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May 2013

Science has proven the Bible many times over…

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Many times over I hear the terms ‘science and religion don’t mix’. Well unfortunately that is wrong.
Even Einstein said the science without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind

Naturalistic science is VERY limited. So limited, it has removed the miraculous and God that is a Spirit Being from this picture.

Why is this a problem? It’s not the ordering of time that is the problem, it’s the placing of Man as God still. It’s back to the Garden where Adam and Eve both chose themselves over obedience to God. Blaming God with the problem of Evil has been the cop out ever since.

 

You atheistic people believe you’re original, but you’re not. You’re just exemplifying what Adam and Eve did in the garden on a much more evil scale.

 

I WISH people would look at the Geological Eras of this planet, and read Genesis 1 right next too it. It would also end a HUGE debate over the origin of life, but first Naturalism must be set aside.

 

 

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Tesselation

by Rachael J. Davis
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Approaching Graduation…

Honestly, as I sit here and think there is this slow realization that many of my friends are going to be gone, and on with their lives. In some sense I am jealous of them, and jealous they are moving forward while I struggle to make it through to my calling… However, that jealousy is miniscule in comparison to the sadness but joy I feel for my friends. I am sad because most of them I will never see again. Many of them will go off to work and go on with lives that I will never be a part of except by Facebook. Some of them will last forever though. These friendships are the ones that formed deeply, and have changed both lives, and I feel as though I have sisters and brothers through these friendships. But I have deep joy for all my friends, friends who are starting the next chapter in their lives! I am excited to see what God will do through them all, and I know many of them will be successful in their calling.

But what is success? Is it that million dollar lifestyle of the rich and famous, or is it that life style that exudes worship? Our world today is driven by demand and instant gratification of all desires. Could it be that God has called each of to a success that worships God not things? Should we be getting the latest fashion trends or the newest technology? Is that the type of success we want or do we want to be living a lifestyle that helps change this world for the Kingdom? Does driving the latest car make you great? Or does living within your means make you greater yet? I wish to challenge my friends graduating, and the ones I am leaving behind, to see the world through the Gospel eyes.

Having recently only acquired this mindset, and it’s still a work in progress, I have come to understand that seeking the worldly goods is not necessarily a sign of inner well being. If you look at the Pharisees and Sadducees (so sad you’ll see) lifestyle during the time of Christ, they were all materialistic (even the people were), because they had come to associate Blessings with Wealth, and poverty with Sin. Although this is not true at all! You can be the richest of men and be the deepest of sinners.  Greediness has settled in the hearts of Christians today, and we see things as signs of blessings. But what is more important is that God is blessing us every day with the grace that we even exist today. These advancements only occur because Christ died at the Cross.  Judgment has been stayed so that we might live to see the return of Christ (or not because we might meet him sooner) but no matter the price we pay in the terms of worldly loss, we shall gain all the more in the kingdom if we are exalting God not things.

As graduating students, you will have loads of debt if not you, your parents. Fight the temptation to keep all your money to yourself, seek to honor God with your tithes. But there is a balance, do not bury yourself in a hole to the point you are in shackles over the debt. Set aside a monthly tithe portion of your income to give to God first. Then learn to live within your means…Living in your means you may not have the biggest house on the block. You may have to budget for food. You may have to cut down on the cellphones…it means taking Responsibility for your life and living at a sacrifice to God. If you are not already familiar with budgeting, you should take a lesson from someone who has and learn how to budget your incoming money. Be faithful in the little things, and God will make you greater. He will lift you up and provide your needs. My great friend Tiffany said this expression in one of our conversation, “Just remember the doves.” What does this mean? As she explained it, it means for us to not worry because God provides for the doves and birds of the field.  This is a direct thoughtful pondering on this Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34  (NKJV)

 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

So as we head into the final weeks of the semester, I pray that all my friends will have peace and not worry about the future. But after they graduate, I ask for that same peace to fill their lives so that they can live God honoring lives, rather than materialistic lives. I pray that each of them finds their path, and follows God obediently down that road. Do not be caught up in the trap that the Devil has made so easy for us to talk walk down, which is the road of materialism. We are in a society that is racing for the next biggest thing, but we need to slow down and enjoy what is around us knowing that God provides all.

 

Selah.

 

 

The Bride of Christ as Hot Mess — Written by Douglas Wilson

I am sometimes asked why I focus on the new birth so much. The question can be asked and answered on many different levels, but the foundational answer is that our condition is desperate. Like the Laodiceans (Rev. 3:18), we need to buy refined gold from Jesus, white garments to cover our shame, and eye salve so that we might see that we can’t see anything.

We have all sorts of distractions to help persuade us that our condition is not in fact desperate, but those distractions always amount to some sort of Hezekiah-like “peace and safety in my time.” We tend to measure how the culture is doing by how we are doing, which simply means that we are sentinels who can be bribed and bought off. A rising star who is finally breaking into the conference circuit, for example, and who thinks everything swell for that reason, is like a punter being put in as quarterback late in the fourth quarter, with the score something like 78 to 3. He thinks of it as a personal promotion, for he is now on the field, instead of him being the crowning folly of a general disintegration in the coach’s career.

So we need to come to grips with the fact that in North America, the bride of Christ is a hot mess.

We live in a time when the charismatics need the Spirit, the Reformed need a reformation, and the evangelicals need to be born again. We do not need particular doctrines about the Spirit in the abstract. If we are given the Spirit of reformation, we will get the doctrines we need. We will of course need doctrine that arises from the Scriptures in order to help us understand what the Spirit just did for us. But if the Spirit didn’t actually do anything, then our systematic theologies are nothing but printed kits for organizing smoke. If the Spirit didn’t do anything, then any religious frenzies, conducted under an unauthorized use of His auspices, have all the religious authority of a priest of Baal cutting himself with a knife at a Stones concert.

But if the Spirit is poured out in power, then we will have what future generations will call a great reformation and revival. If He is not poured out, then we are toast. Our situation is desperate.
But, some ask, if He is not poured out, what should we do in the meantime? That is a reasonable question, and we do have to do something. But everything we do should be in the spirit of Elijah arranging wood on the altar, waiting for the fire to fall, and which recognizes the absolute need for the fire to fall. And when you get to the point of that showdown on Mt. Carmel, there is no plan B.

In the meantime, we do not need for the bishop to process up the central aisle, like the biggest crow in the gutter. We do not need another message from Doctrine Man,  with ten rivets in each subpoint. We do not need the worship leader to take us through yet one more orgasmic chord progression. We don’t need a doctrine of responsible stewardship and sustainability that worries more about how many times we flush than how many babies we kill. We do not need any more cardboard cut-out celebrity pastors, grinning at us, as smug as all dammit. In short, we don’t need any more of what we currently have. A.W. Tozer once cuttingly observed that if revival means more of what we have now, we most emphatically do not need a revival.

In short, we need the Spirit to be poured out upon us. And when God is pleased to make this happen, the Spirit will do the work He always does, which is that of making men new. He will make them new in the middle of some metrosexual posedown in front of the mirror. He will make them new in the middle of some stupid sermon they are busy preaching, with puffs of dust arising every time a page is turned. He will make them new in the middle of an academic conference on feminist counter-narratives. He will make them new in the middle of renting one more skeezefest on Netflix. He will make them new in the middle of their very last angry outburst against their wives. He will make them new while they are in the middle of yet another eggy Facebook post directed what little faithfulness we have left. The Spirit will interrupt us, and He will make us new. That’s what He does.

When the fire falls, everything worthwhile will be purified further, and will stand. Gold, silver, and gems will remain. But all the things we have made out of pine needles will go up in a sheet of flame — our celebrity conferences, our hair product youth pastors, our liturgical mummeries, our doctrinal gnat-strangling, and our arguments on the road — with Jesus just a couple yards in front of us — about who will be the greatest.

“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs . . . For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein” (Ps. 69:30-31, 35-36).

So why do I write about this so much? Because we live in a valley of dry bones.

http://www.dougwils.com/Life-in-the-Regeneration/the-bride-of-christ-as-hot-mess.html

 

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