Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Anti-Riot Petition

 

The recent riots on college campuses led by anti-Israel students...and non-student activists spread at an alarming rate. Confusion, violence, and threats, especially toward Jewish students, appear to be instigated by outside influences to groups who don't always appear to understand their "cause." There is more...

Complex Conflict: The situation in the Middle East is complex, with historical, religious, and geopolitical dimensions. It’s crucial to understand the multifaceted nature of the conflict and avoid oversimplification or one-sided narratives that ignore the broader context.

Address Root Causes: To achieve long-term peace, it’s necessary to address the root causes of the conflict, such as incitement to violence, terrorism, and the refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Encouraging a shift towards education for coexistence and mutual respect is crucial for fostering lasting peace.


Combat Terrorism: Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, exploits
civilian areas in Gaza, using them as launch sites for rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. The international community must condemn terrorism in all its forms and hold accountable those who use violence against civilians for political gain. 

Seeking Peace: Israel has repeatedly expressed its willingness to engage in dialogue and negotiate for a lasting peace with the Palestinians. However, achieving peace requires a genuine commitment from both sides to recognize each other’s right to exist and to engage in constructive negotiations without violence or terrorism.

Unfortunately our media slants news toward their own agenda rather than reporting facts, so check a variety of sources, including those in other countries. President Biden's view of the situation, including the campus riots, depends on his audience. As a Christian I was raised to love and support God's chosen people and I firmly believe that modern day Israel is their land.

Peace is the ultimate goal over hatred to others. Please sign the anti-rioting petition and support Israel today!
LINK to https://ifa.nucleuspages.com/landing/anti-riot-petition

Giveaway: In appreciation of my readers, I can offer 1 $10 Amazon gift card. Please submit your full name and email by 5/31/2024.
(Note: This is limited to US winners only.)

Disclosure: Many thanks to Influenceable for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

JESUS: a Deaf Missions film



JESUS: a Deaf Missions film uses native signers to bring the story of Jesus to life from a deaf perspective for a deaf audience.

Don’t miss this historic film—produced for Deaf by Deaf—with a cast fluent in American Sign Language. Deaf producer / director 
Joseph D. Josselyn (of Deaf Missions) and Deaf producer Michael Davis (of GUM Vision Studio) bring the movie to life for Deaf audiences. The film is subtitled for access to those who do not know ASL.



Coming to theaters as a special event beginning Thursday, June 20, JESUS provides Deaf audiences with the unique opportunity to experience the story of Jesus presented as a feature film entirely in American Sign Language—produced for Deaf by Deaf! Tickets will be available at https://tickets.jesusdeaffilm.com

LINKS

JesusDeafFilm.com

Tickets

Facebook

Instagram

YouTube 

IMDb


Founded in 1970, Deaf Missions is an international Christian ministry dedicated to clearly communicating the Gospel of Jesus with Deaf people through their heart language, culture, and identity. Deaf Mission serves people in more than 100 countries and 60 denominations, while keeping its focus narrow: creating epic video content in sign language, encouraging the development of Gospel communities, and equipping Deaf leaders by providing access to resources and training in their heart language. In 2020, Deaf Missions completed the first full translation of the Bible in any sign language: the ASLV (American Sign Language Version of the Bible). In 2024, Deaf Missions releases JESUS in theaters—a feature film entirely in American Sign Language. It was based on an 8-minute short entitled “Uncondemned” that the ministry created as a proof of concept. The ministry’s previous productions include the syndicated children’s television series “Dr. Wonder’s Workshop,” “Finger Food Cafe,” and other children’s videos. They have also produced numerous short ASL-storytelling features. Deaf Missions’ first feature-length film was based on the book of Job.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Anne Wilson - REBEL

Photo Credit Robby Klein
 Anne Wilson is a PLATINUM-certified, GRAMMY-nominated artist and songwriter who has recently released her sophomore album, REBEL. This album features 16 tracks and blends the genres of Christian and Country Music. Collaborations include CMA Entertainer of the Year Lainey Wilson for “Praying Woman,” GRAMMY-Award winner Chris Tomlin for “The Cross” and Country superstar Jordan Davis for “Country Gold.”

Anne Wilson is the only female artist to have 3 No. 1 singles across the Mediabase Christian AC and Christian Audience Radio charts since she debuted in 2021 with her first single, “My Jesus.” Each song off REBEL was written under the banner question, “what does it mean to be a rebel in the world we live in today?” and thus given a corresponding tag line and bible verse.


Tickets are now on sale for Anne Wilson’s The REBEL Tour with Jordan
Rowe, including 28 dates across the US in Fall 2024. TICKETS

Anne Wilson has a non-profit movement and community called Hey Girl Nation for girls and women of all ages to be encouraged and empowered by who they are in Christ alone. She has a specific desire to be a positive role model for girls who need one to look up to. One that reflects wholesome values that are rarely portrayed in today’s culture. Anne’s heart with her music and platform is to impact culture with a message of hope, faith, courage, and most of all, God’s love.

Watch the official music video for “Songs About Whiskey” below.


Listen to Anne Wilson’s album REBEL now!

REBEL Album Track List:
1. “REBEL” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West)
2. “Rain In The Rearview” (Anne Wilson, Matthew West, Zach Kale, Jaren Johnston)
3. “Strong” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West)
4. God & Country” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Trannie Anderson)
5. “Praying Woman” [with Lainey Wilson] (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Lainey Wilson, Trannie
Anderson)
6. “Songs About Whiskey” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Lauren Hungate)
7. “Sinner's Prayer” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Lauren Hungate)
8. “The Cross” [with Chris Tomlin] (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Jonathan Smith)
9. “My Father's Daughter” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Emily Weisband)
10. “Red Flag” (Anne Wilson, Jonathan Smith, Casey Beathard)
11. “Country Gold” [with Jordan Davis] (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West)
12. “Southern Gospel” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Lauren Hungate)
13. “Dirt Roads In Heaven” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Nicolle Galyon, Matthew West)
14. “3:16” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West)
15. "Milestones" (Anne Wilson, Nicolle Galyon, Lauren Hungate)
16. "Out of the Bluegrass" (Anne Wilson, Nicolle Galyon, Emily Weisband)


My Review: Anne Wilson's "REBEL" is a wonderful album that will touch the hearts of all who hear it. I love that each song has a corresponding Bible verse and tag line (can be found in the REBEL physical CD or Vinyl packaging booklet) to bring even deeper meaning to the song. Perfect for part of a daily devotion! The lyrics are as beautiful as the music and I have enjoyed having the entire album, although my favorite is "The Cross" which also features Chris Tomlin. I recommend you add this one to your music collection.

GIVEAWAY ACTIVATION INSTRUCTIONS:
● Prize: Anne Wilson REBEL Signed CD
● Territory: Limited to US winners only.
● How to Enter: To enter for the chance to win an Anne Wilson REBEL Signed CD, participants must create a post on socials that uses/tags any song from Anne Wilson’s album, REBEL. Post must
include #REBELAnneWilson. Post can be on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube Shorts, or TikTok.
Entrants will include/submit their post link via a comment on this blog or review post in addition to providing any necessary information the giveaway administrator requires (i.e. name, email,
country, mailing address, etc.)


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 Anne Wilson Boilerplate Bio:
One of Nashville's most inspiring
young trailblazers, Anne Wilson is a revolution in modern music. The
Lexington, Ky. native, known for her transcendent vocal and down-to-earth storytelling, recently released REBEL, fusing the heart of Contemporary Christian Music with the sound of Country. A bold musical statement with an even bolder message of faith, REBEL features her
hopeful, healing debut Country single “Rain In The Rearview” as well as chart-topping Christian radio ballad “Strong.” The genre-bending album follows her GRAMMY-nominated 2022 debut My Jesus, with the title track becoming a PLATINUM-certified No. 1 hit on Billboard's Christian Airplay chart. Since then, Wilson has tallied over 900M global streams, made her Grand Ole Opry debut and wrapped her entirely sold-out headlining My Jesus Tour. Already named a Spotify Hot Country Artist to Watch, one of CMT's Next Women of Country and a 2024 Opry NextStage Artist, she has made high-profile appearances on TODAY and ACM Honors, while earning her first-ever CMT Music Awards nomination, as well as a Billboard Music Award. Unapologetically real, Wilson approaches her craft with a purpose and conviction that sets her apart, declaring, “I am who I am — I'm Anne Wilson. I love God and that's my everything, but I love Country music, too, and I can have a beautiful mix of both.”

Thursday, May 2, 2024

The Encountering God Study Bible

 

The Encountering God Study Bible is the crowning work of the Blackabys. Featuring
their trusted approach to Bible study, this Study Bible includes:

• Notes highlighting how God might choose to encounter you in His Word

• Notes explaining ideas, events, people and places in the text

• Word studies, character studies, and biographical sketches of figures from
church history

  • Notes to help you navigate current cultural issues
  • Book introductions setting the scene for each biblical book and its importance for encountering God

  • Timeline of the biblical narrative

  • Harmony of the Gospels

  • Prophecies of the Messiah fulfilled

  • Reading plans

  • Center-column reference set

  • Full NKJV concordance

  • Index to word studies, character studies, and historical encounters
  • Clear and readable 9-point NKJV Comfort Print®

Order your copy of the Encountering God Study Bible today!

 


MY REVIEW: My review copy of the Encountering God Study Bible is the Black Leathersoft one with a flexible cover and easy to hold in one hand to read. I love that the words of Jesus are written in red and that the print is easy to read. The Word Studies and Encounter Notes are fantastic; they are written by members of the Blackaby family. Since they are included on the pages of Scripture they bring clarity to what is being read. The Concordance, Timeline, Harmony of the Gospels, and Maps at the back are a valuable addition.

The minor negative for me is that the NKJV is not my favorite translation, but there are notes included at the bottom that useful. The lack of space to write notes by the Scripture is the only thing that would make me hesitate to purchase. But, a separate notebook for writing will work for people who like to make notes as they study. Bottom line: I definitely recommend the Encountering God Study Bible.


GIVEAWAY: 1 Encountering God Study Bible
(Note: This is limited to US winners only.) Please submit your full name and full mailing address by 5/9.
 

DISCLOSURE: Many thanks to Harper Collins Christian Publishing for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

LINKS
Buy at Thomas Nelson

Buy at Amazon 

Thomas Nelson Bibles - Facebook 

Thomas Nelson on X 

Nelson Bibles on Instagram 

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Unsung Hero

 

UNSUNG HERO opens in theaters on April 26th! When David Smallbone's successful music company collapses, his family emigrates from Australia to the United States. With only their 6 children, 16 suitcases, and their love of music, David (for KING + COUNTRY's Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives from the ground up.


Daisy Betts as Helen Smallbone

Based on a remarkable true story, a mum's faith stands firm; and inspires her husband and children to turn adversity into adventure while bonding into a close-knit group who prioritize God and family. Buy tickets today to see Unsung Hero in theaters starting April 26th!



MY REVIEW: This is an excellent movie that is so much more than a biopic about the Smallbone family. Many people know Rebecca St. James and the for King and Country brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone for their music. I was aware they had emigrated from Australia to Tennessee, but I knew few details other than they were a large family.

UNSUNG HERO is the story of why they left Australia and the struggles of their early years in America. When the expected job David was depending on to restart his career as a Christian music promoter fell through, his wife provided the firm conviction that their faith in God would hold them together and that He would provide their needs and she remained confident that her husband would become successful. Helen Smallbone became the "backbone" as she taught her young children to rely on God and each other in a joint effort to hold her family together. Her ability to provide faith-building ideas, along with gifting her children with a sense of adventure during the hardships is a source of inspiration to all mothers who know the struggle of holding everything together...even if you feel like falling apart sometime.

Lucas Black
Each actor involved was wonderful in his or her role. I especially loved Terry O'Quinn as David's dad, Candace Cameron Bure as the pastor's wife was a lot of fun to watch, and my fellow Alabamian Lucas Black is always a special treat in any role. Older viewers also need to watch for former HAPPY DAYS actor Donny Most (Ralph Malph) in a brief role.

I thoroughly loved the movie...I watched it 3 times! It is inspirational without being sappy and a strong testament to the power of faith and the blessings and strength that come with hard work, a vow to support one another, finding joy in the little things, never giving up, and always remembering God is with you at all times.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE!


Giveaway: $10 Amazon gift card!
(Note: This is limited to US winners only.) Please submit your full
name and email address by 5/2.2024.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Kingdom Faith Marketing Services, LLC for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

LINKS:
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Jean Thomason Interviews Luke Smallbone
Kingdom Story Company YT
Rebecca St. James
for King and Country
Soundtrack
YouVersion Bible Study



Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Hopeful

THE HOPEFUL is the true story of a community whose lives were transformed as they learn what it means to truly wait for Jesus. In Theaters April 17-18, 2024.

Aboard a steamship sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in 1874, John Andrews shares a tale of courage, hope, war, and true love that begins with the end of the world with his children.

 
SYNOPSIS: William Miller’s faith is in ruins. After miraculously surviving a fierce battle in the War of 1812, Miller questions why God spared him. His search for wisdom leads to an astonishing prophesy — the world is going to end. "The Hopeful" unfolds as a story of a man burdened with the knowledge of Christ’s return. Miller’s message resonates with some—even as it is scorned by others.

When a young woman named Ellen Harmon listens to one of his sermons she is transformed. And through her witness the message begins to take flight. The preaching grows beyond prophecy
and develops into a more holistic vision for how Christians should live and worship. We see the seeds of a new global movement of faith —the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This sweeping drama, set in 19th century New England, invites audiences of all ages to imagine how hope can change the world.



Buy Tickets for this Fathom Event of THE HOPEFU
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MY REVIEW: THE HOPEFUL is a well-made period piece set in the 1800s about the beginning of the SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS CHURCH. The film begins as widowed John Andrews is sharing the story with his 2 children as they are sailing across the Atlantic to become missionaries. William Miller, who predicted Christ would return in 1843-1844. Despite disappointment that it didn't happen, a small group begin to embrace other tenets of his faith and grew in their hope and their faith.

There are several strong women included in this movie, but Ellen G. (Harmon) White is the most prominent and well-known. Her faith, visions, and firm beliefs in living a healthy lifestyle had a major impact on the growth of the Seventh Day Adventists denomination and beyond.

This is a fascinating look at how a firm conviction of one man spread, despite having to make changes in setting definite dates for the return of Christ, to a community of millions around the world. (I don't have to be in full agreement to enjoy watching a film.) The film looked great but I did get a bit confused when I first watched; that was remedied when I looked up a few facts to better understand who some of the people are. The music didn't seem to fit in as well with that time in history, BUT...it is really good. Overall, I think it's a very good movie and one worth watching.

Click on link to GET YOUR TICKETS FOR APRIL 17th or 18th.

 

Giveaway: $10 Amazon gift card. This is limited to US winners only.
Please submit your full name and email address by 4/26 to Enter.


Disclosure: Many thanks to Hope Studios for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.


LINKS: 

Website
Buy Tickets
Jean’s interview w/ Kyle (director of The Hopeful)
Instagram
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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Acceptance Speech [April 4, 2011]

 ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

How do I begin to express the deep emotional moment when I read those gracious words: Cindy, I've picked you. - Eric... 😊

After 342 days of begging, plotting, threatening, and a multitude of other descriptive action words (I must not exceed my time limit), I am actually going to receive more than a mere morsel of this novel. Yet...will this only increase my desire for more? No, I must be strong and bide my time as Paul slavishly devotes himself to completing FIVE MORE NOVELS, plus getting The Power Of A Pawn into the hands of the publisher who properly realizes what a treasure they have obtained.

But, I digress...(yes, I know that I am known for being a person of few words!) and I must return to the joyful task set before me! First and foremost, I must thank all of my many supporters who championed my cause to be allowed this rare and LONG-AWAITED (!!!!!) honor!! Your sacrifice shall not be made in vain! (AGAIN!! I MUST decline all bribes! Keep in mind, I am a mere human, so please stop!) I would cry out in the immortal words of Sally Field "...I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" .....but I have a feeling that y'all may be getting over that by now!! πŸ˜‰ THEN, there is my outcry over people who abuse the privilege of having a LIKE button.

(Commercial Placement: There is a serious issue that has arisen from the convenience, I would go so far as suggest laziness, of the infamous LIKE button. There is a time and place, people!! Sometimes you are short of time, but at least do not LIKE when I announce tragic news. I find it most disconcerting. Please find it in your hearts to become a member of PALBA...People Against Like Button Abuse!! TOGETHER, we can put an end to this senseless reaction. Thank you.)

I must also take a moment to congratulate my fellow selectees (all fans are winners!! I love you all!!) and support group during the past year: Barry, Bill, Deborah, Enid, Lori Ann, Michelle, Sonja.........you have each been a great source of strength and encouragement. I thank you all!!

Eric: On April 23rd, 2010, you first asked me if I would like to learn about The Game Of Life  (book series...not my actual life) and you are responsible for turning me into the frenzied, nonstop, nagging promoter I have become. (I am certain that many, many would like to thank you for THAT!! ~smirk~) Thanks for now giving me a chance to read more than a few lines!!

Paul: God blessed you with an incredible talent as a writer! Eric may have baited the hook, but your characters and plots are what hooked me. (Sorry, I am still trying to decide what to name my new goldfish, so my mind is going in that direction.) Thanks for agreeing to allow some of us a preview!!!!!

God has truly smiled upon me that I am being allowed this incredible honor and privilege! Humbly, I say Thank You!!!

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Not everyone who reads this will understand the background story. My love of Christian media led me to connect with others on Facebook (I joined April 2009) who were either involved in the industry or fans like me. A potential book series was brought to my attention and there was soon a small group of us who were caught up in the fun of getting to know one another and to help get attention to "The Game of Life" series by Paul Spite.

Back in the days when Facebook was fun, we had contests to bring in more fans, with a promise of an installment from the first book, "Power of a Pawn" as incentive. I wish I had saved the contests and fun conversations among the hardcore fans. We kept ourselves thoroughly entertained! πŸ˜€The 'Acceptance Speech' was written after I was chosen to read a preview.

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LINKS
Game of Life on Facebook

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