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Stephen Curry is an incredible ball player, but that’s not all that defines him. The NBA star is all a devout and loyal Christian.

In Curry’s latest episode of Facebook’s “Stephen vs The Game”, Curry lays out the exact moment that he became a Christian and how it changed the course of his life. The episode also featured Curry’s parents, his father Dell and mother Sonya.

Curry grew up in a Christian home, but early on in life he didn’t feel the same desire for the faith that his parents did. His family attended church every Wednesday and Sunday, leaving Curry frustrated that he couldn’t spend that time with friends.

“When all your other friends are doing these things and you’re having to say no, you get used to saying no,” Sonya said of their church schedule.

“I would have them get up at six o’clock in the morning to do devotion before school, to emphasize putting God first – to also train them, ‘You’re gonna have a job, get up at six o’clock in the morning and get stuff done,’” Sonya said.

His parent’s choice to bring him to the church prove to be successful. He was finally saved in the eighth grade while listening to a youth pastor named Jason, he said.

“I felt the calling, went down to the altar [and] gave my life to Christ. That became the beginning of my own personal journey,” he said. “I think my faith is about the personal relationship more so than the following a certain religious tradition, a religious practice.”

The Golden State Warriors guard continued, saying it was important to “make sure you’re feeding your spirit with the right things versus what this world is throwing at us.”

Curry understands how faith can be difficult, and is not always a solid belief.

“My faith is tested on the court as much as it is in life, but it’s the part that always keeps me focused on what I need to do when it comes to my family, when it comes to my job, when it comes to how I treat other people, my appreciation for life, and all the good things that happen and how to deal with the bad things that happen,” Curry shared.

He also chooses to put his faith first in all things, inluding basketball and his relationships.

“I put believer first, because that is supposed to be the roots of everything that I do as a believer, as a husband, as a father, and on down from there.”

Curry said he tries to take advantage of every opportunity he has to share his faith, but more than anything he adds that he wants his actions to speak for themselves. One way he lives out his faith is by placing his favorite Bible verse on his shoes.

“My mom challenged me to find a verse that I could rely on to give me strength, give me a sense of purpose and to remember who I was playing for every time I lace up my sneakers,” he shared. “It reminds me why I am blessed with these talents, where I get my strength from, and who I am playing for.”

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34440274385_153fcc8eef_b No matter how much fame or money you have, every single one of us faces the harsh realities of life.

Chance the Rapper is no stranger to pain. This past week, he tweeted a plea for help, telling his over 8 million followers that his aunt is in desperate need of a kidney.

“I really need help. My Auntie Toni is one of the strongest forces in my life, and she is in dire need of a #kidney. We have exhausted all options and have been wait listed for years. My family believes in the power of prayer and we give this problem up to God,” the hip-hop artist wrote on Twitter recently.

He also encouraged his fans to get the quick blood test done required to see if you are a match for others.

“I’m sorry it was a lil (sic) overwhelmingly emotion[al] writing this, Her blood type is O positive,” he wrote, “you can get a quick blood test and physical to find your a match.”

While he took more practical steps to try and find a donor, Chance also simply requested that fans continue to pray for him.

“A prayer really goes a long way,” he added.

Twitter responded with an outpouring of love and positivity for the Grammy Winning artist.

One fan commented, “Hi Chance. Please send me a message. In the past few days I have signed up to become an altruistic living donor…”

Chance has spoken about his faith in the past, and is one of the more open Christians in Hollywood. This past December, he took a sabbatical from music to focus on his faith.

“I’ve been brought up by my family to know Christ but I haven’t taken it upon myself to really just take a couple days and read my Bible,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “We all quote scripture and tell each other what God likes and doesn’t like but how much time do we spend as followers of Jesus to really just read and KNOW his Word. I’m definitely guilty of not devoting time to it,” he said.

Eighteen years later, fans everywhere are cheering for the return of the epic true saga of Elder John H. Groberg’s missionary adventures in Tonga in “The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith”.

The first movie, distributed by Disney in 2001 and featured Anne Hathaway, was an instant hit that detailed Elder Groberg’s first mission to Tonga in the 1950’s as a 19 year-old bachelor. Now, the sequel shares his return to the Polynesian island in the 1960’s with his wife and five young daughters to serve as President of the Tonga-Fiji Mission.

The true story details the trials and tribulations the family went through when John’s wife, Jean, gives birth to their sixth child; a boy born with a serious life threatening illness. With their newborn’s life on the line in a far away land, the family has to remember that God is still with them. They receive tremendous support from the community that proves just how powerful God is, as they come together to all pray for a miracle.

“The Other Side of Heaven Part 2: Fire of Faith” is coming to theaters June 28th. You can catch the official trailer below.

“Heavenly Deposit”, which is now available for digital download, is more than just your typical Christian film. The story, which is based on true events, captures audiences in such a brilliant way and reminds us all of the power of letting God into our lives.

“Heavenly Deposit” shares the story of Peter Ranos, a faithless man that felt himself carrying the weight of the world after job challenges, a failing marriage, and more. When Peter’s world finally collapses, in his despair he has a miraculous experience. Through this, he finds the presence of God in his life and realizes he cannot deny the power of the Lord.

The Dove Foundation said of the movie: “Depositing a little time to see this film will result in heavenly and spiritual dividends! This is a must-see film.” Woman’s Day also had positive review, calling it one of the “15 must-watch christian movies coming out in 2019”.

You can watch the trailer below.