The highly-anticipated remake of "Ben-Hur" hits theaters this weekend and the Paramount Pictures/MGM action-packed film will challenge and inspire viewers, all the while keeping its audience at the edge of their seats from beginning to end.
"Ben-Hur" is the epic telling of the story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his own adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), who is a Roman army officer. Ben-Hur was removed from his position and was separated from his family and Esther (Nazanin Boniadi), the woman he loves, as he was exiled to become a slave.
But after years of traveling on sea and a sudden shipwreck, Ben-Hur encounters Ilderim (Morgan Freeman), who later on becomes his mentor. He tells Ben-Hur to take revenge against his brother through a chariot race instead of killing him directly. He then prepares him for the deadly monumental race. The overarching theme of the film, however, is forgiveness, as throughout his journey Ben-Hur encounters Jesus and is changed by his example. more >>
An 80-year-old Washington pastor who refused to allow a man to steal his bike without a fight, chased down the thief then hopped onto the back of the criminal's speeding truck and clung to it in a daring attempt to retrieve his property.
Jerry Sebranke, the founding pastor of Park Ridge Community Church in Bothell who was doing business inside his local bank when he saw his bike being stolen, wasn't able to recover it from the thief because he was forced to let go of the truck.
"He did it so fast, but it was my bike so I ran out the door as fast as I could run and jumped on the back of the truck and that was the beginning of the episode of traumatizing my own self," Sebranke told local news station Q13 Fox. more >>
LOS ANGELES – "Ben-Hur" actress Nazanin Boniadi, who plays the leading lady in the Paramount Pictures and MGM reboot, says she is proud to be a part of a production that offers positive faith in trouble times like these.
"For me personally I'm an activist so I see a lot of turmoil and heartache in the world and tragedy. I think we've always had that throughout time but now I think more so, we need to have this message out there," Boniadi told The Christian Post at a recent screening.
"Ben-Hur" was executive produced by outspoken Hollywood Christian couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, and although it's not overtly Christian, the new version of the motion picture is laced with the message of Christ. more >>
In a January, 2015 interview in GQ magazine, basketball superstar Kevin Durant talked about his personal spiritual transformation after learning about God's love from Pastor Carl Lentz.
He explained that he once lived with the fear that, "If I do something wrong, I'm going to hell. I felt like I had to follow the Ten Commandments."
"But," he continues, "we don't live by that no more. We live by the blood of Jesus. That's how I feel." more >>
Okay, we get it. People born with disabilities are not an accident. But, if this is true and God knows about it, maybe even God did it. What's up with that? Some people conclude that people born with disabilities are being punished. Or maybe their parents are being punished for something — perhaps that's the reason.
This might sound like a ridiculous assumption, but this conclusion was widely accepted in biblical times. Even today, there are parts of the world that hold this belief.
Throughout Scripture we see a biblical basis for disability ministry. John chapter 9, specifically speaks to the question, "Are people born with disabilities being punished?" more >>
Christians should place their trust in God to guide them through all of life's most difficult decisions, says megachurch pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Wednesday, the head of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, shared a verse from Psalm 23, commonly known as the "Shepherd's Psalm."
"He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake," reads verse 3b of the notable Bible chapter, as rendered by the New International Version. more >>