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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


What will you give Jesus for His birthday?

A Conversation with my 5yr old, Madilyn Allsup: 

Madilyn: I want to go to Jesus’ birthday.

Me: Absolutely! We will have it here.

Madilyn: Oh, I need to get him a gift. (she ponders for a second)

Madilyn: I know! I will give him ME!

Me: Madilyn, that is the best gift of all.

Madilyn: I’ll have to wait until I die though.

Me: You can give Him your gift of yourself every day. Isn’t that amazing?

Madilyn: That is so amazing. Will Noni (her grandmother) be here?

Me: Not for Christmas, she will be in Texas.

Madilyn: She needs to have Jesus’ birthday there then.

Me: Yes, that would be nice. You should ask her.

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What will you be giving Jesus this year? Will it be your time, money, or addiction? We all have something to give and the greatest gift is the gift of yourself like my daughter said. If you think about the reason for the Christmas season, it is so that God can give YOU His greatest gift in the form of himself–Jesus Christ.

I urge you dear readers to think about the gift exchange between God and you. Are you going to except His gift of Jesus Christ this year? Are you going to give something back to God? What type of gift exchange will surround your family this year?

**I read a blog recently where someone had left a comment and I thought it was a great idea so I will share with you. They said that they buy a white stocking and write their gift to God on it and then next year they get it out and see if they truly gave God that gift during the year. We, the Allsup family, are going to do that this year and we urge others to utilize this great idea.

Merry Christmas from the Allsups!


God chose Ezra for Spiritual Reform but why?

Question #2

Why did God choose Ezra to bring Spiritual Reform to the people of Israel?

My Answer:

Whether you are a pastor, a teacher, or lay person, God has called every one of us to devote our time to studying God’s word, observing the Law through practice in our lives, and then teaching or passing down our knowledge to others. Ezra understood that it was not enough to strictly be “spiritual” in the comfort of his own home, but he needed to start with himself and end with the teaching of his family, his neighbors, and ultimately the community he dwelled within.

In the article, The Ezra Experience, the author parallels the teaching model with that of Solomon’s teaching model described in Proverbs 2. The author says, “Solomon reminds us that students must choose to learn and be motivated to receive the transmitted message(s) (p 10)” which makes me ponder about that theory in relation to Ezra’s experience. The Israelites or students of Ezra’s teaching were motivated and ready to learn. Did Ezra know this or did he go in it hoping they would be. I am confident that Ezra did not have to hope because of the fact that he prepared. Preparation is the key to godly success and we clearly see this in the story of Rehoboam. The Bible says that he did evil in the sight of the Lord because he chose not to prepare his heart towards the Lord.

We know that God chose Ezra for the job because he knew he prepared his heart for the tasks God had for him. I think because of the man Ezra was, we can conclude that Ezra prayed over the Israelites many times before he even spoke to them and felt confident that God was going to open their eyes, ears, and hearts for change. So in wrapping this up, God chose Ezra to bring Spiritual Reform to the people of Israel because Ezra prepared, prayed and performed his God given task. Ezra was a man devoted to God and the things of God at a much deeper level than most. Can God count on you like he counted on Ezra?

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Motivating people for the Great Commission

Question #1

Discuss the role of the leader’s character for motivating his people for the Great Commission. What should be his personal evangelism practices in fulfilling this role as the leader?

My Answer

First, let us define the great commission as it is described in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Secondly, who is the verse speaking to? Jesus was speaking to the disciples at that moment encouraging them to what? Well, to make more disciples, which means that Jesus would indirectly be speaking to anyone who has chosen to “follow” Christ—you and me included.

So, when discussing the role of the leader’s character we need to understand that everyone is called to motivate people for the Great Commission. Now, this gets tricky because not everyone devotes their time and energy to God daily. Some are holiday worshipers, some are surface worshipers, and yet others dive deep into their relationship with God like Ezra did when fulfilling his call to lead a Spiritual Reform in Israel. So, the role of the leader is to first recognize if the people are prepared to GO, MAKE DISCIPLES, and then lead them to be BAPTIZED. If they aren’t prepared, then the leader must begin by feeding milk to them as they get ready for solid food.

It is a process that must be endured. Why do you think that Jesus waited to give the Great Commission to the disciples until the end, because they were not ready and Jesus was not ready either. He prepared them while he was alive so that when the time was ready, he could encourage them on their journey they were about to endure. A leader needs to be patient and prayerful to work wisely during the growth process. When the time is ready, the leader will be able to execute his disciples towards the Great Commission knowing they will in turn create more disciples to do the same.

The leader’s personal evangelism practices should be to pray for the lost people he knows and those God will bring him. He should also make a point to get his hands and feet working in the community to get to know more people. The leader needs to be prepared and always planning to fulfill the tasks of God. With all this being said, a great leader will focus on God, create teams to follow in the command of Matthew 18:19, and passionately love people. Basically, the way I see it, are leaders returning to the essentials? The Great Commission will only be successful when leaders from around the globe have a burden for the things of God. What did Jesus weep and mourn over? Who did our Lord and savior laugh with? Are our eyes focused on the things God is focused on?

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Immoral Church Leaders: What should the church do?

I want to expand more on the fact that more and more “church leaders are being disqualified from their positions because of moral failures.” My question is this, how can we stop that from happening? Can we? Do you think that the leader comes into the ministry with morals established from God’s Word but somewhere in their ministry they give into Satan’s trickery?

My take on this is simple. Just like any Christian, when leaders fail to read God’s word, pray, come to God with a contrite spirit, serve others, they fail to defend themselves against the enemy. So, when temptation comes their way, they are not prepared for battle, they left their weapons locked up, and unfortunately like David, they choose the temptation that Satan sets in front of them.

Now on the flip side, I also think as a church, we have an obligation to not cast these men and women out for Satan to finish off what he started and kill, steal, and ultimately destroy them. We need other leaders in the church that are devoted to the disciplines of God to be accountable and minister even to the pastors of our day. We are fighting an intense spiritual battle every day and it is so imperative that we, as Christians remain steadfast in our devotion and passion for the things of God and not the world. David had Jonathon to basically “slap his face” and get him focused on what is right and true again. Do churches today have that type of leadership established throughout the church?


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