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Anthony Hopkins Reveals That This One Question About God Saved Him From Alcoholism

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Surely one of the greatest actors in the history of film is Anthony Hopkins, who has filled countless roles with his powerful presence and stoic demeanor.

But, like many celebrated artists of the silver screen, Hopkins has his share of struggles, including alcoholism, which he candidly spoke about during a conference recently.

The Christian Post reports that Hopkins, addressing a crowd in California, explained that it was his “trust in God” that helped him overcome his struggle with alcohol, and particularly one pressing question that was presented to him in recovery.

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“Because that’s what you do in theater, you drink,” the 80-year-old Welsh actor told around 500 students at the University of California, Los Angeles this week. “But I was very difficult to work with, as well, because I was usually hungover,” added Hopkins, who was a guest speaker at the 11th annual Leap (Leadership, Excellence and Accelerating Your Potential) conference, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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In December 1975, when he was “disgusted, busted and not to be trusted,” as he described his condition at the time, he met a woman at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting who asked him, “Why don’t you just trust in God?”

Hopkins, who was knighted in 1993 for services to the arts and is seen as one of the world’s greatest living actors, said his craving for alcohol was taken from him, “never to return.”

“I believe that we are capable of so much,” he told the students. “From my own life, I still cannot believe that my life is what it is because I should have died in Wales, drunk or something like that. … We can talk ourselves into death or we can talk ourselves into the best life we’ve ever lived. None of it was a mistake. It was all a destiny.”

Hopkins also went on to warn the young actors in the audience to be vary wary of the allure of fame and fortune.

“If you chase the money, it’s not gonna work. And if you chase success, it’s not gonna work,” he said. “You just have to chase whatever you want to be, but live it as if it is happening now. Act as if you’re already there, and it’ll fall into place.”

There are treasures in this life much greater than seeing your name in lights or millions in the bank, and they all begin with putting your trust and faith in the things of God.

It is certainly impactful to hear this coming from someone with all the success in the world, who has learned first-hand how much more a walk with Him has to offer.

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Mississippi Governor Delivers Message Condemning The Burning Of Church That Opposed COVID-19 Restrictions

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves released a statement on Thursday condemning the burning of a church that had opposed the restrictions put in place concerning the spread of the coronavirus. The church had filed a lawsuit against the state for its prohibition on large gatherings. Reeves took to Twitter and stated that he was both “heartbroken and furious” with the shameful action that was taken against the church. “What’s this pandemic doing to us?” he asked in his post. “We need prayer for this country.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: The church, First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, burned to the ground sometime early Wednesday morning, according to police. Grafitti was found in the parking lot reading, “I Bet you stay home now you hypokrits.” The burning is being investigated as arson. “We’re in a time where I don’t think it’s any secret that there’s a growing hostility toward churches, across the board,” Thomas More Society senior counsel and lawyer for the church Stephen Crampton told Fox News. “And now, here are churches like First Pentecostal that are sort of stirring up the waters by being outspoken and somewhat firm about seeking to protect their constitutional rights.” The church had filed a lawsuit back in April after the pastor of the congregation was given a ticket for holding a drive-in service on Easter, which happens to be one of the most important holidays for Christians, who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on that day. This belief is the foundation of the Christian faith and it is shameful to not be able to celebrate it together with other believers. Especially when this church was willing to compromise and simply worship from their vehicles and maintain social distancing guidelines. A district attorney later ruled in favor…

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Additional California Churches And Sheriffs Join In Defiance Of State, Local Orders

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Phase 2 of California’s plan to reopen officially kicked off on Friday, but that part of the plan still didn’t allow for the opening of houses of worship for in-person services, something that clearly violates the First Amendment rights of the citizens of the state. While Gov. Gavin Newsom has done his best to strike at the heart of the Constitution by instituting strict stay-at-home orders in the name of safety and security, true patriots have stood up and said enough is enough. Several thousand church leaders in California have stated that they are now planning to reopen for services regardless of what Newsom says about it. They are joined in their defiance by a long list of sheriffs who are actually taking up the mantle to defend the Constitution. Here’s more from Washington Examiner: California Church United, a network of 3,000 California churches, representing 2.5 million members, announced it plans to open May 31, instead of waiting until the state implements phase 3, which includes allowing modified reopening of houses of worship. Many churches are reopening nationwide on May 31, a date specifically chosen because it falls on the Day of Pentecost, a significant date on the Christian calendar. Some plan to open Sunday, May 10. “Our churches are part of the answer, not part of the problem,” Danny Carroll, senior pastor at Water of Life Community Church, said at a news conference held at the Water of Life mega church in Fontana, Calif. “We’re an essential part of this whole journey and we’ve been bypassed … kicked to the curb and deemed nonessential,” Carroll said. Gov. Newsom has acknowledged the work put forth by folks in various faith communities in helping to care for the homeless and others who are in need during the crisis in a press…

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