Monday, June 12, 2017

Wonder Woman

We saw "Wonder Woman" this afternoon, and finally DC is back with a decent movie.  Some of the fight sequences mid-movie were the best I've seen since that great battle between Doc Oc and Spider-Man on the el train.  But the best part of all is the character of Wonder Woman, struggling to do what is right no matter the obstacles.  She has courage, and she has character.  She's definitely role model material, but again, the fighting sequences were just spectacular.  Perhaps DC will be able to catch up with Marvel soon, although there's quite a bit of catching up to do - we're talking years at this point!

Madison had her popcorn bucket ready - the one with Wonder Woman on it.  And the three of us enjoyed a nice movie this afternoon, during what turned out to be a fairly busy day.  We started out the morning at the dentist for Madison.  Hindsight would have been not to schedule it so early, especially after an exhausting Summer Xtreme week.  But start early we did, and it was a quick-enough visit.  Madison had one cavity, but it's on a tooth that will be coming out eventually. We'll make a return visit eventually, sometime after all these camps she's attending in the next two weeks.

We went to the grocery store after this, attempting to fill our decimated kitchen closet and refrigerator.  With all that's been going on lately, the food has dwindled quite severely.  We stocked up again, and headed home after that.

We weren't done with our shopping, of course.  Right after the movie, we were getting lightbulbs and other items, and by the time we got home it was evening.  We had just enough time to record some of the books for Madison's reading program, and then do a little "homework":  Daddy has to watch a few movies for our upcoming "Superflix" series, where we do sermons based on superhero movies.  Tonight's feature presentation was "Sky High."  How ironic that it features Lynda Carter as the principle of the school.  We had to explain that one to Madison, that this was the lady who used to play Wonder Woman.

Anyway, we'll close with the message I wrote after tonight's viewing:

“Sky High”

     Did you ever wonder where the children of superheroes go to school? At Sky High, it’s brain, brawn and beyond! But as freshmen enter Sky High, it is up to people like Coach Boomer to determine if these new students are superhero material... or if they’re just sidekicks. 
     Of course, the politically correct term is “hero support,” but that doesn’t stop some of those with superpowers from looking down on those in hero support. 
     Unfortunately, it took a near disaster at Sky High for the staff and students to realize that everyone, even someone without super powers, has great value and the ability to save the world. 
     Your school might not be filled with lots of superheroes in training, but people there may still look down on others because they think they are better. This year, be sure to not be the one looking down on others. See how each person here is a great treasure – because that’s just the way God sees us. 

     There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ.  We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink.  So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.
     Suppose the foot says, “I am not a hand. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body.  And suppose the ear says, “I am not an eye. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body.  If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell?  God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be.  If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body?  As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body.
     The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”  In fact, it is just the opposite. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are the ones we can’t do without.  The parts that we think are less important we treat with special honor. The private parts aren’t shown. But they are treated with special care.  The parts that can be shown don’t need special care. But God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any.  In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.
     You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NIRV

“The dunking must end.”  - Zach

  1. You’ve got __________ in your blood!  Will Stronghold may have two parents who are superheroes, but you’ve got a Heavenly Father that gives you the strength of a real hero!  Not only can you save the citizen.  You can save the world!
    “He gives strength to those who are tired.  He gives power to those who are weak.” Isaiah 40:29 NIRV
    a.  super     b. awesome    c. sidekick

  2. Don’t be a ________ baby!  Don’t look down on other people - we’re all created in His image.  God has given us all talents to do the things we’re called to do.  Sidekick or not, we all can be a hero.
    “God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIRV
    a.  ice-ice   b. boss    c. whiner 

  3. Be careful who you let _____.  Will wasn’t careful about who he invited into his home.  Because of that, he let in a whole lot of trouble into his life.  We have to be careful who and what we let into our lives. 
    “Above everything else, guard your heart.  Everything you do comes from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIRV
    a.  out       b. in      c. go

“Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIRV

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