The Nature of God

Reading Association [Psalm 24; I Cor 12; Ephesians 02:10; 1 Peter 04:10 – 11]

The Eye Of The Owl

So, what I had found out recently is that all owls have amazing vision since they do not have eyeballs but rather have “eye tubes” [mother nature network: mnn.com].  These tubes are elongated and therefore can detect motion and differences for great distances.  They allow the owl to see prey and/or danger long before they even know of the owl’s presence which is especially effective during the nights.  Also, note that since the owl’s eyes are forward facing it means that they have binocular vision like humans which gives them better depth perception.

However, due to the size and structure of an owl’s eye, it is able to swivel/move the eyes from side to side or up and down within the “sclerotic rings” that they are held in place by.  Which is why the owls give thanks for “swivel necks”.  Owls swivel neck is just a summarized way of saying that they have more vertebrae in their necks; they have alternate blood vessels to their heads, blood pooling systems and air-cushioned vessels which translate to the fact that their heads can turn 135 degrees in either direction giving them a full 270 degrees of view.

This shows how the owl relies upon many of its features working in unison to survive each day.

Similarly, as Christians, our talents are meant to work together with the talents of others to accomplish great tasks (I Cor 12).  A speaker who can make persons see the beauty of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may not have the skills to get the same people to come to their presentation(s) and therefore will rely on others with strong social, missionary and even marketing skills to help gather the flock.  A social church member may be able to serve food well to the elderly but may not know anything about preparing those meals as much as another member who is a talented chef; and that talented chef may not know about gathering ingredients for the dishes at an economical cost in the same way that a taxi-driver might.

All missions that are given to us through Jesus Christ usually require the involvement of a team of persons with varying skill sets and talents working together for one common goal.  The Bible says that each talent from each person is important to completing any job and especially the Lord’s work (Ephesians 02:10; 1 Peter 04:10 – 11).  As a body of Christ I pray that we strive to be like the owl; whereby it employs its many talents to help in his survival; so too can we bring together our many talents to praise God and bring others even closer to Him who is our hope and our salvation. Amen.

 

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A team of nature-lovers who have come together to write about those things that we see happening naturally around the world which can help us to action the Word of God.  It is meant to enlighten, to initiate, in provide different perspectives, to inspire others whilst keeping the reading content to manageable bite sizes.  Leave your comments and questions below.  We would love to hear from you.

 

do not be afraid, I am

In another month and a half we will start the hurricane season. The season is a time of living on the edge. Yet, it is also a time of heightened preparation. In the midst of living on the edge and the preparation is the voice of the silent God in Jesus Christ who says, “do not be afraid, it is I” or more precisely “do not be afraid, I am.” In this latter sense, the reader is transported back to the liberation of the people of Israel in the book of Exodus. There God announces the divine name as I AM (Exodus 3). In the Gospel according to John Jesus is announced as the I am in chapter 6. Faced with a storm at sea the disciples surrendered to I AM and got to shore safely. In a similar way we too will be caught in the storms of life; not just during the hurricane season but throughout our lives. Trust in the presence of God, as the disciples did, while still working for peace and calm, is sufficient to get us safely through the storms of life.

 

Easter Vigil 2017

Visioning Prayer 2017

Almighty and ever-living God, ruler of all things in heaven and on earth, and by whose grace we have been called into a goodly fellowship of faith: Send down upon our bishops, other clergy, and all your faithful people an outpouring of your Holy Spirit for the renewal and mission of your Church. Give us a vision of where you would lead your Church, and so discern new things that you are doing in your Church and the world. By your grace, save us from unnecessary distractions, so that we may be able to determine your will for us, go forward perceiving that which is right, and have the courage to pursue the same, to the end that we may utilise the gifts which you have given to each of us for the furtherance of your will in simplicity, confidence and steadfastness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Collect for Independence

O God our Father, whose will it is that your people should live in ordered societies; inspire the people of this nation with the spirit of justice, truth and love; and so guide our leaders, and all who make decisions on our behalf, that they may direct our affairs in righteousness and peace; that we may live in peace and harmony and to your honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.
Amen.

Dear Valued Customer:
 
                                                   NWC CUSTOMER CENSUS MAPPING UNDERWAY IN KSA
Please be advised that the National Water Commission (NWC) is now conducting a Customer Census Mapping Project
in Kingston and St. Andrew as the start of an island wide service improvement effort.  The project involves a door-to-door survey of existing and potential NWC customers and mapping them using global positioning system (GPS) devices. All project activities will be done between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. All project representatives will also be properly identified.
The project will ultimately result in better water and wastewater service delivery, improved responsiveness to complaints, and better customer service.  We urge your full cooperation and assistance in facilitating this Customer Census Mapping Project as we work to continuously improve our service to you our valued customers.
 
The Customer Census Mapping Project will last for several months in the KSA and will later be implemented in other parishes.
For further information, you may contact the Community Relations Department (Eastern) at 733-5636-7 or the Corporate Public Relations Department at 929-1128, 929-5430-5 or

pr@nwc.com.jm

Why do we call Good Friday “good”?

Why do we call Good Friday “good”, when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus?  For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world.  Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation.  Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).  On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10).  It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5).  Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar?  Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag or “Sorrowful” in English.  In fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated: some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.”  Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.

(adapted from: http://www.christianity.com/god/jesus-chirst/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html)

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