God’s Not Dead – Movie Fun

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12
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untitledMy family and I went to see the movie, God’s Not Dead yesterday afternoon. When you have a large family, something as simple as going to the movie theater can be quite the investment so we try to be sure the films we choose are family appropriate and uplifting in nature. This movie did not disappoint.

The movie is about a college student who must choose between declaring that ‘God is Dead’ for the sake of keeping peace with the professor and his chance of passing or standing firm in his faith and convince his class God does exist. Of course no good movie is without conflict, so the main character, college student, Josh Wheaton, goes against the grain and becomes a defense attorney in a classroom trial where he presents his case to prove God’s Not Dead.

Josh faces this challenge without the support of his long-time girlfriend or parents and with just a couple lines of encouragement from a campus minister. The movie continues showing Josh present his case in a well-researched and professional manner which continues to infuriate the professor more and more. Things continue to get heated but Josh doesn’t back down. There are also four other side stories (one that ties in an interview with Willie & Korie Robertson) the movie follows that will bring laughter and tears. Be prepared for a surprising and unpredictable ending. I admit, part of the ending frustrated me and literally made my jaw drop, but I still really enjoyed this movie and pray for it to have continued success.

I would love to share more about the movie but don’t want to spoil it for anyone else, so just take my word for it; this movie is worth seeing. I highly recommend this movie for families with older teens looking at going to college in the near future. The dilemma portrayed in this movie is very real and the message given is one every Christian teen should hear before heading off to a secular university.

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I am psyched to see that folks all across the country are letting others know that God’s not dead. This limited-release movie has shocked the box office with the numbers coming in and more theaters are adding the film to their lineup for next weekend. I pray that more and more people continue to stand up and support films like these and let Hollywood know that there are still those out there who enjoy good, clean entertainment. You know, the kind where everyone is dressed and they speak using words you can say in front of your grandmother without blushing or getting beat with a pancake turner (love you Granny S.)! The kind of films that leave you feeling hopeful, inspired, motivated and just plain happy. Everyone likes a good warm, fuzzy now and again.

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Side note about this memorable experience:

We were humbled by an off-screen lesson that occurred during our movie outing. We took my 60-year old aunt with us to watch and enjoy the afternoon. I found out right before the movie started that this was the first time she had ever been to a movie theater. Her child-like innocence was heartwarming as we watched her take it all in. A great reminder of how blessed we are and how easy it is to take simple things for granted. 

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I want to hear from you!

If you have watched the movie, please comment below and tell us your favorite parts or add your own review!

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 **This blog is based on my own personal research, thoughts and opinions. If your opinions differ than mine then we can agree to disagree, no negative comments needed. If you appreciate the message in anyway, then please feel free to comment, like, and share with others. **
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2 thoughts on “God’s Not Dead – Movie Fun

  1. I took four teenagers on Sunday to watch this movie and each of them said that it really spoke to them. It gave them chills. They were so excited to see people get saved. I told him that I hope that none of them are ever in the same predicaments as the people were in this movie, but they may be at some time be in a similar situation where they will be at a position where they have to choose to standup for God or not. I told them that I pray for them to have courage and to have strength in those situations. God will honor them and reward them.

    • I encountered a situation similar to that faced in the movie on a much smaller scale with an online college. Seems to be common for professors to discriminate against those of faith. If more and more kids would stand up, professors and schools alike would be more likely to back down and respect religious freedom.

      I Peter 5:8 – “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

      I believe it is so important for teens to see this movie. This film shows them they do not have to conform and to stand firm in Jesus! 🙂

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