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Thursday

Bible App Announces Command Availability with Alexa and Google Devices


YouVersion Bible App recently issued an email that the app works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The e-mail aimed toward people with busy schedules mentions various scenarios in which spending time studying scripture might not be the most convenient. 

YouVersion continuously updates the app to make studying GOD's word easier and more accessible than ever. The app also recently introduced it's Bible Lens app and partnered with The Bible Project to help users have the best experience reading and studying the Bible.

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Have you partnered your YouVersion account with Alexa or Google Assistant yet? How is your experience so far? Let us know online @BOLDJournal via Instagram or Twitter, or simply leave a comment in the comments section below.


Make sure to follow @BOLDJournal online for the latest inspirational updates.

Wednesday

Todd Dulaney Hosts "To Africa With Love" Screening in Atlanta


ATLANTA, Ga. -- Gospel Recording Artist Todd Dulaney held an advance screening of the new live visual album "To Africa With Love"  Tuesday. The screening included a listening session of the project the ministry recorded in Africa. 

Attendees we're able to experience the sounds and visuals, and discuss Dulaney's source of inspiration for the album. Fans can Listen/Watch Todd Dulaney’s new single, “You’re Doing It All Again,” from the album.

Breath Of Life Daily was on the scene to cover the event and gather the powerful inspiration shared by Todd and his team. Connect with us at Breath Of Life Daily on YouTube for the latest updates.


For more information on Todd Dulaney and his new project visit his website: todddulaneyland.com/
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Thursday

T.D. Jakes & Marquis Boone Launch New Gospel Singing Competition Reality Show


Six gospel artists will have the chance to become a gospel music star on a new reality program called “The Gospel.” The Gospel chronicles 10 days with eight episodes as contestants compete for a national management contract with T.D. Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds and Marquis Boone Music Group. The first of its kind for Gospel music, the winner of this Christian music competition will be announced with the opportunity to perform at the International Pastors & Leadership Conference in Tampa Bay on April 25.
 
The show is Executive produced by T.D. Jakes and Marquis Boone and hosted by Darlene McCoyThe Gospel will serve as a platform for up-and-coming gospel artists while inspiring viewers through their faith-filled musical performances. Not only will artists discover stardom, but also experience the hustle and drive necessary to rise in the entertainment industry. The program will air beginning March 10 exclusively on the Bishop’s Village, T.D. Jakes’ online streaming platform with behind the scene videos, messages and content. Visit bishopsvillage.com to subscribe, stream, and vote. 
 
Contestants were discovered via video recordings submitted on social media and through the Bishop’s Village platform. Mentors, including Micah Stampley, Jekalyn Carr, Q Parker, Devyne Stephens and more, will help mold them into polished performers. Each week, viewers subscribed to Bishop’s Village will have the chance to vote and select the winner of the artists’ weekly challenge. In the end, T.D. Jakes and Marquis Boone will select the winner of a national management contract.

The 2019 International Pastors & Leadership Conference is April 25—27, 2019, at the Tampa Convention Center. At the conference, Jakes will also be unveiling his latest book, Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power.

Visit PastorsAndLeaders.org for more information on confirmed speakers, talent, the full schedule and special event updates. Stay connected on FacebookTwitter and Instagram by following @IPLExcel.

Wednesday

No Matter What Be You

Self-esteem and self-confidence can either be your best friend or worse enemy. Who we say we are and how we allow others to determine our identifies can make or break our perceptions of who we are. Have you ever found yourself in a position where you are always changing who you are to fit others' perceptions of who they perceive you should be?

I'm sure several of you reading this will state one time or another you have done this. You've done this more times than not so that others would accept you into the circle. Well what if God has chosen you to be separate and apart from the world, would you still want to be like them?

The scriptures tell us in Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV) that "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Everyone of us was crafted to be unique and flow in our unique gifts and beauty as God ordained for us prior to birth. Therefore, we should never allow others perceptions of us or our own negative thoughts to take up capacity in our hearts and minds.

I challenge you today to take time to sit and meditate on three (3) things that make you a wonderful person. Once you have identified those three, I want you to speak those words to yourself daily in the mirror for one week. It is time to build up your confidence level and self-esteem as you are worthy. Even God said that before you were even in your mother's womb, he made you perfect in HIS eyes.

Celebrate the Journey and Not Just the Outcome

Have you ever been in a place that you were ready to get it done? Are you tired of going through the same situations over and over again without a resolution? Maybe you are like me where you are celebrating the journey of others while comparing your lack their of to others?

We all want the outcomes but not the work. Life can be challenging and the tests that comes through our processes can me downright excruciating. Think about that last heartbreak. How did it make you feel? Hard right.

God is for ever faithful in showing us HIS love every step of the way even when we don't understand what he is doing or get upset when we can't sense his presence. Yet he is with us. Psalm 46:1 (NIV) tells us that "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble". He is with us both in and out of the storms of life.

If you haven't done so in awhile or never considered doing this before, take the time to celebrate the small steps in your journey. Let your mind be at ease knowing that God is your strength. Seek his face daily and let him know how you feel. Wait on his instructions as he knows the beginning, middle, and end of your life story. Just know that every part of your journey, highs and lows, are setting you up for the best outcome. Don't give up hope or your faith in God. He cares for you.

Top 5 Health Benefits of Echinacea


What is Echinacea?

Echinacea is a perennial plant native to the American prairie that is now cultivated in gardens over most of the continental United States. It resembles a large pink daisy with a briskly, raised center.

There are two types of Echinacea: Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea. The variety that is said to have the most potent benefits is Echinacea angustifolia. A few health benefits of Echinacea are listed below:

Helps Heal Acne and Skin Conditions
Echinacea is a classic remedy for eczema, acne and boils. Echinacea supports a normal complexion by helping to discourage blemishes and irritation. Other studies found that it helps hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Good For Immune System
Echinacea is known as an Immune Booster. Echinacea can have a powerful impact on the immune system; over 14 clinical trials have confirmed its ability to encourage good health all year long. Other studies show echinacea to be among the most effective supplements for seasonal wellness.



Works As An Anti-Inflammatory
Because of its clinically demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties, Echinacea has been suggested as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and other conditions that are caused or worsened by inflammation. The biologically active compounds in Echinacea work with your body to keep its inflammation response down. This contributes to healing and relief for many inflammation-related issues. If you're a female that has bad cramps during your menstruation period, echinacea may be a good fit for you.

Helps Purify The Blood
Echinacea may improve oxygen levels in the blood. Echinacea increases erythropoietin production in the bone marrow, this, in turn, promotes red blood cell production and increases the capacity of the blood to transport oxygen.

Good for Oral Health
Echinacea has been evaluated in combination with other herbs like sage and lavender and found to reduce bad breath. It's believed this effect is partly due to echinacea's ability to neutralized the harmful organisms that cause bad breath.



Ways to Consume/Prepare Echinacea

Echinacea can be drank as a tea.

1. Heat 8-16 ounces of distilled or filtered water over medium to high heat.
2. Add a mixture of flowers, roots, and leaves.
3. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
4. Strain and enjoy hot or cold!

Add local honey if you would like some flavor.

It can also be used on your skin to help with acne.




Article Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23455214

https://www.healthline.com/health/echinacea-tea-benefits

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-impressive-echinacea-benefits-support-health/

Have you tried Echinacea? Tell us your thoughts in the comments and connect with us @BOLDJournal on all social media outlets.

Whose Report Will You Believe?

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A long time ago there used to be a song that had a call and action response. I cannot recall all of the words, but I do remember it went something like this--whose report do you believe? We responded back 'I will believe the report of the Lord' . . . or something like that.

In a time where we are concerned about 'fake news' and the hidden agendas of others, it is hard to trust what people say and do, would you agree? 
Yet in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) it says to: 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight". 
God knows that our minds are fragile and that the things of this world can steer us away from doing what is right.  That's why it's so important that we seek His face daily and ask for his directions for our lives in order to guard ourselves from things and people whose intentions are not for our good.

Even when things seem like they are not going according to plan, know that God is in the midst of your situation and He is working it out. Don't allow other peoples agendas and media propaganda to scare you away from the plans God has for you.  Stay the course and trust the process as in this season, the only report that you can believe is that of the Lord.

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