Have you ever wondered why there are seven days in a week? For instance, it is easy to see why there are 24 hours in a day, because light and darkness set themselves in 24-hour cycles. The number of days in a month is determined by the lunar cycle. It takes approximately 30 days for the moon to orbit the earth. The number of days in a calendar year is determined by the solar cycle, how many days it takes for the earth to orbit the 584 million miles around the sun. For example, if you put a stick in the sand and watch the shadow it casts every day at noon, it will take 365 days to return to its original position. Continue reading Maybe We Should Spell it “Sonday”
Two thousand years ago, in the little town of Nazareth, an unmarried teenager became pregnant. When her fiancé learned she was pregnant, knowing they had never had sex, he broke off their engagement. But one night Gabriel, the messenger of God, came to him in a dream telling him not to be afraid to marry her, because “that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” He said that she would have a son, and they were to call His name Jesus, which means the Lord’s salvation, because He would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:18-25). Continue reading Do You Know Who Your Father Is?
We know God is listening when we receive answers to our big prayers, those major requests that only His providence can make happen. But there is sometimes greater joy in His unexpected, but on-purpose responses to minor incidents in our lives. These are the ones I especially cherish and fondly re-visit in thankful meditation when I want to recall the mindfulness of my Heavenly Father. Continue reading God IS Listening…
It seems preposterous to me that the One whose birthday is the reason for Christmas has been supplanted by Rudolph and Frosty. The reason Christmas is called a holiday is because it is a holy day. I especially love Christmas, because I love the joy it brings to bless others with gifts in the name of the Lord. I actually enjoy Christmas more now than I did as a child, because as Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). I love to give to those who cannot reciprocate. This truly exemplifies the purpose of Christmas: The Father gave to us who were in greatest need the gift of salvation through His Son Jesus. Paul said in Romans 5:6: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly…” The actual meaning is: at the right time, at the time of our greatest need, when we were helpless to save ourselves, God sent His Savior into the world. Continue reading How I Keep Christ in Christmas
In his first letter to Timothy, Apostle Paul testified that he was the most unlikely person to get saved. He was “a blasphemer, a persecutor, and injurious to Christians” (1Tim1:13). Luke’s account in the Book of Acts confirms this: “Saul (aka Paul) made havoc of the church, entering into every house and haling men and women, committed them to prison” (Acts8:3). The term havoc means “to treat outrageously with personal injury” and haling means “to forcibly drag.” In Acts 9:1: Paul was “breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord.” Paul himself wrote in Galatians 1:13: “For you have heard of my conversation in time past… How that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God and wasted it.” Continue reading Public Sinner Number One