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IF NOT FOR SECOND CHANCES

Seeking to rediscover the heart of his faith, Philippe Lazaro sets out for the Pacific Northwest on a road trip with his friend Matt. Along the way, he reconnects with people from his past, finds deeper meanings in stories from his college years, and dives further into a budding romantic relationship. Set against the backdrop of Portland city parks and Santa Barbara sunsets, Lazaro and his co-pilot explore the scary sides of intimate relationships, the beauty and chaos of living on Planet Earth, and the heart of their beliefs. If Not For Second Chances is a look into what makes a relationship genuine, what can remedy the world’s brokenness, and how to live a life of fullness. Lazaro invites you into the passenger seat of a road trip full of asking the hard questions, and boldly engaging deeply held beliefs and assumptions. Along the way, the ride takes detours through quirky costal towns, chaotic university neighborhoods, and redwood forests. If Not For Second Chances is a celebration of forgiveness, and a deep understanding of life’s beautiful journeys.

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SOCIAL ISSUES

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