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Five years ago, we had the rare opportunity to interview Pearl Harbor survivor, former TN state senator and author Bill Jim Davis who gave us a riveting eyewitness account of December 7, 1941. In this brief video, Mr. Davis also explains what growing up in the Depression and serving in politics taught him. He will conclude with the ingredients for a happy life. We, as a nation, are indebted to Mr. Davis and others like him who answered the call to duty and performed with valor. Bill Jim Davis is one among many of this country’s living treasures. People who have lived a life of service and integrity and whose legacies light the path for those who follow. Bill Jim (96 years old) resides with his wife Helen in Southwest Tennessee. He has two children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

His book Abandon Ship! is available on Amazon.


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What if you could travel to another country without ever leaving home? It’s possible with The Compassion Experience. Discover what it feels like to take a mission trip to an impoverished nation from your own church’s parking lot. Join us as Tour Director, Whitney Gruver, explains how your ministry can have The Compassion Experience visit your home church. Watch as two lives are completely transformed by the power of the Gospel and through the encouragement of their Compassion sponsors. You will be amazed by the true stories of Yannely (from the Dominican Republic) and Jey (from Kenya) as they move from abject poverty to fulfilling lives of service to others. Make sure to watch the end of the video to see Jey as he shares his own personal life-story. This edition of Shelby Podcast is sponsored by Ministry Brands Global Outreach.


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Films with Christian themes have enjoyed box office success in recent years, but here are four great secular movies that I believe every Christian should see.

Sergeant York
Sergeant York starred Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Joan Leslie, and is considered to be a Hollywood Classic. I realize it’s a very old movie and it’s in black and white, but the morals and values it depicts don’t change. What makes this movie so great is that it’s a true story about a young man who, because of his belief in the Bible, didn’t want to go to war to kill anyone. He thought that since the Bible was against killing that he should be against killing. The draft board didn’t recognize his church as a mainstream denomination, which would have allowed him to be a conscientious objector. Instead, he was forced to go to war against his will but when the time came, Sergeant Alvin York proved to be a hero. He saved many men’s lives at the risk of losing his own, and became one of the most decorated veterans in U.S. history.

Chariots of Fire
This inspiring movie is about a young Scottish runner would rather put obedience to God above his certain chances of winning an Olympic gold medal. This true story revolves around Harold Abrahams, an English Jew and student at Cambridge. His dream is to prove to the anti-Semitic students at Cambridge that Jews are not inferior to other people, and in doing so, he ends up proving it to the world. When he refuses to run on Sunday because of his faith, it appears that his gold medal hopes are over, but then he’s given another opportunity for which he hasn’t trained. What follows is truly inspiring because he gives the glory to God.

Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur, starring Charleston Heston, is set in the time of Christ. A young Jewish prince named Judah Ben-Hur bristles under the heavy-handed iron fist of Rome. He and his family are disposed from their home due to a freak accident in which a Roman governor was thought to be threatened. Ben-Hur ends up as a galley slave in the Roman fleet until his ship sinks. When he sees the commander’s life being threatened he intervenes to save him from drowning in the ocean. At first he is antagonistic about this “Jesus” and His teachings to “love our enemies,” but in time, Judah’s heart is softened by a miracle where his mother and sister are healed from leprosy.

The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place is a true story about Corrie ten Boom. Her family’s lives are disrupted by the Nazi regime during World War II in Holland, and since they are suspected of hiding Jews they are sent to a concentration camp. It is only their Christian faith that keeps them from despair and bitterness. After the war is over, Carrie must learn to forgive her captors and tormentors. It’s a great lesson of the unconditional love of God through forgiveness that isn’t deserved.

Conclusion
These are films that the whole family can watch and that have life-changing lessons in them. For Sergeant York, it was trust God. For Harold Abrahams, it was obey God at all costs. For Ben-Hur it was to believe in Jesus Christ. For Corrie it was about forgiveness. The Christmas holidays would be a perfect time to rent one or all of these classic films and savor their timeless messages.


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Giving thanks for all we have can be easy or hard depending on what’s going on in our lives. If things are tough, it’s often difficult to express our gratitude to God; but we sometimes forget to thank God when things are going well, too. We can praise God in any situation because he loves us and sent his only son to die for us on the cross (John 3:16).

If you’re like me and need constant reminders to be grateful and thank God for everything, you’ll find this list handy.

HERE ARE A FEW EXCELLENT BIBLE VERSES ON BEING THANKFUL:

1 Chronicles 16:34
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

1 Chronicles 16:35
“Cry out, ‘Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.’”

Ezra 3:11
“With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.”

Psalm 7:17
“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.”

Psalm 69:30
“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”

Psalm 95:2
“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”

Psalm 100:4
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

Jeremiah 30:19
“From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.”

1 Corinthians 1:4
“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 10:16
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?”

2 Corinthians 4:15
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”

2 Corinthians 9:11
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

Ephesians 5:4
“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

Philippians 4:6
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

May God in Christ Jesus constantly show you grace, mercy, and love as you go about your life, thanking Him all along the way.
[All bible verses taken from the New International Version, courtesy of BibleGateway.com.]


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Sam Hill, Digital Giving Expert from The Rocket Company, hosted an informative webinar with his Top Tips to Increase Donations on November 15, 2016. He spent a good deal of time covering the subject of recurring digital giving which has been proven to be effective in fund raising for ministries. Sam takes the time to answer customer questions and includes a Q&A toward the end of the video. If you missed this helpful webinar, you can still see it by clicking the image above.


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Did you know that 86% of US churches can’t meet their monthly budget requirements?

Just in time for the giving season, Will Graham, General Manager for The Rocket Company, joins us to share his top tips for encouraging generous contributions to ministries. Watch and discover the answers to these important questions:
    What causes headaches for churches when it comes to raising money?
    What startling statistic do most ministries struggle with?
    What is your top tip for increased giving?
Click HERE to sign up for a free webinar hosted by Digital Giving Expert Sam Hill on November 15th at 2pm CST.

This edition of Shelby Podcast is sponsored by ShelbyNext Giving, the cloud-based giving solution, created to fit churches of all sizes.


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Think about how your house appears to a would-be thief. Is it dark at night? Are any entry points covered by shrubbery or other hiding spots? Are the windows left open? Can you hear a dog barking? Is there an alarm system sign out front? Are valuables left in plain view?
Thieves work on a risk-reward basis. If the reward is small, there is little reason to take a large risk and incur significant hassle. If the reward appears to be huge, they are more motivated to find a way to get the job done.
The same is true with check security. If a thief sees a check with high levels of security, he is more likely to move on to an easier target. However, if he believes the reward is huge, he will find a way to hack that check. There is no security measure that can guarantee your check information is 100% secure. It is important that you regularly reconcile your bank account with your record of transactions to mitigate the impact of any potential breach.
Going back to the example of home security, you can buy and install the fanciest, most elaborate security system available, but it will do you not good if you forget to turn it on when you leave the house. Similarly, most check security features only work when a bank teller actually checks to confirm those safeguards are present and functioning. Every check Nelco supplies has a padlock icon on the front of the check. This is a visual reminder to the teller to turn the check over and look at the characteristics on the check to confirm that it is legitimate.
So how can you deter fraud? In the next two posts, we will talk about some common security features that guard against two primary forms of fraud: copying and altering.


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Alex Nicoletti, Alfred Johnson, and Curtis Harris join us today to talk about Shelby’s Roadmap to the Future! We’ll see what’s on the horizon for the ShelbyArena and ShelbyNext products. Alex Nicoletti, Arena Product Manager, tells us about his ministry background, shares some exciting news about enhancements that he is currently working on and discusses the Arena roadmap. Alfred Johnson, Financials Product Owner, tells us what projects he is overseeing for the financial side of ShelbyNext, what is in the works and the wish list items that he is dreaming about. Finally, Curtis Harris, EVP for Ministry Brands, explains what he’s doing to bring the strong “voice of the customer” to the ShelbyNext product as he looks forward to the exciting days ahead for Shelby Systems and Ministry Brands. This edition of Shelby Podcast is sponsored by ShelbyArena.


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Community within your church is built on nurturing relationships with your members. In today’s world, that means connecting with your congregation beyond the walls of the church. Whether you’re using your laptop or mobile app to update interactions, plan and manage groups, send mass emails or add information for visitors you’re meeting on-the-go, the church management tools you rely on have to be flexible and adaptive.

ShelbyNext | Membership is the membership management piece of the ShelbyNext product line. ShelbyNext is a unified, next-generation technology platform for churches. It’s a complete ecosystem for digital ministry. You can use these tools separately, but they are designed for maximum ministry impact when you combine them together.

It’s brought to you by the trusted Shelby Systems team that has led the church finance and membership arena for 40 years!