A weekly smorgasbord of high-quality recommendations (if I do say so myself).
Bible Passage: 2 Peter 2:9-10. While writing the We Are Your Church series, I’ve been thinking a lot about who we are, collectively and personally, in Christ. This passage reminds us that we belong to God– we are sacred to him. We are set apart so that we “may proclaim the praises of the One who called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light.” He has owned those who were disowned. He has brought hope to the hopeless– He truly deserves praise from we who were once the disowned and the hopeless. It’s also interesting to compare this passage with the harsh but ultimately redemptive words of Hosea 2.
TV Show: Friday Night Lights. I’m watching through this amazing drama once again. If you’ve never watched it, understand this: it’s not just about football. It’s about life, love, growing up, and dealing with the things life throws at you. While over-dramatic at times (duh), it is still one of the most realistic and gritty portrayals of life you’ll ever see on the small screen. Stellar acting, writing, and real characters bring the show to life. I cry almost every episode (that’s a good thing).
Quote: Jon Foreman, in The Huffington Post.
Yes, momentary happiness might be found on a championship ring or a gold record: a desired victory finally achieved. But this momentary happiness rarely lifts me as high as the depths of defeat bring me down. Maybe joy is found in the constants, not in the transients. Perhaps joy is a choice, not a result. Our hopes and fears are the past tense versions of our successes and failures. These wash over us like waves: they come and go. But this deeper joy could be the rock that remains unmoved.
Website: Tweet Dreams. An artist illustrates dreams as people describe them on Twitter. It’s as cool/funny as it sounds.
Non-profit/Ministry: Every Beat Matters. This campaign by Save the Children and the Ad Council is aimed at helping children around the world survive. Even today, child mortality is a serious issue in many places. Every Beat Matters will bring basic healthcare to children around the world– something so many of us take for granted, but that could mean the difference between life and death. The initiative will also work to train and support local healthcare workers who serve the children in their communities. Even cooler, The Heartbeats Project (part of Every Beat Matters) recorded heartbeats of children in need from around the world to use in an original song (below). A portion of the profits from each download of the song will go to Every Beat Matters.
Song/Artist: Feel Again– OneRepublic. This is the original song written by Ryan Tedder that incorporates and was inspired by the heartbeats of children in need from around the world. It’s a great, uplifting, catchy tune from one of my favorite bands. Download this song to donate to the great cause mentioned above.
Album: Continued Silence EP– Imagine Dragons. I don’t usually put two music recommendations in the same list, but I couldn’t leave this one out. I discovered this band by looking up the song I heard on a TV show preview… and was blown away by what I found. This is literally the best EP I’ve ever heard. Out of six songs, there isn’t a weak link. While all are rock-based, the diversity of the songs is vast. From the electronic, gritty “Radioactive” to the cheery and folksy “On Top of the World” to the rock anthem “It’s Time,” each track is brilliant, but different. I’m super pumped that their first full-length album comes out this Tuesday. Favorite Tracks: All of them. Seriously.
Tweeter: Unimpressed McKayla. Yes, there is a Twitter account for McKayla is not impressed. She’s not impressed.
Video: Old Spice Muscle Music Video. I already shared this via Twitter and Facebook earlier this week, but who cares? Awe. Some. Did I mention it’s interactive at the end?
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COMMENT: Got any recommendations I should check out to add to future Re:commends lists?