In studying the subject of God’s Providence Ruth Glover summarizes well the involvement and care of God to his creation:
“He is God of the small. He is God of the mite, the morsel, the mote and the molecule; He is God of the particle and the pittance. To Him insignificant is significant, and there are no secrets.”
C.S. Lewis famously said the following worlds in the chapter entitled Hope, in his book Mere Christianity.
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep myself alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.”
Lewis expresses the longing of every generation that there is something better. What we taste and experience in this life is but an echo of the real thing. Interestingly, this longing that he shares is expressed by the character Reepicheep in Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
“While I can, I sail east in the Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I paddle east in my coracle. When she sinks, I shall swim east with my four paws. And when I can swim no longer, if I have not reached Aslan’s country, or shot over the edge of the world in some vast cataract, I shall sink with my nose to the sunrise and Peepiceek will be head of the talking mice in Narnia.”
You and I are made for another world. We are made to glorify God and every pleasure this life offers is but an echo of our ultimate pleasure and satisfaction that can be found only in God. Here the words of the psalmist in Psalm 16:11
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
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Raw vs Jpeg looks like a holy war today. On the one hand RAW is better, it contains all the data, you may process it in any way you like. On the other hand, Jpeg images are lightweight and can be viewed in almost any image viewer. So if you have folders packed up with Raw photos and you do not plan to work with them later, it may be a good idea to turn them into Jpegs. Any camera that shoots in Raw comes with a special program that will convert raw to jpeg. If you have no idea of where that CD is, try a third-party RAW converter like Total Image Converter from CoolUtils. It supports RAW files from almost all cameras including Nikon, Canon, Kodak, Minolta, Casio, Sony, Pentax and many more.
According to 2Cor 12:7-10 the unique partnership between God’s Power and our weakness is this: He supplies all the power, we supply all the weakness! We can only experience God’s power when we are weak.
The leader of 1.2 billion Catholics is stepping down. Not since the Middle Ages (1294) had a sitting Pope stepped down from his office. Joseph Ratzinger, also known as the conservative Pope (nicknamed, “Gods rotweiler”) will be stepping down from his office as Bishop of Rome on Feb 28th, 2013.
Many in the public are already questioning Ratzinger’s move as a result of the ongoing sexual abuses that has plagued the Catholic Chuch.
Bill McMurry, a lawyer from Kentucky, who has sued the Vatican for sexual abuse allegations going back as far as 1928, has told Karen McVeigh in New York it was difficult for him to believe that Benedict had stepped down for health reasons.
He said: “The world is stunned. We don’t see in the history of the papal world a pope stand down. It makes you wonder what’s going on.”
McMurry said he personally held Benedict responsible for “decades” of cover-up of the sex abuse scandal in the US, giving the example of his instructing bishops to send more paedophile priests from one district to another. He told the Guardian: “It is a good day when a bad pope or a bad leader of your religion steps aside.”
Source: Yahoo News
Here’s a helpful chart that compares the top 4 tablets on the market. The Nexus 10 powered by Android. The Apple iPad 4th gen powered by iOS. The Galaxy Note powered by Android. Lastly the Kindle Fire 8.9 HD powered by modified Android.
My team lost. Yesterday’s game was an utter disappointment. As far as superbowl’s yesterday’s game was actually very entertaining minus the 35min power outage. It was a definite first for the 49er franchise. After 6 tries, we can (finally) say we lost a super bowl.
For all my 49er friends, it’s time to go all in! It is final preparation for game and parties. Although, I will admit that one of the best parts of the game are the commercials. Everyone be safe and enjoy the game. Go 49ers.