The Face of Jesus

Good afternoon readers. I hope everyone’s day is going great so far.

I was reading an article online about Jesus Christ, and I wanted to share it with you. The article is about the History Channel’s study of the face of Jesus. They did a special on it where scientists looked at the Shroud of Turin, and created a 3D face of Jesus.

Of course there is controversy about the Shroud of Turin actually being what Jesus was wrapped in after he was crucified. If you don’t know what I am talking about, click here. Now with the 3D rendering of Jesus, people continue to have mixed feelings. Watch the following videos.

So readers, what do you think? Is this the face of Jesus? Is this what you think  Jesus looked like? Is this something that should have been left to mystery?

What are your thoughts?

I myself, really don’t know if I would want to know what Jesus looked like. In my opinion, it really shouldn’t matter.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Thoughts on Thoughts

Hello readers! You probably were wondering where I have been, or what I am doing. I decided to not blog last week, and kind of reflect on some ideas going on in my mind.

A lot of the ideas that I had going on in my head were those that fit into the category of my relationship with God.

Yesterday at NorthChurch.tv Pastor Rodney gave a great talk on what and how the disciples did after Jesus was crucified. It made me think of what I was doing for God. The reality of the fact was, well, not too much. crucifixion

After church yesterday, it hit even harder at the small group I attend. “What are you doing for God?” kept echoing in my head. For all that He has done for me, especially recently, my life doesn’t reflect any of that.

So readers, looking into the future, this blog will have some changes. I don’t know what they are right now, but I hope you trust that God is going to be behind them.

I leave you with just one question.

“What are you doing for God in your life?”

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Movie Saturday– Lord Save Us From Your Followers

Good Morning Readers! Today is Movie Saturday and we will be looking at the movie Lord Save Us From Your Followers.

Here is information about the movie that I found on the movie’s website.

Why is the Gospel of Love Dividing America?

If you were to meet ten average Americans on the street, nine of them would say they believe in God. So why is the Gospel of Love dividing America?

Dan Merchant put on his bumper-sticker-clad jumpsuit and decided to find the reason. After talking with scores of men and women on streets all across the nation, and also interviewing many well-known activists in today’s “Culture Wars,” Dan realized that the public discussion of faith doesn’t have to be contentious.

From its opening Talking Heads sequence through its touching look at faith in action, Lord, Save Us From Your Followers is a fast-paced, highly engaging documentary that explores the collision of faith and culture in America while opening up this important conversation to all of us.

As discussion of religion floods the media, the rhetoric is divisive, hyper, and most often, angry. With humor more common in a comedy-sketch program than a documentary, Merchant brings the sensibilities of someone who is deeply concerned with how his faith is being represented by others. Lord, Save Us provides a provocative, funny, and redemptive discussion that is sure to continue long after the credits run.

Merchant sits down for interviews with well-known people on all sides of this great divide, including best-selling author William Paul Young (The Shack), comedian/politician Al Franken, former “Religious Right” Senator Rick Santorum, noted “liberal evangelical” Tony Campolo, conservative radio host Michael Reagan, and racial reconciliation activist Dr. John Perkins.

If that’s not divergent enough, other features include Bono, Rick Warren, Bill Maher, James Dobson, George Clooney, Jerry Falwell, Stephen Colbert, Ann Coulter, Pat Robertson, Lewis Black, Tony Perkins, Monty Python, and even Stewie from “Family Guy”… along with many others.

Add to that the nationwide man-on-the-street interviews with “Bumper-Sticker Man,” the Culture Wars game show, the “renaming” of St. Paul to New Leningrad, and a controversial and moving “Confession Booth” at Portland’s Gay Pride celebration, and Lord, Save Us From Your Followers delves into religious hot-button issues with candor, humor, and balance.

Engaging, unpredictable, and challenging, Lord, Save Us From Your Followers will change the way you talk about faith!

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So readers, what do you think is stopping the non-Christian from becoming a Christian? I think this movie really could be an eye-opener.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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News Wednesday— St. Patrick Wasn’t A Drunk

Good afternoon readers! It is News Wednesday and St. Patrick’s Day. I know that today for a lot of the world is a day of drunkenness and partying. Well readers I found a great story I want to share with you and that I found here. Enjoy!

St. Patrick was a MISSIONARY!

by Ann Dunagn March 17, 2010

Do your kids know that St. Patrick was a missionary?

All throughout the month of March, we should remember the real missionary story of St. Patrick. Whenever we see GREEN decorations (in stores, restaurants, etc.), we can use these as sporadic “reminders” to teach our children we’re all called to GO and to share God’s GOOD NEWS.

Quick Facts:

St. Patrick’s Day – MARCH 17th

Patrick was the first Christian missionary to Ireland. In the United States, celebrations include city parades, Irish cultural celebrations, and the wearing of green.

Who was Saint Patrick?

“Saint” Patrick (389 – 461 AD) actually went to Ireland twice – first as a slave, and later as a missionary. Born in Britain, Patrick is widely known as the first Christian missionary to the Irish people. During his youth (from 16 to 22 years old), he was captured and taken to Ireland. While there, young Patrick repented of his sinful, backslidden condition. Years later, after escaping to his homeland, he received a vision from God calling him to return to the Irish people to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Patrick obeyed God’s call and went back.

For the remainder of his life, Patrick ministered among the unreached tribes of Ireland – confronting Irish idolatry and sorcery, converting many to Jesus Christ, and baptizing thousands of people. Tradition says he used the three-leaf Irish clover to teach the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

According to historian William Federer, who wrote St. Patrick: The Real History of His Life, From Tragedy to Triumph, “He was actually a missionary and he converted 120,000 druids from paganism to Christianity.” Federer claims that in the fifth century A.D., Patrick did more than perhaps anyone in history to spread Christianity in Europe. Although druids attempted to kill him over a dozen times, Patrick continued to prech the message of Jesus Christ, and throughout his ministry he pioneered over 300 Christian churches. Patrick also spoke out against slavery, and because of this, some call him the world’s first abolitionist.

For more of the article click the link above.

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So readers, I hope you have/had a great St. Patrick’s Day. I hope you learned something. I did.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Tech. Tuesday– I See You

Good afternoon readers! Today is Tech. Tuesday! I have a thought-provoking post for you today.

Today I booked my wife and I’s flight to Seattle for our summer vacation. I haven’t been on a plane since shortly after 9/11. A lot of things have changed in airport security since then. I thought about those while booking our flight.

The thing I wanted to talk about today was full body scanners. Are they necessary? Here is an article I found originally here.

Twenty-five years ago if someone told you that by the year 2010 that in order to get on a plane you would have to walk through an air chamber that “sniffs” out bombs, they would have laughed at you. And rightfully so, the thought of a bomb sniffing machine can still sound outlandish, but they exist. Security devices to secure buildings, airports and even just small, temporary venues has exploded in the last decade with 9/11 pushing people to find better, easier and more accurate ways of detecting threats.

The latest in the series of science fiction turned fact machines are full body scanners. These scanners, instead of just beeping the presence of metal, actual scan and produce an image of where any item (metal or not) is and the form that it is in. They do this either by minute radio waves that only penetrate clothing but can bounce off of other items or by taking X-rays of the subject within twenty seconds of each other and making a full body image that shows foreign objects.

Potential problems with full body scans range from health concerns (there are none) all the way to invasion of privacy. More alarming of the debates, is that with the radio wave type scanner it is possible to discern a great amount of detail about the subject inside the scanner. It is thought by many that the detail, even with the software that blurs the faces subjects, will eventually lead to many lawsuits if it becomes necessary for all people to pass through these as it may at a few airports very soon. Fortunately, for now at least, you have the option of traditional security screening over the full body scanners, offering a private way to pass through.

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Another thing I was thinking about when booking the flight was that, God really doesn’t need an x-ray machine or a full body scanner to be able to see what is going on inside of us. Every moment of everyday, He knows what is going on. He knows us inside and out.

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So what are your thoughts readers?

Are the an invasion of privacy? Will they do more harm than good?

If God were to take you aside and look inside you, what would He find? What’s going on inside of you? Is it something great, or does it need repair?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Music Monday — Never Alone

Good afternoon readers! Today is Music Monday and I wanted to share a song with you that has been hitting my heart for the longest time. It is Barlow Girl’s Never Alone.

Throughout my life, I have doubted the existence of God. Whether it be an event that was significant in my life, a death, or depression, that thought has come into my mind.

By listening to this song and becoming a Christian, I know that no matter what happens in my life, God is present and in control. Things happen for a reason, and God will be there no matter what. I, and every other human being on the face of this Earth, are Never Alone.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Movie Saturday — Please Give

Good morning readers! Another Movie Saturday is taking place today! I was looking through Apple’s Trailers and found this hilarious looking movie called Please Give. Below is information about the movie.

Kate (Catherine Keener) has a lot on her mind. There’s the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store (and how much markup can she get away with?). There’s the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter (Sarah Steele) to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There’s the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business, and life with her husband Alex (Oliver Platt) but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And there’s Kate’s free—floating 21st century malaise—the problem of how to live well and be a good person when poverty, homelessness, and sadness are always right outside the door. Plus, there’s the neighbors: cranky, elderly Andra (Ann Guilbert) and the two granddaughters who look after her (Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet). As Kate, Alex, and Abby interact with the people next door, with each other, and with their New York surroundings, a complex mix of animosity, friendship, deception, guilt, and love plays out with both sharp humor and pathos. PLEASE GIVE is writer/director Nicole Holofcener’s perceptive—and devastatingly funny—take on modern life’s contradictions, good intentions and shaky moral bearings.

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What I wanted to say today is a little bit more serious than this movie. I like the title, Please Give. As Christians, we are supposed to help our fellow-man in times of trouble and even in times of happiness. We are supposed to tithe at least 10% of our income.

My wife and I started tithing and have been blessed so much, but one area we really have trouble with is giving to the needy. Everyday we see “homeless” people panhandling on the corner. I put homeless in quotations because that is the part I have a problem with. Some, and the majority of the people out there are in fact homeless, and the others do it as a full-time job (panhandling). I have seen news stories on how a panhandler can make close to $60,000 a year, and not even pay taxes on that income.

I guess I need to give more regardless. I don’t know what is being done with money I give. I shouldn’t worry about it. I should be content with the thought of helping somebody else out.

Does anyone else deal with the same issue?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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