A tad delayed, but here nonetheless!!! Get ready for the second installment of good things:)
"When Death Dies"
GUNGOR IS BACK!!! (If you ask Apollo’s cd changer, Gungor never left…Ancient Skies and Beautiful Things have endless playtime there.) Their new album, Ghosts Upon The Earth, is easily the most original one that I’ve heard. I went on such a journey as I listened; never before have I had the history of man and God so well presented. If you are unfamiliar with Gungor, now is the perfect time to get acquainted! I guarantee it’s like nothing you’ve heard before…and if you aren’t sold the first listen around, let it grow on you. I guarantee the awesomeness of this album (“Brother Moon” is my current favorite track).
My sister Rachel and I really wanted a good laugh. You ever get in a mood where you want to laugh really loud and hard until your face and stomach hurts? No? Well, that’s how we were feeling. So we dug through some dusty, rarely-watched dvds, and came up with this gem! O Brother Where Art Thou is one of the few movies that has comedy, great acting, good videography, and a few scenes with the KKK. There’s also a nod to classic literature (Homer’s Odyssey, keep an eye out for the Cyclone); and, I’m not ashamed to say, I LOVE the soundtrack. If you watch this movie and are unimpressed, I don’t know how I feel about your judgment in other major life choices…seriously.
Jon Acuff, author of the hilarious book Stuff Christians Like, recommended this book saying it was “hands down, the funniest book” that he had ever read. I’m always in for a good book and a good laugh, so I checked it out. It was hilarious. I laughed out loud so many times while reading it, I had to start reading it by myself. Not only is it hilarious, but it’s also original and cohesive…I love it! There is mild profanity, and slight vulgarity (I can think of two instances – nothing explicitly referenced, more innuendo than anything). Hit up your local library and indulge in the madness that flows from Ignatius Reily.
People of the Second Chance is an amazing movement that I got hip to recently…I know, “got hip to”…I need to upgrade my slang-cabulary. I may be out of date, but POTSC is a breath of fresh air. They call the Church to unwavering grace, regardless of how “undeserving” a person may seem. It’s such a, pardon my redundancy, refreshing stand for the people of God to take; and yet, it’s exactly what Christ compels us to do in His Word. Check out the site (click the picture), and if nothing else, support them with some time in prayer!
This is inspired by Crazy Love. Francis Chan said that a friend challenged him to read this verse aloud, substituting his name in place of “love”: Francis is not proud, Francis is not rude, etc. Because I’m striving to be the love of Christ on this earth and I need to check my (re)actions by His Word, I’ve made this my daily challenge. I encourage you to do likewise and keep note of the results:)
Internet arguments are pretty lame. Point blank. I’ve been guilty of joining a few myself, but I really had to look at why I was going back and forth with virtual strangers…and pride was looking right back at me. Wisdom isn’t always in what you say; it’s in when and how you say what you say. The best thing to do when you feel tempted (or led, if you want to get uber-spiritual) to argue a point with someone – online or otherwise – is PRAY and ask God what He wants you to do. Make sure that what you hear God saying matches what He says in His Word (but that’s a whole different post).
That’s all for this (*ahem* last) week! I hope you enjoyed:)