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Christopher Brashear & Christy Stock


At Christmas we celebrate the Fourth greatest day of all time!

Third greatest day – The Crucifixion of Jesus
Second greatest day – The Resurrection of Jesus
The greatest day – The Glorious Appearing of our Lord Jesus

(As matter of fact, the fifth greatest day was only 34 years ago, the day He saved me!)

Merry Christmas

Rightly dividing (Orthotomeo) the Word (Logos)

This blog is to facilitate the sharpening of iron (Proverbs 27:17), through theological discussion and biblically tried interpretation.

Postings are welcomed from all, questions will be addressed as quickly as possible and always with biblical reference(s).

More stars in the heavens than grains of sand on earth…

“So how many grains of sand are there in the world? You could start off by trying to guess how many grains of sand there are in a spoon of sand. Use a magnifying glass to count how many grains fit in a small section. Then, count how many of those sections fit in your spoon. Multiply the two numbers together to get an estimate.

“Using this same principle, plus some additional information, mathematicians at the University of Hawaii tried to guess how many grains of sand are on the world’s beaches. They came up with 7,500,000,000,000,000,000, or seven quintillion five quadrillion grains of sand.”

The calculation is detailed here:

That number is 7.5 x 10^18 or 7.5 billion billion.

How many stars, galaxies, clusters, QSO’s etc. in the Universe?

“To get the total stellar population in the Milky Way [that is, in our galaxy alone], we must take the number of luminous stars that we can see at large distances and assume that we know how many fainter stars go along with them. Recent numbers give about 400,000,000,000 (400 billion) stars, but a 50% error either way is quite plausible.”

So in our galaxy alone, there might be between 2 x 10^11 and 6 x 10^11 stars

How many galaxies in the Universe?

“The Hubble telescope is capable of detecting about 80 billion galaxies. 

In fact, there must be many more than this, even within the observable Universe, since the most common kind of galaxy in our own neighborhood is the faint dwarfs which are difficult enough to see nearby, much less at large cosmological distances. For example, in our own local group, there are 3 or 4 giant galaxies which would be detectable at a billion light-years or more (Andromeda, the Milky Way, the Pinwheel in Triangulum, and maybe the Large Magellanic Cloud). However, there are at least another 20 faint members, which would be difficult to find at 100 million light-years, much less the billions of light years to which the brightest galaxies can be seen.”

So the lower end estimate for the number of galaxies is 8 x 10^10

If we accept even the lower end of these Hubble figures, and if our Milky Way has a typical number of stars in it, that puts the number of stars in the universe to be at least (2 x 10^11) x (8 x 10^10) = 16 x 10^ 21

So if we round the number of sand grains to, say, 10^20 and round the number of stars to, say 10^22 then there are at least 100 stars in the universe for every grain of sand on earth.


Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 

-Ecclesiastes 3:11

He created the stars and calls them each by name. 

-Psalms 147:4

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. 

–Luke 12:7

Nothing is too big, or too small… for God

The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child. -Matthew 18:4

Let the children come to me, don’t stop them. For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. – Matthew 18:14

Be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave HIMSELF UP for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 5:1-2

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. – Psalm 127:3-5

Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.” -Proverbs 20:11

I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” -Mark 10:15

You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen. -2 Peter 3:18

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. – I Peter 2:2-3

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. – I Corinthians 13:11

The prayers/letters of these children are pure and acceptable to God, because they are from babes.  From you, He demands more… because you know better. To whom much is given, much is expected.

Want an example? Consider Mary (Luke 1:34), upon hearing from the Spirit that she would conceive and bear a child, she asked “how could this be”? Recognizing her spiritual maturity, the Spirit lovingly explained to her how it would happen without condemnation or penal consequence.

On the other hand, consider her husband, Zechariah (Luke 1:18), upon hearing from the Spirit that he would a father the same child, he asked, “How can this happen?” And, recognizing his spiritual maturity, his question bore witness of his disbelief; the Spirit struck him mute for 9-months!  He knew better than to have questioned God, he had studied and been taught the scriptures all his life, he himself was a priest, he had been given much and for that, much was expected.

Nothing is too big, nor is anything too small for God… so ask Him. But, be sure you pray His will be done and not your own. After all, prayer is really nothing more than you conceding to His will… He is not your cosmic bellhop or a little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

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