45th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Dove Awards

Last night, the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards took place at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to the official awards ceremony, Hear It First streamed the Dove Awards pre-show and red carpet events live! (To see a replay these events, click here!)

 

During the Dove Awards pre-show, Hillsong UNITED’s popular worship song “Oceans/Where Feet May Fail” won both Pop-Contemperary Song of the Year, and Praise and Worship Song of the Year. Performers included JJ Weeks Band, performing their song “Let Them See You.”

 

During the Dove Cares Red Carpet event, Jaci Velasquez interviewed various contemporary Christian artists, including For King and Country, Sidewalk Prophets, Colton Dixon, Fire Flight, Red, Bart Millard of MercyMe, Lecrae, and 1 Girl Nation.

 

Bart Millard and Lecrae were co-hosts at the official Dove Awards ceremony. Performers included Mandisa, performing her song “Overcomer,” and the Newsboys, performing “God’s Not Dead.” Hillsong UNITED’s “Oceans” went on to win the Song of the Year award, and the band themselves won Artist of the Year, making it a night full of wins for Hillsong UNITED. Ellie Holcomb won the award for New Artist of the Year.  The movie God’s Not Dead won Inspirational Film of the Year.

 

Would you like to see the Dove Awards, but you didn’t make it to Tenessee for the event? The Dove Awards will be replayed on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) this Sunday – October 12!

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He First Loved Us

He First Loved UsThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 1 John 4:19. This verse says that we love because God first loved us.

“The first and greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and the second is like it – to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). However, there are times when our love for God may fall short of this standard, and people whom we may have a hard time loving. If we are trying in our own strength to truly love God and others, we will never be able to do so perfectly.

The good news is that it isn’t about our love, but rather God’s love for us! When we begin to truly understand the width and length, and height and depth of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18), we will begin to fall in love with Him. We won’t have to struggle or strive to love Him more. Our love for Him will be a natural response to His love for us.

As we are filled with the knowledge of the love of God, that love will overflow from us to those around us. We’ll find ourselves freely giving out the love that we have freely received (Matthew 10:8). It won’t be about us endeavoring to show love in our own strength, but rather about God’s love flowing through us.”

Excerpt from the previous post “Focus On His Love For You.”

Rest and Receive

rest and receiveWeek 39 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished this week’s reading was Hebrews 1-5.

Hebrews 4:9 says that there remains a rest for the people of God. What is this rest? Where is it found? Jesus answers this question in Matthew 11:28. He bids all who are weary and burdened to come to Him, and promises that He will give them rest.

Our rest is found in what Christ did for us at the cross. When He gave His life for us, the devil was defeated once and for all. All who believe in Him are made righteous, and are qualified to receive all of God’s blessings! Are you worried? You have been qualified to receive peace! Are you depressed? You have been qualified to receive joy! Are you sick? You have been qualified to receive healing! Are you experiencing lack? You have been qualified to receive prosperity!

We don’t have to fight and struggle to be good enough to earn God’s blessings. Because we have been made righteous through faith in what Jesus did for us at the cross, God’s blessings are given to us as free gifts of His grace! Jesus paid the price for them in full. We simply need to rest in His finished work, and receive what God wants to give us. Find your rest in Christ today!

God’s Not Dead, and Sharing Your Faith

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The movie God’s Not Dead is all about standing up for your faith in the face of adversity. When instructed by a professor to sign a declaration that God is dead, Josh Wheaton (played by Shane Harper, aka Spencer from Good Luck Charlie) is the only student in class to refuse. As a result, the professor – who is an adamant atheist – demands that he either prove to his classmates that God’s not dead, or face losing 1/3 of his grade.

Josh takes up the challenge, in spite of others urging him to the contrary. While offering logical arguments to prove that God’s not dead, Josh maintains that it all comes down to a choice to either believe or not to believe, and states that he wants the students to be able to make that choice for themselves.

Have you made that choice? Have you chosen whether or not to believe in God, and put your trust in what His Son has done for you? If so, are you willing to stand up for your beliefs, and share the good news with those around you?

In God’s Not Dead, Josh is inspired by the C.S. Lewis quote “Only a real risk tests the quality of a belief.” The gospel is not something to be ashamed of. Our faith in God is not something to hide away in the face of risk.  Let’s be aware of the opportunities that God is giving us to share Him with others, and make use of them!

Have you seen God’s Not Dead? What’s your favorite part of the movie?

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