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Posted 9/22/17 at 2:28 PM |

Popular international speaker and bible teacher to host new radio show

Dr. Deb Waterbury will launch a new live call-in talk show, “Doing Life with Dr. Deb,” this December on KGMS Radio in Tucson and KNXN in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Dr. Waterbury was host of a teaching radio show three years ago, but she says this new show will be much more interactive.

“I have been counseling individuals and couples for many years on a variety of issues,” says Waterbury. “This show will touch on a multitude of topics, but ultimately we want it to be helpful and informative, not only to the people who call in with questions, but also to the people listening to the answers we offer.”

Doug Martin, President and CEO of Good News Broadcasting, says he reached out to Dr. Waterbury because of her local popularity.

"We were looking for someone to host a talk show on KGMS in Tucson and KNXN in Sierra Vista,” says Martin. “We wanted to do something new that would really engage our audience and expand our reach. Dr. Waterbury came to my mind since I have heard rave reviews from friends who have attended her women's Bible studies telling me she is the best teacher they had ever heard. We know that the majority of our audience is women and they are looking for practical ways to apply Biblical truth to the challenges they face in marriage, raising children, family relationships, and career. We are very excited about our launch in December and believe that this show will be something that will impact the communities we serve and beyond." FULL POST

Posted 9/11/17 at 6:38 PM | Mark Ellis

When Dudamel’s Mozart became a bold witness for Christ

Dudamel conducting Mozart's Requiem August 24, 2017 at the Hollywood Bowl, with words translated

By Mark Ellis

On a balmy August evening at the Hollywood Bowl – a storied venue filled to the brim with people of many faiths and no faith – Conductor Gustavo Dudamel became an evangelist of sorts as Mozart’s Requiem turned into a megaphone for God’s truth.

It was a rare family excursion to the Bowl for my family on August 24th and our first encounter with Venezuela-born Dudamel, 36, described by L.A. Times Music Critic Mark Swed as “the most accomplished musician of his generation.”

We arrived early, bought picnic dinners, and happened to sit at a table with two Jewish couples that were bright and engaging, steeped in L.A. culture. One of the couples emigrated from Iran during the revolution.

As we sat talking before the performance began, I wondered to myself how it might be possible to plant a seed of truth in their hearts. Little did I know the answer would come soon in an unexpected way. FULL POST

Posted 9/11/17 at 5:04 AM | Mark John

Strengthening Unity Between Couples and Singles At Church

There is a push for Christian churches to do better at including singles in activities. Author Gina Dalfonzo has written a book with the purpose of helping churches do better at the inclusion of single adults.

While churches offer many activities for couples and families, there are fewer (if any) opportunities or services aimed at the single population. And this can have an adverse effect, causing singles to feel alienated from their place of worship and their communities.

The following suggestions will help your church become a more welcoming place to singles and couples alike.

1. Realize that relationships have shifted dramatically
Adults are marrying later and having children later than they were 10 or 20 years ago. Some singles would prefer to work on their relationship with themselves, God, and their careers first. Some singles have found themselves single due to divorce or death against their wishes. There are an infinite number of reasons why a person might be single, and accepting their current life state rather than trying to fix or help them is the most important thing we can do. The New Testament has a high view of singleness (some of the many great saints never married!) FULL POST

Posted 8/31/17 at 2:59 PM |

Hall of Fame vocalist named this year’s recipient of Orchestra Kentucky’s Lifetime Achievement Award

L to R: Jeff Reed, Larnelle Harris

Hall of Fame vocalist, Larnelle Harris, was named Orchestra Kentucky’s 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts and Humanities. Harris joins a distinguished list of performers and singers such as award-winning singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka, Peter Tork of the Monkees, and Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, Paul Williams. Orchestra Kentucky director, Jeff Reed, said Harris was the perfect choice for the honor.

“Larnelle is most deserving of our Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Humanities award,” says Reed, who founded Orchestra Kentucky in 2000. “He has had a major impact on gospel music worldwide, which has brought great honor to Bowling Green, his adopted hometown. So far, I have had the unique opportunity of working with Larnelle, and three different orchestras, on nine different occasions. Not only is he an incredible artist, but he is a wonderful person, whom I’m proud to call my friend.” FULL POST

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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