The Da Difference

My wife and I were going to see United 93 on Friday. Unfortunately, the opening night of The Da Vinci Code pre-empted the late show of the 9/11-based movie. Fascinating. A retrospective look into a real event isn't as hot a seller as a ficticious, (and to some, blasphemous), re-writing of the origin of Christianity.

We entertained the idea of seeing it but the earliest available showing would have brought us home over an hour later than our third choice. While I like staying up later than the average bear, my wife, on the other hand, would have turned into a pumpkin long before Tom Hanks made his Eureka! discovery.

Personally, I don't have a problem with the DVC as entertainment. Where I stand, the story has as much credibility as an historical work as This is Spinal Tap a documentary on the life of a rock band. Do people believe all bands are as messed up as the spoof? Of course! People even form bands and mess themselves up just to be like the characters in the movie, completely unaware that they are being idiots.

Will people accept the details of the DVC as fact? Probably no more so than those who buy into the most common theme in entertainment: the indomitable will of the human spirit. To believe that I am the source of everything in my life, rather than the recipient of a choice my Saviour made for my sake, is worse then asking the simple question of whether the DVC is true.

At least DVC is open and honest with its stand, even if considered wrong. The "if it's gonna be, it's up to me" attitude has subtlely worked its way even in Christian circles. We've accepted a form of godliness but deny its power; we've taken responsibility that should rightfully be God's.

The da difference between all belief systems and Christianity is simple: Other systems impose their rules for living, and reward only those who follow them completely. In contrast, Christianity establishes its rules for living, and rewards all who believe in Jesus with His Spirit, that the rules will be enforced internally.

Romans 8:14-16 reminds us: 14 Only those people who are led by God's Spirit are his children. 15 God's Spirit doesn't make us slaves who are afraid of him. Instead, we become his children and call him our Father. 16 God's Spirit makes us sure that we are his children. 17 His Spirit lets us know that together with Christ we will be given what God has promised. We will also share in the glory of Christ, because we have suffered with him. (CEV)

That in itself makes all the da difference to me.

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Does United 93 truly honour the families?

I got a spam message this past week from Motive Entertainment. They wanted to explain the controversy of the 9/11 feature film United 93. I remember shortly after the event, a book about the passengers banding together to overtake the hijackers was written by Lisa Beamer, housewife, mother, and widow to passenger Todd Beamer.

Out of courtesy, I thought I'd search for any response from Mrs. Beamer on the film. My eyes teared over as I read an editorial published Apr 27 2006 written by David Beamer — Todd’s father. The title says it all: “United 93 The filmmakers got it right.”

Here’s the link sent with the original email I received: www.U93.org. I know what I believe. You owe it to yourself to see what you believe.

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Though I’m not usually political...

I'm so sick of politicking. I would rather have had two elections at the same time back in the summer. This winter election stuff is a real piece of work. Still, as I was doing some research on the local candidates, I had to chuckle at this bit on James Moore’s blog. James is the local Conservative representiave for my region. (Nice guy. Answers email.)

Dated: Jan 6/2006

“ Visit the Liberal campaign site for B.C. at www.teambc.ca and click on ‘Delivering Results for British Columbia.’ ‘Coming Soon’? The campaign is only over a month old, and the Liberals have only had 12 years to ‘deliver,’ but I guess we'll go ahead and wait for them to spin their non-existent accomplishments for B.C., such as: years of inaction on softwood, ignoring the leaky condo issue and CMHC, no senate reform, no new laws to fight grow-ops, no effort to combat crystal meth, no legislation on street racing or auto theft, no accountability or plan for the west coast fishery, no support for dredging on the Fraser River, no plan on port security, all talk and no action on the Pacific Gateway, total abandonment of the pine beetle epidemic.... the list goes on. Anyway, I’m looking forward to their list of non-accomplishments for B.C.”

The Liberals have long since updated their site to fix this oversight, but what a faux pas in the heat of probably the most dangerous campaign of their careers. I sure hope that Canadians get smart and realize that we can’t continue letting politicians rob us blind. One party will spend our money ensuring they have pensions (while we have none), while another party will continually waste money on issues of little relevance to a broad majority of the population.

One such trivial waste of cash was the redefinition of marriage. When there are so many other issues of economic and social import that have first-hand impact on the lives of you and me, the current regime spent countless hours bulldozing an issue that should never have surfaced in parliament.

Wise up Canada. Look into the parties and review their platforms. Check out the character of the candidates running in your riding. Make sure you elect the person who best represents YOU. Canada deserves to see democracy live!

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Surprise! I'm back!

Last night I watched the movie Remember the Titans for the first time. It has now become the number one movie for me to watch whenever I feel sorry for myself. BIG wow. Reality, meet Truth. You won't always get along but you'll be better off in the long run.


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We Walk By Faith And Not By Sight

I'm growing more aware of what 2 Cor 5:7 says to me. About this time last year it felt like in all my praying God kept silent. But my Jesus is faithful. I continued to press in even though it felt He was ignoring me and He showed up. Now when I pray I sense His loving presence right here with me.

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Delight yourself also in the Lord, and

He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) - I always thought that meant as I fell in love with Jesus He would make all my dreams come true. Today through Pastor Cheryl God showed me He first must replace those dreams and desires with His, and then He moves to make them happen.

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Sweet Serenity

I am so proud of myself. After the last 7 months in our Celebrate Recovery program I finally got the idea to commit the entire Serenity Prayer to memory. Not the 4-line version. Not the version extended with the gruesome "stash the bodies" talk. The real one, that in all its simplicity expresses profound truth unlike any other text.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is and not as I would have it.

Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

Usually attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr (1926), but this site explains how Neibuhr came across the quote.

As I write these words I am reminded that with each day comes the freedom to make sense out of the chaos of yesterday. Why should I wait on tomorrow? Today's as good a day as any.

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