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Valentine’s Day Movie Recommendations

Good Afternoon Beloved,

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, and there are two very different movies debuting:  50 Shades of Grey & Old Fashioned.  As your spiritual shepherd I have two recommendations for you…Definitely don’t see the first movie and seriously consider seeing the second.

I hope that none of you have been exposed to the sinfulness of the “50 shades” book or the lifestyle it depicts.  If you have, know that you can’t out sin the grace of God and if you haven’t, don’t allow the hype surrounding this new movie to pull you into its pollution of your heart, mind, and soul.  God gave us the gift of human intimacy and I can assure you that this book and movie have absolutely nothing to do with His will on how to enjoy that gift to its fullest (which is exactly what God’s heart is for this special gift reserved for a husband and wife).

Instead, if you are looking for a date movie, consider seeing a new one entitled “Old Fashioned.”  I have personally not seen the movie yet, but from what I’ve read it is both entertaining and edifying.  An excellent movie review website that my family uses, Plugged-In (http://www.pluggedin.com/movies/intheaters/old-fashioned-2015.aspx), gives it 4 out of 5 “plugs” and I will be sharing my own thoughts once we have a chance to check it out in the very near future.

Here is a link to a video that includes both a message from the director about the movie’s intentional countering of “50 shades” and the official trailer for the film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFO-RmMv6T8

The closest movie theaters showing “Old Fashioned” this weekend are Roanoke – Valley View Grand 16, Winston – Salem – Wynnsong 12, and Greensboro – Grande 16.  Some theaters do offer group packages, so if you are interested in organizing a church movie night, please let me know.

This Valentine’s Day, I urge you to remember that the greatest expression of love ever known was the perfect life and atoning death of Jesus Christ our Lord!!!  And may that memory of His love lead you to follow Him in repentance and faith…for your salvation and your sanctification.

In His Grace,

Mark J. Elkins

Grace Baptist Church, Pastor

Direct:  276-229-0852

Cell:  276-229-5719

Office:  276-694-5211

14087 JEB Stuart Hwy

Stuart, VA 24171


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