The Mandalorian season 2 will have crossovers

Embed from Getty Images Disney Streaming’s top rated show The Mandalorian is set to bring in characters from other Star Wars shows as well as the Star Wars film franchised. It should be both interesting and fun to see how they merge this and add to The Mandalorian.

Temuera Morrison, who portrayed the bounty hunter and clone template Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones. Morrison is said to be Capatin Rex. Also the ever popular Boba Fett will be making an appearance. Starting what is sure to be a fan favorite Season 2.

It gets even better for Star Wars fans and fans of Star Wars Rebels, as it looks like Sabine Wren will also be included in The Mandalorian. Wren is a teenage graffiti artist she is an Imperial Academy dropout and former bounty hunter. She specializes as the weapons expert on the ship Ghost.

With Clone Wars fan favorite Ahsoka Tano already announced to join the show, Season 2 promised to be another fun ride. Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni has been hinting that other characters could make it into the hit show.

In other good news, Disney announced that The Mandalorian season 2 will not be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also the shows producer, director as well as co-writer Jon Favreau said he has been writing season 3 while he has been sheltering in place.

So it looks as though the mega popular Mandalorian will have other characters to help him on his journey. Season 2 promises to be a fun thrill ride for all Star Wars fans, with a clear nod to the die-hard fans.

Mother’s Day 2020

Embed from Getty Images It is here, the day we pay homage to mom’s. My wife, sister-in- law, mother-in-law and my own mother are all a gift from God. I see them helping and teaching their children and it is a sight to behold. To mother’s everywhere take a bow and take a seat for a job well done.

Memories are a great thing to have. Treasured memories are a gift from God. Mother’s Day 2020 has a different feel to, there is no way around that. COVID-19 and social distancing have interfered with the Day to honor mom.

Yet, this Mother’s Day will create it’s own kind of memory. It will be difficult to forget. But even in this interesting time we need to reach out to our mother’s. Or God forbid go to the cemetery and tell your mom you love and miss her.

What I will take away from this years Mother’s Day is that my mom has trained me for what we are going through, and she probably does not realize or think so. My mom is a worrier. Yet growing up, when faced with adverse situations my mom put on a brave face. She would give sound advice. It could have come from my dad or the news. But to me it was coming from my mom.

My mom modeled how to be strong in trying times. Even if it was a facade, it was how I should and most likely would eventually react to adversity. That is the right thing to do.

Even if you are falling apart inside, show your children to be strong and courageous, that there is nothing to fear even when everything inside you is full of fear. That is my mom. That is what she has taught me.

Watching and listening to my mom over the years and now reading my bible have made me fearless. But it all started years ago with a mom who worries put on a brave face and directed me to not be like her. That is a mother’s love.

So what has your mom taught you?

Star Wars icons Han Solo is a great gift idea

If you have a Star Wars loved on in your family than Star Wars icons Han Solo may off a great gift for the. The beloved Star Wars character come to live in new way as fans get a look at his history and are brought up to date.

From scoundrel to scruffy looking nerd herder, Star Wars icons Han Solo offers bright colorful pages from art concepts to famous pictures from the classic Star Wars movie franchise.

Also in the book is a look back at the career of Harrison Ford then man who brought Han solo to life. There are also rare and not so rare Star Wars posters to be found in the pages.

No matter which form of the iconic character you like it is in the book. Action figure and trading card pictures are also in the book you will enjoy taking a look at. Also found in the pages is are behind-the-seen photo’s as well has Han Solo book novel covers.

The book also includes pictures and information for “Solo a Star Wars story.” The under appreciated Stand alone film. Fresh off the strongly disliked “Star wars The Last Jedi,” Solo, did not do well at the box office.  It did find it’s way into the hearts of die hard Star Wars fans and took off in DVD sales. So much so that the Star Wars fan base started a Make Solo 2 Happen campaign. A movement that was joined on social media by actors, actresses from the movie as well as director Ron Howard.

At a reasonable price, Star Wars icons Han Solo offers something for the Star Wars fan in your life, or even maybe you.

Submitting to authority when things seem desperate

Embed from Getty Images “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3: 1-2.

I admit these are trying times. With people working from home, unemployed or going to work because they have been counted as essential workers. This is geared more for the folks that are Christ followers and are not working. I am going to attempt to put things in perspective.

There should be no complaining about shelter-in-place mandates. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2: 14-15.

I understand the want to go to work and the urge to make money. That is very valid. However, I also know that God will meet needs. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 19.

That verses gives me the confidence that if I or my wife would lose our job, God will meet us where we are. It brings peace to my family. For Christian’s to voice concerns is fine, in fact we should. But to rail against State Officials or the President is something we should not take part in.

“Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” Romans 13:2. We need to remember that God is in charge. Nothing is bigger than Him, nothing escapes Him, nothing surprises Him.

To seek God daily is to seek peace. Asking God to give you your daily bread is to ask Him to meet your needs. In fact, there is great wisdom, hope and redemption in Isaiah 55: 8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

It is easy to get caught up in the worry and allow our thoughts to hold us captive. It is another thing to apply the word of God to our life and allow Him space to move and meet our needs.

For a great resource check out BibleGateway.

Monstrous hornets have reached the United States

Native to Asia, the giant “Murder Hornet” rips heads off of  honeybees by the thousands. It gets more interesting when you consider that at more than two inches long, the worlds largest hornet can kill humans if stung multiple times.

Welcome to 2020 where the hits just continue to roll in. The murder hornet was spotted near Blaine, Washington, in late 2019.  The Vespa Mandarinia (aka Murder Hornet) kills up to 50 people per year in Japan.

Unlike the regular hornet which is black and white in color, the murder hornet is large yellow/orange heads with prominent eyes, and a black and yellow striped abdomen.

The hornets have also been spotted in two locations in British Columbia in the fall, according to an article published by Live Science. Extension entomologists are saying the murder hornets are a “health hazard, and more importantly, a significant predator of honey bees. The honey bees have been in decline for the past few years.

The Asian giant hornet’s life cycle begins in April, and are most dangerous from late summer to early fall. Researchers say the sting of a murder hornet is painful and packed with neurotoxins. It has been likened to hot metal going into the skin.

Another detail about the unwanted guest is the hornet can sting through most beekeeper suits, and delivers nearly seven times the amount of venom as a honey bee.

Farmers yearly depend on honey bees to pollinate important crops such as apples, blueberries and cherries. With the threat from giant hornets it put crops in a dangerous spot.

If we are in fact in the end times as in the return of Jesus then things like what we have seen thus far in 2020 must take place. “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. .” Luke 21:11.

 

Happy Star Wars Day

C Embed from Getty Images “The Force will be with you. Always.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

It is here! May the 4th. AKA “May the 4th be with you!’ Star Wars Day. Looking for some family time with less stress? I think most of are now a days. Maybe take the day and enjoy watching a Star Wars film.

Star Wars has always offered escapism from life. It is not that life is not still happening and will be when a movie is over, but Star Wars has a way of bringing a smile to your face. If you subscribe to Disney Pluse, this is a good day. All nine films from the Skywalker arc are now on the popular streaming service.

With all that has been going on around the world as well as in homes everywhere, it is nice to be able to just simply deflate from the day and issues at hand with an old friend. Star Wars.

Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode II, Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode III, Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope

Star Wars Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode VI, Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Episode VII, The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VIII, The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker

If that is not enough Star Wars stand alone movies “Rogue One” and my personal favorites “Solo: a Star Wars story” can be streamed.

Star Wars is timeless and can take you back to your childhood as soon as you see “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..” appear on screen. In a time when families are closer than they have been in a long time, this could be a good break from the stress that can be caused by being so close for so long.

May the Force and 4th be with you!!!

 

A list of the best Iron Maiden songs

Embed from Getty Images British legends Iron Maiden could quite easily be seen as the definitive heavy metal band. As big as Maiden’s legend is time and again, they rise to meet their legend with daring new albums and tours. It was mission impossible to make a best of list for a band who’s entire albums are instant classics. But, in this opinion write up I tried to narrow it down.

“Wasted Years”- album, Somewhere in Time (1986): This Iron Maiden  beauty starts with complex guitar riffs starts  before the band starts in. “Wasted Years”  chorus is instantly unforgettable, while the band is at full power.

“Aces High”- album, Powerslave (1984), I have to admit this is perhaps my favorite Maiden song. With that said, from start to finish “Aces High” is full throttle rock, with another first class Maiden riff at it’s core. Lead singer Bruce Dickenson, tells the wartime story.

“2 Minutes to Midnight”- album Powerslave (1984), Written by guitarist Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson, “2 Minutes To Midnight” is powered  once again by classic metal riffs. Countless bands tried similar riff styles after the songs release, but to nowhere near as great effect as Maiden did with this monster.

“The Number of the Beast”- album The Number of the Beast (1982), When Iron Maiden released this in 1982 it turned more than a few heads and made instant fans for the band. This song was strongly opposed  by social conservatives. In the United States people claimed Maiden were satanic. People obviously had not read the lyrics.

Where as I stated “Aces High” was perhaps my favorite Iron Maiden song “Hallowed be They Name”-album The Number of the Beast (1982) is not far behind. This song is about a man who is on death row and about to be executed, it is from the perspective of that man.

 

Iron Maiden is not satanic. They are a very good group who sing about, God, Satan, War, history, evil, what drives a man to do the things he does. This list is short. That is because I could have gone on for a long time.

Iron Maiden is the best metal band of all time

Embed from Getty Images Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain, Janick Gers and legendary vocalist Bruce Dickenson make up arguable the greatest rock/metal bands of all time. The iconic Iron Maiden.

History, war, God, Satan, Iron Maiden has a song for just about every area of life except sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Maiden is one of the most beloved, celebrated, innovative and influential metal bands ever to exist.

In Iron Maiden’s 36 year recording career the band has sold over 90 million albums worldwide. Musically Maiden has always been amazing. Bruce Dickenson’s stratospheric vocals brings it all together bringing the band an instantly recognisable sound.

Unlike bands like KISS and AC/DC, Iron Maiden has never become a legacy act and continues to craft quality albums. Iron Maiden have remained a true metal band that have somehow managed to retain both vitality and relevance.

Iron Maiden boasts of one of the greatest front man music has ever seen, Maiden is easily one of the best live bands in the world  while pushing towards 40 years in existence. Bruce Dickinson and boys in arms are no slouches, all playing super complex riffs while using the stage as their own personal shuttle run.

In a day in which things are turned upside down and people are confined to being at home, Iron Maiden stays consistent. They have a song that fits any issue, conflict, hope, peace or even God.

While not for every music fan, those of us who really like metal, Iron Maiden is the king. I can not recommend them enough. If you are a music fan do yourself a favor and check them out.

 

Seeking God first should be our focus

Embed from Getty Images “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

It is so easy to seek a web browser first. I mean in most cases we have one right in the palm of our hand. Sick child, look up medicine. Dinner recipe we start typing. Child being bullied at school, how to fix this or that. We are quick to look it up.

I am as guilty as the next person. But since COVID-19, I have made a shift. A shift to seek God first and above all. As Christ followers this is what we should all be doing. God has the answers both small and large.

God will not turn His back on you. He did that with Jesus when He was nailed to the cross. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?” Psalm 22:1.

Think about that. Jesus who not only went to the cross for our sins, also went there and took God forsaking us as well. “And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Mark 15:38.

Jesus tore down everything that separated us from God. It was a grand gesture from the only one who could offer such a gift. The least we can do is to take advantage of Jesus’ gift.

It is a way to praise Him for what He has done for us and given us. All of life’s answers are found in Him. This is why we need to put our laptops, devices and smart phones down and seek the Lord for our daily bread.

Since focusing more on seeking God first, I have been reminded of a powerful bible verse found in Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.” When we use sources other than God for things in and for our life it becomes a god.

To help you make the leap to seek God first I offer this, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6.

Tricks of the Devil

Embed from Getty Images And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
 Luke 10:18

The Devil is sly and is, forgive the expression, hellbent on destroying our relationship with God. With everything going on currently with jobs, layoffs, work hours cut, children doing school at home, pandemics the list goes on and on.

Here is a little secret for you, The Devil wants you to stress about things outside of your control. Many of us do this. The Devil throws things at us so that we will not rely on Christ, the One who strengthens us. But rather give into the panic and issues at hand.

Also, the Devil wants to trick you into believing the Bible is either a myth or simply does not apply to today’s world and life. I submit to you that God’s Word is real and has real significance. Though written nearly 3500 years ago it is so insightful to the past, present and future to lose sight of that is to give the Devil his due for making us feel differently.

God wants to to live life to the fullest. The Devil wants you to be reliant on things that bring a wedge between us and God. He is looking to destroy as many lives as he possible can before he is shown his new home.

In today’s world it is so important to be pressing into the word of God. Otherwise, we could fall into the trap the Devil tries to set. Do not give into worry, fear or anything else that is not from God. Those things are lies.

Ephesians 6: 10-18 tells us, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, … ”

God will fight for you, you only need to stand. Clear your mind and stand.