Celebrating

I received my first writing award when I was in grade five.  I had written a poem for the Sooke Historical Society about a gold miner and his donkey.  It won first place and I won a blue ribbon!  It spurred me on to write more poetry and short stories, but I did not receive any more awards for my writing until I wrote my first book over forty years later.  Needless to say, it was not the winning of awards that motivated me to continue to write…if that were the case, I would have been disappointed and frustrated for most of my writing career.

There is much for me to celebrate these days, especially when it comes to my writing.  I learned several months ago that another one of my stories, “The Greatest Goal” will be included in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book, The Spirit of Canada.  This makes eight books in which one of my stories has been featured.  I am very excited about this particular book because it celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday.  I am also thrilled that the story, “The Greatest Goal” is all about the Canada-Russia Summit Series in 1972.  For those of you hockey fans out there, you will easily be able to identify what that particular series did for international hockey, our national identity and boosting Canadian patriotism at the same time.

Then a few weeks ago, I was informed that my blog article, “Christian Against Christian” is shortlisted for a 2017 Word Award (formerly the Canadian Christian Writing Awards).  I actually won that award in 2011 but was unable to attend the Gala Award’s Night, but my husband, bless his heart, was able to switch some flights and I will be attending the event this time.  Win or lose, I am pretty excited to go!  We had planned to be in Ottawa for Canada Day, so we will just leave a little earlier than we originally planned and spend some time being tourists in the Toronto area before we head to Ottawa.

The Canada Day festivities should be amazing and I’ll be dressed in red and white, and waving the Maple Leaf flag there on Parliament Hill with about one million of my closest friends…!

I am always humbled and honoured by these writing accolades but today I also celebrate the fact that my blog has now surpassed ten million “hits”!  It makes me very much aware that the little blog I started in 2010 is no longer “little” as far as readership is concerned.  I am ever conscious of the responsibility I have to my readers to write relevant and hope-filled articles that will constantly point them towards the true Source of inspiration for all my writing: Jesus Christ.

Recently, I was interviewed by a local paper with regards to the Word Awards, as well as the Chicken Soup book and when asked what motivates me to keep writing, I was purposeful in saying that God is my great Motivator.  Writing from a Christian worldview, gives my readers the Hope they need as they journey through a dark and weary world right now.  Let’s face it, we live in a very divisive time and people are confused by the worldly message they are fed daily.  Now, more than ever before, Christian writers need to be purposeful in sharing The Good News with their readers, through their books, blogs and articles.  This is not a time to be silent about what we believe is Truth.  I will keep doing that for as long as God allows me to.

For now, I am praising God that I’m getting a few pats on the back for my writing right now.  (Writers are more than a little insecure, and any form of encouragement, be it a positive comment from a reader or something as honouring as a writing award goes a very, long way to bolstering our confidence and gives credibility to the words we write.)

Awards don’t motivate me to keep writing, God is my Great motivator,…but I would be remiss if I didn’t give some credit to YOU too, my readers, who have “liked”, shared and encouraged me with your comments over these last seven years.  Thank-you!

 

 

 

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Gloryful

I may have invented a new word today: “Gloryful”.

Someone asked me how my Mother’s Day went and the only word that came to me was, “Gloryful!”

My 5 month old grandson was dedicated on Mother’s Day and it was the first time my entire family (all my children and grandchildren) were together in the same church for many years!  With my oldest daughter and son-in-law immersed in their church and my son and daughter-in-law attending a different church from us as well, it was just a blessing to be all together in worship again.  Then of course, we were all there to support my son and daughter-in-love as they dedicated themselves to raising up their son to love the Lord and live for Him.  When my son prayed over my grandson, tears welled up in my eyes, praising God for His Loving Kindness to them and to our family.  It was GLORYFUL!

When we all gathered later for a BBQ dinner, the grandchildren the centre of attention and making their presence felt with their noise and laughter, I just soaked up the blessing of children from youngest to oldest.  Truly the Dove family nest is active and will continue to grow in the years ahead.  How blessed are we?

There are days that I mark as just about perfect, and Mother’s Day 2017 was one such day.  It was Gloryful!

The day was centred around God’s goodness, His provision and His guidance as we continue to dedicate our lives in raising our children and grandchildren “in the way they should go”.  As parents and grandparents we know all too well that we do not have all the answers and we make mistakes.  However, we have the assurance that God, THE perfect parent, will help us in our highs and lows, and in our successes and our failures as parents.  I can’t imagine embarking on parenthood without Him!  Hearing our son accept the challenge of parenthood, and enlisting God to help them as they raise their precocious baby boy gave me such peace.  If God is for them, who can be against them?

Will the days, months and years ahead be easy?  No.

Will they have challenges and make mistakes?  Yes.

Will God ever leave them or forsake them?  Never.

I hope they cling to the promises of God when discouragement and weariness drain them as parents.  If they continue to lean on God throughout this grand adventure that is parenthood, they too will experience God in ways that can only be described as “Gloryful!”

 

 

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To My Friend

 I wrote this years ago when I was a young Mom, it is still a fitting poem for busy moms, friends, and grandmothers too!

Encouragement to My Friend!

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Poem by: Lynn Dove

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What Makes A House A Home?

I apologize for the long absence from the blogosphere.  These many weeks my husband and I have been on Vancouver Island wrapping up his Dad’s estate, the last task, selling the family home and having an estate sale there.  This has been a labour of love for my husband, a long, laborious task that has taken over four years to complete.  In that time, he has followed, to the letter, every last wish his father requested of him.  To say these last few months, and particularly the last few weeks has been taxing in strength and emotional stress would be understating the obvious.  Saying “good-bye” to the family home that he and his brother and sister had grown up in, a home his father and mother had built and lived in since the early 60’s, brought back years and years of precious memories for him.  As he said repeatedly, “It’s just a house, it’s the people who live in it that make it a home.”

It was particularly hard on my husband’s stepmother who moved in with her daughter in Victoria this past Christmas.  She had lived in that house in Comox for over 25 years, and when failing health forced her to move away from it, she left a piece of her heart there but she told me, “It’s just a house, it’s the time I spent with my husband there that I will miss.  I will always miss him.”

During the estate sale, we actually met the new owners of the house, a Christian couple (PTL!!), who are excited to begin their new life there.  My husband and I nearly wept with delight to know Christ followers will continue to live in that house!  So, as we carted out the last box and toured each empty room together we at last stopped in the kitchen and hugged.  It had been an intense week leading up to this moment.  So much packing and cleaning and seeing household furniture and “stuff” go to new families who we hoped would care for and appreciate the items for years to come.   The house had never been empty before and it was so odd to hear our voices echo within the rooms.  Then we bowed our heads and prayed…not for the house…but for the people who would be living there next.

What makes a house a home?  The people in it.

As a final act of respect to his dad, we drove from the house so my husband could visit the gravesites of his parents.  As tears rolled down my cheeks, he stood silently over their final resting place for a few minutes, and said to me, “I know they’re not there, they’re with God, but still this was something I had to do.”

I couldn’t help but imagine Dad at that moment standing beside his son and patting him on the back for a job well done!

 

 

 

 

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Haiku Poetry Day

If you didn’t know, TODAY is Haiku Poetry Day.

“History of Haiku Poetry Day
The history of Haiku Poetry Day traces the origin of this poetic form. It was originally found as the opening to another form of Japanese poetry called a Rengu. It took until the mid-1600’s for Hokku, the form Haiku was found in at this time, to start appearing independently from it’s Renga and Renku roots. In the late 1800’s Hokku was renamed to Haiku when it appeared independently by Masaoka Shiki.

There were two masters responsible for elevating Haiku to an independent art form, Matsuo Bashō and Ueshima Onitsura. These two were considered Masters of Poetry, and helped to bring Haiku to being appreciated and understood outside of its original context of Renku. So impotant was Basho to the history of Haiku that he was elevated to a ‘Saint of Poetry’ 100 years after his death.”

I’m a big fan of Haiku’s, having written and taught this poetry form for many, many years, For that reason, I jumped at the chance to participate in a group writing project for Faithful Bloggers.  I was one of twenty-two Christian writers who contributed Haikus and I am pleased to offer to my faithful readers a PDF of the compiled Haikus…my free gift to you!

All I ask in return, is that you take the time to please share and follow my Journey Thoughts blog, and “like” my Facebook page, as well as the other Christian writers who participated in this challenge.

I appreciate

All my readers and enjoy

Reading your comments!

Here is the link for you to download a copy of the PDF of the Christian Haiku.

Happy Haiku Poetry Day!

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Resurrection Rolls

If you loved “Resurrection Eggs” try something new this year!

Resurrection Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 can refrigerated crescent roll doughresurrectionrollslarge
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • Melted butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Directions:

  • Give each child one triangle shaped section of crescent roll.  This represents the tomb.
  • Each child takes one marshmallow which represents the body of Christ.
  • Dip the marshmallow in the butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture.  This represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial.
  • Lay the marshmallow on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow.
  • Make sure all seams are pinched together well.  (Otherwise the marshmallow will “ooze” out of the seams)
  • Bake according to package directions.
  • Cool.
  • Break open the tomb and the body of Christ is no longer there!!
  • Celebrate God’s love!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  (John 3:16-17)

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Shall We Gather At the River

baptism_headerEach year my church family gathers at the Jumping Pound River for what has become our yearly summer picnic and Baptismal service.  Several of our church family are baptised and although every baptism is celebrated, being baptised in a clear-running, icy, mountain stream makes the experience even more exhilarating…especially for those being baptised!

For Baptists, this special ordinance defines us as believers in Christ.  In the New Testament, John the Baptist, (Jesus’ cousin), came to spread the news of the coming Messiah – Jesus Christ.  (John 1:33)  John the Baptist urged the people to repent of their sins (Mark 1:4) and those whom John baptised acknowledged their sins and professed their faith so that they could be forgiven of their sins.  This idea of forgiveness demanded repentance, cleansing of sin and putting their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Purpose of Baptism:

Water Baptism identifies the believer with the Godhead– (The Trinity) – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

Water Baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.  “Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him (in new life) through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.”  (Colossians 2:12“We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)

Water Baptism is an act of obedience for the believer.  Baptism itself does not guarantee our salvation, it should be preceded by repentance first, which simply means to turn from our sin and to serve the Lord wholeheartedly.  It is giving complete control of our lives over to Him.  It requires change.  Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that.

I read somewhere that Baptism is likened to the symbol of a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.  Salvation followed by baptism requires we leave our selfish, worldly ways behind to following Jesus Christ wholeheartedly and seeking His will for our lives instead.  “Peter replied, ‘Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church–about three thousand in all.” (Acts 2:38, 41 (NLT)

Water Baptism is a public testimony of faith.  It is the outward confession of an inward experience. Believers stand before witnesses to share personal testimonies and thereby confessing their identification with the Lord.  (I have found that sometimes those brief words shared by those about to be baptised, have become like mini-sermons in themselves, convicting and powerful to family and friends who have come to observe the baptism.)

Water Baptism is a beautiful picture representing profound spiritual truth: Baptism is the picture of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, and as followers of Christ, we identify with Him through baptism.  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)  “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life.  If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection.” (Romans 6:4-5)

Salvation followed by baptism, marks a sincere turning point for all believers; the beginning of a “New Life” in Christ.  “He died once to defeat sin, and now he lives for the glory of God. So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.  Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.”  (Romans 6:10-13)  “And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God.  It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 3:21“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (I Corinthians 6:11)

Want to learn more about Becoming a Follower of Christ, and joining Him in Believer’s Baptism?  Click on: The Gospel Message.

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Resurrection Eggs

Resurrection EggsWhen my children were preschoolers we wanted to share the “Greatest Story Ever Told” with them but we wanted to do so in a way that would not frighten them.  Let’s face it, the last hours of our Saviour’s life were wrought with unimaginable pain and suffering.  Even as an adult I had a hard time watching the “Passion of the Christ” movie when it came out in theatres because of the graphic depiction of Jesus’ death on the Cross.  I knew the sensibilities of my children and I knew we needed to be sensitive to telling them the Truth while at the same time being mindful that they were still children with tendencies to have nightmares.  Still, the last week of Jesus’ life must be told and every child needs to hear it, so we used “Resurrection Eggs” to tell the Easter Story.

Some of you may or may not have heard of these. Believe it or not there is quite a bit of controversy regarding the eggs, (some think there is pagan symbolism associated with eggs).  I will not comment on the controversy, as parents you can do the research and make your own decision whether or not you choose to use this method or not.

For those of you who decide to use Resurrection Eggs, you should know there are store-bought Resurrection Eggs that are  available through a number of stores, or they can be ordered from any Christian bookstore, but we made our own using dollar store plastic eggs and filled them with items that we had around the house.  Again there are several “recipes” on how to fill the eggs, some use 18 eggs rather than the dozen to add more items and more scripture passages.  You can find these recipes online.

Here is our “recipe” for a dozen Resurrection Eggs.  We numbered each of the plastic eggs, filled them with the items listed below and then hid them around the house for the kids to “hunt” for.  When all the eggs were found we started with Egg# 1, opening it and then reading the scripture verse that went with the item and for each subsequent egg until we had read the entire Resurrection Story.

As the children got older of course we “put away childish things” (the eggs) and we read the entire Easter Story from the Bible and we have made it a tradition now to watch one of the many excellent movies on DVD that portray the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  Every year I still put out the basket of Resurrection Eggs as I decorate the house for Easter and I will smile seeing my grandchildren opening each egg to take a peak inside knowing our family tradition will continue with them.

Egg#1Palm Branch (use a leaf).  Read Matthew 21:8-11.  Jesus rode into Jerusalem.  The people waved branches and shouted, “Hosanna!”

Egg #2Bottle of Perfume (use a perfume sample you can pick up at any cosmetic counter).  Read John 12:2-8.  Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet.

Egg#3Piece of bread.  (use a crouton, they don’t get moldy).  Read Matthew 26:26-29.  Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.

Egg#43 dimes.  Read Matthew 26:14-15.  Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.

Egg#5A square of red fabric and/or make a small crown of thorns out of wire.  Read Matthew 27:28-30.  They stripped Jesus and put a scarlet robe and a crown of thorns on Him.

Egg#6A cross.  (you can get wooden crosses for necklaces at craft stores).  Read Matthew 27:31.  They lead Him away to crucify Him.

Egg#7A few nails.  Read Luke 23: 26-34.  Jesus is crucified.

Egg#8Dice.  Read Matthew 27:35.  When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots.

Egg#9A tiny bag of crushed rock.  Read Matthew 27: 50-51.  When Jesus died, there was a great earthquake.

Egg#10Some whole spices.  Read Luke 23:50-56.  Spices were used to prepare Jesus for burial.

Egg#11A small round rock.  Read Luke 24:1-5.  The stone covering Jesus’ tomb was rolled away.

Egg#12Leave this egg empty.  Read Luke 24:6-8.  He has risen just as He said!

JESUS IS ALIVE!!  GO AND TELL!!

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25 Encouraging Scripture Verses to Relieve Tension

I feel it in my neck and back.  I am mentally fatigued and at times the physical and emotional toll has me paralyzed.  These are common side-effects of stress and tension.  Jesus felt the burden of stress and fatigue many times during His ministry on earth, but none so keenly than when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane only hours before he was led away to be crucified.  Jesus experienced hematohidrosis, defined as sweating droplets of blood, as Luke, the Physician states in Luke 22:44, “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

If you experience tension to the point of debilitation, you need to seek medical help.  If you are like I am, a “nervous Nelly” and you occasionally allow the pressures of the world to negatively affect you, do what I do and find relief and comfort from scripture.  Meditate on the Word of God…it is a balm (a healing medicine) for the soul.

Psalm 119:143  “Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.”

Psalm 46  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.  God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.  Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.  He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.  He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.  He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

James 1:2-4  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Romans 12:2  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Psalm 94:19  “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Matthew 11:28-30  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Psalm 55:22  “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Psalm 56:3-4  “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?”

Psalm 103:1-5  “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8   “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lordwhose confidence is in him.  They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Luke 10:41-42  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Psalm 61:1-4  “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.  I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

Proverbs 12:25  “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”

Isaiah 35:3-4  “Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

1 Peter 5:7  “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8  “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Psalm 32: 7-8  “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

2 Corinthians 11:23-30  “Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.  Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.   I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.  Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.  Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?  If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”

Romans 8:6  “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”

Matthew 6:34  “ Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Psalm 127:1-2  “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.  In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.”

Romans 8:26-31  “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.   And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.   And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.   And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.  What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

John 16:33  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:7  “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

For more verses go to: 25 Encouraging Bible Verses for Stress

Unless stated otherwise all scripture used on Journey Thoughts is from: THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Faith-Based?

I follow Kevin Sorbo on Facebook and Twitter.  I have been a big fan of his ever since he played Hercules on the small screen.  For those of you who do not know, he is a Christian and has worked in several Christian faith-based movies, most notably, “God’s Not Dead”, and he is involved in two major projects now, “Breathe Bible” (lending his voice to an audio Bible), and “Let There Be Light” movie that he stars in and directs.  He is outspoken about the fact that since he admitted that he was a Christian, Hollywood has not been as kind to him as it once was: “…my faith certainly hurt me in Hollywood. I did Hercules for 7 years, it was the most watched show for a good number of years. But then, for me to get called into read for anything – it just dropped drastically when I came out of that conservative Christian closet so to speak. I used to read for a lot of pilots and TV shows, and it’s very rare now.”  He credits independent films for allowing him to continue his acting and directing.

He recently posted a comment with regards to the new movie: “The Case For Christ”, a movie based on the book by Lee Strobel, which is soon to be released.  Sorbo wrote: “Face it… every film is “faith-based.”  It was obvious that he was being purposefully controversial with the comment to illicit thought-provoking dialogue and I can’t help but join in the conversation.

I will admit that I enjoy watching movies.  I will also admit that I have been more disappointed of late that family-friendly, feel good movies are slowly, but surely being replaced with more worldly, profanity-laced, blasphemous drivel that Hollywood seems more inclined to present to the public nowadays.  Hollywood represents the current pop culture around them and caters to the whims of those who are, let’s face it, opposed to a Christian worldview.  Therefore to even suggest that “every” film is faith-based is absolutely incorrect.

However…

The question is how we define “faith-based”.  Certainly if Hollywood is as inclusive (as it prides itself on), of all faiths being represented in some manner in that industry, then that would include all world religions, atheism (which some would argue is not a faith and I would disagree with that…but that’s another blog to write); cults, and lastly of course the Christian faith.  However, though Hollywood is great with putting movies in theatres that have Satanic, witch-crafty themes, and self-centred worldly themes, it tends to shy away from Christian faith-based movies, T.V. shows and actors and actresses who profess their allegiance to that faith alone.  Again, that’s another blog to write on another day, but if Kevin Sorbo suggests that every film represents a faith of some kind, perhaps his statement is correct.  It just depends which faith it actually represents.  Perhaps most of Hollywood is full of idol worship, for example…just look at that Oscar statue…

Now I’m being controversial.

Personally, I think the public would like to have more films that give them Hope, rather than what Hollywood is now pandering to us…just sayin’…

I would like to have your opinion on this topic.  Leave a comment.

Oh, and make sure you go out and watch “The Case for Christ” next weekend.  Let’s all show support for Christian faith-based movies!

Will do!

 

 

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