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The Design and Purposes of God 15 августа, 2009

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Today's Devotional.
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writen By Katrinka Bootsman

«In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth» (Gen. 1:1) That was how it all started and everything was in order, everything was good. Then God created man and woman and put them into his creation. They were given the work of taking care of the Garden of Eden. But they did not fulfill their purpose as God intended. They introduced disorder into a world of order. Sin and death came about as a result of their failure of purpose.

But even though the world is no longer in perfect order, as we look at our world around us we can see God. We can still see the result of His beauty and purpose in the order we still find there in nature. Simple things often go unseen. This morning as I looked out of my window I saw a tree. The majesty of this evergreen tree loomed above me. This tree is just a baby now. They tell me it will grow up to be 35 meters tall ! What an amazing thing that people can actually expect such uniformity in nature! Why is it that one tree in the forest towers above the others to such a majestic height and another tree in the same forest only grows to the height of 10 meters? They have been given that uniformity by the Creator.

 

The Lord our God has programmed nature. With His matchless design, He has caused all things to fulfill the expectations He gave them. A bee always makes honey, and never milk. A cow always makes white milk and never gives honey. Skunks always have an awful smell, and the rose always give off a sweet fragrance. The order of our world is strong evidence that there is a Creator, that there is Someone who cares for it.

 

You and I also have our purpose in this world. Unlike the tree in the forest, we have been given a free will, a choice in life. What will we decide? As Adam and Eve, will we disrupt this world by choosing the wrong way to live? Or will we fulfill our destiny and become a blessing in this world according to His will? What IS our purpose for being in this world? The answer is given in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14,

 

«Here is the conclusion of the matter:

Fear God and keep his commandments,

For this is the whole duty of man.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

Including every hidden thing,

Whether it is good or evil.»

I was BLOWN AWAY! 2 апреля, 2009

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Новости - News, Today's Devotional.
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A doctor-friend wrote:

A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio…and I was BLOWN AWAY! I want to share what I learned….but I fear not being able to convey it as well as I want. I will share anyway.

 He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is…how He spoke the universe into being…how He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire…etc. etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder..

 At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) ….and I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God’s handiwork. I remember so many times thinking….’How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???’

 Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart…how our loving Creator is also our sustainer. And then I lost my breath. And it wasn’t because I was running my treadmill, either!!! It was because he started talking about laminin. I knew about laminin. Here is how wikipedia describes them:

 ‘Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue.’ You see….laminins are what hold us together….LITERALLY. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell.. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn’t know is what laminin LOOKED LIKE. But now I do.

And I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)….

Here is what the structure of laminin looks like…AND THIS IS NOT a ‘Christian portrayal’ of it….if you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see…

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Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!!

Amazing.

The glue that holds us together…ALL of us….is in the shape of the cross.

 Immediately, Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.

 ‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

 For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things HOLD TOGETHER. ‘

 Colossians 1:15-17.

Call me crazy. I just think that is very, very, very cool.

 Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together….one cell to another….by the cross.

You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin ‘glue’ would look like long before Adam even breathed his first breath!!

 “Faith is not knowing what the future holds, but knowing who holds the future.”

 Kevin Good

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