Loki and Pastor Rich

3 preaching points from Loki (Episode 2)

1. Apocalypses are points of revelation. 2020 is a reminder of this

2. Order ≠ Peace (Order—especially of an institutional kind—is often a tool of oppression & depersonalization).

3. Much of life is oriented around the tyranny of timelines.

@richvillodas

I was going to wait until next week to post this but I had a lot of fun making it so it’s going up right now! I don’t know if anybody is even here on Saturday. 😅

I love seeing allegory in modern pop culture and I really appreciate Pastor Rich’ insight so when the two collide I definitely listen. And it helps that I’m a Marvel fan and there are a slew of movies coming out for the rest of the year. I’m going to take the opportunity to draw more super heroes on this account for sure!

It’s interesting to me that just like in the show – there’s an amazing amount of things that affect our life that we have absolutely no control over. It seems like in modern times (and especially here in the U.S.) we have a surprising amount of autonomy that past civilizations could never realize. Still – these preaching points are relevant because the show is centered around Loki trying to gain control of a situation he has no ability to control. Just like a pandemic, a market crash, or even being in Pompeii at the wrong time – it’s so much important to trust in a God that built us to exist long after this world has crumbled to dust.

I can’t draw all the Loki preaching points but I wanted to get at least one of them out there! Hope your weekend is going well friends! 

How Did It Feel to be Helpless?

“How did it feel to be helpless? This isn’t about easy decisions. Yet I’m still here. No super soldier serum or blonde hair and blue eyes. My only power is I believe we can do better.” @anthonymackie as Sam Wilson, Captain America

One thing I think @falconandwintersoldier does really well is that it really highlights Sam Wilson the counselor. When we first meet him (way back in Captain America 2) he’s counseling vets in Washington D.C. and although his access to a wing suit makes him valuable to Steve Rogers; his thoughtfulness and his helpful spirit is what makes them friends. The same could be said for Bucky.

I thought the speech was great. I’m a sucker for a good super hero speech and this was excellent. This quote would easily apply to just about anybody going through a hard time. Sometimes there are no easy answers. But we still have to have the conversation. We have to stick with it. We have to believe we can do better. If we believe all that; what can stop us?

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 

P.S. – I’m happy he kept the wings and the shield. 

It Doesn’t Matter What People Think…

“It doesn’t matter what people think. You gotta stop looking to other people to tell you who you are. You want to climb out of that hell you’re in; do the work.” @anthonymackie as Sam Wilson

I loved this scene from @falconandwintersoldier . So many people feel like they have the right to tell you what to do, what to think, and who to be. People, even well intentioned ones, can’t help but insert their own insecurities and maligned ideas in their assessment of you. Even the best people can’t help but be gaslighters and gatekeepers. They’re all wrong. 

As believers, we look to Jesus to tell us who we are. He calls us beloved, a light on a hill, God’s temple, citizens of heaven, His workmanship, children of God, and a new creation. He already did the work – we just gotta do our part to move closer to Him.

Winter Villodas

“Jesus doesn’t say to be known by your theology, the way you vote, or your judgementalism but by your love.” Pastor @richvillodas

I don’t get to see them all but I’m alway blessed by the services at New Life Fellowship. But when I can combine my desire to draw 90’s style comics with the message of Jesus Christ am I am here for it! 🙌

I’m constantly amazed when you look at entertainment how easy it is to spot themes of Jesus and the Bible – that’s probably even more pronounced in the super hero genre. I love how Pastor Rich is able to string through his message the word of Paul and Jesus and challenge us to a life that is more in line with what God has to offer us. What a blessing!

P.S. If you mention a super hero in your message and I hear it – I will draw it. 😳😅