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March 20, 2015 · 10:55

Where do we come from?

 

A little girl asked her mother, “Where did people come from?”

Her mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children and that’s how all mankind was made.”

A couple of days later she asked her father the same question.

The father answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys, which the human race evolved from.” (sic)

The confused little girl returned to her mother and said, “Mummy, how is it possible that you told me that we were created by God, and Daddy said we came from monkeys?”

The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”

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Groan! Some terrible so-called “jokes”

Q.  What kind of man was Boaz before he married  Ruth?
A.  Ruthless.

Q.  What do they call pastors  in Germany?
A.  German Shepherds.

Q.  Who was the greatest financier in the  Bible?
A.  Noah .  He was floating his stock while everyone  else was in  liquidation.

Q.  Who was the greatest female financier in the  Bible?

A.  Pharaoh’s daughter. She went down to the bank of  the Nile and  drew out a
Little  prophet.

Q.  What kind of motor vehicles are in the  Bible?
A.  Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in  a Fury. David’s Triumph
Was heard throughout  the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the  apostles
Were all in one  Accord.

Q.  Who was the greatest comedian in the  Bible?
A.  Samson. He brought the house down.

Q.  What excuse did Adam give to his children as to  why he no longer lived  in Eden ?
A.  Your mother ate us out of house and  home.

Q.  Which servant of God was the most flagrant  lawbreaker in the  Bible?
A.  Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at  once.

Q.  Which area  of Palestine was  especially wealthy?
A.  The area  around Jordan .  The banks were always overflowing.

Q.  Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the  Bible?
A.  David.  He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.

Q.  Which Bible character had no  parents?
A.  Joshua, son of Nun.

Q.  Why didn’t they play cards on  the Ark ?
A.  Because Noah was standing on the  deck.

PS..  Did you know it’s a sin for a woman to make  coffee?
Yup,  it’s in the Bible. It says . .  ‘He-brews’

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Adam and Eve

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May 9, 2013 · 16:27

Fear

In the story of creation as described in the Book of Genesis, we read about Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit, something which had been specifically denied them. Knowing that God is searching for them, they attempt to hide.

It is a scene perhaps reminiscent of the childhood of many of us when we had done something that we were not supposed to and we literally hid from our searching parents. Finally God finds them, as we know that He will, for, after all, where can we go to hide from God? God asks them why they are hiding. Do you remember the response that Adam gave: “Because, I was afraid.”

I think this very poignant story reminds us that fear is so basic to who we are as humans, it goes all the way back to the beginning of time. To be human is to experience fear.

In Germany in the Harz Mountains is a particular peak that is called the Brocken.

For centuries it was a place of dread, because of stories of a giant who lived on its top.  These stories were verified by many travellers through the mountain range who had claimed to have seen him.

Then someone discovered this about the giant: he was only seen at sunrise and sunset… when the sun’s rays were horizontal.

Also – only when the Brocken was free of cloud.

What, of course, had been perceived to be a giant was only a magnified and distorted image traveller himself.

How often we tremble at our own reflections & flee at our own shadows.

Perhaps the most surprising fear of many people, and one that we do not like to address is the fear of God. It is the fear that God is not really on our side. It is the fear that God will put us out on a limb and leave us.

It is not a new idea. One of the great fears of the ancient people was that God would fall asleep. Can you imagine such a thing? When the prophets of Baal could not get their Gods to rain down fire on the top of Mt. Carmel, Elijah taunted them: Maybe your God is asleep, he said. On the other hand, the Jews took great comfort in the fact that the God of Israel neither slumbered nor slept.

Over and over again the message of the Bible is fear not. When Abram took his family to the Promised Land he feared that he was turning his back on everything he knew, his security for the unknown. God spoke to him: Fear not Abram, I am your shield and your reward will be great

When the Jews stood at the Red Sea and could see Pharaoh’s chariots coming on the horizon, they cried out that they would all be slaughtered. Moses said to them: Stand still, fear not, and see the salvation of the Lord.

When the angel of the Lord came to Mary and said that she would bear a child, she trembled with fear. What would become of her? Said the angel: Fear not Mary, for you have found favour with God.

Fear not! It is how we would like to live.

Into what kind of a world have our children been born?  We look around us and we often despair, when we see what kind of a society we live in and what kind of a planet we inhabit.  A dangerous and often desolate place.

There is much to be fearful about around us in this day and age.

But so there was also when the Gospels were written.

To anxious people in our day, Christ says, as he has said down trough the centuries to countless other fearful folk: “Do not be afraid; be of good courage!”

Regardless of what happens, God never deserts us.  And as Christ says, “Remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

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Abide

In 1934, Admiral Richard Byrd was exploring the area near the South Pole. He decided that an advance weather base should be established farther south than the exploration centre, which they called Little America.

The original plan was to have three men at this new weather base, but because the supplies for this number could not be transported before the beginning of the three months of total darkness in midwinter, Byrd decided to man the base alone.

A specially built shack fifteen feet long and eleven feet wide was sunk into the snow. Food, fuel, weather equipment, and a radio were placed in the shack, and the famous explorer settled in for months of solitude. For several weeks after he was left in the underground shack, his weather experiments went well.

He had time to read and listen to gramophone records he had brought along.

On the last day of May, 1934, tragedy struck. The exhaust pipe to the gasoline engine, that he used to generate electricity for his radio, froze, sending poisonous fumes throughout the shack.

Byrd became too weak to lift cans of food and fuel, and he spent hours resting after completing the slightest chore. He was sure he was going to die, and wrote farewell notes to his wife and children.

Outside, the temperature fell to nearly fifty degrees below zero.

At the base with which Byrd made radio contact several times a week, they knew something was wrong, but the solitary explorer would admit nothing. They decided that a rescue party should go out, even though the 125 mile journey through the cold Arctic night was filled with danger.

After several attempts failed, they finally reached Admiral Byrd on August 11.

Admiral Byrd wrote a book about his experience; it was entitled, Alone. In it he vividly describes the torments of loneliness, especially when he was weak with illness. But he also spoke of “an abiding presence,” that sustained him and protected his sanity even in his moments of deepest loneliness.

Loneliness, it seems,  is part of the human condition. A famous Bible scholar, commenting on the first chapters of Genesis, said that “Loneliness is the first thing God declared not good.” When God created Adam and saw that he was lonely, Eve was created so that there would be companionship, a mutual indwelling, a spiritual and physical union.

Jesus said   “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

Abide is a wonderful word.  It isn’t used much these days and in many modern translations, it’s been replaced with “remain” or “remain united”.

But the word “abide” basically means a mutual indwelling, or “living together” in such a way that our lives are completely intertwined .

When people live together in this way you cannot think of one without the other.  That is the way it is between God and ourselves.  Christ urges us into that mutual indwelling so that are lives are intertwined with God’s love.

It’s a very special word – that word  “abide”.

Think of that hymn by Henry Francis Lyte that has been such an inspiration to others in both life and  in death.

“Abide with Me”  was composed by the Scottish poet and hymnologist Henry Francis Lyte just before his death in 1847. It was completed on the same day as his last sermon to the congregation in his parish church, “All Saints” in Lower Brixham, Devon.

The emotional impact of the situation of drawing near to death and the occasion of his last words to the congregation is acutely felt in the words of the hymn.

Abide with me; fast fall the eventide:

The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, O Abide with me

—-O| Thou who changest not , abide with me

—-Through clouds and sunshine, Lord, abide with me

—- I  triumph still, if thou abide with me 

—-In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me

as the rain penetrates the tiniest roots of a tree in order in order to rise and to fill the whole tree and to bring forth leaves and fruit.”, as someone has written.

We will find it life giving.  And we could say that it is  a life sentence

 

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February 27, 2013 · 10:38