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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

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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.


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.

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


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!


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?

Your Answer: Leave in the Comment Area.


A 5 year olds thoughts on idols, Madilyn Allsup

The kids and I were watching the animated version of “The Ten Commandments” and I occasionally stop the movie to explain what is happening. It was at the part where Moses was gone for 40 days and when he came back the Israelites had built a golden calf and was worshiping it.

I began to explain to our kids what was happening and our 5yr old daughter said with a dumbfounded look, “but it’s a deer.” lol, It did look like a deer with horns, but the point is that even a 5yr old can see no value in giving praise and our prayers to an animal.

Are you giving your life over to something that is not real? Today can be your day to turn from that falsehood and give your life to a God that is alive!! Jesus was sent to shed his blood for yours and my wrongdoings against God the father. He then became our mediator between man and God. If we believe in Him, we will not perish but have everlasting life. That is amazing and I urge you to consider your life today and where you will be when you die.

John 3:16 explains Gods love for us all, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Philippians 3:9 tells us, “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”

Be encouraged readers. Your life is not a mistake, you mean so much to God that he died for you! Celebrate today by accepting that promise.


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