Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, April 25 {with link up}





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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Most Precious of All Meetings {a devotional}

Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name. Malachi 3:16.

What a hope-inspiring picture is this, where the Lord is represented as bending down and hearkening to the testimonies borne by His witnesses! ...

The words to which God and the angels listen with delight are words of appreciation for the great gift that has been made to the world in the only-begotten Son of God. Every word of praise for the blessing of the light of truth ... is written in the heavenly records. Every word that acknowledges the merciful kindness of our heavenly Father in giving Jesus to take away our sins, and to impute to us His righteousness, is recorded in the book of His remembrance. Testimonies of this kind “shew forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.” 1 Peter 2:9....

The time and season are very precious. The assembled believers are in the audience chamber of the universe of heaven. They are to witness for God and the Lord Jesus Christ who gave His life for the world.... What deep and grave importance is attached to these little assemblies! Jesus Christ has paid the ransom money of His own blood for their souls, and He is in the midst of them when they meet to worship God. The Majesty of heaven identifies His interests with those of the believers, however humble may be their circumstances. And wherever they are privileged to meet together, it is appropriate that they speak often one to another, giving utterance to the gratitude and love that results from thinking upon the name of the Lord. Thus shall God be glorified as He hearkens and hears, and the testimony meeting will be considered the most precious of all meetings....

Let all remember that ... angels are recording in the book of remembrance every word that vindicates the character and mission of Christ. Of those who testify of the love of God, the Lord says, “They shall be mine, ... in that day when I make up my jewels.” Malachi 3:17. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, April 18 {with link up}


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

One with the Church Above {a devotional}

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. Ephesians 3:14, 15.

The church of God upon the earth is one with the church of God above. Believers on the earth, and those who have never fallen in heaven, are one church. Every heavenly intelligence is interested in the assemblies of the saints, who on earth meet to worship God in spirit and truth, and in the beauty of holiness. In the inner court of heaven they listen to the testimonies of the witnesses for Christ in the outer court on earth, and the praise and thanksgiving that comes from the church below, is taken up in the heavenly anthem, and praise and rejoicing resounds through the heavenly court because Christ has not died in vain for the fallen sons of Adam. While angels drink from the fountainhead, the saints on earth drink of the pure streams flowing from the throne of God, making glad the city of God....

In every assembly of the saints below, are the angels of God listening to the thanksgiving, the praise, the supplication, that is offered by the people of God in testimonies, songs, and prayers. Let them remember that their praises are supplemented by the choirs of the angelic host above....

The company of believers may be few in number, but they have been taken by the cleaver of truth as rough stones from the quarry of the world ... to be fitted up by test and trial for a place in God’s heavenly temple, and they are very precious in the sight of the Lord.... Even in the rough they are precious in the sight of God. The ax and the hammer and the chisel of trial and test are in the hands of One who is skillful, and are used not to destroy, not to bring to nothingness, but to work out the perfections of every soul....

The Lord will no more cast off the humblest, lowliest believer in Jesus, than He will demolish His throne. We are accepted in the Beloved. We are members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Watchman Pictures, Princess Cut {Homeschool Crew Review}

We enjoy movies in our homeschool and family life, and I'm always looking for a good Christian film for us to watch. I was pleased for the opportunity to view and review Princess Cut, from Watchman Pictures.
The story is about Grace, a young woman in her early 20s, who dreams of Mr. Right and the day he places a princess cut diamond ring on her finger. Instead she finds herself  in relationships that end badly. This leads her on a quest to discover what it means to truly love another, with guidance from her father. He encourages her to wait for God to bring the right man into her life.
Some of the points I found in the movie:

  • It's not so much in finding the perfect person, but becoming the person God made you to be. 
  • Stop trying to find love; let God bring it to you.
  • Use this time in preparing yourself for marriage.
  • Don't try to reap a harvest without planting the seeds first.
  • True love is worth waiting for.

I recognize Ashley Bratcher from War Room; Rusty Martin, Sr. from War Room and Courageous; and Rusty Martin, Jr. from Courageous. Both are among our favorite movies.

My 24 year old daughter, my 15 year old son and I each watched Princess Cut.

My thoughts: Sometimes the acting seems stilted, but overall I enjoyed it. It is entertaining, while providing a positive message. Yet, I found it hard to watch, because my own children have never had a godly father figure in their lives, to be that spiritual guide and leader in our home.

SJ's thoughts: "It's good."

I also loaned the video to my homeschooling friend, who watched it with her 14 year old daughter. She didn't have her husband or 17 year old son watch with them, because they tend to mock "chic flicks." (But she may try again later to get the men to watch it.)

My friend's thoughts: "The acting was a bit forced, but the characters were engaging and the plot improved as the story progressed. What I really appreciated was the message of the movie and it is one hardly seen at all in today's entertainment.  I think it encourages young people (and old) that there is a choice other than today's dating scene and disposable relationships."

J's thoughts: "I didn't care for the acting and that made the story seem unrealistic to me. I liked the parents - they were very good to her. They listened. I liked how the doctor came into the story. I was happy that she found someone that treated her nicely."

Be sure to check it out for yourself. When you do, make sure to watch the special features at the end, which go into the details of how the movie was made, as well as some of the bloopers. (We love movie bloopers!)

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