Thursday, September 25, 2014

Millions of Miracles ...



"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son ...
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16


Is there any limit to the millions of miracles that happen in the universe every day?
Most evolutionists would argue that there is no purpose or meaning to our life.
And that miracles and biblical absolutes do not exist.

Our lives just exist and then end. Christianity was created by men in order to control people. There are no such things as miracles or biblical absolutes. Well they are right about one thing most religions were created by men to control men and even many religions calling themselves Christian are created by men to control people. But that does not prove that a Creator does not exist.

I would contend that there are millions of miracles upon miracles that evolution can never and will never explain. Regarding these miracles, the only answer that makes sense is a Creator. On all of the millions of miracles evolution is a dead end argument. Consider the human brain for example, or the human eyes ... or the eyes, or the wings of a dragonfly. There are millions upon millions of unanswered miracles. The truth is that evolution cannot demonstrate a single example of a species that has evolved or that is currently in the process of evolving. Isn’t that strange for something that is called the Evolution of the Species? But the miracles and invisible things of God are everywhere. God’s word makes this clear.

"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20

I have a number of close friends who are atheists and we go all the way back to high school. The interesting thing is that we agree on almost everything except religion. By outward appearance even our values are pretty much the same. From the world's perspective they are the good guys. In fact, there was a time when I agreed with them on religion, and would have argued their case. From their viewpoint, I have now fallen and hit my head.

We respect each other’s rights to our views, but on Christianity versus evolution we just respectfully agree to disagree. But this does not keep me from witnessing to them when I can. Why don’t I just remain silent? It would be easier, but God has me here primarily for one purpose … to speak to them. I love these friends and want for them to have the hope and freedom that I have found.

The question is: “What does God want me to say to them to help them see the truth?

Here is a recent conversation with one of my closest friends since high school who for many years has totally rejected all things religious … except for me. We'll call him Joe.

Bob:  “Have you ever wondered why it is that we agree on pretty much everything except Christianity?
Joe: “You got that right.”
Bob: “So what is it that bothers you most about religion?”
Joe: “I don’t like people preaching to me including you … 
especially when most of them are total hypocrites and fools.”
Bob: Do you think I am a hypocrite and a fool?
Joe: “Nope, I just think you have lost it on this one, and since you know where I stand, 
why would you want to get into an argument with me about it?

Bob: “I don’t want to get into an argument about it, 
but would you mind if I explained what I believe?
Joe: I already know what you believe, but go ahead and I’ll tell you what I believe.

Bob: You are one of my best friends in the world and if I am right, I do not want you to suffer the results of the wrong decision on the most important question you will ever answer.”
Joe: And what would that be?

Bob: If you were to die tomorrow are you certain where you will go from here?

Joe: “I believe in evolution and when we die we are dirt. All of the scientists in the world agree with me. What makes you so sure I am making the wrong decision?”
Bob: “Do you really think what you just said is true … that all of the scientists agree with you, and that when you die you are dirt, and that you will have lived your entire life for no purpose or meaning? That is a myth promoted by atheist scientists. I can show you the statements of hundreds of renowned scientists worldwide including Nobel Prize winners who have rejected Darwinian evolution. Why don’t you just read ‘Darwin’s Leap of Faith’ and ‘Darwin’s Black Box’ and then tell me what you think about evolution?”

Bob: “The fact is that since science cannot point to a single example of one species evolving to another species, or to anything else that is currently in the process of evolving from one species to another. 
Also as a result of the discoveries of molecular biologists … 
a large percentage of scientists no longer believe in macro-evolution.”
Joe: “What is macro-evolution?”
Bob: “The evolution of a species to a different species such as a fish to a lizard to an ape to a man. Basically the way that evolution science explains the origin of our species.” Each of those transitions would be Darwinian or macro-evolution.

Bob: “Do you really believe that evolution is how life began ...
or do you believe that there is a Creator God?”
Joe : “Well basically I believe in evolution.”
Bob: “So, what is your basis for this belief? Aren’t you placing your faith in the hands of biased mere men? How is it easier to have faith in men rather than a Creator?”

Joe: “I believe in what science has taught me.”
Bob: “Science rejects the miracles in the Bible and biblical absolutes. But then science accepts the laws of science as absolutes. Do you believe there are moral absolutes that are always true? And in order for evolution to be true, don’t we need to believe in millions upon millions of random miracles? 
Do you agree that there are millions of miracles?
Joe: “Some things we will never be able to explain. So yes, I suppose there are millions of miracles. Why does it matter if there are laws and miracles?”
 Bob: “Well this is my point exactly. If there are millions of miracles, scientific evolutionists deny miracles exist, or that anything else they cannot prove is true. They also deny that there are moral absolutes that are absolutely true whether we agree with them or not. Do you believe it is wrong to throw an unwanted newborn baby in a dumpster? Is child molestation ever acceptable?
Joe: No, of course not.

Bob: So you agree there are millions of miracles around us, and that there are some things that we just know are absolutely morally true.
Bob: This is why creation makes so much sense to me. There are literally millions upon millions of miracles in front of us every day. Evolution leads to chaos, but the world is actually in perfect order. And there are so many miracles that science will never be able explain."
Bob: “So do you think these millions of miracles in the world just happened by accident, or do you believe there is a God that created everything?”

Joe: The bible is filled with fairy tales like Noah, and the flood and Jonah and the fish. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Bob: Do any of the millions of miracles we cannot explain make sense to us? No ... otherwise they would cease to be miracles. We could name the miracles we don’t understand one after another for a year and we would still have unending miracles and very few answers.
Bob: I know we both agree that man-made global warming was an idea created by men. But the bigger lie is that these same scientists actually believe that they will somehow be able to change or control the climate. This is a fantasy created by atheists.

Joe: So what does all of this have to do with Christianity?
Bob: God is a God of miracles. This is why atheists reject miracles and absolutes. Accept evolution and you also reject the Creator of the miracles and absolutes. The entire life of Jesus is a series of miracles. Additionally He claimed to be there in the beginning and to be the same God who sent Him in the flesh to save us from ourselves. If I reject Creation, then the foundation of my belief system is destroyed.

Joe: Well what about all of the other religions that do not believe in Jesus? I suppose you think that all of those people just go to hell?
Bob: It doesn’t matter what I think; but it does matter what I know. If I believe that Jesus is the God of miracles and His word is the eternal truth … then what Jesus says is what I can believe, and know to be true. “Jesus answered and said to him,"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." … "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:3,16-18

Bob: The message of the Gospel is clear. None of us are worthy on the basis of the life that we have lived. But if we believe Jesus is God, we are certain of eternal life. If we follow some religion that does not believe Jesus is God, then we might be great people by the world’s standards, but we do not have eternal life because all are judged guilty who do not have the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood on the cross for cleansing and forgiveness of their sins. If the verse above is not true and we do not have eternal life, then that would mean that Jesus lies and is not the God He claims to be.

Bob: I am certain I will go to Heaven when I die, not because I deserve to go ... but rather because I believe and declare Jesus is My Lord and my Savior, the Creator of all things, the God of millions of miracles. What do you say Joe?

Joe: I believe … Jesus is Lord and Savior, God the Creator, 
and that I will go to heaven when I die.

God bless you my friends, Bob

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Worst Possible Thing




The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 

Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. “But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 

My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. “I and the Father are one.” John 10:24-30






Have you ever wondered …
What is the worst possible thing you can ever do?



There are many things we could do that would bring horrible results. Every day we have the opportunity to make decisions that could cause us to lose everything. You could lie, cheat, steal, or kill … but there is much worse. You could lose all your money, end up in jail, lose your career, the respect of others, and you could lose your family and friends. Just yesterday, I read of a California man who was killed when he decided to move to Syria and join the ISIS Islamic terrorists. How could an American choose to be so foolish, and to turn to such evil?

But there is still a much worse thing that you can do.

There is one choice that is the absolute worst possible thing anyone can do throughout their entire life. In the scripture above, Jesus clearly answered the question of the Jewish religious leaders when He said: “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

“The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” John 10:31-33. The religious leaders rejected Jesus and because He said; “I and the Father are one” … they plotted to have Him killed and eventually brought Jesus to Pilate to be crucified.

There you have it my friends. The worst thing you can ever do is not believe in Jesus Christ and then die before you come to believe his claims to be God. My teacher refers to this as the unpardonable sin. The consequences of all other sins are forgiven when we believe Jesus Christ and His promises are the eternal Truth. This fact was further clarified here: “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:18. 

If this teaching is not true, none is the better for it. But what hope is there for those who reject Christ only to learn that this is the eternal Truth? It is wise for all of us to deeply consider the teachings of Jesus, and His purpose and meaning for each of us.

For all of those who reject Jesus and do not believe that He and the Creator God are one and the same, this is not good news. This Truth also applies to seemingly wonderful and good people who just want to do what they want to do. This claim is true for all who worship other religions and belief systems, or other gods. For those who do not believe in Jesus Christ and his free gift of eternal life through faith in Him. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

I realize that this is not politically correct. But when we are talking about someone spending eternity in heaven or hell … hurting someone’s feelings, tolerance, and political correctness somehow lose their value. We all have freedom of choice but in this case, the wrong choice has forever consequences.

So you might say …
“I’m saved … and I believe that Jesus Christ is God."
Now, what is the worst thing I can do?


As a Christian, anything you do that leads those in your circle of influence away from God’s free gift of Grace through Jesus Christ is the worst thing you can do. The example we set for others should be our top priority.

"It is good neither to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor anything by which your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak." Romans: 14:21

Is this post getting heavy for you? A Christian named Greg once told me that he was not concerned about the do’s and don’ts of the Bible. He had been taught by the person who led him to Christ that he only needed to believe in Jesus and he would be saved. That is all that mattered to him. Question: who is the god of Greg’s belief system? Is he truly a Christian believer in Jesus Christ?

I am convinced and hope and pray that Greg is a Christian … in spite of his self-centeredness. A carnal believer is clearly far better off than going to hell for eternity. But God is righteous and just and has made it clear that he has given us a mission to be used by Him to reconcile others to Him so that they can also have eternal life as well.

To disregard the promises and changes he has planned for us here and now will surely bring severe consequences. "Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 When a person believes that Jesus is the Creator of the universe, knows all things, and is all powerful; and then chooses to disregard His teachings and His Truth … what could be a more foolish thing to do in the face of this verse?

Here’s is how this logic plays out … rather than be an ambassador for Christ with a ministry of reconciliation; just be the worst kind of hypocrite, one that leads others away from the Savior and His Gospel of eternal salvation and forgiveness. Lead others to Believe in Christ but go on living for themselves, here and now. Lead others like Greg to follow this foolishness. If we would follow Greg’s thinking to its end, is there anything that you or I could not freely do? You name it, the answer is no. How can the love of Christ control him, and help guide others to believe in Christ through him when his life projects the opposite of the teachings of Christ?

Actress Marilyn Monroe was challenged by Billy Graham when he was visiting one of her shows. He told Marilyn that the Spirit of God had sent him to talk with her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say; Marilyn replied: “I don't need your Jesus.”

Unfortunately for Marilyn Monroe, her reply was the absolute worst thing she could ever say or do. A week later, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her apartment, an apparent suicide. Her rejection of Christ and His free gift of eternal life was far worse than ending her life.

Why do some who appear to have everything decide to walk down a hopeless path to nowhere? For those who choose to reject the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ, there is no meaning or purpose in life and no hope. All of the fame and success the world has to offer means NOTHING.


What about you?

Will you believe in Jesus right now; and have hope, meaning, and purpose in your life forever? Pray to Jesus and ask for his forgiveness and eternal salvation. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY. 1 Peter 2:9-10


God Bless you my friends, Bob

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Invisible Things II

For the invisible things of him ...

since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; 

that they may be without excuse:  because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; 

but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. 
Romans 1:20-22 



Why do scientists use circular reasoning and other unscientific methods to support evolution? 
GOD. 
I am convinced, that if Noah’s Ark was discovered ... scientists would deny it. They do not want to even discuss the meaning and consequences of a Creator God for themselves and the systems which they have created around this theory.

The more scientists who are trained to believe this theory as scientific fact, the deeper the hole they are digging for themselves and their students. Darwin’s theory was first published in 1859. As a result we have over 150 years of science that has been built around this false premise. Darwin said; “if it could be demonstrated that any complex organism existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” The working cell is the answer and the demonstration of this complex organism that Darwin speaks of here and as he predicted ... the way a cell works refutes Darwin's theory of evolution.

Molecular biology has discovered that the cell is Darwin’s Black Box. Each cell is a working machine with functioning parts that could never have evolved. It is impossible for functioning cells to evolve. Cells are composed of an “irreducibly complex system of several well matched interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.” These functioning cells are the demonstrable organisms that Darwin described as the destroyer of his theory of evolution.

The cell is “Darwin’s Black Box.” This is as complex as I will get here. For further insight, read the excellent book by Molecular Biologist Dr. Michael Behe … for more details. We can only imagine the miracles man would have discovered with a foundation built upon God’s eternal truth rather than men’s pride and errors.

 So why is God angry, and why is God filled with wrath? Because God has made the truth know to all (The Invisible Things) and instead of acknowledging God, men purposefully hinder the truth in their unrighteousness, their false teaching, and their rejection of the Creator of all things.

Our brain is a miracle, our mind is a miracle, our ability to think and remember is a miracle, our eyes, our ears, and our nose are miracles, our hands and our feet are miracles, and all of our organs are miracles. The fact that they all work together are God’s invisible things that prove that He is God. The Creator has given us a life filled with meaning, purpose, and miracles. We are here now in the flesh ... but we are also here in the Spirit for eternity. And men say: “I don’t believe in miracles.”

Think about it for a moment. Evolution is an impossible fraud. In the same way as a cell, our body cannot function without all of the parts working together. At what point did the human brain or the eyes arrive and how did they get here … by accident? After over 150 years science has not been able to find one single example of a creature that has evolved from another creature. Looking further, science cannot demonstrate a single thing that is in the process of evolving. Isn’t that a bit odd for a theory that is taught as absolute fact?

Our brain, our ability to think, to remember, and to reason are not here by chance. Miracles upon miracles. All of the creatures and things of the universe did not just happen. Our life has purpose and meaning. We are not dirt that somehow just all came together from nothing. I know you might be saying the things of God are too difficult for you to understand. I agree they are difficult; but the things of Darwin are much more difficult, because they can’t possibly be true.

Each of us will place our faith in one or the other … Darwin or God. Which will it be for you? If Darwin is your god, you need to think long and hard about that. His conclusions were based upon false conclusion on top of false conclusion. Why would you place your trust in a man who did not even understand how life works at its most basic level? His own words noted above convict his theory. Once again, man is no more of an accident than the flight of a jetliner is by accident … and when a computer flys the jetliner, it is NOT by accident either.

We are not an accident that evolved from a slug. Evolution is a lie, and an insult to the Creator of all things. To believe in evolution is to follow a false god. This is the foolishness of the world that has caused God’s wrath.

As explained here, God has given us the ability to see, and to a degree understand The Invisible Things of life and the universe. Surely you do not think our vision and understanding of these Invisible Things is by chance?

God’s word tells us that God the Creator is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He is all knowing, all powerful; and always there --- past, present and future. Not only does God understand everything there is to know about everything there is; but He also created everything that is, ever has been, and ever will be. Everything there is either works or ceases to work at His command. He knew you in your mother’s womb. He knows all things, and His Word is the eternal Truth.

Nothing is too great for him. God has a plan for each of us. We can accept or reject his free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Savior. His salvation for us is free. We only need to believe Jesus is the Creator God that He says He is. Pray to Jesus now and believe in Him and His forgiveness and eternal life for you, beginning today. He has created a place in heaven for you and me for eternity. I can’t wait to meet you there.

Why would anyone reject the forgiveness and promises Jesus has for them and put in his place the teachings of Charles Darwin, a man with a failed theory that makes no sense? The invisible things demand our response.

What do you say to these Invisible Things that God has revealed to you? 
Miracles of Creation ... or a random accident? The choice is up to you.

God bless you friends, Bob

The Invisible Things

For the invisible things of him ... 
since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; 

that they may be without excuse:  because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; 


but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. 

Romans 1:20-22


Think about it.
Man is no more of an accident than the flight of a jetliner is by accident … 
and when a computer flys the jetliner, it is NOT by accident either.

God’s Word declares that if we wish to become wise we must become foolish so that we may become wise. And that the wisdom of the world is foolishness with God. Have you ever wondered what this means and why God would say this?

A couple of years ago, a successful businessman paid a record $3,456,789 to have lunch with Warren Buffett. The foolishness of men has no limit. As if Buffett could somehow wave a magic wand and make him wise by revealing his secrets of investing at lunch. I hope the man had a good lunch, because that is a huge price to pay for insights that God defines as foolishness. Especially since the wisdom of the Creator is available to each of us at any time for only a few dollars.

What type of wisdom is God speaking of here? What are the invisible things God speaks of here? The invisible things are everything that we cannot see with our eyes. Man has two forms of perception: visual and mental. Our mental perception sees the invisible through the functioning of our mind combined with our senses.

God doesn’t just understand our perceptions … He created all of the visible and invisible things, and has made them known to us. How does this happen? Those things that we hear, smell, touch, and taste, we cannot see with our eyes but God has given us the ability to see through the perception of our minds. This truth did not just happen by chance. Our ability to reason and understand is not an accident. Both are miracles of God.

We can both see and smell the flowers … and we can taste and see, as well as smell fresh cookies baking in the oven. These are good examples of perceptions we do not need to visually see to understand. Sometimes, we can even tell the type of flower or cookie without looking with our eyes. Men have further explored many of these things to better understand through the various sciences; but while we have learned a lot in the past couple of hundred years, the most advanced computer will never remotely understand or compare to the human brain.

But God has made known to us that the invisible things the brain does are real, and we haven’t a clue as to how it works or how God created the brain to guide the functions of our body. We have a pretty good memory, but God knows our every thought from the beginning to the end of our lives.

Science understands how some of the elementary things work, and have created theories as to how the invisible things work, but God’s Word says; “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are worthless.” Is there any wonder why the secular world does not acknowledge God? He declares that the thinking of our wisest men is foolishness and worthless in His eyes. Why does God say these things?

Well, God is angry. He has made all of His amazing creations of the universe … those things that are seen and the invisible things visible as well, and what does the world do with these miracles He has revealed to them?  Men conger up false reasoning’s and theories, in their attempt to explain that there is no God. 

Evolution and man-made global warming are only two of many examples. God has total and complete control of the climate. Why can’t men just admit this truth? He is the Creator of the climate and is in total absolute control every moment. When he returns, he has promised to provide us with a new heaven and a new earth. What do we have to fear with a God like this? God has given us oil as energy for our use and the understanding of how to use it and men demonize this amazing gift of God.

Here is a brief explanation.
In Science these invisible things that are beyond seeing or explaining are sometimes referred to as a black box. If you were given a computer written in the Chinese language, you could see it, but you would never be able to understand it by trial and error. This would be especially true a hundred years ago ... long before anyone understood the basic purpose and functions of a computer. It would be total gibberish to you or me.

The actual box that the computer comes in is another black box. I would have no idea how to mentally connect the things inside with the results that appear on the outside. There are literally millions of these black boxes that science has yet to discover let alone understand. The things which men do understand are only elementary principles to God.

In science when men get to a black box, they either stop or they create a theory and test it until they find something that provides understanding. Then they make an adjustment in their theory. Darwin’s theory of evolution is filled with more black boxes than we can count. For Darwin and every other scientist of the time, the cell was an insurmountable black box. They had not even imagined the function or purpose of a cell.

It was not until 1931 and the invention of the electron microscope that scientists even began to see and understand how life works. When Darwin looked at the functioning of the human eye, he was dumbfounded. Since Darwin was unable to view a cell, this black box left him grasping in the dark for his theory of evolution.

The more theories that science builds around this false theory of life, the farther mankind moves away from the eternal truth of God. Molecular biology has demonstrated that the cell is a fully working organism with working parts that need each other to function. With these parts each dependent on the others, it is impossible for a cell to have evolved.

Normally when scientists open a black box, discoveries reveal new understandings that demand theories must be changed or discarded. Legitimate science is a system of trial, error, discovery, and change. But in the case of evolution, modern secular science is unwilling to bend or even consider changing or to discard this false theory regardless of new discoveries. They refuse to even consider other views or discoveries. This position is ant-science.
Why do scientists use circular reasoning and other unscientific methods to support evolution? 
Continued - Read Part II here


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Forgiveness That Heals Hearts



Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven …

“Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. ‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’  “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.” Luke18:21-35


Forgiveness is not about me; and it’s not about you...

and it’s not about you and me, or about you and anyone else. Forgiveness is about each person and God ... you or me or them and God.

 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know [Him] [in this way] no longer. 2 Corinthians 5:14-16

The words in this verse are about the love of Christ controlling us. And Jesus wants us to love and forgive others in the same way he has loved and forgiven us. In spite of all of our failings, Jesus died for each and every one of us from the beginning to the end of time. And He forgives all of us unconditionally throughout eternity.

ALL is a big word. He forgives ALL of us for our many failings every day; and he forgives ALL of our sins of the past, present, and future; and He forgives ALL of us forever. The only thing we need to do in order to receive His free gift and His promises … is to believe that Jesus is who he says He is.

Paul explains that the way we are to worship Jesus the Creator and Savior of the world is to NOT be conformed to the world; but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

Our divine transformation will result in our being conformed to Him by the leading of His eternal truth and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When the Love of Christ controls us we become Christ-centered rather than self-centered. This results in victory over any and all forms of sin and failings in our daily life.

For us the worship of God by the renewing of our minds regarding forgiveness means that our thinking needs to be transformed so that we no longer forgive others from a worldly point of view; but rather we forgive in the same way that Jesus forgives others. To do otherwise is to disregard the instructions and example Jesus has given us.
Once again the instruction here from Jesus is perfectly clear …

“Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Mathew 18:21-22

This foundational Truth of never-ending forgiveness should be how others view each one of us, and then think and say: “He or she is the most forgiving person I have ever met.” This is how Jesus draws others to Himself through us. But the big question is: “who do you even know that is living out this type of a Christ-like forgiving spirit?”
The problem is that when Christians choose not follow the most basic teachings of Christ, others see them as hypocrites and this negative example leads others to become discouraged, and they turn away from the Savior. These Christians  become an anti-witness for Christ. When we follow the leading of Jesus, the opposite results occur as He draws others to himself through us.

The verse above explains the transformation of our thinking when we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and God’s eternal Truth. “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh” ( or from a worldly point of view). This is a Paradox Principle since it is contrary to the view that many will unconsciously and naturally and most likely have towards others.

It is natural for our most ugly character qualities to become apparent in response to others when they treat us badly, embarrass us, or hurt our feelings. We have all at times fallen into the most destructive habits when we become angry with someone else. But God teaches us a better way. “ BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.”  Ephesians 4:26-27

The scripture is clear. The question is not: “will you get angry?” But rather; when you get angry: “what will you do with your anger?” Letting to sun go down on your anger results in giving the devil an opportunity. This can lead to many evil responses. Slander, backbiting, gossip, lying, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, and resentment are only a few of the traps that the evil one leads us into once he has established a stronghold in our life.
All of these sins can lead us to act out of character and say and do things that we will surely regret. All of us have a pride problem that we must bring under control, or the evil one will use this problem to control and destroy us.

Anger and bitterness is like a cancer. If we allow this evil to grow … it will rob us of our happiness, our peace and joy; and most importantly hinder our fellowship with the Holy Spirit? And we have not even begun to mention the loss of valued friendships, respect, and our ability to be a positive witness for Christ.

Jesus has promised us that if we “humble ourselves to Him that He will lift us up.” James 4:10 We can only hear the leading of His Spirit when we are listening to the words of Christ that He has implanted in our hearts. His promises will give us the needed strength but we must listen to Jesus and His Truth and follow Him.

In closing, what about you … right now? Are you looking at others from a worldly point of view? Are you living for yourself, or for Christ? Are you following the pride of your flesh; or the Prince of Peace. Are you following: “Him who died and rose again on your behalf?"

Do you have the mind of Christ, or are you living and acting like a mere man?
Are you living out the life of forgiveness that the Savior has planned for you?

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1-2



God Bless you my friends, Bob

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Living Word







The grass withers and the flowers fall, 

but the word of our God stands forever.   Isaiah 40:8





The Living Word

by Dr Harold Sala


There are some truths that are so profound and meaningful that it becomes intensely painful to really confront them.  The implications are too great, too all-inclusive, too encompassing; so, refusing to confront them, we do one of two things: we ignore them, pretending that they are not there while all of the time they lie before us like the iceberg did when the Titanic, oblivious of warnings, pushed through the dark night.  Or, recognizing that they are there, we simply trivialize them, pointing out that things are not always as they appear and that there are other options.


OK, you may be thinking. Give it to us straight. With maturity and age (which are not always synonymous) you begin to see some things that just are not obvious at age 25. Now that I'm past that milestone, I see some things far more clearly than I used to. Such is the profound implication of how you view the truth found in the Bible.  "Just a minute," you may be thinking.  "Does it really matter that much what your views are of this book!"

Aha! That's where you find yourself in the category of those who trivialize the implications of this book.  Here's why. The implications of the contents of this book are tremendous, touching every part of my life including my business, my marriage, my money, my ethics, my work, my morality, my sex-life, my views of men and women, how I treat the elderly, what I think about abortion and stem-cell research and on and on.

If you confront what this book says, understanding that what God said in the book is to be taken at face value and embraced, then neutrality about some issues is not an option. In simple terms, the truth of this book touches my life, my conduct, and my thinking.

Many, of course, never get to that point. While vast numbers of people say they are Christians-and yes, own and carry Bibles to church with them-in reality they never fully confront what this book says. They dance around it, spiritualizing it, considering it a benchmark, something nice to shoot at but impractical in the world in which we live.

But most simply ignore the Bible, thus embracing situational ethics and weaving through the minefields of life hoping that they will not be discovered and thus embarrassed when society condemns their behavior.

OK, how do you know whether or not this book should be taken at face value, whether or not it is the living Word of God and that its truth should serve as moral and spiritual guidelines for living?  Jesus made a promise.  He said, "If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own" (John 7:17).  Take the challenge to find out for yourself. No other book in the entire world makes claims as does this one. Paul wrote, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). Twice-one time in the Old Testament and another in the New-it says, "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever" (Isaiah 40:8).

The greater your knowledge of this book, the greater will be your respect for it, and when you come to understand that it is a book given by God, you gradually begin to recognize that God gave us the direction He did for our benefit, not to make us miserable, but to show us how to live.

Don't take my Word for it. Study it and find out for yourself. It will change your life.

Dr Sala was my first bible teacher over 35 years ago.

God bless you my friends, Bob

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Human Viewpoint Thinking



Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing

and the woman was very beautiful in appearance

So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"  

David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her. 
2 Samuel 11: 11-12



We all have Human Viewpoint Thinking. 

We are born with it. It’s not all bad. Without it, we would fail at the most basic daily tasks. 
We learn a lot from our experiences, logic, and feelings. 

But on the other hand ... all of our mistakes, wrong thinking, and wrong decisions are a result of false conclusions, lust, and pride that are now ingrained, and are blocking our mind from accepting God’s eternal truth which is very often contrary.

Uriah was one of David’s bravest and most loyal men. He was obviously extremely important since he lived within view of the roof of the king. What would cause King David, whom God had blessed with everything imaginable, to seek out the wife of this most loyal follower? Evil … Human Viewpoint Thinking took control of David’s heart and mind. God’s counsel in his heart and mind was blocked out by his lust.

The results for David were disastrous. First adultery, and then Uriah was murdered to try and cover up the evil. David’s newborn son died. David was disgraced before God and men. And the resulting problems continued to haunt David until the death of his beloved son Absalom. But worst of all was that David fell out of fellowship with God. Following sinful lust and pride always leads to failure, loneliness, shame, guilt, fear and more evil.

The story of David and Bathsheba demonstrates that even when a person is a faithful follower of God, he is still open to ongoing attack from the god of this world. And the evil one will attack each of us where we are most vulnerable, when we least expect it, and in three primary ways: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. A similar attack led to the fall of mankind in the garden. Genesis 3:1-6 … but when Satan tried this tactic with Jesus, the result was the opposite. The devil's absolute failure (Mat. 4:1-11) led to Jesus Christ’s victory over the evil one, and deliverance for all of those who trust in Him forever.

When compared to David; or to Adam and Eve; there is one major difference in the story of Jesus that resulted in victory over the devil. Jesus simply replied to the tempter with authoritative statements of absolute truth from God’s Word, which is the sword of the Spirit … “and the evil one fled; and angels came and ministered to Jesus.”

How could the same man that wrote Psalm 23 also send his most loyal follower out with the intent to be murdered? That is easier to understand, when we know the depth of the evil that is still alive in the hearts and minds of men.  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 

The difference is that David was controlled by the Love of Christ when he wrote Psalm 23 and also when he defeated Goliath and Israel's other enemies; but with Uriah, David decided to follow the god of this world when tempted with pride and lust ... and then he was led by the god of this world to commit one evil act after another. 

You might say … “I do not believe that the devil is real, and that he is determined to destroy me” … then a pride problem is clearly in view. You are over-ruling God's eternal truth with your personal views. A humble mind is the way of escape. The lesson for all of us is that we need to understand the truth, and be ready to respond with the truth when tested. And we must accept that the eternal truth often has very little to do with our logic, feelings, experiences, and opinions.

To deny that the devil exists is to also to deny God’s eternal Truth and the author of our faith also … Jesus who we claim to believe. “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:11-12. 

What a difference we see between the response from Joseph when tempted by Satan in Gen. 39, and King David in 2 Sam. 11. One was controlled by the love of Christ and had Divine Viewpoint Thinking; and the other was consumed with lust and pride and fell into Human Viewpoint Thinking which rendered him unconscious spiritually and led him off the edge of a cliff.

God’s Word is filled with examples like David, Peter, and Paul at their worst, and at their best. The good news is that no matter how far we fall … Jesus is always willing to forgive us and lift us up. But we are still subject to the consequences of our actions.

The question for each of us here is: “how can we walk in the world; but not be of the world?”

First we must love God more than life itself. When we love God as He loves us, we will be seeking to know Him better, and this comes through prayer and meditating on His word, and by the leading of the Holy Spirit. We need to pray that he will reveal to us our personal weaknesses where the evil one is most likely to attack. When we humble ourselves to God he will provide victory in the areas where the enemy has established strongholds in our life, and He provides for us ways of escape.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Cor.10:13

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Cor. 10:3-5

When we know the Eternal Truth, and we love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind; we are then able to put off our old ways, and put on God’s new ways through the transforming and renewing of our minds by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is how we remove Human Viewpoint Thinking and replace it with Divine Viewpoint Thinking. This is our spiritual service of worship. This is how we worship Jesus rather than ourselves. Rom. 12:1-2

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 2 Pet. 1:2-4

God Bless you my friends, Bob