A few weeks ago my trusty, old laptop finally kicked the proverbial bucket. Old faithful I called it. Probably the longest living laptop and best laptop I've ever owned. The logic board is gone but the memory is still good and I had a recent backup, so all is well in that department.
However, after weeks of waffling on which way to go on this situation and what to replace it with, yesterday a new laptop finally arrived and behold, all things are new! This almost makes me want to cry. I will not call it "my laptop" just yet because it feels so much like someone else's laptop. I've not put my stamp on it yet. I've not dropped it and dinged the corner, thankfully! We're working on becoming acquainted and soon, I hope, we'll be friends. It's a process.
"And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." Revelations 21:5
My favorite part of Revelation 21:4-6 is the end, "I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." But let's not forget the beginning, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain." It's equally important. However, the middle is really the game-changer, "for the former things are passed away.... Behold, I make all things new." All things new... What a lovely thought!
While setting up this new laptop, downloading applications and files, I was reminded of this passage in Revelation where God says He will in the end make all things new and I thought to myself maybe that's really just the beginning. Yes, the beginning of a beautiful eternity with Him!
I love the book of Esther and the testimony of her life that's been carried down and influenced generation after generation of women. God doesn't need me to accomplish His purpose. His will, His plan will be brought to fruition with or without my help. But oh! To be part of that plan. To allow His will to direct my choices. To make His purpose my purpose. Just like Esther.
In light of those thoughts, I wanted to share with you an excellent book for your unsaved friends.
Dr. Viehman was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. He attended and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware. He attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania graduating number one in his class. He completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and a dermatology residency at Duke University Medical Center, where he was chief resident. Dr. Viehman completed his fellowship in skin cancer surgery also at Duke. Dr. Viehman co-founded the Cary Skin Center in Cary, North Carolina, and worked there 1998-2008. He is now in solo private practice at Sea Coast Skin Surgery in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Viehman has lectured nationally on dermatologic surgery and authored several published scientific research articles. He has multiple interests, including, running, cross-fit training, and missionary work for orphans in Ukraine with New Life Ministries." - goodreads
If you have unsaved friends, especially of the highly gifted or intelligent type, The God Diagnosis will be a great challenge to their reasoning! The good doctor has already done all the legwork for them (for you). He's investigated. He's reasoned. He's made a diagnosis of God, the Bible, the truth, Christianity, and he lays it all out in this book.
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