Friday Men’s Group 11/6/20

Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF)

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)

Hi Men: 

I pray you kept God at the forefront of your heart and mind during this trying week.  As I was going through my “Hubble Universe” book again, I thought I would put one of the most important images ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.  There is so much to say about this image, it would fill volumes.  Here are a few highlights of this amazing image:

 It is the deepest view ever taken of the universe and required over 270 hours of exposure

  • The image above is just a “tiny” patch of sky, smaller than a pinhead, believed to be less than 1/100,000,000th of the volume of the “known” universe
  • This pinhead patch of the sky contains over 10,000 galaxies.  Some astrophysicists now think there are over 2 trillion galaxies in our universe.  When the James Webb Telescope is launched next year, I predict the number of galaxies in our universe will increase exponentially
    • Note:  The Hubble has been looking at the image above with the (XDF) “eXtreme Deep Field” and estimates from ~55,000 to ~130,000 galaxies  
  • Within this image, is the most distant object ever seen in the universe:  ~13.3 billion light-years away (7.819 x 10²² miles)

Ok, that’s enough!  If you reflect on it too much, you might have a brain seizure 🙂  What’s even more amazing and mind-boggling, is to reflect on the God that spoke all this into existence.  Not only did He number the stars, He named them and not one of them is missing (Isaiah 40:26).  In light of what’s going on in our world right now, check these verses out:

“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race.  From His throne He observes all who live on the earth.  He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do.  The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.  Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—for all its strength, it cannot save you.

But the Lord watches over those who fear Him, those who rely on His unfailing love.  He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.”

“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield.  In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.  Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in You alone.”  (Psalm 33:13-22)

Men, you don’t have to be a theologian to understand the depth of these verses.  Right now God is observing us and understands everything we’re doing.  He is watching over those who FEAR Him …… How terrifying that so few fear Him today……. the One who created the Universe.  God’s word says, “Put NOT your trust in princes” (Psalm 146)………… Our hope in in Christ alone!

“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” (Eph 1:4)
“On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”  My Hope is Built on Nothing Less, by Edward Mote (1834)

(Galatians 2:20)

 This week many of us attended Tom Cameron’s memorial service.  Our brother Lyle Brennan gave the eulogy.

Our theme at Zion this year is:  “Finishing Well.”  We will have some time at Zion to share how our brother Tom Cameron “finished well.”

 ZION 2020 – FULL

If still interested, please register and we’ll put you on the “wait list”
There are always a few cancellations

ZION 2020 – Dec 4-6

Why Is It Hard for Rich People to Get to Heaven – Red Book Day 310
Making Enemies
– Red Book Day 311
The purpose of all these devotionals is to help you think Biblically

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

Audio Teaching of the Week:

 A Most Severe Test  – By Walt Henrichsen – The Guys Thing Conference 2013
Men, this is a great teaching, but………….fasten your seat belt!



The Insanity of God:  A True Story of Faith & Persecution  – Nik Ripkin – 90 Minutes    Trailer:
Revelation Media is offering this movie at no cost for a short period.  My wife and I attended this 1 Day showing back in August 2016.  It’s a movie you won’t soon forget.  When you watch the trailer it begins with this: 

“90% born in the church, raised in the church, saved in the church, married and buried in the church, will never share Jesus with another person.”  Why is that?

 Click here to watch the full movie


Facts of the Matter  7/12/1995


Good Morning!

“Never give your hearts to this world or to any of the things in it…The whole world-system…(is) based on men’s primitive desires, their greedy ambitions and the glamour of all that they think is splendid…” (I Jn. 2:15, 16 – Phillips Translation)

But the glamour is alluring! We can identify with St. Augustine’s cry, “Give me chastity, but not yet.”

If the truth were out, many of us would have to admit that the world’s glamorous are our closet heroes. We ogle their lifestyles which seem so smooth…leisurely, and in control.

Almost transcendent .

Perhaps they have mastered Lauren Hutton’s secret of success, ” Never, ever let them see you sweat.”

Our lives, by contrast seem to muddle along amidst our rather tired and familiar surroundings of dirty laundry, unmowed lawns, and piles of unanswered mail.

James reminds us however, that “flirting with the glamour of this world” is akin to being “the world’s lover,” an “unfaithful wife.” It is by our love of the world…by our spiritual adultery, that we become “an enemy of God.” (Jms. 4:4 Phillips Translation)

Years ago I remember attending a Rotary Club meeting with the rich, the powerful and the beautiful of our town. These were the guys with the tailored pin stripe suits, Italian hand crafted shoes, and manicured nails. Cool. Polished. Together. Cultured. Or so it seemed.

However, as the meal progressed I realized how many of these men I had privately counseled. And in those sessions, they had wept, pouted, and agonized over disintegrating marriages, rebellious kids, severe financial problems, and self-doubt over their professional abilities.

It is vital for us to understand that true fulfillment is found in the daily struggle with loving, giving, and forgiving amidst piles of laundry, raucous kids and rushed schedules. It is here that the authentic beauty of Christ’s character is being forged.

And the “glamorous” world can never match that !

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

~R Dwight Hill~

Walt’s Letter – August 2016
Like many of the passages in the Bible, I don’t necessarily like it, but I do agree with it.

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