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“The Shack” Movie Premiere Night For Fans


“The Shack”, based on Wm. Paul Young’s New York Times best-selling book, opens in theatres nationwide on Friday, March 3rd. To celebrate the new film, the studio is offering fans an exclusive in-theatre experience, called ‘Movie Premiere Night.’ Taking place on Thursday night, March 2nd, moviegoers in cities around the country, will be the first to see “The Shack” in theatres, followed by a 20-minute video hosted by radio personality Delilah that features interviews with the movie’s cast, including Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, The Help); Sam Worthington (Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge), Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), an acoustic performance by chart topping country duo Dan + Shay, and a conversation between Delilah and Wm. Paul Young. Hundreds of ‘Movie Premiere Night’ events will take place in major cities around the U.S. to kick off opening weekend, and many churches are buying out theaters.

Produced by world class filmmaker Gil Netter (Life of Pi and The Blind Side), “The Shack” trailer has been viewed by over 27 million people on Facebook alone.

“Premiere night is the perfect opportunity as a church to receive the message of ‘The Shack’ and then shepherd the message of forgiveness, love of God and healing to our communities,” said Pastor Sam Rodriguez, president of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “If you’ve ever been through something in life and asked God why, this message is for you.”

“Our prayerful and financial support of events like ‘The Shack’ premiere night help to ensure that God’s message is heard to the ends of the earth,” said Maureen Crowley Heil of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Archdiocese of Boston.

“People are REALLY excited about this movie,” said Paul Lauer, CEO & President at Motive Entertainment, which has been conducting leader screenings of ‘The Shack’ nationwide. “We are seeing amazing support from faith leaders of all denominations – in fact, over 1,300 endorsements can be seen at theshackendorsements.com. ‘The Shack’ connects with people no matter where they are in their faith-including those with no faith.”
What People Are Saying About “The Shack”:

“‘The Shack’ is a gift.”
– Dr. Jamal Bryant, Empowerment Temple, Baltimore

“Far beyond a Movie… Inspiring, Heartfelt, Meaningful.”
– Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning TV/Radio Host

“Absolutely beautiful!”
– The Crouch Family, TBN

“I want to KNOW God like that! Powerful.”
– Chip Gaines, Host of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”

“Will move your heart and challenge your soul!”
– Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com

“Hollywood finally got it right! ”
– Bishop IV Hilliard, Houston TX

“Deeply moving and inspiring.”
– Joel Houston, Hillsong United

“An amazing piece of work.”
– Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press

“This film will surprise people. Its power comes from the simplicity and genuineness of the story.”
– Jeff Nesbit, US News and World Report

“A cinematic poem!”
– Sr. Rose Pacatte, Pauline Center for Media Studies

“There has never been a film that has captured these questions better.”
– Pastor Sam Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition

“Profound and creative.”
– Dick Rolfe, Co-Founder & CEO of The Dove Foundation

“It was incredible.”
– Michael W. Smith, Grammy-Award Winning, Platinum-selling music artist

“Has the power to heal pain and renew faith unlike anything I have ever experienced.”
– Tom Tradup, Salem Radio Network

“An amazing production.”
– Geoff Tunnicliffe, Former Head of World Evangelical Alliance

“The film will do a lot to point a world desperately looking for answers to a God who loves and cares.”
– Bob Waliszewski, Plugged In (Focus on the Family)

Original post can be read here: http://www.thechristianbeat.org/index.php/news/3204-the-shack-movie-premiere-night-for-fans

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The Shack arrives in theaters this weekend

The Shack arrives in theaters this weekend and we need your support to get the word out– please share!
Please share: #TheShack movie nationwide http://bit.ly/2mepFba. Tickets: http://tickets.theshack.movie

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What does comprehensive immigration reform mean in Trump’s America?

Do we enforce the letter of the law regarding people who have entered our country illegally, or do we compassionately assimilate undocumented peoples seeking a better life despite the laws they broke getting here in the first place?

Since the Gang of Eight bill was first passed in the Senate in 2013 – and later stalled in the House of Representatives – it’s safe to say that much has transpired both socially and politically.

Like any expression that is often used but seldom defined, what politicians and immigration advocates actually mean by Comprehensive Immigration Reform is up for interpretation, and is usually more rooted in political party and ideology rather than any agreed upon baseline policy measures.

Politically speaking, comprehensive immigration reform is perhaps the ultimate Catch 22. Do we enforce the letter of the law regarding people who have entered our country illegally, or do we compassionately assimilate undocumented peoples seeking a better life despite the laws they broke getting here in the first place? In America, the answer must be yes and yes.

President Trump has indicated that now is the time to once again pursue immigration reform and it’s critically important that the Hispanic Community assume a leading voice in the debate. In fact, I believe there are 5 essential policy points that must be included in any serious, comprehensive immigration reform bill that seeks to bridge the two sides’ seemingly incompatible goals.

1. Secure Border:
As a sovereign nation, the U.S. must reserve the right to determine who crosses our borders and who is allowed to stay. We must establish a clearly defined certification process that once satisfied, would enable those that are here in an undocumented capacity to have the opportunity to get permanently right with the law. In the meantime, improved border security and enforcement will help to disincentivize future migration surges as well as slow human and narcotics trafficking.

2. No Amnesty:
We should not simply allow the undocumented population to have a free pass, or amnesty, which would enable them to stay here in America ahead of people that are lawfully in line to immigrate to the United States. However, we understand that this large population will neither be deported, nor will most self-deport.

Therefore, we must legislate a process by which these people can admit to their wrongdoing, submit to and pass rigorous state and federal background checks, pay a fine to get right with the law, and prove their financial viability.

If they meet all these criteria, they would be able to stay legally as Guest Workers, but they will not be able to adjust their status to permanent resident or citizen unless and until all of the legal immigrant applications already in process have been adjudicated, (they would go to the end of the line for immigration purposes).

3. Guest Worker Visas:
Currently undocumented individuals should initially be able to adjust their status to that of a Guest Worker. They could choose to remain in the United States as Guest Workers indefinitely, so long as they passed the requirements as listed above, and remain current on their tax liabilities.

However, should they choose some day to pursue permanent residency or citizenship, they must pay additional fees, and would not be able to adjust their status unless and until all legal applications previously filed by aspiring immigrants are adjudicated.

4. Deport Serious Criminals
Any and all undocumented individuals engaged in nefarious activities such as murder, rape, assault, drug trafficking, and gang related activities should and must deported as expeditiously as possible.

However, a clear distinction must be made between these individuals and others who illegally obtained driver’s licenses, social security cards and other documents necessary for employment and basic survival.

The latter, with families raised in America and currently employed, should be protected from deportation as promised by President Trump in interviews with both 60 Minutes and TIME Magazine in addition to phone conferences we at the NHCLC have had with the transition team.

5. Integration process:
Newly legalized undocumented individuals must be encouraged to assimilate into the mainstream of American society. They must learn English, as well as American Civics.

As a nation of immigrants, we know that immigrants arrive in our country seeking opportunity and liberty. As long as these people obey the laws going forward, they must be treated fairly, and with the dignity that God has bestowed upon all people equally.

There will be some on both sides of this contentious debate that will disagree with me because I’ve either gone too far or not far enough.

As a leader in the Hispanic Community who is personally and professionally tied to this incredibly emotional issue, I have had to confront the simple truth that there are no easy answers – at least none that have a real chance of being passed into law. But if we honor the rule of law as well as the sanctity of all life, we can find a way forward together.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement.”

Faith and Education Coalition is an initiative of the National Hispanic Christian Leaders Conference (NHCLC) and advocates for high-quality education options for all of America’s children.

Original post can be read here: http://www.univision.com/univision-news/opinion/what-does-comprehensive-immigration-reform-mean-in-trumps-america

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Florida Pastor Begins Never Trump, Never Hillary Campaign

Urges Hispanics to Not Vote for Flawed Candidates

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Believing both the Republican and Democrat presidential candidates hold beliefs and policy positions that are at odds with Evangelical Hispanics, Florida pastor Eddie Rodriguez has begun a campaign to urge like-minded Hispanic voters to not pander to either side. Instead he is challenging fellow Latinos to stick by their core beliefs, even if it means not supporting either candidate for President in 2016, unless they demonstrate significant changes in their representations or rhetoric.

“With more Hispanics self-identifying as Evangelical, Latinos are becoming an important voting block; we need to show the candidates and the parties that our vote is not a given, but rather must be earned,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, founder of A Place Called Hope Church in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference(NHCLC), the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization representing 40,000 churches in America and another 500,000 worldwide. He previously served as the superintendent of the Florida Multicultural District of the Assemblies of God, and also founded Love Tabernacle In West Palm Beach and a church in Asuncion, Paraguay.

In urging his fellow Latinos to abstain from supporting either 2016 presidential candidate, Rodriguez stresses the main points in which Hispanic Evangelical’s differ from them. In addition to Republican candidate Donald Trump’s lack of a social or financial plan for the country, Rodriguez noted that his rhetoric shows a lack of compassion for the disenfranchised, including immigrants, Muslims and other minority groups. Another important concern for Rodriguez is a heart issue, as he believes it is disconcerting for Trump to say that he has never nor will ever apologize to anyone, not even God.

On the other side, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s position on abortion is a hindrance Rodriguez believes keeps Hispanic Evangelicals from offering her their support. He also cautioned that conservative values would be threatened by her administration’s appointment of liberal judges that will do violence to the Constitution and a biblical worldview.

“Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump have substantively articulated the road to legitimacy for millions of illegals with American-born children who live productive lives, which is a huge human issue in our reality,” Rodriguez said.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez (no relation), NHCLC president, emphasized that Pastor Eddie Rodriguez reflects the angst of the Hispanic Evangelical community, and his challenge demonstrates that many Latino voters remain undecided, reflecting an opportunity for both candidates to address matters of importance and concern to the Hispanic community.

“The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference represents people and groups with a wide variety of viewpoints,” said Samuel Rodriguez. “We are a big tent that allows for meaningful dialogue on important cultural issues. As an organization, we have never and will never endorse a candidate or a political party. Our commitment to the Lamb’s Agenda – not to the Donkey or the Elephant – remains stronger than ever. And, this election cycle demonstrates an unprecedented need for an independent Christian movement to emerge.”

NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and hundreds of thousands of additional congregations spread worldwide throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

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Dr. Angel Nunez receives appointment as Strategic Partnerships Director of NHCLC

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

May, 2005 – Dr. Angel Nunez, Senior Pastor of The Bi-lingual Church of Baltimore, received appointment by the executive committee as Director of Strategic Partnerships. Dr. Nunez, author of “The Indian Speaks” and “How to Reach Your Vision” has successfully impacted the Latino Church in the USA and abroad. “We believe Dr. Nunez’s passion for Hispanic Americans and his proximity to the Capital enable us to build life long partnerships with the brokers of justice, peace and morality. “, stated Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of The NHCLC.

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Hispanic Church in America Mobilizes to Assist in Tsunami Aftermath

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

January 1, 2005 – Sacramento, CA — The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference launched a National Effort to mobilize the Hispanic/Latino Church to assist in the Aftermath of the Tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia. In a statement Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Jr., President of The NHCLC stated: “We have never seen such devastation in our lifetime caused by a natural catastrophe. We, as the Hispanic Church are ready to assist relief organizations such as World Relief and others in assisting the millions of broken lives, homes and communities. Our prayers and our thoughts are with all the families touched by the quake and Tsunami. We are contacting the leading Hispanic churches in all 50 states and Puerto Rico and asking them to sow a generous seed via World Relief for this cause. We are also going to work withAGRelief and other similar organizations to assist in this endeavor. Our Board members represent the largest Hispanic Congregations and Denominations in America. We are asking all our constituents to send their donations to World Relief (www.wr.org) and indicate you are members of the NHCLC. This will enable us to keep track of those we need to contact for contributions. “. To join our efforts please contact us at hispanicchurch@aol.com or info@nhclc.org.

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Hispanic NAE Expresses Optimism Concerning Immigration Reform after White House Meeting with Secretary Napolitano…

Washington, D.C., Hispanic Christian Newswire) America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), The Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals, expressed gratitude and appreciation to President Barack Obama for his recent affirmation of a comprehensive immigration reform policy. This fall, the White House and Congress will work on a comprehensive immigration reform package with expectations of passage in early 2010. President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met last week in the White House with national groups committed to comprehensive immigration reform including the NHCLC. Secretary Napolitano spoke about accountability. “We must use smart effective enforcement. We must also bring people out of the shadows. We will ensure timely procedures on citizenship back logs and increase efficiency.” Napolitano said. The Secretary went on to add “this bill needs support with ongoing dialogue and a bi-partisan effort. We count on all of you to work together.” The Rev. Eve Nunez, Vice President of Networking for The National Hispanic Leadership Conference, addressed the panel and the Administration stating, “It is critical to invite the faith based leaders to these forums. When we speak of bringing immigrants out of the shadows they will first turn to their Pastors, Priests and Clergy before they confide in law enforcement officials.” Nunez was accompanied in the White House meeting by Dr. Angel Nunez, Senior V.P of the Hispanic N.A.E.” I was encouraged by the attention that was given to our ideas and input. They assured us that these meetings will continue to happen and they were very interested in having the NHCLC help them in contacting pastors in the as they are traveling around the country getting input from many groups. I appreciate President Obama reaffirming his commitment”. “Even though we are appreciative, we continue to encourage the administration to focus on how it can reform immigration laws to address the immediate problems undocumented immigrants face as it pertains to the breakup of families and the protection of the local worker instead of constant focus on enforcement of immigration laws. We need a balanced approach that is not piecemeal but comprehensive, both enforcement and a pathway to citizenship”, added Nunez. “As we begin to frame and debate the specifics of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform proposal, it is important to express gratitude for those who repudiated extremism and political expediency. On behalf of our 25,434 congregations and on behalf of the Hispanic evangelical community, permit us to express heartfelt gratitude to our President for his excellent leadership and moral wherewithal to once again address immigration reform in the context necessary to reconcile our values with the rule of law”, stated Dr. Gilbert Velez, Chairman of the Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals. Many evangelical churches mobilized for the first time around the issue of immigration reform immediately after the House Bill sponsored by James Sensenbrenner. In addition, many of the 12 million undocumented attend Hispanic Evangelical congregations. The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference stands recognized by scholars and analysts as the lead evangelical and Hispanic Faith voice for immigration reform. Former Clinton Advisor Sydney Blumenthal credited the organization’s effort as a primary factor in thwarting the Republican plans to deport millions of undocumented individuals.
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Dr. Gilberto Velez, Policy Director for the NHCLC, recognized as one of America’s Top Pastors by the Assemblies of God

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

January, 2005 – Texas — The Assemblies of God denomination recently recognized NHCLC policy director, Dr. Gilberto Velez as a leader in planting Hispanic churches. The following excerpt from the denomination’s website was provided courtesy of the Assemblies of God. Church Planting Among the Hispanics Leading the way in ethnic-church planting has been the Hispanic churches. Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia, a church that began in 1994, is an example of a self-started church-planting endeavor under the leadership of Pastor Gilberto Velez. Gilberto and Velma Velez, who were originally from Puerto Rico, were serving as associate pastors at El Sendero de la Cruz A/G in San Antonio, Texas, while practicing their medical professions. They moved to Laredo to join the staff at a hospital in that border town. The challenge of the 300-mile round-trip to San Antonio on Wednesdays and weekends to serve at El Sendero led them to begin a home Bible study in Laredo with a handful of people in March 1995. Little did Velez dream that this midweek Bible study would blossom into a Hispanic church-planting project. After several years of bivocational ministry in the church, Velez and his wife left their medical careers to become full-time pastors. God honored their step of faith and a fellow medical doctor paid their support for 3 months. At the end of the 3 months, the income of the church was sufficient to meet the needs of the pastors and the ministries of the church. In January 2000, the Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia averaged over 500 on Sunday. They purchased facilities from a private school. Their expanded sanctuary, completed in April 2000, seats 800. To read the full article, please go to: http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/200004/064_new_church_planting.cfm

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Latino Christian Leaders to Discuss President’s Social Security Proposal

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

February, 2005 – Orlando, Florida — Latino Christian Leaders will meet in Orlando, Florida on March 8th to discuss the President’s Social Security Reform Proposal. “The President recently discussed the effects of his proposal on minority communities. Hispanics share with the Afro-American Community a dramatic disparity as it pertains to retirement and savings accounts. This proposal will effect our communities in an unprecedented manner. We want to respond to the President and members of Congress our concerns and inclinations. “, stated Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Jr., President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

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Hispanic Christian Leaders Applaud the Confirmation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

February, 2005 – The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is proud to have Alberto Gonzales as the Lead Law Enforcement Officer in our Nation. We believe that his proven leadership and ability to create collaborative strategies to solve very difficult issues will make him one of our nations best AG ever. Our prayers are with him and his department

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