Breakthrough: A Mother’s Unwavering Love

Breakthrough

Breakthrough: A Mother’s Unwavering Love

The depth of a mother’s love is beyond measure. Based on true events, this film takes us to a roller coaster ride of emotions of a mother. The story opens with 14-year-old John intentionally doing and undoing things like a typical teenager. He gives his breakfast to the dog. Then he calls his dad by the first name and didn’t do his assignment on family history. These scenes show how a concerned mother makes an effort to connect to her teenage son.

After winning a basketball game in school, John went to a sleepover. The next morning, the three boys played over the frozen Missouri Lake despite knowing it’s not safe there. The plot took a turn when the ice suddenly cracks and the three boys fell on cold water. The two managed to emerge but John fell deeper.  Rescuers came to get John’s body. These scenes leave us to thinking that the boy could have avoided the accident if he heeded to the man’s warning. Stubbornness leads to a reckless tragedy.

Upon reaching the hospital, Joyce got confronted by the Doctor who explained their efforts to revive him and yet, John has no pulse for several minutes now.  She enters the room and cries out to God to send the Holy Spirit to breathe life into John. She touched his feet and miraculously, his pulse starts ticking again. The Doctor says John may become severely impaired once he wakens. Joyce showed us that no matter what the Doctor says, she keeps her faith in prayer that God listens to a mother’s plea.

There are reflective moments in this story. Joyce didn’t approve of the new pastor Jason and the changes he’s done at church service especially including rap music during praise and worship. Even so, Jason was the first person to comfort her in times of distress. He was by her side when she needed a friend the most. Sometimes, we too misjudge persons in our lives because we do not favor their ways. Later on, we find ourselves accepting them for who they are. The best part is when we realize that the one we used to frown upon turns out as a compassionate soul after all like Jason to Joyce.

John’s rescuer claims himself as an unbeliever. However, he believes he heard a voice when he plunged in the cold lake that led him to find the boy’s body. When they meet again, he told John that if God has plans for him, it may be something pretty special. The accident turned out as a life-changing experience both for the man who erstwhile thought there was no God and the boy who saw how many people have extended their help and prayers for a miracle.

While a mother’s love is a powerful force on Earth, God’s love for us makes a miracle possible.

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Into His Arms

Into His Arms

Into His Arms: Letting Go and Letting God

This drama film released in 1999 revolves around a 7-year-old girl named Jennifer and her mom Sharla. A well-off family in a community surrounded by friends. Until one day, the two went shopping to find a nice dress Jennifer can wear at her first piano recital. Sharla coaxed her daughter to try out a dress while she gets busy choosing other dresses for her. After a few minutes, her daughter was not there anymore. Fear surged Sharla knowing that Jennifer wouldn’t leave the shop without her. This story is a reminder to every parent to always be watchful of your child even as you go to the same old shop.

Sharla was remorseful to the point of having nightmares about the incident. Her husband Jim blamed her. Her sorrow was beyond words. Neighbours reached out to her but she became reclusive. She attempted to resist her friend Bren who bought some groceries to ease her chores. She offered to pay knowing she’s more financially able than her but Bren was quick to remind her that she’s willing to lend a hand because she was her friend. Later on, we learned Bren lost her husband on a road accident. Sharla asked how she managed to cope and her reply was that she asked God for comfort. Their conversation scene showed us how good it was to have an understanding and encouraging friend especially in times when our heart gets troubled.

They found the body of Jennifer in the woods. However, Gary cannot just accept what happened. He believes that Jennifer can’t simply run away and die like that. A police officer told him to close the case since they know enough. What triggered Gary was this guy’s statement that if he is going to chase phantoms, it will just hurt everyone. Gary was persistent to pursue his investigations further. Instinct and conscience was his guide for running after the truth. And sometimes, it is the gut feeling that tells us that something’s wrong. Gary’s persistence leads him to track Sharla’s neighbour and family friend Bill. His capture revealed the real story behind the untimely death of the girl.

This film is an eye-opener. Some pain never goes away like losing a loved one. We learned that forgiveness for the offender allows her to rebuild her faith. Sharla may not have granted her forgiveness to Bill at this time. Just maybe, she’ll come around to it once she becomes ready to forgive herself and heal her wounded soul thereafter.

We question God for tragedies that come our way. The message is for us to acknowledge that by submitting Into His Hands our lives, we let go of the pain and we let God unfold a new us as we move on.

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Runaway Hearts

Runaway Hearts

Runaway Hearts: The Courage to Live

This film tells a compelling story about two kids who ran away from home and came across two adults who ran away from their past circumstances. An 11-year-old Tevin and 5-year-old Angel have the same mom Maze but different fathers who they haven’t met.

The story took a turn when one day, Maze overdose on drugs. On impulse, Tevin drags Angel out of the house until the ambulance took their mom’s body away. Tevin takes his mom’s boyfriend Dill’s drug money. He thought he needed a bike so they can go farther. The kids went to Gabe’s yard, and Tevin took one of his bikes, but Angel prodded to return it.

As viewers, we think they were too young to experience this kind of messy ordeal. But it happens in real life. Tevin showed us the survival instincts of an elder brother who was out to save and protect his little sister from the odds they face.

Meanwhile, Gabe was attending a counselling session after his release from jail. He was hard on himself after a trauma he experienced when he was a teenager. His dad frequently hits his mom. He was coming home from school when his parents died from a car crash. His younger brother Jerry sustained severe injuries.

Unfortunately, social services separated them. Jerry ended up with abusive foster parents. Gabe became an architect but resorted to alcohol to ease his pain. He was drunk-driving when he crashed into a bus resulting in multiple injuries on the passengers, which is why he was in jail. Gabe’s pain runs deep into his soul. Issues we face like cruelty from people who are supposed to care for us takes a long time to heal. Only God’s mercy can save our soul from self-incrimination.

After being away from their town for a long time, Gabe returns to his former home. Emma was his love interest when they were young. She would catch him looking at her from afar. Emma and Gabe were both lonely souls who yearn to love and love in return. They tell us that their separation from each other no matter how long a time it was cannot erase the love that they hold in their hearts.

The kids used Gabe’s treehouse as their shelter. Gabe kept mum to the authorities even when they knew about the kids’ whereabouts. Meanwhile, Dill trailed them and took the chance to retrieve his money. The culminating scene will leave you to the edge of your seats. The ending implied that Gabe and Emma could become adoptive parents to Tevin and Angel soon.

Ultimately, the film’s message is for us to use courage as a means of living a life that is better than our past. Gabe’s conversation with the counsellor taught us we can’t change what was, but we can change what will be. Our past experiences may influence our present and future self but not defined by it.

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Princess Cut Movie Review

Princess Cut

Princess Cut: A Christian Perspective on Courtship and Marriage

The film Princess Cut presents the meaning of the cliché true love is worth waiting for. Main character Grace is a dreamy naïve country girl who stares fascinated on a princess cut diamond ring at a shop. Since she was into a long distance relationship with college boy Stuart for 15 months, she assumed he would propose soon. He busted her bubbles in front of his other friends when he announced that he’s already engaged with another girl.

Grace showed a shallow outlook when it comes to getting into a relationship. When her mom asked what she liked about Stuart, she identified his traits as cute and smart, none of which pertains to his personality. Mom says she dated someone like that and he talks only about himself. In another scene, Grace told her dad she wanted to move near Stuart’s location. Her dad said that their land had endured three generations and a college boy is not worth to replace it. Grace accepted the cool barista from the café Jared as an immediate replacement to Stuart. He wanted intimacy. Grace felt she regretted it when he kissed her. Although in a state of confusion, she managed to confide and be honest with her parents. It means trustworthiness is intact within their family circle. With their guidance, she used tact to end her involvement with Jared.

The story had good scripting. There were several takeaways from mom and dad like let love find you. However, Grace didn’t know that marriage is not a be-all for a girl her age. While she is on a waiting game, she is not lacking in love because her family loves her. About losing Stuart, mom says it is not a total loss. She could have followed it up with you’re a wonderful girl as you are with or without a boyfriend. The amusing part was when her younger brother Andrew posted an ad just so a potential boyfriend can come to their doorstep. Dad says that marriage is a gift from God and he could have added so is singlehood.

Dr. Clint showed an old-fashioned way of courtship. He declared his intention of pursuing Grace for the possibility of marriage. While dad affirmed that Clint would do honorable things for Grace and God, he also vowed to protect her daughter in every step of the way. Both Clint and Grace agreed to explore a deeper friendship together.  Despite the odds like Jared and the doctor’s ex-girlfriend Brooke, the story ended with getting the princess cut diamond ring in Grace’s finger.

Lastly, the soybean analogy is a great lesson to remember. There’s a season of planting and harvesting. There’s a proper time for everything under the sun. Courtship paves the way to marriage so both man and woman should take time to know each other and by placing the word of God in the center of the relationship, it could lead to a lasting partnership.

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Molokai: Father Damien’s Selfless Devotion

Molokai

Molokai: Father Damien’s Selfless Devotion

Molokai, a small isolated isle in Hawaii. This film dramatically presented the struggles of Father Damien who volunteered to minister to the lepers in exile.

This story took place during the late 1800s. During that time, people with leprosy are outcast of society. Father Damien knew he could acquire the disease and yet, he accepted his mission with an open heart. His dedication towards his vocation made him go further lengths when it comes to serving the people regardless of their condition.

Upon his arrival at the island, a Lutheran gentleman warned him of the situation. They’re doing everything to prevent the spread of the disease. He also meets an Englishman who once was a medical assistant before becoming a leper. The Englishman warns the priest about having the same fate as his should he stay there longer.

He finds a ruined chapel and cleans it. Later on, he planted trees on the mountainside. Father Damien helped in building a hospital for the sick.  The priest showed resilience in these scenes. He makes the most out of what he can do with the available resources to help himself and the people residing in Molokai.

In another angle, he found out that the person of authority is a drunkard and a thief who operates a madhouse. At one scene, a mother requested him to fetch her teenage daughter there. He got enraged with what he saw and pulled some of the girls to send them home. A very ill man kissed him and because he didn’t flinch, everyone in the room is shocked. Father Damien even held the man in his arms and prayed for him. Since that incident, some people came to attend mass. They tested him and he remained forthright with his conviction.

The film also showcased coverups between church and government officials due to lack of interest in reaching out to the suffering people in Molokai. Father Damien’s letters appealing for provision became articles in the newspapers that dismayed the Prime Minister.

The captain of the ship refused to allow him onboard so he made his confession to the Bishop at sea. All the sick people are killed and thrown overboard. These leaders have no concern towards the lepers and prefer them dead.

The Prime Minister initiated building a hospital for lepers outside of Honolulu. So that all the government donations and nuns will not reach Molokai. He delayed granting permission to the nuns that when they came, Father Damien was already dying. The people of Molokai grieved for his death. But Father Damien fulfilled his mission and converted more souls to the Catholic faith.

Broken: A Tale between Vengeance and Forgiving

Broken

Broken: A Tale between Vengeance and Forgiving

The film Broken opened its story with a caption New Zealand (1836). The murder of a girl changes the course of history. The astonishing acts of forgiveness that follow bring peace between the warring tribes. The spirit of this story is inspired by hers. From these words alone, we were given a premise that the film’s main theme is the act of forgiving.

Main character Logan used to lead a gang called The Mad Bulls. He left them to raise his daughter Tori and settled himself as a boxing coach at a gym. Both of them enjoyed surfing just in time for sunrise. That morning, Logan’s former mate Murphy showed up on his dock to coax him to return to their brotherhood. Logan declined his offer even after knowing that the rival gang Pouakai was after him. All he wanted was a quiet life with his teenage daughter and nothing more.

Tori was a Christian. She invites her dad to come to church with her but he refused. She and her friend Josh picked up Jess so she can witness a worship performance at church. Jess later confessed that she planned to commit suicide if not for that invitation. These scenes remind us how a simple act of encouragement can save a life.

The story turned when the worried dad decided to fetch his daughter at church after not being home by the promised time. Logan drops by the boxing gym and sees his friend hurt, told him to find Tori sooner. He was still on the road when Tori picked up the phone at home. Men came and shoot her for dead with dad hearing it on his phone. Logan showed us how anger translated to wanting to avenge his daughter’s death. During Tori’s wake, he decided to put revenge in his hands and joined The Mad Bulls again.

Another pivotal character in this tale is Pouakai gang leader Cruz. He took Tori’s laptop in search for information but ended watching her video message about forgiveness. His mother was already confined at hospice care. In a short intimate chat, she told him to forgive everyone and himself so he could be set free. It was the same message bespoke by Tori.

Logan and Murphy came to kill Cruz’s mom. Logan was unable to act on it so Murphy pressed a pillow on top of her face. She was barely alive when Cruz came to see her. She reminded him to forgive everyone before passing on. Cruz made a noble act and that was to face Logan. Both men understood that they wanted to end the impending bloodbath. As it turns out, Murphy used Tori’s death as a match to ignite the fire between the two gangs so theirs can take over the town. He got shot dead as well.  In the end, Logan wore Tori’s cross necklace as a sign of his newfound faith in Christianity.

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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.

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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Here’s Why You Should Watch a Christian Movie Once A Week

Christian Movies

In the frenzy of peppy chart busters and jaw-dropping backdrops, in the fantasy of ‘Infinity Stones,’somewhere down the line, our faiths seem to be flickering. While we are bogged down by the pace of our everyday rat-race that apparently leaves us enervated, and we are bedazzled by the glitters of the success-ladder, rekindling our faith in truth, unconditional love and compassion become the only way we stay grounded to our roots.

Here’s a list of Christian movies watching which our hope and faith ought to be strengthened, preventing us from going astray in life.

  1. Grace Unplugged: This movie pivots about a father-daughter dynamic, wherein Christianity plays the driving force of the protagonist.Released in the year of 2013, Grace Unplugged portrays a father, who had fallen prey to drug abuse during the heyday of his rock scene and had found his hope of life in the path of Christianity. His daughter wants to be what he was, despite all his cautions. Devoid of the mainstream cheesiness, this movie is a must watch for re-establishing hope in the worst hit times.
  2. Soul Surfer, PG:Never give up attitude towards your dream is what this movie depicts. A surfer girl, Bethany, survived a shark attack. Despite losing her arm, she re-steps into her dream world. To top it all, the photographic experience along with the lovely musical background score leaves an even more intense impact on the viewers.
  3. Unbroken:Path to redemption: This movie pivots about the life story of Louis Zamperini, a survivor of the Second World War, who reeling from his nightmarish experience, gets married to a young woman, Cynthia Apple white. When his inner demons tend to ruin his marriage, he is stirred by the inspirational words of Rev. Once, he embraced the Christian faith, he starts to learn how to forgive his prior oppressors and spread the message of unconditional love and peace.This one is among the most praised Christian faith movies of the recent times.
  4. God is Not Dead: A light in the darkness: A setback of his beloved church being burnt down brings along a number of adverse situations in the life of the protagonist. While things take a turn to the adverse conditions, Hill, the protagonist, gets aid from his atheist brother, a lawyer in order to rebuild his beloved church.
  5. Miracles from Heaven: They say, when medicines don’t help much, it’s your prayers that can be the best healer. This movie reinstates the faith in miracles, with the story of a little girl, Anna. Her illness is incurable as a rare case. With the relentless prayers and help of her mother, she starts healing in a miraculous way, rendering the doctors and her family in surprise.

These are a handful of the best faith based movies watching which can certainly help you sort it out and mend it with hope and love at the adverse crossroads of your life.

Why 2018 Year Has Been A Great For Christian Movies?

It doesn’t happen every year that Christian movies get the admiration of everyone. But 2018 has given the pleasure of watching beautiful Christian movies.

The year had many Good christian movieswhich allowed people of all ages and background to enjoy and admire the content.

Christian movies in every genre

The variety increased in terms of genres of Christian movies. The year 2018 showcased the versatility of content in Christian movies.

In the movie, I Can Only Imaginethe lead character is a singer who struggles to fight the demons of his childhood with an abusive father. The concept and the connection with music genre made this movie top-grossing in the area of faith films.

Christian Movies

When you look at the movie Unbroken: Path to Redemptionit follows the story-line of a hit movie Unbroken, which came in the year 2014. This new movie deals with the concept of battle, depression and associated PTSD.

Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Then there is a movie like An Interview With Goda unique concept where a journalist gets a chance to interview God three times. The conversation puts light on a lot of issues in a fascinating way.

An Interview With God

Similarly, there are other Christian movies in genres such as family, comedy, war, and others. All these genres have opened faith movies in a broader way for the next few years.

Improved quality with increased budget

The arrival of better VFX technologies has increased the quality of film making. This is not news for the general film industry, but now Christian movies have also started using good quality film making techniques due to an increased budget. The versatility of content allows more gross return, which helps studios invest more in creating quality movies.

You can see the improved film making quality in Christian movies in 2018 such as Paul, Apostle of Christ and God’s Not Dead: A Light in The Darkness. There are similar other movies where technology has helped obtain better visual quality. This increased budget and quality make movies more believable and enjoyable for viewers.

Teachings are subtle and meaningful

Unlike the traditional Christian movies, 2018 was the year when people got more engaged. This is majorly due to the reduction in the flat approach to just presenting biblical ideas out there. No matter if you watch a romantic movie, a family drama or a war movie, the theories, preaching and the stories are blended beautifully together. The flow of the story doesn’t stop to clarify teaching moments. This upgrade to the overall thematic concept has given rise to Christian movies in 2018. The story-line itself describes what you need to learn and understand about faith and Christianity. This wasn’t the case a few years back. This year, there have been some great additions to the evergreen Christian movies.

If you have missed the greatest christian movies of 2018, go and watch them online. You will experience a better quality in terms of content variety and the quality of film making as well.

Hopefully, this growth in the Christian movies will keep on continuing this year as well.