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Produced and directed by Knights of Columbus, ABC aired a new documentary titled Everyday Heroes this past Sunday.

The documentary, that runs for 57 minutes, follows the lives of 14 men and one parish community who have demonstrated acts of kindness in their respective communities. The documentary’s focus on kindness and selflessness reminds us that true heroism is often a characteristic of those who are the most humble.

“There’s a real crisis of heroism in our culture but it’s certainly not for a lack of everyday heroes,” says Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus and executive producer of the documentary. “If we look carefully, we can see there are heroes all around us.”

After it’s six-week run on ABC, the film will be available for free. Until then, you can check your local listings.



For those who are fans of Justin Bieber, they know that he has had an ongoing battle with anxiety and depression.

Bieber is using his social media platform to talk not only about his anxiety but also how God helps him cope.

“Don’t stop fighting the battle – the battle is already won,” he shared with his fans on Instagram.

Bieber, quoting 2 Timothy 1:7 said, “Fight for what you love and who you love don’t let fear and anxiety win…God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power love and of a sound mind!”

He then turned to Jesus in his Instagram post.

“Jesus has given me freedom and the pursuit of getting to know his character is never ending. God’s character never changes – he is the same yesterday now and forever. He is always good! I won’t be afraid to be vulnerable before him.. his power is made strong in our weakness. God isn’t afraid of your pain and your brokenness he actually welcomes it. Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest! these are words from Jesus!”

His hope is for his fans to put their hope in Jesus as well.

“There is hope and it’s in him!! He loves and cares for you! For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believes him won’t die but have eternal life! You are that whoever and he accepts you as you are!! He loves and forgives you and welcomes you into his arms every time you mess. He is a perfect and loving God who adores you!”

Bieber recently reached out to his fans asking them to pray for him.

In an emotionally charged Instagram post, Justin Bieber shared that he’s in the midst of the “most human season I’ve ever been in,” and is asking his fans for prayers during this rough period.

“Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys,” Bieber captioned in a picture of himself praying with manager Scooter Braun and Kanye West. “Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird.”

While the pop singer didn’t share what specific challenges he’s facing, he did ask for prayers.

“God is faithful and ur prayers really worked,” Bieber wrote.

This is not the first time Bieber has alluded to his depression. In an interview with Vogue, Bieber opened up about a period where he got “really depressed” on the tour for his album “Purpose” in 2017.

“I haven’t talked about this, and I’m still processing so much stuff that I haven’t talked about,” Bieber said. “I was lonely. I needed some time.”

During that time, he admitted that he relied heavily on the sedative Xanax in hopes of distancing himself from his reality.

“I found myself doing things that I was so ashamed of, being super-promiscuous and stuff, and I think I used Xanax because I was so ashamed,” he admitted. “My mom always said to treat women with respect. For me that was always in my head while I was doing it, so I could never enjoy it. Drugs put a screen between me and what I was doing.”

He also added, “It got pretty dark…I think there were times when my security was coming in late at night to check my pulse and see if I was still breathing.”

While Bieber has gone through some really dark periods, he has been able to lean on God and trust in Jesus.

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Some are calling it the “Woodstock of Gospel Music.”

Pharrell Williams’ “Something in the Water” pop-up church was quite a departure from Kanye West’s Sunday Services which have become quite the spectacle over the last few months.

The focus of this outdoor service wasn’t celebrities or expensive merchandise, it was simply church.

There was a long line of people gathered to get to the pop-up church stage which wasn’t far from the festival’s main stage.

While some may have expected pop hip-hop music to be a focus at the church, it wasn’t. Social media and livestreaming weren’t a focus either. Jesus was!

About 2,500 people gathered together. It was a beautiful mix of people wearing casual clothing and their Sunday best for a true, revival-style gospel experience.

The pop-up church was led by Williams’ uncle, Ezekiel Williams, pastor of Faith World Ministries in Norfolk. He was tasked with putting a worship-style service on the final day of the festival to “release positive energy into the community.” That’s just what the service did.

The pop-up church was also free and open to the public so those who didn’t purchase tickets to the three-day festival could attend from the community. As a result, there was a blend of festival-goers and non-attendees who wanted the experience.

The event featured performances from Christians artists like Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary and Israel Houghton, as well as local church groups.

One pastor who delivered a homily said there is something in the water down here and that something is Jesus.

Now that we can expect another “Something in the Water” in 2020 (and beyond) many are looking forward to all the surprises that may be in store.

If next years’ pop-up church is anything like this years’, the community is in for another powerful experience.

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In a recent interview on the “The Billy & Justin Show” actor Kristoffer Polaha shared how an unexpected life event brought him back to Christ.

The actor has started in a number of Christian films and shows including “Run the Race” and “Where Hope Grows.”

While he grew up in a Christian household with a Catholic dad and a Pentecostal mom, he came to a crossroads when he was 17 years old.

The actor told “The Billy & Justin Show” that things were going so well in life that he wondered if God was helping him or if he was simply accomplishing it all on his own without the help of God.

“[It was] me sort of wanting to take the place of God in my own heart,” he said. To test this, he decided to not pray for six months which ended up turning into six years.

Though he had drifted away from God spiritually, he felt like God was trying to pull Him back.

During this period, he studied other religions, but he still prayed and sought God. Over time, he felt like he was reconnecting with God. He started feeling like God was knocking on the door of his heart, he said.

But it was a close encounter with death that occurred when he and his friend walked down a street in New York City that really brought the actor back to God.

“We just happened to be in front of this building…we could have been anywhere that night at any moment,” Polaha said. “The dude who owned [this restaurant] was trying to burn it down and it blew up.”

In that moment, he knew that the explosion could have killed the two of them but it didn’t. He knew God had to be playing a role in this.

“The fire marshall in the emergency room said, ‘You guys should have been decapitated…you should not be here right now and the fact that you are is a miracle,” he said.

“God kind of broke down the door in a way,” he said. “All of a sudden my life wasn’t my own anymore…”

Polaha did suffer a major injury to his head that required 120 stitches, 80 needing to be applied to his face. He thought his days of acting were over after the incident, he was still able to act on both the big and small screens.

Our God truly is an awesome God of miracles and spiritual breakthroughs.

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