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Movie Director: "You Have To Go to the Darkness in Order to Ascend to the Light"

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Life is unexpected with many twists and turns as a result of a broken and fallen world, but that doesn’t mean people are without hope.

On an episode of The Call with Nancy Sabato, director and producer of movie “Break Every Chain,” Tim Searfoss, shares the details behind the movie’s true and life-changing story of a police officer who found redemption after hitting rock bottom.

During the conversation, Searfoss disclosed a behind the scenes look at a rookie cop’s struggle through addiction as the reality of being a first responder set in, which led to the collapse of his family. Digging further into the core themes of the film, Searfoss said, “If you don’t have God, coping is going to be very difficult.”

Often, when people spiral into addiction of any kind, it becomes increasingly difficult to find healthy ways to navigate their way out of it. Sometimes, “you have to go to the darkness in order to ascend to the light,” said Searfoss, alluding to a thread woven throughout scripture:

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“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, ESV).

The darkness may seem never-ending with no route of escape, but the story of “Break Every Chain” is a timely reminder for those traveling a lonely path that “there’s still hope… at the end of it there is redemption,” Searfoss said.

Through the lens of the Gospel, believers know the messy middle of the journey is not reflective of God’s purpose waiting at the end and the Heavenly glory that will be a forever reality for those who trust in Him.

Searfoss urges viewers with a pertinent question regarding unexplainable struggles: “When are you going to stop blaming God?”

Instead of pointing a finger at God, Christians are called to echo what David says in the Psalms:

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4, ESV).

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Dina Paoloni is an Ohio native and the youngest of four girls from a big Italian family. Before recently attaining a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, Dina attended a two-year Bible institute where a growing passion for reaching others with the Gospel of Jesus through writing began. Her greatest joys include spending time with her niece and nephews, watching the sunset over Lake Erie with ice cream in hand, and getting the chance to encourage others with the love and grace Jesus pours into her life every day.
Dina Paoloni is an Ohio native and the youngest of four girls from a big Italian family. Before recently attaining a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, Dina attended a two-year Bible institute where a growing passion for reaching others with the Gospel of Jesus through writing began. Her greatest joys include spending time with her niece and nephews, watching the sunset
over Lake Erie with ice cream in hand, and getting the chance to encourage others with the love and grace Jesus pours into her life every day.




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