11/23/08

Steve's TOP 10 list of little-known but obvious facts

I can't say the list as any spiritually redeeming value, except that it was fun to think about. Here's my TOP 10 list of little-known but obvious facts.

10. Kids will call home when they need money.
9. A Saturday Husker football loss will cause a dip in Sunday church attendance.
8. Tiny drops of spaghetti sauce have been known to spontaneously leap more than 8 feet when there's a white shirt in the room.
7. Ninety percent of insomnia is caused by worry.
6. Ninety percent of insomnia can be cured by reading the Bible until morning.
5. Dogs are oblivious to Daylight Saving Time.
4. The term "World Wide Web" has one-third the syllables of its initials "www".
3. Lost items are always in the last place you look, because after you find them you stop looking.
2. When you yell at a toilet that's about to overflow, it never listens.
1. Ninety percent of global warming is indirectly caused by bean consumption.

11/4/08

For election day--and the days following

This morning I read Psalm 146 and found a message for us on this election day and the days following, especially verse 3 which says, "Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save."

Whoever we elect to be our next president will not be our savior. Unfortunately, Americans seem to want a president who will miraculously and painlessly cure everything for us.

The Psalm also tells us about God's agenda, which includes helping the oppressed, the hungry, the imprisoned, the blind, the bowed down, the righteous, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow.

Fulfilling God's agenda is the work of the church, and as Jesus' followers, it's what we hope for America. Here is Psalm 146 in Today's New International Version.

"Praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

"Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them-- he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations."