Remember

Remember

Remember: Choosing Truth

This film, released in 2012 transports us into a futuristic society under totalitarian rule. In the year 2050, the economy suffered from overpopulation. As a result, the state created a plan which resulted in panic in all the member of the community.

First, they decided to take away all newborn babies from their families. Second,  they imposed that parents intake tablets to erase anxiety and trauma brought about by the separation. Finally, the state taught all the children to remove painful memories. The state believes that inner peace makes for a productive, peaceful citizenry. The unique concept of this story gives us viewers a glimpse of what, why and how it can happen to a technologically advanced society.

Captain Carl works as an enforcer at the Federal Child Protection Agency. His job is to make sure that adults remain compliant with taking memory relief pills and unable to recall having children. Otherwise, his device will prompt him to raid couples who were trying to search the identities of their children.

The conflict started to appear when Carl and his wife Wendy missed their daily dose. Carl goes into a trance where a shadow reminds him to turn the hearts of the father to their children and vice versa. The saying disturbed his thoughts and loyalty to his role at the agency. However, Wendy intentionally missed taking pills in trying to recall her children they stole from her after birth. Seeing a mother’s pain is unsettling. No mother would want to forget her children or having them forget her in the process.

There are several thought-provoking scenes in this film. The first was when Carl was haunted by guilt as a result of shooting Tom, his friend. His trauma, the shadow, Wendy’s persistence at tugging his conscience and the gap in skipping the pills. Pushed Carl to act on reuniting the detained parents and their kids at the agency. The shadow reminded him that only by changing, he could make a difference. And then his action validated his choice to do the right thing, much like we too choose logic, emotions and conscience as deciding factors when we face life-changing situations.

The sneaky way of Carl playing a dual role and alternating his pills intake led to climactic scenes worth looking out. His confrontation scenes with a colleague turned traitor, and unexpected allies will give us an afterthought on those we consider friends and antagonist in our lives.

This film’s core message points out that God has given us The Bible to serve as our guide. A guide to contradict the ideals of Plato and other philosophers that people may use to convince us. Idealism may change, and technology will continue to advance. But we were given a conscience that makes a difference with the way we believe in logic and understands our emotions.

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Ashes of Eden: The Price of Redemption

Ashes of Eden

Ashes of Eden: The Price of Redemption

The film Ashes of Eden took its inspiration from The Bible verse in 1John 2:15 that tells us not to love the things of this world for we cannot serve two masters, this world and God.

Police arrested Red due to some misbehaviour. At the time of his release, he met his friend, Vargas, who convinced him to join a gang party. The police raided their venue and his cop mom Dana sees him. In the next scene, Red’s younger brother Jake convinced him to attend church service. He went to the church but abruptly left during the sermon.

Subplots were in disarray. However, it showed Red as a troubled teenager who grew up without a father figure in his life. This bad reputation placed him in some consequential mishaps with others. But lacking a father’s guidance is not enough reason to run away from his mother’s admonitions. Dana showed that she is a mom who intends to protect her son no matter what happens and a cop who is out to help straighten his ways. She turns to prayer for inner strength.

The school principal Tony suspended Red due to a complaint that he stinks in class. On a personal note, he is wooing Dana so he came to her house to tell her about Red’s status in school. Dana pleaded for another chance but Tony was firm in his decision. Had Dana been open with his kids about Tony’s intention to become part of their lives, he could have acted as the father figure that both Red and Jake needed.

Red’s girlfriend Angela spells trouble too. Her brother Carlos and cousin Poncho were drug-dealers. They hid the packed drugs in the toilet. While they took some packs, the remaining ones Red stole then he connived with Vargas to resell them. There’s a scene where a desperate mom hands Vargas money in exchange for drugs. Red felt sorry about this mom’s daughter who pleaded to them not to give her drugs. The story progressed towards Red’s conscience that led to his meet up with Dana at the cemetery. The short exchange of words was poignant for both mother and son who acknowledged their shortcomings.

Carlos as an antagonist showed pure evil ways. He beats up his cousin Vargas and eventually killed him while he was in a coma with no hint of remorse. Then he pretended to comfort his aunt, told the cop, Sean, that Red had a fight with Vargas. He knifed his other cousin Poncho when he accompanied Red to get the money from drug-dealing that Jake hid in the bookshelves. After that, he pointed a gun to Jake’s head and at the turn of events, the child Jake was the one who shot Carlos dead.

The final scene of the movie Ashes of Eden showed Red preaching the parable of the prodigal son inside the prison. He too was once lost but found his way to pay the price of redemption.

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The Adventures of Chris Fable: A Boy’s Symbolic Quest  

The Adventures of Chris Fable

The Adventures of Chris Fable: A Boy’s Symbolic Quest  

The Adventures of Chris Fable is an imaginative film that tells the story of a runaway boy named Chris who lives on thieving for a Fagin-like character Iggy. The preacher Evangeline caught him pilfering inside the church and held him to return the candlesticks. She mentioned The Bible as the most important book, so he took it along with other books he got in his bag. Iggy says that books are worthless and he wanted metals only.

He serves a master called the prince and the children in the junkyard were all his servants. Chris had a nightmare that there was chaos in the land which brought him back to Evangeline. He confessed that his father was a fisherman. He didn’t want his kind of life and rules, so he stole his father’s money and lost them all along the way. Evangeline coaxed him to find his father. She said that he would forgive all his sins and take him back.

These scenes remind us about ourselves going astray from the rules of our heavenly father. All of us are sinners, and we need to search for the path that will bring us back to Him.

Another thought to ponder was the bag that Chris carries in this journey. It represented the excess baggage we find difficult to let go. We think it is part of our being even when it weighs us down. Chris showed that when he encountered The Cross, he immediately it all.

The film presented it in symbolic form meaning the characters that Chris encountered in his quest represented a trait in a human soul including Faith, Hope, and some persons who acted as distractions to his path. Much like a life’s course in itself.

We have a lot of distractions such as getting what we want at an instant and staying in a comfort zone like Electric City. We indulge into a mirage of worldly pleasures that gets us sidetracked from our pursuit to spiritual enlightenment. Following Evangeline’s advice, we should remove our eyeglasses filled with deceit that blocks us from seeing the truth that lay before us.

There were characters too whose purpose was to show up and help Chris in times of his distress. One police offered his whip so Chris can get out of the sticky pond. A man named Grant told Chris hero stories and taught him to use a sword. These characters represent our good-natured friends. Friends who guide us, cares for our welfare and protect us against harm’s way whenever necessary.

The core message in this story is choosing to go the narrow gate instead of the wide one for it leads to destruction while the narrow path leads to Celestial City or a hopeful land. As viewers to this tale, parental guidance is recommended. The presentation fits early teens; however, the meaning of some scenes needs a further explanation so the youngster can relate it to Christianity.

The shortest verse in the Bible

Shortest Verse in the Bible

The Shortest Verse in the Bible and the Lessons we can learn from it. 

“Jesus wept.” – John 11:35

Even with only two words, the shortest Bible verse in most translations is amazingly profound.

John 11 tells the story of how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. This is even after the dead man being in the tomb for four days already. Like Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary, you may be wondering why Jesus had to wait for Lazarus’ death before visiting them. “Why did Jesus not heal Lazarus when he was only sick then weep on his death?” you may ask.

Through this event, however, God is actually teaching us the following valuable life lessons:

The Lord is still glorified in the midst of grief.

“But when Jesus heard it he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” – John 11:4

It is quite easy to question God’s plan in our lives. This is especially true when it seems so impossible to get out of our hardships and agony alive. Having this kind of perspective, however, hinders us from appreciating the good things God is about to do in our lives for His glory. As His children, God commands us to rejoice even in the middle of suffering (1 Peter 4:12). Choose to hold on to His promise that all things, either good or seemingly bad, work together for our good (Romans 8:28).

God is never apathetic about our pain.

Even when Jesus had to allow sorrow to be felt by His friends in order to bring glory to the Father, He did not enjoy it. In fact, seeing Mary and Martha, along with the other Jews, grieve over Lazarus’ death with loud cries, Jesus got “deeply moved in spirit and troubled” (John 11:33).

This shows that Jesus is truly and really man, subject to the same passions and emotions we experience. He feels just as we feel. He rejoices just as we rejoice. He agonizes just as we agonize.

Jesus proved in this scenario that our Savior is not distant from us. He is well-acquainted with us. He is not emotionless and he is never indifferent about how we feel.

It is okay to weep under afflictions.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4

In your walk as a Christian, there will surely be moments of trials and difficulties. God does not expect us to be 100% strong and unwavering all the time. Jesus Himself said that you are blessed when you mourn as He will be the one to give you comfort.

Therefore, when you grieve, refrain from complaining (Philippians 2:14) or disputing God’s goodness. Understand that, in due time, the Lord will wipe every tear from your eyes. When that time comes, there will be no death, no crying, no pain anymore (Revelation 21:4).

It is natural to grieve for others.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” –Romans 12:15

Are you the type of friend who is there through thick and thin? You may be naturally ready to share the joys of others, but do you also share their sorrows?

As a Christian, we should follow the example Christ set before us. Do not only be ready to rejoice with the people around you. Be there also to sympathize and grieve with them in the middle of trouble. Look after their interests (Philippians 2:4) and extend a helping hand when you can.

Short but deeply sweet. John 11:35 teaches us that (1) the Lord is still glorified in the midst of grief, but (2) is never apathetic about our pain. It also helps us understand that (3) it is okay to weep under afflictions and (4) it is natural to grieve for others.

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My God is Bigger than My Fears

The Bible

My God is Bigger than My Fears

Popular literature claims that we are living in an age of fear. Most of the lives we live influenced by fear. Fear of failing, fear of rejection, fear of being broke, fear of discomfort, and fear of defeat. Fear of even the smallest things.

Why do you keep staying where you are? Or why do you keep doing what you do? Why do you keep thinking the way you do?

Fear, according to the dictionary, is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat. It is a mental state that overcomes our body and paralyzes it or pushes it to act within what is known, what is familiar, what is within your comfort zone.

In the parable of talents, the slave who buried the talents entrusted to him was in great fear. He was afraid of the potential dangers of cultivating and multiplying them. He was comfortable with the idea of the talents staying underground, safe from all of those who had evil plans on it. So when the master came back, the master was disappointed. We have a huge tendency to be like this slave.

If Our Father is the King of all Kings, then we’re all princes and princesses in Our Father’s kingdom! We are members of the highest royal family. What must we fear?

“Tell everyone who is discouraged, be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4

In times that we are down, in times that we are afraid, in times that we feel small and insignificant when the Devil says “You can’t!” you must look up, for He is always, invariably, lovingly gazing at you. Just as a father wants all things good for his child. Have you ever seen a father who purposefully puts his child in danger?

May we all have the faith of a small child three to four years of age. Like a toddler taking his first ever steps in the world, we must have absolute confidence in all things that Our Lord has put before us – where certainty ends, faith begins.

Our fear of suffering and discomfort prevents us from partaking in the loving passion of Our Lord.

And every time we stumble, when we take a wrong step; when we follow the wrong path, and we end up falling into a dark pit of uncertainty, Our Lord Jesus Christ comes to our rescue and picks us up,  and urges us to try again. Most days we feel like our fears are so large, large enough to crush us and block that glimmer of hope from reaching us. We must think, “My God is bigger than my fears!”