Show Prep - August 11-13
I'll be making some changes to the show prep at the end of this month. Beginning on September 1 there will be a charge to receive the prep. The cost will be $10 per month for individuals* or $30 per month for stations**. The emails will still be free during August but you will need to let me know if you plan to sign up for the paid version of the show prep in September. If a sufficient number of people sign up to continue with the paid prep I will continue providing the show prep. If not it will officially come to an end at the end of the month.
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Question of the day from TBN: We talk to ourselves up to 30,000 times a day. How often do we talk to God?
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 christianartistnews.info.
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.
Chris Tomlin asked this week: what's your favorite book? It was National Book Lovers day and Chris posted that he loves to sit down with a great book to immerse himself in a story or in learning something new.
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.
Aaron Shust has selected his Lawn Care album of the week. He said Michael Card's new project blew his mind. In fact he called it an epic album.
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 christianartistnews.info
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 christianartistnews.info
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 christianartistnews.info
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 christianartistnews.info
Casting Crowns Megan Garrett: After having over a month off, I'm back on the bus and ready to party! (I'm currently in my bunk, winding down at 8pm).
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 christianartistnews.info
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.
Chuck Swindoll: What is deep within our hearts is what we often speak in unguarded moments.
Tim Keller: The gospel changes our relationship with God from one of hostility to one of intimacy and love.
Joni and Friends: Though we might not be aware of His actions, God is a very present help in our lives and promises to never leave us.
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth: "Brokenness is not a feeling or an emotion. Rather, it requires a choice, an act of the will."
David Dunn: Worrying is the dumbest thing we humans do. It accomplishes nothing except to make ourselves miserable.
Greg Laurie: Kids don't need Mom and Dad to be their best friends.They need them to be their Parents!
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 christianartistnews.info
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 christianartistnews.info
An interesting thought for this Friday from Revive Our Hearts: How can we be salt and light in our work places? Could part be simply knowing when to keep our mouths shut?
6 small tweaks that will transform your church website.
5 Powerful Ways for Parents to Lead
Fact Retriever...A group of kittens is called a kindle
Fact Retriever...The average person has about 5 pounds of bacteria in his or her digestive system.
Fact Retriever...Humans spend about five years of their lives eating.
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