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Archive for January, 2010

The Meaning of Life – Discovered!

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 25, 2010


“42”

That’s it! –  “42”

As calculated by the supercomputer in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” over a 7.5 million year period, the answer to life, the universe and everything is “42”.

Look at all the proof…

  • 42 is the name of three bands and two songs… that’s a full house!
  • Fox Mulder of the X-Files lived in apartment 42
  • 42 is the actual length of a one-hour TV show
  • It’s the name of Buzz Lightyear’s ship
  • In binary, 42 is displayed as 101010… coinsidence?
  • It’s Jackie Robinson’s jersey number which just happens to be the only jersey retired from every major league team
  • It’s the angle in degrees of which a rainbow appears
  • and most of all, in the simple magic cube, it is the sum of each row using the number 1-27

Ok, so you’re probably not convinced.  How can the meaning of life be summed up in a number?  That would be too simple, but though it sounds improbable, the meaning of life is actually quite simple.  The answer though is different depending on your starting point.

Self-ish

If you live life for yourself, the meaning of life is simply whatever pleases you.  It is a simple view that starts and ends with you.  The side effect of this approach to life is that its scope is also the limitation – relationships tend to be of a superficial and temporary nature.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to satisfy the self driven purpose to life.  It is not a life of contentment, but one that never truly achieves joy, peace and love which are key components to a satisfied life.

James, in the Bible, says of the Self-ish driven life:

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. (James 3:13-16)

A self driven life drives a wedge between you and others and is not a wise method of living.

Self-less

The other approach to life is to live life for someone else.  If that other person happens to be God, you will discover a vast expanse of joy, peace and love that ties you not only to the creator of the universe, but by default, connects you in a special

James goes on to say:

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (vs. 18 and 19)

Your understanding about the meaning of your life determines the source of your wisdom and the fruits of your life.  One is eternal, the other is buried the day you die.

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Newton’s Laws of Motion and Life’s Obstacles – Reaction

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 10, 2010


Newton’s had three laws of motion that can help us understand some of what happens to us on a daily basis. By tying these three examples to life’s obstacles, hopefully we can gain some understanding on how to deal with our daily circumstances.  Let’s look at the third law of motion. (click HERE for the article on the First Law, Click HERE for the article on the Second Law)

The Third Law of Motion – Reaction

The Third Law states – “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”

Every move you make affects something or someone somewhere.  We do not live in a vacuum, but we are either going to have a positive or negative impact on the world around us.  We can bless; we can curse, but we cannot avoid impacting the world around us.

This law states that the reaction to the force is equal and opposite. This is often the case in the short term, however, there is a spiritual “butterfly effect” that takes place that actually boosts the output of the reaction. The Bible uses the term “sowing and reaping”.  You will reap what you sow, but like seeds, you don’t get one seed for every seed you sow.  You reap 50, 100 or 1000 times as much.  In some cases, you reap a harvest year after year from the same seed you planted (e.g. fruit tree).

Like sowing and reaping, you also receive the same type of thing that you sow.  You don’t get apples from orange seeds; you get apples.  You don’t get good from evil either; you reap in like kind.

If you sow curses on your children, they will in turn curse you and probably lead a cursed life, but if you sow blessing (not material, but spiritual blessing) upon your children, they will, as Proverbs 22:6 says, not depart from the way they are taught.

Someone said once that it takes 10 blessings to overcome one curse.  This is sometimes true, not because blessings are less powerful, on the contrary, they are the greater power.  Curses just impact our sinful life in such a way that we tend to allow it more power in our lives than the blessing.

God says that the return on a curse from him goes 3 or 4 generations, but blessings go a 1000 generations.  (Exodus 20:5-7)

God built his church with this very law in mind, I believe.  For it is the mission of the church to encourage and build one another up in the holy faith.  It is each Christian’s ministry to love and bring a positive affect on one another.  We are to bring those that don’t know Christ to the Cross, and we are to help those that have encountered Jesus to grow in grace.

We are to impact those around us, but be aware, even your loving actions can produce an unlovely response from the world, for:

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. – John 15:19

When this happens, be strong for the Love God has for you is supposed to be passed on.  Some will receive that love and so be saved…. that is a good reaction.  Others will hear the message and so reject it… that is a bad reaction.  Either way, we are called to bring the good news. It is up to the hearer as to their own reaction to it.

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Newton’s Laws of Motion and Life’s Obstacles – Force

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 9, 2010


Newton’s had three laws of motion that can help us understand some of what happens to us on a daily basis. By tying these three examples to life’s obstacles, hopefully we can gain some understanding on how to deal with our daily circumstances.  Let’s look at the second law of motion. (click HERE for the article on the First Law)

The Second Law of Motion – Force

The second law of motion states in essence, “The more force you apply to an object, the faster it goes and that the same force applied to two objects of different masses will move at different speeds.”  But you knew that already.

In a car, the more gas you give the engine, the more power it produces making the car go faster.  But if you put a car engine in a Semi tractor trailer pulling a 30 ton haul, it may not produce enough force to move that trailer even 20 mph.  A car engine just can’t produce enough force to move a large load like a tractor trailer.

Let’s face it. Many of life’s problems are small enough that you can handle them in your own strength.  But if you throw together enough of those little problems, you can become overwhelmed.  Your engine just isn’t strong enough to pull the larger loads.

We can only exert so much force and then we tap out.  Either one big problem can doom us to despair or a bunch of little problems drown us and we die a death by a thousand paper cuts.  What we need is a bigger force or additional forces applied to the situation.

God provided three methods of walking through situations when your engine just isn’t enough.

  1. Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)
  2. Strengthening one another through love (e.g. Luke 22:32)
  3. Combination of 1 and 2.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (vs. 12)

Contentment is a big part of overcoming, but contentment alone is not enough unless you are content in the right source of force.  Paul goes on to say this about his source of contentment:

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (vs. 13)

And when in doubt, trust in the Lord and don’t lean on your own understanding (force).  In all of your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6)

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Newton’s Law of Motion and Life’s Obstacles – Sinertia

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 9, 2010


I know – weird title, but the laws that govern our world tend to have a spiritual counterpart.

Newton’s had three laws of motion that can help us understand some of what happens to us on a daily basis. By tying these three examples to life’s obstacles, hopefully we can gain some understanding on how to deal with our daily circumstances.  Let’s look at the first law of motion.

The First Law of Motion – Inertia

The Law – An object in motion tends to stay in motion until an external force is applied to it.

If I throw a baseball while standing on earth, gravity, air molecules and eventually the ground itself all contribute to the baseball coming to a halt  in a 100 feet or so.  External forces fight against that baseball until it comes to a stop.

If I were floating in outer space and threw that same ball, it could theoretically travel forever as long as nothing interferes with it because there is no external force to stop its motion.

Sinertia

Life goes along usually pretty steady – almost routine, until that day when something happens.  All of a sudden, our life is interrupted and things come crashing down.  The first spiritual law of “sinertia” kicks in.  No, the things that happen to you do not have to happen to you because you sinned at that moment, but it does happen to you because there is sin in this world.

Until Adam and Eve violated God’s rule, life was perfect, and they never had problems.  When they spiritually left the heavens and became grounded through sin, everything began to have the capability of self-destructing.

Where they could walk through the garden and pick fruit from trees they did not plant, now they would have to plant food to eat and fight the elements, drought and thorns that came about because of sin.  The struggle of weeding the farm and the failed crops were not necessarily because they did additional sin, but disasters are now in the world because of the original sin.

Bad things happen to people when it seems that they don’t deserve it.  I hate seeing a child with cancer, a soldier lose and arm or a teen crippled for life because of a drunk driver.  That person that now has to suffer isn’t necessarily suffering because they sinned, they are suffering because sin exists and thrives in our world and nobody is immune to its impact. The impact of sin even killed Jesus causing him to suffer even though he was perfect and innocent.

Death, destruction, pain, hardship, and sickness are all byproducts of the sin seed planted through the leftover core of the fruit eaten in the garden of Eden.  It’s not God’s fault; it’s doesn’t seem fair; it hurts, and it is frustrating, but the reality is that life is full of problems.  The key is knowing how to overcome.

Overcoming Sinertia

The method of overcoming is to connect to a source that is more powerful than the force of sin that is against us.  God provided this source through His Son’s death via the power of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life.  This power provides the means and the hope necessary to overcome all life’s problems.  It is not a guarantee of deliverance FROM the problems, but it is the hope of deliverance THROUGH any situation that arises.

The motive that keeps one pressing on in the face of trials is hope – Real Hope! This is not man’s hope that says, “Gee, I hope everything turns out alright.”  No!  It is the hope that says, “I know everything will be fine; for I know in whom I have put my trust, and I know that He is faithful, and I know that I will one day be with my God who loves me and will wipe every tear from my eye!”  It’s hope that “knows” not hope that “wishes”.

Sinertia is a powerful force in our lives, but no matter what comes your way, sinertia does not need to keep you down.  The power of the Holy Spirit given to every believer through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ can lift you up and lead  you through any trial that comes your way.

Click HERE for the 2nd Law

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Hope isn’t What You Think

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 2, 2010


Day 2 – Scriptural Nuggets Daily Devotion

Scriptural Nuggets Daily Devotion

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. – Romans 5:5

What do you think of when you see the word “hope”?

Do you hearken back to the time when you were a child on Christmas morning?  You dart down the stairs as quick as a Jack Russell Terrier on Red Bull. You shake each gift carefully wrapped under the ornate tannenbaum.  With x-ray vision and a keen sense of hearing you attempt to peer into the package hoping beyond hope that what awaits you in the disguise matches the description you gave to Santa (or your parents). Your assurance may not be 100%, but you sure hope your parents or Santa got it right.

This type of hope carries in it an inherent flaw – You might be wrong.  Oh, you bet your emotions that the contents match your wish, but reality could dash your dreams.

Real Hope

Fortunately, the hope in Scripture reflects a 100% assurance that what you hope for will, in fact, come to pass.

Paul stated in one of his testimonies before the Sanhedrin, “I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.” (Acts 23:6) Paul walked in complete knowledge and trust of the resurrection of Jesus and one day of his own body.

Hope fueled the early church and enabled them to endure persecution, the likes of which, we do not see yet in America.  Hope empowered them to sing hymns while chained to prison walls. Hope helped them forgive those that killed them while being crucified, burned or thrown to wild beasts.  Christian hope only comes in one type – complete assurance.

“We hope” means, “We know.”  We know Christ is coming. We know that to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). We know that when trials come, God in us will help us overcome, and that kind of assurance gives us power to press on toward the high calling, which is in Christ Jesus.

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