HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I pray you guys had a great 2014 and are looking forward to a blessed 2015. I'm on my way working through my new year's resolutions for 2015. It's always the same things....read through the Bible, eat healthy and exercise regularly. I usually do well with my resolutions but for various reasons I don't always meet my life/ministry goals. Those are different you know! Let's press on in 2015 accomplishing challenging achievable goals for the sake of the Kingdom.
I want to share some of the books, movies and music that were a blessing to me during 2014. I hope they will be the same for you.
Books: The Bible- read it cover to cover. It will change your life.
Night by Elie Wiesel- Winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize (1st hand account of Elie with his father in German camps at the end of WWII.)
Radical by David Platt- Platt is the new president of the International Mission Board. This book will convict you and challenge your understanding of what a Biblical Christian is as opposed to an American Christian.
Movies: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - An excellent picture of selfishness vs. selflessness.
God Is Not Dead- A very well made and encouraging movie about a 1st semester college student who stands up against his atheistic philosophy professor. Good acting, directing and screen play.
Captain Phillips - A true story about Captain Richard Phillips and the hijacking of a US flagship by Somali pirates. Tom hanks is convincing as Captain Phillips. It is a must see for anyone like me who loves historical films.
Music: Fading West by Switchfoot released Jan. 2014 - Fading West is not my favorite Switchfoot album. In fact, it is my least favorite for various reasons which mostly include production choices. But, I believe in Switchfoot's ministry, the message they communicate through their music and the dynamic relationship each member has with Christ.
Resurrection by Sons of Korah - A great modern folk worship album.
Anything by Levi Weaver - He has had 8 self-released albums. His music can't really be categorized but it often has an acoustic/folksy flavor. His music is lyrically driven with a purpose to influence his audience in a positive way. He is also very creative with his song arrangements. Give him a listen and tell me what you think.
I am praying that all through out 2015 you will be blessed beyond measure with the presence of God and an intimacy with Him like you have never known.
Blessings and thanks for listening,