The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

 "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" burned up box offices, pulling in some 161.1 million dollars in just one weekend.

Fans want to see Katniss, with her nearly superhuman survival skills

  • outsmart evil President Snow
  • get a clue about handsome hearthrobs Gale and Peeta
  • destroy the despicable system of "reaping" innocent victims for the entertainment of privileged onlookers.

Katniss (with help from the mockingjay) has become the symbol for hope … because of her willingness to die rather than kill. And apparently her fiery courage is catching.

But as Snow senses his system of fear-based control falling apart, he concocts a diabolical plan to protect his power.

So much drama!

So many special effects!

What a way to escape from reality!

I mean, it’s not like anyone in the real world uses fear to manipulate and control others, right?

And who ever heard of a corrupt system that exploits innocents?

Or a real world where some starve while others who’ve never known hunger are obsessed with entertainment?

Sound familiar?

Katniss and her friends aren’t real but the ugliness and corruption they face are.

Hunger is also real, and it’s not always about feeding the stomach. Maybe people exploit and oppress each other because they are spiritually starved and don’t even know it.

Well it doesn’t have to be that way.

There once was a reaping of just one person, not in a movie but in real life.

The innocent victim wasn’t picked in a lottery, but predicted by Jewish prophets. And he wasn’t really a victim because he turned his death into a victory …

Yeshua (Jesus) is a real person whose death and resurrection still inspire hope and shake up the status quo today.

Don’t wait for the odds to be in your favor.  You can receive God’s favor, based on Jesus’ sacrifice for you.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here. Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page. Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues." You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.

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