Today's News and Notes for June 26-27
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Question of the day from Revive Our Hearts: Have I verified the facts? Is what I am saying true? Is it kind and necessary?
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. https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=955450
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 walk4freedom.com
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!!
Hillsong United was having a great time in Nashville over the weekend. They posted: We love Nashville -- and monster trucks...
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 christianartistnews.info
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 christianartistnews.info
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 christianartistnews.info
Comedian Bob Smiley says he was asked over the weekend by one of his fans: "Hey, do you remember me? I watch you on YouTube."
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!
Unknown: Your tongue is connected to your heart. The words you say reveal your heart's true condition!
Unknown: The gospel is the only story where the hero dies for the villain
Greg Laurie: The race does not count unless you finish. #worldchanger
Tim Keller: If God is not at the center of your life, something else is.
David Jeremiah: We can always count on problems and pitfalls in this life. But we shouldn’t let them keep us from counting our blessings.
Danny Gokey: If He's not in the middle of your world, you can have all kinds of success & it can still leave you empty. His love brings hope & purpose!
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the 40th anniversary celebration of Focus on the Family late last week. Some of his thoughts included:
Pastor and Author Tim Keller had a busy final Sunday as pastor of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church. He posted: Excited one last time as the founding pastor to preach 5x this upcoming Sunday on the Westside. Earlier in the year Keller announced: starting July 1, we will complete our long-stated plan of shifting from being a single large church with multiple congregations to becoming a family of smaller churches. Keller says he will have a new roll as well. He shared: I will be working full-time through Redeemer City to City to teach and train the next generation of leaders and pastors who will accelerate a movement of church planting and gospel renewal for the good of the city.
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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 www.spurgeon.org. 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 christianartistnews.info
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.
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.