Show Prep - August 9-10
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Question of the day from We are Worship: What refreshes you?
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.
Former Sanctus Real frontman Matt Hammitt just scored 100% on a test but he's not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. The test was for OCD.
Chris Tomlin says Luke 2:14 is not just for Christmas! The verse says: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.
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 christianartistnews.info
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 christianartistnews.info
A milestone for new artist Hannah Kerr. She was recently honored after her song Overflow was streamed 2 million times.
A new live, acoustic version of Zach Williams song Chain Breaker is now available. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
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 christianartistnews.info
The official lyric video for Laura Story's new song "Extraordinary" is now available. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
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 christianartistnews.info
Want to impress your friends. Casting Crowns Juan Devevo posted: just say you have a reservation at Barillet de Craquelins (Cracker Barrel).
You might be able to relate. Comedian Ken Davis posted this week: Siri’s auto correct and Siri’s dictating are my worst enema’s
Comedian Bob Smiley says the police in his community are taking bravery to a whole new level. He posted: I knew Police are brave but I just saw on order food from a high schooler that he gave a speeding ticket to the day before. And he ate the food!
Casting Crowns Juan Devevo says we have choices. He posted: Shrimp: might be bait...could be food. Only you can decide.
It was a dream come true for We are Messengers. The band played at the Ryman over the weekend and had the chance to play a duet with Steven Curtis Chapman.
Casting Crowns is extending their The Very Next Thing tour this fall. The band just announced plans for the extended run with fellow artist Zach Williams.
It's August and that means it's time to start thinking about winter. This Thursday, the dates and artists for Winter Jam West will be announced.
Phil Wickham has just announced his Sing Along tour. The tour will take place just before Thanksgiving, from November 10 through 19.
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: The early church can teach us a great deal about learning, loving, and living as Jesus intended.
Revive Our Hearts: Small annoyances have the ability to puts our selfishness, pride, and messed-up focus on display in a big way
David Jeremiah: Christ gave His soul, His life, His all, by coming to earth to die on the cross. And our response demands nothing less.
Greg Laurie: Contentment does not come from what we have but rather from who we know.And that 'who' is Jesus!
In Touch: "From being born in a stable to becoming the sacrificial lamb, Jesus repeatedly exemplified self-denial."
Chuck Swindoll: You want a church that’s healthy and encouraging and positive? It starts with you. And me.
Family Life Today's Prayer for Back to School:
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
6 stages of a dying church. The problem is not a shortage of people. The problem is a shortage of courage, commitment, and sacrifice.
Fact Retriever: Jellyfish evaporate in the sun. They are 98% water.
Fact Retriever: The average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year. Vanilla is the #1 flavor.
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: