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May 26, 2017

Netflix’s Anne with an E, Reviewed

Anne with an E

While critics are divided over the new “Anne of Green Gables,” one thing is certain– Anne with an E is darker and grittier than previous adaptations of the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. That said, I’m not ready to give up on the series. Here are a few personal observations after watching the first episode. Parental Cautions Good news: The first episode steers clear of vulgar language and sexual content. Watching this episode as a family is no problem from this perspective. Caution: Anne is occasionally haunted by brief-but-instense flashbacks of physical abuse from her previous homes (including a bullying scene with her peers and a scene where her foster dad beats her over a tree stump and then collapses to his death). If you watch this episode with young children or someone who was fostered, orphaned, or adopted, the flashbacks could trigger hard questions or memories. Critics suggest the show is best suited for … Continue reading

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May 3, 2017

17 Things to Pray for the Fatherless

It must grieve the heart of God that the line of fatherless children world-wide is 30,000 miles long. Truth be told, God’s heart would be broken if there were only 1 orphaned child in the world. So here is how we can pray for the fatherless who are already close to His heart– 1. Lonely children. Ask God to comfort, protect, and provide for children who feel forgotten. 2. At-risk homes. Ask God to supply mentors and resources for families in crisis. 3. Foster children. Ask God to comfort the hundreds of children who will enter foster care today. Every two minutes a child enters the system. 4. Aging-out youth. Ask God to protect and provide for youth in foster care, specifically young adults preparing to age out of child welfare. Ask God to provide families committed to love and welcome them. 5. Willing parents. Ask God to raise up new foster and adopting families willing to stand in the gap. 6. … Continue reading

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April 14, 2017

How Easter Changes Everything About YOUR Story

It’s one of the great mysteries of Christianity in Western culture–that we devote months to Christmas and only a weekend (at most!) to Easter. When we read the account of Christ’s death–arguably the most horrific event in human history–we hear Him weep in Gethsemane, watch Him suffer in Roman custody, follow Him on His excruciating trip to Golgotha, witness His unfaltering commitment as He is brutally nailed to the Cross, listen as He forgives the thief beside Him, and see Him ultimately die for our sins in the greatest act of compassion ever shown to humanity. We can’t wait–for His sake and for ours–to get to the resurrection morning. We want to see Christ victorious. But–if we’re honest–this year, the whole weekend could be here and gone without us stopping to ponder what it truly means for our story–how the action of Jesus to die and then conquer death actually motivates us to do anything and everything good … Continue reading

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March 13, 2017

When Grace Was Shaped Like Laundry | Tanzania Update

Two children we’ll call “B” and “N” were living with their grandmother–a retired teacher–and they had a good life. But then the unthinkable happened. Their grandmother (and 6 other people in the family) were murdered by home invaders. The two children survived because they hid in a heap of dirty clothes. This was a heartbreaking event within the Tanzanian community. 7 coffins were lined side by side at the funeral. The two children approached Pastor Micah and his wife, Happiness–leaders of Tanzania Children’s Rescue Centre (TCRC) with Lifesong Tanzania–and asked for help since their family was gone. In situations like this, it’s impossible to say no to children, even though we are operating beyond our peak capacity. We thank God these kids are now settling in and healing after the tragic loss of their family. –Pastor Micah It is unbelievable to see how people can wantonly cause the destruction and wounding of others to this degree, but the … Continue reading

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February 20, 2017

Our Motivation for Social Justice in 7 Quotes

Today is World Day of Social Justice. Here is our motivation for social justice in 7 quotes. #1 “The Great Commission was clearly and definitively not a call to sit back and stay silent in a world of sin, evil, and suffering. From the very beginning, Christ designed for His disciples to run toward need–not away from it–to engage culture, not to ignore it. Yet, the church may be one of the only organizations in the world to define success according to what we don’t do.” —David Platt, President of the IMB and founder of Radical Read the full post by David Platt: Children and the Great Commission. #2 “What is our goal in fighting for justice? The same as Jesus’s when he healed the sick: to glorify God, bring joy to the hurting, and point to the glorious kingdom where sickness and suffering will be no more. Imperfect justice now … Continue reading

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February 8, 2017

Why “The Least of These” Matter Most

Bible scholars have argued the identity of “the least of these” for decades. Is Matthew 25 referring to the world’s most destitute, or is it instructing believers to care for fellow Christians in need? Either way, both interpretations of “the least of these” have sufficient Biblical support in other passages. Scripture isn’t silent that it is our Christian responsibility to care for fellow believers, and as many as 2,000 verses in the Bible relate to our response to poverty. So for the purpose of this discussion, “the least of these” refers to individuals–believers or otherwise–who need our help. “The least of these” should matter most for 3 reasons– 1. How we treat “the least of these” exposes the true nature of our character. It is easy–even enjoyable–to do good things for people who can return the favor. But doing good to those for whom we will never receive basic gratitude or reciprocal kindness?–this litmus test reveals … Continue reading

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May 30, 2016

Next Generation Leaders | Cambodia Update

Enjoy this update from our Cambodia team– In our learning center in Bangpli, Thailand, one of the main goals is developing young leaders that have a heart for reaching their own community. The kids are given responsibilities that not only affect the other children at the learning center–but their families and other people in need. Chris, age 13, is responsible for helping Joel, the 3-year old son of a Pakistani Pastor who has been jailed, assimilate into the activities in the church, including helping him with basic skills such as eating and drinking on his own. David (left), one of the assistant leaders, has a heart for evangelism and prayer and loves to pray for God’s blessing over anyone he comes in contact with, especially during outreach ministry. David’s mother, Kai, recently gave birth and is part of a new ministry outreach through Pastor Vino that helps ensure pregnant women in … Continue reading

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