The Baptist White Lie Cake

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Have you ever told a white lie to make others think better of you?

Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies' Group in Tuscaloosa, but forgot to do it until the last minute.

She remembered it the morning of the bake sale and after rummaging through cabinets, found an angel food cake mix & quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing, and helping her son pack up for Scout camp.

When she took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped flat and the cake was horribly disfigured and she exclaimed, "Oh dear, there is not time to bake another cake!"

This cake was important to Alice because she did so want to fit in at her new church, and in her new community of friends. So, being inventive, she looked around the house for something to build up the center of the cake.

She found it in the bathroom - a roll of toilet paper.

She plunked it in and then covered it with icing. Not only did the finished product look beautiful, it looked perfect. And before she left the house to drop the cake by the church and head for work, Alice woke her daughter and gave her some money and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment it opened at 9:30 and to buy the cake and bring it home.

When the daughter arrived at the sale, she found the attractive, perfect cake had already been sold. Amanda grabbed her cell phone & called her mom. Alice was horrified - she was beside herself! Everyone would know! What would they think? She would be ostracized, talked about, ridiculed!

All night, Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people pointing fingers at herand talking about her behind her back.

The next day, Alice promised herself she would try not to think about the cake and would attend the fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the home of a fellow church member and try to have a good time. She did not really want to attend because the hostess was a snob who more than once had looked down her nose at the fact that Alice was a single parent and not from the founding families of Tuscaloosa, but having already RSVP'd, she couldn't think of a believable excuse to stay home.

The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper crust old south and to Alice's horror, the cake in question was presented for dessert!

Alice felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake! She started out of her chair to tell the hostess all about it, but before she could get to her feet, the Mayor's wife said, "what a beautiful cake!"

Alice, still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the hostess (who was a prominent church member) say, "Thank you, I baked it myself.."

And Alice smiled and thought to herself and said, “God is good!”

 

Though I don’t think God had anything to do with this story, I found it funny. Thanks to my friend Don for sending it to me!

What’s Happening with God’s Power?

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Thanks to Jason Boyett

Who Gets Into Heaven

Leave it to The Squirrel’s friend John Shore to stir up the discussion again. Here is what he posted with this video on his blog and picked up by the Huffington Post:

The argument upon which Christians most commonly rely by way of "proving" that only Christians can get into heaven is John 14:6, where Jesus says, "No one comes to the Father except through me."

But do those words really mean what Christians want them to?

Join one of those conversations, or start one here.

 

Priceless Tattoo

Tattoo of Leviticus 18:22 that forbids homosexuality on your arm: $200.00

leviticustattoo Ignoring that Leviticus 19:28 forbids tattoos: Priceless

(found at Chad Crawford’s blog Splonk)

Pastor Dresses in Drag to give Announcements

What would inspire a pastor of the Vineyard Church in Boise, Idaho to dress up as Dana Carvey’s SNL character, The Church Lady? Could it be… SATAN?!

Life’s Problems? EASY! Select Jesus!

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Ya, I’m not thinking that is what Jesus said about us following him.

Here is what he told Ananias to comfort the recent convert Saul, who had been blinded during his conversion:

“I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Acts 9-16

It was a right, solid prophecy. Here is a life recap later by Paul (who had changed his name):

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?

2 Corinthians 11:23-29

Or how about this encouragement from Jesus to the man who wanted to follow him:

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Mark 10:21

There isn’t much health and wealth gospel in this example either:

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Matthew 8:18-20

Or in this focus on the family principle from Jesus:

Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Matthew 8:21-22

There is something seriously wrong with this salvation marketing strategy. Not to mention that Jesus wouldn’t be caught dead in this shirt.

Hello 911? We have a Demon

time-to-call-911 What would you do if you thought your girlfriend was “going nuts”?

In Pennsylvania, one gentleman decided he could get help for his romantic interest by calling the local emergency number and requesting that the police send “two or three priests to do an exorcism on my girlfriend.”

Police did send an ambulance, but requested that the medics bring both of them to a local hospital for mental evaluation.

No one was charged, but Satan is blamed.