Hosea 8:14 Forgetting The Maker

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Israel has forgotten their Maker and built palaces; Judah has fortified many towns. But I will send fire on their cities that will consume their fortresses. Hosea 8:14 

No one likes to be forgotten or ignored. If someone accomplished or did something great, he wants it to be remembered and acknowledged. It is even worse if the credit for the accomplishment is given to someone else.

It can be painful when the accomplishment is forgotten. Lawsuits are drawn up against others when the credit is stolen. People want to be recognized for what they did.

God is complaining about how He had made Israel and Judah, yet they no longer remember Him. They are focused on building things for themselves. His plan is to punish them and destroy their cities.

During a sudden time of crisis people will often remember God and cry out to Him for help. But when the time of crisis is over and things are going well and successful people suddenly forget God.

In the first few weeks after 9/11 churches were being filled and people were calling out to God. After a few months, people quickly forgot about God and went about building up their lives again. They built their palaces of careers, homes, businesses, and material things. Churches, again, saw a drop in attendance. God was being forgotten.

There are also many in the church who have forgotten God in their services. They are focused on building some ministry or making a better building to worship in, rather than focusing upon God and what He desires.

The focus of every believer should be first upon God and what He wants. As soon as a believer takes things into his own hands, he often begins to forget about God and judgement will come from God.

Think about where your focus is in life. Ask yourself what it is that you are trying to accomplish. You may be focused on the things of this world, building a better career, a larger retirement fund, a bigger house, or more. These are all temporary and show that you are forgetting about God.

Turn your eyes to God. Seek what it is that God desires for you to have and to do. Focus your attention on becoming more like Jesus and build His kingdom greater. When you do that all these things will be added unto you in due time. Do not allow yourself to forget about God in the process of living life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will be your first focus in life; that you will work to build His kingdom each day; and that you will not forget God in living life. 

Agatha Christine: Next Door Spy (movie review)

Title: Agathe Christine: Next Door Spy 
Director:
Karla von Bengtson
Production Company: Copenhagen Bombay Production
Length: 77 minutes
Release: August 2017 Denmark
Actors: Agathe Christine: Simone Edemann Mogelbjerg; Vincents far: Dar Salim

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This movie is an animated detective movie about a 10 year old girl, Agathe Christine (AC) who desires to be a detective. The storyline is after the style of Agatha Christie detective stories.

It opens with AC, her mother and older sister moving to a new city. AC is not wanting to make the move and having to find and make new friends.

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AC often daydreams of being a detective. One day while out walking she finds out that a local kiosk is being robbed on a regular basis. She has a suspect in mind and sets out to solve the mystery. In the end AC is able to solve who was doing the robberies.

The main character is the only well built character in the story. AC is a strong willed child who is determined to do what she wants regardless of what the rules are or others think. Throughout the story AC will often lie to keep herself from getting into trouble or to be able to do what she wants to do.

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Her sister and Vincents (a neighborhood boy) will also often lie to cover their tracks or to gain control of a situation.

There is one character that stands out as to not really fitting into the story. It is the lizard that hatches from an egg that AC has. The lizard starts out very small and talking. As the story goes on, it grows very large and attempts to control AC. It appears to have an ulterior motive that is not really dove into in the story.

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One of the negative aspects of this movie is that there is some inappropriate language in it. Vincents and his friend use some foul language at times. It is not very harsh, but still foul. For a movie that is geared towards children 9-12 years old, it is too much and unnecessary.

Another negative aspect is that the mother does not appear to really be involved very well in AC’s life. She is willing to pay a neighborhood child to be willing to play with AC. She makes implications on AC without really paying attention to what is actually occurring.

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One of the positive aspects that I see in this movie is that AC learns to not be so quickly to judge the character of a person. She feels for the guilty person once she learns of his feelings and why he does what he does. However, this draws on the ethical question of whether stealing for a good cause is good or bad.

Another positive I can point out is that the guilty character does pay back what he owes to the kiosk. This does show taking responsibility for wrongs done.

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Children, ages 9-12, will be able to easily follow the simple dialogue. If they enjoy a mystery, most will enjoy this movie, though it is not action packed or fast moving. The movie moves along at a simple pace. I see this as a positive note due to most movies today are very high packed with action, flash/bang/move.

As for the production of the movie, it is not a high quality filming. It does have good, simple filming, but does not measure anywhere near the quality of some of the major animated movies seen today.

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While the overall story line is good, I struggle with recommending it to anyone due to the language in it. As a believer, I do not see any reason for subjecting children (or adults) to foul language that is not necessary. Outside of the language and the lizard, the movie is a good simple mystery that middle school children would probably enjoy.

No press embargo: TriCoast Entertainment has released the feature onto various digital platforms (InDemand, Amazon, iTunes, DirecTV, AT&T, FANDANGO, FlixFling, Vudu).

All pictures used in this post are used with permission and are copyrighted.

Hosea 7:13 Talking Bad

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Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak about me falsely. Hosea 7:13 

There are times when a person wants to be friends with someone who has turned away. All that occurs is one just speaks false lies about the other. No chance is given to amend the friendship and it stays broken.

It is common for people to only think about themselves and talk bad about other people. They have their minds made up that others are bad, whether they are or are not. They refuse to look at the true facts of a person or a situation.

God is warning Israel of coming destruction for them because of their rebellion against Him. He wants to save them, but all they do is tell lies about Him. He is unable to save them from the coming destruction.

Over time there has been some people who have walked away from God. For some reason they have chosen to no longer be a believer in God. As they walk away, they also begin to bad-mouth God, speaking lies to all who are willing to listen. They judge God as being false, not real or not really loving.

Often these judgements are based off of reactions of people and not God Himself. God is a loving, compassionate and patient God. He does not want anyone to be punished or die in their sins. God is always reaching out in love to forgive and restore people, however, many do not want to be restored.

Those who are believers today, must always keep their mind on who God is and what He has done for them. They must never allow the thoughts that God is unloving or uncaring, regardless of how hard of circumstances they must go through.

You may have gone through some tough times in your life. You may have times where you are questioning God’s love, care, and power.

Take a moment to read the Bible and then think about what God has done in the past for others and for you. Now remember those things and talk about those things. Do not allow your heart to grow cold against God and walk away from Him.

God does love you and is concerned about you. He only wants what is best for you. Trust Him in knowing what is best and don’t believe the lies of the enemy and begin talking bad about Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will always remember the good God has done for you; that you will not rebel against God and walk away from Him; and that you will tell the truth of God’s great love and compassion for others.