Vision

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‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭29:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Vision

Being able to see physically is an amazing example of how many body parts must function in an extremely precise way to allow us our sense of sight.  And it requires a certain amount of light (very narrow band in the electromagnetic spectrum) to accomplish the feat.  As I age and my eyes need more correcting, I have far more appreciation for the complexity of sight.  Of course, vision has other definitions and sometimes we lose sight of how even the blind can have more vision than those who see.  This sense of vision can be blinded by all the “noise” surrounding us in our daily lives.  It is this vision that we must seek continually.

Temple

F4CEFDF5-2C09-4C99-9E5A-FCE29D288517“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Temple

Often we look to our worldly leaders and friends for counsel and direction. Unfortunately, even the best of them, with the best of intentions, let us down. We must forgive them for their shortcomings, but remember that our Hope cannot rely upon them. Each of us is a Temple, and without His Spirit, we are lost. It is truly amazing how far our country has developed its policies to push us away from God. But The Creator of the universe is still in control and will use the bad to bring about His good. As believers, we can stand on His promises.

Supreme Court

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Revelation‬ ‭19:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Supreme Court

Usually news from SCOTUS reminds me of the ONLY Supreme Court.  The judicial branch of our country is supposed to render wise judgments.  As witnessed over recent years, some of these judgements are anything but wise.  Our political forces have become so powerful that wisdom is trumped by power and money.  The corruption of our system only reinforces my path to the true Supreme Court, the only one that has eternal judgment.

Blessed

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When my brother died at age 24 in 1973, I remember my grandmother saying, “Never to have suffered means never to have been blessed.” That was a hard message to hear then and one that still can be difficult to understand. Through the years, I have come to realize that it is the tough times that allow us to appreciate the good ones. As I contemplate this situation, I try to focus on the fact that God sees all of us, living and dead, the same. Our mortal minds cannot possibly comprehend the infinite wisdom of our Creator. Today at work, an atheist stated that he only believes in the facts of science. As a scientist myself who sees the many associated shortcomings of the scientific world, I paused and thanked God for my wisdom to know all the blessings He has bestowed upon me.

Goodness

76388D73-893E-480C-85B8-58E4DD479479“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Goodness

The natural world itself is evidence of God. He has created it and it is good indeed. As a scientist by training, I realize that humans can never fully understand His ways. We cannot create a single living cell and we struggle to combat many of nature’s forces; yet, many do not believe and arrogantly think that humans can learn to control everything. Over time, God has blessed us with much knowledge and certainly major strides have been made in many of our professions; but, He is still in control and we need to gain that wisdom. He will continue to pour out His Love because He loves us and wants us to enjoy His goodness.

Dogma

EEB9FDAC-AAD5-4A5A-A00C-EF18507D523A“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.””
‭‭John‬ ‭8:47‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Dogma

My dogma comes from The Bible. Many seek to tear it apart, claiming that it is contradictory and full of errors. In my life, I have found that most of these people have not studied The Bible, not even reading a single version of the Bible. For the past 10 years, I have read many versions and studied it through various sources.(unfortunately I cannot understand the original languages) My efforts have lead me to much wisdom and understanding, but far from where I hope to be. Indeed there are many truths within this great book and I believe it is The Word of God. One of my favorite movies is Devil’s Advocate and it portrays our legal system in a way that parallels what is happening in many of our courts. As a scientist and physician, I question everything, so I encourage others to do the same. Don’t accept anything as dogma until you have thoroughly investigated, but don’t discount anything without that same level of scrutiny.

Higher Learning

C9EE62AB-0D13-4E69-A27C-FB3CAA57983D“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Higher Learning

The new school year is underway and all the fall activities are expanding our already full schedules. My college fraternity brothers are planning a reunion at one of our home football games and the nostalgia is clawing at my soul. One of them replied that he was coming “while he was still able” and that struck a chord with me. Those college years were indeed more than over priced books and mundane courses—they were a time for gaining wisdom and understanding, and forming deep relationships that would endure the trials of a lifetime. While I think our educational system needs reform, the true value of higher learning is indeed priceless.