Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 12, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Not Only Is The Grand Canyon ALL About Jesus, But THE ENTIRE Creation Declares His Worth  (Tom H)
Bible Study Verses
Luke 19:38-40 
Shouting:  "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in Heaven and glory in the highest!" Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples." But Jesus answered, "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!" (NASB)

The last trip I made to the Grand Canyon, a brother and I sacrificed our annual hike (to the bottom and out in the same day) so that we could ride our mountain bikes around part of the rim. This allowed me to get some pictures for these devotionals. One photo I was able to capture is entitled, "The Heart of the Canyon". (Can you see the heart-shaped rock at center-right?) If you have not been to the Grand Canyon, you need to go. If you are like me, you will be moved by the splendor and majesty of God's creative power! 

"To declare God's worth" is a very appropriate definition of worship that I learned some years ago. The rocks and stones in the canyon are doing just that. As a matter of fact, they are crying out, even now, as you read this. While driving home from work today, I listened to a song which invited us to come back to the heart of worship: 

". . . It's all about You, Jesus; it's all about You." 

Not only is the Grand Canyon ALL about Jesus, but THE ENTIRE creation declares His worth!! 
(Tom H)

Action Point
The next time you visit a place like the Grand Canyon, bring a Walkman, Discman, or iPod with your favorite praise song, or some really inspirational music. As you listen and look at that small part of creation, from your heart, give credit where credit is due. It really is all about Jesus and His ingenious works of art everywhere we go!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If you decide you want to hike in and out of the Grand Canyon in one day, it's a great idea to train and build up to it. We usually train for weeks ahead, climbing steeper-and-steeper local trails as "the big day" approaches. When we don't prepare, we usually regret it.