Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Matt Maher

  • Your Grace Is Enough by Matt Maher +

    Great is Your faithfulness, oh GodYou wrestle with the sinner's heartYou lead us by still waters and to mercyAnd nothing Read More
  • Christ is Risen by Matt Maher +

    Let no one caught in sin remain*Inside the lie of inward shameWe fix our eyes upon the crossAnd run to 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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  • The Cleansing of the Temple by RC Sproul + In this incident of Jesus cleansing the temple, Dr. Sproul points out that the activities being performed were legitimate, Read More
  • The Prodigals by Kevin DeYoung +

    During the Gospel Coalition conference in 2013, Kevin DeYoung gave a thoughtful, spirit-led sermon on Luke 15. He was able Read More
  • Centered on one or the other by Ray Ortlund +

    ". . . a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" Luke 7:34 What does it mean for a church to be gospel-centered? That's Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Book of God, Walter Wangerin +

    I was in a leadership turbogroup during the spring of 2007. At Randy's suggestion, I listened to Walter Wangerin's audio 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
  • Clay Enoch Devotional Sculpture +

    Clay Enoch, a sculptor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, creates powerful bronze sculptures with Biblical themes: Creation, Praise, Contrition, Still Water, Read More
  • Without Faith...Can I Survive? +

    Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ Read More
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