Did Chris Pratt Ruin Jurassic World?

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Did anyone else think of this?

In Jurassic World 1, Chris Pratt’s character “Owen” should have known better…

He’s experienced… he’s trained raptors…
But yet, in the beginning of the movie, when they can’t find the extremely dangerous dinosaur in the extremely secure pen, what does “Owen” do? He investigates the pen – by going inside the pen. Yes, the censors didn’t detect the dinosaur’s body heat but still… he should have waited.
This is why the very dangerous dinosaur escaped, terrorized the other dinosaurs, people were killed and jurassic world was ruined… and caused the terrible events that followed in Jurassic World 2 and probably in Jurassic World 3.
About “Owen” investigating the pen with the other workers… they should have waited and not entered the pen. They should have checked all perimeters of the pen to see if there was breach (like a giant hole the dinosaur went through and could easily come right back through). An alert should have been sent to all staff, they should have closed down the park, sent the people home, saved everyone’s lives and kept the park in tact for the world to enjoy dinosaurs.
There you go. Problem solving for fictional characters with fictional extinct dinosaurs.
So anyway. One day I was feeling passionate about this and sometimes the best way to use that passion is to write a blog post. So there you go.
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Karate Kid 4 with Ralph Macchio – What Could Have Been & Still Could Be

Karate Kid.pngRecently watched all three Karate Kid movies with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita from the 80’s. Love Karate Kid 1 and the others are pretty interesting. Every movie somebody hates the Daniel LaRusso, AKA the karate kid, tries to destroy him and Daniel overcomes with the help of his karate teacher, mentor, surrogate dad and best friend Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). (Love seeing when good men become fathers to fatherless boys and teach them to be good men! Good reminder of how important it is to have good friends!)

Wish they had done one more movie… Karate Kid 4.

This is what it could have been like:

Word gets around about Daniel’s bout with trouble and rise to success.

In case you missed it:
Movie One: The high school bullies who also go to a karate glass led by an ego maniac villain try to destroy Daniel and he wins the karate championship.
Movie Two: Mr. Miyagi’s former best friend’s nephew in Japan challenges Daniel to a fight to the death and Daniel again rises to victory.
Movie Three: The ego maniac villain karate class teacher from movie one lost his business and now his even more evil war veteran friend wants to destroy Daniel but Daniel again wins the karate championship.
And of course, all with the help of Daniel’s karate teacher Mr. Miyagi. (On a side note, one of my sisters worked with Pat Morita on a film. Awesome!)

So in Movie Four, Daniel gets all this positive publicity and his story becomes famous around the nation. There’s TV interviews, book deals, a movie deal and Daniel opens up his own karate academy and trains boys who need guidance and discipline. He needs a love interest to keep and also Mr. Miyagi should marry his lost love from Japan. (Why didn’t he take her with him for movie three?!!) This time no enemies to overcome – just positive stories of Daniel helping teenage boys overcome and succeed in life.

Okay wow. Just found out something as I was writing this blog. Just now looked up Ralph Macchio on imdb to see if he was in Karate Kid remakes (the one with the girl and the other one starring Will Smith’s son). I’ve never seen either of those movies so thought I should check to see if he was in it and I missed something significant in the karate kid story line with Daniel. Just found something. There’s a new TV series called Cobra Kai with Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso… I had no idea! I might need to check this out! So it looks like the Karate Kid story line with Ralph Macchio does continue…

Well it’s not too late to do another movie also! Karate Kid 4 with Ralph Macchio! And let’s bring Elisabeth Shue back as his wife! Sadly Mr. Miyagi won’t be able to be in the movie since Pat Morita has passed on… but his legacy can live on through Daniel mentoring more kids. Anybody else want a Karate Kid 4 movie with Ralph Machhio?

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Who Are Your Friends?

Who we hang out with can have a big influence on our lives. Who are your friends? Not only people you hang out with in person, but who are your “media” friends? Who you follow on twitter, on facebook, who you watch on TV, who you spend time with through books – fictional and real life people.

The Bible says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm,” (Proverbs 13:20).

In this interview with recording artist Clay Crosse, we discuss the importance of who you hang with as friends. Who you hang out with can actually be a matter of life or death.

In the life of Jehoram king of Judah, we see:

The Importance of Who You Marry:

“He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD,” (2 Chronicles 21:6).

In the life of Ahaziah king of Judah we see:

The Importance of Who You Let Influence You and Whose Counsel You Take

“Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem one year. His mother’s name was Athaliah, a granddaughter of Omri.
He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly.
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing.
He also followed their counsel when he went with Joram son of Ahab king of Israel to wage war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead. The Arameans wounded Joram;
so he returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds they had inflicted on him at Ramoth in his battle with Hazael king of Aram. Then Ahaziahson of Jehoram king of Judah went down to Jezreel to see Joram son of Ahab because he had been wounded,” (2 Chronicles 22:2-6).

Notice it says “He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing.” He listened to his advisors and soon after was his downfall and death. Be careful whose advice you take and who you let advise you! Notice also it says “He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly.”

Don’t let rotten friends ruin your life! When speaker and author Jimmy Evans became saved, he knew he had to get away from his friends in order to continue in his faith and follow Christ.

For more on what kinds of friends to avoid and people to stay away from, please see Proverbs 1 and Proverbs 2. (The Bible actually gives us permission not to hang out with people!)

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us … do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths,” (Proverbs 1:10,11, 15).

Where’s that 1980’s ad “Just Say No” when you need it? It’s okay to say no.

For teenage girls and young adult girls to hang out with good friends, please see my post about some “great friends.” They just might change their lives forever in a good way.
Be sure to check out Clay Crosse’s book “Dashboard Jesus.” It’s a book for men but one of my all time favorites because it’s so true, practical and helpful for anyone’s walk with Jesus.

If you would like to know Jesus and for more important messages, please see: https://soulchecktv.com/2014/07/22/episode-july-2014/

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Wedding Review

Harry and Meghan Wedding CFirst question: Did you get up early to watch the Royal Wedding LIVE of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Second question: Did you get up early years ago to watch the Royal Wedding LIVE of Prince William and Kate Middleton?

Third Question: Do you even know what I’m talking about? (That was said in a British accent though you couldn’t hear it in this digital ink.)

I did – for both.

There’s something very exciting about getting caught up in the excitement and happiness of a Royal Wedding. Like the kind of fairy tales we’ve grown up watching: Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty. Seeing a girl’s dreams come true and her being loved by handsome prince. And living happily ever after – though you never know for sure – but thankfully the cartoons always end after the wedding, so you believe it is true.

Years ago, my family and I got up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Leading up to it we watched movies about the couple’s romance.

We did it again for Meghan and Harry’s wedding, which meant being up by 3:00 a.m. PST.

But it was exciting and fun. We of course also watched a movie about the couple’s romance, though you wonder how much of those private, secret conversations are actually true? We watched parts of documentaries and also coverage of Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981. Which was sad…

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So now my thoughts on Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding…

First off, Harry sighed a lot. And he seemed like a nervous groom. Not Meghan, who seemed happy and to embrace the whole occasion.

Her dress… first off, Meghan looked beautiful! But I was hoping for more with her dress. Maybe for more lace, more something, to be wrinkle-free and to fit better. If anyone’s wedding dress should fit perfectly, you think it would be hers. Hard to understand that one. Her veil was beautiful and her dress was pretty.

Meghan’s mother looked sweet and beautiful. She also looked concerned for her baby.

I was disappointed her father was not attending the wedding or walking her down the aisle. Prince Charles met her halfway though and filled in the gap.

As Harry spoke his wedding vows, I recalled the footage of Prince Charles making his wedding vows to Diana and hoped Harry would keep them. When Meghan gave hers, it was hard not to remember she had already broken her wedding vows from a previous marriage… and wonder, will she keep these?

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The looks on some of the faces during the ceremony… I just hoped people could keep smiling, happy, camera-friendly expressions on their faces during the whole wedding just in case they were caught on camera, because after all, much of the whole world was watching! How hard can that be?

Oh the Bishop. Anyone who watched the wedding knows about the Bishop. I just wondered… was he really allotted that length of time to speak at the wedding… or did he just run with it? Hey, after all, this is LIVE and a Royal Wedding and in England… who’s going to cause a scene to ask the Bishop to close? The Bishop said a lot of good things though and gave a great delivery!

I really do like the Christian faith incorporated into the wedding and ceremony.

And props to Harry for wearing a wedding ring, unlike Prince William.

And the cello player was so good! He did an amazing job on all three songs while the bride and groom signed the marriage license behind the scenes.

It would have been nice when Harry and Meghan returned to have the traditional announcement, “I now present to you Prince Harry and Meghan…” and also for a ceremony kiss.

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Also think the location, St. George’s Chapel was a great choice. The wedding carriage with the bride and groom riding through the charming streets looked lovely. And the weather was great. Oh now I’m talking about the weather…

So why do people love a Royal Wedding?

Because, whether they know it or not, they have a deep inner longing in their hearts they may not even be aware of to know the King of kings and the Prince of Peace. It’s a picture of God’s love for us and how when we join our lives with him, we join His kingdom. We become part of God’s royalty and receive a great inheritance. And He will never leave us nor forsake us or kick us out of His kingdom when we come to him with sincere hearts to ask for forgiveness and give our lives to Him through the gift of His Son Jesus, His sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection. And when we do, we’re invited to the great wedding supper of the Lamb. 

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Love – What Does It Mean To Love?

Many people don’t know what it really means to love.

What is the true definition of love? What does it mean to really love someone?

We need taught how to love. We need an example to follow.

We are told to love, but what does that actually look like to love?

Love produces results. Love requires action.

I get really frustrated when I hear Christians say, “The only command we have is to love.”

God’s Word tells us in 1 John 5: 2-3 says:This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands…”

So we see that love for God and love for one another equals obeying God’s commands.

So how can our only command be to love when the Bible clearly says love is obeying God’s commands? Commands being plural.

Jesus tells us:

“If you love me, you will obey what I command,” (John 14:15).

“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me…” (John 14:21).

“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching,” (John 14:23).

Jesus also said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love,” (John 15:9-10).

So again we see that love equals obeying God’s commands.

Look at what Jesus tells us in Matthew 22 after he was asked, “‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’”

Jesus didn’t say they were the only commandments. He said the first and greatest, and the second.

Love Determines Actions

I also get frustrated when I feel like people are picked on for promoting the Ten Commandments: do not steal, do not lie, do not commit adultery, do not covet your neighbor’s wife, do not give false testimony against your neighbor, do not murder, etc. (Exodus chapter 20).

Why not promote them?

If we love someone, we will not steal their husband. If we love someone, we will not make up lies about them. If we love someone, we will not murder them.

We are under grace but that does not change the meaning of love.

Romans 13:8-10 says:

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

So when you say you love someone, take a look at how you are treating them. Do your actions, words and behavior line up with the true definition of love?

Don’t Rely on Feelings

It’s great when we feel love in our hearts. But what happens when we don’t feel it? Do we use that as an excuse not to love?

Love isn’t just some feeling. Sometimes true love means the right actions with no feelings at all.

We can’t let our feelings determine whether we will love. We can’t let our feelings determine what love is.

Sometimes love is a decision to do what is right and to treat people right. Sometimes love goes against a person’s feelings, for sometimes feelings deceive them into believing a lie about love. A single person could say they love a married person and therefore must have them. But that is a lie. It is not true love. True love would leave the married person alone to their spouse. A single person could say they love someone who is also single and want to sleep with them. But true love would be to commit their life to them in marriage before sleeping with them. Love is more than a feeling. It is treating a person right.

Loving an unborn baby means giving them a chance to be born and to live life. Anyone alive was given that chance to be born, so why should anyone have the right to take that away from anyone else? A woman may not feel like being pregnant. She may not feel like giving birth. But when she gives her baby that chance, she is choosing love.

Jesus said:My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” (John 15:12-13).

When a woman continues her pregnancy and gives birth, she is laying down her life for her baby.

God is our example

God showed us His love by giving us His son:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8).

God shows us how to love. He is our example. For after all, God is love and love comes from God. Want to learn more how to truly love? Study the life of Jesus by reading the Gospels and study how he treated people. How he loved people.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God,” (I John 4:7).

(For more on love, please read I John 4:7I John 5:5 and I Corinthians 13.

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Hair Toss Girl – Hair As A Sport

People may not think of hair as a sport. But it can be.

People may not think of hair as a weapon. But it can be. Anyway who has seen tangled knows that. How Rapunzel whips her hair around and uses it as a tool. She knocks out the bad guys.

Hair can be dangerous.

And so can the sport of hair tossing. Whipping your neck back and forth, up and down. It can also be dangerous to spectators standing nearby. It takes skill, athleticism, determination.

Take a look, at the sport and talent, of hair tossing:


Saving Sex For Marriage


Recently I read a blogpost about “virgin shaming.” The author known as BeautyBeyondBones expresses her feelings: “I know that my virginity is nothing to be ashamed of, and truthfully, it gives me so much joy and peace to know that I will be able to give that to my future husband one day…” She also mentions “confidence and assuredness in my decision to remain a virgin until marriage.”

BeautyBeyondBones asks: “Will it be a deal breaker for some guys? Yes. Probably most guys. But not for the guy. Not for the right guy.”

Also saw a TV clip of Alicia Jay sharing how at 35 she was still a virgin. Beautiful, confident and calm, there was no sense of shame or embarrassment in her admission. She explained that at age 16, she had made the decision to save sex for marriage and hadn’t gotten married yet. Simple as that. No long explanations with feelings of needing to defend her virginity. It was refreshing. Inspiring. There was a confidence and light in her face. A Fox News article shares:  “Faith is a huge part of Alicia Jay’s life and it is her Christian values that led to her decision to remain a virgin until her wedding night.”

In the article Alicia shares: “Faith is the driving force in my life and without God, I wouldn’t be anything. He is the center and he leads me in anything that I do.” The article states: “At 36, Alicia is still waiting for the right guy to come along. She says dating is very hard for her not only because of her height, but also because she is a virgin.” Alicia says, “In general, it’s really hard to date right now but you add in height and waiting to have sex for marriage and guys run for the hills,” she said. “The virginity thing, I’m just here to say it’s still an option because a lot of people don’t even think it’s an option anymore.”

Grammy award winning singer Rebecca St. James was well known for her advocacy and decision to save sex for marriage. Many may remember her song on the topic appropriately called “Wait For Me.” After marrying in her 30’s, Rebecca joined me on Soul Check TV to discuss the topic just months after her wedding.

In the most recent episode of Soul Check TV, Duck Dynasty star Sadie Roberston and I encourage single viewers to remain abstinent until marriage, as God teaches in the Bible. Sadie encourages those who haven’t remained a virgin not to run away from God, but to run towards Him and His forgiveness.

Every single person – virgin or not – can make a decision to save sex for marriage. God’s mercies are new every morning. Each person can have a fresh start.

It’s such an important message – for girls and guys – people of all ages.

God knows our hearts. He created us, He created relationships, He created sex and He knows the best way is to save sex for marriage.

Virginity is not something you need to apologize for. It is a precious gift to be protected and valued, otherwise so many wouldn’t want to steal it. In many people it is a sign of deep faith. Of valuing one’s self. Of valuing their future spouse. Of caring how their actions affect the people around them and their future children. Virginity is nothing to be embarrassed about. Obedience to God always comes with rewards.

There are dangers to sleeping around, beyond the emotional, spiritual and relationship dangers. One story that impacted my views was that of a young woman whose mother came to visit our youth group. She came to speak on behalf of her daughter, who had a one night stand in a hotel while vacationing in Hawaii. That night she contracted AIDS, from which she died. Yet she wanted her story to warn people and encourage them to save sex for marriage. Her story is not in vain.

So virgins, no matter what other people are saying or doing, there is nothing to be ashamed about virginity. Especially when the reason is because you love God enough to obey Him.


God Never Expires

Have been reading through Anne of Green Gables books lately as a way to relax, enjoying the night time reads as I follow the fictional life and stories of enthusiastic, dramatic Anne in picturesque landscapes with colorful characters and interesting experiences. Becoming emotional attached to her world, friends and way of life, I felt a tinge of sadness thinking that the stories would come to an end. Then what would I read? Especially since Anne books were finding a special place in my heart.

The books would end. Just like favorite TV shows. Rereads and reruns are good if spaced far enough apart… but the stories run out. They end.

Then I came to thinking… God never expires. He never ends. Never leaves. He’s always there to love, discover more of and is full of wonderful surprises. Stories with Him never end. New joys are waiting with Him all the time. I found comfort in that as I readjusted my gaze to the eternal. When Jesus is your Savior, your story with God never ends. Isn’t there great comfort in that?