“Agapeland Character Builder Stories: Obedience”

Join Tuffy as he learns a very important lesson about obedience when he and his friends takes a special trip to the zoo.

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“The Master Plan”

“You are worthy, our LORD and GOD! You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power. You are worthy because You created all things. They were created and they exist. That is the way You planned it.” Revelation 4:11 New International Reader’s Version.

Picture a starfish. What does it have in common with a snowflake and a daisy? Picture a snail shell. How is it similar to the curled horn of a mountain sheep and an ordinary spider web? Now picture a tree. What does it have in common with an antler and a dragonfly wing?

Perhaps you noticed that the objects in each of these groups share a similar design. The shapes of starfish, snowflakes, and daisies are based on a star. Each has arms–or rays–that grow out of a center.

Snail shells, mountain sheep horns, and the sticky threads of ordinary spider webs are based on a spiral design. This design starts at the heart and coils around and around and around and around.

Trees antlers, and the veins on dragonfly wings are branch shaped. In each of these, arms fan out from a main shaft.

Once you start looking around, you’ll notice patterns everywhere in nature. Circles are found on leopard fur, peacock feathers, and in the eyes of owls. You’ll notice six-sided hexagons that make up bee honey-combs the bumps on turtle shells, and the eyes of flies.

Some designs are hidden. Inside whale flippers human arms frog legs, and bat and bird wings are bones that are put together with the same pattern.

Some patterns take a sharp eye. That’s the case with Fibonacci numbers. These numbers are formed by adding the two numbers before it. For example, if you add one plus one you get two. Then if you add one plus two, you get three. Two plus three equals five. Three plus five is eight. If you write all these numbers down, you get a string of numbers that looks like this: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233…

What’s so special about Fibonacci numbers? They’re found all over nature. If you look at the seed head of a sunflower, you eye recognizes spirals. Counting them, you find that thirty-four spin counterclockwise. Fifty-five spirals spin clockwise. On giant sunflowers fifty-five spirals go one direction, eighty-nine the other. Check the line of Fibonacci numbers above. These numbers are next to each other on the Fibonacci scale!

Pinecones and pineapples also share the fun of Fibonacci. Counting spirals from the stem end of some pinecones reveals five gradual spirals rising from the left to the right. Eight steep spirals rise from the right to the left. Other cones show different Fibonacci combinations: three and five, eight and thirteen.

The outside of a pineapple is covered with hexagon-shaped bumps, or scales. Each pineapple has spirals that rotate in three directions: one spiral that twists to the right, one that twists to the left, and one that rises nearly straight up. The number of scales in each of these spirals? Eight, thirteen, and twenty-one. Are these numbers next to each other on the Fibonacci scale? Yes!

Some scientists would like us to believe that the patterns appearing in nature happen by chance.

What do you think? Can patterns that repeat themselves such as these happen by chance or accident?

It’s not likely. Patterns show there’s a master plan for nature. It’s the Master’s plan. God is the Designer.

Perhaps some people have a hard time believing that God created  the earth because He’s invisible to our eyes. Yet what He created is not invisible. There’s no escaping it–God’s fingerprints are on everything He made. We’re surrounded by stars, spirals, branches, circles, and hexagons. We’re surrounded by Fibonacci numbers. Through the awesome designs in our world, we see God. We understand His greatness.

Because God is so detailed in His designs, it’s not a stretch to believe that He can easily care about the details of our lives, too. Does He care that you’re feeling lonely? Does He care that your mom got made at you this morning? Does He care that you’re having a hard time at school? Yes, He does!

The same God who so carefully designed nature also designed you. He designed the details of your life. Through them He shows His care for you.

Thought to remember: God cares about the details of nature. He cares about the details of my life.

Additional verses: Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1-4; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 139:1-4, 13-16

Fibonacci: (Fee-buH-NAH-chee) an Italian Mathematician who discovered number patterns in nature. He lived from 1170-1250 A.D. His real name was Leonardo Da Pisa.

From: “Glow-In-The-Dark Fish and 59 More Ways To See God Through His Creation”, by B. J. Reinhard

 

 

 

“Janice’s Attic: God’s Amazing Power” (Episode 19)

Hello boys and girls!

Our friend, Janice is going to try to make a banana. Hmmm… I wonder how it’s going to taste when she’s done? Do you think she can make a banana? After her experiment she will teach you about God’s amazing power in the things He has made. Then she will share the last part of the exciting story “The Secret Of The Cave.” I wonder how that’s going to end?

This is the last episode. I hope you had fun visiting Janice in her attic. Remember this kids, Jesus loves you very much!

Bible Adventures: “When Jesus Comes Again”

Hey kids!

Today we are going to do something different. Instead of going back to the times of the Bible; we are going to visit a family, who are going to show us from the Bible what Heaven will be like. Let’s hear what they say:

 

Remember the jewels of the New Jerusalem that Benjamin read about? Here’s a picture of what they really look like.

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Five of these jewels have big names, don’t they? But they sure are pretty.

 

There’s going to be a lot of nice things to see in Heaven. But the best thing will be when we see Jesus, our loving and great Good King. Here’s a song you can learn about that:

 

Prayer: Thank Jesus that He is coming back to take you to Heaven. Ask Him to help you to be ready to meet Him.

 

Picture is from Google Images.

“Sights, And Sounds, And Criminality” 05/17

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. Psalm 101:3, 4.

There is reason for deep solicitude on your part for your children, who have temptations to encounter at every advance step. It is impossible for them to avoid contact with evil associates…. They will see sights, hear sounds, and be subjected to influences which are demoralizing and which, unless they are thoroughly guarded, will imperceptibly but surely corrupt the heart and deform the character….

Some fathers and mothers are so indifferent, so careless, that they think it makes no difference whether their children attend a church school or a public school. “We are in the world,” they say, “and we cannot get out of it.” But, parents, we can get a good way out of the world, if we choose to do so. We can avoid seeing many of the evils that are multiplying so fast in these last days….

To the active minds of children and youth the scenes pictured in imaginary revelations of the future are realities. As revolutions are predicted and all manner of proceedings described that break down the barriers of law and self-restraint, many catch the spirit of these representations. They are led to the commission of crimes even worse, if possible, than these sensational writers depict. Through such influences as these society is becoming demoralized. The seeds of lawlessness are sown broadcast. None need marvel that a harvest of crime is the result…

Say firmly: “I will not spend precious moments in reading that which will be of no profit to me, and which only unfits me to be of service to others. I will devote my time and my thoughts to acquiring a fitness for God’s service. I will close my eyes to frivolous and sinful things. My ears are the Lord’s, and I will not listen to the subtle reasoning of the enemy. My voice shall not in any way be subject to a will that is not under the influence of the Spirit of God. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and every power of my being shall be consecrated to worthy pursuits.”

From “Maranatha”, by Ellen White