RELIGION & MY LIFE SERIES_MOVIES

When I choose a movie I choose it for the purpose of getting something out of it. It may be affirmation, education, a challenge or light hearted humor. This movie was very affirming for me.( I went to see it at Village_ Sunshine)

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This morning I went to see this movie and I have to say it really hit the mark.            I enjoyed it at many levels.

First because it’s art imitating life, I know of a real nearby church in Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia that was burned by a disgruntled youth. There are also churches been burned or bombed in other parts of the world today.

I condemn this violence as it’s not helpful and it just causes more pain and it should never be a form of expression no matter what faith it may be.

Second, that we all have doubts and fear in life. We have all been victims of injustices at some time or another. But God is always there waiting to hear from each and everyone of us to answer our doubts and fears. The movie shows this beautifully through Pastor Dave.

Third, that forgiveness is the biggest healer of all. We should never doubt God’s acceptance of us,  His unconditional love and forgiveness.

Fourth, I know families struggling with children and their faith, like Pastor Dave and his lawyer brother. Teenagers doubting the existence of God. I believe that parents need to have real discussions with their children and together be part of a church that is going to deepen their faith.

Next, is the question of whether we have the right to practice our faith. Some say faith can be divisive and it can cause violence. No!!! Religion doesn’t cause violence but the hearts and choices of people does. We should not blame religion for the atrocities of others. We all have a right to practice our religion as stated in Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (see article 18 below) http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/                                        I  hate the argument that religion causes wars. These wars were all chosen by men not God. Let’s look at the now!

God is good all the time, it’s people that doubt, question and change. God never changes. Church is very relevant today, more than ever before because the world as it stands today, is in turmoil. I love when Pastor Dave was asked what is truth?  He answered that truth is a person -JESUS CHRIST -who is the true justice warrior.

Jesus’ teachings are very relevant today, they were given to us to help and protect us, not to harm us. Just look at the choices people are making today. Their choices are been driven by what the media is pushing, minority groups, what is fashionable, by stats or by desires, not by what is good, praiseworthy and pleasing to God.

We should all focus on the big picture and have a heaven perspective. This movie helps me focus of the Almighty, All powerful God and Jesus who is like God.

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Dear Lord Jesus,

Everyday helps us to be more like you and fight for what is right and just, according to the gospels you gave us. Give us the answers to all our doubts and fears and forgive all our digressions, through Your Holy Spirit, AMEN.

PAUL_ APOSTLE OF CHRIST_ Movie_ Let us all together finish the race

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http://www.paulmovie.com/site/

Saul of Tarsus a pharisee with allegiance to the evil Roman empire was persecuting christians some 30 odd years after Jesus Christ had died, Saul was travelling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to “arrest more Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem” when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind, Jesus asked Saul “Why are you persecuting me?” After three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus. This just magnified the power of Christ and his demands of Saul. He converted and went on to preach the gospel according to Jesus Christ.

Saul whose name became Paul, was beautifully and sensitively portrayed by James Faulkner. Luke Ápostle of Christ during Jesus’ ministry,  was played by Jim Caviezel who was the greek physician and healer who came to Saul to get the last wisdoms from him before his execution from Nero the emperor of Rome.

After Luke and Paul through prayer, heal the jailer _Mauritius’ daughter, there is another conversion from him and his family.

This is an perfect example of directors and writers who remain true to the bible truths referencing to the catholic bible- the first and purest to be written, in giving us a heartfelt movie that captures the spirit of Jesus Christ.

http://www.paulmovie.com/site/lettersfrompaul (courtesy of Affirm and Giving Films)

PAUL FINISHED THE RACE AND KEPT THE FAITH  “He wrote 13 of the New Testament letters and travelled more than 10,000 miles by foot to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I loved this movie and I was moved by Paul’s wisdom, his love of Jesus Christ and his letters that stay true to Christ’s message of LOVE that conquers all evil.

The sad thing is that nothing has changed and christians today all over the world are still being persecuted. Some are physically tortured while others like me, are feeling the squeeze because of the increase in secularism and the beliefs that I have which are not in line with populous views, ie. abortion, marriage, family, euthanasia to name a few.  This movie just gave me hope and faith to keep going and finish the race. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray that more will be converted and be saved.

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DENZEL WASHINGTON & MARK WAHLBERG both say that we need God in our lives

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As the new year begins, are there things in your life you need to prioritise?        Below are some reasons that might inspire you to start.

HERE ARE TWO ACTORS I HOLD IN HIGH ESTEEM

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click here  for  more https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2017/october/superstar-denzel-washington-professes-faith-while-surprising-blessed-86-year-old-fan

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Life is short and you can leave your mark here on this earth by your actions, no matter how little and insignificant they may seem, there are gifts that God has bestowed upon you that no one else on earth can fulfill. You can do the little things in a great way to start.

Then allow God to guide you and take you forward with prayer, repentance and forgiveness, without them your faith journey will struggle.

Say this prayer out loud 

“Dear God, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation from sin right now.

I am now saved. Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. Thank you, Father God, for forgiving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life with You. Amen!”                                 ( courtesy Dr. Larry Hutton)

Scott Hahn- from protestant pastor to catholic theologian

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From hating the catholic church to becoming a catholic theologian, motivated by the conversion of  Saul who was persecuting people and the words of Jesus in Acts 9:4 “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

Another great story of a great man passionate about the truth!

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