Movie Saturday – Letters to God

Hello readers! Today is another great day for Movie Saturday. Today we will be looking at Letters to God. It is set to hit theaters April 9, 2010. I don’t know about you, but this looks like a tear jerker. Below is information found originally here.

Starring Ralph Waite, Bailee Madison, Maree Cheatham, and Robyn Lively.

A heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption, “Letters to God” is the story of what happens when one boy’s walk of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning—the resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them.

Tyler Doherty (Tanner Maguire) is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace. To Tyler, God is a friend, a teacher and the ultimate pen pal—Tyler’s prayers take the form of letters, which he composes and mails on a daily basis.

The letters find their way into the hands of Brady McDaniels (Jeffrey S.S. Johnson), a beleaguered postman standing at a crossroads in his life. At first, he is confused and conflicted over what to do with the letters. But the decision he ultimately makes becomes a testament to the quiet power of one boy’s shining spirit and unshakeable faith.

Inspired by a true story, “Letters to God” is an intimate, moving and often funny story about the galvanizing effect one child’s belief can have on his family, friends and community.

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So readers, let me ask you this: If you knew you were about to die, how would you live your life? On second thought, how are you living your life right now? You never really know when your last day is going to be. God makes that decision. We should all live our life like we are dying. We should enjoy each and every part of it, and cherish what we have, and who we get to spend time with. Life, and the time we get to spend here on earth is precious. Use it wisely!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Feature Friday– Did You Know “Twitter” Is In The Bible?

Good Morning readers! Today is Feature Friday! We are featuring Scott Williams and his blog Big Is The New Small. He is the Campus Pastor for the Northwest Oklahoma City Campus of LifeChurch.tv. The following is an interesting post from Feb. 23, 2010.

Every once and awhile you will run across a nugget of information that makes you go “hmm!”  That’s what happened to me not long ago when my friend @mbstockdale shared this passage of scripture with me. Insomniac, I twitter away, mournful as a sparrow in the gutter.” Psalm 102:7 Message Version If you don’t believe me look to the left at the screen shot of my YouVersion Bible App on my iPhone.

That’s what you call taking “Twitter” to a whole nutha’ level and confirms my 5 Reasons To Twitter During Church.

Did you know the word “Twitter” was in the Bible?    Feel free to share any random useful/non-useful information that you may have come across.

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I hope you like today’s Feature Friday. Go check out more at Scott’s Blog. You will find very interesting blog posts there.

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Scripture Thursday– 1 John 4:12

Morning readers! Today is Scripture Thursday, and we will be looking at 1 John 4:12.

1 John 4:12 (NLT)

No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

Now let’s look at different translations to see different meanings.

(ASV) No man hath beheld God at any time: if we love one another, God abideth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

(The Message) No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!

(KJV) No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

So what does this mean?

In my opinion, I think that this is saying that no one has seen God in the physical sense of the word. When God and the Holy Spirit lives in us and is alive and active in us, He is “brought to life” for others to see. Forgive me if I am wrong, but that is what I take from that.

What do you think?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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News Wednesday — Twilight for Christians?

Good Morning readers! Today is yet another News Wednesday!

Are you a Twilight fan? Are you for Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Honestly, I have no idea what that means. I haven’t read the books. I have seen parts of the first movie, but I haven’t seen the second one. As I look at what today’s youth is reading and watching, more and more of it has something to do with vampires. Today’s news touches on that.

There’s Power in the Blood

by Elrena Evans

Vampires are hot stuff right now. The preternatural creatures leer seductively from the covers of books and lust dramatically after their prey in television shows and movies. A glance at recommended reading lists for those who enjoyed Twilight, Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular vampire-romance series, yields hundreds of vampire entries, the majority published in the past three years.

This isn’t the first time the undead have become a cultural obsession. Religious scholar J. Gordon Melton traces the word vampire to the Slavic “upyr,” first recorded in 1047. Folkloric tales of night-walking monsters that drink blood to gain immortality surface in the chronicles of ancient Mesopotamia, Africa, and Europe. But the vampire’s most recent resurrection owes more to two 19th-century tales, John Polidori’s The Vampyre and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Both authors transformed the vampire from a bloated, red-faced, flabby creature into a monster with sex appeal—sleek and suave, epitomized by Twilight’s hero, Edward Cullen—shifting from the purely scary to the intriguing and tempting.

Anne Rice, whose Interview with the Vampire (1976) and subsequent Vampire Chronicles have established her as the premier vampire-centric storyteller of this generation, believes the creatures continue to fascinate because we see something of ourselves in them.

“The vampire is a monster who preys on his brothers and sisters, but loves them and needs them emotionally as well as physically,” she told Christianity Today. “There are times when almost anyone might confess to feeling like a vampire—for using or abusing someone else, for taking rather than giving, for being in pain yet wanting to hang on to life no matter how difficult it gets.”

Rice believes the current craze is most likely author-driven, following Twilight’s success. “Certain authors develop the mythology, and their work catches on,” she says. “The public appetite is potentially insatiable because the potential of the idea is so great.”

Beth Felker Jones, a theology professor at Wheaton College and author most recently of Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga,

believes Meyer’s series is so popular because its romance resonates with readers’ desire for radical love.

“There’s nothing halfway about Bella’s love for Edward,” Jones says, “or her belief that she has found complete meaning and fulfillment in him.” And that’s what Jones finds disturbing about the series: Bella “doesn’t have any hopes, interests, or desires outside of Edward. She’s even willing to sacrifice her soul for his sake.” And the vampire motif only raises the stakes: “Readers wait to see who will get bitten and who might have to die in the quest for love.”

Shawna Ferrell, owner of the Christian review website Teen Lit Review, wrote cautiously about Twilight in 2008, concluding that she couldn’t recommend it for teens.

“Teens today are bombarded with all kinds of shows about paranormal activity, witches, and vampires that are specifically designed to appeal to their generation,” Ferrell says. To an adolescent girl who may feel undesirable, “the idea of a superbly handsome young man who is desperately in love with her is very appealing.” Because vampires are both “cool and sexy,” they possess “everything our media-worshiping society says it takes to be beautiful and thus accepted.”

Blood Drives

While Meyer and the authors following her lead borrow heavily from Romeo and Juliet and other archetypal romances, traditional vampire folklore found much source material in Christian theology. The idea of achieving immortality through blood is central to both traditions—the Christian, through the life-giving blood of Christ, and the vampire, through drinking the blood of victims. Vampire legends are rich with Christian symbols, most notably the crucifix (believed to protect mortals) and the consecrated bread and wine of Communion.

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Tech. Tuesday — Guitar Praise

Good morning readers! It is Tech. Tuesday! The other day, I got a xbox 360 elite from my wife as a college graduation present. It came with two games and I purchased NCAA College Football 2010. This last weekend I was thinking about video games and the old original Nintendo and the games I played as a kid. I remember Super Mario Bros. , Duck Hunt, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donkey Kong, etc.. Those were really fun. I also remember one game that my friend had. It was a Christian game called BibleMan. We played it on a PC, but I used to think that was so odd.

Well I was in a Christian bookstore recently and saw another Christian video game. This time it was for both PC and Mac. With the popularity of the Guitar Hero games and Rock  Band, I think this was a good move. It is called Guitar Praise.

It features 50 songs from Christian rock artists like tobyMac, dcTalk, Hawk Nelson, and more! I only wish it could run on my new xbox. For more information about Guitar Praise, click here .

What do you think readers? Are Christian video games worth buying/playing?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Music Monday — We Are The World 25 for Haiti

Morning Readers! Today is Music Monday! Today I wanted to share with you the “We Are The World 25 for Haiti” song. Twenty-five years ago, “We Are The World” was recorded to help out Africa. To watch the original video and song, click here. With the earthquake in Haiti, celebrities and musicians set up a re-recording of this song for the 25th Anniversary. The new recording was recorded on Feb. 1, 2010 in the same studios as the original. Below is the new recording and video. Enjoy and continue to pray for and support Haiti. Check out http://wearetheworldfoundation.org/ for more information as well.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Movie Saturday– Alice in Wonderland

Good Morning readers! Today is Movie Saturday! We will be looking at Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It opens in theaters on March 5, 2010, and I can’t wait to see it! Below is the plot taken from here.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Mia Wasikowska, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse, Barbara Windsor

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure “Alice in Wonderland,” a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover; Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, “Alice in Wonderland” comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ on March 5, 2010.

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Now many of us grew up on reading the book, or watching the classic animated version of this movie. I also remember the Mickey Mouse adaptation called “Thru The Mirror”. The looking glass/mirror is a big part of the book. I really don’t know why it has been left out of the animated version. Hopefully this new version will include it.

Thinking about the mirror, also makes me think of the song, “Man in The Mirror” by Michael Jackson. Below is some of the lyrics:

I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)

Hopefully you are following where I am going with this. As Christians, when we accept Christ, we are a changed person. Sometimes that doesn’t always happen, and we have to make the effort to change as well, by looking at that “Man in the Mirror”.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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