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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress

I know this a classic, but I have never read this book before.  So, my oldest was getting intrigued by the first few pages last night. It has become our new nightly bedtime story for all three of our brown-eyed girls.  Usually our younger two have their bedtime story without big sister there, but she has been cuddling up with our 3 year old listening in.  The challenge has been being patient with the many questions our littlest and almost 6 year old keep coming up with, while Sienna and I want to keep reading the next line.  You know the in-depth questions of , "Why is a bird in the bed?", when it is not a bird at all, but a profile of Christian sleeping with his head turned sideways.  That gave us a chuckle.  His face apparently looked like a beak to one of my girls.

The pictures have really been enjoyable, not to mention the great allegory that it is teaching.  It reminds me of the style of The Giant Killer.  No wonder I am enjoying it so much!  When we are all done, we will watch the movie version of Dangerous Journey.  Now, I will finally know what people are talking about when they refer to Pilgrim's Progress and so will my children.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Over the weekend, we were able to spend some quality time with some new friends of ours.  They operate a retreat center called Peniel Ranch.  While we gleaned a lot of wisdom from them and I could go on an on, one conversation that sticks out at the moment involved what we allow our kids to be entertained by.  We were discussing different books and the analogy was given with dessert.  If we are always allowing dessert, how will we be able to have our kids enjoy the meat and potatoes.  Their children are reading such books as Boyhood and Beyond, Before You Meet Prince Charming, Created for Work, Raising Maidens of Virtue, health and wellness books.  They are only 13 and 14 years of age.  Their 8 year old treasures Thoughts for Young Men that a dear friend gave to him.  The neat part is that they are really enjoying them and excited to share what they are learning.  It really made me think about unspoiling my kids from mostly consuming "fun" books and getting those life-changing books in front of them most often instead of the opposite approach.  This same principal definitely can apply to the movies we watch.  They gave the example of how their kids enjoy watching the Moody Science videos, which are incredible.  If they had been watching all the Disney movies or any such type of movies or tv all the time, how in the world would they get them to enjoy a science video?

It is great to be around people who inspire you to new levels and make you think about things that had never crossed your mind in such a way before.  God is so good to bless us with people in our lives like this.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Let's Get the Truth Out There

I saw this quote over the weekend, "Truth may not be popular, but truth is always right."

Let's help get the truth out there to combat the flood of Darwinism that will be appearing to celebrate the anniversary of his evolutionary book. I received this email today and wanted to pass it on.

This is a huge week in the war of the worldviews between biblical Christianity and Darwinism. The enemies of the Christian family and the biblical account of human origins are ramping up their efforts. We are about to see the largest pro-Darwinism media assault in history as the world prepares for the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. In fact, this morning the New York Times ran a front page story on Darwin and the Galápagos. Over the last week, there has been a spate of television broadcasts and news stories preparing people for the new films, conferences, television broadcasts, and events directing citizens of the world to honor Charles Darwin.

At Vision Forum Ministries, we are exceedingly grateful for the unique opportunity that the Lord has given us to tackle the great idolatry of our age and to raise the standard of Jesus Christ in a timely and creative way through our new feature documentary, The Mysterious Islands. Everything is coming together beautifully. This weekend I watched a rough cut of more than 50% of the film. The power of the message and the beauty of the cinematography was stunning.

I am writing to ask you to seriously commit to praying for Vision Forum Ministries and our filmmakers as we scramble to put the final touches on this film. We truly need the favor of the Lord at this time. It’s going to be an intense rush to the finish line, but I have every confidence that we will make it and do so with excellence.

There is another reason I am writing. In the providence of God, the Lord has kindly sent us a donor who has made a $50,000 challenge to help us raise the necessary funds to complete our film and have the maximum impact getting it out in the culture. If we are able to raise $25,000 in the next seven days, he will match that amount with his own $25,000.

Let me explain why that is important: It is one thing to make a great film that proclaims the glory of the God of creation, but it is another thing to be able to take advantage of a unique moment in time to multiply our efforts and influence many fold. God has given us that moment in time. Now we need the resources to multiply the power and impact of this film. Here are some of the things that would help us accomplish this goal:

Having sufficient capital to enable us to complete the film with all the necessary bells and whistles in tip-top excellence.

Being able to hire a publicist to multiply our efforts with the press, which would significantly help in getting a number of important print articles published and give us access to important radio and television opportunities.

Providing screenings of the films in key cities around the country, thus exposing it to tens of thousands and creating a media event that brings attention to the biblical message of creation. (If possible, we want to screen the film at the same locations where the Darwinists are holding their international conventions.)

It has also been suggested to us that we consider a creative billboard strategy in key locations around the country.

Click here to help support The Mysterious Islands project

Time is of the essence for us. We do not want to presume upon the Lord's provision, but we do want to be bold for the Lord. As God provides, we will be taking immediate action. The specific number we hope to raise is $100,000. The $50,000 matching grant offer brings us a significant way toward this goal. If you believe in this mission, then I would welcome your consideration to help us meet this generous matching grant.

Thank you again for your love for Vision Forum Ministries. We earnestly desire your prayers at this time.


Doug Phillips

President, Vision Forum Ministries

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Daughter

I am proud to introduce my 11 year old daughter who is better at blogging than I am.  I am so excited that she enjoys reading books and then tellling me all about them.  Her nickname is drama girl.  That title needs no explanation.  I love her so much!

Elsie's Endless Wait


I am 11 years old. My parents nicknamed me drama girl. This is my first post for our business.

This was my first time reading A Life Of Faith book and it won't be my last!! It was so good that I wanted to go to bed so I could read!!!! I'm on the first book of Elsie and can't wait to see what happens in the next ones. I think these would be great for girls of any age or for moms and daughters to read together. It has a family tree in the front so you know who is who so it's not hard to figure out. Because with some books I read I'm like who is this? Or how old are they and stuff like that, so it was nice to have the background in the beginning.

Elsie is nine years old and she has never seen her mom and dad before. But when her dad does come home, she fears that he doesn't love her. She has a hard time fitting in with her extended relatives. Elsie knows God, but her relatives don't have a very good relationship with God and she is kind of the only one. This plot grabbed my attention right away. I went through our inventory tonight to see how many more Life of Faith books we have and I can't wait until I am on to the next ones! I looked on the back of each book to see what I have to look forward to!

So I hope you will take a look at them and here is a comment that was in the front of the book.

Kelly, age 11
The books helped me get deeper in my faith, and helped me deal with everyday problems. I feel if I didn't have the books, I wouldn't be half as close to God.