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Discovering Raising Daniels and Esthers




How many times are we asked to compromise on our beliefs? When is it appropriate to “go along to get along,” and when do we stand firm? From the safe distance of a Sunday school class discussion, the answer appears obvious – but it is not as easy when one is caught in the heat of the matter.  In this At the Movies anthology, I’ve selected key movie scenes where the story’s hero had to exercise faith in order to stand for a fundamental principle.  As a teenager sent into Babylonian captivity, Daniel did not compromise on his beliefs. God honored the young man for exercising his faith in a culture that sought to force him to submit and conform.  In this Anthology I’ve titled Discovering Raising Daniels and Esthers At the Movies, we’ll see ways to help our children and grandchildren learn how to have the courage of Daniel and Esther to stand for God’s truth in a way that allows them to influence their cultural surroundings.

I hope you’ll consider using this with a High School or College group study and conversation. Or, perhaps some pastors could be moved by God in developing a sermon for a church service.

Hunger Games

Hunger Games

 

In the Old Testament, there were three prophets that arose during a period of crisis when the Jews were carried into exile in Babylon. Their names were Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel. When Daniel was taken to Babylon in the first of three exile groups, he and Ezekiel were most likely in their late teens. If we consider the life and ministry of Daniel, we see that a defining event happens in Daniel Chapter 2, when King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. He told no one what had been in the dream, and demanded that his Wise Men tell him its contents and reveal its meaning – or be executed. No one but Daniel could tell the king what his dream had been, let alone interpret it.

The Undiscovered Country

Because he was the only person able to meet Nebuchadnezzar’s demands, Daniel was appointed the Chief Wise Man. For many years, Daniel remained in that position, and his power and influence grew – so much so that the Babylonian governors and other political officials became jealous of Daniel, and conspired against him. They convinced the King to pass a law saying that anyone who prayed to a god other than the King himself would be thrown into the lions’ den. Yet, in spite of this, Daniel DID pray – and God protected him. The point is that Daniel did not compromise on his beliefs, and God honored the young man for exercising his faith in a culture that sought to force him to submit and conform.

National Treasure

NationalTreasure

 

In this At the Movies anthology, I’ve selected key movie scenes where the story’s hero had to take a stand against impossible odds and act courageously. Just as in the prophet Daniel’s day, doing the courageous thing is often not the popular thing. CLICK HERE and I’ll give you access to a sample chapter using the movie National Treasure.

 

Discovering Raising Daniels and Esthers at the Movies

Discovering Raising Daniels and Esthers at the Movies

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