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Creator

Debi and I recently visited the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. It opened just over a year ago and is four floors of many fantastic displays related to science and nature. I captured this placard at the entrance to one of the halls: What it said was, "Visit the Discovering Life Hall to discover more about evolution and how it works." It saddened me to be confronted with the "Theory of Evolution" here. All the displays tout evolution as the master force behind the universe. They were still explaining the big bang theory as the way the universe and specifically the Earth came about. All the diversity and beauty of the earth and its gems, creatures, resources such as oil, and the universe itself were all the result of evolution they said. I walked those halls, stood in front of myriad displays and wanted to sing praise to God. They shared the details so well but emphasized the miracle of evolution as the source rather than creator God. The sadde…

Confidence

Can a young leaders boldness be seen as arrogance by those more mature? David seemed to encounter this criticism as he declared he would take down the giant Goliath, yet would not wear the king's armor and depended only on his sling which, he said, had killed a lion and a bear. The charge of arrogance and pride had certainly been leveled against him and so Psalm 131 is a revealing of David's personal defense to such a charge. It says, 1 "My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore." David had to look into his heart to see if he was "haughty" and if he was a meddler in things above his pay grade. His conclusion was that he was neither; the charges were false. Other men interpreted David'…

Realizations

In a dark time what becomes your greatest realization? Is it that there are others around you that have been the cause of your pain? That would be deflecting any blame on yourself in favor of those around you who are surely to blame. Or, is it your circumstances that have pressed in upon you and therefore you have had to respond in the way you did? That would make your problem merely a response to your current circumstances and really not connected to who you are. Here is the real fact: the realization by you should be that you are a fallen person and that you, on a regular basis, do commit sins, whether so called large or small, white or black, and that you are the source of your problems. The Psalmist in one of the seven penitential Psalms explores this true realization when he says, "If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?" (Psalm 130:3) He is saying that we do sin, not a little but a lot, and if God would keep a record, He would not miss one of t…

Hasty Words

Most of us, if not all of us, have blurted words off our tongue before our mind could take a look at them. These would be considered hasty words, not well thought through and these words prove to be a problem to us and to others. Solomon said, "Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him." (Proverbs 29:20) Hasty words are impulsive words that splash out on the people around us. It has been said that water poured out on sand cannot be retrieved and so are the words we speak; there is no "taking them back," only damage control. So what can help us manage our words, for the sake of those around us and for our own sake? Our words always need to have time for consideration and the counsel of others. They need to have time to ponder rather than plunge us immediately into condemnation via assumption. Words ready to be spoken need to have been mulled over, asked questions of: Is this the right word? Is there a better way to say this? …

Trinity

There are many who suggest there is no such thing as the Trinity. Although the word is not used in Scripture, this word does describe the relationship of the three divine persons within the one divine essence of the Godhead who are connected in an unceasing unity of person, purpose and plan. In Genesis 1:1-2 God creates, Elohim the word used for God here has the plural ending "im," making room for more than one person. Further, in Genesis 1:2, "the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters," revealing a second person. John 1:1 says that Jesus is the "Word" and was with the Father and the Spirit at this moment of creation, "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." In Matthew 28:19 Jesus encourages worldwide discipleship to be done "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Clearly referencing all three persons. In Luke 1:35 an angel shares the involvement of all three pers…

Two Steps

A picture is presented of Jacob in Hosea 12 referencing the great struggle he had with God at Bethel. Jacob, when fleeing from Esau who had given him his birthright, met God at Bethel and each committed themselves to the other. (Genesis 28:10-22) He was a deceiver and trickster initially and yet God loved him and promised him a family and land. Then after he had spent twenty plus years at Laban's home and married his two daughters, Jacob traveled back to meet Esau, and when he came through Bethel he again met God and committed himself to Him a new by demanding that all idols in his family's possession be removed. (Genesis 35:2-4). Hosea used this story of Jacob by applying it to the nation of Israel who had taken up idols, depended on other nations to protect them, and ignored a walk with God. He called out to them "you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always." (Hosea 12:6) Coming back to God indicated that they had drifted o…