I watched Frozen with my kids over the Christmas break. It was hands down the best Disney Movie they have produced in decades. Why? Because the story was compelling. One of the most frustrating things that Hollywood does is make movies where they throw a bunch of animated animals on the screen saying a few random jokes and expect us to clamor. Why was Frozen so compelling? It wasn’t just a bunch of animators saying look what we can do. It was a compelling story that was supported by great animation.
A short video that gets to the essence of a “happy” marriage. Love what Bonhoeffer says in his letter to his niece who was getting married “It is not love that sustains the marriage but the marriage that sustains the love.” We need the grace of God to find fulfillment in our marriages. I hope this short video is of some encouragement to someone out there.
– Trust in God
When we know that He loves us we can always trust Him!
Key Point – When we know that He loves us we can always trust Him!
Memory Verse – Proverbs 3:5 “Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding.” (NCV)
Skit – Have a bunch of different people sitting around explaining in what they put their trust some it is money, some it its friends, but they are challenged by a Christian to put their trust in God. They explain that they can see friends and money can not see God how can you trust in something you can’t see. The Christian explains that you can’t see air but we still breathe you can’t see your brain but you still can think. You need to learn how trust God. The people who trusted in money and friends ask how to trust God. The Christian explains that when we trust someone or something we give them everything.
Skit – Not so bright – how do I trust God when I don’t see him. Sort of like Air it is all around us even though we don’t see it. – God shows us that he loves and cares for us we may not see God here on earth but we can see what he has done in people’s lives.
I recently read a book by the guy who was in charge of the advertising account for Apple. His book is called Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success Paperback by Ken Segall. Ken spent a lot of time with Steve Jobs because Steve was so particular about messaging. For Steve Jobs how his products were marketed and packaged mattered almost as much as how well they functioned. One of the things that Ken says in his book was this:
“It drove Steve batty to see on 20 slides what could be spoken in three sentences.”
Yesterday I talked about the value of old things and how consumerism keeps us from understanding and seeing the value in redeeming something old rather than always looking for the rush something new provides. One of the mistakes many pastors (kids pastors, youth pastors and senior pastor alike) make is during Christmas we demonize culture rather than show people how to redeem it. If you attend church during Christmas in most churches you will hear some form of this rant. “Christmas is not about stuff, or buying things, we need to put Christ back in Christmas.” While this is true it falls short. The church for the past few years has done a good job of talking about what Christmas isn’t and haven’t done a good enough job describing the beauty of Christ.