Monthly Archives: April 2009

Musings on….. King Corn ~ Movie Review

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http://www.kingcorn.net/

I watched the King Corn Movie last night [4-19/2009]

It was really good. Slow but good.

Two friends who have roots in Iowa decide to go back to Greene, Iowa and plant an acre of corn to see how its done and see where the corn goes after its picked.

After planting and harvesting, they find they are in the hole for several tens of dollars, but the government is there to subsidize their offering.

The corn tasted terrible and isn’t edible until it is processed. Half of Iowa’s corn goes to feed cattle and the rest to processing into, well, processed foods.

The reason antibiotics get fed to cows is because their system can’t digest the 60 to 90% corn diet and to fight off infection from being held in feed lots.

Some baby cows go up eating grass and running free, but as soon as the cattle rancher or slaughterhouse buys them, they go into a feed lot and are held for 150 days, in tight quarters, unable to move and are fed constantly. To gain weight, and if they move too much they don’t gain the weight. After the 150 days they are  shipped to their death.

The first of the movie was very interesting. They take a hair sample and have it analysed. They come to find out that the amount of corn in their hair is very high.

So they set off to find out what foods have corn in them.

I heard somewhere that the 2 guys tried to eat corn-free for a determined amount of time. Don’t know if they were successful. but Jesse and I are going to try it. Tomorrow, Thursday the 21st.

I will let you know the results!

Update: Thursday: Jesse ate cereal. I ate licorice. It has corn syrup in it.  We messed that day up before lunch time! We will try again.

Bringing Hope Through the Gospel

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When someone has disappointed or offended us, our natural tendency often is to come at them with “the law,” lecturing them about what they have done wrong and what they should now do to make things right. This approach generally makes people defensive and reluctant to admit their wrongs, which makes a conflict worse.

But there is a better way to approach others about their failures. Instead of coming at them with the law, we can bring them the gospel. In other words, rather than dwelling on what people should do or have failed to do, we can learn to focus primarily on what God has done and is doing for them through Christ.

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) pp. 162-163, 165.

Food for Thought

Do you tend to be a “law-speaker” or “grace-speaker”?

Many times it is difficult to consistently weave the gospel into our conversations with others until the gospel is first woven deeply into our own hearts. Many of us are by nature “law-speakers”–we bring judgment much more easily than we bring grace. If that is you, pray that God would give you a major heart change, to make the gospel central to everything you think, say and do.

Pray that God will open your eyes more fully to the glory of what Christ has done for you. Learn to delight in reading about, meditating on, and rejoicing in Jesus’ completed work on the cross. When your soul, your thoughts, and your conversation are saturated with the gospel, it will overflow into other areas of your life, bringing hope and encouragement to others.

I am much of a law-speaker, especially to my family. I was saying to a friend of mine that our talk should be edifying to all we come in contact with.  And who should deserve it more than the ones we love the most?

Also, think of those people who are so quick to condemn you to hell for some sort of sinning, when in fact, they should be giving you the good news, the fact that God will forgive you for all your sins, past, present and future, just put your trust in Him.

How much more would people want to listen, want to change, want to trust in the Lord who Forgives?

Musings on….The Road To Cana by Anne Rice ~ Book Review

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I reviewed Anne Rices’ first book in her Christ the Lord series here

This is the second of the series. Jesus is about 30 years old and about to begin his ministry.

I think I kinda trashed the first novel but, maybe it was the mood I was in, I kinda liked this one.

Anne Rice is very good at setting up dialogue, scenery and meshing the characters together. She did a fine job of  ‘explaining herself’  in a a note from the author in the back of the book. It was interesting to read her take on how she formulated the book, the characters and  the history. She explained what was fictional and what was not.

She, like me, strives to find out all she can about this God of ours, the history He lived in, the facts versus fiction and about her faith which is Catholicism.

I enjoyed how the characters all were intertwined. When Jesus was gathering His disciples, he knew Matthew the toll collector from before, he had been with his father when he died after being baptized in the Jordan by cousin John the Baptist.

I don’t want to give too much away. But Jesus’ mother remains a virgin in this fictional account and James is his older brother, all other relatives are cousins, living together in a huge but simple house.  Avigail is Jesus’ love interest……

How is that you say? Well, you must read the book to find out.

As you read this novel, just like any other novel about our perspective on Jesus’ humanities [like The Shack], just remember it is one’s opinion, if you have questions, go to your bible, Gods Holy Word.  He will give you the answers to your questions and His love for you.

In other words, Christians need not be upset over a novel. We all formulate our opinions about our God, we just aren’t all equipped enough to put it eloquently down on paper!

Blessings, Kristina

[If you want to borrow the book, call me]

Scripture to Live By… Momentary Affliction

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Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
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John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
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2 Corin 4:17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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I had these verses written down on a piece of paper sitting next to my teachers chair in the ‘school room’ .

Now I can not remember what I wrote them down for. See a common thread here?

Blessings, Kristina

Easter Sunday Blessings

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I took this from last years Easter post:

Happy Easter, Resurrection Sunday! May God richly Bless you and yours this season!

What did you do this weekend?

Our church published this scripture reading for the week, you are welcome and encouraged to use it with your family:

Sunday (Palm Sunday)

The triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-11

 

Monday

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Matthew 21:12-17

 

Tuesday

The Authority of Jesus Questioned

Mark 11:27-33

 

Wednesday

The Plot Against Jesus

Luke 22:1-6

 

Thursday

The Last Supper and Jesus’ Arrest

Luke 22:7-23, 47-53

 

Friday

Trail, Crucifixion, Death, and Burial

Luke 22:63-23:56

 

Saturday

 

Sunday (Easter)

The Resurrection

John 20:1-23

Gentle Giants

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 In many situations, the best way to resolve a conflict is simply to overlook the personal offenses of others.    

             This approach is highly commended throughout Scripture:

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2).

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.

 Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Col. 3:13; cf. Eph. 4:32).

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 82.

Food for Thought

Do people keep their distance from you unless you’re well fed and rested?

If you’ll look at the verses above, you’ll notice a common word — BEAR — bearing with one another in love and bear with each other. As peacemakers, we are called to bear with one another; however, how many times are we a bear to one another? How many days find us just like an old grizzly that has been prematurely awakened from his winter slumber — mad at the world and letting everybody know about it? How many times do we react just like that big brown bear that growls and roars when he finds someone else in his fishing hole?

You see, we can be a bear or we can bear with — and the two are entirely different approaches to people and life. If the issue is protecting your young, then be a bear and don’t back down — guard them well. Beyond that kind of a scenario, most other situations call for us to bear with…and those times can help us remember.

Bear with…

  • The person ahead of you in traffic who’s out for a leisurely Sunday drive while you’re twenty minutes late for church. And remember that it’s your heart God wants, not matching socks.
  • The neighbor who occasionally leaves a porch light shining directly on your spot in the bed. And remember that God often speaks between 2-4 a.m.
  • The pastor who preaches a “less-than” sermon once every couple of months. And remember that your church called a man, not a god.
  • The spouse who has been sick for three weeks while you’ve had to pick up the family slack. And remember that you promised “in sickness and in health.”
  • That other situation that God is laying on your heart right now. Remember that he is faithful.