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“Faith Under Fire” – A Movie of Compassion, Hope, and Resilience in Crises

“Faith Under Fire” is a 2018 television movie produced by Sony Pictures Television from a script written by Laura Harrington and Stephen Kay. The film stars Toni Braxton, who also serves as an executive producer, and Trevor Morgan. 

The movie tells the story of Fireman Tom Hatcher (Trevor Morgan) and his wife, Ashley (Toni Braxton), as they struggle with the aftermath of a tragic fire.

After a grueling night fighting a raging house fire and rescuing a young girl, Tom Hatcher is physically and emotionally drained. The experience leaves him questioning his faith and the purpose of his job. Meanwhile, he loses his wife, Sara, to cancer, and then shortly afterwards learns that his daughter, Tiffany, has cancer too.

The movie deals with themes of faith, loss, and resilience. Tom is struggling with his faith and questioning whether he is truly making a difference in the world. He feels that his job as a firefighter is not enough and he is searching for something more meaningful.  

One of the most powerful scenes in the movie was when Tom enters through the door of a church as Pastor Dan Underwood (played  by Dean Cain) greets his congregation with an “It’s good to be in the house of the Lord!” Pastor Dan reveals he is beginning a series, and he opens up in Ecclesiastes 3:18. The series will be titled “There is a Season” and he plans to speak about the various topics in this chapter, including the passage that there is a time to be born and a time to die. From the back of the church a hurting Tom challenges the pastor. “Where are these miracles?” he demands. “When will God come down and do these miracles? Where’s the Almighty to help the people? Where is the King?” Pastor Dan steps down from the platform and goes to the man. “He knows our pain and is acquainted with our grief,” he says. When the pastor begins to speak of faith Tom belts him and knocks him down!

Fortunately, the story doesn’t end there. One of the pastor’s statements becomes a theme of the film: “Doubt is the yeast that spoils the whole loaf.” He and Tom meet again as Tom apologizes and Pastor Dan does his utmost to help Tom travel the path of pain and disappointment. 

Throughout the movie, the performances are strong, particularly from Toni Braxton. 

“Faith Under Fire” is a moving and thought-provoking movie that deals with difficult themes in a sensitive and respectful way. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of faith and resilience in the face of adversity. The movie offers a message of hope and shows that even in the darkest of times, it is possible to find meaning and purpose in life.

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