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Buzz Aldrin’s moment with God on the moon


This month marks the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, a major milestone in human history. As Neil Armstrong noted, as he stepped on the lunar surface, “One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the moon, as they explored it for some 21 hours.

What was the first meal on the moon? It may surprise you to know that it was bread and wine in a one-person celebration of the Lord’s Table. As Neil Armstrong respectfully looked on, fellow Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin marked the incredible occasion by celebrating Holy Communion—communing between him and God. This was before they stepped out of the “Eagle,” the lunar module, to walk around on the moon.

In the October 1970 issue of Guideposts magazine, Aldrin tells of the experience: “For several weeks prior to the scheduled lift-off of Apollo 11 back in July, 1969, the pastor of our church, Dean Woodruff, and I had been struggling to find the right symbol for the first lunar landing.”

Buzz Aldrin was an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church in the greater Houston area. Pastor Woodruff told him that, “God reveals Himself in the common elements of everyday life.” That would include bread and wine, the elements of the Lord’s Table, a celebration of Christ’s death on behalf of sinners.

The idea of communion on the moon was Aldrin’s. He writes: “I wondered if it might be possible to take communion on the moon, symbolizing the thought that God was revealing Himself there too, as man reached out into the universe. For there are many of us in the NASA program who do trust that what we are doing is part of God’s eternal plan for man. I spoke with Dean about the idea…and he was enthusiastic.”

They decided that while Aldrin served himself communion on the moon, his church back home on earth would be participating in communion at roughly the same time.

But, even though he was an elder, would he have permission from the church to serve himself the elements? Pastor Woodruff inquired of the stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly and received a swift okay.

Apollo 11 landed on the moon on the afternoon of Sunday, July 20, 1969. Astronaut Mike Collins was circling at that time, in the words of Aldrin, “in lunar orbit, unseen in the black sky above us” in the command module, while Armstrong and Aldrin were in the lunar module.

On my radio show, I spoke about this little-known incident of the first meal on the moon with Bill Federer, historian and bestselling author. Said Bill, “Buzz Aldrin was such a famous astronaut that the Toy Story character was named after him, Buzz Lightyear.”

Bill notes, “Before they stepped [onto the moon], they had a rest time. And they turned to radio silence.”

Aldrin was the one who requested the radio silence, saying: “Houston, this is Eagle. This is the LM Pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his own individual way.”

Federer notes that earlier, when the Apollo 8 was in outer space at Christmastime 1968, the crew had read from Genesis 1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth….” Alas, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the famous atheist, sued NASA for this incident. Perhaps this lawsuit inspired the radio silence Aldrin requested.

In any event, Aldrin tells of his plan “to give thanks” for this incredible moment: “For me this meant taking communion.” That is very fitting, since historically, communion was called the Eucharist, derived from the Greek word for thanksgiving—in gratitude to Jesus for His sacrifice.

Aldrin continues, “In the radio blackout I opened the little plastic packages which contained bread and wine.” His church back home had given him a little chalice. As he poured the wine into the chalice, he notes, “In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup.”

The Bible passage that Aldrin chose to read were the words of Jesus from John 15:5: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me” (TEV).

Aldrin added: “It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.” As I write all this, I keep hearing the words of Paul Harvey, longtime radio broadcaster, “And now you know the rest of the story.”

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 28 books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback) djkm.org @newcombejerry www.jerrynewcombe.com




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The Spirit’s charges to the church in Laodicea

I counsel you to buy from Me

1. gold refined by fire that you may be rich

2. white garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be manifested,

3. eyesalve to anoint your eyes that you may see.

Be zealous therefore and repent.























1 Corinthians, Chapter 13

1 Corinthians, Chapter 13 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but do not have love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I dole out all my possessions to feed others, and if I deliver up my body that I may boast, but do not have love, I profit nothing.

Love suffers long. Love is kind; it is not jealous. Love does not brag and is not puffed up; It does not behave unbecomingly and does not seek its own things; it is not provoked and does not take account of evil; It does not rejoice because of unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; It covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

Love never falls away. But whether prophecies, they will be rendered useless; or tongues, they will cease; or knowledge, it will be rendered useless. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; But when that which is complete comes, that which is in part will be rendered useless. 

Now there abide faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

5 Commandments of the Lord – 5項主的诫命

And in this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in this one; But whoever keeps His word, truly in this one the love of God has been perfected. In this we know that we are in Him. 


1. Love the Lord – 爱主

Matthew 22:37-40 马太福音
And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the great and first commandment. 耶稣对他说, “你要全心、全魂并全心思, 爱主你的神。” 这是最大的, 且是第一条诫命。

2. Love one another – 彼此相爱

John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
我赐给你们一条新诫命, 乃是叫你们彼此相爱, 正如我爱你们, 为使你们也彼此相爱。你们若彼此相爱, 众人因此就认出你们是我的门徒了。

John 15:12
This is My commandment, that you love one another even as I have loved you.
你们要彼此相爱, 像我爱你们一样, 这就是我的诫命。

3. Preach the gospel and baptize people – 傳福音和施浸

Matthew 29:19-20
Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you all the days until the consummation of the age.

4. Remember the Lord by eating the bread and drinking the cup – 吃饼喝杯记念主

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread, And having given thanks, He broke it and said, This is My body, which is given for you; this do unto the remembrance of Me. Similarly also the cup after they had dined, saying, This cup is the new covenant established in My blood; this do, as often as you drink it, unto the remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you declare the Lord’s death until He comes.

5. Feed the Lord’s lambs – 牧养主的羊

约翰福音-John 21:15
Then when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs.








  • 第一,祂有了結的死,或者也可以說定罪的死。藉著祂的死,祂定罪了罪,定罪了撒但,定罪了世界,定罪了肉體,這些消極的問題都解決了。
  • 第二,基督的死也是一個救贖的死,把我們這班神所造的人、墮落的人贖回來,救贖回來,回到神原初造人的那個情形。
  • 第三,基督的死也是一個釋放的死,就如祂是一粒麥子。約十二章二十四節,祂是一粒麥子,落到地裡死了,就結出許多的子粒來。藉著死,那個在麥子裡面的生命被釋放出來。
  • 第四,基督的死是一個創造的死。就是在弗二章十五節告訴我們,基督的死在肉體裡面廢掉了那規條中誡命的律法。祂是用十字架除滅了仇恨,並藉著十字架使兩下在一個身體裡面與神和好,祂再藉著十字架創造了一個新人。所以基督十字架的死不單是了結,不單是救贖,不單是釋放,也創造了一個新人。
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