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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

From Atoms to Adam

May 18, 2014

Have you ever pulled a towel from the dryer and found a sock stuck to it like glue? Static electricity is the reason for the strange attraction. It begins with something called atoms.

Everything around you contains atoms. They’re too small for you to see. But atoms are the little building blocks that make up your socks, this magazine page, your dog and even you.

Atoms contain even smaller parts called protons, electrons and neutrons. We say protons and electrons are “charged.” Protons have positive charges, and electrons have negative charges. Charges that are alike (such as two positives) repel or move away from each other. Different charges (one positive and one negative) attract one another, just like that sock is attracted to the towel.

When your laundry rolls around in the dryer, the atoms in your socks and towels rub against each other. Before long, the bumping atoms start trading and sharing electrons. Atoms that pick up extra electrons become negatively charged. Atoms that lose electrons become positively charged. The attraction between these opposite charges explains why your socks and towels stick together. When you separate them, you may see little sparks and hear a popping sound as electrons are released.

The Bible teaches that we’re naturally attracted to some things too. Ever since Adam and Eve first sinned, humans have been drawn toward disobedience. As we bump up against temptation, we can be pulled toward things we know aren’t right. (See Genesis 3.)

But here’s the good news. Jesus died on the cross so we can be free from sin. When we accept Him as Savior, our sins are forgiven. But that’s not all. God also changes us so that we can resist sin rather than moving toward it. We become attracted to God’s truth instead of things that would harm us and separate us from Him.

“Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9, NIV).

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