Waves

One of the things about turning on a radio is you can get a song stuck in your head real easy, especially if it’s a popular song that gets played a lot on the radio.  One of the ones that’s popular right now is “Waves” by Mr. Probz.  Interesting enough, the version that is played on the radio is a remix version by Robin Schultz.  The beat to it is catchy and it can get stuck in your head.

The original version was released last year.  As I was recently searching Youtube, I found the original version.  After hearing both versions, I don’t know which one I like better.  Both are good in their own merit.  Here’s the original version, check it out:

Sunday Devotional: Esther 4:13-14

Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.  For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  (Esther 4:13-14)

Esther is in a tough position.  Her people, the Jews, had been under order of the king to be exterminated.  This was due to the fact that one of the king’s top people, Haman, hated the Jews and convinced the king to sign the order.  But as queen, Esther could not just go to the presence of the king unannounced.  Mordecai tells Esther the importance of her role in this and what she can do.  And he poses the question of whether she was placed in this position “for such a time as this?”

God puts us (or allows us to be) in places and situations for a reason.  Those are opportunities to be used by Him to accomplish what He wants done.  Esther rose to the position of queen so that she would be able to intercede for the Jewish people in a time of threat to them.  As you go about your week this week, think about where you are in this season of life and how God can use you for His glory.

Sunday Devotional: Esther 2:21-23

“In those days, as Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.  And this came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king in the name of Mordecai.  When the affair was investigated and found to be so, the men were both hanged on the gallows.  And it was recorded in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.”  Esther 2:21-23

Mordecai was a faithful follower of God even in the midst of being and serving in a court of those who didn’t.  He honored those in authority but ultimately honored God with his life and his actions.  This event that’s recorded in the verses here was a minor event but would have major implications.  At the time, Mordecai didn’t know this.  All he knew was that there was a threat to the King Ahasuerus (otherwise known as Xerses I) and warned the king about it.  This small act of service would later play a key role in helping the Jewish nation that lived under the rule of Ahasuerus.

Little things do matter.  You never know how the actions you do to serve someone can make a huge impact.  So as you’re going about this week, remember that the little things do matter.  God may use your “small” act for big purposes for His kingdom.

Thursday Quote Day: Matt Chandler

Here is another quote for “Thursday Quote Day” by pastor and author Matt Chandler:

“Everything is by Christ, through Christ, and for Christ, from human beings to elephants, from bioluminescent fish in some black cave in South America no person’s ever discovered to microbes underneath a glacier on some distant planet no person ever will. Christ is Lord over all.” (Matt Chandler The Explicit Gospel)

Flash vs. Arrow: A Case Study (Of Sorts)

FlashvsArrow

This week featured the “crossover event” of two comic book TV shows.  They are The Flash and Arrow, both on the CW Network.  They star two DC superheroes, the Flash and Green Arrow.  The Flash is a newly spinoff show (debuted this season) of Arrow (now in its third season).  They are different shows with different environments but have a “shared universe” (as in they are connected and interact with each other as opposed to another DC show on TV right now, Gotham).

The two night events (last night and tonight) was not the first time the two shows interacted.  Last season on Arrow, Barry Allen was introduced as a character (pre acquisition of his powers) as well as the introduction of two supporting characters Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon.  The season premiere of The Flash featured a cameo by Oliver Queen/Arrow as well as an early season guest appearance by Felicity Smoak (a part of Team Arrow).

The Flash episode was appropriately entitled “Flash vs. Arrow”.  It featured what you would expect in pairing of two superheroes, a fight.  The fight (which was brought on by Barry being affected by a metahuman) ended in a draw but was a valuable lesson to Barry.  The Arrow episode was entitled “The Brave and the Bold”.  For those that don’t know, that is the title of a comic book series that featured superheroes pairing up to fight villains.  This episode was more of the Flash and Arrow working together, but not without some tension and disagreement.

There is a dynamic between the two which lends itself to good storytelling.  This is because not only of their stark differences but also their shared commonalities.  The differences are somewhat obvious.  Barry has superpowers (super speed/quick healing) and Oliver does not.  Barry has to fight villains that are meta humans (for the most part) and Oliver does not (for the most part).  The cities in which they live (Barry and Central City/Oliver and Starling City) are a reflection of them and are in contrast.

However, both have experienced great loss.  Both have seen their mothers killed in front of them.  Both have a team around them that helps them in their fight (Barry has Caitlin, Cisco, Dr. Harrison Wells and Det. Joe West while Oliver has Felicity, John Diggle and Roy Harper).  Both are in love with someone they can’t be with at the moment (Barry with Iris West/Oliver with Felicity or Laurel Lance depending on the season).

I’ve always been a fan of the character of The Flash and I think the TV show has done a great job depicting Barry as the superhero as well as the “alter ego”.  He is a balance to Oliver Queen/Arrow who is darker but yet is still a hero.  Both learn from each other about being a hero.  Barry learns from Oliver about not rushing into danger but knowing what the dangers are.  Oliver learns from Barry about being hope to others.

Barry and Oliver

It is true that when you bring Barry types together with Oliver types that you do have conflict.  However, there is also a lot of good that can come about the pairing.  Because the things that make Barry Allen special help where Oliver Queen isn’t good at and vice versa.  It makes for good storytelling and in real life it helps people grow and do good.