Creation

A New Home

A New Home

2 Peter 3:13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

Things on earth are broken, but we can hold firmly to God’s promise of a coming day, when Jesus will recreate and restore all things. Righteousness will reign fully in the new heaven and earth.

Eager Expectation

With eager anticipation, we can look forward to that magnificent day. In this certain hope, we carry on faithfully, knowing our labor in the Lord is not in vain. Our future is secure.

A Flourishing World

Try to envision the breathtaking beauty of a world with no sin, suffering, or death – only righteousness and shalom.

No longer will evil darken the earth. All will flourish in goodness.

Our True Home

As much as we love this planet, it is not our permanent home. We’re made for the flawless new creation to come where God will dwell intimately with us. What a joy to anticipate our true home!

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Dust to Dust

Dust to Dust

Have you ever stopped to ponder the brevity of life?

In Genesis 3:19, we find a profound truth that reminds us of our mortal nature:

“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

This verse serves as a reminder that our existence on this earth is temporary and that one day we will return to the very dust from which we were formed.

Humility of our Origins

When God created humanity, He formed us from the dust of the ground and breathed His life into us, giving us a unique place in His creation. Yet, this verse from Genesis reminds us of our humble origins. We were not created to be above the earth or separate from it, but rather to be connected to it.

Our lives are a constant reminder of our dependence on God and the humbling reality; physically speaking, we are finite.

Embracing the Temporal

Our time on this earth is limited, and rather than being disheartened by this truth, we can find a profound sense of purpose and meaning in it. It compels us to prioritize what truly matters, to invest in relationships, and to make a positive impact during our brief sojourn.

Knowing that our lives are like a fleeting mist, we are encouraged to live intentionally, seeking to love and serve others, and to leave a lasting legacy.

Hope of Resurrection

While Genesis 3:19 emphasizes the reality of our mortality, it does not leave us without hope. As believers, we find comfort in the promise of resurrection and eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Though our bodies may return to dust, our spirits will live on. In 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, the apostle Paul speaks of the transformation that awaits us:

“The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.”

This hope assures us that the end of our earthly journey is not the end of our story. We look forward to a glorious resurrection, where we will be reunited with God and experience everlasting life.

As you contemplate the profound wisdom found in Genesis 3:19, and as you navigate the brevity of life, embrace your humble origins, live with intentionality, and find hope in the promise of resurrection.

Remember, it is not in the length of our days that our true significance lies, but in how we embrace and steward the time we are given.

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Eager Expectation

Eager Expectation

Romans 8:19 presents a profound truth that stirs the imagination:

“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.”

This verse invites us to consider the grand scope of God’s redemptive plan and our role within it. It speaks to the anticipation and longing of all creation for the revelation of God’s children, those who have been adopted into His family through faith in Christ.

The phrase “the creation waits in eager expectation” suggests that the entire created order, from the majestic mountains to the smallest creatures, is eagerly awaiting the full manifestation of God’s redeemed people.

It’s as if creation itself is yearning for the moment when the beauty and glory of God’s children will be fully unveiled. This speaks to the significant impact that our lives can have on the world around us when we live as true children of God.

As children of God, we are called to live in a way that reflects our heavenly Father’s love, grace, and righteousness. Our lives should shine as a testimony to the transformative power of God’s redeeming work in us.

Just as the world eagerly awaits the revelation of God’s children, may we embrace our identity and purpose in Christ, allowing His love to radiate through us and impact the lives of those around us.

Remember that our lives have a divine purpose beyond our individual experiences. We are part of God’s redemptive plan, and creation itself longs for the revelation of God’s children.

Live in a way that brings honor to your heavenly Father, sharing His love with others, and participating in the restoration and renewal of all things.

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Evolution and the Pesky Problem of Soft Spots

Evolution and the Pesky Problem of Soft Spots

I was the pastor of a church in the small rural town of Emporium; a quaint little town nestled deep in the mountains of Northwest Pennsylvania.

 

During my tenure there, an old middle school, which had been the centerpiece of our community for nearly 80 years, was up for sale. Our church acquired the building and subsequently found multiple uses for it.

 

It was not uncommon for retired teachers, who taught in this building, to stop by and reminisce about the good old days, and to see what we were doing there!

 

One day, while I was headed to my office, I met one of the local school teachers walking in the main hall. As we talked, we both commented that we had attended school there; reminiscing about the teachers, classes, and activities we took part in.

 

In the course of the conversation, we discussed the future use of the old building and I divulged that we were considering the idea of running a Christian School there. I went on to share how I considered much of the teaching, in the public school setting, was not entirely accurate.

 

I could see that she was beginning to feel uneasy about the direction of the conversation, but I gently pressed the conversation.

 

Natural selection is inadequate in explaining evolutionary processes

 

I shared how I felt the whole idea of evolution and natural selection to be inadequate in its explanation of how humanity came into existence. She looked puzzled and said; “how so?”

 

I used a simple illustration to show the folly of evolution; here is what I shared with her.

 

I asked if she ever wondered why most living creatures, including humans, have eyes. Almost every creature that lives either on land or in the sea has them. I asked her; “In light of the theory of evolution, how can this be?” She looked confused, so I continued.

 

The theory of evolution espouses the idea of natural selection; or the “survival of the fittest.” The idea is that weaker and more vulnerable creatures, and those less able to adapt, would become extinct; the strong would survive. She agreed.

 

According to the evolutionary theory, it would have taken millions upon millions of years for the eye to evolve into the functional apparatuses that they are today.

 

The problem with soft spots

 

That means almost all the creatures on the planet would have to live with ever increasing “soft spots” right in front of the most sensitive part of their body; the brain; for millions of years!

 

It would seem to me, that those animals with this soft spot on their head would have been exploited by other, more aggressive animals, who would quickly take advantage of this weakness.

 

It would stand to reason, that from a purely evolutionary standpoint, the whole idea of an eyeball would have been a really, really bad idea! With that, she said; “Huh, I never looked at it quite like that.”

 

Indeed, when we use a little common sense, we can see the silliness of what so many take for, as fact!

 

Interestingly enough, as our technology increases and we unravel the mysteries of the human genome, scientists are discovering more and more evidence of complex intelligent design; at every level!

 

It is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the theory of evolution

 

The intricacy of the creation that surrounds us is stunning, and with the advent of the electron microscope and other scientific tools, it is becoming increasingly difficult to continue with the whole idea of random chance, as the driving force, creating it all!

 

Many years ago, it was purported to be the solemn truth, that the world was flat. Anyone who denied this issue was criticized, mocked and called crazy!

 

As mankind bravely continued to explore the world, and study the cosmos, gaining knowledge and understanding, they began to realize the world was actually round! Who knew?

 

Unfortunately, there are still many who believe the earth is flat; disregarding the overwhelming evidence that it is not.

 

I wonder if someday soon, the evidence of an intelligent designer will become so overwhelming, that even the most ardent supporters of evolution will have to agree that this theory is no longer valid. One can only hope!

 

I am sure, just like the case with those who still believe in a flat earth, there will be those who refuse to see the folly of evolution and they will hang onto those myths as long as possible.

 

Finally, concerning the whole issue of creation, there is a rather old book; some would say an ancient one; that gave a great deal of insight concerning this topic. What book did you ask? Hold on. . . It’s the Bible, and here is a relevant excerpt:

 

Romans 1:20

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

 

This book, by the way, that has been mocked, burned, and made illegal in many countries; still has relevant truth today. Perhaps this current scientific generation, ought to consider the truths mentioned in its pages; doing so may just help illuminate the pathway to even more stunning discoveries; after all, the God of the Bible, is the One who created science in the first place!

 

God has placed an insatiable desire in the heart of mankind to learn, to seek, and to gain knowledge. It is as if God Himself has placed a trail of breadcrumbs for us to discover along the way, and that scientific trail will always point to Him!

 

So grab a microscope, a telescope and keep searching, keep looking; one Day, His face will fill your lens!

 

 

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