Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Eugene Peterson

  • Eugene Peterson was one of America’s most beloved preachers. Let’s not miss his last sermon. +

    Eugene Peterson, the internationally best-selling Christian author who passed into the great unknown this week, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: 2009 Book of Faith Jubilee +

    Peterson discussed a wide range of topics with Diane Jacobson, 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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Music

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Favorites

  • Eugene Peterson was one of America’s most beloved preachers. Let’s not miss his last sermon. +

    Eugene Peterson, the internationally best-selling Christian author who passed into the great unknown this week, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: 2009 Book of Faith Jubilee +

    Peterson discussed a wide range of topics with Diane Jacobson, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 1 +

    This is part 1 of a 3 part series of lectures Eugene Peterson Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 2 +

    This is part 2 of Eugene Peterson's 1991 Simpson lecture Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • God's Healing Touch by Sylvia Gunter +

    Listen to God's word for you in Isaiah 42:3. "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick Read More
  • The Healing Day by Bill Fay +

    It will be okay on the healing dayno more coldest placeon the healing day Read More
  • Inner Healing by Judith MacNutt +

    The following is a clip from a teaching at the MacNutt's Level I School. While brief, it provides a good Read More
  • Healing Ministry & Spiritual Warfare by Judith MacNutt +

    Judith MacNutt on the relationship between spiritual warfare and healing ministry. Read More
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