Protestors, Patriots and Christians, Oh, My! TLA Stories of the Week

This is turning into quite a summer of discontent — and the dog days aren’t technically even here, yet!

TogetherLA.net continues to look for stories that shed light on where God is in all of this, from America’s immigration policy to its celebration of Fourth of July.

TLA Stories of the Week is a conversation about the articles most recently published as shared by its editor via video, including on Facebook LIVE (see below) and IGTV.

The TLA website is well into its second year of publication and aims to continue the conversation that began at the TogetherLA Conference in 2015. TogetherLA is a movement of pastors, church leaders and people of faith who love LA. Those who intimately know our city know the depth of this dynamic city, its challenges, as well as its possibilities. They know that Los Angeles is a gateway to a kaleidoscopic world of cultures — cultures full of promise.

TLA wants to share what God is already doing to transform people and communities in LA. We believe that a behind-the-scenes force focused on following God’s work could further catalyze the impact of ministry workers and church leaders all over the city.

Below is a replay of our second Facebook LIVE stream of TLA Stories of the Week with host Alex Murashko. If you’d like to subscribe to our newsletter, find the SUBSCRIBE button on the right-hand side of our homepage.

Families Belong Together Rally Missing Christians?

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It seemed like every people group imaginable showed up to support the #FamiliesBelongTogether march in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday (6/30/18) — except for Christians.

We are indeed living in strange times when the loudest voices fighting to keep families together are non-Christians.

READ JON GARCIA’S TAKE ON THE LA RALLY

America, Fireworks and Jesus

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I grew up during the Cold War. Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were high as each side vied for the upper hand around the globe. In a frantic effort to keep the other side from ‘winning,’ conflicts and wars would begin to stem the tide of Communism or to stop Democracy in its tracks. Threats were made, shoes were pounded, and missiles were placed. A war between the two superpowers and their thousands of nuclear weapons seemed inevitable. Then something weird happened.

BY BOB FABEY
We won.

We won the Cold War. The Soviet Union collapsed seemingly overnight. The Berlin Wall, a division for so many years, was torn down. The communist countries fragmented across Europe and Central Asia. Our great enemy was defeated.

For as long as I could remember, the United States was the ‘good guy.’ We were nearly always mentioned in comparison to ‘them.’ Songs like “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood made it clear. “At least I know I’m free.” Of course, that meant ‘they’ weren’t… READ FULL COLUMN

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Reviving a Dead City: The Mission of Grace City LA

Grace City LA opened its doors as a new church in the Downtown Los Angeles area last September (2017). The church’s pastor, Steve Cha, has been a regular contributing columnist for TogetherLA since February early this year.

Cha acknowledges that LA is a growing and exciting city, especially for “a younger, hipster generation.”

“But sadly, there is not much revival in the spiritual realm,” he said. “Many people in the city do not have a saving relationship with Jesus. A spiritual revival must happen in this city.”

Read a compilation of questions and answers by Cha that are presented in hopes that readers would get to know the heart of the church and its pastor.

Unbroken Part Deux

The makers of UNBROKEN: Path To Redemption have bumped up the movie’s theatrical release date to Sept. 14 from Oct. 6. The move takes the picture off the same weekend as Sony’s Venom and Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born and moves it to a weekend occupied by Moses and then the wider releases of Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor and Fox’s The Predator, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, UNBROKEN: Path to Redemption, begins where the hit movie Unbrokenconcludes, sharing the next amazing chapter of the unbelievable true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. SEE OFFICIAL TRAILER

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