God’s Grace with Gary 9/19/22

God’s Grace with Gary 9/19/22

September 19, 2022

Hello, this is pastor gary from first baptist church of laplata. You are probably familiar with Bluetooth technology. If you talk on your phone through your car radio or have a wireless headset or speakers, you are using Bluetooth. You may be less familiar with how Bluetooth got its name. There was a Viking ruler from the 900’s who had a discolored tooth, so he was nicknamed “Bluetooth.” King Harald Bluetooth united the Viking and Norwegian countries of his time. The developers of Bluetooth radio technology saw their invention as a way to unite the computer world, and one of them was reading an historical novel at the time about Vikings and King Bluetooth. Bluetooth was only the code word for the project, but the name ending up sticking. The Bluetooth symbol is Viking as well: taking the Norse symbol for “H” and combining it with the symbol for “B” gives the initials for Harald Bluetooth. It seems strange that a king from the 10th century AD is the inspiration for a very 21st century interconnectivity protocol. As King Bluetooth united his world and Bluetooth technology unites ours, believers are to be united as well. We have more in common with other denominations than we may realize. If a church teaches the gospel of I Corinthians 15:1-4 that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again, we can unite around that. There are important differences of polity, eschatology, and philosophy, but none of these will matter in eternity. Heaven’s entrance exam consists of one question: Have you received Jesus Christ as your Savior? Since King Bluetooth is known to have converted to Christianity before he died, we can expect to be united with him in heaven.

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