Aspiring Wannabes

m_1351889779In a recent article by Charles Krauthammer, he examined the presidential contenders and their chances of winning the nomination.  According to Krauthammer:

  • The solid, but no sizzle Jeb Bush has a 25% chance of winning.
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also has a 25% of winning.
  • Because Marco Rubio has a proven track record in foreign affairs he has a 35% chance of winning.
  • The rest of the 15% is spread among the remaining wannabes.

Regardless of Krauthammer’s prognostication of the presidential odds, it’s a sure bet these contenders will never make mole hills out of the mountains of problems they face unless they get down on their knees in prayer.

When it comes to the subject of prayer and power, 2C714 is much more explosive than C4:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their country.”  ~2 Chronicles 7:14 (2C714)

Think about the words of Solomon and then compare them to the climate in which you live:  “Righteousness lifts up a nation, but sin is a disgrace in any society (Proverbs 14:34).”

Isn’t it time that we as a nation turn away from sin and turn our voices up in prayer to God?

Is That Kitty A Cat?

When discussing the pros and cons of some item or subject matter, you want to make sure you are not comparing apples to oranges.  I was reminded of this last week when working a crossword puzzle.  The clue was “kitty.”  The answer required a three letter word, so I wrote “cat.”  After working other parts of the puzzle, I came to the conclusion that “cat” was wrong and the correct answer was “pot.”cross-eyed-cat

The synapse in my brain had created a visual image of an animal, but the clue was correlated with gambling:  When you place a bet, you add to the “kitty” or the “pot.”

I asked myself:  “If the clue had been “pot,” what would I have answered?  I doubt I would have associated it with gambling.  Some people may have thought of marijuana or weed, but since I like to eat, I would have thought of pots and pans for cooking.

When I think of “pot,” I also think of Jesus.  He stirred the theological pot with each one of His “I Am” statements.  Whenever Jesus said “I AM” He was making a Messianic claim, and this angered the Pharisees:

  • “I am the bread of life” (6:35, 41, 48-51)
  • “I am the light of the world” (8:12, 9:5)
  • “I am the door of the sheep” (10:7, 9)
  • “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep” (10:11,14)
  • “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25)
  • “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (14:6)
  • “I am the true vine” (15:1,5)

Jesus also brought the pot to a boil when He overruled the powers of nature and performed the following miracles:

  • Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding feast (2:1-12).
  • Jesus healed the son of a royal official (4:43-54).
  • Jesus healed a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years (5:1-15).
  • Jesus multiplied seven loaves and fishes to feed the 5,000 people (John 6:1-5).
  • Jesus walked on water and calmed the waves to rescue his disciples (6:16-24).
  • Jesus healed a man born blind, giving him sight (9:1-12).
  • Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (11:1-44).

There are people today who will say Jesus was a good man and a religious teacher, but they deny that He is the Son of God and Savior of the world.  There’s a problem with this line of thinking.  A good man and a religious teacher with high morals would not make false claims about the essence of his being.

This leaves three options.  Either Jesus was a liar, a lunatic, or He is the Lord.  If I had to throw my chips into the “kitty” or the “pot,” I’d go all in on Jesus:  He’s my Lord and Savior!

One Arm Bandits

1_ARM_BANDITI appreciate one arm bandits. I say this, not because I am casino-crazed, but because I am trash-truck-thankful.

Before I went to bed last night I performed my Wednesday night ritual of emptying all of the smaller trash containers into the larger trash bags. These bags were then carried outside and the recyclables were placed by the street. The nonredeemable trash was placed in the big blue bin where it awaits the arrival of the one arm bandit thing this morning.

Because it is unpleasant and smelly, people usually don’t hoard trash. The same can’t be said in regard to our moral shortcomings, ethical lapses. We’re orderly in the way we deal with our physical trash, but neglectfully forget our spiritual garbage.

I’ll stop before I raise too much of a stink and give you the verse that got me to think: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us (I John 1:8-10).

Ever thought about Jesus as a one arm bandit who will remove your sin?