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Light week

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Sorry blogging has been light lately. I just finished a 58-hour work week (blah!) and haven’t been able to muster much time or motivation to post. I did get one post in, which was on my single day off, but that was it for the week. I’m hoping to be more active this coming week.

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March 19, 2006 at 9:56 am

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All of creation

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We Creationists believe that God created all things, just as the Bible says He did. Of course, we are scorned as crackpots by the supposed elite of academia, who belive (as a rule) in evolution. I have read the critiques of evolution and there are many strong points rendered against that belief. However, apart from those there seem to be some obvious reasons to find evolution as not credible.

My youngest son is sleeping on the couch a few feet away. I was watching him and took note of his breathing. The brain is an amazing thing. It regulates the beating of our hearts, processes signals sent by nerves and is “programmed” to continue our breathing when we are not doing it ourselves. Are we to believe that this happened as an organic process of evolution? Did the evolution of species from microscopic organisms to human involve the self-education and self-programming of the brain? How did our brains learn these things on their own?

Another matter is the beginning of life itself. Not even considering the evolutionist’s argument that we came from amoeba to human being, how did the single-celled organisms that are claimed to have begun the evolutionary process gain life? Think about it, if no life exists and some cosmic event occurs, like a big explosion (i.e. the “Big Bang” theory), how did a bunch of matter with no life present in it suddenly (and without explanation) have life exist after said matter hurtled through space, or by smashing into itself? How can life come from matter that contains no life? And how did all of this lifeless matter come to exist? Does there not need to be life at the start for lifeless matter to exist (i.e. life matter dies and becomes lifeless)?

Finally, and similar to my initial point about the brain, how can the most basic and simple of life forms (single-celled organisms) evolve into intelligent forms? A single-celled organism has no ability toward cognative thought. How then did the process of evolution go from that to human beings and our mysterious and magnificent brains? At some point the organism would have had to realize what evolutionary changes were needed to survive, but how could this happen if the organism was unable to collect and process thoughts? If you apply too much heat or cold to a single-celled organism it will die. Evolutionists would have us believe that at some point these single-celled organisms developed the ability to either withstand or counter extremes of heat and/or cold. How? The organism wasn’t able to rationalize what was killing it, let alone how to adapt to it in order to stay alive.

I believe that the so-called crackpots are the evolutionists. But, if it makes them feel intellectually superior to subscribe to their theories then I’m willing to let them have their fun. As for me, I’ll continue to believe what God said. That, after all, makes immensely more sense.

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

21For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22Professing to be wise, they became fools, {Romans 1:18-22}

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March 15, 2006 at 8:46 pm

Praying for the nation

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I hope all Christians pray for the nation in which they live; for the leaders and the people. At the dedication of the new temple, Solomon prayed for Israel. It is a wonderful, robust prayer. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 8, 2006 at 4:02 pm

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What a beautiful letter

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I’m trying to decide between three books I want to order. I should only spend the money for two. Which books are on the list is moot to my point, but I will mention that one of them is “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller. The premise sounded good but I knew nothing of the author. I didn’t want to waste my money on a Word-Faith author, or some complete heretic, so I did some Internet recon.

Donald Miller is unorthodox, but I’d guessed as much. He has a fan site and I was reading letters to him and his replies. I came across one letter that struck me as simply wonderful. Here is the letter:

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March 7, 2006 at 5:55 pm

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Who we worship

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Did you watch the Oscars last night? Frankly, I loathe all of the various award shows. They are nothing more than a group of people getting together to praise each other, smooch each other and elevate themselves in the process. They are overtly superficial. However, Americans seem to love this stuff. We eat up what some actor or actress has to say on the red carpet. Oh, and let’s not overlook the whole red carpet thing either. It used to be something done solely for royalty. Now our celebrities have adopted it. We want to know “who you’re wearing”, or who will show up as someone’s date for the event, or whose acting work will win the award, and so on. I wonder, “Who cares?”

I decided to compare how we tend to worship celebrities. Let’s start with how they flaunt themselves: Read the rest of this entry »

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March 6, 2006 at 7:03 pm

What is saving faith?

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I receive a daily e-mail from the Berean Bible Society. Yesterday’s message was titled the same as this post, and it addresses the question of what saving faith is. Here is the content of the message I received:

“What saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness” (Rom.4:3).

The Apostle Paul uses the above quotation from Genesis 15:6 to prove that “to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Rom.4:5).

It is wonderful that God does not require — indeed, does not permit — human works for salvation, but only faith. But the question is: What is faith? What kind of believing saves?

There is no indication in Scripture that “the gospel of the grace of God” or “the preaching of the cross” was proclaimed to Abraham. We must go back to the passage which Paul quotes to see what Abraham believed. Genesis 15:5 says:

“And [God] took [Abraham] forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell [count] the stars, if thou be able to number [count] them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” It is this simple, wonderful promise about the multiplication of Abraham’s seed which is followed with the words: “And he believed in the Lord; and He counted [reckoned] it to him for righteousness” (Ver.6). We do not mean to imply that this was the first expression of Abraham’s faith, for in Hebrews 11:8 we read:

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”

This took place considerably before the Genesis 15 incident and we are specifically told that through his faith he “obtained a good report” (Heb.11:2).

From all this it is clear that Abraham believed what God told him and was counted righteous — as we now know, through a redemption still to be wrought by Christ. We, now, must believe what God tells us — and this is nothing less than the account of the all-sufficient finished work of Christ, wrought in our behalf, on Calvary’s cross.

“[He] was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom.4:25). {by Cornelius Stam} Read the rest of this entry »

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March 6, 2006 at 3:59 pm

A tale of two kings

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Okay, apologies to Dickens, but it fits the content of this post. Let us look at the biblical record of two Judean kings and examine how they pleased or displeased God. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 5, 2006 at 5:39 pm