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Producer Mark Burnett and Executive Producer Roma Downey share an exclusive sneak peak with Beliefnet fans of their upcoming movie Ben-Hur, out in theaters this summer.

Ben-Hur follows a falsely accused Jewish nobleman (Ben-Hur, played by Jack Huston) after he survives years of slavery and seeks to take revenge on his Roman best friend, who betrayed him. This action-packed movie teaches viewers the power of hope and forgiveness through the power of Jesus. Christians will be inspired to share the salvation with Jesus Christ!

High-profile stars as well as newcomers including Morgan Freeman (Ilderim), Naxanin Boniadi (Ester), Rodrigo Santoro (Jesus) and Haluk Bilginer (Simonides) star in the film. Be sure to catch Ben-Hur on August 19th.




Family Christian announced this week that they will become the exclusive retail partner for Active Faith Sports Apparel. Family Christian is the world’s largest Christian-focused retailer with over 250 stores in 36 states. The nonprofit organization offers Christian-themed merchandise.

Active Faith Sports Apparel is a premium retailer that features sports gear with Christian-inspired themes and messages, and they have developed a passionate following among Christians who want to share their faith through sport due to the quality of their merchandise.

“Our mission with the Active Faith line is to help our customers take their faith with them to the gym, on the basketball court, the baseball diamond, or even on a leisurely walk with the family. These high-quality products offer inspiration whether you are a backyard warrior or a professional athlete,” remarked Jennifer Makowski, Senior Buyer over Gifts/Apparel for Family Christian.

Professional athletes have raved about Active Faith Sports since its founding in 2012. NBA superstar and 2-time back to back MVP Stephen Curry became an investor in the company early in his career. Curry stated how the company’s iconic “In Jesus Name I Play” tagline inspires, motivates and reminds him why he plays the game.

“You may never play in the Super Bowl or have your own shoe, but you can still do whatever you do in the name of Jesus and give God praise for the ability to do so.” Added Lanny Smith Active Faith Sports CEO.  “We are thrilled about this new partnership with Family Christian and the opportunity to spread the Gospel through sport.”

The Active Faith line will be available online and in select stores beginning June 1, and available in all Family Christian stores on July 4.


The 2016 Billboard Music Awards was held Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada where there were some incredible performances, most notably from Céline Dion.

Dion, who lost both her husband René Anglil and brother Daniel earlier this year, broke down in tears after her son René-Charles made a surprise appearance to present her with the Billboard Icon Award.

Dion was clearly on an emotional edge, but still performed a phenomenal cover of Queen’s 1990 song “The Show Must Go On.” It was Dion’s first time performing on TV since her tragic losses.

During her acceptance speech, she told the audience “I don’t want to cry in front of you, you make me so happy.”

Watch Dion’s interview about her emotional experience.


download (1)Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has never been shy about celebrating his faith as a Christian. Curry insists that his faith plays a vital role in his professional career, however he recently revealed why he doesn’t always quote the Bible everywhere he goes. In an interview with Fellowship of Christian Athletes FCA Magazine, Curry explained why he won’t always have a bible verse to share publicly.

“I’m not a guy who’s going to be trying to bash people over the head with the Bible,” he said in the magazine. “I want people to know when they see me play that something is different, that I play for something different, and whether I’m talking about it [or not], I just hope by the way I carry myself and by the way I play the game, they can see there’s something different about that guy. And they find out what it is and then they know. It’s part of who I am.”

Curry recently made history with a second consecutive NBA MVP honor, achieved by a unanimous vote. Curry’s commitment to his team while also being grounded in his faith has been an inspiration for many others. Curry told FCA Magazine that he ultimately thanks God for his talent.

“I’ve always been a believer that the Lord has put whatever talent in you, [and] whatever gift He has put in you, He wants you to get the most out of that. He wants you to succeed,” Curry says. “He wants you to pursue and work and be passionate about it. It’s not about getting any of the glory for yourself; it’s all for His [glory]. That’s where you have to keep perspective. Work at it and do all you can so you get the most out of yourself, but do it for His will.”

Curry created a strong spiritual foundation at an early age, with his relationship with Jesus Christ starting around middle school. While he might not always publicly praise the Lord, he is choosing to live his life in accordance to the word.

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