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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.

Singer Daniel Calveti Shares Amazing Death-to-Life Story Before Puerto Rico Festival

When Daniel Calveti was just 6 months old, his parents made a promise to God. Their baby boy was deathly ill with bacterial meningitis, and some neighbors had been talking with them about Jesus. "They prayed and they said, 'Jesus, we don't know how to walk with You, but if You heal Daniel, we promise You we're going to dedicate Daniel to Your service, and we're going to give You all of our family in service," Calveti explained in a recent interview with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Six Christians Playing in Super Bowl LI

For some NFL stars making their way to Super Bowl LI, a faith in Jesus Christ will be accompanying them on the quest for a championship ring. The Christian Post has rounded up six NFL players from both the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots whose foci remain on God as much as their high-profile career.

Super Bowl: Players address Battle with Pride

The Super Bowl Players addressed the battle with pride, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press. They work at a job where millions of people watch them. They are cheered, admired, lauded and pampered. People recognize them, hound them for autographs and care what they have to say. Welcome to life in the NFL -- or in any professional sport, for that matter -- where the very nature of the job can easily lend itself to pride or arrogance for those who aren't careful.

How a John 3:16 Ad Almost Made It to the Super Bowl

If you think the Super Bowl is just a big football game featuring large, sweaty men, repeatedly colliding into one another, consider this: last year's game drew 111.9 million viewers, making it the third most watched event in U.S. television history. What were the first and second most watched events? Both are Super Bowls. More than a game, the Super Bowl has become America's largest cultural stage.

Over 25 Groups unite to Fight Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl

February 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), in collaboration with more than twenty-five supporting organizations, is conducting a nation-wide social media awareness campaign to #TackleDemand for sex trafficking at the Super Bowl and beyond.

Jordin Sparks Shares Jesus' Most Important Commandment in the Bible

"American Idol" alumna Jordin Sparks frequently shares insights about her Christian faith with her 1 million fans on social media and in her latest post she reveals Jesus' "most important commandment." In an Instagram message, Sparks shared Mark 12:28-31. "The most important commandment is this: 'Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength,'" the image states. "The second is equally important:

Alastair Pirrie, the man who Launched my Radio Career, has Died, aged 62 after suffering a ‘Massive stroke’

LONDON, UK (ANS - February 1, 2017) - Alastair Pirrie, the man who helped launch my radio career, has died in London, UK, at the age of 62, after suffering a "massive stroke." Pirrie was a talented broadcaster, popular kids' TV presenter, had worked with some of pop's biggest names, and who was once described as someone who "painted pictures with sound." But to me, Alastair was more than that. He gave me my first break in British broadcasting and it began when he called me at my Ealing, West London, newspaper office, and asked me if I would like to be the person to a weekly interview on a new BBC Radio 2 show called "Gospel Road" that he was presenting, and that was being produced by fellow Christian, David Winter, who had previously helped me get my first job in print journalism, with The Christian, Billy Graham's then London Newspaper. He told me that each interview had to last for just three minutes and the BBC would loan me a reel-to-reel recording machine, which I never really conquered, to record it on.

'Silence' Star Liam Neeson Says He Experienced the Love of God

After filming for the persecution film, "Silence" star Liam Neeson said he experienced the beautiful and calming love of God. In a recent interview with Patheos, Neeson said he was impacted by the Jesuit spiritual exercises he practiced in preparation for the film. He said he watched the film twice already and called his experience "a meditation on doubt, faith, [and] a serious study about belief."

NFL’s Ben Watson to March for Life: Men must ‘rise up and lead the charge’ against abortion

WASHINGTON, DC, January 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Men have to "rise up and lead the charge" in defence of life, NFL player Benjamin Watson told the March for Life today in Washington. "We as men must stand up for the lives of the innocent and their mothers in crisis," Watson exhorted a cheering crowd in the hundreds of thousands gathered at the Washington Mall. "It is past time that we be the leaders, caretakers and providers that we were meant to be." The Baltimore Ravens tight end is a born-again Christian and father of five.

Human Trafficking Opponent in Superbowl City to Launch Iniative

HOUSTON, TX (ANS -- January 28, 2017) -- For seven Super Bowls, Nita Belles has brought attention to the troubling occurrence of human trafficking that takes place during major sporting events. And this year is no different. Millions are awaiting the big game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas, the host city of Super Bowl 51, on Sunday, February 5, 2017, but as in previous years, human trafficking is a real concern to many, especially Nita Belles.

Legenddary Broadcaster in Ecaudor now Quiet on AM dial

ECUADOR (ANS - January 27, 2017) -- Hours prior to noisy celebrations as Ecuadorians welcomed 2017 with fireworks, an evangelical radio station with history dating to the nation's earliest broadcast media went silent on the AM frequency band at 9 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016. The last song to play featured panpipes and stringed instruments accompanying women singing a Christmas song in the Quichua language followed by comments in the same language by Luis Santillán. Earlier in 2016, signal strength from its 50,000-watt transmitter had been reduced and airtime pulled back in keeping with the decision made by the board of trustees of partner HCJB Ecuador to not file with the Agencia de Regulación y Control de las Telecomunicaciones (Telecommunications Regulatory and Control Agency or ARCOTEL) for renewal of the 690 kHz frequency.

NFL Star Ben Watson to Speak at 2017 March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson will speak at the 44th annual March for Life on January 27. Throughout his professional football career, Watson hasn't shied away from commenting on Planned Parenthood's racist agenda and the injustice of abortion - or posting on social media about his Christian faith. "If the spirit of God has prompted me to say something, I'm gonna trust in God," he says. "I do know that blacks kind of represent a large portion of the abortions, and I do know that honestly the whole idea with Planned Parenthood and Sanger in the past was to exterminate blacks," he said in August. "And it's kind of ironic that it's working."

Silence Leaves me almost Silent

ALBUQUERUQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - January 19, 2017) -- I first heard about the movie Silence from artist Makoto Fujimura. As a faithful Tweeter, Fujimura has let folks that follow him on Twitter know that the movie was forthcoming. I was interested in what Fujimura was posting. Knowing a little about Shusaku Endo's book, but not having read it, the Tweets were gentle reminders to do so.

Tim Tebow's Gigantic John 3:16 ‘Coincidence’…Not!

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- January 18, 2017) -- He is one of the most outspoken athletes in America about his Christian faith. During his college football career, he frequently wore references to biblical verses on his eye black and his signature stance kneeling and praying on the sidelines became a modern neologism known as 'Tebowing.'

Global Media Ministry's New Technology Initiative makes Visual Statement

WR MOTION Brings Video to Longtime Broadcaster’s Expanding Toolkit By Michael Ireland, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net) CARY, NC (ANS, Jan.11, 2017) – As internet video viewing soars, TWR is launching the groundbreaking ministry TWR MOTION to use visual media for sharing the gospel with unreached people.

5 Gospel Music Stars Who Are Supporting Kim Burrell Amid Celebrity Backlash

Gospel singer Kim Burrell was berated by a myriad of celebrities and LGBT activists last week for preaching on the "perverted homosexual spirit" during a sermon at her church ahead of the New Year. But now, a number of people in the gospel music industry are publicly defending and praying for the minister.

Jeremy Lin News: Injuries Are Godly Lessons About Gratitude, Humility

After suffering from two separate hamstring injuries that have kept him on the sidelines for much of the season, Jeremy Lin is choosing to focus on what God is teaching him from the setbacks. Lin, the 28-year-old guard who was signed to the Brooklyn Nets last year, hasn't had the opportunity to play up to his full potential after missing 17 games due to a hamstring injury he suffered on Nov. 2. Then, on Dec. 26, Lin was sidelined again after he injured his left hamstring.