The other two guys on the cross with Jesus

Something I wrote earlier today for the prayer team.

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On my drive to work today I was listening to a sermon and it talked about the two criminals who were with Jesus on the cross. One criminal mocked Jesus while the other one recognized Jesus and asked for forgiveness.

I think about how this can parallel to what we go through today. When we are in times of trouble where everything seems to go wrong (and in this case, these guys were going to die) how do we respond? Do we mock God and blame Him? Or do we recognize God despite the hardship and praise Him?

This has become a common problem even among Christians. We claim to be Christ followers but once when something gets tough, we don’t turn to God with acceptance. Instead we blame God, we try to find a way out without God. Because somehow God is not good enough and God doesn’t love us.

It’s hard to be reminded to turn to God in times of trouble. We want to be in control all the time that God is not even in the equation. But if we look at the criminal who asked for forgiveness, he saw God being with him despite his ugly past. And his sadness of death turned into happiness in being in Heaven.

In hard times, it’s easy to blame God and sometimes not take into account our own actions. But I pray that we are more like the criminal who asked for forgiveness. Only with God can the hard times pass and we are led to paradise.

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Netflix’s ‘Death Note’ was trash and here’s why

It’s quite simple. You white wash this classic Japanese story you will get some confusion.

Of course if you watch this with no knowledge of the original you might think it’s OK. But even at that, this story had no character development and felt rushed. The attempted infusion of Asian culture (or lack thereof) in this sense is not good either. Worst of all, it felt so confusing.

The plot is good but what makes this so bad was that it’s a complex story that you can’t fit in only 100 minutes. The characters need to develop. The background of L needs to be explained more. The love interest needs to be so much more complex.

This movie lacked a lot. On its own, it’s OK. But if you know the original, then you know that this was just an awful attempt to make an extra buck off someone else’s great idea.

I watched it. I wanted to like it. But I couldn’t. It just fell flat.

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And after five years, Madi Diaz and I are back at The Hotel Cafe

You know the story of how I met Madi Diaz during the Rachel Platten show over five years ago. Well today I was back at The Hotel Cafe to watch Madi Diaz perform.

She had announced the day before that she was doing a free show.

I got there and it was so cool to have her perform live at the same stage. It was all new songs from her upcoming EP. She told me that it should be out in September and that she had the itching to perform live, which is why the owner of the venue gave her the platform.

She was so glad to see me wearing my Riothorse Royale shirt and said that it would never go out of style. There’s something about Madi that I like so much. Her attitude is just so chill. She even shook my hand telling me how much she appreciated my support. She was even down for a selfie after the show.

It was pretty cool to be there and hear all her new songs from her EP. I really like them. I have two of them in this post. I can’t wait!

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The problem with Christians using political accusations following Charlottesville horror

When the news broke over the weekend and I was gathering information as it came through my Twitter feed, I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to react to the horror in Charlottesville. I knew that I was upset that something like this is still happening in America. How can hate, racism and violence like this still happen?

Then the incident in the above photo happened. I have yet to watch any video of it because I don’t want to get even more upset over the injuries and death of the victims be embedded in my mind.

My heart is broken. I am sad. I am angry. I am wondering why this is happening.

Many times throughout my Christian faith journey when horrific things happen, I try to ask myself what the best reaction to it is. It’s OK to be angry and sad, but what would be the next Christian thing to do? The most obvious choice would be to profess love and peace in the name of Christ.

Right?
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Just watched the pilot for ‘Mr. Mercedes’

I am always curious when it comes to film adaptations of books I have read.

This was one of my favorite books from Stephen King so I am curious how this mini-series would turn out. I liked when Hulu did 11/22/63

Overall, the first episode was really good. It captured everything I needed to know and it ended on a good cliffhanger. The story was told well where I was hooked enough even if I h ad never read the book.

I didn’t like the Scottish accent in the guy who plays Bill. It just doesn’t work with everyone in American accents.

It’s on the AT&T Network or something so finding streams of it is harder. I hope it’s not that hard when I watch the next episode.

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I was on the Price is Right!

Yesterday I finally did it! I attended The Price is Right!

OK, so there was a long wait and I didn’t impress the producer enough to get called on down, but it was so cool to finally be a part of the show I watched growing up. I nearly lost my voice cheering on hoping to get the camera’s attention.

I sat right behind Colleen who did get called on down. So I will see if the Camera got me when they air on November 1.

But the experience of going through the taping and wondering what would happen if I did get called was fun.

Maybe I’ll go again. I liked it!

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Deep thoughts on my Mexico mission trip

I want to share my blog in two parts. The first part is a straight copy and paste from my professional blog. The second part is me going much more in depth with it.

So here is the first part.

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From July 22-28, I joined my home church on a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico. This was my first time on a mission trip and my first time in Mexico. I didn’t go into this trip with many expectations since I wanted to experience this without high or low hopes. It ended up being a trip with a lot of challenges, lots of changed plans on the fly but also rewarding to be able to serve the children of the city.

My perception of a mission trip (along what is most commonly understood) is that a church group will go into a different country and spread their Gospel message to those who don’t know it. This trip was slightly different. We were partnered up with a sister church in the city so the foundation of sharing the Bible was already established. But in a sense, the seed was already planted. We were just there to water.

The trip consisted of serving the children and orphans of this small little area in Ensenada. The ages ranged from four years to preteens. The plan was to offer the children a week of VBS, which is essentially a week of Christian-based activities such as skits, crafts and games. It was a very simple week but there were plenty of challenges that came along the way.

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