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Bright Lights to Host 2nd Conference at the Ark Encounter

FAITH NEWS SERVICEMarion, IA: Bright Lights, a discipleship ministry for pre-teen girls, will be hosting their 2nd live conference at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY on September 20 – 21, 2024.

The conference is entitled Seeking Christ, and speakers include Sarah (Mally) Hancock, Ken Ham (Founder CEO of Answers in Genesis), Martyn Iles (Executive CEO of Answers in Genesis), and others. It is primarily aimed at mothers and daughters, but ladies of all ages are welcome.

“The years of our youth have so much potential for the Lord!” says Sarah (Mally) Hancock, Bright Lights founder. “Our desire is to give each of these girls a vision for seeking Christ and serving Him with all her heart. We know this is going to be a special weekend for many moms and daughters, and we are very excited about what the Lord is going to do!”

Conference registration is $65 until April 30, when it will be $75. This includes admission to the Ark Encounter, which can be toured on the final day of the conference. Sessions will feature practical, Biblical teaching on pursuing Christ, identity, serving the Lord while young, using social media for God’s glory, the importance of Bible study, and more. Ladies can find details and registration information here: https://tomorrowsforefathers.com/seeking-christ-conference/.

Over 900 ladies attended the first conference, Speak Truth in Your Heart, that Bright Lights hosted at the Ark Encounter in February 2023. After seeing the Lord’s hand at work in such a mighty way, the ministry is prayerfully anticipating September.

About Bright Lights: Bright Lights, located out of Marion, IA, is a discipleship ministry with a special focus on pre-teen girls. Founded in 1996 by Sarah (Mally) Hancock, there are now 800+ Bright Lights groups that have started nationally and internationally.

The family-run ministry’s published books include Speak Truth in Your Heart, Before You Meet Prince Charming, Will Our Generation Speak, and Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends.

Finding Freedom and Grace in a Broken World

New Title from Thomas M. Stallter: Finding Freedom and Grace in a Broken World: A Journey in the Purposes and Providence of God

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – We have been brought up to see things in a particular way—to interpret our experience and respond to events, people, and even to God in cultural and personal ways. This has given us a frame of reference that undergirds all else we know, trust, and love in life, as well as all we question, distrust, and hate.

But we live in a broken world, and it has influenced us more than we know; we wonder why we are unable to experience the freedom and peace Jesus talks about. But things are not always what they seem; we need to see them as they are, not as other influences have shaped them. It is time we let God speak for himself on the matter.

Finding Freedom and Grace in a Broken World: A Journey in the Purposes and Providence of God turns our minds to trust and freedom in our walk with God. It leads us to know God’s grace, providence, and purposes in a way that changes our lives and experiences in this broken world from this day on.

Endorsements:

This book “invites the reader to examine implicit values shaped in the soul by cultural assumptions of Western Christianity. The book stretches us to move beyond a performance-based Christianity to a deeply trust-based relationship with God himself. This multifaceted book with various entries covers well the gamut of the Christian life, written from the heart of a seasoned coach and a caring soul mentor.” –Christy Hill, professor of spiritual formation and women’s ministry, Grace College and Seminary

This book “is a comprehensive, exhaustive exploration, a deep dive into the world of knowing and trusting the God of Scripture. It examines divine grace from every imaginable perspective through 234 brief, easily digestible essays.” –Michael Card, author of Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God’s Lovingkindness

Available on Amazon

Thomas M. Stallter is professor of intercultural studies at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he has taught for twenty-five years. He previously spent eighteen years teaching in the Central African Republic and Chad. He is the author of The Gap between God and Christianity: The Turbulence of Western Culture (Wipf & Stock, 2022).

Thomas M. Stallter,
stallttm@grace.edu
https://amazon.com/author/thoughtful_christianity

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State of the Christian Workplace 2024 Report Highlights Employee Engagement Trends

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – (Mercer Island, WA)—The State of the Christian Workplace 2024 report provides insights into employee engagement and workplace health in Christian-led workplaces. For the first time, results from Best Christian Workplaces research are publicly available in an accessible and statistically valid format.

Now leaders who want to take steps to create a flourishing workplace culture can learn about what matters to employees in Christian-led workplaces. This glimpse into employee engagement highlights anonymous feedback from more than 100,000 Christian employees across multiple sectors.

Jay Bransford, President and CEO of Best Christian Workplaces, emphasizes the importance of workplace health: “Healthy Christian-led workplaces can succeed in spreading Christ-like service, character, and values to the world. Our research shows that in 2023 around 55% of employees in Christian-led organizations felt positively engaged. This is far higher than the percentage that is observed in the secular world. Having a healthy workplace doesn’t just happen. It takes intentional effort. Of the organizations we surveyed in 2023, we found that about 29% fell below our criteria for a “Healthy” score. This striking reality reminds us that many Christian leaders still need to be equipped to build Flourishing WorkplacesTM. Best Christian Workplaces exists to provide such support.”

Along with overall data, the State of the Christian Workplace 2024 report highlights trends over the past five years by demographics and by sector. As a leader in the study of employee engagement, Best Christian Workplaces has a robust data set that includes thousands of employee voices. The size of the data set allows statistically reliable categorization by different types of organizations.

Included in the report are the following categories:

  • Churches
  • Parachurch and Missions
  • Rescue Missions
  • Family Services
  • Christian Schools (K-12)
  • Higher Education
  • Businesses
  • Other Nonprofits

For more than two decades Best Christian Workplaces has come alongside Christian-led organizations to measure employee engagement and make positive steps to improve their workplace culture. Ministry Partners who use the research-based Employee Engagement Survey have access to their own data, and can also see how they compare to their peers. They benefit from the guidance of experienced Best Christian Workplaces consultants who help them interpret their results and develop action plans to improve workplace health.

Learn more about the attributes of a flourishing workplace by reading the State of the Christian Workplace 2024 report. Then listen to the voices of your own employees through an Employee Engagement Survey, and commit to action that improves workplace health.

Media Contact
Robert Wachter
Global Marketing Director
rwachter@workplaces.org
206.979.7593

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About Best Christian Workplaces

We equip and inspire Christian leaders to build an engaged, flourishing workplace. We believe that Christian-led workplaces can set the standard as the best, most effective places to work in the world. Our proven three-phase process of Discover, Build, and Grow takes the guesswork out of building a flourishing workplace culture. Best Christian Workplaces is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2002.

Best Christian Workplaces

www.workplaces.org

info@workplaces.org

9311 SE 36th Street, Suite 202, Mercer Island, WA 98040

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former things forgotten

Riveting New Release, “Former Things Forgotten” set in the Heart of Appalachia Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, February 20, 2024

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, February 19, 2024

In a literary world teeming with tales of love and loss, debut author Thomas Trezise takes readers on an unforgettable journey that transcends the mundane and pierces the veil between heaven and earth. His novel, “Former Things Forgotten,” is set to release this month available where ever books are sold.

Crafted with eloquence and infused with profound spiritual insight, “Former Things Forgotten” presents the riveting tale of Tessa Gibbs, a fiery, red-headed woman yearning for escape from her harsh Appalachian life. Her journey takes her from the mountains of Eastern Tennessee, fueled by a desperate need to break free from her father’s oppressive religiosity, into a world that challenges her in ways she never anticipated.

Trezise’s narrative style paints a vivid picture of Tessa’s struggles, as she navigates the complexities of life, faith, and personal identity. However, unbeknownst to Tessa, her soul carries the weight of a celestial rebellion, a forgotten existence that echoes her earthly conflict. The ensuing battle for her soul forms the core of this compelling narrative, a story that explores the profound implications of the choices we make.

The author brings his unique perspective as a retired lawyer, Methodist lay preacher, and corporate executive to this powerful exploration of faith, freedom, and human resilience. Raised in Appalachia, Trezise infuses his narrative with the authenticity of his own experiences, offering readers a glimpse into the heart and soul of a region often misunderstood.

Former Things Forgotten” is more than a novel; it’s a journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening. It invites readers to examine their own lives, their choices, and their destinies. This book serves as a beacon, illuminating the path towards understanding the eternal nature of relationships and the consequences of living for oneself or living for God.

Be prepared to be captivated by “Former Things Forgotten,” a thought-provoking novel that promises to leave readers pondering long after the final page is turned. This is more than a book; it’s an experience—an invitation to delve into the depths of one’s soul and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose and destiny.

Thomas Trezise’sFormer Things Forgotten” will be available for download for free on Amazon for 5 days from February 20, 2024 through February 24, 2024. Former Things Forgotten” is highly rated by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what just two of the reviewers have said:

Rich allegory throughout both sub-plots. The way the sub-plots converge has an element of surprise but also a feeling of ‘well, of course.’ Trezise displays a deep empathy and respect for Appalachia and its people. More than a story about faith, Former Things Forgotten offers a keen perspective–without trying to convince or convert–on what it means to have a personal relationship with God and the meaning of free will. A fairly quick read but you might catch yourself going back and re-reading various chapters–as the storyline progresses, it hints at things you may have missed in earlier reading. Don’t resist the urge to go back…it’s worth it.
Michael Cameron
5 Stars – Parallel storylines and clever twists

Former Things Forgotten is a well written story with thought provoking messages. Strong character development and mountain life wonderfully crafted. Christian theme embracing Christ and the Kingdom of God a much needed & timely topic in this day and age. Worth a read.
Mariana
5 Stars – Thoughtful & Inspirational Novel

 About the Author

Thomas Trezise is a retired lawyer and corporate executive with over twenty years of experience as a Methodist lay preacher. Raised in Appalachia, he proudly calls himself a hillbilly at heart. He is the executive director of The Everyday Kingdom, a non-profit devoted to fostering a community that helps people find and experience the peace, purpose, and joy available from living every day in Christ’s kingdom. He is a former blogger, and Former Things Forgotten is his debut novel. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Ponte Vedra, Florida, and have two adult children. He enjoys reading at the beach and playing golf.

For interviews, please contact: Thomas Trezise at tmt@thomastrezise.com.

For additional resources and a complimentary study guide visit: www.thomastrezise.com

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Please tell us how the premise of Former Things Forgotten came to you.
  2. What does the title signify?
  3. You’ve called yourself a “hillbilly at heart.” Why do you think Appalachian literature is so popular?
  4. What is the main takeaway of Former Things Forgotten?
  5. You’ve written about fictional events that might have happened in heaven. What would you say to people who might say this is speculative and unbiblical?
christ's passion

New book helps families deal with the devastation of miscarriage

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In her honest and heartfelt reminiscence, Christ’s Passion – Hope and comfort through miscarriage, Heide L. Wright bravely discloses her personal testimony of walking through the lonely heartbreak of miscarriage, reaching out and taking hold of God’s hand, learning to wholeheartedly trust in the Lord, to hand over her grief to Him, who in turn, refines her bereavement in such a way, it transforms her outlook and deepens her faith.

Heide is reminded His ways are not always our ways and His thoughts far higher than ours. She testifies to the truth, the Lord can use all things for good and He has a distinguished plan for every single one of us, including those conceived who don’t get to breathe their first breath. Her relationship with the Lord is sincerely inspiring.

Christ’s Passion – Hope and comfort through miscarriage takes us on a journey of grief, questioning and struggle, to perseverance, growth and hope, encouraging the reader to look beyond their anguish and to determine there is security and renaissance in One who is greater, who loves them (and their baby) unconditionally. Christ’s Passion imparts courage to the reader to surrender all tribulation, anxiety and fear to the Lord, who exchanges our ashes for His beauty.

Throughout her life, Heide has often found the Lord has used her writing to bring about a purposeful healing as well as a greater understanding of His love for her and her readers. Therefore, she felt it would be meaningful to include a journal and reflection space within the pages of Christ’s Passion. She anticipates as the reader pens their thoughts, their concealed pain for themselves privately, it will aid in the all-important grieving process, and with confidence, will exchange their sorrow for peace.

Released by Ark House Press, this full colour book is presented with virtue as the delightful imagery complements the gentle tone that whispers hope throughout the words that grace each sentiment. Christ’s Passion – Hope and comfort through miscarriage is sincerely a remarkable read as it shares the message of Christ’s love, His healing grace, and a strong emphasis on the significance of life within the womb.

About the author
Heide L. Wright began her writing odyssey with poetry, (not counting the numerous ‘value books’ she scribbled as a primary school student!) Her first published book, Bring Me Roses, (under the author name Heide Louise) is a collection of poetry Heide composed as the Lord assisted her to trust in Him, securing His assurance that He loves her wholeheartedly and that like each of us, she has value in the eyes of the Lord. Heide believes through the work of the Holy Spirit, God used her writing to build her self-esteem and ultimately, brought about an admirable healing as He equipped her in battle, to gain her life back from the grasp of the deceptive and harrowing illness anorexia nervosa. As she overcame; as the Lord used her agonising trial to do a work in her, He filled her heart with such an assurance that His love knows no boundaries, that He is her Prince of peace, her entire source of security, and the very foundation of her heart’s desires.

Heide is a wife to a very patient and humble, God-fearing man and a privileged mother to their nine children, (plus her three girls she miscarried.) She and her family reside in Perth, Western Australia. Heide spends her days caring for the needs of her family and maintaining their home. (Limitless loads of washing and considerable pots of cuisine for inviting dinners!)

Heide’s testimony is truly a noteworthy victory. Nothing is impossible with our God.

Final thoughts
Heide L. Wright believes the most exciting and significant moment in our lifetime is when we choose to commit our life to Christ. However, you are never truly prepared for the difficulties that are before you and you cannot anticipate the sheer loneliness and hardships you could encounter. She has discovered that often there can be a persona amongst Christian’s that life is always good and that even when you are suffering, you are meant to hide that fact, in order to prevent bringing a lesser testimony to God’s goodness. On the contrary, we live in a fallen world and pain is inevitable. God never promised life on this earth would be effortless. However, what He does promise it that He will be there for us. Heide emphasises, the longer we endure adversity, the greater we grow in strength through the Lord, and our faith in Him deepens. Our trials, trust and commitment can indeed bring glory to His name. Even though at times life can be troublesome, God can bring about distinguished beauty.

For interviews or to book Heide for a speaking engagement, you can contact her through her website: heidelwright.com

Social media links:
Facebook: Heide L. Wright
Instagram: heidel.wright

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262 Organizations Recognized for Excellence as Certified Best Christian Workplaces in 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – (Mercer Island, WA)— Today, Best Christian Workplaces honors 262 faith-based organizations and Christian-owned businesses as Certified Best Christian Workplaces for 2023.

While Certified Best Christian Workplaces represent a broad spectrum of Kingdom impact, they share a common commitment to workplace health and employee engagement. These organizations have made an intentional commitment to grow in areas such as Inspirational Leadership, Healthy Communication, Life-Giving Work, and more. The churches, ministries, schools, and Christian-led businesses that are Certified Best Christian Workplaces are able to further their mission in the world because they have an engaged staff.

Jay Bransford, President, and CEO of Best Christian Workplaces, reflects on the importance of excellence in Christian workplaces: “Each of these Christian-led workplaces shares a common desire—to see their staff be healthy, even flourishing, and represent Christian values and beliefs in a way that attracts people to Christ! At Best Christian Workplaces, we honor and celebrate every Christian leader who actively cares for the people God has entrusted to them (see 1 Peter 5:2). These leaders have courageously asked for feedback, humbly considered that input, and diligently acted on an ongoing basis to improve. These Certified Best Christian Workplaces are champions of the faith who are setting the standard as Christians of what it looks like to be the best, most effective places to work in the world. We are grateful for their commitment to God and for the way they reflect Christ to those they influence.”

Best Christian Workplaces has experienced consultants who work across a variety of Christian organizations, including churches, parachurch ministries, mission organizations, Christian-owned businesses, Christian schools, and universities. Certified organizations score at 4.0 and above on Best Christian Workplaces’ Employee Engagement Survey which is based on rigorous research reflecting more than 20 years of experience. Certified Best Christian Workplaces are spread across the United States and Canada, and also 10 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Oceania.

Current generations in the workforce value a healthy workplace environment and meaningful work. Leaders who provide growth opportunities for their staff and encourage employee participation in decision-making will be able to attract and keep top performers in a competitive labor market. Efforts to continue to focus on employee engagement are increasingly important in the hybrid work environment that is a reality for many organizations.

If you want to invest in employee engagement to create a flourishing workplace, contact Best Christian Workplaces. We will equip and inspire you through our Employee Engagement Survey and professional consulting services to create an engaged, flourishing workplace.

The following organizations are honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces in 2023. Visit the Best Christian Workplaces Certification Page at workplaces.org for search and filter options.

CAMPS AND CONFERENCE CENTERS

Cho-Yeh Camp and Conference Center  – Livingston, TX

Center for Christian Growth – T Bar M Camps – New Braunfels, TX

Crossings Ministries – Louisville, KY

Eagle Lake – Colorado Springs, CO

Glen Eyrie Castle & Colorado Conference Center – Colorado Springs, CO

New Life Ranch – Colcord, OK

SAMBICA Camps & Retreats – Bellevue, WA

Skylark Camps – Bedford, Texas

Summit Ministries – Manitou Springs, CO

Warm Beach Camp Ministries – Stanwood, WA


CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

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Calvary Christian Academy Hollywood Campus – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Calvary Christian School – Bellefontaine, OH

Calvary Christian School & Preschool – Naperville, IL

Cherry Hills Christian School – Highlands Ranch, CO

Colegio Cristiano Nicolas – Ixil, Nebaj, Guatemala

Cornerstone Christian School – Sweetwater, TX

The Covenant School – Dallas, TX

Denton Calvary Academy – Denton, TX

Denver Christian School – Lakewood, CO

Flatirons Academy – Westminster, CO

Foothill Christian School – Glendora, CA

Grace Community School – Tyler, TX

Grace International School – Hang Dong, Thailand

Kigali International Community School – Kigali City, Kigali, Rwanda

King’s Christian College – Logan Village Campus – Logan Village, QLD, Australia

Knox Christian School – Bowmanville, ON, Canada

Lincoln Christian School – Tulsa, OK

Logos Preparatory Academy – Sugar Land, TX

Lutheran High School – Parker, CO

Morrison Academy Kaohsiung – Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Morrison Academy Taipei – New Taipei City, Taiwan

Mount Tabor School of the Liberal Arts – Kansas City, MO

North Valley Christian Academy – Phoenix, AZ

Opendoor Education – Winterville, NC

Santa Clarita Christian School – Santa Clarita, CA

Southeast Christian School – Parker, CO

St. Luke’s Lutheran School – Oviedo, FL

St. Paul Christian Academy – Nashville, TN

Trinity Academy – Wichita, KS

Wheaton Academy – West Chicago, IL


CHRISTIAN-OWNED BUSINESSES

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ACR Supply Company – Durham, NC

AFG Rentals – Grandview, TX

Ambassador Enterprises – Fort Wayne, IN

Anchor Transportation – Whites Creek, TN

APS Building Services – Houston, TX

APS North Texas – Dallas, TX

Bethesda Health Clinic & Hangers of Hope – Tyler, TX

Brewer Direct, Inc – Monrovia, CA

CapinCrouse LLP – Indianapolis, IN

Colorado Center for Dermatology – Centennial, CO

C12 – San Antonio, TX

Christian Credit Union – Edmonton, AB, Canada

Clements Fluids – Tyler, TX

Davidson Wealth Management – Davidson, NC

Dow Smith Contracting Company, Inc.  – Smyrna, TN

The FOCUS Group – St. Augustine, FL

FOR GARDEN’S SAKE – Durham, NC

Gant Travel Management – Bloomington, IN

Hafer – Evansville, IN

Harris Beverages – Durham, NC

Heritage House – Snowflake, AZ

Hide-Away Storage – Bradenton, FL

HumCap LP – Plano, TX

LuGreg Trucking – Kingfisher, OK

Pay Tel Communications, Inc. – Greensboro, NC

PHOS Creative – Gainesville, FL

Premier Custom-Built Cabinetry – New Holland, PA

Premier Physical Therapy – Cape Girardeau, MO

Remodel Health – Indianapolis, IN

S.G. Torrice – Wilmington, MA

Spiars Engineering and Surveying – Plano, TX

Texas Security Bank – Farmers Branch, TX

Tina Barnard Designs – Raleigh, NC

Total Computer Solutions – Greensboro, NC

TwelveStone Health Partners – Murfreesboro, TN

VOXO – Hattiesburg, MS

Wilson Lumber – Huntsville, AL


CHURCHES

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Ada Bible Church – Ada, MI

The Alliance National Office – Reynoldsburg, OH

Autumn Ridge Church – Rochester, MN

BattleCreek Church – Broken Arrow, OK

Bayside – Bradenton, FL

Beulah Alliance Church – Edmonton, AB Canada

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Calvary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem – Winston-Salem, NC

Central Christian Church – Mesa, AZ

Central Community Church – Wichita, KS

The Chapel – Baton Rouge, LA

Christ’s Church of the Valley – Peoria, AZ

Church on the Move – Tulsa, OK

City Hope Church – Spanish Fort, AL

City on a Hill – Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Concord Church – Dallas, TX

Cornerstone Church of Ames – Ames, IA

The Creek – Indianapolis, IN

The Crossing Church – Costa Mesa, CA

Crossroads Christian Church – Evansville, IN

Crossroads Community Church – Kokomo, IN

Damascus Road Community Church – Mount Airy, MD

The District Church – Washington, DC

Eastside Christian Church – Anaheim, CA

Engedi Church – Holland, MI

Faith Promise Church – Knoxville, TN

Flatirons Community Church – Lafayette, CO

Floris United Methodist Church/Restoration Church – Herndon, VA

First Baptist New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

First Baptist Orlando – Orlando, FL

First Christian Church of Johnson City – Johnson City, TN

First Free Church – Manchester, MO

Foothill Church of Glendora – Glendora, CA

Great Oaks Community Church – Germantown Hills, IL

Harbor Trinity Church & Preschool – Costa Mesa, CA

Hillside Baptist Church – Moncton, NB, Canada

Hour of Power & Shepherd’s Grove – Irvine, CA

Kingsway Christian Church – Avon, IN

Lakeside Church – Oakland FL

LowCountry Community Church – Bluffton, SC

Miracle Life Family Church – Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia

Mission Community Church – Gilbert, AZ

Mission Hills Church – Littleton, CO

The Moody Church – Chicago, IL

NewSpring Church – Anderson, SC

Newlife Church – Robina, QLD, Australia

New Vision – Murfreesboro, TN

Northland Church – Longwood, FL

Northside Christian Church – New Albany, IN

Oak Hills Church – San Antonio, TX

Opendoor Church – Winterville, NC

Pantano Christian Church – Tucson, AZ

Pathway Church – Wichita, KS

Pennington Park Church – Fishers, IN

Redeemer Lincoln Square – New York, NY

Redeemer West Side – New York, NY

Redeemer Presbyterian Church – Indianapolis, IN

Renaissance Church – New York, NY

River Pointe Church – Richmond, TX

Riverwood Church Community – Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Sage Hills Church – Wenatchee, WA

Southridge Community Church  — St. Catharines, ON Canada

St. Peter Chanel – Roswell, GA

StoneBridge Church Community – Charlotte, NC

Summit Christian Church – Sparks, NV

Suncrest Christian Church – St. John, IN

Traders Point Christian Church –  Indianapolis, IN

VidaReal Church – Guatemala City, Guatemala

The Village Church – Flower Mound, TX

Venture Christian Church – Carmel, IN

Venture Church – Hattiesburg, MS

Whittier Area Community Church – Whittier, CA


FAMILY SERVICES

4KIDS  — Fort Lauderdale, FL

BsideU for Life – Louisville, KY

Care Net – Lansdowne, VA

Care Net of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA

Children at Heart Ministries – Round Rock, TX

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio  – Wooster, OH

Christian Community Action – Lewisville, TX

Christian Family Care – Phoenix, AZ

Circle of Care – Oklahoma City, OK

Compass – Kearney, NE

Cookson Hills – Kansas, OK

FaithBridge Foster Care – Alpharetta, GA

HopeWorks, Inc. – Memphis, TN

Human Coalition – Plano, TX

Josiah White’s – Wabash, IN

Life Choices of Yakima – Yakima, WA

New Horizons of Southwest Florida – Naples, FL

Patrick Henry Family Services – Lynchburg, VA

Promise686 – Peachtree Corners, GA

Redeemer Counseling Services – New York, NY

Resource Health Services – Lee’s Summit, MO


HIGHER EDUCATION

Bethlehem College and Seminary – Minneapolis, MN

Colorado Christian University – Lakewood, CO

Los Angeles Pacific University – San Dimas, CA

LeTourneau University – Longview, TX

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Kansas City, MO

Northwestern College – Orange City, IA

Veritas Forum – Cambridge, MA


MEDIA

Family Life Communications – Tucson, AZ

Our Daily Bread Ministries – Grand Rapids, MI

Positive Alternative Radio – Blacksburg, VA

PositiveMedia – Mitcham, VIC, Australia

Redemption Press – Enumclaw, WA

Rhema Media – Auckland, NSW, New Zealand

RightNow Media  — McKinney, TX

WGTS 91.9 – Rockville, MD


PARACHURCH AND MISSIONS

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Act (Advocates for Community Transformation) – Dallas, TX

Administer Justice – Elgin, IL

Alpha USA – Carol Stream, IL

Apartment Life – Euless, TX

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina – Cary, NC

Bible League Canada – Grimsby, ON, Canada

Bible League International  — Crete, IL

BMA America – Conway, AR

City to City – New York, NY

DiscipleMakers – State College, PA

East-West Ministries – Plano, TX

Edify – San Diego, CA

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Rockies Region) – Colorado Springs, CO

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Texas) – Austin, TX

Food for the Hungry Rwanda – Kigali City, Kigali, Rwanda

Generosity Path – Chattanooga, TN

Generous Giving – Chattanooga, TN

The Gideons International – Nashville, TN

The Global Orphan Project – Kansas City, MO

Jewish Voice Ministries International – Phoenix, AZ

Joni and Friends – Agoura Hills, CA

Lifeshape – Atlanta, GA

Love Justice International – Lincoln, NE

MAP International – Brunswick, GA

The Mentoring Alliance – Tyler, TX

Mission Training International – Palmer Lake, CO

New Horizons Ministries, Inc – Canon City, CO

P2C (Power to Change) – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Practicing the Way – Portland, OR

Precept – Chattanooga, TN

Pui Tak Center – Chicago, IL

Pure Desire Ministries International – Troutdale, OR

Scripture Union Scotland – Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Student Mobilization – Conway, AR

Untold – Atlanta, GA

Water Mission’s U.S. Operations – North Charleston, SC

Water Mission’s Mexico Country Program – San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

Water Mission’s Uganda Country Program – Jinja, Uganda

WinShape Foundation, Inc. – Mt. Berry, GA

Word of Life Fellowship – Schroon Lake, NY

World Impact – Wichita, KS


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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Association of Christian Schools International – Colorado Springs, CO

Axis – Colorado Springs, CO

CCMBC Legacy Fund – Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Choice Books – Bristow, VA

Classical Conversations – Southern Pines, NC

Connect Ministries – Watkinsville, GA

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability – Winchester, VA

Geneva Benefits Group – Lawrenceville, GA

Impact Foundation – Albuquerque, NM

RenewaNation – Vinton, VA

Samaritan Ministries International – Peoria, IL

The Signatry – Overland Park, KS

Trinity Habitat for Humanity – Fort Worth, TX


RESCUE MISSIONS

Charlotte Rescue Mission – Charlotte, NC

The City Mission – Cleveland, OH

Miracle Hill Ministries – Greenville, SC

Nashville Rescue Mission – Nashville, TN

Outreach – Indianapolis, IN

Philly House – Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix Rescue Mission – Phoenix, AZ

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission – Seattle, WA

St. Matthew’s House – Naples, FL

Union Rescue Mission – Wichita, KS

Visalia Rescue Mission – Visalia, CA

Water Street Mission – Lancaster, PA

Wheeler Mission – Indianapolis, IN

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Media Contact
Robert Wachter
Global Marketing Director
rwachter@workplaces.org
206.979.7593

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About Best Christian Workplaces

We equip and inspire Christian leaders to build an engaged, flourishing workplace. We believe that Christian-led workplaces can set the standard as the best, most effective places to work in the world. Our proven three-phase process of Discover, Build, and Grow takes the guesswork out of building a flourishing workplace culture. Best Christian Workplaces is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2002.

Best Christian Workplaces

www.workplaces.org
info@workplaces.org

9311 SE 36th Street, Suite 202, Mercer Island, WA 98040

 

peace in the midst of the storm

Author’s new book will help you find peace in the storm

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Kaleb Thompson, native of North Myrtle Beach, SC, continues to aim towards fulfilling encouragement and inspiration through his spiritual poetry book titled, “Peace in the Midst of the Storm.” Released in December of 2021, “Peace in the Midst of the Storm” was created for the purpose of embracing faith, resilience, and empowerment in an ever-changing world that is filled with negativity.

It also signifies how anxiety and fear can greatly sustain mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual strain and discomfort throughout everyday life, which are difficult challenges that Thompson can heavily relate to. Grief and COVID-19 also played a definite role in allowing Thompson to write uplifting poetry in order to provide him the therapy that was much needed to share his personal experiences and meaningful thoughts with the world as a whole. When one reads this book, it can be thoroughly concluded that Thompson writes from a place of authenticity, honesty, vulnerability that helps ease the mind and soothe the soul.

To add, Thompson expresses themes of love, family, blame, jealousy, unity, strength, friendship, and forgiveness that provide a pivotal significance for the purpose of the book, which is possessing the confidence and the power to overcome difficult challenges.

Peace in the Midst of the Storm” also adheres to those who share the Christian faith. With that being said, Thompson often mentions the supernatural essence of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in which he highlights how evident his faith and trust within them has enabled him to overcome his own storms through positivity, joy, peace, and happiness.

“Denouncing negativity of any kind, Thompson urges his readers to value their self-worth and to not be defined by their discouragements by stating, “We were built to heal and elevate from the scars that attempted to permanently damage our sacred temples. We were built to stand firmly, in spite of the obstacles that were repeatedly present. We were built to know that we are enough.”

Faith over fear. Confidence over worry. Light over darkness. Overall, Thompson presses for the notion to choose life.

“This book soothes, motivates, strengthens the relationship and admiration to the Christian God, and it also encourages growth, personal growth, through its soft and well-thought words. You can see that the author, Kaleb, is talking from his heart and has passed through some challenging times himself, so these advices are charged with conviction and will lift the reader up in the dire circumstances in life, both through the encouragement of prayer as the reminder that we can take a step back and breath in order to gather our strengths! This is a book that, if you are devoted to God, and are going through some rough times, you should keep it with you at all times. A must read.” – Scribble’s Worth Book Reviews

With his literary work being composed of poetic and spiritual elements, Thompson has been featured in notable publications including New York Business Now, The US Times, Hustle Weekly, and Stars of Entrepreneurship. In addition, “Peace in the Midst of the Storm” has accumulated distinct awards for literary excellence such as the Feathered Quill Book Awards, Literary Titan Book Award, New York Best Sellers Award, Royal Dragonfly Book Award, the Firebird Book Award, and many more, specializing in the poetry and spirituality categories.

In June of 2023, Thompson was able to achieve another feat with his book as it became an Amazon best-seller, an accomplishment that he remains incredibly proud of. Thompson is aware that this life was not promised to be easy for all but he hopes that those who will read his book will be encouraged to know that the ability to concede is never an option.

“Peace in the Storm” is currently available on many online retailers ranging from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million while the audiobook is currently available on Audible and iBooks. Thompson can also be seen sharing inspirational posts on Twitter (@PoeticnChrist) and Instagram (authorkalebthompson). Also, please feel free to visit his website, www.poeticinchrist.com

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Former Patient Writes Guide to Assist Caregivers When Loved Ones or Clients Are Hospitalized

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In 2019, pre-COVID, almost 7 percent of people aged eighteen to forty-four in the United States were hospitalized at least once. But among people sixty-five and older, the rate was almost 17 percent.[1]

As a former hospital patient, daughter, and sister of long-time patients, author Jody L. Gold says she is “painfully aware of how the system of care works.” Sensing an informational gap, she sought to fill it by writing The Caregiver’s Quick Guide to Medical Care: How to Navigate Hospital Care, Communication, and Services (Redemption Press).

In her work in law, Gold interviewed people seeking advocacy and proper care. Her brother was hospitalized as a child and she spent time with him extensively as he recovered. Years later, she navigated her own breast cancer journey, and wrote Navigating the Clouds about that experience. Now she has published The Caregiver’s Quick Guide to Medical Care designed to help caregivers whose family members or clients of care homes are hospitalized.

“The care and comfort of the patient is what put this on my heart,” Gold said, noting patients are vulnerable, and advocacy is “the most important thing we can give.” Her interactive and step-by-step quick guide helps prepare and streamline the process of a loved one or care facility client going into the hospital.

Hospital terms, helpful forms to aid in communication with hospital staff, questions to ask, what to expect, and what assistance is available are covered. The tools in this resource will help instill confidence in caregivers for navigating hospital care—from intake to final arrangements, if necessary.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Meet Jody, a resilient professional with a business-college education and a captivating journey in law. Her debut book, Navigating the Clouds: A Courageous Faith Journey through Breast Cancer, showcases her unwavering spirit. Now, introducing The Caregiver’s Guide, a practical, step-by-step guidebook based on personal experience in caretaking. Her passion is to provide others with the simple tools for success as they navigate the process of caring for another. For over three decades, Jody has been married to the love of her life and blessed with three amazing young adult children. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Jody finds solace in downhill skiing, mountain biking, decorating, sewing, and the art of gift giving.

For interviews, please contact: jl_gold@hotmail.com.

Website: JodyLGold.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Navigating-the-Clouds/100063496606349/

Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jody.gold.3

Instagram: @goldjody

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Tell us how you came to write this guide.
  2. What was your goal in writing it?
  3. From your personal experience, what do you think is the most important thing to be aware of as an advocate for a patient?
  4. What are some things caregivers should know about nurses and staff?
  5. What are some things caregivers can do to help their loved one or client in a hospital stay?

[1] https://www.statista.com. “U.S. population with a hospitalization 1997-2019, by age,” published by Statista Research Department, Sept. 2022.

 

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Faithful Before, Faithful Again 21-Day Devotional Challenge for Stressed Moms by Lynn Nitcher will be Free to Download Tomorrow (1/23/2024)

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, January 22, 2024

Lynn Nitcher presents her debut book, Faithful Before, Faithful Again, A 21-Day Challenge: Finding God Faithful in an Anxious World (Redemption Press)

In a world where stress and anxiety are rapidly becoming the norm for mothers, Lynn Nitcher, a debut author and podcast host, offers a beacon of hope. With over two-thirds of mothers confessing to feeling anxious in a recent survey by Everyday Health Group[1], the need for solace and guidance has never been more urgent.

Faithful Before, Faithful Again, A 21-Day Challenge,” a devotional masterpiece that seeks to inspire mothers to lean into their faith, offering them comfort and strength in their parenting journey.

Having experienced the trials and tribulations of motherhood firsthand while raising three children and working in early childhood education, Nitcher truly understands the pressures mothers face. Her book is a testament to resilience, filled with heartfelt stories that highlight God’s unwavering faithfulness even in moments of extreme stress. It’s a gentle reminder of the promise of peace for troubled hearts.

Faithful Before, Faithful Again” is tailored for all mothers—those navigating the labyrinth of children’s activities and packed schedules, those raising teenagers, and even those who have entered the empty nest phase and are questioning their purpose. Nitcher candidly shares her personal experiences with anxiety and worry, and how she found solace in God’s faithfulness.

As Nitcher puts it, “My primary aim with this book is to help mothers recall God’s faithfulness, recognize how He has met their needs in the past, and reassure them of His continued presence in their future. Because God has proven faithful before, we can trust He will remain faithful again.”

This book isn’t just a read—it’s an interactive experience. It includes journaling pages for reflective responses, encouraging mothers to spend daily time with Jesus in His Word. This helps them uncover God’s faithfulness in their own lives, providing a soothing balm for their anxiety and instilling a deep-seated peace that comes from knowing they are not alone in their struggles.

Lynn Nitcher’s, “Faithful Before, Faithful Again” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (1/23/2024-1/27/2024). Click here to download. “Faithful Before, Faithful Again” is rated 5.0 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging Book for Mom’s in all stages!

“This is not just a book; it’s a great source of strength and encouragement, for Mom’s in all stages! Lynn’s writing is a gentle reminder that, amidst the chaos of daily life, God’s love and faithfulness are steadfast.”

Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct, but full of wisdom, scripture, and encouragement!

“I love the 21 different topics, the personal stories, and the focus on scripture. Each day ends with a challenge to reflect on God’s faithfulness and apply his word to our own circumstances. Lynn points us to rely on God, saying, “It’s not about the entirety of what we know but the sovereignty of who we know.“

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Lynn at lynn@drivethrumoms.com

About the Author

Native Texan Lynn Nitcher earned a degree in French with a certification to teach, worked in early childhood education in both private and public school settings for fourteen years, and is the host of The Drive Thru Moms podcast. Married to her college sweetheart for thirty-four years, Lynn is the mother of three and Nana of two, and was a stay-at-home mom for sixteen years. She lives in the Dallas area where she enjoys Pilates, watching basketball, playing with her grandbabies and golden doodle Maverick. Visit Lynn online at drivethrumoms.com.

For interviews, please contact:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drivethrumoms

https://www.instagram.com/nitcherlynn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063509561398

@Drive Thru Moms

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-nitcher

Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/drive-thru-moms/id1528282382

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Tell us how you were inspired to write this book.
  2. This is your first book. How was the experience of writing for you?
  3. What one thing would you advise young moms about parenting?
  4. From your perspective as a grandmother now, what can you say as you look back on your parenting journey?
  5. Do you have some thoughts to share when moms are feeling anxious? What has helped you?

[1] What to Expect, “Moms Are Feeling More Anxious and Burned Out Than Ever, Even as the Pandemic Recedes,” Maia Niguel Hoskin.

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Canine Trainer Shares Life Lessons After the Loss of Her Rough Collie

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Coping with the sudden loss of a beloved pet can be traumatic for pet owners. The Ralph Site, a UK-based grief support site, suggests writing about “the special memories you shared and the big impact they made on your life, even if you only had a short time together.”[1]

Christine Nicole Ferris took this to heart following the death of her beloved rough collie Lad. Out of her Lad stories has come Lessons from Lad: What My Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, Leadership, and Loss, a devotional (Redemption Press).

Ferris dreamed of owning a rough collie and naming him Lad since she was twelve. Over twenty-five years later, as a canine leadership trainer and founder of Trustee Training Services, she held her Lad for the first time.

When Lad was unexpectedly snatched away from her fourteen months later, Ferris felt overwhelming grief. She says, “Losing Lad wasn’t just the death of a dog, it was the death of a dream.” When she asked God why, two words came softly to her heart—Lad lessons.

Immediately she began writing down some of the life lessons Lad had taught her. In fifty-two lessons, Christine Ferris shares the lasting legacy Lad left in her heart. While she describes them as a “gift of loss,” the Lad lessons are joyful, heartfelt, and have much wisdom to impart. Lessons about patience, commitment, staying calm, meekness, love, expressing joy, and inevitable loss all come from the fourteen memorable months spent with Lad and will leave paw prints on your heart.

Dr. David B. Smith of Al Smith Ministries says, Lessons From Lad, “offers a unique window, gleaned through Lad’s daily journey, into the everyday triumphs, trials, teachings, and tragedies of life. Each lesson is practical and helpful as we navigate the terrain of life.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ten years of participation in the Elkhart County 4-H program cultivated Christine Nicole Ferris’s love for public speaking and canine training, two passions that have shaped her life and career as a canine leadership trainer. The founder of Trustee Training Services, she is a John Maxwell certified trainer, speaker, and coach. She uses her relationship with her golden retriever Trustee and her young collie Lad’s Legend to illustrate leadership principles. Christine and her husband David live in north-central Indiana and together teach leadership with a K9 component, investing in their community, public schools, and libraries as K9 therapy teams.

For interviews, contact Christine Ferris at LadLessons@gmail.com.

Website: www.LessonsFromLad.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LessonsFromLad
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Lad_Lessons/

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. You say the loss of Lad was the “death of a dream.” Tell us how you came to love dogs—and in particular—rough collies.
  2. Your book is very much a tribute to the love shared between dog and owner, in the tradition of the classics by Albert Payson Terhune. Is Lessons from Lad more of a book for dog lovers or for those of us who have suffered loss and grief?
  3. What was special about Lad? What were some of his characteristics and quirks?
  4. Can you share your story of losing Lad after just fourteen months together?
  5. You say God whispered two words to you in your grief. How did writing down what you had learned from Lad help you in your grief?
  6. If you could pinpoint just one main lesson that Lad taught you, what would it be?
  7. You not only train dogs, but you’re also a leadership coach. How do the lessons you learned from Lad apply to leadership principles?
  8. Do you have some thoughts you can share on dealing with the pain of loss of a beloved pet? What has been especially helpful to you?

[1] The Ralph Site, “Coping with Sudden and Unexpected Pet Loss,” https://www.theralphsite.com.

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Introducing the Bible Notes App: An Innovative Tool for Deepening Spiritual Journeys

FAITH NEWS SERVICE Introducing the Bible Notes App: An Innovative Tool for Deepening Spiritual Journeys

Sydney, Australia, 15th January 2024 – Today marks the official launch of the Bible Notes App, a groundbreaking platform designed to enhance the way individuals engage with taking notes and study the Bible. This cutting-edge mobile application promises to revolutionize the spiritual journey for users worldwide, providing a seamless and personalized experience for exploring the scriptures. It’s revolutionary auto verse feature allows the user to type in a bible verse while the sermon is being preached and the verse drops instantly into their notes. No more copy and pasting from the bible to your notes.

Key Features:

Interactive Study Guide: Dive into the depths of the Bible with interactive B.R.E.A.D that cater to users of all levels. Whether you are a seasoned theologian or a newcomer to biblical studies, the app offers curated content to meet your unique needs.

Versatile Note-Taking: The Bible Notes App offers a versatile note-taking feature that allows users to jot down thoughts, insights, and reflections directly within the app. Users can organize their notes by chapter, verse, topic, tags and folders making it easy to revisit and build upon their understanding. The auto verse is a game changer for note taking. Users can also record their notes and share to the world.

Community Collaboration: Foster a sense of community by connecting with other users through collaborative study groups. Share your notes, engage in discussions, and gain new perspectives on the scriptures. The app’s social features make studying the Bible a communal and enriching experience.

User-Friendly Interface: The Bible Notes App boasts an intuitive and user-friendly interface, making it accessible to users of all ages and backgrounds. The app’s clean design ensures a distraction-free environment for focused study and reflection.

Offline Access: Enjoy uninterrupted access to your Bible study materials even without an internet connection. Download content for offline use, ensuring that your spiritual journey continues seamlessly, regardless of your location.

Ongoing features and translations to fulfil the vision: We are developing over 30 more features. Our vision is to get the free bible to the world which is why we are continuously adding more languages and translations.

The Bible Notes App is available for download for FREE on the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Join us on this transformative journey of spiritual exploration and community engagement. For more information, visit www.biblenotesapp.com

For media inquiries, please contact:

Name: Nathan Kingston
Title: Founder
Phone: +61 400 111 811
Email: nathan_kingston@biblenotesapp.com

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Center for Mission Mobilization Now Via New name brings clarity to global efforts

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – FAYETTEVILLE, AR. — The Center for Mission Mobilization is now Via. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit, headquartered in Fayetteville, AR, launched its new brand in 2023 to bring more clarity to the organization, to serve more effectively cross-culturally, and to unify a growing network of teams and partners in over 25 countries.

The name changed, but the vision of Via remains the same: to catalyze mission-sending movements from 50 countries having the greatest access to over 3 billion people who remain unreached with the gospel.

Why Via?

Via means “through another” or “by way of.” Via seeks to reach the nations through the nations — through the church God has established within those nations. By engaging indigenous believers with resources and training, Via equips believers worldwide to lead a new era in mission sending.

“Through the nations to the nations – Via is memorable; it’s clear. It fits our humble posture, ” said Dave Rofkahr, executive director of Via. “We work through, with, and by others. We’re not the only thing going; we’re here to come alongside the global church to reach the nations.”

Via’s former name, Center for Mission Mobilization, carried some terms that posed challenges as the organization grew globally. The word “mission” can be a red flag in many countries, and “mobilization” is often viewed as a military term. Additionally, Via seeks to come alongside the global church with humility and meekness, so there is value in placing less emphasis on words that would position it as the “center.”

Changing the name also brought more clarity to the mission by eliminating confusion about Via’s sub-ministries—Via Generosity (formerly Support Raising Solutions), Via Families (formerly Weave) and Via Students (formerly Campus Ministry Today). The sub-ministry names transitioned to fit succinctly with Via so that all are connected.

Global Reach

Via launched its new website in April 2023 and continues to roll out new solutions for churches, families, students, and support raisers across the globe. New doors have opened for Via throughout Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

According to Via’s 2023 Global Vision Update, more than 126,000 people were exposed to God’s global mission this past year. Over 61,000 people were further developed through training and discipleship, and over 5,000 new missionaries were deployed by staff and partners of Via.

“I’ve observed many times, in country after country, the nationals in those countries view our staff differently,” said Steve Shadrach, founder and global ambassador of Via. “They view them with great appreciation and admiration because our staff did not come as prideful Americans, but really as humble servants, not taking charge, but really helping them accomplish what they want to accomplish.”

About Via

Via is a leading mission mobilization organization. Churches, agencies and ministries use Via’s proven studies, resources, training and events to strategically mobilize students, families, ministry leaders and missionaries to unreached people groups. Via is reaching the nations through the nations.

Via Media Contact: Nathan Rofkahr, Director of Marketing & Communications
Email: nathan.rofkahr@vianations.org

M.King Media Anniversary Auction

YOU’RE INVITED: M.King Media’s ‘Anniversary Auction’ Has Some Wonderful Items Available

FAITH NEWS SERVICEMESA, Az. — December 21, 2023 — / If you are curious about unique items and enjoy helping a non-profit reach more people for Christ Jesus, the M.King Media Anniversary Auction is just for you.

The online silent auction, taking place December 20th (8:00 pm MST) – December 30th (8:00 pm MST) will bring some unique items to the public.

One rare item up for auction is a frame with three 5×7 slots & a white matte finish. Inside the 5×7 slots are two 5×7 Israeli flags on the sides & a beautiful silver coin (.999) honoring Israel’s 75th year (in the middle).

M.King who is looking forward to the auction had this to say, “You know I think it’s awesome the items that we have, it’s going to help make this auction a success, and it is going to be a unique way to end our 10th Anniversary Celebration,” said M.King

For more info on the M.King Media Anniversary Auction and how you can take part, head to mkingmedia.com/auction

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Founded in 2013, M.King Media INC. is a faith-focused non-profit based in Mesa, AZ. M.King Media has created more than 271 faith-based media projects and distributed them all over the world.

M.King Media’s mission statement is “To Make Creative Christian Media That Points People to Jesus Christ.” For more info go to mkingmedia.com/aboutus

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Tales from the remote Jolly Jungle of the southern Philippines detailed in missionary’s new children’s book

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – After delighting audiences informally for years with tales from the remote Jolly Jungle of the southern Philippines, all the while bringing up four lively children, missionary Lynne Castelijn is sharing her cultural insights in a fun, story form.

Lynne has just released a new children’s book titled Flash, The Teeny-Tiny Turtle, which draws heavily on her years of living and ministering in the Philippines.

In Flash, The Teeny-Tiny Turtle, all her stories are based on 30 years of real-life adventures that will entertain, inform and encourage children and parents from all walks of life. Parents who want children to broaden their worldview will appreciate this book, as will parents of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) – that wonderful group of young people which encompass missionary children.

“Our two girls were 2 years old and 3 months old when we first arrived in the Philippines, all bright eyed and delightfully naive,” says Lynne. “Later, our two sons were born in a little Baptist hospital high in the mountains of Mindanao. Life was an adventure living in the village submersed in ministry, language learning, culture, medical work, home schooling, daily dramas and occasional full-on emergencies necessitating calling in the mission plane or helicopter.

“There were difficult days. But through it all, our children saw God at work, learned, grew and ultimately thrived. I wouldn’t change those years for anything.”

For missionary famiies, Flash the Teeny Tiny Turtle is a great way to begin preparing young ones before they head to their new, different life overseas – as well as helping normalize life in the strange new world they enter. This book is also a perfect gift for someone you may know heading abroad, such as missionaries, teachers, aid-workers or short-term mission workers or adventurers.

“There will be challenges,” she says, “but there can be an awful lot of fun, too!”

Lynne and her husband, Albert, are still involved in Bible translation and church planting work, as well as working with the Philippines’ Department of Education to establish a local high school for the indigenous Banwaon people with whom they work.

However, Lynne has more time these days to finally get all those marvelous stories and adventures into book form – first telling many of the positive, fun things the children enjoyed when they were young – and later focusing on some of the challenges TCKs face and how God fits into it all. She also has a memoir in the works with her debut adult’s book soon to launch.

Still fully dedicated to helping the Banwaon indigenous people of Mindanao, Philippines, part of the proceeds of all books go directly to helping Banwaon children with further education.

Flash, The Teeny-Tiny Turtle is now available globally You can also find Lynne at lynnecastelijn.com.

jays tale

True Tale of Bird Rescue Reflects Ministry’s Work with the Hurting

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Bird lovers around the world have good reason for valuing these winged wonders. Birds play essential roles in the healthy functioning of the world’s ecosystems through seed dispersal, pollination, and control of insect and rodent populations.

Keirsten Weir notes that exposure to nature, including birdsong, “has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation.”*

In Jay’s Tale (Redemption Press), debut author Patricia Hefti recounts a true story that demonstrates the value of caring for our feathered fellow creatures. When several children bring an injured baby bird to Patricia, she promises to try to nurse it back to health. She faces several challenges: Jay’s battle with a blue jay has weakened him. He first refuses to eat, then keeps Patricia on her toes trying to satisfy his voracious appetite.

He’s covered with stiff quills that keep him earthbound. But as Patricia patiently ministers to Jay, she sees life, strength, and hope return to the baby bird. Two adult mockingbirds begin feeding Jay insects inside his makeshift cage, assisting his development into his true identity. The combination of human and avian efforts leads to the glorious day when Jay can finally soar free as “a bright-eyed, courageous wonder of nature!”

Jay’s Tale is not merely a heartwarming nature story. As she wrote, Hefti realized that its progression “matched perfectly with the mission statement of our church, SOS Ministries.” The rescue, restoration, and eventual release of this baby mockingbird “showcases not only the Father’s passion for helping hurting people but also what SOS Ministries seeks to accomplish in the community in the name of Jesus,” Hefti says.

Founded in Texas in 1993 by J. J. Ramirez, a former drug dealer and drug addict, SOS reflects God’s radical call to rescue, restore, and release people just like him from lives filled with gang violence, drug addiction, and dysfunctional relationships. Through connection with ministry volunteers, the wounded are fed the powerful Word of God, encouraged to minister to others, and provided with the tools they need to go out into the world where they can establish healthy relationships and lifestyles, helping others who are as they once were.

Paralleling the parable of the good Samaritan, Jay’s Tale demonstrates the interrelated themes of stewardship and love in a way that will appeal to children and adults alike. Scripture verses and nature notes sprinkled throughout the story provide the reader with factual information and spiritual support, and beautiful, realistic illustrations bring home the truth of the tale.

Just like Jay, readers of his story will be gently encouraged to grow into their true, healthy, and eternally valued identities.

*Weir, Keirsten. Nurtured by Nature. American Psychological Association. 1 April 2020. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/04/nurtured-nature

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patricia Hefti, a retired homeschooling parent, holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, a Masters of Education, and an Elementary Education teaching certificate, all from Texas A&M University. She taught elementary school children at The Lighthouse International Outreach Center church school and worked in the TAMU Biology Department and the TAMU Medical School’s Biochemistry/Biophysics Department as a laboratory technician. For twenty years, Patricia served as a children’s pastor at local churches. Mother to two grown daughters, Rebekah and Candace, and grandmother to Caroline, Patricia lives on a ranch in Bryan, Texas, with her husband Roy.

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Christian author, A. K. Frailey, Just Released Her Eighth Audible Book—OldEarth Ishtar Encounter

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A.K. Frailey, a Christian author focused on the connections between faith life, inspiration, entertainment, and lifestyle, just released her eighth Audible book, OldEarth Ishtar Encounter, the second book in the OldEarth series.

Her first book The Road Goes Ever On, A Christian Journey Through the Lord of the Rings received an imprimatur from the Springfield, IL diocese. Since then, she has written seventeen more books—fiction and nonfiction.

Her website The Writings of A. K. Frailey — Novels and Non-Fiction Books displays the range of her work from My Road Goes Ever On reflections about her life as a widow and homeschooling mother raising a large family in these troubled times to fiction novels reaching toward the outer universe.

Her historical sci-fi series, OldEarth Encounter, envisions humanity’s first steps in its relationship with God.

She also offers short story collections It Might Have Been and One Day at a Timecontemporary lives moving through dark trials to light and hope. 

Her children’s book, The Adventures of Tally-Ho, celebrates a homeschooling family as they share their lives through daily experiences in faith, family, and nature.

For more information check out, https://www.amazon.com/author/akfrailey

The Adventures of Sammy the Cat

Picture Book Shows Differently-Abled Children Their Value in God’s Eyes

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “No matter their story, every child has the right to thrive,”1 declares the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which champions the rights, needs, and values of disabled people.

Over 200 million children live with long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments leading to functional difficulties. In addition to the CRPD, Jesus admonished his followers to “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matt. 19:14 NLT).

Robin Marie Johnson has worked in education for over thirty years as an early childhood coordinator, preschool teacher, and para-educator, serving and learning from students with special needs. Her new picture book, The Adventures of Sammy the Cat: Brave, Kind, Different (Redemption Press) beautifully depicts how children can thrive while living with disabilities and demonstrate God’s love as life challenges help develop their character.

Born different with one stubby leg and a blind eye, Sammy the cat looks forward to making friends when he moves to a new neighborhood. Labeled a “loser” by another cat, Sammy realizes he is different for the first time and wonders why he was born that way. Wise mama cat reminds him to focus on his “superpowers” of courage and kindness.

Then the bully cat finds himself in a precarious situation, and Sammy has a chance to save the day.

“Working as a para-educator with students who struggle has given me a heart for the underdog,” says Johnson, who is also the writer, producer, and host of the Different Isn’t Bad podcast for kids. “It is important that children all over the world know that their differences are what makes them stronger.

They are accepted by God, even with their physical or emotional differences. And, embracing the uniqueness of whom God created them to be, they can use those differences as “superpowers.”

In Sammy’s story, children will see that “difference” and “disability” don’t mean less. Instead, they provide opportunities to grow in character and help them gain a unique insight into other people’s lives.

As Sammy said at the end of his adventure, “He felt different because he was different. He was brave and kind, which was the best kind of different!” This “superpowered” picture book assures all children who are “different” of their value in God’s loving eyes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robin Marie Johnson has worked in education for over thirty years as an early childhood coordinator, preschool teacher, and para-educator, serving and learning from students with special needs. She is the writer, producer, and host of the Different Isn’t Bad podcast for kids. Robin lives in Arizona with her husband Keith, her three adult children and their spouses, and her incredible grandchildren. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

For interviews, contact; robinmariebooks@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100078124212544

Instagram: www.instagram/robinmarie59

the quest for family

New book The Quest For Family explores how God created beauty from ashes

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – With an astounding 39.6% of Australians aged 16-65+ affected by domestic violence, 32% having experienced physical abuse, and 30.9% impacted by emotional abuse, it’s no wonder there’s been an explosion of mental health disorders across the country.

The Australian Child Maltreatment Study revealed that child maltreatment resulted in significantly increased levels of major depressive disorder, generalised anxiety, alcohol use, and post-traumatic stress.

One woman who can relate to these statistics is Jessica Clancy, who recently published a book entitled The Quest For Family which outlines her life experiences, and how she has been able to move beyond the pain and suffering of childhood mistreatment to a fulfilled life of love and happiness and the creation of a new family unit.

The book explores her struggles from childhood to adulthood with her life severely impacted by the actions of her negligent mother who remarried several times and moved her around the US where she was exposed to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.

As she says: “Our lives can often feel like shattered glass, and once it breaks, it is impossible to put back together on our own. We try to pick up the pieces, but just hurt ourselves more, often feeling hopeless and helpless.”

However, with sheer grit, and a strong faith in God, she was able to find peace and redemption to break the chains of her past to become firstly a hairdresser, then a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition with a business minor. She is now a specialist dialysis dietician, and a published author.

One of her proudest achievements has been to create a happy family with her husband, and their two children aged 12 and eight.

“I believe our past does not define us. It is only part of the journey if we allow it to stretch and grow us. I am not defined by the things that happened to me. I am defined as a child of God,” she says. “Just as your past does not define you, remember to love others and not make judgements on their past or mishaps. You don’t have to stay hiding in the darkness of your past. You can step into the light to be exposed and redeemed.

“Family may not be inclusive of genealogy and genetic ancestors. It can have many different and implausible shapes and sizes. We all have kindred hearts drawn to each other and community, as we are not made to be alone.”

20 Tips for Healing and Redemption

Find faith and pray. Prayer changes things.
Learn to read and strive to learn; teach your kids to read.
Seek mentors and wise counsel. Find those who are successful in their own lives. Welcome constructive criticism.
Don’t be afraid to dream; set big goals and work hard.
Travel. Focus on simple things; nature, and the beauty around you. Seek to learn about other families and their cultures.
Don’t be afraid to talk about your experiences, good and bad. It is healing and helps you understand them better. If you are able to, speak to a professional counsellor or someone you trust.
Exercise, or be active, and focus on eating healthy foods. Research shows exercise can be like medicine for our minds and may help treat depression and sadness.
Accept your body. Don’t depend on weight loss gimmicks like pills, drinks, and unrealistic diet cycles. If it came in a pill and worked, everyone would be thin.
Journal about the experiences that impact you deeply.
Don’t let others define you, especially through social media.
Forgive. This will release you from much pain and help you receive your blessings.
Everything happens for a reason, and those experiences can help grow you as a person if you allow them to.
Help others; give back with your time and resources.
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by having unspoken expectations left unfulfilled by others.
Learn to create safe boundaries to protect yourself and your family.
Practice being appreciative and grateful every day.
Be empathetic. Seek to understand others.
We all have a purpose. Finding and living out your purpose is healing and rewarding.
Don’t accept no for an answer unless you have exhausted all resources and avenues.
Count your miracles. The events that happen to us and influence us deeply may actually be miracles in disguise.

As 2023 draws to a close, now is a good time to reflect on the year that’s been and the year to come, says Jessica.

“From my own life experience, I wish to encourage others that have been affected by childhood abuse to know that they can move beyond the trauma to live the life God intended for them.”

If you or someone you know has suffered from abuse, this book can help heal past hurts and help you recover and move on to live a healthier, happier life.

And for those who work in ministry in any of these areas, this story will help you reach others in a more impactful way.

The Quest For Family book is available from jessicaclancyperseveres.com and retails for US $18.99* (paperback) or US $8.49* (Kindle). An audio book is coming soon. Follow on Amazon for updates.

*Subject to change.

About the Author Jessica Clancy
As a native Texan, Jessica Clancy worked as a hairdresser for 18 years while completing her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Nutrition. She completed her Master of Nutrition with a business minor in 2002 and has been a registered dietician since 2008. She now specialises as a dialysis dietician and is a published author. Her debut book, The Quest For Family takes readers through her life journey from a place of brokenness to a place of spiritual renewal and enlightenment.

Jessica and her husband, Adam, have been licenced foster parents for five years, and cherish church, family time, and RV travel.

For more information, please contact:

Jenny Westdorp
Pivotal Communication
T: +61 413 334 425
E: pivotalcommunication@bigpond.com

the quest for family

New book takes readers through author’s life’s journey of brokenness to wholeness in Christ

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In The Quest for Family, author Jessica Clancy takes the reader through her life’s journey traveling from a path of brokenness to a place of wholeness in Christ. The book explores how God made beauty from ashes and helped her find spiritual renewal and enlightenment.

During her turbulent childhood, her free-spirited mother prioritized her own fun and happiness over Jessica’s, which exposed her to many forms of abuse.

Forming lasting friendships was impossible as she had to move from city to city and from one country to another, as her mother kept divorcing and remarrying different men. Her traumatizing journey began from birth, but she didn’t allow it to define her, managing to overcome numerous challenges while promoting a life of selflessness toward others.

Through her faith in Christ, Jessica eventually transformed from a lonely and vulnerable child to someone who now gives hope to the hopeless.

Her touching true life story offers insights and practical advice about how to move on from trauma to live a fulfilled life, proving that you can still live a meaningful life despite passing through dysfunctional formative years.

The Quest for Family is now available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also connect with Jessica at jessicaclancyperseveres.com.

Endorsements
Jennifer Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars
Inspirational Read
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2023

“This book was great! Written in such vivid detail and providing such inspiration. Jessica provides such a wonderful story/testimony of how transformative the love of God & Jesus Christ can be in one’s life despite the negativity and darkness that this world can bring.

“Jessica definitely went through a lot of hardships, neglect and abuse throughout her childhood at the hands of those that should be your safe haven on earth but in the end she realizes and lets the reader know that the only safe haven and constant love and positivity in our lives can only be found in the one that truly never abandons us, God/Jesus Christ.

“This book was easy to read and hard to put down. As a fellow dietitian, who has known Jessica from our classes at UH and from our profession, I am so proud of her for having the courage and fortitude to write such an inspirational book that will help give others hope and I am sure play a significant part in transforming others lives toward the love and acceptance of Our Heavenly Father.”

Tyrone Gibbs, author
Innocent, Until Proven Black
September 10, 2023

“I just finished reading my copy of The Quest for Family, by Jessica Clancy. Whew! If you haven’t already, please rush to get your copy on Amazon! This is an amazing story of struggle, triumph, trauma, healing, and most of all, faith. One never knows the trials experienced by another. Smiles worn in public cover the tracks of private tears. Compassion for others hides the abuses suffered in supposedly ‘safe places.’ ‘Safe places,’ like home, church, and family were anything but for the author of this raw, honest memoir.

“Many people would allow lesser events to lead them down a path of tragedy and unfulfilled purpose. Rather than become a cliché, Jessica sought escape from her living nightmares in the comforting arms of the Lord and those who truly believed in Him.

“Becoming a believer did not immediately bring about roses and lollipops or end the suffering she experienced. Her faith only increased with continued challenges. It became a rock that anchored her in the knowing acceptance that God would deliver her and one day provide her heart’s desire… a family to call her own.

“I salute Jessica’s bravery, not only for enduring the many hardships related in her first novel, but for having the courage to share her wounds and private battles with the world. My own personal issues seemed to pale in comparison to hers. As she requested at the end of her story, I have shared her novel, passing it on to someone else I felt would benefit from the encouragement found between the covers of The Quest for Family, by my friend, Jessica Clancy!”

Vanessa
90 reviews, July 22, 2023

“Quotes: “The pain that people inflict on us isn’t always about us; often, it’s related to the other person’s struggles and their unfinished work. As scary and painful as that was, I know now that Jesus was there. He saw me. he was in my story the whole time.”

“Review: For those new here I don’t rate memoirs.

“I feel like you cannot put a rating on someone’s life experience so I will only say that I definitely recommend if you like a good underdog story, or if you’ve experienced church hurt or struggle with your faith. The trials that Jessica faced through her life with the church and abuse from her parents was both heartbreaking and inspiring.

“Jessica brings you through the journey starting with her life as a child through adulthood.

“The constant moving and instability, the mental, emotional, and physical abuse at the hands and mouth of both her mom and stepdad. Even as a child she constantly had the perseverance to keep going, praying to God, leaning into Him and keeping a firm faith in what she believed in.

“Through her adulthood she experienced hurt, but also true redemption. From going through graduate school, finding the love of her life, to even finding forgiveness for those who had wronged her.

“She also brings you along through her struggles with infertility, pregnancy loss, the birth of her first child, and fostering.

“Her journey was truly inspiring to read, with lots of amazing life lessons.

“Thank you @jessicaclancyperseveres for sending me a copy of your book to read. You are truly an amazing woman.”

twins.reading.books
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2023

“The Quest For Family is a heartfelt and inspiring book that explores the author’s personal journey.

“The Quest For Family by Jessica Clancy is a heartfelt and inspiring book that explores the author’s personal journey in search of a sense of belonging and connection.

“With raw honesty and emotional depth, Clancy takes readers on a captivating quest through her life as she navigates the complexities of family, identity, and self-discovery!

“Clancy’s raw honesty creates an immediate connection, and readers can’t help but empathize with her as she embarks on her journey. Clancy’s writing shines with emotional depth and evocative imagery. She vividly portrays her encounters, both joyous and heartbreaking, as she travels through different places and interacts with a diverse array of individuals. Each chapter is carefully crafted, delving into the complexities of human relationships and the multifaceted nature of countries.

“Her encounters with both supportive and challenging individuals provide valuable insights into the complexities of human relationships and the profound impact they can have on one’s sense of self. This was a 5 stars read and Jessica is hands down one of my favourite non-fiction writers. I will read whatever she writes because her words are drawn from her soul.”

You Were Made To Praise God

New children’s book You Were Made to Praise God teaches kids praise from an early age

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – True praise comes from the heart and from observing nature. If all creation sings God’s praises, affirming His magnificent work, then why shouldn’t we?

Vicki L. Moag, the laughing, dancing, singing author of You Were Made to Praise God, believes everyone should join voices in praise to God. As a young girl, she traveled with her sisters singing at various events—and oh the stories she could share. She loves to sing to the Lord and encourages others to do the same. Moag’s desire is to “inspire children and to place music into their hands, hearts, and minds so they will praise God no matter where they are.”

Just as the birds offer their melodious notes or the fish swish in the sea, we humans can stomp, clap, shout, and sing praises to God. Whether the bird flaps its wings, sings, or gathers twigs, or the snake slithers through the grass, rattling in defense of being threatened, young or old we can all praise God by being ourselves and breathing His breath each and every day.

The joy of being able to sing praise to God alongside creation is one of the most rewarding benefits of living. If we are asked to pick up our toys, take out the trash, write a paper, or fix an engine, we can choose to play a part and praise God in the midst of our day.

You Were Made to Praise God is inspired by several psalms, and no matter the readers’ situation, age, culture, background, or social status, they can praise and thank the Lord of all creation because they are fearfully and wonderfully made. With printed music lyrics in the back of the book and a Vimeo link to hear the song, readers of all ages will enjoy this delightful book, and parents, grandparents, or teachers can sing along with their children.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author Vicki L. Moag grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania with a love for music and the outdoors. Now, whether singing in a choir, the congregation, or teaching children, she finds a way to share her love of music with others. She currently resides with her family in coastal South Carolina, where they enjoy many countless adventures together.

https://vickilmoag.com

https://www.facebook.com/vicki.moag

https://twitter.com/VickiMoag1https://www.instagram.com/vickimoag/

For review copies and media interviews, contact: Vicki L. Moag, vickilmoag@gmail.com

Larry the Christmas Caterpillar

New Release Uses a Caterpillar’s Transformation to Illustrate Gospel Truths for Kids

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “When Jesus taught His first disciples, He used things they were familiar with, like sheep, fish and bread,” says Alvin Gan of Disciplr in an article entitled “5 Fun Ways to Share the Gospel with Kids.”[1]

Author and graphic designer Jill C. Cox uses the story of a caterpillar who became a house guest in their home in Larry, the Christmas Caterpillar (Redemption Press) to share the gospel truth that we can become new creatures in Christ.

The story was inspired after Cox’s young son Joshua brought a caterpillar into the house, placed him in a jar with a twig to climb on and leaves to eat, and named him Larry. But when his sister enlarged the holes in the plastic atop the jar, Larry inched his way out and found a new home as a Christmas tree ornament on the little tree in their kitchen.

Transforming before their eyes into a green, then black cocoon, Larry emerged into a brand-new creation—a beautiful monarch butterfly. Larry was released to live his new life as God had created him to live.

With luminous and vibrant watercolor illustrations and pleasing rhyming prose, Larry, the Christmas Caterpillar reaffirms the message of 2 Corinthians 5:17, which tells us that when we trust Christ, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (KJV). In the story, the young boy even changed Larry’s name to Jerry because he wasn’t the same anymore.

This is Jill C. Cox’s second children’s picture book; the first, If You Give a Rat a Mushroom, was published in 2018. The homeschooling mom of six is a California transplant to a lakeside in Tennessee.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jill Cox is an author, graphic designer, editor, marketer, and website developer, and she has been an assistant to Brannon Howse of WVW Broadcast Network for ten years. Her first book, If You Give a Rat a Mushroom, was published in 2018. Married to her college sweetheart, Jeff, for almost forty years, Jill has homeschooled their six children since 1996, with one left to graduate in 2028. The Cox family moved from Southern California to Tennessee in 2021, where they have fallen in love with southern life on a lake and enjoy the fellowship and teaching at a local church.

For interviews, contact: crazyjmom@mac.com

[1] Alvin Gan, “5 Fun Ways to Share the Gospel with Kids,” www.disciplr.com.

ezer the bagel and friends

Ezer and Friends is the perfect follow up to Ezer the Bagel- The Rescue

FAITH NEWS SERVICEEzer and Friends is the perfect follow up to Ezer the Bagel- The Rescue. This second book in Marisa Nicely’s series about Ezer the Basset/Beagle is just as endearing as the first.

Constructive criticism doesn’t always come easy to people, but Ezer shows how to do it in a kind, loving, and productive way. There are insightful lessons showing how children, and adults for that matter, can appreciate the differences in our friends.

These lessons and manners are not just for dogs but easily relate to humans of all ages. Once again, Priya Kakati’s illustrations on each page cleverly depict the messages in a colorful, fun, and humorous way.

“This is definitely a book I will be reading to my students in the coming school year and giving to my grandkids. It should be in every library and home.”
Kristin Lopez

“Ezer, the most darling and humble BAGEL, with help from Mr.Birdie, reminds us that we all need friends! Children will make the wonderful connection that being a “good friend” involves listening, learning, and encouraging one another in good choices; but it’s ok to give wise advice, and that’s called help, when you care about your friends. Bright and whimsical art make these pages come alive!!!!”
Jacqui Anderson

Ezer and Friends is now available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Find out more at www.ezerthebagel.com.

a christmas tease

Embark on a Magical Journey of Discovery and Forgiveness in “A Christmas Tea(se)” by John G. Stevens

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States – December 5, 2023

“A Christmas Tea(se)” is Free to Download through Saturday, December 9, 2023

Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting tale of “A Christmas Tea(se),” a delightful new children’s book written by John G. Stevens and masterfully illustrated by Steven Johnson. This heartwarming story takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, and the power of love.

In “A Christmas Tea(se),” we meet eight-year-old Oriana as she eagerly assists her mother in preparing for the traditional Christmas Queen’s Tea. Amidst the excitement, Oriana’s curiosity is piqued by an heirloom teapot that once belonged to her great-grandmother. Unable to shake its beauty from her mind, Oriana embarks on a quest to uncover the story behind this cherished family treasure.

What follows is a remarkable adventure filled with unexpected twists and turns. Along the way, Oriana learns valuable lessons about the importance of forgiveness and the healing power it holds. This charming story reminds us all that sometimes, amidst the chaos and messiness of life, we can find true masterpieces.

A Christmas Tea(se)” is not just a book; it is an invitation to embark on a heartfelt adventure of honesty and forgiveness. Ideal for children aged 6-9, this enchanting tale will capture the hearts of readers young and old. With its timeless themes of family, forgiveness, and the joy of the holiday season, this book is destined to become a cherished addition to any child’s library.

Parents, educators, and media professionals alike will be drawn in by the depth of the message conveyed through “A Christmas Tea(se)” With its engaging storyline and beautiful illustrations, this book is a valuable resource for teaching children about forgiveness, empathy, and the importance of cherishing our family heritage.

A Christmas Tea(se)” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days beginning on November 16, 2023. “A Christmas Tea(se)” 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:

Chad
5 stars
A charming story with a timeless lesson about honesty and forgiveness
This is a sweet children’s tale about the value of honesty and forgiveness. The writing helps you feel like you’re right there alongside the characters, while the illustrations are lovely and make the book visually engaging. I love that the mother is nearly as mischievous as Ori in the way she teaches her daughter an important lesson. It’s all in good humor and in the end Ori knows she is loved and valued, despite her dishonest behavior for which she got caught. I highly recommend this book for any young ones in your life!”

Summer Long
5 stars
“A Christmas Treasure
This book will be loved by my students. My eight year olds will relate well to a tea party and the delicacy of holding fine china. We had one tea cup drop on the cement and my students were shocked that I wasn’t mad. Most of the tea cups had been purchased at thrift shops. A wonderful story about trust!”

For more information about “A Christmas Tea(se)” or to schedule an interview with John Stevens, please contact John at: jtangleupnblu@gmail.com or 805 712-6389.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After spending much of his adult life as a clinical social worker for foster children, John Stevens is now a lumberjack of sorts. He and his wife Cindy have a small goat farm just north of Spokane Washington on ten acres of pine, tamarack, and fir. They work with the Department of Natural Resources to tidy up the forest which had been long neglected. Cindy is a professional watercolorist.

John enjoys volunteering as a mentor for Spokane’s Union Gospel Mission, which serves the homeless and those struggling with various addictions. John and Cindy co lead a small group for the Vine Fellowship in Deer Park Washington

Writing children’s book has become a joy as A Christmas Tea(se) find its way into their collection which also includes Of Beaks and Snouts and Baja’s Wounded Healer (a book that brings attention to one of the successful battles against human trafficking)

Step into the mesmerizing world of Derwin Boyd, where poetry dances through the decades, and inspiration flows like a poetic river. As an esteemed Author and Speaker, Boyd has crafted a symphony of words in his latest masterpiece, ‘The Book of Praise.’ This collection is not just poetry; it’s a vibrant tapestry of faith, a lifeline of hope woven into every verse. Background and Inspiration: Boyd’s journey into the world of words began in his teenage years, and over the years, he has become a seasoned poet, publishing his work in more than 60 publications. The inception of his literary career was rooted in a genuine passion for writing, with a desire to share his unique life experiences and perspectives. The challenge of gaining recognition in the poetry realm, where the audience can be relatively niche, did not deter Boyd. Instead, he embraced it, understanding that persistence is key. His advice to aspiring poets echoes a resilient spirit, “Never give up. As long as you keep trying, you still have a chance. But, if you ever give up, you are beaten.” Career Highlights: Boyd’s poetic prowess has not gone unnoticed. In the mid-’80s, he was named one of the Best New Poets for three consecutive years by the American Poetry Association. The accolades continued with the Golden Poetry Award bestowed upon him by The World of Poetry, marking significant milestones in a career dedicated to the art of verse. Unique Perspective and Anecdotes: What sets Boyd apart is not just his literary prowess but the wealth of unique life experiences that permeate his work. His ability to delve into the intricacies of life and faith offers readers insights often overlooked. It’s a testament to the power of personal connection in the world of poetry. Looking Forward: As a visionary, Boyd sees a future where his poetry transcends the pages of ‘The Book of Praise.’ The dream to merchandise his poems and publish a book on dream interpretation in January 2025 reflects his enduring commitment to sharing wisdom and inspiration. The Book of Praise: A Victory in Verse: Boyd’s ‘The Book of Praise’ stands as a cornerstone in his literary legacy. Crafted to provide solace in times of need, the collection encompasses a diverse array of poems. From the spiritually charged verses of “Bind You Satan” to the uplifting praise found in “When Morning Dawns,” each poem is a testament to the triumph of faith. The central theme resonating throughout the collection is victory—a victory that stems from unwavering faith in the promises of the Lord. It is a literary offering that not only provides comfort but serves as a guide through life’s tumultuous waters. Target Audience and Impact: Primarily resonating with religious or spiritual women in their twenties to sixties, ‘The Book of Praise’ has carved a niche in the hearts of those seeking solace and inspiration. The collection has proven to be a source of strength, providing the much-needed lift and insight that Boyd envisioned. Beyond Poetry: The Radio Host and Producer: Beyond the realm of poetry, Boyd wears the hat of a radio producer and host, a role he has embraced for over fifteen years in community radio. His new podcast on 96.7 FM The Numberz in Portland, Oregon, further extends his reach, amplifying his voice and vision. the book of praise

Derwin Boyd’s Journey: A Poetic Odyssey of Faith, Victory, and Encouragement

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Step into the mesmerizing world of Derwin Boyd, where poetry dances through the decades, and inspiration flows like a poetic river. As an esteemed Author and Speaker, Boyd has crafted a symphony of words in his latest masterpiece, ‘The Book of Praise.’ This collection is not just poetry; it’s a vibrant tapestry of faith, a lifeline of hope woven into every verse.

Background and Inspiration:

Boyd’s journey into the world of words began in his teenage years, and over the years, he has become a seasoned poet, publishing his work in more than 60 publications. The inception of his literary career was rooted in a genuine passion for writing, with a desire to share his unique life experiences and perspectives.

The challenge of gaining recognition in the poetry realm, where the audience can be relatively niche, did not deter Boyd. Instead, he embraced it, understanding that persistence is key. His advice to aspiring poets echoes a resilient spirit, “Never give up. As long as you keep trying, you still have a chance. But, if you ever give up, you are beaten.”

Career Highlights:

Boyd’s poetic prowess has not gone unnoticed. In the mid-’80s, he was named one of the Best New Poets for three consecutive years by the American Poetry Association. The accolades continued with the Golden Poetry Award bestowed upon him by The World of Poetry, marking significant milestones in a career dedicated to the art of verse.

Unique Perspective and Anecdotes:

What sets Boyd apart is not just his literary prowess but the wealth of unique life experiences that permeate his work. His ability to delve into the intricacies of life and faith offers readers insights often overlooked. It’s a testament to the power of personal connection in the world of poetry.

Looking Forward:

As a visionary, Boyd sees a future where his poetry transcends the pages of ‘The Book of Praise.’ The dream to merchandise his poems and publish a book on dream interpretation in January 2025 reflects his enduring commitment to sharing wisdom and inspiration.

The Book of Praise: A Victory in Verse:

Boyd’s ‘The Book of Praise’ stands as a cornerstone in his literary legacy. Crafted to provide solace in times of need, the collection encompasses a diverse array of poems. From the spiritually charged verses of “Bind You Satan” to the uplifting praise found in “When Morning Dawns,” each poem is a testament to the triumph of faith.

The central theme resonating throughout the collection is victory—a victory that stems from unwavering faith in the promises of the Lord. It is a literary offering that not only provides comfort but serves as a guide through life’s tumultuous waters.

Target Audience and Impact:

Primarily resonating with religious or spiritual women in their twenties to sixties, ‘The Book of Praise’ has carved a niche in the hearts of those seeking solace and inspiration. The collection has proven to be a source of strength, providing the much-needed lift and insight that Boyd envisioned.

Beyond Poetry: The Radio Host and Producer:

Beyond the realm of poetry, Boyd wears the hat of a radio producer and host, a role he has embraced for over fifteen years in community radio. His new podcast on 96.7 FM The Numberz in Portland, Oregon, further extends his reach, amplifying his voice and vision.

Derwin Boyd stands not just as a poet but as a beacon of faith, victory, and encouragement. ‘The Book of Praise’ is not merely a collection of poems; it is a testament to the indomitable human spirit. As Boyd continues his journey, his words echo a resounding message — a message of hope, triumph, and the enduring power of unwavering faith.

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 https://mediatunes.com/products/called-to-worship-album and follow John Pape on social media platforms.

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For media inquiries, interviews, or promotional copies of “Called to Worship“, please contact:

Mediatunes Inc
john@mediatunes.com
619-593-9483

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
john@wingmannation.com
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

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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:

Sue
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.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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: acj@amandacollinsjohnson.com.

Social Media Links:

www.amandacollinsjohnson.com

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 Amazon.com. 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 wordfoundations.com; and he designs and posts original Bible studies at his second website, discoverbedrocktruth.org. 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 Amazon.com 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!”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

Visit caroltetzlaff.com to connect with Carol

For review copies and media interviews, contact

Carol Tetzlaff
Email: carollynntetzlaff@gmail.com
Website: https://www.caroltetzlaff.com
https://www.facebook.com/caroltetzlaffauthor 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:

JC
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 atrickziklag@protonmail.com

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!

MLilly
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!”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.

For interviews, contact: luckadoos@msn.com

Website: www.shirleyluckadoo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shirley.luckadoo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shirleyr.luckadoo/ 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.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 Bolie1202@yahoo.com.

Social media links:

Website:www.kimdotson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greendress?mibextid=LQQJ4d

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ndnauthor60/

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!”

For interviews, contact Jerri at jerri.lien@gmail.com.

Social media links:

Website: https://jerrilien.wixsite.com/mysite

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jerri.lien

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jerri

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdiaI2IgtJL87ZB7ZxHRzQ

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Reviews

“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. Gracelifeinternational.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

For interviews, please contact: Cheryl@CherylLutz.com

Social Media Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cheryl.p.lutz (Cheryl Pelton Lutz) Facebook Professional Page(s): www.facebook.com/securelyheld (Securely Held)

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@clutz40 (Cheryl Pelton Lutz)

Instagram: www.instagram.com/securelyheld_ministries/ (Cheryl Lutz)

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/clutz40 (Cheryl Lutz)

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cheryl-lutz-31755b58 (Cheryl Lutz)

YouTube: https://shorturl.at/hrDK1 (Cheryl Lutz, Securely Held)

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
corpcom@cbshouston.edu
832.252.0745

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 cgreen7@woh.rr.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

For interviews, please contact: cgreen7@woh.rr.com

Facebook: Kitty Hayes Green, Catherine Green

Instagram: catherinegreen401

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?
    -more-
  • 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 biblicalarchaeology.org/fest3crp

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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My Bible Decision-Making Journal

My Bible Decision-Making Journal© is now available on Amazon.com

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Do you have any decisions to make? Do you want to seek God’s help in making those decisions? Would you find it helpful to journal the biblical process by which you make decisions?

Would you like to have a keepsake to tangibly testify to God’s faithfulness when you sought Him in those times of need? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then this journal is for you! Previews are available on Amazon.

My Bible Decision-Making Journal© will guide you through and chronicle a step-by-step biblical process to make decisions in your life. You will find My Bible Decision-Making Journal© to be a treasure as you reflect on the past entries you made.

Additionally, you will be able to tangibly testify to the faithfulness of God to His Word in your life and the decisions you made when you sought Him. This journal is robust enough to process fifty-two decisions based on the word of God. It is a must have for any follower of Jesus Christ who wants to be intentional about being a doer of the word.

For more information please contact:

Rhodas Gladness at email RhodaCreativeConcepts@gmail.com

Am I Predestined? Or Free to Choose?

New Release Am I Predestined? Or Free to Choose? Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, October 24, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, October 23, 2023

Have you ever wondered about the intricacies of faith, predestination, and free will? Is salvation a divine decree or a choice we freely make? These profound questions have sparked countless theological debates and divided opinions within the religious community.

In a bold endeavor to illuminate these elusive doctrines, Am I Predestined? Or Free to Choose? (Redemption Press) Craig Reid offers a riveting and enlightening exploration into the heart of these complex issues.

Reid, a seasoned Bible scholar and petroleum engineer, delves deep into the doctrines of predestination, election, foreknowledge, and the transformative power of the new covenant. His meticulous examination of the scriptures provides a fresh perspective on the discussion around predestination and the free will of man.

Drawing inspiration from the renowned 19th-century preacher Charles H. Spurgeon, who famously stated, “I never have to reconcile friends. Divine sovereignty and human responsibility have never had a falling out with each other. I do not need to reconcile what God has joined together”[1], Reid embarks on a journey that bridges the gap between Calvinism and Arminianism, two major theological views that have shaped Christian thought for centuries.

In Am I Predestined? Or Free to Choose?, Reid presents a compelling narrative that underscores the universality of salvation and the all-encompassing love that God has for us. This ground-breaking book is an invaluable resource for avid Bible students, teachers, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of their faith.

We invite you to delve into this captivating exploration of one of Christianity’s most debated subjects. Prepare to be challenged, inspired, and ultimately enlightened by Reid’s insightful analysis.

Craig Reid’s Am I Predestined? Or Free to Choose? will be available for download for free on Amazon for 5 days from October 24, 2023 through October 28, 2023

For More Information: For questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Craig Reid at creid723@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Craig Reid was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and met his wife of thirty-four years at the University of Texas at Austin where he received B.S. and M.S. degrees in petroleum engineering. Since then his career has been in the oil and gas business. An avid student of the Bible since 1997 when he read the entire Bible for the first time, he enjoys teaching the Bible, and is also the author of The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand. He and his wife have four children and live in Denver, Colorado.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Why did you decide to write on this topic?
  2. Can you define Calvinism and Arminianism for us?
  3. Why is it important to know what the Bible says about predestination, election, and the free will of man?
  4. What is the perceived danger of each argument?
  5. Where do we find balance in Scripture in this theological discussion?

[1]Steven J. Lawson, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon (Reformation Trust, 2012).

 

suitcases from heaven

Amazon Best Seller, “Suitcases from Heaven: A Mother’s Hope Journey through Her Daughter-in-law’s Cancer” Free to Download October 24, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, October 23, 2023

In the world of caregiving and grief, a beacon of hope emerges in the form of a new book, “Suitcases from Heaven: A Mother’s Hope Journey through Her Daughter-in-law’s Cancer.” This heart-wrenching yet uplifting narrative promises to touch hearts and inspire readers amidst the most challenging times.

Penned by seasoned caregiver Cindy Henson, the book offers an intimate look into her journey as she navigated the stormy seas of grief and loss. Having spent twenty-five years caring for her autistic son, Cindy was no stranger to the unique challenges that caregiving brings. Yet, when her son and daughter-in-law moved in with her, diagnosed with a rare and terminal adrenal cancer, she found herself facing an entirely new depth of fear and sorrow.

Cindy grappled with the terror of watching her daughter-in-law, Jazmin struggle for breath and the devastating reality of her impending loss. She yearned for a miracle – not just a spiritual one that Jazmin spoke of, but a tangible, undeniable cure. However, in a pivotal moment of divine intervention, Cindy found herself boarding Jazmin’s ‘hope train’, becoming one of her greatest supporters in her battle against cancer.

Suitcases from Heaven” is more than just a story of a woman’s fight against cancer; it’s a testament to unwavering faith, unyielding love, and the power of hope even in the face of adversity. It’s a tale of a girl who believed in God’s love despite the absence of a miracle, and a mother-in-law who learned to believe in miracles in a different way.

Whether you’re in the throes of a faith crisis, navigating the dark valley of grief, or caring for a terminally ill loved one, “Suitcases from Heaven” promises to be a source of comfort, enlightenment, and strength. It’s a story that reminds us that even in our darkest hours, hope can still shine through.

For those seeking solace and inspiration in the midst of grief and caregiving, “Suitcases from Heaven: A Mother’s Hope Journey through Her Daughter-in-law’s Cancer” is a compelling read that promises to touch hearts and inspire resilience.

Cindy Henson’s “Suitcases from Heaven” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, Tuesday, October 24, 2023 through October 28, 2023. “Suitcases from Heaven” is rated 5 stars by those who purchased and reviewed the book. Here’s what a couple of the reviewers have said:

Turco A
Inspiring
5 Stars

“A truly inspiring read and found myself feeling much closer to Jesus. If you are like me and struggle with having faith, this book will give you the ability to have a different perspective. One of hope, inspiration, faith and belief.”

Lynn
Touching and Inspiring
5 Stars

“I’m not going to lie, I cried my way through this book. It is written in such a way that you feel you know the people as well as you know your own friends. You cry with them, you celebrate with them and you grieve with them. I highly recommend this book for anyone navigating a situation that feels hopeless.”

About the author
Cindy Henson has been a wife for thirty-five years to Vance, the love of her life. Together, they have five kids who married two of their bonus kids and gave them two grandchildren. Her first book, Beauty from Ashes, documents her journey with God when she expected Him to heal her son of severe autism. Suitcases from Heaven is her second book, showing how miracle-moving faith can bring deep healing. Cindy lives in northern Ontario, Canada, with her husband and oldest son, Kyle, and encourages women to live out their faith in her Facebook group, Fresh Ground Faith.

For interviews, contact Cindy at cinderellahenson@yahoo.ca

Website: https://cindyseaton.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/354049231902749

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cindyseatonhenson/

TikTok: http://TikTok.com/@ehthn

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Your memoir, Suitcases from Heaven, tells the story of your faith journey as you cared for your daughter-in-law, Jazmin. But you didn’t always have such faith. Would you share a little about your first book, Beauty from Ashes, to give readers some perspective?
  2. When Jazmin came into your life, speaking of healing miracles, what was your reaction?
  3. Your daughter-in-law lived with you for six months during her nearly four-year battle with a rare cancer. Describe how that affected you, and how you navigated that season of your life.
  4. And you’re no stranger to caregiving, since you and your husband, Vance, care for your adult son who has severe autism. How can caregiving for a cancer patient differ from caregiving for someone with disabilities?
  5. Many times, the person we’re caring for grows weary of the journey. You describe that in your memoir. How did you navigate those situations?
  6. It can be challenging to always seem upbeat and encouraging when the situation seems hopeless. What are some ways you can encourage caregivers during a cancer diagnosis and treatment or a terminally ill prognosis?
  7. And sometimes the tables flip, and the person we’re caring for encourages us. What are some moments you experienced?
  8. Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
the b word

A young woman’s struggle from the torment of bulimia to freedom in Christ detailed in new book

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Open the first page of Katrina Wilkie’s novel the B Word and you read these words:

The B Word is my story. I’ve written it down for you, so you can read the words I most needed to hear. Beautiful one, don’t give up. There is hope. There is healing and a whole new life for you that is yours to claim. This nightmare you are going through is not your forever. Just hold on and take one tiny step at a time. Love, Katrina.”

Katrina Wilkie first wrote her book the B Word soon after her bulimia stopped. But her healing was far from complete, and the manuscript was shelved as she spent the following thirty years alternating between binge eating, under eating, exercise addiction and various forms of disordered eating. It wasn’t until she began facing the things in her life, which had lead to her eating disorders, that she began to heal.

The manuscript came off the shelf, was dusted off and edited, and is now a story which offers hope to the many people who are suffering from bulimia, or another form of disordered eating.

Katrina has a lived experience of the truth that ‘secrets make you sick’. Katrina says that “telling someone your secret for the first time is scary, even when it’s a trusted person. My story hopefully encourages people to tell their own story to someone, no matter where they are on their path to healing”.

Katrina chose to create the character ‘Louise’, rather than write her story as a first-person testimony. She says: “I think this allowed me to add interesting elements to the character and her friends, which makes the book more fun to read. I’ve changed people’s names and some of the details, but most of the people in the story were a big part of my life back then”.

“I haven’t held back from describing the struggles Louise goes through, because I want the book to be relatable. As they read about Louise’s struggles, I want people to be able to see themselves, and hold on to hope that they are not alone.”

An important part of the story is Louise’s faith journey. The question why doesn’t God just heal me? is one Louise asks often. The reader also catches glimpses of Louise’s past and where her eating issues may have begun. The answer to this question is never explicitly answered, but it is clear that Louise has started on her recovery journey and that she is slowly letting God heal her from one thing at a time, one step at a time.

The B Word is a small window into Katrina’s life and history with disordered eating. She has written the book about her struggle with bulimia because she believes bulimia is an eating disorder people don’t talk about. “There is a lot of guilt and shame around having bulimia” she says, “but it is much more prevalent than people realise. People tend to talk about anorexia or other forms of disordered eating much more easily.

“Eating disorders are actually a serious mental health condition. Recovery includes understanding this, and being able to talk about what you are going through.”

According to Australian body Eating Disorders Victoria, approximately 1 million people in Australia are living with a form of eating disorder. Of those, four times more people are suffering from bulimia than anorexia.

Katrina is an Australian author. Her recovery journey continues one step at a time. She is currently working on writing a book that tells the rest of her story. She loves hearing other people’s stories, and can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

The B Word by Katrina Wilkie ISBN: 9780645802535 can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Koorong and other online bookstores.

Josefina Catherine Cunningham

Testimony for 3 year-old Josefina Catherine Cunningham, murdered in July, 2023

This testimony is about my three-year-old little sister Josefina Catherine Cunningham, an African American girl who was murdered on July 7 2023, in Rensselaer, New York, by thirty-three-year-old white man R. J. F.

I believe God used her while she was living on this earth, and until her time of departure drew near. God used her to show how children are the greatest in the kingdom of God. Just like the Apostle Paul when he was at the end of his race and about to die he said,” I finished my course.” I believe my sister’s course to make African American history.

In just a short time she lived, her death was powerful and profound. This means life is not measured in how long we live but how we live until we die. She was a very bright light in her days.

My sister finished well. I will continue to honor her legacy. It reminds me of the Emmett Till Story, the African American boy who was killed in Mississippi in 1955 at age of 14 they were both very young.

Have You Finished Your Course?

the everyday kingdom inc

Introducing The Everyday Kingdom Inc. Helping Christians to Live in the Peace and Purpose of Christ’s Kingdom Every Day

FAITH NEWS SERVICEPonte Vedra, FloridaThe Everyday Kingdom, Inc announces the launch of its dynamic nonprofit organization. Dedicated to fostering a vibrant online community of Christians and those curious about Christ, The Everyday Kingdom helps individuals experience the peace, purpose, and joy that comes from living every day in Christ’s Kingdom.

Jesus Christ teaches that everyone can experience what it means to live life in the Kingdom of God – not only in heaven, but in every aspect of daily life. The Everyday Kingdom offers a broad range of resources that help people gain a deeper understanding of what it means to live daily in Christ’s Kingdom and to find purpose in their lives.

Visitors can immerse themselves in enlightening stories, relevant music, and engaging videos, and find recommendations of books and movies with Kingdom themes and insights.

The organization creates a community where believers and non-believers may explore the connection of their lives to the Kingdom, raise questions, and share experiences. The goal is to foster a cycle that will help people see the Kingdom in their daily life, share what they see, and grow in their understanding of the Kingdom through the sharing of others in interactive forums.

The Everyday Kingdom invites you to visit www.theeverydaykingdom.org to see what the Kingdom offers and become part of its growing community.

About The Everyday Kingdom Inc.:
The Everyday Kingdom Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant community of Christians and helping individuals to find and experience the peace, purpose, and joy available from living every day in Christ’s Kingdom. Through the development, offering, and promotion of transformative resources, The Everyday Kingdom guides Christians and non-Christians in understanding and embracing the Kingdom while exploring its connection with the secular world. Learn more at theeverydaykingdom.org.

Media Contact:
Thomas Trezise
Executive Director
Phone: 410-913-2224
Email: tom@theeverydaykingdom.org

jesus in the drivers seat

Rhyming Picture Book on Salvation Introduces Children to Jesus

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that children who regularly pray and attend church grow up to report a stronger sense of community and fewer symptoms of depression. They tend to “think about their health in a holistic way, where the mind, body and spirit are all connected,” says Jane Kuepfer, a specialist in spirituality and aging at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.1

Helping children build their spiritual foundations “set[s] the stage for the child’s future and help[s] them to develop those faith-based habits to prepare them for when they reach an age where they can begin to reflect on and understand the different aspects of faith.”2

One way to introduce young children to faith in Christ is through picture books. In Jesus in the Driver’s Seat (Redemption Press), Rachael A. McCloskey takes the unique approach of explaining salvation and conversion through the metaphor of motorized machines.

In this sprightly and spirited picture book sprinkled with scripture, children will join Jesus in mighty machines from fire trucks to excavators as he rescues, protects, and helps them build a brand new heart-home full of peace and joy. And amid the constructive teamwork, they’ll see how asking Jesus to “take the driver’s seat” can keep them safe with him forever.

“My heart’s desire and prayer has been to teach children who Jesus is and what He does for them once they accept Him into their heart,” says McCloskey. “My book merges a child’s love for machines along with learning who Jesus is and what He can do for their heart in both a practical and playful way.

They will discover that Jesus is their best friend, and their faith will be expanded by learning that He heals, delivers, provides for us a foundation, and so much more.”

With Jesus in the Driver’s Seat, vehicle-loving kids will be ready to zoom off into the adventure of salvation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachael A. McCloskey holds a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and has written for faith-based blogs and Focus on the Family magazine. She has worked for Early Intervention, served as leader in the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program, and been vice president of ministry development for her local chapter of Aglow International. Married with two children, Rachael lives near the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania and treasures spending time in nature, reading for spiritual growth, and having independent dates at her favorite local coffee shop.

For interviews, contact sparksrachael@gmail.com, sheeponcesilenced@gmail.com.

Website: www.sacredsheep.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachael.sparks.1865/, https://www.facebook.com/SacredSheep

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rclosk14/, https://www.instagram.com/sacredsheepstory/

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awake

Groundbreaking New Release, “Awake” Transforms Fear into Hope Redefining the End-Times Narrative with Love and Anticipation Free to Download Tomorrow, October 4, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Tuesday, October 3, 2023

In an era characterized by global crises, technological advancements, and international conflicts, the concept of Christ’s Second Coming has never felt more resonant. But what if we could embrace this notion, not with fear, but with love and anticipation? This is the transformative perspective offered by Gerry S. Sager in his compelling new book, “Awake: A Fresh End-Times Perspective.

Sager, refusing to be boxed into the roles of date-setter or trendsetter, offers us a hopeful yet urgent message: Christ’s return may be closer than we think. His book is not just another end-times prediction; it’s a spiritual guidebook. He meticulously constructs a biblically grounded view, challenging long-held misconceptions that have skewed traditional church teachings about the signs of Christ’s return.

Awake” is not merely about prophecies, but also about preparation and solace. Sager emphasizes that prophecy’s true purpose is to equip us with foreknowledge and comfort us amid troubling times.

Sager expertly navigates the often confusing and seemingly contradictory interpretations of this paradigm, inviting readers to explore a fresh understanding of when and how the Lord will return. “Awake” is a treasure trove for those seeking to comprehend the mysteries of Revelation, Daniel, and end-time prophecies. It reassures readers of God’s unwavering control amidst chaos and encourages them to remain vigilant and alert for the Lord’s return.

Awake” is more than a book; it’s an invitation to see with new eyes and hear with open ears. It offers a refreshing outlook on the end-times narrative that will captivate its readers.

Gerry S. Sager’s “Awake” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, Wednesday, October 4, 2023 through Sunday, October 8, 2023. “Awake” is rated 5 stars by those who purchased and reviewed the book. Here’s what a couple of the reviewers have said:

Sue S
Fresh Perspective
5 Stars

“This book provided a very different perspective on the book of Revelation than I am accustomed to. While interesting and well organized in presentation it is going to take me some time to digest the unique concepts this Author presents. The aspects of the Book of Daniel were more interesting as they provided a clearer understanding of certain aspects of the Old Testament. I would recommend this book to those who may be seeking a different End Times view and definitely provides aspects to think about.”

Amazon Customer
Fantastic religious introspective for Christians
5 Stars

“Purchased this book and could not put it down. Great introspective about the Book of Revelation! Reading this book lends itself into valuable information about how we arrived where we are in this world and significant clues as to where we are going. A must read for people that want to be better informed about the climate we are in and gaining knowledge of the current world impact and ramifications.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Gerry via email at garysteinmetz@hotmail.com

About the Author

Gerry S. Sager, appreciates the depths of Scripture and finding ways to explain its mysteries applicable to end-times prophecies. His favorite Bible passages are Luke 11:9–10, and Proverbs 25:2, which have fostered his Christian growth and efforts to glorify God. Awake is for readers who seek to understand that which is scripturally hidden in plain sight, and are open to asking, knocking, and seeking God with all their hearts. Sager is well traveled, living and working in multiple countries for extended periods of time, from the Far East to the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and the Americas. He loves researching ancient history to better understand God’s word and sharing his findings with those who have an ear and wish to hear.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What was your goal in writing Awake?
  2. What was the main question you sought to answer for readers? And how do you seek to answer it in your book?
  3. What is a frequent misunderstanding you have discovered when talking with people about the return of Christ?
  4. In the book you discuss the end-times paradigm. Could you define the term, and help us understand it.
  5. Let’s talk about the ten virgins in Matthew. Who are they?
  6. Who will benefit most from reading this book, and why?
  7. What is one thing you want readers to glean from reading this book?
  8. Are there any details in the book that you had forgotten until you began the process of writing your story?
Daddy Will Carry Me

Author’s new book, born from the loss of a precious child, will inspire you in your own faith journey

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “God woke me this morning and told me, ‘If you don’t do anything else for me today, phone Barb and tell her it’s time to start the book!’”

The phone call was unexpected and direct. Barb Ireland was pleased to hear from her pastor friend. Any connection in this time of nationwide Covid-19 lockdown was welcome, but she did not see her words coming.

Barb needed to write the story of how her precious daughter, Laura Grace, aged three, died suddenly and tragically one October morning in 2003.

“A book had been in my heart for years” Barb says. “There was a story to tell, even for my family alone–to help them understand, support them in hard times, and give them a chance to look through adult eyes at what happened to us all 20 years ago. I was willing to write it for them. I just hadn’t got around to it.”

“But with the phone call, I felt the prod.”

Daddy Will Carry Me is the heartbreaking, yet inspiring story of the faith Paul and Barb Ireland had to be able to continue on after losing their precious daughter. Laura died tragically in an accident on the family farm early on the day of October 14th, 2003.

Laura was Barb and Paul’s third child, arriving in their family when her siblings were ages 8 and 10. She was a treasured daughter and sister. Laura loved the farm and enjoyed trips out in the ute with Paul. She enjoyed helping to look after the animals. Laura was great fun and very social. Despite the age gap, she was very much a part of her older brother and sister’s worlds, and they let her boss them around endlessly. She also loved playing with their old Labrador, Lucy. She loved drawing and painting on whatever surface she found available and she was Barb’s constant companion.

Naturally, her death rocked the family to its core, also testing their faith in God as they tried to navigate a future without their beautiful daughter.

“Immediately after the accident, Paul and I were surrounded by family, friends and community,” Barb stated. “I cannot imagine how we would have gotten through without their love and practical support. In the early days, it was a blur of arrangements, visitors, and many, many tears and hugs. We were wrapped in arms of love and carried through.

Once the funeral was over, we faced the challenge of learning to live without Laura and doing the work of grief. We got through this, despite the fear that we never would. We learned to navigate each day, one step at a time.

“The year after Laura died, we leased out our farm to take time to heal. We took our children out of school and travelled, using this time to rest, process all that had happened and seek counsel. We were deliberate in facing pain and allowing each other grace to express this.

Piece by piece, we rebuilt our lives from the inside out. Losing our little girl forever changed us.”

Barb says that while many years have passed since Laura died, the sadness is still there. “I think it will always be a part of us,” Barb shared. “Through the process of grieving and with the fullness of time, we have learned that life can still be beautiful, even after such tragedy. At the time of the accident, I feared I would never find peace or hope again. These days I can experience my sadness while holding peace and hope in my heart.”

Barb says that faith has always been an important part of her and Paul’s lives, but everything was up for question when Laura died. She says she asked God why on many occasions. “I went through times of bitterness and self-pity,” Barb says, “but in all of my searching and questioning, I realised that I needed God now, more than ever. I saw that He had always been there providing for me. He is my healer. I rebuilt my faith on firmer foundations. Faith in God is Barb’s source of hope and peace, even after the tragic death of little Laura.

Barb says that while she had been thinking about writing their story for a long time, the call from her friend was the prompting she needed. There was a story to be told, not only for her family, but for the countless other people who endure tragedy.

“If you are grieving, then Daddy Will Carry Me is for you,” Barb says. “If you are asking why? this story is for you. If you are travelling with someone with a broken heart, this story is for you. I pray that as you read, I can hold the hope-light for you while you wait for yours to shine again. And I pray that you will know that you are held, carried in arms of Eternal Love, Peace and Strength.”

Daddy Will Carry Me is now available globally.

Where Are You Going?

New Release Helps Young Readers Navigate Feelings of Grief After Loss

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Why is it important to address a child’s grief after losing a loved one?* Some adults may find the topic heavy and unpleasant and shy away from discussing it. When these discussions do not occur, a child can feel anxious and overwhelmed.

However, being open with children about death can help a child navigate and identify their feelings while offering them healthy ways to cope, such as sharing their special memories of the loved one who has passed. It can also lead to important conversations about God and heaven.

Author Sandy Haney knows from personal experience that children benefit when they know they can lean on God for comfort and strength. Shortly after she turned fourteen, Haney lost the grandmother who raised her and credits her faith in God for getting her though this difficult time.

That experience and the understanding that came from losing someone dear to her at a young age inspired her to write Where Are You Going?

The story follows a natural progression of showing how God cares for all His creatures, no matter how small they might be. Page by page, younger readers see animals they are familiar with and ways God provides for them. It gradually eases into how God provides for the little girl while addressing her feelings of grief.

The reader then learns along with her that God continues to care for the girl’s grandfather now that he is with God in heaven. Echoing the theme of her book, Haney says, “It is my most heartfelt prayer that readers embrace the fact that God gives us what we need to survive, especially when we suffer loss.”

* How to Explain Death to Your Children – Christian Parenting (crosswalk.com)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandy Haney devoted thirty years of her life to teaching elementary school and forty years to children’s ministry. Now retired, she fills her days with volunteering, speaking, and, of course, writing. Where Are You Going? is her first children’s book but the accomplished author has also published a collection of poetry, a memoir, and a mental health guide for teachers. She currently lives in the Texas Panhandle with her husband and the two of them love spending time with their two grown children, their children’s dream-come-true spouses, and their four delightful grandchildren.

For interviews, contact: sandy.haney_author@yahoo.com

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What led to your decision to use animals as a way of showing how God provides?
  2. Many of the observations fit a child’s unique viewpoint. Were any of these inspired by a child in your real life?
  3. Do you have any tips for describing heaven to a child?
  4. How did your years spent in education and ministry influence your writing?
  5. Do you think it’s ever too early to teach a child about heaven?
  6. You’ve written a variety of other books, all intended for older readers. What inspired you to write a children’s book?
  7. What were some differences you came across between writing for adults and writing for children? Were there any unexpected challenges?
The Adventures of Cari and Joe

Creative Christian Allegory Uses Sea Creatures to Share the Gospel with Children

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Pixar’s highly successful movies Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2013) popularized an evolving fish adventure movie genre. The resulting “Nemo effect” was even thought to influence the purchase of guppies.

But Kay Vandette, staff writer at Earth.com, comments, “While animal movies can impact viewers, the researchers found that people are not driven to buy pets but rather seek out information. Animal films even have the power to increase conservation efforts.”[1]

A new book release for juniors, The Adventures of Cari and Joe, by Micah Newcome (Redemption Press), uses sea creatures to share a Christian worldview and ethics for ages eight to twelve. The main character, Cari, a blue tang fish like Dory, has autism and must battle the evil intentions of Deceiver Shark’s attempts to spoil Guppywood.

Cari is different. Joe, a black-and-white jackknife fish who delivers mail at the SeaGalaxy Studio where Cari reviews scripts, tries to take advantage of her kindness. But Cari depends on Father Whale, who created all the sea creatures, and his son, Guardian Dolphin, to guide her through the seas of the Great Barrier Reef. Joe must choose whether he will be Cari’s friend and follow Father Whale and Guardian Dolphin or be lured away by the evil Deceiver Shark and the scheming pufferfish.

This fun, gospel-reinforcing book written by Micah Newcome, script reader and children’s worker, helps young readers “choose Jesus over the world,” according to Newcome.

[1] Kay Vandette, “New Study Finds the ‘Nemo Effect’ to be Inaccurate,” Earth.com, https://www.earth.com.

About the Author
Micah Newcome has been an intern at a radio station, a script reader for Marilyn Atlas Management and Eclectic Pictures, and a volunteer first-round reader for Austin Film. He lives in Northern California, where he enjoys writing, sports, and helping with Awana.

About the Illustrator
Maizie Langum is a designer and illustrator from southern Oregon. Her favorite part about creating art is making connections with people from all walks of life through various mediums, including printmaking, digital art, and creating murals for her community. Connect with Maizie on Instagram @dooty.boots.

For interviews, contact Micah Newcome at: micahnewcome@att.net.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. How did you come up with the plot ideas for this “fishy” story?
  2. What is your main goal for The Adventures of Cari and Joe?
  3. Was it important to you to include a girl character with autism? Why?
  4. You very creatively share the gospel in your story, using Father Whale and Guardian Dolphin, as well as the evil Deceiver Shark. Do you think children will see the connection to Father God and Jesus Christ in the story?
  5. How can parents use this allegory to reinforce the teaching of the gospel to their children?
The Patriot Barbie

Headline: The Patriot Barbie announces a national speaking tour

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Lindsey Graham, The Patriot Barbie, has begun a national speaking tour. The notorious Oregon salon owner who is famously known for defying lockdowns in 2020 has a powerful story to tell that goes way beyond politics.

Since her stand against tyranny during mandates, Lindsey’s story has gone global, and her fight has only strengthened. This mom and entrepreneur’s life changing battle has called her into a bigger purpose and America is astounded. Once a small business owner minding her own business, her fight to provide for her family awakened a lioness and a mama bear was called into fierce action.

Lindsey became an unapologetic activist for life, liberty, freedom, and conservative Christian values. She uses her colorful past to reach people where they are, and share God’s grace, love, and forgiveness, particularly in the pro-life movement.

Lindsey is now known for her boldness in the fight for children, speaking at school boards and exposing indoctrination in schools. Her platform on social media is recognized for her fiery confrontations with radical extremists.

Lindsey has become an icon for not just freedom, but now faith and a resounding message that being obedient to a God will produce great plans for us all. Her story has accidently become a ministry, as she shakes up political events and rallies with her tear-jerking testimony.

In her book, Targeted, she details the pain and sacrifice her family endured due to her government defiance, but the story has become an astounding success amongst believers. God revealed His purpose through this one action and now her faith and boldness is shaking up a movement.

Lindsey has become one of the most surprising influential leaders in the nation, empowering women, emboldening patriots, and stirring up the silent Holy Spirit in anyone who hears her speak. Her faith is unwavering, her story inspiring and her complete and utter devotion to giving God all the glory, is impactful.

Lindsey has begun traveling the nation, speaking at political events, rallies, churches, and women’s events, leaving no truth behind. Sharing her powerful testimony leaves her audience with a call to action and a humbled heart. God can use anyone.

She has since shared the stage with Olympic athletes, Kari Lake, Officer Brandon Tatum, Charlie Kirk and other conservative comedians and keynote speakers.

Read and be inspired by Lindsey’s story, book her to speak, schedule book signings at www.patriotbarbie.com.

healed

New Release Details One Woman’s Miraculous Story From Planning Her Funeral to Planning Her Future

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “Healed! How God Took Me from Planning My Funeral to Planning My Future” Will be Free to Download Today, September 26, 2023

United States—September 26, 2023

Have you ever pondered the power prayer holds in healing illnesses? A study from Baylor University reveals that most Americans have, at some point, sought divine intervention for health-related concerns, often on behalf of loved ones.* But where can we find tangible proof of this healing?

Gayle T. Taylor, an author who has personally experienced the life-altering miracle of healing, unfolds her extraordinary story in her new book – “Healed! How God Took Me from Planning My Funeral to Planning My Future” (Redemption Press). The book serves as a beacon of hope and encouragement for those grappling with debilitating or terminal diseases. It’s a testament to God’s miraculous healing power that she experienced firsthand.

This heartwarming narrative captures how Gayle Taylor, once a young mother battling unexplainable symptoms that sapped her vitality and will, was diagnosed with lupus – a disease with no known cure. Struggling through seven years of survival mode, Taylor soon understood that her fight was not just physical but also spiritual. At the brink of despair, when planning her own funeral seemed inevitable, she heard a divine whisper urging her to choose life.

The next three years were transformative, drawing her closer to a miraculous recovery, both physically and spiritually, and deepening her faith in God. “Healed!” is more than just a story. It’s a celebration of the Word of God, a testament to how the Lord communicates with us personally, and a source of inspiration for those seeking divine healing in their lives.

Whether you’re seeking solace in a free e-book or wish to hold the tangible testament of faith in your hands, “Healed!” is an invitation to embark on a journey of hope, healing, and renewed faith. Download or purchase your copy today and allow Gayle T. Taylor’s remarkable journey to inspire you.

Gayle T. Taylor’s, “Healed! How God Took Me from Planning My Funeral to Planning My Future” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, September 26 through September 30, 2023 “Healed!” is highly rated by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what just two of the reviewers have said:

Keith H. Carter
5 stars
An amazing experience and revelation!

“I am very glad this book and I have crossed paths! Gayle Taylor has reasons to rejoice in her healing from such a debilitating disease! And she faithfully and confidently gives credit to whom it belongs—to a loving God.”

TBaker
5 stars
If only you BELIEVE!

“After reading this book, it will turn hope into faith and faith into power, GOD’S POWER! The author brings Christians back to what God can do if we only believe in Him and His Word which is always true and straight from Him. Read this book and be HEALED!”

*https://www.cnn.com/2016/04/25/health/healing-power-of-prayer-study/index.html

For More Information: For more information or to schedule a media interview please e-mail: healed@gaylettaylor.com.

About the Author

Passionate about intercessory prayer, Gayle often ministers to those who contact her for prayer and has been a part of intercessory prayer groups for two churches in South Carolina. As well as serving in other areas of their church, Gayle and her husband, Jimmy, lead their church’s intercessory prayer group. They live in South Carolina and have four children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Gayle has varied ministry experience. She has served Aglow International both on the executive board of the Sumter, SC, chapter and as president of the Andrews, SC, chapter. A speaker at Christian women’s gatherings, she also taught Sunday school for children and adults and led the teen girls ministry for many years.

Suggested Interview Questions:

  1. After your years spent battling lupus, what encouragement do you have for others who are battling serious illness?
  2. Can you tell us about the time when you truly believed you would succumb to the disease and were planning your own funeral?
  3. What do you want people to know about how God moves in answer to prayer for healing?
  4. For readers struggling with illness, in what ways do you believe Healed! will encourage them?
  5. Can you give us some insights for readers who care for a loved one battling a chronic illness?
  6. How did the Word of God factor into your healing journey?
  7. Why do you feel it is important to confess and speak the Word in the middle of a trial?
  8. For anyone who is feeling defeated by the enemy, whether it be through health struggles, or another form of spiritual attack, what is your primary piece of advice for them?
  9. For readers who are interested in intercessory prayer but have never done it before, how would you recommend they get started?
  10. Can you share an incident when you interceded for someone and your prayers were answered?
The Countries of Whine and Roses

Suspenseful and enthralling allegory explains the Trinity in an action-packed story for children

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Could a confusing religious foundation be one of the reasons as many as 60 to 80 percent of children leave the church as teens or young adults? *

Many children have a difficult time grasping the concept of the Holy Trinity or understanding the importance of the Holy Spirit. Without an available concrete image, they may miss the integral part the Holy Spirit plays in each of our lives.

Author Joyce Wheeler worked in children’s ministry and saw a need to simplify the doctrine of the triune God to match what children are capable of comprehending. This led her to write the enchanting story of The Countries of Whine and Roses (Redemption Press), an allegory.

God’s unconditional love for all of his children, no matter how they behave, is demonstrated though the king’s steadfast desire to help the people of Whine. That immeasurable love is evident to children and adults alike when they read about the King of Roses explaining The Plan to his people.

Wheeler says, “I also wanted the readers to know the agony God must have felt to send His son Jesus to earth as a helpless baby.”

The Countries of Whine and Roses is unique and whimsical. Written in clear, concise language, this allegory invites readers to broaden their understanding of key biblical concepts. The book will bring children and adults alike clarity on our triune God with its emphasis on the relevance of God’s heartbreaking decision to send His Son to earth to die as our Savior and what that means for each of us.

* Most Teenagers Drop Out of Church When They Become Young Adults – Lifeway Research

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joyce Wheeler is the author of eight books who makes her debut into children’s fiction with The Countries of Whine and Roses. Her years as a rancher’s wife and homemaker in western South Dakota have given her a variety of skills and experiences that are reflected in and have inspired her writing. Her love of God’s creation as well as her enjoyment of family and friends is evident in her fascinating stories. Learn more at https://www.joycewheelerbooks.com

For interviews, contact jjwheel@gwtc.net

Website: https://www.joycewheelerbooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/joycewheelerbooks
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joyce-wheeler-9280226b
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/1814313.Joyce_Wheeler

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. How did you choose Whine and Roses as the countries’ names? Did you consider any other names?
  2. What inspired you to add the gray tabby kitten and how do think this character will help draw younger readers into the story?
  3. Why do you think children have a hard time understanding the Trinity? Do you have any tips for teaching children about the Trinity?
  4. How did your own childhood understanding of the Holy Spirit influence the story?
  5. What are some misunderstandings you have encountered when teaching children about the Trinity and are any of these addressed in your book?
  6. How could this story also be used to help adults who have difficulty understanding the Trinity?

 

the best trophy

New children’s picture book depicts the self-sacrificial love of friendship

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The repeated lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic reminded us that human beings need each other. “Human beings are wired to connect,” says Michael Platt, Ph.D., a biological anthropologist from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

“This social behavior is a critical part of our adaptive toolkit. It allows us to come together and do things that we wouldn’t be able to do on our own.”1 Conversely, social isolation can lead to loneliness, anxiety, depression, and even poor cardiovascular health and cognitive function.

“Children are not immune to such issues: “The proportion of children’s emergency room visits related to mental health . . . increased significantly during the pandemic,” reports Emma Goldberg for the New York Times.2

The Bible repeatedly proclaims the value of friendship and how vital it is to “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thess. 5:11 NIV). In her picture book The Best Trophy (Redemption Press), Jennifer Noel Wilson demonstrates how friendship can help children learn to put others ahead of their own self-centered interests to benefit others, while encouraging sportsmanship, and teamwork.

In this new release, Liam learns this on the day of the big trail race. He sets out, flying over sticks, pebbles, and leaves to the front of the pack. But just when the finish line and the trophy are in sight, an accident on the trail challenges Liam to choose what he values most.

“I wanted to combine my passion and knowledge of running and children’s ministry to write a great story that will appeal to kids and encourage them to be there for each other,” says Wilson. As an athlete, Wilson longs for children to learn “how to be a Christ-like friend and to understand that reaching out to help a friend is more important than trophies, ribbons, sports, or anything materialistic.”

Whether competitive or not, young children will thrill to the excitement of the race in this engaging portrayal of kids growing in their Christian faith by learning victory doesn’t always mean bringing home the trophy.

irish frost

New Poetry Book “Irish Frost” Available Nationwide

FAITH NEWS SERVICESeptember 12, 2023 – Author Sean Ewing proudly announces the release of his poetry, “Irish Frost”.

Ewing’s verse delves profoundly into the intricate tapestry of grief, anguish, and heartfelt pleas to God. Though life presents challenges, as disciples of Jesus, we are never isolated in our moments of distress.

About the Book: This entrancing anthology of poetry explores the profound depths of human anguish and the fragile nature of our existence. Yet, it consistently echoes a commitment to faith and a heart full of gratitude towards the Divine.

With evocative verses, the collection mourns life’s inherent sorrows and trials, recognizing the hardships of our temporal journey. But within these shadows, it brilliantly casts rays of enduring hope and deep-seated thankfulness rooted in unwavering faith.

Each poem becomes a mirror of introspection, encouraging readers to reflect on life’s tribulations while nurturing resilience and an enduring trust in God. The book’s succinct and engaging style welcomes readers into a realm of reflection, providing comfort, upliftment, and a refreshed outlook on personal trials.

In essence, this collection is a beacon of hope, emphasizing that even amidst adversity, our unwavering gratitude can anchor us, guiding our hearts towards a deeper recognition of God’s boundless grace and affection.

About the Author Sean Ewing, with three poetic works to his name, combines his rich background in Theology to craft verses that seamlessly intertwine real-life with biblical insights. Readers are treated to a deeply resonant and enlightening journey through his words.

“Irish Frost” is available in paperback and eBook (ISBN: 9781666783612) currently at wipfandstock.com and online at Amazon and Bookshop.org by September 20, 2023

encounter

Unlock Spiritual Renewal Through Unforgettable Worship Experiences this October

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Fort Worth, Texas – Encounter Church Fort Worth extends a warm invitation to its Praise & Worship Conference and Bishop Oliver & EC Band Gala, set to occur on October 20-21, 2023. This monumental event marks 23 years of Encounter Church’s legacy in uplifting communities through faith and music.

Bishop Oliver & EC Band Gala: Celebrating 23 Years of Spiritual Journey

Bishop Gary Oliver will dazzle attendees alongside the EC Band on Friday, October 20th, kick-starting the two-day event. The reception begins at 6:30 pm, followed by a captivating Praise & Worship Concert at 7:30 pm. Tickets are affordable at $20.00 and can be reserved via QR code, registration link, or directly on the EC website.

A Legacy of Enriched Worship with Bishop Gary Oliver

Bishop Gary Oliver, a trailblazer in modern worship, boasts a remarkable 40-year career. With contributions spanning from New Birth under Bishop Eddie Long to hosting TBN’s International Praise the Lord show, Bishop Oliver has become a cornerstone in the spiritual community.

The Praise & Worship Conference: A Golden Opportunity for Spiritual Enrichment Saturday, October 21, is designed for worship leaders, choir members, marriages, and families aiming for a deeper spiritual connection. Registration for this enlightening day is also set at $20.00. With limited seats available, early registration is strongly advised.

Why Attend?

Experience an intimate, live atmosphere filled with gratitude and exuberant praise!

Explore deep-rooted insights into the Word of God

Unite in glorifying the Lord, led by the seasoned wisdom of Bishop Gary Oliver

Hashtags: #WhyAttend #WordOfGod #CommunityWorship #IntimateExperience

We await your participation in this spiritually rejuvenating event as we unite to glorify our Lord.

living with purpose

New devotional will help you understand God’s blessing in your life

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A new devotional book Living with Purpose, has just been released and is aimed at unlocking the blessing of God on the lives of the readers.

Dawn Barrie’s Living with Purpose, which essentially takes one through her life with God, including both the cliff tops and the valleys, will encourage readers in their walk of faith.

From having written encouragement verses and words to her family and friends over many years, as well as having journaled incidents in her walk with God, she decided to put her words into devotions for her family as a legacy, inspiring each to know that they too could have a fulfilled relationship with Jesus. Her desire is that long after she is gone, her family will still be blessed by her words.

Having achieved this, she realized that her words could help far more people if released to the outside world. Upon contacting publishers and being successful in securing a publishing contract with Ark House, she says that she realized that she could help many others.

Dawn grew up in a Christian home on a farm, where she learnt love and understanding in her life, whilst also knowing what it meant to work hard and achieve her goals, making her a resilient, determined and independent person. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her teenage years and at 15 started working, firstly as a private secretary before becoming a nurse until she got married.

She says, “My husband and I were a team and supported each other in everything we did for 53 years, before he passed away. He always allowed me to follow my goals and encouraged me in everything I did. He would give his opinion, but allowed me to make my own decisions, which he then supported me in.”

Whilst maintaining a busy career in different fields of employment and ministry, the church has always remained a big part of her life. She has been involved in church leadership in the fields of children’s ministry, women’s ministry, working with youth and often speaking at functions. Today she is still actively involved in the church.

Dawn says, “Each experience and challenge in life has taught me the importance of spending time in God’s presence every day, from which I have gained wisdom and encouragement to enrich others. I am truly humbled that God led me to write these words for Him.”

Living with Purpose has been written from Dawn’s lifelong experiences of learning to listen and follow what God’s Word teaches and will help you experience the joy of having a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. God wants each person to live in freedom, walking in His perfect love, so that our fears no longer torment us, as His love drives out all fear.

These devotions, having been written in a way that anyone can relate to, giving you wisdom as you apply the truths of God’s Word to experience the infilling of the Holy Spirit more deeply each day. You will find that you want to read them again next year and in years to follow, for God will continue to speak through them to bless your life.

Living with Purpose is now available globally.

motivate 23

YOU’RE INVITED: ‘Motivate 2023’ Event Streaming Free on 9/30/2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – MESA, Az. September 1, 2023 /Press Release/ — Whether you have been bothered by the wildfires that swept through Maui killing hundreds, or whether you have been bothered by politics or even deaths occurring because of fentanyl, we know it’s hard for you to see a reason to rejoice in this modern day and age.

We know with everyone the situations around us may cause fear, worry, care, anxiety, and concern, but we are inviting you to come join us for a very special event, Motivate 2023.

On Saturday September 30, 2023, we hope you will gather on your cellphone, computer, or tablet to understand why this year’s theme is “Rejoice”. “This year has been quit a year in our society,” said M.King (Marcus King) Founder & President of the board at M.King Media.

From wildfires to political indictments to drug epidemics, it can be tough to see the Lord in our day and age, but we must also realize that those in the times of Jesus, had it tough like us, if not worse and still managed to find Jesus, even if that meant crawling on the ground through a crowd of people.”

The event will be less than an hour and hosted by M.King. The event will feature worship, a great teaching from the Bible on how to overcome to rejoice and much more. Motivate 2023 will be broadcast online via mkingmedia.com and their You Tube page.

“We hope people will join us and take a break from the noise around them to worship, be taught from the word and be encouraged to share their faith with the community around them in unique ways.” said M.King

Motivate 2023 will take place on Saturday September 30,2023 at 10AM , streaming free on M.King Media.com and their You Tube page.

About M.King Media
Founded in 2013, M.King Media INC. is a faith-focused non-profit based in Mesa, AZ. M.King Media has created more than 271 faith-based media projects and distributed them all over the world.

M.King Media’s mission statement is “To Make Creative Christian Media That Points People to Jesus Christ.” For more info go to mkingmedia.com/aboutus

the river west

Christian Historical Novel Addresses Incarnational Native American Ministry, Assimilation, and Spiritual Warfare

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – One definition of assimilation is “to absorb into the culture or mores of a population or group,” according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. While assimilation in Native American ministry often refers to Native Americans assimilating to white culture, the hero of a new Christian Native American historical fiction release presents a different viewpoint.

In The River West (Redemption Press), Allen Hartman, a missionary to the Arapaho in the early 1840s who practices “incarnational ministry,” is criticized by his denomination for assimilating too well to the culture where he is ministering. This third book in the Two Rivers trilogy, continues the adventures of Hartman and his friend, Negro pastor Deacon Abraham, on a journey that thrusts them into spiritual warfare, a fight for souls, and an ultimate showdown with evil forces.

Rescued from a holding cell in the Masonic Temple, missionary Allen Hartman is on the Natchez Trace heading back to his mission in Arapaho country. But when the evil, black-arts-practicing La Marque sends a slavecatcher and assassin to kill him and forcibly return his rescued friend and Negro pastor Deacon Abraham to slavery in the swamp plantation, Allen faces the ultimate spiritual battle.

Will Allen clear his name from false accusation so he can remain among the people to which he is called, and realize a future with Moon Cloud, the Arapaho woman he loves? In The River West young missionary Allen Hartman learns that “greater love” has a costly price as he battles evil in the Lord’s strength and way, not his own.

Author Michael W. Henry combines his cross-cultural experience in the Dominican Republic and Mexico with ministry experience in spiritual warfare and deliverance in this exciting and adventurous historical novel with deep spiritual undertones.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Michael W. Henry has a DM in theology from Fuller Seminary. A retired missionary and pastor, his ministry focus is now in inner healing, deliverance, and spiritual formation. He lives in the mountains of Washington State with his wife of over forty years, where they enjoy hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing together. This is the third book of the Two Rivers trilogy, in addition to Two Rivers and Down the River.

For interviews, please contact mike@michaelwhenry.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mike.henry.334839

https://redemption-press.com/product/the/river/west

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Suggested Interview Questions

  1. How do you describe The River West? Is it an adventure story? A Christian historical fiction tale? A primer on intercessory prayer?
  2. This is the third book in your trilogy. What are some of the truths the main character Allen Hartman has personally learned over the series?
  3. Allen practices “incarnational ministry,” how did your own missionary experience inform your writing?
  4. The three books in this series all deal with spiritual warfare and intercessory prayer. How is what the characters encounter requiring spiritual warfare different in The River West from the others?
  5. What do you think is important for all Christians to know about spiritual warfare?
  6. Are you working on a writing project that you can tell us about?—perhaps a new series?
god created chatgpt

Tech Meets Testament: How AI Can Revolutionize Evangelical Outreach

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In a world where technology is rapidly advancing, many Christians have expressed concerns about the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI). However, a new book titled GOD CREATED ChatGPT: A ChatGPT Guide for Pastors, Teachers, Church Staff, Christian Writers, and Other Christian Workers offers a fresh perspective on the matter.

The author, Donald L. Hughes, said, “Too many Christians are demonizing generative AI tools like ChatGPT. My book emphasizes that AI, like many other tools, is morally neutral. It is neither inherently good nor evil, much like a computer or cell phone. The true value of such tools lies in how they are used.”

Hughes passionately argues that when wielded by Christians, tools like ChatGPT and other generative AI can be powerful instruments to further the cause of Christ. The book is a treasure trove of easy-to-follow instructions and real-world examples, designed to help believers harness this evolving technology to serve the Lord.

Hughes explores:

  • The divine perspective on why God allowed the creation of ChatGPT and other AI tools such as Google Bard and Microsoft Edge/Bing Copilot.
  • A clear understanding of why using generative AI is not plagiarism or copyright infringement, and guidance on ethical usage.
  • Techniques to craft “prompts” that yield rich Christian content, free from anti-Christian bias.
  • Strategies for pastors to craft compelling sermons that resonate deeply with congregations.
  • Ways to utilize ChatGPT for personal and group evangelism.
  • Tips for Sunday School and Bible Study teachers on enhancing lesson preparations and class management.
  • Insights into streamlining church administrative tasks, including front office and maintenance), with the aid of ChatGPT.
  • Guidance for Christian authors on leveraging ChatGPT to craft impactful books.

The book’s central message is clear: Generative AI is not the enemy. Instead, it’s a tool that, when used rightly, can glorify God and aid in more effective ministry.

GOD CREATED ChatGPT: A ChatGPT Guide for Pastors, Teachers, Church Staff, Christian Writers, and Other Christian Workers is more than just a guide—it’s a call to action. It encourages believers to embrace technology, learn its intricacies, and utilize it to spread the message of Christ and disciple believers more effectively.

This groundbreaking book has the potential to revolutionize ministry approaches and empower Christian workers in their divine mission.

Contact data for Journalists

Author email: Don@DonaldLHughes.com

Brief author bio: https://donaldlhughes.com/about/

Book page: https://donaldlhughes.com/god-created-chatgpt/

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Amazon page (with reviews): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFZH6L7Q/

 

 

the apocalypse and the coming kingdom

The Apocalypse and Coming Kingdom: New book provides a definitive and prophetic look at the coming kingdom of Christ and the fate of all humanity.

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The return of Jesus is the greatest promise yet to be fulfilled in the Bible. This is a truth of which we are reminded by the new release of author Kenneth Behr’s latest book, “The Apocalypse and Coming Kingdom” (Xulon Press).

As a culture, we are barraged and immersed with images and thoughts of our collective end, and the end of all time. We tend to have a human fascination with the big question, “How’s it all going to end?” Nearly every day, it is common to see, read, or hear something in the news or on a social media platform about the “end of the world,” the “Apocalypse,” or “End Times.”

It seems that everyone has a specific theory or opinion about how these days will unfold. Yet, when we consider the prophecy regarding what the Bible refers to eighty-eight times as “The Day of the Lord,” (a.k.a. Armageddon), we need to remember to get all our answers from the only authoritative source, The Holy Bible. We also need to remember the importance of what “The Day of the Lord” signifies: The second coming of Jesus Christ.

Author, pastor, and apologist Ken Behr (Roaming Catholics, Ending the Wander to Embrace the Wonder) pulls verses from various books in the Bible and puts them side by side, explaining how they relate to each other. He lays out the events and timing of the end times as explained in scripture, while cautioning against overinterpreting current events.

He manages to do this while interweaving interesting stories and even jokes (unexpected in a prophecy book!), making this book a surprisingly easy read for such an important and complex topic. The 24 chapters cover the end-times and the apocalypse, which the author explains “is a transliteration from the Latin word “apocalypsis,” which actually comes from the Greek. In the Greek as well as the Latin, it is a word that literally means to “uncover” or, better yet, to reveal.”

Behr demonstrates early in this new book that the Bible has a 3,500-year history of faithfully predicting future events and that more than 25% of the Bible is actually prophetic. He prompts us to remember that when we pray, “Thy Kingdom Come,”  these three words tell us that there is a kingdom that is coming, and it is something that we should pray for daily.

He laments the fact that there are too many, likely the majority of our churches and pastors, who stay away from Bible prophecy, finding it too unsettling or sensational, or perhaps they just haven’t taken the time to try to read the clear truth that the Bible provides.

After giving us some clues in interpreting Bible prophecy, Behr begins his second chapter, titled “Jesus In The Clouds,” with what most Bible scholars consider to be the most significant prophetic event spoken of in the Bible. He references 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 and the return of Jesus Christ and how it ties in with what we read in the book of Revelation with Jesus Christ returning for His people and judging the righteous and unrighteous.

God’s ultimate desire is to be with His people, and that includes a time when He will reward the godly, punish the ungodly, set up His kingdom, and then create the new heaven and the new earth where we will dwell with Him forever.

Published by Xulon Press, “The Apocalypse and Coming Kingdom” is available in print and on Kindle, as well as other eBooks on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and in select Christian bookstores.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Kenneth Behr is the founder of Faith Dialogue, a ministry dedicated to building the body of Christ, encouraging pastors, and strengthening churches. Prior to serving as a senior pastor, Ken had a successful career in business. His love for teaching and the Bible led him to serve in various capacities over the past twenty years, including as President of the ECFA, headquartered in Washington, DC.

His teaching style is unique, taking the theological and spiritual and making it understandable. His objective is always to illuminate and inspire. His passion for history and prophecy led to the development of his ministry, including his latest book, “The Apocalypse and Coming Kingdom.” Ken and his wife Carol have been married for over 40 years and have two children and five grandchildren. He has a doctorate in theology and is ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance. His website is www.faithdialogue.org.

mars station

New Science Fiction Novel, Mars Station: A Space Travel Mystery, Is Now Available

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The objectives of the first manned mission to Mars were straightforward. Astronauts Captain Arlen Chatsworth, engineer Skylar Trenton, and communication officer Myra Lonsdale, MD were to bring back several hundred pounds of surface soil and rubble for research. But when they located a weathered and aged man-made sign on the red planet, the mission changed.

Upon their successful return to earth, two of the astronauts set out on an undercover mission of their own to find the answer to a secret that had been kept for over seventy-five years. As their search leads them to a medical clinic in a South American jungle, they cross paths with dangerous men on their own mission, and an aged explorer from another time.

Have they come in time to solve the enigma of the weathered relic from Mars? Or will their lives end in the jungle at the hands of Nazis bent on national glory?

Find out more when you read the captivating new novel, Mars Station: A Space Travel Mystery.

About the Author

After a thirty-year career in law enforcement, Glen McMahan took up creative pursuits and has written twenty short stories, with more on the way. He and his Persian cat Baby currently reside in Oregon, where they enjoy reading Steinbeck and listening to Dylan.

medicine for the heart

Dive into the Transformational Journey of “Medicine for the Heart” — free to download on Amazon through 8/26/23

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Friday, August 25, 2023

Discover a life-changing exploration of faith, meaning, and personal growth in the highly acclaimed book, “Medicine for the Heart: Reading Scripture in Troubled Times, with Kierkegaard,” written by the brilliant author Dwain L. Eckberg. Inspired by the profound wisdom of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, this captivating masterpiece is a must-have for all souls yearning for a richer and more meaningful existence.

In “Medicine for the Heart,” Eckberg expertly combines the timeless teachings of the Bible with the enlightening faith journey of patriarch Abraham. Drawing from Kierkegaard’s spiritually robust writings, readers are invited on a transformative pilgrimage, where they will uncover powerful techniques for reading the Bible and nurturing an unshakeable individual faith.

Prepare to be captivated by Eckberg’s masterful storytelling and deep understanding of the human experience. Early reviewers have hailed “Medicine for the Heart” as a much-needed elixir for the weary soul, with one reviewer remarking, “This book is a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration and guidance on their spiritual journey.”

Whether you are a seasoned Kierkegaardian, an inquisitive academic, or simply an individual searching for deeper meaning, “Medicine for the Heart” promises to enrich your life and leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Download for free on Amazon through August 26, 2003, and embark on an extraordinary journey of faith, purpose, and self-discovery. Don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity to secure your copy of “Medicine for the Heart” today. And for those who prefer the tangible beauty of a physical book, a discounted hard copy is also available on Amazon.

Experience the transformative power of “Medicine for the Heart” and join the ranks of those who have already rated it a perfect 5 stars. Here’s what one of many reviewers have said:

David Weber
5 Stars – Deep and Devotional

“As a pastor I am always looking for resources to help my congregants engage with Scripture as they face the troubles of this life. Dr. Eckberg has provided a theologically deep yet accessible resource toward this end. Each chapter is rooted in Scripture and designed to be read in a devotional manner. I look forward to sharing this book with both those interested in Kierkegaard’s devotional ministry and those seeking to grow in their knowledge of God’s word.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Dwain L. Eckberg at (434) 849-8668 or deckberg@ekholmen.com.

About the Author
A professor of medicine and cardiology, Dwain L. Eckberg, MD, graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine. He has published over 170 scientific articles. He met Rebecca, his college sweetheart, at Wheaton College, where he studied philosophy, and she studied English. They have been married sixty-three years—“The first sixty-three years,” Dwain quips, “are the hardest.” They have three daughters and six grandchildren. The couple lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. You have a philosophy degree and have been a research scientist for decades. How has these two elements influenced your faith?
  2. What initially piqued your interest about philosophy?
  3. Kierkegaard’s writings largely influenced your book. Tell us a bit about Kierkegaard in case our listeners aren’t as familiar with him as you are.
  4. Out of all the philosophers to choose from, why did you pick Kierkegaard and explore his writings?
  5. What is the greatest contribution Kierkegaard has had on Western civilization?
  6. Your book provides some techniques for reading the Bible. Which one has had the most impact on you personally?
  7. How do you hope readers will be inspired by their own faith from the context of your book?
  8. Which of Kierkegaard’s quotes has inspired you that you’d like to leave with readers?
Living Missionally Beyond Sunday

New book helps Christians rediscover their missionary identity

FAITH NEWS SERVICEWhat is the mission of God in the world and what is my part in it? Both the answer and the value of this question are made evident by means of a dose of “rabbinic rhetoric”: What does a barista and a missionary have common?

Work is a sacred ordinance, and God intends for your vocation, your work, to be coupled with mission— God has called all believers, those who are “in Christ” by grace, through faith, to couple their daily work and lives with God’s mission: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,” Eph. 2:10.

The Greek term translated “handiwork” means “he has made us what we are.” God has blessed you with gifts, talents, skills, and passion to do the work you love— e.g., mechanic, welder, teacher, construction, custodian, farmer, logger, physician, grocery clerk, lawyer, nurse, bank teller, business owner, police officer, marine, soldier, airman, sailor, writer, musician, artist, and, of course, barista!

And God created you “in Christ” (you are a new creation) to do good works, which God “prepared in advance,” that is, before “the creation of the world” — “The good works of the righteous are the work and gift of God.” Therefore, every believer is to involve themselves “… in the eternal purposes of God in the world to redeem it to Himself, to sum up all things to Himself in Christ Jesus” (Alan Hirsch).

For the creation ordinance of work to possess ultimate purpose, passion and an abiding sense of mission, believers must transform their vocation into a missional vocation— A barista and a missionary are biblically called to be one in the same person! If the church is going to be revived, and make disciples at home and throughout the earth, in obedience to Jesus Christ in whom all “authority in heaven and on earth has been given,” the church must rediscover her Missionary Identity— This is the primary purpose of the book you hold in your hand, Living Missionally Beyond Sunday, “and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“He is an able and attractive man of God who knows and loves evangelical theological truth; who can think, handling ideas and arguments with clarity and precision; and who can teach, verbalizing and illustrating very straightforwardly.”
The Late, Dr. James I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

Kerry McRoberts is a husband, father, grandfather, and above all, a covenant child of God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. “Mac” (a nickname since his service in the United States Air Force) has served the purpose of the kingdom of God as an academic dean, professor, pastor, apologist, author, guest lecturer, speaker/preacher, and participant in paradigm studies on five continents.

Mac has conducted numerous conferences on cults, the occult, and pagan spirituality, and participated in debates, e.g., New Age, occult, cults, and social ethical issues. He has presented lectures and published on apologetics, social-ethics, theology, and missional congregations in the context of postmodern, post-postmodern, neo-pagan, socialist, and neo-Marxist cultures.

Mac’s pastoral career spans thirty-five years, and his teaching/academic career exceeds twenty-five years. He has authored five books, and coauthored three books (at present, Mac is working on his sixth book, a cultural apologetic confronting Western Civilization’s Marxist “Woke” invasion).

FROM THE FOREWORDLIVING MISSIONALLY BEYOND SUNDAY
“This is not a refined academic treatise or a simplistic pop culture work. It is an enthusiastic exploration and unearthing of the biblical and empirical clarity we need to go forward in this VUCA (volatile, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous) world we are in. When all of God’s people are on mission in all of life – especially their daily work – we can expect significant kingdom progress. All of the chapters have the unrefined freshness of Mac’s humble inquiry and his ability to distill so much information in one place.”
Dr. Charlie Self

 

Medicine for the Heart

For all who aspire to live richer, more meaningful lives, “Medicine for the Heart” will be free to download tomorrow (8/22/23)

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, August 21, 2023

Dive into a captivating exploration of faith, meaning, and personal growth Medicine for the Heart: Reading Scripture in Troubled Times, with Kierkegaard by acclaimed author Dwain L. Eckberg. Inspired by the profound wisdom of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, this transformative book is a call to all seekers, believers, and intellectuals who yearn for a richer and more meaningful existence.

In “Medicine for the Heart,” Eckberg skillfully weaves together the timeless teachings of the Bible and the illuminating faith journey of patriarch Abraham. Drawing from Kierkegaard’s spiritually robust writings, readers are invited to embark on a transformative pilgrimage, discovering simple yet powerful techniques for reading the Bible and cultivating an unwavering individual faith.

“This book is a much-needed elixir for the weary soul,” remarks one early reviewer. “Eckberg’s masterful storytelling and deep understanding of the human experience make “Medicine for the Heart” a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration and guidance on their spiritual journey.”

Whether you’re a seasoned Kierkegaardian, a curious academic, or simply an individual searching for deeper meaning, “Medicine for the Heart” is a book that promises to enrich your life and leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Download for free on Amazon through August 26, 2003, or purchase the beautiful discounted hard copy at “Medicine for the Heart” today, and embark on a transformative journey of faith, purpose, and self-discovery. “Medicine for the Heart” is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what one of many reviewers have said:

Karyl Noonyn
5 Stars – Beyond This World

“The Bible, God’s Word, is unlike any other written word. It holds unparalleled value to all mankind. Dr. Dwain Eckberg’s book illuminates a map, applying Kierkegaard’s theological works, guiding the reader into a deeper understanding of how not just to read the Bible, but to consume it. I highly recommend this book for everyone looking to delve deeper into scriptures or anyone just starting their pursuit of biblical studies.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Dwain L. Eckberg at (434) 849-8668 or deckberg@ekholmen.com.

About the Author

A professor of medicine and cardiology, Dwain L. Eckberg, MD, graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine. He has published over 170 scientific articles. He met Rebecca, his college sweetheart, at Wheaton College, where he studied philosophy, and she studied English. They have been married sixty-three years—“The first sixty-three years,” Dwain quips, “are the hardest.” They have three daughters and six grandchildren. The couple lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. You have a philosophy degree and have been a research scientist for decades. How has these two elements influenced your faith?
  2. What initially piqued your interest about philosophy?
  3. Kierkegaard’s writings largely influenced your book. Tell us a bit about Kierkegaard in case our listeners aren’t as familiar with him as you are.
  4. Out of all the philosophers to choose from, why did you pick Kierkegaard and explore his writings?
  5. What is the greatest contribution Kierkegaard has had on Western civilization?
  6. Your book provides some techniques for reading the Bible. Which one has had the most impact on you personally?
  7. How do you hope readers will be inspired by their own faith from the context of your book?
  8. Which of Kierkegaard’s quotes has inspired you that you’d like to leave with readers?
the b word

A young woman’s struggle from the torment of bulimia to freedom in Christ detailed in new book

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Open the first page of Katrina Wilkie’s novel the B Word and you read these words:

The B Word is my story. I’ve written it down for you, so you can read the words I most needed to hear. Beautiful one, don’t give up. There is hope. There is healing and a whole new life for you that is yours to claim. This nightmare you are going through is not your forever. Just hold on and take one tiny step at a time. Love, Katrina.”

Katrina Wilkie first wrote her book the B Word soon after her bulimia stopped. But her healing was far from complete, and the manuscript was shelved as she spent the following thirty years alternating between binge eating, under eating, exercise addiction and various forms of disordered eating. It wasn’t until she began facing the things in her life, which had lead to her eating disorders, that she began to heal.

The manuscript came off the shelf, was dusted off and edited, and is now a story which offers hope to the many people who are suffering from bulimia, or another form of disordered eating.

Katrina has a lived experience of the truth that ‘secrets make you sick’. Katrina says that “telling someone your secret for the first time is scary, even when it’s a trusted person. My story hopefully encourages people to tell their own story to someone, no matter where they are on their path to healing”.

Katrina chose to create the character ‘Louise’, rather than write her story as a first-person testimony. She says: “I think this allowed me to add interesting elements to the character and her friends, which makes the book more fun to read. I’ve changed people’s names and some of the details, but most of the people in the story were a big part of my life back then”.

“I haven’t held back from describing the struggles Louise goes through, because I want the book to be relatable. As they read about Louise’s struggles, I want people to be able to see themselves, and hold on to hope that they are not alone.”

An important part of the story is Louise’s faith journey. The question why doesn’t God just heal me? is one Louise asks often. The reader also catches glimpses of Louise’s past and where her eating issues may have begun. The answer to this question is never explicitly answered, but it is clear that Louise has started on her recovery journey and that she is slowly letting God heal her from one thing at a time, one step at a time.

The B Word is a small window into Katrina’s life and history with disordered eating. She has written the book about her struggle with bulimia because she believes bulimia is an eating disorder people don’t talk about. “There is a lot of guilt and shame around having bulimia” she says, “but it is much more prevalent than people realise. People tend to talk about anorexia or other forms of disordered eating much more easily.

“Eating disorders are actually a serious mental health condition. Recovery includes understanding this, and being able to talk about what you are going through.”

According to Australian body Eating Disorders Victoria, approximately 1 million people in Australia are living with a form of eating disorder. Of those, four times more people are suffering from bulimia than anorexia.

Katrina is an Australian author. Her recovery journey continues one step at a time. She is currently working on writing a book that tells the rest of her story. She loves hearing other people’s stories, and can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

The B Word by Katrina Wilkie ISBN: 9780645802535 can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Koorong and other online bookstores.

Inspiring Story of Resilience and Faith: Burn Survivor’s Journey to Healing and Hope

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In a remarkable tale of unwavering faith and triumph over adversity, Derrick Jones, a courageous burn victim, has emerged as a beacon of hope for Christian communities worldwide. His journey from the depths of despair to a life of purpose and faith is a story that will touch hearts and inspire individuals to find strength in their own trials.

After a life-altering incident left Derrick with severe burns, he faced both physical and emotional challenges that tested his faith. Yet, through the power of prayer, support from loved ones, and his unshakable belief in God’s plan, Derrick Jones found the strength to embrace his new reality and embark on a journey of healing and transformation.

As Derrick shares his personal testimony of overcoming pain, doubt, and fear, he highlights the pivotal role that spirituality played in his recovery. his unwavering faith not only aided him in the physical healing process but also helped him find a renewed sense of purpose and a deep connection with God.

“I believe that my experience is a testament to the incredible power of faith and the strength that comes from trusting in God’s plan,” Derrickshares. “My hope is that by sharing my story, I can encourage others to find solace in their faith and discover the resilience that lies within them.”

In addition to his inspiring narrative, Derrick Jones has become an advocate for burn survivors and an ambassador for faith-based organizations. He has devoted his life to spreading messages of hope, love, and perseverance, proving that even in the face of overwhelming challenges, one can emerge stronger and more spiritually connected.

Reach Media is proud to represent Derrick Jones and facilitate his engagement with Christian media outlets. His story is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and the transformative power of faith. We invite you to join us in sharing Derrick’s journey of healing, hope, and unwavering faith with your audience.

For interviews, features, or inquiries, please contact:

Randal Lee
Publicist
Reach Media
601.695.3297

in front of them all

Street evangelist aims to inspire the next generation for the Great Commission in new biography

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – When any Christian hears the words ‘street evangelist’, two things generally occur. Firstly, the thought is that the person in question must really know their Bible. Secondly, a slight shiver goes down their spine.

Evangelism is a scary enough prospect for even the most committed Christian. But street evangelism? That is on another level, where you not only have to know your Word, but the chances of outright persecution, and at worst, ridicule, is very high.

Bruce Kelly, the author of the remarkable new book, In Front Of Them All, got used to dealing with the public after a 25-year career as a police officer. As he says, the lessons he learned in caring for the flock stood him in good stead after such a long career “looking after sheep with two legs!”

He says that these skills helped in his career on the raw edge of life in attending murder scenes, suicides, domestic violence, accidents and petty crimes. In all of this, he learned more about others, himself and God.

Becoming comfortable with dealing with the general public, and no doubt being able to handle himself if any situation was to get out of hand, Bruce took his knowledge of the Bible – and his love for people – to the street. As a street evangelist in the Australian state of Victoria, Brucedsays he ministered to thousands of people.

As Bruce told me, “There are plenty of books dealing with evangelical doctrine. However, I have not seen many presenting evangelism as a practical grassroots ministry. This book is especially written to assist the younger generation in transferring the evangelical message in simple fashion outside the four walls of the church and on to the street.

“Every Christian should be doing the work of evangelism according to their giftedness and the circumstances of their lives. I learned to engage people with my story in a process of challenge and excitement, and soon concluded that more people out there are prepared to listen to a good Biblical story than there are Christians willing to share.”

Bruce makes a very valid point. While most Christians are afraid to share their faith, people are actually much more open to the Gospel than we think. And when tied in with how our personal faith has shaped our lives, there is a huge marketplace of people searching for Jesus – even if they’re not aware of it.

“One objective in writing this book is to encourage older Christians with their wealth of knowledge on evangelism to download the how-to of the Gospel message to the younger generation, who are struggling to find their way in the Christian life,” Bruce said.

“As an older Christian, I loved every moment of my ministry. I pray that through reading this book, readers will be inspired to encourage young Christians in evangelism and at the same time, that you too might take your place in the ‘Great Commission.’

“After all, the Bible does command us to Go into all the world and share the Good News.”

Bruce was also involved for fifteen years in church planting as a home missioner with the Baptist Union of Victoria. He was the first pastor of three churches – two in Victoria and one in the Kimberleys region of Western Australia. He was also involved in interim ministries in New South Wales and with remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. In this he learned how to baptize, marry and bury.

Upon returning to Victoria, he has shared his story and literature in many languages with thousands of students, tourists and public over the last twenty years.

Bruce had no intention of writing a book about his life, until he was challenged by his pastor to write a book that would describe in detail his experience of street evangelism. He says that soon after receiving the challenge, he seriously broke an ankle, and as a form of therapy in the recovery process and the advent of Covid, his book began to be formed.

In Front of Them All is not just Bruce’s story, but will inspire and encourage you to adopt a lifetime role of Great Commission activities in accord with your giftedness and circumstances of life. As you read Bruce’s remarkable story, you will be challenged to understand that evangelism is a core component of your life.

In Front Of Them All, published by Ark House, is now available globally.

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Christian book publisher, Ark House, celebrates 20 years of book publishing

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Christian book publisher, Ark House, has announced it is celebrating 20 years of producing Christian books.

The publisher, which commenced its operations back in 2003 with one single advertisement calling for new authors, has now published over 1,300 titles since its inception.

“Ark House stared with very humble beginnings,” says Matt Danswan, CEO of Initiate Media, the Christian media company that oversees Ark House.

“We started book publishing because at that time, we were the owners of Australia’s two major Christian magazines, Alive and Christian Woman, and we saw the need for a Christian publisher that was not just interested in theological-type books. We wanted to create fiction, biographies, and titles that appealed to a really wide array of Christians.

“From that one ad, the manuscripts began to roll in, and one after another, we began to produce Christian books.”

Matt said that the company had an advantage in that it already had graphic designers on staff and so they were able to pivot into book layout without too much trouble.

“Being in the Christian magazine market certainly helped us have a lot of the technical knowhow in place to manage the intricate design process,” Matt said. “However, the legal and distribution side of the business was a minefield that took a lot of work to navigate.

“Stock holdings were another massive challenge as a young company. As our catalog grew, so did the amount of money we had tied up in books that were printed and warehoused. There was no print on demand for the first 10 to 15 years of our existence, so keeping stock of our growing catalog was a massive challenge. We simply had to have stock on hand to be able to support our distributors, as well as retailers and authors.”

Ark House has gone on to win the Christian book of the Year awards on two occasions, as well as being finalist a number of times. Its real strength, though, it says is in helping new and little-known authors get a start in the book world. In addition, given they are not self publishers, these authors then have a powerful imprint on their book, which gives them immense credibility.

We really see ourselves positioned as that Christian publisher that feels its calling is to give authors an opportunity”, Matt says.” While we have to first assess every manuscript that comes in, given we won’t just place our brand on any manuscript, we do try and work with a wide range of authors.

“Traditionally, publishers’ doors are closed to new authors, forcing most to have to go down the self publishing route. However, we don’t believe that is the best route for authors, and so we have developed programs that allow us to work with such authors so they have a powerful, reputable publishing imprint on their books and are not forced down a self publishing pathway.

For more information, visit www.arkhousepress.com.

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Death to Selfie—A Roadmap for Christlike Living details journey from selfishness to selflessness

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Melbourne, FL—Will Owen is the president of JetBoatPilot.com, a multi-dimensional marine products brand in Panama City, Florida. He began his career as an aggressive personality filled with selfish ambitions.

However, as he matured in his Christian walk and lived out his Christianity, he began to change. His commitment to God and hunger for truth drove him to pursue a life free of fleshly pursuits and follow God daily.

Owen’s pastor, Veteran songwriter and author Pastor Robert Gay of High Praise Panama City once told his bold congregant, “Will, not one person has been called into my office for correction and counsel more than you.” Then he said, “And no one has taken the instruction and correction as well and has applied it as consistently as you.”

As a troublesome church member, Will had a revelation that self was the root of all his mistakes. He used to want to come out on top of every situation, but now his goals include building others up, whether it’s his family, business, or ministry.

Through his new book, Death to Selfie—A Roadmap for Christlike Living (August 2023, Parsons Publishing House), Will Owen shares what he learned in his journey going from selfishness to selflessness. He includes a couple of practical tools to help detect if you are walking in the Spirit. Owen suggests that all Christians would do well to pay attention to the “words in red”—meaning the words spoken by Jesus Christ often written in red font.

He says, “Something interesting happened when I read only the words in red; I felt something I had never felt before. I felt stronger in my faith and fuller in my spirit. It was like I had just eaten a four-course meal full of carbs and protein. Then, I was reminded of the words Jesus spoke when He said, ‘The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life’ (John 6:63). After reading every word in red, I felt full like Jesus’ words were literal food.”

According to Owen, one takeaway that you will get from reading this book is, “You can seek to live your life above sin when you live as Jesus commanded.” Owen’s journey has been about elevating others as he pursues selflessness, and his book offers the tools to help you on your journey.

(Release date 8/15/23, Anchor Distribution, 978-160273-1516). For more information, contact: Will Owen, 850.867.1410 or 850.960.3236, jetboatpilot.com@gmail.com

the gap between god and christianity

‘The Gap Between God and Christianity: The Turbulence of Western Culture’ a penetrating book for thinking Christians

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – When people move from one cultural system to another, they get caught in the dissonance created by the collision of the two systems for survival. Many are not aware of what is happening.

They have brought their own culture to the host situation, and it is not working for them. The host people wonder why they are so strange. Culture shock is a real possibility for these sojourners in a foreign land. But awareness can change all this.

A similar problem confronts Christians when they read the Bible or implement its teachings in their own culture. They do not realize the powerful influence of the original culture on the words and then of their own on their observations of the text or its application to their lives.

The results create a gap between God and their expression of Christianity. This is the crux of the discussion in this book. The journey may cause discomfort for some. It is a sensitive topic to talk about one’s own culture and its influence on us when all along, we thought we were in charge of our lives and preferences. It may give us a sort of reverse culture shock.

Western culture is one of the most challenging perspectives from which to see and grasp the intent of biblical truths. Its search for logical information, institutional survival, and Christian celebrities does not lend itself to trusting relationships central to the biblical message.

The English language, shaped by this culture, is highly in contrast to Middle Eastern ways of thinking, reasons for communication, and views of people. The typical reader does not allow the text to change their individualist view of themselves but rather reads it through individualist eyes that often filter out what God intends for them.

The result is a highly developed superficial Western Christianity with what is believed to be the information but often misses the meaning and personal engagement with God intended. That leaves a Gap Between God and Christianity.

Author’s Perspective:

The Gap Between God and Christianity comes out of decades of observing Western Christianity in the United States and Europe and non-Western Christianity in Africa, Korea, and Native America and years of teaching applied cultural anthropology and intercultural communication. Through it all, I became deeply concerned for today’s churches, Christian schools, and mission agencies.

We have ignored this enormous influence of culture, and ours has played tricks on us, invading our way of thinking about God, godliness, and ministry. It is time to close the gap.

This book speaks to the interference of our Western culture in reading and responding to God’s Word. Until recent times, Christians have not paid attention to the effects of culture on people, especially their own on them.

But this has been our error and weakness as Western people in understanding ourselves and others in the world around us. A further result is that we have neglected to see that reading the Bible is a cross-cultural experience, and we are ill-prepared for it. The Gap Between God and Christianity opens our understanding of the influence of our culture when we read the Bible.

We have a Western prescription in our cultural lenses, helping us interpret our experience and communication in our own situation but distorting the meaning of experience and communication in other cultures, including the Bible. If we let it, it creates a gap between us and God’s intentions for us in His Word. Although it is a sort of high treason to talk about culture’s influence on us individualists, it is time we met God on his own terms and let him speak for himself.

The Gap Between God and Christianity helps us cross the chasm.

Endorsements:

“Because all ministry is intercultural, The Gap Between God and Christianity has a foundational and fundamental message for all Christian workers at home and abroad: know first who you are. Why? So that you don’t superimpose your culture on the Biblical cultures or the host culture. Forged out of the crucible of cross-cultural ministry in numerous cultures, the reader can expect to find informed ways to ‘let God be God.’ Don’t overlook this jewel.”   —Tom Steffen, Biola University, emeritus.

“This book is a rich and needed cultural critique of American conservative Christianity, by a lifelong member of that community who has served half of his life as a foreign missionary, and the other half as a seminary professor. . . . Stallter concludes that cultural expectations, theological systems, and personal needs filter American views of Scripture and God, with the result that we ‘know a lot about self-assertion but little about humility and, therefore, little of the fear of God.”   —Sherwood G. Lingenfelter, Fuller Theological Seminary, emeritus.

“Tom Stallter has faithfully and pointedly served those of us who comprise his Euro-North American audience. Building on his extensive international experience and painstaking scholarly pursuits, Stallter offers here not only a penetrating critique of our enslaving Western individualism but—perhaps even more importantly—constructive pointers toward living freely as followers of Jesus Christ. Stallter’s analysis of our skewed notion of ‘conscience’ is only one of several enlightening discussions that push us to ‘let God be God.’”   —J. Nelson Jennings, Mission Pastor, Onnuri Church, S. Korea

“Thomas Stallter has provided the church an extremely valuable tool to help understand the role culture has played in the initial giving of God’s revelation, the subsequent understanding of that revelation throughout the ages, and the communication of that revelation by Christians across cultures. This understanding enables us to “let God be God within our cultural frame of reference’ and avoid the ‘intrusion of self between God and us.’”   —John R. Lillis, Pacific Theological Seminary

AI and the church

New Gloo Survey Reveals What Ministry Leaders Think About AI & The Church

FAITH NEWS SERVICEInitial results show that church leaders have a general understanding of AI, but are split in their views on how, or if, it should be used in ministry.

BOULDER, Colo., August 2, 2023 — Gloo, the leading technology platform dedicated to connecting the faith ecosystem and releasing its collective might, announced initial results of its AI & the Church Survey. The survey was developed in conjunction with a working group of partners including Barna Group, Ed Stetzer, the Lausanne Movement, AI and Faith, and others. The goal of the survey is to help church leaders be more informed on peer sentiment, equipping leaders to drive the conversation around responsible use of artificial intelligence.

The 25-question survey used a snowball sampling method to cover a variety of topics from ministry role, church size, and congregational background to usage of AI, views on its usefulness, and sentiments on its moral and ethical implications. At the time these results were drawn, 1,573 people participated in the survey, 83% of which were church leaders, and 17% were church members. The survey is now reopened, and full results are available and will continue to be made available through Gloo.

Steve Millette, director of common measurement at Gloo, stated, “Not surprisingly, these early results reveal a lot of variability on views of AI in the faith ecosystem. While leaders generally understand AI, they are indicating they need more training in order to use it effectively. More discussion is needed about how the Church can properly use the technology to support ministry.”

Key results from the survey include:

Understanding AI: Sixty-three percent of leaders are comfortable in their understanding of AI, saying they are fairly to somewhat knowledgeable, while 28% of church leaders say they are only slightly or not knowledgeable at all. Only 9% considered themselves very knowledgeable.

Using AI: While AI tools undergird a wide swath of online and digital tools and platforms, most church leaders do not use AI directly in ministry. Sixty-two percent state they rarely or never use AI in their work, 19% cite occasional use, with another 19% that use AI on a weekly or daily basis.

Lead Pastor at Kansas City’s Westside Family Church Randy Frazee said, “As church leaders, we are usually behind the innovation curve. That reluctance costs us real kingdom advances. While I’ve got one eyebrow up watching the unfolding AI, I am excited that more people might draw a step closer to Jesus because of it. AI is here to stay, and we can use it as a tool to draw people toward the light.”

Concerns about AI: Fifty-four percent of respondents state they are quite to extremely concerned about ethical or moral issues related to using AI in the church. Another 40% indicate they are slightly to somewhat concerned, and 6% are not concerned at all.

“It’s a good thing that Christians are curious, yet cautious about AI — the people working in AI are, too. The question is, how will we respond? This data should compel us toward engagement and ethical use of AI,” said Ed Stetzer, missiologist and dean of the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

Outlook on AI: A majority of leaders (54%) are somewhat to very uncomfortable with the emergence of AI in the world, while 32% are somewhat to very positive or excited. Fourteen percent remain neutral.

When it comes to using AI in a church context, respondents were divided.

Use within their church: Forty-three percent are somewhat to very uncomfortable with the idea of using AI in their church, with 27% being somewhat to very positive or excited, while 30% were neutral with no strong feelings either way.

Use by the Big C Church: Forty-one percent believe that the Church should moderately leverage AI in ministry, and 9% assert the Church should enthusiastically leverage the technology. Seventeen percent hold that the Church should resist the use of AI in ministry, with an additional 7% that declare the Church should condemn it. Twenty-six percent hold a neutral position on the use of AI in ministry.

“The data reveals that church leaders are quite split in their opinions on the role of AI in the Church and how they are reading the terrain,” said Savannah Kimberlin, associate vice president at Barna Group. “Forty-three percent of respondents admitted to feeling uncomfortable or anxious about AI being used in churches, and one in four went so far as to say the Church should resist or condemn the use of AI. However, one in three enthusiastically shared they believe AI will improve their efficiency or effectiveness. Stats like these show that the time is right to come together and have meaningful conversations on the topic.”

Going forward, Gloo and the working group of partners will continue to gather data, ask new questions, and track sentiment changes over time. A variety of organizations will contribute analysis, commentary and resources to be made available at no charge to ministries on the AI & the Church Hub.

To see the full results, visit gloo.us/ai-survey-results.

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Gloo is the trusted platform that releases the collective might of the faith ecosystem. As the leading technology innovator, Gloo connects people, partners, world-class content, funding opportunities, and more to help ministry achieve their goals and change more lives. Gloo is based in Boulder, Colorado, employing a team of more than 150 people.

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New book reveals how the good news reaches an ancient culture

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A new book tells the remarkable story of how the message of Jesus was able to reach an ancient Australian culture.

Makarrata: The Australians of Arnhem Land, has been written by accomplished Australian author, Michael Chambers, and is a riveting look at how the first Australians came in connection with both the Gospel, and revival.

During a recent interview, I spoke with Michael, at home in Mildura on the Murray River in northwest Victoria. During our discussions, Michael told me that he arrived in Australia from New Zealand as a young man to explore the Outback. He eventually managed remote sheep and cattle stations, before starting a successful career with mining giant, BHP, and settling in Darwin with his growing family.

He spent time in ministry with the Yolngu communities in Arnhem Land and owned several iconic fishing tackle shops, before retiring in Mildura at the age of seventy with his wife, their five children, and eleven grandchildren.

Michael’s second book, Makarrata is a prequel to his previous work, WALKING AMONG THE STARS. That book was a historical fiction set in the Lake Mungo district of western NSW, centred on the Ngiyampaa people who still live there and their experiences of European settlement.

When I asked him what made him write Makarrata, he told the following story.

“In 1994 I was asked to lead a group of about thirty Aboriginal people from Arnhem Land to Israel for Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles,” he said. We had didgeridoo and clapsticks; we were painted up and sang and danced for eight thousand Jewish and prominent political people.”

He went on to explain that these Yolngu people are still living, fishing and hunting on their own lands, and English was generally a second or third language. They had invited him to teach about Biblical marriage and his love of Israel. He was asked to speak at many gatherings and invited to participate in some important ceremonies.

I was surprised when he told me that many from the mostly Christian community had already visited Israel, some more than once. About a decade prior to this, there was a mighty revival in the Church there, which has persisted to this day. Even now, they are very spiritual people.

“While we were travelling in Israel, I pondered these unexpected circumstances, and that’s when I first had the idea to write a book, an historical fiction that in part examines reasons as to why a remote Aboriginal church in a still largely tribal community could have such a manifest love of the Jewish people,” Michael continued.

“I found the answer to that when I finally researched the subject, some thirty years later!”

I then asked about Makarrata and its meaning. Michael explained that in the Yolngu tradition, the term has several meanings, including the restoration of peace after a dispute, a treaty or agreement, and legal connotations that can signify a ceremonial trial, like one of the stories told in the book.

Michael also shared that he wrote the book to address some misconceptions about missionaries and their impact on modern Aboriginal culture and lifestyle. He believes, as do many Yolngu, that without the Christian teachings and economic intervention of the missionaries, the people would have lost both their lands and their culture.

He pointed out that the book covers a broad range of topics, starting at the beginning of time, and including the Yolngu people’s long history, encounters with cannibals, finding 14th-century African coins on a remote beach, and their relationship with deadly snakes and sharks. It also explores tales of witchcraft and sorcery, romance, healing, and redemption.

Makarrata is a series of interlinked stories, covering a period of about 6000 years,” Michael told me about the book and its characters. “So many characters come and go. The main characters appear later in the book. In 1920, a young Edward Cornish arrived home from the war in Palestine. After the Australian army liberated Jerusalem, Ted stayed behind to spend a year with a group of learned rabbis in the Old City.

“Finally returning to his hometown of Gellibrand, in the Otway’s, he marries his childhood sweetheart Betty and dedicates his life to bringing the gospel to Aboriginal people. The Methodist Missionary Society sends him to remote Murŋginy Island, off the coast of Arnhem land. Together, the couple raises a family, and as well as bringing Good News to their new Yolngu friends. They also encourage the beginnings of a successful sawmilling business, market gardens and a commercial fishing operation.”

Mike also believes that Makarrata: The Australians of Arnhemland will be informative, inspiring, and a valuable source of insight and context for those voting in Australia’s upcoming VOICE TO PARLIAMENT referendum later in the year.

I now realise the unique viewpoint that Michael Chambers brings to the topic. For example, his experiences living and working with Aboriginal culture and communities, as well as his travels to Israel and exposure to Jewish culture, give him a unique perspective on the intersection of different cultures and traditions.

Makarrata: The Australians of Arnhemland, published by Ark House, is now available globally.

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“Kneeling Earnestly for Transformation: 30 Day Devotional” is Free to Download Tomorrow (August 1, 2023)

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—July 31, 2023

Discover the Power of Faith and Transformation in Na’Kedra Rodgers’ Uplifting New Book

An urgent spiritual call echoes across the globe as Na’Kedra Rodgers, a Texas-based motivational speaker and influencer, releases her inspiring new devotional, “Kneeling Earnestly for Transformation” (published by Redemption Press). Brimming with personal stories of hope and resilience found through faith in Jesus, this book is a beacon of light for women navigating trying times.

Rodgers, with her charismatic, contemporary voice, tackles pressing issues that resonate with women today. From overcoming anxiety and life’s hardships to receiving comfort from God and recognizing Him as our sanctuary, she provides wisdom and guidance. Her profound insights on the Holy Spirit’s intercession and the quest for perfect peace are particularly timely.

Kneeling Earnestly for Transformation” is more than just a thirty-day devotional; it’s a spiritual journey that uplifts and empowers. It is a clarion call for those feeling defeated or on the brink of surrender, offering them renewed hope and strength to persist in their spiritual transformation. Rodgers’ consistent message resonates powerfully: you are an overcomer through the Lord. As she affirms, “In the end, you will receive a crown of life if you don’t waiver in your faith. Keep pressing forward so you will one day hear Him say, ‘Servant, well done.’”

Each devotional begins with a relevant Bible verse, follows with a thought-provoking question, and concludes with an encouraging prayer and scripture passage. This unique blend of biblical teaching and practical personal application not only enlightens the reader but also brings them one step closer to total transformation.

Fuel your faith and ignite your spirit with Na’Kedra Rodgers’ “Kneeling Earnestly for Transformation.” This book is not merely a read; it’s an experience that will inspire and transform your life.

Na’Kedra Rodgers book, “Kneeling Earnestly for Transformation” will be available to download for free for five days through August 5, 2023. Here’s what a recent reviewer had to say

Sharon
5 Stars – A must-read for anyone seeking spiritual growth

“Kneeling Earnestly for Transformation is a powerful and inspiring journey towards self-discovery and spiritual growth. This devotional is a beacon of hope for those who are feeling defeated or on the brink of giving up, offering comfort and guidance through the transformative power of faith … A must-read for anyone seeking spiritual growth and a fresh perspective on life’s challenges.”

For More Information

Popular motivational speaker and influencer Na’Kedra Rodgers shares enthusiastic messages of healing and hope with her social media community. The Monroe, Louisiana native and LSU graduate now lives in Dallas/Ft. Worth and encourages women through her devotionals featured in the e-devotional AriseDaily765. Rodgers has appeared on Shoutout DFW and Fishbowl Radio, and regularly ministers through guest appearances and on her own social media sites. Na’Kedra has been married to Kelven for eight years and has two beautiful girls, Chloe and Harley. She loves to dance and enters West Coast Swing competitions across the country several times a year.

For interviews, contact Na’Kedra at optimisticallyke@gmail.com.

Website: www.okthatsme.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimisticallyKe

Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/OptimisticallyKe

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What are some ways the Lord moved mountains for you and reversed your financial situation?
  2. Can you share what words of comfort you have given or contacts you have had that helped carry someone through their storm?
  3. Can you share with us a specific time when God been your refuge by protecting you from harm?
  4. In what ways do you intentionally shine the light of Jesus for others to see?
  5. What need has the Lord provided for you in a way only He could?
  6. Conflict is hard. When has God helped you to show grace during conflict?
  7. What relationship has the Lord asked you to end so you could set yourself apart to Him?
  8. Can you share about a time when you were in a fire you thought would never end, but the Lord helped you to trust the process?
once upon a time

Best Selling Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home by Breakthrough Author, Samuel Blumenthal Free to Download

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—July 28, 2023

In an era when stories are the heartbeat of human connection, esteemed author and retired clinical psychologist, Sam Blumenthal, brings to life a collection of compelling tales in his latest book. Switching from the non-fiction realm, Blumenthal ventures into the world of fiction, expertly weaving narratives that explore humanity’s deepest questions about faith and personal purpose.

Blumenthal’s new work, “Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home,” published by Redemption Press, is a testament to his belief in the power of storytelling as a tool for conveying profound truths. With a background rooted in Reform Judaism and a personal journey towards finding Christ, Blumenthal’s stories offer an insightful exploration of spirituality, providing readers with a unique perspective on the Christian faith.

“Imagine a parable,” says Blumenthal, “A singular idea, told in whichever form you choose – be it a fairy tale, science fiction, or a slice of everyday life. That’s the essence of a short story.” Drawing from his three-decade experience as a psychoanalytically-oriented psychologist, Blumenthal delves deep into the human heart and mind, offering readers an enlightening exploration of life’s most significant questions.

Once Upon a Time” is more than just a book; it’s an invitation to discovery. As Blumenthal puts it, “The gospel, God, and the Kingdom of God are ever-present, waiting to be uncovered in every moment of our lives.” He further elaborates on his faith, asserting that the gospel’s call to sanctify ourselves can be best understood through a four-chapter narrative – creation, fall, redemption, restoration.

In a world where the pace of life often blurs the profound meanings hidden within our everyday experiences, Blumenthal’s stories offer a pause, a chance to slow down, and listen. His narratives reflect our hopes, dreams, and dilemmas, guiding readers on a journey towards understanding, healing, and wholeness.

Sam Blumenthal’s book, “Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home.” will be available to download for through July 29, 2023. “Once Upon a Time” has launched with rave reviews. Here’s what just a couple reviewers have said:

Jay Carter
5 Stars – Beautifully written, relatable, inspiring.

“A must read for anyone struggling to understand what life is all about. (That’s all of us!). I’m grateful that Dr. Blumenthal has shared these powerful stories with us, and I look forward to sharing them with my friends and family.”

Samuel Koenigsberg
5 Stars – Substantial Stories

“Sam Blumenthal knows intimately the power of story to engage us in truth and mystery like nothing else can. These crafted narratives take you on a unique journey, yet somehow familiar. It is clear these stories are substantial, the product of a well utilized imagination engaged with truth- truth hard won in the storms and refining fires of his own journey home, because of this they will stir you no matter where you are on yours. You’re in good hands in these stories, and if you choose to enter in, they are guaranteed to enhance your own.”

For More Information

Samuel Blumenthal is a retired clinical psychologist who grew up in a Reform Jewish home in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he still resides. The proud father of three grown sons and two daughters-in-law, he has five grandchildren. After coming to faith in Christ at forty-five, he looks for every opportunity to speak and write about the God who pursued him with His love. Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home is his first book.

For more information or interviews, contact Samuel Blumenthal at www.samuelblumenthal.com/contact.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. You are a Jewish-background believer. How did you come to know Christ as savior?
  2. How do you think your work background and education as a psychologist gives you insight into human behavior that’s helpful for character development?
  3. At what point did you become interested in expressing gospel truths through the short story medium?
  4. What’s your path to publishing? Did you study writing or learn on your own?
  5. Before writing the short stories, you were working on a biography of your life. What’s the status of that project?
  6. Did you find yourself reworking parts of your own life story into any of the stories in Once Upon a Time?
  7. How did you decide on the title Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home?
  8. Why do you think there are not more Christian short stories published?
  9. What is your hope that the truths found in the short stories will ultimately accomplish?

 

the unfolding of god's word

Introducing “The Unfolding of God’s Word”: An Inspiring Online Bible Study for Spiritual Growth

FAITH NEWS SERVICEVineland New Jersey, August 21, 2023 @ 7:30 PM – We are excited to announce the launch of “The Unfolding of God’s Word,” a transformative online Bible study designed to deepen spiritual understanding, foster personal growth, and explore the rich tapestry of God’s teachings.

In a world where individuals seek solace, guidance, and a deeper connection with their faith, “The Unfolding of God’s Word” offers a unique opportunity to engage in an enriching study from the comfort of one’s own home. This comprehensive study is open to all, regardless of previous knowledge or experience, and aims to create a warm and inclusive environment that encourages participants to connect with one another while exploring the profound wisdom contained within the Scriptures.

Led by experienced ministers, authors and passionate believers, this online Bible study will take attendees on a journey through key passages, stories, and themes found in the Bible. Over the course of several sessions, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the historical context, cultural influences, and timeless messages contained within God’s Word.

“The Unfolding of God’s Word” emphasizes an interactive and engaging learning experience. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into thought-provoking discussions, ask questions, and share personal insights. The study materials provided are carefully curated to appeal to individuals at various levels of familiarity with the Bible, making it accessible to beginners and seasoned readers alike.

Whether searching for answers to life’s perplexing questions or desiring spiritual growth and development, “The Unfolding of God’s Word” equips participants with the tools needed to apply biblical principles in their daily lives. It promises to be an enlightening and transformative experience that fosters a stronger relationship with God and fellow participants.

There is no registration for “The Unfolding of God’s Word” we only are after interested individuals. The study will commence on August 21, 2023 @ 7:30 PM and continue every Monday evening. Sessions will be held virtually, ensuring accessibility for individuals worldwide.

About: Welcome to the enchanting journey through the Unfolding of God’s Word! This weekly broadcast is designed to take you on a deep dive into the divine scriptures, allowing believers to discover the existence of their heavenly bank account. Attached to this remarkable inheritance are all the necessary provisions for maximizing your God-ordained purpose. As the layers of God’s word unfold, they will penetrate the depths of your spirit, unveiling your true potential and fostering a profound connection with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Reflecting on Psalm 119:130, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple,” this program aims to illuminate and bring wisdom to even the humblest of hearts.

Media Contact:

Minister Michael Mickey Williams, Jr

Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@MichaelMickeyWilliamsJr/featured

Email: minoradjustments2013@gmail.com

Website: https://lnk.bio/michaelmickeywilliamsjr

the life of jesus

Free PDF eBook, The Life of Jesus, available now on Amazon

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A free PDF eBook, The Life of Jesus, is now available on Amazon.

The Life of Jesus will give Christians fresh insights about his birth, youth, and his ministry through three Passover Festivals.

Review endorsements:

This is a very informative, amazing, and powerful book. Thanks to the author for investing hours of research, expressed with his masterful command of language. ~ Alex Johnson

* Anyone using this book will be enriched. ~ Rev Dr John Olley

Geoff Waugh has written a very helpful devotional book about the Saviour of the world who is also the loving presence in believers. I warmly commend this book. ~ Rev Dr Tony Cupit

* This is a wonderful book and can be read over and over. Thank you. ~ Kerry Rawson

* I keep this book with my Bible. It is especially helpful when reading through the Gospels. ~ Cathy Hartwig

* The book is beautifully written and I have learned and understood a lot. I am recommending this book. ~ Kattie Mayson

Offering fresh insights, The Life of Jesus points you to the great good news of who Jesus is and what he did. ~ Back cover

I read your book last night. This is a great book. Thanks for writing this for all of us. ~ Nabeel Sharoon in Pakistan, translated it into five languages

Download your free copy today here, or go to Amazon.

 

once upon a time

Best Seller, “Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home” is Free to Download

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—July 24, 2023

Breakthrough Author, Sam Blumenthal is thrilled to announce something fresh and exciting for all you book lovers out there! It’s long been known that we humans are wired for stories. Christine Hennebury couldn’t have put it better in Point of View on cbc.ca, “Stories let us share information in a way that creates an emotional connection. They help us to understand that information and each other, and it makes the information memorable. Because stories create an emotional connection, we can gain a deeper understanding of other people’s experiences.”[1]

Now, imagine this: Sam Blumenthal, a retired clinical psychologist with a Ph.D., has taken this wisdom to heart and decided to switch gears from writing a non-fiction account of his life to crafting a collection of short stories. He says, “A short story is like a parable, just one idea, told however you choose—be it a fairy tale, science fiction, or someone’s everyday life.”

Born in a Reform Jewish home in the South and finding faith in Christ in mid-life, Sam began to wonder if fiction might be a more powerful tool for exploring life’s biggest questions about God and His unending pursuit of us.

The result? A captivating new book from Redemption Press called “Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home.” Sam sees writing as an “act of faith” and believes that these Christian stories can illuminate gospel truths in a unique way. He shares, “I believe that the gospel, especially the call to sanctify ourselves, can be best understood when seen through the lens of a four-chapter story—creation, fall, redemption, restoration.”

With his thirty years of experience as a psychoanalytically-oriented psychologist, Sam brings a unique perspective on the human mind and heart. He hopes readers will see that the gospel, God, and the Kingdom of God are present in every moment of life if we just take a moment to look.

He added, “Stories have always been about us, reflecting our hopes, dreams, and greatest dilemmas. Since the dawn of man, stories have been filled with meaning, much of which has gone unnoticed. But if you’re willing to slow down and listen more closely, stories will meet you where you need them and guide you home where you’ll be healthy and whole.”

Sam Blumenthal’s book, “Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home.” will be available to download for free for five days through July 29, 2023. “Once Upon a Time” has launched with rave reviews. Here’s what just a couple reviewers have said:

Tom M
5 Stars – A Timely Collection of Stories and Messages

“This book is a collection of 12 stories, each with different characters and themes, but all with life lessons from which everyone can benefit. Every story stands on its own, and yet I found myself having an emotional response to all of them. The characters in all of these stories are both well defined and well developed, so as the reader I felt I understood how the storylines came about and how the plots were resolved. I’m definitely looking forward to the author’s next work.”

Doug
5 Stars – This book is for EVERYONE

“These short stories speak about the things that REALLY matter. The stories drew me in and the messages are so necessary and based in the ultimate truth. Blumenthal captures the essence of what we all need to hear, or be reminded of, in these times. This book should be required reading for EVERYONE. Buy one for yourself and some to gift to those you care about.”

For More Information
Samuel Blumenthal is a retired clinical psychologist who grew up in a Reform Jewish home in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he still resides. The proud father of three grown sons and two daughters-in-law, he has five grandchildren. After coming to faith in Christ at forty-five, he looks for every opportunity to speak and write about the God who pursued him with His love. Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home is his first book.

For more information or interviews, contact Samuel Blumenthal at www.samuelblumenthal.com/contact.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. You are a Jewish-background believer. How did you come to know Christ as savior?
  2. How do you think your work background and education as a psychologist gives you insight into human behavior that’s helpful for character development?
  3. At what point did you become interested in expressing gospel truths through the short story medium?
  4. What’s your path to publishing? Did you study writing or learn on your own?
  5. Before writing the short stories, you were working on a biography of your life. What’s the status of that project?
  6. Did you find yourself reworking parts of your own life story into any of the stories in Once Upon a Time?
  7. How did you decide on the title Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Short Stories for Those Trying to Find Their Way Home?
  8. Why do you think there are not more Christian short stories published?
  9. What is your hope that the truths found in the short stories will ultimately accomplish?

[1] Christine Hennebury, Point of View, Newfoundland & Labrador, “Storytelling is Not Just Entertainment. It’s a Fundamental Part of Being Human,” Mar 29, 2020, cbc.ca.

illegitimate

Illegitimate Daughter of a Catholic Priest Speaks Out

Mother of Arik Armstead of the San Francisco 49ers Reveals Her Past

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Red-headed and light skinned Christa Armstead was born in 1967 to an eighteen-year-old black mother and her father was a thirty-year-old white Catholic priest.

“There are no estimates of how many such children exist,” says a New York Times article, but a global support group for children of priests, Coping International, reported 50,000 users in 175 countries.[1] While the voices of these children have yet to be heard, one woman is telling her story.

In Illegitimate, Christa Armstead tells how she was abandoned by her father and raised in poverty in inner-city LA by a mother battling deep psychological wounds. The debut release from Redemption Press is a beautifully crafted and transparent story of the coming of age of a young woman who carried the pain and hidden stigma of her birth. Haunted by the absence of her father’s love, her rejection turned to insecurity, confusion, and rage.

At age nineteen, Armstead appeared on the Phil Donahue Show, along with her mother, to share their story of her origins, in a day when the revelation still had the power to shock. Too conflicted to fully tell her story then, Armstead is now speaking out.

Armstead, the mother of four, including defensive end Arik Armstead of the San Francisco 49ers, says, “When I sat on the stage of the Phil Donahue Show, almost thirty years prior, I couldn’t fathom being free from the stigma of being the illegitimate daughter of a Catholic priest. What a beautiful life it turned out to be in spite of how it all began.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christa Armstead is an author, speaker, leader, the wife of Guss Armstead, and mother of Aaron, Armond, Alexis, and Arik Armstead of the San Francisco 49ers, the founder of Armstead Academic Project. Christa is a beacon of inspiration and unwavering dedication, whose life’s work as a pastor and community advocate illuminates a path of support and uplifting for all. Drawing from her own journey, Christa’s compassionate and sensitive heart embraces the needs of others, a testament to her profound understanding of the human experience.

Grounded in an unshakable faith, Christa finds solace, strength, and inspiration to triumph over personal challenges, discovering the sweet taste of freedom in the process. She is driven by an unwavering passion to share her healing journey, and extend a hand of hope and guidance to those who strive for liberation.

[1] Jason Horowitz and Elisabetta Povoledo, “Vatican’s Secret Rules for Catholic Priests Who Have Children,” New York Times, Feb. 18, 2019.

beyond

“BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms” Free to Download through July 15

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—July 14, 2023

“BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms” by Cindy Saab shines as a beacon of hope in a world that is frequently torn apart by storms of anxiety, uncertainty, and heartache. The book takes readers on a captivating journey through life’s most difficult storms while offering readers a lifeline of strength, hope, and steadfast faith.

“BEYOND” is more than just a book; it’s a compass for navigating life’s turbulent waters. It acts as a personal guide that enables readers to find refuge and strength in their darkest moments. The author combines her rich experience and deep biblical knowledge to offer readers a unique blend of practical wisdom and spiritual guidance.

“BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms” invites readers on a transformative journey to discover how refuge, hope, trust, love, joy, and strength can be unearthed even under the darkest of life’s clouds.

Don’t merely withstand the storm; journey through the storm to a place BEYOND what you could have envisioned or hoped for. Order “BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms” today and begin the journey of a lifetime.

Cindy Saab’s book, BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms will be available to download for free through July 15, 2023. BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms has launched with rave reviews. Here’s what just a couple reviewers have said:

Adele J. Johnson
5 Stars – Great bible study

“If you are going through trials in your life, This study is for you. Everyone has an unexpected event that is devastating and leaves you paralyzed emotionally and physically. Beyond turns you to look at scriptures that lift you up. Jesus will carry you throughout the storms of life.”

BarbaraPathak
5 Stars –HOPE for LIFE STORMS

“I absolutely loved this Bible Study! Cindy Saab is very engaging and inspiring . I loved how she started us at a sea surface level and gently guided us down to the ocean trenches in teaching us to find our hope and strength in Christ.”

For More Information

Cindy is an intentional CEO—a Connector and Encourager to Others. She loves to inspire, empower, equip and coach those traveling through unexpected storms and motivate them toward new seasons of life. Cindy is an award-winning Bible study author, a passionate communicator, and a strong biblical teacher who participates in Christian writing and speaking conferences and coordinates for a nationwide Christian outreach ministry. The mother of two adult children, she can often be found at the local coffee shop or the inspirational beach near her New Hampshire home.

For interviews, contact cindy@cindysaab.com

Website: cindysaab.com

Facebook: CindySaab

Instagram: CindySaab

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. If it’s okay, could you tell us a little about your own storms? Did you immediately turn to God, or did you try to navigate on your own for a while?
  2. You teach Bible studies on this topic. At what point in your storm did you feel ready to start teaching others?
  3. Speak to the woman who has just been hit by a major storm and doesn’t feel ready to tackle a six-week Bible study. What would you tell her is the first step to moving through the storm?
  4. If the storm seems too big, like it will never end, what encouragement can you offer? How can readers know the storm will end?
  5. The book is called Beyond, and you talk about getting to a place beyond the storm. What can readers look forward to on the other side?
  6. You share a lot of stories in the book from other women who have faced major life storms. Can you share a story with us that inspired you?
  7. Of the women whose stories you share in the book, can you share where any are now and maybe how they have moved beyond their storm?

 

gloo

AI & the Church Hackathon to Award $1 Million to Faith-Driven Developers

The October event aims to foster innovation and pursue AI-powered technologies for faith-based purposes.

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – BOULDER, Colo., July 12, 2023 Gloo, the leading technology platform dedicated to connecting the faith ecosystem and releasing its collective might, announced a first-of-its-kind event, The AI & the Church Hackathon event, aimed at rapidly advancing artificial intelligence-based technology to serve the faith community.

The Hackathon will take technologists from around the world and will take place October 6-8, 2023, in Boulder, Colorado. The event will focus on exploring how artificial intelligence can be used for good. Winning creators will see their work accelerated by business development contracts with Gloo and qualify for several awards from a $1 million funding pool.

Event participants will be invited to build applications across various categories to support a wide spectrum of ministry-related functions, including church administration, digital giving, database management, workflow automation, discipleship, content creation, and graphic design. Hackathon submissions could include new web applications, native mobile applications, and plugins that leverage the Gloo platform.

“Our platform was built for faith-driven creators to be able to build powerful technologies, collaborate, safely share data with other organizations, and launch sustainable products that lead to stronger ministries and ultimately human flourishing,” said Steele Billings, Head of Gloo Exchange and AI Initiatives at Gloo.

Nick Skytland and Ali Llewellyn of Quite Uncommon, who have run some of the world’s largest hackathons in government, academia, and the Church, will co-host the event with Gloo.

“Gloo is asking the question: what if a technology of the magnitude of AI was pointed at a major problem in the world today: human flourishing?” said Skytland. “There are talented technologists around the world who long to use their skills and talents for higher purposes, such as helping people grow and reach their greatest potential.”

Gloo has also partnered with Cru’s Indigitous and Faith.Tech, both of whom have hosted hackathons and networking events for faith-driven technologists for the last eight years. Together, these organizations hope to enable, rally, and inspire the talents of technologists who are passionate about leveraging technology to serve the faith ecosystem.

Applications for the AI & the Church Hackathon are now open, with attendees already committed from North America, Europe, and Africa. To apply or for more information on the event, visit www.gloo.us/ai.

Gloo is the trusted platform that releases the collective might of the faith ecosystem. As a leading technology innovator, Gloo connects people, partners, world-class content, funding opportunities, and more to help ministries achieve their goals and change more lives. Gloo is based in Boulder, Colorado, employing a team of more than 150 people.

Media Contact
Sarah Bunyea
sarah.bunyea@pinkston.co
571-205-1931

get organized god's way

New Release Explores How to Get Organized God’s Way and How Our Relationship with Clutter Reflects Our Relationship with God

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In a study conducted by NAPO (the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals), 80 percent of the items the average person holds on to are never used.*

Even with the abundance of how-to books and advice on organizing, many still struggle to deal with clutter.

Eileen Koff, a Certified Professional Organizer, says there is a spiritual component involved. In a new release, Get Organized God’s Way (Redemption Press), she says, “A disorganized life can put God at a distance because of all the distractions that disorder creates, and the temptation to love and treasure those things rather than God.” Get Organized God’s Way teaches how to break free from false beliefs that keep you in bondage to your possessions, and make peaceful places where we can nurture intimacy with God.

In Get Organized God’s Way, the award-winning organizing professional unveils the lies and misconceptions about disorganization that keep many in darkness and disarray. She sheds light on God’s plan to bring His order into our chaos so we can experience His purpose for our lives, as well as prioritize our gifts and talents to serve others.

“Anyone who has ever tried to get organized knows it can be tough,” Koff says. “Unlike other books filled with hints, tips, and methods that work for everyone else but you, this study will reveal God’s plan for living an orderly life. Once you understand how to get organized God’s way, He will light your path to a new freedom from your present chaos.”

Passionate about teaching the joys of leading an orderly life, Eileen Koff says her greatest delight is witnessing the transforming power of God’s Word in those she serves. In Get Organized God’s Way, she reveals a plan to not only transform your spaces but be transformed by the Word of God.

* https://www.thesimplicityhabit.com/statistics-on-clutter-that-will-blow-your-mind/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eileen Koff is a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®), former member and publication chair of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), and founder of her professional organizing company, To The Next Level, and ministry, Eileen Koff Ministries. Eileen holds a Level II Specialist Certificate with the Institute of Challenging Disorganization, and her long-standing emphasis on eco-friendly solutions for her clients led her to receive the Best Green Service award by NAPO-LA in 2013. Eileen proudly served as devotion director and educational director for Faithful Organizers, an online international Christian community of over two hundred professional organizers (2007–2015).

She’s passionate about teaching various groups the joys of leading an orderly life, but her greatest delight is witnessing the transforming power of God’s Word in the lives of those she serves. She lives with her husband Wayne, of over forty years, and they are the proud parents of three adult sons.

CONTACT

For interviews, contact [contact email]: Eileen@EileenKoffMinistries.com or EileenKoff@gmail.com.

Website: www.EileenKoffMinistries.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/eileenkoffministries
Twitter: twitter.com/EK_Ministries
LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/EileenKoff

beyond cindy saab

Best Seller, “BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms” Free to Download July 11

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—July 10, 2023

In a world often swept by tempests of stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and heartache, a beacon of hope emerges in the form of Cindy Saab’s newest book, “BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms.” The book is a riveting journey that sails through life’s most formidable storms, providing readers with a lifeline of strength, hope, and unwavering faith.

“BEYOND” is not just a book—it’s a compass to navigate the tumultuous seas of life. It serves as an intimate guide that empowers readers to find solace and strength during their darkest hours.

Author Cindy Saab combines her rich experience and deep biblical knowledge to offer readers a unique blend of practical wisdom and spiritual guidance.

The book is meticulously structured, featuring insightful Bible teachings, thought-provoking questions, and heart-touching stories of individuals who have braved life’s roughest waters. Each lesson is designed to break down complex biblical concepts into easy-to-understand pieces, accompanied by journaling prompts that provide a sacred space for readers to pour out their hearts to the Savior.

“BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms” invites readers on a transformative journey to discover how refuge, hope, trust, love, joy, and strength can be unearthed even under the heaviest of life’s clouds.

Brace yourselves for a voyage that promises to take you beyond your current trials to a place of thriving strength—a place ‘Beyond’.

Don’t just weather the storm, go through the storm to a place BEYOND what you could have imagined or hoped for. Order your copy of “BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms” today and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Cindy Saab’s book, BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms will be available to download for free for five days through July 15, 2023. BEYOND: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms has launched with rave reviews. Here’s what just a couple reviewers have said:

Kimball
5 Stars – Highly recommend

“Bought a copy for me and now am buying a copy for my sister. Compassionate and encouraging read from someone who has experienced intense storms to remind you of the God who will be by your side through your life’s storms as well. Good study to do on your own or with a group.”

Laura Acuna
5 Stars – Are you living through a hard season?

“If you are currently experiencing a hard season, Cindy Saab’s Beyond: Finding Strength and Hope Through Unexpected Storms will teach you how to re-frame your thinking on grief, suffering and disappointment through the lens of God’s Word and His life-giving grace. I highly recommend gathering with a few friends and going through this EXCELLENT and compassionate six-week Bible study, together!”

For More Information

Cindy is an intentional CEO—a Connector and Encourager to Others. She loves to inspire, empower, equip and coach those traveling through unexpected storms and motivate them toward new seasons of life. Cindy is an award-winning Bible study author, a passionate communicator, and a strong biblical teacher who participates in Christian writing and speaking conferences and coordinates for a nationwide Christian outreach ministry. The mother of two adult children, she can often be found at the local coffee shop or the inspirational beach near her New Hampshire home.

For interviews, contact cindy@cindysaab.com

Website: cindysaab.com

Facebook: CindySaab

Instagram: CindySaab

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. If it’s okay, could you tell us a little about your own storms? Did you immediately turn to God, or did you try to navigate on your own for a while?
  2. You teach Bible studies on this topic. At what point in your storm did you feel ready to start teaching others?
  3. Speak to the woman who has just been hit by a major storm and doesn’t feel ready to tackle a six-week Bible study. What would you tell her is the first step to moving through the storm?
  4. If the storm seems too big, like it will never end, what encouragement can you offer? How can readers know the storm will end?
  5. The book is called Beyond, and you talk about getting to a place beyond the storm. What can readers look forward to on the other side?
  6. You share a lot of stories in the book from other women who have faced major life storms. Can you share a story with us that inspired you?
  7. Of the women whose stories you share in the book, can you share where any are now and maybe how they have moved beyond their storm?
depth by drama

Unleashing the Gospel through Drama: Michael Merker’s Revolutionary New Must-Have Guide” Free to Download through Saturday, July 1

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—June 30, 2023

Unleash your inner performer! Michael Merker, a director and performer of unmatched caliber, is ecstatic to unveil his much-awaited book – Depth by Drama. This revolutionary guide is your key to crafting captivating and life changing Bible-based dramas.

Armed with decades of enriching experience as a director, professional actor, and musician, Michael Merker has devoted his existence to disseminating the gospel through the magnetic force of theatrical productions. His unquenchable thirst for storytelling, coupled with an unwavering commitment to accuracy and authenticity, distinguishes him in the realm of Christian theater. In Depth by Drama, Merker unveils his treasure trove of knowledge and expertise, empowering you to animate the Bible on stage.

The essence of Depth by Drama is perfectly encapsulated in the back cover copy: “Discover the transformative power of drama as you learn how to create compelling Bible-based performances that captivate audiences and deepen their understanding of scripture. In Depth by Drama, Michael Merker offers practical tips, techniques, and strategies for crafting unforgettable productions that bring the Word of God to life.”

Through Depth by Drama, Merker extends a heartfelt invitation to accompany him on this extraordinary expedition, utilizing the potency of theater to propagate the gospel and touch hearts in a deeply moving way.

Don’t let this golden opportunity slip away! Grab your indispensable guide to creating and presenting Bible-based shows. Depth by Drama is available to download for free on Amazon through July 1, 2023, with the print copy available on Amazon, and anywhere books are sold. Depth by Drama continues to receive rave reviews! Here’s what just a couple reviewers have said:

Shane Day
5 Stars – A New Way of Approaching Discipleship

“Michael Merker brings a new perspective to how drama can be used as a discipleship tool for all ages, not just children. He brings a wealth of knowledge of the theater and drama productions and he is able to express technical concepts about acting, directing, and production clearly and with dry wit. I learned so much!

“He also challenges the conventional thinking about dramatic arts by pushing the reader to think more broadly how it can be used for God’s glory. He convincingly argues that by immersing one’s self in Biblical texts (or any other texts for that matter) in preparation for a performance results in deeper and fuller understanding of Scripture, regardless of whether it turns into a production or not.”

Grace
5 Stars – Witness of Faith.

“The author opens his heart in witness of his faith and encourages others to let theirs play out in the world as well. Bravo Mr. Merker.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Merker has both a bachelor’s and a master’s of fine arts (BFA/MFA) in acting and directing, from the Goodman School of Drama of the Art Institute of Chicago (now the Theatre School at DePaul University). After working for years as a professional actor, director, stage manager, and musician, he went on to write, direct, and perform Bible-based plays in church and parachurch settings. He enjoys playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums on worship teams. He’s been married over forty-four years to his wife, Linda. Together they homeschooled their six children, and they now have ten grandchildren. He currently resides in the Puget Sound area.

For interviews, contact Michael.W.Merker@ActingOutHisWord.com

Social media links: 
Website: www.ActingOutHisWord.org
Facebook: facebook.com/michael.w.merker
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michael.w.merker/
Twitter: @MerkerMichaelW
Pinterest: @MichaelWMerker
TikTok: MerkerMichaelW
YouTube: @michaelWMerker

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. You’re so thorough in your guide for adapting the Bible and other Christian literary works for the stage. Do you think a bare-bones production can be as impactful, both for the audience and the performers, as a high-budget one?
  2. What tips do you have for non-actors who would like to participate but find they suffer from stage fright?
  3. There have been some successful well-known theatrical and film adaptations of Bible stories. What’s your take on shows like Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?
  4. What are your thoughts about The Chosen as a ministry tool?
  5. What are your plans for future productions?
  6. What would be the most encouraging feedback you could receive from readers of this book?
  7. For readers who don’t necessarily want to create a performance piece, or even study the Bible with a group, what benefits might your book have for them?
  8. What is your message for people who believe that the arts are an ungodly pursuit?
our creative father

New Picture Book Teaches Children About God Our Creative Father

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Long before today’s society began touting the importance of creation care, the Bible proclaimed the value of the natural world. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it,” declares Psalm 24:1.

Very young children can learn to value God’s good creation and not take it for granted. In addition to taking their children out into nature, parents, other caregivers, and educators can share with them books that demonstrate the diversity and beauty of God’s world.

Tiffany Molden’s Our Creative Father (Redemption Press) seeks to encourage children to explore creation and points them with gratitude toward God as its imaginative maker.

“I always get mesmerized when I take a look around and notice how creative God’s mind really is,” says Molden, a Kansas-based surgical technologist. Through Emerald, her book’s narrator, Molden hopes to prompt in children “an awareness of and insight into things we may take for granted every day.”

On her grandparents’ farm, Emerald discovers so much to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Puffy clouds, juicy fruit, dancing daisies, and playful puppies fill her day. And everything has been made by God, our creative Father. Even a sudden shower can’t put a damper on creation when it’s followed by a glorious rainbow!

Because Our Creative Father is the one who made the heavens and the earth . . . and each of us too. With its inviting voice and colorful illustrations, Molden’s book will help the youngest generation grow into faithful and appreciative stewards of God’s good creation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A surgical technologist, Tiffany Molden lives in Grandview, Missouri and loves travel, singing, and kids. She volunteers as a praise and worship leader and assists with the children’s choir at her church. Her goal is to point people toward God through her singing, writing, and lifestyle.

CONTACT DETAILS

For interviews, contact tiffypooh62584@gmail.com or tiffypooh62584@yahoo.com.
Facebook:            Tiffany Molden
Instagram:            @moldentiffany
Pinterest:            @tiffanymolden

breaking the shadows

New Redemption Press release shows that female baldness can be beautiful

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Even a plethora of products and wigs couldn’t compete with the beauty found within a fierce soul that lived in complete freedom.*

“Fierce. My little sister called me her fierce friend.”

Fierce implies that we are not afraid to step out from the shadows that the enemy casts on us. And for decades, singer and lyricist Carol Chisolm was not fierce and lived in the voiceless shadows of a shame- and fear-based identity that trapped her like a cocoon. Carol has alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. She covered her imperfections and increasing hair loss with expensive products and a dresser lined with pretty wigs.

And she didn’t feel any better—on the inside, at least. For over thirty years, she lived with a false sense of self—until one balmy, rainy day. As she sat playing the piano, that inner self-esteem bomb exploded. She threw away her boxes of hair products and heavy wigs—and shaved her head. A shiny, beautiful bald.

Chisolm says, “I wasted so much time hiding myself, when God just wanted to get glory through my life.” She had been so bound by chains of insecurity, low self-worth, and fear of being made fun of for her baldness that she couldn’t hear God’s voice of freedom. He was her confidence, her strength, her visibility. “Let’s go free inwardly,” Chisolm encourages, “and loose those outward bonds and chains that bind us spiritually. If we truly uncover ourselves, we will be surprised how God shows His love for us.”

Now she lives with radiant freedom in Christ and sings to the world, “I have alopecia, but it doesn’t have me,” reminding others that they too have an identity worth living. Carol uses her songwriting passion to create songs of inner freedom and peace. Join her on Facebook every Wednesday for “Wednesday Worship.” Her latest single, “Wonderfully Made,” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Amazon Music.

If you find yourself questioning your identity, your worth, and your purpose, Breaking the Shadows will help you accept your flaws and imperfections, and insecurities. If you have ever felt cut off from the world, this book will empower you to step out from behind the shadows and gently, courageously lead you on a freedom path, with action steps to reclaim your inner self.

Carol says, “God doesn’t make any mistakes. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. You can walk in liberty, understanding who you are in Christ.”

*https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/health_medicine/hair_loss/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Singer and lyricist Carol Chisolm holds a bachelor’s and MBA in business administration. She has alopecia, an autoimmune disorder resulting in hair loss. For decades she lived in the voiceless shadows of fear and shame. Now she lives and sings with radiant freedom in Christ, reminding others that they too have an identity worth living. Her singles can be found on all major music streaming platforms. An Oklahoma City native, she and her husband live in Melbourne, Florida. They have two adult children and one grandchild. Visit her at carolchisolm.com.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Carol Chisolm: joyfulpraizer@gmail.com

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Website: www.carolchisolm.com

integrity music

Integrity Music Reaches Milestone 1 Million YouTube Subscribers

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – (BRENTWOOD, Tennessee) – Integrity Music recently celebrated surpassing one million subscribers on the label’s YouTube channel – putting it in the top one percent of all channels on the platform.

Integrity Music’s writers and artists produce some of the most familiar worship songs sung in churches around the world today, including “Way Maker” and “10,000 Reasons.” Integrity Music is part of David C Cook, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials.

Integrity Music’s President, Jonathan Brown, shared, “When you look in Scriptures, milestones are always marked so we can look back in wonder at what God did. Here at Integrity Music, milestones like this are not about building our reputation or getting glory for ourselves. It’s about the fact that over 300 million worshippers have viewed the videos on this channel to worship with us, representing 237 countries around the world. That’s a huge milestone for which God gets all the glory.”

Integrity Music’s YouTube channel features engaging music videos that showcase the authentic, groundbreaking worship projects and songs written and sung by the likes of Matt Redman, Leeland, Darlene Zschech, Mitch Wong, and Citizens. Being active on YouTube is a part of Integrity’s larger desire to help people world-wide experience the manifest presence of God and resource the church with songs of substance.

The Integrity Music team celebrated the milestone accomplishment by giving glory and credit to God and recorded a special video that includes several messages of thanks to their subscribers, including from Integrity artists Paul Baloche and Leeland. Watch the video.

To learn more about Integrity Music, please visit https://www.integritymusic.com.

Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. With offices in both the US and the UK, Nashville, Tennessee and Brighton, East Sussex, Integrity Music is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world.

Pictured: Jason Jones (Vice President of Creative) and Madison Frantz (YouTube Marketing Manager) holding Integrity Music’s YouTube Gold Plaque received upon the achievement.

depth by drama

Groundbreaking Book, Depth by Drama Now Available: A Must-Have Guide for Creating and Presenting Bible-Based Shows Free to Download Tomorrow June 27, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—June 26, 2023

Director and performer Michael Merker is thrilled to announce the release of his highly anticipated book, Depth by Drama. This groundbreaking guide is designed to equip missionaries, group leaders, pastors, and anyone looking to create and present engaging Bible-based shows that both entertain and affirm faith.

With decades of experience as a director, professional actor and musician, Michael Merker has dedicated his life to spreading the gospel through the power of theatrical productions. His passion for storytelling and commitment to accuracy and authenticity set him apart in the world of Christian theater. In Depth by Drama, Merker shares his extensive knowledge and expertise to help others bring the Bible to life on stage.

The back cover copy of the book perfectly encapsulates the essence of Depth by Drama:

“Discover the transformative power of drama as you learn how to create compelling Bible-based performances that captivate audiences and deepen their understanding of scripture. In Depth by Drama, Michael Merker offers practical tips, techniques, and strategies for crafting unforgettable productions that bring the Word of God to life.”

Merker explains, “My hope is that the ideas and techniques presented here will help you and many others to increase many potential dimensions of Bible knowledge while serving others in love.” With Depth by Drama he invites you to join him on this incredible journey, using the power of theater to spread the gospel and touch lives in a profound way.

Don’t miss out on this essential guide for creating and presenting Bible-based shows. Order your copy of Depth by Drama today!

Michael Merker’s book, Depth by Drama will be available to download for free for five days through July 1, 2023. Depth by Drama has launched with rave reviews. Here’s what just a couple reviewers have said:

Rev. Sharen Long
5 Stars – Making the Bible Alive by Drama

“A unique and timely reading that encourages creativity in understanding, interpreting, and living the Word of God. Michael brings much experience and knowledge of the Bible to the delight of dramatic art. For those who love to see the Bible in a living, moving, dynamic source, this book will challenge you to see the Bible in a modern, life-giving way to portray the beauty of its truths. Highly recommend.”

Dr. Geoffrey Ross Holtz
5 Stars – Great teaching tool

“I think Mr. Merker’s method of evangelism and discipleship is brilliant. He offers to train you to do ministry in a whole new way and gives you everything you need to succeed. While Jesus never put his stories into a stage play, or musical, He was a master storyteller. He drew His listeners into His stories through parables and using everyday kind of illustrations. But He did it in extremely dramatic ways. He sometimes used natural occurrences, like a flood, as a backdrop to teach and train His disciples. This book can help you do exactly the same thing.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Merker has both a bachelor’s and a master’s of fine arts (BFA/MFA) in acting and directing, from the Goodman School of Drama of the Art Institute of Chicago (now the Theatre School at DePaul University). After working for years as a professional actor, director, stage manager, and musician, he went on to write, direct, and perform Bible-based plays in church and parachurch settings. He enjoys playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums on worship teams. He’s been married over forty-four years to his wife, Linda. Together they homeschooled their six children, and they now have ten grandchildren. He currently resides in the Puget Sound area.

Finding God in Suffering Through the Psalms

Discover Your Sanctuary in the Storm! Introducing the Selah: Press Pause Devotional Journal Series with its Debut Devotional Journal, Finding God in Suffering • Through the Psalms Now Available on Amazon

FAITH NEWS SERVICEUnited States—June 23, 2023

Redemption Press is thrilled to introduce their first ground-breaking devotional journal, the Selah: Press Pause series – Finding God in Suffering • Through the Psalms. This beautiful soft cover devotional journal is currently available for purchase on Amazon.

The Selah: Press Pause series is designed to provide women with a unique blend of timeless wisdom, practical guidance, life-changing excerpts, and personal reflections. This powerful series encourages readers to pause and reflect on their spiritual journey, drawing them closer to God in the process.

Finding God in Suffering is packed with daily gems from L.B. Cowman’s Streams in the Desert. It’s an incredibly touching and eye-opening devotional journal that digs deep into finding God even when life gets tough. It tackles the struggles, questions, and emotions we face during those hard times, offering solace and hope through Scripture, prayer, and self-reflection.

The creative team at Redemption Press says, “Our hope is that this devotional journal will become a sanctuary for those who are walking through the valley of suffering. We want readers to know that they are not alone and that God is with them every step of the way.”

With the release of Finding God in Suffering • Through the Psalms, Redemption Press is kicking off a truly inspiring and transformative collection that will guide and take you deeper on your spiritual journey. Combining timeless wisdom, practical guidance, and personal reflections, the Selah: Press Pause Series is set to become a must-read for Christian women everywhere. Don’t miss out!

For more information about the Selah: Press Pause Series and Finding God in Suffering, please visit selahpresspause.com or contact the managing editor of this project, Carol Tetzlaff at carol@redemption-press.com.

About Redemption Press:
Redemption Press is a leading Christian publisher dedicated to providing a platform for authors to share their stories of faith, hope, and redemption. With a diverse catalog of titles spanning various genres, Redemption Press is committed to delivering high-quality, Christ-centered content to readers around the globe. – Athena Dean Holtz, founder of Redemption Press

we get you

Amazon Best Selling Devotional We Get You! Inspires with Faith & Hope: Free Download Through June 24, Print Copy Now Available

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Friday, June 23, 2023

Powerful new devotional compilation features relatable stories of faith and hope, maintains Amazon best seller for three consecutive weeks!

Born from a conference known for its impactful connections and valuable training, comes a captivating new devotional! We Get You! 30 Days, 30 Women, 30 Stories, One God has become a beacon of hope for women everywhere! As a compelling thirty-day devotional, the book brings together the heartfelt stories of thirty Christian Communicator Conference attendees and faculty, sharing their personal journeys of faith, hope, and divine grace.

For three consecutive weeks, We Get You! has held its Amazon best seller ranking, demonstrating its profound impact on readers seeking solace and inspiration. Through “real stories that require real faith,” women everywhere can find sound, biblical truths that resonate with their own lives and circumstances.

Each devotion in the compilation presents an encouraging verse, a personal or Bible-based story, and practical applications of truth. Additionally, the unique format offers four simple prompts for readers to respond through purpose, practice, prayer, and promise, allowing them to incorporate these powerful lessons into their daily lives.

We Get You! is available to download for free on Amazon through June 24, 2023, with the print copy now available for purchase. We Get You! continues to receive rave reviews! Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

JackiB
5 Stars –  Great read! Perfect gift book!
“At some time in my life, I have experienced the themes for the stories in this devotional. Each one, whether personal or biblical, is relatable because they speak to what we live through on this earth as women who believe in God. I’ve had to learn about grace, unforgiveness, and faithfulness or about perseverance, patience, or truth. I appreciated the application points at the end of each story to give me something to meditate on before rushing to start the day’s To Do list. The beauty of these devotionals is that they pack a punch in a five-minute read. This book will be the perfect gift for busy women who want to stay connected to God daily.”

Debby Burleson
5 Stars – Powerful Devotional
It’s quickly become my favorite daily devotional book! I look forward to each one every morning. Every story and every scripture speaks to me and is very relatable. I will definitely recommend it to all my friends and will probably go through the devotions again when I finish the thirty days.”

About the Author

This thirty-day devotional is a compilation presented by Athena Dean Holtz and Redemption Press with contributions by thirty women who attended the 2022 Christian Communicators Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. From Tammy Whitehurst, Lori Boruff, Carol Kent, to Janet K. Johnson, to Shelly Brown, to Carol Tetzlaff, and many more, these women all have a passion to point people to Jesus through their stories told from the stage, from their writing, and across the table.

For interviews, please contact: athena@redemption-press.com

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Suggested Interview Questions

  1. How did the idea for this compilation come about?
  2. Tell me more about what the thrust of the Christian Communicators Conference is.
  3. There are a lot of devotionals available, what’s unique about this one?
  4. You have thirty authors in this compilation. Are they all professional speakers? Can you tell me about some of them?
  5. How does someone become a professional Christian speaker?

 

gloo ai initiative

Gloo Launches New AI & the Church Initiative

The initiative includes a $25 million investment fund to accelerate responsible AI innovation in the faith ecosystem.

FAITH NEWS SERVICEBOULDER, Colo., June 21, 2023 — Gloo, the leading technology platform dedicated to connecting the faith ecosystem and releasing its collective might, announced a new effort, the “AI & the Church Initiative” to empower the Church to responsibly navigate and engage the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI). The AI & the Church Initiative includes multiple components including collaborative funding, events, resource hubs, content, and participation in a cross-industry working group for the responsible use of AI in ministry.

“We believe there is a moral imperative to responsibly use technology to advance human flourishing. AI is a powerful technology that should better support, not replace, relationships,” said Scott Beck CEO and co-founder of Gloo.

The initiative includes a $25 million AI investment fund to invest in efforts at the forefront of responsible AI research and development within the faith ecosystem. Gloo will partner with other aligned investors and organizations who are also seeking to advance the responsible use of AI.

An additional component of the Gloo commitment to AI is a first-of-its-kind hackathon, an event rallying developers from across the U.S. who will come together and rapidly advance AI-based technology to serve the faith ecosystem. Slated for this fall in Boulder, Colorado, the event promises to advance groundbreaking technologies leveraging the Gloo platform, where winning creators will receive awards and acceleration from a $1 million funding pool.

Gloo will launch this month the AI & the Church Hub, which will provide a single place where leaders can access the most current AI news, events, insights, and recommended technologies from top thought leaders. The hub will be a centralized, trusted place where church leaders can stay informed on all things AI & the Church. Ministry leaders can sign up to be notified once it goes live.

Partners across technology, content, research, ministry and funding are joining the initiative to ensure that the entire Church is served well in the conversation. “Understanding what AI means for ministry is vitally important to Christian leaders and their communities. We are honored to continue Barna’s partnership with Gloo for this significant effort. They’ve purposely created an initiative in which anyone and everyone in Christian ministry can participate,” said David Kinnaman, CEO of Barna.

Some of the participating partners include David Kinnaman (Barna Group), Bobby Gruenewald and Nona Jones (YouVersion), Rob Hoskins (OneHope), Ed Stetzer (Talbot School of Theology at Biola University), Kenny Jahng (AIforChurchLeaders.com), Carey Nieuwhof, Bishop Claude Alexander (The Park Church), Tim Dalrymple and Nicole Martin (Christianity Today), Ben Elmore (Servant.io), Scott Evans (Outreach Media Group), as well as many collaborative initiatives such as AI and Faith, and others (expanded list available at gloo.us/ai).

Gloo will become part of a working group of organizations coming together to align and define standards for the appropriate use of artificial intelligence in the faith ecosystem. “As church leaders, it’s important for us to approach every new technology innovation thoughtfully and intentionally. This won’t be figured out by any one organization—it will take a concerted effort across the faith community,” said Bobby Gruenewald, CEO of YouVersion.

“Our ultimate goal is to connect and release the collective might of the Church. The AI & the Church Initiative is all about helping leaders do that,” said Steele Billings, Head of Gloo Exchange and AI Initiatives at Gloo. “We know leaders are asking how or if AI can benefit them in their ministry and in serving their communities. And most importantly, how can it help people have deeper relationships with God and one another? Whether it’s collaborative funding, new technologies, gatherings, or equipping resources, Gloo is committed to empowering church leaders to responsibly leverage AI to help fulfill their missions.”

Gloo welcomes faith leaders who are eager to help the Church drive a global conversation around the responsible use of AI. Find ways to get involved and read Gloo’s full statement at gloo.us/ai.

Gloo is the trusted platform that releases the collective might of the faith ecosystem. As a leading technology innovator, Gloo connects people, partners, world-class content, funding opportunities and more to help ministries achieve their goals and change more lives. Gloo has more than 30,000 churches using its platform and connects more than 1,000 new people to churches each day. Gloo is based in Boulder, Colorado, employing a team of more than 150 people.

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the late great secret rapture

“Like a Thief in the Night” New End Times Release Adds to the Discussion on a Literal Rapture

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – We’ve all heard about the rapture. The concept of all Christians being suddenly snapped up to meet Jesus in the clouds, just in time to escape the wrath of God on earth, is as popular a trope in secular culture as it is in the church.

A 2016 study by LifeWay research* says 36 percent of pastors claim the rapture will not be a literal event. If even pastors have their doubts, is it any wonder there is no consensus as to whether the event will happen at all, or when it will happen (pre-, mid-, or post-tribulation).

But even in these perilous days when many say that end-times prophecy is playing out before our eyes, doubt exists about the validity of the harpazo (the biblical Greek word meaning “to openly, forcefully take up” or “to openly and suddenly catch away”).

In his new book, The Late Great Secret Rapture (Redemption Press), author Dennis Farrell has assembled the research and prevailing thought on this subject. Drawing on the knowledge and expertise of dozens of pastors, authors, and scholars, Farrell has created a comprehensive study of this mysterious concept. But can readers expect to be persuaded to draw the same conclusions as the author?

“My intention,” says Farrell of his book, “was to present my thesis and hope it will inspire evangelicals to investigate these interpretations for themselves.” Farrell’s intent is not to merely give us the answers, but to guide us to study the Bible for ourselves. It’s that complexity that encourages us to ask questions and continue to study the Word, praying for Holy Spirit’s guidance.

The Late Great Secret Rapture won’t give you a day or an hour for the return of Christ, but it will help clear up some questions and help you draw your own conclusions.

*https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2016/april/large-number-of-pastors-dont-believe-in-the-rapture

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dennis Farrell was born again in 1975. After teaching for thirty-five years at Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania, he is now retired. A member of the Gideons, he has done missionary work with Jews for Jesus. Married for forty-seven years, he and his wife have three children and seven grandchildren. He is the author of Examples and Principles of Psychology in the Bible, Post-Trib, Is God Judging America and the World?, The Day of the Lord, and The Late Great Secret Rapture.

For interviews, contact Dennis Farrell at dnn225@gmail.com.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. How important is it for believers to understand the end times?
  2. Many people have never heard the term “silent rapture.” What exactly does it mean?
  3. You did an impressive amount of research for this book, and cite many sources. Did your perspective of the rapture change, or was the view you went into it with supported?
  4. Could we discuss your personal view of whether the rapture will happen before, during, or after the seven-year tribulation?
  5. The Bible is 25 percent prophecy. What is your opinion of pastors who avoid teaching that part of scripture?
  6. What do you think 1 Thessalonians 5:9 means when it promises God has not destined us for wrath?
  7. Is your goal for this book to change minds about the rapture, or to spark an interest in personal study of Scripture?

 

 

Will I Have to Brush My Teeth in Heaven

Mum who tragically lost two children shares deep hope in new book

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Loss and suffering is hard at any time and it is human nature to struggle with it. As a parent, hearing of someone losing a young child is heartbreaking. In the case of Emma-Jane McNicol, she faced the death of two of her children, in different circumstances, within two years.

Emma-Jane, a New Zealander and Roddy, her Scottish husband, were left picking up the pieces after their two precious boys died. Emma-Jane was left with big questions regarding her faith and how to hold on to it.

In her compelling new book, Will I Have to Brush My Teeth in Heaven?, she reveals the true story of her family, beautifully blessed, also being tested almost to breaking point. When faced with the illness of their baby son Samuel, they had to quickly adapt to hospital life with a sick child, and then to life without that child after he passed away.

Only eighteen months later, tragedy struck the family again. This time it was their second son, Ben, who at six years old, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Devastatingly, he also passed away five months later.

This incredible book was written to not only tell the McNicols’ story, but to encourage readers who are grieving, or who are trying to support others who are facing their own grief with the hope of Jesus. It is not a glib offer of hope. It is an honest account of the searching questions that this raises.

While her book’s subtitle states ‘holding on to hope in the death of a child,’ Emma-Jane says that she has often been known to say that, at times, her experience was not a hold, but more a clinging or a grasping onto hope in the face of loss.

“Experience of loss can be incredibly lonely,” Emma-Jane says. “In sharing my story, my aim is to help others who walk a path of loss to not feel so isolated, but to feel heard and to feel their pain acknowledged. This is particularly important for Christians because when faith is present, we may believe in a God of miracles, that he can move mountains, he can change the situation, He is all-powerful.

Yet when our mountains of pain are not moved and we do not get the miracle we are so desperate for, how do we hold on and how do we know that we are heard and still loved?”

In this powerful book Emma-Jane says: “I have experienced the spirit of despair and felt the pit of grief deep within my being. But when I am there, whilst it feels as if I cannot breathe, I have a sense that I am not alone, despite my physical aloneness. I think that there is a God standing beside me collecting all my tears.”

She also gives her insight into Heaven; not looked at from a theological background, but from a grieving parent trying to work out where her child is and what that child’s existence in Heaven may now be. At the end of dealing with the big question, Is Heaven Real? Emma Jane concludes: “We have been shown a glimpse of Heaven in the Bible so that we may spark a desire and want to go there, but he has not taken off the whole wrapper.

“We can still be filled with anticipation – like a child in the sweet shop longingly looking at the wrapped lolly, knowing that the best is yet to come when the wrapper is removed.”

As you journey through their story, you will be challenged to consider some big questions. How do you:

respond to suffering?

forgive others that hurt you?

help others in their loss?

hold on to hope when it feels like you have lost, or are losing, everything?

The McNicols’ story, and their ability with God’s grace to overcome, will encourage you to go deeper as you ponder God’s love for you and others – even when the longed-for healing, or answer to your prayers, does not come. There is a hope that is greater than what we see in this world come and be enthralled by it.

Will I Have to Brush My Teeth in Heaven?, published by Ark House, is now available globally. To connect with Emma-Jane go to www.ejmcnicol.com.

finding god in suffering

Redemption Press Unveils Groundbreaking 31-Day Devotional Journal, Finding God in Suffering • Through the Psalms, with excerpts from Streams in the Desert, the first release in the All-New Selah: Press Pause Devotional Journal Series

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—June 19, 2023

The highly anticipated devotional journal offers a unique blend of timeless wisdom, practical guidance, and personal reflections for women who long to experience God in a deeper, more intimate way.

Redemption Press, a leading publisher of Christian books, is thrilled to announce the launch of their new product line series: Selah: Press Pause, featuring their debut devotional journal, Finding God in Suffering • Through the Psalms. The beautiful soft cover devotional journal will be available for purchase on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 on Amazon.

The Selah: Press Pause series is designed to provide women with a unique blend of timeless wisdom, practical guidance, life-changing excerpts, and personal reflections. This powerful series encourages readers to pause and reflect on their spiritual journey, drawing them closer to God in the process.

Finding God in Suffering includes daily excerpts from L.B. Cowman’s Streams in the Desert. It is a thought-provoking and deeply moving devotional journal that explores finding God in the midst of our pain. It delves into the struggles, questions, and emotions experienced during difficult times and provides reassurance and comfort through Scripture, prayer, and personal reflection.

The creative team at Redemption Press shares, “Our hope is that this devotional journal will become a sanctuary for those who are walking through the valley of suffering. We want readers to know that they are not alone and that God is with them every step of the way.”

Redemption Press’s commitment to providing supportive resources for Christian women is evident in this ground-breaking series. “We are excited to launch the Selah: Press Pause Series with Finding God in Suffering,” says publisher, Athena Dean Holtz. “This devotional journal offers a unique opportunity for readers to explore their faith and draw closer to God during life’s most tender moments.”

The release of Finding God in SufferingThrough the Psalms marks the beginning of an inspiring and transformative collection to encourage and guide readers in their spiritual journey. With its powerful combination of timeless wisdom, practical guidance, and personal reflections, the Selah: Press Pause Series is poised to become a must-read collection for Christian women everywhere.

For more information about the Selah: Press Pause Series and Finding God in Suffering, please visit selahpresspause.com or contact the managing editor of this project, Carol Tetzlaff at carol@redemption-press.com.

About Redemption Press:
Redemption Press is a leading Christian publisher dedicated to providing a platform for authors to share their stories of faith, hope, and redemption. With a diverse catalog of titles spanning various genres, Redemption Press is committed to delivering high-quality, Christ-centered content to readers around the globe. – Athena Dean Holtz, founder of Redemption Press

we get you

New Devotional, We Get You! 30 Days • 30 Women • 30 Stories • One God Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, June 20, 2023

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, June 19, 2023

This powerful devotional compilation features relatable stories of faith and hope.

Out of a conference known for its impactful connections and valuable training, comes an inspiring new devotional that speaks to the heart of women everywhere. We Get You! 30 Days, 30 Women, 30 Stories, One God is a captivating thirty-day devotional of encouraging contributions from thirty attendees and faculty of the 2022 Christian Communicators Conference (CCC).

We Get You! features “real stories that require real faith,” and how they encountered divine grace somewhere in the middle of their stories—that place where hope enters the storyline. Women will see themselves in the universal truths among these pages and receive encouragement for their own lives and hope for their own life circumstances.

Each of the thirty devotions includes a verse of encouragement, a personal or Bible-based story, application of the truth, and four simple prompts to respond in purpose, practice, prayer, and promise. This unique format allows readers to apply the truths to their own lives,

Don’t miss the chance to dive into the powerful stories and wisdom found in We Get You! 30 Days, 30 Women, 30 Stories, One God.

We Get You! will be available to download for free on Amazon for 5 days from June 20, 2023 through June 24, 2023, with the print copy also available for purchase on Amazon June 20th. We Get You! launched to rave reviews! Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Stephanie
5 Stars –  A pick-me-up book I couldn’t put down
“I found this book to be very easy to digest and even though it a devotional, I couldn’t put it down and just keep reading through most of it in one sitting (which is a feat in my household with 3 small children). I really appreciate the different writing styles, personal stories and encouragement that the authors of this book shared. I love the simple, ” Purpose, Practice, Prayer, Promise” to tie everything all together.”

Debbie B
5 Stars – Powerful Devotional
In a busy world, where we have so many other things to read. Our Bible, self-help books, business books, novels, etc. I find this book the perfect devotional! They are short and powerful. One to read each day of the month to cause us to pause and see what Holy Spirit is saying to us.”

About the Author
This thirty-day devotional is a compilation presented by Athena Dean Holtz and Redemption Press with contributions by thirty women who attended the 2022 Christian Communicators Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. From Tammy Whitehurst, Lori Boruff, Carol Kent, to Janet K. Johnson, to Shelly Brown, to Carol Tetzlaff, and many more, these women all have a passion to point people to Jesus through their stories told from the stage, from their writing, and across the table.

For interviews, please contact: athena@redemption-press.com

 

decree it

New book reveals confidence is a part of wellness, confidence a leadership attribute

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Whether you are focusing on your mental and emotional well-being or developing as a leader, self-confidence is vital. Award-Winning Author, Evangelist, and Life and Leadership Consultant Pamela D. Smith seeks to equip women with the tools that they need to increase their confidence and self-worth and position themselves as leaders all from a place of wellness.

It took years for Pamela D. Smith to own the power of her voice. Succumbing to what others said over her led to years of shame, doubt, insecurity, and low self-esteem. She would eventually start speaking over herself, renewing her mind, and aligning her words with God’s word, and start decreeing what God said about her.

She used her words to break free from the internal messages of unworthiness, lack, and guilt and allowed the word of God, along with biblical principles, to usher her into a realm of confidence, self-worth, success, and wellness.

Pamela’s latest book, Decree It: Using faith-fueled self-talk to increase your confidence, self-worth, and success, is a self-help resource that guides readers to greater confidence, a renewed sense of purpose, a commitment to wellness, and a newfound love for life.

Using empowering words and practical insight, Pamela helps you overcome negative self-talk, helps you embrace your God-given identity, helps you overcome shame and guilt, and helps you change your language to faith-fueled self-talk so that you experience greater joy and abundance while becoming an impactful leader.

“It was my lack of confidence and self-worth that held me back, for years, from developing into the leader that God created me to be. Becoming a teen mother and having to apologize to the entire church stripped me of my confidence. That embarrassing moment, at the age of 17, would lead to years of shame, guilt, and unhealthy emotions. I want others to know that the love of Jesus is redeeming, restorative, and refreshing.

No matter what others speak over you, no matter how bad someone else tries to make you feel, you must come into agreement with the word of God, speak the word over your life, and embrace the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Decree It is the resource to help you do that.”

Decree It is available as a bundle; a bulk order of books with a virtual workshop for your women’s group or organization taught, by Pamela.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pamela D. Smith is a wife, mother, grandmother, award-winning author, Evangelist, and Life and Leadership Consultant. She uses her literary talent to minister and help women increase their confidence so that they live authentically in their purpose. For more information on her services visit www.pameladsmith.net

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hood theological seminary

Hood Theological Seminary Adds New Academic Programs

FAITH NEWS SERVICEHood Theological Seminary has added two new academic programs. The first program, the Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE), provides a concentration in Christian Education within the Master of Divinity Program. However, this new degree program is designed to further undergird persons whose primary responsibility is within educational ministry.

This degree is designed to provide sufficient nurture and educational opportunities to further enhance faith development/spiritual formation and increase the value of Christian education as ministry.

The second degree is the Certificate in Christian Education (CCE) Program.  Hood is offering a Certificate in Christian Education as a non-degreed program to provide nurture for persons serving in educational ministry within various congregations and denominations. It is not embedded as a concentration within any of the master’s degrees offered. This Certificate in Christian Education is designed to prepare persons (clergy or lay) for leadership in Christian Education on denominational, judicatory, regional, ecumenical, or congregational levels and other arenas requiring such expertise.

The target audience is also for those who have not earned a bachelor’s degree, but possess a high school diploma, high school equivalency or an associate degree. For more information on the Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE), please go here: https://www.hoodseminary.edu/future-students/graduate-programs/master-of-arts-in-christian-education, and for information on the Certificate in Christian Education (CCE) Program, go here: https://www.hoodseminary.edu/academics/certificate-programs/Certificate%20in%20Christian%20Education%20(CCE)%20Program.

About Hood Theological Seminary
Hood Theological Seminary is a graduate and professional school sponsored by the A.M.E. Zion Church and approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. Its student body, faculty and staff currently comprise persons from many different denominations. Hood’s mission is to prepare women and men for bold and creative leadership for the Christian church for a diverse world.

Contact
Kelly Bryant
704 636 6840
kbryant@hoodseminary.edu

 

Overcoming Gravity of the Heart

It’s a sign of the times: Can science and Christianity agree to disagree?

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – If one is to believe a stunning report put out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),* global warming will make our planet virtually uninhabitable for humans by the year 2040.

At the same time, a poll by Barna Group** reveals that 40 percent of Americans believe we are living in the biblical end times. With so much agreement regarding when the world will end, why is there such a line in the sand over how it began?

In their new book, Overcoming Gravity of the Heart, authors William M. Diamond and Robert W. Fredricks explore how the Bible explains creation, with a scientific bent. They leave no doubt that God is the creator of the universe, allowing for some degree of truth that wends its way through the alternative explanations provided by the scientific community.

With so much dissention over the subject of creation, Diamond and Fredericks wrote this book to enable believers to offer a rational view of creation events. If a believer expects to make an ironclad case for creationism, they need not only to understand the Bible but to have at least a rudimentary grasp of the big bang theory.

After all, the best starting point in any debate is to find common ground and come to a respectful understanding of the opposing point of view.

The authors explain the theories in question in a way that is both thorough and understandable to the layman. However, their intention isn’t to persuade anyone away from the inerrant truth of the Bible. “Our primary goal,” they say, “is to enhance and fortify believers’ faith in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.”

Beyond stating their case for creationism, the authors give a compelling overview of how the earth as we know it will come to an end. If one is to believe that God created the earth in six days, after all, one needs to believe His promised plan for its ultimate demise. But this news, for those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior, is worthy of celebration!

They will be with God for all eternity, which no one can argue is a very long time. Whichever side of the creation argument one chooses fades in the shadow of which side of the eternity fence they land on.

And swaying readers toward that eternal decision could be the ultimate point of this book on creation.

* https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/climate-scientists-world-we-have-only-20-years-theres-no-turning-back

** https://www.christianpost.com/news/poll-4-in-10-americans-believe-they-are-living-in-the-end-times.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After graduating from the University of Miami, William M. Diamond worked as a certified public accountant. Now retired, he’s traded tax planning for golfing, cooking, reading, numismatics, art collecting, investment management, watching sports, and traveling.

He’s a member of the New Hope Church in Southwest Ranches, Florida, and has shared his love of Jesus as a Sunday school leader. He and his wife of forty-eight years, Patricia, are currently raising their eight-year-old great-granddaughter.

The late Robert W. Fredricks graduated from Central Bible College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri. He spent more than fifty years as a pastor of Assembly of God churches in Indiana and Missouri. He served as the seniors department director for more than fifteen years, leading retreats and evening events, as well as hosting bus trips to various parts of the United States. He had been married to his wife, Marjorie, for more than fifty-seven years, and they have two daughters, Cathi and Kimberly.

For interviews, contact williamdiamond144@gmail.com

the only witness

New Release is a Historical Fiction Novel Based on the Shroud of Turin

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – New technology, Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS), provides new evidence that the Shroud of Turin is approximately 2,000 years old.* Author and shroud expert Guy R. Powell has extensively researched the Shroud of Turin, depicting the image of a crucified man that many believe to be the image of Jesus Christ.

He says, “This new testing is exciting as it provides more evidence that the Shroud dates from the time of Jesus,” Powell said. “There is such mystery associated with the Shroud. Some think it is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Others believe it to be a thirteenth century fake. Scientists, theologians and even Christians can’t agree.”**

In a new release, The Only Witness: A History of the Shroud of Turin (Redemption Press), Powell uses facts and hypotheses to tell a compelling, fictional—yet plausible—story of the history of the Shroud of Turin. In his intriguing account, readers learn of the shroud’s miraculous survival from harm and destruction despite wars, crusades, floods, and fires.

“Other books on the Shroud of Turin are purely historical or strictly scientific books, but I wanted to create an intriguing story that everyone can read,” Powell said. “The Only Witness can be enjoyed as a novel, yet it allows readers to simultaneously learn facts about the Shroud of Turin along with tenets of the Christian faith.”

Spanning two millennia, The Only Witness relates an account of the burial cloth’s journey from Golgotha in Jerusalem through Asia and into Europe, to its final resting place in Turin, Italy, where it has been housed since 1578. Four hundred years later, in 1978, extensive scientific study began in order to prove or disprove its authenticity.

*https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2022/april/new-scientific-procedure-dates-shroud-of-turin-to-the-time-of-christs-death
** https://aleteia.org/2022/04/22/new-technology-suggests-shroud-of-turin-is-2000-years-old/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Guy R. Powell is an author, marketer, part-time historian, and respected Shroud of Turin expert and speaker. He is president of marketing company ProRelevant and author of five business books, with his most recent book achieving a number one ranking among Amazon’s international bestsellers in four categories. The Only Witness is Powell’s first fiction work and brings to life a compelling, possible, yet plausible, story of the Shroud and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Guy lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Karen. He has three children.

For interviews, contact author@guypowell.com
Website: guypowell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guy.r.powell or https://www.facebook.com/AHistoryOfTheShroudOfTurin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guy.r.powell/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@Guy.R.Powell.ShroudofTurin

TikTok: guy.r.powell

 

Remarkable book helps children understand the importance of protecting God’s planet

God Is Sad. Earth Is Crying is your pathway through different stages of the earth’s existence. Initially, you step back in time when the universe was beautifully created. In the present, you observe how global warming has affected each continent. In the future, you reap benefits from your guardianship role protecting earth’s delicate balance.

God Is Sad. Earth Is Crying creates awareness about how global warming is changing the natural identity of earth. From biblical creation and Noah’s Ark to today, God’s creation has always been special. However, many humans have forgotten about their responsibility to protect the environment. When nature is damaged, life becomes broken and distorted. Sadly, this results in nature becoming unnatural.

Melting polar ice sheets are common. Anxious, stressed and frightened Polar bears become stranded on small slabs of floating and melting Arctic ice. Rising sea levels from melting Arctic ice erode coastal areas in the Northern Hemisphere. Melting Antarctica ice sheets provide extra water that flows towards the Pacific islands which contributes to submerged coastal areas.

God Is Sad. Earth Is Crying connects biblical facts and truths about God’s perfect creation and the role that humans have in maintaining God’s creation.

In Genesis 1:26-30, God gave humans dominion or control and authority over animals and the entire earth created by God. This means that we must protect and safeguard the earth’s environment, animals and vegetation. We have a duty of accountability, care, purpose and responsibility to protect animal habitats, and natural landscapes e.g. the atmosphere, vegetation and waterways.

Many animals and vegetation have become endangered and extinct which cannot be reversed.

God Is Sad. Earth Is Crying is described by two metaphors. One, God is sad about damage to planet earth’s environment. Two, earth’s widespread damage from global warming results in earth’s tears of sadness. From a perfect creation to now, God sadly sees earth’s tears about global warming damage across the continents.

Albeit, hope exists when humans use their guardianship role in protecting the delicate nature of life on earth.

reckless yes

Best Seller, Reckless Yes: Exchanging Worldly Ease for God’s Eternal Adventure, Free to Download Tomorrow (June 6, 2023)

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, June 5, 2023

Embracing God’s Eternal Adventure: How Johnna Hensley Turned Adversity into Inspiration

Johnna Hensley is thrilled to announce the release of her debut book, Reckless Yes: Exchanging Worldly Ease for God’s Eternal Adventure.

When Johnna Hensley’s firstborn son, Hayden, entered the world with a neural tube defect and severe special needs, she faced a life-altering decision. Would she lean on her faith and accept God’s plan for her family, or would she succumb to despair? In her debut book, Reckless Yes: Exchanging Worldly Ease for God’s Eternal Adventure, Hensley shares the powerful story of how she chose hope and transformed her family’s challenges into an inspiring journey of spiritual growth.

Johnna and her husband Ryan went on to have two more biological children and adopt three times, creating a diverse and vibrant family that relies on God’s grace each day. Their “wild bunch” of six children, complete with twins, wheelchairs, medical equipment, and a convoy of minivans, often attracts attention – but Hensley sees this as another opportunity to reflect Christ’s light in the world.

In Reckless Yes, Hensley combines her personal experiences with teachings on God’s character, challenging readers to abandon their fears and boldly embrace God’s plan for their lives. Through wit, wisdom, and heartfelt storytelling, she offers a glimpse of the eternal hope found in Christ and encourages others to seek after Him with all their heart.

This captivating and inspiring story will resonate with anyone facing adversity or searching for meaning in their own lives. Don’t miss Johnna Hensley’s Reckless Yes, a testament to the power of faith, determination, and God’s eternal adventure.

Johnna Hensley’s book, Reckless Yes: Exchanging Worldly Ease for God’s Eternal Adventure will be available to download for free for five days from June 6 through June 10, 2023. Reckless Yes has launched with rave reviews. Here’s what just a couple reviewers have said:

Christy Stout
5 Stars – Great read!!!

“What a great book! Johnna writes like she’s having a cup of coffee with you and it made me want to keep flipping the pages. Anyone can read this book and find something to relate to! I appreciated the vulnerability on these pages and am so glad her family story is out there. I appreciated all the references to the Lord. You can tell that this family is centered on Him and He is the foundation that keeps the Hensley’s going!! Go read this book and be encouraged!”

MaryD
5 Stars – Courage through Faith

“The story of the Hensley family (special needs, fostering, multiracial adoption, etc.) is a fascinating one of faith overcoming fear; saying yes when God asks even though the world thinks it’s crazy. Johnna writes with honesty and clarity, sharing both doubts and triumphs along the way. Her family’s journey reminds us that our mission is not to take the easy way, and that this world is not our final destination. We are preparing for a great restoration to come.”

About the Author

Johnna Hensley is an author, blogger, wife, and mother of six whose family is built by biology and adoption. She holds a marketing degree from Texas A&M University and is a certified teacher. Her hobbies include hiking with friends, early morning workout sessions, Tex-Mex dinners on patios with girlfriends, leading Bible studies and finding hope in each day. A fourth-generation Texan living in Dallas/Fort Worth, she is married to Ryan, her husband of eighteen years.

For interviews, contact Johnna Hensley, email: johnna@johnnahensley.com

social media links

Website: johnnahensley.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnnahensleyauthor

Instagram: @johnna.hensley

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Your title: Reckless Yes: Exchanging Worldly Ease for God’s Eternal Adventure is intriguing. I get the yes, but what do you mean by reckless?
  2. How do you keep up with a family of six children who you characterize as “a wild bunch of all ages and stages, races and abilities”? Are you into systems, or are you more relaxed?
  3. What role has getting into the Word of God on a regular basis played in sustaining hope in your daily life?
  4. You talk about a “fork in the road” where you met God in your difficult circumstances and said yes. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
  5. You encourage others to focus more on eternal values, and “stop living timid lives of distraction.” What are some ways we can do so?
  6. You adopted a bi-racial foster daughter, and then later adopted six-day-old siblings of that daughter on twenty-four hours’ notice. Did you have some help managing at home?
  7. Do you ever face criticism for your choices to add to your family?
  8. Tell us more about Hayden. How is he doing now?
  9. What advice do you have for families that include special-needs children?