The $25,000 Give-Away

My last three posts were pretty heavy duty.

Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians”

I’m So Upset Right Now I Can Hardly See Straight & Ben Witherington on Losing a Child

3 Christian Responses to Mental Illness & Which One is Biblical

So today, I’m going to lighten things up a bit around here.

Sometime ago, I was sitting around the blog station with our beloved Blog Manager, and I said:

“You know, I think we should begin sharing some of the wealth that this blog generates.”

And she said, “No, Frank, no more raises.”

I replied, “No, that’s not what I’m talking about. I mean sharing the wealth with the people who read this blog. I think we should begin giving them some really HUGE prizes.”

I then threw out some specific ideas I had about this, and she said, “Well, let me sleep on it overnight.”

She called me the next morning and said, “Okay, let’s do it. We will have some new incentives for people to participate on the blog.”

So I am pleased and proud to tell you that for each and every one of you who posts an answer to the question, you will receive a magnificently huge prize.

Now as far as I know, nothing like this has ever been done in the history of the blogosphere. And you, yes YOU, can be part of the fun [cough].

Just listen to the short podcast, and you will be told (1) what the specific prizes are, and (2) the question of the day, which you will be asked to answer in the comments section. (Listen carefully though; it is reported that there are some [cough] subliminal messages throughout the podcast.)

So grab some friends, send them over to the blog, and click here to listen to the episode.

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  • Frank Viola

    That wasn’t me in the beginning of the podcast.

  • Joy

    Ha ha ha when saying that prayer were you in any way dozing. when i was listening to the podcast am reminded of times when Jesus would give a parable like of the sower and the disciples would not understand but later when they were alone they would ask Jesus what He meant by the parable and Jesus would go ahead and give them the interpretation. I believe God allowed the different interpretation of the bible so that people can have the hunger to know more and this time they go to the Teacher himself who knows the interpretation of the words in the scriptures. Before I started this journey of knowing the Greater Reality in the scriptures which is Jesus Christ I didnt think there was any deeper meaning. For example the story of Adam and Eve I thought it is about a marriage between a man and woman but later on I asked Christ to reveal himself to me through this story He revealed of a greater marriage between Him and the Church the bride, the wife. I believe that God was looking for is Intimacy the more we seek to know Him through the Scriptures the more He reveals himself to us. The song in the podcast what is it all about?.

  • http://llaffin.blogspot.com Luke

    The Word of God is living and active… The collection of writings we have been given is a relational tool that aids us in our pursuit of knowing Him. He wrote it to be a mirror that reveals who He is in us and who we are in Him. The reason He wrote it the way He did is because He needed a custom manual just for me (and you). The key is in the realization that the Bible is written in code and you can only truly understand it if you have access to the Decoder. His name is the Holy Spirit. If you ask Him He will teach you all things.

  • Dan English

    I received my “$25,000″ in just starting off the podcast with the Miami Sound Machine. Love me some Gloria!

    Regarding the question, maybe God in his creativity and playfulness is wowed (like a parent with their child) with the things we come up with. I imagine he has a great sense of humor and really gets a good laugh at much of what we come up with. But just like any parent, when a child “begins to understand something’, is their not great delight?

    How much more our Heavenly Father?

    -de

  • Valeria T

    :)

  • http://martinsburgchurchofgod.com Lew Button

    I think God allowed the Scriptures to be written in such a way they would be open to differing opinions so we would have something to talk about and especially so pastors would have the foundation of a good message by comparing all the opinions to the right one, the pastor’s.

  • Frank Viola

    Thanks Tim. I’ll keep it comin’. And yes, I love those spoof commercials too. I’ll be posting the podcast tomorrow on the blog. It’s already gotten a lot of “listens” and I’ve not even announced it yet. I guess that’s a good sign, right?

  • Frank Viola

    Ha! So glad you enjoyed it. And thx. for the kind words on “From Eternity.”

  • Frank Viola

    Thanks for “getting it.” It’s refreshing to find believers with a sense of humor. ;-)

  • http://www.chrismorriswrites.com Chris Morris

    Your humor was much appreciated, and brightened my morning for sure. I believe God is interested in drawing us into Him from a place of faith. Oftentimes faith and certainty are not happy bedfellows. If we knew all the answers, we would have no need of God. This is part of the mystery of His grandeur. Plus, there is this reality: if we could fully understand God, then He would be far too small.

    Will you be paying me my comment bonus via PayPal or money order? :-)

  • Lee

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain lol This is hilarious! Not even sure I am posting in the right place, ha ha. I am reading From Here to Eternity now so here’s my answer God has a plan and will work it out. Don’t count the verses as PS, ha.

    God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him. (Ephesians 1:9-14 NLT)

  • Tim

    Frank I don’t have time to answer the question because I’m at work, but you’re hilarious! You should have been a comedian. I love the humor. I also heard your recent podast on spiritual adrenaline and the three commercials had me and my wife rolling! Don’t lose the humor man.

  • http://www.nickdimmick.net Nick Dimmick

    Why would God choose to reveal truth through the inspired writings of the Bible, but do so in such a way that can be understood and interpreted in widely varying and often contradictory ways? Hmmm. I’ll say that He probably had no choice in the matter. For us to understand fully and correctly the things of God, I suspect He would have to completely renew us right now. In our redeemed, yet not fully remade state, perhaps we’re simply incapable of understanding all that He would communicate to us. We could not explain advanced mathematics to a dog in a way that it could understand.

    But, it must be more than that, too. It must be a result of our sin, and not just our capacity to understand. God could choose to reveal a certain amount of info in a very simple and clear way which could be understood by all humans. If He did so, we would still find ways to twist His words to our liking. To fully convince us of His truth such that we fully embrace it, He would have to remove our freedom to choose.

    Then, there’s the issue of translation. Words rarely translate from one language and culture to another in a neat and orderly way. How would He insure that each culture, much less each individual, is processing His words in the way He intended? He would have to circumvent all language and word delivery methods by somehow downloading the ideas right into each individual mind.

    Well, that was fun. Thanks for asking.

  • Katie

    In answer to the question, I believe God allowed the many ways of interpreting the bible not so He would know what was in the heart of man (He already does), but that we would know what was in our hearts regarding the deity of God. He gave us free will, even including individual interpretation of His identity. When one finds the right interpretation, a change takes place within the heart, and “Viola!” (Um, pun intended), a new creation in Christ :)


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