Tribute to Billy Graham [BGEA VIDEO - FEB 21, 2018]

BILLY GRAHAM EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION - On February 21, 2018, God called Billy Graham home at age 99. Mr. Graham once said, "When we reach the end of our earthly journey, we will have just begun." Now, he is in the presence of the Lord. Watch and share this tribute to his life and legacy. You can also follow updates at Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.


Kathie Lee Gifford's White Chair Film Release By I Am Second

I Am Second is about "Inspiring people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Do you #LiveSecond?

Below from I AM SECOND

“I want to be purposeful, every day of my life, every moment of it.”

At ten years old, Kathie Lee Gifford started the adventure of a lifetime and launched a career as an actor, tv presenter, talk show host, and singer/songwriter – a life lived in the spotlight. In a business bent on reducing women to a set of archetypes, Kathie Lee has always refused simple definitions.

“I may admire another person, but I don’t want to be that person.”

The same certainty of purpose that led her down the aisle to answer an altar call at the age of twelve, also armed her against the entertainment industry’s harshest rejection and allowed her to answer insult and injury with a wink and a smile as she turned her head toward the next opportunity.  It landed her on millions of TVs in countless living rooms every morning, and gave her a voice of advocacy, influence and all the shine of the spotlight.

But, spotlights are tricky creatures.  They illuminate and bring to life, but they can also expose and wash out detail and nuance, leaving room for the noise of assumption and criticism.  Spotlights make it hard to find the quiet. They air the most personal of tragedies, amplify doubt and hopelessness, crowding out joy.  But, when it comes to hopelessness, Kathie Lee stays in the fight.

 “I’ve been in the desert as many times as I’ve been on a mountain top.  But, I’ve learned my deepest lessons from the desert.”

Kathie Lee has many stories to tell.  She was born in Paris, France and grew up in Maryland.  She was a six year old girl who wrote a letter to Walt Disney looking for a job.  She was a wife for 29 years who loved with purpose, forgiveness and courage.  She’s a mother who raised two children to do the same.  And she’s a career entertainer who discovered what could happen when she made her own joy non-negotiable, even in the spotlight.

From Jesus to Luke: Jim Caviezel To Speak at Christian Media Convention

Actor/director Jim Caviezel is scheduled to speak during the morning Super Session on March 2 at Proclaim 18, the NRB International Christian Media Convention that will be held February 27-March 2, in Nashville, Tennessee.


In addition, the upcoming movie Paul, Apostle of Christ, starring Caviezel as the Apostle Luke, will be screened later that afternoon – four weeks before its release in theaters Easter weekend.

“We are excited to have Jim Caviezel join us for Proclaim 18, and to show Paul, Apostle of Christ before it comes out in theaters,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB. “Convention attendees will not only be hearing from insightful speakers and networking with like-minded media professionals; they’ll also be getting a chance to watch a number of top-notch, yet-to-be-released faith-based movies. Our 75th annual Convention is not to be missed!”

While recovering from a foot injury in college that curtailed his basketball career aspirations, Caviezel stumbled upon acting. In 1992, he landed a small role in the independent film My Own Private Idaho, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award. To further his career, Caviezel moved to Los Angeles where he landed small roles on popular TV shows Murder She Wrote, The Wonder Years, and Children of the Dust. He also accepted roles in the movies Diggstown and Wyatt Earp.

Caviezel’s breakthrough came in 1998, when he received critical recognition for his role in The Thin Red Line. That generated quality and mainstream roles in films such as Ang Lee’s Civil War drama Ride with the Devil, Mimi Leders’ dramatic romance Pay it Forward, and Luis Mandoki’s romantic thriller Angel Eyes.

Notably, Caviezel was chosen by Mel Gibson to portray Jesus Christ in the 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, which earned him a Grace Award from the Movie Guide Awards for the Most Inspired Movie. Since then, he has appeared in several other TV series and movies.

In his latest role, Caviezel plays the role Luke the Physician in Paul, Apostle of Christ, which tells the epic story of the man who went from persecutor of the church to its most powerful and important proponent. In the movie, Paul suffers alone in a Roman prison, awaiting his execution under Emperor Nero. At great risk, Luke visits the aged Paul to comfort and tend to him — and to question, transcribe and smuggle out Paul’s letters to the growing community of believers. Amid Nero’s inhuman persecution, these men and women will spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and change the world.

Paul, Apostle of Christ stars James Faulkner (Game of Thrones) as Paul, as well as Olivier Martinez (SWAT), Joanne Whalley (A.D. The Bible Continues), and John Lynch (The Secret Garden).

Other films that will be shown at Proclaim 18 include God’s Not Dead 3, One Nation Under God, I Can Only Imagine, and Staines. Dennis Quaid (I Can Only Imagine) and Stephen Baldwin (Staines) are also among the speakers at the Convention – the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assisting those in the field of Christian communications.

Proclaim 18 will take place February 27-March 2, 2018, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, while NRB’s award-winning Exposition – featuring around 200 exhibitors – will be open February 28-March 2.

For the Proclaim 18 schedule, hotel information, sponsorship and promotional opportunities, space and event reservation, registration, and more, visit

For questions related to registration, contact the NRB Convention Registrar at, or call 212-460-9700.

Also, for opportunities to sponsor and/or exhibit at Proclaim 18, contact Jim Buckley at or Joe Nemchek at


Who says you can't get God into the LA Times?

More than 18 years ago, I was a community news reporter for the LA Times' "Our Times" section, a department of the Times that was actually sub-contracted out. My byline always included "SPECIAL TO THE TIMES." I worked in the Orange County main newsroom off Harbor and Sunflower.

One morning, I was sent out to cover the memorial service for surf legend Jack Haley held next to the Seal Beach Pier. What happened was incredible and part of the story I'm beginning to write now.

You can read the article on Haley's memorial service in the Times here


The paper doesn't archive photos from too far back so I found this photo that was used on the front page of the Orange County edition.

From the article...

Pastor Bucky Dennis, a family friend from Mariners Church in Newport Beach, said he gave Haley a surfing analogy during the last days of his life.

"I told him the last wave was a different kind of wave," Dennis said. "This was a wave that you rode by faith, not by sight."

Who says you can't get God into the LA Times?!!

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7