LOOK WHAT MADE THE HEADLINES!

June 30, 2013

In the past months I’ve acquired a growing fascination for headlines. Indicating the nature of the article, headlines are a type of bait to lure the reader into reading the writer’s opinion or the information that is presented. I started writing down some interesting headlines, and found that many articles posted on the news outlets on internet have to do with happiness, self fulfillment, becoming younger and eternal life. Others are just plain unbelievable. I’m sure you will mumble an “Are you kidding?” when you read some of them, just like I did. Reading the headlines without delving into the content of the articles, I found that the Bible has the answer to every issue.  Look what made the headlines!

NEW GENE THERAPY TRIALS AIM TO MEND BROKEN HEARTS
Psalm 147:3: “The Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Skip the new therapy!

DO-GOODERS FEEL HAPPIER
Acts 20:35: “…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “Exactly what Jesus said about 2,000 years ago!

BUDDHA WAS RIGHT: STUFF WON’T MAKE YOU HAPPY
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11: “Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure…And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.” Solomon declared that a few centuries before Buddha did!

BE HAPPIER WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
Hebrews 13:5
: “…be content with such things as you have. For He Himself (God) has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake yo.’“.  Having this promise, we have everything. And we are happy.

9 WAYS TO LIVE A HAPPIER LIFE, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE
Matthew 5:3-13: The Beatitudes. There are exactly 9 of them! No science there; Christ’s teachings suffice.

CRUSH YOUR FEARS LIKE A BUG
Psalm 56:3,4: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear…” King David was not a bug-crusher. He was a God-truster.

26 WAYS TO FEEL YOUNGER NOW
2nd Corinthians 4:16: “…Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.” (The Message) We can feel younger now – AND every day!

REVERSE AGING? SCIENTISTS DISCOVER PROTEIN THAT MAY TURN HEARTS YOUNGER
Isaiah 40:31: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength…” Not “may”. It’s guaranteed!

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH? BRAIN REGION FOUND TO CONTROL AGING
Psalm 103:5: “He (God) renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.” (The Message) No need to drink of the Fountain of Youth!

JELLYFISH HOLD THE KEY TO IMMORTALITY
John 17:3: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” No jellyfish involved.

ETERNALLY REST IN A ‘PIECE’ OF ART
Revelation 14:13: “‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” My artwork will not follow me to my eternal rest. My works will!

SPOT IN HEAVEN UP ON Ebay
1st Peter 1:3-5: We have a “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  who are kept by the power of God through faith” Don’t waste your money on ebay! Secure your spot through salvation in Jesus.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BEES THAT DIED IN OREGON LOT
No comment. Just one word. Really???

UK MAY APPROVE CREATING BABIES WITH 3 PEOPLE’S DNA
Acts 17:24,25
: “God, who made the world and everything in it, … gives to all life, breath, and all things.” Only God is the Creator of life!

EVERYTHING YOU EVER HEARD IS A LIE OR A HOAX
(Which means that even this headline is a lie or a hoax, which we know it is.)
1 John 5:20:And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” THAT is true!


The Fountain of Youth and the Fountain of Life

May 11, 2011

Years ago, it was a big thing to travel from northeastern Ohio to Florida in the winter months; it wasn’t as common as it is today. I was quite young when my parents made that trip, (they were probably younger than I am right now!)…and I recall the excitement we shared as a family when we gathered around the picture screen to see their slides they had taken in that faraway, beautiful place! One slide in particular is engraved in my memory. It was of Mom, surrounded by lush, tropical flowers and vegetation, drinking water from the “Fountain of Youth”. That is where Ponce de Leon, one of the sailors who sailed with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World, went to find “The Fountain of Youth” with the blessing of Spain’s King Charles V. On April 2, 1513, Ponce de Leon landed at what he named St. Augustine, and found the magical water source he was searching for. Drinking of its waters was supposedly the key to staying young.

Mom drank of its waters, but they were not magical. She grew old – like everyone – and after a very full and blessed life, passed away at 95 years of age. Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth” didn’t affect her in the least. What DID give Mom a youthful spirit well into her old age is that every day, from her youth until her last days on this earth, she drank of the water of life that Jesus gives. He explained this truth to the woman at the well in the gospel of John, chapter 4: “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (4:13,14)

Today would have been Mom’s birthday. She was born 99 years ago, and although Ponce de Leon’s water didn’t extend her youth, we know she is now living and rejoicing with the One who freely gives His water of life to all who thirst. Praise God, He still gives it freely! Anyone for a drink??


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