Friday Men’s Group 11/20/20

Orion Nebula

Hubble View: 1 Billion Pixels at full resolution

“He who made the Pleiades and Orion And changes deep darkness into morning, Who also darkens day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, The LORD is His name.”
(Amos 5:8)

“Can you tie up the chains of the Pleiades, or untie the cords of Orion?
  (Job 38:31)

Hi Men:

 I pray you have “….PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1).  Not only is this peace ours for those that have been justified by faith, but we can also celebrate in our tribulations (Read Romans 5).  Powerful stuff……….

 I guess I’m on a galactic kick these days.  I was talking with one of the brothers yesterday morning and he mentioned the verse above from Job.  He said that astronomers today know that all the stars of the Pleiades are moving in the same direction across the sky at the same speed.  In contrast, Orion’s stars are gradually moving away from each other (Pleiades = gravitationally-bound / Orion = non gravitationally-bound).  So read the verse from Job again.  One is “bound” or “tied up” and the other is “unbound” or “untied.”  Could anyone during Job’s era have known this?  I’ll let  you answer it…………

 Many of you know my favorite star is Betelgeuse.  You can easily see it with your naked eye.  Just look for Orion’s Belt in the Orion Constellation (eastern sky) and look to the left (90°) from the highest star.  Two nights ago, I was outside reflecting on Betelgeuse.  God created it …. spoke it into existence.  It’s over 1 billion miles in diameter!  That’s right…. Over 1 billion!  Our own Sun isn’t even 1 million miles in diameter.  And by the way, over 1 million Earths could easily fit inside it.  As I was talking with God, I said, “Lord, you are the One that created Betelgeuse and it’s so large I can’t comprehend it.  So why do I worry and have anxious thoughts at times?” 

 Maybe because I have my mind on things below (temporal) vs. things above (eternal).   I needed to remind myself what I have shared with many men over the years.  If Betelgeuse were plopped in the center of our own solar system, it would go past Mercury, Mars, Venus, Earth and 100 Million miles past Jupiter!  So here is the question: “If you could tie a string to your chair and stretch it to Betelgeuse (640 light years from Earth) and pull one hair out of your head and lay it perpendicular on the string.  The width of the hair is our life on this earth and the string is eternity………. How much time are you spending on the hair vs. the string?”  We have said many times that what we do now (for Christ) will make an appreciable and apparent difference as to what our eternity will look like.  The first place we start is spending more time in the Word and I’m speaking to myself on that one.

 “He must increase, but I must decrease”

Dying to Live,

If you want decrease, watch this 3+ min video again: Andromeda Galaxy

ZION 2020 – Dec 4-6  “On Hold”

 Please pray for this conference.  Due to the COVID spike in Utah, we may have to reschedule.  We will know Monday

Inviting Ridicule – Red Book Day 325
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically

 Solomon said, “As a man thinks, so is he”

1 – Galatians 6:3

Audio Teaching of the Week:

 Striving for Obscurity  – By Walt Henrichsen – Great Lakes Men’s Conference

Men, this is a great teaching.  One you will seldom, if ever, hear from the pulpit

Click to Download:  Striving for Obscurity

Video of the Week:

Robber of the Cruel Streets:  The Prayerful Life of George Müller  – 59 Minutes
Men, this short movie will challenge your faith.  If you haven’t seen it, watch it with your family this week!

View it for free on YouTube or you can also view it on Amazon Prime or Vimeo

Men:  Please keep Walt’s widow, Leette in your prayers.  You will like her November letter………….

Lee Yih’s November Letter

Devotion from the Valley of Vision – Puritan Prayers