Movie: Visual Bible Series

John-Acts-Matthew-setWe usually post a recommend book but this month we are posting a recommend movie set. Journey back to first-century and witness the extraordinary events that changed the world! Meet Matthew and John as they reflect on the events they witnessed as Jesus’ disciples. Travel with Luke as he shares the struggles and triumphs of the early church. Shot on location, these vivid portrayals are adapted word-for-word from Scripture.

The Visual Bible: Matthew – This powerful and entertaining film is taken word-for-word from the text of the New International Version translation of the Bible. [Dove approved (12+). Approx. 265 minutes.]

The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John – Vividly comes to life in a faithful and powerful dramatization of the Biblical text, word for word, based on the American Bible Society’s Good News Bible. [Dove approved (12+). Rated PG-13. Approx. 180 minutes.]

The Visual Bible: Acts – Journey with the physician Luke as he tells the enthralling story of the danger, struggles, and triumph that marks the birth of the Christian church. Taken word for word from the text of the New International Version and Good News translations. [Dove approved (12+). Approx. 193 minutes.]

Six DVDs, approx. 13 hours total.

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Movie: God’s Not Dead

God's Not DeadIn God’s Not Dead, college freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future.

Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class.

If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him?

God’s Not Dead weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. What would you do if someone in a position of authority and influence in your life demanded that you renounce your faith? That’s the central question God’s Not Dead forces viewers to grapple with. And Josh Wheaton’s answer is to refuse. And then to explain exactly why he’s refusing. Would you be able to do the same?

[Dove approved (12+). Rated PG. Approx. 95 minutes.]

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