A Modern Day Fairy Tale: A Lesson in Loving Your Neighbors {An All Saints Fandango Giveaway}

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Lesson in Loving Your Neighbors {An All Saints Fandango Giveaway}

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“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)

Loving your neighbor. As Christians we talk about this a lot, after all Jesus said in the scripture above... there is NO greater commandment. But what does that really mean? For many when we think about 'loving our neighbors', we think about those working on the mission fields. We support these missions with our time and our finances to support missionaries all around the world... but what about the needs right in our own backyards? Often times it seems those needs are forgotten about... we think to make a difference it has to be grand, but forget that we can reach people in our own community. We forget to show love to our literal neighbors.

Today I'm sharing with you a movie based on a true story that is truly an ideal example of what it is to love your neighbors, All Saints. Check it out:





ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

After trading in his corporate sales career to become a pastor, Michael’s first assignment is All Saints, a quaint country church with a dozen members. It comes with a catch: he has to close the church doors for good and sell the prime piece of land on which it sits. While developers eagerly eye the property and the congregation mourns the inevitable, Michael and his family look forward to moving on to an established church where they can put down roots.

But when the church hesitantly begins welcoming Karen (kuh-REN) refugees from Burma—former farmers striving for a fresh start in America—Michael feels called to an improbable new mission. Toiling alongside the Karen people, the congregation attempts to turn their fertile land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills and feed its newest people.

Jeopardizing his family’s future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do—close the church and sell the property—or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community.



I love a movie with a good message, don't you? It seems these days those types of movies are getting harder and harder to find. Yet the way I see it, this one has two very big, very important messages. First of all, it goes back to loving your neighbors. One complaint we so often hear about churches is that they are unwelcoming. I'll be honest, I've had that experience in previous churches I tried to attend. You're made to feel like an outsider, and that you really don't belong. All this talk of growing the church and spreading God's word, but the reality is many seem to be content with the same group and no one else. The complete opposite of what the Bible calls us to be. When you find one that truly DOES welcome all, that's when you know you've found a good one. And that is just what this little church in the movie does. They showed love to their neighbors by opening their doors to those who needed it most- refugees from Burma.

As if that lesson weren't great enough there is also the lesson of God's plans. As I was reading the synopsis of this movie, and watching some clips, a very famous Bible story came to mind for me. Perhaps it did for you too. Do you know who that was? Noah. Noah- like many people throughout the Bible, was called to accomplish an astonishing task--- to build an ark. There was no rain, and people surely thought he was crazy, it would have been easier to just quit and shut the whole thing down, but he followed God's calling...and well, you know the rest. I see this same attitude in this story.

This is one movie that I for one cannot wait to see! All Saints will be in theaters August 25, 2017.

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7 comments:

  1. It sounds like a good movie.

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  2. my wife has been wanting to see this movie love to take her

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  3. I like the idea that this is based off of a true story. True stories always have a such a good meaning and are great to watch.

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  4. Ashley Chassereau ParksAugust 8, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    This looks like a good movie!! I know my hubby would love to go see this with me!

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  5. My sister is coming to town for a visit and I know she would love to see All Saints!

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  6. I think I would really enjoy this movie!

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  7. I've seen previews for this film and it looks good. I'd love to watch it with my husband. Thanks.
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