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Sharing Easter Joy

NOTE:  Read my Easter post from last year here.  If you haven’t already, subscribe to this blog to receive email updates whenever I post something new!

Hey everyone!  I’m on spring break right now, and for the first time this year it’s actually starting to feel like spring!  Isn’t it funny how the weather affects your mood?  Sometimes when it’s cold and rainy outside I actually feel dreary, dismal, and tired.  When it is warm and sunny outside (but not too hot!), like today, I feel joyful and happy.  Isn’t spring a fitting time for Easter?

When we celebrate Easter we are celebrating and remembering the day when Jesus rose from the dead.  We celebrate His power and His willingness to give His own life because He loves us so much that He wants us to be with Him eternally in heaven.  It’s a joyful celebration.  It makes us feel happy and joyful to know that Jesus loves us so much.  That got me thinking: Wouldn’t it be even more joyful if everyone around us knew the love of Jesus?

At my youth group we have recently started doing this really cool thing called PRAY-4-1.  You pick one person in your life who doesn’t know Jesus and you focus on praying for them.  I find this a very helpful way to start praying.  A lot of the time when I’m praying, I want to pray for others, but I don’t know what to say or where to start.  PRAY-4-1 is a great way to begin!  When you have picked your one person, pray that God would reveal Himself to that person and change their heart.  What better time to pray for them than Easter time?  You can ask God to fill them with the joy of Jesus’ resurrection.

Even though Easter has passed already, the joy of Easter has not.  It’s not like Jesus rose from the dead, everyone was amazed, and then the next day they acted like it never happened.  The miracle of Christ’s resurrection changed the hearts of everyone present for the rest of their lives.  It’s the same with us today!  When you pray for your person, ask God to change their heart forever with the good news of Jesus, and his eternal joy and love.

 

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Movie Summary and Review: God’s Not Dead

Hi everyone!  This review has some spoilers that you might want to skip if you are interested in watching this movie.  They are clearly marked, so you can just skip down to where it says the spoilers have stopped.  Enjoy!

Josh Wheaton is excited to start his freshmen year at college.  For one of his electives, he decides to take philosophy, and on his first day of taking the class, his professor (Professor Radisson) asks the entire class to write three simple words on a piece of paper: God Is Dead.  Josh is taken aback by this, for he is a strong Christian.  Professor Radisson comes around to collect the papers, and Josh does not give him one.  “I can’t,” he says, “I’m a Christian.”  Professor Radisson is obviously very against Christianity, and this act of defiance on Josh’s part angers him.  He tells Josh that if he is so sure there is a God, Josh must defend his position successfully, or lose 30% of his final grade.  Josh accepts, even though he is greatly troubled by his professors adamant atheism.  He talks to Pastor Dave about this, and Pastor Dave encourages him with a few Bible verses.

Josh starts presenting about God at the end of every philosophy class, often followed by snide and snarky comments from Professor Radisson, even leading to threats.  Martin Yin, a Chinese exchange student in Josh’s class, is awestruck at Josh’s courage to defend his faith and immediately questions him about Christianity.  He develops a strong interest in becoming a Christian and excitedly calls his father to share his discovery with him.  Mina, Professor Radisson’s girlfriend, is fed up with his passionate dislike of Christianity.  Being a Christian herself, she breaks up with him.

**SPOILERS**                                                                                                                                                           Mina’s unexpected breakup greatly upsets Radisson, and at his next philosophy class, he gets into a heated argument with Josh.  Josh angrily asks him why he hates God, and Radisson reveals that his mother, who was a Christian, died when he was 12 years old.  He can’t understand how a loving God would take someone with so much faith away from this life.  He therefore hates God.  Mina goes to a Newsboys concert that Josh and Martin are also attending.  While she is at the concert, Radisson confusedly takes a walk.  He seems to be wrestling internally with faith and atheism.  As he is crossing the street, a speeding car comes out of nowhere and hits him.  Pastor Dave comes rushing over from his car that was at the same intersection of the accident.  He quickly determines that Radisson’s ribs are crushed and he won’t live, but he asks Radisson if he is a Christian.  Radisson says he’s terrified, that it’s not time for him to die yet.  He wants to repent and become a Christian before he dies.  Pastor Dave tells him that he can do that right now.  Right before he dies, Professor Radisson gives his life to Jesus Christ.  Josh Wheaton’s defense that there is a God was not in vain.  He influenced many in his class, including Professor Radisson. **END SPOILERS**

I highly recommend watching this movie.  The above summary does not include everything that happens, because there are a number of extra side stories in the movie that were not vital to the overall plot.  Although in my opinion there were a few parts that were a little unrealistic, it does a great job of conveying how much God can change someone’s life.  It is true that sometimes our faith will be tested and people will want to know why we believe in Jesus.  It might not be so stark as is represented in this movie, but it will happen, and we need to be able to stand up for our faith and stick by what we know is true.