Some more awesome movies I’ve watched recently that everyone should watch. Here’s part 1! (The Departed, the Breakfast Club, Almost Famous, The Big Lebowski, American Beauty)
1. The Godfather I & II (1972, 1974)
Everyone always says you should watch these movies, and now I know why. Marlon Brando. Al Pacino. ‘nuff said. “I’m going to make you an offer that you can’t refuse……….”
2. Taxi Driver (1976)
Never thought too much of Robert DeNiro until I saw this movie. A film that catalogs the makings of a psychopath in NYC. You want to root for him but he’s a pretty terrible person. And the music. THE MUSIC! Fun fact. The guy who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan was inspired by this movie… He was obsessed with Jodie Foster, who is one of the main characters. O__O
3. Do The Right Thing (1989)
Follows a cast of characters in one confined neighborhood on the hottest day of the year, while racial tensions rise and explode. All of the cast have so much personality that it’s hard to believe they’re acting. (Are they? I’m not sure that they are…)
4. City of God (2002)
I feel like I’m cheating on this one because I watched it for class last semester. Basically about gangs of teenagers that run the slums of Rio de Janeiro. And then the main character is just this kid who really likes taking photographs. Kind of tragic. Kind of amazing.
5. Fargo (1996)
If you ever wondered… “what would gangster and crime movies look like set in rural, snowy minnesota?” then here is your answer. Fargo. Conclusions drawn from this movie - Minnesotans are amazing. And all criminals are actually just a joke.
He who forms the mountains, creates the wind,
and reveals his thoughts to man,
He who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth —
the Lord God Almighty is his name.
- Amos 4:13
Ed Sheeran - Small Bump
On endless repeat. So beautiful, but so sad…
You are my one, and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb
And hold me tight
Unless the Lord builds the house, it’s builders build in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
Love Heals - PYG Valentine’s Day Coffeehouse
I’ve been really blessed with these opportunities to design for my home church. I’m not the most talented designer or illustrator, but they let me experiment and try out new things. They’re really supportive, which is crazy, considering how much money it costs them to print the things I make.
… I really like drawing Jesus as a cartoon…
The point Paul is making, then, is that we have been called not only to enjoy the comforts of the gospel but also to pass them on. If you have received personal benefit from the gospel at the hands of other believers, then maintain the tradition: treat others in a way that they too will receive benefit. After all, we profess to trust and follow one whose entire mission was characterized by self-denial: in obedience to his heavenly Father he gave and gave and gave. Your attitude, writes Paul, should be the same as his: give and give and give.
D. A. Carson, Basics for believers: an exposition of philippians
This may sound out of place but I’ve been experiencing a lot of Christians who lack either the loving and graceful character of Jesus, or the discipline and obedience that God also commands.
I know a lot of Christians who can recite so many verses back to me, who attend all the prayer meetings, don’t curse, avoid drunkenness and have all the things that you could hold to your “typical Christian”, but lack the loving character that Jesus wills them to have. They pile up on their knowledge of doctrine and theology and sure they “understand” that God is a god of love and mercy but make no amends to possessing those fruits themselves. They snap when someone wrongs them and they feel entitled to hold grudges. These are normally the Christians who throw around the phrase “I hate everyone”. They harbor cynicism, throwing away God’s blessings before they have been counted.
On the flip side we have those who understand that God is loving, graceful, and merciful. They can forgive easily, give easily, and are normally great listeners. They’re the type that will help you out when you’re stranded with a flat tire, low on lunch money, or just in need. However, they have no Biblical discipline in terms of the more “mundane” tasks that the Bible asks from them, or the things that could possibly cause others to stumble. Occasionally you’ll find them speaking with a fiery tongue, seeking debauchery and things of the similar nature, and sometimes lacking the motivation to delve into Scripture.
This may have been very pretentious, specific and perhaps legalistic, but in my personal opinion I don’t understand why certain Christians can’t understand that these two things are two sides of the same coin. Why have one and not possess the other? God is a god of love, mercy, and grace, but also a God of discipline, while commanding obedience and repentance.
who hears my cries, who sees my tears, who holds me close
brings me comfort by compelling me to worship wholeheartedly
DO YOU FEEL THE WINTER DO YOU???