The God Who Does Wonders

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These blogs are created to give a behind- the-scenes look at the inspiration behind the upcoming movie The Favorite. This film, hitting theaters in September, is based on incredible true events behind The Favorite Movie.
Luke Bernard’s life threatening accident gave him this vision that led him to write the screenplay for The Favorite just months after he was learning how to write all over again due to his traumatic brain injury.
The Favorite Hits Theaters This September:: https://www.thefavoritemovie.com

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A few days after I was released from rehab, I traveled to Florida to move in with my parents so I could continue my recovery. Apparently,I was told multiple times about my accident and injuries, but since I was struggling to form memories, I kept asking, “What happened to me?”

So, my mother thought it would be good for me to take sometime to read the blog she was keeping. She wrote it to share the most important information with those who were praying for us: the details about my injuries, the next steps the doctors were taking, and what my prayer needs were. I was glued to this information with wide eyes, learning about my injuries.

After reading a few pages, I went and sat next to my mom and asked, “Mom, there were broken vertebrae?!”

She grinned and nodded, “Yes, Luke, there were.”

Through the blog, I learned of those unexpected healings. I learned about all the people who were praying for me. I had an epiphany. Doctors could not explain my healing. Bones mended in days. My recovery happened faster than anyone would dare predict.

There was only one conclusion to draw: God had healed me.

It dawned on me that I needed to know more about God because I didn’t know why He would heal me. There is a book, though, that I knew would have answers.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works,lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

I still don’t understand God’s purpose for blessing me with His grace and mercy. But, He has revealed Himself to me. Now I know that God loves us all, no matter what we have done or even what we will do. It’s hard to think of a love like that. But we all have it and we are all offered salvation by grace.

Even though I was raised in a Christian home and had been taught a lot of this, I didn’t think God really loved me because I didn’t do all the things good Christians are supposed to do. Once I had the revelation of the true nature of God’s love, I realized that I didn’t have to do anything to be loved by God.  But I wanted to know God more—and show love to others—because I am loved.

Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to: “‘Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’…” He said that, together, these commandments are the basis for all of the commandments.

So, don’t stress out. Know that you are loved. Love others. It turns out that some of the most important truths are really pretty simple.

The Favorite, a family film based on true events, opens in theaters nationwide September, 2019.

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INSPIRATION
March 9, 2013 Luke Bernard was in a near-fatal car accident. He entered L.A. County Hospital with barely a pulse. He had a GCS of 3 with dilated and fixed pupils, and had a zero chance of survival. The neurosurgeon performed emergency surgery. A 4 x 5 inch piece of his skull was needed to be removed allowing the damaged brain to swell. Doctors removed two blood clots on his brain. He had two broken vertebrae in his neck and back, as well as facial and rib fractures. Thousands were mobilized to pray for complete recovery. Luke had a miraculous recovery, returning home to Florida after six weeks in the hospital.
DREAM BECOMES MOVIE
Two months after returning home, Luke had a cranioplasty to replace his skull. Those with brain trauma typically have insomnia. Luke was no exception. However, one evening he had a deep sleep and God gave him a dream. The next morning, he was excited that he had slept and told his parents about the dream. His parents encouraged him to write the dream down, believing it would be good for his rehab. One month and 90 pages later, Luke had written the first draft of The Favorite. Six months prior to this, Luke was relearning to write his name.
ABOUT THE FIM
The Favorite is about two brothers. One brother, Luke, is a star college soccer player verging on a pro career. The other brother, Benjamin perceives his brother is the favorite. Soccer is his father’s favorite sport. Ben pursues MMA fighting in hopes to win his father’s favor.

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