3…2…1…fire!

Fire

By G. P. Avants

“If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or stubble, his work will be shown for what it is because THE DAY will bring it to light.”

                             1 Corinthians 3: 12-13

 

Judgment day. We’ve heard about it in movies that talk about the end of the world. It can bring chills down our spine or it can be more like a great reward. I guess it depends on where you stand with the Lord.

space-explosion-gif-3

Let me back up for a minute. I had a job a few years back that involved explosives. Actually, we were able to watch some hillsides being dynamited as part of a local dam project. The guys who get to create the explosions say it’s a lot of painstaking work for the few spectacular seconds that follow. However, they love to see their work go up in smoke. That means it was a job well done.

Boom!

Being a spectator, it seems like an eternity before the big boom. There is a lot waiting, checking the clock, listening to announcements, before anything happens. Then there’s that count down 5..4..3..2..1..:Each second hangs in the air. We anticipate what’s about to happen because none of us knows exactly what we are about to see.

 

FIRE!

colored_planet_explosion___animated__by_hardii-d594cxu

The end of the world used to scare me. I would hear of wars going on and wonder if I was really ready to face the end. It’s a good thing, I think, to always  make sure you are right with God…daily. Is this relationship all that it should be? Is there one at all?

Car Explosion

If you haven’t read the book of Revelations in the Bible, you really should. God promises a blessing to those who read it. Maybe that blessing might entail a little insight and peace of mind at the same time. The beauty of this insight, is that you might know all of these things happening around us are in His plan. You experience peace of mind knowing that you can be ready for the Lord and His second coming. The real Judgment Day will come when we face the Lord Jesus himself. He will ask what we did with the life God gave us. God will ask, “What did you do with my  Son? Was He you’re life or was He ignored?” These are simple but, tough questions. He will wait for your response.

200w

I think I was scared because of all the sneaky things I did in my life. I was going to be embarrassed to have everyone know what I did. I tried to get it right with God in my own strength however, I went back to my ways. I never really felt confident that I could honestly be good before God.  That’s because I was trying to do it myself. That was my first big mistake. When it became too much I basically surrendered. “I can’t do this, Lord. If you are real take my life, I can’t do this, I surrender to you.” That’s where I should have started. He lifted my burdens and showed me how to face my life in His strength. I wasn’t afraid of the future after that. No, my confidence shifted from me to Jesus. He’s now the Savior and the Judge, an advocate and just lawyer in court. What better help could I ask for on that day?

MF

When I feel like I am under fire in my life, I see it as a Pre-Judgment Day of sorts. The Lord is burning the sinful man from me so he won’t be haunting me on Judgment Day. It’s like he’s rooting out those things that would have caused me to be condemned. He is using this life to get us ready for the real thing: eternal life.

ba-colorful-fireworks-animated-gif-pic

There’s still time, you know. If you feel Him tugging at your heart, that means you have that chance too. Let Him speak to you, redeem your life and become the Lord to you. Believe me, I have been where you are friend. I have had all kinds of days but, I do not regret ever giving my life to the Lord Jesus. He is ready to do something only He can: be your hope for today, tomorrow, and your sweet victory on Judgment Day!

confetti-cp

 

 

 

Advertisements
Posted in Bible, Bible Verses, Body of Christ, Christian Bloggers, Christian character, Christian inspirational, encouragement, End Times, Faith, Inspirational, Judgement, Strength in Christ, Tough Times, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

02-02-02

     Moments from History

By G. P. Avants

My favorite subject in school was History.  History was full of events and events were marked by memorable dates. I bet a few of these dates are ones you might feel are important. July 4, 1776, that one marks the beginning of America’s freedom. How about 1492? Yep, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  Do you know what happened March 4, 1966? I’m just joking with that one because it’s my birthday.

Emancipation

So you see how dates can stick with us and be pivotal events in human history.  Some are full of events to remember like the year 1944.  A great war was over and the world rested after a great struggle.  Other dates live on in infamy like December 7. 1941 or need I remind you of  911?

Schindler's List

A date came and went with little hoopla and fan are.  In my humble opinion though I believe that it marked the beginning of events that are highly significant to us as believers and to non-believers as well: February Second Two-thousand and two.  Or better remembered as an interesting date, 02-02-02.  Some would simply say it was only Groundhog’s day that just happened to fall smack dab in the middle of a Palindromic (spelled the same backwards and forwards)  year.

MLK_DC_March

Beside that, did you know that when God repeats something three times in the Bible that it holds great importance and significance? It’s like the cry, “Holy, holy, holy,” that the angels cried out in Isaiah 6 or when the Lord repeated to Joshua “Be strong and courageous” three times in the same chapter.

Final Black_History_12.jpg

That Saturday I sat in a Fresh Start conference where we were challenged to be open for the Lord to use us in new ways.  To reach the lost in the world we need to be ready to do things differently than they were done in the past. This day was the beginning of something special. As I look over at my very pregnant wife who would be having my daughter in just a few weeks, I thought about the parallels to new plans. You can see it forming and seeing signs are very obvious to everyone. When the Lord prepares something new there is a crackle of anticipation in the air.

PP_16.12.19_HistoricEvents_Featured-Image

We have to compete with a world that is stealing the life from people every day and none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. I believe that God is equipping us to be creative, forward thinking and prepared to do whatever it takes to share the Gospel. He has given us all gifts and talents that we have yet to fully commit into His hands. I believe that when we do this, we will see amazing things happen in our lives.

historic-photos-colorized-1-1

Watch for the signs, notice the nudge, and don’t ignore the obvious reminders that His plan for you is coming into focus. It could be today, whenever date that falls.

Posted in American History, Body of Christ, christ, Christian Bloggers, Christian character, Christian inspirational, Christian living, famous history, Inspirational, Make History, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

$2 Giveaway

 

By G. P. Avants

 

After he had spent everything there was a severe famine in the land.”

                                Luke 15:14

 

$2 too

I need to do a bit of confession before we begin. I have had my battles with greediness all my life. Once I think I am doing well it seems to pop up in the least likely places. I thank the Lord for taking it one step at a time and for changing my heart one cell at a time, if need be. One way that has helped me, challenged me and moved me has been in the area of giving. I have never had a lot of money, so I thought I really never had a lot to give, but giving comes in so many packages. It truly is the attitude of the heart not the amount of things you have.

One Christmas we had a lady, Janet, who spoke to the congregation. She asked if people would give some of their time to come sing carols. What she said is what caught my heart.

$2

“When you give your time you are giving away something you don’t get back. I think that says a lot because it’s very precious and you are spending it cheering and encouraging others.”

$2 three

When we spend time with someone in this crazy, busy world that is giving. It might be worthless in a consumer-driven, money making society but in God’s economy it’s a valuable treasure. Sometimes it is our money that we can share. Its funny, we give not to get back rather to bring people to the Lord. He takes a little, like the boy’s five loaves and two fish, and multiplies it.  In the past few years, I actually have a little bit to give yet its good even to give a little. God can get great glory though unselfish giving.

$2 four

Recently I had a hard time giving away $2 I had in my wallet. Being a teacher, having money is a miracle in itself. I try to always make sure I have something in case some one is in need.   Well, I gave away $2 and when I went to get something later, I still had $2 in my wallet. I’m sure I gave it away. My daughter needed $2 later on in the week. I just happened to have it and gave it to her. When the offering plate came around I found $2 in my wallet and dropped it in. I told my pastor’s wife about this story and the lesson I was learning about “you can’t out give God.” Later that night in a Bible Study my wife asked if I had any change. Guess what I found in my wallet, still? Yep. (What’s up with that?!)

Image694

My point is not that we expect anything from God when we give. We give because I know that it’s all the Lord’s and someone has a need. He knows my needs, but he also knows there is a need to strength my faith in Him. Aren’t these times, when we feel a little empty, opportunities to see Him work? I think so. Maybe we need to go a little hungry at times to appreciate what we have. God really knows what we need more than we do.

$2 Five

If you get into a $2 “give away” just remember that if there is a need, God wants to be the one that fills it. Will you be the one to open yourself and let Him spend you for others? It can be yours for as little as $2 or less.

Rhodesia-Two-Dollars-K162-226963-24-5-1979-Uncirculated-172614961264

Posted in Body of Christ, christ, Christian Bloggers, Christian character, Christian inspirational, Christian living, Christian work, Giving, Inspirational quotes, International Students, Money, Nations of the World, Strength in Christ, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

, – spaces & margins

 

revival
By     G.P. Avants

 

 

“Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world…then the end will come.”

                                             Matthew 24: 12-14

 

Okay, you know the debate rages about reading a book and seeing the movie. Which is better? If you asked me I’d say reading the book is always better in my opinion. Do you want to know why?

Cherilyn Wilson, 26, and Chelsea Kane, 26, display their fists as they pose at a celebration rally in West Hollywood

Books tell you what the characters are thinking. You are given descriptive details in the book that a movie just can’t capture. In other words, you loose a lot in translation because a movie tends to be constricted by many factors including time.

I’ve always been told to read between the lines when coming across details I don’t always understand. There are so many things in God’s Word that make you wonder what is going to happen next. Sometimes you wonder about some of the spaces in between chapters or even sentences that happened to the people in the Bible. Even a simple comma or hyphen can lead into direction that no one expected.

uwkc-billboard

Here’s one place that I wonder what might have happened. The Bible talks about the “love of most growing cold,” then it says,  “The Gospel will be preached unto the end of the world, then the end will come.” What happened in between those two sentences?

Is there a great revival? Are those few whose love is warm, take the Gospel unto the ends of the world? Is the population so big that in comparison Christians are outnumbered? Is there a lot of complacency and then God convicts us? Puts the heat under our seat?

31616-familypraying-prayer-family.1200w.tn

Something has to happen and I believe that it’s an intervention of the Spirit of God.  I am reminded again and again that this is the Lord’s working. He knows how to wrap up His story. What is our job? It is to remain faithful and share the Good News of Christ. Whatever I do in this life I pray it will become centered on that reality. It’s easy to get worried about the “what ifs” that I forget to focus on the “must dos”.

Lately, it seems as if the Lord can been cutting the fat in my life. I refer to the busyness of my life. I believe He wants me to concentrate on what is really important and let the rest ride. I should never be so busy that I neglect God and people whom He is reaching through me. That is enough to keep anyone plenty busy and their heart cannot turn cold.

shutterstock_291176792-672x372

I pray that the Lord keeps my ways simple, the crazier the world gets. He’s writing a story that is full of wonderful twists, turns, and unexpected developments.  I may not know what is going to happen in this life story but I do know that the Great Author wants us to all end with a happy ever after.

a_cry_for_revival

Posted in Body of Christ, christ, Christian Bloggers, Christian character, Christian inspirational, Christian living, encouragement, End Times, family, hope, Prayer, Revival, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Absolutely!

Thought you would like to have a copy…Here is our movie. Just click on the link to watch.

 

 

S3

 

By G. P. Avants

 

 

I have the privilege of being part of a great film program called Teen Vision. For the past eight years I have seen them create some pretty powerful productions aimed at teens and their daily struggles and issues. It has always been the team’s goal to create five minute piece that tell a story with all the elements that make a great full length movie. I believe that this year’s film has accomplished that goal.

 

Every year Teen Vision from Val Verde High School in Perris, CA creates a short five minute student feature. Their topics cover many issues that teens face daily: depression, environmental issues, pregnancy, gang life, etc. The twist is that Teen Vision always puts their own unique twist and flavor to often controversial issues. For the past eighteen years Robert DelCampo has worked with numerous students to create original and memorable shorts that always pack a punch. The program was initiated through a grant program called KWN through Panasonic. This helps schools jump start and maintain their video production programs. As part of the grant each school has to produce a short movie and enter them in a nation-wide competition.

S4

This year’s feature, “Stitched Love,” really shows the level that this hard-working team has been shooting for during their career. We meet Elijah, a teen who painfully shares his past rejections and loss, with his therapist. Rejected by both parent at an early age, Elijah has nothing but a childhood toy that shows him what being loved is all about. Through his eyes we learn that our past can rattle and shake our present or can be an opportunity to express something for earth shaking: forgiveness.

SL 2

To me a great film has many layers. One of them is the economy of words. One well-placed word can speak volumes into the lives of those who need it the most. When sharing a delicate message in such a short time, there are no words to spare. You have to pick them carefully. When the adult Elijah shares his story with us, we learn that he didn’t let his past hurts define him. Instead of rejecting a second chance with his estranged dad, he chose to forge a new relationship with him. When told that his father wanted to have lunch with him, Elijah used a simple word that said it all, “Absolutely!” To me that spoke volumes about how far the angry Elijah came from his past of feeling unlovable. He now lives a new life, stitched together from the remains of a childhood that was torn apart.

 

Working with many teens from broken homes this movie really spoke to them. Here are a few of their responses.

 

The whole time he spoke about his past and why you can’t live there anymore.”

                                                               – DeWhite

 

“You gotta love yourself.”

                                -Carlos

 

“I can really relate to Elijah’s story.”

                               -Alfonso

The folllowing paragraph was written by Zyan Duran who played the main character in the movie. I asked him if he would share a little about his experience while being part of this Teen Vision Production.

” My experience with this years Teen Vision film was a great one for me. Coming into the Movie Crew, I wasn’t expecting to be the lead actor. My job at first was the Producer’s Assistant and Camera Man. Nothing else came into my mind besides the fact that those were my main jobs. Then one day during a meeting with the crew we decided that i was gonna be the lead actor. My first thoughts were “okay this is something new. It shouldn’t be that hard, it’s just talking in front of camera” but that’s not what it was.The whole film was being lead on me and I had a big job to do ahead of me. The first day  I got the complete script was the day that I told myself that I was gonna do this. I went straight home and talked to my uncle and studied the script over and over. I read my lines in the mirror to myself, hoping that I will look like I fit the part.”

“The crew and I had a meeting after school one day and we went over the script. I wasn’t reading my lines the way I was supposed to, so me and my uncle took a walk into the studio. My uncle told me “sometimes it’s good to scream to let out the emotion you want for your part Zy” and he started screaming. I told my uncle and everyone that I can’t scream. They told me that I can do it, I just can’t hold back. That was my problem right there. I was holding back. I was scared to embarrass myself but something told me to just let it out and do it. So i screamed at the bottom of my lungs 2-4 times. I felt relieved by the fact that I just did that. I was proud of myself. We went back to the table to script read again and I was doing a whole lot better.. After that day I felt like I can do anything.”

“The first days of filming were the longest. We spent hours just doing takes back to back to back, trying to get the shots we need.  We would have a few minutes where we can get a break and just relax and chat, but once that was over we got right back to working.The last days were the shortest. We filmed at our next location and get my last few shots done. The last shot that we did, I ended up spraining my middle and ring finger on my left hand. I was the only injured person on the set, but luckily I was finished right after!

In all, my experience with these years movie was the highlight of my senior year. I made some really close friends out of the crew that I can call family. “

SL 1

I heartily agree that this film does speak to a topic that touches us all. Everyone wants to be loved.

Here is the film, Stitched Love. Enjoy.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VhURyrY5A377BFGrJmuR8L26KtZtBQ4-/view?usp=sharing

4.1_kwn_logo2x

Thank you, Mr. DelCampo and the Teen Vision team for creating this wonderful story. I am not the only one who knows that this film marks a new direction for the future of your stories. I am excited to share the hard work you all have done over the years with the world. If you want to see the entire series of short films you can find them on You Tube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/TEENVISIONvvusd

TeenVision

 

 

Posted in companionship, Indy Movies, Inspirational, Movies, Student Films, Team Work, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Love U

love-photos-wallpaper-5

 

And now abide, faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

                                                I Corinthians 13:13

WhatsApp-DP-Profile-Picture

Martin Luther King once said the most evil place in the US was Philadelphia ,MI. This was what inspired the movie, Mississippi Burning. It was all about an injustice of human rights. Isn’t there something weird when a place named after the city of brotherly love has experienced a hostile taken over?  Have heard it said that for evil men to succeed, good men merely do nothing. Maybe we have become so afraid of the world turning bad that we hide our light under bushel? We are afraid to be good.

You Are In Love820728224

We have taken a journey these past few weeks in the realm of love. Personally, I have come to realize that being good in this world is not enough. Human goodness and love have their limits. The heat is turning up and we are being pushed beyond our comfortable limits. It’s sort of like when you need Gatorade to quench that desperate thirst and plain water doesn’t cut it.

love-wallpapers

Maybe it’s just me, but I have been bummed out with Disney kid stars. Many of them start off sweet, cute, or slightly mischievous. They make an impact on our kids and become their favorite role models. However, the Great Popularity Machine slowly pulls them in a little compromise at a time. The end result is different for them all but is I think it just wants to extinguish good in any form. It’s like a fish on a hook.

Love in a Bottle

Good without God is in real trouble. You know what entropy is right? It is the truth that in this world of time everything wears out and runs down. I think that is actually one of the rules of thermodynamics. (Yes, it is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It says that everything runs down if new energy is not balancing it out).  We are subject to this wear and tear. Needless to say, if these are the only tools you use, even as a morally good person, you are working with inferior tools.

I-LOVE-YOU-Valentines-Day-1

Thus the War of Love is brought to the forefront. If love is God then we have weapons that don’t wear out. We are fighting on the right side, with time (and eternally) tested tools.  Our goal is to not just fight evil, but to show love to those around us. There are people who are yet to come into a real life in Christ. When it all comes down to it we fight evil with goodness, ‘Godness’, and we love those who are Godly so they can have hope in an evil world. There is some sort of Master Planned cycle here.

love-letters-3-ideas

Okay, so, here is another cycle, I think.  We started with two simple words, “Love You.” I felt like that word had much more depth and power the more you seek to understand it. I learned that the five words for love are different and distinct. Yes, I have had obsessions and treated mania like real love. I am praying to practice what real romance. It is not just sex when it comes to eros. I am blessed to see a community of brothers and sisters growing. Phileo love, I am predicting is making a comeback. The world is trying to keep pounding hard on the families. Stand strong Storgy! Moms and dads you are still needed. These loves become what they were truly meant to be when God’s agape, unconditional love is their source. Like goodness from God, love springs pure from the true source.

Love in Action

I feel like we have been taking higher education courses. Maybe we have. If that is so, then classes are starting to prepare us for life. It has been a blessing to introduce you to the dean of students, Jesus Christ. Welcome fellow students to Love U.

 

Posted in Body of Christ, Christian Bloggers, Christian character, Christian inspirational, Christian living, Education, God, God's Kingdom, God's Love, Inspirational, love, Love U, Relationship with God, Spiritual education, Spiritual renewal, Strength in Christ, Uncategorized, What is love? | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Episode #21 Rudy’s Infinity War Review

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-452sy-909e37

Rudy was the first of our team to see The Infinity Wars. Here he reviews the movie as it happens. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment