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Today's News and Notes for June 23-25

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Daily Verse

June 23
Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

June 24
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

June 25
Jeremiah 23:24
Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord.
“Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

Today Is...

June 23
International Widows' Day
Let It Go Day
National Pink Day
Pink Flamingo Day
Public Service Day
Runner's Selfie Day
Take Your Dog to Work Day
Typewriting Day

June 24
Celebration of the Senses Day
Great American Backyard Campout
Great American Picnic Day
Museum Comes To Life Day
National Celebrate Your Marriage Day
Swim a Lap Day

June 25
America's Kids Day
Color TV Day
Descendants' Day
National Catfish Day
National Strawberry Parfait Day

Today In History

June 23
1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called a ''Type-Writer.''
1947 The Senate overrode President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
1972 Richard Nixon and H. R. Haldeman discussed ways to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. Revelation of this conversation spurred on Nixon's 1974 resignation.
1995 Dr. Jonas Salk, the medical pioneer who developed the first polio vaccine, died.
2003 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan's School of Law affirmative action policy.

June 24
1647 Early American feminist Margaret Brent demanded a seat and vote in the Maryland Assembly, but was ejected from that body.
1908 The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, N.J.
1947 Kenneth Arnold, an American pilot, reported seeing strange objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington. He described them as "saucers skipping across the water," hence the term "flying saucers" was born.
1948 The Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces responded with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift flying in more than 2 million tons of supplies over the next year.
1997 The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien bodies.
2012 Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island Tortoise, died at a Galapagos National Park, making the subspecies extinct.

June 25
1788 Virginia became the 10th state in the Union.
1876 Lt. Col. George A. Custer and all his men were killed by Sioux and Cheyanne Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana.
1950 Communist North Korean troops invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
1951 The first commercial color TV program was transmitted by CBS from New York to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC.

Question of the Day

Question of the day from In Touch: What is your motive when you deny yourself—glorifying God or appearing morally superior?

About the Artists

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 christianartistnews.info

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 christianartistnews.info

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.

New Music/Free Music/Giveaways

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 christianartistnews.info

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 christianartistnews.info


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 christianartistnews.info

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

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 christianartistnews.info

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 christianartistnews.info

Humorous Tweets

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 https://twitter.com/christinaren_ee/status/877214680036515840

Comedian Bob Smiley: Just went upstairs to clean the game room & the kid's rooms. I think it'd be faster to just sell the house.

Jason Gray says his contractors unique humor is helping ease a bit of the pain of needing to have the rotted and moldy floor in his new house reconstructed because of someone else's faulty shower installation. His handyman is named Harold. A couple of his earthy stories include: "The other day was so hot that I saw a dog chasing a cat...and they were both walking" and "It's like my mama used to say: 'Bubba, you're so skinny you could change your clothes in a rifle barrel!'"

Casting Crowns Juan Devevo says he knows it may be an unpopular opinion but he's making a stand. He posted: -I prefer the acapella version of Bad Day the Chipmunks did in the movie to the studio version they did for the soundtrack

Tours/ Concerts

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

A good reminder from We Are Messengers front man Daren shared this week by New Release Today: "This world doesn't get to define who you are. The only person who gets to define who we are is the One who bled on a cross because He loves us that fiercely."


Greg Laurie: If you’re out of fellowship with God, you will soon find yourself out of fellowship with other believers as well.

Revive Our Hearts: Parents have the opportunity to paint pictures of Almighty God on the canvas of their children's hearts.

In Touch: Like a boat without a paddle, a life that drifts is in peril.

Tim Keller: Jesus is the only savior in the world who if you gain him will satisfy you, and if you fail him will forgive you.


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

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.

Random Facts

Random Facts...The largest school in the world is a k-12 school in the Philippines, with an enrollment of about 25,000.

Random Facts...A British medical journal called The Practitioner has determined that bird watching can be hazardous to one's health. They have officially designated bird watching a hazardous activity, using the example of the death of a bird watcher who became so wrapped up in watching a particular bird that he failed to notice his potentially dangerous surroundings and was eaten by a crocodile.

Random Facts... Another word for hiccups is "singultus."

Religious News

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. https://www.christiantoday.com/article/death.sentence.t

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.

General News & Trending Stories

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.


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