Eternity, God’s Kingdom, Light, and…Physics?

Re-blogged from: Reflections By Mettabel

What does physics have to do with the kingdom of God?

What happens when we stand in the presence of God’s glory?

How can God’s command “Let there be light” impact our daily lives?

MettabelBlogger, poet, physician, and author of biblical historical fiction Mettabel Okulaja explored these concepts yesterday on her blog. Here’s an excerpt:  Continue reading

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Scribe’s Playlist — Be Still

Posted by Rebecca.

My heart felt heavy today as I sat to work on this post. I have friends who are struggling with life-threatening illness, job and income losses, deaths of loved ones, and the stresses of life.

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As I pray for them and share heartfelt compassion for their circumstance, I have an inner peace that the God I love and gave my life to will, without a doubt, show himself real and faithful to each one of them in just the right time. That He will answer their cry for help and my simple prayers for them.

I know He will answer, and yet I understand the feelings of fear, sadness, and inadequacy my dear friends may be experiencing. Those feelings tend to war with our faith that God is with us and never leaves us. Those fears at times utter battle cries that may rise through the peaceful moments of our prayers and pierce our hearts.

Maybe it is to those warring fears we need to say, “Be Still! My God is with me and together we WILL have victory.”

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Those words “be still” are not just a call for silent worship. It was the voice of God addressing wicked warring nations to “cease and desist”. Warning them that He would be exalted, not them. That they had no chance of winning.

As I read and studied this verse today, I was reminded of the song from Bethel Music “Be Still”.

So, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Be Still

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A Laboratory, Maniacal Laughter…and God?

Posted by: Rebecca.

Creativity isn’t always making something where there was nothing, but taking the ordinary, even something considered trash, and turning it into something beautiful.  Continue reading

Afraid of the Light?

Posted by: Bridgett.

“The baby bat

Screamed out in fright,

‘Turn on the dark,

I’m afraid of the light.”

                   ― Shel Silverstein

Have you ever been afraid of the dark?

I think most of us have, at least sometime during childhood. Many kids I’ve known feel they must have a closet light, night light, or hallway light on to even have a chance of closing their eyes and falling asleep.

Understandable. After all, darkness hides or distorts the true nature of the things around us. A pair of jeans on a chair morphs into a monster. A robe on a peg suddenly resembles that sheet-clad ghost on Scooby Doo. And if it’s really dark, who knows what may be lying in wait under the bed?

But have you ever known someone who was afraid of the light?  Continue reading

Declare Your Independence!

Posted by: Bridgett.

Have you declared your independence lately?

flagIn 1776, America’s founding fathers did just that. They took a bold, scary, irrevocable step that led to total freedom from British authority.

If you live in America, can you imagine some guy from England showing up at your doorstep today, demanding you pay a fine for violating some law established by the British parliament? You’d laugh in his face.

Last weekend, our church hosted guest minister Russell Kalenberg. His message gave me an entirely new perspective on what it means to declare independence. As I listened, ideas not only for this blog post, but for my life as a writer and believer, started brewing.

So, what does it mean to declare independence? In this land of liberty I and many others are blessed to call home, from what do we still need to break free?  Continue reading

Caught in a downpour without an umbrella?

Posted by: Rebecca.

He sat on the couch, feet propped up by the wooden coffee table, the remote pointed at the television. He flexed his jaw and continued surfing the channels for anything that would give him hope that, somewhere in this world, good was still happening. Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Jesus, King of Angels

Posted by Bridgett.

Scribe's PlaylistMy nephew, whom I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, spent many nights during his early years afraid to be awakened by nightmares. I was babysitting him one weekend, tucking him into bed, when he said, “I’m not afraid anymore, Auntie. Jesus is more powerful than bad dreams.” Since that night, and to this day, his prayers have always included a request for Jesus to send His angels to watch over him and keep bad dreams away as he sleeps.

While listening to the radio a few weeks ago, I was stunned at how closely the first verse of a song mirrored my nephew’s prayer. With that in mind, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Jesus, King of Angels

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When is it better to think like a child?

Posted by: Bridgett.

Ann reached down to run a hand over her grandson’s hair. “I can’t play right now,” she said. “I’m making lunch. Why don’t you go read a book or something?”

The two-year-old scurried off to the next room. The wicker seat of one of the chairs crackled, and Ann pictured her grandson snuggling in with his favorite book, the one with the fuzzy bear on the cover. A few minutes later, his voice filtered to her over the sounds of cooking.

Who was he talking to? He hadn’t called for her, he didn’t have any toys in there, and nobody else was in that room. Ann turned off the stove and peaked through the doorway. She froze where she stood, as she watched her grandson carry on a casual conversation with someone she could neither see nor hear. Continue reading

7 Things I Learned About My Heavenly Father By Watching My Earthly Mother

Mom's coverMy family just celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday with a surprise party. While I was assembling old photos for a slideshow honoring her life, I was reminded of all the ways she has shown me—and others—who God is and the truth of His nature.

The following quote was recently posted on Facebook. I didn’t see an author listed, but I couldn’t have said it better myself…

The light that shines the farthest shines brightest close to home.

Here are just a few of the ways Mom has radiated God’s light and taught me how to do the same.  Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Light Up the Sky

Scribe's PlaylistGod is Light. But, it can sometimes be difficult to see or feel His presence through the darkness of our circumstances. The good news is, like physical light which exists beyond the visible spectrum, He is always there.

So, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Light Up the Sky

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