Thursday, September 22, 2016

See the Newsboys in Concert with Adventures in Odyssey

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Want to be entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, the award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas? Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations: Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends on October 6.

By completing the information on this page, you're automatically entered to win the chance to see the Newsboys with Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey. Don't miss out on the chance to see a fantastic band with your family!

Plus Sign Up for a Free Two-Week Trial of Odyssey Adventure Club

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CD Review and Giveaway: Live On Forever by The Afters

Live On Forever
Live on Forever is the newest album from The Afters. The story behind this album is very inspiring. They have turned their season of tragedy into a message of hope and triumph. Their songs remind listeners to embrace eternal perspective and blessed assurance of Heaven. Our trials and sufferings are temporary; we get to live on forever with God. The songs in this album are fresh, energetic, uplifting, and encouraging. They celebrate God's faithfulness and God's promises. This album invites listeners to find strength in God and to keep holding on to Christ. Don't give up. Don't give in. Stand up against fear; stay strong & courageous to fight battles because God has your back.

This album has 10 songs:
1. Shadows
2. Battles
3. Sunrise
4. Time of My Life
5. Wake Up My Heart
6. Live On Forever
7. Eyes of a Believer
8. Survivors
9. Legends
10. When You're With Me

I enjoyed listening to the album. My favorite songs are Battles, Wake Up My Heart, Live On Forever, and When You're With Me. Battles is an anthem of faith. Wake Up My Heart is a reflective song of prayer. I love the echo effect on Live On Forever, a song about Heaven and eternity. When You're With Me is a sweet love song with lovely violin sound. I also like Sunrise which has beautiful music and comforting message. Several songs have fun, joyful beat that makes me want to dance :). Hope you'll check this album out and get pumped up to face any challenges with God-confidence and live fearlessly forever!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Commit to Bring Your Bible to School October 6

Celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6—Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.

By signing up, you’ll receive a free guide with tips, downloadable posters, sticker and T-shirt designs, information on your legal rights, and other fun, interactive activities.

You’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, an award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas!

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Film Review: Voiceless

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Voiceless (PG-13) is an excellent pro-life film presented with passion, compassion, and understanding. Jesse Dean (Rusty Joiner), a discharged war veteran, starts his new job as a community outreach leader at New Life Fellowship Church in Philadelphia. He notices there's an abortion clinic right across the street from the church. He knows he must take action to stop the ongoing killing in that clinic. Sadly, he receives opposition from community, church, and even his own wife, Julia (Jocelyn Cruz) who is afraid he may lose his job or get arrested. Both Jesse and Julia still wrestle with their past that keeps haunting them. Pastor Gil Solomon (James Russo) tries to protect the reputation of his church and chooses to turn the other way, avoiding the problem right outside the church's door. One man (Jesse) refuses to stay silent and do nothing. He chooses to do what he believes it's right, no matter what the consequences may be. His faith and courage are to be commended.

Voiceless tackles the issue of abortion realistically with its physical, emotional, mental, & spiritual implications. It also addresses the church's complacency towards the abortion problem. Yes, getting involved means confrontation, risk, sacrifice but it also means making a difference to save someone's life, to help the women (with unplanned pregnancy) and protect the unborn. Voiceless shows that it takes one man to lead and open the eyes of others to the urgent need. It encourages people to take a stand for life, to be a voice for the voiceless, to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. I enjoyed watching this film and applaud the film makers' conviction. Great performances by the cast! I'm certain that the powerful message in Voiceless will resonate with audience. I highly recommend this inspiring film which will be in theaters on October 7, 2016!

~ I received a link to a free advanced screening of this film via Icon Media Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Awards: Voiceless has been honored as Northeast Film Festival’s Best Feature and People’s Choice for Best Feature Film and Best Feature Film from the California Independent Film Festival.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway: I Am Found by Laura Dingman


My Review:
I Am Found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek with God and Others is a 6-week women's Bible study from Moody Publishers on shame, freedom, and identity. Deep down we know we can never hide from God but why do we still try to hide? The author wants to help women realize that they have no need to hide whatsoever and that they are made to live shame-free, grace-filled, authentic lives in Christ. You and I are fully found (known) by God and perfectly loved by Him. This truth alone is absolutely liberating and comforting! The book explores God's truths vs. Enemy's lies. It also includes practical steps to put into action what we learn from each lesson. Each week's lesson starts with an introduction and is followed by 5 daily sessions. Each day's session is sometimes divided into 4 sections: Listen, Linger, Learn, and Live. It always ends with Prayer for the Day. There's room for readers to write down their answers/thoughts.

This Bible study covers important topics of not only shame, freedom, and identity, but also fear, forgiveness, faith, pride, grace, community (Body of Christ), love (agape), redemption, and more. The theme throughout the book is: God is with you and God is for you. The author invites readers to be real and vulnerable but she also acknowledges that it's not an easy thing to do. With God's help and guidance, unpacking painful memories in the past can be a path to your own healing and transformation and can give others hope and encouragement. Being reminded of God's amazing grace and forgiveness encourages my heart and refreshes my soul. I love the SOAP method of Bible study used in the book since I'm familiar with it. I enjoy digging deeper into the Scripture, reflecting upon thought-provoking questions, and memorizing key Bible verses suggested in the book. Many nuggets of wisdom are to be discovered. I kept underlining as I was reading. I Am Found is an excellent resource for either individual study or small group study. I highly recommend this insightful & encouraging book! Live loved, forgiven, and free! Live to tell your stories for God's glory!

"In Revelation 12:11, we see how speaking our stories plays a role in defeating the enemy. 'They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.' Because of Jesus' blood and by speaking their stories, they overpowered the enemy. Whenever you voice what God has done in your life--whether through the joy or the pain--you declare who He is. You demonstrate with hard evidence what God is capable of doing. It's no wonder the enemy wants us to live in shame and stay quiet about our stories. If we speak, people will see God for who He really is--a Redeemer, a Healer, a Defender, a Rescuer, a Savior, and a King." (p. 202)


About the Author:
Laura Dingman spends most of her time creating and leading worship experiences that help connect people with the story of God. She has served in vocational ministry as the Creative Arts Director at The Creek, a large church in Indianapolis, for over a decade. She loves to show people where their story intersects with God's story. She enjoys belting Broadway, laughing hysterically, reading great books, and living life with her favorite two people in the whole world, her husband, Matt, and her spunky daughter, Abigail. She is the author of Life Rhythms: Learning to Live in God-Centered Time and I Am Found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek with God, Ourselves, and Others. You can learn more about her journey and connect with her at www.lauradingman.com.

~I received a free copy of this book via Side Door Communications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Book Review and Giveaway: An Unexplainable Life by Erica Wiggenhorn

 

My Review:
An Unexplainable Life: Recovering the Wonder and Devotion of the Early Church is a 10-week women's Bible study on Acts 1-12. It's an in-depth verse-by-verse study; there are 5 lessons for each week. It includes great questions for personal reflection and/or group discussion. The leader's guide for this study and Deeper Discoveries (extra material that corresponds with each week's study) are available for free at www.ericawiggenhorn.com. Do you desire to turn the world upside down like the early church? If so, this Bible study is for you! Dig deep into God's Word and you'll never be the same.

Once God unleashed His power through His Holy Spirit on the apostles, their lives became unexplainable and unstoppable. Their unshakable faith and radical transformation point to unexplainable work of God! He wants to do the same for us. He still uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things in order to fulfill His purposes. When Christ is our greatest reality and His message & mission our deepest desire, we become unexplainably confident and courageous to go, show, and tell what Christ has done for us, in us, and through us. We're then ready to make an eternal impact in the world. I appreciate all the work the author put into this study. I enjoy learning about the historical background. Because of the author's conversational style of writing, this Bible study is interesting and not intimidating. The author wants readers to learn from the early Christians what a life redeemed by Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, lived for God's kingdom & glory looks like. May we live a gospel-centered life fearlessly and faithfully! I highly recommend this challenging and inspiring book that will help strengthen your faith and your relationship with God while renewing your passion for the Great Commission. 

About the Author:

Erica Wiggenhorn is the founder of Every Life Ministries, bringing the truths of Scripture to transform lives. She teaches in various local and national venues and serves on the women's ministry leadership team for her church. She's also taught women in the Arizona State Prison system, and overseas. She loves to bring God's Word through Bible teaching, conferences, seminars and retreats. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Erica lives in Phoenix with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children, Eliana and Nathan. For more information about Erica, her Bible studies, and writing/speaking ministry, visit www.EricaWiggenhorn.com.

~I received a free copy of this book via Side Door Communications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

DVD Review: When Calls the Heart -- Forever in My Heart

When Calls the Heart series is a wonderful romantic adventure drama series about life on the frontier, inspired by Janette Oke's novel. Forever in my Heart is Season 3's 4th DVD. Cody's sister, Becky, returns to Hope Valley in a wheelchair even though her legs are fine. Abigail (Lori Loughlin) decides to adopt Cody and Becky. She is understandably shocked and dismayed when Carolyn Connors, Cody & Becky's long-lost, rich aunt shows up in Hope Valley to take Cody and Becky away, intending to raise them up in Davenport. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) notices Becky's talent for drawing and proclivity for science. She encourages Becky to enter her work in a science fair. Jack (Daniel Lissing) tries to help a young settler couple (Edith and Roy) get back together. Henry Gowen is arrested for sabotaging Lee Coulter's sawmill although he claims he has nothing to do with it. Rosemary is torn between seizing a rare opportunity to star in a film which requires her to move to Hollywood and staying in Hope Valley surrounded by people she has come to love. I applaud the ending of this DVD! You have to watch it to find out why the ending makes me smile and happy :). My 23 yo daughter and I have enjoyed watching this series together. This DVD is one of our favorites. Fear. Courage. Kindness. Compassion. Decision-making. Hope. Relationships. Things aren't always as they seem. We highly recommend this entertaining and inspiring series!


~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
All opinions 
are my own.