I received an email this evening from a subscriber to my blog that has an opportunity for each of us to consider. It is my honor to share something this important through my site. Below is an excerpt of the email I received…
“I am subscriber of your blog…..I have enjoyed reading and listening your blog for sometime now…. Can you help me with something?
I am in charge of the re-release of our film Expelled…The goal is to gain 1,000 new theaters to release the film….over the summer…We are booking new theaters now…
The caveat is that we need at least one group of 250-300 to support the film with a verbal commitment and then tell me personally what theater is preferred and I will see to it that theater get the film at once…
It would mean so much if you could place something for our film telling your readers to contact me personally if they would like to see our film in their city….The film will not just show up unless someone books it with me…We only have 1000 prints and they are gone then we will not have any more to send…Please let me know if you would help me get the word out about out film…”
I have been on what I consider a “blog sabbatical” for a few weeks now. It has been a time of refreshment and recharging. It has also been a much needed time to re-evaluate some things. While I have been away, I have had the absolute honor and blessing of receiving three separate email opportunities to link to other blogs. Below are three new blogs that have extended to offer to exchange links and offerings to Arms Wide Open. I’m thankful that they found something of value here and were willing to pass it along. Check out these links when you get a chance. Bookmark them, RSS Feed them, or just visit them often. Thanks to Vanessa, Ryan and Jeff for the invitations.
GodSurfer.com – For those familiar with “Digg”, Jeff has put together a vision he has of a Christian “Digg” like site. It is a really neat vision and one that I believe God will bless.
Wired For Sound – Vanessa is a PR contact for EMI CMG and has created Wired For Sound to provide you with the latest tools to help you blog about your favorite artists & their music. This is a great resource for any bloggers of Christian Music.
1Bible1.com – Ryan works for a Bible software company and has put together a directory of Bible related blogs. What is really neat is they are organized by State. They are just getting started, but this site is sure to grow.
Thanks to Jeff, Ryan and Vanessa for the offer to exchange links and feature our blogs. I’m honored to link arms on the web for Christ.
I have had the absolute blessing on several occasions to meet people from the blog world either through my travel or theirs. It happened again tonight as my family and I had the honor of meeting a family that I have the ultimate respect for. Many of you in the blogging community know Rindy Walton and her son Matt. I don’t remember how or where, but somewhere “the matrix” connected our paths.
Rindy and Matt’s blogs are more examples of what I’d like mine to be when it grows up. It was even better to meet them live and in person! Rindy, Matt, Tim, Dan and my entire family met up on their way through town at Cheeseburger in Paradise for dinner. All of the parrot heads out there just made the connection between the post title and the place we met. However that is not the only reason why I called it that.
You see God’s timing is perfect. If you know Rindy or follow her blog, you know that God has called her on a journey. He’s called her to sell her home and move 7 hours to a new city. He has asked her to leave the comfort of what she has always known to go somewhere for the single purpose of advancing His kingdom. He has asked her and the boys to make changes in latitude and changes in attitude for Walls Down Church in Cincinnati, Ohio!
It was awesome to sit down for dinner and discuss how God is working and (literally) moving in our lives. My only regret is that we will be 2 hours away when Walls Down opens their doors. You can bet we’ll take a road trip to visit sometime though. I had to share this lyric from the song by Jimmie Buffet. The chorus pretty well explains what God’s up to with both of our families right now.
“It’s those changes in latitudes,
changes in attitudes nothing remains quite the same.
With all of our running and all of our cunning,
If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” – Jimmy Buffet
To Matt, Tim, Dan and Rindy I say thanks for sharing the laughs and the journey! May God bless your changes in latitudes and changes in attitudes. Keep blessing the world through your blogs and your lives. Lord knows you have blessed mine.
The topic for All Pro Dad in the month of April (April 5th) is “Caring for the less fortunate“. I’d like to compile a list of the places and organizations that people contribute to for the Dads and their kids. They can be local organizations or opportunities to give across the world. I’m also looking for ideas and creative ways that Dad’s and their kids can make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate. It doesn’t always have to be money. Your responses and ideas are much appreciated!
So…What are some ways that you care for the less fortunate?
“Today there are thousands of people sitting in church pews every Sunday who look like they’ve got it together on the outside but are broken on the inside. People who want to grab a Christian brother or sister by the shoulders and shout, “I’m not together! I’m in trouble! My relationship with God is terrible! I feel like a fake!” Instead, they pass out another bulletin or stack another chair, afraid to reach out, because everyone else looks like they have life’s problems whipped”