2015 and 2016 were the years that Faith films went mainstream in the United States. These fairly low-budget, high-profit movies have made a big splash in America over the past couple of years. When the latest Kendrick Brothers film “War Room” reached #1 at the box office, the movement could no longer be ignored. Numerous high-quality “message movies” (Woodlawn, Risen, The Young Messiah, God is Not Dead 2, Miracles from Heaven, etc.) followed over the next few months and peaked into the Top 5 in attendance. It was only a matter of time until the marquee actors and directors decided to join in. Silence, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Liam Neeson, is scheduled to be released later this year. So is this epic drama being produced because faith films are popular and profitable now or are there some passion and principle behind this production?

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                                     Everyone, Including Martin Scorsese,

                                  Worked For Scale To Get ‘Silence’ Made

You might think that a filmmaking legend on the scale of Martin Scorsese wouldn’t have any trouble walking into any studio around town and getting a picture financed and made, but that’s not the case. At 73 years-old, the titan of American filmmaking still has to prove his projects are fiscally responsible investments, and when it comes to his long-gestating dream project “Silence,” it’s easy to see why some executives might not be ready to hand over their cash. A movie we’re (prematurely) predicting to be a contender for the 2017 Oscars in the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor fields, the adaptation of Shüsaku Endō’s novel starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver, is set in the 17th century and follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity. In short, no superheroes, no special effects, no four-quadrant appeal. So how did Scorsese finally manage to get it made? He took a pay cut, along with everyone else.

“It was very, very expensive, and it was budgeted, because it takes place in 1670 in Japan. We got lucky and found out about Taipei, and in and around Taipei and Taiwan, we found great, great locations. The prices were very cheap, and we were able to make it for a price,” producer Irwin Winkler told THR about how the movie finally was able to go into production. “And all the actors, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, everybody worked for scale. Marty worked for scale, I worked for under scale. [Laughs] We gave back money.” “…we all really decided, we’re gonna put all the money into the picture, so nobody got paid. So that’s how we got that made,” he added.

Currently in post, Scorsese and (99.9% guaranteed) Thelma Schoonmaker are editing the picture, and Winkler says the movie will “come out at the end of the year.” So get ready, awards season.


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Alfred Johnson, ShelbyNext Financials Product Owner, hosted an informative webinar with his suggested checklist for year-end actions on December 14, 2016. He spent a good deal of time covering the steps you need to take and the reports you need to run to get ready for the year-end in ShelbyNext Financials. Hal Hallum 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.

A helpful ShelbyNext | Financials Year-End Checklist document can be found here.


Jason Jenison, Partner Relationship Manager with Nelco, discusses some of the changes we need to be aware of for successful completion of the 2016 tax forms during this webinar. Click the image above and take a few moments to learn everything you need to know to meet your deadlines and keep you up to date and compliant with government regulations on W-2’s, 1099’s, and 1095-C forms.

NELCO is the chosen provider of checks, tax and business forms for Shelby Systems. This webinar was recorded on Wednesday, December 7th at 11:00AM CST.

If you have any questions after viewing this webinar, please send us an with those questions so they can be addressed.


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.


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, 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.

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.


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.


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]


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.


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.