Sunday, November 22, 2009

Home Church Sermon: "Right Song, Wrong Dance"

May I suggest this sermon our family enjoyed just this morning:
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Right Song, Wrong Dance by David Wilkerson

November 15, 2009 - Anybody can praise the Lord after the victory is won but there is a song that God is yearning to hear on the testing side. We must get to the point where we say Lord I am not going to allow the devil to harass me and put me into a pit of fear and despair. We must fix our minds on Jesus and take a stand to trust God in every impossible situation. This generation is demanding a song of hope. We are the song of hope in these last days. The song we sing is that God is faithful and He is able to take us through every trial!

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Also....I have found David Wilkerson's blogspot very encouraging.

See: God's Great Concern Nov. 20. 09.

An interactive timeline of David Wilkerson's life; very interesting and inspiring. This is the man who was called from a small mountain town to the streets of New York City.

"What's the matter with me?" I wondered, impatiently brushing away a tear. Then I looked at the picture more carefully. The boys were all teenagers. They were members of a gang called the Dragons. Beneath the picture was the story of how they had been in Highbridge Park in New York when they brutally attacked and killed a fifteen-year-old polio victim named Michael Farmer.

The story revolted me. It literally turned my stomach. In our little mountain town, such things seemed mercifully unbelievable. Yet I was dumbfounded by the next thought that sprang into my head. It came to me full-blown, as if from somewhere else: Go to New York and help those boys." ~David Wilkerson (1958)

May God be glorified. May we be challenged to be the hands and feet and mouthpiece of Jesus. The heart of Jesus should shine from us. It may not be to gang members but it may simply be to those right around us....Wherever that place is...May God be glorified in my life and yours. We need to be quiet and listen...we must be quiet and listen to hear the voice of God....It's very important that we do that... We must spend time with the Lord to know Him...There is around a 12 inch difference between our heart and our heads...Oh that we might know Him with our hearts.

I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving week as we enter into the Holy Season.

For holiday entertaining, homemaking & family entertainment suggestions don't forget to check my other blog, thats-italian. Blessings to all!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

You Can't Take it With You!

Oh what a delightful movie this is! You Can't Take it With You. 1938.

Another wonderful movie directed by my fellow Italian, Frank Capra. Frank Capra was born in Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy...The exact place my Italian grandfather immigrated from. Actually, the two bear a resemblance to one another and were born several years apart as well, both being immigrants. My grandfather came here to America around 1915.

You have got to enjoy those poignant and meaningful Frank Capra films...It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Meet John Doe, Little Shop Around the Corner and many other movie greats. Frank Capra was conservative in his politics, a very patriotic and proud American and was actually part of an anti-communist movement even later in his life.

This is one of our personal family favorites and as I see the materialism that many are tempted by as the Christmas season approaches, not to mention the misplaced priorities that have swept into our society...Please allow me to suggest...Can't Take it With You (1938) ... Laugh and listen to the heart of this movie. I think you too will be blessed and refreshed.

One of the recurring themes of the movie is:

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin... Matthew 6:28

A very valid life question given by Lionel Barrymore...What are you doing that for?

I too would like to ask many... What are you doing that for?

Part I "You Can't Take it With You"

Part II....I have to laugh and laugh when I see this part, it so reminds me of our home in various ways. Ballet dancing in the background, music studio, mom typing up her book manuscript with their family kitten ever so innocently multi-tasking as a "paper weight"....This movie is wonderful stuff indeed.

I'll let the movie speak for itself....As far as I can tell all parts are on youtube at this time.

Please feel free to mute the music on the bottom of the page here.

Enjoy, be blessed and remember.... K.I.S.S. "Keep it simple sweetie!"

Have a wonderful week, ~Amelia

P.S. I have Esther's Marmalade Cake recipe from the heartwarming Mitford book series by Jan Karon as well as the great Nelson Brothers dance routine on: thats-italian "Fred Astaire once called this performance 'the greatest dance number ever filmed.'"