Jesus' teaching about falling into the earth like a seed and rising to new life is amply illustrated by the seed of a date palm found at Masada. This particular seed has been carbon dated to approximately the time of the siege of Masada (73 BCE). Israeli scientists have planted the seed, and after two years, the plant is four feet tall, normal growth for date palms. It has been dubbed the Methuselah Tree, named after the oldest man in the Bible. What is further exciting about this particular seed is that it represents a species of palms that have been long extinct.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.