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Courageous movie aimed at dads

"Honor begins at home" is the message of the Christian drama film "Courageous," being released Sept. 30, in local theaters.
   Local resident and business owner Michelle Stensgar was so moved after seeing a preview of the movie that she has been working to promote a local showing and getting as many people, especially dads, to see it as possible.
   "We talk about helping our community. We tell men to be better fathers. We worry about drug/alcohol use, and about our girls getting pregnant. We see men and boys who don't take responsibility when they father a child," Stensgar said, adding, "We need to start at home with our fathers, teaching our children, so they can grow up strong in our community."
   Stensgar is asking for donations to provide free tickets for local police officers. For information, contact her at 541-777-9114.
   The movie centers around four men, with one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.
   While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.
   When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?
   Filled with action-packed police drama, "Courageous" is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the movie-making ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., which also made the film "Fireproof."
   Moviegoers will find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.
   Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a Christian way? That's courageous.