HOLLYWOOD CHRISTIANS?

Denzel-WashingtonGod is at work in Hollywood among the believers often seen in movies globally. So encouraging to know many hold on to God although obviously having good success in their life and careers. This is good news some attribute success to God in appreciation of God-given talents and abilities. In addition God, specifically makes way for others to receive the Gospel Message by a set of miracle events. It is good such inspiring testimonies encourage aspiring stars acting on stage to be motivated in films to credit God for achievements. There are real living testimonies found in so many Hollywood roles played by Denzel in some films portraying his faith like the Book of Eli. The LORD God Almighty desires people from all walks of life to belong to His Kingdom. The Word of God is designed for rich and famous, nobles, captains, kings, queens, entrepreneurs, businessess, whosoever wills, including poor people. God has a Biblical way of using servants, nannies, housemaids, gardeners among others to reach their master’s ears to be healed or saved and delivered. According to the plans and purposes of God people need God no matter their status, power, position, station or calling in life. And so helps to know that God loves all people.1397016946-0e8d35b48184070e00cc39588d5675d1

Many believers genuinely love God in the film industry and also contribute greatly to cinematography. Produce numerous films to enhance and highlight texts in the Bible in line with the Word of God in context. This enables the audio-visual presentation of Word of God to help the Body of Christ. Others boldly share their testimony to declare their faith and the marvellous works of God, sometimes it cost jobs, employment opportunity. The Christian women are not ashamed to share their faith in Jesus openly, despite the stigma in Hollywood. Many express their belief in God openly crediting God for making a way for them to be in their working roles in Hollywood. These are famous people who understand that life without God is meaningless. Therefore protect their hearts with the word of God daily for strength to carry on and face many challenges of life. Just like anyone else even Hollywood’s rich and famous must overcome practical issues in life. Jesus died to save all people including the Hollywood these mega superstars in the wonderful Name of Christ Jesus. ChristianWomen__2_There are many more Christian believers in Hollywood including another person well known worldwide. He is Stephen Baldwin’s family salvation is a miracle, his body representing different stages of his life has scripture John 3:30, on the back of his neck shortened to 3.30 “I must decrease so He may increase,” referring to humility required in Christ.   The youngest sibling of Baldwin acting clan accepted Jesus in the aftermath of 9/11. But the wake-up call came after a Brazilian nanny was singing about Jesus in Portuguese to Baldwin’s baby in front of Stephen’s Brazilian wife, Kennya. “A hired lady from Brazil named Augusta, in the whole first week she’s working was singing in Portuguese she spoke with his wife Baldwin told CBN. Kennya suddenly realized whom the nanny was singing about. She went to Stephen and said, “Do you hear what she’s singing about?  She’s singing about Jesus.”
After overhearing singing few more days her curiosity could not be contained and she approached the nanny directly. “I noticed your singing, and I’m wondering why every song is about Jesus?” Kennya was taken aback when Augusta burst out laughing. “What’s so funny?” she asked. “Quite frankly, I think it is a little bit funny you think only here to clean your house.” To Kennya’s amazement, she explained through a prophetic word, she was told that if she went to live with the Baldwins, Stephen and Kennya would one day come to faith in Jesus Christ and be involved in ministry. “She goes on to tell his wife, before she had accepted the job, she prayed with her pastor and some church members in Brazil. I haven’t told this part of the story a lot. She had a dream and saw me, saw my wife and saw my first daughter Aliya.

Baldwin was not impressed or moved about what appeared to him at the time to be religious gibberish. “Did not faze me for a second,” he said. Raised Roman Catholic up until 11 or 12. Didn’t stick. Went out into the world and did my own thing. Among his “own things” were roles in Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Posse (1993), Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), Threesome(1994), The Usual Suspects (1995), Bio-Dome(1996), Fled (1996), The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Fred Claus (2007) The Flyboys  (2008). In addition as award-winning actor became a producer and an author. So Kennya was first one in the family to receive Jesus. After spending much time talking about Jesus with Augusta Kennya attended a Brazilian church in New York City, seeking answers and learning more about Him. As time went on, Stephen became curious, felt drawn to God began asking questions. Then 9/11 struck.

Hailey Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Aliya Baldwin, Kennya Baldwin. “September 11th kind of freaked me out,” Baldwin recounted. “I said, ‘Hey, what’s this all about? My wife’s a Jesus freak. Maybe it’s time I begin thinking about this faith thing.’ Pursued it, became born again, accepted the Lord, baptized in water. At first, his faith appeared somewhat unconventional. “I did the little Stevie-B kind of bungee-jumping, sky-diving psycho version,” he said in The Blaze. “And I made covenant with God, I said okay, I’m an adrenaline junky kind of guy so challenged God to give an experience greater than anything experienced thus far, in a deal I brokered a deal with God.” Half of the nanny’s prophecy was fulfilled but other half was for the actor to get involved in ministry. “I was too busy running around doing my thing.” Right from the start, testified loudly about Jesus perhaps too strongly for some in his immediate circle. The Blaze quoted him saying at first he was “probably a little too much blowtorch.” “When you go on the news, or CNN, and you are excited, you do not realize on the beginning of Christian journey people are going to have a perception now,” he said. “And I did not really care, and does not care, and has no regrets. But I didn’t realize.”He wound up losing gigs.

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Then, Mark Burnett’s Bible series hit the History Channel in 2013, and Hollywood woke up to the earnings potential of faith-based movies and Christian films came out. Baldwin was perfectly poised to join trend and starred in 2013 movie “I am in Love With a Church Girl.” In 2004, he directed the Christian theme skate boarding film called Livin’ It to share the gospel with kids in a skateboarding and stunt biking culture, in which Baldwin himself is very much involved. His 40-minute documentary features extreme sports athletes, is the footage of street outreach, and moving stories of God’s miracles told by 11 top “hardcore sports” athletes. Baldwin said Jesus Christ has given him peace and made him a better father and husband. “And I couldn’t do that unless I had some understanding of God’s will for me,” said Baldwin, who is now 50. Again, I only has understanding because I know what it’s based on, which is the Bible and I read it every day.”  Now we’re in a particular time in the world’s history where it is time people stand up for Jesus, people get more aggressive and radical how they communicate with our culture about Jesus,” he said. “My point is simply this: I believe I have a calling. Do you know what that calling is? To stand up in a new and hard-core, radical way for the Lord. In the process, if I insult a couple of people, if I offend a couple of people, and if I got to shake it up a little bit, as long as it is led by the Holy Spirit, amen.”

kevin-hartKevin Hart’s mother was going to help him with rent to kick-start his comedy career, but when the due date passed he called his mom and all she said was: “Have you been reading your Bible?” A week later it was the same thing: “When you read your bible, then we’ll talk about your rent.” Annoyed at his “over-religious” mom but desperate about eviction note on his door, Kevin grudgingly sat down and opened the Good Book Bible.

eniko-parrish-8-141“I go home and say, ‘Man let me open this Bible up,’” Hart explained to Oprah Winfrey. “Open the Bible up, six rent checks fell out. She put all my rent checks in the Bible.” Score one for mom and the Lord! Hart the self-spoofing star of Real Husbands of Hollywood, doesn’t need Mom’s rent money anymore. He’s enjoyed a steady stream of movie roles starting with Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 the next year,Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005) and Little Fockers(2010). He ranked as the highest paid comedian by Forbes, valued at $87.5 million. In his latest gig, a quixotic Hart fails hilariously in constant attempt to climb Hollywood   social ladder. While not overly vocal about Christianity, Hart is believed to hold the values of his mother, even if he pokes fun at her zeal in comedy routines.

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Dedicated to Christianity, Hart uses his whole family’s faith as a frequent topic in his stand-up. He doesn’t make fun of Christianity itself, but he does make fun of how people can be hypocritical with religion as a drug addict Jesus-loving cousin  according to Hollowverse. On that same day when the checks tumbled out of his Bible, Jesus tumbled out too. Hart was born in Philadelphia in 1979 to a cocaine-addicted father who was in jail more than he was in Hart’s life. As a teen growing up in a harsh reality, Hart resorts to humour as coping mechanism. His love for slapstick eventually won several amateur comedy competitions on the East Coast until landed recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. Jump to the rest of the story.

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Reblogged from MustardSeed Ministry

Hasset Anteneh studies at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in West Los Angeles.

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