Raised among drug addicts, prostitutes and gangs, Tia Ross found herself pregnant at age 16 and questioning God. “Why would you put me in this situation? Why am I in these circumstances?” But in God’s faithfulness to respond, he revealed his answer to Ross at age 19 when she was face-to-face with a 14-year-old prostitute […]

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Muay Thai World Champion Melchor Menor Exemplifies Forgiveness, Perseverance At 19 years of age, Melchor Menor became a professional Muay Thai fighter. Since that time, he has secured two world champion titles. Born in 1974 in the Philippines, Menor moved to America as a young child and eventually reached the top of his sport.  Gaining worldwide recognition […]

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Remember that rule about never discussing politics and religion in polite conversation? Apparently no one told Dan Merchant. Merchant is the writer/producer/director, of Lord, Save Us From Your Followers, a film in which he investigates the polarizing social issues that have long kept Christians and society at odds. In the film, Merchant takes to the […]

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Surfing the World and Spreading the Word Challenge: Do an outreach event and see lives impacted because of what God can do through you, but then never do it again. That’s pretty much impossible according to Bryan Jennings, especially when the results are so addicting and so real.  As a pro surfer, Jennings has lived […]

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Professional Skateboarders Set the Pace for Action The upcoming movie Hardflip, features captivating and compelling skateboarding scenes. The live action boarding can be credited to the skills of professionals Brian Sumner and Christian Hosoi.  While these two pros may be known throughout the world for their boarding skills, they recently shared with Risen how they […]

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Combining influences of reggae, rap and hip-hop, Paul Wright uses his music to encourage and inspire people. His lyrics allow listeners to reflect on their lives but at the same time tell a story. Some are serious; some are light and fun, like Burrito Boy. But whatever the journey, this passionate songwriter sums it best […]

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Small Moments Become Big Decisions Tom McCarthy writes about human nature. The characters in his movies are people who usually want to do the right thing, but they realize that life is not as simple as just doing the right thing. What happens after they realize this is what he focuses on, and is what […]

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His father played on the Mexican national baseball team and his brother plays for the Boston Red Sox, so it seems logical that Edgar Gonzalez would be destined to become a professional player himself. As this Chicago Cub infielder  talks with Risen at the family’s Gonzalez Sports Academy in Chula Vista, California, he shares just […]

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He’s more than a pretty face – although Channing Tatum is that too. Beginning his rise to fame as the face of Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, and Emporio Armani, this Alabama native transitioned from modeling into acting with ease. He danced his way into the hearts of women across America – including his now wife […]

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A cold December wind was blowing, and Teresa Osborne crossed her arms as she stared out over the water.  Earlier, when she’d arrived…” Even though he wrote The Notebook 16 years ago, Nicholas Sparks can still quote you these opening lines as well as the entire story.  This beloved author was reciting the novel while […]

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