Tuesday, February 14, 2017

See "Is Genesis History?" in Theaters February 23rd!

Readers of this blog know from following my Bible timeline studies that I believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis. I believe that when God said He made the world in 6 days He did just that. Some have problems with this but I do not. God, the true and living God, the self-existent I AM would not require even 6 days to do this and yet that is the time-frame that He chose for setting His creation in motion. 

This is the God I worship because I believe Him when He said He created the world in 6 days. He was there and I was not. It's His testimony. I think there is a lot riding on God's credibility.

When He says that Jesus died, was buried, and was resurrected in order to pay the price for my sins because He loves me and desires to spend eternity with me I believe Him because there were witnesses. It's their testimonies recorded in the Bible. If I cannot believe what God says in Genesis, how can I believe what He says in the New Testament? Simple answer: I can't.

If God's Word is true then there should be science to support it. Everyone holds one of two world-views and the proponents of each examine the same evidence and then draw radically different conclusions. Most scientific documentaries are written from an old earth perspective. 


Last week Pastor Dad and I had the privilege of seeing the premier of a documentary written from the Biblical perspective. We are not scientists, we - or rather, he - is a theologian, and I am a student of the Bible, but we both enjoyed the discussion and explanations between the host, Del Tackett, and the scientists from various fields as they examined the evidence and presented their case for a young earth.

Now I would like to encourage you to see the movie Is Genesis History? in select theaters February 23rd. Click the link to the website where you will find a search engine to locate a theater in your area for viewing the movie and link for purchasing tickets.



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Yes, Genesis is history. Be sure to check out the introductions and timelines for all of the books of the Bible found in the tabs above on this website because the whole point of providing them is to show how everything in the Bible fits within the framework of known history.


Friday, December 23, 2016

PRINTABLE of 2017 Bible Reading Schedule Now Available

Not only is the schedule available on the tab above every single day of the year, but it can also be accessed by clicking on the picture below. Happy reading!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2017 Bible Reading Schedule

The Bible reading schedule for 2017 is now posted. It can be found on the tab at the top. Note that it is the chronological schedule and that the printable has not yet been uploaded. That will happen within the next few days.

Note also that reading is scheduled for Sunday, December 31, 2017. This is necessary since the year begins and ends on a Sunday providing one less day, Monday through Saturday, than usual on which to read following the normal schedule.

The printable will be added soon.

Thanks to those who have asked for it. Your patience will soon be rewarded!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Blind Love and Blessings: Revisiting the Edge

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I went there again last night: That cliff where I hung in despair almost 20 years ago. Oh, I didn't climb down and hang on for dear life as my fingers released one-by-one like I did then, but I revisited the place like the morbid tourist that I am. You know, the one that visited the Inquisition Museum while in Lima, Peru or the person who always goes to cemeteries on vacations as well as historical prisons that attest to the sinfulness of man. (Alcatraz, anyone?) 

But this was personal. I was not looking on in curiosity at someone else's monument. I was viewing myself hanging there clinging to life.

And I didn't like what I saw . . . or felt. The pain of it all still exists.

I once again questioned the Lord about the circumstances behind the despair. Not the "Why me?" or "How could you allow this?" questions, but "Are you really able to use my disability for your honor and your glory?" is what I asked. Frankly, if the answer is "no" I might as well just climb over the edge right now.

I don't have my answer yet. 

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Last night our study group was discussing a segment of the Bible study I wrote of I John. It was one of those nights when it was difficult keeping everyone's attention focused upon the path ahead. I really needed a shepherd's hook instead of a Strong's Concordance in my tool box. Sometimes in these circumstances the "somewhat related" topic where we stray is not so far removed as to be ignored and often is serious enough to warrant attention. Such was the case here.

The premise presented by someone in the group was that there are people who
  • A. Either will not accept Christ, or
  • B. Will not serve God
because they are angry over circumstances that God has allowed in their life. The corollary - as I understood it - was that this is somehow justified, or at least understandable when it affects people of certain demographics.

I'll grant the premise. There are people who either will not trust God or will not serve Him because they are angry over something "horrible" that He has allowed in their lives, but I WILL NOT agree that it is ever justifiable for anyone to continually use their circumstances as an excuse to be angry with God!

And that's when I unwittingly found myself standing on the edge of the precipice. I alluded to my own personal affliction (without actually going into detail about what that affliction entails) and emphasized the severity of my battle all those years ago by using the "S" word. (Suicide)

I heard the gasps. I saw the wide eyes of some of the ladies and the lowered heads of others.

I felt my face grow red.

The clarification was made that I had contemplated it in those days I shut myself in my room while suffering deep depression but I had never attempted it then or at any other time. Never. Somehow, it didn't seem to help the situation. At least it didn't help mine.

Comments were made about how hard it is to carry the burdens of a pastor's wife. Perhaps true, but totally irrelevant. Being a pastor's wife is not as hard as carrying a personal burden laid upon me with the permission of God Himself.

Today, the morning after, I am weary and worn. I've revisited a place I never wanted to see again and the trip has left me exhausted.

I may not know yet if God is using my affliction for His honor and glory, although I truly hope He is, but I was reminded once again why I felt the leading of the Lord when writing my study. Chapter one makes it clear that I am to enjoy personal fellowship with others. In fact, God Himself wants to fellowship with me!

Me! 

If my true appearance were manifested to the world many would consider me a freak. But God does not care about my physical appearance. Jesus was manifested to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. (I John 3:5) He became a social outcast and accursed of God for me. He was separated from both men and God so that I could have fellowship with humanity and Deity.

So pray that my eyes will be drawn away from the cliff and its focus on my physical appearance and placed upon that hill called Calvary where my spiritual beauty was assured. And pray that I don't make it a regular habit of using "shock therapy" to prove my point unless it will somehow be used for God's honor and glory.