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I Can Do This!

January 25, 2012 2 comments

As I continually seek to be a student and teacher of God’s Word, I encounter many different methods, programs and suggestions about how to memorize, use, remember and put into practice what I’ve studied and taught, and it usually doesn’t take me very long when I’m reading through a suggestion to recognize if something will work for me or not.  More often than not though, I find myself saying, “I will never do this” or “I can’t even begin to understand how this would work.”  However, here are three helpful suggestions I recently read that made me say, “I can do this!”

How To Talk To God:  In this blog, Lisa gives some pointers about using God’s Word to talk to Him.  What happens when you speak God’s own words back to Him?  Find out here.

How To Walk By The Spirit:  In this sermon from John Piper on 1 Thessalonians 3, you’ll find a wonderful acronym called APTAT, which you can use to remember what to do when asked to do something you don’t believe you can do. Piper ‘s message is entitled “The Word Of God Is At Work In You,” and the application of this (which is about 30 minutes into the video if you want to watch it) is outlined in the written sermon called Applying The Text To Your Life.  Watch the video or read the sermon here.

How To View The Bible:  Along with many of you, I am reading the Bible through again this year.  In my plan I’m about to finish up Genesis, and I’ve seen the grace of God at every turn, from the moment of creation to God’s dealings with Joseph.  But this will not be the end of God’s grace.  In fact, the grace of God can be found in every book of the Bible.  Dane Ortlund outlines how every book of the Bible shows God’s grace.  You can read it here.

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Did God Make Extra-Terrestrials?

January 21, 2012 Leave a comment

There have been several amazing announcements in the last month concerning the discovery of earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star.  These discoveries have come from NASA’s Kepler Mission, whose task is to survey the Milky Way galaxy to discover  earth-size planets.  Because of recent advances in technology, Kepler’s astronomers are speculating that our galaxy alone may have millions of planets.  

I’m excited about what earth’s telescopes find in the heavens because “the heavens declare the glory of God,” but most often when discoveries of this nature are made, they are reported under a headline like the one from commentator Charles Krauthammer who asks, “Are We Alone In The Universe?”

Krauthammer voices a hope that many people express, a hope for intelligent life, for other beings living like us but under distant stars.  He writes that the search for other planets “betrays a profound melancholy—a lonely species in a merciless universe anxiously awaits an answering voice amid utter silence.”  He believes it makes no sense that in this vast universe of countless galaxies, human beings on planet earth are unique and speculates that other alien civilizations must have destroyed themselves.  Krauthammer, a political commentator, concludes the article by urging mankind to get politics right or risk extinction.  Read his full article here.

What fascinates and yet profoundly saddens me about this article and many like it is the failure to see Earth and the descendants of Adam who live on it as, yes, unique.  Our uniqueness, our being the ONLY intelligent life in the universe God made, should make us acutely aware of how much our Creator God not only loves us but has a very unique plan for us.  This very “specialness” elicits praise and knee-bowing awe in some, while it frightens others.

It is frightening to think the focus of creation was entirely mankind on planet earth.  That carries an overwhelming measure of responsibility on us as human beings to acknowledge God, to express gratitude, to seek meaning of life in Him.  Whereas if “matter just came into existence” and intelligence just “evolved,” and other rocky planets are inhabited by alien forms, then what need is there for me to turn my face toward a Sovereign Maker? 

God’s spectacular display of His glory in the heavens was not so that man would seek others out there like himself, but that man would become God-centered, recognizing, as John wrote of those who believe in His son, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God.” (1 John 3:1)

Did God make extra-terrestrials? No, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

Prophecy Perspective

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Signs of the Times:  As 2012 begins, this posting by Jack Kelley from Grace Thru Faith ministries entitled “Seven Major prophetic Signs of the Second Coming” offers a Biblical focus to many of today’s current events.

The Conception of Hell:  I’m including in this prophecy posting a personal blog from David Murray about hell  because sometimes believers fail to realize that the prophetic future for unbelievers is hell.  Jesus spoke often about hell as in Matthew 10:28, “Be afraid of him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Read Murray’s thoughts on hell here.

The Mayan Prediction of 2012:  In this prophetic blog by Ron Graham, he writes with certainty that the world will not end in 2012.  Read his thoughts here.

 

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