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How to Intentionally Add Value to Others this Christmas

November 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Dianne

Dianne’s Takeaway –“Brock Tozer, Dan Cole, Dan Adams & Dianne Van Der Putten at the 2016 Global Leadership Summit”

 

One of my Global Leadership Summit takeaways was from John C. Maxwell….how can I intentionally add value to someone’s life every day? Started using that tidbit of knowledge right away!The article below talks about adding value over the Christmas season, a time when we’re interacting with a lot of people. Take time before to pray through how you can intentionally add value every day. It can be as easy as opening doors for people throughout the day. Get creative & have fun!

I love Christmas because it’s a season for giving – so people tend to focus on others more at this time of year. Whether we’re shopping for gifts for loved ones, or looking for ways to give financially to people in need, many of us are seeking ways to add value to another person. This makes it a great season to practice intentionality, because intentional living is about having that mindset – of approaching each day with the goal of adding value to others to make a difference in their lives. And I believe intentional living is the best way to create a life of significance – at any time of the year.

In my book Intentional Living, I shared some specific ways to make sure you’re adding value to others every day. And I think they’ll be helpful to you as you go through your daily life. If you do so between now and Christmas, you can establish a habit that continues into the new year.

You can add value every day if you will…

VALUE PEOPLE

You must begin with your perspective. A life of significance cannot be achieved if you think of other people as obstacles that must be overcome. This means valuing everyone – not just those close to us. How often do we look past others, without really getting to know them or appreciating them as individuals? Every person has value, and to make a difference this Christmas, we need to intentionally value others and express that value to them. It’s not optional if we desire to be significant.

THINK OF WAYS TO ADD VALUE TO PEOPLE

People who live intentionally think on the front end about ways to add value. A quick look at your day’s calendar can give you ideas for adding value—you could bring donuts to a morning meeting, or decide to buy lunch for the friend you’re going to meet.

During a trip to Washington D.C., I challenged the two young children of one of my team members to think about how they could add value to people during the day. One of the kids decided he would open doors for people throughout the day. The other decided she would leave thank you notes for people to express her appreciation. Then, they went out and did it! At the end of the day, both children came back and shared with me how people positively responded to their intentional acts of kindness, all because they thought of ways to add value before launching into the day.

LOOK FOR WAYS TO ADD VALUE TO PEOPLE

In addition to thinking ahead about ways to add value, people who live with intentionality are also on constant lookout for spontaneous ways to help others. They have an outward focus as they go through their lives, ready to do something that makes someone’s day. These actions don’t have to be big or expensive; small meaningful actions can make a big difference. The key is to open your eyes and be ready to seize opportunities as they present themselves.

DO THINGS THAT ADD VALUE TO PEOPLE

As my mentor John Wooden often said, “Don’t tell me what you’re going to do—show me.” It’s great to think ahead and look around for ways to add value to others, but nothing beats actually doing something for another person. In public or in private, in small ways or large, taking action to add value to someone else is a wonderful expression of the Christmas spirit.

To keep myself accountable to this, at the end of each day, I ask myself one question: “Did I add value to people today?” That’s a great question to ask yourself – and intentional actions allow you to answer “Yes.”

ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO ADD VALUE TO PEOPLE

Significance begins with you, but it’s meant to be shared. As you develop the daily habit of adding value to others, begin encouraging people close to you to do the same. You can begin a significance movement right in your own home or office or community. One that can last beyond the Christmas season and make a difference in 2016.

I believe so much in everyone’s potential to create a significance movement that I developed a resource called The 30 Day Journey. It offers specific, concrete daily actions that you can take to add value to the people in your life, for 30 days – long enough to make it a habit.

I hope you’ll use this season of giving to try to live intentionally and add value to other people every day. The needs are there; with the right focus, you’ll be able to see them – and take action to meet them in the lives of others.

Ottawa’s Pastor Joseph Kiirya Receives City Builder Award for Modeling Christ’s Love Among Immigrants

November 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Dianne

Local Feature -Congratulations to Ottawa’s Pastor Joseph Kiirya of River Jordan Ministries who received the City Builder Award in September for his outstanding service to Ottawa’s immigrant population. We’re grateful for the way you represent Jesus to our city!! Thank you.

kiiryaAs an immigrant from Uganda, Joseph Kiirya remembers the challenges of settling into Canada. His empathy for newly arrived immigrants spurs him on in his role as Senior Pastor at River Jordan Ministries and it has not gone unnoticed. On September 14, 2016, Mayor Jim Watson awarded Kiirya the City Builder Award in recognition of his work over the past decade.

“Many people settle in and just forget the experience,” Kiirya explains, “but for you to remember the experience you went through and see how best you can help others going through it, I think that’s why [the city gave me] the recognition.”

Ward 9 City Councilor Keith Egli says Kiirya is “a mentor and a counselor to his community. He is engaging with the youth in the community and is a positive role model for them. I often describe his church as small, but mighty in taking on the positive, proactive role it does. Ward 9 is lucky to have him and his congregation.”

Mentoring Others

Kiirya is distressed by the number of young black men who find themselves in trouble with the law. He especially sees the vulnerability of youth and newcomers, and he refuses to opt for inaction.

“We can reach out to them, show them how the system works, and encourage them to live by the rules.”

Many of these youth come from single-parent households in low-income neighborhoods. Kiirya explains, “There are very few fathers available for these young people, [so] I try to be their father.”

Kiirya says just by being there for the young men, it turns “potential problems into potential promises.”

Fredrick Mubiru exemplifies the power of Kiirya’s transformative work.

As a newly-landed Ugandan immigrant, Mubiru had no family or network to help him adjust. He didn’t know where to start or who to turn to for help, but a friend introduced him to River Jordan Ministries. Kiirya took Mubiru under his wing and provided him with emotional, spiritual, and practical help.

“I am what I am today because of what Kiirya poured into my life.”

Kiirya became a father figure to him: teaching him to drive and paying for his driver’s test, referring him to school and work, connecting him to community networks, and counseling him on marriage and parenting.

“Personally I call him ‘Papa.’ He’s almost like my dad because when I do something that I shouldn’t do, he chastises me,” says Mubiru. “When I do something that is worthy of praise, he praises and encourages me.

“My integration into Canadian society was very quick. Within two years, I graduated high school, I knew how to speak English, got a job, and learned how to drive.”

Now a pastor at River Jordan Ministries, Mubiru gives back by mentoring other young men.

“I am what I am today because of what Joseph poured into my life.”

Supporting single mothers

Kiirya is also keen to assist immigrant single mothers.

“They’re in a new country, maybe they’re not working. Even if they are working, they’re in minimum-wage jobs. Maybe they have to do two jobs, just to make ends meet.”

Gang violence and crime compounds their hardship, as their children often get caught up in the wrong circles. The issue is very personal to Kiirya as he has presided over the funerals of young men whose lives were lost to gun violence.

“Because these mothers are in my church, they are in my sights directly,” he says. “I just do anything I can do to make sure these mothers are supported.”

Kiirya’s love for the people of this city is evident through his work.

When asked of the award’s impact, he says, “This recognition brings an encouragement to many people who are doing little things. It is huge for them to know that the city is watching and what they do matters and makes a difference.”

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By Esther Kwan, Special to Spur Ottawa

The Scandal of Election 2016 By Beth Moore

November 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Ashlyn

I know many of you may not be American & you may also be sick of election coverage, but I hope this article will encourage you as a Canadian to pray for our southern neighbors during the upcoming election & beyond. – Ashlyn

us_vote_1On Tuesday, November 8th, we will elect the next president of the United States. Each one of us who chooses to exercise our right to vote will mark the ballot having weighed not only every option but the realistic consequences of the option we’re choosing.

The gravity of it this go-round is like lead weight in feet of clay. The voting booth is a house of mirrors where we are forced to face ourselves all by ourselves. We have before us the rulers we’ve demanded. And, of course, none of them can save us. None of them can “save our country,” whatever that now means. None will keep all their promises, even if they mean to. Want to. We’re reduced to damage control. It’s a heck of a way to cast a vote but most of us, myself included, will do so nonetheless.

In our uncivil war we are weighing the sins of our candidates like jagged stones stacked on our personal pan-size Scales of Justice. Once we’ve properly reaffirmed everything we already believed, we congratulate ourselves by hurling the stones at anyone who doesn’t see our enemies the same way. We simultaneously demonize and deify those of other opinions, telling them they’re idiots while holding them personally, publicly responsible in advance for all the inevitable transgressions of their candidate. Meanwhile we are collectively committing a sin ultimately more consequential than anything the media can uncover on our candidates between now and Election Day.

If “we” does not include you, I’m not talking to you. No need to get offended or defensive. If we are not you, this is not about you. It’s about the rest of us.

We have misplaced our faith. Our blood-curdling fear has given us away. And unrelieved, force-fed fear is making us crazy.

Buried beneath our panic is systemic disappointment but it makes us feel weak and pathetic so instead of owning our disappointment – in our country, our candidates, our options, our leaders, in one another and, God help us, in ourselves – we rage. Mad feels better than sad. It’s painful to long, in the words of Hebrews 11:16, for a better country and embrace the hard, cold fact that we are strangers and exiles on earth. (Hebrews 11:13)

Grieve, mourn, and weep, James 4:9-10 says. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

But who wants to do any of that? So we rage.

We have become not only like the world but like the world at its social-worst: lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive…ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:2-5 ESV)

 Yesterday’s America, in all its honor and shame, is in ashes but, rather than exercise the faith and obedience and earnest prayer to see God raise some beauty from the heap, some gold from the fire, we keep trying to glue ashes back together. And they won’t stick. Yesterday’s America has become an idol to us. It has no more breath in it and the thing about idolaters is that, sooner or later, they become like their idols. (Psalm 135:18)

God could do something new but we’ve lost our hope. We want back what we’ve seen instead of believing Him for what we haven’t.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NIV)

We are driving drunk on rage, swerving all over the road, fenders dangling and headlights shattered from our collisions with one another. Any means to our end. It’s okay to lie to shove people to the truth. To bully, harass and threaten people publicly and relentlessly into doing the right thing. To twist the facts to straighten this mess out. To pull the covers off our opposition and throw them over our candidate. Our witness to the world has become the crimson-faced hysterical screams of armageddon after Jesus said “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) We are so void of vision that all we can see is a big fat “T” in the road ahead. It’s right or left. There is no other way.

Poor, poor God. He’s down to His last two options. And poor, poor us for having such a poor, poor God.

We are called to be people of faith in a God who never needed a man-paved road to get anywhere. A dead end means nothing to a God of resurrection.

This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters (Isaiah 43:16) can also make a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland(Isaiah 43:19).

When the Word became flesh, He didn’t even bother parting the sea to get to His boatload of followers engulfed in the storm. Divine feet made a floor out of suds.

“Jesus is not running for president,” someone said to me recently.

And, of course, she was right. He’s running the universe. But she’d never know that by us. And this is the cue where we roll our eyes because, after all, we’re talking about reality here. This isn’t Sunday School. We have to think practically especially on an election year. Placing the whole of our faith, the totality of our future, entirely in the hands of God is naïve in times like ours, we reason. Save it for church, providing you can find one where faith’s welcome past the mat. It doesn’t apply in the real world. It’s Theology for Dummies. Grossly naïve.

But the Bible has a different definition of naiveté. In the Scriptures placing trust in human flesh and blood is pitifully naïve. There, imagining God limited to human options is the epitome of naiveté.

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, 8 the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. Psalm 146:3-9

Come November, we cast our votes. But if we cast our confidence into our candidates, woe be unto us.

Unbelief is not just the absence of faith as if it leaves a vacuum. It’s the substantive presence of spiritual infidelity. It’s not just an omission. It’s a form of rebellion. What we are doing with our candidates is idolatrous. In theological terms, adulterous. When this inch of history is recorded in the annals of heaven, it will not be the scandals of our candidates that slacked the jaws of angels. It will be the unbelief of the church.

Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! Truly I am God. I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like me. Isaiah 46:9

We are meant to look back to what God has done in the past so our faith is set aflame for what He can do in our future. The gospel didn’t come to us in seats of government. It came to us in a stable reeking to high heaven with cow manure. God didn’t plant the Savior of the world in the womb of a governor’s wife. He planted the Christ in the womb of a peasant-girl in the middle of nowhere. The same one who’d get to bear the reputation that she’d done something naughty and gotten herself pregnant.

Jesus never once sat on a throne here. The closest He got was the back of a donkey. God did not blaze a trail with the gospel galloping on a horse through the halls of government. He did it through cheap sandals flapping on the grass. Through the mouths of ordinary, law-abiding citizens who had the guts to defy the order to keep their mouths shut.

So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:18-20)

“and the government shall be upon his shoulder.” Isaiah 9:6

 It is the world’s way to associate power with people at the top but the power of the gospel is at the bottom. In God’s hierarchy, the way up is down. Divine power comes from on high, not up high. The kings and queens of Planet Earth still have to bow low for power from the loft.

We’re terror-stricken like our entire future is dependent upon what happens on November 8th. What happens that day is momentous. The ramifications are profound. We cast our votes prayerfully. Carefully. We plead for wisdom. But the church of Jesus Christ doesn’t rise or fall on the fleshy back an election.

We have our God. He has His people. And we are not a few. We don’t even have to fully agree with one another to be a colossal force for the gospel. All we have to do is agree with God that nothing is too difficult for Him and that no amount of mortal elbow grease can back His throne into a corner. He cannot be overruled. And it is He alone – I cannot say this loudly enough – it is He alone who truly loves the world. To think we care more than He does is remarkable hubris.

Whatever happens in November, the responsibility for the gospel is coming back to us. It’s not the government’s job. Seed spreads best ground level. We are only as powerless as our passivity. We still have voices to raise at deafening volume for the vulnerable. We still have knees to drop in contrition and desperate need for intervention. We still have feet to run to the aid of those in crisis like single mothers who need support. Like under-served school kids who need tutors. Like neighbors who are being ostracized. Like homeless who need help with shelter. Like teenagers who turn up with unwanted pregnancies. Like the hated, mistreated, forgotten, overlooked, unheard. Paul didn’t tell the government to overcome evil with good. He told us to.

We have convinced ourselves the end of the gospel is near while Jesus stated in no uncertain terms it would be proclaimed throughout the earth before the end of this age. We are convinced government has the power to gag God while 2 Timothy 2:9 says the word of God cannot be chained. Difficult days are ahead. We cannot endure them faithlessly. Opposition is inevitable no matter who makes it to the White House. At some point we’ve got to quit looking to leaders to fight for our faith. Faith we haven’t fought for is faith we don’t possess.

Legislation is not the only way we effect change. We seek it. We fight for it. But, if we don’t get it, it has never been God’s only means to change. Issues we care so much about – like protecting the lives of the unborn, like relief for the poor, justice for all, eradication of racism and inequality – don’t tumble off the table because the wrong person pulled up a chair to it. None of those are born of human concerns. They are God’s concerns. To oppose those things is to oppose Him.

He could have taken simple routes to His will along the way, like putting it straight on Pharaoh’s heart to free the Hebrew slaves. He didn’t. He chased Moses down in the far side of the desert where he’d hidden because of his sin. And God made sure that the only route out for the people of God was the miraculous. He can also place the godly beside the godless in the highest places of government like He did Daniel, if we still have Daniels who are willing to stare down the throats of ravenous lions and entrust themselves to a maker never out of options.

God can turn Pennsylvania Avenue into the road to Damascus, for crying out loud. He can soften the hardest heart. Transform the vilest offender. Thank God no sin is too great for the power of the cross. Oh for grace to trust Him more.

We need our faith back. Without it we cannot stand. Without it we cannot please God. (Heb. 11:6) Without it we can’t grasp joy. He still counts our faith as righteousness. (Romans 4:23-24) We live by faith. We love by faith. God foresaw this day and scheduled our births and our deaths within it. He entrusted us with the gospel and the gifting to share it. Imagine the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 12:1 gathered in the unseen stadium to watch our generation run our race. Can you picture them cheering from the stands, “Vote Trump!” “Vote Clinton!” “Vote _______________________!”?

I think they’d tell us to run valiantly by faith drenched with hope because this race ends well.

5 Ways to Spend Time with God When Life Gets Busy

November 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Ashley

From Ashley

Woman Reading with Baby on her LapLife gets busy! Trust me. I know it. As women, some of us have kids, housework, errands to run, dinner to cook, extracurricular activities to drive our kids to, ministry responsibilities, and tasks that need our immediate attention. For some, there may be schoolwork that needs to get done (college or online courses for seminary) or deadlines from work that need to be met on time. Nevertheless, in the midst of all of our busyness, guess what sis?  We have got to make time to spend with our heavenly Father. He longs for us to spend time with Him…no matter how busy life gets!

Are you busy today? Meaning, do you have a lot to do? Is your To-Do-List full to capacity? Let me ask you two more questions. Do you sense that God is calling you to a deeper walk with Him? Or are things great with you? If you’ve already created balance in this area, that’s great! But if not, or if you wouldn’t mind grabbing a few extra tips, here is a helpful list of 5 Ways to Spend Time with God When Life Gets Busy

  • Create a place in your home that is nice and peaceful, where you can sit down with a hot cup of coffee or tea to pray, talk to God, journal your thoughts or fresh insight from the Lord. Make sure to have your Bible, pen, and notebook ready to gain new revelation and encouragement from His word.
  • Change scenes by visiting a local coffee shop or bookstore. Bring your Bible, books, a journal, and do your devotion there! Be open to share what you’re reading with someone who may just happen to walk up to you to ask what you’re studying or reading (this is a great way to be a light in the place, too).
  • Simply be still in His presence. This can take place when you first sit up in bed in the morning or at some point in your day. It’s a moment when you purposefully stop what you’re doing and take a moment to just be still in His presence. It can even happen in your parked car, before rushing out of it to start the work day or errands. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” He owns everything…including time. So spend it with Him. Take time to breathe and sit in His presence.
  • Grab a Christian film from Wal-Mart, your local Christian bookstore, the Redbox, Netflix (they have a Faith and Spirituality movie section), from your video collection at home or go to your local theater and take a load off. Get some popcorn and just relax to a great wholesome film that will pour life into you. It’s a great way to escape your world of busyness and grow in your faith at the same time.
  • Take a long ride. Get away for a little while. Get away from the housework, kids, hubby, fiancé, school work, assignments, To-Do-List, and take a ride. It’s a great way to talk to God, have a good cry, and/or a moment to just break away from the normal routine and regroup. Personally, I do all of the above!

And don’t forget to rest. The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we will reap, if we faint not.” But it also tells us that Jesus is right there willing and ready to give us a time of rest in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” So yes, we have work to do, and we do need to do what needs to be done. Quite naturally, life does get busy. BUT Jesus comforts us by reminding and nudging us that He will give us rest. Yesssssssssssss!

There is nothing like His supernatural rest. It just feels so good. But He also gives us wisdom to know when we need to slow down enough to spend time with our heavenly Father. Think about it. Even in all the work that Jesus did when He was here on earth, He still found time to rest and spend time with His Father in prayer. He knew that He could do nothing without being connected to Him. What a great example for us. We need to spend time with our Lord, even when life gets busy.

Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!

Source: ibelieve.com

I Am Second® – Chip & Joanna Gaines

November 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Team Favourite

Team Favourite

We love watching Fixer Upper and we love this video of Chip and Joanna talking about their relationship with one another and with Christ.

20 Fall Pie Recipes To Try

November 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Care

From Care

We love all things sweet and this season has gotten us thinking about pie! We can’t wait to try (all?) 20 of these Fall Pie Recipes!

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One of the best things about the fall is all the seasonal fruits, which are not only fun to pick (apples and pumpkins, for example), but are so good to eat. There are many ways to enjoy these fruits, but in our opinion, pies take the cake. Below, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite pie recipes that you are sure to fall in love with this season (and year-round)!

  1. Purple Sweet Potato Pie With A Gingerbread Crust: “The purple sweet potato pie is such a beautiful color.” – Kara
  2. Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie: Sometimes classics are the best!
  3. Apple Persimmon Crumble Pie: “I’m always a sucker for anything with persimmons, so I love the idea of a persimmon pie!” – Kara
  4. Pioneer Woman’s Pecan Pie: “This is one of my favorite pie recipes!” – Nicole
  5. Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie: Another traditional recipe that can’t be beat.
  6. Ricotta & Raspberry Pie: “This pie is what decadent dreams are made of. Creamy, cheesy and undeniably delicious! The perfect complement to your holiday party rounds.” – Arin
  7. Heda’s Mostly Blackberry Pie with Hazelnut Crumb Crust: One word: Yum!
  8. Delicious Coconut Cream Pie: “Coconut lovers will definitely want a piece of this irresistible pie!” – Nicole
  9. Caramel Peanut Butter Brownie Pie: “The pie that truly has it all. Need I say more? For the ultimate finale, pair with soft-serve ice cream. Hold onto those buds!” – Arin
  10. Cider Caramel Apple Pie: Try your hand at making your own caramel sauce from apple cider in this delicious recipe.
  11. Mini S’mores Pies: “These mini pies from Lulu The Baker are the perfect bite-sized treats to serve at a fall dinner party!” – Carrie
  12. Buttermilk Pie: This traditional Southern pie is a sweet treat no matter where you live.
  13. The Prettiest Apple Pie: “This is still one of my favorite pie posts ever!” – Carly
  14. Peanut Butter Banana Mini Pies: “Your fall brunch needs a platter full of these Peanut Butter Banana Mini Pies! They aren’t necessarily the traditional idea of a seasonal pie, but the hand-held portion size and nostalgic flavors make them a must practically any time of year.” – Carrie
  15. The Cutie Pie: These mini ice cream sandwiches are equal parts delicious and adorable!
  16. Chocolate Chess Pie With A Cornbread Crumble: The name alone makes our mouths water.
  17. Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pie: “Pumpkin pie is a classic, but I love the idea of making it vegan and also mini—so cute.” – Natalie
  18. Plum & Blueberry Hand Pies With Lavender Crust: These three-bite mini pies are the perfect treat for parties and entertaining during the holidays.
  19. Chocolate Pumpkin Pie: “You can’t go wrong with chocolate and pumpkin.” – Natalie
  20. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Pie: We all scream for ice cream, especially this tasty pumpkin ice cream in a graham cracker pie crust. Delicious!

Dan’s Movie Recommendation: Hacksaw Ridge

November 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Dan

At the end of October the CHRI team was invited to preview Mel Gibson’s new faith based movie “Hacksaw Ridge” – the true story of Private Desmond T. Doss, a pacifist who earned respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life — without firing a shot — to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa.

I need to warn you, this is a faith based movie however, it also depicts a very gruesome battle in WW2 and is rated R for violence and a few curse words. It is not recommended for children or anyone sensitive to battle scenes.  Beyond the heartbreaking elements depicted, the story of courage, bravery and integrity by Doss challenged me. Would I hold fast to my convictions and risk everything if I felt God calling me in to an unexpected responsibility, even if it seems crazy to the rest of the world – aka going into war without carrying a gun!

If you’re looking for a faith based movie that will open up good conversations with friends, Christian or non, than I recommend checking out, “Hacksaw Ridge”. As I mentioned above, this isn’t as warm and fuzzy as your typical faith movie so go in with your eyes open ready for your faith to be strengthened in a new way.