Pastor's Corner

20 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

One of my favorite things to do in the evening is to stargaze.  I am fascinated by the vastness of the universe.  Since the time of Adam and Eve, people have looked to the heavens with awe and wonderment.  The Biblical writers were so drawn to the beauty before them that they rightfully attributed the movement in order that they experienced night after night, year after year to our Creator God.  Even in their primitive minds they understood the complexities before them.  Something they could not explain; order where there should be chaos, something holding it all together with predictable precision.  It must be the work of the Almighty!  

Fast-forward to the present and many of the questions the Biblical writers contemplated are now explained away by science and tools made by people.  Observations now made by the seasoned minds of astrophysicists and the principles of celestial mechanics.  The “experts” have effectively removed the beauty and majesty of the poetical observations made by those who came before us.  Their attempt to remove the Creator has done no damage to those who think rationally.  With all their elaborate talk and many academic titles they cannot answer the ultimate question, “Where did we all come from?” Perhaps the worst damage they have done is convincing some that faith and science must be mutually exclusive.  Scientific discovery has given us a greater understanding of what we observe in the heavens, but one of the most powerful things it has done is confirm what we have so long believed.  

I am inspired by individuals like Victor Glover, one of seven men and women on the International Space Station’s Expedition 64 crew.  Glover made headlines in November when he was part of a four-person crew that launched aboard a SpaceX rocket to the space station in what was only the second manned NASA/SpaceX mission in history. He is the first black astronaut to live on the space station for an extended period. He was pilot and second-in-command on the SpaceX Crew Dragon, named Resilience. But the thing that impresses me the most about Glover is how he incorporates his Christian faith into his expertise as a scientist.  

On Instagram last Wednesday, Glover posted photos of the sun beaming just above the earth’s horizon and he wrote, “Took these photos today, I love sunrises and sunsets.  Can you see the bands of color? They remind me of the scripture in Psalm 30, ‘weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.’ It seems darkest just before sunrise. I wish you all love and light. Goodnight from the @iss.” It is also noted that he brought along communion cups and a Bible as his personal items on this mission.

Glover follows a long line of Christian astronauts like John Glenn, Ed White, Frank Borman, and Jim Irwin  but he represents the new guard at NASA.  With the addition of the Space Force, SpaceX and now Boeing’s offering of the Space Launch System, a new generation of scientific explorers are looking to leave their mark on the final frontier.  

Let us join together and pray for these brave men and women as they risk their lives to discover what the Lord has for us in space and as they seek to show others the Creator through His Creation. 

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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