If you have been watching Arrow on the CW or love DC cartoons and comics then you probably ran past this a few times on TV. The Lazarus Pit, a mythical fountain of youth and revitalization that kept the character Ra’s al Ghul alive for centuries. The effects of the pool could heal any wound and bring people back from the dead. The Lazarus Pit is generally tied to Batman lore however with the Arrow show Oliver Queen steps into Bruce Wayne’s shoes many of times.
The Lazarus Pit have not only brought people from the dead like Jason Todd, the second and most annoying Robin (Under The Red Hood), it also cured a brain tumor in Edward Nigma(The Riddler) (Hush). It even healed the womb of the crime fighter Black Canary (Birds of Prey #34). But you know for all the miracles that it can do there is a limitation, the users are known to go crazy for a short period time.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
If you have ever played Super Mario Brothers back on the NES or one of the many re-releases and emulations on various Nintendo consoles you would have seen this screen if you were good enough. You get to play Mario our favorite plumber in red overalls. He was summoned to the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool, or Princess Peach as she is known currently, from the evil clutches of King Koopa, or Bowser as he is known as now. If you are playing the game normally without shortcuts, and there are many, you go through the valley, go underground, and then come back up to some canyons to get to the first castle.
Could you imagine Mario going through all of the goombas and koopas, bottomless pits, and lava to get to the face off he was waiting for. He has to save the princess. Mario shoots a fireball from his fire flower, he hits Bowser in the chest. Bowser returns fire but Mario dodges. Mario shoots another fireball and Bowser counters with his own. Bowser jumps over your ball of flames but Mario is burned. Thankfully the power of Fire Flower weakens the blow but Mario cannot attack. Mario dodges the constant barrage of flames and wait for the perfect opportunity. As Bowser lunges at Mario. Mario rolls under Bowser reaches the other side of the bridge and cuts cord holding it up. Bowser falls into the pool of burning Lava below. Mario looks back and see that it wasn’t Bowser it was a goomba in disguise.
Tired and weary Mario keeps traversing to the end of the castle where he sees a sack where the princess should be. But all he sees is Toad telling him that the princess is in another castle. What would you do if you were in that situation? You know Mario lets you know a second later on Level 2. He must have listened to the Apostle Paul. Continue reading “The Princess Is In Another Castle – Galatians 6:9”→
Matthew 28:19-20 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (NIV)
Above you see Link and the Great Deku Tree, Guardian Spirit of the Forest and one of the forces that kept evil at bay in the kingdom of Hyrule. This is from the game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. To setup the story the evil villain Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo Tribe. He wanted to take over Hyrule and turn it to his twisted ways. He first went after the Great Deku Tree. He was the guardian of two very important things. For one he carried Kokiri’s Emerald, one of three Spiritual Stones and a key, used to open up the Door of Time and second he protected the beings of the forest known as the Kokiri and one little boy that was not, Link. Since Ganondorf did not get what he wanted he infected the Great Deku Tree with a curse.
Judges 7:4-7 – 4 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. Therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go with you; but everyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”5 So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels to drink.”6 Now the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was 300 men; but all the rest of the people kneeled to drink water.7 The Lord said to Gideon, “I will deliver you with the 300 men who lapped and will give the Midianites into your hands; so let all the other people go, each man to his home.” (NASB)
I have read this part of the bible and the first thing I thought about was Leonidas in the Zack Snyder movie, 300. I will be first to admit this movie isn’t the most Christian thing to watch but I love a good action flick. This story is about Leonidas and his 300 Spartans fighting Persians to free themselves from their tyrannical ruling. Leonidas believed he only needed true warriors to fight by his side and that his three hundred men was a match for any army. With great strategy and skill he felt he could take on the strongest force in the land. Continue reading “This is Sparta! – Judges 7:4-7”→
Psalm 37:8 – Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper–it only leads to harm. (NLT)
That big green guy that you see above is the Hulk.Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962. His alter ego is mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner. According to Stan Lee he was supposed to be a combination of Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His power, strength and speed increases exponentially to match with his anger. But anger such as that can backfire. It can cause fear and panic among your loved ones and others. It’s the reason that created the comic series Planet Hulk and World War Hulk. It’s the reason we had Nick Fury send Wolverine to take care of the Hulk in Wolverine Vs. The Hulk. Our Psalmist King David said it beautifully as he said in the scripture above. Continue reading “Hulk Smash! – Psalm 37:8”→
Luke 15:3-7 – 3 Then Jesus told them this parable:4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (NIV)
The title comes from my favorite story arc from the anime One Piece by Eiichiro Oda. Luffy, head of the straw hat pirates, went through constant battles with friends and foes and the sea to reach the world government building, Enies Lobby, to rescue his crewmate Robin. She left his crew thinking she was doing great sacrifice to protect her friends but Luffy rather make war with the World Government than lose her. He just need to hear that she wanted to be rescued. It made me think of the Parable of the Lost Sheep that Jesus taught us. Continue reading “Robin, say you want to live! – Luke 15:3-7”→
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (NKJV)
Reading this scripture reminded me of a few cartoons, animes, TV shows, and video games. The first thing that came to my mind was the video above. That infamous clip and that infamous quote came from the addictive anime Dragonball Z. Although now we know that the actual quote was “It’s over 8000!” it’s still fun to say the former. To break down what happened before that it all started at the beginning of the Z series. Goku’s, the hero of the story, son was kidnapped by his brother Radditz. However he was not strong enough to defeat him. With the help of his nemesis Piccolo he was able to defeat Radditz by Goku sacrificing himself. However, Goku found out that he must train because the Saiyans were coming who were very powerful. Goku trained in the after life with King Kai waiting for the time where he can be revived and join the battle. His friends trained as well but Goku’s power was noteworthy because he shown that he could be an actual threat to the Saiyans, Vegeta and Napa. I skipped a lot of the story but I know you can see where I am going with the scripture above. Continue reading “It’s Over 9000 – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27”→