Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
They just better not take any of the characters off the show and move them to the spin-off that stupid Addison in Grey's Anatomy. I'm still fuming about that.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time.
The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"
He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it."
So, personal Jesus time with Cameron. I've been having a hard time lately. You've probably already read before on my blog about my religious views and my perspective on Christians and the Church today. Well, I woke up this morning - actually - I think I was woken up on purpose from a dream. I was dreaming that I was with a crowd of people who weren't familiar to me and for some reason they all just knew that they needed to pray for me. And they started praying for me and kept mentioning and asking for me to have bravery in my life. What a strange choice of wording, I thought -- "bravery." I immediately woke up when they said that in my dream and it was like me & God were already in the middle of a conversation.
I don't know if you've ever felt like that - I don't even know what your personal religious beliefs or views are. But I know what has been real to me beyond any doubt. And He was there with me this morning - as He always is - but for some reason, I was there too this morning. And I haven't been there lately.
Life is hard for me right now for several different reasons. Some things I bring upon myself because I tend to over-react, over-think, over-analyze. But some things are just hard in general. I know in perspective of a lot of people in the world, I have it easy. But there has been a pain there lately that I can't describe.
It's hard for me to witness hypocrisy in those around me and in myself. It's hard for me to claim to be a part of a "Church" (as a whole, not one specifically) that has so many people screaming so loud words and beliefs that don't in any way resemble the One we are supposed to be living for. And several months ago, maybe even a year ago, I just gave up fighting. There's been a lot lately that I just can't work out - and I get frustrated - I get angry - I feel defeated.
And that's where I am right now. I feel defeated.
The view the world sees of Jesus is this skewed abstract reflection of the real thing. It's to the point where sometimes, I don't even know who we are talking about anymore because it sure isn't the Jesus I know. I feel like such a small voice in a crowd of screamers just trying to patiently say, "that's just not how it is." And about a year ago, I feel like I just drowned in it because I made some mistakes that put me right in with these people I've hated. How painful to come face to face with the depth of your own depravity. I stopped fighting.
So my conversation with God this morning was a strange sort of familiar conversation. We've talked like that before, me & Him - but this was different - or at least I really want it to be. And here's my conclusion:
You don't have to agree with me. You don't have to believe what I believe and we can still be friends and I will love you just the same. But I refuse to believe that I cannot better the lives of those around me simply by living in the way Jesus did. Even if you don't believe that He was who He said He was, you can't discount the fact that there was a man named Jesus and He made a huge impact as a religious leader. Just read the New Testament - even just as literature - and you will be amazed at what He did - at who He was. And I want to be that for people. But more than anything else, I don't want people to feel hopeless, to feel lonely. I don't want people to see their weakness or their skeletons in the closet and think that all Christians are going to throw stones at the first signs of darkness. I won't do that to you.
Compassion, love, kindness, forgiveness, humility, gentleness, self-control, understanding, discernment, wisdom, faith, passion, bravery.
Hmmm.....I wonder where they went and what I could possibly do to help bring them back.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
(All information and movie descriptions from IMDB.)
[Go look at everybody who is doing voices for this movie!]
Our Lady of Victory (2007)
Set in 1972, "Our Lady of Victory" tells the inspiring true story of the Cathy Rush, a sassy 23 year old former tomboy whose young life has been filled with a series of setbacks. On the brink of giving up and moving on to her child rearing years, she takes one final shot at her dream and becomes the head basketball coach at tiny Immaculata College. With help from the nuns, she finds the courage and faith to lead her team along the improbable journey of winning the first national championship in women's basketball.
Adapting the award-winning DC Comics miniseries DC: THE NEW FRONTIER by Darwyn Cooke, Justice League: The New Frontier spins a tale of the DC Universe in the 1950s, focusing on test pilot Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) and the Martian Manhunter. The story also features other DC characters, including Barry Allen (the Flash), Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and many more.
Based on the 19th century legend of Sweeney Todd and the hit Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd a.k.a Benjamin Barker returns to London after being sent away by Judge Turpin with the help of a sailor, Anthony Hope. He opens a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pie Shop were she sells "the worst pies in London." With the help of Mrs. Lovett, Todd tries to rid of all the people who have ever done him wrong and hopes to be reunited with his daughter, Joanna, who is now Judge Turpin's ward.
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Repo! The Genetic Opera! (2008)
A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.
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A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
[I really want to see this one!]
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Saturday, October 27, 2007
**The following was written by Emma Caulfield, not me!**
The reason for this highly necessary decision to make our money Atheist, I can only guess, is that having God on our money is offensive to the less than 10% of people in this country who don't believe in God. I know there are those (probably the Atheists) who say it's a violation of church and state. And to them I have two things to say. One, prove it bitches! The Constitution says that government can not dictate what religion the citizens can practice, or interfere in that practice. Having the word God on our money, is not interfering, nor is the reference to God an homage to a particular sect. All religions believe in a higher power, whether it be a being or Universal force. Second, the idea that just because you are a minority, does not mean you are oppressed. Real oppression of minority groups would include, let's see, uh, the Holocaust, slavery, the denial of the right to vote, and or equal access perhaps? If you tyrannical life sucking limelight seekers honestly believe having the word God on our money qualifies you as being oppressed, then you are more bat shit crazy than I thought. Our founding fathers who wrote the Constitution, who fled from religious persecution, still believed in God, and understood God's relevance in the development of the American democracy. These brave men sacrificed everything to be free from real oppression. They understood the importance of liberty, and drafted one of the greatest documents in history. If we all understand that, if we all understand their sacrifices and their relevance to our current way of life now, then isn't it fair to assume that they knew what they were doing when they created our currency? Agree with me or not, it makes no difference. If you do then I ask you to refuse this coin as proper currency. If you receive a coin as change, ask for a dollar bill instead. The new coin, and the oppressive minority are only as relevant as you allow them to be. Peace.emma
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Lewis was a vampire pimp - vampires are dead.
Fred & Brian were the ambiguously gay duo - dead.
Allison was the FBI agent who shot both of them and got shot by Travis.
I sucked real bad at first - I almost passed out. It's the hardest workout I've ever done.
We did our second session tonight and I could go 10 minutes longer and I didn't feel like I was going to pass out!!
Did you know that with kickboxing, you can burn between 350 and 450 calories per hour!
And it's fun and in about a month, I'll probably be able to knock you all out if I wanted to...of course I won't, though.
Hehe. And my gloves are pink!!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
This was my day:
1. Felt crappy all day
2. Had to go to class even though I felt crappy all day
3. Walked in freezing cold water in flip flops and soaked the whole back side of myself by kicking water up on myself
4. Almost slipped and fell and a stranger felt bad for me
5. Tried to watch the most awful movie ever for class
6. Ate Burger King because my day was so bad
7. I'm going to watch Buffy and/or play Buffy trivia until I fall asleep