“Young Earth” Glorifies the Creator…


Image“Older Earth” archaeologists tell us that there is overwhelming evidence pointing away from “Young Earth” beliefs, even if you believe in creation. But no eye witnesses….

I believe in creation and I can understand the “Young Earth” theory, that the earth is approximately 6-7,000 years old. I don’t believe the “overwhelming evidence” disproves the young earth. Let me explain my rational reason why.

Suppose we were to travel back in time to the 8th day after creation was initiated by God. An anthropologist examined Adam and Eve to determine their ages, us knowing they were two days old. However, the anthropologist would not come to that conclusion.

A zoologist would then examine the lion, elephant, tiger, dog, raccoon… (OK, you get the picture). They would have never deduced that the creatures were less than a week old, but we would know they were.

The same would be with the vegetation if examined by a horticulturist, the marine life if examined by a marine biologist, and the birds of the air if examined by an ornithologist.

But, you remind me, we were not there on day eight, so we have no eye witness to this.

As the sport analyst, Lee Corso, would say, “Not so fast, my friend.”

Let’s fast forward to the start of Jesus’ ministry and consider oenology. There were eye witnesses.

…the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:9-10.

The master of the banquet may not have been a master oenologist, but he knew it took time to raise grapes. He knew grapes had to be gathered from the field, and for this much wine (120-180 gallons) it would require a lot of grapes and much, much time to gather them. He knew that the grapes had to be trodden, crushed and drained, and this could not be done in moments, days, and probably weeks. This wine quality testified to a lengthy process, when you consider the complete process required to make it, package it and age it. Unless it was an act of God’s creative genius.

And along with the master of the banquet were all the servants, the bridegroom and his family, and what appears to be a large number of guests.

So the “New Earth” theory has far more eye witnesses than the “Old Earth” theory.

God has a beautiful way of making something knew and making it “test out” as mature. What an awesome God we serve!

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WHAT IS LOVE?


ImageWhat is love? I want to look beyond the typical love passages in the Bible to a very special one that is overlooked.

“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? Hebrews 12:6-7.

Love does not protect the beloved from pain, only that pain that is not beneficial; pain that is unnecessary for our development. Loves sometimes sends pain. He said, “For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.” Hebrews 12:10.

Love does not avoid confrontation. It only chooses that confrontation that will be beneficial; that which corrects us from our harmful behavior and choices. Love sometimes initiates confrontation. Therefore, He says, “If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” Hebrews 12:8.

Love does not avoid being offensive. It is something to be endured by the disciplined. God never said, “I will love you and not discipline you if it offends you. He said, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11.

Love seeks the best of the beloved, be it through pain or conflict. The difficulty is when we are expected to love one another in this.

LANCE ARMSTRONG IS NOT ONLY ONE TO BLAME


I will not say that Lance Armstrong is free from guilt in his doping debacle, but I will say that there is plenty of guilt to go around.

Armstrong is as guilty as sin of cheating, lying, making false accusations against those who crossed him, bullying those who he didn’t trust, and deceiving so many who trusted him.

According to reports, over the years Armstrong has passed over 500 drug tests.  He failed two: one in 1999 and the other at the Tour de Suisse in 2001. Suspicion developed and remained through the years because of rumors, accusations and insinuations. When you consider how Lance now admits to skating the rules for so long while passing so many tests, we can see that someone else carries some blame.

The cycling sport officials obviously passed rules, guidelines and standards that they were unable to enforce. According to one source quoting from the New York Times (http://bigthink.com/think-tank/lance-armstrongs-guide-to-passing-a-drug-test), “…since 1998, ‘more than a third of the top finishers of the Tour de France have admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in their careers or have been officially linked to doping.’ 12 of the last 15 Tour de France events have been won by someone with a “doping” past.”

Obviously, changes need to be made in cycling.

This does not reduce Armstrong’s guilt at all. It just shows that a dirty sport will attract dirty participants. Cycling officials need to take responsibility for their contribution to this inexcusable situation.

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From a Pawn to a Winner


Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

When I first started playing chess, I would defend my pawns as violently as I would my bishops, rooks, knights, queen and king. I played it too much like checkers. That was a bad strategy that will never win.

Playing chess may give you the idea that our lives, as God’s pawns, are worthless compared to God accomplishing His win and fulfilling His purpose. However, a chess game is not how our God runs His Kingdom.

God does the Kingdom work so that the pawns are valued, protected and will share in the win while still on the board. In other words, He never loses a pawn.

John 3:16 is not a verse about how God is trying to save the planet from the evil dictator, Satan. It is about how God loves you personally, enough to send His only begotten Son to save you.

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.Zephaniah 3:17.

We forget about this picture of God, who is madly in love with you and sings over you. He is a Loving Shepherd that cares to calm your fears, troubles and concerns.

 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:6-7.

That He may exalt you? Relieving you of your anxieties? Simply because He cares for you?

Yes, God really love you, personally and individually. Enjoy His peace as He sings over you, if you are indeed one of His. If not, believe in Jesus and call upon Him to save you. Then you will know His love and hear His song.

But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.Romans 10:8-10.

Please let me know if you call upon Jesus for the first time. Thank you.

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He said He did….


Either He did or He didn’t! You can’t have it both ways, so stop trying!

“His (Jesus Christ’s) divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” 2 Peter 1:3)

This is either completely true or totally false. I will go with “true”. Let me illustrate.

You pick up a homeless person and take them to a feast at the most expensive restaurant in the area. You have given the waiter your credit card with instructions to cover everything (or all things).

As the homeless person begins to dine, he says, “I think I will add a salad, but don’t worry about it. I have a few bucks to cover it.”

“It’s already covered, just enjoy it, and anything else you want.”

“I would like to add some shrimp toppers, but not to worry, I have a couple of buck to cover it.”

“No, I have already covered that. Waiter, add the shrimp. Anything else?”

The person looks frustrated, “No, but I will probably buy me a dessert when I finish the meal. Don’t worry, I have a few bucks to cover it.”

You smile, “I have already covered dessert for you. When I said I supplied it all, I supplied it all. Your job: Ask for it and then eat it. Is that clear?”

“Perfectly. Perfectly. I get it. But I will buy an extra bread roll and I have a few bucks to cover it.”

When you finish pounding your head against the wall, you must know how Jesus feels.

“Lord, thanks for supplying everything I need, but I will fast for more power, do this for a closer walk, do that to draw nearer to you, live like this to win the next victory, dress like this to be more spiritual……..”

It is not only that Jesus Christ purchased and supplies ALL you will need for a victorious, fruitful life, but he also has done everything require to “draw you near” to Him and His Father.

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility…” Ephesians 2:13-14.

Your job, to receive it and live out of it. Because He either did or He didn’t, and I am betting on “He did!”

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GOD KEEPS HIS COVANANT, LITERALLY


A covenant is defined as an agreement to create a peaceful existence between two parties, usually creating a bond. There is something highly beautiful about God’s covenant with us.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21  equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21.

There were historic covenants between men, between people, and between men and God.  There was no distinction between the words “covenant” and “treaty”, as both were agreements and/or concessions required for two parties to live in peace.

We have ancient documents forming covenants between men from ancient civilizations. The treaties between peoples typically had:

1) a preamble that identified the parties,

2) an historic summary that explained the need for a treaty,

3) the stipulation of the treaty,

4) the list of witnesses to the treaty, and

5) blessings and curses, blessings for those who keep and curses for those who broke the treaty or covenant (The Standard International Bible Encyclopedia, Bromily).

6) an animal, anything from a bull to a donkey, was often sacrificed to make the covenant binding.

However, there are some unique characteristics of God’s covenants with men. First, they were always initiated by God. They were set into place unilaterally, and stipulated unilaterally. Man had no input except a call to obedience.

Though some covenants required no stipulations for mankind or creation (Genesis 9:9-11), the most startling, and the ugliest, aspect of God’s covenants with men which have stipulations for man is man’s universal failure to obey the stipulations. From Adam to the Pharisees, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

We can see that God determined if He was going to have a relationship with mankind, He would have to come down Himself and fulfill our stipulations of the covenant. There is the beauty!

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,  to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” Galatians 4:4-5. 

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You Can Be A “Possible” Today…


Story: Little Tommy was always told at home that he was impossible. At Sunday school, when a teacher asked him what he wanted in life, he said, “When I grow up, I want to be ‘possible’.”

Do you ever feel that way? Does someone who makes you feel impossible? Does your Christian life seem doomed for shallowness, smallness and defeat? Look at this event in the life of Jesus:

Matthew 12:46-47While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 47  [Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak to you.”]

Mary and Jesus’ brothers were not there to offer Jesus an invitation to dinner. They were embarrassed about what HE was claiming and what people were saying. “IMPOSSIBLE”, they thought.

Maybe you believe a good Christian life for you is “impossible”, and that faith is for some else? What I can say to you today is, “Good job.”

It was never the big shots who God used. It was always the improbable heroes. It is always those who seem to be “impossibles” that God uses for the greatest possibilities.

Gideon was a coward from a wimpy family, and he was the runt of the bunch. Yet Gideon defeated an innumerable side army of Midianites with 300 men.

Jesus called a motley group of fishermen and tax collectors as disciples. The disciples turned the world upside down and changed it forever.

Paul, a Christian-hater, became the world’s greatest missionary for Christ. He said, “I can do all things THROUGH CHRIST, who is my strength.”

The list goes on: Abraham was a pagan son from a pagan family who worshipped idols. Moses was a son of a slave in Egypt. David was the youngest shepherd boy of Jesse with strong, smart and qualified brothers.

Doubting yourself is a great place to start, but don’t let it stop you from seeking God’s purpose in your life.

Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

You might feel like an “impossible” today. But guess what?

Luke 18:27 – But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

So when you wake up every morning, when you open your Bible for a good word and pray to God, you can say with confidence and faith, “God, make me a ‘possible’ today”.

And then hang on and get ready for a great ride!

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