Hymns of the Past – Why Should I Sorrow More?

Yesterday, dear ones, I was listening to Ray Comforts Hell’s Best Kept Secret yet again. If you’ve listened you know he uses the example of a passenger on a plane who will eventually have to jump. Something that struck me as oh, so true and sweetly so, was how he described the born again believer. He explained that, though the parachute is heavy and other passengers make fun of you for wearing it, though the flight be bumpy, or difficult, you can rest in the knowledge that you’re safe come time to jump. It’s so true that we have no need to sorrow more, we have this great hope for when we step into eternity. What a beautiful truth! This hymn fit so perfectly with that, I pray it blesses you as it blessed me.

Why should I sorrow more?

I trust a Saviour slain,

And safe beneath His sheltering cross

Unmoved I shall remain.

Let Satan and the world,

Ever my heart allure;

The promises in Christ are made

Unchangeable and sure.

The oath infallible

Is now my spirits trust;

I know that He Who spoke the word,

Is faithful, true, and just.

He’ll bring me on my way

Unto my journeys end;

He’ll be my Father and my God,

My Saviour and my Friend.

So all my doubts and fears

Shall wholly flee away,

And every mournful night of tears

Be turned to joyous day.

All that remains for me

Is but to love and sing,

And wait until the angels come

To bear me to the King.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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The Rock – But Can He Lift It?

Hello, beloved brethren, I hope this post has found you all doing well! It’s Friday, usually I only post on Fridays if there’s something I want to talk to you all about that doesn’t fit any of my other obsessively themed days of the week. I’d call it our Friday Funday, but that would be a theme. Themeless Friday? I’m digressing…this is why I have themes. I do actually have something important to discuss with you all, it’s in regards to a statement I’m sure we’ve all heard. “Can God create a rock so big He couldn’t lift it?” This is usually thrown about by atheists and is one of the easiest questions to segue into the Gospel that you’ll get. Law to the proud, grace to the humble, this question sets you up to do just that.

The question itself has been long since dismissed by philosophers as illogical, due to it committing the dreaded equivocation fallacy. If you’re beginning statement is that the God of the Bible is real, He is spirit and will be worshipped in spirit. This means applying the attributes of lifting anything to such a God is giving Him anthropomorphic qualities that go against His nature. Thus the God you begin with is not the god you end with, in such a statement. Logic is fun, huh? Fortunately it’s not taught in schools, so we’re still going to be asked this question. Smile, dear ones, when you hear this question! The lost are asking you to tell them about God!

When this is brought up I usually address the logic first, then I answer it in two ways. First the Law, explaining that there are things God can not do. He can not sin, He is righteous, He is holy, He is not man that He should lie. Run the person through the ‘Good Person Test’ or explain the Law and how we’ve broken it. That’s the best way to show how God is a just Judge, who can not let criminals go. That’s when you can address God made man, Jesus Christ, who lived a holy life and died in our place. Grace to the humble!

It wasn’t very long ago, beloved friends, that we went through logical fallacies. If you missed that series here are all the links.

#1 Laws of Logic

#2 First Law

#3 Law of Identity

#4 Excluded Middle

#5 Ad Hominem

#6 Straw Man

#7 No True Scotsman

#8 Argumentum Ad Populum

#9 Reification

#10 Bifurcation

#11 Equivocation

#12 Red Herring

#13 Begging The Question

We must always be prepared to give an answer for the hope which is within us. Anytime someone wants to talk about God, or the Bible, remember that they’ve asked you about that very hope, even if they’ve done so in a malicious or facetious way. We should be overjoyed when this happens, and lovingly give an answer. It’s possible that the person asking is not truly open to an answer, they might just enjoy the argument that follows. This is why the Law is for the proud, and grace is for the humble. Some sow, others water, but only God can bring the increase. Share the truth as lovingly as you can, and move on. By moving on, of course, I mean pray for that individual. Daily. Don’t be discouraged by these type of questions, or let them hinder you from sharing the Gospel. The power to save has never, and thankfully will never, rest on us. We must do what we can, weak and flawed as we are.

If you’re interested in hearing refutations for the so called ‘contradictions’ in the Bible our brother in Christ, Pastor Jim, deals with those here. Also, another brother in Christ, Tom, has been dealing with verses twisted by Roman Catholics, and how to handle those situations, here. I’m so thankful for these brothers diligence, and careful handling of Gods Word! I pray they’ll be an instrument of edification for you all, as they have been for me. If you have any questions, or have spoken to lost friends and family members and would like me to join you in prayer for them, let me know in the comment section. Have you heard this question? What kind of odd questions have you heard? As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Chhihno from Cambodia

This weeks testimony is from Cambodia, dear ones. HeartCry Missionary Society is sharing the Good News of the Gospel all over the world, even in places where it’s dangerous. Please join me in praying for our Cambodian brothers and sisters, and the missionaries of HeartCry. Let us also rejoice in Gods goodness that He saves wretched like us! To God be the glory!

Below is the testimony of our brother in Christ, Chhinho from Cambodia. I pray his story blesses you as much as it blessed me. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

http://www.heartcrymissionary.com/chhinho-s

Dynamic Series – Hydrodynamics Part II The Laws

Hello again, beloved brethren, I hope this post finds you all doing well. If you’ll recall, in our series through dynamics, we’re on Hydrodynamics now. Today we’re going to discuss the laws of hydrodynamics. Isn’t it wonderful how God designed everything, put it all in motion, and upholds it minute by minute. Without this consistent obedience to Gods law, the blood flowing in our veins might cease, the waters running down our rivers could settle, life would stop. God truly has revealed Himself in His creation, we are all without excuse. What are these laws that literally keep our heart beating? The Laws of Conservation.

No, we’re not talking about reusing plastic. The Laws of Conservation of mass, energy, and linear momentum are the three laws used when referencing fluid dynamics. The conservation of mass is simply that mass can not be added or removed in a closed system. It’s the same law as matter not being created nor destroyed. Remember, dear ones, God finished His work on day 6, and rested on day 7. Nothing will be added to, or removed from, Gods work until Christ returns. In regards to Fluid Dynamics, Conservation of Mass has implications for movement through things such as ships in an ocean, or blood cells through veins. You can move the mass of fluid, you can put pressure on it to manipulate the flow, but you can not create fluid from nothing, nor can you destroy it.

The second law listed is the Conservation of Energy, most often called the first law of thermodynamics. I left thermodynamics last because, well one it’s my favorite, and two, it ties these all together. This Law states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, like mass it just changes forms. Again, my friends, God rested on the 7th day from all His works. The last law mentioned is linear momentum, also known as Newton’s Second Law of Motion. This just states that the movement of a fluid is equal to the force applied. Our heart pumps our blood at a certain rate, rushing oxygen to the needed places. The movement is equal to the force.

Those are the three laws that Hydrodynamics follows, Conservation of Mass, Energy, and Linear Momentum. I can not stress enough to you, brethren, that our universe is orderly, not chaotic. From the planets orbits, to the microscopic atoms, everything does what it’s supposed to do. To look around at these laws, so beautifully and intelligently designed, and suggest that an explosion created them is genuinely repressing the truth in unrighteousness. I hope this series blesses you all, and glorifies the Creator by showing yet again that He truly is upholding all things. As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – A Divine Cordial by Thomas Watson

Hello again, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all well! Today I’d like to review another Thomas Watson book. As you’ll recall, Thomas Watson was a Puritan preacher in the 17th Century. His books have been a tremendous blessing to me, so it should come as little surprise that I loved A Divine Cordial as well. This book was first published in 1663, so you guessed it, it’s in the public domain. Translate free. I read it as a result of the wilderness wondering I’m in at the moment. This past month has been a series of difficulties, which made this book a beautiful read. A Divine Cordial is Thomas Watson’s exposition of Romans 8:28, in which he explains how God works the joyful, and the sorrowful for our good as born again believers.

I recall when I was first born again that year was simultaneously the best of times, and the worst of times. The wilderness I was brought through effectively worked sanctification in my life, and drew me to lean more fully on Christ crucified. I earnestly look forward to the results of the hardships I’m facing now, though I’d not wish the pain on my worst enemy, the pruning always brings forth greater fruit. And that, beloved, I do wish on you all. This is why A Divine Cordial was so timely, although I wish I had read it a few weeks ago. Not only does Watson exegete this verse, along with many other, in a clear and concise manner, he also presents the Gospel. Which makes this book a perfect gift for everyone struggling, including those we love who are lost. It explains why we go through difficult times, and how we can still bring glory to God in them. That being said, I whole heartedly recommend this book to all believers, with a suggestion that you read it before the hard times come, so you’ll be better prepared. This book is, like I said, in the public domain so you can read it for free here, listen to the audiobook free here, get the kindle here, or a hard copy here.

Dynamic Series – Hydrodynamics Part I An Introduction

It’s Monday yet again, my friends, which means it’s time to exercise your brain. We’re continuing our Dynamic Series today with an introduction to Hydrodynamics. Hydrodynamics is a branch of physics under Fluid Dynamics, which is a subcategory of Fluid Mechanics. Hydrodynamics is in the same class as aerodynamics, so much of what we’ll cover over the next few weeks will be similar. However, hydrodynamics does have some fascinating differences, and applications, which affect areas of study such as anatomy as well as the global deluge!

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So what is hydrodynamics? It’s the study of fluids in motion, mostly liquid, and how they are affected by other forces, as well as the fluids affect on those forces. You may remember a fellow named Daniel Bernoulli from previous posts in this series. Not only did he contribute greatly to aerodynamics, he actually named hydrodynamics while researching how blood flows under varies degrees of pressure. Another well known name we’ll discuss down the road is Blaise Pascal. He made some amazing contributions to this field, as did Isaac Newton.

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Hydrodynamics is yet another field of study in which man has only discovered the workings of a world created by God the Father. As I’ve said before, explosions of nothing into everything, chaos and destruction, with random chance mixed in, is mathematically incapable of creating order. This means that each time we dig deeper into the laws of science we’re peering into Gods design, adding layer upon layer of impossibility to evolution. I pray this series is an encouragement to you, beloved brethren. Next week we’ll discuss the laws of hydrodynamics, so stay tuned! As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Homeschooling Resources – Stopping Everything For the Grasshopper Named Leafy

So today, friends, we had our lessons all planned out when we were approached by Leafy the Grasshopper. One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the ability to use every teachable moment. So naturally, we dropped everything to research Leafy. Don’t worry, insect loving friends, he’ll only be in the jar for a day before we’ll let him go.

I hate bugs, genuinely, there’s passion in my dislike for anything creepy crawly! Kayleigh, on the other hand, is absolutely fascinated by all of God’s wonderful creations. She names them, whether she catches them and observes them, or not. This little guy’s name is Leafy.  Leafy has given us another excellent opportunity to review insect lessons we’ve done in the past, and also to dig a little deaper into grasshoppers specifically. So we’re learning what they eat, and where you can find them, and also their anatomy. Here below is a  worksheet if you’d like to join us, and also a video with some neat facts!

Grasshopper Anatomy

Ugh, just look at that face, am I the only one that thinks grasshoppers look like they’re in a constant state of judgement over the human race? So yuck! What type of insects do you all find around your home? As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.