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Father, we thank You for providing a way for the Kendricks to distribute their film. Use their story to pave the way for more Christian voices in the arts, God.

IFA’s Pray with America’s Leaders guest James Hirsen explains how Hollywood studios refused to be involved in the new Christian film, “Lifemark,” because of its pro-life message . . . 

From James Hirsen. Kendrick brothers Alex, Stephen, and Shannon have been the creative forces behind many a faith-based box-office hit, including the successful “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof,” “Courageous,” “Overcomer,” and “War Room.”

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“War Room” was actually the No. 1 movie in the country on the second weekend of its release. It was also one of highest-grossing Christian films ever made.

The Kendrick brothers recently teamed up with actor Kirk Cameron to produce “Lifemark,” a movie that deals with some of the most central and poignant themes of our times – relationships, forgiveness, and the film’s primary focus, adoption.

Inspired by a true story, a movie such as this would typically have had Hollywood studio executives competing for the project.

It goes a long way to prove that these are anything but normal times.

Alex is one of the executive producers, as are Stephen and Shannon. But Alex has also co-written the film, and he has an acting part in it as well.

The adoption storyline is particularly meaningful for the Kendricks and Cameron.

Stephen Kendrick and his wife welcomed a daughter from China via adoption.

Cameron’s wife Chelsea was adopted by her parents, and four of Kirk and Chelsea’s six children were also adopted.

For those who haven’t yet noticed, contemporary Hollywood has given itself an extreme makeover in both form and substance.

All of this seems to have happened fairly quickly and also quite craftily. It went from “The Entertainment Capital of the World” to “The Woke Capital of the World,” with the end result being that the largest and most powerful entertainment companies are now haplessly out of touch with the beliefs, attitudes, and values of a large portion of their customer base.

Consequently, despite the viable track records of “Lifemark”’s filmmakers, both its star and its executive producer revealed that Hollywood studios, even those that had worked with the Kendrick brothers in the past, rejected the distribution of the film and did so because of the movie’s pro-life message.

Lead actor Cameron called the rebuff by Hollywood studios “good old-fashion cowardice.”

“Even the so-called faith divisions of studios would rather pass from tens of millions of dollars and support horror, violence, and drag queen movies than risk doing anything that celebrates life,” Cameron said.

According to Alex, the studios stated that they were not releasing the film because they were “scared of the response.’”

Alex additionally revealed the following: “Several of the studios that have courted us in the past, and wanted us to go with them as distributors, they all turned down this film.”

The studios apparently wanted something else, anything else but this film.

Alex added, “We said, ‘Well, we cannot be ashamed or afraid to share the truth regarding this subject, to share a true story.’ It’s hard to argue with a true story.”

Still, the lack of independent thought displayed by a sizable number of Hollywood executives makes it seem as though they are impervious to the truth.

Fortunately, Fathom Events, a distribution company, was able to make a rational business decision and is going to arrange to have the film displayed in more than 1,400 theaters.

Alex acknowledges that the subject matter of “Lifemark” is a sensitive one.

“It’s become a political battleground in our country,” he remarked, adding, “We are acknowledging both sides, we’re acknowledging the difficult decision to choose to place your baby for adoption, but it is the better decision.”

“This whole path is not always easy. It is often difficult, but it is beautiful. And so this true story was a perfect example of showing how it could go…,” he said.

The movie project began with a telephone call.

While still in the process of wrapping up a previous film, the Kendricks received an unexpected call from Cameron, who had just watched what he described as “one of the most powerful and moving documentaries I’ve ever seen.”

The documentary was titled “I Lived on Parker Avenue,” and it dealt with the story upon which the “Lifemark” film is based.

The plotline centers around a teenage boy who is contacted by his birth mother, a woman who eighteen years prior had chosen adoption over abortion for her then-tiny son.

Alex believes that the movie can play a role in informing and educating people.

“We’re hopeful that churches, crisis pregnancy centers, ministries, all jump on this as a real-life tool to reach people… who are trying to determine ‘is this baby worth saving?’” Alex explained.

His objective in making and promoting this movie project is “to change the heart of the nation.”

To this end, the desire on the part of the filmmakers is for life itself to be ultimately viewed as “precious, beautiful, and worth protecting.”

“Lifemark” is set to make its mark in theaters nationwide on Sept. 9.

How are you praying for godly voices in the film industry? Share your own prayers and scriptures in the comments.

Did you know that the Kendrick brothers are thankful for you? Watch the video below to see them thank and bless IFA intercessors for their faithful service in prayer.

(By James Hirsen. Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Cindy Carter
September 6, 2022

P.S. I also forgot to mention that I thank God for all those wonderful people who have blessed the little lives of those without families through adoption….BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU.

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Cindy Carter
September 6, 2022

Dear God, thank you for these followers of Jesus who make these wonderfully faith based movies….I love them all…the writers, the producers, the actors who perform in them…and the movies, and I am grateful for “Fathom Events” who is going to release this film.
My heart still feels the pain of learning that the young lady who carried my two grandchildren sent them to heaven before they even had a chance to experience life and learn of God’s great love. I weep over all those little lives that are lost when yet another woman makes such an impactful decision. It baffles me that anyone could think that it is ever ok to end any life. Praying for all of you ….
God will win….

Victoria Z
September 3, 2022

i looked up the documentary on youtube and it really tugs at your heart, it was very emotional, his birth mother’s difficult decisions, how she changed her mind at the abortion clinic at the last minute, how hard it was for her to give him away when the time came, she realized she was doing what was best for him, not herself, the kindness and support of his adoptive parents to support his
decision to meet his birth parents and how they all expressed their gratitude to her for her courageous and selfless decision, enabling her son to live and be raised by a kind and loving family who raised him to be a very kind young man. He realized he was spared from abortion at the very last minute, and felt he had a mission in life to share his story, so they made the documentary. It was beautifully done, a wonderful true story of courage and true maternal love, by both his birth mother and his adoptive mother. i cant say enough good about it. i am sure it will be a wonderful movie. it is my hope and prayer that it truly inspires young pregnant women to treasure the life within them and give their unborn baby the gift of life, and that God uses the courage and selfless love of these families and young man to truly touch and change the lives of many millions of women to make a selfless decision to treasure tge life within them and allow their unborn child to be born to have wonderful lives and stories of love like this one.

God, bless these families who made wise and courageous loving decisions and this documentary, bless those involved in the upcoming film based on it, open doors hearts to promote it and receive it and be changed by it, hear our prayer to multiply the love and selfless courage of these two families in our nation even as you multiplied the loves and fishes. In Jesus name we thank you for hearing and answering our prayer on this topic

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Victoria Z
September 2, 2022

Father, the entertainment industry is so powerfully influential and there is no moral majority there but the opposite, This industry takes people on emotional, spiritual, and mental journeys exposing them visually and audibly to violence, immorality, greed and every evil, dressed up, sweetened up, and spiced up with beautiful, captivating actors and actresses skilled in delivering these deceptions and woke entertainment with underlying evil messages using mesmorizing special effects, music, humor, drama, and every other hollywood prop. Father thank you for writers, producers, and actors with a moral conscience like those mentioned in tbis article who are passionate about providing moral entertainment alternatives. Protect promote and prosper them and raise up more like them. Give movie goers more moral entertainment choices and show them the beauty of cleanness and how good it feels to be taken on moral, ethical entertainment journies that inspire and edify them spiritually, emotionally and mentally. cause them to see the contrast between good and evil in tge industry and see the filth in the industry for what it is, a tool of our advesary satan to endroctinate in steath entering into our spirits using the gates of our eyes, ears, and minds, and senses using the entertainment industry. Turn the industry upside down and bankrupt those trying to bankrupt people’s morals and spirits. Send conviction to movie goers and a backbone to rise yp declating enough of this filth, we want to be clean, we want movie themes that promote wisdom, righteousness, morality, strong marriages and taising healthy moral children. We thank you for hearing and quickly answering our prayers here on this topic.

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Angela N. Gordy
September 2, 2022

This movie was filmed in Columbus, GA and several family members were extras. My daughter was contacted by the Kendrick brothers with the opportunity to purchase advance tickets. She ordered 50 tickets and they have all been spoken for. We will attend the premier showing on Friday night, September 9. I was a Child Welfare Worker and worked with unwed mothers, supervised children in pre-adoptive care, did adoption home studies, and supervised adoption parents until the adoption was legally final, so the story line will be especially interesting to me. We will be praying for this movie’s success in every way possible.

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    Rebecca Thornton
    September 3, 2022

    Thank you for all you did for the children! Bless you

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Priscilla Meyenburg
September 2, 2022

Jesus we first thank you for giving godly men and women Faith for making good clean family films. Do not think God has forgotten what you have done, He is waiting for you to present this small problem to him asking for his blessing. Say Father God we are asking you to help us promote this film to the people because it is a film of teach, learning brings joy and touch the heart of our Nation. Hollywood does not want the TRUTH to be told. I Decree that this film will carry power of Truth , we stand on the Truth this film represents and no one will be deceived. We decree we stand in unity, beyond lines in order to accomplish the purpose of God for our Nation. Jesus I pray a blessing on this team that you show favor on this team of film makers they need a little clearance of your Godly push. Thank you for helping them to achieve their goal of blessing others with this film. Be Blessed and expecting, God is love ❤️

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Diana Focht
September 1, 2022

Thank you for being willing to speak truth, this is a rare characteristic. May Jesus continue to give us all boldness and strengthen in the final days.

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Kathryn
September 1, 2022

Kendrick Brothers have created EXCELLENT CHRISTIAN BASED FILMS and we THANK YOU for them. We need more godly men and women in our films and production. Christian values promoted in our world is so important.

Dear God our Father, creator of ALL THINGS, our great provider, physician, King, the beginning and the end….come quickly Lord Jesus, America and our world are sinking quickly in evil deeds and God you know who and what they are. Please reveal the immoral evil ones. You God are in charge of all things…you decide what happens in our world! And we ask for your Holy Spirit to blow across this nation converting hardened hearts to You…a revival like the world has never seen before! We ask in Jesus’ name❣️Amen.

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Victoria
September 1, 2022

Amen! Thank you for the prayer. I stand in agreement and decree the exposure, removal and replacement of the evil doers and Hamans in local and federal governments. In Jesus’ Name. And I decree that Josephs and Mordecai’s and Esthers be raised up to replace these doers of iniquity. I stand in agreement that the hearts of our nation be turned to the Lord. In Jesus’ Mighty Name! Thank you to the Kendrick family and Kirk Cameron for bringing the Godly films. I pray for more doors to be open for you all. May God use this film to turn hearts.

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Roger Hall
September 1, 2022

Lord, please bless this production with your wisdom. May there be many people affected by its message.

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Linda Odegaard Rice
September 1, 2022

This is all boot camp for us. It’s time American Christians stop whining and start warring. We need this conflict to toughen us up and give us a fighting mentality. Paul told Timothy that soldiers cannot have a civilian mentality. 2 Tim 2:4

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Erin Bullard
September 1, 2022

Thank you so much for the dedication of your talents to glorifying God and His son Jesus! I have enjoyed every one of your films and look forward to seeing LIFEMARK. May the Lord Bless you and keep you as you serve Him so faithfully!!
Erin B

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Rich Swingle
September 1, 2022

Fantastic article and interview with James Hirsen on Pray with America’s Leaders today (www.IFApray.org/watch).

Visit http://www.RichDrama.com/KendrickBrothers to see Parts 1 and 2 of my Kendrick Brothers’ interview. Part 4 will be released on Friday, September 9, at 12:15 p.m. during a special program with several other cast members on http://www.IFApray.org/watch.

Praying the Lord uses Lifemark in powerful ways around the globe!!!

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Doris Gentry
September 1, 2022

May the Lord melt hearts! We adopted an unloved boy age 13 and he is 15 now. Adoption is a precious path to wholeness! Amen

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Lora Williams
September 1, 2022

I believe all this “wokeness” is an awful thing spawned by none other than the evil one himself and so many are unwitting pawns of his or decieved. I also believe our God is much bigger than all that is going on, and is very pleased with what you are continuing to do. I have loved all your movies and pray for supernatural success of this movie. hope it comes somewhere near Lansing, Michigan. Be blessed.(Courageous was a movie used in prison ministry here until 2020 )

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Cathy Bernsen
September 1, 2022

Praise the Lord, at every attempt for satan to close a door, God will open another avenue. Can’t wait to see the film.

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Kathryn Robinson
September 1, 2022

It is written the wealth of the wicked shall come to the just…those who live by faith make Our God bigger in this…He has the solution!…God wants to distribute His wealth that comes from and belongs to Him into the hands of those who will be bold to speak truth!…to have whatever needs or means to bring it forth…we are not going to depend on Hollywood or fake news any longer…the wealth transfer will bring forth every venture and vehicle God chooses to use along with every willing participant that knows this is their call, to come alongside and undergird these mighty men of valor and follow them as they follow Christ…We thank You Father for giving them the opportunity and the testimony Father to show forth Your great love and power in all the earth!..we declare!…Luke 2:52 over them! That they increase in wisdom, stature, and strength, favor with God and man! In Jesus Mighty name!🙏💫

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Dianne
September 1, 2022

I am thankful that the Kendrick’s and others are strong enough to stand for what is still right in Christian’s’ eyes. I will pray for success with this new film, that eyes will be open and God’s Blessings

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Joy P
September 1, 2022

Father God I pray for a miraculous move of God’s hand on this movie and the many more to come. Christians and the unsaved to be inspired and awakened to Your movements Father. The wealth of the wicked to be transferred to the righteous …Prov 13:22 for the many Christian projects needed and those to come, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Jeannie Peninger
September 1, 2022

I have been praying for a while now for the leadership and influencers in the media industry and “Hollywood, and for the removal of those opposing and suppressing Gods influence and to be replaced by those who will accomplish good.

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Barbara Janicki
September 1, 2022

I am so grateful for all the films the Kendrick brothers have made – I have seen them all multiple times, love them and am inspired by them. It is a shame when our decisions are driven by cowardice rather than courage. Christians here in the west have not had a lot of opportunities to exercise courage in the past – but now we are given the opportunity that our brothers and sisters around the world have always had, to put our faith into practice knowing it will cost us something. In the past, perhaps, our faith has not been costly – maybe we have taken it for granted. No more. Now we each must choose to stand firm and remain faithful and more than that to proclaim God’s good news of salvation to this hurting world while there is still time. thank you for your continuing work to bring God’s truth to light via movies – which engage us with human stories with which we can identify. Prayers for us all, that we will have courage and be willing to incur the cost our faith requires of us – still nothing compared to the price Christ paid to purchase our salvation and eternal life. Jesus gave it all, we can do no less. http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

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Marsha
September 1, 2022

Creator GOD it is with praise that I ask for continued strength for your children as we navigate these unveiled evils surrounding us, turn our anger to faith. Remind us of our mission to be salt and light in these dark days. I thank you for your word and those in the front lines fighting against the evil of the entertainment industry. Longing for the days when your Will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In JESUS name Amen

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Brian
September 1, 2022

What has happened in Hollywood is one more symptom of the times that we live in, that being the End Times. Persecution of Christians is only going to get worse as time goes by. These deceived people who are calling for the persecution of Christians are calling good evil and evil good. They obviously do not know the Lord, and have no idea that Jesus will return to this world. Judgement awaits them. How unfortunate that they refuse to follow Kingdom principles, as they will pay for their actions one day. Lord, give us, Your children, the power, grace, and endurance that we need as we navigate through these wicked days. Let us be salt and light to a broken and falling world around us. In Jesus’ name.

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Shelly
September 1, 2022

Thank You Lord, God for everything You have done to allow this movie to be made and shown to the public. Thank you for these brave souls that are bringing it together to inform people about the choices other than abortion. Please let this be a hit with everyone and help Your people to turn to you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen

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Teresa
September 1, 2022

Thank you Lord for being the way maker. Use this film to change hearts and lives for your glory. In Jesus name

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    Anna
    September 1, 2022

    Amen† ❤️

    Lord, I want to claim this today for the Kendrick Brothers, and all involved in the film
    “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17

    🙏I pray the fear of the Lord to rise within them, (who do not have a heart for You and do not seek to walk in truth,) so they will hate evil and turn away from it completely (Prov. 8:13)

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Joyce A Matthews
September 1, 2022

I love movies & I have watched all the Kendrick Brothers movies. I’m so disappointed in the movie themed today of violence, drugs & offensive sexual content. I will Definitely be praying for all the Christian writers, producers, actor’s & especially those who have the final say & finances for distribution. God bless All those who are willing to make a stand & Not Compromise Godly values & morals.

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Naomi Colbert
September 1, 2022

HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD HELP AND MANIFEST BOUNTIFUL BREAKTHROUGH MANIFESTATION FOR THE RELEASE OF FAITH BASED FILMS IN JESUS NAME!!! TURN THE HEARTS OF THE DISTRIBUTORS IN JESUS NAME!!! LET YOUR PRESENCE PROPEL FANTASTICALLY IN JESUS NAME!!!

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Rochelle
September 1, 2022

Father God,
I ask for Your favor and anointing to be on this film, Lifemark, so people are irresistibly drawn to see it. I pray in the name of Jesus that Your Holy Spirit will use this film to powerfully change hearts and minds to embrace the value of life.
Thank You for the giftings You have given the Kendrick brothers and Kirk Cameron. I pray for Your blessings and protection over them and everyone who has contributed to the creation of this film.
Amen.

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