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Love Conquers All

At 8-years-old, I sat on the edge of my father’s hospital bed, doing my best to wrap my mind around the finality of death, as it brutally introduced itself to me. My dad was dying, after spending the past 5 years of his life struggling against the dark specter many of us know as cancer. He was my hero—my safe place. I thought he was invincible; but there he was, severely emaciated and gasping for his final breaths—a shell of the man he once was. My best friend was dying, and he was leaving behind a fragile wife, a 2-year-old daughter, and me; a confused, heartbroken little boy. That night, January 2nd, 1996, started me down a path of brokenness and pain that would last for the next ten years.

For years after my father died, my pain worked itself out in anger and rage. I was quick to violence—both physical and emotional—if things didn’t work out the way I hoped, and I hurt many people around me—classmates, friends, or family members. I remember one night in particular, something set me off and I took it out on my mom. I screamed at the top of my lungs, and threw or hit anything I could get my hands on. My mother, in what I think was mostly desperation, grabbed on to me and wrapped me up in her arms. She didn’t know it at the time, but she tapped into the heart of God that night. I was furious. I screamed at her to let me go—cursing and threatening her at the top of my lungs. She refused. She held me even tighter; eventually sitting down into a chair in our living room, pulling me close, and holding me tightly on her lap.

I did everything I could think of to make her let go—I tried to bite or kick her, I screamed profanities at her, telling that I hated her, and even threatening to take her life. She never wavered. She hugged me even tighter, whispering, “Son, I love you,” over and over again. She never argued or bargained with me. She simply held me in her arms, refusing to let me go, and showing me that, no matter what I did, I was loved, whether I liked it or not. Eventually I fell asleep in her arms, and she carried me to my bedroom and tucked me in to bed for the night.

I don’t know that my mom even really remembers this night, and I certainly couldn’t have said this to her at the time, but that was the first time in my life I ever really felt loved. My mother was willing to endure my violence and bear my scorn just to make sure I KNEW that she loved me. She showed me that, no matter how badly I messed up, she wasn’t going to go anywhere. I’ve found that, this is what God’s love is like. He is not intimidated by our rage or our insecurity. He will not be scared off by any of our feeble tactics. His love is fierce and forceful; relentless and patient—it is willing to endure the fire of our fallenness just to show us the glory of His goodness. His love conquers all.

How strange that we Christians treat God’s love like it’s very fragile. Have you forgotten just how big our God really is? Maybe you never had the same violence or anger that I did, but I’ll bet that if you’re honest, you can remember having a rebellious heart just like mine—with your little fists balled as you cursed God with your lifestyle, demanding in all your feeble fury that He leave you alone. If you’re anything like me, it must have been so irritating to see that none of your protests ever worked. Nothing you ever did ever discouraged His pursuit of your heart. With each great rebellion you mounted against Him, He simply drew you nearer and loved you deeper, in spite of your self.

God is a lot like my mom, I think. He is not intimidated by your sin or your selfishness. Your rebellion was no surprise to Him, and your weakness doesn’t discourage Him. He knows the depth of your depravity and He loves you wildly anyway, and there’s nothing you can do to stop Him! So today, why don’t you take a page out of my book, and just give up. Let the Father wrap His arms around you and pull you down into His lap. Allow the bitterness of your past without Him to fade away and make room for the sweetness of your future with Him. Close your eyes, open your hands, and see if your heart can maybe hear him whispering to you with strength and sweetness, the words that will set you free if you can learn to believe them: “Son, I love you.” Mattie Montgomery

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mx moment :: hand it over

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mx more :: battling on alone

When life is overwhelming, instead of running to Jesus, I sometimes battle on, alone. I know what the Bible says…but what I need is busyness. I’m building a wall against chaos, and every task is another brick.

What are you facing at the moment? What is it that feels “too much?” A stressful job – or no job. Screaming children – or no children. Your health. Your bank balance. YOU. Too tired to keep going; too weak to stop.

As Christians, if we feel overwhelmed, we’re in good company. In the bible, God’s people are constantly being pressed down and poured out. The apostle John writes about such struggles in Revelation 1:9. However, it’s not his suffering that floors him. It’s Jesus who knocks him off his feet.

Here’s how John describes this Jesus:

He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.

This God has eyes like flames. Are you hurting, alone or overwhelmed? He sees.

This God has feet like bronze in a fire. Are you in the furnace of sorrow and pain? He is with you.

Are you overwhelmed by criticisms, complaints and demands? This God has a voice that drowns out all others.

Do you feel surrounded by darkness? This God is like the sun in all its brilliance. He brings His light.

This God isn’t a set of January resolutions. He is Lord. Lord of our depression, Lord of our finances, Lord of our relationships. Lord of our bones and Lord of our tears.

Whatever we’re facing, this God is greater still.

Emma

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Faith Broadcasting Network in South Africa adds MXTV to their Roster

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news from the field :: mxtvUK

MXTV

I don’t know who am going to be,

As I have this mixed message that MTV is sending me,

And the negative lyrics are starting to effect.

So it’s a struggle to keep my faith in check,

Because you ain’t all that if you’re not out getting wasted.

Plastic surgery for famous faces & using women as sex objects, and if I ain’t perfect, I am not accepted

They have packaged up a lie so good, am impulse buying it.

The currency is my soul and I ain’t even denying it.

But hey, a least they can relate to me, because it’s relevant to me.

They are meeting my generation where they are at you see.

I am sorry but lectures, begging for money & old school gospel track will not cut it.

Then I came across MXTV.

My generation is hard to reach but they are reaching me, changing me & impacting me.

From 1997 they have been inviting the world to heaven.

Speaking my language, broadcasting over 200 countries and reaching 3.4 billion people.

Because they made church more than pews, stained glass, windows and a steeple.

People say plant some seed, when really it’s Jesus they need.

I remember Tim spoke on Love what you do.

When I was thinking, man, I really don’t love what I do.

But now I love what I do.

Bringing my generation to salvation.

Thank you, MXTV

Steven McLeish - Pastor/Spoken Word Artist

Glasgow, Scotland

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mx moment :: turn my eyes

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mx moment :: it’s a promise

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mx moment: in times of good, bad and ugly, try this

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mxtvUK Promo 2016

We are so excited about our new venture, mxtvUK! This is a new division of MXTV, featuring hosts and co-hosts that reside in the United Kingdom. Episodes will be shot both on location in the UK and in the United States.

Episodes will be shot MXTV style with lots of Music, Message and Media!

Check out our new PROMO here!

Keep an eye on mxtvUK!

Facebook: mxtvUK
Twitter: mxtvUK
Instagram: mxtvUK

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Setting Your Sights

I was thinking the other day as I was tweaking the sight on my bow, how many of us will be focusing on sights now and in the coming months. Whether it’s bow sights, a shotgun bead, or crosshairs most of the men in this country will be lining their sights up on something.

All my life I have been a very driven person. I’ve always had laser-like focus on whatever goal I was trying to achieve. I always thought this was actually a “good” area of my personality. What I mean is I always hit my mark. I thought my sights were zeroed in on the target, whatever it was. It could have been school, sports, hunting, work, finances, girls, relationships, the list just keeps going. I didn’t just think I could hit my mark, I KNEW I could. And what’s apparent to me now, I hit exactly where my sights were pointing…I was just pointing at the wrong target.

Have you ever tried to teach someone how to shoot a gun? They miss, you ask if they were aiming at the target, but you don’t really know if the sights are off or they just can’t shoot. Sometimes we’re aiming correctly, but our sights are just not set right. Other times our lack of focus causes a miss when everything else is set just right.

What I have learned in the last two years is that all the things in this world I worked so hard to achieve were not the True targets. A nice house, money, the farm, my kids, even my wife are not where the laser of my focus should have been. None of which are bad in and of themselves, but the True target I’m talking about is Christ. When I decided to set my sights on Him and on things, not of this world, it completely changed my perspective on all the other things I’d been aiming for.

It is so easy to get caught up in the daily chase of this world. Multiple times a day we’re faced with choices, but we have to figure out what it is we are chasing. It’s easy for me to write about this, but much harder to put it into practice. What we are chasing, our prize, is the HOPE that we find in a Spirit-led life. Hope is what gets us through the rough times when we miss, and what makes the hits that much better! All the other things we chase in this world have hope, but it’s a short-lived hope. There is only one hope that lasts forever, and that’s the hope we find in Jesus Christ. When our hope is found in Christ and only in Christ, all the other things just fall into place…

Where are your sights pointing? Do they need a little tweak? Are you really focusing on the True target?

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.

Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NLT)

STAND FIRM,

Heath

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Dear Girls

Dear Girls

Dear Girls, I have something to say to you,

the stuff your listening to just isn’t true

and I hope this poem gets through to you.

You are not ugly, dumb or unattractive,

you need to take every thought captive because you captivate.

You are not just another stereotype and as you type your status know that you are more than your status and likes.

You say your fat and ugly but that is not what you post to be.

A princess and a daughter of the king is what you’re supposed to be.

You are beautiful, unique, one in a billion, one of a kind, awesome, brilliant, creative, powerful, stunning and sm awoman after God’s own heart,

and whether you think your fat or thin just be comfortable in your own skin.

And next time you think of the word beautiful don’t forget to count yourself in.

You are precious, a trusted diamond and boys who don’t wait for you are not wise men

because you are one of the most valued commodities there is and know this you will never look like the girl in the magazine, even the girl in the magazine doesn’t look like the girl in the magazine.

but you are queen, no low self-esteem because the Creator of the Universe esteems you highly. You are loved by God so don’t live your life photoshopped and take the filter off.

The Bible says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made and when God made you he did not make a mistake. He can’t stand when you compare yourself to others because you are beautiful just the way you are.

So don’t let this world’s expected images to conceal you be the real you,

and don’t cut the skin there is too much beauty within,

and don’t let the words from peoples’ lips stick but pick God’s foundation. I see in you, you can change a nation, but I see you live under the shadow of extensions of lies but come out from under there with a fire and a hunger in your eyes.

You are more than beauty products and you are not a sex object,

and by all means wear makeup, but not to make up someone that’s made up.

Don’t believe the nasty things people said or the lies in your head because they all come from the father of all lies Satan and when he’s making you cry inside just know that one day you will be a beautiful bride,

and that groom will love you for who you are,

and think you are the most gorgeous by far.

I know for some of you, your heart breaks but you are strong and have what it takes,

and it takes not giving the devil a chance to let any man hold your hand for a one night stand but take a stand.

The timing may or may not be right for you,

but Mr. Right is out there for you,

waiting for you with a ring that says I promise,

promise to be all you hoped he be,

promise to cherish and hold you forever,

and he will say with everything I give her,

all my heart.

He will die for you,

nothing will separate you apart.

But as you wait for Mr. Right,

and when nothing feels right,

know that there is always one Mr. Right…

Jesus Christ,

who has already died for you.

And as He gets off the cross,

he will bend down on one knee and say,

will you…Live for me?

© all rights are owned by Steven McLeish. Scripts may be performed in a live performance if the event is ‘free’. The artist, “Steven McLeish’’ must be credited if you would like to perform at paid event or with video/audio. Contact us on our website stevenmcleish.com for more information.

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Believe.

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Be Still

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Fear vs Faith

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Name Calling

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New Promo 2016

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Confusion

Today, it seems that confusion follows us everywhere. Social media reports on it. Our government feeds on it. Families are living in it. The media expands on it. It is a disease that is spreading fast and sure.

I started thinking about the very word confusion and pulled up the dictionary to help me define it. Confusion: lack of understanding; uncertainty. The state of being bewildered or unclear in one’s mind about something. The synonyms took it to an even deeper place; unsureness, doubt, ignorance, bewilderment, puzzlement, befuddlement, shock, daze, wonder and discombobulation. Woah! Place just one of these words next to what is happening in the news today and it, unfortunately, fits.

God must have known this would happen to us as humans. Confusion messes with our brain. It causes us to do things that we would not have done if we had a calm and sure mind. Confusion to God is like oil and water. It just doesn’t mix. It sits on the top and doesn’t let anything through. It’s a barrier. A tall, high fence that won’t let us enter that awesome place of calm.

Picture a scene in which a crowd of people witness a bomb explode. They begin running, screaming, crying, not knowing where to go, or what to do and complete chaos ensues. Confusion leads to chaos, chaos leads to fear and that all adds up to lack of power and a life filled with shock and doubt! Now picture a scene on a beach, where everyone is relaxed and enjoying the surf, soaking in the sun and not having a worry in the world. That’s the visual difference between confusion and a sound mind.

Paul, a leader in the bible, talked to a young teen, Timothy, about confusion. He told him, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim.1:7. A sound mind. Having that in our life gives us power. Time to think, to consider every scenario. Every outcome. God’s desire is for his children to not live in a life filled with confusion. Proverbs 14:30 even talks about how it ‘corrodes the bones’. In essence, confusion destroys.

Take a moment today and see how confusion is messing things up in your life. Then turn things around. Don’t give into confusion. Replace it. I went back to that same dictionary and looked for antonyms. I found calm, happiness, clarity, peace, order and sense. When confusion rears its ugly head, stop for a minute. You don’t need to fall prey to its destructive methods. Grab someone to help you look at your life and see what things need to change to take confusion out and bring some peace in. Lay it all out and cut what needs to be cut. Living in a world filled with anxiety and discourse is hard, but you don’t have to allow it to cover you and destroy you. You have a choice.

Creatively His, Sue:)

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mx moment :: with God all things are possible.

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You hear my voice.

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mx moment :: be strong and courageous

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mx moment :: it was done.

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Be still.

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Bigger life.

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The Narrow Gate

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Gather.

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mx moment :: long lost friends

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No intimidation

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The Plans

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Patiently waiting.

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Fears

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It may just change you.

It may just change YOU.

Riding my bike in my sunny hometown today, I encountered a man at the grocery store who was picking through the used cigarettes in the butt bin outside the door. I nearly ran into him because I was walking with my eyes down, putting my purchase in my backpack. As I walked past him, I couldn’t help but feel the heart of God for him, and that still small voice in my soul telling me to help him. I pulled my backpack to the front of me and fidgeted for my wallet.

Doubt crept an icy hand onto my soul, and I hesitated… “What if something bad happens?”

So, I strapped my helmet on and rode away. I hadn’t gotten very far when I felt the Spirit of God all over me, and I began to ask myself why I had let that moment get away. I told God I was sorry, and rode the last few blocks home. But, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I should have done something.

“What could’ve happened? What if I would have been able to share Jesus with this man, and I just missed it? Am I really so afraid of the people there or of this man that I just didn’t do anything?” Well, I couldn’t stand it, so I grabbed some cash, the dog, jumped in the car and headed back to the store, hoping I would find him still there. As I drove, I thought, “isn’t this the point of being a Christian? This is what we are made for…otherwise our faith is dead and useless…But, God, what do I say when I see him?”

I figured Holy Spirit would give me the words, and I nervously pulled into the parking lot, hoping to see him there. And indeed, thank God, he was there. In the same place as before, but he had found a different used cigarette to light up from among the pile of butts.

I sat in my car for a moment…”What DO I say?”

He saw me coming… “Hey, man,” I said (very holy indeed…lol.). “Do you need something?”

“Hey, how are you?? What? Oh, no. No.”

“Are you thirsty?” I asked. He held up his coffee cup, which I am assuming he found there in the can out front too…

“I have coffee.”

“Do you want a burrito or something?” He looked up at me with dirty teeth and a smoke stained mustache and said ‘yes.’

I told him I would get him something and be right back. As quickly as I could I grabbed a huge bottle of water (its 80 out today), a few packs of almonds, two apples and two fried chicken breasts. In that time, he had come inside and taken a seat at one of the tables in the deli. He waved at me as I walked past to purchase the items.

Walking back to him, I thought to myself, “What do I say now? I guess ‘God Bless’, right?” Well, as I was setting the food down in front of him, before I could even say anything, he said to me “God bless you.” I didn’t make eye contact with him- honestly, I was uncomfortable and didn’t know what to say back. I thought, “That’s what you’re supposed to say. It’s just a saying. I wonder what he means by it.”

But as I looked up at him, he said something to me in his unsteady voice that I will never forget.

“No, really. God bless you. It’s not what you do for God, it’s what He does for you. It’s not your love for God that saves you, it’s God’s love for you. Thank you. God bless you.”

Then he reached out his hand and I gave him mine, and we shook on it. I touched him. He touched me. He had dirty hands, soft hands, and small. As I walked back to my car, I realized I had been the one to be blessed in this whole encounter. I was so happy that I had come back to the store to help this man, by the urging of the Spirit, and I felt the sweet release of God’s hand on me, knowing that I had done what He asked of me. But, in the end, it was ME that was changed.

Ladies, don’t be afraid to step out when God speaks to you about something He wants you to do. You may think it’s for another person’s benefit, or that you are extending the hand of God to someone, which you will be, but you may just find that YOU, like me, are the one who is changed.

So, my darlings, be powerful today and remember this-

Matthew 25:34 (paraphrase) “… ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink…Then the righteous will answer Him saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?...And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

Dreaming in Color,

Rheannon

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Refuge

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Amazon Smile Meets MXTV

Yet another way that you can shop and support MXTV—

Amazon Smile has partnered with MXTV and will give a percentage to the ministry of MXTV.

What is Amazon Smile??

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at Amazon Smile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at mxtv.org/smile
  • How cool is that!? It’s that EASY!!

Thanks for all your SUPPORT - always,

With Vision,

TIM

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Those stars.

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Your name is our favorite word.

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The People

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Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Where do you want go?

What do you want to do ?

These are important questions but sometimes I think we get so caught up in this that we can miss the point.

God said I have come to give life, (John 10:10) life in all its fullness. Not I have come to give you achievements, not that it is wrong to have achievements but when they become the focus it can become out of balance.

God is all about giving life, new life and doing life, he cares about life, big time. I have noticed that life is a journey not a destination and if we are not careful we can get so caught up in the destination we forget to enjoy the journey.

We can go on long walks and forget to breath in the fresh air and smell the roses or go on long car journeys and not take the time to look at God’s amazing creation. We can often go through life and miss out on amazing conversations, new friendships, being inspired by others’ stories, receiving encouragement, healing or allowing our wounds to become someone’s healing and our comfort to become someone’s comfort. If we would only just take time and be interruptible. Jesus had time for everyone, still to this very day.

Life has up & downs but if you learn to enjoy the journey you can see how truly beautiful it can be. This life can have the most ugly situations but God can turn them into his masterpiece and truly make all things work together for good. So stop getting frustrated to get there and trust God. For example, if your on a plane and it takes you 8 hours to get to your desired destination there is nothing you can do to get there any faster. You have two options: 1. Get stressed, frustrated and worked up that you are not getting there quicker or 2. You can enjoy the flight, talk to people, read a book, watch TV, have a nap, whatever it may be. I believe it’s the same with God, nothing is going to get you to a destination any sooner than God’s timing. You can get frustrated about God’s plan for your life or enjoy the journey getting there.

The question shouldn’t be are we there yet ? but am I enjoying the journey getting to my destination?

One of the most important things in our journey is to remember to simply Love which is spelt T-I-M-E.

I will finish with a quote from one of my best friends from Honduras who says, “be free, live your life, go on the adventure.”

Psalm 27:13 ESV

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

enjoy the journey.

Steven

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Temper, temper

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The Target

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That wall.

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On Your Doorstep

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Give to Give

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You are the solution to making a difference in this generation!

You are the solution to making a difference in this generation!

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Click here to set up or get your card. It’s so easy! Just think, when you shop you are killing two birds with one stone. Feeding your family AND Kroger will provide some monies to the ministry of MXTV.

How cool is that!

Thanks for thinking of us!

With Vision, TIM

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Promo Video 2016

Our new promo video gives you the who, what, where, when, why and how of MXTV.

It’s fast moving, informative and short!!! Take a moment to view this 48 second video here. Hopefully it will answer all and any questions you may have about MXTV.

With Vision, Tim

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Nuteki: The Wind Inside by Brian Herr

The Wind Inside by Nuteki

“In the beginning,

God created…”

God spoke (or maybe sang) the universe into existence.

Like a deep, rich bell being rung in a silent space, God’s words echoed and reverberated through space and time and continue to impact, inspire, and create today. If your eyes and ears are open, you can see and hear them everywhere.

Someone recently passed a song on to me with words that perhaps capture some of those echoes. The band is Nuteki, a grungy alternative Russian act whose live shows are the band’s real strength.

“The Wind Inside” might be interpreted as a gentle beckoning from Creator to creation to return, that in spite of the waywardness, there’s a healing, a belonging that’s available for those willing to accept those things.

In my own life, I’ve experienced that gentle beckoning from my Creator. Although I’d grown up in church, did the youth group thing every week, and had parents who were good role models, I chose the path of drugs, partying, and general hedonism.

Now, I’ll never say I didn’t have fun during those years. I had a freaking blast. Some of the most formative and indelible experiences happened to me during those times. The places I went, the people I met, the conversations I had – they all add up to who I am today, and I’ll never despise those times. I’ve learned to embrace them, to be at peace with the decisions I made.

That said, after about six years of free-wheeling my way through life, I found myself at a place where I was drained. The life was sucked out of me. I was scared. I was doing so many drugs that I couldn’t tell whether the thoughts I was having actually were real.

“Did I actually have that conversation, or did I just imagine it? Was that something in my dream, or did that happen?”

Right about that time, something interesting happened. God’s gentle, patient love began to hit me like cannonballs. His Presence began to overwhelm me, like smelling the earth on a new, bright clean spring morning.

It wasn’t that He had just begun speaking to me at that point. I just started really paying attention.

And then I started taking action. It’s one thing to hear from God. It’s quite another to do what He’s asking. Up until that point in my life, I really hadn’t been doing any of either. But that Love – it compelled me to act, and that action eventually brought me into a fullness of life that I could have never imagined or accomplished on my own.

So maybe it’s just me as I listen to the lyrics of this song, wanting this to be a snapshot of God’s gentle whispering. You might listen to or read these lyrics and find yourself thinking something completely different about them.

That’s fine. But to those of you who may be where I was – and let’s face it, still find myself occasionally – let these words, wrapped in the molten sound of music, be a balm and comfort to your soul. Know that there’s nothing you’ve done that can ever separate you from the crazy, passionate love of your Creator.

He longs for you. He has from the beginning. Maybe, in this song, those words are finding you in the exact moment when and where you need them.

Brian Herr lives in Pittsburgh, PA where he is a husband, dad, hockey nut, and communicator. You can connect with him at facebook.com/brianherrtv

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Live Forever

This past week, a local high school community where we live has been grieving the death of one of its star athletes who died in his sleep after telling his mom one evening that he wasn’t feeling well. His mom, doing what every mom would do, told him to lay down for a bit and she would check on him to see if he was feeling better. When she went in to check on him, he was non-responsive. Her son had passed away in his sleep. Like other stories we have heard in the news around our nation in recent years, sometimes young people die unexpectedly with no warning or signs of health concerns. We know several families who knew this young man and his family. There have been many tears shed and many questions asked. My heart hurts for them – and my prayers are for them.

As you might imagine, then, I found myself pierced with intense emotion and hope upon viewing The Afters’ latest music video of their song, “Live on Forever”. Suddenly before me was a visual and audible expression of what we are promised as Christians… our hope, our truth, our reality about this life we live here on earth and beyond in heaven. I was spellbound as I watched the man in the video rise up from the pavement and run through a beautiful world with no boundaries. As the video continued, the story unfolds –perhaps -to similar real life events linked within the song’s lyrics. It reminded me of other loved ones and friends that have passed away before me… and the hope for those who were Christians (like the young man who passed away suddenly this past week).

Dark days are gonna go away

They won’t have the final say

These bones were always gonna fade

Cause we were made for another place

The moment of our final breath

When all our fears are put to rest

Every tear will disappear

Heaven is real

We’re gonna live on forever… Forever… Forever (The Afters, “Live On Forever”)

A friend of mine says that we are walking around in “flesh suits.” He expounds that these “flesh suits” are what one’s soul wears during our time here on earth, but it is just a temporal thing and the more important thing - the eternal thing - is when we finally get rid of these flesh suits. Friends, The Afters have provided us an artistic visual to give proper emotion to the truth in the words of their song… if you know you are a Christian, you get to claim this hope! We can sing with them – We’re gonna live on forever, forever! If you aren’t sure, then I encourage you to talk to someone you know and trust who is a Christian. If you don’t have someone you feel comfortable talking with, then contact MXTV. MXTV staff members are willing to talk with you about what it means to be a Christian and the hope found and expressed in this video. Issues like this are too important… we must be able to say with confidence, like the Afters’ song does – We’re gonna live on forever

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; human existence is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Psalm 39: 4-7 (NLT)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT)

“He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4 (NLT)

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Is the dark side stronger?

It feels as though I would be remiss if I did not post some thoughts on the latest resurgence of the Star Wars craze that seems to take over the majority of movie buffs every 20 years or so. With the release of the latest episode, several friends and family members (and ourselves) were encouraged to revisit the first 6 episodes and relive the great joy of watching good versus evil, droids versus humans, and light sabers versus laser guns (among other things). I confess that I have had the opportunity to watch the first 6 episodes no less that three times now – what with the Christmas holiday break and living with males who were all-too-excited to watch the movies over, and over, and over. But I must also confess that I found myself intrigued again primarily with the scenes of Luke Skywalker being trained by Yoda in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Several before me have drawn the analogy but I could not help but recognize it myself as I watched the training take place from the wise Jedi Master, Yoda, to his stubborn young apprentice, Luke Skywalker. It almost felt as though Yoda was instructing Skywalker how to fight off evil with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Yoda: …a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will…

Much of the training between Yoda and Skywalker revolves around training Skywalker to tap into the good side of the Force to be ready to fight the dark side of the Force and resist the temptations to be drawn to the dark side. Yoda admonishes Skywalker several times that anger leads to the dark side. And as we watch the training unfold, the viewer can’t help but sense the truth in Yoda’s words to our own lives – here on earth, without light sabers, but with similar battles between good and evil. Is there something to be learned for our own lives, in practice, from the wisdom of the Star Wars movies?

Luke: …is the dark side (of the Force) stronger?

Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

In Matthew 7:13, Jesus tells us: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many…” There is something for us to recognize as we go about our days. Our battle is of good and evil is more than just what is readily obvious (Ephesians 6:12). We must put into practice the habits that will help us tap more into Jesus and His ways, His truths, His teachings. As I look ahead to this year (coming off the New Year celebration) I find myself wanting to be studying more of Jesus and who He is and filling my mind with truth from the Bible so that I am ready for anything that life throws my way. I guess I see it similar to what Yoda was trying to teach Skywalker – we should be immersing ourselves in Biblical practices and teachings so that we are strengthened to not give into the temptations of things that lead us down a dreadful path (obviously, my interpretation ).

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.… Ephesians 6:12-13

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