from When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense by Robert Jeffress

April 25, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized | 1 Comment  

If a perfect God finds it impossible to summarily dismiss sin against Him, why do we think we could ever overlook the serious hurts inflicted by others? Sin creates an obligation and someone has to pay. Whatever forgiveness is, it should not be confused with glossing over the seriousness of a wrong. ~p. 42-43

Frederick Beuchner has written:

“Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back – in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you. ~p. 56-57

Forgiveness isn’t a one-time action of the heart, but a continual choice of the will. As someone said, “Forgiveness is surrendering the right to hurt you for hurting me.” ~p. 177

The Bible promises that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Unfortunately, some people – to echo [C.S.] Lewis – attach a trivial meaning to the word “good.” Those who translate that word as “happiness,” “prosperity,” or “freedom from adversity” are doomed to disappointment. Instead, Paul identifies the “good” that God’s plan is designed to accomplish in the next verse:

‘For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren.’ (8:29)

God has designed a unique plan for your life with one purpose in mind: to mold you into the likeness of His Son. ~p. 191-192

I realize you may well be struggling with the issue of forgiveness. Someone or something has caused great pain in your life. You want to forgive. You’re ready to be free from the bitterness that is destroying your life. You’ve spent hours reading about why and how to forgive. But if you release that person who has wronged you, you need something to grab hold of to maintain balance in life.

God is saying to you, “Release your bitterness and grab hold of Me. Allow Me to take responsibility for what has happened to you. Know that I have a plan I’m working out in your life, even if you can’t see it now. Faith means something when it is exercised in the darkness.” ~p. 195

All of the above quotes are from When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense by Robert Jeffress

Featured DVD: My Neighbor Totoro

March 8, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off  

Visionary and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away) has created a heartwarming, music-filled and wonderful world in My Neighbor Totoro, a delightfully animated family adventure. And now – exclusively in this 2-Disc Special Edition DVD – never-before-seen bonus features reveal even more of Totoro’s fantastic world!

Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight, they discover that their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit called Totoro – who can be seen only through the eyes of a child. Totoro introduces them to extraordinary characters – including a cat that doubles as a bus! – and takes them on an incredible journey.

Bring home My Neighbor Totoro from Studio Ghibli and Disney for your family’s DVD library and experience the timeless classic film Roger Ebert calls “one of the very few that come along that are magical for all ages.”

Noah’s review: My Neighbor Totoro is a very good children’s move. I liked it because of the imagination behind the creatures, but I would suggest this more for younger kids than me. 3 and a half stars.

Jonathan’s review: My Neighbor Totoro is the best movie about moving into a new home. 5 stars.

Josiah’s review: This was just okay. 3 stars.

My Neighbor Totoro (Two-Disc Special Edition) is available now on DVD. The DVD special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette.

(Disclosure: My Neighbor Totoro was provided to me by Click Communications for the purpose of review. The above link is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click on the link and subsequently purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage in commission.)

Featured DVD: Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed In At the House of Mouse

November 8, 2009 Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off  

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Celebrate the season with Disney’s most popular holiday movie ever! Starring Mickey Mouse and 35 of the world’s most beloved characters, this one-of-a-kind adventure joyously captures the spirit of Christmas and is sure to delight the entire family.

When a huge snowstorm leaves everyone stranded, Mickey and all of his guests at The House of Mouse, including Pooh, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel and many more of his old and new friends, break out the cookies and hot chocolate to help Donald mend his tattered Christmas spirit. The fun starts when Minnie pulls out their favorite holiday home movies and everyone starts to reminisce. Their magical memories soon put everyone in the Christmas mood – even grumpy Donald, who ultimately becomes the star of the evening.

Featuring four unforgettable holiday tales, including The Nutcracker and Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and an epic finale of “The Best Christmas of All,” this holiday treat is bound to become a tradition for you and your family.

The Disney Christmas movies have become my kids’ favorites – coming out not only at Christmas, but any time of year that the kids are feeling in need of some cheering up. We have had this one on videotape, and it has been played so many times that the quality of tape is pretty bad, and the sound is shaky. The kids love seeing the older Christmas clips of Pluto and the chipmunks, Donald and the snowman, and, especially, Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed In At the House of Mouse is available now on DVD. The DVD special features include the premiere episode of “House of Mouse;” Sing-Along Songs: “Deck the Halls” and “Sleigh Ride;” and “The Sounds of Christmas – A Disney Sound Effects Featurette.

(Disclosure: Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed In At the House of Mouse was provided to me by Click Communications for the purpose of review. The link in this post is an Amazon Affiliate link. If you click on the link and then purchase something, I receive a small percentage.)

Featured DVD: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

September 16, 2009 Categories: Uncategorized | 1 Comment  

(Bedknobs and Broomsticks was provided to me by Click Communications for the purpose of review.)

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Experience the extraordinary animation, enchanting music and Academy Award-winning special effects (1971: Best Effects, Special Visual Effects) of Disney’s beloved classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks – now fully restored and remastered in this Enchanted Musical Edition with dazzling new bonus features!

Hold on tight for a magical, musical, fun-filled journey! When young Charlie, Carrie, and Paul move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price (Angela Lansbury), is an apprentice witch! Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated Isle of Naboombu to find a powerful spell that will save England!

All-new fun is brewing in this Enchanted Musical Edition, including “The Wizards of Special Effects” feature. Also starring David Tomlinson (Mary Poppins) and Roddy McDowall, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a heartwarming adventure your family will love sharing again and again!

I missed out on Bedknobs and Broomsticks growing up – my parents went through a phase where all things witch-related were off limits. I’ve seen pieces of it here and there through the years, though – and had so much fun watching it with my kids! Of course, the idea of a flying bed that could take you anywhere you wanted – even into a cartoon world – was a huge hit with the boys.

This is the perfect movie for family movie night – although the kids did think a couple of the dance sequences went on a bit long. Modern kids with shorter attention spans, I guess. :)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is available now on DVD. The DVD special features include a featurette on the special effects and a music video.

Noah’s Reading – June 2008

June 30, 2008 Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off  

Noah has started and stopped many books this month, but none has kept his attention enough for him to finish.