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GLMX #223: We Can Land on a Comet But We Can’t…

The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Artist impression picture supplied, ESA NZH)

The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Artist impression picture supplied, ESA NZH)

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This past week, the European Space Agency accomplished an incredible feat. A space probe named Philae was launched by the spacecraft, Rosetta, and it successfully landed on a comet zipping through space at 80,000 miles an hour. It was an event ten years in the making. The scientists were thrilled that their hard work had paid off. Philae and Rosetta began sending back images of the far-off comet, and scientists were able to begin analyzing what they were able to discover about this space object.

Amid the hand-clapping and back-slapping, however, some people poked fun at the landing online. Twitter users popularized the hashtag #WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant. The hashtag was followed by a statement describing something else of greater importance that our resources should be dedicated to accomplishing. Here are some of the most popular of these messages:

#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop ISIS from beheading our people
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant give children all over the world good living conditions and education
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop Assad from committing genocide with chemical weapons
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant find that Malaysian airline plane or any of the 227 people who were on it
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant live in a peaceful world, free from prejudice, racism and hate
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant lower the cost of tuition for college

Some people gave their tweets a light-hearted edge as they aired minor greivances, some of which included:

#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get McDonald’s to serve breakfast 24/7
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get a fire alarm to tell the difference between burnt toast and a blazing inferno
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant convince the self-checkout machine that there is nothing unexpected in the bagging area.
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get cellphone reception in my apartment
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop saying Hump Day on Wednesdays

As we look over the course of human history, we will find that mankind has accomplished some pretty incredible things. We have scaled the highest mountains, explored the ocean floor, walked on the moon, carved countries out of wildernesses, found cures for deadly diseases, mastered the art of flying, and made it possible to communicate with nearly anyone anywhere in the world via the internet just to name a few. Yet, despite all of the science, technology, manpower, and money at our disposal, it seems as though we can do nothing about issues that are of far more importance. Millions around the world still languish in poverty. Violent crime still brings unrest to communities. Our forms of mass transportation — planes, trains, and subways — have been hijacked and turned into scenes of carnage by terrorists. Wars and strife continue to ravage the globe each and every day.

With all that we can do, there are some things that it seems like we just can’t do. We can’t bring about world peace. We can’t bring prosperity to everyone. And even though scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual leaders have tried, we have not been able to solve the problem of mankind’s evil tendencies. After thousands of years of progress and advancements, man still has not found a way to curb the evil tendencies of the human race. Even though many of us would not like to admit it, we are still people who are, as the Bible says, deceitful and desperately wicked.

The only solution for mankind’s tendency toward evil is not something that is within our power to do; it is something that is outside of ourselves. This solution lies only with God; and two thousand years ago, He intervened in human history to provide His solution — the solution — for mankind’s sin problem once and for all.

Our problem of sin automatically condemns us to death and eternal punishment. Those are the results of disobeying God and breaking His laws. Although the Bible says, “the wages of sin is death,” it also says, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The solution to the problem of man’s sin and the evil that infects the world is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ — God’s Son who was sent into the world to save it. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

We cannot save ourselves from sin or the punishment of sin no matter what we do. We can only be saved through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”

What did Jesus Christ have to do to save us from our sin? He had to take on Himself the punishment that we deserve. Isaiah 53 says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows… he was wounded for our transgressions [wrongdoings], he was bruised for our iniquities [sins].” When Jesus Christ hung on the cross those many years ago, God poured out the wrath that was meant for us on his very own Son. After Jesus died, He was buried, and He rose from the dead three days later. By His resurrection, He proved that He had power over death and Hell, and He has the ability to save us from death and Hell if we trust in Him.

The decision you face now is simply this: Will you admit that you can do nothing to save yourself? And will you trust Jesus Christ who has already done everything necessary to save you?

If you answered yes, may I encourage you to not delay your decision to trust Christ, for tomorrow is not promised you. Right now, I encourage you to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and sin’s consequences by believing that He died, was buried, and rose again, and receiving Him into your life by faith. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” It is as simple as that.

If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. If you place your faith and trust in Him, He will enter your life as the solution to your sin problem. He will give you a new heart and a new mind. You will no longer be bound to your old, sinful ways, but you will be enabled and empowered to do good through Jesus Christ. On top of that, your eternal future will be secure; you will go to Heaven to be with God when you die.

If you want to begin this relationship right now, you can pray a short prayer to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

GLMX #222: Wayne Brady, Don’t Kill Yourself because of Depression Like Robin Williams Did; Let Me Introduce You to the Doctor Who Has Never Lost a Case

Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady

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Wayne Brady is one of the most successful men in show-business today. He is an actor, talk show host, singer, and television personality. He has won two Daytime Emmy Awards and one Primetime Emmy Award. He has appeared in numerous movies and television shows and has hosted his own daytime talk show. He is currently the host of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” making big money, of course.

Despite his success, fame and money, he recently revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that he suffers from depression. He said that he hit rock bottom this past June on his 42nd birthday. He recalled, “I was there by myself, in my bedroom, and I had a complete breakdown … Just go ahead and imagine for yourself a brother in his underwear, in his room, crying…”

He described his ongoing struggle saying, “Having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life… You don’t want to move; you can’t move in the darkness. You’re like, ‘I am just going to sit right here and… wallow in this. As much as it hurts, I am going to sit right here because this is what I deserve… I am that horrible of a person.’”

Wayne Brady said that this struggle with depression is like a vicious cycle that one can’t get out of. He said that constantly giving in to negative thoughts “starts this cycle where you tell yourself these lies … and those lies become true to you. So, you stick to your own truth you’ve set up. ‘If I am this bad, then why should any of this matter?’ I feel at that point, you end up wanting to stop the pain.”

Brady said he was able to identify with Robin Williams, the beloved comedian who recently committed suicide. He said Williams “made all these people feel great. And at the same time, he had this sense of low self-worth, of belonging, of loneliness, of pain that all the money in the world can’t cure, all the accolades and awards, and all the love from people all over the world…all that love could still not stop that man from saying, I am in so much pain.”

Millions of people around the world — rich and poor, famous and not-so-famous — suffer from depression. According to recent statistics from the World Health Organization, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression around the world. And 15% of people who suffer from clinical depression end up committing suicide.

While people get depressed for various reasons, one of the most common reasons is that of searching for a life of fulfillment in something that cannot possibly provide that fulfillment. Many who are looking for fulfillment and satisfaction in life turn to, fame, sex, money, drugs, success, privilege, and material possessions. Outwardly, they seem to have it all, but, many of them, if they are honest, like Wayne Brady, they will admit that deep down inside, they are lonely, confused, restless, frustrated, unfulfilled, and afraid.

The truth of the matter is, no matter how smart, intelligent, gifted, funny, rich, or good-looking someone is, they cannot make it through life on their own. They will always feel as if something is missing, and they will go through life without hope, peace, and assurance.

There is only one source that offers that kind of peace and assurance, and His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only Person who can permanently deliver Wayne Brady from his struggle with depression. If you struggle with depression — and even if you don’t — Jesus Christ can deliver you from it as well. Continue Reading…

GLMX #221: God, the Nature of Evil, and Stephen King

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This month, bestselling horror writer, Stephen King, is releasing a new book titled Revival. The story is about a minister who turns against God after his family suffers a terrible tragedy. King sat down with Rolling Stone magazine to talk about his book, his religious beliefs, and his understanding of the nature of evil.

While he grew up in a Methodist church, he said that he always had his doubts about organized religion, and turned away from it after high school. However, the author who has published 55 novels and sold over 350 million books says he still chooses to believe in God “because it makes things better. You have a meditation point, a source of strength.” He added, “I choose to believe that God exists, and therefore I can say, ‘God, I can’t do this by myself. Help me not to take a drink today. Help me not to take a drug today.’ And that works fine for me.”

While many of his stories explore the dark side of human nature, King said he still is not sure about the nature of evil. He told the magazine he does believe that evil is real, however, he said has “gone back and forth about whether or not there’s an outside evil, whether or not there’s a force in the world that really wants to destroy us, from the inside out, individually and collectively. Or whether it all comes from inside and that it’s all part of genetics and environment.” He went on to say, “Evil is inside us. The older I get, the less I think there’s some sort of outside devilish influence; it comes from people. And unless we’re able to address that issue, sooner or later, we’ll kill ourselves.”

Whether or not you believe in God, you most likely have pondered the nature of evil. Why is there evil in the world? Where does evil come from? Like Mr. King, perhaps you want to know if evil comes from an outside force or if humans are naturally evil beings? Either way, what is the solution to the problem of evil?

Mr. King is right in his assumption that humanity as a whole is evil on the inside. Frankly, we are rotten to our core.

The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said, “the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live…” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Jesus Christ said in Mark 7:21-22, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

So, evil is definitely something that is inside each and every one of us. Where Mr. King is wrong at is that, not only is there evil inside of us, but there is evil outside of us as well. There is a very real being known as the devil or Satan who is the originator of evil and who influences people to do evil. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” In Job 1, we learn that Satan “goes to and fro in the earth, and walks up and down in it.” In John 8:44, Jesus Christ tells some people, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

What is the result of all this evil in the world? The result is pain, suffering, and death. The Bible says, “the wages of sin is death.” Proverbs 11:19 says, “he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.” In Ezekiel 18:4, God says, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” And, Romans 5:12 says, “…death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Every sin we commit, every wrong thing we do contributes to our self-destruction. As Mr. King assumes, unless there is a remedy to the problem of evil, we will end up “killing ourselves.” Continue Reading…

GLMX #220: Terrorist Attacks in Canada, Terrorist Attacks in America, and the Notion of Security

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Compared to the United States, Canada is relatively peaceful when it comes to gun violence. However, this week, that tranquil feeling was shattered when a gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial in the capital city of Ottawa, killing one soldier. The gunman then entered the Parliament building a short distance away, firing his weapon repeatedly, going right past the room where the prime minister was speaking to lawmakers.

Two days earlier, another man, a convert to Islam who had recently become radicalized, ran over two Canadian soldiers with his car. One of them later died.

These events seem to have jolted Canadians out of their sense of security as terrorists struck at the very symbols of that security — the nation’s armed forces and the center of the government.

America, of course, is no stranger to such events. Just on Thursday, a man attacked four New York City police officers with a hatchet. On Friday, in Sacramento, CA, a man went on a shooting and carjacking spree that left two sheriff’s deputies dead. In recent years, we have also seen multiple shootings at U.S. military facilities — at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., twice at Fort Hood in Texas, at Marine Corp Base Quantico in Virginia, and at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. It seems as though the very ones tasked with providing security for us are coming under attack themselves. Continue Reading…

GLMX #219: What You Need is a Blood Transfusion

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As you know, an outbreak of Ebola is currently spreading around the globe. Over 8,000 infections have been confirmed, and over 4,000 of those infected have died. While the overwhelming majority of the cases are in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, more infections or suspected infections are popping up in other countries including Spain, the United States, Germany, and Australia.

Doctors and health organizations around the world are scrambling to find a solution to the epidemic. So far, the search to find a medicine that will successfully treat and heal someone infected with Ebola has been futile. However, there is one method of treatment that has been successful in healing Ebola victims — and that is a blood transfusion from someone who has already recovered from the deadly virus.

One of the first Ebola victims to be treated in the United States was Dr. Kent Brantly, a medical missionary who contracted the virus while working with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia. Before he returned to America, he received a blood transfusion from a 14-year-old Liberian boy who had been cured of Ebola. A few days after Brantly began treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, he was declared virus free.

In the weeks that followed his recovery, Dr. Brantly donated his blood to three other Americans who had contracted Ebola. One of them has already recovered, and the other two are expected to recover as well. Doctors and researchers are now looking into how the success of blood transfusions from Ebola survivors can be parlayed into a wide-spread solution for the Ebola epidemic.

Here is the reason a blood transfusion works so well against Ebola: Plasma is a component of blood that contains virus-fighting proteins called antibodies. According to Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, When confronted with a virus, the immune system creates antibodies to specifically target that virus, kill it and keep it from coming back. Once a person has antibodies, they stay in their blood for life. If the Ebola antibodies found in an Ebola survivor’s blood can be imported into struggling Ebola patient’s body, those antibodies can theoretically help the patient’s immune system fight off the deadly virus. “What those antibodies do is bind to the virus. They find the virus and bind to it and prevent it from multiplying further.” So far, it appears as though a blood transfusion is the only effective and proven way to save people infected with Ebola.

When I read Dr. Schaffner’s explanation, I was reminded of an old hymn titled, “There is Power in the Blood.” Of course, that hymn is not talking about how a survivor’s blood can help save a victim of a disease. Rather, it is talking about how the blood of Jesus Christ is powerful enough to cleanse us from our sins and give us eternal life. Continue Reading…

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