The following is a video that I put together with some friends of mine. They produce a radio show called “Save One More Now.” I have placed slides and titles on a timeline and exported a video that can be posted online.
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Enjoy these Movie Monday recommendations and let me know if I am a movie genius.
Today is the first day of Sukkot. That is the Feast of Tabernacles which is a prophetic shadow of the day to come in which the chosen ones (those who are in Messiah’s Kingdom) will enter into a banquet with our Savior. It is a remembrance of the children of Israel who lived in booths in the wilderness for 40 years.
Let’s have fun with this. Let me know what you think of these screen gems.
Red Dawn – (1984) Why? Because it wins on two fronts. Our high school heroes have a bit of living outside for a while as they rebel against the meanies who have just come to take over the USA. So – campout. But here we go on reason number two. Powers Boothe. Boom! the feast of Booths you get to watch an actor named Boothe. Plus he passed away a couple years ago, so we can pay tribute to Boothe and Mr. Swayze before his dancing in Lake Lure.
Plymouth Adventure – (1952) Hey, this is the story of the Pilgrims and their famous feast. Many don’t know that they were keepers of the Biblical feast of Tabernacles with it’s harvest celebrations. They didn’t do their thing in November. That got moved. If you know anything of the lead actor, Spencer Tracy’s life, you may be moved that he continued to work and show up, even though he struggled for decades with alcoholism.
The Star of Bethlehem – (2007) Hey, it’s never too early to celebrate the birth of the Savior, especially when you wouldn’t be too early at all. The time of the year in which His advent occurred was actually the fsll. It could have been in the time of Sukkot. When we look at a manger scene, it is awfully close to looking at a sukkot. The King of glory came down in a temporary dwelling of skin, and arrived in a temporary home to save us from the corruption of this temporary home of ours. Happy Sukkot! You get your carols early.
The Grapes Of Wrath – (1940) Henry Fonda gives it his all in this film version of the Steinbeck novel. When I think of the desperate wandering families traveling in the dry and dusty desert, I picture the children of Israel traveling through in the wilderness, not knowing where the next meal will come from.
Defiance – (2008) I love this film. I have to recommend, but not for kids. It i violent and graphic in some of the depiction of conflict. Daniel Craig stars in this true story about an ever increasing number of freedom fighters who live in the forest as they avoid capture from Nazi capture. They move when they have to and set up a new temporary spot. They scrap and fight when necessary, even though they are not all trained in warfare. This true story will end up moving you to anger at times. I believe this is one that is worth a tear or twenty.
Let me know what your suggestions would be for watching during the Feast of Sukkot. Hey, as a bonus, search lego sukkot video. There is a hilarious one out there. And it’s done very well.
I post the new Movie Monday series as a short Podcast under the Title Basically The Deal On Movies. In addition to talking about this article, I will be reviewing the new movie “Judy.” Talk about a treat. An emotional one.
So, I like being helpful. I guess you could say that I fancy myself as a problem solver. Oh no. Am I revealing my hero complex?
But isn’t it hard to mind our own business sometime?
I remember being asked to be “the Youth Counselor” when I would visit a new church. That’s a subject that needs attention, but this is about me, right. When I was a twenty-something dude, I changed jobs during college and after college while I was seeking for my place in this world. (Still there in some aspects, but I will get to that later.)
New apartment. New city. New Church.
“Hey, there’s a young man, let’s give him the task of creating all the fun activities for our teenagers. It often felt like the model had become so marinaded into church culture that it was a requirement to give the youngest adult in the room the master key to the brains and hearts of all the teens in the room.
I said yes, until I said no.
The last time I said yes with my mouth, I was saying “no” in my rib cage. I had already seen that I was not so effective in this position. Why? I was a mess. A royal, sloppy peanut buster parfait on a stick. I was playing dodgeball with 15 year olds while I was playing kickball with my 25 year old self.
I soon realized that I needed help.
see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
King David Ps. 139:4
How Can I Help You?
As I write, we are in the second Day of Awe (2 of 10) leading up to Yom Kippur. This is a special season of the year, I believe, with a special anointing for introspection. We can look at our inner being and ask God to search us and reveal the planks in our own eye. No nitpicking on our spouse, neighbor, child right now. Just honesty with ourselves and the Creator.
My own youth group.
I now have 5 children. Blessed be His mighty name. The Father, in His grace has allowed me to sew truth into them and that’s about it. And that is plenty. I wasn’t a very effective youth counselor, but I didn’t blow any teens up. I don’t deserve another chance, but I got one. And I love it.
Even in the midst of my super duper dad-coach whiteboard sessions, I have come into the knowledge, time and again, that I need help. I have started looking out there for others who encounter similar life challenges. Older, younger, whatever their level of experience, I want to learn. I heard a great quote today:
Society changes slowly, but we can make a big change in ourselves in a day.
Host of The Survival Podcast
Through God’s grace, in my lateness, I have started back on a path to being a better version of me. I have been overcoming ADD, past abuse, weight loss struggles, a poverty mindset, heartbreak, and much more.
I have always had an ability to stand back and look at a situation and visualize a possible solution. However, I can sense a critical nature that pops up frequently. I can fix the politics, economics, and global warming of this nation, but guess what? You probably already know this, but the world did not hire me to be its youth counselor. Actually no one has done so in 30 years.
So, I grab the plank and pull.
I’m so blessed to be alive and living with the knowledge and relationship of my Father on His Heavenly throne. The Bible says that I can actually brag about that.
But I Progress…
I now, look forward to the days. I can’t wait to see smiles on my family when I reach home. I can’t wait to find out a better way to deal with those painful memories from the old days. I look forward to the Holy Spirit things that are opening up and freeing me from curses and prison bars that I didn’t even know were there.
Atonement means to be at one with God and His purpose that was created for you. Thank you Father for the purpose and thank you for the Process.
Thanks for being a friend. Happy upcoming Day of Atonement.
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If I was to watch a movie or 5 about the Feast of Trumpets, what would I choose?
I searched on the internet as is the tradition of all are breathing humans these days. Oh, and I found a couple resources that I thought I would share with you. But first let’s talk about this feast.
Chances are if you are a red-blooded American, you don’t know a whole lot about the feast known as Rosh Hashanah. Well the Bible simply says in Leviticus 23 that this is a season 4 trumpets, or loud praise.
On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. 25 Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord.
It’s a joyous time in looking forward to the return of the Messiah.
In traditional Jewish circles it is also known as the new year. it is often referred to as the Jewish New year. Bible calls it a day of “teruah” which can also mean the joyous sound of a crowd exalting their King.
Now the non Messianic Jew of today would consider his arrival as the first Advent of the Messiah but most Christians a Messianic that I know would be celebrating this as his second coming. Okay, so actually most messianics. I don’t know very many people in the Christian realm who celebrate many of the biblical feast, but that has been changing lately. Some pastors, like my friend Bill Johnson have been highlighting the spiritual significance of these biblical time tables. A few others of notes would be Chuck Pierce and uh… Okay those are the only two I can think of right now. But if you want more information about it write me a comment below and I’ll send you some links or simply go visit El Shaddai Ministries on the internet. They are based in Washington State. The pastor there, his name is Mark Biltz.
But I will tell you that it is a wonderful opportunity to worship the coming King!
First I will share with you a list from a website called TVOvermind. This is a top 5 list and I must give you the disclaimer that these are not Paul Bass recommended movies. These are the lists that I found. You can tell me if you agree with them or not.
Number Two: Robin Hood Men in Tights. I think Mel Brooks would be someone who would love the fact that just simply typing that name out gives me a chuckle.
Number One: The Ten Commandments. As a side note the ten commandments are one of the Jewish Hollywood items that is right out there,visible on TV. By that, I mean that every year since I can remember around Passover, The ten commandments plays on TV. Much of the year the Hollywood shroud simply seems to suppress any Jewish elements inside L.A. There is a whole bunch of Christmas stuff that they put out there for the gentile world to consume. For proof, see Hallmark channel Christmas schedule.
As you probably can tell, it doesn’t seem like Hollywood or many people do a whole lot of artistic works dedicated to Rosh Hashanah, Feast of trumpets. As a matter of fact almost of the recommended movies are simply movies for sitting down on a Hebrew holiday, and watching something that celebrates Judaism. This is an exercise which, I believe, almost everybody should do. As you can tell by my writings, I believe that the world could use a little more love, or a lot more, for Jewish people. So if these movies help with that then have at ’em. I would personally kind of hold off on the R-rated experiences in these movies, but I will leave this list for you for what it’s worth.
I wonder if you have any ideas on movies for the upcoming biblical holidays. We have Yom Kippur coming right up and write on the back of that will be Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, which happens to be one of my favorites. And this year, Hanukkah will be right smack in the middle of the Christmas season. So you can have your Chrismukkah holiday events, if you wish. Or if you are at all interested in celebrating Hanukkah in a happy way, whether you are a Christian or not, contact me and I can give you some ideas.
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A few days ago I was driving with our 4 year old daughter in the backseat. She randomly repeated “God can just turn things around.” I heard those words as louder than normal as we are in a heightened season of introspection.
Welcome to the 29 days of the month of Elul.
This month is a treat for those of us who have been learning the biblical calendar system and comparing it to our calendar that is on the wall. That is the calendar that hope Gregory gifted us with. What a guy? They finally match. The first of September was the first day of Elul.
On the new moon of next month will be the Feast of Trumpets. Then October 8th we will see the Day of Atonement.
There is a Biblical cycle during the year. The scriptures tell us of a “turning” of the year. Many people have the tradition calling this time Rosh Hashanah or New Year. While it is celebrated as such it is not mentioned in in the scriptures.
But just as with a new year approaching, there is a similarity if you will. In the New Year, you look at the year behind you and make some changes in order to improve the next year. This is a Time of repentance both traditionally and biblically. Repentance is not always understood in the biblical way. We often think of it as a simple way to say “I’m sorry.” While a penitent heart includes sorrow for past wrongs, there are other aspects of repentance that I want to share with you. Repentance is a turnaround, a turning.
That is literally what the word means. The Hebrew word shuva means turn.
Teshuvah is a gift.
A great example of a full turn around are the people of Nineveh after Jonah had a little turnaround of his own. It was interesting to note fax Jonah was not exactly happy about it but we know that the scriptures tell us that the Angels rejoice in heaven with the return of one of his children.
Teshuvah is not deserved.
Psalm 51 shows us the nature of a loving Father as abundantly compassionate. King David was sorry. But he had to turn from what he did.
Teshuvah is complete
Contrast a turnaround with the heartfelt apology of someone who has simply been caught for doing bad. The teshuvah is like the faith that is shown by its works. The teshuvah walks the other way. It flees from evil. It also can involve numerous realms: faith, finanaces, family, farm and home, even a entire nation.
Teshuvah is used to open the door to an awakened spirit and a heightened awareness of God’s presence.
In Teshuvah we turn our hearts toward God.
We turn our ears toward God.
We turn our very steps toward God.
Incidentally, when God repents in the Bible, He turns. It does not mean that He is apologizing to us.
Wherever you are this day, listen to the words of a child.
My girls and I went to see the new Angry Birds 2 movie. Oh my! Did we laugh! It amazes me how they come up with such a funny movie from very little material.
“OK, you have birds – and pigs. The birds get catapulted and slung into stuff….” (Crickets)
But it works. Yes, there are guilty laughs. Potty talk – literally another peeing scene involving a bird, well, peeing. And you will not be able to hold back the… um, laughter. (unless, of course, I just ruined the element of surprise and you are determined not to laugh)
Stan Kmet and I are now broadcasting a little show on TV called “Basically The Deal On Movies.” We have some fun and get a little serious as we discuss movies and their effect on families. Here’s the latest where I talk about the film about flinging birds.
As I look through the book store, I see some really cool prayer books. Most of us have gone away from them, but in some faith communities, the prayer book is still a thing. I picked up a nice one at a thrift store. My library is kind of like a vine, it grows all up and down the walls. The book shelf is already full. Now there are little piles of book along the side of my bed, flowing off the night stand. Who needs a night stand, I could just use a pile of books.
But that is another issue. Perhaps you can see me on the next episode of “Book Hoarders” on The Learning Channel.
Have you ever stopped to take notice of the beautiful prayers that are right there in the Bible?
Right there, already set out in black and white (and red), are words that are alive, and pleasing to God and to our spirits. I recommend that you begin to read them out loud as you come across them. I bet they will take on a new significance, as they have for me.
They have been transformative for me.
You probably remember the Prayer Of Jabez book. That one is a good example of how praying the Word of God can change lives. There are many testimonies to that fact, plus the book was highly popular. So, don’t stop there. Speak them out. This might sound wacky, but if I could change the world by making a TED Talk, I think I would make it on this. I wish I could get the Word of God to be spoken more in the atmosphere.
But let’s narrow down.
Let’s just stick with ourselves, our little home-realm before we charge the four corners of the earth.
We have the Psalms.
That’s a great place to start. We also have the Lord’s Prayer (or Disciple’s Prayer). There is Jabez’ Prayer. That’s a good foundation. What about the Shema (Deut. 6:4-9)? That is a proclamation that people have been reciting daily for thousands of years.
Daniel prayed. We know that Daniel eventually got a close encounter with the growly, scratchy kind all because of his praying. He was seen kneeling in prayer on a regular basis. Well, before he achieved status of Lion Whisperer, he prayed for revelation regarding the king’s dream. The stakes were equally high. Because, if someone didn’t tell King Nebbie about his dream – the dream itself AND the translation, some prophet and wise man heads were going to roll. (What a gruesome turn of phrase that we use.)
God answered his prayer and revealed the dream to him. His prayer of thanks is what I want to share with you today. I think it is an appropriate prayer for this season and in this country:
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever; for wisdom and might are his. He changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings, and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals the deep and secret things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.
So, my “Hack My KJV” tip for today is to mark out all the prayers you encounter in the Scriptures. Maybe highlight the text and simply write the word “Prayer” in the margin. As you encounter the prayer in your daily readings, take time to recite that portion out loud. It is so important to fill the air with our prayers, praises, and proclamations. Why not let more of those prayers have the added power of the actual living Word of God?
Have you found any impactful prayers in the Bible? If you know of any, do share in the comment section below.