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24 July 2010

Avatar doesn't quit

Are you the only person in America who hasn't seen Avatar? Have no fear, it is still in theaters...217 days and counting since its December 18, 2009 release. You may have quite a drive since it's only in 4 theaters total in the entire U.S., but I'm sure that would be a wise investment of your time, energy, and resources.

I haven't watched many movies in the theater this year, but I saw Despicable Me in 3D with my nephews Owen and Asher and niece Elsie while baby sitting for them last week. I also highly recommend Inception. There are twists and surprises along with stunning visuals.

23 July 2010

Free Music Sites

Everyone likes getting free music, and it's especially nice when you do so legally. Check out the following two links to get free music by great artists. (I recommend Paper Route and Ben Rector) (I recommend The Ember Days and Ian McIntosh)

19 July 2010

the value of one Book

My parents sent me a copy of Tortured for Christ written by Richard Wurmbrand. It gives a detailed account of what Christians in the underground Church are experiencing because of their faith. In some places it is extremely difficult for believers to even get their hands on a Bible. Here's a portion of the book that depicts how much value is placed on being able to read God's Word:

"Two very dirty villagers came to my home one day to buy a Bible. They had come from their village to take the job of shoveling the frozen earth all winter long to earn money in the slight hope that they might be able to buy an old, tattered Bible with it and take it back to their village. Because I had received Bibles from America, I was able to hand them a new Bible, not an old tattered one. They could not believe their eyes!...They rushed back to their village with the Bible. A few days later I received a letter of unrestrained, ecstatic joy thanking me for the Scriptures. It was signed by thirty villagers! They had carefully cut the Bible into thirty parts and exchanged the parts with one another!

It was pathetic to hear a Russian begging for one page of the Bible to feed his soul. They were happy to exchange a cow or a goat for a Bible. One man traded his wedding ring for a battered New Testament... (p. 146-147)"

It's easy to place such little value on something that is so accessible. You can get a free copy of Tortured for Christ here. Stay informed on what is happening globally at Voice of the Martyr's website

09 July 2010

We are the Galleries of the Centuries

I got to spend a week of heaven on earth with some of my closest friends in the world and hear a lot of good music! Highlights of the week included watching The Glorious Unseen three times, seeing Write This Down for the first time, Daniel Schuring's "healing" experience, Guy Burkhead's rendition of "Sweet Jesus," watching replays of World Cup games at 3 AM, crowd surfing during Children 18:3's set, and having a few sips of the world famous strawberry lemonade shake up.

Here are bands you need to check out:
Write This Down (the next big thing in Christian rock!!)
Ian McIntosh (worship Sigur Ros style)
The Ember Days (Kiwi worship...they're from New Zealand)

Partnership Development is coming along! I now have 6 families supporting me (I need around 50 to reach 100%), so I'm really encouraged. Some unexpected gifts have blown me away! Hopefully this time next year, I will be well into my time with TWR in Slovakia.

Hopefully everyone has considered watching this event a full-time job! It's the biggest and best sporting event, and it only happens once every four years. There have been some heart-breaking moments, some luck, some terrible calls by referees, but after all is said and done, the two best teams in the world are in the final. Make sure you watch Spain vs Holland this Sunday (11th) at 1:30 CST on ABC. Expect the most intense and well-played game you've ever seen!

Luke 6:46-49 NKJV
46 "But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?
47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:
48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.
49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Just read this today and was challenged/convicted. I always ask God for clear direction in my life, but then I don't even obey the clear direction that He's already given in His Word. It's so easy to look down on the Pharisees for being hypocritical when we tend to be no different.

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