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  1. This is a partial list of Christian films. 2010 - 2019 2010 Holyman Undercover (January 12) No Greater Love (January 19) To Save a Life (January 22) Preacher's Kid (January 29) Beware of Christians (April 3) Ben Hur (April 4) Letters to God (April 9) The Encounter (May 3) Of Gods and Men (September 😎 Like Dandelion Dust (September 24) True Grit (December 22) 2011 The Grace Card (February 25) Soul Surfer (April 😎 Leap: Rise of the Beast (May 15) Honoring a Father's Dream: Sons of Lwala (July 15) Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (July 27) Jerusalem Countdown (August 26) Suing the Devil (August 26) Courageous (September 30) The Way (October 11) 2012 Joyful Noise (January 13) Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (February 21) October Baby (March 23) Monumental (March 27) Blue Like Jazz (April 13) Cristiada (June 1) Between Heaven and Ground Zero (August 28) Alter Egos (September 5) Last Ounce of Courage (September 14) The Encounter: Paradise Lost (September 18) The Mark (October 16) Noah's Ark: The New Beginning 2013 The Bible (March 3–31; TV miniseries)* Home Run (April 19) Lazer Us (June 27) Unstoppable (September 24) Alone yet Not Alone (September 27) Grace Unplugged (October 4) I'm in Love with a Church Girl (October 18) The Christmas Candle (November 22) "The Book of Daniel (film)" 2014 Open My Eyes (January 1) Son of God (February 28) God's Not Dead (March 21) Noah (March 28) Heaven Is for Real (April 18) Moms' Night Out (May 9) Virtuous (May 9) Persecuted (July 18) Holy Ghost (September 5) The Identical (September 5) The Remaining (September 5) Believe Me (September 26) The Song (September 26) Left Behind (October 3) A Matter of Faith (October 17) Saving Christmas (November 14) Unbroken(November) "The perfect wave" (February) 2015 Last Days in the Desert (January 25) Old Fashioned (February 6) Do You Believe? (March 20) For You (March 23) Killing Jesus (March 29) Noah's Ark (March 30) Little Boy (April 15) Beyond the Mask (June 5) War Room (August 28) 90 Minutes in Heaven (September 11) Captive (September 18) Woodlawn (October 16) Saving Christmas (November 14) 2016 The Masked Saint (January 😎 Risen (February 19) The Young Messiah (March 11) Miracles from Heaven (March 16) God's Not Dead 2 (April 1) Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism (June 1) Church of Martyrs (June) Ben-Hur (August 9) The Fight Within (August 12) Remember The Goal (August 26) Hacksaw Ridge (September 4) The Promise (September 11) The Atheist Delusion (September) Priceless (October 14) I'm Not Ashamed (October 21) Silence (November 29) Pocahontas: Dove of Peace (November) 2017 The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (January 20) The Shack (March 3) Slamma Jamma (March 23) The Case for Christ (April 7) The UnMiracle (August 1) All Saints (August 25) Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World (September 12) A Question of Faith (September 29) Same Kind of Different as Me (October 20) Let There Be Light (October 27) The Star (November 10) Where Is My Home (November 14) My Daddy is in Heaven 2018 Connect (February 27) Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey (March 4) I Can Only Imagine (March 16) Paul, Apostle of Christ (March 23) God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (March 30) Divine Beauty (March 27) Come Sunday (April 13) Selfie Dad (April 27) Like Arrows (May 1) Nothing to Lose (Nada a Perder) (May 10) Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (May 18) An Interview with God (August 21) God Bless the Broken Road (September 7) Unbroken: Path to Redemption (September 14) Power of the Air (October 2) Indivisible (October 26) Never Heard (November 16) 2019 Unplanned (March 29) Breakthrough (April 17) The Days of Noah (June 2019) Overcomer (August 23) Run the Race (February 22) Pilgrim's Progress (April 18) wikipedia.org
  2. This is a partial list of Christian films. 2000 - 2009 2000 Apocalypse III: Tribulation (January 14) The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd (March 24) The Miracle Maker (March 31) Jesus (May 14) The Patriot (June 30) Left Behind: The Movie (September 4) Mercy Streets (October 31) Christy: Return to Cutter Gap (November 19) 2001 Carman: The Champion (March 2) Lay It Down (April 3) Christy: A Change of Seasons (May 13) Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (September 7) Extreme Days (September 28) The Miracle of the Cards (November 10) Late One Night 2002 The Climb (February 22) Amen. (February 27) Hell House (March 2) Joshua (April 19) Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (October 4) Time Changer (October 25) Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (October 29) The Miracle of the Cards (November 10) 2003 Magnifico (January 29) Ben Hur (February 15) Gods and Generals (February 21) The Gospel of John (March 18) Bells of Innocence (April 6) Love Comes Softly (April 13) The Light of the World (October 3) Luther (October 30) Christmas Child (November 9) Shortcut to Happiness 2004 The Passion of the Christ (February 25) Six: The Mark Unleashed (June 29) Love's Enduring Promise (November 20) Apostle Paul and The Earliest Churches Livin' It 2005 The Gospel (October 7) Left Behind: World at War (October 21) The Perfect Stranger (October 28) Joyeux Noël (November 9) Into Great Silence (November 10) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (December 😎 2006 End of the Spear (January 20) Hidden Places (January 28) The Second Chance (February 17) Prince Vladimir (February 23) The Visitation (February 28) God Help Me (July 13) Unidentified (August 18) Livin' It LA (September 1) Jesus Camp (September 15) Amazing Grace (September 16) Facing the Giants (September 29) Love's Abiding Joy (October 6) One Night with the King (October 13) Secret of the Cave (October 20) Color of the Cross (October 27) Faith Like Potatoes (October 27) The Genius Club (October 27) The Island (November 23) The Nativity Story (December 1) 2007 The Ultimate Gift (March 9) Love's Unending Legacy (April 7) Evan Almighty (June 22) Noah's Ark (July 5) Saving Sarah Cain (August 19) The Prodigal Trilogy (October 17) The Ten Commandments (October 19) Noëlle (December 7) Love's Unfolding Dream (December 15) 2008 Me & You, Us, Forever (February 15) The Passion (March 16) The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (May 16) The Sound of a Dirt Road (August 18) Fireproof (September 26) Billy: The Early Years (October 10) Saving God (October 18) Sunday School Musical (October 21) House (November 7) Pilgrim's Progress: Journey to Heaven 2009 Not Easily Broken (January 9) Song Man (February 2) The Cross (March 27) The One Lamb (March 30) C Me Dance (April 3) Love Takes Wing (April 4) The Widow's Might (April 13) Bringing Up Bobby (May 15) Journey to Everest (August 20) Click Clack Jack: A Rail Legend (September 1) Love Finds a Home (September 5) The Lost & Found Family (September 15) The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry (September 18) The Imposter (October 12) Homeless for the Holidays (October 16) Sarah's Choice (November 1) The River Within (November 10) ‘’2012’’ (November 13) Birdie & Bogey (November 17) The Blind Side (November 20) The Mysterious Islands (November) Side Order (December 4) The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith (December 15) A Greater Yes: The Story of Amy Newhouse (December 15) wikipedia.org
  3. Real Love? In a past season of The Bachelorette, Trista Rehn met and hung out with 25 handsome men before choosing between the final two, Ryan and Charlie. But when Charlie found out Trista picked Ryan, he didn't talk about how much he loved her or how much he'd miss her. Instead, he talked as if he just came in second place in a track meet. This illustrates one of the biggest false realities of matchmaker TV shows. If we believe what they present, we'll start to think dating is a contest. A contest where only the best-looking, funniest or most aggressive person will "win" a boyfriend or girlfriend. The Bible doesn't tell us specifically how to date. But we know from Jesus' example that love is not a contest, and it's not something we reserve for those who are attractive enough by TV standards. He looks at our hearts, not external things like our appearance or how much money we have. And while we do want to date people we're attracted to, we need to be very careful that we don't base attraction just on looks. We must look at a person's character—a trait that rarely shows up on dating shows. Another big problem is that romantic reality shows can make us believe that it's okay to have sex without being married. But we cannot fall into the trap of these shows that assume that premarital sex is okay. It's not. The Bible tells us clearly that our bodies are not our own. They belong to God. Because of this, we should flee sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:12-20). And that may mean fleeing from many of these shows! Real Recognition American Idol became one the biggest reality TV show on the air. The Voice, MasterChef, America's Next Top Model and several other programs have made this type of program the fastest-growing kind of reality show on television. It's exciting to watch people try to make their big break into music or modeling, and it's fun to try to guess who will make the final cut. But it's important to remember that success doesn't usually come overnight. Most of the time it takes a lot of behind-the-scenes hard work, practice, patience and hardships before people get recognized for their gifts. And while there are artists who are just "discovered," most of them—including the ones who go on reality shows—have been working to break into the entertainment business for a while. Another problem: With the focus on "making it big," we can start to think that recognition defines our self-worth. Without fame, we might start to think we are somehow less of a person. But fame or stardom won't make our lives more valuable. The Bible tells us that God knew each of us in the womb; he created us and made us unique (Psalm 139:13-14). So how can we not be valuable? We know that our worth comes from God, rather than good looks, fame or even the talents he's given us. The Real Way If you decide to tune into reality TV, I think it's important to watch carefully. When I watch, I try to evaluate these shows by asking questions like: How is this different from the reality I face every day? Are the relationships portrayed in this show healthy? How could a biblical worldview make them healthier? What's true or admirable in these lives, attitudes and decisions? What is false or not worth copying? What assumptions are made about love, recognition, relationships or happiness? By remembering that reality TV isn't always so real, we arm ourselves against the misconceptions and myths these shows can present. And our best defense is to look to Jesus Christ. After all, he is the ultimate reality. christianitytoday.com
  4. I stared into the blinking light, then at my buddies. My mouth was open and the camera was rolling, but I couldn't think of anything to say. Just minutes before, the five of us had been cracking jokes, one after another. We figured we were funnier than anything on TV, so we turned on my dad's video camera to capture it all on tape. But once the film started rolling, everything was different. Be funny, I thought, do something cool. Instead, we all froze. Finally, someone made a lame joke and the rest of us faked uproarious laughter. My friends and I had tried to make our own version of reality TV. Later, when I saw The Real World on MTV, I wondered how these people could be so natural and real with cameras around all the time. Since then, I've spent some time doing more than just watching these reality TV shows. I've looked closely at what they're communicating. Here are a few things I've learned. Real People, Unreal Situations Shows like The Real World drop everyday people into a television "fishbowl" so we can watch their lives. They bring a bunch of strangers into a different situation to see what will happen as their personalities meet and sometimes clash. Survivor, Amazing Race and Big Brother take the same formula and make a game out of it. Fishbowl cameras also have followed the daily lives of famous people like the Kardashians and "regular" people like the Duggars. It's always important to remember, though, that much of what happens is staged. Even if the cameras are hidden, the stars know they are being filmed. Like my friends and me on that day we taped ourselves, people tend to exaggerate emotions or put on a certain "face" when cameras are around. This is a very artificial world—hardly "reality." Take the way casts are chosen. A lot of times, contestants are selected because they are a little off-the-wall or have controversial opinions. Whole casts are often assembled simply to produce drama and conflict. Many times, Christians are portrayed as fanatics who alienate other cast members by forcing their beliefs on them. Shows that feature families or groups of people interacting often encourage bad behavior, controversy and bad language because they get more people to watch. And viewers watch by the millions. They watch as people mistreat each other, betray each other, treat each other as sexual objects, act selfishly toward each other and stereotype each other. On the shows that involve contests, many of the contestants will do anything to "win the game." I must admit, these shows can be fun to watch. But if I think about it, I realize that much of what I see and hear goes against what my faith teaches. When I hear people swearing at each other and putting each other down, I'm reminded of this command: "Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them" (Ephesians 4:29, NLT). And when I watch people mistreating each other, I must think about the Scripture that tells us to treat one another with kindness, compassion and forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32). Shows like Survivor and Big Brother can seem like harmless fun. But when I stop laughing and enjoying all the craziness, what effect is it having on me? Do I ever find myself even subtly modeling the actions of those people I watch? Do I sometimes get a kick out of putting somebody down? Do I find my language loosening up a little, because of what I've heard on TV? If so, then I need to take a serious look my viewing habits. christianitytoday.com
  5. Grace and Forgiveness In Rumor Has It, Sarah Huttinger has unsettling questions and doubts about who she is. She's asking questions and searching for something. When Sarah asks her fiancé, Jeff, to be patient and give her room, he encourages her to find herself. But Sarah's wandering heart leads her to California where she cheats on Jeff. She doesn't come back and Jeff is worried. He calls repeatedly, but Sarah won't answer. Instead, Sarah stays with her lover and attends a fancy ball with him—on the same night Jeff comes to find her. His heart is broken, and he's angry. But, Jeff still forgives Sarah and takes her back. That was shocking to me. I wanted to shake my fist at Jeff. He continued to steadily and lovingly pursue Sarah when she was clearly not worthy of his love. But then I realized that the passion driving Sarah's fiancé was forgiveness, not stupidity. Jeff's unconditional love is similar to the story of Hosea (Hosea 1-3). God told him to marry a prostitute. Even though she cheated on him again and again, God told Hosea, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites" (Hosea 3:1, NIV). This story helps us understand God's forgiveness and love. The Israelites kept turning their backs on him, but yet he would always take them back even though they didn't deserve another shot. My own heart strays from God at times, but God is eagerly waiting to love and forgive. His love is unconditional because true love "keeps no record of wrongs" (1 Corinthians 13:5, NIV). Passion and Joy Noah Calhoun must introduce himself to his wife, Allie, every day in The Notebook. After more than 50 years together, Allie has lost her memory and doesn't remember or even recognize him. Still, Noah is passionately in love with Allie. In fact, he moves into her nursing home, lets her think he's a friend, and reads daily to her about their love story from her old notebook. Noah's joyous and pursuing love for Allie is nothing new. As a teen, he danced with her in the middle of the street, wrote her a letter every day for a year, and rebuilt the house she loved. Noah was, and still is, desperate to be with Allie. In fact, when Noah's children want him to get on with his life, he tells them, "That's my sweetheart in there. I'm not leaving her." I wish for someone to be desperate for me like that. I hope for someone to be so joyful and passionate to be near me. And I think I feel this way partly because it reminds me of God's constant, passionate and sacrificial love for me. Noah sacrifices his final days to be with his wife, but Christ sacrificed his life so we could live eternally with him. Now that's passion. Christ longs for us to be with him and is passionate about us living with him one day. That is joy. Because of the Lord's commitment to us, we can be assured that Christ's true, pursuing, and joyous love "always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" (1 Corinthians 13:7, NIV). Loving Pursuit When Runaway Bride's Maggie realizes she can't live without the only man she has ever loved, she decides to commit. She goes to her love's apartment and hands him a box. "I'm turning in my running shoes to you," she says. We, like Maggie, long to be truly loved. Our hearts are stirred by stories of selflessness, genuine intimacy, forgiveness and passion. We want romance, but God also uses those desires for true unconditional love to call us closer to him. All we have to do is stop running and accept God's ultimate and unbeatable love. christianitytoday.com
  6. Maggie Carpenter doesn't know what kind of eggs she likes. In Runaway Bride, Maggie's favorite type of eggs keeps changing to whatever kind her guy likes. She's so indecisive and fickle, it's no surprise she changes her mind about her love life, too. She gets close to a guy and then bolts—not just from one wedding but four. Maggie runs from love because she is scared of commitment. She pushes away the men who love and care about her. And so, whether on a motorcycle, a horse, or on foot, this almost-bride flees from her marriage ceremonies. Maggie isn't alone. People often find various reasons to run from relationships—and not just romantic ones. I've sometimes lost focus in my relationship with God and run from his love. But kind of like the man who eventually wins Maggie's heart, God doesn't just let me run. He pursues me with his love. I think romantic movies give us a slight glimpse of how God pursues us. We're moved by romantic stories because we long for someone to love us like we see on screen. We badly want to find comforting and exciting love like these movie characters find. Those desires for love come from God. Sure, he created us to want romance with each other, but he also gave us a hunger for love because he knew it'd draw us to the ultimate source of love: him. Here are four qualities of God's love I've discovered in romantic movies. Selflessness In The Princess Bride, Westley is driven by one goal—to return to the love of his life, Buttercup. Everything Westley does, from becoming a pirate to storming Prince Humperdinck's castle, directly relates to saving Buttercup from her captors and being with her again. He scales a mountain, duels a master swordsman, wrestles a giant, braves the fire swamp, is captured, tortured, and even dies. Or at least he's mostly dead. Still, he keeps going, motivated by love. I'm always in awe of Westley's determination. He gives it all for Buttercup, even though she gives up hope because she thinks he's gone forever. Only because of Westley's selfless pursuit is the couple finally reunited in love. Westley's love is the very definition of 1 Corinthians 13:5, which says that "love is not self-seeking" (NIV). I'm touched by Westley's sacrificial love because it reminds me of my desire for someone who's willing to give up everything to be with me. And that longing points to something beyond romance because that's exactly what God did. God made the huge sacrifice of becoming a man and then dying so we could live forever with him. In John 15:13, Jesus says, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (NIV). This act is the ultimate expression of love—even more loving than wrestling Andre the Giant. Genuine Intimacy In the movie Hitch, Albert is a goofy, sloppy guy who fears that no one could ever love him for who he truly is. So, in order to win the heart of a woman named Allegra, he decides to hide his true self. Albert hires Hitch, a professional date doctor, to help him put on a better front to attract her. When this woman does notice Albert, she sees past that mask. Allegra falls in love with all the things Hitch strongly cautioned Albert not to do. Allegra loves that he danced like a nerd, squirted mustard on his shirt, taught her how to whistle, and threw his inhaler on the ground before kissing her. These gestures touched her heart, calmed her nerves, and made her feel less self-conscious. She gets to know the person beyond the bad dance moves. She falls for the real Albert. Like Albert, we want to be known and loved, but we fear that who we are isn't good enough. We're looking for acceptance for who we are, but we're also looking for real intimacy, which means to be completely known in the deepest, innermost and essential way. And kind of like Allegra, God loves the real me—not the fake me. He knows me and wants me for who I am and not for the person who often hides and tries to be someone else. God wants me to be vulnerable and open. Being known by God is different than a relationship with the opposite sex. My boyfriend and I know each other well, but he will never fully know my heart. God does. In fact, Psalm 139:13 says, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb" (NIV). God knows us better than we know ourselves and cares about the small issues in our lives just as much as the big. The Bible tells us, "What's the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head!" (Matthew 10:30, The Message). christianitytoday.com
  7. I've been wondering what kinds of things Christians should and shouldn't watch. Is it OK to go to the movies or watch TV? And which shows on TV are all right to see? In the shows my friends and I like to watch, characters sometimes do and say wrong things, but the shows are hilarious! What do you think? The Bible, our guide to right living, is clear on many issues, like premarital sex, drunkenness, murder and gossip. But there aren't any hard and fast answers to your questions about entertainment. The Bible doesn't say, "Thou shalt not watch TV or go to movies." Still, I think we can find scriptural principles on which to base our responses to these "gray" areas. One principle the Bible is very clear on is essentially this: Garbage in, garbage out. What we put into our minds matters, and it affects how we think and what we do. The Bible says, "As he thinks in his heart, so is he … " (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV). I also like what Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "Man becomes what he thinks about all day long." Whatever you put into your mind will eventually work its way into your thoughts and actions. If you put garbage into your mind, garbage will come out. If you put good things into your mind, then good things will come out. It stands to reason if you fill your head with negative and ungodly material through TV, movies or the Internet, negative stuff will show up. Another biblical principle is this: Think about good things. The apostle Paul has some sound advice about your thought life. In Philippians 4:8, he writes "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Even if you can find excellent, praiseworthy things on TV or in the movies, you won't find enough to keep your mind pure. What you need is a daily intake of the Word of God. When you're getting that, you'll be better able to discern what's worth watching and what's just bringing you down. I don't have specific rules and regulations to share with you, and I can't give you a list of acceptable and unacceptable TV shows and movies. But I do believe that as you and your friends look to God's Word for guidance, you can make wise decisions about entertainment. christianitytoday.com
  8. 26. "The Scroll: Revelation" — Leading spiritual figures share how their faiths have helped them through trying times in this 2014 documentary. Two more episodes, "The Scroll: Transformation" and "The Scroll," are also available. 27. "Meet the Mormons" — Hear the stories of six members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who tell of their redemption and service to others. 28. "The Gospel of John" — This 2014 movie tells the story of Christ and His times as seen through the eyes of the apostle John, using the text of the King James Bible. 29. "Brother White" — A white associate pastor of a California mega-church becomes pastor of a black church in a poor section of Atlanta in this 2012 inspirational movie. 30. "Apostles of Comedy" — Four Christian stand-up comics prove that comedy doesn't have to be dirty to be funny in this family-friendly film from 2008, which was recorded in Nashville in front of a live audience. 31. "The Rise of Hope" — Yet another moving and inspirational biography of Pope Francis from his beginnings in Argentina to his life and influence in the Vatican. 32. "Thou Shalt Laugh" — Hosted by John Tesh, this 2009 film showcases the performances of several Christian stand-up comedians. 33. "Unstoppable" — Kirk Cameron attempts to answer the question of where God is in times of tragedy and suffering in this film, which was inspired by the death of a close friend who was taken by cancer at the age of 15. 34. "Iesodo: Believe" — A white dove, whose name means "The Way of Jesus," shares inspirational stories for kids from the New Testament. 35. "Irreplaceable" — This inspirational 2014 film from Focus on the Family featuring Tim Sisarich, former executive director of Focus on the Family New Zealand, seeks to answer whether family relationships can be sustained in today's world. 36. "Wrestling for Jesus: The Tale of T-Money" — A rural South Carolina man uses professional wrestling as a means to evangelize in this 2011 documentary. 37. "Where Was God? Stories of Hope After The Storm" — After a tornado destroyed the town of Moore, Oklahoma, in 2013, survivors shared their inspirational stories of the power of faith in their struggles to carry on. 38. "Ragamuffin" — The late Christian hit singer and songwriter Rich Mullins walked away from fame to teach music to children on a poor Navajo reservation in New Mexico in search of an authentic Christian life. 39. "The Woodcarver" — A troubled teen and an embittered woodcarver discover the importance of faith together in this 2012 film starring John Ratzenberger. 40. "Redeemed" — When a married corporate executive has an extramarital encounter with another woman, a good friend's advice puts him back on the road to faith and fidelity. newsmax.com
  9. 11. "Luther" — The gripping story of one of the founders of the Protestant faith, Martin Luther, is told in this 2003 film, which relates the nailing of his famed 95 theses on a cathedral door, his opposition to the establishment church, and his role in the Protestant Reformation. 12. "The Book of Daniel" — Starting as a slave, Daniel's path to leadership of his people and his fateful encounter in the lion's den is recounted in this inspirational 2013 movie. 13. "Unconditional" — Inspired by true events, this 2012 Christian movie is about a woman who seeks the killer of her husband and finds a new faith in God. 14. "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" — In this 2014 documentary, archaeologists visit the Holy Land in search of proof that the Exodus, the escape of the Jews from Egypt, actually occurred. 15. "Secrets of the Bible" — Follow experts and adventurers in this 13-part documentary series as they seek proof of Biblical events. 16. "Winning Life's Battles" — Evangelist Joyce Meyer shows how true believers in God can use His power to handle life's problems and win their battles with Satan. 17. "The Book of Esther" — In this 2013 movie, Jewish girl Esther becomes the consort of King Xerxes of Persia and halts his plot to exterminate the Jews. 18. "Apostle Peter and the Last Supper" — Imprisoned by the Romans for his beliefs, Peter attempts to convert them three days before his execution in this 2012 movie starring Robert Loggia. 19. "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery" — This six-part 2015 documentary series examines stories of Jesus, looking at the Shroud of Turin, Jesus' brother James, Mary Magdalene, Judas, and the True Cross. 20. "The Keys of the Kingdom" — Gregory Peck stars in this 1944 inspirational film as a young priest struggling in China to establish a Catholic parish. 21. "The Story of Ruth" — This 1960 movie tells of the Biblical woman who was sold as a slave to pagans, meets a Hebrew man, falls in love, and adopts the religion. 22. "Starting Over with Andy Stanley" — Georgia pastor Stanley examines mistakes we all make in marriage, career, and life, and gives the Christian approach to making things right. 23. "The Pope From The End of the World" — Pope Francis is the subject of this 2013 documentary that examines his past in Argentina, from being a provincial Jesuit priest to later becoming the leader of the Catholic church. 24. "#Death to Selfie with Steven Furtick" — The pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, tackles life's problems and shows how Christians can lead authentic lives of faith in the modern world. 25. "Secrets of Mary Magdalene" — This 2006 documentary examines the life of the woman who was one of Christ's leading disciples and was present during his ministry and crucifixion. newsmax.com
  10. Since its inception in 1998, more than 75 million people worldwide have signed up for Netflix, the DVD-by-mail and global streaming service for hit movies, documentaries, television series and, now, original programming. Of course, the entertainment world is filled with secular and often downright sinful stuff, but when Netflix subscribers feel the need for spiritually uplifting, Christian, and inspirational material, the streaming service's library is happy to oblige. We've amassed a list of 40 of the top religious Christian movies, series, and documentaries currently available to stream on Netflix for when you feel the need for soul-enriching entertainment and information. 1. "The Passion of the Christ" — Mel Gibson's graphic 2004 movie about Christ's death, starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, is a gripping rendition of the greatest story ever told — in Aramaic, vernacular Hebrew, and Latin, with subtitles. 2. "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" — A TV movie version of Mitch Albom's hit book, this 2004 film tells the story of a man who dies at 83, convinced his life was a failure. He goes on to meet in heaven with five individuals whose lives he positively affected. 3. "Left Behind" — Based on the best-selling evangelical novel by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this 2000 movie brings to life the aftermath of Judgment Day and the period leading up to Armageddon. 4. "Son of God" — This 2014 movie, shot on location in the Holy Land, stars Diogo Morgado as Jesus and Roma Downey as Mary, and relates the story of Christ's life, death, and resurrection. 5. "The Robe" — The 1953 movie starring Richard Burton shows the trials faced by the Roman tribune in charge of Christ's execution, who later becomes a Christian and is executed for his belief. 6. "The Bible" — This stunning 2013 10-hour miniseries covers the entire Bible, from the beginnings of Genesis through the revelations of St. John. 7. "Joseph: King of Dreams" — An animated children's version of the Old Testament story of Joseph, this inspirational 2000 miniseries stars Ben Affleck and Mark Hamill. 8. "The Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus" — Country music legend Johnny Cash produced this moving, inspirational, and song-laden tribute to Christ, shot on location in the Holy Land and released in 1973. 9. "The Prince of Egypt" — Aimed at children, this animated 1998 Christian movie tells of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery in Egypt, starring Val Kilmer and Ralph Fiennes. 10. "Fifty Shades of They: Insights That Bring Life To Your Relationships" — Pastor Ed Young takes a Christian approach to how the choices we make affect our relationships in this 2015 TV special. newsmax.com
  11. How they found their favorite sites Word-of-mouth and offline marketing are the major ways that people have found a favorite spiritually oriented Web site. Fully half of those who have such a site (46%) say they found out about it from a family member or friend or in a church publication or bulletin. Another 31% say they saw an advertisement for the site or found it through TV, radio, or a magazine. Just 18% say they found their favorite site during an online search or chanced upon it while browsing the Web. Did Religion Surfers find it easy or hard to get what they wanted online? More than half of these Religion Surfers (56%) said it was very easy to find the information they wanted and another 32% said their search was somewhat easy to perform. Only 10% expressed some frustration with the difficultly of doing what they wanted to accomplish online. We have asked similar questions of several other kinds of Internet users and have found roughly similar results. Those who belong to communities online (communities of all types, not just those that have a religious component), those who get health information online, those who used the Internet to get information about the terror attacks on America on September 11, and those who use government agency Web sites report similar levels of satisfaction or facility in their recent attempts to use the Internet for those purposes. For instance, 80% of those who use government Web sites say they accomplished what they wanted in their most recent effort to use such sites. pewresearch.org
  12. Getting started In addition to asking respondents about their general use of the Internet to get religious and spiritual information, we also asked a series of questions about the most recent time they went online for such information. We have used this technique in other research to try to understand more fully the kinds of information people seek, the strategies they use to find the information that matters to them, and their satisfaction with Internet tools in getting them the material they want. In our sample of 500 Religion Surfers, 9% of them had looked for religious or spiritual information via the Internet on the same day we reached them, 26% had gone online for such information within the past week, 29% had made the search within the past month, 26% had made the search in the past six months and 9% had performed the search more than six months ago. Not surprisingly, the people who had searched quite recently for information (those who searched within the past week) very closely match the profile of our Active Seekers in their enthusiasm for their faith, their involvement with their places of worship, and their personal prayer practices. Why they went online The substantial majority of these Religion Surfers were trying to get information, rather than using the communication features of the Internet to interact with fellow church members or others who are interested in spiritual issues. A strong plurality of the respondents were doing searches related to their personal spiritual growth. Three-quarters of these Religion Surfers (76%) went to three or fewer sites in their most recent online quest. Religion Surfers’ favorite sites One significant finding is that the Religion Surfers who say they have a favorite spiritually-oriented Web site were different kinds of searchers than were those who didn’t have a favorite site. In general, 42% of Religion Surfers said they have a favorite place on the Web, while 55% said they tend to go to different sites in their spiritually-related searches. In their most recent search, 39% of our respondents said they went to a familiar place online, while the rest either went to search engines like Google or Yahoo (36% did this), or a more general site such as the AOL home page or MSN.com (15% did that), or a religious portal (4% did that). Those who had a favorite site were more likely to have gone online in the last week than those who have not found a favorite cyberspot (40% to 33%). And those who have bookmarked or remembered a favorite Web site were more focused in their time online: 60% went straight to their favorite site, while 49% of those without a favorite site begin their searches at a major search engine. There was no dominant pattern to the favorite sites Religion Surfers identified. The 208 respondents who said they had a favorite site identified more than 100 different sites as their favorites – some of the sites were focused on one denomination or institution, some were ecumenical, some were devout, some seemed more skeptical, some were commercial, some were tied to religiously oriented organizations, some were oriented towards religious approaches to social and political issues, some focused exclusively on ecclesiastical matters, and some included religious material amidst a wide array of secular content. Overall, 55% of the respondents said their favorite site was affiliated with a particular religious or spiritual group that they belong to and 42% said their favorite site did not have that kind of personal affiliation. And every one of those who said the site was connected to a group they belonged to also report that they belonged to the group before they found the site. In other words, at least for those we call Religion Surfers, use of the Internet does not lead them to join a new faith-based organization or group as much as help them connect better with organizations to which they already belong. This is different from our findings related to many secular kinds of communities. We have found that use of the Internet has led people to join groups that they didn’t belong to before they started using the Internet. pewresearch.org
  13. The value of listservs Advice manuals for creating successful Web sites stress repeatedly the need to keep content fresh and interesting. One means of providing regular fresh content is to provide a listserv. Religion Surfers can sign up for daily devotional material or updates from religious news services. Nearly one in three (27%) Religion Surfers are signed up to some sort of listserv, but it is particularly popular among Active Seekers. As stands to reason, Active Seekers are more likely than all others to have taken part in the activities we asked about, but in no other activity is the difference between Active Seekers and Religion Surfers as a whole so large. With almost half of Active Seekers subscribing to some form of religious listserv, they stretch 20 percentage points ahead of all Religion Surfers as a whole. Spending money, tuning in Online shopping and downloading music are two popular activities in the general Internet world. Shopping may be more of a secular activity online than a favorite pastime of Religion Surfers: 55% of all Internet users have purchased something online, whereas only 34% of Religion Surfers have clicked “head to checkout” for religious items. But music, whether sacred or worldly, enjoys equal appreciation among groups. Some 38% of both the Internet population as a whole and Religion Surfers in particular have listened to online music, and over half of young people (18-29) in both groups have done so. Contributing money It is hardly a revelation that Religion Surfers contribute to their places of worship. Fully 92% of them have done that. However, only a few have actually used the Internet to make contributions. Just 7% of Religion Surfers have made donations to a religious organization they found online. And only a fraction of that small group (14%) has actually made the contribution online. pewresearch.org
  14. Activities Religion Surfers are a spiritually well-rounded group who incorporate into their spiritual lives communal and individual activities, formal and informal practices. The most valued spiritual activities to Religion Surfers are individual prayer (85%), volunteer service (71%), communal worship (70%), and informal conversations with friends (69%). By contrast, the importance to them of going online for religious material is relatively low, with only 13% considering it “very important” to them. Whether or not online content and activities contribute materially to their spiritual life, however, Religion Surfers still have favorite Internet-based activities. Active Seekers in particular like to explore various online materials, and are more likely than any other group to have participated in most types of online activity or practice. Reference and study Religion Surfers enjoy perusing religious topics, and the Internet remains a browser’s dream. The top uses by Religion Surfers are simply to find information on their own faith or another one. Almost all non-Christians (96%) report seeking information on their own faiths. In this predominantly Christian country, the Internet may well be the most fruitful and convenient source of information on other religious traditions. Among Religion Surfers, men are more likely than women to have used the Internet as a reference, 73% vs. 62% for researching their own faiths, and 57% to 46% for researching other faiths. Men are also twice as likely as women to have sought out sermons or other instruction online, 35% to 18%. While online religion courses would fit into this category of study, they are not yet popular. There are many plausible reasons for this, not the least of which might be that 85% of Internet users in America have slow dial-up modems that could make online coursework difficult and frustrating. It is far easier to simply browse at one’s convenience on topics of interest. Social activities Old-fashioned face-to-face socializing is much more appealing to Religion Surfers than tech-aided interactions with others that are related to faith. Among the five least-used activities among Religion Surfers, three are largely social: online chat, playing faith-oriented computer games,8 and using a faith-oriented matchmaking service. In a different sense, however, the very nature of seeking religious material online appears to be a social one. Half of Religion Surfers have recommended a site to a friend or relative, and these recommendations are primary sources of favored sites. Some 44% of those who have a single favorite site learned of it from a friend or relative, rather than from their own searching. And 63% of Religion Surfers with a favorite site pass the URL along. However, while favorite sites may bounce around existing social networks, they do not serve to create new ones. Only 15% of those with favorite sites report using them to meet new people. Advice and support Those willing to seek advice or assistance can often find help online. Religion Surfers are quite generous. When asked about the support capabilities of the Web, they were far more likely to have reported giving faith-oriented advice (37%) than asking for it (21%). Women are more active than men in both seeking and giving advice. Some 38% of Religion Surfers have used email to request prayer assistance. Online, one can put out prayer requests to close friends within one’s own congregation,9 to total strangers who volunteer their prayer time at Web sites, or to strangers who come together in online prayer circles to request prayers from and post them for each other. Congregation members are over three times as likely (42% vs. 12%) to have emailed prayer requests, suggesting that this intimate kind of interaction might be most practiced within existing communities. pewresearch.org
  15. Converts: 36% of the Religion Surfers population Converts are those who now practice a faith different from that which they practiced at age 16. Conversions include those within a larger faith, say a Protestant Christian who becomes chrismated (anointed with oil to mark their reception into the church) into the Orthodox Church, as well as complete changes of tradition, such as a Catholic who turns to Buddhism. The opposite of a Convert is someone we call a Faith Loyalist – that is, a person who has stuck with the faith tradition in which she was raised. As with Active Seekers, Converts largely mirror the demographic attributes of those who have remained with their original faiths Converts are more likely than Faith Loyalists to belong to a non-Christian religion (14% to 5%). This tendency to be outside of the mainstream may explain why Converts are more likely than Faith Loyalists to see themselves as Religious Outsiders, by a margin of 19% to 8%. Converts surf for religious material somewhat more frequently than Faith Loyalists, and are especially appreciative of the Internet’s ability to provide quick access to educational resources. Fully 71% of Converts say it would be easier for them to find such resources online than offline. Converts’ devotion across a range of practices appears mixed. Converts are more likely than Faith Loyalists to say they have a strong religious commitment (84% vs. 79%) and are more likely to attend services more than once a week (47% vs. 36%) despite being less likely to belong to a formal church or religious group (79% vs. 89%). However, Converts are also more likely than Faith Loyalists to have used the Internet to look for a new congregation by a margin of 19% to 11%. Convert and Faith Loyalist alike are committed to the practice of individual prayer and meditation, 85% of each professing to do so at least once a day. Finally, Converts are more likely than Faith Loyalists to have provided spiritual advice via email. Each group is equally likely to have sought spiritual advice via email. Members: 84% of the Religion Surfers population Members are those who belong to a church, synagogue, temple, or other formal worship group. Members are overwhelmingly women, by a 61% to 39% margin. They are more likely than non-members to find spiritual practices to be “very important” except for “spending time in nature,” where non-members beat them out 63% to 41%. Church Members surf for religious material slightly more often than non-members. Members are more likely than non-members to be Christian (95% vs. 72%). By contrast, non-members are more likely to belong to faiths that may not be familiar to many Americans; 10% of non-members belong to “some other religion” than Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or Buddhism. Non-members are more likely than Members to have used the Internet to look up information on faiths other than their own (61% to 48%), and, ironically, to look for a new church or congregation (24% to 12%). Members, on the other hand, are more likely to use the Internet for activities that might be more comfortable for those already in religious communities – such as giving spiritual advice, planning religious activities, and making prayer requests. Religious Outsiders: 12% of the Religion Surfers online In a country in which 89% of the religious population considers itself Christian, there are bound to be people who feel their faith puts them outside of the mainstream. Given the diversity of Christianity, many “minority” Christians might also feel disaffected. We classified a group of “Religious Outsiders” based on responses to three questions: whether they feel their religion is widely accepted in this country, whether there are many people of their own faith in their communities, or whether they believe they have run up against religious discrimination. Those who provided responses that showed some level of alienation in two out of three of those questions were placed in the Outsider category. Religious Outsiders span all ages, races, education and income levels. They are less likely than Insiders to be Christian, but still, 74% of Outsiders say they are Christian. Our sample included 15 members of faiths other than the major Western religions, 73% of whom considered themselves outsiders. By contrast, only 8% of Christians consider themselves Outsiders. Outsiders and insiders are surprisingly similar. They profess commitment to their faiths equally (about 80% of each group claims “very strong” faith), and are equally likely to consider “very important” most of the spiritual practices we asked about. Outsiders are less likely than insiders to belong to a formal congregation (66% vs. 87%). It is not surprising, then to note that formal group worship is less important to Outsiders than to insiders (57% vs. 72%). In addition, Outsiders are more likely than insiders to extol the virtues of spending time in nature (64% vs. 42%). Religious Outsiders are slightly more likely than insiders to find it easier to interact with clergy (12% vs. 7% for insiders) and find others who share the same faith (24% vs. 16% for insiders) online than offline. However, the majority of Outsiders (76%) still find it easier to connect with clergy offline than online. And 59% of Outsiders say it is easier to meet with people of the same faith offline than online. pewresearch.org
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