Word of the Day… April 16, 2014….

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The Return of the Son of Man”There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.…  Luke 21:25-26 


Last night we had the first in a series of blood moons. This is from O’ahu and shows it from beginning to end.  The sky was clear and it was beautiful outside!!  It was spectacular to see and it gave me cause to praise Jesus for what He has created.  However, I do not believe that this blood moon what the Bible was talking about here.  It implies that the whole world would see it and Israel could not even see the blood moon last night.  It is going to happen during the Tribulation shortly before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. 

The events that this Scripture speaks of is the wrath of God that is going to happen at the end of the Tribulation and not before the Rapture of the church.  Are these moons coming rare?  Yes they are falling on four Jewish holidays.  Even though the people of Israel could not see these blood moons.  I think that if God had something in mind for Israel and the church they would at least be able to see it.

It seems that people are getting so excited over these teachings. What has interested prophecy teachers is not just the number of lunar eclipses in the next two years but the timing of the eclipses. In both 2014 and 2015, a full lunar eclipse will occur on the first day of Passover and the first day of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). In addition to the two lunar eclipses of 2015, two solar eclipses will also occur. Similar lunar eclipses in back-to-back years have happened seven times since the time of Christ. Some of those have occurred in years of significance for the Jewish people, such as 1948 (when Israel was granted statehood) and 1967 (when the Six-Day War was fought).

References to a moon like “blood” are found in two passages of the Bible. Joel 2:30–31 says, “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” In Revelation 6:12, John describes one of the seal judgments of the Tribulation: “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” Other passages refer to the moon being “darkened” (Matthew 24:29; Joel 2:10).

A tetrad of lunar eclipses—and the timing of those eclipses in the Jewish calendar—is fairly unusual, but not unprecedented. So the fact of the eclipses, while interesting, is no proof that Jesus will return by 2015. Furthermore, John’s and Joel’s descriptions of the signs of the Day of the Lord could refer to solar and lunar eclipses, but there are other possible explanations for those phenomena, such as changes in the atmosphere (mentioned in Revelation 6:12).

The blood-red moon theory is just that—a theory. Even as a theory, it comes close to doing what the Bible warns against: setting dates for the coming of the Lord. “About that day or hour no one knows” (Mark 13:32).  So let’s all use the time we have left here to share the good news of Jesus Christ to all we meet.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!  God bless you!!!

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Word of the Day… April 15, 2014….

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For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

I am so glad that when I read scriptures like this one I know that the promises are true and my hope is secure.  These promises are the quiet confidence. It is a supernatural certainty. When the Bible speaks of hope, it is not the hope of this world. Rather, it is somethingaltogether different. In fact, the Greek and Hebrew words that translate to “hope” speak of certainty. In the Bible, the word “hope” means a strong and confident expectation.

We get that hope from the Lord Himself and the Word of God.  This is a lasting hope that gives me assurance each day!
How does our faith and hopes get stronger? Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Our faith also gets stronger when we are tested. It is during those times that no matter how hard life gets we can stand on these scriptures and the Lord will carry us through the trial.  When He does we grow stronger in Him and His Word. He is our refuge and our strength in every storm.

Of course, you don’t have to build your faith on what I tell you.  Try it yourself.  Trust in the Lord and stand on His Word and then wait upon the Lord.  He will keep His promise and lead you into His joy, love and light. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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Word for the Day….APRIL 14, 2014…

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 Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done,And Your thoughts toward us;There is none to compare with You.If I would declare and speak of them,They would be too numerous to count. Psalm 40:5


One of the things that I love so much about the Lord is how He thinks about us.  It is amazing to me that God is thinking of me. And yet we are told here that His thoughts towards us cannot be counted. God is continually thinking about you, His child.

Psalm 139:17-18 says that God’s thoughts towards us are more than the grains of sand by the seashore. He is the Lord over all creation, yet He is so mindful of each of His creatures. Jesus said that He cares about the hairs of your head and the sparrows that fall (Luke 12:5-6). He is thinking about you now.

Sometimes I think He just wants us to breathe Him in, so that He can bless and restore us.  Lift up empty hands of faith to receive His precious Presence. The Light, Life, Joy, and Peace that will flow freely from the Holy Spirit when we turn our focus to Him. Today I am just going to rest in Him and be blessed! I hope the you make the choice to rest in Jesus on this Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

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Word of the Day… April 13, 2014….


Free Righteousness….
I read a story about a ship that was discovered a number of years ago in the Arctic Ocean. It was manned by a crew that had frozen to death: the captain was standing over his captain’s log as if he was writing an entry in it, and people were lying in hammocks and different parts of the ship. The entry in the log showed that they had been drifting around for thirteen years before being discovered. The writer of the article called the ship “a floating sepulcher, manned by a frozen crew.”

I read that and thought, Now there is a description of religion at the time of Jesus Christ and a description of much of religion today. Everyone’s in position, but nothing’s actually happening. No life. Dead.

Paul wrote about the religion of the Jews in Romans 10: “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (v.3-4).

I grew up in a religious home. Though I went to church and I knew all about God—that He had a Son who was born of a virgin and died on a cross—I lived in the spiritual ignorance that Paul wrote about and used to live in (see Phil. 3:4-9 and 1 Tim. 1:13). It’s the ignorance of believing that doing good will get you to heaven.

So many religious people have a whole system worked out where they work hard to reach their own standard of righteousness and feel good about doing it. Then they say, “I deserve heaven. I worked hard for it. I’ve gone to church my whole life.”

I love working in my yard. I’ll go out and work, and after a while I’ll say, “Woo! Look at me! I pulled a weed!” You do get a sense of accomplishment when you work hard for something and you see the job well done. But we should never carry that feeling or mindset over onto our relationship with God.

Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17). In other words, Jesus came to fulfill all the requirements of the Law of Moses that nobody else could. Jesus lived a perfect life and then died for our sins. Trying to get to heaven by your own works and righteousness is like telling God, “I can do better than that. I can do better than the perfect righteousness that only Your Son could ever attain.”

Many believers still want to live under the Law, whether that’s by keeping the Sabbath or certain dietary restrictions. But you need to realize you’re not under the Law; you’ve been given the righteousness of God through faith in Christ. And the only kind of righteousness God will accept is the righteousness He freely gives. That’s why the religious person has trouble with the grace of Jesus Christ: it sounds way too easy. But you don’t get saved by doing good works; you do good works once you’re saved. Good works are the demonstration, not the method, of getting saved.

If the only righteousness that God will accept is the kind He gives, and the kind that He gives is the perfect righteousness of His perfect Son, you can’t do any better than that. May our approach to God be not one of human achievement, but may we trust more and more in the already finished work of Christ on the cross.

What a great Word from Pastor Skip Heitzig today.  Sometime we allow our flesh to get in there and try to get us to believe that it is by our works that we are saved, when nothing could be further from the truth.  We are saved by God’s free gift called grace through faith and not of our “works” lest any man (or woman or boy or girl) can boast.  Jesus said it all in three little words…  “It Is Finished”…. 

I hope that if you don’t know Jesus you ask Him to be your Lord and Savior today!  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again! God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/5NrNnf

Word of the Day… April 10, 2014….

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Anyone who continues to live in Him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know Him or understand who He is. 1 John 3:6

When I first read this verse I was kind of upset.  I was thinking to myself,  “ how am I going to be able to do this, when I am still in this flesh?”  Does this scripture mean that I have to live a perfect life in order to really know God?  If this is true then I am sunk!!!  But the word here for “sin” is in what is called in the Greek the linear present. What John is telling us here is that you can’t just continue to live an unrepentant lifestyle and still be considered a Christian.

It doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to sin at all.  It is that the pattern of our life changes when we truly are born again.  We become a new creature “IN” Christ Jesus.  We repent of our sin and we have a change of heart.  We don’t want to live the same old way.  We want to live to please the Lord because we have fallen in love with Him.

Does this mean we are never going to slip up and sin?  No, we all make mistakes but the difference is as we walk with the Holy Spirit daily we change.  Over time instead of just walking with Him we begin to walk “IN” Him.  This is where we begin to see great changes happen, when we begin to feed the Holy Spirit inside of us with the Word of God.  When we feed on the Word of God daily we will grow stronger as Christians. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side; it is greener where you water it.  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!  God bless you!!!

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PROPHECY BEFORE OUR EYES… Scientists Confirm Biblical Account of the ‘Fountains of The Deep’….

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Science is finally catching up to Scripture.

In yet another confirmation of the Bible’s accuracy, scientists have now confirmed what Scripture refers to as “the fountains of the deep.” In the days of Noah and the Ark, these large pools of water beneath the Earth’s crust burst forth onto the surface providing the massive amounts of water needed for the global flood judgment. What has once been a source of skepticism and mockery for those who doubt the Bible, has now been confirmed by secular scientists, again showing that although written over 3,000 years ago, the Bible’s description of the Earth and its natural properties are indeed accurate.

According to reports:

An international team of scientists led by Graham Pearson, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Resources at the U of A, has discovered the first-ever sample of a mineral called ringwoodite. Analysis of the mineral shows it contains a significant amount of water — 1.5 per cent of its weight — a finding that confirms scientific theories about vast volumes of water trapped 410 to 660 kilometres beneath Earth’s surface, between the upper and lower mantle.
“This sample really provides extremely strong confirmation that there are local wet spots deep in the Earth in this area,” said Pearson, a professor in the Faculty of Science, whose findings were published March 13 in Nature. “That particular zone in the Earth, the transition zone, might have as much water as all the world’s oceans put together.”
Ringwoodite is a form of the mineral peridot, believed to exist in large quantities under high pressures in the transition zone. Ringwoodite has been found in meteorites but, until now, no terrestrial sample has ever been unearthed because scientists haven’t been able to conduct fieldwork at extreme depths. (source).

 

Ringwoodite diamons found | Scientific support and evidence for Noah's Ark Flood

The chart above shows where the water beneath the Earth’s crust is located.

The vast oceans of water beneath the Earth’s crust is precisely what the Bible describes in the first book of Genesis. In fact, prior to the flood of Noah’s day, it had never rained. The waters from the fountains of the deep, the water reservoirs beneath the Earth’s crust: provided water:

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. (Genesis 2:5-6).

This was the state of the Earth until the days of the flood judgment. And it would be two-fold: water came from the sky in torrential rain, and from the ground, as The Lord caused the huge oceans of subterranean water to burst forth and shoot onto the surface.

And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. (Genesis 7:10-11).

 

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A sample of the Ringwoodite diamond.

Gaines Johnson, a Christian geologist and author of “The Bible, Genesis and Geology” explains this occurrence from a scientific standpoint:

“Geysers occur when waters in underground chambers are heated by the surrounding host rock until the pressure and temperature cause them to flash to steam and erupt upwards. When the chamber is emptied, replacement water flows back into the chamber, the replacement water is heated, and the cycle repeats. An excellent example of this is seen in Yellowstone National Park’s “Old Faithful” geyser.
According to what is written in the Scriptures, the fountains of Noah’s flood may have been a similar form of geyser activity on a massive, world-wide scale, concentrated along the mid-oceanic ridge system. A careful reading of Genesis 7:6-10 seems to indicate that the flood waters were already rising for about seven days before the fountains “were broken up” (verse: 11)….
Careful parsing of the above passage indicates that great amounts of water were already being added to the Earth’s seas at least seven days before the rains even began. This means that sea level was already rapidly rising, flooding low lying coastal areas and sending panicked low-land inhabitants inland from the rising seas. Meanwhile, presumably up on much higher ground, Noah and his family took shelter on the Ark and waited, while the massive gopher wood vessel remained firmly nested in its construction frame, unmovable and secure until the rising waters lifted it from its resting place.
The great volume of water this early in the flood event could only come from massive undersea “fountains” beginning to breech the crust all along the mid-oceanic ridge system. But this preliminary out-flow was still insufficient to breech the ocean’s surface. The volume of underwater displacement would, however, be sufficient enough to generate global tsunami (tidal waves) activity, quickly drowning inhabitants who lived near the seas.


Seven days into the flood the undersea fountains broke through the crust in full fury, and the pressure of the flow sent scalding columns of superheated waters upwards, breeching the ocean’s surface and erupting skyward as a globe-encircling curtain of steam rocketing into the upper atmosphere. As the steam came into contact with the colder air it would condense and produce cloud cover and relentless rainfall on a planetary scale. This is precisely the sequence of events described in this part of the passage:
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.’”  (Gen 7:11-12 KJV)  (source).

At the end of the flood, the Bible again accounts for the fountains of the deep being ‘stopped’
and the water returning back into the ground:

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged; The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;  And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.  And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.  And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. (Genesis 8:1-5).

When The Lord gave the Ten Commandments to Moses he also referenced this underground water source:

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. (Exodus 20:4).

Ezekiel 26 is an address of judgment upon the city of Tyre. In it the Bible recounts how this island city would be destroyed by water and this Divine judgment will come from “the deep”:

 And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, that wast inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it! Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure.For thus saith the Lord God; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee; -Ezekiel 26:17-19.

Answering Skeptics

Proof of the Biblical flood | Tectonic Plate shifts

The area known to geologists as “the Ring of Fire” is a primary place for water to break through to the Earth’s surface.

Many have questioned the Biblical account of Noah’s flood since the Bible clearly states that the water was 15 cubits (approximately 25 feet) over every mountain. This would require more water than presently exists on the Earth’s surface. However, with the confirmation of the subterranean oceans, that is now possible (and Johnson also points this out).
Of note is that Johnson wrote these articles years before scientists’ recent discovery. Additionally, scientists have also just recently confirmed that large amounts of water could reach the Earth’s surface through deep sea faults. And the area of the globe with the greatest potential to do so are in the Pacific “ring of fire” volcanic region the precise area Johnson’s article identifies as the most likely source for the great geysers that flooded the Earth in Noah’s day.

Being a born again Christian is not an intellectual pursuit. It is not the result of examining evidence and analyzing data. It comes through faith. It is faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that saves a person. But Christian faith is not blind faith. It is based on understanding and believing God’s Word. And the Bible confirms that nature itself proves God’s existence. In this way, scientific discoveries that confirm the Bible are indeed helpful and exciting. Pray for more people to look to God’s Word and believe the Gospel as science confirms the Bible – even if they are 3,500 years behind.

Word of the Day… April 8, 2014…

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The Master Arsonist

God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.—1 Thessalonians 4:3, NLT


When wildfires swept through Southern California one fall a few years ago, I noticed a photograph in the newspaper of an entire neighborhood that had been leveled by the fires. All that was left were the foundations. In the midst of all the burned, charred rubble stood one house that remained completely untouched, even by smoke. This gleaming white house stood in stark contrast to all of the ruin around it.


When asked why his house was left standing when all the others fell, the homeowner explained how he had taken great care to make his house flame-retardant. This included double-paned windows, thick stucco walls, sealed eaves, concrete tile, and abundant insulation. Firefighters said, “It made it clear to us that this would be a place to make a stand.” This man went the extra mile, and as a result, his house survived when the fires came.


Satan, a master arsonist, is causing massive devastation today. Our country is being devastated by the wildfires of immorality. It destroys homes. It devastates families. And if we aren’t careful, we could become its next victims.


The writer of Proverbs asked, “Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire?” (6:27 NLT). The answer is no. Fire can burn out of control so easily.


If we as believers allow temptation to infiltrate our lives and allow our sinful natures to prevail, we could fall, as surely as a fire spreads by putting gasoline on it. But if we take practical steps to guard ourselves and to stay close to the Lord, then we don’t have to fall.


Let’s go the extra mile to protect our homes and our lives against the wildfires of immorality.  This devotional from Pastor Greg really touched my heart today.  I have seen this happening in so many families.  When they aren’t anchored in the Word Satan has a chance to slip in there and add a little gas to the fires so that they become infernos.

 
Stay close to the Lord Jesus in these last days so that when the fires come you can stand strong with Jesus who is ready to help us through any fiery trials just like He did with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the furnace that was turned up seven times hotter.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  

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Word of the Day… April 5, 2014…


You know those “you can tell you’re going to have a rotten day when” jokes? They always follow with something outlandish—something that’s really bizarre or out of the ordinary. Something like, you can tell you’re going to have a rotten day when your twin sister forgets your birthday.
There was a man in the Bible named Job who had a really rotten day—the worst possible day of anyone I’ve ever heard. The Bible tells us Job was very wealthy. He had ten children and a multitude of livestock. Not only that, but Job was also upright, blameless, feared God, and shunned evil (see Job 1:1). He was “Mr. Godly”; God Himself bragged about him (see Job 1:8).
So why does Job’s story tend to bother Christians so much? Because of what happened to him. Job 1:13-19 tells us about four rapid-fire disasters that took away everything Job loved and owned: his children, his wealth, and nearly all of his servants. Here was this man—a man who hated evil and loved good—reduced to ashes. Everything that could’ve gone wrong in his life did. And what was his response?
“Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.’ In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (Job 1:20-22).
He was an incredibly godly man, but he still suffered immensely. You need to realize there’s no guarantee that when you come to Christ, He’ll take away all your problems and protect you from pain. If you’re godly, that doesn’t mean you’ll never suffer.
Look closely at Job’s response. He “arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head” (v. 20)—all signs of mourning. He wasn’t some super spiritual, emotionally aloof individual. His first reaction was to grieve. We need to allow people to grieve when they go through tragedy. It’s a part of life. I still remember the phone call that came when my dad died; it was the same day my wife Lenya lost her pregnancy after three months.
We all experience tragedy and grief. But, there are three things we can learn from Job’s response to suffering.
Our grasp must be light. Have a loose grip on the things of this world. Like Job said in verse 21, we came into this world with nothing, and we’ll leave this world with nothing. Paul wrote, “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20).
Our God must be enthroned. Job recognized that God is sovereign. In times of extreme suffering, how many of us would be able to say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord”? That’s rare; that’s unexpected; that’s worship. Worship is the act of placing God above everyone and everything else in life.
Our goal must be submission. We must take our rightful place before the Lord. A better translation of verse 22 would be, “Job didn’t sin by blaming God for the calamity.” Job didn’t have a rational or even a theological explanation for his suffering, but he still trusted and worshiped God. If Job was able to do that, we can too.
We may never know while we’re here on this earth why certain things happen to us. But we do know God is always on the throne. May we never trade in the things we do know for the things we don’t yet know.

I really enjoy these devotionals from pastor Skip.  He always gets me thinking about my own walk with the Lord and if I am truly walking “IN” Jesus. I have found that in my own life that the Lord is always present even in the middle of my suffering He is right there and is large and in charge.  Sometimes I can’t always see Him when I am in the middle of it but when I have the chance to look back and reflect I can see that Jesus has been with me all along.  He truly is in charge and His timing is always perfect.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/5KbLdN

Prophecy Before Our Eyes.. Noah’s Ark could have floated with the weight of 70,000 animals inside, researchers calculate…..

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Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph | April 3, 2014 11:37 AM ET
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Colleen De Neve / Calgary HeraldTwo and two: Although researchers are unsure if all the creatures could have squeezed into the huge vessel, they are confident it would have handled the weight of 70,000 animals without sinking

Noah’s Ark could have floated even with two of every land animal in the world packed inside, scientists have calculated.

Although researchers are unsure if all the creatures could have squeezed into the huge vessel, they are confident it would have handled the weight of 70,000 animals without sinking.

A group of master’s students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Leicester University studied the exact dimensions of the Ark, set out in Genesis 6:13-22.

According to The Bible, God instructed Noah to build a boat that was 300 cubits long 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high — recommending that it be constructed from gopher wood. The students averaged out the Egyptian and Hebrew cubit measurement to come up with 48 centimetres, making the Ark around 144 metres long.

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Using those dimensions, the Archimedes principle of buoyancy and the approximate weight of various animals, they were surprised to discover that the Ark could have floated.

Benjamin Jordan, 21, a student from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, said: “Using the dimensions of the Ark and the density of the water, we were able to calculate its buoyancy force, which, according to Archimedes’s principle, is equal to the weight of the volume of fluid the object displaces. This meant we were then able to estimate the total mass the Ark could support before the gravitational weight would overcome the buoyancy force, causing the Ark to sink.”

ParamountRussell Crowe in a scene from the movie ‘Noah.’ Previous research has suggested that there were approximately 35,000 species that would have needed to be saved from floodwaters

Previous research has suggested that there were approximately 35,000 species that would have needed to be saved from floodwaters, enabling the students to make the calculations. The students had to swap gopher wood for cypress wood, as biblical experts continue to speculate as to what gopher wood might be. Some think it may just mean prepared planks.

You don’t think of the Bible necessarily as a scientifically accurate source of information, so I guess we were quite surprised when we discovered it would work. We’re not proving that it’s true, but the concept would definitely work

Thomas Morris, 22, from Chelmsford, Essex, said: “You don’t think of the Bible necessarily as a scientifically accurate source of information, so I guess we were quite surprised when we discovered it would work. We’re not proving that it’s true, but the concept would definitely work.”

The students presented their findings in a paper for the Journal of Physics Special Topics, a peer-reviewed student journal run by the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Dr Mervyn Roy, the course tutor, said: “The students are encouraged to be imaginative with their topics, and find ways to apply basic physics to the weird, the wonderful and the everyday.”

Word of the day…. April 4, 2014….

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Peace Amidst Unpleasant Circumstances

by Charles R. Swindoll

Acts 19:23-31


After Paul had been willing to stay at the task in Ephesus even with the dream of going to Rome on his heart (Acts 19:23), “about that time …” That’s the way it happens. Just about the time you get out of your prayer closet and you’ve got it all worked out, everything breaks loose. Look at the rest of verse 23: 


There occurred no small disturbance concerning the Way [which was a first-century label for Christianity]. 


About the time you get things settled in your heart and promise, “Lord, I’m not going to panic; I’m going to leave those dreams with You,” no small disturbance occurs. 


What was the problem? Verses 24 and following describe it. One day a craftsman named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, realized his business was taking a turn for the worse. Why? He tells his fellow craftsmen in verse 26:

 
“You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods at all.” 


So the new Christians gave up their trinkets and spread the word. Now, perhaps by the thousands, people were leaving the worship of Artemis. There goes the silver trinket market! Suddenly the market for Artemis memorabilia takes a nosedive. 


You see, the closer you get to the authentic, the less you care about the artificial. You know the truth, so you don’t need little replicas of what is false (to say nothing of what is true). You commit yourself to the living Lord who is not seen, who is not heard (audibly). So who needs little tin gods! Who needs religious souvenirs! When you’re serving the God of heaven, who could care less about gods on earth? 


So now the craftsmen have it in for the missionary. They’re saying, in effect, “It’s all Paul’s fault. He’s to blame.” Weird, isn’t it? When you declare the truth you’re often blamed for it even though you didn’t write it. You’re just declaring it. But people have no other source to turn to. They can’t take a swing at God. So those who represent the Lord and His truth become the scapegoat … the verbal punching bag. This is the place Paul found himself in. He didn’t make anybody do anything. God changed lives. But he was the voice box. 


Still, look at what happened. Now remember, this is the man who has said, “Lord, I give You my future. I’m relying on You to take care of it.” Things got worse. Look at the unpleasant circumstances. 


“Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless …” When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” (vv. 27-28)
So they’re chanting this great cry like you would chant a cheer at a ball game. “GREAT IS ARTEMIS OF THE EPHESIANS!” They’re screaming it—-thousands of them. I say that because of the next verse: 


The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater … (v. 29)


Eventually the word gets to Paul, “Your name is being used over there and are they mad!” In fact, verse 29 says they dragged a couple of his companions into this place that was normally the fighting arena for gladiators. Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions, were forced to face this mob that was now intensely angry—-an uncontrollable scene of panic. 


What would you do? Frankly, I’d probably take the night train to Memphis! I’d get out of there, like fast. Not Paul. Paul’s at peace. Look at the next verse. A paraphrase of verse 30 would be, “Let me at ‘em.” 
And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly [there it is], the disciples would not let him. Also some of the Asiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to venture into the theater. (vv. 30-31) 


“Don’t go out there, Paul! Man, that’s bedlam out there. That’s suicide. That’s crazy.” Yet Paul is ready to walk into the scene. 
Why? First of all, he’s courageous. He doesn’t want Gaius and Aristarchus taking the heat for him. Second, he has peace, which allows a person to experience a degree of invincibility. When you live free of anxiety, there is an “envelope of invincibility” in your spirit. It surrounds you, and you don’t sense the intimidation of a mob or the fear of peril. It’s nothing short of magnificent. 


This brings us to the second definition: Peace is the ability to stay calm in spite of the panic of unpleasant circumstances. 


Now, in case you choose to live like this and to lean in that manner on the living Lord, I want to warn you ahead of time, people won’t understand. If you’re in a situation that calls for panic, yet you don’t panic, they’re going to want to know what’s wrong with you. Isn’t that interesting? Our mind-set is so panic-oriented that when you aren’t panicked, you have to explain what’s wrong with you. Amazing! 


Are you facing an uncontrollable situation, an uncertainty? Something you just can’t extract happiness out of? A situation that’s unpleasant, uncomfortable, and dissatisfying? The Lord wants us to glorify Him and to walk in peace with Him, even though our surroundings are unpleasant.  Have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!! 

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Science Proving The Bible To Be Correct Again…

Rough diamond hints at vast quantities of water inside Earth

Battle-scarred diamond provides evidence of ‘wet zone’ 410km below the surface where water is locked up inside minerals
Diamond from Earth's 'wet zone'
The diamond is pitted from its violent journey, which ended with the stone shooting up through the Earth’s crust at around 70km/h. Photograph: University of Alberta

A small, battered diamond found in the gravel strewn along a shallow riverbed in Brazil has provided evidence of a vast “wet zone” deep inside the Earth that could hold as much water as all the world’s oceans put together.

The water is not sloshing around inside the planet, but is held fast within minerals in what is known as the Earth’s transition zone, which stretches from 410 to 660km (250-400 miles) beneath the surface.

"It’s not a Jules Verne-style ocean you can sail a boat on," said Graham Pearson, a geologist who studied the stone at the University of Alberta. The water-rich zone could transform scientists’ understanding of how some of the Earth’s geological features arose.

Tests on the diamond revealed that it contained a water-rich mineral formed in the zone. Researchers believe that the gemstone, which is oblong and about 5mm long, was blasted to the surface from a depth of about 500km by a volcanic eruption of molten rock called kimberlite.

The battle-scarred gem has a delicate metallic sheen, but is pitted and etched from its violent journey, which probably took several days and ended with the stone shooting up through the Earth’s crust at a speed of about 70km/h (40mph).

"It’s a fairly ugly diamond. It looks like it’s been to hell and back," said Pearson, adding that the gem was worth about $20 at most. The stone was found in 2008 by artisan miners working the Juína riverbeds in Mato Grosso in western Brazil.

Diamond EarthCredit: Guardian graphics

Most diamonds used in jewellery form at much shallower depths, about 150km down. Those that form in the transition zone are called super-deep diamonds and are distinguished by their battered appearance and low nitrogen content.

Pearson and his team were testing the diamond to find minerals they could use to work out its age. But by chance they discovered a speck of mineral called ringwoodite, a type of olivine that forms under extremely high pressures. The mineral inclusion was too small to see with the eye.

Without the diamond – and the water-rich mineral inside it – scientists had no hope of confirming the make-up of material so deep inside the Earth’s interior. “No one is ever going to run a geological field trip to the transition zone 500km beneath the Earth’s surface, and no one is ever going to drill down to the transition zone,” said Pearson. “It was a total piece of luck that we found this.”

For decades, scientists have suspected that ringwoodite made up much of the deep Earth, because olivine is so widespread underground. But no one had ever found any ringwoodite from the Earth’s interior that proved the idea beyond doubt. In the transition zone where the diamond and its ringwoodite was formed, the pressure reaches 200,000 atmospheres.

Tests on the mineral found that about 1.5% of its weight is water. “That doesn’t sound like much, but when you calculate the vast volumes of ringwoodite thought to exist in the deep Earth, the amount of water might be as high as that contained in all the world’s oceans,” Pearson told the Guardian. That amounts to more than one billion billion tonnes of water.

At the very least, the scientists say, there must be local wet spots or “oases” in the Earth’s interior. “The beauty of this diamond is that it gives us a real sample from those depths,” Pearson said. The diamond is described in the latest issue of the journal Nature.

A huge water store in the Earth’s mantle might help geologists explain some oddities seen on the planet’s surface. Water in the transition zone could dissolve in molten magma and reach the undersides of continental plates, where it would weaken the huge slabs of rock. That could create weak spots prone to volcanoes, and even cause “uplift”, where the land rises up.

Hans Keppler, at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, said: “Until now, nobody had ever seen ringwoodite from the Earth’s mantle, although geophysicists were sure that it must exist. Most people, including me

Word of the Day…. April 2, 2014…

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Letting God Choose

All glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.   —Ephesians 3:20, NLT 


When my oldest son was a little boy, I would take him to Toys R Us. We would look around, and I would tell him to pick out something for himself. He would look at the Star Wars figures. I would look at the X-wing fighter with the remote control, thinking that I would like to get it for him. The truth was that I wanted to play with it too. He would pick out his little figure. Then I would say, “I was thinking of getting you something better than that.” He always went along with my idea.

After a while, he started learning something about Dad, which was that Dad liked to get presents for his kids. He came to realize that it was better to say, “I don’t know what to get, Dad. You choose it for me.” He came to realize that my choices often were better than what he chose for himself.

Have you ever said to the Lord, “Here is the way I think You ought to work. But not my will, but Yours, be done”?

Some might say, “I’m not saying that to God! If I say that, He will make me do something
I don’t want to.”

I believe a person who thinks that way has a warped concept of God, a misconception that


His will is always going to be something undesirable.

God may be saying no to something you have asked Him for because He wants to give you something far better than what you could ask or think. Don’t be afraid to let your Father choose for you.


I really like this devotional today.  Pastor Greg is so good at putting words together that make marvelous pictures.  As I read this I can remember my own son at the toy store with my husband wanting to get a toy as well.  My son asked his daddy what toy he would get and when my husband asked him if he would like some help picking out a toy.  My son shook his head yes.  He had a big smile on his face.

I think that I am going to make the choice to share my thoughts, fears, and dreams with Jesus and allow Him to make the choice in what the outcome will be.  I know that what He has planned for my life is better than anything I could imagine! For its not my way but Yahweh.  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!! :):):)

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