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Monthly Archives: May 2013

  • Praises for Home Run the Movie

    Big shot baseball star Corey Brand has it all—on the field. Off the field is another story. When Corey’s unable to escape memories from his past, one bad decision grants him a second chance: return to his hometown to coach the youth baseball team and enter a recovery program. What follows is an incredible tale of redemption: how God tests each and every one of us and never gives up on us.

    Praise for Home Run:

    It indeed was a Pleasure and Privilege to get to see the screener for Home Run.

    After seeing the Screening of Home Run at the meeting, I came home to my teenage children telling them as soon as the movie hits our market I am taking anyone in their youth group from church for Movie Night to see it.

    The stipulation is they have to invite one unsaved friend to come along.  Perfect for all ages!!!!

    Debra G. (District Manager)

    It was an awesome movie, (I was a baseball player and my son now plays in college, so it hit a special cord as well).

    The story of god touching and transforming lives was very well done. Kept my attention the entire movie and a great ending!

    Mike G. (District Manager)

    Home run is a tremendous story about pride and redemption.  It also shows us the beauty of Celebrate Recovery and how they work to strengthen the whole of an individual which finally brings out who God created them to be.

    Curtis C. (District Manager)

    I have had the pleasure of watching Home Run several times already.  Each time I have been struck by a different theme in the movie.  First it was parenting, then it was dealing with hurts from your past, then it was seeing a model of how to overcome addictions and lastly how the Gospel has the power to change lives.  Cory Brand, the main character in the film was raised by an alcoholic father and he has become the last thing he ever wanted to be:  he is just like his father.  This theme relates to many of us who experienced the damage our parents did due to their own hurts and are unable to overcome the pull of generational sin.  Cory also has to tackle his past mistakes and make restitution for his actions which are both themes that we can all learn from.  What I also like about this film is that although it deals with home heavy topics, it does not condemn the viewer who may have similar issues, but gives them hope and a possible way out of their circumstances.  And it makes for a great date night film too!  I would highly recommend this film to anyone from the sports fan who likes an inspirational story to the fan of life-changing messages in film.

    Alex Mosoiu (Sr. DVD Buyer)

    With its honest portrayal of overcoming life’s difficulties, everyone from Major League Baseball players and key Christian leaders have rallied behind the film and its message, reminding everyone that with God, it’s never too late … freedom is possible.

  • Sanctus Real's Song "Pray" Featured with National Day of Prayer

    It has been announced that GRAMMY-nominated and Dove award-winning band Sanctus Real is featured in this year's National Day of Prayer campaign with their single "Pray," a song from their latest project Run (Sparrow Records). The song is currently being used to further promote The 2013 National Day of Prayer, which is this Thursday, May 2nd.

    Explaining the message behind "Pray," Sanctus Real's Matt Hammitt recently shared, "We wrote the song 'Pray' because these are anxious times and the awareness that we’re just one thumb tap away from another shocking headline can be stressful. Sometimes it’s not world news that leaves me anxious, but parts of my own little world that seem to be falling apart. The pressure of holding it all together is daunting when I get to thinking it’s on my own shoulders. Sometimes I find myself tossing my hands up in the air and asking in an exasperated tone, 'What in the world is going on?'"

    Hammitt continues, "Every public headline and personal challenge is a reminder, as well as a call, not to lift our hands in despair but rather to continue lifting our hands and voices in prayer. We are longing to see a move of God in our nation, amongst its people and leaders, and we are excited to partner with National Day of Prayer in an effort to urge and inspire people to pray. Will you answer the call?"

    A list of videos from the members of Sanctus Real promoting the National Day of Prayer is now available. There is a video already posted of the band sharing about the importance of prayer and in the days to follow, a video from each of the four band members talking about prayer will post.

    Sanctus Real - Importance of Prayer

    Sanctus Real (Matt) - Importance of Prayer

    Sanctus Real (Mark) - Importance of Prayer

    Sanctus Real (Pete) - Importance of Prayer

    Sanctus Real (Chris) - Importance of Prayer

    Sanctus Real - Pray (lyric video)

    “PRAY” I bow my head to pray, I don’t know what to say I’m not sure how to fix the things I’m dealing with I’m in a desperate place, I need to share the weight But I just don’t know how to let it all pour out And though I’m silent, my heart is crying ‘cause I was made to come to You


    I’ve failed to find the time, but You’ve been calling out I let the days go by as if I could live without But it’s gotta be here and now I won’t be pulled away ‘cause it’s just You and I So let the world around us fade Father, will You meet me here right now Father, I surrender, lay it down Father, and every time I close my eyes I know that I was made to lift my hands and pray I lift my hands and pray You know my heart You know my need You know every single part of me More than words You want my life Take it as an offering

    Written by Matt Hammitt, Chris Rohman, and Christopher Stevens © 2013 Birdwing Music / Toledo Tomorrow Music / 1012 Rosedale Music (ASCAP) / Meaux Mercy / Chriscendo Music (BMI) (Admin. at EMICMGPublishing.com)

  • Hezekiah Walker Presents Azusa The Next Generation

    Hezekiah Walker has experienced some major developments since the release of his last album nearly 5 years ago.  For one, he became Bishop of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ Fellowship, providing leadership to more than 30 churches around the country in addition to the Kunjalo Diocese in Cape Town, South Africa that he oversees – all while remaining Senior Pastor of his thriving Love Fellowship Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York and Bensalem, Pennsylvania.  Secondly, Walker has become a mainstay on New York radio where he hosts a popular mid-day show for WLIB and a Sunday morning show for WBLS.  Most recently, he created the Azusa Next Generation conference that brings together the nation’s most prominent pastors, speakers and worship leaders, ultimately revitalizing a defining moment in the Christian faith.  The next conference will be held May 19 at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York.

    With each of these developments, Walker is motivated by his commitment to Kingdom relevancy.  “One must continue to evolve so that the Kingdom can stay fresh, exciting and most of all relevant,” says Walker.  He pours this passion for Kingdom relevancy into his upcoming album AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION, being released June 11 on RCA Inspiration.

    “This project honors the legacy of hand clapping, foot stomping Gospel music and also provides a next generation swag that creates a foundation for where Gospel music can go,” says Walker.  “It has a variety of styles, and the collaborations really make it stand out.  It is a next level project for me and, I think, for Gospel music.”

    Azusa is cited as the catalyst for the charismatic movement in the United States, and had two significant phases.  It began in 1906 with an unprecedented, powerful revival held on Azusa Street in Southern California then, in the 80s, was introduced as a conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that featured dynamic preaching and a who’s who of Gospel artists.  The artists would record together at the conference and, with AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION, Hezekiah Walker revisits that spirit of collective worship.  The album features guest appearances by Timiney Figueroa; Deitrick Haddon; John P. Kee; Donnie McClurkin and Brian Courtney Wilson.  Walker’s robust Love Fellowship Choir is also featured prominently, and is expanded here to comprise the 500 voice Azusa Mass Choir.

    “With the collaborations, I wanted to let people know there are artists out there who love choir sounding songs and who don’t mind singing choir songs,” says Walker.  “Part of my musical mission is reminding people that choir music is not going out of style, ever.  When you have vocalists like these who love choir music, it will always thrive.”

    The first single EVERY PRAISE is currently a favorite at Gospel radio.  The song debuted on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show, and Adams said:  “Bishop Hez has done it again!” “’Every Praise’ is the epitome of worship and its proper direction!”

    Hezekiah Walker says the song is likely to catch on quickly because it is relatable across genres, nationalities and denominations.  “Whether they go to church or not, people have a praise in them that is reserved for God,” says Walker.  “This song connects with a feeling of thanksgiving and honor that everyone has at some point.  I hope that choirs and praise teams will gravitate to it, and that it crosses boundaries to people outside of the church as well.”

    Joel Osteen, one of the nation’s most influential pastors, heard “Every Praise” on the radio in Houston and simply fell in love with it and immediately invited Walker to minister the song at Lakewood, which he did on April 14.  “It was my honor to welcome Hezekiah Walker to our church,” says Osteen.  “We here at Lakewood love him and were excited that he performed ‘Every Praise’ with our church choir,” says Osteen.

    “That was just an incredible experience that I will never forget,” Walker adds.  “I did all three services, and there were at least 16,000 members in each one!  The church loved the song. I was amazed to see thousands leaving worship singing ‘Every Praise.’  It was an honor to worship with the Lakewood family, and I thank Pastor Joel Osteen for the warm welcome.”

    AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION was co-produced by Hezekiah Walker and produced by Donald Lawrence, who also produced Walker’s last release - SOULED OUT.  The two have a winning combination that balances the contemporary and the traditional while amplifying Walker’s straight-to-the-heart worship style.

    “The project is about unity, and I feel really good about it,” says Walker.  “This is the first time in the history of my career that I’ve done collaborations with so many artists. This is monumental for me. That’s what it’s all about in this season, us coming together and letting the world know that it is possible for us to stand together as one.”

    The new album will be in stores June 11. Click here for further information.

  • Parenting Can be Exhausting


    "No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way." Hebrews 12:11 (NLT)

    We were already late for church when the fight began. One daughter was upset the other had told a lie. I sighed. Not right before it's time to leave, please!

    It'd been a long week and I was tired. But lies are not allowed in the Glasgow home and this was something I had to take care of now. I called both girls to The Pink Couch, the place set aside to talk to our children.

    They both sat down and gave their side of the story. It was clear who was telling the truth and who wasn't. I dismissed the one that wasn't lying and asked the one who did to admit she had and to say sorry. She wouldn't. After 15 minutes she still hadn't confessed. She was only four, but don't let a four year old fool you, she knew I needed to get out the door. I was her Sunday School teacher.

    It would have been so easy to put her lie on the back burner, but I made an executive decision. "Dale would you teach my class today? I can't leave until this is resolved." As the rest of our family headed out the door, I told my daughter that until she told the truth she would sit on The Pink Couch. An hour passed, then two, then three. How could my child who normally couldn't sit still for thirty minutes bide her time without any entertainment for hours? Though we were sitting quietly, waiting it out drained me.

    Finally, she admitted her lie with a sincere heart and said, "I'm sorry." We hugged and to this day I've never heard her say another lie.

    I've got five almost-grown daughters now. Whew! The discipline part was a lot of work and one thing remained constant whether they were four or 14—discipline always took time, wisdom, discernment and love.

    It would have been easier and saved energy to just let the lie slide. But, the Bible tells us "No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way" (Hebrews 12:11).

    Discipline is not fun for those receiving it OR for those administering it. Let's be honest, parenting can be exhausting! But consistency comes with a great reward. Investing time and ensuring the same consequences yields good fruit in our children's lives.

    My husband and I have pear trees on our land. Some can take years to bear fruit, but with regular watering, pruning and fertilizing, our trees eventually show the results of our labor.

    Most parents would say they desire for their kids to grow up and live in peace with the Lord. That's exactly the outcome Hebrews 12:11 promises us if we don't give up when our children are young. Rather than making a quick decision that only modifies their behavior for the moment, we have to aim at changing our children's hearts for the long term.

    As my then four-year-old daughter and I sat for hours that Sunday morning, I knew I had to nip this in the bud or the consequences would negatively impact her future. She's an adult now and will gladly tell you what a strong impact the discipline of sitting on The Pink Couch had on her.

    Unimaginable energy goes into raising godly children. You may want to do what I did: stay on your knees in prayer and mediate on the Word day and night so that you can be encouraged and have wisdom on rearing your kids. It can be exhausting, but the work is worth the great reward!

    Dear Lord, give me the wisdom, discernment, time and love I need to discipline my children to be the godly people You desire. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources: I Used to be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer will help you manage your time, so you can have more to invest in your children.

    Reflect and Respond: Do you follow through in disciplining your children in consistent ways? If you told them not to do something one day and they do it the next, what are the consequences?

    In order to discipline in love we need a relationship with Jesus, who is love. Spend some time today focusing on His Word, praying or worshipping Him.

    Power Verses: Ephesians 6:4, "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (NIV)

    Proverbs 29:17, "Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire." (NIV)

    © 2013 by Sharon Glasgow. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries 616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road Matthews, NC 28105 www.Proverbs31.org

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