In this message we boldly go where no one has gone before and search for God’s revelation in the life, death (and resurrection) of stars.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Genesis 1:1, NIV

“During the Big Bang, only Hydrogen (H), Helium (He) and a little Lithium (Li) were created. Not nearly enough elements for life as we know it to exist. Heavier and more complex elements came about through the life and death of stars, two kinds - low mass stars and high mass stars. When a low mass star dies the element carbon (C) is produced. When a high mass star starts to die elements like Oxygen (O), Neon (Ne), Magnesium (Mg) and so on up the periodic table, until you reach Iron (Fe) are produced. And then, when that high mass star explodes in a Supernova, heavier elements than Fe are made. The heavier elements that make us up are created in the end stages of a high mass star’s life. It is only through the death of these stars that the elements for life are created.”
Prof. Heidi L. Manning, Ph.D., University of MN (paraphrased by JVS)

“I am making everything new.”
Jesus in Revelation 21:5, NIV

“It is I myself: handle me and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see I have”
The resurrected Jesus to his disciples in Luke 24:39, ESV

“None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’
They knew it was the Lord.”
John 21:12, NIV

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”
1 John 3:2, NIV

Image - Supernova Cassiopeia A - Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgement: Robert A. Fesen (Dartmouth College, USA) and James Long (ESA/Hubble)

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