Movie Premiere – EXIT: The Appeal of Suicide – July 15th 7pm


 

Tahoe is one of God’s most beautiful places on the earth, so how could anyone, commit suicide here? Tragically Tahoe isn’t immune to suicide, it by some accounts is growing. Our community has a newly founded group meeting monthly to address this growing problem.:

The Suicide Prevention Network has formed a new Survivors of Suicide loss support group that will meet at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Barton Health Public Relations office located at 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Suite 400 in South Lake Tahoe…..South Tahoe Now .Com

Before you finish reading this, one individual will have ended their life by suicide—because they think they have no other choice. According to the World Health Organization, a massive 800,000 people take their lives every year—one death every 40 seconds. That’s over 2,000 a day. For millions who suffer from deep sadness and despair, “EXIT” points to a better way. This compelling movie shines a powerful light in the darkness and offers true hope to those who think they have none. Someone you know may be secretly considering their exit. Please join us to increase your understanding about the struggle many face, and learn about the high ground that has eluded many who are in despair.
IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, we encourage you to remember four very important things:

1. YOU HAVE WORTH. You are not a cosmic accident; you are not here by chance. The Bible says God formed you in your mother’s womb. You are special, unique, and handcrafted by the Creator; and because of that your life has meaning. No matter where you’ve been, what’s happened, or what you’ve done, nothing can ever erase the incredible value God has placed on you as His creation.

2. YOU ARE LOVED. The Bible says, “God is love.” He not only knows your turmoil and pain, He cares deeply and promises that if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. You can be adopted into His family as His beloved child.

3. THERE IS HOPE. The Bible tells us that by trusting in Jesus we have a “living hope,” a hope that is an anchor for the soul. If you don’t know God personally, you can, through genuine repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Your sins will be washed away. His Spirit will come to live within you and will never leave you, and you’ll be given a new heart with new desires. The meaning and purpose of your life is to truly love God and walk with Him. You can find healing, forgiveness, and hope in Christ.

4. HELP IS AVAILABLE. Like a mold of the soul, severe depression grows in the cold dampness of isolation. Please, open up and reach out for support. You can:
• Tell those closest to you. Confide in a parent, relative, friend, or school counselor, or find a respected Christian psychologist. Dragging a heavy load by yourself can be overwhelming, but if you let someone help carry your burden, it becomes far lighter.
• Call a hotline. You can call the “Suicide Prevention Lifeline” and talk with someone right now. It’s free, confidential, and available 24/7. You can call them at 800-273-8255 or visit them online at http://www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org
• Speak with a local pastor. If you don’t attend a Christian church, visit http://www.TheEXITmovie.com and click on the “HELP” tab to help you find a church in your area.

Whatever you do, please, please don’t end your life.

Copied from, Living waters Ministry.

 

The Atheist Delusion Movie Premiere

The Atheist Delusion Quote from Matt Barber CNN “I’ve just had a chance to finally watch this. I’m a 260-pound former professional boxer and ex-cop who’s sitting here bawling like a baby. This is, bar none, the most compelling and comprehensive piece of its kind. I guess I can’t even say ‘of its kind’ because it’s totally unique. I’ve never seen anything so comprehensive. It’s visually stunning, winsome, compassionate, intellectually unassailable and moving to the extreme. Somehow you managed, in about an hour, to make the case, beyond any reasonable doubt, for the Creator God, and bring it home to the Truth of Christ. This is your masterpiece. Let me know how I can help you get it out far and wide.”

“12 Artist” a Short film by Natalie Daly

12 Artists from Natalie Daly on Vimeo.

This really moved me, of course I’m Natalie’s Dad so I’m a bit bias. What I take away from this story is the Sin of Omission. In life there are seasons:
Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

So when God has you in a season of peace, we should shine a little brighter to make up for the seasons that we’ll need to be ministered to. So don’t let the days of your life slip away with out making bold attempts to love your neighbor. God calls us to be salt and light.
Mathew 5
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, …”

Screwtape Letters: Behind the Scenes


Being a poor reader, I don’t read too many books, this is one a the few I really liked. I think that a radio drama of C.S. Lewis’s “Screwtape Letters” will be a much creepier way to tell this story…In other words I can’t wait to hear this drama…May-be we can all listen to it at one of our Saturday night services.

Benjamin Buttons, “What a postmodern, peice of crap, aimed at excussing fatherhood”

benIf you know me, I often have a quick rant to say about issues or subjects, these rants are said in such away to shock the hearing into thinking I’m some old fart that is narrow minded. So with that said here is my quick rant about Benjamin Buttons, “What a postmodern, piece of crap, aimed at excusing fatherhood” So with that said let me tell you what I really think. The writers of this and many others who attempt to mold the world to their twisted view of reality always begin by down playing mans natural nature. For example look at the classic movie “King Kong” we honestly see mans reaction to something supernatural, we want to study it, exploit it, and kill it because it scares us. Benjamin experiences very little of this in his life, sure his father rejects him, after all he’s just the father we can’t expect him to be able to raise the child, so lets have a complete stranger raise your child. The postmodern altitude not to judge, and to tolerate everything as normal, how ever you choose to live your life is right for you, even if you do it backwards. Then the story turns into this love story about Benjamin falling in love with a child that he watches grow into a young woman as he grows younger and she grows older. Marriage in this movie is given no regard, like Hollywood has always portrayed it, but where they do the most damage is on the issue of fatherhood, it seemed that once again the pursuit of personal happiness is what is most important for man to pursue, and any excuses to abandon your responsibilities to be a father is lifted up as more important then raising your child. what I find to be an ironic twist is that as Benjamin becomes a child, he regrets that he can’t remember the life he once had, that he knows was real, Wow what a great example of how shallow the pursuit of experiences are compared to the Biblically call for us to pour our lives into our children, and others in the body of Christ. The hero in this move only had one small part, it was the step father who choose to love Benjamin’s daughter…Happy fathers day

Deacon Bob Daly