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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 2/3/11 at 10:10 AM | Audra Jennings

First Ever Sunday School Apps from David C Cook

Using Today’s Technology to Help Today’s Families

For years David C Cook has earned an esteemed reputation for providing not only the highest quality Sunday school materials, but also the most relevant of resources to support churches and families. And now in a bold move to continually help churches equip their families, David C Cook introduces the first ever Sunday school apps developed for today’s busy families. These mobile apps are designed to meet church-going families, quite literally, where they are—anytime and anyplace.

Designed to support the Tru and Rio curricula, Tru HomeFront and Rio Family Currents mobile apps provide parents with all of the benefits of take home pages without the paper. Both apps are free downloads and are an ideal complement to these contemporary curriculum choices for churches. FULL POST

Posted 1/31/11 at 3:38 PM | Audra Jennings

From MTV to Popular Hip Hop Stations, Groundwire Interrupts Teens with Answers to Life

Groundwire

Teens today can be overwhelmed searching for meaning amidst depressing hopelessness, negative self-image, and the pressure to be perfect. To meet the needs of hurting teenagers across the country, Groundwire, a current and innovative outreach, has become a ministry where teens find comfort, guidance, and answers delivered through multi-media communication.

Using a multi-pronged strategy, Groundwire leverages media and technology to meet teens exactly where they are — viewing, listening, texting, or chatting — and to invite them to voice their questions and struggles so they can find answers in the message of the Gospel. With a raw and real approach, the ministry builds its burgeoning impact through broadcasting that strategically places television and radio spots on secular stations. Teens listening to popular radio broadcasts or viewing favorite shows on networks like MTV, VH1, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming, and Comedy Central are interrupted by direct spots. These spots catch their attention, resonating with where they are today. Groundwire’s targeted, authentic, and well-produced commercials are grabbing the attention of teens by the millions. Teens responding to the broadcast messages are invited to visit Groundwire’s website where they can chat with a live spiritual coach available day and night, as well as find a collection of resources such as podcasts by Groundwire’s founder and executive director, Sean Dunn, and daily devotionals. FULL POST

Posted 1/26/11 at 10:02 AM | Audra Jennings

EGM’s Little Town of Bethlehem Nominated for Reel Rose Award Best Documentary Film & The People’s Festival Award

John Paul II International Film Festival 2011

In addition to being a featured film at the John Paul II International Film Festival, Little Town of Bethlehem, from EthnoGraphic Media (EGM) has been nominated for the 2011 Reel Rose Award for Best Documentary Film and The People’s Festival Award. The festival, held in south Florida, is modeled after the artistic and humanitarian ideas of the late pope. This year’s festival, themed The Mystery of Love, takes place February 17th through the 26th and will screen its films in Florida International University, the Dave & Mary Alper JCC’s Robert Russel Theater, and the brand new Coral Gables Art Cinema. The awards ceremony will commence on Saturday February 26th, 2011 at 10:30PM at the FIU College of Business, Modesto Maidique Campus 11200 Southwest 8th Street, CBC 232. FULL POST

Posted 1/25/11 at 11:54 AM | Audra Jennings

David C Cook Launches First Ever Sunday School Apps for Today’s Families

For years David C Cook has earned an esteemed reputation for providing not only the highest quality Sunday school materials, but also the most relevant of resources to support churches and families. And now in a bold move to continually help churches equip their families, David C Cook introduces the first ever Sunday school apps developed for today’s busy families. These mobile apps are designed to meet church-going families, quite literally, where they are—anytime and anyplace.

Designed to support the Tru and Rio curricula, “Tru HomeFront” and “Rio Family Currents” mobile apps provide parents with all of the benefits of take home pages without the paper. Both apps are free downloads and are an ideal complement to these contemporary curriculum choices for churches. FULL POST

Posted 1/24/11 at 11:26 AM | Audra Jennings

Every flight begins with a destination.

Flight Plan

In today’s culture, teenage boys are faced with navigating the turbulent journey to manhood, often without an inkling of what that really means or any direction of how to get there.What does it mean to be a man? Flight Plan: Your Mission to Become a Man, written by educators Lee Burns and Braxton Brady, offers a vision of godly manhood and a complete and honest guide into the adventures ahead. 

Flight Plan uses the metaphor of a journey of flight to speak candidly to pre-teen and teen boys about friendships, peer pressure, drinking, drugs, girls and dating, puberty, sex, and school and family relationships. FULL POST

Posted 1/18/11 at 12:06 PM | Audra Jennings

It Is Possible for Older Adults to Find Their Purpose Again

Missy Buchanan

Missy Buchanan encourages older adults to continue growing in faith and relationships

Even when age creeps up on the body and mind, and life changes from what it once was, is it still possible to have a purpose in life?  When it is no longer possible to venture out and do the things you once loved, can you still find a reason to look forward to each day?  Missy Buchanan, a leading expert and advocate for senior adults, believes that you can.  Buchanan wants to encourage older adults to find their purpose, share their stories, and make an impact on those around them.

 “Here’s the truth.  I never set out to write a book for or about older adults.  It’s not like I woke up one day with a clear vision that I should pen thoughts about what it’s like to grow old,” explains Buchanan.  “I was just a middle-aged woman caring for my own aging parents and trying to encourage other seniors who were also struggling with faltering eyesight and a loss of independence in their so-called golden years.  I was an empty-nester looking forward to spending more time with my husband and becoming a grandmother one day.  Sometimes in this life God seems to nudge us toward something we never expected.  That’s usually when we discover once again that our Father does indeed know best.” FULL POST

Posted 1/17/11 at 3:26 PM | Audra Jennings

EGM’s Little Town of Bethlehem Featured at Missions Fest Vancouver Film Festival

Since 1983, Missions Fest has been hosting global missions conferences with partnering churches around the world to inform, celebrate, and challenge the public to reach out to a needy world. Organizers of this year’s Missions Fest Vancouver will hold its second annual Missions Fest Film Festival, offering eight mission-themed film screenings and four film seminars to some 35,000 attendees.

As the film festival’s title sponsor, EthnoGraphic Media (EGM) will screen its full-length documentary Little Town of Bethlehem. Affirming the event’s ongoing significance to their organization, EGM’s president Bill Oechsler commented, “Beginning with Miss HIV, then The Grandfathers, and now Little Town of Bethlehem,EGM continues to bring its latest releases to Missions Fest Vancouver.” Oechsler continued, “EGM explores the critical issues of our time using media to tell true stories of hope and compassion in the midst of suffering and strife. EGM believes that gaining a deeper understanding of the human condition can inspire positive thought and action.” FULL POST

Posted 1/17/11 at 3:06 PM | Audra Jennings

God Is in the Present. Are You?

Tired of regret and fear? God wants you to know Him in the present tense.

Do you find yourself living in memories, imaginations, and fears more than in the current moment? As Warren Wiersbe writes, “My past may discourage me and my future may frighten me, but ‘the life I now live’ today can be enriching and encouraging because ‘Christ lives in me.’” In Jesus in the Present Tense,Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe explores the “I AM” statements of God—from His burning bush conversation with Moses, to His powerful reassurances to the Israelites, to Jesus’ startling claim to be the Light of the World.Jesus in the Present Tense offers a fresh exploration of God—the I AM.

God doesn’t want us to ignore the past, but the past should be a rudder to guide us and not an anchor to hold us back. Nor does He want us to neglect planning for the future, so long as we say, “If it is the Lord’s will” (James 4:13-17). The better we understand our Lord’s I AM statements, and by faith apply them,the more our strength will equal our days (Deut. 33:25), and we will “run and not grow weary [and]…walk and not be faint” (Isa. 40:31). We will abide in Christ and bear fruit for His glory today—now. FULL POST

Posted 1/14/11 at 12:36 PM | Audra Jennings

Life on the Edge

One Woman’s Extreme Journey to Finding a Life That Matters

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Passport through Darkness

Each one of us longs to know we matter.We hunger to know that we have purpose, our life has meaning, and God dreams great dreams for us. In Passport Through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances,Kimberly Smith invites us into her own struggles as an ordinary woman who feels those aches, asks those questions, and stumbles through a quest to find her place in a broken world. FULL POST

Posted 1/3/11 at 12:33 PM | Audra Jennings

Family Ministry Conversations Powered By David C Cook Continues National Tour

After two months and fourteen cities, Family Ministry Conversations completes the 2010 tour with more events scheduled for three major U.S. cities in 2011.

For the last few months, Family Ministry Conversations powered by David C Cook has been engaged in an exciting series of conversations about family and children’s ministries in churches across the United States and Canada. From Boca Raton, Florida, to St. Louis, Missouri, and Costa Mesa, California, Family Ministry Conversations is inspiring and equipping family ministry leaders for the challenges they face today.

Featuring a dynamic team of ministry workers from across the country, each event presents a full day of intensive conversations to revolutionize family ministry. Together, ministry leaders, volunteers, and staff members from groups of 50 to 200 have been exploring the changing paradigms of children’s and family ministry and redefining what it means to be family sensitive, family friendly, family centered, and family empowered ministries. “Family Ministry Conversations continues to offer amazing times of seeing God move in the lives of His people across this country,” says Matt Barnes, Family Ministry Conversations facilitator and director of teaching and creative programming at ROCKHARBOR Church in Costa Mesa, CA. “Much of our conversation has centered around the understanding that the job of creating a transforming faith in the lives of our families and children is the Holy Spirit’s and not ours. It has been incredible to see ministry leaders and volunteers answering God’s call to equip parents to be the primary nurturers of their children’s faith.” FULL POST

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