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The great designer



'The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvellous display of his craftsmanship.' Psalm 19:1 TLB

Whether you look at the universe through a telescope or a microscope, you discover that God is the great designer.Let's look at three of the things he designed: (1) Temperature. The sun's surface is 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and we're nearly 150 million kilometres away from it - just the right distance. If the earth's temperature was 50 degrees hotter or colder all life would cease. Think about it: why wasn't the earth placed twice as far away, or half as close? (2) Rotation. We rotate 365 times a year as we pass around the sun. Suppose we only rotated 36 times? Well, our days and nights would be ten times as long. We'd be terribly hot on one side, unbearably cold on the other, and life as we know it would cease. (3) Air. Oxygen constitutes 21 per cent of our atmosphere: the precise balance of air we need to breathe. Why not 50 per cent? Because the first time somebody lit a match we'd all be toast!So ask yourself, is the 21 per cent by accident or design? And if there's a design then it follows that there must be a designer. And there is. Would you like to know him? You can. At creation he revealed his great power, but at the cross he revealed his great love (John 3:16). Through Jesus his Son you can know the great designer personally and receive the gift of eternal life. If you don't, you'll enter a lost eternity. Any chance you'll be an exception? None! The people in Heaven will be those who got there by choice, not chance.

Soulfood: Gen 44-46 Jn 19:1-24 Ps 148:7-14 Ecc 5:4-6,

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Facing opposition



'Consider him who endured such opposition.' Hebrews 12:3 NIV

Do you remember the line from the hit song by Elvis Presley, 'Don't you step on my blue suede shoes?' You won't get too far in life before somebody does that very thing, and steps on your toes.But before you get discouraged and throw in the towel, take another look at the life of Jesus. Though he was perfect in all ways, he was criticised continually. His enemies called him a 'glutton and a drunkard' (Matthew 11:19 NIV). They even accused him of being possessed by a demon (see John 8:48). Yet he never allowed bitterness or discouragement to defeat him. To him, every obstacle was an opportunity to demonstrate grace and grit. His heart was broken by those he loved, yet he understood and comforted others. He saw disease as an opportunity to heal those who were sick; hatred as an opportunity to love his enemies; temptation as an opportunity to overcome the carnal impulses we all deal with; and offences as an opportunity to forgive. He went through life turning trials into triumphs - and he's our example. The Bible says, 'Consider him who endured such opposition...so...you will not grow weary and lose heart.'Pick up your Bible and reread his teachings. In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: ' You have heard that it was said, "Love your neighbour and hate your enemies." But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you. If you do this, you will be true children of your Father in Heaven... be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect' (Matthew 5:43-48 NCV). That's how Jesus lived - and that's how he wants you to live too.

Soulfood: Gen 42-43 Jn 18:19-40 Ps 148:1-6 Ecc 5:1-3,

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Don't live in the spite house



'Let all bitterness...be put away from you.' Ephesians 4:31 NKJV

In 1882 a New York businessman named Joseph Richardson owned a narrow strip of land on Lexington Avenue. It was five feet wide and 104 feet long. Another businessman, Hyman N. Sarner, owned a normal sized plot adjacent to Richardson's skinny one. He wanted to build apartments that fronted the avenue, so he offered Richardson a thousand dollars for the slender plot. Richardson was deeply offended by the low offer and demanded five thousand dollars. Sarner refused, and Richardson called him a miser and slammed the door on him. Sarner assumed the land would remain vacant and instructed the architect to design the apartment building with windows overlooking Richardson's land. But when Richardson saw the finished building, he resolved to block the view; no one was going to enjoy a free view over his plot! So 75-year-old Richardson built an apartment building on it, five feet wide, 104 feet long, and four storeys high. Upon completion he and his wife moved in. Only one person at a time could ascend the stairs or pass through the hallway. The dining table was eighteen inches wide. A newspaper reporter of some girth once got stuck in the stairwell, and after two tenants were unsuccessful in pushing him free he exited only by stripping down to his undergarments. The building was dubbed 'the spite house'. Richardson and his wife spent the last fourteen years of his life there. In 1915 it was torn down.Bitterness builds a lonely house with only enough space for one person. The lives of its tenants are reduced to one goal: make someone miserable. They do. Themselves!

Soulfood: Mt 4:21-22 Mt 17:1-9 John 19:25-27 John 21:20-24,

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