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Where Has God’s Love Gone?

This has been in my thoughts very much lately. God’s love is so great, so immeasurable, yet it seems elusive in many Bible believing churches today.

First, let me clearly state that I am unequivocally a Bible believer who stands firm on separation & holiness. The love I’m talking about is not the unscriptural, modern, wishy washy eceumenical – join with everyone regarless of doctrine, love everyone & their sin type love.

I’m talking about the kind of love that will graciously – with the compassionate, understanding heart of someone who sees their own sin –  show the sinner their sin, and then lovingly show them the Saviour!

These verses clearly demonstrate the key:

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Jude 1:21-23

We cannot show God’s love if we do not keep ourselves in His love! Notice verse 23 says we are to hate “the garment spotted by the flesh.” not the person themselves!

Here’s some points to ponder:

A. Examples of Christ dealing with the lost:

1. When Christ confronted the woman at the well, yes, he showed her her sin, but spent far more time directing her to himself.  John 4:7-42

What portion of time do we spend on “badgering” people about sin, instead of directing them to Jesus? When they see their sin, it’s time to show them the Saviour!

2. When the woman “caught in adultery” was brought to Him, she had obviously already dealt with her sin, so He showed her Himself. John 8:3-12

Are we walking close enough to Jesus that we can tell when a sinner is already convicted of their sin and can simply be shown the Saviour?

3. Jesus didn’t even tell the tax collector Zachaeus his sin. Christ’s very presence brought him to repentance and He took him in. Luke 19:2-10

4. The woman who washed Jesus’ feet with tears had already dealt with her sin and given Him her heart so He didn’t humiliate her, but for the sake of others hard-heartedness, He publicly acknowledged her sins were forgiven. Luke 7:36-50

Is Christ visible enough through us that others can be convicted of their sin without a word and be drawn to our precious Saviour?

Let me make it clear that I am not teaching people should not repent. There is no salvation without repentance:

“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3&5

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21

B. God’s love hasn’t gone anywhere or changed:

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8.

It is the vessels the Lord wants to use that have become unusable. They cannot spread His love because they have become corrupted with a pride that exalts them so high they can no longer see where they have come from.

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 2 Peter 1:1-10

Sadly, we are the ones that God says have become hard-hearted and He has to be longsuffering with.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

C. Questions to ask ourselves to help measure our degree of love:

What is my first thought when I see:

- the drunk or druggie on the street
- the prostitute on the street corner
- the single mom on wellfare with a car load of kids
- the teen/young man with his pants hanging so far down you can see his underwear
- the illegal alien you or your spouse just lost your job to
- the new immigrant who is struggling to learn how it all works in this foreign land
- the homosexual/lesbian, etc.
- the prisoner or the ex-con
- the gang member

Does my heart break for their condition, or is my heart elevated in pride? Do I think I’m too good to bring myself low enough to show them the love of God?

We cannot hope to reach a lost world for Christ if we no longer remember the state in which Christ saved us, nor where we would be were it not for the grace of God.

The great apostle Paul said:   “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

He knew he was nothing without Christ, as we are.

D. Christ as our example of humbleness:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8

E. God’s commands to the believer:

Notice that Colossians 3:12-13 are in the imperative (or commanding) form.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:12-13

Being merciful, kind, humble in mind, meek, longsuffering, forbearing & forgiving are not requests. They are commands!

F. What our message must be::

If we go to the lost world with this genuine humbleness of heart and a genuine love for the Saviour and the sinner, only then will they see & believe the greatest love of all:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

But God commendeth (proved) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

I’d like to finish this devotional with a song from the Marshall Family that really expresses this whole idea so well:

How Can We Reach a World we Never Touch?

The Award

It is my turn to receive an award. Yup! A very special award, and even though most of us are earn it one time or another, most are quite reluctant to step forward and accept it. Well, reluctant or not, I accept the award as I think I have excelled at it better than anyone for quantity and quality in conversation with one individual. Do I sound boastful or proud? Well, I’m not, just being truthful. You see, this not so prestigeous award is the least-coveted:

“Open Mouth, Insert Foot Award.”

No need to clap, as the award speaks for itself.

Surely someone else wants to claim it, but too bad cause I’m No. 1!  However, I am more than willing to share it.

No, takers….hmmmm…..I must have succeeded in opening my mouth wide enough….

Sorry for the satire, but I thought it quite apt for this post, and sadly true. I tend to earn this award frequently, especially at times where I truly had nothing but the best intentions at heart. We’ve all been there….saying too much, too little, or saying something that came out so totally opposite of what we meant.  Amongst friends, this isn’t usually an issue, as they know you well enough that they typically burst out laughing at the “faux pas” (or social mis-step). However, when speaking with someone new, or knows you less, the end result can be disastrous.

In the last few months, I’ve been berating myself over this very thing. I seem to have very little problems with forgiving those who hurt me, but I’ve always been quite hard on myself when the shoe fits on my foot, or in my mouth, as it were.

In conversations/letters with someone who didn’t know me well enough, I used an expression that obviously had a different meaning to both of us, and also didn’t explain myself well enough on other points, came across wrong, and the list goes on. I ended up hurting the other person, realized some of it then yet didn’t know how to fix it, and didn’t even realize the rest of it till a month or so later.  I’ve given this person some space, and have been praying and praying for an opportunity to approach them to explain and apologize, but the opportunity just hasn’t been there. It also seems that a simple “I’m sorry” isn’t adequate. However, after my “perfect performance”, I’m almost afraid I will just make things worse.

The thing that bothers me the most about winning the award this time, is that I was trying to reach this individual for Christ. Whether or not I manage to remove the blot off my name isn’t the important part. If a person rejects me, they really haven’t lost anything, but if a person rejects Christ, they lose EVERYTHING!

Truth be told, this is an award I’d rather never win again, but it does have a way of making its rounds. The only way I see to remove some of its stigma is the chance to patch things up with the one who witnessed and endured my greatest performance. I have been getting an occasional smile again, but I’d give just about anything for a chance to set things right. Maybe the solution is as simple as directing the person to this post….maybe, just maybe they would read it.

I think you’ll understand when I say I hope you’re not the next person who wins this award!

If anything, I’m so thankful that there can be no misunderstandings between my Lord and I. He always knows what I really mean, even when the words don’t come out right.

“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

I’m also thankful that He is the God of love, justice and compassion, and of not just second chances.

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23

“The Wounds of a Friend…”

Recently, a dear friend sent me a note that was one of the sweetest I’ve ever received, and yet, one of the greatest rebukes, and I needed both!

Dear Angela,

From your recent posts I am gathering you have a lot on your plate. Just wanted you to know I am praying for you today! You and your family are in my prayers.

Hugs,

My reply:

You are such a dear! Thinking of me when you are on your way to bury your father-in-law!

I know you never meant for your sweet, sweet, sweet! note to be a rebuke, but the Lord sure used it as such, and I needed it!

With all that has been happening, I’ve kinda be withdrawing from most people, especially my dearest friends, and that is flat out wrong. I’m not the only one who is pre-occupied, hurt, etc. but I’ve had tunnel vision and am only seeing our family’s problems when others are hurting too.

Oh dear! I feel a devotional coming on….LOL

Thank you dear friend! Your precious note is extremely timely! **thanks**

I am so grateful the Lord sent me this sweet rebuke, and especially thankful He didn’t have to do more to get my attention!

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend;” Proverbs 27:6

It is so easy to get “wrapped up” in our own lives and our truly small problems, that we forget that others are going through their own fires & floods. They too need the encouragement that we are begging God for at those times.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.”
Isaiah 43:1-3

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”. Isaiah 41:10

Praise the Lord for His grace and mercies and for Christian friends who let the Lord use them!

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. ” Lamentations 3:21-25″

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

As I’ve gone through some very trying times on one issue the last 10 years, then very pronounced in the last couple weeks, and to which I really don’t see an end, God has been bringing some verses back to mind over and over:

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. ” 2 Corinthians12:9a

The context of the verse is the Apostle Paul going through a very difficult time (we are not told what it is), and he continues with:

“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9b-10

I do well some days, but other days, I feel overwhelmed, yet I know the Lord is always there. If I keep my eyes on Him and the salvation He has given me, He WILL give me the strength.

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” 2 Corinthians 4:17

“Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:14-18

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

The Sacrifices of the Wicked

Make a Joyful Noise unto the LORD

I was sent a link to a rendition of Amazing Grace, and truly, it is probably one of the best, if not the best, rendition I have ever heard. Yet, when I researched the group (which I had never heard of before, they are “famous” in secular circles), not a one even claims to be a Christian let alone saved. As I watched their eyes, there was truly no comprehension there, just showmanship. My heart has been torn with grief to hear such a soul stirring song sung by people that have no comprehension of what it means. I have cried for them and prayed for their salvation over the last couple weeks.

As I was pondering over how beautiful it sounded, and how feeble my attempts are sometimes, I was reminded of this verse and others:

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. Proverbs 15:8

On the flip-side, God talks about how His children are to offer Him the sacrifice of praise and singing:

Jer 17:26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD.
Jer 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD. Jer 17:26

The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD. Jer 33:11

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Heb 13:15

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Psalms 27:6

Regardless of what I think my voice sounds, I am commanded to make a “joyful noise unto Him”. It is obvious by the context of these verses that the Lord is talking about singing.

Ps 66:1-2  Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.

Ps 81:1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

Ps 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Ps 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

Ps 98:4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Ps 98:6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

Ps 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

God is not pleased with the empty song sacrifices of the lost, but when his children truly sing to Him, that is well pleasing.

I just recalled an incident when I was in the hospital a few months ago to have my gall bladder removed. I was in a room with 3 other people, one of which was not pleasant. I had had enough, so I just started humming various hymns. When one of the nurses heard me sing Blessed Assurance by Fanny Crosby, she thanked me and said that it was her mother’s favorite. I got to witness to her, found out she was saved, but not attending church.

I don’t know if anything will come of what happened, but that event and the song that spurred on this devotional have been an encouragement for me to not be ashamed to sing/hum for my Lord, and have stirred me on to sing again in my life. I’ve still been singing for church, but I used to sing all the time at home and hum when shopping, and I’m not really sure what “stole” my song away. This has helped to renew my zeal to praise the Lord in song, regardless of how I sound. I’ve even found myself humming again as I’m shopping.

Praise His glorious name!!!!


Does God Exist?

This is an excellent illustration. I hope it can be of use. My only regret is that Albert Einstein was only agnostic, not a born-again child of the living God.

Scientists Who Believe the Bible

In April 2009, Terry Mortenson of the Creation Museum in America, said: “There are literally thousands of scientists around the world that believe the Bible. There is an organization in the United States with 700 scientists who have a Masters or Ph.D. in the hard sciences.

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High Schools, colleges, and universities typically teach only one theory of origins, that being evolution, and the students are not presented with a creationist viewpoint. In fact, they are often given the idea that no true scientist today is a creationist. When the National Academy of Sciences in America published an educational tool in 1998 entitled Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science, they posed this question, “Don’t many scientists reject evolution?? The answer was, “No; the scientific consensus around evolution is overwhelming.?

Richard Dawkins, a brash atheist and anti-creationist, says in his recent book The Greatest Show in Earth, “Evolution is a fact. Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact. … Evolution is a fact, and [my] book will demonstrate it. No reputable scientist disputes it, and no unbiased reader will close the book doubting it.?

According to Dawkins, if you reject evolution, you are unintelligent and your sanity should be questioned, and he proclaims that no reputable scientist disputes it.

In fact, modern science was invented by men who believed in divine creation. In his book Refuting Evolution, Jonathan Sarfati, who has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and is a national chess champion, says:

“It is fallacious to claim, as many evolutionists do, that believing in miracles means that laboratory science would be impossible. In fact, most branches of modern science were founded by believers in the Bible’s account of creation.?

Consider some samples:

Physics — Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Kelvin, Joule
Chemistry – Boyle, Dalton, Ramsay
Biology – Ray, Linnaeus, Mendel, Pasteur, Virchow, Agassiz
Geology – Steno, Woodward, Brewster, Buckland, Cuvier
Astronomy – Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Herschel, Maunder
Mathematics – Pascal, Leibniz, Euler

In 1979, Science Digest reported that “scientists who utterly reject Evolution may be one of our fastest-growing controversial minorities,? and stated that, “Many of the scientists supporting this position hold impressive credentials in science? (Larry Hatfield, “Educators Against Darwin,? Science Digest Special, Winter 1979, pp. 94-96).

Dr. Sarfati continues:

“Even today, many scientists reject evolution. The Creation Ministries International staff scientists have published many scientific papers in their own fields. Dr. Russell Humphreys, a nuclear physicist working with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has had over 20 articles published in physics journals, while Dr. John Baumgardner’s catastrophic plate tectonics theory was reported in Nature magazine. Dr. Edward Boudreaux of the University of New Orleans has published 26 articles and four books in physical chemistry. Dr. Maciej Giertych, head of the Department of Genetics at the Institute of Dendrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, has published 90 papers in scientific journals. Dr. Raymond Jones was described as one of Australia’s top scientists for his discoveries about the legume Leucaena and bacterial symbiosis with grazing animals, worth millions of dollars per year to Australia. Dr. Brian Stone has won a record number of awa rds for excellence in engineering teaching at Australian universities? (Jonathan Sarfati, Refuting Evolution, 2007, pp. 26-28).

I guess Dawkins forgot about those scientists.

The man behind the Apollo moon mission, rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, believed that God created the world.

Duane Gish has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and worked for many years in pharmaceutical research at Cornell University, the University of California, and the Upjohn Company. “As a biochemist, he has synthesized peptides, compounds intermediate between amino acids and proteins. He has been co-author of a number of outstanding publications in peptide chemistry.? Gish lists the following scientists who reject evolution and believe in creationism. Let’s see if any of them might be considered “reputable.?

“While it is true that creationists among scientists definitely constitute a minority, there are many creation scientists, and their number is growing. Among these may be numbered such well-established scientists as the late Dr. W. R. Thompson, world-famous biologist and former Director of the Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control of Canada; Dr. Melvin A. Cook, winner of the 1968 E. G. Murphee Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society and also winner of the Nobel Nitro Award, now president of the Ireco Chemical Company, Salt Lake City; Dr. Henry M. Morris, for thirteen years Professor of Hydraulic Engineering and Head of the Civil Engineering Department of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University, one of the largest in the U.S. Dr. Walter Lammerts, geneticist and famous plant breeder, the late Dr. Frank Marsh, Professor of Biology at Andrews University until his retirement; the late Dr. J.J. Duyvene De Wit, Professor of Zoology at the University of the Orange Free State, South Africa, at the time of his death; Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso; Dr. Dmitri Kouznetsov, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., winner of the Komosmol Lenin Prize in 1983 as one of the two most promising young scientists in the Soviet Union, and winner of the Council of Ministries Prize of the USSR in 1986 for his research in biochemistry? (Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No, 1995, pp. 13, 14).

A.E. Wilder-Smith (1915-1995), who defended creationism against evolution in his many books, had three Ph.D.s, one in physical organic chemistry from Reading University, England, one in pharmacology from the University of Geneva, and one in pharmacological sciences from ETH, a senior university in Zurich, Switzerland. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a NATO three-star general, Dr. Wilder-Smith was an expert on chemotherapy, pharmacology, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.

Raymond Damadian, M.D., biophysicist, is the recipient of the Lemelson-MIT Achievement Award as “the man who invented the MRI scanner.? In 1988, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology, America’s highest award for applied science, and a year later, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame, an honor he shares with Thomas Edison, Samuel Morse, and the Wright Brothers. The first MRI scanner that Dr. Damadian and his colleagues built in 1977 resides at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Damadian is a Bible-believing Christian and attends a Baptist church in Long Island, New York. Dr. Damadian has stated that “the highest purpose a man can find for his life is to serve the will of God.?

Richard Lumsden (1938-97), Ph.D., converted from Darwinian atheist to Bible-believing Christian at the apex of his professional career when, challenged by one of his students, he decided to check out the evidence for himself. A professor of parisitology and cell biology, he was dean of the graduate school at Tulane University. He trained 30 Ph.D.s., published hundreds of scholarly papers, and was the winner of the highest award for parasitology.

Lee Spetner, author of “Not By Chance: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution,? has a Ph.D. in physics from MIT. He was a researcher with John Hopkins University from 1951-1970.

James Allan has a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Edinburgh and was a senior lecturer in genetics at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He is an international consultant in dairy cattle breeding. The testimony of his Christian faith was published in the book “In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation.?

Jerry Bergman, co-author of the book Persuaded by the Evidence, has five masters degrees and two Ph.D.s, one in human biology and another in measurement and evaluation. He had a 4.0 grade point average for both Ph.D.s and close to a 4.0 for all five of his masters degrees.

The Creation Research Society membership consists of more than 600 men and women who hold advanced degrees and are committed to biblical creationism.

Frank Marsh has a Ph.D. in biology and is emeritus Professor of Biology at Andrews University. He is the author of “Variation and Fixity in Nature: The Meaning of Diversity and Discontinuity in the World of Living Things, and Their Bearing on Creation and Evolution.?

Joseph Mastropaolo, who has a Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Iowa, has taught biomechanics and physiology at the University of Chicago and California State University. He holds the patent for crew conditioning for extended manned space missions. He is adjunct faculty at the Institute for Creation Research.

The speaking staff of Answers in Genesis includes 10 men and women who have earned doctorates. David DeWitt has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Donald DeYoung has a Ph.D. in physics. Jason Lisle has a Ph.D. in astrophysics. David Menton has a Ph.D. in cell biology from Brown University. Tommy Mitchell has an M.D. from Vanderbilt University. Terry Mortenson has a Ph.D. in the history of geology. Gary Parker has a doctorate in education in biology/geology. Georgia Purdom has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics. Andrew Snelling has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Sydney.

In April 2009, Terry Mortenson of the Creation Museum in America, said: “There are literally thousands of scientists around the world that believe the Bible. There is an organization in the United States with 700 scientists who have a Masters or Ph.D. in the hard sciences. The largest creation organization is not in the United States. It is in Korea, with over 2,500 Bible-believing scientists, over 250, the last I heard, with Ph.Ds.?

Of course, even if NO scientist disputed evolution, does not mean it is correct. The Bible says, “let God be true, but every man a liar? (Romans 3:4), and Jesus said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes? (Matthew 11:25).

The Blessings of a Humble Heart

Like most children, our youngest Carolyn, can be a real cutie and quite the little stinker as well. She gets the cutest expressions, especially when her father or I am teasing her. However, as we are reminded daily, she is a sinner in need of the salvation the Lord has provided us.

A few weeks ago, as siblings sometimes do, she was trying to get another sister in trouble by lying to me about a situation. When the truth was found out, I quoted this verse:

“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it…” Proverbs 26:28

and explained that by lying to Mommy she was saying she hated me. The precious dear broke down and cried so hard.

“I don’t want to hate you!” she cried.

“I know, but that is what the Bible says,” I replied.

I’m so thankful we have such a good relationship, for since then, she has tried so very hard not to lie.  It has truly been a blessing to my heart to see how humbly she submitted herself to God’s Word.

I began to think about my relationship with my Lord. When I read His Word, is my heart humble and willing to submit like our daughter? Am I willing to quickly change the path I’m on if the Lord shows me it’s wrong? I wish I could say that I always line up with His Word, but to my shame, I don’t always line up right away or perfectly nor is my heart as tender when I do sin.

I want to strive to be like this little child.

The Greatest Honour

The Greatest Honour

Before I get into this devotional, I want to make it clear that our family does not follow most of what is on the TV. Besides an occasional history show and well screened movie, we usually only watch conservative commentators, reporters, etc.  The following thought came to me as I heard the tail end of a news report about a contestant of a very popular secular British TV show, Britain’s Got Talent. I guess it is the British equivalent of American Idol (another show we avoid.) It was the voice of Susan Boyle that stunned me into following her story.

Susan Boyle was basically a nobody. She is past middle-age, worked in her church, but was currently unemployed, and as I found out later has a learning disability due to oxygen deprivation during birth. She is not particularly pretty, but has a grandmotherly quality about her. She is someone you would easily pass by on the street without even noticing her. Please understand, I am NOT being critical, but rather making the observation that she is just the “average Jane”.

As she walked on stage and spoke of her ambitions of becoming famous as a singer, the audience laughed her to scorn while the judges tried not to snicker. But when she opened her mouth to sing, out came what I consider to be one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard! The audience and judges obviously held a similar view as the applause and chears roared. She won that competition and  the “hearts of the world” and had an album deal signed within a few weeks. She performed for the Britain’s Got Talent grand final, which she lost.

One of the honours she would have gotten upon winning the final contest was to sing before the Queen of England. For Americans, that would be like singing before the President, or Canadians – the Prime Minister. Now that’s quite an honour, I thought, but when I realized the following I was humbled and awed.

As children of God, we realize we really are no one special: nobodys. Just like Susan ,we have done nothing worthy to stand before a monarch, yet we have the highest honour and priviledge of singing for and speaking with and about the King of kings and Lord of lords any time! We have complete unfettered access to The Mighty God of all creation day and night, any moment of the day!  We can sing for him, and no matter how poor our voice sounds, He is ALWAYS pleased and to hear from a humble heart.

We “Get to” come before Him!

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Psalms 95:2

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Ps 66:1

Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Ps 81:1

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Ps 95:1

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Ps 95:2

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Ps 98:4

With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King. Ps 98:6

A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Ps 100:1

Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Ps 66:2

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. Ps 71:8

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Ps 34:18

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ps 51:17

LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: Psalms 10:17

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

I don’t know if Susan Boyle can claim that great honour, and that grieves me greatly. She was not doing well emotionally before the final and had an “emotional breakdown” after and had to be hospitalized for possibly several weeks to recover. I kept thinking, what if she dies? Where will she go?

If you are a born again child of God, won’t you join me in praying for Susan that she might gain the highest honour of all: having the honour and privilege to humbly stand before the King of kings and Lord of lords as His child.

If you do not know what it means or what it takes to be God’s child, please read THIS

Angela Trenholm
June 3rd, 2009


He that Goeth forth and Weepeth…

I have read Psalm 126 yearly for the last 15 years, but it was only this morning that I realized that the order of events are actually reversed.

Psalms 126:1-6 A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, 3 The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. 4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

In Ps. 126:5-6 the psalmist is saying that while they were in captivity, they sowed in tears. Now that the Lord turned again thee captivity of Zion (126:1) they were reaping joy.

There’s several applications for people today:1

1. The Lost: Those whithout Christ are kept captive by the devil.

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:26

And it is only through a humble heart filled with repentance and faith that they can be set free.

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21

2. Christians:

A) Everyday life: Just like the children of Israel were in physical captivity, Christians can be in captivity spiritually. The only way to have our captivity turned is through a humble heart and repentance towards the Lord.

Ps. 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

B) Soulwinners: Likewise, for the soulwinner, the only way to reach the lost is to show them that we really do care. We MUST go forward with a weaping heart, and sometimes with tears!

If the child of God does not go soulwinning with a heart full of concern for souls, how will the lost world even consider what we are saying. The words will be as “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”1Cor. 13:1We MUST go forward with a weaping heart, and sometimes with tears!

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

In other words, it will just be a lot of confusing noise that has no application to the heart.

Do people see we care?

How can we reach a world we never touch?

How Can We Reach a World We Never Touch?

The John Marshall Family

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