The book of Revelation is full of visions and symbols that are difficult to understand. But there are also pictures, artist and teacher Debby Topliff says, and she had the idea to paint the images described by John. She admits that she is not a trained artist but decided to create the painting "even if it looks like a 7-year-old did it." read more
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By Jars of Clay | Essential Records
Jars of Clay follows up its critically acclaimed 2006 album Good Monsters and its excellent 2007 effort, Christmas Songs, with The Long Fall Back to Earth. The Grammy- and Dove Award-winning band said the title of the album is not an admission these songs won't measure up to its recent portfolio, but rather refers to the interpersonal issues the new recording addresses. read more
Thursday night the Gospel Music Association (GMA) continued a tradition started in 1969 with its 40th Dove Awards. Dubbed the "Biggest Night in Gospel Music," the ceremony recognizing artists' achievements in the Christian music industry was broadcast live on the Gospel Music Channel.
The top winners were Casting Crowns and Brandon Heath with a trio of Doves each. Heath received the Song of the Year with Jason Ingram for "Give Me Your Eyes," along with two more awards for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song and Male Vocalist. Casting Crowns was declared Group of the Year for the fifth time, and also won for Christmas Album and Short Form Music Video, while Natalie Grant was dubbed top Female Vocalist, her fourth consecutive win in the category.
DreamWorks Pictures, Universal Pictures | Starring Jamie, Robert Downey Jr. | Rated PG-13Based on a true story, The Soloist shows the power of music and friendship. Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) is a Los Angeles reporter who has lost his passion as a journalist. One day while walking through Skid Row, he notices a homeless man passionately playing a two-stringed violin. He thinks Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx) might make a good story, but soon discovers there is more to Ayers than he originally thought. read more
By Lila Empson and Jayce O'Neal | Christian Life | softcover | 224 pages | $10.99It's that time of year again—graduation. Soon many students will don the robes, walk across a stage, receive their diplomas and enter into the next chapter of their lives. It's an exciting season, but also one filled with questions. Students oftentimes don't know what to ask, much less whom to ask. Lila Empson and Jayce O'Neal offer a great starting place for graduates with 100 Answers to 100 Questions. read more
By Bruce Bickel, Stan Jantz | Bob Simeon Designs | softcover | 128 pages | $7.99Hope is something everyone can use a little more of these days. And this small yet power-packed book offers the perfect amount of comfort and encouragement from the Bible. Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz combine short, thoughtful writings and Scriptures. This booklet is arranged by topic, making it easy for readers to quickly find a passage that will build their faith or could be used to uplift a friend. read more
By Andy Andrews | Thomas Nelson | hardcover | 176 pages | $17.99
Andy Andrews, best-selling author of The Traveler's Gift, provides a timeless lesson on perspective in his latest release, The Noticer. Part allegorical, part autobiographic, part fiction—but all charm and insight—Andrews' parable reminds readers that we need to look at situations with fresh eyes. Everyone can get wrapped up in their own problems, circumstances and way of doing things from time to time, but a little bit of perspective can change everything. read more
Battlefield of the Mind by best-selling author Joyce Meyer is the most popular title of her more than 80 books. And now teachings based on that book are available on DVD. Meyer always preaches biblically and practically, and she is no different here. This special edition DVD includes more than three hours of instruction, helping viewers change their mindsets and overcome self-destructive thinking to live a healthier and more victorious lives.
By Joyce Meyer | Anchor Bay Entertainment
Disneynature | Rated G
It all comes down to a tilt ... and a really big God.As I watched Disneynature's Earth, which opened on Earth Day, I was in awe of God's amazing handiwork. I know that's probably not the intention behind the making of this film, but all I could see was evidence of our Creator and how nature cries out praise to Him. read more
By Seth Condrey | Koch Records / Kosmos RecordsA worship leader at North Point Community Church outside Atlanta, Seth Condrey's second album is an interesting collection of praise and worship tunes and modern rock-infused pop ballads. Condrey, who attended college in South America and won a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for his 2007 Spanish-language album De corazon a corazon, is pretty impressive singing in his native tongue, too. read more
God messed up Sarah Reeves' life.Reeves comes from a musical family and dreamed of becoming a big rock star. But when she was 15 God changed everything. At a youth camp she saw teenagers worshiping and radically pursuing God with all their hearts. She knew at that moment God was calling her to be a worship leader. "God humbled me and messed up my life, my way of thinking and said, ‘Sarah, life's not about you, it's about Me." read more
I'm famous. By association.
Have you seen the YouTube video "David After Dentist"—you know, the one that's been viewed almost 19 million times? Yeah, that's my nephew. I would say I taught him all he knows, but since he's now famous for being in a post-surgery stupor, I'm not sure what that says about my normal state of mind.
Anyway, last May my then-7-year-old nephew David had to have oral surgery and was quite nervous. His mom, Tessie, also had to work. His dad (my brother) was taking him to the dentist and decided to video record moments of the day so Tessie could see how their son did. read more
By Perry Stone, Charisma House, hardcover, 245 pages, $21.99
The Jewish people have been one of the most successful people groups despite also being one of the most persecuted. In Breaking the Jewish Code, evangelist Perry Stone identifies what he calls "the Jewish DNA of success" and shows the Jews' secret to creativity, financial success, health and family unity. Stone believes that anyone can apply the principles to their lives and reap the same rewards. In this book, he explains the Hebrew covenant; spiritual principles of health, wealth and creating prosperity; the influence of family; leaving a legacy; and 12 keys of success the Jewish people have known for thousands of years. Emulate God's chosen people and you will experience a life more successful than you could ever imagine.
Click here to purchase this life-changing book.
By Dawn Meehan, GuidepostsBooks, softcover, 240 pages, $14.99
When a stay-at-home mom posted a baseball for sale on eBay along with a hilarious essay about its adventures in her home, she struck gold. The ball sold for more than $1,000, and Meehan had an instant audience. Readers flocked to the blog she started about her chaotic life, mainly because it made theirs seem less so. Because I Said So ... and Other Tales From a Less-Than-Perfect Parent is Dawn Meehan's book of humorous essays about parenting, which stresses that it's OK not to have it all together. Laugh-out-loud antics are balanced with poignant insights on the joys of rearing children—and Meehan and her husband have six.
By Bill Myers, FaithWords, softcover, 336 pages, $13.99
Bill Myers crafts a gripping supernatural thriller in Angel of Wrath, touching on the themes of worship, judgment and mercy. The follow-up to The Voice, the book gives a refresher course for newcomers to the Voice of God series, providing profiles of the characters in its preface.
Seattle-area megachurch pastor Thomas Harmon recruits his sister-dismissed FBI agent Lisa Harmon-and ex-Special Ops agent Charlie Madison to help police catch Kristof, a serial murderer targeting Thomas' congregation. Kristof, also ex-Special Ops, chooses victims whom he considers hypocrites.
As Charlie closes in on Kristof, Lisa realizes her father is next—unless she forgives his past sexual abuse. Meanwhile, Kristof offers his victims as sacrifices in demonic Wiccan rituals conducted by his teenage followers, who summon a bizarre trans-dimensional beast.
The action in the story is sometimes used to reveal deeper themes, such as the concept that all passions, even good ones, can become vices, with even Thomas realizing his own selfish ambition. The book's fast pace will draw in readers not put off by moments of gruesome imagery.
Universal Pictures | Starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels | Rated PG-13
U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is a rising star and chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. His party has high hopes for him that he will become a national leader. But these political hopes are dashed when his beautiful staff assistant dies tragically and secrets are exposed.
Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), a D.C. reporter, is a longtime friend of Collins' but his editor, Cameron Lynne (Helen Mirren) assigns him to the story. As McAffrey and newbie reporter Della Frye (Rachel McAdams) investigate, McAffrey discovers a cover-up that will rock the power structures in the nation. In the city where money, power and politics rule, everyone is subject to suspense and scrutiny.
This film is rated PG-13 for language, sexual references and drug content.
By MercyMe, INO Records.
Time flies when you're having fun—and writing hit songs, climbing the music charts, winning awards, selling millions of CDs and DVDs and, most important, ministering to people. It's hard to realize that it's been 10 years since MercyMe frontman Bart Millard wrote the now classic "I Can Only Imagine." The band surely couldn't have imagined then that Millard's personal song, written in response to his father's untimely death, would become a great hit and set the band on its current path. But God does what we cannot imagine or comprehend, and He has used this band to minister to millions over the last decade. read more
By Third Day, Essential Records.
Christian rock band Third Day decided to give fans a close-up glimpse of their lives on the road. Tai Anderson, the band's bass player, calls this DVD-CD release an "all access" pass. "When we say, ‘all access,' we really went to the extreme with it," Anderson notes. "You'll see Mac, Mark, David, me living day-to-day with the people we call our ‘family on the road' and just being ourselves; sometimes intense, sometimes funny-but always real." Hear the guys' discussions before and after performances. Watch as they balance the demands of life on the road and their relationships.
Travel thousands of miles to Israel without even leaving your home. Exploration Films and Christians for Israel, Canada, offer a six-DVD series on Israel from a biblical perspective. This documentary set was filmed entirely in Israel. Join host John Tweedie as he explores the rich history of the land from Abraham to Jesus; discusses Jesus in-depth and His influence on the world; examines the origins of anti-Semitism and its impact on the Jewish people; and so much more. read more
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