From Overcoming Obstacles to Becoming an Olympic Gymnast: Meet Two-Time Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas Written by Kelli Gillespie This is the girl that overcame obstacles. This is the girl that moved away from her family with a vision to compete in the Olympics. And this is the young girl that captured the hearts of millions […]

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Switchfoot: Fading West Written by Henry Ortlip I was first introduced to Switchfoot in 2003. The album A Beautiful Letdown was a birthday gift from my mom. Initially I listened to the album out of politeness, but it quickly turned into the soundtrack of my high school years. It’s hard to believe it’s been more […]

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Francesca Battistelli: Blooming Where She’s Planted Written by Kelli Gillespie Since her debut a short six years ago, Francesca Battistelli has earned a Grammy nomination, numerous Dove Awards including 2011 Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, plus her music has been featured on television shows ranging from Fox’s So You Think […]

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Japanese Soccer Player Jun Marques Davidson Written by Henry Ortlip Japanese soccer player Jun Marques Davidson has traveled the world to pursue his passion to play professional football (soccer). Risen caught up with Davidson to learn how he came to know Jesus, how he battles doubts, and why soccer may have been a means to […]

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The Lego Movie: Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, & Will Arnett Written by Kelli Gillespie If you grew up thinking Lego was awesome, it turns out you are not alone. Surveys have revealed it’s the most popular toy ever manufactured – even more than Barbie or GI Joe. Now for the first time these […]

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Spreading God’s Love Through Soccer: Meet Haiti Missionary Rich Mears Written by Henry Ortlip From an affluent childhood, to his father’s murder and surviving a gun shot to his own leg during an outreach attempt in Haiti, life has been anything but predictable for missionary Rich Mears.  Risen traveled to Port-au-Prince to catch up with […]

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Single-Handed Success: The Story of U.S. National Amputee Soccer Goalie Eric Westover Written by Henry Ortlip Life can be unpredictable. Often things don’t turn out as planned and reactions to the challenges life throws can be the difference between giving up or finding the strength to move on and persist. This is especially true for […]

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Top Korean Soccer Star, Y.P. Lee, Retires Written by Henry Ortlip Lee Young-Pyo, or as teammates and friends refer to him Y.P. Lee, is one the most recognized soccer players in all of Korea. After representing his country in the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea, Lee went on to have a successful career […]

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Saving Lives Through Scripture and Shelters: Kathy DiFiore’s Faithfulness Inspired a New Film Written by Kelli Gillespie For more than three decades Kathy DiFiore has been focusing on helping woman and turning down any opportunity for books, shows, or movies based on her life…until now. But writer/director Ronald Krauss did more than just ask, he […]

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From Civil War and Shoeless Soccer to Prayer and a Professional Contract: Meet Sierra Leone Native Teteh Bangura Written by Henry Ortlip Raised in West Africa to poor Muslim parents during a civil war, it’s safe to say Teteh Bangura’s current situation is nothing short of a miracle. Like many of his friends in Sierra […]

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