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ABC is out with an interactive quiz for Valentine's Day. Watch couples in Central Park try to answer the questions and see how well you do yourself. Clck on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://abcn.ws/1PCYElZ

Valentine’s Day 2016 By The Numbers from Wallet Hub
$19.7 Bil: Total Valentine’s Day spending projected for 2016.
$146.84: Average amount that Valentine’s Day revelers will spend in 2016.
53%: Of women say they would break up with their significant other if they got nothing for Valentine’s Day.
14 Mil: Proposals are made on Valentine’s Day.
https://wallethub.com/blog/valentines-day-by-the-numbers/10258/

Need ideas for Valentine's Day? Family life Today has Customizable coupon book to give your spouse. Create your personal book by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/1V1sHYn

This Valentine's Day, why not take the 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge from Revive Our Hearts? If you're up for the challenge of speaking positively to and about your husband each day, get ready for God to work deeply in your marriage—but even more so in your own heart. Access the free pdf download by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://buff.ly/1PFfAIy

Pakistan might be banning Valentine's Day. According to ChristianToday.com, Valentine's Day may be banned in Islamabad. Local reports which suggest officials have clamped down on celebrations because Valentine's Day is considered an "insult" to Islam by Muslim hard-liners. Sources told Pakistani daily The News International that the countries interior minister had ordered a ban on anyone celebrating the day, which is observed on February 14, in the capital.
http://bit.ly/1QtCYIZ

Running out of Valentine’s Day ideas to show your love to your husband and kids? iMom is here to help. The web site is out with some fun, creative and dare we say unique Valentine’s Day ideas to show love to your husband and your kids. Included are:
5 Cute Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your Husband
The Real Story Behind Valentine’s Day
Valentine Family Game Show
Our Favorite Valentine’s Ideas for Kids Plus One for Your Man!
14 Day Kiss Your Husband Challenge
20 Fun Questions to Get to Know Him Better
19 Valentine’s Date Night Ideas
http://bit.ly/1PZ5ub6

Here are 4 ways you can make Valentine’s Day and your marriage not about you but about your wife from All Pro Dad.
1. Set her apart.
2. Take on the hard stuff on her behalf.
3. Love her like you’d want to be loved.
4. Get close and intimate with her. Share your deepest feelings, concerns, fears, dreams
http://bit.ly/1S523Qg

10 Creative and Simple Valentine's Day Ideas for Spouses from Mark Merrill.
1. Take a canoe out on a lake.
2. Create a scavenger hunt around town or around the house.
3. Recreate your first date.
4. Cook a gourmet meal together.
5. Go ice skating.
6. Have a picnic and watch the sunset.
7. Rent a limo.
8. Take a road trip.
9. Stargaze.
10. Hike.
http://bit.ly/1XdIKDQ

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples from Family Life Today
Make a book about why you love your spouse and why you are thankful for him/her.
Take your sweetie on a scavenger hunt.
After enjoying a candlelight dinner for two at home, give your spouse a massage and watch a romantic movie.
Surprise your spouse with a special getaway together.
Give your wife a dozen roses. On each stem attach a note for a future date—to do something that she would enjoy.
If possible, go on a date with your spouse to a restaurant that you enjoyed when you first met.
Have 11 roses delivered to your wife, and then give her a 12th yourself while reading her a love poem.
If you are separated across the miles, send a care package filled with things that are red.
Hide little heart candies in your spouse’s shoes, coat, car, etc.
Fill a jar with Valentine candy and notes for your spouse.
Write a poem for your spouse and frame it.
If possible, send a card postmarked in a town that has a romantic name such as Loveland, Colorado; Valentine, Texas; or Romance, Arkansas.
http://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/holidays/featured/valentines-day/25-valentines-day-ideas-for-couples?utm_campaign=anniversariesmatter&utm_medium=social-twitter&utm_source=FL&utm_content=link-ideas-for-couples

Presidents day is Monday. With all eyes on the people running to replace President Barack Obama in the White House and the annual holiday celebrating our Presidents around the corner, now is a good time to test your knowledge about all the men who preceded the current occupant of the Oval Office. Can you put all 44 presidents in the right order? Find out by taking the Time quiz. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://ti.me/1XlOCe7

Matthew West with the victim of a photo bombing this week. He shared a picture with Colton Dixon in the background and posted: This guy's always creeping up on me. Just cuz we did one tour together, he thinks he can just follow me around. Then Matthew added: Always good to see my friend Colton Dixon. Go get his record, "Anchor.." It's epic.
https://www.facebook.com/matthewwest/photos/a.156311
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What is your favorite beverage. Rush of Fools Wes Willis this week identified his. He posted: My favorite beverage in the world is sweet tea.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBlh_sSCJO7/

Colton Dixon was sharing this week on what he was hearing from God. He posted: Currently reading Proverbs 3. My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
http://twitter.com/coltondixon/status/697258694216544256/photo/1

Chonda Pierce will be part of the First Original Programming for DOVE CHANNEL. According to Sundari PR, She will create three one Hour Family Friendly Comedy Specials for The Faith and Family Focused Streaming Channel. "Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-Up For Families" is scheduled to air on the Dove Channel in late March leading up to Easter.
http://tinyurl.com/ztmzw2s

Kutless front man Jon Micah Sumrall is on a mission. He posted this week: I drew a late season archery elk tag this year and have been scouring the hills of Southern Oregon. I've seen some elk but haven't gotten close enough to take a shot. Either way I'm enjoying being outdoors in the mountains!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBndXVuuT0G/

Colton Dixon is asking for your help in the effort to end human trafficking. He is partnering with the organization 3Strands on the “This is Not a Test Tour” to raise awareness about human trafficking. You can either visit 3Strands at the “This is Not a Test Tour” in every city and purchase a bracelet to support survivors of human trafficking and those at risk or show online using the code Colton.
http://colton.cta.gs/03k

Building 429's Jason Roy was mourning the loss of a friend this week. He shared a post from the Oklahoma City Thunder this week telling of the passing of Ingrid Williams, wife of asst coach Monty Williams. Jason said: This is an amazing family... Monte and Ingrid were the picture of faith. Please pray. This is horrible.
https://twitter.com/okcthunder/status/697588267290484736

Tenth Avenue North is giving away tickets to any of their shows on the Holy Ground Tour with the bands Hawk Nelson and I Am They. It includes a meet and greet with the bands and a prize pack. Simply share the video about the giveaway and you will be entered. Three winners will be named on Monday.
https://www.facebook.com/tenthavenuenorth/videos/vb.79
32537452/10153879357817453/?type=2&theater

Britt Nicole this week was headed to her first photoshoot in years. She posted: excited about this new season. Stay connected today to get a sneak peak.
https://www.facebook.com/brittnicole/photos/a.501394377252.2703
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Michael W Smith is getting back to work. He posted this week: Sabbatical is coming to an end. Thanks so much for your continued prayers. Here in my studio. The songs are flowing once again...and that is a mighty good thing.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBleZmDOuwH/

A little snow couldn't keep Chris Tomlin from his #1 celebration. He was honored this week for his #1 song At the Cross, Love Ran Red.
https://instagram.com/p/BBnpl1QzOo_/

New music from Mercyme is in the works. Mike Scheuchzer, Barry Graul and Nathan Cochran shared a picture from the studio. They said: working on some new Mercyme tunes. Fun stuff is happening. https://www.instagram.com/p/BBqqSWuBNVT/

Phil Wickham has released an exclusive live acoustic video for his new song Your Love Awakens Me. The video was recorded during a recent stop at the Life.Church offices. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/life.church/videos/vb.5898823795/10153780968778796/?type=2&theater

The band We Are Messengers this week released a video about the making of the music video for their song Everything Comes Alive. Check out the behind the scenes footage from the making of the video by clicking on the link at christainartistnews.info
http://youtu.be/nOEFrH0m66U

A new music video is now available from Hillsong United. It features their song Relentless 360. Check out the music video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X37W5qFa1FM&feature=em-subs_digest

A suggestion on beating the winter blues from Matthew West. Book your cabin for this falls Storytellers Cruise to the Caribbean. It will take place October 23-30 and will also include Greg Laurie, Selah and more.
http://www.inspirationcruises.com/mwcruise

The Passion conferences in South Africa are making some changes. Members of Passion announced this week that, due to personal reasons, Israel Houghton would not be able to be join them for Passion South Africa Friday and Saturday. In his place, Tedashii will be part of the events in both Pretoria and Cape Town. Also included will be worship leaders Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill and pastor Louie Giglio.
http://twitter.com/passion268/status/697363351958134784/photo/1

Not a good way to start a tour. Building 429's Jason Roy this week posted a picture of his foot propped up on pillows in a walking cast. However, he added: never fear... it's just a stress fracture in my heel. Jason promised: We are still ready to throw down on the Hits Deep Tour. The tour begins on February 18.
http://twitter.com/jasonroy429/status/697543550184112130/photo/1

Jodi and Chris, of the band Love and The Outcome, say they have found the perfect way to share their music and introduce their new baby. The couple is still waiting for their baby boy to make his appearance but announced this week that they will be introducing him during The Bible Tour beginning in April.
http://www.TheBibleTour2016.com

Something new for Michael W Smith. He announced this week: I am thrilled to join the cast of The Passion Live in New Orleans. The musical event will be hosted by Tyler Perry LIVE from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20 and will be aired on FOX. Michael will be playing the part of one of Jesus' disciples.
http://twitter.com/michaelwsmith/status/697843827068006400/photo/1

Don't loose your backstage pass if you are part of the Rock and Worship Roadshow. A member of the band showed the replacement pass and it's huge.
https://instagram.com/p/BBqej2DukSn/

Looking to navigate life’s twists and turns to find God’s best for your marriage? Focus on the Family’s marriage experts, Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley, are out with a FREE list of Date Night Ideas. Check them out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://media.focusonthefamily.com/fotf/pdf/channels/marriage/cltcm-date-nights.pdf

During the 12th century, Islam spread aggressively into Asia through military conquest. Its influence continues to this day. Yet, the seed of the Gospel had taken root. Recently Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates, met with local believers SE Asia to train them on the Wycliffe Bible Translation strategy. They were then split up into several groups that were assigned a book of the New Testament to work on. “During a workshop of two weeks, a group of their translators translated 17 books of the New Testament and checked them for accuracy.” Their plan is to finish the rest of the New Testament in their language by April. They hope to have the entire Bible translated in their language by the end of this year.
http://ift.tt/20XDCG0

Chinese officials detained the pastor of the country's largest state-sanctioned church in late January, likely as a punishment for speaking out against the government's campaign to demolish church crosses in Zhejiang province. If so, Pastor Gu Yuese of Chongyi church is the latest victim in a nationwide crackdown on dissent that has included human rights lawyers, publishers and pastors. According to the Baptist Press, The Zhejiang branch of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement), the state-run Protestant church body, said on Jan. 29 that Gu is under investigation for embezzling funds and other unspecified economic crimes. But Bob Fu of Texas-based China Aid said the detention is absolutely a politically motivated charge. Gu has been outspoken about the government's crackdown on church crosses, which has resulted in 1,800 cross removals since 2014.
http://ow.ly/Yd8cX

Believe it or not, the world’s largest refugee camp isn’t in Jordan, Lebanon, or even anywhere in Europe. Instead it’s in Kenya, reported the Huffington Post. And this spring, Buckner International will be leading a trip to this African country as part of its Project Go. According to Mission Network News, Two groups of college students will take off to Kenya to be the hands and feet of Christ in a region with such immense need. Each trip will last a month and will focus on caring for orphans, vulnerable children, and families by offering them a variety of services.
http://ift.tt/1PAtUSF

Some locals took a tongue-in-cheek poke at local law enforcement after McCook, Nebraska police officers were forced to shoot a pair of turkeys who made pests of themselves around town last month, intimidating pets and people and damaging property. According to the McCook Gazette, an unknown person posted signs saying Turkey Lives Matter and RIP Skinny Legs along with a couple of plastic turkeys in the town following the shooting.
http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/2275838.html

After a 10,000-mile long flight from Virginia to Australia, a World War II U.S. army veteran finally reunited with his wartime girlfriend today after recently reconnecting online. For the first time in over 70 years, Norwood Thomas, 93, came face-to-face with Joyce Durrant Morris, 88, his long-lost first love. According to ABC News, Thomas and Morris' story began in the spring of 1944 in London. The two had dated for a few months but were separated when Thomas was forced to leave for the Battle of Normandy in France. For over seven decades, the two lived separate lives. The two were brought together again last November, when Morris' son found contact information for Thomas' son online. Thomas' trip was made possible by hundreds of people who made donations online after reading his story and by Air New Zealand, which made arrangements to fly Thomas and his son first class, free of charge.
http://abcn.ws/1TTj7bw

February 9th has come and gone. Are you still on track with your New Year's fitness resolutions? According to Gold's Gym, probably not. The fitness organization studied their check-in data and after crunching the numbers determined that February 9 is the so-called "fitness cliff," when many people stop going to the gym. However, they also have some suggestions if you are still working out or wanting to try again. Ideas include:
1. Use the buddy system
2. Don't beat yourself up if you get off track
3. Embrace technology: Fitness bands and meal-tracking apps are more than just cool technology — they're full of helpful data.
4. Put it in writing
http://www.today.com/health/beware-fitness-cliff-4-ways-stay-motivated-gym-t70151

Christian artists are becoming involved in the political process. Several artists have shared their thoughts online as they attended political rallys. And now a reports publicized in The Blaze says the frontman of the Newsboys, Michael Tait, has announced his endorsement Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president. According to ChristianHeadlines.com, Tait is an alumnus of Liberty University which is where Cruz announced his candidacy back in March. Tait said that he had been following Cruz “for a while” and that Cruz’s principles and policies are ones Tait himself “believes in.”
http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/newsboys-frontman-endorses-ted-cruz-for-president.html

Colton Dixon has another runner up to add to his list of accomplishments. He posted a picture this week as his picture was flashed on the big screen at a Nashville Predators game. Colton added: This was me in the running for fan of the game. He said: Adding runner up to my resume, story of my life.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBgAjQlwjRn/

Mandisa watched the Super Bowl for only the second time in her life this past Sunday and she had a special reason for viewing them game. Mandisa pointed out that the Broncos were the 1st pro team she ever sang the Anthem for. You can check out her performance from back in 2008 by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/V4M2FR52OIU

Sara Groves wants to get a chair just like her dads. He has just come through back surgery and Sara says his chair sternly tells him to SIT DOWN whenever he tries to get up. She said his bed yells at him too. Sara added: Wondering if these are available for kids?
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBgKI1qwiyu/

Chris August got married this past weekend and his first wedding picture is now available. Along with the picture Chris posted: I would say yesterday was amazing, but that would be an understatement. I would say it was life changing, but that's a given. Other than giving my life to Christ, it was the best day and the most awesome decision I've ever made. Chris added: thank you to everyone who has been praying for us leading up to this day, and for the prayers you continue to bring to the Lord. We are striving to be more like Him every day. Loving the way He loves.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBgay68rasT/

David Crowder this week shared a picture of his style of fire alarm. It featured a pan of Jiffy Pop pop corn hung on the wall.
http://twitter.com/crowdermusic/status/696693157329838081/photo/1

Audio Adrenaline's Brandon Bagby is getting back in the studio. However, it's not a music studio, it's his art studio. He shared some photographs he was using for inspiration that feature a keyboard. Brandon said his next series of paintings will be a songwriter series
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBiDKuBS7MV/

Hawk Nelson's Jon Steingard says the pool at their new home in California is going to be a very nice addition this summer. He tweeted: This pool is gonna come in real handy this summer cuz we ain't got AC!
http://twitter.com/jonsteingard/status/696824491930849280/video/1

Don't mess with Casting Crowns Mark Hall. He was at the gun range this week and shared a picture of his human shaped target. It included five out of seven shots to the head and four out of five shots in the nine or ten rings on the torso.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBkUVI9jkZ_/

Jamie Grace was asked this week: When are you going to write a book? Jamie's response: I've already written a few! Jamie's books include Boys, Boys, Boys, thoughts on dating from a single girl, and Meet Gracie from the God Girl's Club Series.
http://beautifulfamilyforever.com/collections/books

Plumb is thankful for snow days, especially since she's been away from her family on tour for several days. She said it was perfect timing to make valentines for their friends at school.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBk3ediEodx/

Jeremy Camp recently joined his overseas ministry, Speaking Louder Ministry, at a major event in India. This week Speaking Louder released their update on India Outreach 2016. Although the two week period included several events, promoters said: The peak of our experience and outreach in India consisted of a large outdoor evangelistic concert in the city of Chennai on January 23rd. With the help of supporters, donors, and prayer warriors, we were able to host this free concert for 14,000+ attendees! Jeremy was able to deliver the message of the Gospel and it was reported that close to 4,400 people responded to the invitation to follow Jesus Christ by text response &/or coming forward! There are now teams in place with the churches we have partnered with in Chennai to follow up with those who have responded and help them along in their new walk with Christ. Please pray for these precious lives that have been forever changed for all eternity.
https://t.e2ma.net/cshare/inbound/t/hcf3k/b60178e597caca4d7f15d6da32e40a59

Citizenway's Ben Calhoun taught Daniel Olsson to play guitar when he was 12 years old. This week he came full circle. Ben posted: Now he's 19 and playing with Citizenway on the The Roadshow tour for his Judson University junior year internship.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBlMT3zFutv/

Looking for the best way to spend a snow day? Michael W Smith suggests planning your summer vacation. And, of course, he has a suggestion. He invited everyone to join him for a Caribbean Cruise July 2 through 9.
http://www.michaelwsmithcruise.com

New music from The Museum is coming soon. They will release the song The Grace of Jesus on February 15. However, you can check out a lyric video of the song online right now. Clicking on the link at christainartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp6UAJeMp4I

SanctusReal is going through a lot of change right now. The long time band has just released a new EP with a brand new lead singer. This week their bass player, Jake Rye, sat down to talk more about how the remaining guys in the band chose their new front man and the songs for their new project. He said: "it was important for us to find a sound and a feeling that we could all agree and be unified around. We wanted to start as a unit and decided for our selves what kind of music we were going to make." Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://sanctusreal.com/blog/blog/this-is-love

The Young Noah is out with a new video this week and it features some well known artists. The video of the song Long Way to Go features Audio Adrenaline along with a cameo appearance by Jamie Grace. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://nrt.cc/YoungNoahVideoPremiere

Tobymac is out with a new interview as he heads out on the next let of his tour. He talks about everything from his team on stage to the fans to dealing with the fame that comes from being a well known artist on stage in front of thousands every night. Find out how Tobymac stays grounded in his life and in his spiritual walk. Watch the interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/by3O9rV56bY

Jamie Grace is out with another Jamie Grace show video. As she travels with her parents, Jamie answers your questions. Watch the latest Jamie Grace show video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/kBtlClthJLU

Casting Crowns is out with a video featuring a live performance of their new song Just Be Held. Watch their performance by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s53R3aj5pfc

Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman presented a TED talk at the University of Nevada this week. As part of his presentation, Jon sang “Only Hope,” “Terminal,” and “Dare You To Move.” Between songs he delivers an encouraging message that dares us all to live out the purpose for which we were born. Check out Jon's TED talk by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://youtu.be/1w5Q4pDSwUE

Another Lighten Up video from Ken Davis. This time the focus is Acid Reflux. Watch the video and laugh. Click on the link at christainartistnews.info
http://www.kendavis.com/lighten-up-monday/acid-reflux/

Blanca and Aaron Shust are in the Holy Land this week recording footage for The Bible Tour later this spring. The two shared pictures as they read passages of scripture on the Mountain where Jesus delivered the beatitudes, floated in the dead sea and stood on a bluff overlooking the sea of Galilee. However, both Blanca and Aaron Shust said visiting the garden tomb was one of the most moving experiences of the trip. While there Aaron had the chance to record a video singing My Savior Loves in the doorway of the empty tomb.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBkVwMevGc4/

The members of the Road Show took a page from a well known commercial this week. They posted a picture on a volunteer along with the text: This is Melanie. She volunteered at Roadshow & got a hug from Danny Gokey. Be like Melanie.
http://theroadshowtour.com/volunteer

A milestone for the Kingman Arizona prison. Inmates who participate in Joni and Friend's Wheels for the World program shipped out their 5,000th restored wheelchair to people who live in Third World countries. 29 inmates at the prison currently work in the program.
http://kdminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=68896&TM=4334.205

Adventures is Odyssey is helping kids to show God's love to their friends on Valentines day. The children's program is out with a series of free, downloadable Valentine's Day cards that also include a link to download a free program. Access the free cards by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://focusonthefamily.webconnex.com/co-valentinesday2016?refcd=334801&_ga=1.159298490.1216465454.1411057438

Focus on the Family is giving away a free Marriage Assessment. Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley have spent years studying why marriages thrive. They've found there are 12 behaviors that consistently make up great marriages. Based on that research and experience from the Smalleys, Focus on the Family has created valid and reliable questions that evaluate the strength of 12 essential traits of your marriage— areas such as communication, conflict, and commitment. Now married couples can take the assessment for free on the Focus web site. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/promos/focus-on-marriage-assessment

Are you a Host Site for Harvest America? According to Greg Laurie, more than 3-thousand sites have already been designated as host sites for the event originating from the home of the Dallas Cowboys in early March. Find our more about signing up as a host site or locating sites already in place near you by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://harvestamerica.com/become-a-host.html

6 Ways for Singles to Wait Well
1. Priorities. What or whom are you putting first in your life
2. Prayer.
3. Passion. Live your dreams now.
4. Perseverance. trust in the One who loves you most to bring what is best
5. Praise. Thank God for all he has done and is doing in your life.
6. Peace. God is sovereign. He is in control and He knows what He’s doing.
http://bit.ly/1FLkQLy

5 Keys to a Great Parent-Teacher Conference from iMom.
1. Go in with a positive attitude
2. Do your homework
3. Get Focused
4. Respect the teacher’s schedule
5. See the opportunity in the conflict
6. Follow Up
http://bit.ly/1M4sjSS

5 ways for leaders to critique team members in a positive way that enhances their development:
Check your own motivations.
Affirm what is affirmable.
Be immediate.
Be specific.
Dialog on action steps.
http://buff.ly/1PVa7yw

Burgeoning refugee camps in Turkey have gone from bad to worse. According to a Mission Network News report, The growing crowds are bringing in sicknesses, and food is scarce. Christian Aid Mission reports it is one of the coldest winters on record in the country and swine flu is currently spreading throughout camps. At least 500 have been affected and 57 have died. A ministry partner of Christian Aid Mission is reaching out to two camps. One has about 600 people living in 85 tents, the other has about 7,000 living in 1,200 tents. They say more refugees arrive every day without means of survival.
https://goo.gl/UYNxUj

Cuban authorities demolished a large church this month while hundreds of church members were detained. According to a ChristianToday.com report, Emanuel Church in eastern Cuba, affiliated to the Apostolic Movement – an unregistered Protestant denomination – was surrounded by officials including police, state security and the military. Officials demolished both the church and the pastor's home. Approximately 200 leaders and members of the church, including the pastors wife, were also detained.
http://bit.ly/1T3x0Dp

Last year was a pretty good one in India for Audio Scripture Ministries. According to Mission Network News, the organization distributed 4,000 audio Bibles throughout the country. However, ASM is setting the bar even higher in 2016. Their goal to distribute another 25,000 audio Bibles this year. While 25,000 may seem like a large number, it’s only a fraction of the number of people who are illiterate in India. Of the world’s total number of illiterate adults, 37% of them live in India. That’s 287 million illiterate adults in the one country alone.
https://goo.gl/rgKEoc

Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with today's celebration of Ash Wednesday. According to Time, Perhaps most notable custom related to the season is the act of fasting. But Pope Francis has a different idea for fasting this year. He recently told followers that Lent is a good time for penance and self-denial but he reminded those listening that these activities must truly enrich others. Francis suggests that even more than candy or alcohol, we fast from indifference towards others.
http://ti.me/20lZUPD

Chinese students aren't only coming to the U.S. in record numbers to study in America's top universities and graduate schools. They're coming in waves to study in Christian high schools. According to the Christian Examiner, a successful high school experience helps students find enrollment in and transition to a U.S. university that much easier. Officials say "Just under 28 percent of Chinese high school students obtained visas to attend Catholic schools, while 30 percent were at schools with nondenominational or Protestant Christian affiliations.
http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/record-number-of-chinese-students-entering-christian-high-schools-in-u-s/50148.htm #

Two Mexican Protestants who were imprisoned and then expelled from their community for refusing to renounce their faith have been allowed to return to their homes with a guarantee of full religious freedom. According to ChristianToday.com, The two are part of the United Pentecostal Church of Mexico. They were imprisoned by officials for allegedly celebrating non-Roman Catholic rites in their home. While they were being held, they were put under pressure to renounce their Protestant faith. When they refused to do so after 30 hours, they were released and given 18 hours to leave the village. It took nearly a year but this week the two were allowed to return to their homes without changing their beliefs.
http://bit.ly/1W68rVG

Some of your favorite candy is about to undergo a big change. According to Fortune.com, Mars Inc. has announced plans to get rid of all artificial colors from all of its human food products. Some of its products are already made without the use of artificial colors, but now it’s expanding those standards to all chocolate, gum, confection, food, and drink. The change will affect over 50 Mars-owned brands including M&M’s, Skittles, Wrigley’s gum, Snickers, and Twix.
http://fortune.com/2016/02/08/mars-artificial-colors/?icid=maing-fluid%7Camp-bon1-t%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2&pLid=-11307689

Drinking a cup of coffee takes at least 45 minutes before the caffeine kicks in. Now, rather than waiting, a startup company is taking a more direct approach with a device. They have developed a bracelet that delivers caffeine doses through the skin and right to the bloodstream. According to the Daily Mail, the Joule Caffeine Bracelet has a caffeine patch, and claims to deliver a 'steady, reliable energy' equivalent to a medium cup of coffee over four hours - eliminating energy spikes and crashes.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3432045/Get-caffeine-fix-bracelet-Wearable-claims-deliver-constant-flow-four-hours-avoid-spikes-crashes.html

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and America’s sweethearts plan to spend an average of $146.84 for a record total of $19.7 billion collectively. In response, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016's Best and Worst Cities for Valentine’s Day. WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 most populated cities across 15 key metrics, ranging from restaurant-meal costs to number of attractions to number of florists per capita. Their research found that the Best Cities for Valentine’s Day include San Francisco, CA, Scottsdale, AZ, Honolulu, HI, North Las Vegas, NV, and Orlando, FL
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-valentines-day/10056/

The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are registered manned aircraft. According to Yahoo News, The FAA Administrator announced this week that the agency passed the milestone when it topped 325,000 registered drone owners. There are 320,000 registered manned aircraft. FAA officials launched a drone registration program just before Christmas, saying it would help them track down operators who violate regulations and also help to create a culture of accountability.
http://yhoo.it/1Q5AjuR

The band Anthem Lights has introduced their newest member. Spencer Kane joined the band earlier this month as a vocalist after Alan Powell stepped down.
http://twitter.com/anthemlights/status/695436845165875206/photo/1

Rend Collective guitarist Patrick Thompson recently got married. According to CCM Magazine, His new bride is Judith Clare.
http://bit.ly/Pics-Feb1

Citizenway is saying goodbye to a member of their band. Bass player Ben Blascoe announced his departure over the weekend after 13 years with the band. He wrote: after months of prayer and consideration, my family and I have decided it's time to move on. Ben's brother, drummer David Blascoe, will continue with the band along with brothers Ben and Josh Calhoun.
http://twitter.com/citizenway/status/695666022955614213/photo/1

It was a big weekend for Chris August. He posted from Charleston, West Virginia late Friday night: Had a great rehearsal and rehearsal dinner tonight. Tomorrow is the big day. We'll pass along pictures when Chris loads them.
http://twitter.com/ChrisAugust/status/695859393741660160/photo/1

The perfect example of the difference between boys and girls. One of the members of Unspoken was playing in the Father/Son Bowl in Franklin Tennessee over the weekend and proudly displayed a photo of the bloody lip his son received during the game. At the same time, Third Day's Mark Lee shared a picture of he and his daughter, all dressed up, as they prepared to attend a Daddy Daughter Dance.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBdf82lOdLd/

Jonny Diaz is in Colorado this week. He posted: Just arrived in Telluride CO for a week of snowboarding! http://twitter.com/jonnydiaz/status/696138099093471232/photo/1

Jodi from Love and the Outcome is less than a week from her due date. Her husband Chris shared a pregnant moment over the weekend as a pregnancy craving hit. In the picture Jodi was drinking straight from the crock pot to make sure she got the last drop.
http://twitter.com/loveandoutcome/status/696139978519289857/photo/1

Being a drum tech for Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips is not an easy job. Duncan said: My Drumtech Matt came up second best when pulling my drum riser down after the show! He cut his hand to the bone. It took 11 stitches to sew it back up!
http://tsu.co/duncan/112116703

Third Day's David Carr is perfecting his photography skills while not touring with the band. He posted a self portrait over the weekend and commented: Playing around with two lights in my home studio today.
http://twitter.com/davidcarr3d/status/696139715536363520/photo/1

Natalie Grant was celebrating a milestone over the weekend. She shared a picture of her parents and her daughters as she and her family celebrated her parents 58th anniversary. Natalie posted: Happy 58th anniversary to my mom and dad! Such consistent commitment to Christ & each other. So grateful. http://twitter.com/NatalieGrant/status/696354043464011776/photo/1

Phil Wickham had some help from Hawk Nelson's Jon Steingard in producing his latest music video. The lyric video for Phil's new song Your Love Awakens Me is just out and the video was created by Jon. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://twitter.com/FairTradeSvcs/status/695629585547976706

Josh Wilson is out with a new music video. The video is for his song “No More”. Check it out and be sure and wait for the twist about halfway through! Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/BvM9OmHJf18

Meredith Andrews is out with an acoustic version of the title track from her latest album. Check out Meredith singing her song Deeper by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://nrt.cc/MeredithAndrewsVideoPremiere

Another cover video is now available from Harperstill, comprised of Jamie Grace and her sister Morgan Harper Nichols. The latest is a cover of the song I Drive Your Truck. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/QyO-xbaGoP0

Need a good laugh? Chuck Swindoll invites you to check out Insight for Living’s page on humor. He promises it will raise a grin.
http://ow.ly/XBdr3

The Passion conference in South Africa is less than a week away. Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Louie Giglio will be in the country February 12 and 13 and prayers would be appreciated as they make final preparations for the conference.
http://268generation.com

Third Day's Mac Powell will be in both India and Thailand over the next week. Mac shared a picture as he spent the night in Dubai on his way to their first stop, India. However, Mac didn't let being in a foreign country get him out of his foot comfort zone. He shared a picture of his meal at the Dubai airport, a Big Mac.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBbXR83Am_V/

Blanca is in Israel. The former member of Group 1 Crew shared a picture soon after arriving in the country. She said: Standing on Mt. Carmel where Elijah proved that God was the true God!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBcKQugRF_Y/

Aaron Shust was posting pictures over the weekend from the old seaport of Joppa where Jonah tried to run from the Lord. He shared a picture of the gray and stormy shore line and said it's easy to imagine Jonah's ship getting tossed about in today's weather. Aaron is in the Holy Land with The Bible Tour 2016 and said he is glad that his wife could travel with him. Aaron posted: Walking where so much of God's Story actually took place is absolutely stunning.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBclEOZPGQd/A

Plumb took a break from the Beautiful Offerings Tour over the weekend to visit the restaurant of a friend in Santa Ana. She said her friend owns the restaurant and is treated them to lunch. Plumb said the meal included Sautéed Brussels Sprouts in sweet chili sauce topped with cilantro and bacon. Sounds interesting!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBdQ6UyEoV5/

David Blascoe is putting in some overtime. David is the drummer for Citizenway. Right now the band is part of the Rock and Worship Roadshow and David is also playing drums for Danny Gokey.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBd-Oq-pANV/

Even before the super bowl Family Life Today's Bob Lepine declared the Pantene spot called Dad Do the best Super Bowl ad campaign. Check it out and share your thoughts by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://m.youtube.com/user/pantene

Greg Laurie's Harvest America crusade is less than a month away and outreach efforts are in full swing. Harvest officials reported this week more than 72,000 people have already been invited on Facebook alone. Find out more about the Harvest America crusade by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://on.fb.me/1mkDDnV

5 Ways to Protect Your Marriage from Focus on the Family
1. Don’t travel alone with members of the opposite sex.
2. Don’t eat alone with members of the opposite sex.
3. Don’t hire members of the opposite sex using the excuse that you want to “help them”.
4. Don’t confide in or counsel members of the opposite sex.
5. If you’re married and you feel your heart drifting toward a specific person, tell someone immediately and get help.
http://bit.ly/1nQdLBT

AllProDad(All Pro Dad)
6 Ways a Dad Can Develop True Grit in His Child:
1. Allow your child to fail once in a while.
2. Cultivate a problem-solving culture at home
3. Help your child clarify, and then express, foundational values
4. Sign up to learn a difficult task together
5. Participate in a mission or service venture outside your personal comfort zone
6. Teach the faith
http://bit.ly/1OnKMhJ

Here’s a list of 11 things you will never regret as dads from Dr. James Dobson
1. Spending More Time with our Children
2. Being More Intentional
3. Watching and Listening
4. Loving our Children with Words
5. Focusing On Character Over Performance
6. Creating Adventures
7. Praying With and For Our Children
8. Inspiring Life Goals That Truly Matter
9. Asking for Forgiveness
10. Teaching Self-Discipline and Hard Work
11. Sharing Jesus (the foundation that everything else rests upon)
http://bit.ly/1V16A8p

Voice of the Martyrs is helping a Christian woman named “Milena” relocate after most of her family were killed by guerillas. According to icommittopray.com, Milena and her family lived in an area of Colombia controlled by The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrillas. Milena’s husband and three of her four sons were killed by the guerillas because of their involvement in an evangelical church. Voice of the Martyrs is helping Milena and her son relocate and set up a small business to support themselves.
http://bit.ly/1LE751J)

A church in Texas has started a 1-million dollar Construction Project to Build Largest Cross in the United States. Organizers of the Corpus Christie Cross Project broke ground in Texas this week. Pastor Rick Milby of the Abundant Life Fellowship campus said he cross is expected to stand 210 feet tall and 95 feet wide. The cross will take $1 million to complete, $142,000 of which has already been raised.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/corpus-christie-cross-largest-america-210-feet-tall-abundant-life-church-texas-156920/

For the first few days after Bob Fu was arrested for his Christian work in China, his prayers were pretty simple: "Lord, get me out of here!" According to a Voice of the Martyrs report, He even prayed that God would punish his interrogators for persecuting God’s children. However, as days passed, Bob saw that God had a ministry for him in prison, and his prayers changed. Instead of praying only to be released, he asked God to use him while he was in prison. And God answered his prayer. Today Bob is the president of the China Aid Association, a bold advocate for China's Christians and author of God's Double Agent. Voice of the Martyrs recently talked with Bob Fu about persecution in China, the biggest needs of the Chinese church, and how you can pray effectively for our brothers and sisters in China. Listen to the full report by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/1UmPHkj

Nearly half the UK population has no religion. According to a new survey by researchers at Lancaster University for YouGov, 46 per cent of adults of all backgrounds have no religion, while just 42 per cent say they are Christian. The ChristianToday.com report says the poll of 1,500 people also found that younger generations in the UK are far less religious than their elders. Most of those aged over 60 said they were Christian but nearly six in ten of those aged under 40 said they had no religion. Just three in ten of those aged under 40 said they were Christian.
http://bit.ly/1PlummO

Economy & terrorism are top priorities for middle-class in 2016 while climate change, guns and trade rank lowest. Late last year Pew Research Center asked 1,500 people their thoughts. About three-quarters of those who identify as middle class say defending the country from future terrorist attacks (76%) and strengthening the economy (73%) should be top priorities for Obama and Congress in 2016. On the other hand, only about 1/3 of those responded felt climate change, guns and trade should be high priorities.
http://pewrsr.ch/1PdsijK

While most of the press focus' on illegal immigrants from Mexico, they are actually not the country with the most residents staying in the USA longer then legally allowed. According to Pew Research, in 2015, 93,000 Canadians overstayed permits to be in U.S., compared with 42,000 Mexicans. Brazil, Germany, and Italy were also in the top five. Congress has required the government to improve tracking of foreign visitors who overstayed their deadline to leave since the late 1990s, but interest ramped up after five of the Sept. 11, 2001, plane hijackers turned out to be foreigners on expired visas.
http://pewrsr.ch/1Qd4rOO

A woman in Florida gave a new meaning to citizen's arrest. According to ABC News, Claudia Castillo, of Miami, chased down and pull over a police officer who she said was driving "recklessly" on the road. Castillo recorded the encounter she had with the police officer who she said was speeding, without using lights or sirens. When the officer finally pulls over and comes to her car in the video, Castillo rolled down her window and gave him a lecture on safe driving.
http://abcn.ws/1SUkOWL

The DeLorean, a car immortalized by the Back to the Future film franchise, was relegated to the pages of history some 35 years ago when the original production came to a halt. Now, however, it's getting a second — albeit brief — chance at life. The DeLorean Motor Company of Humble, Texas, has been given the green light by the federal government to restart low-volume production of the car. According to Mashable.com, the new DeLoreans are being produced using new old stock parts. DeLorean CEO Stephen Wynne estimates he has enough parts to build around 300 replica DeLoreans.
http://on.mash.to/1SjLe2q

Newboys drummer Duncan Phillips was showing off a recent find at his local supermarket. He shared a picture of the five jars of Vegemite that he had just purchased. Vegemite is a yeast extract popular in Duncan's native Australia.
http://tsu.co/duncan/111604577

Denise, from Point of Grace, was cheering on her son Spence this week. Denise shared pictures as Spence signed a letter of intent to play football at Liberty University next year. She added: Grateful for all that God has done in Spence's life. Go flames
http://twitter.com/pogdenise/status/695051516386922496/photo/1

This week marked an important anniversary for Unspoken front man Chad Mattson. In his early 20s Chad got into drugs and alcohol before the Lord got his attention on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic. This week Chad posted: I celebrate 13 years sober today!! Praise to Jesus for his life giving love. Check out Ephesians 3:20 and live.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBXwiaNgM92/

The web site LifeZette this week talked with Kristian Stanfill about about the impact and power of Passion. In the interview Kristian described Passion as having "zeroed in on the college moment, the university moment. Because it is this great intersection of questions and calling and 'what am I going to do with my life ... what do I believe?'" He added that he hopes "Passion can come in and put on the table that you were made for something so much bigger than what this world wants to sell you."
http://www.lifezette.com/faithzette/igniting-the-faith-of-millennials/

Kutless member James Mead says life is hardly ever black and white. He recently reflected on events in his life that have led him to where he is right now. James posted: I'm learning to see the myriad of colors, and the array of beauty that was just underneath the surface in all of those circumstances. All of the blessings in my life have not only been for my good, but because God wants to multiply his grace upon grace to everyone else involved in my life.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBX8LHbJdZr/

Jodi, from Love and the Outcome, is due to give birth in just over one week. However, that doesn't mean she's slowing down. Her husband Chris posted a picture this week as Jodi, at 38 weeks pregnant, posed for a photo shoot for the bands second album.
http://twitter.com/loveandoutcome/status/695328929087885312/photo/1

Chris August says the date is getting close. He posted a picture of he and his fiancee this week on twitter and added: Just a couple more days! Excited is an understatement!! http://twitter.com/ChrisAugust/status/695369180732743688/photo/1

The latest project from SanctusReal comes out this week. The album titled 'This Is Love' will be available on iTunes beginning today. In addition to new music from SanctusReal, the album also features the artwork of member Brandon Bagby on the cover.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBVrq3xy7F7/

Late in January Michael W. Smith released a new album, titled Hymns 2, through Cracker Barrel restaurants. He shared several of the songs at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas and now you can see Michael performing those songs with a HUGE choir from the church. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info. Michael's first song is a little over 3 minutes into the video.
http://www.prestonwood.org/media/watch-message?mid=6d44837b-4f42-4356-bec2-36b1f8275e2a#.VrJqf8fhhBw

Hillsong United's Joel Houston and Taya Smith recently sat down to talk about their song Say The Word. Check out their thoughts by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX1vSMhWqXc

The band Shinebright has released a video for their favorite song, Only You. Check out the official music video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q2rcE_Bdhc

Tenth Avenue North had a well known partner for their latest music video. The band partnered with the Bill Graham Evangelistic Association to produce a video for their song The Spark. The song is also part of Billy Graham film Value of a Soul, featuring Franklin Graham. Check out the music video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://twitter.com/BGEA/status/695338949280030720

Another cover song from Jamie Grace. This time she covers the song I Don't Need Anything But You from the 1999 film version of Annie. Check out Jamie's rendition of the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/wVVNSFLXLm0

Josh Wilson will release a new music video today for his song "No More" from the album That Was Then, This Is Now. Check out a little sneak peek by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://twitter.com/joshwilson/status/695388176580374528/video/1

Plumb is on the Beautiful Offerings Tour with Big Daddy Weave and Jordan Feliz over the next four months and she has something special planned for her children. She showed off the all access passes created for each of her kids and posted: I can't wait til they all get to come out
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBUOsuFkoRF/

Temptation is hitting Plumb full force. She walked on her tour bus this week in preparation for the Beautiful Offering Tour and was immediately confronted by what she described as: The worlds biggest chocolate cake is sitting on the bus. She said: Resist the enemy and he will flee.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBVpVsLEoaB/

After recent stops in India, Singapore and Indonesia, Hillsong UNITED will bring their EMPIRES tour to the United States, featuring special guests Rend Collective, this month. According to the M Collective, The tour is Hillsong UNITED's first since 2013. The EMPIRES tour will kick off February 11 in Sunrise, Fla. and end with two dates in Honolulu, Hawaii. Officials say several shows have already sold-out and additional dates have already been added to meet the demand in the United States.
https://t.e2ma.net/message/szkgw/8vgrol

Audio Adrenaline's Adam Agee says this their show last night featured his favorite kind of backstage. The band was Springfield for the Rock and Worship Road Show and Adam says there was a full sized basketball court behind stage.http://twitter.com/adamagee/status/695332204906348544/photo/1

Ellie Holcomb announced her touring partners this spring. She will be on the road with Amy Grant and Nichole Nordeman.
http://ellieholcomb.com

Kari Jobe will be part of a special event this spring. She tweeted: Excited to be a part of the Joyce Meyer conference in Oklahoma City on April 14th! Come join us
http://c.karijobe.com/0u1

Danny Gokey is gearing up for an important roll in the Rock and Worship Road Show. He tweeted this week: On the bus heading out for The Roadshow! Come out for the pre-show party, Citizenway and I are kicking things off!
http://twitter.com/dannygokey/status/695113956176830464/photo/1

Joni and Friends had some help in getting wheel chairs to the restoration center run at a prison in Kansas. Walmart used the companies semi's to transport 140 used wheelchairs from Colorado Springs to Joni and Friends Kansas Prison Restoration Center
http://twitter.com/JoniandFriends/status/694909557278138368/photo/1

Ravi Zacharias was the guest speaker at the National Media Dinner in Washington D.C. this week. The event was hosted by Cal Thomas as part of events centered around the National Prayer Breakfast. Ravi said: A privilege to address the media in D.C. and present the foundational ideas on which our lives and culture must be built. http://twitter.com/RaviZacharias/status/695148113275785216/photo/1

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth was back where it all began this week. Nancy shared a picture and posted: Lovely dinner with my beloved in the office where we had our first "date" a year ago. Thank you, MoodyBible Institute
http://twitter.com/NancyDeMoss/status/695094889806036992/photo/1

Super Bowl 50 won't be the toughest challenge Carolina Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen. This week Family Life Today shared a blog about Greg, his wife Kara, and their song TJ. Three years ago, Greg and his wife Kara watched as an ultrasound revealed that they were pregnant with two children, one normal, and one with half a heart. TJ had to go through three successive surgeries to rebuild his heart. Since that time, TJ has had two other operations and is doing well for a child with the disease. Read more about the Olsens and their fight for the life of their son by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info,
http://bit.ly/1SLaSgO

3 Ways to Try Simplicity Parenting from iMom:
1. Bring back margin; the spaces where he can just be a child
2. Bring back free play.
3. Bring back “just for fun.”
http://bit.ly/1QKZzoY

7 Things to Do for Your Spouse in the Next 7 Days from Mark Merrill
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.
http://bit.ly/1ksf0Wb

5 Types of Powerful Words for Your Marriage from Mark Merrill
1. Respectful Words.
2. Affirming Words.
3. Caring Words.
4. Encouraging Words.
5. Appreciative Words.
http://bit.ly/1ZhwtR9

Argentina is facing its worst locust attack in over 50 years, and experts say it’s not going to end any time soon. According to Mission Network News, It all began with the arrival of a few locusts last July and has grown to an epidemic affecting approximately 1.7 million acres of land. Each locust can eat its body weight in vegetation. Locusts travel in swarms, which can reach up to 460 square miles in size.
https://goo.gl/WnyHBL

Open Doors USA is initiating a new social media project titled I Share Life – Young Christians Online in the Middle East. According to Mission Network News, The goal is to facilitate Christian youth from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to use their online presence to share the love of Christ online in the Arab world. Starting in 2016, a group of about 6 teenagers will start publishing posts on their own channels such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube in which they witness in a personal way about how Christ works in their lives. To help, Open Doors will be providing equipment and training for the youth involved as well as offering them a chance to grow in faith.
https://goo.gl/dzcZx6

The Faith Driven Consumer group has released a scorecard of Super Bowl 50 advertisers based on their compatibility with American Christian buyers. According to the Christianpost, Companies such as Axe Body Spray and T-Mobile received low scores of 11 and 19 out of 100, respectively, which is based on factors such as "Faith Compatible Corporate Actions" and "Public Commitment to Faith-Driven Consumers." Acura and Honda both received the top score among Superbowl 50 advertisers.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/super-bowl-50-advertisers-pepsi-snickers-doritos-honda-nfl-christian-consumers-156692/

An extensive new survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults finds that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services all have declined modestly in recent years. However,the Pew Research Center study also finds a great deal of stability in the U.S. religious landscape. Pew researchers point out that, among the roughly three-quarters of U.S. adults who do claim a religion, there has been no discernible drop in most measures of religious commitment. Indeed, by some conventional measures, they say that religiously affiliated Americans are, on average, even more devout than they were a few years ago.
http://pewrsr.ch/1NnvjyB

The revival of the Russian Orthodox Church is continuing under Putin's leadership. According to Christiantoday.com, The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) has been expanding at the rate of nearly 1,000 churches a year. The Church has 361 bishops, nearly 40,000 priests and deacons, 455 monasteries and 471 convents. Around 23,000 churches fell into disrepair or were demolished during Communist rule. However, Putin has sought to reverse this decline, signing orders restoring some of the Church's large landholdings confiscated under Communism. However, the public support of the church isn't growing as rapidly. A pew report released in 2014 found that, while 72 percent of Russians identify themselves as Orthodox Christian, only 7 percent attended church at least once a month.
http://bit.ly/1S2XQMM

A California nurse made one little boy's day after she accepted his hospital "proposal." According to Yahoo News, AJ Robinson said his son, 5 year old Gideon, was diagnosed with leukemia on Nov. 17, 2015. Gideon was then sent to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego for chemotherapy, where he met his favorite nurse, Sarah Richards. Robinson said that Gideon got the idea to ask Nurse Sarah to "marry" him after finding out she didn't have a husband. On January 27, Gideon made a ring out of a bead and pipe cleaner and presented it to her in front hospital staff. Robinson said "She agreed and she said, 'Of course, you can be my hospital husband,'"
http://abcn.ws/1mdQvMC

Mining asteroids for minerals is one step closer to reality after the tiny country of Luxembourg announced plans Wednesday to help the fledgling industry get into orbit. According to NBC News, The Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy announced the first government initiative in Europe to develop a legal and regulatory framework on the future ownership of minerals extracted from objects in space, such as asteroids. It also said it would invest in related research and development projects and may directly invest in companies active in the field.
http://nbcnews.to/1TFgBWp

In June 2015, Samsung showed off an intriguing concept: The company attached a large screen onto the back of a semi-truck, showing the road ahead to drivers behind the truck. Now, according to Mashable.com, the company is getting ready to roll out the system, called "Safety Truck," to the global market. According to a company blog post Tuesday, Samsung's Argentinean arm has produced the first prototype of the truck, scheduled to be on the roads for a year.
https://twitter.com/MashableUK/status/695289058264768512

Jessica Olah is spending the week making 2,340 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at a New York art gallery as patrons watch. According to the Good News Network, Her edible performance art is a tribute to the sacrifices her mother made for Jessica and her siblings. Jessica arrived at the 2,340 number because it’s how many school days there are from kindergarten through 12th grade. She says her mother packed a PB&J sandwich for her lunch every day when her daughter was in school. Jessica is making about 50 sandwiches every hour and her art won’t go unappreciated – twice a day through Sunday her meal masterpieces are being delivered to the Bowery Mission to feed the hungry.
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/artist-honors-mom-with-2300-peanut-butter-jelly-sandwiches-for-homeless/

A suggestion from Shane and Shane for keeping your dip warm for the big game this Sunday. The Shanes shared a picture of some Tostitos queso warming in the coffee pot of a four cup coffee maker.
http://twitter.com/shaneandshane/status/693956942058786816/photo/1

Kutless member James Mead is breaking his own rule. He tweeted this week: I don't normally post political stuff. However, James made an exception. He shared an blog by Joel Rosenberg titled 32 reasons a Trump presidency would be a catastrophe for America.
https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/32-reasons-a-trump-presidency-would-be-a-catastrophe-for-america/

Baby month has arrived. Jodi, from Love and the Outcome, posted this week that the month scheduled for her baby boy's birth is finally here. Jodi says she also has a new trick. She's found that her baby bump makes an excellent spot for setting her beverage of choice.
http://twitter.com/loveandoutcome/status/694280062028386309/photo/1

Paul Baloche says his guitars got extra special treatment this week. The long time worship leader posted: Thank you United Airlines for giving our guitars their own seat, for free. Very kind.
http://twitter.com/paulbaloche/status/694226597176438784/photo/1

Danny Gokey has been given a three special gifts. He posted this week: These are my precious gifts from God!! I'm so grateful! Attached was a picture of his wife and two children.
http://twitter.com/dannygokey/status/694228975904821249/photo/1

The latest edition of the CCM Magazine is now available. The February 1st edition of the free magazine has Passion 2016 on the cover. Also includes are articles on Kutless, the Newsboys, and more. Access the free copy by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/CCMfeb1-2016

Third Day has two songs featured in an upcoming new movie. Band members announced this week that you can see them perform both Soul on Fire and Your words in the movie Miracles from Heaven. The movie is scheduled to be in theaters on March 16. It's based on the true story and memoir of Christy Beam. Watch the trailer by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://themoviescreener.com/miracles/watchtrailer

Jamie Grace is recovering from the flu this week but it doesn't seem to have slowed her down. After Anthem Lights broke then news that they were just days away from introducing a new member to the band, Jamie jokingly told her fans on twitter that it was her.
https://twitter.com/sgshemaiah/status/694612862157721600

A unique opportunity this week for Unspoken front man Chad Mattson. He shared a picture as he played a $100,000 vintage Martin guitar. Chad posted: isn't it crazy that it's worth that much?
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBTA5vJgM67/

Natalie Grant held a launch party this week but it wasn't for a new CD. Natalie and her daughters held a book signing and reading in Nashville for Natalie's new Glimmer Girls book series. The first two books are titled London Art Chase and A Dolphin Wish. They are written for pre-teen girls.
http://www.faithgirlz.com/glimmer-girls-launch-party/

Steven Curtis Chapman's Adoption and Orphan organization Show Hope is out with a free ebook focused on understanding adoption and the orphan crisis. Whether you are thinking about adopting a child or just want to help but aren't sure where to start, the 15 page booklet is a good beginning point. Download your free copy by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://sho.pe/1PPa45u

The Passion 268 End It Movement is back. Members of the organization are asking for your help in shining the light on slavery on February 25. Find out more by helping in the fight against human traffic by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://enditmovement.com

Chris Tomlin and Tim Tebow are competing for a special cause. In a new spot recorded by the two well known Christian leaders, Chris and Tim ask for your help in supporting Cure, an organization that works with Christian Doctors and Nurses to heal people around the world in the name of Jesus. You can watch Tim try to sing a worship song and then see Chris attempt to take Tim down on the football field and then choose to join either join team Chris or Team Tim. https://twitter.com/pauljgoldsmith/status/694698433190334464

The band Jesus Culture has released the new video of their song God With Us. Check out the exclusive video in CCM Magazine by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://bit.ly/CCMvid-GWU

The 19th edition of the Jamie Grace Show is now available. Her latest topic: Jealousy. Check out the new video from Jamie by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/iBb0eX-VFKE

Stars Go Dim has released the official music video for their song You Art Loved. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thSOeSduSDQ

for King and Country recently performed at 35,000 feet, taking part in Southwest Airlines Live at 35 concert series. Now they have released a behind the scenes video of the experience, including a clip from their performance. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/forkingandcountry/videos/1019145488143104/

This past weekend marked the beginning of something new for Matt Hammitt, the former front man for Sanctus Real. Matt kicked off his new conference ministry for men called Lead Me Live. Watch a video overview of the first event by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.leadmelive.com/new-gallery/

Another Lightenup video from Ken Davis. This one is titled: I See You! Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.kendavis.com/lighten-up-monday/i-see-you/

Another groaner from Citizenway. In their latest comic the first caption has Simon picking up his order of 1,000 new business cards identifying him as "Simon The Fisherman." Caption two has Jesus, later that same day, telling Simon: "From now on you shall be known as Peter!"
http://twitter.com/citizenway/status/694128368720203776/photo/1

Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave was recently in Detroit as part of the Winterjam tour. During their trip to Detroit Dave gave what he termed "a poor mans tour of the Detroit Pistons locker room. Dave added that he was going to be the Pistons secret weapon that night. His nickname: the bowling ball of destruction.
http://youtu.be/hB24QXeEPtQ

The artist participating in this years The Bible Tour have been announced. Taking part will be Matthew West, Sidewalk Prophets, Aaron Shust, Love and the Outcome, and Blanca. The tour will take place in April.
http://TheBibleTour2016.com

Plumb used a day off in San Francisco to show her support for the Denver Broncos. She is part of the Beautiful Offerings Tour in February and shared a picture in front of the Super Bowl logo in San Francisco. She added the hash tag: gobroncos
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBRtEc2koen/

Joni Tada is out with a 30 minute documentary sharing about her breast cancer journey. The program is released by the Outcomes Magazine, a ministry of Christian Leadership Alliance. Joni is the founder of Joni and Friends, a ministry to the disabled around the world. Watch the documentary by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://ow.ly/XOyrf #

Congratulations to Greg Laurie from the program A New Beginning. He shared a picture with his wife this week, announcing: My wife Cathe and I are celebrating 42 years of marriage together today!
http://twitter.com/greglaurie/status/694534657153478656/photo/1

9 Questions Every Married Couple Should Ask Themselves Every Day from Mark Merrill:
Did we say, “I love you” and hug each other?
Did we compliment more than we criticized one another?
Did we listen to each other more or lecture more?
Did we go on a date and just have fun?
Did we talk well about one another to other people?
Did we focus more on understanding each other than trying to be understood?
Did we ask, “How can I serve you today?”
Did we warmly greet one another when we walked in the door?
Did we model what a marriage should look like to our children?
http://bit.ly/1ZWvenL

6 healthy reasons to drink coffee every day
1. It contains antioxidants
2. It may protect against diabetes
3. It is linked to longer lifespans
4. Regular coffee intake may cut Parkinson's disease risk
5. In moderation coffee can enhance your athletic performance.
6. Coffee may lower the rise of abnormal liver enzymes and liver cancer.
http://huff.to/1KLe59N

Parenting Ideas You (Probably) Never Thought Of from All Pro Dad.
1. Keep it simple.
2. Don’t go it alone.
3. Ramp up the routine and the predictability.
4. Have kids take turns being “in charge” of chores for a day.
5. Try “Family Game Night.”
6. Apologize when you’re wrong.
7. Let kids help make the rules.
8. Try a day without rules.
9. It’s not all about the kids.
http://bit.ly/1SLgmXh

Netflix now offers users a different type of content. According to Christian Headlines, Netflix has started offering messages by Televangelists. The online video streaming service currently includes lectures by four pastors. They include Ed Young, Steven Furtick, Andy Stanley, and Joyce Meyer. Netflix did not provide many guidelines in terms of content for the episodes but did ask that the programs avoid product promotion or invitations for viewers to make donations
http://dlvr.it/KNMjJR

Bulldozers moved in to the "jungle" refugee camp in Calais, France this week to demolish a mosque, St Michael's Church, and other nearby structures. According to ChristianToday.com, St Michael's, a small makeshift chapel serving mainly Orthodox Ethiopian Christians among the migrants, was among several parts of the camp that were bulldozed. It became briefly controversial last year when the BBC filmed part of its religious flagship Songs of Praise program from the camp.
http://bit.ly/1VC6gch

This Valentine’s Day you will probably either send or receive a valentine from someone. More than a billion are expected to be given away in the United States alone. But just like many of our holidays, there’s a lot more behind it than just cards and gifts. According to Mark Merrill, there is a true-life story and it's a story that teaches us a lot about love, sacrifice, and commitment—the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. Read the story with your family by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/20vmN5b

Sudanese authorities have released one of two pastors detained without charges since December 2015. According to the Baptist Press, Kwa Shamaal, head of missions for the Sudanese Church of Christ, was arrested Dec. 18 and released Dec. 21, but had been required to report daily to the office of the National Intelligence and Security Services. His colleague, SCOC vice moderator Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor, remains in detention. NISS officials were said to have been upset with the pastors for telling others that Christians faced persecution in Sudan. Authorities had arrested the two from their respective homes at the same hour. No charges had been brought against them.
http://ow.ly/XOLeb

Super Bowl 50 has drawn a new record for ad rates, with each 30-second spot going for $5 million. To put that in perspective, that's $170,000 per second, a lot of cash just to get your attention during a break in the action. So what is it actually worth? The web site GoCompare.com has broken it down. For the same prices as a 30-second ad during the super bowl you could purchase: 2.5 million snickers bars, 2 million bags of skittles, 1 million bags of doritos, 664-thousand kindle books, 4 million cans of coke, or 200 Toyota Prius'.
http://on.mash.to/1QVelJH

Police in the Netherlands are experimenting with an innovative way to deal with rogue drones. According to Mashable.com, Police say they are “investigating the possibility” of using eagles to “prevent unwanted drone use.” They are training the Eagles to grab the drones in mid flight. They say the main concern at this point is the safety of the eagles talons as the are hit with the props as the grab the drone.
http://on.mash.to/1PuvAAz

Alphabet, the parent corporation of Google, has supplanted Apple as the world's most valuable company. According to the Huffington Post, The tech giant that also owns YouTube released a stronger than expected fourth-quarter earnings report on Monday, prompting its stock to spike 9 percent in after-hours trading. That jump means Alphabet is now worth close to $568 billion. Apple, now the second-highest valued company, currently hovers at around $535 billion.
http://huff.to/1WYniTg

Duke University, with sponsorship by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research, is developing a smartphone app to learn more about childhood autism and even screen for signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury. The app, called “Autism & Beyond,” is “available for free download from the Apple App Store to families wishing to participate in a six-month medical research study by Duke University.” According to World Magazine, Using the smartphone’s user-facing “selfie” camera, the app records a child’s facial expressions in response to a series of questionnaires and videos. The app’s core algorithm maps key points on the child’s face to assess emotional responses.
http://www.worldmag.com/2016/01/candid_camera

During the week before Valentines day you can put those colorful candy hearts to work as a fun game for your family. According to iMom.com here's what you do; Buy a bag of colorful candy hearts. Then have your family gather around the table and pour the candies into a bowl. Go around the table and have each person take a candy heart from the bowl and then follow the directions for whatever color they choose.
PINK = Name ONE reason why you love each person at the table.
PURPLE = Choose ONE positive word to describe the person to your right.
GREEN = Choose ONE positive word to describe the person to your left.
YELLOW = Hug the person to your right.
RED = Hug the person to your left.
WHITE = Make up and sing a silly love song about your family.
http://www.imom.com/valentines-day-candy-hearts-game/?utm_content=bufferce47d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=
twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#.VrD9xLIrLDd

Chris August says his cat has no concept of personal space. He shared a picture as he tried to relax on the couch and the cat made itself at home next to him.
http://twitter.com/ChrisAugust/status/692933576766181377/photo/1

Jonny Diaz shared some honest thoughts as he returned to the road for the first time in over the month. He posed: Been taking some time away from music lately to focus on what's most important. Been spending time with God, my wife, and my daughter. I've been pushing so hard at this music thing for so many years that I was starting to feel beat down. Funny thing is...while I was completely tuned out, my song Breathe has actually been doing some cool things. It's become a well played song on Christian radio, and it's one of the best selling songs on iTunes. Proves that no matter how hard we try to control things, God is in control.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBIDa4Ox4SB/

SanctusReal drummer Mark Graalman shared an open letter this week, talking about the changes coming for the band in 2016. Long time front man Matt Hammitt stepped down at the end of 2015 and the band has introduced a new lead singer in 2016. In the letter Mark talks about the history of the band and his hope for the future. Read the letter by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://sanctusreal.com/blog/blog/a-letter-from-mark-graalman

Congratulations to Audio Adrenaline Dave Stovall. The bass player for the band introduced their new baby over the weekend. http://twitter.com/AudioAdrenaline/status/693154103770374144/photo/1

Jodi, from Love and the Outcome, says their new baby may not have diapers, but he is all set with his leather jacket. She showed off the rock star outfit, complete with a leather jacket, ready for her baby boy. She is due in mid February.
http://twitter.com/loveandoutcome/status/693217744104341506/photo/1

Do you need senior pictures taken? Are you willing to travel? Third Day's David Carr tweeted: Building my portfolio, so if you're in need of head shots or solo portraits, contact me! Check out samples of David's work by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://twitter.com/davidcarr3d/status/693846124772356100/photo/1

What do you do when it's 66 degree in January in Pennsylvania? If you are Aaron Shust, you take the top off your jeep for the drive home from church Sunday afternoon. Aaron shared a picture as he and his boys prepared to head out on the open road.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBNqNHUPGed/

Plumb is getting some extra help in staying well this spring. She shared a picture of the kit made by Citizenway member Ben Calhoun and his wife Alison that included everything from Pistachios to omiga-3. Plumb said "it goes with me everywhere and keeps me well."
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBN-H7LkoT8/

Physical copies of the new Passion CD Passion: Salvation's Tide Is Rising are now available. Chris Tomlin announced the albums release over the weekend. Digital copies of the project were available earlier this month but the actual CD didn't come out until January 29.
http://smarturl.it/PassionSTIR

Meredith Andrews has released another live music performance. She debuted her acoustic performance of the song Impossible on the Relevant website. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://relm.ag/VnVwO8k

Former Audio Adrenaline front man Mark Stewart recently sat down with the bands current lead singer, Adam Agee, to talk about the band's latest song. It's titled "Sound Of The Saints". Find out more about the song and it's story by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://youtu.be/-7gAcezWeQE

The Sidewalk Prophets launched a new series of videos late last week. As a tribute to front man Dave Frey's distant cousin, Glenn Frey of The Eagles, who passed away on January 18, Dave and Dan are releasing a series of covers of The Eagle's songs. The first video features the song "Desperado", shot in one take on the streets of St. Louis. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://youtu.be/aSXJ46431kE

The Newsboys this week released a sneak preview of God’s Not Dead 2. The movie will release on April 1, 2016. Hear their thoughts on the movie and watch the sneak preview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://youtu.be/Xt_RRpPPjq0

Harper Still, comprised of Jamie Grace and her sister Morgan Harper Nichols, has released another cover video. The latest video features a cover of the Adele song Remedy. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://youtu.be/rSMAZjKWaEc

Brand new music is now available from CitizenWay. The band just released a lyric video for their new song When I'm With You. Check out the official lyric video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://fb.me/4cfht50Mt

Warming up involves more than the vocal chords for the Vertical Church Band. Member Meredith Andrews posted: The band that stretches together stays together. She shared a picture as they limbered up before performing during chapel at Cedarville University.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBIIpNGJugm/

This weekend's venue was a little larger than the Rush of Fools normal stop. The band was part of a stadium event over the weekend and posted a picture as they drove their bus right into the stadium to unload their equipment.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBIj27INiat/

The Rock and Worship Roadshow is less than a week away. The major concert event that will features the Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa, and more kicks off on February 4 and will run through March 20. https://www.instagram.com/p/BBKhDHtEXdD/?taken-by=theroadshow

Switchfoot member Drew Shirley says the band's show in Colorado last year qualified as one of his most memorable concerts ever. In a recent blog, Shirley wrote that the Switchfoot concert with Need to Breathe, Colony House, and Drew Holcomb at Red Rocks was top in his mental list of the best shows. He posted: The feeling of the venue’s history, the energy of the crowd, and the unity in our life as a band… it all just clicked in a really monumental way for me at that Red Rocks show.
http://switchfoot.com/whats-memorable-show/

Former SanctusReal front man Matt Hammitt is moving on. Matt posted over the weekend: Our very first "Lead Me Live" men's event is off the ground. Matt left SanctusReal at the end of 2015 to focus more on the men's events.
http://twitter.com/matthammitt/status/693475422365958144/photo/1

Michael W Smith was backed up by a Texas sized choir during a stop over the weekend at the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Michael was presenting music from his new Hymn's CD Sunday morning. He shared a video of a choir larger then many entire churches. http://twitter.com/michaelwsmith/status/693805969713684480/video/1

Lego has come up with something new: a wheelchair. Joni and Friends host Joni Tada, who has been in a wheel chair for much of her life and founded the ministry focused on helping others with disabilities, cheered the news over the weekend. The Danish toymaker has unveiled its first ever disabled minifigure late last week. The company confirmed the tiny wheelchair will be part of a new Lego CITY set that will officially come out in June.
http://ow.ly/XEO0V

Want to cultivate a more focused, less distracted prayer life? Here are 7 strategies to put into action:
1) Pray with Scripture
2) Prayer with a Pen
3) Pray with Fasting
4) Pray with People
5) Pray with Purpose
6) Pray with Emotion
7) Pray with the gospel
http://buff.ly/1nTMzSt

10 Life Skills for Teaching Your Kids the Excellence Edge from All Pro Dad.
1. Teach Your Children to Become Quality Producers
2. Teach Your Children to Become Independent Learners
3. Teach Your Children to Become Creative Thinkers
4. Teach Your Children to Become Critical Thinkers
5. Teach Your Children to Become Information Managers
6. Teach Your Children to Become Cooperative Learners
7. Teach Your Children to Become Effective Communicators
8. Teach Your Children to Become Confident Leaders
9. Teach Your Children to Become Efficient Time Managers
10. Teach Your Children to Become Self-Assessors
http://bit.ly/1NQM8lK

TIME(TIME.com)
30 tax exemptions you’re missing—and how to get them
1. The Personal Exemption Tax Deduction
2. The Standard Tax Deduction
3. Travel Costs for Military Reserve Exercises
4. Student Loan Tax Deduction
5. Alimony Tax Deduction
6. Education Tuition and Fees Tax Deduction
7. Educator Expenses Tax Deduction
8. Employee Moving Expenses Tax Deduction
9. Pet Moving Expenses Tax Deduction
10. Self-Employed Health Insurance Tax Deduction
11. Self-Employment Tax Deduction
12. S Corp Tax Deduction
13. Home Office Tax Deduction
14. Job Search Tax Deduction
15. Traditional IRA Tax Deduction
16. Roth IRA Tax Benefit
17. Tax Deductions for Dependents
18. The Child and Dependent Care Credit
19. Health Savings Account Contribution Deduction
20. Gambling Losses Tax Deduction
21. Medical Expense Tax Deduction
23. Pregnancy Test Tax Deduction
24. Wig Tax Deduction
25. Medical Tax Deduction for Clarinet Lessons
26. Stop Smoking Medical Expenses
27. Charitable Vacation Tax Deduction
28. Work Uniform Tax Deduction
29. Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction
30. Deductible Taxes
http://ti.me/1Q2Aotl

Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered ancient epitaphs in both Greek and Aramaic which date back to the first century. CBN News reports that the inscriptions were found in a cemetery which is located in the ancient Galilean capital city of Zippori. The Christian Headlines story says This discovery is important because it proves the existence of a Jewish community in the region from ancient times--something which the Palestinian Authority continually denies.
http://dlvr.it/KM1LT6

The cost of fighting ISIS continues to rise. According to a ChristainToday.com report, Iraq will need $1.56 billion this year to finance its emergency response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war against Islamic State. The government report says Baghdad is strapped for cash amid a plunge in oil prices and higher military expenditure associated with the fight against the Sunni jihadist group. The conflict has displaced more than 3.3 million people since 2014. The Iraqi government allocated around $850 million last year for efforts to shelter such families and help them return to recaptured areas, but it ended up funding less than 60 percent of that.
http://bit.ly/1m7do4i

More than 150 Iraqi Christians will be settled in the Czech Republic after the country opened its doors to the asylum seekers. According to ChristianToday.com, The first of a group of 153 fleeing from Mosul, Iraq, arrived in Prague earlier this month after the Czech government offered them asylum despite opposing the EU mandatory plan to resettle 120,000 asylum seekers. The government said it wanted to offer support on a voluntary basis. The refuges will stay in Prague while they learn Czech and then will be allowed to seek employment. Half of the 153 refugees accepted are children.
http://bit.ly/1TlJLJX

The Chinese government, which hasn’t actually banned religion, is atheist itself. Yet, according to a Mission Network News Report, Bibles for China has noted a pattern over the last few years. Young people have started abandoning the atheistic beliefs of their parents and grandparents. Now they are craving and seeking the Word of God. In response, Bibles For China believes now is the opportune time to start up leadership-training courses so new leaders can step up to the plate and steer people in the right direction to give a better understanding of what Scripture means. This year they will be dedicating an entire day after distributing Bibles to go through a leadership book with potential church leaders. They’re calling it a Day of Encouragement.
http://bit.ly/1KpGsKz

Facebook, the world's most popular social network, is cracking down on private gun sales. According to the Huffington Post, a spokeswoman announced Friday that Facebook will no longer allow private individuals to buy and sell weapons on its network. She said licensed firearms dealers will still be able to use Facebook to facilitate transactions, but not private individuals.
http://huff.to/20yDZGZ

A British "Superman" saved the day after foiling an attempted cash machine robbery on Wednesday in Gloucester, South West England. According to ABC, Antonio Cortes, 32, was wearing the superhero outfit for his work with the nonprofit Give A Smile UK, which raises funds for disabled children. While on a break with other volunteers, Cortes heard screams and tackled a man trying to mug a woman. A 54-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.
http://abcn.ws/1KLcssA

Super Bowl 50 promises to be a thrilling match-up between the Denver Broncos and… the Denver Broncos? According to the Huffington Post, As the grounds crew at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California forgot that the Broncos will have an opponent next Sunday. Photos taken at the stadium on Thursday show two Denver end zones painted on the field. The Carolina Panthers were forgotten entirely. But don't panic, Panthers fans. The mistake was only temporary. According to CBSSports.com, the grounds crew finished painting the Panthers end zone later that day.
http://huff.to/1QMgkQw

Lego is a beloved toy brand, not an investment vehicle that’s part of many people’s portfolios. However, according to the Money web site, maybe it should have been. Since the year 2000, the Danish building blocks have actually appreciated better than numerous investments including gold. In the last 15 years, the average value of a Lego set has gone up, with “pristine condition” sets appreciating 12%. Meanwhile, prices jump when a model is discontinued, with sets from last year are up around 36%. During that same span, the S&P 500 returned about 4.2% annually and gold returned 9.6%
http://money.us/1KLdwg8

NASA is giving you the chance to explore Mars through a 360 degree interactive photograph. Viewers can maneuver the image, taken on the planet's Namib Dune, to take a closer look at sand grains, Martian rocks and NASA's probe itself. The probe first landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012. For the last two months, it's been scooping and sieving sand to investigate active dunes and how the wind moves on the Bagnold Dune Field lining the northwestern flank of the planet's Mount Sharp.
https://www.facebook.com/MarsCuriosity/videos/923746871008622/

Kari Jobe is out with another devotional, this time features her song Love Came Down. Kari says: I love the lyrics in this song because they remind us that love came down and rescued us, breaking our chains and setting us free. Check out the devotional by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://c.karijobe.com/0u8

Third Day's Mark Lee is out with his list of 10 books every Christian should read. Check out Mark's list and see how it compares with your own.
1. The One Year Bible.
2. Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods.
3. Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis.
4. Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster.
5. The God You Can Know, by Dan DeHaan.
6. Roaring Lambs, by Bob Briner.
7. Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning.
8. My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.
9. Practicing His Presence, by Frank Laubach and Brother Lawrence.
10. Walking on Water, by Madeleine L'Engle.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBDxtuVudMY/

Michael W Smith is celebrating the birth of another grandson. He posted a picture of the new born baby on Wednesday and said: Here with Anthony Lewis Mooring, who came into our world this afternoon. Blessed beyond measure.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBERIQvOuzP/

Hawk Nelson's Jon Steingard is now a home owner. Jon followed the Lord's call to LA early last year but lived with friends and then in an apartment. Now he and his wife have their own home. Jon shared a short video tour this week of Casa de Steingard, established in 2016.
http://twitter.com/jonsteingard/status/692588333558472704/video/1

Jodi, from Love and the Outcome, was enjoying some girl time this week. She tweeted a picture as she enjoyed a prayer time and tea party with fellow artists Francesca Battistelli, Lindsay McCaul, and Jaime Jamgochian. Jodi tweeted: Me and my baby boy are so blessed. Jodi is due in February and Francesca is due in March.
http://twitter.com/loveandoutcome/status/692724962189299712/photo/1

Earlier this month, Aaron Shust released a surprise worship cover of Bethel Music's worship song, "Ever Be." According to New Release Today, Aaron is following that up today with a 3-song EP available on iTunes. Tracks on the project include the songs "Ever Be," "Fear Not" and "God Evermore."
http://nrt.cc/AaronShustEverBe

The web site Free CCM is giving away music from Phil Wickham. This weeks free download on the site is Phil's song “When My Heart Is Torn Asunder” off his album The Ascension. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info to access the free music.
http://freeccm.com/2016/01/18/free-download-from-phil-wickham-5/

Jordan Feliz is out with a cover of the One Direction song Drag Me Down. The song features fellow artist David Dunn. Check out the cover video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XgD71ftUVE&feature=youtu.be

JJ Heller has just released a music video for her song, "The Well." Check out the video that features JJ on everything from guitars to a piano to the drums, all miniature size. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdaawxgDg5w

The movie This Is Winter Jam! will be in theatres for one night only on April 19th! Christian music’s biggest artists will bring you an up-close and personal look into one of the world’s largest tours, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. The movie will feature live performances from Skillet, Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, for KING & COUNTRY, and many more, and will also provide unprecedented backstage access, and never-before seen interviews from Winter Jam artists past and present. Check out the trailer for the upcoming movie now. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/2RPjcUg7TdY

Michael W. Smith is enjoying a much needed sabbatical after a world tour and Christmas tour in 2015. However, he hasn't totally shut down. Jeremy released a video this will talking about his plans for 2016. The first is the release of his album Hymns two through Cracker Barrel. It released today. Also coming this year is Michael's tour of the Caribbean in July. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1ZN1HcqIqM

Music by Blanca is features on a promo on the QVC channel. You can hear Blanca's song "Catching Fire" in a promo video for QVC and Shark Tank star Lori Greiner. Check out the promotional video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxX2am2HJBU

The Museum is out with an Acoustic Worship video featuring the song "Great are You Lord." Check out the video of their performance by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qplKtWMVLLQ

Casting Crowns Jaun Devevo is offering a new service. He posted a flyer on the bulletin board by the Henry County YMCA pool offering Tearable puns. Need a smile; just tear off and read one. Jaun added: If there's a line, please be patient. I'll make more
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBFsBIxTCNH/

Passion members say it's not to early to sign up for Passion 2017. Next years event will take place January 2 through 4 and this year they will be back at the Georgia Dome, combining the conferences into one massive event. Officials say general registration will start on February 19.
http://twitter.com/passion268/status/692406770262618112/photo/1

How can you share your faith more effectively? A New Beginning's Greg Laurie is out with a video about sharing your faith. Check out the roundtable discussion on lives changed by the gospel by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.harvest.org/tv/watch/changed-lives-707.html?autoplay=1

The first billboard for Harvest America is up in Texas. Greg Laurie's Harvest America event will be held AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, on March 6 and the speaker on A New Beginning posted a picture of the first billboard this week. The free event will also feature music by Chris Tomlin, Lecrae, and Mercyme.
http://twitter.com/greglaurie/status/692555142013517825/photo/1

8 Tips for Teaching Kids to Make Healthy Food Choices from iMom.
Cook.
Empower Your Kids.
Let the Kids Help.
Use the Table As a Teachable Moment.
Think Moderation.
Relax.
http://bit.ly/1X4EYLs

Change your habits, change your marriage! Here are 4 habits for a happy marriage from iMom.
1. Use terms of endearment.
2. Laugh more.
3. Steal a kiss.
4. We time.
http://bit.ly/1S4VADc

Three Tips to Ease the After-Christmas Bills Blues Mark Merrill .
1. Research
2. Make a budget
3. Use cash
http://bit.ly/1N9g51N

A federal judge has ruled that Kentucky officials were wrong to deny tax incentives worth $18 million to a Christian ministry building a theme park featuring a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark. According to the Baptist News, a U.S. District Judge ruled this week that state officials could not deny sales tax rebates for tourist attractions to Answers in Genesis simply because of its religious affiliation since similar tax rebates had been given to other attractions. State officials were initially enthusiastic about approving the Ark Encounter. It wasn't until groups including Americans United for Separation of Church and State raised concerns that the Kentucky Tourism Cabinet reversed course.
https://baptistnews.com/culture/politics/item/30870-judge-oks-tax-break-for-ark-park#sthash.fuW8LBia.dpuf

Even though he has picked up support from prominent Christians, including the backing of evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., a majority of Republicans still view Donald Trump as the least religious candidate in their party. According to the results of a new Pew Research Center study on the United States' attitudes toward politics and religion, Republicans are split on whether they see the Manhattan real-estate mogul and avowed Presbyterian as a religious man, while less than one-in-three American adults overall felt he is religious. Among all Republicans, just 5 percent said they saw Trump as "very" religious. On the other end of the religious spectrum, eight-in-ten Republicans saw retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson as a religious person. Cruz was seen as faithful by 76 percent. Roughly seven-in-ten Republicans said they found Florida Sen. Marco Rubio religious.
http://politi.co/1To6PHS

Saeed Abedini returned to Idaho and met with his children earlier this week. However, in the wake of Iran finally freeing Saeed on January 16, his wife Naghmeh told supporters she was "believing in a miracle" for their marriage. According to ChristianityToday.com, Naghmeh said on facebook "One battle has been won of Saeed's freedom." "There are many more difficult battles and a hard road ahead. Our family still needs your prayers." She went on to say "I sincerely had hoped that this horrible situation Saeed has had to go through would bring about the spiritual change needed in both of us to bring healing to our marriage." "Tragically, the opposite has occurred."
http://bit.ly/1RRNJXJ

The Courts are currently examining whether Christian prayer Has a Place at Public Meetings. According to ChristianToday.com, An appeals court is holding oral arguments this week to discuss the Constitutionality of allowing Christian prayer before public meetings. ABC News reports that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the Roman County Commission in North Carolina in 2013 for allowing Christian prayer before local council meetings. The ACLU was representing citizens who were uncomfortable with the prayers and claimed they were discriminatory.
http://dlvr.it/KKyfs

Susan Jordan, the principal at an Indiana elementary school, died this week saving two students from a runaway bus. According to Relevant Magazine, she was reportedly helping a group of students on their bus home when another bus jumped the curb. Witnesses say she pushed two 10-year-old students out of the way, saving their lives and sacrificing her own. Responders rushed the students to a nearby hospital, where they are in critical condition but expected to make a full recovery.
http://relm.ag/tbLteXP

You've probably noticed something odd about Super Bowl 50: the fact that's it's Super Bowl 50 and not Super Bowl L. According to Mashable.com, the NFL didn't just decide to use the Arabic numeral 50 to set this milestone game apart. The league was also worried about aesthetics and mockery. NFL creative director Shandon Melvin says "L immediately brought up so many negative connotations." Melvin pointed out that making an L-shape with one's fingers has been the universal sing for "loser." Also it was hard to use in a logo. However, Melvin says tradionalists shouldn't worry. The lack of a Roman Numeral is just a one time thing.
http://on.mash.to/1SjIEcP

Over 700 Barbie dolls currently fill the room of 9-year-old Gianni Graham's home in Norfolk, Virginia. However, according to ABC News, Gianni has no plans to open or play with the Barbies. The 9-year-old is actually on a mission to collect 1,000 new Barbie dolls for 1,000 homeless girls her age. She said "Girls in shelters deserve the same things we have."
http://abcn.ws/20t93YF

Peter Rabbit makes an appearance in a recently discovered Beatrix Potter story to be published later this year — more than 100 years after it was written. According to the Good News Network, Potter, who created Peter Rabbit and dozens of other beloved characters in her 23 children’s books, sent “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” to her publisher in 1914, saying it was the story of “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life.” World War I, along with family and health issues interrupted Potter and her publisher and she never completed the illustrations for the book. A publisher Jo Hanks stumbled onto a reference about the lost book in an old biography of Potter and after some detective work, was able to track down three versions of the manuscript.
http://twitter.com/goodnewsnetwork/status/692421326506758144/photo/1

Evangelist and Author Clayton Jennings is drinking only water in 2016 and he is blaming Casting Crowns Mark Hall. Clayton announced that he would be joining Hyrdoforce 2016 by drinking only water this year. The only water effort was promoted by Mark Hall in 2015 and Clayton said, if I die, blame Mark.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBACa-eDkWT/

Interested in joining Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, David Crowder, and the rest of the Passion team as they minister. The organization is taking applications through February 1. Kristian Stanfill announced this week that they are looking for people interested in serving as Interns at Passion City throughout the next year.
http://passioncitychurch.com/intern

Phil Wickham says: No hill? No problem. He shared a picture as he pulled his kids around in the snow on their sled.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBAsatfimpQ/

Sidewalk Prophets Dave Frey has declared his loyalty. He posted: Ready to see Peyton raise another trophy... this time a mile high! Dave was referring to Payton Manning's appearance with the Denver Broncos in Superbowl 50 in February. They will take on the Carolina Panthers in the big game.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA8MhUamIKd/

Jamie Grace was showing off her handiwork this week. She made a 50th birthday cake for her dad. Jamie admitted it has been a while since she made a cake but she seemed to have fun with it. The five was a peanut-butter chocolate cake and the zero was a cookies and cream cake. Unfortunately Jamie doesn't eat sugar but, based on others response, Jamie said: apparently they were good.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA8b0tKzS16/

Kutless member James Mead was showing off his latest guitar this week. James posted: This is Ana. I was so inspired by my trip to Ukraine that I wanted to design a guitar after their flag; Blue and gold. James said Ana is also a proper Ukrainian Princess name. He added: I'm honored to have an instrument that reminds me of the people I love.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA8gUa3JdYd/

After months of waiting, Sanctus Real has finally introduced their new lead singer. His name is Dustin Lolli and he will replace long time front man Matt Hammitt, who stepped down at the end of 2015. The band introduced Dustin this week, sharing the bands first music video with Dustin at the helm. You can check out the 2016 version of Sanctus Real and the video for the song This is Love by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/oQQvfZsufaI

The marriage of Colton Dixon to his new wife Annie has been well documented by People Magazine through pictures of their wedding followed by their honeymoon at a Polynesian resort. But the latest article gets even more up close and personal. This week Colton and his wife talked with People Magazine about saving themselves for marriage. Colton said "It was kind of strange: we checked into the room and realized, 'We actually get to go to sleep side by side!'" He said "Anywhere we've traveled before, we've always gotten two hotel rooms. We wanted to remain pure in that area." Colton went on to add: "It was not easy!" "But I believe sex was designed for marriage and I knew it would be more meaningful to wait. That was something I grew up thinking and feeling, and I believe the Bible backs it up as well."
http://tinyurl.com/z9menxv

Among the Thirsty wants to know: Who is gonna win Super Bowl 50?. The band members said: We here at Among the Thirsty are HUGE football fans! Let us know who you think is gonna take home the 50th Lombardi trophy? Will it be the young and fast Cam Newton or the wise, future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning?
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA99dfuFOGZ/

Aaron Shust was in Idaho this week and shared the scripture he was reading as he enjoyed this morning's Idaho sunrise. Aaron said: Moved by the fact that we BECOME God's righteousness because of Jesus!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA-B1GGvGYg/

Moriah Peters is the latest model for the clothing store Caralase. She shared several pictures as she showed of some of their outfits. Moriah likes the company because they are ethically responsible and they give racks of designs to women's shelters in L.A.
http://twitter.com/MoriahPeters/status/691664076854923265/photo/1

The members of Stars Go Dim says faith and family comes first. That was emphasized when the band drove their drummer 12 hours just so he could witness the birth of his first son. Members of Stars Go Dim, made up of four worship leaders, were recently interviewed by The Vital Magazine. Member Chris Cleveland told the magazine: “The music and stuff is awesome, but those moments — family and babies, those are the things that life is all about.”
https://vitalmagazine.com/noteworthy/stars-go-dim-on-family-friends-and-faith

Michael W Smith is back in the studio. The long time Christian artist tweeted this week that he was working on what he called "a very special project". He says the project has him back in the studio sooner then he thought he would but he isn't giving much additional information. Michael simply promised that details will be coming soon.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA-5VC8Ou__/

The members of the Newsboys recently sat down to talk with one one seven TV. They shared more about their new CD Love Riot, their new tour, and the upcoming release of God's Not Dead Two. Watch the entire interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://youtu.be/4PWjgGkNv0s

Hillsong Young and Free has released a new music video. The video features their song "Where You Are". Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwoZ-ntsRgM

Kutless is out with a series of Video Blogs about their life on the road. Check them out and follow along with the band Kutless by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVyT8-AmwYo&list=RDjVyT8-AmwYo#t=5

Another Jamie Grace show video is now available. This time she is talking about shopping and walking away from someone trying to make a sale. This weeks video is talking about the Target Red Card and every other sales pitch. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://fb.me/1yXvnFzUc

Hawk Nelson's Jon Steingard is not just a singer; he is also an expert on opening bananas without bruising them. He is out with a new video teaching you how to open a banana like a pro. In fact, Jon says this is how gorillas do it. Watch the 15 second video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://twitter.com/jonsteingard/status/691825025708605440/video/1

Jeremy Camp's Speaking Louder Ministry is wrapping up their stay in India. Members of the organization will finish their stay in the country today following a major concert this past weekend. Jeremy tweeted on the eve of their departure: We're having the most incredible time in India. God has answered every prayer! Thank you Jesus!
http://twitter.com/jeremycamp/status/691979828959002624/photo/1

Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman are joining together in support of adoption and orphan care. The two long time Christian artists will be going out together on a tour sponsored by Show Hope, the organization Steven helped found more than a decade ago. The tour kicks off in Iowa on February 16 and will include seven shows between the 16th and the end of the month.
http://showhope.org/show-hope-presents-an-evening-with-amy-grant-and-steven-curtis-chapman/

Passion 2016 is over and the stories are beginning to come in. Members of Passion 268 shared one of those stories this week: This year was my first time coming to Passion so I was ridiculously excited about it! The first night God spoke directly to my heart. Pain I had been carrying around for 12 years, I finally let go of. Healing and freedom invaded my heart and I have not been the same! I've been so excited to share the freedom I found with so many people!
http://bit.ly/1OTjkFY

This week marked the end of an era for Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk Program. In a special broadcast, Dr. Dobson's son Ryan Dobson tells the story of how he moved from California to work alongside his dad. He goes on to share that, ten years later, the Lord has opened new doors, and he is stepping onto a new path. Because of that, in the emotional interview, Ryan announced plans to leave his father's Family Talk Program.
http://bit.ly/1Te85NU

Dennis Rainey posted on twitter this week: Could it be that God is a Bronco's fan? He shared a picture of a beautiful sunset, pointing out the colors that were predominantly the Broncos colors of Blue and Orange. The Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 in February.
http://twitter.com/DennisRainey/status/691405115656278017/photo/1

FamilyLife is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016 and, in response, they want to help you remember your anniversary. The family organization shared this week: We’re excited to support you this year as you seek to make your anniversary extra special. Sign up at the Family Life web site and the organization will send you reminders leading up to your anniversary with ideas for celebrating.
http://bit.ly/1OXDowp

Here are 7 key elements to building financial security for your family from All Pro Dad:
1. Get Professional Help.
2. Get Insured.
3. Create a Well-Funded Savings Account.
4. Reduce and Erase Debt.
5. Invest for Retirement.
6. Plan for your Children’s Needs.
7. Have a Will.
http://bit.ly/1Qhcvkh

The Pew Research Center is out with a list of findings on the state of privacy in America
-Fully 91% of adults agree or strongly agree that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies.
-Some 74% say it is “very important” to them that they be in control of who can get information about them
-86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints
-Young adults generally are more focused than their elders when it comes to online privacy.
-Many Americans struggle to understand the nature and scope of data collected about them.
-A majority of the U.S. public believes changes in law could make a difference in protecting privacy
http://pewrsr.ch/1NjXHwE

AllProDad(All Pro Dad)
5 Things Teenagers Secretly Want You to Know But Won't Tell You from All Pro Dad.
1. They want you to say no.
2. They are desperate for your approval.
3. They want your guidance rather than your expectations.
4. They have no idea who they are yet and are scared to death.
5. They are consistently treated with contempt.
http://bit.ly/20bYb19

Pope Francis asked Protestants and other Christian Churches for forgiveness for past persecution by Catholics as the Vatican announced on Monday he would visit Sweden later in the year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. According to ChristianToday.com, Speaking at an annual vespers service in St Paul's Basilica in Rome attended by representatives of other Churches, he asked "forgiveness for the un-gospel like behavior by Catholics towards Christians of other Churches". He also asked Catholics to forgive those who had persecuted them. The Vatican announced that on October 31 Francis would go to the southern Swedish city of Lund, where the Lutheran World Federation was founded in 1947, for a joint service with Lutherans to launch Reformation commemorations that will continue throughout the world next year.
http://bit.ly/1Nx4umN

The Christian pastor who was freed in a prisoner swap with Iran described his harrowing experience Monday in an “On The Record” exclusive with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. Saeed Abedini was imprisoned in 2012 on charges of setting up home churches in the Islamic theocracy. According to Abedini, his Iranian captors gave him no clothing or reading material the entire time he was in the solitary confinement. He also said “Once they beat me very badly because they wanted me to write something I didn’t want.” And he was subject to the threat of death by his interrogators, and was taken to watch several executions.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/26/christian-pastor-saeed-abedini-breaks-silence-after-being-freed-in-prisoner-swap-with-iran.html

Answers in Genesis opened an online ticketing system earlier this month to help manage the millions of requests they have been receiving to tour the life-size re-creation of Noah's Ark known as Ark Encounter. According to Christianpost.com, With more than 1.4 million visitors expected, tickets will be sold for separate daytime or evening visits during the first 40 days of opening, starting July 7. The 40 days and 40 nights theme reflects the number of days and nights it rained while Noah and his family were on the Ark, as documented in Genesis 7. The Ark Encounter will be located in northern Kentucky (south of Cincinnati). Workers at the Williamstown site are busy constructing the internal exhibit areas of the Ark now that the external shell is largely complete. The main attraction is the largest timber frame structure in the world, standing at 510 feet long in accordance with the dimensions specified in the Bible.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/ken-ham-ark-encounter-host-millions-40-days-40-nights-opening-155856/

Millions of Syrian refugees have fled their homes, leaving behind friends and belongings, and sacrificing everything to find safety. According to Mission Network News, Hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed the border into European nations. In just the first three weeks of 2016 alone, Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, says roughly 35,000 people crossed European borders. He said “We can’t cope with the numbers any longer. We need to get a grip on this.” Meanwhile, Christian organizations continue to try to help where they can. They continue to request funds to reach out to more refugees and the numbers overwhelm their current resources.
https://goo.gl/T9iLfk

Nearly 25,000 children in the isolated country of North Korea are in desperate need of food aid. According to a new report in Relevant Magazine, a drought in the country dramatically cut the nation’s ability to grow and produce food. In response to the 20 percent decline in food production, the government—which is ruled by dictator Kim Jong Un—has cut rations, causing tens of thousands of young children to experience severe malnutrition.
http://relm.ag/I8Xh0v6

Nobody in the Carolina Panthers' locker room is a bigger fan of left tackle Michael Oher than right tackle Mike Remmers. According to ESPN, Remmers likes the 2009 Hollywood blockbuster "The Blind Side" so much that when the Panthers acquired Oher, the person the movie was based on, Remmers wouldn't give up No. 74, worn by Oher both in real life and the movie. Oher, on the other hand, isn't a particularly big fan of the movie. He doesn't like the way he's depicted early in the film. However, Oher adds that, by making light of the movie, the Panthers actually made him feel at home.
http://espn.go.com/blog/carolina-panthers/post/_/id/18828/michael-oher-may-not-like-the-blind-side-but-his-teammates-love-the-movie-and-him

For the first time, football fans will be able to hail an Uber at the Super Bowl. At previous Super Bowls, the app had been banned due to traffic concerns. But at Super Bowl 50 — which will take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, only a short ride away from Uber headquarters — the story will be different. According to NBC news, people will be able to ride an Uber into predetermined pick-up and drop-off zones, enjoy the game, and then Uber back to their hotels.
http://nbcnews.to/1S5MI08

The tiny Greek islands that sit a short boat ride from the Turkish coast became an unwitting frontline of Europe's refugee crisis last year, with thousands of migrants landing on their shores daily. Now, According to the web site mashable.com, the people who live on the islands, once better known for their sleepy fishing villages frequented by European tourists, may get a Nobel Peace Prize for their lifesaving efforts. A petition urging the committee to consider the nomination had more than 310,000 signatures by Monday. It called for recognition for the "unsung heroes" of the Greek islands who "opened their homes and hearts to save refugee children, men and women fleeing war and terror."
http://on.mash.to/1SfGTNP

Doritos is giving $1 million to the person who comes up with the best Super Bowl ad. According to the web site Mashable.com, Doritos' campaign lets fans submit their own home-made commercials in hopes of prestige and $1 million in prize money. This year, three humorous finalists were culled from a pool of 4,500 submissions drawn from 28 countries.
http://on.mash.to/1lLocEO

Ashley Burlage refused to let a blizzard and a citywide travel ban keep her from marrying her fiancé, Casey, on Saturday. According to ABC News, The 32-year-old bride, with her wedding party in tow, took the subway from her SoHo hotel to the church of St. Paul the Apostle in the Upper West Side along with about 40 guests. Less than 10 stops later, Burlage and Casey were married.
http://abcn.ws/1SfAqCq

Talk about dedication. According to ABC News, This weekend's blizzard did not stop Chantelle Diabate from going to work. The 31-year-old nurse braved the snow and freezing temperatures on Saturday and walked nearly two miles to get to her patients at the Hebrew Home, a nursing home in the Bronx. Diabate told ABC News. "At some point you’re going to have to depend on somebody. We all need each other. I treat my patients well because I treat them like family."
http://abcn.ws/1UooX2G

People Magazine was the first to share exclusive photos from Colton Dixon's wedding. Now they also have pictures online from Annie and Colton's Honeymoon. Check out the pictures by clicking on the link at christainartistnews.info
http://www.people.com/people/mobile/gallery/0,,20981717,00.html

Michael W Smith says the weekend snow simply meant the chance to celebrate a Smith family tradition. He shared a picture of his family all together and said: When it snows we all go to CrackerBarrel! http://twitter.com/michaelwsmith/status/691028859819573253/photo/1

Casting Crowns Melodee Devevo found the perfect way to spend a chilly morning in Georgia. She tweeted: Tea and scones on this rainy winter morning! A happy place.
http://EyeEm.com/p/79844331

Group 1 Crew front man Manny Reyes is cleaning out his close and he is giving you the chance to purchase the items online. A wide variety of items from Manny's closet are available online. Check them out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://iconosquare.com/mannysclosetforsale

Natalie Grant is featured in another movie about human trafficking. Natalie shared over the weekend: Be sure and go see Caged No More, an important movie about human trafficking. The movie opened in theaters this weekend and Natalie makes a special appearance.
http://buff.ly/20dbFtr

Group 1 Crew front man Manny Reyes is still dealing with vocal issues. He tweeted: What you do when you're still on vocal rest and can't talk to anyone...go to dinner by yourself and watch a late movie at the theater
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA6SLWJwch_/

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips was milking the last of the snow fun before it all melts in Franklin, Tennessee. Duncan shared a video as he sledded down a local hill. He says he's still a kid at heart.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA7k4FsFwGK/

Want to hear the new Stars Go Dim album? Now you can listen to the 14 song project online. The web site New Release Today is streaming the entire self titled album on their web site. Listen to all the latest music from Stars go Dim by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://nrt.cc/SGD_Preview

The web site Aplus.com is debuting the latest Matthew West video. The music video for Matthews new song Grace wins was recently featured on the site. You can watch the video and read more about it by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://smarturl.it/MWGraceWinsAP

Matt Maher is out with a new video recapping his performance in front of the Pope and thousands of other in Philadelphia. Watch the video as Matt shares his thoughts on the event by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://youtu.be/vNqHdKz7v6Y

Recently Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman released a solo project. Now the official music video for the song Before Our Time from the solo project is available online. Check it out on the band web site. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://switchfoot.com/let-us-sing-before-our-time-runs-out/

Another song cover from the group Harper Still, made up of Jamie Grace and her sister Morgan Harper Nichols. Check out their cover of the song Boondocks. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/Tq9T26w1l1c

Danny Gokey is out with a live acoustic performance of the song Give me Jesus. Danny says: This song has changed my life and I hope it does yours too. Check out the video of his performance by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/bbh43MGoigw

Shane and Shane tweeted a bit if irony this week. They said: They had to de-ice the Disney Frozen plane before takeoff.
http://twitter.com/shaneandshane/status/691099358473752576/photo/1

Casting Crowns Mark Hall is a seasoned traveler and he has perfected the art of dealing with delayed flights. He recently tweeted: Hangin with the fellas, waitin on a plane. Waiting on Delayed flights isn't so bad when you're eating ribs.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA3Wf1_jkT8/

It sounds like Jeremy Camp's concert stop in India over the weekend was a resounding success. Jeremy's wife Adie Camp posted following the concert: I'm blown away by the goodness of the Lord! Over 1000 people came forward to receive Christ!!!! They also gave people an opportunity to respond via text messages, so we'll know those numbers in a few days! Thank you SO much for praying. The team will be ministering in India for the rest of the week before returning home.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153328789596444

Matthew West was having a great time at the Winterjam event in Kansas City over the weekend. He shared a video as he bought cotton candy for the crowd while sporting his Kansas City Royals World Champs baseball cap.
https://www.facebook.com/matthewwest/videos/vb.2165
9492808/10153494077342809/?type=2&theater&notif_t=live_video

A promise from Hillsong United. Next month they will bring the Empires Tour to the USA for the first time and the members of the band promised: It IS bigger and better than anything we have done! http://bit.ly/EMPIRESusa

Revive Our Hearts' Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth recently shared a series titled "My Personal Petitions". In the series she says that if her heart is not set on the Lord, she will quickly drift toward evil and showed how to guard your heart day by day. Now all of the "My Personal Petitions" programs are available on YouTube. You can watch Nancy teaching live by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/my-personal-petitions-day-1/

Family Life Today's Dennis Rainey says the Rockies visited Arkansas for a few days. He shared a picture over the weekend of their snow covered hills near his home in Little Rock.
http://twitter.com/DennisRainey/status/690551907257954305/photo/1

20 ideas you can use to help your children love and study the Bible shared by Revive Our Hearts:
(1) Help children write out favorite verses in a handmade book
(2) Consider allowing children to stay up later than normal if they are reading or listening to their Bible in their rooms.
(3) Download an audio Bible
(4) Teach them that a child doesn’t have to be a good reader to love and obey the Bible!
(5) Show children how to search for verses on a topic online
(6) If children use an electronic Bible, help them use it more effectively.
(7) Help children make a chain of verses in their Bibles by writing another reference on the same topic in the margin.
(8) Encourage your children to memorize the books of the Bible.
(9) Teach them to use the maps in their Bibles.
(10) Help children identify Bible synonyms for everyday concepts.
(11) Help children identify Bible opposites as they study.
(12) Talk about the process of actively reading
(13) Share three or four possible responses and ask them to pick one to pray about, or apply in some specific way.
(14) Help young children find and highlight verses they have memorized
(15) Teach them verses that correspond to their interests.
(16) Teach them verses that can help them in their specific circumstance.
(17) Love and study God’s Word yourself.
(18) Remembering the work of the Holy Spirit
(19) Consider purchasing for your children the translation your church uses.
(20) Compile Scripture verses on topics your kids are interested in.
http://buff.ly/1nFOCcL

4 Steps to Marriage CPR from Mark Merrill.
First, Be Patient.
Second, Be Determined.
Third, Forgive and Seek Forgiveness.
Fourth, Earn Trust.
http://bit.ly/1Zz58XQ

Last year was the most violent for Christians in modern history, rising to "a level akin to ethnic cleansing." According a report from CNN, more than 7,100 Christians were killed in 2015 for "faith-related reasons," up 3,000 from the previous year. Much of their information came from Open Doors USA, a watchdog group that advocates for Christians. The group's report defines Christian persecution "as any hostility experienced as a result of one's identification with Christ." Open Doors found this persecution ranged from imprisonment, torture, beheadings and rape to the loss of home and assets, the loss of a job, or even rejection from a community.
http://cnn.it/1ZKrF9A

Kids are using coloring books to reach other kids. According to Mission Network News, A World Missionary Press program allows kids save their own money to purchase and ship booklets or coloring books to other children around the world designed to share the Gospel. Officials say “We believe introducing children to sharing the Word with others and reaching children around the world is a great way to get them interested for the long term."
http://ift.tt/20l7LyH

U.S. and Iranian presidents are calling the recent prisoners-for-terrorists exchange a success. However, According to Mission Network News, Open Doors USA CEO and President David Curry is urging believers worldwide to combine praise for Pastor Saeed Abedini’s release with ongoing prayer. Since his detainment in 2012, Pastor Saeed Abedini became a “poster child” of sorts for persecuted Christians in Iran but Curry says: "the fact is: there are a lot of pastors in prison for their faith.” He adds: As you praise the Lord for bringing Saeed Abedini home, don’t forget about Iran. “The pastors in Iran are brothers and sisters in Christ, just as Saeed is, so let’s keep these folks in our prayers.”
https://www.mnnonline.org/news/abedini-returned-problem-remains/

A Kenyan teacher who protected Christians from death at the hands of al-Shabaab terrorists in an attack before Christmas has died while undergoing surgery for his injuries. According to ChristianToday.com, Salah Farah, deputy head of the Mandera township primary school, was on a bus with 60 other passengers which was stopped by the terrorists. He was one of several Muslims who refused to allow them to separate the passengers into Christian and Muslim groups, saying "Kill us all or leave them alone" and was hailed as a hero for helping save Christian lives. Salah was shot in the hand and the hip during the attack and was receiving treatment in a hospital in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, but according to Kenya's Standard news service he died while in surgery.
http://bit.ly/1NjZ91W

Those on the roadways in Tennessee have seen a lot of cars in ditches and even cars stuck in parking spots since Friday’s snow storm, and one Middle Tennessee group has been trying to help out in a big way - through its Facebook page. According to a Nashville Television Station, The group is called Jeeps and Wrenches Rescue and Recovery of Middle Tennessee. During winter weather like this, they'll drive around in a convoy, responding to calls for help posted on their Facebook page, at no charge.
http://www.newschannel5.com/news/local-news/group-uses-facebook-to-rescue-stranded-drivers-free-stuck-cars

A record low number of kids in America now live with two married parents. According to a Pew Research Study, in 2014, 62% of children younger than 18 lived in a household with two married parents. They say that is a historic low, down from 87% in 1960. The share of U.S. kids living with only one parent stood at 26% in 2014, up from 9% in 1960. Meanwhile the share in households with two parents who are living together but not married has risen steadily in recent years. It is currently at 7%.
http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/12/17/parenting-in-america/

Forget ketchup. McDonald's Japan is serving up French fries smothered in chocolate. According to CNN's Money.com, The McChoco Potato is an order of French fries served with white chocolate and cacao-flavored sauces, and Japanese menus will add the concoction on January 26. McDonald's (MCD) said in its most recent financial filing that its Japanese market is hurting due to fewer visitors and weaker sales. Sales in Asia have been down ever since McDonald's was hit by a food-borne illness scandal in China in 2014.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/19/news/companies/mcdonalds-mcchoco-potato/index.html?linkId=20507822

With Lead-contaminated water is literally flowing through people's faucets in the town of Flint, Michigan and the city's nearly 100,000 residents desperately need any assistance they can get, members of the Detroit Lions decided to take matters into their own hands. According to the Huffington Post, On Friday, members of the team donated 94,000 bottles of water to Flint. Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah was said to be the one who motivated his teammates to take action. Ansah, who grew up in Ghana, told DetroitLions.com that this cause is a deeply personal one for him. He said “I come from Africa, and I know exactly what it means not to have clean water or not to have water at all.”
http://huff.to/1lDsOgi

A World War II veteran will travel to Australia to reunite with his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart. According to Time, 93 year old Norwood Thomas of Virginia Beach will travel to Adelaide, Australia, next month to reunite with 88-year-old Joyce Morris. The two recently spoke via Skype. During their two-hour video reunion, the two recalled their time together when they met in England a few months before he parachuted into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division. After their story went public two months ago, more than 300 people made donations online to help the two rekindle their romance. Air New Zealand also made arrangements to send Thomas and his caretaker son, Steve, to Australia free of charge. Thomas and Morris plan to spend Valentine’s Day together.
http://ti.me/1Qrjfhv

Show Hope has a dream. They shared this week: We dream of the day every child has a home. However the organization started by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, says the cost of adoption is often between $25,000 and $45,000, which is too high for many families. They are going to their social media followers asking for help in funding adoptions for those who have an open heart but don't have all the funds necessary to pay the cost of bringing an orphan home.
http://sho.pe/23eFlZF

Newsboys Drummer Duncan Phillips says talent is a smaller part of success than most people think! He posted: There's many super talented people that never reach their goals. Duncan says talent plus passion plus work ethic equals success.
http://tsu.co/duncan/109349122

Have daughters who like Natalie Grant's Glimmer Girls book series? Natalie is inviting you to bring them to a play date with her and her daughters. She'll hold a book signing and reading at the Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville on February 2 celebrating the new fiction series for 8 to 12 year old girls.
http://twitter.com/NatalieGrant/status/690183146332164096/photo/1

Casting Crowns Jaun Devevo is stepping up his defense of his home. Jaun posted this week: We had someone try to get into our house while we were home one night and based on our reaction, I feel like this is me and Melodee in 10 years. Attached was a picture of a machine gun wielding couple in front of a wall of additional guns.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BAz3wD4TCKW/

Natalie Grant's Dare to Be conference is coming to the big screen. The conference that features Natalie and Charlotte Gambill is being made into a movie for a one day cinema event on March 16.
http://bit.ly/1nBmF63

Looking for the perfect song to march to on Celebration of Life Day, the anniversary of Roe verses Wade? SonicFlood can help. They say their song Every Heartbeat would be the perfect choice. You can listen to the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://fb.me/1XSrcw1Az

Tobymac's latest video is titled Lights Shine Bright. It features new artist Hollyn. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.vevo.com/watch/tobymac/Lights-Shine-Bright/USUV71503557

It's the middle of January. The weather outside is still cold and blustery but the holidays are over. If you're suffering from the post holiday blues you can go back and watch the official music video for Mercyme's super fun Christmas song Christmas Time Again. Find the video by clicking on the link at kgcr.org.
https://www.facebook.com/mercyme/videos/10153820009254810/?theater

Francesca Battistelli is taking some time off in 2016 as she waits for her babies arrival in March. Her next event isn't scheduled until May and she has only one show on the books each month through July. But good news if you still want to hear Francesca's music while she is on hiatus. You can access a wide variety of Francesca's music videos on her youtube page, including the audio for many of the songs on her latest album. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/user/FrancescaBattistelli

A cover song is now available from Finding Favour. As part of their Tiny Town Sessions, the band recently recorded a cover of the song broken Arrows. Check out episode 6 of the project by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://youtu.be/79Kc-nV5NpA

Matthew West is going deeper than just a song with a new project focused on life. This week he released a music video for the song Untold. But rather than just releasing a song, Matthew is also out with a web site, IAmUntold.org, sharing more stories and offering resources. Matthew says: My hope is that this song along with the stories and resources will be a positive and sincere voice offering people a greater understanding of the value of life and the hope each child should have for a future. Check out the video and the web site by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://t.e2ma.net/share/inbound/t/by9vvb/ft045d

Jamie Grace recently found some old videos that featured her singing and dancing to high school musical. 10 years later Jamie says not much has changed. This week she released a 10 year Youtube anniversary video featuring two of those old school videos. Check them out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://fb.me/4IVjU4zVa

Matt Redman is out with an Unbroken Praise Devotional Video. Check out Matt's thoughts on Unbroken Praise. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://youtu.be/O477hLw6prQ

Building 429's Aaron Branch spent the week hiking the Red River Gorge, a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. Aaron is braving single digit temperatures but he says the scenery is worth it. Check out a video of Aaron on the trial by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://twitter.com/ABranch429/status/689921191881089031/video/1

A new video from Hillsong Young and Free is being debuted exclusively on MTV. The video features the song Where You Are. According to the news source The Media Collective, the video was filmed in the bands native Australia. You can check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://t.e2ma.net/message/g2ybw/8vgrol

Members of Hillsong United are already in the states gearing up for next month's Empires tour. Although all the stops are scheduled for the south, from Florida to California, members of the Australian worship band are in New York City this week working on music for the tour.
http://twitter.com/hillsongunited/status/690014735413153793/photo/1

The Sidewalk Prophets will be opening for Tim Tebow next month. The band announced the concert at Savage Arena on the University of Toledo Campus on February 17.
https://twitter.com/yesfm/status/690007209305100288

Jeremy Camp is in India this week with his Speaking Louder Ministry. The highlight of the visit to the country is a major rally on the 23rd. However, leading up to the event, Jeremy is reaching out to others. He's already shared with hundreds of leaders in India leading up to the Saturday night concert. Jeremy's team is hoping to have 20,000 people show up on the 23rd.
http://twitter.com/jeremycamp/status/690075059633917952/photo/1

Representatives from the Roadshow are in the Dominican Republic this week! Shaun Groves, the Roadshow's speaker this year, is getting to know some of the children Compassion International serves in the DR. Shawn posted: can't wait to tell you these kids' stories from the Roadshow stage soon! Shawn added: We'd sure appreciate your prayers for our health and safety as we travel through the Dominican Republic this week and for the children Compassion serves.
https://www.facebook.com/TheRoadshow/photos/a.1015
0425712180402.629491.128229905401/10156446043925402/?type=3&theater

A New Beginning's Greg Laurie recently talked with Billy Graham's Decision Magazine, sharing his thoughts on ISIS, Bible Prophecy and the End of the World. Read Greg's blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/january-2016/isis-the-nations-and-the-end-of-the-world/

Revive Our Hearts is continuing to air the teaching sessions from Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth titled My Personal Petitions. Day 3 of the series is now available. It's titled: “Lord, fill me with Your Spirit.” http://buff.ly/1lwgizc

Today is Celebration of Life Day, marking the date in 1973 that the U.S. Supreme Court legalized unrestricted abortion on demand in the United States. Focus on the Family is using the day to bring attention to their Operation Ultrasound program. The program places ultrasound units in pro-life centers to show women that they are carrying a baby, not just a blob of tissue. According to Focus on the Family, over 350,000 mothers and babies saved since the program began.
https://twitter.com/ERLC/status/690178807240728576

6 Steps to Financial Independence
1. Know your limits.
2. Stay away from debt.
3. Budget.
4. Stop caring what your friends think.
5. Parents are not a personal bank.
6. The borrower is slave to the lender.
http://www.boundless.org/adulthood/2014/6-steps-to-financial-independence

6 Ways to Boost Your Marriage in 60 Seconds from Mark Merrill.
1. Say “Thank you” or “You are an amazing spouse.”
2. Spend some spontaneous time together during a weekday.
3. Ask about their day.
4. Kiss your spouse.
5. Pray for them.
6. Encourage dream-chasing.
http://bit.ly/1NZFx8F

Ready to get planted firmly in biblical truth? Here are questions to get you started:
-Do you consider the Bible true and trustworthy?
-Do you think that believing in Jesus is the only way to be saved?
-What is the Holy Spirit’s role in the lives of believers and unbelievers?
-Are we to forgive others in every situation?
-How should Christians approach finances?
-What’s your purpose in life?
-What is your role in the church and at work?
-How should you think about social issues like abortion and racism?
http://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions/developing-convictions

Satellite photos obtained exclusively by The Associated Press confirm the worst fears of church authorities and preservationists -- St. Elijah's Monastery of Mosul has been completely wiped out. According to Fox News, U.S. Col. Steve Warren called the Islamic State terror group's destruction of the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq represents "a battle of savagery against decency." For 1,400 years the compound survived assaults by nature and man, standing as a place of worship recently for U.S. troops. In earlier centuries, generations of monks tucked candles in the niches and prayed in the cool chapel.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/20/isis-destroys-iraqs-oldest-christian-monastery-satellite-photos-confirm.html?intcmp=hpbt1

Each year, in partnership with American Bible Society, Barna ranks the nation’s top markets based on their level of Bible engagement. The study is based on individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are considered to be Bible-minded. As in previous years, the South remains the most Bible-minded region of the country, with all of the top 10 cities located below the Mason-Dixon line. Chattanooga, Tennessee reclaimed its title as the most Bible-minded city in America. Fifty-two percent of its population qualifies as Bible-minded. Birmingham/Anniston/Tuscaloosa, AL—the most Bible-minded city of 2015—dropped to second place (51%). Third, fourth and fifth places all went to Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia (48%), Shreveport, Louisiana (47%), and Tri-Cities, Tennessee (47%), respectively. The least Bible-minded city in 2016—Albany/Schenectady/Troy, New York—moved up one spot from last year to claim the crown, with only 10 percent of residents qualifying as Bible-minded. Boston, Massachusetts (11%), moved from third to second place while Providence, Rhode Island (12%)—the least Bible-minded city in 2015—dropped two spots to third place.
https://barna.org/research/cities-states/infographic/2016-bible-minded-cities?utm_source=Barna+Update+List&utm_campaign=014f118f95-BU_2016_Bible_Minded_Cities&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8560a0e52e-014f118f95-171997681&mc_cid=014f118f95&mc_eid=8744f510c8#.VqE0JPkrLDc

A homeless woman gave birth on a cardboard box just outside St. Peter's Square early on Wednesday in near-freezing temperatures and later received an offer of one year's hospitality in a Vatican institution. According to Yahoo News, Police said the 35-year-old Romanian woman had gone into labor at about 2.30 a.m. in an Italian square just meters (yards) away from the Vatican. An Italian policewoman helped deliver the baby, a girl, and her colleagues covered both with their jackets until an ambulance arrived. The head of Pope's Francis' charity office later visited the woman and baby in a hospital a few blocks away and offered her one-year's free accommodation in a Church-owned apartment
http://yhoo.it/1nyvddT

A severe winter warning is putting refugee kids physically at-risk. According to Mission Network News, UN officials are warning that thousands of refugee children on their way to Europe could freeze to death in the next two weeks. The forecast for the eastern Balkan’s, eastern Mediterranean, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan includes freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. A spokesman for the UN’s children’s agency, UNICEF, told reporters, “Many children on the move do not have adequate clothing or access to the right nutrition. [The risk of freezing to death] is clearly very, very high.”
https://goo.gl/2SD4M7

Five planets will be visible in a rare celestial spectacle every morning until late next month. According to the New York Times, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are all simultaneously visible to the naked eye. It is the first time in more than a decade that the line up has happened. Plan to get up about 45 minutes before sunrise to catch it.
http://nyti.ms/1WtYIZY

ZME Science has combined 14 world maps to bring the world we live in into perspective. The maps include the location of the worlds population, the conflicts around the world, income levels, countries with safe tap water, and more. It's an interesting look at how America compares with the rest of the globe.
http://www.zmescience.com/other/feature-post/worlds-14-maps/

The Presidential Race Is Now a Reality TV Primary. According to Time, When Donald Trump wanted to shore up his credentials with conservatives, he turned to a former Alaska governor better known in recent years for shooting caribou on TLC. Trump’s Republican rival Ted Cruz responded with a new ad featuring his own TV hunter: Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. Even Marco Rubio has campaigned with Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars, the History channel show about a family-run pawn shop in Las Vegas.
http://ti.me/20fiQBr

Earlier this week a team of scientists revealed new evidence that a large planet may be orbiting the sun from the outskirts of the solar system. If such a world exists, it would be the ninth major planet in the solar system. According to the news web site Mashable, while researchers have no direct evidence of the object, they did see strange perturbations in the orbits of objects deep in the Kuiper Belt — the group of icy bodies in Pluto's part of space — that seem to suggest the existence of a planet one to 10 times more massive than Earth that orbits the sun every 10,000 to 20,000 years.
http://on.mash.to/1UcK5Zy

Armed carjackers picked the wrong mom to mess with Monday evening. According to ABC News, Surveillance footage from the Tom Thumb service station in Florida shows the mother pumping gas when an armed carjacker jumped into the driver's seat of her convertible and another banged on the windows with his gun. The mother, who had two children in the backseat, flung into action by pulling the masked man out of the vehicle and pushing him away from the car. The other carjacker can be seen fleeing the scene. Three suspects - two male and one female - were stopped by police after a short chase.
http://abcn.ws/20f14hF

Audio Adrenaline's Brandon Bagby says he might have picked the wrong time to shave, especially with a straight razor. The temperature was hovering at a chilly 10 degrees when Brandon shared a picture of his newly shaved face.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BAsAxtey7OQ/

Kari Jobe says things are getting real. She shared a picture of their unborn babies room and added: hospital bag packed and ready, room ready...countdown is here. Kari is due next month.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BAuaucuBoWJ/

2015's end-of-the-year wrap up was a great one for Third Day. According to GMA, Billboard announced that their song, “Soul On Fire,” was the most played song at Christian radio in 2015. The single was officially named the No. 1 Christian Airplay Song of the Year, according to Billboard‘s Christian Overall National Audience year-end chart. The editorial team at iTunes also selected “Soul On Fire” as one of the year’s top tracks of 2015.
http://ht.ly/X1Hf6

Citizenway's David Blascoe is more than just a Christian artist. He shared this week that he also likes to bake. His project this week: Baking some earl grey shortbread from scratch.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BAvEyPTpABF/

The countdown is on. The members of SanctusReal this week shared a portion of a picture featuring their new lead singer with the rest of the band. They said said they appreciate everyone's patience but it's time to get this show on the road. However, the name of the SanctusReal lead singer isn't out yet. The picture was numbered six so there are still five slides to go before his identity is announced.
http://twitter.com/SanctusReal/status/689563860190281728/photo/1

David Crowder recently shared more about his music and his ministry. The front man for the group Crowder told New Release Today that he is now more time conscious. He said it just takes less time to say Crowder than the David Crowder band. Crowder said his new project, the new Neon Steeple Extravaganza, is also more real. He says he is able to speak in a more personal way about his failures and the rescue of God in spite of him.
http://nrt.cc/CrowderStory

Michael W Smith will release a new album on Friday, January 29. However, prior to the new projects release, you can sample the first eight songs on Michael's new album, titled Hymns 2. The project will be available exclusively at Cracker Barrel. Access the sample songs online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-TAvZw87bQ1uoTNlmCM6MbTI8JdzNQKu

Chris and Jodi, from Love and the Outcome, recently were part of a late night song writing session with Lincoln Brewster. The three were still up at 2am working on the new music but Jodi said she was able to go so late thanks to one important thing. She shared a picture of a table full of food and said food is everything, at least when you're pregnant.
http://twitter.com/loveandoutcome/status/689482779340308481/photo/1

David Crowder is part of a brand new compilation CD titled Mercyland, Hymns for the Rest of Us. The 12 song project includes a wide variety of artists, from the Cindy Morgan to Emmylou Harris. Crowder's contribution to the project was the song Make and Ocean.
http://bit.ly/MCYL216

Another new video from Dan Bremnes. The latest features an acoustic version of his new worship song 'At Your Feet'. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://buff.ly/1U0Pa7i

Jamie Grace loves food. That's why she made food the topic of her latest Jamie Grace show video. However, the topic isn't the food she likes, it's the food she doesn't eat. Jamie says that, even though she's a total foodie, I'm a SUPER picky eater. Watch her humorous look at those foods. Click on the link at christianaritstnews.info
https://youtu.be/KrlsaR8QVG8

Ken is a driver for the rental car company Enterprise. Recently he had the chance to pick up one of his favorite bands, for King and Country, and a simple drive turned into his own personal concert. When the members of the band found that Ken was a big fan and also an aspiring artist they invited him to join them for a rendition of their song fix my eyes, even giving him his own solo part. Check out the impromptu song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/enterpriserentacar/videos/10153313532852555/

Another groaner from Citizenway. The tweeted a picture of a Koala with with text: What do you mean I'm not a bear. I have all the Koalifications.
http://twitter.com/citizenway/status/689070040604405760/photo/1

The latest Lightenup Video from Ken Davis features comedian Jeff Allen on Teenagers. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.kendavis.com/lighten-up-monday/teenagers/

Building 429's Jason Roy will be part of a special event this week but it won't involve singing. The front man for the well known Christian band will be speaking on setting and achieving your goals for the coming year. The event will take place in Clarksville, Tennessee this Thursday.
http://twitter.com/building429/status/689094451965333504/photo/1

Jeremy Camp is in India for the next couple of weeks. Jeremy will be in the country through January 27 for events with his Speaking Louder ministry. He says prayer would be appreciated as he ministers in India.
http://fb.me/2f41DhXkV

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips is gearing up for the bands tour with the Rock and Worship Roadshow. For Duncan that means getting his spinning drum platform in top shape. This week members of his team were replacing the stands for his spinning drums.
http://tsu.co/duncan/109123526

Winter Jam has announced the release of a special behind the scenes film titled This Is Winter Jam. According to New Release Today, the movie was primarily filmed during the course of Winter Jam's 2015 east coast leg. This Is Winter Jam will feature live performance footage, interviews, glimpses of life behind the scenes, a look at Winter Jam's unique history and other exclusives. This Is Winter Jam will air in select theaters in a one night event on April 17, at 7:00 PM local time but Theater locations are yet to be announced. As an additional bonus, the movie showing will include the debut of for KING & COUNTRY's music video for their song "Priceless."
http://2016.jamtour.com/thisiswinterjam

A request from A New Beginning's Greg Laurie: Remember,set the alarm on your smartphone to 3:20 PM for everyday and PRAY for Harvest America. The time is a reference to Ephesians 3:20: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
http://twitter.com/greglaurie/status/689226454157144065/photo/1

Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth's latest Revive Our Hearts series is titled “My Personal Petitions”. Now you can watch each session in the new series online. Check out the first day of teaching by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://buff.ly/1ZwOOqu

Greg Laurie's new book, Tell Someone, is now available. The book is subtitled You Can Share The Good News. It's available on the Harvest web site. http://twitter.com/greglaurie/status/689464137542275072/photo/1

Here are seven ways we should approach his Word in 2016 from the Gospel Coalition.
1. Approach It Humbly
2. Approach It Desperately
3. Approach It Studiously
4. Approach It Obediently
5. Approach It Joyfully
6. Approach It Expectantly
7. Approach It Frequently
http://buff.ly/1OgOcjB

4 habits for a happy marriage from iMom.
1. Use terms of endearment.
2. Laugh more.
3. Steal a kiss.
4. We time.
http://bit.ly/1VG8vf6

7 Functions of Great Parenting from Dr. James Dobson
1. Nurturing
2. Protection
3. Creativity
4. Education
5. Motivation
6. Relinquishment
7. A Place For Returning
http://bit.ly/1MVKfSV

A Christian church elder has been formally arrested after being imprisoned in Tianjin in China on suspicion of "subversion of state power". According to Christian Today, The "crime" carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Hu Shigen, aged 60, a church leader with a history of campaigning for democracy and the rights of workers, had already spent nearly six months in detention when he was arrested last week. He is among 11 who have recently been arrested formally after being detained in a crackdown last July.
http://bit.ly/1nttnuC

Thousands braved bitter cold temperatures for a "March for Life" in downtown Chicago this past Sunday. According to Charisma News, demonstrators held yellow balloons with "life" printed on them as they danced to music to keep warm in temperatures that hovered just above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The Chicago march, now in its third year, offers a Midwest alternative for those unable to attend the larger march held in Washington, D.C. every Jan. 22.
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An "unprecedented" crackdown on churches is ongoing in Cuba. According to a report released recently by religious freedom charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide, there was a tenfold increase in the number of religious freedom violations in Cuba last year. The report in Christian today identified 2,300 separate incidents in 2015 alone, compared to 220 in 2014. This spike was fueled by government aggression, the report said, with 2,000 Assemblies of God churches declared illegal and over 100 demolished.
http://bit.ly/1nehuZS

Suspected Islamic extremists have kidnapped an elderly missionary couple in northern Burkina Faso. According to Christian Today, Ken and Jocelyn Elliott, who are Australian and in their 80s, were abducted on the same day as al-Qaeda launched a deadly attack on a hotel in the country's capital. Dr Elliott and his wife Jocelyn have lived in the country since the 1970s and have built up a 120-bed hospital where Elliott is the only surgeon.
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The richest 62 people in the world control more than half of the world's money. According to an ABC News Story, the new report means that those 62 people have the same collective wealth as the world's poorest 3.6 billion people, and the gap between rich and poor is growing wider. The report released by Oxfam, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty, states that the poorest 50% of the world's population is worth an estimated $1.76 trillion, which is also the estimated net worth of the richest 62 people in the world. Their report did not name names, but based their selection on reporting by Forbes.
http://abcn.ws/1SrVnve

Stress is a killer -- for both the body and the brain. Over time, chronic stress can contribute to a host of negative health outcomes, including heart disease, depression, diabetes and obesity. Now new research shows that high stress levels late in life can also contribute significantly to the development of Alzheimer's disease. A recent report found that older adults who reported experiencing high stress levels were twice as likely to develop the memory problems that tend to precede full-blown Alzheimer's.
http://huff.to/22eadcg

A southeastern Japan town of 1,700 people is on target to produce zero waste. According to a documentary produced by the Seeker Network, the town adopted a mandatory sanitation program in 2003. As part of the program, all residents now wash, clean and sort their trash into 34 categories. The intensive process has ensured that 80 percent of all waste gets recycled, reused or composted, and 20 percent is sent to landfills. But by 2020, Kamikatsu plans on having no use for landfills.
http://huff.to/1RIYAWa

A new study shows people’s bodies react to the same foods in very different ways. The study adds to a growing body of research that suggests people may be better able to achieve weight loss if their diet was tailored to them, rather than following general advice about foods to eat and avoid. According to Time, In the new study a team of Israeli researchers found that blood sugar levels varied widely among people after they ate, and these levels were highly variable even when the researchers had the people eat the exact same meal.
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Are you unashamed of the gospel of Christ? The members of Building 429 posted a link to the audio of their song Unashamed and said: LIKE and SHARE if you are "Unashamed", if you refuse to hide the name of the one true King! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhZVMwyzpZk

The web site Worship Together is giving away resources from Rend Collective. Members of the band talked with Worship Together about their song Joy of the Lord and right now you can see them perform the song live and download Free chord charts and lyric sheets for the song. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://ow.ly/X0N68

Lecrae surprised fans by recently releasing Church Clothes volume 3 on iTunes. The new mixtape includes 10-tracks and features collaborations with several other rappers.

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