Grace Unplugged: A Plug and Play between Dreams and Realities

Grace Unplugged

Grace Unplugged tells a story about a teenage daughter and dad relationship. Having just turned 18, Grace felt that singing alongside her dad Johnny at the worship band was constraining her. She felt that she’s missing opportunities elsewhere. She grew up knowing that her father was a famous rock star.  Who hit the charts on Billboard and she was only a shadow of his fame. She becomes defensive in having her way with her life.

Regardless of a Christian upbringing, most teens are out to prove to their parents that they have gone past childhood. Believing they can handle life’s issues without their upper hand. Grace only knew her dad as a singer.  But she missed to realized his love for family and God that outweighs fame.

The story came to a turn when Johnny’s former manager Mossy came to visit. His father’s former boss offered to include him on tour but he declined. Grace recorded her version of Johnny’s hit song Misunderstood and emailed it to Mossy. After a heated argument with her dad, Grace boldly goes to LA to pursue a singing career. Her naiveté towards her new audience excites her. Having a car, her place, getting dressed up by an image maker and meeting the boss of Sapphire Music provided temporary happiness.

These scenes remind us about having desires that please our eyes and feelings. But it diverts our attention away from God.

Ego overcame Grace that she turned her back when dad asked him to come home. She enjoyed the cheers and the spotlight, but when she’s in her room, she felt the loneliness of being alone and away from home. Grace learned that her new circle of people has underlying motives and adding up the pressure to compose a new song, she felt losing her game.

The self-pressure we impose upon ourselves is no different from what Grace has shown us. We have ego instead of acknowledging that we needed God’s direction and our elders’ guidance to show us a better way than we think we are capable of doing.

Amidst the odds, Grace kept her morals like when she walked out on the TV personality upon overhearing his plans to take her to his place. Another was when she resisted the song about the one-night stand. Quentin who handles Grace’s wardrobe became an unlikely friend. Incidentally, he and his Christian family has seen Grace and Johnny sing together at church a while back. It reminded Grace about getting back into God’s favor. He gave her a book that she read while on the tour that helped her realize that her family and the church was her home.

In a nutshell, the film tells us that all of us may fall short in our roles in life, be it a parent or a child. When we do, we can always turn to God’s love to keep us connected in spite of differences in perspective.

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Best family movie tips you will read this year 2019

family movie

Watching movies is great fun and watching with your family multiples your joy. We watch various movies of different genres. In today’s world, it is hard to find a good movie which actually shows you the reality. Anyone can be fond of watching movies but there are rare who understands the hidden message behind that movie. Children like watching cartoon movies, teens like watching movies which contain elements of love, adventure or action. But, are these enough for you. Do you really know the meaning of the real power of love? If your answer is no, then you must watch biblical movies.

Impact of Christian movies

The year 2018 has proven a blockbuster in releasing faith movies and those faith movies were of Christianity. It is not bad to follow a path which leads you towards god. Christian movies for children can help your child transform in a positive manner. Feeling the pleasure of being in heaven is what the Christian movies provide us. You watch movies with your friends more and rare with your family. Watching biblical movie will teach you the meaning of family importance. You will start loving others and the feeling of hate will be dissolved. Your kid might find his favorite cartoon character in biblical movies.

Family movie tips 2019

  • Watching movies with friends or watching alone online is common for teens but you must also give time to your family. The best way is to watch Christian movies with your family. Christian movies are getting a good rating in the past few decades and last year has been a blockbuster for Christian movies for the family.
  • You can watch a new movie every week with your family and also you will get more close to your family members. You will be having a topic of discussion which will review everyone’s point of view.
  • Watching Christian movie will regain your faith in Christianity. There is really no harm in acquiring knowledge about other religion which is actually touching your inner soul.
  • The biggest power in this universe is God. Christian movies give you an opportunity of seeking you and your family members in learning and living a life of faith.
  • It is not necessary to watch a faith-based movie. You can also watch adventurous, comedy, fantasy or any other Christian movie with your family.

What matters the most is spending time with your family. It does not matter if you watch Christian movies for teens with your time. Having a family movie night doubles your joy. The reason why Christian movies do not get released in cinemas is that the seats don’t get filled. If you want to live for the glory of God than the growth in truth and moral message in movies is a must. Judging someone is easy but actually understanding it is difficult. If stressed and demoralized you must watch biblical movies because they will give you hope for living in this world.

True Riches in God’s Kingdom

True Riches in God’s Kingdom

True Riches in God’s Kingdom

Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Have you ever felt discouraged? Do you feel down? Or do you feel tired? Do you feel like nothing falls into place and that everything you do just simply fails?

God is constantly listening. Your every woe will be answered. Just reach out to Him and you will surely find the answers to your deepest questions. This is how prayers work. We won’t realize it, but God is working in ways unimaginable. All He requires is that we trust Him and have faith that everything is going according to His Divine Plan.

The Importance of Work and Prayer

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

What must we do to prosper? The Lord has proclaimed, through the prophet Jeremiah the divine formula to our divine prosperity.

This prosperity is richness not in this material world but in the resurrection, as we enter the kingdom of Heaven, where our true riches lie. What do these riches pertain to? How can we attain them? These, God will answer through various instruments.

This passage reflects that we are called to different vocations, “build houses and settle down, plant gardens and eat what they produce.” Some of us were created to be professionals, doctors; saving lives and treating illnesses, some to be farmers, plowing the land and planting seeds to provide food for man and a place of dwelling for animals, some to be brothers, and sisters and mothers and fathers.

We are made for this.

We must work and carry on our daily functions, struggles in love.  One must have a personal connection with Our Lord.”

We must know our Lord. We must know Him and His plans for us, through speaking to him in prayer. “Am I on the right path, oh Lord?” The more we pray, the more we speak to Him. The more we speak to him, the more we can know Him. And, the more we know him, the more we can love Him.

Our Lord has created this world in a specific order. And we must stay in this order, stay in His love for us to achieve eternal prosperity and happiness. This is what He wills us to do. Sure, it may be quite an uneasy path, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

And so we pray, “Lord, help us grow the way You have created us to, may we, through Your grace and goodness, want and pursue, the things that will be for the welfare of our Souls, and will lead us closer to You, in Heaven, Amen.”

Traversing Unknown Road with the Lord

Traversing Unknown Road

Traversing Unknown Road with the Lord

Lk 5,17-26: One day Jesus was teaching and many Pharisees and teachers of the Law had come from every part of Galilee and Judea and even from Jerusalem. They were sitting there while the power of the Lord was at work to heal the sick. Then some men brought a paralyzed man who lay on his mat. They tried to enter the house to place him before Jesus, but they couldn’t find a way through the crowd. So they went up on the roof and, removing the tiles, they lowered him on his mat into the middle of the group, in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”

In this passage, we reflect on a day, during Our Lord’s proclamation. His days of healing and teaching, a multitude of people, even the top authorities regularly visited Our Lord. A group of faithful men brought a paralyzed man on his mat. Motivated by love for this man and the unshakable belief that Christ can heal him, they went up the roof through the path less chosen and removed the tiles, which were ‘impediments’ to get to Our Lord and be healed. Astonished by their faith, and overflowing with love and mercy, Christ treated him.

The Road Less Travelled

Most of us live through a life preferring comfort, going through the leveled path. Getting to the rooftop and creating an opening through the roof is no easy task. We must realize that to follow Christ; we must bear our crosses daily. Choose the path to Christ’s love and everlasting goodness.

There may be instances when we feel like God is testing us. Instead of bearing our crosses with glee, we mope around the corner and question Him, “Why is this happening to us? What did we do to deserve such loneliness?” These are the usual scenarios we go through when we experience trying times.

A Series of Impediments

The men in the passage did not just go through one hindrance, but a series of impediments, one after another. First, the man was paralyzed and cannot walk by himself thus a mat was used to get him around. A multitude of people was in the way, so they went up to the roof to get over this. Up the roof, there was no ready access, so they had to remove the tiles. What great faith they had!

As Christians, we will continuously encounter impediments. There will always be challenges. The enemy, Satan, and the fallen angels will consistently block our paths towards Paradise. Hence we must be vigilant. They will always find a means to lead us to avert from our true calling. Know that the most significant impediment is a sin. Sin draws us away from Our Lord. Sin prevents us from the realization of our true created purpose.

With this, we must pray and ask for forgiveness unceasingly. Every day, every moment is an opportunity to draw us closer to Our Lord. And every time we fall and ask for His mercy, He lovingly says “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”

God’s Ultimate Blessing – Love, Bread, and Fish.

God's Ultimate Blessings

God’s Ultimate Blessing: Love, Bread, and Fish.

Mk 6, 34-44:

As Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He had compassion on them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began a long teaching session with them. It was now getting late, so His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a lonely place, and it is now late. You should send the people away and let them go to the farms and villages around here to buy themselves something to eat”.

Jesus replied, “You yourselves give them something to eat”. They answered, “If we are to give them food, we must go and buy two hundred silver coins’ worth of bread”. But Jesus said, “You have some loaves: how many? Go and see”. The disciples found out and said, “There are five loaves and two fish.”

Then He told them to have the people sit down together in groups on the green grass. This they did in groups of hundreds and fifties. And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish and, raising his eyes to heaven, he pronounced a blessing, broke the loaves and handed them to his disciples to distribute to the people.

He also divided the two fish among them. They all ate, and everyone had enough. Then when everyone finished eating.  The disciples filled twelve baskets with broken pieces of bread and fish. Five thousand men had eaten there.

Do we adopt Christ’s divine sensitivity for those who are intimately around us? Do we adopt openness and flexibility to respond to their needs?

We are all familiar with how quickly time passes by when we do something we truly love and when we are with someone or a group of people we truly love. Christ filled with compassion, He taught the whole day, and the disciples noticed how quickly the day passed. They were worried about the people, modeling the empathy their Teacher had.

What do you have and what can you give?

The Lord decided to give them more than just spiritual food in the form of The Word but also food for the body. Jesus asked the disciples what they have. The disciples started looking at each other. Because they only had five loaves of bread and two fish. It was not enough.

What we give, we will receive sevenfold.

But the Lord can never be outdone in generosity, with His love and compassion, He did not only decide to make a miracle to provide for them. He also organized the distribution systematically and orderly.

“Then he told them to have the people sit down together in groups on the green grass. This they did in groups of hundreds and fifties.” The food miraculously, out of love, fed five thousand men. What we give through love, and with love, given generously, will multiply in grace.

As children of God, we are the leaven of society. As a famous saying goes, “Someone cannot do everything, but everyone can do something.”

“Lord, help us to be sensitive to the needs of those who are intimately around us. May we not feel frustrated or discouraged when You call us to respond with flexibility. Teach us, Lord, on how to change our plans to do Your will. Help us to recognize that You provided all that we need. Let us become generous, cheerful givers and sharers of Your Love. Amen”


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10 Reasons why you can’t miss Christian Movies 2019

Christian Movies 2019

We have been watching so many movies since cinema has taken place. Hollywood movies and Bollywood movies are the most prominent. Genres like fictional and non-fictional can be seen under these categories. The year 2018 has been a good year and has released many faith-films which were proven to be blockbuster. This has the made the year 2018 super hit. Everyone likes to watch movies from kids ranging to adults. After watching the faith films last year you might be craving for more faithful stories this year. So, you don’t have to wait anymore as the film city is going to release the best Christian movies this year based on the theme of faith.

  • Movies as a tool for the society

Obviously, its modern era and who would not be interested in movies? It has been noticed that Christian media is one of the most powerful tools that is being used by the god to remind us that we are the beautiful creation in this world by him. Through Christianity humanism evolved on the earth and it has been denoted by the name Paradise where the beautiful creation of the god lived.

  • Coming close to God

Christian films are the best source to connect with the god. This year you would be again reminded about the existence of the god. If you are a person who watches lots of movies, then you must watch the new and upcoming movies this year.

  • The growth of Christian movies

The trend of Christian films has been grown steadily in the last few years. With slow growth, it’s time to watch what new in cinematic is going to hit your mind. Movies are the source through which you can relate to the problems in our society or someone who is a more devotee person he/she won’t miss this chance to watch Christian movies.

  • Valuable message

Christian movies give a good message, which imparts character. Whether with family or friends you can watch them with anyone and you will feel spell bounded.

  • Also made for movie buffs

Who won’t like to watch a good movie with a good message? In fact, the people who love to watch Christian movies based on faith should definitely watch these movies. You will experience the power of love, hope and also how to forgive someone over hatred.

  • An enviable list

Christian movies 2019 will prove this year to be a noteworthy year for faith-based movies. Hollywood will release its best Christian films this year. Like previous year this year will also be a blockbuster year for Christian movies.

  • Wide range of choices

Movies like “the least of these”, “run the race”, “breakthrough” are going to hit the cinemas. Christian movies are the one which will really bring all your emotions out. You can also take a glimpse of the Bible through these movies. Jesus was the one who has the power of both life and death.

  • Christianity as a subject

You must also grab the knowledge of Christianity because it is considered a way to god. Literature gives really importance to Christianity because it really makes you realize that you have been created by God so you should do justice to god.

  • A good hobby

Like any other movie genre, Christian movies can also be binged watched. All one needs is a subscription to online streaming services, or a DVD of the movie.

  • Reasonable priced

No matter what the format is, Christian movies are always affordable. Since they appeal to a large audience and are a holy way to spend your time, they will never cause a hole in your pocket.

The Ultimate Offering

The Ultimate Offering

Mark 11:41-44 41

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Are we willing to serve Our Lord? What are we willing to offer up for Him? How much are we willing to offer up for Him? Jesus Christ, Our Lord, and Savior, willingly died on the Cross to save us. We must remember that Christ did all of those consciously, choosing to protect us from eternal damnation. Imagine the pain, the fear, the misery, the loneliness our Lord must have gone through, taking the form and flesh of a true man. All of these he did out of service, out of genuine care, out of pure love!

As Jesus watched, he saw rich people, people of high material and political standing, putting their money in the temple treasury; where people put their gifts for god. These people placed vast amounts of money.

Jesus created Perfect Man and Perfect God, knew that these amounts were only a fraction of what they can honestly give. A poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins. Christ knew that it was everything that the woman owned. How was she able to do that? She did it out of service, out of genuine care, out of pure love!

As we go through our days, going through our daily tasks, let us watch, as Christ has watched those people giving in the temple, for opportunities to turn all our thoughts all our actions to be of the highest value in the eyes our Lord. How? Do you ask? By being ‘contemplatives,’ may we take the time to contemplate, the root word being ‘temple,’ a place where we make things Holy by offering them up to God. And we cannot just offer it up; we need to ‘add value’ to our thoughts and actions by adding love to the equation.

“Lord, thank you for giving me a heart of gratitude. Help me, with all my strength, with all my heart, and with all my mind. So I could add love to all of my thoughts and deeds. May I learn, through your grace, to love you more, through the tasks I go through, through the people, the souls I interact with. Amen.”

Stand Strong: Overcoming Test of Faith

Stand Strong

The film Stand Strong tells about main character Matt Webster and his family who were having a materialistic way of living. The opening scenes showed the lifestyle of each of Matt’s family members. We see that Matt is busy with work while his wife Tara gets preoccupied in pleasing her rich friends than giving attention to their youngest child.  They often left Cameron in the house with a maidservant. The two teens Megan and Brendan attended to their hobbies and friends.

Each of them created a little world outside the family to cover up their lack of support towards one another. Their set-up was akin to most of us who look up to lifestyle than have meaningful relationships at home and work, in school or with friends. Consciously or not, our focus goes to the image of affluence where we thrive. When this level of comfort and security gets shaken, that’s where the trouble begins.

Matt’s predicament came into view when the company he works for started cutting jobs. He tracked house payments and his family’s expenses. Tara overspent on her credit cards. Brendan and Megan often went out with their separate set of friends. As head of his family, Matt decided to cut back which dismayed them. Wives can reflect on Tara’s malpractices. As a wife and mother, her duty was to support her husband’s decisions in curbing their expenses and not rant on him when her cards got declined.

After losing their house to foreclosure, Matt’s family moved in to live under his brother Josh house. His mother declined to bail him this time so he’d learn to manage his family and finances on his own. Tara and Megan grow up with a servant and this situation tested Rachel’s patience. Good thing Rachel chose to pray for extended patience than quarrel with Tara. Had acceptance came into their hearts sooner, it could have eased their adjustment period as part of another household. Ego usually gets in the way before humility sets. Matt and his family experienced this kind of situation. Josh offered to help Matt with what he knows about dealing with finances based on principles from the Bible.

Another test of fate was when Cameron fell from a rocky cliff after following Brendan who climbed on top of it. Filled with guilt about his brother getting hurt, Brendan was remorseful and turned to the Bible for guidance. Matt saw this and bridged the gap between their father and son relationship. He noticed Brendan’s artistic talent and came to work with him on a digital marketing project. Matt also reached out to Megan to restore their father and daughter bond.

The film Stand Strong depicts factors that make up for character building between husband and wife, parents and children, an individual and family that stands steadfastly. Towards the end, they all learned from each other that made them hold together as a family again.

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October Baby: A Quest to Redeem an Identity

October Baby

The film October Baby has dramatically dealt a sensitive topic about failed abortion and its consequences. Main character Hannah was a freshman student who suffers seizures due to being born prematurely. After fainting onstage at a school play, her protective father Dr. Jacob consults a neurologist about her complications. Hannah overheard their conversation including that he read her journal where she noted feeling unwanted. She then insisted to know the cause of her health issues.

As it turns out, Hannah survived a failed abortion and that she was an adopted child. This revelation led to a quest to find her birth mother. Hannah wanted to know what happened to her mother and why she considered her as a case of unwanted pregnancy. These scenes showed us the emotion of a confused teenager with an identity concealed from her. We also saw the love of an adoptive father who kept the circumstances underlying her birth for as long as he can.

Right in time for spring break, Hannah travels with her childhood friend Jason and his buddies so they can drop her off to Mobile on the way to New Orleans. Jason’s girlfriend Alana gets jealous over Hannah so she called Dr. Jacob to confront him. What’s good about Jason is that he proves to Dr. Jacob that he can trust him as his daughter’s friend and companion. He left his buddies and girlfriend so he can go with Hannah. There was a chance for them to sleep in one bed in a hotel but they ended sleeping at a couch in the lobby instead. What they showed is young love that has pure intentions for each other.

There were several heartbreaking scenes in this film. Nurse Mary described in details to Hannah what happened when she and her twin brother was born. The incident left a trauma in her even at the passing of time. The second poignant scene was when Hannah’s birth mother Cindy saw her note on the table. In it were the words I forgive you and a hospital tag she used when Hannah was born. Cindy broke down in tears realizing the weight of her sin. She didn’t acknowledge Hannah as her daughter when they met. The pain was still there between them.

However, Hannah chose to forgive her even when she didn’t ask for it. The third tearful scene was when Dr. Jacob brought Hannah to her twin’s grave and told her about the lengths he and his wife took in order for her to live. Hannah finally had closure with her past and understood that it was her adoptive parents who wanted her in their lives.

Ultimately, the story’s message was as we are forgiven by Christ, we forgive those who sinned against us not because they deserve forgiveness. We have the power to choose to forgive because we deserve to free ourselves from the burden that hatred and regrets bring to our souls.

New World Order: Signs of the End Times

New World Order

We can discuss the Book of Revelations in the Bible allegorically in a hundred different interpretations. It makes for a good film premise. The film New World Order released in 2013 used the mark of the Beast as its focal point.

The story opened with a van containing seven Christians who got captured for alleged treason against the New World Order. Officers brought them to a facility so each person can decide whether be marked or sentenced to death. These scenes gave us a glimpse of what will possibly happen during the reign of the Beast as foretold in the Book of Revelations. Main character Demi knew that receiving the mark means losing her soul that is why she influenced her friend Christen against getting marked.

Then the plot went to a flashback scene when Demi and Jason first met. The rear of her car slightly hit him because she was talking to Christen on her mobile while attempting to leave the parking area. There was an instant attraction between the two. Scenes that followed showed us how simple distractions could lead our faith astray. Demi and Christen left the church early to meet up with Jason and his friend at a bar.

The plot then moved its setting to three years since the inception of the New World Order. A tyrant general called Supreme Chancellor demands allegiance to Lord Aldo De Luca by the registry of a national census. Each person shall bear a mark on the forehead or wrist. Otherwise, they are unable to buy food and will have them listed as an offender until captured or killed. Demi’s parents decided to receive the mark. Her mother turned her in. These scenes remind us that regardless of what our parents or elders decide upon, we can defend the belief that we uphold as an individual. Our conscience and soul is our own.

There were only two critical twists in this story. One, Jason turned out as a traitor. He joined an underground Christian group so that he can kill its members one by one. Second, when they mark Demi to save her life. Christen chose to face the death chamber to keep her faith. It is ironic and yet true that those we think we knew turns out as something else beyond who we think they are to us. It may have been the same notion of the people who came up with this film.

The storyline may be in disarray. But the message of this film is for us to become aware of what’s happening around us. In the end, we all lose our existence in this world anyway. What matters is that our soul goes back to God.

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