Francine Christophe was just 8 years old when she and her mother were shipped off to Nazi concentration camps. In 1944, they were taken to Bergen-Belsen in Germany. In this excerpt from the movie Human, she shares a story from that time that will shock and inspire you.
She’s also written a book that tells her story. Check it out here.
||When someone we know has cancer or has a loved one with cancer, often we want to reach out with help and support. But how can we be sure the help we’re providing is what the person really needs?
The best way is simple but often overlooked: Just ask.
A good example of why this is important comes from an episode of the TV show Parenthood from a few years ago. One of the main characters, Christina, has recently been diagnosed with cancer, and two friends drop by to cheer her up and bring her a roasted chicken.
Christina goes to put the chicken away in the refrigerator—where there are four more chickens just like it, leaving barely any room for anything else.
These friends meant well, but because they made an assumption about what Christina needed—a chicken dinner—their help was not all that helpful. They could have done much more for Christina if they said:
“What can we do right now? Do you need any meals, or help with transportation, or someone to run errands—or something else? We’d really like to help.”
Then they could have acted based on Christina’s response—and helped in ways that Christina genuinely needed right then.
There’s a story in Cancer—Now What? that illustrates the benefits of asking about and sharing needs:
When someone you know is dealing with cancer—or any other life difficulty—take the time to ask what he or she needs, and possibly offer some suggestions of what you could do. That way, you’ll know you’re helping in a way the person will welcome and appreciate.
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How long would it take the average person to read completely through the Bible?
Some really smart folks have come up with the average time of 70 hours and 40 minutes. Reading aloud at a steady pace.
The Old Testament comes in at just 52 hours and 20 minutes. While the New Testament is a mere 18 hours and 20 minutes to read aloud.
The Psalms, which is the longest book of the Bible, weighing in at 150 chapters, will take just 4 hours and 28 minutes.
One could read the Bible through in a year by reading less than 12 minutes a day! Try it yourself by reading a number of verses, at a steady rate, aloud. Time yourself and count the words you have read.
The number of words in the Bible is about 622,771 Old Testament, and 184,590 New Testament, a grand total of 807, 361. A bit of simple math and you will know just how long you need to read your Bible all the way through out loud. Obviously, a different translation like the Amplified would take longer.
In Bible times the scriptures were almost always read aloud. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Read it aloud to yourself, friends, and family. Wanna read through the New Testament in a month? Read 10 chapters a day and you’ll “git r done.”
You’re gonna get good at this!
The Alt Right, we’ve heard it bantered about the news media but in our 30 second “sound bite,” world it easy to miss the full meaning of this term. Is it simply a media fabrication or is it something even more insidious?
“The alt-right—short for “alternative right”—is an umbrella term for a host of disparate nationalist and populist groups associated with the white identity cause/movement.” If you’re not familiar with the ideology of The Alt Right and why Christians must denounce them, here is an excellent, summary explanation.
Every nation. Every Tribe. Every Tongue. Worships freely before the Throne in Heaven. Jesus made us all and loves us all. The tower of Babel was a placing of dividing people to slow down the rapid advance of sin, the Cross of Christ is the place where all races are to be reunited in Jesus. Christians must denounce the Alt-Right. The Article below is not mine, I couldn’t have done a better job. Credit to Joe Carter and the Gospel Coalition I have linked back the original site. The original post here
The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About the Alt-Right
/ June 14, 2017
Earlier today, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution condemning the movement known as the “alt-right.”
The language of the resolution reads, in part,
WHEREAS, Racism and white supremacy are, sadly, not extinct but present all over the world in various white supremacist movements, sometimes known as “white nationalism” or “alt-right”; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13–14, 2017, decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further RESOLVED, That we denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as of the devil; and be it further RESOLVED, That we acknowledge that we still must make progress in rooting out any remaining forms of intentional or unintentional racism in our midst; and be it further RESOLVED, That we earnestly pray, both for those who advocate racist ideologies and those who are thereby deceived, that they may see their error through the light of the Gospel, repent of these hatreds, and come to know the peace and love of Christ through redeemed fellowship in the Kingdom of God, which is established from every nation, tribe, people, and language.
The resolution initially caused confusion because many Baptists—like most other Americans—are not familiar with the movement. A majority of U.S. adults (54 percent) say they have heard “nothing at all” about the “alt-right” movement, and another 28 percent have heard only “a little” about it, according to a Pew Research Center survey taken last year.
Many people know Rev. John Piper as a great Pastor and Teacher, fewer know of his racist up bringing. The divide in the hearts of humans has survived constitutions, kings, and societies. In our day and age, many have naively thought removing the signs and sanitizing our language, meant the end of racial inequality, tensions, and divisions. Racism is a sin! Very few people actually stop sinning just because we know something is wrong. Even fewer stop sin because others shout at the top of their lungs. There’s only ONE WAY to overcome sin for good. Only ONE WAY to move beyond “sin management” or “behavior modification,” the Cross of Christ.
John Piper boldly tells his family’s story of growing up a Christian Racists, and how Jesus and the Cross of Christ, brought him to a revelation of this wickedness, leading to repentance and ultimately full restoration. Watch this mini movie, you’ve wasted far too much time watching lesser things. Go beyond rhetoric, to restoration, unto reconciliation. You’re gonna get good at his – Loving God & loving all people. – Pastor Chris
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“I think that it is rather interesting that you think I am here to clean your house.” Augusta went on to explain to my wife that in her church in Brazil before she accepted the job to work with us…it was prophesied in that church, that she had to go take that job because the people she would go to work for would eventually come to know the LORD and then go on to have their own ministry.” – Actor Stephen Baldwin Testimony
My friends, how many of us identify ourselves by our occupation? Augusta was not a housekeeper, she was an Ambassador and Intercessor for Christ and His kingdom. The Baldwin’s encounter with Jesus started because a Housekeeper said yes to intercession and a humble occupation was the strategy the LORD used to place this woman (a Spiritual Giant in God’s eyes). This woman forever changed a family’s entire trajectory in life. They know Jesus because she prayed and worshiped. Who would be changed in your work if you believed God had you there on a strategic assignment? How would your heart and attitude change if you knew this was more than a paycheck and provision.
The Morravians: two young men from Herrnhut, Germany were called in 1732 to minister to the African slaves on the Caribbean islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix. They were told that they would not be allowed to do such a thing, Dober and Nitschmann sold themselves to a slave owner and boarded a ship bound for the West Indies. As the ship pulled away from the docks, they called out to their loved ones on shore, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!”
Sometimes we lose hope and feel like failures when we’ve not enjoyed all of the success in life we believe we should. This phenomena even has a name, we call it a “mid-life crisis.” It often strikes at the mid point of our years but it can truly disturb and disrupt anyone. Don’t despise small, seemingly unimportant assignments. God may have you there strategically.