Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the 200th edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include tourism in Montana, unemployment, ISIS on Twitter, Zinke & PTSD, cholesterol-fighting drug, Noah, new troops in Iraq, highest-paid athletes, terror attacks, civil liberties, Clinton’s emails, Obamacare, and much more!

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MT Governor 2016: Greg, Noah, & Retirement

The Lord said to Noah, “There’s gonna be a floody, floody.”
Lord said to Noah, “There’s gonna be a floody, floody.”
“Get those children out of the muddy, muddy!”
Children of the Lord.Rise and Shine (Source)

I like that song. It’s catchy. I remember singing it with my children. I also read them books like “D is for Dinosaur” when they were young. I also tried to teach them to examine creationism and evolution and make up their own minds about both.

I happened to catch the Huffington Post story about Greg Gianforte who may be running for Montana Governor. My first thoughts were if the multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur is elected governor of Montana we might never get to retire and we just might live to be 600 years old like Noah.

I think that’s kind of what the Huffington Post was trying to get across when they wrote about Gianforte challenging Democrat incumbent Steve Bullock for Governor in 2016. Read it HERE.

OK, maybe I “missed the boat” about living to be 600 years old.

The Montana Democrats and their supporters picked up on the Huffington Post story and zeroed in on Gianforte saying something like retirement isn’t consistent with biblical teachings. This quote from Gianforte troubles some:

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The Sunday Message

God moves in a mysterious way…William Cowper

Back in April I wrote about a new movie that was coming out called “Noah” and some of the comments about it not being as biblically-based as some people thought it should be.

In that column I said,

Christians, especially evangelical Christians (I am one) need to calm down some. Stop acting snobbish, and stop acting like you alone have all the facts about God, Jesus, the Bible, and even Noah.

It turns people off.

God speaks to people in many different ways. God shows us things in different ways. So relax.

You can read one view about the movie from the person who was “Biblical Consultant” to the filmmakers HERE.

As of yesterday, “Noah” had grossed $359,200,044 worldwide which is very good. It’s been out on DVD since July 29.

I watched “Noah” Friday night (I know I know it’s an exciting life I live). Overall I liked the movie – I give it an 8/10. By the way, the performances of Jennifer Connelly who played Noah’s wife and Emma Watson who played Noah’s adopted daughter, were fantastic.

Throughout the movie I thought a few times that I needed to read the book of Genesis a little more closely and study one of my favorite men in the Bible a little more.

It’s kind of interesting how God works, isn’t it.

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The Sunday Message

So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.”Genesis 6:13-14

Last month I wrote about the movie “Noah” being released, and I embedded the movie trailer in the post. I have not seen the movie yet not because I don’t want to, it’s because I don’t go to theaters. I will rent it when it comes out on DVD for sure.

Let’s just say that Noah is doing pretty well at the box office. It was the number one movie for a week, and it’s grossed $77,421,635 going into this weekend (April 12/13).

After the release, there were “mixed reactions” from religious groups about the movie.

The Guardian reported:

The official Vatican newspaper, L’Avennire, has labelled Darren Aronofsky’s Noah a “missed opportunity” which ignores God, but stopped short of calling for a boycott of the controversial biblical epic.

Let’s get real…

If you and I read the story of Noah in Genesis 5:32-10:1 and discussed it, we would probably have different opinions about what it means to us. It’s the same with any verse in the Bible – it would probably be the same if you or I decided to make a movie about it.

The big thing to remember is that NOAH IS A MOVIE!

A MOVIE!

Even when my pastor reads something from the Bible and talks about it, I don’t always agree with him.

Christians, especially evangelical Christians (I am one) need to calm down some. Stop acting snobbish, and stop acting like you alone have all the facts about God, Jesus, the Bible, and even Noah.

It turns people off.

God speaks to people in many different ways. God shows us things in different ways. So relax.

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.Daniel Patrick Moynihan

 

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The Sunday Message

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Noah. His life was quite a story. You can find Noah’s story in Genesis 5:32-10:1.

Noah was about 500 years old when he had three sons, and he was about 600 years old when God flooded the earth for 40 days and 40 nights. The Bible tells us “After the flood Noah lived 350 years. Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.”

Although it was pretty tough, Noah did as God instructed him. Sometimes we probably think that doing what God wants us to do is tough, but reading about what God instructed Noah to do was beyond belief.

This month Russell Crowe plays Noah in a movie cleverly called, “Noah.” Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson also star in it. It is due to be released March 28.

Here’s the trailer:

 

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