Jesus said he came to light a fire upon the earth. I should be afire with love of Christ, and when I encounter others, they should not only see the fire, but they should recognize the invitation Jesus offers everyone to share in His good news, the gospel of salvation. In this way, the fire of Christ will spread throughout my neighborhood and the whole world.
From the letter to the Hebrews, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” I have always struggled with my faith: how to find it, what to do to strengthen it, how to not lose it. Faith is a gift from God, but it also demands action. Like Abraham leaving his home for a foreign land, I must not just stand idly, waiting for God to strike me with a lightning bolt of faith. It is only through daily effort that my journey toward true faith can occur.
The Kepler Space Telescope continues to paint a fantastic picture of planets in our galaxy outside the Solar System – exoplanets as they’re known. It has now found upward of 4,000 of them, 2,356 of which have been confirmed. It has done this by very accurately measuring the light intensity from about 150,000 stars.