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Alex Murashko

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Posted 7/22/14 at 2:06 PM | Alex Murashko

'Heaven Is For Real' $90 Million Box Office Smash Available on DVD


$90 Million Box Office Smash;
Inspiring Faith/Family Film; Blu-ray™/DVD July 22
Featuring Oscar Nominees Greg Kinnear, Thomas Haden Church
Bonus Materials Include Deleted Scenes, 3 Featurettes

WHAT: An inspiring story of family and faith, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD July 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL tells the true story of Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman whose young son, Colton (Connor Corum), miraculously recovers from a near-death experience with vivid memories of his visit to Heaven.

WHO: HEAVEN IS FOR REAL is based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. Directed by Randall Wallace (SECRETARIAT), the film stars Academy Award® nominees Greg Kinnear (Best Supporting Actor, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, 1997) and Thomas Haden Church (Best Supporting Actor, SIDEWAYS, 2004). Also starring Kelly Reilly (FLIGHT, SHERLOCK HOLMES) and Emmy® Award winner Margo Martindale (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Justified, 2010, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY). FULL POST

Posted 7/18/14 at 12:53 PM | Alex Murashko

Jeremy Lin's Twitter Profile Page as a New Laker Says It All

Jeremy Lin's Twitter profile page (@JLin7) says it all doesn't it?

On Friday, he tweeted: Thanks Taiwan for the insaneee airport reception!! Last leg of the Asia trip then off to LA!…

Last week, the Houston Rockets traded Lin and a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN reported.

The Lakers were willing to make this deal because Lin is under contract for only one more season, therefore preserving the team's cap space next summer, according to league source. ESPN reports that the Lakers also covet draft picks, "after trading away their first-round picks in 2015 and 2017 to Phoenix and Orlando as part of the Steve Nash and Dwight Howard trades, respectively."

FULL STORY: Jeremy Lin Is a Los Angeles Laker; Ticket Brokers Ask: Will 'Linsanity' Hit So Cal?

Posted 6/30/14 at 11:35 AM | Alex Murashko

#ReligiousFreedom now trending... Thank you #HobbyLobby!

In a landmark religious freedom case the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties, stating that corporations can refuse to provide certain drugs that may abort a fetus on the basis of religious objection... FULL STORY

From the desk of Alex Murashko.

Posted 6/24/14 at 6:30 PM | Alex Murashko

California Rose

(Photo: Alex Murashko)

God's love for us often shows in the beauty of His Creation. Just thought I'd share this shot I took this morning.

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Posted 5/29/14 at 9:28 PM | Alex Murashko

Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Movie to Feature Megadeth Founder's Heavy Metal National Anthem (VIDEO)

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Megadeth Founder Dave Mustaine's Heavy Metal National Anthem will be featured in Dinesh D'Souza's upcoming 'America' movie.

Inside sources told Alex Wire that Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine's own heavy metal version (ala Jimi Hendrix rendition) of "The Star-Spangled Banner" will be featured in America, Dinesh D'Souza's follow-up to 2016: Obama's America.

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Producers released the clip earlier this week while final editing touches are put on the film scheduled for release on July 2.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote in its article about the news that "Hendrix debuted his version of the song, also known as the U.S. national anthem, in the summer of 1969 at the now-historical Woodstock music festival, where it was panned by some for its irreverence and heralded by others as an instant classic. Still others assumed it was an anti-Vietnam War statement, but Hendrix simply saw it as patriotic. 'We're all Americans. … It was like, 'Go America!' he said a few weeks after Woodstock."

From the desk of Alex Murashko.

Posted 5/14/14 at 5:50 PM | Alex Murashko

Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie Documentary 'Hope For Hurting Hearts' Wins 11th Film Festival Award, Honor


Award marks the 11th film festival honor for the Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie film

Riverside, Calif., May 14, 2014 – Hope for Hurting Hearts, produced by Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, has been selected as a Feature Documentary winner at the Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival, to be held in Orlando, Florida in July. This honor represents the eleventh film festival category win or category official selection for the film.


“We were honored and privileged to screen Harvest Ministries’ first film, Lost Boy: The Next Chapter at Gideon in 2010. So when Harvest submitted their most recent film, Hope for Hurting Hearts, for the Gideon 2014 Film Festival, we were excited. We knew the production value would be stellar and the content would be spiritually life-changing. And we weren’t disappointed,” said Lori Marett, director of the festival. “We are proud to say that Hope for Hurting Hearts was not only one of eleven chosen as an official selection, but the first film we endorsed for the G14 Film Festival! This film blesses and equips - powerful!” FULL POST

Posted 4/22/14 at 10:15 AM | Alex Murashko

Largest Christian Media Convention (NRB) Dates Changed for 2015 in Nashville

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Phil Cooke leads panel discussion on social media during first day of annual National Religious Broadcasters conference held in Nashville, Tenn. (Feb. 22, 2014)

National Religious Broadcasters News Release:

Manassas, VA – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the world’s preeminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators, officially announced today that it has changed the dates of its next convention to Monday, February 23 - Thursday, February 26, 2015.

“After much prayer, thought, input, and discussion, I am pleased to announce that the 2015 NRB Convention has been changed from a Saturday-to-Tuesday event to a Monday-to-Thursday event,” shared NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “The vast majority of leaders from across the association were in favor of this move, and we are very optimistic of the positive impact the decision will have on the convention’s attendance and on the convention program itself.” FULL POST

Posted 4/19/14 at 10:02 PM | Alex Murashko

Greg Laurie, Lee Strobel, and Other Leaders Give the Resurrection Message of Easter

From the orthodox to the charismatic, from small chapels to megachurches, from brick and mortar to digital, pastors nationwide are leading believers and seekers in Easter worship services with the central Christian message – Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son, died on the cross and rose on the third day for the salvation of those who believe in Him.

Lee Strobel, teaching pastor and author of The Case For Easter and many other books, told The Christian Post, "My focus will be on 1 Cor 15:17 – 'And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.' I'll be talking about the historical evidence that convinced me as an atheist that Jesus did rise from the dead and thus back up his claim to being the Son of God. The resurrection is the linchpin of the Christian faith – no resurrection, no Christianity." FULL POST

Posted 4/16/14 at 11:15 AM | Alex Murashko

SAT-7: Egyptians Celebrate Easter

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"In a region characterized by high illiteracy rates, media censorship, and limited incomes, anyone with a satellite dish can turn on SAT-7 and hear the Word of God in his or her language. Our viewers can join a global fellowship of Christians within the privacy of their own homes -- a significant concern for those who live in violence-stricken or oppressive environments." -- SAT-7

SAT-7 posted:

Today (April 16), Egyptians are upholding centuries-old traditions that date back to the time of Christ. Farid Garas, Executive Director of SAT-7 Egypt, explains how the very first Passover has inspired this week’s lineup of Easter programs on SAT-7 ARABIC.

Farid shares:

“Over three thousand years ago, in this very land of Egypt, God commanded his people to eat supper together as families during what is known as ‘The Passover.’ It was a sign of fellowship and a symbol of the redemption of Christ himself through the practical sacrifice of a lamb. That night launched the freedom of the people of God.

The church of Egypt feels that these times in which we live are similar. On Monday, the church called every family in Egypt to celebrate at a special prayer meeting. It called for families to get together for fellowship, worship, celebration, and dedicating their lives to the Lord. Each family leader washed the feet of his family.

A Kids Prayer Team led this live prayer meeting at Kasr El-Doubara Evangelical Church (KDEC) in Cairo, and it aired live on SAT-7 ARABIC. The audience was encouraged to follow the meeting at their homes in front of the TV screen. FULL POST

Posted 3/24/14 at 3:22 PM | Alex Murashko

Mental Health and the Church: Christian Post Coverage


Pastor Rick Warren (far right) and his wife, Kay, welcome two main speakers at the outset of the conference.


Part 2 of CP reporter Nicola Menzie's great interview with speaker scheduled tomorrow during the Church and Mental Health conference at #Saddleback Church. #Hope4MH

When to Stop JUST Praying and Seek Professional Help; Christian Psychologist Offers Guidance

Part 1:

Mental Health Expert: Christians Should Not Be Surprised That There's Something Wrong With All of Us


Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, of Saddleback Church, will be joined by several experts in the field of mental health, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County to host The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church on Friday, March 28.

The conference is designed to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to any who face the challenges of mental illness, say organizers.

"It's so important that people know, no matter how desperate their despair, there is hope, and not to give up," said Kay Warren. "We want this to be a hopeful event that encourages individuals and helps them realize they are not alone in dealing with mental illness."

This event marks the first initiative in the Warrens' mission to remove the stigma of mental illness following the suicide of their son Matthew on April 5. The Warrens reported that their son struggled with mental illness most of his life. FULL POST

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