Marriage expert Dr. Tim Clinton: ‘EXTRAORDINARY offers couples hope’

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Founder and President of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Dr. Tim Clinton believes EXTRAORDINARY, based on a true marriage journey, is a film that will encourage couples to go the distance in their relationships. He shares his insights on what to expect from the film.

So, what can couples learn from the upcoming movie, EXTRAORDINARY?

Marriage is a marathon, not a sprint.

This phrase is commonly heard, but is it true? For a sprint, a runner exerts all energy for the short distance. For a marathon, the runner will pace himself and conserve energy for the entirety of the race.

In fact, a marriage is a lot like a marathon. There will be bumps and bruises. There will be good times and bad. There will most likely be times when you want to quit. In the movie, David Horton faced many obstacles in his races, as he also did in his marriage. This movie encourages husbands and wives to tackle the commitment of marriage, with endurance.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” – Isaiah 40:31

Marriage depends on both partners to run.

For years, David Horton would run races all over the country, but one of the most important races in his life he was neglecting, his marriage. For a healthy and successful marriage, both partners are needed to run to ensure that the marriage can stay on track. When both partners are out of sync, the marriage can hit bumpy roads. For the couple to stay on track as one body, they have to both move together. It takes sacrifice, perseverance, dedication, passion and commitment.

“Love makes you push through even when it’s painful.” – Nancy Horton

There is hope.

No matter how bad things may seem right now, there is hope. No matter how much pain and heartbreak you may be experiencing, there is hope. No matter how frustrated you may currently feel, there is hope. No matter how bad you think your marriage has gotten, there is hope.
There is hope when you think only a divorce will make things right. There is hope when all you feel is loneliness. There is hope when you think there are only mountains to climb. There is hope even if you speak only hurtful words to each other. There is still hope.
Give your fears to God. By the grace of God, you can weather any storm, no matter how big or how small. Give your marriage to God, because He is the only one who can heal it. It can get better, there is always hope.

Just as David began his race across the country, truly he was running home for his marriage. This film challenges couples to run their race of marriage, with love and perseverance.

“When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.” – Proverbs 4:12

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EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

Following the movie, you will be able to see an encouraging panel discussion on marriage, led Dr. Tim Clinton with actors Leland Klassen, Shari Rigby and director Scotty Curlee.

Building a legacy that really matters

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Comedian and actor Leland Klassen plays ultra-marathon legend David Horton in EXTRAORDINARY, a film that helped him better understand what a lasting legacy really looks like.

Not long before I got the call to play the role of David Horton in EXTRAORDINARY, I began to pray about the legacy I was going to leave behind. In my early years, I was all about leaving my mark on the world. That is a big reason why I became a stand-up comedian in the first place. I like making people laugh for sure, but I also really liked the attention I got when I was on a stage.

One of my early motivations came from my brother doubting I would get my own comedy show. A dose of reality? Yes. A summary of what friends and family were thinking? Probably. Fuel for the motivation to succeed so that I could show everyone I was special? Embarrassingly, yes.

I’d like to think that I had the right motivations when I started doing comedy, that it was a great calling I felt on my life, that I just wanted to use the tools that God gave me to glorify Him. While those are certainly things I feel now and that I see in my life now, my early intentions were not so noble.

I began to start praying about my family and for the generations to come. All I wanted was a legacy of my family being fully devoted followers of God through Christ Jesus. I realized the only legacy that meant anything was the generations that followed.

If I expected my kids to serve God with their whole hearts, I needed to lead by example and do that myself. How could I possibly expect my kids to give their whole hearts to God, if I’m not even doing it myself?

I discovered it always comes down to serving God with your whole heart. If you’re passionately pursuing God with everything that you have, your legacy and your passion would be one in the same.

If your goal is not about how to break an ultra-marathon running record, become a famous comedian or being a great father and husband, but fully following God with all your heart, strength, mind, and soul, the result will be that when you run, you run for God with all your heart, and as a father, you do your absolute best to raise those children and so honor God.

If I diligently serve God with my whole heart, I leave a legacy for my children to follow.
God is faithful. I just need to serve Him with my whole heart. If I’m working toward that goal, my passion becomes my legacy as well and God is honored through that. I might even get to play a role in a movie that encourages people to do the same, and that’s a pretty cool bonus.

EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

The heart of a woman: longing for value and identity in Christ

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Shari Rigby (October Baby) plays Nancy Horton in the upcoming film, EXTRAORDINARY. A writer, actress, director and producer, Shari wants women to know their value and identity in Christ.

I have needs from my husband that have been placed within me by my Savior. I desire for my husband to sit with me, to see me, to stand before me as my hero, to minister to me and to reveal himself to me.

The heart of any woman is to be valued, to be seen as worthy and desired by her husband. We want to be the bride of his youth, to see us and to delight in us. To be encouraged by him to dream and pursue the calling on our life. But sometimes as a mother and wife, doing life can leave each of us feeling less than, leading us to believe that our calling is insignificant. Before you know it, you are walking around broken and losing sight of the gifts and talents that have been bestowed upon you.

For me, one of the hardest things is to see myself as worthy or qualified. In the past, when I have lost sight of who I am and find myself questioning my identity, I must go back to the beginning. As in “God created us in His image,” an image of beauty and purpose. It seems obvious that because of our God DNA makeup, this would be our passion as well – to be seen as beautiful, worthy and purposeful and helping to add to our partner’s life in our marriage, not losing ourselves.

To identify ourselves as worthy and helpmates to our spouses, it’s critical for us, as women to be shown love in certain ways – our five love languages. Jesus was the master of displaying these in the gospels as He interacted with women He encountered. Jesus shows us the depths of women’s hearts and how they desire to be known.

He sits with the woman at the well. He sees the woman with the blood disorder. He stands before the woman about to be stoned as her hero. He ministers to Mary and Martha and He reveals Himself at the resurrection to Mary. Beautiful, important moments that only could be delivered by the ultimate lover of our soul. Jesus knew how to meet each one exactly where she needed to be met, helping her to see her worth, to know she was loved and had a hopeful future.

The Lord knew these five love languages were significant needs of a woman. Sometimes, our husbands do not see our needs as clearly as the Lord does. We must be upfront with our spouse and diligent to seek a loving way to sit with our husbands, to share our hearts, be transparent in what we are longing for. We must remember, our husbands are not able to read our minds, but they are our husbands and with a little help, they can be mindful to identify how to lift us up and encourage our purpose, value and above, all the importance of our partnership to them.

EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

How a running film turned a comic into a runner, sort of

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Comedian and actor Leland Klassen plays ultra-marathon legend David Horton in EXTRAORDINARY. Leland shares how playing a runner led to a new appreciation and love for running.

I’m a stand-up comedian and actor, not a runner or at least, I wasn’t. The first thing people ask when they hear about EXTRAORDINARY is, “Are you a runner?” The answer: “No! Definitely, not.”

Being a comedian, I would often exaggerate the reasons I disliked running. Something like this: “Runners need to do something about their marketing. And by marketing, I mean the look on your face when you’re running. That face looks painful.”

All jokes aside, when I got the role of David Horton, I thought with running every day a month before filming, I could get into enough shape to handle it. I was acting like a runner; I didn’t have to become one.

The first day, I thought I was going to die. That’s when I decided to run at a slower pace – imagine that! By slowing up just a little bit, I began to learn how to enjoy running. I started covering a decent mileage. Not marathon running numbers, but I was running up to 10 miles a day and I liked it.

The final 10 days of filming were intense. These were the scenes running across America – the Washington Monument, the St. Louis Arch, the Rocky Mountains, the Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, Utah…and some corn field in the middle of Iowa. I ran across America and went from hating running, to enjoying it.

Now that the movie is finished, I don’t run every day, but I don’t mind it. I used to hike trails near my home, but now I run them and love it! This movie about an ultra-marathon runner turned me – a total non-runner – into a runner. Not one that would win races, but at least I don’t cry at the end like I used to.

EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

Karen Abercrombie, Miss Clara from War Room, talks new movie, Liberty University (Part 2)

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Best known as Miss Clara from the hit film War Room, Karen Abercrombie plays Nina in EXTRAORDINARY, a film created by Liberty University’s film school. In this brief Q & A, Karen shares thoughts on EXTRAORDINARY, Liberty University’s film school and mentorship.

What can the audience expect from EXTRAORDINARY?
They can expect to really feel and to laugh and to cry and see women really going through what they also have gone through. They can expect to see unity and sisterhood and women that have gone through the choppy waters together. You learn better how to communicate, and the importance of communicating, and how that can gird you closer with your husband and your children. It puts you closer to victory when you can communicate.

You were also in God’s Compass, another Liberty University film-school project. What do you enjoy about making movies with Liberty?
On the set of a Liberty film, there is prayer, common meals together and friendship. It means so much to be in that environment because you can use your God-given gifts to put some good stuff out there. If I’m ever working on a project and God calls me home, I always want to be working on something good. Working with Liberty has been just that. I look forward to working on other projects with them.

What does it mean to play a role in mentoring the next generation of Christian filmmakers?
It’s a precious honor. I’m so thankful God afforded me that opportunity. These students are being taught excellence and they are being nurtured and respected. I have some of my own projects that I am bringing in students from Liberty to be a part of. They are like my children now.

EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

EXTRAORDINARY: A student-driven film from Liberty University

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Stephan Schultze is the executive director of Liberty University’s Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Department, which created EXTRAORDINARY. Schultze also serves as executive producer for the film.

Working with the film students is one of my greatest joys in life. It combines two of my great loves: filmmaking and teaching. It allows me to share my life experiences in cinema and what I think I can bring to the educational process for students.

Sixty film students worked with professional directors, producers, department heads, and actors to create EXTRAORDINARY. Throughout the production, it was incredible to see the lightbulbs of excitement go on for our film students. They are following their calling into the world of filmmaking and it’s a special privilege to see them pursue their dreams.

The immediate impact of making EXTRAORDINARY is evident through the “learn by doing” approach that we practice at Liberty University’s film program. The approach allows Liberty to lead the way in training the next generation of filmmakers in a Christian-focused environment.

EXTRAORDINARY is the fourth feature film produced by the Liberty University Cinematic Arts department. The film school has also created Altar Egos, 77 Chances, and God’s Compass.

Through EXTRAORDINARY, the students have gained a wealth of knowledge in their respective positions on the film and now they have the first student-driven theatrical release in what very well could be, cinema history. That’s an impressive accomplishment.

For the long run, the topic of honoring your marriage will impact them on a greater level later in life when they’ve experienced the marriage journey themselves. It’s legacy work and it speaks volumes that college students came together to make a movie about such an important topic and to encourage couples to not just start well, but more importantly, to finish well.

Based on a true marriage journey, EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

Karen Abercrombie, Miss Clara From War Room, Talks New Film, Marriage (Part 1)

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Best known as Miss Clara from the hit film War Room, Karen Abercrombie plays Nina in EXTRAORDINARY. In this brief Q & A, Karen shares thoughts on marriage, the importance of vows, faith-based films and EXTRAORDINARY.

How did you relate to the story of EXTRAORDINARY?
I’m a married woman so I could relate on so many levels from a mother’s point of view and from a wife’s point of view. I could understand the frustration and the loneliness and all these things that can walk their way into bitterness. I had to think about how I felt dealing with similar situations. It’s something we all must deal with one way or another.

Why are you excited to be in a film that takes us on a true marriage journey?
The divorce rate for Christians is as high as it is for non-Christians. Just acknowledging that fact and bringing that to the table will allow us to talk about it. We must respect the power, the unity and the understanding that must take place to make a marriage successful.

In EXTRAORDINARY, you share a moving scene with Shari Rigby that focuses on marriage vows. Why are vows so important?
The world is continuously pressing in and telling you who you are, what marriage is, and what you are supposed to get from marriage. But we must remember the vows that we came together under God—through sickness and health, through the ups and downs. We must stand up and fight for that marriage and that union. You can get divorced quickly and cheaply now. It’s the darkness pressing in to break that God-given union. We must stand behind those vows that we took.

How do faith-based films make an impact?
When people who aren’t believers see these films that are being made and they aren’t overly preachy, they see the message being introduced in a way that is loving and authentic. They see people like them. Now we are making some headway. God is parting some waters.

EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

Director, Professor’s Friendship Leads To Extraordinary Film

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Director Scotty Curlee, a professor at Liberty University’s film school, first met David Horton, a professor and ultramarathon legend, as a student years ago. A friendship blossomed with Horton and his wife, Nancy, leading Curlee to bring their true marriage journey to the big screen in EXTRAORDINARY.

Early in the film, EXTRAORDINARY, a student tells professor David Horton that financial woes are forcing him to quit college. David writes the student a check for $1,000 and encourages him to finish what he started.

Years ago, I was that student at Liberty University and that real-life check from David came to me, along with the inspiration to continue. I know first-hand the impact David has on his students. I also know the great sacrifices Nancy has made in David’s life to allow him the opportunity to inspire students through his passion.

No athlete competes at the highest level without support at home. In David and Nancy’s case, it involves raising Brandon and Allison, their two children, through the trials and tribulations of life while David is away on his adventures.

David realizes he isn’t the extraordinary one; it’s Nancy. It’s always been Nancy because no matter how hard he pushed or the accolades he achieved, Nancy was the heartbeat of their family. EXTRAORDINARY is really the tale of an amazing ultramarathon legend that impacted thousands of students for Christ because his wife was beside him every step of the way. I am grateful to see not just a true story, but a true marriage journey – focusing on dear friends – coming to theaters.

As a husband, making this film is a labor of love. The importance of appreciating the sacrifices our spouses make in our lives is a universal theme, applicable to every marriage. It’s easy to take for granted the incredible, daily contributions of husbands and wives.

I hope audiences will leave with a greater appreciation for the sacrifices spouses make in their lives and to honor that sacrifice in return.

EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

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