Movie Review : Paul

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Watching movies as a family is something we seem to be doing more and more of.  Finding movies that we can feel good about watching as a family is getting harder and harder!!  I heard friends say they watched Paul and thought it was a good so I was happy to take the offer to review the movie!

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I must admit I enjoy watching movies that portray Bible stories/truths in their time period.  Watching this movie I felt like I could envision more about what that time period was like.  Movies like this bring color into the stories that I read in my Bible – these images play in my mind when I am reading books of the Bible that Paul wrote like Galations or Corinthians.

One of my favorite aspects of the movie was when the characters would quote scripture that they wrote.  In one scene Paul quotes the love passage in Corinthians, and it is so much more meaningful when he quotes it in context and not just as you are reading through this letter.

My husband and I both watched this movie, I am saving it for the kids to watch on our travels later this summer.  We both enjoyed it, there were a few moments when the story was a little slow, but in all honestly Paul’s life was long and not always exciting.

There are story lines that had to be created to build an entire movie, but even these story lines added depth to the time period and all that was going on.

The movie The Nativity Story is one of my favorites, we watch it every year on Christmas Day – this movie : Paul is just as good with an equal amount of benefit to the believer!

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ABOUT THE FILM

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

CAST

  •    Jim Caviezel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST)
  •    James Faulkner (“Downton Abbey”)
  •    Olivier Martinez (S.W.A.T.)
  •    Joanne Whalley (“A.D. The Bible Continues”)
  •    John Lynch (THE SECRET GARDEN)

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Paul, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.  These thoughts are mine and not a result of receiving the movie for free.

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Review : I Can Only Imagine (Group Study)

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I am one of the few people who has not seen I Can Only Imagine, yet.  I tried but while it was in theaters life was insane and we did not make it.  So, we are anxiously awaiting its release on video!IM_JournalBack(WEB)

In the meanwhile I was thrilled to get my hands on the copy of the Small Group Bible Study kit.  This is a great study, would be amazing to go through with a small group and really dig into the meat of it.  There is a video aspect that you watch together and then there is the workbook for personal time.

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I watched the videos just so I could give honest opinions and feedback, and while I was watching I could not get my kids to do their own thing.  They all seemed to feel drawn to Bart as he walks the viewers through the study point for that week.

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This is a very well done study, everything looks amazing and the content was great too.

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NOTE : I was offered a copy of these products in exchange for an honest review.

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Review : Museum Tree

Do you have a black thumb?  Or maybe you travel often and forget to set up a watering system for your plants?

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Well, I have a solution to help you green up your home, without the effort of trying to keep plants alive!

Over the last few years I have learned how to keep “most” plants alive!  However, there are a number of plants that I either kill or have to fight so hard for I ask myself if the effort is worth it!!

I was offered a sample of a Museum Tree plant.  I received it in December and I was thrilled to have this lovely little green plant that I could put anywhere!  It did not require sun to keep it growing, which in the winter can sometimes be a challenge.  It did not require water, which I sometimes forget!  So I put it on our puzzle table by the light to enjoy.  And enjoy we did.

My kids were sure it was real when it arrived – it looks real.  It does not look at all like it is artificial!  I would love to have a few of these plants in a few other corners of my house that simply do not get much light!

 

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These would be great for an office space, metal building, or for that person who wants the beauty of green plants but not the effort!!

NOTE: I received this plant in exchange for an honest review from Museum Trees!

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I am really excited about this movie!  Yes, I have 4 kids that are going to be dating (hopefully intentionally) in the near future so this impacts me personally.  However, it really impacts all of us because we all have single people in our lives.  We all have family who is single or friends, and the truths in this film can help how we see them and encourage them!

I don’t know about everyone, but at times the future for my kids marriage concerns me!  It seems these kids don’t know how to talk on the phone, would rather text, don’t know how to interact one on one with strangers.  So watching this movie will be a great for me and my older boys.  It will be a great chance to talk about this subject after seeing how the movie dives into it!

A movie for EVERY single PERSON!!

About the Movie:

Half of America is single. The way people seek and find love has radically changed. The hook-up, texting and social media culture have profoundly altered the dating landscape. Traditional dating has become “outdated,” yet men and women still seek meaningful relationships. People are frustrated in love, but does anyone really know how to connect in today’s virtual world?

THE DATING PROJECT is a new non-fiction film from executive producer Steve McEveety (The Passion of the Christ, Braveheart), produced by Paulist Productions, Mpower Pictures and Family Theater Productions that follows five single people ages 18-40 as they navigate beyond the hookup culture to traditional dating. Professor Kerry Cronin from Boston College is featured throughout as she teaches ad encourages her students to return to traditional dating. There is no script. There are no actors. These are real people trying to find love and happiness in an age of swiping left or right.

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