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Yahoo! We Get A Golden Parachute!

When the Yahoo sale to Verizon closes, pending shareholder approval, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, will make $186 million in cash and benefits. You may be thinking, “wow, she must have done something great to deserve that!” Well, not really.

In fact, Mayer pretty much failed as CEO of Yahoo in every way. Of course, in all fairness, Yahoo wasn’t in great shape when she was hired. But dwindling ad revenue, two major security breaches, and a number of failed goals later, Mayer gets a $168m reward. That is in addition to the $200 million in salary and bonuses she was paid over the last five years.

Now, most of us can’t even imagine earning that kind of money. In fact, I’m not sure “earn” is the right word. Does any CEO really do anything to truly earn a multiple of hundreds or thousands over smaller company CEO’s? Or have they helped the company that much more than a worker earning $15/hour?

Does it make you upset to see big golden parachutes for CEO’s? Now…remember that anger for just a moment.

Because guess what? If you are a Christian, you’re just like Mayer. You might not appreciate the analogy, but it is pretty fair anyway.

Let’s pretend that you are the CEO of YOU Inc., because you are. And imagine you are being judged for every mistake, every time you didn’t follow God’s rules, and all the consequences that come from those mistakes – because you will be. We call those sins.

But in a buy-out, God purchased you with the blood of Jesus, and you get a golden parachute of eternal proportions. Seem fair? Still angry? Do you see that we have received the greatest payout ever despite all our mistakes?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the golden parachutes major CEO’s get after wrecking companies any more than you do. But it is a great reminder. I ran company GREG into the ground; failed miserably to save myself through my efforts.

So you can try to get to heaven by your works, but I’ll gladly take the buy-out!

Healing…Where You Might Not Expect It

The old adage, “she had to kiss a few frogs before finding her prince” comes from the fairy tale of a princess who kissed a frog to remove a curse and reveal her prince. The moral of the story is that there might be something beautiful in someone that isn’t immediately recognizable, until they are treated with kindness. It turns out, though, that kissing a frog might heal us more than the frog! Well, sort of…

Researchers at Emory have been studying frogs. Their findings show that, “Some frog mucus contains antimicrobial peptides, which are immune system molecules that can neutralize bacteria, viruses, and fungi.” So…frog mucus can be antibacterial. In fact, mucus from the skin of a frog in southern India kills the H1 flu!

I know…”ewww!”

Interestingly enough, anti-bacterial frog skin mucus isn’t a new idea. In ancient Russia, Russian Brown Frogs were dropped into milk to keep it from going sour. Apparently, the frogs secreted peptides that were antibacterial. Again, “ewww,” but interesting.

You might be thinking, “I’d rather have the flu than kiss a frog.” You aren’t alone. Many people actually would choose a sickness rather than taking the prescribed medicine, no matter how simple the solution is.

Spit is kind of gross too. Truthfully, I can’t imagine being happy about someone spitting in my eyes. But that is exactly what it took for a blind man to see!

In Mark 8:23, Jesus spits on a blind man’s eyes and healed him. In John 9:6, Jesus heals a blind man by spitting on the dirt and rubbing the mud in the eyes of the blind man. In Mark 7:33, Jesus put His fingers in a man’s ears, spit on his finger, and put his finger on the man’s tongue to heal him.

These practices seem strange today, and a little gross. But would you refuse treatment just because you don’t understand it? Many people do. Some refuse baptism, being washed clean by the blood of the lamb, because it seems strange.

As uncomfortable or strange as it may seem, we begin our walk in faith, by being immersed, baptized for the forgiveness of our sins. In doing so, we submit to His will. We show a willingness to be spiritually healed – as God designed it.

So, frog mucus? I’ll have to give it some thought. But don’t miss out on being healed by Christ just because the treatment doesn’t fit your preconceived notions of healing. Be baptized for the forgiveness of sin and enter into the body of Christ, the church, those who are being saved.

He Took My Mail…And That’s Ok!

Remember the Seinfeld where Newman was hoarding mail? Well, Joseph Brucato made Newman look small-time. Plagued by depression and alcohol addiction, Brucato, a New York mailman, admitted to stashing 40,000 pieces of mail, weighing over 1 ton. The mail was stashed in his apartment, his car, and his locker at the post office. It spanned a decade of “lost” mail.

Brucato is not alone though. Patrick Pascett was found guilty recently of dumping 1,000 pieces of mail in dumpsters along his route because he didn’t feel like delivering them. In North Carolina, Gary Collins hoarded enough mail to fill two dump trucks. And in California, postal worker, Sherry Watanabe, was hiding 48,000 pieces of mail at her home.

To say the least, the slogan “neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow” has taken a few dings because of the actions of a few disturbed people.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t miss most of my mail – junk mail, solicitations, etc. I’d especially like it if they kept my bills. Of course, it wouldn’t do any good unless they paid them too! After all, “my mailman stole my letter” won’t work with creditors. We are responsible for our bills, whether delivered or not.

There is a striking resemblance to salvation. We have all fallen short of God’s perfection because of our sins (Romans 3:23). And the paycheck in the mail, or wages, “of sin is death.” But thanks be to God, “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

God intercepted our letter of death, and He paid the bill Himself! We have a new letter (2 Corinthians 3:6). It is a letter of life that has been written, not in stone, but in our hearts. It is signed in the blood of Christ.

Our new letter reads: “Paid in full, with love, Jesus.” Now that is mailman hoarding I can get behind!

Sealed With Secure DNA

Super Bowl 51 is over. The Patriots won. That is that. But when Super Bowls end, there is another team just beginning their battle. Their name is PSA/DNA, and their fight is against the counterfeiters!

You see, one of the bigger post-game businesses is in the collectibles market: the footballs, sideline pylons, coin toss coins, etc. The problem, though, is that counterfeiters are always trying to sell knock-offs to unsuspecting collectors. Enter PSA/DNA.

PSA/DNA has a technology to authenticate collectibles by stamping each with a unique, synthetic DNA “fingerprint.” The fingerprints can be seen only with a special laser, and they have a 1 in 33 trillion chance of being replicated. Now that’s a secure stamp!

But did you know an even greater authentication stamp exists? It is the stamp that Christians bear. He is the Holy Spirit, and His seal is impossible to fabricate.

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

That’s right! The authentic Christian bears a stamp. It is a royal seal, inked with the blood-bought DNA of Christ, as a pledge to prove that we are His.

Now, I wish we could point a laser at the seal and know whether someone is a Christian. It sure would make it easier to know who is authentic. But even without that technology, there are signs.

A believer (John 6:29) receives the Holy Spirit at their baptism (Acts 2:38); they can check the things they hear and see against the Word to know if they are truly from God (1 John 4:1); and they can assess whether or not men are faithful stewards (1 Corinthians 4:2).

Ultimately, though, God alone knows the authentic from the counterfeit. “Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, ‘The Lord knows those who are His’” (2 Timothy 2:19). Is your faith authentic or counterfeit? The heart is a great place to check: “The one who loves God is known by God” (1 Corinthians 8:3).