On this past Friday, I had the great opportunity to see "God's Not Dead." I am indeed challenged by this film and I love it. I love how the movie touches so many issues, from dealing with atheism, to lack of concern for those who might be able to help themselves, to struggling with sin, to showing pride and arrogance, to being selfish and self-centered, to lack of faith, to what it means to stand up for the sake of the Gospel, to not be afraid to share Gods' truth even when it seems like everyone is against you, to dealing with going from a Muslim culture to a Christian one, to dealing with making tough decisions about relationships, to expressing oneself through music, and more.
Now that I have seen this powerful and gripping film, I want now more than ever to help people to understand that God is real, He loves them so much, He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us on the Cross to rise again, in order to reconcile mankind back to God. Jesus said "I am the Resurrection" (John 11:25). He can turn any dead situation around for good!
And one more thing, I am a believer in Christ Jesus and I will never be ashamed to say it (Romans 1:16)!
If you have yet to see God's Not Dead, it is a must-see! So go see it!
"...One of the first questions recorded in the Bible continues to serve as a North Star as we navigate our way through the dark forests of life. After Adam and Eve had eaten of the forbidden fruit, recognized their nakedness, and clothed themselves with fig leaves, they hid out of shame. The Lord seeks them and asks, "Where art thou?" Obviously, He knew the answer to His question without having to ask it, so clearly He asked for the benefit of His listeners. Having disobeyed God, Adam and Eve had their eyes opened to a new reality and had to reassess who they had become and where they were. Basically, like each of us, Adam and Eve became caught in a riptide of change and were forced to reposition themselves.
"Like our original parents, we, too, must face the changing landscape of our personal gardens. Therefore, it is essential that every man or woman answer the proverbial question, "Where art thou?" For men in particular it is often difficult to ascertain where we are, as we often tend to focus on what we do and what we have, which might actually camouflage a deep sense of isolation hiding beneath the facade of degrees, stocks, bonds, church-membership growth, or whatever you deem as a measuring stick of achievement.
"For men and women alike, this self-analysis is not easily conducted in a society that seldom asks where you are, but largely focuses instead on who are you and how you measure up against others."
-- Bishop TD Jakes (Reposition Yourself, p. 46)
If we are to reposition ourselves to embrace a life without limits, then we have to seek the Lord not just about where we are, but we have to seek Him about where we are in relation to exactly where He has called us to be.
These are just some of the many great quotes from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that truly stood out to me:
"Where do we go from here? To chaos or to community? ... We say 'No' to chaos and 'Yes' to community." (Reverend Bernice King)
"Dr. Martin Luther King gave a powerful voice to the quiet hopes of many." (President Barack Obama)
"Because they marched, city councils, and legislatures changed. Because they marched... eventually the White House changed." (President Barack Obama)
"They were seeking not just the absence of injustice, but the presence of economic opportunity." ... "'What does it profit a man,' as Dr. King would say, 'if he can sit at an integrated lunch counter, but cannot afford the meal?'" (President Barack Obama)
"The promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together." (President Barack Obama)
"The fierce urgency of NOW remains." (President Barack Obama)
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.