Posted 2/27/14 at 4:21 PM | CP Blogs
Igniter Media produced this video titled Strangers which shows how one faithful Christian can impact numerous people by sharing her faith.
"Nate became a believer partly because of Kim, and oddly enough Kim and Nate have never met. How is this possible? Well, lets take a look ..."
This video shows what can happen when Christians take the Great Commission seriously.
Igniter Media makes videos that are often used as sermon illustrations. Jesus also used illustrations that are called parables. Last year we shared another Igniter Media video, A Social Network Christmas.
Perhaps you have heard the story of how shoe salesman Dwight Moody was led to Christ and the string of events that followed leading to both Billy Sunday and Billy Graham becoming evangelists. Who knows what the future could hold when you or I share the gospel?
Hat Tip: Internet Evangelism Day
Posted 2/21/14 at 10:13 PM | CP Blogs
When I was a child, I thought kissing was gross. I did not want my mom to kiss me on the cheek. So the following video reminded me of my myself. Then I thought of two questions:
Why do some animals hate kisses? Is this a learned response or were they made that way? Just like humans, our pets can display unique personalities.
Interestingly the Bible doesn't even use the word "personality." I wonder why that is. Could it be that when we focus on personalities, we lose focus on Jesus?
Posted 1/10/14 at 7:39 PM | CP Blogs
In December Christian college students gathered for the Cross Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and learned about global missions.
This documentary video A Short History of Student Missions was shown at the conference. In less than 6 minutes we learn about how college students became pioneers in world missions, prayed in a haystack during a thunderstorm and recruited fellow students to take the Gospel to the world.
This video was produced by Citygate Films and features John Piper as the narrator.
According to an Arkansas Baptist State Convention article, the students at the Haystack Prayer Meeting "took personal responsibility for the lost souls of their generation" and the article concludes: FULL POST
Posted 1/6/14 at 2:37 PM | CP Blogs
Charlene deGuzman and Miles Crawford made this short video about how people can be distracted from what is around them by spending too much time on their cell phones. The video is very popular on YouTube. It has been viewed more 36 million times.
Cell phone addiction is real. WebMD reported that a Harvard University study determined "51% check continuously during vacation."
Some people are embracing the idea of a "digital sabbath" and setting aside time not to use computing and communication devices.
The National Day of Unplugging is scheduled for March 7-8, 2014.
Posted 1/3/14 at 6:25 PM | CP Blogs
Is TV news fake? Is it scripted?
Conan O'Brien aired the following segment on his late night program Conan on TBS. It shows numerous TV news anchors using the same words.
This phenomenon has been examined by critics of mainstream media. Sometimes the critics accuse media of brainwashing. The following video by Alex Jones' Infowars shows the same news stories featuring the same words being being broadcast by various news anchors.
If I were to guess, these TV stations subscribe to a news service such as the Associated Press and each of the reporters are reading the same story.
Posted 1/1/14 at 5:28 PM | CP Blogs |
Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth is fascinated by why some people are more successful than others. As a 7th grade teacher she noticed that the smartest students weren't always the most successful.
Her TED Talk reminded me of a Bible verse. Ecclesiastes 9:11 says, "I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all."
Duckworth's research shows that grit, not intelligence or talent, is the key indicator of success. Duckworth defines grit as "passion and perseverence for very long-term goals." She says, "Grit is living life like its a marathon, not a sprint." Do you have grit?
Postscript: The word "success" only appears once in the King James Version of the Bible and 11 times in the English Standard Translation.
Posted 12/27/13 at 3:41 PM | CP Blogs
"What is empathy and why is it different from sympathy?"
Dr Brené Brown answers this question in the following video. Dr. Brown also says, "Empathy is a vulnerable choice."
Jesus is the ultimate example of empathy. God had so much empathy for us that He became human to show us how much that He loves us.
Posted 12/25/13 at 11:35 PM | CP Blogs
What if Jesus was born in 2013?
The message of Jesus' birth would spread by Facebook. Mary and Joseph could have used Bible software to examine all the verses prophesying the birth of Jesus. Joseph might have attempted to book a hotel room online. The wise men from the east would consult computer maps on their journey.
The following two videos portray the story of Jesus' birth through the lens of social media and Bible study software.
These videos are definitely entertaining to watch. The tools they portray (social media and Bible software) can glorify God. It is up to us how we use them.
Posted 12/24/13 at 5:34 PM | CP Blogs
Since the song "Grown-Up Christmas List" was first recorded 23 years ago, the song has been covered by well known singers Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé and Aretha Franklin. Wikipedia has a list of 36 musicians that have recorded this Christmas song.
According to All Music, the song was co-written by David Foster and Linda Thompson-Jenner. The song is about wanting the best for others rather than material goods for oneself.
So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need
Posted 12/23/13 at 11:11 PM | CP Blogs
In 1885 the Evangelical Lutheran Church published a school textbook which included the poem that would become "Away in a Manger." Controversy surrounds the song because it was inaccurately attributed to Protestant reformer Martin Luther. When music was added to the poem, it was first called "Luther's Cradle Hymn."
According to the book Best-loved Christmas Carols, James Ramsey Murray composed the music and is dishonestly responsible for the myth that Luther wrote the song.
The book Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas offers another explanation: "It's more likely that Murray was given the song and simply adapted the existing German-influenced melody into four-part harmony for his book. It also seems likely that Murray received the story of Martin Luther writing the piece from the person who originally gave him the song."
"Away in a Manger" has been recorded by numerous musicians. This year the song was included on the Duck Dynasty CD Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.
This carol has been recorded by Bing Crosby, Elvis, John Denver and many more musicians.
Here are four different versions of the song ranging from instrumental to country to rock.
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