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  • Tobymac Welcomes new artist Ryan Stevenson to Gotee

    Posted on May 23, 2013 by Family Christian



    Tobymac introduces the latest signee to Gotee Records - Ryan Stevenson. Watch the lyric video below to see the intro and hear Ryan's new song.

    Ryan is a husband and father of two boys. He currently serves as worship leader at Vertical Church Boise. Prior to his full-time music career, Ryan spent seven years as a paramedic. He has performed at Creation West, Fish Fest and Lifest, among other top Christian festivals around the country, and has toured with such artists as Group 1 Crew and Rachael Lampa.

    What do you think?
    To purchase Ryan's new single, click here.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, TobyMac, Group 1 Crew, Ryans Stevenson, Rachel Lampa

  • Where Life Will Never Die - Tenth Ave North

    Posted on May 23, 2013 by Family Christian

    Most of us who have heard Tenth Avenue North have really appreciated their art. Their music. The depth of lyrical content. For those of us who have seen them in concert, we are allowed to experience not just their music, but also the great words of wisdom.

    Mike Donehey (lead singer) is never shy about sharing the truth of God's word. In the video below, listen to Mike as he shares his passion for a much glorious reality - namely Christ.

    Pick up the latest from Tenth Ave here.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Tenth Ave. North

  • The Story of the Bible

    Posted on May 23, 2013 by Family Christian



    Have you ever used a Life Application Bible before? I have used a New Living version of this Bible for a number of years. It fits like a "ball in the glove" for my devotional time.

    Recently, I was exposed to the New Living Chronological Life Application Study Bible. It's certainly not a "new" Bible, but the new is found in how it's arranged. Here are some of the highlights:

    • Timeline/header on each page. This allows the reader to see where they are within the context of the whole Bible.
    • Notes. Notes about history, context, culture. So much information here that allows the text to come alive.
    • Charts. Maps. Diagrams. Illustrations.
    • Dictionary/concordance.
    • The 30,000 view - a commentary of the whole Bible.
    • Application. Thousands of contextual applications. Again, if you are familiar with any Application Bible, this is standard.

    If you are looking to go a little deeper in your walk with Christ, I would highly recommend the NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible. You will never run out of applications to be challenged by.

    Don't take my word for it, here is what a few of our customers have said about the Bible:

    I am new to reading the bible and I found this Life Application bible and I love it. It explains with so much depth! Love that it has a timeline at the top of each page. It's definitely the perfect Bible if you are really wanting to learn and study! Love this!
    - Love this Bible! by Kaitlin

    I have read with Prayer, the first 200 pages. And, I have read into the New Testament. I must say, this is a gift from God. Thank You whoever all were responsible for listening to God to put this Bible together. Much appreciated.
    - NLT Chronological by James

    This is a Bible that I would recommend to all my friends and family. It is by far one of the best ones I have come across.
    - Best Bible Ever by Drew S.

    I have to say, this version of the Bible is fresh and exciting. I have never had a chronological Bible before so this is new to me. I love how this Bible is divided into time eras and within the eras all of the books are in timeline order. This really helps with the OT as well as how the Epistles are intertwined with Acts. The full color photos make it like the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full color charts add flavor to the notes. The best part is the Life Application notes as well as Bible character focuses. Wrap that all up in the NLT translation that is easy to read yet maintains integrity to the original Bible text and you have something that is great for today, tomorrow, and years to come.
    - Brings the Bible into a great new light by Dave T.

    The NLT Chronological Study Bible by Tyndale House Publishing is the most intriguing and compelling Bible release over the past few years as there is truly nothing quite like it. Whether you already own one Bible or have a library of several, this new Bible provides unique resources to the reader that fosters increased engagement, understanding, and perspective. Reading the Bible has never been more illuminating. Enjoy!
    - Jim Gager, Senior Buyer of Bibles, Reference, Electronics, & Church Supplies at Family Christian

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    This post was posted in Bibles and was tagged with Featured, NLT, Life Application

  • HOME RUN Comes to DVD and Blu-ray on July 23

    Posted on May 21, 2013 by Family Christian



    HOME RUN has a lot to be proud of after its nationwide theatrical release last month. The Samuel Goldwyn Films release, in association with Provident Films, opened in almost 400 theaters in North America and debuted as the No. 2 new film of the week, second only to Tom Cruise’s Oblivion. The opening weekend success led to an expansion into 70 new theaters in the United States and Canada. Today, Provident Films and Millennium Entertainment announce that HOME RUN will release to DVD and Blu-ray on July 23, giving many others the chance to hear and share the film’s message that “freedom is possible.”

    “Lives have been changed due to the message of this film and its North American theatrical release,” says executive producer Carol Mathews. “Now with its availability on DVD and Blu-ray, I am encouraged and excited that even more people will have the opportunity to watch it and know that freedom is possible."

    Trailer of HOME RUN.

    HOME RUN accumulated an impressive collection of praise and reviews for the theatrical release. Here’s a snapshot of the acclaim garnered nationwide for the film:

    “The movie HOME RUN is great for not only baseball fans, but anyone looking to be inspired. The story provides an important reminder that no matter how successful we are, we are all affected by the issues that come along. Only through Jesus we can find the peace and comfort to live this life.”
    - 5-time World Series Champion and New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte

    “HOME RUN swings for the fences, and often connects.”
    - Sean O'Connell, Washington Post (Critics Pick)

    “Powerful story of personal recovery after hitting bottom. Very moving.”
    - Rick Warren via Twitter, @RickWarren

    “HOME RUN reminds us of the power of forgiveness, the richness of redemption, and the wisdom of trusting God to revive us.”
    - Max Lucado, New York Times best-selling author and pastor

    “HOME RUN is a must-see story of change and redemption—a story all of us need to hear and know. Freedom is possible with God in our lives!”
    - Joel Osteen, Pastor of Lakewood Church and best–selling author

    “Cory’s story invites all of us to consider how our own bad habits and selfishness might be influencing those closest to us (and) to remember how fantastic and inspiring is God’s grace.”
    - Focus on the Family’s Plugged-In

    Special features on the HOME RUN DVD & Blu-ray include:
    - Around the Bases Featurette
    - Freedom is Possible Featurette
    - Baseball Super Stars Praise Home Run
    - National Center for Fathering Promo
    - Be a Dad Promo

    To prebuy the Home Run DVD or Blu-ray, click here.


    This post was posted in Movies and was tagged with Featured, Home Run, Max Lucado, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren

  • Andrew Peterson returns to Grand Ole Opry

    Posted on May 20, 2013 by Family Christian

    Late summer Peterson will join Sara Groves on Bebo Norman’s final tour

    After the enormous success of his debut Grand Ole Opry appearance, Andrew Peterson will once again return to the renowned stage at the Grand Ole Opry House on Friday, May 24th, 7:00 pm.  Joining him that evening will be Vince Gill, Eric Paslay, Steve Wariner, and more, along with Peterson’s long-time bandmates Andy Gullahorn and Ben Shive. For tickets and more information please visit online at www.orpy.com.

    “I love Nashville, and this grand institution is at the heart of the city, so I couldn’t be more honored to be invited back,” says Peterson. “Now if I can just manage to keep my cool around Steve Wariner, I might survive.”

    A few weeks after Peterson’s Opry appearance, he will embark on a European tour that will include stops in Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom.  Back in the United States in late summer, Peterson will join Sara Groves for Bebo Norman’s final tour of 2013, In The Round.  Peterson and Norman have had a long friendship that started in 1998 when they both opened for Caedmon’s Call.  Since then, they have toured together numerous times with Norman being the special guest on Peterson’s highly popular Behold The Lamb Of God Christmas Tour in 2008 and 2009.

    “I can’t think of a better way to finish my touring career than performing in the round with the likes of Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves,” says Norman.  “Even though I will be sharing the stage with them, in spirit I will simply be another member of the audience hanging on every song they sing.”

    Rounding out 2013 for Peterson will be the 4rd Annual Hutchmoot, October 10-13, at Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, TN. This year’s event sold out in less than three minutes!  In December, Peterson will launch his 14th annual Behold The Lamb Of God Christmas Tour and the fifteen dates are online at www.andrew-peterson.com.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Bebo Norman, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Vince Gill

  • Hillsong Set to Release New LIVE album Glorious Ruin

    Posted on May 16, 2013 by Family Christian


    Hillsong LIVE will release their 22nd live-recorded album, Glorious Ruins, on July 2. Recorded for the first time live in two locations - London, England and Sydney, Australia - Glorious Ruins is consistent with Hillsong’s passion to resource the church around the globe. The live album offers the church a new era of worship anthems that will cross multiple denominational and cultural boundaries.

    “Ruins can speak of crushing defeat or perhaps of something abandoned, but the good news today is that the ruins come to life,” explains Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church Brian Houston. “Through Jesus Christ what we look at is ruins that become glorious.”

    Let the ruins come to life, in the beauty of your name, rising up from the ashes, God forever you reign. And my heart will find refuge, in the shadow of your wings, I will love you forever, and forever I'll sing" – lyrics from "Glorious Ruins"

    “This declaration of the saving power of Christ reminds us that we can look to the cross throughout life, in times of success or failure He is there with us,” shares worship leader Reuben Morgan. “We’ve never been diverted from viewing worship as both personal and corporate, intimate and celebratory. We don’t seek to make each project ‘better’ as such, because how can one form of worship be better than another? Instead each project is a continuation of the journey, and we are thankful to God that so many people take the journey with us.”

    Glorious Ruins is an acknowledgment of humanity and a bridge to redemption. It includes 12 fresh new songs (14 songs on the Deluxe Edition) written by Hillsong team members including Joel Houston, Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding and Matt Crocker. The album features the title track, “Man of Sorrows,” which is already being sung in churches internationally, and “Glorify Your Name,” a collaboration between Reuben Morgan and Chris Tomlin.

    Glorious Ruins follows the highly successful LIVE 2012 release Cornerstone, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian and Praise and Worship charts. The single “Cornerstone” recently had the highest debut on the CCLI chart and was sung in over 11,000 churches on Easter Sunday.

    Glorious Ruins Track List:
    1. Always Will
    2. You Never Fail
    3. Christ Is Enough
    4. Where The Spirit of the Lord Is
    5. Glorious Ruins
    6. Closer
    7. God Who Saves
    8. To Be Like You
    9. Man of Sorrows
    10. We Glorify Your Name
    11. You Crown The Year (Psalm 65:11)
    12. Anchor


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Joel Houston, Reuben Morgan

  • FOR KING & COUNTRY PERFORM BEFORE A SOLD-OUT CROWD

    Posted on May 15, 2013 by Family Christian


    Saturday night was a momentous occasion as critically-acclaimed duo for KING & COUNTRY played before a sold-out crowd for KSBJ’s 30th Anniversary Concert. The celebration, which also featured performances by Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Steven Curtis Chapman, Family Force 5, Amy Grant, MercyMe and Switchfoot, took place at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Spring, TX.

    “for King and Country were C-R-A-Z-Y onstage and set the bar high opening up the show,” said KSBJ’s Assistant Programming Director and “The Morning Show” co-host, Pam Kelly. “They really gave it their all and the crowd loved it.  And such nice guys!  Joel stood out in the plaza for hours, in the Houston heat, to take pictures with everyone who wanted one.  These guys are going to be around for a long time!”

    “Middle of Your Heart” is for KING & COUNTRY’s third single from their debut album, Crave. On January 10, they made their late night debut performing “The Proof of Your Love,” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In 2012, for KING & COUNTRY were named as one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist. New Release Tuesday noted that Crave was “One of the Best Debut Projects in Years!” ET’s “The Insider” said the duo, “make music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwriter commented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.”


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, MercyMe, Francesca Battistelli, Switchfoot, for King & Country, Chris August, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Family Force 5

  • Amy Grant's Latest - One of the Best Albums of the Year

    Posted on May 15, 2013 by Family Christian


    The foundation behind Amy Grant’s first full-length studio album in 10 years came from some advice given to her by her late mother – “sing something that matters.” The six-time GRAMMY® Award winner, who releases her 18th studio album today, May 14 is dedicating How Mercy Looks From Here to her mother and drawing from some of her favorite singers and songwriters in what critics are calling her most impactful release to date. The impressive array of talent includes Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Will Hoge, Carole King, Eric Paslay and James Taylor.

    To launch her first album in over a decade, Grant dives in to street week with appearances on CBS This Morning (5/17 and 5/18) and the nationally syndicated lifestyle program, The Better Show (5/17) as well as Morning Joe on MSNBC (5/14), NPR’s “Weekend Edition” (5/12), WOR Radio with Rita Cosby (5/14), ABC Radio, Keep the Faith radio and more. Grant also recently conducted an in depth interview for Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act,” (5/28) as well as their “Hollywood Watch” program (5/31). Additionally, Grant is also scheduled to appear on the highly acclaimed shows The View and The Chew early this summer.

    Other media highlights for How Mercy Looks From Here include a special two-part Artist to Artist interview with FUSE NEWS between Grant and Sheryl Crow, an exclusive online video interview for Entertainment Tonight online as well as their featured artist for New Music Tuesday today, exclusive song premieres with Billboard.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, and cover stories with CCM Magazine, Called Magazine, Guideposts, FIRST for Women Magazine, SOCIAL and WHOA magazines. Additional feature coverage includes Billboard, Country Weekly, People.com, SiriusXM, and more.

    The album’s lead track, "Don't Try So Hard," features legendary songwriter James Taylor and continues its rise up the AC monitored chart, jumping 4 spots to #25 this week, and up 6 spots on the National Audience chart to #27.

    Along with special mother’s day promotions with several stations across the country, additional radio promos for the record are happening with key market stations throughout the country. Grant is making personal appearances at record listening parties with WAWZ, WGTS, WCIE, and WHPZ, as well as participating in a special promotion with KSBJ, while KXOJ and K-LOVE are both promoting a flyaway to The Greek Theater in Los Angeles to meet Amy and see her live.

    Welcoming back the iconic singer-songwriter with open arms, here are just a few of the multitudes of praises on How Mercy Looks From Here:

    “[Amy’s] time away from music seems to have given [her] a renewed fervor for the job – a feeling that she doesn’t plan to extinguish any time soon.”
    - Entertainment Tonight

    "The older I get the more I appreciate the experiences of others and what they teach me. This album is about just that, experience or the journey that we are all on. It is very powerful yet simple and humbling. Great record for where you are or where you will go!"
    - Mike Bowles, AVP Ministry Initiatives, Family Christian

    “...her singing has an easy grace that's well served by these songs of love, loss, faith and resilience, which benefit from Marshall Altman's spare, glowing production.”
    - USA Today

    It is so good to once again hear from Amy Grant. Her artistry, love, and matter of fact communication style have produced an incredible new release.
    Amy is always so good at encouraging me to get my head right, and she has done it again.
    - Hank Butler, Sr. Merchandiser Manager, Family Christian

    “Grant’s most emotionally compelling release since 1988’s “Lead Me On"... proves that sincerity is not overrated and that open-hearted storytelling will outlast any musical fad.”

    - Atlanta Journal Constitution

    “The revered veteran is at another creative peak punctuated by authentic vocal delivery, understated but sophisticated production and a slew of all-star guests.”
    - CCM Magazine

    "I’ve been waiting years for new Amy Grant music…this record was worth the wait. From the first single 'Don’t Try So Hard' which delivers instant rest for this world that has gotten itself into a great big hurry, to my personal favorite 'Our Time is Now' (co-written by Jon Foreman). I love 'How Mercy Looks From Here.'"
    - Dan Hubka, Family Christian

    "...a start-to-finish true album experience... Every song on this album is heart and soul music, and Grant hits a home run in her quest to “sing something that matters.”
    - Nashville Parent

    “A collection of songs that mine the depths of both heart and soul as only Amy can. This is easily one of the best albums of the year.”
    - NewReleaseTuesday.com

    “Ultimately a profoundly encouraging record, How Mercy Looks From Here is a vibrant collection of thoughtful, reflective ruminations on life and the passage of time, from the lens of one who realizes the purpose for which she was created.”
    - Christian Musician


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Amy Grant

  • JAVEN TO RELEASE LIVE WORSHIP ALBUM

    Posted on May 14, 2013 by Family Christian


    Tyscot Music + Entertainment is pleased to announce the signing of award-winning Gospel artist JAVEN. His upcoming live album, “Worship in the Now,” will be released on May 21st, features guest appearances by Damita, Marvin Winans, Jr., The Campbell Family, Jonathan Nelson and LaRue Howard.

    "Praise and Worship music is one of the cornerstones of adoring and honoring our God, a joyful celebration of congregational singing,” said Bryant S. Scott, President of Tyscot. “We signed JAVEN as we truly believe it's his time to help the nation & the world, Worship In The Now!"

    Over the past decade, JAVEN has not only gained international recognition as a recording artist, but as an actor as well. His extensive acting credits include the Off-Broadway musical “The Rock and the Rabbi” and feature films like “The Sixth,” “Abandoned” (starring Brittany Murphy), “One Night with the King” (opposite Omar Sharif and Peter O’Toole) and “Preacher’s Kid” (with Clifton Powell and former Destiny's Child member LaToya Luckett). JAVEN also served as a co-host on BET’s “Paula White Show” from 2001-2002.

    “I'm excited about ‘Worship in the Now’ and what it means to those who are experiencing it,” said JAVEN. “I know as people begin to include worship more and more in their everyday lives, everything from depression to poverty, even sickness will begin to be removed from their lives. It's my belief that this new [album] will be a hit across the country with this Now Generation of Worshipers, who are people that want to get closer to God's presence.”

    JAVEN continues to tour worldwide, traveling internationally to perform and speak throughout North America and around the world.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Marvin Winans, Javen, Damita, Jonathan Nelson, LaRue Howard

  • Matt Redman’s Receives ASCAP’s Award

    Posted on May 14, 2013 by Family Christian


    The reasons to celebrate continue to add up for sixstepsrecords’ acclaimed worship leader Matt Redman. This year alone, Redman’s powerful single “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” has been certified Digital Gold by the RIAA, earned two GRAMMY® awards and is nominated for K-LOVE Fan Awards’ “Song of The Year.” The song is also up for “Top Christian Song” at the Billboard Music Awards, one of two nods for Redman for the award show. Adding to the worship anthem’s impressive honors came earlier this week when it was named ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year at Monday night’s ASCAP Christian Awards at the Franklin Theatre.

    "I love watching the journey a song can go on," says Redman. "We wrote '10,000 Reasons' in a tiny little chapel in the English village I live in, and it's been a big blessing to see if fly around so many churches and radio - and then to receive an encouragement like this. Huge thanks to ASCAP for the award."

    Momentum continues for Redman as he is set to record a brand new worship album at Passion City Church’s ‘LIFT: A Worship Leader Collective’ in Atlanta, GA from May 31 – June. 1. Hosted by Louie Giglio and GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin, the event will bring together worship leaders from across the country. Redman's forthcoming project will be a live recording from the event, following suit with 10,000 Reasons, which was recorded at the LIFT gathering in 2011. The new album will release on Sept. 24.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Louie Giglio

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