And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. – Luke 15:20 (KJB)
Man has an incredible desire to learn of the beginnings of the universe. He keeps searching for answers, willing to do almost anything to get them. The latest is an infrared telescope, known as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), that is scheduled to be launched in October, 2018. Initially estimated to cost $1.8 billion dollars, the current estimate is over $8 billion dollars. This new telescope will likely reveal more about our universe, but it will not give the definitive answer on our origins. Accurate information can only come from an eye witness: God.
I heard a top 10 list on the radio this morning. It was a top 10 list of what Americans are watching on TV. I got me to thinking about the spiritual state of the United States. Every person loves what they spend time with. Their heart, left unchecked, will follow after what they desire. This screenshot shows the most popular TV shows as compiled by TV Guide.
Paul tells the church at Thessalonica that they were ensamples. Now this is a word that is not used much today, but it means: An example; a pattern or model for imitation. So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. — 1 Thessalonians 1:7 (KJV)
If there is one fact about God that the world wants you to doubt, it is that He is the Creator of all things. The world wants you to think that somehow everything just happened in a “big bang” and that event started evolutionary processes over eons of time that bring us to the present day. It just isn’t true.
Things are hard for people in my country right now, as it is for many throughout the world. Many are out of work and have lost their homes. Yet, God tells us to be careful for nothing.
Can you look back and see where you trusted in God? As the saying goes, “Hindsight is 20/20.” What about you, do you look back and see how God has cared for you?
A Small Price to Pay, written by Harvey Yoder, is the biography of Mikhail Khorev. This book is based on interviews that Mr. Yoder had with Mikhail Khorev. It is the story of a young boy who was taught by his father and mother to love God. He grew up to serve God in communist Soviet Union and was imprisoned for his faith.
I was remembering a church service from several years ago when something happened that proved to me the importance of having the pure word of God. It was near the beginning of worship when a man stood up and read the following verse from his Bible.
I am reading Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Marie Gentert King, Editor. It is an out of print paperback edition. What I have found, with this book, is that it has different accounts than other books that have been published. The quote I make today is from this edition.