Time Travel Acheived! – Reliving the 60s

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Have you ever wished that you could time travel? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the past? Well, now you can! As a matter of fact, right at this very moment, you are reliving the decade that took place about 50 years ago – the 60s!

One day, I was watching a show on tv where they were trying to depict the scene of a coffee shop in the 60s. While watching it, something looked familiar. Then I remembered – I had seen almost the exact same thing at a shop that I stopped at to grab coffee a few weeks earlier! After taking some time to research the 60s online, I found that there are many striking similarities between today and back then.

Why should this be a surprise? Ecclesiastes 1:9 specifically tells us that what has been will be again, and that what has been done will once again be done, for there is nothing new under the sun.

History really does repeat itself! Here are a few of the similarities between where we are today, and what was taking place during the 60s –

  • Many were against the Vietnam war, just as there are many today who think that we shouldn’t have gone to war w/Iraq, and who oppose very heavy American military involvement in the Middle East.
  • The civil rights movement was taking place, and today we’re dealing with things like the situation in Baltimore that took place earlier this year, and other similar events.
  • In the 60s, the younger generation began to rebel against more conservative views, and take on the mindset that you should be able to do whatever you want, and people should just accept you. Isn’t that the perspective many young people today have?
  • In the 60s, the feminist movement was big, and it’s an issue we’re hearing a lot about today.
  • In the 60s, the gay rights movement began to pick up, and just recently, the US passed a law allowing same-sex marriage.
  • Starting in the late 60s, the Jesus Movement took place when hippie culture and Christianity collided. Today, we are seeing within the church a resurgence of the kind of thinking that was popular during the Jesus Movement as believers try to remain relevant to the world around them. (The way many are doing this is by trying to be as much like the world as possible so that people will be drawn to Christianity as something cool and trendy. The danger is that we may water down Christianity so much in an attempt to get people to accept it, that even the most basic, essential Christian beliefs become completely eroded.)

Romans 15:4 says that everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. That’s the main reason for studying history – so that we can learn from it, copying what previous generations did right, and hopefully avoiding some of the mistakes that they made. If we’re really reliving the 60s, what can we learn from what happened then that we can apply to our lives today?

God’s Not Dead, and Sharing Your Faith

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The movie God’s Not Dead is all about standing up for your faith in the face of adversity. When instructed by a professor to sign a declaration that God is dead, Josh Wheaton (played by Shane Harper, aka Spencer from Good Luck Charlie) is the only student in class to refuse. As a result, the professor – who is an adamant atheist – demands that he either prove to his classmates that God’s not dead, or face losing 1/3 of his grade.

Josh takes up the challenge, in spite of others urging him to the contrary. While offering logical arguments to prove that God’s not dead, Josh maintains that it all comes down to a choice to either believe or not to believe, and states that he wants the students to be able to make that choice for themselves.

Have you made that choice? Have you chosen whether or not to believe in God, and put your trust in what His Son has done for you? If so, are you willing to stand up for your beliefs, and share the good news with those around you?

In God’s Not Dead, Josh is inspired by the C.S. Lewis quote “Only a real risk tests the quality of a belief.” The gospel is not something to be ashamed of. Our faith in God is not something to hide away in the face of risk.  Let’s be aware of the opportunities that God is giving us to share Him with others, and make use of them!

Have you seen God’s Not Dead? What’s your favorite part of the movie?

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Does God Seem Distant?

Does God Seem Distant?Does God ever seem distant to you? Like He’s far away? Do you just wish He would make Himself real to you?

Did you ever consider that maybe this has less to do with Him, and more to do with how you’re viewing Him?

Sometimes we tend to see Christianity as merely a religion – a set of dos and don’ts that we must follow if we want God to be pleased with us. We think that there’s this level of perfection we must reach before we can truly get close to God, and we’re constantly aware that we don’t measure up to this standard. We feel like we’re not worthy to draw near Him, and therefore get the sense that He’s far away.

Religion portrays God as cold and distant, and only concerned with how good we are, but that’s not who He is. He is our loving Heavenly Father, who, because of Christ, accepts us and calls us His children. He is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9), and will never leave  us (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Begin to view God in the light of Him being your Daddy in heaven, who is always with you, and cares about you deeply, and see how much more real He will seem!

What Matters Most About Music

What Matters Most About MusicMusic is listened to and enjoyed by many each and every day. Most of us listen to many different songs on a daily basis. Because we listen to it so much, and so often, it’s very important that we show discernment in our choice of music – that we remain conscious of what’s going into our ears, and consequently, into our minds and hearts.

In the Christian world, there’s much controversy regarding the different styles of music. Some may feel that their music selection should remain limited to more traditional tunes that express their faith. Others may enjoy listening to more hardcore Christian artists. Some may venture into the secular music realm, while still others may feel that it’s best to stick exclusively to the Christian genre.

Despite our differing opinions, at the end of the day, what really matters about the songs we listen to is the message that they convey. Take a few minutes to peruse the lyrics of several of your favorite songs. What are the artists really saying? What are these songs about? Does the content of their lyrics line up with the kind of thing Philippians 4:8 says that we should be thinking about? If so, keep on listening. If not, you may want to rethink your music selections.

Also, while there are some secular songs that truly convey good, wholesome, worthwhile messages, there is still a difference between songs that exalt our Heavenly Father, and proclaim the good news of what Christ has done, and those that don’t. It’s like the difference between chips, soda, and popcorn vs. a good, hearty dinner of chicken and vegetables – one is simply more nourishing than the other. There’s just something more active and life-giving about music containing lyrics that encourage us in our relationship with God, that simply isn’t a part of songs written from the world’s perspective.

Next time you are listening to music, challenge yourself to focus on more than just a cool tune or a catchy beat. Pay attention to the lyrics, and consider whether the message they convey is something you want to be listening to. Begin to establish a habit of listening consistently to songs that will spur you on in growing closer to your Heavenly Father!

What song(s) have benefited you in your walk with God? Comment to share music that has encouraged you in your life as a believer!

What matters most about music . . .