Phantom Galaxy – M74
“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
I pray this week you have abided “in” Christ. In the Greek dictionary, other words for “abide” are remain, dwell, continue, endure, etc. In other words, our daily focus is to have an enduring presence as one in Christ. Jesus made an incredible promise in John 15:5
I wasn’t going to put another space image in this week, but when I ran across the Phantom Galaxy, I couldn’t resist. This image was the combination of the Hubble (optical) and the JWST (infrared). M74 is in the Pisces constellation and 32 million light years away (as you remember, if your new Tesla can travel at 186,000 miles/second, it will still take you 32 million years to reach the Phantom Galaxy). Charles Messier’s assistant discovered M74 in 1780. Phantom Galaxy (YouTube 1 Min)
Earlier this week as I was outside late at night, I had a profound moment as I was looking up…… Jesus created all those stars that I was looking at. Sometimes we think how famous and gifted certain people are throughout the years, like: Thomas Edison, Alexander the Great, Leonardo da Vinci, Babe Ruth, Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, Willie Mays, Albert Einstein, Joe Montana, Captain Kirk 😊, Pelé, Elon Musk, etc. You saw that some people waited 24 hours in line to walk past Queen Elizabeth’s coffin. At its peak, the line was 10 miles long! Yet in relation to Jesus Christ, who are these people? Jesus was crystal clear when He said, “………. for apart from Me, you can do NOTHING!” (John 15:5). If some guy invented a machine that could create a galaxy, how many people would wait in line to meet him? We already have that Person, and He didn’t need some machine….. with a thought, He spoke the entire Universe into existence. Jesus said to “……..follow Me.” (Luke 9:23-24). Why is it so many Christians today don’t want to truly follow Jesus? Would they rather spend eternity in Hell? How many of those mentioned above are or will be tormented day and night, forever and ever in the lake of fire and sulfur? (Revelation 20:10)
Following Christ is not for the “faint of heart!” …………. But what are your options? You only have two. Pick one!
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)
Men: As was stated last week, the more we reject our love of the world (1 John 2:15) the more we will be alone……but not lonely. Purpose in your heart to keep your will in complete surrender to His will……..
Thy Will Be Done and The End Justifies the Means – Red Book Day 34 & 35
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically
¹ Exodus 10:27
☢️ See Attached PDF – “Lies Men Want to Believe” [Compilation of 8 lessons]
This would make a great study for your serious guys! ⚠️ WARNING: Expect some pushback! ⚠️
Please pray for the Camp Hebron Men’s Conference this weekend!
Pray for the speakers and the men attending….. thanks
You may be familiar with the acronym: MAiD? It stands for Medically Assisted Death. Canada has been doing it since 2016. You might want to familiarize yourself …… because what Canada does, we often follow suit …………. Soon, Canada will be offering MAiD to the mentally ill. By the way, on Vancouver Island, MAiD accounts for 11% of all deaths.
The Decay of the World and the Love of God
Since Canada legalized euthanasia in 2016, there has been a strange balancing act at the heart of its medical system. There is a national suicide prevention hotline you can call 24/7, where sympathetic operators will try to talk you out of killing yourself. But today there are also euthanasia hotlines, where operators will give you the resources you need to carry out your wish. Doctors and nurse practitioners are now in the business of saving the lives of some patients while providing death to others.”
Check out this chart:
The Decay of the World and the Love of God by Tim Challies
The Great Apostasy in the Church Today
By David Wilkerson (1931-2011)
David Wilkerson Sermon Jam | The Great Apostasy
(YouTube 6.5 minutes)
Forgiveness is a struggle for all of us at one time or another in our lives. Perhaps one of the greatest stories of forgiveness is an experience Corrie ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place had after she was released from the concentration camp…….. here is that story:
It was in a church in Munich where I was speaking in 1947 that I saw him – a balding heavyset man in a gray overcoat, a brown felt hat clutched between his hands. One moment I saw the overcoat and the brown hat, the next, a blue uniform and a visored cap with its skull and crossbones.
Memories of the concentration camp came back with a rush: the huge room with its harsh overhead lights, the pathetic pile of dresses and shoes in the center of the floor, the shame of walking naked past this man. I could see my sister’s frail form ahead of me, ribs sharp beneath the parchment of skin.
Betsie and I had been arrested for concealing Jews in our home during the Nazi occupation of Holland. This man had been a guard at Ravensbruck concentration camp where we were sent.
Now he was in front of me, hand thrust out: “A fine message, fraulein! How good it is to know that, as you say, all our sins are at the bottom of the sea!”
It was the first time since my release that I had been face to face with one of my captors and my blood seemed to freeze.
“You mentioned Ravensbruck in your talk,” he was saying. “I was a guard there. But since that time,” he went on, “I have become a Christian. I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did there, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fraulein – “again the hand came out – “will you forgive me?”
And I stood there – and could not. Betsie had died in that place – could he erase her slow terrible death simply for the asking?
It could not have been many seconds that he stood there, hand held out, but to me it seemed hours as I wrestled with the most difficult thing I had ever had to do.
For I had to do it – I knew that. The message that God forgives has a prior condition: that we forgive those who have injured us. “If you do not forgive men their trespasses,” Jesus says, “ neither will your Father in Heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Still I stood there with the coldness clutching my heart. But forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. “Jesus, help me!” I prayed silently. “I can lift my hand. I can do that much. You supply the feeling.”
And so woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes.
“I forgive you, brother!” I cried. “With all my heart!”
For a long moment we grasped each other’s hands, the former guard and former prisoner. I had never known God’s love so intensely as I did then.*
*Reprinted by permission from Guideposts, Copyright©1972 by Guideposts Associates, Inc., Carmel, New York 10512.
GOD BREATHED WORDS: FRUIT
A dear brother sent me this blog from his friend living in the U.K.
More wonderful reflections from John 15
DWELL ON THESE THINGS
I thought this was so good. You will like it…….
DWELL ON THESE THINGS (YouTube 4.5 minutes)
John 10:10 Project