Were you aware that bio-molecular science supports something that the bible says? In specific, the reference here is to a protein molecule called laminin.
Laminin is extremely important in the development of an embryo, allowing membranes to be assembled. Later, it is a biomolecular adhesion molecule. Okay, if you aren’t into science, this might not make any sense. Let me explain it this way; laminin is the glue that holds ever cell of your body together. Without it, you’d literally fall apart.
How does this support the bible? First, consider this: In Colossians 1:17, Paul says this of Jesus –
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Jesus also said numerous times that God is with us always, from the moment of our birth and through our life. God will never leave us. As Christians, we know this, and yet we often don’t realize that He has furnished physical proof of this. That proof is laminin.
Okay, so far it doesn’t sound like having a molecule that functions as the glue that holds us together would have anything to do with the bible, does it? Granted that we are told that Jesus is the glue that holds us together, to paraphrase Paul, but from just what has been said above, that would appear to be the only connection between Jesus and laminin, and one that isn’t literal. Is it the only connection, though?
To answer that question, let me first ask another question. What is the one symbol that has come to stand for Jesus? You have probably been able to answer that: The cross. It was upon the cross that Jesus spilled his blood and died to pay for our sins and to give us a way to be redeemed. We know that the only way to heaven is through our Lord. The cross is known around the world to represent Jesus, regardless of the nation, location or language.
With this basis explained, let’s take a look at a diagram of what the laminin molecule looks like.
Wow! The glue that holds every single cell in our bodies together from the time we are conceived is in the shape of the cross, the symbol for Jesus! This means that Jesus holds us together spiritually, which we’ve known since the time we asked for forgiveness for our sins and acknowledged that he died and arose again. Jesus also holds us together physically, literally.
It is really neat when science supports the bible in regard to something that was said almost 2,000 years before the science was developed enough that we could guess at the structure of the protein molecule.
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My experience has been that many Christians are disappointed when they pray for something and God appears not to answer. This is very sad, because it is an error in thinking. To begin with, God does always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer isn’t what we’d hoped for, sometimes the answer isn’t what we’d expected and sometimes we may not understand. Sometimes the answer is even “No”. However, there is always an answer from God, for everything we pray for.
Quite often, too, another thing that comes into play is the timing of God. We should all know that God doesn’t do anything at all without a purpose. Just as important as that purpose, He also does things exactly on His perfect schedule. The timing is always right on the dot. Let me expand on that for a moment.
Have you ever been depressed or sad about something, and at exactly the right time something happens or is said that is precisely the right thing to lift you out of the depression? It has happened to me so many times that I can’t count them. That is the timing of God. If the happening occurred earlier or later, it wouldn’t have had the same impact. Sometimes the happening can even precede the event and it is clearly an instance of perfect timing. I’ll give an example of God’s timing.
I’d been working at a job that wasn’t a good one and that I didn’t enjoy, for a boss that made employees feel miserable, making barely enough to live on. I prayed to God for a raise, so we wouldn’t have to struggle so badly and would have a little more money to work with. I’d specifically said, “Lord, even a dollar an hour more than I’m making would set my mind at ease.”
Two days later, the company shut down and closed its doors with no warning to any of us employees. That definitely wasn’t what I had in mind and it wasn’t what I asked for, or so I thought.
At first, I was bitter and I’ll admit that many of my thoughts weren’t very Christian-like. Yes, they were worldly based and it wasn’t until I realized it that I decided to just put all my trust in the Lord, as I should have done to begin with. On the way home to break the news to my family, I saw that there was a car broken down beside the road, with its hood up. I didn’t even think about it, I just pulled in to see if there was anything I could do to help. The guy, wearing an expensive business suit, was practically beside himself. His radiator hose had blown apart and he was afraid that he was going to be late for an important meeting.
As it happened, I’d just replaced the hoses and belts in my car about a week earlier and had tossed the old ones into the trunk, intending on throwing them away later. The cars were different makes and models, but when I retrieved the old hose, I found that it was simply a little two long for the man’s car. It was a simple matter to cut it down to size and to then put it on the car as an emergency repair. I didn’t care if I got dirty and there was no sense in the man getting filthy when he was wearing a suit. I no longer had a job and I could wash up when I got home.
In the 10 minutes or so that I worked on the car to get the hose connected, he and I talked and he asked where I worked. I told him about losing my job due to closure. Later, as I filled the radiator (he happened to break down right beside a little stream), he asked me to write down what part to get when he got to an automotive store after his meeting. Again, without thought, I pulled out a business card that I had for a computer consulting business I’d started but had done nothing with. On the back of the card, I wrote down what he needed and handed it to him. I could have just told him to ask for a radiator hose for his car’s make and model, but that didn’t even occur to me.
As soon as he pulled out, I got in my car and drove on home. I broke the news about my job to my family and told them that things might get a little tight, but that it was in the hands of the Lord. A few hours later, I got a phone call. It was the man I’d helped and he’d gotten the number off the front of the business card. He said that he noticed that I was a computer consultant. I told him that I was. He said that the computer engineer who worked for him had just quit, then he offered me a job. He about floored me when he told me the rate of pay. It was one dollar an hour, to the penny, more than I’d been making at the job I’d just lost!
There are too many things that happened for it to have been coincidences. It was the work of God. The chance of it happening as it did was nil, but God always has a purpose and does nothing by chance. The timing was perfect and He really had answered my prayer, right down to the amount of money I’d specifically mentioned. He simply didn’t answer the prayer in the way that I’d expected. In fact, God’s timing was also perfect for the gentleman. If I hadn’t lost my job when I did, I wouldn’t have been there to help him with his car and he wouldn’t have found a replacement for the guy who quit. He also broke down where there was water to fill the radiator. It wasn’t lost on the man, either, and he ended up being one of the best employers I’ve ever had, as well as becoming a good friend.
Is God’s timing amazing, or what?
One last thought to leave you with. Sometimes God doesn’t answer immediately. However, consider that the time might be right for you, but others who will be involved might not be ready yet. His timing is still perfect.
Posted in Testimony and tagged answered prayers, chance, coincidence, God's timing, perfect timing, perfection by rextrulove with 6 comments.
Have you ever had something bad happen to you through no action or fault of your own? Of course you have. That is part of life in this world. There are natural disasters, murders, illnesses, thefts, financial problems and any number of things that happen on a daily basis. It makes no difference if a person is a Christian or a non-believer, bad things happen to every one of us. Why does God let bad things happen to good people? Many Christians ask this question and, sadly, some even lose faith because of it. They may also think that they must have done something wrong, though they haven’t done anything to ‘deserve’ the troubles.
If you ask devout Christians if the bad things in life come from God, most will say that they don’t. And yet many Christians still blame God for those terrible things. If you have ever found yourself saying, “God, what did I do to deserve this?”, you have been blaming God for the trouble. Could God have prevented it? Of course he could. Nothing is impossible for God. So why does God allow evil to exist in the world, if He is a loving, just and merciful God? Believe it or not, there is an answer to this question.
It is all because of the original sin of disobedience, which resulted in man and woman being cast out of Eden. Man was given free will and since man originally turned away from God, the world has become a place of our own making. We are flawed and the world is broken. Thus, bad things happen to good people, because even good people are flawed.
Solomon explained this very well. Remember that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. He was rich, powerful, had a thousand wives and any material thing he desired, beautiful homes, wonderful food and he was doubtlessly the wealthiest king Israel ever had or will have. Yet, pay attention to how he starts Ecclesiastes, which is the wisdom of God through Solomon:
1 The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem [this is Solomon]:
2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
If you keep reading, you will quickly see that Solomon is talking about this world and everything we do in it. Everything you do or say in this world, everything you own, every accomplishment; it is all worthless. That sounds really negative, doesn’t it? It really isn’t, though. Solomon was talking about everything you do in this world and being so wealthy, he was examining himself as well. He basically concluded that nothing he’d done in the world amounted to a hill of beans.
You might have noticed the key that turns this from an overwhelming negative to an astounding positive. The key was mentioned twice in the last paragraph; “in the world”. When we rely on the world, nothing we do or say makes a difference. As Solomon later puts it, it is like trying to catch the wind. Also keep in mind that he wasn’t saying that we shouldn’t pursue happiness. There is nothing wrong with trying to be happy, as long as people realize that if it is based in this broken world, any happiness will be fleeting. If you got a $100 in the mail, you’d probably be happy about it. However, once it is spent, nothing really changes and you probably won’t be happy about it any longer.
Again, this is all in reference to ‘in the world’. In 1 Peter 2:11, we are called foreigners, strangers, exiles. Why would God’s people be called this? Again, it goes back to the original sin. Men and women were never designed to live in this world. We will always be strangers here. Where we belong is in Eden. God even made it possible for us to one day return home, though the ultimate sacrifice of his beloved son, if we believe in Him. This is the astounding positive. We already know that all Joy comes from Jesus. The world will cause us nothing but grief. The world is meaningless, as Solomon said. However, if we live our lives for God and follow the Lord with all our hearts, we can receive lasting joy and happiness. It isn’t based in the world, but in the Lord.
Something astonishing happens when we come to realize this and to begin to devote our lives to our King and Savior. Since our joy and happiness isn’t based in the world, we start finding that we can be joyful and happy regardless of where we are and what the circumstances are.
People sometimes think that I must be daft, because day after day, I’ve been working on the church flowerbeds; moving rocks, cleaning up debris and planting, despite having a bad hip and thrombosis. I derive happiness by doing it. That is the part they often don’t understand, though our pastor does. You see, I’m not doing the work for the church or the members of the church. I’m not even doing it for the community. I’m doing it for the Lord! This is His house of worship and His temple. My happiness comes from doing something for the Lord in a way that glorifies his name.
I haven’t been dismayed over the snow we’ve received the last two days, either, because taking a pause in doing the work refreshes me and allows me to keep from pushing myself too hard. It is happiness in the face of adversity. God loves me enough to give me time to rest.
Naturally, like anyone else, I need to work on my appreciation of God. However, I know that He gives us lasting joy and happiness if we trust in Him and dedicate our lives to him. I will continue to have troubles throughout my life, but those troubles don’t come from God and he has given me a treasure that will make my journey as a stranger in this world a little better, until I am once again able to return home.
Posted in Deeper meanings and tagged anguish, God, happiness, Jesus, joy, trouble, trust by rextrulove with 2 comments.
There are those among us who don’t believe that God speaks to us. Others, like me, believe that He speaks with us regularly, if we choose to listen. I have a wonderful testimony to share in regard to this and it has to do with some of the ‘little things’ many people wouldn’t have even thought twice about.
Early this year, I noticed that the flowerbeds at church were in a very sad state of affairs. The flowerbeds border two buildings; the old church and the new sanctuary. The total length is about 200 feet and the flowerbeds by the new building weren’t even landscaped, they were just filled with rocks. Appearances mean nothing to God, however people react to appearances and God of course knows this. I got it in my mind that with enough effort, the flowerbeds could be made beautiful again, which would then help to get some of the more worldly people into church to hear the good news of the bible. That, in turn, might open more hearts to God’s word and bring them back to Him.
This weighed heavy on my heart, so I talked to our pastor, Pastor Jim, about it. He loved the idea and told me that I could do anything I wanted to do in the flowerbeds. I gathered up my garden tools, noticing that my shovel had a crack at the base of the handle. The shovel would need to be replaced, but for the time being, I began work with what I had. I’ve been spending one to three hours a day working on it, except on Tuesdays and Sundays, because it is always so busy then and I didn’t want to get in anyone’s way.
That brings us to today. Last night, it rained hard all night long and it continued to rain hard this morning. I have a baseball cap in the car, so I headed to church to work on the flowerbeds. Amazingly, the moment I pulled into the parking lot, the rain totally stopped. I gave thanks to God for that mercy, then started working away.
I worked for about two hours and was almost done for the day when the handle of my shovel broke. I didn’t get upset, since I was almost done for the day and had known that the shovel needed to be replaced. When I got everything into the car, though, I had the thought that I might as well go by the hardware store to see what price they had on shovels. I’d looked at shovel prices just a few weeks ago, so there really wasn’t any reason to go to the hardware store. I already knew that they were $18. I went anyway, thinking that if I could find anything that was only $10, I’d be able to afford a new shovel. If they were still $18, I wouldn’t have enough to buy one for a couple of weeks.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that they were on sale for $5.97 and the sale started today! I bought the shovel and just as I got back into the car to come home, it began to rain hard again.
To some people, all of this would just be a series of unlikely coincidences. To me, it was God speaking to me, telling me that He approves of the work I’m doing in the flowerbeds and that He wants me to continue. I believe that He put it in my heart to work on the flowerbeds to begin with. He knows that I love to garden and grow plants. So I believe that he arranged for the series of events; the rain stopped at the right time, the shovel didn’t break until I was almost done for the day, it broke only when there was a special on shovels so I could afford to replace it and it started raining again at the right time.
Jesus, you are AWESOME!
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