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justin-bieber-one-love-manchester-10-1496628248Justin Bieber is prime example of how sometimes the path can get rocky but Christ always guides anyone back to where they need to be.   Bieber was a teenage heartthrob who was rocketing through the pop music industry.  He had millions of fans and stole the hearts of so many.  It was heartbreaking to watch him helplessly lose his way and start getting into some serious trouble.

Bieber has always been relatively public about his faith. He was raised in a Christian home and always claimed to be a firm believer in Christ.  He seemed to have lost sight of that when first entering into the world of fame and fortune. He began to get into trouble receiving several charges such as assault, vandalism, and dangerous driving.  His relationship with God was what he felt had suffered the most.  His relationship with Christ quickly began to wear away as he grew closer to money, partying and girls.

He felt that he had hit an all time low in his life.  He felt that he had altered relationships with the people that meant most to him during. The pop star felt it was time to get back in touch with what really mattered.  In 2014 Bieber was rebaptized in an extremely original way.

Justin Bieber befriended Carl Lentz during this difficult time period in his life and opened up about his life. Carl Lentz is one of 12 global pastors that represent Hillsong Church.  Lentz is based in New York where he works beside his wife attempting to deliver the gospel in a way that resonates with this generation.   At that time, Bieber was living with Lentz and it was one particular night that the star looked at the pastor and emotionally told Lentz that he wanted to know Jesus again and asked to be baptized then and there.

From there began the search for the place that Bieber would reclaim his relationship with Christ.  Lentz was looking for a place that was secluded and completely away from paparazzi. The pair had gone through at least four different locations before finding one that fit their needs. Lentz then decided that he would call up one of his friends, NBA star Tyson Chandler.  The original idea was to ask Chandler to use his apartment pool but the pool was closed being that it was almost 3 a.m.  Then Chandler threw out the idea of using his bathtub.  Being that NBA player was around 7-foot tall, he had a customized bathtub and Bieber and Lentz found it plenty big enough to follow through with the baptism. After the process, Lentz claimed in an interview,” It was probably one of the most special things I’ve been a part of.” Ever since then, Justin Bieber has made a conscious effort to share his walk of faith with the world.

Lentz still remains present in the stars life acting as a mentor.  Bieber has made other friends throughout his journey with Christ.  He is friends with pastor Judah Smith, who is the lead pastor of Seattle’s The City Church.  Smith sends Bieber bible verses every day.  Although it still took some work for Bieber to get himself fully back on a positive path, it seems that he is getting better every time he is brought into the public eye. He has taken to his social media to document all of the good in his life and his renewed, devout beliefs.

Justin Bieber has gone on his Instagram account recently to document some of his adventures and share some valuable messages.  One recent post showed a video of him lip-syncing to a Hillsong worship song called “Not Today.” The caption to the video read,” Let the devil know NOT TODAY! The devil has no power when you know the LIVING God! His name is Jesus!! Why worry when you can worship.” The video was said to have been taken while he was visiting his now long time friend Carl Lentz, in Sydney, Australia.

Another Instagram post he put up showed how dedicated he is to his walk of faith. While visiting New Zealand he took a “leap of faith” by literally jumping off a cliff.  He did so at the famous Shotover Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox Nature Reserve.  He captioned the video as “air baptism.” Although Instagram is his biggest forum for spreading his message it’s not his only way.  The pop star is spreading the word about Christ in a more personal setting, at his concerts.  He has started performing worship songs during his concerts.  In one concert he told his fans, “Mark my words, Jesus loves you!”

Bieber shows the world that sometimes people can lose sight of what is important.  He also has shown the world that sometimes people get off track but that anyone can redirect and rededicate.  Most importantly, he’s shown the world that Christ will forgive and show guidance if that person is a true “belieber.”

Ava DuVernay’s adaption of  A Wrinkle in Time will be launched in March 2018. But for now, fans can watch the official trailer for Disney’s live-action adaptation and will see it’s worth the wait. The film, which is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic takes viewers across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love.

Movie-goers will also be invigorated as they are transported across the cosmos.

“What if we are here for a reason? What if we are a part of something truly divine?” the narrator said in the trailer. While these words pierce our souls, DuVernay speaks to our hearts through the heterogeneity of characters brought to life.

“My whole process with this film was, what if? With these women, I wondered, could we make them women of different ages, body types, races? Could we bring in culture, bring in history in their costumes? And in the women themselves, could we just reflect a fuller breadth of femininity?,” DuVernay said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
The breadth of femininity is also appreciated but was one of the unwritten rules of science fiction a the time it was published in 1963. “I’m a female. Why would I give all the best ideas to a male?,” L’Engle said in 1998.

“A Wrinkle in Time” is produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer. The film stars: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine and introduces Storm Reid.

fcwnmllX_400x400There were plenty of smiles, tears, and memorable moments at the 25th annual ESPYS in Los Angeles Wednesday night.

Former NFL star Payton Manning hosted the show which he kicked off with a comedy routine. Manning had the audience laughing hysterically as he joked about his retirement and picked-fun at the expense of the biggest stars in sports.

Jon Stewart presented the Pat Tillamn Award for Service to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Isreal Del Toro for his excellence and perseverance in both his military service and athletic achievements.  The former parachute jumper suffered third-degree burns on over 80 percent of his body, but still serves in teh Air Force and competes in adaptive sports.

New Orleans Saints superfan Jarrius Robertson received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. The 15-year-old kept a positive attitude through 13 surgeries and 2 liver transplants. “Don’t ever give up. These are the words by Jimmy V I have been living by my entire life,” Robertson said. “I have been doing things I never thought I could have done before – and earning the Jimmy V award tonight is amazing.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award this year to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the creator of the Special Olympics in 1968. Shriver was the sister of John F. Kennedy and passed away in 2009.

“Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a passionate champion for those with developmental challenges, empowering them to fulfill their highest potential,” Obama said. “Her work to promote inclusion and acceptance transformed the lives of countless young athletes and inspired us all. I am incredibly honored to present this award to her son to celebrate her life’s work.”

The legendary broadcaster Vin Scully was also recognized by receiving the Icon Award. He began his award speech with the same phrase he used to begin his Los Angeles Dodgers games: “Hi everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you.” Scully was a broadcaster for the Dodgers baseball games for a record-breaking 67 years.

Russell Westbrook won best male athlete while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete. Westbook was the NBA MVP and set a record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42. The Oklahoma City Thunder star beat out some tough competition, including Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Biles became the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast at the Rio de Janeiro Games, winning five medals, including four golds and a bronze. She beat out Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, WNBA star Serena Williams for the honor. She was one of three double winners, also bringing home best female Olympic athlete.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps won best male Olympic athlete and record-setting performance for extending his record Olympic medal haul at the games. In addition, Aaron Rodgers won best NFL player and shared best play with then-Green Bay Packers teammate Jared Cook. Jordy Nelson, another Packer, took home best comeback honors.

The Patriots and Falcons shared the best-game award for the Super Bowl, which the New England team won after a furious comeback. Tom Brady led the Patriots on five straight scoring drives as the team scored 31 straight points. It was the first overtime in the Super Bowl’s 51-year history.

The Chicago Cubs recieved a trophy as well for best moment. The Cubs’ thrilling seven-game World Series victory over the Cleveland Indians ended a 108-year title drought. Longtime Cubs fan Bill Murray accepted the award on the team’s behalf, popping open a couple of bottles of champagne while on stage with former Cubs player David Ross and actor and fellow Cubs fan Nick Offerman.

Spider-man Movie Poster“Spider-Man: Homecoming” came out on Jul. 7 and is knocking out all other prospected box office hits. After racking in a grand total of $257 million after the worldwide opening of the film, the numbers speak for themselves in saying that the movie is one to see.  Due to the fact that there have been a few sequels and reboots of ‘Spider-Man’ this particular rendition played as a test for the producers at Sony Pictures.  The need for a fresh take on the famous superhero was needed and it was done so with some seriously positive feedback.

This film is the first serious breakthrough for Sony Pictures since its cyber attack in 2014. With an all in budget of $175 million for the movie, Sony knew that they needed to pull out the big guns for this one. For the first time, Sony took steps into partnering with Marvel Studios to produce the movie. The producers, Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, had only three days to pitch the idea to marvel in hopes of getting them to participate. Marvel agreed to work with the film adding a handful of credibility along with definite following of fans, and so began the rise to the top of the box office.

Another one of the attributes to the film making it such a hit is that it is super family friendly and was specifically made to appeal to a wider audience but specifically to the youngsters. This film focuses on the high school years of Peter Parker.  Lead actor, Tom Holland, plays a sophomore version of Parker. Like other ‘Spider-man’ films the high school setting is said to be what’s represented but it was always hard to follow along just based on how adult-like the actors playing the characters came off to be. Holland is most distinguishable in terms of his take of Peter Parker because of how well he actually acts like a high school student.  In this film Peter is facing the adolescent high school years; he’s corky and nerdy, and just trying to make it through the 10th grade.  The take on the youngster years makes the film that much more authentic and relatable.  He portrays a kid that looks up to the Avengers and their superhero ways just like any other teenager. Parker has love interests and bullies but while dealing with those he is an aspiring junior superhero.

Peter Parker attends a magnet high school which sets the movie on the originality scale but at a different standard.  It’s like any other high school scene except that everyone is just a little above average in terms of academia.  All the students in the magnet school are nerdy with a drop of the predictable high school stereotypes.  For example, Peter Parker’s bully, Flash Thompson, played by Tony Revolori is callous but with a side of overachiever.

Among other things that makes this movie so appealing is that it is extremely diverse in casting.  Tony Revolori who played Flash the bully was commentated on a lot about the difference in portrayal of his character in the comic versus the movie.  Some hardcore fans didn’t think that he fit the mold in their heads but others are raving about his performance and how he depicted it. Revolori even gained 60 pounds just solely for the role.  The diversity in characters makes the movie so much more relatable and was one of the many contributing factors for the film’s success.  Apart from that the actually actors that were casted each had their own audience. Some known from TV shows and other movies, some are just plain old movie stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Zendaya.

The film includes characters from some of the earlier comics including Michelle Jones played by Zendaya who plays the edgy, careless classmate, as well as Flash Thompson and his girlfriend Liz played by Tony Revolori and Laura Harrier.  Robert Downey Jr. plays a mentor role in the film portraying his well know role of Tony Stark or better known as Iron Man.  He is worked into the movie by being Peter Parker’s boss for an internship.  He introduces the superhero life to Parker and even gives him a super-suit with a few Iron Man features.  The suit does not take away from Peter Parker’s spidey-sense it just adds a twist with a technological feel. When living the superhero life it is expected face one or two villains.  Michael Keaton plays the role as low key villain named Vulture, who is a ravenous thief and weapons dealer, the perfect match for the adolescent Spidey.  Vulture has no plans of world domination but his crimes are big enough to be left in the hands of Peter Parker part-time superhero. The battles between the two fulfill every conflict need, from fighting to the witty remarks.

If the weekend is looking bare, everything about this movies success rate is suggesting that it should fill the place of that empty timeslot.  It’s the superhero fix that can appeal to the whole family. “Spider-man: Homecoming” takes a new take on the well-known plot and exceeds all expectations.