Parable of the Crazy Farmer

Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” (Mark 4:13-20, NIV)

Categories: jesus, mark, parable, Satan

The Perfect Theory by Pedro G. Ferreira

Dr. Ferreira takes us through the 20th and early 21st century development of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the perfect theory described in the title of the book.

Unlike other overviews of the latest thinking in astrophysics and related fields, this book highlights the controversies and arguments still present in this area of study.

I didn’t realize that String Theory was based on a particular approach to astrophysics, and not the only game in town. There are two basic approaches to interpreting the origins of the universe: the particle approach and the wave approach. It’s similar to the difference between seeing light as a photon and light as a series of waves.

If you would like to learn more about a particular theory of the origins of the universe, like M-Theory, then this is not the book for you. Look for something by Brian Greene instead.

But if you want to explore the messy reality that physicists just don’t know exactly what to do with the data they currently have observed, then pick up this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This story about a soldier who served in the Pacific during WWII is one of the most amazing, powerful true stories I’ve ever read.

It is as moving at times as Elie Wiesel’s Night.

I borrowed this book in audio format through Overdrive NYC, and I was hooked from the very first chapter.

I give this story my highest recommendation!

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Jesus’ Reply to the 72

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you (Luke 10:17-19, NIV).

Categories: jesus, luke, Satan

Peter’s Confession and Rebuke

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyonethat he was the Messiah.

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (Matthew 16:13-23, NIV)

Categories: jesus, matthew, peter, Satan

Suspicious of Healing

Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you (Matthew 12:22-28, NIV).

Categories: jesus, Pharisees, Satan

Jesus’ Temptation

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him (Matthew 4:1-11, NIV).

Categories: jesus, matthew, Satan, temptation
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