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Friday, December 24, 2010

Think on These Things: Jesus Christ is Born!

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Isaiah 9:6     For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (KJV).
















Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Remember that God's gift of His only Son is what the celebration is truly about.  I hope you enjoy spending quality time with your loved ones, as I will with mine. 

God Bless, and I'll see you next year!

April

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fighting the Urge to Merge: Embracing the "Single Life" part 4

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In our last session, we encouraged you to indulge in one of the great advantages of being single: Wholeheartedly pursuing your personal interests, determining your God-given abilities and developing those skills for future use. This week, we’ll explore the last stage of embracing the single life: Getting involved!

Often, we feel so left out if we’re not romantically involved, that we place ourselves on the “sideline” of life. Just because society promotes dating as the epitome of happiness, doesn’t make it so. There are a world of people to meet, experiences to be had and work to do for God’s glory.  So, get off the bench, get in there, and get busy!

First, get to know your family. There might be many areas in which you don’t see eye-to-eye with your parents, but deep down, you know they love you and seek your best interests. Make time to discover who they are as people and not just as parents. Doing so will likely help you learn more about yourself. One of these days, your relationship with them will become more like a friendship, and the memories made in your youth will be the glue that binds you together.

While you’re at it, spend some time talking with your older relatives, grandparents and even great-grandparents if you have them. Learn your family history, not just the family tree, but who your relatives really were. Your older family members have a wealth of information and wisdom. Once they pass away, that wealth goes with them, so take advantage of it while you can.

Next, you need true, Godly friends. Make a point to develop relationships with friends you know you can trust. If you’re short in the true friend category, ask God and He will provide. Friends can help keep you spiritually “on track,” stick up for you in trouble, and be a great source of comfort and strength. The truest friends I made growing up, even though we don’t see each other as often, are still my truest friends. They stuck by me then and they stick by me today.

Finally, seek out God’s work for you.  According to His Word, you have work to do on God’s behalf right now- in your school, at your place of work, even in your own home. Pray, and ask God to direct you in this work. He may begin to burden your heart to pray for unsaved friends. He could lead you to start a Bible Study group at your school, or organize a praise band at church. Who knows? The possibilities are endless! The main point, though, is that His work for you is uniquely tailored to your gifts and abilities. There are people out there who will respond to God’s voice as he speaks through you!

God’s work is highly addictive, but addictive in the best sense. Side effects include: joy, a strong sense of purpose and the desire to go deeper and do even more work for Him! Can you imagine leading a friend to Christ? It’s the greatest feeling imaginable! This is God’s plan for you, and it’s not in the distant future, but right here and now. Don’t let the world tell you that you’re missing something. Allow God to take you down the straight and narrow path to an abundant present and a hopeful future.

My dear friends, in wrapping up this series, I’d like to point out a few “main ideas.” This very stage of your life is unique, special, and going away before you know it. Now is the time to focus on you. Now is the time to make memories with those you love and live life to the fullest. You were born for a specific purpose- not to live in someone else’s shadow. Strive to become all God wants you to be as an individual, and trust that, if God wills, Mr. Right will come along in God’s perfect timing.



Monday, December 20, 2010

Jesus Waited, Too...


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Luke 2:51-52 And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them…and Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (KJV).

Why can the season of waiting be so difficult? Because it’s frustrating at times You know what you want, and usually it’s more than just obtaining a “prize,” ultimately, it’s a desire for purpose in life. Sometimes, before the season of waiting, God Himself lays a desire on your heart or gives you a vision. You reach the point of accepting that vision and, then what? You must stop! The end result seems so close that you can almost touch it, and yet, you’re halted in your tracks.

This week, God opened my eyes to a truth that will, hopefully, bring you comfort. If you, like many of us, are in that season of waiting, you are in great company. Jesus also experienced such a season in His life, and we can learn much by following His example.

This verse sums up the story of Jesus, as a twelve year-old boy, remaining in Jerusalem after the Passover celebration. If anyone had a vision and a calling on His life, it was Jesus, but at this time He was not yet ready to step into the role of Teacher, Healer and ultimately Savior. He had preparing and growing to do. So, what did Jesus do while waiting? Let’s look:

According to verse 46, He was in the temple, sitting with teachers. He listened to them and He asked questions. In other words, He was learning and developing His skills in preparation for God’s work.  He was also developing a reputation among those He met as someone who was set apart for a special purpose. Verse 47 says that all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. It’s obvious that Jesus, even at twelve, knew He was called, because His response to His mother was I must be about My Father’s business.

What comes next seems like simply the closing of the story, but it reveals some profound truths. He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject unto them. The King of Kings, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, even the sin of His own parents, lived in obedience and submission to His parents. Until it was time to assume His God-appointed leadership role, Jesus lived obediently under the authority given to Him. Does that amaze you like it does me?

Finally, Jesus increased…in favor with God and men. He developed worthwhile relationships. He grew in His relationship with God. He grew closer to His family. He deepened His relationships with all he knew until God told Him to step into the work He was destined to perform for us.

Now, let’s make this personal: what can we do besides long for the next big “thing” in life? We can get prepared! Learn from God and your appointed instructors. Take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves, but don’t try to force the opportunity. (Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but He didn’t take the journey on His own. It was a yearly tradition of His family.) Develop a Godly reputation among all you know through your words and deeds. Live a life of radical obedience! Be skeptical of what the world tells you, but embrace the correction and instruction of those God has placed in authority over you. Finally, develop worthwhile relationships. Get to know your family better and make memories with them. Develop Godly friendships. Don’t worry about the romance part, just create a healthy, dependable circle of people you can trust. God will use this resource as your support system later in life.

If you’re waiting, for anything, be encouraged! Jesus has been in your shoes and He’s outlined the way to make it through.


God Bless!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Think On These Things: New Christmas Albums for 2010!

I don't know about you, but one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the music! There are several new albums released this year, but I found the following three particularly unique and interesting.




Have you heard of 33 Miles? Their new Christmas album, Believe, contains 10 tracks: 7 classics and three original songs. What I found most enjoyable was their unique takes on classic Christmas songs. I, who am not a fan of country music, found myself wanting to hear more. Joy to the World was one of my favorites! You can hear a sample of Joy to the World by clicking here:




If you're into alternative rock, there's Future of Forestry.  Their album Advent Christmas EP volume 2 contains an original song entitled:  The Earth Stood Still.  It's great!  I highly recommend it! 



Finally, the Newsboys have released a Christmas album entitled:  Christmas, a Newsboys Holiday.  The songs are mostly traditional favorites, but with a Newsboys rock infusion!



Merry Christmas!

April



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Friday, December 10, 2010

Think on These Things: Dawn Treader Opens Today!

Last weekend, we highlighted the movie The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  Well, it's opening in theaters today!  I just returned from watching the movie and, in my opinion, it was excellent!  I highly recommend that you go and see it! The Dawn Treader is action-packed, but has light-hearted moments as well.  It generally stays true to the book, not that there aren't moments where it strays, but C.S. Lewis' overall intent was well preserved.  What makes the movie so engaging is that, although the characters are on a difficult quest and must overcome enemies from the outside, the greatest danger comes from within their own hearts.  It's a great parallel to the ups and downs of the daily Christian life.

What I found especially appropriate, considering our current series on A&V, was that Lucy, Edmund, Caspian and even Eustace face internal feeling of inadequacy.  The temptation to sin arises from these insecurities.  Lucy especially struggles with wanting to look prettier, and be attractive to guys.  She has a wonderful discourse with Aslan in which he tells her not to "think less of yourself than you are." (I'm paraphrasing, can't remember the exact quote.)  Later, when a young girl admires Lucy and says, "When I grow up, I want to be just like you."  Lucy turns to the girl and says, "When you grow up, you should be just like you!"  (I loved that little scene!)

The scene in which they fight the sea serpent really keeps you on your toes.  Again, it was the combination of fighting both external and the internal forces, simultaneously at this point, that kept you glued to the screen.  Overall, this movie not only met, but exceeded my expectations!  I was convinced that I'd find some minor scene objectionable, but I did not.  It was well made, engaging, and I found the Christian imagery very inspiring! 

If you get the chance, I highly recommend you go watch this movie!  It was everything I expected it would be, and my hope is that enough support will be gained through this movie to allow Walden Media to continue filming the series.  The Silver Chair will make an amazing sequel!

Here are a few more tidbits of info. I found in regards to The Dawn Treader, that I'm posting for your reading and listening enjoyment:


Narniafans.com posted a review of the Dawn Treader by Valerie Bell, of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).  She makes an excellent case for watching the movie on opening weekend.  You can read her review here: http://www.narniafans.com/archives/10850#more-10850

The same website also posted an endorsement of the movie by Tim Gresham, the step-grandson of C.S. Lewis.  You can read it, along with lots of fans comments here:  http://www.narniafans.com/archives/10846#comments

Focus on the Family's review of the movie, from Plugged In Online, can be read here:  http://www.pluggedin.com/movies/intheaters/chroniclesofnarniathevoyageofthedawntreader.aspx

Finally, you can listen to Carrie Underwood's song There's A Place For Us, which is part of The Dawn Treader soundtrack, by clicking here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPdSw2kGnOQ



I encourage you to grab some friends and head to the movies this weekend. If you do, let us know how you liked it!







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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Think on These Things: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader!

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things (NKJV).


Welcome to our weekend post! In an effort to make purity more practical in daily life, the weekend posts will highlight "things," such as books, CD's, movies, clothing, or other useful items that we believe a Christian can enjoy without compromising their faith. These posts will be made with no bias toward or against the products we discuss, no money is being made by our opinions and we are not trying to "sell" you anything.  This is only intended to make the daily battle for purity a little easier.

I don't know about you, but I'm a lover of movies...wholesome ones, anyway. That's why I'm thrilled about the latest movie in The Chronicles of Narnia series: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader!  Based on the books by C.S. Lewis, the Dawn Treader continues the adventures of the youngest two Pevensie children, Edmund and Lucy, along with their annoying cousin, Eustace, in Narnia.  They meet Prince Caspian once again, climb aboard his ship, The Dawn Treader, and face perils from external as well as internal forces.  An article from latimes.com describes the plot as follows: "The trio are transported back to the mythical land of Narnia, where they join Caspian on a voyage to mysterious islands. Along their journey, the three children must resist temptation, including pride, envy and greed, as they confront a variety of creatures, culminating in an epic battle against a massive sea serpent."

As in the previous movies of the series, this is a pure fantasy, but it promises to be much more lighthearted than Prince Caspian, its closest prequel.  The movie is produced by Walden Media, a company that is "committed to producing traditional family entertainment."  Executives from Walden Media describe it as: "...a story of temptation, transformation, redemption and grace in a way that you are immersed in a world of magic and wonder. It's an all-audience movie and a return to the first one."(latimes.com)  As a fan of the books, I anticipate this to be not only an entertaining movie, but an uplifting experience. 
 
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will open in theaters on December 10.  Therefore, I am speaking from a standpoint of not having previewed the movie.  I anticipate it to be a positive and entertaining experience, but I cannot say this with absolute certainty.  From all accounts, it is being marketed to the family-friendly, traditional values market.  In fact, David Weil, chief executive of Walden parent Anschutz Film Group, is quoted as saying:  "We're reaching out to faith contingencies around the world where C.S. Lewis' works are well known and resonate strongly."(latimes.com) When movie reviews become available, we will share them with you, as well as give our personal review upon watching. 

With all the movies out there that are filled with negative, anti-Christian content, it's so refreshing to see companies investing in wholesome and well-made movies.  We, the traditional values crowd, should applaud their efforts and support such entertainment.
 
Below is the trailer to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. We hope you enjoy!


 
 
 
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sources:  narniafans.com, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-ct-narnia-20101203,0,1708261.story?track=rss