Sunday, September 28, 2014

HACKED

It would appear that the website among millions of others has been hacked by the Russians. The original URL: www.christinculture.com no longer functions. Fortunately, none of my readers' information is compromised, because my services are free. Fortunately, I keep a back up of my posts on this blog. However, other sites from small businesses to top companies have also been hacked putting millions of credit cards and identities at risk.

In a day and age where the internet is such a vital part our everyday lives, we must be careful about our security. YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO CAREFUL, especially when it comes to your financial security. I personally believe that privacy is a right, and no one should ever make you feel otherwise. You must do everything you can to stay safe.

For further information on how to keep yourself secure online, you may check my husband's blog: http://checkthecable.blogspot.com/

As a writer I have learned to back up everything. I have several memory sticks. I email documents to myself at least once a week. In this case, I have my backup blog. These hackers may have taken down my website, but my work remains available. I will continue to write. I will persevere.

I will not let this string of events take me down. Neither should you. Stay safe, my friends.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Maleficent

Maleficent is an incredible twist on Sleeping Beauty told from the side of the “wicked fairy.” She begins as a pure hearted child whose soul goal in life is to care for and protect her forest, but she descends into a hateful existence when her wings are stolen from her. Her angry sends her down a path of darkness. Her anger is what drives her to curse Princess Aurora, daughter of the man who stole her wings.

However, over time, Maleficent discovers something of far greater value than her wings. She grows to love Aurora as her own daughter. It is a love so strong it is the only thing that can break her own curse upon the girl. Even after she tries to remove the curse another way, she fails. Only “true love’s first kiss” was able to break it.

What is true love?

John 15 says, “There is greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

The Bible defines many forms of love, but the greatest love is sacrificial. Maleficent had already lost her wings before Aurora enters her life. That loss is what drives Maleficent’s rage against King Stefan, a man driven mad with guilt and fear after stealing her wings. He is also a man willing to give up his only daughter to the hands of three incompetent fairies for sixteen years.

Without Maleficent’s secret care, Aurora would have starved to death in that first year. Without Maleficent’s watchful eye, Aurora would have fallen off a cliff. Without Maleficent’s protective magic, Stephan’s guards might have slain her. Without Maleficent’s willingness to venture to her possible death, Aurora would have died in her sleep.


Most of all, Maleficent finally accepts the possibility to never claim her wings. Instead, she devotes herself to saving Aurora from both the curse and the wicked King Stefan, who knows her greatest weakness. She risks her life to save Aurora, and there is no greater love than sacrificial love. It is the love God showed for us and the love we are expected to show each other. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Coffee Shop

Premiering September 14 on Uplifting Entertainment is the new romance film, Coffee Shop.

Scripture says in Proverbs 18:13, “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” (NLT)

In these days it is hardly surprising to see a small business shut down, whether it be a small customer base, unbeatable competition, or a crippling mortgage. It breaks my heart to see it, especially for business owners who work so hard.

Among these hard working business owners is Donovan Turner, a small town Batista who prides herself in guiding her customers to their perfect drink. It is unfortunate for her that her talent is not enough to keep her coffee shop open. It is more unfortunate that what she has in terms of coffee match-making, she lacks in social grace.

Throughout the film, I found it very difficult to sympathize with her character, because of her inability to properly communicate with others. She judges people’s actions and relationships without asking clarification. She guesses the entire plot of a script after reading a couple pages. Her financial trouble nearly causes her shop to close, and she bears the burden in complete silence. Most of all, she refuses to stand up to the people who wrong her, especially her manipulative sister.

Such is the case when struggling playwright Ben Carson walks into her shop in search of inspiration. Instead, he finds himself the victim of a terrible misunderstanding. Instead of clarifying her suspicions about him, she acted on her assumptions. One would think she would learn the importance of communication after one misunderstanding, but she doesn't. It nearly costs her a very meaningful relationship with Ben Carson.

If this film teaches anything, it is about how IMPERATIVE it is to effectively communicate with others. Often times, people do not understand how hurtful assumptions can be. I know first-hand how hurtful they are. They burn bridges and ruin people’s lives.

However, we must also learn to forgive those who assume about us as Christ was able to forgive those who put him on the cross. Coffee Shop is an effective illustration of these repercussions, but also how people can learn, recover, forgive, and move on.