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December 15, 2011

NEWSBOYS To Start There Biggest Tour To Date, THE GOD’S NOT DEAD Tour



On the heels of releasing their highly acclaimed rock worship project, God’s Not Dead, Newsboys will embark this spring on their biggest tour yet, the “God’s Not Dead Tour.” Kicking off Jan 12th and running through May 5th, the tour will run in over 60 cities across the U.S. The tour is presented by Compassion International, continuing their partnership with Newsboys to raise awareness for child sponsorships. Additionally, a special VIP Pre-Show Meet & Greet Experience will be held nightly with a portion of its proceeds going to support Compassion International’s child trafficking initiatives. Other major sponsors supporting the tour are I Am Second and Interstate Batteries.

Joining Newsboys on the tour will be special guests The City Harmonic (winners of GMA Canada’s New Artist of the Year award), the high-energy pop foursome Anthem Lights, and the rock-driven group Abandon. A special emphasis has been placed on outreach and evangelism, with youth evangelist Bob Lenz joining the tour to share a message of hope. Lenz’s non-profit organization, Life Promotions, will be building a network of supporting churches throughout the tour to facilitate the post-concert evangelistic efforts of the tour, with additional support from I Am Second. I Am Second, a movement meant to inspire all people to live for God and for others, is designed to help people discover their purpose in life.

Newsboys’ God’s Not Dead Tour Dates:*
January 12 – Holland, MI
January 13 – Anderson, IN
January 19 – Sheboygan, WI
January 20 – Port Huron, MI
January 21 – Menominee, MI
February 02 – Amarillo, TX
February 03 – Longview, TX
February 04 – Abilene, TX
February 09 – Temple, TX
February 10 – Carlsbad, NM
February 11 – Phoenix, AZ
February 12 – Tuscon, AZ
February 17 – Oceanside, CA
February 18 – Brentwood, CA
Feburary 19 – Sacramento, CA
February 21 – Layton, UT
February 23 – Anaheim, CA
February 24 – Redlands, CA
February 25 – Fresco, CA
February 26 – Bakersfield, CA
March 02 – Farmington, NM
March 03 – Lubbock, TX
March 09 – New Bern, NC
March 16 – St. Charles, IL
March 17 – Quincy, IL
March 22 – Barre, VT
March 24 – Lynchburg, VA
March 28 – Yankton, SD
March 29 – Indianola, IA
March 31 – Spencer, IA
April 05 – Edna, TX
April 06 – McAllen, TX
April 14 – Valdosta, GA
April 21 – Springfield, OH
April 22 – Wabash, IN
April 26 – Knoxville, TN
April 27 – Evansville, IN
May 03 – Menasha, WI
May 04 – Oak Creek, WI
May 05 – Flint, MI
*Dates and supporting acts are subject to change

December 15, 2011

FRANCIS CHAN Asks Are You Praying The Right Way


Are you praying the right way? If you aren’t sure, you might want to take a lesson from Francis Chan.

The author of Crazy Love and other best-selling Christian books argues that some Christians aren’t praying the right way—they are too focused on their own needs rather than God’s mission. As Chan sees it, it’s no surprise that there are so many ineffective prayers that don’t get answered. Scripture, after all, warns about this.

“James 4 says a lot of times you’ll ask and you don’t receive because what you’re asking for you’re asking to spend on your own passions and no one warned me about that,” Chan said in his latest video in the Basic series.

A seven-part film series produced by NOOMA filmmakers, Basic is Chan’s response to his frustrations with the modern-day church. In the video, Chan challenges believers to examine the roots of the church and get back to the basics of prayer.

An always transparent Chan shared how he once thought he could just ask God for anything, as if He is a big genie in the sky. Now, Chan realizes he has to be more careful about his prayers, and he encourages other Christians to be more careful also.

“I would just start opening my mouth and talk to God about whatever, and there’s some truth to that. But I noticed in the Bible there are also some warnings that we have to be very careful how we approach God,” says Chan, former pastor of Cornerstone Community Church. “For example, Ecclesiastes 5 says guard yourselves, guard your steps when you go near to the house of God, and it says draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools who do not know that they are doing evil.”

As he looks at the way the disciples prayed in the days of the early church—and as he looks at the way Jesus taught us to pray—Chan says he realizes it’s a lot different from what he was taught. In response to this revelation, Chan has been diving back into prayer studies for the past few years. In the video, he shares insights from the Lord’s prayer.

“Think about these phrases now that we’ve been saying for years that maybe we didn’t mean, We used to say ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ We’re asking for our daily provision. Truth is, I think, if God just gave us our daily bread, many of us would be angry,” he says. “That’s all you’re going to give me? You’re just going to give me enough to sustain me for today? What about tomorrow or next year or 10, 20, 30 years from now? I want to know that I’m set up. And yet Jesus says just pray for your daily provisions.”

Chan also explored Jesus’ next petition about temptation and deliverance from evil.

“Haven’t you prayed that at times in your life when you were actually still holding on to some temptation? Maybe you weren’t even ready to let go of all of your sin and yet you’re saying it,” Chan says. “It’s like your words weren’t matching up to your heart.”

Chan says the verse of Scripture in the Lord’s prayer that scares him has to do with forgiveness.

“We’re saying ‘God forgive me in the same way as I have forgiven others.’ That scares me because I know I’ve prayed that while being angry at other people. I know I’ve prayed that prayer while I was still unforgiving,” he says. “So now when I’m telling God forgive me in the same way as I forgive other people, see, we need to be warned about this kind of stuff.”

December 15, 2011

The Story Bible Remains On Top Of Bible Bestseller Lists



With The Story tour making its rounds in venues across the country, The Story Bible from Zondervan continues atop the Bible best-sellers list for weekly sales ending Nov. 26, according to Pubtrack Christian data from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

The remaining Bibles in the top five are: 2. NIV Life Application Study Bible, Italian Duo-Tone, carmel/dark carmel (Zondervan); 3. NIV True Images, Italian Duo-Tone, chocolate/bubble gum (Zondervan); 4. NIV Life Application Study Bible, Italian Duo-Tone, honeysuckle pink (Zondervan); and 5. NIV Faithgirlz! Bible, Italian Duo-Tone (Zondervan).

The Top 20 General best-sellers are: 1. Heaven is for Real, Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson); 2. Longing, “Bailey Flanigan Series” No. 3, Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan); 3. Jesus Calling, Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson); 4. Heaven is for Real for Kids, Burpo (Thomas Nelson); 5. Nearing Home, Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson); 6. The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Kevin Malarkey, Alex Malarkey (Tyndale House Publishers); 7. Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman (Zondervan); 8. Coming Back Stronger, Drew Brees (Tyndale); 9. A Log Cabin Christmas Collection, Wanda E. Brunstetter, et al. (Barbour Publishing); 10. Jesus Calling: Large Print Deluxe Edition, Young (Thomas Nelson); 11. Crazy Love, Francis Chan (David C Cook); 12. Courageous, Randy Alcorn (Tyndale); 13. The Resolution for Men, Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick, Randy Alcorn (B&H Books); 14. Every Day a Friday, Joel Osteen (FaithWords); 15. Through My Eyes, Tim Tebow (Harper); 16. Jesus Calling: Deluxe Edition, Young (Thomas Nelson); 17. Learning, “Bailey Flanigan Series” No. 2, Kingsbury (Zondervan); 18. Live Loved, Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson); 19. Christmas Stories, Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson); and 20. One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp (Zondervan)

Top 10 Fiction: 1. Longing; 2. A Log Cabin Christmas Collection; 3. Courageous; 4. Learning; 5. A Lancaster County Christmas, Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell/Baker Publishing Group); 6. Leaving, “Bailey Flanigan Series” No. 1, Kingsbury (Zondervan); 7. The Tehran Initiativeby Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale); 8. The Wonder of Your Love, “Land of Canaan” No. 2, Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson); 9. The Christmas Shoppe, Melody Carlson (Revell/Baker Publishing Group); and 10. Her Daughter’s Dream, “Marta’s Legacy” No. 2, Francine Rivers (Tyndale).

December 15, 2011

Sherwood Pictures’ Latest Movie COURAGEOUS To Be Released On DVD Jan 17


Sherwood Pictures’ latest movie, Courageous, will be released on DVD Jan. 17, with a special edition for Christian retail.

The Exclusive Collector’s Edition will include more than an hour of extra content not available in the general market version and will retail for $24.99. Also available only in CBA stores will be a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack with the additional material, retailing for $34.99. Both editions will be distributed by Provident-Integrity Distribution.

Details of the DVD release had been eagerly awaited by Christian retailers who reported strong sales for the filmmakers’ previous Fireproof when it was released for home viewing. Some credited the DVD and the accompanying book, The Love Dare, with helping them stay in business.

Opening in 900 theaters across the country Sept. 30, Courageous was among the nation’s top 10 box-office earners for three weeks. Stores will be offered a display that can carry the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, the soundtrack and related book releases.

“We are very excited about Courageous—its box office, and even more importantly, its ministry impact,” said Randy Davis, vice president of sales & marketing at Provident-Integrity Distribution. “We believe that families across our country, and around the world, will be positively affected by this film. And similar to Fireproof, retailers across the country expect the Courageous brand, and specifically the DVD, to be the top-selling product in CBA over the next 18-24 months.”

Among the extras in the Exclusive Collector’s Edition will be the music video for Castings Crowns’ soundtrack song, “Courageous” and featurettes on the history of Sherwood Pictures and members of the volunteer production team at the Albany, Ga., church where the company is based. There are also episodes A Church of Prayer and The Importance of Fathers.

Other features include a making-of documentary, deleted scenes and bloopers, and a commentary by Sherwood Pictures co-founders and filmmaking brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick.

Family Christian Stores is offering the DVD for a pre-buy price of $19.98, with a free copy of Building a Courageous Home (a $9.99 value), featuring the Kendricks and including family activities.