Monday, February 20, 2017

Passion Releases ‘Worthy Of Your Name’ Live Album

Passion's "Worthy of Your Name" album will be available on March 24, 2017.

MUSIC

Passion’ new live album, Worthy Of Your Name is now available on all digital platforms with physical albums becoming available on March 24, 2017.

"This album represents so much more than just new songs," Passion said. "It's the sound of hearts beating again. It's the sound of a generation coming alive in Jesus. 55,000 college students filled the GA Dome in January, but the after effect will last forever. It's finally here!"

More than 55,000 18-25 year olds from 90 countries and all 50 states packed Atlanta's Georgia Dome for the annual conference, bringing young adults from around the globe together to proclaim the name of Jesus. Spearheaded by Passion Founders Louie and Shelley Giglio, attendees heard from renowned speakers while joining in worship led by Passion (helmed by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone), Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Hillsong UNITED.

This year, students made history by sponsoring more than 7,000 children through Compassion International, the most children to ever be sponsored at one event. Attendees fulfilled all remaining sponsorships in the countries of El Salvador, Rwanda, Tanzania and Indonesia as well as hundreds in Bolivia. Students have also continued to fight modern-day slavery through support of The END IT Movement along with gathering tens of thousands of new towels and socks for local Atlanta homeless shelters.

Songs featured on Worthy Of Your Name include:
1. "Glorious Day" (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
2. "Worthy Of Your Name "(featuring Sean Curran)
3. "How Great Is Your Love" (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
4. "Build My Life" (featuring Brett Younker)
5. "Holy Ground" (featuring Melodie Malone)
6. "Heart Abandoned" (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
7. "Forgiven" (featuring Crowder)
8. "This Changes Everything" (feat. Matt Redman)
9. "This We Know" (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
10. "Rule" (featuring Hillsong UNITED and Crowder)
11. "God Of Calvary" (featuring Chris Tomlin)
12. "Worthy Of Your Name" (featuring Sean Curran) (Studio)
13. "This We Know" (featuring Kristian Stanfill) (Studio)
14. "Beacon" (Official Music Video) – Jimi Cravity (Digital only)

Dave Robbins from Blackhawk Shares How God Changed His Life - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dave Robbins from the country band Blackhawk thought that once he got sober, that his other temptations would end. Here he shares his "I am Second" story with his wife, Mary Lynn.

Emergency Broadcast System is Accidentally Activated

Emergency Broadcast System was accidentally activated on February 20, 1971

Emergency Broadcast System is Accidentally Activated

Oops. Despite actions to protect this sort of thing happening, the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) was accidentally activated on this day in 1971 at 9:33 a.m. Apparently, a teletype operator played the wrong tape stressing the TV stations stop their regular programming and broadcast the alert of a national emergency. It took 40 minutes and six incorrect cancellation messages to be sent in order for the activation to be terminated. Ironically, many of the stations never received the alert in the first place and those that did ignored the instructions thinking that it was “just a test.” Needless to say, many changes were implemented to the EBS that week.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for February 19

Jeff Kinney was born on February 19, 1971.

'Wimpy Kid' Author, Jeff Kinney is Born

On this day in 1971 in Fort Washington, Maryland, Jeff Kinney was born. Kinney grew up in one sense, but in another, he has always been a kid. A wimpy kid. Kenney initially came up with the idea for the book series back in 1998 but worked on it for eight years before showing it to a publisher. The first A Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was published in 2007. Since then, 11 Wimpy Kid stories have been published with more than 100,000 copies in print in the U.S. alone. His website is typically read by 70,000 kids (and the occasional adult) every day. Three movie adaptations have been made based on his books and a fourth is currently under development with Kinney serving as executive producer.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for February 18

Pilgrim's Progress was published on February 18, 1678.

Pilgrim's Progress is Published

On this day in 1678, the second most popular book on many Christian’s bookshelves, “Pilgrim’s Progress” was published. It was written by John Bunyan (not the guy with the big blue ox) while his enjoying his stay in prison for preaching without a license. The story, which has never been out of print, features a man named Christian who searches for truth and relief from the burden of sin strapped to his back. Along his journey, he meets a variety of people with their own issues and unique locations including the Doubting Castle, the Valley of the Shadow and Vanity Fair.

Friday, February 17, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for February 17

Random Acts of Kindness Day began on February 17, 1995.

Random Acts of Kindness Becomes a Thing

You’ve heard of “random acts of kindness” where people do simple things for others, usually strangers, as a way of being kind. The official day began on this day in 1995 and is now a full week celebration. “It’s simply an opportunity to leave the world better than we found it and inspire others to do the same,” says The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK). “We believe in the power of kindness to improve the way people see and experience the world, and provide a digital platform and free resources to empower individuals, communities, and schools to take action.”


Thursday, February 16, 2017

It Took 345 People to Write This Book

345 people put this children's book together.
(Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC)

BOOKS

Anyone who has written a book will tell you that its hard work and oftentimes, too many people get involved in the process. But for Jason Weber’s children book, Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn, getting the help from 344 friends was good thing.

Weber is passionate about foster children. He and his wife Trisha have been caring for children in U.S. foster care since 2001. They ended up adopting their five children from foster care too. As a fund and awareness raising project about foster care, Jason Weber set out to write the children’s book which is actually based on a true story from Bruno, Nebraska where a farmer recruited a bunch of his friends to help him move his barn.

The story is basically a tale about a group of everyday people coming together to make a difference and a story that has inspired people like Weber to work toward creating new lives for 400,000 foster kids through The Christian Alliance for Orphans. “CAFO was birthed at a gathering of thirty-eight Christian leaders in 2004,” says the group’s website. “Although serving in diverse fields, they carried a shared sense that God desired to call His people to step up decisively for orphans and foster youth. They pledged to ‘leave logos and egos at the door’ to advance this vision in shared action.”

Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn was illustrated with the help of 344 kids, adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, pastors, organizational leaders, recording artists, and authors. The various Illustrators include Jars of Clay, Andrew Peterson, Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Mary Beth Chapman, Dr. Karyn Purvis, John Luke Robertson of Duck Dynasty, and many others. 100% of the royalties from the sales of this book will go toward CAFO’s National Foster Care Initiative. The book sells for about $11 and can be purchased online at Amazon.

People Try Coffee for the First Time - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

The scary thing is that I know that they say is true, but I still drink coffee. (From Facts)