Trailer & Filmy Thoughts

A movie? In space? 😲 Your actor could never!

I went through drafts and realized that I have a lot of incomplete articles including some trailer thoughts, so I decided to combine a few of them into one post. 

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TC in… space?

Today is July 03rd. Today, the world’s greatest stuntman turns 58. One would think that Tom will take it easy from here on, but no, he’s filming the 7th Mission, then he’ll tackle the 8th and go to space at age 60 or so. Yes, you heard right; TC’s going to space according to conflicting reports. Some are saying that TC would actually be shooting a yet-to-be-named full-length movie on location at the actual International Space Station, while others are saying that he’ll actually be going to space.

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My thoughts? Whatever floats Tom’s boat. At this point, he can shoot a movie on Pluto. However, Tom is yet to make a comment regarding this Space Odyssey adventure because he’s probably learning how to use the bathroom in zero gravity. I’m not a sucker for space anything, so color me not excited. NASA must be insane.

The Little Mermaid gets… a remake?

When it was announced last year that “The Little Mermaid” was going to get a heavy remake with Halle Bailey as lead…

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…the world went ballistic! Can you hear the backsplash? For me, I’ll always prefer the redhead Ariel I grew up with. 

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I don’t care for mermaids, but I have nothing against remakes for Hollywood has been churning them out for years, but it would’ve better if Halle’s mermaid could’ve gotten her own original story instead of this hand-me-down. If a character – such as Ariel – is well written and well-loved, the character shouldn’t be changed just so another ethnicity could have representation. Why can’t new characters be created? Why is Hollywood so lazy? And Disney, can you stop with the live action films and do something original for once?

Some things are better left untouched. If it ain’t broke, don’t damage it to fix it. What’s next? Tom Cruise to portray MLK? 

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Habit

Every year, Hollywood holds a competition for which producer can come up with the wickedest portrayal of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This year, “Habit”, if it sees the light of day, given all the rightful backlash its facing at the moment definitely wins the coveted trophy. The film revolves around Bella Thorne’s character, “a street smart party girl with a Jesus fetish who gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out — by masquerading as a Nun.” according to Deadline. Paris Jackson also appears in the film portraying Jesus as a lesbian woman.

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Just, why?

This project is blasphemous. And “Jesus fetish”? So we’re sexualizing Jesus and poking fun of Him as usual? Just another day at the office for Hollywood.

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Hollywood enjoys mocking Christianity and misrepresenting Christ. This portrayal of Jesus is perverted and as gone too far. Jesus is the Light of the world. Without Him, we wouldn’t have had hope or life. We wouldn’t be looking forward to spending eternal life with Him. The church have been guilty of allowing the world (Hollywood & the music industry in particular) to influence them thus causing the congregation to drift further away from God. The sermons are watered down and the gospel is intended for the congregation to “feel good”. Preachers need to start preaching against sin and call for repentance.

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Our society and culture has fallen into immorality that it’s difficult to understand how many that profess to be Christians tolerate such evil with our cheap entertainment and books about magic (Here’s looking at you, Harry Potter). The moral compass is broken just as the Living Word has prophesized. I’m not surprised by all the evil agendas for it gives me more faith that Jesus is coming soon.

This is straight from the pits of hell. May these people find the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ before it’s too late. May God use us to reach those who do not know Him so that they may accept the gift of salvation that He offers.

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18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 

19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 

20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 

22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 

23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 

25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

John 15:18-25

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We live in a world where any and everything goes. Whether we’re Christians or not, we have to be careful of the entertainment we let into our living rooms.

There is nothing new under the sun, just more sin and when it comes to Hollywood, they continue to dish it out quite beautifully. Some picture they paint! Movies such as these can be quite entertaining, but when they stand up to God’s laws, statutes, and judgements, they lack every ounce of decency and moral conduct. 

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Yes, This Is Our World. 🗺

Unrest in the city

Here, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

Isaiah 42:18

O nation, it’s time to turn from your wicked ways!

Give ear to what the Word says.

How many more warnings do you need;

Before you take serious heed?

Until the door shuts in your face?

Until you lose the race?

Until your name, He doesn’t know?

Until the Book is close?

By then, it’ll be too late.

And you won’t be able to glance beyond the gate.

The time is NOW! Wake up!

Open your eyes!

To sin, corruption, and lies

Jesus is coming soon.

Today, Port-of-Spain was busy. There were gunshots, protests, fires, and arrests. The police came out to do their best to avoid a full-on riot that could’ve escalated into looting and more. As I write this, my heart clenches. It aches somewhat terribly for the prodigals and the non-believers that God is waiting to return home. This is no time to make friends with the world; this is the time to prepare to meet our Savior.

Time is at hand. And before things get better – our eventual Home with Christ – it’s going to get worse. The question is, are you ready to give up your life for the One that paid it all for us? 

Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.

Isaiah 42:20

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The Secretary Bird

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Talk about legs! These beauties have legs for months and eyelashes (actually modified feathers) that models would spill tears over, but look pass the exterior beauty, and you’ll discover a killer queen that enjoys stomping venomous snakes to death.

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🐦 Secretary Birds can be found throughout Africa, except Sierra Leone and Liberia. They’re also called ‘Archers of Snakes’ although their diet also consists of arthropods, rodents, insect pests, and small mammals. 

🐦 For all the snake stomping that they so, Secretary birds are generally silent

This secretary bird is absolutely fabulous!

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🐦 This bird of prey is said to have gotten its name from its crest of long feathers that look like the quill pens 19th-century office workers used to tuck behind their ears. I can’t see it, though.

🐦 They’re not social birds, and they pair for life.

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🐦 These birds like stamping so much, that they tend to stamp on grass tussocks to scare up small mammals, birds, lizards, and grasshoppers. 

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This bird is more than a secretary. They should’ve been called Executive Assistant birds. They’re like eagles on a crane’s body. Via Israel Wildlife Channel, watch secretary birds walk about in their natural habitat while a sweet-sounding Rosy-Patched Bush-Shrike provide the background music. Ain’t nature something!

 

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Reference/s: animaldiversity.org; krugerpark.co.za; YouTube

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The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia

This cool bird was supposed to be included in last week’s quirky tails, but for some reason, I couldn’t make room for it – only so MANY birds to choose from! – so today, this handsome chap gets its own post.

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🐦 The male Ribbon-tailed Astrapia has the longest tail feathers in relation to body size of any bird, over three times the length of its body. 

🐦 The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia belongs to the bird-of-paradise species. Astrapia comes from Greek for flashing or lightning.

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🐦 Due to habitat loss and being hunted for its plumes, the bird is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

🐦 Females do not have the long white tail.

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🐦 This bird can be mainly found in Papua New Guinea.

It’s a beautiful bird. I’ve been blessed to discover so many unique beauties while doing this challenge. God truly is the Master Architect. Via Cornell Lab of Ornithology, see the beautiful ribbon-tail in action:

 

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Reference/s: charismaticplanet.com; Wikipedia; YouTube

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Biblical Reflection

The true test

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”

2 Corinthians 13:5 

Here’s the thing: when everything is going good, it’s super easy to follow Jesus. But when the going gets tough, will you stay when all the odds are stacked against you? When friends and family have given up on you, will you continue to stand with and for Jesus? When you’re broken and your life is coming apart by the seams, will you still trust Him? If you are faithful and stand – even if it’s just you by yourself – the crown of life that the Lord Himself prepared for us is waiting for you (Revelation 21:4-5)

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We live in a world that can hammer fear into our hearts, thus shaking the foundation on which we stand. In the midst of suffering, pain, testing, sorrows, we ask God “Will You be there?”, but are we listening for His answer? He says “Fear not”. No matter what you’re facing, be it sickness, unemployment, or death knocking on your door, He says not to fear for He has not given us a fearful spirit (2 Timothy 1:7). We are the ones that allow fear to squeeze faith out of our hearts and fear is not of God.

We’ll be a threat to the enemy before we’re attacked. Welcome to the Christian experience for it’s not all about smelling the roses leaving yourself vulnerable allowing the enemy to pounce. We shouldn’t bend to the rhapsody of the world no matter how melodious and harmonious it might sound and look. 

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It’s super easy to follow Jesus. The true test is when the going gets tough, will you stay when all the odds are stacked against you? When friends and family have given up on you, will you continue to stand with and for Jesus? When you’re broken and your life is coming apart by the seams, will you still trust Him?

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The Quirky Tails

The first thing about these birds that caught my eye was their beautifully unique tails. Yup. Proceed and see for yourself. 

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🐦 The Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala; its vibrant colors represent the Guatemalan people.

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🐦 The Marvellous Spatuletail Hummingbird is found only in a small area of Peru for it’s endangered. It is one of the world’s rarest hummingbirds. 

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🐦 The Jackson’s Widowbird is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae and can be found in Kenya and Tanzania.

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🐦 Lady Amherst’s Pheasant is found in SW China and Myanmar. Like most Phasianidae species (inclusive of pheasant and peafowls), the LAP prefers to escape danger by running rather than flying. 

Turquoise-browed motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)

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🐦 Motmot is any of about 10 species of long-tailed forest birds of the family Momotidae. They’re normally found in South and Central America.

Via Wildlife-Lodges, listen to the sounds of the Resplendent Quetzal. 

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Salut mesdames et messieurs!

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I greet you from the comfort of my bed and I trust that all is well. This note is to address the Bible study and perhaps, a few other matters. If you’ve been reading my other blog, I’ve addressed the bout of recent headaches I’ve been experiencing and the severity of it. Sometimes, I’m up to two or three headaches a day, and each one can last up to 3 hours.

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Most of the time, I pray and sleep through them for I’ve decided to forgo medication as I’ve been over dependent on them in the years gone by. This is the reason why I haven’t been able to comply the study notes for Exodus as my concentration is not strong at the moment. It’s also why I haven’t been reading your blogs and I hope to rectify this soon. The reason why you’re seeing posts on the blog is simple: they were scheduled beforehand, so thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read and leave comments. I’ll get to them in a timing.

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Thank you for understanding and I trust that you’re having a great weekend wherever in the world you might be. Include God in your plans and let Him direct you.

As for me, I’m going to get rest and I should be back to business soon for this too, shall pass.

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The Peacocks and Pheasants

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I love peacocks! I mean, who doesn’t? Although it’s hardly seen, a peacock in flight is STUNNING! Have you ever seen one in flight? As for pheasants, they’re on some real judgmental stuff. What do I mean? Stick around and find out. 

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🐦 Peacocks and pheasants belong to the Phasianidae family, which also includes partridges, grouse, and turkeys. The peacock mainly makes their home in India and Sri Lanka, while pheasants can be found in Asia, Australia, Europe, Hawaii, New Zealand, and North America.

🐦 The peacock is also known as the Indian Peafowl or the Bird with One Hundred Eyes and is the national bird of India

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🐦 Both peacock and pheasant prefer the same food when it comes to eating so no complaining for them at the buffet table! However, there is one food that peacocks eat that pheasant wouldn’t think twice about and that’s the juvenile cobra.

🐦 Male peacocks are celebrated for their beauty and male pheasants are known for their eye-catching appearance. You know what’s ironic? The fact that both male peacock and pheasant are brighter and more beautiful than the female, but they have to try their hardest best to win the dull-looking girl with their courtship display. Hmmm… I guess they would’ve been too full of themselves if it was the other way around! 😄

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🐦 Peacocks tend to avoid human-populated areas; they prefer the forests whereas pheasants tend to inhabit meadows, fields, and farmlands. The average lifespan for a peacock is 25 years, whereas pheasants can live up to 18 years.

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Peacocks are enchantingly beautiful, and they’re a royal sight to behold. Their beauty is a reminder of God’s gorgeous and amazing creation while their regal appearance is a reminder that God has crowned us with glory and honor.

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The White or Albino Peacock is pure and when its feathers are open and spread, it reminds me of a wedding dress somewhat and that Christ is coming for His bride soon. Via KRIBST, here’s a video of a princely white peacock showcasing God’s majestic aesthetic. It makes a commanding sound before putting on a feathertacular show to entertain the ever curious humans. Thank God for this gorgeous animal!

 

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Biblical Reflection

Into the Spiritual Desert 🌵

The spiritual desert is not a nice place to be in. You can get agitated, lonely, and even anxious, but to be properly prepared and equipped for battle, this is the place that we eventually come to.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the Spiritual Desert, but I’ve been to that place at some point in my Christian walk. I felt doubtful; as if I was alone navigating through this vast desert as a stranger in a foreign land.

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And I continue to aimlessly wander around the Desert, deep in my emotions wondering where was God in all of this. Knock, knock, God, where are You? Are You still there?

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See, my experience was not even bad, but at the beginning, I aimlessly walked around in circles acting as if “Woe is me!” when in fact, God was there with me all along. 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

God doesn’t forsake us, but we’ve forsaken Him. Time after time again. It’s like we trust Him with the minuscule matters, but not the big ones. The Desert is a place of testing and training. It’ll determine how weak or strong we are. We’ve seen Joseph go through his Spiritual Desert period in the form of training/tests while in prison for God was preparing him for a BIGGER task, and he couldn’t get there overnight. Moses spent his first 40 years in Pharaoh’s palace learning how to be a student and solider. The next 40 years of his life were spent in the desert taking care of his father-in-law’s flock of sheep. It was in this Desert, that the demoted Moses (from prince to shepherd) learned the qualities that he’ll need as Israel’s future leader and emancipator. He entered into the Desert as a dry cactus and left as a blooming one after his apprenticeship with God.

Everything cannot be perfect for then you won’t grow.

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As I said at the beginning of this reflection, I used to go around the Desert feeling sorry for myself. Now, I don’t look at trials and tribulations in the same way anymore. Whenever I encounter them, I look towards God asking Him what He’s teaching me here. What lesson does He want me to learn? I’ve learned to trust Him even more during these times thus growing through these lessons. There is no need to fear these hardships when we go through them with faith in God for this period produces a quality we all need: patience (James 1:2-3)

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To be in the desert is part of the Christian experience. Come on now, you can’t want the sweet-smelling savor without experiencing the bitterness! When we’re in the desert, we’re actually going through trials. And even if you don’t feel God, don’t think that He’s left us to face these battles on our own. He’s actually refining and sharpening us. He’s molding and humbling us to be more like Jesus. He’s strengthening us to weather these storms so that we may emerge not only victorious but stronger.

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And then the tests that God wants us to pass are passed with flying spiritual colors and there’s rain in your Desert! A beautiful outpouring of rain that washes away the stench of the battle that you just been through. And you feel elated and happy, but most of all, you feel stronger because of God, for it is in the Desert that God teaches people Who He really is. It is there that we learn to trust a Known God to an unknown future. 

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Now, how does that feel?

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Note: It’s weird that of all the things I could be inspired to write a post from, it steams from an MJ GIF for “Stranger In Moscow” (the 3rd one) again recalling Romans 8:28. This topic was heavy on my heart, but I kept putting it off until one night when it was past midnight and the house was quiet and God said that it was time to get the weight off my heart.

I was disappointed and almost gave up on writing this post as the page crashed twice and most of the words I wrote weren’t saved and I had to start all over again. But with the Holy Spirit, I persevered. When MJ wrote “Will You Be There”, I believe that he was in his own Spiritual Desert at the time and that’s the song I identify with most, but “Stranger In Moscow” was an eye-opening song for me where it concerns the emotional human heart.

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