As much as I hate to toot my own horn. . . hey, when you’ve got a horn you might as well toot.

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You think you’ve got it rough?

For the first time in nearly a decade the average salary of a Major League Baseball player has dropped. It is now more difficult to buy steroids and gamble on the Reds. The average salary is down to only $2.49 million a year.

It’s nice and fun to make fun of rich people and ridicule them for having more. However, if you could play baseball you wouldn’t be whining!

It’s funny, our society rewards those least valuable to our existence. We pay the most for athletes, entertainers, casino owners etc and pay the least to teachers, workers who make the stuff we buy, and I suppose I’ll add pastors just for fun! What’s also funny is that politician’s salaries are going up, seemingly meaning they are becoming more worthless to us!

Mark 5 tells of the demon possessed guy who has the Legion of demons in him. When Christ confronts the demons they ask to be put into the pigs. It has always made me think–“why would they want to be in pigs?” There must be some need they have of being in a living body, but then they just killed the bodies though. Hmm.

Secondly, what has also bothered me is the fact that no one cares that this guy, who was being beat up continually by the demons, but is all better now. Instead, they are all concerned about the 2000 pigs that are dead and the hit that will take on the local economy.

It is amazing how quickly and easily we can be sidetracked into caring about stuff and our economy and everything else rather than being concerned with spiritually helping those around us. What could we do today? The people there drove the Messiah from their town over this. What do we do that drives Christ from our lives? Sorry to bug you so early in the day, but it’s just what I was thinking.

I was reading through Matthew in the New World Translation and saw that they don’t say that Christ was crucified but rather “impaled.” Also, instead of calling the cross “the cross” they call it “the torture stake.”

Now, my conclusion on this horrendous translation of Scripture is that they took the King James version and copied it and every six words used a thesaurus to come up with a different word so they didn’t get busted for plagiarism.

But is there more to this one than that? Does anyone know if Jehovah’s Witnesses think Christ was impaled on a torture stake rather than crucified on a cross? I’m no expert on the Jehovah’s Witness’s belief system and this version of the Bible doesn’t inspire me to look into it further. I think I’ll stick with what I’ve been taught. I bet you’re relieved to hear that.

Building off the earlier post today that Christ only found one thing in life that motivated him–listening to His father and teaching what He knew–the book of Ecclesiastes comes to the same point.

After talking about all the diversions in life, good ole pessimistic Solomon concludes that everything is worthless! You gotta like that! I do anyway, it seems to fit. But he comes up with a conclusion in the next to last verse of the book, Ecclesiastes 11:13, “The conclusion, when all has been heard is: fear God and keep his commandments, because this applies to every person.”

Solomon’s conclusion is “everything in life stinks except for God and His word, so listen to it!” Amen. That’s the only way you can teach or share your beliefs is if you believe them to be true, you see them as the only thing worth living for and you fear God. All else is vain and empty.

Mark 1:22 says that the people noticed Jesus’ teaching because he spoke with authority unlike the scribes. Most chalk this up to Jesus being God and having godly authority. However, I think it has more to do with His conviction, belief and feeling He put in to the one thing on earth He saw was worthwhile.

In Romans 1 Paul tells us not to be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation. If we truly believe that Jesus is the True Savior we should teach that with confidence and authority. When we do so, people will notice our teaching as well and say, “Hmm, they speak with authority unlike most other religious types, let’s find out more.”

Matthew 19:16-26 tells us about the rich guy that comes to Jesus wondering how he can get eternal life. Jesus tells him to keep the commandments. The rich guy says, “No problem, got that done all ready.” Then Jesus says, “Give away your stuff.”

Now hang on here, since when was giving away your stuff a condition of getting eternal life? Secondly, Jesus never says that the guy didn’t keep the commandments. If that is true, then the rich guy kept all the commandments, did the law, and STILL didn’t have eternal life! No one is saved by the deeds of the law. So what’s the real issue?

Verse 26 gives us our answer–the rich guy wanted to know what he could DO to enter heaven. Answer is–nothing you can do will bring you into eternal life because there will always be something between you and God. Even if you keep all the commandments, if that’s truly possible, you still won’t make it. Only God can provide eternal life, no person can make it alone.