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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Movie Review: King’s Faith

Redemption. Reconciliation. Real life.

king's faithA great movie has all three components and King’s Faith is no exception. This movie, in selected theaters April 26, is beautifully inspiring and packs a story that can change lives.

Filled with life-giving truth and hope for the hardest of hearts, King’s Faith was a breath of fresh air in a time where Christian movies are made with good intentions but executed with cheesy story lines and less than desirable acting.

OFFICIAL TEASER: When eighteen-year-old Brendan King (Crawford Wilson) attempts to leave his turbulent gang life behind him, his past continues to threaten his new-found faith, family, and future.

The film is not yet rated  but I’m guessing it will be a PG-13 rating due to some violence and drug references. After watching a private screening of the film, I would take my True Beauty girls to see it (and probably will) and they are middle and high school age with one very mature 10 year old. I believe this movie, if God so graciously allows, can  impact their souls.

Though aimed at teenagers, this movie can minister to everyone for no other reason than because the Gospel is for everyone.

Written, produced and directed by Nicholas Dibella in Rochester, NY., King’s Faith contains solid examples of discipleship, the consequences of sin, rewards for honesty, integrity and character, and the cost of following Jesus. It also profoundly displays God’s power in changing a life but the battle that remains between the old life of flesh versus new life in Christ.

This movie preaches that the shame of the past does not have to define, entrap or enslave you because it was for freedom Christ has set you free. Through Jesus’ atoning work on the cross and triumph over sin and the grave, you can be made righteous and released from the captivity of the Enemy and equipped to fight the spiritual forces of evil that are rampant in this world.

I recommend this movie. Demand it at your theater by clicking on the image below.

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