Fun Fridays – March 16, 2018

It is good to put things in perspective. Today’s video compares the size of various stars in the known and measured universe…then placed next to earth.

Only one response. Worship.

In these last days God has spoken to us by his Son [Jesus], whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. All things were made through [Jesus], and without [Jesus] was not anything made that was made. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 

[Hebrews 1:2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:17]

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Fun Friday – March 2, 2018

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