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LHM Daily Devotion – August 9, 2016 “100 Percent”

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By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
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“100 Percent”
August 9, 2016
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Video games are big business because they are loved and played by millions.

Most folks who are not dyed-in-the-wool gamers consider any time spent playing a video game to be a waste of time. That position might have been true in the past, but now an exception may have been found.

A 10-year study called “Active,” which is an acronym for Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly, says that “speed training” can help ward off dementia. In fact, the study which was shared with the Alzheimer’s conference in Toronto says a total of 11 to 14 hours of speed training can reduce the risk of dementia by as much as 48 percent.

That’s 48 percent!

Now if you, like me, are ignorant about speed training, I can tell you the idea is to get a person to see not only things at the center of their vision but, also, at the same time, see things on the periphery.

Now, nobody knows just how it works and why it works, and more studies will have to be made to make sure that it does work, but right now, the folks who labor with dementia are elated. And who can blame them? If playing a computer game like Double Decision can help drop the occurrence of dementia by nearly 50 percent, it would be a grand thing.

If all the reports are verified, I believe folks will soon be lining up for this preventative process.

Of course, I could be wrong. This wouldn’t be the first time people have ignored something that is good for them.

For example, consider the salvation Jesus has won for sinful humanity. According to the Father’s promise, Jesus entered this world and lived the perfect life, which had eluded us. More than that, He resisted every temptation to sin, and then He carried our sins to the cross. There, as He gave up His life, salvation was purchased for all of sinful humanity. At the empty tomb, His victory was shown to a doubting world, and now all who are brought to faith are forgiven and saved.

By God’s grace we are moved from darkness to light, from damnation to salvation, from hell to heaven. And, amazingly, Jesus’ blood-bought cure is 100-percent effective, 100 percent of the time.

Tragically, there are hundreds of millions of souls who ignore the wonderful thing Jesus has done. It doesn’t make sense, but that’s the reality of it.

It’s a reality the Lord wants to change. That is why He has told us to share the good news which says that the wages of sin is death, but God’s gift of eternal life is ours through faith in God’s good gift of forgiveness, which Jesus wishes to share.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks that Jesus has saved me. Now may the world be awakened to the blessed gift of eternal life, which You wish to give them. This I ask in the Savior’s Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today’s Bible in a Year Reading: Psalms 147-148; 1 Corinthians 4

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