Find God: End of the World (Mayan Calendar)

By Dianne E. Butts:

Is it possible to find God in all this talk about the end of the world  and the Mayan calendar?

 

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For years I have heard the Mayan calendar ended on 12/21/12. Many people were speculating about or even predicting cataclysmic events that could bring about the actual end of the calendar for all mankind.

In other words, then end of the world.

Well here we are. And we’re still here.

Some people predicted the earth’s poles could reverse—the north pole becoming south and the south pole become north. The result of the world’s poles “rolling over” could be devastating, possibly the same event that caused the demise of the dinosaurs. Others predicted volcanic eruptions or devastating natural phenomena, possibly so severe it could make our planet uninhabitable.

December 21, 2012 marked “the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar” reports the article, “Mayan calendar ends; world doesn’t”, on CBSnews.com. That article reports people showed up to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza in t-shirts sporting the words “The End of the World: I Was There” and that the end of the world was a popular hashtag topic on Twitter.

Yet the date has come and gone and we’re still here.

While some people may have been fearful of “The End,” others make fun of it. Perhaps when the day’s end progressed around the earth we felt a silent sigh of relief.

However, there’s one thing about this whole deal that I take very, very seriously. And that is that I believe it has–in some less tangible way–diminished the seriousness of the situation our world is truly in.

The truth is, this world is not going to last forever. There is an end coming—an end to the world as we know it. I believe that not because the Mayans said so (actually they didn’t, they just said their calendar ended and some people took that idea and ran with it) but because God said it.

We read about it the Bible in passages like Matthew 24 and I highly recommend you read that whole chapter. Here’s an excerpt:

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:4-14, NIV 1984).

Some people may laugh and put me the class of kooks. I don’t care. I absolutely believe it will happen just as Jesus predicted. Many Christians are sounding the warnings these very days. We look around and see clearly what is happening in our world and we’re not laughing.

This is serious business. Are you laughing at me? Or are you heeding the warning? If you’re listening to the warning, then you just might find (the true) God in all this talk about the Mayan end of the world.

 Bio: © Dianne E. Butts’ new book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus, just released for the Christmas season. Her last book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). Visit her blog at www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.comwww.DianneEButts.com

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Find God in the Movie DVD and Book: Unconditional

By Dianne E. Butts:

 It doesn’t take much imagination to find God in the movie: Unconditional (available  on DVD).

 

Unconditional the Movie

“The movie tells the story, inspired by true events, of Samantha (Lynn Collins) who loses her husband in a tragic and senseless act of violence,” wrote Jennifer Brett in an article for The Buzz on ajc.com.

An article on The Examiner by Kathryn Darden says, “Following the shooting, Sam’s world falls apart. She loses her faith and returns to the place her husband was shot to kill herself.”

The Buzz article continued, “Her despair nearly drives her to ruin when a chance encounter reunites her with her beloved childhood friend Joe Bradford.”

The real Joe Bradford is now known as “Papa Joe” because of his work with underprivileged children. “Unconditional” was produced in Nashville where Joe Bradford still lives and works with kids. He runs a ministry called Elijah’s Heart that “supports a citywide multi-racial choir and helps organize food and clothing drives,” the article says.

In the movie Joe Bradford is played by actor Michael Ealy opposite Lynn Collins portraying Samantha Crawford.

The Examiner said, “‘Unconditional’ deals with themes of reconciliation, second chances, forgiveness, and sacrifice.”

The Buzz article reported, “Ealy said ‘Unconditional’ is the first faith-based film he’s been involved with, but the movie’s uplifting theme is universal.”

Following the movie, the story of Unconditional has also been written as a novel by Christian author Eva Maria Everson which released from B&H Books in September.

The movie’s web site, Unconditional the Movie.com, says the movie will release on DVD and Blue Ray soon, so many more people may find God in the movie Unconditional.

Video: View the movie trailer here:

 Bio: © Dianne E. Butts’ new book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus, just released for the Christmas season. Her last book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). Visit her blog at www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.comwww.DianneEButts.com

 

 

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Finding a Christmas Miracle in a Book Cover

[SUN CITY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 /Christian Newswire] When bestselling novelist Kathi Macias was working on her book Unexpected Christmas Heroshe never expected to find a Christmas miracle in her book cover, but that’s exactly what happened.

When Kathi finished her manuscript and handed it over to her editor, photographer and designer Michael Lê was assigned the task of finding a homeless man who fit the physical representation of Macias’ character. Lê and wife Christine were in Ashville, North Carolina last Christmas when they stopped their car and asked a homeless man by the name of Willard Parker if he would be willing to pose for some pictures.

Parker agreed. He also began to reveal glimpses into his own sad story. He lost his house.  He lost touch with his daughters and grandchildren. He said his life had not turned out the way he’d hoped. Now destitute, he was walking the streets and looking for the next place to find a hot meal and a bed. He told Lê, how he longed to see his daughters but had no idea where they were or how that could happen.

When Macias heard the story, she prayed the cover would help reunite father and family. Unexpected Christmas Hero released in mid-October and fell into the hands of a woman who knew Willard’s 26-year-old daughter, Amber. The mother of his 2 and 5-year-old grandchildren, Amber went online and found the cover of the book. It was indeed her dad. She wept.  But where was he? How could she find him? Where does one find a homeless person who keeps moving from town to town?

Driving near Ashville North Carolina, Willard’s estranged wife unexpectedly spotted him walking down the sidewalk and picked him up. Willard has acute leukemia and is not in good health but kept talking about getting the family back together. He says, “When I had my picture taken for the book cover, all I wanted was for it to help me get back with my family. It worked, and I’m really grateful.”

Amber is equally as excited. “I’m so happy. I can’t wait to be together again,” she says. “You never know how long you have on this earth and all he [my dad] wants is his family together.” Since the reunion by phone with daughters Amber and Rebecca (Willard is now in Toledo, Ohio), both are eager to see their dad and bring this unexpected Christmas miracle to fruition.

Kathi is now trying to help Willard’s family with travel expenses so they can be united. She has set up a Go Get Funding project that will accept contributions to help make this happen.  You can help by clicking HERE.

To watch a book trailer about Kathi’s book, watch the video below:

Also enjoy this mention of  Unexpected Christmas Hero and other titles. See more from the FamilyFiction YouTube channel!

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