Movie Review

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Last night our church watched the new movie Paul, Apostle Of Christ. The movie centered around Paul’s final letter, which became the book of Acts. Written by his dear brother in Christ, Luke the physician. Luke plays the lead role throughout this film, as he is seen not only risking his life to visit Paul in prison, but also challenging his faith and conviction that Jesus is the only way.

Nearly the entire movie is cloaked in the dark horrors of Nero Claudius Ceaser’s circus and rule. Christians are being murdered or tortured throughout the film so I don’t advise children under the age of 13 to watch. Though it is a dark film, it puts in perspective the pain and suffering the early Christians endured. Without Jesus in the flesh to lead them, they leaned very heavily on the wisdom and guidance of Paul. His letters were a source of strength, hope, and comfort. Paul reflected the heart of Jesus to those who had never met Jesus in the flesh.

When it comes to the factual accuracy of the film there are many scenes added in for show, since there isn’t much known biblically about the events proceeding Paul’s final letter. For example, the Bible doesn’t say that Luke traveled to Rome to write Paul’s letter nor that he partook in the healing of a centurion’s daughter, though this particular story is a reference to one of Jesus’s previous healings in Luke 7. Priscilla and Aquila are also a mystery since there is no reason or evidence that they would be in Rome at this time.

Overall, I believe this film merely captured the raw terror and intense suffering the early Christians endured. It showed their desperation and great need for direction as their faith was being tested beyond fathom. It is no wonder they lived for every comforting word Paul wrote to them, reminding them of their call and passion for Christ.

Other than that it is a rather hopeless feeling film with no miracles and little evidence of a Holy Spirit working favor within them. The healing of the centurion’s daughter by Luke seems to give glory only to his own medical expertise. As he is heard saying that he had seen the girl’s particular illness before and that experience gave him the wisdom to know how to cure her.

The end of the film brings only a small glimpse of hope and redemption, but even that is mixed with more pain and suffering. Paul is beheaded and many Christians are killed in Nero’s circus, however, Paul’s final letters make it to the church. lifting their spirits, and Paul is seen being welcomed into “heaven” by none other than those he had killed as Saul. Showing us that he received ultimate peace since throughout the film it appears he is tormented by the sins he committed before the Damascus experience.

I admit that when I first heard about the film, I was hoping to hear Paul tell his story, and it be acted out from beginning to end.  Instead, we see only a glimpse of his story in roughly three short scenes. And the rest of the film is told from Luke’s present perspective.

Despite my criticisms, I applaud the effort and do believe that this film will open many eyes to what it means to be a Christian. That persecution is a promise and that through Christ we can continue to love our enemies and live boldly, even in our darkest hours. There are many Christians right now that are being persecuted, tortured, and killed for their beliefs, and this film does give us a glimpse into that suffering and steadfastness.

Thank you for reading! and God bless!

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Hello everyone! Hope you had a great Easter!

What a privilege it was to worship Jesus Friday and Sunday and see new faces at our church, it is my prayer that they received peace, joy, and love as they remembered the cross. Another privilege this Easter was relaxing with friends and family and watching these two amazing films that I would like to share about with you today.

The first movie I watched on Netflix, called The Case For Christ, is based on a true story by Lee Strobel, a former Atheist turned to Christian after doing an in-depth search for truth. This movie looks into the topic of faith and proves that regardless of belief we all have faith in something, and even require faith to fill in the gaps of our understanding. The truth is we will never know all the answers to everything, but we can gather enough evidence to support the existence of God and Jesus.

Dr. Craig: Lee, do you want to know the truth, or is your mind already made up?… When is enough evidence enough evidence?

Some of the facts that Lee discovers completely shut down his arguments and debates. And soon he is left with a choice, to believe or not. This movie truly is amazing, for both believers and those who are still uncertain.

The second movie truly left me speechless. I Can Only Imagine is the story behind the famous song by Bart Millard. A story of forgiveness and following your dreams. God is the ultimate redeemer and this song was birthed from that redemption. You become immersed in the story as Bart grows up under an abusive father who loves to shatter Bart’s dreams and confidence. As time moves on, Bart learns he can sing and that dream is put to the test as he struggles to make it in the music business with his band, Mercy Me. Unfortunatley, the past he left behind seems to follow him, and he comes to the conclusion that he must go back home and face his father. It is there that God does something amazing, and through that miracle, Bart writes this beautiful song.

Both of these movies are based off true stories and are testimonies to the goodness of God. I highly recommend them to anyone who is hungry for more passion and zeal for Christ.

God bless you all! Thank you for reading!

 

Holy Ghost

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Hello everyone! This is a little different than what I normally post, but after watching and rewatching this amazing series, I felt compelled to promote these films as truly displaying the heart of God, and following the direction of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Ghost is just one of many movies filmed by Darren Wilson from WP Films. Other movies include; Holy Ghost Reborn, Father of Lights, Furious Love, and Finger of God. These movies are amazing for many reasons but first, for their unusual approach to filming. All their movies are Holy Spirit led, what do I mean by this? They literally get their cameras and ask the Holy Spirit to take them on a journey, and as you will see…he doesn’t disappoint! God takes them, and you, on a journey into His heart and His will for mankind. Be ready to have your eye’s opened and your spirit set on fire for a deeper relationship with God.

I’m promoting these movies because they have no agenda but to follow God and ask Him what He wants to show the world. Our God can’t be put in a box, and He proves this time and again by stepping outside our expectations and challenging us to go deeper. These films are filled with miracles and God encounters that truly ignite passion. Even in areas we don’t fully understand, we find ourselves dreaming with God, willing to explore new possibilities with Him.

I know a lot is going on right now, with New Years and it’s resolutions on our minds. Having the resolution to ‘work out’ is great, but the greatest thing we can do with each new year is go deeper with Him, seek out the heart of God for next year and thank Him for everything this year. Declare here and now, that no matter what this year held for you, next year will be better, full of joy and blessing and greater intimacy with God.

Sometimes we need to see through someone else’s eye’s what is possible. These movies might just do that for you. They did for me.