MIAMI — Michael Bay's "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" is filled with bloody battles but the film also features modern day miracles that will impact faith-based audiences, according to the Christian soldiers whose true stories inspired the film.
Four years ago, former Marines Mark "Oz" Geist, John "Tig" Tiegen and former Army Ranger Kris "Tanto" Paranto were three of the six men assigned to work as security contractors in Benghazi, Libya. On Sept. 11, 2012, staff at the U.S. diplomatic compound and CIA Annex were under siege by terrorists, and when they called U.S. government officials for help those requests were denied by a CIA base chief named "Bob" who ordered the contractors to "stand down," impeding any rescue attempt.
During one "13 Hours" scene Pablo Schreiber, who plays Tanto in the film, says he believes God will take care of him in the midst of the attack. The man who inspired the character says he is grateful that he could shed light on God in a blockbuster film directed by Bay. more >>
In a marriage there should be three people in the relationship, and both husband and wife should be more in love with the third party than they are with each other. That third party is God.
That's the concept shared by licensed professional counselor and author Debra Fileta in an op-ed published Thursday for Relevant magazine.
Fileta says loving Christ more than your spouse should be the goal of every couple, and can result in a stronger marriage. more >>
So you were probably one of the tens of millions of people who watched Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
In both the film and many of the trailers, the deformed helmet of Darth Vader is shown to be in the possession of the villainous First Order fellow Kylo Ren.
Now some of you probably thought to yourselves, "Gee whiz, how the heck did he get his hands on that helmet? Wasn't it destroyed in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi?" more >>
Texas Pastor John Burke has claimed that close to 1,000 near-death experiences of the afterlife from people around the world he has researched affirm a very biblical picture of Heaven.
"When I examined the similarities of the actual NDE reports across ages and cultures, they affirm each other and Scripture," Burke wrote in an article for Fox News on Friday.
"These are accounts told by surgeons, college professors, commercial airline pilots, bank presidents — people who have nothing to gain, but credibility to lose. Their experiences align with reports from around the globe, from children, even from blind people who claim to 'see' this same awe-inspiring picture of Heaven," he added. more >>
Pope Francis has spoken out on his famous remark in 2013 when he said "Who am I to judge?" about gay people, by clarifying that Christians can show them the way and walk with them, but insisted that the Church does not condemn people.
Francis' thoughts were included in a new interview book titled The Name of God is Mercy, to be released in 80 countries on Tuesday, which will include his reflections on a number of other issues concerning the Roman Catholic Church as well.
Catholic website Crux reported that Francis said he was "paraphrasing by heart the Catechism of the Catholic Church" when he told reporters at an event at the Vatican in 2013: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" more >>
In a New Year's Day blog post that crushed the hearts of many "A Song of Ice and Fire" fans, "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin revealed that "The Winds of Winter," the sixth novel in the epic fantasy novel series on which HBO's top-rated TV show is based, will not be published before the sixth season of "Thrones" premieres in April.
"You wanted an update. Here's the update. You won't like it," Martin began, before announcing, "'The Winds Of Winter' is not finished."
The 67-year-old novelist, who also serves as co-executive producer on "Game of Thrones," expressed his sadness and disappointment, saying, "Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words." The author went on to express his regret over letting his editors, publishers, agents, and fans down and revealed that he had been looking forward to completing the book and delivering it for publication before 2015 came to a close. more >>