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Page 300

Pick up a thriller novel or watch a thriller movie. In most, the hero and villain are developed throughout the first 300 pages and the suspense builds. Around page 300 the hero realizes who the villain is, and alas the villain takes the hero captive.  This is where fiction and real life begin to separate.

In real life, the villain pulls a weapon and immediately kills the hero. In fiction the villain takes the hero hostage and develops a ‘mousetrap’ game of slow death – a good one I remember as a kid – the hero hanging upside down over a boiling pot of oil while a candle slowly burns the rope overhead.  While the suspense of this is happening, the villain runs off and leaves the hero unattended to fall into the boiling vat. But… just before the last thread of the rope is burned the hero finds escape! The hero is energized by this miraculous rescue, pursues the villain and eliminates him.

The question always comes to my mind: Why? Why would a villain risk all of his plans when he had the hero at his mercy and could have walked away to destroy the earth or steal 500 billion dollars? The short answer is he wouldn’t.  But if that happened there would be no book or movie.

In real life, there are no mysterious mousetraps. We are taken out or we take out. We don’t waste time and risk defeat to come up with a glorious plot to end our nemesis.  There are rarely heroes that come to the rescue at the last minute. Look at a different venue, when was the last time you saw a community come to the rescue of someone accused of robbing the savings and loan as they do in “It’s a Wonderful Life”? Nice story but doubtful no matter how nice the banker is. The community would sit at home and talk about switching to another bank.

We hope for heroes. We hope for salvation. We hope for a young David to come out and kill Goliath.

The Hebrews were hoping for that with Jesus. They were hoping for a hero. They were hoping for a miraculous turn of events just as the last thread of rope was about to burn. People bet on it. Judas lost his life betting on the hero saga. Peter cut off a guards ear. Women and men cried. Their hopes were shattered. What went wrong?

I said that in real life the book or movie wouldn’t be written if the hero died. This was one case where the book (and movie) were still written even though the hero died. The Hebrews didn’t get the salvation that they wanted but a few pages after pages 300 we all learn that we received the salvation that we needed. That’s why the book was written and the movie continues. Read the book until the end and see how it all ends!

Matthew 28:The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.


Based on a true story

I watch a lot of movies that are “based on a true story”.  After watching the movie, I like to Google the name to see what was “true” and what was “fiction”.  Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.  Some movies are produced with the goal of being as “true” as possible.  Others start with a kernel of truth and build a totally fabricated story out of it.  When this happens, it may be just for enjoyment but sometimes the producer is using a “true” situation to push an agenda based around the “true” situation.

Unstoppable, staring Denzel Washington.  This was a fun movie to watch but only 2 minutes of it had any truth.  The rest was the imagination of the writers and production team.  No real agenda, just a movie to keep viewers on the edge.

Good Morning America, staring Robin Williams.  The script was re-written to fit Robin.  The actual person is a card carrying Republican that has supported the military.

My most recent entertainment: The Butler.  This is a story about a black man who worked as a butler in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan.  As I watched the movie I believed it was a true story.  Turns out it was a fabrication and combined story of what a black family in Washington may have faced.  There was a real butler who served these presidents but the truth ends there.  The movie ends with a slam on Reagan which didn’t feel fair since it wasn’t true and he wasn’t here to deny it.

Truth or Fiction.  Even documentaries can mislead and be total falsehoods.  History is a tricky movement to recreate.  Making it interesting to watch is even harder.  In the movie, We Were Soldiers, it has been reported that Colonel Moore’s children really thought it was their dad talking on the screen.

True stories are hard to tell.  The Bible has four Gospels that tell the life of Jesus and they vary at times that critics have a hard time believing them to be accurate.

Our own testimonies are sometimes hard to remember.  Brian Williams found that out the hard way when he was removed from NBC NEWS.

We listen to stories every day.  Which ones are true?  Good question.  My encouragement to you today is to seek God’s wisdom for yourself.  Stay true to who God is calling you to be.  If you are called to be a rebel, do it in God’s direction.  If you are a pastor, lead in God’s Grace.  If you are a stay at home mom, love your children like Jesus loves you.

Don’t worry about everyone else’s fiction.  Worry about your own.

1 John 5:19-21 New International Version (NIV)

19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Hannah thanksgiving

The Healing

Here is the beginning of my new project.  Let me know if you want more to follow:

Current Day

Amy walked up to the corner of the hospital.  It was the quietest side of the hospital with few windows and doors.  There were few exterior cameras on this side  – a fact that she was well aware of.  She wore plain jeans and a hoody over a baseball cap and glasses.  It was late in the evening and no one was on the sidewalk to see what she was about to do.


In a sudden move, she stepped up to the looming building that housed over 500 patients and hundreds of nurses, doctors, orderlies, and support staff.  She pressed both hands against the yellow brick and whispered a few words.


As quickly as she approached the building, she turned and walked away.  Her head was down, her face hidden.  She had timed this so that she could get to the corner and jump on the last city bus for the night.  Three blocks away she got off the bus and walked two more blocks to her car that was parked at a metered spot in front of closed offices. 


Driving away she finally removed her hood and glasses.  She shook so hard that she had to pull the car to the side of the road.  The tears came hard and breathing was painful.  The thought of dying was close but she knew it wouldn’t come.  After twenty long minutes her body began to balance to normal and she pulled back on the road to return home and hope for a night that would pass quickly without much sleep.