Click the images (below) to see the film trailers.
March 11, 2016
The Young Messiah (aka: Christ the Lord)
Plot: This film tells the story of the young Messiah at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from His childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he starts to learn his special capabilities and struggles to grasp the holy purpose of his life.
Early Review: I’m not issuing any spoiler alerts. I’m not going to tell you much about the movie’s twists and turns. I’m just going to tell you it is faithful to the time period, it is gorgeously filmed, it is extraordinarily well acted, and the story is utterly amazing, endearing and inspiring. Though the story is obviously extra-biblical, its spirit is in harmony with the message of the Scriptures. ~WND
March 18, 2016
Miracles From Heaven
Plot: This film, based on a true story, is about a family that is turned upside down when their little girl (who is diagnosed with a rare disease) is cured after experiencing a serious accident.
Early Review: If the record breaking trailer views for Miracles From Heaven, a new faith-based offering starring Jennifer Garner, are anything to go by, we might be seeing the beginnings of a huge Easter hit. The film trailer (across all social media channels) has had over 200 million views (a Hollywood record). ~CinemaBlend
April 1, 2016
God’s Not Dead 2
Plot: After answering a student’s (Hayley Orrantia) question about Jesus, a junior high-school teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) faces an epic court case that could end her career.
Early Review: The original “God’s Not Dead” is arguably one of the most successful faith-based movies of all time. The film cost just $2 million to make, and grossed over $60 million at the box office. The sequel will feature a slew of cameos from well-known celebrities, including an appearance from “Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson. ~Christian Post
In theaters today, “Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
Click the large image (above) to discover the vision and purpose of this exciting new motion picture from the perspective of the film director and actors.
“This is the kind of movie that you can bring your friend to and say: 1) I’m proud of the quality and 2) there’s spiritual value to take away from someone who doesn’t know the whole story of the Gospel. What’s exciting is that we have more faith-based films that we can actually support today. And I really believe as Christians and as the church that we should support these. Christians should attend this film and bring a non-believer with them to help them experience the Resurrection in a powerful new way.”
Senior Pastor Life.Church
The global internet population grew 18.5% from 2013 – 2015 to 3.2 billion people. That is nearly 45% of the world’s population – 7.4 billion, or higher depending on when you read this post. Predictions indicate this number will only continue to grow as technology becomes more and more accessible.
Domo, a business management software platform, collected and analyzed data on how users were spending their time on the internet. Here is a list of some of the things that happen in an internet minute:
- Facebook users like 4,166,667 posts
Instagram users like 1,736,777 photos
Vine users play 1,041,666 videos
Tinder users swipe 590,278 times
Twitter users send 347,222 tweets
Snapchat users share 284,722 snaps
Skype users make 110,040 calls
Netflix subscribers stream 77,160 hours of video
Apple users download 51,000 apps
Buzzfeed users view 34,150 videos
Reddit users cast 18,327 votes
Pinterest users pin 9,722 images
Amazon receives 4,310 unique visitors
Uber passengers take 694 rides
YouTube users upload 300 hours of new video
How many minutes of your day fed the statistics above? What drove users to these sites or apps? What can you do to make your ministry website and app more appealing? If you don’t have an app or a website or if your website is dated and lacking appeal, we can help. We have the tools you need to help ministries on the go grow.
Join us Thursday, February 18th at 2PM CST for an overview webinar on ShelbyNext | Websites.
Easter is the #1 time of the year to reach out to those who seldom attend church.
Here are eight simple tips your church can use to prepare for Easter.
- 1. Reach out to the dechurched – Easter is the perfect opportunity for your church to try something new (focus on reaching the dechurched in your community).
2. Enlist extra volunteers – for several different areas of service (children, greeters, parking lot attendants, etc.) in the church.
3. Consider service or venue – Easter can often be used as a launching point for a new service, site, or venue.
4. Promote small groups – Easter is a prime time to connect people to a small group or enroll them in a membership class.
5. Take the opportunity to improve the facility – (clean up the clutter) it’s important to make a good first impression.
6. Reconsider welcome cards – Welcome cards are your only opportunity to know exactly who was new to your church.
7. Get your website ready – Remember to update your church’s website with any changes to times or schedules you may make for Easter.
8. Consider Facebook ads – include your service times, location, phone and web address on an Easter image (as in the example above).
“Risen”, in theaters February 19th, is the unofficial sequel to the movie “The Passion of the Christ” and it begins with the crucifixion of Christ. It tells the story of a Roman centurion who is charged with guarding the body of the crucified Christ and his investigation to locate the body of Christ after it goes “missing” in order to disprove that the resurrection occurred.
There are a couple of things that set this film apart from what is seen as the “norm” in the stories of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. This story is not told from the point of view of a disciple of Jesus or an all-knowing point of view. This story is told from the point of view of a person who represents the forces (Roman Empire) responsible for crucifying Jesus in their attempt to snuff out Christianity. It is the story of a non-believer who sets out to disprove that Christ is risen, but during the course of the movie, he discovers the truth of Christ through his interactions with Christ’s disciples and followers.
This sounds like the kind of story that will engage its audience, believers and non-believers alike. My hope is this film will provide a starting point for non-believers to begin a relationship with Christ. For believers, I hope this movie provides an opportunity to reflect on how we relate the Good News of Christ to non-believers and people that are not firm in their belief. I can’t wait to catch this one in theaters.
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International Shelby Conference | ISC 2016
June 15 – 17
The last thing you want is for your church to break the rules and get called for unsportsmanlike conduct. Here are the THREE things you need to know to stay legal as you throw your party for the Big Game.
1. You cannot rent any new equipment. It must be equipment you use for your ministry services.
2. You can’t charge admission. But you can collect an offering to cover expenses.
3. Don’t refer to it as a “Super Bowl Party”. Instead call it a “Big Game Party” in your advertisements. The term “Super Bowl” is copyrighted.
So, if your church is planning on hosting a “Big Game Party” this year, be safe, have fun and keep it legal by following the 3 rules above.
When Keith Thibodeaux was cast as Little Ricky on the classic sitcom “I Love Lucy,” life was great. When his own family broke apart, Keith’s search for direction led him through darkness, but prayer would bring him back into the light. Click the picture (above) to experience this inspiring true story.
On December 28th the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS announced a limited extension to the 2015 deadlines for Affordable Care Act 1095 reporting.
It is a one-time extension and reporting is still required for Applicable Large Employers (ALE’s) and self-insured employers. The IRS made this decision based on opinions of stakeholders who felt more time was needed for organizations to prepare for ACA reporting, and for software companies to complete their ACA reporting solution.
The good news: You can still complete your ACA reporting now.
Shelby and Nelco have been working together and are ready to serve your ACA reporting needs immediately. The IRS, Shelby and Nelco all encourage filing as soon as you are ready! ACA electronic reporting solutions in both ShelbyNext Financials and v.5 are ready to accept your 1095 filings now, along with your W-2 or 1099 filings.
This season you can try out paperless ACA filing at a discounted rate. Use promo code BA4 at check out to receive 10% off your filing.* Just click the E-file button when you are ready to print your forms, log in, and you will be walked through the process. It’s quick and easy.For a brief video demo, click here.
What does the extension mean for you?
With the extension, you now have two additional months to prepare your healthcare coverage information and complete reporting. Below are the updated filing requirements.
This delay is only effective for the 2015 filing year, next year’s ACA reporting due dates will still be in line with usual W-2 & 1099 reporting deadlines. Following the standard deadlines this filing season means you will be better rehearsed for completing ACA reporting on time in 2017, it also means that you can start preparing now for reporting on healthcare information for tax year 2016.
This delay in ACA reporting deadlines has raised a frequently asked important question:
Q: Can my employees file their 2015 tax return without a copy of their 1095?
A: Yes. If you do choose to delay your ACA reporting in accordance with the extended deadlines, your employees will still be able to complete their 1040 prior to receiving their copy of form 1095. The employee simply needs to check a box on the form to indicate that they had full-year health care coverage in 2015. ACA forms do not need to be attached to a 1040, and should not be.
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