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The UNC math professor said, "Now class, we know
are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour,
hours in a day, and 365 days in a year, so who can tell
how many seconds there are in a year?"

All the students looked baffled by the question except
Rufus, who raises his hand and waves it excitedly.
"Yes, Rufus, how many seconds are there in a year?"
the math professor asked.

Replied Rufus, "Twelve, m'am. January second,
second, March second..."

Look to the Heavens
Jill Carattini

Some years ago, we saw, almost hourly, pictures of the rocky surface of
Mars flashing across our television screens, upfront and in color. With
the aid of the robotic "Spirit Rover," a combination microscope and
camera, scientists were in awe of their recent successes and the media saw
fit to thoroughly cover it.

As NASA searched for signs that told of water and life on Mars, questions
began to emerge in editorials and intellects: "What is life?" "What if we
find it?" "Where did it come from?" and "Where did it go?" It was a news
story that seemed to dredge up interest not only from scientists, but
philosophers, anthropologists, ethicists, and educators.

Carried within these age-old questions was a new sense of excitement.
Along with the scientists themselves, we were looking at things never
before seen. "Lift your eyes," cried Isaiah, "and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?" (40:26). There was the sense that we were
beholding in some of these images, things more wonderful than we could get
our minds around. "When I consider your heavens," proclaimed the psalmist,
"the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in
place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you
care for him?" (8:3). There was a contagious sense of awe. "We hit the
sweet spot," exclaimed scientist Steven W. Squyres of NASA's successful
landing in a crater on the surface of Mars.

But for some, there was also a sense, even in the midst of bright pictures
and brimming scientists, that it was all, already, yesterday's news.

"Unlike the scientists behind the Mars mission," proclaimed one
editorialist, "I felt neither shocked nor awed." The article was a lament
over what often seems the growing dullness of life because of the ease of
the instantaneous, because we have been awed into boredom, and lulled into
indifference. Mourning a handful of instant gratifiers within our
consumer-driven, resource-abounding culture, the writer argued, "What used
to seem out of reach is now within easy reach... the world offers too much,
too easily, and demands too little." It was a certain expression of what
C.S. Lewis would have called "our horror of the Same Old Thing."

But the most fascinating thing about this lament was the author's
conclusion. "I want to go deep, not far," she concluded. And she
hastened back to a day spent on the beach with two children, examining
sand in awe.

God has built into our hearts a desire to be awed, to stand in wonder at
that which is worthy. "Did I not tell you," said Jesus beside the tomb of
Lazarus, "that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (John
11:40). In these words to the mourning Mary and Martha, Jesus proclaimed
the worthiness of God to bring forth our praise even in death. Indeed, as
Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb, "the dead man came out, his hands and
feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. And Jesus
said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go'" (John 11:44).
The glory of the one who created life is seen in his triumph over death.

Whether we are looking at Mars and marveling at the sight or glancing away
and wondering if there is something yet more, let us not miss all that we
were meant to see. In John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Christian
and the Interpreter along their journey come across a man with a muck rake
in his hand. Steadily raking filth from the floor, the man "could look no
way but downwards" and so, could not see the celestial crown being offered
him from above.

"Lift your eyes," cried Isaiah, "and look to the heavens: Who created all
these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each
by name" (40:26). He is worthy of our wonder, for his glory is higher
than the heavens.

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias Ministries
in Atlanta.

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The Choice You'll Never Forget"
Matthew 27:22

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Junior high band concerts are a test of a parent's love. I know. We got to support our kids by being at seven years of their junior high concerts. It's nice to see those young teenagers making a nice effort. It's not necessarily a memorable musical experience. Wouldn't it be interesting to hear those young musicians trying to play a major Beethoven symphony? What if you had never heard any of his great compositions? All you've heard is that Beethoven was a musical genius. Then you hear the junior high band play a Beethoven symphony. And what do you have to say about Beethoven? "Did you say this guy was a genius? I just heard Beethoven! It was awful!" You didn't hear Beethoven. All you heard was some people doing a bad job playing his music.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "The Choice You'll Never Forget."

Beethoven was a genius. Don't judge Beethoven based on how some people play his music. For 2,000 years, Jesus has been judged by how well His followers have played His "music." And sometimes, they have butchered it! And even the best of His followers has lived the lifestyle of Jesus imperfectly. And that's given many people a reason not to follow Jesus themselves. You may be one of those.

You've seen the hypocrites; you've seen the confusing divisions between people disagreeing in Jesus' name. Maybe your exposure to certain kinds of Christianity has given you reason to believe that it's mostly about money. And throughout history, and even now, there have been so many mistakes made and so many wrongs committed in the name of Christ. Maybe you've been personally wounded by some people who called themselves Christians.

But none of that was Jesus. Jesus wasn't a hypocrite. Jesus didn't come to start a religion called Christianity, let alone all the denominations that have come from it. And the wrongs done in Jesus' name were horrific things that Jesus would have no part of and for which He will hold people accountable.

Which brings us to the most important decision you will ever make. It was articulated by an unlikely spokesman; by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, who tried Jesus. It's recorded in Matthew 27:22, our word for today from the Word of God. He asked the question that will determine your eternity and mine. "What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" Not what will I do with Christians. Not what will I do with Christianity. But what will I do with Christ? Jesus said to person after person, "Follow Me." He didn't say follow My followers or follow My leaders or follow My religion. He said, "Follow Me." It's all about Jesus.

And on Judgment Day, it will be all about Jesus and what you did with the Man who died in your place to pay for all the sins of your life. He didn't stay dead. Three days after He died, He walked out of His grave under His own power. So He's alive, and you will see Him at the end of your journey. The only thing that will matter at that moment will be what you did with Jesus. God won't care what you did with Christianity, but He'll base your whole eternity on what you did with Jesus.

If your trust is in anything other than Jesus, you're hanging onto a life preserver that simply will not save you. Only the Man who paid your spiritual death penalty can do that. Only the Man who has eternal life can give you eternal life. And that can only be the Man who conquered death Himself.

God may have brought us together today so you could have this opportunity to answer the most important question you'll ever answer, "What will I do with Jesus?" I hope, I pray that you will relinquish your control of your life and put your life in the hands of the Man who died for you. Because the Bible says, "God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son." (1 John 5:12) If you've got Jesus, you've got heaven. Without Jesus, there's no chance of heaven.

I'd be grateful to do what I can to help you answer God's life-or-death question about His Son today. At our website, I've provided a brief explanation of just how to reach out to Jesus and begin your relationship with Him. I invite you to visit us at Or to call us for a printed version of Yours For Life at 877-741-1200.

One hymn writer puts this decision about Jesus in sobering terms. He simply said, "What will you do with Jesus? Neutral you cannot be. For someday your soul will be asking, 'What will He do with me?'"

If you're not sure you belong to Jesus, and you would like to make sure today, Ron would like to send to you a free copy of the booklet, "Yours for Life: How to Have Life's Most Important Relationship." To read it online, click here:

OR, to request your free copy of "Yours for Life," click here:

Discuss today's "A Word With You," post your comments, or encourage others in our discussion forum!

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"A Word With You" by Ron Hutchcraft is a daily radio challenge, with slice-of-life illustrations and insights - providing practical help on the issues that matter most. If your local Christian radio station does not air "A Word With You," please let them know how much you value this program. Over six years of transcripts are available online, at
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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