Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Devotionals for the Heart: The Significance of God's Right Hand

The Right Hand of God
A devotional by Tessa Huckstep

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”–Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words ‘the right hand of God’?

The hand of God may elicit different reactions in believers. The first thought that comes to my mind when I hear these words are thoughts of judgment and condemnation. Some believers hold beliefs that the right hand of God is an iron fist that is unyielding and unloving. A disconnect exists between the God of love we read about in the Bible and the image of God we form in our minds.

So what does the right hand of God refer to in the Bible? Often, the right hand of God refers to judgment, especially in the Psalms when David is praying for God to rescue him from his enemies. However, the right hand of God is not always a negative thing as we can infer from Isaiah 41:10. In this verse, the right hand of God is referencing God’s presence, help, and strength–an extremely positive reference.

God’s presence, help, and strength are what can get us through the darkest seasons of our lives. However, sometimes it is difficult to feel God’s presence, help, and strength in our lives which is why I want to express a lovely way of viewing and remembering the right hand of God. In Mark 16:19 (KJV), the verse speaks of Jesus Christ as it states, “he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God”. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is now sitting at the right hand of God. God is holding us up with His right hand. As believers, we are safely positioned between God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.

Consider for just a moment how wonderfully safe you are in your position between God and Jesus Christ. There is no safer place for you to be than to be held by the right hand of God.

You are securely and eternally placed in the right hand of God. Allow this to be your comfort when the storms and darkness of light make you forget your purpose and value. Look on either side of you and know that you are surrounded by your Heavenly Father and your Savior (Jesus Christ) who loves you more than you can ever imagine.

Let’s Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for the peace and comfort of Your right hand. Please help us to remember our position in you. In this world, we will be bombarded by pressures and expectations, but help us to focus on You and remember that Your right hand is holding us all the way. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.

Song of Reflection: “He Will Hold Me Fast” by Keith & Kristyn Getty. Listen to it here.

Author Bio:

Tessa Huckstep grew up in rural Illinois. She was born to Christian parents and has known Jesus Christ personally since the age of five.

Currently, Tessa is attending community college and majoring in elementary education. In the future, she plans to teach in the public school system, hoping to bring the love of God with her.

Tessa enjoys being active in her local church. She serves as a co-teacher for the two-to-five year old class where there is never a dull moment.

It is Tessa’s passion to be a girl after God’s own heart and through her studying of God’s Word, Tessa longs to draw closer to her Savior. Through her writing, she longs to take others with her on this journey of faith.

Tessa loves all things Regency, needlework, and dainty teacups of every size.

When she isn’t writing or studying for exams, she can be found in the kitchen with more flour in her hair and on the floor than in the bowl, though the mess is always half the fun!

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Devotionals for the Heart: God and His Angels protect you from danger

God is Our Protector
A devotional by Angela Anderson

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
—Psalm 46:1 (NLT)

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you narrowly escaped involvement in a car accident? Maybe you were in an accident but when you look back at the aftermath, you wonder how you made it out alive. This is evidence of God protecting you from apparent danger.

God is also in the business of protecting us from dangers that we cannot see. There are daily situations that are happening behind the scenes of which we are unaware. These situations remain unseen because God is constantly dispatching His angels to encamp around us (Psalm 34:7). He deactivates the traps that are set by Satan. The weapon may be formed, but it will not prosper! (Isaiah 54:17). God has this uncanny ability to orchestrate circumstances with the goal of rescuing us. He never leaves us alone. He is always right there.

God also offers us protection from the spiritual battle that occurs in the life of a believer. We are reminded in Ephesians 6:12 that this is not a physical fight, but completely spiritual. We are not up against people or objects, but Satan uses these things in the battle in an attempt to distract and defeat us. Our true opponent is Satan and he wants nothing more than for all of us to fall prey to His evil plans to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).

In order for us to resist Satan, we need to stand and cover ourselves with every piece of God’s armor. This includes truth tied around our waist which are integrity and moral courage. The breastplate of righteousness is to protect an upright heart. When the gospel of peace is strapped to our feet, we will be stable and be prepared to face Satan with readiness that originates from the good new. The shield of faith protects us by extinguishing Satan’s fiery darts that are thrown in our direction. The helmet of salvation guards our minds as we focus on God, and the sword of the spirit is the word of God that should be hidden in our hearts so that we are less prone to sin. When we put on God’s armor, it not only protects us, but it also emboldens us to live a genuine Christian life.

God’s protection in our lives is beyond what we could ever imagine. We can praise Him now for what He has already done and in advance for what He is going to do!

Let’s Pray: Dear God, Thank you for Your protection as we go about our lives each day. Help us to realize that You go before us, You are always with us, and You are all around us, no matter where we are. Continue to bless us with Your abiding presence. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Song of Reflection: “Protector (Live)” by Kim Walker-Smith. Listen to it here.

Author Bio:

Angela Anderson was born in Brooklyn (New York) and raised in New Jersey. 

She started writing at an early age and realized in elementary school that it was both a strength and a passion. She continued writing through high school, college, and into adulthood.

Angela is the author of a devotional book titled Just When I Thought I Knew God, and she is currently working on another devotional book that will be introduced in 2023.

This is Angela's third year as a devotional writer for Alexis A. Goring’s “God is Love” blog. In 2021, Angela was a winner of a devotional writing contest where the entry is featured in a book published by Proverbs 31 Ministries. The book is titled, Hope When Your Heart is Heavy. The following year, another one of Angela’s devotionals was published in another publication from Proverbs 31 Ministries, called Living Unbroken.

Angela has a passion for inspiring and impacting others through her writing and speaking.

Angela is a Mom Life Coach. She empowers mothers who want to identify their God-given purpose and live it fully while taking care of their family. Angela develops mothers into mompreneurs by providing them with the necessary tools to be successful and fulfilled in life. These tools equip them to see their value, understand their importance, and reclaim their identity.

Angela has been married to the love of her life, Duane Anderson for 18 years. Together they have two sons: Thomas (age 10) and Ryan (age 5). Angela’s favorite pastime is journaling.

She treasures spending quality time with her family.

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Devotionals for the Heart: Why God's plans are better than our own

God’s Ways Are Greater Than Mine
A devotional by Hannah Benson

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”—Isaiah 55:9 (ESV)

Trusting that God knows best can be a difficult lesson to learn. If you’re anything like me, then I’m sure you have plans. Perhaps hopes and dreams that eventually become plans. Maybe you’re planning to go to college or pursue a career that you’ve long admired as a child.

As much as we try to, the fact is that we don’t have control over everything in our lives. When God’s plans don’t line up with our own, it’s tempting to become angry.

I’ve been there.

When it comes to long-time choices like careers or even smaller decisions like what groups to join, classes to take, or trips to embark on, we may have our plans. But at some point, if we go ahead without truly seeking God, He will intervene and show us that it was not His plan.

Now, that might sound harsh, and like I said before, it can be a tough pill to swallow.

But God only has our ultimate best interest in mind. When we truly surrender to God and His will for our lives, we will find that His plans are so much better than our own.

I remember when I was a child, I had plans to pursue acting full-time. I thought that perhaps I would get a job in the Christian film industry. I began heading down that path and focused on acting. Looking back, God was trying to get ahold of me and show me that acting wasn’t all He had for me. But in my stubborn deafness, I refused to listen until one day God revealed to me that He had other plans.

At the time, I inwardly rebelled against them. Acting was part of my plan, and I didn’t want to change my plan. When God revealed to me that the plans I had for myself weren’t what He had for me, it was incredibly disappointing at first. No one likes to realize that their entire life plan isn’t the path they should be going down.

Maybe my plan sounds less dramatic than your “entire life plan.” Maybe it’s your goals for this year, this month, or tomorrow. Maybe it’s a job opportunity that logic tells you should take but you know in your heart God wants you to trust Him and choose another, less “obvious” option.

I encourage you if you don’t know what God’s plans are for you, ask Him. He will show you. Maybe we won’t know where we’re supposed to be 10 years from now. That’s okay. But He will guide us through each day. And if our hearts are in tune with His Spirit, then I believe that He will unveil His plan for each of us. Sometimes God’s plans for us unfold slowly and not as quickly as we would like, but we can trust that He will show us His plans for our life in His perfect time.

Let’s Pray:
Dear Father God, please forgive me for following my own plan. Please help me to be in tune with You and to listen when You call. Father, I want to hear from You! Please help me realize that I don’t need to know every single part of Your plan for my life right now. Teach me how to rest in You and trust You to make everything clear to me. In Jesus’s Name, I pray. Amen.

Song of Reflection: “Control” by for KING & COUNTRY. Listen to it 

Author Bio:

Hannah Benson is a Jesus-follower who’s passionate about sharing the love of Christ with others. 

From the time she could hold a pen, she was writing. But it wasn’t until she was sixteen that she began to seriously follow God’s calling to write a novel. Hannah is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has at least four novels in the works. For the past five years, she has been involved with her local Biblical theater company. She wants to show others the love of Jesus through the creative arts.

When she’s not acting or working on her upcoming novel, you can find Hannah laughing with her siblings, cuddling her little fluffy dog, or reading books (usually historical fiction or fantasy stories). You can read more of Hannah’s writings on her blog or on her Instagram where she strives to write content that leaves others feeling encouraged.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Devotionals for the Heart: How "Gratitude Glasses" Give Perfect Vision

Gratitude Glasses Give Us Perfect Vision
A devotional by Sarah Cole

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly, we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” –2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)

I prefer wearing contact lenses. Eyeglasses make my vision crisp and clear, but they’re uncomfortable and I’m constantly cleaning them. Now, I need to replace them because they're so full of scratches. I wonder if the protective coating they sold me is just a gimmick.

Difficult circumstances can leave scratches on our hearts. In our pain, they’re often the filter through which we view life. But when we view tough times through the lens of gratitude, we are less likely to be defeated by them.

When he wrote his letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul had plenty to complain about. Yet he learned to focus on God and the eternal hope that awaited him in Heaven. His perspective gave him victory and the courage to continue spreading the gospel. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV), Paul wrote: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

And in 2 Corinthians 4:13-15 (NIV), Paul wrote: “Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”

Trials take our breath away. They don’t give fair warning. It's hard to see the good when all we see is darkness. And while we wonder if God has forgotten us, He's already busy working on our behalf, and whether we realize it or not, His plans are for our good.

Gratitude is like a protective coating that keeps our hearts from bitterness, complaining, and comparison. Life is hard, and none of us escape suffering, but we can choose each day whether it decides our outlook on life.

Someone told me that when you place a black dot on a blank paper, you stop noticing what's around it. We can't see the blessings around us when we only focus on our pain. We may not get to choose our circumstances, but when our feet hit the floor every morning, we decide whether to view them with gratitude glasses.

Sweet friend, whatever you face today, I encourage you to look to Jesus Christ. He understands what you’re going through. Consider starting a gratitude journal because seeing your blessings in black and white will open your eyes to the gifts right before you.

Let's Pray:
Father God, I’m so grateful for everything You've done for me. On difficult days, help me remember to count my blessings instead of my disappointments. I don't understand why trials come but thank you for giving me your Word, which helps me see everything through the right lens. In Jesus's Name, I pray. Amen.

Song of Reflection: “Give Thanks (With A Grateful Heart)” by Into the Light Journal (YouTube Channel). Listen to it here.

Author Bio:

Sarah Cole’s interest in writing began in grade school when her poem was published in the local paper. As she got older, her mother’s chronic illness inspired her to design a line of greeting cards. Since then, she has written for her college newspaper and two community newspapers where she wrote restaurant reviews and articles for their “Best of” spread. 

Her experience as an administrator in the marketing field gave her the opportunity to write ads for a local business journal.

After a 20-year detour and a three-year season of adversity, God reignited her passion to write. Two divine appointments later, the short story she wrote about her father appeared in the St. Paul Almanac, and a short story about Gigi (her Cocker Spaniel) was published in Guideposts (magazine) Mysterious Ways. She believes her adversity was worth the lessons God taught her.

Since 2022, Sarah’s devotionals have been published in The Secret Place by Judson Press, as well as David C. Cook’s Devotions and The Quiet Hour. To this day, she smiles, pinches herself and gives God all the glory.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watching cooking shows, designing cards and mugs, and taking day trips.

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Monday, November 13, 2023

Devotionals for the Heart: A life lesson about not acting hastily

What God Taught Me About Not Acting Hastily

A devotional by Aubrey Taylor

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.”— Isaiah 28:16 (NKJV)

As a lifelong sufferer of anxiety, Isaiah 28:16 (NKJV) has brought me great comfort.

There have been many times in my life when I felt I had to do something. Spurred on by the belief that delayed obedience was disobedience (which can be true under other circumstances), I was always afraid that my slowness to respond or reluctance to act meant that I was in disobedience to God. Furthermore, I was taught to fear the consequences.

What grace one finds in the verses above. Yes, God does want us to obey, but He is also wants us to rest in Him and trust His Sovereignty—and His love for us! The Bible says elsewhere that He knows we are only dust (Psalm 103:14). He understands our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15) and will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle (Isaiah 43:17).

Further, the Holy Spirit is gentle. Anxiety, as I have experienced, is not gentle. It causes us to act hastily and recklessly. It can cause harm rather than furthering God’s purposes. That is not to say that His purposes can be thwarted by our mistakes, but simply that we may cause ourselves and others greater difficulty by not waiting on Him!

When I was in a season of severe anxiety, I remember feeling that I had to tell an employee at the grocery store that I had just published my first book. I didn’t just approach the employee once—but two different times! This example may sound silly to many readers, but I know there are those out there who can relate. I heard so many stories of people feeling that God was leading them to do something as random as go up to someone in the store and talk to them, coupled with a fear of disappointing God, I felt I simply had to do it…or else! Ultimately, though, I only frustrated myself and the employee. Further, stores usually have a policy that customers are not supposed to solicit employees.

Those who act hastily flit around as if they do not have a clear understanding of what they’re doing. They are like children who are distracted by a shiny thing, or who dash out into oncoming traffic because they are chasing a ball without looking both ways and thinking of safety before crossing the road. We can be sure that this is not God’s will for us. We are harder on ourselves than He is on us, and often, we are harder on each other as well. This verse is proof that He is not in as much of a hurry as we believe Him to. Though God does not want us to delay if we know His will clearly, He does not want us to act hastily either. In my earlier example, I acted hastily, on impulse to talk to this employee, because I feared the consequences if I did not.

Are we willing to trust in Jesus Christ to protect us from shame when we are called to do difficult things? Are we also willing to trust Him to cover us if we choose not to do something? Especially if we are prone to impulse, anxiety, or believing we have to imitate someone else, it may be wise to take some time to think and pray before acting. He will not shame us for doing so.

Let’s Pray:
Dear Jesus, thank You that You are sovereign above all, and that You hold the whole universe in Your hands. Help us to see that our fears and anxieties should not be the impetus for us to act, but rather, our actions should come from peace and confidence in You. You will be patient with us as we seek to determine Your course rather than stepping out into something simply because we feel we have to do it at that moment. Calm our anxieties, and give us a strong focus on who You are, who we are in You, and what Your purpose is for our lives. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.

Song of Reflection: “Be Alright” by Evan Craft, Danny Gokey, Redimi2. Listen to it here.

Author Bio:

The only child of a single parent, Aubrey Taylor filled her younger years by creating characters and writing stories. This ended around age sixteen when music, friends and part-time jobs began to fill her time. After that came college, work, marriage, and children. 

It wasn’t until the world was beginning to come out of the COVID pandemic that God led her back to her love for writing, coupled with a passion she’d always had for history. It was time to start a new adventure! Her current long-term project is Gott Mit Uns, a German-perspective 20th century historical fiction series.

Aubrey lives in Upstate New York with her husband and three children. She’s busy keeping the home, caring for her family, doing research for and writing her books.

Aubrey enjoys music and is involved with the worship ministry at her church as well as a German choral group. She also plays gigs occasionally with friends as a singer and acoustic guitarist. After all that, she finds time to sketch, craft, and hike.

She is a lover of Jesus Christ, The Holy Bible, history, German culture, tea, and cats.

Aubrey has a special heart for those who struggle with severe anxiety, depression and PTSD.

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Devotionals for the Heart: Life Lessons about Waiting on God to Show Up

Waiting On God
A devotional by Sharon Musgrove

The Lord said, “Go out and stand at the mountain before the Lord. The Lord is passing by.” A very strong wind tore through the mountains and broke apart the stones before the Lord. But the Lord wasn’t in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake. But the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. After the fire, there was a sound. Thin. Quiet. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his coat. He went out and stood at the cave’s entrance. A voice came to him and said, “Why are you here, Elijah?” 
–1 Kings 19:11-13 (CEB)

How do we respond when God does not show up when we expect Him to?

Do we question Him along the lines of: Is He real? Does He care?

Maybe we question ourselves thinking, Did I misunderstand? Am I a fool for waiting on Him? Questions like these can be detrimental to our faith, tearing us down from the inside. But rather than wondering what went wrong between us and God, these are times that build us up in relationship with Him.

Elijah’s experience, written in 1 Kings 19:11-13, of waiting on God has helped me stay steadfast in faith and quiet the internal relationship interrogation. Elijah was told that God was coming and to wait for Him. Elijah waited through all sorts of calamities that any of us would hope to find God in. Yet God did not present as expected.

This passage reveals that though we go through difficult times, God will show up in His time, not ours. And when He shows up, we will be filled with awe. I had this experience years ago when our family took a week’s vacation to Hawaii. Upon landing, I had this sense that God wanted to say something to me. So, I began each morning reading my Bible and opening my ears to what He wanted to disclose.

Day one of listening for God to speak went by and yet I heard nothing. Day two...nothing. Days three, four, and five...still no word from God. I began to question both God and me. Looking heavenward I prayed: Hello, up there. God, did You say to listen or am I just making it up?

By day six I was weary of the waiting. I felt like I had wasted a vacation waiting on God’s arrival. But in that moment, I felt an urgency to take my journal down to the seashore. Yet it was raining outside, so I prayed: Father, I have trusted You all week. I am confused and disappointed that I am not hearing what You have to say to me. Yet as Elijah, I will take my journal to the ocean as soon as the weather clears.

The weather cleared the day we were departing. Remembering my promise to God, I gathered my book and pen and walked over to a rocky inlet near our accommodations then sat in silence.

In that cove there was a sea turtle eating greens growing on the volcanic crag. Waves rolled in and out, tossing that creature wildly to and fro. To my eyes it seemed a dangerous place for an animal to be, the Pacific’s strength working against her.

In that moment, God visited me. He spoke to my heart about His design on my life, using the unique sea turtle design, the hard shell, sharp beak, and the flipper-like feet, as metaphors for His equipping me to live in rough “surf”. Immediately I was filled with awe and humbled to the core for the personal word spoken over me. The doubts I’d had throughout the week dissipated and my faith grew in our relationship.

Are you struggling in your relationship with God because of hard times? Have your expectations of Him gone unmet? Friend, God is not absent nor unaware of your problems. He will arrive to meet you in your moment at the perfect time, one that grows your faith in Him.

Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, we thank You for sharing Elijah’s story to help us know You. We ask to be built up in our relationship with You that we might be faithful people to You and an encouragement to others. May we always look on You with awe. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.

Song of Reflection #1: “Wait on the Lord” by Donnie McClurkin. Listen to it here.

Song of Reflection #2: “In the Waiting” by Vicki Yohe. Listen to it here.

Author Bio:

Sharon Musgrove is a self-proclaimed sociologist. The opportunities opened to her, over the years, have led her on a fascinating journey observing human behavior.

She has a diverse background in business, fitness, and health industries. This background led her to a unique position writing curriculum and teaching for two private, Christ-based, residential recovery programs. Both programs primarily served women in the homeless community.

Sharon has traveled multiple times to Kenya, serving on medical teams and teaching in the rural Maasai communities. She’s been privileged to participate in Leadership camps for maturing young women. These annual camps have a mission of encouraging and empowering the impoverished, underprivileged, and often abused young Maasai girls.

Identifying personally with the brokenness of the women she’s served, Sharon sees all people as needing more encouragement regardless of cultural or socioeconomic status. Within these ministries, Sharon has witnessed the transformative power of loving words spoken to the broken-hearted. Sharing God’s love and witnessing its transformative power has become her passion.

In her leisure time, Sharon enjoys her garden, health food, travel, and a good story. She and her husband, Jeff, divide their time between Oregon and Hawaii. They have two grown children.

Currently, Sharon is encouraging others via her inspirational blog, but prefers sharing face to face. Additionally, she is studying Christian fiction writing.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

A Wonderful Movie Worth Watching this Christmas holiday season

My Review of "Journey to Bethlehem" movie

Today, I have another movie review for you and a giveaway contest at the end of this post! In case you didn’t know, Great American Pure Flix is like the faith-based version of Netflix. It works the same way the difference is in the content that points you back to Jesus Christ and shows you how much The Creator of the Universe loves you!

Great American Pure Flix is a one-stop shop for faith and family-friendly movies and shows where you can confidently stream in your home with the entire family. With new premium and exclusive original entertainment choices every week, Great American Pure Flix streaming service has the largest variety of high-quality, curated, positive, encouraging, wholesome movies, series and kids' content in one service.

Great American Pure Flix VIP Ambassador program asked me to review the movie/musical Journey to Bethlehem. I watched this beautifully told, encouraging, educational and inspirational film before it was made available for viewing on Great American Pure Flix. This movie—truly a musical—was so good! I’m eager to share my review with you. First, I’d like to describe the storyline in the words of talking points from Momentum then I’ll share my thoughts (review).

Here’s the synopsis of the movie with words from Momentum and me:
A young woman carrying an unimaginable responsibility. A young man torn between love and honor. A jealous king who will stop at nothing to keep his crown. This live-action Christmas musical adventure for the entire family weaves classic Christmas melodies with humor, faith, and new pop songs in a retelling of the greatest story ever told—the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. A unique new entry into the collection of holiday classic movies, this epic Christmas musical is unlike any before it. 

See Journey to Bethlehem in theaters beginning November 10, 2023.

Now for my review:

Journey to Bethlehem
is a movie/musical that’s worth its weight in gold. 

The storyline was smooth, the acting was superb, the music was engaging and hats off to the Director of Photography for making such a beautiful film! This movie is one that most Bible-reading people will know well because it tells the story of Jesus Christ in how He came to Earth born of a virgin (Mary) to save the world.

Antonio Banderas played King Herod. He did a very good job of portraying the king as a menacing, self-absorbed, evil ruler who only cared about power not people. Milo Manheim played Joseph. He was very convincing in his portrayal of this character, especially the scenes where Mary told him she’s with child and he didn’t believe her at all. He also showed a heroic side several times when he saved and protected Mary later on in the movie. Fiona Palomo played Mary (the Mother of Jesus Christ). Her performance was compelling. Palomo really captured the innocence and bravery of Mary that rang true to how The Holy Bible portrays her in Scripture. Joel Smallbone played Antipater and his real-life wife Moriah played Deborah. They are musicians in real-life, talents that helped them play their part in every time they had to sing and dance in this musical. Lecrae played Gabriel (the angel who told Mary she’s going to carry Jesus Christ). He had humor mixed in with the sacred in his role. I liked how he balanced both while maintaining the seriousness of his part in this film.

The directors of Journey to Bethlehem, with the support of everyone involved, did a marvelous work in bringing the “Story of Jesus” as they call it in Christian circles—especially during the Christmas season—to life. Yes, they took some creative license in their storytelling, as expected, but it was still wonderful!

If you’re looking for a film to see this weekend—or anytime this year or in the future—that’s as educational as it is inspirational, watch Journey to Bethlehem.

Final Notes:

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This movie, Journey to Bethlehem, reminded me two Christmas songs:

“Not that Far from Bethlehem” by Point of Grace

“His Plan” by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

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Disclosure: Many thanks to AFFIRM Films, Inc. for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own. 

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