Monthly Archives: September 2008

Romans 8:35-39 and loldogs…

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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The Lord as Light…

After the remnants of the hurricane passed through my area, the sun has been amazingly bright; there is nothing in the air to block it, or filter it.  The sky is crystal clear with not a cloud in sight.  When the sun is this bright, the whole world takes on a crisp edge, and you can see detail and color that you miss on cloudy days, and it makes the world visually a lovely place.

My heart has been praising God for the beauty of it and it calls the Lord to mind.  He is the Light.  For a Christian, He lights the world in such a way that makes us see everything else clearer, including ourselves.  His sacrifice, His life, makes the Light effective; we can see the world as it is and through the Holy Spirit try to change it and ourselves.

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

His being illuminates all else; including me.  If there is one “key” to unlocking who I am as a person; it is my belief in Christ.  He lights the world, and is a light to us and through us.  The number one thing that people could know about me, to really understand me, or know me is to know that I am a Christian.  The Light that is Christ is fundamental to understanding who I am, why I am, and how I function.

Just as the sun helps to define our world, and bring it to life, and keep it alive, so does Christ in our own lives.  There is even a time coming when we will no longer require the sun; we will have Christ Himself, The Light, as a light to us.

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

There are those that believe that they prefer walking in darkness to walking in light…sometimes they are afraid of the light, and what it will reveal.  However, once you are in the Light there is no reason to fear…for the Light saves, and guides, and gives life more abundantly than the darkness does.  Step into the Light of the Lord, you won’t regret it.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed; First Impressions…

In another post, I explained my relatively unique position of being Christian, female, and a gamer.  As such, I’ll periodically have video game reviews here at The Christian Scribbler.

Today, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, was…well, unleashed.  After work I went out and snagged a copy for the XBox 360, as I’ve been waiting for this one forever (I’m also a Star Wars nerd).  I don’t think anyone has to worry about spoilers, unless you don’t want to know anything about the game at all (then why are you reading this? 😉 )…I’m only on the second level.  This is truly a “first impressions” post.

So far, so good. The story is as advertised; you play Darth Vader’s secret apprentice.  The game starts with a bit of back story; and you get to play as Vader just for a bit.  After that, you, as the apprentice “Starkiller” are sent out to hunt rogue Jedi.

The gameplay takes a bit to catch onto, as I don’t really like to use my LB (left button) and RB (right button) as much as this game will call for; however, the game teaches you as you go, and also has an in-game tutorial you can pull up in the menu for your different force powers.

I can tell you right now that this really makes me miss Knights of the Old Republic (KoToR 1 and 2)…I prefer the gaming system in those RPG’s.  Unleashed is a lot more “linear” in that there are no dialogue trees as of yet; you are playing a linear storyline.  In my other post on games I brought up morality; in a game like Unleashed, you don’t really have a morality choice all the time…you are sent on a mission and are to complete that mission.  Also, you do not get to choose your dialogue, so far they are “forced” cut scenes with no input from the player…this may change later, I don’t know, you may get to choose missions and outcomes later too, don’t know that yet either.

The force powers are neat, but I have to be honest and say I don’t like having to do “combo” moves (button mashing) to do my force combo’s; it’s just not my preferred style of play.  I do like the force powers that are straight forward like force push, and force lightening.  One big gripe; what I call “cheap falls;” you can easily (and accidentally) fall off high spots and die…your guy may be bashing an enemy with a combo that you can’t break out of and walk right off the edge…

One of the side missions for every level is finding holocrons…and, yes, you have to search pretty meticulously to find them all.  They include force points, force powers (really the “spheres” you need to up your force powers), lightsaber crystals (Yes! you can change the color of your lightsaber, it starts as red, of course), etc…  That is actually a favorite addition thus far; certain crystals make your lightsaber blade react differently…for example I found a “compressed yellow” crystal that does change the color to yellow, and causes the blade to “ripple.”

You also get new outfits along the way…right now I suspiciously look very much like Raziel from Soul Reaver…hmmm…. Anywho, thus far I’m met two main traveling companions; a droid programmed to try to kill me like any good Sith’s robot companion (yes, you consider him a friend), and my new pilot.  Side note; you do indeed have to play as a male, no gender switching in this one.  I do understand; this is supposed to be like a “playable” movie, not a customizable RPG (did I mention that I miss KoToR?).

Also, you get to “visit” and hear about planets from other Star Wars games (like Battlefronts, and KoToR) ; some of the graphics look similar, though the “viewpoints” are different.

My opinion so far?  I like it…not a “love it” yet, but a “like it.”  I can tell I personally won’t want to play it in long stretches as the action is pretty non-stop.  Yes, the force powers are a lot stronger in this one, and are a main game point…the programmers definitely wanted you to use them a lot in fighting and in navigating the terrain.  Is it worth the money and the wait?  Can’t say yet…will keep you updated.  If anyone has any questions for me about the game, I’ll attempt an answer.

It is rated for “Teen;” thus far “violence” has been the main thing some may be concerned about…and as Vader’s apprentice you go after Empire soldiers and Rebels alike.

UPDATE: A more complete review by me can be found here: The Force Unleashed; Final Review.

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lolcats humor; 1 Corinthians 15:55…

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

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Gabriel…

Why do people writing Hollywood movies tend to pick on Gabriel?  Have you noticed this?  Take, for example, Constantine or The Prophecy; in both, he is portrayed as a kind of turncoat…often portrayed as an angel who doesn’t get along well with humans.  I’ve actually seen people ask, “Did Gabriel really betray God?”

What we know for a fact about Gabriel is based in the Bible, there are other legends about him, including his inclusion in the apocryphal book of Enoch, but we’ll stick with the Bible.  His name means, “warrior of God” or “man of God” (sometimes alternatively phrased “God is my Master).”  His first appearance in scripture is in the book of Daniel.

Daniel 8:15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. 17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. 18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. 19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. 20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. 23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. 26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.

Also in Daniel:

Daniel 9:20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; 21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. 22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.

He doesn’t show up by name again ’til the book of Luke.

Luke 1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

So, Gabriel aided Daniel in understanding and interpreting his vision.  Also notice that Gabriel, as other angels, sets men on their feet when they tend to fall down in front of them; God alone is to be reverenced and worshiped.  In Luke we see that Gabriel was given the honor of two very important announcements; one to Zacharias about John’s conception, and the other to Mary about Jesus’.

Gabriel appears to be connected with prophecy surrounding Jesus; the prophecies are connected to the coming Messiah in Daniel, and in Luke.  He seems to deal with humans just fine, as long as they trust his word, which seems important to him, not because of who he is, but because he stands in the presence of God.

We always need to watch out for modern tales that may influence how we see certain Biblical concepts and characters.  I’ve already touched upon Angels in general, and Satan as well.  Gabriel seems to be chosen for plot lines because he is one of a very few angels mentioned by name…something tells me he would not like his name to be used in such a manner, look at what he did to Zacharias for not believing his words…

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Psalms 84:5…

Psalms 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee…

It’s clear and straight to the point.  Where should our strength be placed, and where should our strength flow from?  The LORD.

Everything in this world of ours will fail; except for Him.  Money, fame, power, governments, organizational churches, stock markets, other humans, our houses, cars, our minds, our bodies…everything.  Everything that is not Him or of Him will ultimately fail.

There is no small print with God; if your strength is in Him; you are blessed.  His blessing does not mean there will be no trials or tribulations here on this earth, in fact, if you are walking in faith, that is when you will be attacked the most by enemies.  His blessing doesn’t mean there is no sickness or pain in this life; what it means is that you will overcome it through Him, if not in this life, then in the one to come.

Our happiness…our contentment rests solely in Him, and comes from Him.  He is our LORD and Saviour, our King and High Priest.  We also know that whatever we’ve been through He has been through it too; and worse.

God is a God of love, but also of strength.  Ultimate and absolute strength rests with Him, and we are to rely on Him fully for our own strength.  Trust in Him; He will never fail.

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Don’t ever forget…

This post was meant for yesterday; on September 11th, but due to the weather knocking out my wireless, I’m posting it today.  I believe the delay on my part was meant to be, because that delay made me realize my own point; we cannot forget what happened on September 11th, even when it is not the anniversary of that day.

People have psychological defense mechanisms for good reason; they help us cope with life.  One of those mechanisms is repression.  We can push thoughts aside that cause us pain, or distraction.  Sometimes, though, it is helpful to override that mechanism for important issues; and the attack on our country on September 11th is one such issue.

We must never forget it, never become complacent, and never forget for an instant that there are those who wish to do this type of thing again.  I do not advocate fear; far from it.  We just have to have common sense, and a memory…

vid by Madgoat1621 over on youtube

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