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Posted 8/10/17 at 12:22 AM | Mark Ellis

The faith of Glen Campbell, the prodigal singing star rescued from his demons

Glen Campbell

By Mark Ellis

Glen Campbell, the acclaimed pop-country singer, songwriter, and musician, who sold more than 45 million records and won four Grammys, passed to his reward August 8th due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

During the height of his career he hosted The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from 1969 to 1972. He amassed 12 gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.

He is best known for hits that include “Gentle on My Mind”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and “Southern Nights”.

“I’m not a country singer per se, I’m a country boy who sings,” Campbell once told an interviewer.

He also had a turbulent personal life with three failed marriages, partly due to his battle with alcohol and cocaine addiction.

He was a farm boy who grew up in Billstown, Arkansas, the son of a sharecropper named after Christian historical giant John Wesley. Glen was the seventh of 12 children.

Campbell started playing guitar at four-years-old after his uncle Boo bought him a five-dollar guitar from Sears. He practiced guitar when he wasn’t working in the cotton fields. FULL POST

Posted 7/31/17 at 2:13 PM | Mark Ellis

Heavy metal singer stands up for Jesus, loses fans

By Mark Ellis

A former heavy metal singer from Of Mice & Men, Austin Carlile, has made some bold expressions about his faith recently, and also paid a price for it.

In a July 24th Tweet, he acknowledged the cost: “I LOSE followers any time I speak about God or His son Jesus, ppl don’t wanna hear it. What I GAIN from knowing Him though… irreplaceable.”

“It may not be ‘cool’ to believe, it may not be popular, but the GOD of the entire universe loves you. Realizing this changed my entire life,” he noted in a report by CBN.

The musician was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disease that affects the body’s connective tissue. When the aorta valve is affected, the disorder may be fatal, which happened to Flo Hyman, the Olympic silver-medalist in volleyball, who collapsed and died at age 31.

The disease is associated with people who have long legs and arms. Some believe President Lincoln may suffered from the disorder, but the theory has never been proven.

Carlile continues to praise God as he battles the insidious disease. Treatment usually involves beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, and sometimes surgery, according to Wikipedia. FULL POST

Posted 7/20/17 at 3:03 PM | Mark Ellis

Jim Carrey: Christ’s suffering on the cross opens the gates of heaven

By Mark Ellis

His high-energy comedic impressions approach the level of genius and have gained him a worldwide following, ever since he starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber in 1994.

Carrey’s spiritual journey has taken him in many directions, but at a recent visit to a charity helping the poor in Los Angeles, he made explicit references to Christ’s suffering on the cross that may signal a shift in his thinking.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Carrey was raised Roman Catholic by parents with French Canadian ancestry. He dabbled in Presbyterianism later in life, but also told Oprah Winfrey in 1997 that he is an advocate for the law of attraction.

He told Oprah that early in his career he used visualization techniques to get work. He imagined a $10,000,000 check given to him for his acting service and seven years later received a check in that exact amount for his role in Dumb and Dumber.

Carrey remains an ardent proponent of Transcendental Meditation, and seems to credit the practice for helping him to overcome depression and remove himself from Prozac and all other drugs, including coffee.

In 2010, he told 60 Minutes, “I’m a Buddhist, I’m a Christian, I’m a Muslim, I’m whatever you want me to be. It all comes down to the same thing. You’re in a loving place or you’re in an unloving place, if you’re with me right now you cannot be unhappy, it’s not possible.” FULL POST

Posted 6/18/17 at 3:02 AM | Dylan Moran

My Strange (and Profitable) Journey Developing a Free Play Card Game

Free Play App Development vs Paid

A friend of mine runs a series of gambling sites. We actually met because he was looking for someone to create original software and expand upon software created by licensed providers like Microgaming. I wasn’t up for the job in the end, but we stayed in touch and he became a close friend.

I learned a lot about the industry and its profits. He made good money and I even considered getting involved myself. Two years after that first encounter I received an offer to work on a “free-play” blackjack game. Basically, the developer was a small-timer and he wanted to cash in on the success that a rival had enjoyed with a poker game.

He knew it would be a simple game to create. He knew it would be cheap and quick. And he suspected that there would be a lot of profit in it. Unfortunately for him, so did I, so I asked for a decent sum of money and for a share of the profits. He agreed. I created the game and then I learned something that still astounds me to this day. FULL POST

Posted 6/1/17 at 12:01 PM | Biru Singh

How to Plan a Comfortable Road Trip to Europe on Your Car

When you hear people saying Europe is wonderful, you must have felt a compelling need to visit the continent for yourself. A paradise for travelers, Europe has been attracting people from all over the world for a long, long time. This amazing continent remains at the forefront of a dream destination for most of us.

Europe is known not just for its awe-inspiring natural beauty, but it also has deep historical musings and roots that simply pull us towards it. Its astounding architecture, sun-soaked sandy beaches, cathedrals, ancient remains, snow-laden mountains, teensy towns & villages, and historical marvels are enough to make it a hottest tourist destination.

If you want to make your Euro trip even more exciting, exploring the continent on a car is simply amazing. Whether you are going to hire a premium car service for a comfortable trip or you are going there on your own car, you will need a careful planning before making a life-long memorable trip.

Here are some of the important tips for a comfortable road trip to Europe:

1. Ensure That The Car Is Well Prepared

It is the first and primary requirement on your part to make sure that your car is fully prepared and ready to embark on this epic journey. In days leading up to this fun adventure, check the condition of your car. It is important that its safety features are working properly so that it won’t break down in the middle and you have nowhere to go. You have to check whether it is fuel efficient and the necessary maintenance has been done or not. Change the engine oil and check your car tires are well within the limit of their wear and tear. Your car battery should be in a perfect condition and its headlights are in proper condition. It is possible that you might travel during night as well. FULL POST

Posted 5/31/17 at 5:05 AM | Lynn Joesph

Best Asian Country for Christian Vacation

South-East Asia is one of the most popular tourists spots in the world, thanks to its beautiful beaches and amazing nature. Combined with low prices and a laid back atmosphere, these countries are perfect for a relaxing vacation. While Thailand is by far the most visited and well-developed, it poses numerous challenges for Christian visitors, who wish to gain value from their holiday instead of just pure, mindless fun.

Don't get me wrong, Thailand is a great place with a rich culture and many things to see and do. However, an overly developed sex tourism scene and overall wild party atmosphere at most islands make it a less optimal family destination. Instead, we'd like to highlight the Philippines as a great alternative for your next tropical vacation.

Many people don't know it, but the Philippines is in fact 95% Christian – with Catholics being the overwhelming majority. Locals are extremely friendly, and they all speak English very well. Prices are even lower than Thailand's, and the scenery is just as impressive. On top of that, there are specific highlights which are unique to the Philippines, and make it a perfect destination for a Christian vacation.

The Churches - fascinating Asian-Hispanic fusion
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Posted 5/24/17 at 9:42 PM | Lisiana Carter

5 Apps Every Fashionista Should Use

If you are an avid fashion enthusiast and want to keep yourself updated with all the latest in fashion the world has to offer and searching for the apps that can help you do so efficiently? If so then you are in the right spot. We have compiled a list of apps that every Fashionista or fashion enthusiast must have on their smartphones. These apps will help you keep track of all the new trends, everything new in the fashion industry and all the fashion news from the fashion capitals of the world.
Let’s get right into it

1.Myntra

Myntra is one of the most popular fashion apps right now. You can get to know the latest trends in fashion. Online shopping has been made very easy for everyone thanks to apps like Myntra. You can get almost all the latest international fashion has to offer on sale on Myntra. It even has its own fashion social network. You can follow people how have similar or better taste in fashion and see what they like and they are buying and open your perspective. The try on arrival feature of Myntra fashion app allows you to try the clothes or accessories when they are delivered and you can return them if you are not satisfied with the quality of the materials or size. You can also find your friends from popular social media platforms on Myntra and see what they like and check out their wish list. FULL POST

Posted 5/19/17 at 2:57 PM | Dylan Moran

How Ethical is Gambling on Slot Machines?

In the United Kingdom right now there is an epidemic of gambling that has created a new breed of gambling addict and has caused all kinds of problems within local communities. Something similar is happening in Australia and in several other countries. These things have something in common. Firstly, gambling is legal there, and secondly, the problems are all created by slot machines.

If you listen to the economists than legalized gambling is the way to go. They say that it brings in a lot of money for local communities and is able to generate millions in tax. All of that is true. But the issue that the American people have with gambling is not about the money. It’s about the damage that it can do to society. Countries like the UK and Australia have ignored this damage for many years, and they are now suffering as a result.

Yet, there are still many people calling for the legalization of gambling in the United States, perhaps not realizing just what damage it can do. FULL POST

Posted 5/11/17 at 4:42 AM | Mark John

Fun Ideas For Summer Bible Camp

Summer is fast approaching and thousands of churches across the nation will be gearing up for their annual Summer Bible Camps. For kids across the country, summer bible camp is often one of the highlights of the year. It’s important to make sure your camp is as fun and engaging as possible — it will ensure participants get the most out of the experience and come back next year hungry for more! This article will give a brief overview of a few ideas that will help make sure your Summer Bible Camp is as fun as possible.

Inclusive On-Stage Play

Elementary school children at your camp will love to feel involved in everything. Have camp attendees participate in a play (or series of plays) that will help kids be creative and inclusive with their fellow camp friends. Divide children up by age and have them choose their favorite Bible story — allow them the creative license to act and illustrate the scene the way they want to. Make sure the script has been organized, roles have been chosen, and the play has been rehearsed. Then have each group act out their play in front of the whole camp. By dividing children into groups you can ensure that every camp attendant plays an active role in their production. FULL POST

Posted 5/3/17 at 10:58 AM | Lucy Perry

Useful Apps for Families Traveling Abroad

Traveling Family

These days, smartphones can be a lifesaver, especially if you have young children and want to minimize stress and expenditure when traveling. The apps featured in this post will save you the time and energy it takes to find your way in a new place when traveling abroad with a big family, as well as help you travel as inexpensively as possible.

Travel apps are a great tool if you have the basic skills it takes to operate a smartphone. If you have a smartphone with nothing but gimmicky apps then you need to uninstall some and make room for a few of these useful apps ahead of your travels. Ranging from choices that work toward directing you to arrange your itinerary and language translation, here is a roundup of essential traveling apps.

CityMapper

If you are still using Google maps to navigate new cities, then you are the person CityMapper is meant for. It offers wide-ranging and simple journey planner information with a sprinkling of humor. The information is much more detailed than Google maps, covering real-time departures, traffic information (including disruptions), Uber information and cycling routes. It covers 30 cities around the world. The app is so devoted to travel information that it will tell you how long your journey should take with jetpack. It’s a worthy joke when you missed the train and you have to wait another half hour before the next one comes. FULL POST

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