I Can Only Imagine – Review of Excellent Movie about Forgiveness

I Can Only Imagine (2018)

Cast: J.Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, Cloris Leachman, Brody Rose,Priscilla Shirer

Directors: Andrew and Jon Erwin (The Erwin Brothers)

Writers:  Alex Cramer (story by), Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkle

Synopsis: J. Michael Finley stars as grownup Bart and Brody Rose as young Bart.   It is the true story of Bart Millard (of MercyMe) and his relationship with his alcholic father, which prompted him to write the amazing song, I Can Only Imagine.  The story brings hope to many as you see the power of God in bringing reconciliation and forgiveness after the pain and hurt many of us go through.

Trailer with Bart Millard

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Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past – Is it Possible?

Do you carry grudges, pain from old hurts, pain from recent hurts?

This is a review of this 6 week, no-homework bible study.  My husband and I facilitated this study last summer (2017) with a group of family and friends..  Many in the group had been dealing with or had known someone dealing with being able to forgive someone who had hurt them in some way. In some cases the hurt was old, and had been carried for many years.  In others it was more recent.  In some cases the hurt had been discussed and supposedly forgiven and forgotten.   In others it had never even been discussed.   Just held inside to crop up when least expected.    Lack of forgiveness has destroyed countless relationships.

Having facilitated a number of these Kay Arthur, 40 Minute Bible Studies, we decided to gather together each week for six weeks and to really delve into what Kay and the Scripture had to say about this subject, Forgiveness.

This study was written by Kay Arthur, and David and BJ Lawson and is one of the Precept Ministries International publications.

The Subject of Forgiveness touches all of us – Questions arise

  • How can I forgive when the pain is so great?
  • What about revenge? If I forgive them are they then ‘getting away with it’?
  • What if I don’t forgive?
  • Can I be forgiven for things I did in the past?
  • Does forgiving mean forgetting?

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