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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Great Mysteries of Life: The Answers Are So Hard, So Simple



A few of these mysteries come to mind:
How did the universe begin?
What is life?
Where did we come from?
Why am I here?
Is there anything after death?

Scientists spend millions of dollars trying to find the beginning of the universe. If they can only collide atoms well enough, they’ll find the “God particle” that holds things together. Archaeologists and paleontologists look for keys to understanding the beginnings of mankind. Evolutionists are constantly changing their theory with new discoveries, but they always talk about links between apes or other creatures and humans and evolution over millions of years. Astronomers can see farther and farther into the universe with new telescopes and satellites. They find innumerable galaxies and consider the possibility of the existence of other earths and civilizations. They’re sure something’s out there. Everyone wants to know his purpose. Why am I here, anyway?

These are the mysteries of life.

The more complicated humans make it, the less they know . . . .

Someone Who knows everything
has already revealed the answers!

It’s so simple.

All we need to do is open the Bible!

Let’s take the mysteries one by one.


1. How did the universe begin?
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). For more details about the creation of the world, read Genesis 1 and 2.


2. What is life?
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so (Genesis 1:30).

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand (John 10:28).

God gives life to plants, animals, and people. He provides humans with eternal life, if they accept His gift through Jesus Christ. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).


3. Where did we come from?
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them (Genesis 1:26-27).


4. Why am I here?
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).


5. What happens after death?
And Jesus said unto him (the thief on the cross), Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43).

The Apostle Paul said, We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

Jesus told this true story. (It is not a parable.) There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead (Luke 16:19-31). Jesus illustrates the two different places people go after they have died. One is heaven, and the other is hell, a place of torment. Yes, God Himself clearly says there’s life after death.

There are probably more mysteries of the universe that I didn’t think of, but all the answers are in the Holy Word of God, the Bible. We don't need to scratch our heads. We only need to trust the One Who created, the One Who died for us, the One Who gives us life and purpose.


  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Young Adult Style


















As you know, I enjoy fashion and style. You might not know I worked for a time in a design department for children's fashions. I wasn't a designer, but we drew the designs for screen prints, appliqu├ęs, and embroidery. We also drew and painted the children's clothing catalog by hand. Can you imagine?

Some time ago, I asked for volunteers--all young adults--to be my models for a virtual fashion show. It's not as much about fashion as style. Each person was free to choose his clothing and model as he saw fit. Enjoy!









Many thanks to my volunteer models: A. J., Damaris, Daniel, Jessica, Raquel, Sarah, Sol, and Victoria (as well as two adorable dogs). You demonstrate style, fun, and a lovely Christian attitude.

My models live in Ecuador, Guatemala, Japan, Micronesia, Spain, and the United States. One has modeled professionally, but the others confess to being nervous in front of a camera. One of my models is a mother and another is expecting a baby. My models work at: assembling car parts, writing (one's a published author), and studying. They're active in their churches. Some of them teach Sunday school.

Why do a post about style? Because I think Christian role models are important, and modest style demonstrates variety and flair.

God bless these young adults as they serve Him in many different capacities!