Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Life happens so quickly. Before we realize it years have passed, opportunities have been missed and our lives come to a quick finale. I'm thinking about this because of a verse I'll share with you in a moment, but let me talk about today for a bit. Today is what we call these moments of consciousness that we live through. Between our today's we sleep a bit and then another today dawns. We only get today. You can't use tomorrow. Someday is only a dream. All we have is today. Life is made up of thousands of today's. How are you using today? Here's a passage from Psalms that has made me think,
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
3 For the LORD is the great God,
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
7 for he is our God
8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
9 where your fathers tested and tried me,
But encourage one another daily,
as long as it is called Today,
so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
If God is good. It's an important issue to discuss in light of suffering in the world. It's an important issue because suffering seems to conflict with the idea of a good God. Each of us must resolve this issue in our lives and in our faith.
I've just started Randy's book and am looking forward to how he resolves these issues. It is a book I think every believer should read. I'll give you updates as I work my way through this book and these issues.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Romans 6:10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
Hebrews 7:27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.
Hebrews 9:12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
Hebrews 9:26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Hebrews 10:1 [ Christ's Sacrifice Once for All ] The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
Hebrews 10:2 If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
Hebrews 10:10-14 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,
Once for all. One sacrifice for ALL sins, for ALL people, for ALL time. Jesus' one sacrifice on the cross provided a universal solution for all sins, for all people, for all time. It's ALL taken care of! No more sacrifice! No more payment needed! Sin is paid for and salvation is available for EVERYONE if they will simply trust Christ and accept his sacrifice for them. In most of the Christian church "once for all" is largely ignored or simply not understood, but it's life changing! Imagine....one sacrifice took care of every sin of every person for all time and eternity. Now, all that is left is for us to receive this amazing gift and live in the grace that this gift has provided. This one phrase is the very reason that the new testament is almost silent on the issue of confessing sin...it's already been taken care of! No more sacrifice needed. It's all taken care of...ONCE FOR ALL! One sacrifice for all sins, for all people for all time. What a wonderful truth to know. It's a banner I live under with great joy. I'm so grateful that God has done for me what I could never do on my own...and it's available to everyone. What a wonderful God we have.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
I've been thinking about the quote of the day from a couple days ago. I was humored by this very honest admission,
"We thought we knew everything about everything, and it turned out that there were unknown unknowns." -Richard Fisher, the director of NASA's Heliophysics Division.
There are two things about this admission that made me think. First, there is a real belief in science that they DO know everything. What amazes me about this belief is that it's sincere. They really believe they know everything! Or, if they don't yet they will soon. That is why the scientist and the atheist are so antagonistic to the Christian world view. They "know" we are wrong and so must be treated as children and taught the truth they "know." Everything would be OK if we would just learn from them because they "know."
But fascinating to me is the second part of his statement, this honest admission by Mr. Fisher that some unknown unknowns have popped up. Things they didn't know that they didn't know. Amazing, isn't it? Now, I'm not that smart, but I know that I don't know everything. I know that there is much I still have to learn. I'm smart enough to know that there is much I don't know. How could brilliant men not know that same thing?
And so we come to a few thoughts from my feeble little mind. A few questions really. Is it possible we don't know everything? The answer is an emphatic YES. And, is it possible that there are many unknown unknowns? Again, the answer has to be YES. Now, by Mr. Fisher's admission, science has come to the same conclusion. Now, let me add one more....just to make this interesting. Is it possible that one of the unknowns we don't know about is God himself? Once more the answer has to be YES.
The Christian does not claim this knowledge of God with any arrogance. All that we know about him came from him. He told us about himself. It's a knowledge that can't be gained by the scientific method. The Christian is simply saying to the world that one of the unknowns can be known because God made himself known to us. He has revealed himself...made himself known through becoming a man. One of the great unknowns was made known to us in Jesus Christ.
I appreciate Mr. Fisher's honesty. He has admitted what many in the scientific world will not. He has admitted we don't know everything. Well, IT'S ABOUT TIME! Now that the ugly truth is out in the open can we also admit that maybe a sovereign, omnipotent God is there and willing to make himself known to us if we will allow him to do so? The bible is about one of the great unknown unknowns....it's the answer to our need to know about God. I wonder....when you finally realize you don't know everything is there room in that unknowing for God? For the atheist who says flatly, "There is no God!" I would ask...how do you know that for sure? Is there room for him in all the things you don't know yet?
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Monday, January 04, 2010
It's funny, but in spite of the clear instructions from Jesus in the gospels men still try to set dates. You would think that after so many dates being set and then time continuing on we would learn, but apparently we haven't. Just in case you wanted to know here's one more date for your calendar. On May 22nd next year I'll post a few thoughts on this....and no, I won't miss the rapture.
Biblical scholar's date for rapture: May 21, 2011
Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, January 1, 2010
Harold Camping lets out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012.
"That date has not one stitch of biblical authority," Camping says from the Oakland office where he runs Family Radio, an evangelical station that reaches listeners around the world. "It's like a fairy tale."
The real date for the end of times, he says, is in 2011.
The Mayans and the recent Hollywood movie "2012" have put the apocalypse in the popular mind this year, but Camping has been at this business for a long time. And while Armageddon is pop science or big-screen entertainment to many, Camping has followers from the Bay Area to China.
Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he'd found: The world will end May 21, 2011.
This is not the first time Camping has made a bold prediction about Judgment Day.
On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping's believers gathered inside Alameda's Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven.
But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error. (read more...)
Sunday, January 03, 2010
"The question to ask the faithful is, how would you distinguish the difference between faith in something true and faith in something false without evidence?"
It's a good question because it brings us to the very reasons for our faith. For the atheist there is no truth apart from what can be discovered by science. If science can't observe it, dissect it and explain it then it's not true or real. Science becomes the filter everything must go through to be true, but science is a very limited discipline. It can only evaluate what it can see, test and observe. So, what would be considered valid evidence to believe something?
There is much that is real, true and valid that science simply cannot evaluate. For example we know that George Washington lived and was our first president, but science cannot evaluate that. There is no scientific method or resource that can prove this, nor was science designed for this. And so, according to the scientific method alone, George Washington didn't exist. Now we all know that's just silly. There are other sciences and ways to validate and prove true things that science simply cannot evaluate.
Evidence? What evidence would be required for us to distinguish something true from something false? The example I gave above is one that can be proven and believed in by other information. There is history, eyewitnesses, articles written at the time....multiple stories. And so, we believe. It's not a leap of faith to believe in George Washington. It's history! There's evidence. It's believed because there were real people at that time who knew him, saw him, wrote about him and we believe their words.
What evidence would you need to believe something? What evidence is there of God? What do we have to believe in God and how do we know we are believing something that is made up vs. something true? Science cannot unpack this for us. This is outside of their parameters. They cannot go there, but it doesn't mean it's not true. It doesn't mean God doesn't exist any more than believing George Washington never existed because the scientific method cannot prove it.
What evidence is there for God? Psalm 19 tells us the universe is the first evidence that God exists. Science would deny that as evidence for God and give credit for this amazing universe to their god called "chance." I think it's easier to believe in the God of the bible than the god of chance. Your odds are much better. Second, there are eyewitnesses of God's work. They talked to him, saw his work and documented it. There are multiple witnesses of God's work. Do any of these men and women count in our discussion? I think so. Just because all of the stories have been compiled into one volume called the bible doesn't mean their eyewitness testimony is not true.
There are the predictions of things to come in the Old Testament that actually happened as predicted. They happened with 100% accuracy. Can we consider this proof? In fact the birth and life of Jesus Christ fulfills hundreds of prophecies made many decades before his birth. The odds of one man fulfilling just 8 of these specific promises, let alone all 300+ prophesies is almost impossible. But we have Jesus. A real man who claimed to be God. And yes, he did claim to be God. That is not up for discussion. His claims were verified by his miracles, his Deity proven by his resurrection and all of this was recorded by hundreds of eyewitnesses. The evidence for the life of Jesus is more believable than the evidence for our first president George.
What science can't measure or evaluate other things can. Science is not the filter for everything. It is limited. When the atheists of the world claim there is no evidence for God they are simply talking about evidence according to science. There is much that a blind man can tell me as he smells, touches and hears the world around him, but what he can't do is tell me what he sees. He's blind to a whole world around him because he cannot see it. Just because he cannot see doesn't mean that what he doesn't see does not exist. Those of us who see are amazed at the blind man's claims and cannot convince him of the reality we see.
Just because the blind man of science claims he cannot see God doesn't mean he's not there for anyone with vision to see clearly.
Faith or science? Evidence for God? I'll take the evidence for God clearly seen all around us and witnessed by those who told their stories in the bible. I know I believe in the true God because the evidence is everywhere....science simply won't or can't see it.
Friday, January 01, 2010
Welcome to 2010! It's a new year, a new beginning. Here's your gift of a brand new year. Open it up with joy. Relish every day. Celebrate every blessing. Pray about every need. Hug as many people as you can. Take more time to listen to someone else. Spend more time in the word than you did last year. Take your fears to God quickly so they don't overwhelm you. Praise God often...even when you don't feel like it. Here's a new year...all gift wrapped and ready to open. Use this year up with gusto! Enjoy every moment. Make it a great adventure!