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Faith

Speculating On Last Weeks Storm

The air conditioner in my office wasn’t working yesterday, so I had to get a fan to keep from sweating. I chuckled when I realized the comedy that a week prior a record-setting winter storm ravaged Texas. As I’ve been thinking about the storm and its impact, I asked myself this question: If what I believe about God is true, God could have prevented this storm. So why didn’t he?

We have to be careful when asking questions like this because, in the micro sense, we have no way of knowing why things happen. For example, this past summer I was set to renovate my kitchen, and as we were gaining momentum to get started, my contractor was hospitalized with COVID, and when he recovered, he decided to retire. I never renovated the kitchen, and six months later, I am writing this in a new house and am glad we never renovated. Was this the reason he got COVID? It seems like one reason, but it certainly wasn’t the only one. Who knows how many countless situations like this God’s been orchestrating through last week’s storm? It’d be foolish for us to try and understand these specifics. We can, however, speculate on the macro aspect of things.

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Faith

Responding To God’s Grace

I’m lying on a sectional across from my cousin, who’s wrapped in a blanket. The smell of chili still permeates the house. Despite having just eaten, it’s a welcome smell – something about chili is comforting on a cold day. There’s frost on the ground keeping us inside, but not bad enough to keep me off the roads.

Between the two of us, hundreds of magnetic blocks lie on the carpet. A few minutes ago those blocks formed a castle but only the rubble remains. Wrapped in the blanket with her are my cousin’s two daughters – five and three years old – and they’re both vying for the best real estate, the place closest to mom.

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Sports Gambling and Business: How One Man Is Using Vegas as an Underwriter

This past Sunday was Super Bowl Sunday and the pinnacle of America’s hottest new past time, sports gambling. The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans wagered $4.3 billion on the big game. One man, Jim McIngvale, won a whopping $2.72 million! At first, this looks like extravagant, rich guy gambling, but there is more going on.

Jim McIngvale, also known as Mattress Mack, is a furniture store owner in Houston Texas, and he bet $3.46 million that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would cover a 3.5 point spread. To win this bet, he needed Tampa Bay to win or to lose by less than 3.5 points. Since Tampa Bay won, he cashed in a net $2.72 million. But even if he had lost, it was a genius bet.