Romans 5:3-5 – Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
When reading this there was a character that comes to mind that exemplified this scripture. His name is Rock Lee, from the anime and manga Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. In all of the characters from the manga Rock Lee was the person that many people including myself could identify myself with. While many of the characters in the show were gifted with the use of ninjutsu or genjutsu, special abilities that are mystical in effect and uses. He is only able to use taijutsu or martial arts.
To compensate for his weaknesses in two area he was taught by his sensei, Mighty Guy, how to open the chakra gates to increase his strength and speed but he can only use it to protect his ninja way and to protect the people he loves. He was told that he must be careful to open those gates because no one can normally survive the opening of the eighth chakra gate. To even open a single one of the gates takes hard work, sacrifice, and strong desire to succeed above all else. Rock Lee as a child opened five. I think we can learn something from him. I think we can learn something from the Apostle Paul as he spoke to the Roman churches. Continue reading “Opening the Fifth Gate – Romans 5:3-5”→
Arrow is the show that follows Green Arrow, Oliver Queen. The show is full of action, romance, and intriguing Batman-ish story lines. When thinking about Arrow I thought that speaking about the adventures of King David would work perfectly but alas it was not so. Who in the bible could we speak of that was exemplary in battle, gifted with the bow as well as a sword? As proven in Season 3 of Arrow Oliver Queen through training with the League of Assassins vet Malcolm Merlyn became a swordsman that could rival Ra’s al Ghul.
There was another warrior that fit the bill in the Bible and his name is Jonathan, son of King Saul. Reading about the man has reminded me a bit of the Oliver Queen that was portrayed in the show. Especially when it came to issues with his father. Continue reading “Arrow – 1 Samuel”→
Luke 18:27 – Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (NIV)
To understand what I’m about to tell you, you need to do something first, you need to believe in the impossible. Can you do that? Good. This is the first line in the hit TV series on the CW The Flash. As the season come to a close I couldn’t help but think about this show and how it pushes the idea of what is possible. I have heard the word impossible more times in this show than I have heard in the culmination of my years of life. Yet that first line of that show brings a lot that comes to mind.
In Barry Allen’s monologue in the beginning of the show. He said he always dreamed of doing the impossible. Then he became the impossible. He became the fastest man alive. I don’t mean Usain Bolt fast either. In the show he became The Flash from lightning that hit him after an explosion from the particle accelerator in S.T.A.R. Labs. He uses his enhanced speed to save his city from other enhanced humans, or meta humans as they are being called in the show, and to solve the mystery of his mother’s murder. The thing is that when Barry Allen asked if you can believe in the impossible it occurred to me that someone else made the same statement in the Bible. Continue reading “The Flash – Luke 18:27”→
Exodus 3:14 – And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (KJV)
In the tail end of the movie our final hero of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was revealed. We the viewers knows his name is Vision but if you think back he actually never said his name. He let us know that he is not Ultron but he is not J.A.R.V.I.S. either. When they ask him what should they call him and he said simply, “I Am”.
To think the character Vision, was go with it was interesting. What made it more interesting is that there wasn’t a single other character in the movie that called him by name. Ultron said that he is “my vision”. When Thor referred to Vision he said he “had a vision” and in the middle of the chaos that was unfolding he saw “him” in the center. When the Avengers needed to go after Ultron they needed all the help that they could get. A few spoilers ahead but follow me as I explain how once again they followed the Bible a bit in this story arc.
Matthew 16:18 – And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV)
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron came out to box office success. My favorite character in the movie was Ultron. He had character and substance. However, I don’t believe that they showed enough of him. One scene in the movie that was noteworthy to me was when he met the twins at the church in the center of the country of Sokovia. In his rambling he actually quoted part of the scripture above, “and on this rock I will build my church.” After watching I would have never guessed that he meant those words in the same way that Jesus meant it when he spoke to Peter. Just not in a positive way of course. Ultron is the villain of the story. Follow me as we take a walk through the Bible and reminisce on a pretty awesome film.
Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)
The statement posed in the title comes from Vash the Stampede who asked Nicholas D. Wolfwood. Wolfwood carried around a large crossed shaped gun called The Punisher as can be seen above. These characters I mention come from the Anime and Manga Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow. The lead character of the story is Vash the Stampede but the other main character that we watched for was Wolfwood. His story is different in the manga but I will be concentrating on his story from the anime.
Wolfood had a troubled past growing up. He felt the only way to escape from the trouble of his guardians was to shoot and kill them. He later finds himself in an orphanage where he goes from patron to protector. His goal is to take care of the children so they don’t have to experience the same abuse that he had to endure when he was younger. He is taken in by Chapel the Evergreen who raised him to be the future successor of the Gung-Ho Guns Gang and bestowed upon him the Punisher.
The characters in that world exist in the wild west where the world has gone mad. For Wolfwood being a Priest and believing that killing is the only way to make it in the world says a lot. His hand sullied with the blood of his friend and his only other friend is a pacifist who understands him but doesn’t agrees with his ways. Wolfwood was dealt a bad hand being raised by nefarious men, groomed for vile purposes, and has a duty to protect the children of an orphanage so they wouldn’t suffer the same fate as he. How could anyone manage such a burden? Continue reading “That Cross Is Awfully Heavy – Matthew 11:28-30”→
Proverbs 18:24 – One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (NIV)
When it comes to friendship there’s no anime that comes to my mind more than Naruto. This is the story that follows the titular character Naruto Uzumaki. Naruto is a coming age story about a kid who was actually the hero of the village because he alone carries the weight of withholding the Nine-tails Fox Demon, Kurama inside his body. The problem is that since the people of the village remember the destruction that the Nine-tails Fox caused to the village they did not see him as a hero as his father wanted but as a monster. Yet through grit, perseverance, and great attitude he was able to find friends in his team led by his squad leader, Kakashi Hatake. Known as Cell Team 7, his team consisted of Sakura Haruno (his love interest), Sasuke Uchiha (his rival), and himself.
Through trials and tribulations Naruto have found that they are two sides of the same coin. They were both orphans and they both carried a large weight on their shoulders. However how they handled that weight varied and set them on a path that separated them. Sauske, in order to get stronger, left with the enemy Orochimaru. In all of the chaos Naruto made a promise, he will bring him back. Continue reading “I’ll Bring Him Back – Proverbs 18:24”→