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Christy Nockels is out with another new Podcast. As part of her latest Glorious in the Mundane Podcast, Christy talks more about what it looks like to live life from the “bullseye”. She is also joined by writer and author Jamie Ivey.

Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig, and Dean announced plans for a ground breaking this weekend. Sunday evening the church Randy pastors, Life Austin, will be breaking ground for a new chapel. The facility will seat 300 people and is available for everything from weddings to funerals to Sunday services.

Hawk Nelson's Jon Steingard was working from home on a 90 degree day this week and was feeling especially grateful. He posted as he sat at the side of the pool in his back yard: I'm super grateful for this pool. I never in a million yeas imagined I'd have a house with a pool. We weren't even looking for it. Sometimes I think God knows our hearts better than we do. He also dreams bigger dreams for us than we dare to dream ourselves. He finds joy in giving us glimpses into His greatness.

Earlier this year Kutless member James Mead discussed bleaching his hair. This week that discussed became a reality. James posted: Change. It happens. Attached was a picture of James with a black beard and a white head of hair.

Lincoln Brewster is gearing up for another Worship Collective. The worship leader said this week that he is hosting the Collective in October but spots are already filling up fast. Lincoln describes the event as the ultimate non-conference for worship leaders and worship teams. It will be led by Lincoln Brewster and some of his friends and will include times of idea sharing, inspiration, connection, and more.

NeedToBreathe released a new Album late last week but that isn't their only celebration. Earlier this week the band celebrated the Gold designation of their previous album The Outsiders and their song Brother. More than a half million copies of both have already been sold.

NeedToBreathe has their own cookie. The band posted: Do not visit Charleston without eating a "Needtobreathe Cookie" from King Street Cookies. Money from the NeedtoBreathe cookies go to benefit the organization One World Health.

Jenny Simmons has just finished recorded the audio version of her new book, Made Well. It comes out Oct 4th.

Danny Gokey posted a picture of a microphone this week. He shared: This is all I've been staring at these last few weeks. It's not that fun or inspirational but it's necessary in making a record. BUT I'm suuuuuper excited and I feel the songs we have on this new record are so next level! Danny said work on the new project is nearly complete. He says he can see the finish line.

The makers of the game Rock Band 4 this week announced the game’s first paid expansion and it will include music from the group Skillet. Rock Band Rivals will be available in October but game makers say gamers will only receive the 10 new songs, including Feel Invincible from Skillet, if they pre-order it.

NeedToBreathe released their latest album earlier this month. However, it isn't the only new project for group member Bear Reinhart. The bands front man is also features on track 11 of the new project from Country artist David Nail. The song is titled Old Man's Symphony. It's on Nail's new album Fighter.

A new book from Matt Redman will be available in early August. His book 10,000 Reasons is based on his worship song by the same name. It is scheduled for release on August 1 and features of stories of faith, hope and thankfulness based on the song.

The 10th studio album from Switchfoot is off to a good start. Where The Light Shines Through debuted this week at #1 on the Christian Albums chart and at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 overall chart.

Jamie Grace is celebrating 10 years on Youtube by doing 10 days of giveaways. For the rest of the month Jamie will be picking a random winner off of Twitter and Instagram. Prizes include her book Boys, Boys, Boys, her book God's Girls Club Book 1, handwritten song lyrics, a shout out video for your friend, and more. Wanna enter? Simply make a post that includes the link in Jamie's bio and the hashtag #jamiegrace.

The web site Rapzillz is out with a first listen to Blanca's song "Not Backing Down (Cobra Remix)". The song features Blanca's brother and is from her new remix EP that released today. The Not Backing Down - Remix EP is a digital-only release and features four tracks, including two versions of "Not Backing Down".

Jeremy Camp was one of many artists and speakers who recently gathered on the National Mall in Washington DC for Together 2016. The event was promoted as a way for Christians to gather together in one group, putting aside differences, and simply standing for Jesus. Prior to the event, Jeremy sat down with his wife Adie, Tim Tebow, and Ravi Zacharias to talk about the event. Hear their comments by clicking on the link at

Colton Dixon recently sat down to talk with some friends about music and the early days. Episode 18 of the Broken City Artists Podcast features an interview with Colton as he sits down to discuss the creative process and also reveals some as yet unknown pieces of his story of going from an unknown small-town young artist through his stint on American Idol, signing with a major label (Capitol/CMG), and the four records that followed. Listen to the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Another Jamie Grace show video is now available, this time talking about acting. She was joined by the Jones sisters, featured in everything from American Girl to Hanna Montana. Together the put on a tutorial in an attempt to teach Jamie Grace how to act. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace released a random Wednesday edition of the Jamie Grace Show this week. She was joined by former Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Another Newsboys video is out this week as drummer Duncan Phillips looks back on his visit to Mexico with Child Fund International. Join Duncan for Day 3 of Duncan in Mexico. Click on the link at

Michael W. Smith is out with a new music video. The latest project from the longtime Christian artist features his song He Will Never End. It was filmed live in the land of Israel. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

NeedToBreathe was on the Today Show Wednesday morning. Now you can check out their performance on national television of their song Happiness. Click on the link at

Worship leader Lincoln Brewster can make even a toy instrument sound good. Check out his guitar licks on a Disney toy guitar recorded in his local Walmart. Click on the link at

Newsboys front man Michael Tait stopped by CCM Magazine recently to answer five questions. It was part of the magazine's facebook “Live For Five” 5-question conversation segment. As part of the interview they also talk with Michael about his recent mission trip to Mexico with ChildFund, his music, and what he’s literally going to be doing when he steps out of the office to head out on his Nashville day. Check it out by clicking on the link at

NeedToBreathe stopped by Billboard in New York City this week and played 10 minutes of music in their offices. Check out their live acoustic performance by clicking on the link at

NeedToBreathe is out with an exclusive look at their song Money and Fame. The acoustic version of the song was recorded live at the Cracker Barrel Warehouse. It's from their new album Hard Love. Check out the acoustic performance by clicking on the link at

Ryan Stevenson is out with a new music video of his number one song Eye of the Storm. The acoustic version of the song GabeReal. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Another video in the deeper series is now available from Meredith Andrews and Kay Warren. The focus this week is Family. Check out the video and their insight by clicking on the link at

Tenth Avenue North's Mike Donehey is out with a new video blog talking about the music on their upcoming album Followers. In his latest video, Mike talks about fear, unpacking the song "Afraid". The full album will be available on October 14. In the mean time, you can find out more about the song Afraid by clicking on the link at

The Babylon Bee, a Christian satire site, was having some fun this week with the band Shane & Shane. Earlier this week the site announced: worship music duo Shane & Shane held tryouts for additional Shanes this past weekend, looking to add one or two talented musicians also named Shane to their act. The duo is reportedly looking to rename their act Shane & Shane & Shane, or possibly Shane & Shane & Shane & Shane, depending on how many qualified Shanes they can find.

Passion 2017 will be held in the Georgia Dome January 2 through 4. This week the initial list of artists and speakers was announced. In addition to Louie Giglio, the speaker list will include Christine Cane, John Piper, Beth Moore and Francis Chan. Artists leading worship include Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Kristian Stanfill, and Christy Nockles.

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott previewed her upcoming collaboration with her musically talented family this week in Nashville. Love Remains is scheduled for releases on July 29. According to the web site Music row, On Wednesday evening the family introduced the project to approximately 200 industry executives, artists, songwriters, and publishers. Hillary Scott & The Scott Family includes her mother, Linda Davis, Hillary’s 16-year-old sister Rylee, and her father, Lang Scott. Also onstage for the preview evening were Hillary Scott’s husband Chris Tyrell and their nearly 3-year-old daughter Eisele.

Steven Curtis Chapman is heading to Poland and he says it's a family affair. Steven's wife, Mary Beth, and his daughter, Shaoey, are both making the trip and his back up band is the Colony House Band, which includes both of Steven's sons. Curtis/status/756138181695799296/photo/1

A new video on parenting is now available from Dr. James Dobson. The video, titled Hang In There, encourages parents to "hang in there" during the frustrations of parenting. Watch online by clicking on the link at

Your kids are talking non-stop about Pokémon Go. Half of those you follow on facebook say it's satanic while the others roll their eyes and say it's not big deal. Now Focus on the Family is coming to the rescue. This week Focus President Jim Daly released a report on Pokemon Go titled: What Parents Need to Know. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Ravi Zacharias following his meeting with Tim Tebow at Together 2016 in Washington DC: Delighted to see Tim Tebow at Together 2016. Amazed by how he combines strength and boldness with kindness and compassion.

Greg Laurie on prayer: The value of Prayer is it keeps me in touch with God.

Revive Our Hearts will be simulcasting Cry Out 2016 on September 23rd. They are hoping that 100,000 women will join together in praying that night. If you want to organize a group your community for the Cry Out Simulcast they now have and information page available on their web site. Check out all the details at

Joni Eareckson Tada will be answering your questions during a facebook live Question and Answer Time today on the Bible Gateway facebook page. The event will take place at 3:00pm CT this afternoon, Friday, July 22.

1. Authentic Leaders Have Insight
2. Authentic Leaders Demonstrate Initiative
3. Authentic Leaders Exert Influence
4. Authentic Leaders Have Impact
5. Authentic Leaders Exercise Integrity

10 truths to encourage you to endure for God’s glory while you wait on your husband’s heart:
Ask the Lord for wisdom.
Remember that God is working even when you don't see it.
If your husband isn't saved, don't expect him to act like it.
Be a peacemaker.
Don't allow despair to be your identity.
Have a right theology.
Grieve your loss.
Extend mercy.
Don't let bitterness take root.
Be willing to examine your own heart.

The Purpose Hotel is on it's way to becoming a reality. The concept of Jerry Cowart is now a kickstarter project with the goal of raising 2-million dollars. Jerry's idea is to build an entire hotel chain where you can change the world in your sleep. He says: Imagine not just a hotel, but a global hotel chain, where every time you book a room a child gets sponsored, the internet fee fights human trafficking, and every product is purchased from partners who are making a difference. The kickstarter has already raise more than 200,000 dollars.

Gymnast Shawn Johnson finished the 2008 Beijing Olympics with three silver medals and one gold. But despite her success, the Olympian now admits to struggles with depression, an eating disorder, and perfectionism. According to World Magazine, in a video testimony with I Am Second, Johnson sat down to talk about the pressure she faced going into the 2008 Olympics. But she went on to share that her faith in Jesus Christ gave her the strength to overcome. Listen to her entire story by clicking on the link at

Over three quarters of Americans want the next president to address Christian persecution. According to a Harris poll commissioned by Open Doors USA, Seventy-six per cent of respondents agreed with the statement: "It is important to me that the next US President be committed to addressing the persecution that some Christians face around the world." According to, The organization has set up a petition calling on the candidates to address the issue of persecution of Christians around the world.

Despite the increasing persecution of Christians in China, the Communist country is on track to have the largest Christian population in the world by 2030. According to officials from OMF International, By 2030 "China will almost certainly have the most evangelical Christians, and that will greatly shape the global evangelical Church in the coming years." In a recent interview with the Christian Post, OMF representatives emphasized that there are still many needs in China, especially in areas like discipleship, cross-cultural outreach and ministering to children and youth.

Samjheera, a 20 year old from India, was found dead in a jungle near her village a little over a month ago. According to Open Doors Youth, Local Christians suspect the girl was killed because of her Christian faith. According to her church pastor, Samjheera became interested in the Christian faith after she was healed of an illness two years ago when she prayed to Jesus. She had recently been preparing to be baptized. However, the pastor says that her uncle and cousins had strongly opposed her decision to convert to Christianity. She had often shared with church members that her relatives were threatening to kill her if she refused to deny her faith in Jesus.

Nearly 3,000 Bibles have been collected for those in persecuted areas. According to Open Doors Youth, enough money for 2,984 Bibles has been donated so far this summer. The collection is in response to the incredible challenges faced by brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East.

It's been 20 years since Dominique Dawes and her fellow "Magnificent Seven" gymnasts won gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Today, Dawes is a busy stay-at-home mom to her husband and two daughters. And this week she told that being a mom is actually harder than training for the Olympics. Daws said: When you're training for the Olympics, it's all about you. You have to work through any issues you have with self-doubt or anxiety. When you're a mom, you don't have full control and you have to learn to let go. And that is very difficult for many gymnasts, because gymnasts tend to have a controlling nature and a level of perfectionism. We were always striving for that perfect 10.

Forget 2016 — the 2020 election just kicked off. According to NBC News, Before voters have even cast their ballots in the 2016 election, some conservatives are quietly eyeing 2020 White House bids. Sen. Tom Cotton is one of them. The Arkansas Republican addressed the Iowa delegation on Tuesday morning. It's his second of three planned meetings with early-voting state delegates ahead of a possible White House bid.

An 86-year old woman just found a new use for bacon—theft deterrent. According to Time, the woman was apparently followed to the store. The unknown woman grabbed her shopping cart and demanded cash. Instead, the woman defended herself by repeatedly hitting the female offender over the head with a packet of bacon. When confronted with a vigorous bacon defense, the would-be thief gave up and fled the supermarket and the woman, her cash, and her bacon were safe. this week added hundreds of new words to online reference, including “woke” and “Pokemon”. According to Yahoo news, used data about what people are actually looking up — or at least trying to look up - to decide what new word should be included. the CEO said "when we see a critical mass of volume against a particular word, our team will start researching.” Other new additions include click fraud, kill switch, athleisure, and farm-to-table.

Al Qaeda is calling for radical Muslims to attack U.S., British, Israeli, and French athletes at the upcoming Olympic games in Brazil. According to CBN, Al Qaeda suggests "lone wolf" terrorists should use poison, explosives, kidnappings, and other methods to cause terror in Rio.

With rat control problems up 67% in one year, Chicago is trying an old-fashioned, non-toxic, solution to solving the problem. According to the Good News Network, The “Cats at Work” program places previously unadoptable feral cats with people in need of rodent control—and it’s working beautifully for everyone. The waiting list at the Tree House Humane Society, which neuters and hires out the wild cats, is now 30 days or longer.

A Virginia mom of three is now a mom of nine, after honoring her friend's dying wish to adopt her six children. According to ABC news, Beth Laitkep died from breast cancer on May 19 at the age of 39. Prior to her death, Beth requested a final wish from her good friend Stephanie Culley - "can you raise nine kids? Can you take my babies, all of them and keep them together?'" After praying and talking with her husband Culley agreed and this week, exactly two months after Beth's death, a judge approved their adoption of the six kids, ranging in age from 2 to 15.

NeedToBreathe is challenging their social media followers to a dance off. Check out the moves of group members Bo Rinehart and Seth Bolt and then post your own video with the hashtag #HARDLOVE and challenge your friends! Click on the links at

Quite an honor for Aaron Shust and his band. He says they were presented with coins For Excellence by the chaplain at Fort Jackson this week.

Steven Curtis Chapman this week announced plans for the release of his own memoir. According to Merge PR, Between Heaven and the Real World will release on March 7 of 2017. They say: For The First Time In His Highly Successful Career Spanning 30 Years, This Music Luminary Shares Intimate Details of His Personal Journey, His Family Life, And Stories Behind His Most Beloved Songs. The book was written with help from New York Times best-selling author Ken Abraham.

Danny Gokey this week posted some background on his song More Than You Think I Am. He said: Would the REAL God please stand up?! So many people claiming to know who God is. Extreme groups like Isis abuse, kill, and rape innocent people in the name of God & religion. Then there are others who have been caught using religion for their own personal selfish gain. One thing Ive learned is that just because someone says they're a Christian doesn't mean they are a Christian. God wants us to know Him so intimately and personally so that we don't fall into the trap of putting our trust in others to know God for us. God does give us pastors and teachers to help guide us in knowing Him better, but it was not to be a substitute for our own relationship with Him. I wrote this song as God speaking to us. Please listen to the Fathers heart. He wants to break down all the wrong views you may have of Him because He's a lot nicer, kinder and loving than you may think He is.

This week Mark Lowry was hiking through the Mexican rain forest. He posted that he hiked for about 20 minutes straight down to meet his ChildFund International sponsored child Herminio. Mark said: What a beautiful child and what a thrill to know I will change his and his family's life for the better.

The latest edition of the free magazine about Christian music, CCM Magazine, is now available. The July 15th edition of the magazine features NeedToBreathe on the cover and also includes articles about 7eventh Time Down and Ryan Stevenson. Check out the latest edition of CCM Magazine online by clicking on the link at

While scores of people have reserved their spot on the dcTalk cruise that sets sail a year from now, fans can get an even more personalized experience with one of the three frontmen of the band. According to New Release Today, Singer Kevin Max recently bought a new property an hour Southwest of Nashville, dubbed Blind Thief Farm and Studio, and he has opened up the acreage for public availability on vacation rental site Airbnb. The 7 bedroom, 5 bath "cabin" accommodates 12 people and is located on 21 hilltop acres in Hickman County, Tennessee. Surrounding the eclectically decorated estate are trails, blackberry picking, a recording studio, a rec room, a private pool and two kitchens.

Congratulations to the band Skillet. According to New Release Today, their 2013 album Rise was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. The Gold certification comes just a few weeks before the band released their next album, Unleashed.

Unspoken recently released the audio from their new song called "Miracle". It's from their album Follow Through, scheduled for release on August 26th. Check it out by clicking on the link at

New music from Paul Baloche is just around the corner. His new worship album titled Your Mercy will be available in October and also features several of his friends.

Skillet is out with a new podcast. The feature is the exclusive behind the scenes footage of the band in the studio, at their photo shoot, at rehearsals and during the 'Feel Invincible' video shoot. Unleashed, the latest album from Skillet, will release on August 5.

Kutless has released a new lyric video. The video features their song Mirror from the album Surrender. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The Jamie Grace show is new and remade and episode 40 is now available. Jamie titled her latest show: dreamers... and "haters"... how to handle the moments where you wonder if you're the victim. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Jeremy Camp is looking for teenagers to be in his next video. However, you will have to travel to Nashville to participate. He posted this week: If you're between the ages of 13 and 18 and want to be in my music video THIS Friday in Nashville email the director carl@carldiebold.

Danny Gokey is out with the official lyric video for his song More Than You Think I Am. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Danny Gokey's song Tell Your Heart to Beat Again was featured in a recent dance competition on the Fox program The Next Generation. Check out a video of the contemporary dance segment of the competition set to Danny's song. Click on the link at

New artist Hollyn is out with the official lyric video for her song Love With Your Life. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Finding Favour is out with a brand new lyric video. The feature is their song Be Like You. The video includes many pictures of the members of the band with their own kids. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

The latest lyric video from the band Unspoken features their song Higher. The song is from their new album Follow Through. The entire project will be available on August 26. Right now you can watch the lyric video for Higher by clicking on the link at

The latest Lightenup video from Ken Davis is titled Jogging. It's actually a clip from Ken's friend Michael Jr. Check it out and laugh by clicking on the link at

This year will involve a lot of celebrating for Phillips, Craig & Dean, as they commemorate their 25-year career and 25 number one songs. According to a Bozeman Media release, the three pastors plan to celebrate with a new tour and a new album. The tour Phillips, Craig & Dean 25 Years; Hits, Hymns and Worship will launch in late September. Also coming this fall, the trio will release their first hymns album, Hymns and Psalms. An early preview of two songs from the project are available on the Phillips, Craig & Dean web site. Included are their versions of “Blessed Assurance” and “I Surrender All.”.

Max Lucado will be returning to Israel in the Spring of 2017. Max announced the tour this week. He'll be joined by worship leader Matt Maher March 21 through 31.

Passion Camp is going on this week and they are giving you the chance to watch their main sessions live online. Sessions will take place through Thursday both in the morning and the evening and include Louie Giglio, Crowder, and Kristian Stanfill. Access the free stream by clicking on the link at

Meredith Andrews was at the Charlotte Motor Speedway last night singing over a couple hundred women behind the men of racing. The event was part of the Motor Racing Outreach Organization.

Mercyme this week announced their participation in Disney's Night of Joy. The two night event will be held September 9 and 10 and, this year, will be located at a different venue. Rather then performing on a stage in front of the Disney castle, this year the annual Christian concert series will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. 16 bands are scheduled to participate over the two nights. In addition to Mercyme, participants will include Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Francesca Battistelli, Matthew West, Newsboys, for King & Country, and Crowder.

Revive Our Hearts is not just an American ministry. Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth recently shared a picture as she met with Ambassadors from Germany, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala.

A New Beginning pastor Greg Laurie was attending a unique board meeting this week. Following his recent message at the newest Harvest church in Hawaii, Greg said: A Board Meeting. . .Maui style! He posted a picture as he surfed and said: I’m catching a rare wave because the water is warm and the sun is out.

Ravi Zacharias this week shared some thoughts on death following the sudden death of his brother in law. The blog is titled: A Sudden Grief, A Sublime Hope: My reflection on death, darkness, and light. Read Ravi's thoughts by clicking on the link at

Lightenup's Ken Davis is out with a new episode in his podcast The Art and Business of Public Speaking. In his latest Podcast Ken talks about how he got started in public speaking. Check it out by clicking on the link at

4 Life Skills for Kids to Learn Over the Summer
1. Kid in the kitchen. They get to come up with a menu. They get to choose the tunes to cook by. They get to cook the meal
2. Sew what. Teach your children how to thread a needle, tie a knot, sew on a button, and hem.
3. The key to success. Teach your children proper Keyboarding.
4. Business 101. Help them brainstorm about business opportunities

5 Ways to Tell if You’re Raising Entitled Kids
1. Do you do everything for them?
2. Your kids think they don’t have to work for things they want.
3. Do you say yes when you really want to say no?
4. Do you fix their problems for them?
5. You have never done a service activity with them to serve others.

As relationships between Cuba and the United States change, John Summerville of Trans World Radio says things aren’t the same for the people of Cuba any more. According to a Mission Network News report, now is a critical time to make the hope of Christ known to the Cubans and other nations in the Caribbean area. Trans World Radio is in the process of upgrading their signal to 450 thousand watts. Boosting their signal will allow Trans World Radio to become more than ten times stronger than the strongest AM radio station in the United States, and they’ll be able to reach places like the western side of Cuba. And Cuba isn’t the only target that will be affected by this boost. Parts of Latin America, the Caribbean islands, and even South America as far as Brazil will be able to hear the hope of the Gospel on the air.

Prior to the opening of The Republican National Convention, Thousands of Christians flocked to Cleveland to pray. According to CBN News and Christian Headlines, Christians in great numbers met to pray for revival in America before the event that began on Tuesday.

An ancient tomb has been discovered in Turkey inside a church built in the seventh century A.D. According to and Christian Headlines, the church is part of the Georgian monastery complex. The ancient tomb was discovered as experts worked to restore the church--a process that began in 2013. The tomb has been dated to around 1009 A.D., and experts believe it is the burial site for a high-ranking official such as a noble or a bishop. They say such crypts are a rarity of rarities, representing great historical and cultural value."

Open Doors USA are offering a monthly calendar to help you pray for persecuted believers around the world. The calendar gives daily updates from a specific country to help you pray for persecuted believers in that region. Past Calendars are also available at the site.

Religious leaders and institutions have taken part in efforts to address important social issues throughout American history, from slavery to civil rights to today’s advocacy in areas such as reducing poverty. But according to a recent Pew Research Study, Americans appear to be growing more skeptical of how much of a difference churches and other houses of worship make in tackling social concerns. A majority of U.S. adults still say religious institutions contribute either “a great deal” or “some” to solving important social problems. But the combined figure of 58% has fallen significantly in recent years. About four-in-ten Americans (39%) now say religious institutions make little to no contribution in this area.

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—For the majority of athletes heading to Rio in the coming weeks for the Summer Olympics, the goal is singular—to win gold and honor their country. But for those who follow Christ as the author of their ultimate playbook in life, the goal goes much deeper—and higher—as they seek to glorify Him first and foremost. In the current issue of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, Magazine, the international sports ministry highlights athletes from across the sports world who are putting their trust in Jesus as they prepare for the Olympics. Besides the FCA Magazine cover story featuring world-class runner Allyson Felix, the issue also highlights the following wrestlers and divers:
**Brandon Slay | Wrestling
Though raised around scripture, Brandon Slay sought the comforts of the world while wrestling at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, he found a real and refreshing faith at USA Wrestling’s national training center in Colorado Springs while prepping for an eventual gold medal win in the 2000 Olympics. Now a coach for USA Wrestling, he’s passionate about being a witness for Christ through the sport.
FCA: What is the one thing you want others to know about God?
BS: “He encouraged me that there’s a greater gold, a greater treasure, and it’s Him. He’s the Fulfiller, He’s the One I should draw my value from. There’s nothing on the earth that could ever fulfill me. Once you understand that, you can live a much healthier life. You can be like the disciples—just following Jesus wherever He goes, changing the world. Keep Him right in front of you and you’ll be fine. God didn’t create us in His image to be fulfilled by things of this world. The golds of this world are tarnishing, and moths and rust destroy them. We are only truly fulfilled and eternally satisfied when we draw our value from Christ alone.”
FCA: How have your Olympic experiences impacted your faith?
BS: “I’ve reached the Mount Everest of wrestling, but you can’t stay up there for too long. It was amazing and beautiful, and you take it all in and you’re thankful for it, but pretty quickly there has to be a new climb, a new challenge. You can’t let that define you; the only thing that will ever fulfill you is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That’s the healthy way to live.”
**Jordan Burroughs | Wrestling
Husband, dad and four-time world champion Jordon Burroughs is counting down the days to his trip to Rio. FCA featured Burroughs in 2014 with the feature, “More Than Gold” and he is also part of the FCA Wrestling New Testament.
“Athletes are some of the most influential, if not the most influential people in society,” Burroughs told FCA for the current magazine. “FCA gives us an outlet to use the gospel and promote our faith. We can be the most visible stewards of our gifts.”
**Steele Johnson | Diving
Steele Johnson’s love of diving started as a boy at the local pool and has led him to platforms around the world. The Carmel, Ind., native took a redshirt year to prepare for the Olympics, but he remained involved with FCA at Purdue to deepen his faith and connect with other like-minded athletes.
FCA: How have you been approaching diving from both an Olympic and spiritual mindset?
SJ: “This year I did many international competitions, and feel like I have more recovery time and rest, so I can give 100 percent to each meet and be more mentally prepared. I’m doing the best I can, not for myself but to please God. We’re called to be visible representations of the invisible Christ, and I feel like I’m able to do that through diving.”
FCA: What athletic and spiritual advice would you share with young athletes?
SJ: “Don’t think about winning. Yes, you want to have goals, like I have of going to the Olympics and winning a medal; but if that’s the only thing I’m working for, then I’m just going to find a lot of anxiety and depression if it never happens. Have a main focus when you’re training, and don’t worry about other people. Go out there and give 100 percent—enjoy it. Find new things about God that excite you, new things about your journey, new things in the Bible you can read every day. Get in a community of people. Let it take over your life, because the moment it actually does is when you see so much change.”
**David Bouda | Diving
Fans can get to know Olympic diver David Bouda, gold medalist in 10-meter platform diving and author of “Greater Than Gold,” in FCA Magazine’s “6 Questions” feature this month:
Something most people do not know about Olympic-level diving is: You train hours upon hours, days upon days, and years upon years for nearly eight seconds of competition (six total dives in a competition).
I intentionally bring Jesus into my competition by: Giving the results to Him. He has already walked through it, and I just need to be a vehicle for His glory.
The greatest moment of my athletic career was: Standing on the top podium at the London Olympic Games with our nation’s anthem being played for all of Team USA.
Being a ‘Christ-follower’ means: Faithfully sacrificing self to make His name be praised and to love others.
One piece of athletic advice I’d share with kids is: To ask yourself, ‘What am I doing now that is going to get me where I want to be in the future?’
One piece of spiritual advice I’d share with kids is: To be in constant prayer with God, asking Him to kindle your love for Him more and more daily.
FCA will minister in several ways at next month’s Rio Olympics. One avenue is through chaplains who will walk alongside these world-class athletes, many of whom maintain a free and easy exterior while pushing the stress of Olympic competition deep down. These young men and women are thirsting for gold, strapped to a consuming vision of bringing honor back home. Chaplains are there to provide a listening ear or a wise word—much-needed relief from the strain of the world’s stage while guiding restless hearts to freedom in Jesus.
FCA has also designed a 31-day Olympic prayer guide, available at, which points the faithful to specific ways they can pray for coaches, athletes and chaplains and the Games overall. For example, on Day 5, “Pray for the Opening Ceremony and all those who will participate. Pray these games will provide a setting for men and women to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Google is making registering to vote super easy. According to the Huffington Post, the search engine is introducing a search feature that will facilitate users looking to register to vote before the presidential election in November. If someone Googles “register to vote,” the phrase will yield thorough instructions on how a person can register in each U.S. state, including requirements and deadlines. Jacob Schonberg, a Google product manager, said that it won’t matter which state you’re in or how you cast your ballot. Users will be able to “find the step-by-step information they need to register correctly and on time — right at the top of the Search page and in the Google app.”

Andy Audette found a roll of blue tape in his garage and turned a strip of it into a “thin blue line” across the back windshield of his truck. He shared the idea on a community Facebook page in Maple Valley, thinking some of his neighbors might join in. According to the Good News Network, Since then, the simple gesture, based on a 1960s documentary film, “Thin Blue Line” about the struggles officers face every day, is gaining a worldwide following. Audette said: When I started getting pictures from Tennessee, Florida, Hawaii, and Australia, that’s when I got pretty excited.”

An Italian restaurant in New Mexico has come under fire for a punny billboard playing off the Black Lives Matter slogan amid nationwide outcry over the recent fatal shootings of black men by police officers. According to the Washington Post, Paisano’s in Albuquerque posted “Black Olives Matter, Try Our Tapenade” on a marquee last week advertising one of its specials and reportedly posted a picture of the sign on social media. The owner told a local news affiliate “We put up what we thought was a cute play on words, which we do commonly here at the restaurant.” However, some were not amused. People on the restaurant’s Facebook page called it “offensive,” “tacky and hideous” and “in very bad taste.”

A Black Lives Matter demonstration originally planned for Sunday in Wichita, Kansas became a friendly cookout instead, as law enforcement officers sought to bridge the gap between police and the community. According to Time, The idea of a cookout came about after activist A.J. Bohannon and other organizers with Black Lives Matter met with Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay suggested the cookout as a way to open communication and build trust between the groups. The event, called the First Steps Community Cookout, became even more meaningful after news of the killings of police officers in Baton Rouge broke on Sunday morning. Photos and videos from the event posted to the Wichita Police Department’s Twitter account show officers in uniform posing with families, dancing with kids and singing with locals.

The November election is still about four months away, yet a majority of Americans are already worn out by the amount of news coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. According to Pew Research, nearly 6-in-10 Americans are worn out by the amount of election coverage. A new Pew Research Center survey conducted from June 7 through July 5 finds that 59% of Americans feel exhausted by the amount of election coverage, while 39% say they like getting a lot of coverage about the election. This feeling of fatigue is particularly true among those who aren’t following news about the election very closely.

If you’re going to steal, probably best not to post about it online as you’re in the act. According to the Washington Post, police in Ocean City said they nabbed a 24-year-old man who stole a Jeep Wrangler, and posted videos of the theft as he was doing it on Snapchat. The incident was reported just before 11 a.m. Saturday. At first, officers had no suspects in the case of the stolen 1994 Jeep Wrangler, which was taken in the early hours of the morning. But later that evening, they got an anonymous tip to check social media. Police say Brian S. Engelmann stole a Jeep Wrangler in Ocean City and posted videos of the theft on Snapchat. Police said the videos “depict Engelmann stealing the Jeep and driving erratically” in the area. One of the videos even shows him parking the Jeep where it was later found.

One thrill-seeking couple wasn’t afraid to take their love to new heights. According to ABC, After having their first official date at Carowinds amusement park in North Carolina last year, newlyweds James and Cortni Music decided the perfect place to say “I do” was atop their all-time favorite ride -— the Fury 325 roller coaster. The outlandish idea turned into reality on July 14 as the lovebirds took the plunge into matrimony in the front row of the Fury 325 alongside a minister they made sure didn’t have a fear of heights. The bride said "there were a lot of safety issues that we had to work around. Dresses couldn't be too long, no veil, we had to do away with the bouquets. It took me several weeks to find the perfect dress. I probably went to 100 stores before I found one that I liked and [would] be appropriate for the ride.”

Samsung has given 12,500 Olympic athletes, competing in the Olympic Summer Games in Brazil this year, a special "Olympic Games" version of the Galaxy S7 Edge. Now you can have the same phone but it isn't going to be cheap. Starting this week, anyone can get the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Edition. According to, it's available at Best Buy for $849.99. Specs-wise, the phone is the same as the regular Galaxy S7 Edge, but it does come with a lot of Olympic-themed goodies and details, which might make the price worth it. The phone itself boasts a black metal frame and Olympic rings on the back, as well as colored buttons, speaker grille, camera and fingerprint sensor and a matching software theme. You also get a special pouch adorned with the words "Olympic Games Edition."

The release of the Insanity of God Movie is just over a month away. The project that features the music of Selah's Todd Smith comes to over 500 theaters August 30th. It features the true story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken. After the death of their son, this ordinary couple journeys into the depths of the persecuted church, asking the question- IS JESUS WORTH IT?

Worship leader Christy Nockels is out with another podcast. She posted a picture she titled: Fun little shot from the mini Texas podcast tour. Episode four of the podcast features Lauren Chandler. They talk about the week we have just had in our nation – one we will never forget. Listen to the podcast by clicking on the link at

Joel from For King and Country looks a little different after his hair cut over the weekend. He was preparing to shoot the fine scenes for Priceless the Movie and shared a time lapse video as his head was shaved, leaving just a very short stubble. The first movie from For King and Country is scheduled for release on October 14. Check out Joel's time lapse video by clicking on the link at

Jason Gray is shedding a lot of skin. Last week he posted a picture of his badly sunburned legs. This week he followed up with another picture, this time featuring his legs as they start peeling. He added: I was overwhelmed by the response to my sunburn pic last week--thank you for your concern

Jason Gray shared a picture this weekend from the brand new chapel of Camp Shetek Jason said the camp located in Southwestern Minnesota has been his home for the month of July for the last 20 years.

The Sidewalk Prophets took advantage of a night off in Colorado by playing some glow in the dark mini-golf! Following the game front man Dave Frey posted: Still reigning band champion... good times were had by all

Congratulations to Jeremy Camp. This weekend he earned his latest number one song designation. His song Christ In Me has been creeping up the charts for several weeks and this week reached the top spot on one of the several charts available. It's the third number one song from Jeremy's latest album I Will Follow!

The deluxe edition of Unspoken's album Follow Through will release in six weeks. The project will features 14 songs. It's scheduled for release on August 26th.

Hillsong United has released another video from their new DVD Of Dirt and Grace. The latest feature is their song Say the Word. The new project features the songs from their Empires CD performed live in Israel. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Chris Tomlin is out with a lyric video for his new song "Jesus." The song is from a new studio project Chris will release this fall. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Jason Gray has released a new lyric video for his song "I Will Rise Again". The song is from Jason's latest album, Where the Light Gets In. Check it out by clicking on the link at

This past Friday Jamie Grace released Episode 3 of her I'm a Fighter Video series. In the latest video Jamie answered the question: am I fighting alone. The video is one aspect of her web site I'm a fighter, created by Jamie for those who deal with health issues like she does. She posted: Thanks for joining me as we try to encourage each other. You can share your story at Check out episode 3 of the I'm a Fighter Video series by clicking on the link at

In celebration of her 10th anniversary on Youtube, Jamie Grace is giving the Jamie Grace show a make over. She posted a sneak peak over the weekend and said the video show will now be available on a daily basis. The newly renovated video series begins today.

The latest worship song from Chris Tomlin is titled Jesus. In celebration of it's release, Chris is out with a video featuring an acoustic performance of the song. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Selah's Todd Smith has released the acoustic version of his song We Will Rise. The song is from his solo project that comes out on August 26 titled There's a Light. Check out the acoustic video by clicking on the link at

It's been 10 years since Jamie Grace recorded her very first youtube video. In celebration of what she called her Youtube-a-versary, this weekend Jamie release a mini documentary looking back at the best & worst of the last ten years 10 years. She said: Thank you for sticking around with me. It's been an incredible journey and I can't wait to see what's next! Watch Jamie's mini documentary by clicking on the link at

Casting Crowns Josh Mix posted a picture of the Washington Memorial over the weekend. He added: Kinda cool that the first time I see this is when I'm sound checking underneath it. Pray for amazing things this weekend. Casting Crowns was one of several groups and artists playing for Together 2016 on the mall in Washington this weekend.

1. What do you think is going right in our relationship?
2. Where would you like our relationship to be this time next year?
3. Will you please marry me, all over again?
4. I’d love to hear about your dreams for the future
5. Is there anywhere you’d like to visit this coming year?
6. Do you think we’re doing OK financially?
7. How are you doing health-wise?
8. If you could change one thing about our priorities as a family, what would it be?
9. Is there anything I devote regular time to that you see as a possible threat to our family or our relationship?
10. Are you happy?

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Take time to get to really know your wife. Here are the top 5 secrets you should know about your wife.
1. She works harder than you think.
2. She wants your approval.
3. When she says she’s tired, she really is.
4. She really does enjoy sex, just not as frequently as you.
5. When she cries or vents, it’s a window to her heart.

Christians in India need your support. According to Open Doors Youth, Violent attacks on men, women and children; churches being threatened, controlled and burnt down; harassment and abuse of new converts to Christianity – these are all on the rise, and often take place with impunity. At the same time, The Indian constitution assures all citizens of the right 'to profess, practice and propagate any religion'. Now you can speak out for Indian Christians by sending a letter to the Indian High Commission, urging them to raise these concerns with the Indian government. Find a sample letter by clicking on the link at

An Amnesty International report was released last week confirming human rights violations in Egypt. According to Mission Network News, People whom the state deems ‘dangerous’ — however they define it — are being unlawfully abducted by agents of the military-controlled government and tortured without formal charges or trials. There have been 630 disappearances so far this year. Abductions of state-dissenters at the hands of the government aren’t necessarily new in Egypt, but analysts and world leaders note this report confirms a dramatic increase in the country’s political kidnapping activity.

Evangelical Christians converged on the nation’s capital for a prayer rally at the National Mall on one of the hottest days of the summer. According to Religion News, With the nation reeling from recent shootings and shocked by news of a terrorist attack in France and an attempted coup in Turkey, speakers at “Together 2016” cited the global events from the stage and spoke of the challenges facing Americans. Nick Hall, the leader of the Pulse ministry, organized the event focused on millennials. Those taking the stage included some of the top names in evangelic circles, including speakers Josh McDowell and Ravi Zacherious, and Christian artists like Hillsong, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, and Crowder.

Pakistani police are now on a nationwide manhunt in pursuit of a Christian man accused of blasphemy. According to CBN, Nadeem Masih is alleged to have sent a derogatory poem about the prophet Mohammed to a Muslim friend and is now on the run for his life. Last month, elders of Masih's predominately Muslim village reportedly demanded to know his whereabouts after he shared the poem on WhatsApp. They issued a fatwa and offered a reward of about $1,000 for his capture. Local imams incited villagers to attack Christians there, demanding they hand him over. Most of the 60 Christian families have fled the village, fearful of attacks despite the police presence. The Asian Human Rights Commission reports that police are doing very little to help them.

A Christian man in Lahore reportedly had his arms chopped off after refusing to denounce Jesus and convert to Islam while in the hands of fanatics. According to Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD), a Christian organization in Pakistan, Aqeel Masih, who worked at a petrol station in the LDA quarter area of Lahore, was kidnapped by Islamists. "[The] extremists exerted pressure on him to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam," LEAD said. "Aqeel however, did not give up on his Christian faith and refused to comply with their demand. Following his rebuttal, they chopped off his both arms

A new report by Christian says the Iraq invasion 'sounded death knell for Iraqi Christians'. The ongoing turmoil since the war in Iraq came to a head for Christians there in July 2014, when some 80,000 of them fled the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain after ISIS issued a deadly ultimatum. Officials say the 2,000-year-old Christian population of Iraq has shrunk from 1.4 million to around 250,000 in the aftermath of the war, with many of those who are left now living in disused steel containers or hiding out in churches. Mark Lattimer, the head of Minority Rights Group, tells Christian Today: "We can see now that the 2003 invasion sounded a death knell for Christianity in Iraq. However, a spokesperson for the charity Open Doors says that despite the "chaos and extreme difficulty," many Christians who are left want to stay and help rebuild the country.

The latest trend? According to Yahoo News, People across the country are posting videos of themselves belly-flopping into water in a trend that is about more than summertime fun. The videos, posted with the #BellyFlopforBabies hashtag, are supporting both pregnant women who are placed on bed rest with high-risk pregnancies and families who have premature babies in neonatal intensive care units. The viral challenge was started in June by High Risk Hope, a Tampa, Fla.-based non-profit organization that delivers toiletries and comfort items such as blankets to hospitals' maternity wards.

A Philadelphia-based program is proving that dogs abandoned at kennels can indeed be taught new tricks. According to NBC News, Throw Away Dogs founder Carol Skaziak was inspired after seeing what she said was a high disregard for canines in boarding facilities in her area. Established in 2014, Throw Away Dogs rescues neglected shelter dogs and works to rehabilitate and train them for police work like narcotics detection and patrolling. Unlike most police dogs — specifically, expensive breeds raised in Europe — these dogs are donated to departments in need and free of charge. Since beginning her work, nine out of 12 dogs she has rescued are now serving in police departments across the country.

After 58 years of marriage one San Antonio, Texas couple died side by side while holding hands. According to People Magazine, George and Ora Lee Rodriguez reportedly met in San Antonio when George was working as a butcher at a local meat market. They married after George completed his time in the military and then had three children. The couple were both diagnosed with dementia, which continued to progress and George recently had a stroke. Less than a week after their 58th wedding anniversary George died in his sleep, followed by his wife Ora Lee, just three hours later.

Calling anyone with a sweet tooth: a Museum of Ice Cream is opening up in downtown New York — but just for one month, from July 29 to Aug. 31. According to Time, The dessert-focused exhibition is dedicated to all things ice cold and scoop-friendly. Included will be a “swimmable rainbow ‘sprinkle’ pool, edible balloons, an immersive chocolate room and a collaborative massive ice cream sundae.” “Guests will also swing on an ice cream sandwich made for two, seesaw on an ice cream scooper and find their favorite flavor on a custom app in Tinder Land.”

Ryan Stevenson was sharing a window into his family this week. He posted a picture as he and his two boys played next to the Boise river near Ryan's home in Idaho. Ryan says a trip to the river to throw rocks is a regular evening event in his family.

Lauren Daigle says is enjoying the simple things in life. She posted: So thankful for outdoor summer morning hangs with my sweet momma and her delicious subtleties. Attached was a picture Lauren's breakfast, including cereal with apples and grapefruit.

Chris August posted a family photo this week. The pictured Chris, his new wife, and the couples cat. However, the cat seems more interested in something above the couple then smiling for the camera.

Britt Nicole says summer has always been her favorite season. She says her daughter is following in her footsteps.

Citizenways David Blascoe and Jason Gray have a little bit of a size difference. David posted a picture taken while the two were in New York City last fall. They are standing side-by-side and David, even with his spiked hair, doesn't reach David's shoulder. In response, one fan posted: Looks like you have a brand new my giant!

Chris August has a unique way of preparing to head to the beach. He is in Myrtle Beach this week and posted a picture as he enjoyed some pre beach pool time.

Hawk Nelson frontman Jon Steingard recently shared some thoughts on marriage. He posted: Spent the day in Coronado with my love. Biking, walking, and talking. It's often difficult for us to get days off together with our schedules, so we've found we have to make the time. One thing I've learned in our 9 years married is to never let your spouse get the leftovers of your time and energy. Nobody will prioritize your marriage for you... You have to do it yourself.

Chris August is experiencing a feeling of accomplishment. He posted a picture of a used up tube of lip balm and said: I actually made it to the end of a tube without losing it.

Mandisa was celebrating this week. Several years ago Mandisa wrote and recorded a song called Dear John. It was written for her brother John, encouraging him to accept Christ as his savior. This week Mandisa posted a video announcing that, on Wednesday, July 13, at 9:30pm, she prayed the prayer of salvation with John.

The new Switchfoot album is titled Where the Light Shines Through. In preparation for its release, Switchfoot has asked their fans to share where the light shines through in their own lives. Fellow artist Ryan Stevenson did just that. He posted a picture holding a sign that said In the Eye of the Storm is where the light shines through.

Jamie Grace is reporting an amazing four days with a lovely group of girls. Jamie and her sister Morgan just completed their very first Good Camp on Thursday. The sold out camp was described as a four day Creative Artist’s Mentorship Program for Christian girls and young women who desire to be leaders in their communities as singers, songwriters, writers, bloggers and speakers. Thursday evening after the camp wrapped up Jamie shared with the 37 girls who attended: you have inspired and encouraged Morgan, Mama Harper & myself. Thank you for listening to all we were so privileged to share with you. Jamie added: I'm overwhelmed with joy to say we'll be doing it again in 2017

Good news from Big Daddy Weave member Jason Weaver. His wife posted late this week: The surgeon said his ankles are looking better! They removed the staples from his left ankle and half from the right ankle. His right ankle still has a way to go but nothing but positive comments. Jason had to have both feet amputated in June to stop a serious infection. He's now back home and into the recovery process. He was even able to join the family for his first excursion last week, a Jordan Feliz concert in their area.

New music from Blanca is on the way. She posted this week: It's that time again! In the studio working on some new music! Can't wait to hear the finished product!

How many guitars does it take to record an acoustic CD? If your Josh Wilson, apparently quite a few. Josh is working on his first acoustic project and, this week, shared a picture as he played one guitar. In the back ground were 8 other stringed instruments ready to be added in.

We are Worship USA is helping you learn the new Newsboys song You Hold It All (Every Mountain). The worship web site is giving away a chord chart for the song for a limited time. Access the free chord chart by clicking on the link at

NeedToBreathe is out with a new album today. The brand new project is titled Hard Love.

The members of Jeremy Camp's team this week unveiled a new facebook feature. They are calling it TIME MACHINE TUESDAY. Each Tuesday the team will dig deep into the digital vault and bring back a video of Jeremy that never made it to Facebook. This weeks video was "Golf Fun With Jeremy" filmed on Apr 11, 2009 in Wichita, KS while on tour. Check it out by clicking on the link at but, according to Jeremy's team, don't expect very good golf.

The band Unspoken released a video this week talking about their new song Higher. Members of the band say God's will for us is to give thanks in all circumstances. They say the goal was to kick off the new record with a song of praise, a reminder that, no matter how low we are, God is still worthy of our praise.

Matthew West is out with a lyric video for his new song Mended. The song is from his album Live Forever. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Ben-Hur may be the story of a man wronged, on a quest for vengeance, but a music video from for King and Country featuring new footage from the upcoming movie is calling for a “Ceasefire.” EW this week release an exclusive first look at the music video for the song fromFor King and Country, which features never-before-seen footage of the action take on the classic tale popularized by Charlton Heston and the 1959 film. Executive producer Roma Downey says “We are so honored that For King and Country, have allowed us to use their beautiful song for our film Ben-Hur.” “Our country today is filled with so much anger, tension and violence and this song and our film spread a message of forgiveness and reconciliation that is needed now more than ever.”

Meredith Andrews recently sat down with Kay Warren to launch her Deeper Series. The video series begins by talking about Brokenness. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Danny Gokey says he and Noah are gonna have a little heart to heart conversation when he gets to heaven. Danny posted a picture of a sign that said "Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitos."

Have a free spirit in your own life? You might be able to relate to this story from Ken Davis. He shared: A kindergarten teacher handed out a coloring page to her class. On it was a picture of a duck holding an umbrella. The teacher told her class to color the duck yellow and the umbrella green. But little Johnny, who always did things his way, colored the duck a bright fire-engine red. After seeing this, the teacher said, “Johnny, how many times have you seen a red duck?” Without looking up, Johnny replied, “The same number of times I’ve seen a yellow duck holding an umbrella.”

Chris August says he caught a Pokemon. He posted a picture holding a turtle with both hands.

The members of 7eventh Time Down were playing at a fair in Indiana this week and took some time off to check out a local petting zoo and all of the other animals at the fair. However, they pointed out that not all the animals at the petting zoo were suitable for petting. The animals on display included a tiger and a timber wolf. Check out there video tour of the fair by clicking on the link at

It was five years ago when Steven Curtis Chapman debuted his "Songs & Stories" Tour. According to Merge PR, the event became one of his most successful tours ever with sold-out crowds across the country. This week Stephen announced that, this fall, he will take the show back on out the road for its third run and will be joined by Mac Powell from THIRD DAY and Brandon Heath. The 20-city "Songs & Stories" 2016 tour will kick off on September 15 in Philadelphia and wrap October 16 in Jacksonville, FL. Each evening of the tour, Chapman, Powell and Heath will perform some of their favorite songs, along with fan favorites, in a unique songwriting atmosphere. They will also share many of the powerful stories that have come as a result of these songs.

Tobymac was recently at camp electric and recorded a five minute video highlighting the members of his band. Check them out by clicking on the link at

Mercyme didn't let a little rain stop their show. The posted a picture as they played an impromptu acoustic set after RiverRock got rained out. The members of the band said: Such a hot sweaty blast being crammed in there and hear you guys sing your guts out!

Matt Redman says he has loved leading worship and telling stories inspired by his worship song 10,000 Reasons. Now those stories will be available in book form. Matt says the book 10,000 Reasons will be available in early August.

Members of the Newsboys continue their tour of Mexico this week. The latest video updates include stops in Tijuana and Puebla, Mexico. Drummer Duncan Phillips posted reports throughout the week as he and frontman Michael Tait visited 1500 year old ruins, met and tried to converse with some interesting people, and even helped build a house for a needy family. Along the way the Newsboys are observing the work on Child Fund International and also serving with God's Not Dead Missions

Audio Adrenaline frontman Adam and he is a man of many talents. Not only is he a top notch singer, he also plays a pretty good air guitar. Now he has a photo to prove it. Audio Adrenaline posted a picture of Adam on stage going strong with his air guitar.

Ryan Stevenson is waiting for life to come full circle. He posted: 14 yrs ago, I opened up for Switchfoot. He was in college in Eugene, Oregon and Ryan says that night was truly a turning point in his musical journey. Ryan added in an open note to Switchfoot front man Jon Forman: patiently awaiting the day I get to go on tour with you guys!

Stephen Kendrick, producer of a number of Christian films including War Room and Courageous, and his pastor Michael Catt recently recorded a video promoting Revive Our Heart's Cry Out 16. In the video they asked: What if on the anniversary of the Great Prayer Revival of Sept. 23, 1857, God did it again? You have the unprecedented opportunity to call women to be prayer warriors—which our nation desperately needs! Cry Out 16 will occur in conjunction with Revive Our Hearts True Woman conference this fall but it will also be broadcast world wide through a free simulcast.

10 Tips for Eating Right:
1. Don’t use food as an escape.
2. Don’t torture yourself.
3. Eat just enough.
4. Keep a water bottle with you.
5. Just say “no.”
6. Say goodbye to cravings.
7. Plan ahead.
8. Stay true to God’s food.
9. Find a friend.
10. Ask God for help.

Jellytelly, the maker of What's in the Bible, is out with a list of 5 Things Parents Should Know about Pokémon Go
1. PRO: Pokémon Go Gets Kids Up and Moving!
2. PRO: Pokemon Go Is a GREAT Way to Spend Time Together!
3. CON: You Have to Watch Where You Walk!
4. CON: Potential Phone Security Issues
5. PRO: Family Fun!

Several U.S.-based religious denominations remain defiant in the face of new laws that would ban them from proselytizing in Russia.
According to, the so-called “Yarovaya laws” make it illegal to preach, proselytize or hand out religious materials outside of specially designated places. The laws also give the Russian government wide scope to monitor and record electronic messages and phone calls. The package of laws, billed as anti-terrorism measures, was passed by the Russian Duma, or parliament, on June 24 and signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 7. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan government panel that makes policy recommendations, condemned the new laws.

Protestants and Catholics are split on who should be our next President. According to a Pew Release Survey, Hillary Clinton is way ahead of Donald Trump among Catholics in the US. Her lead, according to the survey, is thanks largely to a huge majority of support among Hispanic voters. The poll results found that the Democrat holds a 17-point lead over the Republican among registered Catholic voters. Among Latino Catholics however, the margin is 77-16 per cent in favour of Clinton. Meanwhile, the new poll finds that 78 percent of white evangelical voters say they would vote for Trump if the election were held today, and a third of them say they “strongly” back him.

A billboard company in Cleveland, where the Republican Party will hold its convention next week, has rejected a giant ad promoting the release of "God's Not Dead 2" for being "too incendiary." Meanwhile, according to the Christian Post, the same company says a quote by former President Ronald Reagan used on a pro-atheist billboard has been approved. The Hollywood Reporter said on Wednesday that the "God's Not Dead 2" ad was rejected by Orange Barrel Media for its text, which reads: "I'd rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God." Orange Barrel reportedly did not like the phrase "judged by God," claiming that it was "too political" and "way too incendiary."

Donald Trump has tapped former quarterback and evangelical icon Tim Tebow to speak at next week's Republican National Convention. According to, Tebow is just one name on an eclectic list of speakers reportedly scheduled to appear at next week's convention. He'll speak on the convention's fourth and final night, the same evening Trump himself is scheduled to officially accept the Republican nomination for president.

One of the largest religious groups in Canada has voted to approve a resolution that allows ministers to officiate same-sex marriages. According to the Christian Post, The Anglican Church of Canada, member of the global Anglican Communion, approved the measure Monday at their General Synod meeting in Toronto. The General secretary of ACC explained in a statement Tuesday that while the initial result had the resolution failing, it was later discovered that this was because of problems counting votes. The resolution will not take effect until the following General Synod meeting scheduled for 2019. He says "The resolution still needs affirmation by the next synod in 2019 before it becomes Church law. However, on Tuesday, several bishops said they planned to go ahead with same-sex marriages regardless."

Anti-government protests in Zimbabwe have prompted senior church leaders to call on the President's administration to "listen to the cries of citizens whose cries and sufferings are loud and clear". According to, Church leaders from nine denominations and organizations said they were "concerned and alarmed by the unfortunate unfolding events in our beloved country." The statement condemned the "apparent disregard of the Constitution of Zimbabwe" displayed by the police force and government through "selective application of the law" and failure to deal with corruption.

86 is a number Marie Frey won't forget for a long time. According to, The Ohio native received quite a gift for her 86th birthday: her 86th great-grandchild! Blakely Grace Frey, Marie's latest great-grandchild, was born on June 23. The proud great-grandma is by no means a stranger to big families. She was one of seven siblings, had 15 children of her own, and currently has 68 grandkids. Blakely's dad Kenny Frey is one of Marie's many grandchildren.

Alaska has seen a years-long streak of astonishing warmth and this year is no exception. According to, 2016 is the warmest year-to-date and last month was the warmest June on record. The heat this week in interior parts of Alaska has been particularly extreme. The high temperature on Wednesday in Deadhorse, Alaska, on the Arctic Coast, was 85°F. That is the highest temperature ever known to be recorded in that area.

A large number of GOP senators skipping next week's convention in Cleveland where Donald Trump will claim the Republican Party presidential nomination and they are offering some unique excuses. According to Yahoo News, Sen. Steve Daines of Montana will be fly-fishing with his wife. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he has to mow his lawn. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will be traveling her state by bush plane. And Sen. John McCain of Arizona will be visiting the Grand Canyon. A majority of Republican senators do plan to attend, but the level of rank-and-file congressional defections from this year's Republican convention is unusually high.

In an audacious marketing stunt for its green tea, an Indian company has sent 6,000 tea bags to Republican nominee Donald Trump to help him "cleanse" himself and make him "smarter". According to, The consignment of green tea from the state of Assam was sent by the Te-A-Me Tea company. The company told reporters. “We believe that green tea with all its goodness can help Mr Trump and in turn benefit his country and the world at large.” The quantity of tea bags is enough to let Trump drink three cups a day for four years. The company has said that if Trump runs out of tea, it is more than happy to supply more.

AT&T wants drones to beam Internet to your phone. According to the Washington Post, AT&T says it someday intends to launch aerial drones that can provide signal where it's otherwise lacking, or where crowds are putting a great deal of strain on the existing cell network. The drones would add extra capacity, freeing up your phone to access the Web and in some cases make voice calls. The company said Wednesday in a blog post that for now it's only testing out the use of drones for inspecting cell sites. But using the technology this way offers a glimpse of what might be possible in just a few years, especially as federal authorities begin implementing their new, long-awaited rules for commercial drones and releasing new airwaves for commercial use.

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips is continuing his tour of Mexico with ChildFund International. Earlier in the week Duncan posted: We’ll be filming in some of the roughest geographic locations in Central America to tell the stories of people that are receiving your help when you sponsor a child! After a hot, dusty day in Tijuana, Mexico Duncan headed for Mexico City. On the way it paused to take a picture against a Mexican graffiti wall. Duncan explained: I think the key to life is, even when you're working, still try to have fun...and we do!

We are Messengers recently wrote a devotional for CMB Online. Now you can check it out for your self. Click on the link at

Want to know more about the band Unspoken? They will be introducing the band on twitter. Stay tuned as they feature a different bandmate each week.

MTV Live will featured NeedToBreathe in a live concert from Nashville Friday night. The concert will take place at 9:00pm ET.

New Release Today helped Adie Camp to celebrate her birthday this week by posting two pictures. The first was of Adie right now, as wife of Jeremy Camp. The second looked back to her time as the front woman of The Benjamin Gate. There has been quite a change in appearance. Check out the difference by clicking on the link at

Randy Phillips is a member of Phillips, Craig, and Dean. He's also a pastor at Life Austin. This week Randy celebrated the beginning of their expansion project. He said they closed on the loan on Tuesday and will break ground for Life Austin Chapel on July 24th. The new facility is scheduled to open on Easter of 2017.

NeedToBreathe this week announced a partnership with Cracker Barrel. Their new album, Hard Love, will be available nationwide on July 15. However, NeedToBreathe says two additional tracks will be available only if you get the new project at Cracker Barrel.

Josh Wilson is finally doing something that he's wanted to do for quite awhile. This week he started recording an acoustic album. Josh says it will release in a few months.

Tenth Avenue North says it's contest time. Simply go to the bands facebook page and share the lyric video for their new song “Afraid”. Everyone who does will be entered to win a vinyl copy of their new album, digital download of the album, and 2 VIP tickets which includes a meet & greet with us to any of their Fall 2016 tour dates.

Over the next couple of weeks the Newsboys are giving away a free download of their song "You Hold It All". The free download campaign will run through Sunday, July 24th. Listeners can access the free download by texting NEWSBOYS to 22828 or by at the FreeCCM web site. Click on the link at

Hillary Scott and the Scott Family are out with another song from their upcoming new album. The song “Beautiful Messes” is from the upcoming album Love Remains, releasing July 29th. Check out the audio of the song by clicking on the link at

Selah member Todd Smith this week released the music video for his song There's A Light. The song is from the title cut from Todd's new solo project, scheduled for release on August 26. Watch the live performance video by clicking on the link at

Congratulations to 7eventh Time Down. Their lyric video for God Is On The Move has been viewed more than 2 million times on youtube. You can still check it out for yourself by clicking on the link at

The latest Lightenup video from Ken Davis is all about Airplane Bathrooms. The clip is from the first video Ken ever made. He says the hairstyles are dated. His 16 year old daughter was in this audience (she is 39 years old now). But Ken says airplane bathrooms haven’t changed at all. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

The DC Talk reunion is exactly one year away. July 11 through 15, 2017 Tobymac, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max will be back together for the Jesus Freak Cruise. They'll be joined by the Newsboys, Finding Favour, Ryan Stevenson, and more. However, if you are planning to join them, you need to move quickly and have some deep pockets. Only a very few rooms are available and they don't come cheap.

Hawk Nelson's Jon Stiengard posted a picture this week. He said: The moment when the crowd sings and I just listen.... It's truly awe inspiring to hear these songs sung back to us. Thank you.

Hillsong United will make the final stop of their Empires USA tour at The United Center in Chicago on July 30th. Members of the band this week promised that it will be bigger and better than anything they have done in the states.

Greg Laurie was in Hawaii over the weekend to help open a new Harvest church on the island of Maui. He posted this week: Over 1000 people showed up at Harvest Kumulani today and some 60 committed their lives to Christ!

5 Reasons You Are Not a Failure from iMOM
1. The messy house? It’s a sign of a happily busy home.
2. Let the kids just being kids? It’s part of the process.
3. Another meal of pizza? Give yourself an A for effort!
4. The other perfect moms? You are perfect for your family!
5. Today didn’t go quite as planned? You’re teaching by example.

10 Things a Man Needs to Know About Marriage from Family Life
1. A man needs to know that a marriage and family depend upon God as their Maker.
2. A man needs to know the meaning of love.
3. A man needs to know that the key to great sex is exclusivity.
4. A man needs to know that commitment is a key to success in all of life.
5. A man needs to know that marriage is not easy.
6. A man needs to know that the purpose of marriage is less to make you happy, than to make you holy.
7. A man needs to know that God gives authority and responsibility to a husband to make the marriage thrive and last.
8. A man needs to know that he can change his marriage by changing himself.
9. A man needs to know that romance is created and sustained intentionally.
10. A man needs to know that humbling himself to his wife is the gutsiest and most successful way to heal her heart.

For the first time ever, archaeologists in Israel say they have uncovered a Philistine cemetery that could shed light on the origins of that ancient people named as an enemy of the Israelites in the Bible. According to CBN, Archaeologists found the cemetery while digging in Ashkelon – one of five ancient Philistine cities. After 30 years of digging in Ashkelon, archaeologists say finding the cemetery was an astounding way to end the Leon Levy Expedition. Officials say: "One of the things about Ashkelon is that we're one of the few sites that can tell the story of the Philistines from beginning to end." "This is going to allow us to see the Philistines face-to-face and to tell their stories not through the texts of their enemies – as the stories been so often told – but now we'll be able to tell the story from the standpoint of the Philistines themselves."

The Church of England is making new waves in the country by opening more than 100 free Christian schools. According to CBN, England's new initiative to open 500 free schools for underprivileged children has been derided by many critics as a poor decision, but the Church of England sees it as an opportunity to teach children the Christian faith. The free schools are funded by the government but can be set up and run by charities, parents, trusts, businesses, teachers, or religious groups. That is why the Church has set it's sights on opening some 125 new faith schools across the country during the next four years.

A popular Baptist pastor has resigned from the school board in Bakersfield, California. According to Charisma News, his reason is a new California law that mandates middle and high schools teach students be taught how to have safe homosexual sex and how to get an abortion. It also requires schools to teach that gender is not aligned with biological sex. Officials say the pastor broke the law simply by voting against adopting the new legislation into policy in the school district he represented and could be sued.

According to the organization Open Doors Youth, Family is more than blood. It’s more than biology and history. As followers of Jesus, we have a worldwide family – a family full of people connected by their love of Jesus. A family where no-one should be forgotten. Officials say: Our family in the Middle East are facing incredible challenges. There is war and terror, extremism and hatred. But many Christians remain. In response, Open Doors Youth is raising money to send Bibles to the Middle East and North Africa this summer. Already enough has been raised to send well over 2200 Bibles to the region

A Catholic nursing home in Belgium is being fined for refusing to help a terminally ill patient end her life. According to CBN, The Catholic Herald reports the patient asked to be put to death by lethal injection. But the nursing home declined this request by blocking the doctor who would administer the injection from seeing her. After the patient died days later, her family sued the nursing home for causing their mother "unnecessary mental and physical suffering." A federal court in Belgium then ordered the care home to pay more than $6,000 for their actions. The judges who presided over the case say "the nursing home had no right to refuse euthanasia on the basis of conscientious objection."

More than half a million Iraqi children are estimated to be at work rather than at school as violence and displacement hurt the income of millions of families. According to a report in, the United Nations children's' agency UNICEF reports that the number of children currently working, more than 575,000, has doubled since 1990, the year when Iraq attacked Kuwait, setting off a chain of events that led to the 2003 US-led invasion and the sectarian strife that continues to this day. Nearly one in five schools is closed due to conflict and almost 3.5 million children of school-age are missing out on an education. In total, at least 3.6 million children in Iraq are at risk of death, serious injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, an increase of 1.3 million since the past 18 months.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country's many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting. According to Charisma News, the law severely limits the outreach of churches. It states, among other things, that any discussion of God with non-believers is considered missionary activity and will be punishable, missionary activity will be permitted only by special government permission, Religious activity is no longer permitted in private homes, and that one may pray and read the Bible at home but not in the presence of a non-believing person. In response, thousands of churches across the country have come together to cry out to God. Officials say: About 7,000 evangelical/protestant churches are in fasting and prayer at the moment over the news.

Blood Banks across the country are reporting a shortage on all types of blood. Officials with a blood bank in San Diego said this week that they have only one day's supply of some blood types, when they should have more than one week's worth in storage. David Wellis, the San Diego Blood Bank's CEO, reported "This summer is a particularly difficult challenge." "Supplies are low and the advent of Zika has worsened the challenge. There is no substitute for blood — donations are critically needed." Nationwide, officials say inventories often decrease in the summer because regular donors go on vacation and most schools are out of session — while the need for blood remains constant.

Lori Orton just wanted to figure out her family’s medical history. According to the Washington Post, Orton, of Pekin, Ill., was adopted. And so years ago, she started poking online for clues and sending messages on social media. All her sleuthing led to her biological family. It also allowed her to save the life of her biological cousin, Joe Russelburg. A little over a year ago, Russelburg found out that he was experiencing renal failure. When it turned out Russelburg might need a kidney transplant Orton offered to be tested to see if she could donate. Everythingcame back positive and, earlier this year, she and Russelburg went under the knife.

A man suspected of carjacking a vehicle with two young children inside was arrested after he was chased by good Samaritans and crashed in Southern California. According to NBC News, the kids' mother jumped onto the hood of her car when she saw it being driven away from a convenience store where she had stopped and left the engine running Sunday night. The mom was thrown to the pavement when the car swerved by two witnesses were able to follow the subject and alert police. The suspect was capture by a police K9 unit after crashing the car.

The stunts just keep getting crazier. Earlier this month a trio that included a tight rope walker, a motorcyclist, and a stunt pilot stepped things up a notch. Andy, on the motorcycle, completed a back flip while Jimmy, balanced next to him on the high line. At the same time Melissa flew her stunt plan under both of them, rocketing by just feet off the ground. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

If you’re a parent, you might want to think twice about shooing a thumb from your child’s mouth. According to the Washington Post, Researchers in New Zealand have found that children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails are less likely to develop allergies later in their lives. The research comes from a long-term project which has followed more than 1,000 children from Dunedin, New Zealand, since birth. The study is now in its fifth decade. The results showed that 38 percent of children who were either thumb-suckers or nail-biters had allergies, compared with 49 percent of children who had neither habit. Furthermore, children who both sucked their thumbs and bit their nails had an even lower risk of allergies — 31 percent.

When the computer code for the Apollo moon missions was uploaded in its entirety to GitHub, a popular open source website for developers, it was revealed that the original MIT programmers who authored it had a healthy sense of humor. According to, It was quickly discovered that the programmers inserted Easter eggs — or hidden messages — into the lines of the Apollo Guidance Code. The files are full of tongue-in-cheek sayings and a few quotes from Shakespeare's play, "Henry V." Here the full story by clicking on the link at

Congratulations to Finding Favour's bass player Dustin Daniels. The band shared that Falcon Rey Daniels was born over the weekend.

Natalie Grant posted over the weekend: Only Jesus. The only answer. And this Hope lives in me. Praying I do better at listening, embracing and loving today.

Selah member Todd Smith was asking for prayer for his Mother In Law over the weekend. He said Carole has been in intensive care for days battling a very severe case of pneumonia, and things appear to be taking a turn for the worse. The next few days are critical, and we are begging God for a miracle.

Ryan Stevenson went off grid over the weekend. He posted that he was at the secret cabin in the mountains writing and resting with his family.

Jason Gray is going to be in a lot of pain over the next few days. He posted: New skin to match my new shoes for my first day at Camp Shetek. Attached was a pictures of Jason's very red, very sunburned legs.

Meredith Andrews was enjoying some down time over the weekend. She posted: Sometimes you just need a girls' night in your sweats watching gymnasts compete to qualify for the olympics all while eating tacos and cookies because you know your qualifying days are over.

Brandon Heath posted a picture over the weekend and said: that's my America. The picture showed a group of citizens lining up to protect police in Baltimore.

Rush of Fools gave Burger King's Mac n' Cheetos a second chance over the weekend and the results were positive. A couple members of the band tried the new feature from Burger King and both gave the fried food their endorsement.

Jimmy Needham says preparations for Halloween 2016 are underway. Last year Jimmy used Halloween as a major outreach to his community, drawing people to his home with full sized candy bars and using the time to share the gospel. 900 people showed up at his door in one evening. This year Jimmy is starting early as he prepares for Halloween 2016

Want to bless Mercyme's Robby Shaffer? He posted: Nothing makes me feel better about my 7 year old truck than new tires and a wash.

Tenth Avenue North released their new album, titled Follow, for pre-order on Friday. Front Man Mike Donehey posted: I woke up early today, ready to tell the world our new record is coming, but then I flipped on the news and took a punch to the gut. I thought, "Jesus, what can I do in the wake of such senseless hate?" And yet, I find my footing. I remember why I wrote these songs in the first place. For times like these, for hearts like ours. All He ever asked of us was to follow. Through flood, through fire, through the ache for reconciliation. Through it all. FOLLOW.

Hillary Scott has turned sadness into joy with Love Remains, the faith-based album from the Lady Antebellum front woman and her family. Hillary talked to Billboard about the album that will be released on July 29. She says the groundwork Hillary Scott & The Scott Family's Love Remains actually started in 2011, with the passing of Hillary Scott’s grandfather, W.M. Scott Jr. The first single from the project, “Thy Will,” was written while she was in a dark place, after her second pregnancy ended in miscarriage in fall 2015. She says “I questioned why but never lost my faith.” “The four words that rang constantly, ‘thy will be done.’”

Over the weekend Kari Jobe posted an open letter about the incidents late last week in America. Kari posted: I started recording my new album yesterday - which turned out to be one of the darkest days in America since I've been alive. Land of the free. Home of the Brave. I didn't feel free. And I didn't feel brave. I felt sad. I felt angry. I felt fear. All I could keep whispering throughout the day and into the night was, "Jesus have mercy." We're in a desperate time. We need Him. We need His mercy. We need His help. And we need His eyes. We need to be like Him- kind, forgiving, compassionate. Kari said: join me in praying for healing in our country.

Chris Tomlin this week recorded a video announcing his latest song. The new song from Chris is titled Jesus. He says it will be available Friday July 15. It's theme is that, in the hard days and the good days, Jesus is there with us and loves us.

Jamie Grace has a unique response to her cravings. She posted: I'm so hungry I wrote a song about it. It's called "I just need a taco or maybe some pizza."

Jamie Grace is out with another cover song video. Her cover this week is of of the song A Change is Gonna Come. Jamie posted: my heart hurts thinking about lives that were taken. Praying for every family member of every civilian and cop. Check out the cover video by clicking on the link at

Several years ago the David Crowder Band released a song titled Remedy. Last week David re-posted the song on youtube. He said: This is a song I wrote a long time ago. It's never felt more appropriate. Listen to the words of Remedy by clicking on the link at

Group 1 Crew is out with another new music video for their song Burn. Front man Manny said about the song: Let the things that have hurt you burn in the fire of who God's making you. Watch the music video by clicking on the link at

Tenth Avenue North announced the name of their new album on Friday. The project, titled Followers, won't be in store until October. But right now you can check out another new song from the project. As part of their Tenth on the 10th, release Tenth Avenue North this weekend released the new lyric video for their song Afraid. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Moriah Peters was in Europe when she received word of the shootings in America. Moriah says her band asked those attending that nights festival in Sweden to send light and love to those affected by this past week of tragedy in America. Moriah attached a video showing their response.

Casting Crowns was living out one of their songs over the weekend. The band played a faith and family event following a Kansas City Royals game on Saturday, prompted one fan to post: So have you ever gotten to sing "I Will Praise You in the Storm" with Casting Crowns while the storm is rolling in? Powerful doesn't describe it! Jaun Devevo replied: This was cool. And scary.

Chris Tomlin kicked off his Worship Night in American series in Los Angelus over the weekend. Following the first of five events, the well knows worship leader posted: Last night at The Forum was incredible! Thanks for coming out & for making Worship Night In America 2016 so special. Phil Wickham was one of several artists joining Chris on stage. He added: Amazing time last night in L.A. for Worship Night In America. Hard to describe how special it was. Thankful and honored to have been a part of it. Excited for Denver, Chicago, Miami, and NYC later this month!

Lighten ups Ken Davis used physical activity to teach life lessons over the weekend. Ken posted that he and three of his grandchildren made the 4 hour climb to the top of the 14,200 foot Mount Princeton summit. He says: Lots of life lessons.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth posted a pictures of the bird feeders in their back yard over the weekend. She shared: These birds never thank my dear husband for feeding them day after day. Does our Heavenly Father feel the same way about us?

Joni Tada is celebrating 25 years of Family Retreats. The founder of Joni and Friends posted this weekend: Heading home from Michigan Family Retreat...enjoying 25 years of Retreats! God bless the families!

4 Things Dads Should Do Everyday from Dr. James Dobson
1. Express and share in the delight of your child.
2. Be a sequoia tree for your child. Your young kids need you to provide protection over their lives.
3. Cultivate their hearts, souls and minds for Jesus.
4. Humble yourself before God and your family.

Three secrets of Awesome moms from iMom
1. Awesome moms nurture their bodies.
2. Awesome moms nurture their spirits.
3. Awesome moms nurture their minds.

5 Ways to Love Your Neighbor
1. Be Generous
2. Be Ethical
3. Be Fair
4. Be Kind
5. Be Peaceful

The Accessible Bible is bringing God's Word to those with learning disabilities. According to Mission Network News, the Accessible Bible is being produced by Biblica and utilizes special fonts, illustrations and layouts that make for easier reading and comprehension. Audio and e-book versions will also be available. Officials from Biblica says: Those with disabilities are often viewed as the least evangelized group in the world, and we want to see people reached in this group with the Bible.” Biblica is currently in the process of raising funds for the project, which is starting off as only a New Testament and is set to be printed in spring 2017.

Bill Nye, "the Science Guy," got a private tour of the Noah's Ark replica Friday, according to a blog post by Australian-born creationist Ken Ham. The report in the Courier-Journal says Ham had invited Nye to the Ark Encounter, which opened in Northern Kentucky on Thursday, to show the celebrity scientist its exhibits. The 500-foot-long vessel located in Grant County is based on the biblical story of the Genesis flood. According to the Columbus Dispatch, more than 8,000 people got a first look inside the full-scale replica at the Ark Encounter when it opened last week. The ark and its 800-acre theme park is located about 40 miles south of Cincinnati, which is just across the Ohio River from the ark’s sister Creation Museum.

The Church of England’s spiritual leader will house a family of Syrian refugees in a cottage at his official London residence, Lambeth Palace, from next month. According to a report in the Huffington Post, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the most senior cleric in the world’s 85 million-strong Anglican communion, pledged last September to personally take in refugees from Syria, with the gesture following a similar move by the Pope. The family is due to arrive at Lambeth Palace on the banks of the River Thames next month.

A vicar took a family of nine Syrian refugees into her home upon finding them "shaking and crying." According to, Rev Sally Smith, team vicar in the Hanley Team Ministry, took in the family after they were abused by a neighbor. Smith says she was contacted by NHS mental health officials and says she "responded in the only way I knew to as a Christian with compassion". The family arrived from Syria on June 30th.

An attack by unknown armed men last week has claimed the lives of at least nine Christians in the volatile eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to Christian Headlines, Local sources contacted by World Watch Monitor said the assailants stormed three communities near an army base. Armed with guns and machetes, they looted homes, taking food and cattle as plunder. Security forces say the death toll may climb higher as searches for victims continue. Eastern DRC has been beset by deadly violence, with 1,116 killed between October 2014 and May 2016. Another 1,470 people have been abducted, they say, while more than 34,000 families have been forcibly displaced.

Despite pleas from religious organizations, business leaders, and human rights activists, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation that includes requirements for speech on electronic media and restrictions on religious freedom. According to the National Religious Broadcastors, The new law is especially harmful to those who wish to preach and teach the Gospel. Government permits through registered religious groups will be required for evangelism. Moreover, such outreach efforts will essentially be restricted to church building sites. According to NRB, Russia’s own Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights called for the law’s rejection because of its “unconstitutionality.”

She was told she may never run again. But sprinter English Gardner instead qualified for the Olympics. According to CBN, Gardner won the 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Oregon on Sunday in record-time. Gardner's journey has not been an easy one. She underwent knee surgery in 2008 and lost all but one college scholarships after tearing her right ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus. Then Four years ago, Gardner again thought her dream was coming to an end. She placed seventh in the 100-meter dash finals on the exact same track. Before Gardner entered the race on Sunday she told The Oregonian that she gained confidence by focusing on stories from the Bible. When Gardner crossed the finish line she immediately started praising Jesus.

Scientists have discovered a new world where there are triple sunrises and sunsets. According to ABC News, The unique daylight situation is a reality on the newly discovered exoplanet HD 131399Ab. The planet is about 340 light-years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus. With an orbit that takes 550 years, each of HD 131399Ab's seasons last longer than a human lifetime. The exoplanet orbits the largest of its three suns, and the two smaller stars form a binary system also in orbit around the largest sun. The new world is the first to be discovered using SPHERE which is installed on the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile's Atacama Desert and is tasked with finding planets around other stars.

Facebook is taking a big step toward keeping Messenger users' conversations safe from prying eyes: The company is testing a new feature it calls "secret conversations," which uses end-to-end encryption to lock up messages. According to the Washington Post, Using end-to-end encryption means that only the sender and recipient of a message will able to unlock and read it — even Facebook itself won't be able to see what you're talking about. In a blog post announcing the test, Facebook highlighted sensitive topics like health and financial information as among the reasons users might want to use it.

Need a little down time. According to Relevant Magazine, season four of Bearcam is underway. Bearcam features footage of hundreds of bears from Alaska's Katmai National Park doing everything from raising their cubs to fishing for salmon to fighting for dominance. A total of four camera as available on the web site. The National Park Service has one camera at Brooks Falls where throughout July. You can spot as many as 25 bears fishing in the falls and the dominant male bears competing against each other for prime fishing spots.

There's a new girls' name at the head of the baby names popularity list for the first half of 2016, with Olivia claiming Nameberry's official number 1 spot. According to, Ezra holds his place at the top of the boys' popular names list, a position the biblical name claimed in 2015. Olivia replaces Charlotte, the girls' top name for 2015, which slips to number 3. Amelia, Ava, and Isla round out the girls' top 5. The top 5 boys' names retain the order they claimed for 2015: Ezra, Asher, Atticus, Declan, and Oliver.

One woman has become the definition of contagious laughter. Her name is Candace Payne but she is better known as the “Chewbacca Mom.” The video Payne filmed of herself laughing hysterically while trying on a Chewbacca mask went completely viral for one simple reason; it made people laugh. Now, the Chewbacca Mom is back for an entirely different reason. According to the web site, Payne, who serves as a worship leader in her local church, was asked to sing the national anthem at the Houston Astros game this week. Check out her performance by clicking on the link at

Erik Estrada doesn't patrol California highways in tight shorts and feathered hair as a police officer on television any more, but that doesn't mean he is no longer a cop. According to, The actor from "CHiPs" fame was sworn in as a reserve police officer in tiny St. Anthony, Idaho, on July 2, with a focus on protecting children from online predators. Estrada also now works as a spokesperson for the Safe Surfin' Foundation. The organization looks to educate parents, teachers, clergy, and children about internet safety while working to track down online predators.

When Bernard Lagat (Ber'-nard Luh-got') takes the field for the 5,000 meters in Rio next month, he will officially set a record as the oldest American ever to run at the Olympics. According to, Lagat came from behind in the 5,000 meter trials in Eugene, Oregon over the weekend. He passed five runners on the final lap, all more then a decade younger, out kicking the field to take home the victory.

Mark Schultz announced this week that his wife Kate has released a new children's book. The book is titled Bartleby. Mark says it's a bedtime story they have told their kids, based on their family verses, Philippians 4:11-13. The funds raised from the sale of the book will go to the non-profit started by Mark and Kate called Remember Me Mission. It's goal is to use creative projects to benefit orphans around the globe as well as increase access to maternal healthcare services.

Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig and Dean posted that he ate breakfast with comedian Steve Martin this week. However, he then clarified that, while he and Steve were nearly side by side, they were separated by a glass wall. Steve was at a table on one side of the wall while Randy was at his table on the other side.

The members of the band We Are Messengers are asking that you join them in their Magnify Movement. They asked this week that their social media followers repost a lyric image and tell them how God has been magnified in your life. It could be in your daily living, in witnessing God's greatness, or coming through a dark season in your life. Post your stories now through July 13th and use hashtags #MagnifyMovement and #WeAreMessengers. Three people who repost the lyric message will receive a merch package and handwritten letter from Darren.

Tobymac isn't only a well known Christian artist, he is also his families barber. Tobymac posted this week: haircut day for the nuggets! Imma cut their hair as long as they let me. Tobymac says it is good bonding time

The 3rd book in Natalie Grant's Glimmer Girls series is now available for pre order. Zondervan announced this week that everyone who pre-orders the book will also receive a special necklace. The new book is titled Miracle in Music City. It follows 10-year-old twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, LuLu, as they embark on adventures and mischief thanks to their famous mom who travels all over the world singing and a slightly wacky and sometimes negligent nanny named Miss Twist.

Just how long is David Blascoe's beard? It's long enough to cover his entire face. The Citizenway drummer proved it earlier this week, taking a picture with his beard pull across his face and tucked into his baseball cap.

Moriah Peters was celebrating her three year anniversary this week. She posted a picture of she and her husband Joel Smallbone exactly three years to the moment from when it was taken during their wedding. She said: shout out to my bff. Moriah spent their anniversary at the airport and she and her band prepared to fly to Europe for a series of three shows.

July is a busy month for NEEDTOBREATHE. According to ESPN, Between releasing their 6th studio album, Hard Love, and bringing their talents to the MLB All-Star Weekend Concert Series stage Friday, the South Carolina rock group has their bases fully loaded. ESPN Music talked with NEEDTOBREATHE's lead singer, Bear Rinehart, about the All-Star Game and the band’s love of America’s favorite pastime. According to Rinehart, playing at the MLB All-Star Concert resonates on a personal level. He says he and his brother, NEEDTOBREATHE guitarist, Bo Rinehart, grew up with diamond-shaped hearts. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Want new music from The Afters right now? Preorder their New Album "Live On Forever" and you'll receive instant downloads of four songs, including the title track from the new record and their new single titled Battles. Plus you will receive the full album before it releases. The latest album from The Afters will be in stores on September 9.

Todd Smith this week was gearing up for a live facebook concert. The Selah member will hold the live solo concert on facebook on July 31. Rather then the members of Selah, Todd will be backed up by his brother Jack and friends Matt and Jesse.

Selah this week was recording their rendition of Jennie Lee Riddle's I Got Saved Today. They posted: haven't been this excited about a song since You Raise Me Up.

Todd Smith from Selah is out with a taste of the groups new album I Got Saved. The clip features Todd singing in the studio. The album is scheduled for release in 2017. Check out the clip by clicking on the link at

Jeremy Camp is trying something new. He recently posted: FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! We are debuting a video right into FB for you. You don't have click over somewhere...or watch a long ad before you see it. Enjoy the live performance video of "Only In You". If it speaks to you, please share to your friends and family and see if we can spread this far and wide. Thanks

The guys from Tenth Avenue North say something is coming. They posted part one of a time lapse video this week. The video simply features someone painting letters on a wall. We'll let you know more when the next video is released.

Britt Nicole recently released a fun video to show you what tour life looks like. Check out A Day in the Life and Shopping with Britt Nicole. Click on the link at

Hillsong United is out with a new trailer for the worship band's documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise. According to USA Today, The feature film chronicles the rise to prominence of the Australia-based 11-member band, led by Joel Houston. The film explores Hillsong’s journey from a church in the Sydney suburbs to an influential international ministry whose songs are sung every Sunday by an estimated 50 million people across the globe. The film will be released in theaters nationwide Sept. 16. Check out the new trailer right now by clicking on the link at

Tenth Avenue North announced their brand new album FOLLOWERS on Thursday! They say: it's coming in October, but you can pre-order now and instantly get new songs “What You Want” and “Afraid.” Watch the release video by clicking on the link at

Jason Gray is out with a new video telling the story behind his song Sparrows. The song is from his new album Where the Light Gets In. Check out the story behind the song by clicking on the link at

When the Newsboys hit the road this fall for their Love Riot tour, they will be sponsored by Child Fund International. Next week Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips will be learning more about the ministry the band will be promoting in just a few months. Earlier this week Child Fund announced on twitter: in 1 week, Duncan Phillips is going with us on a trip. They says: we will be live-tweeting updates along the way! Keep up to date on Duncan's visit by following Child Fund Live on twitter.

Hillsong United will wrap up the the US leg of their Empires tour this month. Hillsong United has been traveling the country off and on for much of 2016 but they said the last leg of the tour will take place in July as Empires USA 3.0 plays in 10 cities from July 18 through the 30th.

Moriah Peters and her band are headed for Europe and getting there is no small feat of logistics. She posted this week as they relaxed at the airport: 4 girls. 1 road manager. 18 bags. 3 epic shows. Europe, we can't wait to see you.

Christian apologist and preacher Ravi Zacharias is warning that American culture is "at the cliff’s precipitous edge and the fall could be long and deadly." According to t Descret News National, Zacharias, who runs Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, wrote in a recent blog post that he encounters people all over the world who are wondering what's happening to the U.S. The pastor said that the broader question, though, should center on what has happened to the "American soul," explaining why he believes culture has come to the edge of what he and many other faith leaders see as a dangerous cliff. "We have a deep crisis of the soul that is killing us morally and we have no recourse because the only cure has been disparaged and mocked by the elite and the powerful." Ravi continued" There always has been, and is now more than ever, only one hope for rescue," "If we abide in God’s truth revealed in his Son, then we shall know the truth and the truth will set us free."

Why Does Prayer Sometimes Feel So Boring?
We don’t get instant gratification.
We don’t empathize with others.
We forget God’s power.
We think God is measuring the amount of time.
We’re accustomed to the idea of it.

10 things a mom learned about life from her daughter with special needs:
1. Relax and slow down.
2. Watch your body language.
3. Put your phone away.
4. Sleep is necessary to be on your best behavior.
5. Be more outgoing.
6. Be grateful for each day.
7. There is always time for snuggles.
8. You are stronger than you know.
9. Every once in a while, look in the mirror and tell yourself you are beautiful.
10. We can learn as much from our children as they can learn from us.

A Christian man was stabbed outside a restaurant in northern Nigeria simply for eating during Ramadan. According to Open Door Youth, Francis Emmanuel, a 41-year-old carpenter, went to buy wood from the market. While he was waiting for the wood to be packaged, he visited a nearby restaurant. He says: “I sat outside eating when six Muslim youths approached me. They asked why I was eating and not fasting. When they asked if I was a Christian or a Muslim, I said I was a Christian. They got furious and started beating me up. One of them brought out a knife and stabbed me in my neck, on my right arm and around my right eye. Emmanuel says that it wasn't until a Joint Task Force (JTF) member rushed over to help that the men ran away. He is currently in the hospital recovering from his wounds.

This week, “The Ark Encounter,” a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark as it is described in the Old Testament, opened in Kentucky. According to Relevant magazine, the ark includes a variety of different kinds of animals and Bible exhibits. The giant vessel is made almost entirely out of actual wood. The $100 million attraction was built by the organization Answers in Genesis, the same organization behind the nearby Creation Museum.

African-American teens are having less sex, according to recent analysis of data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to World Magazine, the percentage of African-American teens who report they have never had sex rose from 18.5 in 1991 to 51.5 percent in 2015. The results are “astounding,” according to experts. While the overall number of American teens who report they have never had sex also increased in the last 25 years, the increase for African-American male teens is nearly 10 times greater—a 28 percent increase for American teens and a 246 percent increase for African-American male teens since 1991.

Children who grow up in same-sex parented households may face a significantly higher risk of depression later in life.
That’s the conclusion of a study published a few weeks ago, without fanfare, in the open-access journal Depression Research and Treatment. According to the World Magazine report, the study found that young adults who had grown up with same-sex parents were more than twice as likely to be depressed as those raised by a mother and a father. The new study uses survey data that followed adolescents over a period of 13 years. Sullins’ study found that although only 18 percent of children in same-sex households reported feeling symptoms of depression as adolescents, about half of same-sex-parented children had become depressed after reaching the age of about 28. By comparison, only about one-fifth of children of opposite-sex parents were depressed in adulthood.

The Muslim father of a 9-year-old boy in eastern Uganda who put his faith in Christ this month tied his son to a tree and burned him. According to Christian Headlines, the by decided to become a Christian after a neighbor took him to visit a church in another village. At the end of the service, the boy told the pastor he wanted to receive Jesus as his personal savior. He subsequently declined to participate in any Muslim activities, including attending a Islamic school. His father and stepmother became furious when they learned he had converted to Christianity. The boy went without food for two days before sneaking to his neighbor’s house for food. When his father caught him eating, he was tied to a banana tree. The tree caught fire and caused serious burns on his body before neighbors heard his screams and took him to a local hospital.

Christianity is growing so fast and so noisily in parts of Nigeria that the authorities are actually having to shut churches down to secure peace and quiet for local residents. And it is not just churches. Mosques too are being closed in a clampdown on noise pollution. According to Christian Today, the Places of worship are being sacrificed as part of a plan to make Lagos free of noise pollution in just four years. Many Nigerian churches are in enormous buildings that our sound proof. Officials say the churches being shut down, however, are generally those meeting in make-shift buildings where there has been little attempt made to sound-proof buildings and services.

An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults now use digital sources for national and international news. According to USA Today, the Pew Research report also found that more than half of digital users prefer mobile screens over desktop or laptop computers. Nearly three-fourths of U.S. news readers now get at least some of their news from a mobile device, up from 54% in 2013. In a two-part survey, Pew questioned 4,700 adults in January and February, followed by 14 short online surveys about a month later. The study also found that TV news still dominates. The survey said 57% of U.S. adults “often” get news from TV.

29 year old Olympic hopeful Sarah Brown did not expect to get pregnant the year before she planned to go to Rio. In fact, according to, Brown was on birth control but found that she was among the less then 1 percent of people for whom her birth control method is not effective. Brown and her husband and coach, Darren Brown, found themselves expecting a baby girl early last fall — just as her Olympic training was supposed to kick into high gear. But that hasn't stopped her from competing in the Olympic trials this week. Brown will be competing just four months after giving birth.

An orphaned elk just wants to be friends -- with everyone, it seems. According to Yahoo News, Buttons has been showing up in a small community Washington State since she was little. So when firefighters from Kittitas County Fire District No. 7 showed up to fight a hill side fire earlier this month, Buttones wanted to be a part of the effort. Firefighters said the elk just wandered into their command post with about 10 people there. They said: She doesn’t leave you alone either. She’s pretty insistent that she wants to be part of the group.”

School is out for summer, and for many students, so is lunch. According to NPR, for a significant portion of public school students in the United States, the end of school also brings a familiar question—what's for lunch? During the school year, about 30.3 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches at their public schools. But in the summer, only 2.6 million of those students receive a free or reduced lunch. That's fewer than 10 percent.

A rare letter from Founding Father Thomas Jefferson is for sale for $325,000 after a Mississippi family found the letter in a box of heirlooms inside their home. According to Yahoo News, The four-page letter from Jefferson is written to William H. Crawford, a former U.S. Cabinet member. The letter was described as a “testament to independence” by the president of The Raab Collection, the Philadelphia-based dealer of historical documents that posted the letter for sale on July 4, Independence Day. The letter, authenticated by The Raab Collection, was written in 1815.

If you're heading out soon to get some sun, you probably know to pack sunblock. But a new study finds that consumers don’t always choose the most effective sunscreens. According to ABC News, many sunscreens that consumers give high marks to do not adhere to the guidelines set by the American Academy of Dermatology. Researchers from multiple institutions looked at the top-rated one percent of sunscreens on Amazon to see whether people are picking the sunscreens that provide the best protection. They found that about 40 percent did not fully adhere to criteria set out by the AAD. Researchers also found that consumers were most apt to cite “cosmetic elegance” –- how the product feels, smells or its color -- in their reviews as a positive feature of a sunscreen.

Think grapes are expensive at your local grocery store? reported this week that a bunch of about 30 grapes in Japan sold for 1.1 million yen, or $10,900, on Thursday. That’s over $360 per grape. The grapes are the Ruby Roman variety, which means they were grown in the Ishikawa prefecture and had to weigh at least 20 grams and have a sugar content of 18%. They are typically around the size of ping pong balls. People in Japan often pay high pieces for seasonal fruit, but Thursday’s sale was a record high. Other fruit has also sold for high prices in Japan, where the sweet treats can be seen as a status symbol. A pair of melons, the most prized fruit in the country, sold for 1.5 million yen at an auction last year.

Third Day's Mark Lee gets photo bombed even at the top of a mountain. He posted: Took this photo while hiking this morning. Just realized a bird flew by and made a cameo appearance!

Citizenway drummer David Blascoe has changed a little over the past decade. On his 28th birthday members of the band posted two pictures of David, one from highschool and one now. It's actually difficult to tell that both pictures are of the same person.

Jason Gray was recently going back in time. 10 years ago he officiated his very first wedding for Garrett and Tricia. A little over a week ago Jason was able to do an impromptu vow renewal ceremony for the couple, even reenacting some of the more humorous portions of the ceremony.

Jamie Grace posted a picture this week in long sleeves and pants. She added: when you're allergic to the sun, every day is sweater weather.

Jason Weaver will tour again. That's what his brother and fellow Big Daddy Weave band member, Mike Weaver, told the Christian Post in a special interview published this week. Doctors had to amputate both of the feet of the bands base player in June to stop a raging infection. Jason is now home and recovering from the infection and resulting surgery. Fans have already raised more than $82,000 to help pay for Jason's medical expenses.

Life changes when you have a baby. Jodi of Love and the Outcome posted this week: Vacation starts now! Attached was a picture of her husband and fellow band member, Chris, holding their young son Milo. Both Chris and Milo were fast asleep. Jodi said: I think we're ready.

A new book from Matt Redman is scheduled for release on August 1. Titled 10,000 Reasons, Matt says the book contains some of the most inspiring stories of faith/hope/worship I've ever come across. The book is inspired by Matt's worship song by the same name.

Jamie Grace focused on America's birthday in her latest edition of The Jamie Grace Show. This weeks show features Jamie's cover of the Mark Schultz song Letters from War. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman was recently featured on the cover of CCM Magazine, a magazine focused on contemporary Christian music. His interview for the Magazine's cover story was filmed and the first half of that interview is now available on the CCM web site. Hear more from Switchfoot about their upcoming new album Where The Light Shines Through by clicking on the link at

How Far Would You Go for Your Ice Cream? That's the feature of the latest Ken Davis Lightenup video. Check out the video of fellow comedian Joby Saad. Click on the link at

Sidewalk Prophets frontman Dave Frey was saved from a potentially embarrassing wardrobe malfunction by his girlfriend over the weekend. He posted that his broken belt was macguyvered into a usable form by his crack team of top scientists. Dave says the team included quote: my amazing girlfriend and her awesome momma.

5 Steps to Fix Your Marriage Problem from Mark Merrill
Suspect that you may be part of the problem.
Inspect yourself to see where you may be at fault.
Reject the temptation to blame your spouse.
Correct whatever is in your power to change.
Protect your marriage at all costs.

The 5 C’s of Disciplining Children from iMom.
1. Be Consistent.
2. Be Clear.
3. Be Complimentary.
4. Be Considerate.
5. Be Caring.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians across India are faced with a sobering ultimatum: hide their faith, or risk harassment, intimidation, and even death. According to, Threats against churches, arson attacks on Christian property, and the harassment and violent abuse of new converts to Christianity are all on the rise in India. Two sisters are among those who have experienced such persecution. They were severely beaten by a group of men from their village in Odisha state after news spread that they had converted to Christianity. Remarkably, they praise God for their experiences. One of the sisters told researchers for Christian persecution charity Open Doors: "We knew about persecution in theory because the Bible speaks about it," "And when it happened, we thanked God for it."

The Communist Party in China's coastal Zhejiang province is forcing persecuted Christian churches to hand over all of their tithes and donations to government officials. According to the Christian Post, Many of these same churches that have had their rooftop crosses forcefully removed are now being forced to display the Communist flag where the crosses once stood. China Aid, which has been reporting on the ever increasing persecution against churches in the past few years, said the government's orders are part of a move to crackdown on Christians by imposing regulations. The watchdog group explained that Churches in Pingyang County have been told that they must submit all of their donated money to state officials.

Bill Nye "The Science Guy" is reportedly considering Ken Ham's offer to tour the Ark Encounter, the life-size replica of Noah's Ark that will open to the public in Williamstown, Kentucky, on Thursday. Ham told The Christian Post in an interview that all of the exhibits at the Ark Encounter have been installed, with final touches being put in ahead of the official opening. The Answers in Genesis CEO and president publicly invited Nye in May to visit the Ark, adding that he wants the past debate foes to be friends, not adversaries. Ken says Nye is considering the offer.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has filed a suit against a click-bait website, which has more than 2 million likes on Facebook, for using Billy Graham's name and likeness to "lure users" and make money. According to the Christian Post, The BGEA filed the lawsuit in a federal court against the operator of the website The suit accuses the website of using Rev. Graham's "name, image or likeness" to "lure users," and includes screen shots from Facebook with sponsored ads that use images of Billy Graham alongside text that reads "LIKE if you love Billy Graham."

An imprisoned Chinese pastor has urged his wife to hold on to faith and trust God in a moving letter sent from his detention centre. According to Christian, Pastor Li Guozhi, also known as Yang Hua, was arrested more than six months ago by Chinese authorities and is now being held in Nanming district. Li said in the letter to his wife "You shouldn't be too anxious. It is best to remain peaceful and wait for God," "God is omniscient. I believe that he never makes a mistake... Let's pray and leave other things to God. I am grateful for what God has given me; let's carry the cross and hasten down the road to heaven, until the day we meet the Lord."

After the Orlando shooting, Christian football star Tim Tebow left the Bahamas and went to visit a former football teammate, one of the 53 people injured in the shooting. According to, when Tebow heard that his former high school teammate, Rodney Sumter, was injured in the Orlando shooting which took the lives of 49 and injured 53 others, he left the Bahamas where he was vacationing to visit Sumter. Sumter was a bartender at Pulse nightclub in Orlando where the shooting took place. He was shot three times by the gunman, but survived. While he was there, the former Heisman trophy winner also visited some of the other victims of the shooting who were recovering.

If you wash your hands in public restrooms, brush your teeth and wear antiperspirant, you’ve come in contact with triclosan, an antibacterial used in many personal care products. But, according to Time, mounting evidence has linked triclosan to bacteria resistance, hormone disruption, and possibly even liver cancer. Now a new study done in zebrafish suggests triclosan also messes with our gut—interfering with the community of bacteria that makes up our microbiome. In the new study, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Oregon State University found that exposure was linked to significant shifts in the diversity and structure of the fish’s microbiome.

It’s official: NASA has extended the New Horizons mission. According to the Washington Post, the spacecraft — which served its original purpose beautifully during last year’s historic flyby of the Pluto system — has been hurtling toward parts-less-known for months. In October of 2015, scientists had New Horizons fire its thrusters to reposition it for a course to 2014 MU69. Now, thanks to funding approval, the team knows it will be around to read the data when New Horizons reaches that new target in 2019. NASA’s Director of Planetary Science Jim Green said in a statement: “The New Horizons mission to Pluto exceeded our expectations and even today the data from the spacecraft continue to surprise.” “We’re excited to continue onward into the dark depths of the outer solar system to a science target that wasn’t even discovered when the spacecraft launched.”

A New York startup wants to take computer-assisted language translation to the next level. According to World Magazine, the company’s earpiece technology could allow two users to converse face to face, without a human translator and without any understanding of each other’s mother tongue. Computers have already become adept at translating text from one language into another. Waverly Labs’ new Pilot system consists of two Bluetooth earpieces that connect wirelessly with a smartphone. Place one in your ear and give the other to the person you want to speak with. Bring up the language to be translated in the Pilot system’s smartphone app, and it will translate your conversation in real time.

Almost four years after seeking bankruptcy protection under a barrage of labor issues and rapidly changing appetites, the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs will take the stage once again as a publicly traded company. Hostess Brands, which first emerged in 1919 with the Hostess CupCake, has been shuffled between different owners since it sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for a second time in July 2012. The credit rating for Hostess has been on the mend and last year the company posted revenue of about $650 million. Hostess is based in Kansas City, Missouri. It operates baking facilities in Emporia, Kansas, Indianapolis, and Columbus, Georgia.

Twin sisters Sarah Mariuz and Leah Rodgers have always been on the same page, and apparently their new babies are, too. According to, the identical twins, who are 35, each gave birth to their first child late last week. The babies were born at the same exact time in each sister's respective time zone — Rodgers gave birth first, welcoming a baby boy at 1:18 a.m., in Denver, Colorado, and Mariuz's daughter was born at 1:18 a.m., in La Jolla, California. The sisters and new moms told TODAY they're thrilled by the coincidence, but not all that surprised.

1. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July? Two.
2. Which day did most signers of the Declaration of Independence actually put their John Hancocks on the document? Aug. 2, 1776.
3. Which president was born on the Fourth of July? Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.
4. When did the Fourth of July become a paid federal holiday? 1938.
5. Did you know three of the first five U.S. presidents died on the Fourth of July? John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on Independence Day. Even weirder, Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third, died on the same day in 1826, the country’s 50th birthday.
6. Are there Fourth of July celebrations in other countries? Yes. They are featured in Denmark and Norway, as well as Britain, Portugal and Sweden. Danes and Norwegians celebrate the American Independence Day because so many thousands of their fellow citizens emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s. In the other European countries, American military bases host celebrations, which are supported by local businesses as a way to boost tourism.
7. Did you know John Adams would think the country is celebrating Independence Day on the wrong day? Adams foresaw that July 2, the day the Second Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Britain, would be the day on which Americans would celebrate their freedom. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” Adams wrote.
8. When were fireworks first used to celebrate the Fourth of July? The initial fireworks were ignited in 1777 to commemorate the first anniversary of the American colonies’ Declaration of Independence.
9. Which newspaper first printed the Declaration of Independence? The Pennsylvania Evening Post.
10. Which country gained independence from the U.S. on the Fourth of July? The Philippines did so in 1946.
11. How many people lived in the American colonies when the Declaration of Independence was signed? 2.5 million.

A) America’s independence was actually declared by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on the fourth
B) “Yankee Doodle” is often thought of as a patriotic song. It’s even the state anthem of Connecticut. However, it was originally sung by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.
C) The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were equal. The design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times since it was created in 1777.
D) In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4th with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute.
E) Betsy Ross did not actually design the U. S. flag. That distinction belongs to Frances Hopkinson. He is also credited with designing the U.S.seal.
F) The national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner) is actually set to the tune of an old British drinking song. The lyrics come from the poem, “Defense of Fort McHenry” written in 1814 by a lawyer named Francis Scott Key. The song didn’t become the national anthem until March 3rd, 1931.
G) The majority of our nation’s flags and patriotic paraphernalia in relation to the Fourth of July are actually made in China and Mexico, not theU.S.

Fourth of July by the numbers from the personal-finance website WalletHub.
$6.77B – Total planned spending on July 4th food.
150 Mil. – Hot dogs are consumed each July 4th holiday.
700 Mil. Lbs – Of chicken are purchased in the week prior to July 4th.
$4.4 Mil – Annual value of imported American flags, most of which are made in China.
$324+ Mil. – Value of annual fireworks imports to the U.S. (most from China).

The competition is getting fierce.Tobymac posted that the cornhole game had been taken to the next level during his family's vacation. He posted a late night picture as they added brackets, creating a full fledged family tournament. No word on how Tobymac stacked up against the rest of his family

Danny Gokey is adding another social media platform to his list. He signed up to be a part of Kiwi over the weekend and asked: Anyone on here?. Two people chimed in, indicating their presence on the site.

Aaron Shust says Friday was an epic day of firsts for his son Daniel. His day long adventure includes a zip line, tubing, driving a boat and flying an airplane.

Building 429 bass player Aaron Branch doesn't believe in waiting. The band posted: After a show Shara told us she was going to accept Christ Sunday. Aaron's reply: let's do it NOW...we did!

Two Christian bands are featured in the latest edition of Kulture Magazine. The July through September edition of the free magazine just released and included are articles on both Tenth Avenue North and Jamie Grace. Also included is an article about Golden State Warrior star Stephan Curry. Check out the free online magazine by clicking on the link at

Casting Crowns will released their next album in September. The new project is titled The Very Next Thing. However, the album technically isn't the very next thing. That title goes to the song One Step Away. It's the first Casting Crowns release from the album and is available right now.

Jason Gray is giving away a chord chart and MP3 for his new song Remind Me Who I Am. He says: We all need to be reminded of who we are in Christ and His great love for us. Right now you can download the song from Jason that does just that. Click on the link at to access the free download.

The latest project from Hillsong United is titled of Dirt and Grace. Members of the band announced the new project over the weekend. It's scheduled to release on July 15. They say: We recorded all the songs off EMPIRES plus a few bonus songs in and around Israel. From the streets of Jerusalem to the Hills of Galilee where Jesus walked - it was a surreal experience and one we won't forget quickly! Included in the CD and long form video DVD are 12 LIVE tracks filmed and recorded on location along with three bonus tracks.

The first music video from Hillsong United's Of Dirt and Grace is now available. Prince of Peace was recorded by Hillsong United live in Israel, with footage both from the Golan Heights Memorial Of War and by The Shining Lights of The Old City. The song featured Taya in the lead and also includes footage from the bands visit to Lebanon. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Another lyric video is now available from Crowder. The new video features the song My Victory. It's from the album American Prodigal, scheduled for release on September 23. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Building 429's Jesse Garcia introduced a new crew guy over the weekend and we're assuming that he will double as the bands cook. Attached was a picture of the newest member of the Building 429 crew; a portable grill.

The band Finding Favour has introduced their own instructional coffee mug. The mug includes specially named lines, including "shhh" at the two-thirds full mark, "almost" at the half full mark, and "now you may speak" and the quarter full line.

Third Day announced a new series of shows over the weekend. They will play six Evening with Third Day shows in August.

It's official. Jeremy Camp does not stand still. From any angle. Jeremy was recently recorded from multiple angles at ChristianFest, promoting the comment. And there is video to prove the point that Jeremy never stops moving.

Phillips, Craig and Dean have played a lot of concerts over their 25 years of ministry but it's safe to say that few towns have had a more unique name then their concert this past weekend. The three pastors were in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee at Mile Straight Baptist Church

On June 20th, Natalie Grant celebrated a career milestone by headlining at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious venues in the world. According to GMA, Grant’s full concert in the heart of New York City included many of her greatest hits. Grant was accompanied on piano by her husband, songwriter and producer, Bernie Herms, and was backed by the 250 person Choir and Orchestra from Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. Grant received 5 standing ovations throughout the night.

In Touch Ministriesis out with a new issue of the In Touch Magazine. The free magazine is available online. Click on the link at

Ken and Joni Tada recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. How have they kept their marriage strong for 34 years? They recently shared the secret of their longevity. Read their story by clicking on the link at

Want further training in apologetics and evangelism from Ravi Zacharias. RZIM says that the next set of courses at the RZIM Academy on July 11. Find out more by clicking on the link at

Want to help your kids celebrate Independence day. Joni and Friends is out with a new, printable 4th of July word search. Download your free copy by clicking on the ink at

Here are 17 benefits of tackling a Bible reading plan that takes you through the entire Bible from Revive Our Hearts:

10 Ways to Show Sportsmanship from All Pro Dad
1. Do Not Be That Parent
2. Win with Dignity
3. Lose with Grace
4. Respect the Game
5. Follow the Rules
6. Point Out Examples
7. Include Your Teammates
8. Don’t Let Your Child Win Every Time
9. Encourage Strong Effort
10. It’s Just A Game

Earlier this month International Justice Mission staff member and human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, IJM client Josephat Mwenda, and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were abducted after a court hearing in Nairobi, Kenya over blatantly false charges by an abusive police force. Over the weekend the International Justice Mission announced that the bodies of the three men had been found in a local river. Now IJM is turning it's efforts to seeking justice for the three murdered men. They have started an online petition calling for the president of Kenya to step in and secure justice with a goal of 20,000 signatures. At last report, nearly 12,000 has already signed. You can add your signature by clicking on the link at

Christian persecution in India has reached a new level as believers in one state are reportedly being fined for worshiping Christ. According to CBN, Last month, a public meeting turned brutal when Hindu villagers tied up and beat 25 Christians. The attack finally ended with the Hindus telling the Christians to leave the village. They left the next day and went to the police station to report the attack, but officers refused to register the case. A few days later the group was summoned back to the station only to be confronted by police and 50 villagers. Police forced the Christians to sign a statement that they would only worship at home or else be fined 10,000 Rupees along with other possible punishments.

A new Gallup poll has found that 89 percent of Americans say they believe in God. According to the Christian Post, When Gallup asked, "Do you believe in God," 89 percent of U.S. adults said, "yes," and 10 percent said, "no." One percent said they had no opinion. In the surveys conducted May 4-8 and June 14-23, Gallup then asked respondents to choose among "believe in, not sure about and don't believe in," 79 percent of respondents said they believe in God, 11 percent said they don't believe and 10 percent said they are not sure. In the same survey, 72 percent said they believe in angels, 64 percent believe in hell, and 61 percent believe in the devil

A West Virginia church has offered its facility as a shelter for victims of major flooding in the state. According to Christian Headlines, 500 homes have been damaged or completely destroyed and 25 people have lost their lives during to the flooding in late June. Amidst the major crisis, Ansted Baptist Church in Ansted, West Virginia has become a place of refuge. Pastor Randy Spurgeon says more than 200 residents of the town of Rainelle--over 25 miles away--have taken shelter inside the church. The church is also serving as a drop-off location for donated goods, as well as a temporary kennel for pets.

The JESUS film, which is often used as an evangelistic tool and has drawn many to Christ around the world, has been translated into eight new languages. According to, this means 6.5 million more people can be reached with the Gospel in their own language. In addition, JESUS Film Project spokesman Joe Class said that people from all eight language groups were given a screening of the film in their respective language. He says the JESUS film is being used as a catalyst for their church planting efforts.

A set of laws restricting Christian expression and evangelism are on their way to being passed in Russia. According to, the laws would ban all evangelism outside of the church and other religious gatherings. They would affect Christian missionary work, preaching, teaching, and other evangelistic activities. The laws have been called the most restrictive in Russia’s post-Soviet history. They have already passed in both Russian legislative bodies, the Duma and the Federation Council. The laws are designed to emphasize the Russian Orthodox Church, which is heavily tied to Russian nationalism.

An Oklahoma teacher came up with a unique idea to remember her class. According to the Huffington Post, Sha-Ree’ Castlebury, who’s taught first grade in Pat Henry Elementary in Lawton, Oklahoma, for the past five years, wanted something a little more “hands on” to remember her students with. So she went out and bought a white dress and fabric markers. Then she had her entire class draw all over a white dress as a keepsake, so she’d never forget them.


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