Our seniors totally amazed us today during the annual Egg Drop competition! Only 3 (out of 14) broke on the first drop (20 feet), and quite a few survived the second drop from 35 feet! Incredible! If you have QuickTime player installed on your computer, you can view a short clip from the event attached here. I can't wait until we test our toothpick bridges in December! Physics is AWESOME!
Learning is pretty popular these days. It's a honorable endeavor. Everyone should enjoy learning new things. But what is the goal? Why am I digging deep in a book, drawing out information, and inserting it dutifully into my brain? What is the ultimate endgame of the matter?
Solomon, by all accounts one of the wisest people ever to live, declares:
"And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books [there is] no end; and much study [is] a weariness of the flesh." Ecclesiastes 12:12
I think we all can relate to this admonishment. Studying is good, but in much study - without the life that comes from a rich relationship with Christ - this studying can be a weariness to us. Paul even warns that some are "ever learning" but never come to the knowledge of the Truth. That said... where's the balance? How should we think about learning in context of our faith?
"Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." Proverbs 4:7
I am not writing this little blog post pretending that I know the balance... but I do know that the Bible speaks about learning and acquiring information - presenting a singular goal of ultimate worth: Knowing God. In all of our information-getting, in all of our studying, in all of our application of our minds to learning... let's prioritize getting to know the One who knows all things. Jesus says to us:
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29
May you have real joy in your life as you learn of Christ!
Today in church, the theme Pastor Schaller preached on was profound and touched our hearts. Simply put, the idea of seeking solutions to problems instead of seeking Christ - this seems so shallow in light of the message today. "You and I are called to the God of Heaven and Earth!", our pastor said this morning. God is bigger than our problems, bigger than our religious concepts, bigger than our very real and tragic life details. He cares about us and is in all of those things... but He is greater and of more worth than these things. We labor for such small, transient elements in our lives... but there is something, Someone so much more worth our "labor". Jesus instructs us to:
"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed." John 6:27
Does God really know best? Yes! We are his people - He is our shepherd. Let's get to know the Shepherd of our souls this holiday season, laboring for the things that will not pass away. Let's rejoice in knowing Him - even amidst our earthly frustrations and sorrows.
"Know ye that the LORD he is God: [it is] he [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." Psalm 100:3
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Happy Thanksgiving everybody! - Mr. Janssen
For a look at a recent physics demonstration in my 12th grade class, download the short film below. Thanks, Doug
Sitting immersed in the animated and multifarious conversations of the 8th grade study hall, I am reminded of the vastness and complexity of human relations on our little planet. What a commotion on many levels! On any given day, at any given moment - consider the some 7 billion residents of Earth, bustling about, in motion, in thought, in words. The din of humanity's joys and deep sorrows is a continually roiling, undulating chorus of need.
I also find it intriguing that, as sound does not travel in the void of outer space, all of our loudness, our cries, our proclamations - they are all bound to a tiny thin layer of gases enveloping our planet. How small and how limited are even our proudest shouts of victory!
And yet, in our weakness and limitation, a prayer is lifted up. It is a comfort to assuredly know that our smallest prayers puncture time and enter Eternity, landing in the heart of the very One who makes intercession for us in Heaven. It is promised that our prayers, in fact, are heard before they are uttered. "But I am just one of billions!" you say. God's joy in reaching one person is recorded in Luke 15:4
"What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? "
Today, as you find yourself amongst the teeming masses around the world, remember that you are heard. You are heard, and you are greatly loved by the God who hears you.
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;" I Corinthians 1:27
Are you a weak and small thing? Are you comparing yourself to the so-called strongest and wisest of our world? Let's rest in knowing that God uses weak, seemingly foolish things to confound the wisest and mightiest elements in this world. I believe those things done in secret obedience to God, in closet prayer times, in quiet surrender - they circumvent conventional avenues to get things done - they confound stagnated wisdom rooted in a fallen world system. Let's revel in knowing it is God who is our strength and all-sufficiency, in all things. And let's remember that God has not "settled for" utilizing fooling things... He has chosen them.
Speaking of small things... Why have some countries been so afraid of Bibles in the past? Why does persecution continue? Watch the video to hear about Richard Wurmbrand's time in solitary confinement.
"Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all [things]; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;." Isaiah 44:24
Winter is upon us here in Baltimore. The daylight hours have been decreasing since the autumnal equinox in September and will do so until the winter solstice in December. Crisp, refreshing breezes have encouraged us to don more layers, reminding us gently of the fragility of the human form. Bears don't need coats. I've never seen birds wearing mittens. We are so unique!
As I think about winter, the season that brings a level of darkness and sobriety, I'm reminded of the warmth and joy that Christ brings in contrast. We celebrate, in the heart of winter, the incredible gift of Christ. Born as a baby, a real human baby - fragile and defenseless - yet the Lord of all time and eternity at once. In the stillness of a barnyard scene laid the One who the scripture tells us has stretched forth the heavens alone.
This very God who conceived of and formulated all the physical laws of our Universe was willing to be born into this Universe. And it was on this little planet, in this solar system, in this rather normal galaxy, that the Lord of all creation was to be slain on our behalf. He would experience death and separation, the sting of rejection, and endured it all - for "the joy that was set before Him". That joy? Reconciling mankind to God through His perfect sacrifice, the shedding of His sinless blood on the cruel and brutal Cross. Our joy? Resurrection! He rose and we who believe have risen with Him! Baptised in His death, we emerge soaked in His victory, clothed in righteousness we never could have achieved left to our own devices. Seated in heavenly places we never deserved to even visit. Overflowing with joy unspeakable, and completely, eternally secure in what Christ finished.
As you trudge through snow and sludge this winter, wrapping yourself up in multicolored strata of wool and down and fleece - please remember the warmth that comes from knowing the Savior. He is more than an idea or a church pew or a lengthy dissertation. He has sat where you sit. He has borne your burden. He knows your end from your beginning. And His arms are open wide to envelope you in His grace.
I'm not much of a blogger. But when I write, I intend to talk here about 2 things I'm passionate about: God and Science. Only one of the two is reciprocally passionate about me. :)
Thanks for reading,