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It has been over 20 years since I watched the movie Ghost; starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.  That’s a great movie even now, but it’s interesting how 20 years can change a person.  How, and praise God for it, eyes can be opened.

There were a couple things that stuck out to me in that movie and one of them in-particular got my attention even 20 years ago.

First; there’s a moment in the movie where Oda May, a psychic helping the recently murdered Sam protect his lover who is in danger, has a check  for $4 million dollars; the blood money Sam was killed for.  She has in her hands something that will change her life forever.  She has suffered and stolen most of her life because she has always lived in squalor, but this check, this money will set her up.

All will be better now and Oda May is elated, her mind reeling with all of the things she will be able to do.  But Sam, knowing the murderer will look for the money, tells her she needs to get rid of it and tells her to give it to the church.  It’s in Oda May’s response where I see myself:

 

 

Isn’t it just like Oda May, when God asks us to give back to Him through our tithe and offerings, that we grasp that check, that money we need for bills or food, perhaps a salon visit or new shoes and not want to let go.

We hold on white knuckled, “I deserve that money!” we cry.

“I earned that money!” We declare, while clenching our teeth and digging in our heels.

If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know my view of tithing and the results of following that command.  (See my post on tithe.)

“Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”   2 Corinthians 9:7

But so many enter the throne room and place an offering in the plate to save face; showing others how generous they are, or out of duty; to make sure they get it checked off their “hafta’ do” list.  I even remember agreeing with that common belief when Sam says to Oda May:

“Just think of it this way; you’ll go to heaven.”

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”   Ephesians 2:8-9

Interesting.

But the part that stuck with me all of these 20 years is the interpretation of death presented in the movie.  No, people don’t hang out on this earth waiting for their eternity to be decided or seek revenge upon people that wronged them while they were alive.  The Bible is clear about that.

“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’ Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;'”   Matthew 25:32-34,41

It’s the view of how the bad guys get caught up in death that stuck with me.

 

 

It’s a dark and scary interpretation that might very well be accurate.  Death and eternity will be a very scary place for a person who doesn’t know Christ and the Bible reveals the truth of that.

“and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”   Matthew 13:50

 

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What does the Bible say about Purgatory?   (http://carm.org/)
Question: What does the Bible say about purgatory?   (http://www.gotquestions.org/)
What Will Hell be Like?   (http://www.godandscience.org/)

I am so glad I have boys.

Boys love to show how strong, fast and brave they are.  They want to protect the world, rescue the damsel and save the day.  Their heart’s desire is to be the hero and I tell you, a girl and the world wouldn’t mind being rescued now and then.

But because I have these boys in my life and am also married to one, I have been forced to become very familiar with all the great superheroes and villains; their powers, their weaknesses, their costumes and their movies.

I have now seen The Avengers movie more than once and I tell you, it is an absolutely outstanding movie and one I will watch over and over and over again.

The Avengers is a superhero action movie featuring Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America, who incidentally have movies of their own, but you don’t necessarily have to know about these characters before you see this movie…although I’m sure you’ll want to after you do.

But what I love so much about not only this movie, but superheroes in general, is how God’s character is revealed through them.  The feelings we get and how we respond to watching these superheroes is exactly how we should feel about our amazing, wonderful, strong and powerful God and how He should be seen.

Let’s start with THOR  as Wikipedia describes him: In Norse mythology, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing, and fertility.

Clearly resemblant of our creator…

“When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain, And brings out the wind from His storehouses.”   Jeremiah 10:13

“He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.”   Job 36:32

“Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning. It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.”   Job 37:11-12

And then there’s IRON MAN  as Wikipedia describes him: Iron Man possesses powered armor that gives him superhuman strength and durability, flight, and an array of weapons. The armor is invented and worn by Stark. Iron Man’s standard offensive weapons have always been the repulsor rays that are fired from the palms of his gauntlets.

Like Iron Man, God offers strength, power and unique protection and also possesses a trait portrayed best by Stark; God wants our eyes focused only upon Him…

“Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the skies.”   Psalm 68:34

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”   Ephesians 6:11

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”   Deuteronomy 6:5

“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.”   Proverbs 8:17

“for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”   Exodus 34:14

Wikipedia describes the HULK as a gigantic, green, irradiated, mutated humanoid monster with incredible strength and an inability to control his rage. The Hulk is sometimes characterized as hyper-aggressive and brutal, other times as cunning, brilliant, and scheming. The Hulk possesses the potential for limitless physical strength depending directly on his emotional state, particularly his anger and is resistant to most forms of injury or damage.

Although the Hulk is typically cast as an anti-hero, our God portrays similar attributes; angry and wrathful, although rightly deserved…

“A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; The LORD is avenging and wrathful. The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies.”   Nahum 1:2

“for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.”   Deuteronomy 6:15

“that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”   Joshua 4:24

And I just love the way he takes care of a false god in the movie and the only two words he utters…

 

 

Saving the best for last… my favorite, CAPTAIN AMERICA. As described by Wikipedia, Captain America has no superhuman powers, although as a result of the Super-Soldier Serum and “Vita-Ray” treatment, he is transformed from a frail young man into a “perfect” specimen of human development and conditioning. Captain America’s strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability, and healing are at the zenith of natural human potential. Rogers’ body regularly replenishes the super-soldier serum; it does not wear off.

Not only is Captain America a beautiful picture of the power and strength God fills us with, the captain is the epitome of all America and humankind holds dear; truth, humility, justice, strength, love and hope and is the best portrayal of God’s true character.

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”   Psalm 18:2

“… God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”   Psalm 46:1

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”   Psalm 89:14

There is even one scene where the Black Widow is explaining to Captain America who Thor and Loki are, saying “they’re basically gods”  and it was in Captain America’s response that had me cheering…

 

 

I serve an amazing God.  The sacrifice He made for me is astounding, the love he has for me is astoning, and the fact that He made me and wants to use me is mind-boggling.

My God surely is an Avenger.

Plugged In movie review

Isn’t it fun when you watch a movie and God whispers some spiritual truth to the ears of your heart?!

It is so cool to witness God’s truths and promises from scripture especially when it reveals itself in a movie, and it happens every time I watch the 2006 Warner Bros. Pictures movie: 300.

300?!!

Yes, 300.  I absolutely love that movie.

It’s not only because Mr. Gerard Butler is an amazing specimen of God’s wonderful creation, including Lena Headey and so many of the abs, I mean actors, who play a part in that movie…

I can’t help but lose my breath as I watch it and see all of the instances it points to history books and scripture, all the while painting a beautiful picture of how both Christ and the evil one sees us!

300 is a controversial and totally inappropriate movie for anyone who’s, y’know pretty much not married, but I tell you I LOVE that movie!!

First off it floors me every time, that this stand Leonidas and the 300 Spartans took against the mighty Persian army is true. You can read all about the Battle of Thermopylae in history books and archives. Unbelieveable!

Secondly, I stare in awe at the (probably not terribly accurate, but still artistically interesting) portrayal of King Xerxes. The very king that the stories talk about from the Bible; the son of King Darius who takes over the Persian Empire after Darius’ death and the very king Esther marries…

“In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius…”   Zechariah 1:1a

“Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces,”   Esther 1:1

“And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, …the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen …”   Esther 2:16-17

Granted, Xerxes is the Greek name for Ahasuerus, and he does not marry Esther until approximately the year following the battle, but still I find it fascinating and it puts the movie in a whole new light.

Third, there is a moment in the movie when the Spartans arrive at the “Hot Gates,” the exact location they plan to overthrow the Persian army. As they arrive and stand on a high cliff overlooking a sea filled with Persian ships, a powerful storm ensues and the raging sea tramples upon and swallows those mighty ships. The Spartans celebrate the “glorious rain” and rejoice in the power they are witnessing.

I can only reflect on that exact power our Creator holds and yields at His whim. How He can and does use the weather to do His bidding and to show His power…

“the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.”   Isaiah 29:6

“There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences…”   Luke 21:11a

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves,”   Luke 21:25

Fourth, the way the movie portrays fleshly desires is impeccable. There’s a scene where King Xerxes lures the derelict Ephialtes to submit to him by offering every kind of fleshly desire imaginable. He seduces Ephialtes not only with his words by promising him the wealth, pleasure, and honor he craves but also immerses Ephialtes within the temptation itself; Xerxes allows Ephialtes to be seduced by his own eyes…

“Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.”   Proverbs 27:20

“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”   James 1:14-15

Xerxes promises that if Ephialtes abandons his country and shows the Persians how to defeat the Spartans, his “joys will be endless. Everything you could possibly desire… every happiness you can imagine… every pleasure your fellow Greeks and false gods have denied you… I will grant you, for I am kind.”

“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.”   1 John 2:16

Oh, how we are like Ephialtes! So often we feel rejected by this world and when the evil one whispers his tantalizing, empty promises, we are eager to listen…

Lust of the eyes;

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate…”   Genesis 3:6

“and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.”   Genesis 4:4-5

“… the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’”   Matthew 4:8-9

Lust of the flesh;

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food , and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate…”   Genesis 3:6

“It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.”   2 Samuel 11:2, 4a

“After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’”   Matthew 4:2-3

The pride of life;

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate…”   Genesis 3:6

“Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.”   Ezekiel 28:17

“Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. ’If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down.’”   Matthew 4:5-6

“Yes! I want it all!” Ephialtes screams as he falls to his knees in devotion to the god-King Xerxes. How many times have we said those exact words and knelt to the wrong king?

And finally, there is a moment in the movie where Leonidas meets Xerxes face to face. Xerxes cautions Leonidas of the power and destruction he can ensue, and advises Leonidas to surrender and bow to him.

Xerxes warns; “Imagine what fate awaits my enemies when I would gladly kill any of my own men for victory.”

But it’s in Leonidas’ response where I see the clearest picture of my Lord and Savior;

“And I would die for any one of mine.”

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”   John 10:11

The Lorax

I mentioned in my Hunger Games post yesterday that our family went to a real, live, full priced, movie together.  Ok not actually the same movie together, but we did go to a real, live, full priced movie theater together.

If you’re questioning the drama of that statement, you probably don’t have four kids.  Paying full price for a family of six can be quite a hit to the pocketbook…not to mention if you want popcorn as well!!  {gulp…}  And after seeing those charming dancing condiments, how can you not go get some popcorn?!!

We are “cheap seat” movie goers; we have a theater here in Madison that charges $2.50 to see a movie.  Granted, the movies they play are in film purgatory; the place in between the heavenly high of newly released to the Sheol despair of home video.  But for a family whose chance to see a new release is few and far between, our “cheap seats” are equivalent to a two-hour Nirvana to us.

But how God orchestrated it so we were able to go to a real, live, full price movie theater was just so sweet…

First off, when my husband and my oldest daughter finished reading The Hunger Games, God allowed the release of the movie that following weekend!!  My daughter’s class planned an informal outing to see it together and planned to discuss the movie in class on Monday, however because of time restraints she wasn’t able to join them.

So her father said he and she would go together before Monday, and because God had provided a generous gift card as a Christmas gift several months before, to the real, live, full price, movie theater, the whole family could go!

When we got there, we decided that we would spend a little money for popcorn and soda.  Don’t worry, we were going to go for the large size so we could get a free refill…but still, that was going to cost us practically what we pay for the whole family to see a movie at the cheap seats!  But, we bit the bullet and stood in line to order our popcorn.

“And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.”   Luke 12:29

As soon as we placed our order, the cashier told us that there was a $10 credit on the movie deals card we presented and we would be upgraded to the large size for the price of a medium, so that credit took care of our snacks!!

Woo-hoo!

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”   Job 9:10

We went to our separate ways, my hubby and my daughter to The Hunger Games, and my other daughter, the boys and I went to a movie more my size:

The Lorax.

Now, I was a bit apprehensive about this movie…because I have seen other Dr. Seuss movies and have not been overly impressed…but with The Lorax, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was a very cute movie and I enjoyed it very much!

Although one of the songs from the movie really saddened me.  It very accurately portrayed this world we live in, and hit very close to home; (just read my recent post I’m a whine-o).   How we as sinful creatures want more, think we deserve more, we watch out for ourselves, and are willing to hurt other people to get what we feel we deserve, and then convince ourselves it’s ok…

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”   Proverbs 14:12

Ed Helms – How Bad Can I Be? [from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” Animation (2012)] 

How bad can I be?
I’m just doing what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
I’m just following my destiny
How bad can I be?
I’m just doing what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
How bad can I possibly be?

Well there’s a principle of nature
That almost every creature knows
Called survival of the fittest
And check it this is how it goes
The animal that eats has got to scratch and fight
And claw and bite and punch
And the animal that doesn’t
Winds up someone else’s lunch

There’s a principle in business
That everybody knows is sound
It says the people with the money
Make this ever loving world go ’round
So I’m biggering my company
I’m biggering my factory
I’m biggering my corporate sign
Everybody out there can take care of yours
And me? I’ll take care of mine mine mine mine mine

Satan wants us to live for ourselves, because that is the direct opposite of what God’s Word tells us to do.  Our enemy tries to convince us that if we don’t already have it we need it, we need a lot of it, we need bigger versions of it, and we need it now!

“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”   Ephesians 4:17-24

But God’s way is best, and it’s obvious that deep down we are built to know that too… and praise the One in whose image we are created!!


My 12 year old daughter, Sami and her father have started reading “The Hunger Games” together.  They both have told me how great these books are and have recommended that I read them as well, but I’m ok with not intriguing myself with children who have to maim and maul other children to survive.

It really puts a whole new spin on survival of the fittest!!

After they finished reading the first book, God worked it out so the Hunger Games movie was released that very weekend plus we had a gift certificate to the theater from Christmas to use, which is an I Spy God all in itself!!  A family of six going to a full priced movie theater needs to take out a loan to even walk in the door, so it is a real treat when we are all able to go to the movies together!!

And no, I didn’t go see Hunger Games.  Instead, Sam and her Dad went to Hunger Games, while I went to a movie more my style with our other three…

The Lorax.

Since seeing The Hunger Games movie, both Sam and her Dad have read the second book “Catching Fire,” and Sam has been bugging her Dad about wanting to read the third book, “Mocking Jay.”  She continually checks with the library, but because of their popularity the books are constantly checked out.  She is on a waiting list, but who knows how long it will take for the book to come in.

Sam noticed that the third book was available for purchase, and even on sale on her Kindle, so she asked her Dad if she could get it.  He questioned her a little bit about it, but he didn’t actually say “no,” and he didn’t give her the “ok” to purchase it either.

As a parent, I’m sure you know the feeling when you’re not sure if you have the money to get something your child really wants, but you would like to find a way to get it for them if possible.  I’m guessing that was the basis of the lack of answer from her Dad.  But Sam graciously put her Kindle away, got ready for school, and mentally prepared for her next how-to-convince-Dad-I-need-this-book encounter.

“O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.”   Psalm 38:9

That very day, while Sam was at school and standing at her locker, a girl in her class approached her and handed her the book.  Apparently God’s waiting list is shorter than the library’s.

Isn’t that just how God works??!!  He gave Sam a reminder that He is always watching and wants to provide for even our smallest desires.  Praise Him!!

“who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number”   Job 5:9

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