reel grace: gospel shadows in today’s movies

our church has started a new series for the month of august called “reel grace: gospel shadows in today’s movies“, highlighting several current movies and how these cultural stories connect with the gospel.  now, i am not usually one for topical sermons.  i prefer straight teaching from the scriptures rather than choosing a topic and applying scriptures to it.  just my preference, thats all!  but today’s first part in this series was really fun.  definitely more casual than our normal sermons, but a fun change, too.  as pointed out by our pastor: at the heart and center of our world and our very existence is a beautiful & true story… God’s gospel story.  the story reverberates throughout our world and our soul.  He has made everything appropriate in its time.  He has also set eternity in their heart… (Ecclesiastes 3:11)  because God’s story is embedded in our souls, the stories we tell ourselves in books and movies reflect and echo God’s Gospel story.

every once in awhile i highlight a sermon and notes from our pastor, and i thought this would be a fun one! (you can listen for yourself here)

today’s we saw the gospel’s shadow in disney’s frozen.  my kids were pretty stink in’ excited about this one! *sidenote: our kids are in church with us every week.  family worship is strongly encouraged.  we do “big church” together then the kids do sunday school while we do an adult class.* until last night, i had never watched the movie with the kids, but i had heard the songs more than i ever wanted to!

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 3 ways Frozen points us to God’s true Gospel story…

1. Frozen reminds us we are all fixer-uppers.

common cultural lie Frozen is challenging:

i’m ok, you’re ok.  humankind is basically good.  we don’t need fixing.

God’s Gospel story says:

there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. (Romans 22-23)  in other words, WE ALL NEED FIXING!  we are a stinkin’ mess without God!

2.  Frozen reminds us of our connectedness to and need for one another.

common cultural lie Frozen is challenging:

if it feels good, do it.  freedom and happiness are found in expressing yourself and indulging yourself.  your life is your life.

God’s Gospel story says:

“let it go” is a disaster.  it leads to great harm to yourself and your community.  while elsa was off finding “happiness” on her own, the rest of her community was struggling to survive.   For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  for the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Galatians 5:13-14) 

3.  Frozen reminds us that true love is sacrificial love.

common cultural lie Frozen is challenging:

True love is romantic love.  romantic love is the greatest of all loves.

God’s Gospel story says:

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  (John 15:13)  as the melting olaf said, true love is putting the needs of someone else before your own.  happiness is found in sacrificial love, not in wealth or status or romantic love.

at the heart of God’s true Gospel story is the ultimate act of sacrificial love.

in this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.  in this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  (1 John 4:9-10)

so, how do you get that love of Christ?  how do YOU get to experience that ultimate act of sacrificial love? john 11:25:  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

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we have a crazy july planned out!  we kicked off the month with a fabulous time on my parents’ boat on the Delta (near lodi, california).  we floated, relaxed, layed out and napped.  oh, it was so just what i needed!  lots of time to soak up the sun and enjoy my kids and family.

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my computer is back from the laptop doctor and is finally fixed!  good news!  but, we’ve been out of town and out of wifi range so blogging has been slowed down, yet again.  its funny, when i’ve been doing something nearly daily for over 7 years (blogging) and i stop for a few days, it feels like i’m ditching class or something!  it does feel good to have these unplanned breaks, but it also feels kind of wrong.  silly.

we dropped our oldest off at camp again for almost 2 weeks.   this year was so different from last year, where she was nervous and we were nervous.  this year she was so ready to go and we had no fears for her.  that was a good feeling!  grace is going to the same camp i grew up going to, and is in my hometown.  fun tidbit:  i was talking to other adults at drop-off and one of them asked me if i was lindsey jones (my maiden name) and i said yes.  turns out i just didn’t recognize her at first but we shared a cabin for a couple years!  so many of the campers have parents that were campers and lots of the counselors were campers as well – its really an awesome place!  we’ll miss gracie over the next couple weeks, but i’m also really excited to have some concentrated time with silas and lily.  we also get to see pictures posted of the campers daily, so its nice to be able to see her smiling face when i really miss her!

we’ve been on the road a lot and one of the things sean and i like to do to pass the time is listen to podcasts and ted talks.  our favorite daily podcast is the world and everything in it.  if you don’t listen to this already, you should.  its really great.  and this comes from someone who turns off the news every chance i can get.  i hate the version of world news our standard stations give us – i can’t even let my kids hear or see it.  but the world and everything in it is so different with a christian perspective.  we also love ted talks.  my favorite speaker is ken robinson, who speaks mostly on education and how we should think of it differently.  if you haven’t heard him, take some time and listen to his perspective – its been so good for me to hear!

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on a lighter note, we stumbled across this video of a little girl trying to get herself in 1st position in ballet.  it is one of the cutest things i’ve ever seen and we could not stop laughing at it!  and after 7 years of blogging, i still haven’t mastered how to embed a youtube video on my blog – sheesh!

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again totally unrelated, i just signed up for another golden tote!  i ordered these 2 tops and will be surprised with a few other items – so fun!  here’s a peak at my first golden tote.  these 2 tops are not too big of a stretch for me, but they were so cute i couldn’t pass them up!  golden tote is also offering a complete surprise item tote if you’re feeling really adventurous!

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so there’s a bit of my rambling for you today!  we’re off to pack up the rv for our next adventure just one town away – 10 days on the beach – yay!