Beautiful Buildings Average reading time is about 1 and a half minutes An Amazing Fact: The Taj Mahal (meaning “crown of buildings”) is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was built in 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is often recognized as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Myths and legends surround the construction of the Taj. As one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, there is great interest in this amazing structure. We know it took about 22 years and 22,000 people to construct the building. Some estimate that in today’s dollar, it cost about $100 million to construct. Apparently 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials during construction. The architecture skillfully combines Persian, Islamic, and Indian styles. The materials used to adorn the Taj Mahal include 28 different varieties of semi-precious and precious stones with exquisite inlay work. Depending on which time of day you view the tomb, you will see different colors—pink in the morning, white in the day, and golden in the moonlight. The pillars surrounding the Taj are slightly tilted outwards so that in the event of an earthquake they will fall away from the tomb itself. The most beautiful temple in the world built in ancient times was surely Solomon’s temple. His preparations are described in 1 Kings chapters 4 and 5. His labor force was 30,000 strong. His father, David, had already assembled a large store of materials. But we find Solomon working with Hiram, king of Tyre, to obtain a large harvest of timber (cedar and cypress logs). Huge stones were quarried, and Solomon paid them well. Solomon probably would have been unhappy to know that this temple was named after himself. When writing to Hiram, he states, “And behold, I propose to build a house for the name of the Lord my God” (1 Kings 5:5). Even the king of Tyre responds, “Blessed be the Lord this day,” giving thanks and glory to God (v. 7). The temple, which represents the life and work of Jesus, was to always point heavenward. Christ now stands in the heavenly sanctuary, alive and serving us. He is not dead in a tomb in Palestine. KEY BIBLE TEXTS And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25:8 Was this devotional forwarded to you? Click here to get your own subscription → Like us on Facebook → Follow us on Twitter http://www.amazingfacts.org/bible-study/daily-devotional.aspx#noredirect
My story is one of deliverance from the bondage of unforgiveness. I have endured the heartache of abandonment, loss of a child, and emotional abuse. My journey to healing has extended throughout a forty year period. I am ready to share my story with gratitude. God has always being there, even when I was overwhelmed with brokenness, and unable to recognize His presence. “…and by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Wikipedia defines “Social responsibility as an ethical framework and suggests that an entity, be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large.” Let’s face it, many of us live from day to day as if we are unaware of the present level of human suffering which exists. We see and do not see. We hear and do not hear.
Being part of the 50 plus population enables us to utilize our spare time to volunteer and alleviate the suffering of others. The website volunteermatch.org provides a wealth of information to identify your interests and places that need your help. Giving of your time without monetary compensation provides blessings for the giver as well as the receiver.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25: 35, 36
I recently overheard an individual express that life is so complex and complicated that it is impossible to live a stress free life. The times that I feel stressed are due to my failure to pray and trust in God. Remembering that God will never leave us or forsake us, is the solution to a stress free life. Today make a commitment to totally trust God for every problem-great or small.
The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17