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July 21 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 29-30; Acts 23:1-15

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Mark 5:36

READ MARK 5:35–43

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During the anxious moments that followed my mother-in-law’s heart attack, she was fortunate to receive immediate medical care. Later, her doctor told me that treatment within fifteen minutes of a heart attack results in a survival rate of 33 percent for critical patients. But just 5 percent survive if treated beyond that time frame.

On the way to heal Jairus’s desperately ill daughter (someone definitely needing immediate medical care), Jesus did the unthinkable: He paused (Mark 5:30). He stopped to identify who touched Him, and then spoke gently with the woman. You can imagine what Jairus was thinking: There’s no time for this, my daughter is dying! And then, his worst fears came true—Jesus appeared to have delayed too long and his daughter passed away (v. 35).

But Jesus turned to Jairus and offered a word of encouragement: “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (v. 36). Then, calmly ignoring the mockery of onlookers, Christ spoke to Jairus’s daughter and she came back to life! He revealed that He can never be too late. Time can’t limit what He’s able to do and when He chooses to do it.

How often do we feel like Jairus, thinking that God was simply too late to accomplish what we had hoped for. But with God, there’s no such thing. He’s never too late in fulfilling His good and merciful work in our lives.

By Peter Chin

REFLECT & PRAY

Jesus, help me to remember that You’re sovereign even over time itself, and that You’re never too late to accomplish Your perfect plans.

How have you recently experienced the reality of God’s timing? Why is it vital for you to rest in God’s sovereignty—acknowledging that His plans are the best?

 

 

 

 

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10 Countries With the Longest Coastline

Coastlines are interesting parts of the world’s geography because they are always changing. The water creeps in and washes parts of them away, only to come back later and deposit sand, shells and dirt. Here is a look at the 10 countries with the most coastline, according to World Atlas.

Antarctica

Antarctica

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With an impressive 11,165 miles of coastline, Antarctica comes in at 10 on this list. Three oceans come together to form a border here — the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Collectively they go by the “Southern Ocean.”

The United States

The United States

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While America is home to fantastic beaches, it is surprisingly far down on the list of longest coastlines. Still, the U.S. can boast 12,380 miles of coastline, which includes those of Hawaii and America’s territories. Of the 50 states that make up this country, a whopping 23 of them have at least a bit of coastline, with some states bordering the Atlantic Ocean and others bordering the Pacific. Alaska touches the Arctic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico creates a coastline in the south.

Australia

Australia

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Australia has close to 4,000 more miles of coastline than the U.S., with 16,006 miles. This coastline is extremely diverse, with some shores featuring swamps, others cliffs and rock formations, and others nice, sandy beaches. Much of Australia’s population lives on the coast, with many people working in the fishing and/or tourism industries, and the coves, caves and other interesting landscape features bring people from all over the world to visit these areas.

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Japan

Japan

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Japan is next up, with 18,486 miles of coastline. It is east of the Sea of Japan and wedged between the East China Sea in the south and the Sea of Okhotsk in the north. Many people live along the coast and rely on whaling and fishing for their livelihood.

Philippines

Philippines

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The Philippines take the nest spot with 22,549 miles of coastline. This takes into account the measurements from all of its 7,641 islands. This country is full of bays, gulfs and islets, and 60% of the population lives near or on the shore and engages in commercial fishing as a career.

Russia

Russia

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With the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Pacific to the east, the Arctic to the north and four different seas to the southwest, Russia has an amazing 23,396 miles of coastline. Many of the country’s most popular and most well-known cities are located on the coast, including Kaliningrad, Yalta, Magadan and St. Petersburg.

Greenland

Greenland

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Jumping up to more than 27,392 miles of coastline, the next country on our list is Greenland. This chilly country has the Arctic Ocean on one side and the Atlantic on the other, and it is home to some of the largest and most important glaciers in the world. It is also home to whales, hares, foxes, lemmings and polar bears, who all live among the picturesque icebergs, fjords and rocky cliffs.

Indonesia

Indonesia

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Indonesia may not be one of the largest countries, but it wins the bronze medal for coastline length with 34,0001 miles of coast. Some of the country’s coast features forests while you’ll find sandy beaches in other spots.

Norway

Norway

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Another chilly country with a surprising amount of shoreline is Norway. It has just over 36,122 miles of coastline thanks to peninsulas, archipelagos and borders that touch both the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, as well as the Barents Sea. Thousands of visitors come every year to see Norway’s coastal landscape and the northern lights.

Canada

Canada

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With a mind-boggling 125,567 miles of coastline, Canada blows all of the other countries out of the water. While the chilly temps keep many spots from becoming relaxing hotspot, visitors still can’t help but be impressed with the beautiful coastal landscapes here.

3 Most Popular Cruises of 2019

In 2009, an impressive 18 million people chose to take a cruise for their vacation. In 2019, however, that number is predicted to hit 30 million. So which cruises are people taking and where are they headed? Here are the three most popular cruises, according to Cruise Critic.

Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse

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Celebrity Cruises is a big name in the cruise ship game, which is why two of their ships occupy spots in the top three. The third-most popular cruise is the Celebrity Eclipse. This ship’s big draw is that it is the perfect vessel for a first-time cruise passenger. Some of the other ships on this list are so packed with experiences and activities, it can make a novice cruiser want to hide in her cabin.

Which is not to say that the Celebrity Eclipse doesn’t have plenty of great things for guests to do. There are 11 restaurants on board, three pools, and you can see both Broadway shows and comedy performances on board. The Celebrity Eclipse is the only line in the top three that is based in the Pacific Ocean. As such, the Celebrity Eclipse offers cruises to destinations in South America, trips to Hawaii, and even sails through Glacier Bay, Alaska, which was voted the most popular cruise destination of 2018.

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

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The Allure of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world until its sister ship, the Harmony of the Seas, surpassed it in 2016. This cruise is all about action and is divided into seven activity-based neighborhoods. One neighborhood is called the Boardwalk and has a theme park vibe, while the Sports Zone features more athletic activities, such as onboard surfing and zip lining. You can finish up your day at the Entertainment Place where you can watch musicals and other live shows.

The Allure of the Seas generally sails in the Caribbean but sometimes makes transatlantic trips that visit Barcelona, Marseille and Rome.

Celebrity Equinox

Celebrity Equinox

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The Celebrity Equinox is Celebrity Cruise’s main Caribbean vessel, which helps put it at the top of the list as the most popular cruise of 2019. While the Celebrity Equinox does not lack for entertainment, while underway, the cruise is geared more toward a sort of casual sophistication. There are multiple high-end restaurants specializing in cuisines such as Italian, Asian and French.

Likewise, a variety of different bars cater to different tastes. A craft beer bar serves microbrews, a martini bar lets passengers enjoy a cocktail in seclusion, and the Sunset Bar on the stern lets guests take in the magnificent views over the ocean while they enjoy their beverage.

The Celebrity Equinox’s home port of Fort Lauderdale puts it in easy reach of the Caribbean cruises it specializes in, but the ship is sometimes scheduled for special voyages to the Mediterranean. The ship received an extensive overhaul to the interior in May 2019, meaning there’s no better time than now to sail on the world’s most popular cruise.

With a little research, these cruises can be a great way to visit the places you’ve always wanted to go and truly enjoy the journey. They also don’t need to be expensive as a little bargain hunting can go a long way. The cruise ship companies want their ships to be as full as possible and often offer steep discounts to fill them up!