“The Song” Movie a Great Date Night for Couples

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“The Song” debuts today, and it’s a great date night movie option for couples looking to be both entertained and edified.

The film gives a unique, modern take to the ancient texts of Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. It follows fledgling musician Jed, son of the late, great David King, as he tries to make a name for himself apart from his famous dad. Along the way, Jed falls in love, gets married, and faces some tough temptations.

Guest Blog: Hollywood Gets It Right Sometimes, Like Right Now

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Today’s post comes courtesy of Bob Waliszewski, director of Focus’ Plugged In department. -JD

I’ve been accused of seeing the glass half empty when it comes to today’s movie releases. For example, during a recent meeting, a colleague who helps with Pluggedin.com shared the reaction of a potential advertiser to my rating a film 4.5 out of five for family friendliness: “Really?!Bob never gives a film that high of a score!”

Although far from the truth, I laughed along with the rest of the folks in the room who enjoyed the punchline.

Christian Women and Porn

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Does it surprise you that, in a recent poll, Christian women voted Fifty Shades of Grey to be their favorite book of the year?

In some ways, we shouldn’t be shocked, after all, we have an Enemy who is determined to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). Because his desires are rooted in his hatred for the image of God, he attacks our most intimate and meaningful relationships with fierce intensity. After all, the union of husband and wife potentially produces more human life created in God’s image.

Could Robin Williams’ Faith Have Prevented His Suicide?

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The death of comedian Robin Williams has reignited something of a nationwide conversation about suicide and mental health. After all, most know someone whose life has been touched or severely impacted by depression. My own wife, Jean, lost a brother to suicide and Jean herself has shared that she struggled with bouts of depression earlier in our marriage.

Here at Focus on the Family our counselors talk with severely depressed people every day. In fact, suicide-related calls have skyrocketed in the past few years.

Watch and Win: Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Glorious Unfolding”

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As we’ve been sharing with you for the past week, our friend Steven Curtis Chapman has released a powerful new song – “Glorious Unfolding”!

If you haven’t heard it yet (or seen the accompanying video), I’d encourage you to take a moment right now to enjoy it. I believe you’ll be moved as you pause and consider the larger story God is telling through your life.

Steven based his lyrics on Jeremiah 29:11: “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to give you hope and a future.’”

At times, God’s story will lift us to glorious mountaintops.

An Interview with Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall

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Since the self-titled debut of Casting Crowns‘ first album was released in 2003, the band has enjoyed great popularity among Christian audiences – but not for reasons you’d might expect.

Instead of light-hearted songs that only scratch the surface of our faith, Casting Crowns specializes in delivering hard-hitting hits meant to challenge listeners – and the larger Christian community – in our walks. The band regularly explores themes of holiness, relationships, witness and vulnerability in a way that encourages self-reflection.

Joan of Arc… Noah’s Wife?

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The Bible may be the best selling book in America, but that doesn’t mean we read and retain its content.

Consider:

At least 12 percent of adults believe Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.
A survey of graduating high school seniors revealed that more than 50 percent thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife.
A considerable number of respondents to one poll indicated that the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Billy Graham.

Last Chance to See Irreplaceable in Theaters – TONIGHT!

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I’m returning from Nashville this evening after having spent some time of rich fellowship with many friends of the ministry as well as listeners of our great radio affiliates in the Music City.

But before I jump on the plane, I wanted to remind you that tonight’s encore showing of Irreplaceable represents the last time the documentary will be shown in theaters.

To reserve your seat at a location near you click here.

Last week, over 113,000 people in North America viewed the film.

Nationwide Encore of “Irreplaceable” May 15!

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Last night’s premiere of Focus’ first movie, “Irreplaceable,” was a success in every way possible thanks to God’s grace and your support.

In fact, due to the overwhelming response and the fact that many were turned away last night, we have decided to schedule a national encore performance for Thursday, May 15. You can check local availability for these new showings and purchase tickets at www.irreplaceablethemovie.com.

We’re humbled by the way supporters of the family showed up for our film on Tuesday.

Tonight’s the Night to Stand for Family

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Here at Focus, we’re all looking forward to tonight’s “Irreplaceable” movie premiere.

It’s been months of praying, planning, filming, editing and promotional work. By God’s grace, the final result is a film we are proud of – and humbled by.

God turned what started as an effort to highlight the cultural attacks on today’s families into a deeply personal piece for movie host Tim Sisarich. His emotional journey is one that will surely resonate with viewers, as we all have areas of our life that need to be tested and sanctified.