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170201081542-super-bowl-best-cover-exlarge-169The New England Patriots have won their fifth Super Bowl championship.

In what is the most exciting fourth-quarter rally in Super Bowl history, the Patriots showed their remarkable talents by doing something no other team has ever done before by coming back from a 28-3 deficit. The greatest Super Bowl comeback had previously been 10 points.

Quarterback Tom Brady decided he didn’t want to settle for legendary. Like all the greats, he reached for iconic.

Brady took center stage as he won his record fifth Super Bowl in a game he dedicated to his mother, Galynn, who has been battling an undisclosed illness. Brandy has since been called the Michael Jordan of football and the goat, the king of the petting zoo.

The Atlanta Falcons came out with a big lead early, up 21-3 going into halftime. The Patriots made a late push in the second half, finally scoring a touchdown in the third quarter. However, a missed extra point and a botched onside kick didn’t help their chances. Atlanta’s defense excelled. QB Matt Ryan, the recently named MVP of the league, also turned in a stellar performance and got his team the lead early on, but Brady was not to be stopped in the second half.

With less than a minute left in the game, the Patriots managed to tie the game at 28 points apiece, the first time the Falcons had given up the lead since they first scored. This forced the game into overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history.

In overtime, the Patriots drove the length of the field and got a pass-interference call on the 2-yard line. That set up the winning, walk-off touchdown from James White, and the comeback was complete.

“We all brought each other back,” Brady said on the Fox telecast after the game. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle. They have a great team. I give them a lot of credit. We just made a few more plays than them.”

Emotions continued to peak as the confetti fell at NRG Stadium on Sunday night. Brady took the stage and raised the Lombardi Trophy and yelled, “Let’s go! Let’s go!”

“It’s going to be a great celebration tonight,” Brady said from the stage. “Thank-you to all of our fans. Everyone back in Boston, New England, we love you. You’ve been with us all year. We’re bringing this sucker home!”

While it is no doubt Brady took the show, the famous Super Bowl halftime show and commercials also did not disappoint.

Lady Gaga gave a powerful performance at Super Bowl LI halftime. Gaga didn’t have any overt political statements that some people had been expecting, but instead opted for a message about inclusion. She sang a melody of her greatest hits including “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance,” and “Born This Way.”

In contrast, the commercials did not shy far away from having distinct political undertones. It’s a 10 Haircare left audience’s laughing at their theme of “America, we’re in for at least four year of awful hair,” while company 84 Lumber featured a more serious commercial about illegal immigration. The auto manufacture Adli elected to speak out about gender equality in the work place, doing so with just the right firmness. Airbnb had a similar message, focusing on acceptance of all races, genders and nationality.

These pobrandypular celebrities are reflecting on God in 2017 and using their platform to not only celebrate their love for Jesus, but also share the influence of God in their lives. Jesus has pulled these celebrities through some of life’s biggest storms and they have been moved to spread that message with their fans. Here are six celebrities who have started the New Year reflecting God to their fans.

Candace Cameron-Bure

The former “Full House” child star is a passionate Christian and enthusiastic about her faith, openly sharing her passion for Jesus with others. The 40-year-old actress who experienced some really great professional opportunities in 2016 is giving all praise to God who she believes has given her blessings far beyond a successful career.

“2016 was a pretty incredible year for the Bure’s. We had many milestones including my 40th birthday, our 20 year anniversary, Natasha’s 18th birthday and graduation from high school,” She wrote on Instagram. “’Fuller House’ seasons 1 & 2 premiered on Netflix with outrageously high viewership with a season 3 pick up and I co-hosted my last episode on ‘The View.’ I thank God for all the opportunities.”

Tamera Mowry-Housley

Tamera Mowry-Housley who first gained fame for her teen role as Tamera Campbell on the sitcom Sister, Sister opposite her identical twin Tia Mowry, is learning to trust in the Lord’s timing. The 38-year-old actress who co-hosts the hit daytime talk show “The Real,” is beginning 2017 with God as her focus. She told her fans on Instagram: “This year was pretty amazing! Of course each year has its own challenges. But each year I’m learning to trust in the Lord’s timing and His on my life. Can’t wait to see what the next year brings. I’m ready!”

Romeo Miller

Romeo Miller, the son of rap mogul Master P who created hip-hop music label No Limit Records in the ‘90s, is focusing on God’s peace in 2017. After a 2015 lawsuit from his mother Sonya Miller spilled over into 2016, it is great to see that the rapper, entrepreneur and “Empire” actor is concentrating on peace and love in the New Year. He wrote on Instagram: “Walking in to 2017 with nothing but peace in my heart.” He took his post a step further by sharing his peace with his fans in the form of Bible study notes, highlighting Romans 5 which addresses three forms of peace: spiritual peace, emotional peace and peace with others.

Brandy Norwood

The 36-year-old R&B singer is beginning the New Year with a greater understanding of who she is in God. She took to Instagram to share how she understands her God given purpose more and more each day. Despite some pretty tough circumstance, she has turned to God, openly sharing her testimony with her fans.

“I’ve been lost, deep in bondage, suicidal and didn’t know how to call on the Most High because I didn’t believe I had the right words to be heard,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’m here now more certain than I have ever been and I have arrived at a true understanding of my purpose, worth, and an unconditional love and compassion for myself. A true God becoming talent that I will only use for my contribution in healing all of myself and all around the world. #2017”
Plumb

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Last year was pretty tough for Christian singer, Plumb who recently lost a key member of her family. Despite last year being difficult for her, the 41-year-old singer has learned a lot from it. She is trusting in God and moving forward with optimism.

“I had a year that started out very uncomfortable and ended with tremendous growth. From that growth came some sadness from some of those things coming to an end…,” Plumb wrote on Instagram. She then captioned an Instagram image that reads “what is coming is better than what is gone.” She then wrote, “So this encouraged me to look forward to what is to come this new year…maybe it will be for you as well.”

Christon Gray

The Christian rapper, whose music was everywhere last year from ESPN to HBO, Fox and Honda commercials, has decided to give God complete control over his life. Instead of being focused on charting his own career, Gray has decided in the New Year to allow God to write his story.

“2016. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Gray wrote on Instagram. “But I’m going to stop trying to write the rest of the story God already wrote. It’s time to watch my own movie.”

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Did God form all of creation over six literal days? Was there a flood, a Noah, and an ark? Are we creations, or did we evolve from ancient animals?

And above all, does the Bible have historical value?

Compass Cinema’s documentary, Is Genesis History, seeks to tackle longstanding questions such as these by delving into the science behind the verses.

The film is narrated by Dr. Del Tackett, former president of the Focus on the Family institute and expert on Christian worldview and cultural issues, as he travels across the continent, teaming up with biologists, geologists, astronomers, and more to evaluate the historicity of the book of Genesis.

We caught up with Dr. Tackett to ask him a few questions about the core purpose of Is Genesis History, and why viewers should take the time to watch it.

What led to the making of “Is Genesis History,” and why is now the best time for its message?

On the question of the documentary’s origins, Dr. Tackett gives us an unexpected answer—this complex documentary involving dozens of scientists and hundreds of man-hours, began with the questions of a child.

Thomas Purifoy, director of Is Genesis History, was struck by some questions his 10 year old daughter began to ask about the divide between evolution and creation, finding that he couldn’t answer them. The questions of a child, divorced from the presuppositions, paradigms, and calcified worldviews that an adult might have, cut straight to the heart of what many people wonder, but do not—or cannot—voice.

Dr. Tackett went on to explain his own reasoning for the film.

I have been struck by the increasing rise of the desire to toss out the historicity of Genesis, even within seminaries and so forth—the removal of a real Adam and Eve, of a real moment of Original Sin and the arising of death.  I think the time is quite right—it’s right because if you think about the deep philosophical questions people are wrestling with, I think those questions are even deeper now.”

If you, from the beginning—in all of your academia and the media and everywhere else—if you are led to believe that we are simply the result of random processes where there is no purpose in mind, and all of a sudden you ask the questions, “Why am I here? What is the meaning of life?” the answer to that is empty.  And so I think the questions are on our minds today—I think this is the right time for a film like this.”

Who is your audience? Is the message for Christians or unbelievers?

“For me, our primary audience is what I’d call the mass of the Body of Christ.  I think, in general, most Evangelical Christians believe that the Genesis account is exactly what it says. But they’re being pressed, and they’re being pressed hard, increasingly from above—increasingly from seminaries, from those you might say are in the Christian hierarchy.  They’re certainly pressed from everywhere in academia. If they take their children to the museums, if they go to the parks, the rangers are going to talk about the current deep time paradigm.

And so this is really, from my perspective, primarily for them. It’s to reassure them that what God has given to us is true. It’s historically accurate, just as everything else we’ve found in the scripture is historically accurate. Jesus really lived. He really was crucified. He really was buried. He really did rise again from the grave. And those historical things that have been questioned over and over again, and have increasingly been shown by archeological evidence to be true—I think that we are now seeing the scientific data that is increasingly going to show us that God’s record of what He did is exactly as it is stated in Genesis.”

Are science and scripture, ultimately, moving toward the same truth?

“The problem is that when you get captured by a paradigm—the current scientific paradigm that we have—and especially the mantra of deep time, and the accusation that anyone who does not embrace deep time is therefore stupid, anti-science, an idiot, sophomoric, and all of those kinds of things, then you have to see everything in that deep time paradigm.  It means that you don’t ask the right questions, you don’t see the right data.

That’s why the scientist who smelled the decay when they broke the dinosaur bone couldn’t understand—she thought it was another creature.  And now we’re finding this soft dinosaur tissue that just should not be there if the deep time paradigm is really true.

So you have to help people realize that there is data there, and there are great scientists who are studying that data, but you’re just not going to hear it in textbooks and academia.”

How does this knowledge benefit the everyday person?

Well, let’s talk about the everyday Christian. I think the mass of Evangelical Christianity wants to read scripture in the way that it is written, and when they come to the passage in Genesis, they read it just as it says.

What I want to happen is for those people to be reassured. When they are accused of being ignorant or stupid or unscientific for holding to that historicity, what we want to have happen is for those people to be reassured that God’s word can be trusted, and that there are many good scientists who are looking at data that supports that.

For those who are on the fence, I would hope they would be honest and willing to take a look at that evidence. For those, I don’t know how many that are holding to the deep time paradigm will see the film, but I would hope that they would walk away with an inkling that [the scientific community] has shut out any notion of any evidence that is contrary to the deep time paradigm. Maybe it would cause them to at least want to look at it.

The Mind of a Child

When we’re caught up in a certain way of looking at the world—one that is accepted and popularized—it becomes difficult to see the world in any other way. It becomes difficult to ask the right questions.

But if we can take on the mindset of a child, for but a moment, we can begin to ask those questions. We can open our eyes to new possibilities—most notably to the possibility that what the mainstream scientific community tells us about history may be wrong, that our current understanding may prove to be just as wrong as those we held hundreds of years ago.

So check out Is Genesis History, keep an open mind, and make your own decisions. You just might find yourself asking the right questions for the very first time.

Ben and Jerry’s just added three new exciting flavors to it’s lineup, and we could not be more thrilled.

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After months of waiting and speculation, the highly-anticipated Urban Bourbon flavor is finally here. It’s jam packed with burnt caramel ice cream, almond, fudge flakes and bourbon caramel swirls. Rejoice, booze fans.

Out of this Swirled is the next flavor being introduced and it’s a oatmeal lover’s dream. In a press release, Ben & Jerry stated it’s full of fudge flakes, oatmeal cinnamon cookie swirls, and mouth-watering buttery brown sugar ice cream. Yum!

Last but not least, the Truffle Kerfuffle will give you a cavity in no time. It’s a delicious mix of vanilla ice cream, roasted pecans, fudge flakes and salted chocolate ganache swirl.

 

The press release says the the three pint-sized flavors will hit stores in mid-February and range from $4.99 – $5.99 in price.

They can’t come soon enough.