Thursday, October 20, 2011

Love the Brethren

"By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you love one another." No words can be plainer; & the consequence is equally plain, however hard it may bear upon any professors, that though they could speak with the tongues of angels, had the knowledge of all mysteries, a power of working miracles, & a zeal prompting them to give their bodies to be burned in defence of the truth; yet if they love not the brethren, they are but as sounding brass or tinkling cymbals: they may make a great noise in the church & in the world; they may be wise & able men, as the words are now frequently understood; they may pray or preach with great fluency; but in the sight of God their faith is dead, & their religion is vain.

~John Newton, A Pen Dipped in Love

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

10 Reasons Why the New NIV Bible is Bad for Women ~ Mary Kassian

I'm so sorry for my long absence!  Trust me, it's not by choice.  Our desktop computer died all of a sudden a couple of Thursdays ago.  We're able to get online with our laptop, but for some weird reason, the laptop isn't all that fond of letting me access this blog.  Thankfully, it seems to be in a good mood on that front today!  I have no idea when our desktop will be fixed, but hopefully it will be soon, because I have lots I want to share with y'all!

Today, it's an article by Mary Kassian on Girls Gone Wise.  Have you visited this site yet?  You really, really should!  The articles & resources are incredible!  Case in point, this one on the new gender-inclusive NIV Bible.  John Piper even brings it to everyone's attention on Facebook.  Mary's conclusion?

"So ladies, please don’t jump on the gender-inclusive Bible bandwagon. Be hip. Be courageous. Be politically incorrect. Insist on a Bible that accurately translates gender language – like the ESV, Holman Christian Standard, or New America Standard. Because in the end, inclusive language, and inclusive language Bibles, are bad for women."  (emphasis mine)

Please read the whole post; her 10 reasons why gender-inclusive Bibles are bad for women are excellent & well worth pondering.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

See & Be "Courageous"!

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the newest Sherwood Pictures' film "Courageous" is sweeping through the Christian community.  A few months ago, I shared the trailer with you & enthused about our anticipation for its release.  Well, Michael & I saw it last night, & let me just say that my anticipation for it was nothing to its realization!  We both thought the movie was phenomenal!  So much so that at the end of it, I actually clapped!  (There were only 3 other people in the theater at that late hour, so it wasn't too embarrassing for Michael.  hehehe)  The film is overflowing with emotion, drama, & even humor.  (I thought I was going to "bust a gut", as they say, from laughing so hard during the "Snake King" part!!!)  The presentation of the Gospel is excellent, & the call for men to be responsible, godly, & faithful is unmatched.  Michael & I both give our wholehearted recommendation for this movie & strongly encourage everyone to go see it, maybe even more than once!  And, don't just see the movie, but take its message to heart.  Stand up & shout, "I WILL!" . . . & then follow through.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Family Movies

I've got 4 movies to recommend to y'all today.  These are all excellent films for the whole family!  If you've got Netflix, you can even watch some of them instantly right now!  I hope you love them as much as we do!

"Ociee Nash" is a sweet, fanciful movie that we saw when we kept the kids last year.  It's fun & adorable!

"Jonathan Sperry" may very well be my favorite Christian film of all time.  It's not forced or trite, & the way that this older man disciples these young men is incredible!

"Noah Dearborn" is a film that Michael picked out, & we both fell in love with it!  It makes me long for a simpler life.

I was skeptical of "Alabama Moon" even after I watched the trailer, but only a few minutes into it had me sold!  It's really a wonderful story!

Watch them, love them, add them to your collection.  That's our plan, anyways!