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Friday, September 8, 2017

Tolerance Is a 2-Way Street!

Lawyers representing Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop filed their opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing that tolerance is a two-way street.
"Tolerance should be a two-way street. Phillips gladly serves anyone who walks into his store, but, as is customary practice for many artists, he declines opportunities to design for a variety of events and messages that conflict with his deeply held beliefs. In this case, Jack told the couple suing him he'd sell them anything in the store but just couldn't design a custom cake celebrating their wedding because of his Christian faith," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner in a statement Thursday.
"The First Amendment protects Jack's right to create artistic expression that is consistent with his core convictions. Individuals can support both same-sex marriage and Jack, and people should have the right to disagree on critical matters of conscience.
"The same government that can force Jack to violate his faith and conscience can force any one of us to do the same."...

..."That was particularly offensive to me," Phillips said of the commissioner's words, explaining that his dad was a soldier in World War II who landed in Omaha Beach at Normandy and ended up being part of the group that liberated Buchenwald, a Nazi concentration camp Germany.
"I don't have the vocabulary for it but for someone to compare trying to live by your faith to the person who brought on the Holocaust or to slave owners it's just — it's insulting. It's ridiculous. I don't have the word for it, but it's wrong," he told The Daily Signal.

..."My situation has nothing to do with the Nazis. It has nothing to do with racism. I want to run my bakery in a way everyone who comes in is welcome. I don't care what their political persuasions are. God created lots of people. He created every one of them. And He wants us to show His love to them," he added.
In an interview with The Christian Post in 2014, Phillips said he felt as though his constitutional rights were being subverted.
"My First Amendment rights protect my freedom of religion and my freedom of speech. The Supreme Court generally rules that art is speech, and in that way they are trying to take away two of my primary constitutional rights," Phillips said.
He added, "My faith in Jesus Christ comes before my need to bake cakes for a living, and if I have to close down the bakery and pursue another line of work, I would do that before I would compromise my faith."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Is Total Sun Eclipse Just a Coincidence?

Total Solar Eclipse Is an Encounter With the Creator, Invitation to Discovery: Jay Richards

By Brandon Showalter , CP Reporter | Aug 20, 2017 2:55 PM
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(PHOTO: REUTERS, BEAWIHARTA)A total solar eclipse is seen from the beach of Ternate island, Indonesia, March 9, 2016.

The total solar eclipse on Monday Aug.21'2017 will be an invitation to encounter the Creator of the universe and its astounding divine design, says Christian professor Jay Richards at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

And this celestial phenomenon showcases how planet Earth is one "privileged planet," added Richards, an assistant research professor in the Business and Economics Department at the university and co-author of the 2004 book, The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery, which was subsequently made into a documentary film.

In light of all the buzz about the Aug. 21 Great American Eclipse, Richards believes it has not been sufficiently appreciated how Earth is the one place in the entire solar system where one can observe a total solar eclipse.

For centuries astronomers considered this celestial phenomenon as an interesting coincidence, he noted. The moon is 400 times smaller than the sun but 400 times closer to the Earth, thereby creating this perfect match when an eclipse happens. But such a perfect match isn't merely coincidental and is in fact directly connected to two key things that make the Earth habitable.

"You have to be the right distance from your host star, in the 'goldilocks zone' in order to have liquid water on the planet, so that's going to set the size of your host star in the sky," Richards said.

"You also have to have a large, well-placed moon like we have, for all sorts of reasons. If we didn't have a moon the Earth would wobble around erratically on its axis."

Those two independent factors are needed to build a habitable planet. And when put together it produces solar eclipses that can be seen from the planet's surface.

"By itself that would just be sort of neat, but when you realize the profound role that eclipses have played in the history of scientific discovery, I think you get a hint that there's something else going on there," he said.

"We know in Scripture, it says in Genesis 1, that the heavenly bodies can be used for signs. God uses them for signs," Richards said, mentioning the star of Bethlehem. "And the heavens declare the glory of God," he continued, referencing Psalm 19.

if you look at the way people actually respond to eclipses, they respond to it with gratitude and awe," Richards offered.

The more one studies how precisely tuned and orderly the universe is, the more it also sets up the conditions for discovery, he went on to explain.

"The natural world is like a book that is written with the signature of the Creator. If we learn how to read it, we read through it like we read through a book, to the meanings of its author. I think we should look at the created order as we look at literal Scripture as types of revelation," Richards said.

"Why couldn't [Monday's eclipse] be a really good well-timed blessing for millions of people to stop thinking about themselves and to look up at the heavens and think for a minute that there's something more than us out there?" he asked.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Total Sun Eclipse & Our Creator God

Zweerink, who earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Iowa State University, and is a project scientist at UCLA and research scholar for the apologetics ministry Reasons to Believe, told The Christian Post in a phone interview that he's been anticipating the eclipse for nearly 10 years, as it will be the first total solar eclipse he has ever seen.
"God has made a pretty spectacular creation for us to live in," Zweerink said, calling the upcoming celestial event "beautiful" and "awesome."
Because of how spectacular this is, and the fact that many people are wanting to talk about the total eclipse...
"And Creation is remarkably reliable," Zweerink added.
Naturally occurring phenomena can be predicted and talked about thousands of years into the future as well as in the past because of its reliability.
"That's a very biblical principle," Zweerink said. "God's reliability in keeping His promises is likened to how Creation behaves."
Such remarkable order to the cosmos is anchored in God's character, he went on to explain, and it's His character that upholds creation so reliably.
"From a scientific perspective, the first big experimental test of Einstein's theory of general relativity explicitly codifies the idea that the laws of physics are constant throughout the universe."
"And if that were not the case," Zweerink continued, "we would not be able to do science and understand how far away are things, and how old are things, and how do they operate, how do galaxies form, and what are neutrons, stars, and black holes. We just couldn't do that because what we do here doesn't have any relation as to what goes on out in the universe."
This reliability and the ability to predict solar eclipses and how awesome they appear and what they communicate about how the world works is deeply connection to the God of the Bible. And Zweerink considers this a conversation starter with non-Christians who are interested in celestial phenomena.
Total solar eclipses occur at least once every two years, Zweerink explained, and while spectacular to behold, there's nothing out of the ordinary about them.
"These have happened since the dawn of human civilization and they will happen until the end of humanity is here," he said, adding that the idea that the Aug. 21 eclipse is somehow a sign of the End Times "just doesn't resonate."
"This is a great opportunity for Christians to engage in conversations with people and to share the Gospel," he reiterated. "It's just a neat opportunity to go out and talk to people about the physics that goes on. The sun is so much larger than the moon, so much further away, but yet they take up the same size on the sky so that we can have solar eclipses like this to make the scientific measurements and actually, just see the beauty of it — I'm just excited about it."
(Read more from clicking following link)

Astrophysicist Explains How Total Solar Eclipse Is an Opportunity to Share the Gospel

Monday, August 7, 2017

Grave's Disease and Some Insights I Got

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...On his way from Genoa to Sicily, Dr. Robert James Graves saved a ship and its mutinous crew by assuming command during a storm in the Mediterranean. During a gale the vessel sprang a leak, the pumps failed, and the crew attempted to abandon ship: Graves holed the one lifeboat with an axe, declaring to the crew, "let us all be drowned together, it is a pity to part good company", he then proceeded to repair the pumps with leather from his own shoes, so saving the ship and all aboard.

Dear friends: I bet you may not know what is "Graves' disease", or you do?
It is a disease if left untreated will bring one to the grave. Just kidding! However, it used to be not treatable in ancient years.

It was named after an Irish surgeon Robert James Graves who was the first doctor reporting it. It is an autoimmune disease that your immune system turns against yourself.(自己跟自己過不去)

Well, after losing 10 lbs in 2 months last Spring. I knew something had to be very wrong with my body and went to have a regular check up. A week later,  I went to see the specialist who ordered another blood test to check antibody counts in my blood. I was found to have this Thyroid autoimmune disease, Graves' disease.(hyperthyroidism).

I then just started to realize in details how our Thyroid gland (甲狀腺) has played such an important function in our bodies, although it is only very small size. (approximately 15 to 25 g, with each lobe 4 to 6 cm in length and 1.3 to 1.8 cm in thickness.The Thyroid gland looks like a butterfly.) Along with Subcutaneous gland 腦下腺 ( size as a pea, very very small) they both control all over most important functions of our bodies--metabolism, heart rate, body temperature control...etc. They work together to achieve the delicate balance of Thyroid hormones.

Within one week, my pulse has increased to 109 at the time I saw the endocrinologist, and he prescribed a Beta blocker to block the Thyroid hormone from speeding up my heart beats. After reading the many possible side effects of the Beta blocker( a common drug for high blood pressure but I am usually having low blood pressure, so I never use it before.), I was scared and decided I was not going to take it yet, thinking my pulse was only a little bit faster than normal range and my hands were only slightly trembling. Besides, I was foolish to have Pneumonia vaccine last Wednesday when I went to see my eye doctor because that vaccine was long overdue and I wanted to get it done with. That caused some slight pain too. All a sudden, that night, my pulse was up, up , up to 116. and I couldn't sleep. So I swallowed the pill to stop this crazy upward march of my heart beats. There is no room for me to argue not taking the pill any more. I had to, I have to swallow the pill right then..

Well, I have learned my lesson and have some insight to share with you through this short ordeal. First of all, our Creator God has made such a small gland work so well for us. For more than 71 yrs, my Thyroid gland serves me well. it is so small, yet it is a control center of the body. Isn't it amazing? When it serves us well, we never appreciate its existence. Now that I have autoimmune problem, then I have just realized what a big contribution of Thyroid gland did to me in all these past years and I am full of thankfulness to God.

Secondly, though I don't know how and why my own immune system has turned against myself, ( gene or stress as most articles suggest??) Yet I do know I am sick when I lost weight rapidly and suddenly my pulse rate increases, . The reality is I am sick and need to take medicines prescribed to me by an authentic specialist whether I like it or not, regardless if  that particular medicine may give me terrible side effects or not. In a word, there is no time for me to keep arguing for the unknown causes of this disease, I better took action to take the remedy pills. Thank God, after taking the pills two times, my pulse went back to normal.

Dear friends, generally speaking, don't you realize humankind's souls( or minds) are sick? You may not like or understand the reasons Bible gave us about the cause or root of human sinful nature. Perhaps in this side of heavens, we may not have the perfect answer because we are very limited in our understanding. Yet the reality is humans are sinful in our fallen nature. So called the dark side of human mind/heart, by many people, right? Look around our world, so many evil things are going on, we simply can't deny human nature is fallen, right? We are also running out of time for those who hit 70 years plus like me. There is a sense of urgency, don't you realize that?  I don't know how long I have left to have the chance to tell you the good news of Jesus. Please don't let many biases keep you from knowing our Creator God! Just because we don't understand God's mind and His way of doing things, shouldn't make us to deny His existence and His offer of eternal life through Jesus Christ, the eternal God. 

May God give us wisdom to count our days and hurry up to be connected with Him!

What Causes Graves' Disease?
Hormones secreted by the thyroid gland control metabolism, or the speed at which the body converts food into energy. Metabolism is directly linked to the amount of hormones that circulate in the bloodstream. If, for some reason, the thyroid gland secretes an overabundance of these hormones, the body's metabolism goes into high gear, producing the pounding heartsweating, trembling, andweight loss typically experienced by hyperthyroid people. Normally, the thyroid gets its production orders through another chemical called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), released by the pituitary gland in the brain. But in Graves' disease, a malfunction in the body's immune system releases abnormal antibodies that mimic TSH. Spurred by these false signals to produce, the thyroid's hormone factories work overtime and exceed their normal quota.
Exactly why the immune system begins to produce these aberrant antibodies is unclear. Heredity and other characteristics seem to play a role in determining susceptibility. Studies show, for example, that if one identical twin contracts Graves' disease, there is a 20% likelihood that the other twin will get it, too. Also, women are more likely than men to develop the disease. And smokers who develop Graves' disease are more prone to eye problems than nonsmokers with the disease. No single gene causes Graves’ disease. It is thought to be triggered by both genetics and environmental factors, such as stress.

Monday, July 17, 2017

On Eagle's Wings

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Dear friends:

Have you ever wondered if a mother eagle can catch its eaglet in time for its first few flights?
Can a mother eagle or father eagle beat the free falling gravity to let its eaglet land on its spreading wings? I've dug out a couple articles with eyewitness account for you below.

On Eagle’s Wings

Dr. Loye Miller (1918) published the following account, as given to him by one of his students:
Last summer while my father and I were extracting honey at the apiary about a mile southeast of Thacher School, Ojai, California, we noticed a golden eagle teaching its young one to fly. It was about ten o’clock. The mother started from the nest in the crags, and roughly handling the young one, she allowed him to drop, I should say, about ninety feet, then she would swoop down under him, wings spread, and he would alight on her back. She would soar to the top of the range with him and repeat the process. One time she waited perhaps fifteen minutes between flights. I should say the farthest she let him fall was 150 feet.
My father and I watched this, spellbound, for over an hour. I do not know whether the young one gained confidence by this method or not. A few days later father and I rode to the cliff and out on Overhanging Rock. The eagle’s nest was empty. (Miss F.E. Shuman)
Deuteronomy 32:11-12 says this:
As an eagle stirs up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,

12 So the Lord alone led him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
In Exodus 19:4 God says this:
‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.’
(For more, click this link

...Reports do indeed exist of eagles carrying their young on their backs. One ornithologist writes as follows:

"Many ornithologists have thought that the Bible picture of an eagle carrying her young was merely figurative, but in recent years certain reliable observers have actually seen a parent bird let its young rest for a moment on the feathered back - especially when there was no other roosting place in sight. When an eagle nests on the ledge of a sheer-walled canyon, many feet above the earth, with no jutting tree or protruding rock to break the fall, the quick movement of a mother bird to offer her own back to a frightened fledgling may be the only way to let it live to try its wings again." (V.C. Holmgren, Bird Walk Through The Bible [New York: Dover Publications 1988] p. 98)

One report of this behavior is as follows:

"Our guide was one of the small company who have seen the golden eagle teaching the young to fly. He could support the belief that the parent birds, after urging and sometimes shoving the youngster into the air, will swoop underneath and rest the struggler for a moment on their wings and back. ... Our guide, when questioned, said that every phrase of the verse [Deut. xxxii, I I] (which was new to him) was accurate, save the first; he had seen it all except the stirring up of the nest." (W.B. Thomas, Yeoman's England [1934], pp. 135-6)

Another report concerning the golden eagle comes from Arthur Cleveland Bent, one of America's greatest ornithologists, on the authority of Dr. L. Miller:

"The mother started from the nest in the crags and, roughly hand-ling the youngster, she allowed him to drop, I should say, about ninety feet; then she would swoop down under him, wings spread, and he would alight on her back. She would soar to the top of the range with him and repeat the process. Once perhaps she waited fifteen minutes between flights. I should say the farthest she let him fall was a hundred and fifty feet. My father and I watched him, spellbound, for over an hour." (A. C. Bent, Bulletin of the Smithsonian Institution CLXVII [1937], 302) (Note to the reader: I would be indebted to anyone who can obtain a copy of this article for me, or who knows of any other reliable reports of such behavior.)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fact or Fiction-- Bald Eagles' Rebirth at 40?

Bald eagles transform their lives at 40! - Fact or Fiction

The Rebirth of the Eagle -

Bald eagles transform their lives at 40! - Fact or Fiction

Myth or Fact: Bald eagles go through a process of transformation at 40. They take a life changing decision in which the bald eagle breaks off it's beak and rips off it's feathers. And then waits for them to grow back. This painful procedure takes a good 5 months but it extends an eagle's life from 30years to an amazing 70years! 

Fact or Fiction?

For almost half a decade this has been a topic of debates and discussion. People have argued for and against it without having concrete proofs. So here are a few proofs that we have collected and hopefully they will help you decide for yourself.

A Myth / Rumor? 

 Majority people and mostly the not-so-good observers consider this whole thing to be a simple rumor. According to them, it all began when a few motivational speakers came up with an idea to use this Bald eagle's popularity and supremacy and transform it into something more. They created power-point presentations and slides mainly for the objective on inspiring people in their lectures since people tend to get motivated more from nature. However not long after, these slides became viral over the Internet. People started liking and sharing these slides and it became a topic of widespread discussion. After all the idea of shedding old feathers and growing new ones looks amazing!

Below is one of the slides that became viral showing the transformation of eagles. 
( the original slide(s )won't show in this post, so I dug out a video based on those original slides. Click the link on the very top of this post, if you want to watch the original slides.)

People further started to dismiss the idea of this transformation being real when University of Minnesota's Raptor Center stated

"We have received quite a few e-mails regarding the "Eagle Rebirth" story recently. The story is quite far from what an eagle's life truly consists of, but we would be happy to share with you the natural history of the Bald Eagle. Eagles would not typically "lose" their beak or talons, unless it was the result of a traumatic injury. The talons and beak are two of the three best defining features of what makes these birds "raptors". Without the sharp talons for catching prey and the strong, sharp beak for tearing food, the raptor would certainly die of starvation. An eagle hatches with both a beak and talons and these will continue to grow throughout the bird's life. The beak and talons are composed of hard
keratin and are somewhat similar to human fingernails. The talons of the eagle are not flexible as the story claims. New layers of keratin growth build onto the old layers ensuring a strong structure for the raptor. The raptor keeps the beak in good condition naturally in the wild by eating tough prey and rubbing the beak clean on stones or other hard surfaces (feaking) after eating.

Eagles and other raptors generally do not pluck out their feathers. All birds, including raptors, do go through a process of losing feathers and this is called a molt. A bird's feathers do suffer regular wear and tear so, ultimately, the quality of the feather will decrease and it will need to be replaced. The feathers are not lost all at the same time. If this were true, the bird would be unprotected from natural elements and more importantly it would not be able to fly. Eagles and all other raptors need to fly in order to hunt and survive so the loss of flight would most likely mean starvation for the bird. Each feather comes from a feather follicle much like hair does on a mammal. When the feather is first emerging and developing it has a blood supply coming from the body going up into the shaft of the feather. If this feather is broken or pulled out it is not only very painful for the bird, but could result in blood loss and damage to the feather follicle. Severe damage to the feather follicle could result in the permanent loss of the follicle. If a feather is lost before a molt it could take up to a year to be replaced. Raptors and all other birds molt in a symmetrical pattern. If a primary feather is molted on the left wing, the same feather is molted simultaneously on the right wing. This can ensure balance in flight for the bird while it hunts during this molting period.

The average life span of an eagle is approximately 30 years. The eagle, like many other living organisms, does not have the luxury of making the decision to extend their life cycle far beyond what is normal for its species. In captivity, an eagle may live beyond what the average life expectancy is, because it receives both regular and nutritious meals, has access to veterinary care and can be sheltered from the harsh elements by housing provided by the facility caring for the bird. Even then, the life span is in no way extended as far as this myth is suggesting.

There is speculation as to the origin of this myth, but we can assure you that none of it is true."

Further detailed analysis of this slides reveals a few weak points and possibly mistakes.According to the story, to be "reborn" at forty, the eagle must retreat to its nest on a mountain top, first knock off and then regrow its beak, then pluck out and regrow its talons and, finally, pluck out and regrow its feathers, a process that takes 150 days. Thus renewed, the eagle can take its "flight of rebirth" and go on to live another thirty year.

Firstly Bald eagles typically live between twenty and thirty years in the wild. The lifespan of other species of eagles may vary, although none are known to reach seventy years in the wild.

Secondly scientists have studied eagles of various species for generations and much has been published about them, no credible sources back up the "eagle rebirth" story in any way. There are, however, plenty of reliable sources that dismiss the story as a foolish hoax.

In some slides, the eagle shown in the photographs is a Bald Eagle, but in others a different species, the Golden Eagle, is shown. The story also sprouts the scientifically meaningless claim that "the eagle has the longest life-span of its species". The author perhaps meant to say that eagles live longer than all other kinds of birds, but this is also incorrect. Parrots and other species of birds are known to live longer than eagles.

And the most oblivious flaw is as clear as it gets.How can an eagle survive 5 months without hunting for food and water?

Is that all ?

No. Obviously the world can't believe something which is purely a lie. There are a few points which make us ponder over the possibility of all of this being true. Although few but they are pretty impactful and hence can't be simply ignored.

First the authors who claim to have spread this news say that an eagle requires very minimal amount of food during those 5 months of transformation since all it does is to sit on the very exact spot all day long. Hence even food as small as few mice can make eagle survive such a long amount of time.

Possible? Yes, given the fact that the eagle's actions are restricted its all possible scientifically.

Secondly the last 40 years have been good for the Bald Eagle. Back in 1967 it was one of the first North American birds to be put on the 'Endangered Species' list. Its classification has been relaxed to threatened, and to its present status of protected. Along with this its life expectancy has grown and in some cases eagles have grown to be over 70years although rare. Can these eagles have taken the flight of rebirth?

Thirdly people all over the world have seen eagles banging their beaks on hard rocks, which is exactly how the process of transformation starts. Scientist argue that the eagles bang their beaks to sharpen them but still a faint possibility of a start of transformation.

Bottom line:

Be it a hoax or a fact, but we as humans have a lot of things to learn from this flight. We need to be in a process of constant change and adaptation in order to succeed in life.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Does God Need Our Praise and Worship?

Dear SS ( sincere seeker):

Image result for worship GodTrinity God is Love, so God the Father is exalting God the Son and God the Son is glorifying God the Father and exalting God the Holy Spirit because Jesus said anyone blasphemes Holy Spirit has committed an unforgivable sins though people could blaspheme Jesus Himself and still be forgiven. That means in a sense, Jesus has tried to exalt Holy Spirit above Himself, right?

(Matthew 12:31, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.” If a person truly listens to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and asks for pardon and forgiveness that person is not guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. 

(John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 Everything the Father has is Mine. This is why I told you that He takes from what is Mine and will declare it to you.)

The Holy Spirit is honoring and glorifying God the Father and God the Son to move human hearts to accept God the Father's plan through God the Son' sacrifice for the salvation of mankind. And now we are in God's grace period and Trinity God has exalted Holy Spirit so the Book of Acts is the Acts of the Holy Spirit who is continuing Jesus' redemption and salvation works on our world today.

You see, even when God exalts Himself, the Trinity God is actually exalting one another in the Godhead, so it is still full of love and not out of ego-centered selfishness.

In John 17, Jesus praying for Himself may seem odd in first glance, but please think deeper.

the hour has come.
Glorify Your Sonso that the Son may glorify You, ( this glory Jesus is talking about is His "cross" and His purpose is still to glorify God the Father)
for You gave Him authority
over all flesh;[a]
so He may give eternal life
to all You have given Him.
This is eternal life:
that they may know You, the only true God,
and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ.
I have glorified You on the earth
by completing the work You gave Me to do.
Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence
with that glory I had with You
before the world existed.)

Do you see the beautiful picture of Trinity God here? That is why you don't need to worry about God the Father exalted Jesus' name above all the names and not demanding full attention to Himself but want us to glorify God the Son by all means.

Here below is another link I dug out for you to ponder.

Why does God command us to worship Him?
Is it because He needs constant affirmation? Is He divinely insecure, so He requires us to praise Him day and night? To tell Him He’s good enough, smart enough and doggone it, people like Him?
In Psalm 50, God corrected His people who thought He somehow needed the sacrifices He commanded:
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and its fullness are mine.
Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats? (8-13)
God didn’t need their sacrifices. He doesn’t need our worship either. God has no needs. He is infinitely perfect and complete. For all eternity the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have enjoyed perfect love and fellowship. God never gets hungry, lonely or unhappy. He is the fountain of all joy and gladness, satisfaction and fulfillment.
So what did God tell Israel to do to please Him?
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and perform your vows to the Most High,
and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (14-15)
God says here is how to please Him--" offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, then perform your promises to thank Me when I deliver you from trouble, then call on Me the next time you’re in trouble. I’ll rescue you again and you will glorify Me again by thanking Me."
Our worship glorifies God. But He doesn’t need it. So why does God tell us to do these things? For our benefit!

All of God’s commands are for our delight in His glory.

He doesn’t need our obedience or our money. He is completely self-sufficient. When we thank and praise Him it blesses us! It increases our joy and delight in Him.
God has designed us to enjoy beauty and excellence and to express that enjoyment. We enjoy the glory of nature, amazing athletic feats, delicious food, great movies, and a thousand other blessings, and we increase our enjoyment when we express it. When we see a sunset or the Grand Canyon we can’t help but say, “Wow that is so beautiful.” When we watch an athlete make a fantastic play we have to cheer. And when we express our admiration of a Van Gogh or Hanz Zimmer soundtrack or say how delicious a steak is, it adds nothing to the painting or soundtrack or steak but increases our enjoyment of it.

Our worship and thanks add nothing to God but increase our enjoyment of Him.

Isn’t God good? He wants nothing but our ever-increasing joy and delight in glory. So He gives us worship, not because He needs it, but that we might have more and more pleasure in Him.
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The fact is, God doesn’t need our praise and worship; we need it!