The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above
proclaims his handiwork
”(Psalms 19:1)
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#327, 28 September, 2017
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Eclipse Kerfuffle
On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America was treated to a majestic display of God’s glory. Anyone within the “path of totality” saw an awe inspiring sight -- a total solar eclipse. This event, when the moon completely covers the sun and its atmosphere -- the corona -- was visible and stretched from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Observers outside of that path still saw a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. 

I dare say that much of the kerfuffle was not over the Creator of the event, but simply because that’s what was trending. The anticipation of the full eclipse spun into a commercial holiday; complete with vacation deals to the “best spots” for viewing, hundreds of activities and viewing parties, events, broadcast specials, a tumult of twitter, sold out airline tickets, packed hotels and a billion dollars in travel, rental and eclipse paraphernalia sales. 

On the morning of the eclipse, it occurred to me that the rainbow has never received this grand level of attention. In Genesis 9:13-15, God assures Noah and all of us:
“I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.” 
And what a beautiful sign it is to behold! I think we should celebrate every time we see a rainbow. It’s a shame that children are taught in school that the rainbow is merely a scientific phenomenon.

As they sometimes do, resources conflict. In Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament, it is said of Luke 23:45: “The sun's light failing (tou hliou ekleiponto)... an old verb, to leave out, omit, pass by, to fail, to die. The word was used also of the eclipse of the sun or moon. But this was impossible at this time because the moon was full at the Passover.” According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary, there are no historical notices of an eclipse occurring in the Bible, “but there are passages in the prophets which contain manifest allusion to this phenomenon. (Joel 2:10 Joel 2:31; 3:15; Amos 8:9; Micah 3:6; Zechariah 14:6)”

However, if there were only two references, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1) and “God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth."  (Genesis 1:14-15) that would certainly be enough light on the subject for me to believe that God has done some impressive things for me!
eclipseNow let’s contemplate the fact that our magnificent God, the God who put the rainbow in the sky for our re-assurance, the God whose splendid works in the heavens declare His glory, the God who spoke the sun and the moon into the expanse of the heavens and set them on a path, and the God whose own creation can’t hold Him, “But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him...” (2 Chronicles 2:6) is our Father! Yes, He is our loving Father. We live in Christ and Christ lives in God and in us! (John 17:21-23).

He was thinking of us when he made the beautiful lights in the sky and when He created the rainbow. How can we help but respond to that love with a declaration of our own love for Him. “There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life -- fear of death, fear of judgment -- is one not yet fully formed in love. We, though, are going to love -- love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first” (1 John 4:18-19 Message Bible). Has anyone else ever loved us that way? -- Irene Baroni.
Think About It!
Think about what a valuable gift a collection of books, personally selected by you, would be for Christmas this year -- the gift of an improved and enhanced relationship with our Father, or perhaps a verse by verse description of God’s path to success for His children. Christmas will be here soon, and you’ll be prepared to bless those you love and care for them with God’s wisdom. There's no better gift. Give it some serious thought today. 
Bold As A Lion
by Peter Wade
Lion ArtWe belong to the household of faith, and we have the family faith. You know what it means to belong to a family. You have certain rights. Prince Charles of England or the children of the President of the United States have no problem when they want to address the leader of their nation. They belong to the family. But if you went to meet Queen Elizabeth or the President of the United States, would you be bold? Some of you get nervous when you have to talk to your boss, or pray in public, or get married.We
We sometimes feel like this concerning God, too. We forget that we belong to the family. Since we do belong, we have a right to come into the Father’s presence and, say, “Father, this happened today. What can I do about it?”

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way…” (Hebrews 10:19,20). “Having therefore… boldness.” You already have it. But you must manifest it in your fellowship with God. The words “let us” indicate that we must make the effort to come boldly before our Father. Since God has made boldness available to us, should we not want to use it fully and enjoy the benefit it brings?"

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