A weekly smorgasbord of high-quality recommendations (if I do say so myself).
Bible Passage: Psalm 37:4. Psalm 37 was just what I needed to read this week, and this verse in particular, though often misinterpreted, is always a great reminder and encouragement. It’s not about getting what I desire– it’s about finding my delight in God so he will transform my desires to be what he desires for me.
Non-profit/Ministry: ROCK. I helped with this awesome children’s ministry on Thursday nights for two years while I was at Taylor University. Brinker Heights Wesleyan Church may be small, but each week they transport, feed dinner to, teach, and play with children from the surrounding rough neighborhood of Marion, Indiana. Many of these children come from harsh situations and need to be shown love and attention. If you live in the Marion/Upland area, ROCK can use all the manpower they can get.
Movie: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. This movie has been out for a few years now, but it’s one of my favorite things Disney has done in recent years, a great, mostly family-friendly, action-adventure film that might remind you of a live-action Aladdin. While I don’t believe our destiny rests in the hands of ancient Persian gods, I do think that God does have plan for our lives that we can choose to embrace by seeking out the truth and standing for what is right– a theme that is central to this story. Plus, two words: Jake. Gyllenhaal.
Quote: Katie Davis, in Kisses from Katie.
Uncertainty is everywhere. But I am living in the midst of the uncertainty and risk, amid things that can and do bring physical destruction, because I am running from things that can destroy my soul: complacency, comfort, and ignorance. I am much more terrified of living a comfortable life in a self-serving society and failing to follow Jesus than I am of any illness or tragedy. Jesus called His followers to be a lot of things, but I have yet to find where He warned us to be safe.
Website: iSideWith.com. Election season is breathing down our necks. While I find myself apathetic and tired of politics– the ads, debates, and Facebook statuses especially, I know it is still important to decide where I stand. Though I still don’t find myself drawn to stand with any certain candidate yet this year, I now have a clearer understanding of where I do stand, thanks to this website. It simply allows you to choose your stances on a variety of current political issues, then analyzes the data to determine which candidates you most agree with, and on which issues. My results were surprising, and you might be surprised by yours, as well.
Tweeter: PolitiFact. If you’re on Twitter, this is another good, nonpartisan political resource. The people at PolitiFact fact check statements made by political speakers and candidates and let us know their findings (if the statement is true, half true, mostly true, or false). Because, as we well know, politicians will say anything, true or not.
Album: Gravity– Lecrae. In my opinion, Lecrae is the Christian hip-hop movement these days. I don’t know where Grits has been lately, and tobyMac apparently doesn’t rap anymore (as evident on his latest album). I know there are other promising acts, but Lecrae consistently offers fresh beats and deep, poignant, Christ-honoring lyrics. Not only that, but he’s a super cool guy in real life– a role model for tons of hip-hop loving kids. Anyway, his new album meets expectations and offers that same great consistency– 18 tracks of it on the iTunes version. Lecrae also collaborates with many other artists on this project– he’s not afraid to share the spotlight. Favorite tracks: Walk With Me, Tell the World, Fuego, Lucky Ones, No Regrets.
Video: Meet Bagina’s Family. This is a story about real people in Rwanda who have to walk hours each day to collect water. The September campaign at charity:water is seeking to give families like this access to clean water to enrich their lives.
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COMMENT: Got any recommendations I should check out to add to future Re:commends lists?