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Devil

(WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED THE MOVIE OR NOT PLANNING TO WATCH THE MOVIE AT ALL)

Went to watch this movie called “Devil” the other day with Chrystin and I must say, this movie was totally out of my expectation. I expected some b-grade horror thriller (since it was by M Night Shyamalan) but I was pleasantly surprised. Have you ever watched a Christian-horror movie before? (Is there even such a genre?) This was my first. Interestingly, it had very obvious Christian values on repentance and forgiveness. They even showed a Bible verse at the beginning (another surprise that this was not banned in Malaysia). Anyway, here’re some thoughts I got from the movie.

1. If the Devil is real, then God must be real too.
This was one of most profound dialogues (somewhere in the end) of the movie. If people can believe in ghosts, demons or any supernatural/spiritual entities as such, I don’t see no reason why they should not believe in God too. If the Devil is powerful, then God must be even more powerful since God created him (or known as Lucifer, an archangel before he chose to become the Devil). If the Devil is scary, then people ought to fear God even more. It really doesn’t make sense to me why some people choose to glorify agents of evil and not agents of holiness.

2. All sin will be exposed in the end.
In the movie, all mystery was solved when Tony confessed the sin he committed. As remorseful as he is, he thought he could get away with it as long as nobody knew about it and it was never exposed. Until he met the Devil in a horrific manner, that is. It’s only a matter of time when our darkest secret sins will be exposed to the whole world to see. The Bible promises it. It’s either now when we’re still here or in the afterlife. And frankly speaking, I could not think of another religion or belief in the world that offers an assurance of absolute pardon for sins the way Jesus does. Our sins are completely blotted out if we choose to embrace Christ. As though having our sins pardoned is not enough, Jesus promises us a new life, a turn of the life after that.

“The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light. People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done. But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light, because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.” John 3:19-21

3. Forgiveness is a choice. A difficult one, but a necessary one.
At the end of the movie, I really thought Detective Bowden, in vengeance would kill Tony for the crime he has committed against his family. It was a secluded moment, they were alone and he had every opportunity to do so and still get away with it. But surprisingly (and definitely not a common gesture you find in Hollywood movies nowadays), he looked straight into Tony’s eyes and said, “I’ve dreamt of this moment forever, of the things I would say and do to you… but… I have forgiven you.”

I believe in that instance, the detective was released. Released from the bondage of hate, revenge and pain. Forgiveness does not just heal the other person who offended you. But ultimately, forgiveness heals you. It is only when we choose to forgive, can we experience real freedom and joy. It is only when we choose to forgive, can we be released to pursue a fulfilled life, unashamed, unbroken and unhindered.

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The Book Of God

Two days ago, I started reading this book called “The Book of God” by Walter Wangerin Jr. I bought this book two good years ago (yeah, I know, stop judging me), and I finally found the time to read it. And guess what? I couldn’t stop reading.

It’s actually the Bible written as a novel. Imagine that. Something like the whole series of Harry Potter (or something better) in one book only more exciting, enlightening and life changing. I’ve read the Bible through and through multiple times, with various versions, various languages (English and Malay because I can’t read Chinese) and accompanied by various commentaries. To be honest, after reading it so many times, I’ve lost the ability to imagine and put myself in the author’s shoes and circumstances. I just read and… read.

But this take on reading the Bible as a novel is a totally fresh change. Walter Wangerin did it pretty well by retelling Biblical stories with imagination, passion, depth, personality and warmth. I shed a few tears here and there reading the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Isaac and Joseph. Yes, I’ve only just finished the book of Genesis (in two days) and you’re probably asking what’s there to cry about these stories. I’ll give you an example. Remember the story of Rachel and Leah? Of how Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah? And how Leah gave birth to lots of children to earn Jacob’s love and Rachel was barren? That whole portion of the story was written in a monologue. Leah’s. It was a monologue of how she hoped that Jacob would look at her, but instead of seeing Leah, he only saw not-Rachel; of how she felt when Jacob told her to leave her new house back to her mother’s house when Rachel came into the picture; of how she felt when she did not speak for her sister for more than ten years because of jealousy; of how they reconciled and realized they both still loved each other dearly. For the first time, after reading this story for so many times, I felt the pain, the rejection and the confusion Leah went through. And there’re many other instances where “insignificant” stories like these were amplified and put in context.

I highly recommend this book, if:

1. You think your Bible reading times has gone mundane and it has become a drag more than an excitement.
2. You’ve read the Bible but you don’t understand why certain parts turn and twist in such a drastic manner (as though certain portions have been fast-forwarded)
3. You want to read a shorter and concise version of the Bible (yes, it does cut short a lot of repeated sections in certain chapters)
4. You lack imagination when reading like me =)

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Alice in the Wonderland

OMG. I’m going to die. I’ve waited SOOO long for a remake of Alice in the Wonderland and finally it’s going to hit the big screens next year!!! And I can imagine the awesome CGs because of today’s technology! And to make it even more amazing, it’s a remake by Tim Burton!!! I LOVE TIM BURTON!!! (Forgive me, for I am a designer)

I’m a huge fan of Alice in the Wonderland simply because of the rich imagination and fantasy behind it. When I first watched it, and now that I rewatch it, it still blows my mind away! This melancholic yet sanguine, depressing yet uplifting, dark yet colorful, weird yet witty, ironic yet practical story has a LOT of life lessons worth learning from.

Oh, enough talking. I need to go wipe my mouth from the salivation. Take a look at the pictures yourself and drool like I did!!!


Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen

Anne Hathaway as the White Queen

Mia Wasikowska as Alice

Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Alice at the Garden Gate with the Talking Blossoms

Alice and the White Rabbit

Alice greeted by Tweedledum and Tweedledee when she arrives in Looking Glass Land

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

(WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED THE MOVIE OR NOT PLANNING TO WATCH THE MOVIE AT ALL)

Despite the negative comments from friends and reviews, I stubbornly went ahead to watch this movie alone and guess what? I honestly thought it was a good show! (Yes, Keanu Reeves was disastrous as usual in acting with his expressionless face but oh well, it fits his character well) The movie stirred a lot of questions and emotions in me that I think it is worthy for everyone to ponder for a moment if we do call ourselves human or citizens of this planet.

1. We do not belong to this world.
Throughout the movie, I cringed at every action of the humans. All they wanted to do was to destroy in the name of protecting themselves from the ‘alien’. Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) never intended to harm anyone but humans were just so paranoid throughout the whole time. And to make things worse, there was a bozo sitting behind me thinking out loud all the time saying, “So stupid, you think you really can defeat him meh? If he wants, he can blah blah blah!!!” and it went on throughout the entire movie during climaxes. Anyway, the real question was, “Who is the alien?” We? Or them? Well, from what I believe, we (humans) are all aliens. We do not belong to this planet. So don’t get to attached to it. We’re all given the chance now to prepare to go home, to heaven where we really belong. Would you be so paranoid as to not want to go back to your own home and stick to this ‘foreign’ planet and die a foreigner? Well, suit yourself, but I’m prepared to go home anytime death comes knocking on my door. The ball is in your hands.

“Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” Philippians 3:19-21

2. Power word : Love
I can’t help but amaze at the biblical parallels in the movie of how humans are made special in the whole universe. The aliens could not understand the one single different ‘aspect’ of humans. The ability to love. Yes, there may be undiscovered life forms all around our planet, more advanced, more civilized, more technological but the fact is this. We are the center of God’s creation, the Creator of the universe. This simple fact humbles me to think that we were made God’s special possession despite our weaknesses and frailties. And I think the reason why God made us His special possesion is so that we in turn, will make Him and Him alone our special possession!!!

“But now I tell the people of Israel this is my new agreement: ‘The time will come when I, the Lord, will write my laws on their minds and hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people…” Hebrews 8:10

3. Listen to the Voice that matters
When Klaatu came and wanted to speak to the leaders of the earth, they refused to listen. He bore a very important message about the destruction of earth but concluded that any attempt to discuss peacefully with humans are futile. Today, there’re just too many voices shouting at us with so many different messages and so called ‘good news’. I think it is important that we hear that one message that matters the most. The voice that answers the question, “Why are you even alive?” And of course, along the way, many people, religious people and philosophers will come and tell you their ‘answers’ to this question. I believe no one can answer that question other than the Person who created life itself. God. Why not ask Him instead? Just look to the heavens and say this to Him, “God, if you’re really somewhere up there, can you tell me why am I even here?”

Go on, do it. It’s between you and Him. No one’s watching (just make sure you do it in solitary or people will think you’re out of your mind =) Who knows, you might get an answer to life’s most important question promptly.

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Kungfu Panda

(WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED THE MOVIE OR NOT PLANNING TO WATCH THE MOVIE AT ALL)

I had a date with Jackee to watch this movie. It was kind of awkward to have two bachelors (Chinese say ‘Ma Lat Lou’) watching a movie together. Kungfu Panda is one of the most amusing movies I’ve ever watched. I loved it from the start to the end. A must watch. And the best part is, there’re no sexual innuendos of any sort! I am surprised! A proper and decent movie with Jack Black as the main cast. Very rare indeed! Not to mention, they captured the Chinese culture and kung fu quite accurately here. I definitely loved the action and fighting scenes. I thought they were so well choreographed. So, for those who are reading this, I wouldn’t mind having the DVD as my Christmas gift this year. These are some of the few things I’ve learnt from the movie.

1. There’re no secret ingredients or shortcuts to success.
When Po opened the Dragon Scroll, there wasn’t anything in it. He thought the contents of the scroll would make him the Dragon Fighter. He only got the answer when his father told him that the secret recipe to his soup noodles was just a make believe. You make something special by believing it’s special! So, for him to be the Dragon Fighter, he must believe that he IS the Dragon Fighter! Sometimes we are like that in real life. We try to achieve success by becoming someone else, as famous as ‘that’ person, as smart as ‘this’ person, as capable as ‘him’, as good as ‘her’ and the list goes on and on. The fact is, we were called to be the best us! I was made to be the best Aaron Lam! You were made to be the best _________ (insert your name here)! God never made us to be someone else. He made us to be the best us in Christ and through Christ! And He never gives us shortcuts. He gives us even more challenges and trials in life so that we can be trained to be the best us! The same way Master Shifu trained Po to be the best him in loving food and kungfu, God trains us through such hardships for our own good! Remember now, everytime when you face hardships, you are undergoing a vigorous training to become a better, stronger, more capable you. And that’s another addition for things to give thanks for. Trouble.

2. Pride leads to a downfall
When Tai Lung was getting so good in kungfu, both him and Master Shifu thought he would be appointed as the Dragon Fighter. He was puffed up with pride because of his prowess and capability. However, when Master Oogway saw pride and darkness in his heart, he refused to give Tai Lung the title. Immediately, it led to the rebellion and imprisonment of Tai Lung. Most of us act like Tai Lung at times. When we’re good at something and when we master it, we are filled with pride and self-reliance. It’s good to master something but be careful though, to not let that make your heart be filled with pride. And make sure you never think that you don’t need your Creator, saying you’re good and you do not need extra ‘guidance.’ He could always strip off these things from your life since He is your Creator, the One who gave them to you. He is a God that lifts up the humble but brings down the proud. Have you been prideful lately? Watch out, downfall is knocking on your door.

3. Everyone has their strengths in a different measure
Po was relatively weak compared to the Furious Five but when he was fighting with Tai Lung, his biggest weakness (his fat), was also his biggest strength! Because of the thick layer of his fats, Tai Lung was unable to perform his paralyzing nerve attacks on him (when even the Furious Five were badly affected by that move)! His clumsiness also neutralized Tai Lung’s dexterity! I remember a chinese saying that goes like this, “You fight harshness with gentleness”. It’s a Yin and Yang relativity and opposition principle of life. You may think you are not as good or strong as someone else. But probably you’re only looking at the word ‘strength’ in a single perspective. Try looking at it in a broader perspective. Someone may be good at speaking and you may not. But you may be good at listening and he may not. Someone may be good at planning and you may not, but you may be good at executing and he may not. So you see, everyone has their own strengths. You just need to look at it from a different perspective depending on the situation.

4. Everyone has a destiny. There’re no accidents.
Po was destined to be the Dragon Fighter, not a noodle seller with his dad. And he found great fulfillment when he found that destiny and he wasn’t willing to part with it because he finally tasted what it meant to be ‘alive.’ Do you know what’s your destiny? Do you know what you were made for? You know, sometimes we can be doing a lot of great stuff and achieve a lot of fame, money, relationships, great successes and accomplishments, but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee you fulfillment in life. Just look at the famous and successful people in Hollywood who live messed up and mediocre lives. The biggest question in life that everyone should ask themselves is, “What on earth am I here for?” And I believe that question can only be answered by one Person. Your Creator. If I was a chair, I wouldn’t know that my purpose was to be sat on by people. People could use me as a table to put stuff, flip me upside down and make me a dustbin and other good use of me BUT that wasn’t what I was made for! I’ll only know what I was made for when the one who created me told me directly I was meant to be sat on OR gave me a manual of how to make full use of me. Do you see that happening in your life? Doing a lot of other good but unnecessary stuff which you were not really made for? Are you living life to the fullest? Are you even ‘alive?’ And no, you are not an accident. God doesn’t make mistakes, that’s why He’s God. =)

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I Am Legend

(WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED THE MOVIE OR NOT PLANNING TO WATCH THE MOVIE AT ALL)

A very slow but extremely thrilling movie. Yup, I know it sounds contradictory but ‘I Am Legend” is one of the slowest paced thriller movie I have ever watched. Everything is slow and calm until night time falls. That’s when it gets ugly. Really scary. I was so freaked out, I think I leaked a few drops in my pants. As I was walking out of the cinema, I overheard some Ah Beng and Ah Lian saying it was the worst show ever. I guess they were expecting the typical thriller type of movie, packed with action from the beginning to the end. But I personally thought it was an awesome movie and I learnt a great deal out of it. It does have a lot of points for one to ponder besides the bone chilling thrill. It made me put myself in Neville’s (Will Smith) shoes and wonder what would I do if that really happened. Anyway, these are some of the things I’ve learnt.

1. Man should never try to be God. The consequences are disastrous
In the movie, man tried to cure cancer. And of course, the attempt backfired and made every patient turn into blood-thirsty zombie-cum-vampire creatures. I’m not against medical advancement of humans curing cancer and all that, but I think diseases as such are there for a reason. We reap what we sow. They are the consequences of our actions. Tragic natural disasters that take away thousands of lives, fatal diseases that infect thousands every second, all these are the results of mankind’s selfish agendas and shortsightedness in foreseeing the consequences of our actions. And when we try to be God and solve or avoid the consequences of these problems, that’s when things get ugly simply because of our weaknesses. What weaknesses? I’ll just give one very obvious one. We cannot see nor determine what the future holds. That’s God’s job. Our job is to be obedient and live according to the plans He has for us. After all, who is man, a finite creation to go against God, an infinite being who has the ability to do everything as He desires? But this I know, if we are obedient to His will (and not try to be God over our lives), we will then live life to the fullest, simply because of the fact that He loves us and has great plans for us.

2. Sacrifice is needed for changes
Neville sacrificed his life to save humankind by preserving the last vial of blood that contains the cure for the disease. That’s the start of a change in the story of the movie although it wasn’t shown. Same goes for us, if we want a change in our lives, then sacrifices have to be made. Want to lose weight? Change your diet and lifestyle. Want to be smarter and more knowledgeable? Change your reading materials from comics to books that feed wholesome truths. Want to know God more? Change that rebellious, unwilling, doubtful and lazy attitude and start reading His Word, talk to Him and spend more time with His people! The more you are willing to let go, the more change you will see.

3. Everything happens for a reason
Anna was arguing with Neville that everything that happened was not a coincident and that was God’s way of allowing things to happen. She understood that God has a plan and is not just keeping quiet and watching man suffer. Isn’t that true? Everything happens for a reason. So there is no such thing as coincidences. You believe in science? I do too. I agree with Newton’s theory of relativity which says every motion (everything that happens) is caused by a force (something greater than the motion, like God, a creator who can do anything at all). So whatever you’re going through, know this, there is a purpose for your life. And it can only be traced back to that force, called God, our Creator.

4. Light will always prevail.
The creepy creatures in the movie cannot be exposed to light as that would mean an end to their dark, twisted and evil life. They may be strong and vicious, but just a simple ray of light is able to destroy them. And you know what? Light is always associated with God. Triumph, victory, strength, power and dominance are attributes of God. Though sometimes situations may seem bleak at times, but justice and truth shall prevail no matter what. So, is your life dimmed, unlit, blurred or even darkened? Or are you living in the light and in truth?

5. Appreciate the people around you no matter how annoying and different they are
There was no one literally around Neville except a German Shepherd in beginning of the movie because they all turned into those creepy creatures. He was so lonely that he had to make mannequins his friends. Don’t let that happen to you. Learn to love your neighbour while they’re still around. You’ll only get to see them in this life (unless both you and them are surely going to heaven, then yes, you get to see them for eternity) so make sure you honor, love and cherish every single second you get to spend with them.

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Hatred Kills

I watched The Kingdom with some of the boys last night and I thought it was an awesome show. One of the better shows for these past months. It was definitely way better than Bee Movie, for goodness sake. I will not make further comments about that movie, just don’t watch it.

I guess one of the movie’s central messages is the consequences of hatred. One’s hatred, bitterness and unforgiveness can utterly blind that person from seeing things in a more objective and holistic manner. On one hand, the Muslim extremists were brainwashed by their fanatical leader to wipe out the “infidels” in their land by blowing themselves up, injuring and killing innocent people in their wayward pursuit for their god’s glory. On the other hand, the Americans were driven by vengeance to find the ones behind the scheme because of the death of their own member. It was clear when both of the parties vowed and said they were going to “kill all of them.” So, who’s the extremist?

Anyway, it is a scary thought that hatred can lead us into doing things which are so wrong such as killing one another and you might say these incidents are happening more and more rampantly nowadays. Don’t believe me? Just flip through the newspaper and see how many of these reports are there. You might say these murderers or extremists deserve to be punished using the worst ways ever.

However, all of us ‘kill’ people almost everyday.

I repeat, ALL of us kill people almost everyday (for some of us, all the time!). Well, not using physical weapons such as bombs, guns or knives (We’re way too sophisticated for that) but with the same weapon which the Muslim extremists and the Americans in the movie used.

Hatred.

There are people in our lives whom we totally hate or dislike. People whom you gnarl at just by the mention of their names. People whom you refuse or avoid contact with. People whom you ask God why do they even exist. We all, to a certain extend have such people in our vocabularies. And with the immense hatred that we have for them, we try to ‘kill’ them everyday with our sour faces, bitter gestures and our slandering words. A simple gossip can spark unrighteous flames unto a person’s reputation and esteem. Another simple bad setting-the-example gesture can lead others to treat him or her badly the same way we did. In our hearts, without us knowing it, we have already murdered that person in our hearts just like how the Bible puts it.

“Those who hate others are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life in them.” (1 John 3:15)

I was once in that same shoe of unforgiveness and hating others. I can tell u stories after stories of how I hated certain people in my life and I refused to speak a single word to them, spread slanderous things about them, treated them maliciously and the list goes on. And I remember very well, during those times I was bitter, chained in bondage of self-inflicted pain and not living in freedom at all. It was like poison. But I was the one gulping down the poison, hoping that the other person would die. Sounds silly, I know. All this went on for years until God stopped me from going deeper into this journey of self-destruction and taught me to forgive others unconditionally just like the way He forgave me so ever graciously.

What about you? Are you like the person I was before, caught up in this selfish agenda called hatred and ‘killing’ some people along the way? Well, don’t be. Don’t be an extremist that vows to “kill them all.” It’s not worth it. Trust me, it really isn’t. It’s never too late to reconcile and stop shoving the poison into your heart. And if you have shoved some poison into your heart, I know Someone who has the antidote that cures beyond measure and is more than willing to give us a new heart that chooses to love instead of hate.

So, next time, before you spread a single gossip about someone you dislike, do weigh the consequences of your actions or words. Remember, we will be required to give an account of all our actions to Him someday. You wouldn’t want ‘murder’ to be recorded in your list of actions, do you?

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “ (Matthew 5:7)

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The Simpsons

I’ve always been a Simpsons fan and I have to say that The Simpsons Movie was better than what I expected! (My reviews may be biased) I was kind of the loudest one when it comes to laughing throughout the whole movie. I guess if I watched it in another cinema like One Utama or Sunway Pyramid, it would’ve been a better crowd with a better sense of humor since the movie was full of sarcasm, subliminal and indirect jokes where a normal ‘average Joe’ would not find it funny at all. Oh well, I laughed my heart out so that’s what really matters. People always said The Simpsons was a bad influence but I personally think it’s not. In every episode, it tackles with a value or global issue which we are going through and the movie tackles it very tactfully, leaving you thinking about the problem until you’re convicted of some truth at the end of the show (though often sarcastically twisted). When you change your perspectives, it’s actually a whole lot of truth!

Anyway, these are the Top 10 Things I’ve Learnt from The Simpsons Movie
(WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED THE MOVIE OR NOT PLANNING TO WATCH THE MOVIE AT ALL)

1. God can speak through anyone, anywhere and anytime
God chose to use Grampa Simpsons when he was unprepared (sleeping) and considered totally ‘useless’ to warn Springfield of the looming disaster. God can use anyone whom He pleases mainly to shame us, the ‘wise.’

2. We reap the consequences of pollution
Springfield reaped the consequences of near destruction because they refused to listen to Lisa or brushed her aside with ignorance when she pleaded with them to stop polluting the lake. Aren’t we the same? Listening to the environmental reports of global warming, floods, heatwaves and etc but do nothing about it, ignore it and brush it aside because the disasters have not happened to us… yet.

3. Admit it when you’re wrong
Homer did not admit his fault and that got him into a lot of trouble. Everyone found out he was the culprit anyway. Admitting our wrongs may save us from unnecessary trouble in the future.

4. Listen to people who may be younger than you
Marge didn’t understand Maggie when she signalled for them to jump into the sand hole to escape. But when she did, she led the family to safety. We should learn to listen to people because sometimes they know things we don’t know, and for all we know, they could be right. Be humble, and listen.

5. Running away does not solve problems
Homer ran away from the problem but that did not solve the problem. He thought he was fine in Alaska. In the end, he had to go through all the trouble and save Springfield himself.

6. Don’t take for granted the people whom we love
Homer didn’t know the value of family until they all deserted him to save Springfield. We should love our loved ones now that they’re still here. Don’t wait till they’re gone. And then we’ll be haunted with regrets for the rest of our lives.

7. It’s never about us
Homer realized it was never about him and he has been selfish all the while. That was the turning point of the movie and moved to a positive perspective, bringing hope to destructing Springfield. When all of us start to think and look out for others, the world would be such a wonderful place with no strife, violence, hatred, bitterness and etc.

8. Committing suicide does not solve problems either
The robot was under too much pressure from trying to disarm the bomb so it decided to commit suicide by shooting itself in the head. That did not solve the problem. The bomb was still there. It’s the same situation in real life. But the good news is, God never allows us to go through a trial that’s too big for us to handle and He will always provide a way out.

9. Be patient and choose your future partner wisely
Lisa never rushed into a relationship and was picky and sure of the values and qualities she wanted in her future partner. She found someone and she’s thoroughly happy. We should learn to be patient and choose our partners carefully. Don’t succumb to peer pressure and jump into a relationship that heads to nowhere.

10. Choose to do good even when people repay with evil
Ned Flanders never stopped doing good and accepting Bart who’s always been persecuting and rejecting him. In the end, Bart felt loved and his heart was changed. Also, who would know that Bart would be the one who ends up saving the day? You’ll never know who’s life you’re changing by doing good persistently. God never stopped loving us who constantly rejects Him, nailed Him to the cross, and sin against Him all the time. His faithful and unconditional love will win our hearts in the end.

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Die Hard 4.0

I must admit, I have not seen such an awesome action packed show for such a long time. Die Hard 4.0 is simply awesome. This time, I didn’t drink so much water before the movie (I’ve learnt my lesson). And Bruce Willis was just exactly the right person for the show. I bet I wouldn’t even consider watching it if Leonardo DiCaprio was the lead actor, you know what I mean. It’s definitely a must see from me.

“Why are you doing this?” Matt asked. “Because no one else would.” McClane answered.

Well, I wouldn’t want to spoil the movie for those who have not watched it yet but basically McClane was doing everything he was doing because no one else dared to step up to the obstacles and challenges. Sadly, in reality, we all want to live in our own comfort zone and refuse to embrace challenges and obstacles because it may require a sacrifice of our time, energy, money and etc. Often, we choose the easy way out. We quit. But let’s see what does the Bible have to say about these situations?

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

And God never allows us to face problems which we are too big for us.

Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Are you now going through an impossibly ‘no way’ situation in life? Well, God is still there in the midst of it. And He will provide us a way out when there seems to be no other way. His ‘Die Hard’ faithfulness and grace is all you need and it is ever sufficient for you in every way.

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Transformers

Life lesson learnt when watching movies: DO NOT buy soft drinks. I was trying to hold in the flow the whole time in the bone chilling cinema in I0I Mall when I watched Transformers just now. But I couldn’t help but buy a small sized ice lemon tea because I was too thirsty. I thought the liquid would somehow dissipate and be put to good use to hydrate parts of my dehydrated body. I was dead wrong. It all ended up in the bladder. Worse, Transformers is the kind of movie which you cannot afford to leave for the washroom even for a single moment! Not even a blink! The results? Me with a purple face running to the toilet right after the show. Thank goodness I made it on time. Phew…

“At the end of the day, one shall stand and one shall fall.” – Optimus Prime

It’s like the coolest phrase for the whole movie. And this catchy but undying truth just kept ringing in my head. At the end of the day, One side shall stand victorious and the other defeated.

Which side are you on?

“Excuse me?” you ask. Well, what I meant is exactly what I meant, which side are you on in this life? The winning team with God (the Almighty)? Or the defeated team with this fallen world and it’s prince, the devil (the sore loser)? And if you don’t mind me asking, how sure are you that you are on the right side?

When the Son of Man comes in His glory with all of His angels, He will sit on His royal throne. The people of all nations will be brought before Him, and He will separate them, as shepherds separate their sheep from their goats. He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, “My Father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created… Then the King will say to those on His left, “Get away from Me! You are under God’s curse. Go into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels! (Matthew 25:31-41)

Are you His sheep? Or are you just a goat pretending to be His sheep?

Choose wisely. At the end of the day, the Holy One and only those who belong to Him shall stand victorious.