This has been a hard season for everyone. With the COVID-19 quarantine and the mandated stay at home orders that most people are facing, care and communication are very important right now. How do we do that without being able to get out? Well, we need to rely on technology to help us during these times. But just like COVID-19 so many people are afraid or have a hatred for technology.
Happy Saint Valentine’s Day.
What the Hallmark cards won’t tell you is that Saint Valentine was a holy troublemaker — he was imprisoned, beaten, and brutally executed. Pretty Punk Rock right?
Valentine was a priest in Rome in the 3rd century.
He was known for assisting Christians persecuted under Claudius II. After being caught marrying Christian couples, and helping Christians escape the persecution, Valentine was arrested and imprisoned. Undoubtedly, it is from this that the romantic elements of Valentine’s day emerged — but far more than a romantic, Valentine was a revolutionary.
There are many legends of Saint Valentine — that he courageously refused to pay homage to the imperial gods faithful only to Christ, and that he was a war resister, subversively marrying young couples preventing the men from going to war (the emperor Claudius believed unmarried men made better soldiers so married men were spared the horrors of war). Although Emperor Claudius originally liked Saint Valentine, he was condemned to death when he tried to convert the emperor.
Eventually, Valentine was beaten with stones, clubbed, and, finally, beheaded on February 14, 269. In the year 496, February 14 was named as a day of celebration in Valentine’s honor.
Valentine became friends with the daughter of his captor. Just before he was executed, Valentine healed the blind daughter of the jailer, restoring her vision (a radical Jesus type act of love your enemy.) As the legend goes, on the day of his execution, he left the jailer’s daughter a note signed: “Your Valentine” … undoubtedly sparking what has become a classic Valentine’s tradition around the world, of sending little notes to people we love.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Perhaps this Valentine’s Day, we could could be a little more like Valentine, and write a note to someone who might be an enemy or who might be a most unlikely, subversive friend. Try that today. And sign it as he did, “Your Valentine”
In 1965 Charlie Brown, after being terribly frustrated with the consumer mentalities around him, and how badly things are going with the Christmas play, he belts out the most provocative question of the season: “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” A Charlie Brown Christmas holds a sentimental spot in my heart, as I have always enjoyed the characters and the special. Every year countless households tune in to watch as Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang pondered the meaning of Christmas.
The Christmas special was originally believed to be a failure back in 1965, but has now become as much a part of “Christmas Americana” as other well-known favorites like, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
In walks the most unlikely character to give Chuck a speech of the true meaning of Christmas.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are the times of the year that we might we joke about overeating and getting stuffed on turkey, hams, and pies. While it is a festive time of year with all the lights, colors, presents, gatherings, music, and let’s be honest “baby Yoda” on Disney +’s Mandalorian there is still a large population of people struggling with depression.
This is usually due to feeling empty on the inside. When our stomachs are empty and we need energy, we eat….sometimes a little too much. Just like our stomach, our souls need to be feed, but not just on anything, but something wholesome and good. I’m not going to blame videogames, Netflix and social media for all of our problems, but just like our stomachs, we can’t live on Pepsi and Ice-cream alone. So how do we fill our soul? Below are 6 ways to feed your soul during this season.
This past year, I’ve gotten a kick out of the AT&T commercials. Now I’m not pro-AT&T but check out a compilation of their “just ok is not ok” commercials.
I think there are many of us out there that are “just ok” with our faith. Are you just “ok” with your faith? Do you feel close enough to God? Just ok? I have been recently teaching a series to my youth at church about being all in for Jesus, instead of being almost for Jesus.
A while back my Lead Pastor, Worship Pastor and I were talking about misheard Lyrics. As friends, we busted up laughing. There are so many songs out there that it is easy to mishear some, and when you do it can be funny.
So I want to share with you my a list of 10 misheard lyrics that I think are super funny!
- Starship – We Built This City
Misheard lyrics: We built this city, We built this city on sausage rolls
Actual lyrics: “We built this city, we built this city on rock an’ roll”
- Queen – We Will Rock You
Misheard lyrics: “Kicking your cat all over the place”
Actual lyrics: “Kicking your can all over the place.”
- Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight
Misheard lyrics: “I just died in your barn tonight, mustard no mayonnaise instead”
Actual lyrics: “I just died in your arms tonight, It must have been something you said”
- Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Misheard lyrics: “Nothing I can say, I’m totally blitzed by a fart”
Actual lyrics: “Nothing I can say, A total eclipse of the heart”
- Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Misheard lyrics: “Working hard to get my meal. Everybody wants a grill”
Actual lyrics: “Working hard to get my fill. Everybody wants a thrill”
- Bon Jovi – Living On A Prayer
Misheard lyrics: “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”
Actual lyrics: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not”
- Elton John – Tiny Dancer
Misheard lyrics: “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”
Actual lyric: “Hold me closer, tiny dancer”
- OutKast – Hey Ya
Misheard lyrics: “Shake it, shake it, shake it like a polar bear ninja”
Actual lyrics: “Shake it, Shake it, Shake it like a Polaroid picture”
- Guns N Roses – Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Misheard Lyrics: “Mama, put my gum on the ground, I can’t chew it anymore”
Actual Lyrics: “Mama, put my guns in the ground, I can’t shoot them anymore”
And my number one is….
There is a lot of buzz going on about Spider-Man lately. It brought in over $1 Billion in the box office, making it the third Marvel movie this year to do so. With this to say, the Marvel and Sony agreement have not been looking so good, and it appears that we might not see our friendly neighborhood Spidey in an MCU movie…at least anytime soon.
Spider-Man: Far From Home was an awesome movie in my opinion! The acting was great, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio was a very good cast (Even though I had been hoping for Bruce Campbell as Mysterio for like 10 years) Far From Home has been out of theaters for some time now and hitting DVD/Blu-Ray release at the end of this month. This post has some spoilers, so you are warned.
The controversy over the Sony-Marvel deal wasn’t the only thing with Spider-Man that gave us trust issues. This was a movie is packed with secrets. Peter struggles to keep his identity as Spider-Man a secret. Mysterio keeps his true powers and motives a secret. We discover a huge secret about Nick Fury in the end credits scene. It’s hard to find the truth in all of this.