Thursday Quote Day: Billy Graham

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” feature a quote from evangelist and preacher Billy Graham:

“Even when life may be difficult, we should thank God for all He does for us which we do not deserve.” (Billy Graham)

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Sunday Devotional: Psalm 147

“Hallelujah!
How good it is to sing to our God,
for praise is pleasant and lovely.

The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;
He gathers Israel’s exiled people.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars;
He gives names to all of them.
Our Lord is great, vast in power;
His understanding is infinite.
The Lord helps the afflicted
but brings the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
play the lyre to our God,
who covers the sky with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
and causes grass to grow on the hills.
He provides the animals with their food,
and the young ravens, what they cry for.

He is not impressed by the strength of a horse;
He does not value the power of a man.
The Lord values those who fear Him,
those who put their hope in His faithful love.

Exalt the Lord, Jerusalem;
praise your God, Zion!
For He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your children within you.
He endows your territory with prosperity;
He satisfies you with the finest wheat.

He sends His command throughout the earth;
His word runs swiftly.
He spreads snow like wool;
He scatters frost like ashes;
He throws His hailstones like crumbs.
Who can withstand His cold?
He sends His word and melts them;
He unleashes His winds, and the waters flow.

He declares His word to Jacob,
His statutes and judgments to Israel.
He has not done this for any nation;
they do not know His judgments.
Hallelujah!” (Psalm 147)

In times of discouragement and suffering it’s important to remember a psalm like this one.  It reminds us again of who God is and what He has done/is doing.  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  He is abundant in strength.  He brings peace where peace is needed.  He takes care of those who are His.

We have so much to be thankful for even in the midst of trials and tribulations.  This week let us be reminded of this so that we can share with others the hope that we have.

 

MoviePass Adventures: Month 1

I recently signed up for MoviePass.  For those that don’t know, MoviePass is a monthly subscription program that allows one to see a film (2D film) once a day in the movie theater.  I knew about the program for years back when it was first announced but the price point was something that wasn’t worth it.  However back in August, the company announced they were dropping the price down to $9.99 a month.  And as soon as the price jumped, there was a huge rush of people signing up.  I waited on signing up thinking it might be good to wait and see how things go.  I had a friend who signed up for it and liked it so I decided to do the same.

It took about a month or so to get my card.  How it works is you sign up and you get a debit card.  When you get to the theater you go on the app and check in to the movie you want to see.  You then use the debit card to pay for the movie.  The hardest thing was getting the card.  The initial wait time is supposed to be 5-7 days but given the huge demand it took a month (there are many that are still waiting for cards which has been a sticking point with some people).

I have now had the card for a month and have seen 8 films with it.  I thought I would document here the films I’ve seen and some brief thoughts on each one.

1.) Blade Runner 2049

The sequel to the original Blade Runner, I was looking forward to seeing this film.  Overall, I really liked it. Probably better than the original but definitely can feel and see the influences in it.

2.) Mark Felt

Based on the true story of Mark Felt, aka “Deep Throat”.  It tells the story of the man who helped expose the Watergate scandal.  It’s one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from Liam Neeson.

3.) Marshall

Marshall is another based on a true story.  This time it tells the story of Thurgood Marshall, eventual Supreme Court Justice, and the time he defended an accused rapist in Connecticut.  The cast is tremendous in this film and Chadwick Boseman ranks at the top of the list.

4.) Thor: Ragnarok

I did an entire blog post on my thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok so you can go check it out.  I will say I was reminded again how Phase 3 of the MCU has been way better than Phase 2.

5.) Goodbye Christopher Robin

This film is also a “based on a true story”.  It tells the story of A.A. Milne and his family.  Milne was the author of the Winnie the Pooh books and those books were based on his son Christopher Robin Milne and his interaction with the world.  The acting was tremendous and heartrenching.  Domhall Gleeson and Margot Robbie were great and Kelly Macdonald was a showstealer as well.

6.) Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express is the newest film adaption to the novel written by Agatha Christie.  I really enjoyed the film.  The ensemble cast was great and the visuals were breathtaking.

7.) Only The Brave

Only the Brave is another “based on a true story” this one of the Granite Mountain hotshots.  They were a firefighting group in Arizona that would be helping to fight some of the deadliest wildfires.  A great cast and a compelling story.

8.) Justice League

Justice League is the big DC superhero team up film.  Overall I thought the film was fine.  I enjoyed the cast and the performance for the most part was good.  It could’ve been better but on the flip side it could’ve been worse.  It was at least a step forward for DC in the film universe.

There are some films that are coming out in the next month or so that I’m excited to see so I’m sure my MoviePass will definitely come in handy.

Thursday Quote Day: A.W. Tozer

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from pastor and author A.W. Tozer:

“The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the church is famishing for want of His presence.  The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and that God is in us. This would…cause our hearts to be enlarged…” (A.W. Tozer)

Sunday Devotional: Revelation 22:20-21

 “He who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20-21)

These are the last words written in the New Testament.  The apostle John wrote these words while sitting in exile on the island of Patmos.  With all the struggles and the persecution that the church was facing at that time, John had hope.  Because he held firm to the belief that Jesus was returning.

We as part of the church today hold that belief as well.  We also know that God’s timing is not the same as our timing.  We do not know the exact day or hour but Jesus has promised He will return.  And as we go through living our lives and following the calling that God has for each of us individually and collectively, we echo the words that John wrote here: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”

This week, let us cling to that hope.  Let us in the midst of hardships and struggles cry out to God.  And let us share the hope that we have even in the midst of suffering.  Jesus is coming again.

Sunday Devotional: John 16:31-33

“Jesus responded to them, “Do you now believe? Look: An hour is coming, and has come, when each of you will be scattered to his own home, and you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”  (John 16:31-33)

Jesus always made it a point to tell His disciples how hard the road would be in following Him  He never sugarcoated it.  It was a path of struggle and pain and loneliness.  But it was all worth it because of who it was they were following.

Here as the days were drawing closer to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, Jesus tells them of what was to come.  Even in the midst of turmoil, Jesus brings peace.  Even in the midst of suffering, Jesus brings hope.

I’m reminded today of all the heartache and struggles that these words still resonate.  Even though there is immense suffering in this world, we can take heart.  Jesus has overcome the world!  So as we endure the trials and tribulations of this world, let us keep on the path of following Jesus.  Let us be courageous in following Him.