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Review of Star Trek Beyond

I can highly recommend #StarTrekBeyond Are there plot holes? 🕳 Yes. But no more than were in the TV series. We’re there “corny” parts? 🌽 Sure. But no more than the TV series. And there was plenty of humor and inside jokes for Trekkies even as old as yours truly.

There was one scene which seemed like a forced bow to homosexuals and George Takei in particular for no reason. Distracting since there was no such treatment of other characters. Just a forced agenda. But other than that there was nothing objectionable.

The actors portraying Kirk, Spock and Bones are great. They are uncanny in how they look and sound like young versions of the original actors. Maybe it waa just me but every once in a while Spock sounded like Remulak from the Coneheads (Dan Ackroyd).

IMAX 3D was great, too. There was a LOT of it, even in the closing credits.

May the Franchise live long and prosper.

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Tender Tongues are Travesties

I heard a good sermon today. The one thing I disagree with was his chastising Christians for speaking roughly to political opponents and that JESUS wouldn’t speak roughly to dissenters. Wrong. “Brood of vipers! Camouflaged graves (whited sepulchres), hypocrites, liars” and calling the political leader “that fox” were no compliments. Neither were the words of Paul who wished his opponents would cut their sex organs off for disagreeing with him on Circumcision. Or calling Cretans “liars, evil beasts and gluttons.”

The times demand tough political truths against the murder of innocents, lies and other evildoings of a political platform. JESUS confronted evil with rough language. Paul did the same. Christians have a responsibility to do no less and fight against Spiritual blindness and moral equivalency that says Trump’s divorces equal the lies, deception and destruction of the country by flaunting National Security, lies under oath, buying the media. support of taking all mention of GOD from their platform and murdering babies in the womb (with some suggesting unwanted newborns should be murdered, too) of the Democrats.

Speak softly and it may be safe but JESUS will vomit you out of His Mouth for being neither hot nor cold.

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Eat, Pray, and HEY!

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Fighting The Wrong Fight

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Stronger Than Wrong

Rather than hating and killing and seeking payback, be #StrongerThanWrong

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Children of Abraham

Children of Abraham

Some of us are old enough to have lived through these times before. Hatred ruled against love and respect. That hatred was born of fear and ignorance. But there were some who stood out from the crowd and, wave by wave, subdued the fires of hatred with their blood.

The biggest tragedy of the past 8 years is that they began with the expectation of hope and change and ended further back than we began. We thought we had awoken to find the dream come true. We looked at a face and we saw Martin (Luther King, Jr.). We saw the physical embodiment of the unity of humanity Abraham (Lincoln) taught. We heard promises and heard Martin’s dream come true. We saw young, new leadership and we saw John (F. Kennedy). And we saw the promise of a new world and we saw Bobby (Kennedy). Oh Bobby. How our heart broke perhaps worst of all with you who were doing what the others began.

But then the bullet of reality struck them all down and we were reminded of a voice much older than any of theirs. “Do not put your trust in princes” and “the arm of flesh will fail.” We got the opposite of what we thought we were getting and some still lay in bed today, tossing and turning in denial waiting for the return of the dream.

To find the answer we must go back beyond any of those men to the One Who inspired them all. GOD become Man. JESUS.

We don’t know their relationship with Him. But we know Abraham, Martin, John (and Bobby) reflected the love of JESUS for all humanity because He made us all. We know that His Blood was shed willingly to give us the only solution to the wrongful fear and ignorance that took theirs.

That solution is the Spirit of GOD in us, making us supernaturally empowered beings without any color but Light.
Other gods promise mercy and peace but have given us hatred and murder instead. Only stopping in our tracks, vetting ourselves and others to give ourselves to the Christ Who gave Himself for us can truly change hearts. And even if we haven’t yet done it we can seek to follow Him as Abraham, Martin, John and Bobby did (knowingly or not). We can seek to be children of Abraham, united against hate and fear. We can seek to be children of Martin, pulling each other up the mountain. We can be brothers as John and Bobby were, making the dream of the mountain top a reality.

All by finding the Cross on that mountain where JESUS says to our sin of hatred, “It is finished!” As we accept new Life Spiritually and live it out in Love.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

#AltonSterling #PhilandroCastle

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Right Street Wrong Way

It’s a shame #SteveHarvey (radio personality; Family Feud) “preaches” a so-called “gospel” of prosperity and success because he’s very good. I remember he mentioned JESUS when I first heard him on the radio but they must have warned him about that because he never mentions JESUS anymore. Just “God.”

This morning’s message was: “God has a package He wants to deliver to you with your name on it but it’s being delivered to Faith Street. If you’re on No Way Boulevard you’re not going to get it delivered.” And that, when you’re disappointed in not reaching your goals, you should think “What would it look like if I succeeded?” and keep trying.

But, as I told the bus driver, (she had Harvey playing on the radio on the way in) if that faith isn’t in JESUS, it’s worthless. It’s ironic that while Steve’s telling folks to stand on Faith Street he’s misleading them if they’re not following JESUS down the road in the right direction.

The one good thing about Steve Harvey preaching a false or partial gospel of Prosperity is that it gives me an opportunity to talk to the driver about JESUS, anyway.

“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.” 1 Cor 1:1-11

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Cold Love

It took me all this time to learn the truth. But now I know. If you don’t have honesty you have nothing. She changed. She made promises but then when I tried to reconcile I realized it could never be.

Now I have moved on. I loved you, Breyers “All Natural” Chocolate Ice Cream. But you have become adulterated and lied about your purity. Now you disgust me.

I hear there is someone out there for me: Haagen-Dazs “5” Chocolate. I’m sure she won’t be found at Piggly-Wiggly. (“We don’t have Haagen-Dazs ‘5’ Chocolate Ice Cream but we have wall plaster. Is that okay?”) but she is out there, somewhere, even if I must pay for a pint the same price I once spent for a gallon with you. #Breyers #HaagenDas #IceCream

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When We’re at War

A short, fat, obnoxious, loudmouth, disliked hothead…If I had lived 240 years ago I would have been John Adams. My favorite story is when he would get so mad at Congress he’d jump on top of his desk and throw his wig at them.

Adams alternately loved and hated every other Founding Father, including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Yet if it weren’t for him, much of what we celebrate today would not have happened…the original Brexit.

I’ve read all of his diaries and letters, including to Abigail who was a genius in her own right. And both were empowered with a solid knowledge of the Bible (and all classical scholars…in Greek).

As you celebrate Independence Day take some time to download and watch the movie 1776. It’s just a romp but captures the Spirit of the man.

I fear these United States may stand on the brink of disunity, disarmament and danger not known before internally and externally. But we can take strength in the same Bible (for now) Adams had and take heart in the support of the same Savior, JESUS Christ.

You may even see me screaming while standing on a table. Imagine if I had my Abigail!

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May GOD Bless America…with Discipline

I see the video of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” is trending on Facebook. You’ll read in the comments of the GOD Bless America video nostalgic thoughts that 1938 was a better time. It was certainly a different time. But there would still be imprisonment of Japanese-Americans for fear they were traitors and more. There would be the Great Depression. But in spite of everything the fundamental meaning of American didn’t change.

The one difference was that those like Irving Berlin and his parents who were immigrants came to be Americans not to change America. They came to support and defend the Constitution and the Law, not to undermine it with anarchy and Sharia Law which is antithetical to it. They would not stand silent when the trusted Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who earn income from this song have so-called leaders who endanger children and flaunt the Word of GOD. Or the political platform calling for abandoning GOD, wiping out His laws and erecting idols to false gods and demons in their place.

May GOD bless America and let her survive. But not at the abandonment of all the blessings of Freedom He gave and planted here. Not without the judgment that is coming to discipline or destroy us before Shiloh comes and Christ sets up His own kingdom.

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