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Shine

The moon seems to shine and we realize this is a reflection of the sun's light upon it. Astronauts walking on its surface reported it as dark grey, the color of pavement. This color and its bumpy surface cause it to reflect only about 12% of the sun's light. Further, the amount of light the Moon reflects depends on how close it is to the earth, sometimes dropping to 8%. The psalmist said, "Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." (Psalm 34:5) This idea of radiance is also mentioned by Isaiah when he talked about being in the Lord's presence, as he said, "Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy." (Isaiah 60:5) Moses when coming down from Mount Sinai after being in the presence of God creating the Ten Commandments "was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord." (Exodus 34:29) So, he put a veil over it until it had diminished. Paul stated in his…

Overheard

We have become more aware of the government's ability to tap into our phones and emails. Listening devices even exist that can overhear our conversations. This concerns us and much discussion is given to it as an invasion of our privacy and a violation of our liberties. But from the Bible we understand that God is listening and watching our life, too. The psalmist writing down what God wanted him to, says this, "From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do." (Psalm 33:13-15) It is impossible to remove ourselves from the gaze of God and from his listening ear. He is not a creator removed from His creation. He is interested and ever watchful. If we take this to heart, then we will be careful in what we say and do to others. In fact we will be careful in what we let ourselves think, knowing that God can read our thoughts also. Our words and act…

Works of Love

Jesus' followers reveal his heart. Our feelings, interests, plans and destiny are united with his. Prompted by the Spirit we feel, love, give, suffer and inherit the same future. So, what he did while on earth we seek to emulate, which helps us put in proper context a passage which too often has been viewed as "humanitarian works." He said to his disciples, "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." (Matthew 25:35-36) In other words, his disciples were addressing the basic needs of others, whether hunger, thirst, lodging, clothing, sickness, or imprisonment, and their answer to his declarations was "when did we see you" in these states? His answer was, "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."…