This blog is not about movies. Yet I have a strong urge to write something about “The Grace Card”, one of the latest movies arrived in theatres this year. I didn’t have the opportunity to watch it yet but after seeing the trailer and reading the plot summary I was convinced, it’s a movie that the churched (and the un-churched too) should never miss. It sends out the unmistakable message (to the un-churched) and a reminder (to the churched) that God’s grace is what the world needs.
I was born and raised in a small town named Nuwara Eliya, located in the hill country of Sri Lanka. It’s a very peaceful town surrounded by water falls, tea plantations, mountains and constantly touched by the mist. The British who lived here during colonial times fell in love with the beauty of Nuwara Eliya and gave it the name “Little England”. Even today the town is very popular for its beauty and the climate that it annually attracts at least 50,000 tourists (local and foreign).
Today is Father’s Day. The greatest need in our society today is for fathers who will rise up and assume their God-given role of responsibility in the family. Our text gives basic responsibilities for manhood; but when a man becomes a father, those responsibilities are expanded. Let’s look.
“Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the God of Ekron!” 2 Kings 1:3
Depending on God VS. Self dependence
King Aahziah of Israel was sick and desperately seeking a solution for his problem. He believed in the philosophy that “the end justifies the means” in which what matters is getting the needs met, and how one does it is not important. So in his desperation he sent for the gods of Ekron and wrote his own death sentence.