In a limited theatrical release, "The Fight Within" is set to be an action-packed mashup of faith, fighting and romance.
In the film, Logan Chandler is a rising star in the world of mixed martial arts, but when his father, an MMA champion, dies while training him, Logan leaves the ring unsure of who he is anymore. He finds romance with a young woman of deep faith and seeks to overcome a troubled past and establish a new life. His new faith is tested when a local MMA professional — whose only losing fight was to Logan — forces him back into the cage.
"Faith films tend to draw faith audiences," Jim Davis, executive producer and screenwriter said in a statement given to The Christian Post. "This movie should also engage people with no sense of faith because inner struggle is universal. A cage and a fight are spot-on metaphors to show a young man coming to terms with who he is and what life brings." more >>
Believers and non-believers alike sometimes experience a curveball in life: challenges to health, family, or finances that can leave one wondering – where is God?
In his latest advice column for The Kansas City Star, world renowned the Rev. Billy Graham says that such difficult times are precisely when believers should depend the most on God.
In response to a question posed by a reader who recently received a bad medical report indicating the person had developed a crippling disease that may claim the person's life, the person wonders, "Where is God in all this?" more >>
Summer is in full swing, accentuated by the beauty of nature. It's warm breezes carry the delightful scent of roses, the nostalgic sweetness of honeysuckle, and the captivating whiffs of gardenias. Heavenly bouquets beckon us to linger for just a moment longer to delight in their lovely fragrance. The flowers will fade too soon, but there's a way to capture their fragrant aromas. …
Perfume. One spray from a perfume bottle can pleasantly permeate a whole room. Have you ever wondered how perfume is made?
There's a few ways. One way is to gather flowers, wash them, dry them, and crush them. After the finely-crushed petals are mixed with distilled water and alcohol, the result is poured into a beautiful bottle. Another way to make perfume is to boil and simmer the rinsed petals. The flower mixture is then poured through cheesecloth to remove the impurities, allowing only the purified floral water to pass through. So to make perfume, you have to crush or boil flowers. To create the beautiful aroma, it first must go through an intense process that involves heating or crushing. more >>
1. Ask God to open the door for you to share the Gospel today (Colossians 4:3.)
2. Start the conversation by asking questions and listening well (James 1:19.)
My postmodern brain wasn't ready for all the weirdness I encountered when I began reading the Bible six years ago. Speaking serpents? Burning bushes? Parting seas? Sorcerers? Water-walking? Resurrection? All these things and more widened my skeptical eyes. I didn't have categories of thinking into which the supernatural events described in the Scriptures could fit. I grew up believing that what could be visibly observed or proven was the measure of what was real and true. I thought there was a natural order that could not, under any circumstances, be interrupted or manipulated. I viewed science as the ultimate authority concerning reality. But God was straight up obliterating my secular worldview with his Book of weird things. The Bible painted a picture of reality that was so different from the one I had always known, and I struggled to embrace it. I questioned. I researched. I googled — a lot! But even as my mind ran wild with questions and hesitations about all the weird-to-me stuff in the Bible, something inside of me quietly yet powerfully testified to its truthfulness. I doubted — but I also believed.
My skepticism simmered down over the next couple of years. As I grew in my understanding of God, I grew more comfortable with the idea of a supernatural world. If I believed in an all-powerful God who created and sustains the material world (and I did), why would I consider it far fetched that he could interrupt and manipulate that material world? If I believed God is the one who originates, sustains, and takes away life (and I did), why would I consider it unrealistic that he could raise someone from the dead? If the starting point of my worldview was the existence of an omnipotent God who created all things and is in control of all things (and it was), believing he sometimes acts supernaturally actually seems logical, not crazy.
Okay, so that issue was settled. As the Creator, God can do whatever he pleases with the things he creates. He is not bound by the rules of the natural order he established. If he wants to split a sea open or raise someone from the dead, that's his prerogative. Science is fantastic and can teach us the ordinary nature and processes of the world, but if God wants to do something extraordinary, he can — either directly (himself) or indirectly (through someone he chooses). Science is subservient to the supernatural God. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham took a moment this week to give Christians an update on the health of his beloved father, evangelist Billy Graham.
In a letter shared on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, Franklin Graham told friends and supporters that his father is still living in his Montreat, North Carolina, home with the help of a caregiver "at all times."
The Samaritan's Purse CEO said the elder Graham usually eats meals at the kitchen table, and "on days when the weather is good and he feels up to it" he enjoys gazing out at the mountains from his front porch. more >>