Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel and Kevin are back in 3-2-1 Penguins!: Blast in Space! Big Idea's loveable space cadets return for three new episodes. The quartet and brother and sister Jason and Michelle have to face giant ants, dancing tikis and a volcano on the verge of eruption. There is always a lot of fun with this group around. But the stories also teach kids lessons from the book of Proverbs about patience, diligence and compassion. This 66-minute DVD, available in stores Feb. 28, also offers commentary, preview, how-to-draw segments and so much more. Click here to preorder Blast in Space! And earlier this month, Big Idea also released the latest VeggieTales DVD Abe and the Amazing Promise. Bob the Tomato is trying to direct the story about Abraham and Sarah and how they waited on God to fulfill His promise. But Bob has to contend with the wacky French peas film crew and spitting camels, and everyone's patience is running out. This Bible story with the VeggieTales touch will teach kids that even though it isn't easy to be patient, it is always worth the wait. Also included on this DVD is "Blunders in the Boo-Boo-Ville" (guess who stars in this segment? Yep, Larry the Cucumber). Click here to purchase this DVD. read more
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By R. Loren Sandford, Chosen, softcover, 224 pages, $14.99.
In a world of increasing spiritual darkness, Christians are crying out for a great revival to sweep the land. But according to R. Loren Sandford, senior pastor of New Song Fellowship in Denver, real culture-changing revival must come through the emergence of prophetic lighthouse churches. These communities are characterized by focusing on God's presence, allowing the freedom for God to move, cultivating a culture of honor and providing a healing atmosphere. Sandford provides many biblical and personal examples of the functioning of a prophetic lighthouse church, and shows the impact it can have on the culture when passion for God and the unity of the believers replaces formality and indifference. His message is not one of condemnation, but of encouragement and hope that lighthouse churches will rise up and be beacons of God's love and grace in a dark land. read more
By Hillsong Kids, Integrity Music.
By Hillsong Kids, Integrity Music.
Follow You is a rousing collection of songs wrapped in melodies that will immediately captures kids' attention and spirits. From the get-go children will sing and praise-and bounce and head-bob. Even the most reserved child (or parent) will get into the groove hearing the young audience sing along. The title track is a fun, energetic, rocking song about prayer and declares that "nothing will ever stop me from living for You." "Spinning Around" reminds us that God is everywhere and His love is deep and wide. The slower ballad "Trust and Obey" is a song of commitment to doing what God says. A highlight is "I'm So Glad/You Are Here (The Same Power)." Hearing the younger lead vocalists leading the crowd in declaring their need for Jesus is particularly moving. The music on this CD is certainly geared to a young audience, but there is nothing childish about the lyrics and truths presented. Children will be continually encouraged to devote themselves to the all-powerful, all-loving, ever present God. The fun energy on this live recording will remind kids that God is not boring-a reminder "big church" needs from time to time. Kids can also join in the action with the DVD, which features music, memory verses, teachings, funny moments and more. Click here to order the CD.
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In his new book, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can't Make Him Think, Ray Comfort writes: "Some atheists are nasty. Some are nice. One thing I do know: all atheists are lost, and they desperately need a Savior." He also explains that the issue of atheism isn't the existence of God but that "the real gamble is that there's no hell."
Says Comfort: "If it were just a matter of God's existence and the evolutionists and atheists die and say : ‘Oh, God, You are here. Sorry about that.' No big deal. They just say, ‘I was wrong.' But if it's the God of the Bible they have to face, the God who is perfect in holiness, who says every idle word a man speaks he will give an account thereof on the day of judgment. The God who says hatred is the same as murder, lust is the same as adultery, the God who says all liars will have their part in the lake of fire, then they have to face a holy God, they're morally responsible, and they will end up in hell without the Savior. read more
I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to watch the DVD Finger of God. I immediately noticed the quality cinematography and the filmmaker and director Darren Wilson's easygoing commentary and humor. It was off to a great start, but this film just got better and better. Wilson says in the beginning that to him "God was kind of an invisible friend whose greatest hits had happened a long time ago." He wondered why God still did the miraculous, so he set out to capture miracles on film.
He films people receiving gold teeth, and jewels, gold dust and even manna, people being healed. He travels across the United States and to Africa, to China, to Eastern Europe witnessing and documenting the miraculous power of God at work today. read more
By John Loren and Paula Sandford, Charisma House, softcover, 320 pages, $14.99.
Books on parenting tips and marriage advice abound on bookstore shelves. But John Loren and Paula Sandfords' approach examines the entire structure and interaction of the Christian family. They emphasize that Christian values must be the basis of every aspect of the family, from marriage to discipline to nurturing and everything in between. The Sandfords stress that Christian families develop and thrive when each member first focuses on his relationship to God, and that parents should not try to be perfect, depending instead upon allowing Christ to lead and work within the family. But they don't limit their teaching to just the traditional family. They also discuss such topics as divorce, remarriage and grown children returning to live at home. The Sandfords provide wise insights into biblical principles from which all Christian families can benefit. Click here to purchase this book. read more
By Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell, Regal Books, hardcover, 224 pages, $22.99.
With Easter approaching and modern skeptics still questioning Christ's resurrection, this volume by a leading apologist (and his son) provides reassurance of the truth of those accounts. Released simultaneously in editions for teens (Jesus: Dead or Alive?) and children (Jesus is Alive!), this heavily researched book is divided into three parts. They explore the need for the resurrection, its personal meaning and the evidence of this event. Mature believers may want to skim the first two sections to delve into the last half concerning the evidence. Of note is the chapter where the authors review facts that must be reckoned with in any discussion of the resurrection. They also address various attempts to explain it away, documenting ways in which critics have relied on fancy or personal opinion to attack its veracity. Ultimately, the McDowells show how historical accounts and scriptural testimony line up at the same place--the resurrection is for real. No other explanation can account for a church that survives 2,000 years after Jesus rose from the grave. Click here to purchase this book. read more
By Kari Jobe, Integrity Music.
Kari Jobe's voice is smooth and airy but there is no fluff to her music. The rich lyrics are enveloped by easy melodies that will replay in people's heads and hearts long after the CD has stopped spinning. Jobe knew since she was 10 years old that she would be a worship leader, and her calling and gift are clearly evident on her debut CD. She kicks off the album with the upbeat "I'm Singing," with the chorus: "I'm singing to the God who brings redemption to the nations / Kings and oceans bow to Him in praise / And I'm singing to the God who wrote the book on our salvation / To the One who covers me in grace / I'm singing / Praise, Praise to the Savior / Praise to the Lamb of God / Praise in all of His splendor / Praise for saving my life." With the ballad "Beautiful" it's as if we are sharing a devotional moment between Jobe and God as she surrenders "everything that's of myself" and simply worships. "Everyone Needs a Little" is a lighthearted song that reminds us that in the midst of our needs He is there. This worshiper exudes joy--even in surrender and vulnerability. She offers a collection of upbeat praise songs and worship ballads that first and foremost honor the Lord, but also encourage and renew believers. Jobe is surely an example of what it means to worship in spirit and in truth. Click here to purchase this CD. read more
When recording artist Norman Hutchins sensed God calling him to pray every day at 5 a.m. in early 2006, he didn't know why. But when complications from a delicate eye surgery left him completely blind that same year, he soon discovered the answer.
"The Lord said, ‘Norman, no matter how gifted and talented and anointed you may be, you are no good to Me if you don't take care of you.'"
Hutchins, 46, is referring to his battle with diabetes, a disease he was diagnosed with years ago. The singer said for six months he depended on his wife, Karen, and others to escort him to his pulpit where he preached every Sunday during the ordeal. He says loosing his sight forced him to repent for not taking care of the body God gave him. read more
Lionsgate and Golden Circle Films
Starring Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., Siobhan Fallon, J.K. Simmons and Frances Conroy
Rated PG for brief language
Finally! A romantic comedy I can recommend. New in Town is certainly a chick flick but it's not so sugary sweet that guys will gag. It's cute, fun ... and it's actually funny.
Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) is the ultimate power woman. She's into fashion, fitness and her career. When her company decides to restructure one of their manufacturing plants, Lucy volunteers to oversee the process on site. She knows that her success in this temporary assignment will guarantee her a big promotion. read more
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