Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Introduction to The Death of JI Packer +

    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ___ to John Owen's The Death Of Death in the Death of Christ ___ By J.I. Packer _________ Read More
  • An Interview with Os Guiness on the 25th Anniversary of Francis Schaeffer's Death-Justin Taylor, 2009 +

    Next week (May 15) will be the 25th anniversary of the death of Francis Schaeffer, who died in his home Read More
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This family movie adventure, UP, about an old man and young boy is another animated masterwork movie from Pixar. What can they teach each other about life? It is It begins with a friendship between two children named Carl and Ellie who discover they share the same dream of someday being explorers. They catch this dream from watching newsreels about the exploits of a daring adventurer named Charles Muntz who uses his gigantic zeppelin airship to explore a lost world in Venezuela called Paradise Falls, where he brings back the bones of fantastic creatures previously unknown to man.

When he is accused of faking his discoveries, he flies off to South America to prove his claims. Nothing is heard from him for years. Meanwhile, Ellie and Carl grow up, have a courtship, marry, turn a ramshackle house into their dream home, are happy together and grow old. The lovebirds save their loose change intended to finance their trip to Paradise Falls, but real life expenses keep them from fulfilling their dream. Then Ella dies.

The focus of the story is on Carl's life after Ellie. He becomes a recluse, holds out against the world, and talks to the absent Ellie. One day he decides to pack up and fly away suspending his house from countless helium-filled balloons to fulfill his dream of seeking Paradise Falls. What he wasn't counting on was an inadvertent stowaway, Russell, a dutiful Wilderness Explorer Scout.

The odd couple make it to Paradise Fall and find Muntz, who must be a centenarian by now, but who is still feisty and mean, his solitary life shared only by his zeppelin airship and robotic dogs. Feigning friendship, Muntz becomes Carl and Russell’s adversary as they strive to save an endangered bird they befriend. Who will succeed? How will Carl and Russell get home? You will have to see the movie! UP is family entertainment at its best illustrating the meaningful relationship between an old man and a boy.

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • Martin Luther’s Quiet Time, Walter Trobisch +

    Martin Luther had a barber named Peter Beskendorf who asked his world-famous customer and doctor of theology, "Dr. Luther, how Read More
  • Storytelling +

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • Life as an Alien +

    Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, provides an inspiring portrayal of what the church is supposed Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Separated Unto the Holy Ghost (Andrew Murray) +

    Below is chapter 3 from the book, Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray, a South African "Now there were in the Read More
  • The Human Body and Spiritual Growth: Dallas Willard +

    In Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation, edited by James Wilhoit of Wheaton College. "Spiritual formation" is the process through Read More
  • January 28 Devotional: Oswald Chambers +

    Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? —Acts 26:14 Read More
  • Coupla Things by Julie Moore +

    It has occurred to me that maybe more people would read my blog if the posts were shorter. I'm not Read More
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