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Go into any Christian Book store, any book rack at a pharmacy, or any book section at a local grocery store; and you’ll find tons of different devotionals geared towards different groups of individuals. You’ll find devotionals for outdoorsmen, teens, mothers, hazel-eyed / club-footed / caffeine-addicted / dudes in their mid 30’s… wait, I still haven’t seen that one yet… The point is there are devotionals for almost all groups, but what’s rare is finding one designed for superhero/comic book geeks. Scott Bayles has joined the ranks of those attempting to fill the gap with his new 40 Day devotional, “The Holy Heroes Devotional.”
Back in 2014, a woman named Christine Weick was filmed attempting to convince people that Monster Energy Drinks had ties to the occult and particularly Satanism itself. She laid a variety of "proofs" in the video the caused some to question things. At the time of its release, I was in charge of running the coffee shop at my church where we had Monster energy drinks. In response, I did my due diligence to research into the claims. Below is a repost (edited slightly) of my findings that I posted on a personal website many years ago.
We are living in a time frame where the church is highly divided. We’ve allowed petty non-salvation essential doctrinal beliefs to divide us. We’ve allowed those differences to drive a wedge so large that the world looks at the church and ask “Why should we follow the Christ that they preach?” They ask because our bickering and self-righteous behavior tells them that our savior is not as full of grace as we claim.
No matter where you are, take time to notice the people around you. Speak life to them. You may have to be a bit uncomfortable to speak to where they are and in a manner that they understand. Walk in the conviction of Holy Spirit and walk in grace.
This fear of failure and slipping into isolation is certainly no stranger to those of us in Geek Culture, but these emotions are not a novelty to us. Even the most confident or narcissistic people in the world struggle with these thoughts at one time or another. For me, over the years I’ve questioned a lot of things. I’ve often found myself asking…