Archive for May, 2011


Is Your Hut Burning?

I found the following except, dated March 20th, 2011, on my church’s Announcer (weekly bulletin).   The pastor usually has a short thought-provoking article within for guests and regular members to read with their schedule of upcoming events and other stats.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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How many times in our daily life do things happen to us and we throw up our hands and scream, “Oh, great!”  If we are not careful, we will get to the place where we think that everything happens to us is for hurt and judgment.  Remember Romans 8:28?  Are all things really working together for good to them that love God?

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island.  He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none came.  Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and in which to store his few possessions and food he had found.  One day, after searching for food, he returned to his hut to find it in flames and smoke billowing high into the sky.  The worst had happened!  He had lost everything.  How would he survive?  What would he eat now?  He was so stunned with grief and anger that he looked toward Heaven and screamed out, “God, how could you do this to me?”  In despair he fell to the ground and fell asleep.  After a few hours, he was awakened by the sound of a horn from a ship that was approaching the island.  When the rescue party reached the island and rescued the man, he was so happy and thankful.  In his joy, he asked his rescuers, “How did you know I was here?”  Their reply was, “We saw your smoke signal!”

It is easy to get discouraged when things go wrong, but we should not lose faith.  God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering.  Remember, the next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it just might be the smoke signal that summons the grace of God upon your life!

Ministering to the Multitudes,

Dr. Todd Lasseter

Pastor

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~My Two Cents

Official Avengers Reviewer of Spider-man Crawlspace

First of all, hi!  Yes, I’m back.  It’s been a long absence.  Not one I made consciously, mind you, but regardless, I plan to update more frequently from here on out, so be sure to check the site regularly.

A lot of things have happened in the past few months, and I meant to make an update back in January about this particular bit of news.  One of my favorite website’s is Brad Douglas’ Spider-man Crawlspace, the premier Spider-man fansite on the web.  Brad posted a wanted ad for new comic book reviewers.  At the time, I had just picked up a new book, Spider-girl, and made a review of issue #1 to post on the message boards.  This same review I submitted to Brad for a position as reviewer.  Soon enough, I get the e-mail saying that I had the gig!  Unfortunately for me, Marvel Comics canceled Spider-girl with issue #8, which will be available in a couple of months.

I got another e-mail from Brad.  The reviewer for Avengers dropped the book, so he asked me to take over for him.  Today, my combined review of the last six issues of Brian Michael Bendis’ Avengers went up.  I think it’s exciting to see my writing on a website other than my own, so of course I’ve been pimping it out all day.  So yeah, be sure to check it out and leave a message in the comments there.

Here’s a list of the reviews I’ve published so far.

Putting together the Avengers review was no easy task.  I went old-school with it and wrote it down on my notebook during lunch at Whataburger (it was more of an issue of not having a decent laptop).  I re-read the issues several times, making notes of the things I liked and dislike.  I typed it all up back at home.  It took me several hours to scan the pages I wanted (that silly scanner, thinking that I only wanted part of the page instead of the full thing), and a few more getting them and the covers to the right size on screen.  The formatting took considerably less time than before, knowing the quirks of WordPress with its tagging system.  The whole process must have taken me about 8 hours (I am reviewing six issues at once, after all).

All in all, I’m very proud of the way it turned out, even if it only has 8 comments at the time of writing (I need a Marvel editor to troll my reviews so they can balloon up to 100+ comments).

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~My Two Cents.