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One of my favorite comedies is "Groundhog Day", a make-believe story about
a weather man, Phil Conners who has a bad attitude, even worse manners, and a razor tongue. He was was reporting on Groundhog Day from a small town he cared little about. The fuss the folks were paying to a groudhog he cared less
about, but he did care for the new and attractive producer.
After the shoot, they couldn¡¦t get out of town because of the bad weather.
To his horror, when he woke up the next day, he discovered that he had woken up to yesterday. He met the same people, did the same things, and
said the same things and ended up at the end of a promising day on a sour
note, where he had to start all over again the next day!
He tried many ways to beat the system, take advantage of what he knew the
previous day, but over and over he woke up to a new day after a terrible
mistake. Since he was going nowhere, he tried to woo the producer, and she
was smitten with him because he knew her likes and dislikes day by day, and
just as she was about to kiss him at the end of the day, she discovered he
was just a hypocrite mouthing words to win her, and she slapped him. She
slapped him for many recurring days, until he gave up trying to be who he was
not, learn new things like playing the piano, changed his attitude and just
enjoy the town and people and even the weather that left him there.
When that happened, the producer fell in love with the new Phil Conners, the
weather cleared up, and the next day was a new day.
D. Greg Ebie
· In the movie "Groundhog Day" actor Bill Murray wakes up to the same day over and over. He finds himself confronted with the same situations he had faced just the day before all over again; only of course it isn’t a new day–he’s stuck on groundhog’s day. Only he is aware of the repetition which is taking place as he experiences the repetition of the day before. Confronted with the same choices once again, Murray is able to change what had happened previously by making a different choice.
If only it were that easy! How many of us have ever had a day that we would like to live over again. If only we could go back and right our mistakes; if only we could learn from our mistakes before others were hurt.
A number of people think of Satan as the personification of evil. Like Uncle Sam is the personification of patriotism, the devil is the representation of all evil. Or they think that people are evil and need no one to tempt them. But if they could, just for a moment, have the curtains of this seen world rolled back, they would believe.
Video Clip from Constantine - Chapter 12: 37:33 - 39:51 = 2:08
Now, that movie has some rather radical Biblical mistakes in it but much of what Constantine said in that dialog is true. Satan wants to influence us to evil. He and His minions are there to try and give us just the right or wrong nudge and it’s clear that the Devil knows about us whether we want to admit He’s real or not.
In Les Misérables the antagonist is a police man named Javert. He is a pitiful man who believes in judgment alone and not mercy. Last week we saw the clip from the movie where Jean Valjean receives mercy from the Bishop and I told you that he lives the rest of his life trying to give the same mercy he received. Javert, on the other hand tries to live his life on the basis of justice and the rule of law – he says things like “once a thief, always a thief.” At one point of the movie he makes a mistake and requires the mayor to punish him – his justice must even apply to himself – but the mayor (Valjean in disguise) has mercy on him, finally ordering him to forgive himself, because the chief of police must obey an order from the Mayor. He is forever in pursuit of Valjean to bring him to justice. At one point in the story Valjean is given the chance to kill Javert, and be rid of his pursuer forever. Instead, he has mercy on him and sets him free. In the final scene, Javert and Valjean meet up again
Javert cannot live with the reality that Valjean has been redeemed, and is a better man than he is, when he catches up with Valjean in the end, he sets him free and kills himself because he cannot live with the mercy that was shown him and th...
SOMEONE ELSE IS PUNISHED
There was once a movie called The Last Emperor. A young child was anointed as the last emperor of China and lived a life of luxury with 1,000 servants at his command.
He was once asked by his brother, "What happens when you do wrong?"
"When I do wrong, someone else is punished." Then he demonstrated by breaking a jar and one of his servants was beaten.
In Christianity, Jesus reverses that ancient pattern so that when the servant(us) makes a mistake, the king is punished. Instead of being condemned eternally for our sin nature, Jesus is condemned instead.
Many say the movie; "The Passion of the Christ" is too violent. Yes, it is violent. But it also is historically very accurate. People complain about the graphic way Mel Gibson portrays a Roman scourging. But it is historically accurate. One witness to a Roman scourging gave this description: "The sufferer's veins were laid bare, and the very muscles and tendons and bowels of the victim were open to exposure." This is why Jesus was dead when the soldiers came to break his legs.
The depiction of the Roman soldiers is also accurate. In the first century, Roman soldiers were the best soldiers in the world and very brutal. They had crucified thousands of people. Also if they failed in carrying out a crucifixion, then they themselves would be crucified. Today we know when the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear and water and blood came out, this meant Jesus was dead. In a dead body, the blood separates from the serum thus looking like blood and water. Brothers and sisters, make no mistake at all...Jesus was dead!
I watched one of my favorite movies last night. It is an old comedy called "The God's Must Be Crazy." It is about a bush tribe that lives in the Kalahari Desert; they have no earthly possessions. They are happy, content, and self sufficient.
A bush plane flies overhead (which they mistake for a god's tummy rumbling) and the pilot throws an empty Coca Cola bottle out which lands in the middle of the village.
The Bush people think it *must* be a gift from the gods and sure enough, they begin to find good uses for it. They discover it can make music, it can effectively help them grind grain, and it pulverizes pulp. But this "possession" brings other things too ... envy, anger, covetousness, and violence. They learn to hurt each other by using the bottle. They soon name the bottle "The Evil Thing."
The Evil Thing threatens to destroy their whole way of life so the tribal leader begins a journey to the ends of the earth of get rid of the bottle.
So many times the things we think are good and gifts can become the "evil" that destroys our relationships too. We are wise to discard them and return to harmony with our God.
In C.S.Lewis’s book the lion, the witch and the wardrobe, of the magical kingdom Narnia, Aslan the Lion represents Jesus or God, Four children are the centre of the story, one Susan, says to the beavers (hey read the book or watch the DVD) after hearing that Aslan is a great lion and not a man, “Ooh! Said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man - Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” “That you will, dearie, and no mistake”, said Mrs Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without there knee’s knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.” “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr Beaver; “don’t you hear what ...
When people like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins claim that they can prove that God doesn’t exist, they are making an arrogant mistake. Pardon me while I draw an example from modern animation. When I was a child, the most glorious cartoons were 2-dimensional animations where thousands of painted cels were photographed and shown in rapid succession. Today, children who are used to the 3D graphics of Cars, Shrek, and the like have less appreciation for the 2D art of previous generations. Oh, there is still room for 2D animation on television for budgetary reasons, but motion picture animation is clearly dominated by 3D work. Why would anyone want to go back?
Yet, when we consider God’s presence in eternity compared with our existence in finite limitation, why would God want to conform His revelation to the 2D, if you will, standards of finite limitation, when He can animate all of reality in the 3D splendor of the eternal. Yet, these foes of the gospel demand that we present our theology in the 2D of their limited worldview in order to convince them of a 3D world that they automatically exclude.
THERE GOES MY LIFE
Kenny Chesney has a new song/music video out entitled, “There Goes My Life…” It’s a ballad focusing on the life of two young kids in high school that find themselves in a crisis moment of a pregnancy out of wedlock. (I want to say here that I’m not advocating the immoral situation of this young couple, but rather the interesting wording of the song.)
The video pictures a scene of this young couple standing in the entry way of a football stadium, where the young lady explains that she has found out that she is pregnant. He, in disbelief begins to reflect, rubbing his hand through his hair, walking off, sitting alone in the locker room over a decision that was made in an unguarded moment of passion.
“All he could see is his dream going up in smoke. What will I do in this time when all my planes are gone. There goes my life, there goes my future. My everything, might as well kiss it all good by, there goes my life.”
The song continues on by reflecting on the life of this little one now in the world. A couple of years have passed, and the mistake he’d made now covers the refrigerator door. He loves that little girl, as she walks up those stairs, she says, “I love you daddy, goodnight,” and he responds, “there goes my life, there goes my future.”
The song concludes when this same little girl stands in the doorway of their home, saying goodbye as she’s off to the coast for college, and he stands in the window waving goodbye, singing, “there goes my life, there goes my future.”