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Pastor Claudia, Interim Pastor


How Great Is Our God?

 As a child, I remember wondering how God could be with me, all the time; and with you, all the time; and with the children on the other side of the world, all the time. I would wonder just how big is God?

 When we consider the overwhelming immensity of the Universe we are once again led to ask: “How big is God?” Consider this:

 Each year the Earth travels roughly 584 million miles as it orbits around the Sun at the incredible speed of 66,500 mph (“Earth Fact Sheet,” 2013). Our entire Solar System (Sun, Earth, planets and every other smaller object) is traveling together in an enormous orbit around the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Full of stars, gas, and dust, the Milky Way alone contains an estimated 100 billion stars, some smaller and some larger than our Sun but each one constituting a unique object with its own temperature, composition, and nature. Despite containing so many billions of stars, the Milky Way consists of far more empty space between objects. For instance, from our Sun to the very nearest star is a distance of 4.3 light years or 25.3 trillion miles (Tam, 1996). Even more incredible is the fact that despite our Milky Way galaxy being 100,000 light years in diameter or nearly 600 quadrillion miles (that is a 6 followed by 17 zeros), it is only a single, moderately sized galaxy in a Universe that contains, potentially, 100 billion other galaxies that are spaced so far apart that each one seems to be an island of stars in a vast sea of blackness

 When the question “How big is God?” is asked, we use the word “big” because we understand that all of these mind-boggling numbers must be the result of an even greater, more astounding Creator. (From

 The Bible tells us the following about His creative power:

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

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” (Psalm 33:6, NIV)

“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” (Psalm 147:4, NIV)

“But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.” (Jeremiah 10:12, NIV)

“Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!” (Psalm 66:5, NIV)

 How great is our God? Our God is indescribable. Our God is undefinable. Our God is unchangeable. Our God is the great I AM! To God be the glory!

 Claudia McCain

Interim Pastor





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