January 5th, 2015
Today I took a gamble on Mark Wahlberg’s “The Gambler”. The Gambler tells the story of Jim Bennett, a degenerate associate professor of literature with a dangerous and seriously self-destructive addiction to gambling at underground casinos in the underbelly of Los Angeles. His addiction soon begins to affect his professional and personal life to severe and deadly consequences.
To be honest, I like Walhberg as an actor, and I think he’s a good actor. This role was a different step for him. I never thought I would see the day when Mark Walberg appeared in a mediocre movie. Yet, the script was so poorly written, it was as if it was written by a college student, and the director added a terrible soundtrack. On top of that the movie was actually boring. with gratuitous use of the F-word, and the ending just simply doesn’t fit and feels more like a studio ending rather than something that would be true to the film.
The only redemption was the superb acting by Walberg and Goodman, but they didn’t come anywhere close to saving this movie. Certain scenes could have been more intense, while others could have been left out. Just like the gambling theme of the movie, seeing the movie will be a gamble. Wait for the DVD.
January 5th, 2015
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31
This year, like years past, we need to be prepared that Satan is going to use fear and doubt against believers. He knows if he can get us to question God, then maybe we’ll give up and abandon His will for our life’s. Feelings of fear often precede feelings of doubt and if left unattended, these emotions can cause us to stop trusting God to provide for us.
As believers we need to defuse doubt as soon as possible, and we do that by determining its origin. Is this a legitimate doubt? Many times we struggle with feelings that have no validity when we think about it.
Reading God’s Word is another great way to combat fear & doubt. Many read the Book of Psalms because it highlights David’s personal battles over emotions such as fear, doubt and discouragement through very difficult circumstance, and still God never failed to provide.
Prayer is also essential to fight fears. I like to think of prayer as faith in action. We pray because we know God is wise and holds the solution to what we face.
Always be honest with God in your prayers, He knows it all anyway. Honesty breaks the pattern of doubt. And the last thing Satan wants us to do is go to God in prayer. He knows that God loves us with an eternal love and that if we go to Him for help, He will give us everything we need. Amen!