Just in times for Valentines Day, writer and novelist Nicholas Sparks released his latest love tale, "The Choice." The popular author believes that faith is a central theme in the choices made throughout the film and maintains that all of his stories often illustrate the pursuit of God's will and the power of one's free will.
"I wanted to do a novel that was somewhat similar in structure to "The Notebook" in that it's a story that describes what happens to a couple after the honeymoon ends," said Sparks to The Christian Post. "Stories like those seem to add an additional authenticity to the story and it was an area that I wanted to explore in while being entirely different than "The Notebook.""
Critics are slamming the film for it's similarities to his stories in the past. Sparks admits that although similar in some ways there are a couple of original ideas behind "The Choice." The Lionsgate movie follows Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) who is a ladies' man that thinks a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle. Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a feisty medical student who's preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend (Tom Welling). Fate brings the two together as Gabby moves next door to Travis, sparking an irresistible attraction that upends both of their lives. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they're willing to go to keep the hope of love alive. more >>
"Starry Night" singer Chris August married his fiance Katelin Cummings on Saturday, a day that he is pegging the "best day" of his life after salvation.
While everyone flooded social media with posts about which team they were rooting for during Super Bowl 50, evangelist Franklin Graham took the opportunity to share the strong Christian faith of some of the players from both the Broncos and Panthers.
Franklin, who is following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Billy Graham, often uses social media to address mainstream topics through the lens of Christianity. While a fan of football himself and admittedly rooting for his home team the North Carolina Panthers, the minister took a moment to reflect on the faith of some of the men that he respects from both teams competing in Super Bowl 50.
"Did you know that Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart puts on more than his shoulder pads, helmet, and uniform before playing football?" Graham wrote on Facebook on Super Bowl Sunday. "Every day he said he puts on the armor of God after he wakes up. Now that's real protection, and we all need it! The Bible says, 'Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.'" more >>
Max Lucado is one of the leading inspirational authors in the United States. His newest book, Glory Days, is based on the Old Testament book of Joshua. Glory Days explores the idea that, like the Israelites in the Old Testament, God has a promised land for all of us to conquer and inhabit.
In this discussion, Lucado shares ways that God's promises can encourage Christians through the unique challenges of parenthood.
You just became a grandfather for the first time. Congratulations! What kind of a grandparent do you hope to be? more >>
Are you one of the millions who feel constantly busy? Do you wake up thinking: I might as well stay in bed. There's no way I can get everything done!
Obviously that's not a good way to live. God would much rather see you relaxed and confident in Him, peaceful and fulfilling your purpose in life. So if you're in a habit of feeling anxious and overwhelmed, I want to help you fix that.
You may think time is the problem — that there just isn't enough of it. But God gives everyone the same amount. We all have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I guess that's God's way of saying that's all the time we need to live a well-balanced life with plenty of time for work, rest and play. more >>
I don't like to feel vulnerable. Hardly ever do I voluntarily step into situations where my expectations may not be met or my hopes let down. I know that many blessings — especially in the relational sense — can only been attained if you're willing to cross the bridge of vulnerability to get there. But generally, I haven't felt the blessings to be worth the risks.
Dating has been the sphere of life I've been most hesitant to enter into since becoming a Christian. Quick rewind — for those of you who don't know, I have experienced same sex attraction almost my entire life, and when the Lord saved me in 2010, my entire identity was wrapped up in these feelings. I was gay. Proudly. The very beginnings of my Christian life sparked while I was in a gay bar. In the days following the odd occurrence at the bar, I submitted my life to Jesus and have since striven to turn from sinful desire — including but not limited to my homosexual desires. However, not acting out on my same sex tendencies hasn't made them disappear. I do find myself increasingly interested in women as time rolls on, but my attraction to men is still present. It is a very real part of my life today.
Though I sometimes paint myself as an emotional Nazi who lives unaffected by this particular brokenness, the truth is that it frequently fills my heart with insecurities — especially when I think about dating and the possibility of marriage. I know I am redeemed and made new by the gospel, but I am not delusional. I have baggage. Yeah, yeah, I know, everyone has baggage. But the presence of homosexual desires presents unique struggles to a relationship dynamic. This is a weakness that only the strongest of women can handle. I know that finding a woman who has the strength to deal with both my history and my present struggles is like finding the tiniest needle in the most massive of haystacks — which is why I've always been reluctant to try. more >>