The other day, I had a headache–probably from the neglect of drinking enough water. So, what was my first reaction? Well, venture to the kitchen to the medicine cabinet, to grab the bottle of Aspirin, having great anticipation that the two red pills I held in my palm would relieve me of my pain.
Modern medicine is a wonderful gift. We have the ability to cure diseases, to stay healthy, and to even make a motionless heart beat again. But, as with everything, there are also cons which come from that gift–one being our natural blindness to the spiritual. Continue reading
Recite what has been revealed to you of the Book, and establish the prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing.
This quote comes from the the Qur’an. However, knowing this or even quoting this verse does not make one Muslim. True, the Qur’an is a crucial part in the Islamic tradition, but it takes more than being able to quote a verse or two from this book in order to be a faithful follower of Allah, such as performing the Five Pillars: saying the declaration of faith, prayer, giving alms, fasting during Ramadan, and making a pilgrimage to Mecca [if one is financially able to]. It takes more than knowing the Qur’an to be a Muslim, for anyone can memorize pages in a book.
It takes more than knowing the Bible, to be a Christian. Continue reading
The Book Thief, is both a beautiful, yet terribly heartbreaking movie. I saw it for the first time tonight and was moved by it. And the book which it was based on is now on my list of ‘must read.’ One of only a few hundred which I would like to.
The film, gave an amazing perspective which I have not seen before, a peak into the lives of the Germans during World War II. I’m not talking so much about the soldiers or the Nazis, which do play a small role within the movie, but the common folk. The poor who were suffering just as much as the rest of Europe from poverty, disease, and fear. And seeing the harrowing brainwashing, creating nationality loyalty to Deutschland, the Nazi Party, and the Führer, especially from the children, who are so easily moldable. It was . . . a different kind of movie. Continue reading
In chapel this past Monday, I was privileged to hear the amazing testimony of Dr. Cheri Yecki. I hope you take the time to listen to the story of this courageous woman, and find encouragement from her words as well. For she is truly a Warrior of the Faith.
[Skip to 19:52 for Dr. Yecki]
Jesus is Lord.
Jesús es el Señor.
Jésus est le Seigneur.
Jesus ist der Herr.
Иисус есть Господь. (Iisus yest’ Gospod’ .)
耶穌是主。(Yēsū shì zhǔ.)
Gesù è il Signore.
Yesu ni Bwana.
イエスは主である。(Iesu wa omodearu.)
Ісус є Господь. (Isus ye Hospodʹ.)
Jesus é o Senhor.
Many nations, many peoples, many languages–
Movie trailers! They get us so pumped and excited for an upcoming film that we can’t wait to see! We’ll preorder the tickets, stay up till 2 a.m. to watch the movie opening night, perhaps even dress up in a costume. We’re so ecstatic! we can’t wait!—
What will it take, to make us get this excited about being a Christian? . . . Continue reading
I remember the worst day of my seventh grade career. It was lunch time, and I was lucky enough to be sitting across from the most beautiful girl in the world, who I had a mega crush on. Golden blonde hair, ocean blue eyes, and she was only one grade higher than me, which was no big deal, right?
I had just finished my lunch. All that was left was a browning apple core, a crinkled chip bag, and an empty sandwich bag filled with crumbs from my PB&J. I then reached into my pocket to grab my last piece of gum and casually tossed it into my mouth. Its sweet juices filled my mouth and throat with the taste of watermelon.
Everything was going well, I had enjoyed a great lunch, and the butterflies somersaulting in my stomach could not distract me from having a delightful conversation with her—but then, the friend sitting next to me had to open his mouth and forged my bane. Continue reading