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17,000 people were turn to Christ in the cinematic crusade ‘A Rush of Hope’

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More than 1.8 million people tuned into Greg Laurie’s new film “A Rush of Hope” over the Labor Day weekend, breaking all attendance records in Harvest Crusades’ 30-year history of holding annual outreach events.

“A Rush of Hope” aired over Labor Day weekend on dozens of online streaming and on-demand channels and over 600 radio stations. It will also air on TV in major markets across the US and on cable networks such as the ION network, WGN, and LightTV. The movie will also be released to streaming platforms and on DVD in November.

“We are breaking every record we have ever set in our history,” Laurie, the pastor and founder of the Harvest churches located in California and Hawaii, said in a video posted to social media Sunday.

Most importantly, Laurie said there were over 17,000 professions of faith that the Harvest team received from people who decided to follow Jesus after watching the movie.

“In a year of never-ending bad news, this is the best news we have heard. It’s a reminder that God is greater than a pandemic or any other challenge we are facing. He can do above and beyond anything we can dream, and he is still transforming lives,” Laurie said.

Produced in partnership with the Erwin Brothers’ Kingdom Story Company, “A Rush of Hope” is a cinematic crusade that addresses life’s deepest questions: Why am I here? What happens after I die? And, is there hope for today?

The movie features encouraging messages from Laurie, outtakes from faith-based films such as I Still Believe and Woodlawn as well as performances by Christian music artists, including Jeremy Camp, For King & Country, and MercyMe.

The movie’s message of hope is changing thousands of individual lives, but, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) pointed out, it is also a message for America as a whole.

“Pastor Greg Laurie is bringing hope to our country,” Pompeo tweeted last week ahead of the movie’s release.

“Every year @greglaurie brings God’s hope to our country. But this year of trials and challenges may be the most important Harvest yet,” Rubio posted.

Since the start of quarantine, Harvest reports it has seen 109,487 people make professions of faith mainly through its online services — a goal the ministry hoped to achieve over a series of in-person crusades between 2020-2021.

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പ്രശസ്ത തമിഴ് നടൻ വിവേക് അന്തരിച്ചു.

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ചെന്നൈ:പ്രശസ്ത തമിഴ് നടൻ വിവേക് (59)അന്തരിച്ചു. പുലർച്ചെ 4.35 ഓടെയായിരുന്നു അന്ത്യം. ഹൃദയാഘാതത്തെ തുടർന്ന് ചെന്നൈയിലെ സിംസ് ആശുപത്രിയിൽ ചികിത്സയിലായിരുന്നു.

ഇന്നലെ നെഞ്ചുവേദനയെ തുടര്‍ന്ന് കുഴഞ്ഞുവീണതോടെ ആശുപത്രിയില്‍ പ്രവേശിപ്പിച്ചു. ഹൃദയധനമനിയിലെ ബ്ലോക്ക് ഒഴിവാക്കാന്‍ അടിയന്തര ശസ്ത്രക്രിയ നടത്തി. ഗുരുതരാവസ്ഥയിലായ നടൻ തീവ്രപരിചരണ വിഭാഗത്തിലായിരുന്നു.

തമിഴ് കോമഡി താരങ്ങളിൽ ശ്രദ്ധേയനായ നടനാണ് വിവേക്. സാമി, ശിവാജി, അന്യൻ തുടങ്ങി ഇരുന്നൂറിലധികം ചിത്രങ്ങളിൽ അഭിനയിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. മൂന്ന് തവണ തമിഴ്‌നാട് സർക്കാരിന്റെ മികച്ച ഹാസ്യനടനുള്ള പുരസ്‌കാരം നേടിയ വിവേക് 2009 ൽ പത്മശ്രീയും നേടി.

പ്രമുഖതാരചിത്രങ്ങളില്‍ സഹതാരമായി തിളങ്ങിയിട്ടുള്ള താരം നായകവേഷത്തിലും എത്തിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. പിന്നണി ​ഗായകനെന്ന നിലയിലും ശ്രദ്ധിക്കപ്പെട്ടു. രാജ്യം പത്മശ്രീ നല്‍കി ആദരിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. കമല്‍ഹാസന്റെ ഇന്ത്യന്‍-2 ആണ് വരാനിരിക്കുന്ന ചിത്രം. തമിഴ്നാട്ടിലെ വനവത്കരണപദ്ധതികളിലടക്കം സജീവ പങ്കാളിയായിരുന്നു.

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Dolly Parton receives Grace Prize at Movieguide awards, says she seeks God’s ‘guidance’ everyday

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Movieguide’s Movies That Inspire honored Dolly Parton on Easter Sunday on The REELZ Channel with its Grace Prize. The legendary country singer declared that God’s grace has always been a part of her life.

The popular award show run by the organization that provides movie reviews for Christians was held virtually this year due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, showcasing films released in 2020 that highlighted redeeming faith and family content.

Movieguide’s Movies That Inspire celebrated five award winners during its broadcast, including Parton.

The American singer and actress won the Grace Prize for Most Inspiring Performance for her role in “Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square.”

“That’s been a big part of my whole life,” Parton shared of grace while accepting the honor.

“I talk a lot about faith and family because my grandpa was a preacher, my mother was very, very spiritual, so I grew up very spiritual and I’m a spiritual person, myself,” she continued. “I really have a lot of faith, and I thank God every day [for] everything good that happens to me, and I pray for guidance.”

She concluded her speech by saying that every accolade she receives in life gives her reason to thank God.

“When I do get recognized for things like this, it just makes me think, ‘Well, praise the Lord!’” Parton concluded.

“Safety,” a football movie streaming on Disney+, was named the Best Movie for Families of 2020.

“Greyhound,” featuring Tom Hanks, was chosen as the Best Movie for Mature Audiences of 2020.

The Christian thriller “Infidel” won the Faith and Freedom Award.

Lastly, the Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie was given to “I Still Believe.”

“I appreciate Movieguide and everything that you do to help educate both Hollywood and the general public on movies that uplift and inspire and model a Christian worldview and the transformational power of Christianity,” “I Still Believe” Director Andy Erwin said upon accepting the award.

“I just think that there’s such power in the truth,” Erwin continued. “You just can’t argue with the transformation in someone’s life that Christianity brings, that the Gospel brings. I love it when someone watches the movies and says, ‘If that can happen to that person, maybe it can happen to me.’ In this case, if the person on the screen can achieve their dreams, maybe the person watching can, too. That’s why we love inspirational, true stories.”

Every year, Movieguide founder Ted Baehr offers a detailed economic analysis of the inspiring family-safe content popular at the box office.

Movieguide’s Movies That Inspire co-host Evelyn Baehr Carroll said this year’s analysis shows that “movies with less cursing, with less nudity, with less violence, do better at the box office because … you can sell tickets for a family of four to a positive movie.”

“That’s much more money than selling a ticket to one person to an R-rated movie,” she argued.

“It’s clear these cleaner movies do better,” she continued. “What we’ve seen since starting Movieguide 40 years ago is that there’s far more content out now than ever, and 80% of movie content actually has redeeming content. These are movies for families or even movies for mature audiences that have biblical worldviews.”

Movieguide’s annual “Report to the Entertainment Industry” has consistently shown the effect of offensive language on ticket sales.

“It’s all very statistical, and we’ve been able to present that to the entertainment industry and help them make more movies with less offensive content,” Carroll added.

Carroll has worked with her dad over the past decade and has seen firsthand how Movieguide has influenced Hollywood, which in turn has resulted in “wholesome movies with great themes in them.”

The awards show broadcast on REELZ also celebrated the movies “I Am Patrick,” “The Croods,” “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words” and “Waiting For Anya,” among others.

The full list of movies and television shows selected for the best content of 2020 by Movieguide can be found here.
Sources:Christian Post

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