Posts Tagged ‘Faith in Dallas’

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.

Why oil is bad for democracy

Posted by    |    September 16th, 2011 at 6:15 am

Pumpjack located south of Midland, TX (Credit: Eric Kounce via en.wikipedia.org)My wife balances our checkbook so I don’t go to jail.  Perhaps she should do the same for the entire banking industry.  Swiss banking giant UBS announced yesterday that a rogue trader has caused it an estimated $2 billion in losses.  Police in London arrested a 31-year-old UBS trader named Kweku Adoboli in the alleged fraud.

I have long maintained that democracy requires morality.  Now it is becoming clearer that a free market economy requires the same.  As another example, a fascinating article in the current edition of Foreign Affairs journal argues that oil revenues are a direct enemy of democracy.  In the last three decades, countries that produce $100 per capita of oil or less per year were three times more likely to democratize as countries that produced more than that.

What God thinks about the economy

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2011 at 6:15 am

1 Timothy 6:9-10 (Credit: Frank Jr via Fotolia)Republican presidential candidates sparred last Monday night over competing plans to create jobs and stimulate our struggling economy.  The previous Thursday, President Obama announced a new plan to do the same.

Yesterday the issue became even more urgent.  A Census Bureau report released Tuesday states that 46.2 million Americans are impoverished, more than ever before.  The Great Recession and its aftermath have left nearly one in six Americans living below the poverty line, defined as an annual income of $22,314 for a family of four.

The current financial crisis is the most recent of 12 such setbacks over the last 40 years, according to a recent editorial in Forbes magazine.  The article states that the dollar has fallen in value over the last four decades by more than 70% against the euro/German mark and the Japanese yen.  U.S. net exports have fallen from a modest surplus 40 years ago to a $400 billion-plus deficit today.

Ten Things I’m Learning about Prayer

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2011 at 5:40 am

  1. If you REALLY want to get God’s attention in prayer, it’s not by being eloquent or using big words, but by being honest and shooting straight with Him.
  2. The power of praying aloud is ELECTRIC!
  3. Prayer is not about poetry or posture, but about engaging the heart.
  4. When it comes to the “power of prayer,” the power is not in the person doing the praying, but in the One who hears the prayer.
  5. God’s not moved by the length of a prayer, but by your humility (Luke 18:9-14).
  6. Prayers, even short and informal, are VERY significant.
  7. There is no secret formula, no special phrases and no exact patterns you must follow to get God to hear you, just ask in Jesus’ name.
  8. Praying with my wife is incredible. It lets me see into the special places of her heart.
  9. I should never be too busy to pray. Just as much as I love to hear from my children, God loves to hear from me.
  10. There will are plenty of times when I don’t have service on my cell phone … BUT I will ALWAYS be connected to God through prayer… any time and any place … I have PERFECT reception and service.
What have you learned about prayer?

A letter to America

Posted by    |    September 12th, 2011 at 6:15 am

In God We Trust 4 cent stamp (Credit: air via Fotolia)I had already written today’s essay when the thought gripped me: If God could write a letter to our grieving nation, what might he say?  I feel compelled to answer that question this morning.  I believe his letter could read as follows:

“I love you.  I formed your continent in my heart long before I fashioned it from the seas.  Its majestic peaks and fertile plains were painted by my Spirit on the canvas of its vast beauty.  I have given you resources unsurpassed by any other nation.  Then I called Pilgrims and Puritans to your shores, courageous pioneers who would bring my word to your great continent.  I sparked a hunger for liberty that led farmers and merchants to risk their lives in its pursuit.  When they declared that ‘all men are created equal,’ they spoke truth I inspired in their souls.

“A Prayer for Peace”

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2011 at 6:02 am

Today marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a horrendous event that was the catalyst for decisions that has resulted in thousands of dead and injured from armed conflict in Iraq and Afganistan.  Prayer for Peace is a short film about a brother – a fallen soldier in Iraq.  This short film reminds us of the human sacrifice made by thousands of soldiers and their families.  The staff at YouPlusDallas pay tribute to Dallas families who have suffered a loss on 9/11 and on the battlefield.

More short films and articles concerning Faith and Religion can be found at www.youplusdallas.com in our Faith and Religion Network

 

Good news on 9-11

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2011 at 5:40 am

The 9/11 Memorial displays the names of the 2,982 men, women and children killed in the 9/11 attacks—in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon—and in the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing.  Visualization by Squared Design Lab“The cockpit’s not answering.  Someone’s stabbed in business class, and um I think there is Mace that we can’t breathe.  I don’t know, I think we’re getting hijacked.”  With these words, American Airlines flight attendant Betty Ong calmly alerted reservations agents to the hijacking of Flight 11.  Her call came at 8:19 A.M.  Her airplane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center 26 minutes later.

Seventeen minutes after, United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower.  American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon at 9:37 A.M.  United Airlines Flight 93 then crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 local time.  The attacks cost 2,977 civilians from 90 countries their lives–more than died at Pearl Harbor or D-Day.

Are American Muslims a threat to us?

Posted by    |    September 8th, 2011 at 6:15 am

Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in the United States, located in Dearborn Michigan (Credit: Dane Hillard via Flickr)As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 draws near, more and more people are asking if American Muslims are a threat to our nation.  According to a new study, 30% of Americans believe that Muslims in our country ultimately want to establish Shari’a (Islamic holy law) as the law of the land.  The number agreeing with this statement has grown by a third over the last eight months.  And we are evenly divided over whether the values of Islam are at odds with American values and our way of life (47% agree; 48% disagree, including nearly 60% of white evangelical Protestants).

Since the release of my latest book, Radical Islam: What You Need to Know, I have been interviewed by 17 radio stations on the subject.  Every one, without fail, has asked me if the 9/11 terrorists were following the true tenets of Islam.

7 Things Your Children Desperately Need To Hear You Say

Posted by    |    September 8th, 2011 at 5:40 am

This morning as I dropped Cooper off for school, I told him, “Coop, don’t forget that you are by far my most favorite elementary school kid.” From the grin on his face, I could tell I’d said something right.

God has blessed me with four incredible boys. As their father I want to be proactive in raising them. They are one of the biggest ministries in my life right now. I’d rather fail as a minister, a missionary or a businessman, than fail at fatherhood.  Fathers play an essential roll in the lives of their children.  Want proof?  About 5 miles west of Childress is a prison that houses 1200 men.  National statistics say, “85% of those sitting in prison today grew up in a fatherless home.” That just SCREAMS the importance and power fathers play in the lives of their children.

I got to thinking this morning if I could make Cooper’s day by simply telling him, “He was my favorite elementary school kid,” then what other things do my children need to be hearing from me.  I may be wrong, but I’m guessing here are 7 phrases that children desperately need to hear from both their parents … but especially their fathers …. (more…)

9-11 without religion: a call to action

Posted by    |    September 6th, 2011 at 6:15 am

The cross installed on a pedestal at Ground Zero (Credit: Samuel Li via en.wikipedia.org)No religious elements will be included in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 9/11 commemoration service this Sunday.  Quotations and poems will be read by a variety of leaders, and the list of 9/11 victims will be read in its entirety.  Unfortunately, not a single prayer will be offered for the survivors of this tragedy, for our leaders, or for our nation.  Nor will a single religious leader be included in the event.

The mayor’s decision is surprising, given his support for including the so-called Ground Zero Cross in the 9/11 Memorial and his defense of those who want to build a mosque and Muslim community center nearby.  It might be difficult to decide who should be included, as is the case for most public events.  But it is a mistake to allow no one to offer prayers or represent faith traditions at a ceremony for so many grieving families.