If you walk into a store right now in the United States, you see evidence of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all mishmashed together. But a Missions Network News report says the retail creep on the buying seasons for gift-giving opportunities is so prevalent that people are starting to look for more meaningful alternatives. One of those alternatives is charity gift catalogs offered by many Christian relief organizations. The items shown in these catalogs give shoppers the chance to buy a sheep for a family or to educate a girl instead of buying a Cuisinart or an iPhone. Click this link for more information: http://bit.ly/ZDqhrm
The Samaritan Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoe box collection week is coming up quickly. November 17 through 24 the organization plans to collect millions of shoe boxes filled with toys, gifts and hygiene items world wide. Those boxes will then be distributed to children in third world countries along with a tract in their own language introducing them to the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ. In advance of OCC’s collect week here is a guide to help those who want to pack a box but are unsure where to begin. Access the free guide here: http://bit.ly/1xOXI6z
We’ve all heard that October is Clergy Appreciation Month. But how do you practically show your pastor you appreciate him? Focus on the Family’s Thriving Pastor web site is coming to the rescue. They have a free guide full of great tips and ideas as well as many other suggestions and resources at their web site. Click on this link: http://www.thrivingpastor.com/clergyappreciation/
The news is full of terrifying stories about the ISIS and the fear and destruction they are spreading across Iraq. But the Christian Aid Mission is reporting some inspiring stories that speak to something much bigger. According to a report in Charisma News, one refugee leader said “The Lord’s hand is clearly upon us and protecting us from evil.” “Even though some of us are going through trials, we believe strongly that the Lord is taking us to another level of faith and a higher place of blessing.” Christian Aid Missions says God is using native missionaries in Iraq to share the saving message of Jesus Christ with those who have been forced from their homes. But the needs are great. Hear more stories and find out more about helping by clicking on the link at
Focus on the Family and Money 4 Life Coaching are partnering together to offer a free debt analysis and a free e-book. The say the free session is designed to help you plan, budget and identify areas where you can save more money. Find out more by clicking on the link at http://bit.ly/1saoGSN
Brandon Heath’s media team recently asked those who follow Brandon to send in their questions. And they say the got big response. Questions included Brandon’s favorite color, weirdest interactions with fans, and moments he saw God at work in his life. Other’s just wanted to know who he was named after. Now the videos of Brandon answering the questions are available in one location. And representatives say more are being added each week. Check out the videos by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/brandonheath/videos
The organization started to honor Danny Gokey’s late wife is helping to keep families together. A recent video details the work with homeless families being done by Sophias Heart. And according to the video the organization has already helped 75 homeless families in the Nashville area in the past two years. Find out more about the work being done by the Sophias Heart, the organization founded by Danny in 2008. Click on the link here for info: http://youtu.be/euXZBndjUEY
Louie Giglio will usher in the Advent season this fall with a new devotional. The founder of the Passion Movement says the book is titled Waiting Here For You: An Advent Journey of Hope. It will be available starting in early September. The devotional encompasses the mind set of “waiting” during Advent season, and will remind readers that waiting is not wasting when you’re waiting on the Lord.
The web site We Are Worship is out with the first segment of a four part series on “Understanding Worship in the New Testament,” The first segment is now available online and is titled So did Jesus even like singing? Read part one by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info. http://bit.ly/1osvf1b
Registration for all three of the Passion 2015 conferences are now available. Conferences will be held in Atlanta both on January 2-4 and January 16-18. A third conference is scheduled for Houston January 30 through February 1. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1l0HZgc
The latest Matthew West song, titled Do Something, tells the story of Andrea and her work in Uganda. And now Matthew is helping to spread the word about her ongoing ministry. Matthew this week tweeted a link to the ministry started by Andrea. It’s called Musana. And you can find out more about the work being done there by clicking on this link: http://www.musana.org/
Good news for those of you who couldn’t attend a Dare To Be event with Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill earlier this year. Natalie announced plans this week for a Dare To Be World Premier Simulcast Event. The two hour event will be broadcast to churches world wide at 7:00PM on Nov 8. For more information: http://daretobesimulcast.com
While easy to blame Facebook for feeling disconnected, a new article in the Relevant Magazine says quitting social media altogether might not be the answer. According to the article, social media didn’t invent Jealousy or time-wasting. The problem isn’t facebook. The problem is us. Read more by clicking here: http://relm.ag/1k0hB66
The Worship Initiative Vol. 1 is now available on iTunes. The first cover CD put together by Shane and Shane as part of their Worship Initiative web site is available for download. It includes worship favorites like In Christ Alone, 10,000 Reasons, This is Amazing Grace, and Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). Find out more by clicking on this link http://shane.cta.gs/0ez
The Christian music web site Hear It First Dot Com is giving you the chance to win a Mercyme Music Prize Pack. Included is a t-shirt, autographed copy of the bands latest CD Welcome to the New and a complete Mercyme library made up of all nine of their past CDs. Register online here: http://bit.ly/1kqMK4u
Another faith based film is in the works. According to Breaking Christian News, filming will begin soon on the movie ‘David and Goliath’. And with a 50-million dollar budget, director Tim Chey says: we’re going to have thousands of extras, A-list special effects, and it will exceed the epic-look of ‘Noah. But there will be one difference. Chey says he is committing to provide a Biblically-accurate film about one of the most incredible stories in the Bible. ‘David and Goliath’ is set for an early-2015 nation-wide theater release.
It’s been 12 years since the group Out of the Grey last produced an album. But after more than a decade off, group members Scott and Christine Dente say they want to head back to the studio to produce another project. And they are asking for your help. The Dente’s hope to raise 35-thousand dollars through a kickstarter project. And one week into the effort, they are making good progress. So far nearly 15-thousand dollars has been raised. Find our more about the resurgence of Out of the Gray here:
The 2014 Billboard Music Award Nominees have been announced. Artists in the running for the top Christian Album award include: Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Skillet, Alan Jackson, and the WOW Hits CD. Up for top Christian artist are Mandisa, Skillet, Tobymac, Chris Tomlin, and Matthew West. Top Christian song nominees are We Won’t Be Shaken by Building 429, Overcomer by Mandisa, Help Me Find It by the Sidewalk Prophets, Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin, and Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West. The Winners will be announced live on ABC on May 18.
Two weeks ago Tenth Avenue North sold their 1 millionth album. A fan named Cody made the purchase and received the surprise of his life. His purchase was greeted by confetti, music, and an appearance by the band members themselves. And Cody clearly didn’t know what to do with his new found fame. Watch the video of the sale by clicking on the link here: http://youtu.be/oie6H534o-I
Kari Jobe recently released a live CD and DVD combo titled “Majestic.” And now you can check out a video giving a behind the scenes look into the making of the album. Watch the music video here: http://ow.ly/voYI6
Christian artist J J Heller and her husband David have released a children’s book. The book is titled The Golden Feather. And you can hear the book read by the Heller’s five-year-old daughter Lucy. Check it out: http://youtu.be/9YepKgZxekc
Natalie Grant was recently on ABC’s Nightline. Watch the news report on the hoax Natalie was caught up in several years ago and the good that came out of the hoax. Click on the link here:
Nearly a decade after the death of her infant baby inspired Natalie Grant’s song Held, Vaneetha Demski is out with a blog telling her story and how God has showed her first hand the impact the song has had. Read the story by clicking on this link:
A Bible Study based on the song Just Say Jesus by the group 7eventh Time Down is featured on the Interlinc web site. Interlinc is a site focused on using music and media in student ministry. The theme of the Just Say Jesus devotional is Hoping in God and web site writers say the goal is that students will understand that despite what they are facing, there is hope in Jesus. Check out the devotional by clicking on the link at
The members of the Irish band Rend Collective have released a new 7-day devotional based on the songs on their latest CD The Art of Celebration. The devotional is available on the You Version Bible App. Access a free copy of the 7-day devotional by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/1lIkvL4
Another song from the new Mercyme CD is now available for download. The members of the band announced this week that the song Greater is the third song to be released from their upcoming project. Although the album Welcome to the New won’t be available until April 8, you can download all three early releases on iTunes and Amazon. A video telling the story behind the latest Mercyme song is also available. Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/3Kpc_lb2HH8?a
Mission Network News is hoping to help your church get more involved in missions. As part of their Pray, Give, Go campaign, Mission Network News is offering a wide variety of free items to help churches tell the missions story and to help Christians everywhere become an active part of that story. Check out more by clicking on the link at: http://ow.ly/rDUMg
Many Christian artists are standing with the End It campaign and they are encouraging you to do the same. Today is the 27th of February and The End It Movement is asking you to use this 27th day of the month to shine a light on the 27 million people world wide who are still enslaved. They’re asking you to draw a red x on your hand as a way of making a statement that slavery still exists and you won’t stand for it. Find out more by clicking on this link http://www.enditmovement.com/
Jason Gray’s new CD Love Will Have The Final Word will be available nationwide next Tuesday. But between now and then Jason is giving you the chance to listen to the full CD online. Check it out here: http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/albumpreview.php
The latest song from Kari Jobe is titled Forever. Check out a recording of her live performance of the song by clicking on this link: http://youtu.be/huFra1mnIVE
Want to learn how to play Broken Hallelujah on the guitar? The Afters are out with a video tutorial for the song. Check it out here: http://youtu.be/QX0FJwNANuE
A book based on Thrive, the latest CD from Casting Crowns, is now available. The book by Mark Hall titled Thrive-Digging Deep, Reaching out was released by Zondervan this week. It’s Mark’s fourth book and discusses the critical inner challenge that we are meant to do more than just survive life – we are called to thrive. Read more here:
Think you have what it takes to be a Christian Artist. Record producer Andrew Patton is giving you a shot. He tweeted over the weekend that he’d accept video demos that are 60 seconds or less. Load them on youtube and then send the link to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Andrew added that you only get one shot so make it count.
Mandisa is dedicating this week that celebrates love to her single sisters and brothers. The Christian artist released a blog on Monday titled Single Appreciation Week-Day 1. In the blog she talks about the difficulties of being single, especially during Valentines week, and the things God has taught her. Read the entire blog here:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — University of Connecticut professor Bradley Wright has all types of questions for his research: Did you pray in the last 24 hours? To what extent are you feeling nurtured or angry with God? Do you feel a sense of purpose right now?
And he’d like the answers in real time, launching a website that sends text messages to participants’ smartphones that it’s time to take the twice-daily survey. It’s part of an ambitious look by Wright and other researchers into the role of spirituality in the daily lives of Americans and its links to well-being.
The associate sociology professor is overseeing http://www.soulPulse.org to gather data for researchers to study.
He says SoulPulse is the first research project to use cellphones to measure spirituality as it unfolds over time in natural settings.
Shout Praises Kids is unveiling a kids coloring contest. Download the two pages and have your kids color them. Then return them on the web site and your kids will be eligible for a Shout Praises Kids party pack and a $200 visa gift card. Check out more by clicking on this link http://bit.ly/spkcoloringcontest
The Christian band VOTA is inviting you to join them on a trip to Nepal. A year ago, VOTA and Tiny Hands International launched the Love Found Me campaign with the goal to raise $150,000 to support and staff five border monitoring stations along the Nepal/India border to help stop human trafficking. The goal was reached and, to celebrate, the band is offering the opportunity for one Love Found Me campaign supporter to win an expense paid trip to Nepal with VOTA this fall courtesy of Taylor University. To be eligible for the Nepal trip, simply download Vota’s latest album before February 1st. Find out more at: https://lovefoundme.org/
Casting Crowns is undertaking a special promotion leading up to the release of their new CD Thrive. They will randomly select one person each day prior to the CD’s release on January 28 from the comments on their facebook page. And members of the band say they fan will get whatever they ask from the band. Check out more about the giveaway by clicking here: http://www.breathecast.com/articles/casting-crowns-thrive-sweepstakes-month-of-giving-13440/
A new CD from Casting Crowns and a new book from lead singer Mark Hall will soon be available. The CD Thrive will release on January 28. And Marks new book Thrive-Digging Deep, Reaching Out is scheduled to be available on February 11. You can preview the new Casting Crowns album and also pre-order your copy of the project by clicking on the link: http://bit.ly/thrivepreview – preview
https://itun.es/us/gQ9rS – preorder
The adoption organization Show Hope is inviting you to join them as part of a trip to Haiti or China late this Spring. The organization started by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman will sponsor a student trip to Haiti in late May and two trips to China in June. But the sign up deadline is Friday, January 10. Find out more about serving orphans by clicking on the link at http://showhope.org/trips
Matt Redman is reaching out to aspiring song writers. The long time worship leader is releasing a songwriting tutorial on the web site Worship Leader. “A Songwriting Journal: Part One – Creating” is now available. You can check it out by clicking on the link at
Mark Schultz has released his first Children’s book. The book is titled Remember Me and features illustrations set to the lyrics of Mark’s song by the same name. Proceeds from the sale of the children’s book will benefit the Remember Me organization started earlier this year by Mark and his wife to fund creative projects benefiting women and orphans. Find out more about the new Children’s book from Mark Schultz by clicking on this link http://Markschultzmusic.com
Want to support businesses that share your political views? There’s an app for that. The new free mobile app, called 2nd Vote, was launched at the Values Voter summit in October. It’s designed for shoppers who don’t want their money even indirectly supporting liberal agendas. Find out more by clicking on the link at http://www.worldmag.com/2013/11/dollar_voting#.UpoaAikXDHA.twitter
Passion 268 Generation is helping you to know what Passion 2014 is all about. They’ve recorded a video explaining the conferences that will take place in Atlanta in January and Houston in February. Check out the video here
Good Morning America is launching their Overcomers series. The series title is based on the latest song from Christian artist Mandisa. And the first edition of the series focus’ on three individuals who overcame great odds. Watch the first edition of Overcomers by clicking on this link: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/11/overcomers-gma-profiles-3-people-who-triumphed-over-adversity/
LifeLight is giving away music. The organization is raising money for their outreach in Ethiopia. They are giving away free downloads of music from Building 429, the Newsboys, and more on the Noisetrade website. And while you’re there you can also leave a tip for the Love Ethiopia outreach. Access your free downloads by clicking on the link at http://www.noisetrade.com/lifelightfestivals/love-ethiopia