Rejoice in Today

13 03 2010

“This is the day which the L-rd hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” –Psalm 118:24

“The L-rd once told me anxiety is caused by trying to mentally and emotionally get into things that are not here yet or that have already passed—mentally leaving today and getting into an area of the past or the future.

Since then I have been trying to learn to lighten up and enjoy life. I try to live life one day at a time and not worry about the past or the future. We need to be responsible, but we also need to relax and take things as they come without getting all nervous and upset.

Learn to enjoy the good life G-d provided for you. In spite of all the troubling things going on in the world, make this daily confession: “This is the day the L-rd has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

(Joyce Meyer, “Ending Your Day Right”)

It’s funny how living in the moment can be construed to be really awesome and really terrible. I don’t think we are meant to “live in the moment” as in living with no concept of consequence, but I think there is a reason that Jesus said each day has enough trouble of its own (Matt 6:34). I’m not sure if it’s this society or time period or maybe this is just inherently our world—but we are very much encouraged and expected to look towards the future all the time. If the L-rd gives you long term leading, awesome…but often times He directs day by day. Whenever I start worrying about the future, I waste a day of opportunity. How wonderful and less stressful our days would be if we lived with less planning and more dependence! Every ounce of our humanity will be resistant to this lifestyle, but I truly believe that is how our L-rd work—asking us to trust and be faithful in the everyday kind of drudgery. This can be really challenging, but all we can do is keep striving toward it. I think the first step is to surrender and ask for the L-rd to refocus your eyes so you can be led on His path everyday. Don’t check out, give up, or walk away—the L-rd will amaze you along the way.

By faith and hope,
Mere





Evolution–A Problem of Information Part II (Fossils+Entropy)

4 03 2010

The most glaring fault to evolution is that the historical record does not support it. Often, biology and pro-evolution books contain neat illustrations of a species gradually forming over millions of years, step-by-step. Modern paleontology does not record evidence of any such formation ever taking place. If the concepts of evolution were true, every species would arrive through a gradual progression of positive genetic changes. This means “for every known fossil species, many more must have existed to connect it to its ancestors and descendents” (Sarfati).

Paleontologists and evolutionists recognize a serious threat to their whole argument–-evolution predicts innumerable transitional forms, yet all they have are a handful of debatable ones. Columnist John Baumgardner reports that Stephen J. Gould, one of the most famous modern evolutionists, “termed [that] ‘the trade secret of paleontology’ is the fact that the transitional forms one would expect to find . . . were evolution true, are systematically absent.” The very nature of the evolutionary process would require billions of species that lead to billions of successful species and billions of unsuccessful dead ends. Even Darwin recognized threat to his theory, in The Origin of the Species, asking:

“Why is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this is the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against my theory (227)”.

Fossil records show many of the same fully formed species, like the stegosaurus and pterodactyl, but do not consistently show the links leading up to them. Why are we finding the same fully formed species multiple times? Instead of searching for “the missing link”, the real search should be for the hundreds of millions of missing links.

These “missing links” are often supplemented in the scientific community with books that show huge intermediate-full fossil records. These books are misleading because they imply scientific discoveries in the fossil record that have never happened! Dr. Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist of the British Museum of Natural History and a renowned evolutionary textbook writer, admits:

“I fully agree with your comments about the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transition in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them…. I will lay it on the line–-there is no such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument” (Sarfati).

These “scientists” rely and report on paleontology discoveries that have not occurred.

Evolution also breaks basic physical law. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, also known as the Law of Entropy, states that all systems will tend toward the most mathematically probable state, and eventually become totally random. There are three most obvious implications to this law; functioning, structured and information systems all tend to disorder.

DNA, an information system, also falls under this law; as we see in modern culture, genetic defects occur more and more frequently.  The law is seen in day-to-day life; cars and buildings need repair. Even the human body can’t escape this law. As a person gets older, bodily functions deteriorate until death. Then the body turns into dust. The fact is that nothing escapes The Second Law of Thermodynamics. Einstein called it “the premier law of all science” and Sir Arthur Eddington said it was “the supreme metaphysical law of the entire universe”. This law is clearly violated as evolution says that everything began as simple forms and gradually evolved into more complex ones. The theory of evolution breaks the very basic laws of physics that all science is based on.

The problem with the belief that evolution is “science” is that evolution is not supported by: physical laws, statistical data, genetic research or historical evidence. Evolution is not scientific because science is based on observation.’ That statement is completely disregarded by anyone who says evolution is ‘science’.

It is known in the scientific community that codes, such as DNA, could not have arisen by chance. Evolution requires the increase in volume and complexity of genetic coding to work. However, the basic evolutionary tenants of natural selection and mutation operate on the loss of volume and complexity of genetic information. Evolution is not supported historically by the fossil record, which is missing innumerable links. Those who believe in evolution have to discard fundamental laws of physics that form the foundation of our understanding of the universe.

-Luke





Start Where You Are

3 03 2010


Start Where You Are

“Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again; and tomorrow I will give it.” –Proverbs 3:28

“When G-d tells you to help someone, it’s easy to put it off. You intend to obey G-d; it is just that you are going to do it later—when you have more money, when you’re not so busy, when Christmas is over, when the kids are back in school, or when vacation is over.

There is no point in praying for G-d to give you money so you can be a blessing to others if you are not being a blessing with what you already have. Satan will try to tell you that you don’t have anything to give—but don’t believe him.

Even if it is only small amounts of money, a pack of gum, or a ballpoint pen, start using what you have. As you begin giving what you have, G-d will bring increase into your life and you will be able to give on an even larger scale.” –Joyce Meyer, “Ending Your Day Right”

I think our daily challenge is to be intentional and receptive. Does someone ever rise to your mind randomly? More and more, I believe that the Holy Spirit speaks to us in the slightest little inklings or notions. What would it hurt to shoot a text message to a person that came to your mind at random! You might discover that it’s a divine appointment. I’m praying for awareness all the time now. Random seems not to happen very much these days; G-d seems to have plans in everything. Praise the L-rd! If you start your day praying for opportunities to show G-d’s love to people throughout your day, you might regret some of the challenging people He brings for you to love on, but I still think you will be blessed greatly by opportunities. G-d made it very clear in Genesis that it was not good for man to be alone. We need each other. Your love, whether through a text message, a candy bar, a smile, or whatever else, might be the boost that reminds one of your brothers or sisters of the kindness of the L-rd and gives them the strength to carry on. I like the way that John Wesley puts it:

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

One of the greatest commandments that the L-rd has given us is to love others. Just because you might not be able to do something that most people would consider big, don’t discredit the little things. I think the most loving things often come from the most humble circumstances and hearts. Let’s just try to live moment by moment. Don’t wait till you can get down the line in your job, or on mission in Uganda, or starting your own soup kitchen. Love others with all you have at the moment and let G-d be glorified through your smile or even just a stick of gum.

By faith and hope,

Mere





Intricately Beautiful

1 03 2010

Warning: This Post contains numbers! Don’t skip this one though, trust me. The conclusion is relevant and quite breathtaking!

Gen 1:16…He made the stars also.

The universe is also infinitely small. I’m a student of Molecular Biology (or uber-small biology). And the more I study the cells, atoms, and systems, the more I have come to realize just how amazing life is. There are thousands and thousands of chemical pathways and mechanisms going thousands of criss-crosing ways in every cells.

One single cell has more moving parts than New York City–containing more genetic information than the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 60 volumes of it, 6 times over. And you have roughly 75-100 trillion (with a capital T) cells in your body. Then there are roughly 200 septillion atoms in your body. That’s a 2 with 24 zeros following it!

If i were to get smaller than an electron of an atom, you would look to me to be mostly space–a galaxy of galaxies that i could travel through. Yes! You are a universe of atoms!All this moving, spinning, shaking, zipping around in order to make up your frame! As Albert Einstein said, “the thumb alone proves the existence of God!”

Feeling pretty big? If you have ever flown in a plane and looked out the window, you may be struck with a sense of how small we are and how big the world is. We live in a big world with 6.7 billion other people.

Starting to feel it? We live in a solar system nestled in a cluster of stars. That cluster lives in a bunch of clusters of hundreds and thousands of stars which make a pinpoint in our galaxy of about 100,000,000,000 (100 billion stars). Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of up to 500 billion galaxies–basically, a galaxy of galaxies. This is only what we can observe with modern technology!

These facts make Gen. 1:16 seem like a comic understatement! G-d had made this and that and–oh…he made the stars also!

David thought about what was around him in the world and remarked in Psalms 8:3-4

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

David was overwhelmed and he had no idea the extent of the earth, let alone stars and had no idea about cells. How more true is this passage today? How much more tomorrow? You may feel small now. But, believe it or not, such an infinite God cares about you. How can this be true when everything is so small and massive at the same time? Can God truly care for little old me…

This is not humbleness– it is not realizing the greatness of God! He’s so huge that he is small. He knows you at an intimate level. he knows the number of hairs on you head and goes as far as to care for sparrows! Check out Matt. 12. He is so big and his love so massively infinite that it extends to care for you! Only such an outlandishly infinite God could create such an outlandishly infinite universe and have such an outlandishly infinite attention and love.

If you want proof that God is able to love you in this way, look at the stars! If God can handle the unfathomable numbers of moving parts all around us, he han handle the care the complexities of your daily life. He literally is too big not to be able or willing to. Really–is there anything he can’t do? Only such a loving God can create something so intricately beautiful.

***For 2 pretty awesome videos of the known universe that will blow your mind check out this post from our sister blog StrayInklings! (shameless plug)





A Heart of Flesh

18 02 2010

“I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their G-d].” –Ezekiel 11:19

“G-d puts a sense of right and wrong deep within your conscience, but if you rebel too many times, you become hard-hearted. If that happens, you need to let Him soften your heart so you can be sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

The only way to develop a heart of flesh is to spend time with G-d. You must be in His presence on a regular basis to hear what He is saying. G-d often speaks gently, and those who are busy doing their own thing will not hear His still, small voice. Tonight as you spend time in the L-rd’s presence, ask Him to soften your heart so you can receive His direction at all times.”

-Joyce Meyer, “Ending Your Day Right”

This devotion definitely applies to me and I hope it will strike a chord with you as well. If you are seeking to find the L-rd’s leading and will, take a step back and sit in His presence for a while. I really need this time soaking Him up as well. Everything about this world tells us to plan our lives away and distracts us with a boatload of paperwork to fill out and hoops to jump through. Let’s resist this temptation together. The L-rd will grant His grace to us and lead us into His way, but we need to pause long enough that we can hear Him. How different would our situation look if we spent the same amount of time with Him, seeking His heart, as we do either filling out applications, researching, and worrying about the lack of plan as of yet. Don’t lose sight of the one that is guiding your path. If you will quiet down, you will be able to sense the inklings that He has been trying to give you. He may not give you a ten-year plan, most likely He wont, but He truly will lead you right now, moment by moment.

By faith and hope,

Mere





Stay in Balance

25 01 2010

“I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.” –Philippians 4:11

“Stability is maturity. To grow up in G-d is to come to the place where you can be content no matter what your situation or circumstances may be because you are rooted and grounded, not in things, but in the L-rd.

Paul was emotionally and spiritually mature because he knew whatever state he was in would pass. He had learned the secret of facing every situation of life, whether good or bad.

G-d wants to bless you and use you as a vessel through which His Holy Spirit can work. But in order for that to happen you must learn how to handle both the good times and the bad. That’s why it is so important to remember that whatever comes your way, “this too shall pass.” The good times and the bad never last forever, but through Christ we can handle either with joy and stability.” (Joyce Meyer, Ending Your Day Right)

The L-rd is the only one that can change our hearts and make them stable, but we have a choice to make. Will we let Him? Will we choose to remain steady? It’s easy in the midst of struggle to rely too much upon our feelings. Often times, we trust our feelings and let them dominate the way that we feel about the situation and ourselves. It’s hard not to dwell on the problems, but if we allow our hearts and minds to wrestle and our mouths to run about our situation, of course, we are going to struggle with being steady and stable. This is so hard. I think it’s a moment-by-moment surrender. If you have a feeling or thought that doesn’t line up with G-d and His control in your life, then banish it in Jesus’ name and refuse to let the lie or doubt take up residence in your heart and mind. This can be so hard, but G-d will come and help if we will only surrender and ask Him to make us steady. I’m moment by moment on this too; so don’t feel alone as you work it out. Remember that the L-rd is good and even in the times that don’t seem like His goodness, He never changed or walked out. Look to Him—He’s the only one that somehow stays stable.

By faith and hope,

Mere





Say Yes to G-d

21 01 2010

“No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it—what G-d has arranged for those who love Him.” -1 Corinthians 2:9

“G-d prearranged and paid for you to have and enjoy a good life before you ever showed up on planet Earth. Then He sent the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and the blessings He wants you to have. The key to receiving is simply obedience.

When you don’t obey G-d’s promptings you get off track and fail to enjoy all the good things He has in mind for you. Don’t let the devil trick you into losing out on G-d’s superabundance because of disobedience.

Begin sowing seeds of prompt obedience and divine blessing will overtake you. Radical, outrageous obedience will bring radical, outrageous blessings. Obeying G-d during the day helps us sleep good at night.” (Joyce Meyer, Ending Your Day Right)

Obedience can often be seen as a less than fun thing, but it truly is something that brings about such abundance. The L-rd is very clear in the blessings that He has planned for us: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the L-rd, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). The L-rd may have been speaking this to a specific guy, but His promises reflect that this is true to us all. The L-rd’s plans for you may be entirely different than you had planned on and may not always seem like a dream come true, but in the end, we know that they are all for the good. I think the L-rd likes to give us little glimpses to remind us when we start to doubt. In my life, I know the L-rd has taken me into a place and a path that is polar opposite from what I had planned in my little “American dream” mind. Now that I’m in this place though, I realize what a blessing it is to be here. We need to live like we believe that G-d is imaginative and full of dreams. He is the ultimate dreamer—He’s the one that made dreams come into existence in the first place. I’m really excited about all that the L-rd is doing and I’m excited and expectant about what is to come! He’s got dreams. He’s inviting us to be a part of them and experience the grandeur. Don’t be afraid to accept them.

By faith and hope,

Mere