Showing posts from November 17, 2013


Debi and I are fond of detective shows on TV. Throughout an hour several different persons can be implicated as potential suspects but it is the evidence that will finally link the guilty party to the crime. We go through the process of following the evidence also and try to beat the detectives to the punch about who is the criminal. It's fun for us.
Paul said in Romans 1:19-20 that "what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
The evidence that God exists is revealed to us in the nature around us. Its intricacies, diversity, color, and more express two things about God: one, that He is powerful, and two, that He has personhood. He is not THE creation but is evidenced by it. The creation continues to speak to us about its creator.


This is a process whereby change happens from the inside out. The beautiful example of this is the caterpillar into the butterfly. From the inside out the caterpillar in its cocoon goes through the process of metamorphosis. This once crawler on the ground becomes a flyer in the air. He is changed so that if at first we see a butterfly we would not think that it had come from a caterpillar.
The Apostle Paul understood the change that takes place in a life when Jesus Christ is accepted as Savior. It begins in that moment and continues on until physical death. He said to the Galatian Christians, "I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you." (Galatians 4:19) These believers had been born again but their growth was limited because they were living under the law due to the work of some legalistic Jews who preached that God still required the believer to be under the Law of Moses even though they were born again by the Spirit of God.
The word "formed&…


Webster defines a paradox as a statement that seems contradictory, absurd, inconsistent, or even untenable. It is hard to see it as truth and yet it has the very heart of truth as its basis. The Apostle Paul found the deepest secret of the spiritual life and shared it as a paradox with the believers at Corinth. It was that "when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10)
How was this so? Paul gives five areas where this was so:
In physical weakness (a "thorn in the flesh" continually tormented him)In insults (verbal attacks or physical assaults)In hardships (labored, toiled, gone without sleep, hungry, thirsty, gone without food, cold and naked) (2 Corinthians 11:27)In persecutions ("in prison more frequently, flogged more severely, exposed to death again and again." 5 times received of Jews 39 lashes, 3 times beaten with rods, 1 time stoned, 3 times shipwrecked, 1 time spent a night and a day in the open s…