Twisted Tuesday – Can God Act?

Good morning beloved friends! Today I want to talk about a twist in scripture that’s truly grievous to my heart. There’s a belief that God will not act unless a man prays for Him too. Is this Biblical? What happens when we take the full counsel of Gods Word into consideration?

This twist is really frightening to me, as it is an attempt for man to steal the glory from God. When a man suggests that God acts because he told Him too, who gets the glory? So often we twist Gods Word to demote Him to the level of man, while we promote man to the level of God. With such a low view of God is it really any wonder people have no joy, peace, or contentment?

When we recognize that the sovereign God, Creator of the universe, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, condescended to become man, took on the punishment for our sins, died for our iniquity, rose again for our justification, and now sits at the right hand of the most High, we can proclaim loudly with the other saints ‘Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me? I once was lost, but now I’m found! Was blind, but now I see!’ Praise God!

If you believe you can tell God what to do, might I suggest that you’ve forgotten to take the full counsel of Gods Word? We do not pray to get God to act, He is working even until today! Because He acts, we pray! Because He wrought such a work within us, the act of redemption, salvation, sanctification, and justification, we pray. If the god you worship is not a sovereign god then you’ve created an idol in your own image. You need to work through your salvation with fear and trembling. The Biblical God is the only one and true God. It is His Son, Jesus Christ, which died for our sins, by faith in Him alone can man be saved. Beloved brethren, this is why we must continue to be good Berean’s and study to show ourselves approved.

Molecular Machines – Helicase

Hello beloved, and happy Monday to you all! Last week we started a new series detailing some of the tiny machines that work within cells. We discussed the ATP machine last week, which is essential for life. This week we’re going to talk about the Helicase.

The Helicase is a protein motor involved in the replication of DNA and, like ATP, it’s also essential for life. This machine, like the other molecular machines we’ll be discussing, are far more complex than anything we can build. The Helicase, as you’ll see in the video below, is active in every cell in our body.

Friends, I pray this series will help you see the grand scope of just how complex our bodies are. Molecular biologists all agree these machines appear to be designed specifically for what they’re doing, although secular scientists suggest it’s in appearance only. As scientists learn more and more about our cells, and DNA, their faith in evolution is continually shaken. Which stands to remind us, as they create ways to hold to their faith against all scientific evidence, that the facts are not what stops them from seeking God. A sinner will no more seek for God thank a criminal will seek for a police officer, as brother Ray Comfort likes to say.

All the evidence and grand arguments we can give to the lost will not save them. They love their sin, so they suppress the truth in unrighteousness. The beauty of these machines bring a believer to a greater appreciation of the mind of God, the Creator of the heaven and the earth. I’m not writing this series to convince the lost to be saved through the complexity of design. It is the Gospel which is the power unto salvation! I’m writing this series to bless you, beloved! I pray it is a blessing! As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Sunday Hymn of the Past – Hallelujah! Raise, O Raise

1 Hallelujah! Raise, O raise

to our God the song of praise;

all his servants join to sing

God our Savior and our King.

2 Blessed be forevermore

that dread name which we adore:

round the world his praise be sung

through all lands, in ev’ry tongue.

3 O’er all nations God alone,

higher than the heav’ns his throne;

who is like to God Most High,

infinite in majesty!

4 Yet to view the heav’ns he bends;

yea, to earth he condescends;

passing by the rich and great,

for the low and desolate.

5 He can raise the poor to stand

with the princes of the land;

wealth upon the needy show’r:

set him with the high in pow’r.

6 He the broken spirit cheers:

turns to joy the mourner’s tears;

such the wonders of his ways;

praise his name, forever praise!

By Josiah Conder

Answers News – 1-25-18

In yesterday’s Answers News Ken Ham has returned with Dr. Georgia Purdom and Bodie Hodge to discuss articles and news items. This episode discusses abortion and LGBT concerns, along with some logic and a little politics on the side. I pray these episodes are a blessing to you all, beloved brethren, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – According to the Promise

Hello, beloved brethren! Today I want to bring to your attention a book which would be excellent for evangelism. C. H. Spurgeon’s According to the Promise is a book outlining the difference between true and false conversion. He used the comparison of Isaac and Ishmael throughout the book to highlight certain characteristics of believers and legalistic church goers. I love how relevant this book is today, although it was written so long ago. So many of the Prince of Preachers words have stood the test of time, because he stuck to Biblical principles.

One of the things, I think, that made Spurgeon such a winner of souls was that he never presumed upon the salvation of others. He loved the lost enough to question whether they were in the faith. He challenged all he met to work through their salvation with fear and trembling. The end result, like he says in this book, is that the truly saved rejoice and find great peace and joy in the assurance of their salvation. At the same time, those deceived into believing they can work their way into heaven become aware of their danger.

I would recommend this book to anyone, believer or nonbeliever. Spurgeon details the path to salvation, accurately depicting the Gospel, while giving all the warning signs of coming up short. I spent so long trying to work my way into heaven, the harder I tried the harder it got, until I was overrun by sin. Finally I gave up all my efforts and humbled myself before God Almighty, my plight was great, my need was infinite, my ability was futile. I needed a savior, I could not save myself. We can save our friends, family, coworkers, and fellow church members, a lot of pain and suffering by being honest with them like Spurgeon is in this book.

I pray this book will be a blessing to you all, dear friends, as it was to me. If you have any books you’d like me to review please feel free to let me know. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Answers News – January 22, 2018

Hello beloved! Did you know that Answers in Genesis does a live show every Monday and Thursday at 2:00pm right from the ark? Me neither! I was so excited to find this wonderful resource. I don’t know about you, but I get pretty sick of there being nothing appropriate to watch. Even when the show itself is ok, the commercials are horrific.

Enter Christian shows like Roman and Jorge, The Comfort Zone, and Answers News. I won’t be able to watch live, so I’m going to be posting the links the day after. I didn’t get this posted yesterday, so I’m posting it today. Brother Ken Ham is often on the show, however for this episode he was gone. No need to fret, everyone’s favorite molecular geneticist Dr. Georgia Purdom is filling in. She’s on the show quite a bit, to my delight, as her work in genetics has been absolutely eye opening! I hope you will all be blessed by this show, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday- Separated From Gods Love

Beloved, there seems to be a pattern of folks using half a sentence to twist scripture into fitting their errant beliefs. This twisted Tuesday is no different. I watched a video the other day of ‘church leaders’ explaining that abortion was ok because nothing could separate you from Gods love.

This goes right along with the unbiblical belief that hell does not exist, or the false doctrine of universalism. The idea that God is Love, He sent His Son to die for everyone’s sins, so everyone has been forgiven and will go to heaven. Take this to its logical conclusion, that means Hitler, Stalin, Moa, and Bin Laden are kicking it on the golden streets with the likes of Calvin, Luther, Spurgeon, and Sproul. That’s utter nonsense, God is a God of love, and with His love comes justice. You and I love our spouses and children, and if someone came in to our houses and brutally murdered them we would expect justice from the judge. Shouldn’t the judge of all the earth judge with at least the righteousness we seek from our local judges? So why the disconnect? Why the insistence on taking this beautiful verse, with it’s unbelievably amazing implications for the believer, twisting it out of context and promising it to lost sinners?

If this verse can be applied to all of humanity then sin does not matter, responsibility is abandoned, and repentance is made useless. Mankind has been attempting to avoid responsibility for their sins since the very beginning of the fall. Adam blamed not only Eve, but God who gave him Eve, for his sins. Eve blamed the serpent. Salvation comes when we humble ourselves, take responsibility for our sins, repent, and trust in Christ alone. Once we are in Christ, then and only then can we say, nothing will separate us from the love of God. Beloved, we must be cautious to never misuse Gods Words, as they are needed for instruction and understanding. Let’s not soft peddle sin, but show the sinner the truth of the Good News through the light of the bad news. Yes, you are lost in your sins, and if you die in them you will be cast into eternal damnation on judgement day. But you need not lose hope, for Christ Himself died for our sins, so that you and I can be forgiven! Not by our works, lest any man should boast, but by the free grace provided by God! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Monday Molecular Machines – ATP

Beloved brethren, you all know how excited I get when discussing molecular mechanisms. Over the next few weeks I’m going to highlight a few of them on Mondays. These spectacular design features reveal the intelligence of our Creator in a whole new light. So, please, feast your eyes and ears on the cells energy machine, ATP…

Friends, our bodies have trillions of cells, each one with more intregal parts than an airplane. God created perfect DNA in the first man, Adam. From that perfect man God created Eve. After the fall that perfect DNA began to mutate, and follow the laws of thermodynamics. We tend to look at our sins in comparison to one another, I’m pretty bad but at least I’m not as bad as Danny Deadbeat. That’s not how God sees sin, beloved. One sin was all it took for Adam and Eve to be put out of the Garden. One sin is all we need to keep us out of Gods presence in Heaven.

Our sin is not against one another, but as David said, we have sinned against God, and God alone. On judgement day we’ll be held accountable for every sin we’ve ever committed, even our thought life. While God is a God of justice, He is also a God of lovingkindness. He entered His creation as the only one who could bare the wrath we store up. Jesus Christ became the bridge for the massive gulf between you in your sinfulness and God in His righteousness. He hung on the cross, bore our sins and judgement, and paid our sin debt, becoming the sacrificial lamb of God. Because of what He has done you and I can be saved from judgement day. Cry out to God, repent of your sins, put your faith in Christ alone, and by Gods grace alone you will be saved.

Next week we’re going to look at the Helicase, an amazing machine involved in DNA replication. As always, dear brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Saturday Worksheets – Ants and More

#homeschooling

Hello brothers and sisters in Christ! I have the blessed pleasure of sharing with you more of Pastor Jim’s homeschooling lessons. The reason I adore these lessons is not just that they’re wonderfully educational, and gripping for younger learners, but that brother Jim uses every opportunity to bring this lesson back to the fact that God is the creator. Any lesson where I can bring things back to God is a great lesson!

Lesson 1 – Ants Living Together

Lesson 2 – Growth Stages

Lesson 3 – Ants Body Parts

Lesson 4 – Adult Ants

If you’re homeschooling older kiddos I thought this link below was pretty exciting. AiG has online courses where your youth can learn from their PhD scientists!

Answers In Genesis Online Courses

Unfortunately Kayliegh caught a really nasty bug this week (side effect from daddy working in the pediatric part of the hospital) so we didn’t make it very far through her copy work scriptures. She’s finally starting to feel better, so I’m sure next Saturday I’ll have plenty of scripture work to share with you all. Until then ‘Go serve your king’ just kidding…that’s not my catch phrase. Be good Berean’s, beloved brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.