Movie Reflection: “Samson”

Samson – Official Trailer (2018) – YouTube

Judges 13 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Birth of Samson
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“..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.”..”

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Samson – The Heart of the Movie – YouTube

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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
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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 »
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Caitlin Leahy (I) imdb.com
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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 »
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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
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“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

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An account of the interaction of the Philistines with Israel. Key events are outlined

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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?
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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
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“..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

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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…”

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Movie Reflection: Sci-Fi~ Annihilation

Annihilation, Trailer

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Annihilation’: How the Movie Differs From the Book It’s Based On (and Why It’s Better) Michael Nordine Feb 23, 2018 3:17 pm indiewire.com
“..It completely, utterly changes the ending.

VanderMeer’s novel ends with the biologist choosing to stay in Area X so that she might learn more about what happened to her husband. Garland’s biggest departure comes here: His version ends with Lena encountering a refracted, Shimmer-created version of herself and destroying it (or not) with a phosphorous grenade after gazing into a psychedelic void that either reveals the mysteries of the universe or nothing at all (if not both). From there she returns back to base, where she’s reunited with the being she knows isn’t really her husband…”

New ‘Annihilation’ Trailer Looks a Lot Like ‘Alien: Covenant’ | Inverse inverse.com

“..Before long, we learn that whatever is infecting the gene pool has infected Lena, but that’s where things get even weirder. “It’s not destroying,” she explains. “It’s making something new.”

This focus on a creating “something new” through evolution sounds just like the genetically perfect monster the android David created in Covenant.

Is the horrifying monster presented in this trailer just another version of that classic sci-fi monster, or is The Shimmer hiding something even worse?..”

Annihilation ENDING EXPLAINED – Details You Missed!

“..Annihilation (2018) movie explained! What does the ending of Annihilation mean? What is the Shimmer, and what happened in the lighthouse scene? What is the film’s alternate ending, and how does the story differ from the book? Erik Voss breaks down the final sequence of Annihilation and explains the deeper meaning of the movie’s extended metaphor. How does director Alex Garland build on the sci-fi concepts he laid out in Ex Machina (2014)? Is Natalie Portman’s character a secret imposter?..”

The End of Natalie Portman’s ‘Annihilation’ Changes the Book to Add More Mystery By Emma Stefansky Published On 02/23/2018 @stefabsky thrillist.com

“..This doppelganger perishes in a lighthouse blaze set by one of the Lena’s, as the human Lena escapes.

Or does she? In the book, the biologist decides to stay, and it’s only later that you learn her double has been sent out into the world by Area X for some unknown purpose, her original form transformed into something no longer human. The film ends far more ambiguously, leaving audiences to puzzle over what’s actually happened: Lena and her husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac) hug each other, both irrevocably altered by the Shimmer, which glows ominously in their eyes; they’re poised to plant more seeds of change out in the world beyond.

It’s a very Garland-esque conclusion, a repetition of the android’s escape from her facility in Ex Machina. To human viewers, watching our home become altered in some incomprehensible way is terrifying, but to something as alien as a robot or, well, an alien, it would perhaps come as a comfort. In physics, the term “annihilation” means what happens when a subatomic particle collides with its equivalent antiparticle, creating new particles, like an electron and positron smashing together to produce two photons (see where that light comes from?). As Annihilation’s Lena calmly says in the film, the process that made Area X is not destroying. It’s making something new. “

Annihilation Ending Theory Explained – YouTube

Ouroboros, The Infinity Symbol mythologian.net
“..The term ouroboros is derived from two words in ancient Greek language. The first word is “oura” which means “tail” and the second is “boros” which means “eating”. Combined, these two words give the meaning “he /it that eats his/its own tail” or “tail eater”. A serpent eating its own tail has been depicted in different versions of the infinity symbol throughout the history.

There are a few interpretations regarding the meaning of ouroboros symbol. One of them suggests that the serpent in the symbol represents the cycle of life and death that the Universe maintains…”

About The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks rebeccaskloot.com

“..The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of…”

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) | Official Trailer | HBO …

Annihilation Angry Movie Review

The Ending of Annihilation Explained

Annihilation Ending Theory Explained

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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 …..”

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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.”

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Deep Thought: Power of Forgiveness shown in my life so far…

Lately, this theme of forgiveness has been circulating where ever I go. I had to “let it out” and write about it. I ran into this video on “spiritual warfare” and the speaker shared this quote that really resonated in me…

“The devil loses, when you forgive..” https://youtu.be/X0yb3zdKeZk Any personal stories, feedback, etc..? more.. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151998231142550&set=oa.736544596358770&type=3&theater

Above is a post I shared in one of my groups (Good News Love) I created on facebook. I’ve heard there is power when we forgive each other, so I would like to start…

If any of my friends read this, please forgive me if I ever wronged you in anyway. I might’ve forgotten it, so please feel free to contact me and remind me if this will help release any resentment, offense, or hurt that will heal you.


*see other Bible verses on forgiveness

One of the causes of “offense” is due to misunderstanding, which we all quickly prejudge. There are times I reflect on my parents fighting and it’s due to the “failure to communicate” (see “Failure to Communicate”-song I wrote). Can you relate? Feel free to share below…

For those that haven’t met me yet or haven’t encountered any offense from me…yet! 😉 I’m sure there are others that might’ve hurt you in various ways (e.g. abuse). Unfortunately, you might not ever get them to forgive you. However, God (Heavenly Father) knows and I encourage you to go to Him for healing of your past hurts.

I’ll share some of my forgiveness stories:

Back in high school, a former “friend” of mine wanted to befriend me after “ignoring” me most of the later years of “middle school”. Not being a Christian at the time, I wouldn’t forgive him and shun him away. Month later, he died in a head-on-collision car accident (visiting his biological Mom all the way in Colorado). I was torn in pieces when I heard the news and wished I reconciled with him. Please don’t make the dumbest mistake as I did, reconcile with those that has hurt you before it’s too late.

During my college and post-college years, I was interested in learning more about WWII (more of the Pacific arena) due to my family’s history (grandfather got capture by the Japanese and survived as a cook and great-grandfather was presumably killed as he never returned home when scoping the vicinity for any Japanese solders). As I read more books of the horrific atrocities the Japanese did in the Philippines and elsewhere, my heart towards the Japanese grew with more hate :(.. Well, God seems to try to soften my heart by bringing Japanese students to the college I attended. Then He brought them to be my renters in the house I owned. My last renter caught me watching some WWII footage of Japan’s horrific treatment. I tried to turned it off, but he saw it and we ended up having a deep conversation. He ended up asking forgiveness for what his ancestors did. I told him no worries, but in my heart-I felt some more compassion for him and the Japanese people overall.

Lastly, this is between me and my Heavenly Father-I gave my life to Christ my freshmen year in college. I did it after hearing a testimony of this speaker at a local church in Morris. This grabbed my heart and got me off my seat to go to the front (alter) and asked God to forgive me all of my sins. That was just the beginning and still in the journey of my faith (still sinning, but trying to sin-less as I grow in my personal relationship with my “Heavenly Dad” :)..

Above are just summaries of some of my stories on forgiveness-repentance. I’ll be glad to share more, but would love to hear yours first. I would love to disclose and be open/transparent/honest with you with my personal challenges-struggles as “we” can help each other in this journey of forgiveness with the “limited uncertain” time we have on this earth…

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God’s “Perfect” Timing in Life

I just went on a road-trip in the neighboring state of South Dakota last weekend. On the first day, we went through some rough weather (Tornado Watch) and didn’t realize how more serious it could’ve been if we went through it earlier until days later. The tornado watch was serious enough, but the size of the hail that was measured made it very severe!! Several days after our 3-day weekend road trip, I read a news report on CNN of hail up to 8 inches in size!! It then “hit” me that God’s timing was “perfect” when my friends from Brazil and I drove through the storm. It was some truck stop between Hartford & Salem (west of Sioux Falls along I-90).

What made this more “awing” was that before this storm, we had a detour we took back in Minnesota. It was an “unplanned” detour with my “mistake”. I never used a GPS system for driving until this road trip, which a buddy of mine had that drove. He told me that the GPS was telling him to go on this particular route, but I told him “I know my way” and it’s this way. I told him he shouldn’t trust the GPS! Well, while we took “my way” I realized I made a “mistake”. It was a detour taking away from our destination and this was going to add more time to our destination. I kept my “mouth” closed as I didn’t want to admit my mistake. Well, I was fortunate that this time my “bad decision” wasn’t costly. It turned out to be almost a “savior” as we avoided the storm. You see, we pulled over right when the storm got worse. We went inside the gas station around 9:40 pm and found out there was a Tornado Watch till 10pm. If we didn’t take that long detour, we could’ve been further west down I-90 (maybe as close to where the record size hail hit-Vivian, SD-see map)

Obscene storm structure from South Dakota!

During church this morning I reflected a lot about this how God orchestrates our life. We make plans and we get disappointed or frustrated if “our plans” don’t go the way we want it to. Life is like a “road trip”, which we “try” to make a map for a “smooth ride” to our destination. However, most “road trips” in life don’t go as smooth as we hope. I wanted to let you know that I was praying before this “road trip” from Morris to Mount Rushmore (Rapid City, SD). I was praying that this trip would go well, which it did!

Are you currently in a “detour” in your life goals or plans? Just wait in the Lord and trust in Him (Map Maker-Creator). Sometimes we don’t realize why “things happen” until later. If you haven’t given your “goals or plans” or more important your life to the Lord, I challenge you to consider giving it to Him right now. I did in 1996 and I’m glad I did. There has been bumps along the way, but I’m persevering and moving ahead!!

Have you experienced (e.g. driving, job-career, school, etc..) anything similar like this? I would like to hear or read your “ongoing” (big or small, short or long, etc..) experiences or journey!

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I was able to reflect on this during the annual Men’s Retreat I go to each year with my local church. I remember giving my life to Christ (Stage #1) back in 1996 towards the end of my freshmen year due to several circumstances (see personal testimony). After giving my life to Christ, it was just a up-hill journey  as I learned (Stage #2) more about being a Christian.  I felt like on was on a “Spiritual High” (Stage #3) during my last year in college and after.  I wanted to share the “Good News” with “everybody!! However, during this stage, I somewhat didn’t have any sensitivity towards others (e.g. “non” Christians). I kind of look “down” at them and even other Christians (e.g. those in Stage #4) as I couldn’t understand how Christians would “backslide” or be “angry at God”.  It was because I never been in their “shoes before”…until years later when I went through some tough “life challenges” in my Christian walk…

“Morning Sunrise” at Inspiration Point-Clitherall, Minnesota

During this season (Stage #4), I became more compassionate towards others in the similar “boat” (Christians and “Non”).  However, I would dwell in this stage for awhile because I didn’t want to associate too much with others.   I kind of went to my “cave” and didn’t want to deal with other people’s “own challenges”.  I was afraid I would cause others to “fall” like I did.  I then slowly crawled out of “my pit” (somewhat repeated my  “old” habits or “lifestyle” before I became a Christian or ever my “early years”).

I’m currently “working back” towards the 5th Stage as I feel I’ve been in this stage before, but retreated back towards the 4th at times the past year or so due to “selfish” reasons and “challenges”. However, after this retreat, I’ve learned that I can’t waste my time doing what I’ve been doing lately because I want to help my fellow “comrades” (brothers and sisters in Christ) in Stage #4 and help “mentor” those in Stage 1-3 with the help of co-working with those in the stages (5 & 6) ahead! Praise the Lord?…PRAISE THE LORD! HALLELUAH!