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Friday, September 6, 2013

The life cycle of a cell is simply amazing.
cells3.jpg The life cycle of a cell is simply amazing. It does work to construct constraints on the release of energy, which does work to construct more constraints on the release of energy, which does work to construct even more constraints on the release of energy, and other kinds of work as well.~ Stuart A. Kauffman [11.9.03]

Kauffman makes the point it is stunning that the universe has brought forth autonomous agents.

By this he means it can reproduce itself and do at least one thermodynamic work cycle.

I guess this is starting to speak non-common language and so makes our understanding of this complexity blurred.

This is unfortunately what most of deep science does today. To understand the deep speak requires a lifetime of focus and study.

Yet, those of us who have other lives can do little to understand these aspects full, and yet we need to also gain a view of the complexity of our universe we live in.

In this part of the paradox and complexity of life!

To understand our universe takes many lifetimes of which each person has one and so it is not possible of us to ever fully understand the universe.

This means that I can say with confidence that I cannot understand the universe, and neither can any other scientist.

We each have a small perspective of the whole. We each place our own interpretations on it and view it colored by the events and knowledge of our lives. To the extent that we have common life understanding with others we tend to agree and to the extent we have different life understanding we struggle with agreement. Wars are evidence of this process.

The universe is extremely complex and yet is constructed with apparent skill.

The “common sense” science of the current times seems to suggest that it self-created and there is no God. Yet the direction of this complexity seems to suggest otherwise.

Now, my perspective, that I hope aligns with many of my common group (which happens to be those who believe Jesus is God) tends to say otherwise.

We contend that God created the universe!

How does this align with this very different perspective of many scientists?

Many scientists tend to laugh at Christians beliefs, yet in every scientific discipline there are leaders who are ALSO Christians. In other words the Christian beliefs ARE congruent with scientific beliefs in each discipline if viewed from a specific perspective. This means that as a whole, there must be a logical and common understanding of the scientific universe that includes a creator and does not disagree with the scientific facts.

For example, let’s go back to Staurt A. Kauffman, and please understand I know nothing of his spiritual beliefs and I am merely using some of his statements to illustrate my point.

He says,

“The life cycle of a cell is simply amazing. It does work to construct constraints on the release of energy, which does work to construct more constraints on the release of energy, which does work to construct even more constraints on the release of energy, and other kinds of work as well. It builds structure. Cells don't just carry information. They actually build things until something astonishing happens: a cell completes a closed nexus of work tasks, and builds a copy of itself. Although he didn't know about cells, Kant spoke about this 230 years ago when he said that an organized being possesses a self-organizing propagating whole that is able to make more of itself. But although cells can do this, that fact is nowhere in our physics. It's not in our notion of matter, it's not in our notion of energy, it's not in our notion of information, and it's not in our notion of entropy. It's something else. It has to do with organization, propagation of organization, work, and constraint construction. All of this has to be incorporated into some new theory of organization.” [1]

Okay, so that’s quite a mouthful which I will (probably inadequately) summarise.

He is saying that cells are remarkable because they do more than live and carry information, they build new structures that can replicate. Furthermore he states that physics to date cannot explain this, and it needs a new theory of organizations to explain it.

In other words if that organization Kauffman desires, is God establishing the patterns or molds into which the creativity unfolds, then physics can currently not contend otherwise.

In this area, we again come back to the fact that God creates!

We must always respect the fact that while God is all knowing and all powerful, he is also a God of truth, justice and order. He created us as curious beings and so also created a world in which we can fully satisfy this drive that is innate within us. (Created by God?)

While some scientists may mock Christians, deep science always shows that at the periphery of knowledge of the unknowns where theories breed, there is always an option that includes God’s control.

I contend that, for me, this is in itself proof of the glory of God.

God wants us to learn, discover and develop in exciting ways.

God provides us with the structures and degrees of freedom that we need to do this. Yet, our God is a great God. He also directs our universe and upholds it.

Isn’t that a wonder thought with which we can enter our days activities with a curiosity and grateful love of what Jesus our saviour has done for us?
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Time trouble
giveup.jpgIsn't amazing that we all seem to have too little time to do what we want to do in our lives.

We have to rush here, go there, get to work, find time to feed ourselves, the family and in some cases the baby. We chase ourselves around continually becuase there is so much to do and so little time to do it.

Did our Lord Jesus do that?

Surely he had the most important agenda this earth ever enabled for any living person to date?

Yes!

Surely he should have moved at a frenetic speed, chasing back and forth?

Thats what we would do!

Surely he should have had teams of people organized with schedules, rosters, and checklists of tasks that needed to be done?

He didn't!

If we had tried to do what God had done it's likely that would have been the picture people would have seen.

What did Jesus do Instead?

One man choses twelve others who are not pre-qualified with lots of technical and communication skills.

He invests his life in them and those around him, never travelling that far form his local neighbourhoods.

How does he get the message out?

By listening to Holy Spirit and doing what God the Father wants.

Was he successful?
YES!

What can we learn from that?

Can we learn that chasing ourselves around is not as important as listening to Holy Spirit and doing what our Father wants?

Jesus made disciples and told us to!

What are we doing to get this right in our lives today?
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Grow that love like a wildfire..10/10/10/eternity rule
  firefighter.jpgWhen you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire. ~ Whoopi Goldberg

“Control your emotions, let loose your love” are some words of wisdom I have heard and want to pass on.

There is a business writer for publications (like the Bloomberg news ) called Suzy Welch and who suggests that when we want to make a tough decision we use something that she calls the 10/10/10 rule.

The concept she put forward is that we need to consider what we would think of our decision 10 minutes from now, 10 months from now, and 10 years from now.

This is a great way of putting our thoughts into perspective and limiting how much our emotion impacts our decisions.

I in addition suggest that in many things in life we need to apply the rule, but perhaps with a slightly differently perspective.

Too many times in life we react in the short term, or we do things in the short term, without considering the long term impact.

The sacred writing in our bible says in 2 Timothy 5-8,

I remember your honest and true faith. ...  And I am certain that it is now alive in you also.

That is why I remind you to help God’s gift grow, just as a small spark grows into a fire. God put his gift in you when I placed my hands on you.

God didn’t give us a spirit that makes us weak and fearful. He gave us a spirit that gives us power and love. It helps us control ourselves.

So don’t be ashamed to give witness about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, his prisoner. Instead, join with me as I suffer for the good news.

God’s power will help us do that.

This writing is where Paul that great man of the past writes to a junior disciple to encourage him. We see that Paul wants faith and the power of Holy Spirit to grow from a spark into a fire.

Let’s consider that!

A spark needs some excellent tinder and fibrous wood chips if it is to grow into a flame.

Faith needs us to nurture it when it starts, if it is to grow. When we first come to Jesus our faith is small and easily upset or troubled. We need to talk to other Christians and read our bible to guide our faith and grow it. We need to step out in that small faith and do things that God wants us to do. Then, as we allow Holy Spirit to work through us, this faith becomes more and more certain.

After a while, having seen and experienced Holy Spirit working through us many times with great effect, and sometimes seeing the result of failing to let Holy Spirit work through us, we move past the point of little faith to just knowing with certainty that God is with us, in us and guiding us 

This is rather like the type of faith we often have as we text a friend. We send them a message and may not receive the answer for a number of hours, but we know they are there and will respond. Our relationship with God is often much like that. We chat to God and ask him for guidance, strength, hope, love and ways to overcome our failings. Sometimes we may need to wait a while until we get that answer. Sometimes the answer is not quite as expected either. yet God is there an like a very good friend always answers in a way which is best for us, independent of whether we full agree or not. God's love and will to have the best for us into eternity outweighs our limited vision and knowledge.

Then, following Holy Spirit, we learn to love in what are sometimes unloving circumstances.

 
When faced with a situation that needs us to actively love , and sometimes forgive in tough circumstances, we can apply the “10/10/10/eternity” rule from God’s perspective.


Here the question is...

what will this do to further God’s kingdom in 10 minutes from now, 10 months from now, 10 years from now and into eternity?


Are we building eternal structures of life, or just trying to appease the moments in our life?

Let’s consider that as we address the times and decisions we face today!

 Let’s build a wildfire of faith and God’s love in our time! A fire no fireman would ever want to put out. A fire that does great good rather than harm!
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Jesus is no Angel
BreakBounds.jpg"May God grant you always...A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you." ~ Irish proverb

Sometimes people seem to equate Jesus with an angel and in the Christian writings of the Old Testament, it seems he often appears to be one.

The New Testament writings do however clearly point out this is not the case. The book of Hebrews opens on this subject and the writer goes to great lengths to explain Jesus is not an angel.

The writer explains “All angels are spirits who serve. God sends them to serve those who will receive salvation.”

Those words are really interesting for everyone aren’t they. Let’s pull them apart a little.

Who sent angels?

God.

Why?

To serve.

To Serve whom?

Those who have not yet accepted Jesus as God!

From those words we get to understand angels actually serve sinners! Wow! Doesn’t that seem like a curved ball?

Okay, so these spiritual beings are probably around us all the time. We rarely catch a glimpse of them or their work but they are there.

But Jesus was no angel.

The writer explains...

God never said to any of the angels,
“You are my Son.
    Today I have become your Father.” (Psalm 2:7)
Or,
“I will be his Father.
    And he will be my Son.” (2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chronicles 17:13)

Jesus is God’s son.

He is far more important that the angels. The writer points out he was present when God created the world.

“Lord, in the beginning you made the earth secure. You placed it on its foundations.
    The heavens are the work of your hands.

11 They will pass away. But you remain.
    They will all wear out like a piece of clothing.
12 You will roll them up like a robe.
    They will be changed as a person changes clothes.

But you remain the same.
    Your years will never end.” (Psalm 102:25–27)

Jesus is God!

But here is what he says about the Son.

“You are God. Your throne will last for ever and ever.
    Your kingdom will be ruled by what is right.

You have loved what is right and hated what is evil.
    So your God has placed you above your companions.
    He has filled you with joy by pouring the sacred oil on your head.” (Psalm 45:6,7)

God is worshipped by angels

God’s first and only Son is over all things. When God brings him into the world, he says,

“Let all of God’s angels worship him.” (Deuteronomy 32:43)

We can see that while angels are cool creatures.
 
And the bible says “God makes his angels to be like winds.He makes those who serve him to be like flashes of lightning.” (Psalm 104:4)

We also know that Jesus is more than any angel. He is God himself and our hope in the future rests on God himself. The sinners may have angels with them. We as Christian’s have Holy Spirit within us.

I know that sounds weird.

The God who creates and upholds the universe decides in some small way to live within our lives.

You know what’s really weird?

It’s that so many people reject this or that some accept Jesus and never allow god to really change them form the inside out giving them his power and love.

I never quite get why people reject and push God away.

I hope toady we will the opposite and ask god to empower our lives as we appreciate his presence.

Have a wonderful God blessed day.
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Christian growing pains
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"My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, or lose heart when you are punished by him; for the Lord disciplines those whom he loves, and chastises every child whom he accepts." Hebrews 12


Discipline is not a word we really want to hear any more in the western and perhaps many European world environments.

I do think in many less “advanced” countries it is still valued and considered important, but I think that perhaps the “sophisticated nations” (and I am not sure they are that sophisticated) have fallen by not focusing on it as they used to.

The great drive for self-pleasure has combated the need to submit to stresses and strains that discipline uses to build us.

We no longer chose what is right, despite it being of immediate discomfort.

We seem to rather want to sit in our armchairs watching our media and perhaps play our games, being content to see hero’s with discipline and goals strive against all odds to achieve. Yet if possible, we have someone hand us our crisps, drinks and candies, and enjoy the show, not even being disciplined in our own health.

Many of us also do not look after our bodies with discipline. How many of us do regular exercise and look after the body our Lord provided for us?

These are physical aspects of discipline. Then we have the mental aspects!

Those mental aspects we still get asked to exercise for the good of work and schooling. These aspects are better organized and dealt with.

We are more disciplined here as our intellectual abilities are often of greater value than our physical in many professions in this new world of technology and science.  The strong man has given way to the “clever” man, although this is not complete and we still need physical strength in many important careers. Think of firemen without which we would all be in deep trouble.

Yet spiritual discipline seems to be the least favoured.

If we want to see how far we have sunk we only need look at those tried and true ten commandments or Decalogue as it is known. These are found in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 . I plan to paraphrase them and ask simple question as to whether some people ignore these...

1.   Have no other gods except the one God. (What is more important than God in many of our lives?)

2.   Make no images to worship in place of worshiping God. (Rock star posters and memorabilia? )

3.   Don't use God’s name in a disrespectful way (How many times to you hear Jesus name taken in vain, God’s name linked to putrid substances and statements?)

4.   Remember the Sabbath (How may of us keep a day holy each week? How many even try? One service on a day does not make the day holy does it?)

5.  
Honor your father and mother. (How many people argue that their parents are not worthy of honor, how many speak badly of parents, how many verbally abuse parents to their face, how many dump parents in homes because it's more convenient?)


6.   Don’t murder (Seems easily kept until we remember Jesus said... “You have heard what was said to people who lived long ago. They were told, ‘Do not commit murder. (Exodus 20:13) Anyone who murders will be judged for it.’ 22 But here is what I tell you. Do not be angry with your brother. Anyone who is angry with his brother will be judged. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ must stand trial in the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire in hell.” When last did we become angry?)

7.   Don’t commit adultery (Adultery seem to be promoted everywhere in western culture. I think those of Eastern and Asian cultures still try to keep this commandment. Yet, if we listen to Jesus, he has an even higher standard...” You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ (Exodus 20:14) 28 But here is what I tell you. Do not even look at a woman in the wrong way. Anyone who does has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Given this standard, do anyone of us believe we have kept this commandment under Jesus conditions?


8.   You shall not steal ( This is apparently less difficult, but I would believe we have all succumbed to this at one point or another. Perhaps a siblings toy, or a piece of information out of someone else’s work, or cheating on taxes?)

9.   Don’t say people have done things they haven’t (How careful are we to speak exact truth?)

10.                Don’t be envious of your neighbours belongings (how many want that car, boat or house  or other items they have? Even our media works up these desires in us to a fever pitch and then call it “marketing”). Don’t be envious of his wife (Keep to the joy of our own wife, instead of think about another’s).

Discipline is lacking isn’t it?

Why does our bible say about this?

“7 Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? If you do not have that discipline in which all children share, then you are illegitimate and not his children. Moreover, we had human parents to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not be even more willing to be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share his holiness. 11 Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.” Hebrews 12

We are being built up, not broken down by these guidelines and the instruction God gives us.

If we are wise we admit our failures and throw ourselves on the love of God, to be forgiven totally. Then we ask him to help us do what is best for ourselves. That best we can do is listening to God’s advice and following it, even when it is difficult.

We are not perfect! We all fail along the way, but it’s not the failures, but the fact that as we go forward, and as we do we get better and better, and experience more and more of God’s power and gracious intervention in our lives.

God loves us! If we accept his discipline, we are actually also learning to love ourselves.

Let’s think about that today!
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