The custom of sinning takes away the sense of it, the course of the world takes away the shame of it.
Wednesday night, while the Creation Truth Foundation was here for our Vacation Bible School, our youth got to spend some time with a pretty cool telescope and an unclouded sky (for the most part). We got to see Jupiter up close, and found the Ring Nebula and the Whirlpool Galaxy as well. The night sky is an amazing sight, and I could spend hours watching it!
This video is a very brief synopsis of the night sky to whet your appetite, from the Institute For Creation Research.
Ian Juby is a creationist with a creative bent. He has several excellent videos on Youtube which present a young earth theology of Genesis and humanity’s origins, and with a humorous element that I’m sure you’ll find entertaining. Here is one of my favorite videos he has released, answering the question of what happened to the dinosaurs. You can find more of his videos here.
Vacation Bible School is happening this week at our church, and we are hosting the Creation Truth Foundation this year for a full-family event. CTF is an organization based out of the Oklahoma City area that is focused on presenting a biblical worldview of origins and the early chapters of biblical history in Genesis.
This video is one of many on YouTube, and gives a brief answer to a question on the age of the earth. Dr. Sharp, the founder of CTF, and Dr. Jackson, give a credible, yet brief, answer to this often asked question.
This passage of 1 Peter is one of the clearest statements that Peter makes that he is writing to people who are not Jewish, but Gentile and pagan. You can see his statement in 1 Peter 4:3-4.
Peter uses a very general word here that can be translated either or “pagans” or “Gentiles,” from which we get the word “ethnic.” It is a general word, and most of the time, it is translated as “Gentiles,” but the usage of “pagan” here is appropriate, because it speaks more to the immoral behavior of the culture than an ethnic description. Peter is writing to people who were once a part of that behavior, and have since repented and walked away from it. However, they still live in such a society, and the draw of temptation and the world’s pull is a strong one. So Peter writes to encourage them.
Those who have watched his readers leave that lifestyle simply don’t understand it. It makes no sense to them, and they think it strange that someone would deliberately not join in with them in such reckless living. It disturbs them to the point that they “heap abuse” on believers, which is the Greek word for “blaspheme.” This indicates that not only do they defame and slander believers, but they do the same to the God of those believers as well.
Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.
Most of the time, we read Psalm 103 and we think of our worship of God. And that is a correct view of this psalm, but it falls short of completely understanding this passage. In this psalm, we not only see worship, but we can see why we are to worship.
David wrote this psalm as a song of worship to God, and in the first few verses, he gives us at least four reasons to worship God based on his mercy. But that’s not all this psalm offers. In the next segment of this psalm, David expounds upon God’s grace. This is the why behind the how of worship. God’s grace is why David offers his praise; and he realizes that he is really unworthy of it at all.
Look at verse 6-13:
The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
In these verses, David shows us three characteristics of God’s grace.