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Moriah Peters took to Instagram to thank her fans for their prayers this week. She shared online: "thank you" doesn't seem quite sufficient but I'm so happy to share that my daddy is recovering quickly to his monkeying around again. Moriah shared a picture of is father in a t-shirt featuring a monkey wearing a tie after his cancer surgery late last week.

Audio Adrenaline's Brandon Bagby shared something this week that you don't see in the grocery store. It was a picture of a variety of different colored and shaped eggs. Brandon said: these eggs came from different breeds of chickens. Can you guess which one actually came from a duck?

Jenny Simmons will re-release her book The Road To Becoming on September 1. But the new project is causing some confusion since Jenny also released a book called The Road to Becoming about a year ago. This week Jenny took to social media to clarify the issue. She said she wrote her first book after Kickstarter backers helped her finance the editing, lay-out and printing of the one and only run of copies. However, the book then got picked up by Baker Books. After a facelift and making some changes the book is now being released again.

Christian rock group, Pillar, is releasing their first album in six years. According to a press release, the new album, One Love Revolution, was made possible through the support of their fanbase. It is scheduled to release physically through Lifeway on August 18th with a digital release to follow on August 21st.

MercyMe is out with the cover art for their upcoming Christmas CD and it has some distinct similarities to their last Christmas project. A decade ago the band's first Christmas album featured the entire band, in a line, with all but their eyes covered by winter scarves. This time the band is in a similar line up but each member is holding several packages, still will all but their eye covered for the photograph. It's Christmas MercyMe will release on October 9.

Worship leader Matt Redman is joining with Taylor Guitars to giveaway guitars to a young worship leader in the USA. However, you can't win yourself. In celebration of the release of Matt's worship CD Unbroken Praise you can nominate a young worship leader to win a Taylor Guitar. Simply upload a youtube video performing one of the songs from the CD. Taylor Guitars will pick three and give guitars to those worship leaders.

Lecrae wants to bring the race discussion out into the open. He recorded a video this week discussing the response he has received when bringing up the race issue. While he says Christians have encouraged his discussions on issues like ISIS or abortion, he has sensed a reserve when discussing issues dealing with race. Lecrae emphasized that he isn't wanting to get into a debate about the issue. Instead, he says he just wants to understand more about the response he has received from the Christian community. Watch the video and share your thoughts by clicking on the link at

Yahoo! Music is debuting the lyric video for Tobymac's new song Feel It. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Sidewalk Prophets Ben McDonald was working on some landscaping with his wife Carie this week. But he took a break to film some great slow motion video of a hummingbird moth in their garden. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Show Hope has reached a milestone. According to a news release, the organization founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth 12 years ago have now helped 5,000 children find their forever home. Through sponsors, donors and partners, Show Hope has helped find homes for children from more than 50 countries. The 5,000th child to receive a grant is a young boy from Ethiopia who is in process to be adopted by Glenn and Wendy Drennen of Nashville, TN. The Drennen’s are full-time musicians in the Christian rock band Fireflight.

Joni Eareckson Tada this week shared her thoughts as she approaches the 48th anniversary of her diving accident. As she contemplated 48 years in a wheel chair, Joni wrote: knowing that I’m about to crest this strange anniversary of being paralyzed for so long a time, it’s clear that on one hand, my physical abilities and strength are diminishing; yet on the other hand, my spiritual strength is increasing. Joni added: Friend, you are supposed to be wasting away outwardly; but at the same time, God wants restore you and replenish you afresh each and every day. So don’t be discouraged – because you are heading in a wonderful direction. Keep your focus fixed on Jesus and keep it fixed on your home in heaven. The way God renews me every day it’s worth any amount of walking!

Last night marked the end of an era for Greg Laurie and his harvest ministry. The Speaker on the teaching program A New Beginning says they held their last service at the present Harvest Orange County facility. Harvest will transition onto their brand new campus in Irvine, California, with a special opening ceremony on August 9.

A whopping 30 million tourists from mainland China visit Hong Kong and Macau every year. According to Mission Network News, that visit is life changing for many of them. A partner of World Missionary Press has been been reaching out to tourists from mainland China, explaining the Gospel, what it means to be a believer, and who Jesus is. The ministry gives out 100,000 Gospel bags every month between their work in Hong Kong and Macau.

What’s the big deal about guarding our eyes? Here are 6 reasons it matters:
1. Porn makes us compare our bodies to an impossible standard.
2. Porn is addictive.
3. Porn messes with expectations.
4. Porn turns up the heat.
5. Porn is cheap, reducing sex to simply a physical act.
6. Porn leads to lust.

Men; here are 7 Things Your Wife Should Expect from You from Family Minute:
1. Trustworthy:
2. Faithful:
3. Provider:
4. Protector:
5. Leader:
6. Servant:
7. Sexually Intimate:

9 steps to help you and your spouse defeat isolation your marriage from Family Life
Step One: Learn about God's blueprints for marriage
Step Two: Reaffirm your commitment
Step Three: Deal with your selfishness
Step Four: Begin to pray with your spouse
Step Five: Develop your relational skills
Step Six: Spend focused time together
Step Seven: Attend a marriage conference
Step Eight: Start or attend a couples' study
Step Nine: Depend on God's power to build your marriage

Over 100,000 New Yorkers Are Picnicking in White. According to Yahoo, they recently got together got together for the world’s largest popup picnic at 24 designated locations revealed only at the last moment. Participants brought their own food, tables, chairs and even silverware and candles. They also had to clean up after themselves. The phenomenon started in Paris in 1988 and has expanded to 60 cities on five continents, but organizers say the one in New York was the biggest.

Did you know that more than half of Americans never ride a bike. A recently released report also found that nearly six percent of Americans don't even know how to ride a bike. The study of nearly 1,200 people nation wide found that, in the Northeast, 12 percent of Americans said they didn’t know how to ride a bike compared to just 3 percent in the Midwest. It also showed that young people are riding bikes less. 9 percent of those ages 18 to 34 said they couldn't ride a bike while just 3 percent of those 55 and over said they don't know how to ride.

3D printed clothing is a step closer to reality. A 27-year-old graduate from a College of Engineering and Design in Israel created her entire collection using a 3D printer. It took her nine months of research and 2,000 hours to print the five outfits. A portion of her time was spent experimenting with different materials to see which texture would work best to create pieces of clothing.

Do you have better rhythm that worship leader Paul Baloche? I played an online game this week called Got Rhythm and says he only scored 681 out of 1000 points. Now he's asking if you can do any better? Find out by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust is out with a blog talking about cut 2 on his new CD Doxology. Cut 2 is called It Is Finished and Aaron says the song focus' on the last word's of Christ. He wrote the song using those words to celebrate the finished work of Christ on the cross. Aaron says: It is finished is a pronouncement of completion; He was declaring a debt has being satisfied, His mission to take away the sins of the world was complete!

The band Switchfoot recently picked up gardening tools instead of guitars. According to, members of the band volunteered at the City Impact Center, a non-profit in Las Vegas. The worked with other volunteers to weed, beautify and replant several garden beds in the Center's Urban Garden. The purpose of the Urban Garden is to teach students how to plant, grow and harvest fruit & vegetables while also teaching economic skills.

Lincoln Brewster was on stage earlier this month leading worship but it wasn't with his guitar. Instead, he was sharing a message from Romans 8. As part of the message, Lincoln asked: Have you ever wanted to do great? I mean really succeed. With all your might you wanted to make the team, give the speech, sell the product, win the girl, score the winning point, finish on top, win the prize, etc. etc. etc. but instead of winning you failed. Have you ever blown it? Then you will want to listen to Lincoln Brewster's entire message. Click on the link at

The new Sidewalk Prophets new CD Something Different is described as an unashamed declaration that Jesus Christ is the way, truth, and the life. It will be available in late August but, right now, the band has several packages available for pre-order. In addition to the new CD, you can also purchase a fan poster, t-shirt, and even a skype serenade from Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey.

Another live acoustic video is now available from Josh Wilson. The acoustic session features Josh's song No More. Access the video by clicking on the link at

Kari Jobe will be making her periscope debut this week. She will be on the social media video site for the first time today at 5:00pm CT. Find out more about tuning in and also following Kari on periscope by clicking on the link at

This weeks Lighten Up with Ken Davis video features the threat of Visine. Join Ken as he shares his experience in an airport TSA line. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has announced plans to broadcast a couple of festivals in August live online. Franklin Graham will be joining with popular artists to spread the gospel message in Birmingham, Alabama August 14 through 16 and in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma August 22 and 23. If you can't attend in person you can tune in online. They'll both be aired at

Modern-day DNA research is confirming the biblical account of Adam and Eve, according to one genetics expert. According to Charisma News, Answers in Genesis' Georgia Purdom has recently released a documentary explaining her findings and the scientific support for the records presented in Genesis. She points to studies that show that, by focusing on the DNA, scientists have been able to evaluate that men and women can trace their roots back to a man and woman. The research also show that, if evolution were true and men and women had been roaming the planet for years, there would be more genetic diversity.

Six questions can help you assess whether your enthusiasm for God remains strong from In Touch Ministries.
1. Do you have joy in the Lord and a desire to serve Him, share the gospel, and help others in need?
2. Do you spend time in the Word daily?
3. Do you pray, knowing that God is listening and working in your life?
4. Do you faithfully attend church and tithe?
5. Do you experience joy, peace, contentment, and hope in Jesus?
6. Do you stand firm in your godly convictions?

9 Ways to Teach Your Children to not be Prejudiced from All Pro Dad:
1. Keep the Heart Pure From Hate
2. Embrace Uniqueness
3. Find The Beauty In Everyone
4. Mix It Up. Socialize with all types of people from all types of backgrounds.
5. Observe and Learn
6. Kindness and Consideration
7. Play By The Rules. Make it clear that teasing or excluding other children based on what color they are, gender they are, sound like or live will not be tolerated.
8. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
9. Do not have family or friends around that use bigoted language.

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10 Ways to Lead Your Family from All Pro Dad:
1. Be an example.
2. In partnership with your wife:
3. Like a Servant:
4. From your knees:
5. With humility:
6. Morally:
7. Educationally:
8. Courageously:
9. With an open heart and mind:
10. Lead with the sure understanding that, if you don’t, someone else will:

Ever find a jar of something at the back of your refrigerator or an unopened can on your shelf and wonder if it's still safe to eat? How about how long your shampoo lasts? Time magazine is out with a list of real life expiration dates for those hard to know items, both food and non-food, that you find around your house. From soy sauce to green olives, from shaving cream to perfume, check out the use-by list by clicking on the link at

The Windows 10 update is free and it's coming. In fact, Microsoft has already started limited upgrades. However, if you just can't wait to make the shift, you can actually get a jump on the Windows 10 download. According to the web site Mashable, it's as simple as entering an update now command in your computers command prompt. Find out more by clicking on the link at, but remember-proceed at your own risk.

The web site trip advisor is out with a list of some of the nicest natural swimming pools found around the world. The web site features pools located around the world, from Iceland to Ecuador. Check out their list of the top 12 natural pools worldwide by clicking on the link at

SanctusReal front man Matt Hammitt is out with another edition of his Lead Me Lifecast. Episode 5 features a conversation with Luke Smallbone from the band for King and Country. Check out the latest Lifecast by clicking on the link at

Juan DeVevo was on a quest this week. The member of Casting Crowns was sent to the grocery store for a specific list of items. However, she did grant him some leeway. She gave him the option of choosing whatever chocolate sauce he wanted.

The web site We Are Worship USA is giving away music. This week's FREE SONG comes from Gateway Worship. Access the free MP3 and Chord Chart by clicking on the link at

The Hillsong Church in Australia is expanding its outreach. This week Hillsong worship announced plans for a Spanish worship CD. According to New Release Today, the Spanish album is due out August 7. The live album includes songs like Oceans and At the Cross. You can also check out a lyric video for the song No Other Name from the new project by clicking on the link at

Kari Jobe has released the cover art for her upcoming new CD Majestic Revisited. The new project will be available on September 25.

Josh Wilson is less then one week away from the release of his latest album That Was Then, This is Now. In preparation for the release, Josh has been practicing his elevator pitch by sharing with others about his new project in the time it takes for the elevator to arrive at the correct floor. Josh says he is now ready. Watch a training video recorded by Josh by clicking on the link at

TobyMac has now released the third and final segment of his music video for the song Feel It. You can watch all three segments of the video at his web site and also sign up to win merchandise from the videos. Click on the link at

The members of for King and Country recently met a little girl named after one of their songs. They shared a picture of the band with a young lady named Hope. She was named after the for King and Country song Hope is What We Crave. They say they were quite moved to hear that her parents named her after their song.

There are over 400 different Sign Languages worldwide, but less than 1% have a complete translation of the Bible. Now the Deaf Bible Society is making a change to address the problem. They want to have translation projects for 75% of the Deaf population in place by 2025. Officials say that translating the Bible into 44 sign languages would allow them to do just that.

5 bad habits that are holding you back at work
Bad Behavior #1: You’re no social butterfly—and it shows.
Bad Behavior #2: You react poorly to sudden change.
Bad Behavior #3: You’re the office gossip.
Bad Behavior #4: You’re not shy about voicing your opinions.
Bad Behavior #5: You’re the office complainer.

10 Goals You Should Accomplish in 10 Years from All Pro Dad:
1. Marriage and Family Harmony
2. Proper Mindset and Balance
3. Commitment to Improved Physical Health
4. Career Passion and Personal Satisfaction
5. Discovering Your Softer Side
6. Financial Stability
7. Service and Social Responsibility
8. Stress-Busting Leisure Time
9. Continuing Education
10. Expanding and Growing Faith

5 Things Husbands Wish Wives Knew from Family Minute:
1. We desire Validation.
2. We desire Respect.
3. We desire Conciseness.
4. We desire Forgiveness.
5. We desire Support.

In light of back-to-school season, The online site WalletHub compared the quality of education in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia by analyzing 13 key metrics that range from student-teacher ratios to standardized-test scores to dropout rates. The study ranked the Massachusetts school system as the best in the nation. It was followed by Colorado, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Kentucky in the top 5. Colorado boasted the best School system quality ranking while Massachusetts came in at number one regarding school safety.

It's summer and that means ice cream. As with everything else, someone always wants to push the bar a little bit further and, this summer, ice cream is no exception. Yahoo food did some searching and found some of the most interesting ice cream flavors around the country. Meat seems to be popular with ice cream. They found ice cream flavored with bacon, ham and even lobster. Some other interesting combinations include Wasabi, Balsamic Strawberry, Chocolate Chipotle Orange, Garlic, and even grass. That's right, ice cream with bits of grass mixed right in.

YouTube Is About to Look Different on your cell phone. The video site has announced a redesign of its mobile app featuring a vertical video mode that will better display video content. In addition to improving video playback, the new app features a subscriptions tab that allows users to see a stream of new videos from channels they follow, as well as improved editing tools for shooting video directly within the app. The updated app is available now on Android and coming soon to iOS.

An architect in London has come up with an innovative solution to help the city's homeless population: Floating sleeping pods. James Furzer won an award for his plywood pods, which are designed to hang above head height from host buildings in the city. The temporary shelters, which could be used for an overnight stay or for some respite during the day, are constructed of untreated plywood and held up by a steel frame. Accessed by a ladder, the space comprises a bed with a mattress and a makeshift living area.

Building 429 front man Jason Roy was recently sharing his thoughts on Building the Kingdom of God. Jason says: as in everything in life, there are two different directions that a person can move: forward or backwards. Jason admits: I find myself wondering at times which one I’m doing. Read his entire blog by clicking on the link at

Natalie Grant is sharing more about her decision to be only the second Christian artist ever featured on the cover of the First for Women magazine. Natalie says her original response after learning it was the summer issue and she would be posing in a bathing suit was to say no. But after praying about it Natalie says she decided it was an opportunity she shouldn't pass up. Natalie said she came up with a specific list of parameters so, when the magazine agreed, she felt peace from God to move forward. Natalie's focus while sharing about how she lost 40 pounds was that treating her body right is Godly since her body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Natalie added that the photo used on the cover had to also be approved by both her husband and her father before going to press.

Audio Adrenaline's Brandon Bagby had a close encounter with wild life while on a visit to Crater Lake. Brandon shared a picture of a friendly chipmunk that he met while taking a break from touring.

Flyleaf's Kristen May has announced her plans to record and release a solo album. According to the New Release Today report, she plans to fund the project with a pledgemusic campaign. The title of the album is Conversations, and Kristen is already in pre-production. The pledgemusic campaign launches on August 4. Meanwhile, fans are invited to create t-shirt designs for the project for a chance at a mention in the pledgemusic project and a $100 prize.

The Christian music web site FreeCCM is giving away music from Citizenway. Their free song this week is Sing, Sing, Sing from their debut album Love Is The Evidence. Access the free download by clicking on the link at

JJ Heller is out with an acoustic version of her new song Fully Known. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Colton Dixon is continuing to share videos sent to him based on his song Through All of It. You can watch Colton's music video as well as the videos sent in by his fans and then you can send in your own video. Click on the link at

Jamie Grace said earlier that she would share a weekly video blog called the Jamie Grace Show and she's living up to that promise. The next edition of the Jamie Grace Show is now available. Click on the link at

Casting Crowns Juan DeVevo is waiting for a new oreo prototype to hit the shelves. He shared a picture of oreo cookies on the top and bottom of cream filling from 35 Oreo cookies. In reply, his wife Melodee tweeted: I think they already sell just the cream, dear, but it won't be on the shopping list.

Ken Davis is out with his latest lighten up video and this time teen aged girls are his topic of choice. Ken says: If you have a daughter who spends a lot more time on her appearance than on cleaning her room, you’ll be able to relate to this video. Watch Ken's video titled My Daughters’ Rooms by clicking on the link at

When it comes to picking a college, the quest for value has taken center stage. In response, Money Magazine is out with their annual Best Colleges rankings based on 21 measures of educational quality, affordability, and career earnings. Coming in at No. 1 this year is Stanford University. The rest of the top five include Babson College in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and the California Institute of Technology

While the amount of persecution against Christians continues to increase around the world, what are Christians in the United States saying about their future? Baptist Press reports Americans view Islam as a threat to their own nation’s religious liberty almost as strongly as they consider it a danger to religious freedom internationally. Although most persecution occurs overseas, 39% of American adults say Islam threatens religious freedom in the U.S. — almost as many as the 40% who see Islam as a global threat

Persecution remains a problem for India. According to Mission Network News, a recent global human rights report from the U.S. government says violence based on religion was one of India’s top challenges in 2014. There have been over 600 cases of religious violence since Prime Minister Modi took office, and Christians were targeted in a third of them.

5 Reasons Kids Shouldn't Sleep Near Their Devices
1. Kids may take longer to fall asleep if they use their phones right before bed.
2. They'll be more likely to lose out on hours of sleep time.
3. Sleeping near cell phones is considered worse for kids than sleeping in front of the TV.
4. Plus, keeping phones in the bedroom encourages kids to stay awake and text into the night.
5. Even if they're using their devices to read -- and not to socialize -- the glow of a tablet or phone can disrupt sleep.

5 Great Dates Under $25 from All Pro Dad
1. Give your local high school or community theatre a try instead of expensive movies.
2. The Full Moon Date. A blanket and soft music is all you need.
3. Whether it’s the beach, a lake, or a stroll around a city park surrounding water, hold her hand, talk, and laugh under the stars.
4. The Formal In-Home Date
5. The Reminisce Date. Gather old pictures, music, and various memories of your relationship; then take her to a spot that is considered special to you both.

10 Ways Your Kids Are Watching You from Family Minute:
Your language.
Your tone.
Your attitude.
Your manners.
Your confidence.
Your work ethic.
Your discipline.
Your forgiveness.
Your shelter.
Your love.

Throughout Scripture, Jesus told parables–stories. So how do you re-tell the stories of Jesus? Here are eight tips to remember:
Don’t change the Bible’s meaning:
Put the story in your heart:
Use common language:
Know the characters:
Act natural:
Be familiar with the story:
Tell just enough:

Gregg Godfrey shattered the world record on Friday for the longest semi-truck jump — a whopping 166 feet in the air. The record breaking jump took place at Evel Knievel Days, an extreme sports festival in Butte, Montana. Although the jump is impressive enough, Godfrey ended his stunt with the perfect parallel parking job.

Joke thieves beware: Twitter seems to be cracking down on plagiarism. In a freewheeling universe home to millions of spambots, fake celebrities and trolls, it's no surprise that many Twitter accounts habitually steal 140-character quips to rack up followers. But now the social network is erasing and hiding a number of tweets reported as stolen. Twitter has been working for months to smooth the site's rougher edges and make it more suitable for advertisers after facing a firestorm of criticism

The web site Your Amazing Places is out with another edition of the most beautiful and breathtaking places in the world. From sky walking in Canada to a river of flowers in Holland, the site is helping you to see some of the places you may never have the chance to visit in person. Check out the latest list of fabulous views by clicking on the link at

A 66-year-old Alabama resident who spent 10 days stranded on the floor of his home after a bad fall is now safe and sound in a Montgomery hospital—and he has his local mail carrier to thank. According to Time Magazine, The mail carrier, Cissy Cartwright of Hope Hull, Ala., rescued Tommy Hope from his secluded rural home last week when she noticed he hadn’t checked his mail in an uncharacteristically long time. After making her way up Hope’s long driveway and noticing that his front door was wide open, Cartwright found Hope, who has a history of back problems, lying dehydrated with broken broken bones.

Colton Dixon wants to know YOUR story. He wants you to share how God has been there Through All Of It. Just click on the link at to share your story

TobyMac has released part 2 in his Feel It video series. TobyMac is releasing the official music video for the latest song from his new CD This Is Not A Test in segments. To help release part three fans are being asked to continue sharing the first two parts of the music video. Also at the Tobymac web site fans can enter to win Feel It merchandize from the videos.

Hillsong UNITED recently performed their song “Touch the Sky” on WGN TV. Now you can watch their live performance online. Click on the link at

Josh Wilson is out with another acoustic video. Check out the latest acoustic session, this time featuring Josh's song No More, from his new CD That Was Then, This is Now. Click on the link at

Want to learn to play the latest Third Day Song “Soul on Fire”? Check out Mark Lee’s tutorial to find lyrics, a chord chart, and more. The song is from the recent Third Day worship CD "Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship". The video tutorial for Soul on Fire is available by clicking on the link at

Darlene Zschech recently shared her testimony of walking through the valley. At a worship leaders conference she shared about developing and walking through breast cancer over the past year and a half. Watch the video and hear Darlene's testimony.

Building 429 played at a Women of Faith event over the weekend and took time to perform an special version of Amazing Grace during a set change. While the stage crew was moving things around behind them, Building 429 enlisted Sandi Patty to help them with an accapella version of the well known hymn. Check out a clip of their performance by clicking on the link at

The Newsboys recently played at the Kingdom Bound festival but it wasn't just another performance. While there a crew from the Edge Factor Show shot footage for a Newsboys featured documentary. As a part of the fun the members of the band have also partnered with the company that provides Duncan Phillips drums to giveaway a snare drum signed by newsboys. Enter to win by clicking on the link at

When the Church responds to crises in love, even to those who despise, oppress or oppose, God opens doors. According to Mission Network News, one pastor in Nepal found that out after the countries recent earthquake. He said: “For fifteen years, since we started the church on this property, we have had opposition from the community.“ Yet, the earthquake and this church’s response, one of love and care for the community, has started a change. Immediately after the quake, no one wanted to be inside their block home with all of the after shocks, so the church offered what it had to the community: a safe open space. “We had over 70 families living in the church yard. We shared our food, and as we got access to relief supplies, gave them to the people living with us.” Now, the pastor says “We are starting to be accepted by our neighbors.“

Looking for a way to reach your community with the gospel? Harvest America is a FREE live simulcast produced by Pastor Greg Laurie from the program A New Beginning that you can host yourself. Harvest America is a live nationwide event, streamed from a single location to thousands of participating locations across the country—including churches, theaters, businesses, and even living rooms. The next event will be March 6, 2016.

Searching for a creative outlet? Some people are turning to sunburn art, the hottest bad idea for your health. Tagged Sun burn art has been popping up on social media this summer, showing people intricately burned by the sun with the help of a strategically placed pattern. While the practice is still limited, it’s warranted enough media attention that officials from the Skin Cancer Foundation recently released a statement on sunburn art. They stated: The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly advises the public to avoid sunburns at all costs. A sunburn is not only painful – it’s dangerous, and comes with consequences. Sunburns cause DNA damage to the skin, accelerate skin aging, and increase your lifetime skin cancer risk.

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

6 Ways to Engage Culture from Focus on the Family's Boundless Team
1. Engage culture prayerfully.
2. Engage culture carefully.
3. Engage culture biblically-theologically.
4. Engage culture redemptively.
5. Engage culture humbly.
6. Engage culture selectively.

5 Ways to Turn Sibling Rivalry into Sibling Revelry from iMom:
Strategy 1: Play Together.
Strategy 2: Connect Individually.
Strategy 3: Set Clear Standards and Expectations.
Strategy 4: Model Healthy Conflict Resolution Skills.
Strategy 5: Teach Healthy Conflict Resolution Skills.

Just how much has music changed over the years? The Rob Mills family decided to find out. They re-wrote the Hymn Leaning on the Everlasting Arms based on what it might have sounded like if it was written in a different time. Check out the old words with a variety of new tunes, ranging from big band to the Beach Boys to Garth Brooks. Click on the link at

Amazon's efforts to put food on your table with AmazonFresh are apparently moving into yet another direction: drive-through shopping. The ecommerce giant is reportedly setting up a test location that will allow customers to pick up groceries in much the same way as you might buy a burger at a McDonald's drive-through location. In Amazon's latest consumer experiment, customers would be able to order groceries online and then schedule a time to drive to the location and pick up the groceries

The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., is a celebration of all things architectural by hosting an exhibit, called The Beach, through the beginning of September. This interpretation of a beach comes fully stocked with a pier, some concession stands, beach chairs, and the ocean made up of nearly a million white balls. Visitors can jump from the pier area into the balls, where they can swim, splash, and paddle through them as they would in water.

A Detroit-area entrepreneur believes he has scored a touchdown with his new business idea. Or thrown a strike. Actually, it’s both. Chris Hutt owns the Fowling Warehouse, a 34,000-square-foot repurposed industrial site in Hamtramck that’s devoted to a football and bowling hybrid sport he calls fowling. The facility features 20 lanes. Teams try to be the first to knock down all 10 of their opponents’ bowling pins by tossing a single football from a distance of up to 48 feet.

Matt Redman is a well known worship leader and it runs in the family. This week he shared a picture online as he and his wife Beth led worship together during their wedding.

The Edge factor will be released a documentary film titled Sticks and Tones in 2016. The documentary film features the stories of DW Drums maker John Good and Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars. To promote the documentary, you have a chance to win a snare drum signed by the Newsboys. Enter the drawing by clicking on the link at

The Kingdom Bound festival will continue through Saturday and you can watch the concerts live online. Artists like Kutless, Casting Crowns, Rend Collective, and Lecrae will be performing and their concerts will be broadcast on the internet. Check it out by clicking on the link at

MercyMe this week announced the tour dates for their fall Greater Than tour. It will take place in October and November. You can check out the dates for their new tour by clicking on the link at

NewSong's "Beating Hearts Tour" will be taking place this fall. The shows will kick off on October 8 and will showcase selections from their worship release called Faithful. The show will also feature music by Mandisa and Danny Gokey.

Sony's next robotic adventure will take to the skies. In a departure from its consumer electronics focus, the company has formed a partnership with a fellow Japanese firm to begin launching Sony-branded autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. The drones will extend Sony's reach into the rapidly expanding field of drone-assisted data collection.

NASA this week announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, the most Earth-like planet ever found. According to NBC News, the planet is located 1,400 light-years from our planet. NASA called it "Earth 2.0," because it's the first small, rocky planet discovered in the habitable zone of a G star similar to our sun. The $600 million Kepler Space Telescope, which launched in 2009, has also discovered 11 other less notable new planets. The Kepler mission searches for Earth-like planets.

For years, Christians have been finding creative ways of bringing God’s Word into hostile nations. Now, According to Mission Network News, one organization is putting the power in the hands of indigenous Christians. Wycliffe Associates recently launched a program that enables native Christians to print the Bible on demand. A POD system of a computer and printer is installed in an unreached village, and a local Christian is trained to operate it. When a language group is ready to receive God’s Word, Scripture copies can be printed from a flash drive and secretly distributed.

5 Play Date Ideas for Younger Kids from iMom:
1. Picnic in the Park.
2. Let your and their friend cool off in the backyard pool, or even just playing in the sprinklers!
3. Dive into the dress-up trunk and enjoy a good tea party.
4. Arm them with a pail or bag and take them into the great outdoors to find some specific things from nature.
5. Round up some crayons, paper, and a few fresh cans of play dough and let them use their imaginations to make something great.

8 Great Ways to Bond with Your Child from iMom:
1. Find the fishing hole.
2. Read a good book together.
3. Teach her something fun.
4. Take a long walk together.
5. Have a standing monthly date with mom or dad.
6. Slumber party.
7. Out yourself as a former goofy kid.
8. Road trip.

A new study suggests that people should get married between the ages of 28 and 32 if they don’t want to get divorced, at least in the first five years. A sociologist at the University of Utah analyzed data from 2006-2010 and the 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth. He found that the odds of divorce decline as you age from your teenage years through your late twenties and early thirties. However, the chances of divorce go up again as you move into your late thirties and early forties. According to the study, after about 32, the chance of divorce goes up about 5% each year.

Self-proclaimed “fat guy” Eric Hites was 560 lbs and unhappy with his weight. His marriage was falling apart. And he wanted to get a new job. So he decided to do something unexpected: go on an epic bike ride across America. The goals? Lose weight, write a second book, and rescue his flailing relationship with his wife. According to the Time article, Hites is currently two months into his trip and has already lost 60 pounds.

A Northern California woman is offering a sweet deal on her 1906 Craftsman home in Jackson. She’s trading it for a great dessert. According to Yahoo news, Erin Allard is hosting a dessert contest with the 2,267-square-foot century-old home as the grand prize. The four bedroom, two bathroom home has been restored and is valued at $390,000. The contest will be judged by a panel of food experts. Those looking to apply have until Sept. 7 to submit a recipe along with the $100 entry fee.

SanctusReal's Matt Hammit is out with another Lead Me Lifecast. Episode 4 is titled Life In Your Garden. Matt says it's a look at what needs to go and what needs to grow. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The Christian Beat web site recently sat down to talk with Sidewalk Prophets guitarist "Big Dan" Macal. Dan talks about joining the Sidewalk Prophets in early 2014, the transition process, and the recording of the bands new album Something Different. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

In celebration of the video release of his song Through All of It, Colton Dixon is giving some stuff away. Share the video with your friends and enter your information below and you will have the chance to win an exclusive signed lyrics canvas, a tour t-shirt, a signed copy of the CD Anchor and a leather journal. Sign up by clicking on the link at

Danny Gokey this week shared a video from America's got talent. The video features a young, nearly blind man named Benjamin Yonattan, as he danced to Danny's song "Tell Your Heart To Beat Again". Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Chris August was talking this week about going through depression. He was sharing about his song Muddy Waters from the album The Maker but, while the song is about depression, Chris say he worked hard to make sure that it wasn't a depressing song. In fact, he said it's one of his favorite songs to play live. Find out more about the song Muddy Waters by clicking on the link at

Rend Collective has released the lyrics and chord chart for their song You Will Never Run. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Bob Smiley is out with another online comedy clip. He focuses this time on turning off his phone while flying. Watch the clip by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust will be celebrating Christmas in July at the end of the month. Shust released a Christmas CD last fall and says he will conduct an online session, featuring his Christmas project, on July the 28th. The 30 minute show is a ticketed event but those tuning in online will be able to pay whatever they want to for the online concert. Aaron says all proceeds will go to help Operation Christmas Child.

The bands participating in the Tour De Compadres have found a new way to feature images from their shows. This week they released a crowd album featuring images from the shows that are part of the tour. Bands taking part include NeedToBreathe, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and Colony House. Their latest stop was at Red Rocks in Colorado, playing in front of a sold out crowd of more than 10,000. Check out pictures by clicking on the link at

David Crowder and Robbie Seay were on the campus of Baylor University this week. They were hosting a "The Worship Lab", helping to train a future generation of worship leaders.

Josh Wilson was playing at a fair in Washington, Iowa and shared a picture of he and his drummer behind a picture board of a chick and an egg. Josh posted the question: Which came first, the singer or the drummer?

The Hillsong conference is underway right now in London and you can get in on the action online. Check out their back stage broadcast during the day or catch a replay of the action each weekend. Click on the link at

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has had her execution temporarily suspended by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and could now be fully acquitted of her blasphemy charges. According to, an Officer for the British Pakistani Christian Association said in an update from the courtroom in Islamabad: "The Supreme Court of Pakistan has stayed execution of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges. The full bench of Supreme Court ordered in today's hearing issued orders to stop implementation of death sentence till next order. He added: Sister Asia will have to spend more time in jail, but her freedom is now a real possibility and only a matter of time." Found guilty of blasphemy in November 2010, Bibi has been imprisoned for five years and is currently on death row.

Insight for Living recently celebrated it's 35th anniversary. But the ministry led by Chuck Swindall is showing no signs of slowing down. The ministry has announced a new chapter in the ministry's history. The capstone is a new international headquarters building as the expand the ministry worldwide. It's part of their Vision 195 plan, with the goal of reaching and teaching in all 195 countries of the world through broadcasting, resources, Bible training, and the Internet. Currently Insight for Living is increasing their capacity to train and launch more translators, more pastoral mentors, and more international interns to meet the critical demand in areas of the globe still lacking the wealth of trusted biblical resources and the message of God's grace.

15 signs you really need to put that phone down right now
1. You're feeling down in the dumps.
2. You have screen-related aches and pains
3. You've actually taken this smartphone addiction test.
4. You've never experienced a screen-free vacation.
5. You feel lonely -- even around your friends.
6. You can't remember the last time you didn't Instagram a meal.
7. You look at your phone more often than you look at your child.
8. You know what "nomophobia" means.
9. You don't remember how to truly relax.
10. You've forgotten what delayed gratification feels like.
11. You wake up to chiming notifications and a beaming blue light on your pillow daily.
12. You've had a near-death experience relating to texting and walking.
13. You don't remember what it's like to talk to a stranger.
14. You hear you phone even when it's not ringing.
15. You can't imagine life without your phone.

9 Questions for Married Couples to Ask Themselves from Family Minute:
Did we say, “I love you” and hug each other?
Did we compliment more than we criticized one another?
Did we listen to each other more or lecture more?
Did we go on a date and just have fun?
Did we talk well about one another to other people?
Did we focus more on understanding each other than trying to be understood?
Did we ask, “How can I serve you today?”
Did we warmly greet one another when we walked in the door?
Did we model what a marriage should look like to our children?

6 Ways to Help Your Child Stay Well in Day Care from iMom:
Good healthcare protocol.
Teach little ones good habits.
Label you child's items
Be a team player.

A new book from Dr. Seuss is now available. According to ABC News, the book What Pet Should I Get? was released this week. What makes the release especially interesting is that Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name Dr. Seuss, has been dead since 1991. The original manuscript was a series of black-and-white illustrations with separate pieces of text taped by the drawings. It was discovered in 2013 by Geisel's widow in a box of drafts and sketches.

A Boston bus driver’s 90-second pit stop put a smile on a lot of people’s faces.
John Lohan — a bus driver for nearly 20 years — stopped at a neighborhood lemonade stand in West Roxbury, a neighborhood in southwest Boston, and treated his seven passengers to a cold cup of lemonade. The small gesture left the passengers grinning from ear to ear and also made the day of the four young girls running the stand. Lohan paid them $10 for $3.50 worth of lemonade.

Diet Coke drinkers may be going the way of the dinosaur and BlackBerry users. According to Coca-Cola’s latest earnings report, the Atlanta, Georgia-based company said the Diet Coke brand declined 7% over the last three months. That continues a trend of negative Diet Coke growth the company has been seeing for the past decade. But soda drinkers aren’t giving up on the companies diet cola's entirely. Coke’s low-calorie alternative band, Coca-Cola Zero, is up 6%, almost entirely making up for Diet Coke’s plunge.

Worship leader Christy Nockels is out with another song on the Worship Together web site. The latest feature is her song My Anchor. At the site Christy is giving away lyric and chord charts and also has recorded a video talking about the new song. Access all three by clicking on the link at

Russell Wilson’s pastor is standing up for him after the media criticized Wilson for claiming that God told him to remain celibate in his relationship with singer Ciara. Charisma News reports Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church responded to the critics in a blog post. The pastor wrote, "There are some in the media (who) claim waiting until marriage to have sex is 'stupid,’” McPherson said. “I bet you that this would not be a 'stupid' idea if he were dating their daughter.”

Roma Downey will host a new series on TLC starting this weekend. According to the cable channel's web site, the 6-part series will feature stories of real people who have gone through incredible and sometimes tragic experiences. The series premier will air at 9pm CT on July 26.

An ancient, charred Torah scroll from 1,500 years ago has been translated as a text from the book of Leviticus. According to, The Hebrew scroll was discovered 45 years ago by archaeologists in a burned down synagogue but researchers have only just been able to decipher it. It is the oldest known scroll after the 2,000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls. Scientists at the Dead Sea lab at Israel's Antiquity's Authority and Kentucky university used micro_CT scanners and 3D reconstruction to establish that the scroll consisted of verses from the second book of Leviticus.

Farmers have been protesting in France for several days, blocking roads to towns and tourist sites. They are dumping waste and manure in front of supermarkets, which they say are keeping meet and milk prices artificially low.
Dozens of tractors operated by dairy, beef and pork farmers, who accuse big supermarkets of keeping the prices low, have blocked roads to towns in Normandy. The farmers also dumped manure outside supermarkets in the town Brest in Brittany.

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7 Things Your Wife Should Expect you to be from Family Minute:
1. Trustworthy:
2. Faithful:
3. Provider:
4. Protector:
5. Leader:
6. Servant:
7. Sexually Intimate:

5 Tips for Women in Ministry from Revive Our Hearts:
#1: Share the stories of the older women in your church.
#2: Repeat what works.
#3: Align with what the big picture of your church.
#4: Be a self feeder and a self teacher.
#5: Know your resources.

9 sleep mistakes you're probably making after 9 PM
1. You're eating the occasional huge dinner.
2. You're checking your work email.
3. You're ordering a few more cocktails.
4. You're bickering with a loved one.
5. You're starting a new Netflix binge.
6. You're indulging in that after-dinner cappuccino.
7. You're checking out the best Instagram posts of the day.
8. You're jumping into the next amazing novel on your bookshelf.
9. You're taking your multivitamin.

While American drivers routinely exceed the speed limit, getting caught is more expensive in some states than in others. To find out which states take the hardest line on dangerous driving behavior, the website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015's Strictest States on Speeding and Reckless Driving. The site looked at 12 key metrics ranging from what speeds are automatically considered reckless driving to how many speeding tickets it takes to earn an automatic license suspension. Based on their findings, the state taking the hardest line on speeding was Colorado. It was followed by Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, and New Mexico.

Fostering 29 children is no simple feat, but for a lawyer in Kansas, providing a home for more than two dozen kids over the years was the relatively easy part. According to NBC News, Kansas City attorney Gene Balloun has also helped more than 1,000 kids find permanent homes by using his legal knowledge to help foster parents adopt — for free. Gene has already represented foster parents in 1,035 adoption cases. His next goal, at the age of 86, is to reach 2,000 families helped.

Thousands of teenagers from around the U.S. converged in Detroit, Michigan, last week to clean up the city’s neighborhoods. A whopping 30,000 young folks spent the week cutting brush, hauling away trash, and painting walls. The project was part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Gathering, which pulls in the massive crowd of kids in different cities every three years for service projects to help the needy.

The Queen of England isn't above off roading to insure she gets to church on time. It seems that a couple was walking in the middle of the street with their two young children in Windsor Great Park when the Queen, driving her Jag, approached the couple from behind. Rather than waiting for the couple to move out of the way, the Queen steered onto the grass, passing the couple, and then returning to the street.

Lincoln Brewster has an idea and he wants your opinion The longtime worship leader shared online: For the longest time, I’ve wanted to gather a small group of worship leaders and “talk shop." This wouldn’t be another conference, this would be a time for me and a few of my worship leader friends to pour into 30-40 worship leaders. We’d be sharing real strategies, insights and conversations about ministry, family, songwriting and worship. Up close and personal. Lincoln says: This year could be the year but I need your help. We need an idea of how many people would be interested in this. If you or someone you know is interested, click the link and let us know. You can respond to Lincoln at

The Sidewalk Prophets announced this week that they will hold their album release concert for their upcoming new CD Something Different at Anderson University on Friday, August 28. The Sidewalk Prophets started at Anderson University after David Frey and Ben McDonald met their freshmen year in Smith Hall. The concert will kick-off Welcome Weekend for students prior to classes starting on Monday, August 31.

Jamie Grace is out with the official trailer for the Jamie Grace Show. It's been exactly 9 years since Jamie posted her first youtube video. Now it's 2015 and Jamie says it's time to get back to what she used to do. So every week she says she will be posting a new episode of "The Jamie Grace Show" on her Youtube page! Check out more and subscribe by clicking on the link at

The band Switchfoot held their Bro-Am surf competition and concert over the weekend and they say their green team volunteers did a fantastic job of leaving the west coast area better than they found it. Members of the band say the 89 Green Team volunteers processed an unprecedented 2,923 lbs. of waste, recycled 1,628 lbs. of waste and recycled 785 lbs. of food waste to be composted. The Green Team also diverted from the landfill an unprecedented 83% of all the waste from our event.

Darlene Zschech is out with a blog talking about her recent chance to lead worship for the Pope in Rome. Darlene wrote over the weekend that the invite to Rome was about many different denominations coming together to pray for the world we live in. To worship together, to announce the Hope of Jesus to all who will hear. The Australian worship leader emphasized: I was not there to become a Catholic, I was not there to sightsee. But I WAS there to lift up the name of Jesus.. without any hesitation or compromise.

Renowned physicist and atheist Stephen Hawking and Russian-born billionaire Yuri Milner this week announced an ambitious bid to combine vast computing capacity with the world's most powerful telescopes to intensify the so far fruitless search for extraterrestrial life. Milner says "The scope of our search will be unprecedented: a million nearby stars, the galactic center, the entire plane of the Milky Way and 100 nearby galaxies."

In its first-ever Kickstarter campaign, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is asking the public for $500,000 to conserve and display the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore when he became the first man to walk on the moon. According to ABC News, the 21-layer spacesuit is one of the museum’s most fragile artifacts. Over time, the material has degraded. The Smithsonian says it will use the $500,000 to “reboot the suit” by conducting chemical analysis and CT scanning, researching conservation techniques, creating a 3-D scan, and preserving the garment “down to the particles of lunar dust that cling to its surface.”

The Church in Scotland is struggling and has experienced years of decline. Accord to Christian, A 2013 poll for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland found that only 55 per cent of Scots identified with the Christian faith. In response, the Roman Catholic Church is trying something new. It is importing priests from India with the specific purpose of evangelization. Officials at the Diocese of Galloway say the Indian Priests are not coming to plug gaps or to maintain the current system. Rather, they are coming because they see Scotland as mission territory.

4 Questions To Ask Your Wallet from Revive Our Hearts:
1. Is my spending marked by Christian generosity?
2. What does my spending say about what makes me most happy?
3. Does my spending suggest I’m collecting for this life?
4. Is my spending explicitly supporting the spread of the gospel?

1. Relationship Secret #1: Christ
2. Relationship Secret #2: Communication
3. Relationship Secret #3: Community

7 Principles for Raising Girls from iMom:
1. Teaching her that her worth is based on more than her appearance.
2. Protecting her purity.
3. Teaching her to handle “mean girls.”
4. Teaching her not to BE a “mean girl.”
5. Helping her to balance femininity and strength.
6. Protecting her safety.
7. Modeling for her what a good wife and mom looks like.

A new government calculator uses the latest research to spit out an exact calorie count and exercise regimen you’ll need to hit your weight loss goals. According to Time, The calculator, called the Body Weight Planner, is now available online for public use. The calculator asks your weight, sex, age and height. But it also incorporates more recent research about exercise to further personalize your plan, asking you to estimate your physical activity level, to name your goal weight and to pick a date by which you want to reach it.

A church in Georgia recently collected over five tons of Oreos, which were shipped overseas to members of the United States Armed Forces. According to the Christian Post, the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church collected 5.6 tons of the cookies in an annual charitable endeavor called "Operation Oreo." Operation Oreo began in 2009 after senior pastor Don Martin was told by a young soldier who served in Iraq that the thing he missed most was double stuffed oreos. The number of cookies collected has grown ever since.

What started as a police sting resulted in some good news instead. As part of an undercover operation, Vancouver police sergeant Mark Horsley grew some facial hair and borrowed an expensive wheelchair, making him an “easy mark” for criminals. Over the course of five days he sat in the chair with an open fanny pack. But instead of strangers snatching his money, 300 people made contact to ask if he had someone to care for him, find out if he needed food, or to offer money.

Plastic litter along roadsides may soon be used to make new roads. A company in the Netherlands has come up with a plan to replace asphalt and concrete with recycled plastic. The “PlasticRoad” material promises two benefits for the environment — not only would it reduce plastic waste headed for landfills, it would also cut carbon emissions from the alternative oil-based asphalt. The company says PlasticRoad should last three times as long as conventional road materials. It would also be easier to repair by simply pulling out a damaged section and replacing it with a new one — just like with building blocks.

The members of Casting Crowns are encouraging you to join them for a special road race on August 1. The Super Hero Sprint 5k and 10k will be held in McDonough, GA to benefit the Children's Organ Transplant Association in honor of Silas Huffman. You can either run in person or, if you can't make it to Georgia, you can participate as a virtual runner. Silas is the son of Casting Crowns bass player Chris Huffman. He had a heart transplant soon after his birth.

The members of Sonicflood say urgent prayer is needed. The band asked on facebook over the weekend: Please help us fast and pray for lead singer Rick Heil. He is in the hospital with a serious blood infection. The members of the band are hoping to sign their fans up to pray every day for the next 40 days. They have set up a calendar to fast and pray for healing. You can sign up to join them in prayer for Rick by clicking on the link at

Third Day drummer David Carr is a photographer on the side. Now you can purchase one of his prints. Check them out by clicking on the link at

The latest album from Dan Bremnes is titled Where The Light Is. Recently Dan sat down with the web site Reel Gospel to talk about the release of his second album. He also shared about his upcoming tour and a spider encounter down under in Australia. Check out the interview by clicking on the link at

Another cover song from Chris August. This weekend he release the audio of his cover of the Stevie Wonder song Superstition. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman celebrated the release of the Shadows EP by sharing the official music video for his song “Caroline”. You can check it out by clicking on the link at

Jeremy Camp is out with a new lyric video. The focus his is new song Same Power. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The members of Group 1 Crew say they received an amazing compliment recently from a security guard at a venue they played at. The guard said he worked a lot of rap concerts and appreciated that he didn't have to hear women called derogatory names all night long. Front man Manny Reyes added: Thank you Jesus for taking us to the places where it isn't "appropriate" for us to do shows. Right in the place where love is needed most.

A 95-year-old Jewish man who was escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria through the help of Christians, is returning the favor by funding the rescue Christians from Iraq and Syria. According to Christian, George Weidenfeld, a publishing mogul, has set up the Weidenfeld Safe Havens fund to support the rescue of up to 2,000 Christians from regions of ISIS control. With the funding, Iraqi and Syrian Christians are being flown via private jet to Poland. Once safely in the country, Weidenfeld is funding their new lives for 12 to 18 months.

Though the cable channel TLC has canceled 19 Kids and Counting, they are not totally through with the Duggar family. According to Charisma News, In light of Josh Duggar's abuse allegations, the network has been working on a documentary about child abuse that will feature Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald. A Network statement said: TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help.

On July 17th 13 well known names in sports and entertainment battled for the title of Korbel Hole-in-One Champion. Duck Dynasty Star Willie Robertson came away with the win, landing his drive 12 feet 1 inch away from the pin. In honor of Robertson's win, The Korbel Toast Life® Foundation donated $5,000 to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. The Hole-in-One Competition took place on Hole 17 and is a featured event at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

North Korea has sat atop the Open Doors World Watch List as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians for 13 years. But although the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is one of the most repressive regimes in the world, Compassion International is still preparing for the eventuality of work there. Last month, 1100 church leaders from across South Korea came together for the North Korea Ministry Summit. One of the purposes of the Summit was to raise awareness of the situation and the needs of children in North Korea. Number two was to begin to prepare and equip the churches of Korea to be ready and to give them practical tools that they can use when the day arises that North Korea opens it's doors.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for Life from All Pro Dad:
1. Prepare them to have great relationships.
2. Prepare them to excel in their education.
3. Prepare them to have a strong spiritual foundation.
4. Prepare them to have healthy lives.
5. Prepare them to excel in their professional lives.

The Best Marriage Advice I Ever Received from iMom:
1. “Never, EVER throw around the word divorce.”
2. “Forget that 50-50 stuff. Try to out-serve your spouse.”
3. “Leave the past in the past.”
4. “Speak well of your spouse to others.”
5. “Be loyal, and know whose team you’re on.”
6. “Keep dating…forever.”
7. “Adjust and adjust and adjust.”

10 Ways to Reach Out to People with Disability in Your Community from Joni and Friends:
1. If you are able-bodied, don’t park in handicap accessible parking spaces – not even for a moment.
2. Make an effort to include people with disabilities in church and community gatherings. Isolation is a health hazard.
3. If you think assistance might be needed, don’t hesitate to ask a person with disability how you might help. That person can tell you the easiest and safest way.
4. Ask your local library to increase their selection of large print books.
5. Spearhead a committee to raise funds for an elevator, ramp, or curb cut where it may be needed.
6. Hold the door open for a person using a wheelchair or crutches.
7. It may be difficult for parents of children with disabilities to find experienced babysitters, but they, too, need an evening out now and then. Offer to help!
8. Suggest that your church or organization take on a service project. You can rake lawns, do repair jobs, or wash windows for homeowners with disabilities in your area.
9. Make sure walkways and aisles are wide enough that a wheelchair can navigate freely.
10. Most importantly, just be friendly!

Did you know that many of the nation’s largest airports offer a chapel? According to Pew Research, more than half of the nation’s busiest airports have dedicated chapels, and many of these facilities offer a variety of worship services for different faith traditions. Their recent report found that 8 of the 10 airports in the USA with the largest passenger boardings offer a chapel. Half of them also offer worship services for travelers.

The world's most perfect food may have just arrived. According to Time, Researchers from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center say they’ve created and patented a new type of seaweed that has the potential to be sold commercially as the next big superfood. The reason? It tastes just like bacon. The invention is actually a new strain of red marine algae that is packed full of minerals and protein with twice the nutritional value of kale.

For the first time since Google began testing prototypes of self-driving cars, someone actually got hurt in a crash. But before you lobby for the end of the tests, it's important to note that it wasn’t the machine’s fault. According to Relevant magazine, A Google-rigged Lexus SUV got rear-ended in Mountain View, California, where the company has some 20 vehicles driving themselves around. It was the programs first accident with injuries. Both the scientists in the Google vehicle and the driver of the normal car complained of neck and back pain. Self driving vehicles have actually been involved in 14 accidents but all of the accidents have been cause by humans in other cars striking the self driving vehicles

When it comes to food, the world has two major, conflicting problems: Hunger and waste. But a new powder could help address both of those issues, simultaneously. According to the Huffington Post, Earlier this month, a group of students at Lund University in Sweden completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to support the scaling up of their business model, which consists of receiving cheap, nearly expired fruits and vegetables from grocery stores, processing them into a food powder, called FoPo, and selling that powder back to the markets. The powder is innovative in that it extends the shelf life of garbage-bound produce from two weeks to two years while still maintaining much of its taste and nutritional quality.

Shawn Craig of Phillips, Craig and Dean says guardrails are no guarantee against a wreck, but they remind us where the danger is. He points out that there are guardrails in our life as well that can keep us away from blind spots. Read more about recognizing the guardrails in your own life by clicking on the link at

The NeedToBreathe album art for their CD Rivers in the Wasteland was the inspiration for a new ukulele design. The creator, Holly Frances Art, shared a picture of her creation with the band this week.

Danny Gokey says his wife is always surprising him with the things she makes. He shared a picture of a fresh fruit platter Leyicet had just created. It looked like a baby in a bassonette.

Laura Story is giving you a sneak peek of her new book "When God Doesn't Fix It". The book takes an honest look at Laura's life after her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Right now you can download a free chapter here! Click on the link at

Casting Crowns Mark Hall was sharing what he called "a little Daddy Whine Time this week". He shared on Instagram that he was helping his daughter Reagan paint her closet. But Mark clearly didn't see the need, pointing out that no one ever would even see the closet. However, Regan put him in his place. She reminded him that, by videoing the project, everyone was actually "seeing it".

Jeremy Camp is out with another video blog. The topic this time is Jeremy's collaborate with Skillet on their song Monster. The video even includes Jeremy and John Cooper doing one handed pushups on stage together. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Christy Nockels is out with another lyric video and chord chart. This time the video features her song Let It Be Jesus. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Hillsong United this week released an acoustic version of Empires they recorded at a cafe in Nashville. Check out the video of the performance by clicking on the link at

Prior to the Haiti earthquake in 2010, UNICEF estimated the country had about 380,000 orphans. After the disaster, they estimated that number had doubled. That’s why cycling pianist Alan Curtis Tripp is riding 3,500 miles from one end of America to the other: to raise funds and awareness for the Haiti House project with Kids Alive International. According to Mission Network News, He starting Washington State and is planning to end in North Carolina in a couple of weeks. He hopes to raise $60,000, enough to build one Haiti House.

10 Ways to Not Waste Your Life from Family Minute:
1. Believe
2. Know where you’re headed
3. Identify a better reference point for success
4. Value relationships above all else
5. Remember where your joy and value comes from
6. Live in the moment
7. Defer short-term thrills in favor of long-term rewards
8. Always continue learning
9. Don’t sweat the small stuff
10. Never do anything you wouldn’t be comfortable doing in the presence of your Maker

5 Attitudes Designed to Help Your Family Live in Peace from All Pro Dad:
1. Joy.
2. Patience.
3. Kindness.
4. Generosity.
5. Faithfulness.

Lego is on a 15-year quest to tinker with their success. According to Time, Lego has assembled a team to find a bio-based alternative to the petroleum-based plastic it has used for decades. That’s because the blocks are a big contributor to the company’s carbon footprint. Lego last month committed roughly $150 million to the effort that it said could take until 2030 to complete.

An increasing number of Americans are “going local.” From food to clothing, locally owned and locally grown have become premium labels. In a recent survey, Barna studied adults’ relationships to their cities and towns: where they live, why it’s important to them and how they ended up there. Unsurprisingly, life stage plays a key role in where Americans call home. The younger people are, the less likely they are to live in an area described as “rural.” Fewer than one in five Millennials, and just slightly more Gen-Xers live in rural areas, compared with nearly three in 10 Boomers and Elders. The study also found that, if you do happen to live in a rural area, it’s more likely that you’re religious. Evangelicals and practicing Christians make up almost two-thirds of those living in rural areas

Earlier this month Plumb announced that she was going to attempt to live a more healthy life and she invited those who follow her on social media to join her in the 8 week journey to a healthier self. This week she made good on that promise, honestly shared her struggles with weight and even sharing all of her stats. Plumb shared on Instagram: It's the most I've ever weighed other than pregnancy. I want to live a long, healthy life as an act of worship to my creator and example to others. And to help my type 2 diabetic husband reverse his disease. Will you join me? We cannot do anything worthwhile on our own. So we need each other. I need you. And if you need me, I'm here. So let's start with open and honest...even if it stings a little.

Casting Crowns Juan DeVevo recent went to his first political rally ever. After the meeting he gave his official endorsement, sharing: I can say the candidate is worthy of your vote. However, it might be a little difficult for most of us to follow Juan's example. He was at a rally for a City Council candidate in McDonough, Georgia.

Planning a trip to London. UK worship leader Matt Redman wants to make your trip a little more enjoyable. He is out with a guide to England. The guide includes input on what cities to visit, must see tourist destinations, where to shop, where to eat, and more. Read Matt Redman's guide to England, even if you just want to visit in your imagination, by clicking on the link at

The group 4Him is celebrating 25 years of music and 25 No. 1 hits. The band is Reuniting later this year for the 25 Years 4Him Tour, featuring many of the song that have inspired multiple generations and countless believers. 4Him member Mark Harris shared: "The four of us are so excited about getting back together this fall for the 25 Years 4Him Tour. It's hard to believe that it has been that long since we first headed out on the road."

Skillet is back in Billboard's Fan Army face off. After a fantastic response from their fans, called Panheads, last year, members of the band are asking their followers to step up again this year. Skillet has already make it through round one. They defeated Hillsong United in the balloting that wrapped up on July 15.

Lauren Daigle is featured on the latest album from Aaron Shust. A recent news release focused on Shust's upcoming CD Doxology revealed that Lauren is part of the song “Nothing More”. The project comes out on August 28.

The music web site Louder Than Before is giving away a free download of a new song from International Worship Leader Tim Hughes. Download your copy of the song Plans from the CD Pocketful of Faith through July 17. Access the download by clicking on the link at

TobyMac spent the last several weeks asking for fan videos as they sang along with his new song Backseat Driver. Now the video it out. Check out the official Backseat Driver Fan Video and you might even see yourself. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The Newsboys were recently part of Life Fest 2015 and, during the festival, they recorded an on stage interview. Check out the 30 minute video interview by clicking on the link at and learn more about the long time Christian band.

Chris August is continuing to share stories behind the songs on his new CD The Maker. The latest story is of the song Superhero. But the song almost didn't happen. Chris said the song wasn't completed until they were in the studio. But as soon as he heard it he knew it needed to be on the new album. Check out the entire video by clicking on the link at

Matt Maher this week gave a little glimpse into what a day off on the road looks like. The members of his band were bowling and showed off some fun videos, including one very impressive strike.

Coal is no longer the top U.S. electricity source. According to NBC, For the first time ever, natural gas trumped coal as the top source of electric power generation in the U.S. In April, roughly 31 percent of electric power generation came from natural gas, whereas coal accounted for 30 percent. It's a dramatic difference from April 2010, when coal accounted for 44 percent of the mix and natural gas just 22 percent.

The Word of God is under attack in Columbia Heights, Montana— literally. according to the Christian Post, A billboard park dedicated to displays centered on the Ten Commandments has been the victim of a recent spree of vandalism. Seventeen of the 21 billboards at the God's Ten Commandments Park were seriously damaged by an unknown party earlier this week.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of the world’s most read modern-English Bible, the New International Version, Biblica and Zondervan have partnered on a year-long commemorative campaign featuring quarterly themes to recognize the powerful impact that the NIV has made on the Christian church. The start of July corresponded with the third theme of the year: Made to Share. Made to Share centers on the belief that everyone deserves the best and most accurate translation of Scripture, and that the Bible should be made as accessible as possible to all who wish to experience it.

Family Life Today will be hosting a I Still Do marriage-changing simulcast for couples on October 17. By exploring God’s design for marriage, couples will have a chance to reaffirm that their marriage matters – to their children and to the rest of society. Members of the organization say there are three ways you can help couples in your community. They include hosting a simulcast, taking a group to the live event, or purchasing tickets for the simulcast.

A prolife group this week released an undercover video of an official at Planned Parenthood discussing in graphic detail how to abort a fetus to preserve its organs for medical research — as well as the costs associated with sharing that tissue with scientists. According to a Washington Post article, two prolife activists posing as employees from a biotech firm met with Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research. The activists recorded Nucatola talking about Planned Parenthood’s work donating fetal tissue to researchers and pressed her on whether the clinics were charging for the organs.

The 6 biggest lies everyone tells on Facebook:
1) Inaccurate personal information
2) Your age
3) Pretending you’ve read something you haven’t
4) Photoshoped pictures
5) Celebrity death hoaxes
6) Trying to convince people how utterly awesome your life is - See more at:

3 Guidelines for How to Have a Great Marriage from iMom:
1. Do positive things for your partner and the relationship.
2. Let negative or annoying comments bounce off you.
3. Be the best person you can be in your relationship.

5 Habits That Sabotage Joy

Four Things You Can Do NOW About the Latest Planned Parenthood Scandal from Focus on the Family:
1. Contact your lawmakers and ask them to conduct an official congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood’s selling of human organs and body parts.
2. Shine a light on what’s really happening at Planned Parenthood.
3. Help pro-life groups and causes.
4. Pray for those who work in the abortion industry.

A Polish cow on the run for 2 years has finally been caught. officials say the cow escaped from her Polish farm two years ago and lived a life on the lam in a nearby forest. She survived two frigid winters on her own, but the time on the run took its toll. She lost a calf and returned home with many scars. Farmers in the area complained of the damage she caused but nobody was able to catch her until last Saturday.

A daredevil is being hailed as the first BMX rider to complete a successful quad backflip. According to Time Magazine, New Zealander Jed Mildon rode the bike and did four backflips off a 21-foot-tall box jump on Sunday in Maryland at the motorsports park Pastranaland. In an interview with Ride BMX Magazine, he said the stunt was the culmination of nine months of “physical” training and four years of “mental” training.

A Stranger has chanced a child’s life simply by posting a photo on the Internet. College student Joyce Torrefranca posted photos of a boy in the Philippines who was doing homework at a makeshift desk on a city sidewalk in the Philippines while his most worked at a near by store. She loaded the photos online and they were shared more than 9,000 times. Now others are donating money and school supplies to Daniel, and a local politician has even given the boy a scholarship to pay for his education through college.

The world's largest atom smasher has made a discovery that was five decades in the making. According to ABC News, Scientists with the European Organization for Nuclear Research this week announced the detection of a new kind of subatomic particle called the pentaquark, which essentially means a new form of matter has been discovered. The pentaquark was first predicted in the 1960s but actual detection of the particle had eluded scientists for decades.

Sixteen-year-old Autumn Veatch is alive today thanks to a "miracle." According to Breaking Christian News, Autumn was riding in a small plane along with her step-grandparents from Montana to Washington. For reasons unknown thus far, the plane crashed in the wilderness. Autumn survived the crash but then had to hike for two days through dense woods to find help. Following a stream, the teen made it to HWY 20 and was picked up by a motorist. She was released from the hospital earlier this week. Her father, David, described her survival as a miracle from God, in answer to hundreds of prayers.

Mercyme recently sat down to talk about their latest album and their life on their road. The members of the band even gave some advice to up and coming artists. And front man Bart Millard shared that he is joining several other member of the band in working out. In fact, he says he just hired a personal trainer to help in his workout efforts.

A new necklace from Natalie Grant promotes freedom. The necklace is printed with the word freedom and money from every purchase also goes to help free modern slaves through the organization Hope for Justice.

A deluxe edition of Third Days worship album Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship is now available. Members of the band say the song Arise can be heard on the deluxe project. You can download the 22 song project at iTunes

Pillar will be releasing their first album in six years on August 18. According to New Release Today, One Love Revolution sees the band reassembling their core lineup of Rob Beckley on vocals, Michael "Kalel" Wittig on bass, guitarist Noah Henson and drummer Lester Estelle. The fan funded album reached its campaign goal quickly in January 2014, but the band members have spent over a year on the project, due both to their meticulous work ethic and the reality that most of them have other full time roles in music or ministry

Jon Foreman's The Wonderlands: Shadows EP is now avail for preorder. When you preorder the latest EP from the Switchfoot frontman you'll also receive two songs, Your Love Is Enough and My Coffin, instantly.

Christy Nockels has recorded another New Song Cafe interview. The feature this time is her song Everything Is Mine In You from her latest worship CD. Check out the interview and free resources for the song by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline is out with another video on youtube. The latest features their song Saved my Soul. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Political restrictions, religious persecution, and a failing government can make life in Iran an unbearable burden. But according to Mission Network News, the Christian satellite television ministry to the Middle East and North Africa, SAT-7, is helping Iranians find hope. SAT-7 has a counseling center in Iran that provides encouragement to the hopeless through biblical-based teaching.

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface, making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. The spacecraft currently is in data-gathering mode. Officials say it will take 16 months for New Horizons to send its cache of data—10 years' worth—back to Earth. New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever launched—hurtling through the Pluto system at more than 30,000 mph

The Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee unanimously approved allowing gay adults to serve as leaders with week. According to Charisma News, the vote was a major step toward dismantling a policy in please since the beginning of the 105-year-old organization. The group's National Executive Board will meet to ratify the resolution on July 27. According to the article, the resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation.

How to Detox Your Marriage from iMom:
1. Detox your marriage by forgiving past offenses.
2. Detox your marriage by being honest with your spouse.
3. Detox your marriage by parenting like a team.

Don't be fooled: report of $31 billion buyout offer for Twitter is a hoax. According to NBC News, Scammers on Tuesday distributed a fake story, disguised as a Bloomberg news report, that said Twitter had received a buyout offer for that amount. The company's shares spiked more than 8 percent in trading on Wall Street after the report came out, then fell back down after the "news" was outed as fake.

That morning cuppa is a must-have for many people. And now it looks like java fans may have a healthy reason to pour another cup. In a new study, researchers from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) looked at coffee consumption and found that moderate coffee consumption may decrease the risk of dying from heart disease. The study found that drinking around 3 cups of coffee per day was linked to a 21 percent decrease in patients' risk of dying of heart disease. Three to 5 cups of coffee a day was also linked to a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes,

Kansas officer Mark Engravalle was called to the store to investigate when Sarah Robinson was caught stealing diapers, baby wipes and shoes for her children, totaling about $300. But after hearing her story, he instead decided to make a difference. According to the BCN article, Robinson and her kids had been living in her car since her husband had accidentally drowned a few years back. She said she felt she had no other way to provide things they needed. That's when officer Engravalle decided to help Sarah out using his own money. He went back into the store and purchased the items, including shoes for each of the children.

Jenny Simmons has a unique daughter. She tweeted: I have the one kid who has never woken up at 5 or 6 or 7 am. Not once. She rolls out at about 9 am each morning. Perhaps the best gift she has ever given us as parents: waking at a Godly hour.

David Crowder continues to share his deal of the day pictures. He has already shared several so called sales flyers that really didn't offer the bargins they indicated. Previously Crowder featured a price mark down of one penny on an item valued at more than $100. But this time the focus was cows. David shared a picture of a for sale sign advertising the availability of USED cows.

The audio from the first song off Big Daddy Weave's new CD is now available online. The song is titled "My Story" It's from the album Beautiful Offerings scheduled for release in September. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The Christian music web site New Release Today is giving you access to the new music from the Shine Bright band. The EP Closer to the Sun is scheduled for release on Friday but all week you can preview the project online. Click on the link at

Three years of waiting is nearly over. The next CD from Sidewalk Prophets will be available on August 28. Leading up to the release, this weekend the members of the band released the album artwork for the CD called Something Different. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Colton Dixon is promoting new music this week but it isn't his own. He tweeted: my sister Schyler Dixon finally has a single coming out. Show her some love! The song is titled I'm Changed and it's available on iTunes.

Josh Wilson is giving you the chance to win some great prizes simply for following your mother's advice. She would always tell you to share and if you simply share Josh's music video That was Then This Is Now you will be entered in a drawing for an electric guitar, autographed CD, t-shirt, and more. Click on the link at to find out more.

Matt Redman is out with another acoustic video from his new worship CD Unbroken Praise. The latest release is an acoustic version of the song No One Like Our God. The video was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios in London. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

Family Force 5 is out with another remix video. The feature this time is their song This Is My Year. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Rend Collective has released a lyric video from their upcoming new CD As Family We Go. The video and chord chart for the Irish Worship Band's song You Will Never Run is now available by clicking on the link at

The latest lyric video from Hillsong United features their song Rule. It's from the CD Empires. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Earlier this month Southwest Airlines featured NeedToBreathe on their live at 35 concert series. The band played their song brother at 35,000 feet. But if you missed the show you can watch the performance online. Click on the link at

The latest lightup video from Ken Davis tells the story of the three little pigs like you have never heard it before. Check out the story from fellow comedian John Branyan by clicking on the link at

Switchfoot held their annual Bro-Am Surf Competition and Concert over the weekend and the Christian community wasn't the only one to take notice. ESPN ran a special article just prior to the event. They talked with front man Jon Foreman about the 11th annual get together in the San Diego area and the charities helped through the effort.

Kutless announced their fall tour this week. Jon Micah Sumrall recorded a video to invite the bands fans to join them on their Every Child is Beautiful tour with Mark Schultz, Rush of Fools, Natasha Owens, and David Dunn.

The Revive Our Hearts website is getting a new look. Right now the ministry is giving you the chance to preview the beta site, and let them know what you think. Check it out by clicking on the link at

One county clerk in Kentucky has already been sued for refusing to issue same-sex wedding licenses based on her faith convictions. According to Charisma News, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is declining to issue licenses for any wedding—homosexual or heterosexual. However, that didn't keep the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has filed suit against her. The ACLU's suit is on behalf of four couples, two homosexual and two heterosexual, all of whom were turned away when they tried to get marriage licenses from Davis' office. Meanwhile, in Tennessee, the entire clerk's office of Decatur County has resigned.

The New England Conference of United Methodist Churches, a group of 600 churches spanning six states, voted in favor of a resolution Saturday which calls for an end to the war on drugs. According to the Christian Post, the resolution says: "In the love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole." The pastor who wrote the resolution put forth the idea because he feels the drug war is creating more problems than it's solving.

A suicide bomber attacked a packed evangelical Christian church service in Nigeria, killing at least six people and wounding many others. According to CBN, the attack happened Sunday at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in northeast Nigeria. It's one of many attacks lately by Boko Haram in Nigeria but the attacks aren't only targeting Christian churches. Overall, the Islamic terrorist group has killed more than 200 people in the last week, including a hundred men and boys praying in mosques.

How to combat selfishness in marriage:
1. Appreciate the Benefits
2. Follow the Example of the apostle Paul when he wrote wrote, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”
3. Cultivate “Spouse Eyes” by asking: what does the world look like through your spouse’s eyes?

12 Things My Parents Did Right from True Woman
1. They didn't parent us according to a man-made methodology or manual.
2, They sought God's heart and wisdom and leading, and parented by faith and obedience to God's Word.
3. They prayed for us, and prayed for us . . . and kept on praying.
4. They explained to us why they had certain rules, expectations, consequences, and rewards for us.
5. This helped me to think for myself and to love their correction and guidance.
6. They laughed a lot.
7. They made us work.
8. They exposed us to the beautiful diversity of the Christian faith.
9. They told us that even if a brother or sister in Christ held to a very different theological persuasion than we did, there was always something we could learn from them.
10. They taught us to live simply.
11. They lived by faith.
12. They lived what they preached.

Members of the Robertson family from the series "Duck Dynasty" appeared on "Celebrity Family Feud" last Sunday in a bid to raise money for charity. Willie Robertson appeared on the game show alongside his wife , Korie, his newlywed son, John Luke, and daughters, Sadie and Rebecca. The Robertsons competed against "Mike & Molly" star Katy Mixon and her father, mother, sister and brother in a bid to win money for the Urban Ministries charity.

New Zealand businessman Barry Cox has turned a connection with nature into a literal sanctuary by building an entire church out of trees. Cox lives on a three-acre property on the country's north island and runs a tree relocating business. He opened the 100-seat Tree Church in January, but photos and videos didn't surface until July. The church and gardens are open Sundays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tree Church is also available for weddings or special events.

Climbers who reach the summit of Mount Fuji will now be able to share their achievement via free Wi-Fi. A Japanese mobile phone network says it will begin offering the service Friday at eight hotspots on Japan's most famous mountain, including the 12,389-foot summit. The initiative is aimed at attracting more overseas visitors to the two states that are home to Mount Fuji.

Researchers from across the globe recently teamed up to accomplish what might seem like an impossible, and scary, task: counting as many of the ocean's sharks as possible. According to NBC News, The giant shark census, dubbed the Global FinPrint, is expected to last three years and involves surveying more than 400 reef locations around the world.

Phillips, Craig and Dean member Shawn Craig is out with a new blog. He says God's ways don't always FEEL right. In fact, sometimes they are downright weird. But Shawn says the question is, "Will you trust Him?" Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at

Worship leader Christy Nockels will be co-hosting a special online event for worship leaders. The Worship Circle Summit is a three hour online gathering of worship leaders. Christy describes it as a chance to meet other leaders, get inspired, feel less crazy about what you do and be assured you are NOT alone. She adds that Chris Time will make a special appearance to share his story and answer your questions. Find our more by clicking on the link at

The band Skillet is just one of 10 bands mentioned in a Billboard article that features rock bands that sell more albums then you might think. The article pointed out that the music-listening public is often very misinformed about the current state of rock music. It identified Skillet as one of the biggest bands in Christian rock, selling 345,000 copies of the 2013 and and 1.3 million copies of the album that came out in 2009.

The Sidewalk Prophets are asking their fans to step up and help out the father of their stage manager. Members of the band say they just got word that Jeff was in a bike accident and broke his hip. To make matters worse, the couple had just moved to Nashville and their insurance expired earlier than expected, leaving them with no coverage. A go fund me site has been set up to help raise the $10,000 needed to cover expenses and the Sidewalk Prophets ask that you help out where you can.

Aaron Shust is out with a new blog talking about his next album. The project is titled Doxology. It will release on August 28. Aaron says he's been writing for the album since the beginning of 2014. He says they are not just a random collection of songs. Instead, they all speak to where he was in his spiritual journey at the time they were written.

SONICFLOOd is debuting their new song Aiden. You can listen to the audio of the song by clicking on the link at

Third Day front man Mac Powell is giving away music. At his web site you can access a free download of Mac's country song Summer Lovin. Access the free download by clicking on the link at

Josh Wilson is out with the new music video for his latest song That Was Then, This Is Now. Check out the video debut by clicking on the link at

Worship leader Tim Hughes is out with an Acoustic video for his song Pocketful of Faith. The song is the titled cut from his latest album. According to Integrity music, the new project represents a new chapter for Tim, chronicling both his faith and family life progression as he moves from the role of worship Pastor at Holy Trinity in Brompton, London, to a new challenge; planting a church in England’s second city, Birmingham. This video was recorded live at the Gas Street warehouse, where the new church is located. Tim says the song is a statement of intent for the church and a vision to see God use whatever we bring to Him.

Nichole Nordeman is out with an acoustic performance of her song The Unmaking. Check out the video of her performance by clicking on the link at

Plumb has released the official lyric video for her song Exhale. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Jason Roy is celebrating a milestone. The Building 429 front man recorded a video celebrating the band reaching 429,000 Facebook Fans. The video features every song he can remember from the radio over the past 10 years. Watch the special video by clicking on the link at

TobyMac is out with a lyric video for his song Til The Day I Die featuring NF. The song is from his upcoming new CD This is Not A Test. Watch the lyric video by clicking on the link at

The Switchfoot BroAm was held over the weekend. Leading up to the event, members of the band recorded a video demonstrating surf jousting. Check out their demo video by clicking on the link at

The Rhett Walker Band was part of a NASCAR event in Kentucky over the weekend. They performed at the Quakerstate 400 held at the Kentucky Speedway.

Touring can result in some interesting schedules and getting ready in some interesting places. Audio Adrenaline member Brandon Bagby recently posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: How Jack Campbell, a fellow member of the band, shaves at the last minute. The picture showed Jack shaving with the help of a side mirror on the bands van.

There’s a group in India whose translated name means “peddlers pack,” or backpack. Appropriately translated, the Banjara people are gypsies who often move around. According to Mission Network News, the people group is looked down upon as one of the lower castes of India. But because of the rejection, doors are opening for Christians to love, accept, and share the Gospel with them. By using solar powered audio Bibles many of the Banjara are literally hearing the good news of Jesus Christ for the very first time.

The prices of goods and services — whether they are essential such as housing, food, and medical care or luxury items such as tobacco and sports equipment — vary widely across the nation and within states. Now 24/7 Wall Street is out with a review listing the most expensive metropolitan areas in each state. Across all metro areas, Urban Honolulu, Hawaii has the highest cost of living, while Danville, Illinois is the least expensive place to live in the country.

The documentary The Drop Box is now available online. Officials from Focus on the Family last week announced the spread of the film to online retailers like Amazon. The documentary film follows South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his wife as they welcome in children with physical, emotional and mental challenges -- children that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets.

More than 93,000 letters promising to pray for North Korea have been delivered to North Korean Officials The effort began last summer when the Voice of the Martyrs organization asked their readers to send a letter to Kim Jong Un, the brutal dictator of The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The letter promised to pray for North Korea, and for Kim Jong Un personally. Voice of the Martyrs says over 93,000 people from more than 150 countries signed the letter. Recently those letters, at 93,000 of them, were delivered to the offices of The Permanent Mission of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York City. .

3 Signs You’re Clinging to a Romance Too Tightly
1. You can’t imagine giving it up.
2. You find more delight and happiness in that area of your life than you do in your relationship with Christ.
3. You spend more time and energy on that area than you do on your relationship with Christ.

5 precious lessons about mentoring that were learned at the feet of one who was weakened by the years of her life:
1. Gospel mentoring flows out of weakness, not strength.
2. Offer what you have.
3. Mentoring begins with prayer.
4. Mentoring at its simplest is being intentional to care for another.
5. Gentle challenge embedded in love is an essential part of mentoring.

5 Toxins of the Tongue That Can Poison Your Marriage from Family Minute:
1. Sarcastic Words:
2. Unsupportive Words:
3. Disrespectful Words:
4. Comparing words:
5. Selfish Words:

NASA unveiled new images of Pluto over the weekend, revealing in unprecedented detail the craggy and mysterious features on the distant dwarf planet’s surface. According to Time Magazine, The images come from NASA’s New Horizons probe, which has been closing in on the planet at the outer edge of the solar system, some 2.9 billion miles away from Earth. NASA geologists have taken a keen interest in a roughly 1,000 mile band of dimpled terrain, running from east to west across the planet’s surface, as well as a dark patch, in the shape of a whale’s tail, where the geological features appear especially complex.

Instagram photos have been stuck in 640×640 pixel resolution for as long as we can remember, but that’s finally about to change. According to Time, The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is getting ready to start displaying photos in 1080×1080 pixel resolution. An Instagram spokesperson confirmed that it’s indeed working to roll out the bigger format to its iOS and Android app. It’s unclear when all users will start to see their photos in the new resolution.

An anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible information leading to the pair of Judy Garland's sequined, ruby red slippers stolen from a museum in her Minnesota hometown. According to Yahoo News, The late actress wore the slippers in "The Wizard of Oz." Three other pairs still exist, including one on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. John Kelsch, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, says the donor is from Arizona and is a huge fan of Garland and the 1939 movie. The 10-year anniversary of the theft is in August.

Do we need one more chocolate chip cookie recipe? Apparently we do. The latest suggestion is using ice cream in the cookies to give them a unique flavor variation. Use chocolate ice cream for a rich chocolate flavor or mint chocolate chip for a mint version of the age old favorite. Access the new recipe by clicking on the link at

Moriah Peters says life isn't always picture perfect. She shared a beautiful picture of she and her husband Joel Smallbone as they celebrated their second anniversary on a cliff overlooking the ocean. But Moriah say the picture didn't tell the whole story. She said a giant wave tackled her just after the picture was snapped.

The web site Musicians Friend was talking with a variety of Christian artists recently about must have music gear and taking care of your equipment while on the road. One of the artists interviewed was UK Worship Leader Matt Redman. He said one of the most important things he's found is to have your guitars serviced regularly. Matt says Factors like changes in air pressure and humidity during international travel can really take their toll. Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link at

What really goes on in the recording studio? Colton Dixon is letting the cat out of the bag. He shared a video clip of some interesting vocal exercises as he and others prepared for their latest recording session.

Jon Micah Sumrall recently found the hand written lyrics for one of Kutless' first songs. The Kutless front man was cleaning out some boxes and found an original, hand written copy of Grace And Love. The song was featured on the first Kutless album. It had been written nearly 18 years earlier.

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman says the 11th annual BroAm is here. The event is held by Switchfoot each summer as their way of giving back to their home town area of San Diego through Music, Surfing and Youth Development. The events will wrap up with surfing and concerts on Saturday.

You can watch Tobymac, Mandisa, Matt Redman and more online this week. The artists will all be joining Luis Palau in New York City. The New York City fest will include events in both Central Park and Times Square July 10 and 11. It will also be broadcast online for those who can't attend in person. The free broadcasts will be available at or by clicking on the link at

The Christmas music web site Jesus Freak Hideout this week announced the winners of the 2015 JFH Awards. Winners included David Crowder as Male Solo Artist of the year and Francesca Battistelli as Female solo artist of the year. The album Crowder was also named Acoustic/Indie Pop Album of the Year. Casting Crowns album Thrive was named Contemporary Album of the Year

Family Force 5 is giving away a remix of their song Time Stands Still. You can download your free copy of the song by clicking on the link at

Josh Wilson has been introducing listeners to his new album That Was Then, This is Now. He wrapped up the week by sharing the final song on the project titled Grace Upon Grace. You can pre-order the album for the first time today and get three songs instantly.

Head to to watch an acoustic version of the Christy Nockels song "My Anchor" and hear a little background behind the song. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The band SonicFlood is partnering with Anne Graham Lotz for her Mayday Prayer Initiative. The prayer event will take place May 15 through 23 and is named after the international distress call that signals a life threatening emergency. Anne is asking Christians world wide to pray one hour each day for nine days, from the day of the ascension of Jesus to the Day of Pentecost. SonicFlood has given the initiative access to 27 songs as part of the outreach, including their song specifically called Mayday.

Boko Haram has been busy lately. A Mission Network News report says there has been a noted rise in attacks since ISIS issued a worldwide call for more violence last week. But representatives from Christian Aid Mission say that God has also been busy. They say there are members of Boko Haram who have heard the Gospel through these very brave ministry workers, and they’ve seen their need to repent and put their faith in Christ. In fact, there have been a number of reports of former terrorists coming to Christ after hearing the gospel.

A Canadian man attached giant helium-filled balloons to a makeshift cockpit -– a lawn chair -– and soared for miles over Calgary in an attempt at a promotional stunt. According to police and one of his business partners, 26 year old Daniel Boria lost control of the rig and had to abandon ship at some point. Boria, who works in marketing, took to the skies Sunday afternoon with 150 balloons in an attempt to promote a cleaning company. Police arrested Boria and charged him with mischief causing danger to life

Mining in the deep sea for minerals is uncharted territory, but one company is well on its way to making it a reality. Officials from Nautilus Minerals Inc. recently met with a roomful of ocean advocates to discuss the idea of deep-sea mining for minerals like copper and gold. They say Mining offshore has a smaller environmental footprint than mining on land. Plus it doesn't require relocating communities or accounting for other human consequences of terrestrial mining. Toronto-based Nautilus has received permission to move forward with a plan to mine one mile below the ocean's surface, off the coast of Papua New Guinea -- the first project of its kind in the deep sea.

14 Things to Do When You're Feeling Overwhelmed from iMom:
Call a friend.
Count the blessings.
Break it down.
Say “no.”
Call in reinforcements.
Lean on your better half.
Check out.
Get comfy.
Write it down.
Turn on the Tunes.

Six steps to bring unity out of conflict from Build Your Marriage:
1. Say a prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to give you peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control.
2. Before giving your opinion, ask questions to be sure you fully understand what your spouse is saying.
3. Try to discern the emotion behind their point of view.
4. Be attentive to your own emotional state.
5. Be patient with your spouse’s response.
6. Look for the win-win.

3 questions to ask when choosing a church
1. What do they believe?
2. How do they behave?
3. What should I do?

What would you do with $400? Two men, Mike Lewis with Jesus Painter Ministries and Rob Westerman with SNC Norwood Church used the money to help others by paying for their groceries and they are impacting millions. Their gifts at a local grocery store were video taped and placed on youtube and, at last report, 8 million people had fived their generosity.

The Father’s Day card arrived in Duane Schrock Sr.’s mailbox this week. But for Schrock, an 89 year old Virginia resident, the card was a bittersweet voice from the past. According to Time Magazine, His son, also named Duane, died of AIDS in 1995. Duane sent the card in 1989, years before his death, but it took 26 years for it to make its way to Schrock through the Postal Service.

As Greece’s debt crisis rolls on, many Greek pensioners have been living off a paltry 120 euros, or $132, for nearly two weeks. Greece last week shuttered banks in an effort to stop a growing run on the banks after negotiations for a new bailout deal broke down. The closure of banks left many elderly Greeks with no way to access their pensions. Greek banks threw them a lifeline last week by briefly opening their doors to allow pensioners to collect a one-time payment of 120 euros. However, it's unclear when pensioners will be able to get more cash from the banks, and 12 days later, their resources are stretched thin.

Facebook is making a Visual Nod To Gender Equality. According to NPR, This week they updated that tiny image that lingers in the corner of most Facebook pages — two small silhouettes of a man and a woman. The old image featured the woman's silhouette behind the man's, with the woman's figure a bit smaller. Now facebook has updated their "friends" logo, making the woman's silhouette larger and moving it in front of the man's.

A new devotional by the Christian music web site is based on MercyMe's song Flawless. The site says there are five ways that the song show us why we have freedom to be flawless.
1. God’s grace is not based on what you do – it’s freely given to everyone.
2. Pain is Momentary, but Christ is Eternal
3. Christ Already Paid the Price for Our Sins
4. God Gives Us Unconditional Love
5. God Can Redeem Our Brokenness

As he prepares to step away from SanctusReal, Matt Hammitt is talking about changing the world. Matt is out with episode 2 of the lead me life cast. The latest podcast talks about Matt's plans after SanctusReal. They include Lead me conferences for men scheduled for early 2016. Find our more by clicking on the link at

Aaron Shust's latest blog talks about Clean hands and pure hearts. As the father of three boys, Aaron is no stranger to dirty hands. But this week Aaron was sharing more about the Bibles prescription for obtaining clean hands spiritually. Aaron says he was reading in Ezekiel 36 this week and found that the passage indicates that we have zero to do with our becoming clean. Aaron says: We can scrub and scrub and scrub but our hands will remain dirty. Today, let’s accept the washing that God performs through Jesus and the Spirit that He has given us.

Chris Tomlin recently sat down to talk with Vital Magazine about his upcoming worship series titled Worship Night in America. Chris says the idea was to bring the church together, from Catholics to charismatic's, in a special way. The Worship series will take place later this summer in New York, Colorado, and California and will include Matt Redman, Kari Jobe, Matt Maher, Phil Wickham, and more. In light of the precarious political and spiritual events that have been taking place in America, Chris told the magazine that now is the perfect time for this event

Blanca was showing off her new glasses this week. She tweeted: sometimes a little change is good.

Danny Gokey has spent his spare time this summer in the studio working on his upcoming Christmas album and his wife Leyicet thought she should design the album cover. Danny says she nailed it. Her design featured Danny seated in front of a fire place with a clipart version of Santa's hat and beard pasted on.

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