Do you know what I did on my first date with Mary? I took her to McDonalds and then to see the movie “The Shaggy D.A.” Boy, was I a lady’s man or what? While I thought I was wowing my girl, I later learned that (while Mary loves a good movie) she unlike me is not a fan of the Golden Arches. Fortunately, 41 years later I am glad to say that she likes Big Mike’s more than she likes Big Macs!
Movies make a great date for a lot of reasons. They can entertain, distract, provoke discussion, move our emotions and make us think. But movies are also metaphors for our life in general our spiritual life in particular. The prominent theologian and philosopher Francis Schaeffer taught his students the importance of looking at culture through the lens of Scripture. He would frequently show his students movies and then ask them to assess them as to how they did or did not line up with God’s Word! He correctly saw the Bible not as just a history book but as the lens of truth by which we are to interact with and process our world.
This Sunday we will take a page out of Francis Schaeffer’s playbook as we begin a neat new series called “At The Movies”. Each week, we will join Jesus at the movies as we watch a few clips of a recent blockbuster and compare and contrast it with the Bible. It’s gonna be a ton of fun, take us way outside of our comfort zones, and provide a terrific opportunity to invite our unchurched family and friends to “go to the movies” with us. As an added incentive, we will be giving all new guests movie passes (instead of coffee cards) over the next four weeks so who could say “no” to that? Please invite as many people as you can to this great “all in” series.
On a personal note, I had a great study break but sure did miss you and am so glad to be back with my North Ridge family. Thanks to Pastors Dan, Chad and Jon for their great messages in my absence. I am so blessed to have such a great group of pastors to work with and even more to have such a great church family to do life with. I sure do love you and your crew and can’t wait to see you on Sunday at the movies!
You Guys Rock,
P.S. We just finished up a spectacular VBS and I want to say a big thanks to Kathy and the 200 + amazing volunteers! We had over 400 kids attend and had over 100 kids give their lives to Jesus for the very first time as of yesterday. If you’d like to celebrate this wonderful week, come by the NRCC patio tonight (6:00 PM Friday) for a free BBQ and VBS program! It will be a blast!
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Psalm 147:1,3 How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him! …. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Isaiah 58:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Psalm 34:17-19 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
1 Corinthians 10:24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
James 4:13-16 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.
Romans 12:19-21 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.