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Shrek forever after, A fairy tale that echoes into real life

On Friday I took the girls to see Shrek – Forever after. The girls where excited about going to the movies and even more so how the glasses they where wearing would make Fiona come right into the movie theatre (3D is a marvellous thing)

The movie starts with this beautiful family day and Fiona sighing at the end of the day “I wish every day could be like this” and it is roughly. Shrek finds himself in the treadmill of parenthood and everyday life and before the kids first birthday he finds himself longing for the good old days, when he was feared and had time alone.

Pause: Isn’t this just how we see most marriages around us crumble, during this crucial time. The first year of a child, husband and wife dynamics are disrupted and this little thing, wonderful as it is, is demanding 100% time and attention. The woman withdraws her attention from the man and focusses solely on the baby. The man feels he has no place in the family any longer except as a bread winner and retreats into work (If he has taken his question to her earlier, am I a man? Then whatever the answer was before, now more than ever the answer is a resounding no! You can’t do anything right).

In desperation Shrek makes an agreement with Rumplestiltskin. He trades one day of his childhood for a day of pure mean lean green ogreness! As always with agreements the prize is higher than he expected. Rumple takes the day Shrek was born and so, Fiona was never rescued and his children where never born but worst of all Rumplestiltskin is now the king of Far Far Away due to an agreement made by Fionas parents with Rumple to end fionas curse.

Here is where the movie shows its brilliance. In making an agreement with “the enemy” Shrek, not only checks out, but actually goes of to relive the glory days, loosing his wife and children in the process.

Fiona, never rescued out of the tower becomes a strong but guarded (controlling, cynical) woman who does not believe in love anymore.

It is such an apt description of what we see over and over again in men and women around us. Not all men check out completely, not all marriages fail and not all women become controlling and guarded. But the brokenness is there.

Shrek really nails it when he says: “It wasn’t just that I wasn’t there for you to rescue you out of the tower, I wasn’t there for you every day after that either.”

So many men think that once you have gotten her past the dragon out of the tower, that the battle for their bride is over. Truth is it’s a battle we must fight everyday.

Shrek finally realises that he already had all he needed, that the glory days weren’t that glorious and that he now must step up and fight for his bride, his marriage and his family.

Shrek again strikes gold when right at the end he says: “Do you know what the best of it was? I got to fall in love with you all over again”

It is in the battle for our families we learn to love and appreciate what we have.

Shrek forever after is a brilliant movie! It is a fairy tale that echoes with truth and insight into life as it really is. Don’t miss it!

The king of Kings bled

The king of rock, they say lived
The king of lizards is surely dead,
The King of Kings bled.

-Audio Adrenaline, I am not the king

We are watching the first season of Rome and while it is vile in that it very graphicaly portrays the sexual perversion and the pgan worship of the time, Hanna made a very astute comment as we where watching one extremely bloody episode.

As Caesars face was smeared with blod by the pontiff, Hanna said, They where so pagan but they would have truly understood the significance of the blood of Jesus. In our modern clinical society, we live so far from the realities of life. We have brushed , blodd, injury, sicknes and death under the carpet so we do not have to see or think about it. This is why talk of Jesus blood is so utterly disturbing in todays society, while in the historic time of Jesus it was a natural part of everyday life.

While some churches try to tone down the blood we in the salvation army are so wrapped up in the symbolism of the blood that any attempt to get away from it would be futile, and thank God for that!

We need to keep talking about the blood of Jesus, while maybe culturally irrelevant, it is spiritually crucial! Lets bring out our songbooks and find those oldies, There is power, power wonderworking power in the blood of the Lamb! or What can make me whole agaian? nothing but the blood of Jesus!

Blood and Fire that is what we are about, let’s never forget it!

 

Trust

I was watching the latest episode of Battlestar galactica, and a very short conversation between Adama and Sharon (actually there was several good conversations between the two) struck me.

Sharon: Sir, How do you know you can trust me?

Adama: I don’t, that’s what trust is…

In todays society we like to be sure, we want to know before we bet everything else is gambling and we are not willing to risk it. But this is what being a Christian is all about, to choose to trust God before you know that He will do what the Bible sais He will. Like [[Søren Kierkegaard]] said to believe is to throw yourself of a cliff not knowing if God will catch you.

We need to trust before we have been given reason to, it is scary, but in the end oh so rewarding. This also applies to people, when we trust them we build trustworthyness in them. Just by trusting somebody and letting them know you trust them, you will make them want to honor your faith in them!

Yes being trusting can give you a mental black eye or two, but I’d rather be naive and truting, than untrusting and in the end alone.

Midsummer at Riga 1

Yesterday we had a fantastic celebration of Jani with the Riga 1 youth, started of with grilling and a grand meal followed by games that we all enjoyed… Then followed by movies until breakfast (yes a lot of movies).

At one time we watched Dress to Kill, my favorite Ediie Izzard DVD and as a bonus I would give a prize for anyone who could recognize jokes I had used in my preachings. At breakfast I was paid one of the highest compliments I have been given in a long time, Karina said:  Eddie Izzard was funny and I recognized a lot of jokes from your preaching but there was one of them that you did bettr!

fixing the bible

Last night I was watching an episode of firefly. In this episode River the over intelligent sister of the doc finds Rev. Books bible, Book is the shepherd (Priest) on the crew of the firefly. River starts reading the bible and finds that it has flaws and that it doesn’t make sense so she starts fixing it, by rewriting passages and cutting stories out.

Noah is a problem, there is no way to fit 55.000 mammals on a boat

Shepherd then tries to explain to a bewildered River about faith, and finally says: {{You don’t fix faith, faith fixes you!}}

Many Christians start out like River, they know that they believe in God but try to fit the word of God into a context that they understand and therefore try to rewrite the bible or just take out/ignore the passages that does not fit into their world view. Failing to realize that we are the problem it is us who don’t fit in.

It is only through the spirit that we can truly comprehend the word of God. And it is only by truly comprehending the word of God that we can make sense out of our own existance in Gods universe.

Hollywood fairytale or Hollywood heresy

At coffe today our chief of administration loudly announced that he had seen the [[da vinci code]] yesterday and that it was an excellent movie. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about, no one in their right minds would actually believe in that stuff, he continued.

The problem is too many people do. [[Dan Brown]] starts out the book with a statement saying that while the characters are fictional it is all based on well researched facts. This means that anybody who has not taken the time to research the Bible or Jesus prior to reading the book or seeing the movie will be convinced that there in fact is truth behind the bold claims this book makes and that the bible as it stands today is the greatest heresy of all.

The real problem is not that Dan Brown has written a book that challenges Jesus authority and/or divinity or that he portrays this as researched facts. The real problem is that Christians are far to shy to come out and debunk these statements. The davinci code is not a real threat to Christianity nor a threat to anything else, it is badly researched and packed with assumptions that are not even remotely hinted at by any facts in history. The da vinci code is a mystery novel written to make a lot of money, and if you read any other book by Dan Brown (wich I recommend against since they are all built up exactly the same so if youe read on, youe read them all. If you are gonna read one I suggest Angels and Demons wich I enjoyed immensly, even tho that to is abysmal in it’s reasearch and factual background) You will see that he has made a system out of churning out books following the exact same skeleton, just changing the names of the characters and the mystery it solves.
No the davinci code is no threat, The real threat is Christians who check in their brains when they enter church and think that faith is the only active ingredient in being a christian therefore reasoning, logic, science and facts are irrelevant. We need to step up and educate ourselves in apologetics, we need to have thought through answers to the seekers questions, we need to be well prepared and well trained for the battle at hand.

Love is a mental illness

The words of Joan in the fantastic TV show Joan of Arcadia, In the show God counters with “Love puts all logic to sleep, otherwise noone would ever risk it.”

Love is such a complicated game, so many risks, so easy to get hurt, and even if the rewards are sky high if you are lucky, when you are not it leaves you in the pit of dispair crying out for mercy.

The stupid things we have done for Love, come on admit it, there has been som half-brained-awkward moments in your life that you can give Love credit for. Well take heart for Love is proven a mental illness that “puts all logic to sleep” wich is why we dare to risk it no matter the cost.

Humpty dumpty…

We are having a Farscape Marathon at home and watching 2×05 Crackers don’t matter I find myself repeating Crichtons question after he quotes the famous nursery rhyme:

“Humptey Dumptey sat on a wall. Humtey Dumptey had a great fall and all the kings horses, all the kings men could nt put Humtey Dumptey back together again”

The question Crichton asks “is how do we take it all back?”
The crew of the living spaceship Moya has been under the influence of solar flares that make them very suspicous of each other and they divide into fractions, cross and double cross each other. When they all coma back to their senses, they all apologize but all the hurtful words they said are still there between them.

I figure that the Nursery Rhyme has it right, not all the kings horses or all the kings men can put things right again. It is all a matter of choice, The people involved can choose to act upon the things said or not, choose to remember the things said or not.

Making choice (and in effect free will) the most powerful force in the universe next to God.

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