Foolish Scientist – No Contest….

Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Gen 1:26a, 27 “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image; according to
Our likeness… So God created man in His own image; in the image of God
He created him; male and female He created them.'”

No Contest!

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man
had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one
scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.

The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided
that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people
and do many miraculous things, so we no longer need you!”

God listened very patiently and kindly to the man. After the
scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this? Let’s
say we have a man-making contest.” To which the scientist replied,
“Okay, great!”

But, God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did
back in the days of Adam.”

The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed
himself a handful of dirt.

God looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You need to get your own dirt.”

Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God created…”

Our God is an awesome God……..!

What is Biblical Christianity….

Read carefully and see if you can pick out God’s definition of a who is a CHRISTian.
It may surprise you because it is not the same as what most of the religions of this world teach.

1 The Credibility of Its Founder

Christ said He came from heaven to fulfill prophecy, to die for our sins, and to bring to His Father all who believe in Him. Logic says that He was either a liar, a lunatic, a legend, or the Lord and Savior of heaven. His first-century followers drew their own conclusions. They said they saw Him walk on water, still a storm, heal crippled limbs, feed 5,000 with a few pieces of bread and fish, lived a blameless sinless life, died a terrible death, arose from the grave and lives again.

During His ministry, when some of Jesus’ followers took issue with His teachings and left, He asked those closest to Him if they too wanted to leave. Peter spoke for the others when he said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” ( John 6:68-69 ) Jesus boldly proclaimed that He was and is the only way to get to heaven which means there is room for only faith in Him and no other name, religion or our works for salvation.

(Titus 3:5, John 14:6)

 

2 The Reliability of God’s Word
66 books written over a period of about 1,600 years by 40 different scribes, with One Author. The book on which the biblical Christian faith rests tells one story that begins with creation and concludes on the threshold of eternity. The integrity of its historical and geographical record is supported by archeology. The accuracy with which it has been copied and handed down to us has been confirmed by the Dead Sea Scrolls of Qumran. Originating neither in the East nor the West, but in the Middle East–the cradle of civilization–the Bible continues to speak not only with spiritual power but with convincing prophetic accuracy. In it we see that truth does not change from age to age, absolutes remain and the only relevant truth that each generation has are within its pages and no other book. Even with historical evidence of its accuracy it still comes down to faith. Do you believe what God is telling you or not?  We have the confirmation that God is its author but even without such confirmation our acceptance is based on faith and not on sight.

 

(II Tim 3:16, 17, II Pet 1:20, 21)

 

3 Its Explanations for Life
All religious systems attempt to give meaning to our existence. All attempt to explain our thirst for significance, the problem of pain, and the inevitability of death. All religions attempt to apply the design of the cosmos to our individual lives. It is the Christian faith however, that reflects the caring attention to detail so evident in the species and ecosystems of the natural world. It is Christ who speaks of a Father who takes note of every sparrow that falls, a Father who
numbers even the hairs of our head (Matthew 10:29-31). It is Christ who reveals a God who shows how much He cares for all that He has created. It is Christ who clothed Himself in our humanity to feel what we feel, and then to suffer and die in our place (II Cor 5:21). It is Christ who reveals a God who cares as much about His creation as the design and detail of the natural world indicates.

 

(Psalms 19:1-6, Romans1:16-25)

 

4 Its Continuity with The Past

 

The Christian faith offers continuity with our deepest ancestral roots. Those who
trust Christ are accepting the same Creator and Lord worshiped by Adam, Abraham,
David, Sarah, and Solomon. Jesus didn’t reject the past. He is the God of the
past , present and future (John1:1-14). When He lived among us, He showed us how to live according
to the original plan. When He died, He fulfilled the whole Old Testament sacrificial
system. And when He rose from the dead, the salvation He offered fulfilled God’s
promise to Abraham that through his descendant He would bring restoration to those
placing their faith in His sacrifice for sin. The Christian faith is not new with Christ.
From Genesis to Revelation it is one story. It is His story — and ours (Acts2:22, 1Corinthians15:1-8).

 

5 Its Foundational Claim
The first Christians were not driven by political or religious dissent. Their primary
issues were not moral or social. They were not well-credentialed theologians or
social philosophers. They were witnesses and the everyday worker. They risked their lives to tell the world that with their own eyes they had seen an innocent man die and then miraculously
walk among them 3 days later (Acts5:17-42). Their argument was very concrete.
Jesus was crucified under the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. His body was
buried and sealed in a borrowed tomb. Guards were posted to prevent grave
tampering. Yet after 3 days the tomb was empty and witnesses were risking their
lives to declare that He was alive.

6 Its Power to Change Lives

Not only were the first disciples dramatically changed, but so was one of their
worst enemies. Paul was transformed from a Christian killer into one of their
chief advocates (Galatians1:11-24). Later he reflected the changes that had
occurred in others as well when the Holy Spirit inspired him to write these words
to the church in Corinth, “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor
idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves
nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom
of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were
sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ”
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11). These folks at Corinth had placed their faith in Christ and
not in their religious systems and/or self.

7 Its Analysis of Human Nature

The Bible says that society’s real problems are problems of the heart. In an age
of information and technology, failures of character have scandalized institutions
of family, government, science, industry, religion, education, and the arts. In the
most sophisticated society the world has ever known, our national reputation is
marred by problems of racial prejudice, addiction, abuse, divorce, and sexually
transmitted disease. Those are what we consider the big sins. But the little ones,
as we categorize them, like the little white lie are equally offensive to a pure God
who cannot condone any sin. Many want to believe that our problems are rooted in
ignorance, diet, genetics and government. But to our generation and all others,
Jesus said, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,
fornication’s, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which
defile a man” (Matthew 15:19-20). “There are none good, no not one.” Rom 3:10

8 Its View of Human Achievement

Generation after generation has hoped for the best. We fought wars that would
end all wars. We developed educational theories that would produce enlightened,
nonviolent children. We conceived technologies that would deliver us from the
oppressive slavery of work. Yet we are as close as ever to what the New
Testament describes as an end time marked by wars and rumors of war, earthquakes,
disease, loss of affection, and spiritual deception. (Timothy 3:1-5)

9 Its Impact on Society

A carpenter rabbi from Nazareth changed the world. Calendars and dated
documents bear silent witness to His birth. The rocks cry out that there is a
Creator and the Heavens declare His handiwork. From rooftops, necklaces, and
earrings, the sign of the cross bears visual witness to His death. The
Western world-view, which provided a basis for social morality, scientific
methodology, and a work ethic that fueled industry, had roots in basic
Christian values. Social relief agencies, whether in the West or East, are not
fueled by the values of Hinduism, Buddhism, atheism, or secular agnosticism,
but by the direct or residual values of the Bible.

10 Its Offer of Salvation

Alternative religious views have saviors who remain in the grave. No
other system offers everlasting life as a gift to those who trust One who
has overcome death for them. No other system offers assurance of
forgiveness, eternal life, and adoption into the family of God by calling
on and trusting Someone in the same way a drowning person calls for
and relies on the rescue of a lifeguard (Romans10:9-13). The salvation
Christ offers does not depend on what we have done for Him, what
church we belong to, but on our acceptance of what He has done for us.
Instead of moral and religious effort, this salvation requires a helpless
admission of our sins (Eph 2:8-10). Instead of personal accomplishments of faith,
it requires confession of failure. Unlike all other options of faith, Christ
asks us to follow Him — not to merit salvation but as an expression of
gratitude, love, and confidence in the One who has saved us.
( I Cor 15:3, 4).

Do you know Jesus as your Savior today? He is the CHRISTian faith.
When is the last time you shared with your friend, neighbor, and coworker this marvelous truth?

Keep on Singing of GOD’S LOVE….

1 John 4:16 “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love,

and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him.”

Don’t Give up on those you LOVE . . .

KEEP ON SINGING OF GOD’S LOVE….

Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was
on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael,
prepare for a new sibling. They find out that the new baby is going to
be a girl, and day after day, night after night,

Michael sings to his sister in Mommy’s tummy. The pregnancy
progresses normally for Karen, an active member of the Panther Creek
United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee. Then the labor pains
come. Every five minutes … every minute. But Complications arise
during delivery.

Hours of labor. Would C-section be required?

Finally, Michael’s little sister is born. But she is in serious
condition. With siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushes the
infant to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital,
Knoxville, Tennessee.

The days inch by. The little girl gets worse. The pediatric
specialist tells the parents, “There is very little hope.
Be prepared for the worst.”Karen and her husband contact a local
cemetery about a burial plot. They have fixed up a special room in their
home for the new baby – now they plan a funeral. Michael, keeps begging
his parents to let him see his sister, “I want to sing to her,” he says.

Week two in intensive care. It looks as if a funeral will come before the week is over.
Michael keeps nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never
allowed in Intensive Care.

But Karen makes up her mind. She will take Michael whether they
like it or not. If he doesn’t see his sister now, he may never see her alive.

She dresses him in an oversized scrub suit and marches him into
ICU. He looks like a walking laundry basket, but the head nurse
recognizes him as a child and bellows, “No children are allowed.” The
mother rises up strong in Karen and the usually mild-mannered lady
glares steel-eyed into the head nurse’s face, her lips a firm line.

“He is not leaving until he sings to his sister!”

Karen tows Michael to his sister’s bedside. He gazes at the tiny
infant losing the battle to live. And he begins to sing. In the pure
hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sings:

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine; you make me happy when
skies are gray —” Instantly the baby girl responds. The pulse rate
becomes calm and steady.

Keep on singing, Michael. “You never know, dear, how much I
love you, Please don’t take my sunshine away—” The ragged, strained
breathing becomes as smooth as a kitten’s purr.

Keep on singing, Michael. “The other night, dear, as I lay
sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms…” Michael’s little sister
relaxes as rest, healing rest, seems to sweep over her.

Keep on singing, Michael. Tears conquer the face of the bossy
head nurse. Karen glows. “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please
don’t, take my sunshine away.”

Funeral plans are scrapped. The next, day the very next
day the little girl is well enough to go home!

Woman’s Day magazine called it “the miracle of a brother’s song.”

The medical staff just called it a miracle.

Karen called it a miracle of God’s love!

NEVER GIVE UP ON THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE. GOD DOESN’T!!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have live
everlasting.”

 

Avoiding your Spiritual Enemy….

Know and Avoid your Spiritual Enemy!

Is it ok to dabble in horoscopes, games like dungeons and dragons, listen to fortune tellers, and how about the physic hot line? Are witches, ghosts and medians real?

I Chronicles 10:13 “So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it.”

Satan does disguise himself and his army so be careful. But also remember God’s directions on how to battle him and what position or lack of one he is to have in our lives. Do not be lulled to sleep; satan is as real today as our God!!

I Peter 5:8,9 “Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour, whom withstand steadfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world.”

God’s direction to us is the same that He gave to Israel.

Deut 18:9-14 “When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer. Or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For those nations that listen to and practice witchcraft and use diviners, you shall dispossess, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.”

So, what is satan’s mission on earth?

II Cor 4:3, 4 “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.”

Mark 4:15 “And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and takes away the word which hath been sown in them.

While he can and does deceive many he is not God and there is a strategy for winning the war!!

James 4:17 “Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he shall flee from you.”

Marriage Maintenance…Holy Wedlock or Deadlock….

Mark 10:7-8 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,  and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.

Marriage Maintenance

How does your marriage stack up?

Mat 19:6 “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what
God has joined together, let no man separate.”

‘Holy Wedlock or Holy Deadlock’

You’ve seen them at restaurants. They look a little alike in a strange kind of way. His eyes are distant and she never looks up from her food. During the course of the dinner the words they speak are to the waiter.

They’ve been married for over 30 years but they scarcely know each other. As the children were growing up ball games and school plays and friends kept everyone on the run. Now they have time on their hands but they don’t have a personal relationship nor do they know how to talk to each other.

By Patrick Morley

A strong marriage requires a strong relationship with Jesus. That relationship will cause us to give and love sacrificially as He did.

And our love will first be displayed to our lifelong partners.

One flesh in marriage is so much more than just the living together and

the physical part of a marriage. How does your relationship stack up?

If you have to hesitate or immediately know that you are in trouble then there is no time like the present to start to correct it.
How about going out on a date with your spouse this week!!!!!

How about telling him or her that you love them and practicing that daily.

Change your priorities and hobbies to include both of you!!!!

Gen 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be
joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh.”

Do you want Lifetime Employment….

Do you want Lifetime Employment.

After we are ‘born again’ the joy of serving Jesus becomes our life’s purpose. Or should I say that our Savior desires it to be our life’s purpose. That obedience thing can be tough with the flesh helping us to find reasons not to serve our Savior. The thing we forget is that a life of peace and joy are dependent on an attitude of service for our Lord. And for you retirees like me fortunately there is no mandatory retirement age for us. Just continued blessings to be stored up to for Jesus’ glory.

Mat 20:28″Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. “

So, have you been ‘born again’ and are you an active employee?

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

If you are in need of either, there is no time like the present.

II Cor 6:2 ” For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Romans 6:16 “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? “

Romans 12:1, 2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Why me and being a Soldier….

Why me and being a Soldier?

Like all of us you find yourself many times asking the question, ‘Why me’. Why are they picking on me?  Especially when you go through a time of suffering, whether physical or verbal.  If you are a ‘born again’ believer the Holy Spirit offers a teaching on the topic of suffering that can only be understood by believers. If you are not a ‘born again’ believer the spiritual logic provided by God the Holy Spirit will appear as foolishness to you.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

Or there is one other option and it is that you can be a new Christian and  not yet be able to handle this level of spiritual insight or a Christian of many years but yet still a baby in your spiritual understanding.

  • I Corinthians 3:1-3 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

So, back to our topic of ‘Why me?’ and suffering for Jesus. We are brought up in a country of material wealth and increasing moral decay. Both are driven into us daily via our media, government schools and most of our political system all run by our enemy, satan. To stand up for Jesus labels us as intolerant bigots who are unaccepting of others and even dangerous. I wonder who would want to portray us that way.  A little sarcasm there but much truth in it.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

To be soldiers for Jesus we must grab a hold of what His ministry is for in this life. If Jesus did not have a mission for us on this earth He would have taken us home immediately after He drew us to Himself via the ‘born again’ event in our lives.

To live for Jesus it is vital we think about the topic of suffering for Jesus and what it means for our lives.

  • It is our destiny as ‘born again’ believers to go through some level of suffering as we minister for Jesus. Just like the church as Thessalonica it our destiny.
    • I Thes 3:3 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them.
    • It is totally contrary to our upbringing and nature to accept that suffering is actually our nature but if God says it then it cannot possibly be wrong.
    • Step one is to accept what God says.

Second. Step two is to accept God’s mission for us which will require;

  • Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

In James 1:2,3 our God speaking to persecuted Christians and us says that we can go through trials in our lives that He sends our way. He sends trials our way so that we will grow in our faith. Trials when properly viewed will bring spiritual growth into our lives which is the ‘why me’ question is important. It is only dangerous when we do so selfishly and not asking ourselves what God is doing in our lives? If it is all about me than the lesson God intends is lost. And think about it another way. If your child does not learn a lesson you intend for them you typically have to do what? That’s correct, you have to teach it to them until they learn. So its best to learn quickly the lessons God sends our way.

  • James 1:2,3 My brethren, count it all joy WHEN you fall into various trials knowing this that the trying of your faith works patience.

So are you and Soldier for Jesus and are you learning from your trials?