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TBN Packs Thanksgiving Week with Christian Movies and Specials Guaranteed to Delight the Entire Family

By Susan Zahn, WDC Media News

TBN, the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched faith channel, is rolling out the white carpet Thanksgiving week with specials and motion pictures guaranteed to delight the entire family.

On Thursday, (Thanksgiving evening) at 7 PM, you won't want to miss the critically acclaimed motion picture, "The Gospel of John," widely considered to be the best-loved of the four Gospels, vividly comes to life in a faithful and powerful dramatization of the Biblical text.

"The Gospel of John" meticulously re-creates the era of Jesus during a tumultuous period that changed the course of history. Starring Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus and narrated by Christopher Plummer, with a cast of over 2500, "The Gospel of John" has been adapted for the screen. It’s presented word for word (based on the American Bible Society's Good News Bible) by Emmy-nominated John Goldsmith and directed by acclaimed British director, Philip Saville.

For Gospel music lovers, there is CeCe Winans’ "Live in the Throne Room," showing at 9:30 PM (right after "The Gospel of John"). It is an inspirational delight.

Recorded before an enthusiastic crowd of worshippers at Cornerstone Church in Madison, TN, Grammy Award Winning gospel superstar CeCe Winans and her electrifying five-piece band plus singers present a set list that includes music from her latest praise and worship CD, "Throne Room."

Also, there are popular songs from her vast repertoire, including "Alabaster Box" and "Everlasting Love." Over the years, music critics have marveled at CeCe's dynamic stage presence. They gush over her vocal dynamics and how she wraps her whole person around a lyric to the sheer delight of her audiences. This recording exemplifies nothing short of that plus takes on another dimension as CeCe pours her being into leading others into the presence of God.

On Friday, Nov. 25, TBN offers viewers a rare and insightful glimpse into the life of the most beloved of all the Apostles – Paul -- as presented in the dramatic film dramatization, "St. Paul." This dynamic film highlights the troubled days of the Early Church as viewers follow the life and history of the astounding Apostle Paul. He’s right there: from persecutor of the church to exuberant witness for the Gospel! The film stars Johannes Brandrup in the title role of the Apostle Paul and airs at 7 PM.

At 11 PM is the film, "Love Notes," first released in 1987 by Ken Anderson Films. It is considered by many Christians to be one of the best high school love stories ever made. "Love Notes" follows the story of a Christian teenager named Craig who was looking for a challenge. When a new girl shows up in school, the one with an "attitude," he tries to befriend her but to no avail. Her candid remarks, rudeness, and distance push him away. As his curiosity grows about who indeed she is, so does the storyline of this movie. This evangelistic drama is superbly acted, heartfelt, funny, and ends well.

On Saturday, Nov 26 at 2 PM, you'll want to gather together with family and friends to watch the animated film version of the timeless classic, "Ben Hur." The story takes place during the first century AD, and is centered around the character, Judah Ben-Hur, a young Hebrew prince thrown into slavery by the Romans after a tragic accident. He finds his way back to his home and family on a heroic adventure of discovery. Judah's love for a beautiful slave girl is threatened by the bitter conflict dividing two former friends. His triumph is set against the backdrop of the historic struggle between a captive people and a power-heavy empire. From a gripping sea battle and a thundering chariot race to the spellbinding events surrounding the life and death of Christ, this is an epic tale of love, redemption, forgiveness and faith to captivate viewers of all ages.

Viewers won't want to miss the riveting "Twelve Ordinary Men" showing at 8 PM. Based on the best-selling book, "Twelve Ordinary Men," this docu-drama features interviews with leading scholars, enthralling recreations, and authentic footage in an investigation that dares to look beyond the peaceful images of saints in stained-glass windows. There is revealed the true and stirring stories of Jesus’ closest followers. The message of the Twelve Apostles is clear… Jesus entrusted these ordinary men with the most extraordinary and seemingly impossible mission. Against all odds, that mission was accomplished. If He can do that with twelve ordinary men, what can He do in the lives of His followers today?

TBN wraps up Thanksgiving week with the remarkable film, "Jesus," by award-winning producer John Heyman. It’s a film so true-to-life you'll feel like you're in first-century Palestine with Jesus Christ. Workshop teams painstakingly studied the clothing, architecture, customs and food to ensure the film's complete authenticity. "Jesus" was filmed on location in Israel in Biblical settings with a cast of more than 5,000 Israelis and Arabs. Virtually every word is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke. It air's Saturday, Nov 29 at 9 PM.

All showtimes listed are Pacific Standard Time.

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