Janice Boekhoff
 

Vacation!!

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There won’t be any posting this week because I will be soaking up the rays with my husband on a cruise! Every two years we do a vacation together (with no kids) and it really refreshes our marriage to remember what we liked about each other before we turned into perpetual babysitters (also known as “life coaches for little people who often pretend that we’re not talking to them”).

I hope you all have a great week and I will be back here with another devotion on Tuesday, May 5th.

Blessings,

Janice

Life comes from Life

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Have you ever heard the term abiogenesis? It refers to the possibility of life coming from non-life. Not exactly like your iPad popping out eyeballs and asking for lunch, but similar.

In the 1800’s, people used to believe in abiogenesis (also known as spontaneous generation) mainly because of fruit flies. One minute their house was free of the little pests and the next they were swarming all over the fruit. The common wisdom was that fruit flies generated themselves spontaneously.

2551040609_f8a150b10f_sKind of crazy, I know, but people really believed this until Louis Pasteur completed his famous experiment in 1859 showing microorganisms existed and that some were airborne. He conclusively demonstrated that life comes from life, at the same time falsifying the idea of abiogenesis (life from non-life).

Every scientist today believes abiogenesis (this kind of spontaneous generation) is false … unless we’re taking about evolution. Even though, we’ve never seen an example of spontaneous generation, many people believe in it as the source of life because evolution demands it. Obviously, life had to come from somewhere. Either you believe a living creator breathed life into inanimate materials or you believe in abiogenesis—a principle proven false over a hundred years ago.

Is the idea of a living creator somehow more crazy than the idea of spontaneous generation? What do you believe?

 

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Photo Credit: Louis Pasteur: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/25053835@N03/2551040609″>Portrait of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Chemist</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/”>(license)</a>

Devotion

The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

Proverbs 11:5

I’ve heard people say that it’s hard to be a godly person in the world. That’s true in some ways because our sin nature wants to bring us down (along with Satan). But I also believe it’s easier to be a godly person than to be without God.

If you are committed to following God, many major decisions are made for you—how to treat others, how to view the world, even how to judge the condition of your own heart.

Those without God are constantly weighed down by fear and guilt. They are buffeted about by their emotions, jumping from one thing to another just trying to feel better. When we recognize the weight of sin in those around us, we should feel such gratitude toward the God who delivered us from that.

It’s not nearly as hard to be a godly person in this world as it is to be in this world without God.

Dear Lord, thank you for helping to make the paths of the Your people straight. Give us Your compassion for those still in sin’s grip as we show them what it means to live in freedom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Brontosaurus is Back!

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One of America’s favorite dinosaurs has made a comeback after a century of being pushed out of its rightful place in history. Flintstones fans will be happy to know the Brontosaurus has been vindicated. In 1903, long before the Flintstones used them as workhorses, the Brontosaurus genus had already been rejected by a paleontologist name Elmer Riggs who concluded there weren’t enough differences between Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus to warrant separate classification. Since Apatosaurus was named first, that name was kept for the genus (note: genus is one classification level above species).

In recent years, more complete fossil skeletons have been found, enabling comparisons that scientists couldn’t make several years ago. A recent study (April 2015, for full article click here) has overturned Riggs decision, making Brontosaurus a genus once again. The study, conducted by researchers from Portugal and the UK named Emanuel Tschopp , Octávio Mateus and Roger B.J. Benson, reviewed 81 specimens of long-necked dinosaurs from the family Diplodocidae to give a comprehensive look at certain anatomical traits.

The differences they found between the genera Apatosaurus and Brontosaurus were more than 20%, allowing them to say that Brontosaurus deserved its own genus. So, now the name of the thunder lizard can be confidently proclaimed.

Of course, when interviewed about the change, Brontosaurus kept a stony silence rather than complain about how long this took.

References: http://www.cnet.com/news/welcome-back-brontosaurus/, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/04/07/brontosaurus-back/25413671/, https://peerj.com/articles/857/#intro

 

Photo Credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/9106303@N05/11105904724″>Peeping Tom, East Side</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>(license)</a>

Devotion

That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other. “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Numbers 14:1-4

Why are we so insistent on taking control of our own lives, especially since God is willing to do it for us?

I constantly wrestle with God about following His plan—part of my God-given personality that I must consciously submit to Him every day. If I would have been a child of Israel, I probably would have been one of those complaining that I would rather be a slave in Egypt than die in the wilderness.

I think it’s telling that the Israelites didn’t trust their lives to the God who had already saved them many times. Why? The answer is probably both fear and a desire for control.

If we give in to those base emotions we also will go back to slavery—as a slave to sin. Thankfully, we have another choice. If we follow God’s way and submit our every task to Him, we give up control, but gain so much more. God can lead us to our promised land, but we must follow.

Dear Lord, thank you for being willing to take control of our lives. Take our lives as a humble submission to Your greater plan. We will only accomplish our best if we are seeking Your best for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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