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    Default UMC Father, Daughter Pastors Create 'Hunger Games' Bible Study (wish I was joking on this story)

    Father, Daughter Pastors Create 'Hunger Games' Bible Study


    Father, Daughter Pastors Create 'Hunger Games' Bible Study, Christian News


    By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter
    March 12, 2012|5:23 pm


    Two North Carolina pastors have recently created a Bible study based on the book series The Hunger Games.

    The Rev. Andy Langford and his daughter, the Rev. Ann Duncan, created "The Gospel According to 'The Hunger Games' Trilogy" in the hopes of reaching out to youth.

    "Many of our youth and young adults have been reading the books.


    Two youth from my church in Concord, N.C., are extras in the movie," said Langford to The Christian Post.



    "Ann's husband, Nathan, teaches high school history, and alerted us that all his students were reading these books."

    Written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games book series is about a near future dystopian society where young people are forced to participate in a brutal sport game where only one can survive.

    Although a secular story, Langford told CP that there were aspects of the books' plot that could be used to send a biblical message.



    "Sacrificial love is the most obvious theme throughout all three books," said Langford, who added that "many of the characters have biblical parallels, which seem so obvious to us but most people missed."

    Since starting the Bible study in January, Langford's church, Central United Methodist of Concord, has had about 80 people attend.

    "Almost all the youth and young adults had read all three books. Some grandmothers had read them. The parents on the whole seemed oblivious," said Langford. "Our youth group will attend the movie together and then discuss it afterwards."

    As Langford's Central UMC and his daughter's Hoyle Memorial United Methodist Church of Shelby oversee the study, other churches are considering following suit.

    Dr. James Howell, senior pastor at Myers Park United Methodist Church of Charlotte, told CP that it was possible his church would look into doing either the study Langford and Duncan created or a similar one.

    "We've had some conversation here around having a book group think about the book, or use what Andy Langford and his daughter have written on the subject," said Howell.

    He was also cautious about using the nonreligious book as a theme to a Bible study, believing that they run the risk of replacing good theological works.

    "I'm one who gets a little bit anxious as with 'The Shack' when we push a novel we could be reading the Bible or good theology," said Howell. "These books can become replacements or diversions, like so many I know who've read 'The Shack' and think they now know lots about Jesus."

    In the past, Langford has connected pop culture to Bible study with classes focused on television shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons."

    The Kindle Edition of "The Gospel According to 'The Hunger Games' Trilogy" is available for download at Amazon.com.

    The first installment of the film series based off of "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins will be released on Friday, March 23.
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    btw, this is nothing new for seeker and emergent churches



    http://www.alittleleaven.com/2008/09...-thundert.html

    http://www.alittleleaven.com/2008/10...ble-study.html




    among others show this is part of a on-going seeker driven "bible study" trend in the churches
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    We came to the end of the road with one church we had attended for quite some years when they launched a series based on movie themes. The crunch came about with the movie The Matrix, talk about a streeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch. This idea is similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppycat View Post
    We came to the end of the road with one church we had attended for quite some years when they launched a series based on movie themes. The crunch came about with the movie The Matrix, talk about a streeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch. This idea is similar

    this is also something many seeker churches do during the summer



    the running joke I have heard: summer is movie sermon time in seeker churches cause many do "sermons" based on hit summer movies
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    I agree. Talk about dumbing down schooling, this is the church version.

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    I've read these books they are enjoyable BUT
    The heroes are forced to kill and I never saw any theme remotely near the Bible.
    This is a complete shame
    The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. (Revelation 22:21) ESV

    Dispatcher from the new teenage generation

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    Re-Inventing the Church - Part 1


    http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/20...ge_agent-1.htm

    Thinking outside the box and Bible



    Church reform, like education reform, calls for "critical thinking," but few church members know the real meaning of this phrase. To pacify parents, public school teachers might define it as "teaching students to think for themselves." They know that the revolution in education will proceed far more smoothly if parents never realize that "critical thinking" means criticizing and challenging traditional beliefs, values and authorities.



    Former pastor, Kenneth O. Gangel, is academic dean and Vice president of Academic Affairs at Dallas Theological Seminary. A prolific author, he wrote "Competent to Lead" and is considered an expert on this topic. A natural choice for Mr. Barna's book team, he wrote a chapter titled "What Leaders Do."



    One of the six tasks of a leader, says Pastor Gangel, is to "think." Of course, we all think. But, in the context of managed change, thinking isn't really thinking unless your thinking fits the new formula.



    Pastor Gangel quotes Stephen Brookfield who, for ten years, was Professor in the Department of Higher and Adult Education at the liberal Teachers College at Columbia University. While traveling as keynote speaker to national, and international education conferences around the world, Brookfield continues to serve as Adjunct Professor at Columbia. The statement Pastor Gangel used to support his own teaching came from Brookfield's book, Developing Critical Thinkers:

    "Central to critical thinking is the capacity to imagine and explore alternatives to existing ways of thinking and living. ... Critical thinkers are continually exploring new ways of thinking about aspects of their lives....

    "Critical thinking is complex and frequently perplexing, since it requires the suspension of belief and the jettisoning of assumptions previously accepted without question."[8]

    Did you catch the message? "It requires the suspension of belief and the jettisoning of assumptions previously accepted without question." That's the essence of "critical" thinking! Church managers can't establish the new view of "reality" without first undermining the old Biblical beliefs. Before they see success, the group must let go of the old absolutes and dare to flow with the winds of change.

    Linking the old mental hindrances to negative feelings speeds the process and brings lasting change. That's why each group member must learn to associate the "poor thinking" of the past -- including Biblical absolutes that can't be bent to fit our times -- with something unpleasant or unacceptable. [See illustration] On the other hand, "good thinking" must feel good and be linked to the "right" things such as unity, small group fellowship, or fun entertainment such as Harry Potter. This illusion of freedom without consequences is illustrated by a set of Middle School lessons published by the curriculum branch of the mighty, liberal National Education Association:

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    Im so glad I'm not on the Hunger games bandwagon. I actually don't understand the movie itself after looking at the trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by makeupgirl View Post
    Im so glad I'm not on the Hunger games bandwagon. I actually don't understand the movie itself after looking at the trailer.
    u arent alone. I consider not being part of the crowd either.



    that is actually IMO why so many churches and christians are in such a spirtual mess:


    we have the "we need to follow what's cool and relevant" mentality
    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)

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    "Hunger Games"

    The Orwellian Theme Behind the Movie

    By Berit Kjos March 26, 1212

    See also Movie Magic and Unconscious Learning



    "The techniques of brainwashing developed in totalitarian countries are routinely used in psychological conditioning programs imposed on American school children. These include emotional shock and desensitization... isolation from sources of support [parents], stripping away defenses... and inducing acceptance of alternative values..."[1] Thomas Sowell, PhD.

    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith!" 1 Peter 5:8-9



    I heard no laughter while watching The Hunger Games on opening day. Just sober silence. This teenage movie -- set in a totalitarian world that supposedly replaced a broken America -- shows the grim struggle for survival in a world without God, hope or meaning. The only "higher power" is a heartless government that supplies its own choice of artificial thrills and trials. And the people suffer.

    The book behind the movie was published by the prominent Scholastic. It brought us the Harry Potter series and countless other books promoting witchcraft and the occult. By marketing its books through our education system, Scholastic may have done more to distort history, mythologize truth and promote moral and spiritual corruption among children than any other publisher.

    If you have children in public schools, they probably read the Weekly Reader, which offers news and current events from a strictly non-Christian perspective. It's publisher, the Weekly Reader Corporation, is owned by Scholastic. This 1990 message illustrates its earth-centered propaganda and twisted view of history:

    "Give Thanks to the Earth: The first Thanksgiving feasts were harvest festivals. People gathered to celebrate successful harvests and to thank the Earth for its fruits. You can celebrate the earth every day by always taking care of the environment."[2] Scholastic News

    Brainwashing and Global Change

    Decades before the birth of the United Nations, some of the globalist leaders that launched the Federal Reserve called for a radical new agenda for America's children. With support from the Carnegie Foundations, John Dewey prepared a socialist foundation for the new system. As the first president of the American Humanist Association, he was determined to replace Christianity with pluralistic values that fit the global agenda.

    Ponder their goals, which are fast changing our schools, churches, families and values:


    1917: "..they [the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace] came to the conclusion that, to prevent a reversion, they must control education. Then they approached the Rockefeller Foundation and they said, 'Will you take on the acquisition of control of education as it involves subjects that are domestic in their significance? We'll take on the basis of subjects that have an international significance..' And it was agreed....They decided the key to it was the teaching of American history, and they must change that."[3]


    1970: "...absolute behavior control is imminent.... The critical point of behavior control, in effect, is sneaking up on mankind without his self-conscious realization that a crisis is at hand. Man will...never self-consciously know that it has happened."[4] Professor Raymond Houghton (More illustrations here)
    1989: "What's happening in America today... is a total transformation of our society. We have moved into a new era....We no longer see the teaching of facts and information as the primary outcome of education.....What we are facing is a total restructuring of society!"[5] Dr. Shirley McCune, Senior Director with the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory, a leading (occult) Theosophist speaking at 1989 Governor's Conference on Education [see this very revealing video]

    1994: "We have actually been given a course in how not to tell the truth. How many of you are administrators? You've had that course in public relations where you learn to put the best spin on things."[6] Dr. Jim Causby, North Carolina Superintendent

    Aldous Huxley was well aware of those plans. After all, his brother Julian Huxley became the first Secretary General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In Brave New World, he told us that a profusion of new suggestions would transform beliefs and attitudes:

    "Till at last the child's mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind. And not the child's mind only. The adult's mind too -- all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides -- made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions! ... Suggestions from the State."[7]

    Backed by the authority of the United Nations with its hatred for the Bible, Julian Huxley wrote the following in his 1947 book, UNESCO: Its purpose and Its Philosophy:

    "In pursuing this aim, we must eschew dogma.... East and West will not agree on a basis of the future if they merely hurl at each other the fixed ideas [of which the Bible is the main obstacle] of the past. For that is what dogmas are -- the crystalizations of some dominant system of thought of a particular epoch..... If we are to achieve progress, we must learn to uncrystalize our dogmas."[8]

    Today our government and educational establishment seem more than willing to implement this agenda and punish any parental resistance that gets in its way.

    The Fictional History Behind the Hunger Games (See our book review).

    Let me warn you: the movie is just as seductive as the book; perhaps more so, since the written message is joined to unforgettable visual images. It draws its fans into the oppressive, futuristic nation called Panem (from "Panem et Circenses" meaning "Bread and Circuses") that supposedly replaced America. The current dictator rules Panem's 12 Districts from the mighty Capitol somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. With well-trained underlings to fulfill his commands, he can monitor the masses, manipulate weather, and quench revolts initiated by the poor, discontented serfs.

    The fictional history tells us that the Hunger Games began in the wake of a revolution seventy-five years earlier. Each year since then, twenty-four young Tributes -- ages 12 through 18 -- have been chosen by lottery in each of the 12 Districts. They will be trained to kill, then transported to a selected area -- probably in the Rockies. Their only assignment is to try to survive by killing each other. At the end, the sole survivor will be celebrated as a national treasure and a promotional puppet.

    The surreal purpose of this annual event is to control, not entertain, the masses. Panem's yearly battle sows fear, not cheer, even though the rulers demand celebrations.

    Does that remind you of the Roman Coliseum where trained gladiators and faithful Christian fought to death as huge crowds celebrated?

    The main character is sixteen-year-old Katniss who lives with her mother and twelve-year-old sister, Prim, in District 12, the poorest in the land. Since her father died in a coal-mine explosion, Katniss has been the family's sole provider. Day after day, she and her friend Gale hunt rabbits and gather herbs and berries on forbidden government land.

    But everything is about to change. In the lottery leading up to the games, the terrified Prim is chosen. Stunned, Katniss quickly volunteers to take her sister's place. Peeta Mellark, who had long had a crush on Katniss, is chosen next.

    After the required time of training, prepping and promotion at the Capitol, Katniss and Peeta are brought to the battlefield. On the first day, eleven of the twenty-four Tributes are killed. Most of the others race into the nearby forests to seek water and shelter from rain and each other.

    Meanwhile, the sophisticated high-tech Gamemakers back in the Capitol keep busy pointing their hidden cameras toward the injured, the dead, and the most popular players. Those images are shown on sophisticated tele-screens across the country. The goal is to unify, pacify and intimidate the viewers into ceaseless loyalty and compliance.

    It reminds me of a statement in the book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman who anticipated today's rise of Marxist values. To illustrate mental manipulation, he compared two familiar books: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984:

    "Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies.... [In 1984] people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us."[9]

    Both have a point. Today, the cultural war against Christ and His Church is being waged on both fronts. The minds of most contemporary teens are bombarded with seductive images and suggestions that mock God's values and scorn Christianity.

    "...the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light..." John 3:19

    A Glimpse of the Action

    Near the end of the battle, the voice of a Gamemaker is broadcast to the final contenders, calling them back to their starting place. Emerging from the forest, Katniss and Peeta confront a new set of foes: twenty-one fierce, furry, four-legged "mutants" who seem eager to eat them. The book indicates that these "mutants" are actually the twenty-one victims brought back to life in new identifiable animal bodies:

    "The mutts are beginning to assemble....There's something else about them, something that makes the hair rise up on the back of my neck... They are unmistakably human. ... The blonde hair, the green eyes, the number ... it's Glimmer [one of the dead Tributes]. I fire into its throat. Its body twitches and flops onto the ground... [Glimmer's second death?]

    "The small one with the red coat and amber eyes... Foxface! And there, the ashen hair and hazel eyes of the boy from District 9 who died as we struggled for the backpack! And worst of all, the smallest mutt, with dark glossy fur, huge brown eyes....Teeth bared in hatred. Rue! [She was a sweet, twelve-year-old girl before she was killed]...

    "Have they been programmed to hate our faces particularly because we have survived and they were so callously murdered?"[10]

    Perhaps the moviemakers chose to ignore any hint of rebirth or reincarnation. But the scene fits right into the mythical tales and occult phenomena of ages past. Remember, human history is full of cultural and spiritual cycles that show what happens when a civilization that has been blessed by God rejects Him and embraces other "gods" and deceptive snares.

    God's Way to His Shelter

    The signs of change are all around us, and we already see some of the devastating consequences: broken families, immoral lifestyles, hopelessness, despair and suicides. Many seek temporary relief in the countless artificial fantasy worlds of digital entertainment. Many are addicted to sensual stimuli or trapped in the forces of darkness and find no way to escape!

    Their struggles serve as a wake-up call to many of us. How can we (parents and grandparents) guard and guide our children through the dangers ahead?

    Here are a few suggestions:

    Know (memorize) God's Word, the only source of genuine wisdom. (Proverbs 2:6). (Here is a list that I use to help me remember some of my favorite verses: Encouragement from A to Z)

    Read books and testimonies by faithful Christians who stood firm in their faith in the midst of persecution. (For example: A Small Price to Pay and Trapped in Hitler's Hell)

    Learn the historical facts needed to defend what we know and believe.

    Recognize the difference between OBSERVATION and assumptions. A lot of supposed "science" today is based on useful assumptions rather than observable facts.

    Put on The Armor of God

    Pray for God's strength, protection and guidance. Then follow Him, not the corrupt ways of the world!

    These charts may be helpful: New Emphasis in Schools and Culture, Three Sets of Meanings of Educational Buzzwords, and Checklist for the family.
    As our children learn to see all things from God's perspective, they will accept what is true and good but reject what is false and wrong. Remember,

    "...be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might....For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age....Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13

    "Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11




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    the Rev. Ann Duncan
    This should be our first clue that something is wrong there.

    The church of Laodicia is growing by leaps and bounds.

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    related:

    "Hunger Games"

    The Orwellian Theme Behind the Movie

    By Berit Kjos March 26, 1212

    See also Movie Magic and Unconscious Learning



    "The techniques of brainwashing developed in totalitarian countries are routinely used in psychological conditioning programs imposed on American school children. These include emotional shock and desensitization... isolation from sources of support [parents], stripping away defenses... and inducing acceptance of alternative values..."[1] Thomas Sowell, PhD.

    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith!" 1 Peter 5:8-9



    I heard no laughter while watching The Hunger Games on opening day.


    Just sober silence. This teenage movie -- set in a totalitarian world that supposedly replaced a broken America -- shows the grim struggle for survival in a world without God, hope or meaning. The only "higher power" is a heartless government that supplies its own choice of artificial thrills and trials. And the people suffer.

    The book behind the movie was published by the prominent Scholastic. It brought us the Harry Potter series and countless other books promoting witchcraft and the occult. By marketing its books through our education system, Scholastic may have done more to distort history, mythologize truth and promote moral and spiritual corruption among children than any other publisher.

    If you have children in public schools, they probably read the Weekly Reader, which offers news and current events from a strictly non-Christian perspective. It's publisher, the Weekly Reader Corporation, is owned by Scholastic. This 1990 message illustrates its earth-centered propaganda and twisted view of history:

    "Give Thanks to the Earth: The first Thanksgiving feasts were harvest festivals. People gathered to celebrate successful harvests and to thank the Earth for its fruits. You can celebrate the earth every day by always taking care of the environment."[2] Scholastic News

    Brainwashing and Global Change

    Decades before the birth of the United Nations, some of the globalist leaders that launched the Federal Reserve called for a radical new agenda for America's children. With support from the Carnegie Foundations, John Dewey prepared a socialist foundation for the new system. As the first president of the American Humanist Association, he was determined to replace Christianity with pluralistic values that fit the global agenda.

    Ponder their goals, which are fast changing our schools, churches, families and values:


    1917: "..they [the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace] came to the conclusion that, to prevent a reversion, they must control education. Then they approached the Rockefeller Foundation and they said, 'Will you take on the acquisition of control of education as it involves subjects that are domestic in their significance? We'll take on the basis of subjects that have an international significance..' And it was agreed....They decided the key to it was the teaching of American history, and they must change that."[3]


    1970: "...absolute behavior control is imminent.... The critical point of behavior control, in effect, is sneaking up on mankind without his self-conscious realization that a crisis is at hand. Man will...never self-consciously know that it has happened."[4] Professor Raymond Houghton (More illustrations here)
    1989: "What's happening in America today... is a total transformation of our society. We have moved into a new era....We no longer see the teaching of facts and information as the primary outcome of education.....What we are facing is a total restructuring of society!"[5] Dr. Shirley McCune, Senior Director with the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory, a leading (occult) Theosophist speaking at 1989 Governor's Conference on Education [see this very revealing video]

    1994: "We have actually been given a course in how not to tell the truth. How many of you are administrators? You've had that course in public relations where you learn to put the best spin on things."[6] Dr. Jim Causby, North Carolina Superintendent

    Aldous Huxley was well aware of those plans. After all, his brother Julian Huxley became the first Secretary General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In Brave New World, he told us that a profusion of new suggestions would transform beliefs and attitudes:

    "Till at last the child's mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind. And not the child's mind only. The adult's mind too -- all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides -- made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions! ... Suggestions from the State."[7]

    Backed by the authority of the United Nations with its hatred for the Bible, Julian Huxley wrote the following in his 1947 book, UNESCO: Its purpose and Its Philosophy:

    "In pursuing this aim, we must eschew dogma.... East and West will not agree on a basis of the future if they merely hurl at each other the fixed ideas [of which the Bible is the main obstacle] of the past. For that is what dogmas are -- the crystalizations of some dominant system of thought of a particular epoch..... If we are to achieve progress, we must learn to uncrystalize our dogmas."[8]

    Today our government and educational establishment seem more than willing to implement this agenda and punish any parental resistance that gets in its way.

    The Fictional History Behind the Hunger Games (See our book review).

    Let me warn you: the movie is just as seductive as the book; perhaps more so, since the written message is joined to unforgettable visual images. It draws its fans into the oppressive, futuristic nation called Panem (from "Panem et Circenses" meaning "Bread and Circuses") that supposedly replaced America. The current dictator rules Panem's 12 Districts from the mighty Capitol somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. With well-trained underlings to fulfill his commands, he can monitor the masses, manipulate weather, and quench revolts initiated by the poor, discontented serfs.

    The fictional history tells us that the Hunger Games began in the wake of a revolution seventy-five years earlier. Each year since then, twenty-four young Tributes -- ages 12 through 18 -- have been chosen by lottery in each of the 12 Districts. They will be trained to kill, then transported to a selected area -- probably in the Rockies. Their only assignment is to try to survive by killing each other. At the end, the sole survivor will be celebrated as a national treasure and a promotional puppet.

    The surreal purpose of this annual event is to control, not entertain, the masses. Panem's yearly battle sows fear, not cheer, even though the rulers demand celebrations.

    Does that remind you of the Roman Coliseum where trained gladiators and faithful Christian fought to death as huge crowds celebrated?

    The main character is sixteen-year-old Katniss who lives with her mother and twelve-year-old sister, Prim, in District 12, the poorest in the land. Since her father died in a coal-mine explosion, Katniss has been the family's sole provider. Day after day, she and her friend Gale hunt rabbits and gather herbs and berries on forbidden government land.

    But everything is about to change. In the lottery leading up to the games, the terrified Prim is chosen. Stunned, Katniss quickly volunteers to take her sister's place. Peeta Mellark, who had long had a crush on Katniss, is chosen next.

    After the required time of training, prepping and promotion at the Capitol, Katniss and Peeta are brought to the battlefield. On the first day, eleven of the twenty-four Tributes are killed. Most of the others race into the nearby forests to seek water and shelter from rain and each other.

    Meanwhile, the sophisticated high-tech Gamemakers back in the Capitol keep busy pointing their hidden cameras toward the injured, the dead, and the most popular players. Those images are shown on sophisticated tele-screens across the country. The goal is to unify, pacify and intimidate the viewers into ceaseless loyalty and compliance.

    It reminds me of a statement in the book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman who anticipated today's rise of Marxist values. To illustrate mental manipulation, he compared two familiar books: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984:

    "Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies.... [In 1984] people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us."[9]

    Both have a point. Today, the cultural war against Christ and His Church is being waged on both fronts. The minds of most contemporary teens are bombarded with seductive images and suggestions that mock God's values and scorn Christianity.

    "...the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light..." John 3:19

    A Glimpse of the Action

    Near the end of the battle, the voice of a Gamemaker is broadcast to the final contenders, calling them back to their starting place. Emerging from the forest, Katniss and Peeta confront a new set of foes: twenty-one fierce, furry, four-legged "mutants" who seem eager to eat them. The book indicates that these "mutants" are actually the twenty-one victims brought back to life in new identifiable animal bodies:

    "The mutts are beginning to assemble....There's something else about them, something that makes the hair rise up on the back of my neck... They are unmistakably human. ... The blonde hair, the green eyes, the number ... it's Glimmer [one of the dead Tributes]. I fire into its throat. Its body twitches and flops onto the ground... [Glimmer's second death?]

    "The small one with the red coat and amber eyes... Foxface! And there, the ashen hair and hazel eyes of the boy from District 9 who died as we struggled for the backpack! And worst of all, the smallest mutt, with dark glossy fur, huge brown eyes....Teeth bared in hatred. Rue! [She was a sweet, twelve-year-old girl before she was killed]...

    "Have they been programmed to hate our faces particularly because we have survived and they were so callously murdered?"[10]

    Perhaps the moviemakers chose to ignore any hint of rebirth or reincarnation. But the scene fits right into the mythical tales and occult phenomena of ages past. Remember, human history is full of cultural and spiritual cycles that show what happens when a civilization that has been blessed by God rejects Him and embraces other "gods" and deceptive snares.

    God's Way to His Shelter

    The signs of change are all around us, and we already see some of the devastating consequences: broken families, immoral lifestyles, hopelessness, despair and suicides. Many seek temporary relief in the countless artificial fantasy worlds of digital entertainment. Many are addicted to sensual stimuli or trapped in the forces of darkness and find no way to escape!

    Their struggles serve as a wake-up call to many of us. How can we (parents and grandparents) guard and guide our children through the dangers ahead?

    Here are a few suggestions:

    Know (memorize) God's Word, the only source of genuine wisdom. (Proverbs 2:6). (Here is a list that I use to help me remember some of my favorite verses: Encouragement from A to Z)

    Read books and testimonies by faithful Christians who stood firm in their faith in the midst of persecution. (For example: A Small Price to Pay and Trapped in Hitler's Hell)

    Learn the historical facts needed to defend what we know and believe.

    Recognize the difference between OBSERVATION and assumptions. A lot of supposed "science" today is based on useful assumptions rather than observable facts.

    Put on The Armor of God

    Pray for God's strength, protection and guidance. Then follow Him, not the corrupt ways of the world!

    These charts may be helpful: New Emphasis in Schools and Culture, Three Sets of Meanings of Educational Buzzwords, and Checklist for the family.
    As our children learn to see all things from God's perspective, they will accept what is true and good but reject what is false and wrong. Remember,

    "...be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might....For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age....Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13

    "Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11


    http://worldviewweekend.com/worldvie...articleid=8122
    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)

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