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Called Out: Now What?

by: Lynette Woods

We consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and  fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. 2 Cor. 4:18.

When God first called us out of religion twelve years ago, we didn’t understand exactly what He was asking us to leave. Over time we saw that He was not just calling us to leave the church we were part of, but anything and everything that was a substitute for Him. Thankfully He did not reveal this to us all at once, but has been leading us on a journey, through a process, one step at a time…

Recently Father brought me to another step which involved my use of the word “church”. Until this point, I believed that although He had called us out…

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IBEX: Glimpses of the Interstellar Material Beyond our Solar System

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A great magnetic bubble surrounds the solar system as it cruises through the galaxy. The sun pumps the inside of the bubble full of solar particles that stream out to the edge until they collide with the material that fills the rest of the galaxy, at a complex boundary called the heliosheath. On the other side of the boundary, electrically charged particles from the galactic wind blow by, but rebound off the heliosheath, never to enter the solar system. Neutral particles, on the other hand, are a different story. They saunter across the boundary as if it weren’t there, continuing on another 7.5 billion miles for 30 years until they get caught by the sun’s gravity, and sling shot around the star.

There, NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer lies in wait for them. Known as IBEX for short, this spacecraft methodically measures these samples of the mysterious neighborhood beyond our…

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Size of God

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There are times when we feel as if we are simply living from day to day, driven by the wind of fate. Or worse, we feel as if our lives are controlled by evil people. Although we are able to sing about about an omnipotent God in the worship of our congregations, life is not lived behind stained glass. In our homes or workplaces, our faith is challenged by the circumstances of the mundane. We must ask if our faith and perspective of God is large enough to carry us through the mundane.

The times our faith is tested by the mundane routines of life are when we begin to question if there is any purpose to our lives. If we question the purpose of our lives, we are also questioning the one who gave us life. In Isaiah 40:21-24 asks us the rhetorical question, “Have you not heard of the power of God?” He knows that we have heard of the power and strength of God, but that we were caught up in the difficulties of their activities and must have forgotten that YHWH is still the Sovereign Lord.

The prophet begins to describe this awesome God who seems to be too easily forgotten. He is viewed as enthroned by all people, who are like grasshoppers. This reminds the reader that even their greatest enemy is still under the domain of the Almighty God. Nature is also under God’s divine sovereignty. Rulers are placed in and taken out of positions not by their sole ability or fate, but by God. The issue at stake here is to determine what issue causing anxiety is larger than God? We should view God’s lordship in comparison to the triviality of our “giants” of anxiety. We must not proclaim God as Lord in praise on Sunday only to let to let that proclamation pale in light of adversity on Tuesday. God is the Lord on Tuesday as well as Sunday.

In verse 25, the voice of the Lord is heard asking, “Who is comparable or equal to me?” God is a jealous God who desires all the worship of followers and is not willing to share any of that worship with any object or idea. The prophet joins in to argue that, in observing creation one sees the power and strength of God. In fact, the prophet is urging us to look in a different direction to view God in a different light.

Apparently the problem rests with the words and the complaints of the people who feel that God has abandoned them (v27). But again they are reminded that the Lord does not grow weary or tired, and is in actuality the giver of strength and power. Those who learn to trust in the Almighty God will find their strength renewed. During the mundane, when our language betrays our faith, we should take another look at the sovereign God and replace our faltering hope. The natural result will be a refreshing and renewing of our strength of the day.