Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Intelligence of Intelligent Design

For a few years now it seems the Intelligent Design (ID) movement has been seeking to open the discussion of origins in the public arena. I'm not sure of its success. Those on the evolutionary side tag it "religious," and Creationists like myself would say it stops short of its ultimate goal.

It is true that to believe in evolution requires an enormous amount of faith. No intelligent person would say that nothing plus nothing equals everything, but in the realm of origins many people believe that. They often hold to the fantasy that everything just created itself...leave stuff long enough and it will grow and turn into human beings.

However, I would add that the Intelligent Design argument leaves out Intelligence. How can you explain the creation of the universe apart from its Creator? To leave out the Intelligence that created everything is to stop short of the answer. To properly understand creation one must understand its Creator. And for the evolutionist, you cannot divorce science from the One who created science!

The more I study the book of Romans for my upcoming course, the more convinced I am of the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and that there is no other way to the Father except through Him. No human being would ever invent such a theology as we see in Romans. Who would ever invent a gospel that leaves out human participation in doing something to appease the God he has so greatly offended? No religion in the world teaches that. The gospel of Christ is unfathomable, and far too genius to have been invented by some fisherman or shepherd.

However, as Romans teaches, many suppress the Truth in their unrighteousness. They live and breathe and act as though there is no God. Where I live 70% of people profess to be atheist. But I have yet to meet one after about 30 minutes of conversation who would deny that "something" is out there. They just don't want to call that "something" God!

To turn the conversation back to origins, if we want to understand the creation we must begin with its Creator. We must begin by understanding Him, our True source of intelligence.

As God said to Job, "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? " He (God) is our source of Truth and the ultimate witness of what happened on that first morning.

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Gospel According to Oprah

In this video are some clips of Oprah speaking about her view of God & the gospel. Scary!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Evolution vs. Creationism and Intelligent Design

The evolutionists are fully engaged in the war against God. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rejected the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School's application to grant degrees in Texas. Even though the boards that viewed the school on-site gave them good reviews Commissioner Raymund Paredes rejected their findings as "flawed."

Ben Stein's movie Expelled exploded into the top 10 this week on its opening weekend, despite only being shown on 1,052 screens. Expelled placed 9th in the top 10 ahead of Clooney's film the Letterheads that showed on twice as many screens. Several film critics have attacked Expelled due to its Intelligent Design content, but everyone should check out the film to see what the reviewers and evolutionists don't want you to see!

If you get a chance go check out Expelled and post your thoughts on the film!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

“Truth is truth, whether it’s spoken by the lips of Jesus or Balaam’s donkey.”
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George MacDonald

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Purpose Driven Life Gospel

Here is a video I found at Truth Matters blog. It is a video someone put together of Pastor John MacArthur speaking about the gospel in The Purpose Driven Life. It's quite frightening to think that this is the gospel taught in this book!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What I Listen To

I thought I would bring to your attention what I believe is the best Christian music on the internet. I enjoy listening every morning here European Standard Time to WOAK. It is a small Christian radio station located in LaGrange, Georgia. It serves West Georgia and Eastern Alabama.

During the weekdays there seems to be a lot of various programs available. Everything from J. Vernon McGee to programs such as Money Matters. But the music they play sends my heart towards heaven! Maybe you will think it is more old fashioned, but it is a good mixture of southern gospel, hymns, and various worship choruses. Click here to listen.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Two Are Better Than One

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. 10 For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up."

For over 5 years we have prayed for ministry partners who are like-minded with a vision for evangelism, church planting, biblical preaching, and with a desire to train up other men for leadership in the home and local churches. We praise the Lord for answering our prayers as we will soon be moving to work with Pastor Lojza and his wife Maruska. They are a great couple with a great zeal for the Lord, and a deep love for the Truth.

Jesus always sent out his disciples in twos and we look forward to teaming up with them to teach and preach God's Word in Moravia!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

My Need for Truth

There are many today who say "there is no truth." Fortunately they are wrong. There is truth, and there is not a person living today who doesn't need it. Our souls long for truth though we may not realize it.

A pilot wants the truth when he is flying through the clouds at 600mph to guide him in the correct path, a captain wants the truth when steering a nuclear powered submarine through the depths of the dark ocean, a doctor needs the truth when making an incision to open someone's chest for heart surgery, a child needs truth to teach him right from wrong, and our souls need truth so we can live in right relationship with God.

Truth is all around us. If there isn't truth then nothing is certain. If there are not laws of science and nature that are true then danger always looms, because you never know when something may erupt and destroy us all. But truth does exist and we rely on it daily. The problem is that many people neglect the truth in relation to spiritual laws and in relation to God himself and say it doesn't exist. Such people claim we can't know what is right from wrong, and therefore I can create my own truth and live how I see fit. According to such thinking there is no moral truth or absolute truth other than the "truth" that there is no moral truth or absolute truth. It is of course nonsensical.

I reject such thinking. I need truth daily. I need to be reminded over and over again of what is true and right. God repeated truths over and over again in Scripture. Why? Because we quickly forget. How many times in Scripture does the Lord say that people forgot? I haven't counted, but it is numerous.

We forget truth when we are most tempted to sin. When we face temptation we often only think of half the truth, like Eve in the garden. But thanks be to God that He has given us His truth so that we can know it, and so that we can live according to it! Without this truth we would just be wandering through life in complete uncertainty.

Truth protects us from sin, enables us to have a proper relationship with God, and gives us that which is necessary to live a full, complete, and joyful life.

Seek truth. You need it. I need it. We all need it.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Student Once Again!

I have been planning on announcing this bit of news in our next ministry news/prayer letter, but decided I would go ahead and first announce it here. I have been accepted into the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program at The Master's Seminary. So for the next three years I will be spending any spare time doing doctoral work in the area of expository preaching.

I am greatly looking forward to this adventure and trust that the Lord will use it for His glory and for the further spreading of the Word of God.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Teaching Romans

I'm in the midst of preparing for a one-week course on the Epistle to the Romans. So I'm a little slow in posting things. I have to almost perform a miracle in that I have 17 hours to teach the whole book! So I'll have to focus on the key things in each chapter. However, there are so many deep, rich truths in Romans that it's hard to narrow it down!