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In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter Quill Finally Found his Father, and it’s Important That You Do Too (Gospel Light Minute X #279)

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is in theaters now, and one of the greatest mysteries of the popular addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Who is Peter Quill’s father? — has been answered. The first film saw the boy Peter being taken from Earth by alien bounty hunters after his mother, who was dying of cancer, tells him that his father is an angelic, light-filled being. By the end of the film, Peter, who is now a grown man played by Chris Pratt, learns that his father is someone ancient, unknown, and unseen. In Volume 2, Peter finally meets his father, Ego, played by Kurt Russell. Ego is an immortal “living planet”, immensely powerful, who has also been traversing the galaxies searching for his son. Peter learns about his own true nature from his god-like father and realizes that he is far more important than he ever imagined.

Just as Peter does not understand himself or begin to reach his full potential until he meets his father, we will not understand ourselves or begin to reach the highest levels of satisfaction, joy, and contentment until we meet our Divine Father, the Creator God. Augustine prayed, “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”

Preaching to the Greeks in Acts 17, Paul said, “God made the world and all things therein. He hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

In order to live in full confidence of who you are and where you belong in life, you need to get to know God as your Father. He created you, and He longs for a relationship with you. He wants to be your Father not just in name, but in reality. He loves you already, but He wants to direct you, teach you, guide you, and most importantly, take you to Heaven to be with Him forever. And He has already put everything in place for you to join Him. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ paved the way for you to meet your Father, for Him to meet you, and for you both to enjoy eternity together. Allow me to explain how you can begin a relationship with God today. Continue Reading…

The Gospel According to Wonder Woman (Gospel Light Minute #278)

The other day I had the joy of going to see “Wonder Woman” with my daughters. This summer, the DC Comics superhero film “Wonder Woman,” was released to theaters to largely positive reviews and critical praise for its direction by Patty Jenkins; performances by stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and others; action sequences; and musical score. The film set records for the biggest domestic opening for a female director and the biggest opening for a female-led comic book film. It has grossed over $670 million worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2017. It most recently earned the title of being the highest-grossing film within the DC Extended Universe, surpassing films such as “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Suicide Squad.”

Set in 1918 during World War I, the film tells the story of Princess Diana, who grows up on the hidden Amazon island of Themyscira among a race of warrior women who were created by the gods of Mount Olympus to protect humankind. After American pilot and Allied spy Steve Trevor crashes offshore of the island and is rescued by Diana, he tells her about the ongoing World War. She then leaves her home with Steve in order to end the conflict, transforming from a naive warrior to an inspiring hero in the process. Continue Reading…

The Bridge is Out! (Gospel Light Minute X #274)

This past week, a fire erupted beneath a bridge on a major highway in Atlanta. The fire was so intense that it caused part of the bridge to collapse. Thousands of people depend on that stretch of highway every day, and it is infamous for its rush-hour congestion. Amazingly, thanks to firefighters who got drivers to turn back before the bridge collapsed, not one person died or was injured in this incident.

As I thought about this story, I was reminded of an old illustration that is often used to encourage people to trust Christ as Saviour. If a bridge is washed out in a storm, a wise person would take heed to the sign that says, “BRIDGE IS OUT. TURNAROUND, DON’T DROWN.” He or she would take heed to the man standing by the side of the road waving his arms frantically and yelling that the bridge is out. However, the foolish person says, “I’ll go and see for myself.”

What if some people in Atlanta had decided to ignore the warnings of the firefighters and go see for themselves if the bridge was really out? They might not be here today to tell the story. Continue Reading…

Even Though This Place Has A Great Wall, the Gates Are Always Open, and You Are Always Welcome Here (Gospel Light Minute X #272)

One of the biggest debates taking place in our world today surrounds the issue of immigration and refugees who leave their own conflict-ridden lands to find a better life elsewhere. Over the past two years, 1.3 million refugees from the Middle East and North Africa have entered Europe. In the same time period, over 150,000 refugees entered the United States. These people are running from war, persecution, violence, and lack of economic opportunity.

However, many people are not willing to welcome these refugees and immigrants with open arms. Some see them as a threat to security, as a drain on resources, or as a diluting influence on the country’s culture. Growing support for nationalism around the globe has put a spotlight on the beliefs of those who feel that a country ought to take care of its own before trying to help others. Nationalist candidates in European countries are pushing for stronger barriers to entrance. And, in the U.S., the president has issued a travel ban halting immigration from certain countries and strengthening vetting of refugees and migrants overall.

The desire to go to a better land that is felt by thousands of people today has been a mark of the human race almost since the beginning of history. We are always seeking out greener pastures, better opportunities, that special place where all our dreams will come true. While in this world, we will never find that place; any place we settle will fall short of our dreams. But there is a place beyond this world that we cannot begin to even imagine. In this place, the hopes and dreams of all people will reach their highest realization. And, best of all, the doors of this place are always open and everyone is welcome there. Continue Reading…

GLMX #268: All Lives Matter to God

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This past week has been one of the most distressing weeks in America’s recent history. Again, three young black men — Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Delrawn Small — were shot dead by police under circumstances that many believe did not have to end in a fatality.

And then, on Friday, five white police officers in Dallas, TX — Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Brent Thompson — were gunned down by a black man as they were overseeing a peaceful demonstration in the city.

Once again, the nation is confronted by crucial questions as many engage in soul-searching regarding how we got to this place in America. Once again, slogans have been thrown about — “black lives matter”, “all lives matter”, “blue lives matter,” etc. Racial conflict, and its sometimes deadly consequences, has unfortunately led to increased division in our country. This is evident even in the belief of some that one of the aforementioned slogans should be used to the exclusion of all others.

Whatever position you take on issues of race, police brutality, and injustice in this country, I can tell you without a doubt that all lives matter to God. You may not feel like your life or the lives of a certain group of people matter to the government or to society at large, but I can say without hesitation that every life matters to God. In God’s eyes, every person is deserving of being treated with respect, honor, fairness, and dignity because every human being is made in God’s image. Most importantly, every life counts to God because every life represents a soul worth saving from sin and the punishment of sin.

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