March 2010

A Little  Boy’s Explanation of God — Fabulous!!! – Out of  the mouths of the Babes–

I  certainly don’t think an adult could explain  this more beautifully!

It was  written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who  lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his  third grade homework assignment, to ‘explain  God.’ I wonder if any of us could have done as  well?
[ ….. and he  had such an assignment, in California , and  someone published it, I guess miracles do happen  ! … ]
‘One of God’s main jobs is making  people. He makes them to replace the ones that  die, so there will be enough people to take care  of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups,  just babies. I think because they are smaller  and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to  take up his valuable time teaching them to talk  and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and  fathers.’
‘God’s  second most important job is listening to  prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since  some people, like preachers and things, pray at  times beside bedtime. God doesn’t have time to  listen to the radio or TV because of this.  Because he hears everything, there must be a  terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has  thought of a way to turn it  off.’
‘God sees  everything and hears everything and is  everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you  shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your  mom and dad’s head asking for something they  said you couldn’t have.’
‘Atheists  are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t  think there are any in Chula Vista … At least  there aren’t any who come to our  church.’
‘Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do  all the hard work, like walking on water and  performing miracles and trying to teach the  people who didn’t want to learn about God.. They  finally got tired of him preaching to them and  they crucified him But he was good and kind,  like his father, and he told his father that  they didn’t know what they were doing and to  forgive them and God said  O.K.’
‘His dad  (God) appreciated everything that he had done  and all his hard work on earth so he told him he  didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He  could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he  helps his dad out by listening to prayers and  seeing things which are important for God to  take care of and which ones he can take care of  himself without having to bother God. Like a  secretary, only more  important.’
‘You can  pray anytime you want and they are sure to help  you because they got it worked out so one of  them is on duty all the time.’
‘You  should always go to church on Sunday because it  makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want  to make happy, it’s God!
Don’t skip  church to do something you think will be more  fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And  besides the sun doesn’t come out at the beach  until noon anyway.’
‘If you  don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist,  you will be very lonely, because your parents  can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but  God can. It is good to know He’s around you when  you’re scared, in the dark or when you can’t  swim and you get thrown into real deep water by  big kids.’
‘But…you  shouldn’t just always think of what God can do  for you. I figure God put me here and he can  take me back anytime he pleases.
And…that’s  why I believe in God.’

Have an  awesome day, and know that someone has thought  about you!

By James T. Hurd, used with permission, as first published on PCCWeb Daily

The Glory Of Gold And The Gold Of Glory

Canada, as the host nation for the 2010 Winter Olympics, has set a new record for winning the most gold medals in any Winter Olympic Games. The record fourteenth gold medal was won by the Canadian men’s hockey team by a single goal in a thrilling overtime victory in our unofficial national sport.

National celebrations are in order. Undoubtedly Sidney Crosby, arguably the greatest hockey player of his generation, will be hailed, remembered, and honoured as a national hero for scoring the winning goal.

As we celebrate the accomplishments of the athletes, and as Canadians rejoice in our nation’s achievements, we will do well to put our physical and temporary successes into the biblical and eternal perspective. John was given a revelation of what is yet to come:

Revelation 4:1-11 – After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

In the centre, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and behind. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.”

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honour and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honour and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they were created

and have their being.” (NIV)

Gold is chosen for Olympic medals because it is the standard by which wealth is measured in this world. The International Olympic Committee hung the medals around the necks of the victors at the end of the hockey game, and they were rightly received with broad smiles and accompanied by loud cheering.

Yet we are told that gold will also adorn the courts of heaven, and particularly the heads of the twenty-four elders. The difference, though, is that the crowns of the righteous will be laid at the feet of the Lord of glory. He alone is worthy of all glory and honour.

It is right that all people, of each particular nation, rejoice in temporal victories and honours that are honestly, fairly, and rightly won. It is even more right and far more important that we come to rejoice in the victory won, for all who believe, by Jesus Christ, who fought to the very last second in His earthly epic contest against Satan, yielding neither to temptation nor sin. After time ran out and all hope appeared to be lost, He rose up from the grave, conquering death and hell — an overtime victory! Now seated at the right hand of the throne of God in heaven, He will receive all the laurels of all who, as His followers, are also victors in the great conquest.

Prayer: For gold and glory, we give You thanks, O Lord God of heaven and earth. Hasten the day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. We shall humbly cast our crowns before You, and give You eternal praise. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

James T. Hurd <>
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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