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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.

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.