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If you’re looking to watch something different than the usual summer blockbuster fare, you should check out director Johnny Remo’s Like a Country Song this weekend. The movie, set in Nashville and filmed in some of the city’s noted venues, is the story of country singer Jake Reeson’s rise and fall and ultimate reconciliation, both with God and his family.

The lead character of Jake is played by for KING & COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone, and includes both Billy Ray Cyrus and Larry Gatlin in the cast. You’ll see other familiar faces in the mix as well like Twilight‘s BooBoo Stewart. The country infused soundtrack added to the overall experience.

Whether or not you’re a fan of country music, this story is sure to tug at your heart strings as it touches on some very poignant themes that are common to each of us. It is about humility and forgiveness even through the pain that you may be going through. I was genuinely moved through this look at a son who reconnects with his dad after a life of separation.

As with any movie, its success is largely determined by how it performs on opening weekend. This one is showing in only one theater in the Austin area, Cinemark Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave. We’re planning a Movie Night Out on Tuesday, June 24th at 7pm to watch it together. Tickets are available for that showing at the box office for only $5.75. Wear your Connection Church t-shirt and join us for some fun.

Seen any good movies lately? I’ve seen a few. But my favorite movies are the ones where the story connects with something real in my experience or resonates with a deeper truth. Filmmakers are our modern day storytellers and when they do a good job, they point us to something greater than ourselves. Believe it or not, you can find some parallels with God’s truth even in some of the movies you see in the theater. Why is that? Because, if it’s really true, then it can only have one source: God.

This week, we’re kicking off God on Film where we use the themes of some of the summer’s biggest blockbuster movies to dive into God’s Word and discover what He says. We do this because we’ve found we can grow spiritually through the summer by searching for God through His Word. In fact, in Jeremiah 29:13, God says, “If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.” And the more you seek after God, the more you will find Him.

So I want to invite you to join us for our most fun series of the year. Yes, we’ll have popcorn and sodas, first time guests will be getting a free movie ticket, and there’s more surprises in store. But most of all, I want you to be here because you can either glide through the summer or grow in your walk with God. I want to see you grow because that’s what God wants for you. This is also a great time to bring someone along with you. There’s nothing like helping someone else connect with Christ!

Getting Advertised

July 31, 2012

I heard about a young boy who asked a pastor if he could get advertised. What he meant was, could he be baptized? But that boy was actually on to something. When you give your life to Jesus, the first step you should take is to ADVERTISE that your life now belongs to Jesus. You let it be known to everyone you can that Jesus is the one who can change you from the inside out.

I’m am always blown away by the number of people who are stepping out in faith to trust in Jesus and following Him in baptism. Check out the video to see what happened on July 22nd at Five Mile Dam when 21 people took the plunge!

If you haven’t gone public with your faith in Christ through baptism, I want to invite you to do it on August 12th. We’re going back out the river that afternoon for the last splash of summer. I can’t wait to see you there!

My girls and I were among the myriads of moviegoers to catch the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises last night. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has become one of my favorite movie experiences. The gritty realism along with the very difficult issues that they deal with is compelling. These movies open the door to an underworld of fictional evil that mirrors our own. And it could be that’s where the problem lies.

In our post-911 world, we have a real-life picture of what can really happen when evil runs rampant. And as we watch Gotham explode, the structure of a corrupted police force dismantled, and the threat of a nuclear disaster, I can’t help but wonder if this is as troubling to us as it should be. Have we become callous and immune to such darkness? I hope it bothers you as much as it does me. But in the movies, in the end, the hero triumphs.

That doesn’t always seem to happen in the real world, as we discover that one twisted person in Colorado used this movie release event as a chance to unleash his own hatred on a theater full of victims. Do I think that the media is to blame for this tragedy? No. It’s more of a reflection of what’s happening in our culture today. Art reflects life and life reflects art in a spiral motion. And the ultimate blame is found deep within each of us in a problem the Bible calls sin.

So where is God in all of this? Is He silent? Is He looking the other direction? Is He incapable of doing something about it? Or does He just not care? That couldn’t be more wrong. God is where He’s always been. He still has a master plan that will not be stopped to set things right. As Randy Alcorn writes in If God is Good, “God is all good, all powerful, and all knowing; he hates evil and  will ultimately judge evildoers, and remove evil and suffering after accomplishing a greater, eternal good.”

So, in the wake of tragedy, we must not turn from God, but run to Him. When we look to Him and focus on what is good and right and true, we can also become instruments of His peace and His purpose in our culture. Let’s actively pray for those affected by this senseless violence. Let’s allow the anger and frustration over sin to fuel the fires of change and become the change we want to see in our world. Let’s continue to reach out to those around us with a message of hope in a seemingly hopeless world.

cloudy_with_a_chance_of_meatballsThis weekend I took the fam to see the new movie, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” Now, when I first saw the previews for this one, I wasn’t really excited about it because I figured it was just another kids movie cranked out to make a few bucks. I also wasn’t too pumped about the idea of that much food raining from the sky. It sounded kind of gross. Not to mention my concern about what would happen to all the water if it was raining meatballs. But, it completely blew away my expectations. It was one of the best movies I’ve seen recently. I’m continually amazed at how incredible they’re doing 3D now. And this one had some beautiful animation. It also was filled with lots of laugh-out-loud moments and quotable lines. But what really stood out was the way it brought out some important truths/lessons without being in-your-face preachy. Here are the Top Ten Life Lessons from CWACOM…

  • You can accomplish anything if you stick with it and give it your best
  • The value and importance of creativity
  • Be yourself and people will love you for who you are, if they love you at all
  • Too much of anything is not good, especially if it’s junk food. Moderation is the key
  • Don’t take shortcuts to success
  • God don’t make no junk
  • Sometimes you’re working to try and please everyone to earn the love of someone you will never please
  • If you just keep piling up your trash, eventually, you’re going to have a huge problem
  • Sometimes the people who love you don’t have the words to communicate how they really feel, but love you just the same
  • Monkeys don’t have anything worthwhile on their minds

It’s all in there along with Mr. T and Doogie Howser, so how can you go wrong?