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The Longing In Me by Sheila Walsh

Sheila Walsh is a powerful Bible teacher and best-selling author from Scotland with over 5 million books sold.  Her international ministry has reached more than 5.5 million women by combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with the transforming power of God’s Word.  Calling Texas home, Sheila lives in Frisco with her husband, Barry, her son, Christian, and three little dogs.

Her latest book, The Longing in Me, Sheila walks through the story of her own life while she looks at the biblical account of David. In it, she examines the desires we chase as people and how the wrong desires end up leaving us unfulfilled.

This book is deeply moving and powerfully raw. Sheila opens herself up, and exposes her vulnerabilities. Yes, she writes for a Christian audience, but we all have the same needs to be appreciated and loved and I feel she speaks for all of us.

Sheila separates the book into 10 chapters each one addressing a different desire of our heart.

Sheila writes like a veteran, her voice is easy to listen to and ends up pulling you further and further into her story until you realize you have not put the book down in hours.  Who of us has not made mistakes or still carries hurts from our past? Sheila writes for all of us not just women.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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When the mute speak….

 

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by and starring Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other films. Having been the only Hollywood film-maker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, this was Chaplin’s first true sound film.

I put the clip above this and the speech below it, you’ll have to excuse Charlie that with this mustache and costume he looks a lot like Hitler.

But it occurred to me that when a man who has made silent films his entire life, and a man who has built his reputation from playing the clown…. when he stops and speaks.

Maybe it would be a good idea if all would listen.

And while you listen, remember that this was spoken 76 years ago.

And it is as true now as it was then….

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The Great Dictator Speech

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little.

More than machinery we need humanity.

More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.

Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….

The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair.

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people.

And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …..

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts!

You are not machines!

You are not cattle!

You are men!

You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers!

Don’t fight for slavery!

Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite.

Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power.

But they lie!

They do not fulfill that promise.

They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!

Now let us fight to fulfill that promise!

Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance.

Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers! in the name of democracy …  let us all unite!

 

 

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The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis

Dave Willis is a pastor and the founder of the website “Stronger Marriages.” Dave and his wife, Ashley, partner together to create marriage-building resources and events as a part of their ministry. They have four sons and live near in Georgia.

In his new book “The Seven Laws of Love,” Willis take a very easy to read approach to his view on relationships. Now, know right off this isn’t a “marriage” book – it’s a “relationship” book and so relationships cover everything from parents, to children, to spouses to friends.

 

And with so many helpful resources out there that help us fix our houses and help us make a quick six minute meal, we probably need to spend that same amount of time trying to get better at building stronger and more loving relationships. Don’t you think?

 

….And what better example of love is there, than God?

 

God is humble, He is a serving God, a committed God and a truthful God. Shouldn’t those also be qualities that we emulate in our relationships with others?

 

As Willis goes through the Bible (yes, the Bible people) he will point out the seven essential truths (he calls them “laws of love”) that are vital for any healthy relationship to grow.

 

I think this a great book and a wonderful resource, written with real world examples in a often humorous style.  I think this book can help hurting relationships heal and also help healthy relationships grow – well recommended

 

Thank you to Thomas Nelson publishers for this advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review

 

* Have you ever read a book on building healthy relationships? Which book did you read? Did you like it? Tell us below

 

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A million dollar tool for your worship service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember one Sunday I was pulled aside by a church member who accused me of being too liberal with my selection of videos that I show in church. You see, a few Sundays back I showed a clip from the Blues Brothers. Remember the scene? It was where Jake and Elwood kept insisting that they were on a “mission from God?”

Yea, I thought it was cute too.

Well, as it turns out this particular church member felt the clip was from a movie that glorified smoking and drinking and fast living, and should not be displayed in church. I guess he was afraid that by playing the clip, that translated to the church “endorsing” the film.

In the news recently,  a teacher was suspended for showing his students a Horror movie in class. So I agree we need to be discerning; and I never want to walk on someone else’s faith or cause them to stumble.

But you know…. on the other hand… nobody gets bent out of shape when I quote Winston Churchill or C.S. Lewis. In fact nobody said anything to me when I read the lyrics to a Twenty One Pilots song the other day either.

Why is that?

Our church certainly doesn’t endorse the music of twenty-one pilots.

If I had tried to play the song… I might have had a complaint or two. BUT if I had played the video I would have had a LOT of complaints.

Why?

Because everyone knows that video is evil.

No, that’s not why.

It’s because video is a powerful medium and don’t you ever forget it.

I’m serious.

A picture is worth a thousand words… so then video is worth a million.

One study says that “By 2019, consumer internet video traffic will be 80% of all internet traffic across the world. Video will dominate the internet. Video will be the primary medium for how internet users will consume information.” (http://www.dreamgrow.com/video-marketing/)

In fact, while we’re talking about it… why did I waste the time to type this up in a blog? When surveys say that 70% of social media users would rather watch a video than look at a picture or read a paragraph of writing. (http://www.socialmediaelearning.co.uk/why-video-marketing-is-so-powerful/)

We’ve lived on this Earth for 87 years with a television in our homes.

Pretty soon there will be a day when nobody alive will remember a time before television.

Video is here to stay.

So the question is… “are you on a mission from God?”

In 1 Corinthians 9:22, Paul said “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some”

To me, when I read “all means” I translate that to say “whatever it takes.”

I will do whatever it takes to win the lost, it just might not be the Blues Brothers …or Twenty One Pilots next time, but I am certain it will be a video.

 

* Have you ever shown a video in church that didn’t go over well? What was it? Tell us below.

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They’ve exchanged rings.. now what?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok so your couple has exchanged rings, now what? I have been to a lot of weddings where the officiant just “lands the plane” right here. But this moment can be a beautiful time to say a blessing. I know sometimes we use the word “blessing” to mean a prayer and certainly by all means PRAY! (ha ha) but I mean actually say a blessing over the couple. Here are a few of my favorites I have picked up over the years from other speakers.

Blessing For A Marriage, by James Dillet Freeman

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another — not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete. The valley does not make the mountain less, but more. And the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you entice one another, but not compel one another. May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another. May you succeed in all-important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you enter into the mystery that is the awareness of one another’s presence — no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.

 

Other options…

You are now wed. May you always remain sweethearts, helpmates and friends. May your life together be full of kindness and understanding, thoughtfulness and rejoicing. May the years bring you happiness and contentment. May you enter into each other’s sorrow by sympathy, Into each other’s joy with gladness, Into each other’s hope with faith and trust, Into each other’s need with the sure presence of love, Into each other’s lives with enthusiasm and embracing. Amen.

 

May this moment gleam eternally in your lives. May it add glory to every achievement and cast a blessed light over any ill fortune that may appear. May you give vitality to each other in all undertakings. May you care for each other in all sadness. May you give cheer to each other as you each care for the sacred passion of love. May all that is virtuous, beautiful and trustworthy, remain with you always.

 

May these two find happiness in their matrimony. May they live faithfully together, may they ever remain compassionate. May years be rich in the joys of life, and their days be long upon the earth.

 

Go into the world and fulfill your lives. Hold fast to your ideals. Give to each other experiences of joy. Challenge each other that you may grow. May the love you hold for each other now sealed in marriage continue to mature, that your life together may be a source of strength and inspiration to others.

 

As you continue on your journey together, I ask you to remember this advice: The key to love is understanding, as it is the little things that say so much by themselves. The key to love is forgiving, to accept each other’s faults and pardon mistakes, The key to love is sharing, Sharing your good fortunes as well as bad, together. The key to love is giving, Giving without thought of return, but with the hope of just a simple smile, and by giving in but never giving up.

 

 

 

 

 

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