Q. 42. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the Resurrection?

A. At the resurrection, believers become raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoyment of God to all eternity.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21

So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.  It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.  1Corinthians 15:42-43

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,  Matthew 10:32

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
1 John 3:2

17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:17

Movie Review: Pacific Rim

Kaiju? Jaeger? Welcome to Mech and Monster heaven where giant robots fight horrific mutated “Godzilla” beasts.  Guillermo del Toro has created a war of the worlds where the monsters come from a tear in the pacific ocean where the Kaiju emerge from another planet and terrorize the earth. 

After the first monster was killed with multiple plane tank and various other WMDs the governments decided to work together (and this is what makes it a fantasy kids) and create monsters of their own.  No not Mecha-Godzilla  rather Jaegers.  And well before I wax poetic, let’s deal with language Kaiju literally means in Japanese “strange creature” however, it is  almost universally translated ln English as “monster”.  Godzilla is a Kaiju, so is Rhodan, Gamera, and Mothra but enough of my childhood heroes. 

Jaeger is German and means “hunter” but in military terms a “Jaeger” would be the equivalent to a “Ranger”.  In Pacific Rim the Jaegers are controlled by two people who can act as the right and left hemisphere of the Jaeger brain.  To do this they must “drift” into each other’s brain knowing each other’s thoughts and forming one brain.  And this is important because one person can’t control a Jaeger without giving himself a cerebral hemorrhage.   

So Jaeger’s hunt Kaiju and then try to kill them. Yes this is the major plot of Pacific Rim.   But, and there is always a but when politicians are involved, things aren’t well with the Jaeger program it appears that the Kaiju are evolving to bigger and better Kaiju who can eat a Jaeger in one bite and save the tasty pilots for an after dinner mint.   So because of this they decide to quit supporting the Jaeger program and instead build a giant wall around the countries. 

But the commander of the Jaegers isn’t deterred  he gathers the Jaegers to Hong Kong to make one last stand against the apocalypse (one of these days people are going to have to find out what that Greek word really means).  With him is a hot shot pilot one of the only people who controlled a Jaeger by himself and lived to tell the tale. 

I’m not going to bore you with the usual suspects that absolutely have to populate this movie you can see them in Top Gun, they are the same people really.  However I am going to point out a major nit with this movie.  In it a Kaiju emits an E-M-P (electromagnetic pulse) and shuts down the Jaeger fighting it because it’s “digital“, wait says the hot shot pilot my Jaeger is “analog” I can fight this Kaiju.  Sorry folks E-M-P doesn’t discriminate analog or digital it will shut down the electronics unless we are to believe that the Jaeger piloted by the hot shot is based upon ropes and pulleys if so why would the pilots have to mind meld? 

I’m giving Pacific Rim two and half Kaiju out of five


Q. 41. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?

A. The souls of believers are at death made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory, and their bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their graves till the resurrection.

 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, – Hebrews 12:23

 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. – Philippians 1:23

 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 5:8

  “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” -Luke 23:43

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

he enters into peace;
they rest in their beds
who walk in their uprightness. Isaiah 57:2

And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
Job 19:26

Movie Review: Now you see me

What happens when four street magicians are summoned to an apartment in the wrong side of town only to appear a year later in Las Vegas?

These four magicians emerge with a spectacular act that wows the audience and steals money from an affluent banker.  But they don’t keep the money no every member of the audience gets the cash in Las Vegas but the money was stolen from France. 

Enter the FBI and Interpol to try to find out the secrets of the magicians but you know magicians; they never tell their secrets. Except maybe for one, played by Morgan Freeman, who works with the FBI elite squad to unmask their tricks but who exactly is fooling whom?  And is Morgan Freeman’s character real that altruistic?  Or is there something for in it for him?   But really nothing is quite as it seems because “the closer you look the less you’ll see.”

There is some language and some sexual scenes but no nudity so while this isn’t a perfect family film you can at least see it with your teenagers. 

Ultimately this movie is fast paced and fun, the cast of characters work well and this movie will keep you guessing right to the end. 

I’m giving this movie 4 hat tricks out of five.