Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ring the Bell - Movie Review by Marcus

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services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. 
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe 
will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal 
Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements  
and Testimonials in Advertising."

  Awesome!  Moving!  Entertaining!  Inspiring!  All of those are words that I would use to describe the movie - Ring the Bell.   In the first few scenes of the movie, I was beginning to think that this was going to be just another cheesy movie about a guy who has to find his true meaning in life.  To be honest, I really  wasn't pulled into the story immediately.  Needless to say, my first impressions were way off.  This is not just another movie.  This isn't just another cheesy story line.  This movie pulled tears from my eyes, put joy in my heart, and inspired me with the wonderful message that living for Jesus is the greatest life anyone can choose.  

The story revolves around a sports agent whose goal in life is to be the best and make lots of money.  He is addicted to his job.  But in a small town baseball star, he finds the true meaning of life.  I love the message of story that simply said giving your life to Jesus is the most important thing that you can do.  Serving Him is far greater than all the money and fame that the world can offer.  I commend the writers and producers for bringing that message to life in this film.  This movie is clean, wholesome family entertainment that has the potential to change lives that receives the highest rating I can give it!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah...The Whale Tells His Side of the Story - Children's Book Review by Marcus

   As you can see from the title, this book is different.  In fact, it's unlike any Bible story book I have ever read.  The book is written by Troy Schmidt, a guy who no doubt has a good imagination.  I read this to my 9 year old and later to my 6 year old, and they both loved it.
   The book is written in a very unique style.  It's kind of a mixture between cartoon and comic book.  One of the things that really impressed me was that the story has lines that are funny to kids.  I've seen a lot of kid's media that tries to be funny, and they are, to grown-ups.  But this book actually is cleverly written on a kids level.
   The story of Jonah is brought from the whale's point of view.  As a preacher, I dig for preaching material all the time.  I've never thought of the story of Jonah quite like this.
   For example, the whale tells of how God led him to spit Jonah out on dry land.  I seriously never considered the miracle of a giant fish swimming all the way up to the shore and then vomiting Jonah out.  But Jonah 2:10 says just that.  But why didn't the fish get sick and throw up 10 miles out in the sea?  This book very uniquely brings out the fact that God was not just working in Jonah's life, but that the Creator was also guiding the fish.
   The back of the book contains a discussion area for parents to help their child compare their life to that of Jonah's.  It's a great lesson in obedience, forgiveness and knowing that God hears us when we call on Him.  The pictures are colorful.  The writing is great.  The message is awesome.  I highly recommend this book to every parent.  It is one of the greatest Bible stories written in such an amazing way that really makes sense to kids and grown-ups alike.
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services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. 
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe 
will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal 
Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements 
and Testimonials in Advertising."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DVD Review - This Is Our Time

   This Is Our Time!  Now what do we do with it?  That is the question asked through out this movie in one form or another.  A group of college graduates who ask - What is God calling me to do?  What does He have planned for my life?
   I remember in my life when I came to this same crossroad.  The point where the world was ahead of me, and somewhere out there, God had a place just for me.  It's scary when you're young and ambitious.  It can be intimidating.  This story centers around collage graduates who are searching for their place in the world.  I would venture to say that this story is more than for just young people.  This is a film for people of all ages who sometimes wonder if God can and wants to use them.
  The movie is the story of a young man and woman who get married straight out of college.  They move to India to work as missionaries.  This is what I think is the really cool part of the story.  The characters and story-line is fictional, but the mission organization, Embrace A Village, is very real.  They care for people with leprosy and their families.  Many of those people and their children are seen in throughout the movie.
  The story  always follows a young lady who joins a large financial organization in order to climb the corporate ladder: a young man, Ryder, who wants to make a splash in the social media world: and Ethan, the one who seemingly can't find his calling.  He at times questions whether God can really use him.
  This is a very good Christian movie.  It is high quality, clean and portrays a very important spiritual message. So watch it and enjoy!  The release date is April 16, 2013.  To purchase, please visit:www.christiancinema.com

  

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or 
services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. 
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe 
will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal 
Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements 
and Testimonials in Advertising." 

God Bless,

Marcus

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review by Marcus - The King is Coming - Erwin Lutzer

  The King is Coming!  That statement by itself is enough to make any Christian excited.  As a Christian, we are looking for the day when the King comes to take us home to Heaven.  Erwin Lutzer is the Pastor of Moody Church in Chicago.  He did a great job in writing this book.  It's encouraging to read a well thought out book on the 2nd Coming of Christ.
   I will say that there are a few theological differences that I have with Rev. Lutzer, but in reality, they are small.  I understand that those little things could be confusing to a new Christian, but for the sake of this review,  I will just say that there were a few places in the book where the author seemed to twist and bend a few scriptures to fit his theological viewpoint.  But overall, the book was awesome.
   I will highly recommend this to anyone interested in doing some research on the 2nd Coming of Jesus.  I know that we, as humans, aren't able to fully understand all that will take place in the "End" times, but this book is as good a work on that topic as any other I've read.  Rev. Lutzer does a great job in breaking down different part of the Bible to help the reader understand what might take place.    And overall, he does a great job in drawing the reader into an anticipation of the day when Jesus does return to take His bride home to Heaven.
   I received this book from www.moodypublishers.com in exchange for my review.  I thank them for this very encouraging and fascinating read.  I hope that if you buy this, you'll be as encouraged by it as I was.

God Bless,

Marcus