Attacking Titans – “Eren Yeager” – Mark 11:22-24

Mark 11:22-24 – 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (NIV)

Eren Yeager from Attack on Titans by Hajime Isayama
Eren Yeager from Attack on Titans by Hajime Isayama

This is part one of the Attacking Titans series. The anime/manga series I am loosely referring to is Attack on Titans or Shingeki no Kyojin by Hajime Isayama. This series revolves around people who are stuck in a battle for life. The world as they know it have been taken over by gigantic aggressive being known as “titans”. We specifically follow the leading character Eren Yeager. He lost everything with the attack of his home town Shiganshina District except for his two best childhood friends Armin Arlert and Mikasa Ackerman. As I watched this show and read the manga it reminded me how hopeless human life can be sometimes but I also enjoyed that in all of the plight that befalls them they each do something to fight the good fight.

I watched the show and I believed by watching these characters they have showed all of us the key in fighting the titans in our lives. Titans that cause devastation in our lives. Titans that cause us to lose hope. Titans doesn’t have to be a gigantic man eating giant. A titan in our lives could be the lost of your home or job or the loss of a friend. It’s menacing but in the following entries I hope that you learn from the following characters how to attack the titans in your life. Continue reading “Attacking Titans – “Eren Yeager” – Mark 11:22-24″

Attacking Titans – “Eren Yeager” – Mark 11:22-24

The Junior Woodchucks’ Guidebook – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone. (TLB)

Disney's Duck Tales as one of the triplets talk about the Junior Woodchucks Guidebook
Disney’s Duck Tales as one of the triplets talk about the Junior Woodchucks’ Guidebook

As you read earlier, in Number One Dime, I was a huge fan of DuckTales when I was a kid. I still remember when Huey, Dewey, and Louie were part of the Junior Woodchucks. It was the DuckTales version of the Boy Scouts. The triplets with Doofus Drake did the usual boy scout things of help old ladies across the street, camping, and fighting a little crime whenever possible. However no matter what trouble they could get into if they were ever in trouble the lads could always rip open the Junior Woodchucks’ Guidebook and whatever they needed to know to help them in life was in there.

I always found it amazing how a single book had the answers that any regular scout would need like, how to start a fire and how to look for water in the wilderness. Yet, it also had information about how to be a better person, mythical locations and beings. One of the skills that a Junior Woodchuck has to be able to do is draw information from the book at a moment’s notice and it struck me. We all have access to a Junior Woodchucks’ Guidebook and we all can be Junior Woodchucks, girls included.

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The Junior Woodchucks’ Guidebook – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

New Sermons Starting Tomorrow

For all of you who follow this site. Thank you so much. I apologize for such a long break. I am happy to say, however, that there will be new posts starting tomorrow. I hope you all enjoy, learn, and grow from reading them as much as I have in writing them. If you have any comments, concerns, corrections, or questions don’t be afraid to reach out or leave a comment below.

Thank you again.

New Sermons Starting Tomorrow

Frozen’s Hans Should Have Learned From Abimelech – Judges 9:1-6

Hans from Disney's Frozen
Hans from Disney’s Frozen

Frozen is the highest grossing animated films of all time. I truly believe that every great animated film covers the struggle between heroes and villains. In Frozen our heroes were Ana, the ditzy princess, Kristoff, the loveless ice dealer, and Sven, his reindeer, and Olaf, the snowman. With heroes comes villains and although this story was based on the story called the Snow Queen where Elsa should have been the villain it changed to Hans, the young man shown in the picture above. Hans, thirteenth prince in line of the Southern Isles had a small problem. He wanted to be a King. Yet how would someone thirteenth in line become king once his father dies. He had an insane plan that actually almost worked.

Hans plan was fairly devious for a Disney film. He decided to initially marry Queen Elsa of Arendelle. When he realized the Elsa would not be the easiest to win over he turned his focus to her younger more naive sister Princess Ana. However, his plan almost worked when Elsa couldn’t stop the endless winter and the only assumed way to stop her was to kill her and Ana was dying due to a frozen heart. I won’t go into how the day was saved but I do know that there was someone in the bible who had the same problem as Hans. Actually the person in the bible had it a bit worse than Hans. Hans may have been thirteenth in line but Abimelech was seventieth.  Continue reading “Frozen’s Hans Should Have Learned From Abimelech – Judges 9:1-6”

Frozen’s Hans Should Have Learned From Abimelech – Judges 9:1-6

Did The Three Guru’s From Chrono Trigger Visit Jesus? – Matthew 2:1-12

Acquired from memoriabit.com, Characters from Chrono Trigger by Square Enix
Acquired from memoriabit.com, Characters from Chrono Trigger by Square Enix art by Akira Toriyama

As previously noted in an earlier article, Chrono Trigger is littered with religious subtext and in my research for Magi I was reminded about another series of games that referred to Magi or The Three Wise Men, Chrono Trigger. However, in the game instead of referring to them as The Three Wise Men they are referred to as the Guru’s of Zeal, a fallen kingdom you were able to visit in the game in the Antiquity Era. You meet them in various parts of the game but the names are a total giveaway to who they are supposed to be. Belthasar, Gaspar, and Melchior, although not named in the bible are referred to as the three wise men from afar that gave the gift to a baby Jesus and were first to acknowledge him as a King.

First we shall discuss the video game characters and afterwards we will discuss the real life people that they were based on. We shall go in the order as how they appear on the picture from left to right, minus Nu which was a creation of Belthasar. Continue reading “Did The Three Guru’s From Chrono Trigger Visit Jesus? – Matthew 2:1-12”

Did The Three Guru’s From Chrono Trigger Visit Jesus? – Matthew 2:1-12

Solomon’s Wisdom – 1 Kings 3:5-15

Aladdin using Solomon's Wisdom
Aladdin using Solomon’s Wisdom

On Monday we learned about the characters from the anime Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. On that day we learned about the predicament of Alibaba being the chosen one to lead his people to growth and prosperity but he felt he was unworthy. We used that to remind us about how Moses was chosen by God and felt that he was unworthy to lead the his people out of Egypt from the clutches of the Pharaoh. Today, we will focus on Aladdin, the mysterious Magi who chose Alibaba to be a future king and his best friend.

Aladdin uses a special ability that he gained from his old djinn friend Ugo, Solomon’s Wisdom. Solomon’s Wisdom in this series is a special ability that only Aladdin has. It gives him the power to see and understand, all present, past, and future. He becomes an omniscient being when using the ability. He also gains the power to summon spirits of those that has passed away so they can say their last goodbyes. A very useful ability in the series. However, he seems to use it more like a power boost to his own mystical abilities.

The most interesting thing about Solomon’s Wisdom the ability is how he got it in the first place and what it actually does. How he actually uses it. It’s very similar to the son of King David, King Solomon that we read about in the Kings and Chronicles books of the bible. Not sure how? Well let’s discuss.

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Solomon’s Wisdom – 1 Kings 3:5-15

Alibaba, Prince of Balbadd- Exodus 3:1 – 4:17

The King of Balbadd chooses a successor in Alibaba
The King of Balbadd chooses a successor in Alibaba – Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

I have fallen in love with the show Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. It’s an awesome fantasy anime and manga from the writer and illustrator Shinobu Ohtaka. It follows Aladdin, not the King of Thieves but a Magi and his friends Alibaba and Morgiana. Each of them have their own situations that they are dealing with in life. Morgiana a powerful fighter and ex-slave looking for home, Aladdin who wants to help his friend Alibaba as much as he can. Which leads to the story of our third character Alibaba.

Alibaba is one of the princes of the Balbadd Kingdom, a fictional kingdom in this story that has been ravaged with an unforgivable caste system that left many in the slums or junkyard of the city. The King had three sons but what made Alibaba special is that he was raised in those slums and taught how to be part of nobility. His other sons were raised in their nobility and doesn’t know and understand the plight of the people.

As the King was sick he chose Alibaba as his successor of his rule of the Balbadd Kingdom because he was not corrupted or weak minded like his brothers. He believed he was perfectly chosen to guide the kingdom into prosperity with a leader that the people can believe in and will have the people’s best interest in mind. It made me think of someone else in the bible that when he was approached with a proposition to help the masses and save his people who suffered he turned it down. And it wasn’t a dying King who made the request for this man. It was from a God who spoke through a burning bush.

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Alibaba, Prince of Balbadd- Exodus 3:1 – 4:17