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A new release from Chris Tomlin releases next week but it isn't a new worship album. Instead, Chris will be releasing a new children's book called Good, Good Father. Hear from Chris about his hopes for the new project by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, this week honored the songwriters and publishers of Christian music's most performed songs of the past year at the 38th annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards. The gala, held at Rocketown in downtown Nashville, was hosted by Michael W. Smith. As part of the evening, the ASCAP Golden Note Award was presented to Mark Lowry in recognition of his extraordinary career and lasting impact on modern worship music. Matthew West was named Songwriter-Artist of the Year and Flawless, recorded by Mercyme, received the award for Christian Music Song of the Year.
The Afters Josh Havens says it's a little ironic that his wife's new vacuum came in a box filled with packing peanuts. When she removed the vacuum all the peanuts came out as well. Jose posted his picture as his kids used the peanuts as indoors snow, creating quite a mess. It looks like she will have a good test run for the new vacuum.
The Afters are giving away music. The band has selected 17 songs from their five 5 albums. They are available for free on the Noisetrade web site but, if you want to make a donation. The Afters say all proceeds will go to Children's Relief International. Access the free music by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
MercyMe is helping Free CCM celebrate their new web site with a special gift. Through October 9 you can download the Mercyme song Greater for FREE. Download your copy of the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Matthew West will debut his second full-length studio holiday album in October. The project is titled Unto Us: A Christmas Collection. It features ten songs, including five brand new songs and five of Matthews best known Christmas favorites. Matthew says: "Christmas is my favorite time of year, hands down!" "I've been known to break out a Christmas record in July, so no one had to twist my arm to make another Christmas project. I love the classics and wanted to include some of them on this project. 'Silent Night' and 'The First Noel' on this record are two that I'm especially excited about."
What Does "Love Amplified" Look Like? Danny Gokey posted this week that it is just what it says...it is love that is bigger and stronger. Watch Danny's full explanation of Love Amplified by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Congratulations to Zach Williams. It was announced this week that the lyric video for his song Chain Breaker has reached one million views on Youtube. Check it out for yourself by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Danny Gokey is in a battle and it isn't going well. Danny posted this week: Me verses my daughters hair. I lose EVERYTIME!! Attached was a short video as Danny attempts a ponytail. It doesn't go well.
David Crowder is out with a 60 second video giving a little more insight into the man behind the beard. Check out his thoughts on questions ranging from Favorite Star Wars Character to his first job. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
The folks at the DC Talk headquarters are breaking out the old videos. They posted this week: have been unearthing archival footage and adding it to the DC Talk youtube channel. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
A new release from Chris Tomlin releases next week but it isn't a new worship album. Instead, Chris will be releasing a new children's book called Good, Good Father. Hear from Chris about his hopes for the new project by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
Crowder is out with an acoustic version of his song My Victory. The song is from Crowder's new album American Prodigal. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
It's time for another Ken Davis Lighten Up Video. Today’s clip describes a Sunday in the life of the Davis family when their kids were still at home. Can you relate? Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Switchfoot found a unique location for their after-show party in Madison Wisconsin. Band frontman Jon Foreman tweeted: after show on the steps of the Capitol building in 15 minutes.
Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips had a unique traveling companion recently on a flight home to Nashville. Duncan posted a picture with Challenger, an American Bald Eagle, that was traveling on the same flight.
Still want to be part of the DC Talk Jesus Freak Cruise in July of next year? DC Talk announced this week: New Cabins Available. They say a few cabins at various prices have recently opened up and are now available online. The cruise will sail to the Bahamas and Half Moon Cay. It will feature concerts by DC Talk, Newsboys, TobyMac, Kevin Max, Finding Favour, Capital Kings, Ryan Stevenson and Hollyn.
A New Stepfamily Event is coming in 2017. The event will be sponsored by Family Life. More information on next years seminar will be released through facebook live at 4:30pm CT on the 29th.
Revive Our Hearts is kicking off a new TrueW oman blog series. The series it titled "Teach Us to Pray: Go from Prayerlessness to Prayerfulness." Sign up online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
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Which country do you think has the fastest growing Church in the world? Here’s a hint: the official name of the country starts with ‘The Islamic Republic’. Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Marytrs, USA reveals, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is actually the place in the world where the Church is growing the fastest, something that would be pretty surprising to most Christians.” According to Mission Network news, the situation is bursting with irony. The Islamic Republic of Iran is listed on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List in the top ten hardest countries to be a believer. And yet, last year, Iran saw a 19.6 percent uptick in the number of Christians — more than any other country.
An Ethiopian woman who converted to Christianity from Islam was beaten so severely by her husband that she had to be hospitalised. According to Christiantoday.com, 34 year old Habiba Ibrahim converted to Christ in early August. Six weeks later her husband found out and after attending prayers at mosque, he allegedly beat her up. Ibrahim said: "He locked me in the house and began beating me with sticks, and immediately neighbors arrived and rescued me from my husband's wrath." She suffered a head wound and bruises and has now sought refuge in another village with her children.
A Christian graphic designer in Colorado is filing a federal lawsuit, arguing that the government cannot force her to promote same-sex marriage through her work. According to The Christian Institute, the woman is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The lawsuit is a pre-enforcement challenge of the government’s policy that artists are banned from expressing their religious views about marriage. The woman hasn’t encountered a particular situation in which she has been forced to design something contrary to her convictions, but under Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act, if she was asked to do so, she would not be able to legally refuse.
Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the popular home improvement show “Fixer Upper,” will be releasing a book detailing their journey to success and how their faith sustained them through trials. According to ChristianToday.com, the book is titled The Magnolia Story and will be released on October 18. A description of the book reads: "The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything."
Thousands came to Christ in Kenya after hundreds of missionaries came together to pray for revival and to preach the gospel. Charisma News reports that 640 missionaries traveled to the village of Kakamega, Kenya to pray that peoples’ lives would be changed by the gospel. Their goal was to show God’s love in everyday life. They visited prisons, provided treatment for those who were sick, and preached the gospel to anyone who would listen. Tens of thousands of people reportedly heard their message and 6,944 people gave their lives to Christ after hearing the good news.
As your children head back to school, are they lugging too much weight in their backpacks? According to today.com, backpacks should be no more than 10 to 15 percent of your child's body weight. That means that a 50-pound kid's backpack should weigh no more than seven and a half pounds. Experts add that it's not just how heavy a backpack is: The way your child wears it is important too. The top of the backpack shouldn't be lower than their shoulders, and the bottom shouldn't hang lower than 2 inches below their waist.
Don and Margaret Livengood lived so inseparably throughout their six decades together that even death couldn’t keep them apart for more than a few hours. According to today.com, the North Carolina couple spent their last moments together holding hands, their fingers entwined in spite of the IV lines and medical tape that covered them. Margaret passed away first. Her husband joined her about nine hours later. The couples daughter brought both parents to the hospital on the same day last month. Pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia had made it difficult for Don, 84, to breathe. His 80-year-old wife, Margaret, was battling cancer and other ailments.
When Mark Ross learned that his 15-year-old sister had been killed in a car accident by a drunk driver, he left his home in Indiana and headed to where his family was in Detroit, Michigan. The problem...Mark had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant in the city and wasn't suppose to leave town. He got pulled over in Ohio by Sergeant David Robison but that's where the story took a turn for the better. Robison offered to drive Mark the last 100 miles, prayed over him and his family, and dropped him off at a coffee shop where his cousin picked him up. His grieving family was so touched by the officer’s gesture that they invited him to the funeral.
Selena Avalos got quite the surprise when she opened her order of chicken wings only to discover thousands in wads of cash. According to Relevant Magazine, the resident of San Jose, California found 5-thousand-dollars in the box but, rather than keeping the money, she contacted the franchise owner and returned the delivery. In return, Selena has been rewarded with free pizza for an entire year.
In a surprising development, almost unheard of outside a recession, food prices have fallen for nine straight months in the U.S. According to Yahoo News, It’s the longest streak of food deflation since 1960 -- with the exception of 2009, when the financial crisis was winding down. Analysts credit low oil and grain prices, as well as cutthroat competition from discounters. And it isn’t only an American phenomenon: Prices are also reported to be lower in England. Scott Mushkin, who researches local markets, recently found that prices of a typical basket of grocery items in Houston, had fallen almost 5 percent over the past year.
Facebook has 4 million advertisers, up from 3 million in March. According to a NBC News report, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, announced the increase earlier this week. She said that video is "exploding" and especially important in Facebook's dominance of the mobile platform, although the company hasn't focused on monetization for products like Facebook Live.
Having seen first-hand the daunting challenges that military caregivers face, Elizabeth Dole is determined to spotlight their stories and seek solutions to the long-term needs they face. Dole, a former U.S. senator and the wife of former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, was joined by Tom Hanks and military wife Jessica Allen on TODAY this week to announce the creation of the Hidden Heroes campaign to assist the nearly six million military caregivers in the U.S. Hidden Heroes aims to use its website to provide a variety of services to help caregivers across the nation.
Mercyme's Mike Scheuchzer might have just made a big mistake. He posted a short video show his kids having a great time with a drum set in his living room and said...what have I done???? https://www.instagram.com/p/BKtFtXvjSG3/
Danny Gokey is admitting defeat, kind of. Danny and his wife Layicet had a coloring contest on Instagram over the weekend and Layicet "crushed" Danny. See their pictures by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Loving God and country might seem counter cultural these days, but a new record by Christian musician David Crowder celebrates just that. According to LifeZette.com, “American Prodigal” — out Friday, Sept. 23 — is a celebration of patriotism, Christianity, and being grateful for the gifts you’ve been given. Crowder told the magazine writers “The story is about inheritance and as Americans we’ve been given a lot.” “This is a beautiful land, and yet we’ve got a lot of things that we’ve done horribly wrong, and so have I as a human.” Crowder added “I want to be better, I want to be transformed, I want to be whole, and I want my country to be that way.”
Hillsong United has released another video from their visual project Of Dirt and Grace. The latest song is titled Street Called Mercy. It was filmed in Israel on the Via Dolorosa and at at the Dead Sea. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
The newest Crowder album is now available. American Prodigal released on Friday and, in celebration of the release, Crowder shared a little release night merriment from New York city. Check out the facebook live broadcast and see Crowder defy gravity. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
A new lyric video is available from Paul Baloche. The video features the song Once for All from Paul's new worship album Your Mercy. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Jeremy Camp shared a new music video over the weekend. The music video is for the song I'm Not Ashamed. It's the title track for the movie by the same name scheduled for release on October 21. The film is based on the journals of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Columbine, Colorado. Check out the music video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Crowder's new album American Prodigal released over the weekend. The band led by David Crowder was also featured on Fox and Friends, performing their new single Run Devil Run. Check out their performance by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Another exclusive scene from Priceless The Movie is now available. The clips from the first movie by For King And Country portrays the great depth of a Father's love. See the film in theaters on Freedom Sunday, October 14. Watch the clip right now by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Family Life Today's Dennis Rainey shared a story of integrity experienced by his own family. His son Samuel Rainey reported that a Carmax employee found his daughters envelope with $156 in cash in the back seat of a loaner car they drove. The employee tracked them down and returned the money.
Revive Our Hearts is following up their Cry Out 2016 simulcast with 40 days of praying for our nation. Right now you can sign up to receive six 40-Day Prayer Guide emails when you register to pray for our nation
Greg Laurie's Harvest Georgia was held over the weekend. However, if you missed it, you can now watch Greg's portion of each evening on the Harvest web site. They say some of the performances will be posted on the site as well as they are available. Access the Harvest Georgia video by clicking on the link at christianaritstnews.info
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Trans World Radio is hoping to soon reach 50 million additional listeners with the gospel. TWR President Lauren Libby has announced the final fund raising push as the missions radio station seeks to wrap up the final phase of their Bonaire transmitter upgrade. Libby says they had to reduce their broadcast signal in 1999, leaving listeners in Cuba, Venezuela, and other parts of Latin America without the broadcast. The upgrade will expand TWR's potential listening audience from 50 million to 100 million people across Latin America. The final push is being made possible thanks to an unexpected 100-thousand dollar challenge gift.
Boko Haram opened fire on a group of Christians leaving church, slaughtering defenseless innocents. But despite constant violence, the gospel is spreading in the darkest of places. According to CBN, Greg Kelley from World Mission, "They're causing all kinds of terror and it's incredibly difficult. In fact, there are so many communities in northern Nigeria that Christians have 100 percent evacuated just because they are literally targeted and murdered on site as they're identified." However, many of Boko Haram's fighters are hearing the gospel. Kelly says: "Literally, as Christians are fleeing, the people we work with are leaning into and going into those very places and sharing the Gospel with these terrorists."
Be careful what you like on facebook. According to CBN, A Pakistani Christian teen has been arrested and charged with blasphemy against Islam for "liking" a photo on Facebook. The 16-year-old boy reportedly liked an "inappropriate" photo showing the Kaaba, the giant black cube that Muslims walk around in Mecca. He was arrested because a Muslim thought his Facebook post was insulting. Under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death.
Tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City on Saturday in opposition to President Enrique Pena Nieto's push to legalize same-sex marriage. According to ABC News, Organizers of the National Front for the Family estimated at least 215,000 people participated, and while that number could not be immediately confirmed, it was clearly one of the largest protest marches in Mexico in recent years. Dressed mainly in white and carrying white balloons, the marchers held banners warning against same-sex marriage and demanding parents' right to control sex education in schools.
September 11, 2001 was a shocking turning point for the United States, but it was also the beginning of a new era of unprecedented violence against Christians throughout the Islamic world. According to CBN, A recent report from Barnabas Aid reveals that attacks against Christians skyrocketed soon after the towers fell. The report states "In 2004 (in Iraq), even before the emergence of IS, the bombings of churches started, with well over a hundred churches and monasteries now destroyed. Consequently an estimated 80 percent of the Christian population previously estimated at 1.5 million have now fled." Barnabas Aid says The Middle East is not the only place where Christians are being eradicated. Africa is just as dangerous a location with intense persecution.
A pair of identical twin sisters from Minnesota have finally been able to thank the man whose life-saving donation gave them the ability to be kids again. According to Yahoo News, Elizabeth and Kathryn Girtler, both 9, were born without any blood platelets. A bone marrow transplant to alter the girls' DNA was their only chance for a cure. Elizabeth had the transplant first at the age of 3 in 2011 and Kathryn followed at age 4 in 2012. This year their doctor submitted their story to Be the Match in hopes of setting up a meeting between them and their then anonymous donor. The man, Ingo Gruda of Munster, Germany, was flown to Minnesota to meet with the girls over four years after their transplants.
Ruth Bonner, the 99-year-old daughter of a man born a slave in Mississippi, rang a bell this weekend to open the first national museum of black history. According to the Huffington Post, “Ruth’s father, Elijah Odom, was born a slave in Mississippi. He was born a slave. The bell Bonner and several members of her family rang came from the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. That church was started by free and enslaved black Americans who met in secret. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in Wasthington DC on Saturday.
There will soon be a new way to record and share your most memorable moments on Snapchat. According to the Huffington post, the social media company announced on Saturday a brand new piece of hardware called Spectacles, sunglasses with a built-in camera. The tiny wireless camera built into the sunglasses will be capable of recording “a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge.” Recording is as simple as tapping a button near the hinge and, since Spectacles will be wirelessly linked to your smartphone, the Snaps are then automatically added to your Memories.
Right now is the best time of the year to buy a new car. According to Yahoo News, Car dealers have been dropping prices on their new cars this September, making it the best month for you to make a move on the model you want. They says September is typically a good month to buy a new car because a lot of new models make their debuts in the fall season. Add that to the fact that auto sales have been softer than expected this year and it leaves consumers in the driver’s seat. Officials say the added pressure to sell means more incentives for consumers in the form of 0% financing for qualified buyers, cash back rebates, and bonus cash.
A new campaign by Feeding America and the dairy company Land O'Lakes may drastically reduce the amount of pictures of food you see on your Instagram feed. According to Relevant Magazine, The Delete to Feed campaign wants to "turn your food posts into real meals" for the millions of Americans who go hungry every year. As they explain, "Instagram is full of food posts, but millions of Americans go hungry each year ... Let’s delete hunger one photo at a time." The way it works is, you connect your Instagram to the website, choose the food pictures and then delete them. For each deleted picture, Land O'Lakes will donate 11 meals to people in need. The goal is 2.75 million meals donated.
Lucas, Lauren, Leith, Lindsay and Logan Curtis live, go to school and work together— they’re quintuplets from Michigan who all have jobs at the same McDonald’s. According to a report in Yahoo News, customers usually don’t realize that the non-identical siblings are related. Leith, Logan and Lucas work in the kitchen, Lauren works at the counter and drive-thru and Lindsey works in the lobby. “We call it McCurtis,” the quintuplets’ mom joked of the name of the fast-food joint.
In celebration of the release on his latest album, American Prodigal, Crowder is out with an official note to bosses and school officials nation wide. He posted: In honor of the release of my brand new album American Prodigal, Please allow _____________ to wear crowder related attire to work/school on Friday, September 23. Select attire may include trucker hats, bandanas, flannel, and long, long beards.
The Afters front man Josh Havens was featured on the blog Authentic Manhood this week. In his article titled See God in the Dark, Josh shared the story of a God appearance in a cafe in Holland after the daughter of the band's sound man died at birth. Read the entire story by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://ow.ly/6CXe304r8AV
Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey says it is happening. He posted a picture of table of contents from his first book. Mike said that he just finished the rough draft.
He may have been beat at golf by TobyMac but it sounds like Audio Adrenaline frontman Adam Agee still came away the winner this week. Adam posted: TobyMac still hook me up with some of his new merchandise. Adam posted a picture showing off his brand new TobyMac hat.
Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall opened up about his battle with cancer and the important theme behind the new record. According to the Christianpost Interview, Casting Crowns' eighth studio album is focused on leading people to God with honest songs that feature an upbeat and fresh sound. In March 2015, Doctors successfully removed a cancerous growth on Mark Hall's right kidney and the frontman admits that the experience changed his life forever. The Georgia native admitted that even though he's a public person, being on stage and being a pastor, he wasn't used to being taken care of. Hall said: "Now, when I sing even old songs of ours, when I sing 'Praise You Through The Storm' — I always knew what it was about because I wrote it for friends going through cancer, but now having been in it, it's a whole new world."
Hillsong Worship will debut their newest audio and visual collection, Let There be Light, on October 14. Recorded live at the annual Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia, Hillsong Worship's latest project is a CD and DVD combo. It's being called a bold prayer over this world today, that the light that has shone on us through the Gospel be the light we now bear and shine forth as the Church of Jesus Christ.
Casting Crowns this week started a new series called FAN:BAND. It features a fan question with a band member answering. Question number one....Who is the biggest Prankster in Casting Crowns? Check out the video to see if you guessed it! Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
Casting Crowns recently released their new album The Very Next Thing. In connection with the release, the members of the band got together to record a live facebook broadcast discussing the project and even singing some of the songs on the new release. Check out the 30 minute album debut by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
What Does "Love Amplified" Look Like? Josh Wilson released a video telling how, for him, it looked like reaching out after floods hit the town of Nashville. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
Dan Bremnes recently kicked off a tour in Ontario, Canada. Prior to the beginning of the tour, Dan recorded a question and answer time on the Compassion facebook page. Check out Dan's comments by clicking on the link at christainartistnews.info
The Sidewalk Prophets are working hard to bring you the most entertaining Facebook live experience ever. The members of the band welcomed viewers to the Sidewalk Prophets headquarters, featuring trumpet solos, performance enhancing drugs, guitar talk, and a Billy Joel cover. It's all in one 13 minute live video. Click on the link at christainartistnews.info
Building 429's Jason Roy was live on facebook for a live Question and Answer time this week. Check it out for tour updates and more about Building 429. Click on the link at christainartistnews.info
Jeremy Camp's Speak Louder Ministries was recently at a Leper Colony in India. This week the organization released a video documentary on Jeremy's visit to the country and the work being done by his ministry. Check out their visit to the leper colony by clicking on the link at christainartistnews.info
An episode of the 700 Club this week featured For King and Country members Joel and Luke taking viewers on an inside look into the the new movie from the band titled Priceless. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
In less than one week Jeremy Camp will kick off his fall tour. The I Will Follow Tour will run from September 30 through November 13 and will cover much of the eastern half of the United States. Jeremy will be joined on stage by Citizenway and Love and the Outcome. This week he released a corrected list of tour days. The updated dates are now available at his web site.
For a second time in less than a year, the Newsboys have been forced to cancel concerts in Canada. In April the band attempted to cross the border to perform at Church on the Queensway. At that time front man Michael Tait was told that he had a 9-year old traffic violation on his record and because of it, they were not going to allow him entry. After 3 months, hundreds of hours of legal work, and an extensive financial investment, Michael this week flew to Toronto to attempt re-entry, this time with an 80-page document supporting his request for clearance. Unfortunately, the border agents refused to accept his explanations, and once again denied him entrance. The decision forced the band to cancel their Thursday night show in Toronto.
Women at more than 2000 locations will join together in prayer during Cry Out 2016 this evening. The simulcast will air from 6 to 9pm CT Friday. Find out more about the simulcast by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Another new book is now available from Chuck Swindoll. In his book Searching the Scriptures, the speaker on Insight for Living shows us how to dig deep into the word.
When Mackenzie Fraiser included a slide with one of her favorite Bible verses in a power point presentation, her teacher told her to remove it. And, according to Focus on the Family, the sixth grader isn’t the only student who has been told they have to censor themselves at school. Other teachers and school officials also mistakenly believe that they are obligated to shut down any mention of faith in the classroom. In response, Focus is sponsoring its third annual “Bring Your Bible to School Day” on Thursday, Oct. 6. This nationwide free-speech event for students is designed to remind students of their First Amendment rights – and to empower them to exercise those rights. Last year about 155,000 students from all 50 states took a stand for their faith by celebrating their religious freedom and sharing God’s hope with their friends.
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Seng Li was the first believer in her family. According to Open Doors Youth, she was 15-years-old and at school where she first heard the Gospel and chose to believe in Jesus. She shared her newfound faith with her mother and two brothers who also became Christians. However, her father was not very happy about it, especially when they tried to witness to him. Her father was then a leader in their clan’s animistic rituals of tribal worship. In fact, he threatened to beat up his family because of their conversions. Nevertheless, the four of them faithfully prayed for his heart to open up to Jesus until he finally believed. Now, Seng Li and her whole family are Christians. It has been more than a year since that happened, and Seng Li is now in church leadership training.
Results of a recent online survey released Tuesday reveal that nearly three quarters of European Jews will not attend synagogue on the High Holy Days, fearing potential terror attacks. According to CBN, the poll, conducted by the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the Rabbinical Center of Europe, sought opinions from 78 Jewish community leaders and rabbis, each representing broad segments of the religious and secular population. Respondents across 700 capital cities throughout Europe were asked if increasing anti-Semitism would keep them from attending services on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), this year falling on Oct. 2 and 12, respectively. 70 percent said they would not be in their synagogue on those days. Anti-Semitic incidents in France – with one of the world's largest Jewish populations – doubled between 2013 and 2014 and continued through 2015.
An ancient biblical scroll that was reduced to a charred lump in a fire that destroyed a Jewish community in AD 600 has been virtually "unfurled" and read for the first time. According to Christian Today.com, The scroll was one of several "charred lumps of what appeared to be animal skin". It turned out to be the earliest example of the Book of Leviticus ever discovered, dating from around 400 BC. The En-Gedi scroll was shelved until pioneering work at Kentucky University's computer science department, in collaboration with the Dead Sea Scrolls project in Jerusalem, came up with a digital way to unwrap and read the scroll using latest visualization techniques in computer science.
Canadian Prime Justin Trudeau is being credited with securing the release from China of Canadian missionary Kevin Garrett. After two years in detention on suspicion of espionage, Garrett was released last week, shortly after Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau made his first official visit to China and met with the Chinese President. Along with his wife Julia, Garrett was arrested in 2014 in a city on the border with North Korea. The couple had run a Christian coffee shop there since 2008 and have lived in China for 30 years providing humanitarian aid. Although Julia was released on bail in February 2015, Kevin was held in detention after a report claimed there was evidence he had accepted tasks from "Canadian espionage agencies to gather intelligence in China".
Voters are in an increasingly frustrated and unhappy mood, driven to their choices more often by dislike of the opposing candidate than admiration for their own. According to an LA Times report, Nearly 6 in 10 voters described themselves as frustrated by this year’s campaign. Those results are according to newly released data from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center and it’s up from just under half earlier in the summer. More than half called themselves disgusted. Only about 1 in 4 voters reported positive feelings about the election.
Clipping coupons, for most of us, is a way to put money back into our own pockets, but one Virginia woman is using extreme-couponing tactics for the greater good—by buying groceries on the cheap and feeding the homeless. According to Today.com, Lauren Puryear rounds up Sunday-circular coupons, finds coupons online, and enlists friends and family to scour for deals, too. Then, she and fellow volunteers hit the stores, before work, after work, during lunch breaks to get around the caps limits on certain promotions. Once the stockpile of ingredients is ready, they turn out tasty, healthful meals for the local homeless population. They set up tables and serve the dishes right on the street, to any unsheltered people in need of food—often, 100 to 500 people at a time.
When Stacy Koltiska took the hot chicken lunch away from a boy and replaced it with a cold cheese sandwich she knew she had to quit. According to today.com, Thanks to a policy implemented over the summer, the cafeteria worker at Wylandville Elementary School— part of Canon McMillin School District in Western Pennsylvania — was forced to refuse hot meals to any student who owed more than $25 on their lunch accounts. The school district passed the policy over the summer in the hopes it could recoup some of the money owed to the district because of delinquent lunch account payments. Students in K-6 with past due accounts receive a cold cheese sandwich. Students in 7-12 receive nothing to eat if their lunch accounts have outstanding balances.
Canada holds a high approval rating among Americans, higher than major American politicians. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Seventy-five percent of Americans surveyed had positive feelings about Canada. According to a Time magazine report, Canada ranked top on the list of favorable and unfavorable ratings in the national poll.
In case you’ve ever wanted to have kicks like Marty McFly, you can look no further than Nike’s latest release, self-lacing sneakers that were inspired by the cult film Back to the Future II. According to Time, the sportswear giant revealed that the technologically advanced HyperAdapt 1.0 can lace themselves, thanks to an internal cable system comprised of fishing line and a pressure sensor located in the sole that responds to the weight of your foot. The heels of the shoes also light up to signal when the shoe is tightening and when the batteries need to be charged. Nike’s PR Director Heidi Burgett revealed on Twitter that the HyperAdapt sneaker will be available only in the U.S., with appointments to experience and purchase beginning on November 28 of this year.
A security engineer this week stumbled upon a part of the Internet that is usually hidden from most of the world: a list of websites available to people with Internet access in North Korea. According to NPR, that total number of sites available in North Korea was only 28. Matt Bryant's list includes every site ending in .kp, which is the country code associated with North Korea. Most of the sites are a mix of propaganda, news and education.
Phil Wickham says the 4th time is the charm. He posted a picture of their baby announcement cake and the frosting was blue. Phil is finally getting his boy.
Meredith Andrews is working on a new project but she isn't sharing many details. Meredith posted a picture of she and her husband in clothing from the middles 70s and added: This is what we'd look like if we were around circa 1977. Not a typical day for us but SO FUN! Excited to share what we're up to in the coming months. https://www.instagram.com/p/BKloOn7Aaw9/
CCM magazine is giving away copies of For King and Counties' Priceless the Novel. Win one of three copies of the novel simply by spreading word about the movie by the same name. Priceless the movie is scheduled for release on October 14. Enter to win the novel by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
A new EP from Zach Williams is now available. Zach announced this week that the five song Chain Breaker EP is now available in his webstore. It will also be available on itunes this Friday
Sign up for the email newsletter from Third Day guitarist Mark Lee and get a free guide to coming up with ideas and being more creative as well. Sign up online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Hawk Nelson's Jon Steingard is giving into peer pressure. He is official now calling his vlog (one syllable) a Vee.Log (two syllables). Jon shared a video as Hawk Nelson played a show with the Newsboys. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Britt Nicole visited this week with the organization People Loving Nashville. The interview was part of Britt's Be The Change series, leading up the her new song "Be The Change". Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
What Does "Love Amplified" Look Like? Steven Curtis Chapman talked this week about his song Love Take Me Over and the issues of Love that he had been struggling with. Watch the video about Love Amplified by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
The new Crowder album American Prodigal will release this Friday. Earlier this week, Crowder shared the story behind the album. Find out more about American Prodigal by clicking on the link at christainartistnews.info
Paul Baloche was live on the Integrity facebook page this week talking about his new album Your Mercy. Find out more about the latest project from this long time worship leader by watching a recording of the live broadcast. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
Love and the Outcome has released a new video. Chris and Jodi announced this week that the official video for the title track from their new record is now available. The song and the album are both titled These Are the Days. The album comes out on Friday. In the mean time, check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Casting Crowns is out with a new Behind the Show video. The video features Megan Garrett giving you an inside peek into what sound check looks like from one of their shows. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154596849693793&id=48842713792&_rdr
Selah was live on facebook this week as they worked on their song Leaning on the Everlasting Arms from their new album Greatest Hymns Volume 2. The song features Ron Block of the group Alison Krause and Union Station. You can check out the video of the recording session by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Ken Davis gives a unique answer to the question "Are You Reading That?" in his latest Lightenup video. Check out his humorous performance by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
The Building 429 Earthshaker tour kicked off this week. In addition to Building 429, the tour also includes Colton Dixon and special guest Finding Favour.
Want to donate or acquire a wheelchair? Joni and Friends this week released on short overview of the process. Find out more about getting a wheelchair into the hands of a needy child by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Greg Laurie's Harvest Georgia takes place this weekend but you don't have to travel to Georgia to attend. Harvest officials say the event will be broadcast on line each of the three evenings. While members of hundreds of local churches are expected at Infinite Energy Arena September 23–25, thousands more are expected to watch online. Music will be provided by Chris Tomlin, Lecrae, and THIRD DAY, with worship led by Phil Wickham, and a gospel message by Greg Laurie. Access the live broadcast by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
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A church and its pastor provided hope where there was little and gave unconditional love when it was needed most during south Louisiana's record flooding. According to the Baptist Press, in spite of battling rising floodwater himself, pastor Pat Deshotel and members of First Baptist Church in Welsh set aside their own problems to aid their neighbors. Special attention was given to a pair of widows in the town of 3,000. Each lost a husband just before the rain and flooding began in mid-August. First Baptist also became a safe haven for others, distributing critical supplies, hot meals and "a little muscle."
Millions of Christians across the church denominations will be urged to join the Archbishop of Canterbury's prayer initiative ahead of Pentecost next year. According to Christian Today.com, Churches throughout the UK and around the world will unite to pray for more people to come to faith as the evangelism drive enters its second year. Millions could join in 2017 after the 'Thy Kingdom Come' enterprise saw more than 100,000 Christians gather in prayer in 2016.
Enthusiastic crowds have come out in droves to publicly voice their faith and patriotism at each of the first 41 stops on Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour. The evangelist embarked on the 50-state tour in January to encourage Christians to stand up for their beliefs—specifically when it comes to the 2016 political races. More than 170,000 people have joined Franklin Graham, who consistently urges Christians nationwide to pray, vote and engage. Nine prayer rallies are left on the Decision America Tour schedule.
Russia's so-called Yarovaya Law was signed by President Vladimir Putin on July 7. According to Christiantoday.com, its provisions include a clampdown on evangelism and missionary activity. The law has drawn domestic and world-wide protests, so far without results. One of its first victims was US citizen Don Ossewaarde, who has lived in the town of Oryol for 14 year. He and his wife Ruth are independent missionaries not affiliated to an organization. Don was accused of proselytism and fined 40,000 roubles, or around $700. While the couple has decided to bring their ministry to a close because of the case, Don has remained in Oryol to fight an appeal.
President Ian Khama of Botswana said on Tuesday he had ordered the arrest and deportation of U.S. pastor Steven Anderson, who was banned from neighboring South Africa last week over his anti-gay views. Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, notoriously welcomed the gunning down in June of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida by saying "there's 50 less pedophiles in this world". Khama told news sources "We don't want hate speech in this country. Let him do it in his own country."
A study of Christian radio by Finney Media finds the biggest reason that listeners tune in to Christian stations is to grow spiritually. President Chuck Finney said 80% of the respondents to the 2016 survey indicated spiritual growth is a primary reason they listen to Christian radio. Over 23,000 Christian radio listeners in the U.S. and Canada participated, leaving Finney with this summation: Your Christian radio listener wants you to be like Jesus; in tone, music, and Scripture. 46% of listeners indicated they are likely to leave when an announcer has a negative or angry tone. 77% said they come to Christian radio to be encouraged. 79% added that a main reason they listen is for worshipful Christian music.
Brunch-flavored candy corn is now a real thing. According to Today.com, it's available exclusively at Target this Halloween. There are three varieties: French toast, strawberry waffles, and chocolate-chip pancakes. http://on.today.com/2cN0Aiu https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/778222047138676736/photo/1
If you are struggling to get your hands on the new iPhone then you can partly blame Coco, an Alaskan Malamute. He has eight of them. According to Yahoo News, Coco is in fact the dog of Wang Sicong - who happens to be the son of the richest man in China. Wang posted the picture on Coco next to his stack of unopened iPhone 7s but it isn't the dog's first tech purchase. Last year Coco was pictured wearing a gold Apple watch on each paw.
History was made this week as the first wave-produced power in U.S. goes online in Hawaii. According to Yahoo News, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity. The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it feeds into Oahu's power grid. By some estimates, the ocean's endless motion packs enough power to meet a quarter of America's energy needs and dramatically reduce the nation's reliance on oil, gas and coal. But wave energy technology lags well behind wind and solar power, with important technical hurdles still to be overcome.
Friday night was special for Novi High School in Michigan. According to Mashable.com, after four years of serving the athletics department, Robby Heil, a senior with Down syndrome, finally got his chance to score a touchdown in a game. Robby was put into play during the second quarter against South Lyon East and the plan was put into place. The handoff went right to Robby, and he booked it for the end zone to score a touchdown. Robby's mother, Debbie Heil, who has been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, was able to be on the sidelines to watch her son's scoring run.
MercyMe's Bart Millard posted a picture from the ballpark this weekend but the rest of the fans were noticeably absent. Bart posted: Miles is so excited about his first game, we got here a little early. They haven't even chalked the field yet. https://www.instagram.com/p/BKdXUdbjBGE/
South Carolina's NeedToBreathe is currently on their Tour De Compadres, featuring 53 dates across the U.S. This week Bear called in from the road, talking with Billboard about taking chances, how he thinks the genre has changed, and why the only souvenir he looks for in every city is a wooden animal. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
How was your Saturday? Britt Nicole posted that at her house, Saturday was for Rain Boots, swimsuits, and fur jackets. She posted a picture of her daughter as they spent portion of the day jumping in muddy puddles.
Natalie Grant says she finally caved and joined the madness. She is now on Snapchat. Her username is: itsnataliegrant
The members of For King and Country are doing their best to spread the word about Priceless the movie. Joel and Luke posted a picture from one of the band's venues this weekend. Every chair at The Outdoor Show was a lawn chair with Priceless the movie printed on the back.
A video that went viral on Facebook had an Ellie Holcomb connection. Ellie posted this weekend: Moved to tears as I watched 450 kids from my highschool serenade a teacher just before he lost his battle with cancer.
Unspoken front man Chad Mattson recently sat down to talk about the band, their new album titled Follow Through, and his favorite state fair food. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Casting Crowns Jaun Devevo says their new album is now available and options abound. Jaun posted a picture of the CD version of their project The Very Next Thing. He said: If you know what this is, go get one. If you don't...you can get it on your phone!
The 7eventh Time Down song I Still Believe is now available for free. Itickets is giving away a free download of the song from the 7eventh Time Down album God Is On The Move. Download your copy by clicking on the link at christainartistnews.info
The daughter in law of Steven Curtis Chapman is hoping to finish strong. Jillian Edwards is wrapping up a fund raiser for her new album. With just over a week to go, Jillian is 16 percent from her goal. Find out more about her new music by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
The latest album from Paul Baloche is titled “Your Mercy". Now a live performance of the title track from the project is available on youtube. Check out Your Mercy by Paul Baloche and friends by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Natalie Grant was live on facebook late last week talking about her new book Finding Your Voice. As part of the broadcast, Natalie sings several songs, shares more about the heart behind the book, and even reads excerpts from the book. Find out more about Finding Your Voice by Natalie Grant by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
The lyric video for Crowder's song Great Rejoicing is now available. Check out the lyric video for the latest release from Crowder by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
CCM Magazine recorded a live for five video with Milo and his parents Jodi King and Chris Rademaker of Love and The Outcome. Milo was kind enough to allow his parents to speak with CCM. Watch the video on Facebook by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
The Afters want to hear your Battles Stories. First see the words of the band's latest song by watching the lyric video online. Then submit your battles stories on twitter using the hash tag #TheAftersBattles
Mat Kearney says he had a good day over the weekend. He says he felt his unborn baby girl kick for the first time and then played a concert at Red Rocks in Colorado.
A special night for Big Daddy Weave late last week. Band members report that bass player Jay Weaver showed up and played with the band. They said: Such an amazing time. It felt great to have him on stage even if it was just for one night. Jay is still recovering from the amputation of both feet earlier this summer.
Blanca took one for the team this weekend. She said she's normally in bed by 9 p.m. but, this weekend she joined the band in New York walking the streets of Times Square at 2 a.m.
The Afters frontman Josh Havens was flying over the weekend. The band posted a picture of Josh catching some serious air during their Live on Forever concert in Norfolk Virginia.
Evangelist Franklin Graham is expressing outrage at the Atlantic Coast Conference's decision to move its neutral site championships out of North Carolina for the 2016-17 season. According to CBN, Graham sent a letter of protest to ACC Commissioner John Swofford urging him not to make "political pawns of student-athletes." He also accused the organization of "profound hypocrisy" for "making calculated business decisions disguised as moral outrage." The decision by both organizations is in response to House Bill 2, which prevents cities and counties from passing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Open Doors Youth is designating 18th-20th November 18 through 20 as Blackout 2016. They organization is encouraging 48 hours without Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Spotify and anything else you do online. The goal is to bring hope to the Middle East by joining the Blackout and getting sponsored to give up all things digital for a weekend. Instead, spend your time before God praying for silenced and hidden Christians in Iraq and Syria.
Five-year-old Royce Thompson was running late for kindergarten one morning, but that didn't stop him from taking a moment to honor God and his country. According to CBN News, even though he was late, Thompson stopped outside the school entrance and bowed his head. He recited the Pledge of Allegiance with his hand over his heart and then began praying for America. When his mom asked her son why he stopped to pray and say the Pledge of Allegiance, Thompson had a simple reply: "Duh, mom. It's what you're supposed to do."
Yisreal Kristal became a man long ago, but when he turns 113 in a couple of weeks, he’ll formally observe it by celebrating his bar mitzvah. According to CBN, 100 years ago when Kristal reached the Jewish age of manhood, World War I just began and there was no one to preside over his ceremony. In his 112 years Kristal has lived through some of the harshest experiences of the 20th Century, starting with watching his father join the Russian army during the First World War. He was living in Poland in 1939, when Germany invaded to start the Second World War. He and his family were forced into the ghetto in Lodz, where his two children died. Later, he and his wife were shipped to Auschwitz, where she died. Kristal survived and emigrated to Israel in 1950.
A former Atlanta fire chief who lost his job for standing on his Christian principles has been honored by the nation's most prominent Christian media association. According to CBN, The National Religious Broadcaster's gave Kelvin Cochran its 2016 Faith and Freedom Award for standing strong in the face of religious persecution. In 2014, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed received complaints about a men's devotional book Cochran had written. In the devotional, Cochran included a passage on the biblical views on sex, including a statement against homosexuality. Mayor Reed ordered Cochran to complete a "sensitivity training" and later fired him for "discrimination."
Fayetteville Christian School's senior class is already making year-end preparation, but it's not for prom, graduation, or college. Students entering their last year are making plans to return to a southern African nation to build a home for 30 orphans. The idea was birthed after the annual senior trip opened their eyes to the needs in Swaziland last year. The school hopes to raise $16,000 for the project by next spring.
A new study finds that religion affects the U.S. economy more than some of the country's biggest companies. According to Relevant Magazine, the study of the economic impact of religion on America analyzed the “economic impact of 344,000 religious congregations around the country. They valued the "total economic contribution of religion in America" at almost $1.2 trillion. To put that in perspective, that's an economic value equal to the world's 15th largest economy. It’s more than Apple, Google and Amazon—combined.
The Life Legal Defense Foundation is representing two pro-life student activists who were arrested after handing out pro-life materials outside their high school. The group appeared in federal court arguing that a Jackson, Mississippi public school district violated the constitutional rights of several members of a campus pro-life group. Kristina Garza and Brianna Baxter were part of Survivors, an organization that seeks to spread the pro-life message on school campuses. They were passing out pro-life materials outside Murah High School in 2012 when they were accused of being disruptive and arrested. The judge is expected to rule in the case in the next several weeks.
An arch that stood before the Temp of Ba'al in Palmyra, Syria, before it was destroyed by ISIS will be recreated in New York City Today. According to CBN, The Institute for Digital Archaeology announced plans to build a full-size 48-foot tall reproduction of the Victory Arch that stood for 1,800 years in front of the Temple of Ba'al. Earlier this year, the IDA cancelled plans to build the arch in Times Square, but recently announced plans to build it in New York’s City Hall Park.
A terminally ill minor has become the first child to be euthanized in Belgium since age restrictions were lifted in the country two years ago. According to a CNN report, a Belgian lawmaker says the physician-assisted suicide happened within the past week. he child, who was suffering from an incurable disease, had asked for euthanasia. The identity of the child and age are unknown.
Say goodbye to plastic plates in France. According to Mashable.com, The country is the first to ban all plastic cups, plates and silverware in a law that will take full effect in 2020. By that time all disposable dishes in France will instead have to be made from biologically sourced materials and the products must be able to be composted.
For the first time in almost two years, NASA has re-established its connection with a long-lost spacecraft. NASA's 22 months of attempts to get back in touch with STEREO-B paid off when the Deep Space Network locked onto the satellite's signal. Mission controllers still need to figure out if the spacecraft is healthy and capable of carrying on with its solar research after being unable to communicate with its home planet for such a long time, but the fact that it's in touch at all is promising. The probe and its still-functioning sibling, STEREO-A, are tasked with keeping an eye on the sun simultaneously, giving scientists a view of the entire star with their unique orbits.
Have you ever wanted to keep track of bank robberies in your neighborhood or city? Or maybe you've always wanted to help the FBI catch a bad guy? Now, according to NPR, there's an app for that. The FBI has released a Bank Robbers mobile app designed to help the public, law enforcement, and financial institutions see and share photos and information about robberies all over the country. The app allows users to sort bank robberies by date, state, and category. And if you want, a push notification will tell you when a bank robbery has occurred near your location and a link to the FBI's online tips page.
Charmian Carr, the actress best known for portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter in "The Sound of Music," has died. According to ABC News, Carr died Saturday at age 73. The cause of death was listed as complications from a rare form of dementia. At age 21, the actress portrayed Liesl von Trapp in "The Sound of Music." Officials say she was the first to the von Trapp children to pass away. After the 1965 movie, Charmian wrote a pair of books about her "Sound of Music" experiences.
Privately insured people with cancer were diagnosed earlier and lived longer than those who were uninsured or were covered by Medicaid. The findings are recorded in two recent studies. In one study, researchers examined data from more than 13,600 adult patients who had the most common type of malignant brain tumor between 2007 and 2012. The other study analyzed data from more than 10,200 adults who were diagnosed with testicular cancer between 2007 and 2011.
A Canadian man used a wine bottle to fend off a bear attack, and managed to walk away with just a few claw marks and a sore back. According to Time, the 44 year old man was in a remote area of Saskatchewan when a bear approached him. The man used his wine bottle to defend himself and said he punched the bear in the nose. Officials posted “I’d say he’s really lucky".
An effort to get a picture of Australian environmentalist Steve Irwin on Australia's banknotes is gaining traction. According to Yahoo News, a petition to get Irwin, who died in 2006 from a stingray attack, on the currency has surpassed its target of 25,000 signatures and the plan is to deliver it to Royal Australian Mint. Behind the petition is 16 year old Kyle Ryan of Melbourne and several of his friends. Kyle says "The new generation needs someone they can look up to and Steve is the perfect person".
Zach Williams had the chance to meet well known worship leader Chris Tomlin at a recent conference. He posted: So cool to get to meet this guy! So genuine. He is the real deal! Even in their picture together Zach made sure that he didn't outshine Chris. He posted the shot online with Chris standing on a chair and he was still just a couple of inches taller than Zach.
Congratulations on a job well done by Angie Smith, wife of Selah member Todd Smith. Todd posted a picture of the birthday cake and she had made for his big day. It was a replica of the Michigan football stadium. Todd posted: dreams can come true.
Crowder is giving you the chance to be one of the first to hear the song "Great Rejoicing" and watch the lyric video. Simply enter your email using the link at christianartistnews.info. In addition to hearing the new music from Crowder's upcoming new album American Periodical, you will also be entered in a drawing to win a signed vinyl edition of another song from the project titled "Run Devil Run."
Know someone whose marriage seems to be slipping away through their fingers? Family Life Today is encouraging you to listen to Plumb's story. Christian artist Tiffany Lee, who goes by the name Plumb on stage, nearly split with her husband Jeremy earlier in their marriage. This week they were featured on the program Family Life Today talking about how God brought them back together. Listen to the broadcast by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Building 429 front man Jason Roy says he finds courage in the Bible even in the midst of troubling events taking place around him. Jason posted this week: As I’m sure you are all aware current events continue to be troubling, but I continue to find great courage to live out my faith within the words of the Bible. Every day seems to bring more reasons for us to continue to strive to live our lives unashamed.
Want to attend the Nashville Premiere of For King and Country's new movie Priceless? The members of the band are giving you that chance. Joel was live on facebook this week announcing plays to fly a few of the band's social media followers to Nashville for the premiere next month. To enter, simply share the trailer for the movie and tag a friend. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Hillary Scott this week shared another Scott Family Story. The feature this time was their song Still and the faith legacy of her grandfather and their entire family. Hillary said her hope is that the music will help the listener when they are on the fence or are in a difficult place. She added: "I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about music and especially music about these subjects."
7eventh Time Down was at the World Pulse festival earlier this summer. Now you can check out a live performance of their song "Promises" recorded at that event. Check out 7eventh Time Down in concert by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
Danny Gokey is out with a new lyric video. His latest release is a lyric video for his song called Rise. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
Mac Powell was in the studio this week but he wasn't working on a Third Day album or his next country project. Instead, Mac was recording a song with the Oak Ridge Boys. Mac Powell is part of the Oak Ridge Boys song Loves Me Like a Rock. Right now you can hear a clip of the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Switchfoot has been working hard as they prepare for their upcoming Looking for America Tour with Reliant K. In fact, Tim posted: "This is the most we've ever rehearsed for a tour before." Check out a video clip of the band as they prepared by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Brandon Heath posted a picture this week with the text: here I am imparting some wisdom to these new artists. They will thank me someday. The attached picture showed Brandon talking with Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day's Mac Powell. Brandon will be on tour with the two longtime Christian musicians this fall.
When and where was the last time you prayed? Chances are it wasn’t at your local movie theater. But if Chris Tomlin’s prayers are answered, on October 25th theaters across the nation will be packed with people praying for unity. According to a Huffington Post article, earlier this summer, Chris Tomlin kicked off his pursuit of unity with live events across the country intended to bring people to their knees in prayer for our nation and for Christians. Now he's bringing his Worship Night in American to theaters across the country, but it's for one night only, October 25.
After selling out 26 of 29 arenas in 2016, Tobymac is gearing up for 2017 HITS DEEP Tour! He shared this week that the 2017 edition of the tour will include Matt Maher, Mandisa, Mac Powell from Third Day, Capital Kings, Ryan Stevenson and Hollyn. They will all join Tobymac on a trek of over 30 arenas across the U.S. The 2017 Hits Deep tour will kick off on February 9th and will run through April 9th. According to Pollstar, the 2016 “HITS DEEP Tour” was the biggest tour in Christian music and ranked in the top 35 tours in the world. Through a partnership with Food for the Hungry, concertgoers sponsored over 15,000 children.
Joni Tada will join with thousands of women for a nationwide prayer gathering this month and she is encouraging you to attend as well. Revive Our Heart's Cry Out Simulcast will be held on September 23rd. You can hear Joni's thoughts on the event by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Focus President Jim Daly is calling out the NCAA. Daly released a blog this week titled the Glaring Inconsistency of the NCAA’s Boycott of North Carolina. In his post he makes four points
Another Harvest event is coming later this month. Greg Laurie didn't have much time to relax. He just wrapped up the Southern California event and next week the speaker on A New Beginning will be back on stage, this time for Harvest Georgia. The free event will take place in Infinite Energy Arena on September 23–25 and will feature music by Chris Tomlin, Lecrae, THIRD DAY, Phil Wickham, and a gospel message by Greg Laurie.
Focus on the Family is calling the nation to prayer. Jim Daly posted: You can help save America by joining our 31 DAYS OF PRAYER effort Oct. 1 to 31 in advance of the November election. Please commit to pray with us daily throughout the month of October for our nation. Pray for healing ... for God's perfect will in the elections ... for our schools and children ... for our courts and so much more. You can download a prayer guide with 31 specific daily points of prayer by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
Family Life Today says there are four keys to a God-honoring marriage. Those keys are all found in Ephesians 4:2. They are: humility, gentleness, patience and love.
The Purpose Hotel™ campaign has exceeded the initial goal of $347-thousand dollars on Kickstarter in less than 48 hours. The project relaunched on September 12 and nearly 2,000 people joined in backing the crowd-sourced effort. The intial step allows The Purpose Hotel™ team to take steps in developing the initial designs and financing of the building. According to planners, every aspect of the global chain will directly contribute to those in need through strategic sourcing and procurement. They say just staying at the hotel will help those in need around the world.
A new drought is in full swing in Israel, as evidenced by the plummeting water level of the Sea of Galilee. Officials announced this week that the ongoing drought has resulted in the appearance of a large island near its southern shore. They say Galilee today stands nearly 15 feet below its optimal water level. They say it is fast approaching its “Black Line”, at which point it will suffer irreversible ecological damage.
China has snuffed out protests in village that got a whiff of freedom. According to World Magazine, Five years ago, the fishing village of Wukan symbolized the power of grassroots movement in communist China when protests over land grabs ended successfully with a compromise and the ability to elect its own local officials. Yet those dreams shattered as images emerged this week of riot police violently clashing with villagers after authorities imprisoned their former village leader on corruption charges last week. Before dawn, police broke into the homes of protest leaders and arrested 13 people for allegedly inciting a mob
Chile's Senate Health Commission voted in favor of legalizing abortion on Tuesday, moving one step closer to lifting the total ban on the practice, despite opposition from a majority of citizens including 100,000 Christians who marched in a pro-life rally ahead of the vote. Latin American network teleSUR reported that three out of five senators voted to approve a bill that decriminalizes abortion in the cases of rape, when the mother's life is at risk during a medical emergency, or if the baby is said to have "serious defects."
The English Standard Version (ESV) received its final update this summer, 17 years after it was first authorized by Crossway, its publisher. According to Christianity Today, the translation oversight committee changed just 52 words across 29 verses—out of more than 775,000 words across more than 31,000 verses—for the final “permanent text” edition. The board then voted, unanimously, to make the text “unchanged forever, in perpetuity.”
Anglicans, Catholics and Muslims are battling it out on the cricket field. The rivalry between the Archbishop of Canterbury's 11 and the Vatican 11, now in its third year, received an added element with the addition of Mount cricket club's Muslim team. The annual match between the Anglicans and Catholics took place on Tuesday in Canterbury with the Anglicans taking the victory and a 2-1 lead in their three matches. Both teams then traveled up to Birmingham for Thursday's triangular tournament that will include a Muslim team
Your next food delivery might come by drone, not by car. Google started testing drone food deliveries using Chipotle burritos at Virginia Tech this week. A drone was spotted Monday flying overhead before lowering a large white package to the ground. Virginia Tech was approved as a test site for drones by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2013 and the school provided safety oversight for the Google tests
You can now own a letter signed by President Lincoln. According to the West Wing Report, a letter signed by Lincoln setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation is now available for $100-thousand dollars. https://twitter.com/WestWingReport/status/776167243734548485/photo/1
A possible link between air pollution and Alzheimer's disease has been suggested by scientists. The team conducted detailed studies of brain tissue in a joint British-Mexican project. They examined the brain tissue of 37 individuals who had lived in either Mexico City or Manchester, both air pollution hotspots. Using microscopic and spectroscopic analysis, scientists found tiny magnetic particles from air pollution lodged in the brains. The materials have long been associated with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's.
Your arteries may be in trouble. Walmart may soon be home to all your favorite greasy, delicious fair foods. A Plano, Texas, Walmart has announced plans to open a new in-store restaurant, State Fair Treats, that will serve classic fair fare like corn dogs and funnel cakes. It will also peddle owner Isaac Rousso's more inventive creations: funnel cake fries, deep-fried bacon hash browns and "cookie fries". The Plano location opens Sept. 20. More locations — both in Texas and nationwide — are forthcoming.
The trial for Hubert Zafke, a 95-year-old former Nazi medic at the Auschwitz concentration camp, opened on Monday after multiple delays this year over his health. Zafke was charged with 3,681 counts of accessory to murder, on the grounds that he witnessed prisoners being sent to their deaths at Auschwitz. The charges center on a month long period in 1944, involving the deaths of Jewish people who arrived in 14 train transports, including Anne Frank and her family.
Casting Crowns Megan Garrett isn't reacting well to the steroids she was given by her doctor. She posted that she was wide awake late at night after day one of the steroids. Day two wasn't much better. She shared on twitter: can't sit still.
Selah member Amy Perry was praising her husbands creative skills this week. She posted: I told Jake I wanted a hook rack for the kitchen. Amy expected him to simply pick one up at Target for $25. Instead, Jake built one himself in under an hour for less than $10. Amy said: I love that he can just build stuff.
Long time Christian artist Michael W Smith has the admiration of thousands. But who does he admire. Michael posted a picture this week with Eric Metaxas and Mike Huckabee and shared: I have such great admiration for these two.
This Friday, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise -- the new film that chronicles the story of Australian-based Christian band Hillsong United -- will be released nationally. Earlier this week the members of the band talked with Billboard about the movie, the success of their song Oceans, and more. Check out the interview online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Hawk Nelsons Jon Steingard says Luke 6:27-36 is one of the hardest passages in the bible. He posted the 10 verses on loving your enemies this week and added: How little I tend to apply it. Praying for the courage to do it right.
Milo, the son of Love and the Outcome members Chris and Jodi, turned 7 months this week and he's already well traveled. Jodi posted: he's already been to nearly every state in the union and can say dada.https://twitter.com/loveandoutcome/status/775825967025651713/photo/1
Congratulations to Hawk Nelson front man Jon Steingard. He and his wife shared a sonogram picture and announced: No going back now! Baby Steingard coming 2017. https://twitter.com/jonsteingard/status/775784445987069952/video/1
The members of Phillips, Craig and Dean are celebrating 25 years of ministry this summer with the release of a new album titled Hymns & Psalms. Right now you can get a taste of the new project. Listen to a clip of the song Down at the Cross by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
The Afters released their fifth album on Sept. 9. The new project is called Live On Forever. Following it's release front man Josh Havens sat down to talk about the album, the title track, and some of the band's other experiences. Check out the full interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Chris Tomlin has announced a release date for his next album. The well known worship leader says his eleventh studio album, Never Lose Sight, will be available everywhere October 21. Never Lose Sight features 11 new songs, including "Good Good Father" and "Jesus". Chris said about the new album “I think joy is at the heart of this album because of what Jesus has done for us, and that’s what I hope people take away from this music."
Amy Grant will unveil her first all-new Christmas album in nearly twenty years on October 21, just in time for the holiday season. The collection of thirteen new recordings is titled Tennessee Christmas. It will offer a blend of original songs along with Grant’s own spin on popular classics. The goal of the project is to seamlessly weave together the joy, love, laughter, and even grief this season brings.
Worship Leader Paul Baloche is giving you an early taste of his next worship CD. The Album Your Mercy will be available in October. But today only you can stream the title cut from the project online. Access the audio of the song Your Mercy by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
A new vlog is now available from Hawk Nelson front man Jon Steingard. He describes it as the most random/pointless vlog yet. On the vlog a man eats popcorn, a squirrel stands on his hind legs, and Jon talks about his tattoos. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
A new video is now available on the Hillsong United web site. Members of the band announced this week that the song Street Called Mercy from their Visual Project "Of Dirt and Grace" is now up on our website. Go to the map on the site and look for the fourth flag down from the top to access the new video. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
The latest Tenth Avenue North lyric video was created by another well known Christian artist. The video for I Have This Hope was put together by Hawk Nelson front man Jon Steingard and his wife Jess. In fact, Jon says it took the couple three days and over 3-thousand photographs to create the video. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info. But watch closely because those 3-thousand pictures go by quickly.
The new book from Natalie Grant titled Finding Your Voice is now available. This week Natalie sat down with Fox and Friends to talk about the book and what she hopes women will gain from reading it. Natalie said: Don’t settle in your comfort zone. Find and live your thrive zone! Watch the entire interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Ken Davis was talking about the Confused Stage of life this week. Watch Ken's latest Lighten Up video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Jamie Grace was live in concert in a unique venue this week. She posted a picture of a piano and added: I'm gonna go play piano and sing in Atlanta at Atlantic station. Come find this piano and join my friends and I. Check out a video clip of Jamie singing "You never let go" by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
The members of For King and Country this week announced their first Nationwide Christmas tour. The tour will kick off on November 29th in Florida and will cover the country, making 14 stops before wrapping up in Arizona on December the 18th. Also on stage with For King and Country will be fellow Christian artist Lauren Daigle.
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A team of 54 young Native Americans, representing 26 tribes, traveled nearly 4,000 miles this summer and brought nearly 600 people to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. According to the NRB, the effort was part of the annual “Summer of Hope” spearheaded by the On Eagles' Wings Native American outreach of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries. The Summer of Hope has been held every summer for the past 24 years but Founder Ron Hutchcraft says "This was the summer like no other." He added "No team has ever had the challenge of reaching so many seemingly 'unreachable' and unreached Native young people. No team has been more consistent, more relentless in fighting for lives night after night after night."
Islamic radicals attacked 200 Christians at a Catholic mass in Indonesia, including children, and forced a priest to flee the church after he was threatened by the mob who harassed him as he read the Bible during a memorial service. AsiaNews says the incident occurred earlier this week at a church in Central Java, where 200 Christians had gathered to celebrate mass 1,000 days after the death of one of their loved ones. The two Muslim attackers who entered the building started to heckle and insult the priest after the first reading of the Bible, and although they were removed by police, they came back with a larger group of people and shut down the mass.
Planned Parenthood's "abortion empire" is a "house of cards" that is falling apart. That's according to Dave Daleiden, the man behind the series of undercover videos purportedly showing the abortion services provider engaging in illegal activity. According to the Christian Post, during a speech to the Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC, Daleiden said "Since the videos were released, 26 states have moved to strip Planned Parenthood of its taxpayer subsidies and reassign that money to full-spectrum, mainstream community health centers." "And for the first time in history, Congress was able to put a bill on the president's desk to completely end Planned Parenthood's half-a-billion dollars in tax-payer support."
The NCAA has moved to punish North Carolina for ‘bathroom bill’. According to World Magazine, the NCAA announced Monday it will remove seven championship events slated for North Carolina because of the state’s controversial restroom law. The NCAA Board of Governors made the decision to move the 2016-17 contests, which include the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, and first and second round NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games, because it cannot support North Carolina’s restroom policy. In March, North Carolina’s legislature adopted legislation requiring persons use the restroom or locker room facilities that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates.
Fifty religious leaders from the Christian and Muslim minorities in India met together last week to discuss the religious freedom challenges facing both groups under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. According to Christian Headlines, Christians are “facing physical, symbolic and structural violence” from Hindu extremists across the country. This view is backed up by the recent report from the Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Religious Liberty Commission, which recorded 134 attacks on Christians or their churches in the first half of 2016. That's already almost as many as the annual totals for both 2014 and 2015.
The Church of England is attempting to bring faith and science closer together with the launch of a series of new projects. According to Christian Today, In one project titled "Take your Vicar to the Lab" scientists who attend church will be urged to take their vicars on a tour of their working environments. A further seven projects have also been awarded up to 10,000 British Pounds in the new Scientists in Congregations scheme, aimed at helping churchgoers engage confidently with science and raising the profile of Christians whose vocation is science-related.
In the market for a new job? Like the great outdoors? According to Relevant Magazine, You may want to check out this new listing from Columbia Sportswear. The outdoor gear and clothing company wants to pay people to go on cool adventures, test out their latest products and show off on social media. The company has announced that they are looking for a couple of people to become their “Directors of Toughness.” People who can test gear in the most unforgiving conditions on Planet Earth and then tell the world about it.
Earlier this week Fouad Baka of Algeria finished a 1500-meter race in just 3 minutes and 49.59 seconds at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. That’s fast. In fact, according to the Huffington post, that's so fast that if Baka had finished with that time at that exact stadium in August, he would have beat out Matthew Centrowitz Jr. of the U.S. for the Olympic gold medal. Unfortunately for Baka, he wasn’t racing in the Olympics. He was racing in the Paralympics and he didn't even make the podium.
With just a single photo posted to Facebook and a GoFundMe.com page, a Good Samaritan was able to raise almost $150,000 for Fidencio Sanchez. According to ABC News, The 89 years sells popsicles from a cart in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago. While driving through the area, Joel Cervantes Macías saw Sanchez struggling to push his cart and posted a photo and GoFundMe page to his Facebook account hopping to raise 3-thousand dollars to help brighten the families day. Instead, the site page raised over 100-thousand dollars in just 24 hours.
Looking for a unique vacation site. How about the White Desert, Antarctica’s only luxury resort. The self-proclaimed “most remote hotel on this planet” is just a short trek from the South Pole. Visitors sleep in one of six heated fiberglass sleeping pods. Gourmet meals are dished up in the dining room. Activities include exploring blue ice caves, kite skiing, a sauna or visiting a local colony of 6,000 penguins. However, it isn't cheap. The 8-night adventure costs about $72,000 per person.
Your life can now be one big picnic, literally. According to today.com, A seven-story picnic basket is on the market just outside of Columbus, Ohio and it could be yours for a $5 million. The basket-shaped office building was originally built as the headquarters of The Longaberger Company, a maple wood basket manufacturer, back in 1997. However, the company recently relocated its headquarters to its manufacturing plant, and now rather odd basket building is now for sale.
Scientists think they have discover connection between full moon and earthquakes. According to Time, a new study suggests that large earthquakes are more likely to occur when there is a full or new moon. They project the reason is because of the gravitational pull on tides. Researchers from the University of Tokyo found that tides—which arise from the gravitational interaction between the Earth and the Moon—can cause changes that may trigger earthquakes. Particularly large earthquakes tend to occur near to a time of sizable tidal stress, which is often triggered by full or new moons.
Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a new documentary is focusing on the lives of five teens who were born shortly after their fathers perished on that day. According to ABC News, the documentary “The Children of 9/11: 15 Years Later” will air on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network on September 13. One of the teens featured in the documentary is Robyn Higley, of Brookfield, Conn. who was born seven weeks after her father Robert was killed in the south tower. Now 14 years old, Robyn says she’s just a regular teen. She says she takes comfort in knowing that her father, an insurance executive, helped get his co-workers to safety before he was killed.
Fifteen years after the 9-11 attacks, families of 40 percent of the World Trade Center victims have not received any remains of their loved ones. According to NPR, Death certificates have been issued for these 1,113 victims. However, many families are still waiting for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner to identify remains collected after the attacks. They're mostly bone fragments, some small enough to fit inside a test tube. The last new identification was announced in 2015. 10 scientists are still testing and re-testing the remains to find matches to DNA samples from the victims or their relatives but they say many of the remains were degraded by jet fuel from the hijacked planes and other chemicals released from the collapsed buildings.
Matt Stutzman is known as the armless archer. The American is competing this week in the Paralympics. NBC News recently recorded a video featuring Matt explaining how an armless man became one of the most talented archers in the world. Check out his technique by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Olympic gold medalist and World Champion gymnast Simone Biles has an inspiring story to tell in her new autobiography Courage To Soar. According to CCM Magazine, the official autobiography will be on sale November 15 and features a foreword by Mary Lou Retton. Simone’s entrance into the world of gymnastics started unexpectedly, but her natural talent and drive have made her into one of the top gymnasts in the world. Biles is the first woman to win three consecutive world all-around titles. She also won four gold medals and one bronze at the 2o16 Olympic Games in Rio.
Big Daddy Weave member Jason Weaver joined the rest of the band onstage last week for his first appearance since having both feet amputated to stop a devastating infection. The appearance took place at the Christian Music Broadcasters Momentum Conference where Big Daddy Weave received the "Rich Mullins Impact Award." The band shared a photo on social media as their bass player sat on stage in a wheelchair and received a long, loud standing ovation. Jason is still recovering from the amputation earlier this summer but his brother Mike Weaver, the front man of the band, says they still hope he will eventually be able to return to the band.
Mercyme was on stage for Disney's night of Joy over the weekend. He family joined him for some time in the park prior to the concert, prompting front man Bart Millard to post: I believe there are 4 phases in life:
Third Day's Mac Powell was part of a surprise birthday party over the weekend. The Georgia resident helped surprise the radio host of a morning show in Georgia, Kevin Avery, on his 50th birthday.
Chris August made good use of a recently plane ride. He posted a picture as he prepared to study Hebrews 11 during the flight. Chris described it as "A chapter filled with great examples of faith and how God's promises have been proven true from generation to generation. He wants us to have assurance. Not a blind trust or a vague hope, but a CONFIDENT faith. Awesome reminder in verse 6 that we need this faith to draw near to Him."
Casting Crowns members Megan Garrett and Melodee Devevo have differing views on dressing alike on stage. Megan posted: "She always wants to twin. I hate twinning." Casting Crowns was playing at Disney's Night of Joy over the weekend and Megan shared a picture. She said the two showed up for the show accidentally twinning, sporting the same look down to their necklace and shoes. Megan said Melodee was really happy and wouldn't stop smiling.
Jamie Grace asked for prayers for her mom and the rest of the family over the weekend. She shared: please pray for my family...my mom collapsed today and was rushed to the hospital. Jamie says chronic pain is something she fights daily and that day it was even worse then normal. However, Jamie added that the day had a definite God sighting. She said that normally the doctors haven't heard of her mom's rare condition. This time, the doctor on call not only had heard about it, but even had two other patients with the same illness.
Sing along time in the Gokey car was a revelation for Danny. He posted: That moment you realize your kids sing better than you!
The Afters were on the Lifezette web site to talk about their new album Live on Forever. The new album released last Friday. They told the online magazine that they hope that, through the new project, they will be able to inspire others through difficulty. Front man Josh Havens said “We wanted this record to encourage people in those times. We wanted this record to be a weapon for faith — a weapon for your faith in the midst of struggle.”
The digital release of the Phillips, Craig and Dean's Hymns and Psalms album now available. The new project is the three pastors first Hymns project. Phillips, Craig and Dean are also celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band this week.
Another song from Tenth Avenue North is now available. In fact, members of the band said over the weekend: We’re so excited about our new song “I Have This Hope” that we decided to release it a day early! There are now four songs available digitally from the new Tenth Avenue North album Followers. The full project releases on October 14.
Todd Smith has released another music video. The feature this time is the song Until Your Will Is Done. The song is featured on the Music Inspired By The Insanity Of God Movie sound track and includes help from Ed Cash and Nikita. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Selah is out with a taste of their song Wayfaring Stranger. The 60 second clip of the song is now available. It's from their upcoming new album Greatest Hymns Vol. 2. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Worship Leader Paul Baloche has released a five minute trailer for his new album Your Mercy. The latest project from the long time worship leader will be available on October 7. You can find out more about the album and go behind the scenes by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Another music video from Jordan Feliz is now available. The video for his song "Never Too Far Gone" released on YouTube over the weekend. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Speaking Louder Ministries is out with another video focused on the work being done by the ministry started by Jeremy Camp. Find out more from Jeremy about the organization and their work. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info. Then join Jeremy in reaching the world through the work being done by Speaking Louder Ministries.
Ryan Stevenson make a special stop on his way to a concert in Florida over the weekend. He pulled up a chair and the Chick Fil A in Valrico, Florida and played a special concert for long time employee Miss Mae and anyone else who happened to stop by. Miss Mae has been encouraging people who visit the restaurant for years so, when she can down with cancer, the community rallied around her. One of her dreams was to hear Ryan in concert and, when Ryan heard about her wish, he said he was all over it. Check out a video click of his performance by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Tenth Avenue North celebrated the tenth of September by releasing the official lyric video for their song I Have This Hope. Their Tenth On The Tenth release is a regular feature for the band leading up to the release of their new album Followers in mid October. Check out the new lyric video for I Have This Hope by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Chris Tomlin and Jason Crabb will headline the Sixth Annual Music With A Mission concert in early October. In addition to Chris and Jason, the Nashville Symphony will be joined by a wide variety of other artists including country stars Lorrie Morgan and Mo Pitney. The event will be held on Sunday, October 2 with proceeds benefiting Nashville Rescue Mission. The Mission serves over 2,000 meals a day, and provides over 800 men, women, and children experiencing homelessness with safe shelter each night.
Planning to attend Revive Our Hearts True Woman conference? You might want to move quickly. Officials announced over the weekend that tickets are selling out. They say less than 100 tickets to True Woman '16 remain. 7,000 women are expected to join Revive Our Hearts in Indianapolis for the event September 22 through 24.
Joni and Friends is reaching out to wounded soldiers through their Wounded Warrior Getaways. This week the organization will be ministering to warriors with disabilities and their wives and children at their fall Wounded Warrior Getaway. They say the goal is to provide ministry to disabled veterans and their families. Joni Tada asks: would you please join me in praying that God will instill hope and courage into the hearts of these brave American servicemen who have suffered devastating injuries?
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America’s megachurches are getting even bigger. According to new research from the group Church Growth Today, the megachurch phenomenon has exploded—especially among evangelicals—and today there are more than 200 churches across the country that boast more than 6,000 attendees each week. And, not only has the number of megachurches grown, so has attendance among the most mega. From 2000 - 2010, the 100 largest churches in the U.S. doubled in size. Currently, every weekend across the U.S. 1.6 million attend one of the country’s 100 biggest megachurches. The largest remains Lakewood Church in Houston, pastored by Joel Osteen, which alone, brings in more than 52,000 every weekend.
The New York Times has posted a startling report on just how difficult life has become for many Christians living in Egypt. According to Relevant, despite the insistence from officials within the Muslim government that “everything is good” in regards to relations between Muslims and Christians, Christian leaders paint a very different picture. The article contains some disturbing stories of homes being burned, Christians being attacked and murdered and churches being vandalized. In many cases, police and law enforcement have done little to stop the violence or punish those responsible.
A West Point football coach is under fire for saying the name "Jesus" at the end of a post game locker room prayer. According to Charisma News, A video of coach Jeff Monken's prayer at the U.S. military academy was posted online and sparked outrage. An anti-religion group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation said the video violated the First Amendment right of some of the cadets. A West Point spokesperson said in a statement "As a result of this allegation, West Point officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter."
Three Sudanese Christian leaders and a Czech aid worker are currently on trial in Sudan, facing charges that carry a potential death penalty. Their trial began on August 21 for Rev. Hassan Abdelrahim Kodi, Rev. Kuwa Shemaal, Christian leader Abdelmoneim Abdelmoula and Czech national Petr Jasek. After their arrest in December, all four were accused of conducting intelligence activities and providing material support for rebels in Sudan’s South Kordofan region. A recent post by icommittopray.com asks Christians worldwide to prayer for the four. They say: pray for a just verdict and their immediate release.
Long lines of Maryland residents and those in surrounding areas were expected Saturday at a BP gas station to receive free gas for their cars as part of a Maryland church's effort to have a ministry like Jesus. The Christian Post reported last last week that the First Baptist Church of District Heights would be hosting a "Gas Buy-Down" event. The goal was to allow locals to fill their gas tanks free of charge for up to $20. The event was co-sponsored by the local BP gas station. The pastor and many members of the church were at the gas pumps to service as many vehicles as possible. T
China's Communist Party arrested the Vatican-appointed coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, earlier this week because he hasn't been approved by Chinese officials. According to the ChristianPost, the regime has long allowed only bishops approved by Communist state officials to serve in its territory, even if such bishops have officially been appointed by the Vatican. AsiaNews reported late last week that Shao was making preparations to honor the funeral of Msgr. Vincent Zhu Weifang, the original Bishop of Wenzhou who died earlier this week. Christians in the city are saying that Shao was arrested shortly before Zhu's death, with the aim to prevent him from participating in the funeral and taking possession of the diocese.
Ashley Jones and her husband lost their two year old daughter Skylar to spinal muscular atrophy. Now, six years later, Ashley relys on a collection of photographs to introduce her little girl to people who never had the chance to know her. According to In Touch Ministries, Jones wanted to also help other families also capture and preserve their life together, so she started offering a free portrait session to anyone with a terminal diagnosis. Her nonprofit, Love Not Lost, connects photographers to families and presents the diagnosed person with a photo book.
A 69-year-old U.S. Navy veteran from Georgia has passed away peacefully after recently fulfilling his wish to go fishing one last time. According to Yahoo News, Connie Willhite's last outdoor adventure was made possible by the hospice staff at the Carl Vison VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia. Though he was bedridden, staff were determined to make sure Willhite, who was quite an outdoor enthusiast, experienced one final fishing adventure. VA social worker Greg Senters, along with other hospice staff members, pushed Willhite's hospital bed from the VA medical center to Lake Leisure, a nearby pond. The vet fished for about four hours and even caught several fish.
The woman in an iconic photo shown kissing an ecstatic sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. According to ABC News, Greta Zimmer Friedman was 92. Friedman fled Austria during the war as a 15-year-old. She died Thursday at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, from complications of old age. Greta Friedman was a 21-year-old dental assistant in a nurse's uniform when she became part of one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century.
Once upon a time, there was a strange little woman who lived in an upside down house. Her name was Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and she was a combination of friend and therapist to all the kids who lived in her small town. According to NPR, Author Betty MacDonald began making up stories about Mrs. Piggle Wiggle for her family in the 1940s; those bedtime tales led to a series of classic children's books. Now, MacDonald's great-granddaughter Annie Parnell has teamed up with Ann M. Martin — who created the Babysitter's Club books — to reboot the series for modern readers.
A new movement is underway to label foods with their equivalent amount of the exercise. According to Time, it’s seen as one way to help fight skyrocketing rates of obesity and other weight-related diseases. The idea is to provide icons on packages that would show a stick figure walking, running, swimming or biking next to the number of minutes required to cancel out calories consumed. Officials say a mocha coffee drink would take 53 minutes to walk off and you would have to run 30 minutes to counteract a blueberry muffin and 43 minutes to take care of a couple of slices of cheese pizza.
Tim Tebow has secured a minor league contract with the NY Mets. According to the Christian Post, The Heisman Trophy winner who had hoped to wow at least one of his MLB prospects into offering him a contract has finally landed a deal. ESPN reports that Tebow is set to begin his professional baseball career in the team's instructional league, which runs from Sept. 18 through Oct. 8 in Florida.
Joel from For King and Country celebrated the release day of Priceless the Novel this week by video taping himself while purchasing a copy of the book at his local Costco. Watch Joel purchase his book and also provide instructions on purchasing your own. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info. Then be ready for Priceless the movie coming out in October.
Blanca is finally getting back on her feet. She posted earlier: I haven't done my hair or put makeup on in a week cause I've been feeling under the weather. Today's the 1st day I'm starting to feel better! However, she might have tried to come back to soon. She posted the following morning: Lost my voice last night on tour. Blanca says prayers for her recovery would be appreciated.
Paul Baloche was shooting videos this week. He posted: Shooting some guitar tutorials for the Your Mercy project. Your Mercy is the next album scheduled for release by the long time worship leader.
Natalie Grant sat down this week to talk about her new book Finding Your Voice: What Every Woman Needs to Live her God Given Passions Out Loud. The book is scheduled for release next week. In an interview with the Huffington Post, talks about her goals for the book and why it is important for women to find their voice. Read more about the latest book from Natalie Grant by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Passion is giving away copies of Crowder's new album American Prodigal. Crowder is scheduled to be on stage during the Passion 2017 conference for College students in early January. This week Passion announced that, if you register for the conference by midnight Sunday night you will receive a free, signed copy of Crowder's new album that will release on September 23. The CD features songs ranging from Run Devil Run to My Victory. It's described as being full of the lyrical honestly and unique blend of music influences that Crowder is known for.
Mercyme's Bart Millard was doing a live facebook broadcast for the first time ever just because you needed to see him eat lunch. Mercyme was playing a concert in Oregon that evening and Bart logged on just after playing golf with the rest of the band and Jeremy Camp. Watch the video and be prepared to laugh. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info to see a recording of the video.
Hillary Scott was live with Rachel Cruze's on facebook this week. The daughter of financial expert Dave Ramsey was talking with Hillary about how women can stop comparing and start connecting more with each other! Hillary will also be speaking and singing at Rachel's upcoming business boutique in November. Check out the facebook video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
7eventh Time Down front man Mikey Howard re-released a video this week. The video features Mikey teaching you how to play the bands latest release God is on the Move. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Zach Williams' song Chain Breaker is off to a great start. The acoustic, lyric video of the song recorded a half million views on facebook in less than 12 hours. Chain Breaker also climbing to number one this week on the iTunes Chart. Watch the acoustic video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Matt Redman released a video this week talking about his latest book 10,000 Reasons. The interview talks about the heart behind the new book, telling the Stories of Faith, Hope, and Thankfulness Inspired by the Worship Anthem by the same name. Check out the interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
CBN sat down this week to talk to Hillsong United about their upcoming new movie Let Hope Rise. The movie chronicles the rise of the band from a worship group to a band known worldwide. It will release in theaters on September 16. Check out the interview about the documentary by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Worship Leader Paul Baloche was live on facebook this week for a live question and answer time talking about his new album Your Mercy. In his first ever facebook live broadcast Paul spent more than an hour talking about the project and answering questions from all over the world. Check out the facebook live video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Skillet released their new music video for the song Stars this week exclusively on people.com. The song is from their new album Unleashed that released in early August. Check out the music video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.inf
A new video from Britt Nicole is now available. The video featuring an acoustic version of Through Your Eyes is online. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey will ring in this year's holiday season together on the Celebrate Christmas Tour. Launching Dec. 1, the Celebrate Christmas Tour is scheduled to hit 11 cities. They will make stops in Alabama, Texas, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Louisiana before concluding December 18 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Unspoken will be joining Steven Curtis Chapman and Crowder on a Christmas tour this fall. The tour will kick off in New York, New York on November 28 and will cover much of the Eastern half of the United States before wrapping up in San Antonio, Texas on December 18.
Insight for Living this week shared an interview between Colleen Swindoll and Kay Warren on mental health, based on Kay Warren's own experience. As part of the interview, Kay Warren offers practical tools and hands-on direction for supporting individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges based on her own personal tragedy and with professional insight. Watch the interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
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Wycliffe Associates has developed a new tool that enables indigenous Bible translators to translate the Bible into languages that are only spoken and have no written form. According to the organization, nearly 2,000 such languages are spoken today. In response, Wycliffe has now adapted their MAST translation program to include a Bible Translation Recording Kit that will facilitates Bible translation just as quickly for oral languages as it does for written ones. Each Bible Translation Recording Kit contains a computer tablet, special software, and recording equipment.
The United Nations Children's Fund has just released an alarming new report that found that there are currently more than 50 million children who have been driven from their homes by global instability and violence. According to their findings, 11 million are either refugees or asylum-seekers forced to flee their homes because of violence, terrorism or instability. Many are from Syria and Afghanistan. At least 20 million others have fled because of natural disasters, poverty or climate change. 17 million more have been displaced within their own country, as violent conflicts and the spread of ISIS plagues many countries across the Middle East.
Bible publishers Biblica Europe joined with church leaders this week to the launch of the new God's Justice Bible at the Jubilee Room in the Palace of Westminster. God's Justice: The Holy Bible includes contributions from more than 50 scholars and theologians from all corners of the world. It provides commentary about how every book of the Bible speaks to God desire for justice. Each book of the Bible includes the complete text, along with helpful book introductions, notes, and a final page with questions for reflection or conversation and a closing prayer.
Ben Hur is officially the biggest bust of summer 2016 and is on track to lose $120 million or more. According to sources close to the film and multiple box-office analysts, the Paramount/MGM release has grossed just $53.9 million since its mid-August debut. The Yahoo News report says Ben-Hur cost nearly $100 million to make. MGM will take the majority of the financial hit, since it put up more than 80 percent of Ben-Hur’s budget.
A college student has invented a recyclable, foldable helmet that is so compact that it could be sold in vending machines or carried in your pocket.. According to NBC News, Isis Shiffer, an industrial design student at the Pratt Institute in New York City. Her helmet is made from waterproofed recycled paper, allowing it to hold up in inclement weather. Its radial honeycomb pattern allows the helmet to absorb blows from any direction.
Startled residents of a Russian city inside the Arctic Circle have been posting photos of a local river that has mysteriously turned blood red. According to Yahoo news, Photos published on Russian social media appear to the show the Daldykan River flowing vivid burgundy. Russian authorities have yet to establish a reason for the river’s unusual appearance, but local people quickly linked it to a giant metals plant upstream. The town is known as one of the most polluted cities on earth, built around factories mostly belonging to a vast metals company.
The nation’s Latino population has long been characterized by its rapid growth. But a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data finds that the growth of the U.S. Latino population has slowed since 2007, when the Great Recession started, immigration from Latin America cooled and Latino fertility rates began to fall. Between 2007 and 2014, the U.S. Hispanic population grew annually on average by 2.8%. This was down from a 4.4% growth rate between 2000 and 2007 and down from 5.8% annually in the 1990s. As a result, the Hispanic population, once the nation’s fastest growing, has now slipped behind Asians, whose population grew at an average annual rate of 3.4% from 2007 to 2014.
A 14-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, has been moving thousands of people on social media after a photograph of him giving away his shoes to a homeless man has gone viral. According to ABC News, The act of kindness took place this Labor Day when the tee went out to do homeless outreach with a local nonprofit group focused on "teaching our community how to uplift one another." When he saw a homeless man who had holes in his shoes, the teen took the shoes off his feet and gave them away.
Beatrix Potter died 73 years ago. This week she released a new book. Potter is best known for her book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” an immediate bestseller. Over the course of her life she produced more than 20 additional books as she created an animal universe. This week, her publishing company expanded that universe further when they published a “rediscovered” Potter story titled “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots.” The manuscript for the book was found by an editor in 2013 in the Potter archives at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London .
Congratulations to Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey. He posted a picture side by side with his girl friend, Harmony Welsh, and she was showing off a sparkling diamond ring. Dave posted: excited to live the rest of my life with this amazing woman. Let the celebration begin. We are engaged!
Love and the Outcome is getting high marks from their home country. They posted the Canadian Christian radio Chart this week and thanked everyone in Canada for making their song, The God I Know, number one on the chart. The natives of Canada jumped up two spots this week, climbing from number 3 last week and replacing Tobymac in the top spot.
Meredith Andrews didn't let her touring schedule get in the way of her home life. She posted a picture as her boys prepared for their first day of little league.
Another Let Hope Rise devotional from Hillsong. This time the focus is The Power of the Cross. Check out the devotional by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
Colton Dixon isn't the only singer in the Dixon family. Colton announced this week that his sister Schyler Dixon has released her first EP. The six song project is titled Enough. And Colton says she even let him help out with one song. Colton joins Schyler on Let Me Down.
Jeremy Camp is giving away the guitar he used on his tour of Japan. As part of Jeremy's I Will Follow Tour Giveaway Contest, Jeremy is giving away the Yamaha Acoustic guitar as well as tickets to one of his shows. Enter online. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
Another vlog is now up from Hawk Nelson's Jon Stiengard. From global warming to meeting Jon's twin, this vlog has it all. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Hillsong United was on the Today Show this week, performing their song "Oceans" and sharing about their movie Let Hope Rise and their live album Of Dirt And Grace - Live From The Land. Check out their performance by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Building 429 is out with a new lyric video combined with a live performance of their song Be With Us Now, Emmanuel. Check out the performance and the song lyrics by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Dan Bremnes is in Canada this week and, in promotion of his Where the Light Is tour, he held his first ever life facebook video question and answer time. However, if you missed the live broadcast, you can now check out the recorded version. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
The Hillsong Movie is scheduled to be in theaters on September 16. This week members of the band posted: Can't find a theater near you? No worries! 200+ theaters will be added before opening day! The documentary spotlights Hillsong UNITED’s journey from a youth group band at Hillsong Church to a band recognized worldwide.
Pastor Greg Laurie is now on iDisciple. According to Harvest.org, those who download the free app can connect with pastor Greg along with more than 250 other top Christian leaders.
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An Anglican diocese in Ghana has launched a campaign to fight child trafficking in the nation. According to Christian Today, the campaign is slated to take place over five years with a goal of building a new community shelter for children rescued from the human trafficking industry. The shelter would provide a place for children to live and pursue and education. The United States embassy is also taking part in the project to keep children from sex trafficking and forced labor. A $5 million agreement was signed in support of Ghana’s efforts to combat child trafficking.
Actor Kirk Cameron is looking to inspire the nation with a live theatrical event called "Revive Us." According to CBN, Cameron is planning a one-of-a-kind experience will bring people of faith from across the country to converge on movie theaters nationwide on October 18. "Revive Us" will feature Dr. Ben Carson, pastors Francis Chan and Dr. James MacDonald, best-selling authors Eric Metaxas and Jennifer Rothschild, along with musical performances by Vertical Church Band. The evening will conclude with a question-and-answer session created from audience-submitted questions and a time for audience members to gather in their respective theaters for prayer.
Wycliffe Bible Translators has started a new campaign that seeks to encourage discussion about the Gospel and show that despite statistics suggesting millennials and teenagers are becoming less engaged with God, the Bible still matters greatly in people's lives. According to the Christian Post, Wycliffe is beginning a new campaign called Why Bible. Officials say "The goal is to create a forum for testimonies and stories shared about the Bible's incredible impact on individuals, communities and the world."
Several news sites are reporting that a Saudi Arabia court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison, along with a punishment of 2,000 lashes, for several messages on his Twitter account that denied the existence of God and criticized the Koran, the Islamic holy book. According to the Christian Post, The Sun first reported on the story on Wednesday, revealing that the atheist refused the chance to repent, and instead said that his Twitter messages reflected his views, further arguing that he had the right to express them. Police investigated his social media accounts and found that he had accused Islamic prophets of lying and teaching hostility. The man also denied the existence of God, which under a controversial law is marked as "terrorism."
Television and movie star Kevin Sorbo is working on a new film about an atheist who, upon experiencing a near-death experience, converts to Christianity. According to the Christian Post, the movie is titled "Let There Be Light." The film is in production and recently completed a shoot in Birmingham, Alabama.Sorbo's wife Sam co-wrote the script for "Let There Be Light." Sorbo also played an atheist in the surprise 2014 box office hit "God's Not Dead." There he played a professor who demands that all his students conclude that God is not real only to be challenged by a young Christian man.
Phyllis Schlafly, the iconic pro-family activist who rose to fame in the 1970s when she campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment, has died at age 92. According to the Eagle Forum, the conservative organization she founded, Schlafly gained national prominence by leading traditional-religious women in the movement against the Equal Rights Amendment. The Fox News report says she went on to become one of the most influential pro-family activists in the 1980s and 1990s, authoring 27 books and thousands of articles.
We know Amazon owns the online retail market. But exactly how well are they doing? A new study by market research firm Baird Equity Research found that Amazon sold 6 times more online than the next 8 largest retailers combined. Baird estimates that Amazon sold $59 billion worth of products in the second quarter of 2016. The eight big box retailers on the list, including Walmart, Target, and BestBuy, sold roughly $10 billion worth of products in the same period combined. The study also found that Amazon's growth in online sales volume was 10 times higher than the 8 large retailers combined. Amazon saw its online sales volume increase $14 billion in the second quarter of 2016. The other 8 retailers saw their online sales volume grow only $1.3 billion over the same period.
Tiffany Wienke had only been alligator hunting twice before she bagged a behemoth on Mississippi’s Bayour Pierre. According to NBC, Wienke’s alligator measured in at 13 feet, and 7/8 inches. The 686 pound beast that is just one-eighth of an inch longer than the previous record, but bigger is bigger, and Wienke is now the new state record-holder. With the help of her husband and four others on the boat, Wienke caught her prize after a two hour battle.
When he was 2, Jeremy Shuler was reading books in English and Korean. At 6, he was studying calculus. Now, according to Yahoo news, at an age when most kids are attending middle school, the exuberant 12-year-old is a freshman at Cornell University, the youngest the Ivy League school has on record. Jeremy is the home-schooled child of two aerospace engineers who were living in Grand Prairie, Texas, when he applied to Cornell. While Jeremy's elite-level SAT and Advanced Placement test scores in math and science at age 10 showed he was intellectually ready for college, Collins said what sealed the deal was his parents' willingness to move to Ithaca. Jeremy's father, Andy Shuler, transferred from Lockheed Martin in Texas to its location in upstate New York.
A happy ending to a lost dog story. According a Yahoo News, Edward Casas was boating in the middle of Lake Michigan with his wife when their son's 10-month-old puppy, Rylee, fell overboard. By the time the couple realized he was gone the dog was no where to be seen. Edward called a lost dog search team but the night went by with no sightings. It wasn't until the next morning that someone reported seeing the dog. Officials say Rylee swam over six miles and then walked another 12 miles through the woods before he was tracked down and returned to his owners.
A high school in South Carolina that barred students from bringing American flags to sporting events after they were allegedly used to taunt Hispanic students from another school, has since reversed its decision. According to the Christian Post, Travelers Rest High School Principal Lou Lavely insisted that he has "the utmost respect for our flag," but argued that using it to display unsportsmanlike behavior is in itself "improper and disrespectful to our flag." However, he agreed to reverse his position following an 'uproar' from members of the community. Officials stated that, "Instead of restricting possession of the flag, the TRHS administration will, if needed, address the misuse of the flag, or any other inappropriate behavior, on an individual basis."
Serena Williams has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles in tennis, including six U.S. Opens. In honor of her domination, Gatorade partnered with Serena to release a brand-new interactive game on Snapchat. According to Time, the 22-level game takes you through each of Williams’s major match points for those Grand Slam titles over 17 years. To play, you simply tap to serve and again to return shots to the left or right of the opponent’s side of the court. This marks the first multi-level mobile game on Snapchat.
When 18-year-old Lachlan Smart recently touched down in eastern Australia, he became the youngest person to fly around the world solo in a single engine aircraft. According to NPR, His seven-week-long journey flying a Cirrus SR22 aircraft took him to 24 locations and 15 countries, ultimately ending up at the same airstrip where he first took off on July 4. And at 18 years, 7 months and 21 days, he's almost a full year younger than the previous record holder, American Matt Guthmiller. According to his website, the journey spanned over 24,000 nautical miles.
The Atlanta Braves have definite interest in Tim Tebow and are looking into signing him to a minor league deal. According to ESPN, The Braves were one of five clubs that spoke one-on-one with Tebow after his Los Angeles workout in late August. The former NFL quarterback announced last month that he is interested in returning to baseball, a sport he hasn't played since he was a high school junior in 2005. He generated mixed reviews during his session that lasted more than two hours, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement.
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This Labor Day Focus President Jim Daly suggests you Make Memories with a Family Adventure. He posted: Do you have any Labor Day plans? If you don’t, you might be in for treat this weekend. Throw caution to the wind and have a “bit over the top” spur-of-the-moment family event that will give you memories for years to come.
Building 429's Michael Anderson had a recent day off and he made the most of it. Michael says he went fishing and posted a picture of the 17 mackerel that had been caught.
Unspoken is introducing Don, their keyboard player. They posted: His favorite verse is Luke 6:38, he loves all things vintage keys and even has a "modest" collection of over 50 vintage pianos and keyboards), and lives off candy and coffee! Travel must haves? Gum. Mints. Altoids... and, of course, candy. Don used to play keys for the JJ Weeks Band and toured the world with L.A. based Elvis impersonator Scot Bruce.
Colton Dixon took a break time from song writing over the weekend. He says he had to test out his new Jay Cutler/Chicago Bears helmet. Colton posted: Too late for me to try out?
Jamie Grace says she is selling some of her guitars and keyboards. She posted: my parents told me it had to leave their garage. Included are several key boards, an electric guitar, and an acoustic guitar.
Mercyme's Mike Scheuchzer was celebrating this week. He posted a picture confirming that he had out driven Jeremy Camp on the golf course. However, Mike admitted that it only happened once and Jeremy added that he had a handicap. He said: I didn't have my own driver
Darlene Zschech posted several pictures and she celebrated fathers day over the weekend. The Australian worship leader says they had a get together with family and friends for lunch. Father's day in Australia is celebrated on the first Sunday in September.
Jamie Grace has released a new instructional video. This time her topic is how to become a youtuber. Jamie posted: people ask me all of the time, "how do I get started on YouTube?" Well, I heard you, and bottled all of what I know into an online course.
Two members of Big Daddy Weave were overseas over the weekend. Mike Weaver and Brian Beihl were in The UK doing some shows for Premier praise. Mike says it was their first time in in the UK and they had a great time.
Citizenway member Ben Calhoun had a special assistant for his Music Maker Boot Camp late last week. He posted that his daughter was serving as his assistant for the training series and they made it especially good.
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Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, defended her faith against mocking co-workers who tried to make her convert to Islam. According to Voice of the Martyers, She was later convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. VOM says: In Pakistan, more than 150,000 Christians have signed a petition demanding justice for persecution victims, including Asia Bibi. Now you can join with The Voice of the Martyrs and our Pakistani brothers and sisters in a call for mercy. VOM hopes to gather 1 million signatures on behalf of Asia, who now sits in prison awaiting the High Court's ruling on her appeal. VOM will deliver the petition, along with the list of signers, to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC.
Mission India’s website just got a facelift. And according to Mission Network News, the updated website has some exciting implications for the awareness and mobilization of their ministry. Officials explain, “Our old website was about 10-years-old, and we really wanted to give it a new refresh that really told a story of what God is doing in India in a very compelling and mobile-friendly way. So we went ahead and expedited the process of creating this new website.” One of the most exciting improvements is Mission India’s ability to impact an even wider audience with news of God’s work in India.
The Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar on Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Christian neighborhood in northwestern Pakistan where at least one security guard was killed. According to Charisma News, a Taliban spokesman said there were "several deaths" in the attack on the neighborhood. The military said four attackers wearing suicide vests and carrying firearms were killed.
iMom is launching a 30 Day Pillow Talk Challenge. The organization focused on helping and encouraging mom's says bed time is an excellent time for moms to really connect with their children. In response, they have released a printable list of 30 questions you can ask your kids as they are settling into their bed for the night. Find out more about the 30 Day Pillow Talk Challenge by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Twelve people suspected of discussing plans to attack the Rio Olympics, including a "biochemical attack" on a water reservoir, were indicted in Brazil Friday. According to NBC News, The men were arrested in a series of anti-terrorism raids in late July, a couple of weeks before the Olympic Games. The group pledged allegiance to an ISIS offshoot. Brazil's Justice Minister at the time called the poorly organized group "absolutely amateur" with "no preparation at all." However, a source now says the plot was more serious than initially described.
Colin Kaepernick's decision to speak out against racial injustice and police brutality, as well as direct critical words at officers across the nation, has the Santa Clara police union saying its officers might stop working San Francisco 49ers home games. According to NBC News, a letter penned by union members to the San Francisco 49ers stated that if the organization does not take action against Kaepernick, "it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities." The Santa Clara Police Department is the lead police agency at Levi’s Stadium. During 49er games, around 70 officers volunteer to work and are paid as security personnel.
After a student's recent suicide left Mason High School in Ohio reeling, five teen girls left encouraging notes on thousands of lockers as a way to start healing. According to ABC News, The campaign was initiated by a MHS sophomore, who said she and her friends spent nearly eight hours writing messages like "You are strong" and "You are unbreakable" on thousands of Post-it notes. She said that the girls placed the sticky notes on over 3,600 of the high school's lockers. They also placed notes on teachers' doors and administrative staff members' desks.
Doctors at a hospital in Gainesville, Florida, recently separated conjoined twin girls with the help of 3-D printing. According to Yahoo News, the twins, Scarlett and Savannah, each had their own complete set of organs but were attached at the liver, diaphragm, sternum and heart. To help the doctors prepare for the risky procedure, they created what they believe is the first-ever 3-D printed conjoined twin heart. The life-sized model allowed surgeons to examine the twins' shared structures in the heart and practice the surgical separation itself.
For the first time, human beings are getting a look at Jupiter's north pole. According to ABC News, NASA's Juno spacecraft orbited Jupiter as close as 2,500 miles from the planet on Aug. 27. NASA unveiled the images late last week, just 6 megabytes of imagery data that took a day and a half to download. That small package contained views of Jupiter's north pole, which, one scientist said, "looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before." They pointed out that “It’s bluer in color up there than other parts of the planet, and there are a lot of storms," and is "hardly recognizable as Jupiter." The spacecraft will conduct 35 more flybys
A server's simple act of compassion went a long way this week. According to Mashable.com, Kasey Simmons, who works at a Dallas-area Applebee's restaurant, was waiting in a grocery store checkout line last Monday when he noticed another patron — an older woman — looking dejected. So Simmons chatted with the woman. When she reached the register, he even paid for her groceries. But Simmons had no idea just how grateful the woman was. The next day, her daughter visited Simmons' workplace — and left a $500 tip on a $0.37 bill. In a letter written on a restaurant napkin, the daughter explained that the day at the grocery store was a hard one for her mother: it marked the third anniversary of her husband's death. She wrote "you made her year."
Lauren Daigle now has a Gold album. It was announced this week that Daigle's debut album, How Can It Be, has officially sold more than a half million copies. The album logged more than five weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, positioning her as the fastest-selling new artist in Contemporary Christian music in the past decade.
Third Day is at a fork in the road. Guitarist Mark Lee wrote in a blog this week: We finished the tour with Steven and a few shows of our own. We’re winding down the recording of our next record. There’s a feel of “What’s next?”, that brings with it a sense of excitement as well as a little uncertainty. It's been 25 years since the guys from Third Day held their first show Mark says: I was uncertain all those years ago about my circumstances, but I answered the call God was placing on my life. Likewise, my present circumstances might be a little different from the structure I’m used to, but I will do the same thing. I will follow after Jesus and answer his call.
Meredith Andrews shared some thoughts on rest this week. She posted: Today I choose not to strive but to rest. Rest in whose I am. Rest in my identity as a beloved daughter of the King. Rest in the fact that God has me...my family, my future, my heart. The Kingdom of God is opposite from the world. Instead of striving and straining, we are called to faith and rest.
Want to attend the GMA Dove Awards? Want a chance to "accidentally" photobomb a picture with Dove Awards Artists? The Gospel Music Association is looking for volunteers for the event that will take place at Nashville’s Allen Arena on Tuesday, October 11. To apply to Volunteer click on the link at christianartistnews.info http://bit.ly/gmavolunteer
Speaking Louder Ministries is asking for you to join them in prayer. The ministry founded by Jeremy Camp posted this week: We ask that you would consider committing one hour of focused prayer for Speaking Louder. Some of their prayer points include the concert and outreach scheduled for India in January of next year and a preparation trip that will take place on the 14 and 15 of this month. Speaking Louder Ministries also requested prayer for future projects in the works in Russia, Brazil, China, the Ukraine, and in the USA.