THE FINE PRINT

March 31, 2011Read: Acts 2

"Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" --Acts 2:38

Car commercials make me chuckle sometimes. After the deep, melodic voice convinces and comforts you to purchase what's too-good-to-be-true, a speed talker recites the declaration of fine print: More money than you can afford due at signing, not available in all states, void where prohibited (which is probably everywhere or at least where you live), all outrageous terms subject to credit approval (which is highly unlikely).

We live in a strings-attached society. No wonder we're a tough crowd. Show us a good deal and we're looking for a trap door. Maybe that's why grace is a tough sell. The world just knows there's a catch. But if Heaven had fine print in a single breath, it might read like this: Payment for your sin is more costly than you can afford but Jesus paid your debt in full. Grace available to all the world and never prohibited. Grace is free, it's a gift. Jesus loves you no matter your credit. Accept him today, don't wait.

Yep. Too good to be true. I'm sold.

--J.P.

GREEN POWER

Harness the power (and flavor) of kale and cilantro

It's time to get your greens -- or more of 'em, as it were. By finding new ways to get kale and cilantro into your nutrition plan, either by adding them to salads and casseroles, you can get much needed immune help and vital nutrients.

>> Kale

Kale eases lung congestion and is beneficial to the stomach, liver and immune system. It contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect the eyes from macular degeneration. It also contains indole-3-carbinol, which may protect against colon cancer. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and chlorophyll.

>> Cilantro

Cilantro may be useful to treat urinary tract infections. Both the leaves and seeds aid digestion, relieve intestinal gas, pain and distention. It also treats nausea, soothes inflammation, rheumatic pain, headaches, coughs and mental stress. Cilantro is a member of the carrot family and is an excellent accompaniment to many Latin-inspired dishes.