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An Internet Minute

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We commenced our web-ministry a little over three years ago.

There have been times when we questioned whether the effort in producing and managing a quality web-presence was worth the effort and expense. Our conclusion has always been a big

yes.

We have done nothing to hype our web presence; no sensational post titles, no misleading key-words, no unseemly graphic images, no tricks; just a series of God-honouring, gospel-focused posts that speak to our conviction to be faithful servants of Christ.

I must confess, there have been times when we became chuffed about our accomplishments in this effort. Google Analytics informs us that we have had approximately 101,000 people make 125,000 visits to our website. For a small church, those numbers are staggering. But to put them into the context of Internet numbers, they are hardly worth a mention. Hardly, that is, until you stop to think that these numbers represent real people, many, perhaps most of whom have never heard the gospel. So even if God uses our site to reach .5% (505) of our viewers with the gospel message – the effort is well worth it.

Narcissism

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I have recently observed the tendency for some Christians to spend an unhealthy amount of time expressing their consternation over how difficult it is to “walk in faith”. “The Christian life is not easy”, they decry, introspectively analysing where they have failed.

Whilst calls for believers to “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” , there needs to be a balance as indicated when Pauls writes in his earlier letter to the same church in “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself”.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.

How Big is the Universe?

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Evidence of God is scattered all throughout creation. The Bible () says that mankind is without excuse for the denial of God as his fingerprints are all around us. For me one of the things that always blows my mind about the size of God, then simultaneously humbles me when I realize what value He must place on my soul, is anything that illustrates the size of the universe. And not just the bigness of the universe, but the smallness of the universe in the microscopic. With every discovery they make about the distance and vastness of the measurable universe, they seem to match it with a discovery of something that is smaller than we have ever seen before. When the atom was initially discovered and labeled as the building block of everything, it was thought it did not get any smaller. The word “atom” itself comes from the Greek word atomos, meaning that which cannot be divided. But since then they have discovered that the atom is as big to some thing’s as the Sun is as big to a tennis ball. Amazing isn’t it. How big or small can things get? Does it just keep going?

So how big is the Universe?

I know that for many, this sort of information doesn’t bring any sort of spiritual revelation. Continue reading

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.