About six years ago on a Thursday morning around 10 o’clock, I got a phone call from Georgette. At the time, I was at my office. She told me that a man we both knew was on life support at one of the local hospitals. He was in his 60s and had gone in for surgery earlier that morning. Something went wrong during the surgery, and he had stopped breathing. The surgical team was able to bring him back to life, but his wife and children were told that he was “brain dead.” The only thing keeping him alive was a ventilator (a breathing machine).
Do you remember the definition of God from your childhood religion class? The definition was simple and concise: an infinitely perfect Supreme Being who created all things and keeps them in existence. Yes, he not only created us, but continually keeps us in existence.
Although I like the Internet and most of its features and benefits, when it comes to sending and receiving communications of any substance, I hate email. I long for the good old days (20 years ago) when people wrote real letters, folded them up, placed them in envelopes addressed to the intended recipients, and mailed them.
Could God the Father ever decide that He no longer loves the Holy Spirit? Could He say “I’ve loved the Holy Spirit for thousands of years and I just don’t love Him anymore”? Could Jesus go off on His own and decide He is no longer going to love the Father and the Holy Spirit? Could the Holy Spirit bail out on His relationship with the Father and the Son?
Over the past year I’ve gotten to know a young man who works at a local restaurant. (For the purposes of this discussion, I’m going to call him Rusty.) I see Rusty at least once a week when I pick up something to eat at the restaurant. Rusty is a devout Christian. He’s 36 years old, married, and has three children. He works hard, is honest, has a good attitude, and appears to get along well with everyone he comes into contact with.
Although we think and talk a lot about time, most of us never attempt to seek out or discover its true meaning. What is time? Can you come up with a simple definition? The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes time as “the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues.”
Earlier this year, one of my daughters was standing in the hallway of a local school visiting with a small group of girls. The ages of the girls ranged from 14 to 20. As they were talking, a 19-year-old boy they all knew came walking toward them. (For purposes of this discussion, I’m going to call him James.) As James approached, he said to the girls, “Step aside, bitches.”
One of the hardest concepts to grasp is that “time” does not exist in heaven. On earth, from the moment a person is conceived until that person dies, he or she is limited by time and space. In heaven there are no such limitations. It’s hard to imagine living in heaven for eternity and never having to mention or be concerned with time.
The newest release of the Marvel Studios movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, tells the back-story of Peter Parker (Spider-Man). The movie starts out when Peter is a young boy. For an unexplained reason, someone is out to get Peter’s parents. In order to ensure his safety, Peter’s parents drop him off to stay with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben.