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RACHAEL LAMPA RELEASES NEW SINGLE TO CHRISTIAN RADIO

‘He’s Good’ Goes for Adds Today to Christian AC/ Christian CHR Outlets
September 24, 2019 (Springdale, Arkansas) – “He’s Good,” a new radio release from Dove Award-winning artist Rachael Lampa, is out today. The Gospel-tinged music, produced by David Thulin, goes for adds to Christian AC and Christian CHR radio-formatted outlets. “When I walked in to write with David Thulin and Rhyan Shirley, I was struck by the pure joy and life in the room,” Lampa says about her co-writers, which also include Benji Cowart and Jesse Reeves. “I had been walking with some friends through a long and painful season full of disappointments and seemingly unanswered prayers, and they had just recently come out on the other side with an even bigger blessing than they could’ve dreamed of! Something they always said, usually through tears, is ‘God is good…no, God IS good. He doesn’t just DO good. He is the actual embodiment of GOOD.’ “This is something that doesn’t always feel real or even possible to me, but I really do believe it, in the deepest fibers of my being,” she says. “He will make all things good whether we see it in our lifetimes or not. So, my hope with my new song, ‘He’s Good,’ is that we can sing this over our victories and over our desperation and all of the messes in between!” Lampa started on to the scene in 2000 as an instant success in the Christian/Gospel market at the age of 14 with No. 1 hits that include “Live For You,” “Blessed” and “Lift Me Up.” She spent the majority of the early 2000s touring with artists such as Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Boyz To Men, Destiny’s Child, and Michael W. Smith, and appearing on “The Tonight Show,” “The View” and others. To date, she has recorded five studio albums, a remix album, and a greatest hits album. Lampa won a Dove Award for Inspirational Song of the Year for the No. 1 single, “Blessed.” In 2008, Rachael decided to step away from the world of deadlines and photo shoots to ask herself those “big” life questions of faith and worth and friends and family and things of the like. During this time, she joined with her three siblings to create a non-profit in Nashville called People Loving Nashville. People Loving Nashville focuses on building friendships and community with people in Nashville experiencing homelessness. This year, the non-profit celebrates its 10th anniversary. Along the way, Lampa sang background vocals for “American Idol” Season Six winner Jordin Sparks who was touring with the Jonas Brothers World Tour and Britney Spears’ Circus Tour. Lampa also released an EP titled “Human,” appeared with some friends in Nashville called “The Collective” on NBC’s “The Sing Off” and released another album called “All We Need.” In 2015, she began working as a backing vocalist for Irish singer/musician Hozier. They toured extensively and internationally, appearing on “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and others. They also appeared on the GRAMMYS with Annie Lennox, and performed on the American Music Awards and at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Married in 2010, Lampa and her husband welcomed their son, Jackson McCarthy, in 2016. The following year, she released a cover of the hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” In addition to the new single, “He’s Good,” Lampa also has released “Side of my Heart” and tour plans are in the works. For more information about Lampa, check out RachaelLampaMusic.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

LOVE OUR VETS – Offered as a FREE Kindle Download During Last Days of Suicide Prevention Month

Book Desperately Needed After a Wave of Pastoral Deaths and a Suicide Spike in Navy and Marine Corps Re-issued book by Welby O’Brien Gives Practical Information for Those Suffering from PTSD and Depression
Portland, OR – Deep River Books has announced that Welby O’Brien’s celebrated book Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD is being offered as a free Kindle download on September 27 and 28, the final weekend of Suicide Prevention Month.  O’Brien says, “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is rampant, plaguing millions in the US alone, along with all those who care about them. It can affect anyone, not just the military community. For every one person battling PTSD, many others are deeply impacted by secondary PTSD in the wake of the trauma.”

An authority on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and grief, O’Brien’s book is for caregivers, families, loved ones, and veterans themselves who are strugglingto survive the daunting challenges of trauma. The book was birthed after she married a veteran who suffers as a result of his combat experience in Vietnam. Love Our Vets draws from O’Brien’s extensive research and her personal understanding of the issues, and seeks to: Reaffirm, by answering more than 60 questions most asked by families struggling with PTSD; Replenish, by helping caregivers understand and meet their own needs; and Reflect, sharing the hope and wisdom of others who have faced these same struggles. O’Brien explains, “Although there is no simple single prevention for suicide, as trauma survivors get the help and support they need, their symptoms of PTSD become less severe. Suicidal thoughts are more common than we like to think.”  This year, the news has been plagued by a wave of heartbreaking stories of pastors, actors, and other prominent figures taking their own lives. This week, the US Navy tragically reported three unrelated suicides on one aircraft carrier alone. (Read New York Times article here.)  “The urgent need is rapidly rising among both military and civilians, and needs to be addressed.” Love Our Vets has been endorsed by numerous veteran organizations; the National Alliance on Mental Illness; private counselors; many VA chaplains and mental health leads; and hundreds of families who have been given hope, knowing they are not alone. Love Our Vets’ deeply relevant subject matter has resulted in an online community serving families of those battling posttraumatic stress. This PTSD Family Support network includes a rapidly growing Facebook group made up of over 40,000 individuals, as well as an onlineresource and support network (www.loveourvets.org). More importantly, it has grown to encourage, educate, and inspire families and friends who are living with relentless challenges in the dark and lonely world of PTSD.  Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD is published by Deep River Books, and is on Amazon and wherever books are sold. The free Kindle download of the book will be available Sept. 27 and 28th at https://www.amazon.com/Love-Our-Vets-Restoring-Families/dp/1940269598/ For more about Welby O’Brien and all of her books go to:
https://welbyo.com/

VENTURE3MEDIA LAUNCHES SIMPLE HYMNS INITIATIVE, RELEASES SONGS OF REDEMPTION TODAY

 

Hymns, Companion Acoustic Performance Videos Feature Pat Barrett,

Chris McClarney, Leigh Nash, Dan Koch, Anthony Skinner, Aaron Keyes, More

Venture3Media (V3M) launches its Simple Hymns series with today’s (Aug. 30) release of Simple Hymns: Songs of Redemption featuring such well-known worship leaders as Pat Barrett (Housefires), Chris McClarney (Jesus Culture), Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer), Dan Koch, Anthony Skinner, Aaron Keyes and more. The 10-hymn album is available at iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and more digital and streaming outlets globally.

The first of several new recordings in the Simple Hymns series to release over the next year, Songs of Redemption combines classic Hymns with a fresh interpretation, some with additional lyrics, as well as new songs that have been written and recorded in a hymn-like style and focusing on the Majesty and Greatness of God.

Simple Hymns is a response to those that long for a return to a richer and more lyric focused worship expression, combined with a simplicity of musical instrumentation,” shares Venture3Media president and founder Steve Nicolle. “Worship music shifts in style from decade to decade, along with shifts in lyrical themes and focus. What makes the hymns so unique and special is their ability to stand the test of time. When times become more turbulent or uncertain, we tend to hold to things that have endured. Hymns give us that anchor, and remind us that God’s love and His nature are unchanging.”

Some of the classic hymns in this first Simple Hymns installment include songs written by Fanny Crosby, Charles Wesley and John Newton, with Newton’s “Amazing Grace” receiving additional lyrics written by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio. This song, “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” was newly recorded by Barrett.

Other featured tracks include “Like A Wideness Of The Sea” written and performed by Skinner, “Psalm 62” written by Keyes and Stuart Townend and performed by Keyes, “Blessed Redeemer” sung by Nash and written by Crosby with modern interpretation by McClarney, Chris Eaton and John Hartley, and “All To Jesus (I Surrender)” written by JW Van Deventer with a fresh interpretation by Paul Oakley and performed by Brady Toops and Michal Mitha.

Along with the new music, compelling acoustic videos of all the songs being sung by the artists were recorded and are featured on a companion Simple Hymns: Songs of Redemption Digital Deluxe Apple/iTunes exclusive version of the album.

“These hymns and videos are purposefully simple with acoustic instrumentation, nothing overproduced to allow them to be sung by worship leaders in the most unplugged setting, or added to the worship music song selections in any sized church,” says Nicolle. “These Simple Hymns are also well suited as a background for personal worship, reflection and devotions.”

Future Simple Hymns releases that are already being developed will feature hymns set around communion, worship, praise, Christmas, Easter and more.

The full Simple Hymns: Songs of Redemption track listing follows:

01)  All To Jesus (I Surrender) feat. Brady Toops and Michal Mitha

02)  Blessed Redeemer feat. Leigh Nash

03)  Jesus, We Look To Thee feat. Savannah Ellis

04)  Like A Wideness Of The Sea feat. Anthony Skinner

05)  Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) feat. Pat Barrett

06)  This I Know (There Is A Fountain) feat. Katie Gustafson and Chris Weninegar

07)  I Know That My Redeemer Lives feat. Dan Koch

08)  Psalm 62 feat. Aaron Keyes

09)  How I Love Jesus (There Is A Name) feat. Chris Weninegar and Katie Gustafson

10)  Yes, I’ll Sing feat. Lynsey Berry

For all the latest Simple Hymns news, visit www.simplehymns.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Venture3Media:

Venture3Media is a global music label and song publisher with sales, marketing, promotional, radio, television and movie expertise. V3M provides distribution platforms across all digital channels, including but not limited to Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Tencent, 7Digital, Google Music, Facebook, Pandora, Tidal, Sirius and Rhapsody. Physical distribution includes online retailers such as Amazon, national retail chains, sub-distributors and internationally through well-established licensee’s and distributors.

Author says Christian leaders who want to eradicate the Old Testament will render the New Testament irrelevant

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For Immediate Release (Arlington, TX)—In his new book, “Divine Mysteries: Concise and Thoughtful Ancient Biblical Wisdom,” Dr. Jeffrey Johnson is intentional in his use of both the Old and New Testaments to explain some of the Bible’s most perplexing issues. He says any leader or pastor who wants to eradicate the Old Testament from modern-day Christianity is making the New Testament irrelevant as well. 

“Jesus and the Apostles read the Old Testament,” says Dr. Johnson.  “Paul reminded Timothy to remember what he had learned from it. The cornerstone and foundation upon which Christianity and the New Testament rests is the Jewish Bible, or what is called the Tenach. The New Testament was not written or completed until after the resurrection. Christians ignoring the Old Testament will miss the meaning of everything written in the New.  I prefer the terms First and Second Covenants rather than Old and New Testaments. There is nothing ‘old’ within the Hebrew Bible as it is the fertile seed that birthed the New Testament, and a fertile seed is not old, but alive and strong.” 

A recent study by Lifeway found that about half of Americans (53 percent) have read relatively little of the Bible. The study shows that one in 10 has read none of it, while 13 percent have read a few sentences. Thirty percent say they have read several passages or stories. Dr. Johnson says biblical illiteracy is one reason he wrote the book, but not the only reason.

“Believers are not being taught scripture thoroughly, and are ignorant of basic scriptural knowledge,” says Dr. Johnson. “It seems to be the product of an entertainment culture in churches. We have personality/celebrity talks or rallies instead of verse-by-verse teaching, thus creating a shallow Christian community that has not been taught the holiness of reading scripture. But even the most educated evangelicals struggle with biblical mysteries. I wrote this book to remind us all that God is bigger than our preconceived ideas about His involvement with those created in His image. I also wanted to offer believers hope during times when life does not make any sense and gets messy.  God is bigger than our denominational mores and interpretations of Him.”

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About the Author:
Dr. Jeffrey Johnson is a Bible expositor with expertise in Jewish roots of Christianity, the Middle East, and theology. He is the founder and president of Israel Today Ministries which has helped feed thousands of Israeli children and Holocaust survivors. In addition to being an author of several books, he is a former adjunct professor of systematic theology and has taught in universities around the world including Harvard and Oxford. He received a Master’s degree from Moody Bible Institute, his Doctorate from Louisiana Baptist University, and Doctoral Research with the University of South Africa. For more information, visit www.IsraelTodayMinistries.org.