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(2004), NR [Solid G*] (1hr 24.4min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2004), NR [Solid G*] ... Missie learns of God's enduring promise.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Hallmark Entertainment, Alpine Medien Productions, Larry Levinson Productions, Faith & Values Media
Distribution (US): The Hallmark Channel
Director(s): Michael Landon, Jr.
Producer(s): H. Daniel Gross, Robert Halmi Jr., Lincoln Lageson, Michael Landon Jr., Larry Levinson, Nick Lombardo, Michael Moran, Randy Pope, William Spencer Reilly
Teleplay by: Cindy Keller, Michael Landon, Jr.
Book: Jeanette Oke
Cinematography/Camera: Maximo Munzi
Music: Kevin Kiner
Film Editing: Colleen Halsey
Casting: Penny Perry
Production Design: Simona Ennas
Art Direction: Scott H. Campbell
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

It is now about seven years later and Missie (January Jones) is a young lady and has become the local school marm. Her brothers, 9 year old Aaron (Kesun Loder) and 7 year old Arnie (Logan Arens) are healthy young sprites competing for the highest position on the family totem pole and arguing the pecking order. Everything seems to be going well for everyone ... until tragedy strikes her father Clark (Dale Midkiff). On a firewood gathering trip, Aaron is startled which startles dad in the middle of a swing of the axe. Deflection of the mis-targeted axe causes it to dig a deep laceration in his left shin. Now dad is not able to work and the crops are ready for planting. If the planting does not get done, they could loose everything. Mother Marty (Katherine Heigl) and daughter Missie have to do dad's work as well as their own.

Noticing Missie clearly in over her head plowing the field, a local runaway boy, Nate, aka Willie Nathan LaHaye (Logan Bartholomew) comes to the rescue and takes over plowing. In a volley of little rude snippets at Missie by Willie and Missie's retorts right back at him, it is clear Nate .. er .. Willie is smitten by Missie ... and Missie by him.

A complication arises in Missie's life. A rich heir of the railroad surveying the land, Grant Thomas (Mackenzie Astin) spies Missie as she rides off for some berries for lunch. Smitten by her, Grant does his best to woo Missie who, at first, seems smitten by him as well. Uh-oh! Missie now has two men in her life. Indeed, it is by Grant's efforts to woo Missie and Willie's arrogance toward her that Missie learns of God's enduring promise.

Love's Enduring Promise is the second in a series of films based on books by Jeanette Oke. Love Comes Softly was the first. We hope to provide you with a CAP analysis of each.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 88 out of 100
Clark's injury is well moulaged and appears onscreen a number of times. Also, a subplot in the story involves the death of Willie's younger brother Mattie (Dominic Scott Kay) and it is presented with somewhat graphic accounting.

By God's Word [Prov. 16:29] and even man's "word" violence can be "catching."

Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
Missie's classroom students lock her out of the shcoolhouse which could have ended up in disaster. Mischief is one of seven things God hates. [Prov. 6:18] Aaron defies mom's instructions. [Eph. 6:1 - 3] And Willie's father, Zeke (Cliff De Young) who blames Willie for the death of Mattie is bitter and unforgiving toward Willie for a time. [Matt. 18:10]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There is nothing in this episode that even remotely resembles anything sexually immoral.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
No reference to, possession of or consumption of illegal drugs, no tobacco of any kind nor abuse of prescription drugs were found.

Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
Three times someone utters God's name in vain but each time without the four letter expletive. Even without the four letter expletive, use of His name in such a way is still in vain [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides or evidence of them were found.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Prov. 6:16 - 19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, 18) feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
  • Eph. 6:1 - 3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with promise. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
  • Matt. 18:10 See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


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    Love's Enduring Promise (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 88 out of 100
  • bloody injury, repeatedly
  • visual accounting of young boy's death

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
  • adolescent mischief - locking teacher out of schoolhouse
  • adolescent defiance of mother's instructions
  • hateful father

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
  • three uses of God's name in vain

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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