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9361569097_ff82c47b02_bChris Pratt has returned back under the shining lights and into public eye for the first time since announcing his split from wife Anna Faris, and he used this opportunity to glorify God.

At the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night, Pratt was honored to take home the Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor Award for his role in this summer’s blockbuster hit “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” He began his speech with the typical thank you’s before reiterating his strong belief in his faith.

“I would not be here with the ease and grace I have in my heart without my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ,” the 38-year-old actor said.

Most actors would have taken a hard pass on all award shows after such a public break up, but Pratt showed up to the stage with his wit and charm still intact. While he skipped the red carpet for the event, he was still able to face his fans through grace he found in his faith.

Pratt wasn’t the only one to celebrate Christ in his acceptance speech. Vanessa Hudgens also encouraged her fans by saying “God made you you for a reason, so know that in your heart you are enough, and the more that you understand that, the brighter you will shine.”

Chris kept the rest of his speech light by sharing his own Hollywood origin story.

“When I came to Los Angeles, I came from Hawaii and I had all of this blonde hair and I was tan and I met an agent because I really wanted to be an actor and get an agent and he said, ‘Wow. Bro, you must surf?’ And I said ‘Yeah,’ and that was the first of many lies I told to get where I am today,” he told the crowd.

Pratt was noticeably not wearing his wedding ring, a reminder of the personal struggles he was having in his marriage. Pratt and Faris announced their separation last week. They had been married for eight years.

“We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another,” the couple announced on social media in a joint statement.

It has been obvious that Pratt is leaning on his faith since separating from Faris. He took their 4-year-old, Jack, to church hours before the award show on Sunday, smiling for the cameras as he carried his son in the parking lot.

This is not the first time that Pratt has shared his Christian faith with his fans. In February, Pratt said his brother had made him a custom wooden tray inscribed with one of his favorite Bible verses. The verse came from Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And back during Easter last year, Pratt took to social media to share tips on how to erect a cross to celebrate the holiday.

It was in Hawaii that Pratt says he was saved and turned his life to Jesus as a teen.

“I was sitting outside a grocery store—we’d convinced someone to go in and buy us beer. This is Maui. And a guy named Henry came up and recognized something in me that needed to be saved. He asked what I was doing that night, and I was honest. I said, ‘My friend’s inside buying me alcohol.’ ‘You going to go party?’ he asked. ‘Yeah.’ ‘Drink and do drugs? Meet girls, fornication?’ I was like, ‘I hope so.’ I was charmed by this guy, don’t know why. He was an Asian dude, maybe Hawaiian, in his 40s. It should’ve made me nervous but didn’t. I said, ‘Why are you asking?’ He said, ‘Jesus told me to talk to you…’ At that moment I was like, I think I have to go with this guy. He took me to church. Over the next few days I surprised my friends by declaring that I was going to change my life.”

You can watch the full speech given by Pratt below.

29906170001_5528885839001_5528856944001-vsThe real “Rudy” has been public about remembering coach Ara Parseghian, who passed away on Wednesday at 94.

“He could have shot down all my dreams,” Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger told USA TODAY Sports of Parseghian, the former Notre Dame coach.

Ruettiger’s story about his time with the Notre Dame football team was the basis of the popular 1993 film simply titled “Rudy.”

“He could have said, ‘Son, you’re too old. You have been in the Navy six years. We don’t take junior walk-ons.’ That would have destroyed me,” Ruettiger said.

But Parseghian didn’t crush Ruettiger’s dream of playing football for the Irish. Instead, he eventually gave Ruettiger a position on the scout team.

“He recognized something in people, especially their character and heart,” Ruettiger said. “Years later, I heard that he walked into a coaches’ meeting and told the coaches about our first meeting. Ara told them, ‘He was just one of those kids you couldn’t say no to.”

With a career record of 170-58-6, Parseghian remains one of the best coaches in both Northwestern and Notre Dame history. While he is most famous for his time at Notre Dame, his eight years at Northwestern helped catapult him to that job.

Parseghian turned Northwestern into a powerhouse, despite it having struggled much through their history. The team achieved its only No. 1 ranking ever in 1962, and it had some stunning results during Parseghian’s tenure: A 4-0 record against Notre Dame, a 3-1 record against Ohio State and a 45-13 win over No. 1 Oklahoma.

Frustrated with the lack of resources at Northwestern, Parseghian left for Notre Dame, where he surpassed even his success at Northwestern. He went 95-17-4 in 11 seasons with the Irish, including two national championships and wins in the Cotton, Sugar and Orange bowls.

 After leaving Notre Dame, Parseghian became a college football commentator and devoted his life to raising money for medical research. The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation raises money to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Disease, which three of his grandchildren have died from.

Even as he left college football professionally, Parseghian lived near South Bend and remained a fan the rest of his life.

Ruettiger called Parseghian a father figure for the entire team. “He gets respect from Notre Dame fans, at least the ones who know what he accomplished,” Ruettiger said.

17520146025_d44d0cc061_bNFL season is almost upon us. Fans of the sport are already taking a look at what teams and players are dominating in practices to see who they should keep an eye out for this season. With 30 teams getting ready for kickoff, it can be hard to search through everyone. What team is going to exceed their 2016 season, and who is being slated as a breakout player? With half of the 2016 season’s 12 playoff participants not qualifying to play in 2015, turnover is to be expected for this upcoming year. We’ve selected the top teams and players to watch this year in the NFL.

Denver Broncos

After winning the Super Bowl 50, the Broncos missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The team is now looking to start another streak with their new head coach Vance Joseph and a possible switch-up in their starting quarterback. The Broncos also have a strong defense thank ranked 4th in 2016, making it a possibility they return after the one-year absence.

Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts

Donte Moncrief, wide receiver for the colts, was a popular breakout pick a year ago but was unable to met expectations due to an injury. Moncrief was still able to haul seven touchdowns in just nine games. If he is able to stay healthy, it is expected that he will bring in a lot of touchdowns in the 2017 season.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers struggled in 2016, leading the league in players out on injury. Despite this they finished ninth in the league, losing nine games by just eight points or fewer. With a new head coach coming in, better health, and some reinforcements in their defensive line, the Chargers could experience a turnaround in the new season.

DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers defense had a rough season last year, but DeForest Buckner was one of their bright spots. The defensive tackle player has the physical tools to lead the team as an interior pass rusher and the versatility to kick out to defensive end on passion downs. Racking up six sacks during his rookie season, he is expected to hit double-digits in 2017.

Carolina Panthers

After losing the Super Bowl 50, the Panthers tumbled from first to worst in 2016. While the past season was disappointing, the Panthers still have a lot of reasons to be confident about a bounce-back in 2017. Carolina still has 2015 MVP Cam Newton to lead their offense. With a tightened up defense and a more consistent running game, they should at least be a threat to their division, if not the NFC as a whole.

Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins

With Brandon Albert gone, the left tackle spot has been opened for Laremy Tunsil to take over. The 2016 first-round pick played left guard during his debut season, and performed averagely. He struggled against twists and stunts, which he will see fewer of with his new tackle spot. His natural pass-blocking ability will now be able to carry him a long way.

Lamarcus Joyner, Los Angeles Rams 

The Rams needed help in the safety position, and instead of looking at the draft they chose to look in-house. Lamarcus Joyner will be making the switch from corner to safety this season. Joyner played safety in college before moving to corner in his senior season. The 2014 second-round pick has great instincts that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is sure bring the best out of in 2017.

Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Look for the Chargers to give tight end Hunter Henry, whom the team took with a second round pick in 2016, more snaps this season. Henry was the team’s best red zone target last season and in 2017, he should be a threat all over the field. Henry will have to improve his run blocking if he wants to overtake Antonio Gates as the starting tight end, however, but fans are keeping an eye out.

The NFL is getting ready for kickoff, and these breakout stars and teams are gearing up for a great 2017 season. Keep your eyes pealed for some interesting and nail-biting games starting in the next few months.

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For centuries, Israel had been a nation in exile. For six days, surrounded by enemies, Israel stood alone and changed history.

This past spring marked the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, and CBN Documentaries Film commemorates this historical battle with the new movie “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem.”

In May of 1967, Arab nations joined together with a stated goal to wipe Israel off the map. Less than 20 years after reforming as a nation, Israel was on the verge of extinction. Yet six days in early June 1967 changed history forever.

“In Our Hands” tells the story of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade and how Israel Defense Forces risked everything to protect their homeland. Featuring firsthand interviews and historical reenactments, the powerful docudrama focuses on the commitment and sacrifice of the soldiers who reunited Jerusalem.

No matter if you recall the historical events like it was yesterday, or you are interested in learning more about the declaration by the Israel Defense Forces and their stunning victory, this film will captivate you.

Pastors, historians, movie-critics, and the public are all thrilled for the film to be released.

“One of the best, most moving films I’ve seen this year… handsomely produced, historically responsible, and emotionally satisfying.” – Michael Medved, Nationally syndicated talk-radio host and bestselling author of ‘The American Miracle’

“… If you love and support the nation of Israel and the Jewish people, I urge you to see this life-changing film.” – Pastor John Hagee, Author of ‘Four Blood Moons’

“In Our Hands is a deeply satisfying experience from beginning to end. Marrying documentary form to narrative reenactment, the film takes hold of its audience in its opening moments and never lets go.”- Seth M. Siegel, New York Times best-selling author of ‘Let There Be Water’

“The greatest evidence that the Bible is true and that miracles are for today is Israel! Your faith will explode when you witness the supernatural power of God documented in this film!” – Sid Roth, Host of ‘It’s Supernatural!’

Get a chance to watch the trailer before purchasing on DVD.