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Just watched a “Christian” movie…

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment

I went to a Christian-themed movie recently which was VERY disappointing to me. Why?

Not the acting. It was ok. I can forgive that!

Not the story. It was ok. I can forgive it for being too “Hollywood” meaning everything worked out in the end.

Not the attempt. I’m glad movie companies are TRYING to make Christian movies. That’s great! Thank you!

Here’s what I was disappointed by: The REAL Person of Jesus Christ was NOT a character or even a factor in the movie!

In other words, the movie focused on human relationships, had a positive message, but never really presented the Gospel or directed people to know Christ personally. Good movie…it will make you cry, but that’s all. No eternal value in it!

While it was a Christian-themed movie, it was not a Christian movie because it focused only upon this temporal life and not eternal life or upon the eternal Person of Jesus Christ.

-Mark (just wanting all of us Christians to be bold about the Person of Christ)

P.S. No, I won’t tell you the name of this movie because I am not going to degrade it publicly. If you’d like to know, contact me and I’ll tell you privately and personally. Again, I applaud the attempt of making a Christian movie but is it really Christian if Christ is not a character? Is apple pie really apple pie when there are no apples in it?

Billy Bob Thornton’s quote

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Read in the November 26, 2010, Birmingham News a quote from Billy Bob Thornton that revealed his worldview. He was talking about the characters in his new movie called “Faster” (not an endorsement of the movie, by the way, although it might be ok, just haven’t seen nor will I with theater prices!).

Billy Bob said this: “Also I like characters that, at their core, are good people but they just go down the wrong road.”

This quote exactly defines how the world views man: there are good people and bad people. If a basically good person chooses to go down the wrong path, then that explains their bad behavior. I guess bad people always choose bad paths!

Biblically, we know this quote is wrong since “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). All means all choose to sin not because they are good and choose bad or sinfully, but because they are born with a sinful nature and thus make choices that are sinful.

In other words, people aren’t sinners because they sin, people sin because they are sinners.

I like Mr. Thornton and a few of his movies, but his worldview is dead wrong and will lead many astray. The truth is that we all are bad people in need of God’s rescue and we ALL will walk down the wrong path until Jesus intervenes on our behalf and redirects us. That’s called repentance! We all need to be redirected from living for the path of destruction and begin walking down the path of the glory of God!

-Mark (thankful for the opportunity to think biblically by the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of me – I Timothy 1:14)

Avatar – a Biblical perspective

February 26, 2010 1 comment

A widely popular movie right now is called “Avatar.” However, it reported causes depression in people AFTER they watch the movie. Why?

One reason is that the movie, Avatar, presents a utopian planet to live on. It’s a perfect place and moviegoers long to live in that type of place when they see that movie. So, they are depressed about this world when they leave and see the fallenness of this real world we live in. They see death, pain, suffering, decay, and hurt which is a MUCH DIFFERENT world than Avatar’s perfect place!

Our real world is far from perfect.

It was perfect at one time (Gen. 1-2) but what happened?

MANKIND sinned and one of the consequences given by the righteous, just God is that the world we live in today is corrupted, totally polluted by our sin and that of our forefather, Adam. (Don’t get mad at him because had you or I been there, we would have sinned, too!)

Now, in our world, we want all types of “escapes” that are commonly called “addictions.” We want to forget our pain in this world and seek pleasure. That’s why the Gospel, which answers all addictions, and gives up the PROPER escape (Jesus) is essential.

Let me urge you: USE this movie to launch the Gospel. Tell others about the real answer for sin and the eternal hope provided in heaven.

Avatar’s perfect place pales in comparison with heaven as we can only imagine what it will be like and it will be much better than we can even hope for!

-Mark (looking up at Him and heaven rather than at this sinful place that is not my home!)

Up!

June 13, 2009 2 comments

We went as a family to the DRIVE IN movie in Argo and saw Pixar’s latest movie release called UP.

I highly recommend this movie to all. Good themes about the value of relationships. No dirty words or sexual innuendos. Very clever and funny movie, too.

I will not give any of the plot away but it’s a movie worth seeing. It’s the first time a cartoon ever moved my wife and I to tears! It is a movie that values life and human commitments.

-Mark (reminded of the sovereignty of God and His calling upon our lives after watching Up)

“Fireproof” movie out on DVD today!

January 27, 2009 2 comments

The DVD is released today! We purchased two of the movies to have one for ourselves and one to loan to some people in our church. We are hoping they will watch it and buy a copy, too!

If you haven’t seen this movie, we recommend you see it to strengthen your relationship with God and others. It not only has a great message but it is funny with good action scenes and solid acting.

-Mark (allowing the Lord to work through me to “fireproof” the marriages we see in biblical counseling everyday!)

Fireproof movie (part 4)

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment

There are so many great aspects in this movie. For example, the relationship between a father and son is a wonderful depiction of Christianity.

The movie will challenge you and motivate you to be a better spouse, a better son, a better daughter, and a better person!

-Mark (thankful that God is making me better day by day Phil. 2:12-13)

Fireproof movie (part 3)

November 19, 2008 Leave a comment

Something to notice in this fantastic movie is the idea of INFLUENCE. Who are the characters listening to? Are the voices they are hearing godly or ungodly?

I won’t give this part of the movie away but it is an important element to notice.

Apply it to your own life: are your influences godly or ungodly? Peer pressure leads people to make poor decisions quite often.

-Mark (I Cor. 15:33 – do not be deceived; bad company corrupts good morals)