Thursday, February 23, 2006

Best snack of all time

We love Twinkies here in the Records house. Actually, it's just me. And I only eat one per year. but boy, is that one sure good. Here are some fun Twinkie facts for you.
1)They were invented in 1930.
2)They were first filled with banana cream
3) They were switched to vanilla creme during the banana ration in World War II.
4) Half a billion are made each year.
5) They were named Twinkie after a revelation of a man seeing a road sign for Twinkle Toe Shoes.
Does anyone have a Twinkie story to share?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Prayer Meetings

I am now ready to die and go to heaven. The reason why I say this is because of a statement I heard tonight. Setting the scene: prayer meeting, around 8:23 pm, deep discussion about jealousy and envy. ok
"i used to be jealous of the San Diego Chicken. And then one week later he got sued for a $1 million."

Followed by total laughter, tears streaming down my cheeks....

I couldn't get past that first part...of all the people to be jealous of in the world...

Why we do not water baptize

Many people get baptized. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah Witnesses, Catholics, and various Christian denominations teach a water baptism of some sort. Some believe in a sprinking, others in complete immersion. Some believe it is necessary for salvation, others believe that it is a show of faith.

Why is there so much confusion? Who was this practice for?

One key passage that helps us understand God is found in Ephesians 3. The Apostle Paul tells us that he was given the mystery of the dispensation of grace, the church age. It was not revealed to anyone else in the past, but is now being revealed. One grievous error in many churches is that they believe Matthew 28 was the last message Jesus gave his followers. They do not realize that all of Paul's letters should be "red letter", because Jesus Christ gave Paul the message of the Dispensation of Grace. The mystery is that the Gentiles and Jews are now equal, this is something we do not even see in Acts 2, as it was still God dealing with Israel.
Paul lets us know that it is not the physical rituals of the law that God wants, but the spiritual realities He has replaced with. For example, Pauls says in Ephesians 4:4-6 that there is only one baptism for today. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 Paul tells us that we are baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Yet, in Ephesians 1:13-14 Paul writes that the Holy Spirit enters us at the moment of faith, of salvation. Paul even says that (1 Cor 1:14-17) that Christ did not send him to water baptize. If he is the apostle to the Gentiles (which he claims to be), then in our following of his example (1 cor 11:1) we should look to his ministry as an example in this dispensation.