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Friday, June 14, 2013

Would you believe:

Ari Mandel grew up in an orthodox Jewish family. After a stint in the U.S. Army he gravitated toward atheism. As a joke, Mandel recently put his place in heaven up for auction on eBay. He explained that he didn't really believe in heaven any longer, but that he had lived an exemplary life full of good deeds.

In the auction, he offered two contracts: one that transferred his heavenly reservation to the winner and a second that guaranteed he wouldn't do anything in this life to put that reservation in jeopardy.

What started out as a prank, though, appealed to bidders desperate to make certain they had a place in heaven at the end of this life. Bidding for Mandel's assumed place in heaven reached almost $100,000, with 181 bidders, before being pulled by ebay.

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God..." Psalm 14:1 

or how about this:

A Christian minister was given the opportunity to write an op-ed piece for the Washington Post. Would he write about war and peace? Would he choose the decline in faith among America's young people, the increasingly empty pews in mainstream Protestant churches? How about the ethical decline in society? Would he share the gospel or write about any of the myriad of morally troubling issues?

....the choice was easy.

James P. Marsh, Jr. Methodist pastor, wrote that the issue troubling him so much that he had to write about it in the Washington Post was none of the above. His troubling issue was people standing and singing "God Bless America" at Washington National baseball games.

“I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; …” 2 Timothy 4

Perhaps that time is now.??.

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