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Persecution February 23, 2010

Filed under: Faith,Life — mandy @ 7:18 pm

Today I watched this video from Francis Chan about persecution of Christians in India.   It was excruciating to watch.  I honestly had no idea this was even going on.  As I watched it, my heart  felt like it was in a vice.  It still feels that way, and I don’t know quite what to do with the feelings.  I watched these innocent people being beaten and tortured for their faith.  As I was driving home tonight, I was thinking about the images I’d seen and how I felt about the situation.  I have no idea what real persecution is.  I’ve never even been laughed at for my faith, much less injured or endangered.  Knowing that this takes place on a daily basis in places like India makes my heart so heavy.  But to know that they are standing for the God of the universe is inspiring.

What could we do for them?  I want to step in, to fight back for them, to help in some way.  But I’m not in India, I’m in Dallas, TX where the worst thing that happens is being cut off in traffic on 635.  So, I will do what I can.  I will pray. I will ask the Father to comfort them and encourage them.  He loves them and has a plan for them.  He will receive glory from their faithfulness and boldness.  I pray they will have courage to face those who want to harm them, grace for those who don’t understand.  I think of Christs’ words in Matthew 5:10.  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  To say that I empathize with these people isn’t accurate.  I have no idea what they’re going through.  But I do know that Jesus does.

1 Peter 2:19-25 (The Message)

The Kind of Life He Lived

18-20You who are servants, be good servants to your masters—not just to good masters, but also to bad ones. What counts is that you put up with it for God’s sake when you’re treated badly for no good reason. There’s no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.

21-25This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.

He never did one thing wrong,
Not once said anything amiss.
They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.

If you think about it, please pray for those who are persecuted for Christs’ sake all over this world.  Pray for courage and protection.  Most of all, pray that Father would receive all the glory!

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This just in February 8, 2010

Filed under: Pop Culture — mandy @ 11:27 pm

So much for my weekly re-caps.  How bout every 2 weeks?  That’s still good, right?!   I have lots to catch up on so here are a few shows you may have skipped  on the DVR.

1.  CHUCK –

Love this show!  For all you folks who love spy stuff and computer geeks, this show is for you!  Chuck, a normal guy who works for a computer geek squad ends up becoming a CIA intersect.  Basically, he sees a computer full of CIA stuff and it becomes part of his memories.  He then is trained by CIA agents to use the information in his head to help them get the bad guys.  Chuck is on NBC on Monday nights.  The characters are smart and the comedy is witty!  I never miss an episode 🙂
2.  MODERN FAMILY

This show is hilarious!  Ed O’Neil (Al Bundy) plays the patriarch of the family. He has two grown children who have their own families.  These characters are ridiculous.  One of my favorites is Phil.  He’s one of the son in laws.  He tries to be cool but always fails.  My favorite episode was one where he had a kidney stone and pain and torment that caused him.  Knowing that pain first hand made watching it super funny!  If you haven’t caught this show yet, check it out at www.hulu.com or on ABC on Wednesday nights.
3.  THE BACHELOR –

Ok, I didn’t want to keep talking about the Bachelor, but come on, it’s been absurd.  The girls are by far the strangest group of women ever on this show.  I kind of feel sorry for all of them.  Jake seems to be holding it together, but everything has to be so dramatic with the girls.  I would have never picked the last four women.  The only one I liked from the beginning was Ali .  However, Gia has grown on me with her sweet and quiet personality and Tenley is also being portrayed as the nice girl.  She’s been divorced and that seems to be the only blur on her image.  Maybe Jake can heal her heart.  (Insert cheesy sigh here).  Now for Vienna.  What’s the adage, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?  Well, she’s crazy and dramatic and all over Jake, but it’s boosting the ratings.  The producers must love her for that!  I don’t get why Jake likes her, but to each his own.  They had hometown dates tonight and I won’t spoil it for those of you who have it DVR’d to watch later.  But let’s just say there is an abundance of tears and furrowed brows.
4.  SNL – Ashton Kutcher

I’m a fan of Ashton.  He’s usually clever and funny in his movies.  Also, I’m a fan of SNL, but the last year or so it has really been lacking in the funny.  The only characters that get good grades from me are Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig.  They usually come up with one or two really funny skits.   This weekend’s offering of comedy fell a bit short.  There were one or two funny bits: Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen  as Garth and Kat singing on Weekend Update was one of the funniest things.  They kept making each other laugh, which I think is awesome!!

Well, friends.  That’s about all I have for now.  I’m not feeling super witty this week so I apologize for the lack of creativity.  Perhaps it’s the lack of vitamin D since we haven’t seen the sun much this year.  Also don’t forget to post your own reviews or comments if you have them!  Have a great week!