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I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a blog post… although, I guess I could just go check the date on my last article. Hold on.

April 4, 2010. That’s actually not as far back as I thought.

Well, a lot has happened since then! A few months after my last post, I met the most amazing woman. I bought a ring after only two weeks, we got married two weeks after that, and we have never looked back since. Let me tell you – short of deciding to follow Christ, marrying Ashley was the best decision I’ve ever made!

Here we are together:

When I married Ashley, I also inherited a son. Legally he’s my stepson, but I’ve always had a problem with fathers who constantly emphasize the “step” in stepchild. He’s only three now, and someday he’ll know the truth (We won’t hide it from him), but I hope he always knows that I will always love him as if he was my own. Otherwise, how could I ever be an effective father?

Archer is the coolest kid in the whole world! He learns so quickly, and he’s got a great sense of humor. He’s the bravest little boy I’ve ever met. He acts just like I did when I was a kid, and it’s so funny, because I find myself telling him the exact same things my parents used to say to me :) Right now he’s really into superheroes, and he says the coolest things. We’ve started writing them down so that someday when he’s grown we can look back and remember.

I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs over the years, but I have to say, life is pretty good. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you have to stay close to God. Don’t get mad at Him just because you don’t understand. For the longest time, I was so angry at God because I didn’t have a family. But then I let the anger go, and BAM! God blessed me with a family! Am I saying that God will give you whatever you want if you follow a formula? Hardly. But when I met Ashley, I finally understood why God had waited for so long to bring us together. My angers and frustrations were so petty, and my previous relationships were just smoke and mirrors compared to the reality of God’s love.

Ashley has told me before that she thinks I should start blogging again… and I’ve never been satisfied with having my last post be a horrible review of Clash of the Titans, so here I am. Will I write more blogs in the future? Maybe :) But if this is the last you hear from me, be blessed, and know that God is good.

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CLASH OF THE TITANS

The original Clash of the Titans was something I grew up on. I can remember actually being scared of the horrible claymation Medusa and laughing at the antics of the weird mechanical owl.

I’m sure the original movie was groundbreaking, but when I watch it now, I see a rather stale special effects movie with no real depth. Sadly, the remake doesn’t do much better.

The new Clash of the Titans is a step up from The Scorpion King, but not by much. It’s basically a bunch of one dimensional characters running around doing epic yet predictable things. There’s no real character development, and the parts that are supposed to be inspiring end up being emotionally flat. When I was watching this movie, I felt that same disappointment that came from watching Terminator Salvation. It was visually stimulating, but only mildly entertaining.

The visual effects really were good, though. Medusa was incredible, and the Kraken was impressive. The giant scorpions were okay, although I felt a little let down by how easily they were killed.

I probably won’t go see this movie again in theaters, but I’ll buy the DVD. It will make nice background noise while I play a card game or do something else that I actually care about.

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John 1:6-13

So again, these are personal reflections on the Book of John.

“There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There was the true Light, which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:6-13

I’m going to keep this short, since my last one was kind of long. First, about being sent, I think every Christian should identify with John. If you follow Christ, then you have this Light of Life within you. Your life should be a testament to God, so that all might believe through you.

Not everyone will believe. I mean, if they didn’t believe Jesus, who IS God, then you can’t expect them to believe you. But you still have to be there for those who will believe.

I think being sent is less of an exclusive thing than a lot of church people think. I’ve heard a lot of people say that missionaries are sent, but normal people just do their thing. I think that we can have a mentality of being sent, i.e. a mindset that is always on the lookout for opportunities where we can help people and spread the Light of Jesus Christ.

No matter what choices have led you to where you are now, God has a purpose for you. Whether or not you notice is largely up to you.

One of the most tragic consequences of sin and selfishness is that it distracts us. Have you ever been driving, and then you all of a sudden ‘wake up’ and realize, “Whoa, I don’t even remember driving that last mile or two!” I think sin is the same way. When we sin, it clouds our minds, and even though God is still working in our lives, our ability to notice it can be obscured.

The second part of these verses could be a great catalyst for a discussion about predestination VS free will, but I’m not going to go there because I don’t believe it’s one or the other. I think it’s both. When I look forward, all I see are choices, but when I look into the past, I see how God’s hand has guided me.

What I like more about the verses is the emphasis on being sons of God, and how that occurs. You receive Him, and believe in His name. Simple. No works save you – you just believe.

Of course, the Bible mentions in other places that good works should be the natural result of accepting Christ, but no works are ever set up as a means to salvation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Christianity the only religion in which man cannot save himself? What I mean is, in Christianity, salvation isn’t about what you do, it’s about what was already done for you, and who you choose to be in response to that. But in other religions, it’s about trying to be a good person, or saying certain prayers so many times, or visiting certain holy sites. You have to do this or do that, and even then, most of the time your fate isn’t assured unless you go to an extreme (death while killing infidels, etc.). I once heard someone say that Mohammed, on his death bed, said that he did not know what would become of him when he died.

Humans have this epic sense of needing to atone. It’s pride, really. Let me make it up to you. We want power over our mistakes. Instead, you just have to give it up, and say, “Please fix me, my life, my situation… I wish I could take this back, but I can’t. I need help.”

Jesus likes to help people.

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