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Big Questions, Important Answers:Who is Worthy to Break the Seals?

Big Questions, Important Answers:Who is Worthy to Break the Seals?

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How many times have you been asked to change your password or had your credit card prematurely replaced in the last year or so? In the past nine months, there have been a couple well reported major security incidents.  A security breach at Target exposed millions of credit card numbers. the Heartbleed bug infected a security mechanism and made it possible to see and capture passwords on many websites.  And those are just the well-reported incidents.  Over the same time, there have been several less reported attacks.  The key advice offered when a breach is discovered is to change your passwords. Passwords are like keys that open a lock, knowing the right password or holding the right key is a demonstration of authority over what the password or key is protecting.  Before passwords and k
Big Questions, Important Answers: Why Seek the Living Among the Dead?

Big Questions, Important Answers: Why Seek the Living Among the Dead?

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Ever had that moment when you’re looking for something and you just can’t see it.  Like the car keys sitting on the counter that you’ve looked at 100 times. Or like the invisible the can of beans that was just behind the can of crushed pineapple. Last weekend my kids and grandkids were all home for a visit.  Mackenzie and I were playing with a stuffed beany type skunk.  Throwing it back and forth and stuff like that.  A little later she was looking for the skunk but couldn’t find it.  The thing is it was sitting in plain sight on my knee.   Sometimes we can’t find what we are looking for because we’re looking in the expected but wrong places. Finding things in the kitchen is sometimes as much of a mystery to me as it is for Betty to find things in the tool chest. Missing the visible and lo
Big Questions, Important Answers:Who Do You Say I Am?

Big Questions, Important Answers:Who Do You Say I Am?

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I’m sure that you’ve seen man-on-the-street interviews on TV.  Clips of regular folks being asked for their opinion or knowledge on any number of subjects. One night Tonight Show host Jay Leno collared some young people to ask them questions about the Bible.“Can you name one of the Ten Commandments?” he asked two college-age women. One replied, “Freedom of speech?” He said to the other, “Complete this sentence: Let he who is without sin . . .” Her response was, “Have a good time?” Leno then turned to a young man and asked, “Who, according to the Bible, was eaten by a whale?” The confident answer was, “Pinocchio.”*  In a similar way Jesus conducted His own “man-on-the-street” interview.  One day He asked His followers - Who do people say that the Son of Man (meaning himself) is?  “And they
Big Questions, Important Answers: Whom Shall I Send?

Big Questions, Important Answers: Whom Shall I Send?

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I write this on Memorial Day.  A day set aside to remember and acknowledge those who have died while serving in America’s Armed Forces.  At some point today the President will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery. The tomb's inscription reads - Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God. Across the country, flags will be placed at the gravesites of those who have served. Many a family will remember the service of those they have lost.  But there are some who have no family left to tell their tales or to remember their sacrifice. Yesterday we were going through Grandpa Ray’s house, gathering the trinkets, collectibles, and keepsakes that he left behind.  Among them was an oblong glass paperweight with a WWII era photo inside it of a you
Big Questions, Important Answers: What Is In Your Hand?

Big Questions, Important Answers: What Is In Your Hand?

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The next big question comes at a time of failure.  The story of Moses and the Burning Bush is familiar to most of us.  For our purposes, we are only going to consider a narrow part of the story, when God asks Moses - “What is in your hand?”   “Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand—” (Exodus 4:1–4, NASB95)   In a way, the staff that Moses was holding wa
Big Questions, Important Answers: Why Are You Angry?

Big Questions, Important Answers: Why Are You Angry?

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For a moment think about volcanos.  Some throw lava high into the air in a pyroclastic display that rivals the best fireworks. Others spew enormous amounts of ash, covering a vast area in a snow like a blanket that can blot out the sun. Sometimes the pressures are so great that they blow out the mountainside.  A few simply, quietly, release rivers of lava that bury anything standing in their way.  A few volcanos have lain dormant for years and violently erupted without warning.  Okay, now think about anger.  Some folks release anger through a fireworks-like display of motion and words.  Some folks want to blanket other in their anger and are not happy unless everyone around them is affected.  A few allow the pressures to destroy themselves and those close by. Many passively release a flow
Big Questions, Important Answers – Adam, Where Are You?

Big Questions, Important Answers – Adam, Where Are You?

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97...98...99...100...Ready or not here I come.  We’ve all probably played the childhood game of hide and seek. Trying to remain still and quiet so that we would not be found.  Or maybe trying to move about in order to be even more elusive. I had a nephew one time hide so well that he fell asleep and no one could find him. On the other hand, there are others who can’t help but giggle and always seem to be among the first ones found. In a way, you could say that mankind has been playing hide and seek with God ever since Adam. After Adam and Eve sinned by listening to the serpent and violating God’s commandment their first instinct was to try to hide. “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presenc
Big Questions, Important Answers: An Introduction

Big Questions, Important Answers: An Introduction

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Adam, where are you? Where is Abel your brother? What is in your hand? Whom shall I send and who will go for us? Who do you say that I am? Why do you seek the living among the dead? Who is worthy to open the book and break its seals?  These questions are like rare gems that, when found and considered, reveal truths about God and ourselves. Most often when God and angels speak it is in the form of instruction and command. But buried, and yet well known, are the questions that God or His angels have asked of someone like you and I. Questions are designed to reveal. The answer to a question reveals something about the one being asked.  But the question itself also reveals something about the person doing the asking. The larger revelation for us is when we turn these questions loose on ours