In which there is a titanic tournament tussle

by Craig on April 26, 2012

Laska the Love Kitty has the "gazing intently" thing down pat. ツ

I’ve gazed intently at the profound mystery that is 2 Cor 5:21…
how our sinless God, literally “became” sin. for. us…
for the last three posts…beginning here.

But…

However, the show must go on. I do have a Best Bible Verse Ever Tournament happening. 2 Corinthians 5:21 was the #10 seed in the East Regional, and it has an opponent…the #7 seed, 1 Peter 5:7…

Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

And it’s a little unfair because Peter has stacked his bench by quoting Psalm 55:23…

Cast your care upon the LORD, who will give you support.

And there’s something more…

Is see an incredibly intricate connection between the #7 and #10 seeds.

God took all of our sin…
nailed it to the Cross, with Our Lord…
thus, removing it from us.

I have to ask…
along with dying for our sin…
did Our Lord die for all of our worries too?

I’ve read the following passage hundreds of times,
and it has never spoken to me as it is right. now.

Look at the birds in the sky;

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they do not sow or reap,
they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

Are not you more important than they?

Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life?

Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.

If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry and say,
‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’
or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.

Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides. (MT 6:26-33)

And yet…
O me of little faith…

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I worry all the time.

Jn 10:10, (the #4 seed in the South Regional) tells me…
Our Lord came to bring “abundant life”…
and yet I let worry steal so much of that abundance.

I find that in this head to head match-up…

we have a much more titanic battle on our hands than I thought…

Paul’s exquisite and complicated little miracle of a verse…

against the words of David, Peter, and Our Lord.

This will take one more day to determine a winner.

Please come back.

Oh, and if you would like to catch up on any of the tournament…

I set up the seedings here.
I determined the tournament locations here.
The South Regional results are here, and here.
The West Regional recaps are here, here and here
The East Regional game summaries are here, herehere and here.

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Positively Alene April 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thank you friend. I so needed the gentle reminder of this scripture today: Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

It’s been a long week full of trial and heartache. Blessings and a breath of fresh air to be here today.

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Craig April 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

A week of heartache and trial – I don’t want that for you! I know heartache – I know trial – I don’t hurt either one. But I DO heart the opportunity to pray for you – and I just finished one – for courage to meet the trial, for faith to back up your courage, for more hope, more hope, for better eyes to see not only the trial and the heartache, but how God might be using it. That last part feels a little bit preachy – but it’s kind of the same prayer that I’d say for myself. God bless you Alene!!

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Cora April 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Yeah, I know all about that worry thing. I am not a good caster of worries. I say I won’t worry, but the tape just keeps on playing in my head. Over and over and over. What a waste of time it all is. Most of my worries (if not ALL) never even happen anyway. And I am the first to recognize in someone else how foolish THEIR worries are. They sound so illogical and profoundly stupid and blown way out of proportion (like your poor little mouse). Yet, here I am with my own shopping bag full of worries.

Even worse, I feel embarrassed when I pray about them. I can see the stupidity in them all when I pray and verbalize them. So then. . . . I don’t pray. And then I worry. I’m like the hamster in the wheel.

If I ever woke up one morning and did NOT have a worry, I would be convinced that I had a stroke and was not thinking correctly and living in delusions of grandeur!!!
So, me of little faith and lots of advice to others, what to do????

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Craig April 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

To my sister obviously separated at birth – once again I find that the comment that you wrote, I could’ve written myself. And the verses of Jesus about worry – how is it that I can forget them – how is it that I know them but not apply them, and I’m sure that goes for you too. Thank you Cora, I appreciate knowing that I’m not the only one who IS the poor little mouse – guess we both have to keep working on that ツGod bless and keep you!

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Martha Orlando April 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

This scripture where Jesus tells us not to worry is one I have leaned upon time and time again, especially in my early years as a Christian. I worried about everything! I now worry much, much less; when I feel them coming on, I go to Him with them immediately. It helps, Craig, so tremendously. I hope you take it to heart, my dear friend.
Can’t wait for the next competition!
Blessings to you!

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Craig April 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

Martha, I can’t understand how I have known this passage so well, and for so long – and yet have not leaned upon it like you have. I guess, “worry” is my natural state – “contentment” and “peace” is my supernatural state – I need more supernatural! And there’s one more post about this – then it’s on to the next matchup – obviously I’ve really taken your advice – and slowed. way. down. ツ almost makes me want to go back and start all over again – but onward… onward. God bless and keep you Martha.

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Martha Orlando April 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

God bless and keep you, too, Craig, and have a marvelous weekend! I’ll pray for more supernatural for you! :)

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