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Review: The Pilgrim's Progress (Movie)

Last night our church hosted a screening for this movie The Pilgrim's Progress. The film is based on the book The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1628-1688). My kids 14, 12, 10, 8, 5 loved it. What I appreciated most about the movie was the portrayal of the difficulties of life. It allegorizes well how hard it is to live and pursue God. I think you will enjoy this movie. They spent five years in production and hope for a great turn out on April 18th and 19th at the release date. 

John Bunyan was a Puritan preacher who wrote this book while in prison for twelve years but was published six years after his release in 1678. The Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory that depicts the life of a man named Christian as he leaves the City of Destruction and heads towards the Celestial City. 

If you have never read the book, please do. I would recommend reading a more modernized version like this one: 
Pilgrim’s Progress: Updated, or a children's version like these two: Little Pilgri…

Charting a Course for the Church (Sermon on Acts 1:1-11)


Charting a Course for the Church

Hi, I am pastor Rob. It is a joy to share with you God’s Word.

COMPASSWhat is this? It is a compass. They are super neat. A magnet in some water and it points north. If you have a map and can get your bearings to where you are. I have talked with Dan Todd about taking an orienteering course. We both think learning how to use one would be fun. If you don’t know how to use one of these, they are interesting but useless.

ORIENTING ACTSSimilarly, Acts 1:1-11 orients us to the purpose of the church, and it’s leadership. Without understanding that, it is pointless. The author points us to this direction through the Apostles confusion as Jesus departs. Jesus tells them a final time he is leaving and leaves. Saying goodbye is hard. Jesus left them before to pray. They left him to die. Now he floats up to heaven, and the Apostles are left gawking. The future leaders of the church don’t know everything, but that is okay, God has a plan to build …

Where do all our Languages Come From?

As I read Guns Germs and Steel, I found it interesting his discussion on the origin of languages. This video and comic articlehereare wonderful too. The Bible begins with everyone speaking the same language originating in the same place, isn't it interesting that social scientists don't disagree? 

How Tall Can Trees Grow? (video)


Review: Her Lamp of Faith by Martha Snell Nicholson

Her lamp of faith by Martha Snell Nicholson is a compilation from Moody Press published in 1968. The 88 pages of poems come from the books, In Heaven's Gardens, Ivory Places, Heart Held High, Family of God, The Glory Forever, Thresholds of Heaven, and Wings and Sky. They are organized around eleven topics: Consolation and Faith, Suffering and Sadness, Home and Loved Ones, Witness and Work, Anticipation and Trust, Treasures, Communion, and Calvary, Glory, His Presence, His Sure Return. 

QUOTEPain knocked upon my door and said
That she had come to stay;
And though I would not welcome her
But bade her go away,

She entered in. Like my own shade
She followed after me,
And from her stabbing, stinging sword
No moment was I free.

And then one day another knocked
Most gently at my door.
I cried, “No, Pain is living here,
There is no room for more”.

And then I heard His tender voice,
” ‘Tis I, be not afraid”.
And from the day He entered in —
The difference it made!

For though He did not bid her leave,
(My st…

Her Best for the Master by Martha Snell Nicholson

I am on a Martha Snell Nicholson kick. Her Best for the Master by Martha Snell Nicholson published by Moody Press in 1964 is a 90 compilation of her best poems. These poems were taken from Family of God, The Glory Forever, Heart Held High, His Banner Over Me, In Heaven's Gardens, Ivory Palaces, The Threshold of Heaven, Wings and Sky. The book has 10 subheadings: Comfort and Hope, Pain and Sorrow, Familiar Things, Mother and Home, Prayer, Sacrifice, Faith and Expectation, Heaven, His Presence, and Witness. 
Many of her poems struck me as profound. Each is about a page long. Here is an example, 
Broken Dreams I do not hold my broken dreams  And cling to them and weep,  Beseeching God to mend them now. I give them back to Him From Whom they came, ... And a secret joy lightness all my days,  And long sweet nights I dream Of how it fares with them in Heaven. 
I fill my little day  With little tasks,  I give the best I have  To Him who asks.  Years that are full More quickly pass. 
Some day the stars w…

Forevermore by Martha Snell Nicholson

Dreaming here upon my bed of pain
Of the time when Christ will come again, 
Of the time when suffering will be o're....
O it will be good
Never to know sickness anymore! 

Never to remember, through the years
We spend with Him, the bitter taste of tears, 
Never to remember griefs we bore.... 
O it will be good
Never to know sorrow anymore! 

Homesick for those mansions far away; 
Waiting, longing, praying for the day
We clasp again our loved ones gone before....
O it will be good
Never to be parted anymore! 

Thinking back along my path of life
Of the fierce temptations and the strife, 
Of the times I was not conqueror...
O it will be good
Never to be tempted anymore! 

To hear His blessed voice through endless days, 
To clasp the hand that led us on life's ways, 
To see at last the One whom we adore.... 
O it will be good
To be with Christ our Lord forevermore! 

Martha Snell Nicholson

Review: That Sugar Film

How bad is sugar for you? Apparently, it is more dangerous than we think. The other night I watched That Sugar Film documentary on Amazon Prime. It was very entertaining. "In the vein of "Supersize Me", Damon Gameau becomes a human guinea-pig when he puts himself through a grueling 6 week diet consuming the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day."

"Limit daily sugar to 6 tsps (25 g) for women, 9 tsps (38 g) for men. Yet, the average American consumes 17 teaspoons (71.14 grams) every day. That translates into about 57 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person. Children and teens are particularly at risk." (Sugar Science)

I love sugar. After watching this, I am going to be a bit more careful.

Review: French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon

This morning I finished this book:French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters by Karen Le Billon. This is Amazon's bio of Karen, "Karen Le Billon is an author, teacher, and proud mom of two daughters. She is married to a Frenchman, and her family divides its time between Vancouver and France. Her kids love spinach puree (honest!).

A Rhodes Scholar with a PhD from Oxford University, Karen currently teaches at the University of British Columbia, where she holds a Canada Research Chair. In 2012 she was named a member of Jamie Oliver Foundation's Real Food Advocates team. She is the author of three previous books, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit Magazine, and on Good Morning America." Sounds pretty impressive to me. She writes in a fun, mom, humorous style.

How hard is it to get little kids to try n…

Review: Dancing with Cinderella by Jeff Harlow

Jeff Harlow wrote the book Dancing with Cinderella: Leading a Healthy Church Transition published by Epiphany Publishing.

Jeff "pastored Crossroads Community Church in Kokomo, Indiana for nearly 38 years. Crossroads grew from less than 60 to a congregation of more than 3,000. The scope of the church's mission expanded from serving a handful of families to reaching thousands across north central Indiana. He led Crossroads through a strategic succession plan that ended with the reigns of leadership in Chris Duncan's hands and the church in full stride in its mission" (Amazon).

This book seeks to "help a leader, the leadership teams, and the members of a church think through principles of transition as they prepare for the exit of a current pastor and the entrance of their new leader... In these pages you can discover how to do transition right, so you don't have to figure out why it went wrong" (Cover).

His book is 183 pages with a larger than average fo…

The Greatest Exchanges In History

Have you ever been scared of being attacked? The Dutch were. They were afraid of pirates to their right and native people to their left. Whether it was swashbuckling or scalping or both, fear motivated them to act. They built a wall on the northern side of their settlement protecting it from river invasion.

These Dutch people organized themselves around 1625 naming their little village New Amsterdam. About twenty years later they had grown to 1,000 inhabitants. The wall worked and time passed. The town and wall grew. In 1685 the wall measured 12 feet high.

As the wall lost its value, the Britsh tore it down, but not its memory. The people memorialized a street named after it: Wall Street. The village became known as New York City. On March 8th, 1817 the New York Stock Exchange became official at 11 Wall Street. As of 2013 169 billion dollars worth of stock was traded on that street a day, 169 billion dollars.  

Money is amazing. You can buy homes, vacations, education, cars, food, clot…

The Greatest Art Thief Ever

"St├ęphane Breitwieser robbed nearly 200 museums, amassed a collection of treasures worth more than $1.4 billion, and became perhaps the most prolific art thief in history. And as he reveals to GQ’s Michael Finkel, how Breitwieser managed to do all this is every bit as surprising as why."

This is a fascinating article and reminds us of the power and fruit of temptation. Read it here.
QUOTES"One must resist temptation, he knew. It even says so in the Bible, not that he was particularly religious. What our heart really wants, we must often deny. Maybe this is why so many people seem conflicted and miserable—we are taught to be at constant war with ourselves. As if that were a virtue.
What would happen, he wondered, if he did not resist temptation? If, instead, he fed temptation and freed himself from society's repressive restraints? He had no desire to physically harm anyone or so much as cause fright. He contemplated the flintlock pistol and whispered a few of these t…

Silence Before Him a Sermon on Habakkuk 2:2-20

This Sunday I was able to preach on Habakkuk 2:2-20. It was a very sobering text.

MANUSCRIPT Silence Before Him Habakkuk 2:2-20 by Rob Nash Preached on 3/3/2019
WELCOME Good morning. I am Pastor Rob, and it is great to get share with you God’s word. Have you seen this in the news this week? Mega Church Pastor Brought DownVenezuelans risk dangerous trek as official borders remain shutSyrian War: Chlorine likely usedMeasles Exposure possible at Midway AirportMan arrested for attack on conservative at UC BerkeleyFlorida man critically injured after a shocking hit and run rollover crashMan 33 convicted of murder at 13Injustice is all around us. People suffer. How do we deal with suffering and injustice? Where is God in all of this? At your lowest points in life have you ever asked, “How long oh God? How long do I have to wait? Why is this happening? Why God? Why?” Have you ever been there? You may be there today. HABAKKUK WAS Habakkuk was. The prophet Habakkuk wrote a book in the Bible 2,600 …