Movie Reflection: “Samson”

Samson – Official Trailer (2018) – YouTube

Judges 13 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Birth of Samson
biblegateway.com
“..13 Bnei-Yisrael again did what was evil in Adonai’s eyes, and Adonai gave them into the hand of the Philistines for 40 years. 2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah, from a Danite clan, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and bore no children. 3 Then the angel of Adonai appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold now, you are barren and have not borne children, but you will conceive and bear a son. [a] 4 Now therefore be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. 5 For behold, you will conceive and bear a son. Let no razor come upon his head, for the boy will be a Nazirite to God from the womb.[b] He will begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”..”

Judges 14 bible.com

Samson – The Heart of the Movie – YouTube

SAMSON (2018) Behind The Scenes + Trailer [HD] „The … – YouTube

Pure Talk Presents: Behind the Scenes of “Samson” with … – YouTube

Samson By Jacob Isaacs Published and copyrighted by Kehot Publication Society chabad.org
“..Their deliverer came at last from the tribe of Dan. In the small town of Zorah there lived a man by the name of Monoah; his wife was childless. One day an angel appeared to her, declaring that she would become the mother of a son who should, in due time, save the Hebrews from the hand of the Philistines. The boy was from his birth to be dedicated to G‑d as a Nazirite; no razor was ever to touch his hair. Amazed by what she heard, she told it to her husband, who devoutly prayed for another appearance of the Divine messenger. The vision was repeated, and the angel announced again, this time both to Monoah and his wife, the birth of the wondrous child, and renewed his former injunctions.

In due course the child was born, and was named Samson. At an early age, Samson realized that he possessed remarkable strength with which he was able to accomplish superhuman feats. Once he was confronted by a young lion, and without exerting much effort, tore it apart. Realizing that he had been endowed with this strength in order to help his people, Samson sought the occasion to vent his anger on the enemy. ..”

Taylor James and Lindsay Wagner of “Samson” on Walk in Faith (02/16/18) NET TV

Taylor James (I)
Actor | Producer
imdb.com
“..
Taylor was born in Sevenoaks England on 26th January 1980. Between the years of 1980-1986, he lived with his family in South Africa, before returning back to the Uk for schooling. Taylor attended secondary School in Northamptonshire from 1991-1997 before completing 2 years at Northampton college studying performing arts. In 2000 Taylor was awarded… See full bio »
..”

Caitlin Leahy (I) imdb.com
“..
Chicago native Caitlin Leahy is the middle of five children to Matt and Ellen Leahy. She received a BA in Theatre from Columbia College in her hometown. Caitlin moved to Los Angeles, California shortly after to pursue a career in film and television. She works actively as a model having appeared in ads for HBO’s Eastbound and Down season 4, … See full bio »
..”

Samson And Delilah Trailer 1949 – YouTube

Delilah Betrays Samson Judges 16 Tree of Life Version (TLV) biblegateway.com
‘….28 Then Samson called out to Adonai and said, “My Lord Adonai, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, so that I may this once take revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the temple rested and leaned on them, one with his right hand and the other with his left. 30 Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” He bent with all his might so that the temple fell on the lords and on all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed during his life.

31 Then his kinsmen and all his father’s household came down, lifted him, brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah. For he had judged Israel 20 years…”

SAMSON – YouTube

Book of Judges

THE BOOK OF JUDGES biblescripture.net

Judges 13 New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Samson
biblegateway.com
“13 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.

2 A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. 3 The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. 5 You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”..”

Who Were the Philistines?
By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor | July 16, 2016 10:43am ET livescience.com
“.. Stories in the Hebrew Bible say that the Philistines clashed with the ancient Israelites many times. One of the battles supposedly took place between a Philistine force led by the giant man named Goliath and an Israelite force that included a man named David who would go on to become king of Israel. In the story David kills Goliath with a slingshot and the Israelites go on to rout the Philistine force. Whether David or Goliath ever existed — or if a series of wars between the Philistines and Israelites occurred — are matters debated by scholars. ..”

Bible Nations: ‘The Philistines’ – YouTube

“The Christadelphian Watchman
Published on Apr 12, 2016
An account of the interaction of the Philistines with Israel. Key events are outlined

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The Prophetess Deborah
(2654-2694)
By Nissan Mindel
chabad.org

SAMSON KILL A LION WITH HIS BARE HANDS – YouTube

Samson Kills a Lion with His Bare Hands – YouTube

Dagon

How Did Samson Topple the Temple of Dagon?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h0EAtzcZ50
*see Deep Thought: What are considered “idols”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Who was Dagon in the Bible? gotquestions.org
” Answer: Dagon was the chief deity of the Philistines, and the worship of this pagan god dates back the third millennium BC. According to ancient mythology, Dagon was the father of Baal. He was the fish god (dag in Hebrew means “fish”), and he was represented as a half-man, half-fish creature. This image furthered an evolutionary belief that both men and fish had evolved together from the primal waters. Dagon may also have been the provider of grain. So Dagon was similar to many other idols in that he personified natural forces that had supposedly produced all things…”

5. The Hands of Dagon and the Hand of God (1 Samuel 5:1-7:17) bible.org
“..It may appear to the Israelites and to the Philistines that God is now being held hostage by Israel’s enemies. Israel has been defeated in an initial battle with the Philistines, suffering the loss of about 4,000 lives (1 Samuel 4:1-2). The Israelites are wondering how their God could allow them to suffer this defeat, concluding that it is because they did not take the Ark of God into battle with them. Like a large good luck charm, they believe the presence of the Ark will make the difference. Confidently, the Israelites commence fighting. Fearfully, the Philistines rise to the challenge, dreading that it might mean death or defeat for them. Instead, it leads to an even greater defeat for the Israelites. Our text tells us that 30,000 foot soldiers are killed, along with the two priests, Hophni and Phinehas. When Eli learns that his sons are dead and that the Ark has been captured, he falls from his seat, breaking his neck and dying when he falls. He is followed in death by his daughter-in-law as she gives birth to the son she names Ichabod (gone is the glory), in light of the Ark being taken. ..”

The Ark of the Covenant vs Dagon – YouTube

1 Samuel 5
TLV
The Ark Afflicts the Philistines
bible.com
“..1Now the Philistines had taken the ark of God and they brought it from Eben-ezer to Ashdod.
2The Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the temple of Dagon, and placed it beside Dagon.
3But when the Ashdodites arose early next morning, to everyone’s surprise, Dagon had fallen to his face on the ground before the ark of Adonai. So they took Dagon up and put him back in his place. ..”

ASHDOD ✡ Fall of Dagon

“..Palmer
Published on Dec 3, 2017
The city where the nephilims fell and Dagon overthrown.
There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained… (Joshua 11).
When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.
And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD…(1 Samuel 5)..”

Philistines

Secret History of the Philistines: The Disappearance of a People

Samson Destroys Temple

The Death of Samson Judges 16 New International Version (NIV) biblegateway.com
“..25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them.

When they stood him among the pillars, 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived…”

Sanson y Dalila (Parte 13 Final) Castellano

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Movie Reflection: “I Can Only Imagine”

I Can Only Imagine | Trailer | In Theaters Now

Behind the Scenes

Interviews Pre-Release

Dennis Quaid Reveals How Playing an Abusive Dad Affected His Kids

‘I Can Only Imagine’ Actress Shares Faith

I Can Only Imagine – Liberty University Convocation
https://youtu.be/00rdjyYIN9Az
Liberty University
Published on Mar 6, 2018
“On March 5, 2018, at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, Bart Miller, Lead Singer of Mercy Me, joined by John Erwin and Madeline Carroll discussed the story behind the upcoming film “I Can Only Imagine.”

“If you find your gift and not use it for yourself, but to glorify God”-Director
“Lined up with what God has called me for”, “..This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord…”
Isaiah 57:14 , God is able, stand true to your convictions compass to your soul
-actress

Using your God -given gifts, talents, skills, etc.. what’s your “calling” in life (passion )?
*see Deep Thought: Life Purpose- Just “graduated”..what now? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

I Can Only Imagine Scene: Millards Don’t Sing

Quotes

I Can Only Imagine (2018)
Quotes
imdb.com
29 Leadership Quotes And Lessons From I Can Only Imagine The Movie briandoddonleadership.com
“..The following are 29 Leadership Quotes And Lessons From I Can Only Imagine The Movie:….”

Don’t Quit!

I Can Only Imagine Scene: Bart Meets Brickell

Dreams

I Can Only Imagine Scene: Dreams Don’t Pay The Bills


What’s your dream?

“I Pray for you all the time and I hope you find what your looking for”


What’s your prayer?

“Use your past as inspiration”

-Abuse

=>Emotional

“Arthur: Dreams don’t pay the bills. Nothing good comes from them. All it does is keeping you from knowing what is real.”imdb.com


Let That Pain Become Your Inspiration – I Can Only Imagine Movie …

=>Physical

*see Social Issue: How to STOP Partner Abuse? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
&
Abused: How do you heal from your traumatic “childhood” past? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Forgiveness
*see Deep Thought: Power of Forgiveness shown in my life so far… goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

What ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Teaches Us About Forgiveness lightworkers.com
“..Forgiving someone who has deeply hurt us might feel like one of the most difficult tasks we are faced with as Christians…”

‘I Can Only Imagine’ preaches a message of forgiveness without being preachy chicago.suntimes.com

“I forgive_______ ”

Good News Abused
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Music

Stories

MercyMe – Bart’s Testimony/intro to Dear Younger Me

I Can Only Imagine – How to Play on the Piano

Good News Music
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Deep Thought: Does “curiosity” really “kill the cat”?

Curiosity killed the Cat – Animation

Growing up , I loved watching “horror movies”! I would watch it with some friends and love getting “entertained”. However, this interest of the “unknown” had some consequences. I would have nightmares (e.g. “hell”) constantly at night. I would later find out (after giving my life to Christ-see personal testimony), I “opened” my soul to a lot of “evil spirits”, which tormented me for years.

We all get curious trying “new things”, but some of it can be “dangerous”

Double Dare (Peer Pressure)

Former Rugby Player Who Was Left Paralyzed for Years After Eating a Slug Has Died Julie Mazziotta,People 6 hours ago yahoo.com
“..A friendly dare went terribly wrong eight years ago when 19-year-old Sam Ballard ate a slug that was carrying a deadly parasite that left him paralyzed. And now, after years of medical issues, the former rugby player has died.

In 2010, Ballard and his friends were hanging out in the backyard of his family’s Sydney home when they saw the slug going by. As a joke, the teens dared Ballard to eat it.

“We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown-ups and a slug came crawling across here,” one of Ballard’s best friends, Jimmy Galvin, told the Australian news show The Project in April. “The conversation came up, you know. ‘Should I eat it?’ And off Sam went. Bang. That’s how it happened.”

A few days later, Ballard started complaining of leg pains.

“He said, ‘I ate a slug; it could’ve been that,’ ” his mom, Katie. “And I said, ‘No one gets sick from that.’ He was scared, so you know, as a mum, all you want to do is reassure them.

But the slug was the culprit, and had led Sam to contract rat lungworm, or angiostrongyliasis — a parasite carried by rats that affects the brain and spinal cord. It left Sam in a coma for 420 days, and when he woke up he was paralyzed, and unable to eat or go to the bathroom on his own. He also needed a tracheotomy….”..”

Drugs

CURIOSITY KILLS THE CAT

*see Deep Thought: History of Drugs-Opium goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Ghosts

3 Horrifying Cases Of Ghosts And Demons – YouTube

What does the Bible say about ghosts / hauntings? gotquestions.org


Shadow beings and ghost according to the bible – YouTube

Occult

Modern Dangers of the Occult

Tomorrow’s World
Published on Oct 14, 2013
Millions think of séances, astrology and “magic” as harmless entertainments, but they can be deadly to our spiritual and physical lives. If you are involved with the occult, you need to stop! God can help you escape, if you are willing to obey Him!

Order your free copy of “Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity” and more here: http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/order-p…

Ouija Boards

THE SACRED RIANA – CONTACT THE DEATH – Final Destination (HD)

Dokter Jonas
Published on Jan 4, 2018
The Sacred Riana Contact The Death with OUIJA BOARD and TAROT CARDS
*more TERRIFYING TALENT! Freaky Magician GIRL Scares Judges & Audience On Asia’s Got Talent! from youtube.com
“..Top Talent
Published on Dec 18, 2017
Sacred Riana On Asia’s Got Talent 2017 judges scares and terrifies judges and audience with her freaky and creepy magic tricks! How does she do it?!..”

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Illusi Seram The Sacred Riana, Menghubungi Arwah

-Scientific Theory

How Ouija boards work. (Hint: It’s not ghosts.)
No, demons will not possess you if you use one.
By Aja Romano@ajaromano Updated Sep 29, 2017, 10:06am EDT vox.com
“..The ideomotor effect is behind much more than just Ouija boards — including several harmful real-life scams and “therapies”..”

-Other Belief

Ouija Board WARNING – Ex Occultists Chenzo and Laura.
Posted on February 21, 2017 ourspiritualquest.com
“..It’s not just people who some label “Fundamentalist Christians” that warn against the dangers of the Ouija Board. Even some people who practice alternative spiritualities (new age, spiritualism, etc) warn against the evil and harmful effects of this device…

When I was a Spiritualist, most Mediums warned of using it. Now it seems, anything goes!

Whether the board is an ancient one, newly created, designed with cute imagery or eerie imagery, it’s purpose and results remain the same! Don’t be fooled by a sugar coated package – pink girly ouija boards summon the same deceptive and evil demons that darker looking boards do!

There are Ouija Boards sold in toy shops. Pink boards marketed at girls aged 10 years and glow in the dark boards for boys! There are even Apps aimed at three year old infants – seriously?!!!…

Don’t take my word for it. Do a search on reports and journal papers by psychiatrists worldwide. Twenty plus years ago when I was still a spiritualist, I did just that, for an essay in university on Schizophrenia. There were masses of reports on the correlations between Ouija Board or Occult use and mental health issues! Hey, that was 20+ years ago. No doubt it’s worse now!…

The best thing to do with Ouija Boards, is burn them. As you do so, pray and ask Jesus to cleanse you and set you free from the demonic oppression or possession and curses they bring into the lives of your family, yourself and your descendants…

Test The Spirits!

I’d advise you test spirits summoned by the board. My practical advice on how to test and challenge every entity that appears to you, is offered in my article, Test the Spirits and Angels – Challenge their True Identity!..”

Psychics

Miss Cleo Commercial (1998) – YouTube

Feds Accuse Miss Cleo Hot Lines of Fraud By ABC News Feb. 14 abcnews.go.com
“.. The 900-number service has used false promises of free “psychic readings” and other deceptive and abusive practices to bilk as much as $360 million from callers, the Federal Trade Commission alleges in a complaint filed Wednesday. ..

The complaint alleges that the company’s “psychic readers” are trained to prolong calls to maximize the cost, and employees who do not keep callers on the line long enough are fired.

Calls can last up to 60 minutes, the complaint alleges, resulting in bills of up to $300 at the typical rate of $4.99 a minute. ..”

I Was A Fake Internet Psychic By Hope Racine theestablishment.co
“..I have absolutely no preternatural powers, but I’ve always had an interest in the mystical, the mysterious — the inscrutable unexplainables that populate our world. When I started college, I brought a deck of tarot cards and a Buffy The Vampire Slayer Ouija board with me. My vague tarot readings had made me a hit among the girls in my dorm and I used my knowledge of their lives to deliver pointed predictions. When reading for strangers, I would use guesswork and make their readings ambiguous enough that I couldn’t be held accountable when my predictions weren’t true. And, as impressionable teenagers are known to do, they took my vague messages and ran with them…
For true believers, I understand that my actions are abhorrent and I’m one of the frauds who taints the practice and lends it a bad name. There are many Internet psychics who take their work far more seriously than I did. They charge more, provide more insight, and often prefer to speak to clients by telephone. I won’t speculate as to whether they have any actual abilities, but I will consider that many of them likely believe they do…”

This psychic scam has raked in over $200 million – YouTube

How Fake Psychics Fool Their Victims – YouTube

Tarot Cards

Danger of the Tarot Cards – Testimony of Tina an ex-tarot card reader Posted on June 6, 2012 newagedeception.wordpress.com
“..Spirituality. We simply didn’t know any better and nobody taught us otherwise. From being a
teenager my mother and I visited Mediums, Psychics, Crystal Ball and Tarot Card readers. We went
to people’s houses for ‘sittings’ to contact the dead and receive messages. We began to attend..”

I realized afterwards this was
the beginnings of something wanting to take possession of my faculties. This was the beginnings of
something evil forcing me into trance against my will…

…The Church of England employs at least one Exorcist in every Diocese in the country. I renounced
my involvement with the Occult with the Exorcist in my area. Knelt before the cross, I was anointed
with Holy oil blessed by the Archbishop. People laid hands on me and prayed as I read aloud my
renouncement. To say sorry to Jesus was very special, and I’m so glad I did this.

I now realize what was beginning to happen to me, and how much worse it could have been, if this…

I knew Christianity was what I’d been looking for all my life. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and
the life”, this struck a chord with me instantly, how fantastic! Knowing Jesus is far more fulfilling..”

‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out Spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your
God’ . . . . . Leviticus 19:31 “


Are tarot cards safe to play with for a Christain – YouTube

Other Perspectives

What does Islam say about psychic abilities? answers.yahoo.com
“..
Prophet ﷺ said “Whoever goes to a soothsayer and asks him about something and believes him, his prayer will not be accepted for forty days.” (Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh).

“Some people asked the Prophet ﷺ about soothsayers. He said, ‘They are nothing.’ They said, Prophet ﷺ, sometimes they say something and it comes true.’ Prophet ﷺ said: ‘That is a word of truth that the jinn snatches and whispers into the ear of his familiar, but they mix a hundred lies with it.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim)..”

Role Playing Games

-Dungeons & Dragons

=> NOT play

Dungeons and Dragons – the Game of Satan

D & D Dungeon Master Testimony: Dungeons & Dragons, Wargaming, Violent Video Games & Wasting Time

The Most Evil, Satanic Game of All Time…DUNGEONS & DRAGONS | #AskCalabrese Ep.27

Satanism Unmasked Dungeons & Dragons

Is Dungeon and Dragons Evil? *60 Minutes 1985 special *SHOCKING*

“Trevor Franklin
1 year ago
As a Christian, I honestly believe that the shared connection, escape, and friendship fascilitated by D&D probably saved more kids than it ever drove to suicide. Perhaps 60 minutes would like to do a special on the link between organized sports and suicide, if hunting witches is the goal? ..

Sarah Water
Sarah Water
1 year ago
Gary Gygax was a lot nicer than I would have been. When asked about that kid’s suicide, as soon as the Mom said she had never heard of the game before seeing it in his notebooks, my immediate thought was maybe not paying enough attention to know he plays D&D had something to do with why he was suicidal. Next thought, “Wait, he never had any previous psychological problems? He didn’t know how to separate a fantasy game world from real life… I’d say that’s a sign of a psychological problem. Again, the fact the parents didn’t pay attention enough to notice something was wrong has far more to do with the suicide than a silly game we like to play.”

The idea that because 12 people who committed suicide also shared a hobby, therefore the hobby must be the root cause, is beyond ridiculous. What about everybody else who committed suicide and don’t play, and what about the other 2,999,988 people who play D&D who haven’t killed themselves? …”

=>Neutral Perspective


Should a Christian play multi-player fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons? gotquestions.org
“.. Fantasy games in particular often include magic, murder, and general mayhem. In online games, female avatars (representations of characters) are often scantily dressed. Some RPGs allow players to flirt with each other or have sexual encounters. In general, many video games are structured in such a way that encourages obsessive or addictive behaviors as players attempt to reach certain levels. Of course, the same can be said of many other types of entertainment…”

Dungeons & Dragons and the Church Elizabeth Garn Mar 16, 2018 christandpopculture.com

“..One of the most appealing aspects of D&D is the fact that it is designed to be played with other people. It involves sitting with them for hours, and time spent together, even time spent playing a game, has a way of forging relationships. D&D games can last for an afternoon or continue for years, and through the whole process, players are together. In a world where we are increasingly isolated, Dungeons & Dragons provides an opportunity for people to spend time together; time that is lighthearted and fun, yes, but also time that is deeply meaningful. ..

It is this deep longing for story and for connection that is driving the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons. The problem though, is many people in the church today still live with the same vague, residual impression that there is something inherently sinful about D&D that I grew up with. ..

The current rise in popularity of Dungeons & Dragons is bringing many of those lingering fears to the surface once again. As the number of people interested in D&D grows, the chances that are there are people in your congregations and in your neighborhood who play does as well. If we continue thinking that D&D is somehow wrong and that our attitudes about it don’t really matter, we run the risk of repeating the same mistakes of the past, only worse this time because even more people will be pushed away from the gospel…

As believers, we are storytellers. We know and love the God who created stories in the first place, and who has imprinted the greatest story of all time on our heart. D&D may just be a game, a hobby, but it is also an amazing way to live out that storyteller, relational, truth-seeking part of our hearts. It’s not surprising to me that it’s growing more and more popular every day – it’s fun and honest and interactive. It’s is not for everyone, though, and I get that too. Orcs, elves, and magic may not be your cup of tea. But for some, especially us more geeky folks, it’s an amazing way to connect. So go ahead, grab a Players Handbook (or find the basic rules for free online), gather some friends, and give it a try. Just don’t be surprised if you find that your world gets a little brighter, your love for people a little deeper, and your view of God a little bigger as a result.

Should Christians Play Dungeons & Dragons? – Geeks Under Grace geeksundergrace.com
“..Bible-believing Christians can be pretty well settled on things that are laid out in Scripture, Bible2but when things come up like this that aren’t, we have a tendency to form our war parties and stay on our side of the fence. We’ve seen it with movies, the internet, cell phones, and more. (I will explicitly state there were Christians on both sides of all of those arguments.) This isn’t to say all things that aren’t laid out in Scripture should be entertained. Things like pornography, for example, should obviously be opposed by all Christians. Watching two other people have sex is obviously not a part of God’s design. But when we come to a grayer area such as this, it benefits us to do our research…


So after hours of research and polling my Christian family and friends, here are the arguments I was presented with. Try to resist the temptation to skim the article as I know it is long, but there may be some things you have not thought of in any section below. Please keep an open mind no matter what your predisposition is to this subject, and use the information as an opportunity to grow closer to an understanding with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ…


The Game is Time Consuming and Can Lead to Idolatry & Addiction..


…if you start getting addicted to Dungeons & Dragons and it becomes, or begins to become, an idol, you need to stop playing it.
There are no two ways around it; idols are devastating to your faith. If you have spent any time reading the Old Testament, you’ll see Israel falling into that trap multiple times. Now I know their idols were wooden, stone, or metal dolls or statues, but the sentiment is the same: Don’t put other things before God. So stay in prayer and if you see yourself slipping with God and giving time to the game that should be dedicated to Him, drop it like it’s hot!
So if the game consumes time and isn’t beneficial in any way, why waste time playing it? I mean, Philippians 4:8 says, “Fi..”…

So when introducing D&D to a younger audience, the parent or guardian should take special care to ensure it isn’t more than a game to them. Monitor them closely or wait until you are sure they have matured enough to be able to make the distinction. This is advice I have had to follow myself. I have wanted to sit down with my son, who loves fantasy games and movies, but I have had to cut him off of some video games due to him having genuine fear from the characters on the game in the real world. (We’re talking cartoony games, too. I don’t let him play Resident Evil or anything gruesome.) Some games he makes the distinction with easily, others he’ll have to wait until he is older to play. I’m playing it safe with D&D and starting him later, since you engage more in the world in some ways than with video games.

Dungeons and Dragons Leads People into the Occult

There have been a number of controversies surrounding D&D, the most prominent of which was popularized by William Schnoebelen. He was a Wiccan Priest before becoming a Satanic Priest who eventually dedicated his life to the Lord. Schnoebelen published his first article with Chick Publications titled, Straight Talk on Dungeons and Dragons, and a subsequent article, Should a Christian Play Dungeons & Dragons? (Coincidence? Nah, it’s a good to-the-point title.) I could go point-for-point with you and explain where I agree and disagree from the standpoint of a player, but most of the points he makes are covered in this article, so I will save the word count here…

…Again, the destructive nature lies in the person, not the game, and I agree someone with those tendencies should not play Dungeons & Dragons. And if you do play D&D, and get into a game with someone who wants to make the game about things that make you uncomfortable spiritually, you should politely walk away and decline to play with them…

The Creator of Dungeons & Dragons Was A Christian
gygax-xmas-sYou read that right. Gary Gygax, the creator of D&D, was a professing Christian at the time he created the game. This isn’t necessarily a little-known fact, but to some it is news. He didn’t make that well-known in his life in what he described as an effort to protect the name of Christianity from the controversy that surrounded his creation.

Now, there are Christians at all stages of their walk with Christ, and as I’ve highlighted in this article, no two walks are the same. But Gygax was mature enough and firm enough in his faith to stand by his convictions. In the letter you see with this section, Gygax addresses why he couldn’t in his right conscience celebrate Christmas for its known pagan traditions. If someone has that kind of spiritual convictions can create a game like D&D, I believe it stands to reason there should be some Christians who could play it….

*see Now You Know: Various Christmas Symbolism goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Five Surprising Facts About Dungeons & Dragons Creator Gary Gygax By Matt Staggs November 12, 2015 unboundworlds.com
“..4) Dungeons & Dragons & Conservatism & Christianity
Ironically, for a person who was frequently the object of attacks by the Religious Right, Gary was both a Republican and Christian—a Jehovah’s Witness, actually. Of course, Gary didn’t always practice what he preached. He sometimes smoked weed when he played wargames and used cocaine and other drugs during the height of D&D’s popularity. Gary eventually abandoned the Republicans in favor of libertarianism, and broke ties with the church after it voiced its approval of the game that made him famous. He did, however, remain a Christian until the day he died…”

=> Should Play

Dungeons and Dragons, explained – YouTube

5 Reasons YOU Should Play D&D! – YouTube

5 Benefits to Playing Dungeons and Dragons – YouTube

Secret Society Groups

Kaballah
*see Now You Know: Interesting Jewish “Stuff” goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

The Cabal and Kabbalah – Truth Watch truth-watch.weebly.com

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Nimrod’s Ziggurat and EU Building
A Secret or Occult Doctrine

Kabbalah (interestingly, also spelled Cabala in the dictionary) is an ancient Jewish mystical tradition based upon esoteric (mysterious, secret, restricted to initiates) interpretations of the hidden meanings of the Hebrew Scriptures. Another definition given is this: ‘any secret or occult doctrine or science’.
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Skull and Bones

How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power Ben Aris in Berlin and Duncan Campbell in Washington Sat 25 Sep 2004 18.59 EDT theguardian.com
“..Prescott Bush, a 6ft 4in charmer with a rich singing voice, was the founder of the Bush political dynasty and was once considered a potential presidential candidate himself. Like his son, George, and grandson, George W, he went to Yale where he was, again like his descendants, a member of the secretive and influential Skull and Bones student society. He was an artillery captain in the first world war and married Dorothy Walker, the daughter of George Herbert Walker, in 1921.

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Misc. Overall


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Christian Tarot Cards & Angel Boards, THEY ARE EVIL – YouTube

Horoscopes, Tarot Cards, and Oija Boards. What’s the big deal? bulldogcatholic.org
“..Another argument is that a person only uses ouija boards or reads their horoscope “for fun”. When it comes to ouija boards, some statistics report that over 80 percent of demonic possession happen through the medium of a ouija board. This can be true even if only used “as a game”. As far as horoscopes are concerned, I know that most of us see them as they often are: silly fortune cookie-esque sayings. This may be true, and glancing over one’s horoscope might be nothing more than a mildly entertaining joke you share with your coworkers on a coffee break. But we validate their existence when we pay attention to them. Even more seriously, they may de-sensitize our consciences to real demonic influences through exposure. Bottom line: we are Christian and we are called to be different…”

Deliverance From Demons in Jesus’ Name deliverancefromdemonsinjesusname.wordpress.com/
Resources on How to Deal With Demonic Issue and Exposing Satan’s Deceptions
“..That said, we must know the real battle is a spiritual battle going all around us (Ephesians 6:10-18). Satan and his hosts of angels have declared war against God. They fight for the souls of men and women. And believe it or not, like it or not, we are the battlefield…”

Sexually Immoral

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Temptation Overall

*see How to deal with temptation? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT: TEMPTATION Posted on March 5, 2017 by stephaniedoublee
“..Going through the first reading of today (Genesis 2 and 3) which was about the temptation of Adam and Eve by the devil and how God finally threw them from the garden of Eden, I recall a story I was told when I was a kid about this beggar who stayed at the roadside along one estate. Every day, he keeps lamenting that if not for Adam and Eve that ate from the forbidden fruit and disobeyed God, he would have been living a better life. There lived a rich man who always pass through that road on his way home and was always hearing the lamentations of this beggar. On this fateful day, he stopped his car and asked the beggar why he keeps lamenting. The beggar responded by saying that if not for the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the world would have been a land full of milk and honey. The rich man further asked him if he would not have done the same thing if he was to be in the place of Adam and Eve. He told the rich man that he will never do that because they were many other fruits to eat from. ..”

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Deep Thought: Should I “repay back” with “evil” or “good”?

Have you ever been “abused” (e.g. emotionally, physically, etc..) by someone and wanted to return back a similar “evil”? What happened? Was it worth it?

“EVIL”

10 People Who Took Justice Into Their Own Hands – YouTube

Eye For An Eye (Islam) Vs. Turn Other Cheek (Christianity)

“GOOD”

Notable Non-Violence Advocates

Amazing Testimony of Afshin Javid Part 1 of 2

Repay evil with good – YouTube

“..William Goxo and Tielman Slabbert grew up in a South Africa torn and divided by the Apartheid system. Ignorance, fear and hatred fuelled this unfair and terrible regime, and even as it was brought to an end, there was plenty of room for distrust, bitterness and enmity in its wake. Hear William and Tielman tell some of their experiences, and how the Christian gospel brings true liberation and reconciliation, leading to love and eternal friendship. By tackling the root of all problems: the sin that dwells in each one of us, no matter what race, background or outward circumstances, it helps us to overcome prejudice, suspicion, hard feelings and hatred. With God’s help we can learn to live the life that we read about in the Bible, and experience true unity. Visit http://www.brunstad.org to learn more about this Christian life. If you are interested, we encourage you to contact us: http://www.brunstad.org/en/Contact-us/..”

A Christian Testimony in the Face of Evil January 28, 2018 jubileeminneapolis.org
“…From a Christian worldview, we have to understand that the facts are important. It is not wrong to want to know what the dots are and then to try to connect them. God made us rational and moral creatures and this moral sense reaches out for some rational explanation of the horrifying evil of our world. But our first response should not be to try to understand the crime, but rather, to identify with the community in grief and experiencing heartbreak.

The Christian worldview dignifies the heartbroken.”…”

When Is It Right to Repay Evil with Pain? Resource by John Piper Scripture: Romans 12:9–21 Topic: Public Justice desiringgod.org
‘..The clear and uniform message here is that we should love our enemies, and that this love involves treating them better than they deserve, not returning evil for evil but blessing them from our heart and helping them when they need us. This teaching is the same as Jesus’ teaching when he said, for example (in Luke 6:27-31),..”

Explain “Do Not Be Overcome with Evil, But Overcome Evil with Good” Pat Robertson cbn.com
“..If someone forces you to go one mile, go two miles. If someone takes your coat, give him your shirt as well (see Matthew 5:40-41). Do so graciously, cheerfully, even assertively. God has given you the spiritual weapons to discern who your enemies are and then to conquer them by making them your friends. (Of course, as long as there are vicious criminals and international tyrants in the world, there must be a system of restraint through local or international police. In Romans 13, police and legitimate armies are considered by the apostle Paul as “ministers of God” to bring vengeance on lawbreakers.)..”

Why should I bless those who curse me? iblp.org

“..Resolve Long-Term Bitterness

Many people have testified to overcoming years of bitterness that began when they were cursed or abused during childhood. As these abused individuals blessed their offenders, often their bitterness disappeared immediately.

But how are you to deal with bitterness toward someone on whom you no longer have the opportunity to bestow a blessing, such as someone who has died since the offense occurred?

Put your faith in God and His love for both you and the offender.
Thank God for His power to redeem those hurtful circumstances and memories.
Ask Him to give you wisdom and grace to forgive and release your offender from your bitterness and condemnation, even though the person may be dead already. You are still living, and you can still make choices that bring freedom and blessing to your life as you choose to forgive and bless instead of be bitter and curse. (See James 1:5, John 16:23, II Peter 1:2, Hebrews 4:16, and James 4:6.)
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Movie: “Jumanji-Welcome to the Jungle” Reflection

I just watched this movie with my bro’s family and was very happy I saw it. This movie was better than I expected. The trailer doesn’t say it all. The movie had some “life lessons” that had me thinking and reevaluating more of my life. I decided to write about this while it is fresh in my mind and heart. Hope you readers can relate…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) imdb.com
“..Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they choose. ..”

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE – Official Trailer (HD) – YouTube

The movie started with a curious teen (Alex) that finds this video game console in the beach in the year of 1996 (note the “old school” video game console that looks like a “Super Nintendo”). Like all curious humans, we want to play with it (“curiosity kills the cat”).

Now, the future went forward to a group of teens that get into detention and they find that same “game console” at the school. ..

Sal: After the movie, my “bro’s family” and I were talking about this particular scene. I opened up to them that I’ve been to detention back in my high school days..once only! I explained to them that it was for a “little thing”. I was tardy to school 3x, so I had to serve detention after school one day. I didn’t share the rest of the story, but detention might vary from school to school. But, the detention at my high school was just like having an “open classroom”. We brought our homework to this classroom and just sat there quietly for a certain period of time (can’t remember how long 30 minutes-60 minutes??). This might not be too bad for some people, but it wasn’t good for after school athletes. I can’t remember if I was playing sports at the time, but I remembered I had to take the city bus back home after school . I didn’t want to call my parents to pick me up because I didn’t want to let them know I had to stay after school for detention..lol!

Another similar story was being suspended from school. This happened when I was in “middle school”. I was in 6th grade and had to go to the principal’s office before being sent home early in the school day. I won’t share “exactly” what I or my friend and I did, but it was pretty “serious” 😦 Anyways, let’s get back to the movie :)..

During detention, these teenagers find that same game console that cause the disappearance of Alex back in 1996 (20 years ago). These teenagers are about to get their “character” or behavior issues (e.g. selfish, stuck-up, etc..-typical “teenager” attitudes) change with this “jumanji experience”

Life can be like a “jungle” as we are surrounded by vicious “wild animals” (e.g. evil people). We can sometimes even act like “wild animals” ourselves in our “bad days” as were are just “human” (e.g. sinful nature-> Deep Thought: What “causes” us to do “bad” (sin) stuff? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com ). However, we need a Savior (call upon “Jesus”-just like how they had to call out “jumanji” at the end to finalize the game to win!).

Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle – YouTube

I also reflected on the importance of individual’s gifts (e.g. talents, skills, spiritual -mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13 above, etc..) that God has given to each of us that we “need” to use and help each other. We can’t do this life on our own! We need each other!

“We have only one life” ! Use it to better the world and help the people around you!

It’s getting late..past midnight! To BE CONTINUED! Till then, what were your thoughts, personal stories, etc..?

Behind the Scenes

jumanji 2 bloopers and cast funny moments 2017

Jumanji 2 – Hilarious Behind the Scenes – Try Not To Laugh with Kevin Hart & The Rock – 2017

jumanji 2 bloopers and cast funny moments 2017

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ | Unscripted | Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan

JUMANJI interviews – Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jessica Chastain, Dawn French, Rebel Wilson, Kevin Hart

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who called it a “pleasant surprise” and praised the cast.[6] It grossed over $962 million worldwide, becoming the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2017 and the 42nd-highest-grossing film of all time.

A sequel is scheduled to be released on December 13, 2019. .”

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Now You Know: Chronological Timeline of Passover and it’s Significance

Passover – Ten Commandments


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What is Passover – Important History and Christian Traditions Russ Jones ChristianPress.com crosswalk.com
“.. In many circles there appears to be an increasing interest in the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. This Easter season numerous congregations across the globe will hold a “Passover Haggadah” or more traditionally known as a “Seder” to gain a greater understanding of the Christian – Jewish relationship. To understand more about the holiday of Passover and how Christians can meaningfully celebrate it today, let’s dig into the history and traditions.
A Brief Passover History

Passover is the oldest and most important religious festival in Judaism, commemorating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and His creation of the Israelite people.

The festival of Passover begins at sunset on the 14th of Nisan (usually in March or April) and marks the beginning of a seven day celebration which includes the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The highlight of Passover is a communal meal, called the Seder (which means “order,” because of the fixed order of service), which is a time to rejoice and celebrate the deliverance for the Hebrews that God accomplished through the exodus.
What every Christian needs to know about Passover

As many prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, knowing the cultural Jewish soil on which Jesus walked is important to a mature and growing Christian faith. Here are a few steps for help along the Passover journey…”

A brief overview of Passover – Hebrew for Christians hebrew4christians.com
“..Pesach, Passover, Pesah. … an unblemished lamb (pesach) and smeared its blood upon the doorposts of the house would … This is the real meaning of Passover. … According to various Jewish sources, the basic timeline for the seven days of …..”

CHRONOLOGY OF THE PASSOVER home.hiwaay.net

Secrets of Bible Time Markers: Passover, Death & Resurrection of Messiah



Published on Aug 10, 2014

You thought you knew everything about the calvary week? The Bible holds many secrets openly available to all. Discover God’s perfect timeline through this study of the holy text.”

The Last Supper – Communion Video

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Deep Thought: Are all “sins” equal?

Are all sins equal to God? Is all sin the same? gotquestions.org
“..So, although Jesus said that lust and adultery are both sins, that does not mean they are equal. It is much worse to actually murder a person than it is to simply hate a person, even though they are both sins in God’s sight. There are degrees to sin. Some sins are worse than others. At the same time, in regard to both eternal consequences and salvation, all sins are the same. Every sin will lead to eternal condemnation (Romans 6:23). All sin, no matter how “small,” is against an infinite and eternal God, and is therefore worthy of an infinite and eternal penalty. Further, there is no sin too “big” that God cannot forgive it. Jesus died to pay the penalty for sin (1 John 2:2). Jesus died for all of our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). Are all sins equal to God? Yes and no. In severity? No. In penalty? Yes. In forgivability? Yes.
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All Sins Are Not Equal J.I. Packer/ DECEMBER 28, 2004 christianitytoday.com
“..Scripture shows that in God’s estimate some sins are worse and bring greater guilt than others, and that some sins do us more damage. Moses rates the golden calf debacle a great sin (Ex. 32:30)….

… Ezekiel in his horrific allegory says that after Oholah (Samaria) had ruined herself by unfaithfulness to God, Oholibah (Jerusalem) “became more corrupt … in her lust and in her whoring, which was worse than that of her sister” (Ezek. 23:11, ESV). John distinguishes sins that do and do not inevitably lead to death (1 John 5:16), picking up Jesus’ warning about the unforgivable sin (Mk. 3:28-30).

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43 Are all Sins the Same ?
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Are All Sins Equal Before God?
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Unforgiveable sin?

What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? bibleinfo.com
“…Is there a sin that cannot be forgiven?
Yes, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is any sin that a person clings to by continually resisting the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind that there is not one specific sin that is unforgivable, such as lying, stealing or murder, but rather a perpetual hardening of the heart and willfully sinning against God and man (1 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:15). In Acts 7:51, Stephen says the following to the Pharisees, “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.” In a nutshell the unpardonable sin is any sin that a person doesn’t want to give up, confess, or even ask forgiveness for and additionally doesn’t want to hear any more about it from the Holy Spirit…”

“7 Deadly sins”

What Are The Seven Deadly Sins allaboutgod.com
QUESTION: What are the seven deadly sins?

ANSWER:
What are the seven deadly sins? gotquestions.org
Bible Study: Defining The Seven Deadly Sins
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Lead to “death”?

What is the sin that leads to death, or the sin unto death, that John talks about? compellingtruth.org
“..Many interpretations exist regarding this “sin that leads to death.” Unfortunately, the text is not clear what this “sin” is. It does appear clear John wrote to believers and was speaking of physical death. For example, Ananias and Sapphira experienced physical death for their sin (Acts 5). In 1 Corinthians 11:30, Paul wrote concerning wrongful practice of the Lord’s Supper, “That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.”
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There is Sin that Leads to Death

1 John 5:14-21

by Cooper Abrams bible-truth.org
“…c. The unpardonable sin is in context a part of the dispensation of the Law. It is a specific sin of blasphemy, in which a person would credit the devil for the work of the Holy Spirit. The special circumstances involved in blasphemy can not be duplicated today. The Scribes and Pharisees committed this sin in attributing the work of Jesus to the Devil. (see Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15)

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People KILLED by God – The Bible Study Site biblestudy.org

“..Ananias and his wife Sapphira were New Testament believers. After selling some land, they decided to give the church PART of the proceeds but make it seem that they were donating the entire amount of the sale. The apostle Peter, however, saw through their mutually agreed ruse. After confronting each one separately regarding their sin, they both immediately died (Acts 5:1 – 10).

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