Thursday, November 29, 2012

REPOST-Book of Eli-A few thoughts


I saw the Book of Eli Saturday night with two friends.

Why? I saw the trailer months ago and I have always been drawn to post-apocalyptic tales. It appeared to be an action flick and something I wouldn’t have to endure like a Romantic Comedy. Recently, I heard the movie had religious overtones and a few prominent Christian friends were endorsing the R-rated flick as anointed and a must-see for all Christians. Really?

So I decided to lay down my $10 to see for myself.

The Plot -Thirty years after an apocalyptic event, a walker named Eli is traveling on foot toward the West Coast. He is protecting a book. On this journey, Eli attempts to avoid cannibals and marauders in the lawless wasteland. In his search for water, Eli warrants unwanted attention from a Warlord who wants the book for himself. The book happens to be the last surviving copy of the Holy Bible.

With that said-I found the movie to be intriguing. The character of Eli (a man of faith who recites Scripture accurately and intelligently) captivated me. The fact that he kills the bad guys with extreme prejudice satisfied my blood lust I have come to expect in action films. My $10 investment was well met. I became engrossed in the tale and rooted for Eli through the film.

So where was the Christian inspiration that encouraged my prominent Christian friends to promote this film? The film is respectful of the Christian faith. I think many Christians are pleased with The Book of Eli because of the presentation of Scripture on screen. The overall plot of protecting/respecting the word of God resonated with my beliefs. The character of Eli is not stereotypical and his fighting prowess reminded me of Benaiah killing a lion instead of Peter slicing off an ear. The Warlord strives to gain the Word of God as if attempting to reconnect with a classic tune from his childhood. His intentions are self-serving and evil.

Was I challenged as a Christian by the film? Yes, in areas of prayer, contentment, and materialism. (But then I was challenged by The Blind Side to do unto others.) I found the perspective of those around Eli and his quest profound. I pondered that maybe we already live in a post-apocalyptic era when it comes to truth and moral absolutes. The supporting characters around Eli could very easily be those who see our lives of “walking by faith” and “reading the same book everyday” as weird and useless. The world sees our daily quest of sanctification as mere fantasy as they attempt to survive in the spiritual wasteland they currently reside. I connected with that.

A Christian movie? Nope...for many reasons not worth noting. Take the R-rating for what it is worth. The movie is very violent and gory. The language is rough-God’s name is blasphemed. The inferred rape scene and follow-up carnage which includes nudity would hardly encourage an average movie-goer to say the Holy Spirit anointed this film. I do believe that God can use this film to stimulate conversation. Scripture is presented accurately. The book, The Holy Bible, is respected in the film. The film is not offensive to the Christian faith and I believe many Christians who saw the film were very satisfied by that. I know I was.

Funny moment…The attendant ripping our tickets was named Eli.

Monday, November 26, 2012

You Read the Same Book Every Day?

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalm 23 

“That’s beautiful,” comments Solara in the movie-The Book of Eli. Then she asks Eli-“Did you write that?” 

Eli then jokes that he did. Then he confesses it came from a book he reads every day. 

“You read the same book every day?” Solara asks, stunned. 

Let that sink in a moment. As crazy as that sounds to the world, we read the same book every day. Or we should. We should meditate on its every word like it was the first time we have ever laid our eyes on it. 

Our heart should respond to its newness everyday with an emphatic “That’s beautiful!” Because…it is.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Talking Donkeys


Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now." Numbers 22:29

Let that verse sink in for a moment.  A grown man answers a talking donkey and is worried about being seen as foolish.

That’s like cursing the stupid couch because you stubbed your toe.  Or yelling at the darn coffee table because you cracked your shin.

But for Balaam the cost was not a sprained toe or a swollen shin…it would have been his life.  Scripture says the donkey that Balaam was riding saw the angel of the Lord waiting to kill Balaam.  In his disobedience, Balaam was oblivious to the angel that would have taken his life.

At times we flirt with sin oblivious that our life depends on every decision or road we choose to take.

Sometimes it takes an ass to make us a donkey to realize our mistakes.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Thoughts During a Run

5:15 pm - Guess I'll go run; 5:30 - This isn't so bad and it isn't as cold as I thought it'd be.  0.9 miles - I'm finally warming up, legs are loose and I feel good.  I think I'll run 2 tonight, just to get something in. 1.2 miles - dang, I'm not sure I want to do this tonight.  It is getting dark.  Oh well, here come some walkers, I better pick up the pace.  1.5 miles - ok, I'm going to run 2 then turn back home.  2.1 miles - Oh, I passed 2 miles, I better go for three - ooooo, look at the Christmas lights on this street.  I really like that twinkling red and white tree. Almost to 3 miles - good I'm almost done.  3 miles - well, I'm turning around, and I don't feel like walking all the way back home, that will take too long and it's dark now.  I'll at least try to run to Olympia.  DOG!  Stand your ground - good he's just a barker - little punk!  Well, I made it this far I might as well run all the way back home.  3.6 miles at the corner of my block - I can't come this far and not finish a 4 miler.  I'll just go around my block.  Pick up the pace!  3.9 miles - surely it will be 4 miles by that light pole.  Dang, not quite.  Sprint to next Pole.  Come on almost done!  OK almost to the next light pole.  Done!  4.1 miles!  Sweet.  I feel so much better for doing that.

Now on to cook dinner for the family.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Day in the Life of the Bear Clan

Star Date 2009.04.04 (Saturday)

0500 Rene' is up and headed to a training ride for the MS 150.
0700 The clan is up eating breakfast, watching cartoons.
1030 Headed to fields to pick up baseball equipment from David's baseball manager, then headed to practice. Warmed him up. Rene' got home from his ride.
1100 Headed home; made lunch.
1200 Headed to David's practice to pick him up, so he and Rene' could go to Father/Son Paintball event through his youth group at church.
1215 Rene' and David headed to paintball.
1415 Eleanor and Jack headed to Quillian to get Summit Softball underway for the day: drop off balls, score cards, signup sheets, etc.
1600 Rene', Eleanor, David and Jack met at home and got changed to head to Jack's baseball practice.
1640 Family headed back to ball fields for Jack's practice. We had the best practice ever!
1900 Practice ended and family headed home.
1915 Family scarfed down some food and headed to Quillian for Rene' and Eleanor's coed softball games.
2100 Rene' and Eleanor played two co-ed softball games; boys took the dogs and they had a blast!
2330 Finally got home, cleaned up and unwound.
0100 Beddy Bye!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

ALARMS

Last week at church, a woman pulled the fire alarm. The piercing noise evacuated all the singles playing volleyball in our church gymnasium to the parking lot. The fire department showed up…and swept through the building finding no fire and no danger. We were given the all clear and allowed back in the gym.

So we entered the building only to discover the alarms were still blaring. The noise lasted over an hour. Our young singles persevered and no one complained. Finally, the alarms were turned off. What a relief.

Then I started wondering in my demented way, “What if we had alarms? Spiritual alarms. What if we had spiritual alarms that everyone could hear around us?”

Can you imagine? The sound would be deafening. For instance-“We have a lustful thought in the gymnasium. Yes! He gave her the up and down!” Do you know how many guys would be running for cover?!

I often think back to that Far Side cartoon with the guy exiting the bathroom into a crowded restaurant. An alarm goes off announcing that he didn’t wash his hands. Yikes.

What if alarms went off when we weren’t being obedient? Take tithing for instance. Our Pastor very rarely talks about money. But when he did could you picture all the alarms going off announcing those in the congregation as NON-TITHERS!

(A word on tithing-I don’t understand how precious people don’t trust God with the income He has allowed them to have. My goodness! He fed 5000 people with a Long John Silver’s value meal. God is concerned with the birds of the air…wouldn’t He be able to provide for us financially. Okay…enough of that.)

We do have alarms. Our alarm is the Holy Spirit who resides in us. 1 Corinthians 6:19 reminds us of that. Within us...our alarm is conviction. The Holy Spirit is dwelling within us and I am His. And the by the grace of God or His infinite wisdom no one around us can hear those alarms when they blare conviction into our minds, souls, and/or ears.

On a normal day, I’m a 911 dispatcher’s nightmare.

Last Sunday, the alarm blared for over an hour because the authorities at the church did not have the proper key to turn it off. But we have keys to turn off the alarm of conviction and avoid sin. Those keys are God’s Word, Prayer, and Grace.

2 Timothy 1:14 reads-

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Once again…I’m called to be authentic in my walk. I've been entrusted with an expensive but free gift of salvation. The title Christian will follow me until I die. How I present myself could influence those to Christ or far from Him. I will fail and I will win. Alarms will be present. But hey…I have the keys and I’m glad when the alarms go off…they are there for a reason.

Status

Status. Profiles. Flair. Friendship Requests. Ignore. All words associated with Facebook.

I love Facebook. At this point...I'm updating my status.

FB is a tool. A connection point. And to those who don't like it...a waste of time. And to those that like it...it's still a waste of time. FB allows you to put on a good face online. FB can let you present yourself better than you really are. Wasn't it Brad Paisley who sang-

Online I live in Malibu
I pose for Calvin Klein, I've been in GQ
I'm single and I'm rich
And I've got a set of six pack abs that would blow your mind
It turns girls on that I’m mysterious
I tell them I don't want nothing serious...
Yeah, I'm cooler online

In Matthew 16, Peter declares Jesus as the Christ. The Son of the Living God.

"He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied," You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven."

Jesus' Profile is clear. He was God. Not a prophet. Not a good man. Not a teacher. Jesus had those characteristics...but He was God. Jesus came to save the World...not condemn it.

His profile can't be ignored because He is the Son of God..The Messiah.

As a Christian, I won't be perfect. My goal is to be authentic in my walk with Him. That means I will fail and I will win. Jesus' profile is my guide. His word is my map for life.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Barry Won't Give Up Cell Phone

Here is a new argument for teenagers who have had their cell phones taken away from them. Your parents don't have an argument anymore. Our new leader refuses to give up his crackberry despite a Federal Law. Barry is above the law or is he just being the moral equivalent of a teenager?

Breitbart.com reports the following : BHO did not divulge just how he will overcome legal constraints, given the requirement of the post-Watergate Presidential Records Act of 1978 to keep a record of every White House communication.

So first Bubba teaches our children the benefits of cigars, interns, and a desk...now we have Barry usurping Federal Law to keep his crackberry. No wonder he can't stop smoking.