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Hulk Smash – Part Four

This is the last part in our Hulk Smash series, unless I think of another topic. 😉 I hope that you’ve enjoyed this!

Revenge.

So many times in movies, books, and real life, actions are fueled by revenge. Not necessarily with the Hulk, but… well, I thought it needed to be in here. The Bible talks a lot about revenge, and what it says isn’t good.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”
says the Lord.

Romans 12:19

This verse even quotes another verse that talks about revenge. The message is clear. Never take revenge. Let the Lord AVENGE you. 🙂

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I’m Listening

This quote is quite possibly one of my favorite quotes from the Avengers. Although there are some even better ones. 😉

Remember that God is always listening to you. Even if you feel like Iron Man ran into you and shoved you to who knows where, God is still there (yes, like Loki was! Although God doesn’t have an ulterior motive.) and he will always be listening.

Hulk Smash – Introduction To The Series

This Hulk section of the Superhero Sundays is going to take a while, so I’ve divided it into parts. Because there’s a lot to talk about.

What do you think about when you hear someone say “The Hulk”? Do you think of a calm, quiet Dr. Banner? No, of course not. You probably think of a huge green monster roaring and smashing things. And probably his signature line: “Hulk smash!” As I have not watched any of the Hulk movies, only the Avengers, I think of Hulk in several (funny) scenes from the Avengers. And this is one of my favorite quotes, even though it doesn’t include the Hulk, just his alter-ego. 😉

Thanks

There were a few other quotes, but I chose this one because it perfectly introduces the topic of this series of posts: anger. Yep. What better way to talk about anger than to use the Hulk as an example? So that’s what this series of Superhero Sunday posts is going to be about. Anger.

A Big Stick

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

-Theodore Roosevelt

Loki and his "Glow Stick of Destiny"; he's got part of this down!

Loki and his “Glow Stick of Destiny”; he’s got part of this down!

Is He Dead Or Not?

Caution: There may be a few spoilers in this post, or, if you’re like Sherlock Holmes, you could deduce spoilers from things I say in this post. Just sayin’.

Have you ever noticed that it’s impossible to believe that people are actually dead in superhero movies?

I’ll admit that the same problem occurs in other movies, too, and in books fairly often. Or is that just my imagination? It’s not.

Sherlock Holmes, for example. He “died” in the books, and he “died” on the BBC Sherlock show (Which I have not watched, but I know quite a bit about thanks to a few friends. *wink* And a past post I reblogged.)

And then, of course, there’s all those minor characters in the superhero movies that supposedly die but don’t. Sometimes main characters, too, like Captain America, although we know that something’s up from the beginning of the movie. You can almost never believe that people are actually dead in those movies.

But you know what’s cool? That’s happened in real life before, too! All those people that are raised from the dead, like Lazarus. (We don’t know the names of most of them.) But the best coming-back-to-life episode? Jesus.

Unlike in superhero movies, Jesus really died. And then he came back to life. He conquered our sin by suffering the worst death the Romans could invent, and then he rose again, conquering death itself. He love us that much.

 

We’re a Time Bomb

I’ve never been good at spotting possible spoilers, so if you haven’t watched The Avengers, I would suggest that you don’t watch the video. Just to be on the safe side. 😉

When Dr. Banner (The Hulk) says that they’re a time bomb, it’s kind of like partnerships between believers and unbelievers. Everything may be fine, but, at some point, there’s going to be a clash. Or a KABOOM. One of those two. Either you’re going to be forced to sacrifice your beliefs and convictions, or your partnership is going to be ruined because of a disagreement about faith. Or both.

The partnership above doesn’t just refer to marriage or dating. Friendships, work relationships, and almost any other partnership with unbelievers also count. I’m not saying you should lock yourself in a room with Christians. Nope. You still need to reach out and love unbelievers. We need to show God’s love to them, just like Paul says in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18:

 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:

“I will live in them
and walk among them.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things,
and I will welcome you.
And I will be your Father,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”

Learn more about pairing up with unbelievers with this great devotional from Josh McDowell.

Hi, guys! Please let me know if you liked this very first Superhero Sunday post! And, as a small disclaimer, I’ve only watched The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, so I’m relatively new to the superhero world. I’ll mostly be using things from those two movies (or others if I watch them :D).

Never mind that…

Never mind that 1990 is ancient history. For Thor, it’s always hammer time.

And with a hammer this cool, why wouldn’t it be? It looks like someone strapped a slab of iron the size of a bread maker on a stick and called it good. Try framing a basement with this sucker, and you’ll likely need a new basement. But Thor’s hammer isn’t really for pounding in 4-inch concrete anchors. And it’s not even just for taking down 40-foot monsters. It can be hurled like a boomerang, spun like a set of nunchucks and can change the weather. It is, in the words of Thor’s pop, King Odin, “a weapon to destroy or a tool to build.”

Try getting something like that at Home Depot.

http://www.pluggedin.com/videos/2011/q3/thor.aspx