The Power Of Laughter

“Laughter increases the number and activity of some white blood cells called ‘T’ and ‘B’ cells, natural killers that fight viral infections and some types of cancer cells. It multiplies the antibody IgA, which fights upper respiratory tract infections. A hearty chuckle builds up gamma interferon, which stimulates the various components of the immune system.

“Laughing speeds up our heart rate, and some have likened this to ‘internal jogging.’ It’s an aerobic activity that works the diaphragm and increases the body’s ability to use oxygen. That’s why after a big laugh you often feel the need to sigh and take a big breath of air. It sure beats thirty minutes on the treadmill.

“As we laughed, our blood pressure temporarily is elevated; however, that is followed by a prolonged, mild decrease in blood pressure. Laughter also lowers various hormone levels—the kind associated with the fight-or-flight response—and makes us feel less stressed, more relaxed. That’s why people say things like ‘I laughed so hard I couldn’t get up’ or ‘I laughed so hard I fell over.’

“Science is figuring out that laughter is good for the body, something the Bible told us long ago—Proverbs 15:30; Proverbs 17:22.” —Lynn Eib, in Peace In The Face Of Cancer

To read other quotes from this exceptional book, click here and here.

Poetry Saturday—Plea To Science

Ella Wheeler WilcoxO Science, reaching backward through the distance,
   Most earnest child of God,
Exposing all the secrets of existence,
   With thy divining rod,
I bid thee speed up to the heights supernal,
   Clear thinker, ne’er sufficed;
Go seek and bind the laws and truths eternal,
   But leave me Christ.

Upon the vanity of pious sages
   Let in the light of day;
Breaking down the superstitions of all ages—
   Thrust bigotry away;
Stride on, and bid all stubborn foes defiance,
   Let Truth and Reason reign:
But I beseech the, O Immortal Science,
   Let Christ remain.

What canst thou give to help me bear my crosses,
   In place of Him, my Lord?
And what to recompense for all my losses,
   And bring me sweet reward?
Thou couldst not with thy clear, cold eyes of reason,
   Thou couldst not comfort me
Like One who passed through that tear-blotted season
   In sad Gethsemane!

Through all the weary, wearing hours of sorrow,
   What word that thou hast said
Would make me strong to wait for some tomorrow
   When I should find my dead?
When I am weak, and desolate, and lonely—
   And prone to follow wrong?
Not thou, O Science—Christ, my Savior, only
   Can make me strong.

Thou art so cold, so lofty, and so distant,
   Though great my need might be,
No prayer, however constant and persistent,
   Couldst bring thee down to me.
Christ stands so near, to help me through each hour,
   To guide me day by day
O Science, sweeping all before thy power—
   Leave Christ, I pray! —Ella Wheeler Wilcox

More Than A Carpenter (book review)

more-than-a-carpenterHolidays are usually really good times for Christians to start up a conversation about their faith. Especially Christmas. C’mon, Christ’s name is the main part of CHRISTmas, right?! But I realize as well that some folks are reluctant to begin such a conversation because they think they might be at a loss as to what to say. This is where More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell will be an excellent ally.

Christians and atheists alike found More Than A Carpenter compelling reading when it was first published nearly 40 years ago. Now the book has been given a makeover, incorporating new discoveries that have further validated the book’s content, and adding a new chapter by Sean McDowell specifically addressing the “new atheists.”

Jesus is an historical character. He actually lived and walked and died and was resurrected in places that are verified by historical records. And yet Jesus was so much more than merely a person in history. His life impacted history in ways that are still being discovered today. His life is still changing the trajectory of people’s lives today.

Clearly Jesus was much more than merely a first century carpenter! 

In easily-readable language, Josh and Sean arm you with all of the evidence you will need to have compelling conversations about Jesus.

  • You will learn about the historical accuracy of the authors who recorded the details of Jesus Christ’s life.
  • You will learn what science, philosophy and archeology verify about His life.
  • You will get insight into the arguments that some atheists use to deny Christ’s deity, and how you can offer alternative facts to counteract those arguments.
  • And you will hear about Josh’s personal life-changing encounter with this Carpenter from first-century Israel.

This is a phenomenal book for you to read as we head into this CHRISTmas season. This is also a great resource for you to put into the hands of someone who is skeptical or even antagonistic toward the claims of Christians. In short: you will be better prepared to have meaningful conversations with others after you have read More Than A Carpenter!

I am a Tyndale book reviewer.

If you would like to access a ton of great resources associated with More Than A Carpenter, I highly recommend you check out the Josh McDowell Ministry’s store by clicking here.

8 Quotes From “Today’s Moment Of Truth”

Today's Moment Of TruthThere is so much excellent content to digest in each day’s reading from Today’s Moment Of Truth. Be sure to check out my book review by clicking here. Below are th first set of quotes I’m sharing from this book.

“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” —Robert Jastsrow, founding director of NASA’s Goddard Institute For Space Studies

“As astronomers have discovered, our sun and moon are much more exceptional than once thought. Our sun is far from ordinary; it has exactly the right mass and composition and is the ideal distance from the earth to enable life on our planet. If it were much smaller, its luminosity wouldn’t allow the high-efficiency photosynthesis necessary in plants; if it were much closer, the water would boil away from the planet’s surface. Similarly, our moon is just far enough away and just the right size to stabilize the Earth’s tilt. Without the moon’s stabilizing presence, the Earth would experience wild temperature swings, with devastating consequences for life.” —Lee Strobel

“I think people who believe that life emerged naturalistically need to have a great deal more faith than people who reasonably infer that there’s an Intelligent Designer. —Walter Bradley, co-author of The Mystery Of Life’s Origin

“An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.” —Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner

“It is my science that drove me to the conclusion that the world is much more complicated than can be explained by science. It was only through the supernatural that I can understand the mystery of existence.” —Allan Rex Sandage, cosmologist

“The beginning seems to present insuperable difficulties unless we agree to look on it as frankly supernatural.” —Sir Arthur Eddington

“Secular scientists often talk as though life came about through this formula: Matter + Energy + Time = Life. However, when scientists go into their labs and try to produce life, they add another ingredient—one they often don’t think about. The formula they really use is: Matter + Energy + Time + Ideas = Life. 

“In other words, they’re not just throwing all of the ingredients into a blender, switching it to the highest setting, and hoping life will pop out at the end. Rather, they’re applying the best of scientific knowledge to selecting the elements necessary for living matter as well as the conditions that will be conducive for life to flourish.

“Putting it another way, they’re trying to replicate what God did. And if they finally succeed, it’ll only serve to reinforce what the Bible says—that God created life.” —Dr. A.E. Wilder-Smith

“When this church service is over, I’m heading to the airport to fly back home. But it’s not enough for me to sit in the terminal and believe that airplanes fly. Just acknowledging the soundness of aviation science will never get me home. I have to go beyond mere belief that airplanes fly to a personal belief in the particular airplane that’s heading to my city—demonstrated by climbing on board. It’s that active trust that will ultimately get me where I want to go. Similarly, we all need to go beyond merely believing that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the Cross for our sins. We must take the next step and trust in Him personally, asking Him to forgive our sins and to lead our lives.” —Mark Mittelberg

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The Experiment That Spooked Einstein

Albert EinsteinScience does not have all the answers (despite what many scientists want to tell us!). Here is a quantum physics mystery that has baffled the best and brightest minds. Even Albert Einstein called this “spooky actions at a distance.”

Watch this short video and see what you think…

A few other Einstein quotes come to mind:

“There are only two ways to live your life: one is as if everything is a miracle, the other is as though nothing is a miracle.”

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”

“Even though the realms of religion and science in themselves are clearly marked off from each other, nevertheless there exist between the two strong reciprocal relationships and dependencies … The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

“Every one who is seriously engaged in the pursuit of science becomes convinced the laws of nature manifest the existence of a spirit vastly superior to that of men, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.”

20 More Useful Maxims

Useful MaximsI have already shared two sets of maxims from Brian Ridolfi’s great book Useful Maxims (you can read them here and here). These are some additional maxims targeting particular topics…

Maxims On Sex & Relationships

  1. When two lovers give, they each receive.
  2. Loveless sex is listless sex, and commoditized sex is lobotomized sex.
  3. Women are the gatekeepers of virtue; lost women make lost civilizations.

Maxims On Science & Philosophy

  1. The difference between science and philosophy: science attempts to answer the how questions, and philosophy the why questions.
  2. The difference between sound and unsound philosophy: good philosophy justifies itself, bad philosophy justifies the philosopher.
  3. When science becomes a god, science becomes a fraud.
  4. Atheistic theories are not necessarily scientific, and theistic theories are not necessarily unscientific.
  5. In science, the facts make the case, but in evolution, the case makes the facts.
  6. What came first, the cell or the DNA?
  7. Creationism is the enemy of scientists, not science.
  8. The theory of evolution evolved from moral devolution.

Maxims On satan & Evil

  1. A godless world is a joyless world.
  2. All is rotten after God is forgotten, and all goes sour that is under satanic power.
  3. satan is no threat to God, he is a threat to man. He is not God’s adversary, he is man’s adversary.
  4. The devil cannot make you do anything; he just makes you believe you can do anything.
  5. The way to spot satan is to know Christ.
  6. satan is not to be feared, he is to be avoided.
  7. Evil which appears godly is the most insidious form of evil.
  8. The difference between evil spirits and evil men: evil spirits know they are dead, and evil men are dead because they do not know.
  9. Allowing evil to continue is the most evil act of all.

To read some of the other quotes from Useful Maxims that I am sharing, be sure to follow me on Twitter and on Tumblr, and check out my review of Useful Maxims here.

The Mathematical Proof For Christianity (book review)

The Mathematical Proof For ChristianityThe Mathematical Proof For Christianity by Dan Delzell is really just one part of the big picture he presents. Dan uses mathematics, archeology, textual examination, logic, and sound semantics to present a compelling case for the authenticity of Scripture, and the Deity of Jesus Christ. But Dan is quick to add, “Mathematical proof for Christianity is powerful. But without faith in Christ, all the proof in the world won’t save your soul and bring you to heaven one day.”

If you are already a Christian, this book will do much to help you “be prepared to give an answer” (1 Peter 3:15) to seekers and skeptics. But I think the greatest value of this book would be as a conversation-starter with those who are seekers and skeptics. Giving them a copy of this book to read along with you will be a great way to have a meaningful conversation about your faith in Jesus. The subtitle of this book is “along with other reasons to believe,” and Dan does give many, many reasons.

No book written by a man will convince anyone to place their faith in Jesus (only the Bible can truly do that), but The Mathematical Proof is well-grounded in Scripture to help you use it as an effective tool in sharing your faith.

Check it out!

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