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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Two movies I want to see but haven't had a chance: "Saint Ralph" (due to arrive in Abilene in 2008) and "March of the Penguins." Anyone seen these? Are they as good as they look? - - - - Next four weeks: teaching mode. Sunday messages ("Torchbearers" from Sermon on Mount), Wednesday messages ("It Doesn't Stay in Vegas" from Leviticus), university class at ACU ("Life and Teachings of Jesus"), and university class at Highland (parables). After the four weeks, my buddy Randy Harris does his semi-annual three-week gig at Highland on Wed PM. The church doesn't exactly suffer under my absence! - - - - Defeat may serve as well as victory To shake the soul and let the glory out. When the great oak is straining in the wind, The boughs drink in new beauty and the trunk Sends down a deeper root on the windward side. Only the soul that knows the mighty grief Can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy. - Edwin Markham

12 Comments:

  • That is an amazing poem that truly has to be lived to understand the blessings that come from being stretched. To lift your hands in worship to a mighty God who is King, to love God more today because you need His refuge more than ever, and to accept those trials as you humble yourself to His plan, brings tears to a heart who calls out to Him with desperate longing to be Home.

    By Blogger Tammy M., at 8/18/2005 07:29:00 AM  

  • Penguins - amazing photography, excellent music. Several mothers took their crying children out after death scenes. Not for the little ones, at least.

    By Blogger Coping, at 8/18/2005 07:40:00 AM  

  • March of the Penguins is one of the better movies I have seen in a long time. Great shots, interesting, and I left the theater praising God for His bigness. The same God that made and sustains those penguins is the same God of Israel, and of my life. A good $7.50 spent.

    By Blogger Patrick, at 8/18/2005 08:13:00 AM  

  • Can I add to Markham's verse these words from Nouwen, which I stumbled over this morning?

    "How can we embrace poverty as a way to God when everyone around us wants to become rich? Poverty has many forms. We have to ask ourselves: 'What is my poverty?' Is it lack of money, lack of emotional stability, lack of a loving partner, lack of security, lack of safety, lack of self-confidence? Each human being has a place of poverty. That's the place where God wants to dwell! 'How blessed are the poor,' Jesus says (Matthew 5:3). This means that our blessing is hidden in our poverty.

    We are so inclined to cover up our poverty and ignore it that we often miss the opportunity to discover God, who dwells in it. Let's dare to see our poverty as the land where our treasure is hidden."

    By Blogger Matt, at 8/18/2005 08:24:00 AM  

  • Saint Ralph Was phenomenal. I think the establishment of the main character as a far from perfect, embarrasingly awkward kid was genius. It was that factor which made this movie suprisingly great, and suprisingly edgy.
    As for the edgy part, this is not a cookie-cutter movie. There are adult themes that make you want to turn your eyes and ears off. However, that is mostly because of the awkardness of the situation as opposed to actual content. In other words, it was overtly honest in the areas of what teenage boys deal with.

    I guess you could say this is a wonderful story of Faith, just leave the youngest ones at home.

    By Blogger petestacoshack, at 8/18/2005 09:11:00 AM  

  • Mike - Thank you for your email on Jack's site.

    By Blogger Tammy M., at 8/18/2005 11:18:00 AM  

  • What text in Leviticus are you refering to. I'm giving a devotional soon and that sounds like a great idea.

    Go Braves!

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 8/18/2005 11:22:00 AM  

  • God Bless!

    If you get a chance could you please say a prayer for a little girl named "Rebekah" who has cancer. God knows who you will be praying about! Thank you so much!

    Trying to rally some good Christian Prayer for her and her family!

    By Blogger steve, at 8/18/2005 02:50:00 PM  

  • Took my two young grandchildren to see March. I loved it. They enjoyed it, although the youngest got tired of it at times. The older one (almost 5 year old) seemed to be captivated by it and enjoyed it.

    The great sacrifices of these mothers and fathers for their children and God's greatness is certainly evident.

    Haven't see the other one.

    By Blogger pegc, at 8/18/2005 03:14:00 PM  

  • I was going to post a scathing critique when I realized that I have not seen either movie....that has not seemed to hinder us in the past, though.

    God bless us, everyone.

    By Blogger Larry, at 8/19/2005 03:53:00 AM  

  • We saw March of the Penquins yesterday...I kept thinking about a verse:

    "In the beginning, God"

    By Blogger Larry, at 8/21/2005 05:08:00 AM  

  • St. Ralph is really wonderful...the honest awkwardness of Ralph as a young teenager, and the symbolism of the various saints throughout the story is very well done. It is painful to watch sometimes...the setting is unique and startling as to how "cold" his world is at home, school and "friends." We didn't know what to expect, but we loved it. Suzetta said when we saw it she thought you'd like it.

    By Blogger bnutt, at 8/26/2005 09:20:00 PM  

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