Monthly Archives: November 2014

The most basic of truths.

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     After years and years of education from preschool, to elementary; middle, to high school and beyond, concepts and ideas stacked upon previous concepts and ideas and formulas… I still forget the basics. I know the equation of the lengths of the sides of a right triangle is a squared plus b squared equals c squared. I know the area of a circle is pi r squared. I know these things, yet still I get tripped up with a simple problem like 8 times 7.

The same is true of my spiritual life. I yearn to grow in knowledge and in spirit of my Lord and I study hermeneutics and eschatology and the difficulty things thereof. I have noticed that as I do grow in knowledge that I tend to rely on my knowledge of Him and of His Word instead of just Him Himself. To let Him guide me, not what I know of Him. So I must remind myself of such simple truths often, and I remind you as well, like the most basic, yet profound, truth there is. Jesus loves me! Jesus loves you!

     The actual fact that Jesus loves you and me deeply and intimately is the absolute most life-changing truth there is to know, unfortunately one of the easiest to ignore our forget. Jesus loves you so much He died for you even if there were no others to be saved. He still would have died for you alone. How amazing is His love! Let’s live today in Him aware of His unchanging eternal love for us and share with others what He has done for us.

     Remember, because God IS love and is infinite, He can infinitely full us with His love. Amen!

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Mercy and grace, one and the same?

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     Is God’s mercy and His grace the same? Do they contradict each other, or is there any correlation what so ever? The Lord has clearly displayed His mercy and certainly His graciousness, but what do they mean and aren’t they kind of the same?

     Absolutely and positively, no, they are not the same concept. They are quite opposites in reality. Let me explain giving a few examples.

     Mercy, though we cannot fully grasp the depth of God’s great mercy, is not receiving something which we do deserve. My favorite example of this is in the new testament where Jesus tells Mary Magdalene’s accusers “whomever is without sin may cast the first stone.” He is making such huge statements with his request.

     First off, He is reminding these hypocritical Pharisees that they are no better than this prostitute. They are condemned of God’s law just the same, and as James divinely states “for whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” (James 2:10).

     Secondly, Jesus is displaying His mercy quite profoundly. He knows He is the only one without sin, thus He is implicating that since He is without sin that He alone has the right to cast the first stone, but does He? No! We get to see His mercy and love and compassion for His children. Also, as an important side note, it is key to note that this is how He draws people to Himself which leaves us a perfect example of how we are to lead others to Him.

     Grace, on the other hand, is getting what we don’t deserve. Easiest example? Heaven. We can see this in the thief on the Cross beside Jesus. He cried out to Jesus to remember him in heaven, but Jesus graciously surprised him by telling him that he will be in heaven with Jesus before sundown. He is so gracious to have mercy on us forgiving our sins if we repent and trust in Him, but also in giving us the most precious alternative to hell there can be. Eternal life spent worshipping our great Lord.

     As you can see, two very different concepts yet they run parallel to one another. God’s mercy relieves us of the punishment, that is hell, that we deserve and His amazing Grace grants us the entrance to Heaven for all eternity.

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God’s law is vital for evangelism.

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     “How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” Those are the words of celebrity magician Penn Gillette, half of the famed duo Penn & Teller.
He is not a follower of Jesus Christ, in fact he is an outspoken atheist whom even recently has called fellow atheists “out of the closet.” Regardless of Penn’s stance on religion he still appreciates evangelical christians who “practice what they preach” and share what they believe to be true. If we have the knowledge that others are going to spend eternity in endless torment then how awful is it not to share the salvation of God?
    The fact alone that Jesus Himself called his followers to evangelize telling His disciples to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) is enough of a reason to share God’s love and goodness with others. However, let’s look at it from the heart. Evangelism should be driven purely by love for one another in order to-at all costs-prevent people from being condemned to hell for all eternity.I certainly don’t want anyone to be hit by a car so I would do what I have to if I saw a car pummeling toward somebody. Why not warn them from hell? A much worse fate than death.
     So, what saves a person’s soul? Good works? Being a good person? Going to church? It is our sinful human nature that teaches a young child to lie to his or her parents without having to be tought to do so. Our sinful nature that causes us to be selfish and cruel. It is rebellion against The Almighty God.
     The problem is this: how is one to be rebellious when there is no law to rebel against? Paul makes that point to the Romans when he said “I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” You see, the law sheds light on our sinfulness creating the need for a savior, not creating the want for a God to love you. We first must come to the Lord in repentance and faith for forgiveness of sins, then we worship Him for His exceeding goodness and mercy and grace.
     If I don’t see a need for a savior then I won’t seek one. When the Pharisees criticised Jesus for eating with sinners He retorted saying “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” You and I are plagued with a disease. A terminal virus spread throughout the human race. Luckily for us God is a just judge. He cannot and will not allow crime to go unpunished. That would be an apathetic judge, but fortunately for us he brings justice to an unjust world. This truth unfortunately sent Jesus to the Cross to pay for wickedness that should have been accounted to us, but “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whomever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” How gracious is our God!
     Unfortunately it is our pride that denies our sinfulness, but the law cuts through the bog of pride. So others must first see the law and their sinfulness according to it, then they can clearly see the goodness of God’s most loving act on Calvary. Likewise, a man wouldn’t understand if a doctor came up to him and told him he has a cure for him. If, however, the doctor first told him he has a terminal illness in which a slow and painful death will be his fate, then the man would quickly beg for a cure. That is God’s goodness indeed.

     Law to the proud, grace to the humble.

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Kinds: The death blow of evolution!

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     Evolution states that from one single cell organism stemmed every living thing that exists today by a process of natural selection (that is Darwin’s theory anyway). He likened the process, in his famous book ‘Origin of Species’, to a tree in which the first simple organisms are the stump and then slowly branch off into different species-or branches-in order to adapt into different environments. The problem is that this is not scientific by any means. Science is defined as something we can observe and come to a conclusion of, but evolution asks us to deny that and blindly believe in a theory which Darwin himself said was flawed. Let’s begin the deconstruction.
     First off, adaptation is NOT evolution. The fact that animals can be cross bred to breed different species of the same kind, does not prove evolution because a different bird is still a bird. A different bacteria is still a bacteria. If evolution were true then there should be evidence of some kind of transition from kind to different kind, but we have no evidence of such.
     Secondly, evolution defies biology and laws of nature such as thermodynamics. More specifically the second law of thermodynamics which, in a nutshell, states that molecules are moving from order to a state of chaos. This is a LAW of nature that stands in all cases, but evolution contradicts this law claiming biology is growing more complex. More intricate.
     Lastly, in Genesis the Bible mentions “kinds” ten times in the first chapter alone. God created creatures of the air according to their own “kind,” creatures of the sea according to their own “kind,” etc. And it it’s this biblical definition of “kind” that puts the knife through the heart of evolution. This means dogs will always be dogs, cats will always be cats, gorillas will always be gorillas, and humans will always be human. Over the ages man has subcategorized God’s division of animal kinds into species, but that is not what God says here. Kinds are not different species of dogs such as great danes, chihuahuas, poodles, etc., but dogs as a whole.
     Science is defined as something we can observe and come to a conclusion of, but evolution asks us to deny that and blindly believe in a theory which Darwin himself said was flawed. If you ask a biological scientist (one whom specializes in evolutionary biology preferably) if we can observe evolution in any way shape our form they will probably try to jargon their way out of answering, but the ultimate answer is no, we can not.

     ” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
                   -Genesis 1:1

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