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Posted 4/11/16 at 8:07 PM | Mark Ellis

Danny Willett, son of British pastor, wins Masters Golf Tourney

By Mark Ellis

The son of a retired British vicar in the Church of England won the Masters Golf Tournament, and his father said God’s favor propelled his victory.

“I believe very seriously in the favor of God and that’s what’s happening,” the Rev. Stephen Willett told Premier’s News Hour. “In the last two years he’s played out of his socks and I think God is honoring him for being an honorable man.”

Danny Willett earned the victory after Jordan Spieth’s monumental collapse on the 12th hole in the final found, when Jordan’s ball plopped into a water hazard twice and his next shot went into a sand trap. The score of seven on the three-par hole torpedoed his chances for a win.

Willett rose to the occasion with a smashing performance, turning in three birdies on the last six holes.

“We all go out there and try and play good golf, and at the end of the day, someone has got to win the golf tournament,” Willett told reporters. “And, fortunately enough, today was my day.”

Willett is a Christian who has spoken previously about his faith, but in humble fashion, denied he received any special favors from God. FULL POST

Posted 4/1/16 at 5:43 PM | Mark Ellis

Christian band Twenty One Pilots confounds secular critics, shows Gen-Y & Z a way to faith

By Mark Ellis & Michael Ashcraft

Top Ten Christian band Twenty One Pilots declared its musical manifesto three years ago in the song “Car Radio,” “I will try with every rhyme to come across like I am dying to let you know you need to try to think.”

Twenty One Pilots’ hit “Stressed Out” is currently played on secular radio stations across the country and in Europe, and the duo is selling out concerts at every venue. Even though they are open about their faith, the band continues to sneak like a hacker through the world’s default gospel-rejection mechanism.

While the dialectic voice confuses secular reporters, the message of salvation carries through to their listeners.

“When I first listened to their music I was like, I’m not alone. I thought I was the only one,” wrote Mattie on a fan site in August 2015. “Twenty one pilots really did save my life in more ways than one.” FULL POST

Posted 3/14/16 at 3:22 PM | Mark Ellis

Amish carpenters nearing completion of life-sized Noah’s Ark

model of Ark Encounter

By Mark Ellis & Chad Dou

A mind-blowing full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark is nearing completion in Williamstown, KY, displaying the remarkable grandiosity of the all-wood colossus.

While Noah and his family spent 100 years toiling on the ark, Ken Ham and his construction team — including dozens of Amish carpenters — will have taken five years by the time they are finished in July and it opens to the public.

“We want to reach millions more about the truth in the Gospel, the words of God,” said Ham, who is also the founder of the Creation Museum located 40 miles from the Ark. “I believe that the Ark of Noah is the greatest reminder we have for salvation.”

At 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, the replica is so big it actually shatters previous records — becoming the biggest all-timber structure in the world, according to Ham. FULL POST

Posted 3/10/16 at 1:31 PM | Karen Farris

ABC's Real O'Neals aren't real Catholics

ABC has a new sitcom, The Real O’Neals...just like average American families they are vulgar, law-breaking, divorcing Catholics, with a gay son. (Tuesday evening 8:30 pm).

Laugh lines come at the expense of God. While ABC is promoting this truly dysfunctional family as perfect Irish-Catholics, their antics are abhorrent to those of God-honoring faith.

For instance, the daughter steals the money she is supposedly raising for charity. The mom encourages her gay son to have sex with a girl just to “try it”. Jesus appears to the gay son, and is annoyed with the mom’s strict guidelines for him. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to find out that ultra anti-Christian bigot Dan Savage serves as one of the producers—and the show’s content comes from some of his experiences. One Million Moms encourages Christians to take action by contacting advertisers of The Real O-Neals. Click here to send an email.

Posted 3/2/16 at 5:29 AM | Joy Mali

10 Must-Have Apps For Your Smartphone Or Tablet

There are so many apps out there for smartphones and tablets these days that it’s hard to know which ones are amazing and which ones aren’t that great. Fortunately, there are lists like this one that help narrow down these apps, so you can find the ones that you’ll get use out of. Here are 10 of these must-have apps that you might want to download to your smartphone or tablet. Some of them will help you share information with others, while some let you customize your device or back up all of your data.

1. Periscope

Periscope is a live streaming app that, while not the first of its kind, has become the most popular. It lets you broadcast events from your smartphone or tablet. Viewers can leave comments on your stream, which you can then reply to. You can broadcast everything from news stories to what you’re cooking for breakfast. There are now more than 1.5 million users, so you can reach a good number of people. Even better, it’s free to use! Periscope is available on both Android and iOS.

2. Darkroom FULL POST

Posted 2/28/16 at 3:46 PM | Mark Ellis

Bubba Watson’s colorful journey with Christ

With his wife and first adopted child

By Mark Ellis & Michael Ashcraft

He grew up wearing knickers sewn by his grandma, endured the rage of his Vietnam vet father, and learned to play golf smacking a wiffle ball around the house.

Bubba Watson, 37, arguably golf’s most colorful character, won the Los Angeles Riviera tournament Feb. 21, and he credited Jesus and the Bible with the win, his ninth PGA tour victory since 2010.

“I have a lot of fears in my life, which, as I’m reading the Bible, I’m not supposed to have — but I do,” Watson told the New York Times. “Me changing as a person has helped my golf, not my swing.”

It wasn’t too long ago that Watson would lose games in his brain. He struggled with insecurity, melted down after a bad shot, and looked for people to blame when things went wrong. He used curse words and rankled other players with some unfriendliness.

But with the help of his wife, his caddie, and fellow Christian golfers (who meet weekly at a PGA Bible study), Watson is overcoming the temperamental side of his personality. FULL POST

Posted 2/28/16 at 1:40 PM | Mark Ellis

Mike Matheny: a winning coach who thanks the Creator

Mike Matheny

By Mark Ellis & Michael Ashcraft

Mike Matheny’s only prior coaching experience was a Little League team when the St. Louis Cardinals called on him to manage their Major League Baseball team.

It was quite a promotion, but Matheny, now 45, a believer who follows the leading of Christ daily, took it with stride and led the Cardinals to playoffs four consecutive seasons, a record for new managers.

“I can either take credit like I had done something great to deserve this or I can be humbly bowing down on the floor to the Creator of all things and realizing that there is an opportunity,” Matheny told the Christian Post. “I do want to make sure that it is noted that I truly believe that we get opportunities and I believe that we have to do something with those… I just believe that God is at work around me all the time and I want to be in tune to that.”

Matheny was an outstanding MLB catcher. He won four Rawlings Golden Glove Awards. He established the catcher’s record for 252 consecutive games without committing an error. After 13 years of MLB playing, he retired in 2007 with post concussion syndrome. FULL POST

Posted 2/28/16 at 1:34 PM | Mark Ellis

Among the ‘Seoul Sisters’ of pro golf, many are Christian

Mi-Hyun Kim

By Mark Ellis & Michael Ashcraft

They call them Seoul Sisters because these Korean golfers are taking over the Ladies Professional Golf Tour – and among their ranks are many Christians.

“The Korean players keep their faith closer to their chest. It’s not that they’re less evangelical, they just present it differently,” said Cris Stevens, who leads a Bible study on the LPGA.

Lydia Ko is one of the South Korean golfers smashing records by smashing balls. The youngest number one ranked player at 17-years -old last year, Ko won the Evian Championship in France last year.

For her success, she credits her parents and God.

“Having faith gives me a sense of belief, tranquility, serenity and comfort,” Ko said in Golf MRX. “It constantly brings me back to reality. We are all the same human beings at the end of the day, living in the same world.”

She’s perhaps the youngest success story among the LPGA Christians. One of the older LPGA stars is Mi-Hyun Kim, who retired in 2011. She had won eight LPGA events and her best major was second place in the Women’s British Open in 2001. She was one of the original four dubbed “Seoul Sisters.” FULL POST

Posted 2/25/16 at 3:20 PM | Mark Ellis

Soccer superstar Kaka follows Jesus, may become pastor after retiring from game

"I belong to Jesus"

By Mark Ellis & Adrian Brizuela

After soccer megastar Kaka impossibly threaded the ball through three Manchester United defenders and slotted for goal in the 2007 Champions League semi-final, he ripped off his jersey to show the world his T-shirt emblazoned: “I belong to Jesus.”

When his team, AC Milan, claimed the title — second in prestige to the World Cup, it was anti-climatic compared to Kaka’s sensational solo performance in the semi-final. He was just too quick and precise, always a nano-second ahead of defenders. In fact, when a stalwart defender came crashing in to shut down the attack with physicality, he wound up smashing his own teammate instead.

It was a celebrated moment in world-class soccer — and yet it was completely devoid of earthly glory by his measure.

That’s because for the Brazilian star, glory is a thing belonging to God. Currently he plays for Orland City SC in the U.S.’s Major League Soccer. When his ball-kicking days are over, he plans to study theology and become a pastor. That’s when the real glory will start. FULL POST

Posted 2/23/16 at 1:59 PM | Brian Wallace

Selfies With Glasses - Tips And Tricks

Taking selfies can be a lot of fun if you do it right. Learn all about taking selfies with glasses from this infographic!

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