Do You Believe?, and the Most Important Question

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(Note – Do You Believe? is rated PG-13. It contains some violence, and addresses a number of more grown up topics. For a thorough review and breakdown of the movie and its content, visit http://www.pluggedin.)

Featuring Newsboys’ hit song “We Believe,” the movie Do You Believe? brings us face to face with a very important question – “Do you believe in the cross of Christ,” and if so, “what are you going to do about it?”

Do You Believe? tells the story of 12 different people from various walks of life, each dealing with their own set of circumstances, who share one thing in common – they must each answer in their own way the question given above. For the pastor and his wife, as well as a couple that has lost their daughter, it means taking in struggling people the Lord places in their paths. For others, it means taking the step to either commit or more fully commit their lives to Him. Some must take a risk to stand up for and live out their faith. At the end of the day, however, they all discover that God is ready and willing to meet them right where they’re at.

The question the movie asks – do you believe in the cross – is the most important question we’ll ever answer. This one choice – to place our trust in Jesus, and accept Him as our Savior – both settles where we will spend eternity, and also has a life-changing impact on us here and now. If you believe in Him, then you are a child of God, with the right to have a close, intimate relationship with Him that will extend on into eternity. Refusal to receive Christ is THE ONE AND ONLY thing we do that prevents us from someday living with Him forever.

Once we have accepted Christ, God wants to use us to impact others for Him. As the movie shows, He can do so in a variety of ways in each of our lives. What’s important is that we are willing to listen to His voice, and allow Him to lead and guide us.

How will you answer the question the movie presents – the most important one you’ll ever be asked? “Do YOU believe in the cross of Christ,” and if so “what are YOU going to do about it?”

Thanksgiving Family Fun

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Looking for something fun to do with your family this Thanksgiving? Check these ideas!

  • Watch a Thanksgiving parade together on tv.
  • Watch the first Christmas movie of the year.
  • Challenge your family to a game of Thanksgiving trivia! Click here for some trivia questions to get you started!
  • Listen to Christmas music as you start decorating the house for Christmas.
  • During the first Thanksgiving celebration, the Pilgrims and Indians challenged each other to various games and competitions. Follow this tradition by playing some board games with your family this Thanksgiving!
  • After Thanksgiving dinner, go around the table, and each share one of your favorite holiday memories!
  • Check out a book from the library, or look up some info online, and read about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Indians.

Which of these things will you do with your family this Thanksgiving?

From http://generationarise.com/thanksgiving-family-fun/.

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Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Aren’t going anywhere, but want to have some fun this Labor Day weekend? Check out this list of ideas!

Movie marathon – Don’t feel like doing much, yet want to spend time as a family? Rent a few of your favorite movies, and have a movie marathon!
Visit the beach – Do you have a beach in the area? Head there for some summertime fun – before the school year is in full swing!
Go for a hike – Go for a hike, and enjoy spending some time in the great outdoors!
Bonfire – Have some friends over for a bonfire, and enjoy roasting marshmallows!
Outdoor game night – Play some outdoor games, such as ladder ball, Botchee, and croquet.
Cook Out  Head outside, set up the grill, and turn your dinner into a picnic in your own backyard!
Have some friends over to watch the big game  – Is your favorite football team playing this weekend? Have some friends over to watch the game with you!

Do you have any plans this Labor Day weekend?

Takeaways From Frozen

Takeaways From FrozenSince its release, Disney’s animated movie Frozen has become extremely popular. Many have enjoyed watching it, time and again. Remakes of the song “Let It Go” have been popping up all over. Tons of people have had fun laughing over the antics of Olaf, a snowman from the movie who is quite the character!

While watching the movie, I noticed that its storyline demonstrates some truths from God’s Word. Here is what I took away from Frozen

  • Elsa’s struggle with controlling her powers reminded me of Paul’s struggle with sin, spoken of in Romans 7:15-24.
  • When Elsa ran away to the mountain after everyone found out about her powers, and began to let them loose, she thought that she was finally free. In reality, she was still trapped in isolation. There are those who think true freedom is being able to live however they want. Just like Elsa wasn’t truly free until she learned that love was the answer to obtaining mastery over her powers, we aren’t truly free until we have allowed ourselves to be set free by the love of our Savior. True freedom is found in Christ alone!
  • The way that Anna would stop at nothing to help her sister break free of the isolation and fear she’d been living under for so long, eventually sacrificing herself to that end, reminded me of how Christ pursues us, and went even to the point of laying down His life for us.
  • When Elsa accidentally froze Anna’s heart, the troll said that only an act of true love could thaw a frozen heart. The act of true love that saved Anna was her risking her own life to save Elsa from being killed by the man who was trying to take over their kingdom. This reminded me of John 15:13, which says that no man has greater love than the laying down of their life for their friends. True love is self-sacrificial. That is the kind of love Anna showed to her sister, and that is the kind of love Christ has shown to us.
  • The love Anna showed to Elsa completely changed her. In the same way, it is the love of Christ that brings about true change in our lives.

This is what I took away from the movie Frozen. Have you seen the movie? What do you like best about it?

Grace Unplugged, and Finding Fulfillment

Grace Unplugged, and Finding FulfillmentI recently watched Grace Unplugged, a Christian movie about a teenage girl named Grace – daughter of a former-rock-star-turned-Christian – and her struggle with wanting to live life her own way, chasing her own dreams. Leaving home to pursue a career in the music biz, she would soon discover that the glamour life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and the importance of a relationship with God over the world’s empty promises.

Throughout the film, Grace sought fulfillment in a variety of places – fame, a guy whom she thought cared about her, success in her music career – only to come up empty and heart-broken each time. This is the story of many of our lives.  We try to satisfy our deepest longings with that which can never bring true satisfaction, and no matter what we do, something always seems to be missing. Like Grace, it is only when we turn to God that we will truly find what we are looking for. It is in Christ that we are complete (Colossians 2:10). Only the love of our Heavenly Father can fill the void within us, giving our lives true meaning and purpose.

Grace Unplugged stars AJ Michalka as Grace Trey, whom the movie’s about, Jamie Grace as Rachel, Grace’s friend, and features a special appearance by Chris Tomlin. Rated PG, it is a great movie for teens and adults, and a good reminder that true fulfillment and purpose are found in the arms of our Heavenly Father!

Grace Unplugged, and Finding Fulfillment

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