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The Spiritual Realm - April 2011

How the spiritual realm works remains one of life’s great mysteries, but God has given some clues—food for thought and fuel for faith.
 

01-04-2011
God Delegates
God Delegates

Some unlikely people have remarkable insight. I’m thinking specifically of the Roman army officer who begged Jesus to heal his servant. “I am not worthy that You should come under my roof,” the centurion told Jesus, “but only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me, and I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”—And the centurion got what he asked for: his servant was healed immediately, without Jesus having...

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01-04-2011
Something from Nothing
Something from Nothing

While visiting my dad for his 85th birthday, we watched some of our old family movies. It was funny to see my brother as a one-year-old, crawling around, playing with the puppies, and eating from the dog’s food dish. To think that this cute little baby would grow up to be a distinguished college professor and international lecturer! It got me thinking about how God makes special people out of nobodies. We come into this world naked and helpless, and God transforms us into the unique people we each are through our experiences and choices.

It’s been said that God delights...

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01-04-2011
Are Science and Faith Compatible?
Are Science and Faith Compatible?

“It is increasingly clear to modern science that the universe was exquisitely fine-tuned to enable human life. We are somehow critically involved in [God’s] purpose.

Our job is to sense that purpose as best we can, love one another, and help Him get that job done.”

—Richard Smalley (1943–2005), awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of fullerenes, the third elemental form of carbon. Smalley is considered the Father of Nanotechnology.

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01-04-2011
The Miraculous
The Miraculous

It takes only two elements for a miracle to take place: God’s power and our faith. Whenever the faith of some humble believer meets the power of God, a miracle can happen. Genuine faith results in genuine miracles.

Faith that miracles can happen to you begins with faith in the Bible. The Bible is a supernatural book. It has transforming power. Read, study, and absorb it, and your faith will grow. Faith in the Bible creates faith in the miraculous.

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01-04-2011
Calling Through the Registers
Calling Through the Registers

My grandparents’ 1920 farmhouse was graced with solid oak floors and woodwork, and there were “registers,” adjustable grates in the floors that made it possible to regulate the flow of warm air that passed through ducts from the furnace in the basement to each of the upstairs rooms. My cousin and I had great fun talking to each other through the registers.

“Are you there?” one of us would ask from a downstairs room.

“Yes, I’m here,” the other would answer from an upstairs room. “How are you down there?”

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01-04-2011
The Phone Call
The Phone Call

Laurita had only been home for a few minutes after visiting me when she realized she needed bread for dinner.

She grabbed her car keys and headed for the store, but as she was closing the door behind her, she heard her phone ring inside the house and went back in to answer it. At the same moment, my home phone rang. It was in another room, so it took me a few rings to get to it. When I answered with “Hello,” so did Laurita. There was a long moment of silence as we each waited for the other to say...

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01-04-2011
Flatlanders
Flatlanders

Fasten your seat belt! We are about to leave the drab and restrictive domain of the Flatlander and delve into the thrilling realm of the spirit world!

Come now and tune in to the mysterious dimension of eternal realities: the living world of forever rather than the dying world of now, the everlasting realm of eternity rather than the temporary space of time,the fascinating dimension that is largely unseen by us in mortal flesh, rather than this mundane plane, which is so temporary.

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01-04-2011
The World of the Spirit
The World of the Spirit

The Bible is full of amazing glimpses into the world of the spirit. Here are a few:

 

Angels to the rescue

{bible50}Genesis 19:1-28{/bible}

 

Jacob wrestles with an angel

{bible50}Genesis 32:24-30{/bible}

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01-04-2011
Spiritual Power
Spiritual Power

Power from God makes possible things that are beyond our human capabilities. This power can manifest itself in many ways: a miraculous healing; an easing of stress and emotional pressure; a change in circumstances that couldn’t be brought about through human effort; insight that transcends earthly wisdom, knowledge, and experience; the capacity to love sacrificially and unconditionally, as God loves us. From simple solutions to outright miracles, all come from a force outside of us. It is the power of God.

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01-04-2011
Angels
Angels

Angels are mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments, in a variety of settings and with diverse roles. Here are answers from the Bible to some of the most frequently asked questions about angels.

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01-04-2011
Narrow Escape
Narrow Escape

Hot air whipped through the open windows as we drove north along a narrow Mexican highway toward Monterrey. There was a stark beauty in the expanses of dry fields on either side of the road, broken only by an occasional tree or house, but the sweltering summer heat and the hum of our van’s motor were beginning to take their toll. My son Shawn and I fought drowsiness. Four fellow volunteers were already asleep in the back of the Volkswagen van. The back highways in Mexico are notoriously narrow, and this long stretch had no lighting or firm shoulders, making...

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01-04-2011
Listen
Listen

“The heavens declare the glory of God,” the Psalmist wrote. “The skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”1 The Creator speaks through His creation.

You can hear Him too, if you’ll stop what you’re doing and listen.

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01-04-2011
Always and Forever
Always and Forever

I pour forth My love constantly, without end. The flow is always rich and free and abundant, but how much you see and feel My love depends on your faith—how much you look for it and recognize it in the innumerable ways that I manifest My love each day. Whether or not you see it or feel it or recognize it does not change the fact that My love is constant and abundant and unconditional.

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