Category Archives: VIDEOS, POWER POINTS, AND PHOTOS TO SHARE

Here are videos, power point presentations, and photos, which have been shared with us, and we’d like to share with you.

Tortured for Christ [The Movie] – Official Trailer

We share this from “The Voice of the Martyrs:”
Visit their website at https://www.persecution.com/

The Voice of the Martyrs presents the inspiring new movie, Tortured for Christ, a cinematic retelling of the testimony of VOM founder Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, as written in his international
bestseller “Tortured for Christ.” This movie was produced to honor the 50th anniversary of the book’s 1967 release.

Filmed entirely in Romania, including in the very prison where Pastor Wurmbrand endured torture and solitary confinement, this powerful film uniquely presents the story with live action rather than interviews. The dialogue is presented in English, Romanian and Russian (with English subtitles) to hold to the authenticity of this true story.

The movie opens in theaters on March 5, 2018.
Advance tickets can be purchased at www.TorturedforChrist.com.

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Looking Back and Turning the Calendar

Hi Friends:
Another year?
Yes.
Literally.

God is so good, and His Word is true.
Period.
He proves it, day after day, even hour after hour, and, yes, even year after year.

I find myself reminding you, encouraging you, at every time of the year, how important it is to remember God’s promises. These promises aren’t just for today, tomorrow, and the next day … but, God’s Word, His promises, are, literally, for eternity.
Times past and times ahead.

I really like what David said … That the same God who saved/protected him from the lion, and the bear … That same God … still alive and still with him … That same God … will save/protect him from what the future brings. Because, that same God, which was with him before … will be with him now … and, will be with him in the future.

What better way to meditate on the future … than remembering God’s favor in the past?

By the way, that same God which protected David from the lion, and from the bear, was fully capable of doing the same thing to whatever “giant” David may face in the future.
Just like us.

No wonder David wrote so many of the Psalms.
Think about so many of the Psalms David wrote:
He remembered God’s faithfulness in the past, and as a direct result of that, David knew he could count on God in the present … and in the future. How many of the Psalms carry this same message! Just as God could be counted upon in the past, he could be counted on now. And, in the future. For now, and for all eternity, God is the same, and His Word was true, is true, and will continue to be true. Period.

I’m reminded that David faced many “giants” in his life. Some, were giants only to him. Some were giants to “everyone.” David faced many private giants, and also, faced giants which everyone else saw as giants. The same rule applied: The same God who saved/protected him from “this” giant, would, was fully capable of, saving him from all future giants. One thing for sure: Whether the giant he was facing was private, or personal, or public … everyone saw how he handled it.
This hasn’t changed.

While David wrote many of the Psalms by hand, we write Psalms by our lives. Whether the giant we are facing is private, or personal, or public … everyone sees how we handle it.

So, again, I urge you to post Scripture, especially of God’s promises, “around the house,” where you can see them. Everyday. I’ve written many “What’s on Your” posts just to highlight this message.
Yes, I will always encourage you, even beg you, to begin your day, every day, with prayer and Bible study. And, something as simple (it would seem) as a calendar which displays God’s Word and His Promises.

A dear, dear family member gives me a calendar, with Scripture, every year for Christmas. It is the calendar which hangs in my office at home. I can’t say how many times I read the Scripture verse as the month goes by. These verses have meant a lot to me, and, it’s funny, how often the Scripture verse for that particular month is exactly what I need to see (and read) at a particular moment. When I received a new Scripture calendar this year, I made sure I stated how important these calendars are to me, and that, frankly, I look forward to receiving them each year.
In fact, I remarked, I still had the calendar from 2016, which I had saved, in order to write about how the calendar had blessed me throughout the year.

As I was cleaning out the office, going through my “to write” file … I found the calendar of which I spoke. However … it wasn’t 2016 … it was 2015 … I still had it, saving it, and its treasured verses, to share at some time in the future. This should also explain how far behind I am, or how much I have stored, to write about, as God moves me to save a particular picture, or story, or, in this case, an entire year of pictures.

As I thought about finally writing about how this particular calendar, from 20105, had meant so much to me, I got the idea to just share the entire calendar with you.
Why not?
God’s Word is just as real now, as it was then. In fact … all of the promises … all of the Scripture … is still true today … and, will be true … tomorrow … and, for that matter, next year … just as they were then.

So, here is the calendar from 2015. I was able to “scan” it in, and made a movie.
This Power Point thing, adding the photos, and adding music to it, and then making a movie of it, was a considerable “giant” to me. Guess what? The same God who used these calendar pages to encourage, and bless me, on every day of 2015 … is still alive … and, His promises … His Word … is still true.
Enjoy!

Memories and Stats: An Old Christmas Card-Jim Reeves

Hi Friends:

Maybe it’s just me, but for some reason, I have this idea that people don’t send as many Christmas Cards as they used to. Maybe that truly is the case, especially with the introduction of those “e-cards” a few years ago. Don’t we all remember, for example, at work, there were some people who gave out Christmas Cards to almost everyone? Remember that? You did that, too?

How about that big stack of cards you sent out, every year, to everyone on “your list?”
Funny … as we get older … doesn’t that list get shorter?

Still, there is that one true horror in the “Christmas Card” biz, and it seems to happen every year, regardless of how many, or how few you send:
From out of nowhere … you get a Christmas Card … right before Christmas … from someone who wasn’t on “your list” … And … horror of horrors … it’s too late to send them one!

I think the reason I feel like people don’t send as many Christmas Cards these days is because, other than the fact that I don’t send as many … Ouch! … is that people, in general, just don’t write as many letters as they used to … Some people don’t write letters at all. Think about it. I may be one of the few guys who still writes letters … and, I don’t write very many at all. But, I still write them … occasionally. For me, I think it’s because I do so much writing through the year, in formats such as this. And, I will admit … even as a “writer,” I haven’t “penned/hand-written” a letter in a long, long time. I type them! But, admittedly, I don’t type as many as I used to, either.

Just as a final thought, think about this: Because of the way our society has changed, think of how many people there are, “out there,” who have never written a letter at all-in their entire lives. My Mom and Dad wrote letters. I wrote letters. If a Mom or Dad “out there” doesn’t write letters, what are the chances their children will? Sadly, the same equation applies for reading.

When I did the research of how many Christmas cards are sent each year, or just cards in general which are purchased, I was amazed. I couldn’t find a “now vs. then” comparison, but the number of Cards purchased each year was astounding:

According to the Greeting Card Association (GCA), 7 billion greeting cards (holiday cards, birthday cards, etc.) are sent every year in the United States.

Over 2 billion Christmas cards are sent in the United States each year. Keep in mind that the total US population is 326 Million.
Only 15% of Christmas cards sent are purchased by men.

If you’d like to read a history of Christmas cards, here is a link:
https://www.statisticbrain.com/hallmark-card-statistics/

Now, from the “Statistic Brain Research Institute,” are these numbers:

Holidays Ranked by Most Cards       Sent Number of Cards Sent
1. Christmas (including boxed and individual)              1.5 billion
2. Valentine’s Day (including boxed and individual)   144 million
3. Mother’s Day                                                                           133 million
4. Fathers Day                                                                               94 million
5. Easter                                                                                           57 million
6. Halloween                                                                                 20 million
7. Thanksgiving                                                                            10 million
8. St. Patrick’s day                                                                        8 million

We’ve been thinking about sharing this for a while, and after finding this video which features the words, we wanted to share this with you now. Here is Jim Reeves and “An Old Christmas Card.” Notice that, while it pays homage to all cards … it is really about a particular card … from long, long ago:

Continue to “Remember Those in Bonds” Video: “Solitary Prayer”

We have been honored to share the story of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, founders of “The Voice of the Martyrs.” Here are links to stories we’ve featured on our blog:

https://pastorappreciationblog.com/2015/03/09/heroes-of-the-faith-richard-and-sabina-wurmbrand/
https://pastorappreciationblog.com/2017/03/08/the-power-of-posts-part-five/

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand left his apartment and headed to church one Sunday morning in February 1948, but he was kidnapped off the streets by Romanian secret police. He would spend 14 years in Communist prisons.

When he came down with tuberculosis and appeared close to death, guards moved Pastor Wurmbrand into the “death cell.” But he didn’t die. Instead, he survived and was eventually ransomed out of Romania. After arriving in the West, he immediately began to tell the story of his imprisonment and of the many Christians still suffering in Communist prisons behind the Iron Curtain.

In October 1967, those stories were typed up and mailed out to Christians who wanted to know more. It was the first issue of what later became the Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.

Something else happened in 1967: The book “Tortured for Christ” was released:
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand’s dramatic testimony shocked the world when it was first released in 1967, and many believers today cite it among the most influential books they have ever read. Pastor Wurmbrand endured months of solitary confinement, years of torture, constant suffering and the anguish of brainwashing simply because he refused to deny the name of Jesus Christ. The book is the story of how one man’s faithfulness and suffering led to a worldwide network of support for persecuted Christians.

Today, the ministry that Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand founded is actively helping Christians in 68 countries, providing direct aid to the persecuted, sending Bibles to those in hostile areas and restricted nations, and assisting front-line workers.
The ministry also continues to tell the stories of these believers, just as Richard did.

Each year, for The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), they create a video created specifically for this Day. For this year’s observance, the video told a story from Richard’s personal testimony of those years in Communist prisons. “Solitary Prayer” was filmed in Romania, in the very prison where Pastor Richard Wurmbrand spent three years in solitary confinement. It is a story that reminds us to pray not only for our persecuted brothers and sisters, but also for their persecutors.

“Solitary Prayer” features excerpts from the new “Tortured for Christ” movie, which is set to be released in Spring, 2018. This will be a significant event.

We purposely waited to share this video, as an admonishment to pray, every day, and to “remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them” (Hebrews 13:3).
Note: This is powerful:

 

Me and Andy Rooney “Remember Thanksgiving”

Hi Friends:

Here on our Blog, we feature a category called, “I Remember.”
I thought that this post would be called, “I Remember Thanksgiving,” and speak of how we seem to have forgotten Thanksgiving, or perhaps, how Thanksgiving has been “down-trodden” by shoppers (meaning advertisers) rushing to get to Christmas …

As I think about it, perhaps, this post should be titled something like “I Can’t Remember” …
As in, “I can’t remember a time when Thanksgiving came so fast,” or,
“I can’t remember a time when Thanksgiving was so over-looked”
It seems like every year that passes, Thanksgiving gets more over-looked, or “brushed aside,” to make room for “The Holidays” …
To me, Thanksgiving is still a big Holiday, one that I look forward to all year.
Perhaps, dare I say, it’s still my favorite Holiday … those 4 days off … really seem like “4 days off”…

These days, it seems the only time I hear “Thanksgiving” is when the commercial says, “Black Friday … Open 6:00PM on Thanksgiving.” Just to give you an idea, it seems not so long ago that the “Early Open” for Black Friday was 6:00AM on Friday … Now, it’s 6:00 PM on Thursday … As we “progress,” does this mean that next, it’ll be “12:00 Noon on Thursday” or, maybe, even earlier …?

Just one: “I Remember” when you didn’t see any … that’s any … “Open Thanksgiving” signs …

As I pondered this, it suddenly hit me … How did Andy Rooney feel about this? I just knew there may be a “Why is that?” in there …
I found it, and I will share it with you now:
Here’s Andy Rooney, decorated Veteran, and his thoughts on Thanksgiving.
He really does echo what I wanted to say here.
Not just to “Remember Thanksgiving.”
But, also, “Remember Thanksgiving?”

 

The Price for Freedom-Video Sixteen

For the moment, as we look ahead to Veterans Day, we conclude this series, the same way we began:
Featuring a Memorial Day speech from President Ronald Reagan, which supplied our banner for the series:

“The price for this freedom has been high … but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.”

Now, we feature the same speech, with new video background.
But, the words still ring true.

Here’s what we wrote, back in June, as we began this series:

Just think of all the freedoms we enjoy … every day …
We should pause … every day … to think about … to remember … to appreciate … to honor …
to pay our deepest respect and gratitude … To carefully consider …

What this freedom cost.

Included in the speech was an emotional reading of “The Pledge,” sometimes called “The Warriors Pledge” or “The Soldiers Pledge,” which was discovered in the diary of fallen soldier Martin A. Treptow.
Here is the exact text, written on the flyleaf of the
young soldier’s diary:

My Pledge
America must win this war
Therefore
I will work
I will save
I will sacrifice
I will endure
I will fight cheerfully
and do my utmost
as if the issue of the whole struggle
depended on me alone.

“We must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women … It is a weapon that we as Americans do have … Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism, and prey
upon their neighbors … They will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of  the American people. We will negotiate for it … sacrifice for it … We will not surrender for it … Now or ever …
We are Americans”
President Ronald Reagan

 

International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

Sunday, Nov. 5, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
Churches across the United States and around the world will join in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Here is the Voice of the Martyrs’ Slideshow Presentation, which churches will use to help inspire every Christian to pray for our persecuted family members.

The Video Slide Show includes ways we can pray for our persecuted Christian family.

We went in and added music to the Slide Show, and the Voice of the Martyrs’ address is at the end of the presentation.

How often we write of the freedoms we enjoy, and the price paid for our freedom. Let us pray for those who don’t have this freedom, and for those who persecute them.

Not just on Sunday, November 5th, but, as with our freedom, let us pray, every day, for those who don’t have freedom … to continue, every day, to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in
the body” (Hebrews 13:3)