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Hanged On A Twisted Cross

Hanged On A Twisted Cross

Biblical theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazis just days before the Allies defeated Germany in World War II. This gripping documentary narrated by Ed Asner captures the life, times, and thought of Bonhoeffer. Using rare archival footage, documents, and visits to original locations, we get an intimate portrait of a man whose life and writings grow in their influence and speak powerfully to issues of our own day some 50 years later.

How does a man of peace come to assist violence in combating unrestrained evil? What do you do when deep-seated patriotism for your nation compels you to oppose your fatherland and its demonic leader? What course do you take when your love for the Gospel conflicts with your tragically compromised church? What is the responsibility of a follower of God when others are being persecuted and sent to prison camps and gas chambers?

As shown in this two-hour program, Bonhoeffer confronted these and other issues with a searching Biblical faith and personal courage in a way that speaks to every generation.

*****

While this was a bit slow, at times, and sounded as though one had entered into a Catholic church, it was a very well done documentary. Touching on many aspects of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life, trials and tribulation as well as joy and happiness. I thought it was an excellent representation of his Christlikeness during the NAZI era regime with Adolf Hitler in charge. It was a good showing of what man can be in times of evil, if he will place his trust in Christ!

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Doc Murf

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Voices of the Winds: Native American Legends by Margot Edmonds, Ella Elizabeth Clark

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This wonderfully colorful and appealing anthology gathers more than 130 Native American legends, many told to the authors by elder storytellers and tribal historians.

*****

Without a doubt, THIS book is not my usual read, but I purchased it many years ago from the clearance Christmas pile in Boarders Book Store before it’s demise. I have always been enamored by the Native American Culture and mindset, and have learned so little about it. This book is about their cultural stories passed from one generation to another. Interesting, but if not ready for it…it can be boring. Get a peek and a glimpse into the beliefs of those who surround us yet, such a small portion of which, have not been able to assimilate with us.

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Unstoppable: Running the Race You Were Born To Win by Christine Caine

Unstoppable

Ready or not, you are in the run of your life.

Whether you run like lightning, or crawl at a snail’s pace, God has chosen you to run the race set before you. His word calls to you: “Let us throw off everything that hinders…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Heb 12:1-2)

Not an athlete? Doesn’t matter.

Still warming up? The race has already begun.

Winded and limping? Keep moving forward.

Stumbled or fallen? You have not been disqualified.

Or maybe, while running in perfect stride, you’ve hit daunting obstacles. Do not give up!

Why?  Because this isn’t a one-person race. It’s a relay. You are not alone, but are part of a team assembled by God to achieve his purposes.  And God is unstoppable.

Fortunately, God has not left you on our own to muddle through the race untrained. His word and his story written into the lives of believers are filled with the wisdom to train you to successfully run the divine relay. Discover how to receive your baton, how to grasp firmly and carry forward all that God entrusts to you—his uncompromising truth, his piercing light, his radical change, his world-transforming love. And be trained in how to release what is no longer yours to carry so that every member of God’s team can press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.

In Unstoppable, best-selling author, global evangelist, and human- trafficking activist, Christine Caine, mesmerizes us with true stories and eternal principles that equip us to run the race we were born to win, receiving and releasing the baton of faith in sync with our team, the body of Christ. God has plucked us out of eternity, positioned us in time, and given us gifts and talents to serve him in this generation to bring the light of Jesus Christ into a broken world. Our race is now. This is our time in history. We’ve been handed the baton of faith and asked to carry that light and dispel the darkness. If we receive and pass on the baton in the divine relay, we will be unstoppable.

*****

Another one which is not my normal read, but was surprisingly interesting. Never be afraid to read something outside of your normal…you may learn something new or gain a new idea to spark your interests!

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The Mystery of God

The Mystery of God

What do we really mean by “God”?

Atheism is on the rise. Skeptical thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris vigorously attack belief in God as irrational or, even worse, dangerous. The so-called New Atheism has attracted millions of young people thanks to bestselling books such as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great.

How should Christians respond? How can we turn the tide of secularism and draw people back to God?

In this new six-part film series and study program, Bishop Robert Barron reaches into our rich intellectual tradition to teach us how. Using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict XVI, he uncovers a clear yet sophisticated understanding of what we mean by “God”.

Who is God? And why does he matter? Watch this series and you’ll not only learn the answers yourself, but you’ll discover how to share them with others – especially those who no longer believe.

Lesson 1 – Atheism and What We Mean by “God”

Lesson 2 – St. Thomas Aquinas and the Paths to God

Lesson 3 – The Divine Attributes

LESSON 4 – Providence and the Problem of Evil

Lesson 5 – Exploring the Trinity

Lesson 6 – The God Who is Love

The Mystery of God

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An interesting presentation of the mystery of God and who God is. I watched this during a series of nights after work while drinking tea, before bed.While I do not necessarily agree with the doctrines of the Catholic Church, I believe they do have understandings of God that many have lost sight of; I believe that many of the numerous denominations have a piece, or several pieces, of the puzzle to the understanding of God.

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When God Says “Go” by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

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Go.
One small word. . .so much power.

When God says, “Go,” we face one of life’s greatest decisions.
When God says, “Go,” we must face our fears. . .our excuses. . .and our selves.
When God says, “Go,” it’s time to answer His call wherever it leads.

When God says, “Go,” what will you do?

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who were called by God to fulfill His purposes. . .people like Moses, Rebekah, Abigail, Jeremiah, Mary, and others. These Bible heroes responded much like we do–with a jumbled-up inner storm of excitement and fear, insecurity and hope. Their stories and struggles will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you face your very own doubts, regrets, and worries.

When God calls, it’s time to go. Maybe somewhere new, someplace you’ve never been. Maybe it’s time to go forward after being stuck with one foot in the past. Maybe it’s time to go deeper—in Bible study or relationships. Time to go higher—in prayer or dreams. Time to go and give—to use talents and opportunities God has given you. Or maybe it’s time to go and grow, right where you are. . .to dig into the Word, dive into your heart, and become the woman God is calling you to be.

Ready or not, God is calling us all to go somewhere new in our walk with Him. So what are we waiting for? Let’s answer His call. Let’s get started!

*****

God calls us all, because He desires us, all of us, to come to Him and know the truth! He desires all of us to be saved and accepted in heaven after our final breath here on earth. Elizabeth Laing Thompson assembled several people’s lives/stories from the Bible in order to show all of us that God calls us at our weakest moments, our broken moments, and in our youth before we know anything. God wants us all and He will use us in all those weak, broken, and youthful moments that His will should be done through each of us! This was an inspiring book.

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Doc Murf

 

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Towards Belief

Towards Belief

Is it reasonable to be a person of faith? How can we deal with issues of suffering, science, violence, abuse and the supernatural in our consideration of God? Towards Belief is a series that set out to provide responses to these big questions – questions that our research found blocks people from considering faith and belief.

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Towards Belief is a 10 episode series addressing the top belief blockers of our time — the most frequently cited reasons that many have lost confidence in the Church and its message. Over 30 leading Christian academics, pastors, authors and apologists discuss questions such as sexual abuse in the Church, religious violence, the existence of suffering, the credibility of the Bible, the compatibility of science and faith and the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, among many other important topics. Is the Church an outdated institution destined for extinction? Toward’s Belief offers thoughtful and compelling responses to the major stumbling blocks to faith. It is a fresh and vital resource designed for a variety of uses within the church context or for individual study. Featuring interviews with Prof. John Lennox, Erwin McManus, Nicky Gumbel, Os Guiness, Michelle Tepper, Joel A’Bell and many others. Hosted by Karl Faase.

*****

I found this to be most intriguing. A very helpful guide as this touches on some of the greatest belief blockers of the Christian faith. Everyone has problems, doubts, and misgivings about the faith, BUT our God is big enough to understand and help us through these things. God and His Word will guide and help us understand. True research into our scariest questions will aid us in our quest to find faith!

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Evidence for God by William A. Dembski & Michael R. Licona

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There have always been challenges to belief in God as he is revealed in the Bible and each new year seems to add more questions to the doubter’s arsenal. In Evidence for God, leading apologists provide compelling arguments that address the most pressing questions of the day about God, science, Jesus, the Bible, and more, including

Is Intelligent Design really a credible explanation of the origins of our world?
Did Jesus really exist?
Is Jesus really the only way to God?
What about those who have never heard the gospel?
Is the Bible today what was originally written?
What about recently publicized gospels that aren’t in the Bible?
and much more…

*****

An intriguing compilation of essays on the evidence for God.All are great in their own right, most are easy to read, some a bit difficult, but all together they make a great argument for the existence of God. Well worth the time to read and better understand the apologetic side of Christianity!

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God: The Evidence: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World by Patrick Glynn

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In the modern age science has been winning its centuries–old battle with religion for the mind of man. The evidence has long seemed incontrovertible: Life was merely a product of blind chance–a cosmic roll of an infinite number of dice across an eternity of time. Slowly, methodically, scientists supplied answers to mysteries insufficiently explained by theologians. Reason pushed faith off into the shadows of mythology and superstition, while atheism became a badge of wisdom. Our culture, freed from moral obligation, explored the frontiers of secularism. God was dead.

“Glynn’s arguments for the existence of God put the burden of disproof on those intellectuals who think that the question has long since been settled.” — Andrew M. Greeley

But now, in the twilight of the twentieth century, a startling transformation is taking place in Western scientific and intellectual thought. At its heart is the dawning realization that the universe, far from being a sea of chaos, appears instead to be an intricately tuned mechanism whose every molecule, whose every physical law, seems to have been design from the very first nanosecond of the big bang toward a single end–the creation of life. This intellectually and spiritually riveting book asks a provocative question: Is science, the long-time nemesis of the Deity, uncovering the face of God?

Patrick Glynn lays out the astonishing new evidence that caused him to turn away from the atheism he acquired as a student at Harvard and Cambridge. The facts are fascinating: Physicists are discovering an unexplainable order to the cosmos; medical researchers are reporting the extraordinary healing powers of prayer and are documenting credible accounts of near-death experiences; psychologists, who once considered belief in God to be a sign of neurosis, are finding instead that religious faith is a powerful elixir for mental health; and sociologists are now acknowledging the destructive consequences of a value-free society.

God: The Evidence argues that faith today is not grounded in ignorance. It is where reason has been leading us all along.

*****

There are many arguments, there are many avenues of discussion and debate, there are many topics to glean truth from and to apply…the fact is that those of us that do believe that God exists, that Jesus is real, and that the Holy Spirit touches our lives and guides us. The fact remains is this…that whether you believe our our arguments, our positions, our factual or circumstantial points or evidences is truly irrelevant. Our belief in God is based upon reason, logic and faith!

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Pawn’s Move

PawnsMove

A young man escapes a clingy girlfriend after inheriting four million dollars from his late mentor.

*****

B movie acting with some cheesy dialogue but a rather powerful message. A Christian movie with some interesting twists and turns. It is a rather underrated movie, in my opinion!

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LUKEWARM

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Luke Rogers (Jeremy Jones, Decision) youth was deep rooted in his family’s faith but choices of his father Bill (John Schneider, What Would Jesus Do?) started him down a different path. As a young adult, Sam (Jason Burkey, October Baby) and Rose (Jenna von Oÿ, Blossom) pull him farther from the Christian path as his relationship with his girlfriend Jesse (Nicole Gale Anderson, Jonas) becomes strained. Brother Thomas (Bill Cobbs, The Ultimate Gift) and Pastor John (Randall Franks, In the Heat of the Night) guide him to the choices that prepare him for life.

*****

A touching film about the long lasting affects of the separation of a father from his son, through divorce. The affects upon the son’s moral character, stances, decisions and thoughts as he grows older. Enter a neighbor with whom the son is friends with and his ability to touch his life. Great film with a strong, heartfelt story attached to it!

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