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What Stimulates Your Brain’s Neurons?

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. —Psalm 122:1

Martin Lindstrom is one of the world’s best brand building experts. He is the author of the groundbreaking book: Buyology: The Truth and Lies About Why We Buy.  His research helps corporations like Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Red Bull to market their products so people will be motivated to buy them. Time Magazine called him one the “World’s 100 Most Influential People.”

This week I read about a fascinating experiment Lindstrom did using an MRI. This experiment lead him to the conclusion that smartphones have become akin to a best friend in the lives of many people. When the subjects of his experiment heard their phone ring, their brains “fired off” neurons in the area associated with feelings of love and compassion.   Lindstrom said, “It was as if they were in the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend, or family member.”

It got me to thinking:  How many Christians have a closer relationship to their cellphones than they do to the Lord Jesus Christ. How many neurons in your brain associated with love get “fired off” about spending time with Jesus in prayer, Bible study, or going to church (Ps. 122:1)!

Jesus is a better friend than any smartphone! No one loves or cares for you more than Jesus.  If you pay more attention to your smartphone than you do to Jesus, your phone has become an idol in your life.

Old Testament “Sunday School”

    The concept of Sunday School is not a new innovation. The roots of Sunday School go all the way back to the Old Testament Law.  Consider Deuteronomy 31:12— “Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:”
    Here is a four-fold application of this text to our Sunday School today:

  1. Being PRESENT for Sunday School—“Gather the people together…” Sunday School is only effective to the people who gather to attend.
  2. The PARTICIPANTS of Sunday School:  ADULTS (“… men, and women…”); CHILDREN “…and children…”); OUTSIDERS / unsaved (“…and thy stranger that is within thy gates…”). In other words, Sunday School is for EVERYONE of all ages.
  3. The PURPOSE of Sunday School is “…that they may hear, and that they may learn…”). No one is so knowledgable in the Scriptures that they cannot learn something important in Sunday School they did not know before.
  4. The PRODUCT of Sunday School will be a people who “…fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law.” When Sunday School is done right, people who attend will be better Christians than if they forsook Sunday School.

How important is Sunday School to YOU?  As the little chorus goes: “Everybody ought to go to Sunday School!” (James 4:17)

The Two Environments of a Christian

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ… — 1 Thessalonians 1:1

When Paul addressed the Thessalonian Christians, he spoke of them living in TWO locations. Geographically, they were living in Thessalonica on earth. Spiritually, they are “in Christ.”  Paul said in Ephesians 2 we live in the world, but we are also seated “in heavenly place in Christ Jesus.

Christians live in two worlds—A visible world and invisible world—A physical environment on earth and a spiritual environment in the heavenlies.

The sustaining of our spiritual life is similar to that of a whale.  A whale lives in a marine environment.  I live in Washington State, by the Puget Sound.  We are often fortunate to see a pod of Orca whales swim near our city.  It is always an impressive site to behold.

A whale would swim along water’s surface for a while.  Before submerging, it would breathe deeply and exhale by shooting up a spectacular spout then disappear beneath the surface in search of food.  That whale could stay under the water for 10-15 minutes, but must resurface for more oxygen or it would die.

The whale doesn’t know much about the world above the water, since most of it’s existence in spent in the water. Yet, although it knows little about the world above him, it still needs regular contact with it to survive.

This is a great picture of the Christians life. We know relatively little about the heavenly realm above us, since most of our activities concern  things on earth. Yet, we must stay in constant contact with the world above us for spiritual breath to maintain our growth in the Lord. That heavenly contact is made through prayer, worship, and nourishment from God’s Word.

While your citizenship in heaven, you live on earth now.  Therefore, in order to grow spiritually stay in regular contact with your heavenly home and heavenly Father.

TODAY, September 9

TODAY, September 9

This is the day which the LORD hath made… —Psalm 118:24

Today is a special day. What is so special about September 9?  Perhaps today is special because it is your birthday or anniversary.  September 9, 1785 is the birthday of Peter Cartwright, one of America’s greatest circuit riding preachers. [Read about him at this LINK.]  Today in 1776, Congress renamed the union the “United States of America.” Or, today, in 1850, California became the 31st state.  September 9 is also special for Sandy Koufax when in 1965 he pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs.

But what if none of these events or facts seem to make your September 9 special? Then consider the following:

Today is another day you have to praise the Lord. Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Today God provides you a fresh batch of His mercies. Jeremiah wrote, “The Lord’s mercies…are new every morning” (Lam. 3:22-23).

Today is another opportunity to trust God to meet your needs. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Mt. 6:11).

Today God will renew your inner man. “Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).

Today is another day you are privileged to open and study His Word like those believers at Berea who “searched the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11).

Today is the day of salvation if you are unsaved. “Behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). Don’t put it off.

Thank God for today! With the Lord, today, and every day, is special.  Use it for His glory!

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps. 90:12).