I’m Going to Live Forever

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I came upon an article the other day, about a research venture called “The Methuselah Project.” Those of you with a grasp of the Old Testament, have probably made the leap already. The Methuselah Project is looking into ways that we can stop or maybe even reverse, the aging process.
As I read about medical advances and genomes, the benefit of a healthy diet and of regular exercise, they spoke about the possibility of people living to be hundreds of years old. And so I wondered, what happens if you get hit by a truck or eaten by a bear? You might not be health food, but you’d certainly be healthy food.
The quest to live forever, goes back to the Garden of Eden and we are no closer to living forever on earth now, than the first couple was then. Think about it; if we did discover an answer, we’d soon have to start feeding people to bears or we’d run out of space on spaceship earth.

Looking at the big picture though, as Christ Followers, we already have the answer to finding eternal life, it’s given to us in 1John 5:13.Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.


Shooting for the Stars

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A couple of news stories have caught my eye the past few weeks. The first had to do with India’s fledgling space program and the second had to do with said space program successfully landing a probe on the moon. Is it just me or is that a blatant case of spending money you don’t have, on stuff you don’t need, to impress people you don’t like? Now maybe I’m wrong, I’ve been wrong before, but isn’t India a third world country that struggles with providing adequate food and housing for their people? And if that is the case, that there are starving people living in squalor, than I think the Indian Government might have it’s priorities a little mixed up.

And then it was with national pride that the people of India celebrated the accomplishment. Kind of like applauding the dance band on the Titanic.

But really, aren’t we sometimes guilty of the same thing as Christians and churches? You know, we are more interested in making sure people are impressed, than making sure they are saved. And if that’s the case, then we have our priorities mixed up. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.



Who’s to Blame?

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Perhaps I was a little idealistic, but I was really looking forward to November 5th and not having to hear any more American election rhetoric. But alas, it was not to be, because for the last week I’ve been listening to the post-mortem reports about what went wrong or didn’t. What surprised me was how quickly the republicans turned on Sarah Palin, blaming her for the loss of the election. If she was as much of a liability as they are now claiming, it’s hard to believe it is the same group of people who wanted her one heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

But really, isn’t that simply indicative of human nature to say, “It’s somebody else’s fault.” We have been shifting blame since Adam said, “The woman you gave me”, which when you think about it, is what some republicans are saying to McCain, “The woman you gave us.”

I guess we never learn that each of us are responsible for our own actions and the choices we make and blaming other people or circumstances might make us feel better, but in the long run it doesn’t make us any better. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.



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A friend of mine related a disturbing conversation he had with a co-worker last week. It seems his co-worker is a hindu who immigrated from India a couple of years ago and he told my friend that there was hardly a day went by in India that some didn’t try to convert him to Christianity. Interesting, but the disturbing part of the conversation was that during his two years in Canada nobody had spoken to him about his soul, nobody. And India isn’t exacty open and receptive toward evangelism. But maybe that is why Christianity is growing in places like India and in decline in North America.

And I wonder if it’s because Christians in Canada are apathetic about people’s salvation?(apathetic is a nice way of saying: just not caring) And if we believe what we say we believe about heaven and hell then that would make us monsters.

Or maybe we are just trying to be sensitive about respecting new Canadian’s cultural identity. If that is the case I think Jesus would want to know: What will it profit a man if he retains his culture but loses his soul? Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.