The movie begins with Second Chronicles 7:14. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Ellen Murphy (Elise Baughman) is having a difficult childbirth—the baby is stillborn. The mother was saved. But it is noted that she will not be able to have any more children. The attending nurse then asks,”Why do bad things happen to good people?” To which the doctor (John Schneider) replies, “I don’t know. Who am I to questions God? But, I can feel it in my bones….this is just the beginning.”
Fast forward. An old man and boy (Gavin Casalegno) are walking and talking. The old man says, “Started about ten years ago. With the death of a baby. After that the enemy just rooted in. The whole town is cursed. Famine, drought, disease, poverty, failed businesses—barrenness.” To which the boy replies, “Hopelessness and faithlessness. So that’s it?” The old man replies, “Yep, Promise Texas.”
The camera zooms into a traffic sign that reads: “Welcome to Promise, Texas where good things never happen. Population 534.”
Joe (Carey Scott) and Ellen Murphy, who lost their baby at the beginning of the movie; almost run over the boy walking on the road. But stop just in time. After they jump out of the car and make sure that he is alright—he introduces himself as Gabe. They ask him where he’s going and he says to Promise. The couple takes him back to town and what happens after that you will have to see the movie to find out.
Throughout the entire film, the bitter sheriff (Dean Cain) accuses Gabe of selling snake oil and being guilty; before ever knowing anything about him. Just going on what he sees and hears. A lot of us have made the same mistake. That is why the word says, “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 10:7)
“A boy with a mat in a town that lost its’ faith.” Gabe reminded the towns folk how to pray. Something the people of Promise hadn’t done in a very long time. Because of all the discouraging and hopeless circumstances that had befallen them.
To some, this may have been a low budget film with low budget special effects. But the movie possesses the highest effects of all—What corporate prayer and faith in God can really do!Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Produced by: Mike Norris; Valerie Norris and Directed by: Mike Norris
If your life is barren and you’ve lost hope. This is definitely a must see. This movie has a five star rating. And is listed in the Top Rated Christian Movies list.
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