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Recycling In Life - 1 - Intro

We have been recycling paper, plastics, and metals for several decades now. It was first brought to our personal attention when we moved to Portland, Oregon. There they were ahead of the curve in recycling. We understood that the objective of recycling was to make new items out of used items thus decreasing the amount of junk that would go into landfills. Today, it is more common to recycle and we are more creative about what we do recycle. We are even called a friend of the environment when we do or an enemy of the environment when we don't. However, recycling should not only apply to our physical lives but also to our spiritual lives. Problems we solve on a daily basis should not be solved and then discarded; rather they should be examined to see how God is using them to "conform us to the likeness of His Son" as promised in Romans 8:29. Ignorance to the spiritual recycling process and the failure to do it can create further problems as is illustrated on the physical leve…

Delighted

What happens within you when you experience a person, a place or a food that is delightful? Well, I know what I want to do. I want to remain with that person, dwell at that place as often as possible, and eat that food multiple times. David has found a delightful thing that causes him to repeatedly come back to it. He explains in Psalm 19. The first section of this psalm proclaims that creation reveals the glory of God, as we see in Romans 1 also. It speaks without a word a message that encircles the globe. It is all about its creator. It is best expressed in the sun that is radiant and warming. Every day without fail it repeats its course across the heavens, shining light on all, impartial to all. As creation reflects God from small thing to big sun, so the law (here meaning the word of the Lord from David's perspective rather than the law as used by Paul) reveals God, too. Following the creation illustration, the following verses use different names for the law, then add an approp…

Learning

Learning It is a common fact that most people stop learning by the age of forty. They live the rest of their lives on the basis of the information they have gained in the first forty years. Solomon in his wisdom said, "If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge." (Proverbs 19:27) So, consider the advancements of the last forty years. What more do we know about the universe on the basis of what we've seen from the Hubble telescope launched in a low earth orbit in 1990? Too much to list here but you can find it on the web. Consider that, the web, and what has happened because of the world wide web, commonly the www at the beginning of our searches. Enormous amounts of data are now available to be downloaded into our computers for review. And, what about those computers? Our phones now process more data than the first computers that filled rooms! Laptops, ipads and more are available for us to be connected to the world. To be a lifelon…