Give Thanks? Who Knew It’s Neuroscience!

corned beef hashI love corned beef hash.
But who can afford to pay $3 for a little can of it.
So recently I saw corned beef hash
for only $1.99 at Walmart.
I drove home drooling over the prospect of
enjoying it for breakfast the next morn!

Until family says,
“Perfect, we’ll take that to Denver for our brunch this weekend!”

Moment of decision and reaction:

♥   Give thanks—that we’ll be seeing our daughters for brunch and sharing MY corned beef hash with them?

   Or complain and moan:  “That’s my corned beef hash that I was dreaming of for breakfast this morn!  I was figuring on half the can!”

Grateful?  Or gripe?  The situation comes up countless times a day.  Spiritually the choice is clear.  Sounds like a no-brainer!

Who knew it’s neuroscience!

quantum-leap-2Study of the brain is discovering that our thankfulness or negativity changes the neurons in our brain.  We build a network of thankfulness or complaining in our three pounds of grey matter.

It has to do with synapses.  What’s a synapse?  “Is that in Google Store?”

No gripes about my joke, please!

A synapse is a minute gap at the end of a neuron.  When we think, synapses “fire” and send signals across to other synapses.  This forms a bridge over which signals and information are transferred.

“Complaining and the Brain—How ‘Bad  Karma’ Is Created” by Viatcheslav Wlasoff, Ph.D.

Should it surprise us that somebody who understands neuroscience has a name you can’t spell or pronounce!

Never mind that, the exciting discovery here is that each time an electrical charge triggers, the synapses involved are actually brought closer to each other.

When it’s time for a new thought—give thanks or complain—the one most likely to surface is the one which can form a bridge between synapses in the shortest period of time.

“What all this means,” writes Dr. Wlasoff, “is that thinking about something initially makes it easier to think about it again in the future.  As such, if a person is constantly unhappy, it makes it more likely that he or she will continue to have negative thoughts if nothing is done about it.  On the bright side, though, this also suggests that if we make a conscious effort to think positive thoughts, the positive feedback cycle helps us to become a more optimistic personality as well.”

We build a neuron network in our brains by what we think.  And then that change of neurons most often fired gives us a bias to think that way again.

Hebb’s Law puts it:  “Neurons that fire together wire together.”

“So,” says Alex Korb, Ph.D. in “The Grateful Brain—the neuroscience of giving thanks,” Nov. 20, 2012, “once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for …”  It creates a virtuous cycle.  We look for what’s right instead of for problems.

This is boosted because it feels good!  Expressing gratitude increases the production of serotonin and dopamine.  These neurotransmitters then fire up the bliss center of the brain.

It’s like we make paths of thinking—and the more we walk down them, the more they get welcoming, and the more we choose them.

A desire becomes a thought, then an action, then a habit, and finally character.

Neuroscience is also discovering that

Who we spend time with can change our thinking subconsciously

Yes, expressing negativity can be bad for both complainer and listener.  Giving thanks can fire up both the speaker and listener.  No wonder “The righteous should choose his friends carefully” (Prov. 12:26).  And the righteous should be an example to others.

So when you wake up each day, thank God for a new day of life.  Each day is a gift from God, called the present!  Dr. Natalie Engelbart advises that we start each day by specifying five blessings.

The Blesser commands through Paul, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thes. 5:18).

hugI want to move my giving thanks synapses so close together that they hug!

complaint deptI want Christian neurons!  Who wants a Complaint Department upstairs!  Who really wants the nerve to say that.

The next time you stand at the crossroads, choose the thanks road.

Start a virtuous cycle, not a vicious one.

Instead of beefing, give thanks for the Hormel you can share—in my case, Mary’s Kitchen.

Recent research finds that complaining corrupts the portion of the brain called the hippocampus.   You wouldn’t want hippos to not be able to go to college.  Seriously, decision-making and intelligent thought center there.

So it sounds like a no-brainer but it isn’t.  Our brains are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” as David exclaimed in Psa. 139:14.

The right spiritual choice through the Holy Spirit guiding our spirit in man changes our physical brain—which then promotes our future spiritual choices and inspires those around us to be thankful too!  Exhortation by people and scripture is great, but I hope you’re like me that

This neuroscience motivates me extra special

to want to make the right choice to give thanks.

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Thanksgiving: Time to Elevate

This modern convenience dates back at least to Rome 336 B.C. when Archimedes built one.   That we are going the way of Rome is bad prophetic news, except in this mode we would hate to do without:  elevators.

elevator oldThose back then were open cars hoisted manually by people, animals or water wheels.

The first dedicated passenger elevator was used by King Louis XV of Versailles to get from his first floor apartments to the second floor apartments of his mistresses.  So no worries about getting caught sneaking down the stairs.  Men in a chimney lifted his “flying chair” with ropes.

In 1823 British architects Burton and Hormer created a steam-powered “ascending room” to take tourists up for a view of London.  But cables could snap and you’d descend!

elevatorToday if you work crosswords, the answer to “the name in elevators” is Otis.  In 1852 Elisha Otis invented the safety brake and later formed the Otis Elevator Co.  Thanks to him, we can have the ups and downs without plummets!

Today if all the backup systems fail, there’s still shock absorbers waiting at the bottom of the shaft.  Comforting knowledge that probably won’t stop you from screaming to death!

When life is not going our way, and in fact seems to be going down and downer, God in us can absorb the shocks.  Keep us from hitting bottom.  And at the Master Timer’s right time

Lift us up!

In Num. 14:24 God praised Caleb because he “thinks differently and follows me completely” (New Century Version).  Why’s that so relevant for us today?  God allowed Caleb and Joshua to enter the Promised Land whereas the discouraging spies were plagued to death (verse 37)!

How should we think differently?  Nut jobs think differently!  We need God to crack our hard, stubborn shells.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways … For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9).

God isn’t saying we should forget it, we can’t possibly muster up godly thoughts.  He says we can if we elevate them!  The ladder to His higher thoughts is His Bible.

Paul said we can have the very mind of Christ (Php. 2:5).  How?  When we esteem others better than ourselves by emptying ourselves to serve them humbly.

What powers this?

Willis TowerWe take the elevator rather than walk up all the stairs.  When I took the one-minute ride to the top of the Willis Tower in Chicago, for the thrill of standing on the Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor, it spared me from walking up and down all those flights!  The man who never returned would be in Chicago not Boston!

We elevate our walk on this earth by walking as Jesus walked (1 John. 2:6).  That’s not talking about platform sandals.  That’s living with a higher purpose and plan.

Top floor, please

For the power to elevate, we can go up any time we choose to the very throne of the universe (Heb. 4:16).  Up where everybody shouts “Glory!” (Psa. 29:9).   That beats any British ascending room!

Tellingly, we go to the upper room—the uppest room—by humbling ourselves on our knees.  And in attitude.

In many elevators, you can go down to Parking.  We must not park spiritually!  Not bury our talents.  Not scoff off hastening His coming.  Not take our hands off the plow.  We must be found “so doing” now and when He comes (Matt. 24:46).

Agreeing with Matthew, Paul commends “those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality” (Rom. 2:7).

You reading this now have opportunity to “seek the things that are above” (Col. 3:1).   To urgently pursue the higher thoughts and actions of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

In the Old Testament ceremony on Pentecost, the High Priest held up two loaves representing the first fruits.  He elevated them—waved them—before God to be accepted (Lev. 23:17).  We can do all things through Jesus Christ, our High Priest (Php. 4:13).

At Thanksgiving, we usually find that we take everything for granted.  It’s time to rise above that.

The clouds, please

So when the seventh trumpet blows, and the first fruits are changed from physical to spirit, and rise to meet Christ in the air, we’ll get to elevate!

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Pigging Out

“Man, I’m ready to pig out!   All I ate was a little oatmeal this morning and I’m starvin’!”

“So what’s with the chicken salad?  You could be chowing down on this smokin’ pulled pork sandwich!”

“C’mon, just because I’m so hungry I could eat a horse, you know I’m not gonna.”

pig blue glasses“Yeah, I wouldn’t eat Trigger either.  But you think the Bible says no pork.”

“I think information stated more than once in the Bible is especially important.  Leviticus and Deuteronomy both say no pig.”

“Right, the Law of Moses.  Done away through Christ.”

“So the harsh old God of the Old Testament picks on something that tastes so good just to test the obedience of His faithful people?  And then the loving Son lifts the burden?”

“That’s how it looks.” 

“Except what a surprise!  The God who banned pork was the one who became Jesus!”

“Maybe He changed His mind.”

“The one who is the same yesterday, today and forever?”

“Well, the Bible says Noah ate pork right after the Flood.”

“What?!”

“Noah’s family got off the ark and had to go find food.”

“Yeah, so?”

“When they returned from foraging, Noah exclaimed with delight, ‘They’re back!  Shem and Japheth and ham!'”

“I didn’t see that coming!  A real slopper!  …  sloppy Bible study.”

“Well, you should lighten up.  I don’t know where it is in the Bible but I remember hearing that Jesus purified all meats.”

“You’re thinking of where the Pharisees were criticizing the disciples for eating with ceremoniously unwashed hands.”  

Like “All employees must wash their hands before going back to work”?

“You could say that.  But probably shouldn’t!    Jesus noted that thanks to the digestive system He created, any dirt—or anything consumed—would pass through.  It happened to me when I was a boy and swallowed a nickel.”

“OK, dude, now you’re making a little cents.”

“And you’re making a groaner!   Here’s what makes sense to me:  Instead of eating gross animals because they taste like chicken, just eat chicken.”

Peter's sheet“OK, but what about when Peter has this vision of a sheet and the voice commands him to eat.”

“Peter was shocked not jubilant!   This leading apostle objected, ‘I have never eaten anything common or unclean.'”

“So?”

“So, this was a decade after Jesus supposedly purified all meats and after His resurrection supposedly changed everything.  Surely Jesus would have shared such ‘freedom’ with His disciples.”

“I never noticed that.”

“Three times Peter saw the same vision, and each time he wondered what it meant.  He didn’t jump to conclusions and a pepperoni pizza!”

“Because John was not a papa yet?”

“Would you get serious!” 

“Well, what did it mean?”

“Peter said ‘God has shown me not to consider any man unclean.”  God wanted him to go baptize the first Gentile converts who were not Jewish proselytes.”

“Well, Paul clearly changed everything.   I remember he said ‘There is nothing unclean of itself.'”

“Paul used different Greek words to distinguish between being common—ceremoniously defiled or polluted—and unclean.  The word for common was koinos and …”

“Are we talking nickels again?”

“No, Paul continuously discussed the problem baffling everybody at that time …”

“Whether Gog and Magog got Nero elected?”

“Stop it!  Whether to eat meat sacrificed to idols.  The New Testament Church was Jewish based and did not question the foundational knowledge of clean and unclean meats.  Paul also battled ascetics who were judging the Christians for enjoying proper food, drink, and worship days explicitly taught by the Bible.”

“Wow, I had always heard Paul was telling them not to be conned into doing the Old Testament Jewish practices.”

“Peter said Paul’s writings were ripe for twisting.  The purpose of clean and unclean was to be holy as God is holy.   He said He did it so that it might be well with us and our children.”

pigs garbage
“Well?  I should confess:  My doctor keeps advising me not to eat pork.  Poison on the plate, he brands it.”

“Here’s the main course for me:   There’s not one example in the entire Bible of any righteous person eating unclean meat.”

“You’d think there’d be lots.”

“And here’s something else to think about.  In 164 B.C. what abomination did Antiochus Epiphanes sacrifice on the altar in Jerusalem?”

“Pig!”

“And what are we?”

“Temples of God.”

“Who love God and want to please Him.  That’s why I value you as a brother in Christ.”

“Well, that was good to the last bite.    I hear what you say.  I’m going to look into what the Bible actually says and let’s talk again over lunch next week.  It may be my last pulled pork sandwich.”

“Yes, pig out!”

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unclean pigI recommend a booklet called “What Does the Bible Teach About Clean and Unclean Meats?” you can get FREE by mail or download at https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/what-does-the-bible-teach-about-clean-and-unclean-meats?World 51 8-30-17

 

The Three Most Powerful Words

I  love you?
Please  forgive me?
Powerful words but not the three most powerful words.

Esther & KingTaking a long pause at the entrance of the throne room and probably saying a heartfelt silent prayer, Esther  approached King Ahasuerus of Persia—humbly and respectfully because she was uninvited and risking death if the king didn’t hold up his golden scepter to his queen.  Ominously, she hadn’t been invited for 30 days!

Well, King Ahasuerus not only sceptered Esther but he offered her anything she wanted up to half his kingdom!   An amazing offer, but did anybody doubt that he would have done just that?

A better throne and a better offer!

We don’t need an invitation to come before the Father’s throne!  We are always welcome to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).

And outdoing the Persian king’s offer, Jesus promises

“If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14)

We can absolutely count on that—the word of the Son of God—more than Esther could count on the Persian king.

genieBut we must realize, Jesus is not a genie in a bottle who must grant wishes of any kind to whoever rubs the bottle.  He gives conditions in the Bible for asking in His name and claiming His promise to do what you ask:

♦   Will what you ask bring glory to the Father in the Son (John 14:13)?  John 15:8 says the Father is glorified when we bear much fruit.

♦   Will your request help you “go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain” (John 15:16?

♦    Do you “abide in Me, and My words abide in you” (John 15:7)?

♦   Will “whatever you ask the Father in my name …” have this result:  “that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-24)?  God is a happy God who dotes on His children!  And who wants us to have life and have it  more abundantly (John 10:10).

♦   Do you “keep His commandments and do those things pleasing in His sight” (I John 3:22)?

♦   Is what you ask “according to His will” (I John 5:14-15)?

♦   Do “you have faith and do not doubt” (Matt. 21:21-22)?  A mountain would move!

If we have no doubts about a human king’s offer, why about the King of kings’ promises “who cannot lie” (Tit. 1:2)?

Each of these passages promises that if we fulfill its condition, we are guaranteed not just half a kingdom but

“Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you”

It’s even more amazing than that:  God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20)!  With Him all things are possible.

Do you ever catch yourself getting up from prayer and then mumbling as an afterthought:  “Oh yeah, in Jesus’ name”?  The last words of any communication are potentially the most important.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea  to pray “I  love you.”  Or  “Please forgive me.”  But make sure you end your prayer by coming boldly before God’s unsceptered throne with the three most powerful words:

“In Jesus’ name.”

Amen!

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The Sound of Wisdom

sound of silenceIn 1966 Simon & Garfunkel could hear
the sounds of silence.

Today are we missing the sound of wisdom?

On the way home from Puerto Vallarta, I wasn’t looking for anything except to endure the long way not expected to end until head on my pillow about 4 a.m.

So I wasn’t expecting

something tailor-made just for me on the flight home and in the days after.

Seventy-two verses in the Bible, especially in the Proverbs, teach that a wise person will quickly respond to correction.   “You can’t tell me what to do!” is not the wise response!

One of those verses came into direct play:

“The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise” (Prov. 15:31).

Sitting in the Los Angeles Airport waiting for our connecting flight to Denver, scheduled for 9:30 p.m., we watched the time ticking down with no loading in sight.   An on-time flight would still have us arriving in Denver about 1 a.m. and arriving home in Canon City by car about 4 a.m.  And the best-case scenario was not happening!

Getting antsy sitting anxiously, I stepped into the Southwest lineup as soon as a few others made the move.  Standing by the A50 post, I commented sarcastically to the man standing across me on the A lower-number side, “Here it is 9:25 and they’re still claiming ‘on-time’ on their banner.”  “Oh,” replied the relaxed and smiling man in his early 40’s, “The pilot will make it up in the air.”

How realistic is that, I thought, but was pricked by his reply.

glass half fullI see myself as a realistic and positive optimist.  It’s half full.  Unless there’s a clear mark on the glass specifying 49%.  And this level was dropping by the minute!

At 9:35 the banner still proclaimed “on-time” but I got tired of standing so sat back down in a chair.  The family from our Colorado Springs church who was on the same plane back to Denver was seated nearby, and I lamented to their oldest daughter, an outstanding senior in high school who seems always comfortable talking  to adults, “So they’re still claiming on-time and they’re five minutes late already!”

Foolish me for thinking this energetic teen would be feeling like this downer old man nearing past his bedtime.   After a telling pause Simon & Garfunkel would have appreciated:   “The plane in Puerto Vallarto left late, and we still got here on time.”  Even yet her comment has not left the runway.

A few days later, on our drive out to Chicago, we were staying overnight in a Knight’s Inn.  When I saw they offered HBO, before channeling my way there, I lamented that HBO in hotels is always worthless because there’s never anything worth watching the night we’re there.

But “Hidden Figures” was on, near the beginning, and we stayed up later than we should have thoroughly enjoying it.

That night, I couldn’t help remembering these incidents and being convicted that maybe I’m not the realistic and positive optimist I profess to be.

Yes,  me, the one who wrote the recent post about how neuroscience shows that thankfulness or complaining constructs neural networks in our brains that then influence us to do the same next time.

After the wind, earthquake and fire, Elijah was alert for the still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12).  Simon & Garfunkel tuned in to the whispers.

Will we keep missing the rebukes of life?

This time I heard it.

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Condensed Game of Life

At the Hotel Friendly Resort in Puerto Vallarta,
only three TV channels were in English.
I only managed to find one of the playoff games
between the Yankees and the Indians, and true to the odds,
it was in Spanish.
Just a couple of innings clocked dos horas,
and I could barely guess what was going on beyond ball quatro and strike tres!

In hotels the last two nights on our way to Chicago,
I was pretty sure the Yankees were playing the Astros but couldn’t find any game.

But I just discovered the amazing solution that hits it out of the park:
google the condensed video of a game you missed.

All the action boom, boom, boom!
Each third strike, ball four, hit or out.
All the relevant action of a three-hour game in 10 minutes with no commericals!

Wouldn’t it be nice to see a condensed version of the Game of Life—
a condensed version of what the Bible says about the purpose of life.

In the beginning God and the Word lived, except that they had no beginning (John 1:1).  The Bible specifies nothing else spiritual or material existed.   These two eternal beings decided They wanted to share their joyous way of life.

So They created angels.  The angels shouted for joy (Job 38:7) when God created the heavens and the earth.   God put Lucifer in charge of the earth, apparently to prepare it for the future time when humans would be created to live on it.

But Lucifer’s joy soured to pride and vanity and apparently he didn’t relish the idea of helping future beings become greater than him.  So he convinced one-third of the angels to swoop up to the third heaven to try to replace God (Isa. 14, Ezek. 28).  The spiritual clash rendered the earth and actually the entire universe into tohu and bohu (Gen. 1:2), and God swatted Satan and his demons back down to earth to rule it until the Word would become the Second Adam (John 12:31).

But first there had to be the first Adam.  So God recreated the messed up universe in six days and at the end of it they created mankind, both male and female, in their image (Gen. 1:26).  After the God kind, not the animal kind.

spelling treeGod created Their Sabbath for man (Mark 2:27) by resting from all the very good They made and gave Adam and Eve simple instructions:  you may eat of any tree of the garden except of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

But the snake slithered in Sunday  morning and all too easily tricked them into thinking God was holding out on them.  Nobody has the right to tell you what to do or what is right and wrong.  You “will be like God” (Gen. 3:5) and …

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Hey, you call this a condensed version!  You’re barely up to chapter three.  This post is going to end up longer than the Bible!  You can’t have a post that takes longer than three minutes to read.

When you say you are going to give us a condensed version of the Game of Life—the purpose of life according to the Bible—as Dizzy Dean, the Hall of Fame sports commentator used to put it so colorfully:  “Are you just bumpin’ your gums!”

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Very well, here’s the condensed game of life

God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are reproducing themselves, and you can be in their Family and Kingdom.

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Heard in Puerto Vallarta

This popular resort on the Pacific side of Mexico
is one of the places where many visitors
don’t know how to pronouce where they are.

OK, we’re talking us gringos.
We do okay with ordering tortillas but somehow say “Va-larta.”
A local says the “V” should be so soft as to sound almost a “b.”
Then there’s those who put “eh” on the end,
and I don’t think it was the Canadians.

In addition to those from the north, our group of 700 came together in unity for eight days from Australia, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Guatamala, Mexico, Netherlands, St. Vincent, United Kingdom and United States.  The 11 colorful flags adorning the stage served as a wonderful reminder of the earth-wide importance of what was being heard.

We had the Hotel Friendly resort all to ourselves as we

Enjoyed the sounds

of waves splashing on the beach, families frolicking in the three outdoor pools, pirates arghhhhhing on the replica of Christopher Columbus’ Spirit of Santa Maria, and dophins making high-pitched squeaks as they swam with us and granted a kiss.  Thankfully my wife said mine are better.

Of all the sounds heard in our glorious time in PV, the most important were the daily messages—half in Spanish, half in English, with translation—picturing what the Millennium and the Great White Throne Judgment will mean for the restoration of this entire earth (Acts 3:21).  Having one pure language (Zeph. 3:9) will be a huge key so that “all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.”  I found that even with my best effort I could only get about 30% as much from the Spanish service as from the English.  No wonder Paul said don’t talk in tongues [languages] unless somebody interprets (1 Cor. 14:13).

The opening night message set the tone.  Festival Coordinator Mario Seigle noted that the word “joy” comes from the Hebrew word samach which means something very bright.  Our happy God expects to see his joy expressed in His children’s beaming,  smiling faces.  The Feast of Tabernacles means “the season of our joy” and the joy of the Holy Spirit enables us to cope during the hurricanes of life raging above the ocean but below the surface all is calm.  Mario gave five sources of biblical joy:

♥   the Holy Spirit
   understanding God’s truth
   vision of coming Kingdom of God–you are invited to His Feast!
   trials to count all joy
   content with what we have

This all-inclusive resort means you can eat and drink anytime all you want in five different restaurants.  God says at the Feast we can spend our money for “whatever your heart desires” (Deut. 14:26).  The trick is, said Ben Light, “What does your heart desire?”  As Frank McCrady jokingly put it, “You can pig out on the fruits of the Holy Spirit!”

harvest moonAn annual treat of the first Holy Day is the Harvest Moon when it shows off full, bigger and brighter.  The moon was created for signs and seasons (Gen. 1:14), and the Harvest one dramatically pictures the great spiritual harvest of the earth which will take place during the Millennium and Great White Throne Judgment.

This is especially true of the ending Holy Day called the Eighth Day.  The latest estimate is that 107 billion people have lived on the earth—about 15 dead for everyone alive now.  Right after the Millennium ends, the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezek. 37) will rattle and come back to physical life.  All who have never had their chance at salvation will at that time (Rev. 20:11-12).

The role of teacher will be paramount.  Dr. Frank Dunkle said “There’s no teaching to compare with example.”  He said Jesus Christ is preparing a job specifically for each of  us and He’s going to have us ready.

hugVictor Kubik said more than information or correction, the people will need a hug!  We need to understand suffering in order to rejoice.  God the Father and Jesus Christ didn’t paper over sin and suffering; Jesus came right into it!  He bloodied His hands.  And His body.

C.J. Williams explained how Jesus was compassion in action.  He always did the most helpful service He could do at the moment.  He saw a need and filled it.  He looked for ways to make somebody’s life a little better.

thSF8JW51WA special treat was going to the zoo which doesn’t seem to have as much stringent regulations as ones in the United States.  You could be pretty close, yet safe, to hungry hippos and hyenas while feeding them.  Some got to hold cute and wiggly baby tigers and lions in their arms as they snarled playfully.  What a foretaste of the Millennium when a little child will lead a lion and lamb together (Isa. 11)!  The miracle of changing the very nature of wild beasts will be far less than the miracle of changing the nature of man!

God commanded the temporary tabernacle in the wilderness because He wanted to dwell with His people (Ex. 25:8).  Jesus came down to tabernacle with man (John 1:14).  Now the Church is His temple as well as each individual Christian (1 Cor. 6:19-20).  We must remember that no matter what comes our way, God will be there for us!  As close as you can get:  He lives in us!

In Rev. 21 God the Father is finally going to come down to the new earth to dwell with His resurrected family for eternity (Rev. 21).

geese flyingThe future God has for us is beyond our dreams.  If we make a step toward God, He will make a bigger move toward us (James 4:8).

God sets before us the same choices His called have always faced.

Oh, God, we have heard  

Will we choose to accept our incredible destiny!

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