Russ Ray

Trying to become more like Jesus


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When you don’t know what you don’t know

We joined the YMCA a couple of months ago, and in the meantime, my wife has been teaching the kids about exercise and nutrition and trying to get them to cut down on snacks like ice cream. She posted this Scripture on the refrigerator:

The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.—Psalm 145:15 (NIV)

When I saw it, I thought that it was her way of using God’s Word to encourage the kids not to overeat and snack too much between meals.

Last night, our kids had their end-of-year awards for Awana, and when we arrived, their leader gave them some cards to read, one of which was the Scripture above that was posted on the refrigerator.

Why did they have the same verse as the one on the refrigerator? Because the kids recited Psalm 145 for the parents, and one of my kids was memorizing that verse.

It’s not irony or coincidence that this verse was on the refrigerator when it was a verse about food, and even though it was up for the purpose of one of our kids memorizing it for a recital, it still taught me something else from God’s Word.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.—2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NIV)

Has God ever used His Word in a way you didn’t expect to teach you something?


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Why don’t you come up and sashimi sometime?

Chefs amaze me. If there’s ever a cooking show on TV, I stop and watch, and not just because I like to eat. I like to watch the process of cooking and how the separate ingredients are combined and changed into the final product. I like to watch the technique and see the skill of the artist at work.

For example, if you’ve ever watched the Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto recently opened a restaurant near Walt Disney World, and as a treat for the grand opening, he made sushi from a HUNDRED POUND TUNA. Here is the video of him fileting this giant fish and turning it into like a 500-foot-long tuna roll.

Or, if you’re not into sushi… maybe Halloween candy is your game. Here is one of the skilled Disney candy makers at work making a caramel apple with Mickey ears.

Happy Halloween, indeed!