"If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there." -- Psalm 139:8 (NIV)
If you’ve read the Lord of the Rings or seen the movies, then you are familiar with the Eye of Sauron—the giant fiery eye. It’s a stunning image to seen (and read). It can be seen from afar and gives the eerie impression that it’s watching you. Sauron represents evil…but it got me thinking about God.
When cigarette sells began to decline several years ago because people didn’t want to die of lung cancer, the tobacco industry didn’t rethink their product—they just rethought their strategy and began to work on increasing brand awareness in less educated countries. Without their redistribution of toxin we might never have had the smoking Indonesian baby.
Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. -- Judges 11:1 (NIV)
Jephthah was the son of a prostitute.
That’s not exactly the start of greatest; far from it—it’s really the start of something that’s doomed to failure before launch. In the eyes of man, Jephthah is pretty much dirt—as low as you can get. Surely not fit to be a warrior that leads Israel to victory.
For most of my 1980s childhood, HIV was either the gay mans disease or something you got from leading a sinful life. We now know otherwise—not that our compassion should be limited to only those who live a lifestyle we approve of. Today, however, the disease is sometimes forgotten—by no means has it been irradiated, but it’s at least controlled by better education. For those who have it, it may not be curable, but it’s treatable with medication.
3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. Let that number sink it. 3 billion. Some of us pay twice that just for our coffee. But it actually gets worse. Because about 1.3 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day.
The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. -- Ruth 4:17 (NIV)
There were plenty of good kings and bad kings alike in the Bible; above all of them in greatness—at least to the Hebrews—was King David.
THE FOLLOWING IS EXCERPTED FROM "#ORGANICJESUS: FINDING YOUR WAY TO AN UNPROCESSED, GMO-FREE CHRISTIANITY"
Millions of Christians have fallen, some harder than others. Below is a list of some you may have never heard of, who gave Christianity a bad name in the process.