Posts Tagged ‘christianity’

The Replacement Child by Justin Lerner

Posted by    |    October 6th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

After spending a year in a juvenile center for beating up his stepfather, Todd Turnbull returns to his backwoods hometown a repentant and deeply religious. When he finds his best friend, Michael, withering away without any medical attention due to the family’s spiritual beliefs, Todd must make a choice: let his friend die or take matters into his own hands and risk spending more time in jail.  If you were in Todd’s position, what would you do?

 

 

 

Give Thanks to John Calvin

Posted by    |    November 18th, 2012 at 10:14 am

 

 

Unleashed!

Posted by    |    June 24th, 2012 at 10:18 am

This movie trailer, directed by Adam Kring and including one of our favorites on the film team, Salomon Ligthelm (score/sound design), needs to be viewed along side a very nice explanation by Perry Noble on why he wrote the book, Unleashed!.

Some additional information can be found here.  Perry Noble runs a mega church in South Carolina.  Recently, he announced taking a two month leave.  In the article, Noble is quoted as saying, “In order for me to lead this church well for the next 20 years, there’s got to be some changes in me,” he told his congregation last weekend when he preached his final message before his break. “I noticed the closer you get to Jesus, he just peels back another layer on your life of something that you’ve got to work on.”

C.S. Lewis: Why He Matters Today

Posted by    |    May 27th, 2012 at 11:15 am

Seth Parker created a nice introduction of C. S. Lewis in a short video entitled  “C.S. Lewis: Why He Matters Today.”  Parker’s title intrigues on many levels.  Lewis was an atheist who found Christ in an era when many shunned Christianity in favor of  the “great thinkers such as Nietzsche, Freud, and Darwin.”

“C.S. Lewis: Why he matters today” explores Lewis’ life as an example for Christians today because, as Professor of Philosophy and Executive Producer of the documentary Dr. Michael Peterson said, “Lewis is a wonderful model of a person who took his gifts and his opportunities and tried to engage his culture in a positive way on behalf of Christian faith.” Assistant Professor and Producer of the documentary Greg Bandy said. He also said that The Chronicles of Narnia in particular “help people understand the Gospel.”

The source, directly and indirectly for this article came from here. The Asbury Collegian.

The Way by Rudy Pohl

Posted by    |    April 29th, 2012 at 8:00 am

From time to time we run across stories that we believe our friends in Dallas and around the country might want to view.  Rudy Pohl created this video and provided this narrative on www.vimeo.com.

“At the age of 30 I had been an atheist/agnostic for almost 20 years having made a conscious decision against God when I was 10. With a science degree in molecular genetics and my only interest being making more money I was deeply entrenched in unbelief… until one day in 1980, God came knocking on my heart.

Through a series of miracles and supernatural encounters God revealed Himself to me. He showed me the Truth and the Way to Life through His Son Jesus. That summer, my wife Marny and I sold our luxury home, our 40-acre hobby farm, and our business. We headed off to seminary for 3 years of ministry training and we’ve been serving God ever since. (more…)

The resurrection of Jesus Christ means hope and salvation for all who will follow Him.

Posted by    |    April 8th, 2012 at 7:12 am

For Christians who live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and around the world, Easter is The most important day – the Day Christ rose from the dead.  There is a very good website that addresses the question, Did Jesus rise from the dead?  This article is a very good read, and the importance of answering this one question is well stated in this passage from the article:

“If Jesus did rise from the dead then he alone would have the answers to what life is about and what is facing us after we die. On the other hand, if the resurrection account of Jesus is not true, then Christianity would be founded upon a lie. Theologian R. C. Sproul puts it this way:

The claim of resurrection is vital to Christianity. If Christ has been raised from the dead by God, then He has the credentials and certification that no other religious leader possesses. Buddha is dead. Mohammad is dead. Moses is dead. Confucius is dead. But, according to…Christianity, Christ is alive.[2]“

Further down in the article, Chuck Colson of Watergate fame, made an interesting observation about the difficulty of several people maintaining a lie for an extended period of time.  He said, “I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, and then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world – and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.”[31]  What do you believe?

 

 

The Magi learned about Jesus on Facebook

Posted by    |    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 am

The Magi Journeying (Les rois mages en voyage) by James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836-1902) at Brooklyn MuseumThat’s what 30% of children surveyed in Great Britain think.  According to a poll of 1,000 school children between five and seven years of age, 36% have no idea whose birthday we will celebrate Sunday.  It gets worse: nearly 25% believe the answer is Simon Cowell.  Some 25% believe that Jesus was born at Buckingham Palace or 10 Downing Street; only 28% know he was born in Bethlehem.

Could such biblical ignorance happen in America?  As a child growing up in Houston, Texas, I didn’t know who was born on Christmas day.  When I eventually learned that Christmas observes the birth of Jesus, I remember being confused: what does he have to do with Santa Claus?  And why do we celebrate his birth, anyway?

Is America a Christian nation?

Posted by    |    December 21st, 2011 at 6:24 am

“We are a Christian country.  And we should not be afraid to say so.”  With these words, British prime minister David Cameron marked the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible and sparked a national controversy that is making news this morning.

Did he mean that all British citizens are Christians?  In a nation where four times as many Muslims go to mosque on Friday as Christians go to church on Sunday, such a claim would be hard to defend.  Cameron clarified: “I know and fully respect that many people in this country do not have a religion.  And I am also incredibly proud that Britain is home to many different faith communities, who do so much to make our country stronger.”

Jesus Saves

Posted by    |    September 18th, 2011 at 8:00 am

Gifted short film maker, Salomon Ligthelm, once again demonstrates the power of video to effectively move people.  In Hope Lights, Litghelm presents a simple, but most important message:  Jesus can help us overcome life’s struggles. 

Ligthelm’s short films inspire others and Hope Lights is no exception as evidenced by some of the comments on this short film from people around the world on www.vimeo.com such as “..You’re videos are a blessing and for sure an inspiration for me.  That’s one of the things I love the most: making videos for Jesus, to tell about His love…..”, “…I was already on the edge of my seat, and then I saw “Jesus Saves” on her hands… I shouted for joy…” “..This is epic. Keep it up, man!  Fan of your work and definitely drawn to your boldness to really speak up about Jesus through video. He has totally gifted you and love how you use it for him. Digging how you definitely add scripture in the end. Love it. Keep it up. You inspire me to really work my best in film and use it to glorify Jesus…”  Amen.

You can view Hope Lights here.  More videos, short films and articles concerning Faith and Religion can be found at  www.youplusdallas.com in our Faith and Religion Network.

How to Drop the Divorce Rate to 7% in Your Marriage!

Posted by    |    September 17th, 2011 at 5:40 am

I want to be a 5 to 1 husband!

Statistics on marriage scare me, but the Studer Group has released a new study on “Compliment to Criticism” ratio. They’ve told us from their studies, that people in general need 3 compliments given for every 1 criticism that is said to them. While that didn’t surprise me, the following statistic FLOORED me …

“Reports now show that when it comes to marriage, if you have a 5 to 1 compliment to criticism ratio, the divorce rate in that marriage drops from 50% to 7%.”

DID YOU CATCH THAT, husbands and wives? We are now learning how to beat the old statistic that says that 50% of all marriages will end in divorce. How? Give 5 compliments to your spouse for every 1 negative thing you say. When you take on the 5 to 1 plan, the divorce rate in your marriage drops to 7%. I like those odds!

My goal (and hopefully yours) today is to become a 5 to 1 kind of spouse. Today is a great day to start so before the day is out, I will give Lea five genuine compliments. I’m sure she’s going to wonder what I did, what I want or what I’m up to! :)

5 to 1 … that’s it! And the divorce rate goes from 50% to 7% … It’s time to pass the word.

You up for the 5-1 challenge with your spouse? How about making a commitment today by letting your spouse know or posting it on Facebook … or leave a comment that says, “I’m in!”  It’s called accountability. :)