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Harlequin Authors Quote Katy Minister on Definition of Romance.

(Katy,Texas)  Best selling authors Loree Lough, and Cerella Sechrist write a monthly article for Harlequin Heart Warming’s official blog. On finding out that August was National Romance Awareness Month they decided for their newest article to dig into the question of what is romance ? When you’re a pair of authors for the world’s leading romance novel publishing company, where do you turn with such a question ?
One person Lough and Sechrist turned to was Katy, Texas minister Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield. Crutchfield is the same minister that Lough used as the basis for a character in her novels Guardians of the Heart and Healing of the Heart. This is not Crutchfield’s first time commenting on Romance and related subjects on the national stage either. Back in 1983 his poem Love Is was published in the anthology Hearts on Fire: A Treasury of Poems on Love. Two of his articles on SelfGrowth.Com are on relationships. Just last year CurvesConnect.Com the major dating site interviewed him on the topic of dating and politics.
Crutchfield defined romance for Harlequin Heart Warming as “Romance is the process of giving yourselves to each other, not in grand gestures but tiny pieces, not for brief spans of time, but for the long-term.” 
Crutchfield preaches weekly at the Spanish Meadows Nursing Home in Katy. His articles on Christian and other topics have been read all over the world !  He previously served as Chaplain of the Katy Fire and EMS Department. He is married, the father of two and grandfather of four.  He can be found online at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Pastor Crutchfield Launches YouTube Channel

Faithinspires.Org the internationally known Christian news and information blog, recently launched a YouTube channel featuring its founder and editor Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield. Videos being produced for the channel include biblical subjects, as well as occasional secular topics that many Christians will find interesting.

The new channel is an effort to expand FaithInspires.Org’s ministry to those who might not read its existing blog. Many of the videos will be based on articles that have already appeared on the blog and been read by people all over the world, others will contain completely new material. It is hoped the channel will also grow into an independent revenue stream through an advertising partnership with YouTube.This will allow critical funding allowing FaithInspires.Org to grow not only its media ministry around the world, but in its home community of Katy, Texas.

 

Crutchfield in addition to his role at FaithInspires.Org serves as a Christian Growth and Healing Expert at SelfGrowth.Com, the world’s leading self help website. He was Scriggler Author of the Month in October 2016 beating out hundreds of writers from several countries. He also won Article of the Month there in October and December of that same year.

 

He also has a variety of leadership experience having served as Chairman, Republican Party Sixth State Senate District, “Keyholder” for a retail electronics chain, Team Leader in a P.C. support call center, Vice president of  a local recreation board, Division Staff Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary etc.

 

The channel will also include “playlists” curated by Rev. Crutchfield, along with online discussions moderated by him. Be sure and subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss a thing !

Pat Boone on Youtube Discussing Ark of Noah Travels to Brazil and USA

PASADENA, Calif., June 8, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Legendary American singer, composer and actor Pat Boone recently endorsed The Ark of Noah Foundation (www.youtube.com/watch?v=EexrhRLKkZs) encouraging viewers to join him in supporting the life-size Ark of Noah replica, which is preparing to take sail across the Atlantic. The 2,500-ton ark is larger than a football field and stands 410 feet long, 95 feet wide, and 75 feet tall. It can carry more than 5,000 people at a time.

“My friends at the Ark of Noah Foundation plan to bring a life-size Biblical replica of Noah’s Ark from the Netherlands to the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil,” said Boone. “From there, it will go through South America, Central America and then the United States.”

Transportation of the Ark of Noah from The Netherlands to Brazil, is 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, will be a massive undertaking that will be streamed live on the Internet. According to Boone, the vessel will be docked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will bring real hope to a country and world in need.

“The proceeds from the Ark will be used to build Hope Centers in the underprivileged areas of Brazil,” said Boone. “These hope centers will provide food, education, as well as the Gospel for the unreachable children and families.”

Boone ended the video encouraging viewers to go to www.donate.arkofnoah.org and join him in supporting the Ark of Noah Foundation.

The profit foundation is a 501c3 charity based out of Pasadena, CA and is raising money to fund the trip, which will eventually end in the United States.

The Ark has been getting worldwide attention as it prepares to take sail. Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers built the Ark of Noah four years ago as a religious attraction and now has partnered with The Ark of Noah Foundation, www.ArkofNoah.org.

Hundreds of thousands have already visited the Ark of Noah in The Netherlands to see the Biblical reconstruction and hear the story of Noah and the great flood. To be in line with the Biblical story, the ark includes artificial replicas of animals paired two-by-two as described in Genesis.

For more information, photos and video on the Ark of Noah, visit arkofnoah.org/media.

Mother of Seven Impacting the Nation: One Woman is Reaching Voters by the Millions Through ‘Test of Fire’ Video

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Oct. 4, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Adriana Gonzalez did not even know what “going viral” meant until she had a video made that did just that. This homeschooling mother of 7 was not political, but desired to serve God and reach out to others before the election. Along with her physician husband, Manuel, she founded Catholics Called to Witness(CC2W.org) and had the ”

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Benedict XVI (2005-present, Episcopal form of Papal arms) An alternate version with Papal Tiara: here (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” (youtu.be/iiG9NMkPhus) video made. It touched a chord, and within a few months, over 2 million people had viewed it.

It all began with a meeting in the Gonzalez’s home last November. It was then that Adriana had come across an article in which Pope Benedict XVI said that some issues were non-negotiable. “For instance,” she explained, “the economy is not equal to life issues.” The meeting was a brainstorming session that ended up with a core message of the three non-negotiable principals stressed by the Holy Father: the sanctity of life from birth to natural death, marriage as being between one man and one woman, and religious freedom. “We wanted to appeal to Catholics and encourage them to vote their faith,” Adriana said.

After the encouragement of a friend, Adriana and her husband met with another friend who owned a video company www.creative-lab.com. “We told him about the message of the non-negotiables, and the idea emerged to use the image of an old-fashioned blacksmith forging iron pieces into words that reflect some of the campaign issues.” It states, “In generations past, the church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. This generation of Catholics must do the same.” The video concludes with the message, “Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity. Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire?”

The video company posted it on YouTube. “Every time I checked, there were tens of thousands more views,” Adriana said. “I called a friend and asked, ‘Is this what going viral means?'” CC2W, now using their own YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/cc2w) is using all forms of social media to get this video to undecided voters through Facebook(www.facebook.com/CatholicsCalledToWitness), Twitter(twitter.com/CC2W), LinkedIn(www.linkedin.com/company/catholics-called-to-witness), and Webinars(attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3694928961765511936). To read the rest of the story, go to Catholic Lane (catholiclane.com/viral-video-mom-of-seven-impacts-the-nation)

Biola Unlocks Educational Vault, Offering Hundreds of Free Resources

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Biola University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LA MIRADA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Biola University today announced the launch of Open Biola, an innovative website that offers open access to hundreds of classes, lectures, articles and other educational resources — all for free.

The easy-to-navigate site — found at open.biola.edu — allows visitors to search, stream, download and share videos and other learning materials that engage a wide range of academic topics from a Christian perspective. Open Biola is believed to be the first such open learning website from a Christian university. As of its launch, Open Biola has 1,317 individual resources from 432 different Biola professors and guest contributors, including more than 829 hours of video and audio. More resources will be added continually throughout the year.

“Open Biola represents Biola’s commitment to make our most beneficial educational resources widely available to anyone who has access to a computer or a mobile device,” said Biola President Barry H. Corey. “As a source of thoughtful Christian perspectives on topics ranging from business and science to philosophy and theology, it is our hope that Open Biola will serve the needs of Christian and secular audiences around the world by helping to articulate and foster a biblically centered worldview.”

Open Biola complements Biola’s presence on other content delivery destinations such as iTunes U and YouTube, where the university will continue to offer hundreds of free resources. (Biola is one of 42 “featured providers” on iTunes U and one of the 100 most viewed university channels on YouTube.) Open Biola includes several distinct features to enhance visitors’ experiences and simplify access to content. Specifically, visitors can:

  • Browse content by topic, author, collection or academic department
  • Download or stream content in the format of their choice — including HD video, standard video or audio
  • Comment on and discuss content with others
  • Share content via social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+
  • Explore author profiles, which link to each author’s videos, publications and biography
  • Experience an optimized site design for their device, whether desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone

With the launch of Open Biola, Biola University joins other universities such as MIT and Yale that have created websites to offer free educational resources and course materials to the public.

Visit Open Biola at open.biola.edu.

About Biola University
Biola University, named one of 17 “up and coming” national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, is a private Christian university located in Southern California. For more than 100 years, Biola has remained committed to its mission of biblically centered education, integrating biblical principles with every academic program. With a current record-high enrollment of 6,250 students, the university’s six schools offer 145 academic programs, ranging from the B.A. to the Ph.D. Biola was recently named one of 103 of the nation’s Great Colleges to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education. For more information, visit
www.biola.edu.

Faith Based Supernatural Drama Teaser Release

PHOENIX, June 18, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — The Sky’s The Limit Productions, LLC announces the release of its recently completed “Teaser” of the screenplay,

Jesus Christ Crucifix

Jesus Christ Crucifix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

. The “Teaser” was co-produced with Quicksilver Consortium, the production arm of ShowBiz AZ, and has been released on YouTube at youtu.be/s7xN6HFbpkY.

 

A Faith Based Supernatural Drama written by Writer/Producer, Salvatore A. Bono, is The Sky’s The Limit Productions initial project, with pre-production activities currently underway.

 

“Second guessing a second chance, will second the failure” is the production’s tagline. The story explores the protagonist’s (John Santo) commitment to his faith in God when Satan relentlessly tempts him with the love of a beautiful woman. John’s convictions are tested when he’s forced to choose between saving his daughter’s life in exchange for selling his soul to the Devil.

 

The Sky’s The Limit Productions website posts “about the movie” background information, and project status updates. Those interested in following the project’s developmental and production activities are given an opportunity to follow the production’s progress.

 

The story explores levels of perseverance and forgiveness that are pushed to their boundaries by the protagonist’s spiritual resurrection with Jesus Christ, along with his relentless torment from Satan. “This is a journey that many people can relate to,” says Bono. “I’m very confident that audiences will be touched, and equally entertained by this movie when it’s made.”

 

GospelJazz Music Pioneer – Ben Tankard, Celebrates 20 Years of Musical Excellence with New CD Release, ‘FULL TANK’

Featuring Stellar Jazz Greats: Gerald Albright , Mark Kibble (Take-6), Tim Bowman and Neo Soul Star, Cynthia Jones

NASHVILLE, May 28, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Ben Tankard to release 18th solo smooth Gospel/Jazz CD on June 5, 2012. FULL TANK, is not only a showcase vehicle for Tankard’s dynamic skills as an instrumentalist, writer, and arranger, but a musical reminder (through it’s sizzling production) that THIS was the producer that discovered Yolanda Adams and created over 40 hit songs with her (including: Through The Storm, Just A Prayer Away, Battle Is The Lord’s, Let Us Worship Him, and more…)

“The music industry is buzzing with excitement about this record and I am honored to just be an instrument and allow God to play through me over and over again. We are celebrating 20 years of Gospeljazz,” Said Tankard.

Ben Tankard is a former professional basketball player and an American gospel, jazz keyboardist, producer, songwriter, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Ben dropped out of college after one year to play pro basketball in the CBA & NBA but experienced a career ending injury. Tankard “rebounded” from his injury to discover his music talents and became the world’s bestselling and most popular musician and producer in Gospel/Jazz music with numerous Gold and Platinum albums, and Grammy / Dove / Stellar awards and nominations — all this from a man that has NEVER had piano lessons. He is also a motivational speaker for the NBA and inspires the players to look “beyond basketball.”

Tankard says, “My goal through my music is to inspire and motivate you through relaxed thought, peace, and reflection. Way down on the inside everyone has the potential for greatness, and it is time to tap into the FULL TANK that the creator gave you.”

Tankard’s music has always crossed genre, racial, and denominational borders and this release is no different in that two lead singles will be serviced simultaneously to Christian and Secular radio. Known for collaborating well with others, Ben invites Cynthia Jones to sparkle on the lead single to Gospel and CCM radio with vocal cut, Something About That Name. Jazz guitarist Tim Bowman, and sax man, Gerald Albright jam on the lead Smoothjazz radio singles, with Full Tank, and Sunday Vibes (See “Ben Tankard-Sunday Vibes” concept video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hhOsvq3Icc)

In addition to his millions of fans, Hollywood has embraced Ben Tankard. He has signed a major deal for a family based reality TV show which will premier this year. More info to come… (See YouTube sneek-peek — “Ben Tankard’s Reality TV” www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0rMNYXoEhE&feature=relmfu). It looks like it will be a full (Tank) year for the Tankards.

Two Christians Prosecuted for Reading the Bible in Public

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Volumes of the Thomson West annotated version of the California Penal Code, the codification of criminal law in the state of California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MURRIETA, Calif., March 29, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday, a trial court in Riverside County, California, heard arguments why the prosecution’s case should be dismissed in the case of People v. Brett Coronado. Advocates for Faith & Freedom are defending Pastor Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey on misdemeanor charges after they were arrested in front of a California DMV while Mr. Mackey was reading the Bible out loud. The incident took place on February 2, 2011, in front of a group waiting for the DMV to open for business.

This case has generated national news, such as the story that ran on Fox News Channel today. Additionally, a YouTube video of the incident and arrest can be viewed by typing in “Hemet Pastor Arrested for Reading Bible”. Both men have been spit on and threatened at other locations in the past when engaging in similar activities. As a result, it is their practice to video their evangelism to protect them from false accusations — just as appears to be occurring in this case.

Initially, when Mr. Mackey was arrested, the CHP officer stated that it was illegal to “preach to a captive audience.” After the defendants were placed in jail and upon learning that no such penal code prohibits preaching to a “captive audience,” the officer issued a citation for “impeding an open business” with threats or intimidation under Penal Code Section 602.1(b). However, the district attorney again changed the charges claiming trespass after the government realized the business was not actually open and, presumably, saw the video showing no threats or intimidation.

Unfortunately, the trial judge declined to dismiss the case. Advocates vows to appeal the decision because the trespass law the CHP is currently relying on is unconstitutional. In fact, other federal courts that have reviewed the same statutory language used in the California Penal Code have been declared unconstitutional.

“This is an abuse of power on the part of the CHP,” said Robert Tyler, Associate General Counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom. “The arresting officer could find no appropriate penal/ code to use when arresting these men. The purpose of the arrests appears to have been to censor them.”

Advocates for Faith & Freedom has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of these three men for violation of their right to free speech and for unlawful arrest, but that case has been stayed pending the resolution of the state court prosecution. Also, join us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on our progress in this case and others.