About the film:
This Is Our Time, distributed by Pure Flix, follows the post-collegiate lives of five friends, connected by their strong belief in God, who all long to make a meaningful difference in the world. But when tragedy strikes the close-knit group, their friendship and their faith are tested in ways they never imagined.
What we thought:
The theme of This Is Our Time is beautiful. God's timing is perfect, even if we don't always understand it. I could relate to Ethan, the "odd man out", who graduated and began working in his family's sandwich shop, but didn't see some of his goals for life being immediately fulfilled.
After I graduated from college with my teaching degree, I found a job close to home. Teachers weren't in high demand, and up to 1000 teachers were applying for each teaching position available in the "big city." So, I came home and found a local position, which I loved.
I think my disappointment at that stage of my life is that most of my friends were already married or engaged. I had always longed to be married and help raise a family, but it would be another four years before God led me to my husband, Elmer. I didn't find myself getting all depressed when I didn't meet Mr. Right during college or right after college. I was fairly independent, and I wasn't a man-chaser...but it was still not what I expected my life to be like.
We married when we were both 27, which was considered fairly "old" in our area back then! By the time we were married, most of my friends had babies through preschoolers in their home.
I learned from this that God's timing is everything - it's perfect!
But back to This Is Our Time: the theme was inspiring even though the story was a little bit slow to unfold. I'm very thankful for family-friendly movies where the truths of God are plainly shared with the audience.
This Is Our Time is available nationwide at most Christian online and brick-and-mortar retail stores nationwide.
This Is Our Time has received The Dove Foundation’s Family Seal of Approval (earning the highest rating of five Doves) and is recommended for all ages. It also features appearances by Hollywood veterans Eric Roberts, Erik Estrada, and Dawn Wells.
Coinciding with the movie’s DVD release, Pure Flix is teaming with Family Christian Stores and other Christian retailers to award eight $2,500 college scholarships through registrations submitted through FamilyChristian.com and other websites representing more than 2,000 retail outlets nationwide. Participation eligibility and rules can be found at www.thisisourtimemovie.com.
Let's give away a new copy of the "This Is Our Time" DVD!
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We've come into the month of May, that delightful month where the countdown for summer begins! Both teacher and students are excited for what the summer will hold. We are ready!
But we still have about three weeks to go until we will officially "end" our school year.
While most public school students will turn in their textbooks despite having not completed most of their texts, my daughters will complete their textbooks and curricula in full, some by June 1st, and some through the summer in order to finish at a pace that meets their needs.
This was the first year that I made weekly lesson plans for all of the girls' school subjects. They have known all year that in order to "graduate" to the next grade level, they will need to finish their assignments through the end of their curricula and textbooks.
Why do I have them finish their books completely, even though public schooled students rarely finish a text?
Homeschool textbooks and curricula are designed to be used, modified, and adapted by the home educator to fit well for each family. Often, though, if curricula is used in a series, as in Math-U-See being used from kindergarten through Calculus, it would be a hindrance for the student to not complete the previous text.
Public schooled textbooks are generally written so that the first couple of months are a review from the prior school year.
Homeschooled texts aren't generally written in that way.
I've found that homeschool moms regularly beat themselves up if their child doesn't finish a particular text or course of study to completion. Since I was a teacher in the public schools before becoming a mother, I know first-hand that the schools at which I attended and taught did not require any of our textbooks to be used in full during the school year.
So here's my word of encouragement to those of you who are educating your children at home:
Give yourself a break.
Please! And lose the guilt! Just give it away to some unsuspecting customer. ☺
If your children are able to complete their curricula for the school year at home, wonderful. And if they are not going to be able to finish it without stringent focus during the summer, that's okay, too.
I'm not suggesting that families slack off and just lackadaisically meander through the school year with no purpose, no planning, and no learning taking place.
If you and your children are diligent and they learn a lot throughout the school year, but they haven't finished the last chapter or two of their text, take a close look.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. Is this last bit of material imperative to my child being successful in their next grade level of curricula?
2. Is the material either too difficult or too easy for my child? If so, maybe some modifications need to be made, or your child might need a summer off to mature and then finish the material when school begins again in autumn.
3. Is my child being lazy with his studies, or just needing something different that will better meet his learning style?
Now...it's time to plan some end-of-year fun activities for my girls! How do you handle curricula that might not be completely finished by the time summer rolls around for your family?
Slick, big-city sports agent Rob Decker has it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of life—and the faith of the people—stands in stark contrast to his own fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life?
Sometimes the next big thing isn't what you expect.
Starring Ryan Scharoun and Ashley Anderson McCarthy, Ring the Bell features Christian music artists Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West, along with baseball legends Rick Sutcliffe, John Kruk, and Ben Zobrist.
We just really enJOY having the opportunity to view and let you know about new family-friendly, Christian DVDs that are coming out for families to watch!
Like some other movies, the story line was fun but a bit predictable. That didn't take away from the joy of seeing people grow in their faith in Jesus Christ. This movie definitely had an evangelical message, and we felt it was quite touching!
The acting was decent, although sports agent Rob Decker is pretty annoying for much of the movie. Thankfully, the Lord changes hearts!
You'll see some famous names in this movie, as were mentioned already.
Want to have a chance to win a copy of this new DVD for yourself?
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