ABC’s “Boy Band” Finalists, 4th Ave, Launch Music Career

Last weekend, music show finalists Cam Jackson, Jaden Gray, Marcus Pendleton, Mikey Jimenez finally revealed the name of their group to the world.

4th Ave was born, and the guys promise they will be changing the game. So far, the young singers have sang back-up for popular recording artist Charlie Puth, did some indie performances, connected with fans on social media and started a merch line. They are inching their way to super-stardom one step at a time!

Yesterday, the guys even honored Dr. King Day with this message and photo –  “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” ~ MLK 💜🙏🏽#happymlkday #4thave #spreadlove

I’m looking forward to seeing these guys make their official music debut soon.

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Author Arleen Spenceley Starts Career at CBN

The Chastity is for Lovers author just started the next exciting chapter in her life. Arleen has been teasing on social media in recent weeks that she had a new job on the horizon. Following her Tampa Bay Times writing and freelancing at a Virginia based newspaper, she found welcoming career home at the well-known religious station CBN.

Check out her recent Instagram post below:

“My new office is a quick walk (or will be when the ice/snow melts 😅) from this studio, where I spent a little while watching colleagues from other departments film today’s episode of the 700 Club. I’ve met so many people in my first few days here and all of them are AWESOME.”

What is her official title at the station? “…. I’m a social media marketing producer at the Christian Broadcasting Network,” was her response to one follower on Instagram.

Congratulations, Arleen!

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Brittney Payton joins FOX News

Brittney shared on social media today: Have you heard the good news?! Thrilled to be joining the talented Good Day Chicago crew at Fox 32 Chicago!! Watch for me beginning Jan 16th 6-10AM! #NewYearNewBeginnings “

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“The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants” Stars Celebrate New Baby

Actresses Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, and Blake Lively continued their New Years’ celebration today with a joyous meet-up!

The girls remain longtime friends on and off the screen, and this time around they gathered to congratulate America on her very first pregnancy. America shared the friendship photo with her girls on Instagram with this caption: “Starting the New Year off with blessings from my Sisterhood. We’ve got work to do for the next generation. Let’s get to it. #TIMESUP”

I am a big fan of the”The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants” films. I love seeing the sisterhood in real life. Like everyone else, I’m anxiously awaiting film number 3.

Congratulations to America Ferrera, her husband and the baby’s unofficial aunts!

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Singer Riley Clemmons Shares Message of Hope

Riley instagrammed: “This afternoon I was like 95% sure that today was gonna kick my butt. I felt mentally EXHAUSTED & emotionally weak… and I knoooow I am not the only one who has days like that. Long story short, I am still standing even though today made a very valiant effort to get me down. And you know why? HOPE is always bigger than any moment of tiredness, sadness, or pain. In case you needed to hear it today, YOU ARE GONNA BE OKAY (and better & stronger for it, too). Give it to God & love the people around you the best you can. Sending loooove!”

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Book Review: Francine Rivers’ “The Masterpiece”

“We’re all God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ.” (a Grace Moore quote)

In Francine Rivers’s upcoming novel “The Masterpiece”, devout atheist Roman Velasco has a near-death experience that opens his eyes to the afterlife, while his religious assistant, Grace Moore, is determined to follow the straight and narrow path to righteousness after making her share of mistakes. The long story places a spotlight on their abusive childhoods, broken young adult years and their grim outlook on a possible future together. We discover along the way that while Grace’s best friends Shanice and Ashley are her anchors… one unknowingly contributes to her downfall. Roman’s longtime mentor Jasper and rival turned friend Brian help keep him grounded on his tumultuous journey.

I have a love hate relationship with “The Masterpiece”. I love that the author uses such a shocking experience as dragging Roman into hell and having Jesus Christ save him as a means of conversion. I feel like that could really speak volumes to non-believers. Sometimes, no amount of words can reach people, but meeting demons and Jesus Christ face to face would no doubt make things much clearer. On the flipside, I found some sections of the book a little too raw and gritty for my taste. There are almost 500 pages in this best-selling author’s book, so I’m sure each reader is bound to have different views on the novel as a whole.

See for yourself when the “The Masterpiece” releases in February 2018.

*A Special Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for an advance reader copy of the book*

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A Simple Way to Drastically Reduce The Rate of Suicide in South Korea

In my opinion, the worst has happened. SHINee is my number one band in K-Pop. No other group can measure up to them in my eyes. Like many ShaWols, I’m still heartbroken over Jonghyun’s recent passing.

Since I became a fan of South Korean entertainment in 2004, I’ve seen several celebrities  fall prey to suicide. Stars Lee Eun Ju, Jeong Da Bin, Choi Jin Sil, Park Yong Ha and Jang Ja Yeon are several of the many who tragically ended their own lives. In light of recent events, I want to suggest something that I think may help slow down the epidemic. Like the United States of America, I encourage South Korea to base their country on Christian principles. We Americans have our share of problems (history, crime etc), but our common thread is love. Love is how Americans continue to heal year after year. Try studying the Holy Bible, praying regularly and meet up with fellow believers as often as possible. I understand no one can force anyone to convert, but all South Korean citizens deserve the right to be exposed to positivity and decide for themselves.

Unfortunately, nothing can completely eliminate fear and sadness, but Christianity gives believers hope to face tomorrow and a purpose to live each day. According to the statistics, more than half of the population claims no religion whatsoever. Maybe that is a main contributing factor to the feeling of hopelessness and loneliness.

Please consider my words and hope for a drastic reduction in yearly suicides. God bless South Korea.

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