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(Sung to the tune of “I have a dream by ABBA” Click here for the music

I bow my knee, in humble praise

To Him who died my soul to save

I can sense His presence, deep within my heart

And I lift my voice now, praise to Him impart

I believe in JESUS, from my sin He came to set me free

I believe in JESUS, He is more than life itself to me

I bow my knee, in humility

 

I bow my knee, in humble praise

To Him who stands within this place

He will make Himself known, through the weakest soul

By His Holy Spirit, His mystery will be told

I believe in JESUS, as He speaks through lips of all His saints

I believe in JESUS, the eternal plan He weaves and paints

I bow my knee, in humility

 

I bow my knee, in humble praise

And to His throne, I set my gaze

He has been exalted, to the highest place

And He lifts my spirit, to behold His face

I believe in JESUS, as He sits upon His throne above

I believe in JESUS, He has shown me His amazing love

I bow my knee, in humility (x 2)

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Having briefly discussed the significance of Albert Einstein’s formula on Facebook, I was asked for a more detailed explanation, so here it is.

Einstein saw how that all matter is in fact a different form of energy. His famous formula E=MC squared, demonstrated this principle, where E represents

energy which he worked out is equal to the mass (M) x C x C, (C represents the speed of light at approximately 300,000 km/second).

Perhaps this is best understood by looking at an example of this formula. Water is made up hydrogen and oxygen, the hydrogen component of 1 kg of water weighs  .111 kg. We therefore have the ‘mass’ part of the equation. Applying Einstein’s formula we are able to calculate the amount of energy, this hydrogen portion represents. (Mass) .111 x (speed of light) 300,000 x 300,000 ( because it is C squared) = 10,000,000,000,000,000 Joules (a joule is a unit of energy).

We are able to conclude from this that 111 grams (.111 kg) of hydrogen represents 10,000,000,000,000,000 Joules of energy. A very small amount of matter equates to a huge amount of energy.

Now armed with this understanding, imagine if it were possible to know the mass of all matter in the entire universe, then multiply that figure by the speed of light squared. The size of this hypothetical calculation is mind blowing and represents an unimaginable amount of energy. To put the energy aspect into perspective a relatively small amount of uranium was converted into a massive amount of energy, using Einstein’s formula, during WW2. This energy generated in the atomic bomb flattened a large city and killed hundreds of thousands of people.

The point of all this from a Christian and Biblical perspective is that the Bible tells us that everything that we can see has been made from an unseen substance. “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God; so that what is seen, was not made out of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:3 (NASB). God created the invisible atomic energy and brought it together, so that the material universe can be seen.

The Bible also tells us that Jesus, as Creator not only made all things visible and invisible, but that He holds all things together.

Colossians 1:16-17 NASB

For by Him all things were created,  both  in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

With a tiny grasp of the insight that Albert Einstein brought to the fore, we begin to appreciate the unimaginable amount of energy or power involved in the creation of the invisible and visible creation. We also get a very small sense of the amount of power that the Lord Jesus uses to hold everything together. If He chose to convert all matter back to energy, the whole universe would disappear in a flash and with an explosion of energy that we could not possibly imagine.

Peter does talk about this happening at some future time. 2 Peter 3:10 NASB

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

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Reading the Bible through in the order in which the events took place is a good way of understanding Scripture in its correct context. It is particularly useful to read the major and minor Prophets in relation to the various Kings of Israel to understand what their prophecies were addressing at the time.

The list of passages below is worked out to read the Bible in chronological order over twelve months, you could read as little or as much as you like, but this list will help you to keep track of where you are. (Thanks to Logos 4 Bible Software)

Chronological Reading Plan

Gen 1–4

Gen 5–9

Gen 10–11, Job 1–2

Job 3–7

Job 8–1

Job 12–16

Job 17–21

Job 22–27

Job 28–31

Job 32–34

Job 35–37

Job 38–42

Gen 12–17

Gen 18–21

Gen 22–25

Gen 26:1–29:30

Gen 29:31–31:55

Gen 32–35

Gen 36–38

Gen 39–42

Gen 43–45

Gen 46–50

Exod 1–4

Exod 5–9

Exod 10–13

Exod 14–18

Exod 19–22

Exod 23–26

Exod 27–29

Exod 30–33

Exod 34–36

Exod 37–40

Lev 1–6

Lev 7–9

Lev 10–13

Lev 14–15

Lev 16–19

Lev 20–23

Lev 24–27

Num 1–2

Num 3–5

Num 6–7

Num 8–11

Num 12–15

Ps 90, Num 16–17

Num 18–21

Num 22–25

Num 26–28

Num 29–32

Num 33–36

Deut 1–2

Deut 3–5

Deut 6–9

Deut 10–14

Deut 15–19

Deut 20–25

Deut 26–28

Deut 29–32

Deut 33–34, Ps 91

Josh 1–7

Josh 8–11

Josh 12–15

Josh 16–19

Josh 20–24

Judg 1–3

Judg 4–7

Judg 8–11

Judg 12–16

Judg 17–20

Judg 21, Ruth 1–4

1 Sam 1–4

1 Sam 5–10

1 Sam 11–14

1 Sam 15–17

1 Sam 18–20, Ps 11, Ps 59

1 Sam 21–24

Ps 7, Ps 27, Ps 31, Ps 34, Ps 52, Ps 56, Ps 120, Ps 140–142

1 Sam 25–27

Ps 17, Ps 35, Ps 54, Ps 63, 1 Sam 28–31

Ps 18, Ps 121, Ps 123–125, Ps 128–130

2 Sam 1–4

Ps 6, Ps 8–10, Ps 14, Ps 16, Ps 19, Ps 21

1 Chron 1–2, Ps 43–45

Ps 49, Ps 84–85, Ps 87, 1 Chron 3–5

Ps 73, Ps 77–78

1 Chron 6, Ps 81, Ps 88, Ps 92–93

1 Chron 7–10

Ps 102–104

2 Sam 5:1–10, 1 Chron 11–12

Ps 133, Ps 106–107, 2 Sam 5:11–6:23

1 Chron 13–16

Ps 1–2, Ps 15, Ps 23–24, Ps 47, Ps 68, Ps 89

Ps 96, Ps 100–101, Ps 105, Ps 132

2 Sam 7, 1 Chron 17, Ps 25, Ps 29, Ps 33, Ps 36, Ps 39

2 Sam 8–9, 1 Chron 18, Ps 50, Ps 53, Ps 60, Ps 75

2 Sam 10, 1 Chron 19, Ps 20, Ps 65–67, Ps 69–70

2 Sam 11–12, 1 Chron 20, Ps 32, Ps 51, Ps 86, Ps 122

2 Sam 13–15

Ps 3–4, Ps 12–13, Ps 28, Ps 55

2 Sam 16–18, Ps 26, Ps 40, Ps 58, Ps 61–62, Ps 64

2 Sam 19–21, Ps 5, Ps 38, Ps 41–42

2 Sam 22–23

Ps 57, Ps 95, Ps 97–99, 2 Sam 24, 1 Chron 21–22

Ps 30, Ps 108–110, 1 Chron 23–25

Ps 131, Ps 138–139, Ps 143–145

1 Chron 26–29

Ps 127, Ps 111–118

1 Kings 1–2

Ps 37, Ps 71, Ps 94

Ps 119:1–88, 1 Kings 3–4

2 Chron 1, Ps 72, Ps 119:89–176

Song 1–8

Prov 1–3

Prov 4–7

Prov 8–11

Prov 12–15

Prov 16–20

Prov 21–24

1 Kings 5–6, 2 Chron 2–3

1 Kings 7, 2 Chron 4, 1 Kings 8

2 Chron 5–7

Ps 136, Ps 134, Ps 146–150, 1 Kings 9

2 Chron 8, Prov 25–29

Eccles 1–4

Eccles 5–12

1 Kings 10–11, 2 Chron 9

Prov 30–31

1 Kings 12–14, 2 Chron 10–12

1 Kings 15:1–24, 2 Chron 13–16, 1 Kings 15:25–16:34

2 Chron 17, 1 Kings 17–19

1 Kings 20–22

2 Chron 18–23

Obad, Ps 82–83

2 Kings 1–4

2 Kings 5–9

2 Kings 10–13

2 Chron 24, 2 Kings 14, 2 Chron 25, Jonah 1–4

2 Kings 5, 2 Chron 26, Isa 1–2

Isa 3–8

Amos 1–9

2 Chron 27, Isa 9–12

Micah 1–7

2 Chron 28, 2 Kings 16–17, Isa 13–14

Isa 15–21

Isa 22–27, 2 Kings 18:1–8

2 Chron 29–31, Ps 48, Hos 1–2

Hos 3–14

Isa 28–32

Isa 33–39

Ps 76, Isa 40–42

Isa 43–48

2 Kings 18:9–19:37, Ps 46, Ps 80, Ps 135

Isa 49–54

Isa 55–61

Isa 62–66, 2 Kings 20–21

2 Chron 32–33, Nah 1–3

2 Kings 22–23, 2 Chron 34–35

Zeph 1–3, Jer 1–2

Jer 3–6

Jer 7–10

Jer 11–16

Jer 17–22

Jer 23–26

Jer 27–30

Jer 31–34

Jer 35–40

Ps 74, Ps 79, 2 Kings 24–25

2 Chron 36, Hab 1–3

Jer 41–48

Jer 49–50

Jer 51–52, Lam 1–2

Lam 3–5

Ezek 1–6

Ezek 7–12

Ezek 13–16

Ezek 17–20

Ezek 21–23

Ezek 24–28

Ezek 29–33

Ezek 34–37

Ezek 38–41

Ezek 42–46

Ezek 47–48, Joel 1–3

Dan 1–3

Dan 4–7

Dan 8–12

Ezra 1–2

Ezra 3–6, Ps 137, Haggai 1–2

Zech 1–8

Zech 9–14

Esther 1–10

Ezra 7–10

Neh 1–5

Neh 6–8

Neh 9–11

Neh 12–13, Ps 126, Mal 1–4

Luke 1, John 1:1–14, Matt 1

Luke 2:1–38, Matt 2, Luke 2:39–52, Matt 3, Mark 1

Luke 3, Matt 4, Luke 4–5

John 1:15–3:36

John 4, Mark 2, John 5

Matt 12:1–21, Mark 3, Luke 6

Matt 5:1–8:13

Luke 7, Matt 11, Matt 12:22–50

Matt 13, Luke 8

Matt 8:14–34, Mark 4–5

Matt 9–10, Matt 14

Mark 6, Luke 9:1–17, John 6

Matt 15, Mark 7, Matt 16

Mark 8, Luke 9:18–27, Matt 17, Mark 9

Luke 9:28–62, Matt 18, John 7:1–36

John 7:37–10:21

Luke 10–11

John 10:22–42, Luke 12–13

Luke 14–16, Luke 17:11–18:14

Matt 19, Mark 10

Matt 20–21, Luke 18:15–19:48

Mark 11, John 12

Matt 22, Mark 12, Matt 23

Luke 20–21, Mark 13

Matt 24–25

Matt 26, Mark 14

Luke 22

John 13–17

Matt 27, Mark 15

Luke 23, John 18–19

Matt 28, Mark 16, Luke 24

John 20–21, Acts 1–2

Acts 3–6

Acts 7–8

Acts 9:1–12:19

Acts 12:20–14:28, James 1–2

James 3–5, Acts 15–16

Gal 1–4

Gal 5–6, Acts 17:1–18:18

1 Thess 1–5, 2 Thess 1–3

Acts 18:19–19:41, 1 Cor 1–2

1 Cor 3–7

1 Cor 8–11

1 Cor 12–16

2 Cor 1–4

2 Cor 5–10

2 Cor 11–13, Acts 20:1–3, Rom 1–2

Rom 3–7

Rom 8–11

Rom 12–16

Acts 20:4–38, Acts 23–25

Acts 26–28

Col 1–4, Philem

Eph 1–6

Phil 1–4

1 Tim 1–6

Titus 1–3, 1 Pet 1–2

1 Pet 3–5, Heb 1–4

Heb 5–10

Heb 11–13

2 Tim 1–4, 2 Pet 1–3

Jude, 1 John 1–5

2 John, 3 John, Rev 1–2

Rev 3–9

Rev 10–16

Rev 17–22

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