By Kelly Wise Valdes

Free Joyce Meyer Conference Tour Comes To Tampa

Thousands of men and women will gather at the Joyce Meyer Conference coming to the Amalie Arena from Thursday, September 8 – Saturday, September 10. Conference-goers will come together to hear author and speaker Joyce Meyer share a unique message each session. Attendees will also enjoy powerful live worship with Kari Jobe each meeting. Each session is unique and will include a powerful message from Joyce as well as worship with Matt Redman and Christy Nockels. There is no charge for each of the four sessions. 

The schedule below is subject to change: Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m.; Friday, September 9 at 10 a.m.; Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 10 at 10 a.m.

Amalie Arena is located at 401 Channelside Dr. in Tampa. Admission is free. No registration is required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open two hours prior to each session. For more information, call 866-733-5692 or visit
Blake Shelton Focuses On Gospel Songs In New Album

Country singer and The Voice judge Blake Shelton is taking a break from mainstream country music and focusing instead on Gospel songs on his new album titled If I’m Honest. According to Christian Today, one of the songs on the album is titled Savior’s Shadow and it is a very personal song of faith for Shelton.

“Though the devil tried to break me, my sweet Jesus won’t forsake me, when I’m in my Savior’s shadow where I’m supposed to be,” say some of the song’s lyrics.

Shelton told his Twitter followers that the idea for the song came to him in a dream. “I dreamed the song last summer,” he wrote. “I woke up and wrote down everything I could remember.”
To download a copy of the song, visit

Christianity Today Celebrates 60th Anniversary

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Christianity Today, the global media ministry founded by Billy Graham in 1956. To honor the occasion, Christianity Today has released a digital booklet tying Graham’s original vision to the work of the ministry today.

Since its inception, Christianity Today has shaped the minds and hearts of millions of pastors, church leaders and Christians around the world. Today the ministry reaches over four million subscribers monthly through a variety of media, including the original flagship magazine.

The new digital booklet, A Vision for Christianity Today, walks readers through the ministry’s rich history and shares plans for the ministry’s future. See the digital booklet at

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.