Excerpt from April, 2018 "The Mountain Top Messenger" newsletter...

Welcome to April and Happy Easter, "He is Risen", "He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!" It has been a very quick Lenten and Easter season, seems almost too early with all the snow still hanging around and the chill still in the morning air...
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April 2018 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter
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Welcome to April and Happy Easter, "He is Risen", "He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!" It has been a very quick Lenten and Easter season, seems almost too early with all the snow still hanging around and the chill still in the morning air. As I write this, it is the first official day of Spring. So, as we celebrate, or prepare to celebrate Easter a couple of things come to mind.

First, as I was walking out to my car the other day a couple of the children at LFOJ came running to the fence yelling to me "Jesus is alive!" to which I responded, "He is alive indeed, Alleluia!" The smiles on their faces went from ear to ear, Ms. Stephanie had been teaching them about the Easter greeting and they were delighted to receive the appropriate response. Ahhh, the innocence of children, they hear and they believe, if only it were that easy for all of us, right?

This brings me to the second thing that came to mind as I was writing this. It was in the news the other day that the famed Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 74. Dr. Hawking was famous for his work on black holes, the big bang theory, and for his bestselling book "A Brief History of Time". Dr. Hawking was also a self-professed atheist. In an interview with El Mundo Hawking said: "Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation." Following that statement El Mundo pressed him on the suggestion in "A Brief History of Time" that a unifying theory of science would help mankind "know the mind of God." Hawking now explained: "What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God' is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God. Which there isn't. I'm an atheist." He added: "Religion believes in miracles, but these aren't compatible with science." As I thought of Dr. Hawking in his now eternal resting place, I wondered if now he believes in God? Such an intelligent man, when it came to science, but apparently none of the trusting as of a child.

I reflected on what Paul had
written to the Corinthians:
18 "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.' 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men." (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
From the beginning of time man
has wanted the wisdom of God:
4 "But the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not surely die'. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God" (Genesis 3:4-5). We want to be gods, we want the power, howeverunless we follow the words of Jesus: "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3).
We must have the faith of a child, complete trust in our Lord and in the salvation he has won for us. Science is a wonderful thing, a gift from God, it provides us innumerable benefits. But when we believe that science is bigger than, more potent than, or more powerful than God, then we have lost the gift and fallen into the Genesis 3 trap; "Did God really say?" Instead, follow the words of Proverbs chapter 3:3-5; "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Trust in the Lord, and always believe in that Easter cry; "He is Risen!" "He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!" May God bless you on your Easter journey and always remember, because He was raised from the dead, we to shall be raised, to be with Him forever and ever. Amen!

Pastor Rick
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April 2018 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter