My advice for Christians against Trump.

For those of you who feel our current president is “morally unqualified” to lead, try this. Every time you feel the need to type something on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or whatever, and every time you feel like standing up and pointing out how America “could have made a better choice”, pick up your bible, go outside and find someone to share the gospel with. Soon you will come to the realization that the president of the United States has so little to do with the moral direction of it’s citizens you will kick yourself for not thinking of doing this while Obama was in office. Then go out and encourage your fellow Christians to do the same thing. Stop praying for God to change America, and start being the tool God uses TO change America.

If your a Trump lover, great, now pick up YOUR bible and do the same thing.

Now excuse me while I go to the bathroom mirror and read this post to myself.

Easily offended, aren’t we?

Why is it that we, as Christians, go around reminding people that “all have sinned and fallen short…”, and yet when it is pointed out to us that someone is not a perfect Christian we suddenly find that person offensive?  This, my friends, is an act of pride and self-centeredness that mirrors the attitude of the Pharisees of Jesus’s day:

Luke 18:

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Final Fantasy Friday XV

Todays F3 is a simple, yet special one. Long ago, before downloading music was easy and pretty much the only way to get a hold of FF music was to order it from overseas I found a little album called Final Fantasy V Dear Friends. At that point America had never really seen nor played the original FF5, and this album contained arranged selections from it’s soundtrack. It is, to date, one of the most beautiful soundtracks in my collection, if only because of the use of the Sami language throughout its tracks. Last year I featured the song My Home, Sweet Home, which is sung in Sami. Now I present to you As I Feel, You Feel, another haunting and whispery track also sung in Sami. Adapted from the FF5 track Legend of the Deep Forest, I have included the lyrics with approximate translation.

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Mary Bailey – model wife

I probably don’t have to go over the excellence that is Frank Capra’s film, It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s a movie some people love, others dislike and others still just can’t stand. Personally I love the movie and I don’t get why some people hate it. It’s certainly not syrupy sweet, though the end wraps up nicely. Perhaps it hits a little to close to home for some people.

The rule in my house is: We don’t watch Christmas movies until December 1st and we don’t watch Christmas movies after December 31st. That being said, the wife and I sat down to enjoy It’s a Wonderful Life last night, as this year this were all askew and we didn’t get to watch it before Christmas. As usual I couldn’t help but notice the excellent acting by Jimmy Stewart who plays a man (George Bailey) irritated with his situation but who loves those around him too much to just leave it behind – too many people are relying on him and he does much good for many, though he only wants to leave the town of Bedford Falls behind.

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Merry (late) Christmas!

I tend to stay away from the computer on my days off unless I want to play some games, so I didn’t post anything before the holidays. To make up for it please allow me to say:

Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks to all the visitors who have made this blog a great place for me to place my rantings and ravings, and a great place for discussion. I hope your time with your families was well spent and fun, and that the upcoming year will see the Lord’s blessings on each and every one of you!

Let us continue to give thanks to God who loves us so much that He gave up His one and only Son for us, that we might not live for eternity in separation from Him, but have life in Him and be called His children! Amen!