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Posted 4/17/14 at 10:48 AM | Brian Wallace

What is an Expert?

Do you know what it takes to become an expert on something? The first step is in learning. Check this infographic for all the answers.

Posted 4/16/14 at 8:52 PM | Musical Notes

Out of the Grey to Record New Album

Today one of my favorite Christian bands, Out of the Grey, announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund its next recording. Scott and Christine Dente have been performing as Out of the Grey for more than twenty years. Their first album was released in 1991 and featured songs like He Is Not Silent and Write My Life.

The duo is offering unique incentives for donations such as a guitar lesson from Scott, a vocal lesson from Christine, and a house concert.

 The Kickstarter goal is to raise $35,000 in 35 days. In just a few hours the band has already raised more than $1400.

Carman and Steve Taylor are Christian musicians that have successfully funded recordings and tours with Kickstarter.

If you are not familiar with Out of the Grey, here is the music video of "All We Need." FULL POST

Posted 4/14/14 at 9:37 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Sarah Michelle Gellar - Celebrity Birthdays for April 14

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Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar

The following celebrities have birthdays today. Please pray for them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to serve God with a pure heart. Pray that their actions will glorify God and that Christ's love will flow from their lives into their families, friends, neighbors and coworkers lives.

  • Loretta Lynn - country singer - 82
  • Pete Rose - baseball player - 73
  • Ritchie Blackmore - guitarist in the band The Outlaws - 69
  • Peter Capaldi - actor in the TV series The Muskateers - 56
  • Shizuka Kudo - Japanese singer - 44
  • Adrien Brody - actor in the movie The Pianist - 41
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar - acress in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 37
  • Anne Watanabe - Japanese singer - 28
  • Abigail Breslin - actress in the movie Little Miss Sunshine - 18

Postscript: If you have any friends on Facebook with birthdays today, consider praying for them on their birthday. FULL POST

Posted 4/14/14 at 10:35 AM | Phil Cooke

An Open Letter to an Actress Who Wants to be Famous

Larry Poland

Recently, Dr. Larry Poland, founder of Mastermedia International received a letter from a very sincere sixteen-year old who obviously is serious about her Christian faith and said she aspires to use her singing talent for God. In her letter she wanted Larry’s advice about coming to Hollywood to become a “famous Christian singer.”  After about a week of praying over his response, Dr. Poland wrote the young girl we’ll call “Lucy” the following letter – and it’s a letter you should consider sharing with others with the same goal:

Dear Lucy,

Thanks for your letter sharing your dream of becoming a “famous Christian singer.” My friend, what I am going to say in this letter may seem discouraging to you, but you have to understand that I have worked in Hollywood since 1980 and have seen literally hundreds of bright, committed young men and women aspire to a dream like yours. Frankly, your letter frightened me . . . for three reasons: FULL POST

Posted 4/10/14 at 8:04 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Shay Mitchell - Celebrity Birthdays for April 10

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Actress Shay Mitchell

The following celebrities have birthdays today. Please pray for them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to serve God with a pure heart. Pray that their actions will glorify God and that Christ's love will flow from their lives into their families, friends, neighbors and coworkers lives.

  • John Madden - sportscaster - 78
  • Steven Seagal - actor in the movie Under Siege - 62
  • Yvan Loubier - Canadian politician - 55
  • Kenneth Edmonds - R&B singer goes by the stage name Babyface - 54
  • Tim Alexander - drummer in the band Primus - 49
  • Jamie Chung - actress in the TV series Once Upon a Time - 31
  • Mandy Moore - actress in the movie A Walk to Remember - 30
  • Ayesha Takia - Bollywood actress - 28
  • Shay Mitchell - actress in the TV series Pretty Little Liars - 27

Postscript: If you have any friends on Facebook with birthdays today, consider praying for them on their birthday. FULL POST

Posted 4/9/14 at 9:44 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Hugh Hefner - Celebrity Birthdays for April 9

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Hugh Hefner

The following celebrities have birthdays today. Please pray for them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to serve God with a pure heart. Pray that their actions will glorify God and that Christ's love will flow from their lives into their families, friends, neighbors and coworkers lives.

  • Hugh Hefner - founder of Playboy - 88
  • Valerie Singleton - host of the TV program Blue Peter - 77
  • Dennis Quaid - actor in the movie - 60
  • Iain Duncan Smith - British Conservative politician - 60
  • Brian Alexander - fashion designer - 51
  • Joe Scarborough - MSNBC news commentator - 51
  • Cynthia Nixon - actress in the TV series Sex and the City - 48
  • Jenna Jameson - porn actress - 40
  • David Gordon Green - director of the movie Pineapple Express - 39
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam - actress in the TV series The Cosby Show - 35
  • Leighton Meester - actress in the TV series Gossip Girl - 28
  • Kristen Stewart - actress in the Twilight movie series - 24
  • Isaac Hempstead-Wright - actor in the TV series Game of Thrones - 15

Postscript: If you have any friends on Facebook with birthdays today, consider praying for them on their birthday. FULL POST

Posted 4/8/14 at 11:56 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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Frozen and Let It Go: The Gospel for Little Feet

By Wade Burleson

"Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with little steps."
Hans Christian Andersen's request for the music to be played at his funeral.
(Source: Bryant, Mark: Private Lives, 2001, p.12).
Photo: Disney
Cast of Frozen

Frozen is a world wide sensation. Disney released the 102 minute computer animated musical last Thanksgiving (2013). The movie is now the top-grossing animated film of all time, exceeding one billion dollars at the box office. The film's mega-popular theme song Let It Go is an instant classic. The film's version of the song, sung by Idina Menzel, won an Academy Award. Disney's official single release of Let It Go, sung by Demi Lovato, has been played nearly 150 million times on YouTube, and is America's ubiquitous song for 2014. The song's popularity has led to sparring between fans of the two artists who sing it and to the creation of some hilarious on-line parodies from people who've had enough of Let It Go. There are nine other songs from the movie's award winning official sound track, making a total of ten original songs from Frozen now being sung by kids all over the world. A quarter of a century from now, our grandkids will be singing songs from Frozen, just like we still sing songs from Disney's renaissance period twenty-five years ago. No way around it; Frozen is here to stay. To me, that's a good thing. FULL POST

Posted 4/8/14 at 9:45 AM | Karen Farris

NBC’s “About A Boy” is more about sex

Bing Images, About A Boy

The show’s title may be innocent but the scenes portrayed in NBC’s About A Boy (Tuesdays @ 9 pm) are not. Rated TV-14, the content isn’t appropriate for family viewing, even though the main character is just eleven.

The show highlights the life of a single mom struggling to raise her child while also attempting to protect him from worldly harm. She is ridiculed for focusing on her young son rather than on her own social life. Meanwhile, her son is harassed at school because he’s a “nerd” with an overprotective mom.

The playboy next-door neighbor is someone the mom would rather avoid, but when she needs a last minute sitter, he uses it as an opportunity to take the boy to a bikini party with heavy-drinking revelers. Even though the hotshot neighbor doesn’t have permission, he tells the boy about sex and gives him “The Talk”.

His hedonistic lifestyle of one-night stands isn’t hidden and the young boy often sees the parade of different women in their skimpy outfits. NBC is using tasteless programming to feature immoral behavior. For young viewers, it sends a message that sexual boundaries aren’t important and sex is a lifestyle of one-night stands and risqué parties. FULL POST

Posted 4/5/14 at 6:10 PM | Sunny Shell |

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'God's Not Dead': The Only Christian Film In Theaters Worth Seeing

There are a barrage of "Christian" films that are currently in theaters and some soon to be released. The peculiar thing about all these movies are that none of them...until now, have been written or produced by actual Christians. One movie was written and produced by New Agers, another by an atheist and then this one: "God's Not Dead" produced by Pure Flix Entertainment in association with Check the Gate Productions.

Though "God's Not Dead" opened in a mere 780 theaters, it earned $9.2 million and ranked number four its first weekend. Other movies in the top five opened in nearly 4,000 theaters and took a 20 to 50 percent revenue dive in their second week. But the revenue for "God's Not Dead" only went down by 4.5 percent, remained in the top five (taking the fifth position), added 398 more theaters and earned $8.8 million its second weekend with a total gross of $21.8 million thus far. FULL POST

Posted 4/3/14 at 10:32 AM | Phil Cooke |

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The Data is in: Noah Is Driving People to the Bible

The YouVersion Bible App team tracked the opening of the movie “Noah,” and during the 3 day opening weekend the app reported a 300% increase in people reading or listening to the Noah story from the book of Genesis. In actual numbers, YouVersion reports during the opening weekend, the Noah story was read or listened to on the app 389,794 times – or about 129,931 times per day.  It’s the highest number of people exploring that passage that they’ve ever experienced.

Bible Gateway, another top online scripture site reports similar findings with a 223% increase. Geof Morin, Executive Vice President of the American Bible Society did a sampling among their huge number of Facebook followers and discovered that 87% of respondents said they were reading the story of Noah because of weekend conversations about the film. If you’d like to be part of The American Bible Society’s effort to share the Noah story, you can sign up here. FULL POST

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