Come thou fount of every blessing-Chris Rice


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day in the United States.  Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks to the Almighty God for his providence and blessings.  Tomorrow some will go to a family member’s home and sit down to a large meal which their mother/wife will have worked on for the last three days.  In some houses it will be the father/husband.  And in some houses there will be nothing to eat.  Some will be homeless out on the street, some will be at the mission.  Many people find it hard to see God’s blessing in their lives but it is still there, it still exists, and it pours out upon us like a fountain refreshing us.   May God’s blessing be upon you tomorrow.

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Catechism


Q. 68. What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment?

A. The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment are, God’s allowing us six days of the week for our own employments, His challenging a special propriety in the seventh, His own example and His blessing the Sabbath day.

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.”
Exodus 34:21

Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever.  It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed. ’”
Exodus 31:16-17

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Genesis 2:2-3

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World


Synopsis

It’s been two years since Jane Foster has last seen Thor since that time Bifrost has been repaired and Thor has spent his time quelling rebellions that have sprung up in the nine realms.  But that isn’t all we also learn about the dark elves the  inhabitants of Svartlfhelm who tried to destroy the universe eons ago but were stopped by Odin’s father Bor.  Bor captured the ultimate weapon of the dark elves called the Aether.  But the leader of the dark elves Malekith escaped with his lieutenant waiting for an opportune moment to strike.

And that moment has come the nine realms are aligning and which means travel between worlds has become easier and Jane Foster has found the Aether’s hiding place and the Aether has infected her.  In doing so Jane Foster has become hidden from all seeing Helmdahl who alerts Thor. Once again Thor travels to Midgard to find Jane Foster and takes her to Asgard.  Which angers Odin, and it is then that Odin recognizes what is in Jane’s body.  At the same time Malekith has awoken and attacks Asgard looking for the Aether.

This movie is much better in my opinion than the first movie, although that is totally subjective as I have friends of mine that said that they are about the same.  I disagree I think this is better plotted and more fun than the first one.  And frankly Tom Hiddleston has stolen this movie away.  He is the best evil Marvel villain in a long time and he brings the right dark humor to this movie.

Thor is fun, action packed and worth seeing I give it four hammers out of five.

Catechism


Q 67. What is forbidden in the fourth commandment?

A. The fourth commandment forbids the ommission or careless performance of the duties required, and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is in itself sinful, or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about worldly employments or recreations.

Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
Ezekiel 22:26

Moreover, this they have done to me: they have defiled my sanctuary on the same day and profaned my Sabbaths.
Ezekiel 23:38

Thus says the Lord: Take care for the sake of your lives, and do not bear a burden on the Sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 17:21

In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them on the day when they sold food.

Then I confronted the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the Sabbath day?
Nehemiah 13:15,17

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
Acts 20:7

Frenetic Friday!


Quick to the Keach Cave it’s Frenetic Friday!

You know times are tough and people are turning to very interesting jobs.  Case in point cuddling.  Yes for sixty dollars a pop Samantha Hess will come into your house wrap her arms around you and cuddle.  She is a professional cuddler   I know what your thinking but no nothing sexual is going on instead she considers herself a healer, a therapist of sorts.    Still it seems a steep price for a hug, and she admits that her cuddling has caused a marriage to end in divorce.  Frankly I think cuddling should be reserved for family members myself.

Next is a list of the twenty-one shameful ways we are forcing children to be sissies:

1. We punish them for being brave:  Teen prevents a knife fight gets reprimanded.

A Calgary student was scolded for being involved in an incident with a weapon. Sounds pretty legitimate until you realize that he was stopping a potential stabbing from happening in his classroom. School officials hope to make the wayward vigilante an example to any other student who foolishly mistakes saving a life for an act of heroism.

2.  We make them fear friendship:  Kindergarten Girl Suspended for Threatening to Use Hello Kitty Bubble Gun

A young girl was temporarily removed from school for talking about using a bubble gun that she didn’t even have with her. In a typical five-year-old statement, the girl is quoted as saying that she wanted to shoot herself and her friends with the gun “so that they could all be together.” Such adorably flawed logic melts the hearts of most people, but for her school district, it was enough to spur a three-hour interrogation.

More here (warning language)

Now in politics Mark Steyn describes what happened to a driver who didn’t come to a complete stop in a Walmart parking lot and got free (!) colonoscopy, x-ray, and rectal probes all without a valid warrant.  Read it here.

Ok you’ve seen it no doubt, Jean-Claude Van Damme standing on the side mirrors of two Volvo trucks which drive backward slowly separating until he is in a full split.  Well here is how it was done:

Hate cleaning underwear?  Never have enough?  What about you ladies who just want to have a “pretty” one at a moment’s notice?  Well good news there is now a 3D printer that can make underwear for you.  This printer can churn out a pair of briefs in three seconds or less.  Not only that but (no pun intended)  this printer could probably print you and entire suit of clothes!  Technology it’s wonderful!

Speaking of technology you know it wouldn’t be a Frenetic Friday if we didn’t mention our Robotic Overlords:

Meet Furo an anime faced robot that is used for teaching, restaurant work, information guide etc..

Have a good weekend!

 

 

Earworm Wednesday: Daughtry Radioactive


Originally I had thought to use Pentatonix’s cover of Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive but instead decided to use their Daft Punk mix.  But I continued to troll for a cover of Radioactive.  Happily I found it and frankly I think it is superior to Pentatonix’s cover. (IMHO) So here is Chris Daughtry’s cover of Radioactive

Veteran’s Day


Today thank a veteran for their service.  If not for the service rendered to us by those brave men and women of the armed forces our lives would be radically different, so thank a veteran today and every day.

Catechism


Q. 66. How is the Sabbath to be sanctified?

A. The Sabbath is to sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days, and spending the time in the public and private exercises of God’s worship, except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.

“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.
Leviticus 23:3

“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
from doing your pleasure on my holy day,
and call the Sabbath a delight
and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;
then you shall take delight in the Lord,
and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah 58:13-14

From new moon to new moon,
and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the Lord.
Isaiah 66:23

He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Matthew 12:11-12

Earworm Wednesday: Get Lucky (Daft Punk) Pentatonix


So the funny thing is this I was looking for a cover of Imagine Dragons Radioactive and I found a great cover of it by this group.  Then someone I know posted to his Facebook wall this (what you see here).  Now I consulted with my music person and she said that this:  “Get Lucky was visually more striking and earwormy (see I just coined a word right there) than radioactive.”  I tend to agree with her so here is Pentatonix.

Movie Review: Ender’s Game


 

 

Ender’s Game is the first of an entire series of novels by Orson Scott Card an American science fiction writer. It takes place in the future where the world is under strict population control and where an alien attack has occurred bringing devastation to the planet until a lone hero was able to stop the attack.

 

 

Since then the military has recognized that the only way to beat these aliens, called the Formic, is to create a “Battle School” where the children learn how to control drone fighters from a young age through video games. The winners of these games progress to harder and harder tactical games to determine who is the best tactician of all. The ultimate winner will become the commander of the fleet that has been sent to stop the Formic advancement.

 

 

Enter Andrew “Ender” Wiggin played by Asa Butterfield. Ender is a “third” in a world that has severe over population issues more than two children are a luxury and so to have a “third” you must pay a special fee for your child to be born. And in Ender’s family there is massive pressure both of his siblings failed at battle school and were sent back home. Ender is the family’s last chance to help defeat the Formic.

 

 

Ender is carefully watched by Colonel Graff who believes that Ender is the one great tactician that earth needs and so puts him through a series of tests. Ender proves his worth to Graff by defeating a superior foe (size and strength) and keeps hitting him once he is down because he wants to “prevent further battles”.

 

 

Ender is then taken to a orbiting space station where further training occurs there he learns hand to hand as well as tactics in each he surpasses the other students there which is what Graff wants. Graff is determined to alienate Ender in order to push him to achieve Graff’s ultimate goal.

 

 

And Ender succeeds, but not without Ender questioning just what Graff wants from him. Ender explains his philosophy about how he understand his enemy and how he can defeat him in this quote:

 

 

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”

 

The trouble is Ender doesn’t understand the Formic.

 

 

There are a lot of themes in this movie there is the Malthusian themes regarding population growth, regarding both the earth and the Formic home world having too many people for the planet to support them. The theme of just war theory is also explored, although in a negative fashion. Indoctrination in children, how war affects the warriors., and genocide.

 

 

Orson Scott Card once said that Ender’s game could never be made because the story took place too much inside of Ender’s head. I’ve read the original story and think that was a legitimate concern but I also note that Orson Scott Card was one of the producers of this film so I think that he helped make this the best representation of the story.

 

 

Having said that if you haven’t read the book you might be disappointed with the movie. This is definitely a movie that reading the book first is a plus.

 

There are scenes of violence, war, and genocide in this film and it maybe too much for younger children.

 

I give this film three stars out of five.