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Posted 12/6/18 at 1:35 PM |

Telly Award-winning artist and speaker joins national women's conference

Telly Award-winning artist and five-time top 10 Billboard singer Jennifer Shaw will join the Aspire women’s conference in 2019. Begun in 2014, Aspire events are one-night events that have featured numerous speakers, comedians and singers including Karen Kingsbury, Lisa Whelchel, and Anita Renfroe, among many others. Shaw will sing as well as share her story with conference attendees in select markets.

After a four-year absence from the radio charts, Shaw recently released a new full-length recording project entitled “Nothing to Fear”, produced by Lifeway’s Songwriter of the Year, Paul Marino. Though Shaw’s last album spawned a Telly Award-winning music video and songs used by organizations such as disability ministry Joni and Friends, as well as Remember Nhu, a worldwide organization that fights child sex slavery, Shaw waited for the right time to record songs that reflect the multiple changes in her life and family.

Shaw’s parenting skills were put to the test early on when her youngest child, son Toby, was diagnosed with a severe case of Sensory Processing Disorder. Shaw chronicled her family’s journey in the critically-acclaimed book “Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed my Faith and my Song”, which is now used in the Resource Library of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Shaw’s involvement with children’s organizations and her multi-year partnership with Compassion International took her to orphanages around the world where she learned that children over the age of three are rarely adopted, and their chances were even lower if they had medical issues. Armed with that knowledge, the Shaws realized they couldn’t help every child, but they could help somebody. So in the past two years, Shaw along with her husband and their three biological children, have adopted three Chinese children with medical issues, ages 7 to 11. FULL POST

Posted 11/28/18 at 11:10 AM |

New documentary about a tailoring school for women in Malawi Africa to premiere worldwide

A documentary film entitled “Reap What You Sew” about a tailoring school established in Malawi, Africa will premiere on the NRB TV network on December 27, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Central time. Founded by Dr. Deb Waterbury, President of Love Everlasting Ministries, the Reap What You Sew school held their second graduation this past summer. In the two years since the school began, 17 out of 19 graduates have started their own businesses and been able to lift their families out of poverty.

The documentary, filmed exclusively on location in Malawi and Mozambique this past summer, follows the lives of several former graduates of the school as well as highlights the newest graduating class. Dr. Waterbury says the documentary is an accurate portrayal of the impoverishment in these countries.

“Malawi is one of the poorest nations in the world, and the women there are often destitute,” says Waterbury. “These women receive no education and are often widowed due to AIDS. There are no department stores in the country so you have to buy clothes from tailors, making this the perfect skill for women to learn and pass on to their children. One of our students from last semester opened up her own storefront in her village and called it ‘Thank You Jesus Tailoring Shop’. The transformation in her life has been remarkable.” FULL POST

Posted 3/12/18 at 11:33 AM |

Hard rock band takes on softer tone while getting real about recent violent acts on new EP

When husband and wife team Ammee Pearl and Jay Huzil formed the band SWEETEVERAFTER nine years ago, their sound was distinctively hard rock, earning them a nomination for Metal Song of the Year at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. But in their third release, the new EP entitled “Adoration Project,” the music shifts to softer tones while their lyrics take recent tragic events head on.

“I wrote this song after the Boston bombing,” says Pearl. “Since that time so many other senseless acts of violence have happened — including the school shooting that just happened in Florida — that sometimes now I feel like we accept it. It has become our new normal. We have become numb to the horror and sadness of it all. So, I found myself sitting at my piano in the studio and I began to write, asking God why, and crying out to Him in deep sorrow and reflection. I believe that in the depth of our souls exists the capacity for great good and great evil. To see this choice played out on the world’s stage causes us to turn inward and examine ourselves. The song ‘Desperate for Love’ is the cry of my heart and a reflection on the brokenness of the world. It is a prayer that the God of the Universe would come and breathe new life into all these broken places.” FULL POST

Posted 2/20/18 at 9:25 AM |

Telly Award winner and top 40 Billboard artist releases new project from Lifeway’s Producer of the Year

After a six year absence on the national radio charts, top 40 Billboard singer and Telly Award winning artist, Jennifer Shaw, has released a new full-length recording project entitled “Nothing to Fear”, produced by Lifeway’s Producer of the Year, Paul Marino. Though Shaw’s last album spawned a Telly Award-winning music video and songs used by organizations such as disability ministry Joni and Friends, as well as Remember Nhu, a worldwide organization that fights child sex slavery, Shaw waited until now to record songs that reflect the multiple changes in her life and family.

Beyond her musical success, Shaw is a sought-after speaker and author, and a long-time advocate for children. Shaw’s parenting skills were put to the test early on when her youngest child, son Toby, was diagnosed with a severe case of Sensory Processing Disorder. Shaw chronicled her family’s journey in the critically-acclaimed book “Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed my Faith and my Song”, which is now used in the Resource Library of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Shaw’s involvement with children’s organizations and her multi-year partnership with Compassion International took her to orphanages around the world where she learned that children over the age of 3 are rarely adopted, and their chances were even lower if they had medical issues. Armed with that knowledge, the Shaws realized they couldn’t help every child, but they could help somebody. So in the past 18 months, Shaw along with her husband and their three biological children have adopted three Chinese children with medical issues, ages 7 to 11. FULL POST

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

Mariah Carey Joins the Premier Dead Sea Products Line for its 25th Anniversary

Premier is a company that has been extracting all of the divine natural substances from the Dead Sea that produce its world famous skin care products. Having called upon one of the leading figures in not only the music industry, but radiant skin health, Mariah Carey, any witness to this campaign will immediately know the level of quality present here. Welcome to the world of Premier Dead Sea products.

While the Dead Sea may indeed be a limitless and phenomenal supply for skin rejuvenation and augmentation, only a few leading experts in the world - such as those at Premier - possess the long fostered knowledge and expertise needed to transform natural minerals into powerful skincare products.

Join Premier and Mariah Carey on one of the most well developed and ingenious campaigns geared towards convincing every type of person that their skin is worth the time of day, and that beginning a disciplined and dedicated skincare schedule is one of the kindest and most loving things that you can do for yourself. 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

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