Exploration has always intrigued humanity.
New lands, mountains, deserts, oceans, space; all have beckoned to be explored.
Space probes take years to reach outlying planets.
The images sent back from their cameras are fascinating. The Hubble Space Telescope provides amazing pictures of outer space.
The space shuttle program has benefited society with many new inventions, as well as information.
All exploration includes some aspect of improvement as well as the potential for detrimental effects on humanity.
Ancient Egypt attracted archeologists for centuries. I read of an obelisk from Egypt called Cleopatra's Needle taken to London and set up by the Thames. At its base, a time capsule was interred.
Among other items included from late 1800 was a verse of scripture in 215 languages. It is John 3:16 which reads, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
This verse expresses truth, offers hope and shows love that every language should tell.
The Bible can provide great benefit to anyone who takes the time to explore it thoroughly.
Jesus also spoke of new life in John, chapter three. As the New Year approaches, the power Jesus can impart for new life is worth exploring. His disciples continued the teaching about the water and the Spirit in Acts 2:38.
Many other themes of scripture are timely to investigate. They link up with our lives in a real way.
Patience and hope, peace and power, faith and trust, love and life; all are woven into the fabric of our lives.
The weeks and months of 2008 await your exploration.
The unknown sometimes instills fear. It's best to approach the days ahead holding firmly to the hand of the one the prophet Isaiah described as knowing the end from the beginning in Isaiah 46:10.
You can explore the future and the word of God each day of the new year. The promise of God found in Jeremiah 29:11 gives hope: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Mitch Glover is pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church on Swanson River Road at Entrada. Services are Sunday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 262-7240.
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