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Monday, September 08, 2014

A Long Way Off, the Prodigal Son in today's setting

The story of the Prodigal Son never gets old. But it is easy to miss the full impact of this parable because it is set in New Testament times within the context of the Jewish culture. A Long Way Off brings the story into a contemporary setting that makes it more relatable.

Much to the disappointment of his father (John Diehl)—and much to the disgust of his older brother, Seth (Dave Blamy)—handsome college grad Jake Abraham (Jason Burkey) does not want to continue working in the family’s agricultural farm. He has other ambitions and they do not include agricultural business at any level. So, he asks for his inheritance in order to set off and begin a new life.

But Jake flaunts his finances, makes unwise investments and yields to a lifestyle of foolish partying. It doesn’t take long before this “new life” does not look so good and Jake finds his life in danger. He is trapped.

As in the biblical Prodigal Son, Jake returns home humbled and repentant – and is received with arms open wide by his father. The older brother, meanwhile, is not so keen to see him. But, as good stories go, the brother comes around. (Although in the biblical account, there is no suggestion that the brother comes around. Still one can hope.)

A few other special characters are part of Jake’s life and were instrumental in his turnaround including a homeless man (Rusty Martin, Sr.) and a barista called Summer (Zoe Myers). Summer serves to add a touch of romance to the story too.

You can download study notes, sermon guide and other interesting info to complement the movie here: http://alongwayoffthemovie.com.

A Long Way Off makes a wonderful addition to a DVD library for those who enjoy wholesome entertainment with a meaningful message. Or, think “stocking stuffer.” It’s not too early to begin.

This story will also appear in Assist News Service.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © September 2014


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The NIV Streams in the Desert Bible

Streams in the Desert, a compilation of devotionals by L.B.E. Cowman remains a timeless classic. And for those who love the uplifting reflections but have a hard time with the heavy “olde Englishe” style, there is now a modernized version edited by Jim Reimann. But no devotional can replace God’s Word, and since the NIV is the most popular English Bible translation, the NIV Streams in the Desert Bible is brilliant.

The NIV Streams in the Desert Bible combines the NIV Bible translation and the 365 devotionals from the contemporary version of Streams in the Desert. That’s nifty.

As well as the convenient combo—and in spite of the modern language—the look of this Bible is charming. Cloaked with an antique looking faded green cover with a glossy photo of rushing waters, the inside layout of this hard-backed Bible is easy to read and clearly distinguishes Bible text from devos. It is also the perfect size to hold and carry.

The devotional reading sections are labeled under date and woven within the pages of the Bible next to the relevant passaged and each section ends with a denotation giving the page number of the next day’s reading. This works great if you read the devotionals daily and in chronological order, but—and here’s where this book falls short—if you just want to find today’s devotional and have not bookmarked the previous day’s, then you’ll find yourself turning a lot of pages to find it. There is however a subject index. Still, an index aligning devo dates to page numbers would have added a lot.

This Bible makes a great gift or an investment for your own spiritual growth. Find it in all major bookstores.

This story will also appear in Assist News Services

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © September 2014


Evolution’s Archilles’ Heels, spectacular film

Disputes about the theory of evolution compared to the theory of creation never grow old. Nope, not even with the evidence that now exists for the latter. Evolution’s Archilles’ Heels is a groundbreaking film that could potentially put the argument to rest once and for all.

A product of Creation Ministries International, Evolution’s Archilles’ Heels is a stunning film that scientifically debunks many myths in the evolution vs. creation argument. Fifteen brilliant minds, Ph.D. scientists, reveal stunning discoveries – truths that expose fatal flaws in the evolutionary theory. They highlight the foundations of the evolutionary theory and use groundbreaking scientific innovation to point out that these rudiments are the very elements that discredit modern evolutionism.

Darwinian teaching is mostly based on presuppositions which the latest research can now disprove. Most people are ignorant about what science is now able to reveal—and what Evolution’s Archilles’ Heels unmasks—particularly about the following relevant subjects:
  • ·      The geologic column
  • ·      Radiometric dating
  • ·      Natural selection
  • ·      Genetics
  • ·      The fossil record
  • ·      Cosmology 

Spectacular photos and animations with fascinating explanations render this film a masterpiece—at least to those interested in nature and learning about mankind’s beginnings and the way the world was made.

Evolution’s Archilles’ Heels will be released worldwide in DVD format on October 17th for $ 19 or $ 25 for the blu-ray disc. Find it on Amazon and other major bookstores.

Additional features within this documentary film include:
  • ·      *   Over 20 minutes of extended interviews (adding to the richness of the exposition).
  • ·      *   Subtitles in multiple languages (facilitating a more global outreach).

Watch the trailer of Evolution’s Archilles’ Heels here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JETykU7YnE

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Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © September 2014


Friday, August 29, 2014

When Calls The Heart - Second Chances

This fabulous feel-good romance is now out on DVD. Perfect for movie night. Also makes a great gift. (Hey, it's not too early to stock up on stocking stuffers.)

Read my full review in Assist News.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © August 2014