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

Earworm Wednesday: PFR We can work it out

I am a PFR fan I believe that I have all of their CD’s, somewhere, the only one I don’t have is a tribute album where Country honored the Beatles.  Yeah I had to lie down with a cool cloth to my forehead too when I read that.  Anyway PFR,the only pop band, did “We Can Work It Out”.  So for your enjoyment:

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. 


Q. 40. What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?

A. The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification, are, assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, increase of grace, and perseverance therein to the end.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:18

Who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter1:5

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1John 5:13

Special Saturday

I want to take a moment here and say thank you.  Thanks to all of you who have decided to folllow this blog,  to comment on posts, to give it likes,  to mention it to friends it is much appreciated.

Frenetic Friday

All right it’s past due Frenetic Friday is here!

Tolerance it’s all about tolerance:

See it starts like this but it will end like this:

That’s right it starts with violence and then it ends in arrest. The two are connected what you see at the Seattle Pride Parade is a prequel to what is the law in England. Where if you take a biblical stand on sin you’re arrested for a hate crime. What you see in England will be the same here.

That is unless God grants us repentance.

Turning to technology in this case human powered technology:

The American Helicopter Society’s Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Prize is 250,000 dollars for the first human-powered helicopter. The thirty-three year old prize was won by the Canadian AeroVelo team take a look:

In news of the what were you thinking:

So in Tennessee a woman asked permission to go skinny dipping in a man’s pool while he was lusting after her body her companion went into the man’s house and looted it taking medication, jewelry, and a handgun.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Matt. 5:27-29

And thanks go to DARPA for advancing our Robotic Over Lord’s take over plan here is Atlas the most humanoid robot ever built:

That’s it folks enjoy your weekend.