A SCIENTIST’S VIEW: SCIENCE, FAITH, HOPE

If you believe that science disproves Christianity, please read this post with an open mind. Please ponder the experience of a prominent and respected man of science and determine if his finding may become a personal reality in your life.

Born in 1950 Francis Collins became Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2007 his bestselling book was published. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief explained his findings on the relationship of science and faith.

Collins described his conversion from atheism to Christianity. He also shared his viewpoint that the God of Christianity is compatible with Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Collins wrote an essay for CNN: “I have found there is a wonderful harmony in the complementary truths of science and faith. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. God can be found in the cathedral or in the laboratory. By investigating God’s majestic and awesome creation, science can actually be a means of worship.” (F. Collins)

Collins’ beliefs from both his heart and mind give me hope. You may or may not learn to agree with him, but seriously consider the possibility that he’s discovered Truth. If you see a glimmer of hope in His experience, then please search for yourself.

Truth is worth the effort to find. Along with it you may also find the Way and the Life.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by me.'” (John 14:6)

BECAUSE HE LIVES: BIRTHDAY HOPE

“Because He Lives” is a well-known song that is sung by many Christian singers. Its focus is on the resurrected Jesus, but the second verse refers to another precious aspect of life.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby, to feel the pride and joy he gives. But greater still the calm assurance this child can face uncertain days because He lives.” (Bill & Gloria Gaither)

Today is my son’s birthday. I remember when he was born at 3:45 AM on July 22. I remember how sweet it was to hold my newborn son, to feel the immense pride and joy he brought. A marvelous parental love that became an integral part of me joined hope for his future because Jesus lives.

Today my son remains a source of pride and joy. These years have gone by quickly for this parent. Uncertain days come more than go, yet I am hopeful, because Jesus still lives.

I have learned that the important focus of life — like the song’s focus — should be the resurrected Jesus. Then we can know God’s blessings and be hopeful, and that’s my birthday prayer for my son… for him to always know God’s blessings and be hopeful.

Happy birthday, Son! Thanks for the joy you give!

HOPE FOR ONE: HOPE FOR ALL

I have been told at least once that I am “one in a million,” but that’s not the truth. I may be more accurately one in 600 million! (There pops that bubble!)

It is estimated that 600 million people watched the 1969 moon landing. After all these 50 years I remember the event, who I was with, and where we were. I consider it both a memorable moment in my life and historic moment for earth’s humanity.

That event gave hope to many especially those with hope in Man’s scientific achievements generally and NASA’s space program specifically.

There is a more significant moment in time that impacted my life even more and was one that I did not witness. It occurred almost 2000 years before I was born. It happened for the world of humanity, yet it happened for me personally.

Jesus Christ willingly died for me then invited me to come to Him to receive His amazing grace and love; to be forgiven and transformed; to live for Him and to live with Him in eternal glory. His plan was for me although I was a mere flawed human being and whether I was the only one or one in millions or billions.

To born-again believers this event brings the greatest hope. Hope placed in this One Who gives eternal life will result in life everlasting, because He triumphed over death. His resurrection proved He is worthy of our hope and trust.

I may not be one in a million to the world, but I’m thankful to be individually chosen by the One true living God Whose salvation plan included me. That thought gives me hope bywhich to live and to die.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

“And hope does not disappoint, because The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who was given to us. For while we were still helpless at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5: 5, 6)

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” (Neil Armstrong, July 1969)

MINISTRY OF HOPE: HOPE HEALS

I recommend this book as a good choice when looking for a true story of love and hope….

Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love by Katherine Wolf & Jay Wolf

The Amazon book review asked, “When all seems lost, where can hope be found?” (www.amazon.com)

This couple’s true story answers that question as it explains how overwhelming loss is overcome by love.

Katherine and Jay Wolf, a young married couple and parents of a baby boy had dreams and plans for adventure and love but not for overwhelming loss. In an instant their world changed, and they found themselves in critical need of overcoming hope.

Without warning Katherine suffered a massive brain stem stroke. Not a coincidence but a miracle, Jay arrived home in time to get medical help. With a narrow chance of survival, a micro-brain surgery was quickly performed on Katherine.

After removing part of her brain, the surgeon was wholly uncertain regarding Katherine’s recovery, yet a tiny glimmer of hope was present. Katherine lived in ICU on life support for 40 days then remained almost 2 years in brain rehab. Against odds, hope grew ever brighter, but… could hope heal?

Despite discouraging prognosis, together Katherine and Jay planned for the best future possible. Katherine worked relentlessly to regain basic skills including talking, eating, and walking. Together they realized they had received a second chance and determined to live life fully even though life now was far different than once planned.

Struggling through both tremendous physical and mental difficulties, Katherine and Jay found hope. It was a hope that heals where it counts the most, our souls.

Their story tells of real-life extreme challenges but also documents a beautiful journey from overwhelming loss to an overcoming love. This family has endured for more than 11 years the daily challenges that are evidences of Katherine’s stroke. Their story offers hope through Christ. Their experiences led them to encourage others through a ministry they named “Hope Heals.”

Learn about real hope… read this book and know for certain that hope heals.

” [Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails….”
(1 Corinthians 13: 7, 8)

“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

INDEPENDENCE DAY: HOPEFUL BIRTHDAY

July 4, 1776, was the original and official birthday of the United States of America. It will be celebrated today in many ways. Typical activities include outdoor games, a backyard cookout, patriotic parade, musical program, prayers for the nation, and a finale of fireworks after a fun hot day.

At the first Independence Day there was less frivolity and lots more praying. Independence would be hard-fought and hard-won. It was serious business to add one’s signature to the Declaration of Independence. America’s founding fathers risked all to gain freedoms taken for granted by many today.

American citizens, as you play and celebrate this holiday, give some thought to the costs of freedom, offer thanks to the Sovereign God Who raised up this land of liberty, then consider the responsibilities of maintaining such a nation. America is only the land of the free because of the brave.

Today is a hopeful birthday as long as Americans remember to live with hope in our hearts and to promote freedom in the world. God bless America… more importantly America, bless God.