Excerpt from a commentary on Genesis: “He made the stars also.”
When you take into account all that is necessary for the sustenance of life as we know it, there are few planets able to support life. Taking into account factors such as our galaxy type, star location, star age, star mass, star color, distance from star, axis tilt, rotation period, surface gravity, tidal force, magnetic field, oxygen quantity in atmosphere, atmospheric pressure, and 20 other important factors, the probability of all 33 occurrences happening on any one planet is one in 10 to the 42 power. The total number of possible planets in the universe is 10 to the 22 power.
The U.S. government spends $100 million a year looking for extraterrestrial intelligence. It might be wiser to spend the money cultivating intelligent life in Washington.
Skimming through an old book that’s been left in the back seat of my car, I stumbled upon a golden excerpt that I want to share with you all:
The name Jesus means ‘God saves’ (What was God doing on the cross? P. 17)
Saves from what?
He saves us from ourselves.
He saves us from our own mess.
He saves us from death.
It’s no reason why ‘anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Romans 10:13)
Oh, is there not power in the name of Jesus?
Oh, death where is your sting?
I was running late to class today (as usual) and hit a bit of local traffic.
As I was stopped at a red light, I looked in my rear view mirror and saw that the car behind me was slowly drifting forward. I saw that the driver was looking at his phone and just as he looked up *BUMP*
I signaled him to pull over. During this time I felt the urge to talk about Jesus to him and pray for him.
But I was stressing out and in a rush because it was 5:54pm and my class started at 6pm.
I quickly got out of the car and greeted him at a gas station.
He apologized, but I let him know that it wasn’t a big deal.
I looked at my rear and saw that not much was damaged. He handed me $20 and I reassured him not to worry about it as I quickly got back into my car all the while hesitating to talk to him.
I got back in my car and drove away feeling a bit down on myself that I didn’t have the time to talk with him.
It hit 6:13pm and I was barely parking at my school parking lot. I started running to class feeling bad that I was late for the 2nd week in a row.
I slowly opened the door only to be greeted with an empty classroom.
It was then I realized that my class started at 6:30pm instead of 6pm.
I thought to myself, “I totally could have had time to talk with that guy about Jesus…”
Oh, the silly sheep I am.
Help me, Jesus.
In my weekend gear and ready to hit the road again, but felt like sharing this quick story from yesterday’s wedding that tenderly pierced my heart.
As I was shooting a wedding yesterday, the bride and groom’s families and close friends were in the back of this building behind the ceremony worshiping and taking communion.
After the communion the atmosphere was heavy. Not heavy in a bad way, but heavy in a way where it seemed the people were deep in their own thoughts of everything going around them.
As people finished up, the groom led worship to Amazing Grace to close the gathering to head off to the ceremony.
After the 3rd or 4th line, the groom shied away from his singing while darting his eyes around as he was soon realizing that he forgot the lyrics to the next part of the song.
One by one, the friends and families saw what was happening and began to finish the lyrics for him.
You can tell the groom was feeling embarrassed, nervous, or whatever feeling usually comes when you’re about to go into the most important ceremony of your life as both sides of each family that extends to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations watch your very move.
After, the bride’s father, a tall man with a shaky voice, who seemed to be in his late 60’s or early 70’s stood up to close for prayer.
The setting became quiet as every ear perked to listen.
The father of the bride had his eyes tightly shut with a subtle smile as his lips motioned in a way as if he was intently searching for the words to say.
He finally opened his mouth and said with a tender voice:
"Father… I thank You…
…that You don’t wait to be apologized in instances like these…”
I don’t know why this touched my heart in such a deep way.
Maybe because this man who was well into his years prayed as if he knew Jesus personally as an old friend who’s journeyed with him his whole life.
Maybe because the younger ones in the crowd thought everything was supposed to be serious and no one was supposed to mess up, but this man stood up almost a mediator to reassure everyone that the Jesus he talked to and loved didn’t behave in such legalistic ways.
I don’t know.
It felt like it was such a relief for me to hear this.
It always is when you hear grace being spoken through people who love Jesus, isn’t it?
There is no sin that is greater than God.
If there was, then sin would be god.
But Jesus is Lord over all.
So everything is subjected to the King.
That is why Jesus is able to pardon all iniquities.
It’s hard for us to comprehend, but that’s what makes Him God.
He is over all.
Now humble yourself and accept forgiveness. The King of the universe accepts you.
Now accept that fact.
God, I let you down…
Son, you were never holding me up in the first place.
"None can give to another what he does not possess in himself." - C.S. Lewis
My heart collapses only when I fill it with things my heart desires.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9
When you are in love, you learn to love the things that you once never cared about because the person you love cares about them. This is why Christ told us that the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God; when we love God we love others, we love the orphans and the widows. We love the world even when it hates us, we desire to see people healed and love restored.
You want to change the world? Then you need to start loving God in such a way that your entire world changes. That is the beauty of transformational love; it doesn’t just affect you, it affects all those around you.
Today, if you hear his voice,
Do not harden your hearts…
Many times, we learn more from defeat than victory.
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