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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hey guys.

Last week I saw Gravity at the theater with my brother.  This film is about astronauts trying to make it back to Earth after their shuttle was to damaged to use, and essentially destroyed.  What got me is the amount of knowledge they had to use.  They had to know about space stations and escape pods they were not supposed to go to on that mission.

Life is the same way.  We need a lot of information.  We need to know how to tie our shoe laces.  How to cook or fix food.  How to get from place A to place B.  Most importantly, we need to know the Bible.

I have found myself in times of spiritual warfare when I only made it out because of the Word of God and because of some training from a teacher.  The Psalms talk about the Bible being a light unto our path.  What do you need to learn? 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tennant, Smith and the Transfiguration

Greetings in Christ.

Are you excited about this weekends 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO??!!!!!

I am!  I am excited to see the 10th and 11th Doctors together and to find out more about John Hurts character, "The War Doctor".  This will be interesting seeing the 3 discuss, argue, and have adventure.  I am looking forward to see what they do with Rose Tyler, as it seams from the trailer has something more going for her on than just another journey in the Tardis.  Will Bad Wolf come back?

Now as we get excited about this combination of characters and actors, imagine how Peter, James, and John felt when they and Jesus reached the top of the mountain for the Transfiguration.  He had done so many miracles for them, and to be sure they didn't even realize how much he had yet to accomplish!  But then, he became as bright as the sun in front of them and was immediately joined by Moses and Elijah, two of their other heroes!  Then, a "bright cloud" surrounded them and a voice from this cloud spoke of love for Jesus and commanded that they listen to Him.  In their culture that meant not just hearing, but obeying.  

Peter wanted to do something of a service for them by building shelters for them.  I love that his first thought with them there was one of service.  It is such a far cry from our culture which would be screaming and pushing for autographs. 

We know that they talked with Jesus as they came down the mountain, but I wonder if, before that, there was some silence.  They had heard a voice from God the Father that came from a bright cloud surrounding them, met two of their heroes from scriptures and history, and seen their master Transfigured with blinding light.  I am amazed that Peter was able to speak out in the middle of all this to suggest building a shelter!  I mean, yeah, just meeting Moses and Elijah might not have taken a persons breath away, but the cloud, Jesus becoming light, the voice of the Father.  This was a lot to take in!

In the middle of our excitement about Christmas gifts coming, the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, the future possibilities of Star Wars Episode 7, Avengers: The Age of Ultron, Batman/Superman film, many video games and board games and conventions, let us keep our focus on our Christ as if He is always Transfiguring before us.  In awe and service let us trust in Him.  

A couple quick things:  If you haven't read the story of the Transfiguration in a while I encourage you to open your Bible up to Matthew 17 and do so.   Secondly, remember that I extended the deadline for the King David stories.  Email me your story about King David meeting a fictional character with no more than 1,000 words by December 1st.  My email is ericanderson25@gmail.com.




Friday, November 8, 2013

Greetings.

I am sorry I haven't posted in a while.  I meant to and when I had ideas I was focused on other things.  GRRRR.

I also need to apologize for not getting out reminders for the King David Story Challenge.  So far no entries have been submitted.  Therefore I'll be postponing the deadline until December 1st to give it another chance.

This month is such an exciting time to be a nerd!  We have Thor:The Dark World starting in theaters this weekend.  In a couple weeks we have both the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and the release of Catching Fire.  We just had the release in theaters of Enders Game.  Video gamers are getting excited about BlizzCon this weekend.

I have been reading James a lot lately.  My church is going through a series on it and we are reading a chapter a day from it through the series.  This way we will read James 7 times along with hearing on it at church and talking about it at small group.

I think it is easy for me as a nerd to get caught up in exciting nerd stuff, but keeping caught up in the Word is far more powerful.  Fortunately the Bible is full of things we nerds can appreciate: the logic of Paul, the Poetry of the Psalms, the adventure of Genesis and Joshua, the battles of the Old Testament, the Imagery and mystery of Revelation and Daniel. 

I would like to hear from my audience.  What movies/video games/board games are you anticipating?  What Bible verses are you stuck on and frustrated with?  What is a challenge for you?

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