Friday, May 24, 2013

What to Do About Money? A Lesson from an Acorn

"Big oaks from little acorns grow."


It always amazes me when I look at an acorn how a tall tree can come from such a small seed. But nothing will happen unless it is first surrendered to the soil. Release precedes growth.

Likewise, when we surrender to God our heart and our attitude toward money, growth happens. In the black soil of faith, God grows our character and integrity tall and strong. When we ask, he provides wisdom on how to save, spend, and give from all that he has provided and given to us.

Ask God for “acorn faith” to plant seeds of hope for what God will do in your finances.

Ask him for an increase and wise management of your money so it will bear fruit—in your own life and in the lives of those in need.

Lord, I ask for wisdom in how to use money wisely. I ask for increase, so I can not only meet my needs by be a generous giver. Show me how to spend, save and give for your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Photo credit: Dave Frahm

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Veggie Tales Turn 20: Celebration at ICRS 2013

America's favorite faith-based animated children's series, VeggieTales is turning 20 this year, and they will be celebrating with special anniversary events at the 2013 ICRS show in St. Louis.  

It all begins with a birthday bash to kick off the ICRS show and the entire CBA community is welcome. Co-Founder Michael Nawrocki, CEO Leslie Ferrell, and fan-favorite characters Bob and Larry will be on hand for a ceremonial ribbon cutting, photo and autograph opportunities with Veggie stars.  

And don’t forget the birthday cake!

It all happens Monday, June 24, 20137:45 a.m. (CST) at ICRS 2013 held at America's Center Convention Complex (Hall 4 - Main Convention Floor Entrance). 

Happy birthday to our colorful, and inspiring, vegetable friends!

Monday, May 6, 2013

ICRS 2013: Authors, Musicians and CBA Publishing


By Jackie Johnson

In a few weeks, thousands of Christian retailers, authors, musicians, agents and others will descend upon America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis for the 2013 International Christian Retail Show.

It is “the world’s largest trade show for Christian resources” and we plan to bring you all the news and happenings from the show. From author book signings to emerging voices in the New Voices Showcase, we’ll cover ICRS 2013 and let you know what to look for—and what to buy in the coming months. As an insider, you’ll know before books and CDs hit the stores and you’ll be ready! 

In addition to a gigantic exhibit floor with all the major Christian book publishers, small publishers, distributors, gift suppliers and more, attendees will learn about the latest trends, products and best practices for Christian bookstores or church stores. 
Here are just some of the Christian book publishers who will be exhibiting at the show:
B & H
Baker Publishing
David C Cook
Gospel Light/Regal
Group Publishing
Harvest House
Moody Publishers
New Hope
Tyndale House
and many more!

ICRS is a place to connect, to network, to see what’s new and to find new resources. It all happens in St. Louis—and it’s coming soon.  

So stay tuned, and we will bring you all the latest updates—the news you need to know—from ICRS 2013.