What is really on the inside?

Appearances are deceiving. Some mushrooms sautéed in butter are quite delicious and leave a delicate lingering aftertaste, and some mushrooms will have you in the graveyard with lingering aftertaste of, “How foolish could I have been”! Some snakes are exquisitely detailed with vibrant colors and patterns that are very pleasing to the eye and some are the color of dirt. The difference is that some snakes are harmless and some can kill with a single drop of venom. Seeing what’s on the inside can be a terrific advantage. People are often the most challenging specimens. It’s not easy to discern whether someone’s a ‘new friend’ or wants to rob you and leave you for dead.

Everyone has to learn to be a good judge of another’s character. Politicians have always been under suspicion because of their proximity to money and power. What lies just under the surface can suddenly swallow a person whole. Just ask Jonah. In Jesus’ day there were many who appeared to be one thing but in reality were something totally foreign. Common people had some difficulty with discernment, but not Jesus. He looked at their hearts and intentions. And some were revolting!

On one particular occasion Jesus called a spade a spade and the crowd loved it, but those He addressed weren’t so impressed with His description of them. Jesus was talking to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. In Matthew 27, He let the people listening see what was really on the inside of these ‘holy’ men. Jesus said that everything they do is done for men to see. He said they are full of pride and love the attention of others. Jesus said they were hypocrites, blind guides, and blind fools! He said they were full of greed and self-indulgence. Jesus said they were like whitewashed tombs, which looks beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. He said they were snakes; a brood of vipers!

Jesus sees what’s on the inside of everybody. If you started peeling, what would the world see?

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans,
for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them, for your Father knowswhat you need before you ask.”

Matthew 6:7

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Work This Puzzle Brainaics

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People the entire world over simply love puzzles and games.  Kids love them because they are both fun and intellectually stimulating.  Adults love them because they are fun and intellectually stimulating and a challenge to their mental prowess.  Businesses love them because of the money that cascades in from their manufacture.  Let’s be honest, everybody loves a good puzzle!  Everybody thinks they can outsmart, solve, or cheat it.

Rubix CubeRubik’s cube was invented by the Hungarian professor and architect, Enro Rubik in 1974.  The picture here is a mild distortion of the actual device.  The toy was an instant success and a commercial gold mine.  Many think it has been the World’s best selling toy.  It was all the rage in the 1980’s.  The game consisted of eight corners, twelve edges, and 54 individual squares.  The game was advertised as having a billion combinations.  Wrong!  Because most people didn’t understand higher mathematics they didn’t tell the whole truth.  The game actually had over 43 quintillion possibilities.  Thaaaat’s right!  What does that look like: 43,252,003,273,489,856,000?   Check the research—the numbers align.

In so many words, it was a brain teaser and a brain twister.  It is widely believed that dozens of insane asylums opened up shortly after the game was introduced to house those who couldn’t crack the winning combination.  This completes our take on game theory and invites you to ponder another mystery.  This mystery is taken straight out of the Bible and has baffled scholars, theologians, seminary students, professors, the laity and many others in almost every country for two thousand years.  By the way, all you geographers, archeologists, mathematicians, paleontologists and other professions interested, you’re welcome to apply all your inductive and deductive skills in solving this mystery.  Good luck.

“Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow; in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:9-11

The question for puzzle lovers is:  Where exactly is “under the earth”?

What’s After The Big Ol’ Bango Theory?

Whats after the big bang theoryMeteorAre you an Evolutionist or a Creationist or an I-don’t-give-a-hootist?  Charles Darwin was a keen observer of life on this planet.  His “general theory of evolution” contains some genuine original thought, and some genuine original observations on “His” theory of evolution.  It’s like going to Disneyworld with your kids.  As long as you go there “knowing” it’s an entertainment Mecca meant solely for amusement and profit, you won’t drag home disappointment that mice, dogs, and duck’s can’t talk, sing and dance.  Many Super Bowl players after winning the big game are asked what they are doing to do next.  Say it with me, you’ve heard it over and over, “I’m going to Disney World”.  Hopefully, those millions who hear that realize that there’s a big difference in “The Magical Kingdom” and “The Heavenly Kingdom”.  Just once, I’d like to hear one of these skillfully trained professional athletes who deserve the recognition for winning the “big” game say, “Thank you Lord for all the abilities you’ve given me, and one day I want to be deserving of visiting ”The Heavenly Kingdom”.  Just remember one kingdom belongs to man and one Kingdom belongs to God.  Let’s get back to those tricky molecules.

Molecules.  Every living thing in the universe has them and even the stuff that doesn’t have life has them, too.  If you’re an animal, mineral, or vegetable you’ve got molecules.  There’s a little debate whether organic or inorganic molecules came first, but that’s a different horse race.  Let’s focus on where those first molecules came from.  Where ‘exactly’ did those first building blocks of life come from?  Did they come from the roly-poly innards of the Big Bang Theory?  Were they spawned from exploding stars and wayward meteors carrying ice crystals with indeterminate molecules as a hitchhiker?  Could they have come from something that slithered out of the ocean deep carried by a  current deposited on a sandy beach?  Did they come from spewing volcanic particulates?

Whatever brand of primordial soup that caused comets and asteroids and planets and moons to be in existence and to be fixed in a determined orbit around a perpetual burning star may never be uncovered.  But one thing is certain, as long as all the great minds across the planet continue to theorize and hypothesize about these unfathomable details on the creation and its subtle nuances, God will continue to get a chuckle a day.  And who said God didn’t have a sense of humor?

If you believe the first sentence ofYour big guide the Bible, everything else falls into place.  If you are determined to ferret out all the minute mysteries of the universe, you better start with the Book of Genesis, because that’s where the very first Genes are found.