THE CHOSEN: Retelling The Story of Jesus Christ

If you are a person who nitpicks your way through movies only going for those that you are sure would prove to be eternally and critically relevant, then we have something for you. This movie series is a Loaves and Fish production, co-produced and distributed by Angel Productions. In a time such as ours, when old movies and screenplays are being rewritten and reenacted using more contemporary equipment, time-honed skills and modern techniques, the great stories of the Bible are not left behind.

Meet The Chosen. The Chosen is a story of a man on a mission to tell his people about God in the face of Roman colonization. It is set in 20-30 AD Israel. The characters are familiar to those who may have read the Autoptic gospel of John or the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The slow storytelling and great acting make for a compelling story by Dallas Jenkins. The plot of The Chosen is non-fiction and based on the life of Jesus Christ. The series aims to showcase Christ “through the eyes of those who met him”.

For anyone who has seen any movie about the life of Christ while he was physically on Earth, the plot will prove enchanting and fully immersing.

The Chosen is a Vidangel adaptation of The Shepherd, a short film also created by Dallas Jenkins. The Chosen is a massively crowdfunded project. Infact, The Chosen is now the top crowdfunded filmed project, having raised over $16.2 million from 316,000 investors.

Yes, there are long moments and the progression is quite slow, but it all adds to the reverence with which Christ is portrayed in this record breaking screenplay. Dallas Jenkins has said that he wishes for the movie series to reach the eyes of a billion people, so it is safe to say that everyone is the target audience.

In a time of a full spectrum of intellectual and cultural perspectives, The Chosen appears to be the chosen Jesus’ story of our time.

Unlike other depictions of the life of Jesus, such as A.D., Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus, The Passion, Jesus: His Life; The Chosen comes away from the usual technique of following Jesus around as he delivers analogies, dissertations and life-changing miracles. The Chosen series also takes the dynamic perspective of portraying Jesus as a shared character in the lives and stories of characters like Matthew, Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter, Andrew, John, James and others.



From wide shots of the choice locations, mid shots of threatening Roman soldiers and close shots of thoughtful Jews; the cinematography is quite engaging, coupled with a rural ambience and sounds that leave you “waking up” from each episode.

The Cast features Jonathan Roumie as Jesus, Paras Patel as Matthew, Shahar Isaac as Simon Peter, Elizabeth Tabish as Mary Magdalene, and Erick Avari as Nicodemus. The Cast is succinctly chosen and proves their mettle from episode to episode; and you can watch the other movies mentioned in this article for a sort of template for the characters. From December 24th 2017 till now, the Chosen has been distributed by Angel Studios.

All in all, The Chosen is a serious project and its impact is just beginning to be felt beyond the circles of cinema enthusiasts, internet explorers and critics.

With Season 2 airing its last episode in July, we are starting a new series of reviews on The Chosen’s season 1 episodes. We hope our perspective on the series’ storytelling will enjoin you to watch it and more importantly, read up The Synoptic Gospels for more understanding on the life of Jesus.

Download The Chosen App here to watch the series for free.

Watch Season One’s trailer here.

BOOK REVIEW: PICTURE PERFECT – An Artwork of Grace

Author: Ijeoma Obi
Pages: 69
Reviewer: Favour Omeje, Ajegbomogun Olufunke

Have you ever had one of such days when it seems the entire universe was working against you, when the weight of challenges come crumbling down so heavily on you that you ask yourself this question inwardly “Why me?” well I have and I have no doubt you have too. On such days, when the journey of our lives gets so tough, we often wonder if God has abandoned us.

A few months ago, I publicly stripped myself of all items of clothing for the first time and went about in the glory of my plain nakedness. Guess what happened to me next; The author, Ijeoma Obi contacted me! She offered me a read of what she called her vulnerable book.

How does the tough get going when the going gets tough? The author in this book, illuminates us on this by sharing her life experience to help us understand how to view such moments of our lives that we are not so proud of as Christians. She gives us a new perspective to how failures, limitations, challenges help shape our purpose. From her story, we also see the indispensable role that grace plays in helping us become who God has created us to be. This book gives us an explanation for all the big stories of transformation chronicled in the scriptures: GRACE.

Have you experienced some failures that has cast so much gloom on your perception of the goodness of God? What limitations do you perceive you have that may hinder God’s promises you to have received via his word? This book gives us a new perspective of our failures and disappointments helping us shift our gaze away from ourselves to God.

Do your care too much? Or do you want to be happy? Then I think you might want to join the bandwagon of people who know how to be naked and unashamed; tell your story just the way it is. Ijeoma Obi says “when we don’t tell our story completely; the good, the bad, or even the ugly, we deny all that grace has accomplished in our lives”.

She offers in her debut the need to be grateful to God while we embrace our vulnerabilities and human limitations. ‘Vulnerable’ is the new confident, I must say. Shameless nakedness is picture perfect. Go for it!

I recommend it to everyone who is tired of depending on his human abilities and needs something more divine. The length of the book allows for a quick read.

You can download a free copy of Picture Perfect here.

BOOK REVIEW: Spiritual Make Up

Author: Uchenna Okwara Hillprieston
Publisher: Writer’sHouseHQ
Pages: 40
Reviewer: Abokhai Osione

After reading this book I literally felt a wave of relief rush through out my body… I guess that’s what true freedom feels like.

Growing up in a Christian familiy, you get to hear the “holy” requirement of the gospel from allot of perspectives, I believe the most popular we all grew up with is that “if you do what is bad you will go to hell fire!”.  For me, that explanation was as close to home as getting whooped by my parents for breaking a ceramic plate or leaving the house dirty to go and play games outside on a Saturday morning.

However, the difference  between those perspectives and this one is that

 “There is Life in these pages“. 

Spiritual Make Up :  The Believers Beauty Kit brings the Truth of this victorious life we can live above sin and shame, closer to home. In fact it is so close that it actually begins to feel personal. 

Today, many believers with a hunger for God, a burning desire to do His will and please Him are often downcast because of the weight of besetting sins. This often gets them wondering how?! 

How do all these awesome spiritual promises about my salvation and victory and new life in Christ even relate to my personal, “real” life?

Trust me I know the struggle, I was there too. But cheer up brethren! There is hope here!

The beauty of this book is that you can hear your mothers voice teaching you in the simplest way how walking in righteousness and purity is as easy as brushing your teeth or taking a shower, or dressing decently. Spiritual Make up is funny yet so True, I often caught myself vigorously nodding in agreement to the simple truths the author so easily gisted out in text as I laughed because of how relatable it is.  

The Life of Holiness and purity we the Born Again in Christ are to live is not a tedious one.. Nothing makes that fact clearer like this book. Living victorious and bearing the fruit of the spirit in our everyday life is as fluid as the air we breathe in and out daily without permission or any explanation. 

This is by far the most refreshing book for anyone who desires to clear the airways of doubt, confusion and misunderstanding and just have a wonderful and unhindered relationship with Our Heavenly Father, our maker and Husband who loves us so much. 

So sit back, grab a cup of tea and try to read this book where people are because I can assure you first hand that from the second page you’d be looking for someone to read aloud to as is the habit of those who love to share true stories that are good. 

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DO YOU BELIEVE? : A movie review

Movie length: 2 hours

Release: September 3, 2015

Director: Jonathan M. Gunn

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The Review

This action packed drama, set in an urban fast paced and dangerous city excellently meshes the lives of the love stricken, death haunted, money seeking and Christ longing hearts of random people who’s paths cross without them even knowing, which in turns causes a ripple effect that produces more than any of them could ever bargain for.

The ball is set rolling by McGinley, the pastor who’s encounter with a street preachers is tantamount to Moses’ encounter with the burning bush, this inspires a crazy sermon which criminal Shwayze bumps into as he ducks from the cops, also the aged Teri and her husband who’s grieving heart gets a fresh mandate to inconvenience, not to mention Elena who’s husband Bobby is literally pulling dragging to heaven with his “fanatical” Christianity and there’s also Joe who might as well be named Angel Joe.

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All of them are about to undergo what may be the greatest challenges of their lives, as their lives intermingle and pulls others from outside their world, the cost of believing might soon prove unbearable as it promises to ruin some, hurt some and send the rest to their graves, that’s the threat and it’s no bluff. The movie shows belief is not just a word but a life backed with some crazy actions

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At the end of the movie, you’ll probably find yourself kneeling, stopping and beginning to think of your life and what it really means to believe. With an excellent story line, standard production quality and a bit of bad acting here and there, we’ll have to give the movie a six point nine (6.9) out of ten (10) ranking. The movie is definitely a must watch.

 

Reviewed by: Udousoro William

 

EVERYDAYJESUS tells an Eagle story! (A review)

The Eagle and the rest faced the very same
Hostile air current. The rest beat the air with all
Her might and was rewarded with a mouthful of
Balance just good enough to take her best to
The height of a great iroko tree. The Eagle on
The other hand, spread her wings with that
Effortless swagger that can sweep Cleopatra
Off her feet. Soon, her wings spoilt her to a
Bounteous treat of a flight that mounted her
Gracefully on a cliff miles higher than the
Highest point on Everest’s hill. There, she made
Her nest, sat in peace to at least relax with the
Thought of a piece of meat.
This is the difference between the races and
Medals of they that trust in the Lord, and that
of they that trust in human efforts.
“Do you not know”?
“Have you not heard”?
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of
The ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or
Weary, and His understanding no one can
Fathom. He gives strength to the weary and
Increases the power of the weak. Even youths
Grow tired and weary, and young men stumble
And fall; but those who hope in the Lord will
Renew their strength. They will soar on wings
Like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
They will walk and not be faint”. –ISAIAH 40:
28-31 (NIV).
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Please oh…not really. I believe the lesson is that Jesus did all the work needed to get us righteous. However, there are works prepared for us to do in him, Like Evangelism. But because of Christ in us, we are empowered to do all these. Don’t think because you’re a Christian, you will beat an unbeliever at anything. God gave us Jesus for eternal life, and fellowship with him.
But as long as the earth remains, you gotta do what you gotta do. Don’t miss apply the gift of God and then say ‘God has a plan when you fail.’ God is God, he is glorified already. You cannot glorify him any further.
So…EVERDAYJESUS is enough inspiration.
Excerpt (Eagle Story) by Favouromeje July, 2016.
Review by Daniel Achikanu December, 2016.

EVERYDAYJESUS is our clarity too (a review)!

Let’s study a bit
Take what we have known and put them in perspective of the whole bible and see what we find
Let’s start from the beginning.
And when I say ‘beginning’ I mean Genesis
Let’s start from ‘Moses’
There are thoughts which should have come to your mind if you read the bible and if they haven’t, let me bring them
Moses was born in Exodus 2.
But he wrote the book of Genesis?
You would be careful in reading the things that he wrote happened before Abraham and especially before NOAH.
Then we think most of the things he wrote were by inspiration and he wrote to his understanding…..We believe Moses wrote Genesis to Deuteronomy but I saw Deuteronomy 34:5-6
5…Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.
6. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab……….
Was that by inspiration too?
The only explanation is that someone else wrote that Book. But then, studies in the Old Testament show us that other parts of the Torah or Pentateuch are stylistically inconsistent. For example, have you noticed that there are two creation accounts? And they are not like the accounts of the gospels. The gospels as you know, even with differences, often say the same thing. So while in Mark, Jesus could do no mighty works in a certain place, in Matthew Jesus could also do no mighty works in the same place.
But in Genesis, we see God makes male and female in Chapter 1 but makes a male alone at first in Chapter 2 before a woman. Jesus even quotes this passage Matthew 19 and Mark 10. If Moses was
operating under inspiration, would the inspirer contradict himself or would Moses, writing, not notice his own inconsistencies?
Yet for me the most compelling proof against the authorship of Moses is the fact that the Pentateuch is written in Third person. Why would I refer to myself in third person when writing about myself?
Other examples can be found in Amos, Hosea and Isaiah (amongst others) of prophets whose ministry was documented by other people. It doesn’t reduce the authenticity or audacity of the books or the prophets. Ezekiel is the only Major Prophet that wrote by himself, and it can be seen in his style. He writes in first person perspective. It’s very simple.
Now, a lot of Christians believe the curse at the end of Revelation will apply to them if they dare think through scripture like this. So they’d rather let some pastor take the blame while they blindly follow him. It’s OK…
However, the curse in Revelation can only apply to the book of Revelation since the Bible was not compiled by then. With knowledge like this, we can better understand the anachronisms and variations in the Pentateuch.
In Mark 5, Jesus says Moses was talking about him; that is to say, Moses is reported as saying things which actually were about him, Jesus.
Study for yourself… Dig into the Old Testament… Because EVERDAYJESUS is our clarity too.
Reviewed by Daniel Achikanu.

Movie Review: GOD is not Dead- By Egwu Nnanna .E

God is not dead

Okay, if you’ve not watched the film “God’s not dead” raise your hand! One, Two …Okay!

I will do a synopsis; kindly pardon me to come from two points of view “As a Christian” and “As a Lover of Good movies”

AS A CHRISTIAN: I enjoyed and learnt from the movie, the fact that it talks about a controversial being and creator God, and features characters of Atheists and a Muslim family is brave. I loved the synopsis and trailer. Now I also liked the school setting. Enough? Not yet! I liked the… Okay! Enough.

STORY-LINE:

Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo).

Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh finds himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions. –(C) Official Site

Rating: PG (for thematic material, brief violence and an accident scene)

Genre:  Drama, Comedy, Christian

Directed By:        Harold Cronk

Written By:         Hunter Dennis, Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon

US Box Office:   $60.8M

Runtime:             1 hr. 53 min.

Pure Flix Entertainment – Official SiteGenre:      Drama, Comedy

Directed By:        Harold Cronk

Written By:         Hunter Dennis, Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon

US Box Office:   $60.8M

Runtime:             1 hr. 53 min.

Pure Flix Entertainment – Official Site

AS A LOVER OF GOOD MOVIES:

Disclaimer: No one film/movie in the world can fully explore a subject.

“If you were to be charged/prosecuted for being a Christian, would there be enough evidences to charge you guilty?”

The film should have considered some factors;

Theme: “God’s not dead” is a great title, but irrespective of how great it is, the major antagonist in the movie “An Atheist” believes that God never existed, doesn’t exist and will not exist. Secondly, the other religion that was looked into also has a “god” that they believe is also alive. So what was the point? I personally think that “God is” with a direct central theme on “Jesus” would have been a better title.

Environment: The USA I believe is so policy driven, that an educationist there has no legal base for threatening a student with failure on the basis of his personal beliefs.

Audience and Casting: Some fallacies and generalizations were done. E.g The Muslim father represented gives an impression that all Muslim fathers are cruel and domestically violent. It was too Christocentrically biased, but why shouldn’t it be? It is Christian production after all.

There were some coincidences, and for me it was still a good production. Greater works can come out of the Christian Movie Industry. I believe.

What you stand to learn: Bravery, Witnessing, Faith, Perseverance, Love and GOD.

A must watch! My rating?

C’mon go and watch it.

Have a lovely Year.

DR. MYLES MUNROE – THE BIOGRAPHY

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Myles Munroe, OBE, (20 April 1954 – 9 November 2014) was a Bahamian evangelical christian evangelist and ordained pentecostal minister who founded and led the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI) and Myles Munroe International (MMI). He was chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the International Third World Leaders Association and president of the International Leadership Training Institute as well as the author of numerous books.[1]

Munroe died with his wife and 7 others in a private plane crash on 9 November 2014.

EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Born Myles Egbert Munroe in 1954 in Nassau, Bahamas, Munroe grew up poor in a family of eleven children. Raised in the Nassau suburb of Bain Town, he was a life-long resident of the Commonwealth. Munroe became a Christian during his teenage years, later attending Oral Roberts University (ORU) where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Education, and Theology in 1978 and a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa in 1980. Munroe was also the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from various schools of higher education and served as an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Theology at ORU.

PERSONAL LIFE
His wife, Ruth Munroe, served as co-pastor with him at BFMI. Together, the couple had two children, Myles, Jr. (known as Chairo), and a daughter, Charisa.

Christian ministry Following his graduation from the University of Tulsa, Munroe founded Bahamas Faith Ministries International in the early 1980s.

DEATH
Munroe and his wife were reportedly killed in a private plane crash during airport approach on 9 November 2014. Bahamian officials stated their aircraft struck a crane at a ship yard near Grand Bahama International Airport. Munroe and the other passengers were en route to Freeport, Grand Bahama for a conference. He died at the age of 60.

AWARDS AND HONOURS
1998: OBE for “services to religion”.
1998: Bahamian “Silver Jubilee Award” for service to the Bahamas in the area of “spiritual, social and religious development”.
2004: “Alumnus of the Year”, Oral Roberts University amongst others

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Munroe was the author and coauthor of numerous books and Biblical-related study guides as well as a featured speaker on motivational and Bible-study recordings. In addition, he was a contributing editor for various Bible editions including The Believer’s Topical Bible, The African Cultural Heritage Topical Bible, and was a contributing writer for Charisma Life Christian Magazine, and Ministries Today.

Myles Munroe on Relationship
Pass it On Kingdom Principles: Preparing for Kingdom Experience and Expansion
Rediscovering the Kingdom
The Most Important Person on Earth
Understanding Your Potential
Waiting and Dating
The Spirit of Leadership
The Principles and Power of Vision
Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer
Understanding the Purpose and Power of Women
Understanding the Purpose and Power of Men
God’s Big Idea
Overcoming The Crisis
Principles and Benefits of Change
Releasing Your Potential
Purpose and Power of Love and Marriage