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Creation Assumptions

There is much information available to us about the creation of the world and it grows larger as we develop better tools but it is the underlying assumptions we make that determine where the evidence will take us. In our scientific world we read fossils and beautiful natural wonders, like the Grand Canyon, to mean that lots of time was needed to make these possible. We assume that, rather than know that. But there is a simple explanation for all the wonders and fossils; it is God's creative abilities and actions in past time. Throughout scripture we keep seeing the words that are mentioned in Psalm 146:6, "The Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them…" If our assumption is God was the creator of the world, the sea and all living things, then we see color, small and large intricateness, and variety as a sign of His great power and intellect. If our assumption is that all creation happened without His hand, then we have to make a way for it to happen. We…

All

Has the thought ever passed through your mind that God doesn't care one bit about you? Maybe that, if there is a God, He is so concerned about the larger events of life that He doesn't have time to see or hear you? Well…you are mistaken and I can prove it. A good friend of mine once defined the word "all" by saying "all means all and that's all all means." When this word is used in Scripture and seen in context with humans, you are within its definition. The writer of Psalm 145, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, says the following concerning God and the word "all:" He is "good to all" 9aHe is "compassionate on all" 9bHe is "faithful to all his promises" 13bHe is "loving to all" 13cHe "upholds all who fall" 14aHe "lifts up all who are bowed down" 14bHe is "righteous in all his ways" 17aHe is "loving to all" 17b (second…

Truth

This one word expresses so much. God is full of truth and wants us to be the same way. In the future when Jerusalem is the capital of the world it will be called "the City of Truth" (Zechariah 8:3) because God will return to and dwell in Jerusalem. The "truth" of the city is connected to the God who is present in the city. God commands the nation of Israel to "speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts." (Zechariah 8:16) He also encourages them to "love truth and peace." (Zechariah 8:19) What we see about truth is that it brings clarity. It creates a point at which a person has to make a decision to follow the truth or to leave the truth for lies. Other nations will come to Jerusalem and seek truth from God because truth draws others to it. It also forwards God's way giving people an understanding of what it is and the way to follow it. How can you live a life of truth today? What in your life is not t…

Dismayed?

What happens within you when things are difficult, your spirit is growing faint and your heart is dismayed? One answer to this question is found in Psalm 143:5-6. As the Psalmist is facing enemies, defeat and hiding from the world he says, "I remember the days of long ago: I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land." First, he remembers what has happened in the past. He thinks about how God has saved; how He has done great things, i.e. Noah's ark, Israel's rescue from bondage, provision given in the wilderness. These things reveal the hand of God to be able and near. Then, not only does he remember them but he meditates on them. He does as a cow does with its food. He brings it up over and over and chews on every detail of the work of God toward man. He sees God's hand in the large and the small. He infiltrates his present setting with God's power, grace and …