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.

Memorize Scripture: 1 Peter 4:3-4

Hiding God’s Word In Our Hearts

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.

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.

The Grace Of God

How Psalm 103 Connects Grace And Worship

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.

The Grace Of God

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.

Seeing With God’s Perspective

How To Have The Heart Of A Champion

One of the prayers that I pray for my own spiritual life and growth is centered on seeing as God sees: seeing people as he sees them, seeing my circumstances as he does, and striving to see the big picture of his plan for my life, at least as much as I am able.

Seeing With God's Perspective

Seeing as God sees is an important part of having a heart like Paul did, the heart of a champion. Seeing things from God’s perspective helps us stay centered on the things that are important and helps us feel a connection with God that we might otherwise miss.

When we feel connected to God and his church, we have a greater sense of the Kingdom. We are able to understand just how God desires to build that kingdom by building people. And we sense the urgency that comes with the knowledge that he could return at any time.

Developing and deepening that closeness and connection with God is one of the ways that Paul displayed his strength of character. Look at what he says in 2 Corinthians 3:18 and 4:1:

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart…

When we stay connected to God and develop the closeness he desires, at least four things happen.