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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone will bring a new light on the Christian faith and it’s ability to change anyone’s heart.

Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star, is forced to do community service at a local megachurch after getting into some trouble with the law. He pretends to be Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play. Along the way, he reconnects with his past and builds upon his faith to discover that his most important role is far away from the shining lights of Hollywood

The faith-based feature film was shot in the Elgin area by a branch of Elgin’s Harvest Bible Chapel and will be brought to audiences by WWE Studios. The film was directed by the megachurch’s media director, Dallas Jenkins, and stars Brett Dalton (from TV’s Agents of Shield), Neil Flynn (from TV’s The Middle), as well as Nicole Astra, D.B. Sweeney and Emily Eruraviel.

Watch the exclusive trailer below and make sure to catch The Resurrection of Gavin Stone January 20, 2017.

hillsongThere’s a scene in HILLSONG-LET HOPE RISE, our new movie coming to theaters this Friday, in which Hillsong UNITED worship leader Joel Houston is asked to explain why the band’s music has become such an international, inspirational phenomenon.

His answer makes no mention of how well he or any of his bandmates sing or play. He doesn’t mention any song’s lyrics, or production, or sales figures. In fact, he doesn’t mention the group at all.

Instead, he points to the same place UNITED’s music points: “God created music to connect people, the human heart – our soul – with heaven.”

It is because Hillsong UNITED is so dedicated to serving that purpose with its music that HILLSONG -LET HOPE RISE even got made. The idea to bring their story to the screen was birthed one night when I saw them lead worship at the Hollywood Bowl with my producing partner, Matt Weaver. Matt had never seen nor heard of them; I had. He considers himself more spiritual than Christian; I grew up in the church. But both of us were so profoundly moved by what we experienced that night we felt compelled – called – to try to capture it and bring it to the big screen.

Have we succeeded? Audiences will be the judges of that. But we have seen something remarkable happen when we’ve screened the film all across the country: men and women, rising to their feel, raising their arms and signing in praise to the Creator right there in the theater! Like that night at the Hollywood Bowl, something about worship music leads audiences to shed their inhibitions and allow the Spirit of God to move in and through them. Even in a movie theater, their hearts are connected to Heaven.

Hillsong UNITED, of course, is not the first or only group or individual to usher listeners into the very presence of the Lord through music. David does it throughout the Psalms; worship teams and choirs do it every Sunday in churches all across the globe. It happens, I think, because worship music employs God’s creation to touch God’s spirit. It becomes a two-way transaction – we express our love to Him, He returns His love to us. A door is opened to intimate, ongoing communion between God and His beloved.

In worship, we experience what that means in a more focused and sustained way than the daily noisiness of life allows. True worship is free from distraction – our smartphone in our pocket, our eyes not working the room, our minds not wandering to our mental to-do lists. We are wholly dialed in to praising Him. And remarkable, life-changing things can happen in those moments!

We hear about some of them in HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE: everyday people who walked into a UNITED show not knowing Jesus and walked out knowing that they are one of His children. The desire implanted in the heart of each of us to be truly known is fulfilled through the miracle of worship. And, as Joel Houston so eloquently states, our heart and soul are connected to heaven.

That is certainly something worth singing about.

HILLSONG-LET HOPE RISE Producer Jonathan Bock is president of Grace Hill Media, one of Hollywood’s most influential faith-based marketing firms.

serenawilliams090316Serena Williams never thought she would be playing tennis into her mid-30s. However she kept on playing, and the records just keep piling up.

Serena Williams proved once again that she is the top women’s tennis player in the world. This past Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Williams cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory in exactly one hour against Sweden’s Joanna Larsson to book a place in the last 16 of the US Open.

Saturday’s victory was filled with added meaning, as it marked William’s 307th career victory in grand slam play. This lifted Williams past Martina Navratilova for the most by a female player in the open era.

“Each number I’m definitely most proud of. Like I said, I was really excited to reach that, was it 306? 307? I was really excited to do that. Something I didn’t even know about until Wimbledon. I was like: ‘Oh, I have a new goal.’ That was pretty cool for me. Obviously I want to keep that number going higher and see what can happen.”

The first two points in the match were hard-hitting aces which left 47th ranked Larsson frozen in her tracks. Larsson only managed to get eight points over the second set.

Williams, however, still believes she can do better.

“I feel OK,” Williams said. “Obviously I don’t feel like I’m Serena out there yet, but hopefully she’ll come around the second week.”

On Monday, Serena Williams proved to herself that she always can do better. She did it again and thumped over Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round of the US Open. Williams collected her 308th grand slam to move past Roger Federer, who is currently injured, for the top spot on the all-time list.
“It’s a huge number. I think it’s very significant actually. I think it’s something that just really talks about the length of my career, in particular. I’ve been playing for a really long time, but also, you know, given that consistency up there. That’s something that I’m really proud of.”
Williams now has her eyes firmly on becoming the first player to win 23 grand slam singles title in the Open Era, which would move Serena within one major of Margaret Court’s all-time record.
Serena will play her next game on Wednesday.

elimination-postThe new cast of the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars has viewers jumping with joy. The show returns with its 23rd season on ABC on Monday, September 12th. Dancing with the Stars pairs professional dancers with celebrities to train and compete in ballroom dancing.

Laurie Hernandez

Hernandez could be seen in the 2016 Rio Olympics as an American gymnast. She will be partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

Vanilla Ice

Born Robert Matthew Van Winkle, Vanilla Ice is a rapper who came on the scene in the early ’90s. His dancing partner will be Witney Carson.

Amber Rose

Rose is the host of The Amber Rose Show, an actress and a model. She is also famously known for being Kayne West’s ex. She will be partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Babyface

Babyface has been tearing up the R&B charts as a musician, songwriter and producer for the past 30 years. He will be working with Allison Holker this season.

Maureen McCormick

McCormick played our favorite sister on the Brady Bunch, eldest Marcia! She will be partnered with Artem Chigvintsev.

Jake T. Austin

You can find Austin all over TV, on shows like Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters and movies like Hotel for Dogs. He will be dancing along with Jenna Johnson.

Terra Jolé

Terra has been featured on Lifetime’s Little Women: LA and has performed as Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. She’s working with Sasha Farber.

Calvin Johnson

The wide receiver for the Detroit Lions will be dancing away with Lindsay Arnold.

Rick Perry

Perry is a noted politician that could be remembered by running for president and endorsing Ted Cruz. His partner is Emma Slater.

Jana Kramer

Kramer played Alex Dupre on One Tree Hill and is now a country singer. She is partnered with Gleb Savchenko.

James Hinchcliffe

Hinchcliffee is a Canadian IndyCar driver and will be dancing with Sharna Burgess.

Marilu Henner

Henner is an actor, author, radio host and producer that is best known for her role as Elaine from Taxi. She will competing with Derek Hough.

Ryan Lochte

Lochte is best known as being a swimmer for the American’s in the Rio Olympics. He will be dancing with Cheryl Burke.

 

 

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