Wednesday- Jesus Teaches

#John8:1-2 #JesusTeaches

I’m going to take a break for a few weeks from our usual Wednesday testimony to encourage the brethren in a different way. Here recently I stumbled into a conflict within the church that was being handled very poorly by some. As a young believer I was greatly discouraged to see men, old enough to know better, treating elders in the church shamefully, and on social media, for all to see. It sent me where discouragement always sends me, to prayer and study.

God once again encouraged me through His Word, and in my times of praying for these men, I was reminded that they are just that…men. Fallible men will discourage where an infallible God will encourage. And so today I want to talk about a verse that particularly encouraged me during my study. John 8: 1-2


Can you imagine what it must have been like to sit and listen to Him teach? And yet, His earthly ministry was short, eternity is everlasting. This verse encouraged me by reminding me that the things of this world are passing away, the discouragement will come to an end, and eternity will be spent in His glorious majesty. I wonder if we’ll have the chance to sit and hear Him teach? Until then let us hang on every word that was written, for in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh!

One more thing, brethren, slander, and gossip are sins. I’m grieved to see it taken so lightly by so many, let that not be said of you and I. We are to seek peace where it is at all possible. And as always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourself approved!

Twisted Tuesday – The Vanity Fair Church

#TwistedTuesday #SeekerSensitive

Beloved, I’m going to discuss something that many others have addressed already. It needs to be repeated, then repeated again, until Christ comes back. The church does not meet on the Lords day to entertain the goats. The church does not meet any day of the week to entertain the goats. John 3:16 is the scripture being taken out of context, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have ever lasting life.


What is happening in modern churches today is that shepherds are starving the sheep to feed the goats, believing they should bring the whole world in. Rather than expounding Gods Word, exhorting believers, edifying the body, and growing in grace and knowledge, they are busy being ‘relevant’. Why would the church ever feel the need to compete with the world, when friendship with the world is enmity with God? This stems from the desire to have the approval of man rather than the approval of God. It’s also the reason why the back door of these churches are as busy as the front door because the church can not out world the world.

We are supposed to be separate from the world, in it but not of it. The idea of ‘seeker sensitive’ churches needs to be deconstructed. Whom are the seekers? Christ said all those who seek Him will He in no ways cast out. He also said that His sheep hear His voice. Are goats the seekers then? Of course not, the unbelievers filling the churches would sue if they heard a sermon on sin. But Christ told people to go and sin no more, seekers are sheep that know His voice.


What then is the benefit of bringing a mass of unbelievers into a service and entertaining them? They never hear the gospel or repentance, thus they go without salvation. I see two benefits of running a church in this manner, praise for the pastor, and cash in the collection plate. We are called to neither of these ends. Are these ‘churches’ really just the blind leading the blind?

I have a family member who will not hear the gospel or step foot in a church because he believes they are all just businesses making money. This is the danger of setting aside the great commission, to sell our soul and gain the world. In the end, the world will reject them, the gospel is smeared, Gods name is blasphemed, and the sheep go unfed. Please brethren, encourage your pastor and elders to uphold the Word of God and reject the Vanity Fair Church.

As always, friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Saturday Worksheets – Mercury

#homeschooling

Last Saturday I posted some Bible verse copy work Here. Today I’ve finished a worksheet for teaching on Mercury, along with a coloring page and some scripture copy work.

My goal was to make the worksheets fun and educational, without adding all the assumptions evolutionists often add to textbooks. I decided to start with Solar System worksheets because I’ve been doing a series every Monday on the subject. Most of what I’ve incorporated into the worksheet you can find over here Mercury

Mercury

1 Corinthians 1-27

Mercury Coloring

I hope these worksheets are a blessing to all the homeschooling, Sunday school teachers, and parents who want to teach their little ones science without naturalism and evolutionism.

 

Historical Theology – Lectures by Dr. Nathan Busenitz

#Dr.NathanBusenitz #HistoricalTheology #MastersSeminary

Hello again beloved friends, I just wanted to take a quick moment to recommend this lecture series on historical theology. It’s not just absolutely fascinating, it’s also pertinent to the times we’re living in. There are so many theological falsehoods today, it’s helpful to ground yourself with a greater knowledge of the historical beliefs of the church.


I find this to be particularly imperative for the leaders of the church, and the men in each household. My daughter is 6 and she wants to be exactly like daddy (that’s her wearing his glasses up top) I am so blessed to be able to teach her, and we have a lot of fun learning, however when daddy speaks she hangs on every word. Perhaps that’s the case in your home? That makes a clear understanding of theology even more important. We need to know how to correct our brothers in sisters lovingly, and also how to teach those under us.

I hope you will all find this as interesting, and instructive, as I have!

Saturday Worksheets

#Genesis #Homeschool #Worksheets

When I started this blog I went through a series of the reasons we homeschool which you can see herehere, and here. One of the things I’ve had to supplement at home has been scripture copying and Biblical science. There are few resources out there for homeschooling creationists, but very few are free.

So, every Saturday as often as I can, I’m going to post worksheets I’ve created using worksheet designers. If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see put into a worksheet please feel free to mention it in the comments section.

These worksheets will be great for Sunday school, homeschoolers, or parents that are hoping to bring a greater understanding to their children. I’m working on the science worksheets, they might take me a couple more weeks. However, below are some copy-work worksheets making their way through Genesis free to download.

Genesis1 1-2

Genesis1 3-5

Genesis1 6-8

Genesis 1 9-13

Genesis 1 14-19

Genesis 1 20-23

Genesis 1 24-25

The one thing I hope you will all notice is that God has gone to great lengths to show explicit days, an evening and a morning day 1, this type of Hebrew phrasing is there to give a clear picture of 24 hour days. Anyone who seeks to had years to these days is not just taking God’s Word out of context, but is adding to it so it says something it does not say. That is very serious, we need to be careful not to tamper with God’s Word, in any circumstance, much less just to match secular opinions.

I’ll post the rest of Genesis chapter 1 and hopefully some science worksheets next Saturday. Until then, friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Natural Theology

#falsedoctrine

This is a strange one for me, as natural theology is certainly something I espoused pre conversion, but not something I had ever thought through. As I mentioned last week, while I’m researching these Tuesday posts I tend to be reminded of the decade I spent in false religion. I can remember thinking, and saying, that anyone who dies having never heard the gospel would not be condemned. That thought may make it easier for all of us to stay comfortably at home, without needing to spread the gospel message to all those lost in their sins, but it is certainly not biblical. It also doesn’t seem to be possible, since becoming saved Christ is all I want to talk about. All other conversation feels like wasted time.


So what is natural theology? It’s the belief that people can become saved based on the amount of knowledge of God they have naturally. The Bible certainly tells us that Gods creation shows us the obvious Creator. The problem is that man is naturally sinful when we recognize there is a God we create golden calves rather than seek for truth. I had enough knowledge to know that I was created, and needed to worship the Creator. However, until God saved me, I had created a false god after my own image. The natural theology of man will always tend toward idolatry. My god resembled Santa Clause or a magic genie who lived to grant my requests. The recognization of the true God led me to repentance, deep sorrow over my sins, and devotion to Him.



Many people teach, preach, or believe natural theology today without even realizing it. It’s on the air on most ‘Christian’ television shows, how often do we hear that people don’t need the gospel they need food? Christ fed people, that’s true, but He also convicted them of their sins and called them the follow Him. What good is temporal food if your soul is lost?


Unfortunately, this theology has caused a majority of those claiming to be Christians to feel comfortable in disobedience, whether they realize it or not, they are ignoring the great commission. Who needs to go tell the world about Christ if the world can get in a different way? I had been wondering over the last two years where the urgency is in the church. When you look at church history, men like Paul didn’t just die for the Gospel, they lived for it. How many miles did the great men of the Reformation travel to spread the Good News? We have the capability to spread that news further and faster than we ever have, and now the church has decided we don’t need to?


Should we listen to man, or should we listen to God? Since I got saved I’ve had to go over everything I thought I knew and double check it against the Bible. I had listened to man for so long, it was almost terrifying to see how much I had been taught that didn’t match up with The Word. This is yet another doctrine of demons that need to be refuted. Can man come to salvation on his own? Christ told Nicodemus in John 3 that we have no more part in our second birth than we did in our first. On our own, we will set up idols to worship. On our own, we are lost. We can be saved from the wrath to come by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.


Christ, and Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. That’s the miracle of salvation, anytime anyone is saved it’s a miracle. That miracle only comes through the hearing of the Gospel. Go forth and tell all the world the Good News. Beloved, stand firm in Gods Word, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved. The world needs to hear the truth, there are so many lies, we must be armed to make a defense for the hope we have!

The Heavens Declare – The Earth

 

Earth

 

Today in our series of the solar system we are going to speak briefly about Earth. I could stay on this subject for months and not cover all the tremendous beauty and majesty of the Creators creation. However, to keep things organized, I’ll just talk about Earth as a planet.

Earth is the third planet from the Sun and is the only planet known to be inhabited. Secular models suggest this planet is 4.5 billion years old right now, although those numbers tend to change from decade to decade. Earth is over 70% water, with the perfect atmosphere to sustain life, and a magnetic field that protects it from the Suns charged particles. Its axis is tilted slightly giving us light seasonal changes. It rotates at a speed slow enough not to cause disastrous winds, and fast enough to insure the side of the Earth facing away from the Sun doesn’t freeze.

 

Earth’s-Magnetic-Field-Drawing

The main evidence as a planet the Earth gives against the secular models is the large amount of water. If you smoothed out the Earth’s surface, the oceans would flood the entire planet with a mile and a half deep of water. That’s a lot of H2O. If Earth was created this close to the sun, there’s no possible way for it to have water. Evolutionists have tried to invoke asteroids, or comets, as the means for this water. There are numerous problems with this, such as the composition of ice. However, even if those objects had the right materials, there isn’t enough of them to produce our water supply. The issues don’t subside there. Our magnetic field is also a problem for evolutionary models. Earth’s magnetic field looses half its energy every 1400 years, so if you work that back, the magnetic field couldn’t be more than 20,000 years old. All secular astronomers admit that geomagnetic fields are simply a mystery. They have no explanation for it. The last problem I want to list, although I encourage you all to research further as I’m just scratching the surface, is that Earth should be old, cold, and dead like the other planets. But, after so called “billions of years”, our planet’s core still radiates immense heat, and volcanic activity persists in spite of what should be happening.

 

John-1-3

What was Gods purpose for Earth? God created the Earth for man. Many theologians call this Gods common grace. I have often felt that if I had never been given the unbelievable gift of salvation, just the grace God gave me in allowing me to live my life with my beautiful daughter and amazing husband would be more than I ever deserved. This is what’s meant by common grace, not that the grace itself is common, but that it’s given to everyone.

I hope you’re still enjoying this series, beloved, and that you’re being encouraged to stand firm in Gods Word. As always, friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!