Monthly Archives: November 2023

called to worship

Songwriter John Pape Announces Release of Inspirational Album “Called to Worship”

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – EL CAJON CA – John Pape, a songwriter devoted to creating faith-based songs, announces the release of his album, “Called to Worship.” Release date was October 27th, 2023. This inspiring collection of contemporary Christian praise and worship songs is poised to inspire listeners with its heartfelt message of faith.

Called to Worship” represents a culmination of John Pape’s passion for music and his deep-rooted commitment to creating songs that resonate with the hearts of Christian believers. With a musical style that blends elements of rock, pop, and folk, Pape’s compositions are marked by their faith-based lyrics and creative arrangements.

This album is a testament to Pape’s dedication to his craft. The hope is that the church will be led to connect with God in a profound level. Each track on “Called to Worship” is meticulously crafted, embodying the artist’s authenticity, emotional honesty, and deep spiritual convictions. From the soaring anthems of praise to the tender moments of reflection, the album takes listeners on a transformative journey of worship and devotion.

The music of “Called to Worship” is intended for church worship services, providing congregations with songs to express their love and adoration for God. Pape’s heartfelt compositions invite listeners to encounter the divine, offering a pathway to connect with the Almighty and experience a profound sense of spiritual awakening.

As an independent artist, Pape faces the challenges of navigating the competitive music industry. However, with his unwavering faith and commitment to his artistic vision, he is determined to overcome these obstacles and make a lasting impact with his music. Pape’s goal is to touch the lives of individuals across the globe, inspiring them to live a life of worship and deepening their relationship with God.

Called to Worship” is available on major music platforms, including Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music and YouTube. For access to exclusive content, please visit and follow John Pape on social media platforms.


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About John Pape:

John Pape is a seasoned songwriter, composer, and musician known for his faith-based lyrics, memorable melodies, and creative arrangements. With a deep passion for music that started in his formative years, John has honed his craft over the years, drawing inspiration from a wide range of genres and artists. Drawing inspiration from his deep faith and a wide range of musical influences, Pape’s writes songs intended to touch the hearts of Christian worshipers by offering songs of hope, love, and spiritual connection. John also desires worshiper to develop a lasting relationship with God. He does this by using music as a path for devotional, inspiration, and growing faith. His deep-rooted belief in the power of music to touch lives is evident in the lyrics weaved through his songs. With each song, John invites worshipers to embark on a spirit led journey prompting encouraging reflection.

wingman podcast

Wingman Nation Men’s Ministry Announces the Launch of “The Papa Roc and Jay Pop Show: You Already Have The Truth” Podcast

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Lakeland, Florida – November 27, 2023 – The Wingman Nation Men’s Ministry is excited to announce the launch of their groundbreaking podcast, “The Papa Roc and Jay Pop Show: You Already Have the Truth.” This dynamic podcast aims to address today’s most controversial topics through the lens of Biblical truth. With unapologetic viewpoints and a commitment to speaking the Word of God, hosts Randy Ferreira (Papa Roc) and Pastor Jay Dennis (Jay Pop) are set to deliver thought-provoking discussions on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and more.

In a world where differing perspectives often lead to division, “The Papa Roc and Jay Pop Show” seeks to bridge the gap by providing a platform for open and honest conversations rooted in the teachings of the Bible. Listeners can expect deep dives into these challenging subjects, with a focus on exploring what the Scriptures have to say and how these principles can be applied to contemporary life.

Randy Ferreira (Papa Roc) and Pastor Jay Dennis (Jay Pop) bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to the podcast. Both are dedicated Christians, fathers, grandfathers, and respected leaders in their community. Their commitment to upholding Biblical values and their ability to engage in candid discussions make them ideal hosts to tackle these critical issues head-on.

“The Papa Roc and Jay Pop Show: You Already Have the Truth” is produced by Wingman Nation. The podcast promises to provide a safe space for listeners to explore these challenging topics with the guidance of hosts who are passionate about aligning their lives with God’s Word.

Listeners can tune in to “The Papa Roc and Jay Pop Show” on their favorite podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. The show’s first episode was released on October 17, 2023.

Stay connected with “The Papa Roc and Jay Pop Show” for updates and engaging content by following them on social media:

– Facebook: @WingmanNation

For press inquiries, interviews, or additional information about the podcast, please contact:

John Delaney, Director of Operations/Podcast Producer
The Papa Roc and Jay Pop Show: You Already Have the Truth
Direct: 941-323-4908

About Wingman Nation Men’s Ministry
Wingman Nation Men’s Ministry is dedicated to helping men become better husbands, fathers, and leaders in their communities by fostering authentic relationships, providing spiritual guidance, and promoting biblical principles.

Wingman Nation Men’s Ministry
3240 Airfield Dr E, Suite 200
Lakeland, FL 33811
Office: 863-510-5760

beyond survival

Amazon Best Seller, “Beyond Survival: Reclaiming My Life after I Survived Rape” Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 28, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, November 27, 2023

New Release Shares Personal Experience of Healing after Rape and Brings Hope to Survivors

In her groundbreaking memoir, Beyond Survival: Reclaiming My Life after I Survived Rape, Amanda Collins Johnson fearlessly unveils her deeply personal story—a tale of resilience, faith, and the extraordinary power of healing. Released by Redemption Press, this poignant account immerses readers in Johnson’s harrowing rape, her journey through denial, and her unwavering pursuit of reclaiming her life.

Johnson vividly reveals that rape is not merely a traumatic event, but an insidious force that infiltrates every facet of existence—faith, emotions, self-image, relationships, and sexuality. The author, now happily married and a devoted mother of three, writes to inspire fellow survivors to find solace, while providing invaluable insight to their loved ones.

Beyond Survival transcends its pages, guiding readers on a transformative pursuit from victimhood to victory—one illuminated by unwavering faith and the redemptive power of love. Johnson declares, “I want others who have endured sexual assault (soul murder) to know they are not alone and that they, too, can live an abundant life beyond survival.”

Unveiling her remarkable journey of healing, Johnson has captivated audiences through powerful podcast appearances, riveting talks at college campuses, and compelling speeches at both women’s forums and law enforcement conferences. Her gripping story has even graced the screens of national broadcasts like Fox and Friends and The Glenn Beck Show, while attracting the attention of renowned publications.

Embrace Beyond Survival, a testament to the indomitable human spirit, and join Amanda Collins Johnson on an extraordinary voyage of resilience, empowerment, and hope. Discover the strength within, as she proves that healing is possible—even in the darkest of times.

Beyond Survival: Reclaiming My Life after I Survived Rape is available now whereever books are sold. Amanda Johnson’s “Beyond Survival” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, Tuesday, November 28, 2023 through December 2, 2023. “Beyond Survival” is rated 5 stars by those who purchased and reviewed the book. Here’s what a couple of the reviewers have said:

Profound and Insightful
5 Stars

“Amanda’s courageous testimony after the trauma of rape is both profound and insightful for anyone who has experienced rape, anyone who is supporting a surviver of rape and anyone who works with rape victims. As I read this book, I felt as though Amanda was having a personal conversation with me while sharing her insights as she peeled back the layers of the trauma onion. Thus, giving me the gift of better understanding my own experience. This is a story of hope and healing. Thank you, Amanda.”

Annette Wroe
Authentic reality
5 Stars

“Amanda shares with such authenticity about her reality. Her emotions are raw but her hope screams louder. She captured me from the very beginning. This book helps me understand my tragedy through Amanda’s experience. This book is riveting, alive, and impactful. Her quest to embrace her painful journey into being an overcomer is inspiring.”


Amanda Collins Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in education and English and considers her greatest accomplishments as being her husband Nate’s wife and a homeschooling momma to three daughters. Featured on several podcasts, in publications, and on Fox and Friends and The Glenn Beck Show, she has shared her story on college campuses, at women’s conferences, and at law enforcement conferences. She enjoys time with her family, mentoring young women, leading Bible studies, and running.

For interviews, please contact:

Social Media Links:

Facebook: Tearsspeak07
Instagram: Tearsspeak07

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What do you think is the biggest misunderstanding about rape?
  2. Why do you think rapes are often underreported?
  3. Can you tell us about the aftermath of the trial of the rapist in your case and his sentence?
  4. In your experience, is emotional and soul healing possible after rape?
  5. What has been the biggest help to you in your healing journey?
  6. What was the most difficult part of telling your story so candidly in Beyond Survival?
  7. What is one bit of advice you would tell someone who experiences rape?


Heed the Pilgrims on Socialism and Critical Race Theory

Nathaniel Sullivan’s eagerly awaited book, Heed the Pilgrims on Socialism and Critical Race Theory, now available

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Nathaniel Sullivan’s eagerly awaited book, Heed the Pilgrims on Socialism and Critical Race Theory, is now available from Bedrock Foundations Press, a subsidiary of Bedrock Foundations Media, and A beautifully crafted book, Heed the Pilgrims masterfully refutes the cultural narratives that the members of the Plymouth Colony stole the land on which they built their settlement and treated the neighboring Native American tribes with contempt.

According to Dr. Mark Coppenger, retired professor of Christian philosophy and ethics, “In Heed the Pilgrims,…B. Nathaniel Sullivan’s succinct and lucid treatment of Scripture’s teaching on gratitude is enough to embarrass those who find CRT even somewhat charming, and his application of the timeless lessons in economics that surfaced at the Plymouth Plantation from 1621-1623 should set folks fleeing from the siren song of the Left.”

Rigorously and thoroughly researched with commentary and complete with photos and illustrations throughout, this book contains insights rarely emphasized. Chapter 1 offers a reliable paraphrase of William Bradford’s account of the Pilgrims’ failed, two-year experiment in socialism; and chapters 2 and 3 explore the power of gratitude and faith in God to build character and to enable people to relate well with others — even individuals and groups very different from them.

To summarize, Heed the Pilgrims examines the struggles the Plymouth settlers endured, the relationships they forged in the New World, and their in-depth and abiding faith in the God of the Bible. Yet, as valuable as these observations are, the book goes even further — because knowing and understanding the historical record offers a golden opportunity to warn against and reject today’s misleading cultural narratives surrounding Thanksgiving and its origins.

“In Heed the Pilgrims, I showcase historical events and allow history itself to present the Pilgrims as a stellar example for modern Americans on how to establish and maintain ordered liberty and freedom,” remarks Mr. Sullivan. “Their example offers critical and irrefutable lessons on the futility of Marxist ideologies like socialism and CRT.”

The author writes and blogs regularly about cultural issues from a biblical perspective at; and he designs and posts original Bible studies at his second website, While Heed the Pilgrims is Nathaniel’s first published book, it represents just one of several journeys during which he explores the testimony of history and its validation of timeless biblical truths.

Nathaniel Sullivan has experience in vocational church staff ministry and served as an editor at a major Bible study curriculum publisher for more than 17 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wingate University in North Carolina, and Master of Arts in Religious Education and Master of Divinity degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He now heads Bedrock Foundations Media, a publisher dedicated to promoting and presenting foundational truths to members of every generation.

Heed the Pilgrims on Socialism and Critical Race Theory is available at in both softcover and Kindle editions.

More Than Just a Word

Introducing a Devotional Journal That Transforms Lives – “More Than Just a Word: Discover and develop your word of the year” Will be Free to Download Beginning on Tuesday, November 27, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, November 27, 2023

Are you tired of setting New Year’s resolutions that fizzle out by February? Do you long for a deeper sense of purpose and direction in your everyday life? Look no further, as we are thrilled to announce the release of “More Than Just a Word: Discover and develop your word of the year” – a transformative journal that will guide you on a profound quest to discover how one word can make a difference in your life.

In a world filled with distractions and noise, finding clarity and focus can seem like an insurmountable challenge. However, “More Than Just a Word” offers a refreshing alternative to traditional goal-setting methods. By choosing your one word for the year, you will embark on a transformative spiritual journey that will shift your focus for the year.

This captivating guided journal, created and written by multi-award winning author Carol Tetzlaff, has already captivated countless women. Drawing on the powerful trend of choosing a word of the year, “More Than Just a Word” takes it a step further, providing a brilliantly purposeful framework to help you define and embrace the next twelve months of your life.

From the very first page, you will be guided through a reflective process that encourages deep introspection and self-discovery. By examining the past year and its lessons, you will gain invaluable insights that will pave the way for a clear and defined purpose for the future.

What sets “More Than Just a Word” apart is its unique approach to assimilation. Rather than simply choosing a word and forgetting about it, this journal ensures that your chosen word becomes a guiding force in your day-to-day life. Each month, you will engage with a powerful devotion, thought-provoking questions, personal reflections, and carefully selected Scripture passages that reinforce the significance of your one word.

Through the power of journaling and insightful prompts, you will witness how your one word seamlessly weaves into the very fabric of your life. And, as the year draws to a close, you will look back with awe and gratitude at how your one word has played a significant role in marking your everyday moments. The transformation you experience will undoubtedly surprise and delight you, leaving an indelible mark on your spiritual journey.

Carol Tetlaff’s, “More Than Just a Word” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, (Tuesday, November 28, 2023 through December 5, 2023. “More than Just a Word” is rated 5 stars by those who purchased and reviewed the book. Here’s what just a couple of the reviewers have said:

Janet McHenry
Beautiful word-of-the-year journal!
5 Stars

“Whether you’ve been doing a Word of the Year for a while or you’re just now interested in starting that practice, I recommend this journal. It provides creative ideas and methodology for choosing a word and then helps you work with your word from month to month. The interior design is lovely and provides many opportunities for you to go deeper in your faith walk. I recommend it highly!”

Sandi Cook
Awesome resource!
5 Stars

“I love this journal! It guides you through picking your word with specific questions and exercises. I am looking forward to the year spent immersing in this study. It would make a great gift for your Sister Circle!”


Carol is an author, speaker, and co-owner of Redemption Press. Her passion is discipleship of all ages as she has served many years on staff at the local church in every capacity from kids’ ministry to worship ministries. She is married to Kelley, and they have ten fun and super cute grands. They have the best life ever together in Gilbert, Arizona. She also loves super-sweet iced coffee, spending time with friends, and the color yellow. Carol is the author of the 2022 Selah Award Bible Study winner, Ezra: Unleashing the Power of Praise and the 2023 release, More than Just a Word Devotional Journal.

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Carol Tetzlaff
Website: Instagram: Carol_Tetzlaff

My Father's Promise: Journey into the Freedom, Power, and Mystery of God's Indwelling Presence

Discover the Mystery of God’s Indwelling Presence with Rick Tedeschi’s New Book “My Father’s Promise: Journey into the Freedom, Power, and Mystery of God’s Indwelling Presence”

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “My Father’s Promise: Journey into the Freedom, Power, and Mystery of God’s Indwelling Presence” Is Free to Download through November 26, 2023

United States—November 22, 2023

Unravel the great riddle of our Creator with Rick Tedeschi’s groundbreaking exploration of divine life. In an age where spirituality and personal growth are paramount, Tedeschi’s book offers readers a unique perspective on the relationship between God and humanity.

Tedeschi delves into the profound mystery of the divine presence within us. His work presents a transformative journey into understanding “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” The book promises to challenge, inspire, and enlighten readers as they explore the divine life that yearns to dwell within each one of us.

Rick Tedeschi’s exploration is not just an academic exercise, but a personal journey sparked by a question asked to the Lord about His inner presence. He invites readers to join him on this exciting expedition, promising a fresh perspective on spirituality and the divine life.

Tedeschi’s narrative is anchored in his own experiences and relationships, making the book both relatable and compelling.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of their spiritual journey and for anyone interested in exploring the mystery of the divine life within us all, Rick Tedeschi’s new book is a must-read.

Rick Tedeschi’s My Father’s Promise: Journey into the Freedom, Power, and Mystery of God’s Indwelling Presence will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, November 22 through November 26, 2023. My Father’s Promise is highly rated by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what just one of the reviewers have said:

5 stars
I love a good mystery!

“Yes, I do love the mystery genre but this book delves into the mysterious ways of God including His marvelous riddles and thought-provoking parables. It challenges how we often think we know what He meant…but did we really, or is it Christian tradition? The writing style reminded me in some ways of an English author I love, F.B. Meyer, who has been gone almost 100 years. How wonderful to find a current writer who often writes just as poetically and with such depth. The book has influenced me as I dwell on the Father’s Promise. It frequently aligns with thoughts and experiences I have, that aren’t necessarily common or accepted. I think it is good to question preconceived ideas in the light of Scripture.”

For More Information: For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Rick Tedeschi

About the Author

RICK TEDESCHI asked a question to the Lord about His inner presence and found himself on the journey of a lifetime. Rick is a husband to his best friend, Lynn, for over 45 years, father, and grandfather blessed with a host of grandchildren. His writing is a “work from the pew” as an author, engineer, and project manager. Rick manages his own engineering consulting firm, and finds time for camping with family and many hobbies with his grandkids, in addition to continuing to write about Jesus’ indwelling presence. He is also working on several fiction stories of a similar theme. The exploration of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling life is his passionate joy.

True Stories of People in Recovery

Best Seller, “True Stories of People in Recovery: Finding Healing from Hurts, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors” Will be Free to Download Beginning on Tuesday, November 21, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, November 20, 2023

In her groundbreaking new release, “True Stories of People in Recovery: Finding Healing from Hurts, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors,” author Shirley Luckadoo, EdD, MDiv, invites readers on a transformative journey towards hope, redemption, and spiritual healing.

Scientific studies have long attested to the profound impact that faith can have on addiction prevention and recovery. Now, through these powerful personal testimonies, Luckadoo passionately showcases the “faith factor” as a force of unwavering strength in the lives of those battling against the grips of addiction.

As the ministry leader of Trading Ford Baptist Church’s Celebrate Recovery ministry in Salisbury, NC, for over seventeen years, Luckadoo has witnessed firsthand the incredible transformations that testimonies can ignite. In this brilliant compilation, she presents the remarkable accounts of thirteen individuals who have triumphed over their addictions and compulsive behaviors through the unwavering power of Jesus Christ.

But this book is more than just a collection of stories. It serves as a beacon of hope, encouraging readers to find solace and inspiration within the experiences of these courageous individuals. With eloquence and heartfelt emotion, Luckadoo invites readers to follow in the footsteps of these brave souls and embark on their own personal journeys of recovery.

Luckadoo’s commitment to making a tangible difference extends beyond the pages of her book. She pledges to utilize potential profits to fund Kings Haven Ministries, Inc., a visionary initiative aimed at opening a transition house for men emerging from treatment centers, as well as a facility for women and children seeking refuge after undergoing treatment.

True Stories of People in Recovery is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of faith. With every turn of the page, readers will be captivated by the raw and poignant narratives that illuminate the path to healing, redemption, and a brighter future.

Shirley Luckadoo’s, “True Stories of People in Recovery” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, Tuesday, November 21, 2023 through November 25, 2023. “True Stories of People in Recovery” is rated 5 stars by those who purchased and reviewed the book. Here’s what just a couple of the reviewers have said:

Brenda Cauble
No one is too far down to be rescued by Jesus
5 Stars

Enjoyed the storytelling in the book. I felt like I was part of the story and a witness to the Transforming Power of God! It caused me to rejoice and tell others that our lives matter to the King of Kings!

True Stories of the power of God
5 Stars

“Coming from a background of addiction, as I read through these testimonies, I could completely relate. I love the truth, the honesty, and the raw details of what it is truly like to be lost in the dark pit of addiction … There are so many self-help books out there on addiction, alcoholism, over eating, etc. But those are self-help books. Never have I been able to come out of addiction through “self-help”. It truly takes the miraculous transforming power of God to heal you from the brokeness in your soul that leads each person to their addiction. Reading each of these testimonies reminded me of the goodness of God, and how only through His power can we become a new creation in Christ … If you are struggling an addiction, or if you are in recovery, I urge you to read this book … What a surreal and fantastic book!”

Shirley Luckadoo, EdD, MDiv, retired from a community college vice presidency to serve as the ministry director of Celebrate Recovery at Trading Ford Baptist Church for the past seventeen years. The cofounder and board chair of Capstone Recovery Center, she is also the executive director of Hope House of Rowan, a transitional home for women. She has recently launched King’s Haven Ministries, Inc., to provide transitional homes for recovering substance abusers. A former pastor, teacher, and speaker, her passion is helping people find new, meaningful lives after years of hurt, addiction, or compulsive behaviors. Shirley enjoys spending time with her three sons, their wives, and her grandchildren and great-grandchild.

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Instagram: or shirleyr.luckadoo


God Had a Hand on Me: A Memoir about Pain, Healing, and Victory

Inspiring New Release, “God Had a Hand on Me,” by Kim Dotson Will be Free to Download Tuesday, November 21, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, November 20, 2023

In a world often plagued by abandonment and heartbreak, author Kim Dotson delivers a poignant memoir that resonates with readers and reminds us of the extraordinary power of redemption. “God Had a Hand on Me: A Memoir about Pain, Healing, and Victory” (Redemption Press), invites you into a true story filled with raw honesty, personal growth, and unwavering faith.

Born to a white mother and a Native American father, Kim Dotson’s journey begins amidst the backdrop of her parents’ divorce. Raised by her father within the rich tapestry of Native culture in Montana, Dotson experienced firsthand the searing pain of her mother’s abandonment. Her captivating memoir delves into the depths of her heartache, unveiling a tale of resilience and the incredible force of divine intervention.

From her rebellious teenage years, marked by self-destructive behavior, to the moment she watched her husband drive away, taking their precious daughter with him, Dotson’s life unraveled before her eyes. But amidst the chaos, she discovered an unwavering truth – God had been guiding her every step of the way.

Through eloquent prose and profound introspection, Dotson leads readers on a transformative journey, revealing how her darkest moments eventually became stepping stones towards spiritual growth and a higher purpose. This remarkable memoir serves as a testament to the immeasurable strength found in surrendering to God’s grace.

“God wastes nothing,” Dotson asserts. “He masterfully weaves the broken threads of our lives into a tapestry of purpose and redemption.”

Prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary memoir “God Had a Hand on Me: A Memoir about Pain, Healing, and Victory.” Kim Dotson’s courageous tale will leave a lasting imprint on your heart and serve as a guiding light in your own journey towards healing and victory.

Kim Dotson’s, “God Had a Hand on Me” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, Tuesday, November 21, 2023 through November 25, 2023. “God Had a Hand on Me” is rated 5 stars by those who purchased and reviewed the book. Here’s what a couple of the reviewers have said:

Penni Sheridan
God uses our brokenness
5 Stars

“What an incredible story of obedience and redemption. I cried, I laughed, I could feel her pain. I could definitely relate to the utter brokenness Kim felt, but I loved how Gad had His hand on her the whole time and I loved it when she finally realized it! A heartwarming story of the resilience of the young, and the courage to hear and obey God’s whisper.”

Vicki Roys
Through all the challenges in your life, God is there for you
5 Stars

“Kim’s story is easy to relate to for anyone who has had challenges in their lives. Well written and inspiring, her story will make you cry with her pain and laugh and smile with her triumphs…….with God’s help. A great read.”

Kim Dotson is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State who has worked in health care for thirty-four years, over twenty of those years as a physician assistant. She has also worked in primary care medicine, urgent care, correctional healthcare, and pain management. With a heart for service, she has gone on two short-term medical missions to Ethiopia. She has two children and has been married to her best friend for twenty-eight years. A Montana girl at heart, she currently makes her home in Spokane, Washington, and enjoys hiking, cycling, running, and photography.

For interviews, contact

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Suggested Interview Questions

  1. You were raised by your Native American father. As an adult do you identify with one culture more than the other?
  2. What are some ways God protected you and watched over you in your childhood?
  3. What lasting effects did your mother’s abandonment of you as a child have on you?
  4. What were the circumstances of your coming to know the Lord?
  5. You say your “wounds are part of your story” and “God had a purpose for every one of them.” How has God used your wounds for good in your life?
bixby and the very bad idea

Embark on a Captivating Journey with “Bixby and the Very Bad Idea” – A Heartwarming Picture Book Packed with Life Lessons by Jerri Lien

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States – November 16, 2023

Bixby and the Very Bad Idea is Free to Download through Monday, November 19, 2023

In a world where empathy and kindness are more important than ever, children’s book author Jerri Lien invites young readers on an enchanting adventure with her new book, “Bixby and the Very Bad Idea.” This captivating picture book effortlessly weaves together valuable life lessons, imaginative storytelling, and heartwarming characters, leaving children eager to explore the transformative power of repentance and joy.

While adults have a deep understanding of repentance and the acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice, Lien poses an intriguing question: What about our little ones? How can they navigate guilt and the path of repentance?

Lien recognizes that children thrive on captivating stories, which is why she introduces readers to Bixby, an adorable shih tzu puppy, in her enthralling tale. In “Bixby and the Very Bad Idea,” young readers accompany Bixby on an unforgettable journey filled with whimsy, mischief, and profound life lessons. Eager to find someone to play ball with, Bixby resorts to a mischievous plan of hiding everyone’s toys. Yet, as fate would have it, Bixby’s own treasured ball goes missing. This unexpected turn of events prompts the lovable puppy to reflect upon the consequences of his actions, leading him on a path of self-discovery and redemption.

Through Bixby’s endearing journey, Lien delicately imparts the significance of considering others’ feelings and the profound impact it has on our own happiness.

Captivating both young hearts and curious minds, this remarkable picture book weaves together vibrant illustrations and a heartfelt narrative that will leave readers eager to flip through its pages time and time again. With its timeless message and captivating storyline, “Bixby and the Very Bad Idea” is poised to become a cherished addition to every child’s library.

Bixby and the Very Bad Idea” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days beginning on November 16, 2023. “Bixby and the Very Bad Idea” is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased and written a review of the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Patrick Duffy, Jr. Esq.
5 stars
This book is a winner!

“Attention parents and grandparents – Jerri Lien’s book should be at the top of your Christmas shopping list! The storyline is easy to identify and the author develops Bixby’s personality early on. Too, the book has a cute but important message for people of all ages! Ms. Lien’s book clearly deserves a 5 star rating! Well done!”

Sophie Chamberlain
5 stars
Good life lessons!

“Bixby is the sweetest little pup ! What a great book teaching such important life lessons to our kids! Can’t wait for Bixbys next adventure!”

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Jerri Lien fell in love with books at a very young age and believes a good book can transport the reader to a whole new world. Some of her fondest memories include reading with her own son, the real Bradley Jay, who is now a wonderful grownup! Also an aunt, a teacher, a missionary, and a mentor, Jerri finds great joy in encouraging others to learn, grow, and reach for the stars.

Jerri and her husband Scott moved from the Evergreen State to the Grand Canyon State with the real-live-and-really-adorable Bixby, whose spunky personality inspired the writing of Bixby and the Very Bad Idea.

Suggested Interview Questions

  • What inspired you to write a children’s picture book?
  • Did the full story come to you all at once, or did you rework and revise it to achieve its final form?
  • As the main character, Bixby is a child substitute in the story. Why did you decide to use a puppy as the main character instead of a human child?
  • Bixby feels “tummy twinges” when he struggles with behaving in ways that make his friends sad. How do you think picture books can help children with guilt or anxiety issues, especially ones that manifest physically?
  • Bixby receives wise feedback on his behavior from Lil Ladybug. How can older friends and adults help children consider how their behavior affects others?
  • Bixby is blessed by kind, forgiving friends. What can children do when they don’t have a community to help them with their feelings and behavior?
  • Bixby’s self-focused efforts to take matters into “his own paws” only lead to disappointment for everyone. How can parents and adults help children understand to look to God for wisdom in their choices and trust that God always loves and forgives them?
from sir with love

New books shares a scripture teacher’s unique view on life and faith from the classroom window

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “Every generation worries about the values and beliefs of the next. From his experience at a private girls’ school, Ken Edgecombe gives us a fascinating glimpse of how young people view — and experience — faith,” said Philip Yancey, in endorsing Ken’s new book, From Sir, With Love: Glimpses of Faith Through a Classroom Window.

For 21 years, Ken Edgecombe taught Religious Education at a private girls’ school in Wellington, New Zealand. The school was Presbyterian, but the girls were not, and he grappled every day with the challenge of presenting aspects of faith to a mixed — and captive — audience, all the while holding true to Christian essentials to win the girls’ attention and involvement in the subject.

From Sir, With Love is Ken’s story. It is honest, it is anecdotal, it is theological. It is the subject of heaven in the language of the classroom. It covers the questions of the classroom: “Is God real?” “Can faith and science co-exist?” “What about other faiths?” “Do you, personally, really trust the Bible?”

In presenting these subjects to students, Ken has had to do so in way that is palatable. The outcome of this is that Christians will also get an insight into how they too can answer such questions; either for themselves, or for those who bring up similar queries around God.

From Sir, With Love is humorous and wry and self-deprecating, and it doesn’t offer formulaic answers to life’s big questions. It will leave you wondering: What do I believe? What might I have said? It is an insight into a different world with a wonderful mix of wry, humorous, and shrewd reflections. It comes from a writer on top of his craft with a story to entertain and inspire.

It is a book you can read for the sheer enjoyment of it, and one you can pass on to someone else for the innate challenge of it, or perhaps the inspiration of it. It might be used as a resource for those who also teach the faith. A state school principal in Wellington said, “Were I the Principal of a church school, I would want any newly appointed Chaplain to read it, and then discuss it with me to see what they had learned. If they had learned nothing, their tenure might be pretty short!”

A teacher in Vancouver said, “I would thoroughly recommend this book, especially to teachers. I wish I had been able to read it years ago. So much of it applies to any conversation or discussion group on matters of faith, or indeed life in general. It’s a fabulous book.”

Ken Edgecombe spent 25 years in secondary teaching before becoming the National Director of Scripture Union New Zealand in the 1990s, and then returning to teaching until his retirement at the end of 2021. He is married to Felicia, who is a musician, and they are the parents of four sons and the grandparents of a grandson and seven granddaughters. They live in Wellington, where they remain dedicated members of their local church, and Ken takes a more than passing interest in All Black rugby.


“Every generation worries about the values and beliefs of the next. From his experience at a private girls’ school, Ken Edgecombe gives us a fascinating glimpse of how young people view — and experience — faith.”
Philip Yancey, American writer and former editor-at-large for Christianity Today

“If this book’s effect is anything like Mr Edgecombe’s classes or assemblies, you will not only come away from reading it entertained and intellectually stimulated, but also with a new drive to become a better person. Which is the effect Mr Edgecombe has had on myself and the majority of Queen Margaret College students.”
Erinn Aspell, Queen Margaret College Head Girl, 2021

“… A great record of education and learning and of a faith in practice. And of a teacher’s journey.”
Michael Keith, Wellington writer and editor

“… Jam-packed with colour and literary appeal and wonderful wisdom coming through in every paragraph. … full of quite profound insights into Christian communication to audiences of varied backgrounds, as well as being thoroughly entertaining.”
Tom Slater, former National Director of the Australian Evangelical Alliance

“… Whimsical style and understated quips had me hooked … I would enthusiastically recommend the book …”
Peter Lineham MNZM,  Professor Emeritus of History, Massey University

“I listened happily in many Chaplain’s Assemblies, one of approximately 700 people present who felt like Ken was talking just with them. The chapters of this book give me the same feeling that the two of us are engaged in conversation, and showcase Ken’s profound skill as a storyteller.”
Jacqui Brown, Principal, New Plymouth Girls’ High School

securely held

New Release Highlights How to Find Freedom from Approval Seeking

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “When our happiness in life is tied to the approval of others, we are trapped but may not know it. Approval is an attempt by the flesh to fill up our God-given need for worth,” says Mark Maulding, president and founder of Grace Life International.[1]

While serving as a pastor’s wife, Bible study teacher, and women’s ministry director, Cheryl Pelton Lutz found her identity in the approval of others for many years. She says, “The endless striving brought me to a place of complete spiritual, physical, and emotional exhaustion. I was not living as one who was secure in my heavenly Father’s love. I had made people an idol.”

In a new release, Securely Held: Finding Significance and Security in the Shelter of God’s Embrace (Redemption Press), Lutz, the founder of Securely Held Ministries LLC, outlines her journey to finding significance and worth in God. She says, “Exhaustion from continual striving is an epidemic in our culture.

“As Christians, we desire to be known for our love of God and service to our neighbors. But when we allow the admiration of others to define us, we end up in a debilitating cycle of people pleasing, yet never find the validation we desperately seek.”

Lutz uses her personal story in Securely Held to show women how to discover their value and find rest in the arms of your loving heavenly Father, and how to learn to live as one accepted by God through the finished work of Christ.

Solid Bible-based teaching, and the testimonies of other women who have found their identity in God, provide a scriptural and experiential foundation and add depth and value to this new release.

  • [1] Grace Life International, “Are You Being Controlled By The Approval Trap?,” www.


Cheryl Pelton Lutz is a Light University-certified biblical counselor, a trained and seasoned Bible teacher, and an inspirational speaker. A retired pastor’s wife, she is a contributing author to the She Writes for Him: Stories of Living Hope compilation. Through her blog, newsletter, books, and speaking engagements, Cheryl equips women to overcome insecurity and people pleasing and discover their true identity as God’s daughters. She and her husband Alan have four adult children and a bonus son by marriage, and live in a quaint cabin in the North Georgia mountains. She enjoys spending time with her adult children and traveling and hiking with her husband.

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Suggested Interview Questions

  1. You say you made others your idols. What are some indications that we are making others our idols?
  2. You mention some of your core issues had to do with your complex relationship with your father. How did your father issues manifest in your relationship with God?
  3. Why do you think people pleasing is “epidemic,” as you say, in Christian circles?
  4. Is there a special scripture verse that you were guided by in the writing of this book?
  5. While you blog, have written for compilations, and teach the Bible, what was the process like writing a book on this subject?
  6. Tell us about your ministry, Securely Held.
college of bible studies

What Championship Dreams Are Made Of: College of Biblical Studies’ Ambassadors Basketball Inaugural Year Is Off To A Great Start

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Houston, TX – The College of Biblical Studies is looking to the future as their men’s basketball team is making history. The Ambassadors have won 4 out of 5 games with as much as a 30-point lead.

Their first home game was held Tuesday, Nov. 7 against Kansas Christian, the 2023 NCCAA Southwest Region Champions. The Ambassadors won 81-79 in a photo-finish ending, as their ecstatic fans cheered them on. Local news media were also on hand to experience this new team in their inaugural year, including KPRC 2 Sports Director Randy McIlvoy and KHOU 11 Sports Anchor Jason Bristol.

This new athletic endeavor at CBS was the brainchild of longtime supporter, Lynden B. Rose. Rose is considered Houston basketball royalty by many as a member of the iconic “Phi Slama Jama” team from the University of Houston.

CBS President Bill Blocker recognized the benefit of reaching the community through academics and sports. “We’ve been educating and equipping the Christian community for almost 50 years, but when Lynden shared his vision to reach even further through sports, we immediately recognized the benefit of sharing the Bible through basketball. Basketball provides an outlet that appeals to a lot of people, especially young men and women.”

CBS’ new mission of reaching out through basketball has attracted other basketball stars such as all-American shooting guard, Michael Young and former WNBA all-star, Patricia Luckey. Michael Young, assistant coach of the CBS men’s team, was also a member of the “Phi Slama Jama” elite. His UH Cougar jersey was retired in 2007 at the University of Houston. Patricia Luckey, who played for the Phoenix Mercury and is a three-time All Southwest Conference Houston Cougar, now coaches the CBS Lady Ambassadors.

The women’s team, the Lady Ambassadors, will play their first home game on November 14.

About the College of Biblical Studies

The College of Biblical Studies is located in Houston, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers an accredited college education on-campus and online, with several programs offered in the Spanish language. Students receive transformational education and training for service to families, ministries, businesses, and communities around the world. CBS has provided biblically based education to more than 37,000 students since 1976 and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas.

Contact: Melinda Merillat
Public Relations & Corporate Communications

license to love

New Book “License to Love: Driven by Faith” Offers Unique Perspective on Faith and Positivity Through Vanity License Plates Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 7, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, November 6, 2023

In an innovative exploration of faith, debut author Catherine Green has released her book “License to Love: Driven by Faith” (Redemption Press). The book uniquely captures the messages of hope, faith, and inspiration that she has discovered on more than 950 vanity license plates.

Catherine began her intriguing journey of documenting these messages after the loss of her brother, Jerry. In her grief, she found comfort in the unexpected form of a license plate with the inscription “ROM 8 28”. Rather than viewing it as a mere coincidence, Catherine saw it as a “Godwink”, a term coined by New York Times bestselling author SQuire Rushnell to describe divine coincidences.

License to Love” features a collection of these divine coincidences, highlighting license plates inscribed with phrases such as “B JOYOUS”, “GD WINKS”, “PRAZHIM”, “NO FEAR”, “FLE 2 GOD”, and “JC LOVES U”. Each chapter of the book offers a devotional message related to themes such as comfort, salvation, prayer, provision, forgiveness, faith, and blessings. Each message is accompanied by a relevant song title, action step, and prayer.

Catherine believes that these seemingly random messages are not coincidences but are indeed gifts from a loving God. She says, “We often think things that happen to us are coincidences when they are actually gifts from a loving God.” This belief forms the basis of “License to Love”, making it a compelling read for anyone seeking comfort and inspiration in their daily lives.

Catherine Green’s License to Love will be available for download for free on Amazon for 5 days from November 7, 2023 through November 11, 2023

For More Information: For questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Catherine Green at


Catherine “Kitty” Green had a career in the car business, working at Chrysler dealerships, and later at the Chrysler Corporation. She and Don, her husband of thirty-six years, live in Centerville, Ohio, and have two grown daughters, Katie and Jackie. Kitty enjoys playing euchre, going to Bible studies, entertaining at her house, and is taking up golf. License to Love is her first book.

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Facebook: Kitty Hayes Green, Catherine Green

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Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Your devotional has an unusual theme. How did you get an idea to write an book using inspirational car license plates?
  2. How long did it take you to compile a list of over 950 such license plates?
  3. What are some of your favorites?
  4. Do you have a vanity plate? If so, have you had feedback from it?
  5. Do you think having an inspirational vanity plate is a good way to evangelize and encourage others?
The Biblical Archaeology Society

Bible & Archaeology Fest with 20 Experts Offers Lay Audience New Reports, New Analysis and Jodi Magness LIVE

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – WASHINGTON, November 1, 2023 — The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), a popular niche magazine, will host an online offering of its 26th Annual signature in-person event from San Antonio, Texas.

The Fall Bible and Archaeology Fest on November 17-19 offers live talks from 20 leading Bible scholars and archaeologists via the Zoom app. Registered, paid participants from around the world can enjoy two-and-a-half days of live, online learning with experts in the fields of archaeology and the Bible.

Esteemed scholars including Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Magness’ plenary session is about her experience from the 11th and final excavation season of a 1600-year-old synagogue at Huqoq in Israel.

“I love sharing the excitement of archaeology with others,” said Magness.

Other familiar names from Biblical Archaeology Review, plus rising stars will be presenting:

  • ELIZABETH BACKFISH: Greater Is the Art of the Ending: Poetic Closure in the Psalms
  • ROBIN GALLAHER BRANCH: Biblical Nicknames
  • ERIKA BROWN (Q&A Panelist): Top Finds in Biblical Archaeology
  • SIDNIE WHITE CRAWFORD: The Library at the Qumran Caves
  • APRIL DECONICK: Where Did All the Christians Come From?
  • KRISTINE GARROWAY: Growing Up in Ancient Israel
  • MARK GOODACRE: Did the Evangelists Dictate Their Gospels to Scribes?
  • RALPH HAWKINS: The Many Temples of Ancient Israel and the Law of Centralization
  • JODI MAGNESS (Plenary Speaker): More than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee (lecture will not be recorded)
  • ALBERT MCCLURE: Iconoclasm in Yehud: What Can the Pentateuch Tell Us About the Returnees?
  • CHRIS MCKINNY: Armageddon — A Royal Reversal; (Q&A Panelist) Top Finds in Biblical Archaeology
  • DENNIS MIZZI: The Burial of Sealed Jars in the Qumran Cemetery: Disposal of Consecrated Property?
  • STEVEN NOTLEY: Jesus and the Passover: What Can Archaeology Tell Us About the Last Supper?
  • STEVEN ORTIZ: Searching for Solomon’s City: Recent Excavations at Tel Gezer
  • SETH SANDERS: Barbecuing for the Lord: the Embodied God of the Biblical Priestly Tradition
  • KATHERINE SHANER: The (In)Visible City: Foregrounding Enslaved Infrastructures in Ancient Cities and New Testament Texts
  • KERRY SONIA: The Changing Landscape of the Dead in Ancient Israel
  • JAMES TABOR: Jesus Across the Jordan
  • BEN WITHERINGTON: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Pisidian Antioch

Registration for this virtual 2.5-day event and limited access to any recordings is $199. (Student rate available.) The registration deadline is Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 5 pm ET. Sign up online at

The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) was founded in 1974 as a nonprofit, nondenominational, educational organization dedicated to the dissemination of information about archaeology in the Bible lands.


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