***I am so grateful to worship with a pastor who understands the message of Grace and teaches it on a regular basis. There are so many out there preaching nonBiblical gobbeldygook - prosperity gospel, works based salvation, charismatics, Universalists, and some well meaning but so off the mark pastors who preach that you are saved by grace, but you keep it by works. Huh? One of the points James started off with today was keeping your word. Boy, does that hit home at this time with our political climate. My Dad taught us about keeping our word - not so much with words, but with his actions. He was always willing to help people out, and if he said he was going to do something, he did it. That seems to be a lost character trait in the world today. Our political leaders make promises they never intend to keep. Some people are okay with that - after Bill Clinton was elected, his lies and broken promises were pointed out, and his followers said, "Well, he had to say that to get elected." Seriously? Whatever happened to honesty, character, honor, etc.? We need truthful representatives, but they are getting harder and harder to find.
James' main point was that when God makes a promise, he keeps it. He focused today on the promise of eternal life, and the fact that we have it not because of anything we do, but because of what Jesus did. Once we place our faith in Christ's finished work on the cross, our eternity is settled once and for all. What a wonderful promise!
***Top 10 Classic Dramas
1. “Gone with the Wind” (1939)
The classic drama is not only the top-ranked movie in terms of box
office revenue for drama, but is the top-ranked movie of all time with
adjusted gross revenues at $1.67 billion. The film starred Clark Gable
and won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
2. “Jaws” (1975)
The Steven Spielberg-directed blockbuster ranks seventh of all time in
all genres, with $1.06 billion in adjusted revenues. The Universal
Pictures Studio film had a handful of sequels, all of which kept people
from wanting to enter the ocean. “Jaws” won three Oscars and one Golden
3. “The Graduate” (1967)
Directed by Mike Nichols and produced by Avco Embassy, "The Graduate"
ranks at No. 21 in all genres, bringing in $710 million. The film was a
launching point for actor Dustin Hoffman’s career.
4. “Forrest Gump” (1994)
Starring Tom Hanks, the Best Picture Oscar-winning film directly by
Robert Zemeckis ranks No. 24 on the all time list, with receipts of $654
5. “Love Story” (1970)
Produced by Paramount Pictures, "Love Story," starring Ryan O'Neal and
Ali McGraw had $581 million in box office receipts. The film ranks No.
35 on the list of the the top 200 movies of all genres and received
seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
6. “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946)
Released by RKO studio, director William Wyler's Best Picture
Oscar-winning drama ranks No. 75 in the top movies of all time. Adjusted
gross receipts for the film put earnings at $456 million.
7. “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957)
A war drama starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, the film, produced
by Columbia Pictures, ranks No. 80 all time, and has receipts of $451
8. “M*A*S*H” (1970)
Produced by Fox Pictures , the Robert Altman-directed film ranks at No.
85 on the all time list. The film, which focused on the lives of
surgeons serving during the Korean War, has nearly $446 million in
9. “Ghost” (1990)
Produced by Paramount Pictures, "Ghost" ranks at No. 91 on the all time
list and has receipts of $427 million. The film starred Patrick Swayze
as the deceased husband of actress Demi Moore. Swayze “returns” to help
his wife find his killer.
10. “The Caine Mutiny” (1954)
The Columbia Pictures drama, starring Humphrey Bogart as a mentally
unstable Naval captain, ranks No. 127 on the all time list and has
receipts of $368 million in adjusted revenues.