Monday, September 15, 2008

More Than Just A Movie

by Dana Chaffin

Sherwood Productions, the producers of Facing the Giants are releasing their new touching film "Fireproof." This movie is set to hit theaters Sept.26, 2008. It has all the qualities to be a big hit; action, comedy, great story line, but it is also much more. The producers have created a complete experience through the movie, the website, & through volunteers around the world. Brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick created Sherwood Productions.

Fireproof is about a firefighter who lets the stress of his job come between him and his wife. Just when he thinks that their marriage is destined for divorce, his dad offers him a dare. The Love Dare: a book that teaches about unconditional love. Stephen Kendrick, producer at Sherwood Productions, said, "The word fireproof doesn't mean that something resists fire, it means that when the fire comes it can withstand the heat. All marriages go through fire. Scripture talks about, being tested by fire; our works in heaven will be tested by fire. Jesus said when we're built on the rock of obedience to God's word; we can withstand all the heat of this life when it hits us." The multiple twists will keep your attention throughout the movie.

The official movie website offers a great deal of information on the movie, its purpose, & marriage. It also has links to other helpful websites. The movie is just a part of the Fireproof experience. Before the movie, you can go online to find out where the movie is playing near you, purchase movie tickets, & find out all kinds of movie and marriage information. After the movie, you can go online to purchase your very own copy of the Love Dare book, get ideas on strengthening your relationship, & help others in your community. There are approximately 50 different marriage ministries already supporting the movie on this website. Some have information for couples and some have information for those wanting to join in helping others.

The movie Fireproof offers outreach opportunities for fire fighters, couples, communities, churches, & individuals. Marriage is the foundation of families. When the marriage suffers, so do the relationships involved. By building strong foundations, we can empower the children in the marriage. Today there are many hurting and lost children because of unloving homes, divorce, & bitterness. In 2006, the U.S. Bureau of the Census reported that more than 1 million children are affected by divorce each year. Children like to imitate their parents, so if they see their parents in unhappy relationships the kids are likely to repeat the process. Let us stop the vicious cycle of unhealthy relationships. The value of a happy marriage is priceless.

The Kendrick brothers started Sherwood Productions after reading a George Barna poll in 2002 that said people were allowing movies to influence them more than they were the Church. The brothers had always been an interested in making movies. Although neither of the brothers had any formal film training. As young boys, they would run around with a neighbor's camera making home action movies. They had also grown up in a strong Christian home. Therefore, if people let movies influence them so much they would make Christian based full-length films. When the brothers talked to the executive pastor of their church, Sherwood Baptist, in Albany, Georgia, he said lets do it. The Kendrick's started raising the funds for their first movie, Flywheel. With only a budget of $20,000 and volunteer actors from the church, they made a very powerful movie. Facing the Giants was the next movie by Sherwood Productions. Churches around the world used this movie as an outreach tool. Stephen Kendrick explains, "We are not making movies for money, our prayer has been that God's truth and God's grace would be communicated through the movies in such a way that they are spiritually impacted long term. We have made the decision that ministering to people's lives has to be our higher priority over making a buck." The response to the first 2 movies has shown that Sherwood Productions is affecting people's lives.

Sherwood Productions does it again. Fireproof is more than just a movie, it is an opportunity to help strengthen & save marriages. It gives hope & healing to couples & their families. By saving marriages, we are also saving kids. Stand up for the marriages in your community. Help spread the word about this movie, the website, & become a volunteer to help relationships in your community. The Fireproof experience will change the future for so many.

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