Category Archives: Taking a Stand

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

 


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.


Part I: Reputation of Man

Part I: Reputation of Man

Every one at some time or another has felt abandoned by the ones that care for them the most. How many of you have done something for your reputation to crumble? How many of you have done nothing but people attack your reputation anyways? I am feeling this way today. My heart cries out for the truth of God to be known to the nations. I make every attempt to stand up for the things of God and hate that which comes against His will.

In doing so, I have cast some against me. Proverbs 23:9 says, “Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.” In doing so, I have hurt myself and my reputation. Proverbs 9:7 says, “Whoever corrects a mocker receives abuse. Whoever warns a wicked person gets hurt.” Does that mean that I should stop committing myself to God daily? Does that mean that I should step back and allow the enemy to defeat me with his lies?

It hurts when you seek to do right and yet people throw lies about you at others. People that you care about trample you with their gossip. Today, my heart felt crushed by those I love. But then it hit me. The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob loves His creation more than I could ever love those who hurt me. So, as I was crying out to God, I realized that His reputation is crushed daily.

The reputation of God, the character of God is crushed by those who choose not to open their eyes to His truth. His reputation is being twisted by false teachers. God’s character is torn into pieces second by second and for what, our own pleasures. I want to encourage each one of us to think about how we talk about God, how we talk about ourselves, and how we talk about others. The reputation of man should reflect the reputation of that which he serves. As for the Allsup household, we choose to serve the Lord.



Letter from Saint Nicholas

World VisionDear World,

I saw that you hang me out in your yards and wear me on your sweaters. I noticed you tell your children that I will bring them presents and that I like milk and cookies. Why is it that you tell your kids that I check my list to see who is naughty or nice? I do not understand why you do all these things. I pray that you will hold true to Jesus during this time of His birth. Praise God for what He has done not what I did.

I only helped children because of the love in my heart for God. It is God that changed my life. Please stop making me the center of this advent season. The coming of Christ in a manger long ago is more marvelous than “Santa” flying around delivering presents to every child in the world. Yes, I understand that children get excited, but let us remember that the most exciting thing WAS A CHILD.

It breaks my heart to see myself everywhere, in stores, on houses, in lawns, on trees, on stockings, in movies, in books, on T.V., in songs, and constantly talked about during this season. Not to mention some of you dress up like me and have children sit on your lap, I would cry too.

I want to thank all of you who choose not to ponder on a servant of God all season long, but rather on the precious King of kings. Teach your children who I really am—a servant of the Most High God. Teach your children that Jesus came to this earth so that people like you and me can have an amazing relationship with the Almighty God–if we believe. Every time I see paraphernalia of myself instead of Jesus I just want to destroy it because my life consisted of increasing God and decreasing myself. We should all attempt to make that our life calling.

Understand one thing: Christmas is not about me. I did not come so that you might have life and life more abundantly. Jesus is the one who gives you that life. Without Him, I would not have loved children so much. Without Him, I am nothing!

 Love Saint Nicholas

I am joining forces with World Vision’s 12 Days of Christmas Blogs. Click on the image above and read other blogs that celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. If you have a blog that represents what you believe about this season, there are instructions on how to link it to your post. Merry Christmas!


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