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John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever shall believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
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What Is Good Friday? Good Friday is a holiday celebrated by the Christian Church in commemoration of the day Jesus died on a cross. Christians believe that the death of Jesus as a willing sacrifice paid the penalty for the sinfulness of humanity. As a result, we can receive forgiveness today.
The Bible describes how they paid people to give false accusations against Jesus, implying that Jesus was rebelling against the Roman authorities that were ruling over Israel at the time.
Jesus was subsequently arrested, put on trial, and sentenced to execution by crucifixion. After verifying that he was dead by Christians around the world consider thrusting a sword through his side, the Jesus to have been God in the flesh—the Romans allowed the body to be taken second member of the Trinity. (The Trinidown and buried in a tomb belonging to ty is the understanding that God is one in Joseph of Arimathea. Guards were staessence but exists with three centers of tioned to watch over the tomb to ensure personhood.) Seeing the hopeless and that no one, especially the disciples, tried sinful condition of humanity, he chose to to do anything to the body. enter into Creation in the form of the man, Jesus Christ. The Bible reveals that this was all part of God’s plan from the beginning. Several Arriving as a baby born to a virgin named Old Testament prophecies written centuMary, Jesus grew up among us. At about ries earlier foretold the crucifixion of Jethe age of 30, Jesus began his public minis- sus in detail—even before crucifixion betry of teaching, healing, and proclaiming came a common form of execution. the Kingdom of Heaven. Three years later, the Jewish religious leaders (who felt threatened by Jesus’ rising popularity) conspired against him.
So why was the death of Jesus necessary? According to Christian teaching, God is a God of love as well as a God of justice.
His love desired to offer forgiveness to all of humanity for its sinful rebellion against him. But his justice demanded that wrongs be punished, and the punishment for rebellion against God is death. So the solution was for God to become a man and pay the penalty in our place. However, Christians also recognize that Jesus’ death was only temporary. On the third day—the day we know as Easter— his tomb was found empty. Over the next forty days, hundreds of eyewitnesses reported seeing Jesus alive. He had walked with them, taught them, and eaten with them. Their conclusion: Jesus had risen from the dead. Today, Christians still observe the Good Friday/Easter weekend as pivotal to their faith. All of Christianity hinges on the death of Jesus and his subsequent resurrection from the dead. It teaches that, because of his death, we can experience forgiveness. And because of his resurrection, we can know his has authority over life and death.
The Christian message is often referred to as the "Gospel," which means "good news." Specifically, it is the good news about Jesus—who He is, what He has done, and what He offers. Essentially, the message is that Jesus was God in the flesh, that He came into the world to reconcile humanity to Himself, and that his salvation is freely offered to each person who will respond in faith. The Gospel message explains that salvation is only possible through the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. Through his sacrifice, Jesus paid the price for our sinfulness (rebellion against God), thus offering us forgiveness. Then through his Resurrection He conquered death, removing it as the penalty for our sin and replacing it with the offer of eternal life that is only available from Him to all those that place their faith in Him.
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National Day of Prayer - May 1st AMERICANS UNITE WITH ONE VOICE IN PRAYER, FOR THE 63RD ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ON THURSDAY, MAY 1ST
behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders. The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer, is One Voice, United in Prayer, emphasizing
the need for individuals to join together in corporate prayer, – As our nation struggles with calling upon the unfailing continued economic insecurity, character of God, who is sovvast healthcare change, and ereign over all governments, continual challenges to basic authorities, and men – the God constitutional rights, citizens of under the United States are preparing whom this Nation stands. to exercise one of their most precious freedoms – the right To further highlight this theme, to gather, worship, and pray to Romans 15:6 was selected as God. Following in the footthe Scripture for this year: “So steps of that with one mind and one voice our Nations founders, who you may glorify the God and fought for religious freedom, millions will assemble at thou- Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” John Bornschein, Nasands of tional Day of Prayer (NDP) local National Day of Prayer Task Force Vice-Chairman, events across the nation, made the where they will take time out statement, “This 63rd annual, of their national observance on May daily schedules to intercede on
1st, will have profound significance for our country. By joining together in prayer, we have an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call upon citizens to humbly come before His throne.” Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of well known evangelist, Dr. Billy Graham – will serve as the 2014 Honorary Chairman of the NDP Task Force and will give the keynote address at the National Observance in Washington, D.C., to be held at the Cannon House Office Building. To learn more, or to find a National Day of Prayer event in your community, visitwww.NationalDayofPrayer.org
Place A Cross In Your Front Yard This Easter generation to Love and live a Christian -- A-Cross-This-Nation Ministries is valued life. Our Country was founded on reaching out to encourage Christians to Christianity and we must pass this on to place a Cross in their front yard this East- our children. er. Mr. Lee said, "Visualize this…. A family is A-Cross-This-Nation Ministries has done driving home one Friday night after going a mass mailing to the major Churches, to the movies and as they are driving Christian Schools and Christian Radio through the neighborhood, they see this Stations in every state and need your Cross with lights on it in front of a house, help in spreading the word by placing a as they drive a little further down the Cross in your front yard this Easter Holi- street, they see another house with a day. Mr. Lee said People don't seem to cross in the front yard with lights on it have a problem celebrating Halloween, and all of a sudden, one of their kids in displaying pumpkins and witches or the back seat asks: Daddy, what does the Christmas with Santa Clause and Christ- Cross mean?" (A perfect way to witness mas trees, why not the Cross for Easter? to children, family and friends) A-Cross-This-Nation Ministry said that they are not in the business of selling crosses, but it doesn't take much time for an individual to go to their nearest lumber store and buy two boards and build a cross with the family and place it in the front yard. You can even add lights to it. Mr. Lee said he leaves his lights on his cross, all night those three days, so people at night can see the beauty of the Cross. Today, our Christian Faith is under attack on every front, at home and abroad. We must take a stand and show the world that Jesus is alive and this is an important time of our lives to inspire our current
The ministry is asking that you join them in this celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the true meaning of this Holiday. All you have to do is display a Cross in your front yard for three days; Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday (April 18th, 19th and 20th). A-Cross-This-Nation Ministries goal is to have a Cross in every front yard during the Easter Holiday. Please join in this celebration it not only will show your faith, but it can also be a way of saying: Thank You Jesus!!!
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Good News Press - 4 UP’s Two-Week Celebration of Easter Presents “The Greatest Stories of The Bible” 22 Inspiring Movies Airing April 7-20 -- For two weeks in April, television audiences will be treated to an unprecedented collection of inspirational movies and mini-series when UP once again presents "The Greatest Stories of The Bible" in honor of the Easter season. America's favorite network for uplifting entertainment will mark the holiday for a second year with an unforgettable programming schedule. Starting on Monday, April 7 and continuing through Easter, Sunday, April 20, UP will air 21 classic stories from the New and Old Testaments (11 neverbefore-seen on UP), plus one all-new UP Original Movie during prime time, totaling more than 123 hours of programming. The centerpiece of UP's two-week Easter celebration will be the commercial television premiere of The Passion of the Christ, the highest grossing independent film of all time. Mel Gibson's (Braveheart, Apocalypto) blockbuster retelling of Jesus' final hours will be telecast with limited commercial interruption on Palm Sunday, April 13, 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT. Another highlight is the all-new UP Original Movie, Apple Mortgage Cake, starring four-time NAACP Image Award-winner Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, "Close to Home"). The film is based on the incredible true story of Angela Logan (Elise), a single mom who, with just ten days to come up with $4,000 to save her home, decides to market the delicious dessert she learned to bake at her grandmother's side. Apple Mortgage Cake premieres Easter Sunday, April 20, 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT exclusively on UP. The complete list UP's "The Greatest Stories of The Bible" includes:
*The Story of David – A biography people and must outwit her of the second king of Israel follows David from his days as a humble shepherd to his death as king, recounting his accomplishments, his struggles, and his sins. (1976) Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Anthony Quayle, Jane Seymour. Wednesday, April 9, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT.
enemies. (2013) Stars: Jen Lilley, Linda Bisesti. Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT. *Esther and the King – Joan Collins stars as Esther in the Biblical story of the queen who saved a nation. *Barabbas – Oscar® winner Antho- (1960) Also starring: Richny Quinn plays Barabbas, the criminal ard Egan, Sergio Fantoni. set free so that Christ could be cru- Saturday, April 12, 1 cified, who is haunted by the image of a.m. EDT/10 p.m. PDT. Jesus for the rest of his life. (1961) The Greatest Story Also starring Silvana Mangano and Arthur Kennedy. Thursday, April Ever Told – George Stevens' epic retelling of the 10, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. life of Jesus Christ was
Jeremiah – A prophet abandons his
loved ones in order to relay God's message of the destruction of the Holy City by the Babylonians. (1998) Stars Patrick Dempsey, Oliver Reed, Leonor Varela. Thursday, April 10, 11 p.m. EDT/ 8 p.m. PDT. The Ten Commandments – The story of Moses, who, against impossible odds, leads the Jews out of Egyptian slavery into perilous freedom. (2006) Stars: Dougray Scott, Paul Rhys, Omar Sharif, Naveen Andrews. Friday, April 11, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. *The Story of Ruth – In a story inspired by the scriptural tale, the Moabitess priestess Ruth is drawn both to a Judean man and to his talk of a forgiving God. After tragedy strikes, she begins a new life in Bethlehem. (1960) Stars: Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Peggy Wood. Friday, April 11, 12 a.m. EDT/9 p.m. PDT.
The Book Of Ruth: Journey of Faith – An adaptation of the Bible's
nominated for five Academy® Awards and features a star-studded cast. (1965) Stars: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Loggia, Charlton Heston, Robert Blake, Roddy McDowall, Sidney Poitier, Pat Boone, Shelley Winters, John Wayne, Telly Savalas, Angela Lansbury, Martin Landau, Jose Ferrer. Palm Sunday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. PDT.
*The Passion of the Christ
(Commercial Television Premiere with Limited Commercial Interruptions) – From Academy® Award-winning director Mel Gibson, this uncompromising film depicts Jesus Christ's profound courage and sacrifice during the last 12 hours of his life on Earth. (2004) Stars: Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern and Monica Bellucci. Palm Sunday, April 13, 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT.
*Judas – A new perspective on the
intertwined lives of Judas Iscariot and Jesus of Nazareth that depicts Judas sympathetically, as he tries to free the Jewish people from Roman rule. (2004) Stars: Johnathon Schaech, Jonathan Scarfe, Tim Matheson and Bob Gunton. Monday, April 14, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. *King of Kings – An epic film detailing the life of Jesus Christ from birth to crucifixion and resurrection. (1961) Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna and Rip Torn. Tuesday, April 15, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. Jesus – The extraordinary life of Jesus is captured in this riveting film as he grows from a simple carpenter into a man whose spiritual teachings and loving ways continue to inspire the world. (1999) Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Debra Messing, Gary Oldman, Jacqueline Bisset, G.W. Bailey. Good Friday, April 18, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT.
*Demetrius and the Gladiators – The sequel to the masterful The Robe finds Christ's robe conveyed to Rome for safekeeping, where the scheming emperor Caligula covets its power, not realizing the peril to those who do not believe in the true power of God. (1954) Stars: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Anne Bancroft and Ernest Borgnine. Saturday, April 19, 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT.
*Apostle Peter and the Last Supper – In the hours before his
death, Simon Peter of Galilee— apostle, disciple and personal friend "Book of Ruth" deals with powerful pelling portrayal of a mother's undyof Jesus—recounts his life as a simple themes of tolerance and acceptance ing love for her son, the film celefisherman who became one of the gained through love and understand- brates the humanity of Mary as she boldest figures in all of Christianity. ing. (2009) Stars: Lana Wood, Dan Peter and Paul – Peter and Paul accepts her son's destiny and dedi(2012) Stars: Robert Loggia, Bruce Haggerty and Sherry Morris. Satur- cates her life to his message of love assume leadership of the Church as Marchiano and Laurence Fuller. Sunday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. they struggle against violent opposiand salvation. (1999) The film stars day, April 20, 8 a.m. EDT/5 a.m. EDT/5:30 a.m. PDT. tion to the teachings of Christ and Christian Bale, Pernilla August, PDT. their own personal conflicts. (1981) Melinda Kinnaman and Geraldine Esther – When the King of Persia *UP can be seen in 67 million homes Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Fox- falls in love with Esther, unaware of Chaplin. Thursday, April 17, 8 in high definition (HD) and standard worth, Eddie Albert, Raymond Burr, her Jewish heritage, she asks him to p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. definition (SD) on cable systems Jose Ferrer. Monday, April 7, 8 show her people mercy and becomes The Story of Jacob and Joseph – including Comcast, Time Warner p.m. EDT/ 5 p.m. PDT. a symbol of hope and virtue in life's Brothers Esau and Jacob turn against *The Robe – A tribune wins Jesus' Cable, Bright House Networks, darkest moments. (1999) Stars: homespun robe after the crucifixion, Charter and Cox Communications as Solomon – King Solomon rules one another, tearing their family but becomes tormented by nightEgypt with wisdom and respect, until Louise Lombard, F. Murray Abraham, apart for 20 years, only to see their well as DIRECTV (Channel 338), mares. Hoping to find a way to live his unrequited love for the Queen of Jurgen Prochnow, Thomas Kretschconflict echoed in the next generaDISH Network (Channel 188) and mann. Saturday, April 12, 10:30 Sheba plunges him into despair and tion as Jacob's sons sell their brother with what he has done, he returns to Verizon FIOS (Channel 224). Palestine to try and learn what he a.m. EDT/7:30 a.m. PDT. his realm begins to collapse. (1997) Joseph into slavery in Egypt out of As part of its mission to entertain can of the man he helped kill. (1953) and uplift, the network's pro-social Stars: Ben Cross, Anouk Aimee, jealousy. (1974) Stars: Keith Michell, *The Book of Esther – Chosen as Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons initiative "Uplift Someone" reminds Vivica A. Fox, Max von SydTony Lo Bianco and Colleen queen consort to King Xerxes of ow. Tuesday, April 8, 8 p.m. Dewhurst. Good Friday, April 18, and Victor Mature. Saturday, April and inspires people to do simple acts Persia, the Jewish maiden Esther 19, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. of kindness. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. 8:30 a.m. EDT/5:30 a.m. PDT. discovers a plot to exterminate her
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Good News Press - 5 Hints to Ministers EXPECT much, and much will be given. Souls are perishing every day; and our own entrance into eternity cannot be far distant. Let us, like Mary, do what we can, and no doubt God will bless it, and reward us openly.
Get much of the hidden life in your own soul; soon it will make life spread around.
O, fight hard against sin and the devil. The devil never sleeps; be ye also active for good.
Never forget that the end of a sermon is the salvation of the people.
But an inch of time remains, and the eternal ages roll on forever; but an inch on which we stand and preach the way of salvation "Cleave to the Lord;" not to man, to the perishing world. but to the Lord. Seek to be lamb-like; without this It is not great talents God blessall your efforts to do good to Do not fear the face of man. es, so much as great likeness to others will be as sounding brass, Remember how small their anger Jesus. A holy minister is an awful or a tinkling cymbal. will appear in eternity. weapon in the hand of God. Sel by writtentreasures.org
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Good News Press - 6 The Days of Noah NOAH was a preacher of righteousness, God's chosen servant to warn the world of its approaching destruction. "My Spirit shall not always strive with men," saith the Lord, "for that he is also flesh; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." Gen.vi,3. Noah was a just man, and walked with God, and found grace in his sight, He was directed to make an ark to save himself and family from the threatened deluge. And as he warned the people, he showed his faith in the coming flood, by his works, in building the ark on dry ground.
parable of the fig-tree; when his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh; so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors." It is evident, then, from these words of our Lord, that it was the design of Heaven, that the period of the coming of the Son of man should be understood, and published to the world, as the period of the flood was understood, and proclaimed by Noah.
the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
As the Saviour has stated in what respects the two periods would be alike, we will only make a few remarks upon his words. He has plainly shown: 1. That as Noah knew the period of the flood, and warned the But in what respect will the world, so, by the special coming of the Son of man signs, (with a mass of other be like the days of Noah? evidence from the propheSays Paul: "By faith Noah, Will it be like it in all recies,) the period of the being warned of God of spects? - Or will it be like coming of the Son of man things not seen as yet, the days of Noah in some would be understood by moved with fear, prepared one particular? - It is imthe faithful servant, and the an ark to the saving of his portant that this should be world warned of the judghouse; by the which he understood. Peter shows ment at hand. 2. That as condemned the world." that the world, once being the antediluvians disbeHeb.xi,7. The antediluvians overflowed by water, per- lieved the preaching of Nothen had the means of ished, and that the heavens ah, and perished by the knowing that the flood was and the earth, which are flood, so the proclamation coming, or Noah's preach- now, are reserved unto of the coming of Christ will ing, and corresponding fire; that as the unbelieving be rejected by the mass of works, would not have world once perished by the mankind, and the day of the condemned them. Yet they flood, they will be deLord will come on them as knew not till the flood stroyed from the presence a snare. As the antediluvicame and took them all of the Lord when he is re- ans, who rejected the eviaway. vealed from heaven in flam- dence of the coming flood, ing fire. But this is not the knew not till the flood similarity of the two pericame and took them all But as the days of Noah ods of time referred to by away, so those who reject were, so shall also the our Lord. We will now let the evidence of the Lord's coming of the Son of man him point out in what recoming, will not KNOW be." Matt.xxiv,27. In conspect the two periods are that the storm of God's nection with this text, our alike. wrath is coming, till it Saviour mentions the spebursts upon them, "For cial signs of his coming, in when they shall say, peace the sun, moon and stars, Verses 28,29. "For as in and safety, then sudden and adds. "Now learn a the days that were before destruction cometh upon
them," "and they shall not escape." 1Thess.v,3. 3. As Noah believed God, prepared the ark, and, with his family, was saved, so a few will believe God's word, and prepare, wait, and watch for the coming Saviour, be sheltered in the day of wrath, and will be able to say, "Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us." "But ye, brethren," continues Paul, "are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." Verse 4. If we could see salvation for any, in the day of the Lord, while remaining in unbelief, we would proclaim it; but as we see that the salvation of souls depends on faith in the warning designed to be given, and corresponding works, and a full preparation, our whole soul cries, Believe, and prepare! For, "behold the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it." Isa.xiii,9.
marked by humiliation and abstinence. So will saving faith in the coming of the Lord, produce an entire change in the believer. "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting [eating] and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares." Luke xxi,34. - To eat to sustain nature is necessary; but feasting was a sin in the days of Noah, and it is no less a sin now. Hear the wise man: "Feed me with food convenient for me, lest I be full and deny thee, and say, who is the Lord?" Prov.xxx,8,9.
given, unless they show, by carrying out all the holy principles of their faith, that they really believe what they profess? How is it possible for those who believe that the period has come for the third and last message to be given, and that the vials of the wrath of Almighty God are soon to be poured out, to eat and drink, buy and sell, plant and build, &c., as they did in the days of Lot and Noah? We say, they will not. True faith will have corresponding works.
We would not drop a word here to encourage any mortal in idleness; but we desire that those who The marriage covenant was are all buried up in the holy in the days of Noah, cares and spirit of this and it has not, since that world should feel the force time, lost a whit of its saof this subject. Many, when credness. But if the antedi- they are first aroused by luvians had believed the the evidences that the last preaching of Noah, they message of mercy is being would not have been mar- given, feel that they must rying till the day that he consecrate themselves to entered the ark. Those God, and what they poswho are waiting for the sess to the advancement of coming of the Lord should his truth. But soon the beware of taking a course cares of this life, and the that would prevent them love of the world, overThe preaching of Noah from being wholly the come them, and they fall should have been believed; Lord's. Read 1Cor.vii,32into a stupid state of mind. and if any had believed the 34. O, may God have mercy flood was coming, a decidupon us as a people, and ed change would have takgive us to feel the imNoah condemned the en place in their course. portance of showing by our world. This he did, by his They would have acted out works, that we really beworks being in accordance lieve what we profess. that faith, and, like Noah, prepared, instead of "eating with his profession. Thereand drinking, [feasting and fore the antediluvians will mirth,] marrying and giving not in the Judgment rise up Brethren and Sisters: - Are in marriage," as though they and condemn Noah. And will not unbelievers rise up you imitating Lot, who fled were to enjoy long life. from the place which was in the Judgment, and conWe say that saving faith the scene of destruction? then would have produced demn those who profess to Or are you all buried up in believe that the last mesan entire change. Their sage of mercy is now being the cares of the world, lives would have been
Good News Press - 7 Paramount's NOAH misses potential faith-
driven, record-breaking opening weekend with only $44 million gross -- In 2014, the Year of the Bible Movie, studios are targeting 46 million Faith Driven Consumers who spend $1.75 trillion annually. While recent films such as SON OF GOD and GOD'S NOT DEAD are exceeding expectations at the US box office, the organization finds that NOAH has underperformed its opening weekend relative to its potential with a faith-based audience. "10 years ago, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, an independent, Biblically-themed film with a $30 million dollar production budget, raked in nearly $84 million in gross earnings, in 2004 dollars, during its opening weekend. That film, which grossed nearly $612 million worldwide, garnered the enthusiastic and passionate support of Faith Driven Consumers. THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST blended high production values with a strong adherence to the core Biblical message and narrative. The largest grossing independent film of all time, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST afforded Hollywood an historic 'ah-ha' moment as industry experts recognized the power of the Faith Driven Consumer audience, an audience hungry for high-quality entertainment choices that resonate with their deeply held, Bibli-
cally-based worldview and values," said Chris Stone, a Certified Brand Strategist and Founder of Faith Driven Consumer. "By contrast NOAH, a film with a $125 million production budget and the promotional backing of one of the world's leading studios, grossed only an estimated $44 million, in 2014 dollars, at the box office during its opening weekend. This film, which deviates far enough from the Biblical message and narrative as to render the original story largely unrecognizable, has clearly failed to garner the broad support of Faith Driven Consumers. Paramount is free to make whatever kind of film it wants to make, but the company's leadership would be well-advised to consider the tens of millions of dollars they have already left and the hundreds of millions they will potentially be leaving on the table. "What kind of records could NOAH have shattered if the film's tone and story had resonated with faith-based audiences as they did with THE PASSION? Paramount will never know.
Faith-friendly films GOD's NOT DEAD and SON OF GOD continue to shatter expectations. GOD's NOT DEAD is smashing expectations, it saw a meager 1% drop this weekend compared to opening weekend, taking in another $9 million to add to its $9.2 million opening. And SON OF GOD is still going strong, closing in on $60 million at the US box office to date. The organization's Faith-friendly Film Reviews, which use five specific criteria to measure the faith compatibility of entertainment products, rated the Paramount film NOAH a faith-friendly 2 out of 5 stars. Faith Driven Consumer's Faithfriendly Film Reviews are based on five core criteria: · — Overall Faith and/or Biblical Relevance: NOAH scored 2 out of 5 stars · Faith-compatible Depiction of Characters and Character Relationships: NOAH scored 2 out of 5 stars · Faith-compatible Depiction of Situations: NOAH scored 2.5 out of 5 stars
"We are confident that the next blockbuster that targets Faith Driven Consumers -- and aligns closely with expectations of this core audience -- will realize unparalleled success. THE PASSION remains a strong favorite in faith communities across the nation today. Will the same be said of NOAH?"
· Family Viewing Suitability: NOAH scored 2 out of 5 stars · Entertainment Value: NOAH scored 1.5 out of 5 stars Paramount's NOAH scored an overall 2 out of 5 stars, meaning that NOAH will likely not resonate with Faith Driven Consumers.
open to find salvation from sin through his blood will be for ever closed. O, dreadful hour! Worlds then would be given to be placed back in the period of Christ's merciful intercession; but as time never rolls back, hope is gone for ever. O, what anguish will then seize the soul that has There was an hour when No- slighted mercy's hour. It will ah's warning ceased, when he then be said, "He that is unentered the ark, and God shut just, let him be unjust still: and him in. Then the rain dehe which is filthy, let him be scended and the period of filthy still: and he that is rightanguish of the hitherto careeous, let him be righteous still: Brethren and Sisters: - Are less world came. Worlds and he that is holy, let him be you imitating Lot, who fled would then have been given holy still." Rev.xxii,11. Carefrom the place which was the for a place in the ark; but God less soul, remember that "as scene of destruction? Or are had shut the door. the days of Noah were, so you all buried up in the cares shall also the coming of the of the world, unnecessary Soon the warning of the third Son of man be." eating, drinking, [tea,] buying, angel will cease. Christ will selling, planting and building, leave his priestly work in the - Author Unknown ; Article as was the case with those on Sanctuary, and the way now from writtentreaures.org given, feel that they must consecrate themselves to God, and what they possess to the advancement of his truth. But soon the cares of this life, and the love of the world, overcome them, and they fall into a stupid state of mind. O, may God have mercy upon us as a people, and give us to feel the importance of showing by our works, that we really believe what we profess.
whom God rained fire and brimstone? Are you imitating Noah, who prepared the ark on dry ground, in which he invested his earthly treasures - what an act of faith! - or are you imitating those who knew not, till the flood came, and took them all away?
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