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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


"The 8 Watt Pioneer"

“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” --Luke 9:62

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” --Philippians 4:13

Reason for the Season

 


 

In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10.  According to Leon Jaroff in Time, the satellite's primary mission was to reach Jupiter, photograph the planet and its moons, and beam data to earth about Jupiter's magnetic field, radiation belts, and atmosphere.  Scientists regarded this as a bold plan, for at that time no earth satellite had ever gone beyond Mars, and they feared the asteroid belt would destroy the satellite before it could reach its target.

But Pioneer 10 accomplished its mission and much, much more.  Swinging past the giant planet in November 1973, Jupiter's immense gravity hurled Pioneer 10 at a higher rate of speed toward the edge of the solar system.  At one billion miles from the sun, Pioneer 10 passed Saturn.  At some two billion miles, it hurtled past Uranus; Neptune at nearly three billion miles; and Pluto at almost four billion miles.  By 1997, twenty-five years after its launch, Pioneer 10 was more than six billion miles from the sun.

And despite that immense distance, Pioneer 10 continued to beam back radio signals to scientists on earth. "Perhaps most remarkable," writes Jaroff, "those signals emanate from an 8-watt transmitter, which radiates about as much power as a bedroom night light, and takes more than nine hours to reach earth."

“The Little Satellite That Could” was not qualified to do what it did.  Engineers designed Pioneer 10 with a useful life of just three years.  But it kept going and going.  By simple longevity, its tiny 8-watt transmitter radio accomplished more than anyone thought possible.

So it is when we offer ourselves to serve the Lord.  God can work even through someone with 8-watt abilities.  God cannot work, however, through someone who quits.



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Previous devotions


"The Triumph of the Lamb" - April 23, 2014
"Missing It" - April 16, 2014
"The Culture and Your Family" - April 9, 2014
"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014
"Marching Orders" - March 26, 2014
"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013




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