Courageous the Movie!

From the makers of “Fireproof,” “Courageous” will be in theaters starting September 30th!   Wouldn’t it be awesome if theaters were PACKED full that weekend of people coming to watch “Courageous?!”  Let’s support wholesome Christian movies like this!  Send your hubby to go watch it while you watch the children!

Warning:  This movie is intense and has some shooting scenes and violence.  It is not suitable for children.

Here’s a synopsis of the movie:

Honor Begins at Home

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?

Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.

Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

American Family Association

American Family Association (AFA) is a great organization.  Here’s one of the things they do.  When a company (like Home Depot, Pepsi Co, Sear’s), does something outright anti-Christian, they contact them.  They ask the company to stop supporting whatever it was they were supporting (homosexual agendas, pornography, disgusting tv ads, etc).  If the company refuses, they send out emails to all their subscribers telling them to contact the company and state why they won’t be supporting that company until they have complied with AFA’s request.  Let me just say, this is powerful!  Thousands of consumers banding together demanding clean billboards, clean tv, a safer world for our children, etc.  Many times, these companies comply and WE WIN!  Some companies (currently The Home Depot and some others) REFUSE to comply and so AFA announces an official boycott.  If people stop shopping at their stores, that sends a clear message!

I would love more people to be on AFA’s mailing list.  So here’s my giveaway details!

Sign up for AFA’s email Action Alerts, then leave me a comment saying that you signed up.  You’re now entered to win!   (If you already currently receive AFA’s emails, just leave me a comment saying so and you will be entered to win as well!)

How to have yet another chance at winning:  OneMillionMoms.com is a division of AFA and also sends out alerts on companies that are being anti-Christian.  If you’re a mom, sign up for their emails here, then leave me a second comment and you’ll be entered to win again!

The winner will be selected on June 5, 2011.  The prize? 
A $30 gift certificate to spend in AFA’s online store!  They have TONS of family-friendly movies!   They also have TONS of educational resources on everything from our nation’s history to Creation to the human body.  I’ve watched many of their family-friendly DVD’s and have enjoyed them very much!  Sign up today!

From OneMillionMoms.com:
Our goal is to stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media (TV, music, movies, etc.). Mom, OneMillionMoms.com is the most powerful tool you have to stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children. It is time to fight back!  We are searching for one million moms who are willing to join the fight for our children. We want our children to have the best chance possible of living in a moral society.

Giveaway Winner:  I used random.org to select a winner at random and the winner of the giveaway is… Michelle!!!  Congratulations Michelle!

We Met Dave Ramsey!

Recently we drove through Nashville, Tennessee.  We are big fans so we wanted to check out Dave Ramsey’s office building and to our surprise, we got to meet and shake his hand as well!  He has a beautiful office building.  Right when you walk in the front door, you see his studio on the right surrounded by glass.  He was LIVE on the air when we got there and I was so excited that we would get to see him that I immediately started waving like a crazy girl!  He waved back with a big smile while trying to concentrate on his serious caller who was deep in financial trouble.  Our hostess, Martha, showed us around his office, told us about his day-to-day operations, and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how his radio and tv shows are broadcast.

For those of you who don’t know who Dave Ramsey is… he has a radio talk show for three hours a day Monday through Friday, is on the Fox Business Network, has a 13 week DVD series called “Financial Peace University”, does LIVE events throughout the U.S. that are ultra motivating and inspiring, wrote “The Total Money Makeover,” as well as many other books and appearances.  He’s a busy man!  My husband and I first heard of him in 2005 and have been listening to him ever since.  I can’t say that I agree with everything he says, but his basic plan of handing finances is AWESOME!!  And the presentation of his message is entertaining, motivating, and VERY informative.  I have learned a lot from him!  Basically, he teaches common sense.  You know… don’t spend more than you make, live on a written budget, be in control of your money, GIVE money away, and one of his biggest points… DON’T borrow money!!  Every Friday on his radio shows he allows callers to call in who have recently paid off all their debts (does not have to include mortgage) and they get to share their story and then SCREAM “We’re debt FREEEEE!!!”  It’s SO fun to hear other people’s stories.

I could talk a long time about financial stuff and I don’t want to edify man too much, but truly, Dave is a super generous and kind man.  He was very sweet to us when we met him and Martha got to tell us more about how much he GIVES to others.  He gives a lot of money away to others and different ministries!  Also, he has great family values.  Every day, he locks his building doors at 5:30 and makes all of his employees (some 300 of them) go home to their families.  He doesn’t want people working late.  I, as a stay-at-home mom with a husband who goes to work every day, can really appreciate this!

Our personal experience with Dave:  My husband I actually coordinated his “Financial Peace University” 13-week course at our church.  It was a blast!  We had a lot of FUN getting to know our small group and talking about financial topics with them.  We also called in to his show over two years ago and did our debt-free scream!  Now that was NEAT!  I loan out his “Total Money Makeover” book often as I think it’s a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to improve their financial situation.  Good stuff!  The book’s worth buying by the way in case you’re wondering!

At its roots, the message of financial peace goes further than just finances.  It’s all about having a SOLID marriage that glorifies God and that is unbreakable.  And it’s TRULY all about giving God the glory, not just with our words, but with our life… our marriage, our children, our home, our things, our schedules, our food, and… our finances.  The fact that someone as popular as Dave Ramsey points people to Christ in his business practice and on his radio show makes him my favorite go-to resource for financial questions of any sort.

Giveaway:  If you’d like to win a copy of Dave Ramsey’s “The Total Money Makeover,” leave a thoughtful comment.  Winner will be chosen on May 31st, 2011!
From random.org, the number selected was number 1.  So, Katee, you’re the winner!  Congratulations!