March 16, 2018
The great theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died this week. He had a brilliant mind and opened many new avenues of thought about the universe. He was called one of Isaac Newton's successors. His great goal was to find a "unified theory" that would resolve the contradictions between Einstein's theory of relativity and that of quantum mechanics. I have no understanding of what I just wrote, but Hawking said that finding a "theory of everything would allow mankind to know the mind of God". But it was a God he didn't believe in. Belief in a God who intervenes in the universe is wishful thinking, he said. He wrote a book and spoke often against such a belief in God. But then he also said "one can't help asking the question: Why does the universe exits? ... I don't know any operational way to give the question or the answer, if there is one meaning. But it bothers me." Even such a great mind as his came up against questions that only God could answer If one would humble themselves enough to bow in faith the answers really are there.
Pastor Irvin Stapf
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A collection of Pastor Stapf's reflections has been published in . . .
Not For This Life Only
A Study for Growth Into Maturity
as the Children of God
by Irvin F. Stapf , Jr.
"'What is your purpose in life?' Do you know where to begin in answering this question? If you are searching for a deeper purpose , Not for This Life Only will give you solid biblical truths to help you discover God's plan for you.
This insightful study will establish a firm biblical foundation as you prayerfully seek God's calling for your life. Through all of the circumstances of life, God is seeking to help us grow into Christ's example of sacrificial love. As a topic that can conjure up confusion, discover that God is not silent when it comes to the life he has called you to live.
Irvin Stapf weaves together common concerns such as purpose, family, suffering, and making mistakes and points them toward the focus and purpose in your life. Now is the time to start finding the answer to the question, 'What is your purpose in life?'
Irvin Stapf has been an ordained Lutheran pastor for thirty-eight years and is the Regional Pastor for the Eastern Region of the American Association of Lutheran Churches. Irvin, and his wife, Audrey, have been married for forty-three years and have five children. They currently reside in Mount Airy, Maryland."
148 pages - $11.99 (plus $3.00 S&H)
The book is published by Tate Publishing of Mustang,Oklahoma and can be obtained by going to the Tate website, or from the author at Christ Lutheran Church, 13903 Legion Court, Mount Airy, MD 21771.
The book can also be obtained through major book stores.
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