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Letter From God

I went and saw Letters to God tonight. Here is the basic story from Preview Movie Reviews

Eleven-year-old Tyler Doherty (Tanner Maguire) faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace.  Unselfishly, Tyler begins writing letters to his Creator, seeking God’s care for those he will leave behind. The letters find their way into the hands of Brady McDaniels (Jeffrey S.S. Johnson), a beleaguered postman standing at a crossroads in his life.  At first, he is conflicted as to what he should do with the letters.  The decision he ultimately makes becomes a testament to the quiet power of one boy’s unshakeable faith. Inspired by a true story, this is a heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption.

The movie was great and it brought tears to everyone even four of my 6th grade boys. This is from the guys who did Facing the Giants and Fireproof. The story is great although it seems to drag occasionally. The quality is good and the acting isn’t mainstream movie quality but no where close to the bad acting in Facing the Giants.

I loved the movie. It had a great message, tugged at your heart, had a realistic to life feel, and was enjoyable. I took our kids and I would encourage you to take yours and promote it to your church. I would also say you may want to think about how to promote this at your church when it comes out on video and not get “left behind” as other promote it.



takenTaken is a guys movie about a father who used to be some type of a special forces. His daughter goes on a trip to Paris and is abducted by human traffickers. He has 96 hours to save her or will likely never see her again.

Then you have 70 minutes of a dad kicking butt to save his 17 year old daughter. Dana and I love this movie. It also highlights they very real problem of human trafficking.

The movie has some language at the beginning. Full of violence as he hunts down the people who took his daughter.


defy1Last night I went and watched Defiance. It is a based on a true story of the Bielski brothers who escape the German police as they gather up and kill Jews during the Holocaust. The three brothers escape to the forest to avoid the Germans and slowly begin to lead a community of over1200 Jews who lived in the forest for 3 years. Their story is one of survival, faith, and struggles.

This is a great movie that had flown completely under the radar here. It is 2 hours and 15 minutes long and had me completely captivated the whole time.

At one point the man who emerges as the Rabbi says a chilling prayer over the grave of another person who didn’t survive the winter. His prayer is shocking, full of emotion, and I think when over come by grief one that many may pray. In the end the Rabbi’s faith is restored as he sees that the people will survive even though he will not.

The amazing thing to me was that this movie is based on a true story. I had never heard this story and only happened to go to see it.  I only saw James Bond with a gun and thought it looked like a good guy movie. I am so glad I stumbled into this movie.

The movie has about 20 curse words and of course lots of violence (it is about WW2).

Prince Caspian (Part 2)

Lucy is the first to see Aslan. She is asked why they couldn’t see him and she could. Lucy replies, “Maybe you weren’t looking for him.”

Later this conversation takes place:
Susan “Why do you think I didn’t see Aslan?”
Lucy “I don’t know. Maybe you didn’t really want to.”
Susan “You always knew you’d be coming back here, didn’t you?”
Lucy “I hoped so.”
Susan “I’d finally just got used to the idea of being in England.”

Are you looking for God? Can others see Him in places that you can’t?

How do you see God? How do we become like Lucy and see what others can’t?

Paul tells us to anticipate the day that we see Jesus and remember that heaven is our home and not this world (Phil 3:20).

When we are anticipating a reunion with God and we are looking for him was are more likely to see him everyday in our world and not get used to living here but looking forward to living with Jesus.

Prince Caspian

I just got through watching Prince Caspian and it was a great movie! There was so much action and my heart raced through so much of the movie. It also had so many biblical themes and I am going to take the next few blogs to write about the ones that impacted me.

When Prince Caspian first meets King Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy he is shocked that they are children and says that he was expecting grown up kings and queens. How many times do we find that God uses the unexpected to do great things. Think about all the people of the Bible who were young when God did great things with them (David, Jeremiah, John, Mark, ..).

At the end of the movie Lucy says that she wished she was able to be more like the older one and have more courage and fight. She has a little dagger as her weapon while the others have swords and a bow and arrow. But she is the only one who sees Aslan and has faith that he is there and can help them.

God constantly reminds us that age is not a factor in serving him and age is not a factor in him using you to do great and powerful things. Many times we let our own doubts and logic get in the way of letting God use us and sometimes as an excuse not to do things for God.

1 Timothy 4:12 was one of those verses I hated growing up I think it was because it was theme of every camp and youth rally or any speaker who thought he would dedicate a sermon to the youth. But I have gotten over my bitterness for it and grown to appreciate the fact that Paul is telling Timothy two great messages.

1. God has given him a great gift and is ready to use him to do great things. He is to live up to God’s standards and lead people who are much older than he is.

2. He can’t use age as an excuse or a fear not to do what God is calling him to do.

If God’s kingdom (Narnia) is to survive and thrive it needs young people (another term I hate but don’t know a better way to say it) to step up and use the gifts that God has given them. We can’t let age hold us back, back us fearful, or use as an excuse to wait.

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