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Have You Considered The Case for Christ?

The Case for Christ is based on the true story of Chicago Tribune journalist,Lee Strobel, and his search for the truth about Christianity. Back in 1980, Lee (played by Mike Vogel) and his wife Leslie (played by Erika Christensen) were livin’ the dream…self-proclaimed atheists, in love, and enjoying life together with their daughter. However, their world started to unravel after their daughter nearly choked to death and Lee’s wife became a Christian while attending Willow Creek Church.  Intent on restoring their marriage to its former simplicity and peace, Lee began a two-year investigative journey to debunk the Christian myth: the death and resurrection of Christ.His research took him around the country, where he interviewed leading experts in various fields:  archeology, theology,  psychology, and medicine. The Case for Christ traces Lee and Leslie Strobels’ journey from atheism into faith. If you’ve ever wished you could believe in Christ but haven’t been persuaded
of the veracity of the resurrection, please consider watching this movie (or read the book Lee wrote). It’s also really encouraging for those of you who might be believers
but have spouses who do not believe. PG, 84% (audience score) on Rotten Tomatoes, great acting, excellent script. Nothing embarrassing or unprofessional,
so you won’t need to hold your breath if you invite someone to see it. And, it’s probably showing in a theater near you right now!  In truth, I’ve only been to a theater for anything besides a private showing
twice in the last 55 years: once to see The Passion of Christ,
and yesterday to see The Case for Christ. So, you can tell what means the most to me! Believing in Christ,
who loved us and gave himself for us, is right at the top! 

Declare and present your case;
    let them take counsel together!
Who told this long ago?
    Who declared it of old?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none besides me.

“Turn to me and be saved,
    all the ends of the earth!
    For I am God, and there is no other.”
(Isaiah 45:21-22, ESV)

 

Ilsa-Style Winter Blizzards

Tahquamenon Falls in the WinterJanuary has been furious. Since 2016 began, we’ve had a series of Ilsa-style blizzards here in the U.S. Winter Storm Frona took 8 days to cross America, leaving a breathtaking trail of beauty in the Grand Canyon and christening the new year with 28 inches of snow at eastern end of the Great Lakes. On her heels Storm Gorgan raced at breakneck speed 2,000 miles cross country from Washington State to New Jersey in just 2 days, casting her icy spell across 22 states. Frozen for sure! I think Storm Gorgan was appropriately named, because the Gorgan sisters (in Greek mythology) had snakes for hair and turned people into stone simply by staring at them. Arctic from the SkySo, Monday morning, when an Arctic Clipper swooped down into parts of the Dakotas and Montana, causing temperatures to dip down to -20°,  and the National Weather Service posted a storm warning for the possibility of winds gusting to 45mph, visibility at 1/4 mile, and as much as 12″ of drifting, lake-effect snow in our area  Monday night and Tuesday, Alan had me pack up and meet him at a hotel near the hospital.Snowy Lake In fact, predictions were for “treacherous travel” and “occasional whiteouts” for the entire week, and given that Alan had to make it to work every day due to the hospital’s triennial accreditation inspection, we decided to stay until we thought we could make it safely home. Schools were closing down, and stores were full of shoppers stocking up. Our area prepared as best it could, but still there were casualties. My prayer partner for the past 15 years slipped on ice and broke her ankle. The highways were crawling, and even so, there were numerous accidents with roads plugged and traffic backed up. Sadly, one of Alan’s friends was in a multiple car accident where he was not badly injured but one man was killed on Tuesday afternoon. (Selah [Pause].)Happy New YearWhen Alan and I finally ventured back to our home, the snow in our lane was deeper than the bumper of our car, and it took Alan a long time to clear it all out. We were terribly grateful to be safe and sound back in our nest with heat and power still intact. There’s always relief in escaping/surviving tribulation, but there’s a sense of “survival guilt” too, isn’t there? God doesn’t always explain why He does what He does, but He does ask us to believe that He is overseeing this world and intends good to come even from the evil if we will trust him. Will we?

Artic skies“The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:31)

(I did take all these photographs, but only the two of our lake and swamp are recent.)