Editorials & Comments
This ‘n That
· Our normally sweet Great Dane has one quirk: She hates United Parcel Service drivers. While walking her one day, we came upon a guy delivering a package. Struggling to keep hold of her, I joked, “As you can see, she just loves UPS men.” Circumnavigating us, he muttered, “Don’t you feed her anything else?”
· “Ironically, after condemning Israel’s barrier, the U.N. announced plans to build its own fence to improve security around its New York headquarters.”
· Thoughts from a Wondering Mind: The President is constitutionally required to be natural born. Not so for Senators and Congressmen, who can be either a native-born or naturalized citizen of the U.S. There’s going to be one big fight in the line of succession should a VP not be able to serve when necessity calls.
· Riddle: A guy has 367 apples. You take away 34. How many apples do you have? (Answer at end of column.)
· Another prediction by John Paul Jackson, 2008: “Much political corruption to be uncovered at very high level.”
·”The word ‘Paradise’ comes from a Persian word meaning a walled park or enclosed garden. It was used to describe the great walled gardens of the Persian king Cyrus’s royal palaces.”
· “Flea power: Fleas can jump onto the coats of dogs or cats, where they like to burrow. To learn which are better leapers—dog fleas or cat fleas—French scientists put both at the base of tubes ranging from about a half-inch to 12 inches in height. Then they noted which fleas jumped above the rim of each tube. Leaping high enough to clear a nine-inch tube, dog fleas won. This makes them one of the world’s best jumpers. Scientists can use the findings to make more life-like machines. For instance, a group of engineers in New Zealand developed jumping robots, modeling their design after fleas.” (Kids Nat’l Geo.)
· We’ve all heard said that words mean things. This is very exciting to contemplate when applied to the Bible’s description of the New Jerusalem and the New Earth. There will be food to eat, beverages to drink, and work to do, in addition to …”eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (Consider the 1800’s compared to the scientific advances of our time.) Randy Alcorn in his book, “Heaven,” writes: “Scripture gives us images full of hints and implications about Heaven. Put them together, and these jigsaw pieces form a beautiful picture. For example, we’re told that Heaven is a city (Hebrews 11:10; 13:14). When we hear the word ‘city,’ we shouldn’t scratch our heads and think, ‘I wonder what that means?’ We understand cities. Cities have buildings, culture, art, music, athletic goods and services, events of all kinds. And of course, cities have ‘people’ engaged in activities, gatherings, conversations, and work. Heaven is also described as a country (Hebrews 11:16). We know about countries. They have territories, rulers, national interests, pride in their identity, and citizens who are both diverse and unified.” There’s so much more! You want to go there, just follow the signpost (Romans 10:9-13)
·Words to ponder: “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.”(Psalm 37:5.)
· Bible reading for January: Psalms 119: 1-96.
· (Answer to riddle: 34.) Happy New Year Random Thoughts by Beatrice
Just My Thoughts It’s Time to Move On!
A New Year always brings anticipation of new things to do, new places to go, new friendships to make, and new opportunities to explore. Many born-again believers in Jesus Christ take time to review the past year and then prayerfully consider ways to renew commitments to the Lord.
The writer of the book of Hebrews was ready for some action when he reminds his readers in chapter 6, verses 1-2 that it is time to move on. Those believers in Christ had for long enough been content to rehearse the truths of God’s Word and doctrine. He exhorts them, as mature believers, to put into action the principles of the new life in Christ.
That’s a good place for all believers to begin in the New Year. Let us do more for the Lord in the coming year than we have done before. And let’s begin right away because we don’t know how many more days we will have to work.
We read Bible passages that tell us to “put on the new man”, to “shine as the lights of the world”, and to let men “see our good works” and glorify our Father in heaven. God is actively at work in the affairs of men on earth and history reveals that His hand is upon His people in good times and bad. He has called the followers of Christ to action.
Let us begin to show forth His righteousness and salvation in this New Year, making this our first and foremost duty. For it is not only our duty, but our privilege! Let’s tell the good news of His love and what He has done for us; let’s spread the tidings round that He has been our Help in ages past and will be our Hope for years to come. Let’s move on in His strength as we speak often of His righteousness. Let’s tell of how He laid down His life to pay for the forgiveness of sins. Let us shout of our Mighty God who became sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God. “Let Jesus be seen in 2019!” Rev. C. Richard Johnson