Chris Pratt Shares His Love for God at the Teen Choice Awards

Chris Pratt Shares His Love for God at the Teen Choice Awards

Actor Chris Pratt, the Jurassic World star, took to the Teen Choice Award stage on Sunday, August 12 to accept the award of Choice Movie Actor. While receiving his award, Pratt lovingly joked with his fans saying, “I’m so thrilled to be here. I have not been a teen for quite some time.”

Then shifting gears to his speech, Pratt said, “I want to thank God. I always do that when I am up on a big platform in front of a bunch of young faces.” He offered a challenge to the crowd saying, “I love God, that’s my thing I love Him! And you should too!”

Pratt is open about his Christianity and seemingly does not have any inhibition when it comes to sharing it or when it comes to encouraging others to love God, too. Some of Pratt’s wisdom to the teens included, “Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.”

“God is real. God loves you; God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do,” said Pratt. “Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are, but you’re not! You’re imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.”

Christian Jewelry Company Raises Funds For California Fire Victims

In a world where many are seeking to know who they are, The Crowning Jewels offers spiritually inspired jewelry to guide you in your faith journey.  “We are all created with a specific purpose, and our inherent gift mix and life experience prepares us to live out our unique story,” said founder Anne Ballard. “What you speak and believe has the power to transform you. Words are also a powerful reminder of our calling, our story, our destiny when we forget.”

Based out of Redding, CA, Ballard personally experienced the destruction of the recent wildfires. More than 37,000 people were displaced from their homes and this fire is now considered the sixth most destructive fire in California’s history. 

“We designed this theme for our Times and Seasons jewelry collection, which is a limited edition, about what we feel like God is doing in the season we’re in,” said Ballard.  “We are calling it ‘We Will Rise’ because we believe there is power in those words.” 

For the month of August, 100 percent of the proceeds of any of the three Rissah necklaces in this collection will be donated to families in Redding who lost everything. For more information, visit

Police Chief’s ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Video Draws 50 Million Views

An Alabama police chief’s video of him lip-syncing the Christian song, I Can Only Imagine, has gone viral, drawing more than 50 million views on Facebook. Hollywood (Ala.) Police Chief Jason Hepler lip-synced the song as part of the K9s4Cops’ Lip Sync Battle initiative. The video tallied 39 million views on the U.S. Police Officers Facebook page and 13 million on the K9s4Cops page.

“I Can Only Imagine is a song that has been there for me in some of my darkest hours, when I was at the lowest points whether caused by bad decisions or because of things I was dealing with seeing from work, this song would be my go to when I needed some uplifting,” said Hepler.

To view the video, visit

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.