Sunday Devotional: Psalm 126

“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Our mouths were filled with laughter then,
and our tongues with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord had done great things for us;
we were joyful.

Restore our fortunes, Lord,
like watercourses in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears
will reap with shouts of joy.
Though one goes along weeping,
carrying the bag of seed,
he will surely come back with shouts of joy,
carrying his sheaves.”

The Israelites had several experiences where they were in bondage, away from their home.  Each time they were in sorrow and each time God was faithful in delivering them.  When they returned, they were joyful and were again reminded of God’s faithfulness to them.  They had reason to shout “The Lord has done great things.”

We go through seasons where we weep, where we sow in tears.  There are seasons where we struggle in depression and hurt.  But God is faithful, there will come a time when we will “reap with shouts of joy”.  God will deliver us through to the other side.  And we will shout out “The Lord has done great things for us.”  This week let us encourage one another with these words.  Let us remember God’s faithfulness in those seasons when we sow in tears and be grateful when reaping with shouts of joy.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: Comic Books

It’s time once again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1992. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music, video games, movies, and TV shows in 1992. We now turn to the year in comics in 1992. There were several storylines and characters that made their debut that year.

On the Marvel front, the big crossover event was Infinity War.  It was a six issue miniseries which was a sequel to the previous year’s Infinity Gauntlet.  The storyline would also be dealt with in Captain America, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man and other comic series.  This comic event is going to be adapted for the big screen next year in The Avengers: Infinity War.

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On the DC front, there wasn’t a big huge crossover event.  There were several characters that made their debuts but we’ll get to that in a moment.

As far as debuts are concerned, the first to address is a new publishing company.  Image Comics made its debut in 1992.  Along with that saw the debut in May of Spawn, a character created by comic book artist Todd MacFarlane, who had previously drawn Spider-Man.

There were several characters that made their debut in 1992.  For Marvel, there was the debut of James Rhodes as War Machine in Iron Man #282.  For DC there were two characters related to the Batman franchise that debuted.  Detective Renee Montoya debuted in Batman #475 in March and Azrael debuted in the miniseries Batman: Sword of Azrael in October

There are many other comics and characters that were featured in 1992. Is there an issue or character not listed that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Thanks for joining us this month during our trip down memory lane. We’ll be back next year around this time to look at the 25th anniversary of things that happened during 1993. Until then, break out the comic books and enjoy some classic reading.

Sunday Devotional: Luke 15:1-7

“All the tax collectors and sinners were approaching to listen to Him. And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them!”

So He told them this parable:  “What man among you, who has 100 sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open field and go after the lost one until he finds it? When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders,  and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’  I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don’t need repentance.” (Luke 15:1-7)

This was the first of three parables Jesus shared to the crowds after hearing the Pharisees and scribes complaining.  This one dealt with a shepherd who had lost a sheep.  He had the 99 out in the open field safe and sound but one was missing.  The shepherd went and searched for it and eventually found it.  When he did, he brought it home.  Not only that, he called all his friends and neighbors to let them know what had happened.  The shepherd was joyous that all 100 were back in the open field again.

There is that same kind of joy that happens when one sinner repents and follows Jesus.  There is great celebration that takes place.  One was lost but now is found.  We should celebrate like that when we hear such great news.  We should be sharing that good news so that others who are lost can be found.  This week let us share that joy and share that good news of salvation to a world that needs it.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: TV Shows

It’s time again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1992. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music, video games and movies in 1992. We now turn to the TV shows of 1992.  Lots of pretty cool and memorable TV shows debuted in 1992 so let’s get right to it.

There were some great cartoons that debuted in 1992.  The two biggest debuted on FOX.  They were Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men.  Batman: The Animated Series premiered on September 5th and X-Men premiered on October 31st.  Other cartoons that debuted in 1992 were Goof Troop (September 5th) and Eek! The Cat (September 12th).

Nickelodeon debuted their Saturday night block SNICK on August 15th.  That night also saw the debut of  Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Some other big shows that debuted in 1992 included Dateline NBC (March 31st), Barney & Friends (April 6th), The Real World (May 21st), Melrose Place (July 8th), California Dreams (September 12th) and Mad About You (September 23rd).

There were two cable channels that debuted in 1992.  On September 24th the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as SyFy) debuted and on October 1st the Cartoon Network debuted.
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Which of these TV shows listed was your favorite? Is there a TV show not listed that premiered in 1992 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in comics in 1992. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic TV shows.

Thursday Quote Day: Pete Wilson

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from author Pete Wilson:

“When you’re hurt or doubting, there’s nothing more comforting than hearing someone say, ‘I know what you’re going through.’ When you’re questioning and crying, there’s nothing that helps more than being told, ‘I’m in it with you.'” (Pete Wilson Plan B)

Sunday Devotional: 2 Timothy 2: 1-7

“You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the recruiter. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer ought to be the first to get a share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (2 Timothy 2:1-7)

This passage is part of one of the last letters that Paul wrote.  He was writing to Timothy, one of his spiritual children and fellow minister.  Paul wanted to encourage & exhort his young friend and co-worker.  Here Paul shares with Timothy the importance of passing on what he had learned.  We are to make disciples who make disciples.  This means pouring our lives into others who then in turn pour their lives into others.

This is not easy.  Paul uses the analogy of a solder, an athlete & a farmer to get this point across.  It will be hard work, there will be suffering, there will be hard times.  Yet we are called to the work, to do it with all our heart and mind and body, to do it until our time is done.  But we also know that we are not alone, we have the Holy Spirit inside of us.  And we also have fellow believers alongside.

This week, let us continue in the work of loving, of sharing, of teaching and of spreading the word of Jesus Christ.