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By Kelly Wise Valdes

Columbine Movie I’m Not Ashamed Being Released In October

I’m Not Ashamed is the inspiring true story of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first of 13 people killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Scott was singled out because of her Christian faith.

Based on her honest and heartfelt journals, this hope-filled story reminds us that when we put our lives in God’s hands, we can make a world of difference. “I’ve always been drawn to hands. I think it’s because it’s the way we touch people,” wrote Rachel Joy Scott in her journal. “If one person could go out of their way to show compassion, it could start a chain reaction.”

Scott’s mother, Beth Nimmo, is an executive producer on the film. Nimmo is proud that this film will show her daughter’s commitment to her faith and how that has touched so many lives even after her death.

I’m Not Ashamed was filmed in and around Nashville, Tennessee. The cast includes mother/daughter reality stars from A&E’s Duck Dynasty: Korie Robertson, Sadie Robertson and Bella Robertson. For more information and release dates, visit www.ImNotAshamedFilm.com.

Pokemon Go: A New Opportunity For Evangelism

Churches across the nation are opening their doors to Pokémon Go trainers, in hopes that while they are picking up necessary essentials for the game,they will hear the most necessary message of their life: the Gospel. 

Grace Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is one church that learned that it was a PokeStop, where players could come and catch Pokémon. Unlike other churches and organizations who have deterred Pokémon gamers, this church does not mind that it’s bringing more people to its doorstep.

The church has set itself up as a Pokémon “lure” to attract more players.

“We are using this as a tool,” Grace Church Pastor Kenderick Vinar told CBN News. “We did this as a way to build relationships, to make connections with the community, build bridges with people. It seemed like a win in that regard.” For now, it is a great opportunity for churches to connect with the community and grow. To learn how to become a pokestop, visit www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-request-new-pokestops-and-gyms-in-pokemon-go.

Coach Tony Dungy Inducted Into Hall Of Fame, Credits God

At his hall of fame induction speech last month, Tony Dungy reflected on his journey from an undrafted player to a Super Bowl-winning coach.

“The Lord has truly led me on a wonderful journey through 31 years in the NFL—through some temporary disappointments to some incredible joys,” Dungy said.

Dungy quoted scripture from Matthew 16:26 in his speech at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium in Canton, Ohio. “What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”

Dungy did not have an easy path on his way to being a great football player and hall of fame inductee. As an undrafted player in 1977, then being fired from his first head-coaching job 25 years afterward, he has learned to walk by faith and not by sight.

He was overlooked in 12 rounds of the NFL draft after his college career at the University of Minnesota. 

“I was devastated,” he said. “But it is just one example of God’s plans being better than our plans.”

Fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a rough playoff loss, he was hired by the Indianapolis Colts where he became the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl. Dungy recognized key players that were at the ceremony, saying, “you don’t win in the NFL without players, and was I ever blessed with players.”