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The Force Awakens

John speaks of a new force coming into the world, the purifying and inspiring power of the Holy Spirit of God.

At a Glance

More than 35 years ago, the first Star Wars film hit the screen, almost unnoticed. This week, another movie in the SW franchise opens, and, once again, it's a movie that offers some great preaching moments.

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For material based on the reading from Zephaniah, see "Give Me a Sign!," December 13, 2009, at

"Along time ago in a galaxy far, far away ..."

Written in blue against the blackness of space, these words pop up at the beginning of every Star Wars movie, signifying that we are about to see and hear a story that transcends time and space. They first appeared in 1977, when the original Star Wars film hit the screen, followed by The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

In 1999, a set of three prequels was launched, and now -- after a long wait -- the first of three sequels is set to be released: The Force Awakens. It promises to be one of the monster films of the Christmas season.

Set 30 years after the events of...

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