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Wednesday, January 08 2020

New Year, New Love

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I love movies. I’m not a critic, if anything I’m an advocate to the highest power. I usually rave about movies that others dreaded and I can easily be influenced sometimes after watching Dramas (they’re my favorite).


I say that to make mention of a movie I just watched a few days ago called Gemini man.  I’ll spare you all the details fast forwarding to a scene where Will Smith is talking to a 25-year-old version of himself who he has at gunpoint as he tries to convince his clone that he is in fact a clone. He tells the clone of his fears, his preferences, his personality and eventually allows him to escape but not before letting him know that he’s trying to save him not kill him.

I thought to myself, a trained killer was about to kill another target until he learned that the target was himself in another form and then a heart full of mercy and empathy emerged. Isn’t that how so many of us are, myself included. When we consider adverse situations and circumstances of life we are quick to judge others but when the shoe is reversed we are so gentle with ourselves and expect it from others. For example, when there’s a couple that can’t ever seem to get over the hump financially and we ask “how come they can’t manage their money better?”, but once upon a time when we were in the same boat we desired and needed generosity and opportunities to improve our situation and what we didn’t need was judgement. I know I’m preaching to the choir and all of us ideally view ourselves as loving and non judgmental Christians who are quick to move by the spirit to help our fellow brothers and sisters, but I’m writing today with the hope that the next time you or I consider destroying others with our thoughts, words or actions that we might take a moment like Will Smith did in Gemini Man when he saw himself and we would treat others like we would want to be treated. In this way we would be directly fulfilling one of the greatest commandments to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31).


As we head into a New Year, let’s spread some New Love. Until next time family

- Shalom


Written By: Paul Knox

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Food for Thought and Self Reflection

Our Faith functions well when we know God is good.  

Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  


God is a good God!  Psalm 34:8 

taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.