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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

M.A.S.K. and the Body of Christ

Hey guys. Welcome to the Nerd Chapel.

Do you remember M.A.S.K.? It was a great cartoon and line of action toys I loved growing up. They actually had a base in a Volcano! You have Matt Tracker, a man with an organization (M.A.S.K.) bent on helping people and fighting a criminal organization called V.E.N.O.M. The cartoon featured a kid with a robot that could turn into a scooter for him to ride. Each member of the M.A.S.K. team was connected with a particular vehicle that would change for battle. For instance there was a Semi that acted as a mobile HQ and also could launch large missiles. There also was a race car that could turn into a jet plane and two little cars. They also had "masks" which were really helmets that had different abilities/powers. Yes this show is ripe for a movie! If so, I hope they base it on the original and not the "re-imagined" comics from 2011 (Admittedly I have not read those comics but I just like the original idea a lot more than what I know of them).

I had this one!

Every episode featured a situation of someone needing help, always because V.E.N.O.M. was up to no good. For each mission, Matt Tracker would gather intelligence on the situation with his huge super computer and then have the computer build the correct team for the operation. Each member had a different area of knowledge needed and a different vehicle that had gadgets. They also all came from different backgrounds and jobs. One was in a rock n roll band, one owned a pet shop, etc.

The Body of Christ is very similar to M.A.S.K. 
  • We are called to "do good" and help those who need it.
    • "He has shown you, O mortal what is goood. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
    • Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
  •  We have the Holy Spirit that gives us all different abilities and knowledge for situations. 
    •   "There are different kinds of gifts but, but the same Spirit distributes them. Different kinds of service, but the same Lord." 1 Corinthians 12:4
  • We all come from different backgrounds.
    • "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body. So it is with Christ." 1 Corinthians 12:12
What are some ways you use your gifts? I often serve on the tech team for my church and sometimes I help at other events, such as the food truck where we provide food for needy families. If you don't know what your gifts are, ask your friends and family and talk with a pastor at your church about how you can help out.

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