Imagine discovering you are not who you thought you are. This is happening to thousands of people around the world as they try to investigate their ancestry using DNA kits. For some this is a bit of fun, identifying ethnicities from their family tree. But for others the results are a shock as they discover the father they have grown up with is not their biological father. This is devastating for many people. The identity they had taken for granted and grown up with is torn apart and they are left weeping, uncertain of who they really are and with important questions they can’t find an answer to. You can hear some of these stories on the BBC Podcast, DNA, Me and the Family Tree.
If we had a top ten list of Old Testament stories, the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal would probably be near the top of the list.
There is great drama in Elijah’s story with ringside seats to watch Yahweh vs Baal. There are very few prayers asked and answered in such an immediate and dramatic way as those of Elijah.
As a believer of God, I believe love is the most valuable thing in this world. Because of God’s love, we are able to breathe, live, and survive. According to the bible, humans are supposed to die because of their sins, but they are saved through Christ. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believers in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Thanks to the death of Jesus, we will not die but are given eternal life.
How did normal get so weird? This was the title of a podcast I listened to recently. Do you have a feeling things are getting a bit weird in our world? It is not just that normal changes from time to time, but that the rate and extent of change is head spinning. The experts on the podcasts would attribute different causes for this change, but I see this primarily as a spiritual question.