My daughter struggled with reading for years, so last month I handed her a book, two-inches thick with no pictures. It was her worst nightmare, but I knew she was ready. I also knew I would be there to help. Taking it page by page, we are now on a journey that will probably last a year or more. Some days we wrestle through one page, while other days we blow through five or six. I never let her read alone because she needs to know that help is near. And my prayer is that when the book is finished, she will never look at chunky books or me the same.
Martha Williamson (Executive Producer of “Touched by an Angel”) and the Hallmark Channel roll out their newest Original TV Series, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” this Easter Sunday. Slated to run for ten consecutive weeks, the series follows the lives of several postal workers who track down the intended recipients of undeliverable mail. When letters from the past are finally delivered, they hold significant meaning in the lives of the recipients and arrive exactly “on time.” This weekend, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” promises to provide audiences with the storytelling trifecta: comedy, romance, and drama.
Greek Bishop, Polycarp, faces a critical challenge in 2nd Century A.D. The Roman proconsul has demanded that all citizens worship Caesar to show their allegiance to Rome. Polycarp and the Christians in his charge must decide whether to take a stand and face persecution, or crater to the whims of the increasingly oppressive Roman government.
One of my favorite books is titled, “Hard Sayings of the Bible.” It systematically addresses difficult Bible passages, asks the hard questions, and dispels easy answers that don’t pass the test of logic and reason. It treats our craving for logic, order and answers with respect. The film, Acts of God, takes a similar approach as it tackles the problem of pain in the world.
Heaven Is For Real opens in theaters on April 16 and tells the story of the Burpo family, whose son Colton experienced a vision where he traveled to heaven and met Jesus when he was just 4 years old.
The film, based on a book of the same name, is Colton's father and small town church Pastor Todd Burpo's account of what his son saw during this vision, which took place during emergency surgery on the boy's appendix around 10 years ago. The family partnered with T.D. Jakes and director Randall Wallace to bring the story to the big screen. The film is generating a lot of media attention, however, the Nebraskan family still claims to function like any other American household despite the fame that might come with Heaven Is For Real.
Pastor G. Campbell Morgan was quoted as saying: “What we do in the crisis always depends on whether we see the difficulties in the light of God, or God in the shadow of the difficulties.” When people face any kind of crisis, they tend to look through the lens of fear and anxiety.
The widow in 2 Kings 4 seemed to see her difficulties in the light of God—not God in the shadow of her difficulties. Though her husband had been a member of a “group of prophets,” she faced the prospect of her two sons being forced into slavery to work off the family debt (v.1; see also Leviticus 25:39-41).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 11, 2014) – The GMA (Gospel Music Association) will induct Rich Mullins, writer of “Awesome God,” into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame at their inaugural GMA Honors Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 29th at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. The event celebrates those being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture globally both past and present. Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant are the first performers announced for the ceremony, with more to be added.
It started in December, when Focus on the Family first began running “Irreplaceable” trailers in cinemas across the nation.
The trailer – which you can watch on YouTube – was benign, a collection of clips with a voiceover of host Tim Sisarich asking what happened to the belief in traditional family. What happened to the view that a man and woman should marry, raise children and remain committed for a lifetime?
During the trailer, Sisarich rightly points out that the culture is now seemingly at odds with that simple and natural design formula.
“Dolphin Tale 2” is the sequel to the successful 2011 family film “Dolphin Tale.” Inspirational professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (the subject of the feature “Soul Surfer”) will join returning cast members Harry Connick, Jr., Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman, Academy Award®nominee Kris Kristofferson, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, and of course Winter, the dolphin. “Dolphin Tale 2” tells another true story inspired by the rescue of a new baby dolphin named Hope, who was saved and rehabilitated by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The movie will release in theaters September 19, 2014.
With less than a week until Easter, many are looking forward to ending their 40-day Lenten fasts and returning to a familiar routine. But, I didn’t fast. Life is moving right along as usual. And now, somewhere between the gorgeous spring weather, the crunch of deadlines, monotony of chores, and a curious article I read recently, I want to start my fast right now in the 11th hour of Lent. The article suggested that we coudl fast from...here it comes...multitasking. Huh? I guess it makes sense, though.
Sometimes the hardest part of the jouney... is leaving the past behind.
Quote For The Day
"Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds." - Hebrews 10:24
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