Where’s the Proof? Evolution vs Creation

I Believe in Intelligent Design — I Am Waiting for Proof Otherwise — And it’s Just not There

At church I am in the middle of a great series called, “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.”  It talks about how hard it is for people to think critically concerning life’s biggest questions.  I find that people today can’t make tough choices concerning what is right and wrong, not only in their lives, but also can’t or won’t take stands when it involves society around them.  In other words, they don’t even want to convict the worst criminals without video coverage posted on YouTube.  This was most evident when Casey Anthony was found not guilty on all charges concerning her child going missing and found dead.  The jury could not even find her guilty of child abuse.

This week I am talking about Intelligent Design vs. Evolution.  I really don’t care if people believe in Creation or not.  What I dislike though, is when evolutionist say that all the evidence is on their side.  God is not afraid of science and neither should we.  He created it.  The problem lies in the fact that nobody was around 6,000 years ago (Creation), let alone 5 billion years ago (Big Bang Theory).  The bottom line is that if you do not believe in God, then you have to believe in a whole bunch of random chances happening over a really long time.  Notice that when an evolutionist can’t explain something, he just adds a couple of more million years to his hypothesis. I happen to believe in a Divine Creator who made us around 6,000 years ago.  He planned us and explained what we needed to know in the Bible.  My main point in this entry is this:  whether you believe in Creation or Evolution, you must believe your theory based upon faith.  You have to have faith in God, or faith in a whole bunch of random events happening.  Either way, you have to take a leap of faith.

To help you in your quest, I am adding a whole plethora of resources here that will give you a great deal of information from some really smart people.  Since I am no expert (but I am a critical thinker), I will not fool you by trying to get into all the science, but I can point you in the right direction.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/christian_worldview/whats_a_christian_worldview.aspx

http://www.colsoncenter.org/wfp-home

http://hsvisualresources.com/science/evolution-vs-creation-ken-ham/

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Stop Using Seeking as a Way to Avoid the Truth

Do people really want to know what the truth is, or are they simply looking for a truth that is popular?  Jesus said that the truth will set you free.  Notice He did not say it would make you popular with the culturally elite of the world.  We have in Christendom a ten year old movement labeled loosely as the “Seeker Movement.”  It is where we are targeting people who are seeking the truth.  One of the founders, Bill Hybels, recently said that they were completely re-evaluating their evangelism model because their churches are really good at creating seekers, but not transforming them into disciples.  This is not a criticism of Hybels or the seeker movement, but I do want to expose those who keep seeking but never seem to find the truth with a challenge to quit using seeking as an excuse to not follow Christ.   My theory is that most seekers know the truth, but they do not want to commit because it is unpopular, too hard, or simply goes against what their flesh desires to do.

Church Invitation Equal to the Great Commission?

If I just invite someone to church is it the same as fulfilling the Great Commission?  The answer:  Yes.

The Great Commission was Jesus’ command to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  The biggest concern most people have about Jesus’ command to evangelize the world is people telling me they do not know what to say.  The good news is that most church’s altars are staffed with volunteers who do know how to connect or reconnect someone  to Christ.

Case and point.  Just this week a young mom brought a neighbor and friend to church.   After the message was done and the altar was open, the first one up to the altar was this young lady with her friend in tow.  She committed her life to Christ.  As I greeter her at the door she thanked me for the service and said she felt as if that sermon for just for her.  I get no credit as God knew just exactly what she needed.

So, lets all get busy inviting people to church, it just might change their life.

Working on My Behalf Behind the Scenes

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT

This is one of my favorite verses of all time.  The reason it is such a blessing to me is because it states the promise that God will work on my behalf behind the scenes when I ask.  In my life, it seems like everyone else in the world is working against me, it is nice to know God is working for me.

This promise does have several conditions though…

Four components of Romans 8:28:

  • A knowing…or in other words you have to have confidence in not only God’s ability, but His’ desire to work on your behalf
  • Understand that God is working on our behalf behind the scenes where you can not always see (that is why we have to have faith)
  • A real love of God…the Bible says if you love God you will keep His’ commands
  • Be called according to His’ purposes…God’s has a plan for this world, His’ church and people and you have to seek His purpose for your life not do your will and ask God to bless it

As you will find often in scripture, God has wonderful promises for Christian believers, but you do have to do it God’s way.

You Can Change Someone…But Very Little!

Here are some great questions to ask one another before you get married.  Some people feel like they can change their spouse after they get married, only to find out people do change…but very little.  So, to make sure there are no surprises I am giving you some questions to ask one another before you get married.

To make this really work answer these questions by yourself, then go back and compare them with your fiancée.  Be ready for a long night, because these may seem simple and easy, but they unpack quickly.  The very one that seems like a slam dunk may become an unnavigable mountain.  Answer them now, or fight about them later.

Questions Before Marriage

Would your family support your choice to marry?

Is there anyone in either of your families that disagree with your marriage?

How many children do you want?

When do you want to start having children?

Who will take care of the children during the day?

What hobbies do you plan on keeping up with?

What kinds of past friendships do you plan on maintaining?

What religion will you be?

How will you raise your children in respect to religion?

Who will handle the money?

How many checkbooks do you plan on having?

While both are workings whose money is whose?

Will you rent or buy?

Where do you want to live?

What will you name your children?

Will you have pets?

What kind of school will your children attend?

How will you work out disagreements?

Who will work?

Who will stay home?

Who will do what chores?

What is the role of the husband?

What is the role of the wife?

What is your political party?

Will you buy a car?

What are your major goals and dreams in life?

Where will you spend holidays?

What family traditions do each of you want to carry on with your children?

Are there any quirks your future spouse has that you want to change?

A Great Set of Wedding Vows

As a pastor, I am asked to perform a lot of weddings.  Everyone wants to see my vows, so I am publishing them here on my blog so there is an easy way to access them.  The vows are very important and are tied to all the principles that make marriage work.

It is even great for old married folks like me to review these and see what we vowed many years (25 and counting for me) ago ourselves.

Vows

Pastor: In a moment I am going to ask both of you to make vows to each other.

The wedding vows are very important.  I am going to ask you to take an oath before God and these witnesses today.  I am challenging you to promise to be:

· Faithful and true to each other

· Along with all your worldly goods,

· In sickness and in health,

· In poverty or in wealth,

· Until death do you part

I want you to make a decision today to nurture this relationship where you may have years of happiness together.

To Groom—-


Pastor: __________, do you take __________

(Groom)                                              (Bride)

To be your lawfully wedding wife?  Your response is?


Then turn to her and make this profession of your faith—


I, __________ take you __________

(Groom)                                   (Bride)

· To be my lawfully wedded wife and my closest friend,

· My faithful partner in life and my one true love.

· I give to you my sacred promise to stay by your side as your faithful husband,

· In sickness and in health,

· In joy and in sorrow,

· To always be open and honest with you.

· I promise to love you without reservation,

· And cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

Ten Secrets to a Successful Marriage

A big part in my blog is to point people to great resources.  Not good resources, great resources.  Focus on the Family always has great resources.  This one is perfect for Valentines Day.  Every couple must work on keeping romance alive in our marriage.  It is like most things, it doesn’t happen automatically. You can click here to go to a series of six articles from Focus on the Family by Mitch Temple on how to have a healthy marriage.

Ten Secrets to a Successful Marriage

  1. Change your mind, change your marriage.
  2. Happiness is not the most important thing.
  3. Couples discover the value in just showing up.
  4. If you do what you always do, you will get the same result.
  5. Your attitude does matter.
  6. The grass is greenest where you water it.
  7. You can change your marriage by changing yourself.
  8. Love is a verb, not just a feeling.
  9. Marriage is often about fighting the battle between your ears.
  10. A crisis doesn’t always mean the marriage is over.

Let’s all get to work on making our marriages like a slice of heaven on earth.

Rules for Fair Fighting in Families

Yes, it is OK to fight in a family as long as you establish some rules.  There is a fair and unfair way to fight in families and it is up to the parents to set these guidelines and enforce them.   As of this posting we have them hanging on our refrigerator.  We even devoted a (or several) family meetings to them.  Here they are.

  1. Listen and try to understand where others are coming from.
  2. Avoid yelling, verbal threats, or abuse (keep it ramped down).
  3. Maintain a honoring, respectful and loving atmosphere.
  4. No name-calling.
  5. Use an open communication style.
  6. Keep the focus off the person’s character.
  7. Don’t bring in past “garbage.”
  8. No violence.
  9. Avoid accusatory language (e.g., “You never…You always…”).
  10. Only one person talks at a time.

I’ve added some biblical principles here too:

  1. If you break one of the rules apologize with a sincere, “I’m sorry.”
  2. The party being apologized to should reply with a sincere, “I forgive you.”
  3. Deal with the issue before the end of the day, never sweep an issue under the rug.
  4. After trying to resolve an issue face to face unsuccessfully, bring in a third party to mediate.
  5. Always pray before you try to resolve something, it will often soften hearts along the way.

Happy fighting.

The Miracle Prayer

Miracle Prayer — Just Add Faith

Dear Heavenly Father, I believe that You gave your only son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins and

that you raised Jesus from the dead on the third day and that He is sitting on the throne next to you.

I admit that I am a sinner, I believe that you are knocking at the door of my heart and I am opening

that door to you right now.  Come and live inside my heart, take the old me away and make me a

brand new person.  I am confessing Jesus as my lord and savior…Amen

Roman Road

The ROMANS ROAD….is a pathway you can walk.

It is a group of Bible verses from the book of Romans in the New Testament.  If you walk down this road you will end up understanding how to be saved.

Romans 3:23  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin.

We were born under the power of sin’s control.

– Admit that you are a sinner.

Romans 6:23a  “…The wages of sin is death…”

Sin has an ending.  It results in death.  We all face physical death, which is a result of sin.  But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God, and will last for all eternity.  The Bible teaches that there is a place called the Lake of Fire where lost people will be in torment forever.   It is the place where people who are spiritually dead will remain.

– Understand that you deserve death for your sin.

Romans 6:23b  “…But the gift of God is eternal

life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Salvation is a free gift from God to you!  You can’t

earn this gift, but you must reach out and receive it.

– Ask God to forgive you and save you.

Romans 5:8,  “God demonstrates His own love for us, in

that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”

When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that  we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life.  He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!

– Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change.  His love bought you out of being a slave to sin.  His love is what saves you —  not religion, or church membership.  God loves you!

Romans 10:13  “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!”

– Call out to God in the name of Jesus!

Romans 10:9,10  “…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting  in salvation.”

– If you know that God is knocking on your heart’s door,

ask  Him to come into your heart.!

Jesus said,

Revelation 3:20a “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”

Is Jesus knocking on your heart’s door?