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Moview Review: Let Hope Rise

On Sep 22, 2016 04:04 PM EDT
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Today, I watched a new Christian movie- Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, 2016.  It tells the story of the Hillsong Church of Australia , and specifically about their Christian music band and their performance at the Los Angeles Forum. The church started with 100 members in 1983 and has today grown to  approx. 30,000 members. It's pastors, Brian and Bobbi Houston , son Joel, worship leader Taya Smith, and others speak about the importance of Christian music. They said that "God created music for the sole purpose of using it to worship Him." Most of the movie consists of the actual performance of worship songs, some of which I was familiar with. Others were new creations designed especially for the LA Forum praise performance. Some of the movie talked about the difficulties involved with writing new songs and getting ready for the big event. They quoted, " We are waiting on the breath of God to inspire something." The music was wonderful. Taya Smith , one of the lead singers, had the voice of an angel, although maybe with a bit of an Australian accent. They sang an upbeat version of Amazing Grace, which sounded amazing. The concert,  was the highlight of the movie. They were more than just a typical Christian Rock band, they were so inspiring, literally singing to God. Near the end of the film, the pastor gave this advice, " Find a local church, pour your life into it, and you'll never be the same again." The entire movie was well worth seeing, especially for lovers of God and modern Christian praise music. Very enjoyable.  -   Richard Cerruti  , Sept. 21, 2016 

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