The Day the Earth Stood Still

I recently watched the old version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). There was one scene that really caught my attention, that I wanted to share with you. But first, here’s a brief summary:

The movie: (An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. The alien escapes from the government officials and lives anonymously among the people until he has let Earth know this message)

The scene: (The alien (Klaatu, who looks like a human), and a boy (Bobby) he has befriended are out around town, then they stop by the spaceship site, at the boy’s request. There they are met by a reporter, who is interviewing patrons surrounding the spaceship site)

Reporter: I see a gentlemen with his little boy, what do you think of the spaceship son?

Bobby: It’s the biggest spaceship I ever saw!

Reporter: (Laughs) and you sir, You mind telling us your name?

Klaatu: My name is Carpenter.

Reporter:  Would you care to say a few words Mr. Carpenter, I suppose you are just as scared as the rest of us.

Klaatu: In a different way, perhaps. I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason. In fact I’d—

Reporter: (cuts him off) Thank you, Mr. Carpenter.

Paper Boy: EXTRA, EXTRA SPACEMAN ELUDES POLICE! READ ALL ABOUT IT.

(The crowd then scurries over to get the latest news)

This scene reminded me of the life of Jesus. He is telling us his story, yet it’s not what we want to hear. Then man (the paper boy), gives us his news, we buy it quickly and gobble it up. Here we have Jesus giving us the real truth, the Good News- for free. And we don’t want to listen, but whatever man has to say, we will give it all ears and whatever time and money it costs.

Klaatu was able to stay under wraps for several days because he didn’t fit the ‘alien’ description, he didn’t have 3 eyes or tentacles like the paper reported. He looked just like them and walked among them.

Everyone loved Jesus when he arrived in Jerusalem, they thought he was going to conquer everything for them. But when they found out he wasn’t what they wanted- they killed him.

As you watch this scene unfold, you realize these people are so blind. They don’t know the truth- that the alien was right beside them.

We have the Truth. We have the Good News.

Imagine if these people knew, Klaatu/Carpenter was indeed the alien, yet continued their normal ways, dismissing what is really true. That’s even more repulsive and ignorant, right.

That’s how we are with the Bible. We know the Truth, but it doesn’t change our normal ways, and mostly we just dismiss it in our lives.

We have to step out of our normal routine, and get perspective. See our lives from another view- like this scene. It is abundantly clear what is happening. However in our daily lives, it happens so swiftly- it passes before our eyes without notice.

We pray that you can see the Truth for what it really is, and that you aren’t “as scared as the rest of (them)” just because that’s what the the world says. Step out of the darkness and see the Truth. Don’t buy the lies and ignore the Truth.

John 3:19-21

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

The video is 8 minutes or so, but the bulk of what I am referring to is here:

4:30 Bobby asking questions about the spaceship

5:10 The people mock him

5:25 The reporter starts with the questions

6:00 The scene is over


The New Year’s Greatest Decisions

Then God said, Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years (Genesis 1:14).

 

Creation-2012

 

Another year has passed and a new one has just begun. Every January 1st marks a day of new beginnings. A day of new resolutions for each man and woman as they flip open their new calendar to the first month of this year. Psalm 39:5 says, “You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.”

 

Scripture tells us that are lives are but a mere breath. Some might have said that 2011 was so fast and they cannot believe it is already 2012. Some might feel the happiness of flipping the calendar to 2012 because they seek hope that this year might be different, this year might just be better. There are some things in life we cannot control like the separation of husband and wife due to military orders or the loss of a job due to laying off, but what we CAN control are the decisions in life.

 

Here are 10 decisions that you can make so that this year WILL be different:

 

  1. Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior
  2. Seek God daily in prayer and by reading His amazing Word
  3. Forgive and ask to be Forgiven
  4. Fast once a month for your spouse or other loved ones
  5. Attend church regularly and serve if able
  6. Teach your children about God every chance you get
  7. When tempted by the devil—scream out promises of God (NOTE: you will only know these by reading the Word of God)
  8. Intentionally Serve your friends, family, neighbors, and community with a Christ-like/guiltless love
  9. Ask God to show you your gifts and talents (Then use them)
  10. Do NOT Worry. Matthew 6:27-34

 

To put it simply, stop moping around feeling sorry for yourself and start making right decisions. God favors the upright so if you desire the blessing of God in your life then start by asking yourself this simple question—Do I have a relationship with Jesus Christ? If the answer is yes, then proceed by asking yourself another quick question—Am I seeking Him daily in everything that I do? It is good to do evaluation of our lives because it gives a gauge of where we are and where God desires us to be.

 

If your answer was no to the first question then you have an opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make in your life right now. God is not the author of confusion so He makes it quite simple for us.

  • Admit that we are sinners (have you lied, lusted after a man or woman, envied something, etc.)
  • Accept that Jesus lived a perfect life here on earth and died so that those sins above could be forgiven before God.
  • Accept that He rose on the third day and is now alive, seated at the right hand of God making intercessions for you and me.
  • Ask Jesus to come into your life and God will send the Spirit to live in you.
  • Then walk in the Spirit and tell others about the amazing grace you found.

 

If you made this decision today, please e-mail me and let me know. I can help you find a church to attend or guide you along your path as a new believer. I would like to send you a Bible and some other resources that can help you draw closer to God. Lastly, I would like to pray over you and this eternal decision.

Although today is the day of a New Year and we might seek new resolutions for our life, let us remember that every day is a New Day for God’s mercies and that won’t cost you a dime. Lamentations 3:22-26 provides a glimpse of this promise:

22Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

23They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

24I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;

therefore I will wait for him.”

25The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,

to the one who seeks him;

26it is good to wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.

Be Blessed and Bless Others Today.

By: Rehana Allsup

 


Is Christmas Really Over?

It has been a long time readers. We all know how winter breaks keep you busy with family and friends and of course relaxing. Then as things start to settle down, you get back into the groove of life. Our family of 6 all got sick and for the most part are still breaking the sick/healthy barrier.

Let us know if there is anything going on in your family that you would like us to pray for. I hope that Christmas went well for everyone and Jesus was worshiped, families were loved, and lives were changed.

Remember that although the day of Christmas may be over, it is the gift that was given that day that changes lives and brings hope to our world. This video is a great reminder of that promise: Christmas Really Happened. Enjoy and remember that when life starts back up, give your worship to the One who gave that Life.


Celebrate Jesus this Christmas Season!

I just got back from Nebraska to see a friend of mine who teaches in China. It is always a celebration when we get together because of the distance between us throughout the year. There was a celebration of the prodigal son when he returned to his family. We find many celebrations in our culture; birthdays, holidays, and graduations and yet other celebrations are described in the Bible.

Celebration can occur when the Lord delivers you from your enemies like in 2 Samuel 22. “David sang to the Lord” because his heart was thankful and the Spirit of God moved Him to sing. Celebration can also occur with restoration like in Job. He had lost everything in life but because of his faithfulness “the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10). One of the greatest celebrations that is still celebrated today is the birth of Jesus that bright night in Bethlehem. This celebration has taken dips and turns through our world but the truth of Christmas is made known in the hearts of men and women like Christina Rosetti and John Henry Newman.

Christina Rosetti wrote a poem title The Christmas Carol where the nativity is the theme. The last verse says this, “What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb, If I were a wise man I would do my part—Yet what I can I give him, Give my heart” (Foster, pg.310). Foster says this verse of her poem clearly depicts celebration and joy of the Christmas season. Newman had similar thoughts about Christmas, cheerful and joyful, because of the humbleness of Christ. He said, “No lot could be more humble and more ordinary than that which the Son of God chose for himself” (Foster, pg.328). Christmas is just one celebration that we, as humans recognize as important to gather together for–BUT DEFINITELY RANKED TOP ON MY LIST.

C.S. Lewis said, “what we have been told is how we men can be drawn into Christ—can become part of that wonderful present which the young Prince of the universe wants to offer to His Father—that present which is Himself and therefore us in Him (C.S. Lewis 1980, pg.200). With Christmas around the corner I think it is only appropriate to accept the wonderful present the baby in the manger was born for and ultimately what he died for. I would like to go further and to say if we want to indulge in the gift even more than accepting it, we should surround ourselves with Christ like attributes. That might require a few disciplines on our part, so, go ahead discipline yourself. I know I will.

With only three days until Christmas, I encourage us all to consider how we are spending our time, money, and service. God has given us everything and now we have the opportunity to give back and Christmas is a great season to start. Everyone waits until the new year to start something “new”, a new resolution, but I think it is the Christmas season that guides us into something new. A new born King. A new law. A new chance. A new light. So many things are new around this season and I urge my readers to consider this day, a resolution that will change your life forever! The resolution to accept the gift of salvation that is given to all.

References:

Foster, R. (2000). Spiritual classics. New York: HarperOne.


Is the Church’s Marriage Failing?

McRaney in his book, The Art of Personal Evangelism states that God desires to restore community and family among the redeemed (p.16) and it is the family relationship that I want to focus on. First, the “relationship” with God the Father should resemble that of a marriage. Families are being destroyed all over the place due to weak marriages. So if the Christian population desires to reach the nation for Christ, then the earthly parallel, marriage; needs to be strong and create a godly impact for others to see. It’s not enough to attempt to create a relationship with God then evangelize to our neighbors for them to find that the one relationship that best symbolizes our relationship with God is frayed.

“God Himself was living a form of community, the Trinity, prior to forming mankind in His image” (McRaney, 17). Jesus represents the perfect form of a relationship, the perfect wedding (Revelation 19:7) and community. As stated above, if Christians are to provide a picture of these terms to the world, then it should start with the marriage and create a rippling affect to a community designed to worship and love God and others.

With that being said, it is imperative that the body of Christ equip families with the resources and Biblical insight to create godly marriages, families, and communities so the world can get a glimpse into what it is like for the church to be married to Jesus and be in perfect community within the trinity. Some of you may be thinking, that seems a bit harsh, we all make mistakes, are you saying I can’t evangelize if I have a broken marriage or family? No, I am not, but what I am saying is that in the overall scheme of things; a marriage or family that showcases the love and grace of God allows an unbelieving world to view the relationship God desires with his church/body of Christ.

Consider your relationship with your spouse today. Does it showcase the picture of our relationship with God? Can others see the love you have for one another? Can they see the sacrifice and forgiveness you give to one another? Or are you holding on to a hurt? Are you grumbling and keeping records of wrongs? God deals with us in grace, forgiveness, and love. God keeps no records of wrong (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Jesus is the perfect bridegroom, the ultimate example that we should look to in our own marriages. Today is the day of change. I urge you listeners to get right with God and start reconciling your relationships for His glory!! As always I pray over my posts and my readers, but if you desire, please send me specific prayer requests to our e-mail: allsupministries@gmail.com and I will certainly pray for you and keep in contact to see how God is working.

References:

Will McRaney Jr., The Art of Personal Evangelism, Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing: 2003.


Sunday School Activity: Funshop Gallery

First of all, the Allsup family wanted to wish our friend, Jordan Yerkes a very Happy Birthday today! Jordan, we pray you will receive God’s gift He has for you on this special day! And to all our readers, God has a special gift for you today too. I encourage us all to seek Him with all we have, so that our eyes will be open to what He has in store for us each day.

Photograph from Inbloom.com

Below, I have included a link to a PowerPoint for a Sunday School activity that church leaders might be interested in. The goal is to showcase God’s attributes in Art through the eyes of His people. It is a very fun and hands on activity that can be tweaked according to your church’s mission and purpose. Please use it, tweak it, and share it with others. My purpose is that the body of believers can link arms across the world to spread the message of God!

Funshop Gallery

Click the link above to open the PowerPoint.

Let me know if you do not have PowerPoint and I will e-mail you the concept.

E-mail us any prayer concerns you may have: allsupministries@gmail.com

Give us a shout through our twitter accounts: @rallsup or @SDldan

Or you can find us on Facebook: Rehana Allsup and Daniel Allsup


The Right Path

The Texas Rangers are waiting to hear if they won a bid for Japanese pitcher and phenom, Yu Darvish. It’s a blind bidding process, the bids were allowed from every MLB team, although only a handful submitted bids.

 

Over the last two seasons, the Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels has had great success getting the usually downtrodden Rangers to the World Series in consecutive seasons. He has created a great confidence and trust within the fan base. I for one am on-board with whatever move he makes, because he has proven himself to me.

Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels via Chickenfriedbaseball.com

 

When the Yu Darvish bidding was coming to its deadline, I tweeted something to the affect of: “If Yu Darvish goes to Toronto, I’m OK with it because, whatever JD bids, is the right number”. No tongue in cheek, I believe that statement- to the penny. I have a lot of trust in JD.

 

JD however is just a man. I have even more trust in The Creator. I was once downtrodden; he has given me a new life in Jesus Christ. I have great confidence in the Lord.

 

When God’s intention for my life, doesn’t line-up with my desires, I tell myself, that I’m on-board with whatever move He makes, because He has proven Himself to me.

 

“I’m OK with God’s will in my life, because, whatever path God chooses for me, is The Right Path.”.

 

Follow Jesus Christ always,  and follow my wife (@rallsup) and me (@SDIdan) on Twitter,  or email us allsupministries@gmail.com


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