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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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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Movie Saturday– The Human Experience

Good morning everyone! Today is great for Movie Saturday! We will be looking at a movie entitled The Human Experience. It is set to hit theaters April 9, 2010, and looks like a great film to see. Below is the synopsis from the movies website.

From Grassroots Films of Brooklyn, New York comes THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE – the story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa. What the young men discover changes them forever. Through one on one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit.

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So readers, What is the meaning of life? Who are We? These are great questions to ask, and are asked by both Christians and the non-believer. All I can really say about this is that I believe these questions can be answered. The answers can be found in Christ Jesus!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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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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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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New Blog Schedule

Hello readers! I hope everyone’s Monday went well. I hope your Valentine’s Day was great as well.

I wanted to let you know of the direction my blog is going to go for a little bit. Right now, my time is really limited, so I will be scheduling blog posts in advance.

The following is the schedule I plan to keep to right now.

Monday: Music Monday.. An album review, song review, or anything related to Christian music

Tuesday: Tech. Tuesday.. Something related to technology and today’s Christian.

Wednesday: News Wednesday… Something interesting posted in the news from the current day or previous week.

Thursday: Scripture Thursday.. Thoughts on a verse or sermon I have read or heard from the current day or previous week.

Friday: Feature Friday.. Featured blog or Christian website

Saturday: Movie Saturday.. Upcoming movies and my thoughts about them.

Sunday.. Day of rest..

Well readers, that is what I think I will be doing for a little bit. I hope you like the changes.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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