After a season that has been filled with some of the most beautiful days and yet, some of the harshest.. Jesus remains the same. Light. Love. Strength. Rest. When this project is released on March 4th I pray you will find songs that can become your own as together we exalt and say YES to the One in whom we place our ultimate love and trust. The honor of leading others in prayer and worship still leaves me undone.

Thursday was a busy night for Danny Gokey. He posted: My new Album hits stores on January 13th and being the huge procrastinator that I am I have to sign THOUSANDS of the Album sleeves by tomorrow so we can mail them out to all who preordered them.

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips is out with his first ever vlog. Join Duncan behind the scenes at Winterfest 2016. Check out the video at

Plumb says a video she posted of her husband on a hoverboard may cost her her life. She said: If I don't live to see tomorrow then I have been murdered by my husband for posting this (JOKING)... but some people can ride hover-boards... and some...cannot.

Britt Nicole is one of a number of artists heading out this week on the Winterjam tour. She shared a picture from the bunk that will be her home for the next several months, posting: Night 1 of a 46 city, 3 month tour!

Did you know that the Christmas season traditionally runs through the feast of the Epiphany, which is celebrated on Jan. 6? The “Epiphany,” or “Three Kings Day” is especially celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain. While the details of the celebration differ among the world’s 22 Spanish-speaking countries, they tend to include gift-giving, parades, and food. Now you can celebrate Three Kings Day with Adventures in Odyssey! Join Connie and Eugene as they take another Christmas trip in the Imagination Station to meet King Herod, three wise men, and the baby Jesus. Access their free download here

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth will release a new book in one month. Revive Our Hearts announced plans for the new project, titled "Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together," this week. It will officially release on February 7!

Is Your Babysitter a Good Fit? Here are Interview Questions for Hiring a Babysitter from iMom
Tell me about your previous childcare experience. What did you love most about it?
Why do you want to work with children?
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?
Do you smoke or have pet allergies?
Are you certified in first aid, CPR or lifesaving?
What kind of reliable transportation do you have?
On a scale of 1-10, how structured do you consider yourself when it comes to adhering to meal or nap schedules?
What kind of discipline techniques have you been asked to use and how well did they work?
Tell me about a time you were criticized and how you dealt with it.
Tell me about a time when you had to prioritize several tasks and manage your time efficiently. How did you decide what was most important?

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Eight vital truths about forgiveness from Christian
1. Forgiveness starts with God.
2. Forgiveness is transformational.
3. Forgiveness is a decision, not a feeling.
5. Forgiveness is a process, not an event.
6. Forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation.
7. Forgiveness does not mean offenders shouldn't face sanction.
8. Forgiveness is only fully effective when an offender is truly repentant.

An Egyptian church where a suicide bomber killed 27 people on December 11th has been fully restored. According to, The Boutrossiya chapel in Cairo, was restored following a pledge from President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that it would be ready for Coptic Christmas celebrations on 7 January. A week early, on New Year's Day, the Coptic leader Pope Tawadros II presided over Mass and then met with the families of the victims of the attack over breakfast in the church hall.

The staggering levels of persecution against Christians around the world is documented in a new 'Hall of Shame' list released by watchdog International Christian Concern. According to, the ICC on Wednesday said that North Korea, Iraq, Syria and Nigeria were the worst state persecutors of Christians, while Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China, India and Egypt were "perennial abusers of religious freedom". The persecution watchdog also listed a third category, 'New and Noteworthy', in which it placed countries where "events... indicate declining religious freedom and are cause for alarm". Within this list was the US, Russia and Mexico.

Damage to their church didn't stop worshipers in Syria from meeting over Christmas. According to Open Doors Youth, part of the roof of a church in Aleppo, Syria, was destroyed but Christians still met among the rubble to worship Jesus over the holidays.

A retired Anglican bishop in northern Uganda is advocating for restorative justice in a region where the wounds of a brutal war unleashed by the Lord’s Resistance Army persist. According to Christian Headlines, 84 year old Bishop Macleord Baker Ochola II has been responding to community concerns that the modern court system may not deliver justice for the people who suffered in the complex conflict. Ochola has been urging the court to carefully reconsider the circumstances under which children-turned-commanders were trapped in LRA captivity. While he does not deny the court’s charges, he fears the court may not offer restorative justice but is seeking punishment or retribution. He is also concerned it will divide the community, which is in dire need of unity in the aftermath of LRA atrocities.

It is estimated that more Iranians have become followers of Christ in the last 35 years than the past 1400 years combined. According to a new map released the the Joshua project, thousands of Iranians are putting their faith in Jesus Christ each month. However, they add that the oppressive Iranian regime has caused many followers of Jesus to flee the country due to intense persecution. The update is part of a new map detailing the inroads Christianity is making into Africa and the Middle East released earlier this week.

A Christian woman in China has been sentenced to three years in prison for holding a Bible study after being accused of "gathering a crowd to disturb public order". According to Christian, China Aid reported that Ma Huichao was sentenced on Friday at a court in the western Xinjiang region of the country. She had been taken into police custody along with four other Christians when officials claimed that their Bible study met without government approval, and stood trial in mid-November.

Two Catholic priests who helped journalists report on the bombing of a Catholic Church in Burma have disappeared. According to, Dawng Nawng and La Jaw Gam Hseng have not been seen since Saturday evening, when they were said to be at an Army base in Mong Ko in the northern Shan state. Their church in Mong Ko, home to many Christian ethnic Kachin people, was bombed by Burma Army troops at the beginning of December. The church community realised their priests had gone missing when they failed to show up at Christmas Mass.

Televangelist Paula White has hit back at critics who have accused her of being a false teacher and promoting the "Prosperity Gospel", reaffirming a belief in the Trinity, divinity of Jesus Christ, and inerrancy of the Bible. According to Breaking Christian news, White—a spiritual adviser to President-elect Donald Trump and Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida—has come under increasing media scrutiny in recent weeks, particularly after it was announced she would speak at Trump's inauguration ceremony later this month.

A desperate videotaped appeal by a Catholic priest kidnapped in Yemen by Islamic extremists last March surfaced over the Christmas holidays. According to Christian Headlines, the video raised new hopes for his release but also concerns about his health and the state of efforts to free him. Looking thin and wearing a long beard, the Rev. Tom Uzhunnalil speaks in a halting, weak, almost robotic voice on the video, which was posted to YouTube and Facebook on Christmas Eve.

How far would you go to hide your drunk driving arrest? According to Time, A New York man who was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Wayne County, New York, unsuccessfully attempted to keep his name out of the news by removing the news source altogether. Joseph Talbot bought 900 newspapers, at $1.25 a pop, in an effort to keep others from seeing his DUI arrest and mugshot.

Nearly a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike. This week he proved that prediction wrong again. According to Time, the 105-year-old Frenchman set a world record in the 105-plus age category by riding 22.547 kilometers, or just over 14 miles, in one hour.

A baby born on New Year's Day at a hospital in northwestern Washington has a very special birthday. According to ABC News, Angus Connell was born this past Sunday, January 1. His grandfather was born in the same hospital on the same day, January 1, 53 years earlier. The grandfather, Leon Longan, was born on January 1, 1964. In addition to being born on the same day at the same hospital, Longan and Angus also both share the distinction of being the first babies born at the hospital in their respective birth years.

A very special and long-overdue family reunion took place this week in the Kansas City area. According to ABC News, Two sisters, Starla Medlock and Jeannie Toomey, reunited with their mother for the first time in four decades on Tuesday. The two were separated from their mother, Lani Szarmach, when they were just 1 and 2 years old. The daughters spent years searching databases and trying to locate birth records but weren't able to locate their mom until Lani's current husband tracked them down in late 2016. The happy family video chatted together for the first time on New Year’s Eve. Mark and Lani flew to Kansas City on Tuesday to meet their newfound daughters in person.

Cases of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, have been on the rise in the United States for years. Now, scientists have discovered a new drug that they hope will be able to stop the development of melanoma cells elsewhere in the body by as much as 90 percent. According to Yahoo News, the potential drug was being studying as a potential treatment for a rare and often fatal autoimmune disease. Officials are hopeful that clinical trials might start in the next two to four years.

New figures indicate that 2016 a particularly bad year for natural catastrophes. According to researcher Munich Re, Natural catastrophes caused the highest losses worldwide in the last four years, at $175 billion. The organization recorded some 750 events globally, including "earthquakes, storms, floods, droughts and heatwaves." They added that North America "experienced 160 loss events in 2016, the most since 1980." Globally, the costliest single event was the devastating earthquake on the Japanese island of Kyushu, causing an estimated $31 billion in damages.

A new app called "Hi from the Other Side" hopes to bridge that divide between Trump and Clinton supporters. Started by 29-year-old Henry Tsai, a student at Harvard Business School, the app brings together Clinton supporters and Trump voters to do the thing they want to do least — talk to each other. Interested users are paired up with someone who voted for the other candidate. The site encourages users to not just email, but to actually speak to each other, whether over the phone, on video or in person.

As her father prepares to ascend to the presidency, Ivanka Trump has found new quarters for her family close to the White House. According to, she is now giving you the chance to view 1923 colonial home in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood, where the Obamas will also be living after leaving the White House. Check out Ivanka Trumps new home by clicking on the link at

NASA’s newest missions will explore the solar system’s asteroids. According to the Washington Post, NASA will launch two new missions to asteroids in search of clues about the early solar system. The first mission, scheduled to launch in 2021, will send a probe to study the Trojan asteroids that swarm ahead of and behind Jupiter. The second, slated for 2023, will send an orbiter to 16 Psyche, a massive metallic object in the asteroid belt that is thought to be the exposed iron core of a protoplanet.

Police in Manchester, U.K., have found a car that was lost for six months after its driver forgot which parking garage he had left it at. According to ABC News, The driver lost the car last June when he was visiting the city. He had parked the vehicle at a multistory garage, but upon trying to return to it, he forgot which garage the car had been parked in. The driver apparently spent five days searching various car parks in the city before reporting the vehicle as lost or stolen. The car was finally found this past Friday by police officers in Manchester city center.

One small trick can help make your fitness goals come true in 2017. According to, the best time to exercise is in the morning, when you are full of energy and in time to beat the crowds. They say it's just one small thing but it might make all the difference.

MercyMe front man Bart Millard might soon be on the Neclear watch list. He was showing off his smokeless indoor grill this week and pointed out: Looks like I've cracked open a nuclear reactor.

Kutless front man Jon Micah Sumrall took advantage of a snow day this week. He posted: School was canceled today so my kids and I built a giant snowman and a snowball fort.

Jamie Grace and her family have started a go fund me page to help fund their move to California as well as the medical expenses for her mom, Mona Harper. Mona has a rare medical condition that has caused her substantial pain much of her life. Recently Jamie announced that the entire family was moving back to California to seek better medical for her mom. The go fund me page hopes to raise $40,000 to cover the costs of the move and medical costs.

The members of Tenth Avenue North now have their own official TENTH AVENUE NORTH TRADING CARDS!! You can collect all 5 at their merch table on the Winterjam Tour and get a FREE gift from the band. As an added bonus, if you find the Golden Followers card, you will win a private meet and greet with the band backstage, that day.

Want to follow along with Passion events and artists like Chris Tomlin. Now there is an app for that. The app gets you access to exclusive video-content from the Passion world, including everything from behind-the-scenes footage from Crowder on tour to Louie Giglio’s most recent talk, live streaming exclusive content, and reading plans.

More on the next album from Jamie Grace. She announced this week that her latest project will be titled: The Happy Song. It will release on February 24.

Matthew West celebrated the beginning of the new year with a live rendition of his song Day 1. He posted: It's Day 1 of the rest of my life... a little new year serenade for all my friends! Wishing you a blessed 2017! The future has begun. Check out Matthews New Years day version of the song by clicking on the link at

The Sidewalk Prophets this week released the brand new music video for their new song Impossible. Check out the music video by clicking on the link at

Crowder had a special guest on stage as he helped kick off Passion 2017 at the Georgia Dome earlier this week. Carrie Underwood tweeted Tuesday morning: What an incredible night! Thanks for letting me be a small part of it and thanks Crowder for letting me crash your set! In reply, Crowder posted: Thanks Carrie Underwood for joining me and bringing the house down!

Last year Passion 2016 was broadcast to three locations in two states. This year Passion 2017 was broadcast to outer space. Nasa Astronaut Shane Kimbrough is currently on the International Space Station. He joined Louie Giglio for a special interview from the Space Station during this years conference.

Joni Tada never knows who will be tuning into her radio program. Recently she told listeners about her busy afternoon at work. After a brief break she returned to her desk to find a bite-size Snicker bar. She went on to share in a later program how that small, thoughtful gesture provided just the boost she needed; and someone at the Mars company was listening and took her message to heart. The next day, Joni says she received a note of encouragement from the Snickers team along with three bags of bite-size bits of chocolate, caramel, and peanuts!

In conjunction with the 2017 March for Life, Focus on the Family and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention are hosting the second annual Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington, DC on January 26-28, 2017. However, if you can't make it to Washington, DC for the Conference Focus on the Family has you covered. They are also offering a free simulcast of the pro-life event for churches and organizational groups, or for personal viewing at home. Register now by clicking on the link at

5 New Year's Resolution ideas moms can actually keep from iMOM
1. Resolve to be flexible about family meals.
2. Resolve to hug your kids for 10 seconds daily.
3. Resolve to disconnect daily.
4. Resolve to use kind words.
5. Resolve to share what’s important to you.

Simple ways to save money around the house from Time
Unplug your electronics at night and save $100 per year
Install low-flow water faucets and save up to 60% on your water bill
Update your light bulbs and save up to 80% on your electricity bill
Seal windows and doorways to save 15% on heating costs
Stop buying bottled water and save about $200 a year
Use curtains and blinds to cut cooling costs by 45%
Buy generic for the stuff you don’t care about
Insulate your hot water heater to save up to 9% on utilities
Use free veterinarian clinics to save up to $340 per year
Browse the web for coupon codes before buying anything online
Plan your shopping trips around common sales cycles
Invest in a programmable thermostat and save about $150 per year
Change your car’s air filter to save gas money
Clean your dryer lint trap to increase efficiency by 75%
Use the right-sized cookware and save $36 per year
Cut cable and save about $650 a year
Cook with a crock pot and save over $2,000 each year

Christians continue to be the most persecuted believers in the world with over 90,000 followers of Christ being killed in the last year. According to the Christian Post, a prominent Italian sociologist and author cited statistics compiled by the Center for Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for a annual report that is expected to be released next month. He said that there are between 500 to 600 Christians throughout the world that can't profess their faith in Christ freely without fear of persecution. Meanwhile, according to the study, over 90,000 Christians have been killed in the past year, which equates to one death every 6 minutes on average.

A 22-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan stabbed a 50-year-old Christian woman for reading the Bible at an asylum centre in Austria. According to the Christian Post, The Austrian woman and her husband had been invited by Christian residents of the asylum center in Northwestern Austria to discuss the Bible. The woman, who was not identified in local media reports, survived the attack as she was wearing a thick winter coat when she was stabbed.

A new warning has been issued about persecution of Christians around the world in 2017. According to Charisma News, A ministry called Release International warns that violent attacks on Christians are expected to increase, based on the trends from 2016. Paul Robinson, chief executive of Release, said "2017 looks set to be a harsh year for many Christians, under authoritarian regimes and at the hands of militants." Robinson added "Our Christian family will need our prayers and our practical support." The Center for Global Christianity reports that around 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016.

A new Gallup report some interesting data about the American religious scene in 2016. According to Relevant Magazine, the research and polling organization is conducting “ongoing research” about the role of religions in Americans’ lives. Last week, the group published a new report based on 173,229 interviews they conducted during 2016. Probably the most notable finding is that the vast majority of Americans still identify as Christians. According to their report, 74 percent of Americans identify with Christianity or a Christian-based religion. However, they add that, while almost 80 percent of Americans say their part of a religion, only 64 percent of those say religion is “important in [their] daily lives.”

Efforts to free an American pastor held in a Turkish prison for his Christian faith have failed. According to CBN,
Andrew Brunson was arrested on December 8th and charged with "membership in an armed terrorist organization."
A Turkish court on December 29th denied his appeal for release. Brunson has spent more than two decades preaching the gospel in Turkey and was hoping immigration authorities there would grant him and his family permanent-resident status. The native of Black Mountain, North Carolina, was instead arrested for unspecified reasons.

A Jewish farming couple from Canada on a mission to return their flock of Jacob Sheep back to the Holy Land. According to NPR, with donations from Jewish and Christian supporters, and some help from the Israeli government, Jenna and Gil Lewinsky have airlifted 119 furry members of the Jacob Sheep breed from their farm in Abbotsford, British Columbia, to Israel. Jacob Sheep are found in the U.K. and North America, but the Lewinskys say the breed originally roamed the Middle East and ancient Israel, and their spotted and speckled coats match the description in the Book of Genesis of Jacob's flock.

Christians in Pakistan are appealing for protection against a "builder mafia" they say is attempting to seize control of a church situated on valuable building land. According to, The Church of St Saviour's is located in the Christian community of Sukkur and belongs to the Church of Pakistan, part of the Anglican Communion. According to one resident, Munawar Gill, the church was first targeted on December 21 when police arrived at the building and asked for proof of ownership. Gill said that on New Year's Eve around 20 people, some in police uniforms, beat residents of the church compound with clubs. Among the 20 injured were women and children.

A Sudanese church leader has been released but three others – a fellow pastor, an aid worker and a graduate – continue to face the death penalty or life imprisonment for seven criminal charges relating to alleged "spying". According to, Of the four men detained since December 2015, Kuwa Shamal was released after a hearing in Khartoum earlier this week, during which the judge concluded that there was insufficient evidence to charge him. However, the judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to proceed with the trials of the other three. Several hearings have taken place in recent weeks and the next hearing is scheduled for 9 January, when the defense lawyers will present their case.

Evangelist Ray Comfort's "The Atheist Delusion" documentary, released last year with the aim to "destroy atheism with one scientific question," has been nominated for an award at the Raw Science Film Festival. According to, The festival "honors films on science and technology worldwide." "The Atheist Delusion" features Comfort speaking with various secular people and challenges their beliefs with passages from the Bible about the universe that have since been scientifically proven to be true thousands of years later.

In the new year, about half of French workers could enjoy the "right to disconnect" from work email during their off hours. According to NBC News, A new law, which took effect January 1, requires businesses with 50 or more employees to negotiate after-hours email rules with their employees, potentially giving them the right to ignore that late-night missive.

A retired U.S. Marine who became a quadruple amputee after being wounded in combat and last year had a double arm transplant celebrated the new year a little early by wiggling his fingers to show his progress. According to ABC News, A new video captures the moment when 31 year old Sgt. John Peck was able to move his fingers by slightly bending them. Peck lost both of his legs and part of his right arm when he stepped on an explosive device while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

NASA is out with the Top 16 images of Earth Images during 2016. Check out the 16 images by clicking on the link at

A mysterious marijuana-related illness is popping up with increasing frequency in hospital emergency rooms, particularly in states where cannabis is now legal. According to the Huffington Post, The symptoms are severe abdominal pain and violent vomiting. The illness is linked to heavy, long-term use of marijuana. Since 2009 emergency room diagnoses for CHS in two of Colorado’s hospitals nearly doubled. A physician at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora said that: Now that cannabis is also legal for recreational use in the state, “we are seeing it quite frequently.”

Americans are entering 2017 on an optimistic note. According to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll, a majority believes things are going to get better for the country this year. A Yahoo News report says only 18 percent fet things for the country got better in 2016, 33 percent said things got worse, and 47 percent said it was unchanged from 2015. However, Fifty-five percent said they believe things will be better for them in 2017. The U.S. elections top Americans' list of 10 top news events in 2016.

Americans are incorporating a wide range of digital tools and platforms into their purchasing decisions and buying habits. According to a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults, roughly eight-in-ten Americans are now online shoppers: 79% have made an online purchase of any type, while 51% have bought something using a cell phone. At the same time, nearly one-quarter (24%) of Americans indicate that none of the purchases they make in a typical week involve cash. And an even larger share – 39% – indicates that they don’t really worry about having cash on hand, since there are so many other ways of paying for things these days.

Ever wondered where your lost luggage ends up? According to MSN, there is a good chance that it's now in Alabama. Scottsboro, Alabama is home to the Unclaimed Baggage Center, a 40,000 square-foot warehouse filled with items gleaned from luggage lost all over the country. The store got its start in 1970, when an entrepreneurial-minded part-time insurance salesman had the idea of selling luggage that was left behind at a bus station in DC. The 40,000 square-foot warehouse gets stocked with 7,000 new items daily. After a 90-day search, your bag legally belongs to the airline. That's when the UBC, which has exclusive agreements with various airlines, swoops in and buys the bags. The store has found it's share of unique items. A camera from a space shuttle was promptly returned to NASA, while a missile guidance system for a fighter jet was quickly given back to the Air Force.

Ryan Stevenson wrapped up 2016 in the wilds of Idaho. Ryan posted a picture on New Years Eve while on his annual wolf hunt.

Third Day Front man Mac Powell wrapped up 2016 cheering the Alabama Crimson Tide to a victory in the Peach Bowl. Mac posted a picture with his son and daughter at the game Saturday afternoon. Alabama came out on top, punching their ticket for the College Football National Championship game next weekend.

The members of the Afters say 2016 was a great year and they hope 2017 will be even better. They posted on New Years eve: Thank you to everyone who helped to make 2016 one of our best years ever! We had a new album, new tours and made lots of incredible memories. We look forward to the year ahead...let's make it the best one yet!

Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey wrapped up 2016 in front of a Cubs World Champion sign with his fiancee by his side. Dave posted: Celebrated the last day of 2016 with the woman of my dreams and her family. I hope your year was as full of love and peace as mine was!

Mandisa is inviting you to join her in memorizing and studying God's word in 2017. She posted: Because I'm coming out of a really dark season, I know I need to put some of these types of spiritual practices back into my life in 2017. I would love for you to join me with the Living Proof Siestas Scripture Memory Team next year! You can find details at in the December 8 blog titled, "2017 SSMT Instructions! Click on the link at

A reminder from Danny Gokey: January 1 was the first blank page in a 365 page book. Make it a best seller. Danny added: God gave YOU the power to choose the direction and plan for your life. When I was younger I realized that not only does God have a plan and will for my life but so does Satan. The point I'm trying to make is that you are the one that ultimately chooses the path. I encourage you to go with Gods plan.

Chris August says 2016 was an incredible year. He posted: Started the year off getting married to my best friend! That's been awesome! Got to travel around and play a ton of music. Always love that. The Dallas Cowboys are awesome. That's been fun to watch. As far as resolutions, I want to keep pursuing after Christ, treat my wife awesome and probably workout more. The last one more than likely won't happen too much, but the first two will be on point!

Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey posted as he enters 2017: Every year, I search for a simple phrase to take with me every day. A sort of yearly mantra, if you will. Last year's was "Work From Rest." In 2017, I'm calling to mind when Jesus said, "No will take your joy from you." For too much of my life, I've figured out ways to compare myself and complain my way out of joy. Praying this would be the year His grace talks some sense into me. I pray I would daily surrender to joy.

Plumb's thoughts on 2017: I pray this year we see Gods faithfulness more than ever before. I pray for strength to be completely obedient to Him. To trust in His truth more than ever. And be able to celebrate His blessing. Happy New Year!

Rend Collective on 2016: What an amazing year. A new album, our first-ever devotional series and TWO new Rend family members. We want to just take a moment and thank you all. Thank you for sharing your hearts and campfire stories with us, for praying with us, for being a light and championing the love of Christ. Thanks for being family with us.

New music will be available from Mandisa in 2017. She posted over the weekend: I'll be finishing up in January for a spring 2017 release!

Good news for those of you who missed out on the Vinyl release of Rend Collective's Campfire II. The band says the first run sold out in one day so they pressed another set. They say the new copies of the album are now in stock.

Colton Dixon was live on facebook over the weekend. He took 30 minutes to answer questions from the over 300,000 fans who tuned in and also talked about a new song, All That Matters, that will be coming out later in January. Colton even performed a live rendition of the song. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Mandisa posted a live facebook broadcast over the weekend. After several years under the radar, Mandisa spent time talking about her 2017 tour plans and goals, and even gave a sneak peek of her new songs! Check out the facebook live broadcast by clicking on the link at

Mercyme's Bart Millard was taking special precautions at the end of 2016. He posted a picture in a heavy down coat while wearing a helmet and added: Due to 2016 being a tragic year for artists, this will be my attire until 2017.

The Passion conference in Atlanta's Georgia Dome begins today. More than 50,000 college students from across the nation and around the world will attend the event this week. Conferences officials announced over the weekend: Just hit 90 countries represented in The Dome! Attendees will hear from Christine Caine, Beth Moore, John Piper, Levi Lusko, Francis Chan and Katherine and Jay Wolf while joining in worship led by Passion Band & Kristian Stanfill, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Hillsong UNITED.

Jamie Grace was back on stage on New Years eve after a major battle with illness. She posted: tonight I'll be singing for the first time since three ER visits, doctor visits and being treated for a severe ear infection turned bone infection. However, Jamie says her recovery is still ongoing. She added: I'll have to sit down and won't get to sing as much, but I'm grateful the Lord sent such great doctors, I've had my family to take care of me and I'm so thankful for your amazing prayers & support.

What if 2017 were your last year on earth? In his latest blog, Bible teacher Greg Laurie points out that, for many celebrities, 2016 was. The list includes David Bowie, Mohammaed Ali, Prince, Alan Thicke, Arnold Palmer, Nancy Reagan, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. So what if this were your last year on earth? The fact is that it could be. So we want to prepare.

Want to be kinder in 2017? Focus on the Family is encouraging you to join their 30 day Kindness Challenge beginning in January! The challenge focus' on targeted kindness to improve a specific relationship or make a good one great. Simply pick a person for whom you want to do the Challenge, then for thirty days. Find out more by clicking on the link at

If you’ve resolved to begin family devotions in 2017, here are 10 ideas and 10 tips that may help you Revive Our Hearts:
More important than how you do family devotions is that you do family devotions.
Keep family devotions simple, especially when starting out. Five engaging minutes are far better than twenty rambling ones.
Family devotions is not only about gaining knowledge but also about establishing patterns and displaying priorities.
The foundation of family devotions is simple: read, teach, and pray.
Family devotions don’t need to be fun, but they must not be drab either. Focus on engagement, not entertainment.
The benefit of family devotions is not only gaining knowledge but also relating to God together as a family.
Do not grow discouraged if your children look bored.
Ask for tips on family devotions from others in your local church.
Expect that God will work through family devotions but do not demand that his work take a certain form.
Dad, take responsibility for family devotions. Lead your family by leading them to the Word and leading them in prayer.

7 Ways to Minister to a Vulnerable Woman in 2017 from Revive Our Hearts:
1. Simply be present.
2. Don’t run away—literally or mentally.
3. Don’t condemn.
4. Don’t minimize.
5. Do acknowledge their pain (Gal. 6:2).
6. Do pray with and for them (Eph. 3:14–21).
7. Do help them find support.

Religious freedom deteriorated rapidly across the globe in 2016. According to a look back at 2016 by, that was the conclusion of a US State Department report published in August. The International Religious Freedom Report released on August 10 said that a quarter of countries around the world, which account for about 75 per cent of the global population, curtail religious liberty through "government policies or the hostile acts of individuals, organizations, or societal groups".

Christmas may be over for many, but Slavic Gospel is prepping for Immanuel's Child holiday celebrations on Jan 7! Immanuel’s Child is SGA’s Christmas ministry in Russia and many other Central Asian countries. The outreach program helps national churches shares the hope of the Gospel with both local children and adults. This outreach ministry also serves as a type of springboard into year-round ministry. Russia’s Christmas, which takes place January 7th with a week of celebration leading through January 12th, many homes open their doors for carolers and more, share meals with complete strangers, and are more willing to attend a church service for the holiday than any other time of the year

Open Doors youth introduced their hero of 2016 over the weekend. The woman, simply known as Rebecca, works in a dangerous city in Nigeria with women whose husbands were killed by Boko Haram. They ask that you continue to pray for her and her ministry in a very dangerous area of the world.

A fun suggestion from Bible Meets Life for learning scripture with your family in 2017. They suggest: Play a game as a family - at every red light on your next car ride say the verse out loud together. Pick a new verse each week or month throughout the year.

11 Resolutions everyone should consider making next year from Relevant.
To Spend More Time in Conversations that Matter
To Complain Less and Do More
To Spend Less Time Worrying
To Pray More
To Listen to More New Music Every Week
To Cut Others Some Slack
To Cut Yourself Some Slack
To Read More Good Books
To Challenge Our Own Presuppositions More Often
To Spend Less Time on Your Phone
To Share More Meals with People You Care About

The Pogie Awards: The best ideas in technology for 2016
The Bright Idea Award: The Smart Charge light bulb, an LED bulb with its own battery backup.
The Sharp Focus Award: The iPhone 7 Plus with it's two camera lenses.
One for the Kids Award: the MiFold booster seat, a booster seat so small, you can carry it anywhere.
Find My Ride Award: the Uber Beacon, a wireless light that Uber drivers put on their dashboards so you know it's your ride.
Music to my Feet Award: The iRig Blue Turn is an inexpensive, compact, wireless foot pedal that lets you turn a page of music on your ipad with a toe-press.
Total Recall Award: Atlas Recall is a photographic memory for your computer

A white supremacist site no longer leads Google search results for a specific Holocaust-related query following an update to the search engine’s algorithm. According to the Huffington Post, Google tweaked its algorithm following weeks of backlash after several outlets reported the top result for the search “did the Holocaust happen” directed users to an article from American neo-Nazi group Stormfront that claimed it never took place. The Stormfront article does still appear in search results but not at the top.

Santa Claus' Facebook account has been reinstated after the social media company suspended his access and demanded proof of identity on Christmas Day. According to ABC News, Claus, a North Pole city councilman, said he was never given a reason why his page was blocked. He said he thought Facebook didn't believe his name was Santa Claus or that he lived in North Pole. To get his account reinstated, Claus said he sent multiple documents proving his identity, including copies of his Alaska driver's license and letter of appointment to the North Pole City Council. Claus said he is the only Santa Claus on Facebook who resides in the city and legally goes by the name.

Genealogy detectives have discovered that Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor who portrays Sherlock Holmes in the PBS television series, is distantly related to the author who created the iconic character more than a century ago. According to Time, the 40 year old actor and the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who died in 1930, were 16th cousins, twice removed. The research was originally posted on the web site

Anything dubbed “world's largest” is sure to be over-the-top, but the $3.5 billion hotel under construction in Mecca is redefining extravagant. According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, The Abraj Kudai, which is owned by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Finance, will feature 12 towers, 10,000 rooms, and upwards of 70 restaurants. That's more dining options than many towns have. The hotel is planned to open in 2017, but national economic issues may delay the project to 2018.

The FDA has approved an iPhone app may help prevent asthma attacks. According to, 'Wing' is an over-the-counter FDA-approved sensor that tracks lung function. It's particularly useful for asthma patients as it can help prevent the onset of attacks.

Thousands helped welcome a new Eaglet into the world on New Years Eve. According to NBC News, the viewers watched online as American bald eagles Harriet and her mate, M15, welcomed their first eaglet on the 31st, nearly two days the chick began to hatch. The new parents fed their latest addition throughout the day, and continued to incubate the second egg, which has yet to hatch.

Another platinum record for Casting Crowns. The band announced this week that their album Peace on Earth was certified as platinum by the RIAA. That means the project has sold more than a million copies.

Aaron Shust joined his two oldest sons to try out their Christmas presents this week. Aaron posted a picture of he and his boys each holding their new skate boards and added: Just a couple hoodlums testing out our Christmas presents at my alma mater, Toccoa Falls College

Newsboys Drummer Duncan Phillips is taking advantage of the 60 degree weather while on his Christmas break. He posted: Getting so much rest and getting ready to hit 2017 hard! Duncan added that he is getting in plenty of time on his motorcycle. He added: I went riding again today! Really loving being home.

Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey had some special help as he built his first ever gingerbread house. He posted a picture of he and his fiancee along with the gingerbread house they had just completed together. Dave added: yes that is a Cubs "C" over the door.

Where would you choose to go for your birthday dinner? For Third Day front man Mac Powell the restaurant of choice was the Waffle House. He posted a picture as he ate on his big day with his family.

A life changing gift this week for Third Day's Mark Lee. He posted: Moving forward my life will be divided into two distinct eras: before I got the Bacon Express, and after I got the Bacon Express. Who knew that a device designed to cook bacon would have that much of an impact?

Jamie Grace is on the road to recovery after a rough time earlier in the week. Jamie posted: thanks for all your prayers, guys! Recovering, but still in bed. Ear infections are no joke.

Third Day front man Mac Powell was showing off one of his Christmas presents this week. His wife gave him replicas of the six National championship rings won by his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Mac is hoping for another ring to add to the collection when Alabama plays for another National Championship this weekend.

Mandisa isn't much on planning ahead. She posted a picture just before Christmas as she clutched a hand full of gift cards and added: You know you're a procrastinator when you literally get your Christmas shopping done in 5 minutes on the way to the airport!

Matthew West announced plans for a new book over the holidays. He posted: so excited to announce that my new book will be titled Hello My Name Is. Can't wait to share the words God laid on my heart! Coming April 2017.

Natalie Grant passed on a family tradition over the holidays. She posted: My parents took me to see the Nutcracker in downtown Seattle for the first time on my 10th birthday. So it's extra special for me to get to take my twins to their first Nutcracker in the same city today.

Brandon Heath says 2017 is a milestone year. He posted a picture with some of his high school friends and added: 2017 is 20 years since I graduated.

Luke Smallbone found an unique way to announce a new baby during the holidays. The member of for King and Country posted a family picture with his wife and two sons. His wife was wearing at t-shirt that said "Growing My Tribe" with an arrow pointing to her stomach.

The Holidays were not fun for Danny Gokey. He posted a picture from a dark room and shared: Unfortunately, this is how I'm spending Christmas. Sick and laying in bed, Here's to hoping that this will go away soon. Everything aches and I barely have the strength to do anything.

A suggestion from Plumb: Today, think of 5 things you appreciate about your spouse and tell them. Just do it. Her top 5 include: 1. He loves our kids like crazy 2. He is great at problem solving 3. He is a resource for so many about so much 4. He almost always has a good attitude 5. He tolerates me on a long car ride after I ate deviled eggs.

Plumb is starting another chapter...literally. She posted this week: for those that do not know, I am starting my next book. It is one I have dreamed of writing and God has opened the door for me to do so this upcoming year. It is for mothers and daughters and is dedicated to my precious mother and my sweet daughter Clementine.

Traveling should be much easier for Jordan Feliz in 2017. In his first decade of touring, Jordan says he's gone through two Ford vans and 2 bands, spending over 200 days away from home in 2016 alone. But all that is about to change. For the first time Jordan has been able to lease a tour bus of his own. He posted: this is seriously a life changing thing for 2017 and the future, not just for my band and I because we actually get to sleep, but also because my wife and daughter, Jamie and Jolie, get to start to travel more with me! Jordan added: I have been walking on the bus yelling Thank you Jesus all day! Can't begin tell you how thankful I am for this new season.

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