“War Room” is expected to break another industry record as DVD sales of the film are outpacing all other movies. The latest Kendrick brothers faith-based film “War Room” is among the most popular items being sold this holiday season, and according to Provident Films’ Senior Vice President Ben Howard, the film’s DVD sales appear to be following in similar fashion to it’s surprising #1 box office performance.  

“The pre-sales for the ‘War Room’ collector’s edition DVD and Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack outpaced demand for any other DVD title in the industry based on retail reports,” Howard said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. “In fact, we anticipate ‘War Room’ will break another retail record for the Kendricks beating blockbuster first-week sales of previous best-selling DVDs ‘Courageous’ and ‘Fireproof.'”

“War Room” cost about $4 million to make and earned over $70 million at the box office. The Kendrick brothers have made incredible strides in their small town of Albany, Georgia, as their first four movies, “Flywheel,” “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof” and “Courageous” together grossed over $80 million. With their newest film grossing almost that same amount on its own, it’s apparent that they’ve reached a new level of success.

The DVD and digital download of “War Room” can be purchased at Amazon and other retailers.



Many people set goals for the new year that attempt to improve upon food, fitness or finance. We at Shelby Systems would like to suggest an alternative with eternal rewards.

I Timothy 4:8 states: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”


Just as our bodies need a proper diet and exercise to thrive, our soul needs spiritual nourishment to continue the process of sanctification. Make 2016 the year that you get into the Word of God (on a daily basis) and get the Word of God into you. Reading through the Bible and memorizing scripture will cause you to grow and mature in your faith like never before.


For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from (with links to the detailed documents).

Whatever it is you’re looking for in a reading plan, you should find it here:



52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.


5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan

Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.


A Bible Reading Chart

Read through the Bible at your own pace. Use this minimalistic, yet beautifully designed, chart to track your reading over 2016.


Chronological Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.


The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings beginning in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts.


Every Word in the Bible

Read through the Bible one chapter at a time. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testaments.


Historical Bible Reading Plan

The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored.


The Legacy Reading Plan

This plan does not have set readings for each day. Instead, it has set books for each month, and set number of Proverbs and Psalms to read each week. It aims to give you more flexibility, while grounding you in specific books of the Bible each month.



With the popularity of smartphones, tablets and e-readers, it has never been easier to read through the wisdom of the Bible in one year.

This is the ebook that I recently chose to help me read through God’s word in 2016 (perhaps it will appeal to you as well):


Christmas Scene Here are five facts about Christmas that you may not know about.

Illegal Christmas
Can you imagine being fined for observing Christmas or saying “Merry Christmas”? In fact, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Puritans or Protestant Christians had a war on Christmas. Any kind of “merrymaking” was out of the question. England helped pass laws making it illegal to observe Christmas, so the Puritans of New England followed suit. For a time, Christmas was outlawed in Boston and the Plymouth Colony.

Tree Hugger
I thought this was funny when I read about it, but President Theodore Roosevelt actually banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1901. Why? Because he was an environmentalist. But we should be glad about that because Teddy Roosevelt is credited with the national parks we have today, having added 5 more parks and 18 national monuments to that list while he was president for the enjoyment of future generations.

The Real Santa Claus
Santa Claus is based on a 14th-century bishop from modern-day Turkey and from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, whose name is a regional pronunciation of Saint Nicholas. At the time, he was known as Bishop of Smyrna and Nikolaos of Bari. He lived during a time of great poverty, so he felt compelled to give away a lot of his wealth, primarily to the poor. If there were children involved, he was even more generous.

The First Decorated Tree?
Reportedly, Martin Luther, was the first to decorate a Christmas tree. Apparently, he was so moved by the beauty of the stars shining between the branches of a fir tree that he brought home an evergreen tree and decorated it with candles to share the image with his children, which they loved.

Recycled Christmas Trees?
One of the most interesting things I discovered was that many zoos feed donated Christmas trees to their animals. Can you think of a better use than to recycle them into feed for animals? There are also a lot of people around the world who take their old Christmas trees to recycling centers, and some turn them into bug-repellant mulch.

The greatest fact of all is that Jesus came to Earth to save us from our sins. The world beheld His glory (God with us) through the birth of a virgin, and He lived a sinless life. By this, He could make His own life the perfect sacrifice to God, which satisfied the wrath that God has for all sin. If you are reading this and you have never repented and trusted in Christ, Christmas is really meaningless; it’s just another commercialized vacation from work with lots of parties and gifts. I strongly suggest to anyone not yet saved to repent today, turn around and go in the other direction and then put your trust in Christ alone. That decision absolutely overwhelms any other fact there is.


We’d like to thank each and every one of you for being a part of the Shelby family. Reading the Christmas story and keeping the focus on the real reason for this season is an integral part of the holidays for all of our families, and we are so thankful to be able to share this tradition with you.

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From all of us at Shelby, we wish each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas!

-Your Shelby Team



YouVersion, launched by Life.Church in 2008, recently announced that the Bible app has now topped 200 million installs. In its third consecutive year of adding 50 million installs, the app now offers the Bible in more than 1,200 versions and 900 languages. This year, the favorite verse for the United States was bookmarked, shared, highlighted, and listened to so much that it beat out every other verse in the app’s history. That verse was Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will”. American users preferred the New International Version. Every second, 112 people open the YouVersion Bible app.


Christmas came early this year for Jeff Louis, a 22-year-old pizza delivery man who received a surprising $700 tip from the congregants at Life Point Church in Mentor, Ohio. Louis was moved to tears in a now viral YouTube video in which he emotionally describes the event as “the most amazing thing” that’s ever happened to him. “I’ve been having such a hard time lately, just struggling to stay clean and everything,” Louis says in the video. “I’m just trying to get my life back and it just really, truly amazes me that people who don’t even know me just wanted to help me out that much.” Pastor Ken Wright sums up his thoughts: “Our motto and our mission is to focus on building one life at a time and this is a great example of how a small act of kindness can make a difference.”


Everyone is familiar with the 150 year old charitable organization - The Salvation Army. But do you know about this respected group’s Christian history and articles of faith? Christine Schuster, Senior Financial Accountant for the Eastern Territory, joins us to talk about: William Booth (founder of the Salvation Army) and what motivated him to serve the less fortunate, why the Salvation Army considers itself to be a church, how many members and nations they assist, what services they provide, how their thrift stores work and where the money goes, and how Shelby software has been able to help them reach their ministry goals over the years. And make sure to watch the end of the video for Christine’s emotional first-hand account of the disaster relief that The Salvation Army was able to provide during 9/11. This is the first time that Christine has spoken about the events in NYC since they happened, and you will not want to miss her heartfelt story.

Learn more about: The Salvation Army.
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Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting is required for tax year 2015. We have partnered with Nelco to provide our users with the best ACA reporting supplies that are compatible with our software.
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Shelby Systems is putting the finishing touches on their financial software to make it ACA compliant, and it will be available to you very soon. Shelby Software Developer, Keith Milford, joins us today to tell us how ACA Reporting will affect your ministry. Discover what ACA stands for and which ministries will be required to participate. Keith explains exactly what you need to do to get ready for ACA regulations and then demonstrates a complete video walk-through of the entire filing process. Also learn when the new financial programs will be available for Shelby customers to download. Next, Keith informs us about the new ACA Overview document and ACA Video demo that will help you master ACA reporting. And make sure to watch the end of the video to hear Keith’s top tip and advice for you!

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The biennial Shelby Headquarters Conference received rave reviews from the attendees who met together in Memphis, TN on October 14 - 15, 2015. Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights of this year’s event. Join us as Steve Pruitt (Director of Customer Support) welcomes the group and recognizes the first priority of the conference. Next watch Bill Ballou as he leads a discussion on current developments for ShelbyNext and Arena customers (during the New HQ Products class). Then catch a glimpse of the one-on-one sessions, and see who Sales Manager Alfred Johnson is assisting during Conversations with Sales. Finally the attendees share their thoughts and feelings about HQ2015, and a birthday is celebrated with one surprised customer. Don’t miss the end of the video to learn more about Shelby’s next big event, International Shelby Conference, June 15 – 17, 2016 in Orlando, FL!

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