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OPEN HANDS BY LAURA STORY
It's no secret that I'm a Star Trek geek. Not in the "Trekkie" sense where I get costumed up and chase conventions (at least not yet...sounds fun though!). One of the things that's most fascinated me in many of the Trek movies and shows is the idea that space and time aren't as concrete as we think they are.
Without meaning to, that concept acknowledges our limitless God. He is never bound by the clock, never hindered by square footage, never kept at bay by the size of a checking account.
Lately I've experienced a few things that line up with a prayer I stopped praying years ago. I never stopped wanting what I had prayed for, nor did I give up on these things. I simpy got swept up in life and had to focus on other concerns.
God’s really worked on my heart over the last few years and challenged my wife and I to shift the way we look at generosity. Many of us have looked at a poverty mindset on one end of the spectrum and a prosperity mindset on the other end when it comes to money. That's because the Bible cautions us not to let money control is, but it also talks about how giving and living generously do bring blessing into our life. I think we get a little out of balance because we let the greedy people of the world taint our view of giving. I want you to know, my heart isn’t really focused on either mindset in that pendulum. It's not a poverty mindset OR a prosperity mindset. My family is seeking a Biblical mindset. If Gods word speaks clearly about something I want to own that.
Here's movie reviews of "42- The Jackie Robinson story" and "Not Today." Both are PG-13, but Bob from Pluggedin.com gave them both strong ratings!
Here's a review for Tyler Perry's latest film: Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.
Jay DeMarcus talks about faith, music, grace & parenting with Scott Herrold from the SOS Morning Show!
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Ken Andrews from The Biggest Loser 11 was on our morning show talking about health, weightloss, faith & motivation. He's lost over 200 lbs! He shared how Type 2 Diabetes does not have to be a life sentance, how God has changed his view of self image and how some basic changes in his life are saving him a ton of money.
Imagine walking into your church, and instead of seeing the Crucifixion Cross prominently displayed, your eyes are drawn to an electric chair near the altar. Picture the cover of your Bible, with The Cross replaced by "the chair."
The more you glance around, the more you notice the eponymous symbol for modern execution on display from every angle. All the crosses in your church have been replaced by electric chairs.
We are used to seeing the cross Christ hung on as a symbol of hope, salvation, forgiveness, and peace. We take comfort in what the Cross has come to represent.
In fact, I rarely associate the image of The Cross with the brutality of what took place on it, or leading up to the time Jesus spent on it.
Pilate passed the buck. After the Jewish council decided that Jesus was a huge problem for their politics, they sent him to the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Pilate couldn’t find Jesus guilty of any real crime, so he said so. Then the people of Jerusalem started pushing back. In fear of a revolt, he looked for another option. After hearing that Jesus was from Nazareth, he passed the buck and sent Jesus to Herod. As a Galilean, Jesus could fall under Herod’s jurisdiction, so Pilate passed the buck to someone else.
You’ve heard about the American Pastor Saeed Abedini who is being held in prision in Iran for his Christian faith. He was born in Iran, but he’s an American citizen. His wife & kids live in Idaho, but he also has extended family in Iran. He's bee held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, in Iran for months. Here is the entire letter he wrote to his wife about forgiveness & torture. This breaks my heart.