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Posted 10/19/17 at 5:51 PM | Mark Ellis

Clayton Kershaw pitches for Jesus

Clayton Kershaw

By Mark Ellis

Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw is arguably the best pitcher in major league baseball today, having won three Cy Young Awards, the league’s MVP in 2014, and already tapped for seven all-star games. But there is something in his life even more important than baseball success – his faith in Jesus Christ.

Growing up in Dallas, playing Little League baseball, he faced an early personal challenge when his parents separated. “I was worried all the time. My parents got divorced when I was 10. I had so much anxiety,” he told I Am Second.

He attended church faithfully with his mom on Sunday, but he didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. In middle school, he went through confirmation at the Methodist Church.

It was in high school that he developed a deeper understanding of his faith. “It wasn’t one day,” he told the L.A. Times in 2010. “Christianity in itself means that you believe Jesus died on the cross for your sins. It wasn’t until high school that I was mature enough to understand what that meant and how I should live my life based on that.” FULL POST

Posted 10/16/17 at 8:00 PM | Mark Ellis

Little Richard: His ‘Tutti Frutti’ journey back to Jesus

Little Richard

By Mark Ellis

He was one of the most gifted and flamboyant pop stars of his era. But now the wild wigs, pancake makeup, and crazy costumes are gone. Little Richard has turned his back on rock and roll to pursue holiness in Christ during his final years.

“I believe that Jesus is coming soon,” he told Danny Shelton and Yvonne Lewis with Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) in a September interview.

Despite achieving the greatest fame the music world can offer, the 84-year-old legend has one regret. “If I had my life to do over again, I would be ‘Little Richard the Preacher,’ standing out on street corners,” declaring God’s Word.

In the course of a nearly two-hour interview, he could barely contain his zeal to preach, spontaneously breaking into sermonettes with the cadence of the best African American preachers of his generation.

Little Richard, born Richard Wayne Penniman, grew up poor in Macon, Georgia, the third of 12 children born to Leva Mae and Bud Penniman. FULL POST

Posted 9/28/17 at 4:14 PM | Mark Ellis

Playboy founder had “The Purpose Driven Life” in his bedroom

Hugh Hefner

By Mark Ellis

He dressed up porn and attempted to make it respectable, flaunted a hedonistic, licentious lifestyle, exploited and objectified women, and ensnared many men in sexual addiction.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed to his eternal reward September 27th. He was 91.

Hefner was at the leading edge of the sexual revolution that swept through America and the world in the Sixties and Seventies, which upended Christian values and skewered societal norms.

Some Christians will be quick to say they know Hefner’s eternal destiny. If the immortal Dante’s depiction of hell is correct, Hefner may be in the infamous “second ring” of the Inferno – reserved for those overcome by lust.

Dante envisioned a place where the “bright, voluptuous sin” displayed in Hefner’s magazines and personified by his playboy lifestyle transmutes into “a howling darkness of helpless discomfort.”

In this circle, Dante found Semiramis, Dido, Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Paris, Achilles, Tristan, and others overwhelmed by sexual love. Did Hugh Hefner join their ranks yesterday? FULL POST

Posted 9/27/17 at 2:42 PM | Mark Ellis

The value of a life born out of rape

Ethel Waters

By Mark Ellis

Can you name the woman nominated for an Emmy and an Academy Award whose birth resulted from a teen mom raped at knifepoint?

To many, the “byproduct” of such a crime would only be worthy of abortion. But Ethel Waters was born long before abortion became legal, and her life stands as a testimony to the value God places on children born out-of-wedlock – even those conceived by rape.

Her mother, Louise Anderson, was only 13 when a family acquaintance held a knife to her throat and raped her.

Sadly, Ethel’s mother was ill prepared for motherhood and neglected her daughter. So Ethel went to live with her grandmother, who worked as a housemaid.

She attended church with family members and believed in Jesus as a teen, but a searing incident caused her to drift from the Lord.

One day a rival girl attacked her savagely and clawed at her face. Ethel fought back and did not “turn the other cheek.” As she reflected later on the vicious fight, she thought she should have run from the girl. She carried a burden of guilt for many years, concluding that a Christian would not have done such a thing. FULL POST

Posted 9/27/17 at 2:50 AM | Lara Sen

Trending Ideas for New Age Photography

Running out of new photography ideas you might just become bored of clicking the sunset or the clouds. It's time to get some latest photo shooting ideas. Here we have gotten you covered with some creative photography ideas you can try on your own even if you are a beginner.

Start from your home
You can begin from your home by clicking things around. Here are some photography ideas at home for you to try.

1. Pet photography - If you have a pet, then start by clicking your adorable little ball of fur. Find innovative ideas for photography like putting a small paper hat on its head, or making a tiara with flowers etc. You can use toys to add to the cuteness of the frame.

2. Food photography - You can click what you eat daily. Work on the plating and it will be no lesser than a master chef dish. Use green vegetables with other colourful fresh veggies. Make it vibrant and delectable. You can check photos of creative picture ideas for food on the Internet.

3. Portraits - Clicking portraits of your family members can be great fun. Click absolutely candid photos where they are busy at work. If you have kids at home then click their pictures with different creative photo shoot ideas. FULL POST

Posted 9/25/17 at 10:20 AM |

Q&A with Lisa Weyerhaeuser about her new CD, “Growing Light”

Q: Tell us about the CD title, "Growing Light."
A: "Growing Light" is actually a line from one of the songs on the CD which says simply, "My burdens grow light.” This CD is ultimately about freedom -- freedom that comes through living the circumstances of life, and learning how to be freed from the things that entangle us, like Hebrews 12:1 calls us to do. Sometimes it's a process. I think the term sanctification applies, as slowly, gradually, we learn to "grow light" from letting go of those things that hold us back from being all we are meant to be on this earth. (Ephesians 2:10). And this project tells a story -- my story -- about the process of letting go of things, relationships, habits or whatever, that pull us away from what we are created to be. It was a very personal project to record. It is actually very emotional for me to listen to some of these songs because it reveals to me how God has been working through every situation to teach me about who He is and how He wants me to live. FULL POST

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

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