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This morning I was listening to the words in a lot of the songs we play on SOS Radio. I was hearing songs about faith, trust, love, grace and changed lives. There was just this theme of "change" in the air. I've been feeling it in my prayer life over the last few weeks, and I think change is inevitable when we are on a journey with Jesus. I'm excited to see how God challenges our country and our culture in 2014.
God is in the lifechange business. Jesus said, "If you really knew me, you would know my father as well, from now on you DO know him and have seen him. Anyone who has seen me has seen the father. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these."
There's a lot of Epic Bible movies releasing in 2014.
Noah - (Russel Crowe/Anthony Hopkins/Emma Watson) A 150 million dollar budget is going into this film!
The Exodus - (A movie about Moses) starring Christian Bale & Sigourney Weaver ( Ridley Scott is directing this)
God & Kings - (A movie about Moses) directed by Stephen Spielberg
Mary Mother of Christ - The movie facebook page bills the movie as "The True Prequel to the Passion of the Christ" It's from the writer of the Passion of the Christ. (Ben Kingley is in this one)
Son of God - (Mark Burnett) It's based on The Bible mini series and made into a movie. (The film will feature selections of the miniseries as well as deleted scenes not featured during the telecast.)
The tables have turned. We now live in a world where Christians (at least occasionally…be honest! ; ) look for reasons to avoid going to church. And where those who believe there is no God look for reasons to start churches.
Popping up in cites around the U.S. and U.K.: Atheist Churches. They’re structured perhaps a lot like your own church services. Singing. Teaching. Offerings.
I’ve been reading a book called BUILT from Benny Perez and it’s about beating the odds, escaping average and keeping your fire and passion for the long term so you don’t burn out.
He says, "We can spiritually drink soda and that may satisfy us for the moment, but eventually we must have the water of God’s presence. We speak from the overflow of our heart. Our purpose as leaders cannot ever truly be fulfilled apart from Jesus. As we are regularly exposed to God’s heavenly perspective, our vision stays clear."
King Solomon shared this in the book of Proverbs and I think it's a great reminder as we start a new year! I hope this encourages you to reframe the way you look at wisdom. I hope you'll ask God to pour out his wosdom in your life this year!
"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to God and he will make your paths straight.
Chef Phillip Dell talks about "entertaining" vs real "hospitality". He also shares easy cooking ideas for all our holiday leftovers!
This is who picks the music on SOS Radio :) Gavin is 3 yrs old and Naomi is 4 years old.
Merry Christmas! - Scott
Actress/Author Lisa Whelchel talks helping our kids connect with the real meaning of Christmas & she shares about her new movie Madea Christmas!
Jonny Diaz talks about selfishness and selflessness. How working to better ourselves isn't really a pride thing. He also talks about how scars are evidence of our journey & they open up our future. He also performs live in our podcast!
The Christmas season is upon us. Are you ready? Have you planned out what you will do to stay on track? By Chef Phillip Dell
Almost everyone I know is confronted with temptations all through the holiday season. Be it Christmas treats, work parties and potlucks or gifts from vendors or clients. We are all tempted to falter during the holidays.
I want to remind you that we are seeking the fruit of self-control here.
Proverbs 25:28 says: "Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control."