So I tried to watch this new version of IT and I got maybe forty-five minutes into the movie when I decided to eject it from my Blu Ray player. Why do you ask? Because, unlike the original treatment of this Stephen King story this movie isn’t scary and in fact boring. Not to mention that the actor playing Pennywise, his voice far from being that dreadful laugh that Tim Curry produced just leaves me saying “meh”.
In my opinion watch the 1990 mini-series.
Burdens Cast on Him
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
It is a heavy burden; roll it on Omnipotence. It is thy burden now, and it crushes thee; but when the LORD takes it, He will make nothing of it. If thou art called still to bear, “he will sustain thee.” It will be on Him and not on thee. Thou wilt be so upheld under it that the burden will be a blessing. Bring the LORD into the matter, and thou wilt stand upright under that which in itself would bow thee down.
Our worst fear is lest our trial should drive us from the path of duty; but this the LORD will never suffer. If we are righteous before Him, He will not endure that our affliction should move us from our standing. In Jesus He accepts us as righteous, and in Jesus He will keep us so.
What about the present moment? Art thou going forth to this day’s trial alone? Are thy poor shoulders again to be galled with the oppressive load? Be not so foolish. Tell the LORD all about thy grief and leave it with Him. Don’t cast your burden down and then take it up again; but roll it on the LORD and leave it there. Then shalt thou walk at large, a joyful and unburdened believer, singing the praises of thy great Burden-bearer.
So for some reason the Dandy Warhols have been in my head. And this cover of their first hit by Alert the Medics calms the voices in my head.
Director: Jon Watts
Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal
All right in case, you haven’t watched the trailer, this takes place after Avengers End Game so if you haven’t seen Avengers End Game by watching Spiderman far from home you are going to get some spoilers.
And on to the movie. This movie takes place five years after Infinity Wars, All the people that had disappeared with a snap of a finger have been returned at the same age. Which has caused a few hang-ups with little brothers suddenly being the same age as their big brothers. Not only that but in an effort to resolve the issue all the people who came back have been unanimously declared to be the same age as when they left. So Peter Parker is still in high school even though he should be past that age. And because of that his class is scheduled for a trip to Europe. Hence the title far from home.
But that isn’t all Peter Parker is showing some stress with his stint as an Avenger. He is wanting to get away from the world-saving business and back to being the friendly neighborhood Spiderman. Well, unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen as mysterious creatures have been popping up around the globe with an equally mysterious hero that appears to be fighting them,
Who is this man where is he from what has this to do with Spiderman?
Go watch the movie.
All in all, this is an enjoyable movie, and if you aren’t burned out on superhero movies you’ll enjoy this one. I am giving this five stars out of five.
A Mountain Choir
“Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted” (Isaiah 49:13).
So sweet are the comforts of the LORD, that not only the saints themselves may sing of them, but even the heavens and the earth may take up the song. It takes something to make a mountain sing; and yet the prophet summons quite a choir of them. Lebanon, and Sirion, and the high hills of Bashan and Moab, He would set them all singing because of Jehovah’s grace to His own Zion. May we not also make mountains of difficulty, and trial, and mystery, and labor become occasions for praise unto our God? “Break forth into singing, O mountains!”
This word of promise, that our God will have mercy upon His afflicted, has a whole peal of bells connected with it. Hear their music — “Sing!” “Be joyful!” “Break forth into singing.” The LORD would have His people happy because of His unfailing love. He would not have us sad and doubtful; He claims horn us the worship of believing hearts. He cannot fail us: why should we sigh or sulk as if He would do so? Oh, for a well-tuned harp! Oh, for voices like those of the cherubim before the throne!
I’m in a weird mood today. So in honor of that I give you ABBA translated into Swedish and back to English via Google Translate.
Back, Then Forward
“Nevertheless I will remember My Covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an Everlasting Covenant” (Ezekiel 16:60).
Notwithstanding our sins, the LORD is still faithful in His love to us. He looks back. See how He remembers those early days of ours when He took us into covenant with Himself, and we gave ourselves over to Him. Happy days those! The LORD does not twit us with them and charge us with being insincere. No, He looks rather to His covenant with us than to our covenant with Him. There was no hypocrisy in that sacred compact, on His part, at any rate. How gracious is the LORD thus to look back in love!
He looks forward also. He is resolved that the covenant shall not fail. If me do not stand to it, He does. He solemnly declares, “I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.” He has no mind to draw back from His promises. Blessed be His name, He sees the sacred seal, “the blood of the everlasting covenant,” and He remembers our Surety, in whom He ratified that covenant, even His own dear Son; and therefore He rests in His covenant engagements. “He abideth faithful; he cannot deny himself.”
O LORD, lay this precious word upon my heart and help me to feed upon it all this day!
So Dr. James White has surprised me once more with his fondness for John Denver music. I had actually thought he would have been more of a Blues and Jazz kind of person but I was totally wrong. So needless to say this is the only John Denver song I remember and here it is done by Six String Soldiers.
The Enemy Frustrated
“Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it” (2 Kings 19:32).
Neither did Sennacherib molest the city. He had boasted loudly, but he could not carry out his threats. The LORD is able to stop the enemies of His people in the very act. When the lion has the lamb between his jaws, the great Shepherd of the sheep can rob him of his prey. Our extremity only provides an opportunity for a grander display of divine power and wisdom.
In the case before us, the terrible foe did not put in an appearance before the city which he thirsted to destroy. No annoying arrow could he shoot over the walls, and no besieging engines could- he put to work to batter down the castles, and no banks could he cast up to shut in the inhabitants. Perhaps in our case also the LORD will prevent our adversaries from doing us the least harm. Certainly He can alter their intentions or render their designs so abortive that they will gladly forego them. Let us trust in the LORD and keep His way, and He will take care of us. Yea, He will fill us with wondering praise as we see the perfection of His deliverance.
Let us not fear the enemy till he actually comes, and then let us trust in the LORD.
This cover if the Chainsmokers’ song brings me a specific joy as my son texted me today and complained that I had stuck this in his head this morning. 🙂