HEBREWS 11:1 ON 11/1

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  – Hebrews 11:1

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I think sometimes we memorize verses and can spout them off without pausing…  but do we stop and think about what they mean?  We should.  Just because you have memorized 1,000 Bible verses and can say them by heart – well, that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily imbedded in your heart – see what I’m saying?

This is one of those verses that most church-going young children are taught to memorize – one of the first verses we are required to commit to memory.  Hopefully, as it’s committed to memory, it’s also imbedded in the heart.

I’ve observed that frequently where we see the word FAITH – the word HOPE is not far away!  Coincidence???  I think not.

The book of Hebrews is meant to show us how Christians should live.  We should be radical in our belief, willing to take risks and love in a sacrificial manner.  As we read on, our confidence in God’s promises should deepen and our hope remain steadfast in God alone.

There are two key words in this passage – (1) SUBSTANCE and (2) EVIDENCE.  Only by faith are we able to see the invisible fingerprints of God on the things He has made…  by that, I mean the beauty, order and awesome greatness in creation and in our daily life.  These are the evidence that God is in control.  Through faith we can clearly see God’s fingerprints everywhere!

Non-believers see but are blind to what they’re seeing – and they don’t see fingerprints – God’s or anyone else’s.  Without FAITH, we can’t recognize the significance in a given situation.  If true faith is on board and we are open to the leading of God’s precious Holy Spirit, we see and trust God for answers instead of calling the psychic hotline on TV.

We read God’s promises and have faith that God will walk with us today, of course.  The comforting news; however, is that He will be there at the end of this life and the beginning of eternity.  I love this poem by Lucinda:

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We walk by faith – not by sight.  When we cannot see physically, we understand by faith.  It’s a spiritual act that sees the fingerprints of God.  It’s not a matter of BELIEVING HARDER…  that’s worldly thinking and known as wishful thinking – it goes in the file along with the tooth fairy, cupid, little green men and Santa Claus.

OK – I didn’t really want to go there…  but I will.  FAITH DOES NOT CREATE WHAT WE HOPE FOR!  That’s stinkin’ thinkin’ and false teaching and preaching.  That name it and claim it, God is a vending machine theology is so far off base.  That is not to say we cannot CLAIM the promises of God – that is perfectly fine.

Faith is a SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION of God’s promises.  What promises, you ask?  I’m so glad you asked!

Here ya go!  http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/how-many-bible-promises-are-there

There are SO many promises from our loving Heavenly Father are just waiting for you.  Read through these verses and pray.  Prepare to be amazed at how God will work in your life.  He’s faithful when we exercise our faith.  It’s true!  🙂

 

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MOLE DAY

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If you are not a science nerd or chemistry geek you may not have a clue what Mole Day is – I admit I did not.  Let’s learn together.

Most Americans – 84% – saw science as a positive force in society.  Yet…  all age-groups had a rather flimsy grasp of simple scientific concepts, even those taught in most public high schools, such as gravity or the structure of the atom.  – Priyamvada Natarajan, PhD

MOLE DAY is celebrated annually on this day from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. and commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.  That’s about when I started dozing off – but stay with me.  Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry.  Various activities related to chemistry and/or moles will abound today.

For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the molar mass of the molecule.  Am I the only one getting a headache?  LOL!  For example, the water molecule has a molar mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams.  In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro’s Number of molecules or atoms of that substance.  This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858).  He didn’t receive credit until after his death.

Wow – I think the left side of my brain is asleep or something.  So – let’s see how people with a left brain celebrate this Mole O’Ween:

 Auld Daddy Darkness creeps frae his hole,
Black as a blackamoor, blin’ as a mole….
– James Ferguson

Yes – my mind is going toward the animal mole…  guilty!

Well – there’s an idea for your Halloween costume!  You can be Dr. Geek.  Works for me – hmm – not sure about those goggles – they might have to go.

 There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.  – Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883

I took science in high school and had to memorize a lot of minerals and stuff – but could not tell you any of them now.  I did what I had to do to pass the course and did not make an A.  I’m sure this is a great day for the smart science geeks  in America and around the world.  Have a good time and Happy Mole O’Ween!  🙂