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Christian saved by grace through faith.

Fireproof: The #1 Inspirational Movie in America

Yesterday, after a surprising, but welcomed stay home from work, my wife and I decided to rent “Fireproof”, starring everyone’s favorite, Mike from “Growing Pains” (Kirk Cameron). Ok so maybe I gave away my age with that one. “Fireproof”, from the church that created the instant class “Facing the Giants”, is a story about a failing marriage between Cameron’s character, Caleb, and his wife, played by Erin Bethea. The couple’s struggles center around their communication issues with the underlying reasons being Caleb’s obsession with his job as a firefighter combined with his selfish desires of internet pornography. After an explosive argument, Caleb’s wife decides enough is enough and can no longer continue in the marriage. What follows is an amazing transformation in Caleb from faith in self to faith in God. This transformation is sparked by his dad’s 40-day challenge to have Caleb increasingly show his love toward his wife despite her rejection. This theme in the movie clearly parallels our rejection of Christ’s love toward us before we except him as our Savior. “Fireproof” is an incredibly inspirational movie and has many messages at its core, but most obvious is that any marriage can be Saved; it just takes a little work and a lot of God. A marriage cannot be 50/50 as the world would have you to believe, but instead it is 100/100. Each spouse must give 100% of themselves to the other.

Mark 10:7-8 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one.

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Midweek Perseverance

It’s midweek and some of us (me!) need a little push to make it the rest of the way.  Maybe some of you need a little inspiration in an area of your life.  An area where you don’t want to give up.  No matter what, keep pushing to make it up that mountain.  Here are some verses that might be able to help each of us along our way:

James 1:2-5 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

II Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Lifehouse Skit

This is an amazingly powerful skit performed at a retreat in Tennesse.  Even if you’ve already seen it take a look again. For those who haven’t, I think you’ll like it.

  • 1/2 of youth are not virgins
  • Over 1500 youth kill themselves every year
  • 1 in 4 youth use illegal drugs
  • 40% of youth have self-inflicted wounds
  • 1/3 of youth have been drunk in the last month
  • 1 million are pregnant
  • 8000 get an STD everyday

Time to take a stand Christian. Reach out to the youths in your life and make a difference.