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Bigger Than We Think | Christianity Today

It was a moment of crisis in my faith. As a young doctoral student in astrophysics, I had just read some work by Stephen Hawking that would eventually go into his classic A Brief History of Time. Up to this point in my Christian life, I had relied on a solid argument to use with my atheist friends. In response to, “The universe began with a Big Bang,” I countered with, “But who started it all off—who lit the explosion?” And at the time, science seemed to support my answer: There was no way to combine quantum theory and relativity and therefore no way of describing the first moment of the universe.

Hawking, however, was speculating on how the universe might have lit its own Big Bang. If that was true, did I need a Creator anymore? I asked Sir Robert Boyd, a leading physicist and Christian, about whether Hawking might be wrong. Sir Robert simply replied, “The biblical Creator doesn’t need to hide in little gaps in science.”

The Christian doctrine of Creation has often been hijacked by controversies over how old the universe is. It has been hollowed out by the theory that God simply ignites the universe and then goes off for a cup of coffee, never touching his masterwork again. It is interesting that attacks on belief in a Creator, whether from Hawking, Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion, or Lawrence M. Krauss’s recent A Universe from Nothing, tend to target this diminished deity. But the Bible has a much bigger understanding of God as Creator. Not only does the doctrine of Creation feature in Scripture beyond just Genesis 1, God’s creative activity permeates every moment of the history of the universe.

My Hawking-induced crisis of faith spurred me to move beyond a “God of the gaps”—a shrunken deity enlisted merely to fill any remaining pockets of mystery that science has yet to illuminate. Indeed, my experience has been that recapturing the doctrine of Creation in its scriptural fullness points us toward a much more exciting understanding of creation. It points us toward a God for whom science is a gift rather than a stumbling block. And perhaps most importantly, it points to a Creator God who is worthy of worship, enjoyment, and trust.

via Bigger Than We Think | Christianity Today.

“I Like Your Christ, I Do Not Like Your Christians. Your Christians Are So Unlike Your Christ.”

The Spirit of Fear is not from God

 

Many Times We are Unaware that we are being Guided by the Holy Spirit

 

Furniture fit for The Kingdom

Harrison Higgins builds furniture made to last literally hundreds of years. In this short film, the Virginia woodworker describes the ideas behind his furniture-making—and the beauty revealed when we treat the world around us as more than a resource or even a social cause, but as a sacrament. source

Wanted: Woman willing to give Birth to a Neanderthal Baby

Samuel at Gilgal

NeanderthalDoes this sound ridiculous or what? Even if we have the technology to create Neanderthal babies, should we? Jennifer Lahl writes:

No, this is not a tabloid headline you read while waiting to checkout at the grocery store or something you might read on Craigslist in their Help Wanted ads. This was a casual comment by Harvard University’s prestigious geneticist, George Church, made in a recent interview for Germany’s Der Speigel magazine. . . .

But just how far-fetched is this idea? In 2009, scientists in Germany reconstructed the Neanderthal genome and boldly proclaimed that with these new technologies (and $30 million) they could produce a living Neanderthal. . . .

As scientists pursue this technology in hopes of resurrecting an extinct species or of dealing with endangered species, one has to wonder what limits should be placed on this new science? What are the moral criteria that will be…

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The Desires of Your Heart!!!!!!!!!

 

Psalm 91- The Lord protects me

Ancient Paths


I live in the shelter of the Most High
And I find rest in the Shadow of the Almighty
This I declare about the Lord on High,
He alone is my rock and my safety
He is my refuge and where I go to hide
When my enemies surround me
And a thousand fall at my side
Traps and snares try to grab me
But the Lord rescues and I rejoice gladly
Deadly diseases and a world of evil things
Yet My God covers me and protects me under His wings
His promises are yes and true
Our armour, protecting me and you
I will not be afraid of the terrors in the night
Though the world tries to fill each heart with fright
The Lord goes before me, He strengthens me with His might
No evil can touch me, my prayers reach His heights
For I know He hears each word…

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The Sword

 

Noah’s Ark is up and operating, not in Mount Ararat but the Netherlands

North Carolina church vows to stop marriages until same-sex couples can wed

School To Perform Play That Parodies Bible With Gay Characters

Can the Devil Rob You of Your Healing?

The church that’s opened its doors to Islam

'I Am NOT Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!'

My Comment:  Exodus 20:3 “Though Shall Have No Other god’s before me!”

Daily Mail

A Scottish church has become the first in the UK to share its premises with Muslim worshippers.

St John’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen now welcomes hundreds of Muslims praying five times a day in their building as the nearby mosque was so small that they were forced to worship outside.

The minister of St John’s, Rev Isaac Poobalan, has handed over part of the church hall to Chief Imam Ahmed Megharbi and the imam has led prayers in the main chapel.

Rev Poobalan said today that he would not be true to his faith if he did not offer to help.

Sheikh Ahmed Megharbi, left, and Rev Isaac Poobalan, right, behind the altar at St John's Episcopal Church, Aberdeen, which is also being used as a place of worship for Muslims

Sheikh Ahmed Megharbi, left, and Rev Isaac Poobalan, right, behind the altar at St John’s Episcopal Church, Aberdeen, which is also being used as a place of worship for Muslims

Rev Poobalan, right, said he would not be true to his faith if he did not offer to help his neighbours with their overcrowding problem

Rev Poobalan, right, said he…

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Joining God in the Renewal of Fine Art.

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“How can I overcome the pain of betrayal?”

This is a wonderful post…It makes me think however, how betrayed God must feel from the distance, the cold heartedness and the evil that has consumed His children today. So, if we feel betrayed and angry from our personal circumstances, if we are able to fathom the betrayal Jesus felt – then IMAGINE the betrayal that God our Father has felt, and the hurt that He must have suffered watching mankind turn their back on our most loving and caring Creator. And in all His pain, He forgives us and gives us eternal life.

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Betrayal is a gross violation of trust and can be one of the most devastating  forms of pain inflicted upon a human being. The suffering of betrayal is often  magnified by a sense of vulnerability and exposure. For many, the pain of  betrayal is worse than physical violence, deceit, or prejudice. Betrayal  destroys the foundation of trust.

David was no stranger to betrayal: “If  an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself  against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my  companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we  walked with the throng at the house of God” (Psalm  55:12-14). The closer the relationship, the greater the pain of  betrayal.

Jesus knew the pain of betrayal firsthand. The worst, most  treacherous betrayal of all time was Judas’s betrayal of…

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I Am Not Ashamed Of The Gospel Of Christ! (video)

Rebuilding the wall

daily meditation

wallsNehemiah 6:1: Now it came to pass, when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah, and to Geshem the Arabian, and unto the rest of our enemies, that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein (though even unto that time I had not set up the doors in the gates),

By this time in the journey of Nehemiah, the walls of Jerusalem had been built, a major aspect of making Jerusalem a fenced city has been taken care of (different people taking care of different part of the walls).

Note that this is a process of restoration, subsequent to efforts made for the rebuilding of the temple.

The temple has to do with restoration of relationship with God, while the building of the fence has to do with delineation of divine inheritance, restoration of possession.

(Also what Adam and Eve lost first was…

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EXAMINE YOURSELF!

Strangers and Aliens

Preacher: Paul Washer
Source:Youtube.com

The following sermon was presented by Bro. Paul Washer in 2006 at Grace Community Church (gccsatx.com)

This sermon has challenged and angered many self-professing Christians since it was first presented.

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None Enter Heaven Who are only Half-Inclined

Samuel at Gilgal

Charles H. SpurgeonDo you really and earnestly want to be delivered from this fallen state of nature and to be brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God? According to C. H. Spurgeon:

None enter heaven who are only half-inclined to go there. Cold prayers ask God to refuse them. When a man manifestly does not value the mercy which he asks, and would be perfectly content not to receive it, it is small wonder if he is denied. Many a sinner lies, year after year, freezing outside the door of God’s mercy, because he has never thoroughly bestirred himself to take the kingdom of heaven by violence. If you are willing to be unsaved, you shall be left to perish; but if you are inwardly set and resolved that you will give God no rest until you win a pardon from him, he will give you your heart’s…

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