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More on Jason Jamison, Drummer for the band Tenth Avenue North: Jason loves peanut butter and chocolate. He also loves coffee. And golf. And drums. Jason has just returned to touring with the band after he and his wife welcomed their fourth baby into the world.

Matthew West's ministry Pop We is giving you shot at winning a pair of tickets and meet and greets to The All In Tour! Sign up online by clicking on the link at

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) this week announced the nominees for the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will air the awards show on Sunday, Oct. 22. Voting for the final winners will run Aug. 21 through Aug. 28. Zach Williams and Lauren Daigle lead artist nominations with five, followed by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE with four nods each.

Randy Phillips, from Phillips Craig and Dean, this week unveiled the new bell they will hang in their chapel. The bell comes from Paris and was cast in 1729.

The Tenth Avenue North Classic Golf Tournament will take place next week in North Carolina. The event will be co-hosted by professional golfers Kevin Streelman and Chesson Hadley and will raise money for a variety Christ centered ministries.

Danny Gokey shared a typical picture of what family time looks like when he's home. He said it usually includes his daughter falling asleep on his chest while he rubs his wife and sons feet with one hand and scrolls through emails on his phone with the other.

Jason Crabb will be honored by his home state of Kentucky when he is inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2018. Crabb will be honored alongside five other inductees. The announcement was made today during a press conference at the Hall of Fame in Mount Vernon, KY. The induction ceremony will be held May 11, 2018 at the Center For Rural Development in Somerset, KY.

The Full Circle Music Show recently talked with Jordan Feliz. Now the podcast of the interview is available. Hear his story, the work it takes, and embracing the slow climb to success.

Only in Nashville can a simple pool party turn into a gathering of some of Christian music's top Christian ladies. Mandisa posted a picture with some of her friends, including Natalie Grant, Blanca, Ellie Holcomb, Jodie from Love and the Outcome, Jaime Jamgochian, Jasmine Murray, Lindsay McCaul and Moriah Peters.

Another new song from the Third Day album Revival is now available. Check out there song Anything is Possible by clicking on the link at

Micah Tyler will release full length album later this fall. He announced this week that the project, titled Different, will be available on October 20.

Another ask Jeremy video is now available from Jeremy Camp. The latest question is about when Jeremy ran away as a child. Check out his answer by clicking on the link at

The official music video from Danny Gokey's new song “The Comeback” is now available. The video was filmed at the Grand Ole Opry and includes a marching band, high flying cheer leaders, and, of course, Danny Gokey. Check it out by clicking on the link at

A new acoustic video is now available from Gateway Worship. The video of "Open The Heavens" was released this week

Something new from Jamie Grace. She says the latest thing on Youtube is having your boyfriend do your makeup. But since she doesn't have a boyfriend Jamie tried something different. In her latest Jamie Grace show video she has her dad do her makeup. Check it out online

A new lyric video is now available from Skillet. The band this week released their song The Resistance on Billboard. Check out the video debut by clicking on the link at

Ever wonder what tour life looks like when no one's watching? Check out Episode 2 of Tour Through Tim's Eyes from Tim Foreman of the group Switchfoot. Click on the link at

Newsboys front man Michael Tait was flying high this week. He posted a video as he experienced the Jet Turbine Wind Tunnel in Austin, Texas.

Pastor and author David Jeremiah is out with a new devotional reading plan. He has taken the books of Psalms and Proverbs and put them into a 30-day devotional. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Greg Laurie was on Good Morning Dallas this week talking about the transformation of Steve McQueen. Now you can hear his interview online. Click on the link at

6 small tweaks that will transform your church website.
Get your menus set up correctly.
Make sure your content is correct and updated.
Use the best possible graphics.
Activate online giving and label it properly.
Make it easy to contact your church.
Use your homepage wisely.

5 Powerful Ways for Parents to Lead
Challenging the Process
Inspiring a Shared Vision
Enabling Others to Act
Modeling the Way
Encouraging the Heart

The future of American religion is increasingly being driving by the nones and nons—the religiously unaffiliated and the denominationally unaffiliated. A new Gallup study finds the percentage of Americans who identify with a specific Protestant denomination has fallen from 50 percent in 2000 to 30 percent in 2016. That can be tied to a surge in Americans who say they have no religious preference and those who say they are nondenominational Protestants. From 2000 to 2016, nones rose from 10 percent to 20 percent, while nondenominationals almost doubled as well—climbing from 9 percent to 17 percent.

Former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is reportedly considering going into the ministry and becoming a pastor. A recent article in The Atlantic revealed that, although Clinton may have attempted to obscure her faith ties during her political career, in this new phase of life after her tough defeat in the 2016 presidential race, faith may play a central role.

At least 11 people were killed in an attack on a Catholic church service in southern Nigeria this week that apparently was rooted in a conflict with a relative of one of the parishioners. At least 18 others were injured in the shooting at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Amakwa Ozobulu. “Intelligence report/preliminary investigation proved that it is a fight between the two sons of the community living outside Nigeria that caused the incident, because one of them built the church [at] which the incident happened,” the statement said.

North Korea has released a Canadian pastor who had been imprisoned in the country for two and a half years. According to CNN, Lim’s health has reportedly deteriorated while being held by the North Koreans and he has experienced “dramatic” weight loss. Fortunately, however, Lim was released before his condition became as severe as American student Otto Warmbier who was released from North Korean detainment a couple months ago, but came home in a coma and died shortly after.

The family of a young Christian couple who died in a tragic car accident one day after getting married have said that while they are grieving, they are confident the two are in Heaven. Justin Wesson, 19, and Rebekah Bouma, also 19, were married on Friday - and just one day later, their truck struck an embankment and crashed into a tree about two miles east of Clearwater, Kansas. The couple met on a missions trip and were planning to do more mission trips together after moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan where Rebekah was due to attend college.

Donald Trump's evangelical advisors have called for a meeting with Pope Francis over increased criticism from the Vatican allies. These "friends" of the Vatican question the American Catholics political direction. The dispute started when a Presbyterian and Catholic leader allied to Pope Francis accused the American Catholics of forming "hate" groups with other evangelical fundamentalists once they support Trump. Only last month, a senior Jesuit journal was published that questioned the move by U.S Catholics of joining these radicalized groups.

It’s been just over a week since Russia’s President Vladimir Putin retaliated against the United States sanctions. Now, concern over repercussions against the U.S.-supported ministries in Russia is growing. Slavic Gospel Association’s Joel Griffith explains that SGA ministries still need to be careful. While not affected directly by the sanctions, any tension between Russia and the West could impact them for the worst if they’re perceived having “Western” influence. They could then become targets during retaliations.

The 2017 total solar eclipse is fast approaching, and hordes of sky gazers are scrambling to find a spot where they can see the shadow of the moon completely obscure the sun for a few moments on Aug. 21. In response, Time Magazine has created a simulation of the eclipse that shows a view of the sky from any location in the U.S., allowing you to see what the eclipse will look like in your home town.

The Chiquita banana brand is taking complete credit for next week's eclipse, and dubbing it the Banana Sun. The Great American Solar Eclipse will be visible to North Americans from Oregon to South Carolina on Aug. 21 on a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. Chiquita’s campaign takes advantage of the seconds before and after the eclipse, when you see just a slim sliver of light as the moon slowly draws its shadow over Helios. “On the path of totality, you will see two distinct banana suns,” the brand promises. “The total eclipse occurs in between the two banana suns as a sort of lackluster intermission.”

On August 21, as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting its dark shadow along a 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse across the United States, an alien sky will appear overhead. As the sky turns from bright daylight to darkness, you will have a view of four planets with your naked eye alongside constellations usually only visible in the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere. If you know what to look for, you should be able to see Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury

Since spending his earliest years in a five-bedroom Tudor-style home in Queens, N.Y., President Trump now occupies far fancier digs. But for those who want an inside look at where it all began, Trump's childhood home is now available for rent on Airbnb. Starting at $725 a night, the listing is clearly aimed at those seeking authenticity over modernity, with the promise of a 1940s-era kitchen. The house sleeps up to 20 guests and is outfitted with Internet and cable. And the listing promises, "There is a giant cut out of Donald in the Living Room

When Gordon Hartman watched his then-12-year-old daughter, Morgan, have trouble making friends in a swimming pool during a family vacation, he was heartbroken. The incident led Hartman to search for a public space where Morgan, who is on the autism spectrum and experiences a cognitive delay, could play with others who knew how to interact with her. Hartman soon realized such a place didn’t exist. So, he made it himself. Hartman is the founder of Morgan’s Wonderland, an ultra-accessible theme park in San Antonio, Texas, where people with or without disabilities can play together.

A Toronto police officer who purchased a shirt and tie for a shoplifter who needed an outfit for a job interview said he wanted to give the young man a second chance to get his life on track. Const. Niran Jeyanesan and his partner were called to a Walmart on Jane Street for a reported theft on Sunday night. When they arrived, he said the loss prevention officer at the store had apprehended an 18-year-old man for stealing a dress shirt, tie and socks. After speaking to the shoplifter, Jeyanesan said he discovered that the young man needed the outfit for an upcoming job interview. Jeyanesan purchased the shirt and tie and gave the clothing to the man.

An Israeli woman was recognized as a “CNN Hero” last week for opening a center that provides temporary housing and long-term support for at-risk teens in Israel. “To be homeless at a young age is very lonely,” said Mariuma Ben Yosef, who has helped more than 46,000 young people over the last 32 years through her organization, the Shanti House. Ben Yosef, a survivor of sexual abuse, was homeless herself and without a family at the age of 14.

Drunk driving takes a terrible toll on the United States – one measured not only in dollars, but also far more importantly, in lives lost. There is good news, though. Drunk-driving fatalities dropped by 57% from 1982 to 2014, according to the NHTSA, as states have cracked down on the practice. But which states are taking the most aggressive stance toward “driving under the influence” (DUI) and “driving while intoxicated” (DWI)? To find out, WalletHub compared the drunk driving penalties in all 50 states and D.C. Their findings show that Arizona had the strictest laws, followed by Georgia, Alaska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

He lived for decades in relative anonymity in Toronto, where he ran a construction company. But documents shared with The Globe show that Julius Kuhl – who died in 1985 – should have been one of Canada’s most celebrated citizens, a hero of the Holocaust who saved hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives. Documents stored in Switzerland, Jerusalem and Washington reveal Mr. Kuhl’s role as a saviour of hundreds, perhaps thousands of fellow Jews during the Holocaust. He was the centre of a network that manufactured fake Latin American passports that were then smuggled into Nazi-occupied Europe.

Scientists have hailed a “breakthrough” technology capable of regrowing damaged organs and healing serious wounds with the single touch of a penny-sized pad. The new device uses nanochips to reprogramme skin cells which then generate any type of cell necessary for medical treatment. The non-invasive procedure takes less than a second and in laboratory trials was found to restore the function of badly damaged blood vessels within days.

The Patriots acquired two 767 Boeing wide-body planes to use for team travel, becoming the first NFL team to do so. According to ESPN, The club bought the jets this offseason and retrofitted them with with first-class seats throughout. The outside of one of planes reads “Patriots’’ above the team logo and features five Lombardi trophies on the tail. The planes are extended range, allowing for non-stop travel up to 12 hours, according to ESPN’s report.

Calling all knitters: The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) needs 5,000 purple baby hats by October. Health officials are teaming up with the the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome to prevent serious brain injury that can result from forcefully shaking an infant or young child. Their campaign's name, Click for Babies, refers to the clicking sound that knitters make with their needles. The OSDH will collect caps until Oct. 1 and then distribute them to birthing hospitals and public health units

Building 429 had a special guest at one of their recently shows. Scotty Beshears, the original bassist of Building429, was back to play bass on the song Glory Defined in North Carolina.

Tiffany Lee has a new favorite photo. The artist who goes by the stage name Plumb posted: This is now easily one of the most important photographs in our home. Today Oliver promoted to the youth group and the youth pastor brought him in front of the church and the entire church gathered around and prayed for and over his life.

Chris Tomlin recently sat down to talk with the Christian music website new release today. The well-known worship leader shared his transition to ministry and his journey to this unexpected musical territory. Check out the full interview by clicking on the link at

Mark Schultz posted a family picture this week as they prepared to head for a neighborhood shower for their New Daughter Maia Mae. Check out the family picture, including The Schultz's New Daughter, recently adopted from China.

Danny Gokey grew up in the upper mid west but still knows Spanish. Ever wonder how? Danny this week shared a picture of the two people who helped him learn. He posted: I used to talk to abuela all night and get headaches, I guess from my brain stretching. Learning a new language wasn't easy but her food sure helped the process!

Mandisa is featured in the latest edition of Parenting Teens Magazine. She points out that, as a woman with no children, she wasn't sure what I could possibly share with the Lifeway publication. But Mandisa added: I pray that my story of how God lifted me Out Of The Dark will help parents whose children are struggling with depression and addiction. I am praying for all of you who can identify with that battle. There is hope. There always is! It is found in the redemptive, persistent, grace-filled power of Jesus!

Matthew West spent the last week in El Salvador observing the work of Compassion International. He posted: Absolutely blown away by the work Compassion is doing here in El Salvador. They go All In here reaching every child, meeting their needs, giving them hope, and telling them about Jesus! Can't wait to share more about my journey.

What was your summer adventure? For Chris Tomlin it was fishing. This week he posted a picture of the trout he had just caught.

Chris Tomlin was celebrating the legacy of President Lincoln this week. He posted: There are many great things President Abraham Lincoln did for our country, but the most notable, and rightly so, is his firm belief that all men are created equal. That every soul deserves freedom and a right to fully pursue their dream. I am thankful to live in this country where freedom has been fought for, believed in, and won. Thank you, Mr. President.

Plumb says their families summer ended on a high note. She posted on Monday: School starts tomorrow. So today we went out on a high note! We went to Starbucks for b'fast and then the Adventure science center/museum and then had lunch at Chick-fil-A and then we painted pottery and THEN we went to the park and rode bikes and played basketball and THEN we ate Mexican. It was a super full, fun, quality day. Bring on fourth, fifth and sixth grade!

Moriah Peters plays the lead in a new feature film scheduled for release in mid September. Moriah posted: Having never acted before, playing the lead in a feature film was quite unnerving. Now, I'm looking at Because of Gracia's theatrical release date with anticipation and appreciation for the cast and crew that made me feel so welcome in such a new world. Check out the official trailer by clicking on the link at

A new live, acoustic version of Zach Williams song Chain Breaker is now available. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Third Day's Mark Lee will release his new book, Hurt Road, in early September. In advance, you can check out a portion of the book. Here Mark himself share the introduction to his new book in a special youtube video. Click on the link at

The official lyric video for Laura Story's new song "Extraordinary" is now available. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

What happens when you mix grandchildren, a 2000 lb. cow, and a drive across Kansas in the middle of the night? Answer: A miracle! Check out the Lightenup video by clicking on the link at

Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant will again be celebrating Christmas together. The two long time Christian artists this week announced plans for their 2017 Christmas Tour.

Focus on the Family has announced their partnership with the docudrama “MULLY.” The movie will air in early October. It tells the story of Dr. Charles M. Mully, a man who gave up riches and power to help the more than 2.6 million abandoned children living on the streets of Kenya, Africa. Focus officials say: The movie’s themes of selflessness, service, and the intrinsic worth of every child made it a natural fit with Focus on the Family, a Christian ministry with a long history of advocacy for orphans.

4 Tests for Your Feelings by Dr James Dobson
Scriptural. Is the impression in harmony with the Bible?
Providential. If a leading is from the Holy Spirit, the way will always open for it.
Reasonable. The will of God can be expected to be in harmony with spiritually enlightened judgment.
Right. Impressions which are from God are always right

6 stages of a dying church. The problem is not a shortage of people. The problem is a shortage of courage, commitment, and sacrifice.

A group of missionaries working in a Central Asian country traveled to another district of the country for outreach. It was there that they were arrested. Little is known at this point. Before his cell phone was confiscated, the head of the group was able to sand a hasty text message to say they were fined $60 each.

One Town is Using the Upcoming Solar Event as a Unique Opportunity to Share the Gospel. On August 21 an historic solar eclipse is set to take place across the continental United States. Harrell Riley, Director of H.R. Ministries in Princeton, Kentucky says "Anything that shows the power and presence of God gives us the liberty to point people to Jesus Christ. Riley says "They're projecting somewhere around 250,000 people in our area. In response, H.R. Ministries is hosting a three-day festival called SolQuest for the purpose of evangelizing the masses expected to converge on the small town. The ministry is partnering with local farmer David Ginn who cleared 75 acres of his land for the evangelistic outreach.

Archaeologists say they have discovered a lost Roman city that was home to three of Jesus' apostles—Peter, Andrew and Philip—on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. The ruins of Bethsaida—which the New Testament says was the home of Jesus' apostles Philip, Andrew and Peter—have been under excavation since 2011. In the latest discovery at Bethsaida, Israeli researchers say they have uncovered remains from a Roman-style bathhouse from the former location of the lost city of Julias.

The Bangladeshi government has indirectly shut down 200 operating Christian NGOs since the Foreign Donations Regulation Bill, 2016 was passed into law October 2016. According to FMI’s Bruce Allen, The crackdown on NGOs comes in response to Bangladesh’s major terrorist attack last year. Funding for terrorist activities was once able to enter Bangladesh under the disguise of foreign aid. To counter this elusive funding scheme, Bangladesh’s government has made it harder for NGOs in the country, particularly religious ones, to receive foreign aid.

Liberty University was recently designated as a Purple Heart University, making it the first college or university in Virginia to receive the honor from the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) in recognition of a university’s support of military members, including veterans and their families. Liberty President Jerry Falwell signed a resolution on Thursday, making the designation official. Liberty joins over 40 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the designation.

Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma recently called out ABC News for irresponsibly parroting a “hate group” label of the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) when identifying the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Reporting on a speaking engagement of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, ABC called ADF an “anti-LGBT hate group” in its headline and article text. Lankford rebuked ABC in a letter to the network’s president, James Goldston. He defended ADF as “peaceful” and “reputable,” and said, “I found it odd that ABC would designate ADF as a hate group not based on any actual crime or action, but apparently based on their belief in religious liberty or traditional marriage.”

In an era where terrorists often target Christians and radical Islam is tainting peace-loving Muslims, one brave Christian evangelist is building bridges in places so dangerous, most travelers have written them off. Well-known Bible teacher and evangelist Marilyn Hickey believes those dangerous places are fertile territory for planting seeds of love. The founder of Marilyn Hickey Ministries recently told CBN News about her trip to Karachi, Pakistan. A million Muslims filled the streets of Karachi to hear this 85-year-old grandmother share the Good News about Jesus.

Maryam Nagash Zargaran, a Christian convert from Islam, was released from prison after over four years of captivity. She had been charged by the Iranian State of taking actions against national security. Maryam already suffered from poor health before entering the prison. She has a heart disease as well as bone and joint issues. Mohabat News shares that during her imprisonment, she was beaten until her leg was broken. She also suffered mentally as well.

Scientists might have found a solution to a common summer dilemma: melting ice cream. European scientists say they may have stumbled upon a solution to the sticky situation. What's the secret ingredient? The protein BslA, says Cait MacPhee, a physicist at the University of Edinburgh, who has been experimenting with the protein to make ice cream in her lab. BslA is produced by a bacterium named Bacillus subtilis, which is naturally present in foods like natto, a Japanese dish made of fermented soybeans.

With the solar eclipse just around the corner, the Nebraska highway patrol recently issued the following reminder: Don't drive wearing eclipse glasses.

A Maine lobster boat crew used some Yankee ingenuity to rescue a waterlogged eagle that it spotted struggling offshore in the North Atlantic. Two retired police officers aboard the boat fashioned a makeshift raft from a life preserver, a piece of plywood and rope to save the eagle last Thursday. The eagle hopped aboard the raft and eventually was hauled onto the stern of the boat, where it dried off. After drying off, it spread its wings and flew away.

We're only about four months away from the first SpaceX launch of the most powerful rocket ship on the planet, the Falcon Heavy, and now we have an idea of what that'll look like. In a post on his Instagram page on Friday, SpaceX founder Elon Musk revealed a new animation that shows exactly how he hopes the launch of the massive spacecraft will come off.

The potential genetic modification of humans and its ramifications have long been debated, but a recent scientific breakthrough in gene editing – a technique known as CRISPR – has raised the urgency of this conversation. A recent Pew Research Center survey gauged, in broad terms, what the public thinks about the potential use of gene editing to enhance people’s health. While many Americans say they would want to use such a technology for their own children, there is also considerable wariness when it comes to gene editing, especially among parents of minor children. Highly religious Americans are much more likely than those who are less religious to say they would not want to use gene-editing technology in their families.

Rural towns in the eclipse’s path are bracing for a flood of smartphone-toting visitors. And in an era of Instagram, Snapchat and live-streaming, they'll almost certainly want cellphone service. But the latter could be a problem: Cell service basically doesn't exist in many small towns along the eclipse route. In response, all four nationwide carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint — are addressing the problem by rolling out surge capacity. The mobile sites are all designed to do one thing particularly well: Boost wireless capacity, in some cases by more than 300 percent.

Shortly after ringing in the the new year, 31-year-old Melissa Gormley discovered she was pregnant. Unfortunately, the pregnancy was just the first bit of shock the couple would receive, as Gormley soon learned she had cancer. Gormley was given the option to abort her baby, since she was mid-pregnancy and her health and life were at risk. But as far as Gormley was concerned, that idea wasn’t even on the table. Olivia Madeline Good was born July 24, 2017, via C-section at 33 weeks and one day gestation. Gormley had surgery immediately after.

For four months, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has kept a secret. Back in March, just days before he was due by state law to select a third site for a new homeless resource center — a decision he knew would anger thousands of his constituents, regardless of his choice — McAdams left work on a Friday with no money or ID and walked to Salt Lake City's most troubled neighborhood. Dressed in jeans, sneakers and a hoodie, the county mayor spent three days and two nights walking and sleeping among the homeless and drug-addicted in Salt Lake City's Rio Grande neighborhood. The purpose of the stay, McAdams said, was meant to help him "deepen" his understanding of the current homeless system before he decided which city would house a third homeless resource center.

A team of Japanese engineers has the solution to melted ice cream. The Biotherapy Development Research Center in the Japanese city of Kanazawa has developed a new breed of popsicle ice creams that reportedly don’t melt on swelteringly hot days. Their secret lies in the use of polyphenol liquid extracted from strawberries. The discovery was actually made by chance. It started as part of an effort to help farmers affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that sparked multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Hunter Specht, a 7-year-old boy with a rare form of epilepsy, is the police station's newest, and youngest, "deputy." On Friday afternoon, a envoy of police cars pulled up to Hunter's home about a mile away from the Public Safety Building. They met him in the front yard under sunny skies and presented him with a special gift: His own miniature police cruiser, and a replica badge, for the boy who wants to become a K-9 officer.

One Alaskan bride groom, Kelly, gave his wife to be the ultimate gift on their wedding day: a chance to hear her late son's heartbeat. Becky Turney left an empty seat for her late son, Triston Green, at her wedding ceremony, having no idea that her husband-to-be would ensure that her boy would be there to share their big day in more than just spirit. Kelly contacted Jacob Kilby, the man who received Green's heart transplant, and invited him to the wedding to stand in as an honorary groomsman.

The Coast Guard presented David Phung with the Silver Lifesaving Medal on Friday, making him the 2,160th person to receive the honor since Congress created it in 1874. The 28-year-old jumped into the floodwaters during historic flooding in Louisiana last summer and ripped open the top of a convertible to rescue Hailey Brouillette before the car sank. Phung also saved the woman’s poodle mix, Sassy, from drowning.

A Ski resort in California finally closes for the season on August 6. The resort was open for 270 straight days. That's the 2nd longest ski season on record.

The 2017 American Customer Service Satisfaction Index is now out. The ACSI measured customer opinions about staff courtesy and helpfulness, table service speed, order accuracy, restaurant layout and cleanliness, beverage and food quality, as well as website quality between June 8, 2016, and May 12, 2017. The top 10 include:
9. KFC

A bit of trivia about Tenth Avenue North guitarist Ruben Juarez
1.) Ruben loves Chipotle.
2.) Ruben is from San Antonio, TX.
3.) Ruben's dad + grandpa are named Ruben.

Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston has revealed the secret to the success experienced by Hillsong Church. When asked the question by Christian Today, the 63 year old pastor said: 'There's Only One Answer'; the success of the multi-site megachurch based in Sydney, Australia is due, first and foremost, to the "grace of God". Houston added "Bobbie and I started a church with a small group of people on the rural fringe of Sydney with plans to reach the suburbs of the Hills District. I was always a determined visionary but we could never have imagined all that was ahead."

Arkansas Travelers pitcher Lindsey Caughel knows how to handle a guitar. He recently showed of his skills after borrowing a guitar from Citizenway member Ben Calhoun.

A first for Jonny Diaz. He posted: First time giving blood. I am mostly doing it for the Apple juice and crackers.

Jesse Garcia is thankful. The Building 429 guitarist posted after running just over two miles this week and added: So thankful for this because one year ago (end of this month), I almost went to meet the Lord in person..and falling off a stage. I'm grateful I was able to walk away..and now I'm running.

Matt Maher this week shared reason #4654 that he loves his wife: homemade slime. He recorded a short video of his kids showing off the final product.

Matthew West posted a pictures enjoying what he described as a light meal before his show in Pennsylvania. Attached was a picture of Matthew in front of a massive, plate sized hamburger.

Matthew West has found a new way to supplement his income. He posted a picture playing performing in the New York City Subway. Matthew added: Made 5 bucks.

The band Stars Go Dim has a new website! Check out new content from the band by clicking on the link at

A big step for Northpoint Insideout band member Emily Hearn. She posted this week: We're almost homeowners, y'all! Tomorrow we close on this sweet little place that we've rented for 4 years. Let the adulting begin! I'm not sure I'm gonna like this fixer upper life for awhile...just did 5 hours of yard work today and barely scratched the surface...

Citizenway member Ben Calhoun can turn even a traffic stop into a fan building exercise. He posted: Got pulled over on my way to the studio one day. He was very professional and kind. He found out what I did for a living - looked it up - and then said "my wife and I love you Citizenway guys". So they came to a show! #newfriendsarecool

Jeremy Camp recently turned the tables, interviewing his son Egan. Check out Egan's responses. Click on the link at

Members of the Newsboys took a break from their summer tour schedule to help build homes in Baja, Mexico, last week. In partnership with Baja Christian Ministries and God’s Not Dead Missions, Newsboys’ Michael Tait and Duncan Phillips joined volunteers from around the U.S. to construct two homes for disadvantaged families and lead street evangelism teams in the area. The week culminated with a community-wide fiesta hosted by the God’s Not Dead Missions team, featuring music, food and entertainment.

Mercyme's Mike Scheuchzer on the difference between Good and Great friends: Good friend are excited about your home remodel... GREAT friends let you move in with them while your floors are going in!!!

Chris Tomlin may live in Atlanta now but he's a Texas boy at heart. He recently posted a picture on a daddy daughter date at a rodeo.

Third Day will be introducing their new album tonight. Members of the band posted: We have an exciting event taking place right here on our Facebook page. Tune in at 7 PM Central!

Due to popular demand Switchfoot is bring back Switchfoot TV. Check it out on their YouTube Channel beginning on August 8.

Hear the story behind Jeremy Camp's single "Word Of Life." Check out the video interview by clicking on the link at

The latest video from Crowder is now available. The Back To The Garden music video premiered this week on Billboard in all its beautiful garden glory. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Switchfoot member Tim Forman is out with a NEW behind the scenes tour video series. It's titled Tour through Tim's Eyes. Check out episode 1 by clicking on the link at

Hillsong UNITED recently embarked on a surprise U.S. pop-up tour in celebration of their recent release, “WONDER.” Fittingly named “WONDER In The Wild Tour,” the band is engaging fans this week to decide where they will travel and perform by submitting one-minute creative Instagram video entries using the hashtag #wonderinthewild, petitioning the group to visit their hometowns. On tour now through August 6, Hillsong UNITED is slated to host events at summer camps, youth groups, churches, weddings and private homes. They plan on keeping the circuit open to allow some last minute decisions and encourage fans everywhere to continue sending in their suggestions.

The members of Tenth Avenue North are trying some tough love. The band posted a picture of front man Mike Donehey crowd surfing and added: This is starting to become a problem. Will you guys please start dropping him so he'll stop?

It's been five years since Joni Tada broke her neck in a diving accident. This week, Joni reflected on the memories of the last decade, including breast cancer and delivering JAF's 100,000th wheelchair. Read her thoughts by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.

Due to an overwhelming response from its student body, Liberty University has announced plans to increase the size, scope and vision for the James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, and Family Studies. Housed under the School of Behavioral Sciences, the Dobson Center ‘equips men and women with the knowledge to positively impact the family and society for Christ.’”

Focus President Jim Daly says moving Your Marriage from “Me” to “We” takes as little as 15 Minutes at a Time. At the end of every day, set aside at least 10 to 15 minutes to focus exclusively on each other. Not work. Not the kids. Each other. Read more by clicking on the link at

Here are 8 Habits To Break As A Family
Wasteful Spending
Not Having Family Dinner
Skipping Church

A new study from Vanderbilt University professor Marino Bruce finds that people who attend a religious service at least once a week live longer and less stressful lives than those who don’t. Bruce told Relevant Magazine: “We found in our study that actually attending church is actually good for your health, particularly for those who are between the ages of 40 and 65,”

An Ethiopian Christian suffered deep wounds to the back of his head when he was attacked while alone in his home by a group of local Muslims with machetes. The attack on July 16 left the 27-year-old man needing life-saving surgery. A source told World Watch Monitor that the gang of Muslims who attacked the man were angry because he was evangelizing.

Monday evening marked the beginning of the Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Thousands of Israelis participated in an annual march around the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, with a special focus on the Temple Mount. Government officials participating in the march noted that the people of Israel are seeking much more than just the right to pray atop a Muslim-occupied Temple Mount. They want the Third Temple.

In an ongoing campaign to rid the country of Christianity, officials in Sudan this week ordered all Christian schools in the capital to regard Sunday as a work day, sources said. The Ministry of General Education of Khartoum State sent a letter dated July 26 (Wednesday) ordering all Christian schools in the Khartoum area to stop regarding Sunday as a public day off, effective immediately.

Israeli archaeologists recently discovered 2,600-year-old artifacts they say offer further concrete evidence of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem around 586 B.C. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery just days before Tisha B'Av, a Jewish fast day commemorating the anniversary of the destruction of both the First Temple by the Babylonians and the Second Temple by the Romans in the year 70.

The number of Russians who identify as atheists has fallen by 50 percent in just three years, according to a recent poll by the Levada research center. The poll, which was conducted in late June, revealed that the number of Russian atheists, or those who consider themselves “absolutely irreligious,” fell sharply from 26 percent in 2014 to just 13 percent in 2017. Religious believers now make up 86 percent of the population, the survey found, with 44 percent describing themselves as “quite religious,” 33 percent as “not too religious” and 9 percent as “very religious.”

At least 34 Christian worshippers died when a bus carrying them to a church meeting plunged down a steep ravine in central Madagascar, police and hospital officials said Tuesday. The Christians on the tightly-packed bus were traveling from the central town of Soavinandriana to a church meeting in the north-western coastal port city of Mahajanga when the accident happened.

First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans, filed a lawsuit against the Air Force Thursday for withholding information regarding a retired veteran who was assaulted for mentioning God in a speech. The lawsuit claims that in April of 2016, several airmen physically dragged Rodriguez out of an Air Force base for mentioning God during a flag folding ceremony speech.

In an effort to curb the growth of Christianity, officials in China's eastern Zhejiang province have issued orders aimed at closing Sunday schools and keeping children from Christian events over the summer months. The Henan Provincial Three-Self Patriotic Committee and the Henan Provincial China Christian Council handed down an order preventing churches from organizing summer camps for minors and students, citing "high temperatures" as a possible health hazard.

Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham has announced the ministry's Noah's Ark-themed park will now be permanently lit up with rainbow lights as a reminder that God owns the rainbow - not the LGBT community. On Facebook, Ham shared a photo of The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky. lit up in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Just south in Baghdad, eight churches have been closed due to the significant loss of the Christian populace. The eight Baghdad churches were closed in May of 2017, after nearly seven years of low to no attendance. Christianity was once an integral part of the multifaceted religious fabric of Iraq. At the beginning of the 21st century, Christians made up 10% of the total population. The recent history of Iraq, however, reflects a steady stream of repression, conflict, displacement, and persecution.

Although Jeff Bezos briefly topped the list of the world's wealthiest last week, he has now slipped to third place.
As of August 1, the 53-year-old Amazon founder fell behind Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Spanish businessman Amancio Ortega on Forbes' list of billionaires. Bezos currently has a net worth of $84.7 billion, while Gates and Ortega have net worths of $89.9 billion and $85 billion, respectively.

Apple announced its third-quarter earnings Tuesday, and the numbers were positive, to say the least. The company's quarterly revenue was $45.4 billion, with growth across all product categories. After the announcement was made, amazement at the number of cash ricocheted across social media, with many noting the different things that number could buy.
Vala Afshar, Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce, noted on Twitter that Apple could buy Uber, Tesla, Netflix, Airbnb, and Twitter — and still have $29 billion left over. Others noted that Apple could buy Walmart (based on market capitalization), and of course, multiple sports teams.

For meat lovers, this may be the ultimate crime. A 1,700-pound barbecue pit has gone missing in Albuquerque, NM — along with the brisket that was cooking in it, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Daniel Morgan, owner of Pepper’s Ole Fashion BBQ, told the Journal this week that a thief took the 200-gallon smoker from outside this restaurant early Sunday morning.

People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) often go years without a diagnosis—and even after getting one, the “realness” of their condition may be questioned by friends, family members, and even doctors. But new research is offering hope to CFS sufferers, and to doctors who diagnose and treat the condition. In a study identifies 17 proteins whose levels in the blood appear to be related to CFS severity. They say the discovery is an important step in proving that CFS does have a physical cause, and hopefully in developing a diagnostic test for the condition, as well.

When teacher Marielle Slagel Keller was thinking about who she would choose as the flower girl and ring bearer at her wedding, the only kiddos who came to mind were her own students. Marielle, who teaches a combined kindergarten and first grade class at IPS Butler Lab School in Indianapolis, Indiana, tied the knot with Mike Keller on June 24. Back in December, she invited her class to join her on the big day. Six months later, 20 of her students were there to celebrate the occasion, wearing white outfits and carrying green garlands down the aisle.

Looking for a new hair style. A stylist in Tiawon is shaving famous faces into the back of his customers’ heads. Some of his creations: Marlyn Monroe, Bruce Lee, and Budda. Best of all, few months later it grows out and you can try a completely different design.

This pizza delivery driver went above and beyond the call of duty after his car broke down earlier this month. The young, deaf man named Benjamin didn't let the stalled vehicle slow him down. He proceeded to walk to the house to make sure the pizza was still delivered.

In 2014, TunDe Hector had $5 to her name when her car broke down in the pouring rain. As she trudged down the road towards a gas station, Chris Wright was driving his family to church when he saw Hector and felt compelled to help her. This year, Chris’s mother Judy fell ill with Parkinson’s disease. As her health started to decline, her family hired a team of nursing aides to take care of her. One nurse in particular was especially attentive of Judy. That aid turned out to be TunDe Hector – the woman Chris had helped three years ago.

When a little girl was scared of finding monsters in her new home, she knew just who to call: the local police. 4-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch had just moved into a house in Longmont, Colorado two weeks ago when she started hearing spooky noises from around the building. As a means of ensuring that her house was safe, she then called Officer David Bonday and asked if he could come over and help make sure that there weren’t monsters hiding under the furniture.

Trouble Sleeping? ‘Dullest Movie Ever’ was Filmed to be the PERFECT Cure For Insomnia. This 8-hour film gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “counting sheep”. Baa Baa Land features a cast of hundreds, all of them sheep. It will premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s West End this September.

A quarter of all men suffer a heart attack—the average age is 65—and for 80,000 of them each year, the first symptom is also the last: death. This week MSN Lifestyle released a quiz to help you appraise your risk. Take this quiz and tally up your points to figure out if your ticker is really a time bomb, and when you might suffer your first heart attack.

A Norwegian news site makes readers answer questions to prove they understand story before posting comments. Norwegian broadcaster NRK's website will present people who want to leave comments with a quiz that asks them about what the story is actually about. The creators of the quiz hope that asking people the questions will make sure that everyone on the comment actually understands it.

As people across the country prepare to watch what is being called "The Great American Solar Eclipse" on August 21, experts warn that viewing the phenomenon can be dangerous without the appropriate protection. But eclipse gazers can find ways to protect themselves, using eclipse glasses and filters. To help, Time Magazine is out with a list of everything you need to know, including where to find eclipse glasses and how to avoid counterfeit ones

NASA wants your help in celebrating the Voyager mission’s 40 years of exploring space. You’re invited to send via social media a short, uplifting tweet using the hash tag #MessageToVoyager. With input from the Voyager team and a public vote, one of these messages will be selected for NASA to beam into interstellar space on Sept. 5, 2017—the 40th anniversary of Voyager 1’s launch.

Congratulations to for King and Country member Luke Smallbone and his wife Courtney. In July the couple welcome a Son into the world. Luke posted: I've always been fascinated by how God allows us to deliver new souls to the world. So here is God's new little soul. Leo Oliver Smallbone.

The adoption organization started by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman has reached a milestone. Show Hope posted this week: More than 2,400 children have received care at Show Hope's Care Centers in China. Thank you for giving to make this work possible!

Casting Crowns member Melodee Devevo says time is flying. She posted pictures of her kids this week on their first day of school

Mandisa was celebrating a special anniversary this week. She posted: Today is the 10th anniversary of my debut album, True Beauty! In response, Mandisa has posted audio for all of the songs on the project on youtube.

Third Day member Mark Lee was in the studio this week recording the audio version of his new book HURT ROAD. The book will officially release in early September.

Casting Crowns Megan Garrett shared some thoughts on makeup this week. She posted: teaching my 11 year old daughter (she's going into middle school this year) about applying simple makeup. Makeup should be used in a way to accentuate your natural God-given beauty- not completely cover it up to create your own version of beauty. While It's really fun to play around with lots of makeup, it's more important to understand that it's not needed to be beautiful!

Several years ago Dr. Scott Dickerson found Casting Crowns front man Mark Hall had cancer. His early detection helped Mark successfully combat the disease. Now Mark is asking fans of Casting Crowns to pray for Dr. Dickerson. Mark posted: God has used him in many ways to bless our family and our church. He is now fighting his own battle with cancer, and I ask that you lift him and his family up in your prayers.

Kutless member James Mead on his 16th anniversary with the band: Blood, sweat, and tears...definitely been a little of all three throughout this crazy ride. It's mind-blowing that I've been in this band for 16 years. I absolutely love it. I love telling stories from our adventures. I love telling people back home about all of you, all around the world. I'm honored to rock with you guys. Thanks for making this awesome. All I do is make it sweaty.

Congratulations to Tenth Avenue North Drummer Jason Jamison. He and his wife this week welcomed their fourth child and second son into the world.

NeedtoBreathe is giving away an Acoustic Flyaway Sweepstakes. With help from Southwest Airlines, NeedtoBreathe is giving a trip to hear the band perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on December 17. Sign up by clicking on the link at

The official audio for a new song from NeedtoBreathe is now available. Check out the song Cages by clicking on the link at

New music is now available from Chris Tomlin. He song Forgiven and Free comes from John 8:32: Then you will know the Truth, and the truth will set you free.

New music is coming soon from Brandon Heath. He posted this week: Just recorded the last song for the new record. Here's a little sneak peak. Can't wait to tell you more about what's coming in October. Check out a clip from the final song by clicking on the link at

Something new coming soon from for King and Country. The band posted this week: today we had the awesome opportunity to sing with Johnny Cash's sister, Joanne Cash! Can't wait for you to hear what we've come up with

Dan Bremnes is hard at work on his next album. He posted: Have spent most of the week in this building recording and working on new music. Can't wait to share this with you!

Blanca recently performed the National Anthem for an LA Galaxy game. Due to time constraints the performance didn't end up airing on TV. However, you can now watch it online. Check out Blanca singing the national anthem by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace is out with a tribute to Amy Grant, ZOEgirl, and Superchic[k]. Jamie recently posted: the music I grew up on truly inspired the music I make today. She recently recorded a video talking about her new album and the musical influences that helped inspire the project. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Third Day will release their latest album, titled Revival, on Friday. While you wait you can check out part four of their Making of Revival series. Click on the link at

Tauren Wells recently performed his song 'Hills and Valleys' on Good Day LA. Now you can watch his performance online. Click on the link at

For King and Country is reaching out after the Ohio State Fair tragedy. They posted: Ohio, our hearts are heavy. We wanted to give our song "Shoulders" to you for free. The band has created a site where the song can be downloaded for free online.

Jeremy Camp is out with a new video clip titled "My Favorite Ladies". The video features Jeremy's wife Adie, a former member of the group Benjamin Gate, and daughters Bella and Aerie.

Citizen Way's Ben Calhoun says he usually flies Delta...but not always. Ben shared a picture as he was in mid flight, jumping from the stage into the crowd at the Hillfest Worship Festival in New Hampshire.

Former Kansas City Royal Mike Sweeney recently partnered with Josh Wilson to spread the gospel. The hall of famer posted: Sharing the GREATEST STORY ever told through the GREATEST GAME ever played with musical artist Josh Wilson was amazing!

Jonny Diaz has scaled back touring during August but it's for a very good reason. He posted: Baby boy is due August 29th.

This week marked 50 years since Joni Tada's diving accident, and the organization she founded, Joni and Friends, was celebrating God's faithfulness to her over the past 5 decades!

Our "if only" thoughts are damaging and deadly. Here are 7 habits to help you fight the plague of comparison:
1. Feast on gospel-truth.
2. Look for your comparison, and confess it.
3. Surround yourself with humble teachers.
4. Read books that challenge your self-focus.
5. Train yourself to love better.
6. Cultivate gratitude.
7. Remind yourself of your identity in Christ.

Twitter has reportedly denied the request of a pastor to use the social media network to advertise his new book which promotes a traditional view of marriage. The Christian Post reports that Pastor Craig Stellpflug paid for Twitter ads to promote his recently-published book titled One Man One Woman: God’s Original Design for Marriage. Twitter told Stellpflug that they do not allow tweet’s that contain “hate content, sensitive topics, and violence globally.”

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against 11 pro-life activists a day before their planned protest in front of a Kentucky abortion center. Judge David Hale issued the order in late July against 11 participants in Operation Save America, whom police arrested in May for allegedly blocking the entrance of EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville. The center is Kentucky’s sole operating abortion facility.

Persecution of Christians continues to increase and become more violent in officially secular India. On July 15, two men riding a motorcycle shot pastor Sultan Masih in the head and chest outside his church in Peerubanda Mohalla, UCAN India reported. Masih died on the scene. Locals took to the streets to demand justice. Masih is one of several pastors attacked in 2017.

A Christian bridal shop in Pennsylvania has closed after feeling threatened by the LGBT community because they declined to provide a wedding dress for a lesbian wedding. The Christian Post reports that the owners of W. W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg were asked to provide a wedding dress for Julie Ann Samanas who was marrying her fiance, Shannon Kennedy. The business owners told the couple that “our faith doesn’t let us believe in [same-sex weddings].” The bridal shop owners have even received death threats. They have decided to close their doors to further business except in cases of appointments.

Australia is considering a ban on certain religious expressions in public schools, which would include talking about Jesus and handing out Christmas cards. According to Christian Today, Queensland, Australia’s state education department recently conducted a review into religious instruction in public schools. The review led to proposals that public schools should maintain stricter policies regarding religious expression. According to an advisory note from the education department, the department expects schools to take appropriate action if aware that students participating in RI are evangelizing to students who do not.

A discovery by Israeli archaeologists presents new evidence of the thriving city of Jerusalem before the Babylonian destruction 2,600 years ago. Christian Today reports that archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have uncovered charred wood, grape seeds, pottery, fish scales and bones, as well as a small ivory statue.

A new study shows that conservative students are more wary of being vocal about their beliefs on college campuses than liberal students. The study, from Heterodox Academy, says in its analysis that conservative and moderate students are more fearful about speaking up about politics than their liberal peers. Conservatives surveyed said they were concerned that speaking up on political issues would lead to lower class grades or their fellow students deeming those viewpoints “offensive.”

Archaeologists at a site in Israel’s West Bank say the success of their search for the Ark of the Covenant looks promising. According to The Christian Post, the archaeologists are searching for the ancient Ark of the Covenant at Shiloh. Their search has turned up clues that are helping them determine whether they are in the right location to uncover the Ark. Archaeologists have already uncovered objects that are believed to have been displayed in the ancient Israelite Tabernacle. These objects include pottery jugs and a goblet used in worship.

Sadie Robertson, the daughter of former Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Korie Robertson, has announced that she will be starting a new online Bible study. CBN News reports that the 20-year-old has often been vocal about her Christian faith. Now, Robertson says she plans to launch a weekly Bible study for fans and anyone who would like to join in.

Muslim asylum seekers in Finland are converting to Christianity and learning the basics of the faith. According to CBN, While no one knows the exact number of Muslims who converted to Christianity, leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran church in Finland estimate there are hundreds. Meanwhile, dozens of Afghani men are currently undergoing pre-confirmation teaching where they learn the basics of the faith and read the New Testament in their own language.

Airlines might have to reverse course on those tiny seats. An appeals court panel declared on Friday that federal regulators must consider a petition for review on small seats. Seat sizes have been gettingsmallerover the years, but the Federal Aviation Administration has no requirements for measurements. The nonprofit Flyers Rights Education Fund provided the court evidence that the distance between most economy seats has gone from 35 inches to 31, and some airlines go as small as 28 inches. And on top of that, seat width has gone down 1.5 inches since the early 2000s.

Though we’ve been living in the Space Age for more than half a century, going into space remains an extreme rarity. Fewer than 600 people have gone above the Kármán line — the point, about 62 miles above Earth, that marks the beginning of space — and all were put there by the U.S. or another nation's government. But the rise of private spaceflight companies like Virgin Galactic and Space X means that the final frontier may soon be within reach of a great many more of us. The firms have announced plans to put private astronauts, a.k.a. space tourists, on orbital or suborbital flights within the next few years. Advances in rocket and capsule design are expected to lower the price to the point that people of more modest fortunes are able to afford a ticket.

NASA invites eclipse viewers around the country to participate in a nationwide science experiment by collecting cloud and air temperature data and reporting it via their phones. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is a NASA-supported research and education program that encourages students and citizen scientists to collect and analyze environmental observations. GLOBE Observer is a free, easy-to-use app that guides citizen scientists through data collection. On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States. Crossing the country from Oregon to South Carolina over the course of an hour and a half, 14 states will experience night-like darkness for approximately two minutes in the middle of the day.

A Kentucky doctor who was in her own hospital room preparing to give birth to her second baby heard screaming from the room next door and jumped in to help, delivering that patient’s baby because the on-call doctor was out of the building. Dr. Hess — an obstetrician/gynecologist, was just hours away from delivering her own child at Frankfort Regional Medical Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. She overheard the nurses preparing for a woman in active labor who needed to deliver immediately because the baby was in distress — that baby was coming and needed help. Dr. Hess realized there was no time to wait and delivered Halliday-Johnson’s healthy 8-lb. girl. She then returned to her room and later gave birth to her own baby, a girl she named Ellen Joyce

If you think you're a big fan of Cracker Barrel, you've got nothing on Indiana couple Ray and Wilma Yoder. They love the chain so much, they've been to a whopping 644 out of 645 Cracker Barrel restaurants. The Goders turned their love of the food into a super-ambitious ongoing adventure 40 years ago when Ray developed a habit of visiting the stores while working for Coachman and delivering recreational vehicles all around the country. His lovely wife Wilma was more than happy to join him on his mission, even if it meant traveling an insane-sounding 5 million miles to do so. Both 80 years old, Ray and Wilma both say they've never had a bad Cracker Barrel experience. And they're planning on making their last stop, the location in Tualatin, Oregon, later this year.

The Dust in Your Home Could Be Causing You to Gain Weight. According to a new study, dust could be the real culprit for your weight gain. Duke University conducted a study and learned that dust creates a chemical that alters your hormones and tells your body to start building-up fat. Their researchers found that even the tiniest amounts of dust can trigger your weight gain.

It seems like every day another job is taken over by technology, and these outdated occupations are no exception. Some of these may have gotten the boot because they are just downright ridiculous. Some crazy jobs that no longer exist: elevator operator, Billy boys (young apprentices in training that would make tea for the other men at work), bowling alley pinsetters, clock winders, knockeruppers (people who came by and tapped on your window so you weren't late for work), Lectors (people who read outloud to employees), ratteners (people who captures live rats), resurrectionists (dug up dead corpses and sold them to medical schools), town crier.

Don't tell Bette Midler or Willard Scott, but they don't have many namesakes out there. According to BabyCenter, theirs are among 14 names that were once popular in the United States and now belong to not one of the 200,000 American babies currently registered on their site.
1. Bette/Bettie
2. Blanche
3. Erma/Irma
4. Krista
5. Myrtle
6. Olga
7. Rhonda
1. Carroll
2. Dick
3. Homer
4. Lowell
5. Roosevelt
6. Rudolph
7. Willard

Mark Schultz now has a daughter. The Christian artist posted from China this week: It's official. We have a daughter! After the swearing in, she took a nap on my shoulder in a hot bus. That's how we party. The Schultz' were in China this week for the adoption of Maia Mae Schultz today.

It’s been two years since we’ve heard new music from Sanctus Real. Now they are back with a new single and a new lead singer. According to GMA, "Safe In My Father’s Arms" was released late last week. Along with the debut of “Safe In My Father’s Arms,” Sanctus Real also announced their new lead singer, Dustin Lolli, who officially joins long-time band members Rohman and Mark Graalman.

Keep Casting Crowns Juan Devevo in your prayers. He posted from the front of a bus of High School aged kids: It begins. Thrive Summer Camp

Jamie Grace is looking for an intern. She posted this week: if you enjoy music, media and the likes, I wanna invite you to join Team Jamie Grace this Fall.

While The Afters Josh Havens is battling the heat, Jamie Grace this week was struggling to stay warm. Josh posted picture from Arizona as he dealt with 115 degree temperatures in Phoenix. At the same time, Jamie Grace was on stage in a jacket dealing with 47 degree temperatures, rain, and "crazy wind".

Third Day's Mark Lee has been on the road this month but not for a series of shows. He posted: 11 days. 2 countries. 10 states. 2743 miles. 1 GOOD TIME! The Lees survived our RV trip. For many years, I've traveled to places like King's Island, Cedar Point, and Washington, D.C. alone. What a blessing it was to visit all these places again with my family in tow and make memories together!

Tiffany Lee is secluding herself in an effort to wrap up her first book. The artist who goes by the stage name Plumb posted this week: I'm spending a few nights at a hotel close to home to be alone to finish my book.

Josh Wilson has figured out a good way to stay in shape while still being a good father. He posted a picture giving his young son a ride and added: Today's shoulder workout.

Announcing a new album from Third Day. The band posted this week: Revival, coming August 4th! Pre-orders of the deluxe version of REVIVAL are available now.!

The Newsboys’ brand new single “The Cross Has The Final Word” features special guest and former Newsboys lead singer Peter Furler. In celebration, the web site Free CCM is giving away a special prize pack courtesy of the Newsboys which includes an autographed guitar, autographed Love Riot CD, a Cross USB Drive, and more.

New music from Matt Maher is now available. Check out the lyric video for "Your Love Defends Me" by clicking on the link at

Josh Wilson has spent the past week driving around the country in an RV with the group Christian Music Broadcasters visiting radio stations. Now he's out with a short tribute to Christian broadcasters on Instagram. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Comedian Bob Smiley posted this week: I'm going to eat super healthy on the road. Let's see what my options are. Attached was a picture of three possibilities: Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, and Little Ceasars.

Earlier this month Mandisa announced a fall tour with Danny Gokey. This week she posted: I discovered that the Rise Out Of The Dark Tour promoters are referring to Danny Gokey and me as Mango! Well...I suppose it's better than Mandokey!

Hawk Nelson's Jon Steingard may want to re-evaluate his on-stage antics. He posted: My first stage dive in many years - and man it feels different in your 30s. Tomorrow expect "after" pictures of the bruises that are likely to develop. They didn't so much drop me as much as catch me with heads and elbows and teeth.

Jonny Diaz checked in as he headed for home this week. He posted: What a crazy (but awesome) weekend. 7 flights (3 delays). 4 time zones. 3 concerts. I'm going to nap when I get home

Mandisa and Danny Gokey this week announced the tour stops for this fall's Rise Out of the Dark Tour. The tour that will also include Love and the Outcome and Jasmine Murray will be in 32 locations from late September through mid November. Check out concert sites and begin ordering tickets by clicking on the link at

Focus on the Family president Jim Daly is speaking out on the Supreme Courts decision in the Trinity Lutheran Case, calling it a Win for All Americans. Daly posted “We are gratified to see the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of religious freedom in the Trinity Lutheran case. In essence, the Supreme Court found that government cannot deny a church or other faith-based organization participation in a secular government program simply because of its religious identity."

Greg Laurie's new book “Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon” is off to a good start. The book was first released just to weeks ago and Greg announced this week that it's already going into it’s second printing.

The members of Phillips, Craig and Dean have a suggestion on bringing Godly peace to our cities and it comes straight from God's word. The members of the band posted 3 ways to combat prejudice and hatred, taken from Leviticus 19:18: Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Women's Day magazine is out with 18 Cost-Effective Ways to Stay Cool This Summer. Suggestions range from closing curtains on the sunny side of the house to planting trees. Check out the complete list by clicking on the link at

After 28 years, Biblica’s team in Kurdistan is finished, and the Kurds have “an accurate, contemporary translation” of the entire Bible. Hans Combrink of Biblica said it wasn’t an easy road. “There have been starts and stops, there have been wars, there have been disruptions of all kinds, but the team persevered and they finally saw the work brought to completion.”

Government cannot “establish religion.” But can it discriminate against religion? The Supreme Court has decided no. According to Break Point, this week the Supreme Court gave religious freedom advocates a major victory. By a 7-2 vote, SCOTUS ruled that denying a church “an otherwise available public benefit on account of its religious status,” violates the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution. In the case, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which operates a licensed pre-school and day-care facility, applied for a grant, seemingly meeting the qualifications. But the state of Missouri informed them that such a grant would, in Trinity’s case, violate a provision in the state constitution that “no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, section or denomination of religion.”

If you want to get Bibles to local believers in China, don’t bother smuggling them in. Roger Weaver of Bibles for China says many Christians are still surprised at how open China is to ministry. “Most people have that impression that China’s still closed to Christianity, that anything to do with Bible distribution has been shut out years back,” he said. “In truth, that has changed to where the Chinese government now has allowed groups like Bibles for China to come in and legally and openly distribute Bibles to the Christians in the country.”

Recent analysis and study of ancient mummies in Egypt has revealed findings that coincide with the Bible’s account of Noah’s descendants. Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, both of which are in Germany, found that the DNA of mummies entombed in Abusir-el Meleq, Middle Egypt, actually matches that of Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples from the Near East, Anatolia, and the Eastern Mediterranean instead of modern Egyptians.

Six Christians taking children to a Vacation Bible School camp in Madhya Pradesh state, India, remain in custody after police detained them last month on charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion, sources said. Also detained was a 15-year-old boy who was held in a juvenile detention center for nearly a month before he was released on Tuesday. The children were all Christians whose parents had granted permission for them to go to the program

A Christian preschool in Sweden has been prohibited from saying grace during mealtimes and teaching Bible lessons. Heatstreet reports that the preschool in Umea, Sweden was told that guiding children in prayer before meals and doing snack times accompanied by Bible lessons violated Sweden’s Education Act which prohibits schools from incorporating confessional elements into class time and also ensures that children are able to opt out of religious activities.

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, Americans in general support same-sex marriage nearly two-to-one. All religious denominations have also seen increased support for same-sex marriage. Catholic support has risen to 67 percent and mainstream Protestant support has risen to 68 percent. Evangelical support has also increased, but this group stands out because the majority still oppose gay marriage. Fifty-nine percent of white evangelicals oppose it.

A new poll found that about half of all Americans pray over their food at least a few times a week. The poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed rural and urban Americans, Northerners and Southerners, Democrats and Republicans, and Catholics and Protestants. The poll showed that people from all those groups prayed before meals to at least some degree. Even some Americans who do not believe in organized religion still say grace, the study found.

The Supreme Court agreed Monday (June 26) to reopen the national debate over same-sex marriage. The court will hear a challenge from a Colorado baker who had lost lower court battles over his refusal to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. Like a New Mexico photographer three years ago, the baker cited his religious beliefs. The justices — who upheld same-sex marriage nationwide in a landmark 2015 ruling — apparently decided that despite state laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation, the merchants’ obligation to same-sex couples was not necessarily baked in the cake.

Christian athlete Tim Tebow, who is trying to make a career as a baseball player, has been promoted to the Mets’ Advanced Class A affiliate team in Saint Lucie, Florida. Tebow has been with the Mets’ Class A affiliate the Columbia Fireflies since last year. According to CBN News, the Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson believes Tebow is ready for the next step in his baseball career.

A retiring Williamsville middle school principal said goodbye to students and staff and endorsed his successor while lip-synching Stevie Wonder in a video posted on YouTube. Fran McGreevy went out from Casey Middle School wearing sunglasses and sitting behind a piano in a music video with teachers and staff dancing to "Faith," a song from the soundtrack of the 2016 animated film "Sing." McGreevy is retiring after 18 years in the Williamsville Central School District.

This Kentucky town has gone to the dogs. Meet Brynneth Pawltrow, a rescue pit bull that is making strides in Rabbit Hash as their latest town mayor. The pup, nicknamed Brynn, was rescued by owner Jordie Bamfort when she was just a puppy, and beat out a cat, a chicken and a donkey during the election. The hamlet of about 300 people, located within Boone County, doesn’t really need a mayor, but Rabbit Hash started electing animals as a part of a local fundraiser since the 1990s.

An Irish family are "absolutely delighted" to have recovered a painting and family heirloom that was stolen from their home in mysterious circumstances close to a decade ago. The painting 'Bringing in the Turf' by William Conor, now valued at €35,000, was first purchased in 1949 by Dr Frank and Turid Malpress. To aid in its recovery officials teamed up with the FBI Art Crime Team. After four years of negotiations, the painting has now been returned to Northern Ireland.

The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is the first in Michigan – and first in the world – to offer patients an advanced radiation therapy that uses an FDA-approved real-time magnetic resonance imaging and linear accelerator delivery for more precise and accurate radiation treatment. The ViewRay MRIdian Linac® is the world's first and only FDA-approved commercially available linear accelerator-based MRI-guided radiation therapy system that can image and treat patients simultaneously.

You know just from using a laptop that computers give off a lot of excess heat. Now Dutch startup Nerdalize wants to harness that warmth, using it to heat people’s homes instead. The setup is simple enough: you pay Nerdalize to install a server in your home; it heats your house for free; and Nerdalize makes money by selling the server space to other companies. Back in 2015, the company unveiled its first product — a standalone wall heater powered by a single server that was used in a year-long pilot in five households. Nerdalize is now moving on to a second pilot that integrates its sever-heat more tightly with customer’s homes.

Two orphaned sisters separated decades ago in South Korea have been reunited after being hired at the same hospital in Florida. The women, now both in their 40s, were stunned to learn that they were related, having not seen each other since the early 1970s. Both women had suffered tragic losses and spent time at orphanages in South Korea before being adopted by American families.

A free meal and a friendly smile aren't easy to come by. But a pair of middle eastern immigrants changed that for some in Montreal with a sign in their restaurant window. Motivated by their own experiences with hunger in Iraq and Iran, they offer a free meal to anyone in their adopted community who needs it -- no questions asked. "We went through this," said Ali Amiry, 51, who left Iraq in 1992, fleeing the regime of Saddam Hussein and crippling sanctions. "We know what it means to be hungry."

A Genius Pool Invention Is Saving Animals From Drowning in Swimming pools this summer. Enter, the FrogLog. The invention is made up of an inflatable platform with a mesh skirt and ramp attached. You attach it to the edge of your pool using a weighted pouch that keeps the platform in place. Now, any little critters that make their way into your pool, have an easy way to escape just by swimming over to the life-raft and using the ramp to climb out.

For King and Country members Joel and Luke are cheering on Lindsey Yoder and her Walk for Freedom. It was the brother's movie that inspired Lindsey this weekend to walk 300 miles and raise funds to end trafficking. She recently posted: Last October, for my 14th birthday, my mom took me to see the movie "Priceless" which brought to light the issue of human trafficking. Immediately I wanted to do something to stop it. After praying about it, God gave me the idea to walk a long distance as a way to raise awareness about this issue. I have decided to walk from my hometown in Arthur, Illinois, to Nashville, Tennessee where Hope for Justice is located.

Natalie Grant was walking with a 14 year old named Lindsey Yoder over the weekend. She posted: Yesterday I told you about 14 year old Lindsey Yoder, who decided to walk 300 miles to raise money for Hope for Justice International. Well, today I surprised her on the final stretch and walked the last mile with her. Find out more about Lindsey's walk at

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips says he was deeply challenged through a recent visit to Nigeria. He posted: The sense of desperation and hopelessness was real, but the change was instantly apparent with the Childfund Live sponsored children and families! It's amazing what a little hope can do! As a human being on this earth I was deeply challenged at the level of inhumanity that I witnessed! This just ain't right, but together we CAN make a change!

Sidewalk Prophets Dave Frey was cheering on his wife over the weekend. He posted: My wife is the greatest. She knew I love mochi, and she knew it was really messy to make, but to surprise her love, she did it anyway. Then cleaned up the aftermath!

A reminder from the members of Selah. They posted over the weekend: Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Attached was a picture of Asia Bibi, who has been in prison for 8 years for her faith in Christ.

Third Day front man Mac Powell has found his twin. The Third Day road pastor, Nigel James, posted a picture of film star Bradley Cooper over the weekend and added: Looks like Mac Powell playing right-handed!!

Even Jeremy Camp's dog is into music. Jeremy posted a picture of family dog, Elliot, complete with headphones and a leather jacket. He said his kids have named him DJ Ruff.

A victory for Kerrie Roberts over the weekend. The mom and Christian artist posted: I scheduled a nap time FOR MYSELF and actually was able to sleep. Is the little things that are the big things!!

Mark Schultz is on the other side of the world. He posted a picture of he and his wife over the weekend with the Great Wall of China in the background.

A reminder from Rend Collective: There is good news in the sorrow. There is good news when the tears fall. We have a God who cares about the intimate, painful details of our lives and who promises to walk with us through the valleys. He weeps with us.

Matthew West on the real reason that he leaves his family behind and travels around the country throughout the year: So thankful for every opportunity God gives me to sing and speak. Tonight many people raised their hands to say yes to Jesus, and that's the real reason we flew across the country. Not to simply entertain or put on a good show. My band and I know that if that's all we accomplish, we will have missed the point. Every night we pray for something bigger than us to happen. And I have learned that is a prayer God answers faithfully.

New music from Casting Crowns is underway. The band posted a picture from the studio and added: New tunes in the making!

It's been a quarter of a century in the making. Phillips, Craig and Dean announced this week: our first book, 25 for 25, has arrived. Journey beyond the songs and read stories from Randy, Dan and Shawn about 25 years of music ministry.

Jeremy Camp shared the story behind his new song Word of Life over the weekend. Check out the story behind the song by clicking on the links at

Rend Collective was getting real over the weekend. They released their latest vlog, titled Hot Pink Male Rompers. The question is: do you want the real Rend Collective of the fake Rend Collective. Check out more by clicking on the link at

Over the weekend Kutless hosted Converge 2017. The free outreach event took place in southern Oregon. Approximately 6,000 people attended the event in person, with about 45,000 people watching online as they streamed the concert live. However, if you missed out, you can still see the show online. Check out Kutless live by clicking on the link at

The Sidewalk Prophets made an Impromptu stop at the Big Ticket Festival over the weekend. The band showed up and played a surprise set at the show in Michigan on Friday.

Jonny Diaz shared his "I might not make it to my concert in time" face on Instagram over the weekend. His American Airlines flight was delayed by 7 hours, causing him to nearly miss that evening show.

Britt Nicole announced over the weekend: I'll be touring the country this fall with Skillet, Colton Dixon, and Tauren Wells.

Steven Curtis Chapmen had a special guest on stage over the weekend. He invited Danny Gokey to join him on stage during his set at the Worship in the Adirondacks festival.

Severe weather forced Stars Go Dim to cancel their set over the weekend. The band was scheduled to play at the Celebrate Freedom festival but posted: We are so sorry to announce our set has been cancelled today due rain and lightning.

Stars go Dim front man Chris was teaching during his first concert back after surgery for appendicitis. He posted: Such a pleasure to lead the the National Worship Leader's conference tonight! Thank you for being gracious to me on my first night back singing since the surgery! It was an honor to worship with you all!

For King and Country was one man down while in Virginia over the weekend. Joel says his brother Luke was taking some time off. He posted: pray for Luke and Courtney's baby, which could potentially be born quite soon!

11 Reasons Why Dads Matter to Daughters
1. Girls whose fathers provide warmth and control achieve greater academic success.
2. Girls who are close to their fathers exhibit less anxiety and withdrawal behaviors.
3. Parental connectedness is the number one factor in preventing girls from engaging in premarital sex and indulging in drugs and alcohol.
4. Daughters who believe that their fathers care about them have significantly fewer suicide attempts and fewer instances of body dissatisfaction, depression, low self- esteem, substance abuse, and unhealthy weight.
5. Girls with involved fathers are twice as likely to stay in school.
6. Girls with fathers or father figures feel more protected, are more likely to attempt college, and are less likely to drop out of college.
7. Girls whose parents divorce or separate before they turn twenty-one tend to have shorter life spans by four years.
8. Girls with good fathers are less likely to seek male attention by flaunting themselves.
9. Girls who live with their mothers and fathers (as opposed to mothers only) have significantly fewer growth and developmental delays, and fewer learning disorders, emotional disabilities, and behavioral problems.
10. Girls who live with their mothers only have significantly less ability to control impulses and delay gratification, and have a weaker sense of conscience about right and wrong.
11. Girls do better academically if their fathers establish rules and exhibit affection.

A website expected to hold the largest digitized collection on the internet of writings by famed British pastor Charles H. Spurgeon is now available. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in partnership with B&H Academic, launched the website on June 21. Also known as "The Spurgeon Archive," Midwestern Seminary's original Spurgeon Center website has been combined with The Spurgeon site will consist of accessible sermons, writings, links, and a number of other Spurgeon-related documents.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr recently signed a 5 year, 125 million dollar contract extension, making him the highest paid player in NFL history. Following the announcement, Carr was asked if he plans to get anything special with the new funds. His response: "nothing will change". Carr said he will continue to pay his tithe and his wife will continue to clip coupons. The Raiders quarterback added: it's going to continue to help people, not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world...and that's what's exciting to me.

A federal appeals court upheld Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act on Thursday that is considered one of the broadest religious objections measures enacted by any state. The measure ensures Christians and those who object to same-sex "marriage" will not be forced to violate their sincerely held beliefs.

The U.S. Supreme Court could again be asked to decide the constitutionality of opening government meetings with an invocation. Rulings by the high court in 1983 and 2014 affirm the practice, according to attorneys with First Liberty who are defending two government agencies in two states. The cast in question is Bormuth v. County of Jackson, in which plaintiff Peter Bormuth sued to prevent Michigan’s Jackson County Board of Commissioners from starting its monthly meetings with prayer. In February, a three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit ruled 2-1 in Bormuth’s favor, overturning a district judge’s decision.

Donald Trump’s government has not held an iftar dinner for the end of Ramadan, breaking a Muslim tradition held at the White House for more than two centuries. The iftar dinner occurs at sunset at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islam lunar calendar and a time of prayer, reflection and fasting. Instead of holding the dinner, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement for the White house late Saturday evening "During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values."

A Christian school in Indiana is under fire for standing up for Biblical marriage. According to CBN, Lighthouse Christian Academy is one of many schools that receive money from government vouchers. However, critics believe those vouchers should be taken away because the school condemns sexual sins like fornication and homosexuality.

Florida lawmakers passed a bill that protects religious students, parents, and faculty from being punished by the school system for their religious beliefs. According to CBN, SB 436, also known as the "Religious Liberties Act," will take effect on July 1. Sen. Dennis Baxley, who sponsored the bill, says "Part of what we're protecting is those basic rights for religious expression – which are protected free speech – and we're letting people know it doesn't stop at the property line of the school site."

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a group of 114 Iraqis living in Detroit from deportation. The Guardian reports most of these Iraqis are Chaldean Christians, but had been subject to deportation orders for pending criminal charges or overstaying visas. But attorneys challenged the deportation orders, arguing that the group would be persecuted or face death if returned to Iraq.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation June 15 that protects faith-based foster and adoption care agencies from lawsuits challenging their Biblically based operational standards. Facing the threat of ruinous lawsuits for refusing to work with gay couples or provide abortions for children in their care, agency directors said they would have been forced to close their doors without the protections.

Several Christian organizations that advocate for traditional marriage have been labeled hate groups on the charity research site GuideStar. Christianity Today reports that the hate group label was assigned to the organizations by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and then picked up by the charity research site, displayed in a banner at the top of the page.

Society can’t deny that there is slippery slope when it comes to sex and the changing ideas about biblical standards. That's according to Michael Brown, host of the Line of Fire radio program. Brown’s column comes in response to a Colombian marriage of three men—a polyamorous “family.” Colombia legalized same-sex marriage in 2016 and polyamorous marriage this year.

A Nebraska mother is facing potential charges for child neglect after calling the police to help free her daughter who was accidentally locked inside a car. In a column for The Federalist, Mary Katharine Ham writes that the toddler in question had been visiting the pool with her aunt. When the woman exited the vehicle at the child’s home and opened the rear door to retrieve her niece, a gust of wind blew the door shut, trapping a toddler and the car keys inside. Police broke the window to free the toddler, and ticketed the mother on suspicion of child neglect.

Paul Williams, a pastor and former president of conservative church planting organization Orchard Group, has publicly come out as a transgender woman. His legal name is now Paula Stone Williams. Christian Today reports Williams served as the president of Orchard from from 1989 until 2009. He decided to live his life as a transgender woman in December 2012, but only just went public with the decision.

New Mexico State Police believe a body found in the state is that of a pastor who went missing while searching for treasure in the Rocky Mountains. Medical investigators have not released the identity of the body, but State Police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo told the AP that it is likely Paris Wallace, of Grand Junction, Colo. Family reported Wallace missing last week. He had been searching for treasure hidden by multimillionaire Forrest Fenn.

Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham is disputing reports the ministry’s Noah’s Ark-themed park is taking on water. The 800-acre theme park includes an ark built to the measurements God gave Noah in the biblical flood account. America’s Research Group had estimated the park would attract between 1.4 million and 2.2 million visitors its first year. As the Ark Encounter marks its first anniversary on July 7, attendance at the ark “will draw near the low end of the estimated guest number,” Ham wrote.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II honored hymn writer Keith Getty this week as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. The award recognizes Getty for his contribution to “Music and Modern Hymn Writing.” It is the first time that the award has been given to an individual in the world of contemporary church music

Some media outlets believe Lysa Terkeurst, the founder of women's ministry Proverbs 31 Ministries, should step down after announcing the end of her marriage. Terkeurst announced the end of her 25-year marriage a few weeks ago. She claims her husband, Art, abused substances, committed infidelity and strayed from the truth. Since then, the prominent women's leader has remained largely silent, allowing her blog post to speak for her. She told followers she would take a season off from Proverbs 31, but was not leaving.

Having an American flag waving in your front yard is a great way to show your patriotism — but there is certain protocol you have to follow. With the 4th of July just around the corner, Woman's Day magazine is out with a quick refresher, the dos and don'ts to displaying the flag. Check them out by clicking on the link at

The latest study by Pew Research looks at gun safety and the key responsibilities of gun owners. The study found that the majority of gun owners and non-owners alike agree that it’s essential for gun owners who live with children in the home to talk to their children about gun safety, to take gun safety courses, and to keep all of their guns in a locked place.

Ryan Burchett found a message in a bottle last weekend on Little St. Simons in Georgia. The buoyant letter was 36 years ago and thanks to social media he was able to connect with the original sender. Douglas Stephens sent the bottle afloat off the Atlantic coast of Florida back on June 10, 1981. Burchett found the bottle while fishing with friends in southern Georgia, 40 miles from Fernandina Beach where Stephens set the bottle adrift.

Facebook wants more video, so it's releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. It's in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. The update includes a new Community tab, where creators can more easily connect with their followers on Facebook as well as Facebook's other apps, Instagram and Messenger.

Federal police in Argentina recently discovered a time capsule of evil, hidden inside a house near Buenos Aires. Roughly 75 Nazi artifacts, including everything from a large knife to Nazi medical devices to a photo negative of Adolph Hitler, were uncovered in a secret room. Members of the Jewish community in Argentina believe that they were brought to the country by Nazi officials following World War II.

Al Capone's diamond-studded, platinum pocket watch went for $84,375 during an auction Saturday featuring other artifacts that belonged to some of America's most notorious gangsters. Capone's watch as well as a musical composition he handwrote behind bars in Alcatraz were among the items up for bid in the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction by RR Auction, an auction house headquartered in Boston.

The annual World's Ugliest Dog competition was held last week to raise awareness for dog adoption. While older and smaller dogs have traditionally been the best performers, this year's World's Ugliest Dog prize went to a three-year-old, 125-pound (57-kilos) Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha. She was nearly blind from neglect when she was rescued in Sonoma County, California. It took several surgeries before she was able to see again.

Even though it's just the start of summer, we're already looking forward to Christmas. Junk food Instagram account Candy Hunting revealed over the weekend that Oreo Cookies & Crème Candy Canes will join the lineup of other wacky candy cane flavors this holiday season. Candy Hunting posted about the new Oreo treats earlier today saying, "Christmas preview: New Oreo Cookies & Creme candy canes!

A soldier who lost 4 limbs opening retreat to help others. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills awoke in a hospital on his 25th birthday to learn that an explosion in Afghanistan had robbed him of all four limbs. Family support aided his recovery, Mills said, and now a foundation he created is bringing others with war injuries and their families to Maine to continue their healing while surrounded by others who understand what they’ve gone through. The retreat at the lakeside estate of the late cosmetics magnate Elizabeth Arden was dedicated this weekend after an overhaul that included upgrades to make it more accessible.

Camille Geraldi runs a tight house in Ellijay, Georgia. The laundry is folded in dozens of neat stacks. Hundreds of shoes are tucked away. Dinner is cooking in several crockpots, and 20 kids will soon sit down for the meal. The children all have special needs and Geraldi and her husband, Mike, have adopted all of them. In fact, in the last four decades, the couple has adopted 88 children, when all of them were infants. Her family includes kids with intellectual disabilities, spina bifida and Down syndrome. Some have autism or extreme facial deformities. Through the years they've also coped with the deaths of 32 children.

Holding the hand of a loved one to comfort them really does help reduce pain. Dr Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder was inspired to conduct the research after witnessing the birth of his daughter four years ago. His team found that when an empathetic partner holds the hand of a woman in pain, their heart and respiratory rates sync and her pain dissipates. Dr Goldstein said: "The more empathetic the partner, the stronger the analgesic effect and the higher the synchronisation between the two when they are touching."

With the help of the South Australian Police (SAPOL), dentist Michael Yuan orchestrated a memorable moment his girlfriend Katie is sure to never forget. Cfficers pulled Mr Yuan over on what was said to be a check on a "suspect flag" on his car's registration. As Mr Yuan was asked to get out of the vehicle, a second SAPOL officer began to question her, and asked her to step out of the vehicle, Mr Yuan dropped to one knee and revealed an engagement ring. Once she got over the shock, she responded with a resounding "Yes".

Six convicts are getting their sentences shortened after saving a guard who collapsed on duty last Monday in Polk County, Georgia. The deputy collapsed during a work detail at a local cemetery with six inmates who he'd grown to know well from working alongside for seven hours a day, five days a week. As soon as the officer dropped, the six inmates he was overseeing came to his aid. They removed the officer's outer bulletproof vest to help cool him off and took his phone to call 911. Now they are being rewarded for their heroic actions. In addition to a celebratory meal, Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats says that he will shorten the inmates' sentences by about 25 percent.

Federal officials on Thursday announced plans to remove the bear's endangered species’ status — meaning states will be able to approve hunts as long as the bear population stays above 600 bears. Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled that the population is no longer threatened.

A toddler in Massachusetts survived a two-story fall from a building on Wednesday thanks to his stuffed animal, police said.
The boy, 2, of Chelsea, was jumping on his bed just before 5 p.m. when a hop sent him out his home window, according to The Boston Globe. Luckily, the boy was holding a large stuffed cow during the fall. He landed on the toy, which provided a cushion between him and the concrete sidewalk.

Hundreds of bikers gathered in Sydney, N.S., Wednesday morning to escort a 10-year-old boy who has been the victim of bullying to school. The leather-clad bikers drove Grade 4 student Xander Rose to school and walked with him in a line to the front door of Harbourside Elementary. Mike Basso organized the rally to support the boy after his mother reached out to a U.S. children’s advocacy group called Defenders Of The Children.

Amazon Will Now Let You Try on Clothes Before You Buy Them. Amazon quietly announced Prime Wardrobe, a service that lets you try on clothes before buying them. With Prime Wardrobe, you have a week to decide what to keep and what to send back, and you get discounts based on how many items you keep.

Victoria Swarovski married her long-term boyfriend Werner Mürz over the weekend. The lavish ceremony took place in Italy, and — as to be expected when you're the heiress to a crystal empire — the bride sparkled from head to toe. The 23-year-old singer chose a custom-made wedding gown by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco and of course, the princess-style design was encrusted with Swarovski crystals. The cost of the dress was rumored at $900,000.

Jason Crabb can now add the title of “Reverend” to his resume. According to CCM Magazine, he officiated the wedding of his drummer Neiman Davis to Rachel Johnson in Lebanon, TN.

Mercyme's Bart Millard likes baseball, all baseball. The outspoken Texas Rangers fan as been spending a lot of time recently at the St. Louis ballpark. And this week he posted several pictures while attended a Chicago Cubs game. Bart even got to spend some time with Cubs player and fellow Christian Ben Zobrist.

Crowder recently sat down to talk with Relevant Magazine about songs that have shaped his life. Check out the podcast by clicking on the link at

Third Day guitarist Mark Lee took the family to visit an Internet sensation this week. Mark and his family met April the Giraffe on World giraffe Day. April gained fame when thousands watched and waited for her to give birth on a live video feed.
#worldgiraffeday #thatsreallyathing

Something to look forward to from Brandon Heath. He posted: I'm writing a 5 part Whole Heart devotional series just for you. Get each one delivered directly to your inbox by clicking on the link at

Steven Curtis Chapman finally has his father's day present and he says they may be his favorite shoes every. Steven posted a picture of the Charlie Brown shoes given to him by his daughters and wife. They even have the words Good Grief printed on the tongue.

Natalie Grant's husband Bernie Herms came away the big winner at the BMI Songwriter awards this week. The producer and songwriter was named Christian Songwriter of the Year.

Matthew West had some special guests in the studio this week. He posted a picture as he played guitar while featuring his two daughters on the mic.

A reminder from Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey: "Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us."

Kutless will hold a free concert at Riverside Park in Grants Pass, Oregon at 7:00pm PT this evening. However, if you can't make the road trip, you can still attend the show. It will also be broadcast live on the Kutless facebook page.

How many computers does it take to worship? If you are worship leader Chris Tomlin it apparently takes quite a few. He posted a picture from back stage of their set up, including a whole line up of computers.

Fans eager for new material from Marc Martel are finally getting their wish granted. According to New Release Today, This week Martel took to social media to announce that he's launched a kickstarter campaign to fund not one but two new EPs. Martel is asking for $20,000 to cover the cost of the two EPs. One EP will be all cover songs, and the other will be a Christmas EP.

Tauren Wells is out with a preview of his new album Hills and Valleys. The new project released today but, before purchasing it, you can check out Tauren's 12 minute overview of the new CD. Click on the link at

Steven Curtis Chapman is celebrating 100,000 fans on instagram. He posted: To celebrate all 100,000 of you for following along here on Instagram, we are giving away a signed copy of "Between Heaven and the Real World", an SCC T-Shirt, and a limited edition "Between Heaven and the Real World" coffee mug! To sign up click on the link at

The Official Lyric Video for the Newsboys latest song The Cross Has the Final Word is now available. You can check out the latest Newsboys song by clicking on the link at

The official lyric video for Third Day's new song Revival is available. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace is giving her drum set away. In her latest Jamie Grace show video Jamie talks about a recent trip to Taco Bell and also announces the giveaway of her drum set. Check ou more by clicking on the link at

On September 15, 2017 a new film will hit theaters. Because Of Gracia starrs Christian artist Moriah Peters along with Chris Massoglia, Ben Davies and John Schneider. According to CCM Magazine, It tells the story of Eastglenn High’s new girl Gracia Davies. Gracia is a girl with charisma, intelligence and conviction, but a dark past. Check out a clip from the movie by clicking on the link at

When a Switchfoot fan posted: "If I had a dollar for every time Jon Foreman says "yeah" in a song my students loans would be paid off" Jon Foreman replied: Yeah

Tobymac with the details on the recent DC Talk rehearsal:
3 days.
9 men.
16 songs.
86 bottles of water.

Greg Laurie recently talked with about his new book on Steve McQueen. Find out more about the new book by clicking on the link at

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the Focus on the Family 40th anniversary chapel this Friday. This week Focus president Jim Daily posted: Focus on the Family has had a friendly relationship with Vice President Pence, who is an outspoken Christian, for years. His commitment to families and the preborn has been evident since his early days as an Indiana state representative. Music for the event will be provided by Steven Curtis Chapman. The event will be live streamed on on Friday, June 23, starting at 10:05 a.m. Mountain time/12:05 p.m. Eastern time.

5 key ways to follow God’s lead when selecting your next Bible study:
1. Ask God to ignite a new passion for His Word in your own heart!
2. Cover the decision process in prayer.
3. Make the decision a team effort.
4. Research the publisher of the Bible studies you are considering.
5. Take the time to complete the Bible study.

Solutions to the Top 5 Marriage Issues
1. Lack of emotional intimacy: Planning time to be intentional in sharing your heart with one another.
2. Lack of physical intimacy: One great strategy for increasing physical intimacy is to plan time for it.
3. Disinterest or lack of appreciation: It’s essential to choose to put the relationship above everything, including work and your children. {
4. Communication: One way to address a lack of communication is to schedule time for a face to face every day, even if it’s only 15 minutes.
5. Money: Plan a time to work out a budget that you both agree on.

A Harvard Law journal says one of the most important parts of the U.S. Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment, protects the rights of unborn babies. Adopted in 1868, in the wake of the Civil War, that amendment sought to protect the rights of newly freed slaves. According to the CBN article, It declares that no state shall "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." According to an article in The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, law student Joshua Craddock argues that a person becomes a human being at the point of conception, and from that moment forward is entitled to protection under the law.

Churches in Havana, Cuba have scored a spiritual victory--running a historic evangelism campaign--despite government restrictions and questioning. According to CBN, In Cuba, Christians have no access to billboards, radio or television. Nevertheless, churches in the capital of Havana wanted to organize a multi-media evangelism campaign that would reach Havana's two million residents. With funding from Great Commission Media Ministries, over 300 churches from 40 denominations created a book of testimonies. Each testimony tells the story of a Cuban who came to faith in Christ.

An American Iraqi Christian family is one among more than 100 fearing the deportation of loved ones to Iraq, where the threat of genocide at the hands of ISIS remains high. Brittanny Hamama is part of a Chaldean (Iraqi Catholic Christian) family. Her father was arrested by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on June 11, alongside 113 other Iraqi Christians.

Cornerstone Christian Academy in Alberta, Canada, is being told to stop teaching Scriptures that may be considered offensive. Battle River School Division (BRSD) chair, Lauri Skori, told Cornerstone's chair, Deanna Margel, that "any Scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals should not be read or studied in school." Cornerstone, a K-12 school, accepts funding from the Canadian government. It's listed as an "alternate school."

Planned Parenthood is trying to expand its borders by establishing a clinic in a Pennsylvania high school. According to CBN, The pro-abortion group AccessMatters will lobby the Reading, Pennsylvania School Board to set up a taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood center in Reading High School. While the clinic would not perform abortions within the actual walls of the high school, it would refer pregnant girls to abortion clinics nearby. The clinic would also pass out contraceptives and provide confidential counseling to students.

Authorities in Egypt reportedly raided a church-owned building that was being used by a local Coptic Christian community for worship and chained down the doors so that Christians could no longer enter the building. According to a press release shared with The Christian Post by the human rights and religious freedom advocacy group International Christian Concern, the three-story building situated in the village of Saft Al-Kharsa in the Beni Suef governorate was broken into by police officials last Friday.

The family of a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea is concerned for his welfare after the death of an American student who was imprisoned there. They want Canada to work harder to secure his release, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. Hyeon Soo Lim, who served at one of the largest churches in Canada, was sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015 for what North Korea says was an attempt to overthrow the regime.

Arabic praises could be heard alongside the more typical Hebrew worship at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) this year as the fellowship met June 11 at First Arabic Baptist Church in Phoenix. The gathering -- held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting -- included a joint worship service of Arab, Kurdish and Jewish followers of Jesus; a fellowship meal; and an SBMF business session.

Evangelical Christian leaders are spearheading a campaign for criminal justice reform, calling for equitable punishment and alternatives to incarceration. James Ackerman, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, joined this week with black, white and Hispanic officials of evangelical organizations as he introduced the “Justice Declaration” that has been signed by close to 100 religious leaders from a wide range of Christian denominations.

It had been five months since Bill Conner suddenly lost his 20-year-old daughter, Abbey, and he felt like he had to do something to honor her short life. So, on May 22, a day after his son, Austin, graduated from college, Conner hopped on a bike and began riding across the country. The dad decided to travel 2,600 miles -- from his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida -- to visit Broward Health Medical Center, the hospital that recovered Abbey's organs for donation back in January.

Minnie and Mickey Mouse really do know how to share the magic of Disney, and a deaf boy visiting Disneyland got to experience this firsthand when he met the duo in the park during May. In a viral video posted on Facebook, Minnie and Mickey can be seen communicating “I love you” and “Nice to meet you,” in sign language to the boy during his special visit, prompting the boy to share a big hug with Minnie. An ASL translator who was with the boy during his visit to the park, gave the characters an assist, standing behind the boy and showing them what/how to sign the phrases.

Paul Miller serenaded his wife of 70 years, Imogene, with a heartwarming rendition of Bing Crosby’s “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” at their anniversary celebration on June 10. The 90-year-old husband lovingly held his longtime wife’s hand as he sang to her: “Let me hear you whisper that you love me too.” “I started practicing so it would sound just right,” he told ABC News. “I didn’t just reach up out of the clear blue sky to choose it.”

A 22 year old California Student has beaten Cancer Twice During College and still Graduated on Time. At age 19, Camille Chabot was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma just before starting her sophomore year at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Not only has the Dublin, California native crammed school work these past four years, but she has also persevered through surgery, a dozen chemotherapy sessions, a relapse, and a bone marrow transplant. And last weekend, Chabot graduated — as planned with fellow 4,500 classmates — and earned a liberal studies degree with the future goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.

You’ve probably heard at some point that Americans aren’t getting enough vitamin D, the so-called sunshine vitamin that helps promote healthy bones. So naturally, it makes sense that people would start taking vitamin D supplements. Unfortunately, new research has found that a significant number of people are taking daily vitamin D supplements above the recommended levels, and some are even taking them at levels that could pose a danger to their health. Vitamin D is important for bone health, but can cause abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood, soft tissue, or blood vessels if taken above the upper limit of 4,000 IU a day.

A new solar grill cooks your meals in 10 minutes and is powered by the sun. The Solsource designers say it even works in the cold. And it works from one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset.

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul may have just come out with his 11th shoe design with Nike this year, but now the free agent can add becoming a full-fledged fashion designer to his hefty resumé. With the help of his longtime stylist Courtney Mays, the 32-year-old NBA star teamed up with FIVE FOUR to launch an athleisure-inspired capsule collection of trendy men’s clothing and accessories

University of Michigan engineering students will get a slick new ride to class starting next school year — no driver necessary. The University's MCity self-driving development hub just announced its plans to launch a free autonomous shuttle service in the school's North Campus. It's the first time the self-driving program has offered services outside of the 32-acre MCity complex, which opened in 2015.

Scientists are thinking of new ways to make space travel cheaper. Research describing one of these ideas was just published: an electric-powered lunar space tug. The reusable tug would fly between Earth and the moon, transporting cargo and possibly even technicians and other astronauts. It would be refueled at a low Earth orbit fuel depot and maintained by astronauts on the moon and the International Space Station (ISS) for as long as it’s in service.

Mercyme guitarist Mike Scheuchzer is doing a little desk building. He posted a picture of the old piano that he is converting into a desk.

Jonny Diaz didn't let a little think like rain ruin his golf outing. He posted a picture as he and a friend hit golf balls from inside his home and said: When your golf outing gets rained out, you improvise.

The latest free edition of the online CCM magazine is now available. The new magazine features Hillsong UNITED on the cover and also includes updates on Sandi Patty, Bethel music, Kevin Max, and more. Access a free copy online by clicking on the link at

Michael W. Smith was in Ecuador this week meeting some of the children he and his wife sponsor through Compassion International. Michael posted pictures with several of the children they sponsor, including Gavi, the first child Michael sponsored 30 years ago. Michael added: What a day it has been. Will never forget!

Third Day member Mac Powell says he and his daughter love being on camera but his wife isn't as fond of the experience. Mac posted a picture in front of the security camera in Target. He caught the image onscreen with his daughter as he wife dove for cover.

David Crowder will release a music video next week for his song "Back to the Garden." In the mean time, Crowder this week shared some behind the scene photos with his email list. Check out the beautiful set by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace is one of several Christian artists asked to write an essay for the book, What Did Jesus Ask? in partnership with Time magazine. Along with Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Lecrae and other leaders who often speak passionately about their Faith, Jamie shared her heart and her story. She added: such a cool thing being able to share about the most significant aspect of my life!

Plumb posted on Instagram that her two youngest were both taking music lessons. She said she had a specific to-do list while they were busy. However, it had only one item: take a nap.

A good response to the new SanctusReal song Safe In My Father's Arms. Late last week it ranked as the #1 streamed and downloaded song at radio

Tauren Wells will release a new album, titled When We Pray, this Friday. Leading up to the release, he announced: I'm posting previews of new songs everyday. Check out the title song "WHEN WE PRAY" by clicking on the link at

Crowder is giving away prizes to the Crowd and he want's t
First, turn those post notifications on.
Second, anytime I use the hashtag #theCrowd in my post (excluding this one) comment on that post using #theCrowd in the comment section within 5 minutes and I'll choose one of you to win.
Third, I'll pick one person to win fun things like tshirts, beard oil, locks of Kenny Rodgers the Arctic Fox hair, phone calls, and more.
Fourth, keep being awesome.

Chris August says completion of his new album is getting close. He posted a picture from the studio as he tracked drums for several songs on his latest project.

Hawk Nelson recently performed their song Diamonds at the EO Youth Festival in the Netherlands. Now you can check out a video fo their live performance. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Mandisa was featured on the TBN program Praise late last week. Now you can check out the program online and hear more about Mandisa, her ministry, her history, and her latest album. Click on the link at

Hillsong United was live on Billboard's facebook page this week. The band made the special appearance to sing several songs from their new album Wonder. Check out their performance by clicking on the link at

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips is on his first trip to Kenya. Duncan is observing the work of ChildFund in the country and posted a picture with his security detail. They even let him check out one of their machine guns. Follow along with Duncan's visit by clicking on the link at

The DC Talk cruise is still several weeks away but rehearsals are already underway. Michael Tait, Tobymac and Kevin Max posted a picture as the rehearsed What Will People Think on day two of rehearsals.

Blanca is back from her week long visit to the Philippines. She says they performed 3 concerts and saw 4,002 decisions for Christ. Blanca added: I'm forever grateful.

Zach Williams is going to Haiti with with the Hands and Feet Project in 2018 and he'd like you to come along. Check out more about joining Zach by clicking on the link at

Not even a raging rain storm can slow down Tenth Avenue North. Member of the band posted a short video as they were buffeted by wind and rain during a recent show in Iowa. They added: The Lord sent forth a tsunami mid-set.

Yesterday travelers through the San Diego airport got a special surprise when Switchfoot performed a mini concert in the terminal. According to New Release Today, The surprise set promoted the band's upcoming charity surf event and concert the Bro-Am, which will be celebrating its 13th year this weekend. Switchfoot set up and played a stripped back set for passers-by Monday morning. The band has also set up a special Bro-Am art exhibition at the airport as part of their continued efforts to connect to the community and serve underprivileged kids.

A close call for The Afters. The band posted a story about an explosion at Brussels Central Station after police shot a suspect wearing a suicide belt. They added: We were in this very train station in Brussels earlier today!! Wow. We are ok, and thankful no one was hurt.

The latest Lightenup video features Ken Davis having some residents of Michigan. He shared: People learn the goofiest ways to describe where they live. If you are from one of the states I mention, remember to keep your sense of humor as you watch this – I often make fun of my own state as well. Watch the video by clicking on the link at

Business Insider ranked 12 popular condiments from unhealthiest to healthiest, and it may or may not make you rethink some of your favorite summer foods.
12. Mayonnaise
11. Ranch
10. Tartar Sauce
9. Relish
8. Barbecue Sauce
7. Sriracha
6. Ketchup
5. Soy Sauce
4. Dijon Mustard
3. Pico de Gallo, a fresh combo of chopped tomatoes, onions and herbs
2. Hot Sauce
1. Mustard

3 prayers for parents to pray for a straying child:
1. Pray for a heart of brokenness, no matter the earthly cost.
2. Pray against the enemy’s desire to have them.
3. Pray specific Scripture over their life.

The Georgia Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a state law banning abortions after 20 weeks. Life News reports the ACLU challenged the fetal pain abortion bill in 2012, preventing the law from being enforced. After the court’s decision it will now be illegal for doctors to perform abortions after 20 weeks; violating the law will be a felony.

The same architect who designed the 9/11 Memorial in New York City has been asked to design a memorial for the victims of the Charleston Church shooting. The shooting occurred just over two years ago, on June 17th, 2015 at the historic Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Israeli-American architect Michaed Arad knows what a huge privilege and responsibility it is to be chosen to design the memorial for the church, which will be erected on church grounds. “I feel very privileged to be here,” Arad said during the announcement of his selection for the project. “But I also feel the weight of this responsibility and pray that I will find the means to convey the beauty that I’ve seen here in Charleston.”

A Southern California teen raised about $15,000 to send an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor to Israel so the man can meet his last living relative and finally receive his bar mitzvah. Drew Principe, 17, said he came up with the idea for a fundraiser after meeting Henry Oster during a school assembly in January. Oster told students at Viewpoint High near Los Angeles about his experiences during World War II. Principe discovered that Oster had never been to Israel, so the teen decided to begin an online fundraiser. It took off and quickly raised close to $15,000.

Pastor, author, speaker, and Christian leader R.C. Sproul Jr. recently accepted a plea agreement in his drunk driving case. reports that Sproul was initially charged with four counts of drunk driving, including the felony charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol with a minor also in the vehicle. Sproul had been sentenced to a year and 183 days of jail time, but he has since accepted a plea agreement which will suspend the former charges and allow him to bypass the jail sentence in favor of a year of probation.

Evangelist Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, has hinted that he and his wife, Kanae Miyahara, are expecting twins.Today was an exceptionally extra special Father's Day for me, after we recently just found out something extraordinary!" Nick said in a message he posted on Facebook Sunday, along with a 22-second video. In the video, Nick looks at the camera before showing an ultrasound image on a monitor. He and Kanae have two other children: Kiyoshi, born in February 2013, and Dejan, born in September 2015.

Franklin Graham says he finds it "very disturbing" that immigration authorities have arrested many Iraqi Christians for possible deportation and urged President Donald Trump to give "great consideration to the threat to lives of Christians in countries like Iraq." In a Facebook post, Graham, the head of Samaritan's Purse, criticized U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for rounding up 100 Iraqi nationals in Michigan last week for possible deportation. Many of those arrested are Christians and Shiite Muslims who face persecution from ISIS

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill that protects Christian adoption agencies from being forced to place children in homosexual-led households that intentionally deny the child a mother or a father. The Freedom to Serve Children Act, allows faith-based adoption and foster care organizations to receive state funding without fear of legal retribution for declining to place children in homosexual-led households. Other conscience objections such as placing children with single or divorced adults are also covered.

In India, Bibles For The World works to spread God’s Word and support the Church, and children’s ministry is an important part of their mission. Recently, they’ve incorporated a new aspect of Gospel outreach to kids — Awana clubs! Bibles For The World still continues their current education programs in India, but they realized they needed a different strategy for new evangelism initiatives and children’s outreaches.

Chick-fil-A, known for its fried chicken sandwiches, is rolling out a gluten-free bun option. It's made with ground quinoa, sorghum and amaranth — hence the surcharge of $1.15 to order, as these are pricier ingredients than regular flour — and sweetened with molasses and raisins. The buns are individually packaged and certified gluten-free, but customers will need to assemble their own sandwiches to reduce risk of cross-contamination.

The Dutch government announced in April that they had purchased a Boeing 737 Business Jet as a successor to the old government plane. Now officials say that their king, King Willem-Alexander will be able to fly it. It was announced last month that the King already flies the current government plane whenever it's used by the royal family. This week the Dutch Government Information Service has confirmed that the king has qualified for his licence to fly the new Boeing 737

Six inmates are being praised after they helped save an officer who passed out during a work detail by calling 911. When the officer collapsed six of the inmates who were there jumped into action. They opened his shirt and removed the officer's bulletproof vest so that they could perform CPR. One inmate grabbed the officer's phone and dialed 911. The officer's family members provided a free lunch with desserts to the inmates who helped save the officer's life as a show of appreciation

A 10-year-old boy from Texas has invented a gadget that could save the lives of young children accidentally left in hot cars. Schoolboy Bishop Curry said he would spend his summer holidays developing his device – a small box with air ducts that blow cool air when it becomes too hot inside a car and an antenna that alerts parents and emergency services. Bishop and his family have a number of manufacturers lined up to build the device, which he has called the Oasis. They have already raised more than $20,000 (£15,800) through a crowd funding campaign to help fund its development.

At the Scottsburg McDonald's on Sunday night, strangers became family. It started with a restaurant regular. She told the checkout person 'I'm going to pay for the father behind me, and I want you to tell him Happy Father's Day.'" But that dad didn't just take the free meal. and run. He paid for a couple cars behind him. A few drivers became 10. Ten drivers became 100. From 8:30 p.m. to midnight on Father's Day, the good deeds under the golden arches didn't stop. At the end of the night, 167 cars paid it forward.

A Metro East boy is raising money for a Jerseyville police officer who was wounded in the line of duty. According the St. Louis KMOV, Mason Neunaber is setting up a lemonade stand Saturday to raise money for Nathan Miller. Miller, an officer with the Jerseyville Police Department was wounded in the line of duty on June 13. Miller is in critical condition.

A giant lobster, believed to be 132 years old, was released into the wild Friday after spending two decades in a tank at a Long Island clam bar. Louie the Lobster — a 22-pounder who narrowly escaped the pot — was zipped by speedboat to his new home near the Atlantic beach reef in honor of National Lobster week, said Butch Yamali, owner of Peter’s Clam Bar in Hempstead. Last week, a customer offered Yamali $1,000 to chow down on Louie at a Father’s Day dinner. Instead, he granted the clawed critter “amnesty” and invited town officials to the ceremony.

A terminally ill five-year-old girl has ticked her “dream wedding” off of her bucket list after a touching ceremony with her best friend. Eileidh Paterson, who has the debilitating childhood cancer neuroblastoma, made the list after being told her condition was terminal. The five-year-old had ranked marrying her best friend Harrison Grier, age six, as the most important thing she had to do. And hundreds of well-wishers attended their fairytale “wedding” on the weekend -- with some guests travelling hundreds of miles to be there.

A child recently born on a Jet Airways flight will get a free lifetime pass for any travel on the carrier. The Kerala woman gave birth to a baby mid-air on Sunday. The plane, with 162 passengers on board, was flying from Saudi Arabia to India. While the plane was still over the Arabian Sea at a height of 35,000 feet, the woman went into labor was helped by crew members and a nurse traveling to to deliver the baby. Being the first baby to be born in flight for Jet Airways, the airlines announced that the child would get a free lifetime pass for any travel on the carrier.

A 19th Century violin has been taken out of a collection of historic instruments held by Oxford University and sent to a young Syrian musician living as a refugee. Aboud Kaplo, 14, was forced out of his home in Aleppo and is now living in Lebanon. Film-maker Susie Attwood came across Aboud and saw his passion for music, but also his lack of an instrument.
In response, Oxford University has now lent the teenager the restored violin.

Dell has announced plans that will turn it into a protector of the oceans. Known for making millions of personal computers every year, the Texas-based tech giant now plans to used recycled ocean waste for its laptop packaging. The company is testing a supply chain that sees litter picked up from Haiti’s beaches and worked into recycled packaging. It’s part of Dell’s commitment to 100% sustainable packaging by 2020. Anyone buying the XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop will find the machine sitting on a tray that’s 25 % ocean plastic. The rest is made from other recycled sources like bottles and food storage containers

Water parks across the world will be filling up with children and adults looking for a fun way to cool down on a hot day. Now thanks to a new water park called Morgan’s Inspiration Island in San Antonio, Texas, people with disabilities can also join the fun! Morgan’s Inspiration Island is the world’s first water park designed specifically for people with disabilities. The venue offers traceable bracelets that allow parents to locate their children, and it also provides PneuChairs, air-powered, waterproof wheelchairs that families can rent for free. Every part of the park is wheelchair-accessible and children with “special needs” can enter the park for free.

Scientists may soon be able to alleviate the agonizing belly pain experienced by thousands of sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) by controlling the bacteria in the gut. According to pioneering Irish research, bacteria in the gut of mice are capable of reducing abdominal pain. Researchers now believe this may also be the case for humans with IBS. Professor Cryan said "We found that by targeting the bacteria in the gut you can alleviate one of the symptoms of IBS."

The Restaurant of Order Mistakes has just opened in Tokyo and it only hires waiters with dementia. The pop-up’s premise is that the staff may get your order wrong but if you go there knowing that from the start, you won’t dwell on it too much – and it might change your perception about those suffering from the illness. It also hopes to show people that dementia patients can be functioning members of society.

Israeli scientists have isolated a molecule that promotes heart cell regeneration. According to the results of a new study published in Nature magazine, a discovery that could offer hope to millions of sufferers of cardiovascular diseases around the world. Researchers studied a protein called Agrin, common in fetal hearts, which rapidly disappears after birth. When tested in lab cultures, Agrin was seen to promote growth in the tissue of adult hearts — both mice and human.

A traditional double-hulled canoe has returned to Hawaii after concluding a three-year epic journey around the globe, the first trip of its kind by such a boat. The Hokule'a vessel and its crew entered the marina at Honolulu's Magic Island peninsula on Saturday after sailing more than 40,000 nautical miles (74,000 kilometres) since its departure from the island of Oahu in 2014.

Casting Crowns front man Mark Hall is announcing his pick for Governor of Alabama. Mark posted: My close friend and partner in ministry Scott Dawson is running for Governor of Alabama! We are with you Bro!!!

Congratulations to Tauren Wells. According to New Release Today, Tauren announced over the weekend that he and his wife, Lorna, are expecting their third child. Tauren posted a photo of his sons Kanaan and Lawson in baseball uniforms with another baby-sized uniform hanging from the fence. He wrote, "We'll be adding another rockstar baby boy to the Wells Family roster!! We can't wait to meet Navy Elliot Wells this December."

New Release Today says an interesting phenomenon has occurred recently in the Christian music industry over the past few years. The organization focused on Christian music pointing out a growing increase of worship releases over the past two years by artists who have been well-established for years or even decades in the pop or rock genres. Included was 13 of the most noteworthy pop artists that have released or plan to create worship albums and, in some cases, completely rebranded themselves as worship artists.

Kutless frontman Jon Micah Sumrall was spending some time with the family this weekend. He posted: Got to climb Pilot Rock with my family today. My kids loaded me up with all their water bottles, jackets and snacks, so I was pretty much "Dad Sherpa" on this one. Hunting season is coming though, so it was good training

Switchfoot will be celebrating two decades of ministry in 2017. Members of the band posted over the weekend: Happy Anniversary to The Legend Of Chin (our first album)! Stay tuned to find out how we're celebrating the past two decades later this year...

Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman were celebrating over the weekend. Mary Beth announced: Grammy can finally officially announce it! Baby Girl Chapman and Grand #4 is on the way! Willy is gonna be the sweetest daddy... and Jillian will be the best momma ever!

Rend Collective has just released our first ever video blog. The subject of the first blog: what happens behind the scenes on tour! You can watch the full video by clicking on the link at

A reminder from Brandon Heath: Don't believe the lies in your head. Give God your Whole Heart and see the healing he can do! Share with somebody who could use some encouragement today!

Chris, from Stars Go Dim, is nearly ready to head back out on the road after having his appendix removed in late May. He posted this weekend: I'm continuing to physically heal. I'll see you all out on the road again this week! Glad to be getting back to normal.

Jeremy Camp is debuting his new single, titled "WORD OF LIFE". Check out the audio of the new song from Jeremy by clicking on the link at

The web site FreeCCM is giving away music from Mercyme. This week you can download Mercyme's song Come Thou Font from their album Worship Sessions. Access the free download by clicking on the link at

SanctusReal is out with a new song featuring their new singer, Dustin. Late last week the band released the lyric video for their new song Safe In My Father's Arms.

Josh Wilson is continuing to gear up for his "Dream Small" summer shows. He posted over the weekend: More info and new music coming soon!

Last year Steven Curtis Chapman joined Third Day for a series of shows together. But the long time solo artist isn't ready to join a group full time just yet. He posted: I'm excited to announce that this fall I'm heading out on a handful of solo shows we're calling "SCC SOLO"!

Jason Gray says his concert following Peoria Chiefs baseball game almost happened. He posted: So close. My performance tonight was canceled (along with the rest of the game) right about the time I was scheduled to go on at Dozer park. Almost made it!

Tenth Avenue North has been touring quite awhile but over the weekend they posted: Today was one for the books. Torrential downpour. Equipment failure. A camera man fell off the stage. And nothing stopped us from singing at the top of our lungs. Thanks Risefest, I don't think we'll ever forget today.

Mercyme is another step closer to completing their National Anthem Baseball Tour. The members of the band posted: We can check the Brewers off the list! Check out a clip of their performance by clicking on the link at

Greg Laurie spoke to 5000 SBC Pastors at the organization's convention this past week. Just days after announcing his church's affiliation with the SBC, Laurie shared his testimony and underscored the need for proclamation evangelism. Check out his points by clicking on the link at

Just in time for summer, Focus on the Family's Club House magazine is out with several fun campfire recipes! Check them out by clicking on the link at

Dr James Dobson recently partnered with Samaritans Purse to encourage members of the military. Dobson spoke to Operation Heal Our Patriots couples in Alaska earlier this week.

5 gifts to give your husband on Father’s Day (and every day) that will help him to succeed in his calling:
1. Prayer
2. Communication
3. Support
4. Encouragement
5. Trust

7 of the Best Parenting Decisions I've made as a Father
1. Saying “no” to opportunities.
2. Limiting travel.
3. Calendaring everything.
4. Coaching their teams.
5. Loving their mom.
6. Modeling consistency.
7. Teaching them about their Heavenly Father.

Focus on the Family is out with a new list of guidelines to follow when a former spouse attempts to interfere with your marriage and family. They say the guidelines can help biological parents preserve their marriage when the other home holds the kids hostage. Suggestions include:
Affirm dedication to your marriage.
Choose the hills worth dying on.
Communicate directly with your child.

Author and pastor Max Lucado this week announced a new resource for pastors and churches. He posted: I'm excited to announce the launch of to equip pastors & churches. According to the organization, The Gateway Resource Network will create and supply dynamic resources to equip churches and leaders on every level. We hope you will find this to be a wealth of practical content, biblical insight, and ministry tools that will assist you and your ministry.

Even in the midst of the Grenfell Tower fire, people have been looking to the churches in the area, which have stepped up to the area's needs. St. Clement's opened to provide shelter. The Salvation Army provided food and drinks to emergency services. Donations came into local churches. St. John's, Notting Hill, set up more beds and provided food and even set up a play area for children. Sikh mosques also started taking donations. Officials say spiritual needs are also being met. Prayer vigils, one-to-one listening and services are being held to help people through the devastation.

Villagers in Uttar Pradesh state, India beat Christians, forced them to participate in Hindu rituals and have refused to provide them water. According to recent reports, the Four families who were attacked in the village rely on the water to irrigate their fields. Now the village head and police have allowed the Hindus to cut off the Christians water supply. Hindu villagers on April 25 also beat the four families with sticks and accused them of forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is joining African Anglican leaders as part of a Christian Aid campaign to highlight internally displaced refugees. He said: 'Media coverage, political interest and even the humanitarian community have been focused on those who are actually crossing borders or traveling to wealthier countries; but the vast majority of "internal refugees" receive almost no attention or support.'

ICE officials have rounded up “dozens” of Iraqi Christian immigrants living in Michigan, sparking protests from friends and family members who say sending them back to Iraq amounts to a “death sentence.” The people are part of a Christian sect known as the Chaldeans, who belong to a rite of the Roman Catholic Church. The report from the Detroit News says anywhere between 40 and 100 immigrants were arrested last Sunday, with more arrests expected to follow this week.

Sudanese Pastor Hassan Abduraheem is finally free after being falsely imprisoned for his faith in 2015. According to CBN, Abduraheem faced a possible death sentence after speaking at a Christian conference in Ethiopia, where he showed the crowd a picture of a young man who was assaulted for attending a protest. The Sudanese National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) arrested Abduraheem and charged him with espionage and a slew of other false charges. More than 200,000 people from around the globe signed a petition until the pastor received a presidential pardon in May.

Attorneys representing a high school football coach who lost his job for praying at midfield after games argued his case before a federal appeals court last week. According to CBN, Joe Kennedy was an assistant football coach for the Bremerton School District in Washington State began the practice of kneeling to pray at the 50 yard line not long after he was hired in 2008. Soon like-minded players from both teams began joining him after the games. In 2015, when the district suddenly ordered him to stop, Kennedy believed it violated his freedoms of speech and religion and did it again, a decision which eventually cost him his job.

The state of Oregon has approved a new rule giving its residents the option of not specifying their gender on driver's licenses. According to CBN, Under the new rule approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission, Oregonians who select the new option will have an X appear instead of M for male or F for female on the cards.

A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey of nearly 1,700 Americans finds deep-seated kinship in rural America, coupled with a stark sense of estrangement from people who live in urban areas. Nearly 7 in 10 rural residents say their values differ from people who live in big cities, including about 4 in 10 who say their values are “very different.”

On June 17, NASA’s MAVEN celebrated 1,000 Earth days in orbit around the Red Planet. Since its launch in November 2013 and its orbit insertion in September 2014, MAVEN has been exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars. “MAVEN has made tremendous discoveries about the Mars upper atmosphere and how it interacts with the sun and the solar wind,” said Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator from the University of Colorado, Boulder. “These are allowing us to understand not just the behavior of the atmosphere today, but how the atmosphere has changed through time.”

At John F. Miller School in Las Vegas, the students will never get to go to college, get married or even attend prom like others do. That’s because the students, who range from ages three to 22, are all severely disabled. With most family facing daunting medical costs and health issues, the Five seniors are graduating from John F. Miller this year expected a lackluster event. Enter the FOX5 Surprise Squad, who secretly took over the school to give the miracle graduating class the prom they so deserve.

Jen Glantz, a 29 -year-old Manhattanite, has spent three years as a professional bridesmaid. In 2014, she posted an ad in Craigslist’s personals section for brides who “need someone to take control,” and got over 100 responses in two days. Since then, Glantz has become something of a bridesmaid guru. She writes about weddings for several magazines and has given bridal tips to numerous publications.

While terrestrial radio reaches almost the entire U.S. population and remains steady in its revenue, online radio and podcasting audiences have continued to grow over the last decade. In 2016, 91% of Americans ages 12 or older listened to terrestrial radio in a given week, according to Nielsen Media Research data published by the Radio Advertising Bureau, a figure that has changed little since 2009. In 2017, 61% of Americans ages 12 or older have listened to online radio in the past month, while about half (53%) have listened in the past week. This is up from 57% and 50%, respectively, in 2016

STEPHANIE Dundas’ body was so full of other people’s DNA that even her doctors had secretly given up hope of finding a match for the five new organs needed to save her life. A previous liver transplant and years of regular blood transfusions meant the 27-year-old carried so many antibodies she was incompatible with more than 98 per cent of potential organ donors. But now the Australian native is recovering as the first cystic fibrosis patient in the world to receive a quintuple organ transplant, ending a two-year wait for the lifesaving delivery. Doctors recently replaced Stephanie's liver, kidney, duodenum, pancreas and small bowel.

Despite the popularity of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, many in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan do not report regularly visiting social media sites. But majorities in all of the 14 countries surveyed say they at least use the internet. Social media use is relatively common among people in Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia and the U.S. Around seven-in-ten report using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but that still leaves a significant minority of the population in those countries (around 30%) who are non-users. At the other end of the spectrum, in France, only 48% say they use social networking sites. That figure is even lower in Greece (46%), Japan (43%) and Germany (37%).

The Washington State Department of Transportation is using an old world solution to clean up hard to reach areas. Officials at the DOT have deployed a goat herd to help mow down vegetation under a Seattle bridge. The DOT uses goats because they produce less greenhouse gas, are more environmentally friendly, and free up the maintenance staff for other projects.

A man was looking forward to celebrating Father's Day a week after his first meeting with his 40-year-old daughter, who tracked him down following decades of questions. Daughter Jyll Justamond says she was working with limited information from her mother: that her father's first name was Al, he was Italian and he worked at a bar called Neary's in the 1970s. In April, she made a post in a Facebook group for Palisades Park, where the now-defunct bar was located. The the facebook account she was able to track down Al Annunziata. After a paternity test proved that he was her father, Justamond traveled to New Jersey from Littleton, Colorado, to meet him on June 11.

TRAVELING TO OUTER space is an exercise in efficiency. At $10,000 per pound onboard, it pays to keep things light. But space is also an incredibly complex environment, requiring tons of hefty equipment just to exit the atmosphere. To keep astronauts safe, researchers at JPL spent the last two years developing a new threee-D printed metallic space fabric made of interlocking stainless steel squares. Together, the single piece of material acts like a super-strong shield, protecting astronauts and spacecrafts from outer orbit’s deadly obstacles while also reflecting heat on the outside and absorbing heat on the inside.

The 6-year-old daughter of a Pittsburgh sports radio host got a big surprise Saturday when she opened her family home’s front door to find the Penguins’ equipment manager with the Stanley Cup. Darran Dunlap, who was diagnosed with leukemia last year, is a big Penguins fan. Since she couldn't be there to see the team receive the cup, they brought it to her.

Jamie Grace has autographed some unique things but signing homework is a first. Jamie posted this week: tonight I signed geometry homework.

Josh Wilson was sharing advice from CS Lewis this week. He posted: Give up yourself, and you will find your real self...Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. However, Josh admitted: Easier said than done, but always worth trying.

Josh Havens is just back from a camping trip and it sounds like it was quite an adventure. Josh posted: Our annual Havens boys trip was a blast! We hiked, camped, explored, grilled and narrowly diverted a bear!

Casting Crowns Juan Devevo has a problem. He posted: When you just trying to mind your own business and read your night devotion, and someone (Charles) (Spurgeon) won't leave you alone

Something new for Moriah Peters. She posted this week: The Enfoque International Film Festival in Puerto Rico is screening my first feature film! I may have an acoustic performance up my sleeve as well.

Their reunion cruise is still several weeks away but DC Talk is already back together. Michael Tait posted picture of he, Kevin Max and Tobymac all together. He said: DC Talk taking in a concert with our favorite band of ALLL time U2 in Tampa Florida

Francesca Battistelli was on stage with her hero this week. She posted: In November I had the opportunity to meet Rita Springer, a woman who influenced my life, music, and ministry in profound ways. Fast forward to tonight. I led worship alongside her with my home church, and as we were singing I heard the Lord say to me, "You didn't even think to dream this up, but I had it in mind for you because I love you that much."

Mandisa was celebrating Christmas in June this week. She was part of Beth's Trinity Broadcasting Network's Christmas special that was recorded this week.

Just in time for Father's Day, Chris Tomlin will be sitting down with his wife Lauren to discuss the role of fathers in our lives. Join Chris and Lauren Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. central Time on Chris's Facebook page.

Switchfoot member Chad Butler says music is in his blood. Leading up to Father's day, he posted in a blog this week: My earliest childhood memories involve traveling in a mustard yellow 1975 Dodge van filled with electric guitars and bearded hippies. This was the glamorous life of being on tour with a rock band in the 1970’s. My dad was the singer in the band, and my mom and I crossed the U.S. in that van with him, watching and singing along each night as he played concerts all across the country.

Kutless front man Jon Micah Sumrall was talking about stillness this week. He posted: I know it may not seem like it from stage, but I am actually very introverted. Before I go on stage I frequently will take a moment to be still and quiet, clear my head, and focus on the task at hand. I've found this to be an important element not just in performing but also in my daily life and my relationship with God. .

Mercyme Drummer Robby Shaffer on his favorite thing to do. He posted a picture of his son on the ball field and added: Whether success or failure, watching you son do something he loves is the best!

What is the best gaming system ever made? David Crowder has to go way back for his choice. he posted a picture of the Atari 2600 this week and added: Raise your hand if you ever played on the best gaming system made.

Rend Collective on worship music: Announcing Good News is an act of Holy defiance. When the darkness closes in: sing "hallelujah" for all Hell to hear.

Jason Roy and Building 429 have been around for awhile but one thing has stayed the same since the bands beginning. Jason this week posted a picture from the early days of the band and added: It's been awhile since this moment but our heart for music that glorifies Him has not wavered!

Matthew West made the last days of a young girl named Brooke very special by sharing a song that he wrote specifically for her. Matthew posted: Before my beautiful friend Brooke went to be with Jesus, I got the opportunity to surprise her with a song I wrote for her. Watch the full video of Matthews acoustic performance from Brooke's hospital room by clicking on the link at

Jason Gray says "Thank You For Everything" has become my favorite way to close my concerts this last year. Recently Jason captured an acoustic duo version of the song. Check it out by clicking on the link at

A little reminder to start your day from Danny Gokey. If He's not in the middle of your world, you can have it all, and it won't mean a thing. Check out his music video for the song If You Aint' In It by clicking on the link at

The new dates for Hillsong United's performance of Wonder on The Today Show are finally available. After being scheduled for earlier in the week, Hillsong United will now play their song Wonder on National Television Friday morning.

Earlier this week Greg Laurie announced that the church he founded would be joining the SBC. Now Greg is speaking at the organizations conference. During the 2017 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix Greg explained how to extend an evangelistic invitation at the end of each sermon.

Ever taken a Revive Our Hearts 30-day challenges? The latest will be available soon. Beginning July 1, you can embark on a journey toward victory over your tongue. For thirty days they’ll challenge you with reflections, practical action steps, and helpful resources that will encourage and equip you to speak life-giving words. Sign up by clicking on the link at

4 Ways to Lighten Your Load
Know your limits.
Know God’s Will.
Know when to quit.
Know what’s important.

14 blatant signs you've succumbed to the world's view of money:
1. In the kingdom, we release and receive. In the world, we hoard and accumulate.
2. In the kingdom, we hear from God regarding finances. In the world, we do what we want with our finances.
3. In the kingdom, we honor God with the first of our increase. In the world, we honor ourselves first with our money.
4. In the kingdom, we trust God to order our financial circumstances. In the world, we position ourselves to order our circumstances.
5. In the kingdom, we walk in divine favor. In the world, we carry favor.
6. In the kingdom, we utilize our wealth. In the world, we accumulate our wealth.
7. In the kingdom, we operate in faith. In the world, we react out of fear.
8. In the kingdom, God multiplies what we have. In the world, we leverage what we have.
9. In the kingdom, we are problem solvers. In the world, we are complainers.
10. In the kingdom, our source is God. In the world, our source is man.
11. In the kingdom, we are content. In the world, we are ever striving for more.
12. In the kingdom, we are stewards of His wealth. In the world, we represent our own interests.
13. In the kingdom, wealth is primarily to confirm His covenant. In the world, wealth is focused on satisfying one's own objectives.
14. In the kingdom, wealth is always cooperating. In the world, wealth is individualistic.

Pakistan's interior ministry has confirmed that the two Chinese nationals who were kidnapped and killed by Islamic State militants in May were preachers. The men were abducted last month in the Baluchistan province and were believed to be Mandarin language teachers. The men were 24-year-old Lee Zingyang and 26-year-old Meng Lisi. The interior ministry claimed that both Lee and Meng were in violation of their visa rules because they were preaching instead of learning Urdu.

A Pennsylvania high school has forbidden a teen from speaking about God and her faith in her graduation address. High school senior Moriah Bridges was told by Beaver High School principal Steven Wellendorf that prayer at a public school event--even led by a student--is not allowed by law. Bridges had planned to address the Lord in her graduation prayer. After the school district told her that her planned remarks were not permitted and even unconstitutional, she decided to contact First Liberty Institute to take up her case.

Bestselling author, speaker, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa TerKeurst, shared the heartbreaking news this week that her marriage of almost 25 years was ending in divorce. In a blog post titled Rejection, Heartache, and a “My husband, life partner and father of my children, Art TerKeurst, has been repeatedly unfaithful to me with a woman he met online, bringing an end to our marriage of almost 25 years. I don’t share this to harm or embarrass him, but to help explain why I have decided to separate from him and pursue a divorce.

A pastor who is imprisoned in Vietnam recently reported to U.S. officials the torture he has been forced to undergo. According to Christian Today, Pastor Nguyen Chinh was arrested and imprisoned in Vietnam in 2011. He was charged with evangelizing and sentenced to 11 years in prison. His wife Tran Thi Hong revealed that her husband had spoken with officials from the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh city last month even though he was advised by prison officers not to do so. Chinh reported has been beaten, put in stocks, and has had shards of glass put into his food.

An extensive new study indicates that religious leaders tend to be more partisan in their politics than their congregations. Two researchers searched the websites of 40 denominations to gather a list of religious leaders. They then matched these leaders’ names with their political affiliations. From this research, Hersh and Malina were able to conclude that, while pastors, ministers, and rabbis may not be explicitly telling their congregants who to vote for, many definitely do have strong political beliefs that are expressed in more subtle ways. Surprisingly the researchers found also found that: "religious leaders generally tend to be more partisan than their congregants, including those on either end of the ideological spectrum. Not only that: Religious leaders’ denominational affiliations seem to shape their political leanings in a way that’s not the case for their congregants,”

An American college student who had been detained and reportedly tortured in North Korea for over a year has been released and has returned to the U.S. reports that Cincinnati native Otto Warmbier was flown back to the U.S. Tuesday night. He was immediately rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to receive needed medical attention. He has reportedly been in a coma for “over a year,” according to a U.S. official. Warmbier was in North Korea in 2016 on a tour when he was accused of stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel in Pyongyang. He was arrested, put on trial, convicted, and given a 15-year jail sentence.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation announced the news of their new website, “Unpleasant Companion.” The new site, drawing its inspiration from Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion, offers a searchable database of Old Testament verses which they say “proves that God is, indeed, the most unpleasant character.”

An Alabama school district is under fire for holding its traditional baccalaureate graduation service, which involves prayers, Scripture readings, religious music, and a message from a preacher. The baccalaureate service was held on May 21 and included songs like “Good, Good Father” and “O Praise the Name.” Additionally, the crowd heard Scripture readings from various local religious leaders and a sermon from the pastor of Southside Church, as well as a message from Opp High Principal Aaron Hightower.

The Golden State Warriors cemented their fifth NBA championship [Monday] night, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. Warriors' star Stephen Curry has ties to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Curry recently told FCA that his faith is his "driving force." It's both the anchor and rudder for his life as he navigates the remarkable, but often perilous, journey of being a famous athlete. In fact, in the wee hours of the morning after their victory, Curry tweeted, "Glory to God!"

Pastor Hassan Abduraheem, wrongly convicted on false charges and sentenced to 12 years in prison in Sudan, received a presidential pardon and has been freed from prison. In May the Christian pastor imprisoned for his Christian faith was released from jail. Officials posted: This is a significant victory for our months-long global campaign to free this persecuted pastor.

A shark attack in the Bahamas claimed the arm of a mother of three who was snorkeling with her husband when the attack occurred. Tiffany Johnson, 32, of Concord, North Carolina, was on the last stop of a cruise exploring the shallow reef on Athol Island when the shark bit her. Now she is thanking God for her survival. Johnson shared "I'm thankful to be able to share this story and I hope, and I know, that it's going to change people's lives because you can’t hear this story and not see God in it." Her husband added: "It's by the grace of God she's alive"

Richard Dawkins, famed atheist author, has said that even though he believes all religions are "bad", he cannot deny the fact the "most evil religion in the world has to be Islam." Dawkins said "If you look at the actual impact that different religions have on the world it's quite apparent that at present the most evil religion in the world has to be Islam." He also admitted that, "Christianity may actually be our best defense against aberrant forms of religion that threaten the world."

Charitable giving in the U.S. topped $390 billion in 2016, up nearly 3 percent from 2015, despite uncertainty around the election, according to a new report. The Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy, published by the Giving USA Foundation, said giving by individuals was especially strong, at $282 billion, up 3.9 percent from the prior year. Charity experts say the growth was surprising given the public vitriol and volatility surrounding the presidential election and uncertainty about the economy and tax policy

After 20 years of darkness, there is light for a man in Medford, Massachusetts. A bionic eye implant has helped Anthony Andreotolla gain back some vision. It's not eyesight in the way most people see, but the technology is making a difference in his daily life. Every day, Andreotolla puts on special glasses and commutes on public transportation to his job in Boston about six miles south of his home. A tiny camera in the glasses sends images to a wearable computer and then those images are processed and sent wirelessly to an implant in his eye.

Two teenage boys have been rescued, and are being treated for hypothermia, after spending three days lost in the catacombs beneath Paris. A spokesman for the Paris fire service said tracker dogs had helped them find the boys, aged 16 and 17, during a four-hour rescue effort. The catacombs are a network of burial chambers that stretch some 250km (150 miles) beneath the French capital.

Defying the odds, Ballou High School held its gradation on Tuesday and each of the 170 students to cross the stage received a college acceptance letter. It’s a first for the Southeast, D.C. public school. However, it wasn't easy for the Class of 2017. In addition to the violence and poverty surrounding Southeast D.C.'s Frank W. Ballou Senior High School, last year, only 3% of Ballou students met city-wide tested reading standards in school records.

A Palestinian Authority official has donated tens of thousands of shekels to the Rambam Medical Center after receiving life-saving treatment at the Haifa-area hospital. According to a statement from Rambam, the unnamed PA official made a financial contribution to help hospitalized kids in an effort “to build peace through medicine.” The official, who chose to remain anonymous, was hospitalized at Rambam earlier this year for cancer treatment and said he was motivated to donate after witnessing the coexistence in practice.

A baby was caught by a member of the public after being dropped from a window as fire engulfed London's Grenfell Tower, a witness has said. Samira Lamrani said she saw a woman gesturing to the crowd below that she was about to drop her baby from "the ninth or 10th floor" of the building. A man ran forward and managed to catch the baby, she said.

In memory of a young Nebraska boy that was killed by an alligator at one its resorts, Walt Disney World plans to erect a statue of a lighthouse in his honor. A year ago, an alligator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Graves, who was playing along the Seven Seas Lagoon beach outside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Walt Disney World Resort President George A. Kalogridis said in a statement on Tuesday that the sculpture will be installed at an undisclosed location on the property this summer.

More than 100 bikers from all over Michiana came together Monday to grant a dying veteran his last wish. The revving of a motorcycle engine is the last sound terminally ill veteran and biker Jon Stanley wanted to hear before he died. “I was contacted this morning about 6:30 this morning by Mike Smith through Facebook---and he informed me about Jon, you know he’s terminal, and he’s not looking really good, and one of his wishes was to hear a bunch of motorcycles out his window,” said David Thompson, who organized the event. Thompson posted on Facebook around noon Monday, and by the time they took off six hours later, the post had been shared more than 800 times.

In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen.

Rosalyn Baldwin is 7 years old and is roadtripping across the US on a unique journey: She wants to hug police officers in all 50 states. Rosalyn's family has close friends within law enforcement, and the spirited girl decided police officers needed her support. So, she told her parents she wanted to offer hugs.

Mom jeans, stirrup pants, and grandma shoes have all proven that when it comes to fashion, what goes around comes around. These vintage looks have all come back onto the scene in recent years—so it's no surprise that today's generation has adopted yet another '90s style. That's right: Fanny packs are making a comeback. Hollywood's most prominent young style icons have been spotted wearing fanny packs. And the look has even earned its spot on the fashion runway.

Chrissy Corbitt had given birth four times before her most recent pregnancy, so she thought she was totally prepared for whatever would happen in the delivery room this go around. She wasn't at all ready for her baby to weigh in at a whopping 13 pounds 5 ounces. Baby Carleigh Corbitt was born — two weeks early! — on May 15.

It's getting serious in the Roy house. Building 429 front man Jason Roy posted a picture of his daughter as the two participated in a serious game of chess.

David Crowder this week shared some Monday motivation from the Cooke Monster. He posted: Today me will live in the moment unless it's unpleasant in which case me will eat a cookie.

Casting Crown's Melodee Devevo has long dealt with heath issues and she has learned that the right motivation helps. This week Melodee posted: When I get my IV, if I get stuck 3 times or more, I get to go shopping after. Today, I couldn't find any clothes I liked so, chocolate!

Congratulations to Bethel Music members Brian and Jenn Johnson. According to GMA, the couple this week adopted a baby boy. Ryder Moses Johnson was born on June 2 in Louisiana. Check out pictures by clicking on the link at

David Crowder was posting more pictures as he worked on the video for his song Prove It. Crowder posted another picture from the cab of a monster truck. He posted:
Second day of shooting for the Prove It video. KB crushed talking fast in time while cars were being crushed. This video is going to be ridiculous. Ah! I can't wait. This was too fun.

Casting Crowns front man Mark Hall is moving on. He posted this week: The Bird is going up for sale. Attached was a picture of his black and gold Trans AM

You never know what to expect when Third Day's Mac Powell is on stage with David Crowder. Mac posted this week: That time I challenged David Crowder to an Indian Leg wrestling match on stage and he flipped me. He's wirey. Unfortunately, no video is currently available.

You never know who you might be able to minister to if you follow God's leading. Natalie Grant was flying on her own this week, something that she hates to do. That was when God brought Amanda into her life. Natalie says Amanda was able to immediately put her at ease, causing her anxiety to leave. She said sometimes God sends someone along in the natural realm to remind us of his Supernatural presence which is always with us.

Matthew West is no stranger to getting stopped in the airport by fans wanting a picture. But this week he was stopped by an entire youth group. The group of young people were on their way to a missions trip in Guatemala but stopped long enough to take a picture. Matthew added: Super inspiring to see all these young people choosing to DO SOMETHING with their summer!

Citizenway front man Ben Calhoun didn't let a late night arrival home from tour stop him from his commitment to the Haiti Hands and Feet Project. Ben posted a picture as he headed out on a 5k run at 11:00pm. Ben has committed to running a 5K every day to bring awareness to the Hands and Feet Project, working to help those in need in the country of Haiti.

New music from the North Point Insideout band is coming this month. The live album is from the band's night of worship at Infinite Energy Arena. It is titled Nothing Ordinary Live and will officially release on June 23.

Look for Jamie Grace in an upcoming new movie called Booked. Jamie posted: so excited about a new film I'm going to be working on!! I'll tell you guys more when I can!

Another new video from Jamie Grace. Her topic this time is "Three Things I Learned by Not Dating in High School. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Zach Williams released a special video this week on his Facebook page. The video features a cover of the song Midnight Rider, a song originally released by Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band. Zach says Gregg was a huge influence on his sound and life since Zach's story of coming to Christ was much the same as Gregg's. Check out the cover by clicking on the link at .

Decyfer Down has released a new lyric video for their song "Burn Back the Sun". The song is from their upcoming acoustic EP. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Lecrae is out with a new lyric video for the song I'll Find You. The song features Tori Kelly. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The latest Lightenup video from Ken Davis is titled Car Fights. Ken posted Have you ever experienced the “thrill” of children doing combat in the back seat while you try to navigate traffic? He says: At the end of this video is a solution you might want to try. Check it out by clicking on the link at

The folks behind the Roadshow are joining forces with MercyMe to launch a brand spankin' new tour in July! It's called the Summer Lights Tour and it's coming to outdoor amphitheater across the country! Enjoy an evening under the stars and your favorite songs from Mercyme, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Meredith Andrews, and more.

Harvest America at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday reached audiences across the country and around the world with a message of God’s love in what became the single largest event in the history of the organization. Evangelist Greg Laurie took the stage Sunday evening in front of a live audience of 38,000 gathered in Glendale, Arizona/ In addition to the 38,000 people who attended the free Harvest America outreach at the University of Phoenix Stadium, millions around the world participated in Harvest America 2017 through a live broadcast via Trinity Broadcasting Network; online streaming via and on World Net Daily; live radio broadcasts carried by more than 600 radio outlets; and live simulcasts to more than 3,758 host locations across the U.S., including churches, homes and theaters. The online stream at was viewed live in 83 countries around the world. The broadcast was additionally available on Facebook LIVE.

Nearly 40,000 packed into the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona for the Harvest America crusade with Greg Laurie Sunday evening. Following the event nearly 3,000 people came forward to follow Christ. Check out a time lapse of people coming forward by clicking on the link at

Greg Laurie's new book, “Steve McQueen: the Salvation of an American Icon" is now available. The books is being offered at online retailers like At the same time, a sneak peek of the film by the same name is also available. Check out the movie trailer by clicking on the link at

Greg Laurie, founding pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, has announced that Harvest Christian Fellowship will join the Southern Baptist Convention. Greg posted: Because of today’s technology, we have more opportunities for global evangelism that any generation before us and to accomplish this we must renew our emphasis on evangelism as never before. Most importantly, we must unify our efforts. We must learn to walk in common purpose and common vision. I believe the need is urgent and the time is now. He added: Harvest is an independent congregation that will continue fellowship with the Calvary Chapel family of churches as well, and this decision does not change our theology, philosophy of ministry or our history. It merely extends the reach of our fellowship within the Christian world at a time when the vision and mission of Harvest remains

A reminder from Family Life Today's Dennis Rainey: 20.3 million Children (27%) live in a home with no father. Let’s turn that around. Go to the Family Life web site Honor Your Father. Click on the link at

Things that didn't exist just over a decade ago:

1. Marriage is the beginning—the beginning of the family—and is a life-long commitment.
2. When a man and woman get married, the “two become one.” Marriage is a bond like no other.
3. Marriage is designed for purity.
4. Parenting: when children are raised in a healthy marriage, they get a front row seat to see and experience the lasting benefits of strong family.
5. Love: Marriage is designed to mirror our Creator’s unconditional love for us.

The Bible Belt is getting mega-sized. Protestant megachurches have increased from 600 at the turn of the century to more than 1,600 today. And the South has almost as many as the rest of the U.S. combined. The megachurches database from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research includes 1,642 American congregations with sustained attendance of at least 2,000 persons in its worship services. Of those, 810 are in the South, giving the region 49 percent of the nation’s largest churches. Not only does the Northeast have the fewest megachurches by region (118), it also contains three of the four states to have no recorded megachurches: Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Delaware, on the border between the South and Northeast, is the fourth.

Boko Haram last week carried out their bloodiest attack this year in northeast Nigeria. According to Amnesty International, Gunfire and three suicide attacks in Maiduguri killed 17 and injured at least 34 people.

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