September 12, 2021
I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not c o n c e a l e d y o u r steadfast love and your faithfulness from t h e g r e a t congregation. Psalm 40:10 (ESV)
What do we do now? We opened the box with great anticipation. We had placed the order and waited calmly all these days for it to arrive. We now have it open and in front of us while wondering how the phrase "Some assembly required" could involve so many pieces. We look quickly at the direction sheet that has a few words but a lot of pictures (not good pictures, but pictures). So, we grab parts A and B, lay them down, and begin to look for the hardware package that has the right screws, nuts, and bolts needed to assemble. While staring at it, the wife asks, "Do you want lunch?" and we think we’ll function better after a bite to eat, so we lay everything aside until later.
Later we come back and try to find where we left off. We want to plan how to get all the pieces assembled into the final project, but find ourselves standing there looking at it wondering what to do now? Yes, it looks like the picture on the lid, and we remember all the wonderful things the ad said it will do, but how do we make it do all those things? Those wonderful things will not happen by wishing. We must take it in hand and begin to use it. Yes, we will be clumsy at first but with each use our skill will increase. At times we will feel like the old way is faster and better but after hanging in there and repeating those motions time and again, speed comes, and so does accuracy. One day we’ll look back and wonder how did we do it any other way?
I was given a Bible for the first time before I was ten. Those that gave it to me told me it had all the answers for life’s problems. The problem was I had to read and apply what was in it before it would change anything about my life. That first Bible did not do much for me. It did gather a great deal of dust then somewhere along the line I lost it. It held great potential that was never realized. Was the fault with the Bible or me? Seeing as it was exactly like every other "King James" Bible, the fault was clearly mine. I never opened it, never read it, never tried to apply it. Guess you could say I never learned to use it. However, one day, because of God’s grace, I finally began to read the Bible. A few years later, I became interested enough to study it. Eventually I began to apply what was revealed in those pages. It is still an ongoing process and God willing; I will continue trying until the day God calls me home.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 (ESV)
Thanks for listening and keep on shining. —Scott
There is a theory among some Christians that maybe God created the world and the things in it through the organic evolutionary process. This is an obvious attempt to combine macro evolution (being taught in our public schools) and the Bible. But if we read the Bible carefully, we see that this cannot be true.
One verse as a case in point would be Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” I have a question for those who believe that God created all things through the process of the current theory of organic evolution: “If God’s power has been clearly seen since the creation of the world, whom has it been seen by?” The evolutionary theory claims that man is a latecomer in the grand scheme of things (coming over 4 billion years after the earth). Then who has seen the creation since the world began? It is obvious that it is man, since the Bible states that man was created on day six of the creation week (Gen. 1).
This verse states that all we have to do is open our eyes and heart, and we will not only see that “God did it”, but that God did it the way He says He did.
Broadway church of Christ