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How A Muslim Became A Christian

The Story of ISik Abla Part I


      We’re going to venture into the life of a woman who was born and raised in the Muslim faith and dreamed of being a suicide bomber one day. One wonders how any human being could entertain such thoughts, but for a radical Muslim that was normal. And she said one of her goals was to wipe Israel from the face of the earth. What could possibly have the power to change her belief system? When she found the love of Jesus, everything changed.
    ISik grew up in Turkey during civil war years. The landscape was filled with bombing, gunfire, and killing. She lived right next to a terrorist training center and remembers seeing machine guns and explosives in action even at the age of four and five. She says she developed PTSD at an early age. On top of that, she was beaten and molested by a family relative. Through the years into adulthood she experienced much physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
    In order to escape the maltreatment, she married, but she reports that her married life was actually much worse. Her husband constantly beat her but she felt he was doing the right thing as a Muslim man; he was only disciplining her into becoming a better Muslim woman. At least that was the rationale according to the Koran.
    Many in the West have been led to believe that Islam is a peace loving religion. Here is ISik’s response to that: “Who ever says that has an Anti-Christ spirit . . . Anyone who says that needs to show me one Muslim country in the world that has peace. This is a very fake and deceptive statement.”
    ISik’s first step to freedom was education. She went to school, graduated well, took a good job and made plans to come to America. She managed to divorce her husband which was a miracle in itself, and then tried to begin a new life here in the U.S.
    Everything pointed to a new hope for the future. The problem was, ISik had become stuck in an “abuse-mind-set”. That pattern of abusers being attracted to victims led her to pair up with a man who mistreated her and was involved in drugs. She lived a wild and crazy lifestyle and went through another horrible marriage. She lived each day hoping to die which led her to actually plan her own suicide.     
    Wouldn’t Allah be angry with ISik for taking her own life? She agreed but said he was displeased with her and hated her anyway. There was no way for her to win his approval; she had no comfort from her Muslim god. She said, “Allah has disowned me. It would be better for me to kill myself.”
    Ironically, she had begun to attend Bible studies at her workplace. She did it to please her boss and secure her job. But there she learned about the God of the Bible who was so different from Allah. For example, the adulterous woman in John, chapter eight deserved to be stoned for her sin. That’s what Sharia Law would have prescribed as well. But Jesus didn’t condemn her; He gave her another chance. ISik said the love of Christ pierced her heart through that story. Even so, she could never become a Christian. They were infidels and were destined for hell.

I Dreamed Freedom (Book) is ISik’s powerful story of deliverance from a life of domestic abuse. Her newfound relationship with Jesus led her out of a cultural prison into a life filled with the Spirit, the miraculous and God’s unmistakable joy.

Joy & The Impossible (3-CD Set) by ISIK ABLA is a walking testimony that God desires all His children to experience the Heaven kind of joy, the kind that comes

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     The morning before she was to carry out her suicide plan, she woke up and saw her two year old daughter in her bed. A voice said to her, “Anyone can be a better mother than you . . . life is not worth living.” She believed the voice, took her daughter to day care, and began finalizing her plans.
    She got to work and went into the restroom to cry. She asked God, “Why do you hate me so much? Why have you abandoned and forsaken me? What have I done so bad?” She tried to have this closure moment with God, but then cleaned herself up and went back to work.
    How would ISik attempt to carry out her plan? Join us next week as we share her miraculous encounter with God.



How A Muslim Became A Christian

The Story of ISik Abla Part II


     Last week we shared the tumultuous story of a Muslim woman named ISik Abla. She had been hoping for a better life after shedding her homeland in Turkey for a new life in America. But things did not improve and she felt her life was worthless. So she began planning to commit suicide; she was truly without hope. Then the most amazing thing happened. God intercepted her plans.
    ISik had been crying in the bathroom at work and pouring out her heart to God. But having no answers, she cleaned herself up and went back to her desk. Soon afterward, her boss called her into his office. He said he wanted to tell her something in a way he’d never done before. He said, “I feel in my spirit that Jesus knows what you’re about to do. He wants me to tell you, you are not forsaken and abandoned. He has been with you since you were born. When you were molested . . . when you were kicked like a dog on the floor . . . when a knife was put on your throat, He was by your side. He was interceding for you, that one day you would turn to Him. And now I want to ask you, would you like to receive Him as your Lord and Savior?”
    ISik said she experienced the presence of God for the first time in her life. He was real and He was hugging her. It was a miraculous encounter with Jesus. Following that, He began to do great things in her life. He sent people her way to help her grow in her faith.
    For example, one day out of the blue, a man reached out to her. He said his church had been praying for her. He and his wife wanted to invite her to their home for Bible study and discipleship training. She could hear the authority in his voice and felt this was God at work. But she explained she couldn’t make the trip because she didn’t have enough money for gas. He stopped right there and prayed for her. He told her God would provide the fuel. But if she did break down along the way, he would come and get her. ISik acted on God given courage. She made the five hour journey that began on “empty”, and arrived safely at their home.
    Once there, they settled into a conversation that was completely God-led. Before long, the man started speaking to her in tongues. He told many personal things including the sins that remained in her life. He listed them in detail. He told her she needed to surrender to a life of holiness; it was time to take God seriously. How could she possibly understand what he was saying? He spoke to her in her mother tongue: perfect Turkish! The Spirit had enabled him to speak this foreign language.
    ISik complied with God. She said, “I was transformed completely and all the lies and deception of Islam left me. I felt like tons of demons left me in that moment.” Her life was never again the same. Soon, she joined a “Spirit-filled” church. She was hungry for more of the power of God. During a service, there was an invitation for anyone who wished, to come forward and receive the Holy Spirit. She rushed to the altar because she wanted to receive everything God had for her. That day she was filled with the power of God’s Spirit. Now she could overcome her worldly mold as well as meet the challenges of a new life and ministry in Christ.

I Dreamed Freedom (Book) is ISik’s powerful story of deliverance from a life of domestic abuse. Her newfound relationship with Jesus led her out of a cultural prison into a life filled with the Spirit, the miraculous and God’s unmistakable joy.

Joy & The Impossible (3-CD Set) by ISIK ABLA is a walking testimony that God desires all His children to experience the Heaven kind of joy, the kind that comes

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     Herein is the story of ISik Abla, a Muslim woman who became a born-again, Holy Spirit filled Christian, completely changed by the power of God. Today, she widely shares her life story and her faith in Jesus. She has six million followers on Facebook alone, most of whom are Muslims. The Muslim women, especially, are very much able to relate to ISik because of her experiences and her background. Through her ministry she is leading Muslims to Christ in great numbers.
    What ever your background and what ever you may be facing in your life, you must know this: we serve a mighty and awesome God, and through Him, all things are possible. Will you reach out to Him today? For more information about how to become a Christian, visit: https://www.kathyveer.com/become-a-christian.html



Billy Graham Reaches Out

To Songwriter Stuart Hamblen


      Jesus said, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people,” (Mark 6:15; GNT). Billy Graham reached millions because his entire life was about spreading this Good News. And there are so many testimonies from people who were touched by his ministry. One such person was Stuart Hamblen, a song writer who had his start in 1931 when he hosted his very first radio show called Family Album.
    Hamblen was a native Texan but later moved to California to further his career.
As a singing cowboy he composed and recorded songs like This Ole House. Another one of Hamblen’s few but popular secular songs was (Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You recorded by Ernest Tubb, Jimmy Dean, Red Foley, and others. Then in 1965  Dean Martin recorded it and it became a gold record.
    Hamblen also composed music for motion pictures and worked as an actor with cowboy stars like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and John Wayne. He was quite a success back in the day; however, his personal life–not so much. His drinking and gambling habits were quite destructive. He was often arrested and jailed for drunkenness and fighting. Luckily for him, his radio sponsors always bailed him out.
    After years of struggling with alcohol, Hamblen went to a Billy Graham crusade in 1949 and at the invitation he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. Soon afterward Stuart wrote Open Up Your Heart And Let the Sunshine In. He had quite the life change. He gave up gambling and horse racing and drinking. As he continued in his job as disc jockey, he refused to run commercials promoting alcohol; he was fired from his position because of it and his show was cancelled. But that was O.K. with him. He entered Christian broadcasting instead with his new radio show called The Cowboy Church of the Air.

Stuart Hamblen began his career as a radio performer and was a member of the orginal Beverly Hillbillies. After seeing Billy Graham in 1949, Stuart Hamblen devoted his life to Christ and changed the tone of his career. He began his radio show “The Cowboy Church in the Air” and it was syndicated across the country.
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     One day Stuart ran into John Wayne. They were out somewhere when John offered Stuart a drink but he refused saying, “It is no secret what God can do”. That incident inspired him to write a song with that same title. The song became very famous and touched a lot of people.
     It goes without saying that Billy Graham’s outreach had a profound, life changing effect on Stuart Hamblen. But Hamblen had a pivotal effect on Graham’s ministry as well. Graham called Hamblen’s conversion “the turning point” in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Before Hamblen had publicly accepted Christ, Graham’s crowds were rather small. But in time, Hamblen came forward and helped draw huge crowds for Graham’s crusades. How was that?
     You see Hamblen was considered to be the number one radio personality in Los Angeles in those days. One evening, when Billy Graham was doing his very first coast-to-coast television broadcast, Hamblen shared about his faith and sang his signature song, It Is No Secret (What God Can Do). That was the start of something big for Graham’s services. Having someone famous on the platform caused larger turnouts.
     In 1952, Hamblen ran for President of the United States under the Prohibition Party and came in fourth place to Dwight Eisenhower. Later, in 1970, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was presented the ACM Pioneer Award in 1972, and the Gene Autry Golden Boot Award in 1988. In 1994, he posthumously received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. He was inducted into other halls of fame: 1994 the Gospel Music Hall of Fame; 1999 the Western Music Hall of Fame; 2001 the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
     Stuart Hamblen died March 8, 1989, in Santa Monica, California and Billy Graham gave the eulogy at his funeral in Los Angeles. The good news is, Stuart Hamblen was born-again in 1949. Because of that his life dramatically changed and then he went home to be with Jesus.
     Through Billy Graham, Hamblen’s life was impacted by God for all eternity.  You, too, can impact the lives of those around you. How so? Share Jesus with someone today!




The Power Of God

Jose Henriquez and the
Chilean Miners

     There was a story that riveted the news back on August, 5, 2010. Located in Copiapo, Chile, a group of 33 minors had gone to work this one particular day, just like they usually did. Their job was to retrieve the gold and copper infused rocks below.
    As they descended the 2300 feet to reach their work area they did not expect anything out of the ordinary, although they always knew the job carried risks. Then the unthinkable happened. Seven hundred feet below the surface, some rock became dislodged and fell and the mine shaft collapsed.
    Jose Henriquez was one of those miners. Thank God he was a member of the crew, because even within the first few hours after the collapse, he rose up and took leadership over the situation. He wasn’t acting in his own strength, however. It was the power of God that led him to take on the role of Pastor among the men.
    The rescuers quickly arrived on the scene and began to drill down through the surface in an attempt to find the trapped workers. Jose said, “The most difficult moment was the first day when the drill missed. We heard it coming, but it missed us and our spirits crashed, thinking that they would give us up for dead since we couldn’t tell them we were alive.” Trying to find them was like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
    So the men continued to exist in the “apartment sized” space they were in. Furthermore, they had very little food or water and the temperature held steady at roughly 94F.
    Several attempts were made as the rescue team drilled down at various locations but there were many setbacks. Several cave-ins blocked their progress. About 17 days later, a probe finally reached the miners and that opened communication channels. The men sent a note up in red ink that read, “We are fine in the shelter, the 33 of us.” The shaft soon became used to send food and water to the distraught crew.
    Progress was slow and the Plan A drilling techniques were not working so they went to Plan B. They employed a larger drill bit used mostly for boring out water holes. Almost a month had passed and the men were losing morale. Jose said, “When we felt we had lost everything, I was able to say to them we haven’t lost prayer. We began by praying. We formed a circle of prayer and twice a day we would have prayer services where each one could pray and open his heart up, and then I would preach the word of God to them.”
    As this new rescue plan went forward, it was said that the hand of God guided the drill bit. “That was the miracle that geologists and scientists generally acknowledged,” many said. Others said, “It was a great answer to prayer. Even non-believers very generously said something strange happened there.”
    The crew spent more than two months underground. Henriquez said that two thirds of the men became Christians during that time. “A week before we came up I asked for the help of a pastor above ground through a video link to help me in this,“ said Jose. “He preached to them and gave them the opportunity to decide for Christ. I’m glad to say that 22 of the miners made a clear decision for the Lord Jesus Christ, inviting him into their lives.”

On October 13, 2010, millions of television viewers on five continents literally stopped everything to watch the amazing rescue of 33 men trapped underground in the mine of San José de Copiapó in northern Chile . . . Read about how one man took on the responsibility of encouraging the others and used the tragedy as an opportunity to share his faith.

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     On the 69th day, a capsule was lowered and the miners were able to escape, one by one. Many fell to their knees in thankfulness when they finally saw the light of day.
    The power of God had definitely been at work to save 33 men from an otherwise hopeless situation. It was a true miracle that changed the life of the minors forever, and it changed the world too. Today, Jose Henriquez serves as guest speaker on many Christian platforms. His message is simple: faith in God can overcome anything.
    Have you trusted God in your life. He’s there for you if you will just call upon Him! For more information about how to become a Christian, visit: https://www.kathyveer.com/become-a-christian.html





Life-Changer Part I

Jesus Christ

     This is Easter. While the world gathers bunnies and chocolates, Christians worship the King of kings because of who he is and because of the great things He has done. Of course the skeptics balk and say there is no God. They say Jesus was just a good man whom some people followed. Yet millions have continued to follow Him to this very day.
    While our blog posts have consistently been about how God changes lives, we thought that we would share some facts and evidences regarding the Life-Changer, Jesus Christ.
    Furthermore, we wanted to narrow the conversation to the cornerstone of the Christian faith: the resurrection. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, then Christianity is just a powerless, religious system. But if He did rise, and if He does indeed live, then Christianity is true and it will stand for eternity.
    What are some evidences that show the resurrection of Christ actually happened?
First, it was prophesied. Consider the following:
      “He was buried like a criminal, but in a rich man’s grave; but he had done no wrong and had never spoken an evil word. [God said:] But it was the Lord’s good plan to bruise him [Jesus] and fill him with grief. However, when his soul has been made an offering for sin, then he shall have a multitude of children, many heirs. He shall live again, and God’s program shall prosper in his hands. And when he sees all that is accomplished by the anguish of his soul, he shall be satisfied; and because of what he has experienced, my righteous Servant shall make many to be counted righteous before God, for he shall bear all their sins. Therefore, I will give him the honors of one who is mighty and great because he has poured out his soul unto death. He was counted as a sinner, and he bore the sins of many, and he pled with God for sinners,” (Isaiah 53:9-12; TLB).
    Second, Jesus Himself predicted His own crucifixion and resurrection. No other religious leader has made the claim that they would die and rise from the dead three days later:
    “From then on Jesus began to speak plainly to his disciples about going to Jerusalem, and what would happen to him there-that he would suffer at the hands of the Jewish leaders, that he would be killed, and that three days later he would be raised to life again.” (Matthew 16:21; TLB).
    Third point: the grave could not hold Jesus. “But God, following his prearranged plan, let you use the Roman government to nail him to the cross and murder him. Then God released him from the horrors of death and brought him back to life again, for death could not keep this man within its grip,” (Acts 2:23, 24; TLB).
    Fourth: the tomb was empty on the third day. This is a historical fact. “But very early on Sunday morning they took the ointments to the tomb–and found that the huge stone covering the entrance had been rolled aside. So they went in-but the Lord Jesus’ body was gone,” (Luke 24:1-3; TLB).
    Fifth, there were eye witnesses who saw Jesus after He was risen. He appeared to many people and groups large and small during his 40 days on earth before He ascended up into heaven. (See I Corinthians 15:6.)
    Sixth, the disciples’ lives were changed because of Jesus. Each one had a complete turn around from their old ways to a new life in Christ. In fact, almost all of the disciples sacrificed their lives for His cause. Some were crucified, one was beheaded, and others died in horrific ways. They wouldn’t have martyred themselves if Jesus wasn’t real.
    Seventh, millions have worshiped Jesus over the last 2000 years. And as His followers, the lives of millions of people have been changed. “Jesus told him, ‘I am the Way-yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me,’” (John 14:6; TLB).


     Are you tired of religion? Are you looking for the real God? Turn to Jesus Christ. He can see your heart. If you are sincerely seeking Him, He will not turn you away. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins; ask Him to come into your heart; tell Him you’ll give your life to Him from this moment forward. If you do these things He will hear you and answer your prayer. For more information about how to become a Christian, visit: https://kathyveer.com/become-a-christian/

    Read our conclusion next week as we present the most popular arguments against the resurrection of Christ and how these attacks have been defeated!


Life-Changer Part II

Jesus Christ


     Last week we shared about the person of Jesus Christ. We discussed the prophecies about Him as well as who He said He was.
    Today we present FIVE REASONS to believe the resurrection of Christ is factual, based on evidence and logic.
    1. Some say the resurrection of Christ is a myth. This is false. There are specific criteria that qualifies an event as a myth.
        a. The Bible states the resurrection actually happened. It was described as fact and never as a myth. There were no embellishments to the story.
        b. The church began and was spread in the same region Christ was crucified. If His resurrection was a myth, the eye witnesses in the area would have refuted it.
    2. Some say the witnesses to the resurrection were hallucinating. This is false.
        a. Most people who hallucinate are mentally ill (or abuse drugs). Furthermore, these disillusioned people would have a history of such behavior. Those seeking to refute the resurrection would have pointed out such unreliable sources.
        b. It’s not realistic to find several people with the exact same hallucination.
        c. There were hundreds of people who saw Jesus with their own eyes during the 40 days He spent on earth before He ascended into heaven.
        d. Where was the body of Jesus if people only imagined He arose?
        e. Why did the guards report the body missing? They were in deep trouble because of it. It was their job to secure the body.
    3. Some say Jesus was buried in a different tomb. This is false.
        a. The women were just at Jesus’ tomb 36 hours earlier. They would have known which one it was, especially since the sun was up to light the way.
        b. Also, the tomb they went to was empty and the grave clothes were left behind. They told this to the Roman guards who said these facts were true.
    4. Some say Jesus’ body was stolen. This is false.
        a. The guards faced execution for the disappearance of Jesus’ body and guarded the tomb with their very lives.
        b. If the disciples had stolen the body the guards would have arrested them.
        c. What possible motive would anyone have had to steal the body? The steps taken to guard the body were elaborate.
        d. How could the guards have slept through the moving of a two-ton stone?
    5. Some say Jesus didn’t really die but rather fainted (or swooned). This is false.
        a. This “swoon theory” tries to explain that the spear missed Jesus’ heart and hit a vein. It was believed that the loss of blood would help the body to heal. Then Jesus could have walked around for 40 days and then disappeared and died, never to be found. We know that Jesus appeared to hundreds of people after His resurrection. No one ever said He was sick and dying yet He had been beaten and crucified. Just the opposite. He ate and celebrated with them.
        b. It is an absolute medical fact that when the serum (water) separates from the blood, death has occurred. It was reported that after the crucifixion, a spear was thrust into Jesus’ side at which point water and blood poured out of the wound.


    In conclusion, there are no solid reasons to believe Jesus has not risen. Those who purport any of these theories are grasping at straws in hopes of refuting the very cornerstone of Christianity. Some people don’t want to believe in the resurrection because they don’t want to submit their lives to the Lord, Jesus Christ.
    Where do you fit into the equation? Yes, Jesus wants your whole heart; He wants to you to give your entire life to Him. But what He offers in return is far greater than anything you could ever plan or imagine. Most of all, He loves you and He seeks your trust in return. Will you say “yes” to the Life-Changer today? For more information about how to become a Christian, visit: https://kathyveer.com/become-a-christian/


The Goffather Of Shock Rock

Alice Cooper

    Does the name Alice Cooper ring a bell? He caught the world’s attention back in 1971 with his nationally acclaimed album, Love It to Death. One of his biggest hits came out the following year called, School’s Out (For the Summer).
    He was known for outrageous live performances that included snakes, guillotines, and electric chairs. It was even said that he killed a live chicken during a concert, but apparently that was an exaggerated rumor according to the band’s bassist, Dennis Dunnaway.
    Alice Cooper’s real name was Vincent Damon Furnier. And who would ever guess that he was the son of a Pastor; his dad worked among the Apaches in Arizona. The whole family including Alice were involved in missions. In fact Alice’s grandfather was a minister as well.
    Like so many young people, Alice fell away from his faith and left his Christian upbringing behind. He delved into the world of singing, song-writing, and acting. In fact, he became know as the “Godfather of shock rock.”  The glamor of it all drew him far away from his religious roots.
    According to Guy Blackman in his 2007 article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Cooper is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and has been described as the artist who “first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre”.
    Equally shocking was Cooper’s lifestyle. He partied hardy with the best of them. “I was drinking with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and trying to keep up with Keith Moon and they all died at 27,” Cooper recalled. Cooper had made it into the big-times. He was rubbing shoulders with other rock stars and his career was a grand success. His personal life–not so much.
    In another interview, Cooper told CNSnews, “When you get out there and realize you’ve had every car, every house, and all that, you realize that that’s not the answer. There’s a big nothing out there at the end of that. So, materialism doesn’t mean anything . . .”
    By the time Cooper hit about thirty years old, he had seen and done everything. That’s when he had a major wake-up call. It started when he began to throw up blood every morning. He was a bad alcoholic and said everything in his system was shutting down. And it scared him that all his friends were dying off too. That’s when he knew he just had to get it together. That’s when he knew it was time to come back to God.
    Cooper ended up in the hospital because of his addiction. But God delivered him from it all. He said, “When I came out of the hospital, I kept waiting for the craving to come, and it never came. It was a miracle. I tell people I’m not a cured alcoholic, I’m a healed alcoholic. I never went to AA or anything like that, and I give all credit to God for that. Even the doctor said, `This is a miracle that you’re not falling back on alcohol every time there’s a stressful situation.’ So, it’s gone. It’s just gone.

   Problems can make you feel like God is far away, but they can also be the very things that bring you closer to him. Anchored In isn’t a book of Christian cliché’s or sweet stories to warm the heart but rather an authentic look at the hard parts of life.  It challenges us to stop running from and clinging to the past, and to grasp tightly to the only unshakable Anchor that is able to sustain our souls through the storms of life. That anchor is Jesus.

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    During his CNSnews interview, he also said, “A lot of people say that there’s a big God-sized hole in your heart. And when that’s filled, you’re really satisfied, and that’s where I am right now.”
    Alice Cooper lives with his wife, Sheryl, of 41 years. They are both Christians and have been faithful to each other throughout their marriage. Together, they attend Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
    Cooper has also continued his career, but with modifications. While he struggled with the idea of going forward with his music, his Pastor encouraged him. He said God gave Cooper the gifts he has and because of his unique position, he could reach out and share his faith with many.
    In an interview with Hasset Anteneh, Cooper explains how his stage persona as a villain exposes the dangers of evil. He terms himself “the prophet of doom,” saying, “Be careful! Satan is not a myth. Don’t sit around pretending like Satan is just a joke. I think my job is to warn about Satan.”




Guy Blackman (July 2, 2007). “Gig reviews: Alice Cooper”. Sydney Morning Herald.


I Can Only Imagine

Lead Singer for “MercyMe”
Bart Millard

    There’s a brand new movie out that reveals the story behind the incredible song we’ve all come to love by Bart Millard. Who would have guessed? Not me! I thought his song, I Can Only Imagine, was just the author’s glimpse into what it would be like to go to heaven. Oh, but there’s so much more to it!
    We take so many things for granted. We read books and hear music and just accept that some author, somewhere, put out a story or a song for the world to hear. And here we are, listening to it. But what about the author’s story?
    Growing up, Bart Millard was probably an ordinary boy. He was interested in sports and had creative leanings too. And like any young person, he wanted to discover his talents and bloom. But his home-life was far from ideal. Instead of being nurtured, Bart was troubled, disappointed, and hurt by his dysfunctional parents.
    Bart’s Father was especially mean to him. As their tumultuous relationship evolved, Bart was constantly adding to the resentments he had. But like most of us, he buried his feelings and went on with his life.
    In the depth of hopelessness, God has the power to reach into people’s lives and change their situations. He knows the end from the beginning. He even knows what we need before we ask. He is still the God who heals and restores. Psalms 23 says, “. . . he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul . . .” (Vs. 2, 3; NASB).
    In an interview with PEOPLE, Bart states, “I remember being nervous more than anything, because even though I had said yes to the movie, the idea of digging up stuff I’ve been trying to bury most of my life and then putting it up on a big screen–I wasn’t sure I was ready.”
    God graciously led Bart through grief counseling which also gave him the opportunity to work through his childhood traumas; God brought healing to his inner wounds. “If this had come out five years ago I don’t know if I would have been able to go through it,” he said. “I’m in a great place now but I never thought in a million years it would actually happen.”
    The movie is a story of forgiveness and of triumph. And it is very relatable. Although some people may be unwilling to walk in forgiveness, the film is sure to inspire many to see how God can work in our lives if we let Him.
    God has really been in this work from the song to the motion picture. The song alone has captivated millions. It became a cross-over hit making into secular charts including the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. The song finally went platinum in 2010; it was the first Christian song to get that far. Today it has gone platinum for a second time and is noted as the best selling Christian single of all time.

   MercyMe’s crossover hit, I Can Only Imagine, has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Go behind the scenes of Bart’s life–(See Book Below)–to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever.

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The movie, I Can Only Imagine, was released March 16, 2018. It is currently in theaters and will hopefully be available on DVD soon. Bart’s father is played by Dennis Quaid; there’s also a cameo appearance by Cloris Leachman. The film has become a box office hit and rightly so. The production is very well done and very inspiring. It’s yet another example of how God can miraculously change a life. If you haven’t seen this movie you need to. You will be blessed.




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Dennis Quaid


     Speaking of Dennis Quaid, he did an awesome job playing the role of Bart Millard’s abusive drunken father in the just released movie, I Can Only Imagine. In an interview with BeliefNet, he said, “I hated the character early in the film but an actor does his job if he brings an emotional response from the audience.”
    Quaid has played a multitude of dramatic and comedic roles, starring in 69 films and several television programs from the series Baretta in 1977 to Fortitude in 2017.  He started out in 1975 but first became recognized in 1979 when he played in the film, Breaking Away. Then in 1983, his role in the movie, The Right Stuff, really propelled him forward.  He also achieved acclaim for his 1998 portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire.
    On a more personal note, Dennis William Quaid is a native of Houston, Texas. He was born in 1954. He was raised in the Baptist faith, studied drama in high school and went to the University of Houston for a short time but dropped out to pursue his acting career.
    Typical of the lifestyles of actors and entertainers, Dennis was snagged by substance abuse in the 1980s; he wrestled with a cocaine addiction. He said, “I saw myself probably being dead in about five years so I had to quit.”  On top of that, he found himself struggling with anorexia nervosa. It happened because of his role as the tuberculosis-afflicted Doc Holiday in the movie Wyatt Earp. Dennis had to lose 40 pounds to play the part; the weight loss was a great detriment to his health.
    In addition to acting, Quaid is a musician and plays with his band, the Sharks. He wrote and performed the song, Closer to You, in the film The Big Easy (1987). Most recently he wrote the song, On My Way To Heaven, which he sang in his current movie, I can only imagine. He said, “I wrote it for my mom because my mom has always been there for me. Her faith is unquestionable, so solid. So I wrote it for her, but I guess it’s really my story.”
    After a couple of failed marriages, Quaid married Texas real-estate agent and Christian, Kimberly Buffington, in 2004. She gave birth to twins in 2007. When the infants were ten days old, the hospital staff mistakenly gave them a dosage of heparin 1,000 times greater than recommended.
    The newborns did recover but the Quaids filed a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer claiming that the packaging for the two doses of heparin are too similar. As a result Dennis become a patient-safety advocate, producing a series of documentaries on preventable medical errors that aired on the Discovery Channel.
    For the past 20 years, Dennis has continued to spread awareness and advocate for the medical needs of children. He said, “We identify children who need medical attention and operations they can’t get in their own country and we bring that to the United States and get doctors to donate surgical time, and hospitals to donate rooms, to get them back to health. My philosophy is, you save one child at a time. Jesus himself said, ‘You will always have your poor and downtrodden,’ but that didn’t stop him, so I say keep on doing it. We’ll just have to keep putting one step in front of the other.”
    Dennis lent his name to the annual Dennis Quaid Charity Weekend Golf Tournament in Austin, Texas from 2002 till 2007. It attracted many celebrities who contributed to local children’s charities. He’s worked with the International Hospital for Children in New Orleans, and has made several trips to Central America in the 1990’s to help build medical clinics and transport sick children back to the U.S. for treatment they cannot get locally.

   MercyMe’s crossover hit, I Can Only Imagine, has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Go behind the scenes of Bart’s life–(See Movie Below)–to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever.

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     Dennis told BeliefNet: “I want [children] to know about Jesus and Jesus’ life, why Jesus came here, and why he was on earth. He came here and died for our sins. He came here to teach us how to live. He’s an example to all of us, but no matter how hard we try, even the best of us Christians, can’t come close. We fall short of living our life in that perfect way that he did. But it’s all about keeping your eye on that.”
    From a quiet Texas town to the world of drugs, alcohol, sex and madness, Dennis Quaid has seen it all. But when he accepted Jesus as his Savior everything changed. That’s what Jesus does, He changes lives. Dennis Quaid would probably be quick to agree.



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Matthew 16: 26, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but
lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”