War Room, and Answers to Prayer

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War Room, the latest Kendrick Brothers film, came out in theaters on August 28th. If you enjoyed Fly Wheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous, you’ll love War Room, which combines familiar elements from previous Kendrick Brothers movies with some twists and turns that demonstrate the power of prayer, and how if we will let Him, God can turn around even the worst of circumstances.

Real estate agent Elizabeth Jordan’s marriage and family life are quickly heading downhill when she meets Miss Clara – a new client who  inspires her to develop a prayer strategy for every area of her life, and a “war room” where she can go to spend time with God in prayer. As she learns to seek God and trust him with what’s going on, things change drastically, and she begins to see what she’s been praying for come to pass – including a change of heart in her husband, and the restoration of their marriage.

War Room demonstrates that no matter how bad a situation may seem, if we invite God into it, He can totally turn things around. It shows that prayer really does make a difference, and has a tangible impact on our lives if we will make time for it.

Throughout the movie, Elizabeth learns that the enemy isn’t her husband, but rather the devil, that if she resists him, he must flee (James 4:7), and that her job is to pray and trust God to do what only He can do. No matter what you’re going through, know this – your enemy, the devil, has been defeated. Jesus won the victory over whatever you’re dealing with at the cross. If you believe in Him, you have been made right with God, and your prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16). God desires to do amazing things in your life, and He has promised to answer when you pray (Jeremiah 33:3). Make time to come to Him and ask Him to do what only He can, confident that He will turn things around!

Courageous, Snake King, and a Father’s Role

Courageous, Snake King, and a Father's RoleThe movie Courageous, produced by Sherwood Pictures (the creators of Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof), is all about 5 dads who form a resolution to be the kind of men and fathers God created them to be.

When Mitchell the police officer’s daughter is killed in a tragic car accident, he is faced with the question of what kind of father he was to her, and what kind of a dad he is being to his remaining son. After studying Scripture, he drafts a resolution that proclaims who he wants to be as a man of God and the leader of his family, and asks 3 of his fellow officers, as well as another friend, to hold him accountable. They decide to take the resolution as well, and do so during a ceremony in which their families participate. The rest of the movie details the triumphs and failures of these five men when the rubber meets the road and their resolve is put to the test, as well as the lessons they learn along the way.

My favorite scene is when two of the police officers and their friend Javier are on their way out to lunch, and they get a call about a gang member who was arrested, that they need to pick up. Not knowing what to do about the fact that Javier is already occupying the back seat of the squad car they are driving, they form a scheme to fool the gang member by having Javier pretend to be a dangerous member of the “Snake King” gang.

Rated PG-13, some of the movie’s content is more appropriate for older audiences. It’s a great film with an awesome message on the role of fathers, and the affect they have on the lives of their children. It also demonstrates that despite a tough background or difficult circumstances, you CAN get back up and rise again. It sounds a call for men to arise and fill the role God designed for them to fulfill.

Movies To Watch This Father’s Day

Movies To Watch This Father's DayThis coming Sunday (June 15) is Father’s Day – the day we celebrate our dads, and the role they play in our lives. The movies on this list are all about fathers! Choose one of them to watch this weekend!

(In this day and age, it’s difficult to find movies that contain nothing objectionable whatsoever. The movies on this list were carefully selected content-wise, and are all rated PG, with the exception of Courageous, which is rated PG-13. Always remember to use discretion in movie watching, and in selecting a movie suitable for your audience.)

  • Daddy Day Care – is about 2 men who open a childcare service after losing their jobs, and are faced with the question of what’s really most important to them – corporate life, or their family life.
  • Daddy Day Camp – The men who opened Daddy Day Care now decide to open a day camp for kids! All throughout the film, the main character is caught between the kind of father his dad was to him, and the kind of father he wants to be to his son.
  • Father of the Bride – is an older movie that’s still fun to watch! It tells the story of a father’s struggle in coming to grips with his little girl growing up and getting married, as well as dealing with all the hoopla the wedding preparations entail.
  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2 – His kids are growing up, and this dad of 12 is having a hard time lengthening the leash, and learning to letting go.
  • Down and Derby – The upcoming Pinewood derby brings out the competitive side of the fathers in this movie full-force. Will they be able to let go of the need to win, and simply enjoy some father-son bonding time, or will they take matters into their own hands?
  • Courageous – This Christian film shares the story of the triumphs and failures of, as well as the lessons learned by, 5 men who, when faced with reality of how lack of a solid father figure has messed up the lives of many, form a resolution to become the kind of men and fathers God created them to be. (Note – While possessing a great story line with an awesome message, some of the content of this movie is more appropriate for older audiences, as indicated by the PG-13 rating.)

Which of these movies have you seen? Which of them would you like to see? Which one do you like the best?

Wherever You Go

Wherever You GoThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Joshua 1:9. It bids us to be strong and courageous. It informs us that God is with us wherever we go, and therefore we need be neither afraid nor dismayed.

Our Heavenly Father is always with us. He will never leave nor forsake us
(Deuteronomy 31:6). He is always there for us. In times of trouble, He is our ever-present help (Psalm 46:1). The faithfulness of our God endures forever (Psalm 117:2). He is totally trustworthy, and completely reliable. Because He is with us, we are never truly alone.

If God is for you, who can be against you (Romans 8:31)? With Him on your side, what have you to fear? God is with you, and He is mighty to save (Zephaniah 3:17). Why need you be discouraged? Whatever point you are at in life, rest in the fact that you have a Daddy in heaven who cares for you deeply, and with whom all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Your Heavenly Father is always there for you. He is able to do far more than you could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Be strong and courageous, confident in the knowledge that He is with you wherever you go!