The Mark and The Mark 2: Redemption

As I’ve said before, traditional movie offerings for Christian viewers are somewhat limited … so I was more than willing to check “The Mark” and “The Mark 2: Redemption” despite having just seen Revelation Road a month or so ago. In these movies you see what happens when a soldier-for-hire is unwillingly implanted with the first working version of a chip that will ultimately be used in the last days.

The first film mostly takes place on a plane — like the recent Left Behind movie — and centers around a competing company trying to apprehend the man (so that his one-of-a-kind implant can be used to spur mass production of the one used by a new leader, the Antichrist). The second film then takes place in Thailand, where the same man and a stewardess friend (from the first film) continue to avoid people trying to catch him.

Unfortunately, unlike Revelation Road, which starts off with a pretty weak first act but finishes strong, this film series never finds its footings. The highlight of the films is Eric Roberts (by far the most recognizable and best actor in it) but the many plot issues, odd casting choices and very underwhelming visual effects make for a mostly so-so experience.

You also get the sense that the film creators fully expected a third film to be made — but unlike Revelation Road which told a pretty wrapped-up story in the first two films — this one seems very incomplete.

It also is very weak in terms of Biblical messaging, and likely wouldn’t make a non-believer pick up the Bible afterwards. That’s really the two films’ biggest issue, and is ultimately what keeps me from recommending it at all … even moreso than the previously mentioned poor casting and special effects.

The Secret Of Power

The Secret of Power is a short book I received for free when I subscribed to the Sword of the Lord newspaper, but normally sells for $6.99. It is a very short book indeed — a little over 60 pages — and is a great, concise overview of the Holy Spirit, and how He differs from Christ Jesus and God the Father.

I have always been interested in knowing more about the Holy Spirit, because of all three persons of the Trinity, He seems to be the one I (along with most people) have the hardest time wrapping my head around, and is often the least discussed in sermons.

Luckily, this great, simple-to-read book covers the topic in a surprising amount of detail for its length, and starts with differences between the persons of the Trinity, moves to verification of the Holy Spirit’s existence, explanation of the spiritual nature and assistance He provides, and wraps up with a pretty thorough look at the twelve disciples and Paul, and their spiritual and personal changes after being filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

I only saw one minor typo in the book, and the author was excellent about quoting scripture in a very straightforward and easy-to-digest manner. Now, I do wish the book was another 20-30 pages long to dig deeper into the topics discussed, but what I love about this is how anyone could easily pick this up and read it in a couple sittings, on any given day or two.

If you want a nice overview of the Holy Spirit and how He can help in people’s lives, I would say either subscribe to that newspaper like I did and get this free, or just seek out a copy and buy it directly. It’s worth reading.