Monthly Archives: December 2017

Hypnotists and Hackers Can Help Your Bitcoin, But Remember This Password! (pssst…it’s “Jesus”)

Weird stories about Bitcoin are everywhere. With so many people wanting to cash in on the Bitcoin craze, that’s no surprise. Personally, my favorite is the fake story about a guy making a million dollars by selling Chuck E. Cheese tokens as Bitcoin. Yeah, if you haven’t heard, that was fake news.

But there are some stories that are both true and instructive. For example: if you’ve been following the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, you know there is a new industry growing around Bitcoin. It includes hackers, hypnotists, and psychics who are being hired to help people remember complicated security codes to access their cryptocurrency!

You see, many people bought Bitcoin as a highly speculative investment. And, Bitcoin tanked. But then the strangest thing happened – Bitcoin made a comeback. And, you guessed it; people who had forgotten all about their failed investment were clamoring to access old accounts that might hold a fortune!

The application here is priceless. After all, how long has it been since you became a Christian? Here’s the real deal – many Christians took a chance; they chose faith and invested in their eternal soul. Then, over time, they decided their investment wasn’t worth much and forgot all about their investment!

If we assume our investment has no value, we will set it aside. But one day we will realize how valuable that soul is, and we will want to regain access to salvation. And if you’re reading this, it isn’t too late!

Here’s some awesome news: the password hasn’t changed. After all these years, it remains the same. It’s Jesus.

No psychic needed. No hypnotist. No hacker. Just an enduring faith in Jesus.

So, if you bought some Bitcoin back in the day, good luck cracking into that old account. But if you forgot your password, remember Him today – He’s waiting with open arms!

“you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory” Ephesians 1:13b-14

A Time For Action!

This week, Jewish people around the world are celebrating Chanukah, the festival of lights. This holiday comes from events that occurred during the inter-testimental period. Around 175 BC, Antiochus Epiphanes IV, in an effort to stamp out Judaism and force Hellenization on the Jews, sacrificed a pig on the altar and destroyed the 2nd temple. In a revolt that followed, a Jewish priest, who came to be known as “the Hammer” (lit, “Maccabbee”), and his children, drove the Greeks out and restored a general period of peace and self rule in the land. When the Jews surveyed the damage to the temple, they needed oil for the reconsecration and sanctification of the holy objects. It is said that they had only 1 day of oil, but it lasted 8 nights, thus the 8 nights of the Jewish festival.

Of course, we can’t know whether the “8 night miracle” really happened or not. God did not grant us a holy, inspired word through scripture during this time. But one thing is for sure if the story is accurate: the priests looked at 1 night’s worth of oil and chose to get to work!

Think about it. They must have been incredibly discouraged. They probably considered quitting. Some might have thrown up their hands and said they didn’t have the right resources so they shouldn’t continue. Others, of course, took this as an opportunity to trust in God and “go with what they had.” God is said to have blessed that effort by allowing the work to continue.

Are you waiting until circumstances are perfect to get to work on your life? Need all the right resources before you begin the effort? Guess what? Through Jesus, God has provided you everything you need to live a life that is pleasing to Him!

The Lord wants all to be saved; and if the Lord is for us, no one can be against us! In the parable of the talents (MT 25:14-30), Jesus teaches us that God expects us to get started doing something for Him with what we have been given. Why not start today?

#goshrewd…Don’t Hide, But Be Clever For Christ!

Sometimes you hear a story with such a schemingly devious ingenuity that, even though you know it is wrong, for a moment…just a moment, you say, “well done, guy; well done.” Such is the case with Australian electrician, Tom Colella. Over the last two years, Colella successfully ditched work to play golf over 140 times, using only a foil potato chip bag and a lot of deception!

I know. Some of you are shaking your heads, saying, “how terrible.” Others are asking, “how?…I just want to know for a friend!”

Well, Colella had a GPS tracking device he has to carry for his work. But when he put the device in a foil potato chip bag, it masked where he was. Then, he put information in the computer system that looked like he was completing his tasks.

Ok. Clever. But guess what? You can’t hide forever. And when they found out, Colella was fired.

I’m reminded of a manager in Luke 16. He cheats his master out of accounts receivable in order to ingratiate himself with future potential employers. Rather than a penalty, though, the master simply “praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly.” Yes, I said praised.

Don’t get me wrong. It doesn’t mean the servant was good or right or saved. He just did something clever.

So Jesus makes this point: “the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light.” Did you catch that? He isn’t congratulating or encouraging sin. Jesus simply wants His disciples to diligently manage spiritual things at least as well as people who are focused on worldly things!

That’s a tall order. The people of this world are constantly working to maximize profit, meet customer demands, and exceed expectations. But, what if Christians were so interested in promoting the gospel that they tried as hard as worldly minded people do?

Christ isn’t looking for folks who want to get out of work with tin foil bags. But He is looking for a few folks who will use their brains and hearts for His glory! #goshrewd