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From Tinseltown to Timbuktu

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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“You can’t handle the truth!” – Jack Nicholson as Col. Nathan Jessup, USMC

A Few Good Men is a 1992 movie starring Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, and Demi Moore. The plot revolves around the court martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine.

On the witness stand, Jessup is questioned by Cruise’s character, Lt. Daniel Kaffee, USN, JAG Corps. The contentious back-and-forth between the two men is the critical moment of the trial and the movie itself. Here is how the full dialogue goes…

Kaffee: Colonel Jessup, did you order the Code Red?!

Judge: You don't have to answer that question!

Jessup: I’ll answer the question. You want answers?

Kaffee: I think I'm entitled!

Jessup: You want answers?!

Kaffee: I want the truth!

Jessup: You can’t handle the truth!

Movies made in Hollywood aren’t real, but the give-and-take between Kaffee and Jessup certainly rings true. Because whether you are living in Tinseltown, Tampa, or Timbuktu, there is only one eternal Truth. His name is Jesus, He is God’s Son, and He came to earth to live a sinless life, to die a substitutionary death, and to rise victoriously from the grave.

People who repent of their sins and trust Jesus as Savior will spend eternity in heaven. Those who reject Him will spend eternity in hell.

That’s the truth? Can you handle it?

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

Editor’s Note: Look for the third and final segment of the “Truth Trilogy” tomorrow.

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