“Woodlawn”

 

 

“Woodlawn” movie on DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment came from Netflix to our house this week. It’s got a mixture of football games and relationship intrigue in the storyline.

 

This movie opened with a bus burning in Birmingham, AL in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s day, and is based on a true story.

 

Woodlawn High School was forced to integrate African-American students with white students in the early 1970’s. Students and parents yelled and pushed while police shepherded the new young people from the bus through a pathway to their building.

 

“Woodlawn” is an Erwin Bros. film. Pure Flix presented in association with Provident Films a Kevin Downes production of a movie based on the lives of football players and their friends and family, along with coaches and faith-filled mentors. The film was rated PG. The website for the film is http://woodlawnmovie.com and this picture comes from there:

 

A top-notch football player catches the eye of the head coach of an Alabama University at a game, and he tells the high schooler that they’ll meet again.

 

The next time we see Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille), he’s changing schools.

 

Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop), is the vice-principal of Woodlawn High, and more importantly, the football coach. He’s not thrilled to have new players with a dark complexion, but he loves football and sees what an asset these young men will be to the team. To say that he protects the new guys from harsh hits at practice would be a lie, but he doesn’t encourage abuse as some rival coaches suggest to their squad.

 

I enjoyed hearing favorite Christian songs in the film from the time, like “They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love” based on 1 John 4 in the New Testament:

 

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that our unity will one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yeah they’ll know we are Christians by our love
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
Songwriters: PETER SCHOLTES
© THE LORENZ CORPORATION
For non-commercial use only.
Data From: LyricFind

 

The following information is from the movie’s website provided for the press:

“Woodlawn stars Sean Astin (Rudy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Nic Bishop (Covert Affairs, Body of Proof), Caleb Castille (in his feature film debut), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, Red Dawn), Sherri Shepherd (The View, Precious) and Academy Award®-winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, Ali, National Treasure). The film is directed by the Erwin Brothers (Moms’ Night Out, October Baby) from a script by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples (“11.22.63,” “Unforgettable”). Executive producers are Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.”

 

Before a major playoff game, Tony Nathan is running the stairs at the stadium when he encounters the quarterback from the rival school. When asked why thousands of people would come to see a high school game, Tony responds, “For hope.”

 

More folks attended that high school game than any other, ever.

 

They got to view football players clash on the field, yet help opposite team members up from the ground after the play ended. I felt hope that Jesus can change hate-filled people to love-filled persons of God and of mankind. I’ve seen it and experienced it. I lived in that stressful era of uncertainty as society grappled with the assault on authority and the status quo.

 

May God bless you!

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Secretariat

This photo is from http://movies.disney.com/secretariat.

 

My husband and I intended to celebrate our anniversary last night but he wasn’t feeling 100% so we stayed home and put in a DVD to watch. If ever you feel a need for encouragement when the odds are against you, this is the movie to watch.

Walt Disney productions started Secretariat, rated: PG, and released on October 8, 2010 with Scripture; God is speaking of the horse:

Job 39:19, (GNB):  “Was it you, Job, who made horses so strong and gave them their flowing manes?

Job 39:20  Did you make them leap like locusts and frighten people with their snorting?

Job 39:21  They eagerly paw the ground in the valley; they rush into battle with all their strength.

Job 39:22  They do not know the meaning of fear, and no sword can turn them back.

Job 39:23  The weapons which their riders carry rattle and flash in the sun.

Job 39:24  Trembling with excitement, the horses race ahead; when the trumpet blows, they can’t stand still.

Job 39:25  At each blast of the trumpet they snort; they can smell a battle before they get near, and they hear the officers shouting commands.”

Disney may not have started the introductory speech at the beginning of Job 39:19, where God calls Job by name, but the Scripture is quoted powerfully at the start and finish of the movie.

It’s very apparent that Mrs. Tweedy, aka Penny Chenery has faith in God, but it’s very subtle. The movie is about the amazing “Big Red,” as the owner likes to call Secretariat. Yet, it significantly portrays human struggles and risk taking and dreams placed in the heart of a child by her father. The race took place in 1973 and the American culture is being shaken to its roots by anti-war protestors and the hippie movement. This movie abounds with strong personalities and loving confrontations and respect for individuality in the midst of exciting horse races.

Secretariat is based on a true story and it made me want to get out of my chair and do something big with my life.

The only thing I had to guard my heart against was the slights to housewives which I also encountered occasionally over my years at home when many of the moms were off to the workplace.

Writers Mike Rich and William Nack showed Mrs. Tweedy’s servant heart at home in a positive light as well. The link by the photograph tells all the wonderful actors and other movie personnel’s names with useful information.

May God bless your day.

“Sully”

 

The New York Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Sully” After Party

Capt. Sullenberger with Flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles at the NY “Sully” premiere – September 2016

(Photo from:http://www.sullysullenberger.com/sully-movie/)

 

My husband ordered a movie called “Sully” and we began to watch it. The next thing you know, I’m wiping tears away. My husband said, “Connie, it turned out okay.”

I was overcome with the compassion of the pilot and the co-pilot, Skiles, the Coast Guard, NYS Scuba Police and their helicopter pilot.

At one point in the film, they tried to give Captain “Sully” Sullenberger all the credit and he said, “No, it was everyone.”

He named those I mentioned above and the passengers and flight attendants as well.

Clint Eastwood directed this movie which got released in September of 2016, written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty authored by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. This information came from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sully_(film).

The film was produced by Village Roadshow Pictures, Flashlight Films, The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Malpaso Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Tom Hanks plays Captain Sullenberger, Aaron Eckhart portrayed First Officer Jeff Skiles, and Laura Linney represented “Sully’s” wife.

If you want to watch a show based on a true story and see people taking risks to protect others, this is the film for you. I love seeing the good in mankind.

God isn’t mentioned in this movie, but the word “miraculous” comes up a time or two.

May God bless you.

 

Whatcha Doin’?

I was thinking today that I needed to make a list of things to do before company arrives next week or a little beyond that. I made a wonderful list.

Later, I started on A1, my top priority and then the telephone rang. It was my husband asking if I wanted to go to a movie with him. I shared my dilemma. He listened and waited. “I’ll call you right back.”

So, I called him back to say give me an hour or more to get my chores done and we’ll go. We’ve been wanting to see “God’s Not Dead 2”.

When I looked for times and locations online I ran into secular movie reviews, and they weren’t impressed. It’s a bit of a sequel to the first movie, “God’s Not Dead,” but it didn’t matter if a person didn’t see the first one.

I enjoy the humor inserted. As a Christian, I enjoy the questioning of the faith and the culture of living as a Christian and the resolutions that are not all “sugar and spice and everything nice.”

Is it perfectly executed? I don’t know. If I hadn’t read some criticisms I’d have a less biased answer. I liked it though. I’d recommend it. I’d watch it again.

Now that I’m home, I’m going to work on my list for a little bit. Not too long. As I scanned my planner, I have two days that are relatively free of appointments. Good days to clean and do laundry.

Do you start out with a list and then abandon it to steal away with your spouse if you’re married, or go on a date if you’re not?

I have a few friends that forgo excursions if they’re working a list. Yet, they enjoy life. They just schedule the fun times in after their work is done. Even in friendships, opposites attract.

Although, I have a couple of friends that flex easily and we get along well, too, although we’re not always able to be spontaneous together because one or the other of us is off being impulsive somewhere else. I’ve even been known to plan things with these friends.

I also have two friends that I plan things with and I hold those plans very loosely. One I don’t live near anymore. If family called, I learned that our plans went out the window and I would rarely get a call. Why did I stick with her? Because I lived in a neighborhood with mostly working mothers, so I avoided isolationism with her and because I liked her. I just learned to guard my heart.

The other friend tries her best, but when life rises up and demands attention, what are you going to do? She has many responsibilities, so I remain flexible and she is equally flexible if I have to cancel. I intend to be her friend forever.

So, whatcha doin?

“Risen”

Again, before Easter in my New York State vicinity, a religious denomination that sends people out, two at a time, had men in suits approach me with some literature.

I know this group does not believe Jesus is God the Son. I got caught off guard, but I mentioned the Scripture where Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.”

That can be found in John 8:58. After some time of listening and speaking, my husband came out of the house to run an errand and he saw me talking to the two gentlemen. The only Scripture he offered was John 8:58 when I mentioned that the guys said there are no verses where Jesus says He’s God. They think he’s a god. They left and I went inside and prayed. It’s always up to God to draw men unto Himself.

A little later my husband asked me to go to see “Risen” at the movie theater with him and have a bite to eat. He did his work and I did mine and then off we went.

That movie shows the death and resurrection of our Savior from the perspective of a Roman. The Jewish culture under Roman rule as depicted in the movie made it clear why the zealots wanted them out of Jerusalem and the holy land.

I hope you can see it. I saw a thing or two I wondered about, but I don’t hesitate to recommend it.

Time is Precious

Time is precious. I decided to spend time at home cleaning today, but I needed to deliver a package to a lady who underwent a lumpectomy yesterday. Our ladies Bible study put books and cookies and candy and magnetized tablets with a pen in one, a card, and some other goodies to bless our friend with a basket, gathered it in clear plastic and put a white bow over the twist tie. It was right after I went with a gal to a nursing home Bible study. Then, I dropped off a pretty scarf another friend lent me for my daughter’s wedding.

When I stopped at the church to get the gift basket, I found one of our ladies had left her purse. She was helping one of the women up the stairs and out into the cold and the purse took second place in her mind. I called her and left a message. I got home around one p.m. and made a quick veggie sandwich, mmm good.

I did some laundry and did about an hours worth of cleaning when my husband called to see if I really did want to go to a movie and have dinner. Despite the cold, I drove forty-five minutes to meet him at one of the malls around here, and we enjoyed our meal.

I wish I could say I enjoyed the movie that we waited another forty-five minutes for it to start. The two people behind us left, saying what a dumb movie. Craig fell asleep, as did one of the people behind us. When she woke up, that’s when they left.

Some viewers at the front of the theater laughed and laughed. The rest of the crowd left the place quietly. I wished I could get our money back, but after sitting through the whole thing it doesn’t work that way.

I asked my husband if he thinks the world is getting darker. We met at Barnes and Nobles Bookstore. They have a nice selection of Christian books. I didn’t see a Christian Teen Book section, I think they had one some years back. The regular teen fiction books had so many with vampires and the topic of death, one glamorizing suicide. God made this earth to be a paradise. He never intended for people to die. He wants us to live life abundantly, joyfully, purposefully. He never wants His children to suffer from depression and illness and strife and hatred.

The devil hates mankind because we are made in the image and likeness of God. God made Lucifer one of the most beautiful angels and gave him the gift of music. In his pride he decided all the beings in heaven should worship him and not God. So all-powerful God cast him out of heaven with the angels that followed him. The rest stayed with God.

John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came to give us life abundantly, the devil came to steal, kill and destroy.

Isaiah 14:12, (KJV) says: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

The apostle Paul warns the early church to beware of pretenders that infiltrate the church. In 2Cor 11:13, he writes, ” For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
2Cor 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

Rev 12:7 tells us: Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,
Rev 12:8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.”

Unlike Star Wars and one episode of Star Trek that I remember, there is no equal battle of evil and good. In the Bible, good conquers evil. It’s not even close. God is all-powerful. Satan has some power, but it’s limited, especially when there are many Christians living for God and praying for His help. When people reject God and His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that gives the devil room to expand his power, but always with God over all.

So, I came home and put some belongings away and half listened to a television program with people battling each other within their own groups and against other groups and that’s when I asked my husband if the world seemed darker to him and closer to the return of Jesus Christ. I saw a t-shirt in FYE at the mall, an entertainment store. They had a picture of a man resembling the actors that portray Jesus in a pair of dark sunglasses saying, “I’m coming back.”

The world jokes about Jesus, just as the nations joked about Noah and his ark. Yet every people group throughout the world has a verbal story handed down throughout the generations of a worldwide flood. The topography of our world is evidence of ravishing waters having prevailed and geologists have found that oil deposits were made from pressurized deposits of ruined vegetation and animal carcasses in massive quantities.

So I feel as if my time is flying away and the world’s time is moving rapidly toward the fulfillment of biblical end time prophesies. “Keep me mindful of You, Lord I pray.”

Satan loves to distract us with the cares of this life and this life is short. I hope you are treasuring your time and seeking answers to the important questions of life. I’m trying to. God help us all.

Writing and Living

People ask me what I’m up to. I’ll tell them about writing or seeing a movie or reading a book or attending family functions, or visiting with friends I haven’t seen in a while. I’ve been writing on a novel proposal pretty steadily.

I borrowed a book from the library on writing a novel which was supposed to help more than any other book out there. I couldn’t finish it, even though the writing techniques were helpful.

I’ve heard it said that what you are comes through in your writing. This writer liked to talk about things that I didn’t care to hear about. Then every exercise referred to this author’s interest in one way or another. Anecdotes came out that I wished I hadn’t read. To kill or not to kill may be an example. Then it occurred to me, if more and more of the book lacked appeal, why was I reading his work?

There are many good books out there on improving fiction techniques. I own some that I have not finished, maybe a couple not started yet.

So if you ask what I’m up to, I’ll tell you I’m returning some library books, I went to see the movie, “Left Behind.” I had coffee with a friend I hadn’t seen in months. I keep reading Davis Bunn books this week, one co-written with Janette Oke called “The Centurion’s Wife,” because they touch my soul and I like the way he describes setting and because I identify with his characters. This applies to her, too. And I’m enjoying family.

What are you up to? Do you want to say?