Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7:54:23 AM
Yesterday I posted these photos of some fungi I had found in my garden:
I didn't have a clue what they were, but this afternoon I was reading the May edition of "Gardening Australia Magazine" and found a nearly identical photo and a short article.
This is what they say:
Earth stars are double-layered puffball fungi. They are found in many parts of the world and are common in Australian forests where they grow among leaf litter. The thick leathery outer layer splits and forms a star shape, revealing a thin-skinned spore sac inside. The more downward curved the star is, the more mature the fungus is. Spores are released through a hole in on top of the spore sac when it is struck by rain drops. Earth stars are benficial fungi, feeding on decaying material and releasing nutrients into the soil.
Earth stars- nice name!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 5:08:38 AM
Beginning with the same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus
The Holy Spirit instructs Philip to go south along the desert road. Here he encounters an official of the Queen of Ethiopia's court. He is reading from Isaiah 53 about the rejection of the Servant.
Philip explains to him that this is a prophecy about Jesus and goes on to share the Good News. The Ethiopian then asks to be baptised.
Philip is snatched away by the Lord and finds himself in Azotus.
Here is a man who is thirsty for God. He is excluded from being a Jewish convert but he loves the Lord and is reading the Scriptures to find out more.
Philip is sent out of town and into the desert by the Lord. It must have seemed pointless to him, but he obeyed the Lord. Consequently a man who is ready to respond to the gospel is saved, baptised and filled with Holy Spirit.
This is a classic case of God using someone who is humble and obedient. We need to be always ready to drop what we are doing to be about the Lord's business.
Father it is easy to get trapped in a routine and miss what you are wanting to do. Please help me to be attentive to your Holy Spirit all the time. Amen.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 5:07:22 AM
Babies and pensioners
Workers and employers
All people in all places
Let everyone sing praises
To the Lord who saves us.