At least we could play in an online tournament. And we came upon something surprising at National League of Poker, which we simply had to chat about:
Me: Hmm - my screen shows an ad
Me: "How Jesus Christ can bring you peace"
The ad apparently was placed on NLOP by the Latter-day Saints church. We don't agree with everything the LDS teachers, but this allowed us to start a conversation -- and it brought a response:
Gou: I thought that was Obama
Me: Guess not. :-/....
Me: Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
No one responded to that - but that's how the Bible describes Him:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
Jesus is given several titles here, and a couple of them may seem confusing. But we want to focus on the last one - "Prince of Peace." The news of the last week was filled with deadly violence around the world. If ever this world could use a "Prince of Peace," it's now. And the Bible promises Jesus - but not in the way you might think:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. - Revelation 19:11 (KJV)
Verse 16 identifies this "Person" as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." And another part of Revelation makes the identity clear....
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords and King of kings.... - Revelation 17:14 (KJV)
The "Lamb" of God we call Jesus is coming to bring peace -- but did you notice He'll "make war?" He'll be using language the nations of this world sadly understand too well:
And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations.... - Revelation 19:15 (KJV)
In poker terms, Jesus is going to win the final showdown of this age -- and punish the losers.
One way to be part of God's ultimate peace is to get on the side of the Prince of Peace. Have you repented of your sin, and turned to Jesus for salvation?