RANDOMNESS, By Mike Hansen
I recently heard a talk that fascinated me. It went like this:
I had a bag full of white and black beads. You know, the kind that have a little hole in them so you can put them on a string. I was car- rying the bag when suddenly, it slipped out of my hand and the beads went everywhere. As I began picking them up I decided to put them on a string instead of back in the bag where they just might spill again.
After a while of stringing them, I noticed something strange about the way the beads were lining up on the string. If the white beads were dots and the black beads were dashes in Morse code, they were ac- tually spelling out words. To my amazement, it read, "In the begin- ning, God created the...." This was unbelievable. I quickly called a scientist friend of mine and he promptly debunked the idea saying that it was impossible for the beads to randomly come out like that. A person would have to intentionally string the beads for that to happen.
And yet we live in a world where that same scientist (and most oth- ers) believes our very being came from a "big bang" where all as- pects of life just randomly occurred. From the awesomeness of the universe down to the complexities of a single cell scream of a Design- er. Our home, planet Earth, is so fragile in so many aspects, that if just one of over a hundred things changed, life would cease to exist.
If we were closer to the sun, we would burn up...if further away, we would freeze. If one the several layers of our atmosphere were to change, we would die. If the moon were a little closer or a little fur- ther in its orbit around the earth, it would catastrophically change the tide patterns.
The human body is so complex, scientists are still discovering attri- butes of its amazing construction. Consider this: the hemoglobin is a protein in the human body. It is responsible for the color of our blood and the oxygen content. It is made up of amino acids. To form a protein, the amino acids have to be specifically sequenced. 516 ami- no acid shave to be specifically sequenced to form the protein hemo- globin. If one of those is out of sequence, you will die. The chances of this happening randomly is 7.9 x 10 to the 503 rd power. Scientists have a rule that says anything that is 10 to the 50 th power is so min- ute, it is not even worth considering. And yet they still believe we came out of randomness.
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Knowing some of this, doesn't it bring added meaning and life to His Word?
Psalms 139:14 I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are mar- velous and my soul knows it very well.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says Jehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
If God was so intricately concerned about all of creation, how much more is He concerned about you.
Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Romans 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
" Prayer Wheel " " Praying always with all prayer and supplication" (Eph.6:18)
The Prayer Wheel is also known as the Prayer Clock.
When following the prayer wheel it should take you about an hour, unless you get lost in prayer and find your self caught up in the spirit and the power of God.
The first step is;
1) Praise - this can be, being thankful with every thing God has done, or answered in a prayer for you, and or worship, such as music or a song.
I honor both, when I pray.
2)Forgiveness- this can be,deep sorrow for a wrong you have done.
3)Confession- sharing with the Lord the things you have done, and any hidden things of the heart, it is to admit truth to the Lord. Remember sin separates us from God, confession draws us closer where truth abounds where the Lord is.
4)Petition- making your needs known unto the Lord,
5)Intercession- Praying to God on behalf of another, the act of intervening( to mediate) Intervening- standing in the gap ,or standing between the person your praying for and God.
6)Read the Bible
7)Meditation- to think about the word of God and to think about the things of God, this helps to renew you in the Lord, (Phil.4:7,8)
8)Thanks giving- Thanking the Lord, for hearing you and than for what ever the out come will be.
9)Pray the word- Believing that God will answer , holding your self up in faith then claiming it.
10)Singing- worshiping the Lord.
11)Listening- prayer isn't always about you doing it, it is sitting, and waiting for the Lord to reply, either from the written word of God or by inspiration of another, or thing.
12)Praise- refer to number one.
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We are delighted to have Rev. & Mrs. Marcus Robinson here for this weekend to share and provide practical ways to relate to kids. There will be a special kids service on Sunday night, and you can be involved! Friday night will be learning about kid’s ministry - Saturday will be doing it. If you’ve ever wondered if there was something you could do with Sunday School, this is your chance to be part of a group effort ministering to our children.
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Sausage Tomato Soup
·1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
·1 medium onion, chopped
·1 small green pepper, chopped
·1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
·1 (14.5 ounce) can beef broth
·1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
·1/2 cup picante sauce
·1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
·1 teaspoon dried basil
·1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
·1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
In a saucepan, cook the sausage, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, picante sauce, sugar, basil and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese.
“Faith doesn’t get us out of trouble; faith gets us through it.”
“One of the sanest, surest and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.”
Take Someone Under Your Wing, by Fran Lane
Having lived 66 years in this world, I have learned many lessons. I have served the Lord for only 23 of them, but in those 23 years one of the greatest lessons I have learned is that every single word of God’s Word is true! I feel like the first 43 years of my life were similar to the 40 years that Moses spent tending sheep in Midian. I believe that it is because of the life experiences I have encountered that I feel so strongly about helping the younger generation—especially those within the Church.
I played Church off and on in the first 43 years. One day I would be reading my Bible and praying and praising God and the next I would be sitting on a barstool looking for love in all the wrong places. I had given my life to God at the tender age of seven, but there was no one to take me under their wing and help me to grow spiritually. It is that knowledge that causes me to want to help others to find their way and to grow. We must all grow up in God. That, I feel, is why the Scriptures related that Jesus grew: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and all the people.” Luke 2:52; (New Living Translation). So very little is recorded in the Bible about Jesus’ childhood, but God put that one verse there to let us know that even the Son of God, God robed in flesh, had to grow in favor with God. How much more so then must we likewise grow.
Titus 2:3-5 in the New Living Translation reads as follows: (emphasis mine) Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach oth- ers what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to care for their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the Word of God.”
I am a widow, an older woman and it is my sincere desire to be of help to the younger women in the Church and to my non-church friends as well to learn to please God. I wish to take someone under my wing and help them learn to mount up like eagles (Isa. 40:31).
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“What do you love about serving the Lord?”
“The peace He gives me.” Dusty Ruff
“ His hand of protection upon me and my family.” Lawrence Wittman
“His love” Ok-Hui Woeppel
“ The peace I have and the knowledge to know I am saved.”
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RESPECT, By Jenae Ziegler
Respect. We all know the word and thanks to the song we can spell it. But do we really know what it means? Not only are we to respect our parents, but God wants us to respect our friends, family, and those in leadership. That could range from our teachers at school to our president. Romans 13:7 says “Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” This means that those who deserve the re- spect should receive it from us. As Christians it is our job to be an example to those around us. If we are going around saying terrible things about our mothers, fathers, teachers, and government, other people could lose respect they held for you. It’s not our job to point out faults of others; it is our job to accept them for who they are despite their faults.
In Ephesians 4:29 Paul writes “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” This is extremely important for us to know, because as we tear down others, we end up tearing down ourselves, but as we lift up others we lift up ourselves in the eyes of God. The dictionary definition of respect is “to hold in esteem or hon- or.”
Say you start with ten points a day. Each time you disrespect someone you deduct a point. When we are slandering our peers around us we are only pushing them down: deduct a point. Arguing with a teacher shows them that you aren’t responsible enough: deduct a point. You make fun of some- one who might be going through a hard time: deduct a point. You go home and are mean to your little sibling: deduct a point. You ignore you dad and sass back to your mom: de- duct two points. You talk bad about leadership: deduct a point. You say the Lord’s name in vain: deduct the rest. At the end of the day, not only have you shown no respect to others, they now show none for you, and the cycle begins again because everyone demands respect. But when we make that move to follow God’s order in “honoring thy mother and father” and “lay aside” the slander we will have a cleaner conscious when it is us who request respect from others.
Context is critical when it comes to interpreting the Bible, especially when it comes to parables. If we’re not familiar with what preceded and prompted the parables, then understanding their meaning becomes a guessing game. That’s certainly the case here, as Jesus shares that the kingdom of heaven is like leaven (or yeast).
In context, Jesus is sharing the conditions that the kingdom of heaven will experience, as rep- resented by the Christian Church. His previous parable revealed that the Church would experi- ence unnatural growth, but that this growth would actually attract satanic attention. That’s our context.
Biblically, leaven represents the way sin spreads and infects everything around it (1 Cor- inthians 5:6-8). So why would Jesus make this comparison with the Church?
Again, Jesus just told us that the enemy is go- ing to be attracted to the Church, and as a result, compromise and corruption are going to infil- trate and infect it. Sadly, this has been a proven trend since the Church was first born. It hap- pened as early on as Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) and as recently as the evening news.
But we need to recognize that Jesus’ point wasn’t to discourage us with this parable, but to encourage us to keep our eyes peeled and our guard up against sin in our own lives. None of us are going to be perfect in this life, but at the same time, we’re responsible to do our best to lead leaven-less lives.
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God is Good & God is in Control, testimony by Ok Hui Woeppel
For many years I have had lots of problems with my body. Fibromyalgia, back problems, carpal tunnel sur- gery on both of my hands, and even foot and knee pain that made it difficult to walk. I was always so tired and spent most of each day in bed resting.
I am not complaining. God has touched my body and my life. Always He has strengthened me so I can take care of my family. He gave me the energy and the will to do the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and daily chores needed to care for my family and my home. Whatever I needed physically or spiritually He has always helped me.
I can remember telling Sister Russell that I was so tired I wanted to lie down. Sometimes I felt like I couldn’t get to church because my body hurt so much and when I sat down I felt like I might fall asleep. Still, I knew how important it was to be in church each Sunday. I always made the effort to be in church and God has blessed me with the strength and alertness so I could be there in church. I have never missed a Sun- day unless I had an illness that might spread to others or was caring for a family member who was sick.
When I was younger and more foolish I thought I had done all these things on my own. As I have grown old- er and wiser I have come to realize how God has helped me to overcome all the physical and emotional and spiritual problems in my life. He spoke to me and said that when I was weak it was he that carried me.
I hope everyone will pray God will help us overcome our difficulties. God has restored my health and healed my body. I am not at 100% but I am so much better than I used to be.
Take your problems to the Lord in prayer. God will give you victory over your difficulties. You cannot do it all on your own. God loves you and wants you to have salvation. He wants you to be a part of the body of Christ (the church). I know people have many problems. I know he will carry you also.