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It Doesn’t Get Much Clearer Than This

  Posted by Cheryl under Misc
  June 26th, 2010

Like most of you, I get my fair share of emails jokes and links that circulate around the net. Got one today that I actually hadn’t seen before and enjoyed it to the point that I was going to forward it, then I decided to share it with even more folks this way.  Though it’s in the humor category, it also shares a reminder that sometimes we Christians over complicate things and make things way more difficult than they need to be. It can’t get much clearer than this 🙂  Enjoy!

P.S. I have no clue if the statement about this being on a wall in a church is true but I left the email intact for now with respect to the originator  just in case.

The Ten Commandments

Some people have trouble with all those ‘shall’s’ and ‘shall not’s’ in the Ten Commandments. Folks just aren’t used to talking in those terms. So, in middle Tennessee they translated the ‘King James’ into ‘ Jackson County ‘ language. No joke…….this is posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Gainesboro , TN.

(1) Just one God
(2) Put nothin’ before God
(3) Watch yer mouth
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin’
(5) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(6) No killin’
(7) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal
(8) Don’t take what ain’t yers
(9) No tellin’ tales or gossipin’
(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff

It’s My Birthday, Help Me GIVE a Gift

  Posted by Cheryl under Misc
  June 3rd, 2010

Saturday is my birthday and to celebrate I’d like to do something different-I want to give someone else a gift and I hope you’ll help.

Here are the details:

My friend Marla Taviano (who I met as an Internet friend but then we got to meet in person because of 52zoos.com) and her cool family are going to Cambodia on a mission trip this summer. They’ll be traveling with a group from their church and as with most mission events participants need to raise funds to cover travel expenses. That’s where your help comes in.

For this weekend, starting Friday June 5th (my birthday) I will contribute part of the proceeds from any books I sell from my websites. I need purchases to be from my site and not Amazon or B & N because once they take their cut, there’s not much left over and I want to give more than that 🙂

There are two books available. First, you can purchase my family devotion/activity book Creation Inspirations: A New View of the World Around You on the store page of this site. You can see Marla’s review of it here. or on her website MarlaTaviano.com You can also find out more about her trip and find lots of other inspiring, faith filled and fun stuff to read there.

Second, if you’ve ever thought about writing & trying to get your own book out there, you can also pop over to Publishing Answers.com and pick up Publishing Possibilities which is a step by step guide to choosing the right path for you and your project.

I think that covers everything, but if you have any questions feel free to contact me via the form on either site or friend me/send a message on Facebook

If you can’t get a book right now, I totally understand. If you can offer the gift of prayer that would be awesome too.

Be Inspired!

Cheryl Pickett

See a Movie, Help Support Coral Reefs

  Posted by Cheryl under Misc
  April 19th, 2010

I’m SOOO excited! April 22 is Earth Day and for the second year in a row, Disney is releasing an epic nature movie. Last year, it was “Earth” and it followed the lives of several animal families. Most of it was happy in true Disney style, but the reality of life was shown too.

This year’s film is called “Oceans”. They showed a short preview of it last year and I’ve been looking for the commercials for at least a month now. Finally saw one last night. It was filmed using the latest and greatest underwater technologies and I can’t wait. Granted, there will likely be info about evolution, but don’t let that stop you, just be prepared to talk a little about it if you have kids with you.

The last one was almost two hours of breathtaking scenery that  just filled me with awe once again for the Creator and His creation.We may get to go this weekend depending on my work schedule. Cool thing is Disney is donating some of the proceeds from opening week to help save coral reefs (which, if you aren’t aware, are regularly dying from a wide variety of stresses including pollution, and other human interference.

Here’s a link with more info. Feel free to comment here, let me know if you see it & what you think.

Be Inspired!

Cheryl Pickett

Avatar Review Part 3

  Posted by Cheryl under Misc
  February 7th, 2010

After a little discussion over on Facebook, I decided to expand to another part and touch on a couple of thoughts that were brought up there.

With regard to the supreme being in this movie being a female and that being contrary to my faith, I agree wholeheartedly and  I’m not saying the writer’s/producers view of God is accurate. The movie clearly does not depict God as Christians believe Him to be. But I also did not feel watching the story of their idea of god as a threat to my faith as some reviewers have claimed it to be. That’s a little like saying we shouldn’t watch or read stories about Mormons or Jehovah’s witnesses practicing their faith because we don’t agree with them. And again, this is a story with fictitious people, places and goddess. It has similarity to belief systems we know but it doesn’t proselytize in any way that I could see.

The biggest worship scene does have the entire community gathered around a sacred space, chanting (somewhat over dramatically) and yes they are worshiping a false god by Christian views. However, I still felt the scene was moving and inspiring because it reminded me of scenarios that can and do occur in our churches too. There are few sounds that give me goose-bumps (in a good way) more than hearing an entire church, banquet room etc. praising God together in acapella voice. That’s why I felt it was such a powerful scene, potentially no matter what your faith. It was beautifully filmed and acted as well.

Again, not supportive of this particular view of what god is and I still believe the same thing I did before I saw the movie, but I feel there is enough redeeming value in the movie as a whole and also plenty of stuff that Christians can relate to positively to make it okay to go see.

Feel free to keep the conversation going!

Be Inspired!

Cheryl Pickett

Avatar Review Part 2

  Posted by Cheryl under Misc
  February 5th, 2010

In part one, I mentioned I almost chose not to go see the movie because of some comments I’d read online, maybe you’ve heard or read something similar but maybe not. The gist of comments was that Christians should not see the movie. Those I happened to see were on a blog that a well respected pastor I follow on Facebook happened to link to. Under his link were comments by some who echoed the sentiment along with those who didn’t.

The main issue for those saying it was a no-go is the fact that a major theme of the movie is a that the “religion” on the fantasy world is an equivalent to how some people worship “mother earth”.

And that is completely true, there is a big focus on all things being one, the goddess/power being able to heal and gathering and chanting almost in a frenzy while connecting to both the goddess via a tree and their ancestors.

However, there is nothing in the movie encouraging people to abandon their beliefs and try what’s depicted instead. There is also nothing blatantly anti-Christian or pro-any other specific faith. That being the case, I see no reason not to see the movie I believe, some of the religious aspects can easily be related to our Christian faith.

For example, someone is brought to the goddess power for healing. The community gathers and simultaneously prays for healing while the priestess character leads the process. So that’s different that what we do when we ask God to heal someone or lay on hands during a service how?

There is also the concept that everything is interconnected and the source of life flows through all creatures and all of their  natural surroundings. Again, we believe the same, the God is the creator and giver of life, and we as humans are connected to the world around us. Our actions, good or bad, effect other people, animals and plants too.

To sum things up, while not everything “worldly” can be used as a tool to spread our faith, I think Avatar definitely can be. In my opinion there’s enough value for it to be a both a positive influence on one’s Christian faith as well as a potential way to start conversations with non-Christians.

Okay, now it’s your turn.

Have you seen it? Are you a Christian or no? What did you think with regard to your faith?

Be Inspired!

Cheryl Pickett