A weekly smorgasbord of high-quality recommendations (if I do say so myself).
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 12:14-15. In the midst of a satirical rant toward the exasperating Corinthian believers, Paul writes two phrases that show his heart behind all the satire, self-defense, and exasperation. The first: “I seek not what is yours but you.” The second: “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.” These phrases, the first especially, hit me as amazingly tough, but Christlike mottos that should be the baseline for all of our relationships. What if we in the Church approached one another with this attitude at all times: “I’m not after what you can do for me—I’m here for you. And I will spend myself—my time, energy, resources, and whatever I else I can—to lift you up.”?
Movie: Around the World in 80 Days (2004). This is one of the movies my brother and I watched over and over again when our film choices were still under our parents’ discretion. If you don’t like Jackie Chan or extreme cheesiness, this probably isn’t the family film for you. However, we really enjoyed this creative and hilariously acted adaptation of the classic novel. It’s full of action, adventure, and even features an Arnold Schwarzenneger cameo. And that line about Salisbury steak kills me every time…
Tweeter: TV Club. As I admitted in a post earlier this week, I’m a little TV obsessed. The TV Club website is great for nerds like me. They offer reviews of individual episodes from insightful (and often funny) critics. Their twitter account posts links to their articles about recent episodes, often just hours after they air.
Song: Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Nate Reuss)– P!nk. I’m not usually too excited about break-up songs (I think you have to actually have experienced a break-up for them to really mean something to you). And I’m only a minor P!nk fan (probably because I have to slow down and search for the exclamation point key every time I type her name). But this song also features the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Fun.–Nate Reuss. And if ever there was a match made in music heaven, it was the pairing of these two voices. They complement each other perfectly. The song has an earnest, Fun. (and fun) feel, and is pretty spectacular for a break-up song (if you want to reduce it to that). Thanks to Aaron Ross for bringing my attention to this gem.
Quote: Christine Caine, in Undaunted.
When you believe God is who he says he is, when you hang onto him and his Word in faith, his trust sets you free. The truth you store up in silence comes back to you in the storm, and it lifts you away as on a life raft from the fears and disappointments that would otherwise pull you under. When you abide in his Word, he abides in you.
Non-fiction Book: Undaunted by Christine Caine. I first heard of Christine Caine when I had the privilege of hearing her speak at Passion 2012 in Atlanta. As the missions theme of Passion this year was fighting human trafficking, and Christine is the founder of the A21 Campaign, a leading organization in the fight against modern slavery, she was a perfect fit. She is a great storyteller and has led an interesting life, which she shares much of in this book. In fact, Undaunted is mostly narrative, but with plenty of hindsight explanation of how God was working in each part of Christine’s life. If you are looking for a book primarily about her work with A21, this is not that book. Instead, it chronicles her journey to the point of beginning this organization: how God chose, called, loved, prepared, and directed her back to him at every turn.
Ministry/Non-profit: Samaritan’s Purse. It’s shoebox time again! If you haven’t ever heard of or participated in Operation Christmas Child in the past 10 years… I really don’t know where you’ve been. I love this ministry that allows people to fill a shoebox full of treats, necessities, and toys for children in impoverished areas to receive for Christmas. The children also have an opportunity to hear the gospel. You can even track your shoebox online to see which country it goes to. Samaritan’s Purse does more relief efforts besides OCC, but it is a great part the part of their ministry in which you can really get involved.
Video: Gangnam Style Cover by Pentatonix. I love the a cappella group Pentatonix, and I think the Gangnam Style craze is hilarious (and fun to dance to), so this video was sure to be a hit with me. But I think you’ll enjoy it, too. Why? Pentatonix is just awesome and they make everything fun. They are performing an amazingly quality version of an extremely electronic song with only their voices. Plus, Scott does not speak Korean (pretty sure), yet, according to YouTube comments, he did a good job at singing this song almost exclusively in Korean.
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COMMENT: Got any recommendations I should check out to add to future Re:commends lists?