Samurai Dog Says:

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I don’t get to have a “Choosing Ceremony”? My master says I was born a dog and that I do a good job of being a dog. I like to get in our trash, bark at the mailman, guard our property, chase and retrieve sticks, and I hate baths in a tub! (Give me a creek anytime!) Anyway, hope you’re enjoying the DIVERGENT articles. They really have a lot to say about life, or so I’m told, I wouldn’t know cause I’m just a dog. Have fun being human, I have a terrible craving to fetch a stick right now. Know what I mean?

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PLANET EARTH > “One Big Choosing Ceremony”

MOVIE: “DIVERSION”

I woke up this day thinking about what the Bible says about us being “SPIRIT BEINGS” and not “FLESH BEINGS”.

We temporarily live in a house of flesh, but we are not the house! We are the Spirit being that lives in the house, for however long that house lasts.

AND WHAT IS GOD’S PURPOSE IN THIS?

Every day we make countless choices that determine our future. Planet Earth is one big Choosing Ceremony!

EVERY CHOICE IS AN ACT OF “CREATION”.

Think about it. Every time you make a choice to take this fork of the road and not that one, you just created your future by choosing a certain destination. In these bodies we make choices everyday, and we speak our “intentions”, or whatever we want people to believe about us, with our mouth, but then, with our bodies we ACT! With our bodies our ACTIONS confirm if we have been truthful with our mouth, or not.

OUR BODIES SPEAK THE REAL TRUTH!

As they say: ACTIONS DO SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

EVERY CHOICE > AN ACT OF CREATION LIKE SEEDS SOWN IN THE GROUND. EVENTUALLY THOSE SEEDS BRING A HARVEST, BE IT GOOD, OR BAD.

WE NEED TO TAKE OUR CHOICES MORE SERIOUSLY, REALIZING THEY ARE ACTS OF CREATION.

REALIZING THEY DO DETERMINE OUR FUTURE, NOT ONLY IN THE EARTH, BUT ALSO ETERNITY.

Yes, we live in flesh bodies, but for what purpose? To have as much fun as we can until we die, and then go into a grave and never remember we ever existed? Something in me, probably my SOUL, simply does not believe that.

THERE IS TOO MUCH DESIGN TO WHAT WE ARE LIVING.

Planet Earth is a test. I never worried about a test I was prepared for. As a matter of fact, it was a chance to prove myself, and shine. The first words out of God’s mouth in the Bible is >

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

God does not want us in the dark as to what is going on in Planet Earth. All the answers are in his great book, the Bible. We can know what Planet Earth is about, a Choosing Ceremony.

BE WISE, AND SHINE! LET THERE BE LIGHT! GOD’S WORD ENLIGHTENS. TRUTH IS GOD’S WILL. IGNORANCE AND DECEPTION IS A FORM OF DARKNESS!

I think God was very intentional in what he wanted his first words to us to be. Those words reveal a great deal about God.

PLANET EARTH IS A LOT MORE THAN JUST FLESH AND BLOOD. IT IS SOUL AND SPIRIT. AND IT IS GOD.

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve…” (Joshua 24:15a)

 

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Movie: DIVERGENT > “Choosing You.”

I must admit I am doing these articles on “DIVERGENT” because I enjoy the subject matter. I think one of the greatest journeys we make in life is the “inner journey” of discovering who we are, and that can also change at various points of our life. Sometimes we fail to realize when we need to leave one thing in order to branch out into something new that we have “grown” into.

When I suddenly got struck with serious back problems at the beginning of this year, I did not at first realize it was God taking my life a new direction, but it did not take long for me to begin to suspect it. And so, I am now looking for a job with no heavy lifting and allows me to be “available” for more ministry oriented goals. My wife and I have cleared everything out of our living room and I am turning it into something called “Prayer School”. I am also putting more effort into getting my other 5 books that I have written, into the market somehow. I have a plan for all this, but it will unfold slowly.

Now as to the book, DIVERGENT, Beatrice is trapped in a society that has been divided into 5 factions, of which you better fit into one of them, or you’re in trouble! She does not know this culture of hers is a cage, a trap, a cookie-cutter prison of sorts, but as she is becoming an adult she is discovering it more and more.

Here are the 5 factions you must fit into: “Abnigation, which is the one she was born into and grown up in. This faction is known for being “selfless”. It could even be compared to some “religions” I have known where it is more about “religion” and “rules”, than it is about having a true “relationship” with Christ.

However, Beatrice surprises everyone when at the “Choosing Ceremony”, which happens at age 16, she does not choose to stay in Abnigation, but chooses to transfer to “Dauntless”, which requires completely leaving her family! She does not seem to realize it , but this is probably the most difficult faction to join, as there are many physical and emotional test you must overcome, or you end up “factionless”, a life of poverty and destitution! A transfer to “Dauntless” means risking everything, because they are the warriors! Above all they value “courage and bravery! So you can just imagine how easy it could be to fail one to many test, and be dropped as a failure.

The other three groups are “Candor”, which means being very frank and truthful with one’s opinions and comments. Then there is the “Erudite”, the seekers of wisdom and knowledge. They love intelligence above all else. And last but not least, the “Amity”, those who value “peace” above all. They are the very friendly and sociable. And there you have it. You either fit one of these or you end up regretting it.

How about yourself? Are you letting society push you around, force you into a mold that is not really you? Of course, you cannot really know what you want your “Common Point”, (see previous article), to be unless you have made that inner journey, and we all should be free to make that journey on our own. That is why even God’s offer of salvation in Christ is left up to your free will. God will not violate your right to choose. Free will is one of the things we got when God made us in his image.

I believe these are really cool things to think about, and also the things that make life very interesting and meaningful. At the end of chapter 6, Beatrice gets the chance to choose her new name. That will be the subject of the next article, “What’s in a name?”

If anyone would like to comment on how the movie was, and how it is doing in the box office, I would love to hear. I have not tried to follow any of that, I’ve just been enjoying the book. If you leave comments, I give you my thanks in advance. It is always good to get comments.

Next article should come soon.

 

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Samurai Dog say:

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6

Divergent is a cool movie about choosing our values in life. Some values come at a great price. Are we dauntless enough to stand for what we believe, no matter what? Hope you enjoy the articles my master is writing from the book: “DIVERGENT”!

 

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Divergent / Common Point

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DIVERGENT > TO MOVE OR EXTEND IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS FROM A COMMON POINT.

I think another good point to make is that in being divergent, in the act of choosing to be different, choosing a different direction than other pressures may be pressing you to go, it is not an act of being without any “COMMON POINT” with other people.

Actually, it is the leaving of one common point to join the people who belong to another common point. One group may be smaller than another, but there will always be those who see things in a similar way as you. Most of the time we choose a new path based on someone who is already doing it, or has done it before. They might even mentor you, or train you, as in the movie, Divergent. We see what someone else is recommending, or doing, and we think, “Yes, I want to do that too!”

It is actually the choosing of a new common point. As a Christian, I have a common point with all true followers of Christ. Someone who chooses a military life, separates themselves from the common point of civilian life, to enter into a common point of soldiers, a brotherhood of warriors. We all have at least a few common points in our life.

In the last post when we posed the question of our own personal choice, concerning diverging, it is not that we are choosing to live on an island and become a hermit.

WHEREVER OUR DIRECTION IS TAKING US, WE NEED TO CONSIDER THOSE WE ARE ENTERING INTO COMMON POINT WITH.

EVERY DIVERGENCE IS THE LEAVING OF ONE COMMON POINT, AND THE JOINING OF ANOTHER.

CHOOSE YOUR PEOPLE WELL.

 

 

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“Divergent”

CURRENTLY HOOKED ON DIVERGENT!

For some reason when this movie came out I did not feel led to go see it, but to read the book! It is my hope to put out short blurps pertaining to this most fascinating story. It fascinates me for many reasons. ONE: It is about choosing who you are meant to be. Choosing what you feel is most IMPORTANT in life, and having the courage to BECOME that.

This blogsite is about being Samurai for Christ, and we are about to begin teaching what it means that Christ said: “I GO AWAY.” The material God is giving me is very RICH on this subject. My plan is to intermix short blogs about this book, Divergent, as I slowly read it. As long as the book continues to hold my unique attention, it will be a part of this blogsite while I’m reading it.

So…lets start here. WHAT DOES THE WORD, DIVERGENT, MEAN?

Divergent: To move or extend in different directions from a common point. To differ in character, form, or opinion.

Can anyone truly follow their heart without being divergent? In the world we live in, can anyone truly follow Christ without being divergent? We live in a world that wants to shape us to their mode. This is the definition of success! This is how you should dress! You’re not cool, or down, or bad, if you don’t fit this! Be like us or we won’t like you! If you want to be “popular”, you better wear these clothes, use these curse words, do these things, and on and on the peer pressure goes. Even parents trying to shape their children to be like them. But do we have the courage to seek out what our CREATOR put in us to be, and become that? That is to diverge from the common point! This is what everyone says is cool, but that is not what I value or choose for me!

My dad was very mechanical and worked in a factory all his life. He never read books. Did not like to read. Never tried to write anything. Could not stand in front of a crowd and speak if his life depended on it, and yet he wanted me to be like him.

I had to diverge. I hated factory work. (Became a truck driver and minister.) I love to read and write. But because of my upbringing, I had a great fear of speaking in front of people, so when God called me, it was one of my greatest challenges. Because of my upbringing I lost a lot of years finding the real me, but it was so worth the journey! My dad was only trying to help me, he meant well, but you know what I’m talking about. This is part of growing up.

In this story a young lady named Beatrice was born into a very conservative lifestyle. We will talk about the 5 factions on next blog, but it is in her heart for ADVENTURE! To run! To breathe hard, sweat, and be adventurous! She watches those who are called Dauntless, and something in her heart longs to be there! But she will have to leave her family, everything she has grown up with, and even face great danger and hardship, if she wants to be Dauntless. Will she do it? Can she do it? Can she become Dauntless? And of course, there is even a greater challenge she is going to discover that she does not currently know. She is already faced with being “divergent” to her family, but what of the challenge of being “divergent” to her whole society? An act of divergence that makes you an outlaw, a threat to society. Wow, this could get good!

But what about you? What about me? I’m 58 years old and am currently recovering from back surgery. I’ve made a decision to not return to truck driving, but to blaze a whole new trail. Perhaps I will interweave some of that story with these Divergent blurps, but for now, I think we have a good start here.

WHAT HAS GOD PUT IN YOU TO BE? DARE YOU TO SEEK THOSE ANSWERS? DARE YOU TO BECOME? THINK ABOUT IT.

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Samurai Dog says:

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“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass darkly…”

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Movie: “Winter Soldier” / S.H.I.E.L.D.

SPIRITUAL ANALOGY

Since this is a Christian blogsite dealing in spiritual things, I would like to draw a certain analogy from the “Winter Soldier” movie that fits what I have been teaching in my last three messages. (Samurai Vision Parts I, II, III)

I taught in those messages how todays Church may be headed for a great division which eventually leads to a great falling away. We also compared it to the division and civil war that took place in Israel which led to Ten Tribes of Israel being lost forever!

Now in this movie we have an agency known as SHIELD. It is supposed to be the “good guys”, a force against evil, even our superheroes team up with them, almost like mighty prophets of God to do warfare against evil. So in my eyes SHIELD is in the position of the Church, symbolically speaking. (Please understand this is only an analogy that might help us see a spiritual condition already developing. I’m not trying to say this is scripture, it’s only an analogy. Sometimes it is easier to visualize things in this way.)

The point is that we all know the Church has a certain number of people in it who are not really Christians. Maybe they claim to be, or maybe they do not. However, we are talking about something greater than that. An evil greater than that. The Bible speaks of a great falling away! SHIELD is discovered to be so completely compromised by Hydra that it needs to be blown up! SHIELD, in its old form, is no more!

Not only that, but I have spoken of the attack of the enemy on the Church to “feminize” it, and that we need to get back our MANHOOD, like Duck Dynasty! (As weird as that may sound, it is true!) Those who have ears to hear, let him hear!

If my childhood knowledge of comics is correct, the old leader of Hydra, the Red Skull, is passed. (Although he is not really dead.) The current leader of Hydra is a woman whose name is VIPER, but she is also called Lady Hydra. So the group that so infiltrated SHIELD that it had to be blown up, is led by a powerful and evil woman.

There you go. File this away for whatever it is worth to you. Trash if it means nothing. Keep it if the analogy helps you. Thanks for stopping in. Comments welcomed.

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Movie – “Winter Soldier” / Captain America

LOVED IT!

My wife and I actually went to a Thursday night midnight showing to see it. We were surrounded by energized young people! (I was a youth minister for many years. It was like old times!)

But as to the movie, I like the Winter Soldier Character for many reasons. One, he is like a Captain America in very rough form. Why would I like that? Because C.A. is just too perfect. He is the guy that has everything. He’s got all the good looks, super powers, does everything right, and everybody loves him. But Winter Soldier is very rough around all the edges, and how did he get that way?

Steve Rogers was his friend who turned into the great C. A.. In the first movie Steve asks Bucky, “So, are you ready to follow Captain America into the jaws of death?” His answer was, “No. But I’ll follow the little guy from Brooklyn that did not know when to run from a fight.” He was more impressed with the old Steve, than the new C.A. He wanted to make it clear that he was not overwhelmed with the C. A. persona.

Now I’m sorry, but this is just my perspective, possibly because I like this Winter Soldier character, but C.A. led Bucky into sliding down a cable and dropping onto a speeding train! A ten second window to make the drop! Only three of them even made it. C.A. and two guys with no super powers! C.A. led his best friend into a situation difficult for even him to survive with all his super powers, and here’s Bucky determined to hang with Cap. Sorry, but Cap is partly responsible for Bucky ending up in enemy hands, brain washed and believing he is a force for good, when actually, he is being used by Hydra.

Well, now Bucky appears to be Cap’s equal, even the famous shield is useless against him. He throws it back at Cap like it is his own. He used to be best friends with Cap, but now he is a very rough form of that, and I like it. Now that he is discovering he has been “used”, Hydra better look out, because once he gets his head together, I think they just made a very formidable enemy!

Now don’t get me wrong, as a Christian I’m all about living a clean life, but spiritual warfare involves a lot of hardship. Most warriors I have seen have a rough and serious look about them. Warfare beats you up and makes you tough the hard way. The warrior does not live a normal life, but is separated to his life of disciplines. C.A. is just a little too good looking for my taste. I like the potential I see in Winter Soldier to be a great warrior for good. Rough around the edges. Rough like a wolf. Rough like a spiritual Bounty Hunter. Rough like a cowboy, and I like it.

I do have a spiritual analogy to make about this. I hope to post it in next couple days.

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Movie – “NOAH”

HOLLYWOOD TREATS FACT AS FICTION.

Well, if Hollywood hopes to draw the Christian crowd to get their money, then they just shot themselves in the foot!

I mean, I understood they would take some legal license  with the story, but come on! Was this even the same family my Bible talks about?

My only conclusion is that the Bible is just another fictional story to them, and so you can do whatever you want with it, right?

WRONG!!! Not if you want to draw the Christians. I know I will definitely be gun-shy on the next one. I’ll wait to hear what others say. Good grief, they made Noah out to be some bad guy that wanted to kill his own grandchildren! For Pete’s sakes! I don’t even have words to describe all this.

And the descendant of Cain who chopped a hole in the side of the boat while the flood was rushing in? What a hoot! Water from the hole was never noticed? And how many species of animals must have been eaten into extinction during the nine months he hid on the boat? Amazing! I mean most of those animals were only two by two, you know?

Actually, that movie was an insult to my intelligence, and I try to be generous when it comes to Hollywood. I understand the theory of the fallen angels causing giants in the land, men of great valor. I even think it might be possible. I can go with a plot like that, but give me a break! Rock creatures that are eventually redeemed? They even helped Noah build his Ark?

I actually felt depressed by the time the movie was over! Not from all the “fiction”, but it was actually a very depressing show! Even if it had not been biblical. The music at the end even confirmed the fact. The depression I was already feeling was solidified even more as the end credits played, and we were walking out!

My wife and I both just sat there in amazement at the end, unable to believe what we saw, but then that music started playing and I wanted to get out of there! So, obviously Hollywood could not resist showing its lack of respect for all things Christian. Whoever the companies are that are making truly good Christian movies, I pray for them, and thank God for them. “Son of God” was good, but I wish they had given more “power” to certain scenes. They missed some great opportunities.

“God’s Not Dead” was excellent. I’ve seen a few others coming that may have potential, but I never want to see this version of Noah again! Once was more than enough.

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