Friday, April 27, 2018

Encouragement: Song Of the Week-I Am the Lord (Do Not Fear)

Dear Readers~

On my birthday adventure to Virginia Beach, this song kept coming to mind;I thought I would share with you. Based on Isaiah 43, this some is a reminder that God's always with us.Although the version below is performed by Grace Community Church, the original song is written by Hillsong United.

I am the Lord (Do Not Fear) -Lyrics Based on Isaiah 43

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you
And the waves, will not overcome you
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you
I have called you by name, you are Mine

For I am the Lord your God (girls repeat)
I am the Lord your God
(I am) the Holy One of Israel, your Savior (2x)

(Guys) I am the Lord
(Girls)Do not fear

When you pass through the fire, you'll not be hurt
And the flames will not consume you
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you
I have called you by name, you are Mine

(Guys)You are the Lord
(Girls)I'll not fear

You are the Lord

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness Official Trailer

Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to see God's Not Dead 3: A Light In Darkness. I believe this movie accurately reflects our current struggle to share The Gospel in the midst of a fallen world. In this third installment, controversy arises as Pastor Dave copes with protests about having a church on University property; it all comes to a head when the church is burned down in a fire. As he struggles to pick up and rebuild his father's legacy, the protests continue with fighting from both sides. Enlisting the help of his brother (John Corbett), the two begin to fight it out in court against the University; however, the brothers are also dealing with their own childhood issues. Things haven't been the same since his brother walked away from the faith; since then, Dave have been praying for him and he finds that annoying.

In the end, Pastor Dave surrenders, realizing that that church is just a building and he needs to share God's message everywhere. He then decides to rebuild somewhere else.

I will admit it - some churches are struggling today. They have forgotten their purpose and goal... To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Christians tend to forget that we are the Living Church.  I love this; the church is not just a building. One of my favorite quotes from the movie says,  "Without grace, we are just fighting," We need to remember to share God's truth in love. After all, we are representatives of Jesus and His Light. Matthew 5:14 says, "You are the light of the world. A city set on  a hill cannot be hidden;"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

See What's Coming Up On MY LITTLE LIFE

Welcome Back Readers~

TLC is trying to broaden its audience with the addition of a new reality series featuring a number of people with different varieties of dwarfism. Each are at different stages in their life; some are looking to move out and assert their independence like 21-year-old Timberlee and her daughter while others are looking for love and the possibility of motherhood. This series follows each one of their journeys as they struggle to grow and accomplish their dreams. The show airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

John Legend - Jesus Christ Superstar Review

Welcome Back Readers~

On the heels of such hits like “The Passion: New Orleans” and “The Sound Of Music Live” featuring Carrie Underwood, NBC tried to re-create the magic with their version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.” With lyrics by Tim Rice, this 1970's rock opera follows Jesus' journey through Jerusalem on the
last seven days leading up to his crucifixion.

On the surface, this musical may seem like a nice introduction of Jesus to those who haven't heard the gospel; however, there are several biblical inconsistencies. 

  1. Romantic relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene- Despite the sub plot of the musical, there is no evidence that Mary Magdalene had anything other than platonic feelings for Jesus. In fact, little is known about Mary herself except that Jesus drove seven demons out of her (Luke 8:2). After her healing, she becomes faithful follower of Jesus. After the crucifixion, she is the first to find the tomb is empty. What is so special about that? Women weren't typically believed when it  came to messages of importance in those days. Any romantic relationship was fabricated and even an inappropriate deviation from the Gospel. 
  2. The Portrayal of a Confused Jesus- Throughout the concert, Jesus is portrayed as a confused man- which he is not. Despite being fully man, he is also fully God. Jesus is fully aware of God's plan to save us from our sin and his part in redemption. In a moment of weakness , he even asks God the Father if there is in the other way to accomplish this goal, saying "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39).
  3. An Incomplete Crucifixion-Resurrection Scene - Although they had John Legend (playing Jesus) on the cross ascending into a blue background with light pouring down from above, this did not accurately portray the complete story. Jesus died on the cross and was physically resurrected to meet with his disciples - demonstrating to all of us the hope of our bodily resurrection. Only after that did Jesus ascend to heaven -physically and bodily. Without the resurrection and reuniting with his believing followers, the musical provides and incomplete Gospel.
I am pleased that the musical brought attention to Jesus at Easter time and that so many artists put their heart into the effort. I only wish that the story had more accurately portrayed the complete Gospel of Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and His offer of forgiveness for our sin. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Let There Be Light Trailer #1 | Movieclips Indie

Welcome Back Readers~

Best known for his role in God's Not Dead, Kevin Sorbo is branching out from his acting career by writing and directing his very first movie Let There Be Light. This film centers around the drastic transformation of Dr. Sol Harkins. Previously an atheist, Sol experiences a change of heart when he has a car accident (while driving drunk) and is clinically dead for four minutes. During that time, he is enveloped in light and encounters his dead son Davey (who had cancer); his son then encourages him to go back and "Let There Be Light."

Awakening in the hospital, he is unable to make sense of the message so he opens up with his ex-wife about his experience. Since their son's death, the couple have struggled to remain on speaking terms for the rest of the family and his outspoken opposition to their faith. Still, Katy sees this as a opportunity to change his fate. She mentions the idea of going to see her pastor. Not your regular pastor, Pastor Vinny has seen his own share of difficulties. As an ex-convict, it wasn't an epiphany or some climactic event that led him to Christ; it was the simple act of the disciples standing by their faith after the discovery of the empty tomb. As there conversation continues, he suggests that God chose to reveal himself to Sol so that he can be an example of God's Light and love in the midst of a struggling world. And just so there was no doubt that God loved Sol, he sent Davey to give him the message; Just like God sent his son on the cross!

Armed with eye-opening epiphany, Sol begins to think a closer look at himself and his opinions on Christianity. Several weeks later, he is baptized and opens up to the public about newfound faith. As one can imagine, his publicist doesn't approve and refuses to represent him anymore. Looking for a new project, Sol and Katy rack there brains looking for a way to share God's Light and love with those who were not otherwise hear The Good News. Finally, she gets the idea for an app which allows Christians to proclaim their faith by shining their light (both figuratively and literally) up towards the sky on the darkest night of the year (which just happens to be Christmas). It also allows those that have questions about their faith an opportunity to get answers.

"You mean proselytizing?"

"Yes. Without apology.."

 Sol and Katy find themselves growing closer in the process. He is determined to do what it takes to become a part of the family again- including stepping up as a father and and becoming a honorable husband. On a date night, he asks her to remarry him and she accepts. But the happiness is short-lived when the two return home and Katy collapses. It's an inoperable brain tumor. Despite the devastating news, she is focused on making sure her family is okay and seeing the project come to a completion.

I will not disclose the ending for those readers who are interested in renting the movie for themselves. I will say however I was delighted to find out this movie was a family affair as three of Sorbo's own family star in the movie.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Little People, Big World returns for Season 13 on April 3rd

Dear Readers,

It is with great excitement that I announce the return of the 13th season of Little People,Big World which premieres on Tuesday on TLC at 9 PM. When audiences left off with the family, they were anxiously awaiting the birth of Zach and Tori's first child Jackson. Now it's Jeremy and Audrey's turn. Amy and Matt have been experiencing new things as well with the introduction of different relationships into the family dynamic.

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