Yum, Yum!

Well, today Linda and I went to the Florida State Fair. As we walked by Krispie Kreme I saw someone making this hamburger using donuts and took a few pictures. A friend of mine mentioned that he had eaten two of them and really loved them. They were followed by a tasty dessert of deep fried butter. Yum! I didn't really think anything of it at the time, but something bothered me. He asked something like: Is it wrong to do this? Which made me think of this passage from the New Testament.

Romans 14:12-14 WEB (R)
(12) So then each one of us will give account of himself to God.
(13) Therefore let's not judge one another any more, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block in his brother's way, or an occasion for falling.
(14) I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself; except that to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

What food you eat is up to you and a matter of conscience. What another person might or might not eat doesn't matter. What does matter is your attitude toward what you are doing. Eat or don't eat, but feel good about it. Frankly, the burger smelled pretty good to me, but I didn't have one because I am trying to cut back on sweets.

Wake up call

I was taking my wife to New Port Richie a few months back and I saw something like this for the very first time. This is a marvelous picture of a vertical rainbow. I have seen many, many rainbows but only one vertical one. Life is like that; you think you know something and then all of a sudden you have a new take and everything is redefined. Jesus is exactly like that; he changes everything. This passage from the book of Mark is a good example.

Mar 6:1-6
(1) He went out from there. He came into his own country, and his disciples followed him.
(2) When the Sabbath had come, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many hearing him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things?" and, "What is the wisdom that is given to this man, that such mighty works come about by his hands?
(3) Isn't this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judah, and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" They were offended at him.
(4) Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house."
(5) He could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people, and healed them.
(6) He marveled because of their unbelief. He went around the villages teaching.

Jesus went to Nazareth, his hometown and the people couldn't understand how he had become so wise and powerful. They had known him and made up their minds about him and were not about to change. Does the following sound familiar ? Don't confuse me with the facts, I have my mind made up! I know vertical rainbows are real because I have seen them and ever since that day rainbows have had new meaning to me. Jesus is who he is because of what he has and continues to do; his life has changed mine because I can see the truth of it. I know that what Jesus said is true because I have put what he has said to the test and it passed (or maybe I did, not sure) What a wake up call! Better than a thousand rainbows! Now, if I could ever see an upside-down rainbow, that would be something. Humm, I wonder what a rainbow looks like from space; would it be upside-down?