B A Z I N G A !

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I wonder…

Will people still watch the TV Show if they have to take that word “Theory” off the title?

I’m talking about the Big Bang Theory, of course.

This week at least part of that theory appears to be proven true.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics made an announcement that using some monitoring equipment based at the South Pole, they were able to observe gravitational waves.

These are consistent with Albert Einstein’s long unproven notions about the nature and expansion of the universe.

Kind of a big deal.  Here’s a diagram of how the Big Bang is supposed to have led to the universe, from Wikipedia:

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You got that?

Okay, me neither.  I mean I get the concept, but it’s a little over my head.

The Book of Genesis makes it so easy to understand:  God had a busy week, and made everything.  Including us.

No fuss, no muss, no unfathomable accounting of time and space and “gravitational waves”.  Just sunlight, and water, and plants, and animals, and people.

Which story do you like better?  The one where all matter was originally condensed to the size of a marble, and then “BANG!”, or the one where God hovers over the deep and says “Let There Be Light”?

I, for one, like them both.  The story from science tells me about a release of energy greater than I could possibly understand.

The one from the Bible tells me about God’s creative power unleashed.

Are science and religion telling the same story?  Some people on both sides would adamantly say ‘no’.

I say ‘yes’.

I say one tells the story through numbers and theories.

And the other tells the story through ideas and imagery.

I believe that when the universe comes more clearly into focus, so can my faith.

Today, the Big Bang is less of a theory and more of a fact.

And my faith in God’s unfolding power?  It’s stronger than ever.

I believe God put this whole crazy universe in motion…

And then God said,

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Have a great week,

Mitch

Three guys walk into a fire

Three guys walk into a fire.

No, it’s not the beginning of some bad joke. It’s the beginning of one of my favorite Bible stories.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Three good, faithful boys who refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar.

And because of that? They burned.

Well, wait. They were supposed to burn, but they didn’t. Wow!

Now cut to this week.

This week, Colorado is on fire. Hundreds of homes destroyed. Thousands of people evacuated. The pain and destruction has been devastating, and the fires aren’t out yet.

I cringe to watch the news or check the internet. I can feel the heat from here. And I wonder, where is God during all of this?

Where is the angel?

In the Shadrach story there is a fourth figure there in the flames, protecting the three boys. It is an angel from God, sent to protect them.

Just as importantly, that angel was sent to be with them. To go through the fire with them.

The moral of that Bible story? God is in the fire, taking the heat with you. Loving you through anything.

I believe the same moral can be said today.

Please keep the firefighters in your prayers. They come from surrounding states and different backgrounds. They face the fire head on because of their strength, their training, and for many, their faith.

These men and women may be too busy to recognize it, but I believe there are angels with them, there in the blaze, fighting right along side them.

As we watch, from a distance, let’s remember.

God is with us always, and

it’s no joke when…

Three guys walk into a fire.

Keep praying,

Mitch

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Can you commit?

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Incoming message for you…from Jesus:

You, my friend, are confusing!

I mean in terms of your actions.  You’re all over the place!

Check this out:

com·mit/kəˈmit/  Verb.

  1. Carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act): “he committed an uncharacteristic error”.
  2. Pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy.   (Google definition)
Isn’t it weird h0w one little word, “commit”, can point in two diametrically opposed directions? 

For Christians, to commit means either to 1) carry out a sin or 2) join a group opposed to sin.

That’s just wacky! And the wackiest thing is I’ve seen you do both!

Sometimes you’ll commit a sin, usually when you think nobody is looking. It’s as if you’re not in your right mind. You focus all your energy and effort into doing the very thing you know you shouldn’t be doing!

I once said this to my disciples:

‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34)

Nothing makes me sadder than to see you enslaved to your passions, selfish desires, and so on. I wish you’d stop.

I wish you would take all that energy and passion and focus it in the direction of the Kingdom! That’s something worth being committed too.

Old Job had a rough go of things, but even so, he kept the right focus.  Remember when he said this?

“As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause.” (Job 5:8)

I love that. Good for him.

And what about you? You’ve got so much potential. So much to offer the world and the Kingdom. It’s so good having you committed, when you focus on Love and Compassion and Justice.

As for those other times, when you commit to the wrong things…

I forgive you. I always will.

But keep this in mind, friend:

Choosing whether to commit a sin or commit yourself to the Kingdom…

can shape the definition of your whole life.

Have a good week,

(Jesus)

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