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  • Home Run - The Movie

    Posted on April 10, 2013 by Family Christian


    If you like faith-based films that inspire and encourage you, then plan to see Home Run when it opens in theaters on April 19.

    About Home Run
    Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control. Hoping to save her client's career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory's agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up.

    Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can't wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible. As his young players help him experience the joy of the game, Cory discovers his need to find freedom from his past and hope for his future … and win back the love he left behind. With this unexpected second chance, Cory finds himself on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption.

    Max Lucado says, "'Home Run' reminds us of the power of forgiveness, the richness of redemption, and the wisdom of trusting God to revive us."

    Joyce Meyer adds, "'Home Run' portrays the church in its beauty—true life transformation through real and honest relationships with one another and with Jesus."

    Tickets are available and show times are listed here for the theaters where this powerful, redemptive parable will be opening. Make plans now to bring a group to see HOME RUN on opening weekend, April 19-21.

    Wondering who will be impacted by Home Run? Take a look at this DadPad blog post written by Jeff Abramovitz:

    "Raise your hand if you had or know someone who had a difficult childhood. Raise your other hand if you or someone you know has struggled with some kind of addiction. Since most of us now have two raised hands put them down and get ready to buy a ticket for the opening weekend of the movie, Home Run that comes out April 19-21."

    For information on the Home Run book, click here.

    Behind the scenes from Home Run:
    Hope for Change

    The Hurt Inside

    The Only One Not Changing

    I Found a 12-Step Program

    My Life is Changing

    Wild West Chili Fest


    This post was posted in Movies and was tagged with Featured, Sports, Home Run, Max Lucado, Joyce Meyer, Movie, Scott Elrod, Dorian Brown, Vivica A. Fox, Baseball, Celebrate Recovery

  • A Q&A with John Bevere on Relentless

    Posted on February 4, 2013 by John van der Veen

    John Bevere

    Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculums and best-selling books, now in more than 60 languages, including Extraordinary, The Bait of Satan, Drawing Near and Driven by Eternity. He is an international speaker and co-host of The Messenger TV program broadcast worldwide.

    John enjoys living in Colorado Springs with his wife, Lisa, also a best-selling author and speaker, and their four sons.

    Below is a question and answer that we did with John over his new book, Relentless.

    What drove you to write Relentless?

    In Ecclesiastes 7:8, Solomon wrote that “finishing is better than starting” (NLT). When we look at various areas of life—such as relationships, careers, or business endeavors—we know this to be true. How we finish is more important than how we begin. Yet I am honestly concerned that many believers are not going to finish well. As I have traveled and ministered for more than two decades, I have encountered so many who have walked away from the faith or lost their passion for God. Why? Because they were not armed to suffer. When trouble arose financially, physically, relationally, or spiritually they did not know how to fight in faith.

    Imagine an army going into war without any guns, bullets, or protective gear. It would be ludicrous! This army certainly would not win, and they might not even survive. This “strategy” sounds absurd, yet many in the Church are just as ill prepared for the hardships they will face in this life. And make no mistake, we will all face trials—Jesus promised as much in John 16:33. Therefore it is vital that God’s people are equipped for suffering. Relentless is a tool for arming believers with the Word of God so that they can fight these battles and come out on top.

    How did you wake up to "unlock your tenacity" for Christ?

    When I became a child of God in 1979, my mother told me, “John, this is one of your new fads. You’ll quit this just like you’ve quit everything else.” As stinging as her words were, they were not without cause. Whether it was sports, hobbies, or relationships, I had always given up. But I discovered that God gave me a new nature when I was born again. According to the apostles John and Peter, it wasn’t just a different human nature: it was God’s nature! (See 1 John 4:17 and 2 Peter 1:4.) Hebrews says, “Let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably” (12:28 NKJV). I discovered that God’s grace is what gives us the ability, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to live well and finish strong. Once I received these sure promises, I became a relentless believer.

    What are the biggest challenges Christian men face today and how can they be overcome?

    Standing for truth and not backing down to the crowd’s desire. The only way to overcome this is to have a close relationship with the Holy Spirit and regularly feed on God’s word.

    Do you think the evangelical church here in North America is doing well, or are we limping along?

    I am privileged to minister in some of the most innovative and passionate churches in North America. Yet I would still say that Americans are sometimes the hardest people in the world to minister to. The reason for this is that they are trying to understand kingdom principles from a democratic mindset. God’s kingdom is not a democracy: it’s a kingdom, and He alone is on the throne. This disconnect in the minds of American believers is especially apparent when teaching on subjects like honor and authority.

    What is your favorite winter sport? Why?

    Hockey. I played until I was 44 and then laid it down. Now it’s golf! It is my favorite sport every season of the year. So I bring my clubs wherever I go if the weather is suitable.

     


    This post was posted in Interviews and was tagged with Featured, Sports, Church, Ecclesiastes, John Bevere, Relentless, Men

  • Family Values in DVDs

    Posted on June 19, 2012 by Family Christian

    Everyone loves saving money. Especially when it comes to family entertainment in DVD. Recently we at Family Christian launched our new Family Values DVD Sale Event. This is where select DVDs are listed at 50% off. We thought it would be fun to post some of those titles here for you.

    First up - The Blindside

    The Blindside

    The Blindside

    Teenager Michael Oher is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy. Learning that the young man is one of her daughter's classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael - wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the rain - come out of the cold. Without a moment's hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Touhy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Touhy family despite the differences in their backgrounds.

    Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as a family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael's presence in the Touhy's lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

    From the creators of Fireproof and Courageous - Flywheel

    Flywheel

    Flywheel

    Smooth-talking used car salesman Jay Austin hasn't done much with his life---except sell a lot of lemons! Now that his conscience has caught up with him, this lifetime con artist is trying to make amends. But how can he convince his wife, son, and community that he's "for real"? Flywheel shows that every man can have a turning point in his life. Inspiring, funny, and ideal for evangelism.





    The Encounter

    The Encounter

    The Encounter

    Stranded in the middle of nowhere, five strangers take refuge in a deserted roadside diner. An arrogant businessman, a lonely woman, an estranged couple, and a teen runaway, they appear to have nothing in common. But the Christlike proprietor seems strangely all-knowing and offers more than temporal nourishment.

    Starring: Steve Sting Borden, Bruce Marchiano and Jaci Velasquez

     

    Standing Firm

    Standing Firm

    Standing Firm

    David, a widower, is working himself to death. Late nights doing paperwork and running on fumes is normal. Bills are piling up by the week, and foreclosure looms on the horizon. Blaming God for his wife's death, he ends his relationship with the church.

    Steven, the remaining Christian of the household, has been watching his father’s unhealthy lifestyle with great concern. With help from his grandpa and best friend Maggie, Steven reaches out to his father in any way he can.

    Despite his grieving and worsening financial problems, David begins seeking an answer to the question haunting him since his wife's death...WHY?

    The Frontier Boys

    The Frontier Boys

    The Frontier Boys

    Set in a small Northern Michigan town, four high school sophomore boys are living on top of the world. Best friends, classmates, and peers, T.J., Jed, and Brent are all starting players for an undefeated varsity basketball team joined by Jackson, their loudmouthed hyper-enthusiastic friend. All four share a history of companionship, a notable nickname, and all the confidence and exuberance of youth.

    Their basketball season is shattered when Brent's older brother, Mike, attracts an Irish gang leader named Sean O'Sullivan. Sean is intent on setting up a rural meth lab and supply operation in the peaceful community. Despite plenty of cash to fund the start-up, Sean isn't sure that he can pull together a team of locals to do the dirty work.

    Since Mike is the one who invited Sean to town, he naturally sees himself in a key leadership role in the gang. Both Mike and Sean see the need and benefit of having a high-school aged member to infiltrate the school system from within. Mike entices his younger brother Brent to check out an opportunity to make some serious money. Against his better judgment, Brent agrees and ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Heaven is Waiting

    Heaving is Waiting

    Heaving is Waiting

    Years after his wife Kate died, Ned Stevens still cringes at the thought of dating other women. How can he find the emotional energy to start dating again when he still has to look out for his college age daughter Liz? But when Liz comes home for a visit from school, she brings a surprise guest who throws Ned for a loop. Can Ned ever accept that his little girl has fallen in love with David, a practically perfect know-it-all who drives Ned crazy? With Ned trying to sabotage the relationship, Liz tries to divert his attention to Carol - the charming single woman Ned sees jogging every morning. Together, Liz and David will teach Ned that with love, there is always a chance for a new start. From director Michael Flynn comes Heaven is Waiting, a lighthearted, faith-based, romantic comedy that will lift your spirits and bring joy to your heart.

    Forever Strong

    Forever Strong

    Forever Strong

    A talented but troubled high-school rugby star gets a second shot at redemption after being sentenced to serve time in a Salt Lake City boys' home and landing a coveted spot on the famed Highland High School rugby team in this inspirational sports drama. Little Rick Penning was the star player on his Arizona rugby team until his life took a turn for the worse. Now, after a fateful brush with the law, Rick finds himself out of the spotlight and forced to ponder the consequences of his actions in a Salt Lake City juvenile detention center.

    As fate would have it, however, Salt Lake's famed Highland High rugby team could use a player like Rick. With a little help from coach Larry Gelwix, Rick may even be able to lead the Highland High team to the national championships. When Rick discovers that the team they will be competing against is none other than his old team from Arizona, which is coached by his father, Richard Penning, the deciding game takes on a newfound sense of gravity in the eyes of the ambitious young athlete.

     

    For the whole list of 50% off DVDs, click here. There is sure to be something for every member of your family.


    This post was posted in Movies and was tagged with Movies, Movies, Family Values, Sports

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