Devo 22

“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.”

Psalm 119:89

I grew up on the gloriously scenic central coast of California where I also met and married my husband Tom, who was a youth pastor in the quant little beach town of Cayucos at the time.  For one rather large youth event he had procured a popular Christian band from Detroit who made it enthusiastically known how excited they were to play in such a beautiful setting.  “How can anyone in California not believe in God?  In Detroit, it’s easy not to believe in God, but here, it’s just too obvious!”  

I understood his point. California indeed contains unparalleled scenic wonders, from the highest peak to the lowest desert, the biggest, and the tallest, and the oldest trees in the world, rolling grasslands, fertile valleys and of course, it’s extensive and  diverse stretch of coastline.  Yes, God’s handiwork is on clear and concentrated display in this great state.  Detroit might not have access to all those wonders, but according to Romans 1:19,20, Detroit is still without excuse.  

Even in the most populated, polluted, nature-starved place on earth, or the most barren, windswept landscape you can imagine.  Even in Detroit, there are still at least 2 obvious, clearly perceived witnesses to not only God’s existence but His invisible attributes, eternal power and divine nature.  Every person on earth from the beginning of time to its end has seen the faithful rising and setting of the sun, or even without eyes, has felt its warmth.  

We, all of us, from Detroit to Dubai, live under the same glory declaring, righteousness proclaiming, knowledge revealing sky.  And from the poorest shepherd boy to the wealthiest king, we like the Psalmist, have known the Imageo Dei.  Who of us can look up at that sky and not ask the God whose image in which we are made, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3,4 

Easy not to believe in God?  According to Romans 1:18,19, it’s only as easy as suppressing the truth by unrighteousness, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.”  Yes friend, God has made Himself known (Psalm 9:16).  Now, when was the last time you went outside and looked up at His message to you?

Week 22

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:89

Questions:  What message do the heavens declare?

Reading #1: Psalm 8

Questions:  According to verse 1, which attribute of God’s is set above the heavens?

Reading #2: Psalm 19

Questions:  According to verses 1-3, which 3 things do the heavens declare, proclaim, or reveal?

Reading #3: Psalm 50

Questions:  According to verse 6, which attribute of God’s do the heavens declare?

Reading #4: Psalm 97

Questions:  According to verse 6, which attribute of God’s do the heavens proclaim?

Psalms and Hymns

Psalm 8B “When I view the skies above which your own fingers made, When I see the moon and stars which you in order laid, What is man so frail and weak that you should remember him?  What can be the son of man that you should care for him?”

Psalm 19A “The spacious heavens declare the glory of our God;  The firmament displays His handiwork abroad.”

Praying Under the Same Sky

Qatar, Romania, Russia

Friday Factoid Week 21

Last weak we received in the mail from a friend of ours a piece of space blanket that is going to be wrapped around the exterior of a satellite/probe/spacecraft that is going to orbit the planet Mars (its name I can not reveal). The space blanket consists of sixteen different layers. The copper one is what touches space, the middle fourteen are a special fire-proof materiel called Nomax and the bottom layer is what touches the actual spacecraft. The engineer who designed the blanket based it off of the materiel that covered the Apollo lunar landers that landed on the moon (by, Joel age 13).

I drew a picture of the satellite that is going to Mars.  And I drew Mars.  It is red.              (by Gideon, age 5)

We did an experiment with the space blanket.  We held it in our hand and put an ice cube on it.  You could not feel the cold come through the layers.  Also it didn’t get any condensation on it.  We also tried to burn one of the inner layers and it wouldn’t burn (by Nate, age 11).

Our theme for Winter Camps at Hartland this year was Satellite.  My favorite speaker was my Dad.  He talked about Jonah running from God. All the speakers taught us cool things about God and space and how we should orbit God because He made us.  Jonah wasn’t orbiting God.  My favorite band was the Bryan Easter Band because they have the best drummer and I play the drums (by Sam, age 9).