Updated: Pray for Us

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Over a year ago, I knew how important it was to draw all of you into the ministry of reaching out about our Creator God. So I put up a page inviting you to Pray for Us. At the time, my work was way under the radar and I think there had been only one or two “skirmishes” on the blog.

Times have changed.

If you go to my “about” section on facebook, you’ll see how many rules I’ve had to put in place to keep my sanity and still allow interaction (when possible) with people who have yet to acknowledge Jesus as their Creator, Savior, and Lord. Compared to some of the other pages and ministries I’ve seen, I’ve still got it easy.

There is a real battle for the minds and hearts of humanity. Whether we owe allegiance to a Creator God or are autonomous accidents [don’t have to deal with anyone above us] is one of the main flashpoints across most of the world. That puts all of us right on the front lines, plus in the support lines behind the main workers.

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Last week there were a handful of interactions online which broke my heart. Several people were so incapable of following guidelines, I had no choice but to block them without having a chance to share Jesus with them. Someone else tried to comment on the blog with such an insulting email name I couldn’t post it.

Then there have been a few on our side who still have a lot of growing in Jesus and His Spirit to do. Only God has the power to help them remember to imitate Christ rather than the Enemy they rail against.

These burdens are far too heavy for me to bear alone. Then I remembered God never meant me to try. I need my family’s help! So do all the people reaching out to the world outside. We aren’t extra special saints, just called. We are vulnerable to all kinds of attacks on our own. Jesus describes us as His body; we are designed to work together and support one another in a humanly impossible task.

So, here’s what I’m adding to the Pray For Us page:

  • May God’s Holy Spirit be the ruler and influence on every person coming in contact with my sites (this includes this blog, the facebook page, Twitter account, and Google+)

My prayer is that the Enemy’s lies will be exposed and the Holy Spirit will work in a special way to soften and prepare hearts for the truth of the Bible. We are instruments for communicating this truth, but without open minds and hearts, there is no hope. With God, all things are possible.

  • May each of us interacting with duped people who give us a hard time be filled with supernatural peace (my heart normally races every time this happens), compassion, and wisdom

Natural humanity either wants to ignore those who disagree, or argue with them and call them names. God’s ways are not ours. If He doesn’t speak through us, we are no different from everyone else.

I’ve heard many testimonies of people who found Jesus because they realized He was the Creator. Please pray that truth seeking people would find the information about Creation scattered around the internet and that many people will be added to Christ’s kingdom through our work.

In the same vein, we pray many people will find their faith in and commitment to Jesus grounded and strengthened by the confidence understanding the scientific support for the Bible brings.

Thank you and God bless!

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase. I Corinthians 3:6-7

Kinds, Relatives, the Ark, & You

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We’re used to Evolutionists telling us everything is related. From sponges to lizards, from apes to you is supposed to have come from one or a handful of original lifeforms. They love talking about how animals develop into separate species when something keeps one group from having babies together with another group.

We can see this happening today.

What they want us to think is that, in a couple dozen million years, one group will have turned into some brand new organism no one can yet imagine. At the same time, the fossil record shows us at least some organisms are basically the same no matter how far down you dig. What are we to think?

Part of the problem Darwin had with the popular science of his day was a belief called Fixism.

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Fixism is the fancy (and easy) name for the belief that the way animals and plants are today is the exact way they’ve been forever. (There’s another version of this for geology claiming the continents have never changed, either.)

This idea goes back a long time and was studied by early modern scientists who got a lot of their ideas from Greek writings. Grownups might enjoy learning more by reading this really long link.

The important thing to know is, those of us who believe God created all creatures are still said to believe in Fixism. But do we?

We obviously don’t believe people have “ape-like ancestors”. We believe all human beings have one set of original parents, Adam and Eve. But we aren’t shocked to see people who look very different from each other.

Today scientists can study the range of differences in our DNA giving our bodies directions to make all the variety we see in each other. At the same time we can see it only takes a tiny change to make these things happen. We are genetically super close to all people, even those from the other side of the world. Just like we were expecting.

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What about animals? It doesn’t take too much study to find all our dogs and housecats developed from an original version. Today the “breeds” look so different it’s hard to imagine how they could change so much. But we know they did!

You would need to ignore a lot of evidence in the world around to believe God created Persian Blue cats and Holstein cows on Day Six. Let’s take a minute to see what God tells us He really did during Creation Week:

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25

See that word “kind”? In Hebrew the word is “meen“. God used it 10 times in Genesis Chapter One. Noah used the word 7 times talking about the animals he took onto the ark.

Today, creation scientists have decided it’s about time we figured out just what God was talking about. They call this study “baraminology“. The “bara” means “created”, with the word for kind right after. So the word means the study of “created kinds”.

Just after Jacob Howard’s article on the American Badger, the Creation Magazine has a short article on the members of the “badger kind”. Hearing the list of animals they believe came from a single set of parents on the Ark was mind-blowing.

Turns out there is plenty of evidence for many animals to be related to one another back to what we usually call the “family” group. I’ve run out of room to talk about them today, but plan to write more soon!

In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him:
and the LORD shut him in. Genesis 7:13-16

For more, check out this post by Jacob Howard: A “Kind” Puppy

Reasons for the Hope Within Me

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William Tyndale, Bible translator. One who was “absolutely confident” to the death

Yesterday I got a most interesting message on facebook. A creation doubter said he was interested in my answer to the question of why I am “absolutely confident” in my beliefs. I’d like to tell him thank you for such an awesome opportunity. We are commanded by God to “be ready always to give an answer for the hope [confident expectation] that lies within you.” I Peter 3:15 This is the first time I’ve gotten to give that answer!

First, I need to make an observation about today’s Western intellectual culture. It is considered a virtue and honor to rely on one’s own thinking to decide what is right and important for yourself. To rely on some authority (other than one’s modern peers) is to be weak-minded and backwards. God calls this foolishness and arrogance.

At the same time, to be fully convinced that one has found unchanging truth is considered highly arrogant. Doubt is, for them, perhaps the highest virtue of all. In their view, to say “I could be wrong about everything” is to be truly humble.

But no one actually lives like this. Mathematicians rely on unchanging constants as the foundation for every equation they ever work. Engineers assume the tests performed on the materials and shapes they work with will continue to follow the same laws into the future to build safe structures. Scientists fully expect an experiment done in the exact same way, under the exact same circumstances to have the exact same result. If it doesn’t they look for some unknown variable. They don’t just write it off as “the rules of physics changed since last time”.

Every person trusts so completely in gravity they aren’t fearful to leave their home. They know the power won’t suddenly stop causing them to tumble off the planet at any moment. We all are “absolutely confident” about any number of daily realities. If we weren’t, we would be huddled in our beds in constant terror.

Now to the question:

Yes, I am absolutely, 100%, I will die rather than admit any doubt, confident that God is who He says He is, has done the things He claims to have done, and will bring me into His heavenly home the moment my mortal life is over.

Here’s why:

  • I’ve experienced God. I know Him. I’ve trusted in Him, talked to Him, and seen Him work in, through, and for me. There have been times in my life when there was every earthly reason to be terrified and Jesus has filled me with peace. Often His peace came hours, days, or even years before the proof of why I needn’t worry came into being. Just this past week I’ve turned over rather serious concerns to God’s control, experienced His peace, and am starting to see glimpses of how He’s going to work things out.

I would give you specifics, but each case involves others who haven’t given me permission to share.

At other times, things don’t end up with a “happy ending” by the world’s standards. This is perhaps when I feel God’s presence the most clearly. Jesus is described as a “man of sorrows”. When I am in pain from any grief or loss, I sense His care and sharing in my pain. He helps me to walk through the darkness, keeping my sanity and finding joy when happiness is a distant memory.

  • I’ve also seen God at work in other’s lives. My husband was a grieving, bitter alcoholic in his youth. Jesus got a hold of him and turned his life completely around. Instead of focusing on his own pain and desires, he now focuses on the needs of others, living a life characterized by peace and joy. Hundreds of people knew him before and can testify to the transformation in his life.

My family works with people suffering from serious mental illness. I’ve watched hundreds of people with bipolar and schizophrenia turn over their hearts and minds to Jesus. Slowly they stabilize to the point where they not only don’t end up the hospital often, but they are reaching out to people around them being a blessing and exuding joy.

I fully expect you to write each of these off as mental exercises or coincidences that don’t require any god. Here’s the thing: I can’t put into words what is really going on. When a person believes in Jesus they receive a completely new dimension to their lives a unbeliever can’t imagine.

I’d like to give you an analogy of what I’m trying to describe:

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Imagine a valley where everyone is born blind. They’ve learned to survive as they are, although the large boulders scattered everywhere do cause them problems.

One day, a soft voice whispers to people going about their business, “I am the Eye Doctor. Come to me and I can restore your sight.”

Many people ignore his call, pretending they didn’t hear it, or that the words are nonsense. But a few are interested enough to follow the voice, including you. Gently, the Eye Doctor shares the unknown realm of sight and the beauties awaiting those who have their sight restored. He explains that if you will trust him, he can replace your defective eyes and then begin the long process of building brain connections to allow you to comprehend what you’re seeing.

You decide to trust the Eye Doctor enough to allow him to perform surgery on your eyes. It’s over in an instant. Even from the first moment a previously unimaginable world of color floods you. It’s overwhelming!

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Over the next few months, the Eye Doctor works with you, building up connections so your brain can understand the information your new eyes are sending you. Suddenly the world is brimming with beauties. The tiniest flower, blade of grass, and rock are gems bringing great delight. More than this is the joy of getting to know the one who gave you this gift. He speaks to you, guides you, and explains to you why you are the way you are. Even knowing your weakness, he loves you. The feeling is like nothing you’ve ever imagined before.

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One day, you realize you can recognize the faces of those around you. You can see them blundering around, slamming into rocks, hurting themselves and others. The next day, you try to warn someone carrying a small child that they are about to fall over a rock. A little later, someone carrying a heavy load heads for yet another boulder and you call out in alarm. To your surprise their response isn’t gratitude, it’s annoyance at your bossiness.

Many people begin to avoid you and you start noticing angry expressions on people’s faces even when they remain silent. It hurts.

But then there’s a face that looks right at you. This has never happened before! So, you move around to see if they just happened to be turned your direction. No, this person follows your quiet movements. You smile at them. They smile back. It’s another person who’s been to the Eye Doctor! Oh, the joy, oh the fellowship! Finally, someone who understands the wonder of what’s happened to you.

The next day, a group comes to you and grabs your arm. They drag you to the council and demand you cease and desist your bothering of the good citizens of the country. “There is no such thing as sight. There is no such thing as color!” they cry. “If you insist upon your delusional beliefs, we will ban you from the valley. Admit you were wrong, or suffer exile.”

Are you in any doubt about what has happened to you? Not a bit.

Are you tempted to pretend it was all a lie? Just a little. Being exiled is a serious thing.

But then you see the Eye Doctor standing behind the crowd. He has his hand out, ready to walk with you into exile and care for you. All fear fades and you speak calmly and boldly, “I know whom I’ve believed, and am absolutely confident he is real and what he has given me is real. There is sight and there is color. I only wish you would come experience it with me.”

This analogy is my own, but the Bible often refers to people outside of Christ as “blind”. Jesus Himself said He is the light of the world. Another word picture God uses is to “pass from death into life”. The difference between death and life is not something someone can describe to a person who’s only known death.

Do I think this testimony will change my correspondent’s heart and mind? No. People have free will and adults have a lot invested in the life they have chosen. But, I also believe in the Holy Spirit. He is the one who shines the light of Jesus into hearts, and for some reason, He often chooses to work through ordinary words.

People praying at the Cenacle in Jerusalem.

So, all of you who have been to “the Eye Doctor”, I ask you to pray for my friend. If it was just me, I would ban any opposing view on sight, it “isn’t good for my blood pressure“. But taking the time to share with each person who comes to me is a sacrifice of love I make to the Creator God who “isn’t willing that any should perish, but that all should come to the knowledge of the truth.” II Peter 3:8

For another take on the experience of knowing God, check out Creation Clues: The Little Things

God is an Artist

Yes, the world has been damaged by our sin and the bad things that came from it, but everywhere we look we can see how much our Creator God enjoys beauty.

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Artists come in many varieties:

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  • Painters work with oils, acrylic, or watercolors
  • Drawers use pencil, chalk, ink, or crayons
  • Sculpters form clay, wood, soapstone, marble, granite, plaster, or plastics (think movie masks)
  • Architects take all the ingredients we use to make a building and make something both enormous and graceful

These are just some of the most common ways a person can make something we call “art”. Lots of people work with several different materials (called media) on the same piece to make something extra special.

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Now it’s time to bring God into the mix. Can you think of the things He uses to form His art? We all love sunrises and sunsets. What does God use to make these pieces the size of the sky? Sunlight, air, wind, and clouds. Pretty simple materials, but breathtaking results.

There was one major “visual art” form I left off the list above: photography. Why? Because whenever we take a photograph, we are capturing an image of either something people have done, or what God has made.

Have you ever seen a special book museums offer for a special exhibit? You can have copies of some of the most famous paintings in the world to look at on your coffee table for just a few dollars (compared to the cost of the originals). If you don’t have the money or room, you can get some postcards to tack on your wall or send to someone who loves art and you.

I bet your family has taken pictures of sunsets to save a memory of those couple minutes of glory. Whenever we take pictures of a beautiful landscape, flower, animal, or even each other, we are really making an art gallery print of the greatest Artist ever.

That reminds me, God doesn’t use acrylics or pencils to make His art, but some of those other ingredients He does use. Ever seen a really pretty rock? That’s God’s sculpture. Love the way a tree holds its branches so gracefully? That’s Him using wood to form architecture.

And then there’s my favorite. God saved something rather unusual to make His masterpiece out of: clay. Remember what God formed using damp dust? Us. The creatures He didn’t just speak into existence. The ones He saved until last and then finally said the creation was “very good”. How amazing little ones can shape the same stuff God used to make our hands and eyes out of in the beginning!

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We’ve been looking at earthly art forms, but there’s a whole universe out there jam-packed with God’s art. Using just gas, heat, and a few other ingredients, God gave us enough to look at, admire, and study for a life time. The bigger our telescopes, the bigger God’s canvas is shown to be.

For kids I enjoy a Kindle book talking about God as the Heavenly Painter from Apologetics Press. It’s only 24 pages long, but is a great way to introduce little ones to the idea of God the artist. Of course, the pictures are fabulous and the words just enough to read aloud while the kids absorb each awesome view.

Here’s the link to Apologetics Press article about the book: New Children’s Book: Does God Like… to Paint?

And the direct link to Amazon’s Page: Does God Like… to Paint by Branyon and Alana May

Remember if you like it to leave them a review. They make a big difference and help other people find wonderful resources.

God asked Job, “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?” Job 38:31-33

Creation Hymn: I Believe In Miracles

Creation shows the power of God
There’s glory all around,
And those who see must stand in awe,
For miracles abound.

I believe in miracles
I’ve see a soul set free,
Miraculous the change in one
Redeemed through Calvary;
I’ve seen the lily push its way
Up through the stubborn sod
I believe in miracles
For I believe in God!

I cannot doubt the work of God
It’s plain for all to see;
The miracles that He has wrought
Should lead to Calvary.

I believe in miracles
I’ve see a soul set free,
Miraculous the change in one
Redeemed through Calvary;
I’ve seen the lily push its way
Up through the stubborn sod
I believe in miracles
For I believe in God!

The love of God! O power divine!
Tis wonderful to see
The miracle of grace performed
Within the heart of me.

I believe in miracles
I’ve see a soul set free,
Miraculous the change in one
Redeemed through Calvary;
I’ve seen the lily push its way
Up through the stubborn sod
I believe in miracles
For I believe in God!

John Peterson

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O, Worship the King!

O worship the King, all glorious above,

O gratefully sing God’s power and God’s love;

our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,

pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

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O tell of God’s might, O sing of God’s grace,

whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,

whose chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,

and dark is God’s path on the wings of the storm.

The earth with its store of wonders untold,

Almighty, thy power hath founded of old;

hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,

and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?

It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;

it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,

and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,

in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;

thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,

our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

O measureless might! Ineffable love!

While angels delight to worship Thee above,

The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,

With true adoration shall all sing Thy praise.

Words: Robert Grant

Tune: Joseph Martin Kraus

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Exciting, Brain-Frying Changes

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Every few months I’ll have a day where no post topic jumps to mind. Usually, whatever I want to study or share has been banging around in my mind for a while, threatening to steal my sleep if I don’t write it up. Then it’s a relief to sit at the computer, get it out, and share with you all.

I enjoy days like those!

But, today I checked out facebook, Twitter, and my email and realized nothing was standing out to me. I could transfer my idea file from my old computer (now the kids typing tutor), but then I remembered you all don’t know the big news yet.

No, I haven’t heard back from Master Books yet. Or rather, just enough to know the president got my letter and would I send a proper submission form to the screener, please? That was easily done and got sent out on the 2nd of July, a week after we found out a major change is coming to our house.

My 7th baby moved into my tummy in June! We kept the news quiet until we were pretty sure this little one wasn’t going to head on to be with Jesus right away like his/her big sibling.

Now, this isn’t a Mommy blog, but it’s rather important for you all to know anyway for one reason:

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The Brain Research Institute (Photo credit: rytc)

Some moms get terrible morning sickness. Some moms get horribly weepy and cry at every commercial. I get brain fog.

When a baby moves in, a large portion of my brain power shuts down. The first thing I discussed with God (even before our need for a full-sized van to hold 8 people at once) was, “Lord, I’m going to need your help with CS4K. You know how my brain fries!” Can you guess what His answer was?

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“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Yes, Lord.

Mostly I’m letting you all know so you can pray for us and won’t get annoyed if my post rate falls off. I don’t suppose the skeptics will care about bugging a poor brain-fried mommy, but it can’t hurt to appeal to their natural sympathy.  But I also want God to receive the glory when He manages to get something decent published through my brain fog. 🙂

These things are also proving something we all know about our Creator:

God loves children

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He has filled me with a burden for the millions of kids who know a bit about Jesus but have no help fitting God and the Bible into the science they learn in school. That’s why God gave me a time of full brain power to work on a book for them. What an awesome thing it would be to have young people stand strong in their faith in Christ because I could help them see the truth!

He also loves to reward His followers with children. Of course, this far from Eden, it doesn’t always work out barring a miracle. Mutations are everywhere and can seriously mess things up. Other problems can get in the way of God’s “very good” design. But there’s only one way to bring a new person on the planet and that’s through a mommy! It is my joy and privilege to be one of them: to be so close to God’s everyday miracles.

Thank you, Father. It’s all yours and I will trust you!

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127

God, You’re too Harsh!

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The parable of the talents, as depicted in a 1712 woodcut. The lazy servant searches for his buried talent, while the two other servants present their earnings to their master.

Jesus told this parable where He was the master and we the servants: Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate.’ Matthew 25:24 NLT

It wasn’t easy deciding whether this was a topic to cover on a blog “for kids”, but the more I run into arguments against worshipping and loving God, the more I realize our kids need to have answers, and soon.

What is it unbelieving people are telling us about God? “Atheists” like Richard Dawkins spend an awfully lot of time talking about how horrible the God of the Bible, the only real God, is. If they really believed God was invented by people, why work so hard to smear His character?

Eagerly they seek out the goriest accounts in the Bible seeking to prove God is too disgusting to deserve our worship. It seems the only kind of God they would consider worthy is a spineless softy who let everyone get away with murder (literally).

Interestingly, these people never touch the worst case of “genocide” in the history of the universe, Noah’s Flood. They don’t dare take that one seriously, or it would give us the opportunity to point to the mountains of evidence for the Flood having really happened.

So how can a God-fearing believer in Jesus respond to such a low blow? Let’s see how Jesus, the Master, responded to the fearful servant in the story:

Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents

But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ Matthew 25:26,27 NLT

Did he claim to be a kind and gentle master? Not at all. He accepted the accusation and turned it back on the servant. “You knew I was like this, so why didn’t you meet my expectations?” That’s not what we would have said! But it’s what Jesus claimed.

What’s more, here are the consequences for the servant’s bad attitude and fearful actions:

“Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:30 NLT

Our God, the God who is, makes a terrifying enemy indeed! But there’s something else going on. Remember who the guy is? He is one of the master’s “servants”, but doesn’t have the master’s protection. He isn’t part of the family.

This tells us every person on earth, no matter what their attitude about God is, still is one of Jesus’ servants. He gives them “talents”- skills, opportunities, and character traits to help them accomplish God’s work on earth. They are expected to return a profit for Jesus’ kingdom no matter what.

Here’s the bottom line. God made everything, including all people. He gets to decide when a person is to die or live. If we ignore Him, thumbing our noses at His rules and mistreat His creation, God will eventually say, “enough is enough.”

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That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Psalm 104:28,29

God isn’t “pro-life” the way we are called to be. He does love all of us, but there comes a point of no return:

 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.” Luke 19:42-44 NLT

God was, is, and will be terrifyingly mean to those who hate Him. But, He offers each and every one of us a way to find protection-  by hiding ourselves in Him through Jesus’ life and cleansing.

The Nations That God Has Made

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

These are the opening lines of the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence.  Notice that our right to be a separate country has its foundation in being created by God.  If we were just evolved from apelike ancestors, we would have no more right than a horse to set up our own government!

I know that I have a number of people from around the world visit here.  But since today is America’s Birthday, I thought it would be wonderful to point out that God is the one who brings all nations into being and loves us all!

All nations whom you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord; and shall glorify your name.  Psalm 86:9 

It doesn’t get any clearer than that.  Every nation on earth is not only known to God but also made by Him.  He cares for all of us!

And has made of one blood all nations of men in order to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; Acts 17:26 

This is part of St Paul’s speech to the smart guys of Athens.  This tells us not only that we are all descendents of Adam (and Eve, Noah, his wife and 3 daughters in law), but also that God is involved in the rise and fall of nations.  God is even interested in where our borders are drawn!– Now there’s a thought.

These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. Genesis 9:19 

I found an excellent but long article on Noah and Genetics over at Creation.com.  You can even find out where your family belongs in the Table of Nations (the list of names in Genesis chapter 9).  I searched this site last year because my family has some American Indian in us and I wanted to know where they fit in.  The answer was there as well as a whole lot of other amazing things (be sure to check out where the Trojans settled after Oddyseus defeated them)!

You might also enjoy getting a copy of the Tower of Babel which covers the basics about each father listed in the Table of Nations.

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When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 32:8

If you want your nation to have plenty of people and prosper, make sure you help the Israelis (and Diaspora) do the same!

All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations. Ps 22:27,28

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isa 2:2-4 

Praise the LORD, HE’s coming back to be our KING!!!

NO KING BUT KING JESUS

Parents, Churches, have a Listen to Young Atheists’ Journeys

Another creation page on facebook, Returning to Genesis, shared an article today that I found so powerful I decided to pass it on to all of you.

It’s great to know this message isn’t just coming from Answers in Genesis and other creationist groups, this is a wide spread reality. When we understand the stakes, it helps us stand strong for God and motivates us to prepare ourselves and our young people!

The Atlantic: Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity

To encourage you to check it out, here are the headers:

  • They had attended church
  • The mission and message of their churches was vague
  • They felt their churches offered superficial answers to life’s difficult questions
  • They expressed their respect for those ministers who took the Bible seriously
  • Ages 14-17 were decisive
  • The decision to embrace unbelief was often an emotional one
  • The internet factored heavily into their conversion to atheism

And a quote so Pinterest can pick it up:

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