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FCC 163 JUSTICE LEAGUE
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On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we take out the Steppenwolf and crank up the Beatles as we Come Together and look for Christian Themes in JUSTICE LEAGUE. How can Bruce Wayne help us understand fear? How does the League find hope? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!GUEST(S)
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Hey, come on in. Admission is free. Grab a bowl of popcorn (extra butter, of course) and find a seat smack dab in the middle - It’s time for Finding Christ in Cinema, episode 163.

I’m Michael, I’m Brenden.

Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today, we’ll take a closer look at the stories they tell, and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back.

We’re gonna explore the deeper meanings of these films; the plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation, and ultimately our Christian walk.

You are tuned in to Finding Christ in Cinema on the GCTNetwork.

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OH, AND ANOTHER THING... ADDENDUMS & AFTERTHOUGHTS
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BLACK PANTHER | FCC 162fcc.gctnetwork.com/162
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Oops! Ezekiel 18
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GENERAL FILM REVIEW (Trailer)AUDIO
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Steppenwolf vs. Killmonger / One-Dimensional vs. Complex Villains
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INITIALSDISCUSSIONAUDIO
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mhDiana Prince: From Gideon to Esther to Deborah to Phoebe; A Leader and Motherly Protector and ServantJudges 6:15-16 (NLT)
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”
The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

Esther 4:14 (NKJV)
For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Judges 4:6-8 (NLT)
One day she sent for Barak son of Abinoam, who lived in Kedesh in the land of Naphtali. She said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: Call out 10,000 warriors from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun at Mount Tabor. And I will call out Sisera, commander of Jabin’s army, along with his chariots and warriors, to the Kishon River. There I will give you victory over him.”
Barak told her, “I will go, but only if you go with me.”

Judges 5:7 (NET)
Warriors were scarce,
they were scarce in Israel,
until you arose, Deborah,
until you arose as a motherly protector in Israel.

Judges 5:12 (NET)
Wake up, wake up, Deborah!
Wake up, wake up, sing a song!
Get up, Barak!
Capture your prisoners of war, son of Abinoam!

1 Timothy 3:1 (NET)
This saying is trustworthy: “If someone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a good work.”

1 Timothy 3:11 (NASB)
Women [Grk, gunaikas: deaconesses, or wives of deacons] must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.

Romans 16:1-2 (NASB)
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant [Grk. diakonos (deacon) of the church which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.
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Fear is a good thing.
-- -- Fear lets us know that we're in danger and that we need help.
-- -- Fear is a tool that prepares for something that we care about.
-- -- First step? Crying out and asking for help.

Diana Prince experiences fear.
-- -- You're an inspiration, Diana. You don't just save people;
-- -- you make them see their better selves.
-- -- And yet, I'd never even heard of you until Luthor lured you out
-- -- by stealing a picture of your dead boyfriend.
-- -- You shut yourself down for a century, so let's not talk about me moving on!

Barry Allen experiences fear.
-- -- Bugs and guns and obnoxiously tall people
-- -- I’ve never done battle.
-- -- -- Bruce says, "SAVE ONE!"

Bruce experiences fear.
-- -- Bruce knows that danger is coming, and he's afraid.
-- -- But in his fear, he calls out to those who can help him.
-- -- -- !!!David in the Psalms!!!
-- -- Bruce is even willing to risk his own life to bring back Clark.

The relationship between Bruce and Clark
-- Clark resents Bruce at first, but Bruce takes the risk anyway.
-- In the end, though, their relationship is restored.

Bruce reached out in his fear and found his family. / Hope is found and maintained with relationship with God, ourselves and others.
-- For Bruce? His hope is in the Justice League.
-- For us, our hope is in the God who now dwells within us.
Psalm 57:1-3 CJB
-- -- Show me favor, God, show me favor;
-- -- -- for in you I have taken refuge.
-- -- Yes, I will find refuge in the shadow of your wings
-- -- -- until the storms have passed.
-- -- I call to God, the Most High,
-- -- -- to God, who is accomplishing his purpose for me.
-- -- He will send from heaven and save me
-- -- -- when those who would trample me down mock me.
-- -- -- God will send his grace and his truth.

Psalm 109:22 CJB
-- -- For I am poor and needy,
-- -- and my heart within me is wounded.2
SFX #1: 1:05:39
We are not enough.

SFX #2: 1:17:15 - 1:17:45
Alfred, I need the big guns. | You did this. | I had to. | You won't let me live. You won't let me die. | The world needs you. | But does it need you? Tell me: do you bleed? | Clark?

SFX #3: 1:45:48 - 1:45:53
"Thank you" is not enough for what you did. | I just undid a mistake, that's all.
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LISTENER CHALLENGEAUDIO
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What Christian themes have you found in...?
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PS John Wilkerson Voice Mailstrugglingforpurpose.comX
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David P Franzen message via contanct form at fcc.gctnetwork.comThank you all for producing and sharing your "Finding Christ in Cinema" podcast. The podcast just hit my subscribe list and will be a welcome addition to the rotation of other film and film score shows I listen to.

Brendan and Michael's work on the show is fantastic. Their biblical and cinemagraphic knowledge are impressive (most impressive) and are matched only by the high production value of the recordings.

I found the podcast series when researching for a faith-based film club that I lead at my church (Franklin First United Methodist Church in Franklin TN). My first class was on June 21st where we reviewed "Chocolat"!

We broke class having set "Forbidden Planet" as the next movie to review (there is a story behind that choice) but after listening to the show on Kubo and the Two Strings, I am changing from Forbidden Planet and will be discussing Kubo. (I still want to take on Forbidden Planet, and will keep it on the short list!)

In addition to Kubo being a bit more mainstream than Forbidden Planet, we also have a new church member that our associate pastor specifically invited in an effort to get her involved. This new member has had a troubled past, is new to this area of the state with no real friends, and may greatly benefit from hearing the message of rebirth and inclusion.

Listening to Brendan's and Michael's explanation of Kubo and hearing their passion and excitement of the messages woven into the story gave me hope and encouragement that I might also be able to pass along the good news to the members of the movie club, and possibly help our new member find a home with friends.

Anyway, this was a long note to merely express my gratitude for the show and to ask if I may reach back out to you if I have any questions in preparing for my class.

Thanks again,
David Franzen
Franklin TN
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PS Philip Comment on Christian Themes in BLACK PANTHER | FCC 162Hey guys, great job on one of the MCU's better films! My favorite super hero movies tend to be origin stories, and this one had it's own unique feel. I think what stands out to me most is the idea that decisions made primarily motivated by fear are often poor ones. The Bible tells us that perfect love casts out fear, and we have got to remind ourselves constantly that God is in control of all things. A robust view of providence and trust in God's sovereignty frees us to make biblical decisions in faith, then trust God for the results. Easier said than done, right? But regardless, becoming more involved in reaching out beyond Wakanda to help the rest of the world is a good example of the Christian principle that to whom much is given, much is required.

Strangely enough, I have seen SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS. It's almost like you guys know me or something. It's definitely a dark comedy, with really good performances. But if you're turned off by particularly dark movies, you may want to steer clear. As usual, Sam Rockwell never disappoints. He's the sort of actor to make any story significantly more interesting. I kinda wish he wasn't in THE GREEN MILE, because I like him so much and that's such a despicable character. But if you check him out in MOON or THE WAY WAY BACK, you'll get a more likable performance.

Love the show guys! #muhweeladgimli
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