Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

  

“Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke‬ ‭24:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

The Liber Linteus is an ancient text that dates back to the days of the Etruscans, a culture that flourished in Italy in the years prior to the rise of the Roman Empire. Wildly enough, this manuscript was once the wrappings on a mummy. Most of the Liber Linteus writings, which were removed from a female Egyptian mummy and later made into a book in the 19th century, can’t be translated because they were written in the little-understood Etruscan language. But what little scholars can understand reveals it to be some sort of ritual calendar.

While there are many works that exist in the world, both new and ancient, that are indecipherable, the Bible was never meant to be one of them. For that very reason, the Lord sent the Holy Spirit to help us understand who we worship, how we are to live, and even to make sense of futuristic prophetic writings. 

As you come to church today, know that God does not want to be an unsolved mystery in your life! Just as Jesus appeared to men on the way to Emmaus, He will make Himself known to you today too! Worship what you know by getting to know who you are worshipping! You are loved today! 

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The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.” (Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭3‬ NLT)

On April 18, 1924, Francis Leavy, a Chicago firefighter, was washing a large window at the department when he apparently had a premonition: He would die that day. And he did. The next day, as fellow officers were dealing with his death, they noticed a handprint on the window that Leavy had washed, which wasn’t there before. When it was washed again, the handprint, possibly Leavy’s own, remained. Not even chemicals removed it. The handprint remained a mystery until 1944, when the window was broken by a newspaper boy’s wild throw. 

Everyday, God gives us “handprints of His presence” to show us that He’s there and involved with us. It might be a random song, a glimpse of nature, or a call from a friend, but each moment is associated with a feeling, even a brief one, that everything’s going to be okay. Consider it for what it is, your Heavenly Father reminding you that He’s there with you!

As I watched the snow gently fall yesterday, I felt it. When I talked to a friend on the phone yesterday, I felt it. And today, I’ll look again for another “handprint”, knowing that my God loves me and wants me to know it. May you see it too! You are loved!

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They stood there amazed and perplexed. ‘What can this mean?” they asked each other.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭2‬:‭12‬ NLT)

For years, the Nazca lines have baffled the world of science. They are composed of ancient hieroglyphs in the Nazca desert in Peru. There are various designs, some encompassing very large areas. They feature animal-like designs, human figures, geometric figures and other designs. There are also no specific or known reasons for the significance of each design. For years the lines were preserved due to the dry and windless weather in the state. These lines were first spotted in 1553. To this day, the purpose of these lines baffles many.

When Man comes in contact with the supernatural, he can’t explain it, even though he feels he needs to. But there’s no way God can be explained in our own terms. That’s why faith is so necessary. It’s not whimsical wishing, but a genuine belief and a trust in a Savior that exists all around us.

The Nazca lines are simply one of the mysterious phenomenons of this world that we’ll never understand. But God shouldn’t be! Accept God and His ways on His terms and according to how He describes Himself in the Bible, and His ways will begin to make more sense. You are loved!