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Actor Chris Pratt shares the Bible verse he’s ‘relied on for strength’

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Actor Chris Pratt, who recently detailed how he became a Christian, revealed over the weekend the "great Bible verse" — Philippians 4:13 — he relies on for "strength."

The "Passengers" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" star shared the passage's importance in his life on Sunday, when he posted on Instagram a photo of a piece of art his Army veteran brother, Cully, created for him. Pratt described the art as a "pocket dump tray" to carry his wallet, keys and loose change.

The wooden tray features an etching of Jesus Christ along with the text of Philippians 4:13, which reads, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

When his brother first asked him what he would like on the tray, Pratt said he "went for the usual Chris answer, American bald eagle smoking a cigar, holding a machine gun and an American flag whirling all bad ass in the wind maybe with some nunchucks or something."

But then he thought again. "I thought a lot about being homesick. I'd like having a touchstone that I could take with me as I travel on the road for work," Pratt wrote.

"So I though about this great Bible verse Philippians 4:13, which I’ve relied on for strength from time to time," he added.

Pratt went on to praise Cully, a sheriff's deputy who "gets up every day to go to work and help people having bad days cause he's a real hero."

"I wore his clothes and worshiped him and I still do to this day," Pratt wrote of growing up with his brother. "Thanks to my big brother from the same mother for my awesome #cullypepper dump tray. It's my favorite thing I have."

Last month, the Hollywood actor shared with Vanity Fair the unique encounter that led him to the Christian faith. Around a decade and a half ago, Pratt was living in his car, working at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Hawaii, when a stranger approached him:


“I was sitting outside a grocery store—we’d convinced someone to go in and buy us beer. This is Maui. And a guy named Henry came up and recognized something in me that needed to be saved. He asked what I was doing that night, and I was honest. I said, ‘My friend’s inside buying me alcohol.’ ‘You going to go party?’ he asked. ‘Yeah.’ ‘Drink and do drugs? Meet girls, fornication?’ I was like, ‘I hope so.’

I was charmed by this guy, don’t know why. He was an Asian dude, maybe Hawaiian, in his 40s. It should’ve made me nervous but didn’t. I said, ‘Why are you asking?’ He said, ‘Jesus told me to talk to you . . .’ At that moment I was like, I think I have to go with this guy. He took me to church. Over the next few days I surprised my friends by declaring that I was going to change my life.”

While Pratt is known for his raunchy sense of humor and his tendency toward not-so-clean language, his Christian faith has made headlines in recent months. In fact, Pratt even prayed with Vanity Fair's Rich Cohen during their time together.

"Pratt turned the TV to the World Series — he did this for me. I live and die with the Chicago Cubs," Cohen wrote. "Just before we sat to eat, he got on his knees and had the rest of us get on our knees, and we held hands, and he thanked God for the food and the life, and he even put in a word for the Cubs."

And maybe the prayer worked. The Cubs did win their first World Series since 1908 in November, after all.

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