5 Movies That Will Encourage You in Your Faith

This summer, check out these 5 must-see films that will encourage you in your faith!

GNDAvatarGod’s Not Dead – College freshman Josh Wheaton refuses to sign a paper stating that God is dead, as instructed by his professor. As a result, he is given the task of proving that God indeed is not dead. God’s Not Dead is all about taking a bold stand for your faith, even in the face of adversity! (Extra note – God’s Not Dead 2 will be released next spring!)

GU_Avatar1Grace Unplugged – Grace Trey struggles with wanting to live life her way, pursuing her own dreams. When an opportunity presents itself, she leaves her old life behind her, and faces the excitement, pressures, and temptations of budding stardom. In spite of it all, she is left feeling empty, and discovers that only her Heavenly Father’s love can truly fulfill her.

DYB-DoYouBelieveInTheCrossDo You Believe? – Do You Believe? (which it looks like will be coming out on dvd in August!) follows the lives of a dozen different people from very diverse backgrounds as they grapple with the most important question any of us will ever face – “Do you believe in the cross of Christ, and if so, what are you going to do about it?”

FTG_desktop5_800Facing the Giants –When the head coach for Shiloah Christian Academy is faced with near defeat in various areas of his life, a new coaching philosophy and outlook on things completely changes both his life, and the lives of football team he coaches. This movie was made a few years back, but it still has a great message for us today! It demonstrates how God blesses those who seek Him, and how He proves Himself faithful, even in the worst of circumstances!

fireproof_desktop3_800Fireproof – Catherine and Caleb’s marriage is going up in flames, when Caleb’s dad convinces him to take the 40-day Love Dare challenge. Can their marriage be saved? The movie shows how marriage isn’t just fun and games, but is about making a real commitment to someone to love them, and keeping that commitment, even when it isn’t easy. It will change the way you look not only at marriage someday down the road, but also how you view dating, which is all about finding the person that God has for you to marry.

Hear From Sam Hannock, Lead Singer Of Luminate!

sam luminateI got to interview Sam Hancock, lead singer of Luminate, for my website for teens and young adults, generationarise.com. He shared a little bit about the band, what he enjoys about being a part of it, and why they do what they do, as well as what it was like to have their song “Welcome To Daylight” featured in the movie Grace Unplugged!

 

About The Band

How did Luminate get started? What’s the meaning behind the name? Is the band working on any new projects? Find out all this and more in Lighting Up The Darkness With Luminate – About The Band!

http://generationarise.com/lighting-up-the-darkness-with-luminate-about-the-band

Music and More

What song seems to connect with fans the most? How has the band seen God use their music to impact the lives of others? Get a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes of Luminate’s music!

http://generationarise.com/lighting-up-the-darkness-with-luminate-music-and-more

“Welcome To Daylight” In Grace Unplugged

What’s the story behind “Welcome To Daylight? What’s it like to have one of your songs in a movie? Hear all about it in Lighting Up The Darkness With Luminate – “Welcome To Daylight” In Grace Unplugged!

http://generationarise.com/lighting-up-the-darkness-with-luminate-welcome-to-daylight-in-grace-unplugged

Have you listened to Luminate’s music? What is your favorite song of theirs?

Summer Movie List

Summer Movie ListLooking for some good movies to watch this summer? Check out these suggestions!

(The movies on this list were carefully selected content-wise, and are all rated PG or G with the exception of Flywheel, which I couldn’t find a rating for. However, it’s always a good idea to use discretion in movie watching, and in selecting a film suitable for your audience.)

Family Movies

  • The Parent Trap (Disney version, starring Lindsey Lohan) – The Parent Trap is all about twin sisters who hatch a plot to get their parents, who are divorced, back together.
  • Cloud Nine – After finding out that she isn’t as good at snowboarding as she originally thought, Kayla Morgan (played by Disney’s Dove Cameron) will stop at nothing to prove that she has what it takes to win at the Fire and Ice competition!
  • Game Plan – A big-name football player discovers that he has an eight-year-old daughter when she shows up at his doorstep. Now, he must make the transition from #1 player to #1 dad!
  • Quints – An only child faces major adjustments when her mother gives birth to quintuplets.
  • Hotel For Dogs – Two children need somewhere to hide their dog to keep him a secret from their foster parents. They discover an old hotel where some strays are living, and get the idea to turn it into a place to bring puppies who would otherwise be sent to the pound.

Teens and Adults

  • Grace Unplugged – Starring AJ Mickalka as Gracie Trey, this movie tells the story of a young adult’s struggle with wanting to live life her own way, chasing her own dreams.
  • The Ultimate Gift – Jason Steven’s grandfather dies, and leaves him the ultimate gift – an inheritance that entails far more than he bargained for.
  • Flywheel – This dishonest car dealer hits a low point in both his career and his family life, causing him to turn to God. He determines to do things God’s way, embarking on a journey full of ups and downs.
  • Facing the Giants – When the head coach for Shiloah Christian Academny is faced with near defeat in various areas of his life, a new coaching philosophy and outlook on things completely changes his life!
  • Fireproof – Catherine and Caleb’s marriage is falling apart at the seams, when Caleb’s dad convinces him to try the 40-day Love Dare challenge. Can their marriage be saved? Or is it doomed to end in divorce?

What is your favorite move? Which of these movies have you seen? Which of them do you want to see? Which of them do you like the most?

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Grace Unplugged, and Finding Fulfillment

Grace Unplugged, and Finding FulfillmentI recently watched Grace Unplugged, a Christian movie about a teenage girl named Grace – daughter of a former-rock-star-turned-Christian – and her struggle with wanting to live life her own way, chasing her own dreams. Leaving home to pursue a career in the music biz, she would soon discover that the glamour life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and the importance of a relationship with God over the world’s empty promises.

Throughout the film, Grace sought fulfillment in a variety of places – fame, a guy whom she thought cared about her, success in her music career – only to come up empty and heart-broken each time. This is the story of many of our lives.  We try to satisfy our deepest longings with that which can never bring true satisfaction, and no matter what we do, something always seems to be missing. Like Grace, it is only when we turn to God that we will truly find what we are looking for. It is in Christ that we are complete (Colossians 2:10). Only the love of our Heavenly Father can fill the void within us, giving our lives true meaning and purpose.

Grace Unplugged stars AJ Michalka as Grace Trey, whom the movie’s about, Jamie Grace as Rachel, Grace’s friend, and features a special appearance by Chris Tomlin. Rated PG, it is a great movie for teens and adults, and a good reminder that true fulfillment and purpose are found in the arms of our Heavenly Father!

Grace Unplugged, and Finding Fulfillment

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