My Favorite Cringe Bible Story

I love watching cringe videos. I don’t know if I am a terrible person, but to me, there is nothing funnier than awkward moments happening to innocent people.

One recent video that I saw that made me laugh, a flat-earther started yelling at a NASA employee in a coffee shop. It was amazing watching this crazy guy accusing the person from lying to the public.

Oh man, it was hilarious.

Because I am the type of person, one of my favorite stories in the Bible is in the book of Matthew.

When Jesus is facing death and Pilate decides to allow the crowd to pardon Jesus. So Pilate brings a known criminal to the crowd with Jesus. Naturally, they will come to their senses and request Jesus to be released.

Pilate asks, “Who should I release?”

Crowd: “Barabas!!”

Pilate retorts, “Okay are you sure?”

Crowd: “Yes we want the criminal.”

Pilate: “Fine, but I am not responsible for this man’s death.”

And this is my favorite part; the crowd say’s “His blood is on all our children and us” (Matthew 27:26)

When they yell this at Pilate, I can imagine people going, “Really?! You want this nasty man back on the streets.” I can sense their stomach being a little knotted, and teeth a little clinched.

And the amusing thing is that I can image God the Father sitting in heaven, with his palm on his forehead saying “Really?! These people have no clue about my laws because they are asking for the exact thing that will save them and their children.”

Leviticus 17:11 speaks about the importance of a life used as an atonement.

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”

What a wonderfully cringe-worthy experience that became the salvation of the world.

With Easter season around the corner, let us be thankful for naive requests from the people that should have know better.

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Family Devotion: Sin Enters

**Note: Family Devotions is a time when a family can get together to talk about faith and have open discussions about critical questions.  It is okay, not to have answers to their questions, feel free to say, “I don’t know” and search the answers out together as a family.**

Younger Family Activity: Picnic Time

It may be cold in some areas of the country, but here in the Northwest this week it’s going to sunny and nice.

Gather the family together to have a special picnic as a family.   Go out to the park or set it up on the floor of the living room.   I recommend KFC Family Meal at the local park because I love fried chicken and fresh air.  But wherever and whatever you have with your picnic, just have fun.

Have the meal, but set aside something that looks good that isn’t meant to be eaten and tell the family that we can’t have it. A good example would be a chocolate cake.  Eat the meal together, maybe even do a family activity.  Just don’t eat that one item.

After a while and many questions later, tell the story of Genesis 3.  Ask the family, about the story.  Questions could be “How do you think Adam and Eve felt, before and after?”  “Why do you think they disobeyed God?”

Allow the family to enjoy the meal and talk about sin.  How sin is disobeying God’s will, but thankful Jesus came to save us from our sin.  Pray for your family and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Older Family Activity: Would You Rather

Sit down with your family and play would you rather.  Things to consider.

  • Coke or Pepsi
  • Crocs or Flip Flops
  • Cake or Cookie
  • Vanilla Frosty or Chocolate
  • English or Math
  • Dogs or Otters
  • Beach view or Mountain view.

Ask them “What are some choices you make regularly?”

There are some choices you make every day that are a no-brainer or have no significance.  But sometimes there are choices we make that are difficult and can hurt people that we care about.

Genesis 3, Adam and Eve made a selfish choice and because of their choice, they disobeyed God.  Which allowed sin to enter the world.  They made the wrong choice and because of that wrong choice, had to deal with major consequences.  Thankfully we have a God, who forgives us when we sin and because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven.  We still have to deal with the consequences of our bad choices, but we don’t have eternal consequences because of Jesus.

Favorite Part Of My Morning

I am routine kind of person. If I am going to accomplish something, I need to do it consistently at the same time and in the same place. One of the many reasons, I hate vacations is because it takes me entirely out of my routine. So when I come back, everything is hard to get back into a routine.

(I know… I am insane)

For the most part, getting out of routine isn’t a big deal. So what that it takes me a day to get back into a routine at work. It just means that I have to get work a little extra the next day or two. So what that it takes me a little longer to get back into an exercise routine. A day or two (or week or two) won’t impact your life.

But some things are important to maintain my routine consistently. For me, it’s my CAB(s).

(Okay I am a recovering youth pastor from the late 90’s, so that means everything is an acronym)

CAB(s) stands for Coffee, Audible, Bible and Swag, which is my morning 6 am routine. I typically wake up during the 5 am period. I try to wake up around 5 – 515 am. I try to do some exercise, which consists of a light stationary bike, yoga, or if the weather is enjoyable, to take the dog for a walk. If I don’t wake up, I don’t stress out, but it’s an excellent way to get up. If I have time, I might catch up on a television show, podcast, or video game.

At 6 am, it’s time to make the coffee. Right now, I use a single serve pour over coffee, which is an aromatic patient way to make a good cup of coffee. While the kettle is heating up the water, I listen to my Bible reading plan at 1.25 speed, which helps me get through the entire Bible around 250 days (give or take). 1.25 isn’t fast at all and does help especially for Numbers….

By the time, the coffee is ready. It is around 615 (like I said, a patient way), then I sit down to listen to my audiobook, right now I am going through a book of church history. The children will wake up around 630ish and my coffee is almost done, which makes our conversations more relaxing.

The Swag comes from having my phone play videos for cash downstairs which is a little reward for waking up, which helps me pay for the kid’s school supplies and helps with gifts for the year.

Now that is my routine, and it works great if I can wake up in time. I can’t set the alarm, because my beautiful bride is a light sleeper and once she wakes up, she has a difficult time falling back asleep.

I love 5 am; she does not.

So waking up during the 5 am was hit or miss. But this year I made an investment, used my credit rewards, Christmas money and did a few additional surveys and bought an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch has been great because now I can set an alarm which gives me a vibration, that is heavy enough to wake me up but lite enough not to wake up my beautiful bride.

I am almost a month plus into a consistent morning routine, and the watch goes with me, so when I do take a vacation, I can wake up and do my CAB(s).

I want to encourage you not to wake up in the morning but instead find a way to have put a CAB routine in your life. It’s a great half-hour of intentional life, one which improves you spiritually and intellectually. Buy a slow pour coffee, and enjoy God’s word while smelling in the fresh fragrance of God’s greatest creation (coffee bean), then sit and relax drinking your coffee while enjoying a good book.

Try it out for a month, and it will be your favorite part of your day.