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Ravens’ Benjamin Watson: Gospel Can Heal Racial Divide

Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson wasn't looking to go viral on social media. But more than 850,000 people "liked" the raw emotion he shared in a 2014 Facebook post about racial strife in America. The NFL player's honest conversation about the division between races connected with people. They shared his post more than 460,000 times and tens of thousands of people left comments.

Colton Dixon Sends Message to Nation: Your Identity Is in God (Interview)

The season 11 "American Idol" alum is currently touring arenas across the country for the Winter Jam tour, as his new single "All That Matters" is quickly climbing radio charts. For his third studio album Identity, Dixon said he wanted to put where he currently is in life to his music. The 25-year-old newlywed married his longtime girlfriend Annie Coggeshall in January 2016 and his new journey can certainly be heard throughout the 17 tracks of the Sparrow Records recording.

Two Top Journalists Talk about the New Movie, ‘The Case for Christ’

ORLANDO, FL (ANS - March 22, 2017) -- In 1980, Lee Strobel's award-winning, investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. However, things at home aren't going nearly as well. His wife Leslie's new-found faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to try and disprove the claims of Christianity, pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith. Now this compelling story has been made into a feature-length movie called "The Case for Christ" -- to be released in 1,100 theaters in the US on April 7, 2017 -- and ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, himself a former tabloid journalist, was able to talk with Lee and Leslie Strobel at Proclaim 17, the recent NRB Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Guitarist of "Korn" Band told the youth about Evangelism

The missionary organization Steiger held in Kiev (Ukraine) on March 13th a youth Provoke & Inspire meeting. The special guest of the meeting was the guitarist and one of the founders of the nu-metal band "Korn" Bryan "Head" Welch, who repented in 2005, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com.

Jeremy Lin Returns to Nets, Trusting in God Despite Loss

Jeremy Lin's return to the Brooklyn Nets after missing 26 games ended in a tough team loss. But the point guard is still focusing on God and finding reasons to be thankful. The 28-year-old basketball star has missed the majority of the 2016-2017 NBA season due to multiple hamstring injuries. When he returned to the court on Friday, his Nets suffered a 129-109 loss at the hands of the Denver Nuggets.

Should Christians Watch 'The Shack'?

Debate continues to swirl around the new film "The Shack," based on the best-selling novel, as notable Christian leaders contend it contains theological inaccuracies and Christians must be watchful.

The Shack Movie: God and your Tragedy

MOUNT HERMON, CA (ANS - March 3, 2017) - When your personal tragedy strikes - and it will - is God good? Millions wrestle with that question. The Shack, a bestselling novel and now a movie, uses fanciful fiction to help people process age-old intellectual and emotional struggles about evil, suffering, and divine character. Did a loved one just die? Maybe your marriage is failing, your boss showed you the door, your lump is malignant, or an earthquake leveled your home.

Disney to feature its first gay storyline in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ remake

March 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Disney's forthcoming Beauty and the Beast cinematic remake will feature a gay subplot, according to the film's director, thought to be a first in the film company's history. Belle's suitor Gaston, played by actor Luke Evans, has a male admirer via the new characterization of his manservant LeFou (Josh Gad). Tell Disney 'NO' to the LGBT agenda in Beauty and the Beast. Sign the boycott pledge here.

'The Shack' Film stirs debate as did preceding book

"The Shack" movie based on William Paul Young's New York Times bestseller and award-winning book by the same title stirs debate as the book did, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press. A fictional and emotionally destroyed Mack Phillips answers a mysterious invitation to a remote, isolated cabin. There he finds a trinity of fatherly love in a woman named "Papa" whose cohorts teach Phillips forgiveness and the faith to run on water -- literally.

A Herculean change of Career for Hollywood actor, Kevin Sorbo

LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS - February 25, 2017) -- Actor, producer and director, Kevin Sorbo, best known for his starring roles in two television series -- Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda. At 6 foot 3 inches, and extremely muscular, Kevin was a natural for the title role in what would become his signature series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Kevin became internationally famous, and he learned the craft of film-making well enough to direct and co-write some of the episodes.

Family Christian Stores To Shut Down All 240 Outlets

After 85 years of operation, Family Christian has announced it will close all its stores, which will impact more than 3,000 employees. The chain of more than 240 Christian-themed merchandise stores operating in 36 states bills itself as the world's largest retailer of Bible-related books and music.

Actor David Oyelowo of 'A United Kingdom': 'Christ Is the Rock on Which I Build My Life' (Interview)

David Oyelowo did not have to look very far for inspiration for his newest film, A United Kingdom. The 40-year-old actor, known for his lead roles in Selma (2014) and Queen of Katwe (2016), plays Seretse Khama, an African man and the prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) who is told by his family and his country not to marry the love of his life, a white British woman named Ruth Williams. When they do marry, he is placed in exile and prevented from re-entering his homeland.

Harry Connick Jr: Americans Need to Remember 'We Are All God's Children' (Interview)

After the successful launch of the new hit show "Harry," host Harry Connick Jr. is sharing inspiring advice for Americans: "We are all God's children." Connick has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years and the talented singer, songwriter, pianist, actor, and "American Idol" host is now the star of his own daytime talk show "Harry." The Fox show has featured an array of guests to date, including former football player Tim Tebow and actress Sandra Bullock.

Story of ‘House of Horrors’ serial killer Gosnell ‘brought me back to prayer,’ says filmmaker

OXON HILL, National Harbor, Maryland, February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - The story of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia doctor who murdered babies born alive after failed abortions, "brought me back to prayer," the creator of a film about it told CPAC this afternoon. Ann McElhinney, who with her husband Phelim McAleer created the Gosnell movie, said she was raised Catholic but "was well off the wagon for a really long time...this story brought me back to prayer."

Dolly Parton's Christmas of many Colors Wins the Top Prize for Inspiring Television

LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS -- February 17, 2017) - DOLLY PARTON'S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE has won the Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring TV Program for at the 25th Annual Movieguide® Awards, hosted by Actor Terry Crews. Last year, DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS NBC movie of the week took home the same award. Dolly Parton attended last year's ceremony, but was not able to attend this year's Movieguide® Awards. Co-executive producer Sam Haskell accepted the award along with stars Alyvia Alyn Lind, Cameron Jones and Mary Lane Haskell, as well as Director Stephen Herek, Writer Pamela K. Long and Editor Maysie Hoy.

‘A Time to Dance’ for Hollywood Actor, Devielle Johnson

LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS - February 17, 2017) - The recent Movieguide®'s Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala held on Friday, February 10th, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, proved to be "A TIME TO DANCE" for Hollywood actor, Devielle Johnson. For Johnson, won the coveted GRACE AWARD FOR MOST INSPIRING ACTING IN TELEVISION for his role as Pastor Mike in the TV movie of the same name, at the glittering event

Mara Hall: A Hollywood Actress who likes to spread Love and Joy

LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS - February 16, 2017) -- The joyful persona of Hollywood African-American actress, Mara Hall, was in no way dampened by the rain as she stood on the well-covered red carpet at the star-studded Movieguide®'s Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala held on Friday, February 10th, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Mara Hall, who played Nurse Kathleen in the hit show, Grey's Anatomy, shared her joyful story with ANS founder, Dan Wooding, at the event also known as "The Christian Oscars," an event always held close to the Academy Awards, and honors the best, most family-friendly movies and television programs honoring God and inspiring audiences with messages of faith, hope, goodness, justice, redemption, forgiveness, and true divine love.

Scorsese: Christianity is where I find meaning in Life

PASADENA, CA (ANS -- February 15, 2017) -- Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese spoke at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, recently after a private screening of his new film Silence, the formidable saga of Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan based on the novel by Shusaku Endo. At the screening, Scorsese reflected on his years-long struggle to make the film and its impact on his Christian faith.

James Fortune on Learning to Forgive Himself Years After Domestic Assault

Gospel Music artist James Fortune says it's now time for him to forgive himself for the domestic assault of his estranged wife, Cheryl, two years ago. Fortune, the Grammy-nominated leader of the group James Fortune & FIYA, is sharing his advice about learning to forgive yourself with his nearly 300,000 Instagram followers.

The Inspired Life in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS -- February 11, 2017) - Not even the rain was able to put a damper on the star-studded Movieguide®'s Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala (www.movieguideawards.com), held on Friday, February 10th, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Also known as "The Christian Oscars," the event that is always held close to the Academy Awards -- this year the 89th on Sunday, February 26, 2017 -- honors the best, most family-friendly movies and television programs honoring God and inspiring audiences with messages of faith, hope, goodness, justice, redemption, forgiveness, and true divine love.